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January 2021

Note: Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS/AIA): this year's SCS/AIA is now online [CST]: information/registration ( & preliminary program (


Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Organizer: Krishni Burns, University of Illinois, Chicago

This panel seeks to explore the adaptation and production of modern drama within a limited scope of the city of Chicago in order to delve deeply into the challenges and rewards of delivering ancient productions in a specific modern culture context. One of the challenges of producing ancient drama on the modern stage is making the theatrical experience accessible and relevant to audiences far removed from the audiences of the ancient world. Sometimes the process leads adapters to make substantial changes to the original works, and sometimes the productions themselves are pushed to deliver innovative choices that bring out unrealized nuances. Recently, Depaul University’s theater department produced a version of Robert Icke’s *Oresteia* that kept the original’s ending yet completely changed the cycle’s main theme. Likewise, Court theater’s ongoing production of the Theban Cycle speaks to the black experience of the Deep South and the Great Migration to Chicago. The results of these modern productions are always richly rewarding and help to illuminate both the ancient text and the modern experience.

The Society for Classical Studies’ annual meeting in 2021 will be held in Chicago, so the panel will take advantage of the myriad of cultural resources available within Chicago’s active theater community. The panel will invite classical scholars of theatrical performance to present, along with directors, adaptors, and dramaturgs of recent classical themed productions. As a result, it will present a multifaced view of ancient theatrical performance that is seldom available to the SCS community.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Historic productions of classical plays in Chicago (Ex: Hull-House’s productions of *The Return of Odysseus* in 1899 and *Ajax* in 1903)
- Recent adaptations of classical plays that have appeared in Chicago
- New classically themed plays that débuted in Chicago
- Production choices that have particular meaning within the context of Chicago
- Challenges in producing classical plays in Chicago
- Productions and production choices that reflect the theatrical tradition of Chicago (Ex: Mary Zimmerman’s *Metamorphoses*)
- Films that make use of ancient drama to explore Chicago’s history and identity

Abstracts should follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts and can be sent by email to Wilfred Major at Abstracts received by April 15th will receive full consideration. Please ensure that the abstracts are anonymous. In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by the panel organizer, who will serve as referee. Those selected for the panel will be informed by April 18th. Please address any questions to Krishni Burns (


(CFP closed April 15, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus

Organized by Kelly Nguyen (Brown University) and Christopher Waldo (Tulane University)

For our second workshop at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in Chicago, IL (January 7-10, 2021), we invite abstracts for papers that explore, broadly, how Classics has moved through Asia. Following Claudia Moatti, we understand movement to be a “structural component of human experience and the human mind…[that] influences ways of thinking, relations of [people] to space, time, tradition, and the organization of societies…like an anamorphosis, movement modifies the perception of things and of human relations” (2006: 110). Building on this theoretical framework, we encourage papers that trace material, communication, and epistemological networks through transgeographical and/or transhistorical lenses. How have people, things, and ideas from Greco-Roman antiquity moved in and out of Asia? What are the effects on the lived experiences of those in the past as well as those in the present? How have texts, performances, and art (classical and contemporary) engaged with and imagined these movements and encounters?

We welcome all kinds of interpretations for our call for papers, not necessarily limited to scholarly papers. Examples include but are not limited to the following subdisciplines: visual art and performance studies, music, political activism, education, intellectual history, and literature. The AAACC is committed to fostering a collaborative and supportive environment for the sharing of innovative ideas; as such, we welcome scholars, educators, artists, and activists of all stages working on Asian and AAPI reception of Greco-Roman antiquity.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent as an email attachment to by Friday, March 6, 2020. Include the title of this panel as the subject line of your email. The text of your abstract should follow the guidelines on the SCS website and should not mention the name of the author ( Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the panel organizers.

Works Cited: Moatti, Claudia. “Translation, Migration, and Communication in the Roman Empire: Three Aspects of Movement in History.” Classical Antiquity 25, no. 1 (2006): 109-140.


(CFP closed March 6, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Curtis Dozier, director of Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics (, invites the submission of abstracts on any aspect of the relationship of Greco-Roman Antiquity and White Supremacy. Selected abstracts will form a proposal for a panel on the topic to be held at the 2021 Society for Classical Studies annual meeting in Chicago, IL (Jan 7–10, 2021). If the SCS Program committee accepts our proposed panel, the Vassar College Department of Greek and Roman Studies will offer panelists who do not have tenured or tenure-track positions a $500 stipend toward the cost of attending the conference. Pharos is also offering a research service for those interested in preparing abstracts but who prefer not to visit White Supremacist websites (on which see below).

At the 2020 SCS meeting, twenty classical scholars gathered for a round table discussion about the ways the discipline of Classics has been and continues to be complicit in White Supremacy. A summary of this discussion is available here: This disciplinary conversation forms a counterpart to the many examples of Greco-Roman Antiquity being appropriated by White Supremacists outside of Classics that have been documented on the website Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics ( These appropriations are, in a sense, easier to confront than the implication of our discipline in racist power, because they locate racism “outside” the discipline of Classics. At the same time their blatant racism throws into relief the racial politics of many idealizing narratives about the ancient world that underpin traditional justifications for the study of Classics and continue to be prominent in the popular imagination.

This panel seeks to bring together analyses of both dimensions of the relationship between Greco-Roman Antiquity and White Supremacy: both the historical complicity of the discipline in promoting, as Critical Race Theorist Francis Lee Ansley puts it, “conscious and unconscious ideas of white superiority and entitlement,” and the ongoing use of Greco-Roman antiquity by overt White Supremacists as a source of legitimacy for their politics. Of particular interest are abstracts that discuss both aspects, but submissions treating one or the other are welcome as well. It is desirable, but not required, that abstracts also make recommendations for a way forward.

Possible approaches include:

* Situating contemporary appropriations of Greco-Roman antiquity by White Supremacists in the history of the discipline of Classical Studies

* Examining the role of outdated classical scholarship and outdated conceptions of the study of Classics in the propagation of hateful articulations of ancient history

* Evaluating differences between current, specialized understandings of the ancient world and public perceptions of the ancient world in relation to the utility of Greco-Roman Antiquity for hate groups

* Interrogating how the prestige of the “Classical” can often be put to hateful ends without historical inaccuracy, as when, for example, a xenophobic site cites Periclean citizenship requirements as a model to be emulated

* Connecting the appropriation of Greco-Roman antiquity by hate groups to current disciplinary conversations around inclusion and diversity in Classics

* Discussing the moral and ethical responsibilities of specialists when faced with such appropriations, and what limits, if any, there are to those responsibilities

Recognizing that many scholars may not wish to visit White Supremacist websites or obtain White Supremacist literature, Pharos is offering a research service to those preparing abstracts: prospective panelists may submit topics/authors/works they are interested in discussing in relation to White Supremacy and Pharos will return references to that topic (if any exist) from the major hate sites and print publications in our database. These will be provided as archived links that do not generate traffic for the sites in question. It is hoped that this service will allow a greater range of specialists to prepare abstracts for this panel. Requests for preliminary research should be sent by email to by the deadline listed below.

Timeline and Deadlines:

1) Requests for preliminary research should be made by email to by 9AM EST on Monday, February 17th, 2020.

2) We will attempt to return research service results by March 1st.

3) 500 word abstracts are due at 5PM EDT Friday, March 13th, 2020. These should be submitted by email to and should adhere to the SCS’s “Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts” (

4) Notifications of acceptance will be made by Monday, March 30th, 2020. At this point accepted panelists will need to provide a current SCS Member number (as required for the Program Committee submission).

5) Proposal incorporating accepted abstracts due to the Program Committee in early April, 2020.

6) Notification of acceptance by the Program Committee in June, 2020.


(CFP closed March 13, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Sponsored by the American Association for Neo-Latin Studies (AANLS)

Organized by Patrick M. Owens, Hillsdale College.

The AANLS invites proposals for a panel of papers pertaining to the epistolary genre in Neo-Latin texts from around the world to be held at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in Chicago, Illinois, January 7-10, 2021.

The rediscovery of Cicero’s private correspondence resulted in revival of the classical art of letter writing and renewed interest in the epistolary genre during the Renaissance. Humanists began to collect and publish their own letters, thus expanding the genre from the epistula familiaris to include almost every kind of literary work. Papers for this panel could explore personal correspondence, prefatory or dedicatory letters, letters of invective or defense, legal, scientific and technical communication, thematic considerations within letters, the literary structure of humanist epistolography itself, or the phenomenon of Latin letter-writing manuals. The panel organizers also welcome abstracts dealing with letters written in Greek in the Renaissance and early Modern Period (to about 1800).

Under the expansive theme of Neo-Latin epistolography, our intent is to illustrate the diversity and richness of Neo-Latin Studies; to underscore the importance of contemporary research in the complex, international phenomenon of Neo-Latin literature; and to give scholars an opportunity to share the results of their research and their methodologies with colleagues in the many disciplines that comprise Neo-Latin studies.

Abstracts should be sent (and arrive no later than midnight EST on Monday, February 24, 2020) to Patrick M. Owens, preferably electronically to or by mail to Dr. Patrick M. Owens, Classics Department K-213, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242. Abstracts should be a maximum of 650 words (not including a brief bibliography).

In accordance with SCS regulations, three anonymous referees will read all abstracts. Please follow the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear on the SCS web site. In your cover letter or e-mail, please confirm that you are an SCS member in good standing, with dues paid through 2020.


(CFP closed February 24, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Organized by the Medieval Latin Studies Group

The Medieval Latin Studies Group invites proposals for a panel on “New Directions in Medieval Latin” to be held at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Chicago (January 7–10, 2021). The organizers especially welcome proposals for papers that, for example, demonstrate new methodologies and approaches, consider the concept of “the new” in medieval Latin language and literature, examine uncanonical medieval Latin texts and materials, introduce new resources for the study of medieval Latin, or seek to understand the medieval period in new ways, as well as papers that consider the current and future relationship of medieval Latin to the field of Classics.

Abstracts for papers requiring no more than 20 minutes to deliver must be received by February 16, 2020 via email attachment to Bret Mulligan (Haverford College) at Questions may also be directed to Bret Mulligan. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously and speakers will be notified no later than the end of March 2020. Abstracts must be anonymous and follow the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear on the SCS web site. Membership in the Medieval Latin Studies Group is not required to submit an abstract but all persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing.


(CFP closed February 16, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

The International Ovidian Society invites abstract submissions for a panel on Ovid and the Constructed Visual Environment, which it will sponsor at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the SCS in Chicago.

Throughout his works, Ovid persistently incorporates the activity of viewing as a poetic subject, and evokes his audience’s experience as viewers of art works, spectacles, and landscapes. For this panel we invite contributions that investigate the dialogue between Ovidian poetry and the visual arts from both sides: How might readers’ cultural training as spectators and viewers contribute to their understanding of Ovid’s texts, and how might readings of Ovid affect how various audiences respond to and populate their visual environment? While this is a familiar topic in Ovidian studies, it is also a fundamental one, and subject to repeated transformation through new approaches to the study of ancient art and performance.

The International Ovidian Society was formed in 2019 and holds the status of Affiliated Group of the SCS. Among the Society’s greatest purposes are to encourage future scholarship on Ovid, to support younger scholars and new work in Ovid, and to reach out beyond Classics to scholars in other fields, as well as to performers and artists, who do significant work related to Ovid and Ovidian reception.

Send questions to the co-organizers, Andrew Feldherr ( and Teresa Ramsby (

Please send an abstract for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment to by March 1, 2020, listing the title of this panel as the subject line of the email. The text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author, but the email message should provide name, abstract title, and affiliation. Abstracts must be 650 words or fewer and follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts (, but should include works cited at the end of the document, not in a separate text box. Submissions will be reviewed by third-party referees, who will make final selections by April 1.


(CFP closed March 1, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Proposed by: SCS Committee on Translations of Classical Authors

Organizers: Diane Rayor and Deborah Roberts

Both translation theory and writing on the craft of translation have tended to focus on poetry, regularly represented as difficult or impossible, but prose (as Antoine Berman and others have argued) presents challenges of its own and invites characteristic “deformations” (to use Berman’s term). This panel seeks papers that focus on the translation of ancient prose authors; possible areas of focus include but are not limited to: impacts of historical context on translation, translation in times of crisis, political or cultural use of translation, translation history of a particular prose text, linguistic registers in both source text and translation (archaism, colloquialism, obscenity, dialect), translation of key terms in philosophical and other writing, translating for specific audiences (the classroom, the general reader), theoretical approaches to the translation of prose.

Abstracts for papers should be submitted electronically as Word documents by March 1, 2020 extended deadline March 15, 2020 to Donald Mastronarde (, preferably with the subject heading “abstract_translation_SCS2021”. All abstracts will be judged anonymously and so should not reveal the author’s name, but the email should provide name, abstract title, and affiliation. Abstracts should be 400 words or fewer and should follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (, except that works cited should be put at the end of the document, not in a separate text box.


(CFP closed March 15, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Sponsored by the American Classical League and organized by Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, NY, NY, Editor of The Classical Outlook; and John Bracey, Belmont High School, Belmont, MA.

The American Classical League invites scholars and teachers to submit abstracts for its affiliated group panel session, "Race, Classics, and the Latin Classroom," at the Chicago Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in January 2021. We welcome abstracts that address one or more of the following topics:

1) How does one's approach to teaching Latin impact enrollment and retention of students of color?

2) How can post-secondary schools better meet the needs of increasingly diverse groups of students entering their classes?

3) How can K-12 and post-secondary school teachers collaborate to create a more inclusive and equitable progression through the levels of Latin?

4) How does whitewashing the ancient world alienate potential students of color?

All papers should be accessible to a broad audience of classics scholars and teachers. Papers accepted for the panel will be published in The Classical Outlook, journal of The American Classical League, after additional peer review. By submitting an abstract, you agree to submit your paper for publication in CO, if the abstract is chosen for the panel. Abstracts should be submitted to Ronnie Ancona ( only, since she will be anonymizing them before they are forwarded to those who will choose the successful abstracts. Please submit as a Word document. Any questions about the panel may be addressed to her. Abstracts should conform to the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear in the SCS Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts:

Please put "ACL panel at SCS 2021" in the subject line of your email submission. Include the title of your paper, your name, and your institutional affiliation (or status as Independent Scholar) in the email message, but make sure that your name (and any other identifying information) does not appear in the abstract itself. If you refer to your own scholarship in your abstract, cite it in the third person, as you would any other source.

You MUST be a member of SCS to submit an abstract. Please include in your email submission message your SCS member number and the date you joined or last renewed. (This will appear on your membership confirmation email from SCS and in your account.) You DO NOT have to be a member of ACL.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 25, 2020.


(CFP closed January 25, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2021 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Chicago (January 7-10). For its sixth annual panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of Seneca in all its manifestations in the early modern world.

The last twenty years have seen an explosion in studies of the academic and creative reception of Seneca in the Renaissance. Work by scholars including James Ker, Jill Kraye, Peter Stacey, and Emily Wilson--to name but a few--has illuminated the multiple and interconnected legacies of Seneca in literature, philosophy, political theory, and art. Today it is possible to investigate questions in Senecan reception that would have been difficult to ask, let alone answer, a generation ago.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the transmission, translation, or book history of the Senecan texts; the commentary tradition; artistic, literary, or musical responses to Seneca; political, philosophical, or scientific uses of Seneca. We welcome the consideration of topics including the perspectives Senecan reception provides on Renaissance philology; the reconfiguration of literary or cultural histories; the figure of Seneca as a source of innovation or inspiration in a wide range of genres and media; the geographical, political, or religious factors that influenced Senecan reception in different areas or communities; the ways in which digital technologies might influence our understanding of Seneca’s Renaissance reception.

We are committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics, and hence welcome abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research. Above all, we aim to show how the field of early modern classical reception can bear on a wide range of literary and cultural study, and to dispel the notion of an intimidating barrier to entry.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment to

All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by Friday, March 6, 2020 - extended deadline March 17, 2020 - extended deadline April 14, 2020 May 15, 2020.


(CFP closed May 15, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Organizers: Matthew Gorey, Wabash College (; Adriana Vazquez, University of California, Los Angeles (

As the field of Classics grapples with its historical exclusion of marginalized groups and perspectives, scholars have increasingly sought to complicate Euro-centric and colonial narratives of classical reception in the early modern period by highlighting moments of subversive engagement with classical antiquity. In the wake of various influential studies that explored anti-imperialist patterns of classical reception in early modern vernacular epics, there has been burgeoning interest in recent years in extending these modes of interpretation to the literatures of Latin America. This ongoing effort has shed light on diverse authors and texts that actively undermined, reclaimed, and reshaped the classical tradition in innovative ways. Such work often brings into focus historically marginalized readers and interpreters of antiquity and offers original and overlooked frames for approaching ancient literature and its role in the narratives of the colonial era.

This panel aims to showcase receptions of Greco-Roman antiquity that subvert the dominant narratives of those who used the classical past to champion elite culture and imperial conquest, with a focus on texts written in—or about—Latin America in the early modern period (ca. 1500 - 1800). Possible areas of inquiry include:

* moments of classical reception that suggest alternative or subversive readings of ancient texts.
* receptions of Greco-Roman antiquity by historically marginalized voices, by those who champion the cause of the oppressed, and by those who seek to decolonize, democratize, or deconstruct the legacy of the ancient past through disruptive and original engagement with ancient material.
* how Latin American authors adopted or adapted classical literature to negotiate their own ethnic, religious, or national identities, often in contradistinction to European models.
* the limits of subversive allusion, and texts that problematize particular aspects of classical imperialism while still subscribing to some broader imperial framework.

Our panel thus aims to solidify a new, competing reception narrative for the antique past in which authors in the early modern Americas—whether indigenous peoples, mestizos, or European colonists and travelers—engaged with classical texts to critique or subvert political and cultural authorities, using the ancient past as a negative model against which to develop new national literary traditions.

Please send an anonymous abstract for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment to, with the title “Subverting the Classics in the Early Modern Americas” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is February 7, 2020. Submissions should follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts and will be reviewed by the organizers, who will make final selections by the end of March.


(CFP closed February 7, 2020)




Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 5-10, 2021

Women's Classical Caucus Panel

Organizers: Melissa Funke ( and Victoria Austen-Perry (

Whitney Houston famously sang that "The children are our future." What, then, is the future of Classics? That depends on what the children are seeing, hearing, and enacting as they absorb aspects of Greek and Roman antiquity through education and play. The avenues for such influence are limitless, ranging from written sources (storybooks, novels, ancient texts assigned in the classroom), to visual materials (tv, comics, film) to board games, computer games, toys, dolls, and craft projects.

Submissions should consider what image of the ancient world is marketed through such products and why this is the case. They may also question how problematic aspects of antiquity, especially the status of women, are handled in rendering the classics "child-friendly" (e.g. the grotesqueries of myth or the facts of slavery). Can negative aspects of the ancient world such as misogyny and slavery be reconceptualized for children without betraying or disguising antiquity beyond recognition? How is the cultural capital or fame of the classics used to market such items and with what results? We are particularly interested in how such materials are marketed to girls as opposed to boys and how girls and women in antiquity are presented to contemporary children. How is the cultural capital or fame of the classics used to market such items and with what results?

For this panel, we welcome abstracts concerning any form of classical reception aimed at children (pre-school to high school age): stories, videos, toys, games, puzzles, theater and performance, classroom materials, educational and home "activities". We invite papers that discuss not only in works explicitly focused on antiquity, but on works in which antiquity/classics plays a peripheral or episodic role (such as The Simpsons); costume (Halloween, themed parties, plays, cosplay); reenactments; websites.

Submissions that consider how children themselves have received Greek and Roman antiquity (e.g. through fanfiction) are especially encouraged.

Abstracts, of 650 words or less, are due by March 10, 2020. Do not identify yourself in any way in the abstract itself, and please do not send it to the organizers. It should be sent as an email attachment to Peter Miller (, who will forward it to the organizers in anonymous form. Please follow the APA's formatting guidelines for individual abstracts.


(CFP closed March 10, 2020)




Institute of Classical Studies, London: September 18-19, 2020 - new dates: May 6-8, 2021 - now "online rolling conference", starting on January 12, 2021

See conference website for full program:

Note: Postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19.

The study of women in the ancient world has garnered academic interest and public fascination since the feminist movement of the 60s and 70s. Seminal works by Sarah B. Pomeroy, Suzanne Dixon, Judith P. Hallett and Susan Treggiari, to name just a few, have highlighted the abundance of resources in the ancient world that can be used to shed light on the various roles that women played in these societies. This inaugural Women in Antiquity Conference Series, hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies in London, would like to continue this current trend by focussing on ‘Female agency: Women disrupting the patriarchy’.

The conference’s aim is to bring forward all the emerging research on female agency in antiquity. The term antiquity has been used, instead of more ‘traditional’ terms such as ancient history and classics, so as to include all time periods, as well as geographical regions, of the ancient world. As such, topics that span from prehistory to late medieval times will be considered. Moreover, topics on any aspect of ‘Female agency: Women disrupting the patriarchy’ will also be considered. These may include, but are not limited to, one of the following:

• Female leaders in a predominately patriarchal society
• Women in the judicial arena
• Women as head of the house or head of their family units
• Female doctors, midwives and scientists
• Women in commerce
• Female authors
• Women in religious roles
• Female athletes, musicians and actors
• Women as benefactors and patrons

Any aspect of female agency, whether it be archaeological, epigraphical, literary, visual, prosopographical, or interdisciplinary, will be considered.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words are sought by all levels of academic researchers, as well as PhD students. Papers presented will be 30 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes of questions. Three paper panels, with a common focus adhering to the conference theme, are also encouraged.

Please submit abstracts by no later than February 28, 2020 to

Please get current information on Twitter (@AntiquityWomen) and Facebook (@WomeninAntiquityconference).

