Roundtable on Classics and 'the Other'

Wednesday 23 February 2022 (16:00-17:30)

Dr Kate Smith (

Ethiopian's head and female head, with a kalos inscription. Attic janiform red-figure aryballos, ca. 520–510 BC. From Greece.

Samuel Agbamu (Classics, Royal Holloway London), Susan Deacy (Classics, Roehampton), Deborah Kamen (Classics, University of Washington), Nandini Pandey (John Hopkins) will be joining us to discuss how the relationship between Classics and social and political identities and national cultures has recently been much debated.

This roundtable brings together experts to explore those discussions and their impacts. ‘The Other’ in this case is understood broadly to encompass subordination of individuals and groups based on factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, and legal status, and the discussion will ask questions related to the ‘representation’ of such concepts in ancient sources, as well as questions related to how the discipline nowadays attempts to address such issues. 

This event has been organised by the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC), in collaboration with Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology(CAHA) and the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (CBOMGS).

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