The annual electronic seminar series was set up to enable informal contact and discussion among researchers working on classical receptions, especially of drama. In the first session, (February, 1998) participants were asked to introduce themselves and comment briefly on issues raised by their current work.
Since the first series, the membership of the seminar has grown each year and is currently 73 people from 12 countries. We have been particularly pleased that the seminar has helped to build and extend international networking and that we have as members researchers who sometimes find it difficult to attend international conferences because of geographical distance. Those interested in joining the seminar are invited to contact Carol Gillespie (email@example.com). As well as academics and teachers we particularly welcome graduate students, translators and arts and theatre practitioners. (The 2006 series was led by graduate students.)
In response to a number of requests, during 2005 we made available an archive of the Eseminars (the individual years can be accessed from the index on the left). We are extremely grateful to our contributors for agreeing that their informal discussions can be made available in this way.
The purpose of the seminars is to enable discussion, to share experiences and to help to frame new questions and approaches. You may notice that over the life of the seminars to date, papers seem to have become longer! We also notice that certain key questions recur, although participants' stance towards them sometimes changes - so perhaps over time the archive will also become a resource for research in the history of scholarship!
As with all material published on the Open University Reception of Classical Texts Research Project website, users are welcome to print off for private and educational use on condition that they observe the scholarly conventions of acknowledgement and referencing systems when citing any of the material in publications, dissertations and theses, course essays and lectures (including hand-outs). References should take the form:
Bloggs, A. (1998), 'What is Greek Drama about?', Reception of Classical Texts Research Project ESeminar paper/discussion, Milton Keynes: The Open University, online at www2.open.ac.uk/classicalreceptions, last accessed [give date accessed].
Seminar Convenor: Lorna Hardwick
Seminar Coordinator: Carol Gillespie