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    Call for Papers Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Student Conference Submission deadline: Jan 9, 2010 The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Emulation and Imitation
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      Call for Papers
      Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Student Conference
      Submission deadline: Jan 9, 2010

      The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Emulation and Imitation in the Ancient World

      The Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to accept submissions for its second annual graduate student conference, scheduled for March 12-13, 2010.

      When groups in the ancient world interacted, there was an inevitable amount of borrowing from one another. What was borrowed and what was not? Who were the imitators and what was their objective? What did it mean, for example, when the architectural details, iconographic elements, myths, literary styles, traditions, or aspects of material culture of one group were copied by another? Or, for that matter, by members of the same group? The study of emulation and imitation in antiquity can be approached from many angles, through such topics as the transmission of knowledge through repetition, the borrowing of literary forms from other cultures or individuals, the formation of political identity, the mass production in of luxury goods in cheaper materials, or the diffusion of art styles. In all cases, it can be argued that emulation and imitation were both forces for cultural continuity as well as change.

      The aim of this symposium is to bring graduate students and faculty from various disciplines together in order to highlight the different manner these disciplines may approach common themes drawn from the ancient world. As a means of encouraging wide-ranging dialogue, submissions are welcome from graduate students working in such fields as: Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Linguistics, Archaeology, the Ancient Near East, Ancient History, Pre-Columbian studies, East Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.

      Potential topics for papers include but are not limited to:

      • Emulation of prestige items within and between groups
      • Inspiration and borrowing in literature, eg., allusion and intertext
      • Diffusion of art styles and technology through imitation
      • Transmission of traditional knowledge and learning
      • Acquisition and loss of cultural identity through imitation
      • Receptivity of the audience
      • Meaning behind such terms as “Romanizing,” “Orientalizing,” “Egyptianizing,” “Perserie,” “Mexicaninzing,” etc.
      • Theoretical and philosophical perspectives on imitation and emulation in antiquity
      • The consciousness/deliberateness of imitation or emulation

      Keynote Speaker: Robert Ritner, Professor of Egyptology, University of Chicago
      Gala event with keynote speaker on Friday, March 12. One-day symposium on Saturday, March 13. Both events will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

      Please send a 300 word abstract (double-spaced) along with contact information
      (including name, email, institution affiliation) to Tanya McCullough at ancient@... no later than January 9, 2010. Any questions can also be sent to this address. Authors will be notified of the status of their submissions by Jan 23, 2010. Talks should be limited to 20 minutes.

      M. G. Nelson-Hurst
      Ph.D. Candidate in Egyptology
      Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
      University of Pennsylvania
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