Registration is now open for the following conference:

Ruins and Reconstructions: Pompeii in the Popular Imagination

July 17-19 2007, Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol

This conference will explore popular representations and receptions of Pompeii since the 18th century, and aims to provide a stimulating environment in which academics studying the city and its reception can be brought together with practitioners who have tried to bring the city to life in a range of media. Panel topics include: Documenting the Ruins; Domestic Interiors and Architecture; Sex and Erotica; 19th Century Painting; Necromancy and Spiritualism; Pompeii in the USA: Pompeii’s Reception in Italy; 20th Century Arts; Aesthetics and Morality; Receptions of Gradiva; and Romantic Travellers.

Keynote speakers: Mary Beard, Victor Burgin, Stefano de Caro, Lindsey Davis, Stephen Harrison and Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

Full details, including registration form, accommodation information, and provisional programme can be found online at

For further information, please contact the conference organisers, Dr Shelley Hales (Shelley.Hales AT or Dr Joanna Paul (Joanna.Paul AT

Supported by:
The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA); The Marks Foundation; The British Academy; The Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition; School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, The University of Liverpool