RAPE, REVENGE AND TRANSFORMATION: TEREUS THROUGH THE AGES (dec 2019)

The conference Rape, Revenge and Transformation: Tereus through the Ages brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines (Greek Literature; Latin Literature; Archaeology; Reception Studies) and created a lively and challenging setting for discussion of new methodologies to reimagine the myth of Tereus. The focus of the conference fostered in fact collaboration between Classicists taking innovative approaches to reconstructing and adapting the Tereus myth for audiences ancient and modern. As a result of this collaboration, and edited volume on the reconstruction, transmission and reception of the Tereus myth in Greece and Rome will be published by de Gruyter (photo copyright M. Haley).


International online workshop ‘Towards a more inclusive Classics’ (June 2020)

Black Lives Matter and the effects of Covid-19, including the global economic recession, have intensified the need for us to address in greater depth the ways in which our discipline is not inclusive, and what can be done to change this. Because of lockdown, our planned workshop moved online, with a consequent huge increase in the number and affiliations of participants (160), and the countries represented (12).  Materials were precirculated, giving lots of time for discussion, including via ‘breakout groups’, which were much appreciated.  The recommendations emerging from the workshop include liaising with schools, which can be equally keen to ‘decolonise’ the Classics curriculum, and ensuring that institutions rather than individuals are responsible for the work involved.  Classical reception studies can be especially important in developing a critical eye towards the history of the discipline, which in turn lays foundations for the discipline’s successful future in a multicultural world.