Curses in Context

WhenOctober 11, 2019 12:00 PM - October 12, 2019 12:00 PM
WhereFranke Institute for the Humanities
Event Website
Contact InformationDepartment of Classics
Description“Curses in Context 4:
Curse Tablets in the Wider Realm of Execrations”
Conference at the Franke Institute of Humanities and The Neubauer Collegium at University of Chicago, October 11-13, 2019
Organized by C.A. Faraone and Sofia Torallas (University of Chicago)

Friday October 11 (Franke Institute of Humanities)
3:25: Welcome by Richard Neer, Franke Director
3:30-3:40: Introduction: The Curses in Context Project
Session 1: Cursing in the Roman Provinces (Chair: Cliff Ando)
3:40- 4:20 Celia Natalias Sanchez (University of Zaragoza), "Curses against Thieves and Roman Law: The Legal and Social Context"
4:20-5:00 Alexander Hollmann (University of Washington), “Curse Tablets from the Well in the Procurator’s Palace at Caesarea”
5:00-5:10 Coffee Break
5:10-6:00 Greg Woolf (Director, Institute of Classical Studies, London), “Cursing as a Transferable Technology: Provincial Appropriations of a Mediterranean Ritual”
6:00- 7:00 Reception
7:00 Dinner
Saturday October 12 (Neubauer Collegium)
Session 2: Classical Athens (Chair: Sarah Johnston)
9:00-9:40 Radcliffe Edmonds (Bryn Mawr College) “Contingent Catastrophe or Agonistic Advantage: The Rhetoric of Violence in Classical Athenian Curses”
9:40-10:20 Jessica Lamont (Yale University): “A Baby Chicken in a Pot: A New Curse from the Athenian Agora”
10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
Session 3: Social Contexts (Chair: Andrej Petrovic)
10:40-11:20 Zinon Papakonstantinou (University of Illinois at Chicago) “Agency and Dispute Resolution in the Judicial Curse Tablets from Athens”
11:20-12:00 Phil Venticinque (University of Chicago), “Bound for Success: Cursing and Commerce in Antiquity”
Lunch 12:00-2:00
Session 4: Roman Egypt (Chair: Carolina Lopez-Ruiz)
2:00-2:40 Drew Wilburn (Oberlin College, Ohio), “Ritual Exchange between Egyptian Magical Texts and the Selenite Curse Tablets from Amathous, Cyprus”
2:40-3:20 Christopher A. Faraone, (Classics), “Lead Curse Tablets in Roman Egypt: Athenian Import or Local Hybrid?”
3:20-3:40 Coffee Break
Session 5: Coptic Egypt (Chair: Margaret Mitchell)
3:40-4:20 David Brakke (Ohio State University), “Cursing Monks: The Forms and Functions of Early Monastic Execrations in Egypt.”
4:20-5:00 Sofia Torallas Tovar (University of Chicago), “Impossible Anatomies. Coptic Curses and the Torments of the Beyond”
5:00-6:00 Roundtable Discussion: Sarah Johnston (Ohio State University), Carolina Lopez-Ruiz (Ohio State University), Margaret Mitchell (Divinity), Sarah Morris (UCLA), Susanne Paulus (NELC), Andrej Petrovic (University of Virginia), Ivanna Petrovic (University of Virginia), Bruce Lincoln (Divinity) and Cliff Ando (Classics)
6:00-7:00 Reception
7:00 Dinner
Sunday October 13 (Neubauer Collegium)
Session 6: General Reflections (Chair: Ivanna Petrovic)
9:00-9:40 Jan Bremmer (University of Gröningen), “The Gods in the Curse Tablets”
9:40-10:20 Fritz Graf (Ohio State University), “What is a Curse?”
10:20-12:00 Coffee and Roundtable Discussion: Carolin
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