Our Mythical Childhood...

The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges

Lectures & Seminars

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01.06.2019 – Anna Mik took part in the international conference (via video): Heroes of Children’s Imagination. Theory and Practice of Reception (University of Wrocław). In the presentation “Heroine Against All Odds: The Case of Hermione Granger ” she discussed the heroic creation of Hermione Granger and her potential influence on young readers. 

Abstract (in English and Polish): Hermione Granger, one of the main characters of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, can be perceived as a person with exceptional determination and particular courage...


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18.05.2019 – Anna Mik took part in the conference Monstrous Imaginarium. Monstrous Narrations in Children’s, Young Adult and Fantasy Literature organized by “Koło Baśni” (University of Warsaw) and Children’s Book Museum. In her presentation “Ancient Queer and Children’s Literature. Mermen Characters in the Light of Gender Studies” she discussed the phenomenon of queerness in books for children inspired by Classical Mythology.

Abstract (in Polish): Można by zaryzykować stwierdzenie, że mitologiczne monstra, a w szczególności te odgrywające role antagonistów, bardzo często nie mają określonej płci...


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06.04.2019 – Susan Deacy gave a paper ‘What Would Hercules Do? Turning Classical Myth into a Learning Opportunity for Autistic Children’ for the panel Learning Disabilities in the Classics Classroom at the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) 2019, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Program: PDF file

Lecture: PDF file


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16.03.2019 – Agnieszka Maciejewska and Anna Mik took a part at the conference Varium et Mutabile Semper Femina. Niestała i zmienna zawsze kobieta jest [Inconstant and Changeable Woman Always Is] organized by the foundation ‘good morning! the collective of culture’ at the University of Warsaw. Agnieszka hold a presentation Kleopatra niejedną ma twarz – recepcja postaci egipskiej władczyni w kulturze dziecięcej i młodzieżowej [Many Faces of Cleopatra – Reception of Egyptian Queen in the Children and Youth Culture], and Anna: Potworne i zwierzęce: mitologiczne postaci kobiece we współczesnej kulturze dziecięcej i młodzieżowej [Monstrous and Animalistic: Mythological Female Characters in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Culture].

Programme: PDF file

Abstract of Agnieszka Maciejewska: Kleopatra jest jedną z najsłynniejszych postaci historycznych. Najczęściej opisywana jest ona jako piękna, inteligentna i pewna siebie władczyni…

Abstract of Anna Mik: Współczesna kultura dla niedorosłych odbiorców obfituje w przykłady potwornych postaci kobiecych inspirowanych mitologią grecko-rzymską. Centaurydy w Fantazji wytwórni Walta Disneya, Meduza i jej siostry gorgony w Winds of Change...


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06.03.2019 – Elizabeth Hale gave a talk ‘Playing with the Past’ during the Classical Studies Symposium at the University of Otago (NZ).

Poster: How seriously should we take the classical past? What role does humour play…


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21-02-2019 – Susan Deacy gave a public lecture of the Lampeter and West Wales Branch of the Classical Association ‘What would Hercules do? Turning classical myth into a learning opportunity for autistic children’.


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06.02.2019 – Elizabeth Hale gave a paper ‘Our Mythical Childhood… Classical Reception in Global Children’s Culture’ during the Australian Society for Classical Studies 40th Annual Conference [link], at the University of New England, Armidale.

Booklet: PDF file

Abstract: Our Mythical Childhood is an international research collaboration, funded through the European Research Council… 


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04.02.2019 – Elizabeth Hale gave a paper ‘Greece, Rome, Japan: Findings from the Our Mythical Childhood Project’ at the Asian Studies Symposium hold at the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education of the University of New England 

Program: PDF file

Abstract: In this talk I discuss some Japanese findings from the ‘Our Mythical Childhood’ survey of global children’s culture inspired by Classical Antiquity…


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06.12.2018 – Susan Deacy delivered a paper ‘Classical Myth as a Learning Opportunity for Autistic Children’ at CIRSIE: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Special and Inclusive Education, University of Roehampton.

More on this: https://tlarblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/215/


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30.11.2018 – Daniel Nkemleke and Divine Che Neba presented Our Mythical Childhood Project and Our Mythical Childhood Survey to students of the English Department at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Yaoundé during a class on Research Methodology. The presentation included discussion on myth as a narration, problem of preservation of myths in cities, and differences between folktales and myths.

