CFP: “Naked Soul: A conference for all of us” by The Sportula

Reposted from The Sportula (@Libertinopatren) with permission.

THE SPORTULA IS BACK!!!

As many of you have heard, at the SCS we experienced and act of anti-Black racial profiling against our co-director Djesika. When we posted the part we recorded online, it got 18k hits and racist trolls started deluging our account and DMs. The SCS fully supported us, but we are also socially anxious and need to hide a bit before we decide what to do.

Thank you for all the support!

We will have our backlog cleared by tonight, students waiting on grants!

And we are making OUR OWN CONFERENCE in response!

Called Naked Soul…

  1. After the end of Plato’s Gorgias – a dream of being judged by our works not our bodies (Gorgias 523a-527c)
  2. Reference to Prof. Padilla Peralta’s article asking why we are expected to sever our mind from our body as POC academics?
  3. Tongue in cheek allusion to “soul” as associated w/ Blackness and our desire for this conference to nakedly/unabashedly invite us to confront our racism and CELEBRATE AND CENTER BLACK EXCELLENCE.

Please share our CFP widely!

We will not be inviting individual ppl because we don’t want to pressure already hyper-visible POC to do even more unpaid labor. So consider this yr invitation!

 

Are you a classicist at any stage of your career?
(From high school to tenured professor!)

Do you self-identify as part of a group that’s faced structural barriers to educational success? (e.g. BIPOC*, disabled, LGBTQ+, working class, student parent…)

This is a conference BY us and FOR us, to showcase our excellence!

IT WILL BE ONLINE: SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND.
Students: Get your papers read/developed w/ UC Berkeley PhD students!
Professors: show the next gen the brilliance of classicists like us!

Call for papers!
CFP: Paper presentations (OR creative performances like poetry/art)
15/20 mins in length, on any classical topic

Submissions and questions: libertinopatrenatus@gmail.com

Hosted by The Sportula (twitter.com/libertinopatren)

*BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color, including mixed ppl

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