The Europaeum is once again one of the sponsors of the next New York Review of Books international conference in new York at the end of the month, on the themes of Inequality, Immigration and the Politics of Populism, continuing themes we have explored over the past 18 months in varioius workshops and conferences. This extends our now long-standing partnership with NYRB. The event aims to explore the roots, implications and aftermath of new political movements and approaches – both Left and Right – symbolised particularly by the Trump victory in the US, by the Brexit vote in the UK, by the arrival of Macron in France, and even the rise of the AfD in Germany, the Orban government in Hungary, and so on. As usual the NYRB has lined its usual stellar cast of speakers including Agnes Heller, Anne Case, Aleksander Smolar, Richard Sennett, Sylke Tempel, Paul Krugman among others, exploring themes and regional influences. President Donald Trump’s recent reluctance to condemn the violence of white supremacist and neo-Nazis demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, makes the timing even more pertinent. For more information, see detailed programme here, and register here.
Our next colloquium – the 15th in our series – will explore differing forms of Classical reception in modern culture, literature, music, language and art – with a particular focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. Papers could explore how ancient atomism influenced Marxism, or how classical imagery can be found in Fascist and Nazi propaganda, or the use of classical paradigms in Liberal democracies, or, generally, how classical culture has so shaped Europe’s complex identities. Tacitus’s most famous quote: “Ubi solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant (“They make a desert and call it peace”) is interesting in how its meaning has shifted from topography to become a well-known pacifist slogan from Vietnam to the Iraqi wars. The event will be co-hosted with the Classics Faculty at Bologna University, on November 23rd-25th in Bologna and Ravenna, and the senior academic director will be Professor Francesco Citti, professor of classics there. Applications are invited from Europaeum graduates – who are encouraged to suggest possible short papers, but this is not compulsory for participation. Please see the poster here, a short overview on our Classics Colloquii series here, and a compilation of participants reports from past Classics events here.
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