SECOND BYZANTINE COLLOQUIUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES
“Between Lust and Chastity: the Byzantines on Love and Sex”
Sección de Filología medieval – Instituto de Filología clásica
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
Rivers of ink have flown since A. Kazhdan’s seminal contribution, “Byzantine Hagiography and Sex in the Fifth to Twelfth Century” (1990), including V. Burrus’ The Sex Lives of Saints (2004). Nevertheless, no study on matters Byzantine covers in a comprehensive way divine and human love, the codification of the relation between sexes, the interaction between an avowed morality and the real practice of sexuality. This colloquium aims to put together a number of papers tackling these and similar issues in the field of Byzantine Studies.
Other points of view are, of course, also possible: from the Byzantine reception of the Song of Songs to Byzantine marriage; from love poetry in the Anthology to the apparent desacralization of erotism studied by H.-G. Beck in his Byzantinisches Erotikon; from Byzantine readership of the Greek novels to the erotic connotations—or absence—of virginity and mystical experience. Presentations on more metaphorical subjects such as the love of learning are also welcome.
Please send your abstract no later than May 31, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Any query or comment can also be addressed to the organizers.
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