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June 2021


Tel Aviv University, Israel: June 10-11, 2020. New dates: 2-3 June, 2021


For registration details (online option), please email

Physical participation in the conference is restricted to those who have a Green Pass or the equivalent

Note: Deferred from 2020 due to COVID-19. Previous CFP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed December 19, 2020)




Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland (online participation also possible): June 2, 2021


9h00 Opening remarks

9h15 Keynote lecture: Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge), The tale of Cupid and Psyche in C.S. Lewis’ Till we have faces

10h15 Coffee break

10h45 Session 1: Religion

Jakub Handszu (Adam Mickiewicz University), The divine child in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses: a Jungian perspective

11h15 Mateusz Stróżyński (Adam Mickiewicz University), Tragedy and Eucatastrophe: C.S. Lewis’ interpretation of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses

11h45 Coffee break

12h15 Session 2: Communication

Tomasz Sapota (University of Silesia), Apuleius: self-creations

12h45 Łukasz Berger (Adam Mickiewicz University), Verbal interaction in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses

13h15 Lunch break

14h45 Session 3: Apuleius staged

Piotr Urbański (Adam Mickiewicz University), Cupid and Psyche in the 17th and 18th century opera

15h15 Andrea Musio (Independent), The reception of Apuleius in Italian theatre and cinematography

15h45 Radosław Piętka (Adam Mickiewicz University), From films and comic books to avant-garde theater and experimental novel: some adventures of Apuleius in the XX and XXI centuries

16h15 Concluding remark

For all details please contact: Mateusz Stróżyński





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For information:

Call (Italian):
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(CFP closed April 1, 2021)




Ghent University, Belgium: June 3-4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 15, 2021)




Online - Athens, Greece: June 6-8, 2021

Keynote Speakers:
KEVIN CORRIGAN, Emory University
ILARIA RAMELLI, Durham University/ Cambridge University/ Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
LLOYD GERSON, Toronto University
DIRK BALTZY, University of Tasmania

Organizing Committee: E. Anagnostou (Macquarie), G. Arabatzis (NKUA), G. Steiris (NKUA)






Online - University of Liverpool, UK: June 10-11, 2021

The conference centres upon the figure of Anacharsis, a Scythian philosopher travelling around the Greek world during the age of Solon’s reforms, killed for adopting alien (Greek) religious practices upon his return to Scythia and pursuing too strong an interest in alterity. His peripatetic presence combined with his penchant for intellectual exploration and questioning of ‘otherness’ will soon make Anacharsis a paradigm of enlightened independence. His legend was revived in the age of the Enlightenment, when his philosophy returned to intellectual discourse as an agent of dissonance and rupture fostering an emergent cultural relativism and cosmopolitanism. Today, Anacharsis helps us understand how ancient and modern reacted to religious conflicts, cultural diversity and political transformation.

10 June 2020 (Ancient Anacharsis)

14:15 - 14:50 Bruce Gibson and Marco Perale (Liverpool): Welcome Address and Introduction

14:50 - 15:30 Ben Cartlidge (Christ Church, Oxford) - Anacharsis and Foreign Wisdom in New Comedy

15:30 - 16:10 Marco Perale (Liverpool) - Diogenes Laertius’ Epitaph for Anacharsis

16:40 - 17:20 Alia Rodrigues (Coimbra) - Wiser Than Solon: On Anacharsis’s Laugh In Plutarch (Sol. 5.1)

17:20 - 18:00 Bryant Kirkland (UCLA) - Anacharsis in the Imperial Greek Imagination

11 June 2020 (Modern Anacharsis)

9:30 - 10:10 Ian Macgregor Morris (Salzburg) - The Outsider Within

10:10 - 10:50 Victoria Rwabeh (Kew House School/UCL) - Philosophers on Tour. Cosmopolitanism and Legacy in Barthelemy’s Voyages de Jeune Anacharsis

11:20 - 12:00 Peter Langford (Edge Hill) - Revolution within the Revolution: The Cosmopolitical Project of Anacharsis Cloots

12:00 - 12:40 Erica Joy Mannucci (Milano Bicocca) - Anacharsis in the French Revolution: a Case-Study on Sylvain Maréchal

14:00 - 14:40 Aurelio Principato (Roma Tre) - Anacharsis in Chateaubriand’s Essai sur les révolutions (1797)

14:40 - 15:20 Alexei Zadorozhny (Liverpool) - The Russian Anacharsis: Nikolai Karamzin

This is a free event. However, we kindly ask you to register via the following link:

Abstracts available here:




Online - Università di Roma “Tor Vergata” (Dipartimento di Studi letterari, filosofici e di storia dell’arte): June 14-16, 2021

Monday, June 14, 2pm-2:20pm

Welcoming words by EMORE PAOLI (Director of the Department of Studi letterari, filosofici e di storia dell’arte, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”) and introduction by SERGIO CASALI


