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Language, ritual, performance: evaluating theoretical approaches to Greek culture Journées d’études

Sponsored by the Stanford Department of Classics and
The France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
October 12   9:00 am – 6:00 pm
October 13   9:15 am – 12:30 pm
Main Quad, Building 110, Room 112
The past fifty years have seen an outpouring of work on Greek myth, religion, philosophy, and poetry led and inspired by the analyses of Francophone scholars. In breadth and depth, this wave of research has affected more subfields within Classics than any comparable body of European or American scholarship. This meeting will assess scholarly approaches anchored in sociology, anthropology, poetics, and semantics, among other fields, from combined French and American perspectives.
Pascale Brillet-Dubois
Claude Calame
Nadine LeMeur
Ioanna Papadopoulou
Sylvie Perceau
Giulia Sissa
Anne-Gabrièle Wersinger
Friday, October 12
9 a.m. opening remarks: Richard Martin, Stanford
9:15-11 a.m. Session 1---Tragedy in Perspective
     ° Pascale Brillet:  “Recent French scholarship on tragedy: a survey”
     ° Ioanna Papadopoulou:  “Political, anti-political, ante-political: Reading Greek            tragedy with Nicole Loraux”
11-11:30 a.m. Coffee
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Session 2---Interrogating Ritual
     ° Anne Gabrièle Wersinger and Sylvie Perceau:  “Retour sur la “Cuisine du      sacrifice” --Couper, séparer, rythmer: des points aveugles pour l’anthropologie?”
(Copies of English translation will be available.)
1-3:30 p.m. Lunch (ad libitum—a list of possible venues will be provided) and free time
3:30-5 p.m. Session 3---Archaic Performances
     ° Giulia Sissa: “Ostea leuka: Homer versus Hesiod on Sacrifice”
     ° Nadine Le Meur: “French approaches to lyric poetry in the last sixty years”
6:30 pm---Buffet dinner in Building 110—for speakers and audience
Saturday, October 13
9:15-11:15 a.m.   Session  4---Bridging Methods
     ° Claude Calame: “Greek myth, poetry and pragmatics: between (French)        structuralism and (US) performative arts”
     ° Richard Martin: “Emile Benveniste and the cultural semantics of Greek”
11:15-11:45 a.m.   Coffee
11:45-12:30 p.m. Speakers’ closing remarks; round table discussion; the view ahead