Lakshmi Ramgopal


Lakshmi Ramgopal is a musician, professor, and writer who divides her time between Northampton, MA and Chicago, IL. She received her PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago in 2016, and was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome from 2015-16. Performing under the moniker Lykanthea, Ramgopal's 2014 debut Migration integrates literary motifs, improvisation, and the diasporic power of classical South Indian vocal traditions. Her writing covers the occult, ancient history, and immigrant experiences, and has appeared in publications like Chicago ReaderBroadly, and Atlas Obscura. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where she teaches ancient languages and the reception of classics in colonial India.

In addition to speaking and performance engagements at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Yale University, and NYU, Ramgopal has been quoted in The Paris Review and received praise from Noisey, the Chicago Tribune, and more. She is currently working on her first book and second album.

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photo credit: Sierra Thompson



1.24.17 - talk + musical performance: "Self-Care as Warfare," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
3.2.17 - academic lecture: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 4pm
3.16.17 - music: Feminist Happy Hour with SlutTalk, Whistler, Chicago, IL
4.14.17 - academic lecture: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 12pm


1.8.17 - academic lecture: Panel: "Power and Politics: Approaching Roman Imperialism in the Republic," Annual Meeting for the Society of Classical Studies, Toronto, Canada
12.17.16 - workshop: ROSE QUARTZ (for Bystander/Self-Defense Training and Legal Readiness), Catalyst Studios, Chicago, IL
12.15.16 - talk: Therapy Sessions with Seth Vanek, Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL
12.13.16 - reading: Wax Long (a Chicago Park District storytelling event), Kelvyn Park, Chicago, IL
12.10.16 - music: Nothing Up My Sleeve, Digital Art Demo Space, Chicago, IL
10.22.16 - music: "Spellbound," Freehand Chicago, Chicago, IL
10.21.16 - talk: Curses! An Intro to Ancient Greek and Roman Magic, HausWitch, Salem, MA


Mobility in the Roman World, A Cultural History of Empires in Antiquity, Bloomsbury UK, forthcoming in 2018
One and Many: Associations of Roman Citizens in Greece, Meletemata, forthcoming in 2017
The Ancients Used Hyena's Foot for Childbirth—And Identified Copper As a ContraceptiveAtlas Obscura, Nov. 2016
'Go and Reclaim Your Tools': Meet the Woman Behind Black Witch UniversityBroadly, Oct. 2016
Avant-garde pioneer Pamela Z brings her otherworldly vocal manipulations to ConstellationChicago Reader, Sept. 2016
A Ghost Hunter Describes Her Most Memorable SightingsBroadly, June 2016
Improvising Life: Tomeka ReidCacophony, June 2016
Meet a Master Tarot Card Designer from Milan, Italy, Birthplace of TarotAtlas Obscura, December 2015