The Impact of Enforced Gender Roles in Ptolemaic and Roman Egyptian Art

When talking to a broad audience, the greatest concept to keep in mind is to make everything understood in whatever way possible. A broad audience means that there can be a range of people who may be experts in the field which I am from, or there may be people who have no prior knowledge. The important part is to keep people intrigued and make it clear that questions are heavily invited. For my personal research, I am looking into Ptolemaic and Roman Egyptian objects and their relation to how enforced gender roles change artistic depictions. In order to relate this research, I have already included a heavy background of important and notable historical and cultural facts for those who do not know the history of these areas and time periods. However, I cannot go into the whole histories of each area, as that is a long and complicated area of study which harbors a lot more attention. In order to fulfill both these requirements, I have then added the necessary events to which I need people to know in order to hopefully understand my research. With my overall conclusion drawing on how enforced gender roles suppresses non-binary representations in art, I also have included in my introduction and and other parts of my paper some definition in terms of gender theory and art history. My project is interdisciplinary and therefore there are many concepts I want people to understand. In explaining my research, my most important strategy is conceptualizing my work into the topics of the modern day. Gender identity and enforced binary gender roles is still debated today and causes a lot of harm against those who feel they fall under a different identity than what society wants to address. By connecting to the general public and using history and art to provide evidence of how unnecessary the gender binary is, the audience may be able to still connect without knowing much about the Classical world. 

Outside my own Classics and Anthropology field, there are many groups involved in my professional goals, as I want to work with museums and other colleges some day. In a museum, the audience that I will present possible exhibition ideas to, or other public displays and research which may require money may not be a complete expert in my field. But by describing influences to a bigger community, or by describing how having a greater or different perspective on community highly impacts the public will enhance my chances in the future. When applying for research grants from the government or anywhere else, this also becomes highly important as funding is usually necessary in order to carry out what I want to do. By identifying the impact of my research, a greater understanding may be achieved from any audience. 

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