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The conference will bring together international senior scholars with Princeton Graduate Students to explore the context and legacy of Hypatia of Alexandria (350-415AD), and the proceedings will be published.  Sessions are free and open to the public.  No registration required.

Behind the Symbol: the Context and Legacy of Hypatia

December 11-12, Princeton University

Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall

Friday December 11, 2015

8:15-8:45am Coffee and continental breakfast available

8:45 – 9:00am Christian Wildberg: Opening Remarks

9-10:00am Helmut Seng: “Desire and despair. Synesius, Hypatia, and no consolation of philosophy”

10-11am Alex Petkas “The Alexandrian Desert, High Society, and Synesius’ cultural projects”
11am-11:15am: Coffee Break

11:15-11:45am Nicholas Marinides: “Some early and not-so-early sources for the sack of the Serapeum”

11:45-12:15pm Scheherazade Khan: “Synesius’ De Inomniis and Hypatia”


12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch

1:15-2:15pm Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer: “Synesius’ Letters to Hypatia—On the ‘End’ of a Philosopher-Friendship”

2:15-3:15pm Victoria Leonard: “The Ideal (Bleeding?) Female: Hypatia of Alexandria and Distorting Patriarchal Narratives”


3:15-3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30-4:00pm Mareile Haase: “The Shattered Icon: An Alternative Reading of Hypatia’s Killing”

4:00-4:30pm Walter Beers: “The Murder of Hypatia between Alexandria and Constantinople”

5:30-7pm:  Keynote Speaker Edward Watts: “Hypatia in her 18th Century Reception”

**Location for Keynote: 101 McCormick Hall


7pm- 8:30pm Reception at McCormick Lobby

9pm-11:30pm Showing of film Agora in the Rocky-Mathey Theatre


Saturday, December 12, 2015

8:30-9:00 am: Coffee and continental breakfast available

9-10am  Jennifer Westerfeld:  “The Ankh and the Cross: Translation, Interpretation, and Appropriation in the Time of Hypatia”

10-10:30am Richard Hutchins: “Reason and Animals in Neoplatonism: the case of Porphyry”


10:30-10:45am: Coffee

10:45-11:45am Sebastian Gertz: “A mere geometer’? Hyptatia in the context of Alexandrian Neoplatonism”

11:45 -12:15pm Elizabeth Kosmetatou: “Rethinking Hypatia and Her Mathematics”


12:15-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-1:45pm Cedric Scheidegger: “Starring Hypatia: Meditations on Hypatia’s Reception in Amenábar’s Ágora

1:25-2:15pm  Joshua Fincher: “Nonnus’ Dionysiaca, Gender, and the Triumph of Knowledge”


2:15-2:45pm: Coffee

2:45-3:15pm: Silviu Anghel: “For here too the gods are present. Hypatia, philosophy and religious praxis.”

3:15-3:45pm: Peter Bing: “Palladas and the Destruction of Statues”


3:45-4pm Brief break

4:00-5:00pm David Frankfurter: “The Private Devotions of Intellectual Hellenes”

5:00-5:45pm Kate Cooper, moderator for closing discussion