Graduate Student Conference

Love and Friendship in Greek and Roman Antiquity

Sponsored by the BU Department of Classical Studies and the BU Center for the Humanities.

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The seventh annual Graduate Student Conference of Classical Studies at Boston University is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), on the second floor in room 200 (please note the change of location, just down the hall from the original location of CAS 211).  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

We are very excited to have Professor David Konstan of New York University deliver the keynote: “Of Love and Loyalty”

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Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15am: Opening Remarks

9:15-10:15am: Panel One: “Friendship and Desire in Society and Material Culture”

– Noreen Sit, Yale University, “Friendship and the sportula
- Katherine Deutsch, Harvard University, “The Workings of Desire: Eros and Ancient Sculpture”

10:15-10:30am: Break

10:30-11:30am:  Panel Two: “Erotics and Elegy in Roman Epic”

Yujhán Claros, Columbia University, “Reading Familial Erotics in the Aeneid
- Patrick J. Burns, Fordham University, “From Amicitia to Amor: Lucan’s Elegiac Turn”

11:30-11:45am: Break

11:45am-1pm: Keynote Address, Prof. David Konstan, NYU, “Of Love and Loyalty”

1-2:30pm: Lunch

2:30-3:30pm: Panel Three: “Gender Norms (Or Lack Thereof)”

– Leah Berryhill, Brandeis University, “Vestal Virgins as Symbols of Rome through Their Gender Performance and Virginity”
- Danilo Piana, Johns Hopkins University, “Homoerotic Elements in Chariton”

3:30-3:45pm: Break

3:45pm – 4:45pm: Panel Four: “Friendship and Desire in Greek Tragedy and Lyric”

- Abigail Akavia, University of Chicago, “‘Speak, if you have come as friends’: Listening in the Philoctetes
- Kathryn Caliva, Ohio State University, “Letting Πόθος Go: Presence, Absence, and Desire in Sappho”

4:45-5pm: Concluding Remarks


A map and directions to the conference are available here. The College of Arts and Sciences Building is located at 725 Commonwealth Avenue. To register for the conference, please use the form below.

Grad Conference Registration Form