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Janet Downie

Janet-downie
Fellow 07/2019-12/2019

Janet Downie

Raum: SGLG 321

Tel.: +49 941 943-5978

E-Mail: jdownie@email.unc.edu


Kurzbiografie

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Classics, The University of Chicago. 2003-2008.
  • Dissertation: Professing Illness: Healing Narrative and Rhetorical Self-Presentation in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi. Advising Committee: Christopher A. Faraone (Chair); Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer; Elizabeth Asmis.
  • M.A., Classics, The University of Chicago. 2001-2003.
  • M.A., Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, University of London, U.K. 1999-2000.
  • B.A., English Literature (Honours); Classical Languages and Literatures, University of Victoria, Canada. 1993-1998.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2018-. Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • 2016-. Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • 2014-2018. Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • 2008-2014. Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Princeton University.
  • 2009-2014. Associated Faculty, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University.
  • 2009-2014. Faculty Fellow and Undergraduate Adviser, Mathey College, Princeton University.
  • 2002-2008. Instructor, The College, University of Chicago.
  • 2002-2005. Graduate Teaching Assistant, The College, University of Chicago.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2018. Arts and Humanities Research Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • 2017. Junior Faculty Development Award, UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • 2012-2013. Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 2012-2013. Honorific Fellowship Supplement, Princeton University.
  • 2011-2014. William G. Bowen Presidential University Preceptor, Princeton University.
  • 2010-2011. Visitor, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.
  • 2010-2011. Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Studies Sabbatical Research Grant, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University.
  • 2009. Stanley J. Seeger Faculty Fellowship (for summer research travel) Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University.
  • 2007. Ephron Teaching Prize for Innovative Course Design, University of Chicago.
  • 2004-2007. Hanna Holborn Gray Advanced Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Chicago.
  • 2001-2004. Century Fellowship for Graduate Studies, University of Chicago.
  • ORGANIZED CONFERENCE PANEL
  • “From Second Sophistic to Imperial Literature.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South. April 5-8, 2017, Kitchener, Canada.

COLLOQUIA LEADERSHIP

  • “Workshop on the Second Sophistic,” April 13, 2019, UNC-Chapel Hill (collaborator and discussant).
  • “The Second Sophistic Colloquium” (TSSC), 29-31 March 2019, Notre-Dame University (second annual meeting; collaborator and discussant).
  • “The Second Sophistic Colloquium” (TSSC), 20-22 April 2018, UNC-Chapel Hill (first annual meeting; main organizer).

FIELDWORK AND FIELD-STUDY

  • Trench Assistant. Azoria Project, Crete. Directors: Donald Haggis and Margaret Mook (UNC and Iowa State University). Summer 2016.
  • Visiting Volunteer. Horvat Omrit Settlement Excavation Project, Israel. Director: Jennifer Gates-Foster (UNC). Summer 2015.
  • Participant. Traveling Seminar: Western Turkey. Director: Emanuel Mayer (University of Chicago). Summer 2007.

PEDAGOGICAL WORKSHOP

  • Living Latin and Greek in New York City, Paideia Institute, February 16-17 2019 (participant).

MODERN LANGUAGE STUDY

  • Modern Greek – Intensive Course, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, July 2017 (C1, Advanced)
  • Modern Greek – Intensive Course, National and Kapodistrian University at Athens, June 2017 (C1, Advanced)

Kurzbibliografie

Book:

  • At the Limits of Art: A Literary Study of Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. (Reviewed: R. Cribiore, Rhetorica 34.1 [2016]: 106-108. G. Petridou, Mnemosyne 69.6 [2016]: 1074-77. A. Petsalis-Diomidis, Journal of Hellenic Studies 135 [2015]: 205-6. D. Fields, Classical World 108.1 [2014]: 135-137. I. Israelowich, sehepunkte 14 [2014], Nr. 1 [15.01.2014])

Journal Articles (Blind Refereed):

  • “The Geography of Empire in Dionysius’ Periegesis: A View from the Aegean.” Classical World 110.2 (2017): 163-86.
  • “Palamedes and the Wisdom of India in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana.” Mouseion. Volume 13.1 (2016): 65-84.
  • “Narrative and Divination: Artemidorus and Aelius Aristides.” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 15.1 (2013): 97-116.
  • “A Pindaric Charioteer: Aelius Aristides and his Divine Literary Editor (Oration 50.45).” Classical Quarterly 59.1 (2009): 263-69.

