This group is the Classical Intersectionalities Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop. Our main aim is to create a forum for graduate students and faculty to discuss topical themes in social justice pertaining to Classical philology, art, archaeology, and history. In the course of this reading group, we hope also to become familiar with foundational theory in a broad array of social issues, in order to make our group accessible to a wide range of participants and nuance our discussions about social justice in Classical research.
Our planned activities will primarily involve critical discussions of secondary scholarship, recent news articles, and ancient material. As a group, we plan to generate a collaborative bibliography of resources on social justice and Classics. In addition to collaborating with the Roman Republic Reading Group to bring visiting speaker Amy Richlin to campus in March 2020, we are also planning to host an informal end-of-the-year symposium in April. In advance of this symposium, we will provide feedback on the graduate student papers in written and oral form through a group workshop. Thus, we hope to cultivate students’ graduate writing and research even as we inform and refine our perspectives on current events impacting Classics.
Rackham’s RIW page (http://www.rackham.umich.edu/academics/rii/interdisciplinary-workshops).