CFP : Project Academy – First workshop : Speusippus of Athens (Durham)

Project Academy

A Durham-Tϋbingen Partnership

First Workshop: Speusippus of Athens

Durham University

15-16 February 2019

Location: Ritson Room (CL007), Department of Classics Ancient History, Durham University, 38 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3EU

Time: from 1pm on Friday 15 February 2019 until 5pm on Saturday 16 February 2019

Speakers and Chairs: Thomas Bénatouïl (University of Lille Churchill College, Cambridge), Matilde Berti (University of Pisa), Eduardo Benati (Scuola Normale Superiore), Mauro Bonazzi (University of Utrecht), Giulia De Cesaris (Durham University), Emily Katz (Michigan State University), Irmgard Männlein-Robert (University of Tϋbingen), Federico Petrucci (University of Turin), Julia Pfefferkorn (University of Tϋbingen), Malcolm Schofield (University of Cambridge)

Project Academy is a partnership of scholars based in Durham and Tϋbingen, with the aim of developing a major initiative in the study of the Platonic tradition. At the heart of this project will be a series of critical editions, English and German translations, and commentaries of the fragments (and testimonies) of the members of Plato’s Early (or ‘Old’) Academy (ca. 380–266 BCE). Despite the historical importance of the Early Academy, the fragments of those philosophers who were its members are generally inaccessible: they have never been translated into English or German as a whole, and many of the most recent critical editions date from forty years ago and are difficult to obtain. We aim to resolve this issue by developing an international team of scholars, with the core leadership located in Durham and Tϋbingen, both centres of excellence for the history of Platonism.

Project Academy, which has won seedcorn funding (€25,000) from the International Office for  collaborative development between Durham and Tϋbingen, has two Principal Investigators: Dr Phillip Horky (Durham) is an expert in Ancient Philosophy, with publications on the history of Platonism and Pythagoreanism prior to the third century CE; and Prof. Dr. Irmgard Männlein-Robert (Tϋbingen) is an expert in Ancient Philosophy and Literature, who has published extensively on Plato and on Platonism in the Imperial Age and Late Antiquity. The project also features team members from both Durham and Tϋbingen Universities, including those who have participated in the 2017-18 Durham-Tϋbingen Workshops in Post-Hellenistic and Neoplatonist Theology.

The initial stages of Project Academy will involve four workshops dedicated to exploring the key issues in producing a major set of editions of the members of the Early Academy, over a period of almost two years (February 2019–December 2020). At these workshops, we will build a team of specialists to tackle the challenges presented by the project: research on the Early Academy requires knowledge of ancient philosophy and literature over more than a millennium, with specialists in many contingent subjects, including ancient papyrology and inscriptions. We will also prepare funding applications for the next stages of the project. The major research output of Project Academy will be a multi-volume series of the works of the philosophers of the Early Academy (the PI in Durham has worked with Cambridge and Oxford University Presses, and the PI in Tübingen with De Gruyter, Winter and Mohr Siebeck). It will model itself partially on the extremely successful Project Theophrastus (1979–), overseen by William Fortenbaugh (Rutgers), which has had a major effect on the study of Peripateticism and the influence of Aristotle and his students on future generations.

The first workshop in Durham will focus on the methodological and philosophical problems related to accessing the thought of Plato’s first successor in the Academy, Speusippus of Athens. Subsequent workshops will focus on other ‘members’ of the Academy, including Xenocrates of Chalcedon, Eudoxus of Cnidus, Philip of Opus, Heraclides of Pontus, Hermodorus of Syracuse, Polemo of Athens, Crantor of Soli, Crates of Athens, and other minor figures.

If you would like to participate in this workshop or have other questions concerning Project Academy, please email the Durham co-organizer, Phillip Horky ( by Friday 1 February, 12pmWe also have funds to support early career scholars and postgraduate students to attend the workshop. If you are an early career scholar or postgraduate student and would like to be considered for funding support, please email Dr Horky with a description of why you would like to attend the workshop (200 words or less) and a short provisional budget of travel costs by Friday 1 February, 12pm.

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