Legacies of War

Classics and Classicists in the First World War

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The Classics and Classicists in the First World War conference at Leeds (April 8th-10th 2014) will consider the war-contributions and experiences of Classicists across Europe and beyond. Building on this conference, a Classics panel on ‘Classicists and the Peace Movement’ will be part of a Legacies conference in 2015-16 on War and Resistance (led by Leeds German), including research on the scholarship and political activism of Professor Gilbert Murray and on stagings of Greek tragedies in regional theatres in France, Germany, Britain and the USA during the war and its aftermath.

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Conference Programme

Tuesday April 8th
1.00-2.00pm: Registration (Parkinson Court, Parkinson Building)
1.00 pm onwards: Conference exhibition open (The Brotherton Room, Special Collections, The Brotherton Library)
2.00-2.10pm: Welcome
2.10-3.10pm: Keynote: Christopher Stray (Swansea/London) ‘Classical Scholars at War: Europe and America, 1800-1930’.
3.10-4.10pm: Neville Morley (Bristol) ‘Thucydides and the Legitimization of War’.
4.10-4.30pm: Tea
4.30pm-5.30pm: Lynn Kozak and Miranda Hickman (McGill University in Montréal) ‘Poppies and Wild-Hyacinth: H.D.’s “Hellenic” Responses to the First World War’.
5.30pm-6.30pm: Keynote: David Scourfield (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) ‘Classical In/stabilities: Virginia Woolf, Ford Madox Ford, and the Great War’.
Evening: Conference Dinner

Wednesday April 9th
9.00am-10.00am: Alison Rosenblitt (Oxford) ‘“cast like Euridyce one brief look behind”: the classical underworld in E.E. Cummings and the idea of moving on’.
10.00am-10.30am: Coffee
10.30-11.30am: Ingrid Sharp (Leeds) ‘Pacifism in Werfel’s Trojan Women, Berlin 1916’.
11.30am-12.30pm: Maarten De Pourcq (Nijmegen) ‘Tragedy in the Trenches: Classics and Cultural Politics in Flemish Theatre during WWI and its Aftermath’.
12.30pm-1.45pm: Lunch
2.00-3.00pm: Marian Makins (Pennsylvania) ‘Classical Landscapes and Storied Locations in the Battlefields of WWI’.
3.00-4.00pm: Lorna Hardwick (Open University) ‘“Legacies and refractions” (David Reynolds, The Long Shadow, 2013): how ancient texts and their receptions both contribute to and challenge modern constructs of WW1’.
4.00pm-4.30pm: Tea
4.30pm-5.30pm: Keynote: Angela Hobbs (Sheffield) ‘Who Lied? Classical Heroism and WW1’.
5.30pm onwards: Performance Events inspired by Euripides’ Trojan Women, produced by Eleanor OKell (Leeds) and directed by George Rodosthenous (Leeds) (Parkinson Court, Parkinson Building)

Thursday April 10th
10.00am-11.00am: Moa Ekbom (Uppsala) ‘Hic primum Fortuna fidem mutate novavit: the Sortes Vergilianae in World War I’.
Respondents to Postgraduate papers: Lorna Hardwick (Open University) & Christopher Stray (Swansea/London)
11.00am-12.00pm: Jasmine Hunter-Evans (Exeter) ‘Re-imagining Rome at the Fall of Western Civilization: David Jones and the Analogy of Decline’.
12.00pm-1.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm-3.30pm: Postgraduate Papers and Panel Discussion: Classical Scholarship in WWI.

Conference organized by Elizabeth Pender (Leeds) and Edmund Richardson (Durham).

Venue: The Brotherton Room, Special Collections, The Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

Northern Association for Ancient Philosophy

The Northern Association for Ancient Philosophy annual meeting at Leeds (April 7th-8th 2014) will include an associated panel on the theme of ‘The Justice, Ethics and Conventions of War in Ancient Thought’. 

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  1. Classics and Classicists in the First World War
  2. Northern Association for Ancient Philosophy - Annual meeting 2014
  3. Classics and the Legacies of War project