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The Ancient Mediterranean for Modern Audiences: Reception, Pedagogy, Entertainment

March 6-7, 2020
Ohio Union, Columbus, Ohio

The aim of the OSU Classics Graduate Student Colloquium is to explore various directions in which the Ancient Mediterranean has been adapted and utilized by different cultures in Modern world from the Renaissance to the present day. In recent years, the online journal “Eidolon” and other public scholarship media have already successfully demonstrated how the cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean can be accessed, interpreted, and applied through various experiences by scholars, students, writers, and by the wider communities. We believe that the reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures has become an important element of Classical scholarship and pedagogy. It is a critical point of contact between the academic community and the general audience.

The OSU Classics Graduate Student Colloquium invites papers on a range of topics that discuss and analyze the reception of the Ancient Mediterranean from a point of view of philology, linguistics, theater and performance studies, history, pedagogy, archaeology, art history, philosophy, anthropology, political studies, media studies, and/or gender studies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean in literary traditions of different countries, nations, and cultures
  • Ancient Theatre on the modern stage
  • Texts of the Ancient Mediterranean in translations
  • The Ancient Mediterranean in visual culture
  • Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean in new media: social networks and online communities
  • Representation of the Ancient Mediterranean in video games
  • Use of Ancient Mediterranean images in marketing
  • Modern and post-modern philosophy and its use of Classics
  • Classics in politics and propaganda
  • Reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures and its use in the classroom
  • Classical pedagogy as the reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures

We are excited to announce that Dr. Zara Torlone, Professor (Classics and Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University) will be presenting a keynote lecture entitled “Joy of Exile: Ovid and Russian Poets".

All submissions should include 1) an abstract not exceeding 300 words and 2) a brief CV or academic bio not exceeding one page. We ask that all submissions and inquiries be sent to

osuclassicscolloquium@gmail.com.

DATES:

Deadline for submissions: Monday, November 18th, 2019

Will notify all applicants: Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Colloquium: Friday, March 6th - Saturday, March 7th, 2020

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(Photo: "Handwritten" by A. Birkan, licensed under CC BY 2.0)