Dr Anastasia Bakogianni is Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies at Massey University, New Zealand. Born in Greece she studied and worked for many years in the UK. She completed a British Academy postdoc under the supervision of Professor Lorna Hardwick at The Open University (2009-2011). Anastasia’s research specialty is the reception of Greek tragedy on stage and screen, topics on which she has published extensively. She has taught a wide variety of topics in Classics, and contributed to courses in Theatre Studies, Media Studies, and Gender Studies. In her teaching practise Anastasia seeks to demonstrate the ongoing relevance of Antiquity in the modern world. She is passionate about supporting students on their learning journeys. Throughout her career she has organised events and workshops targeted at helped them gain both subject-specific and transferable skills. She proud to be a member of the executive committee of the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies society committed to gender equality and diversity (https://www.awaws.org). Among her key publications are Electra Ancient and Modern: Aspects of the Tragic Heroine’s Reception (2011), editor of Dialogues with the Past: Classical Reception Theory and Practice (2013) and co-editor of War as Spectacle: Ancient and Modern Perspectives on the Display of Armed Conflict (2015) and Locating Classical Receptions on Screen: Masks, Echoes, Shadows (2018).
Connie Skibinski is currently undertaking a PhD (Classics) at The University of Newcastle, having completed a Bachelor of Arts with joint Honours in Ancient History and Ancient Greek at The University of Sydney. Her primary research interest is Greco-Roman mythology (particularly hero and heroine figures) and the adaptation of ancient mythology from the Medieval period to the contemporary era. Her doctoral thesis is a Classical Reception study of the Amazon Queen Penthesilea, examining written and visual representations from antiquity to the twentieth century. Connie teaches Greek Mythology at a university level and runs mythology-themed events and workshops for high school students and interested members of the general public. She currently has a forthcoming book chapter on the Amazons in Xena: Warrior Princess and a journal article on the modern Amazon figure in contemporary television.