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Tenth Annual Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Research Conference

February 13, 2021
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This conference pertains to a wide variety of topics concerning the classical world, with paper sessions being divided by theme based on the papers accepted. Abstracts will be considered from any discipline within classical studies (archaeology, history, philology, art history, etc.) or a related field, including interdisciplinary studies or topics in Egyptology, the ancient Near East, and the like. Examples range from an analysis of the rhetoric of a Demosthenic speech to a report of the findings of a current excavation to a commentary on the hybridization of style in Pompeian wall painting (this is not an exhaustive list).

Keynote by Suzanne Lye, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Topic TBA

Suzanne Lye is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She received her A.B. from Harvard University, where she studied organic chemistry and the history of antibiotics. After receiving her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California, Los Angeles, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth College. Her first book project focuses on conceptions of the afterlife in ancient Greek Underworld narratives from Homer to Lucian. Her next project will focus on women’s anger in ancient literature and magic. She has published on ancient epic, ancient magic and religion, ancient representations of gender and ethnicity, ancient and modern pedagogy, and Classical reception. Additionally, she has contributed to several digital humanities initiatives through Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies, including the Homer Multitext Project.

Abstract Details

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words double-spaced in 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Please do not include the name of the presenter or university on the abstract. Instead, include a title on the abstract and make sure it matches the title on the information sheet. You must have a preliminary bibliography of at least three sources listed after your abstract. Paper presentations will be 15 minutes.

Conference Information

The conference is organized by the students and faculty of the University of Tennessee's Department of Classics and is sponsored by the Enrichment Fund of the Department of Classics, Ms. Bettye Beaumont, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Office of Research and Engagement, Honors & Scholars Programs, the University of Tennessee Humanities Center, and the Departments of English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies.

Paper sessions will be held virtually throughout the day on Saturday, February 13, 2021 and are open to the public. Individual presentations will be fifteen minutes with five additional minutes for Q&A afterwards. 

There is a $10 registration fee for all presenters.

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Registration is now open for the 10th Annual University of Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Conference to be held virtually on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The program will take place online this year in the University of Tennessee’s OnAIR Platform. Click here to view the conference agenda.

Please use the “Register Now” link below to register yourself and forward to any colleagues you think would be interested in attending. Each individual attendee must complete the registration form, as everyone will receive a unique login to access the virtual platform after registering.

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If you have any questions or concerns about the event please contact us by email at

We look forward to seeing you virtually on February 13! 

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