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WCC UK Steering Committee Elections

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Elections are now open for two positions on the Steering Committee of the WCC UK for April 2021 to April 2025. The Steering Committee runs the WCC UK, including organizing events, workshops, and overseeing future development of the WCC UK. Committee members serve for four years, and may stand for a second consecutive term. Five members of the WCC UK have been nominated to stand for election to the Steering Committee. A short CV and statement have been provided by each candidate for review by members of the WCC UK prior to voting.

Voting opens on 10th February and will run until 1st March 2020. The elected members will be announced shortly afterwards, and will assume office at the AGM in April. If you are a member of the WCC UK in good standing, you will receive an email with a link for voting online. If you do not receive an email or have any questions, please contact the Elections Officer, Thea Lawrence (TLawrence[at]Lincoln.ac.uk).

Candidates

Dr Cora Beth Knowles (Read CV and statement)

Dr Elena Giusti (Read CV and statement)

Dr Emma-Jayne Graham (Read CV and statement)

Dr Magdalena Öhrman (Read CV and statement)

Dr Manuela Dal Borgo (Read CV and statement)

Positions available on the WCC UK Steering Committee (Second call)

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Dear WCC UK members and supporters,

We would like to circulate a second call for nominees to run for election for the Steering Committee of the Women’s Classical Committee UK. The Steering Committee runs the WCC UK, including organizing events, workshops, and future development of the WCC UK. Two new Committee members will be elected by the membership, and will serve for four years, with the option to run for re-election for a further four year term. The Steering Committee wishes to encourage a diverse organization comprised of representatives from any background, location, or career level.

In addition to nominations of others, we also strongly encourage members to nominate themselves if they are interested in the roles. Nominees must be members of the WCC UK in good standing (please check with Christine Plastow at christine.plastow[at]open.ac.uk) if you are unsure of your membership status). Names of nominees should be submitted to Thea Lawrence, the Elections Officer, at TLawrence[at]Lincoln.ac.uk, by Monday 1st February 2021. 

The Elections Officer will contact nominees for permission to place their candidacy on the ticket. The Elections Officer will require a short CV (1 page) and an election statement from each nominee. These will be made available on the WCC UK website for members to review prior to voting. For previous examples of such materials, see here.

Voting will open on Monday 8th February and run until Monday the 1st of March 2021. The elected members will be announced shortly afterwards, and then assume office at the AGM in April.

If you have any questions about the Steering Committee or the process of elections, please e-mail us atwomensclassicalcommittee[at].gmail.com

Assemblywomen: Video-journal of the Women’s Classical Committee (UK) Call for co-editors

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Assemblywomen is the new video-journal of the Women’s Classical Committee, which is to be hosted on the WCC’s YouTube channel. It will provide an online, open-access platform to disseminate research about women and gender in the ancient world (broadly conceived, including receptions of women in the ancient world). The aim of the journal is to promote new research, presented in an innovative way, that will appeal to both scholars and the general public.

The WCC is currently seeking two co-editors to join the editorial team alongside editor-in-chief Dr Ellie Mackin Roberts. Together, the editorial team will be responsible for soliciting pitches (though regular calls and direct contact), reading and responding to pitches, assisting in development of ideas, organising peer-review for video essay scripts, organising captioning of finished videos, providing advice and assistance to video editing (where appropriate), and promoting the journal. Co-editors coming on board at this stage will be instrumental in determining the direction of the journal.

Candidates should have or be working towards a PhD in classics, ancient history, or a cognate discipline and have a research interest in women and/or gender, and an interest in promoting and upholding the aims of the WCC. All other things being equal, preference will be given to WCC members. Please refer to the role description below.

 

About the Journal

Assemblywomen is an innovative avenue for the dissemination of research on women and gender in the ancient world published by the Women’s Classical Committee UK. The journal publishes both ‘pre-print’ and peer-reviewed work in video format on YouTube. All content is therefore open access, and available to be used in a variety of settings including in the classroom. It will present current scholarly research in an engaging and accessible way, and is therefore suitable not only for professional scholars, but also for undergraduates and a general audience. The journal presents one issue per year, with content published on a rolling basis, as soon as possible following acceptance.

