List of speakers

Keynote lecture: Professor Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College

Rowan Emily Ash – University of Western Ontario

Caroline Brumbridge – University of Auckland

Matthew Chaldekas – University of Southern California

Caroline Chong – University of Melbourne

Elizabeth Eltze – University of Auckland

Zoe Henry – University of Auckland

Peter Keegan – Macquarie University

Marcia Leenen-Young – University of Auckland

Alessandro Maranesi – University of Nijmegen

Mark Masterson – Victoria University of Wellington

Carisa Showden – University of Auckland

Elizabeth Smith – Macquarie University

Susan Thorpe – University of Auckland

Lawrence Xu – University of Auckland

Contact details and speaker bios

Keynote lecturer: Professor Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College


Nancy Rabinowitz is an expert on feminist criticism, gender and sexuality in antiquity, and Greek tragedy and its reception. She has co-edited major volumes on gender in antiquity that use feminist critiques: Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World (2002) and Feminist Theory and the Classics (1993). She is the sole author of Greek Tragedy (2008) and Anxiety Veiled: Euripides and the Traffic in Women (1993), as well as numerous articles on tragedy, especially gender in tragedy. Professor Rabinowitz also has a keen interest in teaching and outreach. She has taught Classics in the wider community, including in prisons. Most recently she co-edited From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom (2014).

Rowan Emily Ash – University of Western Ontario


Rowan Ash’s research interests span an eclectic range of topics in classical studies, including ancient magic, myth and religion, Greek literature more generally, and gender and sexuality in antiquity. She completed an MA at the University of Waterloo, Canada, focusing on issues of power, identity, and consciousness in the lunar spells from the same corpus of magical texts. She also conducted a preliminary review of Lucian’s Dialogues of the Courtesans aimed towards closer readings of their individual texts, inspired by questions ultimately descended from her undergraduate readings at McGill University. In the fall she will begin her studies for the PhD program at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, working on connections between the underworlds of both ancient magic and gender.

Caroline Brumbridge – PhD Candidate, University of Auckland


Caroline Brumbridge specialises in Egyptology. She studied at University College London before moving to New Zealand and completing her BA at the University of Auckland. Caroline took a BA (Hons) and MA in Auckland. She is currently in the final year of her PhD, researching gender and agency in Ancient Egypt via post-structuralist literary critique.

Matthew Chaldekas – PhD Candidate, University of Southern California


Matthew Chaldekas is a PhD candidate in Classics at the University of Southern California. He is currently finishing his PhD dissertation, titled ‘The Poetics of Vision in Theocritus: Literature and Society in Ptolemaic Alexandria.’ In addition to Hellenistic poetry, his interests include Archaic Greek poetry, ancient medicine, and feminist theory.

Caroline Chong – MA candidate, University of Melbourne


Caroline Chong is currently undertaking her Master of Arts (Thesis only) at the University of Melbourne. Her area of study is the Late Roman Republic, with a focus on Cicero’s oration Pro Scauro. In particular, she is investigating the rhetorical strategies that Cicero used concerning the ethnic ‘Other’ through traditional textual analysis in combination with colonial discourse analysis, postcolonial theory, and social psychology theories.

Elizabeth Eltze – PhD Candidate, University of Auckland

Elizabeth Eltze is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities’ Discipline of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. She completed both her BA (Hons) and MA at the University of Auckland. She has tutored ancient Egyptian language and ancient Greek history, and is currently teaching an Egyptian language paper at the University of Auckland. Her research interests include ancient Nubian history, society, constructs of identity, and heritage, as well as Egyptian language, religion, and material culture of both societies.

Zoe Henry – Honours candidate and Tuākana mentor, University of Auckland

Zoё Catherine Lavatangaloa Henry is of Niuean, Māori and European ancestry. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland, majoring in Classical Studies and History. During this time, she co-authored a chapter titled A Frangipani in the Roses: Life as a Pacific Postgraduate Student in Postgraduate Study in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is currently working towards completing Honours in History at the University of Auckland where her research looks at the dynamic relationship between bishop and congregation during Late Antique Rome. Zoë has been a Tuākana mentor since 2012 and is currently the stage II/III mentor for Classics and Ancient History.

