Throughout this week we are bringing you information on Classical Association’s annual conference. In the last post we have enjoyed the advice by Helen Lovatt and Ellen Richardson on how to get the most out of the conference. Today we spoke to some old friends of the blog and bring you advice on how to enjoy Nottingham, and the thoughts of a delegate.
Classical Association Conference 2014: The University of Nottingham
Jack O’Neill, former University of Nottingham student currently studying for his PhD in Classics at the University of Exeter provides us with some insight into the location for this year’s conference.
- Thank you very much for talking to us about the upcoming conference Jack. Can you tell us a little bit about what we have to look forward to?
The 2014 edition of the CA conference promises much with eight sessions packed into three days and over 60 panels of papers, there is plenty on offer for each and every enthusiast of the ancient world! Martha Kearney, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme shall deliver the presidential address this year and is certainly not one to miss! Also look out for the interactive plenary sessions this year which are related to ”The Spatial Turn’: Space and Narrative in Art and Literature’ featuring Dr Alex Purves (UCLA) and Dr Katharina Lorenz (Nottingham) and ‘The Ancient City’ featuring Dr Penelope Davies (University of Texas) and Dr Kostas Vlassopoulos (Nottingham); these sessions are sure to provide conference attendees with lots to get involved with!
- As a former student at the University of Nottingham, could you tell us a bit about the campus and if it will be difficult to find our way around?
The University of Nottingham has a well set out campus and the recent work done on campus to further improve the road network has only served to improve connections. Maps of the campus are available across campus and online and there will be helpers on site who will be happy to assist you. The University Park campus itself is very picturesque with a lake and many beautiful gardens perfect for a little break from the rigour of academic life.
- You were also born and raised in Beeston, Nottingham weren’t you? Can you tell us a little bit about the local area?
Yes indeed I was, growing up within a few minutes’ walk of the campus itself. In fact I lived so close I lived at home for a few years during my time there! The local town centre at Beeston offers a range of shops, restaurants and pubs to sample and is about 10-15min walk from the West entrance of campus. The city centre of Nottingham is about half an hour’s walk from the East side of campus but there are bus stops at all campus entrances which go to the centre of Beeston or Nottingham to make exploring easier!
In Beeston, be wary of the ongoing tram developments which have disrupted the local area. Nevertheless there are some hidden gems to be found! Try Amores on Station Road or Latinos a little further away on Chilwell Road for a great Italian, the Nimboo on Villa Street for a great Indian or Yiannis on Wollaton Road for Greek cuisine – very classics appropriate! For pubs, The Victoria pub on Dovecote Lane is recommended as is the Greyhound on the High Street which often has live bands playing.
Wollaton Park just a few minutes’ walk off of campus is very beautiful and is certainly worth checking out. The park itself is part of the estate of the grand country house, Wollaton Hall which is an example of grand Elizabethan architecture and was recently used for the filming of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises as Wayne Manor.
Nottingham has more restaurants per square mile than any other city in the UK, and as such offers a wide selection! Check out the trendy Saltwater bar and restaurant on top of the corner house which offers views across the city. The Indian restaurant, the Memsaab on Maid Marian Way is renowned in the local area as well. The city has a Concert Hall and two excellent Theatres in the Theatre Royal and the Playhouse and a plethora of bars dotted in and around the city centre. Definitely an experience not to be missed is a visit to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem which is often accredited with being England’s oldest pub!
It just leaves me to say here’s to a successful conference!
Katrina Alaimo – a delegate who will be presenting a paper
- Kat, thanks for agreeing to talk to Classics Collective. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
I’m a second year PhD student at the University of Exeter. My research focuses on how small finds on temple sites are able to inform us about the various social practices which were happening on the site during different periods of time.
- Is this your first time at the conference? What did you remember about the last time?
This will be my first time presenting at the conference. The first time I attended the conference was back in 2012 when it was hosted by Exeter University. Since I was one of the volunteers helping out with the conference, I remember all the hustle and bustle, the wide range of talks, and the amazing Gala dinner.
- Did you miss not being there last year?
The conference is a really great way to meet and converse with students, academics and other professionals. You never know who you’ll meet. So, I do wish I was able to attend last year – I’ve heard so many good things about it.
- What do you hope to get out of this year’s conference?
I’m always interested in what kind of themes and topics are currently trending within the field. So, I look forward to attending a wide range of panels on different topics, learning new things and hopefully also being able to critically engage with the presentations.
- Have you planned for the conference?
I’m pretty much all planned for the conference… for the most part.
- Are you ready for the conference?
The beginning of the conference is coming up fast – bring it on!
You can attend Katrina Alaimo’s presentation on the final sets of panels, Wednesday at 12pm in Pope Building room C1. The panel is on Material Culture and her talk will be on “Using Small Finds Data for Temple Sites in Roman Britain”.