FemClas 2020 canceled

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of FemClas 2020.  Per an edict from the President of Wake Forest University, no university-sponsored events with more than 50 people are permitted through June 30, 2020. That edict is, of course, the right move, even if it means our conference cannot happen. Over the next few weeks, the conference organizers and Program Committee will determine next steps and explore the possibility of rescheduling — perhaps FemClas 2021 will rise from the ashes of FemClas 2020.

Coronavirus update

We are currently assessing the Coronavirus situation with respect to Feminism & Classics 2020.  The governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency, and there are 7 cases (1 confirmed, 6 presumptive) in the Research Triangle part of the state, while the Forsyth County Department of Public Health indicates that “the risk of contracting the virus remains low in this area.”

Wake Forest University has a website with infrequent updates:
The university is currently on spring break.  We are awaiting an announcement from the administration on whether classes will resume as normal on Monday or not.  We are also in contact with the Marriott about their contingency planning.

At this point, we just aren’t certain about whether we will need to cancel the in-person portion of the conference or not.  We anticipate making a decision about that within the next 7–9 days, or perhaps sooner, if Wake Forest follows some other universities’ lead in halting all large-group events through May.

We will be consulting with our Program Committee on next steps in the event of a cancellation.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Registration & hotel reservation info

Feminism & Classics 2020 logo: an ancient statue of a woman and a silhouette of that statue made out of fragments of Sappho
designs by Nathan Allen


We are currently waiting for our host institution to finalize the credit card payment for the registration website. In the meantime, here are the registration costs:
$158 for full-time scholars
$48 for students, contingent faculty, and unemployed and underemployed scholars

The registration deadline will be April 21, 2020. There will be no late registration option. Registration costs include:

  • lunch on the Saturday of the conference
  • coffee/snack breaks
  • opening reception
  • banquet
  • printed conference program
  • conference swag


Reservations are live for the hotel!

The conference hotel is the Winston-Salem Marriott. See the corporate Human Rights Policy Statement here. The local hotel has additionally been given a copy of the FemClas 2020 Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy and has guaranteed that hotel staff will not eject any person from the premises without prior discussion with the conference organizers.

Please reserve your hotel rooms sooner rather than later. We have started with a smallish block of rooms (50), to make sure that the conference doesn’t fall short of its financial commitments in the contract with the hotel. We can expand the block, depending on availability, but the sooner you reserve, the better we’ll be able to accommodate everyone who wants to stay at the hotel.

Here are the reservation details:
Feminism & Classics 2020
Start Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
End Date: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Last Day to Book: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
Winston-Salem Marriott for 139 USD per night
Book your group rate for Feminism & Classics 2020

Financial support

We anticipate having $10,000 in financial assistance available for conference attendees who need support. The support is open to anyone who is presenting at the conference (participating in a panel, giving a paper, etc.) and who needs support to be able to attend. You will be able to request support as part of your registration; anyone who registers & requests aid by our cutoff date (to be determined, but significantly earlier than the overall registration deadline of April 21) will get an equal share of the total available funds. We are still determining the mechanics for disbursing the funds.

The Women’s Classical Caucus and the Lambda Classical Caucus have travel funding available for this conference for their members, as well.


We are still working on the program. Our apologies for the delay! Sessions will begin on the morning of Thursday, May 21, and will end at noon on Sunday, May 24. After lunchtime on Sunday, May 24, there will be an open-to-all, open-ended session for reflecting on the conference, thinking ahead to the future, and planting ideas for host(s) of FemClas 2024.

Feminism & Classics 2020 logo: a statue bust of Alexander the Great with silhouette of torso and hand made out of fragments of Sappho

Call for Volunteers

Feminism & Classics VIII will take place May 21–24, 2020, in Winston-Salem, hosted by the Department of Classics and the Department of Philosophy of Wake Forest University.  (A CFP will come later; abstracts for proposed papers and panels will be due around September 2019.)

The co-organizers, Professor Emily Austin and Professor T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, intend to form a Program Committee not of Wake Forest faculty but of scholars from a diversity of regions, institutions, disciplines, backgrounds, career stages, and theoretical approaches — and we would like YOU to take part!

The Program Committee will have the following responsibilities, in collaboration of course with the co-organizers:

  • determine the conference theme, or decide not to have one (FemClas VII was “VISIONS”)
  • draft the CFP
  • evaluate, accept, and reject abstracts
  • assemble sessions and the program more generally
  • advise the co-organizers on keynote speakers, breakout sessions, programming beyond the standard conference-paper format, and so forth

If you are interested in being a member of the FemClas ProgComm, apply by emailing THM at thmgg@wfu.edu no later than February 1, 2019, with the following:

  • an informal statement of interest (a paragraph or so)
  • a current c.v.
  • how you’d like your name and affiliation listed
  • the best way(s) to contact you

We will acknowledge receipt of applications, and will get back to all applicants by February 15.  Please pass the word on to anybody you know of who might be interested!