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Audiovisual Romans 2022

Women Speak Up!

We are pleased to announce an International Conference to be held live in Rome, at the Sapienza University.  This conference is the third in a series concerning Audio/Visual Romans to be held in the city of Rome. The series explores the imaginative power of modern audio/visual media to shape our perception of the past. For consumers across the globe, it is often in A/V media that they find their most personal and seemingly authentic experience of ancient Rome. The first conference in 2018 was dedicated to Nero: https://classicalreception.org/audio-visual-romans/ The second conference in 2021 was dedicated to Julius Caesar https://www.facebook.com/events/215143473316166/?ref=newsfeed https://www.facebook.com/polonisticasapienza/videos/484084566343928

The conference in May 2022 concerns the women of the Roman world.

It is often through A/V media that the women of the Roman world gain the centrality, the agency and the voice often denied them in the distant past. Yet, when Roman women gain this opportunity, what do they do and say? This conference explores how the women of Roman antiquity are empowered or demeaned by the audio/visual media of modernity and to what ideological, aesthetic and/or commercial ends. Papers are invited on any aspect of the representation of the women of ancient Rome in media such as cinema, television, computer games, dramatic performance, and online technologies.

A session of the conference is devoted to the investigation of how female characters from classic texts have been reclaimed and portrayed in popular literature. What do the rewritings of both mythical and historical figures mean for 20th and 21st century popular literature and for the political and social context in which they were created? How can the classics still influence pop culture and be relevant today? How do these works help reconfigure the relationship between contemporary culture and traditional paradigms? Can such works revive interest in the classics and in the humanities as key components of society?

Keynote speakers

Paolo Biondi

Paolo Biondi is a journalist and writer. Born in Rimini where he also took his first steps as a journalist, he later moved to Rome where continues to live. At the time of his retirement, he was head of the Roman editorial board of the international agency Reuters, where he dealt with politics and economic policy. Now he writes historical novels: in 2015 he published Livia. A rediscovered biography and in 2017 The mysteries of the Ara Pacis.

Jonathan Stamp

Jonathan Stamp graduated from Balliol College, Oxford in Classics before beginning a career as a documentary maker at the BBC. During his time there he made more than 20 documentaries, focusing on the history of the ancient world, and won multiple awards, including an Emmy. In 2004 he left the BBC to act as historical consultant and co-producer on the Emmy and Golden Globe-Award winning HBO/BBC drama ‘Rome’. Since 2006 he has continued to consult on scripted dramas set in the ancient world, for the big screen as well as the small.

For students

Participation in the whole event gives the right to 2 CFU of AAF. There will be a separate registration for the audio-description workshop (in English) since the number of available places is limited.

Please consult the Workshop & Registration page


Monika Wozniak (Faculty of Letters & Philosophy at Sapienza, University of Rome)
Maria Wyke (Department of Greek and Latin at University College London)

contacts: monika.wozniak@uniroma1.it, m.wyke@ucl.ac.uk

Organizing Committee (Rome)

Irene Ranzato, Luca Valleriani, Monika Wozniak

Emilia di Rocco, Riccardo Antonangeli: Literary Session

Donatella Montini, Maddalena Pennacchia, Iolanda Plescia: Shakespeare Session

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