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May 2020


(Call for chapter abstracts: due May 1, 2020)

Vergil’s Aeneid is, of course, a longtime standard of the liberal arts curriculum. However, it has seen revived interest outside the academy. Since 2017, Vergil’s epic has featured in articles in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. All three articles argue that the Aeneid speaks as much to modernity as it does to antiquity. Mendelsohn’s New Yorker piece put it best, writing, "Aeneas [is] . . . a survivor, a person so fractured by the horrors of the past that he can hold himself together only by an unnatural effort of will, someone who has so little of his history left that the only thing that gets him through the present is a numbed sense of duty to a barely discernible future that can justify every kind of deprivation. It would be hard to think of a more modern figure. Or, indeed, a more modern story."

Nearly every review of various recent translations provides an impassioned reaffirmation of the epic’s contemporary relevance. However, scholarly practice has trailed behind scholarly rhetoric in this regard. For example, in demonstrating the modern importance of Vergil’s classic, a number of reviews from the late 2000s briefly stress the similarities between Vergil and Kipling’s views of empire. As the government sanctioned poets of global empires, one might expect to find thorough comparisons between Kipling and Vergil in the literature. Remarkably, one would find several articles devoted to historical inquiry into the quality of Kipling’s classical education, but none directly considering the relationship between those classics and his own writing.

The gap between the general claims of the Aeneid’s relevance and a rigorous working out of the details is initially startling. After all, the Aeneid hardly lacks for excellent scholarship and commentary. However, upon reflection the lacuna is unsurprising. Scholarship on the Aeneid typically comes from classicists focused on the text’s language and poetics, and its historical and cultural contexts. It is treated as an explicitly Roman cultural artifact. Since classicists are in part historians, a natural direction to expand their work on the Aeneid is to consider its reception in other historical epochs. This is precisely what we see in, e.g., Hardie’s impressive work in cataloging centuries worth of use and misuse of the epic, and Farrell and Putnam’s discussion of modern criticism of and response to the Aeneid . However, these historical methods, as important and useful as they are, won’t suffice to examine the modern significance of the text. That requires a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach.

We propose a volume of essays from a diverse group of scholars and artists that represents a multidisciplinary, multicultural redeployment of the Aeneid. We do not propose examining the Aeneid as a decidedly Roman text. Nor do we propose an examination of a cultural artifact. Rather, we seek to present a volume that deploys the Aeneid anew, one that not only reflects the Aeneid’s status as a ‘modern story’ (Mendelsohn, loc. cit.), but one that inserts the Aeneid into contemporary discourse. We understand ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ rather broadly—essays need not be limited strictly to the new millennium. Papers that address, for example, the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge, or the Rwandan genocide, would certainly be welcome.

We invite submissions that engage with the aforementioned issues or related ones regarding the Aeneid, including the following:

Artistic and cultural appropriation and reclamation, especially from a post-colonial perspective;
Using the Aeneid to explore constructions of gender;
Representations of trauma and its effects;
The Aeneid as therapy;
The Aeneid and modern commemorations;
The representation/literature/philosophy/theorizing of immigrants, immigration, refugees, cosmopolitanism, and global justice;
Race and ethnicity in the Aeneid;
Using the Aeneid to negotiate difference;
How the Aeneid complicates, or enriches modern (broadly construed) texts, art works, etc. (such as an analysis of the Aeneid and other later artworks of empire);
The Aeneid as symbol and its function as a mine for cultural signposts, etc.;
The Aeneid and pedagogy;
The Aeneid in the public and/or digital humanities.

Final papers should run between 4,000–6,000 words (inclusive of endnotes and works cited) and be formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition). Cite and abbreviate ancient texts according to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd Edition). Revisions may be requested as a condition of acceptance. Please send all queries to the editors (Joseph R. O’Neill and Adam Rigoni) at

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 500 words, along with a select bibliography of at least ten sources, and an author bio of approximately 250 words to the editors at by May 1, 2020.


(CFP closed May 1, 2020)




University of Liège, Belgium: May 5, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

As part of the 2019-2020 edition of the interuniversity doctoral Seminar Synoikismos, the committee is organising a thematic conference on May 5, 2020 at the University of Liège. This year, the theme will be the technological progress in the study of ancient worlds. For this occasion, we have the pleasure to invite PhD students and young researchers of Belgian or foreign universities whose research topic is related to this subject to present their project.

The topic will be addressed from two perspectives:

1. History of technological innovations and the methodological impact on our disciplines
“Exegi monumentum aere perennius”, wrote Horace. This line seems to foreshadow the long-lasting interest of humanity for the ancient world. Studies on the ancient world, which have developed over the centuries, owe their vitality to the evolution of their methods, which adapt to the spirit of each era. But to what extent has our perception of the classical period evolved with the methods and techniques used to reconstruct its image? First of all, we would like to reflect on the impact of technological progress on the study of our fields: from the invention of the printing press to digital editions, from plaster casting to 3D reconstructions, each step of this technological evolution has helped to clarify, improve or even change the representation of the past. More generally, cultural protagonists of each era have tried to interpret the traces left by ancient civilisations and to modernise them for various purposes into a message understandable by their contemporaries. The study of these cultural operations, that took place from antiquity until the present day, is the core element of Reception Studies. Therefore we also wish to consider the way each era has looked at antiquity: how did it influence the study of ancient worlds? Can research achieve ‘objectivity’? What has been done in the past and what is the trend today?

2. Digital era: the tools of tomorrow in Classical and Oriental Studies
Since the ‘50s, computing has constantly evolved and reached always more areas of human activity. Research on ancient civilisations is no exception, having always relied on new technologies for improvement. Nowadays, in 2020, there probably isn’t any research project left which isn’t based, directly or indirectly, on the use of digital tools. These are as numerous as the many fields of Classical and Oriental Studies: XML and the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative for encoding texts in a digital format (e.g. A collection of Greek Ritual Norms – CGRN project at ULiège), 3D modeling and visualisation softwares for digital photogrammetry of archaeological items (e.g. Warriors on the Periphery project at ULB), online databases collecting texts, people or places of the ancient world (e. g. Trismegistos project at KU Leuven) or statistical and quantitative methods for analysing languages (e.g. Laboratoire d’Analyse Statistique des Langues Anciennes – LASLA at ULiège). Yet, digital tools are still poorly known by researchers of our disciplines and might scare them to some degree, since they haven’t been trained for these skills. Which are the digital tools of tomorrow? In which areas of Classical and Oriental Studies are they used? How can we use and include them in a research project?

We would like to address these two aspects of the topic in two different ways: on the one side by discussing the impact of these tools on our research methods, on the other by exploring some of them through practical application. For this reason, there will be both oral presentations and workshops during the conference, according to the proposals we will receive.

Every PhD student who is interested (at any stage of his research) is kindly invited to submit an abstract of the subject he wishes to present (250 words max.), specifying whether he prefers to do an oral presentation and/or a practical demonstration of a tool, as well as a short biography (150 words max.) to the Synoikismos Seminar ( for December 31, 2019 at the latest. Each talk (in French or in English) will last up to 30 minutes and will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Further information on the organisation of the workshops will be provided later on.


(CFP closed December 31, 2019)




Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands): May 14, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Organisers: Gavin Kelly, Marc van der Poel, Daniëlle Slootjes, Joop van Waarden (Radboud University and University of Edinburgh jointly)

Due out in March 2020, the Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris, edited by Gavin Kelly and Joop van Waarden, assembles the latest international scholarship on Sidonius Apollinaris. This conference is set to explore the future of the study of Sidonius and his times "beyond the Companion".

Speakers will include Lucy Grig (Edinburgh) on popular culture, Caroline Michel d'Annoville (Paris) on Vaison-la-Romaine, Daniëlle Slootjes (Nijmegen) on dioceses in Gaul, and more to be invited. A distinct part of the day is a series of pitches presenting current or future work on the subject. PhD students and early career scholars are particularly (but certainly not exclusively) invited to come forward with their research (contact Joop van Waarden).

Contact: Joop van Waarden,

Check the Sidonius website for updates on the programme and on registering for the day.





Rimini, Italy (Museo della Città, Sala del Giudizio and Palazzo Buonadrata): May 14-16, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

By the middle of the fifteenth century Rimini had become a major center of Italian humanism. The cultural patronage of the famous condottiere Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417–1468), attracted numerous artists, writers, and scholars, who came to the city and created works for which Rimini is still widely known today. In spite of recently intensified research on this topic, various questions about the philosophical, literary and artistic output of this circle remain open. In particular, the historiography of Rimini itself leaves considerable room for new exploration, and this despite recent work on the architecture and pictural arts of the quattrocento city. In the philosophical and literary sphere, for example, the Aristotelian-Platonic milieu around Sigismondo has not yet received in depth study, and Valturio’s imaginative tract De Re Militari still awaits a modern edition or commentary.

One of the authors who has received attention, and whose profile underlines the importance of the Renaissance in Rimini is the poet Basinio da Parma. Basinio was a prolific author in many literary genres: His mythological poem Meleagris provides a modernised version of the Calydonian pigsticking; his didactic poem Astronomica studies the stars and the zodiac; while the Liber Isottaeus is an epistolary novel in elegiac couplets about the love between Sigismondo and Isotta degli Atti.

An ongoing project at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck (Austria), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), is currently working towards a digital edition of his epic poem Hesperis, along with with a commentary and English translation. This poem was Basinio’s masterpiece and can only be understood against the wider backdrop of humanism in fifteenth century Northern Italy, and Rimini in particular. Not only do considerable historical and biographical details appear in the poem, the piece also reflects and discusses the most important cultural and literary debates of its time: philosophy, philology and education, art history and architecture etc.

The conference L’amore, le armi, le stelle intends to contextualize Basinio’s works and those of other humanists and artists within a broader framework. We invite interested speakers to propose conference papers of approx. 30 minutes with a focus on one of the following suggested (by no means exclusive) topics:

* The historiography of the Malatestian court and its interaction with contemporary cultural dynamics, more specifically with Basinio;

* The literary culture of Rimini: inter- and intratextuality in Basinio’s oeuvre, its narrative strategies and links with the vernacular tradition;

* The sculptural and pictorial arts, architecture of the Renaissance city, and manuscript illuminations within the wider context of northern Italian scriptoria;

* Philosophical trends in Rimini and northern Italy;

* Greek influences and the reflection of knowledge of this language, especially in Basinio’s Hesperis;

* Intermediality in Basinio’s Hesperis as a reflection of Rimini’s artistic and architectural culture;

* The reception of Basinio in his time and later periods;

* ...

Key note speaker: John Monfasani (University at Albany, State University of New York)

Proposals (max. 250 words) are welcome before 4th November 2019.

Languages: English, Italian

Travel and hotel costs will be covered for all speakers.

We plan to publish the papers after the conference in a peer-reviewed volume.

For any questions contact:
Anna Chisena:
Simon Smets:
Florian Schaffenrath:


(CFP closed November 4, 2019)




Campus of the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia), HCC 136: NEW DATE - May 15, 2020 (rescheduled from March 27)

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

One of the great benefits of the shift from a pedagogue-centered to a student-aware or student-centered classroom is that we listen more attentively to how our students experience the content of what we read. A decided strength of Classical Studies is the simultaneous proximity and distance—temporally, geographically, ideologically—of the ancient Greek and Roman world. That distance is felt more keenly when potentially difficult subjects (res difficiles) in our readings—domination, inequity, violence both sexual and otherwise—present themselves for inspection. Often the underlying source of the dissonance or disconnect is the distance in our perceptions of social justice.

In a conference held on the campus of the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia), we 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 also 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.

Our keynote speaker will be Dani Bostick who teaches Latin in Winchester, VA, and who has garnered a national reputation as a writer, teacher, and advocate for victims of sexual violence. Learn more at

See Registration information below (Zoom). We hope the conference will be attended by as many as possible in person, but a number (limited only by our subscription capacity), will be able to attend electronically.

Abstracts of 350 words should be sent electronically to Joseph Romero ( by November 1, 2019 February 28, 2020.

Papers will be 30 minutes long with coordinated discussion at the end of each session. Any questions regarding abstract submission may be addressed to Professor Romero or Professor Çulik-Baird ( For more information see the conference website.

Zoom registration:


(CFP closed November 1, 2019 February 28, 2020.)




Mucem (Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée), Marseille, France: May 15, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Programme de la journée

9h30 | Accueil des participants

10h | Conférence introductive: Fabien Bièvre-Perrin (IRAA), Tiphaine-Annabelle Besnard (LESA), Vincent Chollier (HiSoMA), Frédéric Mougenot (MUCEM)

11h | L’Égypte antique fantasmée : orientalisme et anachronismes
Jean-Claude Golvin (CNRS), Manon Renault (Journaliste indépendante), Arnaud Quertinmont (Musée royal de Mariemont). Modérateur : Vincent Chollier (HiSoMA)
Les intervenants sont invités à analyser la façon dont l’imaginaire contemporain de l’Égypte antique s’est construit et à se pencher sur les idéologies auxquelles il participe. Il sera notamment question de voir comment la culture populaire alimente et recrée un fantasme orientaliste et anachronique de l’Antiquité pharaonique.

12h00 | Pause

13h30 | Projection d’extraits commentée
La présence de l’Antiquité égyptienne dans la culture contemporaine est diverse et tous les domaines sont concernés : cinéma, séries, publicité, architecture, mode, jeu vidéo, littérature, bande dessinée… Cette projection d’extraits commentée en révélera les nombreuses formes et fonctions.

