Announcing RU Classics grad conference, “All Roads Lead From Rome: The Classical (non)Tradition in Popular Culture” (9 April 2010)


The Graduate Students of Rutgers University are pleased to announce “All Roads Lead From Rome: The Classical (non)Tradition in Popular Culture,” a graduate student conference on reception.

Liz Gloyn, Ben Hicks and Lisa Whitlatch are coordinating the conference with the help of Classics Graduate Student Organization co-presidents Eleanor Jefferson and Lane Worrall.  The Call for Papers is below, and we’re looking forward to an exciting event.

The conference will be held on April 9, 2010, and the keynote speaker will be Sheila Murnaghan (University of Pennsylvania).

Please check out the Facebook group “All Roads Lead From Rome” for further information.

Now here’s the CFP…

The aim of this conference is to bring together papers that consider the many ways that classics informs the world around us.

What is reception? Where does it fit within the discipline? Where do we find Classical influence in modern culture? How do modern uses of the ancient world change the way we think about antiquity?

The Classics Graduate Student Organization at Rutgers University is delighted to invite submissions for papers that explore and expand ideas of classical reception from graduate students in the fields of classics and related fields, such as film studies; comparative literature; English; cultural studies; history; American studies; women’s and gender studies; philosophy and art history.

The organizers especially encourage papers that examine forms of reception in popular culture, broadly construed, such as song lyrics; modern literature; modern art; architecture; furniture and decorative objects; toys; poetry; theatre and performance; politics and political rhetoric; computer and video games; texts (lost) in translation; opera; the history of classical scholarship; science fiction; uses of the classics in education; television; fashion design; YouTube; comics and cartoons.

Papers should last twenty minutes; abstracts are limited to 300 words. Please specify in your cover e-mail whether you will need any presentation aids, such as a projector.

The deadline for abstracts is 30th November 2009. Abstracts and queries should be sent to Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 31st December 2009.

AppianAppian Way (1965). Credit: Gjon Mili/LIFE

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