Website: or

(CFP closed February 28, 2020)




Online (UK): January 14-16, 2021

We are delighted to announce ‘Sensing Greek Drama – Then and Now’, an interdisciplinary conference on Greek drama and the senses. It will be held on zoom at 4pm-7pm GMT on 14th -16th January 2021. We look forward to welcoming Mario Telò (Classics, Berkeley) as our keynote speaker, in addition to Rosa Andújar (Liberal Arts, KCL), Katharine Craik (Early modern Literature, Oxford Brooks), Katherine Fleming (Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature, Queen Mary), Peter Meineck (Classics in the Modern World, NYU), Timothy Power (Classics, Rutgers), and Naomi Weiss (Classics, Harvard).

Please register on the google form below and you will then receive the poster and full programme:




Online: January 15, 2021 (from Groningen)

The APGRD is co-hosting this one-day conference with the University of Groningen as host institution, and in partnership with Laboratorio Dionysos (Trento) and UCL. The conference is the second in a series of events on classical reception under Italian Fascism, bringing together international scholars whose work has approached Fascism from different fields and interdisciplinary perspectives (for the first event, see

Co-organisers are Giovanna Di Martino (UCL), Eleftheria Ioannidou (University of Groningen), and Sara Troiani (University of Trento).

Participants include: Roberto Danese (University of Urbino), Patricia Gaborik (American University of Rome), Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen), Giorgio Ieranò (University of Trento), Han Lamers (Humboldt University of Berlin), Emanuela Scarpellini (University of Milan), Mara Wyke (UCL), Fiona Macintosh (University of Oxford), and Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol).

Edited 27/12/2020. Program:

10:00-10:40 (CET) / 9:00-9:40 (GMT)
Keynote Address (pre-recorded)
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi (Santa Barbara) – Memory and the Past: Fascism, Spectacle, History
Participants can watch this keynote talk in advance on the conference website.

11:00-11:15 (CET) / 10:00-10:15 (GMT) Welcome by the Director of ICOG Sabrina Corbellini

11:15-12:15 (CET) / 10:15-11:15 (GMT)
Archives and Performance I
Respondent: Oliver Taplin (Oxford)
Fiona Macintosh (Oxford) – Reconstructing Greek Dance with Fascist Ideology
Patricia Gaborik (American Academy of Rome) – Mussolini’s Cesare: Roman History as Italy’s Present and Future

12:15-13:15 (CET) / 11:15-12:15 (GMT)
Archives and Performance II
Respondent: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Giovanna Di Martino (UCL) – Archiving and Documenting Classical Performance during Fascism
Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen) – Fascism’s Eternal Antiquity and the Ephemerality of Performance

13:15-14:15 (CET) / 12:15-13:15 (GMT) Lunch

14:15-15:15 (CET) / 13:15-14:15 (GMT)
Archaeology and Material Culture
Respondent: Dimitris Plantzos (Athens)
Bettina Reitz-Joosse (Groningen) and Han Lamers (Oslo) – Spectacles of Archiving: Foundation Deposits in Fascist Italy
Sara Troiani (Laboratorio Dionysos) – Classical Performances at the Temples of Agrigento and Paestum

15:15-16:30 (CET) / 14:15-15:30 (GMT)
Technology and Cinema
Respondent: Maria Wyke (UCL)
Giorgio Ieranò (Trento) – Towards the Fourth Punic War: The Image of Carthago in Italy between Nationalism and Fascism
Roberto Danese (Urbino) – Scipione l'Africano di Carmine Gallone. Traduzione intersemiotica di un'ideologia
Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol) – Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia as Information Machine

16:30-16:45 (CET) / 15:30-15:45 (GMT) Coffee/Tea Break

16:45-17:20 (CET) / 15:45-16:20 (GMT) Keynote Address (pre-recorded)
Roger Griffin (Oxford Brookes) – The Ideological and Temporal Implications of Fascism's Use of “Stripped Classicism” in Civic Architecture.
Participants can watch this keynote talk in advance on the conference website and join us for the plenary

17:20-18:00 (CET) / 16:20-17:00 (GMT) Plenary Led by Griffin

For any questions, please email

There is no charge to attend, but please register here by 14th January 2021. The conference will be held online, and the link to attend will be shared via email with those who have registered by 14th January





Institute of Classical Studies, London: January 21-22, 2021 - new dates January 19-21, 2022

Ancient Rome – in the full range of its historical experience, from the Regal period to the demise of the Empire in the West – has long been an inexhaustible repository of models, with which posterity has engaged over the centuries. This dialogue between Ancient and Modern took up a highly significant political and cultural dimension under Fascism. During the Ventennio, the myth of Rome shaped – often pervasively –forms of communication, artistic and literary experiences, education and cultural life, individual behaviour, political choices, and ideology. The investigation of these themes has been an increasingly prominent theme in the historiographical debates of the last few decades, which have explored the relationship between Romanità and Fascism from a number of original and fruitful viewpoints. This conference on ‘New Work on Fascism and Ancient Rome’ aims to provide a balance sheet of the main outcomes attained thus far and the most recent and productive approaches to this topic. We would especially welcome (but by no means restrict our interest in) proposals for papers on architecture and iconography; literature; and colonial ideology and practice.

Keynote Speakers: Joshua Arthurs (West Virginia), Andrea Giardina (Pisa, SNS) and Penelope Goodman (Leeds).

Organisers: Fabrizio Oppedisano (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Paola S. Salvatori (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University)

Submissions: Proposals for papers should be emailed to

Deadline: 30 June 2020

Please submit (in PDF format) an anonymised abstract of your paper, max. 300 words and a brief cv (300 words max.), including your institutional affiliation, education background, and main publications.

Papers may be presented in English, Italian, French, German or Spanish and will be accompanied by a detailed English abstract; we would also ask speakers to produce substantial handouts. We envisage the publication of a proceedings volume based on the papers delivered at the conference, which will undergo a blind peer-review process.

The decision of the organising committee on the inclusion of each abstract will be announced within 15-20 days from the CfP deadline.

A full conference programme will be advertised in November 2020.

Speakers will be offered all meals (conference dinner, two lunches, and coffee breaks) and a partial refund of their travel expenses.

Attendance of the conference is free of charge.


(CFP closed June 30, 2020)




Rome, Italy: 27–30 January, 2021

Centro Studi Cultura e Immagine di Roma/Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale
Istituto Centrale per la Grafica
The British School at Rome
Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis

Organised by Clare Hornsby and Mario Bevilacqua

Concluding the year celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, this conference aims to reveal new aspects of his life and works, their contexts and critical fortune and we are seeking proposals for a comparison of interdisciplinary themes and innovative methodologies.

Some ideas of themes that could be addressed:

* Piranesi artist, theorist, entrepreneur and merchant: Many aspects of Piranesi’s life and work still remain in the shadows: we hope to discover new documentary data, new drawings, new interpretations, new networks.

* Piranesi and History: the Mediterranean civilizations, the fall of the Empire, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Egypt, Etruria, Greece, Rome. From the fall of the Empire to the Renaissance. Piranesi and the texts of his books, the birth of archaeology, the philosophy of history in 18th century Europe.

* Piranesi: Europe, America, the world: Piranesi as ‘global’ artist. His lasting reputation – from Rome across 18th century Europe – takes on different aspects in different European contexts: England, France, Germany, Russia – and in the more distant United States and Latin America, Australia and Japan, maintaining close yet changing relationships with art, literature, photography and cinema.

* Piranesi as architect: monument, city, utopia: Though constantly designing, he was the architect of only one building, S. Maria del Priorato on the Aventine hill yet Piranesi always signed himself ‘architect’. His vision of Roman architecture and of the ancient metropolis states certainties and raises concerns about the dystopian future of the global city.

* Piranesi in the global 21st century: new methods for new paths of research: We can ask questions about Piranesi in the context of contemporary scenarios. His work continues to provoke reflection, inspire new projects and interpretations.

The languages of the conference are English, Italian and French, and the event will be open to the public.

We invite doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, established scholars to submit proposals for papers which contain new research or use new approaches. These will fall into two groups:
15 minute presentations on one event, object or discrete theme;
30 minute presentations on wider issues

Please send a 250 word CV and an abstract in English, French or Italian of either 500 words (for a 15 minute talk) or 1000 words (for 30 minute talk); the abstract should make clear the new content of the contribution.

The address to send these to is: by April 30th 2020 extended deadline July 31, 2020. We plan to offer accommodation in Rome to speakers at the conference though we are not able to assist with travel costs.

We propose to publish a volume of the papers of the conference.

Scientific committee: Francesca Alberti (Académie de France à Rome), Fabio Barry (Stanford University), Mario Bevilacqua (Università degli Studi di Firenze, CSCIR), Clare Hornsby (British School at Rome), Giorgio Marini (Ministero Beni Culturali), Heather Hyde Minor (Notre Dame Rome), Susanna Pasquali (La Sapienza Roma), Frank Salmon (Cambridge University), Giovanna Scaloni (Istituto Centrale per la Grafica).


(CFP closed July 31, 2020)




Online [Cyprus (EET/GMT-2)]: January 29-30, 2021

Jointly organised by the British Museum and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute

Following a successful webinar on 6-7 November 2020, the second phase of this online conference will take place on 29-30 January 2021. We warmly invite you to join us for two days of papers and discussion.

This event will take place via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please register via the following link:

If you have any queries, please contact






Editors: Fiona McHardy and Nancy S. Rabinowitz.

This series of short volumes (for the Routledge Focus Collection) explores the ways in which the study of antiquity can enrich the lives of diverse populations in the twenty-first century. The series covers two distinct, but interrelated topics: 1) ways in which classicists can engage new audiences within the academy by embedding inclusivity and diversity in university teaching practices, curricula, and assessments, and 2) the relevance of Classics to learners from the most marginalized social strata (i.e. the incarcerated, refugees, those suffering from mental illness). By reaching out to new populations, we also enrich the study of antiquity with their contributions.

These volumes are published first as e-books; as such they are very accessible.

We invite proposals for volumes within the series (20,000-50,000 words). Please feel free to write to the editors (, with your ideas!

Coming out soon in this series:

· Classics Teaching in Jails and Prisons (Nancy Rabinowitz and Emilio Capetinni, eds)

Call for contributions:

We also invite proposals for brief case studies for the following edited volume:

· Inclusivity and diversity in Classics: Case Studies from Academia (Fiona McHardy, ed.)

Send abstracts of up to 500 words to Fiona McHardy: by 31st January 2021.

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February 2021


Online [Washington University in St. Louis (Central Time)]: February 6, 2021

In May 1884, nine female students at Washington University in St. Louis staged a performance of Plautus’ Rudens (“The Rope”) in Latin, also publishing their own English translation to coincide with the event. The Washington University Ladies’ Literary Society was one of the first groups in America to perform an ancient comedy in Latin, and their work made a splash at the university and in St. Louis.

What were the aims of the Ladies’ Literary Society in putting on the Rudens, how did the show look and sound, and in what social and academic context did these young women train for and execute their ambitious plan? At a virtual symposium hosted by the Washington University Classics and Performing Arts departments, and open to the public, four scholars will explore this historic event in lectures situating it in literary, academic, cultural, and St. Louis history. Following the lectures and discussion, a group of St. Louis classicists will give a virtual performance of the Rudens using the Society’s translation.

The February 6th symposium will begin at 9:00am Central Time with four lectures by Timothy Moore of Washington University in St. Louis, Julia Beine of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Judith Hallett of the University of Maryland, and Amanda Clark of the Missouri History Museum. The performance, directed by PhD student Henry Schott, will begin at 2:00pm Central Time.

For a full schedule and information on registration for the Zoom event, visit the info page on the Washington University Classics department website.





To be held online: February 8-11, 2021.

CFP: deadline August 31, 2020. Abstract/panel/roundtable submission instructions:

Conference website:


(CFP closed August 31, 2020)




Abstract deadline: February 10, 2021

In Italy and, more generally, in Europe, the Thirties represented a period of political and social changes. In this context, the totalitarian regimes gave rise to forms of racial discrimination, which in turn contributed to the outbreak of the Second World War. It follows that this decade raises important historical issues that scholars have variously explored and discussed. An important perspective of research on this period of transition and remarkable upheaval in liberal models also involves the analysis of the trends in scientific research. Following these premises, this call invites submissions of research articles with historiographical approaches for a collective volume which is intended to outline the main and most influential trends of Altertumswissenschaften and the history of ancient law. Invited papers will (mainly, but not exclusively) deal with Italian and European contexts. The collected volume aims to offer the scientific community an overview of how the study of antiquity was conceived and processed in a time that was characterised by a manifest ideological solidity but also by an inherent social dissolution. It is, after all, widely accepted that in the Thirties antiquity was used as a source of political and institutional legitimacy. Antiquity became a factor of cultural and social identity, working as founding myth in genealogical research or providing examples to be emulated in developing new European and universal myths. However, it must be noted that, besides the instrumental reading of antiquity, part of the scholarly community used research in the same field to express their political dissent and desire for freedom.

The expected volume is part of the PRIN 2017 Project “Italian Scholars in the Face of Race Laws (1938-1945): Historians of Antiquity and Jurists”, coordinated by Laura Mecella (University of Milan). The editors of the volume will be, together with Laura Mecella, Pierangelo Buongiorno (University of Salento / WWU Münster), and Annarosa Gallo (University of Bari). Please submit titles and abstracts (as .pdf attachments) of no more than 3500 characters to by February 10th, 2021. The proposals will be evaluated by the editors together with anonymous reviewers. Applicants will be notified of the evaluation results by the end of February. Proposals (as also the selected papers) can be written in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish. Papers must be submitted in the final version by June 15th, 2021. The expected volume will be published in 2021 by an internationally renowned editor.





Online [UK]: February 18-22, 2021

Theme: Remembering Catastrophe

We welcome paper proposals from Archaeology, Architecture, Literature, Media, Art History, Cartography, Geography, History, Musicology, Reception Studies, Linguistics, Museum Studies, Media Studies, Politics, Re-enactment, Larping, Gaming, Transformative Works, Gender, Race, Queer studies and others.

We welcome paper proposals across historical periods, with ambitious, high-quality, inter-disciplinary approaches and new methodologies that will support research into larger trends and which will lead to more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures and languages.

This year we are using a form. Please submit papers to the Paper Proposal Form:

Deadline, 30th September, 2020.

Tickets from Helm: £40/£15

Please direct enquiries to


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Online (University of Oxford, UK): February 20-21, 2021

‘A genealogical approach demonstrates that queer theory has always been a promiscuous borrowing, reworking, and interested claiming of disparate theoretical traditions. As such, scholars might rework queer theory by rerooting it in its own forgotten genealogies as well as in alternate theoretical traditions’ — Kadji Amin, Disturbing Attachments (2019)

What does Classical Studies, a field often conflated to the universal and weaponised culturally, ideologically, and materially, have to do with queer studies, an anti-institutional theoretical positioning that emerged in the 90s and still retains a subversive force for particular lives, thoughts, and feelings? How should we account for the genealogies of ‘promiscuous borrowing, reworking, and interested claiming’ between the theoretical histories of both fields?

With this conference, we aim to address and interrogate the dangerous proximity of queer studies to the disciplinary power vacuum of Classical Studies. To combat this, we are interested in exploring affect and attachment as a practice of care toward people rather than institutions, and in exploring ways to actively create collaborative queer communities in conversation with the ancient world. We aim for these communities to fully grapple with the racist and colonial underpinnings of Classical Studies, allowing for potential sites of radical queer identification, thinking, and feeling. This work can only be done in collaboration within the wider set of critical theoretical positionings, e.g. critical reception studies (Hanink 2017).

Key to any critical engagement with Classical Studies is challenging and making visible what counts as knowledge in the field, as well as asking who and what such epistemologies have historically excluded. Following Critical Ancient World Studies (Umachandran & Ward 2020), it is crucial that any ‘commitment to decolonising the gaze of and at antiquity’ avoids ‘simply [...] applying decolonial theory or uncovering subaltern narratives in a field that has special relevance to the privileged and the powerful’. Instead, we must begin ‘by dismantling the structures of knowledge that have led to this privileging’.

Instead of asking what can queer theory bring to the study of Classical Studies we therefore want to ask: what can a critical study of the ancient world contribute to queer activism, queer ways of knowing, and most of all, queer people? What can our engagement with the queer and the classical do to re-conceptualise our position within universities, and and dismantle those insitutions which harm us, while also caring for the people in our networks of affinity, kinship, and solidarity? Which ‘transhistorical elective affinities’ have proven so far good to think with, and which have not? (Matzner 2016)

Our objective is then to bring together young researchers and artists in the field, in order to bring about new and radical ways to imagine, think, and feel future engagements with the queer and the classical. We welcome proposals, up to 250 words, for twenty-minute papers, provocations, performance-lectures, and responses of any medium, on all periods and notions of queer and the classical alongside their receptions. Themes might include but are not limited to:

• The affective genealogy of and reason behind the need for a study of queerness and the classical.

• The future of ethical relationships between queer and trans studies, disability studies, feminist studies, and especially decolonial and anti-racist approaches.

• The role of the queer researcher/practicioner within institutions more broadly (e.g. the disruptive potential and positionality of queer studies within Classical Studies departments today), and the embodied reality of inhabiting such institutional fields (the gallery, museum, university, theatre, archive) as well as interrogating which embodiments have been neglected and ignored.

• The role of affect and care in identity formation within the academic world of classics, including ‘bad feelings’ (Love 2007)— e.g., queer shame, queer nostalgia— which have contributed to the unsavory disciplinary formulations of classical and queer studies (Amin 2019)

• Disruptions and assemblages of the ‘classical’ across literature, music, art, dance, etc., especially outside the academy, such as in popular culture, DIY, underground, and nightclub spaces.

• The potentialities of the queer and the classical toward the creation of new scholarship communities and citation networks.

Please send all submissions (as attachments) to To get in touch with the organisers, please email,, and

Proposals due 17th of January - extended deadline 24th of January, 2021.






Online - from Tbilisi State University (Georgia): February 24-26, 2021

The Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia) is pleased to announce the Call for Papers of the International Conference “Teaching Classical Languages in the 21st Century – Vitae Discimus” to be held online via ZOOM on February 24-26, 2021.

The Conference invites proposals exploring different aspects of teaching classical languages – Greek and Latin – in modern and challenging times. The topics of the conference include but are not limited to the following: Classical Languages in General and Higher Education Curricula, Handbooks, Assessment, Teaching and Learning Methods, National Standards of Classical Languages, use of Informational Technologies, Social Media and other modern approaches, impact of Pandemic, etc.

Senior scholars, early career researchers and graduate students are kindly invited to take part in the Conference. No registration fee required.

The working languages during the Conference will be English and Georgian.

Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Presentations will be followed by 10-minute discussion. The abstracts of the papers (between 300 and 600 words) should be sent to the following e-mail: by January 31, 2021. The authors will be notified of the Scientific Committee’s decision in five days after submitting the proposal.

Along with the abstract the following information about the author should be provided: * Personal information (first name, last name). * Affiliation and position. * Contact data (phone and email).

Questions may be directed to the following e-mail address:





Turin-Vercelli, Italy: February 25-26, 2021 (new dates: previously October 19-21, 2020)

The range of proposals includes, but is not limited to:

* ideas for research projects (ongoing or completed) conducted via digital methods or tools digital-oriented didactic strategies
* digital editions
* thoughts on how the use of digital methods or tools may impact the study of Cicero and Roman thought

Those interested in contributing are invited to send an abstract via email to by 30 April 2020.

Abstracts must be limited to 500 words (bibliography excluded) and may be written in Italian, French, English, German, or Spanish. Contributors are invited to specify whether their proposal is designed as a paper or poster and, if a paper, whether they would be willing to make it a poster if necessary. By way of generic instruction, posters are better suited for a work in progress, whereas papers are the preferred format of a more accomplished project.

The organization is able to cover the expenses for accommodation and meals, but not the travel costs, for the accepted speakers.

Proceedings of the conference will be published on a dedicated issue of COL - Ciceroniana on line ISSN 2532-5353). All the contributions presented for publication (by 31 May 2021) will be subject to double-blind peer review. The volume of proceedings will be issued by the end of 2021.


Zoom: (834 6265 6025; 964988) or live-stream:

(CFP closed April 30, 2020)




University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, USA: February 25-27, 2021

The aim of this conference and the edited collection that will result is to propose Aristotelian catharsis as a new lens for historical inquiry. The project aims to do so, specifically, through the study of cathartic history as a phenomenon in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean and in the field of Classical history today. In the process, the project will serve as an example of the productive application of catharsis to the study of the past, and thus a model for other fields of historical research.

While the study of the past as a healing experience is not entirely new, no uniform vocabulary exists at this time for talking about cathartic history. Rather, scholars who have written to elicit an emotional response from their audiences about the past, or who have chosen to consider their own emotional response to the past, have largely done so in passing or in popularly oriented publications, rather than using that emotional response as a bona fide category of historical analysis in and of itself. And yet, the historian’s selection of topics of research, both in the ancient world and in the historical profession today, is often motivated by personal experiences, broadly defined. This project aims to show that thinking about the past as a cathartic experience whether for us as historians, and/or for the ancient historians we study, and/or for our modern audiences, provides a new bridge for a productive academic dialogue of the past with the present.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers that consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:

* How might we apply the Aristotelian theory of catharsis to Greek and Roman historians?
* In what ways might the lens of catharsis enrich our reading of narratives of trauma (whether personal or literary or national) in the ancient sources?
* Are we pursuing catharsis in our own research whenever we focus on topics of personal relevance?
* Is historical research a cathartic experience? Should it be?
* In what ways could thinking about history through the lens of catharsis intersect with the increased interest in social justice within the field of Classics?

Please submit abstracts of 300-500 words by November 12, 2019 to Nadya Williams,


(CFP closed November 12, 2019)




23rd International Graduate Conference of the Oxford University Byzantine Society

Oxford University, U.K.: dates TBC - late February, 2021

Self-representation is a process by which historical actors – individuals, communities and institutions – fashioned and presented a complex image of themselves through various media. Referring to Byzantine portraits, Spatharakis claimed that this “form of representation cannot be divorced from its purpose and the requirements of the society in which the given visual language gains currency”. Equally, self-representation provides an original way to interpret the past, because this artificial and reflected image cannot be divorced from the cultural, social, economic, religious and political context of its time. As a methodological tool, it has received increasing attention in the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, following the interest it has created in neighbouring fields such as Western Medieval or Early Modern studies.