Abstract: As a tradition of the English Department at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Yaoundé, each batch of new students is presented with the training programme of the department, including research projects lecturers are currently involved with...


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23.11.2018 – The Flute Theatre held a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for autistic children, followed by Inclusive Shakespeare Workshop led by director Kelly Hunter, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London. The workshop was organised as a part of Being Human Festival 2018 by Helen Slaney and Susan Deacy.

Description: A participatory workshop introducing the techniques they use when adapting Shakespeare for inclusive audiences, particularly children on the autism spectrum...


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21.11.2018 – as a part of Being Human Festival of the Humanities a Q&A session Shaping Fables with Marcia Williams was organised at the University of Roehampton (London, UK). Marcia Williams is an author and illustrator, famous for such books as Tales From Shakespeare, The Iliad and the Odyssey. Participants including: Helen Slaney, Susan Deacy, and Sara Venkatesu.


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17-18.11.2018 – Agnieszka Maciejewska and Viktoryia Bartsevich, PhD students of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, participated in the conference ,,My się śmierci nie boimy – zmiany w postrzeganiu śmierci na przestrzeni dziejów” [We are not Afraid of Death – The Transformations of the Concept of Death across the Ages] organized by the Amor Fati scientific journal and the foundation “good morning! the collective of culture in Katowice, Poland. Agnieszka gave a paper “Na Ozyrysa, pokażę Wam, jak umiera królowa…” Recepcja mitu śmierci Kleopatry VII w filmach z XX i XXI wieku, and Viktoryja – Mitologiczne zaświaty w XXI wieku. Katabaza w powieści Ricka Riordana „Percy Jackson i Bogowie Olimpijscy”.

Abstract of Agnieszka Maciejewska
Abstract of Viktoryia Bartsevich


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06.12.2018 – Elizabeth Hale gave a lecture ‘Our Digital Childhood… Tracking Mythical Influences in Children’s Culture around the World,’ as part of the University of New England Digital Humanities Seminar Series, at the University of New England, Armidale Australia.

Poster: PDF file


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05.11.2018 – Sonya Nevin and Steve Simons spoke about their work in a presentation ‘Animating Antiquity’ during a conference Bons ou mauvais jeux? Good or Bad Games? organized by our colleague Prof. Véronique Dasen (ERC Advanced Grant "Locus Ludi"), Université de Fribourg (Fribourg, Switzerland)

Programme: PDF file

Abstract: This presentation will introduce the Panoply Vase Animation Project...


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02-03.11.2018 – Hanna Paulouskaya participated in an international conference Soviet Antiquity - 4. World History in the System of Soviet Science, Culture and Education organized by prof. Sergei Karpyuk (Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences) and Oleg Malyugin (Department of History, Belarusian State University) in Minsk, Belarus. The conference was the fourth of the Soviet Antiquity (Советская Древность) conferences cycle aimed on research of ancient history studies in the USSR. Hanna gave a paper ‘Learning Myths in the Soviet School: From Nikolsky to Korovkin’ comparing textbooks on ancient history published in the USSR for secondary schools.

Programme: PDF File

Abstract: Antiquity is often called the cradle of Western civilisation. It seems that this metaphor was under-stood literally in the history of the Soviet school...


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26.10.2018 – Susan Deacy has prepared a workshop for University of Roehampton students on autism and classical myth resources Autism and Classical Mythology.


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18-20.10.2018 – Hanna Paulouskaya participated in an international symposium The Ancient Heritage in the Subsequent Epochs: Reception or Transformation (Kazan, Russia) organized by Kazan Federal University and the Humboldt University of Berlin. Hanna gave a paper ‘Mythical cartoons or Presence of the Classical Antiquity in Soviet Animation for Children’.

More about the conference [in Russian]: https://kpfu.ru/imoiv/struktura/otdeleniya/vysshaya-shkola-istoricheskih-nauk-i-vsemirnogo/v-institute-mezhdunarodnyh-otnoshenij-kfu-343575.html

Programme:  PDF File

Abstract: Soviet animations on classical mythology topics appeared in the early 1970s and were present till the end of the Soviet Union


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18.10.2018 – Elizabeth Hale hold a plenary talk ‘Our Mythical Childhoods – an International Project’ to the Australian Classical Languages Teachers Association Conference Disco et Doceo: Classical Wisdom K-12 and Beyond at Harbourview Hotel, Sydney Australia

Program: PDF file

Abstract: Since October 2016, the Our Mythical Childhood project has been analysing the reception of classical antiquity in children’s culture from around the world...


