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Poetic Places: material ecocriticism and classical poetry - 18-19/07/2018, Exeter (England)

The event is an opportunity to explore reading the physical world – land, place, objects, systems – into and out of classical poetry. Through informal discussion we hope to engage with the possibilities surrounding the combination of materialism and ecocriticism as ways of thinking about ancient poetry. We are also interested in considering the helpfulness (or otherwise) of the theoretical frameworks.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 05-06/07/2018

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

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Katharine Earnshaw ; Lilah Grace Canevaro

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Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association, we are able to offer some postgraduate bursaries to cover fees *and* accommodation costs to attend the workshop on 'Poetic Places: material ecocriticism and classical poetry'. The website with details can be found here. Given how close the dates are, we would be grateful if those interested in taking up a bursary could contact the organisers directly as soon as possible.


Much of Day 1 will take place on Quicke’s Farm, Devon, where we will have a guided walk and discussion with the farmer and a local artist, to stimulate and help conceptualise ideas of ‘real-world’ versus ‘represented’ objects, the materiality of landscapes, and land management. This will feed into a roundtable workshop on Day 2, which will encompass exploratory presentations as well as broader discussion.

Details, including the programme and timings, are available on the conference website.

Fees and Registration:

The conference will begin at 10.30am on 18th July, and finish by 5.30pm on 19th July. The cost for delegates will be £27, which will include tea and coffee, and a two-course lunch on both days. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide accommodation, though a discount is available on university rooms. (Please see website for details.) Places are very limited due to restrictions on space. To register, please visit the booking page here. The deadline for booking is the 25thJune 2018, or until the places are filled.

If you are a postgraduate student, or on a temporary contract, please contact the organisers as we may be able to offer some financial assistance.

Farm visit

Please note that there will be filming for an art installation that will take place during our visit to Quicke’s. The piece will be exhibited as part of the ‘Being Human’ festival in Exeter in November. Transport to and from the site will be provided. Whilst there are accessibility issues on the farm site, we would like to try to make all aspects of the event as inclusive as possible. Please contact Katharine Earnshaw if you would like to talk over how we can best achieve this together.

For any further information, please contact the organisers: Katharine Earnshaw ( and Lilah Grace Canevaro ( We would be grateful if you could copy us both in to any enquiry.

We would like to thank the University of Exeter, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Being Human festival for making the conference and related activities possible.

Wednesday 18th July

10.30-11am Registration

11am-12.30pm Introduction, question-gathering for afternoon


Afternoon: trip to farm, including filming with artist, Laura Hopes.

Back to Exeter and de-brief.

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