The present call for papers aims to explore the cultural outputs of the Late Antique and Byzantine world – e.g. architecture, material culture, literary works – which conventionally or unconventionally can be understood as acts of self-representation. The Late Antique and Byzantine world was filled with voices and images trying to present and represent an idea of self. Some of the most famous examples of this are the lavish mosaics sponsored by imperial and aristocratic patrons, whose splendour still dazzles their observers and gives an idea of the kind of self-fashioning that they embody. Urban elites, such as churchmen, bureaucrats and intellectuals, constructed idealised personae through their literary works and the careful compilation of letter collections, while those of the provinces displayed their power through images on seals and inscriptions. In monastic typika, the founders presented themselves as pious benefactors, while donor epigraphy in rural churches secured the local influence of wealthier peasants. However, self-representation is not only a matter of introspection but also of dialogue with the “other”: such is the case of spolia, used to reincorporate a supposed classical past in one’s self-portrayal, or to create an image of continuity by conquerors. We see this clearly in the conscious use of Byzantine motifs in Islamicate architecture, the fiction of Digenes Akritas, and the religious polemics of Late Byzantium which pitted Muslim, Jews and Christians against one other. Through depicting what they were not, historical actors were (consciously or unconsciously) shaping their own identity.

This conference seeks to join the ongoing dialogue on self-representation in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies by providing a forum for postgraduate and early-career scholars to reflect on this theme in a variety of cultural media. In doing so, we hope to facilitate the interaction and engagement of historians, philologists, archaeologists, art historians, theologians and specialists in material culture. To that end, we encourage submissions from all graduate students and young researchers, encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:

● Literary works: self-portrayal in epistolographical collections; autobiographies; fictional personae in poetical and prose compositions; typika portraying an image of a founder or donor;

● Manuscripts: from the commission of the material object itself, to the self- portraits jotted down in the margins by its owners or readers;

● Portrayal of oneself in terms of gender and sexuality;

● Epigraphy: material sponsored by both authorities and private citizens; self- representation on funerary artefacts, graffiti, inscriptions;

● Numismatics: representation of power and authority in the world of Late Antiquity and Byzantium at large;

● Sigillography: elite self-representation and its importance among the Byzantine upper classes;

● Artistic Production: portrayals in mosaics and icons. Private and public forms of representation;

● Gift-Giving: Elite items (e.g. cloths, manuscripts, jewellery) intended for use in diplomatic exchange which were designed to promote a specific image of an emperor and the empire;

● Political Ideology: imperial or ecclesiastical messaging through literary works and monumental architecture;

● Religion: different theological or philosophical stances, dogmatic truths or polemics as means of self-promotion or self-portrayal;

● Dialogue with “the other”: Byzantium’s influence in neighbouring cultures as a consequence of its self-representation;

● Reception: how the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is influenced by the modern-day reception of the self-representation of historical actors;

● Reception: how the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is influenced by historical Western conceptions of the Late Antique and Byzantine world;

● Comparative perspectives of the above elsewhere, in opposition or concordance with practices in Byzantium.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at by Monday, 30th November 2020. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and may be delivered in English or French. As with previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers, chosen and reviewed by specialists from the University of Oxford in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.


(CFP closed November 30, 2020)

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March 2021


Trento University, Italy: March 4-5, 2021

LETRA Seminario di traduzione letteraria (LaborLETT, CeASUm)

"History will record few things lovelier and more moving than this Arab physician's devotion to the thoughts of a man separated from him by a gulf of fourteen centuries. To the intrinsic difficulties of the enterprise we might add that Averroës, who knew neither Syriac nor Greek, was working from a translation of a translation. The night before, two doubtful words had halted him at the very portals of the Poetics. Those words were "tragedy" and "comedy." He had come across them years earlier, in the third book of the Rhetoric; no one in all of Islam could hazard a guess as to their meaning. He had pored through the pages of Alexander of Aphrodisias, compared the translations of the Nestorian Hunayn ibn-Ishaq and Abu-Bashãr Mata—and he had found nothing. Yet the two arcane words were everywhere in the text of the Poetics—it was impossible to avoid them." (J.L. Borges, Averroës’ Search)

Aristotle’s Poetics stands among the most important texts for the development of Western poetics. However, though already drawing great attention during the Middle Ages, Aristotle’s treatise was appreciated through its Arab translations and comments for a long time. When the Greek original was found at the turn of the XV Century, an extensive translation work was undertaken and carried out into Latin by William Moerbeke in 1278, Giorgio Valla in 1498 and Alessandro de’ Pazzi between 1527 and 1536 as well as into vernacular languages, whose first example was Bernardo Segni's translation into Tuscan in 1549. Translations gradually spread throughout Europe and accounted for remarks, commentaries and further treatises which in turn severely affected the aesthetic concerns and taste as well as the artistic production; suffice it to mention the significance gained by the concept of the unity of action between the Renaissance and the Baroque period by virtue of not so much the Aristotelean text as Agnolo Segni’s and Ludovico Castelvetro's readings of it. If critical literature on the reception of the Poetics is vast, the same can hardly be argued about the studies of the influence exerted by its translations into modern languages on such reception and, as a consequence, on the aesthetical thought and taste within different ages and traditions, and therein on the relative conceptualizations of literary genres. In fact, the problem does not regard the modern age only. Arab translators had already modified and sometimes even slanted Aristotle’s texture with relevant outcomes on aesthetical theories. One should just think of Averroes’ gloss linking tragedy and moral teaching, which actually resulted from a wrong translation and still held a tremendous importance for the shaping of Western poetics (not only) during the Middle Ages. Scholars, including Antoine Compagnon and William Marx, have consistently explored this terrain with reference to such specific terms as mimesis and catharsis, thus raising awareness as to the necessity of further studies on translations stemming from different epochs and linguistic areas, and on how such translations subsequently related to and resonated in the development of European poetics. The conference aims to further connect the analyses of translations from a range of temporal and linguistic contexts and the forging of aesthetic theories, with a focus on specific genres and forms, so as to assess the extent to which the ‘translational horizon’ – to use Berman’s terms – of vernacularizers and translators alike has influenced such connection. In particular, it aims to analyze works from both a synchronic and a diachronic contrastive standpoint so as to improve our understanding of how translators’ choices of lemmas as well as semantic fields in Aristotle’s text have affected the shaping of literary poetics ever since the Sixteenth Century. The organizers wish to involve scholars from a range of disciplines, including national literatures, translation studies, comparative literature, theory of literature, philology and philosophy, with an interest in issues relating to the translations of the Poetics into modern languages (English, Italian, French, Spanish and German) starting from the Sixteenth Century. The following research questions may be addressed:

* particular translations;
* comparison of two or more translations either distant in time or belonging to different linguistic areas;
* comparative analyses of translations of key words and semantic fields;
* survey on translations in a given linguistic area or epoch;
* the relationships between translations (also into vernacular languages) of the Poetics and treatises on either poetics or aesthetics.

Those who wish to take part in the conference with a 25-minute paper (in English, Italian, French, Spanish or German) should submit their proposal by sending an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biographical note to by October, 31, 2020. Selected authors will be emailed by November, 15th, 2020.

LETRA - Seminario di Traduzione Letteraria:


(CFP closed October 31, 2020)




Online (from School of History, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China): March 5, 2021

After the first International Virtual Mirrors Studies Conference (March, 2020), the Mirror Studies Project, with the support of the School of History from Capital Normal University in Beijing, is organizing an International Virtual Mirror Studies Conference (IVMSC) for 2021. The conference theme is Mirrors: an interdisciplinary approach. This is a conference especially for students (BA, MA, PhD) and early-stage researchers.

The main topic of this conference is mirrors and interdisciplinary approaches. Scholars and researchers from different academic backgrounds who have done research about mirrors from various perspectives are all welcome. Mirrors as objects have been important in numerous academic fields: arts (sculpture, pictures, photography), literature (Perseus and Medusa, fairy tales such as Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, the children's book Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll), humanities (written sources about mirrors, folk tales about mirrors), science (Archimedes and his mirror during the siege of Syracuse, physical tests of lightness and waves, chemical reports of texture and materials, metallurgical or glass analysis), social sciences (mirrors as social expression or tool used in rituals, religion festivals and funerals), political sciences (mirrors as gifts, political plans of sharing and spreading mirrors), psychology (mirroring, mirrors and soul, self-reflection), psychoanalysis (Lacan and the mirror phase, Jung and symbolic mirrors, Freud and mirrors), philosophy (Foucault and heterotopia, Derrida and deconstruction, Wang Minan and mirrors), popular culture (movies, comics, journalism) and archaeology (mirrors within archaeological context).

Some of the suggested topics are:
a) Mirrors as archaeological objects (types, uses, context, decorations, functions etc.)
b) Mirrors and geography (space, environment, mapping, GIS etc.)
c) Mirrors and humanities (history, ethnology, literature, anthropology etc.)
d) Mirrors and social sciences (sociology, international relations, psychology etc.)
e) Mirrors and sciences (physics, chemistry, metallurgy etc.)
f) Mirrors and art (sculptures, pictures, photography, movies, comics, contemporary art etc.)
g) Mirrors and philosophy (ancient and contemporary thoughts and concepts about mirrors)

The working language is English. We urge authors to apply for this virtual conference. It is possible to sign up as an individual presenter or as a member of one session. Each session is requested with a set of at least three presentations. Every session will have a chair and discussant who will be selected by organizers.

The date of the conference is March 5, 2021 (Friday) and abstracts according to the instructions and application for participation should be submitted by December 30, 2020, to the following e-mail address:;; Acknowledgement of receipt shall be sent before January 10, 2021.

Authors can sign up independently or as co-author of a paper. The number of works by a single author is unlimited. Registration for the conference is online using the application form for registration. The conference will take place through suitable software for conferences on which any participants would be notified at the time.

Organizers will provide a Book of abstracts with the main information about the conference schedule, contact and instructions for online attending. Proceedings have the potential to be published, according to the papers delivered and interests of participants.

You can learn more about the Mirror Studies Project at

(CFP closed December 30, 2020)




Online (Australia): March 5-6, 2021

The AAIA, CCANESA, AWAWS, CCWM and the University of Sydney Departments of Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History warmly invite abstracts for our forthcoming conference on the reception of ancient women, to be held over 5-6 March 2021, ahead of International Women's Day, 8 March 2021.

Despite restrictions on their autonomy from the (mostly) patriarchal societies in which they lived, women of the past were astronomers, chemists, warriors, politicians, philosophers, and medical practitioners (to mention just a few examples). Women strove to understand the world around them, and through their observations and innovations, they demonstrated that gender provides no barrier to participating and excelling in a full range of human endeavours.

This conference sets out to tell the frequently neglected history of such women. It illuminates the remarkable historical contributions of the invisible pioneers of the past, and considers how a distorted perception of past women has shaped the realities and inequalities of our modern world. In the 21st century, a balanced representation of gender across a diverse range of societies and cultures remains a work in progress, and a more complete understanding of our past may remedy distorted perceptions of women’s capacities and contributions, both historically and as we move into the future.

The conference organisers invite abstracts (200 words max.) for papers of 15 minutes length. The conference timeframe is broadly imagined to include global women’s history and its reception, from prehistory to late antiquity. Diverse geographic, disciplinary, cultural, and conceptual responses to this theme are encouraged: calling on all disciplines ranging from archaeology to popular culture studies and everything in between. Pre-history and antiquity are defined globally, with an understanding of culturally and geographically diverse timescales, and we encourage responses from First Nations perspectives. Our theme of ‘women’ is intended to include trans and non-binary women, who are encouraged to participate in our exploration on the shaping of history through conceptions of gender.

Postgraduate students and early career researchers from any discipline are encouraged to submit an abstract.

Abstracts should be submitted by Monday 30th November, 2020 via email to

Hosting organisations:
Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA)
Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA)
Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS)
Chau Chak Wing Museum (CCWM)
University of Sydney Departments of Archaeology and Ancient History and Classics

Conference format: The Modern Women of the Past? Unearthing Gender and Antiquity conference will be held online, but based in Sydney Australia and key announcements will be made in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). The organisers will attempt to accommodate international participants and a wide variety of time zones and encourage international participation. Once papers have been accepted feedback on scheduling will be sought from participants.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Registration (free):

(CFP closed November 30, 2020)




Online (University of Göttingen): March 5-7, 2021

Antiquity is not to be trifled with, or so one might believe from the majority of serious scholarship. Classical reception, however, is rich in playful recreations, inventions and parodies of antiquity. The results are anything but mere entertainment. Their variety and their impact would be ignored at the peril of understanding fashions of classical reception – and the historical traditions they in turn shaped, influenced or undermined.

The 7th Imagines conference will therefore turn to all kinds of playful reception in the visual and performing arts from the 19th to the 21st century. This can include – but is by no means restricted to – improv theatre, video games and installations, caricature, classical and popular music, sculpture, living history and role-playing, board games, graffiti art and other kinds of playful interaction with classical antiquity. We are particularly interested in the creative aspects of “traditions in the making”, issues of alternate realities and non-European tradition, but we welcome contributions relating to the theme of “playful classics”.

For more information contact Dr Martin Lindner (






The First Biennial Bryn Mawr College SPEAC Conference for Undergraduate and Graduate Research

Online (U.S.A.): March 12-13, 2021

Bryn Mawr College’s new group SPEAC (Students Promoting Equity in Archaeology and Classics) is happy to announce our first biennial research conference, to be held virtually. As a group, we are dedicated to amplifying the voices of academically marginalized and underrepresented communities (including, but not limited to, BIPOC, FGLI, disabled, and LGBTQ+ scholars) in the fields of Greek, Latin, Classical Studies, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. For this conference, we are seeking research from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as unaffiliated and unfunded early-career scholars, that centers around topics of racism, white supremacy, race, identity, gender, justice, and inequity in both the ancient world and the modern disciplines that study it. As this is our inaugural conference, we are keeping the theme deliberately expansive; our idea is that future years will have more nuanced themes.

The fields of Classics, Archaeology, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies can not ignore the racist and white supremacist underpinnings of our disciplines, and we as young and/or early-career scholars have an ethical obligation to interrogate and address the ways in which our fields have benefited from and perpetuated inequity and elitism. Problems of racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia are nowhere near new to our disciplines, and this summer’s protests and calls for accountability and reform spurred largely by the murder of George Floyd (as just one victim in a long history of systemic racism) have highlighted the importance of meaningfully addressing Classics’ complicity in these structures. Academia does not have the privilege of operating within a vacuum, so it is incumbent upon us to understand how to make our work socially and politically relevant. We must examine our field’s relationship with frameworks rooted in injustice as well as such issues in the ancient world to fully understand how to utilize our studies for real good. This conference is aimed at working toward these ideals and amplifying the many voices already engaging in these discussions.

Potential paper topics include:
* Conceptions of identity (race, ethnicity, class, and/or gender) in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East
* Conceptions of status (inequality, marginalization, immigration, and outcasts) in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East
* Problems inherent to the term “Classics” and periodization as a whole
* Marginalization and white supremacy in the historiography of our disciplines
* Disability studies in the ancient world and/or in the modern fields of Classics, Archaeology, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
* Reception—whether that’s a white supremacist group interpreting a historiographical text to support their racist ideology, or a Black filmmaker interpreting a Greek tragedy as an act of political resistance—we want to talk about both the destructive and constructive potentials of reception and reception theory
* Methods for using work in these fields for social justice purposes
* Anti-racist work in the classroom, publishing, etc.
* Current racism and inequity in our fields

This list is by no means exhaustive, and we are very open to highlighting a wide variety of topics. We are hoping to have 2 panels on the first day focusing on the ancient world, followed by a keynote speaker; then the second day will feature 2 panels focusing on the modern field, followed by a summative roundtable discussion. This obviously depends on the submissions we receive, but our goal is a relatively even distribution of work focusing on the ancient world and the modern. Papers should be around 15 minutes in length.

Deadline for submission: December 1st, 2020 - extended deadline January 1, 2021.

Please fill out this form [] to submit your 300-word abstract. Feel free to email with any questions or concerns. Abstracts are due by December 1st and we aim to get back to applicants by the middle of January.


(CFP closed January 1, 2021)




A Digital Conference on Challenges and Pathways for Addressing Inequity in Classics

Online (Zoom, US Eastern time): March 20, 2021

Organizers: Hannah Čulík-Baird (Boston University) and Joseph Romero (University of Mary Washington)

ResDiff 1.0 was timely respite in the midst of a pandemic that forced us to change whether and how we convene and exacted costs disproportionately in underserved communities by reinforcing the durable inequities that have come to define our times. What was conceived as an intimate gathering on the campus of Mary Washington for those teaching Classics was transformed into a digital event attracting 250 registrants from twelve countries. In our papers and conversations, we explored how people on the margins in our texts and contexts are invited—or pushed further from—the center, and explored avenues through with such marginalization might be addressed. Following the conference, recordings of the presentations were made available online at Furthermore, a selection of those papers is being prepared for publication in a co-edited series of consecutive issues in Ancient History Bulletin which will start to appear in 2021.

Though tempted to narrow our focus to any one of the critical issues in and surrounding the discipline, we elected to maintain the furry and broad welcome to a Classics community that clearly needs to talk. In this second wholly digital conference, we shall once again examine the challenges presented by this curriculum with students who are increasingly more diverse in gender identity, race, ethnicity, income, family structure, and more. And while the society of our conference will examine pedagogical issues, we hope again to dilate outward to broader issues in education and society from (a) the current and future roles of Classics and the humanities in K-12 and higher education to (b) the ultimate goals of education. We invite papers from all those who study and teach the ancient world.

Our keynote speaker will be Patrice Rankine, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Classics at the University of Richmond.

The conference will be hosted as a Zoom webinar with a capacity of 500. Please note that the time zone of the conference will be US Eastern.

Abstracts of 350 words should be sent electronically to Joseph Romero ( by January 8, 2021. Papers will be 20-25 minutes with coordinated discussion at the end of each session. Any questions regarding abstract submission may be addressed to Professors Romero or Čulík-Baird (


(CFP closed January 8, 2021)




Bristol, UK [virtual participation available]: March 29-30, 2021

Immersive experiences represent one of the highest growth areas within the UK’s cultural industries. Their centrality to the creative economy was recognised in the UK Creative Industries Sector Deal (2018), which estimated that the immersive content market would be worth over £30 billion by 2025 and pledged to invest £33 million in immersive technologies to ensure Britain maintains a competitive role within this lucrative market. Yet despite the frequent use of cutting-edge technologies to facilitate such experiences, the idea of immersion is not new but goes back to antiquity. We can find instances of literature facilitating moments of immersion in texts from the Homeric epics through to Thucydides’ History and the speeches of the Attic orators, and can find regular examples of ancient critics and philosophers theorising about the sensation as well.

Given this shared interest in the idea of immersion, it is perhaps no surprise to find that modern-day immersive experiences frequently look back to antiquity, including but not limited to the immersive museum experiences surrounding the ancient city of Pergamon, the immersive video game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and the immersive theatrical experiences of dreamthinkspeak, Shunt, and ZU-UK.

This conference aims to bring together an interdisciplinary and intraprofessional group of scholars and artists interested in exploring and theorising the relationship between antiquity and immersivity. It is hoped that the event will foster discussion about theoretical approaches to immersion, for example through cognitive and narratological strategies, and experiential understandings of immersion as it pertains to live experience. The event will highlight the potential for multidisciplinary knowledge exchange to shed new light on research questions about immersion across time.

Contributions are welcome that intersect with the full spectrum of the concept of immersivity including but not limited to:

* Forms of immersion in the ancient world
* Methods for analysing instances of immersion in antiquity, including cognitive and narratological approaches
* The history of the poetics of immersion
* Antiquity and immersive museum experiences
* Classical reception and immersive theatre
* Antiquity and cross-reality, augmented reality, and virtual reality

It is intended that this two-day conference will take place in Bristol, with options for virtual participation available. However, to facilitate a pivot to an entirely virtual conference, should it be necessary, all papers will be pre-circulated. The conference itself will consist of responses and discussion.

Contributions of c. 3000 word papers, shorter provocations, as well as exhibitions and/or demonstrations of prototype experiences are welcome. Contributors should be willing to give a short prepared response to another paper, and should be prepared to pre-circulate their own paper by 1 March 2021. Confirmed speakers include Felix Barrett (Punchdrunk), Prof. Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg), Dr Colin Sterling (UCL), and the team behind the ARHC project ‘The Virtual Reality Oracle’ (University of Bristol).

To register your interest please submit an abstract of 300 words by 30 September 2020. Travel bursaries for graduate students, the unwaged, and the precariously employed will be available; if you wish to be considered for a bursary please indicate so on your abstract and include an indicative travel budget.

For further information please contact Emma Cole:

This conference is generously funded through the AHRC via the leadership fellowship ‘Punchdrunk on the Classics’.


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)

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April 2021


University of Oxford, UK: April 2, 2021
University of Paris Nanterre, France: November 22, 2021

This conference explores the ways in which artistic processes as well as works of theatre and cinema record the historical and artistic consequences of the Second World War in Europe by reinventing antiquity and by working with the ruin both politically and poetically.

Organisers: Estelle Baudou (Oxford) and Anne-Violaine Houcke (Paris Nanterre)

Deadline: October 30, 2020.

Call for papers:


(CFP closed October 30, 2020)




Online (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland): during the week of April 12, 2021 [TBC]

Why do we study the very distant past? Why dig up ancient bones and stones? Why learn long-dead languages and pore over texts that are thousands of years old? And, most importantly, how do these investigations inform us about the world and our global society?

