2018 Program

Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece

with special emphasis on

τὸ καλόν to kalon: the beautiful, good, noble, fine

Sicily Center for International Education – Exedra Cultural Association

Syracuse, Sicily, June 6-9, 2018

 

Wednesday, June 6

11.00 Registration Opens

15.00 Opening Session

Welcome

Heather L. Reid, Morningside College & Fonte Aretusa

Susi Kimbell, Sicily Center for International Education

Christos C. Evangeliou, Towson University, USA

Poetry Reading

Opening Keynote

William Wians, Merrimack College and Boston College, USA

Violence and the Origins of to kalon

16.30 Coffee Break

17.00 Panel Presentation: Plato’s Many Kala

Nickolas Pappas, CUNY Graduate Center, USA

Toward and from Philosophy

Jonathan Fine, Columbia University, USA

Taste, Pleasure, and the Use of the Kalon

Mateo Duque,  CUNY Graduate Center, USA

Diotima’s To Kalon as a Reorientation of Imperialistic Erōs

18.30 Sessions End

19.00 Walking Tour of Ortigia

20.00 Welcome Dinner Gran Caffè del Duomo

Palazzo Francica Nava, 1st Floor, via Landolina 5, Siracusa

 

Thursday, June 7

9.00  First Morning Session

Chair: Mary R. McHugh, Gustavus Adolphus College, USA

David M. Spitzer, Binghamton University, USA

Ruin on the Bright Arc of a Single Day: Diasporic Trauma and the Parmenidean Poem

Enrico Postiglione, University of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Italy

The Conception of the καλόν from Magna Graecia to Aristotle

Caitlin Gilson, University of Holy Cross, USA

The Fifth Element:  Is it Kαλόν?

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Second Morning Session

Chair: Mark Ralkowski, George Washington University, USA

Deborah DeChiara-Quenzer, Boston College, USA

Aristotle, Achilles, Courage, and Moral Failure

Jessica Elbert Decker, California State University San Marcos, USA

The Most Beautiful Thing on the Black Earth: Aphrodite in the Songs of Sappho

Stavroula Valtadorou, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Erotic Love, Marriage, and τὸ καλόν in Euripides’ Andromache

12.30 Lunch

 14.00 First Afternoon Session

Chair: Emily Austin, Wake Forest University, USA

Luca Torrente, Paris IV – Sorbonne, France

The Beautiful Action for Aristotle

Charlotte Witt, University of New Hampshire, USA

Habituated Virtue and To Kalon in Aristotle’s Ethics

Andrew Hull, Northwestern University, USA

Aristotle’s Conception of Civic Beauty

15.30 Coffee Break

16.00 Second Afternoon Session

Chair:  Alexander Zistakis

Athens, Greece and Belgrade, Serbia

Guilherme Motta, Universidade Católica de Petrópolis/ PUC-Rio, Brazil

What beauty is Socrates seeking by chasing after handsome boys?

Stephen Hailey, University of Cambridge, UK

The kalon in early Academic debate

Makoto Sekimura, Hiroshima City University, Japan

Purification and Forms of Beauty in Plotinus

17.30 Sessions End

18:15 Depart Piazza Archimede for Excursion to Euripides’ Heracles

 

Friday, June 8

9.00 First Morning Session

Chair: Drew Griffith, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada

**Session conducted in Italian**

English summaries and translations of the papers may be downloaded from http://www.fontearetusa.org

Giulia Corrente, Università degli Studi ‘Roma Tre, Italy

Τὸ καλόν e la natura: la Grecia d’Occidente in una suggestiva declinazione del ‘bello’

(Τὸ καλόν and nature: a suggestive meaning of «beautiful» within Western Greek culture)

Francesco Moles, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy

E καλὸν τὸ δυστυχές: la bellezza della ʻnuovaʼ Elena da Stesicoro a Euripide

(E καλὸν τὸ δυστυχές: the ʻnewʼ Helen’s beauty from Stesichorus to Euripides)

Paola Gagliardi, Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy

Καλόν e αἰσχρόν in Teocrito e in Virgilio

 (Καλόν e αἰσχρόν in Theocritus and Virgil)

10.30 Coffee Break

11:00 Second Morning Session

Chair: Marina Marren, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Lee Coulson, University of Sydney, Australia

τὸ εὖ καὶ τὸ καλῶς: the pure beauty of good

Konstantinos Gkaleas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Ἔρως and γυμναστική in the platonic corpus: the quest for the Form of Κάλλος

Alexander Zistakis, Athens, Greece and Belgrade, Serbia

To Kallon – a case of strife between ancients and moderns

12:30 Lunch

14.00 First Afternoon Session:

Chair:  Stavroula.Valtadorou, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Robert Zaborowski, University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland

Some remarks on kalon in Plato’s Charmides

Aditi Chaturvedi, Ashoka University, India

The good, the beautiful, and the harmonious in Plato’s Philebus

Esther Kariuki, Strathmore University, Kenya

The necessity of the transcendentals when educating in beauty

15:30  Sessions End

15:45 Depart Piazza Archimede for excursion to museum and archaeological site

18:15  Depart Piazza Archimede for excursion to see Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

 

Saturday, June 9

9.00 First Morning Session

Chair: Giulia Corrente, Università degli Studi ‘Roma Tre,’ Italy

Aura Piccioni, Institut für Klassische Archäologie der Universität Regensburg, Germany

Τὸ αἰσχρὸν καὶ τὸ καλὸν:

Beauty and the Beast” and the Domestic Cults in Western Greece.

Bettina Springer-Ferazin , Regensburg University, Germany

The Motya Youth: Epitome of Beauty and Virtue

Drew Griffith, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada

Praxiteles’ Aphrodite of Knidos and its Model, or the Beauty of the Toad

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Second Morning Session

Chair: Deborah DeChiara-Quenzer, Boston College, USA

Paula Gottlieb, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Aristotle, to kalon and music

Audrey Anton, Western Kentucky University, USA

The Harmony of kalon and the Dissonance of kakon in Aristotle’s Ethics

Emily Austin, Wake Forest University, USA

Aristotle on Dying ‘for the Sake of the Fine’

12.30 Lunch (classroom)

                                         14.00 First Afternoon Session                                         

Chair: William Wians, Merrimack College and Boston College, US

Mark Ralkowski, George Washington University, USA

Where is Alcibiades on Diotima’s Heavenly Ladder?

Marina Marren, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Ascent to the Αὐτὸ τὸ  Καλόν in Plato’s Symposium 209e – 212d

Nicola Galgano, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Logoi kaloi, the method of philosophy (Smp. 210a-212b)

15.30 Coffee Break

16.00 Second Afternoon Session:

Chair: Lee Coulson, University of Sydney, Australia

Antonio Pedro Mesquita, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Which Came First?  A Dilemma at the Core of Cyrenaic Philosophy

Gregory Burgin, Arizona State University, USA

Beauty as Polemos: Ordered Actuality and Disordered Possibility

Closing Keynote

Christos Evangeliou, Towson University, USA

An Excellent Portrait of Plotinus: Beyond the Symmetry Theory of Beauty

18.00 Closing Remarks

19.00 Sunset Boat Cruise in Porto Grande

I Compagnia del Selene near Molo Zanagora in the Great Port

20.30 Farewell Banquet

Comu Na Vota, Via del Crocifisso, 44

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