Where? New Orleans. When? 5-8 January 2023. It’s the SCS/AIA 2023 annual meeting, & RU Classics has landed

Image: The Roux” (2002), large installation by New Orleans-based artist Richard C. Thomas (born 1953) in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The work depicts 100 influential New Orleans musicians.

“I been in the right place”, as a famous New Orleanian once sang on a classic disk released precisely 50 years ago this year, “But it must have been the wrong time”.

Well, if you’re attending the 2023 joint annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies / Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans—or even participating virtually—you are very much in the right place at the right time.

A list of highlights from the full program of the SCS or AIA—the associations’ first-ever hybrid conference—would be invidious.

But since this is rutgersclassics.com, we can flex that fully five of our current Classics PhD students are delivering papers (all in person, as it happens), as well as more than a dozen faculty, former faculty and alums of our department. Here’s a basic roster to make sure you don’t miss a beat…

Friday 6 January        

First Paper Session Paper Session / Session Block (8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) 

SCS-6: Conforming, Reforming, Trans*forming: Interrogating the Intersections of Trans Studies and Classics: Evan Jewell, Rutgers University – Camden (faculty) / American Academy in Rome Transphobia and the trans* man in the tribas. ROOM: Celestin H

SCS-8: Roman Comedy and Invective: Victoria Hodges, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) The Meretrician Satirist and the Elegiac Procuress: The Mercenary Body in Juvenal’s Seventh Satire. ROOM: Strand 13B

Second Paper Session / Session Block (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)        

SCS-18: Flavian Epic: Maya Chakravorty, Boston University (former RU Classics graduate student) Tumens Atavis: Republican Kinship and Virtue in Silius Italicus’ Punica 4. ROOM: Strand 12A

AIA-2A: Archaeologists Of  West And South Asia Respond To David Graeber And David Wengrow’s The Dawn Of Everything: A New History Of Humanity (2021) – Questions Of Method, Theory, And Historiography (Colloquium Session). Sponsored by Near Eastern Archaeology Interest Group: ORGANIZER(S): Omur Harmansah, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Trinidad Rico, Rutgers University (Art History faculty). ROOM: Celestine Ballroom B

Third Paper Session / Session Block (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 

SCS-26: The Power of Objects: Katharine S. Stevens, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) Rock beats plants: Magnetic magic in the Orphic Lithika. ROOM: Strand 13A

AIA-3C: Current Trends In Archive Archaeology (Colloquium Session): Andrea De Giorgi, Florida State University (former RU Classics lecturer) Old Digs, Unfinished Business, and New Data. The Committee for the Investigation of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (CIAO). ROOM: Strand 7

Detail from left panel of “The Roux” (2002), large installation by New Orleans-based artist Richard C. Thomas (born 1953) in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

Saturday 7 January

SCS-28:Workshop (8:30AM-12:30PM). Ancient MakerSpaces. Joint AIA/SCS Session with sponsorship from the Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication and the Art Libraries Society of North America: Chiara Palladino and David J. Wright, Furman University (Rutgers Classics PhD’18) Ugarit: A Translation Alignment Editor for Historical Languages. ROOM: Celestin F

Fourth Paper Session / Session Block (8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)         

SCS-32: Green Vergil: Nature and the Environment in Vergil and the Vergilian Tradition: Leah Kronenberg, Boston University (former Rutgers Classics faculty) Respondent. ROOM: Bolden 6

SCS-34: Greek Historical Narratives: Andrew Scott, Villanova University (Rutgers Classics PhD’08), Presiding. ROOM: Strand 1        

AIA-4D: Recognizing Cross-Cultural Interactions In Central And Southern Italy Between The 5th And 3rd Century BCE (Colloquium Session).  ORGANIZER(S): Keely Heuer, SUNY New Paltz, and Bice Peruzzi, Rutgers University (Classics faculty). ROOM: Celestine Ballroom D         

Fifth Paper Session / Session Block (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

SCS-42: Roman History II: Katheryn Whitcomb, Howard University (Rutgers Classics PhD’16) Herod, Agrippa, and Power Dynamics in the East. VIRTUAL SESSION.

AIA 5C: Archaeologists Of West And South Asia Respond To David Graeber And David Wengrow’s The Dawn Of Everything: A New History Of Humanity (2021) – Questions From The Field (Colloquium Session). ORGANIZER(S): Omur Harmansah, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Trinidad Rico, Rutgers University (Art History faculty). ROOM: Celestine Ballroom B

Sixth Paper Session (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)  

SCS-48: Roman Drama and Critical Theory: Robert Santucci, University of Michigan (Rutgers BA’09), Kristeva’s Abject and the Future of the Cena Thyestea. ROOM: Strand 12A

Central panel of “The Roux” (2002), large installation by New Orleans-based artist Richard C. Thomas (born 1953) in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

Sunday 8 January       

Seventh Paper Session / Session Block (8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)        

SCS-57: Phusis Kai Phuta: Thinking with and about Plants in Greek Literature & Philosophy: Leon Wash, Colgate University (Rutgers BA’07) Empedocles’ Definition of Wine. ROOM: Strand 13A

SCS-60: Greek Language: Tobias Robert Philip, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) The Last Trumpet: Dionysiac Allusion in the Salpinx of 1 Corinthians15.52. ROOM: Strand 1

SCS-63: Women and the Ancient Economy: Past, Present, and Future: Selena Ross, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) Working Inside the Outdoors: Domestic Labor and the Role of Women in Roman Animal Husbandry. ROOM: Strand 12B

AIA-7F: New Research On Roman And Late Antique Living Spaces : Candace M. Rice, Brown University, Giulia Bellato, Trinity College, University of Cambridge/Università degli Studi di Torino, Dylan Bloy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Gary D. Farney, Rutgers University, Newark (History faculty), Tyler V. Franconi, Brown University, Andrew McLean, University of Edinburgh, Lucia Michielin, University of Edinburgh, and James Page, University of Edinburgh   The Upper Sabina Tiberina Project: the 2022 Excavation Season at the Roman Villa of Vacone. ROOM: Celestine Ballroom D

Eighth Paper Session (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)          

SCS-65: Making Space for Translation: Kristina Chew, Rutgers University (Classics faculty)  The Small Space of Translation. EOOM: Strand 13A

Ninth Paper Session (2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 

SCS-79: Greek History: Luke Madson, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) Xenia, Proxenia, Diplomacy, and Laconism in Classical Athens. ROOM: Foster 1

Detail from right panel of “The Roux” (2002), large installation by New Orleans-based artist Richard C. Thomas (born 1953) in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

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