14h | Le retour de la momie : le corps égyptien antique comme incarnation des inquiétudes modernes
Filippo Carlà (Universität Potsdam), Hélène Virenque (BNF), Nolwenn Corriou (PRISMES). Modération : Tiphaine Annabelle Besnard (LESA)
Au début du XXe siècle, l’imaginaire de l’Égypte antique se transforme avec la découverte de la tombe de Toutânkhamon et les fouilles d’Amarna. La peur de la malédiction des pharaons nourrit le fantasme des momies revenant à la vie… les images du mobilier archéologique de la tombe ainsi que celui découvert à Amarna influencent l’iconographie populaire. Entre exotisme, xénophobie et puissance, le corps égyptien se fait la métaphore du monde moderne. Un siècle plus tard, sommes-nous sortis de cet imaginaire occidental ?

15h30 | Politisation du passé égyptien : nationalisme, panafricanisme, féminisme
Elvan Zabunyan (Histoire et Critique des Arts), Richard Jacquemond (Iremam), Fabien Bièvre-Perrin (IRAA) Modération : Frédéric Mougenot (MUCEM)
Le passé pharaonique constitue un important socle du discours politique, en Égypte comme ailleurs. Mis au service d’intérêts divergents et parfois incompatibles, on le retrouve notamment dans des discours nationalistes, panafricanistes ou féministes faisant notamment émerger ces dernières années une icône polysémique : Néfertiti.

16h45 | Pause

17h15 | Conclusions

17h30 | Présentation et visite de l’exposition Pharaons superstars
Visite de l’exposition Pharaons Superstars par Frédéric Mougenot, conservateur au Mucem et commissaire de l’exposition (voir condition d’accès ci-après).

Informations pratiques: Rendez-vous le 15 mai 2020 à partir de 9h30 au Mucem – Fort Saint Jean (entrée par le 201 quai du Port, 13002 Marseille).

Entrée gratuite dans la limite des places disponibles et sur inscription obligatoire à

Visite de l’exposition réservée aux participants à la journée. La demande nominative doit être formulée au moment de l’inscription. En raison d’un nombre limité de place, une confirmation sera envoyée aux inscrits.

Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur le site du Mucem (

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Abstract deadline: May 15, 2020

Climate change looms over everyone – evidence of this apparent catastrophe surrounds us. It is in our news media, part of our daily conversations, and, most of all, on our minds. One of the primary spatial theatres of disaster over which the modern environmental discourse orients itself is, of course, the sea: rising sea levels, turbulent weather, a marked increase in storms (both in volume and severity), and fundamental changes in marine nature which threaten both our commerce at sea and life along the coasts. Now more than ever the sea seems to have become humanity’s principal antagonist. And yet for much of the late nineteenth and twentieth century the sea has also existed as a site of utopic potential – whether of hope, of longing, or even of escape from continental strife. From the imagined underwater city in Jules Verne’s early science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastical ‘Atlantan’ Eden of Númenor (circa 1930-1950) to the post-apocalyptic landscape of Waterworld (1995), the sea has invoked utopic potential upon the modern imagination.

In most ancient-world cultures the sea represents a similar paradox. It constitutes a way of life, an open road of potential exploration and adventure, and even the discovery of utopia (in different respects), but it also represents an untameable, unknowable, and ultimately intimidating site of natural disaster and death. The aim of this volume is to explore and interpret narratives of sea utopias and/or sea catastrophe (or balanced imaginations between these two imagined extremes) both in ancient narratives, from Rome to Greece to the Near East and perhaps beyond, and in modern narratives from popular fiction and culture, with the broader goal of discussing, comparing, and contrasting the modern responses with the ancient.

Studies both of ancient narratives and of the interplay between modern and ancient narratives are welcome. Merely as a loose guideline, we suggest proposals on such topics as:

- Sea narratives and their relationship with human emotion
- Rewriting ancient sea narratives from a modern perspective (historical literary fiction, film, television, videogames)
- Maritime adventure and prosperity vs. the sea as host for monsters, shipwrecks, unpredictability, unknowability, and mystery
- Archetypes of the sea and ocean as spheres of chaos and catastrophe
- The interplay between catastrophic and utopic thought in sea disasters and sea stories
- Revising the novelty of modern climate change rhetoric/narrative tropes

If you are interested in contributing towards this edited volume, please submit an abstract of 400 words (minimum) as well as a short publication history (ca. 100-200 words) by May 15 to either of the follow two email addresses:

Ross Clare (University of Liverpool):;
Hamish Williams (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena):

It is important to note that these abstracts will be externally peer reviewed.

Further digital outputs of the project. We are keen to explore digital outputs for this publication, in collaboration with Liverpool University Press. Such outputs will include short informational/lecture videos on the essay topics, aimed at both an academic and a popular viewership as well as the possibility of a digital workshop, during which ‘collaborative peer-reviewing’ will be undertaken. We will provide you with further information on these events and other details as we proceed along the publication schedule.


(CFP closed May 15, 2020)




University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland: May 20, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

For decades, we have been fed scientific and popcultural stories of the “we use only 10% of our brain capacity” sort. Recently, a set of new truths has been granted to us. For instance, in his 2014 popscience book Hirnrissig [Harebrained], the neurobiologist Henning Beck debunks 20 of the most widespread neuromyths, including the ubiquitous misconception that our brains work like superfast computers with limitless capacity and the idea that you can train your brain as if it were a muscle. Although these revelations of his are not new to people whose data consumption revolves around topics of trivia, anecdotes and scientific myths, others may appear indeed surprising. Bearing in mind the popularity of the theory that mirror neurons govern our behaviour, it is rather surprising to read that the scientists involved have merely put forward some preliminary observations on the basis of experiments conducted on monkey brains; and that it is far too early to create parallels and explain complex human behaviours through mirror neurons theories.

Since Beck’s revelations are in no way exclusive, they support – along with many other recent discoveries – the view that there is a larger trend or predilection we, collectively, are guilty of: we take an interesting kernel of truth, a piece of trivia encountered by accident, and we run with it, creating and spreading wild theories, without so much as checking the source. Science and popculture are particularly susceptible to these kinds of interpretation: when presented to a nonspecialist audience, a fact is filtered through relatable analogies and helpful metaphors which nonetheless simplify and dilute it. As a result, noble efforts at popularising science also open facts to abuse. As history teaches us, it takes only one unsubstantiated study to create a movement of people who distrust the scientific consensus so much that they will not vaccinate their children.

Thus, the paradox that haunts popculturally disseminated knowledge in the age of Instagram is that, to reach many, popcultural scientists often promote simplistic versions of complex phenomena and thus discourage time-consuming in-depth analyses, to the detriment of both the addressees and sciences themselves. However, as an important intellectual commodity whose influence on our everyday life is difficult to exaggerate, science disseminated in the popcultural form should not be disregarded. Not only is it an immensely popular phenomenon but, what is perhaps more important, it shapes the trajectory of how we see and how we will see the value of scientific knowledge in the future.

Having this in mind, we invite scholars of various fields to present their take on the popcultural life of science: examples, consequences and side effects of popularisation of scientific knowledge through weird tales, strange fictions and stories of wonder. Among the specific themes that might be covered in ten-minute long presentations are the following (the list is by no means exhaustive):

• popcultural representations of science and scientists
• scientification of popculture versus “popculturing” of science – mechanisms, processes, consequences and side effects
• relationships between scientific and popcultural discourses
• how to “science” in the age of Instagram – popularity, money and responsibility
• tale of science or tale of wonder?
• “get fact” – science in the service of clicks
• popcultural narratives of scientific problems – scientific facts or myths
• mythbusting – demystifying and remystifying science in popculture
• popculture as new mythology of science
• mythos, pathos and logos in the stories of science
• funification of science
• popcultural functions of science
• popculture as science/science as popculture
• popcultural contributions to science

We welcome scholars from various academic fields to submit their proposals by 20 January 2020. Abstracts (no more than 150 words) in English should be registered online at . Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 25 January 2020. Further deadline and editorial details on submitting texts prior to the seminar will follow.

The seminar is intended as a workshop and speakers are to submit their papers beforehand. During the seminar, each speaker briefly summarises the main points of their work, afterwards, all the participants are invited to take part in a discussion. The seminar fee is 250 PLN for participants from Poland and 60 EUR for international participants, and it includes a meal, coffee breaks and seminar materials. A selection of papers will appear in a Web of Science indexed journal and/or in a post-seminar monograph issued by a prestigious publisher.

Organizers: Justyna Jajszczok & Alicja Bemben

Find us on: and

Contact us at:

(CFP closed January 20, 2020)




Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Wake Forest University Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy): May 21-24, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

FemClas 2020, the eighth quadrennial conference of its kind, takes place on May 21–24, 2020, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the invitation of the Wake Forest University Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy. The conference theme is "body/language," broadly construed, and papers on all topics related to feminism, Classics, Philosophy, and related themes are welcome.

This conference focuses on the use of the body and/or language to gain, lose, contest, or express power and agency in the ancient Mediterranean world. Bodies and words, at both the physical and the conceptual levels, can exert disproportionate, oppositional, or complementary forces. Both have the power to transform their surrounding environments significantly. Yet there is a problematic dichotomy between body/physicality and language/reason, a problem long noted by philosophers, literary theorists, and social historians. FemClas 2020 seeks to contest, blur, and even eradicate these boundaries through papers, panels, and other programming that promotes interdisciplinary exploration of the ancient world.

We invite contributions that use the lens of bodies, languages, or their intersections to address any aspect of the ancient world, modern encounters with ancient cultures, or the academic practices of Classics, Philosophy, and related fields. Participants might explore how voices engender movement(s) and transform bodies, or how movement(s) in turn can stimulate recognition of unheard or otherwise suppressed voices and lead to change. These can be voices and movements within the ancient world, within the university, or within our modern disciplines. The study of agency, expressed through the problematic body/language dichotomy, addresses critical questions not only in scholarly work but also in the governance, makeup, and power dynamics of our fields, currently and historically. Now, perhaps more than ever, is a critical time for us to consider ourselves as students of bodies past and present, as embodied scholars, and to interrogate the repercussions of body normativity -- from race and gender to neurodiversity, dis/ability, and body types -- on our work and our profession.

All submissions are due September 1, 2019. FemClas 2020 welcomes individual papers, organized panels, workshops, roundtables, posters, author-meets-critic sessions, and other, innovative forms of programming. We encourage submissions from the widest possible range of perspectives, addressing all areas of the ancient world and its legacies. We also welcome proposals especially from related interest groups (such as Mountaintop, Eos Africana, the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus, MRECC, Classics & Social Justice, the Lambda Classical Caucus, the Women's Classical Caucus, and EuGeSta) and from allied disciplines (e.g., English, comparative literature, media studies, environmental humanities, animal studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies).

Proposals should aim for an abstract of approximately 300 words (not counting works cited), and should be anonymous where possible.

To submit a proposal for an individual paper or poster, visit:

To submit a proposal for any other type of session, visit:

We are enthusiastic about developing a program that will work toward making our intellectual community more welcoming and accessible to all. For this reason, we invite with special emphasis proposals for workshops, roundtables, and the like (creative formats welcome!) that will offer practical training about e.g. implicit bias, sexual harassment, racism, accessibility, developing diversity statements, and so forth.

The organizers (T. H. M. Gellar-Goad and Emily Austin) and the Program Committee of FemClas 2020 are committed to an inclusive, welcoming, and accommodating conference. Submissions from graduate students, contingent and underemployed faculty, and independent scholars are especially welcome. Submissions from undergraduate students are also welcome and will be considered separately for a dedicated panel. We will be able to provide reduced conference fees and some travel assistance for attendance by participants who cannot obtain institutional support.

As part of submission, registration, and attendance at the conference, we will ask you to agree to our conference Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy, which prohibits harassment and discrimination of any kind. A trained, experienced Anti-Harassment Administrator who is not a member of the discipline will receive and address or refer complaints about harassment and violations of the code of conduct. The Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy is available here:

FemClas 2020 will take place partially on the downtown campus of Wake Forest University and partially at a nearby hotel. Each site is fully accessible for all forms of mobility. At each site there will be all-gender bathrooms, a lactation room, a quiet room, and on-site childcare (which we hope to offer at no extra cost).

Some states prohibit using state funds to travel to North Carolina, despite the partial repeal of NC HB-2. Wake Forest University, as a private institution, is not subject to NC state legislative regulations of public universities, and Wake Forest has a non-discrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression:

Please contact T. H. M. Gellar-Goad at with questions.


(CFP closed September 1, 2019)




KU Leuven, Belgium: 27-29 May 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

On 27-29 May 2020, the research units History of Church and Theology and Literary Studies: Latin Literature of KU Leuven will organize, in collaboration with the C1-project Magnum opus et arduum: Towards a History of the Reception of Augustine’s De civitate Dei and the ERC-project Patristic Sermons in the Middle Ages: The Dissemination, Manipulation, and Interpretation of Late-Antique Sermons in the medieval Latin West, based at Radboud University Nijmegen, the fourth edition of Ministerium Sermonis.