This event is organised by Trinity Long Room Hub Graduate Fellows and aims to examine the value of Classics and the study of the Ancient World as both academic and public concerns. This conference will demonstrate the relevance and accessibility of our fields of interest, not only to researchers in other areas, but to society more broadly. Presentations should aim to explore how research and pedagogy linked to the Ancient World relates to contemporary cultural concerns and/or the advancement of other academic disciplines. We are hoping to challenge preconceptions and assumptions about the material and its relationship to the world we live in. We welcome perspectives from across the range of sub-disciplines under the Classical umbrella (e.g. ancient history, archaeology, Latin and Greek literature and philology, Late Antique and Byzantine studies, Classical reception studies, etc.) as well as cordially welcoming those from others pertaining to distant past (e.g. Egyptology, Pre-Columbian American studies, etc.). In addition to researchers, this conference encourages submissions from those who engage the public with antiquity; museum staff, guides and custodians of archaeological/historical sites, and teachers of history and ancient languages.

Conference Presentations will take one of two formats:

Papers - 10-20 minute pre-recorded talks, followed by live Q&A sessions.

Spotlight Talks - 5 minute talks as part of a live panel session, followed by Q&A.

Please send submissions to by 5 February 2021.

We require:
Your name and a short bio describing who you are and your connection to the Ancient World.
Title and format of your intended presentation.
Abstract of your intended presentation (max. 500 words).

We are particularly interested in presentations relating to areas such as:

* Public/Community Archaeology and Bringing Lay Voices into Scholarship

* Classics and Antiquities as part of Creative Pedagogy and ‘Transferable Skills’

* Comparative Historiography between Antiquity and Medieval or Modern Eras

* Connections between Scientific Research and the Ancient World

* Ancient Literature and its Long-Term Cultural Impact

This list is by no means exclusive.

Confirmed Speakers:

Keynote: Prof. Brian McGing - Emeritus Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin

Dr Alex Imrie - Classics Tutor at the University of Edinburgh and Classics Outreach Co-Ordinator for the Classical Association of Scotland and Classics for All





CAMWS (Classical Association of the Middle West and South) Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.: April 7-10, 2021

Rachel Sternberg and Paul Hay of the Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University are seeking paper proposals for a conference panel to be delivered at the CAMWS (Classical Association of the Middle West and South) Annual Meeting, on April 7-10, 2021. We intend to submit a panel proposal on the reception of classical antiquity in the political and intellectual discourse of 18th century Europe. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 31. While the conference is tentatively scheduled to be held in person in Cleveland, OH, there is a possibility that the event will need to be held remotely on Zoom.

This panel examines the reception of classical thought in European political and intellectual discourse during the 18th century. While it has long been understood that the major figures of the Enlightenment era had a respect for, and drew influence from, Greco-Roman antiquity, classicists themselves have not contributed significantly to scholarly analyses of this relationship. Much recent work, while promising, has come from outside the world of classical scholarship (e.g., Nelson 2004, Stuart-Buttle 2019, Edelstein 2019). It is important for classical scholars to interrogate the traces of ancient thought at the root of 18th century ideas, especially given the continuing legacy of Enlightenment intellectualism in the modern world, from rational science to revolutionary politics. This work is all the more urgent in light of the contemporary misuse of classical imagery and iconography by hate groups and supporters of violence against oppressed minorities, whose distortion of ancient culture can in some ways be traced back to Enlightenment ideas and practices.

The goals of this panel are threefold. First, it seeks to call attention to the dearth of classical scholarship on the reception of ancient ideas in 18th century Europe. Second, it intends to address broad cultural parallels common to both antiquity and 18th century Europe in order to better understand Enlightenment interest in Greek and Roman thought. Finally, it hopes to wrest control of the meaning of antiquity from promoters of bigotry and oppression while still holding to account 18th century (and ancient) thinkers for their own misappropriation of ancient culture and hypocritical attitudes.

Edelstein, D. 2019. On the spirit of rights. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Nelson, E. 2004. The Greek tradition in Republican thought. Cambridge: CUP.
Stuart-Buttle, T. 2019. From moral theology to moral philosophy. Oxford: OUP.

Abstract deadline: August 31, 2020. Contact: (Paul Hay) or (Rachel Sternberg).


(CFP closed August 31, 2020)




Online (from Exeter, UK): April 8, 2021

We are excited to announce a virtual symposium on the work of William Golding to be held in the spring of 2021 (8th April). We would like to invite all those who are interested in Golding to participate through critical and/or creative responses to his writing, and are particularly keen to hear from emerging scholars and those whose voices have seldom been heard in Golding criticism.

While Lord of the Flies remains a widely read and much studied work of twentieth-century fiction, the rest of Golding’s creative output has suffered from a dearth of serious critical attention in the past two decades. More generally, as the reaction to Rutger Bregman’s recent critique of Golding made clear, the standard picture of Golding remains that of a man haunted by the depraved nature of humanity, whose work is more significant for its moral content than any literary merit (The Guardian, 9 May 2020).

However, the novels themselves and the crucial insights provided by John Carey’s recent biography and Judy Carver’s memoir reveal a more complex portrait of an individual acutely aware of contemporary issues of class, gender and sexuality, who, while tortured by severe bouts of guilt and dejection, nevertheless took joy and optimism from the natural world; from the whole range of classical antiquity; from ground-breaking developments in science; and from the power of language and storytelling to make readers see themselves, each other and the world anew.

Therefore, we strongly encourage critical reactions to the work which either reassess or move beyond the overweening moralism of past scholarship and the worn categories of good and evil, allegory, pessimism, science vs religion, male vs female, modernity vs post-modernity, and original sin. We also welcome creative or personal responses, from appreciations of Golding’s art to pieces which speak to current topics and concerns.

We are looking for presentations between 10-30 minutes which can be delivered in an online format, but are keen for the event to reflect the interests and perspectives of the participants. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved, whether with a formal abstract or with a more general expression of interest. We look forward very much to hearing from you.

Organisers - Bradley Osborne and Arabella Currie, University of Exeter

Deadline - 7 February 2021

Contact -





Department of Classical Studies at Boston University 13th Annual Graduate Student Conference.

Online: Boston University, U.S.A.: April 10, 2021

Despite the danger and difficulty of travel in the ancient world, movement from place to place was a fact of life for many. Merchants and soldiers spent much time far from home, while captives and exiles often had no hope of a return. Military adventuring is evident from the earliest times, and tourism was not uncommon under the Roman Empire. As they encountered more lands and cultures, the ancients compiled a large body of scientific and literary writings on the world around them, informed by or in service of travel.

To better understand this important facet of life in the ancient world, the Department of Classical Studies at Boston University invites submissions of abstracts for the 13th Annual Graduate Student Conference, to be held over Zoom.

We invite proposals from graduate students working on the art, archaeology, or literature of any period of antiquity. Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to the following:

• Trade (Attic vases in Etruscan tombs, Marine-Archaeological shipwreck data, the Phoenicians in Herodotus 1)
• Pirates (The Homeric Hymn to Dionysus, Telemachus’ welcome in the Odyssey, Sextus Pompey)
• Military expeditions (Caesar, Xenophon, Alexander, Vindolanda tablets)
• Flights into exile (Livia with infant Tiberius, Alcibiades, Ovid Tristia 1)
• Personal travels (Herodotus, Pausanias, Peripluses, Itineraria)
• Impersonal travels (Geographers: Strabo, Ptolemy, and Mela; Ethnography: Tacitus’ Germania)
• Fantastic voyages: travel in fiction (Odyssey, Argonautica, Euhemerus’ Sacred History, Lucian’s True History, travel in the ancient novel)
• Voyages of the mind: philosophical travels and worlds (Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis, Plato’s Timaeus)
• Reception of travel in antiquity/past as a foreign country (Shelley’s Ozymandias, Yeats’ Sailing to Byzantium, Cavafy’s Ithaka)

Please send an anonymous abstract of no longer than 500 words to Philip Levine, Griffin Budde, and James Aglio at Presenters will have 20 minutes for their papers, which will be followed by time for questions. Deadline for abstract submissions is February 1, 2021. Selected speakers will be notified by February 15, 2021.





Online (USA): April 16-17, 2021

Different methods of ‘comparing antiquities’ do or do not presuppose the existence of contact between the civilizations they compare, or else weigh differently the importance of contact to the work of comparison. Underlying these differences are methodological questions like: to what extent, and in what ways, the history of contact between different civilizations plays a role in the work of comparison? To what extent the fact of contact between two civilizations legitimates their comparison? How the aims and methods of comparison differ in cases where contact has or has not taken place? More subtly, how should the intellectual history of contact in later periods of a region’s history affect how we do comparative work on earlier periods of that history?

These questions are particularly urgent in the case of comparison between the early Americas and Greco-Roman antiquity, where the practice of “comparing antiquities” has a long history as an intellectual tool of colonialism. Early missionaries, both Spanish and Mexican, used the texts of Classical Antiquity to dismiss as primitive the beliefs and practices of Indigenous peoples. Under the influence of racial theories inherited from the authors of classical antiquity, colonial intellectuals used comparison between the Mediterranean and tropical climates as grounds for racist generalization aimed at dehumanizing Indigenous peoples. Both assertions of similarity between the Americas and the Greco-Roman world and assertions of difference have been put in the service of colonizers’ arguments.

This conference, then, aims to think through the methodological implications of the intellectual history of contact for the modern-day academic study of Comparative Antiquity between the early Americas and the Greco-Roman world. What can the intellectual history of contact between Spanish invaders and Indigenous populations teach us about the possible methodological pitfalls of comparativism? In what ways should the history of contact affect the comparative methodologies we bring to bear on the study of American and Greco-Roman antiquities? What forms of comparison that avoid complicity with colonialist analogy are possible? How can scholars strive to make comparisons on equal terms, while acknowledging the treatment different cultures have received at the hands of intellectuals over the centuries?

To this end we invite papers from any discipline that tackle the intellectual history of contact between Spanish invaders and Indigenous populations (especially claims of analogy between pre-Christian Greco-Roman antiquity, and the pre-Christian Americas), papers that tackle methodological questions in the study of Comparative American and Greco-Roman antiquity, and papers engaged in this work of comparison with an eye to its broader political and historical context. We hope that this marriage of intellectual history, theoretical speculation, and comparative work can help scholars of many disciplines think critically and specifically about the ethical and methodological questions implicated in the work of comparison.

The conference will be held virtually from April 16-17, 2021. Papers will be pre-circulated, and each paper session will be led by a respondent before moving into a group discussion. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Please submit an anonymized, 200-300 word abstract to For more information about Antiquity in the Americas, including past events and current projects, visit


(CFP closed December 15, 2020)




25th Annual Classics Graduate Student Colloquium, University of Virginia

Online (from University of Virginia, USA: April 17, 2021

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Rea (University of Florida)

Conceptions of the fantastic appear throughout Classical antiquity as the Greeks and Romans looked to the supernatural as a way of understanding themselves and the world around them. Ancient literature abounds with elements of fantasy, notably in tales of transformation and interference from the divine, as in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses. Imagined worlds feature prominently in philosophical texts, such as the works of Plato, and comic texts including the works of Aristophanes and Lucian, providing the authors a means by which to examine their own societies. The fantastic also borders on science fiction, exemplified by the scientific inventions and innovations of the Hellenistic period. Surviving material evidence, like curse tablets, has greatly informed our views of practical magic and the everyday experience of the supernatural. Our own society revels in the fantasy of the classical world in multiple forms of media, spanning from novels to film and even the world of games. Traces of the ancient world can be seen in the works of authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Dan Simmons, as well as in the Marvel Universe and DC Comics. Several recent publications examine issues of fantasy and science fiction through the lens of Classical reception, notably Rogers and Stephens 2015 and 2019, whose volumes collect articles exploring the classical connections in a variety of sources from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Frank Herbert’s Dune and Battlestar Galactica.

For this conference, we seek papers exploring elements of science fiction and fantasy in the ancient world and about the ancient world. We welcome submissions from all students of the ancient Mediterranean world and its reception. Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

* Literary depictions of space travel and outer space
* Fantasy worlds or the reality of other worlds in ancient literature
* Magic, ritual, the supernatural, and interactions with the divine in ancient literature or art
* Depictions of transformation or monsters in ancient literature or art
* Material evidence such as curse tablets and magical papyri
* Automata and inventions in ancient literature and myth
* Dystopian and utopian visions of the future
* Reception of ancient literature in modern, early modern, and medieval literature and media (including games, television and film, and other visual art)

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words (not counting bibliography) to Iam McClain ( by February 5, 2021. This colloquium will be held online and will be accessible to all, including those with physical disabilities, mental illness, and/or chronic illness. Any questions may be addressed to colloquium organizers Holly Maggiore ( and Jovan Cvjetičanin (





Manaus (Universidade do Estado do Amazonas), Brazil: June 9-12, 2020 - change of date due to COVID-19: April 20-23, 2021 - new dates TBC (likely Sept/Oct 2021 or June 2022.

Organisers: Dr. Martin Dinter (King’s College London), Dr. Carlos Renato Rosário de Jesus, Dra. Vanúbia Moncayo, and Dra. Maristela Silva (Universidade do Estado do Amazonas)

We welcome expressions of interest for 30-minute papers to be presented at this workshop, which will take place as part of the 3rd Semana Internacional de Estudos Clássicos do Amazonas (SECLAM); for information on previous iterations of this conference, see

The theme of this workshop, which follows on from two previous events in Bogotá (April 2019) and London (July 2019), is ‘The Pedagogy of Conflict Resolution’. Hence, participants might choose to present accounts of existing projects integrating the Classics and conflict resolution outreach or develop plans for future programmes combining these subjects. Participants may also wish to explore how educators can mitigate the emotional impact of potentially sensitive classroom discussions on violence and war or even approach the workshop’s theme from an ancient history perspective by exploring how the ancients addressed subjects such as warfare and peacekeeping when educating youths. We also encourage speakers to examine how conflict resolution structures found in both ancient and modern literature might be practically implemented within Brazil and Colombia. Possible case studies include a region-specific reworking of Shay’s (1994) report, which compares post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam War veterans to Achilles’ emotional state in the Iliad.

The key questions to be answered during this exploration are: How can we, as educators, best implement Classics-related modules on conflict resolution for students at the secondary and tertiary level? What are the lessons to be learnt from initiatives – both successful and unsuccessful, and ancient as well as modern – which center upon introducing conflict-affected populations to the Classics? How can the knowledge accumulated throughout this project be used to improve the pedagogical materials which we have designed for use in schools?

Deadline for abstracts: 15th December 2019 to

Contact Information: Please send all expressions of interest or queries to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Martin Dinter ( Please note that all participants will require proof of yellow fever vaccination in order to travel to Manaus.

Further information relating to this workshop series can be found online at our project site:

Confirmed Speakers
Anni Marcelli Santos de Jesus, PUC-MG/UniNorte (Brazil)
Paula da Cunha Correa, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
Marcos Martinho, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
Gilson Charles dos Santos, Universidade de Brasília (Brazil)
Charlene Miotti, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (Brazil)
Leni Ribeiro Leite, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Brazil)
Andrea Lozano Vásquez, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (Colombia)
Ana Filipa Patinha Prata, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (Colombia)
Gemma Bernadó Ferrer, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (Colombia)
Ronald Forero Álvarez, Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia)
Rodrigo Verano, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
Kathryn Tempest, University of Roehampton (UK)
Rebecca Langlands, University of Exeter (UK)
Emma Buckley, St. Andrews (UK)
David Whetham, King’ College London (UK)
Astrid Khoo, Harvard University (USA)
Sara Monoson, Northwestern University (USA)

Project Summary: The AHRC Research Networking project ‘Conflict Resolution through Classical Literature’ forms connections between academic research in Classics and War Studies and peace-building education in two Latin American target countries: Brazil and Colombia. The project is characterized by its double aim of research and outreach.

In three workshops – Bogota (April 2019), London (July 2019), and Manaus (June 2020) –participating scholars will produce new research on how Classical literature communicates and showcases conflict resolution skills, and develop ways of employing Classical literature in communicating these skills to conflict-affected youth. In so doing, they will examine ancient models of conflict resolution and map these onto the current political situation in Colombia and Brazil. In addition, they will evaluate how the Classics have historically informed pedagogical initiatives in these countries and devise ways in which ancient literature can continue to enhance peace-related education.


(CFP closed December 15, 2019)

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May 2021


Online (Zoom, UK/CET): May 7, 2021

We are pleased to announce an online workshop entitled "Napoleone e l'Antico", which will take place on Friday 7 May 2021, two days after the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte's death.

Its focus will be on Napoleon’s interest in and engagement with the ancient world – his own readings, insights, and misconceptions. The theme has not been extensively examined so far; this workshop intends to provide a preliminary discussion, whilst seeking to be as wide-ranging as possible.

Speakers and provisional titles:
Patrizia Piacentini (Milan), L’antico Egitto di Napoleone
Davide Amendola (Dublin), Napoleone e Alessandro Magno
Federico Santangelo (Newcastle), Napoleone e i modelli della Repubblica e dell'Impero
Manfredi Zanin (Venice) L’'Empereur face aux Anciens': il 'Memoriale' e la biblioteca di Sant’Elena
Bruno Colson (Namur), Napoleon and the Ancient Strategists
Immacolata Eramo (Bari), Il 'Précis des guerres de Jules César'
Salvatore Marino (Münster), Napoleone e il diritto romano
Arnaldo Marcone (Rome), Conclusioni

Everyone is welcome to attend. If you wish to take part in the workshop, please express your interest by writing to you will receive a Zoom link in due course. For any other queries, please email the convenors, Manfredi Zanin ( and Federico Santangelo (





British School at Athens, Greece: May 17–18, 2021; with online participation

Funded by the British Academy.

Organised by Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis, University of St Andrews

The bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence of 1821 offers a timely opportunity for a re-evaluation of travel and archaeology in the age of revolution. The conference foregrounds diversity and small-scale engagements with the landscape and material past of Ottoman Greece at a time of political tension and explosive violence. The conference will explore the perspectives of both foreign travellers and local inhabitants in order to tease out diverse voices, keeping a sharp focus on the effects of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, social status and disability. We are particularly keen to include perspectives from and about people of colour.

Within this inclusive intellectual framework we will pose a series of questions to analyse the mediating role of the Greek landscape and its antiquities between travellers and local inhabitants in all their diversity. How did major intellectual and cultural developments of the late eighteenth century, ranging from revolutionary politics in France and America to scientific and museological developments, intersect with actual encounters ‘on the ground’ in Ottoman Greece, specifically with the landscape, local inhabitants and small-scale objects and antiquities? How did the ethnic, cultural and religious identities of Ottoman communities (Greek, Turkish, Albanian, Jewish) affect local perceptions of contemporary travel and the classical material past? How did status (including slave status), gender, sexuality and disability shape encounters with the Greek landscape and its antiquities, not least with idealising white sculptured male bodies? How did archaeological-focused travel, with its emerging sophisticated discourses, intertwine with travel undertaken for scientific, military and Romantic aims?

In this way the conference will give prominence to hitherto marginalised perspectives drawing on recent work to decolonise Ancient Mediterranean Studies, including sensory approaches to access silenced voices, and will develop a micro-cultural history of Ottoman Greece in this tumultuous period. The intention is to submit the papers for publication in the British School at Athens - Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies Series.

Confirmed speakers: Mélissa Bernier (École normale supérieure, Paris), Elisabeth Fraser (University of South Florida), Constanze Guthenke (University of Oxford), Jason König (University of St Andrews), Stephen Minta (University of York), Emily Neumeier (Temple University, The Tyler School of Art and Architecture), Estelle Strazdins (University of Queensland), Alessia Zambon (Université Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris).

Suggested themes for conference papers:
• The multifaceted landscape as a stage for violent military activity, and as a repository of the classical past; analysed through figures who were both fighters in the war of independence and active in archaeology, especially Kyriakos Pittakys, George Finlay
• Digging and removing antiquities from the ground, especially small-scale objects; in particular the collaboration between foreigners and local inhabitants ranging from Ottoman elites to labourers to e.g. activities of Lord Aberdeen, Edward Dodwell, Otto von Stackelberg, Charles Cockerell, Lord Elgin; Ali Pasha, Veli Pasha
• The consumption of small-scale antiquities, including gift exchange, the emerging antiquities market, local collections and their display e.g. Athanasios Psalidas
• Variety of engagements with the classical material past through different types of objects e.g. sculpture, ceramics, buildings, manuscripts, coins
• The material culture of Ottoman Greece and the accommodation / display of antiquities within this
• Encounters between travellers and rulers, particularly in relation to antiquities, bringing out perspectives from both sides e.g. Ali Pasha, Veli Pasha, local governors in the Morea
• Traversing the land through the lens of classical texts and contemporary visual culture e.g. landscapes with ruins, scenes of myth, Orientalist painting
• Recording the landscape in a variety of media including literature (effects of genre e.g. travel literature, private diaries), landscape painting and maps
• Excavating the land to discover indigenous vegetal and mineral features, including Natural History publications e.g. the French Scientific Expedition in the Morea
• Philanthropic, religious or agricultural initiatives across the landscape e.g. Edward Noel
• Embodied travel, including family travel and disabled travellers e.g. Lord Byron

Please send abstracts (c.200 words) to Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis ( by 14 September 2020.


(CFP closed September 14, 2020)

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June 2021


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel: June 10-11, 2020. New dates: 1-3 June, 2021

Note: Deferred from 2020 due to COVID-19. New #CFP dates TBA.

The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies is pleased to announce its 49th annual conference to be held at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on Wed-Thurs, 10-11 JUNE 2020. Our keynote speaker in 2020 will be Professor Sheila Murnaghan, Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek, University of Pennsylvania.

The conference is the annual meeting of the society. Papers are welcome on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to history, philology, philosophy, literature, reception, papyrology, and archaeology of Greece and Rome,and neighboring lands. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes. The official languages of the conference are English and Hebrew.

Conference fee is $50. Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels. Registration forms with a list of prices will be sent to participants in due course.

All proposals should consist of a one page abstract (about 250-300 words). Proposals in Hebrew should also be accompanied by a one-page abstract in English to appear in the conference brochure.

Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence should be sent to Dr. Lisa Maurice, Secretary of the ISPCS, at

All proposals should reach the secretary by 19th DECEMBER, 2019.

Decisions will be made after the organizing committee has duly considered all the proposals. If a decision is required prior to early February, please indicate this in your letter and we will try to accommodate your needs.


