Keynote Address

Feminism and Classics VI

Keynote Address

Ancient Warfare and the Forcible Penetration of Borders, Communities, and Bodies

Kathy L. Gaca
Department of Classical Studies
Vanderbilt University

Kathy L. Gaca is Associate Professor of Classics at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on exploring how sexual norms rooted in antiquity inform current concerns of social injustice and violence. She is the author of The Making of Fornication: Eros, Ethics, and Political Reform in Greek Philosophy and Early Christianity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, winner of the CAMWS 2006 Outstanding Publication Award) and of numerous articles, including “Manhandled and ‘Kicked Around’: Reinterpreting the Etymology and Symbolism of andrapoda,” forthcoming in Indogermanische Forschungen 116 (2011), 110-46; “The Andrapodizing of War Captives in Greek Historical Memory,” TAPA 140 (2010), 117-61; and “Reinterpreting the Homeric Simile of Iliad 16.7-11: The Girl and Her Mother in Ancient Greek Warfare,” AJP 129 (2008), 145-71. She is currently at work on her second book, Armed and Sexual Warfare against Girls and Women: Ancient History, Modern Witness, Overpowering Injustice, and has published “Girls, Women, and the Significance of Sexual Violence in Ancient Warfare” in Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights, edited by Elizabeth Heineman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). She received her PhD in Classics at the University of Toronto and held the Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.