CFP: From Antiphon to Autocue: Speechwriting Ancient and Modern

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The Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric (COR), Royal Holloway, University of
London, announces an international conference entitled From Antiphon to
Autocue: Speechwriting Ancient and Modern to take place at RHUL’s central
London venue in Bedford Square on 25 and 26 of April 2013.

Confirmed speakers include experts on ancient Greek and Roman logography
and oratory: Prof. Chris Carey (UCL), Prof. Mike Edwards (Lampeter), Prof.
Michael Gagarin (Texas), Prof. Catherine Steel (Glasgow). They will be
joined by an expert on modern media and communications, Professor Andrew
Tolson (De Montfort), and a modern speechwriter, Simon Lancaster.

We welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of speechwriting ancient,
medieval, or modern (30-40 mins. duration). Please send your proposal to
antiphon2autocue AT by 31 January 2013 at the latest.

2013 UCL Classical Play

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The UCL Classical Drama Society and the Department of Greek and Latin, in association with the Bloomsbury Theatre, present the 2013 Classical Play:

Euripides’ Trojan Women
Directed by Rebecca Speller
Translation by Alan Shapiro

Tues 5th February at 7.30pm
Wed 6th February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thu 7th February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Ancient Plays for Modern Minds: A Public Engagement Programme

To complement the production of Trojan Women, the UCL Department of Greek & Latin shall be offering a series of talks and workshops which aim to illuminate the play and its context and to bring Euripides to life for a modern generation. This exciting programme includes talks by academic experts on ancient drama and its reception, as well as interactive workshops by contemporary theatre practitioners. There are events on every day of the play’s performance, and each talk or workshop deals with an important angle of interpreting or performing the play. All of our speakers have experience in working with schools, and the events will be suitable for students of Classics, Classical Studies, and Drama, as well as accessible to those without prior experience of Greek drama.

In 2013 we will be offering the following events:

Tuesday 5th February

3.15-5.15pm – Participatory Workshop: David Stuttard: ‘What’s Hecuba to Him?’

6.00-7.00pm – Public Talk by Professor Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)

Wednesday 6th February

3.15-5.15pm – Participatory Workshop: Russell Bender: ‘Physical Approaches to the Greek Chorus’

6.00-7.00pm – Public Talk by Professor Chris Carey (UCL)

Thursday 7th February

3.15-5.15pm – Participatory Workshop: Deborah Pugh: ‘Pushing The Space in Choral Work’

6.00-7.00pm – Public Talk by Dr Rosa Andújar (UCL)

All events are free of charge and open to all. However, the participatory nature of the workshops means that space is limited, and pre-booking is therefore essential. We would also recommend pre-booking for the lectures, in order to avoid potential disappointment on the day: please reserve places for your group by emailing Dr Rosa Andújar at r.andujar AT The workshops will last approximately 2 hours; the talks will last approximately 45 minutes, with time for questions at the end. Please note that workshop participants should be aged 16 and above.
For more information, including venue information for each event, please visit our website:

Tickets are available on the Bloomsbury Theatre website:

ED: 2013 Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome

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The Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome is now taking applications for the 2013 program. The six-week, intensive program in the history, archaeology, and topography of Ancient Rome is open to graduate students of classics, ancient history, and art history, secondary school teachers of Latin and related subjects, and advanced undergraduate students. More information on the program (and available scholarships) can be found on the AAR’s website,

Please note that this year the application is online. Instructions and link are provided on the AAR website. The deadline for applying to the Classical Summer School is January 18, 2013. However, some scholarship deadlines are earlier.

For any further questions, contact Prof. Susann Lusnia, Director of the Classical Summer School, (lusnia.aarcss AT, or slusnia AT

CFP: Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia

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The Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia:

Texts & Artefacts, Institutions & Practices

Thursday, 4 July 2013 – Saturday, 6 July 2013

Venue: Freie Universität Berlin

Over the past decade, scholars have examined the reception of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures around the globe. This has been done by analyzing the role of ancient Mediterranean culture in a variety of cultural instances; for example post-antique texts and images, ideology and institutions, as well as rituals and practices. The research has been wide-ranging, including examinations, for instance, of Greek tragedy in 20th-century African theatre and Latin poetry in colonial Mexico. Still there has not yet been a project dedicated solely to the reception of Greece and Rome in East Asia, despite tantalizing clues concerning the wealth of material available for investigation: from the Isopo Monogatari (伊曾保物語), a 16th-century Japanese edition of Aesop’s Fables, to a theatrical season in Beijing in July 2012 directed by the famed Li Liuyi that included both Sophocles’ Antigone (安提戈涅) and the Tibetan epic King Gesar (格萨尔王).

