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Gender, identity, and intersectionality in antiquity: models of oppression and privilege - 31/08-01/

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 31/08-01/09/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Auckland chapter of Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS)



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Registration for the full event is $80 waged and $50 concession. If you would like to attend only part of the workshop, please do not register here but contact Maxine Lewis directly instead (

When you register, please include your email address, any dietary requirements, and any mobility queries.


We will be live-tweeting the upcoming workshop. If you're interested in the topic and can't make it all the way to New Zealand, feel free to follow our feed. You can tweet questions which we can put to the speakers. The twitter handle is @iia_uoa_2015

Monday 31 August

8.30am — Registration open

9am — Conference welcome

9.15am — Carisa Showden, The University of Auckland, ‘A brief disquisition on Intersectionality: how it developed, where it is now, and why it’s good for you.’

9.45am — Elizabeth Smith, Macquarie University, ‘Aphrodite’s Tortoise and the post-colonial feminist approach to female head covering practices: the value of an intersectional response.’

10.30am — Caroline Chong, The University of Melbourne, ‘A modified approach to intersectionality: Cicero’s use of gender and ethnicity in the Pro Scauro.’

11am — Tea and coffee break

11.30am — Peter Keegan, Macquarie University, ‘Intersectionality at the margins of Roman society.’ 12.30pm — Lunch

1.30pm — Elizabeth Eltze, The University of Auckland, ‘Gods’ wives, mothers, and matriarchs: the development of feminine power in ancient North Africa and the rise of the Meroitic queens.’

2.30pm — Tea and coffee break

3pm — Susan Thorpe, The University of Auckland, ‘‘Write to the woman Tey saying if she approaches me I will strike her’ – portrayal of women in ancient Egyptian personal correspondence.’

3.30pm — Zoë Henry and Marcia Leenen-Young, The University of Auckland, ‘Intersectionality on the ground: Maori and Pacific Islander student experiences in Classics and Ancient History.’

4pm — Break

Keynote speaker, public lecture 6pm — Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, ‘Intersectional analysis in Classics: defining rape and race in Aeschylus’ Suppliants.’ Note: special venue Lecture Theatre G36, Old Government House

7.15pm — Post-lecture reception, Members’ lounge, Old Government House

Tuesday 1 September

9am — Alessandro Maranesi, University of Nijmegen, ‘”Corrupted by his fortune, abandoned to the pleasures with fury”: Emperor Elagabalus’ intersectional anti-propaganda.’ Note: special venue room G10 in Commerce A (building 114)

9.45am — Rowan Emily Ash, University of Western Ontario, ‘Wit, conventional wisdom, and wilful blindness: intersections between sex, gender, class, and ethnicity in the fifth of Lucian’s Dialogues of the Courtesans.’

10.30am — Tea and coffee break 11am — Caroline Brumbridge, The University of Auckland, ‘A hidden agenda? Gender, individuality and the veracity of the female ‘voice’ in the ancient Egyptian Love Songs.’

12pm — Lunch

1pm — Mark Masterson, Victoria University of Wellington, ‘Some intersectionalities in elite men’s culture in Byzantium (circa 1000).’

2pm — Matthew Chaldekas, University of Southern California, ‘Lost at the intersection: the erasure of Egyptian women in Theocritus’Adonaizusae.’

2.45pm — Tea and coffee break 3.15pm — Lawrence Xu, The University of Auckland, ‘Evidence of intersectionality during late Hellenistic Egypt – a case study with Pathyris and the archive of the Horos.’

4pm — Discussion and concluding remarks

7pm — Conference dinner

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