|Date||03 May 2022|
|Time||15:00 - 17:00|
|Location||Drift 21, Utrecht (Sweelinckzaal, Utrecht University)|
Dr. Dawn LaValle Norman is an Anchoring Innovation visiting fellow, affiliated with Utrecht University. Her research stay in 2020 had to be cut short due to the pandemic, but now she returns to Utrecht University to present her research on women in symposia.
Everyone is warmly invited to this event.
Some attractions of attending an ancient symposium were the women who might be there. Hetaerae could titillate, female acrobats could turn somersaults, and female musicians were at hand for aural pleasure, all while your own wife was safely at home. Women were part of the pleasure package available to male sympotic participants. It comes as something of a surprise then, that there is a small but strong tradition of including women in philosophical dialogues set at symposia not as entertainers, but as esteemed intellectual participants.
This lecture will track the changes in how women were present at literary depictions of symposia, especially in their changing verbal participation from the Classical period to Late Antiquity.
The presence of women in the first Symposia of Plato and Xenophon permitted the Imperial writers of Symposia, Plutarch and Methodius of Olympus, to play with the relationship between gender and philosophy in their use of the female voice.
For more information contact Teun Tieleman: firstname.lastname@example.org.