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Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context

Institute of Classical Studies

University of London

22-23 September 2010

 

 

REVISED Official Programme

 

DAY 1 - Wed. SEPT. 22ND

10.00 a.m.

in Room G22/26
[Senate House, Malet Street]
[behind ceremonial staircase (RH)]

 

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
by Professor Ruth Whitehouse, UCL Emeritus Professor of Archaeology [Principal Investigator, AHRC Etruscan Literacy Project]

Dr John B. Wilkins, Hon. Senior Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology UCL [Co-Investigator, AHRC Etruscan Literacy Project]

and Dr Kathryn Lomas, Hon. Senior Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology UCL [Research Fellow, AHRC Etruscan Literacy Project]

 

Session 1

Image and Writing

Chair: Kathryn Lomas UCL [Research Fellow, AHRC Etruscan Literacy Project]

10.10
Elizabeth Langridge-Noti [American College of Greece]
Alternate Readings: reading, writing and context for a group of Attic figured vases in Etruria
Abstract  [Click for details]

10.45
Laura Ambrosini [CNR, ISCIMA]
Etruscan gems with inscriptions: figures and words
Abstract  [Click for details]


11.20 Coffee

11.50
Larissa Bonfante [NYU]
Writing Against the Image
Abstract  [Click for details]

12.25
Allison Weir [University of St Andrews]
Books of the Dead: Symbolic Representations of Writing in the 5th – 2rd century BC
Abstract  [Click for details]

 

13.00 Lunch

 

Session II

Sigla and Graffiti

Chair: tba

 

14.00
Nancy De Grummond [Florida State University] & Giovanna Bagnasco Gianni [University of Milan]
Etruscan Sigla: Their function in Etruscan communities
Abstract  [Click for details]

14.35
Jean Gran-Aymerich [CNRS-Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris] & Jean Hadas-Lebel [University of Lumière-Lyon 2]
Context and function: Etruscan graffiti of the orientalising period
Abstract 
[Click for details]

15.10
Valentina Belfiore [Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittemberg] & Lucilla Medori [University of Rome, “La Sapienza”]
Literate potters: the artistic phenomenon between inscriptions and artefacts
Abstract  [Click for details]

15.45 Tea

 

Session III

Literacy and Social Identities

Chair: tba

 

16.15
Marjatta Nielsen [University of Copenhagen]
Early ”illiterates”, late writers: the case of Asciano, from seventh to first centuries BC
Abstract  [Click for details]


16.50

Hilary Becker [Davidson College]
All in the family: the preservation of kinship-based memory in Etruria
Abstract  [Click for details]

17.25
Ruth Whitehouse UCL
Personal names in early Etruscan inscriptions: an anthropological perspective
Abstract  [Click for details]

 

18.30 RECEPTION

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DAY 2 - Thurs. SEPT. 23RD

 

09.00 a.m.

in Room G22/26
[Senate House, Malet Street]
[behind ceremonial staircase (RH)]

 

Session IV

Literacy and Social Identities II

Chair: tba

 

09.00

Marie-Laurence Haack [University of Limoges]
Etruscan literacy in Hellenised contexts: Adria and Spina
Abstract  [Click for details]


09.40

John B. Wilkins UCL
The early mi ni . . . texts and their implications for the reconstruction of early Etruscan literacy
Abstract  [Click for details]

 

10.20

Daniele Maras [University of Rome “La Sapienza”]
Traces of orality in writing in Etruria
Abstract  [Click for details]

 

11.00 Coffee

 

Session V

The Politics of Literacy

Chair: tba

 

11.30

Maurizio Harari [University of Pavia]
Between Etruscans and Phoenicians: the impiety of Thefarie
Abstract  [Click for details]


12.10

Massimiliano di Fazio [University of Pavia]
Writing politics, writing space in the Etruscan world
Abstract  [Click for details]

 

12.50 Lunch

 

Session VI

Literacy and Artisans

Chair: tba

14.00

Anthony Tuck & Rex Wallace [University of Massachusetts, Amherst]
The Social Context of Proto-Literacy in Central Italy: the case of Poggio Civitate
Abstract  [Click for details]

14.40

Demitris Paleothodoros [University of Thessaly]
Etruscan vase-painters: literate or illiterate?
Abstract  [Click for details]

15.20

Maria Cristina Biella [University of Rome "La Sapienza"]
“Drawing” inscriptions: preliminary remarks on writing artisans in the Etrusco-Italic 7th cent. BC
Abstract 
[Click for details]

 

16.00 Tea

 

16.30

Amy Smith [University of Reading]
Cipisvina’s Athenian cup
Abstract  [Click for details]

 

17.15 CLOSING REMARKS

Ruth Whitehouse UCL

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