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06.10.2018 – Susan Deacy gave a keynote paper ‘Turning Classical Myth into a Learning Opportunity for Autistic Children’ at a conference Ancient World and Modern Societies: How Classics Help Reshape Our World, University of Reading (Reading, Berkshire, England)

More on this: http://myth-autism.blogspot.com/2018/10/how-classics-might-reshape-autistic.html


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02.10.2018 – Susan Deacy has prepared a workshop for autism specialists on autism and classical myth resources Choice of Hercules activities created by Susan Deacy  / Guide to the resources by Effrosyni Kostara. The workshop was held in the Adam Room at the University of Roehampton and it gathered a group of experts on autism, including Rita Jordan and Nicola Grove.

More on this: http://myth-autism.blogspot.com/2018/10/how-classics-might-reshape-autistic.html


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17.09.2018 – Katarzyna Marciniak held a lecture “Du Rubicon à la chambre d’enfants, ou à la réception de l’expression Alea iacta est dans la culture des jeunes” at the international conference “Play and Games in Antiquity. Definition–Transmission–Reception” organized in the Musée Suisse du Jeu in la Tour-de-Peilz by Prof. Véronique Dasen and her team within the project “Locus Ludi” (ERC Advanced Grant). See also: the News

Programme: PDF file

Abstract: En franchissant le Rubicon, César n’a pas seulement changé le destin de la République Romaine, mais aussi celui de toute la culture populaire qui allait naître...


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10.09.2018 – Sonya Nevin had a poster presentation ‘Marathon’ and on the September 11, 2018 a presentation of the Our Mythical Childhood project during a Drawing on the Past. The Pre-Modern World in Comics, at Senate House, University of London (London, UK)

Programme: PDF file

Abstract: A new database of examples of classical antiquity’s receptions within young people's culture is currently being developed within the European Research Council- funded project Our Mythical Childhood...


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12-14.07.2018 – Elizabeth Hale, Miriam Riverlea, and Babette Puetz took part in the biannual conference of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR) at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), and held a panel: Classical Reception in Children’s Literature.  

The papers presented:

  • Miriam Riverlea: A Classroom on Mount Olympus: School Stories and Classical Mythology
  • Babette Puetz: Classical Reception in Zeustian Logic
  • Elizabeth Hale: Our Mythical Childhood: Classics and Children’s Literature from around the World

Program: PDF file

More on this: https://antipodeanodyssey.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/our-mythical-week-in-wellington 


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26.06.2018 – Hanna Paulouskaya had a presentation ‘Comrade Prometheus or Place of Antiquity in Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Soviet Children and Youth Culture’ at the Ninth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine Memories and Legacies of Revolutions: Continuity and Disruption, 19th-21st Centuries (Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine)

Program: PDF file

Abstract: The Russian Revolutions of the beginning of the 20th century were made in futuristic atmosphere of vanguard culture...


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23.06.2018 – Elizabeth Hale, Sonya Nevin, Anna Mik, and Hanna Paulouskaya held a common panel ‘Moving Myths: Classical Mythology in Animation for Young Audiences’ (the chair was Elizabeth Hale) during an international conference Children and Youth on the Move organised by the Children’s History Society on June 21–23, 2018, at the University of Greenwich, London, UK

The papers presented: 

Programme: PDF file

More here: https://antipodeanodyssey.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/myths-on-the-move-our-mythical-animation/


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19.06.2018 – Susan Deacy organized a meeting Classical Reception and Children’s Culture: A Show and Tell, at the Foyle Archive Reading Room, University of Roehampton Library, gathering  OMC Survey authors, as well as Elizabeth Hale, Anna Mik and Helen Slaney.

Poster: PDF file


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07.06.2018 – Lisa Maurice had a presentation at the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies Conference 2018 hold in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel). The title of Lisa’s paper was ‘The House of Atreus in the 20th and 21st Centuries’.

Programme: PDF file


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06.06.2018 – Sonya Nevin  presented the Our Mythical Childhood Survey to the trainee classics teachers at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge


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04.06.2018 – Katerina Volioti gave a paper 'Teaching Ancient Culture to Young Children' at the University of Roehampton Early Childhood Research Centre seminar (Grove House, University of Roehampton, London, UK)

More on this: https://ourmythicalchildhoodblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/teaching-ancient-culture-to-young-children/


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28.05.2018 – Daniel Nkemleke held a round-table discussion on Our Mythical Childhood Project at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City Nigeria, with about 15 young lecturers from universities across Nigeria and Tanzania. They were all committed to contribute entries on myths from various parts of Nigeria and Tanzania. An ethical guideline for writing entries was shared with the team.


