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Genoa Colloquium. Symbol and Gesture: The Determination of Gender in Terracotta Figurines of the Greek World

Marina Albertocchi

Abstract

On April 5, 2016, a colloquium on the topic of gender identity and significance in Greek coroplastic research will be held at the University of Genoa, Aula Magna, School of Human Sciences. This is co-sponsored by the University of Genoa and the Association for Coroplastic Studies.

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Colloquium Genova. Simbolo e gesto: la determinazione di genere nelle statuette fittili del mondo greco

Genoa, April 5, 2016, University of Genoa, Aula Magna of the School of Human Sciences, via Balbi, 2.

Among the new approaches applied to the study of votive terracottas borrowed from anthropology is the application of gender theory, that which explores socially perceived gender identity in different areas of the ancient world. According to the archaeological studies that address this issue, the focus of research is concentrated on the recognition and the diversification of gender in material culture at large, intended as a place of construction of the representative system of society. In our case, this research perspective applies to the gender differentiation that one finds among figurative terracottas and their complete comprehension by means of symbols and gestures that then shed light on their different use within the orbit of ritual.

This gender differentiation also may be accompanied by a precise indication of age. A focus on gender within the context of ritual events is most important, given that the passages of status from one life phase to the next, especially for women, were highlighted by festivals in which figurines had a symbolic value as substitutes in terracotta for the the dedicator.

Program

9:30 Introduzione ai lavori

10:00 N. Cucuzza, Gesto e simbolo nelle figurine fittili del Tardo Minoico: una prospettiva da Kannià

10:30 K. Perna, Oltre la dea: percezione e significato dell'identità femminile nella coroplastica votiva cretese alla fine dell'Età del Bronzo

Coffee break

11:30 A. Pautasso, La lancia, la spada e il bello scudo.. .Immagini maschili nella coroplastica cretese d'età arcaica

12:00 M. Albertocchi, Osservazioni in merito alla rappresentazione della gravidanza nella coroplastica greca

Pausa

14:00 M. Pisani, Gender identity and gender representation: approccio interdisciplinare e indicatori archeologici nello studio di una necropoli greca. Il caso di Tebe (Beozia)

14:30 V. Meirano, Genere e classi d'età a Locri Epizefiri. Spunti di riflessione sulla dimensione femminile attraverso l'analisi della coroplastica, in ambito sacro e funerario

Coffee break

15:30 R. Menegazzi, Identità (e ambiguità) di genere nella coroplastica da Seleucia al Tigri

16:00 M. Giuman, R. Carboni, Immagini di argilla: la coroplastica votiva proveniente dall'ex area militare di Nora

16:30 C. Portale, Conclusioni

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