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Durham Centre for Classical Reception

Past Events

Wednesday 6 December 2017

DCCR Work-in-Progress Seminar: Futures of Reception

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Department of Classics, 38 North Bailey, Dr Ed Richardson

What do we do when we do classical reception? How does it look different from other ways of reading classical and post-classical sources? Can its particular theoretical frameworks and methodologies open up new insights into ancient material – and if so, how? What methodologies and theoretical frameworks are likely to be most productive for the future development of the field? This work-in-progress seminar is intended as an initial, informal discussion of the scope and key questions for the Centre's 'Futures of Reception' project.

Contact edmund.richardson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 23 June 2017

Visual Culture of the Classical World: Research Day

9:00am, St Mary's College, Kenworthy Hall

This day of research conversations brings together a range of scholars at Durham University who are engaged in research pertaining to visual culture of the ancient world, including visual cultures of ancient groups and classical reception studies. Spread through various departments, their work finds a meeting ground in Durham’s Centre for Classical Reception, and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture.

Contact catherine.draycott@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 22 February 2017

DCCR Work-in-Progress Seminar: Dr Nathan Gilbert - 'No New Pleasures Under the Sun: From Lucretius to Montaigne.'

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Department of Classics and Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, CL007, Dr Nathan Gilbert

Dr Nathan Gilbert, COFUND Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Classics, will be presenting in the Centre's work-in-progress seminar series on: 'No New Pleasures Under the Sun: From Lucretius to Montaigne.'

Contact edmund.richardson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 1 February 2017

DCCR Work-in-Progress Seminar: Prof. Richard Hingley - 'Iron Age and Roman Heritages'

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Department of Classics and Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, CL007, Prof. Richard Hingley

Professor Richard Hingley, from the Department of Archaeology, will be presenting in one of the Centre's regular work-in-progress seminars. He will be discussing his new project, 'Iron Age and Roman Heritages.'

Contact edmund.richardson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 12 December 2016

Natalie Diddams’ Thesmo: Adapting Aristophanes for the 21st Century

11:00am, Department of Classics and Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, CL108, Natalie Diddams

The Centre is very happy to announce that the theatre-maker and academic Natalie Diddams is visiting Durham to talk about her recent stage-production Thesmo. This is a comedy which reworks Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae for the 21st century, focusing on gender politics. There will be a screening of extracts from the production, and Natalie will discuss the process of reworking ancient drama for the modern stage with Dr. Sarah Miles. This is a unique opportunity to hear a theatre practitioner talk about their work, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Natalie Diddams' Thesmo: "A funny fusion of stand-up, sketch, lecture and performance that celebrates and interrogates the disruptive power of women doing comedy" [http://www.durhambid.co.uk/events/natalie-diddams-thesmo]

All staff and students are warmly invited to attend, particularly those with an interest in Aristophanic comedy, Greek drama in modern performance, gender politics and classical reception studies.

Contact sarah.miles@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 1 December 2016

Research Seminar: Professor Charles Martindale

4:00pm, CL007, 38 North Bailey, Professor Charles Martindale

We are delighted to welcome colleagues and visitors to the seventh Departmental Research Seminar of Michaelmas term. This will take place in the Department of Classics and Ancient History (CL007) at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday 1st December 2016. Our speaker is Charles Martindale (Bristol/York) who will speak on 'English Virgil? Surrey to Tennyson'. All are welcome to attend.

Contact rebecca.l.usherwood@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 23 November 2016

DCCR Research Conversation: Futures of Classical Reception

1:00pm to 2:00pm, CL007, 38 North Bailey, Prof. Barbara Graziosi, Dr Nora Goldschmidt, Prof. Massimo Leone

What next for Classical Reception? After two decades of extraordinary growth, more and more scholars are asking questions about the future shape of the field. The second in the Centre's series of interdisciplinary research conversations brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to address this issue. What kind of questions now need to be asked? What current approaches might need to be re-examined? This event will feature a discussion chaired by Professor Barbara Graziosi, with contributions from Dr Nora Goldschmidt on 'The Failure of Reception' and IAS Fellow Professor Massimo Leone on 'Cultural Semiotics and Classical Reception'.

Contact edmund.richardson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 26 October 2016

DCCR Research Conversation: Alexander the Great

1:00pm to 2:00pm, CL007, 38 North Bailey, Prof. Elizabeth Archibald, Dr Ed Richardson

The first of the Centre for Classical Reception's regular research conversations for 2016-17. The series aims to bring together colleagues from a range of departments, working on similar questions within Classical Reception. For the inaugural event, Prof. Elizabeth Archibald will discuss her work on medieval encounters with Alexander the Great - and Dr Ed Richardson will explore the lure (and frequently disastrous consequences) of following in Alexander's footsteps.

