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How writing for the public makes you a better classicist

Thursday 13 September 2018
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Heinsius Room


Calls for classicists to embrace public scholarship often position the academic as a conduit between antiquity and the interests of ordinary folks. In this view, the scholar must filter his vast cache of esoteric knowledge and offer this rendered concoction to "the public." The public becomes better, more educated, citizens, and the scholar can be satisfied that he has done his benevolent duty. This talk reverses course: rather than look at public scholarship unidirectionally, I posit that we should also acknowledge the ways in which the public—or writing for it—educates the scholar

About the speaker

Sarah Scullin earned a B.A. in Classics from the University of Texas in 2005 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, where she wrote her dissertation, entitled "Hippocratic Pain," on the cognitive dimensions of pain in the Hippocratic Corpus. Since 2016, she has been Managing Editor for the online classics journal Eidolon, and is currently Acting Editor-in-chief. She has written twenty articles (and counting) for Eidolon and its related blog, Idle Musings, the most well-known of which are "Making A Monster" (on how to approach the scholarship of a famous classicist after his arrest for possession of child pornography), "She's Only a 4" (on medical approaches to cervical dilation in childbirth), and "Plato Would Have Wanted You to Unplug" (on ancient and modern technophobia).

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