Ruhr Universität Bochum

Now, Exaiphnês and the Present Moment in Ancient Philosophy

Description and organisation

We are pleased to announce the conference Now, Exaiphnês and the Present Moment in Ancient Philosophy to take place at the Ruhr Universität Bochum, on the 24th-25th of March, 2022.

The experience of time is among the most fundamental features of human existence. The present thereby serves as a basis by means of which we can make sense of both past and future; thus our experience of the present, which we capture in notions like “the now”, “the instant of time”, or “the present moment”, is of special concern. We are made aware of the moment of time through motion and changes, and since the present moment seems to be when we experience these changes, our conception of the “now” is strongly connected with the notion of change. But experiencing a change means experiencing that something turns from being F to not being F, or from F to not-F. If the instants when something is F and not-F are the same instant, however, then the thing seems to be both F and not-F at the same time, and we seem to end up with a contradiction. This threatening inconsistency prompted several influential answers in ancient times: for example, Heraclitus may seem to endorse this inconsistency, while Parmenides seems to have concluded that time and change are thus unreal. Plato develops the notion of exaiphnês to suggest that the turning from F to not-F occurs outside of time. And Aristotle develops both Parmenidean and Platonic intuitions to argue that change is continuous and the segmentation of time into ‘nows’ occurs in thought.          

The problem of the present moment remains a source of lively philosophical debate and the ancient ideas are still a constitutive part of it, which is the motivation for organizing the conference “Now, Exaiphnes and the Present Moment in Ancient Philosophy”. The conference will bring together an international group of leading scholars working on these problems in different authors and traditions. Among the confirmed speakers are Ursula Coope (Oxford), Salvatore Lavecchia (Udine), Walter Mesch (Münster), Alex Pleshkov (Moscow), Spyridon Rangos (Patras), Mark Sentesy (Penn State), and Niko Strobach (Münster). And we also invite two to three speakers through this call for papers.

At the moment we hope the conference to take place in person, but are planning for a hybrid format as well. We expect the papers to be submitted to be about 30-45 minutes; each session will last an hour for the presentation and discussion combined. We will cover travel within Europe and accommodation.

Instructions for the submission of papers:

   Submit either full papers or extended abstracts of 1000-1500 words.

   Papers can be submitted in English or German

   Remove any identifying information on the abstract and include a separate document with your name, email, and affiliation.

   Abstracts should be sent as pdf documents to Celso Vieira (

   The subject of the email should be “Submission – Now Conference”. The title of the identification document should be the author’s name

   The submission deadline is January 03, 2022

   Notification of acceptance will be at the beginning of February


 Celso Vieira

The event is made possible through a grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

(Text from the organisers) 



Colloque Pisa EASR 2021

Description et organisation

L’Association Européenne pour l’Etude de la Religion (European Association for the Study of Religions) organisera à l’Université de Pise la prochaine conférence annuelle, qui se tiendra du 30 août au 3 septembre 2021. On espère que la conférence pourra avoir lieu en présentiel, même si une version en ligne sera de toute façon organisée.

Le thème choisi, Resilient Religion, fait appel à la notion de religion en tant que résilience: la conférence se consacrera à étudier comment la religiosité, dans ses formes plus ou moins institutionnalisées, mais aussi au niveau de la simple croyance au surnaturel, représente un moyen efficace de réagir en situation de crise et de se rapporter au sacré, grâce à l’interaction fructueuse entre la spiritualité, l’empathie et les émotions.

L’approche de la conférence est largement interdisciplinaire, dans un sens diachronique (de l’âge de pierre à l’âge actuelle), et les perspectives des interventions sont extrêmement variées (philosophie, histoire, questions littéraires ou artistiques, approches sociologiques, psychologique, anthropologique, etc.).

Originellement choisi pour se raccorder au projet d’excellence du Department de Civiltà e Forme del Sapere qui accueillera l’événement, le thème revêt beaucoup plus d’importance à la lumière de la récente situation sanitaire.

Sur le site, qui sera périodiquement mis à jour et dans lequel une liste de diffusion spéciale sera bientôt disponible, on peut aussi déjà répondre à l’appel aux contributions (call for papers).

La date limite du 31 janvier sera surement différée, due aux circonstances actuelles.

Les contributions peuvent être rendues dans les langues européennes les plus courantes.


August 30th – Sessions

15:00 Opening Address and Welcome Speech

15:30 naugural Lecture (Barker)

16:30 ISC 5 Orthodox Christianity (Individual Short Communications)

146 Resilient Spirituality and the Challenge of Transformation ONLINE

ISC 6 Neopaganism and NRM
(Individual Short Communications)

247 An Interdisciplinary Discourse on the Semantic Links between Spirituality and Resilience ONLINE

ISC 7 Case Studies (Individual Short Communications)

ISC 8 Philosophy (Individual Short Communications)

ISC 1 Ancient Greece (Individual Short Communications)

ISC 2 Roman Religion (Individual Short Communications)

ISC 3 Early Christianity (Individual Short Communications)

ISC 4 India and China (Individual Short Communications)

August 31st – Sessions

9:00 648 Facing a Crisis: The Resilience of Catholicism in Poland

453 Contents and Social Places of Religion-Based Healing and Personal Growth Services

643-I Resilient Esotericism

81-I Resilience of Tantric, Magic, and Shamanic Practices at the “Margins” of South and Southeast Asian Religions

496 Doing (Field) Research in a Pandemic

409-I Geographies of Encounter: Multi-religious Spaces ONLINE

354 Religion Entangled: Theoretical and Methodological Reflections

287-I The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

32-I War, Peace and Resilience in the Ancient World Narratives

26-I Gods Don’t Die

30 The Concept of Religion according to the Church Fathers ONLINE

ISC 9 Modern and Contemporary Judaism
(Individual Short Communications)

300 Speaking for Islam in Europe

40-I Resilient Modalities of Religion in Chinese Societies ONLINE

11:00 Keynote Lectures (Goossaert)

Keynote Lectures (Klostergaard Petersen)

Keynote Lectures (Wiegers)

11:50 ISC 11 Religion in Poland (Individual Short Communications)

ISC 12 Religion and Health (Individual Short Communications)

643-II Resilient Esotericism

81-II Resilience of Tantric, Magic, and Shamanic Practices at the “Margins” of South and Southeast Asian Religions

328 When Healing Fails: Resilience Management in Christian Healing

409-II Geographies of Encounter: Multi-religious Spaces ONLINE

192 Evaluation, Quality Management and Member Statistics as “Resiliency Techniques” – How the Catholic Church in Europe Deals with Its Current Crises

287-II The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

32-II War, Peace and Resilience in the Ancient World Narratives

26-II Gods Don’t Die

375 Pagan Religious Resilience: Reinventing Zeus in Athenian Neoplatonism ONLINE

ISC 10 Ancient Judaism (Individual Short Communications)

97 Moderate and Radical Muslims

40-II Resilient Modalities of Religion in Chinese Societies ONLINE

12:50 109 Radical Resilience

14:40 249-I Re-enchantment in Central-Eastern Europe? Religious Change in Former Socialist Countries Revisited

158 Resilience and Transformation of Religious Communities in Eastern Europe

643-III Resilient Esotericism

81-III Resilience of Tantric, Magic, and Shamanic Practices at the “Margins” of South and Southeast Asian Religions

292-I Facing Discrimination: Religion and Agency

409-III Geographies of Encounter: Multi-religious spaces ONLINE

253 Locating Resilience, Trauma and Religion in a Transdisciplinary and Historical Perspective ONLINE

287-III The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

32-III War, Peace and Resilience in the Ancient World Narratives

26-III Gods Don’t Die

315-I Resilient Citizens: Religious Dissent and Civic Rights in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

ISC 13 Christians, Jews and Arabs in the Middle Ages
(Individual Short Communications)

235 Institutionalism as Strategy of Resilience

40-III Resilient Modalities of Religion in Chinese Societies ONLINE

15:40 ISC 14 India (Individual Short Communications)

16: 40 249-II Re-enchantment in Central-Eastern Europe? Religious Change in Former Socialist Countries Revisited

700 Religious Toleration and Peace (RETOPEA): Engaging the Present with the Past in European Contexts

643-IV Resilient Esotericism

81-IV Resilience of Tantric, Magic, and Shamanic Practices at the “Margins” of South and Southeast Asian Religions

292-II Facing Discrimination: Religion and Agency

59 Religious Spaces and Urban Resilience ONLINE

631 Religious Narrative and Narration in the Study of Religion

287-IV The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

ISC 15 Near East and Greece (Individual Short Communications)

