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Greek classics: Why its legacy remains relevant 2,500 years later?
2020 will be a very special year—2,500 years have elapsed since the Greeks resisted the second, and last, Persian invasion. The alliance of the Greek polis put the seeds that allowed Plato, Aristotle, and many other great thinkers, to create and develop a unique worldview based on the notion of the koinôn (κοινόν). Their new way of thinking about the world has played a seminal role in the shaping of today’s societies. The aim of this Conference is to consider the example of Ancient Greek philosophers and rethink the world, 2,500 years later. We believe that Greek Classics are the mirror where we should look at—they must be the path of light for our free societies. Thus, as inheritors of such a great legacy and as owners of all future science, we propose to reflect on this conference around the following thematic axis: “Greek Classics: Why Its Legacy Remains Relevant 2,500 years later?” Subthemes:
- 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Polis. Politics. Democracy.
- 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Philosophy. Knowledge.
- 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: History. Memory. Identity.
- 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Image. Art. Culture.
- 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Texts, Literature, Drama.
- 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Environment and Sustainability.
- 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Psychology and Self-Awareness.
- 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Digital Humanities. Digitization.
- Europe in crisis. Reflections from Ancient Greece to present-day Europe.
- Other topics related to the Humanities.
Prof. Niki Tsironis, PhD. – National Hellenic Research Foundation (Greece)
Dr. Niki Tsironis is a Byzantinist working at the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens Greece. She is also an Associate in Byzantine Studies at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University, Washington D.C. and an Adjunct Professor of Byzantine Studies at the Stavros Niarchos Center for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada. She has studied at King’s College London supervised by Dame Averil Cameron and she has worked for Onassis Foundation, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the Eleni Nakou, and the Laskarides Foundation. She is President of the Cultural Society AINOS with which she organizes international research and cultural projects and trips in the US, Europe, and Greece. Her research interests focus on Byzantine narrative and performance, the relationship between word and image, the ritual lament in Greek tradition and the history of book in the Christian era.
Prof. Delia Manzanero, PhD. – Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)
Delia Manzanero is Professor of Philosophy at the Rey Juan Carlos University. She has an international academic background with research stays at Oxford University, New York University, Birmingham Law School, U. Javeriana of Bogotá and UNAM of Mexico. She obtained his cum laude Doctorate with International Mention at the UAM. She studied the Bachelor of Philosophy at UAM and has completed three Masters in Philosophy of History: Democracy and World Order, Master in Spanish and Latin American Thought and Master in Theory and Criticism of Culture, in addition to a Philosophy of Law Course in New York University Her scientific-academic production is fundamentally oriented to the Philosophy of Law, Ethics, Education and the History of political ideas. Currently, Manzanero is the President of the Bajo Word Association (AFBP), Secretary of the Association of Philosophical Hispanism and Director of Bajo Palabra. Revista de Filosofía.
Dr. Karim Gherab Martín - Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)
Karim Gherab Martín is a professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. He holds a degree in Theoretical Physics and a PhD in Philosophy of Science and Technology. He has been a visiting professor at prestigious universities such as Harvard University (2008-2009), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010) and Paris-Diderot University in Paris (2013). He has been an associate professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and at the Universidad del País Vasco, researcher at the CSIC (2011-2013), and has done consultancy work for Indra, Telefonica, Atos-Origin and Accenture. In 2005 he received the Everis Foundation Essay Prize for El templo del saber: Hacia la Biblioteca digital universal (2006, Ed. Deusto).
Prof. Leonard Muellner, PhD – Harvard University (USA)
A Corpus of Open Ancient Greek and New Ways to Learn, Teach, and Publish Leonard Muellner is Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies, Brandeis University, Chair of the Committee on Publications and Senior Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC. Educated at Harvard (Ph.D. 1973), his scholarly interests center on Homeric epic, with special interests in historical linguistics, anthropological approaches to the study of myth, and the poetics of oral traditional poetry. His recent work includes an article by on visual and verbal art and memory appeared in the Chinese journal, National Art, this past spring, and he has just completed an article for publication on the Free First Thousand Years of Greek (http://opengreekandlatin.github.io/First1KGreek/) for a publication entitled Digital Classical Philology. Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution, https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/502894, edited by Monica Berti.
Prof. Peter Meineck, PhD – New York University (USA)
Activating Antiquity: Classics and the Culture Wars in America Today. Peter Meineck holds the endowed chair of Professor of Classics in the Modern World at New York University (USA) and is Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Nottingham (UK). He specializes in ancient performance, cognitive theory, and contemporary classical drama, and has published widely on these subjects. Recent publications include Theatrocracy: Greek Drama, Cognition and the Imperative for Theatre (Routledge 2018), Classics and Cognitive Theory (Routledge 2018), and Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks (Palgrave 2015). His new translation of Aristophanes Frogs is currently in press with Hackett Publishing, and he is currently working on a new book on the tragic playwright Aeschylus. Professor Meineck founded Aquila Theatre in London in 1991, which has since become one of the foremost producers of classical drama and innovative public programming in the United States (Aquila is now based in New York). With Aquila, he has produced and/or directed over fifty professional stage productions and developed many programs aimed at giving voice to marginalized communities, including veterans, students in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City, immigrants, and refugees. This work received the Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Outreach Prize from the American Philological Association.
Prof. Teresa Oñate – Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain)
Aristóteles y La Ontología Hermenéutica Actual. En torno a Metafísica IX, 6-10: La Frase del Devenir del Ser
Teresa Oñate is Full Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the National University of Distance Education (headquarters Madrid) [UNED]. She is Co-Director of International Institute of Research in Critical Hermeneutics «HERCRITIA», headed by: Gianni Vattimo (Doctor Honoris Causa by UNED) & Ángel Gabilondo (Ex Minister of Education of Spanish Goverment). From the beginning of the 90s Teresa Oñate has been developing her research activity in the “Hermeutical Ontology” scope of contemporary thinking. She has organised her approach into three key areas:
- Postmodernity, aesthetics (where “aesthetics” has to be understood as meaning Aesthetical Ontology of space and time), and criticism of the Philosophy of History: studying the paradigm of postmodern philosophy and its turns (linguistic, aesthetic, theological politics & ecofeminist) along the current ways of thinking, specially through his collaboration with two of the main founders of Postmodern Philosophy: Jean François Lyotard and Gianni Vattimo.
- Topics of Philosophy of History, Ancient Greek & Presocratic Ontology.
- Researching the link between the question of Heidegger’s reinterpretation of Western Metaphysics History and the Presocratic and Ancient Greek Ontology through the investigation of contemporary works of authors from the area of critical hermeneutics, such as Ricoeur and Gadamer, and from the area of Ontology of Spirit, such as Hegel and Nietzsche.
- Avkash Daulatrao Jadhav, University of Mumbai, India.
- Luis Ferla, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil.
- Delia Manzanero, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain.
- Paulo Teodoro de Matos, Universidade Nova de Lisboa- Universidade dos Açores, Portugal.
- Ana Paula T. Megiani, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
- José Francisco Serrano Oceja, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Spain.
- Concha Roldán, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain.
- Giovanni Sgro’, University eCampus, Italy.
- Stéphanie Smadja, University Paris Diderot, France.