Welcome to the website for the Experience of Ancient Festivals conference, which will take place at the University of Warwick in July 2022. The programme for the conference is below, with abstracts for each paper here.
If you would like to attend, please register here. The registration form allows attendees to reserve accommodation at the Scarman Conference Centre.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
2:00 - 2:15 Welcome
SESSION 1: FESTIVALS REIMAGINED (Chair: Emmanuela Bakola)
2:15 - 3:00 Martin Revermann, 'Comic Festivals and the Art of Re-Imagination'
3:00 - 3:45 Xavier Buxton, 'Pathos and Drama: Reconstructing the Emotional Experience of Eleusis'
3:45 - 4:15 Coffee Break
4:15 - 5:00 Soi Agelidis, 'To What End? Festivals, Rituals and Death in Eleusis'
KEYNOTE and RECEPTION
6:30-7:45 Esther Eidinow, ‘Sensuous Geographies and Divine Encounters’
THURSDAY, JULY 7
SESSION 2: ORDERING SPACE, TIME and EXPERIENCE (Chair: Esther Eidinow)
9:15 - 10:00 Erin Warford, 'Festivals and Place-Making in the Athenian Sacred Landscape'
10:00 - 10:45 Naomi Carless Unwin, 'Experiencing Pompai: The Orchestration and Performance of Processions in the Greek East'
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 Zahra Newby, 'Experiencing Festivals Through Material Culture: the Patras Mosaic in Context'
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
SESSION 3: THE SENSES and THE EMOTIONS (Chair: Richard Seaford)
1:30 - 2:15 Mali Skotheim, 'Festivals and Fragrance: The Theater Festival as Smellscape'
2:15 - 3:00 Francesca Modini, 'Romancing Festivals: Festival Sounds and Other Senses in the Novels'
3:00 - 3:45 Daniel Hanigan, 'Almost There: Enargeia and Experience at Aethiopica 3.1.1-3.5.2'
3:45 - 4:15 Coffee Break
SESSION 4: CREATING COMMUNITY (Chair: Oliver Taplin)
4:15 - 5:00 Michael Scott, 'Group-Think: The Experience of Being in a Group at Ancient Greek Religious Festivals'
7:00 - 10:00 Conference Dinner
FRIDAY, JULY 8
SESSION 4: CREATING COMMUNITY (CONT.)
9:00 - 9:45 Athina Kavoulaki, 'Ritual Synergy and Intimacy in Choral Festivities: Pindar fr. 75, Aristophanes’ Frogs and Euripides’ Cyclops'
SESSION 5: MANUFACTURING DIVINITY (Chair: David Fearn)
9:45 - 10:30 Hugo Shakeshaft, 'In Touch with the Divine’: Festive Beauties in Archaic and Classical Greece'
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Richard Seaford, 'Image Perceived as Deity in the Polis Festival'
11:45 - 12:30 Ian Rutherford, 'Inebriation at the inundation: aspects of festival experience in Greco-Roman Egypt'
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
NOTE: All papers in regular sessions, coffee-breaks and lunches will be in the Scarman Centre. The Keynote Address and reception will be in and just outside the Faculty of Arts Building Lecture Theatre