Public Events 2021-2022

At present, our events are still taking place on Zoom, but we are hoping to have some in person events later in the academic year.

All events are open live to members.

You can visit recorded events and CA Teaching Board CPD videos for teachers on our YouTube channel. Unless otherwise stated, all events begin at 6pm and close at 7pm (U.K. time).

You can become a member here, also via Pay-Pal: You can also ‘tip’ us at: There will be further events for members throughout the year, including a student-led and careers workshops and short talks. 

Also look out for children’s competitions with Athena’s Owls!

You can download a PDF of the programme here

Manchester & District Classical Association
Programme of Speakers and Events 2021-22

Tues 28 Sep 5pm

A Conversation with…Dr Emma Southon     

A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. ‘True Crime’ and the Ancient Past

This event is part of an In Conversation With… series for the Manchester Classical Association. Dr. Emma Southon has a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Birmingham, and a version on her thesis was published in 2017 as Marriage, Sex and Death: The Family and the Fall of the Roman West. After a few years teaching Ancient and Medieval history, followed by some years teaching academic writing, Dr Southon became a public historian. Her first book is a biography of the much maligned Agrippina the Younger, the sister of Caligula, wife of Claudius and mother of Nero. 

Her second book A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, an exploration of murder and homicide in the Roman world. She is also co-host of a history/comedy podcast with Janina Matthewson called History is Sexy and has featured alongside Greg Jenner on his You’re Dead to Me podcast, as well as having written a number of articles in prominent history publications. You can read more about Dr Southon’s work, and support her, here: 

Eventbrite signup (Jointly with Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage)

Youtube Recording:

Tues 19 Oct 6pm

Dr Heba Abd el Gawad (University College London)      


Your Decolonisation is Nothing but a Tick-Box! Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage and UK Museums’ Distressing Decolonisation Turn.

YouTube recording:

Weds 17 Nov 6pm

Dr Emma Jayne Graham (The Open University)

Disability in Ancient Rome: Discovering the Lived Experience of Ancient Mobility Impairments

In this talk Emma-Jayne Graham uses archaeological evidence from Ancient Rome to explore disability in the classical world. She uses votives – models of the human body made as offerings to the gods – to ask what it was like to have a physical impairment in Roman Italy. This is a joint paper with the Manchester Classical Association and Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage.

Eventbrite signup (Jointly with Cultures of Disability & Greater Manchester Combined Authority)

Tues 14 Dec 6pm ​

Dr Elizabeth Gloyn (University of London, Royal Holloway)        

Meeting Medusa: Why Does the Ancient Monster Survive in the Modern World?​

Tues 25 Jan 6-7.30pm

Dr Joanne McNamara (Liverpool College), Mr Bobb Fairbairn, and Mr Jacob Duncan

Want to Teach Classics and Ancient History in the North-West? A Workshop for Students           

Weds 16 Feb 1pm

Prof Susan Deacy (Roehampton University)

‘It Sounds Like Being Autistic’: Why Classical Myth Can Chime with Autistic Experiences

March – June 2022 we welcome:

Prof Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky), March 2022                         

Dr Sarah Bond (University of Iowa), May 2022                                             

Dr Katharine Blouin (University of Toronto), May 2022                                         

Dr Jo Stoner (University of Kent, Canterbury), June 2022            

We look forward to seeing you at our events!

If you have any questions about our public events, please email the branch Secretary, Jenny Bryan, at, or any other committee member of the branch.