Lambda Classical Caucus
A Coalition of Queer Classicists and Allies


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Call for Papers: One Hundred and Twenty Years of Homosexuality
LCC Panel,
American Philological Association: Anaheim, January 6-9, 2010

Organizers: Ruby Blondell ( and Kirk Ormand (

The APA/AIA meeting in January 2010 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Lambda Classical Caucus (founded at the APA in December 1989). This year will also mark the twentieth anniversary of a pair of enormously influential books: David Halperin's One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and Jack Winkler's Constraints of Desire. Published in the same year, in the same series (Routledge's New Ancient World), and often reviewed together, these two books introduced many classicists to queer theory for the first time and revolutionized the field of queer classics. If that were not enough, 1990 likewise saw the publication by Princeton of Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World, edited by Halperin, Winkler, and Froma Zeitlin. David Halperin was also--not coincidentally--the founder of the Lambda Classical Caucus (click here for our history).

This seems a good moment, then, to celebrate what we have achieved--both as an organization and as an intellectual movement--over the past 20 years, and to look forward to what we may achieve in the next 20, by asking where we have come from, what we have accomplished, and what still remains to be done. While celebrating the past, and the path that brought us here, we also want to consider where we stand now, and how best to go forward. Which methodological tools are still proving useful, which need to be reassessed or sharpened, and which have had their day? What avenues of inquiry, theoretical models, or forms of evidence, have been overlooked or come into recent prominence? How have social and political developments, within or beyond the academy, reconfigured the world of queer classics, its constraints or opportunities, since 1990?

While we are especially interested in the methods and concerns of Halperin and Winkler (comparative anthropology, the application of queer theory to classics, Foucault's formulation of "sexuality" as a peculiarly modern form of knowledge, the articulation of pre-modern sexual identities), and their influence upon the field, we are open to submissions exploring any aspect of the current state and future directions of queer classics. Abstracts might address such topics as our understanding of "active" and "passive" roles in Greece and Rome, ancient notions of sexual subjectivity, categories of sexual behavior, shame and honor, the practice of paederasty, the intersection(s) of gender and sexual identity, questions of evidence, and/or the periodicity of particular sexual categories, values, or identities. In keeping with Lambda traditions, we welcome submissions that deal with material culture as well as those focussing on texts and/or other forms of evidence.

Abstracts should be sent as Word attachments to Joy Connolly ( by February 5, 2009. (Do not send them to the organizers.) Personal identifying information should not appear on the abstract itself. Abstracts should be no more than one page and should follow the instructions for individual abstracts on p. 6 of the APA Program Guide in the 2007 newsletter.

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