Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Constructing Literacy Conference

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Some readers may be interested in this conference which has several papers which (despite the pomo blurb) sound like they will be discussing interesting evidence: Constructing 'Literacy' among the Greeks and Romans. A Semple Symposium [via Papy-List]
Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, April 28-29, 2006. Organized by William A. Johnson.

The goal of this two-day symposium is to try to formulate new, interesting, productive ways of talking about 'literacy' in the ancient world—'literacy' not in the sense of whether 10% or 30% of people in the ancient world could read or write, but in the sense of a text-oriented event embedded in a particular socio-cultural context. Interest in constructivist modes of attack is revealed in the formulation of the title, but there is no insistence on that or any other viewpoint. Rather, the symposium is intended as a forum in which selected leading scholars try to rethink from the ground up how students of classical antiquity might best approach the question of 'literacy' in classical antiquity, and how that investigation might materially intersect with changes in the way that 'literacy' is now viewed in other disciplines. The result is intentionally pluralistic: theoretical reflections, practical demonstrations, and combinations of the two share equal space in the effort to chart a new course.

Program and logistics: http://classics.uc.edu/literacyconference
Reservations and inquiries: literacy@classics.uc.edu

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