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Presenting The Past

Tue. Mar. 7, 2023

The University of Winnipeg Department of Classics is happy to share that Peopling the Past, co-founded by our own Dr.Melissa Funke, is hosting their first Colloquium this year. Peopling the Past is a Digital Humanities initiative that hosts free, open access resources for teaching and learning about real people in the ancient world, and the people who study them.

Bourke Karras, a Classics Honors student will be presenting a paper alongside Dr.Funke 

Details of the Colloquium can be found on their website, as written below.

The Peopling the Past team is thrilled to be hosting the upcoming colloquium,“Presenting the Past: Responsible Engagement and Ancient Mediterranean History”, which will take place from March 23-25, 2023 in Vancouver, BC, co-hosted by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. The goal of this colloquium is to ask how we as educators inside and outside the academy can more effectively participate in public discourse about the ancient Mediterranean. The event will bring together academics, museum professionals, and public scholars to deliver presentations on the challenges and best practices for teaching and scholarship on the ancient Mediterranean. Specialists from the humanities and social sciences, including senior scholars, early career researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and non-academic professionals, will collaborate in discussions about cultural heritage, pedagogy, and public history for academic and non-academic audiences.

The meeting will include traditional research presentations, short graduate-student talks, interviews with public programmers, and a live-podcast taping, during which we will be discussing questions related to responsible knowledge creation, communication, and engagement across various learning environments, from the classroom to the museum to social media. Specifically, we aim to address how we can engage in responsible public scholarship that is more inclusive of past diversity and modern audiences. We’re excited to feature the work of several public scholars who are creating innovative and compassionate answers to this question!

This conference has been generously funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, The Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Green College at the University of British Columbia, Acadia University, the University of Winnipeg, and the Vancouver Chapter of the American Research Centre in Egypt.