Classical Controversies

Classical Controversies

Dr. Kim Beerden / Timo Epping, MA
Vom - Bis
11.11.2020 - 13.11.2020
Kim Beerden

We are inviting paper proposals to present a paper of 30 minutes in a conference with the title Classical Controversies in 2020 at Leiden (The Netherlands) organised by the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities and Leiden University. The conference will be held on the 11th, 12th and 13th of November 2020 (

This conference aims to contribute to our notions of the different ways elements of Graeco-Roman antiquity (construed in a broad sense of the word) are perceived and employed towards a particular end in most recent 21st century discourse. Its focus will be on reception by museums, in politics, and in more popular culture. This reveals the needs of our own society: what kinds of narratives about antiquity do we create for ourselves at this moment in time, and for which reasons? What do we do with antiquity? And how do these narratives use, and reflect on, earlier historical chains of reception?

Our keynote speaker is dr. Donna Zuckerberg.

We invite papers concerned with (but not restricted to) recent reception of:
- Employing ancient and modern notions about Sparta
- Ancient religions
- Notions of slaves and slavery
- Others/‘othering’
- Homosexuality
- Patriarchal structures
- Issues related to heritage ethics
- Proposals and articles

We invite paper proposals from those working in history, archaeology, classics, reception studies, and modern history; from graduate students, early career researchers and established scholars. We have limited funding available for those whose institutions are not able to cover travel costs. Each speaker will be asked to contribute a short (5000 words) article to an open access conference volume which we aim to publish in 2021 at Sidestone Press (PALMA series).

Please send questions and proposals to and
Deadline: 24 February 2020.



Kim Beerden

Doelensteeg 16, 2311 VL Leiden