This conference will explore the reception(s) of Greek and Roman culture in East Asia from antiquity to the present. In particular, we are interested in the question of how and why ancient Greek and Roman texts, images, and material cultures and the knowledge and ideas contained within them have been adapted and refigured in East Asian texts, imagery, and cultural artefacts. We are also, however, eager for papers on the teaching of Greek and Latin in schools and the history of ancient studies at universities as well as other institutions. In addition, we welcome papers on historical examples of intercultural contact from the early precursors of the Silk Road to the arrival of Jesuit missionaries; as well as on the impact of ancient beliefs and ideas on cultural practices in East Asia including, for example, religious communities of recent origin which incorporate ancient gods and heroes. The conference will seek to further the dialogue of Reception Studies to include not only past and present but also “East” and “West.”

The ever-growing complexity of the relationship (economically, politically, and culturally) between East Asia and the “West” makes the study of the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in East Asian cultures particularly relevant and timely. Since “Western” culture’s self-conception begins in Europe with ancient Greece and ancient Rome, the reception of ancient Greco-Roman cultures in East Asia provides an excellent point of reference for current intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogues in an increasingly globalizing world. This conference aims to explore this point of reference by bringing together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners (performing artists, writers, visual artists, and those working in theatres and museums) to analyze the many diverse aspects of the reception of Greek and Roman culture in East Asia.

We invite papers from a variety of disciplines, especially: • Ancient and Modern History and Philology; • Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Religious Studies; • Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Art History; • Philosophy, Theology, and Political Science.

In addition to papers from scholars, we welcome contributions by those working in the arts and cultural sector. Papers are expected to be 20-25 minutes in length with 5-10 minutes for questions immediately following. The conference will be held in English. We aim to publish selected papers from the conference in an anthology.

To be considered, please submit a proposal of no more than 300 words and a biography of no more than 50 words to the below email address by 30 January 2013. Please note that text in non-Latin script should be accompanied by a transliteration alongside in the body of the proposal. Any further questions can be directed to the following email address: greeceandromeinasia AT

We are looking forward to an inspiring conference and lively discussion!

Prof. Dr. Almut-Barbara Renger (Freie Universität Berlin) & Dr. Katie Billotte

CONF: Psychogeographies in Latin Literature; London 8-9 July 2013

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Psychogeographies in Latin Literature.

London, 8-9 July 2013

Conference organised jointly by the Department of Classics, KCL and the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome, Royal Holloway, University of London

Far from mere dots on a map, places are products of the interrelationship of humans and their natural environment. They are constructs in a material environment, having a materiality as products, but they also have a producing capacity in the interaction between person and place. That interaction is multi-sensory, but often represented in narrative, sets of stories that make a place and embed a place in time and collective experience. That experience and interaction with place creates psychogeography.

The experience of urban spaces, with their itineraries, neighbourhoods, monuments, gardens, theatres and crowds are important to authors as diverse as Ovid, Tacitus, Martial, Juvenal, Catullus, Horace and Cicero. Genres such as satire, comedy, epigram and elegy have their own particular orientations to space. For some authors it is itineraries, and for others (Pliny, Statius, Lucretius) it is the views and vistas that matter. Public spaces are reclaimed for other uses by Ovid, and viewed with suspicion by Seneca, while imperial space is contained and framed in the Odes of Horace. The cubiculum, the forum, the trivium, the Via Sacra and other locations all have their own topoi and associations. Literary works create their own models of space (closure, enjambement, digression and the like). How do these ‘spatial’ aspects of the literary work relate to, or even compete with, exterior spaces? And how can work in other areas of classical studies (archaeology, art, history) be brought to bear on literary texts?

Modern theoretical work has also offered multiple possible ways in which to reinvigorate our perceptions and reception of the spatial in literature. For example, the distinction between space (espace) and place as a locale (lieu), central to Michel de Certeau’s work, allows distance to be generated between the stable reception of meanings generated from a hegemonic political culture and the enacted meanings that are performed at street level. Similarly, perceived spaces, as Henri Lefebvre suggests, are laden with socio-political significance, and they can be deployed to challenge mainstream strategies of meaning by, for instance, rendering places of ceremony and order into sites for the performance of pleasure and carnival, and subverting official monuments with unorthodox cultural memories. Iconic amongst those strands of scholarship that seek to reenergise the reader’s relationship with space in literature is the figure of the flâneur (as reflected by Walter Benjamin), the stroller in the city, or away from it, who re-imagines space through often aberrant itineraries.

This conference will bring together scholars interested in all aspects of this topic to share different kinds of material and approaches and to discus the agendas and potential of this topic as a whole.

Confirmed speakers include:

Richard Alston (RHUL), Catherine Edwards (Birkbeck), Therese Fuhrer (Berlin), Jared Hudson (Berkeley), David Larmour (Texas Tech), Maxine Lewis (Auckland), Ellen Oliensis (Berkeley), Shreyaa Patel (RHUL), Victoria Rimell (Rome), Diana Spencer (Birmingham), Efi Spentzou (RHUL),

Conference organisers:

William Fitzgerald (william.fitzgerald AT

Efi Spentzou (e.spentzou AT