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Queer(y)ing the Past

February 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A series of short talks, co-organised by the University of Cambridge Archaeological Field Club, will explore the topics of sexuality and gender in the past.

The talks will be followed with an opportunity for further discussion and networking.

Confirmed speakers: 

Dr Sophus Helle, Aarhus University “What would a Queer Philology Entail?”

Abstract: Over the past fifteen years, philology has undergone a quiet revolution, as scholars from across the endless philological subfields have begun to think critically and in new ways about the complicated past and gloomy future of their field. Once dominant but long neglected, philology is now being rediscovered as the rich, motley, and global endeavor that it is. Race-critical, postcolonial, and “world” philologies have stepped onto the disciplinary scene—but what would a queer approach to philology entail? Using the examples of the Babylonian gender-bending ritual performers assinnu’s and kurgarrû’s, I argue that queer theory can help philology reflect on and refine some of its most fundamental (but almost always unstated) methodological assumptions.

Prof María Fernanda Ugalde, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

Prof O. Hugo Benavides, Fordham University

Zachary Nissen, Northwestern University

Abstract: tbc

Please join us on Zoom for this live event.  All are welcome, but registration is required.

Please register here:

Contact name: Laure Bonner. Contact email:
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February 18
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Department of Archaeology
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