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6th Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World - 12-13/12/2016, Oxford (England)





We are excited to announce that the Sixth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) will be held this year at the University of Oxford.


AMPRAW is an interdisciplinary conference which explores the impact of the classical world in literature, art, music, history, drama and popular culture. Our theme this year is 'displacement'.

The title suggests the intrinsic impossibility of reconstructing and retaining original meanings without creating and overlaying new ones. In the very act of placing a classical text or myth into translation, adaptation, work of art or performance, a displacement always occurs.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 12-13/12/2016


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Oxford (Oxford, England)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Giovanna Di Martino; Mara Gold; Sarah Grunnah; Peter Swallow

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Day 1: Monday 12 Dec 2016

Guest Respondent: Constanze Güthenke

09:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00-11:30: Contemporary Reworkings of the Classics

Hippolytus’ Neglect of Eros: A Dialogue between Euripides and Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love. Anastasia­-Stavroula Valtadorou,University of Edinburgh

The Modern Greek Sons of Odysseus: A Contemporary Displacement. Emmanuela Schoinoplokaki, University of Heidelberg

‘Faithful Traitors’ and ‘Abusive Fidelity’: The Contribution of Contemporary Poetics to Horace Odes 1. Alice Ahearn, Durham University

How to Translate Plautus for a Twenty-First Century Audience (And Still Make Them Laugh). Clara Daniel, Aix­-Marseille University

11:30-11:40 Coffee Break
11:40-12:55 Classical Reception in the Long Nineteenth Century

Between Aeschylus and Milton: Shelley’s Displacement of the Promethean Myth. Mary Alexandra Dodd, University of Edinburgh

‘There Blazed the Glory, There Shot Black the Shame’: Poetic Scholarship in Robert Browning’s Aristophanes’ Apology. Peter Swallow, King’s College London

Kipling’s Mithras: ‘Oriental’ God in Victorian Guise. Nirvana Silnović, Central European University

12:55-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Classical Reception Studies Network Panel with Joanna Paul, Amanda Wrigley and Debbie Challis

14:15-15:30 Adapting the Classics in Early Modern Europe

A Petite Pallace of Pettie his Pleasure: Translations from the Classics or Italianate Tales? Flavia Palma, University of Verona

Displacement in the Neo-Latin Horatian Parodiae of Mildmay Fane, 1645-1660. Jill Woodberry, King’s College London

The Linguistic Effects of Displacement in James Thomson’s Agamemnon. Angelica Vedelago, University of Padua

15:30-15:40 Coffee Break
15:40-16:55 Medieval Readings of Classical Authors

Classical Influences in the Medieval Spanish Romance El Libro de Alexandre. Cristina García, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

The Textual Reception of Ovid’s Metamorphoses During the Middle Ages: The Case of Germany. Cristiana Roffi, Universität zu Köln

Authority Displaced: Petrarch's Readaptation of Lucan's Ethics. Bianca Facchini, University of California Berkeley

16:55-17:05 Coffee Break
17:05-17:55 Displacing Plato from Late Antiquity to the Present

Plato’s Republic and its Reception by Feminist Studies. Vânia Silva, University of Coimbra

Classical, Therefore Universal: A.B. Yehoshua’s A Woman in Jerusalem and Plato’s Symposion. Giacomo Loi, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan

18:00-18:30 Guest Response from Constanze Güthenke

19:30 Conference Dinner at St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY

21:00-21:30 Performance and Drinks

This performance piece tells the story of an alternative Antigone—that of Euripides—alongside fragments of Sappho’s poetry in Greek, Latin, and contemporary English translation. As such, it explores the concept of fragments, both ancient and modern, both textual and physical.

Drinks will be accompanied by an exhibition of material from the St Hilda's archives relating to the study of classics over the course of the college’s history, including photographs of student theatre productions. As a former women’s college, St Hilda’s offers a unique insight into the history of female scholarship.

Day 2: Tuesday 13th December 2016

Guest Respondent: Fiona Macintosh

09:30-10:45 Classics, Colonialism and Revolution

Arthur Mee’s Appropriation of the Ancient World In Support of the British Empire. Phyllis Brighouse, University of Liverpool

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire? Displacing Late Antiquity in the early United States. Francesco Morosi,
Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa

A Twentieth Century Reworking of Sophocles’ Antigone: Between Displacement and Continuity. Rossana Zetti,
University of Edinburgh

10:45-10:55 Coffee Break
10:55-12:10 The Classics in Popular Culture

‘No Good Deed Goes Unpunished’: The Wire’s Clay Davis and Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound. Stephan S. Renker,
University of Hamburg

The Displacement of Spartacus: Crixus as Metaphor for Slavery in Starz’s Spartacus. Claire Greenhalgh,
Open University

Homer’s Odyssey in Comics: Translating the Narrative. Dimitris Kanellakis, University of Oxford

12:10-12:20 Coffee Break

12:20-13:35 Iconography and Art in Classical Reception

Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Classical Antiquity. Victoria Zicos, The Warburg Institute

Displacement in Recent Sculptural Representations of the Trojan Horse. Ronald Forero Álvarez, University of La Sabana and University of Salamanca

The Displacement of Ancient Jewish Symbols on Modern Israeli Currency. Joshua Goldman, University of Oxford

13:35-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:10 Gender Displacements

Ritual, Satire, or Suffrage Drama? The Bacchae of 1908. David Bullen, Royal Holloway

From Sekhmet to Suffrage: Displacement of Ancient Egypt and the Near East in Early Twentieth Century Women’s Culture. Mara Gold, University of Oxford

15:10-16:25 Classics in Music and Dance

Ariadne in Catullus and Strauss. Stephanie Oade, University of Oxford

‘Che Farò Senza Euridice?' The Myth of Orpheus and its Reception in Classical Music. Julia Winnacker,
University of Hamburg

Myrrha: Displaced, Misplaced, Replaced? Marie-Louise Crawley, Coventry University

16:25-16:45 Coffee Break

16:45-17:15 Guest Response from Fiona Macintosh

17:15-17:45 Plenary and Drinks



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