Gorgias/Gorgias Program

OFFICIAL PROGRAM UPDATED November 22, 2021

Gorgias/Gorgias: The Sicilian Orator and the Platonic Dialogue

Exedra Mediterranean Center, Syracuse, Sicily

Online Sessions 15-18 November, 2021

In-person Conference 23-26 November, 2021

(Either form of registration includes zoom links to all sessions)

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Online Sessions (Siracusa time):

All sessions will be chaired by Heather Reid; speakers have 20 minutes to present, 10 minutes discussion

Monday, November 15: First Online Session 16:00-17:45

Edward Schiappa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Dating the origins of the word rhêtorikê: The latest debate and whether it matters

François Renaud, Université de Moncton, Canada

From Poetry to Prose: Gorgias’ Defense of Rhetoric

Stamatia Dova, Hellenic College and Center for Hellenic Studies USA

Aggressive Contrafactuals in Gorgias’ Defense of Palamedes

Tuesday, November 16: Second Online Session 16:00-17:45

Enrico Piergiacomi, Villa I Tatti (Harvard/Florence), Italy

Gorgias’ Laughter. An Anti-Eleatic Strategy?

Rory O’Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Gorgias the Teacher

Ethan Meanor, Independent Scholar, Canada

Gorgias and Nietzsche on Non-Being

Wednesday, November 17: No Presentations

Thursday, November 18: Fourth Online Session 16:00-17:45

Robert J. Barnes, Haverford College, USA

Gorgias on Speech and the Soul

Amin Ebrahimi Afrouzi, University of California Berkeley, USA

Gorgias’ Rhetoric and Rhetoric of the Gorgias

Stephanos Stephanides, University of Cambridge, UK

Political Equality in the Gorgias

Friday, November 19th: Fifth Online Session 16:00-18:00

Panel: “Comedy, Dunamis, and The Comedy of Dunamis in Plato’s Gorgias

Shane Ewegen, Trinity College, USA

“The Power of Comedy, the Comedy of Power: Δύναμις in Plato’s Gorgias.”

Sonja Tanner, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA

“The Power of Laughter in Gorgias of Leontini and Plato’s Gorgias

Robert Metcalf, University of Colorado Denver, USA

Dunamis in Agôn:  Gorgias of Leontini and Plato’s Gorgias

Keren Shatalov, University of Illinois, USA F PM

In Praise of Gorgias—antagonism and love in Plato’s Gorgias

In-person Program

Monday, November 22

15.30 Seminar on a new translation of Gorgias’ Palamedes, Session 1

17.00 Coffee Break

17.30 Gorgias Seminar Session 2

19.00 Session Ends – Group Dinner to Follow

Tuesday, November 23

9:00 Coffee and Pastries

9:30 Gorgias Seminar Session 3

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Gorgias Seminar Session 4

13:00 Gorgias Seminar Ends

14:00 Regular Conference Registration Opens

15.30 Opening Session

Heather L. Reid, Fonte Aretusa

Susi Kimbell, Exedra Mediterranean Center

Welcome

Lorenzo Guzzardi, Direttore del Parco Archeologico di Leontinoi

Leontinoi: A Description of the Archaeological Park

Keynote Lecture

Livio Rossetti, Università di Perugia, Italy

The Very Recent Rediscovery of Gorgias/La Recentissima Riscoverta di Gorgia

17.00 Coffee Break

17.30 Second Afternoon Session

Chair: George Gazis, Durham University, UK

Yosef Z. (Yossie) Liebersohn, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Gorgias the Sophist and the Birth of Rhetoric

Movie: Siracusa 3D Reborn

19:00 Session ends; Welcome Dinner to follow

Wednesday, November 24

10:00 Depart Piazza Archimede for Excursion to Archaeological Site of Neapolis

14:00 Meet on the steps of the Duomo for a walking tour of Ortigia

15.30 First Afternoon Session (Wednesday)

Chair: André Rehbinder, Université Paris Nanterre – ARSCAN/THEMAM, France

Mark Morelli, Loyola Marymount University, USA

Plato’s Gorgias: Exposing the Spiritual Corruption of a Respectable Man

Sofia Carreno Camacho, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Germany

Self-persuasion in the Gorgias

17.00 Coffee Break

17.30 Second Afternoon Session

Chair: Yosef Z. (Yossie) Liebersohn, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

André Rehbinder, Université Paris Nanterre – ARSCAN/THEMAM, France

The bodily nature of logos in Gorgias’ Encomium of Helen

Anik Stanbury, Independent Scholar, USA

The Role of στοχαστική in Plato’s Gorgias and in the Writings of Gorgias of Leontini

19.00 Aperitivo (open evening for dinner)

Thursday, November 25

9:00 Coffee and Pastries,

9:30 First Morning Session

Chair: Mark Morelli, Loyola Marymount University, USA

Federico Casella, University of Salerno, Italy

Speaking with Images: The Rhetoric of Metaphors and Similes in Empedocles and Gorgias

Tushar Irani, Wesleyan University, USA

Gorgias and Plato on the Possibility of Democratic Rhetoric

11:00 Sessions End

14.00 Thanksgiving Dinner (American style potluck, sign-up to bring food or drinks)

Friday, November 26

10:00 Depart Piazza Archimede for Excursion to Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum

15.30 First Afternoon Session

Chair: Sofia Carreno Camacho, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Germany

Mauro Serra, Università di Salerno, Italy

The Violence of logos: a Political Reading of Gorgias’ Encomium of Helen

Jurgen Gatt, University of Malta

Moral Outrage in Palamedes and 5th Century Rhetoric

17.00 Coffee Break

17.30 Second Afternoon Session

Chair: Anik Stanbury, Independent Scholar, USA

Allison Murphy, Carleton College, USA

Two Ideals in Plato’s Gorgias

Coleen Zoller, Susquehanna University, USA

Taking Our Medicine: Reconciliation and Justice in Plato’s Gorgias

19.00 Closing Remarks

20.00 Final Banquet

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