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Postgraduates at Classics at Reading are delighted to be hosting the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL) 2020-2021. The theme is Fear and the conference will be held at the University of Reading from 17th to 19th June 2021.

This event is described as AMPAL 2021 in shorthand, but it also stands as AMPAL 2020-2021 since it aims to bring together already confirmed speakers due to present in AMPAL 2020 and new speakers joining the conference in 2021. 

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Keynote Speech will be delivered by Professor Fiona McHardy (University of Roehampton, London). Professor McHardy will speak about fear of revenge in Euripidean tragedy. Through exploration of contemporary ideas about young children and babies as avengers, underpinned by comparative anthropology and psychology, this lecture unravels the dynamics of fear associated with children within the plays of Euripides set within their literary and social context.

AMPAL 2020-2021 includes a virtual tour of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, our departmental museum founded by Percy and Annie Ure. In addition to the museum’s permanent display, we are proud to host an online presentation of an inaugural student exhibit, ‘Fear Beyond Words’, designed specifically for AMPAL 2020-2021. 

Given the current travel restrictions and social distancing rules due to COVID-19, this year’s meeting will be held online on Microsoft Teams. In these strange times, the Organising Team of AMPAL 2020-2021 is determined to preserve the engaging and interactive character of the event. To that purpose, we aim to transform this online environment into a welcoming setup in which postgraduate students in Ancient Literature from across the world can gather again (albeit virtually) and celebrate another year of research on Classics.

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