26-IV Gods Don’t Die

315-II Resilient Citizens: Religious Dissent and Civic Rights in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

163 Total Devotion ONLINE

ISC 16 Silk Road (Individual Short Communications)

September 1st – Sessions

9:00 293-I Building Resilience by Peacemakers Professing Muslim and Christian Religion in the Times of Civil War in Lebanon (1975-1990)

103 Engaging for the Common Good in Pluralistic Society: Religious Organisations, Resilience, and Civic Engagement

640 The Resilience of the Memory of the Vikings: Why the Viking Age Continues to Be Reinvented

115 Visual Media on the Move

694 Pipes of Cathedrals: Anthropology of Religious Infrastructure in Post-Secular Societies ONLINE

47-I Rites, Rituals and Liturgies as “Places” of Resilience

ISC 18 Vulnerability, Religion, and Resilience (Individual Short Communications)

287-V The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

ISC 17 Ancient Egypt (Individual Short Communications)

20-I Religion as a Key Factor for Resilience: From Rome to Constantinople

217-I Chrétiens Ariens et Nicéens en Afrique Vandale (Ve-VIe siècles). Enjeux Religieux, Politiques et Culturels d’une Coexistence Difficile

64 Modalities of Resilience in the Rereading of Mystical or Religious Experience (in Italian) ONLINE

255-I Transformative Resilience: Global Adaptations of Shi‘i Islam in Times of Radical Change ONLINE

210-I Invoking the Guru ONLINE

11:00 Keynote Lectures (Lannoy)

Keynote Lectures (Pocs)

Keynote Lectures (Stoyanov)

11:50 293-II Building Resilience by Peacemakers Professing Muslim and Christian Religion in the Times of Civil War in Lebanon (1975-1990)

10-I Gender Law and Religion During the COVID-19 Health Crisis ONLINE

333-I Revelations, Networks, and Crisis in Socialist East European and Soviet New Age Underground

ISC 20 Media (Individual Short Communications)

83 Identity, Diversity and (the study of) Religion ONLINE

47-II Rites, Rituals and Liturgies as “Places” of Resilience

464 Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives

287-VI The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

ISC 19 Ethnography (Individual Short Communications)

20-II Religion as a Key Factor for Resilience: From Rome to Constantinople

217-II Chrétiens Ariens et Nicéens en Afrique Vandale (Ve-VIe siècles). Enjeux Religieux, Politiques et Culturels d’une Coexistence Difficile

107 Resilience, Change, and Magic in Late Antiquity ONLINE

255-II Transformative Resilience: Global Adaptations of Shi‘i Islam in Times of Radical Change ONLINE

210-II Invoking the Guru ONLINE

14:40 861 Karl Kerényi and the Hungarian Science of Religions – Resilience and Varieties of Religious Entities and Ideas

10-II Gender Law and Religion During the COVID-19 Health Crisis ONLINE

333-II Revelations, Networks, and Crisis in Socialist East European and Soviet New Age Underground

ISC 22 The Notion of Religion (Individual Short Communications)

47-III Rites, Rituals and Liturgies as “Places” of Resilience

547 Cultural Immunology as a Paradigm for the Study of Resilience in Religious Traditions

287-VII The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

922 “Gurt Vös’”, A Village Ceremony (62 min) (Ethnographic Film)

20-III Religion as a Key Factor for Resilience: From Rome to Constantinople

218 Resilienza e Cristianesimo Antico: Forme e Motivi

ISC 21 Renaissance (Individual Short Communications)

16:10 General Assembly

September 2nd – Sessions

09:00 34 (I) Resilience or Resistance: Repressive Regimes and the Blurring of Boundaries Between the Political and Religious

ISC 23 Secularisation (Individual Short Communications)

7 (I) Surveying Ritual Creativity in Contemporary Paganism and New Age Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

48 (I) Embodiment in Religious Resilience

195 Discovering Resilience through Religiousness: Experiences of Power in Migration

24 (I) Resilient Religious Communities: Changing Identities, Needs, and Relations across Time and Space

269 (I) A View to Nowhere

287 (VIII) The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

174 (I) Religion as Resource of Resilience – Diachronic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

180 (I) Coping with the Krisis. Phenomena of Religious Acculturation and Enculturation: Patterns and Policies of Resilience from the Hellenistic-Roman Period and Late Antiquity

62 (I) Resilient Gnosis

209 Well Being in the Middle Ages

697 The Resilience of Lived Islam in Egypt: Voices from the Margins of Empires ONLINE

33 (I) Yes we Jain!

11:00 Keynote Lectures (Herrero)

Keynote Lectures (Illman)

Keynote Lectures (Wunn)

11:50 34 (II) Resilience or Resistance: Repressive Regimes and the Blurring of Boundaries Between the Political and Religious

2 Christianity and Sex

7 (II) Surveying Ritual Creativity in Contemporary Paganism and New Age Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

48 (II) Embodiment in Religious Resilience

ISC 25 Latin America Throughout the Ages (Individual Short Communications)

24 (II) Resilient Religious Communities: Changing Identities, Needs, and Relations across Time and Space

269 (II) A View to Nowhere

287 (IX) The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

174 (II) Religion as Resource of Resilience – Diachronic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

180 (II) Coping with the Krisis. Phenomena of Religious Acculturation and Enculturation: Patterns and Policies of Resilience from the Hellenistic-Roman Period and Late Antiquity

62 (II) Resilient Gnosis

623 Una Lunga Resilienza. Diocesi e Istituzioni Diocesane nel Pieno e nel Basso Medioevo (secc. XII-XV)

ISC 24 Islam (Individual Short Communications)

33 (II) Yes We Jain!

14:40 34 (III) Resilience or Resistance: Repressive Regimes and the Blurring of Boundaries Between the Political and Religious

45 European States and Their Regulation of ‘Minority’ Religions

7 (III) Surveying Ritual Creativity in Contemporary Paganism and New Age Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

48 (III) Embodiment in Religious Resilience

104 Religious Changes in Latin America: Beliefs, Identity & Democracy

24 (III) Resilient Religious Communities: Changing Identities, Needs, and Relations across Time and Space

ISC 27 Theoretical and Methodological Questions (Individual Short Communications)

287 (X) The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

426 Resilience Shaping Identity

256 (I) Underground Religious Spaces as Resources for Community Resilience

62 (III) Resilient Gnosis

518 (I) Erasmianism, Female Resilience, and Accommodation ONLINE

ISC 26 Contemporary Islam (Individual Short Communications)

33 (III) Yes We Jain!

16:40 34 (IV) Resilience or Resistance: Repressive Regimes and the Blurring of Boundaries Between the Political and Religious

15 Traditional Instruments and New Challenges: The Squaring of the Circle? ONLINE

407 The Resilience of Religious Visions: A Discursive Approach to Change and Resistance to Change

225 Commodifying Happiness: Self-Improvement, Self-Healing, and Faith Branding in Contemporary Religious Discourses

607 Rethinking Resilience and Religious Coping among Migrants ONLINE

24-IV Resilient Religious Communities: Changing Identities, Needs, and Relations across Time and Space (Bernardo)

408 Mothers and Untimely Deaths

287 (XI) The Resilience of the Science of Religion(s) between Hermeneutics and History

320 Resilience, Domination, and Inequality in the Ancient Funerary World

256 (II) Underground Religious Spaces as Resources for Community Resilience

360 ‘Pagans’ and Gnostics in Late Antiquity. Strategies of ‘Doctrinal Resilience’ ONLINE

518 (II) Erasmianism, Female Resilience, and Accommodation ONLINE

148 Islam and Muslim Communities in Latin America and the Caribbean: Narratives of Resilience and Change

33 (IV) Yes We Jain!

