CFP: Subversion and Censorship from Antiquity to the present

Seen on the Classicists list:


on the theme "Subversion and Censorship in Antiquity and After"

October 2-4, 2013

Papers are invited from scholars and researchers in the Humanities to explore important themes on the limitations of freedom of expression (in act, thought or speech). Although papers of the more traditional focus on censorship ‘from above’ are welcome, we especially invite papers dealing with the responses to repression—that is, any works or activities which aim at avoiding or circumventing censorship, whether through subversion, coded dissent and veiled criticism (i.e. forms of self-censorship).

The conference is organised by members of the Classics discipline at the University of Adelaide, South Australia (also the venue): Professor Han Baltussen, Associate Professor Peter Davis, and Dr Mark Davies (Postdoctoral Researcher) with a view to expanding the theme of their ARC funded project “The Dynamics of Censorship in Antiquity” (2011-2013/DP 110100915).

While the emphasis of the conference is on antiquity, we would like to explore opportunities to facilitate diachronic and interdisciplinary discussion. To that end, we envisage accommodating some panels for a range of other historical periods (one panel each for the medieval, early modern and modern) in subjects such as history, politics, music, literature in the 15thth-20th c., and modern debates in law and media.

Please send inquiries and abstracts (up to 150 words by March 15, 2013) to

Prof. Han Baltussen (Hughes Professor of Classics) (han.baltussen@ AT

Assoc. Prof. Peter J. Davis (Visiting Research Fellow) (peter.davis AT

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