2017 AGM: Diversity in Classics

Diversity in Classics: The Women’s Classical Committee 2017 AGM

Our 2017 AGM will be held on Thursday 20th April at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford.


Please register for the launch event using Eventbrite. You may register as an in-person participant for the whole day, the morning only or the afternoon only. You may also register as an online participant who will take part in the discussions live through Twitter. In-person spaces are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible if you wish to attend. Registration as an online participant will be open up to the event itself. In-person registration is free for paid-up members of the WCC UK, who have received instructions on how to access this ticket type over e-mail. If you need the instructions to be resent, please e-mail us.

We are also reserving time during the day’s schedule for a series of short (five-minute) spotlight talks by delegates. Through this session, we hope to provide a chance for delegates to share projects, experiences or research connected to the WCC’s aims. We are particularly interested in talks that address the AGM’s theme of diversity in Classics; that highlight new, feminist, intersectional and gender-informed work in Classics, ancient history, classical reception or pedagogy (inside and outside the university sector); and that feature new work by postgraduate students and early-career researchers. If you would like more information or to volunteer to give one of these talks, please e-mail Carol Atack (carol.atack at st-hughs.ox.ac.uk). The deadline for expressing interest is 5pm on Friday 10th March.

We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of £20 travel bursaries for attendees who are students or on low incomes. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please e-mail Carol Atack (carolatack at gmail.com), giving your name, institution and reason for applying for a bursary.

We will contact attendees about dietary requirements closer to the event.


The Stelios Ioannou Centre is fully wheelchair accessible. We will have access to the lecture theatre, the common room/atrium and the outreach room; all of these are on the ground floor, where there is also a disabled toilet. The Lecture Theatre of the Ioannou Centre offers a hearing induction loop. The common room has a small kitchen that may be used for any special food preparation needs. You can see the Ioannou Centre’s own accessibility guide here.

The outreach room will be available as a quiet room during the main programme, although it may be needed for break-out groups. The common room has a comfortable sofa area, although it is more public.

Please get in touch if you have any further queries – our e-mail is womensclassicalcommittee at gmail.com.

Child-friendly Policy

The Women’s Classical Committee is committed to making our events as inclusive as possible, and recognises that the financial and practical challenges of childcare often impede people from participating in workshops and conferences. Anyone who needs to bring a dependent child or children with them in order to participate in one of our events is usually welcome to do so, but we ask you to inform us of this in advance so that we can take them into account in our event planning and risk assessment.

Attendees who wish to bring children are welcome to do so; the safety and well-being of children remains their carers’ responsibility at all times.

The designated quiet room and the common room/atrium may be suitable spaces for nursing. The common room/atrium is a child-friendly space set up with tables and chairs. The Centre does not have any dedicated baby changing facilities. If you would like to discuss your needs further, please get in touch – our e-mail is womensclassicalcommittee at gmail.com.

Indicative programme

10am – Arrival/coffee

10.15am – Welcome and WCC report – Dr. Elena Theodorakopoulos (University of Birmingham).

10.30 – Diversity panel

Chair: Dr. Virginia Campbell

Prof. Helen Lovatt, University of Nottingham: ‘To the Edges of Normality: Myth, Reception and Argonauts.’

Dr. Rachel Mairs, University of Reading, papyrology.

Dr. Ellie Mackin, University of Leicester: ‘Making Classes Match Classrooms: Finding Diverse Voices in the Ancient World and Scholarship.’

11.45pm – Spotlight talks I: Accessing the Classical Canon Through Reception Studies

Chair: Dr. Victoria Leonard, Institute for Classical Studies

Dr. Holly Ranger, Institute for Classical Studies

Polly Stoker, University of Birmingham

12.15 – Keynote Speech – Professor Dame Averil Cameron (University of Oxford): ‘Starting out in the 1960s.’

12.45pm  – Lunch

13.45 – Activism and Advocacy

Key speaker: Dr. Anna Bull, 1752 Group (University of Portsmouth): report on sexual harrassment and the 1752 Group campaign, followed by discussion.

14.15 – Discussion sessions – a variety of break-out panels to choose from. Please sign up at registration. The groups will be facilitated by WCC committee members and liaisons. Possible topics include diversity, bias, sexual harassment, conferences and manels, gender and language teaching, and early career precarity.

14.45 – Feedback and round up

15.15 – Spotlight talks II: Outreach, Technology and Diversity

Chair: Dr. Lucy Jackson, King’s College London

Hannah Walsh, University of Bristol: ‘Innovative curriculum models for Classics in the context of the Bristol Classics Hub.’

Prof. Helen King, Open University: ‘Gendering The MOOC.’

15.35 – Keynote Speech: Dr. Jo Quinn (University of Oxford): ‘Diversity in Classics: Back to the Future?’

16.30 – Official business meeting of the Women’s Classical Committee and tea

17.30 – Close

The 2017 AGM of the Women’s Classical Committee is generously supported by the Classical Association, the Craven Committee at Oxford University and the Faculty of Classics, Oxford.