Contact edmund.richardson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 15 October 2016

Dr Sarah Miles at the Durham Book Festival 2016

5:00pm, Empty Shop HQ, Framwellgate Bridge, Dr Sarah Miles

Durham Department of Classics and the Centre for Classical Reception are participating in Durham Book Festival #dbf16! Come along and see the very funny and provocative Thesmo and then stay for a while afterwards as our very own Dr Sarah Miles will be taking part in a Q&A discussion on Ancient Greek Comedy with 'theatre-maker, comedy-lover, and academic' Natalie Diddams (@NatalieDiddams) who wrote the piece.

http://emptyshop.org/event/natalie-diddams-thesmo/ https://www.dur.ac.uk/classics/staff/?id=7615 https://uk.linkedin.com/in/natalie-diddams-7580503b


Sunday 18 September 2016

The Walls of Babylon

Monuments Made of Words:Text and Architecture, from Antiquity to Modernity

5:00pm to 12:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Carlo Caruso, Edward Chaney, Margaret Daly Davis, Willem de Bruijn, Peter Fane-Saunders, Hubertus Günther, Peter Heslin, Frances Muecke, Giulia Perucchi, Klaus Jan Philipp, Edmund Thomas, Tom True, Ruth Webb, and Mark Wilson Jones

This conference explores ancient descriptions of architecture and their influence from the first century C.E. to the eighteenth century.

From Horace’s odes to the sonnets of Shakespeare and beyond, the idea that the written word outlasts even the grandest of monuments has long been a literary topos. In the case of antiquity it rings particularly true. Despite their apparent vulnerability during centuries of transmission in manuscript form­­­, classical accounts of architecture have almost always outlived their subjects; of brick and stone, often only words survive.

This conference seeks to explore the diverse content and legacy of ancient descriptions of architecture. Modern studies have tended to concentrate on specific accounts or periods. The present conference addresses a much broader selection of classical texts and the various ways they were perceived over a wider geographical compass and timeframe. It situates these accounts – such as Greek reports of architecture in the Near East and Latin poetry on the architectural wonders of Rome – within the intellectual and aesthetic discourse of their time but also, importantly, in the context of later ages, when they came to fire the imagination of new generations of architects, artists, writers and scholars.

With contributions drawn from an international group of scholars, ranging from classicists to architectural historians and specialists in other fields, the intention of this conference is to elicit a richer understanding of the contribution of these ‘literary monuments’ to thought and visual culture from antiquity onwards, as well as of the dialogues between these monuments over time.

Contact peter.fane-saunders@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 28 March 2015

Anglophone Translations of the Classics and The History of Sexuality

10:00am to 5:00pm, Department of Classics & Ancient History, 38, North Bailey, Durham, Confirmed speakers include: Josephine Balmer (translator of Catullus and Sappho), Lorna Hardwick (Open University), Gideon Nisbet (Birmingham University; translator of Martial), Daniel Orrells (Warwick University), Deborah Roberts (Haverford College).

An international, interdisciplinary workshop to be held at Durham University, 27-28 March 2015. Please download the booking form and send with payment by Thursday 26th February to Dr Jennifer Ingleheart, Department of Classics & Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3EU.

Contact jennifer.ingleheart@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 10 July 2014

Shedding Light on the Galilee

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Priors Hall, Cathedral Close, Durham Cathedral, Daniela Amadei, Laura Bertuccioli, John Crook, Andy Monkman, Iain Ruxton, Edmund Thomas

Public outreach event on the architectural history of the Galilee Chapel, its relation to the Basilica at Fano designed by Vitruvius, and the use of organic lighting to recreate effects of natural light in architecture

Contact e.v.thomas@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 7 July 2014

Classics in Extremis

Department of Classics & Ancient History and St Chad's College

Two-day conference (6-7 July 2014) examining engagements with the classical world in remarkable circumstances - war, distant locations, unique and surprising readers, censorship and repression - and exploring how classical reception changes when it is under strain

Contact edmund.richardson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 4 July 2014

Classicism and the East

10:00am to 6:00pm, The College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham

One-day workshop on the legacy of the buildings of the ancient eastern Mediterranean and Near East on early modern European architecture

Contact e.v.thomas@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 28 March 2014

Petrarch and Classical Reception

9:00am to 5:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Speakers as listed

A two-day workshop, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th March 2014, exploring the engagement with classical texts of the humanist Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) and marking the 640th anniversary of his death.