This conference will bring together scholars who have recently made important contributions to the study of Augustine’s sermons. It is a sequel to the series of Ministerium Sermonis- conferences organised in Leuven-Turnhout (May 30-31, 2008), Rome (September 15-17, 2011) and Malta (April 08-10, 2015), the proceedings of which have been published in the series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 53, 65 & 75 (Turnhout: Brepols 2009, 2012, 2017). The following survey offers some possible topics, but does not intend to exclude alternative issues or approaches:

(1) The transmission and reception of Augustine’s sermons
(2) Augustine’s argumentation (doctrine, exegesis and rhetoric)
(3) Political doctrine(s) and praxis in Latin Patristic sermons

Committed keynote speakers and respondents include: Isabelle Bochet, Johannes Brachtendorf, James Patout Burns, Gillian Clarke, Jérémy Delmulle, Max Diesenberger, François Dolbeau, Marie Pauliat, Els Rose, Clemens Weidmann.

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) before 31 May 2019, to Shari Boodts at

We will let you know whether your paper is included by 1 July 2019. All participants are kindly invited to announce the definitive title of their lecture and a short abstract before 31 December 2019. Lectures should be approx. 20 minutes long, followed by a general discussion of 10 minutes. The organizing committee has the intention of publishing the contributions to the conference as quickly as possible in the international series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, published by Brepols Publishers.

The colloquium will take place in Leuven at the historical location of the Dutch College (Hollands College), where Cornelius Jansenius served as first president, and the historical Park Abbey, where Erasmus discovered Lorenzo Valla’s New Testament Notes. More practical information will follow when your abstract is accepted.

The full Call for Papers may be found here:

(CFP closed May 31, 2019)




Submissions are invited for an edited volume on Women in Historical and Archaeological Video Games

Women make up half of all gamers and female participation in gaming increases with age. Yet the role of women in historical or archaeological video games has been significantly understudied. The proposed volume will address this gap in the field and provide a more comprehensive and more nuanced treatment of women in historical and archaeological video games than has so far been available.

Abstracts for proposed submissions are invited on topics such as:

• How are women portrayed in historical and/or archaeological video games?
• Why are they portrayed in these ways?
• Are these portrayals authentic and/or accurate? Does this authenticity/accuracy matter?
• What do female characters allow a video game to do that male ones don’t?
• What types of stories do historical or archaeological video games tell using their female characters?

Abstracts and any questions should be sent to Dr Jane Draycott by Friday 29th May 2020. For more detail on the volume’s aims and principles, and for a full timeline for submissions see below.

Call for Papers:

Women in Historical and Archaeological Video Games Edited Volume

Edited by Jane Draycott and Kate Cook

In 2018, Creative Assembly’s Total War: Rome II was updated to include playable female characters, and this update triggered a huge backlash and wave of review-bombing. Some players objected to the update on the grounds of historical inaccuracy, an objection that Creative Assembly. When challenged about what a certain section of the gaming community perceived to be ‘historical inaccuracy’, the company argued that the game was intended to be historically authentic, not historically accurate, and that, in any case, female generals would only spawn under certain very specific circumstances. Yet, as a number of ancient historians pointed out on social media, and a number of games journalists picked up and included in their coverage of the fracas, this in itself was historically inaccurate because there are numerous examples from ancient Graeco-Roman history of female involvement in martial activity, ranging all the way from the individual combatant to the general and/or admiral, examples which are not confined to mythology (e.g. the Amazons, the goddess Athena/Minerva etc.).

Women make up half of all gamers and female participation in gaming increases with age. With the notable exception of Christian Rollinger’s recently published Classical Antiquity in Video Games: Playing with the Ancient World (2020), to date video games have been understudied in Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology, and the role of women in these video games even more so. Consequently, the subject of women in historical and archaeological video games is an untapped resource, and the aim of this edited volume is to contribute both to Reception Studies, and to Video Game Studies, and provide a more comprehensive and more nuanced treatment of women in historical and archaeological video games than has so far been available. The volume will examine the following issues: How are women portrayed in historical and/or archaeological video games? Why are they portrayed in these ways? Are these portrayals authentic and/or accurate? Does this authenticity/accuracy matter? What do female characters allow a video game to do that male ones don’t? What types of stories do these video games tell using their female characters? The volume’s scope includes video games set in historical periods (e.g. the Assassin’s Creed franchise), video games that are not set in the past but incorporate aspects of historical or archaeological activity (e.g. the Tomb Raider franchise), and video games with fantasy or science fiction settings that include some aspect of classical reception. Additionally, the volume will contain case studies focused on individual female characters of all kinds, both playable and non-playable. Bloomsbury has already expressed an interest in publishing the volume as part of the Imagines: Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts series.

People interested in contributing to the volume are asked to submit a 500-word abstract and selective bibliography. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to submit a first draft which will be subjected to collective peer review by other contributors, with chapters disseminated between contributors for both individual and group discussion, and you will then revise it based on their recommendations. We are exploring the possibility of organising a workshop to discuss submissions that takes place entirely online. All initial communication will take place online over email and/or via Skype, Zoom or an equivalent platform.

While the scope of the edited volume will be focused primarily upon Graeco-Roman antiquity, there are no firm chronological or geographical parameters in place, and diverse approaches to the material (e.g. interdisciplinary approaches; multidisciplinary approaches; the incorporation of gender studies, queer studies, disability studies etc.) are welcome and encouraged. Early career researchers (including PhD students) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Timetable: Given the current circumstances, requests for alternative deadlines or schedules during the writing period will be considered very sympathetically.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Friday 29th May 2020.
Applicants informed of outcome: Friday 19th June 2020.
Deadline for submission of first draft chapters: Friday 28th August 2020.
Peer reviewed chapters returned to contributors with feedback and recommendations for revisions: Autumn/Winter 2020.
Deadline for submission of revised chapters: Spring/Summer 2021.
The volume will then be submitted to Bloomsbury.

Contact: For more information, or to submit an abstract, please email Dr Jane Draycott at the University of Glasgow at


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June 2020


Ardahan University, Turkey: June 3-5, 2020

Note: Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19

We are pleased to make a call for papers to II. Symposium on Mythology (Myths in the Ancient and Modern World), which will be held between 3-5 June 2020 in Ardahan University/Turkey.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Maria Vladimirovna Stanyukovich (Russian Academy of Science, Russia) Niels Gaul (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland) Jenny Butler (University College Cork, Ireland) Kaliya Kulalieva (Kyrgyz-Turkish University Manas) Tansu Açık (Ankara University, Turkey) Nimet Yıldırım (Atatürk University, Turkey) Halil Turan (Middle East Technical University, Turkey) Mustafa Demirci (Selçuk University, Turkey)

The topic of our Symposium is broadly the study of myths in various academic branches, such as archaeology, classics, history and philosophy. Although myths seem to be equated with superstitions, fantasies or false beliefs beginning probably from the early modern period, the studies in clinical psychology and philosophy during the so-called postmodern era disclosed that myths are ingrained in the very fabric of human psyche and social life. With a view to examining the reception of mythology in the contemporary world, our second symposium will focus on the literary and philosophical analysis of myths, the role of myths in nation-building and the interaction between cultures through myths.

Although we are a small university located in Ardahan–the most north-eastern city of Turkey bordering Georgia, as ambitious and driven young academicians we desire to advance our university’s competence in the fields of arts and humanities. Thus, we attach utmost importance to organize a successful and eye-opening symposium and believe that every paper on Classical Studies would immensely contribute to achieving our academic and professional goals.

Submission Details: Abstracts may be in English or Turkish (max. 300 words excluding references) and must include a short biographical note with name and affiliation. Submissions should be submitted online to by March 1st, 2020.

There is a registration fee of 100 USD which includes 3-day accommodation (2-5 June), transfer from/to airport, two lunches (3 and 4 June) and coffee-breaks.


(CFP closed March 1, 2020)




University of Athens, Greece: June 8-9, 2020

We are delighted to announce a 2-day conference, organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the Australian Research Council and Macquarie University.

The conference will take place at the UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, 8-9 JUNE 2020.

We have collaborated with the ISNS conference organisers so to facilitate the participation of local and international delegates to both events, but please note that the two events are run independently. News about our conference can be found on

Our Approach: Taking start from our common interest in the Platonic tradition and its reception in later periods, our collaboration has to date yielded one edited volume (The Neoplatonists and their Heirs, Brill, 2020, ed. Ken Parry and E. Anagnostou-Laoutides), while a second one is anticipated to host select papers from the conference. We now wish to expand our network of co-thinkers and thus, we welcome papers on any aspect of Platonic reception, both in the Byzantine East and the Latin West, in philosophical, literary and/or theological texts.

Confirmed Speakers include (in alphabetical order):
-Prof Dirk Baltzly (University of Tasmania)
-Prof Kevin Corrigan (Emory University)
-Prof Lloyd Gerson (Toronto University)
-Prof Ilaria Ramelli (Durham University/ “Angelicum” University/ Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)

Please, send abstracts of circa 300 words to the conference organisers by 15th DECEMBER 2019. Accepted speakers will be notified by 15th January 2020.

Our emails are: Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (MQ) -; George Steiris (UoA) -; George Arabatzis (UoA) -


(CFP closed December 15, 2019)




Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel: June 10-11, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. New dates: 1-3 June, 2021

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.





Online Multidisciplinary Congress - June 10-11, 2020

Organized under the auspices of the research group (PAI HUM-986) DIATRIBA: Philosophy, Rhetoric and Pedagogy in Greco-Roman Antiquity Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Granada

Organizers: Mónica Durán Mañas (University of Granada); Inmaculada Rodríguez Moreno (University of Cádiz); Borja Antela (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

We present the 1st International Congress of Ancient Medicine online with the title In the Shadow of Hippocrates. Health, Medicine in the Ancient World and its Survival in the West, which aims to offer a space of sharing research papers. Within the Western context, Ancient Greek medicine has notably influenced a number of disciplines: History, Art, Literature, Politics, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Didactics, Religion, Anthropology, etc. Although Hippocrates and Galen stand as the highest representatives of the medical art, other figures should also be mentioned due to their great contribution to its development. It is well known that Galen’s legacy lay the foundations of modern medicine. The importance and diffusion of his work can be glimpsed since medieval times, as evidencing the various translations of his treatises into different languages ​​–Syriac, Arabic, Latin, etc. In addition, studies, discussions, comments or corrections coming from different intellectual fields have spread the medical legacy. Therefore, the objective of this first online congress is aimed at opening a path of research on the survival of Ancient Greek medicine in the Western context from different fields –literary, historical, political, linguistic, philosophical, rhetorical, pedagogical, artistic, anthropological, among other disciplines– not only encompassing the figure of Hippocrates and Galen, but also those of Soranus, Aetius, Alexander of Tralles, etc., which take a relevant place in the history of Western medicine.

However, talking about medicine nowadays also means facing issues related to the everyday life, the intimate and the political. Public health, the management of the medical field, the relationship between medicine and power and many other facets also have a place in our proposal, that aims to fuel multidisciplinary discussions on Ancient Medicine and its survival in the West. In this sense, this first online congress, of a multidisciplinary nature, includes studies on any subject referring to Ancient Greek medicine in light of the Western context.

Each intervention will last about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian.

Proposals can be sent to any of the following e-mails:,, until May 15th extended deadline May 24th. Abstracts should be accompanied with a brief CV.

The organizers will try to answer the proposals as soon as they come, to allow participants to have time enough to prepare their talks. The final program will be available on the third week of May.


(CFP closed May 24, 2020)




Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany): June 15-16, 2020

Currently, the various fields of Classics are facing the question of how digital media can contribute to teaching and communicating content and methods concerning the research of ancient societies at universities as well as to a broader public. The congress Teaching Classics in the Digital Age aims at presenting a status-quo of digital approaches in teaching and at sharing best-practice examples by bringing together different projects and practitioners from Classical Archaeology, Greek and Latin Studies and Ancient History. Furthermore, it aims at starting a discussion about principles, problems and the future of teaching Classics in the 21st century within and beyond its single fields.

We consider the following as key questions:
- How can digital methods and research approaches be implemented in teaching at university level?
- Which technical possibilities are suitable for digital teaching and how can they be used successfully?
- What are the limitations of and obstacles for applying digital teaching methods in Classics?
- How can digital methods help us to reach out to teachers and students at primary and secondary schools as well as to the broader public?
- How can digital methods contribute to the dissemination of Classics as part of a lifelong education?

The congress will comprise paper presentations and a session with posters and hands-on project presentations. At present, we are still welcoming proposals in the fields of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and are particularly interested in collaborations between classicists and specialists in Digital Learning.

The congress Teaching Classics in the Digital Age will be organised as part of the Strategic Partnership “Ancient Cities” (ERASMUS+). The partnership is considering options to refund travel and accommodation costs for the participants. There will be no conference fee. The contributions will be published as part of an open-access conference proceedings.

Proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes and for posters/project presentations together with a short abstract of no more than 2000 characters and a short CV are welcomed by January 5th 2020.

Please submit by email to


Update May 2020: To be held online via Zoom. Free, please register:

(CFP closed January 5, 2020)




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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





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

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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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)

CFP closes September 30, 2020





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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021

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 closes September 30, 2020





Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy: June 24–26, 2020

Co-directors: Brittney Szempruch (United States Air Force Academy) and John F. Miller (University of Virginia)

Although Vergil famously opens the Aeneid with a definitive statement of poetic intent—arma virumque cano—scholarship has long highlighted the poet’s propensity for the complication of firm generic boundaries. Amid a range of theoretical responses that have shaped the past nearly one hundred years (Kroll 1924; Cairns 1972; Fowler 1982; Conte 1986; Harrison 2007), the Vergilian corpus has emerged as some of the most productive ground for the in-depth study of generic flexibility (e.g. Nelis 2004; Seider 2016).