Monday, June 14, 2:20pm-5pm

Chair: VIRGILIO COSTA (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

DAVID WILSON-OKAMUIRA (East Carolina University), Afterimages of Lucretius

FABIO STOK (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”), Commenting on Virgil in the 15th Century: from Barzizza (?) to Parrasio (?)-I

GIANCARLO ABBAMONTE (Università di Napoli Federico II), Commenting on Virgil in the 15th Century: from Barzizza (?) to Parrasio (?)-II

NICOLA LANZARONE (Università di Salerno), Il commento di Pomponio Leto all’Eneide: sondaggi relativi ad Aen. 1 e 2

5pm-5:20pm Break


Monday, June 14, 5:20pm-8pm

Chair: EMANUELE DETTORI (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

PETER KNOX (Case Western Reserve University), What if Poliziano Had Written a Commentary on Virgil?

PAUL WHITE (University of Leeds), Badius’s Virgil Commentary in the Context of Humanist Education

ANDREA CUCCHIARELLI (Sapienza Università di Roma), Petrus Nannius as an Interpreter of Virgil: the Commentary on the Eclogues

SERGIO CASALI (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”) Petrus Nannius as an Interpreter of Virgil: the Commentary on Aeneid 4


Tuesday, June 15, 2pm-4:40pm

Chair: JOHN F. MILLER (University of Virginia)

CRAIG KALLENDORF (Texas A&M University), Virgil’s Unluckiest Commentator? Iodocus Willichius and His Times

FEDERICA BESSONE (Università di Torino), Spiegare Virgilio con i suoi successori. I commenti virgiliani sulle tracce di Stazio

VIOLA STARNONE (Scuola Superiore Meridionale), The Metamorphoses of Virgil: Early Modern Responses

VASSILIKI PANOUSSI (College of William & Mary), Egypt and Africa in the Early Modern Commentaries

4:40pm-5pm Break


Tuesday, June 15, 5pm-7:40pm

Chair: IRENE PEIRANO GARRISON (Harvard University)

UTE TISCHER (Universität Leipzig), Author Strategies in Collected Editions of Printed Commentaries on Virgil in Early Modern and Modern Times

JOSEPH FARRELL (University of Pennsylvania), Rediscovering the Rediscovery of Homer in Vergil Commentaries, Half a Century On

MONIQUE BOUQUET (Université de Rennes 2 - CELLAM), La Poétique d’Aristote comme clé de lecture de l’Énéide de Virgile dans les In librum Aristotelis de arte poetica explicationes de Francesco Robortello

PHILIP HARDIE (University of Cambridge), MetaVirgilian Commentaries, with Particular Reference to Abraham Cowley


Wednesday, June 16, 2pm-4:40pm

Chair: BARBARA WEIDEN BOYD (Bowdoin College)

YASMIN HASKELL (University of Western Australia), Virgil Vindicated: Jesuit Praelections, Prolusions, Corrections and Exclusions

GIAN BIAGIO CONTE (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Considerazioni sul Commentario a Virgilio di C. G. Heyne

RICHARD F. THOMAS (Harvard University), Between Heyne and Conington from the Land of the Fairies: Thomas Keightley’s Eclogues and Georgics

STEPHEN HARRISON (University of Oxford), Victorian Virgil: John Conington and Henry Nettleship’s Commentary (1858-82)

4:40pm-5pm Break


Wednesday, June 16, 5pm-7:40pm

Chair: SHADI BARTSCH (University of Chicago)

ALISON KEITH (University of Toronto), Epicureana in Virgil Commentaries

LUIGI GALASSO (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano), Su cosa si fonda l’Oltretomba. La dialettica commento-saggio da Norden a oggi

ALEXANDER ROGUINSKY (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow) & MIKHAIL SHUMILIN (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, / A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences / National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) - Textual Criticism in Russian Language Commentaries on Classical Latin Poetry: The Case of Valery Bryusov’s Projected Commentary on Aeneid 2

JAMES O’HARA (University of North Carolina), Adventures in Writing and Editing a Group Classroom Commentary: the Focus-Hackett Aeneid Project


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Online - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: June 16-18, 2021

We are delighted to announce a three-day conference on the history of medicine and pharmacology, Traditions of Materia Medica (300 BCE – 1300 CE), that we will convene (digitally) from 16-18 June 2021 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The theme of the conference is the transmission of pharmacology (in its many forms) before and after the writings of Galen of Pergamum. What approaches to drugs and medicines existed before Galen? How should we characterize them? And how was earlier pharmaceutical knowledge transferred, filtered, refined and challenged following the dissemination of Galen’s pharmacology?

The conference brings together scholars working on ancient Greek, Demotic, Coptic, Latin and Arabic pharmacology and medicine to discuss these questions. We will have talks on central but understudied authors and traditions, and we will discuss some ground-breaking methods of studying these traditions currently being developed in the history and philosophy of science, philology, botany, chemistry, archaeology, lexicography and digital humanities.