Book Chapters (*indicates Blind Refereed):

  • “Belief and Doubt in Aelius Aristides’ Isthmian Oration: To Poseidon.” Forthcoming in Sceptic and Believer, edited by B. Edelmann-Singer, Tobias Niklas, and Janet Spittler. WUNT (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament), Vol. 1. 30 manuscript pages.
  • “Literarischer Götterpreis zu Zeiten Lukians: Die Götterhymnen des Aelius Aristides.” (“Divine Praise in the Time of Lucian: Aelius Aristides’ Prose Hymns”). Forthcoming in Lukian, Dialogi Deorum, edited by F. Berdozzo and H.-G. Nesselrath. SAPERE (Scripta Antiquitatis Posterioris ad Ethicam REligionemque pertinentia). Mohr Siebeck. 19 typeset pages.
  • *“The Romance of Imperial Travel in Aelius Aristides’ Smyrnaean Orations.” In Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real, edited by Maren Niehoff, 53-76. Culture, Religion and Politics in the Greco-Roman Period. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.
  • * “The Experience and Description of Pain in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi.” In The Comparable Body: Imagination and Analogy in Ancient Anatomy and Physiology, edited by J. Z. Wee, 247-74. Studies in Ancient Medicine. Leiden: Brill, 2017.
  • “Galen’s Intellectual Self-Portrait in De Indolentia.” In Galen’s De Indolentia: Selected Essays, edited by Clare K. Rothschild and Trevor W. Thompson, 143-55. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. 2014.
  • “Dream Hermeneutics in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi.” In Dreams, Healing and Medicine in Greece: From Antiquity to the Present, edited by S. Oberhelman, 109-127. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013.
  • “Portrait d’un Rhéteur: Aelius Aristide comme initié mystique et athlète dans les Discours Sacrés.” In Perceptions of the Second Sophistic and its Times/Regards sur la Seconde Sophistique et son époque, edited by T. Schmidt and P. Fleury, 76-86. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
  • “Proper Pleasures: Bathing and Oratory in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi.” In Aelius Aristides between Greece, Rome, and the Gods: Proceedings of a Symposium at the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University, April 14-15, 2007, edited by W. V. Harris and B. Holmes, 115-30. Leiden: Brill, 2008.

Reviews:

  • Review of C. P. Dickenson and O. M. van Nijf, O. M. (edd.), Public space in the post-classical city (2013). Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2014.
  • Review of H. King and V. Dasen, La médecine dans l’Antiquité grecque et romaine (2008). Aestimatio 6 (2009): 162-66.

Work in Progress:

  • The Hellenic Landscapes of Imperial Asia Minor. (book in progress)
  • The Romance Between Greece and Rome. (book in progress)
  • “Asia Minor as Thirdspace in Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana.” (article in progress)
  • “The Romance Between Greece and Rome in Aelius Aristides’ Corinthian Oration, To Poseidon.” (article in progress)
  • “Likeness and Recognition in Lucian’s Essays in Portraiture and Essays in Portraiture Defended.” (article in progress)

Refereed Conference Presentations:

