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CALL. 01.03.2020: Towards a more inclusive Classics: perspectives from teaching and research - Londo




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Professor Barbara Goff ; Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis



Classicists have recently been engaged in discussions about decolonising the discipline. There are a few ways to understand this process; it includes (1) broadening the range of materials we study to include those produced by marginalised groups in antiquity (2) approaching material with methodologies which tease out marginalised groups depicted in the materials and give voice to a range of users in antiquity and beyond (3) acknowledging the part that Classics has played in entrenching many forms of inequality, such as those focussed on ethnicity, in British and other societies (4) undertaking efforts to ensure that the discipline is open to a plurality of voices both from the past and in the present, especially those which have historically been marginalised.

This timely workshop aims to explore ways of making Classics more inclusive and to reframe the discipline for a multicultural 21st century. To this end, we seek short contributions from:

* lecturers who have specifically endeavoured to develop research that works with a broader conception of Classics, and/or to make their teaching more inclusive

* students who invest in different versions of the classical heritage, and/or are willing to share their diverse experiences of being in the 'Classics classroom'.

We plan to host several 15-minute contributions on these topics. Please send abstracts (c.150 words) to Professor Barbara Goff ( and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis ( by 1 March 2020.

To further the goal of broadening participation, we welcome offers of talks via Skype; and in this vein we will live-stream the workshop. One of the aims of the workshop is to produce a short list of useful suggestions for those who want to make their teaching more inclusive.

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