CFP: Challenging the Patriarchy: Reframing Graeco-Roman Women and their Reception

International conference

The University of Newcastle, Australia

30 June – 1 July 2023

This two-day conference seeks to examine the role of women within the restrictive cultural expectations and societal norms of ancient Greece and Rome, but also addresses how their receptions renegotiated questions of gender across time, down to the present moment. We welcome papers that interrogate gender stereotypes in antiquity including analyses of how women found a place for themselves within the restrictive norms under which they had to operate. This includes the various degrees to which ancient women either circumvented and/or worked within existing patriarchal structures. This conference adopts a broad interpretation of the term ‘classical reception’, denoting both the ways in which ancient women were received within their own time, as well as the reframing of ancient women in later periods. Papers can examine portrayals of ancient women who challenged the patriarchy, portrayals of women in later eras who conformed to the gender stereotypes that have their roots in antiquity, and/or receptions that sought to radically subvert such male-orientated views of women and their position in society.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Historical women, female characters from ancient Greek and Roman literature (epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, etc.), or the lived experiences of classical women more generally.

The reception of women within antiquity e.g., ancient authors and artists’ engagement with earlier source material.

The reception of ancient women in later centuries, from the medieval era to the present.

Interrogating gender roles within antiquity and/or their receptions’ reframing of these roles.

In-depth analyses of women in our ancient source texts and/or visual culture.

The reception of ancient women in scholarship, museums, exhibitions, etc.

The reception of ancient women in popular culture (film, television, Internet, novels, games, etc.).

Abstracts should be 300 words in length and include your full name and institutional affiliation.

We hope that most of our speakers can attend in person, but for accessibility reasons we will accommodate online presentations, with the proviso that speakers make themselves available to participate in the Q&A that will follow their panel.

Contact: For more information and to submit an abstract, please email both co-organisers.

Anatasia Bakogianni

Connie Skibinski