The video-journal will accept three types of submission:

1. Video Essays. These are 10-20 minute video essays, the scripts of which will have been peer reviewed prior to filming and publication on the site

2. ‘Work-in-Progress Shorts’. These will be 5-15 minute videos of work in progress, these are conceived as less formal as video essays and provide an opportunity for ‘pre-print’ sharing of ideas and conversations

3. Responses, these may either be to video essays or work in progress shorts that have been published on the site, or to wider debates within the field and will be 5-10 minutes in length

 

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in applying for one of the positions please forward a brief expression of interest of no more than one page and CV to Ellie (ellie.roberts[at]sas.ac.uk). Letters should include a short summary of your research interests, a statement of why you are interested in joining the editorial team, and any experience you think may be useful for the position. Some knowledge of video editing and/or YouTube will be an advantage but is not required. Informal inquiries can be directed to Ellie on the above email address.

 

Editor Role Description

  • Work with contributors, peer reviewers, and the editorial board to ensure the content of the journal reflects the breadth and depth of work on women and gender in the ancient world
  • Uphold a commitment to compassionate and constructive support for contributors throughout the pitch and review process
  • Work with contributors to refine pitches to ensure that finished videos have the highest chance of acceptance
  • Where necessary, commission contributions for individual videos and short series of videos with interconnected themes
  • Liaise with editorial team and the steering committee of the WCC to ensure the smooth running and development of the journal
  • Represent the journal at conferences and workshops where appropriate, and to develop the profile of the journal

 

Expressions of interest should be received by Friday February 12th, 2021.

Positions available on the WCC UK Steering Committee

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Nominations are being solicited for joining the Steering Committee of the Women’s Classical Committee UK. The Steering Committee runs the WCC UK, including organizing events, workshops, and future development of the WCC UK. Two new Committee members will be elected by the membership, and will serve for four years, with the option to run for re-election for a further four year term. The Steering Committee wishes to encourage a diverse organization comprised of representatives from any background, location, or career level.

In addition to nominations of others, we also strongly encourage members to nominate themselves if they are interested in the roles. Nominees must be members of the WCC UK in good standing (please check with Christine Plastow at christine.plastow[at]open.ac.uk) if you are unsure of your membership status). Names of nominees should be submitted to Thea Lawrence, the Elections Officer, at TLawrence[at]lincoln.ac.uk, by Wednesday 23th of December 2020. 

The Elections Officer will contact nominees for permission to place their candidacy on the ticket. The Elections Officer will require a short CV (1 page) and an election statement from each nominee. These will be made available on the WCC UK website for members to review prior to voting. For previous examples of such materials, see here.

Voting will open on Monday 4th January and run until Friday the 5th of February 2021. The elected members will be announced in mid-February, and will assume office at the AGM in April

If you have any questions about the Steering Committee or the process of elections, please e-mail us at womensclassicalcommittee[at]gmail.com

‘Queer and The Classical: Future and Potentialities’ – Seminar Series at the University of Oxford

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The WCC UK is delighted to share the program of the 2020 Michaelmas Term edition of the Corpus Christi College Seminar Series at the University of Oxford co-convened by Marcus Bell and Eleonora Colli.

The title of the series is ‘Queer and The Classical: Future and Potentialities’, and the seminars will take place online every Wednesday at 5 PM from the 21st of October to the 9th of December.

21st October

Sebastian Matzner (King’s College London) – Queer Theory and Ancient Literature: Now What?

28th October:

Hannah Silverblank (Haverford College) – Queer Assemblages in Anne Carson: Reception and Abjection in ‘Red Doc>’ and ‘Decreation’

4th November

Kadji Amin (Emory University) – Pederasty and the Politics of Scholarship

11th November

Emily Rutherford (University of Oxford), Mara Gold (University of Oxford), and Professor Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham University)–  In Conversation: Queer Scholarship and Classical Reception

18th November

Ella Haselswerdt (UCLA) – Sappho’s Body / Towards a Deep Lez Philology

25th November

Jordan Tannahill and Jeremy O. Harris – In Conversation: Title TBC

2nd December

Kay Gabriel – Classics’ Transfeminine Object 

9th December

Stephanie Burt (Harvard University) and Mark Payne (University of Chicago) – After Callimachus: Reading and Conversation

If you are interested in this seminar series and wish to take part in one or more of the events listed, you can express your interest by writing at oxfordqueerclassical[a]gmail.com.

For any other queries, and to get in touch with the convenors, please email marcus.bell[a]classics.ox.ac.uk and eleonora.colli[a]classics.ox.ac.uk.