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Conference graduate mentoring scheme now open


The WCC UK conference graduate mentoring scheme will run for the third time at this year’s Classical Association Conference in Swansea, 8th-11th April 2022 (postponed from 2020). This scheme matches mentors and mentees for a one-off mentoring meeting during the conference. Mentees should be enrolled on an MA or PhD course at any stage from registration to post-viva final submission; mentors should consider themselves mid-late career. We would particularly like to encourage senior staff members (Senior Lecturers/Readers/Associate Professors/Professors) to sign up as mentors. Both mentors and mentees can sign up using the same form here. Applications close at midnight on Monday 21st March 2022. Pairs will be put in touch by Friday 25th March 2022. People need not be attending the conference in person to participate in this scheme. Virtual meetups can also be facilitated.

To access this, you should be a member of the WCC UK in good standing; please see the Membership Page for details.

By signing up for any of the WCC UK’s mentoring schemes, you agree to abide by the WCC UK’s Mentoring Code of Conduct.

As a reminder, short-term mentoring remains available more generally. Further information can be found on the Mentoring Page.

If you have any questions about these schemes or any other aspect of mentoring through WCC UK, please contact the Mentoring Officer at cressida.ryan at theology.ox.ac.uk.

WCC UK at the 2022 Classical Association


We are delighted that the WCC UK will be well-represented at the upcoming Classical Association conference in Swansea and on-line. As well as two panels, we also intend to run our mentoring scheme for members – stay tuned for more details!

Saturday 9th April 11.30am-1pm – Session 2, Panel 5

#WCCWiki Workshop

This workshop has been organised by Victoria Leonard, Anna Judson, Katie Shields and Kate Cook on behalf of the WCC UK, and represents the continuing activity of the #WCCWiki project.

Following the success of #WCCWiki’s workshop at the FIEC/Classical Association in 2019, the Women’s Classical Committee (UK) will hold a Wikipedia editathon at the CA in 2022 to improve the online representation of classicists who identify as women or non-binary. Classicists are broadly conceived, to include archaeologists, ancient historians, religious studies experts, theorists, and art historians, and others who work on the ancient world.

The workshop seeks to improve the representation of classicists who identify as women or non-binary on Wikipedia, with a particular focus on overlooked Welsh women or non-binary classicists, such as Kathleen Freeman, Käthe Bosse-Griffiths, Jacqui Mulville and Juliette Wood, or those whose research focuses on Wales’s culture and history, such as Catherine Clarke. Of those six women historians who are Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales, an important notability criterion for Wikipedia, five need their pages improving and one lacks a page entirely. The workshop will be an important starting point to addressing this imbalance and promoting the online visibility of Welsh classicists (broadly conceived) who identify as women or non-binary.

The workshop welcomes people of all genders, and it is aimed at those who have never edited Wikipedia before, as well as more experienced contributors. Training will be provided for the first 30 minutes, followed by a supported editing session.

For more information about #WCCWiki, see here, and see #WCCWiki on Twitter.


Sunday 10th April 2pm-4pm – Panel 7, Session 7

Politicising Women in the Ancient World

This panel has been organised by Ellie Mackin Roberts, Claire Stocks, Penny Coombe and Thea Lawrence on behalf of the WCC UK and in conjunction with Assemblywomen: The Video-Journal of the WCC UK.

This panel seeks to investigate the ways that women and girls (broadly defined) were politicised in the Greek and Roman worlds. Politicisation, whether imposed internally or externally, is a lens through which we can interrogate the lives of women in a world that is patriarchal and socially constructed. Women’s lives are not simply about the production of new generations of citizens, but they are integral to the political, economic, and social fabric of the ancient past. By looking at several cases from Greece and Rome the papers of this panel will trace the lives of distinct women, and then men and societies that frame them as political.

Elena Duce Pastor (Universidad de Zaragoza) – Peisistratos and the politicisation of marriage

Briana King (University of St Andrews)- “Brides of Disaster”: Homeric Heroines and the Ideology of Male Victory

Laura Fontana (Università degli Studi di Milano) – Politicising matrons’ mourning in the early Roman Republic

Caitlin C. Gillespie (Brandeis University) – Death Becomes Her: Poppaea Sabina’s Political Beauty

The WCC UK at the Classical Association 2018


We are delighted that the Women’s Classical Committee UK will have a very strong presence at the upcoming Classical Association conference in Leicester. If you’d like to catch up with us, here’s what’s going on…

Take A Graduate Student To Lunch

We will be running the first of our mentoring events as part of our aim to advance equality and diversity in Classics and to provide support for junior colleagues in the profession. Modelled on the Women’s Classical Caucus SCS ‘Research Coffees’ scheme, this process promotes mentoring connections between established and junior scholars. We hope that junior researchers will get together informally with established scholars to gain from their expertise and discuss their research and career aspirations. We will do our best to match up mentors and mentees appropriately, and then pass on mentees’ contact details to their mentors, who will then get in touch to arrange the meeting. Participation is open to current members only and an e-mail with more details will be going out soon; if you have questions about how to sign up, please e-mail us at womensclassicalcommittee at gmail.com. You can find out how to join the WCC UK here.

