RETHINKING THE CLASSICAL
Istanbul, October 8-10, 2004
What is a classic?
What are the characteristics of a classic?
Is the classical supra-civilizational?
Can classics be transplanted across cultures?
What is the significance of classics in the history of civilizations?
Reinterpretation of classics plays a significant role in civilizational transformation. Building cross-cultural bridges, classics constitute the primary intellectual ground for inter-civilizational encounter. Especially in this time of great transformations and globalization, the question of the classical remains as a challenge to the Islamic, Western and other world civilizations.
The Center for Civilizational Studies (Medeniyet Arastirmalari Merkezi) of the Foundation for Sciences and Arts (Bilim ve Sanat Vakfi), Istanbul, organizes an international symposium on the question of the classical and canonization in the history of civilizations. The Islamic, Western, and the Ottoman-Turkish experiences will be the primary focus of the symposium. The Foundation for Sciences and Arts invites all the interested scholars to present papers on any of the following and other related topics:
What is a classic?
Canonization process: how and why?
Mentality and methodology in reading the classics
Publication of the classics
Critical editions as the discovery of the classics
Translation of the classics
Publishing the classics in Turkey and in the world
Impact of the classics
Translation movements and their consequences
Classics in education
Classics and civilizations
Conceptions of the classical in different civilizations
Formative classics of civilizations
Common classics of civilizations
Universality and the classics
Classics in the Islamic sciences
Classics in the humanities and social sciences
Classics in natural sciences
Classics in arts and letters
Symposium place: Bilim ve Sanat Vakfi, Vefa / Istanbul
Date: October 8-10, 2004
Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2004.
Deadline for final papers: September 10, 2004.
Application: Paper proposals including an abstract (not exceeding 250 words) can be made through mail, fax, e-mail, or via the web site of the foundation at our website.
Notice to the participants: Accommodation will be provided. Papers will be published in a special symposium book.
Address for communication: see below.
For further contact:
Dr. Sami Erdem
Bilim ve Sanat Vakfi
Medeniyet Arastirmalari Merkezi
Vefa cad. No:35 34314 Vefa ISTANBUL
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