After last week’s fantastic AGM, we are delighted that the Women’s Classical Committee UK will have a very strong presence at this week’s Classical Association conference. If you’d like to catch up with us, here’s what’s going on…
Thursday 27th April
8.30pm – social event, K-Bar, Keynes College. Coordinator – Victoria Leonard. Turn up, have a drink or a smoothie, and chat to like-minded classicists.
Friday 28th April
9am-11am – Women and Classics: The Female in Classical Scholarship, WCC UK organised panel, Lecture Theatre 1
Chair: Helen King
P. Kolovou – Penelope: A theoretician somehow from the loom to the laptop
T. Lawrence – Perfumes of Venus and jars of urine: Odour and the female body in Roman elegy and satire
D. Grzesik – The role of women benefactresses in Delphic society
S. Borowski – Warrior women in ancient heroic epic
4-6pm – Women’s Classical Committee Wikipedia editors ‘drop-in’ session, Colyer Fergusson seminar room
Ever looked at Wikipedia and shuddered at how your subject area is covered? Or do you edit it and try to improve what is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet? The Women’s Classical Committee, fed up with the paucity and poor quality of pages on notable female classical scholars and archaeologists, have started regular editing sessions to fix this. Since its inception this January the #WCCWiki group have written 23 biographies, improved several others – and had five featured on the front page of Wikipedia! If you’d like to find out what we’re about, or join in with some editing, please do drop into our session, and read more about the project.
Saturday 29th April
2.30pm-4.30pm – Women and Classics: Foremothers on the Frontline, WCC UK organised panel, Lecture Theatre 1
Chair: Liz Gloyn
M. Umachandran – Iris Murdoch’s untimely encounter with Agamemnon
B. Goff – Margaret Nevison
V. Leonard – #SeeItBeIt: Female professors in UK Higher Education
Please also keep an eye out for members of the WCC UK sporting ‘Ask Me About The WCC’ badges, designed and produced by our new disability liaison Ellie Mackin. We are delighted that the CA will be including membership form for the WCC UK in conference attendee packs this year, and hope that our membership will grow from our profile at the conference. If you’re reading this post, will not be at the CA and would like to join, our membership form is also available online.