Lakshmi Ramgopal

BIO

I'm a writer covering the occult, ancient history, and immigrant experiences for publications like Chicago ReaderBroadlyAtlas Obscura, and more. I divide my time between Northampton, MA and Chicago, IL.

I bring a wide range of experience, expertise, and sensitivity to my work. I hold a PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago and was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome from 2015-16. Currently, I'm a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College. I also write and perform electronic music under the moniker Lykanthea. Pigeonhole me if you dare.

Read my work below, follow me on Twitter, write me at lakshmi.ramgopal@gmail.com, or sign up for my newsletter some viscera here for rare diasporic musings and updates on my doings.

Photo credit: Sierra Thompson


Events

Upcoming:

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

Past:

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


SELECT WRITING

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