September 3rd – Sessions

9:00 846 Resilience or Survival? The Role of Ethnicity, Religion and Culture in the Economy and Identity of Romanian, Hungarian, German, Slovak, Ruthenian and Jewish people in the Partium Region of the European Union

ISC 29 Resilient Spirituality (Individual Short Communications)

ISC 30 Esotericism (Individual Short Communications)

185 (I) Resilient Visual Mosaics: Transformation Processes in Arts and Religions ONLINE

788 British Ritual Resilience under a Pandemic: The BRIC-19 Project ONLINE

286 (I) Negotiating the Crisis: The Role of Sanctuaries as Places of Resilient Religious Experiences (Campione / Carnevale / Laghezza)

475 Representing and Teaching Religious Cultures ONLINE

482 (I) Change, Order, Remembrance: Crisis and Religion in the Ancient Near East ONLINE

953 Imperial Cult

394 (I) Spatializing Religious Competition in Late Antiquity

ISC 28 Late Antiquity (Individual Short Communications)

11:00 Keynote Lectures (Bronkhorst)

Keynote Lectures (Thomassen)

Keynote Lectures (Timus)

11h50 291 (I) Religion in Central and Eastern Europe – Towards an Auto-interpretative Perspective

395 (I) The Voices from the Outskirts: Discourses on Religion and Resilience in Modern Contexts

719 From the Ashes

185 (II) Resilient Visual Mosaics: Transformation Processes in Arts and Religions ONLINE

9 (I) Religious Minorities and Covid-19 ONLINE

286 (II) Negotiating the Crisis: The Role of Sanctuaries as Places of Resilient Religious Experiences

470 Resilient Pilgrimage (Bowman)

482 (II) Change, Order, Remembrance: Crisis and Religion in the Ancient Near East ONLINE

394 (II) Spatializing Religious Competition in Late Antiquity

ISC 31 Late Antiquity and Middle Ages (Individual Short Communications)

14:40 291 (II) Religion in Central and Eastern Europe – Towards an Auto-interpretative Perspective

395 (II) The Voices from the Outskirts: Discourses on Religion and Resilience in Modern Context

135 Soka Gakkai: Resilience and Solidarity in a Global Buddhist Movement

ISC 32 Alternative Spiritualities (Individual Short Communications)

9 (II) Religious Minorities and Covid-19 ONLINE

286 (III) Negotiating the Crisis: The Role of Sanctuaries as Places of Resilient Religious Experiences

61 (I) Russian Old Believers (in Russian with English summary) ONLINE

482 (III) Change, Order, Remembrance: Crisis and Religion in the Ancient Near East ONLINE

370 (I) Recovering from Crises – Forging Resilience: The Role of Religious Narratives in Fashioning Socio-Political Stability in Antiquity ONLINE

662 (I) Dinamiche Rituali e Strategie di Resilienza nella Tardoantichità ONLINE

211 The Resilience of Religious Minorities: Examples from the Middle Ages

16:40 308 Religious Security as a Factor of Resilience in a Pandemic Situation in Ukraine ONLINE

108 Life, Death, and Esoteric Resilience: A Case Study of Archeosophy

ISC 33 Alternative spiritualities (Individual Short Communications)

9 (III) Religious minorities and Covid-19 ONLINE

61 (II) Russian Old Believers (in Russian with English summary) ONLINE

482 (IV) Change, Order, Remembrance: Crisis and Religion in the Ancient Near East ONLINE

370 (II) Recovering from Crises – Forging Resilience: The Role of Religious Narratives in Fashioning Socio-Political Stability in Antiquity ONLINE

662 (II) Dinamiche Rituali e Strategie di Resilienza nella Tardoantichità ONLINE

608 Cujus Regio, Ejus Religio? Glimpses of Resiliences in and from Ancient Times and the Middle Ages ONLINE

18:30 Closing Ceremony


Chiara Tommasi –

(Texte des organisateurs)


Montpellier (Université Paul-Valéry)

“Interroger le texte à l’ère de l’“intelligence mécanique” 

la stylistique outillée, au carrefour du disciplinaire et de l’interdisciplinaire”


Description et organisation

« Je me souviens de l’étonnement où je fus plongé, il y a deux ou trois ans, lorsque des Américains, dans la maison desquels je fréquentais, me parlèrent pour la première fois de « laboratoires de philologie », de « manipulations de textes », d’ »ateliers de psychologie ». […] Je compris que les sciences, les arts, les lettres et la poésie elle-même, tout cela se ferait désormais à la machine.

J’admirai une fois de plus combien les humains sont industrieux et je souhaitai une occasion d’apprendre le maniement d’une de ces intelligences mécaniques au prix desquelles mon cerveau ne me paraissait plus qu’un joujou inutile. » (G. Apollinaire, « La Sorbonne est ébranlée », L’Intransigeant, 5 avril 1911)

Appel à communications

Le développement de projets pluri- et interdisciplinaires en Humanités numériques et l’importance des sources littéraires mises à disposition par la numérisation massive d’archives invitent, ces dernières années, à interroger les méthodes de leur exploration outillée. Les éditions numériques enrichies, l’annotation variée, collective et interopérable des ressources littéraires posent en particulier la question de leur spécificité auctoriale et générique lorsqu’elles sont préparées et interrogées dans un environnement numérique. Ainsi, les “données textuelles” extraites d’oeuvres littéraires et analysées par divers outils numériques (lexico- ou textométrie, calculs statistiques,  méthodes de plongement lexical) demandent en effet à être singularisées et reconnues dans leur spécificité intentionnelle et stylistique (Garric et Maurel-Indart, 2010 et 2011). Leurs caractéristiques propres (leur textualité et leur dimension discursive par exemple) doivent alors être prises en compte dans leur étude (notamment quantitative) et confrontées à d’autres analyses qualitatives.

Progressant dans le sens d’une « reconquête de l’expression » (Rastier, 2011), l’enrichissement informatique du texte ouvre la voie à de nouveaux objets d’étude, de nouveaux faits observables et, par conséquent, à une théorie à construire. C’est dans cette perspective qu’émergent de nouvelles disciplines, comme la “stylistique outillée”, dans le sillage de la linguistique de corpus (Williams, 2005), de l’analyse du discours (Maingueneau et Amossy, 2003, Adam et Heidmann,  2005) et de l’analyse lexico- et textométrique (Lebart et Salem, 1994, Pincemin, 2008, Brunet, 2009, Ablali et Kastberg-Sjöblom, 2010).

Cet héritage influence les définitions de cette “stylistique outillée”, ainsi nommée depuis quelques années seulement, qui articule aujourd’hui l’analyse computationnelle et statistique du style (reconnaissance de patterns, attribution d’auteurs, etc.) et sa modélisation au regard des langues, des genres et des périodes considérés. Or on constate que si la linguistique de corpus et l’analyse statistique de textes (littéraires ou non) se sont implantées depuis longtemps dans le champ des études linguistiques, la stylistique outillée reste parfois en marge des “sciences de la culture” et occupe une place assez timide au sein des études stylistiques dont elle adapte les unités d’analyse et la méthode d’exploration des textes.

La méthodologie développée par ce type d’approches outillées engage en effet à des redéfinitions pragmatiques de la notion de style (Herrmann et al., 2015) en y intégrant une dimension contrastive et empirique. L’ancrage de la stylistique outillée dans des travaux inter et pluridisciplinaires semble considérablement influencer non seulement ses objets d’études, mais aussi la conception de son corpus et sa manière de rendre visibles et lisibles ses observables (Jacquot, 2016).

Dans la continuité d’autres conférences internationales qui appelaient à communiquer sur les avancées en “stylistique outillée” (“Machiner la poésie”, “CfP: Digital Stylistics in Romance Studies and Beyond”, “Colloque International PhraseoRom”, par exemple), ce colloque s’articulera autour de deux axes de réflexion :

  • Le premier axe interrogera l’aspect outillé de cette discipline et appelle à proposer des retours d’expériences :
    • La stylistique outillée propose-t-elle seulement une méthode d’analyse des textes ou est-elle susceptible d’acquérir davantage de légitimité conceptuelle et épistémologique ? Dans ce cas, comment articuler ces deux dimensions ? Quelles en sont les conséquences pour un travail inter- et pluridisciplinaire (linguistique, stylistique, littéraire, sociologique, anthropologique…) ?
    • Comment résoudre d’un point de vue méthodologique les problèmes posés par une modélisation textuelle (au niveau des unités structurelles, par exemple) pour confronter les genres et les langues ? Comment les solutions trouvées sont-elles “négociées” et harmonisées ?
    • Comment définir une annotation stylistique ? Comment ménager une annotation “stratifiée” (c’est-à-dire une annotation qui intervient à différents niveaux de l’analyse textuelle et linguistique) ? Quelles sont les techniques automatisées existantes sur lesquelles la stylistique outillée peut se fonder (annotations sémantiques, enrichissement par plongement lexical, etc.) ? Quelle place lui donner dans un projet inter- ou pluridisciplinaire ?
  • Le second axe s’attachera à questionner les apports de la stylistique outillée dans le cadre d’analyses contrastives :
    • Que peut-on chercher à comparer ? Dans quelle mesure ce travail de confrontation contribue-t-il à définir les contours de cette discipline (Underwood, 2014) ?
    • Quelles sont les techniques d’extraction de données et de visualisation utilisées en stylistique outillée au regard des problèmes spécifiques posés par la dimension contrastive de l’analyse stylistique ? En quoi s’inspirent-elles de l’existant (key-words, clustering, AFC) ?
    • Comment ces changements méthodologiques et pratiques modifient-ils la manière d’interpréter les textes ? Comment les dimensions outillée et/ou contrastive contribuent-elles à la faciliter et à la complexifier ? Peut-on parler de “complémentarité” d’approches ?

