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Roehampton International Summer School

At Roehampton’s International Summer School, you can come and study modules with Tony Keen (Gods and Heroes in Classical Mythology) and Katarina Volioti (Art in London Museums).

Liz Davies, Roehampton Abroad Officer, writes:

‘The University of Roehampton International Summer School provides students with the opportunity to continue their academic development, living and learning on our beautiful parkland campus just a stone’s throw away from central London.

‘Modules have been designed to use the city of London as their classroom – giving students a unique insight into one of the world’s most exciting cities. Students will live in guaranteed on campus accommodation and receive a full arrivals and orientation programme from the dedicated study abroad team. There is also an optional social programme which includes trips in and around London.

‘You can find full programme details on our website www.roehampton.ac.uk/international/summer-school/ or you can email the Roehampton Abroad team on roehamptonabroad@roehampton.ac.uk

A busy week here at Roehampton

Classical events at Roehampton during the second half of February 2018


Celebrating the publication of Dr Kathryn Tempest’s Brutus: The Noble Conspirator and Professor Michael Cullinane’s Theodore Roosevelt’s Ghost: The History and Memory of an American Icon. The authors will discuss how leaders shape their legacies with Professor Maria Wyke (UCL) providing commentary.

Date: Tuesday 20 February

Time: 5.30-7.00 pm (doors open at 5.15 pm)

Venue: Adam Room, Grove House, University of Roehampton

More info (including how to book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leaders-and-legacies-book-launch-event-tickets-42819746013


Fragmentary evidence frequently lacks the context we need to make proper sense of it and leads us to speculate about what that whole may have comprised. Thus, while we seek to endow the surviving fragment with meaning, we also ponder the nature of what has been lost. This event will focus particularly on what it means to work with fragments, including fragments of Attic tragedy, Hellenistic oratory, the ancient novel and fragmented narratives on decorated pots. We will also consider possible intersections with ancient forgeries. Participants Include: Roberta Berardi (Oxford), Andriana Domouzi (RHUL), Claire Rachel Jackson (Cambridge), Fiona McHardy (Roehampton); Thomas Sims (Nottingham), Katerina Volioti (Roehampton).

Date: Wednesday 21 February

Time: 1.00-5.00 pm

Venue: Howard 001, Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton

To attend, contact Fiona McHardy (f.mchardy@roehampton.ac.uk) or Kathryn Tempest (k.tempest@roehampton.ac.uk)


The aim of this two day workshop is to encourage debate as to how more robust and theoretically informed sensory methodologies and approaches may be developed within studies of antiquity. Senses of Place invites discussion of how the sensing/sensate body locates itself in a specific environment, and at the same time reconfigures that environment from the stimuli it comprises. We are interested in what happens cognitively, affectively, and/or interpretively at this interface: how and why certain places provoke certain responses, and how such responses might be (or have been) recognised, modified, or generated. How and why did certain places, either real or imagined, create particular sensory responses? How do the senses produce an embodied sense of place?

Date: Thursday 22 – Friday 23 February

Venue: Adam Room, Grove House, University of Roehampton

Further details and registration info here: https://sensorystudiesinantiquity.com/2018/01/11/senses-of-place-registration-open/


Sebastiane (1976)

Date: Friday 23 February

Venue: Howard 001, Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton

Time: 2pm

Further info here: http://eportfolios.roehampton.ac.uk/uorclassics/2018/01/26/classics-and-cinema-screenings/


Dr Joanna Paul (Open University), “At Home in Pompeii: Re-inhabiting the Everyday from Alma-Tadema to Contemporary Cinema”

Date: Monday 26 February

Venue: Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton

Time: 5.30 pm (doors open at 5.15)

Further info from: ed.sanders@roehampton.ac.uk

Celebrating Susan Deacy’s promotion to Professor

Susan Deacy has just received an extremely well-deserved promotion to Professor of Classics here at Roehampton. Here is a group of us in the King’s Head, celebrating that promotion. From left to right: Dr Krisztina Robert (History), Professor Glyn Parry (History), Dr Tony Keen (Classical Civilisation), Dr Helen Slaney (Humanities Research Facilitator), Dr R. David Muir (Ministerial Theology), Professor Susan Deacy, Professor Don MacRaild (History), Dr Shusma Malik (Classical Civilisation) and Dr Ed Sanders (Classical Civilisation).

Classics and Cinema screenings

Tony Keen is screening a series of movies based on Classical antiquity. These screenings are designed to support students on the third-year module Classics and Cinema, but are open to all. All movies will have a brief introduction from Tony.

