Samstag, 07. Oktober 2017, 10:00 - 19:30 iCal

Mirrors and Mirroring

From Antiquity to the Early Modern Period

Hörsaal des Instituts für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
Postgasse 7/1/3, 1010 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

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Freitag, 06. Oktober 2017, 09:30 - 20:00

Mirrors (or reflecting surfaces) and their symbolism in classical Antiquity have been investigated to a certain degree by scholars who work with representation, duplication and reflexivity. The figure of the mirror as means of reflection of the self (autoscopy), i.e. as means of perceiving, evaluating and knowing the self, or as reflection of the other, as well as in regard to their metaphorical use as agents of transformation, has also received some attention (cf. Frontisi-Ducroux and Vernant 1997; Bartsch 2006, Taylor 2010; Stang 2016).




However, there has been less emphasis on mirrors as artifacts that function as means for conceptualizing reality in Antiquity, as well as on comparative analyses between ancient and modern uses (Anderson 2008). Our focus is on research areas that relate to the concept of mirrors as reflecting media and as material objects, on mirroring as a process of production or reproduction of the physical object (ancient theories of optics in general and of catoptrics in particular), and on reflections as virtual images.

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Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik der Universität Wien


Lilia Diamantopoulou-Hirner
Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik der Universität Wien
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