Les questions proposées ici ne sont évidemment pas exhaustives. Les communications pourront porter sur des corpus en français ou d’autres langues ou sur des corpus contrastifs (langues, genres, auteurs différents). Cette conférence invite tout particulièrement les chercheuses et chercheurs participant à des projets qui intègrent la stylistique outillée ou qui travailleraient à construire leurs propres outils d’analyse à venir présenter leur expérience.

Références bibliographiques indicatives

  • Ablali D. et Kastberg-Sjöblom M. (dir.), Linguistique et littérature : Cluny, 40 ans après, Besançon, Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2010.
  • Adam J-M., Linguistique textuelle. Des genres de discours aux textes. Paris, Nathan, 2004.
  • Adam J-M. et Heidmann U, Sciences du texte et analyse de discours, Genève, Editions Slatkine, 2005.
  • Biber, D et Conrad, S., Register, Genre, and Style. Cambridge, UK; New York, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Brunet E., Comptes d’auteurs. Vol. 1 : Etudes statistiques de Rabelais à Gracq, Paris, H. Champion, 2009.
  • Burrows, J., “‘Delta’: A Measure of Stylistic Difference and a Guide to Likely Authorship.”, in : Literary and Linguistic Computing, 17/3, 2009, p. 267-87. URL :
  • Garric, N. et Maurel-Indart, H. (dir.), Vers une automatisation de l’analyse textuelle, in Texto !, [En ligne], Volumes XV – no 4 (2010) et XVI – no 1 (2011)
  • Guiraud, P., Les Caractères statistiques du vocabulaire, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1954
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Jour 1 – Mardi 11 juin 2019 – Auditorium

9h00 accueil des participants du colloque


  • 9h30-10h15 1 Conférencier invité
    Christof Schöch (Trier Universität) Repeating and Repeatable: Digital Literary Studies between Past and Future

  • 10h30-11h pause café

  • 11h00-12h30 1ère session (20′ + questions)

    • 11h00-11h30 Margherita Fantoli (Université de Liège) — Choix du corpus : actualité d’une question ancienne. Le cas de l’Histoire Naturelle de Pline

    • 11h30-12h00 Johan de Joode (Catholic University of Leuven) — The Identification of Genres and their Characteristics in Ancient Literary Texts: A Digital Stylistic Approach

    • 12h00-12h30 Céline Roussel (Université Paris-Sorbonne – Paris IV. Centre de Recherche en Littérature Comparée) — Fouiller le « non-visuel » grâce à la stylistique outillée : du style aveugle à l’histoire du sensible

Pause déjeuner


  • 14h30-15h45 1 Session poster

    • Paul Fièvre (Université Paris-Sorbonne – Paris IV. Projet Molière) — Théâtre classique – Dix ans d’une expérience opérationnelle en humanités numériques

    • Antonio Pascucci, Jacopo Colombo, Vincenzo Masucci, Johanna Monti (« L’Orientale » University of Naples UNIOR NLP Research Group / Expert System Corp) — Computational Stylometry for Reputation of Medical Texts

    • Véronique Duché (The University of Melbourne) — Explorer les journaux de tranchées

    • Sascha Diwersy (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. Praxiling) — Présentation de la plateforme PhraséoRom

    • Francesca Frontini (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. Praxiling) — L’infrastructure CLARIN pour les ressources linguistiques et les outils pour l’analyse textuelle stylistique

  • 15h45-16h00 pause café

  • 16h00- 17h30 3e Session (20′ + questions)

    • 16h00-16h30 Souad El Fellah (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. Praxiling) — Automatiser les figures de style: du dilemme de l’outil au choix de l’annotation appropriée

    • 16h30-17h00 Suzanne Mpouli (Université Paris 3, Université Paris 7. Histoire des Théories Linguistiques) — Annotating similes for stylistic purposes

    • 17h00-17h30 Ouafae Benzina (Université Moulay Ismail de Meknès) — Vocabulaire romanesque de Guy de Maupassant à l’épreuve de ‘‘l’intelligence mécanique »

Jour 2 – Mercredi 12 juin 2019 – Salle Kouros


  • 9h30-10h15 Conférencière invitée
    Berenike Herrmann (Basel Universität) What is Your Style? On Linear and Non-linear Modes of Reading in Digital Literary Stylistics

  • 10h30-11h pause café

  • 11h00-12h30 4e Session (20′ + questions)

    • 11h00-11h30 Marie-Christine Lala (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. CLESTHIA) — Le motif à la croisée de disciplines. Quels enjeux pour la stylistique outillée ?

    • 11h30-12h00 Véronique Magri et Etienne Brunet (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. Bases, Corpus, Langage) — Intelligence artificielle et stylistique d’auteur. L’exemple de Giono

    • 12h00-12h30 Marc Vandersmissen (Université de Liège – Gembloux) — Les personnages de théâtre ont-ils un style ? Recherche outillée sur un corpus trilingue

Pause déjeuner

14h30- 17h30

  • 14h30-15h15 Conférencière invitée
    Iva Novakova (Université Grenoble Alpes, LIDILEM) — Le projet PhraséoRom : à la croisée de la phraséologie et des genres littéraires

  • 15h30-15h45 Pause

  • 15h45-17h30 5e Session (20′ + questions)

  • 17h10-17h20 Clôture du colloque


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Université de Poitiers

Homère et les philosophes


Description et organisation


Le laboratoire « Métaphysique allemande et philosophie pratique » (MAPP) de l’université de Poitiers organise un colloque international consacré à la réception des œuvres d’Homère et aux usages des thèmes homériques dans l’histoire de la philosophie. Ce colloque, intitulé « Homère et les philosophes », souhaite s’intéresser à la manière dont les philosophes se sont appropriés l’œuvre d’Homère, aussi bien dans l’Antiquité que durant la période moderne et contemporaine. Il s’agira de comprendre comment cette œuvre a pu nourrir la réflexion philosophique mais aussi comment elle peut encore continuer à l’inspirer. Le colloque se déroulera à Poitiers les 20, 21 et 22 mars 2019.


Les philosophes ont toujours été intéressés par les textes homériques ainsi que par le personnage même d’Homère. Les Anciens se sont ainsi interrogés dès l’origine sur la portée de ces textes, et sur l’usage qui pouvait en être fait. Mais ils ont voulu en dégager le sens en suivant des stratégies de lecture différentes. Certains ont cherché à distinguer (dans ces textes comme dans les mythes de manière plus générale) les faits qui semblent véridiques de ceux qui paraissent invraisemblables (c’est l’orientation adoptée par de nombreux historiens comme Polybe, Diodore de Sicile, Strabon ou Pausanias). Tout en se voyant reconnaître une part de vérité, les récits étaient ainsi épurés de leur contenu fictif. D’autres ont essayé de proposer une lecture allégorique des textes homériques, en cherchant un sens caché derrière leur apparence irrationnelle ou même révoltante. Pour ces auteurs, les puissances divines symbolisaient alors des éléments, certains personnages figuraient des organes du corps humain, des fonctions physiologiques, ou même des vertus. Dans des commentaires philosophiques comme ceux des néoplatoniciens, ces puissances et ces personnages sont considérés comme des représentations de réalités intelligibles (comme c’est le cas chez Porphyre, par exemple, dans L’Antre des nymphes, ou encore chez Proclus).

D’un côté, les textes d’Homère font donc l’objet de critiques, plus ou moins sévères, à l’égard de leur valeur de vérité ou de leur portée éthique. Mais d’un autre côté, ils font l’objet d’un usage original et d’une réappropriation à l’intérieur d’une réflexion plus générale. Cette ambivalence traverse toute l’histoire de la réflexion sur les textes homériques : faut-il se défier de leur contenu, faut-il refuser d’en faire un modèle éthique ou esthétique, ou bien peut-on y puiser les éléments d’une vision du monde que le philosophe appelle de ses vœux ? C’est bien un tel débat que l’on retrouve au XVIIème et au XVIIIème siècles en Europe lorsque se pose notamment la question de la valeur esthétique et exemplaire des œuvres d’Homère (il suffit de rappeler ici la fameuse querelle d’Homère qui oppose en France Madame Dacier à Antoine Houdar de la Motte). Bien entendu, la philosophie prend toute sa part dans ce débat, comme en témoignent les interventions de Voltaire dans l’Essai sur la poésie épique ou de Rousseau dans l’Essai sur l’origine des langues. Mais sa place est tout aussi décisive dans un autre débat qui surgit cette fois au tournant du XVIIIème et du XIXème siècles. La science philologique naissante fait alors d’Homère un enjeu essentiel pour tester ses méthodes et ses théories. Et l’on sait combien les auteurs allemands, Nietzsche en particulier, se montrent intéressés et critiques à la fois envers ces dernières.

