The Women’s Classical Committee UK is delighted to announce the following event:
LGBT+ Classics: Teaching, Research, and Activism
12th February 2018
University of Reading
Organised by: Katherine Harloe, Talitha Kearey, and Irene Salvo
The Women’s Classical Committee UK is organising a one-day workshop on Classics and Queer studies to highlight current projects and activities that embrace the intersections of research, teaching, public engagement, and activism.
The day will feature a series of talks and a roundtable bringing together academics in Classics (and related fields), LGBT+ activists, museum curators and those working in other areas of outreach and public engagement. We intend to explore how LGBT+ themes are included in Classics curricula; how public engagement with queer Classics and history of sexualities can contribute to fight homophobia and transphobia; and the ways in which the boundaries between research, teaching, and activism can be crossed. The roundtable will focus in particular on strategies of support for LGBT+ students and staff, current policies in Higher Education, and what still needs to be improved. Confirmed speakers include: Beth Asbury, Clara Barker, Alan Greaves, Jennifer Grove, Rebecca Langlands, Sebastian Matzner, Cheryl Morgan, Nicki Ward, and Maria Moscati. Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham) will deliver the keynote address ‘Queer Classics: sexuality, scholarship, and the personal’.
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 research projects, teaching programmes, and experiences related to LGBT+ issues. We are particularly interested in spotlight talks on:
new, queer and gender-informed work in classics, ancient history, archaeology, papyrology, philosophy, or classical reception;
fresh ideas on teaching the history of queerness through texts and material culture;
the difficulties and discriminatory experiences encountered by members of staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and early-career researchers, because of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
If you would like more information or to volunteer to give one of these talks, please send a brief description of your talk (about 80/150 words) to Irene Salvo, LBGT+ liaison officer, salvoirene AT gmail DOT com. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 5th December 2017.
People of any gender expression or identity who support the WCC’s aims are welcome to attend this event; further details are available at our About Us page.
Attendance is free for WCC UK members, £10 for non-members (to cover catering costs). You can join the WCC UK here (and if you’re a student, underemployed, or unemployed, membership is only £5). As with all WCC events, travel bursaries will be available for students and the un/under-employed.
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT IN THE UK CLASSICAL WORKSHOP: FINDING SOLUTIONS
Women’s Classical Committee Workshop
Monday September 11th 1-5 p.m.
University of Roehampton, London
Organised by Susan Deacy, Fiona McHardy and Katerina Volioti
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 10 August 2017
This event takes place at a time when various groups are coming together in the UK and internationally to discuss workplace bullying and harassment and to seek solutions. The issue is high on the agenda of the Women’s Classical Committee UK, which conducted a survey in 2016 asking for feedback on experiences of gendered bullying and sexual harassment. A paper in Cloelia in 2016 by two of the current event’s organisers explored the responses to this survey while also presenting the experiences of other classicists.
One goal of this workshop is to look in further depth at some of the *problems* in Classics. For example, we should like to look at where issues of gender intersect with mental health, age, disability and status. We also anticipate a discussion around whether the perpetuation of ‘traditional’ views of Classics might be fostering a culture where bullying and harassment can endure.
But: our key goal is to move from identifying problems to finding *solutions*. We take inspiration, here, from the ongoing moves in Classical women’s networks in North America and Australasia to tackle issues in the discipline by cooperation, including by those who have themselves suffered unpleasant experiences in the workplace. Our quest will also be informed by initiatives beyond Classics, including the 1752 Group, which is developing strategies for combatting sexual misconduct at UK HEIs.
The Women’s Classical Committee UK invites proposals for brief papers (15-20 minutes) on any aspect relating to the topic. We warmly encourage Classicists at any career stage and of any gender to submit abstracts.
Please send abstracts of 200 words max to Susan Deacy – s.deacy AT roehampton.ac.uk – by 10 August 2017.
Supported by the Women’s Classical Committee UK and by the award money from a National Teaching Fellowship 2015. The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is funded by the three funding councils for England, Northern Ireland, and Wales and administered by the Higher Education Academy.
Call For Papers: Proposal for the Women’s Classical Committee Panel
Classical Association Annual Conference in Leicester, 6-9 April 2018
Materiality and Gender: Women, Objects and Antiquity
Organised by Liz Gloyn (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Rosa Andújar (KCL)
Deadline for Abstracts: 2nd August 2017
The Women’s Classical Committee UK invites submissions for this year’s panel, themed ‘Materiality and Gender: Women, Objects and Antiquity’. This follows two successful WCC UK panels at the 2017 Classical Association meeting in Kent.
In line with this year’s conference themes, our aim is twofold: 1) to examine the relationship between women and objects in the ancient world (broadly defined) and 2) to consider the particular experience of ancient and modern women handling classical objects. This panel seeks to showcase recent academic work from a range of perspectives, underscoring the benefits of embracing a wide range of viewpoints in the study of the Classics. We welcome in particular papers that seek to diversify Classics in approach, findings, or methodology.
We invite submissions that focus on (but are not limited to) the following: gendered experiences of artefacts, description versus reality, new approaches to ancient and modern pedagogy, women in archaeology, gendered economies, hierarchies of textual and artefactual authority, breaking and mending, and phenomenological experience.
We warmly encourage Classicists at any career stage and of any gender to submit abstracts.
Please send anonymous abstracts (in .doc or .pdf format) of no more than 200 words to liz.gloyn AT rhul.ac.uk by Wednesday August 2nd 2017. The panel organisers will make decisions about abstracts in time to allow any unsuccessful papers to still be submitted to the Classical Association for consideration under the general call, which closes on 31st August 2017.