Cruelty and Compassion: Postgraduate Conference

We are pleased to announce the 8th Annual Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Classics at Leeds.

Date: 19-06-2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00

We encounter references to both cruelty and compassion on a daily basis: in current affairs, literature, film, art, historical accounts and even in our day-to-day lives. How we address evidence of cruelty and compassion is dependent upon the individual and on the accepted norms within society. Our views on cruelty and compassion centre on how we define both concepts, the context in which they appear and the cultural, psychological or social impact they may have. This year, we have taken the opportunity to invite delegates, if applicable for their area of research, to offer performance pieces instead of ‘traditional’ papers.

The conference aims at an Interdisciplinary approach, allowing for conversation across departmental and institutional lines. As such, we request that speakers ensure their papers are accessible to a non-specialist audience, and, if applicable, provide any foreign language texts with a corresponding English translation.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Marta Cobb
, University of Leeds: ‘A Special Connection to the Afterlife?: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory in the Visions of Medieval Female Mystics’.
Dr Bev Back, University of Leeds: Feminist Pedagogy (title TBC).

For more information and details on how to register, please see the Conference webpage.

You can also visit our conference blog, @LeedsClassics and/or Classics at Leeds on Facebook, and search for the conference hashtag: #LeedsCC17.

Please direct any enquiries to We look forward to hearing from you, and to welcoming you to Leeds!

Location: Devonshire Hall, Cumberland Road, Leeds, LS6 2EQ
Cost: Free to attend