Contact e.v.thomas@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 17 April 2012

The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identities

An international conference to be held at Durham University, 17th-18th April 2012, under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition.


Friday 23 March 2012

Classical beauty. Reflections on Ancient Aesthetics

College of Hild & Bede, and Lindisfarne Centre

An international conference sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics, the Institute of Advanced Study Durham, and the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

Contact e.v.thomas@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 12 November 2011

Fra Giovanni Giocondo 1511-2011: Celebrating 500 years of the first illustrated edition of Vitruvius's Ten Books on Architecture, the man and his legacy

11:00am to 6:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College,Durham University, Windmill Hill, Durham DH1 3LJ


Contact e.v.thomas@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 19 February 2011

Receptions of Carthage and the Phoenicians

10:30am to 4:30pm, Ritson Room, Department of Classics & Ancient History

A workshop, part of a series on Ancient Carthage: Models of Cultural Contact

Contact carthage-conference@hotmail.co.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 15 July 2010

Workshop: The Afterlives of Ancient Poets in Medieval and Renaissance Biography

11:00am to 5:30pm, Department of Classics & Ancient History, Ritson Room


Contact ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 10 July 2010

Durham Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition: A Study Day on the Classical Tradition

A Study Day on the Classical Tradition for Undergraduate Students (in any year), interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the Classical Tradition.

Contact ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Dante: The Author and His Image - A Day Celebrating Dante

Conference Venue (daytime): Leech Hall, St John’s College, Durham University, 3 South Bailey

Concert Venue (evening): University Music School, Palace Green, Durham

An event jointly organized by the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Musicon.

The evening features a slide-show of Monika Beisner's illustration of Dante's Divina Commedia, with readings of Dante in English and Italian, and music from John Cage's Freeman Etudes. It explores the power of the imagination in the Divina Commedia and the Medieval world; the illustrations, the readings, and the music offer different yet complementary ways of experiencing the work's distinctive universe. The event has been inspired by the London-based artist Monika Beisner, who completed one-hundred illustrations for the Divina Commedia in 2003. The originals are in the private library of the Dante collector Livio Ambrogio.

Further Information:

The Conference Part of the Programme (11.00 am - 6 pm) is free of charge, and includes coffee, lunch, and a buffet dinner. There is no official registration, but, for planning purposes, anyone planning to attend should notify Ingo Gildenhard (ingo.gildenhard@dur.ac.uk) by 20 June 2010, including any special dietary or access requirements.

Tickets for the Musicon Evening (6 - 8.30 pm) are available at £10 (£4 for students and £1 for under 18s) from Durham Tourist Information Centre (0191 3847641) or on the door.

The Durham Tourist Information Centre is also able to advise on parking in Durham, for those arriving by car. (Parking in the vicinity of St. John's College is very limited and only available on a temporary basis.)

Please click here for the full programme.


Wednesday 3 February 2010

The Debate over Classics in Eighteenth Century Education

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Room PG28, Palace Green, Penelope Wilson (Durham)

Work-in-Progress seminar.

Contact ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 20 December 2009

Post-classical Latin: three seminars

6 and 20 November, 4 December, Department of Classics

Contact ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk, l.l.hodgson@durham.ac.uk, j.e.powell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 4 September 2009

TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF SOLITUDE: Exile After Ovid

St. John’s College, Durham University

An international conference to be held at St. John’s College, Durham University, 3rd-4th September 2009, under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition.

Contact jennifer.ingleheart@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 13 March 2009

Cicero rewriting Plato: three seminars

Friday, 6 /2; Friday, 27 / 2; Friday, 13 / 3, Department of Classics, Ritson room.

Contact l.l.hodgson@durham.ac.uk, ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 February 2009

Being Human : Classical Perspectives

Department of Classics & Ancient History

A public lecture series

Contact ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 25 September 2008

Myths of Transformation

Ritson Room, Department of Classics & Ancient History

Workshop to be held on 25-27 September 2008
Sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Study and the Durham Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition.

Contact ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 4 July 2008

The image of the author

10:30am to 4:30pm, Ritson room

Contact ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 25 September 2007

Classics in Translation. A Workshop

25-26 September 2007, Department of Classics & Ancient History, Ritson Room.