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Most Recent or Upcoming Conferences

On Sunday, September 25, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. in Angell Hall 3222 the University of Michigan's interdepartmental consortium, Contexts for Classics, hosted members of Bristol's Institute of Greece, Rome and The Classical Tradition for a colloquium entitled "Classical Reception and the Political." This meeting is part of an ongoing collaboration between the two groups, the aim of which is to explore the relationships between classical antiquity and modernity and to interrogate the construction of the classical ideal.

The speakers, from Bristol,  addressed subjects ranging from an analysis of nationalism in the revival of Greek drama to Weber, Arendt and the problems of conceptualizing the past. For a full list of titles, participants, and information on times and location, visit the conference website. We warmly welcome anyone interested in attending the colloquium, both classicists and those from other fields who have an interest in political aspects of the reception of classics.


Past Conferences

January 23, 2004, 1-5PM "African American Classicists in the 19th Century: A Symposium"
1:00 PM, Location: Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room, 5670 Haven Hall Free Event

For more information please contact: Beth James , 764-5517

Sponsored by Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) Comparative Literature, Classical Studies, Museum Studies and the English Department.

This symposium intends to illuminate the special exhibit housed in the U-M Graduate Library entitled "Twelve Black Classicists" which is currently touing the country. Wilson Moses is the keynote speaker for this event. Moses holds the Feree Professorship of American History at the Pennsylvania State University. He has lectured in England, Malawi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Austria, Hungary, and Germany. He has alos held senior Fulbright professorships at the University of Vienna and the Free University of Berlin. He is author, most recently, of "Afrotopia: Roots of African-American Popular History" (1998) and the forthcoming "Creative Conflict in African American Thought." A panel with Kevin Gaines (CAAS/History), Arlene Keizer (CAAS/English), Simon Gikandi (Comparative Literature), Julia Rosenbloom (Classical Studies), and Michele Ronnick of Wayne State University, who assembled the exhibit will also be a part of the afternoon`s activities.


January 30, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Angell Hall 3222: "Re-Imagining the Ancient World in 19th-Century Britain." A one-day symposium organized by Meilee D. Bridges (English).


"Romantic Classical: Piranesi, Canova, Ingres, Delacroix" CFC-sponsored panel on classicism and history of art, Saturday, March 27, 2004, Tappan Hall, 10AM-3PM (with Profs. Bruce Frier, Alex Potts, Susan Siegfried, and Michele Hannoosh; Jim Porter and Richard Janko moderating and introducing)


Panel on Ancient Atomism and Modernity, ACLA 2004 (Ann Arbor)


Beyond Antiquity: The Classical Ideal from Petrarch to Poliziano, Poussin, and Wren (January 5, 2005, U. Michigan)

Conceived as a successor to "Romantic Classical" (see above), the purpose of this colloquium is to examine the idea of "the Classical" in the medieval and Renaissance periods across different media and modes of knowledge. Guest speakers will include James Clark (University of Bristol), who works on monastic orders in Britain and Classical learning; Christopher S. Celenza (Michigan State University), who works on Italian humanism; Richard Neer (University of Chicago), who is a Classical art historian whose specialties include Poussin in addition to ancient Greek vases; and Lydia Soo (University of Michigan), who is an architect with special research interests in Roman architectural history. Moderators will include U-M faculty Basil Dufallo (Classics), Elizabeth Sears (History of Art), and Karla Taylor (English and Medieval & Early Modern Studies). Co-sponsored by the History of Art Department, the program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Department of Classics, the Gerald F. Else Fund, and the School of Architecture. (The gorgeous poster is by local graphic designer Pamela Waxman, who does all of our Context for Classics work. [The date on the poster should read 2005.])


Visit the Body/Bildung Conference Website (October 8-10, 1999), a predecessor of CFC.