2018 AGM – Activism

Our 2018 AGM will take place on Wednesday 18th April at the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, from 10am to 5pm.


You can register for the event online via Eventbrite. There are options for in-person registration for the whole day, the morning only or the afternoon only, as well as an option for online participation. In-person spaces are limited. Registration as an online participant is be open up to the event itself. In-person registration is free for paid-up members of the WCC UK, who have already received instructions on how to access this ticket type over e-mail; if you need a reminder, please drop us a note at womensclassicalcommittee at gmail.com.

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 activism 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 an expression of interest to Amy Russell (amy.russell at durham.ac.uk). The deadline for expressing interest is 5pm on Monday 12th March.

We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of travel bursaries for attendees who are students or on low incomes. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please e-mail Rosa Andújar (rosa.andujar at kcl.ac.uk), giving your name, institution (where applicable) and reason for applying for a bursary.

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


The meeting room for the event is on the third floor of Senate House, which is accessible via a lift. There are heavy doors between the lift and the meeting room. There is an accessible toilet on the third floor.

We have the use of a quiet room attached to our meeting room for any attendees to use if they need to nurse or rest. The room will also be used for serving lunch and refreshments during breaks.

For more details, please e-mail womensclassicalcommittee at gmail.com.

Child-friendly Policy

The Women’s Classical Committee UK 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 may be a suitable space for nursing. Senate House 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.

Provisional programme

9.30am – arrival, registration and coffee

10.00am – Welcome and WCC report – Rosa Andújar (KCL) and Amy Russell (Durham University)

10.15am – Keynote speech –  Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz (Hamilton), introduced by Liz Gloyn (RHUL)

11.00am – Spotlight talks, chaired by Irene Salvo (Göttingen)

11.30am – Outreach as Activism, chaired by Claire Millington (KCL)

Speakers: Paulette Williams (UCL); Marchella Ward (Oxford); Marcus Bell (ACE); Sahar Erfani (Birkbeck).

12.30pm – Lunch

1.30pm – Critical whiteness workshop, facilitated by Julia Halej, Senior Policy Adviser, and Anna Bradshaw, Policy Officer, both at Advance HE (previously the Equality Challenge Unit).

This ninety minute workshop is designed to introduce participants to key concepts of whiteness, privilege and advantage and to explore the practical steps that white allies can take in tackling racism and racial inequality. The workshop will cover:

Through discussion and interactive exercises, participants will have the opportunity to explore the concept of white privilege and reflect on both personal and institutional responses to whiteness. The workshop is designed for both White and BME attendees.

3.00pm – Tea and coffee

3.30pm – Keynote speech – Donna Zuckerberg, introduced by Amy Russell (Durham).

4.15pm – Response panel, chaired by Rosa Andújar (KCL)

The response panel with Virginia Campbell (Open), Katherine Harloe (Reading) and Ellie Mackin Roberts (Leicester) will explore how to apply lessons from what we have heard and discussed over the course of the
day to our own contexts

4.30pm – WCC UK Business Meeting

Chair – Amy Russell

*5.00pm – Discussion of broader issues raised by UCU industrial action, chaired by Katherine Harloe (Reading) and Lucy Jackson (KCL)

In this optional event, we wish to offer a safe space to discuss the various issues that were raised as a result of the recent UCU industrial action. We will consider in particular whether there were specific ways in which Classics in the university sector is being affected, over the short and the longer term, and whether there is any specific role the WCC UK ought to play with regard to campaigning, advocacy, and/or activism in relation to the broader landscape of marketisation of universities.

The 2018 AGM of the Women’s Classical Committee UK is generously supposed by the Classical Association, the Craven Committee at Oxford University and the Institute of Classical Studies.