CONF: Laughter in the Library

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the people/institution mentioned in the post, not to rogueclassicism!)

A reminder about the upcoming colloquium (details below) with news that Prof. Ian Storey of Trent

University, Canada has been added to our list of speakers, and a programme for the day, with
timings and full titles for all papers.

Laughter in the Library: a colloquium on Old Comedy for Penny Bulloch

Ioannou Classics Centre, Oxford
Saturday 5th June 2010
10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

To mark the retirement of Penny Bulloch and her contribution as Fellow Librarian at Balliol College,
Oxford, and earlier in Cambridge, and as a mainstay of all things Aristophanic and Old Comic in
the Classics Faculty of Oxford University, there will be a day of papers on Old Comedy in her
honour by friends, colleagues, and former students.

All are welcome and there will be no fee for attendance, though for the purposes of planning it
would be very much appreciated if you could let the organizers know that you plan to come by
Friday 21st May. Tea and coffee will be served, and a small reception held afterwards. There will
also be an optional buffet lunch at a cost of £6. Please let the organizers know if you would like
lunch, by the same date, and make cheques payable to Dr. R.W. Cowan.

Any enquiries may be addresses to Bob Cowan (bob.cowan AT or Adrian Kelly
(adrian.kelly AT

Edith Hall (RHUL):
Angus Bowie (Queen’s, Oxford)
Matthew Wright (Exeter University)
Peter Brown (Trinity, Oxford)
Ian Storey (Trent, Canada)
Matthew Leigh (St Anne’s, Oxford)


10.30-11.30 SESSION 1:
Angus Bowie (Queen’s, Oxford): ‘“I’ve no idea where we are now”: labile space in Aristophanes”

11.30 a.m. -12 noon COFFEE

12 noon -1.00 pm SESSION 2:
Matthew Wright (Exeter University): “Pea Soup and Old Jokes”

1.00-2.00 pm LUNCH

2.00-3.30 pm SESSION 3:
Ian Storey (Trent, Canada): "Comedy and the Crises"
Peter Brown (Trinity, Oxford): “Two Operatic Versions of Birds: Walter Braunfels (1920) and Ed
Hughes (2005)”

3.30-4.00 pm COFFEE

4.00-5.30 pm SESSION 4
Matthew Leigh (St Anne’s, Oxford): “Comedy and Tragedy: Constructions of Genre”
Edith Hall (RHUL): “The Aesopic in Old Comedy”

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