The 35th Conference of the
Australasian Society for Classical Studies


Conference Report and Photos

ASCS 35 was held at Massey University in Palmerston North, NZ, hosted by the Classical Studies Programme of the School of Humanities. It was the first time the conference was held at Massey and was generally acclaimed one of the best ever (and the same praise went to the conference dinner). Everything ran extremely smoothly and a warm atmosphere prevailed.

Following on from the “blockbuster” ASCS conference in Sydney, the Palmerston North conference this year was rather a “boutique” occasion. Around 90 people attended and over 60 papers were presented. Two lunchtime activities provided a welcome addition to lecture-room presentations and got participants moving about: models of Classical catapults let participants try their hand at warfare of a bygone age, and a Greek dancing workshop, accompanied by ouzo and Greek mezedes, added to the flavour and worked off excess energy.

The keynote speaker, Professor Stephen Hodkinson from the University of Nottingham, gave a well-attended public lecture in town on “Classical Sparta: an exceptional domination of state over society?”. He also attended the postgraduate function and many sessions.

The convenor “sweet-talked” Cambridge University Press into providing corporate funding, as well as some books and journal issues for the Massey Library and conference attendees.

The conference was a happy and academically successful occasion and the organisation ran very smoothly. The convenor, Dr Gina Salapata, would like to thank all those who assisted in the planning and running of the conference, and confesses that she enjoyed the whole planning process.

Conference photos.pdf (1,891 KB)

Tsakonikos.mp4 (1,473 KB)  - Convenor Dr Gina Salapata teaching the Tsakonikos dance

Kalamatianos.mp4 (1,796 KB)  - Gina Salapata teaching the Kalamatianos dance

Hassapiko.mp4 (1,671 KB)  - Gina Salapata and Gus Hubbard performing the Hassapiko dance


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