On its broadest level, this symposium aims to bring together scholars to discuss how the works of Vergil illuminate questions about genre and literary identity in the ancient world. In addition to looking at generic interplay in Vergil’s poetry, we seek to examine the role that genre has played in Vergil’s afterlife, both among his contemporaries and in later ages: how, particularly in relation to Vergil’s poems, did genre create or elide perceived boundaries and/or affiliations between authors in antiquity? What cultural implications did explicit or implicit generic interplay have? How has genre shaped not only our understanding of Vergil and what it meant to be an Augustan poet, but our reception (‘after’ in another sense) of the earlier genres with which he engaged? What do we gain and lose by putting Vergil at the forefront of this narrative?

Both textual studies and theoretical interventions are welcome. Papers might consider (but are not limited to) the following topics:

• ‘Greek’ vs. ‘Roman’ genres across Vergil’s poetry
• Vergil’s reception of Hellenistic generic theory and experimentation
• the presence of nonpoetic genres (scientific, philosophical, etc.) in the Vergilian corpus
• hymn, epigram, and tragedy in Vergil
• elegy and Vergilian pastoral
• ‘didactic’ and heroic epic
• the reception of Vergilian generic conventions
• the centrality of (and/or bias toward) Vergil in discussions of genre in antiquity

Speakers will include Giancarlo Abbamonte (Naples–Federico II), Alessandro Barchiesi (NYU), Sergio Casali (Rome–Tor Vergata), Stephen Harrison (Oxford), Julia Hejduk (Baylor), Alison Keith (Toronto), Giuseppe La Bua (Rome–Sapienza), James O’Hara (UNC Chapel Hill), Vassiliki Panoussi (William & Mary), Stefano Rebeggiani (USC), Fabio Stok (Rome–Tor Vergata), and Adriana Vazquez (UCLA).

Papers will be 20 minutes long with ample time for discussion. Participants will arrive on June 23 followed by three full days of papers, discussion, and visits to Vergilian sites.

Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than 300 words to by December 1, 2019.

For inquiries and further information, contact the directors: Brittney Szempruch (; John Miller (

Cited Works
Cairns, F. 1972. Generic Composition in Greek and Roman Poetry. Edinburgh.
Conte, G. B. 1986. The Rhetoric of Imitation: Genre and Poetic Memory in Virgil and Other Latin Poets. Cornell.
Fowler, A. 1982. Kinds of Literature: An Introduction to the Theory of Genres and Modes. Harvard.
Nelis, D. 2004. “From Didactic to Epic: Georgics 2.458–3.48.” In Latin Epic and Didactic Poetry: Genre, Tradition and Individuality, ed. M. Gale. Swansea: 73-107.
Harrison, S. J. 2007. Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace. Oxford.
Kroll, W. 1924. “Die Kreuzung der Gattungen.” Studien zum Verständnis der römischen Literatur: 202–24.
Seider, A. M. 2016. “Genre, Gallus, and Goats: Expanding the Limits of Pastoral in Eclogues 6 and 10.” Vergilius 62: 3–23.


(CFP closed December 1, 2019)




[Online] Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London, UK: June 25-26, 2020

Classicists have recently been engaged in discussions about decolonising the discipline. There are a few ways to understand this process; it includes (1) broadening the range of materials we study to include those produced by marginalised groups in antiquity (2) approaching material with methodologies which tease out marginalised groups depicted in the materials and give voice to a range of users in antiquity and beyond (3) acknowledging the part that Classics has played in entrenching many forms of inequality, such as those focussed on ethnicity, in British and other societies (4) undertaking efforts to ensure that the discipline is open to a plurality of voices both from the past and in the present, especially those which have historically been marginalised.

This timely workshop aims to explore ways of making Classics more inclusive and to reframe the discipline for a multicultural 21st century. To this end, we seek short contributions from:

* lecturers who have specifically endeavoured to develop research that works with a broader conception of Classics, and/or to make their teaching more inclusive

* students who invest in different versions of the classical heritage, and/or are willing to share their diverse experiences of being in the 'Classics classroom'.

We plan to host several 15-minute contributions on these topics. Please send abstracts (c.150 words) to Professor Barbara Goff ( and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis ( by 1 March 2020.

To further the goal of broadening participation, we welcome offers of talks via Skype; and in this vein we will live-stream the workshop. One of the aims of the workshop is to produce a short list of useful suggestions for those who want to make their teaching more inclusive.

Edit 15/5/2020 - Program:

Thursday 25 June, 14.00-16.30

Dr Sam Agbamu (Royal Holloway, London) ‘Can the instrumenta domini dismantle the domus domini’?
Professor Peter Kruschwitz (Vienna) ‘Democratising Roman poetry’
Dr Fiona Hobden (Liverpool), Kate Caraway (PhD candidate, Liverpool) and Serafina Nicolosi (PhD candidate, Liverpool) ‘Diversifying the Classics curriculum’


Dr Ellen Adams (King’s College London) ‘Blindness, deafness and new appreciations of ancient art: Sensing the Parthenon Galleries in the British Museum’
Sarah Marshall (Vassar, BA student) ‘Pharos: Doing justice to the Classics’
Dr Charlie Kerrigan (Trinity College Dublin) ‘Decolonizing Classics: A view from Dublin’

Friday 26 June 13.00-17.00

Dr Evelien Bracke (Ghent) ‘Child poverty and ancient Greek: A case study from Belgium’
Dr Marco Ricucci (Latin teacher at the Liceo Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, and adjunct professor Università degli Studi di Milano) ‘‘Dys-Latin’: Should studying a dead language be an overwhelmingly time-consuming and demanding task for dyslexic students?’
Dr Sharon Marshall (Exeter) ‘Embedding inclusivity through non-traditional assessment’


Dr Danielle Lambert (King’s College London) ‘On the benefits of having no prior Classical education’
Dr Stephen Harrison (Swansea) ‘Teaching ancient Persia: Decolonising ancient history through source-based teaching’
Dr Dan Orrells (King’s College London) ‘Classical antiquity at the fin de siècle: An experiment in teaching’


PLENARY SESSION to develop suggestions towards more inclusive teaching - 15.30-16.30 VIRTUAL DRINKS RECEPTION - 16.30-17.00

All times are UK BST. Panels will take the form of 5-minute presentation followed by 10-minute Q and A for each speaker; then 20 minutes smaller group discussion on the topic of the full panel. Presentations will be pre-circulated on 15 June.

The workshop will be held on Zoom and all are welcome, but you must register by 1 June. Please email and and you will be sent a secure link nearer the time.



(CFP closed March 1, 2020)




Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: June 30-July 2, 2020

Note: Postponed until June 2021 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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University of Adelaide, South Australia: July 1-4, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. New dates TBA

We invite submissions of abstracts for the 14th Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology (AMPHORAE) to be held at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, from the 1st to the 4th of July 2020. Postgraduate students in Ancient World Studies from Honours to PhD level are invited to present their research (either as a paper or in poster form) in a friendly and welcoming environment. Panel submissions are also welcome.

The theme for AMPHORAE XIV is 'Change and Continuity'.

As postgraduate students in Ancient World Studies, we work in a discipline that may be anchored in the past, but that is undergoing constant change. Study of the ancient world provides us with insight into the transformations of thought, politics, religion, and society that define us, whilst also revealing the continuity of ideas and experiences from then to now. Scholarship itself is a continuous link with the past, both in the material that we study and the work of other scholars that we engage with.

We invite you to reflect on the changes and continuities in your own field, and to share your research and ideas with fellow peers and a welcoming, engaging audience.

Abstracts that do not align with the theme will also be considered.

Papers will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes of question time.

You may also propose a panel of papers on a particular theme. The panel structure will need to conform to the 90 minutes allocated to each session. Applications to have a panel considered must conform to the guidelines for special panels.

We invite archaeological reports as a specific category of presentation. We recognise that the submitted abstracts may be projections due to the fact that the field season will possibly take place after the call for papers has closed. Please read the guidelines for archaeological reports before submitting your proposal. We also invite you to consider proposing a poster presentation instead of a paper.

To present at AMPHORAE XIV, submit an abstract using the coversheet provided ( to by 16th of March, 2020 extended deadline June 30, 2020.





Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”, Nemi, Italy: July 1-4, 2020

The seminar intends to be an occasion for interdisciplinary confrontation about the first volume of the editio maior of James Frazer’s The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings.

Three are the aims of the present meeting:

1) To collectively reflect on the theoretical and methodological aspects of Frazer’s work, in relation both to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

2) To detect the direct or indirect influence of the theories and interpretations Frazer exposes here on the subsequent studies and cultural production.

3) To pay attention to the beliefs, myths and rituals subjected to analysis by Frazer in this volume of the editio maior, verifying his interpretation in the light of the current state of studies and the documentation available today.

In particular, it will be possible to present proposals for papers on the following themes:

1) Frazer’s concept of “magic” as exposed in the first volume of the editio maior, in relation to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

2) The impact of Frazer’s concept of “magic” on the subsequent studies and cultural production, also in relation to the current academic debate on this theme.

3) Frazer’s concept of “religion” as exposed in the first volume of the editio maior, in relation to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

4) The impact of Frazer’s concept of “religion” on the subsequent studies and cultural production, also in relation to the current academic debate on this theme.

5) The beliefs, tales and myths analysed by Frazer in the first volume of the editio maior, paying attention to the relation between Frazer’s interpretation and the studies of his time, and reconsidering it critically in the light of the current state of studies and the documentation available today.

6) The impact on studies and on cultural production that subsequent to Frazer of the interpretations of beliefs, tales and myths analysed in the fists volume of the editio maior.

Note: The main historical and cultural areas of which Frazer analyses the traditions in this volume are: ancient Egypt, ancient Near East, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the medieval German world, Christian Europe and its folk traditions, Africa, India and South-East Asia, China, Japan, Australia and the Pacific islands, the Americas.

Scientific Committee: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Stefano Beggiora (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Paride Bollettin (Universidade Federal da Bahia), Alessandra Broccolini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Laura Carnevale (Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro), Alessandra Ciattini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Enrico Comba (Università degli Studi di Torino), Fabio Dei (Università degli Studi di Pisa), Carla Del Zotto (Sapienza Università di Roma), Adriano Favole (Università degli Studi di Torino), Chiara Ghidini (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”), Rita Lucarelli (University of California - Berkeley), Elena Mazzetto (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Mariano Pavanello (Sapienza Università di Roma), Francesca Prescendi (École Pratique des Hautes Études - Paris), Sergio Ribichini (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Lorenzo Verderame (Sapienza Università di Roma).

Administration: Igor Baglioni, director of the Museum of Religions “Raffaele Pettazzoni”.

The scholars who would like to contribute may send a one-page abstract (max 2.000 characters) to Igor Baglioni, ( by April 20, 2020.

Attached to the abstract should be: the title of the paper; the chosen area; 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 2020, April 30.

Please send the paper, complete with notes and bibliography, by email not later than June 20. The delivery of the paper is required to participate in the conference.

Important deadlines:
Closing of call for papers: April 20th, 2020.
Notification about acceptance: April 30th, 2020.
Delivery of paper: June 20th, 2020.
Conference: July 1-4th, 2020

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 of Religions 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.

In the evenings there will be free-of-charge visits to the museums and monuments of the Castelli Romani area. The excursion programme will be presented at the same time as the conference programme.

For information:


(CFP closed April 20, 2020)




Ioannou Centre, Oxford & Royal Holloway, Egham, UK: July 2-3, 2020

Note: Postponed until Summer 2021 due to COVID-19 - see note below.

Theme: Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama

The 20th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Thursday 2 July (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Friday 3 July (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM: This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s focus will range widely around the concept and significance of ‘archive’, as both a material and ephemeral record (e.g., a performance’s physical traces, or its preservation in anecdote/memory), as well as its uses as a metaphor (for preservation, re-collection, text, etc) in the performance of ancient drama. This year’s guest respondents will be Dr Avery Willis Hoffman (Programme Director at the New York Park Avenue Armory) and Dr Lucy Jackson (Durham University). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Fiona Macintosh, Prof. Oliver Taplin, Prof. David Wiles, and Dr Justine McConnell.

PARTICIPANTS: Postgraduates from around the world working on the reception of Greek and Roman drama are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. The symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of Classics, modern languages and literature, and theatre and performance studies.

Practitioners are welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers may also include demonstrations. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performance presentation on ‘Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2020 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

There will be no registration fee. Some travel bursaries will be available again this year - please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these.

Call: -

Edited 19/4/2020:

NOTE: We have taken the decision to postpone the APGRD/RHUL postgraduate symposium and our 20th anniversary celebrations until summer 2021. However, we would still like to mark the occasion online and, rather than abstracts, now invite a different kind of contribution.

Over the course of July the symposium organisers from Oxford and Royal Holloway will be mounting a ’Symposium Takeover’ of the APGRD blog (Staging the Archive), where we will be hosting reflections on classics and performance in the current situation via audio podcast recording. We plan to discuss the following themes and how they are being affected by the current situation:

• the intersection of classics and performance in practice
• classics and performance at times of crisis

We would like to invite postgraduate and early career researchers to send in up to 200 words briefly outlining an area for discussion that you would like to contribute. This might take the form of a 5-10 minute reflection or provocation based on your research and/or a response to the above themes, or rather discussion points/questions to stimulate conversation. Please note, however, that this is not the place for formal 20-minute academic papers. We intend to offer an informal and relaxed space for everyone to speak freely on their chosen topic, and recording will of course remain optional throughout the Takeover.

