Workshop 'Intermediality as an Anchoring Device in Classical Antiquity and its Reception'

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This workshop on Intermediality takes place on the first day of the Expert Meeting in the Spring of 2022. All Anchoring Innovation team members are warmly invited to participate.

The emergence of all kind of new (social) media in recent decades has increased scholarly interest in intermediality (transmediality, crossmediality). Many definitions of both intermediality and medium itself have been given. For the purposes of this workshop we use intermediality as an umbrella term to refer to the integration of one medium into another, the translation from one medium into another, and the comparison between media. For ‘media’ we think of basic media such as image, word, both written and spoken, and sound; submedia like painting, sculpture, physical text, performance, music, inscription, film; and technical media like papyrus, stone, codex, mask, voice, body.

Intermediality is a fruitful concept to think with in the context of Anchoring Innovation. This workshop will explore the different ways in which intermedial phenomena can serve as anchoring devices in classical antiquity and its reception. For example, older media are used to anchor new media: the reference to architecture or sculpture which Pindar uses to plug the new genre of epinikion; feigned orality (when writers like Herodotus, Virgil or Horace still pose as speakers or singers); poetry as vehicle of science (when Hellenistic poets write about stars, fish or snakes); or Roman pantomime, where the performance of text is anchored in the popularity of dance. The evocation of certain media in other media may also help to ‘anchor’ claims of veracity (the inclusion of inscriptions in historiographical texts) or poetic innovation (Virgil’s use of prosaisms). And finally one may think of ancient social media like graffiti, which often combine text and image, or the use of painting in architecture to increase its innovative visual effects.

Call for papers can be found here.

Deadline for proposals is November 15, 2021.