NOTE: THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS. TO REGISTER TO ATTEND, GO TO THE “CONFERENCE” TAB.
Building Bodies: Investigating Bodies in the Ancient Mediterranean
Held via Zoom, March 24-25, 2023
Following a successful first conference, Bryn Mawr College’s SPEAC (Students Promoting Equity in Archaeology and Classics) is happy to announce our second biennial research conference, to be held virtually. As a group, we are dedicated to amplifying the voices of academically marginalized and underrepresented communities (including, but not limited to, BIPOC, FGLI, disabled, and LGBTQ+ scholars) in the fields of Classical Studies, Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (broadly conceived). For this conference, we are seeking research from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as unaffiliated and unfunded early-career scholars, that centers around the body and its role in both the ancient world and the modern disciplines that study it.
The United States Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade is a reminder that bodies are and have always been a site of public definition, investigation, violation, and marginalization. The current climate in American politics about the regulation of bodies makes a discussion of how the body functions and is regulated vitally important. The ways we talk about bodies in academia and other public spaces inherently affect and reveal the ways we treat bodies in general. This conference will endeavor to rethink our understanding of the body and its role in antiquity and its reception. In keeping with our mission statement, we invite papers that approach the topic intersectionally, with emphasis on the intersection between the body and race, ethnicity, class, disability, and gender.
Possible topics include:
- Construction of bodies
- Racialization of bodies
- Categorization of bodies (race, gender, sex, disability)
- Regulation of bodies (legally, ritually)
- Transforming bodies
- Movement of bodies (immigration, migration, enslavement, conquest, colonization, incarceration)
- Exhibition and viewing of bodies
- Bodies of work and canons
- Which bodies study, and which are studied?
Abstract of 200-250 words are due through this Google form by Jan. 1, 2023. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any submission questions.
Click the above thumbnails to see the full-size pieces and their captions!
SPEAC Artist Spotlight:
Shreya Ragavan (they/them)
Bryn Mawr ’22
Psychology major, Classical culture and society minor
What initially drew you to the study of the ancient world?
Sophomore year, while looking to fulfill my “Inquiry into the Past” requirement, I stumbled upon the Golden Age of Athens course at Haverford. I’d never taken a classics course before, but I loved the Percy Jackson series when I was younger, so I figured I’d give the course a try.
Classics quickly became a source of light in my life. I eagerly looked forward to Athens class each week.
In the spring, I decided to enroll in Elementary Greek in order to fulfill my language requirement. The rest is history.
What aspects of the ancient world do you find inspiring for your work?
I’m especially interested in emotions and affect, gender identity and expression, mental health and mental illness, death and the afterlife, etc. in Ancient Greek mythology and literature.
I also have an interest in classical reception, and in refashionings/ adaptations of Ancient Greek texts. Mythical figures often help me to feel understood at the same time as I seek to understand them. I am inspired by the ways in which mythical lives interact and intersect with our own.
What are your future goals for study and art?
I’m hoping to eventually pursue further education in the field of classics, perhaps after a gap year or two. I’ve been looking into classics post-bacc programs for now.
The arts are undoubtedly a crucial part of my life. No matter where life takes me, I’ll always be a creator at heart. I am very excited to continue generating artistic work inspired by my passion for Ancient Greek mythology and literature in the future.
My dream career would likely be one that allows me to combine my passion for classics with my love of the arts (visual art, creative writing, and theatre). Who knows- maybe in 5 years you’ll find me auditioning for the role of Orpheus in Hadestown! (If I ever learn how to dance, that is.)
If you are interested in featuring your artwork on the SPEAC blog, email us at email@example.com !
SPEAC is excited to invite guest posts for our blog! Until now, posts have been written by SPEAC members, but we want to open it up to the community! We are seeking posts from students across the Bi-Co from all departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These posts should have a read-time of about 2-10 minutes and be understandable for a general audience. Topics can be classics and archeology related generally, but we’re especially interested in topics relating to equity and social justice in some way.
Here are some examples of topics and formats that would be good:
- A quick introduction to a topic you’re interested in
- A reaction to an article
- A review of a myth-based movie or novel
- An interview with a scholar and/or activist (including your favorite prof!)
- A write-up about a BIPOC scholar in our fields
- Study tips for FGLI students
- A list of resources tailored to BIPOC students studying the ancient world
- An opinion piece about some aspect of our fields and social justice
- A creative piece: visual art, poetry, whatever you can think of!
This is a non-exhaustive list, so if you have an idea that isn’t covered here just send it our way and we’ll see what we can do! All submissions will be peer-reviewed by one or more SPEAC members, who will then publish it on the blog under that author’s name. We want this to be an opportunity for you to practice writing for the public and soft peer review– and did we mention this can add to your online presences and CV? This is a rolling deadline, meaning that submissions are always open!
Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “SPEAC Blog Submission.” Feel free to ask us any questions at that address or reach out to any SPEAC member you know!