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2010 Conference

A Democratic Turn


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Case Study 1:
Michael Longley

Case Study 2:
Eavan Boland and
Olga Broumas

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Eavan Boland
Olga Broumas
Ted Hughes
Michael Longley

Classical historiography, ideas and material culture
Exhibiting Democracy

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CONFERENCES / SEMINARS / LECTURES (in reverse date order)



August 20-22 ‘From Sappho to ... X': Classics, performance, reception.
A conference presented by the Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies and the Classical Studies Program of Monash University, in partnership with the Australasian Classical Studies Reception Network, and Malthouse Theatre.
Venue : Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne.

To coincide with Malthouse Theatre's staging of the play Sappho...in 9 fragments , Monash University and the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network are hosting a 3 day interdisciplinary conference on the relationship between performance and the Classics. The conference will bring together Classical scholarship, theatre studies, translation studies and cultural studies to investigate how performance manipulates and embodies our understanding of the classical world.

Using the figure of Sappho as a metaphor for the many gaps we have to fill as we grapple with the otherness of the ancient world, the conference will explore how readers, translators, performers and spectators endlessly recreate the Classics in our imaginations and our embodiments.

Keynote Speakers and Presenters : Professor Andrew Benjamin ( Monash University); Professor Page Du Bois (University of California , San Diego); Professor Simon Goldhill ( University of Cambridge); Professor Lorna Hardwick (Open University); Professor Stanley Lombardo (University of Kansas); Dr Margaret Reynolds (Queen Mary's College, University of London ); Professor Peter Snow (Monash University); Helen Eastman (Artistic Director, Onassis Programme, University of Oxford); The creative team of Anne Carson's Irony is not enough ; The creative team of Sappho...in 9 fragments.
click here for : Call for papers
For further information, contact jane.griffiths@arts.monash.edu.au or visit the conference website via www.arts.monash.edu.au/ecps/conferences/

July 8-10 Thinking Reciprocity mini-series
At Bristol University
A mini-series of events comprising 'Reception and the Gift of Beauty' and 'Desiring the Text, Touching the Past' and organised with the aim of starting new conversations about reception, subjectivity, and creativity as they relate to classical, medieval, and post-modern texts. We are eager to develop ways of thinking about how the self navigates and creates the world of the text and the text of the world. We believe that classical and medieval traditions share much with contemporary discourse and that by considering specific texts and how we think about them, we can open new lines of exploration into their living development in their interplay with the reader, author, viewer, lover.
Places are limited, so please register early.
Discount for postgraduates & delegates attending both events:

Reception and the Gift of Beauty in the Western Tradition
Keynote Speaker: Prof. William Desmond, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven Thu-Fri 8-9 July Single-Day registration available.
Registration forms, conference schedule, and abstracts are available at:

Desiring the Text, Touching the Past: Towards an Erotics of Reception
Keynote Speaker: Professor Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University Saturday 10 July Registration forms, conference schedule, and abstracts are available at:

June 29 – July 1 75 Years of Penguin Books: An International Multidisciplinary Conference
to be held at the University of Bristol
In 2010, Penguin Books will be 75 years old and Puffin Books will be 70 years old.  Organised by the AHRC Penguin Archive Project, the International Penguin Conference is occasioned by these two anniversaries of what is arguably the most distinctive and the most significant publishing house in the twentieth century and beyond.
Keynote Speakers:
Professor Sir David Cannadine
Professor Simon Eliot
Professor Kim Reynolds
Professor Sir Christopher Ricks
The Penguin Archive Project is currently inviting papers (Deadline: 1st February 2010) on any topic connected to Penguin Books, past and present. For more details please see the Conference website: www.bristol.ac.uk/penguinarchiveproject/events/2010-conference/

June 21-22 ‘Revelry, Rhythm And Blues' 10th Annual Postgraduate Symposium On Ancient Drama
Symposium organised by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford and the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London . This two-day event will take place on Monday 21st June at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford (66 St Giles) and Tuesday 22nd June at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham (Noh Studio).
Organised by postgraduates, this annual symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman drama, exploring the afterlife of ancient dramatic texts through re-workings of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy by writers and practitioners. In previous years, speakers from a number of countries have given papers on miscellaneous aspects of the reception of Greek and Roman drama.
Abstracts of papers from previous symposia are accessible online: www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/events.htm
Organisers: Helen Slaney (University of Oxford ), Katie Billotte (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Lottie Parkyn (Royal Holloway, University of London ).
Contact: postgradsymp@classics.ox.ac.uk