L’objet de ce colloque est donc d’étudier ces différentes lectures que les textes homériques ont suscitées au sein de l’histoire de la philosophie. Cette question a rarement été traitée. Les travaux sur la réception d’Homère ont plutôt relevé, jusqu’ici, du champ des études littéraires ou artistiques. Il s’agira donc de proposer une approche nouvelle, en s’interrogeant ici sur la réception d’Homère dans le domaine particulier de la philosophie, aussi bien ancienne que classique ou contemporaine, mais aussi de proposer le premier travail d’ensemble consacré aux rapports entre Homère et la philosophie.

Mais les lectures philosophiques, les usages et les interprétations d’Homère, posent à la philosophie une autre question : comment s’empare-t-elle de textes qui ne sont pas de nature philosophique pour nourrir sa propre démarche ? Par quelles voies la philosophie peut-elle se nourrir de ce qui n’est pas elle (et que signifie, pour elle, interpréter ces textes) ? Autrement dit, comment peut-on philosopher à partir d’Homère (et avec Homère) ? Ce colloque voudra donc chercher quelle philosophie peut encore surgir des textes homériques, et peut-être même dans quelle mesure Homère est philosophe.


Les propositions d’interventions devront se répartir selon les trois axes de recherche suivants :

1/ lectures anciennes d’Homère,

2/ lectures modernes et contemporaines,

3/ Homère philosophe ?


Les propositions de communication, comprises entre 400 et 500 mots, seront assorties d’un bref CV de leur auteur et devront être envoyées à, avant le 31 décembre 2018. Les réponses du comité scientifique seront communiquées le 1er février 2019.

Langues du colloque : français, anglais


Jeudi 21 mars 2019

9 h 30-12 h 15 : Homère dans la philosophie antique

9 h 00 : Accueil des participants et ouverture du colloque

9 h 30-10 h 10 : David Bouvier (Université de Lausanne) : « Xénophane vs Homère : rupture ou continuité ? »

10 h 20-11 h 00 :  Sylvain Roux (Université de Poitiers) : « Ulysse et les tyrans. Sens d’une figure homérique chez Platon »

11 h 25-12 h 05 : Suzanne Husson (Université de Paris IV – Sorbonne) : « De l’éthique à la théologie. L’interprétation d’Homère d’Antisthène aux stoïciens »

14 h 30-17 h 35 : Homère dans l’Antiquité tardive

14 h-14 h 40 : Fabienne Jourdan (CNRS – Paris) : « Une exégèse de l’Antre des nymphes au service d’une interprétation du mythe d’Er — Numénius, fr. 30-35 des Places

14 h 50-15 h 30 : José María Zamora Calvo (Université Autonome de Madrid) : « L’âme et son eidôlon dans l’Hadès : deux lectures néoplatoniciennes divergentes ? »

15 h 55-16 h 35 : Philippe Hoffmann (EPHE – Paris) : « Proclus et Homère »

16 h 45-17 h 25 :  Sophie Van der Meeren (Université de Rennes 2) : « Poèmes homériques et centralité du nostos dans la Consolation de Philosophie de Boèce »

Vendredi 22 mars 2019

9 h 30-12 h 15 : Homère dans la philosophie moderne

9 h 30-10 h 10 : Sylvia Giocanti (Université de Toulouse – Jean Jaurès) : « La place d’Homère dans les Essais de Montaigne »

10 h 20-11 h 00 :  Adrian Mihai (University of Cambridge) : « “La découverte du vrai Homère” par Giambattista Vico ».

11 h 25-12 h 05 : Victor Béguin (Université de Poitiers) : « Situation d’Homère dans la philosophie hégélienne de l’art »

14 h 00-17 h 35 :  Homère dans la pensée allemande contemporaine

14 h-14 h 40 : Céline Denat (Université de Reims Champagne – Ardenne) : « La référence à Homère dans la philosophie de Nietzsche »

14 h 50-15 h 30 : Alain Petit (Université de Clermont Auvergne) : « Le monde homérique des dieux de Walter F. Otto »

15 h 55-16 h 35 : Fanny Valeyre (Sorbonne-Université) : « Alêtheia et origine. La présence d’Homère dans l’œuvre de Heidegger »

16 h 45 – 17 h 25 : Alexis Cukier (Université de Poitiers) : « Ulysse à l’école de Francfort. À propos de la lecture d’Homère dans La dialectique de la raison d’Adorno et Horkheimer »


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Universität Bochum

Ancient Modes of Philosophical Inquiry

Description and organization

At least since Socrates, philosophy has been understood as the desire for acquiring a special kind of knowledge, namely wisdom, a kind of knowledge that human beings ordinarily do not possess. According to ancient thinkers this desire may result from a variety of causes: wonder or astonishment, the painful realization that one lacks wisdom, or encountering certain hard perplexities or aporiai. As a result of this basic understanding of philosophy, Greek thinkers tended to regard philosophy as an activity of inquiry (zētēsis) rather than as a specific discipline. Discussions concerning the right manner of engaging in philosophical inquiry – what methodoi or routes of inquiry were best suited to lead one to wisdom – accordingly became an integral part of ancient philosophy, as did the question how such manners of inquiry related to, and differed from, other types of inquiry, for instance medical or mathematical.

It is the ideal of philosophy as inquiry, and the various ways in which ancient philosophers conceived of the manner in which such inquiry should be conducted, that we wish to concentrate on in this issue of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy, whose preliminary title is ‘Ancient Modes of Philosophical Inquiry’. Its aim is, broadly, to investigate the various ways in which ancient philosophers conducted their philosophical investigations, and reflected on how philosophical investigation should be conducted. In particular, we understand this topic in contra-distinction to the explicit epistemologies ancient authors have put forward (for instance, the theory Aristotle describes in his Posterior Analytics).

Please also see the extended call that includes topics we are particularly interested in.

According to the current publication plans of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy, our issue will appear in print in 2020. Since Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy is a peer-reviewed journal, we will need to receive submissions by 31 March 2019.

Jens Kristian Larsen (University of Bergen) and Philipp Steinkrüger (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) will serve as Guest-Editors for this volume. For further inquiries, please contact


Philipp Steinkrüger (

Jens Kristian Larsen (

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International Plato Society

 Plato’s heritage in historical perspective

intellectual transformations and new research strategies


Description and organization

The International Plato Society (IPS) is pleased to announce the colloquium “Plato’s heritage in historical perspective: intellectual transformations and new research strategies”, which will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia on the 28th and 30th of August 2018.

The colloquium will serve as a platform for the IPS Executive Committee’s mid-term meeting.

The study of Plato’s heritage is a way of diagnosing modernity – in so far as it is made explicit in philosophical discourse. This is precisely why intellectual transformations and new research strategies are relevant themes for both international and Russian Plato studies.

We propose the following topics for the colloquium:

  1. The history of Plato interpretation as an element of the evolution of European culture. Different periods and tendencies of interpretive programs. Schools of thought and intellectual trends which shaped and determined the study of Plato in the 19th and 20th centuries. The specifics of the study of Plato’s heritage in different disciplinary traditions such as classical philology or the history of philosophy. The role of Plato interpretation in various philosophical projects and the “turns” of European philosophy and culture. Plato in Russia.
  2. Contemporary strategies of studying Plato. The problems of the “Plato’s corpus”: its unity and its role in the context of the Academy, its educational program and the strategies of interaction with the outside, non-academic social world of Plato’s time. The perspectives for and the limits of the chronological approach to Plato’s texts. Problems relating to genre characteristics. The particularities of modern stylometric investigations.
  3. The experience of translating Plato into modern languages and publishing Plato’s texts. Problems of style and terminological accuracy. Commentary as an element of the translation and the publishing of a classical text. Typology of contemporary commentaries, structure and “plot organization” of existing contemporary Plato editions.


The colloquium will be supported by the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and the Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities. All meetings will take place in the historical center of St. Petersburg.

Organizing committee 

Chairman of the organizing committee: Prof. Roman Svetlov (Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities), chairman of the “Plato Philosophy Society”.