The screenings take place in Howard 001 on Fridays at 2 pm.

The schedule is as follows:

26 January: The Robe (1953)

2 February: Carry on Cleo (1964)

9 February: Julius Caesar (1970)

23 February: Sebastiane (1976)

2 March: The Last Legion (2007)

9 March: Clash of the Titans (1981)

16 March: Alexander the Great (1956)

23 March: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Hope to see some of you there!

Black Athena – 30 Years On

Monday 30th October 2017, 5.30, University of Roehampton

The Roehampton and South West London Classical Association presents:

‘Black Athena – 30 Years On’

2017 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Martin Bernal’s controversial and divisive Black Athena, a challenge to what he saw as a white Eurocentric view of the origins of Greek civilization. For Black History Month, three scholars from the University of Roehampton’s Department of Humanities will take part in a panel that reassesses the legacy of Black Athena – why it mattered then and why it matters now, and what has changed; how Classicists reacted at the time, and how the growth of reception studies has modified that; how Black Athena can help students from diverse backgrounds think about the ancient world differently and find their own identity in relation to Ancient Greece. We hope that, by exploring the text through the lens of Black History, we can foster a fresh and nuanced approach to the work, and explore how despite, or perhaps because of, its divisiveness, it may currently be more important than it ever was.

Susan Deacy is Principal Lecturer in Classical Civilisation; Tony Keen is Lecturer in Classical Civilisation; R. David Muir is Senior Lecturer in Ministerial Theology

Dr Matthew Trundle (Auckland), “The Spartan krypteia: Secret service, special ops, or initiation rite?”

Roehampton and South-West London Classical Association

On Monday 2nd October 2017 Dr Matthew Trundle (Auckland) will join us at Roehampton to present his lecture on:

“The Spartan krypteia: Secret service, special ops, or initiation rite?”

University of Roehampton

Digby Stuart College

Duchesne room 004.

All welcome.

Introducing Katerina Volioti

Dr Katerina Volioti is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Humanities where she teaches modules on Classical art. Katerina was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (BA in Archaeology & Anthropology), Oxford (MSc in Management), and Humboldt (MA in Politics). She worked in corporate business—where she was responsible for designing and rolling out induction and training programmes for high-performance teams—before returning to academia to write a PhD on the materiality of Greek vases at the University of Reading. Katerina is passionate about HE teaching and is fully committed to embedding transferrable skills into her lectures, aiming to empower students to work in a global and multicultural world. Her research combines perspectives from social theory, cognitive psychology, and product marketing with the study of Attic decorated pottery of a lesser artistic merit. She has published widely in academic journals and edited volumes. Her latest publications include a book chapter entitled ‘Volitional Consumption’ in an edited volume by Routledge (2017) and another chapter in a forthcoming book Between Words and Walls, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Introducing Fiona McHardy

Fiona McHardy is Professor of Classics and is also the Head of Classics in the Department of Humanities.  She is interested in ancient and modern Greek literature, folk poetry, anthropology and culture. She is author of Revenge in Athenian Culture (2008) and has co-edited four volumes: Women’s Influence on Classical Civilization (2004), Lost Dramas of Classical Athens (2005), From Abortion to Pederasty (2014) and Revenge and Gender from Classical to Renaissance Literature (forthcoming). She is currently writing a book with Susan Deacy on Gendered Violence in Ancient Greece, covering such topics as infanticide, rape, uxoricide and domestic violence. Fiona teaches modules on ancient Greek language, literature and culture.

Introducing Tony Keen

Tony Keen came to Roehampton in 2013 as a Visiting Lecturer, after a teaching career that stretches back to 1990. He became Lecturer in Classical Civilisation in July of 2017. He teaches modules on Classical Reception, ancient history and mythology; he is also the convenor of the MRes in Classical Research. He researches on Classical Reception in popular culture, especially science fiction and fantasy, and cinema.

Tony’s most recent publication is the chapter ‘Prometheus, Pygmalion, and Helen: Science Fiction and Mythology’ in Vanda Zajko and Helena Hoyle (eds), A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology (Oxford & Malden, MA, 2017). He is the author of Dynastic Lycia: A Political History of the Lycians and their Relations with foreign Powers, c. 545-362 B.C. (Leiden, 1998) and co-editor of The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the new Doctor Who (London, 2011), which was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award for Best Non-Fiction. He is currently organising the conference Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space II: The Age of Prometheus which will take place at Roehampton in August 2018.

For more information, check out Tony’s Roehampton webpage and his Roehampton blog.