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Agency through the Ancients: Reception as Empowerment (The 12th Annual Boston University Classical S


The Department of Classical Studies at Boston University invites submissions of abstracts for the 12th Annual Graduate Student Conference. This year, the conference will examine how classical literature (broadly defined) is able to impart a profound sense of agency to the disenfranchised, especially in times of turmoil or persecution. Although we acknowledge that many nationalists, over the centuries and into the present day, have invoked the classics in order to advance their exclusionary agenda, we hope to demonstrate that the classics have the potential to heal, unite, and empower the marginalized. Therefore, this conference will explore the myriad ways in which those who have traditionally remained voiceless have discovered a safe harbor and a sense of solidarity through the literature of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Babylon, etc. Special attention will be given to engagement with the ancient world by groups which have been historically underrepresented or outright excluded.

FECHA /DATE/DATA: 09/11/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Boston University (Boston, MA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Maya Chakravorty; Peter Kotiuga; Alicia Matz; Joshua Paul; Amanda Rivera.

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Breakfast and Lunch are included in registration


The website will soon be updated with a schedule of papers. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Emily Allen-Hornblower of Rutgers University and Marquis 'I AM' McCray.

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