CFP: Classical Representations in Popular Culture

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The Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association will once
again be sponsoring a session on CLASSICAL REPRESENTATIONS IN POPULAR
CULTURE at the 31st Annual meeting to be held February 10-13, 2010 at
the Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico
(330 Tijeras, Albuquerque NM 87102; tel. 505.842.1234).

Papers on any aspect of Greek and Roman antiquity in contemporary
culture are eligible for consideration. Papers focused on the following
themes are particularly welcome:

-Classics on the internet
-Classics and Western film
-Classic sword and sandal films
-Classical themes in contemporary art
-Classical references in popular music
-Classical references in advertising and marketing
-Roman history in contemporary literature and film
-Classical representations in popular culture and pedagogy
-Contemporary representations of Greek and Roman women

Other possible topics include (but are not limited to): film versions of
ancient myths; modern adaptations of Classical material in film,
television, music, or literature; the Classical heroic figure in modern
film or literature; Classical period historical fiction in modern film
or literature; Greek epic or drama in popular culture; and Greek and
Roman mythology in children’s film, television, or literature.
Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes.

Submit abstracts of 500 words or fewer to Kirsten Day at
kirstenday AT The priority deadline for abstract submissions is
NOVEMBER 1, 2009, and the final deadline is DECEMBER 15, 2009.

Information about the site, travel, graduate student awards, guest
speakers, special events, a complete list of areas, and other conference
matters can be found on the conference website:

CONF: London Roman Art and Ancient History Seminars

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In autumn of 2009 the London Roman Art and Ancient History Seminars are
joining forces to host the following seminars (there will be no Roman art
seminars in the spring). If you have any queries, please feel free to get
in touch with Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe or myself. I can provide illustrated
notices as an attachment for anyone who wishes. PS

London Ancient History/
Roman Art Seminar
Autumn 2009

All seminars on Thursdays at 4.30pm,
in the Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art,
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN.

1 October Blair Fowlkes Childs (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU)
The Dolichenum on the Aventine: Archaeological
Evidence, Cult Rituals, and Topographical Considerations

8 October Dr Elizabeth Macaulay Lewis (University of Oxford)
Architecture and Garden: A study in Roman space

15 October Prof Marc Waelkens (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven)
Sagalassos and Rome

29 October Dr Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham)
The Colour Purple in Ancient Rome

5 November Dr Jane Fejfer (Copenhagen)
Marble Mania: Sculptural Materiality and Roman Cyprus

19 November Dr Jon Coulston (University of St Andrews)
Still Life in Stone? Roman Triumph and Barbarian Defeat
on the Pedestal Reliefs of Trajan’s Column

26 November Prof Paul Zanker (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
Living with Myths in Pompeii and Beyond

All are welcome!
Enquiries: contact sophie.lunn-rockliffe AT or peter.stewart AT

CONF: Ancient ³Unspeakable Vice² and Modern Pedagogy (APA 2011)

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Ancient ³Unspeakable Vice² and Modern Pedagogy:

Talking about Homosexuality in Classical Antiquity in the 21st Century

2011 Annual Meeting of the APA, San Antonio, TX

Sponsored by the Lambda Classical Caucus. Organized by Konstantinos P.
Nikoloutsos (Berea College) and John P. Wood (University of

In E. M. Foster¹s novel Maurice, published posthumously in 1971 and
turned into a film in 1987, two young men in early 20th century England,
strongly attracted to each other, attend a class at Cambridge University
during which they translate Plato¹s Symposium. When a student reaches a
passage on same-sex love, the instructor says in a flat toneless voice:
³Omit: a reference to the unspeakable vice of the Greeks.²

Although a century later the picture has changed and ancient accounts of
homosexuality are more freely discussed in academia, prejudice against
and misinformation on the sexual practices of the Greeks and Romans
continue to persist. The 2011 LCC panel is soliciting papers that
discuss the challenges of teaching such texts at university level and
provide feedback on the responses they provoke among students. Questions
that individual papers may address include but are not limited to the

€ What pedagogical methods and interpretive tools (e.g., social theory,
feminist theory, queer theory, psychoanalytical theory) do we employ in
teaching what is nowadays considered to be nonnormative sexuality?
€ What are the sources that we regularly use to demonstrate the sexual
plurality of the ancient world and increase awareness about the
nonuniversality of modern sexual practices? Are some texts less suitable
than others? What are the criteria for creating a textual canon, if any
(e.g., the content of the piece, the complexity of ideas expressed in
it, its author and genre, the familiarity of the students with it, or
simply a personal fondness of the instructor for a particular text)?

€ What are the benefits of exposing students to ancient texts that are
critical of same-sex desire?

€ How do we effectively teach the transition (in terms of both
similarity and difference) from Greek and Roman sexual ethics to that of
late antiquity described in the texts of the Church Fathers? How do we
incorporate Greek and Roman accounts in a syllabus on homosexuality
throughout the ages?

€ How can we draw on ancient attitudes to homosexuality to inform modern
debates on homophobia, xenophobia, racism, and same-sex marriage?

Abstracts of one page in length are due by February 1, 2010. Please do
not send abstracts to the panel organizers. Email them to Nancy
Rabinowitz at nrabinow All abstracts will be refereed
anonymously. Questions can be addressed to Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos
at Konstantinos_Nikoloutsos AT

[cateogory conferences]

CONF: Trade Commerce and the State

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The Oxford Roman Economy Project will be hold a confererence on Trade, Commerce and the State on 1-3 October, 2009 at the Stelios Ioannou Centre for Research in Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford.
For the programme and instructions of registration, please see: