Conference Programme

Tuesday 21 June
12pm Coach from Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge to Newman University
12pm – 1pm Registration
1pm – 2pm Lunch
2pm – 3.30pm Panel 1: Imagining the afterlife

Juliette Harrisson: The afterlife in popular culture

Isabella Bossolino: “Break on through to the other side”: The Etruscan Netherworld and its demons

Suzanne Lye: Imagining katabasis in Homer’s underworlds

3.30pm – 4pm Tea and coffee
4pm – 5.30pm Panel 2: Funerary rituals

Molly Allen: Visualizing the role of the afterlife in the lives of Classical Athenians: A study of the development of the image of the eidolon on white-ground lekythoi

Julia Doroszewska: A ritual of the afterlife or the afterlife of a ritual: The nachleben of the maschalismos

Stephanie Crooks: The singer’s shrine: Constructing space for poetic immortality in Vergil’s fifth Eclogue

5.30pm – 6.15pm Break
6.15pm – 7.30pm Drinks reception in Newman atrium
7.30pm Coach from Newman to Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge
Wednesday 22 June
8.30am Coach from Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge to Newman
9.30am – 11am Panel 1: Mystery cults and Orphism

Yulia Ustinova: Greek thanatonauts: Near-death experiences and mystery rites in Ancient Greece

Daniel Markovic: Epicurus and the Orphic Gold Tablets

Josipa Lulic: Guide of Souls? Mercurius Psychopompos in Roman Dalmatia

11am – 11.30am Tea and coffee
11.30am – 1pm Panel 2: Inscribing the afterlife

Nick Brown: Phrasikleia: Playing with signs

Gabriela Ingle: Funerary decoration in Roman tombs: ensuring happiness in the afterlife.

Maria Ángeles Alonso: Narrating One Life in a Tomb: Physicians and Construction of Memory in the Roman World.

1pm – 2pm
Lunch
2pm – 3.30pm Panel 3: Philosophy

Pablo de Paz Amérigo: The eschatological conception in The Pythagorean Golden Verses

Giuseppe Feola: Where are Plato’s afterlives?

Christoph Jedan: Puzzling afterlives: Seneca’s Ad Marciam and the consolatory tradition

3.30pm – 4pm Tea and coffee
4pm – 6pm Panel 4: Greek literature

Saffi Grey: Cosmology, psychopomps, and afterlife in Homer’s Odyssey.

Stamatia Dova: On old and new friends in Hades: Theseus, Heracles, and the poetics of salvation

Amit Shilo: The laws of Hades against the laws of Athena: The afterlife and political dissent in the Oresteia

Niall Livingstone: Where are they now? Signing the afterlife in Attic funerary epigram

6.15pm Coach from Newman to Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge
Thursday 23 June
8.30am Coach from Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge to Newman
9.30am – 11am Panel: Reception

Luke Houghton: The elegiac afterlife, from Rome to the Renaissance

Judith Fletcher: The underworld inverted: Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder.

Frances Foster: The dark side of the underworld: Hades Speaks!

11am – 11.30am Tea and coffee
11.30am – 1pm Final roundtable discussion
1pm – 2pm Lunch
2pm Coach from Newman to Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge

 

 

 

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