CONF: South Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean: Cultural Interactions

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Call for Registrations
South Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean: Cultural Interactions
17th – 21st July 2012, Melbourne, Australia

Hosted by the Centre for Greek Studies and the A.D. Trendall Research Centre
for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne,
Australia, this conference will focus on the movement of people and
interactions of culture in the region of Southern Italy and Sicily from
antiquity until the present.

The conference will run between 17th and 21st July 2012 at the Museo
Italiano in Carlton, Melbourne.

This inter-disciplinary conference seeks to foster critical analysis of
geographical and chronological interconnections in Southern Italy and
Sicily. Consideration of cultural interaction, population movements, and
changing religious and philosophical ideas over a period of approximately
3000 years will prompt scholarly discussion around continuity and change
over time in this region of the Mediterranean.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

· Professor David Abulafia, Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius
College and Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University

· Associate Professor Mia Fuller, Associate Professor of Italian
Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

· Professor Sebastiano Tusa, Professor of Palaeontology at the
University Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples

· Professor Roger Wilson, Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman
Empire and Director of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Sicily at the
University of British Columbia

The program will include exhibitions at the Hellenic Museum and the Museo
Italiano of ancient Greek vases from Southern Italy and Sicily as well as
other pieces from the collection of the Trendall Research Centre. It will
also include a tour of the world-class resources held at the A.D. Trendall
Research Centre at La Trobe University.

Please visit the conference website for the most up to date conference

Register online before the 30th April at:

CONF: Athletic Foundations: Identity, Heritage and Sport

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A half day conference exploring the uses of heritage in the construction and consolidation of identities through modern sports events. Organised by the Open University in association with the Olympics 2012 Humanities programme.

18 June 2012, 5-8pm. The Open University in London.


17.00 – 17.30: Reception
(light refreshments will be provided)

17.30 – 18.00: Prof Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford)
Keynote. The Pindaric ode: Recalling an ancient tradition at the modern Olympics

18.00 – 18.30: Dr William Rollason (Brunel University)
Playing the whiteman: Football versus cultural heritage on a Papuan island

18.30 – 19.00: Dr Sonya Nevin (University of Roehampton)
Ancient religion, Modern Games: 19th century Hellenism and sporting values

19.00 – 19.30: Prof Wray Vamplew (University of Central Lancashire)
Preferred lies: Issues of golf heritage and identity

19.30 – 20.00: Dr Daniel Burdsey (University of Brighton)
Fifty years of football in Britain’s Asian communities: Symbol, tradition, identity

20.00: Conclusion

Registration fee: £5. Registration deadline: 13 June.

Please see the conference website for details:

CONF: Sex and Slavery

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Sex and Slavery

An international conference co-organised by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History (Leicester),
the Department of Classics (Nottingham) and the Institute for the Study Of Slavery (ISOS)

Nottingham, 13-14 September 2012

As part of the ongoing collaboration between Nottingham and Leicester, we are pleased to announce an
international conference on Sex and Slavery. Sexual activity involving individuals of unfree or slave status
is known throughout slave-owning societies. Sex is often a tool through which power relationships and
dominance can be asserted; however, sex can also be means through which power relations are blurred and

We approach the topic from an interdisciplinary, global and diachronic perspective which reaches from
antiquity to the present. Ten speakers specialising on different areas and periods have been invited to give
papers on a range of aspects, while another ten scholars will provide responses to these papers. In order to
enhance and focus comparison, we have invited scholars specialising on modern slaveries to respond to papers
on ancient slaveries and vice versa.

The provisional programme is as follows:

Thursday, September 13th 2012

09.00-10.15 Registration

10.15-10.30 Introduction

10.30-11.30 Camillia Cowling (Edinburgh): ‘Carnal Acts’: sex and the significance of freedom for ex-slave
women in Havana and Rio de Janeiro, 1870s-1880s. Respondent: Kostas Vlassopoulos (Nottingham).

11.30-11.45 Coffee

11.45-12.45 Andrea Nicholson (Nottingham Trent): Exploring cultural identity in contemporary female slavery.
Respondent: David Lewis (Durham).

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.15-16.15 Constantina Katsari (Leicester): Slaves, sex and money in the Roman world and the antebellum
American South. Respondent: Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary)

Susanne Seymour (Nottingham): Reproducing slavery: planters ʽbreedingʼ schemes and enslaved African women on
early 19th-century plantations in Grenada. Respondent: Niall McKeown (Birmingham).

16.15-16.45 Coffee

16.45-17.45 Walter Scheidel (Stanford): Sex, slavery, and the cultural evolution of normative monogamy.
Respondent: David Mattingly (Leicester).

17.45-18.15 General discussion

19.00 Dinner

Friday, September 14th 2012

10.45-11.45 Lynn Fotheringham (Nottingham): Offspring of slave and free in historical novels set in Greece
and Rome. Respondent: Melanie Ulz (Osnabruck).

11.45-12.00 Coffee

12.00-13.00 Judith Mossman (Nottingham): Becoming slaves: Hecuba and Andromache in Euripidesʼ Trojan Women.
Respondent: Jonathan Taylor (De Montfort).

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Esther Eidinow (Nottingham): Ancient Greek slavery and sexuality: strategies and risks.
Respondent: Gad Heuman (Warwick).

Jane-Marie Collins (Nottingham): ‘Declaro que sempre me conservei no estado de solteira e nunca tive filhos’:
symbolic celibacy, childlessness and the religiosity of freed women in nineteenth-century Brazil. Respondent:
Jennifer Baird (Birkbeck).

16.00-16.15 Coffee

16.15-17.15 Junia Ferreira Furtado (UFMG/Brazil): Women of color and slavery in colonial Brazil. Respondent:
Lin Foxhall (Leicester).

17.15-18.15 General discussion and future prospects

19.00 Dinner

Those willing to attend the conference can register online at

For any queries concerning registration, please contact Heather Sowter:
heather.sowter AT

For any queries concerning the conference, please contact Kostas
Vlassopoulos: konstantinos.vlassopoulos@ AT

The co-organisers
Constantina Katsari (Leicester)
Naoise Mac Sweeney (Leicester)
Kostas Vlassopoulos (Nottingham)

‘Gladiators’ Take the Colosseum

This seems to have only been picked up briefly by AP, so I’ll just include the first line from the Washington Post’s coverage, which pretty much says it all:

Several Romans dressed as gladiators have climbed the Colosseum to protest a crackdown on their unauthorized business of posing with tourists for money. […]

Of course, this is in the wake of something we mentioned t’other day: Gladiators Get the Boot and Gladiators Get the Boot ~ Followup.

But for the full effect, check out the slideshow at La Reppubblica (which even has a bit of Classical ink) … and they’ve got a video too … full article: Colosseo, blitz dei gladiatori in quattro salgono sul primo anello

… I’m waiting with baited breath for them to start chanting Io sono Spartaco!