Co-moderators of the program organizing committee:

  • Lead researcher, Editor-in-Chief of the “Platonic Investigations / Πλατωνικὰ ζητήματα” Irina Protopopova, PhD (Russian State University for the Humanities),
  • Prof. Lev Letyagin (Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia)
  • Prof. Dmitry Shmonin (Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities),
  • Prof. Igor Goncharov (Syktyvkar State University).

Members of the organizing committee:

  • Dmitry Kurdybajlo (Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities)
  • Irina Mochalova (Saint Petersburg State University)
  • Elena Alymova (Saint Petersburg State University)
  • Tatiana Litvin (Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities)

The publication of the colloquium materials

The texts of the colloquium will be published in our periodical “Platonic Investigations/ Πλατωνικὰ ζητήματα”. 

Preliminary colloquium program

  • Day 1 –  two plenary sessions (11.00- 14.00; 15.00- 18.00; 3-4 reports per session), reception.
  • Day 2 – the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Platonic society (11.00- 13.00) and plenary session (13.30- 18.00 – 5-6 reports).
  • Day 3 – Sections sessions (11.00 – 18.00). 18.00 – closing remarks.

Procedure and deadlines

Please, send estimated titles of your papers (we are preparing preliminary program of Conference for institution’s officials in January).

Please send the abstracts (300-500 words, prepared for blind-review) by 1 May 2018 to

Working languages

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. We propose that the participants send their papers in ahead of time, so that translations can be prepared and then displayed on a separate screen during the presentation.

The study of Plato in Russia

The first systematic translations of Plato’s heritage into Russian have been produced in the 18th century, however separate fragments translated into Old Russian appear in various florilegiums dating back to 12th-16th centuries. The differences in interpretation of Plato in Russia are connected to the different historical periods and the development of modern forms of education and science, particularly following the reforms of Peter the Great. The study of Plato in Russia has always had a philosophical, scientific and cultural importance. There exists a culturally ingrained myth of the “Platonism” of the russian soul, inclined to a contemplative kind of spirituality; a Platonism of a Christian “Byzantine” variety. Even during the Soviet Union the study of Greek antiquity, including Plato, continued even though it acquired a specific character.

Nevertheless, the institutionalization of these studies has only become possible in the 1990s. Since 1993 a yearly conference, “The universe of Plato’s thought”, takes place in St.Petersburg. Since 2012 yearly Plato conferences take place in Moscow.  Both in St.Petersburg and in Moscow, a number of international Plato specialists have participated. In 2014 the “Plato Philosophical Society”, which closely cooperates with the IPS, has been officially registered. One of its main goals is to lay the groundwork for the publication of new Russian translations of Plato, amongst other things by facilitating the uptake of the rich international experience of analyzing and translating Plato. Since 2014 the “Plato Philosophical Society” publish a periodical “Platonic Investigations / Πλατωνικὰ ζητήματα”, a number of influential international Platonists among its authors and members of its Advisory Committee.


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University of Warsaw

The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

Description and organization

The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity project is a major 5-year ERC-funded research project, based primarily in Oxford, supported by a team in Warsaw. The project is mapping the cult of saints as a system of beliefs and practices in its earliest and most fluid form, from its origins until around AD 700. Central to the project is a searchable database, in which all the literary, epigraphic, papyrological and documentary evidence for the cult of saints is being collected, whether in Armenian, Coptic, Georgian, Greek, Latin or Syriac. This database, which is continuously being added to, can already be accessed using this link:

On 27-29 September 2018 we are organising a final conference in Warsaw, before the project closes at the end of the year. The topic of the conference is as broad as the project – the cult of saints in Late Antiquity. What we hope to achieve is a broad picture of this phenomenon, and so, although we will welcome papers studying the cult of a specific saint, cultic activity or region, saints or regions , we will give priority to those that set cults and cult practices against the wide background of cultic behaviour and belief, now readily accessible through our database (already operational and filling up fast).

Among the confirmed key-note speakers we will have Luigi Canetti, Vincent Déroche, Stephanos Efthymiadis, Cynthia Hahn, Anne-Marie Helvétius, Xavier Lequeux, Maria Lidova, Julia Smith, Raymond Van Dam, and Ian Wood.

Those interested in presenting papers are requested to send title and short abstract (c. 100 words) to Robert Wiśniewski ( by 20 April 2018.

There is no registration fee, but please, note, we won’t be able to cover travel and accommodation expences.


Thursday, 27 September

12.00-14.30 – Registration/coffee

14.30-14.45 – Opening remarks

14.45-16.15 Visualising saints. Chair: Efthymios Rizos
Maria Lidova (University of Oxford): Placing martyrs in the Apse. Visual strategies for the promotion of saints in Late Antiquity
Robin Jensen (University of Notre Dame): Icons as relics: the role of the portrait in the early cult of saints
Luigi Canetti (Università di Bologna): Marks of glory. Material and immaterial traces of the divine between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages

16.15-16.35 COFFEE BREAK

16.35-18.05 Material aspects. Chair: Adam Łajtar
Julia Smith (University of Oxford): From Material Blessings to Spiritual Pledges: Relics c. 400-c. 700
Cynthia Hahn (CUNY): Happy opportunity in the early cult of relics—reliquaries and shrines
Raymond Van Dam (University of Michigan) An environmental history of the cult of St. Martin

18.05-18.25 – COFFEE BREAK

18.25-19.00 – The Presbyters of the Late Antique West – launch of the database

19.00-19.30 – REFRESHMENTS

FRIDAY, 28 September

Constantinople. Chair: Bryan Ward-Perkins

Stephanos Efthymiadis (Open University of Cyprus): The cult of saints in Constantinople (sixth-twelfth c.): some questions
Vincent Déroche (Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance): Half forgotten saints: the abbots of the first centuries of Constantinople
Michał Pietranik (University of Warsaw): Emperor and sanctity at war: the case of Maurice (582-602)
Konstantin Klein (University of Bamberg): Wandering saints: the development of the cult of saints in Jerusalem and Constantinople

11.00-11.20 – COFFEE BREAK

Regions and migrations 1. Chair: Anne-Marie Helvétius

Aaltje Hidding (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): From commemoration to martyr cult. Remembering the Great Persecution in late antique Egypt
Nikoloz Aleksidze (University of Oxford): Georgian sources for the study of the cult of saints in the Holy Land
Ian Wood (University of Leeds): The lives of episcopal saints in Gaul, c.470-550

12.50-14.15 – LUNCH BREAK

Regions and migrations 2. Chair: Vincent Déroche

Olga Špehar (University of Belgrade): Tracing late antique cults and rituals in the central Balkans: art, architecture and written testimonies
Anna Lampadaridi (University of Oxford): The origins of Italo-Greek hagiography: the cult of Sicilian martyrs
Bryan Ward-Perkins (University of Oxford): Unity and diversity in the late antique cult of saints

15.45-16.05 – COFFEE BREAK

Specific saints. Chair: Ian Wood
Efthymios Rizos (University of Oxford): Relationship between hagiography and institutions of Cult: remarks on the legends of Athenogenes of Pedachthoe and Julian of Cilicia
András Handl (KU Leuven): Invented, interwoven and interplayed: the evolution of the bishop-martyr Calixtus’ cult in late-antique Rome
Anna Salsano (la Sapienza, Rome): The Archangels Michael and Raphael in Coptic Acta Martyrum
Filippo Ronconi (EHESS, Paris): Sophronius of Jerusalem, Santa Passera, Santa Maria Antiqua and the beginning of the cult of Sts. Cyrus and John in Rome


SATURDAY, 29 September

Saints and senses. Chair: Robert Wiśniewski
Xavier Lequeux (Société des Bollandistes): Les saints myroblytes: des origines à l’an Mil
Martin Roch (Université de Genève): Significations et fonctions sociales de l’odeur suave des saints dans l’Antiquité tardive
Julia Doroszewska (University of Warsaw, CSLA Project): Apparitions of saints in late-antique literature

11.00-11.20 – COFFEE BREAK

Saints and monasteries. Chair: Julia Smith
Anne-Marie Helvétius (Université Paris 8): Monasteries and the cult of the saints in Gaul, c. 400-700
Evanthia Nikolaidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): Conflicts among congregants and among monasteries: a demonstration of their cult and strong religious devotion to saints

12.20-12.40 COFFEE BREAK

Promotion and veneration. Chair: Elżbieta Jastrzębowska
Marlena Whiting (University of Amsterdam): Gendering the cult of saints: female worshippers for female saints?
Arik Avdokhin (Higher School of Economics, Moscow): Miraculous hymns and devotion to Saints in Late Antiquity: a perspective from the Greek-speaking Mediterranean

13.40 – A very brief conclusion

Organizers: Julia Doroszewska, Bryan Ward-Perkins, Robert Wiśniewski


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KU Leuven 

Polemics, Rivalry and Networking in Greco-Roman Antiquity

Description and organization

Disagreement and scholarly dispute are essential to any intellectual development. This holds true for ancient cultures no less than for us today. Greek philosophy has been agonistic from long before the formal constitution of philosophical ‘schools’ in the Hellenistic age. In the classical period, Athens famously served as an intellectual battlefield between Socrates and the sophists, in which a full armory of eristic and elenctic strategies was developed. This confrontation was to become a paradigm for the opposition between rhetorical and philosophical models of education, from Plato and Isocrates to the Second Sophistic and beyond.

