Amphorae XVI

at The University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

In 2007 the first Amphorae conference was held at the University of Queensland. Originally known as AMPHORA (Annual Meeting of Postgraduate in Hellenic or Roman Antiquity), the conference soon became AMPHORAE to include Egyptology.

Now, as in its inaugural year, Amphorae brings together postgraduate students from across Australasia, specialising in all areas of Ancient World studies. This annual conference provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate presenters to meet their peers and share their research in a supportive and stimulating environment. This year Amphorae returns to the Sunshine State and will be held in hybrid mode, online through Zoom and in-person at The University of Queensland.

Hybrid Conference

This conference will be delivered in-person and online via Zoom and Slack. Registered attendees will receive the Zoom and Slack details in due course.

Conference Registration Now Open!

Register below to attend the conference in-person or online.

Opening Event: In Conversation with Dr Katherine Lyall-Watson

Join us for the opening event of Amphorae XVI, as Dr Katherine Lyall-Watson talks to Professor Alastair Blanshard about her re-imagining of Phaedra.

Date: Tuesday 28 June 2022

Time: 6pm, with a catered reception from 7pm

Location: Room 09-211, Level 2, Michie Building (9)

Dr Katherine Lyall-Watson is an award-winning Australian playwright and the Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative. She has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Queensland, was the chair of Playlab for five years, and regularly mentors and supports emerging writers.

Katherine was commissioned to write Phaedra while Belloo Creative was company in residence at Queensland Theatre and it was programmed as the finale of Queensland Theatre’s 50th anniversary 2020 season. However, due to Australia’s COVID-19 lockdowns it was never performed.

Katherine’s new version of Phaedra is a biting political satire and a wake-up call to Queensland, written in the aftermath of the 2019 election when Scott Morrison gloated, “How good is Queensland?!” and the rest of the country created memes excising us from the map of Australia.

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(Please note the registration for In Conversation is separate from the general conference registration. Please ensure that you register for each if you plan on attending both.)

Keynote Lecture

Date: Wednesday the 29th June, 2022

Time: 4pm

Location: Room E109, Level 1, Forgan Smith (01), St Lucia

This year’s keynote lecture entitled Reforming the Roman Republic will be given by Dr Kit Morell.

Dr Kit Morrell is the Susan Blake Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. She previously held postdoctoral positions at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Melbourne. Kit’s research focuses on the political and legal history of the late Roman republic. She is currently working on an ARC DECRA project on ‘Reforming the Roman Republic’. Her previous publications include a monograph, Pompey, Cato, and the Governance of the Roman Empire (2017) and The Alternative Augustan Age (2019), co-edited with Josiah Osgood and Kathryn Welch.

Reforming the Roman Republic

Roman history of the late republican period is conventionally framed in terms of the ‘crisis’ or inevitable ‘fall of the Roman Republic’, as the tumultuous politics of its last decades gave way to civil wars, Caesar’s dictatorship, and a new system of government under Augustus as princeps. On top of this, Rome’s republican institutions are generally seen as unsuited to developing the sort of reforms that might have averted the crisis. As a result, historians have tended to neglect or underestimate the efforts of republican Romans to address the undoubted problems of their empire and indeed Rome’s capacity to reform itself.

In this paper, Kit Morrell will advocate an alternative approach by surveying some institutional reforms proposed or implemented during the late republican period. Through their efforts to improve imperial governance and combat corruption in the city, Romans are revealed as capable of diagnosing problems in structural terms, devising institutional reforms, and creating new types of institution. In the process, Kit will discuss how her interest in reform in Rome evolved from PhD thesis to book to postdoctoral research project, and suggest how a better understanding of reform in Rome might help to reform the way we approach Roman history and other accepted narratives of the past.

Conference Workshops

Starting the Conversation: Open Discussion Forum

As postgraduate students, many of us have struggled with our work due to a slew of issues that are often out of our immediate control. In this Discussion Forum, we want to hear your concerns, your ideas, and your thoughts regarding a range of topics.

Please fill out this survey with topics you wish to discuss, the session will be moderated by Katherine Prouting and Jocelin Chan.


Teaching Material Culture Workshop

Using methods and materials from the RD Milns Antiquities Museum at the University of Queensland Brianna Sands and Tyla Cascaes will run a hybrid session on teaching material culture. This session will focus on the tools you need to introduce archaeological evidence in a tutorial setting when either you or your students are unfamiliar with the content.

UQ COVID Restrictions

Amphorae XVI complies with all Queensland Government COVID guidelines and restrictions, as well as UQ’s local COVID policies. Masks and vaccinations are no longer required when attending UQ campuses, sites or facilities. However you are encouraged to wear a mask, monitor your own symptoms and stay home if you are unwell. For more information please see the Queensland Government website (https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19) and UQ COVID policies and procedures.

Attendees are expected to comply with all UQ COVID requirements. The Amphorae XVI committee will continue to monitor changes to COVID restrictions and inform attendees of any changes prior to the event.

Important Dates

30th May 5pm (AEST) - Call for Papers Closes

27th June 5pm (AEST) - Registration Ends

28th June - Conference Begins

Contact Information

For further information or queries, please email: amphoraeconference@gmail.com

Conference Committee

Rory Ardill-Walker, Josephine Carroll-Walden, Tyla Cascaes, Gordon Chadwick, Kyla Duffy, Oskar Fletcher, Paige Maunder, Mischa Piekosz, Katherine Prouting, Aidan Ready, Brianna Sands

Photo credit - Portrait head of Aphrodite, RD Milns Antiquities Museum UQ 88.016

Logo Credit - Emma Bremner