Dans le cadre de son Visiting Fellowship au Warburg Institute, Céline Bohnert organise le workshop
(Re)Ordering the Gods. The Mythographic Web through Times
Names and epithets, historical facts, rituals and monuments, textual fragments, plants and places: these are samples of the wide material that the mythographic tradition deals with. How do we organise it? What data to choose, how to present it and what for? This workshop will question the different forms of mythographic compilation. Many of them baffle our sense of order and classification and it is tempting to qualify them as confused bundles. But, by orchestrating the collection of ancient texts and/or images and thus arranging different circulations in the treasure of ancient knowledge, mythographies present themselves as creative enterprises. Could we argue that compilation is a form of thought inherent in mythological creation, even in its artistic forms? Homer’s poems are based on different modes of assemblage and were immediately received as a mythographic encyclopaedia.
By visiting some of the compilation models developed since Antiquity, we will interrogate the ways in which they give new meanings to the ancient pantheon. Poetics, iconology, hermeneutic and anthropology are intimately linked here. How could we describe the forms of mythographic compilation? What mental procedures underlie them? What intellectual operations do they require of their users? To what extent a conception of the order of things can be read through their specific arrangement of data, how do they reflect a specific state of culture? These issues will be raised through images, texts, and artefacts. Although these domains obey their own logic, an important part of the mythographic production is found at their interface.
Frank Coulson (U. Iowa), Charles Delattre (U. Lille 3), Lorenza Gay (Warburg Institute), Françoise Graziani (U. Corte), Agnès Guiderdoni (U. Libre de Louvain, FNRS), François Lissarrague (EHESS), Elisa Sani (Courtauld Institute).
Le workshop aura lieu en ligne : participation libre sur inscription ici.
Crédits : Raphael, Il consiglio degli dei (extrait), Villa Farnesina, Rome, c. 1517-1518 – source : wikipedia.