Classics and Feminist Pedagogy

The WCC is pleased to announce our first major event, Classics and Feminist Pedagogy: Practical Tips for Teaching, which will take place on Friday 29th July at the University of Birmingham.


You can register for the launch event using Google Forms. Please note that spaces are limited, and preference will be given to current PhD candidates and early career academics who do not have a permanent post. Registration will be free for WCC members; non-members will be asked to make a £5 contribution towards the costs of the event. Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. (Please note: student and unwaged membership subscriptions to the WCC UK are also £5.) Registration closes on Friday 22nd July at 5pm.

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 experiences of utilising feminist scholarship and/or incorporating female voices into their teaching practice. If you would like to volunteer to give one of these talks, please indicate this on the registration form, and we will be in touch with more information. If you would like to know more before committing, please contact Ellie Mackin (ellie.mackin at kcl.ac.uk) The deadline for expressing interest is 5pm on Friday 8th July.


9:30 – Welcome, coffee.

10:00 – What is Feminist Pedagogy and What Does It Mean For Classics and Ancient History? – Liz Gloyn, Royal Holloway, University of London.

11:00 – Teaching Sensitive Topics – Fiona McHardy, Roehampton.

12:00 – Breakout groups – discussion in small groups of challenges faced by participants in their particular teaching contexts, and how the morning’s ideas might change what they do in the autumn.

1:00 – Lunch

2:00 – Incorporating Female Voices: Moving Beyond ‘Women in the Ancient World’ – a workshop-style discussion exploring ways in which gender can become more than an add-on to our teaching. Guest speakers include Helen King, Open University, and Susan Deacy, Roehampton.

3:00 – Incorporating Female Voices in the Syllabus – Scholarship – a workshop-style discussion looking at how we can expose our students to women’s work as they encounter secondary literature. Guest speakers are Holly Ranger, Birmingham, Claire Millington, KCL, and Rosie Wyles, Kent.

4.00 – Coffee break.

4:15 – Spotlight talks: a series of short talks focused on practical teaching strategies people have tried in their own classrooms.

5:00 – Concluding roundtable.

5:30 – Close.

Delegates who wish to share dinner together are welcome to join an informal party at their own cost.

The WCC would like to thank the Education Committee of the Council of University Classical Departments for its generous support of this event.