"Being Human – Classical Perspectives": Craven Seminar 2014

On 22-23 May 2014, Helen Roche and Ingo Gildenhard hosted the Cambridge Craven Seminar, a two-day symposium which took place at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge.

This year the Craven Seminar was held under the aegis of the Faculty’s X-Caucus, which focuses on interdisciplinary aspects of the Classics.

The timetable of the symposium can be found below:

Being Human – Classical Perspectives
University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Thursday, 22 May:

11.00-11.15: Welcome and Introduction (the organisers)

Session 1:
‘The Choric Con-sociality of Nonhuman Life’ – Mark Payne (Chicago)

‘Babylonian Perspectives on the Certainty of Death’ – Christopher Metcalf (Oxford)

12.45-14.00: Buffet Lunch

Session 2:
‘Arendt on Plato: Philosophy, Politics, and Being Human’ – Frisbee Sheffield (Cambridge)

‘Affinity or Asymmetry: Self, Other, and Truth in Plato’ – Catherine Pickstock (Cambridge)

15.30-16.00: Coffee Break

‘Visualizing Humanity in Archaic Greece: From the Symposium to the Grave, and Beyond’ – Robin Osborne (Cambridge)

Friday, 23 May
9.30: Coffee

Session 3:
‘Etruscans, Romans, and the Origins of Personality’ – Nigel Spivey (Cambridge)

‘Ovidian Humanism’ – Ingo Gildenhard (Cambridge)

11.30-12.00: Coffee Break

‘The Ideal of Bodily Integrity: From Seneca to Human Rights Theory (and Back)’ – Victoria Rimell (Rome)

12.45-14.00: Buffet Lunch

Session 4:
‘(Homo-)Philhellenic Anthropologies: Some Peculiarities of a Particular Universalism’ – Sebastian Matzner (Oxford)

‘Hairlessness, Humanity, and its Concomitant Erotics’ – Alastair Blanshard (Queensland)

15.30-16.00: Coffee Break

‘Aristocratic Humanities: Pindar, Castiglione, and Yeats’ – Michael Silk (London)

16.45-17.00: Epilogue (the organisers)