Please send your brief outline by the deadline of Wednesday 6th May 2020 to We look forward to reading them!

(CFP closed April 3, 2020)




An online event from Alt-Ac UK: July 14, 2020

This conference, organised by Alt-Ac UK, is intended to bring together scholars across the humanities and social sciences through an online medium. The global COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in many personal losses and universal upheaval. This has included significant challenges for the academic community, such as the cancellation of almost all events, workshops, and conferences in the forthcoming months.

The Conference at the End of the World is intended as an opportunity to present the papers originally intended for cancelled events. Conducted entirely online, this event will allow for a worldwide gathering of scholars which overcomes the challenges of social distancing and environmental impacts of international conferences. To accommodate the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, abstracts are welcome on any and all subjects within the domain of the humanities and social sciences.

Attendance is free for non-established scholars, with optional donations available to cover the arrangement costs of early career scholars. Salaried academics will be asked to donate £20.

Abstract deadline: May 25, 2020

Acknowledgement of acceptance: No later than June 1


(CFP closed May 25, 2020)




Boston University, Massachusetts, USA: July 10-12, 2020

The thirty-fourth meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at Boston University from 10 to 12 July 2020. The theme for the 2020 conference will be “Images of Early Rome in Latin Literature.”

Papers are invited to explore different depictions of the figures of early Rome in Latin literature; Aeneas, Ilia, Romulus and Remus, the Sabine Women, Lucretia, etc. How do the iterations of these figures reflect (or problematize) political and literary attitudes in Rome? And what does the continued presence of these early figures in the works of successive literary generations tell us about the enduring nature of these Roman “myths”? We also invite papers on the reception of early Rome in any medium, from Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece (1594), to Ursula K. Le Guin’s Lavinia (2008), to Matteo Rovere’s Il Primo Re (2019).

Papers should be 30 minutes in length (with fifteen minutes of discussion time). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants can attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words, and queries about the conference, should be sent to the organizer, Hannah Čulík-Baird, at Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please have abstracts submitted by 15th January 2020 (earlier submissions welcome).


(CFP closed January 15, 2020)




Lyon, France (Universities of Lyon/École normale supérieure de Lyon): July 15-18, 2020

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

The Celtic Conference in Classics (CCC) is pleased to announce that its 13th conference, hosted by the universities of Lyon and by the École normale supérieure de Lyon, will take place in Lyon, France, 15-18 July (Wed.-Sat.), 2020.

As always, participation is invited from all countries of the world. Suggestions are now invited from colleagues wishing to convene a panel for the event at Lyon. The languages of the conference are English and French.

Panels typically consist of between 12 and 18 speakers. Themes and speakers proposed are then discussed, and a selection made, by the Conference's organisers. For this iteration of the CCC, we shall be looking especially for panels which expect to include speakers from French-speaking campuses. Proposals should be sent to all five organisers (at the email addresses below) by 1 December.

Nicolas Richer (
Claire Fauchon Claudon (

Anton Powell (
Douglas Cairns (
Nancy Bouidghaghen (

General details about the CCC, its history, purposes, and ethos, can be found on our permanent website:

Edited 8/2/2020: see now the list of panels at See below for panels relevant to classical reception/tradition.




13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: July 15-18, 2020

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: July 15-18, 2020

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

Further information:




13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: July 15-18, 2020

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)




University College Durham, UK: July 16-17, 2020

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 can confirm that Professor Michelangelo Zaccarello from the University of Pisa will hold the keynote lecture, and Dr. Danielle Westerhof, rare book librarian from Durham University, will hold a public lecture.

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.

Submissions must be sent to before 17:00 on Friday 20 March 2020.

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

(CFP closed March 20, 2020)




I Seminario sulle “Religioni Fantastiche”

Velletri, Italy (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”): April 16-18, 2020 NEW DATE - July 23-25, 2020

Cari colleghi, in seguito al grande successo del convegno internazionale “Religioni Fantastiche e Dove Trovarle. Divinità, Miti e Riti nella Fantascienza e nel Fantasy” (Velletri, 3-6 luglio 2019), ho deciso di istituire un seminario permanente a cadenza annuale come punto di incontro di quanti in Italia studino, da un punto di vista delle discipline storiche e delle scienze sociali e antropologiche, quanto è prodotto in ogni manifestazione artistica riconducibile all’horror, alla fantascienza e al fantasy.

La prima edizione del seminario si terrà ad aprile: “Tra la Luce e le Tenebre. Angeli e Demoni nell’Horror, nella Fantascienza e nel Fantasy” (Velletri, 16-18 aprile 2020). In basso potete trovare la call for papers relativa. Vi prego di diffondere la call a quanti ritenete possano essere interessati.

Il seminario vuole essere un’occasione di confronto interdisciplinare sulla rappresentazione di angeli e demoni nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza, in ogni possibile manifestazione artistica connessa ai tre generi.

I temi che si intendono approfondire sono i seguenti:
• Definizione delle categorie “angeli” e “demoni”. Come da un punto di vista storico vengono a formarsi e definirsi queste categorie di esseri extra-umani? Quali le caratteristiche nelle singole testimonianze? Come e perché entità appartenenti ai più svariati contesti culturali sono state recepite secondo queste categorie?
• L’utilizzo delle categorie “angeli” e “demoni” nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza. Come vengono impiegate ed eventualmente rielaborate queste categorie?
• La rappresentazione nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza di angeli e demoni presenti nelle religioni “storiche”. Per quale motivo il singolo autore li rappresenta secondo una determinata chiave? Quale il rapporto con il contesto storico di appartenenza?
• La costruzione di angeli e demoni “inventati”. Quali elementi caratterizzano gli esseri inventati dai singoli autori? Secondo quali motivazioni un autore ne delinea le specifiche caratteristiche? Gli elementi che li caratterizzano vengono tratti dalle religioni “storiche” e secondo quali fini e modalità?
• La rappresentazione di miti, racconti, leggende e fiabe, “tradizionali” e “storici”, dove agiscono angeli e demoni. Secondo quali peculiarità e motivazioni questi vengono riportati nella produzione fantastica contemporanea?
• La rappresentazione di miti, racconti, leggende e fiabe, “inventati”, dove agiscono angeli e demoni. Come un singolo autore costruisce questa tipologia di narrazioni nel mondo che ha creato? Quali sono le caratteristiche che li delineano come tali? Quale il rapporto con il contesto storico-culturale di appartenenza?
• La rappresentazione dei riti riguardanti angeli e demoni presenti nelle religioni “storiche”. Secondo quali modalità e motivazioni questi vengono riportati?
• La rappresentazione di riti “inventati” riguardanti angeli e demoni. Come un singolo autore delinea questo tipo di rito nel mondo che ha creato?
• Alcune delle rappresentazioni di angeli e demoni in questi generi hanno influito concretamente sulla vita religiosa contemporanea, condizionandola?

Comitato Scientifico: Roberto Arduini (Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani), Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Ada Barbaro (Sapienza Università di Roma), Tommaso Braccini (Università degli Studi di Siena), Elisabetta Marino (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”), Francesca Roversi Monaco (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna), Daniele Tripaldi (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna).

Segreteria organizzativa: Igor Baglioni, direttore del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”.

Gli studiosi interessati a presentare un contributo possono inviare un abstract di non più di una pagina (max 2.000 battute) al dott. Igor Baglioni ( entro e non oltre il giorno 29 febbraio 2020. All’abstract dovranno essere allegati: il titolo del paper; una breve nota biografica degli autori; un recapito di posta elettronica; un recapito telefonico. L’accettazione dei papers sarà comunicata (via posta elettronica) alle persone interessate entro il 10 marzo 2020. Entro il 10 aprile 2020 dovrà essere consegnato (sempre in via posta elettronica) il paper corredato da note e bibliografia. La consegna del paper è vincolante per la partecipazione al seminario.

Date da ricordare:
Chiusura call for papers: 29 febbraio 2020.
Notifica accettazione paper: 10 marzo 2020.
Consegna paper: 10 aprile 2020.
Seminario: 16-18 aprile 2020.

La partecipazione al seminario è gratuita. I relatori residenti fuori la provincia di Roma saranno ospitati nelle strutture convenzionate al Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”, usufruendo di una riduzione sul normale prezzo di listino. È prevista la pubblicazione degli Atti su Religio. Collana di Studi del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni” (Edizioni Quasar) e su riviste scientifiche specializzate. Le relazioni da pubblicare saranno oggetto di un peer review finale. Sono previste visite serali gratuite ai musei e ai monumenti dei comuni dei Castelli Romani. Il programma delle visite sarà reso noto contestualmente al programma del convegno.

Per informazioni: email:

Call for papers (pdf):

(CFP closed February 29, 2020)




Applications close: July annually.

The deadline for the 2020 Mary Renault Prize competition is: July 24, 2020.

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 2020


A Conference by the Sportula

Online: June 27, 2020 - date change - now August 8, 2020

The Sportula is a group of Classics Graduate students providing microgrants to Classics and Classics-adjacent students. For more information about who we are and our other initiatives, see and follow us on Twitter @libertinopatren. Below is the Call for Papers for our second annual online conference.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” - Assata Shakur

For classicists of all stages of their careers (from high school students to tenured professors) who self-identify as members of a group that has faced structural barriers to educational success (e.g. BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color - includes mixed people], disabled, LGBTQ+, working class, student parent, etc.)

We invite you to participate in the Sportula’s second conference, which has the goal of showcasing the presence, excellence, and work of underrepresented scholars in the field. This year’s theme is Losing Chains: Systems of Support in Classics, Ancient and Modern. We invite you to submit papers/presentations/creative performances that address the idea of support, both in the ancient world as well as in the world we live in today. Each presentation should be between 15-20 minutes in length.

Abstracts due April 18, 2020 extended deadline June 15, 2020.

For students: this is an opportunity for you workshop/develop your work with current graduate students! For teachers: we would love for you to show off what the future could look like!

Possible topics include, and are not limited to:
- Ancient support systems (proxenia, benefaction, etc.)
- Ancient relationships (e.g. between peoples, through trade, within slave communities, between freed people and former masters, sexual and/or gendered relationships, guilds/economic relationships, etc.)
- How to support undergraduates through pedagogy, support systems, etc.
- How to support middle/high school students
- Community and self-care among undergraduates and/or graduate students
- Graduate student unionization
- Food pantry development

Please send submissions and questions to:




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September 2020


PhD Student and Young Scholar Conference on Classics and the Reception of Antiquity

Szeged, Hungary: September 2–4, 2020

The Department of Classical Philology and Neo-Latin Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Szeged, Hungary is pleased to announce its International Conference Sapiens Ubique Civis VIII – Szeged 2020, for PhD Students, Young Scholars, as well as M.A. students aspiring to apply to a PhD program.

The aim of the conference is to bring together an international group of young scholars working in a variety of periods, places, languages, and fields. Papers on a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to the literature, history, philology, philosophy, linguistics and archaeology of Greece and Rome, Byzantinology, Neo-Latin studies, and reception of the classics, as well as papers dealing with theatre studies, comparative literature, contemporary literature, and fine arts related to the Antiquity are welcome.

Lectures: The language of the conference is English. Thematic sessions and plenary lectures will be scheduled. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes, followed by discussion. It is not possible to present via Skype.

Abstracts: Abstracts of maximum 300 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to strictly before June 12, 2020. The abstracts should be proofread by a native speaker. The document should also contain personal information of the author, including name, affiliation and contact email address, and the title of the presentation. Acceptance notification will be sent to you until June 21, 2020.

Registration: The registration fee for the conference is €70, however for those who apply before May 10, 2020, we provide a €20 discount. The participation fee includes conference pack, reception meal, closing event, extra programs, and refreshments during coffee breaks. The participation fee does not include accommodation, but the conference coordinators will assist the conference participants in finding accommodation in the city centre. Those who intend to bring a guest are obligated to pay €30 in addition to the registration fee.

Publication: All papers will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed journal on Classics.

Getting here: Szeged, the largest city of Southern Hungary, can be easily reached by rail from Budapest and the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Those who prefer travelling by car can choose the European route E75, and then should take the Hungarian M5 motorway, a section of E75, passing by the city.

Chairman of the Conference Committee
Dr János Nagyillés PhD (Head of Department)

Members of the Conference Committee
Dr habil. Ibolya Tar CSc; Prof László Szörényi DSc; Dr György Fogarasi PhD
Dr Gergő Gellérfi PhD; Dr Endre Ádám Hamvas PhD; Dr Imre Áron Illés PhD;
Dr Tamás Jászay PhD; Dr habil. Péter Kasza PhD; Dr Ferenc Krisztián Szabó PhD

Conference coordinators
Fanni Csapó
Bianka Csapó
Attila Hajdú
Dr Tamás Jászay PhD
Dr Gergő Gellérfi PhD (for general inquiries about the conference:





Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris: September 11, 2020

Keynote: Professor Ladan Niayesh (Université de Paris, LARCA)

The period between the 16th and the 19th centuries has deeply shaped Western representations of Otherness through the work of artists, antiquarians and travel writers. The repetitions, rewritings, quotations and corrections of earlier works all contributed to the construction of a palimpsestic depiction of Otherness, whether spatial or temporal, real or imagined.

