New Tears, Millennia-Old Pains: On Losing A Pet

New Tears, Millennia-Old Pains: On Losing A Pet

by Katherine Blouin "They say, namely, that the gods who came into existence at the beginning, being few in number and overpowered by the multitude and the lawlesness of earth-borne men, took on the forms of certain animals, and in this way saved themselves from the savagery and violence of mankind."Diodorus Siculus on Egyptians' worship … Continue reading New Tears, Millennia-Old Pains: On Losing A Pet

Teaching the Intersection Between Classics, Anthropology, and Colonialism in 2020

Teaching the Intersection Between Classics, Anthropology, and Colonialism in 2020

cover painting: “The Orient Looks Back at You” by @iamcassandrahawkins text by Katherine Blouin and Girish Daswani Exactly 2 years ago, we published a post in this blog entitled "Teaching the Intersection Between Classics, Anthropology, and Colonialism". The post, in which we shared our syllabus and further reading suggestions, started with this reflection on the … Continue reading Teaching the Intersection Between Classics, Anthropology, and Colonialism in 2020

Teaching Orientalism through Art Practice: ‘Othered’, the Virtual Exhibit

Teaching Orientalism through Art Practice: ‘Othered’, the Virtual Exhibit

Introduced and edited by Katherine Blouin and Girish Daswani How do you teach Orientalism to upper-level undergraduate students Anthropology, Classical Studies, and History? How do you help students critically and creatively engage with the material read and discussed throughout term? How do you assess students' understandings of imperial entanglements through time and space without replicating … Continue reading Teaching Orientalism through Art Practice: ‘Othered’, the Virtual Exhibit

Writing Ancient Near Eastern Mythology Fan Fiction: A Creative Way for Students to Engage with Course Content

Writing Ancient Near Eastern Mythology Fan Fiction: A Creative Way for Students to Engage with Course Content

by Tracy Spurrier In the summer of 2013, I taught Egyptian and Mesopotamian mythology for the first time. It was a lovely experience! Also intimidating trying to figure out how to best teach ancient myths to students at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. I decided to focus on telling them stories that they would … Continue reading Writing Ancient Near Eastern Mythology Fan Fiction: A Creative Way for Students to Engage with Course Content

Near and Far: On the Dilemmas of Social Distancing

Near and Far: On the Dilemmas of Social Distancing

by Girish Daswani Recently, I called my mother to see how she was doing. She lives in Singapore and is over 70 years old. The self-distancing measures that she had been taking – spending most of her days at home except when she needed to go to the supermarket to buy groceries – was getting … Continue reading Near and Far: On the Dilemmas of Social Distancing

Cancellation of British Academy Writing Workshops and Orientalism, the Classics and Egypt IV

Due to the ongoing worldwide situation with COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone both the British Academy Writing Workshop and the Orientalism, the Classics and Egypt IV seminar, which were due to take place in Aswan in April.  We hope to be able to reschedule both at some point in the future, … Continue reading Cancellation of British Academy Writing Workshops and Orientalism, the Classics and Egypt IV

Classicists in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation

Classicists in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation

Cover picture: Detail from 'Water is Life' banner by visual artist Christi Belcourt. You can see more banners by Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch here If you are a Classicist living, studying or working in North America and you wish to sign the solidarity statement below, you can still do so via this link. The … Continue reading Classicists in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation