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Starting 2007, November 20
TEACHING CLASSICS AND DEVELOPING EDUCATIONAL METHODS
This is a ongoing activity in which all the participants will report about their progress in teaching, communicate their findings and discuss problems and concerns with the rest of participants and the faculty
2007, June 1- August 15
CLASSICAL TRADITION AND THE WORLD CRISIS
This communication will be the first introductory event, which is designed to help participants in learning each other positions and to offer them opportunity for putting forward ideas for collective discussion both during the internet-conference and later, possibly as a part of their presentation at contact sessions.
The participants and the recourse faculty will discuss a series of issues, including the following three, which, as Prof. John Dillon recently put it, “seem to be such as, between them, to represent the great bulk of what is wrong with modern western society, and what is inexorably putting intelligent life on this planet under mortal threat. They are the following:
(1) The problem of the destruction of the environment and of waste disposal.
(2) The problem of religious conflict and mutual intolerance.
(3) The problem of the legitimation of authority and the limits of personal freedom”.
(John Dillon, Platonism and the World Crisis, 2006, p. 2)
The participants (1) will read the pamphlet by John Dillon and discuss it;
(2) contribute short papers concerning the issues risen as well as any other problems which, to their mind, deserve collective discussion;
(3) and focus on the question of relevance of the classical tradition to the present-day world situation.
2007, June 1- August 15
THE TEACHING METHODS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT TIME
This communication will be the second introductory event, which is designed to help participants to learn each other positions and to offers them opportunity to put forward ideas for collective discussion both during the internet-conference and later, possibly as a part of their presentation at contact sessions.
Firstly, the participants and the recourse faculty will discuss educational techniques and corresponding philosophy of education in their historical development.
Secondly, the participants are invited to express their ideas concerning contemporary educational situation, especially in the field of classical studies.
Thirdly, the participants will start a long-term study of new approaches and technologies in teaching Classics, such as databases for Classicists (TLG and others) and Papyrologists. For details cf. (1) classes, directed by E. Afonasin during the Summer Session and (2) both Internet-conference and Winter Session by Gabor Betegh.
The participants will contribute short papers to each section and discuss the presentation
This quite independent event is in no way a part of the seminar, but dear colleagues and prospective participants are welcome to participate! For details (in Russian) cf. the site of the conference
2007, May 15-18
THE RATIONAL AND THE IRRATIONAL IN GREEK THOUGHT
The Institute of Philosophy and Law of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia, invites philosophers to take part in a conference on the Rational and the Irrational in Greek philosophic tradition from the beginning to Late Antiquity, to be held from the 15th to 18th of May, 2007 in Novosibirsk Academgorodok, RUSSIA.
More then a half of a century ago E. R. Dodds in his masterpiece “The Greeks and the Irrational” (Berkeley, L.A. 1951) has questioned the traditional view of Greek culture as a triumph of rationalism. Subsequent studies complicated the situation even more. We invite the historians of Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval philosophy, as well as individuals interested in the classical tradition in a broader sense of the word to discuss together this fascinating matter. We anticipate sessions on Early Greek philosophy, on the irrational elements in the Classical tradition, and on religious experience in late antiquity (“an Age of Anxiety”). We will also organize two round-table discussions on Late Antique and Byzantine traditions, and the contemporary issues in source criticism (doxography, biography, manuscript editing, etc.)
Contributions should not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (up to 30 min.) for presentation in conference and five double-spaced pages (up to 15 min.) for round-table discussion.
Working languages: English and Russian.
March 1, 2007: Short abstract is due (300-500 words)
March 15, 2007: Notification of acceptance of Abstract and invitation to submit complete paper.
April 1, 2007: Notification of acceptance of paper.
A detailed SECOND CIRCULAR will be sent in due time to those colleagues who will have answered this invitation, but not later then by April 1, 2007.
Interested persons please contact Prof. Eugene V. Afonasin, Institute of Philosophy and Law, 8, Nikolaev Street, Novosibirsk, 630090, Russia; E-mail: afonasin(a)post.nsu.ru
For additional information consult the page of the Centre for Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition (http://www.nsu.ru/classics/eng/index.htm)