Lund autumn 2020

Call for Papers

Reading, Writing, Translating. Greek in Early Modern Schools, Universities and beyond

Conference at Lund University, Sweden October 8–10, 2020

Deadline for abstracts: May 29, 2020

Accounts of the spread of Greek studies throughout Europe after its ‘arrival’ to Italy have often focused on its establishment in the curricula of schools and universities, on text transmission and editorial work, and the feats of early scholars of distinction. Notable exceptions are work on Greek studies in the northernmost parts of Europe where important manuscripts were rare, Renaissance humanism arrived late, professors were immersed in teaching obligations.

Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in questions of teaching and learning Greek, on teachers, students and schools (cf. the volume edited by F. Ciccolella & L. Silvano 2017), as well as teaching tools, methods, outputs and uses of Greek not only in Italy but also in central and northern Europe (cf. the recent volumes edited by S. Weise 2017; J. Päll & I. Volt 2018; N. Constantinidou & H. Lamers 2019; and the forthcoming volumes edited by F. Ciccolella & L. Silvano; T. Korhonen & M. Kajava). This is a vast field of study that scholars have only begun to explore.

This conference invites scholars to continue the investigation of the practicalities of teaching and learning Greek in the Early Modern period (c. 1500–1750). Specifically we invite papers dealing with the themes reading, writing, and translating (from/into) Greek in an Early Modern teaching and learning setting north of the Alps. Our aim is to further our understanding not only of the contexts and impact of Greek studies, but also of the reasons for and uses of engaging the many varieties of Greek in a local and broader milieu.

Those interested in contributing to this conference are asked to send a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper in English to: Johanna.Akujarviklass.luse and Kristiina.Savinkultur.luse by May 29, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent out June 12, 2020.

The conference is organized by Johanna Akujärvi and Kristiina Savin, and hosted by the projects Helleno-Nordica and Classics Refashioned. The conference venue is Lund University, Sweden. Selected papers from the conference will be published (after peer-review) during 2021, edited by the conference organizers.

There is no conference fee, and for presenters at the conference we offer accomodation and meals. Depending on the success of our applications for funding, there may also be room for a limited number of travel stipendia for participants without travel allowances from their universities (these can be applied for after notification of acceptance).

Organised by: Johanna Akujärvi and Kristiina Savin within the framework of the projects Helleno-Nordica and Classics Refashioned (Swedish Research Council, 2016-01881 and 2016-01884) at Lund University.