Call for Papers: International Postgraduate Conference “Noster delectat error. L’errore tra filologia e letteratura”

We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for the International Postgraduate Conference “Noster delectat error. L’errore tra filologia e letteratura”, promoted by the University of Pisa and the PhD Course in Classics of the Universities of Florence, Pisa, and Siena (Dottorato Pegaso).

The notion of error reveals its wide range of shades in the very nouns by which it was generally referred both in Greek and Latin. In this regard words such as ἁμάρτημα and error had moral, cognitive, and physical senses and could be used either for a moral fault or a theoretical-epistemological uncertainty or mistake. Taking as starting point the variety of interpretations of these words and of the notion of error in itself, the Conference aims to investigate this theme from different points of view and to promote a study of Greek and Latin texts under an often-neglected perspective, which might be instead very fruitful and a harbinger of new reflections.

Papers might address (but are by no means limited to) any of the following topics:

  • The role of errors in the definition of a stemma codicum; types of errors; interpolations; errors of evaluation in manuscripts’ recensio.
  • Usus corrigendi of scribes and copyists in papyri and medieval manuscripts (correction marks; supra lineam, marginal or intercolumn additions; etc.).
  • “Errors” in the reception of texts and their authors (false attributions; improper, partial, mystifying readings; ideological interpretations).
  • Forms of thought and representation regarded as transgressive, innovative, dangerous, or extravagant; examples of deviant behaviour; character’s mistakes; contrast between virtues and vices; mala exempla; lexicon of the error.
  • The role of the error in the development of the plot (missed or wrong anagnorisis; tragic error; etc.).
  • Error understood as deviation from the rule, rupture of the canon, trans-gression of the model, departure from the norm (literary, linguistic, behavioural, etc.).
  • Polemics in philosophical and religious texts; ways of expressing polemics and criticism towards opponents; mystification and misunderstanding of the original thought; orthodoxy, heterodoxy, and dissidence.
  • Literary and political failures.

The Conference will be held online on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November 2021. The participants will be invited to give a 20-minute presentation, followed by questions and discussion. The languages will be Italian and English.

The keynote speakers will be Mario De Nonno (Università di Roma Tre), Elena Giusti (University of Warwick), and Giuliana Leone (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II).

The participation in the Conference is open to postgraduate students and early-career researchers who have completed their PhD by no more than two years. Those interested in participating are invited to send a short academic biography and an abstract of no more than 250-300 words to [email protected] by Wednesday 15th September 2021.

Results will be notified by Friday 1st October 2021.

Conference proceedings will be evaluated for publication.
Please feel free to direct any queries about the conference to the address [email protected].