Classical Association conference 2015 roundup
Oh and I gave a paper. There were about forty-five people in my room; there had been people sitting on the floor but I guess a couple of them had left by the time I spoke. I presented on a little episode recorded in Livy and Plutarch, in which M Servilius Pulex Geminus accidentally shows off 'what should have remained concealed' when showing some battle scars during a political argument in the assembly. I aimed to illustrate in a generally accessible way some aspects of the somatic nature of militaristic ideology, in doing so tying in with some current research into imperialism and some past into Roman social nudity. The feedback I got was uniformly positive, with one person describing it as excellent to me in a 2am conversation at a random Bristol nightclub the following night, which is really encouraging. Thee slide deck is up on academia.edu, seeing as several people had asked for it. That includes the someone who started emailing me after I hadn't responded to her paper request on there within two days, which would've been a bit demanding even if I hadn't been busy writing a conference programme brochure while flying back and forth to Glasgow to see friends. Next year, I think I might get together a panel for the CA.