#EOTalks: Classics beyond the Euro-American Gaze

#EOTalks: Classics beyond the Euro-American Gaze

Image: Detail from Alexis Diaz‘s “Quien olvida su historia estará condenado a repetirla”, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, 2019. Picture by Katherine Blouin

Over the past few years, we, Classicists and Antiquity scholars, have been having important conversations on the need to address and redress the colonial and White supremacist entanglements of our fields. But who actually identifies as being part of that “we”? Who is left out in the process? And how can this “we” be meaningfully expanded to – and impacted by – colleagues outside of Euro-American academia?

These are some of the questions Juliana Bastos Marques, Amy L. Daniels, Mekhola Gomes, and Usama Ali Gad will discuss on November 12, 10-11:30am EST.


Juliana Bastos Marques @noschlager

Juliana Bastos Marques is Assistant Professor of Ancient History at Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She published her monograph in Portuguese in 2012 (Tradição e renovações da identidade romana em Tito Lívio e Tácito), and has been publishing in the fields of Roman historiography, Theory of History and digital Public History. Her current research topic deals the reception of the ancient world in Brazilian contemporary politics and society. Fulbright Fellow at Florida State University (2017) and Newton Fellow at Newcastle University (2018-2020). Her next book, co-edited by Federico Santangelo, is entitled Authority and History: Ancient Models, Modern Questions, and will be published by Bloomsbury Press in early-2022.

Amy L. Daniels

Amy L. Daniels is a former German and English teacher, who decided to join the ranks of professional classicists in 2014. Though no longer a “fledgeling academic”, Amy feels as though she is constantly running into things she doesn’t know or needs to learn more about – and that’s what excites her about engaging with Graeco-Roman antiquity. In her job as a lecturer at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), she teaches Latin to beginners and intermediate students, and is involved in facilitating modules on ancient Pompeii, mythology, epic, Greek drama and more. Her PhD project concerns Augustine of Hippo’s martyr sermons and anti-Donatist polemic through the lens of Trauma Studies.

Mekhola Gomes @oldthingsarefun

I am a historian of premodern South and Southeast Asia with a focus on early India and the eastern Indian Ocean world. My current book, “Rule through Blood: Lineage, Territory, and Power in early India,” traces a critical history of the intersections between kinship, caste, land, and power in India until 1000 CE.I am also working on a project that explores interactions across the premodern eastern Indian Ocean world through language, ritual, and documentary practices. I am interested more broadly in social and economic history, epigraphy, and religion.

Usama Ali Gad @usamaligad

I am a tenured Lecturer of Papyrology and Greco-Roman Studies at Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt), as well as the co-founder of Everyday Orientalism and the founder of Classics in Arabic. Due to my nontraditional academic background, I do have a broad range of interests, including in translation studies, Second-language acquisition (SLA), L1 interference, Heritage and Foreign Language Teaching, Historical languages learning and teaching (Greek and Latin), ancient history, papyrology, Greco-Roman heritage in Egypt, classical Arabic translations from Greek and into Latin, modern Arabic translations from Greek and Latin, the history of Classical Studies in Egypt, Digital Classics, Orientalism, Classics and Nationalism, Classics and Colonialism and the idea of Cultural Studies in general.

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