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Echoes: A Symposium on Classic-Modern Relations

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Echoes: A Symposium on Classic-Modern Relations will be held at the University of Birmingham on April 11th 2018.

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The day of talks, generously supported by Midlands3Cities, is free and open to all. We will be collecting donations for Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid: http://bswaid.org/

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Kate Nichols | History of Art | University of Birmingham

Kate studied for her PhD in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College London (2009) and came to Birmingham from Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow on the European Research Council Funded project ‘The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-­Century Culture’. Three main concerns animate her research. First, viewer interactions with ancient and modern sculpture and painting in the new Victorian contexts of art museums, International Exhibitions, and emergent consumer and sporting cultures in Britain and Australia. Second, the depiction of race, class, gender and sexuality in British biblical and classical subject painting c.1865-1912. Finally, the relationship between art, labour and new technologies in the long nineteenth century.

Lara Pucci | History of Art | University of Nottingham

After gaining a BA in History of Art and Italian at the University of Bristol (2001), Lara moved to the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she completed an MA (2002) and PhD (2007) under the supervision of Professor Christopher Green. Her current research is primarily concerned with landscape art in fascist Italy. Building on her postdoctoral work on the regionalist fascism of the Strapaese movement, this project explores the ways in which artistic representations of Italy’s landscapes shaped and were shaped by the regime’s conceptions of the rural environment.

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Robin Diver | Classics | University of Birmingham

Robin is an AHRC Midlands 3 Cities funded PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, studying sexual violence in children’s anthologies of Greek myth from 1800 to the present. Her work uses the growing field of classical reception studies to examine shifting constructions of sexuality, gender relations and consent. She is also a PGR student rep for SHAC, and is on the committee for the Rosetta Journal and the University of Birmingham Modern and Contemporary Forum.

Elizabeth O’Connor | English Literature | University of Birmingham

Elizabeth is a third year PhD student in the English Literature department at the University of Birmingham. Her research investigates the presence and significance of the sea coast in the work of American modernist H.D., positing for the assertion of littoral landscapes as a primary motif and interest in her work. Elizabeth’s research interests are in modern poetry, modernism, ecocriticism, ecotones, and nature-writing.

Chiara Marabelli | Museum Studies | University of Leicester

Chiara is a first-year Midlands3Cities doctoral student from the School of Museum Studies of the University of Leicester. With a background in Classical art, and a specific interest in sculpture, her research focuses on cast collections of Greek and Roman subject, generally regarded as second-class materials following their status of copies of ancient masterpieces. It explores the concept of authenticity in art and museums, and aims at fostering emotions and sensory engagement between people and objects in the museum context.

Roberta Minnucci | History of Art | University of Nottingham

Roberta is a PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Nottingham. Her AHRC-funded PhD examines the use of cultural citation and appropriation in the late 1960s Italian avant-garde movement Arte Povera. As part of her doctoral research, she has recently collaborated with the Estorick Collection in London as exhibition assistant for the show Poor Art½Arte Povera. Italian Influences, British Responses, which investigates the influence of Arte Povera on contemporary British art. She has previously worked as a researcher and curator at institutions including Christie’s, Southampton City Art Gallery and the Pino Pascali Foundation.

Abbey Rees-Hales | History of Art | University of Birmingham

Abbey is in the first year of her Midlands3Cities funded PhD in History of Art at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores the international network of modernist women artists, including Renée Sintenis, May den Engelsen, Lettice Sandford, Toyen and Clara Tice, who during the interwar period transgressed notions of bourgeois female propriety as illustrators of (homo)erotic texts from Sappho and Lucian to the Marquis de Sade and Charles Baudelaire.

Clare Matthews | History of Art | University of Birmingham

Clare is a first year PhD student in the Department of Art History at the University of Birmingham, funded by Midlands3Cities. Her research addresses the reception of classical culture in nineteenth-century industrial cities of Britain, focusing on Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. Analysing architecture, public collecting practices and artistic production, Clare’s research explores the role of classical antiquity in the formation of civic identities, how the ancient was viewed and experienced, and how it was engaged with as public cultural property.

Harriet Lander | Classics | University of Nottingham

Harriet has been working on Sappho since undergraduate and is writing her PhD on eighteenth century translations of her work into English. In addition to her research on translations of the tenth muse, Harriet is interested in sex history, book history and visual representations of Sappho. Reception studies and interdisciplinary research are at the core of her work and the transmission of texts, images and ideas is something that binds together everything she does.

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