Saturday 7th April

8pm – social event, the Marquis Wellington pub. Coordinator –  Liz Gloyn. Turn up, have a drink or a smoothie, and chat to like-minded classicists – and be ahead of the crowd for the conference disco which begins at 9pm!

Sunday 8th April

9am-11am – WCC UK organised panel 1: Materiality and Gender I

Chair: Liz Gloyn
S. Sheard – Gendering the Projecta Casket
S. Rainbow – The Gendering of Lefkandi Knives
E. Mackin Roberts – Girls’ Bodies as Religious Objects in Classical Athens
L. Webb – Gendering The Roman Imago: Clarae Imagines from Filia to Funus

2pm-4pm – WCC UK organised panel 2: Materiality and Gender II

Chair: Rosa Andújar
K. Backler – Μνήματα Χειρῶν: Textiles and their Authors in the Homeric Epics
M. Gerolemou: Material Agents: Hesiod’s Pandora and Posthuman Feminism
K. Ladianou – Material Girls in Sparta: Language, Performance and Materiality in Alcman’s Partheneion
C. Blanco – Women Feminising the Womaniser: The Case of Deianira in Sophocles’ Women of Trachis


Please also keep an eye out for members of the WCC UK sporting badges featuring our brand new logo, once more coordinated by Ellie Mackin Roberts. We are delighted that once again the CA will be including membership form for the WCC UK in conference attendee packs this year, and hope that our membership will grow from our profile at the conference. If you’re reading this post, will not be at the CA and would like to join, our membership form is also available online.

CFP for Classical Association Conference 2018: Materiality and Gender: Women, Objects and Antiquity


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.

The WCC UK At The Classical Association Conference 2017


After last week’s fantastic AGM, we are delighted that the Women’s Classical Committee UK will have a very strong presence at this week’s Classical Association conference. If you’d like to catch up with us, here’s what’s going on…

Thursday 27th April

8.30pm – social event, K-Bar, Keynes College. Coordinator – Victoria Leonard. Turn up, have a drink or a smoothie, and chat to like-minded classicists.

Friday 28th April

9am-11am – Women and Classics: The Female in Classical Scholarship, WCC UK organised panel, Lecture Theatre 1

Chair: Helen King
P. Kolovou – Penelope: A theoretician somehow from the loom to the laptop
T. Lawrence – Perfumes of Venus and jars of urine: Odour and the female body in Roman elegy and satire
D. Grzesik – The role of women benefactresses in Delphic society
S. Borowski – Warrior women in ancient heroic epic

4-6pm – Women’s Classical Committee Wikipedia editors ‘drop-in’ session, Colyer Fergusson seminar room

Ever looked at Wikipedia and shuddered at how your subject area is covered? Or do you edit it and try to improve what is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet? The Women’s Classical Committee, fed up with the paucity and poor quality of pages on notable female classical scholars and archaeologists, have started regular editing sessions to fix this. Since its inception this January the #WCCWiki group have written 23 biographies, improved several others – and had five featured on the front page of Wikipedia! If you’d like to find out what we’re about, or join in with some editing, please do drop into our session, and read more about the project.

Saturday 29th April

2.30pm-4.30pm – Women and Classics: Foremothers on the Frontline, WCC UK organised panel, Lecture Theatre 1

Chair: Liz Gloyn
M. Umachandran – Iris Murdoch’s untimely encounter with Agamemnon
B. Goff – Margaret Nevison
V. Leonard – #SeeItBeIt: Female professors in UK Higher Education

Otters holding hands; text = Ask me about the WCC

Art courtesy of Ellie Mackin

Please also keep an eye out for members of the WCC UK sporting ‘Ask Me About The WCC’ badges, designed and produced by our new disability liaison Ellie Mackin. We are delighted that the CA will be including membership form for the WCC UK in conference attendee packs this year, and hope that our membership will grow from our profile at the conference. If you’re reading this post, will not be at the CA and would like to join, our membership form is also available online.