Upcoming Event - Towards a Counterhistory of the Western Canon | The “Original Fragments” of the Bible and Homer

an ancient vase with a painting of multiple figures

Friday-Saturday February 16-17 at UC Davis

Today, powerful forces push us to either idolize or neglect now-canonical works like Homer and the Bible, seeing them as either evidence of a unique Western genius or as exhausted and overplayed “greatest hits.” But before they were idols, worshipped or fallen, ancient Mediterranean cultural monuments were something quite different. This workshop will explore how the discoveries of criticism let us encounter them freshly, as if for the first time.

Friday 10am-5pm Putah Creek Lodge

Carolina Lopez-Ruiz, University of Chicago Classics and Divinity School

Claire Healy, UC Berkeley Classics and History

Joel Christensen, Brandeis University Classics

Walker Rhea, UC Davis Religious Studies

Keynote 4pm, Hyrbid format

Jamal Jones, University of Wisconsin Madison South Asian Studies

Saturday 10am-3pm Sproul 912

Jacqueline Vayntrub, Yale University Divinity School

Kay White, Mt. Holyoke College

Seth L Sanders, UC Davis Religious Studies and Jewish Studies

Anna Uhlig, UC Davis Classics

Roundtable: Conclusions


email counterhistoriesconference@gmail.com to register or for further info; refreshments will be served

Sponsored by UC Davis Religious Studies, Classics, Jewish Studies, and Comparative Literature