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Res Difficiles 2022

Organizers: Hannah Čulík-Baird (Boston University) and

Joseph Romero (University of Mary Washington)

Date: Friday, May 20, 2022

Abstract Deadline: Friday, January 3, 2021

Platform: Webinar

In the first two conferences broaching Res Difficiles (“difficult matters”), scholars from the US, Europe, and points across the globe met to explore how people on the margins of our texts and contexts are invited to—or pushed further from—the center and barriers to inclusion might be marked and addressed. Recordings of the presentations have been made available at, and a selection of those papers is being prepared for publication in a co-edited series of Ancient History Bulletin.

In the 2022 convening of ResDiff, we continue to examine the challenges presented by this curriculum with students who are increasingly more diverse in gender identity, race, ethnicity, income, family structure, and more. And while the society of our conference will examine pedagogical issues, we hope again to dilate outward to broader issues in education and society from (a) the current and future roles of Classics and the humanities in K-12 and higher education to (b) the ultimate goals of education. We invite papers from all those who study and teach the ancient world. We welcome papers by individual speakers, by collaborative pairs, or by larger groups and scholarly organizations.

Our keynote speaker will be Kelly Nguyen (Stanford University), whose address is entitled, "(Be)Longing and (Re)Orienting In and Beyond the Classics Classroom."

The conference will be hosted as a Zoom webinar with a capacity of 500. Please note that the time zone of the conference will be US Eastern.

Abstracts of 350 words should be sent electronically to Joseph Romero ( by Friday, January 3, 2021. Papers will be 20-25 minutes with coordinated discussion at the end of each session. Any questions regarding abstract submission may be addressed to Professors Romero or Čulík-Baird ( For more information see