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Annual Meeting for Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW 2019) "Authority and Legitimacy" - 28-29/11/2019, Nijmegen (Netherlands)





AMPRAW is an annual conference that is designed to bring together early-career researchers in the field of classical reception studies, and will be held for the ninth consecutive year. It aims to contribute to the growth of an international network of PhDs working on classical reception(s), as well as to strengthen relationships between early career researchers and established academics.




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Radboud University, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Prof. Dr Maarten De Pourcq, Mirte Liebregts MA, Simone Vermeeren MA, Martje de Vries MA, Ivo Wolsing MA


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Thanks to generous contributions of our sponsors, there will be no conference fee. Besides that, we offer a limited number of travel bursaries to speakers without research budgets or with limited funding. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided to all speakers.


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Day 1: Thursday 28 November 2019


09.30-10.00    Registration and Tea/Coffee


10.00-10.10    Word of Welcome


10.10-11.00    Plenary lecture I:

Dr Justine McConnell (King’s College, London), When Greek and Yoruba Myth Meet


11.00-11.30    Tea/Coffee Break


11.30-13.00    Panel 1: Challenging Classical Authority


1.1: Rioghnach Sachs (King’s College, London), (Un)Gendered Desire and Self-Legitimation in Sappho’s Fragments and Monique Wittig’s The Lesbian Body.


1 .2: Dimitris Kentrotis Zinelis (Universiteit Leiden), ‘And Hector dies like everyone else’: The democratisation of mortality in Alice Oswald’s Memorial.


1 .3: Valeria Spacciante (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Classics as norm and escape: the retour au classicisme between humanism and nihilism.


13.00-14.00    Lunch


14.00-15.30    Panel 2: Classics and Nation-Building I


2.1: Nicolò Bettegazzi (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Augustus and the Christian vision of Roman Antiquity

2.2: Theodore Delwiche (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), “To Arms, Latin Teachers”: The Classical Outlook and American War Time Efforts to Promote Classical Studies.


2.3: Hanna Paulouskaya (Uniwersytet Warszawski), Our Soviet Ancients. Appropriation of Antiquity for Children’s and Youth Culture of the USSR.


15.30-16.00    Tea/Coffee Break


16.00-17.00    Plenary lecture II:


Prof. Dr David Rijser (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Author and Authority: Classicists and their Texts


17.00-18.00    Drinks


Day 2: Friday 29 November 2019


9.30-10:00      Tea/Coffee


10:00-11.00    Panel 3: Rulers and Ruler Ideologies


3.1: Kieren Johns (University of Warwick), “A most valiant lion and a most cunning fox.” Negotiating the Political Authority of the “Outsider” Through Septimius Severus.


3.2: Max-Quentin Bischoff (Universität Mannheim), An ancient concept losing its authority: the end of exemplary historiography during the Sattelzeit (1750-1850).


11.00-11.30    Tea/Coffee Break


11.30-13.00    Panel 4: Non-European Contexts


4.1: Manuela Irarrázabal (University College London), Brazilian Orpheus.


4.2: Gifty Etornam Katahena (University of Ghana), The Reception of Ancient Greek Drama in West Africa: A Challenge to the western canon?


4.3: Marianna Zarantonello (Università di Padova), Homer's authority in the Arab world: from loan to adaptation.


13.00-14.00    Lunch


14.00-15.00    Panel 5: Classics and Nation-Building II


5.1 : James Fortuna (University of St. Andrews), Classical Design and the Fascist Construction of International Legitimacy, 1933-42.


5.2: Sophie Wardle (University of Cambridge), Digging for legitimacy: Nineteenth-century responses to London’s Roman past and the identity of the modern city.


15.00-15.30    Tea/Coffee Break


15.30-16.30    Plenary lecture III:

Dr Nathalie de Haan (Radboud Universiteit), Archaeology, Authority and Grand Narratives


16.30-17.00    Final discussion and closing remarks


16.45-18.30    Drinks reception


18.30-             Conference Dinner in Huize Heyendael



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