Dr Tony Keen, Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate at The Open University, returns to CC to report on his conference Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World (29 June – 1 July 2013; follow this link to watch an earlier interview with Tony, filmed before the conference last year). He reveals some of the highlights of the conference, and discusses his plans for an edited collection.

Tony argues that a close engagement with the reception of Classics in popular culture can facilitate the democratisation process of our subject. Popular culture is the gateway through which most people come into contact with ancient Greece and Rome, thus making it an important site for research and cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Tony tells us more about his research into classical reception in science fiction and fantasy, and also talks about his new project Screening Roman Britain (a co-authored book that he writing in collaboration with another OU Associate Lecturer, Juliette Harrisson).

Follow this link to watch the interview on our YouTube channel!