Classics in Colonial Cities: Virtual Conference – School of Humanities Classics in Colonial Cities: Virtual Conference – School of Humanities

Classics in Colonial Cities: Virtual Conference

Classics in Colonial Cities: Virtual Conference

In the light of the extensive interest in the classical heritage evident in so much of the British Commonwealth, we have decided to organise a virtual conference on Classics in Colonial Cities in the first week of November 2021.

These conferences will focus on Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and how classicism contributed to the development of cities and the creation of civic life and identities.

How it works

Recordings of the papers will be distributed to everyone who registers prior to the event.  The conference will involve panels at which each of the paper givers will give a short live talk and then be available to answer questions and engage in general discussion.  Attendees are asked to watch the recordings before attending the panel sessions. Abstracts will be circulated prior to the conference.

Panels will be organized around the following themes:

  • Reception
  • Education
  • Sculptures and Artefacts
  • Heritage
  • Architecture and Place

All times are AEDT (= UTC +11, NZDT = UTC +13, SAST = UTC +2)
In order to allow for international participation, this event has been scheduled for three evenings (Sydney time) over three days.



1 November 

  • 17:00-17:20
    OPENING REMARKS: Alastair Blanshard
  • 17:20-18:20
    Chair: Alastair Blanshard
    Laura Ginters, Sarah Midford, Marguerite Johnson, The Trojans, Carthage and “corrobory”: Creating a Colonial City through Classical Reception
    Craig Barker, Pompeii Down Under: Henry J. Pain’s pyrotechnic show in Australia, 1886-1904
  • 18:25-18:55
    Chair: Alastair Blanshard
    Jeffrey Murray, Classical education in colonial cities
    Peter Brownlee, Badham of Sydney: The making of a Public Intellectual in Colonial New South Wales 1867-1884  

2 November 

  • 17:00-17:30

    Chair: Keith Dobney
    Tom Zanker, Classicizing Sculpture around Adelaide Oval
    Andrew Stiles, Classicism in Centennial Park: The Changing Identities and Uses of [Neo]Classical Statuary in the Colon
  • 18:00-18:45
    Chair: Julia Horne
    Dr Andonis Piperoglou, Diaspora and Civilisational Heritage: The Classical Tradition and Greek Settler Colonialism
    Caitlin McMenamin, The influence of Classics in the commemoration of World War I across the commonwealth 

3 November  

  • 17:00-18:00
    Chair: Julia Kindt
    Jack Lee and Cam Logan, Picturesque Visions and Colonial Possessions: Classicism in Hardy Wilson’s Old Colonial Architecture in New South Wales and Tasmania
    Federico Freschi, A comparative study linking the classicising architecture of late-19th and early-20th century Johannesburg with that of Dunedin
    Kathryn H. Stutz, Neo-Latin Inscriptions and Neoclassical Architecture: Colonial Constructions of Lady Franklin and Sir John in Hobart, Tasmania
    Ray Laurence, “The Field of Mars” in place-making
  • 18:05-18:25
    : Grant Parker 


All times are AEDT (= UTC +11, NZDT = UTC +13, SAST = UTC +2) 

Photograph by Tom Lennon. Collection: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.



Nov 01 - 03 2021


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm




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