RepiTitiationes ~ 04/29/15

Keynote/abstracts: Gender, Identity, and Intersectionality work shop

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Keynote announcement: We are very pleased to announce that Professor Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz will deliver the keynote lecture at the University of Auckland’s workshop on ‘Gender, identity, and intersectionality in antiquity: models of oppression and privilege’. The keynote lecture will be titled ‘Intersectional analysis in Classics: Defining rape and race in Aeschylus’ Suppliants.’

Abstract deadline: The deadline for submitting an abstract for the workshop is June 15th (full CFP below). Papers may be 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or 40 minutes duration (all with extra time for questions). Please indicate your preferred length in your abstract, and send abstracts (max. 350 words) and any questions to maxine.lewis AT


Gender, identity, and intersectionality in antiquity: models of oppression and privilege

August 31 – September 1, 2015

Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 15th

Classics and Ancient History at The University of Auckland is pleased to invite abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference on gender and identity in the ancient world. We are seeking papers that focus on how gender intersected with aspects of identity including (but not limited to) ethnicity, class, and social status. We welcome submissions from researchers working on texts and/or material evidence from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, the Roman Empire, and the late antique world.

We invite speakers to situate their research on gender in antiquity within the framework of intersectionality, which is currently influential in the social sciences and in feminist writing outside the academy. The intersectional model holds that people with multiple marginalized identities experience discrimination based on the particular intersections of their identities. We seek to investigate how the evidence of antiquity might validate or complicate the intersectional model.

We are particularly interested in papers that examine evidence of gender and identity in antiquity with a view to big picture questions, such as:

  • Is there evidence of intersectionality in antiquity?
  • If so, how did intersectionality in antiquity manifest?
  • If not, what might that signify for the current model of intersectionality in other disciplines, feminisms, and the LGBTQI world?
  • How might the nature of our sources (fragmentary, often derived from the elite) affect our attempts to apply the intersectional model to antiquity?
  • Since intersectionality is a model that responds to modern concepts of race (and thus racism) and modern sexual orientation (and thus homophobia), how might it be problematic (or conversely productive) to apply this model to antiquity?

This conference is organized in conjunction with the Auckland chapter of Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS), an organization that aims to foster gender equality in our fields ( ). Our objective in organizing the conference is to further this aim, and to engage people who have an active or nascent interest in ancient identity with modern political issues and the theoretical models currently being used to describe them.

BMCR 2015.05.40 Bonnet on Rutherford, State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.05.40

Ian Rutherford, State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece: A Study of Theôriâ and Theôroi. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xxvii, 534. ISBN 9781107038226. $120.00.

Reviewed by Corinne Bonnet, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès (cbonnet​ AT

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En 21 chapitres suivis d’un Appendice regroupant une très utile sélection de documents répartis en sept sections chronologiques (p. 361-442), Ian Rutherford, dont les travaux sur les pèlerinages et les voyages dans le monde grec sont connus et appréciés, propose ici une remarquable synthèse sur la théorie et les théores. Le sujet, comme il le souligne d’emblée dans la Préface, méritait assurément plus d’attention qu’il n’en avait reçu jusque-là, dans la mesure où il engage les relations diplomatiques de la polis, les activités religieuses, la gestion du territoire et la représentation de l’espace, les mobilités et leurs réseaux, ainsi que les pratiques symboliques qui s’y rapportent, bref un large éventail de pratiques, plus ou moins codifiées, et un ensemble de représentations et d’imaginaires liés à la relation des cités avec les dieux et des cités entre elles. En traitant systématiquement le sujet, en le décomposant en une série de facettes, toutes
analysées avec clarté et érudition, Ian Rutherford offre un volume précieux et stimulant qui est destiné à devenir une référence. […]

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BMCR 2015.05.40 ( on the BMCR blog​

RepiTitationes ~ 04/28/25

Always in catchup mode:

CJ~Online 2015.05.10 Polt on Stevens, Silence in Catullus

CJ-Online ~ 2015.05.10

Silence in Catullus. By Benjamin Eldon Stevens. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013. Pp. x + 338. Paper, $34.95. ISBN: 978-0-299-29664-3.

Reviewed by Christopher B. Polt, University of South Florida (cpolt)

"Silence" is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Catullus’ poetry, where even the beds shout and the doors gossip, but Benjamin Stevens’ Silence in Catullus suggests that the gaps in Catullan speech not only are significant but constitute a "poetics of silence" that reveals how much humans depend on the constant chatter of language for their very existence. Stevens’ readings are frequently insightful, drawing innovative connections between familiar poems and those either less studied (e.g. the Gellius cycle) or too often viewed in isolation from the rest of the corpus (e.g. the poems on the brother’s death). The book’s style is somewhat convoluted and the desultory way Stevens moves between relevant theoretical work can at times be daunting, but patient readers will find much of value and interest in Stevens’ work, which contributes to many ongoing discussions in Catullan studies. […]

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15.05.11 Greek Mythologies: Antiquity and Surrealism