Advanced Seminar in the Humanities 2011-2012
Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome, and the Near East
The program is conceived as a two year commitment over two successive years (2011 and 2012).
The first session (November 21 - December 2, 2011) consisted of lectures by scholars with a seminar approach on the origins and development of literary genres and literacy in Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East. Some of the lectures ran simultaneously and were devoted respectively to the interpretation of specific classical and near eastern texts, with more focus on textual analysis.
During the first session the fellows identified a research project according to their own scholarly interests and under the supervision of one of the faculty. The research project will be presented in the form of an essay of about 20 pages in the second session of the seminar, which will be held on October 29 - November 3, 2012.
The second session will also host a number of lectures by invited speakers. The invited speakers in the last session of the seminar (2008 - 2009) were Mario Frederick Fales (Università di Udine), Philip Hardie (Trinity College), Richard Martin (Stanford University), Franco Montanari (Università degli Studi di Genova) and Niek Veldhuis (UC Berkeley).
The invited speakers in the second session of the program will be: Dr. Heather Baker (Universität Wien), Prof. Giambattista D'Alessio (King's College London), Prof. Suzanne Said (Columbia University) and Prof. Victoria Rimell (Sapienza Università di Roma).
The faculty consists of scholars active in the field of Greek, Latin and Ancient Near Eastern literature, including: Alessandro Barchiesi (Università di Siena - Stanford University); Ettore Cingano (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia); Joy Connolly (New York University); Mario Frederick Fales (Università di Udine); Joan Goodnick Westenholz (New York University); Richard Hunter (Trinity College, Cambridge); Lucio Milano (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia); Dirk Obbink (Christ Church, Oxford); Alessandro Schiesaro (Università di Roma La Sapienza); Gebhard Selz (Universität Wien); David Sider (New York University).
Knowledge of Greek and Latin, and/or of some of the ancient Near Eastern languages, is expected. Lectures will be in English. A good knowledge of spoken and written English is also a prerequisite.
The lectures will take place at Venice International University, on the Island of San Servolo, in Venice (Italy).
Fellows and faculty will be hosted in the residential halls on the island of San Servolo. Fellows will share twin rooms with ensuite bathroom or 3-bed rooms with 2 ensuite bathrooms.
For the second session of the program, participants will be able to check in on October 28 and check out on November 4, 2012.
More information on the session will be provided soon.
Who is it for?
The program is open to 20 fellows who are either in an advanced stage of doctoral research, or recently completed Ph.D.s. The candidates will be selected by a committee whose decision will be final.
Ettore Cingano, professor of Greek Literature, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
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