Launch Event

Past, Present and Future: The Launch Of The Women’s Classical Committee

Our launch event will be held on Monday 11th April at the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London.


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. Registration, lunch and tea/coffee will be free, but 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.

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 highlight new, feminist and gender-informed work in Classics, ancient history, classical reception or pedagogy, and in talks 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 Liz Gloyn (liz.gloyn at rhul.ac.uk). The deadline for expressing interest is 5pm on Friday 26th 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 be in touch about dietary requirements closer to the event.

Accessibility and Children

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.

Attendees who wish to bring children are welcome to do so; supervision of children remains their carers’ responsibility at all times. There are no dedicated baby changing facilities at Senate House.

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.


As part of our launch, we’ll be reporting back on our survey of Classicists in the UK. You can find out more and fill in the survey here.


9.30 – Registration, coffee.

10.15 – Welcome, house-keeping.

10.30 – Short talk: Why are we here? (Liz Gloyn)

10.45 – Short talk: Women in Classics in the UK – The Numbers. (Irene Salvo)

11.15 – Discussion Sessions

11.15-11.55 – Four Break-Out Panels to choose from (sign-up at Registration):

Panel 1: Women and postgrads, early career researchers and casualisation (chaired by Rhiannon Easterbrook and Katherine MacDonald)

Panel 2: Women, mental health, disability, and additional need issues (chaired by Susan Deacy and Lisa Eberle)

Panel 3: Women and implicit bias (chaired by Efi Spentzou and Lucy Jackson).

Panel 4: Women and parenthood/caring (chaired by Victoria Leonard and Katherine Harloe)

11.55-12.30 – Whole Group Discussion

12.30 – Lunch

1.30 – Spotlight Talks: A series of five-minute talks on current research taking a feminist and gender-informed perspective

Amanda Potter – Pandora and the Amazons: teaching feminism and classical reception to bright young students through the Brilliant Club

Deborah Hyde – “They’ve all got their beards, nodding to a man”: encouraging women to study Classical Civilisations (in community education and beyond)

David Bullen – Performing the Feminism(s) of Euripides’ The Bacchae from 1908 to the Present

Ioan McAvoy – ‘Leave weapons to men and abandon the sword’: A gender-aware approach to the history of Roman warfare

Kate Cook – Gender, Identity and Society: Taking a sociolinguistic approach to women’s speech in Greek Tragedy

Carol Atack – Framing Aspasia: whorephobia ancient and modern.

2.30 – Roundtable Participants will include Fiona Macintosh, Stella Sandford, Alison Sharrock and Susan Deacy

3.30 – Tea and coffee

4.00 – Official meeting of the Women’s Classical Committee

5.00 – Close

The launch of the Women’s Classical Committee is generously supported by the Institute of Classical Studies, the Craven Committee at Oxford University, and the Classics Department at Royal Holloway.