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20.-21.05.2021: Those. Othering, Alterity, Appropriation in Ancient Art (Online)

Avatar of Philipp WeissPhilipp Weiss - 27. April 2021 - Veranstaltungen

Digital conference at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, Hamburg University
20 – 21 May 2021

Concepts of others, othering, self-representation or opposing worlds are topics of well-known conferences and publications over the last decades. Due to the relevance and width of the topic, the announced event continues these investigations. It considers the Greeks and Romans as strangers in other cultures and the location of the ancient world in global history.
Dealing with others and the demarcation of the self is a determining phenomenon of human activity. The disparaging characterization of others has always served to stabilize a group's identity; not only concepts of enemies, but also excessive idealizations of those others. The confrontation with a close or distant counterpart serves the construction of social identities and usually says more about the referring group than the referred to. At the same time, the frequent presence of the stereotyped image of the foreign reciprocally evokes further conceptions. Consequently, the impact of depictions on further prejudices is worth being studied too.
In this conference, the term 'others' is broadly defined; including neighboring and distant, real and mythical foreign peoples and individual populations whose demarcation serves to identify other groups. This also includes the Greeks and Romans themselves, who found their way into depictions and descriptions as others by their contemporaneous counterparts and later epochs.
The aim of the conference is to consider dealing with others, contexts of othering and alterity, to question center and periphery and the reversal of this view, while investigating the self-positioning of those presenting others, likewise the positioning of today's scientific perspectives.

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Convenor: Dr. Lilian Adlung-Schönheit, University of Hamburg, Institute for Classical Archaeology

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