AMPRAW 2017's keynote speakers will be Professor Douglas Cairns (University of Edinburgh), Patrick Finglass (Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek at the University of Bristol) and Lorna Hardwick (Professor Emerita at the Open University).


Other confirmed speakers include Dr Lilah Grace Canevaro, Dr Christian Djurslev, and playwright/screenwriter/director Professor Zinnie Harris. We've also lined up a graduate careers panel in collaboration with the Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN).

Day 1: Thursday 23 November


01M.469, doorway 3 Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG

08:30-09:00 Registration and Coffee

09:00-10:00 Panel 1: Philosophical Approaches

  • African Communitarianism and the Greek Polis, Michael Kwadwo Okyere Asante, University of Ghana


  • Take a Look at Yourselves: Plato’s Socrates and Seneca on the Interrelation Between Man’s State of Mind and Common Welfare, Dr. Antje Junghanß and Bernhard Kaiser, Dresden University of Technology

10:00-11:30 Panel 2: Early Modern Receptions

  • King Christian IV of Denmark: the Classics, and Communication as the Road to Success, Dr. Christian Djurslev, University of Edinburgh

  • Community and Anti-Community in the Didactic Works of George Buchanan (1506-1582): The World Is Not Enough?, Gary Vos, University of Edinburgh

  • Being a Greek Community in the Western Renaissance: Janus Lascaris and the Heritage of The Attic Orators, Antonio Iacoviello, University of Bari

11:30-12:00 Break

12:00-13:30 Panel 3: Classics and Nationalism

  • Entry of the Greeks into Valhalla: Building German Communal Identity on the Shoulders of Greek Epic in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Elaine Sanderson, University of Liverpool

  • Von Gemeinschaft zur Gesellschaft: Receptions of Classical Antiquity in the Creation of the National Socialist Community in Germany, 1933-1945, Kieren Johns

  • Classics, Youth and Empire 1919-1939: The Role of Classics in Constructing a Specifically British Imperial Community among Young People, Phyllis Brighouse, University of Liverpool

13:30-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:45 Panel 4: Drama

  • An exploration of This Restless House (adaptation of the Oresteia), Professor Zinnie Harris, University of St. Andrews

  • Trapped in Between Two Communities: The Reception of Antigone in Northern Ireland, Dimitris Kentrotis-Zinelis, University of Leiden

  • The Community of Fear: Seven Against Thebes, Siracusa and Blitz Spirit, Xavier Buxton, University of Oxford

15:45- 16:00 Break

16:00-17:00 Panel 5: Travelogues

  • Classics and Community in Early-Twentieth-Century French Nationalist Travel Writing to Greece, Sarah Budasz, Durham University

  • Discovering Ancient Cyprus During the Nineteenth Century: Luigi Palma di Cesnola and the Island’s Different Communities, Beatrice Pestarino, University College London

17:00-17:15 Break

17:15-18:00 Keynote Lecture: Antigone in the Community, Professor Douglas Cairns, University of Edinburgh

19:30 Conference dinner: Sylvesters, 55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB

Day 2: Friday 24 November

2.13 Geography, Old Infirmary, 1 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP

09:00-09:45 Keynote Lecture: Antiquity and the Modern Civic Imagination: apologia or recusatio?  Professor Lorna Hardwick, Open University

09:45-10:45 Panel 1: Christian Receptions

  • “She is not Dead, but Sleeping”: Consolation for Romans and Christians in the Fourth Century, Miriam Hay, University of Warwick

  • Cultural Community in Late Antiquity: Sozomen’s Monastic Perspective on the Idea of Paideia Between Classical Heritage and Christian Culture, Matteo Antoniazzi, University of Angers/Ghent University


10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Panel 2: Roman Receptions

  • Friends and Enemies: Associations of Roman Citizens and Strategies of Empire, Professor Sailakshmi Ramgopal, Trinity College, Hartford

  • Daughters of Eloquence: The Roman Matrona at the Eighteenth-Century Salon, Seren Nolan, Durham University


12:00-13:00 “What Next? A Careers Discussion and Q&A Session” hosted by the Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN)

13:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Panel 3: Poetics of Community

  • William Morris and the Poetry of the People, Dr. Lilah Grace Canevaro, University of Edinburgh

  • A Community of Workers in Leonidas of Tarentum, Claire-Emmanuelle Nardone, ENS de Lyon – Università degli Studi Roma Tre


14:30-15:30 Panel 4: Classics in North America

  • Making Community Visible: W. E. B. Du Bois Reads the Greek Historians, Dr. Harriet Fertik, University of New Hampshire

  • The Classics in the Colonies: Classically-inspired Plays and the Development of a Shared Cultural Experience in Eighteenth-Century America, Gary Fisher, University of Nottingham


15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:45 Panel 5: Digital Communities

  • Pericles’ Citizenship Law and Digital Communities – the (Online and Offline) Identity Dilemma and Parrhesia Paradox. From a Lovely Utopia to a Scary Dystopia, Joana Bárbara Fonseca, University of Coimbra

  • Greek and Roman Communities in Twenty-First-Century Videogames, Ross Clare, University of Liverpool


16:45-17:00 Break

17:00-17:45 Keynote Lecture: Classical Reception and Classical Philology, Professor Patrick Finglass, University of Bristol

17:45-18:00 Thanks/Conclusions

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