The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the History of Art Department, the Center for Italian Studies, the Center for Ancient Studies, and the Graduate Group in Art and Architecture of the Mediterranean World at the University of Pennsylvania invite paper proposals for a symposium entitled "Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum," to be held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Saturday, October 6, 2002. The symposium will coincide with the exhibition Antiquity Recovered: Pompeii and Herculaneum in Philadelphia Collections on view at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania from September 13 to November 20, 2002.
The aim of the symposium is to explore how the archaeological excavations in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites in the Bay of Naples influenced responses to the classical tradition from the eighteenth century through the modern era in both Europe and America. The discoveries emerged as a touchstone for a rigorous, multifaceted revival of antiquity in which elements from antiquity were incorporated into wide-ranging aspects of civic and cultural life. Political entities (including the newly-independent United States) espoused and reinterpreted the material as an appropriate vocabulary for national identity. Herculaneum and Pompeii continued to play an important role in nineteenth- and twentieth-century society as the sites became the catapult for Sturm und Drang fantasies, a model for refined and opulent leisure, and one of the most significant archaeological and tourist sites in the Mediterranean.
The symposium will be organized into three broad categories of Archaeology, Travel, and Reception, and we encourage papers drawn from a wide range of methodological approaches and disciplines-including, but not limited to, history, archaeology, literature, film, art and architectural history, and the history of science. Papers that explore any aspect of this legacy from the eighteenth century to the modern era are welcome.
Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and C.V. by May 15 to the address below. Limited travel support is available for speakers.
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