Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland is pleased to present an interdisciplinary conference on gender and identity in the ancient world (31 August – 1 September 2015).
Speakers from Canada, the U.S.A., Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand will present original research on the intersections of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and other vectors of oppression in ancient literature, history, and material culture. Professor Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz will deliver a public keynote lecture entitled ‘Intersectional analysis in Classics: Defining rape and race in Aeschylus’ Suppliants.’
Participants’ research areas range from Egypt to late antiquity, covering Egyptian, Greek, and Roman texts and evidence, along with modern gender studies and sociology. The speakers will situate their research on gender in antiquity within the framework of intersectionality, which is currently influential in the social sciences and in feminist writing outside the academy. The intersectional model holds that people with multiple marginalized identities experience discrimination based on the particular intersections of their identities. We seek to investigate how the evidence of antiquity might validate or complicate the intersectional model. Two talks on intersectionality now will complement the material on antiquity: Dr Carisa Showden from Sociology at The University of Auckland will discuss intersectionality in feminism and the social sciences, while two of our Tuakana, Dr Marcia Leenen-Young and Zoë Henry, will discuss the experience of Maori and Pacific Islander students in Classics and Ancient History.
This conference is supported by the Faculty of Arts and the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland, and is organised in conjunction with the Auckland chapter of Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS), an organisation that aims to foster gender equality in our fields.
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Image of portrait by Isidora Master: Getty Villa collection, image by Ann Raia, courtesy of the VRoma Project.
Image of fresco portrait: Getty Villa collection, image by Ann Raia, courtesy of the VRoma Project.
Statue of veiled dancer: image property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, object bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971.
Sculpture of woman’s head: image property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, object Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1907 (07.226.1) Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915 (30.8.54).