The Greeks and the Irrational, Revisited

University College London

July 9th, 2019



9:00 10:00 Coffee + Registration


9:45 10:15 Organizer Welcome

10:15 11:00

Nick Lowe

Dodds and the Irrational

11:00 11:45

Martin Devecka

Brute Beasts: The Animal Other and the End of Classical Thought

11:45 12:30

Giulia Maria Chesi

The Pythia and oracular rationality

12:30 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 14:15

Ella Haselwerdt

Tragic (Ir)rationality and Tragi-comedi-orgiastic Anthropophagy: Towards a Deterritorialized Dionysian

14:15 15:00

Maria Gerolemou

Comic Madness

15:00 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 16:15

Francesca Spiegel

New-age Religion, Inherited Conglomerates, and the Fictions of Western Culture

16:15 17:00

Katherine Fleming

We have never been rational

17:00 17:45

Closing Discussion

Unpacking the term 'irrational' and its power dynamics



Organized by : Francesca Spiegel, Giulia Maria Chesi, Tom MacKenzie


Supported by :

A. G. Leventis Foundation

The Institute of Classical Studies

Humboldt University of Berlin

University College London, Department of Greek & Latin