Polis-Religion

PERCEPTIONS OF POLIS-RELIGION: INSIDE/OUTSIDE

A SYMPOSIUM IN MEMORY OF CHRISTIANE SOURVINOU-INWOOD

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, who died in May of 2007, was one of the most influential Hellenists of her generation, and one of the strongest voices in the study of Greek religion. The focus of much of her work was the religious system of the Greek polis, or more precisely the ways in which the political structure of the Greek city- state shaped religious practices and representations, and within this field she devoted special attention to myth and ritual, adolescent transitions, representations of the afterlife, variations of panhellenic representation found in specific cities ("divine personalities") and the articulation of polis religion in Greek tragedy. Her work in these areas drew on a methodology which she called "reading", applicable equally to iconographical and archaeological sources as to literature and epigraphy.

As a tribute to Dr. Sourvinou-Inwood's scholarly achievement, and as a contribution to the ongoing debate, the Classics Department at the University of Reading will host on July 4-6 2008 a symposium exploring central themes in the area of polis-religion and its interpretation.

Key speakers include: Jan Bremmer (Groningen), Joan Connelly (NYU), Radcliffe Edmunds (Bryn Mawr),Alexander Herda (CHS/Munich), Dr. Julia Kindt (Sydney), Dr. Athene Kavoulaki (Rethymno), Ioannis Mylonopoulos (CHS/Erfurt),

 

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Enquiries should be addressed to the organisers:Milette Gaifman (milette.gaifman@yale.edu) or Ian Rutherford (i.c.rutherford@reading.ac.uk)

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