Photograph by Tom Lennon showing part of the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park, Sydney

The University of Sydney’s School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) is organising a virtual conference on Classics in Colonial Cities in November 2021.

The conference 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. Key themes to be explored include:

  • the role of Classics in Education,
  • the Dramatic and Visual Arts,
  • the Built Environment,
  • the representation of Indigenous peoples – and Indigenous responses.

The conference organisers see the conference as leading to a publication of essays that will encompass these themes but they are also open to suggestions on other significant topics relevant to the life and fabric of the city.

The conference will include individual papers that will be recorded and made available in advance and discussed in zoom meetings and panels dealing with particular questions. The conference will be hosted by the University of Sydney in the first week of November, 2021.

Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest are sought from anyone who would like to offer a paper or to organize a panel discussion. Please send an abstract of up to 250 words for a paper or 300 words for a panel discussion to by June 1 2021.

For more information and for further contact details, see