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Wednesday, 12 October 2016
A few months ago this blog, which was initially started to report on aspects of the progress of a book I'm writing, was taken over by something highly relevant to that book - a conference I was organising at Roehampton on Athena. Since then, I've been discussing several possible follow-up events and activities, even including a tour of Athena-related sites throughout Europe.
One thing that emerged in the planning of the
event was that two of the booklet
contributors, Olivia Huntingdon-Stuart ("The Age of Athena") and Houman Sadri
("Synthesising male and female aspects of war in Azzarello and Chiang's Wonder
Woman"), were engaging in Athena-related research with lots of interfaces - and
from different disciplinary starting-points. Olivia is now planning a follow-up
event, titled *The Age of Athena* which will explore gender norms and non-binary
concepts via the vehicle of Athena.
Olivia is co-ordinating a meeting to
discuss this event next month at Roehampton, on ***21 October***, in the Convent
Parlour of Digby Stuart College. If anyone would like to join us, let me know.
Or - if anyone would like to suggest possible discussion ideas (including those
based away from London...), do get in contact. I'm aware that a trip to SE London in October might simply not be do-able for lots of people... Here’s the
11.00: meet for coffee in Hive Café, Digby Stuart
11.30-12.45: Introduction of scope of event; participants set out
research and other relevant interests leading into informal presentations from
Olivia Huntingdon-Stuart and Houman Sadri
12.45-1.45: Break for Lunch
(the Hive Café and Digby Diner serve a range of moderately-priced
1.45-3.00: Further informal presentations including by Tony
Keen. Other contributions welcome! Presentations to lead into discussion of
where to go next - conference? activism?
3.00 onwards - wind down with
Possible topics for this initial event and for future
Gender norms and non-binary concepts in:
- Classical myth
and culture (e.g. gods, divine attributes, parthenogenesis.)
early modern, modern and contemporary cultures
- Pop culture (e.g. Wonder
Woman, Xena, advertisements.)
- Literature and art (e.g. Romance Literature,
Religion: ancient and modern
Philosophy (e.g. gender and
ontology, gendering Plato’s theories.)Thanks for reading this far – let me know if you’d like to
join us on 21st - or if anything here chimes with your own interests.
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Kyria Athenais. Transformations of Pallas and Parthenon in Late Antique Athens
dedications. In these centuries the main identity of the venerated goddess, Athena, is clearly
recognizable, as opposed to the 8th and 7th centuries BC, in which the cult on the Timpone della Motta already flourished.
The Groningen excavations (1991-2004) of the large 8th c. BC apsidal timber Building V.b. supplied data of large-scale feasts, of sophisticated textile production and of divine or substitute-divine anthropomorphic couple figurines. Besides possibly ritual weaving, another link to Athena is formed by the ever-increasing evidence that Francavilla Marittima may be identified as ancient Lagaria, the town founded by Epeios, constructor of the Trojan horse, who dedicated his tools in an Athenaion along the Ionian coast.
Christopher Lillington-Martin - Symbolism of Athena, and her metamorphoses, by means of the olive, in Homer’s Odyssey and Procopius’ Wars
Symbolism of Athena, and her metamorphoses, by means of the olive, in Homer’s Odyssey and Procopius’ Wars