Monday, January 14, 2013

8th Annual Paul Rehak Symposium on Ancient Art & Gender

The Department of Classics, the University of Kansas, is proud to sponsor
The Eighth Annual Paul Rehak Memorial Symposium on Ancient Art & Gender

2 April 2013, 2-5 pm
Hall Center Conference Room
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS


Jeannine Diddle Uzzi -- University of Southern Maine
“What Rome Wants: Politics and Pederasty in Roman Imperial Art”

Amy Richlin -- University of California at Los Angeles
“Roman Pet Boys in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Theodor Birt and the Pueri Minuti.

Eve D’Ambra -- Vassar College
“The Beauty of Roman Girls: Portraits and Dolls”


2006: Beth Cohen, Susan Matheson, Jenifer Neils
2007: Sheramy Bundrick, Richard, Neer, Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell
2008: Mary Sturgeon, Mary Ann Eaverly, Janet Grossman
2009: Anne Chapin, Kim Shelton, Nancy R. Thomas
2010: Peter Holliday, David Petrain, Elizabeth Marlowe
2011: Tyler Jo Smith, Maura Heyn, Susan Rotroff
2012: Nancy De Grummond, Jean Turfa, Hilary Becker

For more information:
John Younger

Saturday, January 12, 2013

LCC prize winners 2013

Graduate Student Award: Jen Oliver (Toronto), “Oscula iungit, nec moderata satis nec sic a virgine danda: the Callisto episode in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the typology of female homoeroticism,” Romosexuality: The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identities (Durham University), April 2012

Paul Rehak Award: Orrells, Daniel (2012) “Greek Love, Orientalism and Race: Intersections in Classical Reception,” Cambridge Classical Journal 58: 1-37.


CFP, APA 2014

Stifling Sexuality?
Organizers: Bruce W Frier, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Mark Masterson, Victoria University, Wellington
Sponsored by the Lambda Classical Caucus

Although, at least before the later Empire, sexual behavior between individuals of the same biological sex is widely tolerated in Greek and Roman law, expressions of personal or social disapproval are by no means unusual. Setting to one side the often uncertain status of pederasty, we note that many authors react to same-sex sexual conduct with distaste or even disgust, and subliterate attitudes, emerging in papyri or Pompeian graffiti, exhibit similar levels of hostility. A representative example, perhaps, of unofficial attitudes is Clement of Alexandria, who writes in his Paedagogus at 3.3.23: “I admire the ancient legislators of the Romans: they detested effeminate conduct and, according to their law of justice, they deemed it worthy of the pit to engage in carnal intercourse as the female, against the law of nature.” Clement states that these laws were no longer enforced in Alexandria ca. 200 CE.

How should we evaluate expressions of disdain like Clement’s? How effective are they likely to have been, either in conjunction with legal restrictions or independent of them? It is clear, for instance, that social controls are often adopted or relied upon when law is deemed ineffective for one reason or another. An example is ancient attitudes towards rights of authorship, which were fairly vigilant even though copyright itself did not yet exist; outright plagiarism was not remotely so common as one might have anticipated, see Katharina Schickert, Der Schutz literarischer Urheberschaft im Rom der klassischen Antike (2005).

Should we posit something similar for same-sex behavior? How did social views interact with legal restrictions? Were social controls successful in deterring at least public displays of same-sex conduct? Did social controls modulate displays in certain respects, or lead to the expression of same-sex desire in oblique ways?

Papers are invited on the widest possible basis consistent with this general theme. They may examine norms (alone or in conjunction with law), or look more closely at particular authors or particular forms of sexual conduct, including not just sexual intercourse but also behavior or dress identified with sexual minorities. We also welcome papers that consider connections between these norms and expectations of gender performance conforming to roles for women or men. The general aim of the panel will be to focus closely on this topic of informal modes of control and resultant expression, and so to encourage the development of scholarship concerning them.

Submissions should be anonymous, and otherwise adhere to APA guidelines for the formatting of abstracts. Please do not send abstracts to panel organizers; e-mail them as word documents by  Feb. 08, 2013 to Ruby Blondell ( Questions may be addressed to the panel organizers: or


The John J. Winkler Memorial Trust invites all undergraduate and graduate students in North America (plus those currently unenrolled who have not as yet received a doctorate and who have never held a regular academic appointment) to enter the nineteenth competition for the John J. Winkler memorial prize. This year the Prize will be a cash award of $1500, which may be split if more than one winner is chosen.

The Prize is intended to honor the memory of John J. ("Jack") Winkler, a classical scholar, teacher, and political activist for radical causes both within and outside the academy, who died of AIDS in 1990 at the age of 46. Jack believed that the profession as a whole discourages young scholars from exploring neglected or disreputable topics, and from applying unconventional or innovative methods to their scholarship. He wished to be remembered by means of an annual Prize that would encourage
such efforts. In accordance with his wishes, the John J. Winkler Memorial trust awards a cash prize each year to the author of the best undergraduate or graduate essay in any risky or marginal field of
classical studies. Topics include (but are not limited to) those that Jack himself explored: the ancient novel, the sex/gender systems of antiquity, the social meanings of Greek drama, and ancient Mediterranean culture and society. Approaches include (but are not limited to) those that Jack's own work exemplified: feminism, anthropology, narratology, semiotics, cultural studies, ethnic studies, and lesbian/gay studies.

*The 2013 Winkler Prize Competition*

The winner of the 2013 Prize will be selected from among the contestants by a jury of four, as yet to be determined.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013. Essays should not exceed the length of 30 pages, including notes but excluding bibliography and illustrations or figures. Text should be double-spaced; notes may be single-spaced. Electronic submission is *required*. Essays should be submitted in MS Word or .pdf format. Please include an email with your essay in which you provide the following information: your college/university, your department or program of study, whether you are a graduate or undergraduate, your email and regular mail addresses, a phone number where you can be reached in May of 2013, and the title of your work. Please note: Essays containing quotations in original Greek must be sent in PDF format, due to difficulties reading different Greek fonts and keyboarding programs.

The Prize is intended to encourage new work rather than to recognize scholarship that has already proven itself in more traditional venues. Essays submitted for the prize should not, therefore, be previously published or accepted for publication. Exceptions to this rule may be made in the case of the publication of conference proceedings, at the discretion of the prize administrator.The Trust reserves the right not to confer the Prize in any year in which the essays submitted to the competition are judged insufficiently prizeworthy.

Contestants may send their essays and address any inquiries to: Kirk Ormand, Dept. of Classics, Oberlin College;

The John J. Winkler memorial Trust was established as an independent, charitable foundation on June 1, 1990. Its purpose is to honor Jack Winkler's memory and to promote both his scholarly and his political ideals. Inquiries about the Prize, tax-deductible gifts to the Trust, and general correspondence may be addressed to: Kirk Ormand, John. J. Winkler Memorial Trust, Dept. of Classics, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074.

Outstanding panels and papers from the APA Surveys

Congratulations to Sarah Levin-Richardson and Lauri Reitzammer for their LCC panel on Transgressive Spaces, which was voted one of the BEST SESSIONS OVERALL for Saturday at the APA, to Sarah for being voted BEST SESSION CHAIR, to Kate Gilhuly and Elizabeth Young, whose papers were voted  BEST INDIVIDUAL PAPERS IN MORNING SESSIONS, and to Lauren Curtis and David Fredrick, whose papers received an HONORABLE MENTION!