CaWT3 - October 2018
Classics and the World Today 3: Local Identities, Movement and Global Connections in Antiquity was held on Oct. 25-26, 2018 at the University of Toronto Mississauga. At the opening event, circa 250 guests from universities with the GTA, local high schools, and members of the public from Peel Region joined speakers Professor Elena Isayev (University of Exeter) and Professor Miguel John Versluys (Leiden University). Prof. Isayev discussed what compels communities to extend hospitality and asylum. By interspersing ideas from modernity and antiquity, she provided insights into several examples of displaced asylum-seekers, and the respective responses by those from whom help was sought. Prof. Versylus' talk considered how cultural connections produce new cultural forms and identities. He historicized globalization and connectivity, and emphasized that globalization does not necessarily mean standardization, nor is it an inherently value-laden concept. Rather cultures can clash or embed in either productive or problematic ways.