Resources and Organizations
This list of internet links (with brief descriptions from each organization’s self-description) provides a starting point for those seeking to educate themselves about the ways in which the field of Classics has long been complicit with social structures that involve racism and other forms of oppression, as well as for those seeking to make changes in the field and to work to expand anti-racism in our society.
Anti-Oppression Resources for Learning, Reflection, and Action: a list compiled by the Bryn Mawr Career and Civic Engagement Center.
Antiracist Resources: Links and Lists from the Society for Classical Studies.
Black-Centered Resources for Ancient Mediterranean Studies: The resources included here are intended as a reference to highlight and promote the work and scholarship of Black thinkers.
Classics at the Intersections: a blog with the random thoughts of a Classicist on ancient Greek and Roman culture and contemporary America (Rebecca Futo Kennedy)
Eidolon: an online journal for scholarly writing about Classics that isn’t formal scholarship.
Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics: a platform where classical scholars, and the public more broadly, can learn about and respond to appropriations of Greco-Roman antiquity by hate groups online.
MRECC Principles of Antiracist Teaching & Reflection: This is an ongoing antiracist teaching guide collectively curated by members of Multiculturalism, Race & Ethnicity in Classics Consortium (MRECC). The principles emphasized here can be applied to courses both in translation (e.g. mythology, history, culture) and in language (e.g. Greek, Latin, Sanskrit). The purpose of this work is to strengthen the link between antiracist practices outside of Classics and efforts ongoing within the field.
Race and Ethnicity in Classics Pedagogy: A Starter Pack: This bibliography emphasizes open-access resources and is meant to be introductory rather than comprehensive.
Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus: a professional organization that fosters the interests of students and scholars of classical antiquity who identify as Asian and Asian American by (1) promoting scholarship that explores issues of classical reception in Asian and Asian American culture and (2) striving to bring together the vibrant community of Asian and Asian American classicists.
Classics and Social Justice: The purpose of the group is to bring together those scholars in the field who are working in various ways on social justice, using Classics. This work is a form of outreach that brings Classics out of the academy and returns it to the least privileged in our society; we seek to draw together those trained in our field who are in some cases giving intellectual life-lines to those in nearly hopeless situations: the incarcerated, veterans, and children with least access to quality education.
CripAntiquity: advocates for people disabled in academia & their allies: Students and teachers of antiquity, both past and present; Scholars with or without affiliation; Artists and activists; Anyone in a love/hate relationship with the past.
Eos: a scholarly society that exists to create a supportive, dedicated community for studying Africana receptions of ancient Greece & Rome and to foster collaborative research and pedagogy between Classics and other disciplines.
Lambda Classical Caucus: A Coalition of Queer Classicists and Allies whose purpose is to promote research that reflects the personal and intellectual interests of queer scholars, and provide a bridge between Classics and the interdisciplinary fields of LGBT/Queer Studies, the history of sexuality, cultural studies, and gender theory.
Mountaintop Coalition: Students and scholars of the ancient Mediterranean world and its reception (broadly defined) with a shared interest in advancing the professional goals of Classicists who identify as members of ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the field. Such interests include scholarly approaches to the study of race and ethnicity in antiquity, but the group’s activities focus on practical issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in professional settings.
The Sportula: provides microgrants to Classics and Classics-adjacent students (undergraduate and graduate) in the US. The Sportula can also work to find larger amounts of money and to help connect students with mentorship for non-monetary needs.
Women’s Classical Caucus: fosters feminist and gender-informed perspectives–especially those with intersectional and global approaches–in the study and teaching of all aspects of ancient Mediterranean cultures and classical antiquity. WCC also strives to advance the goals of equality and diversity within the profession of Classics through advocacy initiatives that support women, people of color, people with disabilities, and contingent faculty.