6th Open International Conference "Performing Texts"

Conference's identity and key information

About the conference


Some of the most notable recent work on Greek lyric poetry represents a critical departure from the preoccupation with occasion and performance that has largely defined its study for the past several decades. There is an emergent rediscovery of lyric as "literature", and with it a growing sense that the focus on context and function can inhibit meaningful engagement with the full discursive, artistic, and ideational complexity and distinctiveness of the texts themselves. Renewed attention to the re-performance and reception of lyric poems has similarly challenged the interpretive privileging of (primary) performance contexts.

Yet, while performance and occasion may no longer be considered the last word in the study of Greek lyric, there is no escaping the fact of their formative influence on the texts we read (even if that influence was not as simple or direct as has often been thought). This conference aims to open what we hope will be an expansive, mutually enriching dialogue between performance-based approaches to lyric and the current (re)turn to its more literary and aesthetic aspects and effects.

Structure and program

The conference will be divided in 14 sessions, hosting 36 speakers and 14 discussants from all over the world (US, Greece, Brazil, Italy, UK, Germany, etc.). The Conference-program starts on the afternoon of July 1 with an introductory session chaired by Gregory Nagy, Lucia Athanassaki, and Tim Power, and it will close on July 5-noon with Richard P. Martin (Stanford) and Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi (Stanford) joining the Conference’s Scientific Committee for a round table discussion.

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