CFP: Myths and Literature in Ancient Philosophy (Univ. of Cambridge, April 2011)

Here is a conference CFP that we thought would interest some of our readers. Please note that the conference is “aimed at advanced graduate students and junior researchers (those who are within 3 years of their PhD).”



15th-16th April, 2011

The conference committee invites abstracts for papers on the topic of myths and literature in ancient philosophy. We welcome work focusing on individual thinkers or texts, from pre-Socratics up to and including Augustine, as well as work that treats its theme diachronically.

Authors may, but need not, address one or more of the following themes in their papers:

  • The mythos/logos distinction; myths as proto-philosophy
  • The use of myth in a particular philosophical author or work, e.g. Myths in the Sophists. The eschatological myths in Plato’s Republic, Phaedo and Phaedrus. Cosmology in Cicero
  • The use of literary form in Philosophy, e.g. Poetry in Parmenides; dialogue in Plato and Cicero; ‘Novels’ in Apuleius; tragedy in Seneca; autobiography in Augustine; compilation and commentary in Simplicius.
  • Ancient theories of literature, e.g. Aristotle’s Poetics
  • Philosophical engagement with ancient literary form, e.g. Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy
  • Methodological studies, e.g. on the use of fragmentary philosophers

The conference is aimed at advanced graduate students and junior researchers (those who are within 3 years of their PhD). Participants will have 40 minutes to present their paper. Depending on the quality of submissions, we aim to allow for 6-8 papers.

To submit a paper, please send an electronic abstract of 500 words to the committee by 31st January 2011. Notification will be made by 21st February. Abstracts should be in .pdf format, and prepared for blind review.

Please email submissions and questions to Matthew Duncombe,

The conference is kindly supported by the University of Cambridge Faculty of Classics and the Robert Fund.

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