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April 15th 2023, Northwestern University Campus, Evanston IL.

Northwestern University’s Global Antiquities group invites abstracts for papers to be delivered at a one- day symposium on the topic of “Teaching Antiquity.” This symposium will bring together instructors of diverse regional specializations to discuss contemporary developments in the teaching of ancient cultures. We invite scholars to reflect on how we teach and display the ancient cultures that we study, from innovating new classroom pedagogies to teaching the past in light of current political and social developments.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
- teaching the past beyond the Mediterranean
- teaching the past in global perspective
- teaching ancient languages (any ancient language)
- digital approaches to the study of antiquity in teaching
- teaching sensitive topics from antiquity
- contemporary politics and the teaching of the past
In addition to thematically organized panels, the symposium will include:
- a special panel on “Exhibiting as Teaching”, highlighting developments in the curating of the
past, featuring talks by curators of prominent institutions in the Chicago area.
- an optional visit led by Block Museum curators to Garrett Theological Seminary, where the
Egyptian mummy of a young girl is currently on display. A discussion of issues surrounding its
past and present display context will follow.
- keynote address by Professor Yurie Hong of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Open to all scholars with college or museum affiliation. We hope to attract a wide range of perspectives,
from scholars of varied backgrounds and ranks. Graduate student submissions are welcome.
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be emailed to with the subject: TEACHING ANTIQUITY SUBMISSION by December 1, 2022.

Please include the following:
A cover sheet with the presenter details
- Full name(s)
- Affiliation details: department, institution
- Email address
In a separate sheet, without identifying information:
- Abstract title - limited to 20 words in UPPER CASE
- Abstract text – limited to 300 words

More information on Global Antiquities Northwestern can be found here:

Call for Papers