CFP : The 2017 Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy

We invite proposals for papers to be given at an interdisciplinary conference on the theme ‘Body and Corporeality in Ancient Philosophy’, to take place in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, on 24-25 March 2017.

Body and corporeality were among the central questions debated in ancient philosophy from the early Greek thinkers to Late Antiquity. Our purpose is to examine how philosophers interpreted or made significant use of the concept of body in a wide variety of contexts, including (but without being restricted to):

·         Geometrical, physical, and astronomical bodies,

·         Corporeal gods and their bodies,

·         Living bodies: animality and monstrosity,

·         Human corporeality: biological and medical issues,

·         Bodily perception,

·         Body and soul/mind,

·         The body in eschatological accounts,

·         The body, personhood, and ethical agency,

·         Organic imagery in political, social, and economic thought.

We are interested in exploring the various ways in which the body is thematised in ancient philosophy. This question is open to a large number of approaches and can be addressed within several branches of ancient philosophy, such as ethics, theology, epistemology, physics and metaphysics. It can also be related to other disciplines in the humanities, such as ancient history, science and literature – for which reason we hope to welcome students and junior academics throughout the humanities and thus create an interdisciplinary dialogue across various fields in the study of classical antiquity and beyond.

We invite proposals from graduate students and early career researchers (within three years of completion of their degree) for papers of approximately 3000-3500 words. Please submit abstracts as email attachments to cambridgeancientphilosophy@ gmail.com. Abstracts should be submitted as .pdf files and should not exceed 500 words. Please write ‘Conference Abstract Submission’ in the subject line of your email and include in the email your name, departmental affiliation, email address, and the title of your paper (as well as the year in which the PhD was awarded in the case of early career researchers). Abstracts should be prepared for blind review, so please ensure that your abstract is free from any identifying personal details.

The submission deadline is Wednesday 1st February 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 14th February and will be asked to submit the final draft of their papers by Tuesday 14th March.
The 2017 CGCAP organising committee


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