‘Classical Displacement(s)’ is an interdisciplinary one-day symposium for graduate and early career researchers on the displacement of marginalised identities through and within the Classics. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

Friday 23rd November, 2018

G16, Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU

Keynote Speaker: Dr Katherine Fleming, QMUL

Voices that were once kept at the fringes of the Classics have begun to claim a role at the heart of the discipline, particularly through the lens of Classical Reception. Yet antiquity is still appropriated to justify nationalism, misogyny and homophobia. How can we negotiate this crisis of representation surrounding the Classics?

This interdisciplinary colloquium aims to explore the involvement of Greco-Roman antiquity, appropriated by societies throughout history, in the displacement and marginalisation of minority identities. It will also consider the response of those marginalised voices – how groups excluded from and through the Classics have used antiquity to reassert subjectivities. We welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers that consider such questions as:

  • How have the Classics been used as a tool of displacement and marginalisation?
  • How have those who have been marginalised responded to their displacement through the Classics?
  • How have the Classics themselves been displaced?
  • How have marginalised identities and voices within the Classics been repressed or ‘rescued’?
  • How have reactionary narratives used the ancient world to reinforce exclusionary practices?

We also welcome papers on related themes.

We invite contributions from postgraduates and early career researchers. We hope to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue, welcoming historians, linguists, literary scholars, sociologists, archaeologists, classicists, and researchers in related fields.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, as well as a biography of 50 words, to classicaldisplacement@gmail.com by 21st September 2018. We will let presenters know whether they are successful by 5th October 2018.


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