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04.05.2018 – Anna Mik participated to a conference Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in Antiquity organized by the “Synoikismos” inter-university Seminar at the University of Louvain (Louvain, Belgium). Anna hold a presentation ‘Mythical Sanctuaries of the Wizarding World: The Ancient Classical Concepts of “Animal Protection” in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Universe’ 

Abstract: In two works titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J. K. Rowling ‘collected’ various magical creatures, firstly – in the form of a bestiary...


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07.04.2018 – Sonya Nevin made a workshop ‘Vase Animation in Outreach: A Practitioner Workshop for School Teachers and Academics’ during UK Classical Association Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester.

Programme: PDF file

Abstract: This 90 minute workshop provides an opportunity to learn practical tips for improving outreach through the use of vase animations and related


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22.03.2018 – Susan Deacy participated at the Institute of Classical Studies Public Engagement Workshop, Senate House, University of London 

More on this: https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/special-events/public-engagement-workshop


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08.02.2018 – Sonya Nevin made a presentation ‘Moral Tales of Marathon’ at the Institute of Classical Studies. 

More on this: https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/event/15219


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05.02.2018 – Hanna Paulouskaya made a presentation of the project during a seminarium of Dr Yulia Ivanova at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow


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21.01.2018 – Dorota Bazylczyk and Anna Mik had a presentation ‘Monstrous Women in the Globalized World: Images of Selected Female Characters from Classical Mythology in the Contemporary Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture’ at the international conference Topographien der Globalisierung / Topographies of Globalization (Humboldt-Kolleg supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at the Institute of German Studies, University of Warsaw 

Poster: PDF file

Abstract: Monsters and women have been frequently analyzed by various scholars as characters closely related to each other...


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16.12.2017 – Daniel Nkemleke gave a lecture about the Our Mythical Childhood project for the English Department in the University of  Maroua at the invitation of Dr Camilla Arundie Tabe to a mixed class of Masters I and II students, including undergraduate Level I to III students of the department.

More on this: http://www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/Cameroon-December-16-2017 


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14.12.2017 – Katerina Volioti made a presentation ‘The Visual Language of (Hesiod’s) Creation in Children’s Books’ for the Myth Reading Group at the University of Essex

More on this: https://essexmyth.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/the-visual-language-of-hesiods-creation-in-childrens-books/


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13.12.2017 – Susan Deacy made a presentation on autism and classical myth project for University of Roehampton Department of Humanities research away day.


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10.12.2017 – Anna Mik gave a paper Od Persefony do Herkulesa. Motywy antyczne w animacjach wytwórni Walta Disneya [From Persephone to Hercules. Motifs from Antiquity in the Walt Disney Animations] on the conference Wszechświat Disneya [Disney’s Universes] held in Cracow at the Pedagogical University. 

Program: PDF file

Abstract: Wydawałoby się, że większość animacji wytwórni Walta Disneya (zarówno pod względem formy, jak i treści) zbliża się przede wszystkim do baśni...


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29.11.2017 – Daniel Nkemleke gave an inaugural lecture of the Departmental Lecture Series ‘The Linguistic-Literature-Culture Nexus: The Example of Our Mythical Childhood …Project’ at the University of Yaounde’ 1, Cameroon

More on this: http://www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/Cameroon-November-29-2017

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24.11.2017 – Elizabeth Hale and Lynnette Lounsbury gave a paper, ‘Just Add Water: Myth, Meaning and Metamorphosis in Australian Children’s Media’ during the Australian Children’s Media Symposium at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland on November 24–26, 2017.

Program: PDF file

Abstract: In the popular Australian television show H2O—Just Add Water (Network 10, 2006-2010), three teenage girls become part-time mermaids...


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27.10.2017 – Elizabeth Hale spoke at the Our Mythical Childhood Seminar, during the Seminar day organised by Marguerite Johnson, at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Program: PDF file


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11.10.2017 – Susan Deacy made a presentation ‘Classical Myth: Bearer of Hope for Autistic Children?’ at a workshop Diversity and the Study of the Ancient World at the University of  Roehampton, organised by F. McHardy and N.S. Rabinowitz, supported CUCD Education Committee and Classics and Social Justice

Program: PDF file

More on this: http://myth-autism.blogspot.com/2017/10/classical-myth-bearer-of-hope-for.html


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07.10.2017 – Hanna Paulouskaya made a presentation ‘Ideology vs. Philosophy. The Interpretation of Greek and Latin Mythology in Soviet Animation’ at the conference Verjüngte Antike trifft The Past for the Present: Griechisch-römische Mythologie und Historie in Kinder- und Jugendmedien der Gegenwartskultur organized by the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Munich, Germany).