This workshop aims to investigate the strategies implemented by travel writers in this creative process, where intertextual references and rhetorical solutions were often reinforced by visual props such as maps and illustrations. These mediating devices, among others, could be used to make sense of radical Otherness or, on the contrary, to reinforce the alien character of the encounter. Furthermore, these methods of description allowed the authors to blur the lines between time and space, highlighting contrast or continuity between past and present. Their representations and interpretations underlie what Edward Said has described as Orientalism but this Western framework does not preclude the analysis of works by non-Western authors confronted to various forms of Otherness on their travels abroad.

The synthesis and selection of narratives and traditions made by writers will also be addressed, raising broader questions concerning both the role of travel books in constructing and disseminating knowledge and the audience these works were targeting. The didactic dimension of the travelogues may be considered, along with the various frameworks (scientific, religious, antiquarian...) that shape both the depiction and the interpretation of Otherness proposed by the authors. The mediation of modern Otherness through the prism of apparently unrelated realms of knowledge – classical, literary, archaeological or historical, for instance – is also worth examining as one of the most common devices authors resort to.

Call for papers: We invite the submission of papers on travel writing in any language and topics on any aspect of ‘Otherness’ will be considered. These may include, but are not limited to, one of the following:

• Antiquity as a figure of otherness
• The understanding of spatial Otherness as temporal / historical Otherness
• Construction of stereotypes
• Contribution to the ‘single story’ of a place or people or deconstruction of such a single story
• Non-textual devices used to convey otherness
• Rhetorical or literary devices used to mediate otherness
• Selection and repetition of themes and motifs
• Use of foreign languages within the text
• Use of science to represent otherness

Submission Guidelines: Papers may be presented in either English or French. Applicants are kindly invited to submit a word document containing the following: (a) your name, (b) the title of your paper, (c) institutional affiliation, (d) contact details, and (e) an abstract in French or English of no more than 300 words (papers should be suitable for 20 min presentations).

Deadlines: Proposals in a Word or PDF document should be sent to the organisers ( and by 17 April 2020. Selected applicants will be contacted by 18 May 2020.

The organisers:
Dr Nolwenn Corriou (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)
Dr Giacomo Savani (University College Dublin)


(CFP closed April 17, 2020)




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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. New dates: September 16-17, 2021. 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





Institute of Classical Studies, London: September 18-19, 2020

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).





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

Note: Postponed until 2021 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 Graz, Austria: September 24-26, 2020

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Ursula Gärtner (Graz), Lukas Spielhofer (Graz)

Confirmed speakers: Gert-Jan van Dijk (Leiden), Andreas Fritsch (Berlin), Ursula Gärtner (Graz), Jeremy Lefkowitz (Swarthmore), Silvia Mattiacci (Siena), Caterina Mordeglia (Trento), Johannes Park (Göttingen), Chiara Renda (Naples), Hedwig Schmalzgruber (Potsdam), Lukas Spielhofer (Graz), Giovanni Zago (Florence)

The genre of ancient fable has long been neglected by scholars, with 20th-century research still focusing primarily on questions of textual transmission, the evolution of literary motifs, or reception history. The idea that fables were intended as a means of voicing their discontent by lower social classes has inclined many researchers to place emphasis on their sociocultural value. Over the last decades, however, there has also been a growing scholarly interest in the respective authors and their works. Some of these contributions adhere to the traditional biographical-interpretive approach, while others stress poetological aspects and demonstrate how the fables, in a unique and witty way, fit themselves into the literary discourse of their time.

It is the aim of this conference to bring together scholars who have, over the last years, opened up new approaches in this field, and to create an international network of ancient-fable scholarship.

Key questions:

1. Text and transmission
Research on ancient fable is often hampered by poor textual transmission. What is the latest state of research concerning new findings and new readings, both in individual cases and generally? In the case of many ancient fables, the circumstances of their historical transmission are still unclear. How have the extant ancient fable collections come down to us, what developments have they undergone in the process, and in what way does this depend upon the form of the collection (intentional/arbitrary/accidental)?
2. Contextualisation
The function of fables per se is the exemplification of statements in a given context. When they are collected and achieve the status of a literary genre in its own right, they lose their original explanatory function. What divergent but plausible contextualisations (pragmatic, sociological, literary, concerning intellectual and motif history, in the context of animal studies, etc.) and corresponding interpretations can be found?
3. Audience
What can we deduce from content and structure about the intended audience of the fables? How is the implied reader characterised and what does this tell us about possible contextualisations?
4. Poet, poeta, persona
Hardly anything is known today about the empirical, flesh-and-blood authors of ancient fables. How and when did their authorial representations emerge? Does the ‘Dichterinstanz’, the authorial character, express himself in the fables, and if so, how does this self-representation work? What is the relevance of poetological considerations?
5. Fables in the literary discourse of their time
Do subtexts and parallels allow us to attribute fables to a certain literary tradition? How do other ancient texts reflect on fables? Can we draw parallels between ancient fable and other literary genres and/or currents?
6. Reception
By whom and how were fables taken up in late antiquity, the Middle Ages and the modern period? What continuities and transformations can be observed?

There will be a time slot of 30 minutes for each paper (English or German), followed by a discussion. Selected articles may be published as a special volume.

All submissions must be written either in English or German and must include: An abstract with a short bibliography (each abstract should be no more than 250 words, bibliography excluded). A brief academic biography, which should mention the author’s name, surname, academic email, current affiliation and selected bibliography.

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 30, 2020. Acceptance of contributions will be notified by February 15, 2020.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding any aspect of the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ursula Gärtner, Institute of Classics, University of Graz. Email:





National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece: September 24–26, 2020

“Wishing to restore to life a nation that has disappeared from history as a political entity on account of its former glory is as reasonable as wishing to resuscitate animal species that have ceased to exist long ago and whose traces are buried in the Paleozoic layers of the earth (…) and yet it is this kind of absurd thinking that has taken hold of those of us who seek to found our national existence not on the development of existing elements but on memories of classical antiquity – which, by the way, modern Greeks have a very poor knowledge of, acquired via a second-rate translation by A.R. Rangavis of the Compendium of Goldsmith’s History of Greece.” - Ἀσμοδαῖος, 22/2/1881

National origins were at the centre of discussions across Europe in the nineteenth century. Could it have been possible, then, for the Greeks not to take advantage of a source of legitimacy as flattering and as promising as antiquity? In fact, ancient Greece turned right away into a decisive factor in the arduous process of shaping Modern Greek identity and state ideology. The mode of connection established in this manner between the Modern Greek state and the ancient Greek past has nevertheless proved to be an incessant source of genuine difficulties as illustrated by this (self-) critical description of the Modern Greek obsession with antiquity which was published anonymously in 1881 in the satirical journal of Themos Anninos, Asmodaios.

The attempted large-scale resuscitation of an irrevocably bygone age ended up being a crushing weight upon the present of a society in which the recollection of antiquity had to be actively cultivated. The gap that emerged between the spoken (δημοτική) and the purist (καθαρεύουσα) language highlights the grip that a monumental past had on a present that was destined to become archaizing. At the same time, a return to antiquity of such scope depended upon the successful introduction and adaptation of the classical tradition of Western Europe and its academic know-how.

We aim to examine the Modern Greek turn to the Ancient Greek past, giving particular attention to:

* The diversity and multiplicity of the “Antiquities” created and disseminated in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
* The contexts – national, cultural, political – in which diverse and often conflicting conceptions of antiquity were formulated and interacted with each other
* The ways in which the dominant version of national history was sustained or undermined by co-existing versions with alternative claims to antiquity.

To investigate these questions, we encourage the adoption of interdisciplinary perspectives fostering dialogue between intellectual history, cultural and classical reception studies and literary theory.

The following list of suggested topics is indicative (and not exhaustive):

* Articulating the couple Ancients / Moderns: historiography and temporalities, representations, imaginary
* A mediated relationship: from modern to ancient Greece via Western Europe. Introducing western European classical learning: translations and the policies of reception; The journey to Greece (itineraries, pilgrimages, travel guides);The mediation and cultural policies of foreign archaeological schools.
* Modern Greek institutions and the development of an ‘autochthonous’ classical scholarship: The Archaeological Society, the University of Athens, museums etc; National historiography and folklore studies.
* Antiquity in the light of the dominant political ideologies of the 19th and 20th century
* Antiquity and the Greek-Orthodox Church
* Antiquity beyond ancient Greece: Modern Greek perceptions of non-Greek ancient cultures (Roman, Jewish, Egyptian, Persian, et al)
* Antiquity in excess: Criticism and satires of the modern Greek obsession with antiquity; the discussion about kitsch
* Revivalisms: The modern Greek “parlêtre” or the insoluble language question; Material culture and Antiquity: Naming practices (first names, street names, names of plans of political repression or natural disaster prevention etc); Buildings (public and private); Symbols (coins, medals, stamps etc); Tattoos; Souvenirs; Associations: Sports clubs, cultural societies, neo-pagan groups etc.; Videogames, comics, board games.
* Antiquity and sexual identities: The LGBT communities; homo-nationalism etc.
* The Antiquity of the Modern Greek Diaspora: journals, associations, schools, restaurants etc.

The conference will take place at the National Hellenic Research Foundation on 24-26 September 2020. Proposals should be submitted in either French or English.

Abstract deadline: January 10, 2020

Call: [Academia] via

(CFP closed January 10, 2020)




Autonomous University of Barcelona, Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain: September 28, 2020

Under the title Receptions of Antiquity from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary World, the IV Young Researchers International Conference ANIWEH – VI SHRA proposes to analyse the reappropriation/re-elaboration of different case studies and episodes from the Graeco-Roman World, Ancient Egyptian, and Near Eastern cultures and the Protohistoric era, which allow to conform a varied representation of the possibilities offered by the reception of Antiquity throughout history.

The conference will be held at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The meeting is scheduled for September 28 in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at the same university, located in Bellaterra (Catalonia, Spain). The deadline for proposals is July 20. The participation in the IV Young Researchers International Conference ANIWEH – VI SHRA is open to current Master Degree or Ph.D. students, and will consist of papers of 15-20 minutes of duration. Contributions in English, Spanish or any of the co-official languages of Spain will be accepted.

Information & call: Email:




International Online Conference – September 28-29, 2020

Organisers: Sabina Castellaneta (Bari), Nadia Rosso (Piemonte Orientale)

Scientific commettee: Francesco Carpanelli (Torino), Giorgio Ieranò (Trento), Massimo Magnani (Parma), Anna Novokhatko (Thessaloniki), Luigi Todisco (Bari), Bernhard Zimmermann (Freiburg)

Keynote discussants: Luigi Battezzato (Piemonte Orientale), Olimpia Imperio (Bari)

The scientific meeting Ancient Greek Theatre in the Digital Age aims to investigate the potentials and limits of the digital tool for the study of Greek Theatre. We especially invite papers that present experiences undertaken, project proposals and research perspectives relating to:

a) digital scholarly editions of ancient Greek theatrical texts, including fragmentary ones, and of the ancient scholia to theatrical plays, especially with reference to the debate about textual criticism and digital philology;

b) dynamic, collaborative and open access analyses of ancient Greek theatrical texts and new paradigms of textuality, authoriality and accessibility in the digital age;

c) digital archives of manuscripts, printed editions and modern performances of ancient Greek theatre; online lexica of ancient Greek theatre; databases of archeological and epigraphic material related to ancient Greek theatre; online repertories of props and costume designs in ancient Greek theatre; virtual reconstructions of ancient Greek stage settings and theatrical buildings;

d) online didactic strategies for studying ancient Greek theatre, starting from the experiences concretely gained by the scientific and academic community during the ongoing health emergency.

The aim of the Conference is to use digital tools – the only means, as of today, to ensure an exchange of ideas between scholars – to reflect on the digital challenge for the analysis of Greek theatrical texts, surviving and fragmentary, and of the theatrical phenomenon in its totality.

Organization: The meeting is organized by the University of Bari and will be held online. This session is part of the Widespread Conference on Ancient Drama promoted by the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico of University of Turin.


Speakers intending to participate in the Conference Ancient Greek Theatre in the Digital Age are invited to send an e-mail to by July 5th 2020 following these instructions:

• object: “Candidacy to Widespread Conference Bari”;
• attachments (in pdf format):
• an anonymous abstract written in Italian or English (maximum word count: 300 words), specifying title and research field of the paper proposal (a. digital scholarly editions; b. dynamic analyses; c. archives and repertoires; d. didactic strategies);
• a brief curriculum vitae (in Italian or English), which will list University affiliation, relevant degrees and publications (maximum word count: 300 words).

The Scientific Committee is responsible for accepting or rejecting papers. The organisers will inform the proposers by July 20th.

Papers can be given in Italian, English or French and they should not be longer than 30 minutes.

The organisers plan to submit the conference proceedings for publication. Publication will be overseen by the Scientific Committee and will be subject to a process of blind peer-review.

May 7th open call for papers
July 5th deadline for the call for papers
July 20th acceptance of the successful proposals
Sept. 28th-29th International Online Conference





University of Western Australia, Perth: September 30-October 2, 2020

Note: cancelled due to COVID-19

The 2020 AEMA annual conference will be held at The University of Western Australia, Perth. Proceedings will begin on the evening of September 30 with a public lecture and reception for registrants. The conference is on October 1 and the morning of October 2. There will be a Masterclass for postgraduates and early career researchers on the afternoon of October 2.

Plenary speakers:
Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (History, NUI Galway, retired).
Dr Victoria Flood (English, University of Birmingham).