The Hellenistic age saw the rise of schools and other, often more informal types of network which committed its members to a core set of doctrines – not only in philosophy (Stoicism, Epicureanism, Skepticism), but also in medicine (dogmatists vs. empiricists), science (mathematical astronomy vs. more philosophical cosmologies), historiography (pragmatic vs. rhetorical and tragic approaches; pro-Roman vs. pro-Carthaginian accounts), grammar (allegoricists vs. literalists), rhetoric (asianism vs. atticism), poetry (epos vs. shorter types of poetry), and theology (traditionalist vs. more liberal approaches). An essential ingredient of this phenomenon is the development of stereotypic depictions of rival schools and fixed patterns of refutations. Many of these depictions and tropes survived the actual debates from which they emerged and the schools against which they were directed, as is apparent from the Platonic and Christian texts from late Antiquity.

In the Hellenistic period, we also witness the emergence of new intellectual centers, like Alexandria, and of increasingly text-based scholarly communities and networks. From the early imperial age onwards, authoritative texts became increasingly important vehicles of wisdom, and written commentaries gradually acquired a central place in philosophical, rhetorical and religious education. Both Christians and pagans adopted polemical strategies in distinguishing between orthodox and heterodox interpretations of their founding texts, thus leading to controversy between authors who often had much more in common than they were ready to admit. In this context, polemical strategies not only served to refute one’s opponents, but also contributed to establishing intra-school identity and intellectual alliances.

The aim of this conference is to study the role that polemical strategies and intellectual controversy have played in the establishment of ancient learned networks, such as philosophical and scientific schools, scholarly and religious communities, literary circles, etc., as well as in the dynamics of intellectual alliances, traditions, and ‘personal’ networks.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Philip van der Eijk (Berlin)
  • Peter Gemeinhardt (Göttingen)
  • Pantelis Golitsis (Thessaloniki)
  • Irmgard Männlein-Robert (Tübingen)
  • John Marincola (Florida State University)

Please submit your proposal via email ( by February 28, 2018.

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Wednesday 12 December 2018 | Conference day 1 | Institute of Philosophy

14.30 – 15.30 Registration

15.30 – 15.45 Opening of the Conference Wim DECOCK | Director of Lectio

15.45 – 16.15 Session 1

Chair – Jan Opsomer Marco DONATO (Pisa & Paris), Polemics in the Pseudoplatonica: The Academy’s Agenda and the Renaissance of Socratic Dialogue

16.15 – 16.45 Wim NIJS (Leuven), Graeculus et adsentator: Philodemus’ Defence of Epicurean Friendship and Frank Speech in Roman Society

16.45 – 17.15 |   Chiara MILITELLO (Catania), Replying to Stoics as the Basis of True Aristotelianism: the Significance of Polemics in Alexander of Aphrodisias’ Commentaries and Treatises

17.15 – 18.00 Coffee

18.00 – 19.00 Keynote Lecture 1 | Chair – Gerd Van Riel Irmgard MÄNNLEIN-ROBERT (Tübingen), Subtile Battles or Platonic Exegesis as Polemical Strategy in Porphyry

19.00 Reception | Raadzaal Institute of Philosophy | Kardinaal Mercierplein 2, Leuven

Thursday 13 December 2018 | Conference day 2 | Holland College

Session 2 | Chair – Danny Praet

09.00 – 09.30 András HANDL (Leuven), The Influence of Real-Life Encounters on the Treatment of Heterodox Groups in the Refutatio Omnium Haeresium

09.30 – 10.00 Benjamin DE VOS (Gent), The Homilistic Disputes Between Clement and Appion: the Art of Dissimulation and Irony in a Clash Between Judeo-Christianity and Paganism for the ‘True’ Paideia

10.00 – 10.30 Marina DÍAZ BOURGEAL (Madrid), “Oὐ λέξεων μόνον, ἠθῶν δέ”: Julian on the Christian Teachers and Hellenism

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.00 Keynote Lecture 2 | Chair – Johan Leemans

Peter GEMEINHARDT (Göttingen), “Against the Avarice of the Melitians and the Impiety of the Ariomanites!” Polemics and Networking in the 4th-Century Trinitarian Debates

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

Middaggesprek | Chair – Bart Pattyn Danny PRAET (Gent) & Jos VERHEYDEN (Leuven), Vurige tongen of te vuur en te zwaard? Het succes van het christendom in het Romeinse Rijk: spontaan of onder dwang

Session 3 | Chair – Bram Demulder

13.30 – 14.00 Bruno MARIEN (Leuven), The Recommendation Activity in Late Antique Epistolographers seen against the Background of Competing Personal Networks: the Example of Libanius and Other Fourth-century Letter Writers

14.00 – 14.30 Other Fourth-century Letter Writers Olivier DEMERRE (Gent), Philostratus’ Life of Hermogenes: Rhetorical Debates and Circles in the Lives of the Sophists

14.30 – 15.00 Han BALTUSSEN (Adelaide), Polemic, Personality and the Iamblichan Lineage in Eunapius’ VPS

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee

Session 4 | Chair – Stefan Schorn

15.30 – 16.00 Eva FALASCHI (Pisa), It is not just a Question of Being the Best. Artistic Rivalry and Polemics Among Greek Artists as Seen in the Imperial Age

16.00 – 16.30 Tiberiu POPA (Indianapolis), Can Historians Handle the Truth?

16.30 – 17.00 Carlos STEEL (Leuven), A Newly Discovered Treatise from the School of Alexandria. A Discussion on the Status of Astrology at the End of the 6th Century

19.30 Conference Dinner | Faculty Club | Groot Begijnhof 14, Leuven

Friday 14 December 2018 | Conference day 3 | Holland College

Session 5 | Chair – Marc-Antoine Gavray

09.00 – 09.30 Irini FOTINI-VILTANIOTI (Leuven), Denouncing the Old Rivalry Between Philology and Philosophy: Porphyry’s Homerica

09.30 – 10.00 Corentin TRESNIE (Brussels & Leuven), Se construire un maître à penser: les Vies de Plotin et Pythagore par Porphyre et Jamblique

10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Lecture 4 | Chair – Pieter d’Hoine Pantelis GOLITSIS (Thessaloniki), Explicit and Implicit Polemics in Late Ancient Commentaries on Aristotle

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee

Session 6 | Chair – Michiel Meeusen

11.30 – 12.00 Thorsten FÖGEN (Durham), Rival or Ally? Competition, Controversy and Polemics in Ancient Technical Discourse

12.00 – 12.30 Argyro LITHARI (Berlin), Platonic Teachings and Astronomers’ Hypotheses in Proclus’ Hypotyposis Astronomicarum Positionum: Between Opposition and Agreement

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

Keynote Lecture 5 | Chair – Geert Roskam

13.30 – 14.30  Philip VAN DER EIJK (Berlin), Polemics and Rivalry in the Ancient Medical Tradition

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee

Session 7 | Chair – Marijke Crab

15.00 – 15.30 Ute TISCHER (Leipzig), Comparison and Competition: ‘Cicero’, ‘Virgil’, and the Authority of the Interpreter

15.30 – 16.00 Josh SMITH (Baltimore), (Mis)reading the Poet: A Networking Strategy in Ancient Criticism

16.00 Plenary discussion & Conclusion


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Univeristà Roma La Sapienza

Origen and the Origenian tradition on progress

Description and organization

Research project: La Wirkungsgeschichte di gnosi e origenismo in età moderna, Sapienza Università di Roma, resp. Gaetano Lettieri

Joint Conference between the “Dipartimento di Storia, Culture, Religioni” of Sapienza University of Rome and the ITN Project Marie Skłodowska-Curie “The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization”.

Deadline for proposals: 8 March 2018.

