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AIAS CONFERENCE

 

Taking as its point of departure the astounding longevity and ubiquity in our culture of so many themes, genres, visual forms and personalities from the ancient Greek and Roman world, this conference focuses on popular receptions of Classical Antiquity. In doing so, we will explore specific receptions that make immediate sense in a ‘present’ and among large, popular audiences. In particular, it will focus on three main themes: the reception of Classical Antiquity in Danish popular culture, in popular music, as well as the popular reception of individual lives in both antiquity and later periods.

The conference is a collaboration between the research programme “Classical Antiquity and its Heritage”, the Centre for the Study of Antiquity and Christianity (C-SAC), and Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS). The conference is sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation and the AU School of Culture and Society.


Programme

Thursday, 2 September 

09:30Registration and coffee
10:00Keynote 1: Edith Hall, KCL: The Iliad Beyond the Academy in the 21st Century
11:15Coffee
11:45Keynote 2: Trine Arlund Hass, AU/Oxford: The Rubicon of Stevns: Julius Caesar and King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway in Elverhøi (1828) and Asterix romernes skræk (1972, orig.: Le bouclier Arverne, 1967)
13:00Lunch
14:30Paper Session 1: Classical Antiquity and Danish Popular Culture  
Speakers:
Vinnie Nørskov, AU: The Unruly Power of Myth: Classical Narratives in Contemporary Danish Art
Jakob Engberg, AU: From Wronged Imperialists in Search of Peace to Emperors as Puppets of Germanic Chieftains: The Romans and the Roman Empire in Claus Deleuran’s “The Illustrated Danish History for the People”
16:00Coffee
16:30Paper Session 1: Classical Antiquity and Danish Popular Culture (cont.)
Jens Krasilnikoff, AU: Finding Pericles Lost. Danish Travel Accounts and Nostalgic Encounters with 19th Century Greece in Transition
19:00Dinner for speakers and chairs

Friday 3 September  

09:00Keynote 3: Lorna Hardwick, Open Uni: What’s Behind the Label?
10:15Coffee
10:45Paper Session 2: Classical Antiquity in Popular Music
Speakers: 
Gregory Darwin, Uppsala: Ór na Gréige is stór na hÉigipt: Classical Antiquity in Irish Song Tradition
Christian Thrue Djurslev, AU: Tomyris: A Killer Queen in Mediterranean Metal Music
12:15Lunch
13:30Paper Session 2: Classical Antiquity in Popular Music (cont.)
Jo Paul, Open U: Amplification, Reverberation, and Distortion: The Curious Story of Pompeii in Popular Music
14:15Paper Session 3: Religion, Mythology, Biography
Speakers:
Andrew Faulkner, Waterloo: Between Poetry and Prose: Eudocia’s Martyrdom of Saints Cyprian and Justina
Marianne Pade, AU: The Vernacular Alexander
15:45Coffee
16:15Keynote 4: Toph Marshall, UBC (remote): Hercules and the Incredible Hulk
17:30Conclusion

View full programme in PDF here


Speakers


Participation and registration

The conference is free of charge and open to all through prior registration by 24 August. The conference will be held in a hybrid format, allowing for either physical or online participation. Online attendees will receive a participation link in due time before the conference. 
Register here by 24 August 2021


Organizing committee

Marianne Pade (Classical Philology), Jens A. Krasilnikoff (History), Jakob Engberg (Church History and Practical Theology), Christian Thrue Djurslev (Classical Philology) , Vinnie Nørskov (The Museum of Ancient Art), Isabelle Torrance (English) and Troels Myrup Kristensen (Classical Archaeology), Aarhus University, Denmark.


Funding

The conference is sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation and the Aarhus University School of Culture and Society.