Wed, Jun 14|
5-Week SASA Reading Group: Queer Lives and Loves in Ancient History
5-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group Wednesdays at 1 pm Eastern Time Led by Yentl Love.
Time & Location
Jun 14, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
About the Event
"Queer Lives and Loves in Ancient History" will use Queer Theory to explore and uncover evidence of LGBT+ lives in the Ancient World. The reading group will employ a variety of ancient Greek, Latin, and Near Eastern literature, recognizing the diversity of the Ancient World beyond the Mediterranean, and hypothesizing about the lived experiences beyond the Western norms of fixed sexual and gendered binary identities that have emerged only within the last few hundred years. The reading groups will each assume no specialist knowledge of the period, and so will begin with a contextualisation of the time and place in which these texts were created. We will also discuss the potential challenges of applying modern theory to ancient texts, and how using the ‘Resisting Reader’ approach can provide insightful challenges to historic interpretations of classical texts. In a time when we see transphobic and homophobic legislation and hate speech on the rise, it is both powerful and important to uncover and explore evidence of LGBT+ lives in Antiquity, reminding the world that Queer lives and loves have always existed.
5-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group
Wednesdays at 1 pm Eastern Time
Start date: June 14th
End date: July 12th
MUST RSVP TO GET THE ZOOM LINK. The same link will be used for all sessions.