The conference committee invites papers on the theme Journeys: Discovery and Belonging. The period we study was marked by the disintegration of established political and social orders, widespread migrations and incursions, and rising competition between religious ideologies. Developing forms of inter-cultural contact and exchange gave rise to new ways of conceptualising and articulating identity and alterity, but while new boundaries – physical and ideational – were established, all boundaries remained porous. People, objects and ideas continued to circulate, to take journeys. How did existing communities and new migrants adapt to, or resist, each other? How were institutions modified to include, accommodate or exclude new worldviews? What was the role of material culture in holding fast to the old, and in legitimising and promoting new polities, new ethnicities, and new ideologies? How did cross-cultural contacts in the early medieval period shape history?

We invite submissions on any related topics, including the following:
Exchange across borders - trade, culture, and human trafficking;
Maintaining and modifying identity;
Maritime exploration;
Invasion, settlement, assimilation;
Cultural geography: significant space and place;
The book as traveller / the reader as voyager;
Imagined otherworlds / imagined others;
The idea and material expression of homelands;
Emotions and journeys / emotional journeys
Pilgrimage and adventure;
Travel narratives;
First contacts;
Reading race and ethnicity: conflict and co-existence;
Conversion and religious conflict;
Accommodation and defiance—tensions in the quest to belong;
Translation, adaptation, linguistic change;
Viewing ‘Europe’ from outside;
Afterlives of the early medieval in modern identity formation.

AEMA also welcomes papers concerned with all aspects of the Early Medieval period (c. 400 - 1150) in all cultural, geographic, religious and linguistic settings, even if they do not strictly adhere to the theme. We especially encourage submissions from graduate students and early career researchers.

Submissions may be in the form of:
individual papers of 20 minutes duration;
themed panels of three 20-minute papers;
Round Tables of up to six shorter papers (total of one hour).

All sessions will include time for questions and general discussion. Please send proposals (150–200 words per paper), along with author’s name, paper/panel/RT title, and academic affiliation (if any) to by May 31, 2020 [conference cancelled]. Enquiries about the conference may also be sent to this address.

A limited number of bursaries are available for low income PG/ECRs who are also AEMA members and are selected to present. Please attach an expression of interest with your paper proposal.

A Best Paper Prize will also be awarded for the best PG/ECR paper presented by an AEMA member. More details to come!


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University of Western Australia, Perth WA: October 3-4, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled 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:





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 until 2021 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

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)




CPAF-TDMAM – CIELAM, Aix Marseille Université: October 22, 2020

Quel professeur de Lettres (classiques ou modernes) n’a jamais évoqué en classe le film Gladiator (2008), la bande dessinée Astérix (1959-en cours) ou le dessin animé Hercule de Disney (1997) ? Grâce aux productions de la culture contemporaine, les ressources pédagogiques sur l’Antiquité gréco-latine ne cessent de se multiplier et permettent aux enseignants de varier les sources et de proposer aux élèves un matériau séduisant, parfois tiré de leurs propres références culturelles. Parallèlement, l’éclatement des usages et des matériaux pédagogiques ébranle l’image traditionnelle d’une culture classique homogène.

Enseigner la culture antique, son histoire et ses littératures, étudier comment ses références irriguent le monde contemporain ou suivre le devenir de cette matière antique à travers les siècles, c’est à chaque fois mettre en tension le présent et le passé, la connaissance de la source et sa réinterprétation, l’histoire et la fiction. Or, ces différents objectifs ne sont pas aisément superposables dans la pratique pédagogique.

Ainsi, relever les erreurs factuelles (problèmes historiques dans Gladiator ou Astérix, incongruités mythographiques dans Hercule) peut s’avérer insuffisant pour aborder la diversité contemporaine des créations culturelles ayant trait à l’Antiquité. Une démarche strictement historiciste, qui déconstruit les œuvres de notre époque pour s’en tenir, en corrigeant les effets de l’anachronisme culturel, aux faits des civilisations antiques, instrumentalise mais ne problématise pas l’usage de ces ressources. Dans cette perspective, elles servent uniquement de support d’illustration ou d’entrée en matière à une mise au point historique ou culturelle. Si cette déconstruction est parfois nécessaire, elle ne permet pas de comprendre les enjeux idéologiques et artistiques qui déterminent les usages du passé.

Une autre démarche est pourtant possible. Certains chercheurs en sciences de l’Antiquité se proposent en effet d’étudier non pas l’histoire mais le devenir de l’Antiquité des Grecs et des Romains : « l’Antiquité après l’Antiquité », comme la revue Anabases depuis 2005, ou le carnet de recherche Antiquipop depuis 2015, consacré à l’étude de l’Antiquité dans la culture pop et ses supports. Ces travaux visent moins à établir ou à critiquer la fidélité d’une production à l’égard de ses sources antiques qu’à montrer leur intégration et leur actualisation dans un présent vivant, ouvert et multiple qui noue intimement les enjeux esthétiques, culturels, sociaux et idéologiques.

Si cette approche prend désormais de l’ampleur en France, elle a d’abord été théorisée au Royaume-Uni dans les années 1990, sous l’impulsion du classiciste et comparatiste Charles Martindale, sous le nom de « réception classique » (Classical Reception Studies). La théorie de la réception postule que le sens des textes et des cultures de l’Antiquité évolue en fonction de chaque contexte et support de réception, d’où un phénomène de traduction et de transformation permanent. Dans cette perspective, il ne s’agit plus de confronter les objets de la culture contemporaine à la vérité immuable d’une Antiquité historique, mais de chercher à comprendre comment notre culture elle-même façonne la « matière antique », selon l’expression de Véronique Gély (2009).

La réception, qui permet d’accueillir au sein d’un enseignement classique les œuvres contemporaines, légitime du même coup une démarche inverse et complémentaire : réformer notre utilisation des sources antiques dans l’enseignement contemporain. Ainsi, après les récentes propositions pour enseigner les Langues et Cultures de l’Antiquité à travers les ressources fournies par le théâtre antique, d’autres chercheurs ont proposé de puiser dans les pratiques pédagogiques anciennes, comme les progymnasmata (exercices préparatoires à la rhétorique), pour rénover la formation littéraire moderne.

Même si les apports théoriques de la réception classique restent moins répandus en France que dans le monde anglo-saxon, les enseignants français sont constamment invités à entrer dans une lecture dialogique de l’Antiquité, entre mondes anciens et monde contemporain, comme le suggérait encore le récent Rapport Charvet-Bauduin (2018). Du reste, bien d’autres disciplines que les sciences de l’Antiquité sont concernées : en histoire de l’art, lettres modernes, philosophie, droit, sciences politiques, études filmiques, etc., nombreux sont les enseignants qui recourent à la matière antique.

Ces nouvelles pratiques pédagogiques justifient la nécessité d’une journée d’étude consacrée au renouvellement de la didactique des LCA grâce à l’approche de la réception. Cette journée s’adresse donc à tous les enseignants qui intègrent à leur enseignement un médium de réception contemporain (films, série, jeu-vidéo, discours politique) pour étudier la culture antique ou bien une source antique réactualisée dans l’enseignement contemporain (art oratoire, discours philosophique, théâtre, etc.). Entre les travaux théoriques du monde académique et l’empirisme des initiatives individuelles dans l’enseignement, il reste à montrer l’apport pédagogique de la réception classique, comme discipline à part entière au même titre que l’histoire, les lettres ou l’archéologie, avec ses propres paradigmes, ressources et méthodes pour étudier l’Antiquité.

Le but de cette journée sera ainsi de réduire la distance entre théorie de la réception et pratiques de terrain. Il ne s’agira pas de partir abstraitement de principes pour en chercher des applications, mais, au contraire, d’interroger les pratiques nombreuses et concrètes des enseignants, issus de disciplines variées, pour construire ensemble les modalités d’une réception classique rigoureuse et adaptée aux pédagogies actuelles. En s’éloignant d’un usage purement instrumental des supports qu’offre la réception (livres, films, théâtre, séries télévisées, jeu-vidéo, etc.), il s’agira ainsi d’explorer les normes théoriques et les outils pratiques les plus adaptés à la réception classique, en partant de ce seul principe fondamental : considérer les ressources de la réception non pas en tant que support utilitaire mais comme enjeu d’enseignement.

Chercheurs et enseignants de toutes disciplines, dans l’enseignement supérieur ou secondaire, nous vous invitons, pour cette journée d’étude qui aura lieu le 22 octobre 2020, à présenter un projet pédagogique, sous quelque forme que ce soit – atelier, séquence, séance, séminaire – qui soit le support d’une réflexion sur vos usages de la « matière antique ». De la conception du projet et de la définition de ses objectifs pédagogiques à sa mise en œuvre concrète, il s’agit d’expliciter votre démarche d’enseignement en insistant sur ses enjeux, questionnements, difficultés et résultats.

Nous terminerons la journée par une table ronde qui portera sur la réception classique comme approche de l’Antiquité, à côté des lectures strictement historiques ou philologiques. Voici les axes qui dirigeront la discussion :

* Avons-nous un « droit d’inventaire » sur les ressources culturelles de l’Antiquité ?

* Quelle place la philologie classique et ses méthodes peuvent-elles trouver dans le champ de la réception classique ?

* En quoi la réception classique peut-elle participer, en théorie et en pratique, au dynamisme de l’enseignement des Langues et cultures de l’Antiquité ?

Le but final de cette journée sera de créer un carnet scientifique disponible en accès libre, qui agrégerait toutes les ressources théoriques et pratiques (nombreuses mais parfois éparpillées) susceptibles de fonder, de légitimer et de nourrir une didactique de la réception classique.

Les propositions d’intervention (titre + résumé de 300 à 500 mots), accompagnées d’une courte notice de présentation, sont à envoyer au comité d’organisation avant le 1er juin 2020 : Clara Daniel ( et Benjamin Sevestre-Giraud (

(1) En 1993, Charles Martindale, classiciste et comparatiste britannique, publie un ouvrage consacré à l’herméneutique de la réception du texte antique, grec et latin. En s’appuyant sur la Rezeptionsästhetik (« poétique de la réception ») théorisée par Hans Robert Jauss en Allemagne dans les années 1970, il démontre le rôle du lecteur dans l’interprétation du texte ancien.
(2) « Les études classiques peuvent constituer aujourd’hui un portail méthodologique pour cette meilleure intelligence du monde que visent aussi les sciences humaines. Dans l’enseignement scolaire, elles peuvent assumer plus largement ce rôle d’initiation aux enjeux de société, par le traitement dans une certaine durée des discours, des conflits, des théories, des interprétations, et des expériences portées par les sociétés anciennes. Elles donnent accès à des modèles, non pas au sens moral mais au sens en quelque sorte « expérimental » de modèles de laboratoire, pour comprendre les phénomènes et les mécanismes sociaux ou individuels. » (p. 100).
(3) Par exemple : Chiron et Sans (2020) ; Bastin-Hammou, Fonio, Paré-Rey (2019) ; Bost-Fievet et Provini (2014).
(4) Voir la qualité et la diversité des ressources pédagogiques mises en ligne et partagées sur le site de l’association Arrête ton char :

Bibliographie sélective:
Anabases (revue) : P. Payen (éd.), Anabases, Traditions et réceptions de l’Antiquité, vol. 1 (2005) – en cours,
Antiquipop (carnet scientifique) : F. Bièvre-Perrin (responsable), Antiquipop : l’Antiquité dans la culture populaire contemporaine,
Arrête ton char (association de professeurs de LCA) :
M. Bastin-Hammou, F. Fonio, P. Paré-Rey (dir.), Fabula agitur. Pratiques théâtrales, oralisation et didactique des langues et cultures de l’Antiquité, Grenoble, UGA éditions, 2019.
M. Bost-Fievet et S. Provini (dir.), L’Antiquité dans l’imaginaire contemporain. Fantasy, science-fiction, fantastique, Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2014.
W. Brockliss, P. Chaudhuri, A. H. Lushkov, K. Wasdin (éd.), Reception and the Classics: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Classical Tradition, Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
P. Chiron et B. Sans (dir.), Les progymnasmata en pratique de l’Antiquité à nos jours, Paris, Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2020 (à paraître).
V. Gély, « Les Anciens et nous : la littérature contemporaine et la matière antique », Bulletin de l’Association Guillaume Budé, 2009/2, p. 19-40.
L. Hardwick, Reception Studies, Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2003.
C. Martindale, Redeeming the text: Latin poetry and the hermeneutics of reception, Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, 1993. Responsable : Clara Daniel et Benjamin Sevestre-Giraud





University Complutense of Madrid, Spain: October 27-30, 2020

Myth and science fiction seek to explain the world, to answer everlasting questions: the origin of life and cause of death. But explanations are not sufficient for mankind: one wants to make approving or condemning judgements. Myth as well as science fiction project contradictions in unprecedented circumstances with an aim to adhere or condemn. Given the projective capacity of our imagination, we put forward improbable scenarios that allow us to see in a new light the consequences of a future situation.

Where does myth start and where does it end? How far does science fiction go? What significance does the crossing between both narratives have? As always, what is crucial and indisputable is to analyse the kind of transcendence in each case, the utmost criterion to identify and distinguish myth and science fiction.

In the last preceding conferences, organized by Asteria, International Association of Myth Criticism, in collaboration with Amaltea, Journal of Myth Criticism and ACIS, Research Group of Myth Criticism, we delved in the difficulties of adapting myths to our contemporary society, as well as their adaptations and subversions in the world of audiovisual creation.

The VI International Conference on Myth Criticism “Myth and Science Fiction” will analyze the relationship between myth and science fiction: their differences, convergences and subversions in various artistic fields. The temporal frame of the studies presented will span from 1900 to our contemporary time.