Προκοπή, profectus: in this category it is possible to encompass all the dynamic movement of the theology of Origen of Alexandria. This movement is the natural modality of man, in progress until the apokatastatic restoration of the protological dimension of the pure intelligence to God. Progress implies freedom and the multiple possibilities to convert to the good: the creature has multiple secular cycles to reach his goal, thanks to the universal goodness of the Father. The soul progresses from aeon to aeon due to the progressive divine revelation, which proposes three ascending grades to the limited freedom of man: the Law, the prophets and the Gospels. The progress of the revelation matches the hermeneutical progress, the duty of the believer, who has to progress from the letter to the Spirit. This corresponds to prayer: the true adoration is ad profectum Spiritus, a mystical outburst towards a God who is light and fire, a Beloved who reveals himself and eludes the grasp of the lover. Progress is hence in Origen the fundamental posture of man and of Biblical exegete. Even deeper, progress is the key to understanding the Origenian Trinity: the Son is the eternal movement of desire towards the Father.

This conference aims to develop and question this interpretative hypothesis, operating on two levels. A first session will be dedicated to the theme of progress in Origen, in its various nuances and in its relationship with the reflections of his time, with particular attention to the Gnostics. This synchronic analysis will be followed by a wide diachronic portrait, which will follow Origen’s Nachleben, his path throughout history. The conference aims to underline the productive power of cultural traditions which had found their stimulus and object in the Origenian speculative inheritance; our hypothesis is that this happened primarily in the sense of a continuous relativisation of dogma and in an endless moral and mystical acceleration. The specific object of analysis will be the continuation of the effort to combine Christian faith and Platonic metaphysics, which had had its highest elaboration in the Gnostic Alexandrian schools and in the proto-Catholic schools of Clement and Origen. Therefore, we will follow the powerful catholic recasting made by the Cappadocians in the East and the fortunes and misfortunes of Origen in the West, where he was to be the teacher of mystics and exegesis (just consider Bernard of Clairvaux) but who was also feared as a heretic. The Platonic combination of the Origenism works in history of modern Western thought as a positive metaphysical meta-dogmatic and optimistic option, against the pessimistic and fideistic lines of Augustinism, as the debate between Erasmus and Luther on the freedom of the will testifies. From Cusano to the Florentine Neoplatonism, from Bruno to the Socinians, from the Cambridge Platonists to Leibnitz, we endeavor to follow the Origenian inheritance until the present age, in its secularization from the theological to the philosophical.

All paper proposals should include the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the presenter; please submit title and abstract of 250 words maximum. The languages of the conference will be Italian and English. Proposals to be submitted to by 8 March 2018.


May 16, 2018

09:30 -13:00, Aula Organi Collegiali, Rettorato Chair Stefania Salvadori – HAB Wolfenbüttel – Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Elisa Bellucci – Martin Luther Universität Halle – Wittenberg „Ob die gleich mit solchem Worten in dem Symbolo Apostolico nicht stehet/ doch nicht gegen dasselbige sey « The Progressive Revelation as Hermeneutical Reason for Johann Wilhelm Petersen´s Doctrine of the Apokatastasis »

Elena Rapetti – Università di Milano Cattolica Origene ariano? Dibattiti tra cattolici, protestanti e antitrinitari nel XVII secolo

Joshua Roe – Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster Hamann and the Parody of Progress

Chair Elena Rapetti – Università di Milano Cattolica

Andrea Annese – Sapienza Università di Roma Origene e la tradizione alessandrina in Antonio Rosmini

Elisa Zocchi – Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster Origen as Hegel: the Concept of Aufhebung in Balthasar’s interpretation of Origen

Ludovico Battista – Sapienza Università di Roma Myth and Progress. Hans Blumenberg’s Reading of Origen of Alexandria


May 14, 2018

15:00 -18:00, Aula Organi Collegiali, Rettorato Chair Emanuela Prinzivalli, Director of the Department of “Storia Culture Religioni”- Sapienza Università di Roma

Gaetano Lettieri – Sapienza Università di Roma Progress: a Key Idea for Origen and its Inheritance

Peter Martens – Saint Louis University The Literary Soul: Origenian Anthropology and Greek Narrative

Anders-Christian Jacobsen – Aarhus University Transgression and Regress in Origen

Coffee break

Chair Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Network Coordinator Itn Project Marie-Curie “The History of Human Freedom and Dignity”

Francesco Berno – Sapienza Università di Roma Gnosticismo e mistica: una relazione equivoca

Patricia Ciner -National University of San Juan – Catholic University of Cuyo The Tradition of Spiritual Progress in the West: Plotinus’ and Origen’s Legacy for Contemporary Neuroscience

Ryan Haecker – Peterhouse College Cambridge On the First Principles of Origen’s Logic

May 15, 2018

9:00 – 13:00, Aula Organi Collegiali, Rettorato

Chair Francesca Cocchini – Sapienza Università di Roma Vito Limone – Università di Milano San Raffaele L’uso di “eros” nelle Omelie sul Cantico di Gregorio di Nissa

Paolo Bettiolo – Università di Padova Come i fiumi si perdono nel mare. Dottrina trinitaria ed escatologia negli scritti di Evagrio Pontico

Emiliano Fiori – Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari Keeping the Progress under Surveillance: Dionysius the Areopagite on Analogy and the Construction of Hierarchy

Coffee break

Chair Carla Noce – Università Roma Tre

Tobias Georges – Georg – August – Universität Göttingen From Reading to Understanding: Profectus in Abelard and Origen

Massimiliano Lenzi – Sapienza Università di Roma Ragione, libero arbitrio e predestinazione. Origene nel pensiero teologico di Tommaso d’Aquino

Pasquale Terracciano – Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento Misunderstanding Origen in the 16th Century: Dignity of Man, Metempsychosis and Succession of Countless Worlds

Lunch break

15:00 -18:00 Chair Pasquale Terracciano – Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento

Andrea Villani – Georg – August – Universität Göttingen Tra libero arbitrio e angelologia. Tracce origeniane nella Città di vita di Matteo Palmieri

Maria Fallica – Sapienza Università di Roma Progress in Erasmus as an Origenian Progress

Stefania Salvadori – HAB Wolfenbüttel – Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities Sebastiano Castellione e i tentativi di mediazione nella ricezione di Origene fra Umanesimo e Riforma

Coffee break

Douglas Hedley – Clare College Cambridge Re-Thinking Origen in the 17th-century West: Anne Conway and the Cambridge Platonists

Enrico Cerasi – Università di Milano San Raffaele L’apocatastasi nella teologia di Karl Barth


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Université du Québec à Montréal

Foreign Influences

Philosophy and the Circulation of Knowledge in Antiquity

Description and organization

How did Greek and Roman philosophers react to “foreign influences,” or “foreigners” (*xenoi*)? Did Greek and Roman philosophy and literature promote a stereotypical notion of the other, or do we always find different approaches to foreignness? Are stereotypes and prejudices the most common features of ancient representations of foreigners? When philosophers strive to expand the body of knowledge of their time, are they open or closed to the input that may come from other populations?

The Greek concept of the “foreigner” (*xenos*) is rather wide-ranging, as is clear from Socrates’ plea to his judges at the beginning of Plato’s *Apology*, that they tolerate his simple language as they would tolerate a foreigner from Ionia speaking the dialect of that region.

Before Socrates’ philosophical activity, the Presocratics, both physiologists and sophists, were all “guests” or foreigners (*xenoi*) in Athens—not citizens. Moreover, before the arrival of philosophers to mainland Greece, Greeks from Attica or the Peloponnese would go abroad to learn and acquire knowledge. According to Herodotus, Solon, one of the Seven Sages, traveled for ten years to Egypt and to the court of Cresus.

Solon went abroad to “philosophize”, i.e. to collect the wisdom of the learned foreigners.

This conference aims at surveying the different representations of foreigners provided by Greek and Roman philosophers. The goal is to establish whether these representations had an impact on the development of ancient philosophy. Selected papers will focus on the foreigners’

contributions to ancient philosophy and will explain how was possible that philosophy, from its origin through its development, was always intertwined with cultural exchanges around the Mediterranean, despite the different languages, the geographical and historical distances and the barrier of citizenship.

The conference will focus on archaic, classical, Hellenistic, and Roman antiquity. We welcome papers on the notion of “xenos” from different perspectives (anthropological, literary, historical and philosophical).

Please send an abstract of 300-450 words and a short CV to : gili.luca [at]

Deadline for submission: December 20, 2018. Decisions will be made by January 10, 2018. The conference proceedings will be published.

The organizers

Benoît Castelnerac (Université de Sherbrooke)

Luca Gili (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Laetitia Monteils-Laeng (Université de Montréal)


gili.luca [at]

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