The Once and Future Antiquity: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy

March 27-28, 2015
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA, USA

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What roles has classical antiquity – its art, history, literature, philosophy, material culture – played in visions of the future, the fantastic, the speculative, and the might-have-been?

How have works of science fiction imagined ancient traditions in relation to the modern world, whether at present or in the days after tomorrow?

What might it mean to consider ancient worlds through the lens of fantasy, a genre traditionally associated with medievalism?

The Once and Future Antiquity explores answers to these questions, and raises new questions, by bringing together an international roster of authors, scholars, students, and others interested in the intersections of ancient classics and modern science fiction and fantasy. It is the third international conference in this exciting and growing field in reception studies, following L'Antiquité dans l'imaginaire contemporain ("Antiquity in the Contemporary Imagination", Rouen, France, 2012) and Swords, Sorcery, Sandals, and Space (Science Fiction Foundation, Liverpool, U.K., 2013).

All are welcome! The conference is free and open to the public. If you plan on attending the opening night reception and/or lunch on Saturday, please register online by March 18. For additional information, contact the organizers, Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens, at

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