All sessions will be held at UCLA Royce Hall 314.

Friday, October 11, 2019
  • 8:45 AM
    Introduction and Welcome

    Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA)

    Giulia Sissa (UCLA)

    Francesca Martelli (UCLA)

  • 9:00 AM
    Chair: Robert N. Watson (English, UCLA)

    Lesley Kordecki (DePaul University)
    Ovid’s Deconstruction of the Chain: Metaphoric Hybridity in Chaucer and Shakespeare

    Lara Bovilsky (University of Oregon)
    Becoming Brute: Golding’s Ovid, Bryskett’s Dogs and Human Exceptions

  • 10:45 AM
    Coffee Break
  • 11:15 AM
    Chair: Francesca Martelli (UCLA)

    Sandra Fluhrer (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
    “Who can impress the forest?” Terranean Deployments in Ovid and Shakespeare

    Emily Gowers (Cambridge University)
    Are Trees Really Like People?

  • 1:00 PM
    Lunch Break
  • 2:00 PM
    Chair: Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA)

    Peggy McCracken  (University of Michigan)
    The Feelings of Things: Animism, Ecology, and Phaethon’s Crash

    Bronwen Wilson (UCLA)
    Lithic Images, Jacopo Ligozzi, and the “Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia” (1612)

  • 3:45 PM
    Coffee Break
  • 4:30 PM
    Chair: Robert N. Watson (UCLA)

    Sir Jonathan Bate (Arizona State University)
    Metamorphosis and Sustainability from Ovid and Lucretius to the Renaissance

  • 5:45 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • 8:45 AM
    Chair: Andre Matlock (UCLA)

    Diana Spencer (University of Birmingham)
    Language, Life and Metamorphosis in Ovid’s Roman Backstory

    Francesca Martelli (UCLA)
    Roman “Fasti” and Multispecies’ Temporalities in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”

  • 10:30 AM
    Coffee Break
  • 11:15 AM
    Chair: Erica Weaver (UCLA)

    Eleanor Kaufman (UCLA)
    Classifying Stones

    Miranda Griffin (Cambridge University)
    The World in an Egg: Reading Medieval Ecologies

  • 1:00 PM
    Lunch Break
  • 2:00 PM
    Chair: Zachary Borst (UCLA)

    Marco Formisano (Ghent University)
    Ovid’s Gaia. The Earth, the Middle and the Muddle in the “Metamorphoses”

    Giulia Sissa (UCLA)
    The Fluidity of Life in Ovid’s Metamorphic World

  • 3:45
    Coffee Break
  • 4:30 PM
    Chair: Alex Purves (UCLA)

    Mark Payne (University of Chicago)
    Ancient Aliens: Biotechnology, Slavery, and the Greeks in H. P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”

    John Shoptaw (UC Berkeley)
    Readings from “Whoa!”

  • 6:00 PM
    Closing Remarks