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Workshop - Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity

On Tuesday, 12 June 2012, the NIAS Theme Group “Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity” (organized by Ineke Sluiter) will hold a workshop at NIAS. Speakers at this meeting will be some of the members of the Theme Group, as well as keynote speaker Professor Robert Hariman (Northwestern University, Communication Studies).

Professor Harimanʹs books and articles explore the relationship of ethics, art, and communication through words and images in both antiquity and modernity, including Political Style: The Artistry of Power (1995) and Prudence: Classical Virtue, Postmodern Practice (2003). He maintains with fellow rhetoric scholar John Lucaites www.nocaptionneeded.com, a blog on photojournalism and public culture.

In this follow-up of the Sacred and the Profane meeting held on April 27, some new aspects of mass communication will be explored: photography and visual culture as an instrument of mass communication and social thought, the role of religion in organizing social interaction and group membership, and the workings of political satire in voicing and articulating dissent.

The program is open to all members of OIKOS and to all interested PhD and Research Master Students. NIAS Fellows are also cordially invited.


10:30‐10:50 a.m. Coffee

10:50‐11:00 a.m. Opening

11:00‐12:30 a.m. Keynote Lecture by Prof. Robert Hariman (Northwestern University), followed by discussion

Seeing the Stranger in the Mirror: Everyday Life in Magnumʹs Public World

12:30‐1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30‐2:30 p.m. Saskia Peels

Frigid Devotees and Godless Beasts: The rhetorical (and manipulative) usage of religious evaluation in ancient Greek literature

Short break

2:45‐3:45 p.m. Josine Blok 

“Hiera kai hosia”: a covenant of the Greek polis with the gods

Tea and coffee

4:30‐5:30 p.m. Short introduction, video presentation and discussion by Ralph Rosen

Efficacy and meaning in political satire ancient and modern

5:30‐6:15 p.m. Drinks at NIAS

6:15 p.m. (Transfer back to Leiden Central Station.) Dinner at restaurant in Leiden.

If you are interested in attending the seminar, please contact Tazuko van Berkel before June 6 and indicate whether you will come by private transportation or will make use of the transfer. Also please indicate whether you’ll be joining us for dinner (at your own expense).