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Ergebnisanzeige "Ruins and reconstructions: Pompeii in the popular imagination."
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelRuins and reconstructions: Pompeii in the popular imagination.
17th-19th July 2007, Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol
The 5th Marks Conference
The 9th BIRTHA Conference

In the two hundred and fifty years since excavations began, Pompeii has became a major source of inspiration to western imaginations. The site, and the widely accessible creations it inspired throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (novels, films, paintings, exhibitions, domestic interiors, souvenirs and guide books) brought antiquity into the public sphere of knowledge, to be shared between gentleman enthusiasts, middle-class readers and music hall audiences alike. More recently, whilst the physical state of the site itself has reached a critical state of decay, a surge of popular interest in Pompeii, a prototype ground zero, has seen the city, as imaginative tool, model of disaster and tourist hotspot, reach a wider audience than ever before.

This conference, sponsored by the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts, will explore the popular receptions and representations of Pompeii. Our aim is to provide a stimulating environment in which academics studying the city and its reception can be brought together with practitioners who have tried to bring Pompeii to life in media such as novels, painting, photography, documentary and journalism. Confirmed keynote speakers include Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Mary Beard, Stephen Harrison, Stefano de Caro, Lindsey Davis and Victor Burgin.

Conference organisers: Shelley Hales ( and Joanna Paul (
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Tuesday 17th July 2007

9-11.00 Registration - tea/coffee

11-11.30 Opening Keynote address:
Mary Beard (Cambridge)
The Pantheon at Pompeii? Reinventing the ancient city in the early nineteenth century

11.30 Documenting the Ruins (Plenary)

Stefano de Caro (Direttore Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Campania): Modelling villa remains at Boscoreale

Jeremy Hartnett (WabashCollege): Excavation Photographs and the Imagined World of Pompeii’s Streets

Rosaria Ciardiello (Naples): Le Antichità di Ercolano Esposte and their Modern Contribution to the Reconstruction of the Pompeian Iconographies

1.30-2.30 Lunch

Panel: Romantic Travellers

Constanze Baum (Berlin): Ruined Waking Thoughts – William Beckford as a visitor of Pompeii

Thorsten Fitzon (Freiburg): A tamed desire for images: Goethe’s repeated approaches to Pompeii

Timothy Webb (Bristol): City of Resurrections: Percy Bysshe Shelley at Pompeii

Panel: Nineteenth Century Painting

Luna Figurelli (Bristol): The southern question as illustrated by Italian classical revival painters after the Unification of Italy

Elina Knorpp (Cologne): Karl Briullov and the Last Day of Pompeii

Victoria Coates (Pennsylvania) - Visualizing Pliny in the 18th century: Angelica Kauffman's 'Pliny and his Mother at Misenum’

4.30-5.00 Tea break

5.00-7.00 Twentieth Century Arts (Plenary)

Victor Burgin (UC Santa Cruz and Goldsmith’s): 'The shadow and the ruin'

He Jin Jang (Michigan): Sealed In Stone(2003): The Dance Work Inspired by the Volcanic eruption of Pompeii

Matthew Fox (Birmingham): Rossellini’s Voyage to Italy

7.00 Drinks Reception
Wednesday 18th July 2007

Panel: Domestic Interiors and Architecture 1

Bettina Bergmann (Mount Holyoke): Reconstruction and Retrospection: Ludwig II's Pompejanum and the House of the Dioscuri in Pompeii

Kenneth Lapatin (Getty Museum): The Pleasure of Reconstructions: Rebuilding the Villa dei Papiri in Malibu

Jane Bradney (Bristol): Pompeii: An Inspiration for Gardens in the first hald of the Nineteenth Century

Panel: Receptions of Gradiva
Chair: Vanda Zajko (Bristol)

Richard Armstrong (Texas): Freud's Analytical Motet:Gradiva's Place in the Psychoanalytic Project

Daniel Orrells (Warwick): Gradiva and Derrida’s Archive Fever

Jane Cheshire (Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy): Look, but not with bodily eyes

Elizabeth O’Loughlin (Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy): Norbert Hanold Journeys to Pompeii to Recover his Presence of Mind

11.00-11.30 Tea break


Panel: Domestic Interiors and Architecture 2

Margareta Nisser-Dalman (Stockholm): The absence of Pompeian models in “Pompeian style” interiors in 18th century Swedish interior decoration

Anne-Marie Leander Touati (Stockholm): Recycling Pompeii - a Swedish model

Ezequiel M. Pinto-Guillaume (Stockholm): An example of the impact of Pompeii on Modern Architecture: the Estadio Nacional, Mexico City, by José Villagrán García, 1924

Panel: Sex and Erotica
Rebecca Langlands (Exeter) and Kate Fisher (Exeter): ‘This way to the red light district’: sexually explicit paintings in Pompeii and the interplay of academic and popular imaginations

Debbie Challis (National Portrait Gallery): Ancient Sex Tourism: Classical ‘Pornography’ and contemporary cultures of display at Pompeii

Sarah Levin-Richardson (Stanford): Sex in the Tourist’s Eye.

1.30-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.10 Aesthetics and Morality (Plenary)

Eric Moormann (Nijmegen): Christians and Jews at Pompeii: Fiction or reality?

Sarah Betzer (Vermont): Queer Pompeii: Archaeology meets fantasy in Chasseriau’s Tepidarium (1853)

Francesca Spiegel (Yale): Proust’s Pompeii

4.30-5.00 Tea Break

5.00-7.00 Writing Pompeii (Plenary)

Stephen Harrison (Oxford): Bulwer-Lytton’s The Last Days of Pompeii: Recreating the City

Ray Laurence (Birmingham) and Alex Butterworth (Author): Recreating Pompeii for Popular History

Lindsey Davis (Author): Pompeii’s place in the Falco novels

7.00 Conference Dinner

Thursday 19th July 2007

9.00-11.00 Necromancy and Spiritualism (Plenary)

Shelley Hales (Bristol): Title tbc

Genevieve Liveley (Bristol): Why Pompeii is a Woman: Delusion and Dream in Théophile Gautier’s Arria Marcella

Meilee Bridges (Trinity University): Objects of Affection: Necromantic Pathos in Bulwer’s City of the Dead

11.00-11.30 Tea break


Panel: Pompeii in the USA
Margaret Malamud (New Mexico): Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii in Nineteenth-Century America

Jon Seydl (Getty Museum): Pompeii and Herculaneum in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia

Rosemary Barrow (Roehampton): ‘Who lives in a house like this?’: Rothko’s Seagram Paintings and Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries

Panel: Pompeii’s Reception in Italy

Barbara Witucki (Utica): Site, Sight, and Symbol: Pompeiiand Vesuvius in Corinne, ou l'Italie

Margot Hleunig (Bern): Pompeii versus Cultural Import: Interpreting the Influence of Pompeii in its Land of Origins

Isabella Campagnol Fabretti: “As flowing as the thought and as beautiful as if made by the Graces themselves”: Pompeian fashions in the late Eighteenth century

1.30-2.30 Lunch

2.30-4.30 Confronting Disaster (Plenary)

Susann Lusnia (Tulane): Title tbc

Joanna Paul (Liverpool): Pompeii and Disaster in the Modern World.

Closing Keynote address: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (British School at Rome):
Ruins and forgetfulness: the case of Herculaneum

5.00 Departure
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Hales, Shelley  
Funktion: Organisation 
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft)
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte
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