Last updated: 02:57, 16Apr
Well… we can’t put updates here more regularly so we hope we can update it twice-daily. We will tweet whenever we have updated.
02:57, 16Apr. The Classical Association annual conference 2014 has closed.
After two more sets of panels today, the conference has closed and a sunny Nottingham sent off visitors to the conference.
We would like to thank University of Nottingham, its organisers especially Helen Lovatt and the student helpers for their effort and congratulated them on the success of the conference.
This Live update post will also close, but summaries to follow.
06:57, 16Apr. Martha Kearney sweetens the mood of the conference with honeyed words as she addressed the conference on the topic of honey, while Paul Roberts receives the CA prize at the evening gala dinner at Colwick Hall.
The day began with two sets of panels and, after lunch, roundtable discussions and excursions.
In the evening, Martha Kearney, graduate of Classics from St. Anne’s College, Oxford and the current presenter of BBC Radio 4’s World at One, gave the presidential address. It was a highly entertaining and informative speech on bees and beekeeping. Kearney’s programme on bee was on television yesterday and, in the address, she combined her knowledge of modern beekeeping with research on ancient perceptions of bees across the Mediterranean and the fertile crescent. Before her address, Emma Stafford, the honorary secretary of the Classical Association, thanked the student helpers of the conference for their work.
Delegates then headed towards the bus, which headed to Colwick Hall for this year’s gala dinner. Located next to a racecourse, Colwick Hall provided a marquee, which provided the setting for a lovely dinner and dance. After courses of food were had, Paul Roberts was presented by Martha Kearney with the Classical Association prize, which recognises work to promote Classics. Paul Roberts was the director of the British Museum’s “blockbuster” exhibition on Pompeii and Herculaneum, which attracted a record number of visitor. In his acceptance speech, she regaled diners with his career and media coverage of the exhibition. We would like to place our congratulations to Paul for such deserved recognition for his work.
Then, much merriment was had and smooth moves were seen across the dance flooe.
06:34, 15Apr. The sun is slowly ebbing its way above the horizon and Nottingham presents delegates with two sets of panels and either excursion or round-table discussion in the afternoon. There will be the presidential address and the gala dinner this evening.
Today is the high point of the conference, but we are also half way through its programme.
19:54, 14Apr. We were treated to some excellent panels this afternoon. We live-tweeted along to the New Approaches to eLearning panel, which you can review using the hashtage #CA14eLearn. Well done to Bart Natoli who organised it, and all those who spoke in the panel!
The conference is certainly alive and buzzing and delegates were treated to a plenary in which two distinct talks, one on ancient poleis by Kostas Vassopoulos, one on tracing the rise of Roman politics through architecture by Penelope Davies, gave contrasting approaches of analysis in terms of context and theme in isolation.
14:32. 14Apr. The weather really is nice, but why would we want to be outside with such great talks going on? We have been live-tweeting from the “New approaches to eLearning” panel but others have also enjoyed panels on comparative approaches to Classics, Roman Bodies and slavery. Onwards and upwards!
06:50, 14Apr. Good morning! Breakfast and the first panels here very soon. I believe delegates will be directed down from the halls to the panel locations before the panels start at 9pm.
This morning there are two sets of nine parallel panels and delegates will have the flexibility to go between panels. There is also an artefact handling session at the University of Nottingham Museum. If you would like to follow proceedings, why not follow the twitter hashtag #CA14?
22:42, 13Apr, Delegates were welcomed to a clear Spring afternoon in Nottingham as the campus looks resplendent and ready. Classicists can be seen enjoying the sun at Cripps Hall while other busily settles themselves to their lodging for the next three nights.
At 5:10pm delegates were helpfully directed to Coates Auditorum for the first plenary. Helen Lovatt, the conference organiser, welcomed delegates to the conference. The session was shared by Alex Purves (UCLA) and Katharina Lorenz (Nottingham) and was titled “Touching Space: Turning on the limits of Word and Image.” Delegates were treated to an insightful talk on narrative and architectural analysis, and how perception might vary depending on the space between the viewer and the viewed.
It was a short day but all the delegates were high in spirit and catching up with familiar faces. The mood is right for a great conference!
See the collection of blog posts we have created over the week on the conference:
- Profile of the University of Nottingham and its Classics Department.
- Getting to the conference and getting around the panels.
- Behind the scenes interview with the organiser and a student helper.
- Advice on Nottingham and the views of a delegate.
- From the Classical Association blog: Tweeiting the CA conference #CA14 by Liz Gloyn.