Call for Papers: Bodily Functions: The Corpus and Corpora in Ancient Literature

The Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature

Ioannou Centre for Research in Classical and Byzantine Studies

University of Oxford,, United Kindom 8th-9th September 2012

'Bodily Functions: The Corpus and Corpora in Ancient Literature'

The AMPAL is a two day residential conference which brings together
post-graduates from across the international classical community. The
event offers a unique opportunity for graduates to present their work,
to meet other researchers and academics from across the discipline and
to engage in lively and stimulating discussion on a significant critical
theme. In particular, the AMPAL offers an encouraging environment for
post-graduates to present their first paper and for speakers and chairs
to receive peer review. Previous conferences have also included the
opportunity for publication.

Our keynote speaker for the event will be Prof. Matthew Leigh of St
Anne’s College, Oxford.

Proposals are invited for papers of 20 minutes on the theme of the
corpus and corpora in ancient literature. Papers should discuss the body
and its functions in the Greek and Latin languages, literature
(including both poetry and prose, historiography, philosophy, oratory,
etc.), and in the modern reception of classical texts.

Suggestions are set out below; however, other interpretations of the
theme are very welcome:

medical literature
food, hunger and eating
the dichotomy between the body and the mind
textual representations of the human form
the role of bodily movements in the performance of drama and oratory
transformation and metamorphosis
physical appearance as characterisation
the grotesque
beauty and aesthetic ideals
absence and presence
the anthropomorphisation of places and landscapes
bodily language and imagery

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are to be submitted, by 1st May
2012, via email to:

When submitting abstracts, please include your name, academic
institution and level of study. Proposals for panels of up to three
co-ordinated papers are very welcome.

Conference organisers:
Eleanor Reeve, Simone Finkmann, Helen Todd, Jane Burkowski & Lucy Van


Venue: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66, St.
Giles, Oxford. OX1 3LU