Classics Today (Roundtable)


Comparative Literature / Interdisciplinary Humanities

Claire Sommers (Graduate Center-CUNY)

The art, history, literature, and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome serve as the foundation of Western civilization. While the Classics have had a tremendous influence on subsequent cultures, the academy frequently keeps the discipline of Classics separate from modern literatures and languages. Yet the Classics have always been an integral part of cultural productions and the university itself; the word “academy” even has its origins in Plato. This roundtable will explore the current state of Classics scholarship, focusing on Classics as an area of study as well as its place in contemporary academia. Possible approaches include:

· Defining the Classics

· Current research trends in Classics scholarship

· The relationship between Classics and more modern literatures and languages

· Interdisciplinary study and the Classics

· Classics and the Digital Humanities

· The use of Classics in core curricula

· Teaching the Classics (both as a specialist and a non-specialist)

· Evaluations of the Classical canon

· Classics and Critical Theory

· Recruiting students to the Classics

· Classics and contemporary culture

· Classics and the job market

· The future of Classics in academia

Presentations from Classics and non-Classics specialists are welcome. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and bio (max 100 words).


This roundtable will explore the current state of Classics scholarship, focusing on Classics as an area of study as well as its place in contemporary academia. Possible approaches include trends in Classical Studies; the relationship between Classics and other disciplines; teaching the Classics; the state of Classics as a discipline; Classics and Critical Theory; Classics and the Digital Humanities; and the future of Classical Studies.