Imagination and Representation: Description of Arcadia from Antiquity to Pre-Modernity

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2017
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The 11th Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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The 11th Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies


20-21 October 2017


Abstract Submission Extended to February 15th


Imagination and Representation: Descriptions of Arcadia from Antiquity to Pre-Modernity

The notion of a Golden Age, centred in the ancient region of Arcadia, is already present in the mythology of the ancient Greeks. Hesiod is the first writer to describe this idealized place where men and women lived in perfect harmony with nature and with themselves, beginning a process in which Arcadia was transformed from a real geographical space into a realm of fantasy.  Later, Virgil sets his pastoral poems in Arcadia, initiating a tradition that will be followed by many writers and artists who merge different imaginings to conjure up new meanings. In time, Arcadia became one of the most common themes in literary and artistic creation. Under the influence of Christian thought, Arcadia gained a religious significance, being identified with the Earthly Paradise and the hortus conclusus. Human exploration and the imagining of different worlds have also been embodied in the idea of Arcadia, as has the relationship between humanity and nature.

This conference proposes to explore cultural and symbolic meanings in representations of Arcadia from a variety of perspectives including mythology, religion, philosophy, history, arts, literary and cultural studies.


Topics for consideration may include (but are not limited to):

  • Interrelationship between human beings and nature
  • Eco-poetics and eco-criticism
  • Dream and fantasy, or fiction and reality
  • The image of the world (world-conception)
  • Notions of (idealised) love
  • Exploration, real and imaginary, the world beyond and foreign exoticism
  • Space, ritual, and social relations
  • Landscape (locus amoenus or locus terribilis)
  • The hortus conclusus, gardens, and the Earthly Paradise
  • Utopias and dystopias
  • Villa culture, cities and the countryside
  • Bucolic and pastoral poetry


TACMRS warmly invites papers that reach beyond the traditional chronological and disciplinary borders of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies. Please send your submission package to the Department of the Art History, Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan at with a subject line stating Submission for the 11th TACMRS Conference by February 15th, 2017.

This year panel proposals (groups of 3 or 4 persons) are welcome. For submission procedure, please note the following:


Individual proposals should include the following items:

1.      Title of the paper

2.      Abstract (maximum 250 words, Microsoft Word format document)

3.      Brief CV with a home or office mailing address, email address, phone and fax numbers


Panel proposals should include the following items:

1. Panel description and title

2. Contact details of panel organizer

3. Titles of papers and abstracts (maximum 250 words, Microsoft Word format document)and a brief CV of each scholar