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Abstract: The object of my research is Soviet animation and cinema for children inspired by classical antiquity (first of all, mythology). One of the most interesting aspects of these movies is the usage of mythology (the ancient Greek mythology in this case) to create a new mythology (the mythology of the Soviet state)...


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28.09.2017 – Hanna Paulouskaya gave a paper ‘Sailing to the Costs of Colchis in the Soviet Culture’ and made a presentation about the Our Mythical Childhood project and OBTA UW at the international interdisciplinary conference Classical Antiquity and Memory in the 19th to the 21st Century organized by the University of Bonn.

Program: PDF file

Abstract: The Myth of the Argonauts was of great importance for the Soviet Union, because it allowed to make a straight connection with the Greek past...


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22.09.2017 – Elizabeth Hale gave a lecture ‘Our Mythical Childhood’ at the Department of Classics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


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22.09.2017 – Elizabeth Hale gave a lecture ‘Our Mythical Childhood’ as part of the University of Otago’s Classics Association Lecture Series (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)

Information: PDF file

The Department of Classics, University of Otago, Newsletter:PDF file


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8-9.09.2017 – Faculty of ‘Artes Liberales’ of the University of Warsaw and Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana co-organized in Ljubljana an international symposium European Humanism and Its Challenges in affiliation with Vilenica literary festival.

Elżbieta Olechowska gave a paper Innovative Diversity of Academic Offer as a Response to Audiovisual Propagation of Second-Hand Knowledge of the Classical Humanities presenting inter alia the ERC project Our Mythical Childhood

Abstract: Instead of lamenting the disappearance of Greek, Latin, and Classical Antiquity from school curricula, we may take a proactive approach and, in addition to traditional subjects in classics, offer university education that takes advantage of what students already know…

Booklet: PDF file


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23.06.2017 – Dorota Bazylczyk and Anna Mik went to London for the conference organized by the University of Roehampton Rape in Antiquity: 20 years on! Dorota and Anna had poster presentations: 

Dorota Bazylczyk: The Consequences of Avoiding the Topic of Rape in Children’s Stories About Medusa 

Anna Mik: Why Centaurs Do Not Rape Anymore? Looking for Sexuality in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Culture Inspired by Classical Antiquity 

Program: PDF file


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31.03.2017 – Anna Mik gave a paper ‘How to Change a World with a Song. Influences of the American Film Musical on Walt Disney Studios Animations,’ during The Child and the Book Conference: Interdisciplinary Links Between Childrens Literature and Arts at the University of Valencia

Abstract: Many examples of children’s popular culture prove that it indeed can be a great mixture of literature, art, music, etc. I see those pieces in Walt Disney Studio animations, mainly in those based on the literature…

Program: PDF file


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24.03.2017 – Sonya Nevin made a presentation ‘Animation and Outreach: The Panoply Vase Animation Project and Our Mythical Childhood’ during a seminar at the HumsLab at the University of Umea, Sweden


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20.10.2016 – Elizabeth Hale gave two lectures ‘Trends in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Young Adult Literature’ at the Department of English Studies at the University of Wrocław


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17.10.2016 – Elizabeth Hale gave a lecture ‘Antipodean Antiquities: The Classical Tradition in Children’s Literature from Australia and New Zealand’ at the Faculty of ‘Artes Liberales,’ University of Warsaw

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9.10.2016 – Elizabeth Hale has made a Workshop on Picture-books at the Centre for Theatre Practices ‘Gardzienice’ for the students of the Faculty of ‘Artes Liberales,’ University of Warsaw


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19.06.2017 – Lisa Maurice had a presentation ‘Thirty-Five Years of Hercules for Children’ at Celtic Conference in Classics organized by the McGill University and Universite’ de Montreal.

Description of the conference: PDF file

Program of the panel: PDF file

Abstract: Many elements of the Hercules myth are unpalatable to modern eyes, particularly when writing for children and young adults; the rape of Alcmena, Hercules’ madness and subsequent murder of his children, the episode with Omphale...