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FlapjackCharlie



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:54 pm    Post subject: Doctor Who at the Classical Association Reply with quote

Don't know if any of you guys are in a classics related field, but I thought you might like to know that OU lecturer and Who superfan (probably) Tony Keen is running a panel at this year's Classical Association Conference in Cardiff on Sat 10th April:

* Doctor Who and the Classical world: Time -travelling beyond Pompeii
Panel Convenor: Tony Keen (Open University)
Melissa Beattie (Cardiff) Stoicism in Gallifreyan society (or how I learned to stop worrying and not interfere)
Penelope Goodman (Leeds) ‘That’s not right!’: Doctor Who and historiography
Amanda Potter (OU) Turning to Stone in Greece and Rome: Petrification and the Classical Past in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures
Graham Sleight ‘It is in the nature of poets to misuse their sources.’


I'm pretty sure I won't be there, as it's horrifically expensive and there aren't any papers hugely relevant to my stuff, but some of my friends probably will be, so I'll let you know what they think.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure what to make of academics studying DW, but there
you go... Question
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vector-Victor wrote:
Not sure what to make of academics studying DW, but there
you go... Question


It does seem a little ridiculous on the face of it, but this reception studies (especially of popular culture) has really taken off in recent years. The focus is generally not on the work itself so much as what it tells us about how classical themes are used and understood. There's even a group on facebook called "Classical reception studies are vital... if you do it right."

I'm not really into it myself, and the biggest downside is having to sit through papers on bloody Xena.
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