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Ninth Annual Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Research Conference

February 22, 2020
Strong Hall, 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 Casey Dué, University of Houston, “Achilles Unbound: Finding Lost Iliads”

Casey Dué is Professor and Director of Classical Studies at the University of Houston, as well as Executive Editor at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. She is the author most recently of Achilles Unbound: Multiformity and Tradition in the Homeric Epics (Washington, DC, 2019). Other publications include Homeric Variations on a Lament by Briseis (Lanham, MD, 2002), The Captive Woman’s Lament in Greek Tragedy (Austin, TX, 2006), and (with Mary Ebbott) Iliad 10 and the Poetics of Ambush: A Multitext Edition with Essays and Commentary (Washington, DC, 2010). She is the co-editor (together with Mary Ebbott) of the Homer Multitext.

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 throughout the day on Saturday, February 22, 2020 in Strong Hall on the University of Tennessee campus and are open to the public. Audio-visual equipment will be available for presenters. Individual presentations will be fifteen minutes with five additional minutes for Q&A afterwards.

The conference will provide hotel accommodations for the nights of February 21 and February 22 for all non-UTK presenters. Accommodations and meals are only provided for accepted presenters.

There is a $40 registration fee for all presenters, which covers the cost of dinner on Friday, lunch on the day of the conference, and part of your accommodation.

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