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Authority in creating contemporary narratives about the Classics - 21-22/02/2019, Newcastle (Englan


The current boom of works and media about the Ancient World aimed at a general audience is a product of some converging circumstances: the rethinking of meaning and value of the Classics among scholars, in need of justifying our very own existence in contemporary academia; a market-driven demand for either recalling Western tradition and exempla from the ancients – on the conservative side, or questioning the multiple facets of elite privilege – on a progressive approach; and ultimately as a consequence of the “explosion of information” in the hyper-connected XXI century. In this last regard, narratives from non-scholars ranging from fairly accurate Wikipedia articles to “fake news” tweets are now competing with classicists for space and authority.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22/02/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: School of History, Classics and Archaeology Newcastle University (Newcastle, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Juliana Bastos Marques (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) ; Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University)


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Participatory Cultures and Contemporary Mythopoiesis

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13:00-14:00 - Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Denison University, USA)

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14:00-14:40 - Catalina Popescu (Holland Hall, USA)

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15:20-15:40 - coffee break

15:40-16:20 - Ayelet Lushkov (University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Classical Literature and Contemporary Classics

16:20-17:00 - Juan Garcia Gonzalez (Newcastle University, UK)

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10:00-11:00 - Neville Morley (University of Exeter, UK)

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11:20-12:00 - David García Dominguez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

The ruthless law of the jungle? Ideology, discourse, and the dangerous success of Realist views on Roman history

12:00-13:00 – lunch

13:00-14:00 - Juliana Bastos Marques (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil)

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14:00-14:40 - Joanna Kenty (Radboud University, Netherlands)

Philology and Outreach

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15:20-16:00 - closing remarks

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