Speakers

Gillian Darcy

Gillian Darcy is currently writing her PhD thesis in Hispanic Studies at La Trobe University. Her thesis focuses on the links between language and identity politics and nationalism in the region of Valencia, Spain. Gillian Darcy completed Honours (Linguistics) at the University of Melbourne and Honours (Hispanic Studies) at Latrobe University. As a Maltese national, Gillian has also written about Maltese cultural and linguistic identity with respect to Malta’s position in the Mediterranean. Since 2010, Gillian has taught Spanish and Spanish history in European Studies. She is also involved with ‘The Belonging Project’ as part of the editing team for a special edition in New Scholar.

Peter Davis

Associate Professor Peter Davis lectured in Classics at the University of Tasmania for many years. He is now a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, where he is one of the chief investigators in a project funded by the Australian Re- search Council, ‘Banning Ideas, Burning Books: The Dynamics of Censorship in Classical Antiquity’. He has published widely on ancient Greek and Roman literature, including a recent book Ovid and Augustus: A Political Reading of Ovid's Erotic Poetry.

Eugene Durrant

Eugene Durrant has an MA in Classics and Archaeology at Melbourne University. His area of study is the late-republican and early-imperial periods of Roman history, especially the Julio-Claudian period. Amongst other things, he is particularly interested in Roman literature, culture, ideology, propaganda, ancient magic and warfare.

Rhiannon Evans

Dr Rhiannon Evans is a lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University, where she teaches Latin and Ancient Roman culture. She has previously worked as a Classics Lecturer at the Universities of Melbourne and Tasmania for a total of thirteen years. After a B.A. in Classics and a Masters in Latin in the U.K., she completed her Classics PhD in Los Angeles, and wrote her doctoral thesis on ethnography and barbarians in Latin literature. Rhiannon is interested Roman imperialism and representations of primitivism and foreigners in literary texts, and is currently working on Julius Caesar's account of the conquest of Gaul. She has published a book on the Golden Age and Utopianism in Roman literature.

Dimitri Gonis

Dimitri Gonis is currently writing his PhD thesis in Greek Studies at La Trobe University. His thesis focuses on the role of memory in the construction of the Macedonian identity in Australia. Dimitri completed his Masters at La Trobe University in 1997 (Greek Studies). Since 2011 Dimitri has taught Modern Greek, Trans- territorial Hellenism and Ethnic and Civil Conflict in Southern Europe and in Cyprus, in the School of Historical and European Studies. He is also involved with the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University.

Christopher Gribbin

Dr Christopher Gribbin is a fellow at the University of Melbourne's School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, where he runs the Classics Summer School for the public each January. He has a particular interest in ancient myth, religion and philosophy, and their value for today. Chris’ annual Classics Summer School is an opportunity for anyone to learn a little about the society, myths, art, architecture, literature and philosophy of the ancient world. Classes are small, relaxed and fun. All classes take place at the University of Melbourne, Parkville, in January each year. More details, including an enrolment form, are available on the Classics Summer School website (http://classics-archaeology.unimelb.edu.au/community/summer- school/). Or, e-mail Christopher Gribbin at cgribbin@unimelb.edu.au.

Chris Mackie

Professor Chris Mackie is the Director of the Research Centre for Greek Studies and also the Head of School of Humanities at La Trobe University. He studied Latin and Greek at the University of Newcastle (NSW), and then wrote his PhD at the University of Glasgow on the Roman poem the Aeneid, by Vergil. He has written widely on Roman and Greek topics, especially Vergil, Homer, and Greek mythology. More recently he has developed interests in the Gallipoli/Dardanelles region through time, and in classical reception studies. After working at the University of New England (NSW) for two years, he was at the University of Melbourne for 24 years. He joined the Research Centre for Greek Studies at La Trobe University in mid 2010.

David Malouf

David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including The Great World, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger, Remembering Babylon, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek, Dream Stuff Every Move You Make, his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street and Ransom. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award.

Sarah Midford

Sarah Midford is currently writing a PhD thesis at the University of Melbourne on the importance of the classics in the construction of Anzac as a civil religion in Australia. Sarah completed her MA (Classics) in the political exploitation of Roman Triumph during in late Republican and early Imperial Rome at the University of Melbourne in 2007. Since 2010, Sarah has worked on the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli Peninsula (JHAS). Sarah has taught Ancient World Studies and Australian Studies at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University since 2006. Sarah has been a Research Associate at La Trobe University since mid 2011.

Annabel Orchard

Annabel Orchard is currently writing a PhD thesis in Classical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis 'The Bronzed Body of Achilleus' looks at the armed warrior in Homer's Iliad, and at the effect of contemporary technology on mythic form and content. Annabel has taught Classics since 2000 at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and at La Trobe University. In 2003 she re-established the Classical Studies programme at Monash University. Other projects include the development of interactive media for education, research and entertainment. One such project, Winged Sandals, with the University of Melbourne and the ABC, is an interactive website for kids. It uses digital storytelling to expand the means of retell- ing Greek myth. Annabel is currently employed in the Faculty of Law at La Trobe University developing digital resources for university course delivery.

Gerardo Papalia

Dr Gerardo Papalia is a specialist in Italian-Australian studies. His teaching and research interests encompass Italian and Italian-Australian history, cinema and literature. After taking an Arts Degree (with Honours) from Melbourne University, Gerardo won a scholarship from the Italian Government and graduated in ‘Lettere e Filosofia’ at the University of Pavia. In 2003 he was awarded a PhD from La Trobe University with a thesis on the history of political and cultural relations between Australia and Italy in the 1930s. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in Italian Studies at La Trobe University and Research Associate at Monash University.

Marisa Raniolo Wilkins

Marisa Raniolo Wilkins is the author of the book Sicilian Seafood Cooking and is well known for her blog on Sicilian food All Things Sicilian and More. Her interest in food is driven by her desire to explore her cultural origins. She is a first-generation Italian -Australian with both her parents born in Sicily. Marisa has always been passionate about fresh, local ingredients and she has an active association with market stall- holders and food producers. Before becoming a food writer, Marisa taught English and Italian in schools.

Gillian Shepherd

Dr Gillian Shepherd is Lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Director of the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University. Gillian studied Classics and Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne before going on to complete a PhD in Classical Archaeology at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by a research fellowship at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Until her recent return to Australia to take up her position at La Trobe University, Gillian was Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research interests are the ancient Greek colonisation of Sicily and Italy, burial customs, and the archaeology and art of Greece and Magna Graecia.

Rod White

Rod White is currently completing a PhD thesis at the University of Melbourne on the collapse of complex societies: a case study of the Hittites and Neo-Hittites. Rod completed a BEng and MSc before changing his direction and completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne. Rod has undertaken archaeological fieldwork at the Chobareti archaeological excavation in Georgia and has lectured on Archaic Greece and Comparative Civilisations at the University of Melbourne.