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Professor Basil Dufallo

Professor Basil Dufallo, Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, will visit Warwick as International Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies from 24 February-3 March 2018. Prof. Dufallo is an internationally renowned scholar with special interests in critical theory, performance studies, and Classical Reception. He is the author of The Ghosts of the Past: Latin Literature, the Dead, and Rome’s Transition to a Principate (The Ohio State University Press, 2007) and The Captor’s Image: Greek Culture in Roman Ecphrasis (Oxford University Press, 2013) and has edited, with Peggy McCracken, Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2006).


The aim of the visit is to showcase Prof. Dufallo’s most recent, interdisciplinary work on Roman ‘error’, which is taking shape as a book project entitled Founding Error: Wandering, Cultural Displacement, and Imperial Expansion in Republican Latin Poetry, alongside an edited volume, Roman Error: Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome’s Flaws. Because of Professor Dufallo’s unusual expertise across Classics, Comparative Literature, and Continental Philosophy, his visit is a rare opportunity to bring together at least three Warwick departments and many more related fields of study which are especially active in Warwick. During the week-long visit, Prof. Dufallo will give a public lecture in the Oculus, together with a research paper, and lead an informal workshop for doctoral students and early career fellows (including but not limited to IAS).