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Mary Beard

Im Herbstsemester 2022 dürfen wir Prof. Dr. Mary Beard (Cambridge University, Classics) am ZAZH begrüssen.






Prof. Dr. Mary Beard bietet im Herbstsemester 2022 die Lehrveranstaltung "Classics", "Whiteness", Empire and Radical Politics gemeinsam mit Barbara Holler und Prof. Dr. Andreas Victor Walser an. Am 11. und 12. November findet in diesem Rahmen ein Workshop statt, zu dem auch interessierte Gäste eingeladen sind.


A few years ago a controversy over an animated cartoon by the BBC erupted — a high-ranking Roman official was depicted as not white and this was seen as a misrepresentation of the Roman world in Britain by some. Whiteness is still the default for most when thinking about the ancient world. This picture is especially fostered by white supremacists who see the ancient world as a mirror of their own whiteness. Antiquity is used and weaponized by them as an argument for white purity and superiority. The imagined whiteness of antiquity is not only tied to the themes of race and ethnicity, but a wider phenomenon. The white marble statues and white architecture which often symbolize classical culture are another aspect of this gleaming white image of the ancient world. It is now widely known that statues and buildings were often painted, but the image of white marble still dominates the vision of classical sculpture. The course is going to discuss the concept of race and how diversity was experienced by the Romans and Greeks themselves. What concept of race did they have and how did they describe ‘the other’? We also will look into how the projections of this depiction of a white antiquity came to be and how this image is used for radical politics. 



Gruen, Erich: Rethinking the Other in Antiquity, Princeton 2011. Hall, Edith: Inventing the Barbarian. Greek Self-definition through Tragedy, Oxford 2004. Isaac, Benjamin: The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity, Princeton 2004.


Mi., 28.09.2022, 10:15 - 12:00
Mi., 05.10.2022, 10:15 - 12:00
Mi., 12.10.2022, 10:15 - 12:00
Mi., 19.10.2022, 10:15 - 12:00
Mi., 26.10.2022,, 10:15 - 12:00
Mi., 02.11.2022, 10:15 - 12:00

Fr., 11.11.2021, 14:00 - 18:00 
Sa., 12.11.2021, 10:00 - 18:00 

Mi, 23.11.2022, 10:15 - 12:00



Am 17. November 2021 hält Mary Beard eine ZAZH-Lecture, Details folgen.

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