JUNE 29-JULY 1, 2015


Preliminary Program

Monday, 29 June 2015

15-17 pm      Registration and welcome: Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci

17–18:30          Session 1: The New Hercules             Chair: Stacie Raucci

17–17:30      Jon Solomon (University of llinois, USA)

Hercules and the Millennial Generation

17:30–18      Emma Stafford (University of Leeds, UK)

Hercules: A Hero for the 2010s?

18–18:30      Osman Umurhan (University of New Mexico, USA)

The Hero’s Reputation, Politics, and Hercules (2014)

18:30–19           Reception

19-20           Keynote Address: Monica Cyrino (University of New Mexico, USA)

Maximal Projections:

Screening the New Heroes of NOAH (2014) and EXODUS (2014)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

9–11               Session 2: New Heroism I                  Chair: Emma Stafford

9–9.30           Lisa Maurice (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

Saviours, Six-Packs and Sensitivity:

The Hero of Greek Mythology on the Contemporary Screen

9.30–10        Margaret Toscano (University of Utah, USA)

The Immortality of Theseus and his Myth

10–10.30      Amanda Potter (Open University, UK)

Jason in BBC Atlantis, An Ancient Greek Hero

for 21st Century (British) Audience?

10.30–11      Eran Almagor (Independent Scholar)

The Heroic Feat of Describing the Life of a Hero:

The Alexanders of Plutarch and Oliver Stone

11–11.30           Coffee Break

11.30–13.30      Session 3: New Heroism II     Chair: Monica Cyrino

11.30–12      Angeline Chiu (University of Vermont, USA)

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends:

The Roles of Heroic Companions in Hercules (2014)

12–12.30      Meredith Safran (Trinity College, USA)

The New Herakles? Savior, Sacrifice, and Masculinity

in CW’s Supernatural (2005-2015)

12.30–13      Alastair Blanshard (The University of Queensland, Australia)

‘Pain for which there ain’t no ointment’:

Philoctetes and the Problematics of Reception in Disney’s Hercules (1997)

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

9–10.30              Session 4: Roman Heroes                      Chair: Dan Curley

9–9.30                Anna Foka (Umea University, Sweden)

The Digital Turn: Heroes of the Arena in Film

9.30–10             Hunter Gardner (University of South Carolina, USA)

Divergent Heroism in Neil Marshall’s Centurion (2010)

10–10.30           Kirsten Day (Augustana College, USA)

Aeneas in the Old West: Virgil’s Hero in Western Film

10.30–11           Coffee Break

11–13           Session 5: The Many Faces of Heroism                Chair: Osman Umurhan

11–11.30         Vince Tomasso (Ripon College, USA)

9/11 Anxieties and Ancient Heroes on Film

11.30–12        Alex McAuley (McGill University, Canada)

Hollywood’s Flawed Heroes: The Biopic as a laudatio funebris

12–12.30         Filippo Carla (University of Exeter, uk)

The Ancient Hero in the Theme Park

12.30–13       Dan Curley (Skidmore College, USA)

The Hero in a Thousand Pieces:

The Monomyth in Recent Classical Cinema

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