(CFP closed December 19, 2020)




Velletri (Rome) - Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”: June 2-5, 2021

Thanks to films, TV series and recent (re)discoveries in the Roman Forum, the character of the first king and founder of the Eternal City returned to the centre of cultural debate in Italy. We thus witnessed in the last few months a whole string of interpretations of the documentation about Romulus and of what is attributed to him or suggested about his character and deeds by the historical sources, some of these interpretations acceptable and plausible, others bold and not very credible In this context we thought it appropriate to propose a moment of shared interdisciplinary reflection meant to favour an in-depth analysis, with due attention to the whole of the sources and data available to us, involving anthropologists, archaeologists, philologists, historians and historians of religions. The following are the points of the various received traditions and of the scientific debate about Romulus that can be analysed at the conference in relation to the documentation:

1) The birth of Romulus and Remus.
2) The twins’ childhood and youth.
3) The conquest of Alba Longa and the return to the throne of Numitor.
4) The foundation of Rome and the death of Remus.
5) The Rape of the Sabine women.
6) The conjoined reign of Romulus with Titus Tatius.
7) The wars of conquest in Latium Vetus.
8) The death or disappearance of Romulus.
9) The god Quirinus.
10) The civil and religious institutions whose origin is attributed to Romulus or to both twins.
11) Laws, norms and customs followed in Rome and attributed to the works or the character of Romulus.
12) “Romulean” memories in Rome.
13) History of the studies.

Scientific committee: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Aroldo Barbieri (Sapienza Università di Roma), Maria Teresa D’Alessio (Sapienza Università di Roma), David Nonnis (Sapienza Università di Roma).

Administration: Igor Baglioni, director of the Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”

The scholars who would like to contribute may send a one-page abstract (max 2.000 characters) to Igor Baglioni, the director of the museum, at the address by April 1, 2021. Attached to the abstract should be: the title of the paper; a short biography of the authors; email address and phone number. Papers may be written and presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish. The acceptance of papers will be communicated by email only to the selected contributors by 2021, April 10.

Important deadlines:
Closing of call for papers: April 1st, 2021.
Conference: June 2-5th, 2021.

There is no attendance fee. The participants who don’t live in Rome or surroundings will be accommodated in hotels and bed-and-breakfasts which have an agreement with the Museum to offer discounted prices. Papers may be published on Religio. Collana di Studi del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni” (Edizioni Quasar), and in specialized journals. All the papers will be peer-reviewed.

The conference will be held in person and outdoors, respecting the security norms valid at the time. Date and place of the meeting may vary based on the evolution of the pandemic and the subsequent government and local regulations. In the evenings there will be free-of-charge visits to the museums and monuments of various towns in the Castelli Romani area. The excursion programme will be presented at the same time as the conference programme.

For information:

Call (Italian):
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Ghent University, Belgium: June 3-4, 2021

If necessary due to the current circumstances, we will arrange a hybrid version (partly online), or a strictly digital version. 

Enchanted Reception is a two-day workshop with the aim of exploring the place of enchantment, myth, and religion in both Eastern and Western medieval narratives about Troy, or narratives that are influenced by motifs related or parallel to the narrative of the Trojan war. Together with scholars specialising in the different language traditions of medieval literature, we aim to explore the following questions from a transnational approach:

• How did contemporary (e.g. literary and socio-cultural) developments influence medieval adaptations of the supernatural and pagan religion in medieval Troy narratives? 
• What role does the Troy motif play in other literary works?
• How are rationalization and “Christianization” used to deal with the medieval unease evoked by certain aspects of ancient mythology? 
• From a comparative perspective, how can we map such processes transnationally, e.g. in the different language and literature traditions of the medieval world? 
• How do these questions engage with themes such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and cross-cultural connections?

Please send your abstract to Dr Tine Scheijnen ( or Dr Ellen Söderblom Saarela ( no later than 15 January 2021. Colleagues who have submitted an abstract will be notified by 1 February 2021.

This workshop is organized as part of and supported by the ERC project Novel Echoes and the FWO project The romance between Greece and the west (see

If you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Tine or Ellen. We look very much forward hearing from you and receiving your abstracts!


(CFP closed January 15, 2021)




A Gramsci Research Network Workshop

British School at Rome (with online option): June 17, 2021

Another point to determine and develop is that of “double perspectives” in the political action and in the life of the State. Various degrees in which the double perspective can arise, from the most basic to the most complex, but which can reduce theoretically into two fundamental degrees, corresponding to double nature of the Machiavellian Centaur, wild beast and human, of force and consensus, of authority and hegemony, of violence and civilization, of the individual and universal moment (of “Church” and “State”), of agitation and propaganda, of tactics and strategy etc. -- Antonio Gramsci, Q 13 §14 [Eng. Tr. Hoare/Nowell Smith 1971]

The debate about the definition of hegemony is still heated among scholars working on Antonio Gramsci’s thought. In the Notebooks, Gramsci discusses one of the most iconic images of power ever produced: Machiavelli's Centaur. This represents graphically the double nature of power: the co-existence of consensus and force. Arguing against the classical idea of Perry Anderson’s (1976) “antinomies of Antonio Gramsci”, Peter Thomas recently contended (in his The Gramscian Moment, 2009) that Gramsci’s hegemony is actually a dialectical process, resolved in the “integral State”, thus re-inscribing hegemony in a solid Hegelian and Marxist perspective. However, the employ of hegemony as a category in historiographical interpretation is still often limited to a cultural domination through consensus, especially in English-speaking scholarship. This reading has tended to exclude any form of coercion from the study of consensus-building.

Reflecting upon violence and consensus cannot ignore the philosophical debates about power. The definition of this concept as well as the discussion of power relations is still fundamental to historiographical thought; perceptions and practices of power and resistance are also part of each individual’s everyday life. Recent attempts to bring Gramsci’s thought in dialogue with the work of Michel Foucault suggest a broader interest on the subject: theorical works such as Laclau and Mouffe’s Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (1985) can be placed side a side with interdisciplinary methodological efforts such as the volume Gramsci and Foucault: a Reassessment (2015) edited by David Kreps.

This workshop aims to bring together scholars of Roman history and of political philosophy, by reflecting upon the Roman Republic from its origins to the Principate (509 BC-27 BC). The last thirty years saw an intense academic debate on the form of government of the Roman res publica, thanks to fundamental contributions such as Fergus Millar’s The Crowd in Rome in the Late Republic (1998) and Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp’s Rekonstruktion einer Republik. Die politische Kultur des antiken Rom und die Forschung der letzten Jahrzehnte (2004). During the last decade, many other contributions on the masses in the Roman experience were published, discussing popular or plebeian culture, and the plebs’ political practices, such as, for instance, Cyril Courrier’s La plèbe de Rome et sa culture (2014). This workshop aims to address this ongoing debate moving between models and practices of politics, in order to investigate elements of coercion in power structures mainly based on consensus.

Hence, we invite papers on the history of the Roman Republic and political philosophy regarding the relationship between power, consensus, and force. Submissions of papers are invited in, but in no way limited to, the following topics: relationship between force and consensus in the Roman Republic; Gramsci’s hegemony and interpretation of related writings (either from the Prison Notebooks or not); power, consensus, repression and resistance in other writers including Machiavelli, Spinoza, Foucault, post-Marxists, and Italian theory; republican forms of rule of power and grassroots perspectives on power and resistance; the political role of popular masses in the Roman Republic; republican elites and the organization of power; gender/race and Gramsci’s hegemony.

We invite papers in English from doctoral students, early career/ postdoctoral researchers and academics in historical, literary, philosophic, archaeological or artistic disciplines, working either on the Roman Republic or on relevant themes in the field of political philosophy. Abstracts no longer than 300 words should be sent to before 26 February 2021. Please, send your abstract in PDF format, along with your personal data (name, position, and affiliation) in the email body.

The workshop will take place at the British School at Rome on 17 June 2021, with the possibility of joining it online. Should any issue linked to the present global situation prevent us from holding the event in presence, the workshop would be turned into an online event. Two speakers already agreed to contribute: Prof. Christopher J. Smith (Roman History, University of St. Andrews) and Dr. Francesca Antonini (Intellectual History, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen).

For further information and queries, please do not hesitate to contact Michele Bellomo ( or Emilio Zucchetti (





Online: June 18-19, 2021

On 18th June 2021 it will be twenty years since the controversial final episode of ground-breaking television series Xena: Warrior Princess, ‘A Friend in Need Part II’ aired. Although the series was first conceived as a spin-off from a series featuring a male hero, Hercules The Legendary Journeys, Xena's popularity surpassed that of Hercules, and ran for six seasons from 1995-2001. Xena paved the way for subsequent action heroines, from Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who reached our television screens in 1997, to the re-envisioned Wonder Woman in the recent blockbuster films. The (initially subtextual) relationship between Xena and Gabrielle also influenced the depiction of LGBT relationships in popular culture. Xena garnered a large fan base and spawned an interest in the ancient world for a generation of young viewers.

This virtual conference aims to bring together scholars from across a range of disciplines to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of Xena: Warrior Princess and explore different aspects of the series and its impact. The organisers aim to publish selected papers following the conference.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):
* Xena and the representation of ancient civilisations
* Xena and historical events/characters
* Xena and historical women warriors
* Xena and mythology/religion
* Xena and queer theory
* Xena and feminism
* Xena as action heroine
* Xena and television studies
* Xena and fan studies
* Xena tie-ins (comics, novels, etc)
* The legacy of Xena

Please submit abstracts of circa 300 words, together with details of academic background, to Amanda Potter (Open University: and Anise Strong (Western Michigan University: by 15th March 2021.





Jerusalem, Israel: June 20-23, 2021

The Fourteenth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World will take place in Jerusalem (Israel) from Sunday 20 June 2021 to Wednesday 23 June 2021. Classicists, historians, students of comparative religion, the Hebrew Bible, early Christian and Rabbinic traditions, as well as scholars in other fields with an interest in oral cultures are cordially invited.

The conference will follow the same format as the previous conferences, held in Hobart (1994), Durban (1996), Wellington (1998), Columbia, Missouri (2000), Melbourne (2002), Winnipeg (2004), Auckland (2006), Nijmegen (2008), Canberra (2010), Ann Arbor (2012), Atlanta (2014), Lausanne (2016), and Austin TX (2019). It is planned that the refereed proceedings once again be published by E.J. Brill in the “Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World” series.

Organizers: Margalit Finkelberg, Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz, Donna Shalev
Location: Jerusalem, Israel (Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Hebrew University)
Dates: Sunday 20 June (registration that evening) to Wednesday 23 June 2021
Theme: Textualization
Keynote: Professor Niall Slater (Classics, Emory University)

The theme for the conference is “Textualization”. Recent decades have witnessed a strong and growing international interest in the broader interface and interpenetration of oral and literate cultures and practices in the ancient world, with later parallels. Our conference proposes a comparative study of the ways in which ancient Greek, Roman, and other societies continually negotiated the interaction between a largely oral culture and new needs and opportunities for textualization of otherwise oral genres and practices and of the process of textualization as such.

Papers in response to this theme are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world or, for comparative purposes, other times, places, and cultures. Also welcome are papers that engage with the transition from an oral to a literate society, or which consider the topic of textualization. Further details about fees, accommodation and other conference-related activities will be circulated later.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Anonymous abstracts of up to 350 words (not including bibliography) should be submitted as Word files by 31 December 2020. Please send abstracts to:


(CFP closed December 31, 2020)




Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors
Mónica Durán Mañas (University of Granada) []
Inmaculada Rodríguez Moreno (University of Cadiz) []

Ancient Greek medicine has had a large influence in the European context with reflection on a diversity of manifestations: history, art, literature, anthropology, etc. From the medical practices prior to Hippocrates, Greeks did not cease to investigate and contribute, with greater or lesser success, to the improvement of health care. Hippocrates and Galen are well-known figures and, although they were not the only ones that significantly contributed to the evolution of the history of medicine, they are certainly the figures that most influenced the subsequent medical practices. The impact of Galen is especially remarkable since medieval times. His works were translated into different languages –Syriac, Arabic, Latin, etc.­–­ and had an extremely broad diffusion and influence on the history of medicine: they were well known, studied in the universities, debated, corrected, etc. The result was a display of galenic medicine in all kind of manifestations in which man participates. Consequently, this conference seeks to discuss the influence of ancient Greek medicine in the European context in a wide range of fields, including literature, linguistics, art, history, history of science, anthropology, philosophy and medicine, among other disciplines. After Hippocrates and Galen, we must also mention other important physicians such as Oribasius, Soranus, Aetius, Alexander of Tralles, Paulus Aegineta, Stephanus Philosophus, etc., who contributed to the continuity of ancient Greek medicine and its influence in the Occidental context.

We welcome contributions of interdisciplinary nature, showing the wide reception of ancient Greek medicine in the European Context, as well as the rich connections between medicine and all kind of disciplines, since health (and sickness) is an omnipresent clue in human development. Different approaches will contribute to reach a global picture of the relevance of ancient Greek medicine in the European context investigating similarities and parallels or variations and modifications in beliefs, practices, attitudes, terminology, formats, etc. Some questions, among others, can be answered under those topics: How the ancient Greek medicine has been transmitted and how the European medical culture has been shaped? What have been, during the European history, the medical preoccupations or priorities? What has been neglected or ignored? Why the presence of ancient Greek medicine has been so wide in the European literary oeuvre? To what extent the influence of ancient Greek medicine in the European context has contribute to maximize cultural divergences from other societies?

Topics of interest include the following –they are not limited to–: presence of ancient Greek medicine in European Literature; survival of Greek medical terms; ancient Greek medicine in rhetorical contexts; use of medical vocabulary as a literary motif, topos, and exempla; linguistic and stylistic features of texts; evolution of medical literature from ancient Greek treatises, attitudes towards ancient Greek medicine among humanists; reception of ancient Greek medicine; mythology and medicine; connections between medicine, religion and magic in the European context; medicine and Arts; philosophical and medical concepts and ideas; attitudes towards Ancient Greek medicine and its cultural heritage in modern medicine; medical tendencies from ancient Greek medicine; influences of the galenic legacy in the European medicine, literature and philosophy; study of the greco-roman terms in the actual medicine, etc.

We invite abstracts for papers of approximately 40 minutes in length, to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Papers in both English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words and a short CV to both and by September 30, 2020. Abstracts must be attached as a separate file with no personal identification.

We aim to send notification of acceptance no later than the end of March. For further information, please contact either of the panel organizers.

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words) (separate file)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors
Giogio Ieranò (Università degli Studi di Trento) []
Maria do Céu Fialho (University of Coimbra - Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies) []
Fernando García Romero (University Complutense of Madrid) []
Sara Troiani (Laboratorio Dionysos della Univ. degli Studi di Trento)

Understanding the experience of human time and the action of 'being in time' is a necessity and desire that has always enlivened Man - a need and desire that are impossible to satisfy, with no direct answer to an incessant question, that of anthropological identity itself. The answer, however, appears, plurifaceted, polysemic, returning questions and generating astonishment, fascination, consternation - a response mediated by myth, as a space for imagery and projection of fundamental experiences, poured into the narratives of the action of others. The myth-narrative creates the necessary distance from the listener's specular perception, which is seen in it.

Aristotle already recognized, in his lessons on Poetics, the privileged status that drama enjoys, in its mythical-narrative nature, as a mimesis of human action. Ricoeur, in turn, in Temps et Récit, establishes with Aristotle a fruitful hermeneutic dialogue that transports to contemporary times the importance and anthropological value of dramatic mimesis, as it opens up to the man of the western world in an identity crisis, marked by wars, totalitarianisms, systems alienating economic, denial of matrices, a space-fictional time that condenses his own experiences, anguish and blindness, finitude, and allows him to recognize himself in the performed action, by a process of appropriation of the action (mimesis 3).

The universality of the Classics, in the present case of the Greek myth embodied in drama, has a very peculiar nature: it is a drama in which each author concatenates a fixed nucleus of myth-elements that are part of the Greek cultural heritage and identify a myth, associated with variable elements, so that the whole of the work represents, in turn, the projection of the playwright's worldview and experience of time and world. This is, for Ricoeur, the level 1 of mimesis. Level 2 will be that of representation itself.

Now this dramatic narrative thus constitutes a language that, belonging to the root of our culture and our identity, contains, on the other hand, the ability to, through its universality, offer itself to later centuries as a language that says and stages man in action of all time. Hermeneutic appropriation, in a specific dimension of creation, attests to this. Antigone, for example, Antigone-martyr as seen by romantics, will become resistant to all totalitarianisms; Medeia, the betrayed barbarian, will see her features of a foreigner misunderstood over those of an infanticide in a contemporaneity that is said to be multicultural but struggling with extreme weaknesses in the relationship with the Other that settles in its land.

Moreover, the studies on the performative aspects of ancient Greek drama and its theorising within the Western culture have had a great influence on theatre practitioners too. From the appropriation of the ritual roots of the ancient theatre to the re-invention of the Greek chorus for the modern stage, actors and directors have explored the artistic potential transmitted by the tradition, even adding a deeper interpretation to the ancient texts thanks to the practice of mise en scéne.

It is this inexhaustible capacity that the Greek drama has to transfer with actuality and power to express and mirror the conflicts, the anguish, the questions of the modern man that we intend to bring to the discussion, through the presentation of conferences dedicated to the contemporary drama of Greek inspiration, particularly in the Mediterranean area, and to the staging of ancient Greek dramas and its re-writings as a mean to elaborate new dramatic and performative experiences within the modern theatre itself.

A - These are the topics for the participation in this panel:
1- Re-writing Greek drama;
2- Modern drama of Greek inspiration;
3- Greek drama on modern stages;
4- Greek drama in modern society;
5- Theory of reception and re-writing;
6- Hermeneutic dialogue with Greek dramatic mimesis.

B - Proposals must be sent to: Maria do Céu Fialho -

C - Congress languages: English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish.

D - Duration of papers: 20 or 40 min.

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors
Giovanni Casadio (University of Salerno) []
Paola Corrente (Universidad del Pacífico, Lima-Perú) []

Mythology has a long and rich history: vital for ancient societies, myth has been produced by virtually all cultures and has been studied since antiquity. Nevertheless, in modern times it seems to have declined or to emerge in other forms (“The modern man who feels and claims that he is nonreligious still retains a large stock of camouflaged myths and degenerated rituals”: M. Eliade, and see, mutatis mutandis, Roland Barthes' theory of myth.)

Aiming at revitalizing the interest in this fascinating manifestation of the human mind and promoting cross cultural comparison through an interdisciplinary debate, this panel encourages proposals of researchers from various fields of study. Myth has, indeed, a symbolic and all-encompassing nature. Hence, it can be analyzed at various levels and, ultimately, better understood if approached by different points of view.

The panel will develop three lines of discussion:

* Historiography and Theory. A kind of status quaestionis that can be the starting point to review fundamental issues (definitions, main schools of thought, relations with other literary or religious phenomena etc), but, especially, to open new avenues for investigation.

* Interpretation. Through the presentation of concrete cases, the idea is to offer original readings of myths from the perspective of a variety of disciplines (e.g., law, economics, philosophy, sociology, politics, biology, and cognitive science) and approaches (e.g., cultural translatability of myth, esp. deities, in recent theorizing by J. Assmann, M. S. Smith and D. Miano).

* Reception. The analysis of the re-use and re-elaboration of mythological topics (in music, cinema, literature, art) can be useful to comprehend the modality of its endurance.

Although the main focus of the panel will be on ancient Mediterranean cultures, considered the widespread (in time and space) production of myths, and the broad objective of the panel, proposals of contributions dealing with other cultures will be carefully considered.

The accepted languages for the panel are English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. The presentation will last 20 min.

We invite abstracts of up to 250 words. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 30, 2020.

For any queries, please contact Ms. Alexandra Chung at the e-mail Ms Chung will receive the abstracts as well.

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Tribute to Dr. Luísa de Nazaré Ferreira (1970-2019)

Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors:
Marta González González (University of Málaga) []
Nuno Simões Rodrigues (University of Lisbon) []

In 2020, the 2500 years of the Battle of Salamis are celebrated. Considered by the Hellenists to be one of the founding battles of Hellas, in 480 BC, the Greeks, led by Themistocles, faced the Persians, headed by Xerxes I. The Greeks won at Salamis and the Persians eventually retreated. The confrontation between the two peoples would still happen again, in Plataea and Mycale (479 BC). But these battles would serve to confirm the superiority of the Hellenic forces, which henceforth would be the Persian persecutors in Asia.

The echoes of Salamis came to all of Greece through the most varied forms, from historiography to poetry and fine arts. Likewise, posterity has not forgotten the exploits of Greeks and Persians such a defining moment in the history of both peoples. This panel therefore aims to discuss historical issues related to Salamis, but also its representations and ways of reception.

But this panel is also an occasion to honour Dr. Luísa de Nazaré Ferreira, eminent Hellenist from Coimbra, whose academic and scientific life was largely devoted to the study of Simonides of Ceos, a poet who composed epitaphs for Greek warriors fallen in some of the battles that opposed them to the Persians, including Salamis.

Abstracts should be sent to e-mail addresses: and
Accepted languages are English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Papers should be limited to 20 minute presentation.

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors
Luis Calero (University Rey Juan Carlos) []
Gaël Lévéder (University Rey Juan Carlos) []
Fuensanta Garrido Domené (University of Córdoba) []
Felipe Aguirre (Conservatory of the Balearic Islands) []

We propose to create a panel on our main research specialities, Music and Dance in Antiquity. For the last years we have been teaching, researching and publishing, among other things, in Music, Dance and Scenic Arts in Antiquity and their preservation in later centuries. Classics have put their interest in this field quite recently in the Peninsula and we consider it a priority for the enrichment of the Classical Studies, as well as for the research on how the Ancient World has influenced the artistic expressions of the past six centuries.

