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Queen Symposium for Fall 2021 Announced

NYU Gallatin to host the interdisciplinary, virtual symposium

Jan 29, 2021

Carving of a head set in garnet mount

Carving of a head set in garnet mount, 3rd century BCE, Walters 42.190

QUEEN: REIMAGINING POWER FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT, an interdisciplinary, virtual symposium, will take place in the fall 2021 semester at NYU Gallatin. This virtual symposium integrates scholarly and creative knowledge production from different perspectives that broaden the stakes and widen the impact of historical work. The symposium aims to model collaborative, critical, and public approaches to history and art by including the expertise of students, artists, performers, and educators beyond the university alongside the work of scholars and curators.

We invite papers, performance proposals, and artistic projects from multiple disciplines and practitioners, and encourage submissions that address topics related to beauty, representation agency, reception, and more (see the below list of possible topics). Please submit a 250-500 word abstract and a cv to and by March 30, 2021. View full, downloadable pdf version of the Call for Papers.

Royal and elite women in the ancient world established and maintained a powerful public presence through visual and material culture. While the principal ancient narratives tend to cast women as passive and immobile, the material record presents numerous alternative pictures that problematize this relationship of gender, agency, and mobility.

Confirmed keynote talks include La Vaughn Belle (visual artist), Amy Gansell (Associate Professor of Art History, St. John’s University), Shelley Haley (Edward North Professor Classics, Hamilton College; President, Society for Classical Studies) and Jackie Murray (Associate Professor of Classics, Univ. of Kentucky).

Possible Topics: Movement & Mobility; Power & Agency; Beauty, Bodies, & Representation; Reception; Pedagogical, Art-Historical, and Curatorial Methods. Questions? Email Patricia Eunji Kim