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Classics In/Out of Asia

Classics in/out of Asia

Sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus

Organized by Kelly Nguyen (Brown University) and Christopher Waldo (Tulane University)

For our second workshop at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in Chicago, IL (January 7-10, 2021), we invite abstracts for papers that explore, broadly, how Classics has moved through Asia. Following Claudia Moatti, we understand movement to be a “structural component of human experience and the human mind…[that] influences ways of thinking, relations of [people] to space, time, tradition, and the organization of societies…like an anamorphosis, movement modifies the perception of things and of human relations” (2006: 110). Building on this theoretical framework, we encourage papers that trace material, communication, and epistemological networks through transgeographical and/or transhistorical lenses. How have people, things, and ideas from Greco-Roman antiquity moved in and out of Asia? What are the effects on the lived experiences of those in the past as well as those in the present? How have texts, performances, and art (classical and contemporary) engaged with and imagined these movements and encounters?

We welcome all kinds of interpretations for our call for papers, not necessarily limited to scholarly papers. Examples include but are not limited to the following subdisciplines: visual art and performance studies, music, political activism, education, intellectual history, and literature. The AAACC is committed to fostering a collaborative and supportive environment for the sharing of innovative ideas; as such, we welcome scholars, educators, artists, and activists of all stages working on Asian and AAPI reception of Greco-Roman antiquity. 

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent as an email attachment to AAACCabstracts@gmail.com by Friday, March 6, 2020. Include the title of this panel as the subject line of your email. The text of your abstract should follow the guidelines on the SCS website and should not mention the name of the author (https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-abstracts). Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the panel organizers.

Works Cited:

Moatti, Claudia. “Translation, Migration, and Communication in the Roman Empire: Three Aspects of Movement in History.” Classical Antiquity 25, no. 1 (2006): 109-140.

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