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Durham Centre for Classical Reception

Past Events

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

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.


1.00-1.30 pm Registration

1.30-1.40 pm Welcome

1.40-3.30 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 Plain"

Edith Hall & Henry Stead (King's College London), "Classics down the mineshaft" (paper delivered by Henry Stead)

3.30-4.30 pm Coffee

3.50-5.40 pm Panel 2. Chair: Lorna Hardwick (Open)

Barbara Goff (Reading), "Greek art on Brick Row: coming to the Classics via the WEA"

Stefani Dixon (Berkeley) & Djesika Ilen Watson, "Per tot discrimina rerum: Classical Pedagogy by/for Urban Students Experiencing Crisis and Poverty"

5.40-6.00 pm Coffee

6.00-7.00 Keynote. Chair: Shane Butler (Bristol)

Constanze Guthenke (Princeton), "'The Blossoming of Doctor Dryasdust': Basil Gildersleeve in Germany"

8.30 pm Conference Dinner


9.00-10.50 am 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"

10.50-11.10 Coffee

11.10 am - 1.00 pm 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"

1.00-1.50 pm Lunch

1.50-3.40 Panel 5

Davina Benstead-Cross (St Andrews), "Voyaging into the Past: Pacific Exploration and Classical Reception in the late eighteenth century"

Rosa Andujar (University College London), "Tragedy and Revolucion: Adapting Greek Drama in Fidel's Cuba"

3.00-4.00 pm Coffee

4.00-5.30 pm 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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