CFP: Pastness/Belatedness in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama

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CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Pastness/Belatedness in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’

We are delighted to announce the Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Greek and Roman Drama, organised by the APGRD, University of Oxford, and the University of London. This two-day event will take place on Tuesday 18th June at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (University of London) and Wednesday 19th June at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies (Oxford University).


This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondent is Professor C.W. Marshall (University of British Columbia). After the second day of the symposium in Oxford, there will be a dinner and a launch celebration for two new books, Edith Hall’s Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris and Justine McConnell’s Black Odysseys.


Postgraduates from around the world working on the reception of Greek and Roman drama are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. The symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of Classics, modern languages and literature, and theatre and performance studies. This year’s theme, ‘belatedness’ is an open-ended prompt to consider ideas about our relationship to ancient works given the abyss of time separating us from their past world (for example, different ways that the “old” is constructed – primitive, mysterious, ritualistic and yet modern etc.).

Practitioners are welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers may also include demonstrations. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performative presentation on ‘Pastness/Belatedness in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by Thursday 28th MARCH 2012 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

There will be no registration fee. It is hoped that a limited number of bursaries will be available. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these. Help with accommodation in a London University Hall of Residence is also available this year.


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CFP: “Talking Back to Teacher: Orality and Prosody in the Secondary and University Classroom” (SORGLL Panel APA/AIA Chicago 2014)

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Talking Back to Teacher:
Orality and Prosody in the Secondary and University Classroom
Chris Ann Matteo, Organizer

Sponsored by the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature

Joint Annual Meeting APA/AIA, Chicago, IL, January 2014

Since Distler’s Teach the Latin, I Pray You, Traupman’s Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiencyand the target-language approach of Balme and Lawall’s Athenaze, there has been an active reconsideration of the value of orality in the Greek and Latin classroom, whether the level is elementary, intermediate or advanced. How should both experienced and novice teachers incorporate oral Greek or Latin in the high school or college classroom? Currently, such topics are debated on social networks, where independent groups of like-minded spokespersons are debating the value of prosody, production of meaning the target language, assessment and philosophy. The papers for this panel are expected neither as apologetics for nor as censures of oral techniques of teaching.

This panel invites new contributions from the university or secondary classroom as well as the outreach community of oral reading enthusiasts. Some of the questions open to debate include:

Is orality a fad or an indispensible teaching strategy?
What theories guide the pedagogy of oral language acquisition?
What texts are optimal for students at all levels, ages and interests?
What training ought to be offered to extend the appreciation of oral Greek and Latin in classroom settings?
What effects does orality in the classroom have on our understanding of ancient Roman or Greek poetics and versification, prose rhythm, figures of speech or sound?
What is the benefit of oral teaching for the philologist?
What effects could orality in the classroom have on our understanding of performance and genre?
The Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature (SORGLL) heartily encourages oral reading or performance of texts as part of the papers chosen for delivery.

Abstracts should be sent to Andrew Becker (Virginia Tech) andrew.becker AT by March 1 2013. Abstracts must conform to APA guidelines (see for details). All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by three external referees.