Classics and the New Faces of Feminism
London, Institute of Classical Studies: Saturday 31 January 2015
Following an enthusiastic response, we were delighted to host an intensive, interactive, and inter-disciplinary “sandpit” at the Institute of Classical Studies on Saturday 31 January 2015 sponsored by the Centre for the Reception for Greece and Rome and the Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway, the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts, the Institute of Classical Studies, and the Council of University Classics Departments.
The aim of the sandpit was to bring together researchers to share their interests in the dynamic dialogues taking place between Classics and contemporary feminism.
Key provocations included (though this is a far from complete list):
What are the current sites of feminist knowledge and understanding? Do we live in a post-feminist world? What is distinctive, if anything, about the European dimension/dialogue compared with the American/French domination of earlier though still resonant feminisms?
Is there still a place for feminism in Classics or are feminist politics no longer pertinent to (our) Classical scholarship? Can the Classics make a difference in the current developments and debates in feminist thought?
What are the contemporary voices/issues that inspire graduate students and those entering the Classical professions?
Feminist approaches flourish in Classical Reception, but what about feminist studies of the Classical world itself? Are such studies forgotten?
We were proud to host a mix of senior scholars and emerging young voices from across the Humanities from the UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, United States, and Australia. We had a programme that makes space for engagement with issues as diverse as philosophy, science, pedagogy, contemporary women’s writing, intersectionality, motherhood. For more details and a list of presenters please see the programme for the day.
Speakers presented summary versions of or reflections on abstracts available here and there is a Twitter archive of the event.Ultimately, the aim is an edited volume and the development of collaborative projects.
For further information please email Efi Spentzou and Genevieve Liveley.