Profile: University of Reading and the Department of Classics – Classical Association Annual Conference 2013 at Reading

Post No 2 – Classical Association Annual Conference 2013 at Reading
University of Reading and its department of Classics

Throughout this week we will bring you something about Classical Association’s annual conference, at 9AM sharp until Sunday. Today, we give you an overview of the University of Reading and the Department of Classics that hosts this year’s conference. Sections divided by:
i) Department of Classics
ii) University of Reading

i) Department of Classics

The University of Reading is founded in 1892. Classics has been taught at Reading’s University ever since that year. Dodds, Alan Wardman and Deryck Williams in previous years, Barbara Goff and Ian Rutherford currently, the Classics Department has never been short of talent and great minds. Nonetheless it started with Ure, the great Percy Neville Ure.

Ure was the first Professor of Classics at the Department and his appointment “in 1911 mark the beginning of the Department of Classics as it exists today,” according to the Department’s website. Ure is known for his great works in Greek ceramics and politcal history. Ure and his wife Annie Ure also established the Ure Museum of Archaeology in 1922 and she remained the Museum’s curator until her death in 1976. The Ure Museum has one of the largest collection of Ancient Greek pottery, but also exhibits other artefacts including some from Egypt.

The Department  now, based in the Whiteknights campus of the University, is led by Prof. Peter Kruschwitz and leads a team with a diverse list of interests. The department focuses on three key research area of “Language, Text and Power”, “Art, Religion and Society” and “The Classical Tradition and Reception Studies. For a list of the staff and their profile see here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/classics/about/class-staff.aspx

The Department is an active and thriving community socially as well as academically. There is a thriving Classics Society with regular social activities  the society will provide volunteer helpers for the Classical Association conference. There is also regular interaction within all parts of the Department – perhaps their presence on social media is a good pointer to that. You can find the pages and Twitter accounts here:

  • CA conference’s Twitter: @CA2013Reading
  • The Department’s Twitter: @UniRdg_Classics
  • The Classics Society’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_156113834444450&ap=1
  • The Department’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Department-of-Classics-at-the-University-of-Reading/125684207464068

ii)  University of Reading

The University of Reading is founded in 1892 is the established town of Reading. By this time Reading has become a nodal point for the Great Western railway network, which means it is quite possible to travel on one train to destinations such as London, Fishguard (for the Irish ferry), Cardiff, Bristol all of the South West and parts of West Midlands. No doubt the accessibility not only cause the town to thrive increasing the viability of an education institution  but also allows great mobility for the staff of the University.

The original institution was not exactly strictly a University, since a charter was not granted until 1926. The original College of Reading served somewhat as an outpost for Christ Church College of the University of Oxford. It was based in the London Road area until the much larger site of Whiteknights Campus was bought after the war in 1947.

The current Vice-Chancellor of the University is Sir David Bell, an educationalist in research. The Chancellor of the University is Sir John Madejski, owner of Auto Trader magazine, chairman of Reading Football Club (whose stadium is also named after him) and a man who clearly has his heart in Berkshire.

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One Response to Profile: University of Reading and the Department of Classics – Classical Association Annual Conference 2013 at Reading

  1. Pingback: You and Ure Museum, and your plenary sessions – Classical Association Annual Conference 2013 at Reading « Classics Collective

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