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By far the most frustrating aspect of our recent two-day conference Thucydides our Comtemporary? (I’ll come back to that question mark at some point…) was the fact that I was chairing every session. Often, of course, such duties entail desperately thinking up more-or-less intelligible questions and comments on topics one knows little about in the hope that the speaker won’t actually notice that no one has anything much to say and would far rather call it a day and head down to the pub. Not this time; I spent my whole time arbitrating on split-second finishes between three different people raising their hands at once, juggling the wish to keep the thread of debate going with the need to avoid neglecting people who had other things to say, and trying to keep vaguely to the scheduled programme. Despite the fact that every speaker stuck pretty well to time, and we’d scheduled lots of space for discussion, I had to cut things short time and again. Bringing people back at the end of refreshment breaks was even worse, as clearly these were taken as opportunities to engage in more depth, free from the interfering headmaster type threatening to withhold everyone’s dinner if they didn’t stop talking. And the problem was that actually I could happily have taken up the whole discussion time with my own questions and comments, if I hadn’t had to be all selfless and disciplined. Still, at least I have this blog to play with, and over the next few weeks (probably) I aim to give a sketch of the different papers, for everyone who couldn’t or didn’t make it to the conference, and to give me a chance to develop my own thoughts. Obviously the authors of the different papers bear no responsibility for what I’ve made of them… (more…)

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Penelope (th)Reads is a one day sewing, discussion and craft activivist outreach event, organised by Alex Wardrop (Bristol PhD student), which will take place in Easton Community Centre on Friday 13th July. The group will be starting by reading a selection of extracts from Homer, Plato and Ovid, and sewing their responses to them in an informal, friendly environment (there are only 15 places on the workshop) – but with the guidance of Rosa Martyn  from the Royal College of Needlework. No sewing skills required, no prior knowledge of the ancient texts, just enthusiasm, an open mind and some old stories!

Westside Gallery in Old Market, Bristol, will be hosting an exhibition of the work created, from 18th  – 23rd July. We’re very excited about the
possibilities, conversations, new readings and ideas that we hope will come out of this day and we have had considerable interest in participating
already from a members of the local community.

We’re hosting an opening night fundraiser at Westside Gallery on Wednesday 18th July, from 7pm in aid of Daughters of Eve, which
works with women and girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation, and Bristol Rape Crisis.

For more information about the workshop and the exhibition, contact Alex Wardrop on alexwardrop@gmail.com.

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June 28th – 29th 2012, University of Bristol

Thucydides has been a highly influential figure in the modern world, in academic debate and western culture.  This international conference will explore the way his work has shaped ideas on understanding the world, and his continuing role as an authority on history, politics and war.

Keynote Speakers: Clifford Orwin (Toronto); Arlene Saxonhouse (Michigan)

Public Lecture: Hunter R. Rawlings III, President of the Association of American Universities: “A Possession for All Time: why Thucydides matters so much”

Key Themes: Translation and Education; History and Historiography; International Relations; Politics and Political Theory

Speakers: Greg Crane, Jon Hesk, Edward Keene, Christine Lee, Aleka Lianeri, Gerry Mara, Jeremy Mynott, Claudia Rammelt, Liz Sawyer, Oliver Schelske, James Sullivan, Thom Workman.

Numbers on the conference are strictly limited: please contact Neville Morley (n.d.g.morley@bris.ac.uk) as soon as possible to reserve a place.  There will be a conference fee of £25 (£10 for graduate students) to cover lunch and refreshments.  The public lecture is free to attend, but we do ask that you let us know if you are intending to come.

Further information will be available at: http://www.bris.ac.uk/classics/thucydides/events/

Supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Bristol Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition

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