“Star Trek and the Ancient Past” Special Conference

“Star Trek and the Ancient Past” Special Conference

November 15, 2023

Dr. Amy Norgard, Associate Professor of Classics, has been participating in┬áthe Antiquity in Media Studies Virtual Conference (from Nov 10-18, 2023), an organization which studies the reception of antiquity in contemporary media. Dr. Norgard co-organized 5 panels at the conference on the theme of “Star Trek and the Ancient Past” which features 14 research papers about how the Star Trek franchise engages with the ancient Mediterranean past to inform its high-tech future. Applying themes and narratives from ancient Mediterranean mythology to the sci-fi franchise, Dr. Norgard delivered a research paper called “Pygmalion and Personhood in the Holodeck in Star Trek.