CONF: ‘Classics in extremis’

Seen on the Classicists list:

‘Classics in extremis’
Durham University, July 6th-7th 2014

This conference aims to examine some of the most unexpected, most
hard-fought, and (potentially) most revealing acts of classical reception:
it will ask how the reception of the ancient world changes – and what the
classical looks like – when it is under strain. Current debates in classical
reception studies are increasingly focused on less assured and comfortable
engagements with the past. Bringing together scholars with a variety of
interests, this conference aims to move the debate beyond the specific case
studies emerging in the field and to encourage the broader development of
fresh methodologies and perspectives in thinking about the ‘classical’ as a
troubled space – a space in which fraught and remarkable claims have been
made upon the ancient world.

For registration information, please contact Edmund Richardson
(edmund.richardson AT

Sunday July 6th

1.00pm–1.30pm Registration

1.30pm–1.40pm Welcome

1.40pm–3.30pm Panel 1
Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham), ‘High culture in low company? The reception of
ancient ‘homosexuality’ in the pornographic The Sins of the Cities of the

Edith Hall & Henry Stead (King’s College London), ‘Classics down the
mineshaft’ (paper delivered by Henry Stead).

3.30pm–3.50pm Coffee

3.50pm–5.40pm Panel 2
Barbara Goff (Reading), ‘Greek Art on Brick Row: coming to the Classics via
the WEA.’

Stefani Dixon (Berkeley) & Djesika Ilèn Watson, ‘Per Tot Discrimina Rerum:
Classical Pedagogy by/for Urban Students Experiencing Crisis and Poverty.’

5.40pm–6.00pm Coffee

6.00pm–7.00pm Keynote
Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), ‘“The Blossoming of Doctor Dryasdust”: Basil Gildersleeve in Germany.’

8.30pm Conference Dinner

Monday July 7th

9.00am–10.50am Panel 3
Thomas E. Jenkins (Trinity), ‘Extreme metaphor: American Receptions of the
Ancient World after 9/11.’

Luke Richardson (University College London), ‘“And over our heads the hollow seas closed up”: Primo Levi and Reading the Odyssey after Auschwitz.’

10.50am–11.10am Coffee

11.10am–1.00pm Panel 4
Jennifer Wallace (Cambridge), ‘Picturing the Greeks: Photography, Performance and Julia Margaret Cameron.’

Amanda Klause (Princeton), ‘Daphnis Transformed: Virgilian Pastoral,
Lucretian Materialism, and Aphra Behn’s Politics of Translation.’

1.00pm–1.50pm Lunch

1.50pm–3.40pm Panel 5
Davina Benstead-Cross (St Andrews), ‘Voyaging into the past: Pacific
Exploration and Classical Reception in the late eighteenth century.’

Rosa Andújar (University College London), ‘Tragedy and Revolucíon: Adapting Greek drama in Fidel’s Cuba.’

3.40pm–4.00pm Coffee

4.00pm–5.30pm Keynote & Plenary. Chair: Barbara Graziosi (Durham).
Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), ‘How to Bring Down the Church? Or: on coming to Durham, these days.’

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