Dr Peter Keegan – Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University


Peter Keegan is a Senior Lecturer in Roman History at Macquarie University. He has published Graffiti in Antiquity (Routledge 2014) and Roles for Men and Women in Roman Epigraphic Culture and Beyond (Archaeopress 2014). Both books came out of a long interest and writing on the epigraphic landscape in antiquity. Peter is Latin Editor of the Female Biography Project, Chair of the Higher School Certificate Ancient History Examination Committee, and a member of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies Executive Committee.

Dr Marcia Leenen-Young – PhD and MAPAS Advisor, University of Auckland

Marcia Leenen-Young is Samoan and has a BA and MA (Hons) from the University of Auckland. She completed her PhD in Ancient History from the same University, titled Polybius’ self-constructed image in the Histories and its effect on his historical objectivity. Throughout her time as a student she has been heavily involved with programmes aimed at mentoring Māori and Pacific Island students at both the secondary and tertiary levels. She is currently working with the MAPAS Programme at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences as MAPAS Advisor to their Certificate in Health Sciences.

Dr Alessandro Maranesi – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nijmegen


Alessandro Maranesi (born in Feltre, Italy) is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of History at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). He obtained his PhD in Pavia defending a thesis on the political communication of the Emperor Constantine, after having studied in Pavia, Konstanz and Frankfurt am Main. In 2014 he was visiting scholar at the University of Boulder (Colorado). His main research interests are communication in Late Antiquity (including the use of ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ as political concepts, the creation of prejudices and status symbol in the political arguments), digital humanities and the reception of antiquity in the political propaganda of the First World War.

Dr Mark Masterson – Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington


Mark Masterson researches ancient sexuality and gender, Late Antiquity, and Roman society. He recently published Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality, and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood (2014), and co-edited the book Sex in Antiquity: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World (2015). Mark has directed a number of ancient plays: Euripides’ Ion, Menander’s The Samian Girl and Seneca’s Troades, among others.

Dr Carisa Showden – Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland


Carisa Showden is a political theorist, doing interdisciplinary work that crosses contemporary and feminist political theory, queer theory, gender and sexuality studies,and law and society scholarship. She has published works on critical constructions of agency, theories of commodification, and sex work policies, including Choices Women Make: Agency in Domestic Violence, Assisted Reproduction, and Sex Work. Carisa convenes the Gender Studies major at the University of Auckland.

Elizabeth Smith – MRes, Macquarie University


Elizabeth has recently completed the Masters of Research at Macquarie University, her thesis entitled ‘Female head covering in the early imperial period: Questions of the covered “other” and the ideal of Augustan womanhood’. Her research interests lie in the study of gender in ancient Greece and Rome, and modern feminist theory. She has previously published a paper on Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi in the Macquarie-affiliated journal Classicum. She is currently a reviewer for the national student history journal, History in the Making, and is a Faculty of Arts PACE Officer in the PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) initiative at Macquarie University.

Susan Thorpe – PhD Candidate, University of Auckland

Susan Thorpe was born in England and came to live in New Zealand in 1976. In 2003 she decided it was time to rectify the omission of youth and enrolled at the University of Auckland as a ‘mature’ student. She graduated in 2008, majoring in Ancient History. Specialising in Egyptology, Susan achieved her BA (Hons) with first-class honours in 2009, and her MA in 2010 (first-class honours). She is currently in the final stages of her PhD, which is focused on the social aspects found in ancient Egyptian personal correspondence.

Lawrence Xu – PhD Candidate, University of Auckland


Lawrence Xu is a doctoral student in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland, specialising in Egyptology and Demotic Studies. His PhD thesis, entitled ‘The Dramatisation of the Inaros Cycle’, analyses the use of literary devices and speech patterns in Demotic narrative and their reception in Egyptian society. The present paper is a result of his research in Copenhagen, funded by the Doctoral Research Fund in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland. He will also be undertaking excavations at the site of Pathyris early next year with the Polish mission, sponsored by the University of Warsaw.