The Cluster The Past for the Present – International Research and Educational Programme aims at developing a pioneering approach to the reception of Classical Antiquity with a special focus on the contemporary culture. We study the ancient tradition in international and transdisciplinary cooperation as a marker of transformations underway across the world. Looking in the reception mirror and comparing the various images emerging therein, we can better understand each other, and this is crucial for the development of civic societies worldwide.

The Past for the Present – International Research and Educational Programme has been established by the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München , and Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà and Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica of the Università di Bologna. This is a crowning development of our collaboration over many years, within our Almae Matres' support and within the support, inter alia, by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the “Artes Liberales” Institute Foundation, and the ERC Consolidator Grant. We base also on the experiences of two permantent units of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”: Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA) and Collegium Artes Liberales (CLAS). We wish to carry out innovative projects in the reception field, involving students and early-stage researchers, working closely with schools (“science for society”), and together building a cluster of academic excellence.

Biljana Petrovic “Perseo” (Bologna, 2015)

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26–27 October 2020 HISTORMYTHOS 

"HISTORMYTHOS: Intermediale, interkulturelle und diachrone Perspektiven der Antikenrezeption" – International Interdisciplinary Conference at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Tagungskonzept und Programm

Programme of the Conference


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10th July 2020 A meeting on the University of München project "Histor Mythos"

The aim of the LMUexcellent-project "Histor Mythos" is to search adaptations of Greek-Roman myths and historiography from the Enlightenment to the 21st century for direct and indirect references to ancient pretexts; in this way, we will be able to create a ranking of the most important sources and their diachronic change, or rather transformation, in the way they have been referred to intertextually. In this context, it is essential to explore the change in the respective mental attitudes or even ideologies, which are transported by the transformations of antiquity in their political and socio-cultural environments, and in doing so, to take a consistently cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective. Here, the media relevant to reception and the new modes of reception they have created must also be included in order to be able to precisely determine the media-specific dynamics in the constant renewal of the updatings and popularizations of antiquity. The project explores the field between identity on the one, and difference/alterity on the other hand, not without seeking opportunities to bridge "foreignness" – in myths, characters different than the others are often integrated into the community; in ethnographic historiography, the 'foreign' is reflected and (de)constructed looking at the 'own'. Therefore, our approach will be able to contribute, from a historical/philological perspective, to the culturally and politically relevant issue of "integration". 


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Our colleague from Regensburg, Dr. Michael Stierstorfer held a lecture on "Harrius Potter Latinus - Ohne Latein kein Harry Potter?"
https://www.gymnasium-pindl.de/gymnasium/schulleben/archiv/harrius-potter


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We are pleased to share the two reviews of the volume Verjüngte Antike. Griechisch-römische Mythologie und Historie in zeitgenössischen Kinder- und Jugendmedien, ed. by Prof. Markus Janka and Dr. Michael Stierstorfer (Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2017), 392 pp.:
Dr. Torsten Mergen's at literaturkritik.de and Prof. Dr. Karin Richter's in the journal JuLit.


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The next meeting of the Cluster is scheduled for December 2017 at OBTA, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, on the occasion of CLAS 10th Anniversary.


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7th October 2017. On 7th October we enjoyed the inauguration of the international cluster „The Past for the Present: International Research and Educational Programme”. The Cluster has been established at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” with the Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften, Universität München and the Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà and the Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica, Università di Bologna. The inauguration took place in Munich and it was honoured by the Vice Rector of the University of Munich Prof. Barbara Conradt, the Dean of the Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften, Prof. Beate Kellner, and the representative of the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst, Johann Zwirglmaier. It was joined with the international conference organized by Prof. Markus Janka (LMU) – Verjüngte Antike trifft The Past for the Present: Griechisch-römische Mythologie und Historie in Kinder- und Jugendmedien der Gegenwartskultur, with the participation by the Cluster Members and colleagues from Bologna, Regensburg, Tübingen, Wien, and Warsaw. The inauguration was preceeded (6th Oct.) by the workshops focused on the Cluster´s coming activities. See also here.


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10th July 2017. The Academic Council of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” approved the establishment of the Cluster “The Past for the Present. International Research and Educational Programme” within the Faculty’s organizational structure, in a special cooperation with two permanent components: OBTA and CLAS.


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6th July 2017. Great news from Bologna! Our joint project initiated by the colleagues from the University of Bologna and managed by Prof. Stefano Colangelo, Stranierità – Foreignness – Fremdheit: La rappresentazione dello straniero nelle culture europee e mediterranee has won the support in the competition within the UB Funds for Innovative Projects.


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29th May 2017. The Cluster is born. The Agreement was signed by the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà and Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica of the Università di Bologna. Gratias maximas to all our supporters!


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