Our proposal is based on the next topics:
Ancient Greek and Roman textual sources on music and/or dance.
Music and/or dance in Greek and Roman Literatures.
Harmonic treatises of Antiquity.
Iconography of music and/or dance in Greek and Roman Antiquity.
Greek and Roman music and/or dance in mythology.
Archaeology of musical instruments.
Reconstruction of ancient instruments.
Ancient organology.
Applied digital techniques to music and/or dance in Antiquity.
Music and dance based on ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
Transmission and preservation of ancient music and/or dance in different arts during later centuries.
Transmission of Greek and Roman Harmonic Theory in post-medieval treatises.

Hoping that you find our proposal interesting so as to approve this panel, we expect to hear from you in the near future.

Contact emails for the CfP: and

Languages accepted: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Italian. However, Portuguese and English are recommended for scientific international accessibility.

Duration of papers: papers will be of 20 minutes.

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors
Vinicio Busacchi (University of Cagliari) []
Simonluca Pinna (University of Cagliari)

Aristotle’s doctrine of power and action constitutes one of the majors problematic and speculative axes of Nicolai Hartmann’s book Möglichkeit und Wirklichkeit (1938). This is a research largely developed around the ontological problem of the real and its distinctions. In it, the modal classical categories are studied to differentiate and analyze the modes of the being.

Aristotle’s doctrine of power and action plays a central argumentative-speculative role in Paul Ricoeur’s book Soi-même comme un autre (1990). In this research, which develops a phenomological-hermeneutics of the self, Ricoeur investigates Aristotle’s doctrine in order to provide a stronger ontological base for his philosophy of the capable human being.

The panel aims (1) to put in parallel different phenomenological approaches applied on two different domains (reality and subjectivity) and (2) to explore some correlations in Hartmann and Ricoeur’s interpretation of Aristotle’s doctrine of power and action.

Additional information:
- abstracts should be sent to:
- languages accepted: English and French
- duration of the paper: 40 min

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


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Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors
Isabel Araújo Branco (Nova University of Lisbon) []
Isabel Gomes de Almeida (Nova University of Lisbon) []
Leonor Santa Bárbara (Nova University of Lisbon) []

Numerous literary productions by Iberian and Latin-American contemporary authors manifest a profound dialogue with the cultural expressions of the ancient Mediterranean world, whether we talk about Greek and Roman traditions, whether we talk about the Pre-Classical ones. This is particularly evident in the use of ancient mythical topoi, by authors such as Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, Bernardo Santareno, or Hélia Correia, which manifests a sense of cultural identity between modern writers and ancient mythographers. But, simultaneously, the renewed and personal vision imprinted by the former displays a sense of alterity with those far and ancient contexts.

The proposal of this panel arose from the interdisciplinary work we have been developing at CHAM – Centre for the Humanities, particularly regarding the research groups “Culture, History and Ideas across the Iberian and Ibero-American World” and “Antiquity and Its Reception”.

So, it is our goal to gather researchers from different fields, such as Ancient History, Literary Studies, Receptions Studies, and Philosophy, amongst others in order to promote a discussion on the uses of ancient myths in contemporary Iberian and Latin-American literature.

Submission guidelines:
- Languages accepted : English, Portuguese and Spanish
- Duration: max. 20 minutes
- Abstracts should be sent to:

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors
Matheus Trevizam (Federal University of Minas Gerais) []
Patricia Prata (State University of Campinas, São Paulo) []

The purpose of this thematic panel is to welcome communications related to the common theme of the reception of Greco-Roman Classics in the literature of all times. We start, thus, by recalling the fact that the literary making of the ancients developed its assumptions within a long tradition. Such a process favored authors of subsequent times to “appropriate” intertextually from the works of these predecessors.

Within the scope of poetry, the most notorious example perhaps concerns the Virgilian triad of the Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid, whose generic-imaginative models are elsewhere, in creators such as Theocritus, Hesiod, and Homer himself often alluded to and/or transformed by the hands of Rome’s greatest poet. Under different conditions, we also know that Virgil, honored with the possibility of becoming a “Classic” (i.e. a literary model) in life, soon served as an inexhaustible reference for poets such as Ovid, Statius, and even the epigrammist Martial.

On the other hand, the reception of the Classics, in a broader sense, has also occurred with special intensity through the work of successive translators, from a wide range of eras and cultures. Recurring to the metric arts, to sounds and rhythms, as well as to images and figures, some translators searched with precision, each in their way, “to serve as a bridge” between coeval readers and the ideas and sensibility of ancient times. Regarding the translational labor of the Virgilian work, this is the case of the Italian Annibale Caro (16th century); the Englishman John Dryden (17th century); the Frenchman Jacques Delille (18th century); the Portuguese João Franco Barreto (17th century), Barreto Feio, Castilho, Lima Leitão (19th century), as well as Agostinho da Silva (20th century); and the Brazilian Manuel Odorico Mendes (19th century).

The two poles of interest of this panel, therefore, deal with the general idea of the reception of the Classics in a double perspective. First, it considers the intertextual use of previous Greco-Roman texts in the works of authors who incorporated them into their literary texts. Second, and more specifically, it considers the modality of the intellectual doing of translators since endowed with the characteristic attributes and procedures of the writers they translate, translators are also allowed to elevate their creations to an artistic level of expression.

Abstracts should be sent to:

Accepted languages are English and Portuguese.

Duration of communication: 20 min.

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors:
Sophie Conte (University of Reims) []
Margarida Miranda (University of Coimbra - Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies) []

The study of Greco-Latin culture reaches its full meaning in a historical perspective that goes from Antiquity to the modern world through the Middle Ages and Renaissance Humanism.

The concept of Respublica litteraria, used for the first time by Francesco Barbaro in a letter written to another humanist, Poggio Bracciolini (1417), reflects the links between the humanities, the arts and the sciences under the sign of the unity of knowledge, before the irreversible "divorce" between the humanities and the sciences took place.

It designated an ideal community (not socially or legally institutionalized, but real), that gathered all those who were united by the bonds of letters, study and knowledge, and carried out work useful for the common good, especially in the field of education.

Within Christian humanism, this cosmopolitan community brought together men and women from different nations and creeds, and developed mainly thanks to the activity of the press and the multiplication of schools and colleges.

The Jesuit study program reflects an Aristotelian epistemological model, but rejects the traditional opposition between scholastic education and humanistic teaching, making them complementary knowledge, not rival. Thus, theologians were also grammarians, poets, playwrights, speakers, philosophers, scientists, advisers to monarchs and confessors. Missionaries were preachers but also anthropologists, linguists, doctors, astronomers and lawyers.

Respublica Litteraria (or Litterarum) transcended all doctrinal differences and became a new spiritual power.

Respublica Litteraria: humanities, arts and sciences (before the specialization of knowledge) welcomes proposals from scholars of any research area, such as literature, philosophy, art, history (mainly history of science, history of education), religious studies, linguistics, theology, dealing with the following guidelines:

Organization of knowledge, scientific writing and science itself until the Early Modern period (which includes humanism and post-humanism), in relation to epistemological models inherited from Antiquity.

1. The Arbor scientiarum, or organization of knowledge
* The unity of knowledge: Studia humanitatis, arts and sciences
* Organizing knowledge: Encyclopedism and hierarchy of knowledge.
* Looking for the division of sciences (and fields of knowledge) in humanistic and Jesuit literary production

2. Scientific writing
* Rhetoric and Natural Philosophy. Natural philosophy as text.
* Researching nature: classical tradition and scientific discourse
* Literary discourse and scientific discourse in the knowledge of Nature
* science and rhetoric: scientific writing in modern times

3. Science itself
* Nature, man and kosmos, from Aristotle to the Conimbricenses
* Aristotelianism and experimentalism

Abstracts shoud be sent to;
Languages accepted: English, Portuguese ; Spanish; French; Italian
Duration of the paper: 20min

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Conference in Classics and Ancient History. Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 from 2020

Panel Convenors
Carlos A. Martins de Jesus (University of Coimbra, Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies) []
Felipe G. Hernández Muñoz (Complutense University of Madrid) []
Elisabete Cação (Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies, University of Coimbra) []

Textual criticism has been practiced for over two thousand years. Back in the Hellenistic Alexandria, actual textual critics were already concerned with preserving the works of antiquity, a task that was not interrupted through the medieval period into early modern times. A decisive moment would of course be the invention of the press, in the mid-fifteenth century. For all Europe, during the sixteenth century, several editorial houses where printing their critical editions of the Greek classics – take Homer, Plato, the Greek tragedies or the Greek Bible as example –, many times sponsoring Hellenists to collate the readings of several manuscripts, resulting their intensive work of recension and emendation in the making of yet more codices.

Especially after the acceptation of Browning’s rule (“recentiores non deteriores”, BICS 1960), the number of new editions of classical Greek texts has largely increased, aiming to include the readings of several codices, more and more known via the several authorized databases and even full reproductions online. Moreover, hundreds of texts lack for any inclusive critical edition, especially from the ones produced in Byzantine times.

The panel Rethinking the classics: novelties on Greek textual criticism aims to be an opportunity for presenting and discussing already completed or ongoing projects relating to (but not exclusively) any of the following topics:

* New manuscripts and their textual and historical importance;
* The need for new critical editions of previously edited Greek texts, in the light of recent paleographical findings;
* Never-before edited Greek texts from Byzantium: the desperate need for an editio princeps;
* Commentary on recent critical editions of Greek texts;
* History of Greek manuscripts.

We invite junior and established scholars for sending their proposals, in English, by 30.09.2020, at the email

Final papers of 20 min in length can be delivered in English, Portuguese or Spanish. Acceptance or refusal of the paper will be communicated by 31.03.2020.

Abstracts should have:
- Title of communication
- E-mail
- University
- Abstracts (max 250 words)
- Keywords (5 to 10 words)


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy: June 23-26, 2021

Co-Directors: Tedd A. Wimperis (Elon University) and David J. Wright (Fordham University)

Vergil’s poetry has long offered fertile ground for scholars engaging questions of race, ethnicity, and national identity, owing especially to the momentous social changes to which his works respond (Syed 2005; Reed 2007; Fletcher 2014; Giusti 2018; Barchiesi forthcoming). The complexities of identity reflected in his corpus have afforded rich insights into the poems themselves and the era’s political milieu; beyond their Roman context, across the centuries his poetry has been co-opted in both racist and nationalist rhetoric, and, at the same time, inspired dynamic multicultural receptions among its many audiences, from Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech to Gwendolyn Brooks’ The Anniad (e.g. Thomas 2001; Laird 2010; Ronnick 2010; Torlone 2014; Pogorzelski 2016).

This year’s theme invites diverse approaches to the ways in which Vergil’s poetry represents, constructs, critiques, or sustains collective identities, in the ancient Mediterranean and well beyond. It also aims to stimulate new connections between Vergilian study and wider interest in identity and multicultural exchange among classicists, as well as contemporary discourse on racism, colonialism, immigration, and nationalism. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• representations and expressions of identity among the poems’ characters or audiences
• global receptions of Vergil from the perspective of ethnic, regional, or national identity
• multiculturalism, cultural negotiation, and inclusivity inside and outside the poems
• identity in Roman ideology and imperialism
• paradigms of gender, sexuality, and geography in constructing identity
• forms of prejudice, stereotyping, or hate speech within the poems or inspired by them
• the loss or reinvention of identity through migration or exile
• areas of reception, contextualization, and contrast between Vergil and other authors or media, including material culture
• political appropriations of Vergil, including by identitarian and fascist ideologies
• inclusive approaches to Vergilian scholarship and pedagogy
• comparative studies of Vergil’s poetry to explore modern identities and racial justice movements

Confirmed Speakers: Samuel Agbamu (Royal Holloway), Maurizio Bettini (University of Siena), Filippo Carlà-Uhink (Potsdam University), Anna Maria Cimino (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Hardeep Dhindsa (King’s College London), K.F.B. Fletcher (Louisiana State University), Valentina Follo (American Academy in Rome), Elena Giusti (University of Warwick), Andrew Laird (Brown University), Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky), Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin), Michele Ronnick (Wayne State University), Caroline Stark (Howard University), Richard Thomas (Harvard University), Zara Torlone (Miami University), Adriana Vazquez (UCLA)

Please send abstracts of roughly 300 words to by December 1, 2020 extended deadline December 15, 2020. Papers will be 20 minutes long, with time for discussion after each. We hope to gather an inclusive group of speakers from multiple backgrounds and academic ranks, and especially encourage submissions from scholars belonging to communities underrepresented in the field.

Participants arrive on June 22; we are planning to hold the conference at the Villa Vergiliana, and enjoy visits to Vergilian sites alongside presentations and discussion. That said, in light of the uncertainties COVID-19 continues to present, including financial pressures in the academy that might make travel abroad (for a typically self-funded conference with a registration fee) less accessible for some participants, we are leaving open the option for a hybrid or virtual symposium, to be determined as events proceed; we are also pursuing sources of financial assistance for qualifying speakers. Whatever form it will ultimately take, we look forward to a vibrant and engaging symposium in June 2021.

You are welcome to contact the organizers with any questions about the symposium, including the status of remote participation options or possible funding aid: Tedd Wimperis (; David Wright (

Works Cited
Barchiesi, A. Forthcoming. The War for Italia: Conflict and Collective Memory in Vergil’s Aeneid. Berkeley.
Fletcher 2014. Finding Italy: Travel, Nation and Colonization in Vergil’s Aeneid. Ann Arbor.
Giusti, E. 2018. Carthage in Virgil’s Aeneid: Staging the Enemy under Augustus. Cambridge.
Laird, A. 2010. “The Aeneid from the Aztecs to the Dark Virgin: Vergil, Native Tradition, and Latin Poetry in Colonial Mexico from Sahagún's Memoriales (1563) to Villerías' Guadalupe (1724).” In A Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and Its Tradition, ed. Farrell and Putnam. Malden: 217-33.
Pogorzelski, R. J. 2016. Virgil and Joyce: Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses. Madison.
Reed, J. D. 2007. Virgil’s Gaze: Nation and Poetry in the Aeneid. Princeton.
Ronnick, M. V. 2010. “Vergil in the Black American Experience.” In A Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and Its Tradition, ed. Farrell and Putnam. Malden: 376-90.
Syed, Y. 2005. Vergil’s Aeneid and the Roman Self. Ann Arbor.
Thomas, R. F. 2001. Virgil and the Augustan Reception. Cambridge.
Torlone, Z. M. 2014. Vergil in Russia: National Identity and Classical Reception. Oxford.


(CFP closed December 15, 2020)




Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: June 30-July 2, 2020 - new dates TBA [June 2021]

Note: Postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19

For several decades now, scholars have devoted attention to same-sex desire in both ancient times and the centuries that followed. Not surprisingly, there have been vigorous debates over how to go about it. These debates have been framed in various ways. Here are some examples:

* essentialism VERSUS constructivism;
* Foucauldian discourse analysis VERSUS approaches inspired by psychoanalysis;
* (the impossibility of) objective history VERSUS (overly) subjective history;
* perception of commonalities across time VERSUS rigorously historicizing insistence on the past's alterity;
* positivism VERSUS imaginative reconstruction of contemporaneous receptions.

These dichotomies, which are both reductive and don't exhaust the possibilities, continue to crackle with contention. They also continue to undergird and even disturb current scholarly endeavours.

We are looking for papers (30 minutes in length) in which scholars not only speak about primary source material but also reflect explicitly on the theoretical orientation of their work (see the dichotomies above for examples) and the purpose(s) of (their) scholarship on same-sex desire. An additional objective of this conference will be an edited volume of papers that will aim to showcase a variety of approaches to this important topic.

Please send proposals (c. 500 words) to Mark Masterson by 1 December 2019. If you have any questions, please send them to him at this address also.

In your proposal include:
1) the primary source material/historical milieu to be discussed, and
2) the general theoretical basis of the work


(CFP closed December 1, 2019)

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July 2021


University of Birmingham, UK (+/- online): July 9, 2021

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) – a milestone in the history of the science fiction genre – the eponymous scientist is horrified when the creature he has assembled from assorted body parts is successfully animated. ‘A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch’, Frankenstein relates. This comparison – between a figure who represents the potential disastrous consequences of cutting-edge scientific enquiry and the bodies of the ancient Egyptian dead – is one that recurs later in the novel. Having dispatched his creator, the creature’s ‘vast hand’ is described as ‘in colour and apparent texture like that of a mummy’. Nearly two centuries later, Roland Emmerich’s Stargate (1994) also depicts ancient Egyptian bodies in settings infused with a futuristic aesthetic; alien entities acquire human forms in order to extend their lifespans, while sarcophagi are reimagined as regeneration chambers.

Science fiction has undeniably contributed to creating an image of ancient Egypt, and yet it is only starting to be addressed by Egyptological scholarship. Literature, theatre, film, television, comics, and video games all present images of Egypt that have had an enduring impact on perceptions of Egypt by the public. Nevertheless, and despite the involvement of experts in contributing to or shaping these cultural products – in Stargate’s case, in professional Egyptological consultation with regards to written and spoken Ancient Egyptian – the ways in which Egyptological scholarship informs science fiction in particular still remain to be explored. How might Egyptologists engage with this material beyond judging its historical authenticity? And to what extent can science fiction contribute to scholarly discussions of ancient Egypt?

The aim of this workshop is to explore the reception and reconstruction of Egypt in science fiction, fostering a dialogue among Egyptologists, cultural historians, literary scholars, and creative practitioners. The organisers are keen to receive abstracts from scholars coming from a variety of academic perspectives and diverse backgrounds, and who are interpreting science fiction in its broadest sense, including those informed by ancient Egyptian understandings of science.

The organisers seek proposals for 15-minute papers, which should be sent in the body of an email to Dr Leire Olabarria [] and Dr Eleanor Dobson [] by 28 February 2021. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and should be accompanied by a short biographical note.

Topics might include but are not limited to:
* The origins and historical development of SF’s fascination with Egypt
* Archaeology and out-of-place artefacts
* Time and space travel
* Parallel universes or alternate histories
* Steampunk
* Afrofuturism
* Dystopia, apocalypse or post-apocalypse
* The ethics of ‘ahistorical’ representation

While we hope to be able to welcome delegates to Birmingham in person in July, the workshop may need to take place online (with no registration fee) if circumstances do not allow face to face meetings. We will keep participants informed with the most up-to-date information as we have it.

Registration: estimated £10, £5 students/unwaged





13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: TBA

Note: Postponed until 2021 (similar dates TBC) due to COVID-19

Angela Cossu – École française de Rome
Frédéric Duplessis – École normale supérieure de Lyon

In medieval manuscripts, a classical text is rarely copied alone. It is most often accompanied by paratextual elements that have been intentionally added to the text. Such elements come in a wide variety of formats: explanatory or complementary texts (accessus, prologues, vitae, commentaries, glosses, glossaries, etc.), images (illumination, diagrams, drawings, etc.), or elements structuring the manuscript, the text or the page (index, table of chapters, titles, division into books, chapters or paragraphs, sections, etc.). They can be transcribed at the beginning, the end, or next to the classical text, within its writing frame or in its margins.

These various paratexts, inherited from Antiquity or created during the Middle Ages, are often ignored by modern editions and remain largely unpublished. Yet, during the Middle Ages, the Latin classics were copied, read and imitated through these “interpretative filters”, which are still relatively understudied. Indeed, these paratextual elements shape the medieval reception of ancient texts.

The aims of this panel are to:

1. study the paratexts per se (more precisely, study their interactions with the classical texts as well as unfold the mechanisms of their production, use and evolution),

2. emphasize their role in the history of transmission and reception of Latin classics,

3. explore their influence on medieval Latin language and literature.

Topics for papers may include:

* Text and paratext of the Latin classics (synchronic or diachronic perspective)

* Shaping of the paratext in the transmission of classics

* Practices of reading and writing: annotations, glosses, and, more broadly, medieval scholarship on the margins of Latin classics

* Public and reception of the Latin classics through the paratext

* Non-textual paratext: rubrication, illumination, diagrams…

Prospective speakers: young (PhD students, Post-doc researchers) and established scholars (researchers, professors, librarians).

Submitting papers: We foresee a panel of around 15 speakers, so that each speaker will present a paper of around 35-40 minutes. Papers in either English or French are accepted. If you wish to submit a paper, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words in either English or French to The deadline for submitting papers is 27/03/2020. Papers’ acceptance will be communicated shortly thereafter.


(CFP closed March 27, 2020)




13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: TBA

Note: Postponed until 2021 (similar dates TBC) due to COVID-19

Further information:




13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: TBA

Note: Postponed until 2021 (similar dates TBC) due to COVID-19

Confirmed Speakers:
Sandra Boehringer (Université de Strasbourg)
Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3)
Ellen Greene (The University of Oklahoma)
Andre Lardinois (Radboud University)
Thea Selliaas Thorsen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

ο]ἰ μὲν ἰππήων στρότον οἰ δὲ πέσδων
οἰ δὲ νάων φαῖσ᾿ ἐπ[ὶ] γᾶν μέλαι[ν]αν
ἔ]μμεναι κάλλιστον, ἔγω δὲ κῆν᾿ ὄτ-
         τω τις ἔραται·

“Some say a force of horsemen, some say footsoldiers
and others say a fleet of ships is the loveliest
thing on the dark earth, but I say it is
the one you love” (Sappho, fr. 16 Voigt)

Sappho is one of the most debated figures in Greek and Latin literature, and has often elicited not only contrasting but also controversial readings. Named “the tenth muse” for the excellence of her poetry (AP 7.14, 9.66, 9.506, 9.571), Sappho was condemned for centuries by more traditionalist voices. As a result, her poetry has been censured, and her figure (hetero)normalised or discredited because of her allegedly lascivious and perverse sexual behaviour (Hallett 1996; Snyder 1997). However, the fragmentary nature of Sappho’s poetry, which articulates an ambiguous, complex and (gender-)fluid sexuality, has also enabled her to be widely imitated, (re-)adapted, and even manipulated (Lefkowitz 1996). In reception, she has become an icon for feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and has informed queer approaches to the Classics.

At the end of the eighties, Joan DeJean demonstrated in her groundbreaking work Fictions of Sappho (1989) how Sappho’s poetry widely influenced literary and cultural expressions from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, eventually entering into conversation with Francophone feminist writers such as Cixous and Irigaray. Yet Sappho’s position “beyond gender” (owing, in part, to linguistic gender-ambiguity in her texts), as well as her queerness in the widest sense, has also marked the reception of her poetry since Antiquity.

