*Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar 2009: “Utopia and Dystopia in Roman Literature”
University College London, 7–9 July 2009 (Archaeology Lecture Theatre)*

It is a great pleasure to announce that the annual Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar 2009 will be coming to London this year.
It will discuss the topic of “Utopia and Dystopia in Roman Literature” and will be held at University College London, 7–9 July 2009 (Archaeology Lecture Theatre).


Tuesday, 7 July

from 9.30 registration
10.00 Welcome
10.15-11.00 NIALL W. SLATER (Emory University)
“Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis as Dystopic Prelude to a Neronian Golden Age”
11.00-11.30 coffee
11.30-12.15 PAUL BURTON (Australian National University)
“Cicero’s Utopian Amicitia:
Some Epistemological Problems with the ‘Friendship of Virtue’”
12.15-13.00 KATHRYN TEMPEST (Roehampton University)
“Cicero and the Rhetoric of Utopia: The Pro Marcello”

13.00 lunch

14.30-15.15 C.W. MARSHALL (University of British Columbia)
“A Perfect World: a sociology of sex slavery in Roman Comedy”
15.15-16.00 EMMA GEE (University of St Andrews)
“A Smattering of Science”
16.00-16.30 tea
16.30-17.15 BARBARA WEINLICH (Texas Tech University)
“The Dimension(s) of Utopia in Moralistic Discourse:
Mythic Past and Contemporary Rome in Propertius 3.13″
17.15-18.00 RHIANNON EVANS (University of Melbourne)
“Noble savages? Utopian others in Roman ethnography”

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

9.30-10.15 DOROTA DUTSCH (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“The Dynamics of Utopia in Vergil’s Eclogues”
10.15-11.00 ROBIN BOND (University of Canterbury)
“Vergil, Horace and Juvenal: Utopia/Dystopia”
11.00-11.30 coffee
11.30-12.15 SJARLENE THOM (University of Stellenbosch)
“The lyric utopia: taking a stand for lyric in Horace Odes 3.7–12”
12.15-13.00 JOHN GARTHWAITE (University of Otago)
“Recantations and Rejections: Martial’s New Rome in Book 10”

13.00 lunch (followed by free afternoon)

Thursday, 9 July 2009

9.30-10.15 JESSICA DIETRICH (Australian National University)
“The Ideal of Virtuous Female Suicide in Flavian Literature
10.15-11.00 PETER DAVIS (University of Tasmania)
“Journey to a better world?: Argo’s Voyage in Seneca’s Medea and Valerius Flaccus”
11.00-11.30 coffee
11.30-12.15 JOHN PENWILL (La Trobe University)
“Roman Dystopia and the Battle of Cannae in Punica 8–10”
12.15-13.00 FRANCES LEE MILLS (La Trobe University)
“Between Dreams and Realities: The Interpretation of Omens in Silius Italicus’ Punica”

13.00 lunch

14.30-15.15 ROBERT SIMMS (University of Otago)
“Statius’ Thebaid and the Absence of Great Men”
15.15-16.00 JEAN-MICHEL HULLS (Downside School)
“No place like Rome? Modelling utopia and dystopia onto Statius’ Silvan city”
16.00-16.30 tea
16.30-17.15 JACQUELINE CLARKE (University of Adelaide)
“Utopias and Dystopias of the Body in Prudentius’ Hymn of Fasting (Cath. VII)”
17.15-18.00 STEPHEN HARRISON (Corpus Christi College Oxford)
“Utopian Palaces in Apuleius and La Fontaine”

18.00-19.00 drinks reception

All are welcome. Those who would like to attend should register by sending an email to the conference organizer Gesine Manuwald at g.manuwald AT ucl.ac.uk (deadline: 15 June 2009).
There will be a small fee for participants (other than speakers and chairs) to cover costs for tea, coffee and lunch, payable in cash on the day. Full fee: £20 Day rate: £7

For further information, please contact the conference organizer Gesine Manuwald at g.manuwald AT ucl.ac.uk.


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