CFP: Transgressive Spaces in Classical Antiquity (APA Panel)

Seen on various lists:

Transgressive Spaces in Classical Antiquity Lambda Classical Caucus

Panel, APA Seattle (2013)

Sarah Levin-Richardson, Rice University (slr AT
Lauri Reitzammer, University of Colorado at Boulder
(reitzammer AT

What spaces in Greek and Roman antiquity were used for gender and sexual transgression? By what means were everyday spaces transformed into places that welcomed going beyond or challenging normative gender and sexual expectations, and violating gender and sexual boundaries considered fixed and non-negotiable? Is there a spatial topography for individuals who embody non-normative gender roles or sexual practices? In what ways could "deviant" spaces affect or "infect" daily life?

Dramatic spaces in Athens permitted the audience to step beyond the
constraints of reality into a realm where, for example, women could stop
a war by means of a sex-strike, or where male viewers could temporarily
feel emotions not commonly allowed. The wilds of Mt. Cithaeron, at least
as imagined by classical Athenians, encouraged ecstatic or enthused
participants to cross out of the constraints imposed by the human
sphere. The Roman amphitheater lauded male gladiators whose wounds
violated norms of impenetrable masculinity, and the triumphal route
found soldiers calling attention to the non-normative sexual deeds of
their generals.

This panel explores the roles of space-including ritual space, dramatic
space, landscapes, and architectural space-in gender and sexual
transgressions. This focus on spatial aspects is intended to bring the
analysis of transgression into the realm of lived experience, and to
investigate the influence of built and natural environments on daily
life and cultural practices.

We welcome papers that draw on various approaches, including literary,
socio-cultural, archaeological, art-historical, and theoretical. Please
send abstracts that follow the APA’s guidelines for individual abstracts
ypes_of_submissions_and_related_instructions/) by email to Prof.
Deborah Kamen (dkamen AT, not to the panel organizers, by February 1, 2012. Please do not identify yourself anywhere in the abstract, as submissions will be blind refereed.

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