Tacitus for the Twenty-first Century. An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Tacitus for the Twenty-first Century. An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Date
1 April 2019, 10.30am - 5.00pm
Type
Workshop
Venue
Room 349, Third Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

Recent years have seen an increasing diversity of approaches to the study of Tacitus. This day-workshop aims to build on that trend by bringing together people who are thinking about Tacitus from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, including philology, political theory, political philosophy, and history, to consider how and why we are reading Tacitus in the twenty-first century. Tacitus has for centuries been a deeply controversial writer; his writings have been seen as having contemporary political resonances throughout the modern period. The workshop considers how those resonances work now how Tacitus might influence our political and literary thought, and how we might understand, question and challenge Tacitus’ writings.

Conveners: Richard Alston/Siobhan Chomse/Henriette van der Blom

 

Programme

10: 30 – 10: 50: Registration and Welcome.

10: 50 - 11: 20: Matt Myers: Vision, Space, and Violence in the Histories

11: 20 – 11: 50: Panayiotis Christoforou: Vis Principatus: Tacitus’ Conception of the Princeps’ Power

11: 50 – 12: 20: Aske Poulsen: Arminius, Germanicus, and other ‘side-shadowing’ devices in the works of Tacitus

12: 20 – 12: 50: Discussion

12: 50 – 13: 35: Lunch Break [Not provided]

13: 35 – 14: 05: James McNamara: The fright of the mind: philosophy and its limits in the Agricola and Germania

14: 05 –14: 35: Katie Low: Tacitus and Brexit

14: 35 – 15: 05: Leen Van Broeck: Calgacus Polyvalens: Invoking Calgacus in the third millennium

15: 05 – 15: 35: Discussion

15: 55 – 16: 25: Darrel Janzen (Skype): Performing Solitude for Others through Literary Narrative in Tacitus

16: 25 – 16: 55: Nicoletta Bruno: Better not to say: some examples of reticentia and silence in Tacitus

16: 55 – 17: 15: Discussion

17: 15 – 17: 30: Plenary

 

For further information please contact r.alston@rhul.ac.uk

Contact

Valerie James
valerie.james@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8716