As both a poet and a historical figure, Sappho played a central role in Hellenistic Greek poetry and comedy, as well as archaic Latin theatre, from which the account of her licentiousness, unhappy relationship with Phaon, and consequent suicide most likely originated. Catullus sees Sappho as a poetic model and connects her poetic excellence to his own literary and personal experiences through the name of Lesbia. (Ovid’s) Heroides 15 fluctuates between a portrait of a masculine Sappho and a more multifaceted, ambiguous version of Sappho as a poet and an elegiac lover (Fabre- Serris 2009). With the advent of Christianity, Sappho began to be maligned and accused of immorality (Tatian, Oratio ad Graecos 33, about 180 CE; cf. Thorsen 2012) and the first censure of her work is said to have occurred in the fourth century (Cardan De sapientia 2.62).

Despite these attempts to destroy her name and poetry, Sappho survived the Middle Ages and was recognised as a great poet by the early Humanists. In most cases, however, her homoeroticism was completely erased (cf. Boccaccio De mulieribus claris 47; Christine de Pizan Book of City of Ladies 1.30). Undergoing contradictory and opposite judgements through the ages, Sappho was diversely received by classical scholars in the 19th and 20th century. While Sappho’s queer sexuality seems to have influenced Housman’s scholarship and poetry (Ingleheart 2019), Wilamowitz (1913) tried to restore Sappho’s (hetero)normativity by interpreting her homoerotic relationships as part of her role as a schoolmistress, thus overlooking the narrator’s homoerotic desire as expressed in the absence of any pedagogical dynamics in the text (frs. 1 and 31; cf. Parker 1996). Very recently, the “Newest Sappho” has opened new avenues for the interpretation of her poetry (Bierl & Lardinois 2016).

These various interpretations, (re)adaptations and (re)constructions have produced a “Sappho” who is now as fluid and queer as she has ever been. Concurrently, recent Sappho scholarship has given rise to a plurality of productive methodologies and perspectives (e.g. comparative, philological, reception-based approaches). Our panel will embrace and integrate this plurality by providing a playing-field upon which these contrasting methodologies and perspectives can inform and bolster one another. By re-examining the notion of who (and what) Sappho is, moreover, this panel will problematise the “invention” of Sappho and resituate her, along with her poetry and later reception, in contemporary scholarly discourse.

We welcome papers in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, and Reception Studies, with a preference for talks which fully and boldly engage with new approaches to Sappho’s life, work, and reception. In keeping with the bilingual tradition of the Celtic Conference in Classics, and this year’s venue (Lyon), we are especially keen on contributions about the reception of Sappho by French poets, scholars and translators, as well as Francophone feminist writers such as Wittig, Kristeva and Irigaray. The panel will be fully bilingual and we therefore accept papers both in French and English. Papers might fall within but are not limited to the following categories:

* Sappho’s fragments
* Sappho as a historical personage
* Sappho and literary theory, queer theory, feminist theory, and other ideological approaches
* Ancient, medieval, or modern receptions of Sappho, including theatrical re-adaptations, Sappho in pedagogy and education, and multimedial representations of Sapphic poetry
* The role played by Sappho within LGBTQ+ communities

Select Bibliography
Bierl, A. and A. Lardinois. 2016. The Newest Sappho: P. Sapph. Obbinik and P. GC inv. 105, Frs. 1-4. Studies in Archaic and Classical Greek Song, vol. 2. Leiden.
De Jean, J. 1989. Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937. Chicago.
Fabre-Serris J. 2009. “Sulpicia: an/other female voice in Ovid’s Heroides: a new reading of Heroides 4 and 15”, Helios 36: 149-73.
Hallett, J. P. 1996. “Sappho and Her Social Context: Sense and Sensuality”, in E. Greene (ed.), Reading Sappho: Contemporary Approaches, Berkeley-Los Angeles-London: 125-42.
Ingleheart, J. 2018. Masculine Plural, Oxford.
Lefkowitz, M. R. 1996. “Critical Stereotypes and the Poetry of Sappho”, in E. Greene (ed.), Reading Sappho: Contemporary Approaches, Berkeley-Los Angeles-London: 26-34.
Parker, H. N. “Sappho Schoolmistress”, in E. Greene (ed.), Re-Reading Sappho: Contemporary Approaches, Berkeley-Los Angeles-London: 146-83.
Snyder, J. M. 1997. Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho. New York.
Thorsen, T. S. 2012. “Sappho, Corinna and Colleagues in Ancient Rome. Tatian’s Catalogue of Statues (Oratio ad Graecos 33-4) Reconsidered”, Mnemosyne 65.4-5: 695-715.

To encourage a variety of approaches, we will welcome two different paper lengths: 20 minutes and 40 minutes. Please, submit a proposal of 300 words for a 20-minute paper and 500 words for the 40-minute option. Abstracts must be written either in French or English. The submission deadline for abstracts is 6th March 2020.

Submissions and queries should be directed to the following address:

Please, include a short biography and specify your affiliation in the body of your email: attach the abstract as a separate file with no personal identification.

Notification of acceptance will be given in early April.

For further information on the Celtic Conference in Classics, please refer to the conference permanent website:


(CFP closed March 6, 2020)




Durham University, UK: July 15-17, 2021

Conference convenors: Peter Donnelly, Peter Hebden, and Emma Wall

The conference Text and Textuality to be held at Durham University has now been rescheduled, and will be held on the 15-17th July 2021. We are reopening the call for papers, which will now close on the 27th November 2020. We hope that you will be able to join us in person next summer.

Since Peisistratus’ editions of Homer, we have consistently developed new ways of remodelling and reinterpreting texts. From stemmatics to textual criticism, codicology to digital methods, the history of the book to the reception and afterlife of text, the word has consistently captured our imagination. Text is not a static entity or a solely physical object, but a dynamic representation of the human experience which exists both in and beyond our perceptions.

This conference seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary community of scholars to consider the relationship between new approaches and existing methodologies for engaging with texts. Under the broad umbrella of ‘text’, we aim to foster cross-discipline dialogue to explore the lives of texts from their conception, to their transmission, their reception and beyond.

We invite title and abstract submissions of 250-300 words on subjects such as, but not restricted to:

· Textual stemmatics and textual criticism
· Textual transmission
· Palaeography and codicology
· The afterlife of texts/their reception
· The roles of the author and reader
· Intermediality and the relationships between text forms
· Representations of text
· Oral v. written composition of text
· History of the Book
· The role of digitisation and the future of ‘text’

We are able to offer a small number of bursaries to those who do not have access to research funds.

For further information please visit our website:, and follow us on Twitter at: @texttextuality

Submissions must be sent to before 17:00 on 27th November 2020 - extended deadline 29th January, 2021. Thank you and we look forward to hosting you in Durham.





Applications close: July annually.

The deadline for the 2021 Mary Renault Prize competition is: TBA.

The Mary Renault Prize is a Classical Reception essay prize for school or college sixth form pupils, awarded by the Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College, and funded by the royalties from Mary Renault’s novels.

The Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College offer two or more Prizes, worth up to £300 each, for essays on classical reception or influence submitted by pupils who, at the closing date, have been in the Sixth Form of any school or college for a period of not more than two years. The prizes are in memory of the author Mary Renault, who is best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece, recently reissued by Virago. Renault read English at St Hugh’s in the 1920s and subsequently taught herself ancient Greek. Her novels have inspired many thousands of readers to pursue the study of Classics at University level and beyond. At least one prize will be awarded a pupil who is not studying either Latin or Greek to A-level standard. The winning essay will be published on the College’s website. Teachers wishing to encourage their students to enter the competition can download, display and circulate the competition poster in the ‘related documents’ section.

Essays can be from any discipline and should be on a topic relating to the reception of classical antiquity – including Greek and Roman literature, history, political thought, philosophy, and material remains – in any period to the present; essays on reception within classical antiquity (for instance, receptions of literary or artistic works or of mythical or historical figures) are permitted. Your submission must be accompanied by a completed information cover sheet. Essays should be between two-thousand and four-thousand words and submitted by the candidate as a Microsoft Word document through the form below.


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August 2021


Leuven, Belgium: August 1-6, 2021

The International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2021 IANLS Conference in Leuven (1-6 August 2021).

Half a century after the first IANLS conference was organised at KU Leuven (Belgium), the Eighteenth Congress of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies will be hosted by the Seminarium Philologiae Humanisticae in Leuven again, celebrating fifty years of Neo-Latin Studies.

Proposals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Latin on any aspect of Neo-Latin are welcome. We especially welcome proposals on the history of Neo-Latin Studies in all their richness and diversity, and on new trends and promising methodologies opening new perspectives in the field.

The deadline for all proposals is 15 May 2020. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to the Second Vice-President and Chair of the Organizing Committee, Prof. Dr. Dirk Sacré, and sent as WORD e-mail attachments ( Abstracts received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Abstract Deadline: 15 May 2020. Extended deadline 15 June 2020.

The call for papers and all other information can be found on

(CFP closed June 15, 2020)

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September 2021


Online (The Warburg Institute, UK): September 3, 2021

Christian humanism has dominated the story of classical reception in Reformation Europe, as the first Erasmian generation of reformers retooled classical texts to Christian ends. Yet the utility of the classical tradition to later generations of reformers has been largely overlooked by modern scholarship.

We propose that as the Reformation evolved, the influence of classical learning was as likely to flow in the other direction: that the literature and ideas of the ancient world had a formative influence on Christian politics and theology. Major Reformation figures—from Melanchthon, Sturm, Ascham, and Beza, to many of their Catholic opponents, such as Pole and Bellarmine—were scholars by day, as comfortable with Catullus as Corinthians. Their classical learning actively empowered and shaped the formulation of Christian faith during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

This conference explores how the literature and ideas of the classical world calibrated early modern Christianity—its interpretation, ordinances, moral instruction, politics, theology, cultural expression, and polarizing impulses of confessionalisation. How did classical learning fill the gaps in the Lutheran rejection of Catholic doctrine? How did classical poetry and drama shape the Roman Church’s popular outreach after the Council of Trent? How did classical history and rhetoric inflect the turbulent politics of the Reformation? Looking beyond the Christian absorption of pagan material and Erasmian humanism redux, this conference focuses instead on a classical Christianity, even a GrecoRoman monotheism, in the generations after Erasmus. Where recent scholarship has replaced confessionalism at the heart of early modern philology, we aim to replace classicism at the heart of theology and religious politics. The classical tradition was too ubiquitous and authoritative a presence in early modern intellectual life to have left theology untouched.

We welcome any proposals that engage with these themes. Proposals may relate to any aspects of this phenomenon across Europe, and case-studies may feature the vernacular or the languages of Latin, Greek, or Hebrew. We warmly welcome papers on scholarly as well as popular literature, Protestant as well as Catholic communities, and those that engage with the religious politics of the Reformation more generally. Abstracts of no more than 250 words, and any queries, should be sent to by 16 April 2021. We hope to publish a volume of essays following the conference.

Convenors: Dr Micha Lazarus (The Warburg Institute) and Dr Lucy Nicholas (The Warburg Institute)





Birkbeck, University of London: September 17-18, 2020 September 16-17, 2021

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19. New #CFP deadline TBA.

Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the formation and display of country house collections of art and antiquities in Britain, and particularly those created as a result of a Grand Tour to Italy in the eighteenth century. From The English Prize at the Ashmolean Museum in 2012 and the collaboration between Houghton Hall and The Hermitage State Museum, Houghton Revisited, in 2013, to The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Walpole's Collection in 2018, curators and academics have sought to investigate the antiquities, paintings and collectibles that were brought to Britain in such large quantities.

However, the organisation of the art market at that time has received less attention, and far less than it deserves given its fundamental role in the processes by which objects arrived in collections at that time. New contexts for collecting have also emerged, such as the history of consumption and the economic background to the acquisition of so-called 'luxury' goods and prestige objects. The art market of the eighteenth century continues to play a vital role in collecting today; with so many of the objects acquired during a Grand Tour since dispersed in house sales and auctions, or bequeathed or sold to museums. The antiquities and paintings that once adorned the galleries of the cultured in Britain are also still to be found for sale, indicating the longevity of their appeal and value for collectors.

This conference seeks to explore the processes by which these collections were formed, interrogating the relationship between the Italian and British art markets of the eighteenth century, the role of the dealers in Italy and the auction houses in Britain, through which many of the objects were later to pass, encompassing in depth discussion of the objects themselves.

We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words for 30 minute papers to be submitted to the organising committee by 15th April 2020 ( as well as a short CV. We welcome proposals from scholars working in museums, collections and archives, as well as from academics from across disciplines such as History, Art History, Museum Studies and Classics. PhD students and ECRs are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Dealers in antiquities between Rome and Britain
- Auctions and auction houses in Britain
- Object biographies of antiquities, old master paintings, modern paintings, rare books, prints and neo-classical sculpture circulating in the 18th-century art market
- Customers and collectors in the 18th century
- Networks and communities of dealers and collectors
- The economic history of the art market
- The afterlife of collections from the 18th century to today

Organising committee: Dr Caroline Barron, Professor Catharine Edwards, Professor Kate Retford





Barcelona, Spain: September 21–23, 2020 - new dates September 20–22, 2021

Note: Postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19. New #CFP deadline May 1, 2021.

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) together with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) will host the 9th Making of the Humanities conference, from 21 till 23 September 2020.

The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.

We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilisations.

This year there is a special conference theme: Unfolding Disciplines in the History of the Humanities. We encourage submissions that explore this theme, but remain fully open to submissions addressing other subjects.

A growing body of scholarship suggests that the historiography of the humanities is increasingly organized around new interdisciplinary collaborations that affect the very understanding of what it means to belong to a Humanities discipline. This year we invite contributions that interlace different disciplinary approaches in order to frame humanistic scholarship in terms of a continued engagement with the limits and possibilities offered by the softening and even erasure of disciplinary boundaries. Participants are also encouraged to think expansively about the impact of the ongoing process of reinvention of established as well as new disciplinary fields as a result of increased cross-pollination and collaboration.

Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, and so on, but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.

Keynote Speakers MoH-IX:
* Cristina Dondi (Oxford University): “The history of the book and libraries: from bibliophilia to social and economic history”
* Maribel Fierro (CCHS-CSIC Madrid): “Iberian humanities and the historical experience of religious pluralism”
* Matthew Rampley (Masaryk University): “Naturalistic Theories in the Humanities: Past and Present”

Paper Submissions: Abstracts of single papers (30 minutes including discussion) should contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words. For more information about submitting abstracts, see the submission page.

Deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance: June 2021

Panel Submissions: Panels last 1.5 to 2 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers and possibly a commentary on a coherent theme including discussion. Panel proposals should contain respectively the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, full contact addresses (including email addresses), the title of the panel, a short (150 words) description of the panel’s content and for each paper an abstract of maximally 250 words. For more information about submitting panels, see the submission page.

Deadline for panel proposals: May 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance: June 2021

Conference fee: The exact conference fee will be determined in spring 2020 and will be ca. €100 for regular participants and ca. €80 for PhD students. The fee includes access to all sessions, access to the welcoming reception, simple lunches, and tea and/or coffee during the breaks.

Local Organizing Committee: Daniele Cozzoli (UPF), Linda Gale Jones (UPF), Tomas Macsotay (UPF) and Neus Rotger (UOC)

Program Committee: International Board of the Society





University of Western Australia, Perth WA: October 3-4, 2020 - new dates September 30-October 2, 2021

Note: Postponed/cancelled from 2020 due to COVID-19

In 2020 'Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies', the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG), and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia are joining forces to provide a forum for the presentation of the myriad of ‘adaptations’ worlds, individuals, languages, ideas, and peoples, real or otherwise, experience.

The conference will be held at The University of Western Australia on the 3–4 October 2020. It will be preceded by a masterclass and opening reception on 2 October.

Post-graduate students and Early Career Researchers are encouraged to apply, and a limited number of bursaries will be available for these presenters if they are travelling from interstate or overseas. Information will be made available on our website as planning evolves:

The conference committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers or panels (of no more than three speakers) from the breadth of humanities research to explore the products of adaptations, and the processes that bring them into being.

Conference abstract submissions should consist of:

A title, An abstract (max. 200 words), A short biography (max. 50 words).

Panel proposals should consist of:

Panel Title, Proposed Chair (if available), Details of each presenter and paper as described above.

Submit proposed papers and panels to: by the 31 May 2020 (conference postponed). Any questions can also be directed to the conference email address. The committee aims to have abstract responses returned by 14 June 2020.

You may also be interested in the 15th International Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association 'Journeys: Discovery and Belonging', 30 September - 2 October 2020, also at The University of Western Australia. More info:


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October 2021


Classical Association of Ghana: Second International Classics Conference in Ghana (ICCG)

University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana: October 8-11, 2020 - new dates October 7-10, 2021

Note: Postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19

Note: Due to circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed ICCG 2020 to 7th-10th October 2021. The venue for the conference remains the same. Deadline for abstracts has passed and decisions have already been communicated. Speakers have been maintained for 2021, but we may issue a further call for abstracts later in the year.

The late 1950s and early 1960s ushered in a period when many African countries were gaining political independence. Immediately, there was an agenda to unite African nations, and a policy of Africanization began to gain ground. In the area of education, this Africanization process was vigorously pursued. In Ghana the Institute of African Studies was established, and an Encyclopaedia Africana project, originally conceived by W. E. B. DuBois, was revived. In Nigeria, new universities were established to counter the colonial-based education that was present at the University of Ibadan, and in some East African countries there were fears that foreign university teachers would not be able to further the Africanization of university education.

One of the fields of study singled out in this process of Africanization was Classics. Classics was believed to serve the interests of colonialism and neo-colonialism. Part of the agenda of this Africanization was to highlight African contributions to world civilization and to show that the ‘Western’ world could not lay claim to any superior heritage. As part of restitutive measures in the field, scholars have begun exploring the idea of ‘Global Classics’, showing how the Classics connects with the broad spectrum of humanity and society. While there is evidence to show that this kind of link has been explored since (or even before) the independence of African nations, it has begun to garner attention across the world. Yet, there are still places in Africa and other continents where Classics continues to be inward-looking and does not open itself to interdisciplinarity, collaborations, nor to other civilizations besides the Graeco-Roman world.

In the present context of globalization, and the decolonization and Africanization of education in Africa, how might we account for the role of Classics in Africa, and to what extent can the idea of ‘Global Classics’ be the way forward? We seek papers that explore these questions, from the earliest presence of Classical scholarship (broadly defined, and including archaeology, literature, material culture, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, etc.) in Africa, and project what the future holds for Classics in Africa. We also welcome papers that draw lessons from non-African contexts. Papers may explore any of the following, as well as related, themes:

* academic freedom and politics
* African studies and global history
* Africanists/African-Americanists and the Classics
* art, museums, and architecture
* citizenship, migration, and cosmopolitanism
* classical connections with cognate and non-Classics disciplines
* comparative cultural reflections
* decolonization, pedagogy, and curriculum development
* economy, trade, and diplomacy
* gender and sexuality
* geography, environment, and development
* globalization, capitalism, and education
* race, ethnicity, and identity
* science, technology, and society
* war, peace, and democracy

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers to by December 15, 2019 EXTENDED DEADLINE Jan 30, 2020. Details of registration, travel, and accommodation will be communicated later. For enquiries, please email Gifty Katahena ( or Michael Okyere Asante (

Organizing Committee:
Gifty Etornam Katahena, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
Peter K. T. Grant, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana
Michael K. Okyere Asante, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Daniel Orrells, King’s College, London, United Kingdom

A report on our collaboration with Eos at our first conference can be read at this link:


(CFP closed January 30, 2020)




University of Nice, France: October 21-24, 2020 - new dates October 18-23, 2021

University Côte d’Azur and the Center for Hellenic Studies are pleased to announce the following Conference to be held at the University of Nice on 21-24 October 2020

Organized jointly by Nicolas Bertrand (Université Côte d’Azur), Gregory Nagy (Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies), Giampiero Scafoglio (Université Côte d’Azur), Arnaud Zucker (Université Côte d’Azur).

The general purpose of the conference is to provide an up-to-date panorama of today’s Homeric research, through six thematic panels. We welcome diverse and even polemic proposals in order to achieve a dynamic and constrasted discussion on Homer’s legacy and actuality.

Confirmed speakers are : Rutger ALLAN (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL), Eugenio AMATO (Université de Nantes, FR), Nicolas BOUVIER (Université de Lausanne, CH), Jonathan BURGESS (University of Toronto, CA), Casey DUÉ HACKNEY (University of Houston, TX, USA), Richard HUNTER (Cambridge University, GB) Gregory NAGY (Harvard University / CHS, Washington DC,USA), Filippomaria PONTANI (Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia, IT).

You are warmly invited to send a proposal. All proposals should consist of a one page abstract (about 250-300 words), for 30-minute papers to be delivered preferably in English or French, but papers in German and Italian are also accepted. Paper submissions should fit into one of the panels that must be clearly indicated by the author. The abstract should omit any reference identifying the author to ensure anonymity in the review process. The deadline for abstracts is February 1st. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by March 1st 2020. Accommodation and meals will be provided for all speakers but the organization committee will not cover travel expenses.

Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence should be sent to:


(CFP closed February 1, 2020)

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November 2021


2021: Department of Classics, Columbia University, New York: November 2021 (TBC).

Previous AMPRAW conferences:
2020: cancelled/postponed due to COVID-19 (intended venue: Columbia University, New York).
2019: Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands): November 28-30, 2019.
2018: University of Coimbra, Portugal: November 8-​10 2018.
2017: University of Edinburgh: 23-24 November 2017 - Twitter: @ampraw2017
2016: University of Oxford: 12-13 December 2016 -
2015: University of Nottingham: 14-15 December 2015 - - Twitter: @AMPRAW2015
2014: University of London: 24-25 November 2014 -
2013: University of Exeter.
2012: University of Birmingham.
2011: University College London.

