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New Research Fellows 2018/2019

We are delighted that we will be welcoming three research fellows hosted by the IAS in the coming year: Dr Anders Dahl Sørensen  (currently Copenhagen) and Dr Myrthe Bartels as JRFs, and Ilaria Ramelli (Milan) as an SRF in April-June. Dr Sørensen  will be working on the ‘Anonymus Iamblichi’, an ancient political text; Dr Bartels (currently Bucharest ) on ‘Plato’s Plato’s Mimetic Approach to Music and its Reception in Renaissance and Baroque Musical Literature’; and Prof. Ramelli on Origen and Plotinus.

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Setting Plato Straight: Discussion

A Roundtable Discussion of Professor Todd Reeser’s Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance chaired by Dr. Anthony Hooper (Classics) with remarks by Professor Reeser and responses from Professor Jennifer Ingleheart (Classics), Dr. Andrea Capra (Classics) and Dr. Marc Schachter (MLAC).

Thursday, June 7th from 16:30-18:00 in the Ritson Room, Department of Classics, 38 North Bailey

Professor Reeser will also present a talk entitled “Affect Theory and Masculinity Studies” on Friday, June 8th at 17:30 in Seminar Room 1, History Department, 43 North Bailey.

Todd Reeser is Professor of French and Program Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In Setting Plato Straight, Professor Reeser undertakes the first sustained and comprehensive study of Renaissance textual responses to Platonic same-sex sexuality. Reeser mines an expansive collection of translations, commentaries, and literary sources to study how Renaissance translators transformed ancient eros into non-erotic, non-homosexual relations. He analyzes the interpretive lenses translators employed and the ways in which they read and reread Plato’s texts. In spite of this cleansing, Reeser finds surviving traces of Platonic same-sex sexuality that imply a complicated, recurring process of course-correction—of setting Plato straight.

Edith Hall on Aristotle

DCAMP friend Edith Hall will be speaking about ‘Aristotle on True Happiness’ at the Lit&Phil in Newcastle next week, where she features as part of their On Philosophy season. Tuesday, 15th May; 7 p.m.; £4 admission (£10 for the season): free for students/unwaged. Address: The Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE (just next to the station). Download flyer here.

Visiting Professor

We are pleased to be welcoming Prof. François Renaud to Durham as a Visiting Professor, based in the Classics Department, from 10th October to 12th November.

Prof. Renaud is Professeur titulaire de philosophie at l’Université de Moncton (Canada); he is a specialist in Ancient Philosophy (especially ethics and rhetoric) and in German philosophy. His most recent book, co-authored with Harold Tarrant, is on Plato’s Alcibiades (CUP 2015).

Job Opening at Toronto

Toronto is looking for someone whose research ‘will focus on ancient science in its intersection with ancient philosophy, that is, natural philosophy broadly conceived, including fields such as medicine, mathematics, and natural science. The successful candidate will be fully qualified to contribute as a regular member in the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP), a vibrant graduate collaborative program between the Departments of Classics and Philosophy and the Centre for Medieval Studies.’  Level: assistant / associate

 

Summer reading group: Ola Sigurdson

Jane Heath is organising a reading group over the summer to tackle Ola Sigurdson, Heavenly Bodies: Incarnation, the Gaze, and Embodiment in Christian Theology (Eerdmans, 2016).  The group meets on 19th July and 1st, 8th and 15th  August.

Skype and external participants welcome. For further information, contact j.m.f.heath@dur.ac.uk.