Key Speakers

Key Speakers

Peter Arnds 

“Myth, Emotion, Trauma: Mapping Myth and Metaphor in World Literature”

(Trinity College Dublin)

Monday 24th October

Conference in English

Peter Arnds, Ph.D. University of Toronto (1995), is Associate Professor and the Director of Comparative Literature and Literary Translation at Trinity College Dublin, where he also teaches in the German and Italian departments. He has published six books, including three monographs: Bildungsroman of Wilhelm Raabe and Charles Dickens (1997) Representation, Subversion, and Eugenics in Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum (2004), and Lycanthropy in German Literature (2015). In 2016 (May-August) he has been invited to the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide to work on a project entitled “The Poetics of Wolves”. A substantial part of his work revolves around human rights, with a focus on genocide and its limits of cultural representation and translation

Ute Heidmann 

“Comment analyser le rapport entre mythe(s) et émotions?”

(University of Lausanne)

Tuesday 25th October

Conference in French

Ute Heidmann is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Lausanne where she directs the Research Centre of Comparative European Languages and Literature (CLE). She has been visiting professor at the universities of Pavia (IUSS and University), Modena (Fondazione San Carlo), Roma 3, EHESS and Paris-IV-Sorbonne. Her research, publications and teaching focus on the following areas: comparative analysis of the writings and rewritings of Greco-Roman myths (and its reconfigurations for young readers), of the genres (literary and non-literary), of the texts and works and its translations, of the different forms of writing the self, of the tales and of the related generic forms.

Alberto Bernabé Pajares

“Passions and deaths of Ariadne”

(University Complutense of Madrid)

Wednesday 26th October

Conference in Spanish

Alberto Bernabé is Professor of Greek Philology at the University Complutense of Madrid. He has directed various Research Projects on Greek Religion, particularly orphism, and he is currently directing a Research Group dedicated to de study of Dionysius. He has given courses and conferences in Spanish, European and American institutions and he is author of more than 300 publications including articles and books on Greek and Indo-European linguistic, Greek literature, religion and philosophy, among which are Fragmentos presocráticos De Tales a Demócrito (1988), Hieros logos. Poesía órfica sobre los dioses, el alma y el más allá (2003), and Dioses, heroes y orígenes del mundo (2008).

Edith Hall

“Emotion as Cultural Training in female responses to ancient Greek myths: Demeter, Medea, Iphigenia”

(King´s College, London)

Thursday 27th October

Conference in English

Edith Hall has been teaching at Reading, Cambridge, Oxford, and Durham. She is currently Professor of Classics at London University, King’s College. She founded and directed the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome at the Royal Holloway University, London. She has published more than twenty books on ancient Greek and Roman literature and its reception. Her latest books are Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris (2013) and Introducing the Ancient Greeks (2015). In 2015 she was awarded the Erasmus Medal of the European Academy for her research.

Jean-Jacques Wunenburger 

“Mytho-pathologies : the dramaturgy of  affects. Controversy”

(Université Jean Moulin, Lyon)

Friday 28th October

Conference in French

Jean-Jacques Wunenburger is Professor emeritus of Philosophy and honorary Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Lyon 3. He is former Director of the Department of International relations of the University of Lyon 3 and former Director of the Institute of Philosophical Research of Lyon. He is former vice-President of research at the University Lyon3. Ex-President of the Scientific Council Labex “Institute of Urban Worlds”. President of the International Association Gaston Bachelard. President of the Association of friends of Gilbert Durand. Co-director of the Centre of International Research on the imaginary.