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On Outgroups and Muted Groups: A Conference in Honor of Amy Richlin

April 1, 2022 - April 2, 2022
Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA, 425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095
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Professor Amy Richlin will be retiring at the end of the coming academic year. We look forward to celebrating her path-breaking career and reuniting with her many UCLA students at this conference in her honor. The conference will take place on April 1st-2nd at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center. Please stay tuned for more information

Professor Richlin writes:

As I look towards retirement in June 2022 after 45 years of teaching, I am honored by the department’s decision to hold a conference for me. Its theme, “On Outgroups and Muted Groups,” comes from the self-description on my UCLA webpage, and well describes the work that has occupied me for all these years of writing history from below. I began from the study of Roman satire which led me, to my surprise, into the then brand-new field of the history of sexuality and made me into an outspoken feminist. I was lucky enough to begin this work in the heyday of Second Wave feminism, and, thanks to the supportive network of the Women’s Classical Caucus and the quadrennial “Feminism and Classics” conferences, I had a lot of people to talk to. After jobs at Rutgers, Dartmouth, and Lehigh, I moved to USC in 1989, teaching jointly in Classics and Gender Studies, which meant that my Classics students read a lot of feminist theory and my Gender Studies students learned a lot about antiquity. At UCLA, from 2005 onwards, I have taught graduate seminars in “Roman History and the Theory of History,” satire, comedy, epistolography, ancient sexuality, and Roman women’s history, with undergraduate courses to match, while serving from 2011 onwards as director of the post-bacc program. All of this goes to explain why I wanted my dear students to be the speakers at this final conference, for in teaching them I have learned a great deal. They will be returning from where their far-flung jobs have taken them, to speak here on history, comedy, satire, and gender, and tell me something new, as they always do.

Hans Bork (PhD 2018), Stanford University
Caroline Cheung (Post-Bacc 2009), Princeton University
Grace Gillies (PhD 2018), Bates College
Henry Gruber (Post-Bacc 2015), Harvard University
Nathan Kish (PhD 2018), Tulane University
Mik Larsen (PhD 2015), CSULB
Hilary Lehmann (PhD 2016), Knox College
Suzanne Lye (PhD 2016), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kristin Mann (PhD 2015), Indiana University
Elliott Piros (PhD 2019), CSU Northridge
Katie Tardio (Post-Bacc 2014), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Anthony Vivian (PhD 2018), UCLA
Brian Walters (PhD 2011), University of Illinois
Celsiana Warwick (PhD 2018), University of Iowa


Saturday April 2nd, 2022

Panel 1 Comedy and Satire

Hans Bork, “The Artistry of Insult in Plautus”

Kristin Mann, “Hens, Eunuchs, and Goddesses: Teaching Jokes in Phaedrus’s Fabulae

Grace Gillies, “Touring Homelessness in Martial’s Rome”

Elliott Piros, “Painted Faces in Martial’s Epigrams”

Panel 2 History

Anthony Vivian, “Slippery Athenians”

Nathan Kish, “Xenophobia and Violence in Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita

Mik Larsen, “Public Abuse and the Problem of Speech in Roman Declamation”

Caroline Cheung, “Dangerous Work”

Henry Gruber, “Recovering Armentaria, Mother of Gregory of Tours, through her Favorite Miracles”

Panel 3 Gender and the Body

Celsiana Warwick, “Homoerotic Heroes and the Anxieties of Masculinity”

Hilary Lehmann, “Antigone and the Egyptians: Sex and Other Commodities in Hypereides’ Against Athenogenes

Suzanne Lye, “Rage Becomes Her: Angry Women and Cursed Bodies”

Katie Tardio, “Life at the Roman Villa of Els Munts (Altafulla, Spain): An Isotopic Approach”

Brian Walters, “Womanly Vomicae


April 1, 2022
April 2, 2022
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Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095
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