The MCA’s Conference of Contemporary Classics Research series is dedicated to showcasing ongoing or recently completed research in any field of Classics study, with a particular emphasis on the work of postgraduate students and early career scholars from around the world. The April 2021 Conference is being held online on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th April according to the below programme. All times given are CET.

Some of the Presentations are available in video format below. You can view the recorded versions of these presentation by clicking on the titles of the presentation. A large number of the papers presented at this Conference will also be published in Melita Classica Vol. 7 later on in 2021.

Thursday 8th

8:30 – Registration

9:00 – Learning from Silence. Disabled Children in Antiquity

Link to Presentation Recording

Prof. Christian Laes, University of Manchester

9:40 – Panel 1: Speaking Out – Challenging the Centre

“From Old Men to the Furies” The Development of the Chorus in Aeschylus’ Oresteia.

Muditha Dharmasiri, University of Peradeniya

Sappho in the Greek Comedy. Mocked or Mocking?

Emanuele Vuono, Graduate of the University of Naples ‘Federico II’

10:45 – Panel 2: Defying Borders – Reading Beyond Time and Space

A Masculine Ending: Decapitation and the Story of Chiomara in Plutarch’s Moralia and Christine de Pizan’s Le Livre de la Cité des Dames

Roberta Marangi, University of St Andrews

The Use of Classical Model(s) in Graffiti and Street Art

Anna Socha, University of Liverpool

Onscreen Latin – The Latin language in Film and Television

Maria Giuliana Fenech, University of Malta

12:40 – Panel 3: Body and Soul – Philosophical Approaches to the Nature of Existence

Blood and Delirium in the Hippocratic Treatise Diseases I

Mary Elizabeth Harpas, University of Adelaide

The Theory of Being in Plato’s Sophist

Andrew Hull, Northwestern University

13:45 – Panel 4: No Laughing Matter – the Complexities of Roman Satire and Comedy

“Non-Sleeping Satirists: Watchful Eye(s) and Insomnia [nequeo dormire (Horace, Satires II.1.7); quem patitur dormire (Juvenal, Satires 1.77)]”

Sofia Foskolou, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’

Horace and Satiric Sermo

Oscar Goldman, University of Cambridge

Exaggeration, Pathos, Redundancy – The Style of Young Men in Roman Comedy

Felix Seibert, University of Tuebingen

15:15 – Panel 5: Adapting New Structures to New Realities

Innovations in Justice according to Saint Isaac the Syrian

Stavros Anastasiou, Queen’s College

The Christians and their Social Status in Gothia in the 4th Century

Miron Jurik, Masaryk University Brno

16:20 – Panel 6: Exploring Gender in Greek Literature

Polyxena and the Manly Maiden. Sacrifice as Free Will in Euripides’ Hecuba

Cristiana Lucidi, University of Roehampton

Gender Stereotypes in Hellenistic Poetry under the Microscope

Laura Kopp-Zimmermann, University of Mainz

17:25 – Panel 7: Divining the Muse – Studies in Homeric Text

Fire Imagery and Homeric Intertexuality in Odyssey 18 and 19

Eleonora Giunchi, University of Santiago de Compostela

When disguised mortal, do as the mortals do: the narrative strategies of Athena’s dietary entertainment at Itacha and Pylos

Yiming Zhong, University College London

The Reflection of the Arete of the Archaic Women in Homeric Poetry and its Consequences to the Distribution of the Roles in the Polis in the Political Models of Plato and Aristotle

Maria Augusta de Silva, University of Sao Paolo

Friday 9th

9:00 – Panel 8: Beyond the Obvious – Imagery and Meaning behind the Apparent

The Unexpected Evolution of the Fearful Lion’s Image

Veronica Piccirillo, University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’

Sirens, Lions, Wrestlers and Ring Composition in Lycophron’s Alexandria

William T. Farris, University of Texas at Austin

10:40 – Panel 9: Might makes Right? Power and the Person

Friends in High (and Low) Places? The Allobroges and the Politics of Patronage and Provincial Society in the Late Roman Republic

Ralph Moore, Trinity College, Dublin

The Iliad and Rome: how glory in battle was thematic to both

Adam Aderman, Manchester Metropolitan University

Individuals as Agents of Political Change in Xenophon and Plutarch

Philip Hoehrep, University of Marburg

12:30 – Panel 10: On Either Side of the Silk Road

Harmony of the Spheres in Ancient Text: a Comparison between Ancient Greece and Early China

Patrick Huang, Western University

Post-Reflection: Surveillance, Individual and Collective Images on the Mirrors from Qin-Han and the Roman Empire

Goran Đurđević, Capital Normal University, Beijing

13:55 – Panel 11: Status at Law – Reflections on the Court and the Individual

Seduction or Rape? Power Dynamics between Citizen and Slave Sex

Zanthia Dwight, University of Edinburgh

Children’s Mischief, Delict and Crime in the Roman Empire

Tereza Antosovka, Masaryk University Brno

14:45 – Closing Remarks