  • April 5-8, 2017, “The Romance Between Greece and Rome in Aelius Aristides’ Orations on Smyrna and Corinth.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South, Kitchener, Canada.
  • April 10-13, 2015, “The Hellenic Geography of Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the UK, Bristol.
  • January 3-6, 2014, “The Political Geography of Dionysius’ Periegesis and Arrian’s Periplus of the Black Sea.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago.
  • March 16-18, 2012, “Homeric Afterlives: Tombs of the Heroes in Imperial-era Asia Minor.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Canadian West, Victoria.
  • January 6-9, 2010, “The God and the Emperor: Aelius Aristides’ Case for Civic Immunity in the Hieroi Logoi.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Anaheim.
  • May 12-14, 2009, “Myth and Allegiance in Philostratus’ Heroikos.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, Vancouver.
  • May 12-14, 2008, “Dream Language: Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi as a Rhetorical Model.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, Montréal.
  • January 3-6, 2008, “The Therapeutic Dynamic in Aelius Aristides’ Sacred Tales.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago.
  • May 24-26, 2006, “An Orator’s Askesis: Vocal Exercise in Aelius Aristides’ Sacred Tales.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, Toronto.
  • April 5-8, 2006, “Dreams of Victory: An Epinician Moment in Aelius Aristides’ Sacred Tales.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Mid-West and South, Gainesville, Florida.
  • January 6-9, 2005, “Gendering Power: Hekate Mounogenes in Hesiod’s Theogony.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Boston.

Invited Lectures and Presentations:

  • April 13, 2019, “Likeness and Recognition in Lucian’s Essays in Portraiture and Essays in Portraiture Defended.” Workshop on the Second Sophistic, UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • April 20-22, 2018, “Lucian’s Pantheia and the Marriage of Croesus and Cyrus.” The Second Sophistic Colloquium (TSSC), UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • October 18-20, 2017, “Truth, Credibility and Coherence in Aelius Aristides’ Prose Hymns.” Invited paper for international conference, ‘Test Everything’: Skeptic and Believer in Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Regensburg University, Germany.
  • January 27-28, 2017, “Literarischer Götterpreis zu Zeiten Lukians: Die Götterhymnen des Aelius Aristides.” (“Divine Praise in the Time of Lucian: Aelius Aristides’ Prose Hymns”). SAPERE Seminar on Lucian’s Dialogues of the Gods. Göttingen University, Germany.
  • May 23, 2016, “Cartographic Thinking in Some Imperial Greek Hymns.” University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • April 6, 2016, “Cartographic Thinking in Some Imperial Greek Hymns.” UNC Classics Tea Talk.
  • November 19, 2015, “The City as Material Object in Aelius Aristides’ Smyrna Orations.” Furst Forum, UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • June 14-17, 2015, “The Visible and Invisible City in Aelius Aristides’ Smyrnaean Orations.” Conference on Journeys in the Roman East, Imaginary and Real. Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  • October 3, 2013, “The Living City: Heroic Space in Imperial Aphrodisias, Perge, and Ilium.” University of Pennsylvania.
  • May 8, 2013, “Four Imperial Tourists at Ilium: Heroic tumuli as lieux de mémoire.” University of Chicago.
  • March 7, 2013, “Animating the Memorial Topography of Hellenism: The Heroes of Philostratus.” Columbia Society of Fellows.
  • October 22, 2012, “The Heroic Landscapes of Imperial Asia Minor.” Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • November 19-22, 2011, “Galen’s On the Avoidance of Grief as Professional Autobiography.” Invited paper for the Corpus Hellenisticum panel on Galen’s De Indolentia, Annual Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, San Francisco.
  • March 29, 2011, “Agroikos sophia: The Mythic Landscape of Philostratus’ Heroicus.” Ancient Studies Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
  • October 29-30, 2010, “Philostratus’ Heroicus: Homeric Myth in a Roman Landscape.” Symposium on Ancient Myth in Private Lives, University of Chicago.
  • February 26-27, 2010, “The Mystic and the Rhetor: Face to Face with the God in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi?” Langford Conference, Florida State University.
  • December 11, 2009, “Philostratus’ Heroicus: Paideia in the Local Landscape.” Bryn Mawr College.
  • April 3-6, 2009, “Aelius Aristides: Inside and Outside the Pergamene Asclepieum.” Invited Paper for Healing Sanctuaries panel, Annual Conference of the Classical Association (UK), Glasgow.
  • April 13-14, 2007, “Proper Pleasures: Bathing and Oratory in Aelius Aristides’ First Sacred Tale.” Symposium on Aelius Aristides, Columbia University.
  • September 28-30, 2007, “Portrait d’un rhéteur: Aelius Aristide comme initié mystique et athlète dans les Discours sacrés.” Colloque: Regards sur la Seconde Sophistique et son époque, Université Laval, Québec.


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