Diversity and the Study of the Ancient World
One-day workshop: Oct. 11, 2017, 1-5 p.m.
Sponsored by the Education Committee of the Council of University Classical Departments and the Classics and Social Justice Committee of the Society for Classical Studies.
Recently we have heard questions about the value of the humanities in terms of “value added” and the “cost benefit analysis.” On the other hand, historically the hypervaluation of Classics arguably had a role in establishing elites, making it seem potentially racist as a field of study. How can we counter these two contradictory discourses?
We anticipate a day of discussion of the ways in which the study of antiquity can enrich the lives of diverse populations; by reaching out to new populations, we can also enrich the study of antiquity with their contributions. This workshop will show the relevance of Classics to learners from the most marginalized social strata (i.e. the incarcerated, those suffering from mental illness).
We invite proposals for brief papers (15-20 minutes) addressing specific ways in which the study of antiquity either has been or might be deployed to challenge these negative views of Classics and to interest members of marginalized groups in our diverse field of study. Papers will be circulated among the participations so that our discussions may be as fruitful as possible.
Papers may be considered for inclusion in an edited volume.
Modest travel grants will be available to support graduate students’ attendance.
Send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Fiona McHardy, firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2017.