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December 2021

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January 2022


Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, San Francisco CA, USA: January 5-8, 2022

Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group Panel

Organizers: Amit Shilo (UC, Santa Barbara), Lindsey Mazurek (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Recent discussions in Classical Studies, including the Our Voices and Res Difficiles conferences, AIA’s diversity webinars, the Everyday Orientalism discussion series, and our own Classics and Civic Activism Workshop at the 2019 SCS Annual Meeting, have argued for a more activist approach to issues of equity in the discipline. But activism is not solely a modern concern. We can find examples of community-based interventions in antiquity as well, such as, arguably, Spartacus’ revolt, Greek and Roman land reform movements, or Lysistrata’s strike.

In this affiliated group panel the Classics and Social Justice group endeavors to build on activist work through talks that link contemporary activism with movements and ideas in the Greek and Roman worlds. We are interested in continuing to bring scholarship into dialogue with activist practice and critiques, and seek a wide range of papers that deal with questions of activism in antiquity and in the present day, broadly defined.

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

* proposing new ways of looking at ancient movements for land and wealth redistribution or revolts of enslaved people in the light of recent movements calling for reparations, criminal justice reform, education reform, and leveling income inequality

* examining how modern debates concerning democracy affect thinking about organizing and agitating in the classical world

* conversely, analyzing what classical models, theories, and historical events add as paradigms or warnings for activism today

* Decentering Classics through activism

* Offering self-reflexive critiques of activism in the Classics

* critiquing the applicability of modern paradigms of activism to the ancient world

* presenting specific public-facing outreach projects that use Classics

* presenting specific educational policy advocacy efforts that use Classics

* presenting activism connected to museums and archaeology

* examining the role of teacher and student activism in the Classics classroom

Abstracts are welcome from all SCS/AIA members and will be anonymously selected.

Please send abstracts for 20-minute talks (up to 350 words) to Nancy Rabinowitz ( by February 1, 2021.





Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, San Francisco CA, USA: January 5-8, 2022

The Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (CAMP) of the Society for Classical Studies invites proposals for a panel to be held under the Committee’s sponsorship at the 153rd Annual Meeting of the SCS (January 5 - 8, 2022; San Francisco, CA). Submissions, which should not exceed 500 words in length, should include:

the title of the proposed panel;
a general outline of the proposed topic;
a brief explanation of the topic's relevance to the performance of ancient or modern drama;
and, where appropriate, a brief bibliography.

SCS panels usually comprise either four 20-minute papers in a two-hour session, or four 20-minute papers plus short introduction and response in a two-and-a-half-hour session. Panel proposals should be sent via e-mail to Krishni Burns on behalf of the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (, by or before January 1, 2022 [sic].

It should be noted that selection and sponsorship of a panel topic by the Committee does not in itself guarantee final acceptance of the panel by the SCS Program Committee. Note that the organizer of any panel selected by the Committee must be a fully paid-up member of the SCS for 2022.





Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, San Francisco CA, USA: January 5-8, 2022

Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus Panel

Organized by Arum Park (University of Arizona) and Stephanie Wong (Brown University)

“Orientalism is a form of paranoia.” (Edward Said, Orientalism, 71)

For our third panel at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in San Francisco, CA (January 5-8, 2022), the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus invites abstracts for presentations that broadly explore the concept of “orientalism” as applicable to the study of the ancient Mediterranean. As Edward Said articulated, “Orientalism was ultimately a political vision of reality whose structure promoted the difference between the familiar (Europe, the West, ‘us’) and the strange (the Orient, the East, ‘them’)” (Said, 42). Possible topics include but are not limited to: * ancient Mediterranean constructions of difference, Asian and AAPI receptions of Western antiquity, the intellectual history of Classics, Orientalism in pedagogy, or non-Western conceptions of Classical antiquity.

We welcome proposals for diverse forms of interpretation; scholarly papers are always welcome but other proposed formats might include visual or literary art, performance, or discussions of political activism. In an effort to pluralize the definition of orientalism and explore its myriad uses in all geographic antiquities (Eastern, Western, or otherwise) as well as in the present day, we encourage abstract submissions that subvert imperial hegemonies, trouble heteronormative conventions, and question eurocentric ideologies. Who constitutes “us” and “them,” and why must these categories constantly be redefined?

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be submitted as a pdf email attachment to by Friday, March 5, 2021. The subject line of your email should be “SCS 2022: Orientalisms abstract.” The text of your abstract should follow the guidelines available on the SCS website and should not mention the name of the author. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the panel organizers. The AAACC is committed to fostering a collaborative and supportive environment for the sharing of innovative ideas; as such, we welcome submissions from students, educators, artists, and activists of all stages and disciplines.

Should you have any questions, please contact Arum Park ( and Stephanie Wong (





Panel sponsored by the International Ovidian Society

Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, San Francisco CA, USA: January 5-8, 2022

Ovid has arguably become the Roman poet of the moment. From fairly recent college demands that he should be kicked off a Humanities curriculum we now have Helen Morales’ book, Antigone Rising, which, in a chapter on myth and #Me too, argues that Ovid is a poet of deep empathy who offers insight into the psychology of sexual assault and explores the effects of trauma upon the victims. But how does Ovid measure up against another great crisis of our age, climate change? Discussion of his representation of nature has tended to focus on his vivid pictorial descriptions of landscapes in the Metamorphoses, which inspired the dream-like landscapes of the seventeenth century French painter Claude Lorrain, for instance; in Ovid’s myth of Actaeon, the statement in the description of Diana’s grotto that nature had imitated art (Met. 3.158–9) was taken as an aesthetic credo by artists and landscape gardeners from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. Yet that statement can be read as a subterfuge, a decoy that prevents suspicion of nature’s savagery, as embodied by the angry Diana; the crystalline water of the grotto’s pool is the instrument of Actaeon’s cruel transformation. The poet plays here with illusion, but also shows that nature fights back against transgression.

This panel invites papers that go beyond the ‘pictorial Ovid’ to explore in greater depth Ovid’s relationship to the natural world. Ovidian poetry offers a view of the world familiar us today, where the divide between human and nonhuman is blurred; all created beings, in Ovid’s world, are related, but the breakdown between the categories of human, animal, plant, stone, mountain, etc. happens particularly at moments of crisis. But does Ovid recognize through his poetry the threats that human beings pose to the natural world through the ideology of domination? How are these ecocritical issues explored in the literary and artistic reception of Ovid?

Suggested themes are the following (other topics are welcome):
• The boundaries between human and plant, animal, or inanimate object.
• Breakdowns of boundaries between nature/culture or natural/artificial.
• The poet’s relationship to the theme of the domination of nature or nature’s suffering through human actions.
• The anthropomorphizing of Nature and the attribution of agency to nonhuman things and organisms.
• Philosophical influence upon Ovidian views of the natural world, e.g. his Pythagoras’ view of nature’s innocence before the intervention of animal sacrifice for the gods.
• The intersection of religion and history in the Ovidian landscape.
• The representation of the early landscape of Rome and the moralizing tradition.
• Perceptions of extreme environments, such as Tomis in the exilic poetry.
• Receptions of Ovid’s works that illuminate his presentation of the natural world, for instance, Richard Power’s Overstory with a view to the ecological and gendered importance of trees in Ovid’s poetry.

Direct any questions to the organizer, Carole Newlands, at Carole.Newlands@Colorado.EDU.

Send your abstract for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment to by March 15, 2021, listing Ovid and the Natural World as the subject line of the email. The text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author, but the email message should provide name, abstract title, and affiliation. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (excluding bibliography); follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts ( Submissions will be reviewed anonymously.





Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, San Francisco CA, USA: January 5-8, 2022

Organizer: Walter D. Penrose, Jr., San Diego State University

The legends of the Amazons have captivated the imagination for thousands of years. Part of the intrigue lies in the perception that Amazons either rejected men or ruled over them. According to the fifth-century tragic playwright Aeschylus, the Amazons were both *stuganores* “man-spurning,” and *anandroi* “man-less” (*Prometheus Bound* 723-4; *Suppliant Women* 287). According to the fourth-century orator Lysias, the Amazons were “esteemed more as men on account of their courage [*eupsuchia*] than as women on account of their nature [*phusis*],” due to the fact that they defeated many men in battle (2.4). The idea of man-spurning warrior women handed down to us by the Greeks has been received and celebrated by queer folx and used to inspire and create non-traditional senses of community over the ages. This panel will investigate the reception of the Amazon myths in various queer contexts, broadly defined. Some possible topics may include (but are by no means limited to):

· Amazon legends and queerness

· Amazons and homoeroticism in literature and art

· The use of the Amazon legends as a site/symbol of resistance in Lesbian Feminism

· The identification of queer women with the Amazon *labrys*

· Amazons and transgender and/or non-binary identification

· The use of the term Amazon to refer to lesbian, gender diverse, and/or queer women

· Representations of Amazons with queer implications in comics, television, film, games, and/or other media

Please send an anonymous abstract following SCS guidelines as an attachment (with your name and contact information in the email only) to Andrea Fishman ( by March 15, 2021. Please direct any questions to Walter Penrose, Jr. (





Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, San Francisco CA, USA: January 5-8, 2022

Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) panel

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2022 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Francisco, CA. For its seventh annual panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on transformations of classical rhetoric in the Renaissance.

Since the pioneering work of Brian Vickers, Lisa Jardine, and Peter Mack, among others, studies of classical rhetoric in the Renaissance have often focused on the reception of ancient “manuals” (e.g., Cicero, Quintilian, the Rhetorica ad Herennium) and the creation of new rhetorical handbooks and commonplacing techniques. Other scholars, including Quentin Skinner and Lorna Hutson, have explored the adoption of classical rhetoric on the Elizabethan stage and the affinities with more conventional sites of classical oratory such as law courts and political and philosophical treatises. During the early modern period, however, modalities of communication and the arts evolved and diversified in ways unknown to the ancients: while the deliberate circulation of speeches in manuscript beyond the immediate occasion of delivery, as in the case of Bruni’s Panegyric to Florence, may have been familiar enough to Cicero, he could not conceive of the transformation of a letter collection from manuscript to print and the consequent scaling up not only of the potential readership but also of the epistolographical market within which such collections now competed. Then there are the media in which Renaissance creators and audiences had no direct classical models to guide them as they experimented with rhetorical forms: new artistic genres, such as opera, invited a re-evaluation of the rhetorical principles that would best serve a hybrid medium and its emergent audiences. Against this background, Katrin Ettenhuber has called for a “consideration of the material dimensions of rhetorical theory and practice.”

We, therefore, invite proposals on any topic addressing this theme, including but not limited to the following: How did new Renaissance media and modalities of communication affect the reception of classical theories of rhetoric? Did the new contexts favour certain ancient models while moving away from others? To what extent did early moderns consider the role of ancient media in understanding classical rhetoric? Were there particular individuals, communities, or genres that were especially attuned to the relationship between new media and technologies and classical rhetoric? How might a reassessment of the Renaissance reception affect our understanding of the place of classical rhetoric today?

We are committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics, and hence welcome abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research. Above all, we aim to show how the field of early modern classical reception can bear on a wide range of literary and cultural study, and to dispel the notion of an intimidating barrier to entry.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment to All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by Friday, February 26, 2021.





Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, San Francisco CA, USA: January 5-8, 2022

A panel sponsored by the Women’s Classical Caucus.

Organisers: Caitlin Hines (University of Cincinnati), Serena S. Witzke (Wesleyan University), and T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University)

The Greek and Latin languages have three genders, not two, divided into discrete — but not impermeable — categories of masculine, feminine, and neuter. Grammarians often reflected on gender expression versus gender identity. Greek and Roman art and material culture both employ binaries (e.g., white skin for women, red for men) and confound them, as with depictions of a pale Achilles in feminine disguise on Scyra. Medical and philosophical approaches to gender seem sometimes to operate on a monopole rather than a binary, as with some readings of the Hippocratic corpus’ woman as inverse of man, or Aristotle’s woman as mutilated man.

This proposed panel will gather papers that — building on a growing body of scholarship pushing past binary taxonomies of sex and gender (e.g., Gillies, “The Body in Question”; Draycott on the Polyxena Sarcophagus; Hendrickson, “Gender Diversity in Greek and Latin Grammar”; Corbeill, Sexing the World) — challenge the limits of traditional constructions of gender and explore the heuristic potential of womanhood beyond the binary. Panelists might approach the issue through literature both historical and fictive, through art or architecture, through epigraphic evidence or papyri, and through archaeology or material culture.

Papers may address such questions as:

* How have modern gender binaries influenced and shaped interpretations of Classical narratives? What limitations have these binaries placed on our understanding of and communications about the ancient world?

* What do our sources reveal to us about the lived experience of being non-binary in the ancient world?

* What approaches do historians, medical writers, religious authorities, alchemists, and thaumatographers take to intersex bodies and gender-nonconforming persons?

* When do mythological texts relate intersex tales and to what effect?

* In what ways does ancient language shape the poetics of gender?

* How do ideological commitments to a supposed biological binary (e.g., the belief that women provide no genetic material to offspring) clash with actual medical knowledge and practice?

* How do expressions and implications of homoerotic desire give the lie to patriarchal constructions and binaries of sexuality?

* What do ancient art and literature tell us about the intersections of gender identity and gender expression?

* Do representations of “Hermaphroditus” in myth, literature, and iconography reflect or resist cultural understandings of intersex bodies and gender identity? (Or does the binary “reflect or resist” not obtain?)

* Where and why do we see associations between violence and the non-binary?

* How can we reshape modern textbooks to reflect or explore non-binary experiences in the ancient world?

Please send abstracts that follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (see the SCS website) by email to Ms. Julie Pechanek at by March 1, 2021. Ensure that the abstracts are anonymous. The organizers will review all submissions anonymously and inform submitters of their decision by the end of March 2021, with enough time that those not chosen can participate in the SCS’ individual abstract submission process.





University of Cape Town, South Africa: January 19-22, 2022

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) invites proposals for papers for its 34th Biennial Conference, to be hosted by the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town, 19-22 January 2022. Proposals need not be limited to the conference theme ‘Order and Chaos’, and papers on any topic on the ancient world and its reception are welcome. Postgraduate students are also encouraged to submit paper proposals.

For further information please visit the conference tab on the CASA website where you can complete the proposal form:

Deadline for proposals is 31 July 2021.

Direct any queries to:





Institute of Classical Studies, London: January 21-22, 2021 - new dates January 19-21, 2022

Ancient Rome – in the full range of its historical experience, from the Regal period to the demise of the Empire in the West – has long been an inexhaustible repository of models, with which posterity has engaged over the centuries. This dialogue between Ancient and Modern took up a highly significant political and cultural dimension under Fascism. During the Ventennio, the myth of Rome shaped – often pervasively –forms of communication, artistic and literary experiences, education and cultural life, individual behaviour, political choices, and ideology. The investigation of these themes has been an increasingly prominent theme in the historiographical debates of the last few decades, which have explored the relationship between Romanità and Fascism from a number of original and fruitful viewpoints. This conference on ‘New Work on Fascism and Ancient Rome’ aims to provide a balance sheet of the main outcomes attained thus far and the most recent and productive approaches to this topic. We would especially welcome (but by no means restrict our interest in) proposals for papers on architecture and iconography; literature; and colonial ideology and practice.

Keynote Speakers: Joshua Arthurs (West Virginia), Andrea Giardina (Pisa, SNS) and Penelope Goodman (Leeds).

Organisers: Fabrizio Oppedisano (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Paola S. Salvatori (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University)

Submissions: Proposals for papers should be emailed to

Deadline: 30 June 2020

Please submit (in PDF format) an anonymised abstract of your paper, max. 300 words and a brief cv (300 words max.), including your institutional affiliation, education background, and main publications.

Papers may be presented in English, Italian, French, German or Spanish and will be accompanied by a detailed English abstract; we would also ask speakers to produce substantial handouts. We envisage the publication of a proceedings volume based on the papers delivered at the conference, which will undergo a blind peer-review process.

The decision of the organising committee on the inclusion of each abstract will be announced within 15-20 days from the CfP deadline.

A full conference programme will be advertised in November 2020.

Speakers will be offered all meals (conference dinner, two lunches, and coffee breaks) and a partial refund of their travel expenses.

Attendance of the conference is free of charge.


(CFP closed June 30, 2020)




KU Leuven, Leuven/Brussels: January 27-29, 2022

On 27-29 January 2022, the research units Literary Studies: Latin Literature and History of Church and Theology of KU Leuven will organize, in the framework of the C1-project «Magnum opus et arduum»: Towards a History of the Reception of Augustine’s «De civitate Dei», the international conference: Saint Augustine’s De civitate Dei - Political Doctrine, Textual Transmission and Early Medieval Reception.

This conference aims to bring together scholars who have recently made important contributions to the study of Augustine’s De civitate Dei and its reception from the philosophical, historical, philological and theological points of view. The following survey offers some possible topics, but does not intend to exclude alternative issues. Preference will be given, however, to source-based contributions that focus on Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.

(1) Political doctrine in Augustine’s De civitate Dei and its legacy

(2) Late antique and early medieval transmission and reception of De civitate Dei

Committed speakers include: Anne-Isabelle Bouton-Touboulic (Université de Lille), Emanuela Colombi (Università degli Studi di Udine), Jérémy Delmulle (IRHT - Paris), Volker Henning Drecoll (Universität Tübingen), Jacques Elfassi (Université de Lorraine), Jesse Keskiaho (University of Helsinki), Jerôme Lagouanère (Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier), Karla Pollmann (University of Bristol).

If you would like to deliver a lecture during this conference, please send the provisional title, abstract (max. 500 words) and a concise CV (max. 500 words) to Marina Giani ( before 31 March 2021. Young researchers and early career scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

Acceptance of your paper will be communicated by 30 April 2021. All participants are kindly invited to announce the definitive title of their lecture and a short abstract before 30 June 2021. Lectures should be approx. 30 minutes long, followed by a general discussion of 10 minutes. The organizing committee has the intention of publishing the conference papers as quickly as possible in the international series Augustinus. Werk und Wirkung, directed by Volker Henning Drecoll and Johannes Brachtendorf.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: Gert Partoens, Anthony Dupont, Marina Giani.


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The University of Western Australia, Perth: February 8-12, 2021. New dates: 7–11 February, 2022

Note: Postponed until February 2022 due to COVID-19. CFP remains open until July 31, 2021.

Theme: Reception and Emotion

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference committee seeks proposals for its 2021 conference on the theme ‘Reception and Emotion’, to be held in Perth, Australia at The University of Western Australia from 8–12 February.

The committee welcomes all approaches to topics related to ‘reception and emotion’ broadly conceived (and conceived either together or separately: i.e., on reception and emotion, or on either reception or emotion), including but not limited to: trans-cultural, trans-temporal, trans-disciplinary, translation, global studies, creative misreadings, theatrical and literary revivals, forgeries, homages, cultural counter-strikes, regimes of periodisation, etc. We welcome proposals considering the usefulness or otherwise of reception history as a methodology: is ‘transformation’ more helpful than ‘reception’, for example, for appreciating the active role of the audience of a text, play, or idea?

Work on emotions can be similarly broad, covering, e.g., what’s evidenced from the ‘receivers’ and from the ‘received’ (thinking of work, for example, on how Indigenous people have received missionaries and their doctrines; how medievalists have reacted and acted in relation to the worrying associations of their discipline; even how humanities scholars feel about their reception in contemporary political circles; Jan Plamper’s suggestion that historians should keep ‘field diaries’ about their personal response to work in the archives; are there ‘objective’ studies?). What’s been the value and downside of the ‘emotional turn’ in humanities studies? How do we as scholars of the past deal with presentist notions of ‘relevance’, and need we consider past scholarship as ‘outdated? How can we marry approaches from humanities and life sciences in ‘emotions history’?

The conference committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers, 90-minute themed panels (of no more than 4 speakers) or workshops.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
* The reception of ideas about emotion in medieval/early modern texts;
* Reception and transformation of ideologies across time and space;
* The emotions of an audience in the reception of a play or sermon;
* The emotional impact of a text on a reader;
* Rituals and practices of receiving guests and dignitaries (and their emotional effects?);
* The reception of the past: medievalism and early-modernism;
* The reception of bodies / emotions and bodies / embodiment;
* Reception / emotion and sexuality;
* Reception / emotion and race;
* Reception / emotion and gender;
* Reception / emotion and music / art.

Proposals for 20-minute conference papers should consist of:
A title;
An abstract (max. 200 words);
A short biography (max. 50 words).

The conference committee welcomes themed panel or workshop session proposals for the conference. Proposals should consist of:
Panel/Workshop Title;
Proposed Chair (if available);
Details of each presenter and paper as described above.

NB: Workshops will be allotted 90 minutes, 30 of which should be reserved for general discussion. We suggest a maximum of 6 speakers.

Submissions should be emailed (as a Word document attachment) to:

Deadline for submissions: new deadline 31 July, 2021..

NB: Should you require early acceptance of your proposal please highlight this in your email and the committee will do our best to accommodate your request.


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University of Lisbon, Portugal: December 14-17, 2020 - now December 12-15, 2022

The Centre for Classical Studies of the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon is organizing an International Conference on Seneca to promote and encourage a critical reflection on the permanence of themes, values, perspectives and representations of Seneca's works in Western literature and culture.

The Conference will take place between 14-17 December 2020, and, through the interdisciplinary debate of the contribution given by the experiences of researchers from different fields of study, it aims:

- to think of how Seneca became one of the most prominent figures in Western culture;
- to consider, examine and reflect on our current knowledge about Seneca, his life and works;
- to explore new study angles and what remains to be said about Seneca in the Twenty-First Century, in light of the renewed interest shown in his works.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
António Pedro Mesquita (University of Lisbon)
Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester)
Catharine Edwards (University of Cambridge)
Gareth David Williams (Columbia University)
Chiara Torre (University of Milan)
Jesús Luque Moreno (University of Granada)
José Pedro Serra (University of Lisbon)
Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)
Paulo Sérgio Ferreira (University of Coimbra)

For further information, please visit our website:

Call for papers closes: January 31, 2020.



(CFP closed January 31, 2020)

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