Send your proposals before May 1st extended deadline May 15th.


(CFP closed May 15, 2020)

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November 2020


Nicosia, Cyprus: November 6-7, 2020

Jointly organised by the British Museum and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, in association with the Council for British Research in the Levant

Conference organisers: Dr Thomas Kiely, British Museum; Dr Lindy Crewe, CAARI; Anna Reeve, University of Leeds.

In 2001, the British Museum published the proceedings of a conference held in 1999 entitled Cyprus in the Nineteenth Century AD. Fact, Fancy and Fiction. Edited by Veronica Tatton-Brown, the volume represented a watershed in the historiography of collecting and excavating antiquities on the island. Since that time, there have been significant advances in the history of Cypriot archaeology, but more especially in critical approaches to the historiography of archaeology as a whole. These approaches extend beyond traditional narratives of discoveries and intellectual trends and now encompass a diverse range of social, economic and cultural analyses within a comparative global framework (and especially in the framework of post-colonial thinking). The bibliography is now considerable, but among the key titles pioneering a range of new approaches can be listed: Tracing Archaeology's Past: The Historiography of Archaeology (A. Christenson, 1989); Rediscovering Our Past: Essays on the History of American Archaeology (ed. J. Reyman, 1992); Archives, Ancestors, Practices: Archaeology in the Light of its History (eds. N. Schlanger and J. Nordladh, 2008); Histories of Archaeology: A Reader in the History of Archaeology (ed. T. Murray, 2008); Hidden Hands: Egyptian Workforces in Petrie Excavation Archives, 1880-1924 (S. Quirke, 2010); Scramble for the past. A story of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (eds. Z. Bahrani, Z. Çelik and E. Eldem, 2011); World Antiquarianism: Comparative Perspectives (ed. A. Schnapp, 2013); From Antiquarian to Archaeologist. The History and Philosophy of Archaeology (T. Murray, 2014); About Antiquities. Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire (Z. Çelik, 2016); Ancient Monuments and Modern Identities. A Critical History of Archaeology in 19th and 20th Century Greece (eds. P. Cartledge and S. Voutsaki, 2017); Antiquarianisms: Contact, Conflict, Comparison (eds. B. Anderson and F. Rojas, 2017).

In Cyprus too, there has been growing interest in previously neglected or unpublished fieldwork beyond purely archaeological discoveries, as well as in archival sources recording the collection and excavation of antiquities, both in the context of broader political and socio-economic aspects of the subject (especially imperialism and nationalism) and the methods and motivations of individual excavators and scholars. These go beyond the well-known public-facing histories of key figures, again reflecting the broader discipline.

At the same time, numerous aspects of archaeology in this period are under-explored and significant archival resources remain under-exploited, while the subject would also benefit from comparative approaches with other regions, such as the Mandated territories of the Middle East in the 20th century AD. Methodologies or genres such as microhistory and object biography offer new perspectives on historical approaches and subjects, especially for uncovering hidden histories of underrepresented groups (such as women, non-elite individuals such as workers, and local agents more generally).

The sixtieth anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus provides an excellent opportunity to revisit the theme of the original conference with a workshop that will build on the past generation of scholarship while expanding the coverage to the entire British colonial period (1878-1960) and introducing the latest trends in the historiography of archaeology. It is hoped that the proceedings with be published in a peer-reviewed volume in 2021.

Suggested themes include, but are not restricted to:

* How consciously or purposively political was archaeology in Cyprus in the British colonial period? How do we assess the fieldwork of European and American excavators working on the island at the same time and in the context of other imperial/colonial activity in the region?

* What knowledge of archaeology can be gained from little-known or overlooked archival sources such as photography and film, and from travel accounts and memoirs?

* The role of underrepresented groups in Cypriot archaeology (social, ethnic, gender).

* The key role of local Cypriots – from archaeological field workers and villagers to collectors and scholars – in the excavation and presentation of their past; conversely, the (mis)representation of local agency by archaeologists and scholars, then and now.

* The social and economic contexts and histories of excavation and collection, including unlicensed digging/ ‘looting’ and unlicensed export within a longer-term perspective.

* The diaspora of Cypriot antiquities, the mechanisms underpinning the formation of foreign collections (e.g. the antiquities trade), and museum strategies of interpretation and display in historical context.

* Critical interpretations of the long-term excavation histories of individual archaeological sites and regions.

* The ‘meta-historiography’ of archaeology: how archaeologists and historians have represented the work of earlier fieldworkers and scholars in their publications.

* The cultural and political use of archaeological finds, including their recruitment to colonial and nationalistic ideologies in the British colonial period.

* The mis/representation of the history of archaeology to general audiences: its impact on public understanding of excavation, and its uses for public engagement and community building.

Comparative regional studies focused on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East are particularly welcomed. Likewise, we encourage papers which cross disciplinary boundaries and help to frame the history of Cypriot archaeology in a more holistic manner with contributions from history, anthropology, heritage studies and other related areas.

Please send abstracts of 500 words by 20 March 2020 extended deadline. Please contact Anna Reeve at






Leiden University, The Netherlands: November 11-13, 2020

We are inviting paper proposals to present a paper of 30 minutes in a conference with the title Classical Controversies in 2020 at Leiden (The Netherlands) organised by the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities and Leiden University. The conference will be held on the 11th, 12th and 13th of November 2020.

This conference aims to contribute to our notions of the different ways elements of Graeco-Roman antiquity (construed in a broad sense of the word) are perceived and employed towards a particular end in most recent 21st century discourse. Its focus will be on reception by museums, in politics, and in more popular culture. This reveals the needs of our own society: what kinds of narratives about antiquity do we create for ourselves at this moment in time, and for which reasons? What do we do with antiquity? And how do these narratives use, and reflect on, earlier historical chains of reception?

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Donna Zuckerberg.

We invite papers concerned with (but not restricted to) recent reception of: Employing ancient and modern notions about Sparta Ancient religions Notions of slaves and slavery Others/’othering’ Homosexuality Patriarchal structures Issues related to heritage ethics

We invite paper proposals from those working in history, archaeology, classics, reception studies, and modern history; from graduate students, early career researchers and established scholars. We have limited funding available for those whose institutions are not able to cover travel costs. Each speaker will be asked to contribute a short (5000 words) article to an open access conference volume which we aim to publish in 2021 at Sidestone Press (PALMA series).

Please send questions and proposals to and

Deadline: 24 February 2020.


(CFP closed February 24, 2020)




Palo Alto / Stanford, CA: November 13-14, 2020

From 13th-14th November 2020, the “Oswald Spengler Society” will organise a conference on the subject:

“From Herodotus to Spengler: Comparing Civilisations throughout Time and Space”.

The conference will take place in Palo Alto, CA and at Stanford University. Everyone interested in participating is warmly invited to submit a short abstract of her/his intended paper as well as a CV by email until the 10th March. The organisers will then review the submissions and inform all candidates about the status of their proposal.

As in 2018, the “Spengler Conference” will be linked to the official award of the 2020 “Spengler Prize” whose recipient will be made public in due cause. In 2018, the prize was awarded to the well-known French novelist Michel Houellebecq who received the prize during a public ceremony in Brussels.

The final financial plan of the conference will depend on the number and provenance of speakers; however, it is intended to support at least partl of the costs of those speakers still in their formative years or subject to special financial or professional hardships.

(CFP closed March 10, 2020)




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

2020: postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.

Previous AMPRAW conferences:
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 2020

(change of dates) TRANSLATING GREEK DRAMA (1600-1750)

Université Sorbonne Paris Nord: June 11-12, 2020 December 10-11, 2020

Note: change of date - now December 10-11, 2020 - due to COVID-19

We are glad to announce the opening of the Call for Papers for the conference Translating Greek Drama (1600-1750), which will be on June 11-12, 2020 December 10-11, 2020 at Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, organized by Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble), Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford), Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13), with the support of Université Grenoble Alpe, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, and the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (Oxford).

Understanding the early modern reception of ancient drama is a cross-cultural, multilingual and collective effort. Recent diachronic explorations of ancient theatre in translation have recorded and analysed translation theories and practices in separate European languages, especially English and French. Drawing momentum from the European scope of previous collections, the aim of this conference is to bring together researchers focusing on translations of ancient Greek drama throughout Europe between 1600 and 1750 and, in collaboration with the translation database at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (Oxford), provide a platform to gather and exchange information on three different levels:

* Translations: source-text(s) editions, translation strategies, as well as the publication, circulation and performances of target texts.

* Translators: training and proficiency in ancient Greek, economic situation (patronage, market for translations), religious, intellectual, political backdrop to the production of translations and their reception.

* Translation theories: early modern translation practices and theories of translation; twenty-first-century terminology.

After Translating Greek Tragedy in Sixteenth-Century Europe (on tragedies, 1450-1600), and On Translating Greek Drama in the Early Modern Period (on translation theories, 1450-1600), this third conference on the topic (focusing on 1600-1750) seeks to address the following questions:

1. The European big picture: What were the common European trends, in theory and/or practice in the early translations of Greek drama? How effective was the circulation of both source- and target-texts?

2. Perceptions and representations: How were these translations perceived? How did they influence performance, and how did performance in turn impact translation practices? How was translating as a practice theorised, and how do early-modern terminologies, in different languages, map on twenty-first-century notions (translation, adaptation, version, rewriting, rendering, etc.)?

3. Intertextuality: What sort of influence did these translation theories and target-texts exert on European theatre in general, especially when compared to the reception of Roman Drama?

To participate, please send a 200-word abstract and a short biography to by 5 April 2020.

For any questions, please contact


(CFP closed April 5, 2020)




University of Lisbon, Portugal: December 14-17, 2020

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)




Prolepsis Association 5th International Conference

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”: December 17-18, 2020

After long and careful consultation, Prolepsis association have chosen to circulate the call for papers for the annual conference in December 2020. It wasn't an easy decision and we are aware of the uncertainty of the present situation, that's why we thought appropriate to reserve ourselves the chance of moving our conference, if necessary, to Spring 2021. We remain hopeful we'll be able to see you on our annual meeting!

Τὴν πρόληψιν λέγουσιν οἱονεὶ κατάληψιν
ἢ δόξαν ὀρθὴν ἢ ἔννοια ἢ καθολικὴν νόησιν ἐναποκειμένην. (D.L. X 33)
“By preconception they mean a sort of apprehension
or a right opinion or notion, or universal idea stored in the mind”.
(Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, ed. R.D. Hicks, Cambridge 1925).

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its fifth international conference whose theme will be the concept of prolepsis itself: we chose this theme as an ideal conclusion to the five-year work of the present boarding committee. We would like to use Diogenes Laertius’ quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues related to predicting, anticipating, and foretelling throughout a period that goes from Classical antiquity to the Renaissance. This year the conference will be particularly keen on – but not limited to – the following topics:

● Apocalyptic and visionary literature, oracles;
● Divination arts;
● Prophecies and prophetic characters in various literary genres;
● Spoiler and its perception;
● Modern attributions of foreshadows to ancient authors;
● The literary technique of prolepsis;
● Proleptic pronouns and their special uses, rhetorical figures (hysteron proteron, anastrophe, figures dealing with word order);
● Premonitory dreams;
● Prequel;
● Political foreshadowing, politicians claiming to be ahead of times, historical figures who were actually ahead of their times;
● Anacyclosis (especially regimes preparing following governments);
● Misplaced fascicles, reclamantes;
● Transpositions, accidental shifts forward (e. g. books in a work, or works in a corpus);
● Unveiling alleged literary foreshadowing;
● Preparatory works (notes, drafts, hypomnemata, proekdoseis);
● Prolepsis as philosophical concept.

The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers. To participate is necessary to send an e-mail to by 12/07/2020

The e-mail must contain the following .pdf attachments:
● An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster as well as your language of choice;
● A short academic biography with name and affiliation.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion, the languages admitted for the presentation are English and Italian. Italian speakers will be required to provide an English handout, PowerPoint, and possibly a translation/translated summary of their paper.

Proposals for coordinated panels (three papers reaching 90 min. in total, discussion included) and posters are most welcome. Posters should be written in Italian or English. Selected papers/posters will be considered for publication.

Proposals will be evaluated through double-blind peer review by scholars in the Humanities. The proposal evaluation will be carried out based on the following criteria: consistency, clarity, originality, methods. All abstracts, including those in joint panels, will be reviewed and accepted on their own merits. Please note that this review is anonymous: your anonymous abstract is the sole basis for judging your proposed paper for acceptance. Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered.

For any enquiries write to, we would be glad to help you find solutions.

The organising committee:
Roberta Berardi (University of Oxford)
Nicoletta Bruno (LMU München)
Giulia Dovico (Universität zu Köln)
Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)
Luisa Fizzarotti (SISMEL - Firenze)
Olivia Montepaone (Università degli Studi di Milano)

A pdf can be downloaded here:

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January 2021


Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Chicago IL, USA: January 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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 7-10, 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: January 21-22, 2021

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.





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).


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University of Tasmania, Australia: dates TBC [likely second week February 2021]


Conference website: TBA

Program: TBA.

Enquiries: TBA





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.





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)

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April 2021


Manaus (Universidade do Estado do Amazonas), Brazil: June 9-12, 2020 - change of date due to COVID-19: April 20-23, 2021

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

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July 2021

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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

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September 2021


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


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October 2021

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December 2021

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January 2022

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February 2022


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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