June 18-20 Classics in the Modern World – a Democratic Turn? An International Research Collaboration
This conference will be the culmination of the collaborative work that is being developed with colleagues in Australasia, Europe, South Africa and the US on the implications of the ‘Democratic Turn’, in which classical texts, material culture and ideas seem in recent years to have become more widely used among all sections of society and cultural groups, rather than restricted to elites. The conference will include case studies, analysis of the implications for how classical culture is perceived and transmitted, evaluation of approaches, methods and scholarship and, especially, critical examination of the extent to which the impression of more ‘democratic’ impact is, or is not, justified by the evidence. We expect the conference to lead to a substantial publication.
Conference organisers: Lorna Hardwick (The Open University), Stephen Harrison (Oxford University), Kate Nichols (RHUL) and Carol Gillespie (The Open University)
Further details (word doc 56K)
If you are interested in organising a Panel please contact Carol Gillespie (c.a.gillespie@open.ac.uk) in the first instance.
We also intend to run some special sessions for graduate students (who will be welcome to attend the whole conference).

April 24-25 Engendering Reception: From Penelope to Atwood’s Penelopiad University of Toronto, 2010.
The Classics Graduate Student Association of the University of Toronto invites abstracts for a graduate conference on the theme Engendering Reception, to be held in Toronto on April 24-25, 2010. Our keynote speaker will be Susanna Braund, Canada. Research Chair in Latin Poetry and its Reception, University of British Columbia.We welcome submissions from students of all areas of classical studies, as well as students from other disciplines, including art history, history, archaeology, philosophy, comparative literature, religious studies, women's and gender studies, drama, and politics. A conference website will be set up shortly, and interested students are invited to join the conference’s Facebook group:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112388917878 This is a preliminary notice. A call for papers and a submission deadline will be circulated in the fall. Queries and indications of interest should be directed to the conference coordinators:
Cillian O’Hogan, cillian.ohogan@utoronto.ca Melanie Racette-Campbell, melanie.racette.campbell@utoronto.ca

May 27 Greek Theatre on the Arab Stage: Egyptian Playwrights and the Classical Tradition
Professor Ahmed Etman, 3.00pm, in G56 , Theatre Studies, Millburn House, University of Warwick
Organised as part of the Warwick Classics Research Seminar Series
Further information:  www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/etman_seminar_flyer.pdf
or contact p.e.pormann@WARWICK.AC.UK

April 7-10 Classical Association Annual Conference 2010,
Contact: Guy Bradley at ca2010@cf.ac.uk Tel. +44 (0)29 2087 4821

March 20 AMPAH
Annual Meeting for Postgraduates in Ancient History
will be held at the University of Nottingham in 2010. The provisional date for this meeting will be Saturday 20th March 2010, and the Call for Papers will be issued in October 2009. Please direct any initial questions either to myself (mark.bradley@nottingham.ac.uk ) or to the organisers Eleanor Glendinning (abxerg1@nottingham.ac.uk ) and Jack Lennon (abxjl1@nottingham.ac.uk).

March 17 Martha Graham: From Mythic Journey to Psychoanalytic Voyage (1947-1953)
Mark Franko (Professor of Dance, University of California, Santa Cruz) will give a lecture on 'at 2.15pm, Lecture Theatre at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles', University of Oxford. All are welcome.  

March 12-13 Greek Drama in African-American Theatre
Conference organised as part of the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar series.
All are most welcome to attend. For more information please see our website at www.sawyerseminar.northwestern.edu or contact Dr Kathryn Bosher, Assistant Professor of Classics, Northwestern University (k-bosher@northwestern.edu ) or Dr Amanda Wrigley, Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics, Northwestern University (a-wrigley@northwestern.edu ).

February 22 Brutus: Stage Interpretations of the Citizen
David Wiles (Professor of Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London) , will give a lecture on ‘at 2.15pm, Outreach Room at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', University of Oxford. The lecture will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

February 16 Classical Reception Theory - A Graduate Workshop
Organised by the ICS/The Open University/Oxford University.
All are welcome (incuding students in the process of thinking of undertaking research in classical reception).
Contact: Anastasia Bakogianni




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