Conference Program

AMPRAW 2021 Program: November 11-13th, 2021, Columbia University


1:00 pm: Introductory Remarks: Emma Ianni (Columbia University) and Valeria Spacciante (Columbia University)

1:30 pm: Panel #1: New Media
 Chair: Izzy Levy (Columbia University)         

Leah Bórquez (University of California, Berkeley) - Trajans' Giant death robot: 4X games, historians, and decolonizing discipline

Lily Bickers (Leiden University) - Homer and Homestuck: Epic in the digital age

Stephen Fodroczi (Cornell University) - Water, virtue, and homecoming: Odyssean recurrences in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away

3:00 pm: Keynote address: Ellen McLaughlin (Barnard College)

4:30 pm: Panel #2: Pushing the Limits of a Text
Chair: Joe Howley (Columbia University)        

Charles Pletcher (Columbia University) - Hippolytus three ways: the limits of sight and sound in a fatal crash

Juan Carlos Garzon Mantilla (Columbia University) - Mayan traces of Ulysses: ancient Greek history as created from early modern Yucatán

Alicia Matz (Boston University) - Bringing the canon to the periphery: using fan fiction to teach Latin

6:00 pm: Reception



9:00 am: Breakfast

9:30 am: Panel #3: Reclaiming Space
Chair: Helene Foley (Columbia University)

Raffaella Sero (University of Cambridge) - The Women's Rome: disruption as appropriation in 20th century female approaches to the classics

Alex Silverman (APGRD/University of Oxford) - In search of the universal: the classical tradition and peripheral voices synthesised in Elizabeth Swados' music for Trojan women (1974)

Jessica Lawrence (University of Cambridge) - Madeline Miller: making space in Homer

11:00 am: Panel #4: Knowledge at Borders
Chair: Emily Greenwood (Princeton University)           

Giulio Leghissa (University of Toronto) - The gulf of Syrtes and the dis-connected North Africa: ancient Mediterranean as a space of colonial difference

Giacomo Loi (Johns Hopkins University) - In the mirror of the classical other: reading center and margins in Israeli culture

Nebo Todorovic (Yale University) - Between Bacchae and Bacchanalia. Border thinking as a mode of classical reception

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Panel #5: Against Classicism
 Chair: Stathis Gourgouris (Columbia University)

Sophia Elzie (independent scholar) - "No more for him the streams of sorrow pour": teaching mourning, critiquing classics, and alternative epistemology in Phillis Wheatley's Elegies

Alwin Franke (Reed College) - The color of classicism: race and narrative in Martin Bernal's Black Athena

Malina Buturovic (Princeton University) - Bodies, kin and classicism: rereading Marshall Sahlin's What kinship is - and is not

3:00 pm: Panel #6: Women, Academia, the Classics      
Chair: Darcy Krasne (Columbia University)

Teddy Delwiche (Yale University) - Reconsidering women's classical education in early America

Aron Ouwerkerk (Utrecht University) - Women's neo-Latin texts: potentials & challenges outside the canon

Frances Myatt (LMU Munich) - Placetne magistra? Making space for women in academia in Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night

4:30 pm: Coffee break

5:00 pm: Panel #7: Pedagogy and the Classics
Chair: Brett Stine (Columbia University)

Amanda Kubic (University of Michigan) - Classical reception pedagogy and the first-year writing course: a case study of Comparative literature 122, writing world literatures: body politics/body poetics

Robin Diver (University of Birmingham) - Rapists of privilege vs. underdog rapists: how post-1980s children's literature uses liminality to depict rape as justifiable

6:30 pm: Reception



9:00 am: Breakfast

9:30 am: Panel #8: Queer Receptions
Chair: Nikolas Kakkoufa (Columbia University)

Giovanni Lovisetto (Columbia University) - Nullification or centrality of the penis? Representing the tied phallus from Greek kynodesme to contemporary photography

Cat Lambert (Columbia University) - Plutarch's Alexander and his bedtime reading: archiving a queer moment in the books

Marios Anastasiadis (University of Edinburgh) - An unnamed slave boy and his power in 4th century BC Athens

11:00 am: Keynote address: Patrice Rankine (University of Chicago)

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Panel #9: Representing the Feminine
Chair: Marissa Swan (Columbia University)

Lien Van Geel (Columbia University) - Soror Augusti, non uxor ero: shifting centre and periphery in the pseudo-Senecan Octavia

Patricia Eunji Kim (NYU) - Centering Black feminity: Augusta Savage and sculpting amazons in the early twentieth century

Jeremy Swist (Brandeis University) and Leire Olabarria (University of Birmingham) - Morbid tales: heavy metal music and the global reception of Egyptian queens

3:00 pm: Panel #10: Subversive Monuments
Chair: Katy Knortz (Princeton University)

Emmanuela Schoinoplokaki (University of California, Santa Barbara) - Βέβηλη Πτήση, Βασίλης Γκουρογιάννης. The Parthenon: a site of reflection?

Paula Gaither (Stanford University) - Reconstruction as remediation: the Ara Pacis Augustae

Giorgio Motisi (Scuola Normale Superiore) - Outside the Fascist canon of ancient art: the case of Edoardo Persico and Arte romana (1935)

4:30 pm: Coffee break

5:00 pm: Panel #11: Classsics Without Class
Chair: Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University)

Sophie Wardle (University of Cambridge) - "Connoisseurs" in construction trenches: Victorian working-class responses to London's Roman past

Abigail Breuker (Columbia University) - Centering mercy: what Seneca's De clementia means for institutional justice

Ana Santori Rodríguez (University of Michigan) - "Canta, diosa, la colera del pueblo". Classics in Puerto Rico during the summer of 2019

6:30 pm: Closing Remarks: Nancy Worman (Columbia University)

7:00 pm: Dinner