The programme is as follows:

16 June 2021

13:00 Introduction

13:10 David Leith, Exeter: Pharmacology in the Asclepiadean Sect

13:35 Irene Calà, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München: The Libri medicinales of Aetius Amidenus as Source for the Followers of Herophilus: Additional Fragments of Andreas of Carystus

14:00 Break

14:10 Caterina Manco, Paul Valéry – Montpellier: Galien lecteur du De materia medica de Dioscoride

14:35 Costanza de Martino, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Philumenus’ Sources in De venenatis animalibus eorumque remediis

15:00 Break

15:10 Amber Jacob, New York University: A Demotic Pharmacological Compendium from the Tebtunis Temple Library

15:35 Anne Grons, Philipps-Universität Marburg: Materia Medica in Coptic Medical Prescriptions

16:00 Break

16:10 Manuela Marai, Warwick: Wound and Skin Infection Treatment in Galen: Potential Antimicrobial Substances for Drug Development

16:35 Effie Photos-Jones, Glasgow: What Do You Do With a Problem Like … Lithargyros

17 June 2021

13:00 Greeting

13:10 Laurence Totelin, Cardiff: Traditions of Ancient Euporista

13:35 Caroline Petit, Warwick: Towards a new edition of Galen's treatise On Simple Drugs

14:00 Break

14:10 John Wilkins, Exeter: Materia Medica: A Study of Galen’s Inheritance of Materia Medica and His Theorising of It

14:35 P. N. Singer, Einstein Centre Chronoi Berlin: A Change in the Substance: Theory and its Limits in Galen's Simples

15:00 Break

15:10 Krzysztof Jagusiak and Konrad Tadajczyk, Łódź: Sitz Baths (ἐγκαθίσματα) in the Galenic Corpus

15:35 Simone Mucci, Warwick: ἀρχιατροί, Antidotes and Hellenistic and Roman Rulers

16:00 Break

16:10 Maximillian Haars, Philipps-Universität Marburg: Annotated Catalogue and Index of Medicinal Plants and Herbal Drugs in the Galenic Corpus

16:35 Barbara Zipser, Royal Holloway University London, and Andreas Lardos, Zurich: New Approaches to Ancient Botanical Lexicography

18 June 2021

13:00 Greeting

13:10 Alessia Guardasole, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris: The Diacodyon (διὰ κωδυῶν) Remedy Throughout the Centuries

13:35 Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Edinburgh: Pharmacological Substances from Asia in Late Antique and Byzantine Medical Works

14:00 Break

14:10 Matteo Martelli, Bologna: Minerals for Medicine and Alchemy: Dyes and Dry Pharmaka

14:35 Maciej Kokoszko, Łódź: A Few Words on a Certain Sweet Sauce, or On Dietetics and Materia Medica Included in De observatione ciborum by Anthimus

15:00 Break

15:10 Zofia Rzeźnicka, Łódź: Peeling / Scrubs in the Libri Medicinales of Aetius of Amida

15:35 Sean Coughlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Alchemies of Scent: Experimental Approaches to Medicinal Perfumes

16:00 Break

16:10 Lucia Raggetti, Bologna: Aristotle and a Gem Shop on Peacock Alley

16:35 Closing Remarks

Abstracts for all talks can be found at

The event is free and open to all interested parties, but advance registration is required as space is limited. To register, please visit the conference website (below) or email with your name, affiliation and your research interests. Please register by 11 June 2021.

The conference is hosted by the Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 980 Episteme in Bewegung and the Institut für Klassische Philologie at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It is organized by Sean Coughlin, Christine Salazar, Lisa Sherbakova, with Philip van der Eijk.





A Gramsci Research Network Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



(CFP closed February 26, 2021)




Inaugural Conference of the Women Writers and Classics Network

Online - University of Exeter, UK: June 17-18, 2021

Supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Classical Association

Draft Program:

DAY 1: Thursday 17th June

9.00-9.15 Welcome: Emily Hauser & Helena Taylor

9.20-10.50 Panel 1 (1.5 hours)

9.20-10.50 Panel 1a: Creative Intellectuals I: 17th–19th Centuries (1.5 hours) (Chair: TBC)
Rosie Wyles, “Gender, the authorial persona and framing meaning”
Helena Taylor, “On Not Knowing Greek and the Classical Reception Canon: The case of Madeleine de Scudéry”
Isobel Hurst, “‘All the allurements of beauty and eloquence’: Aspasia of Miletus and the Intellectual Woman in the Nineteenth Century”

9.20-10.50 Panel 1b: Archaic Poetry in Reception I: Sappho in the Twentieth Century (1.5 hours) (Chair: Emily Hauser)
Jacqueline Fabre-Serris, “La Bona dea de Renée Vivien: un culte féminin secret revisité”
Mara Gold, “‘Thy Voice, oh Sappho, down the ages rings’: Queering Classics, women’s rights and writing for performance in early twentieth century Britain.”
Georgina Barker, Title TBC

Comfort break

11.00-12.00 Writing Workshop:Caroline Lawrence (1 hour)

12.00-12.45 Lunch

12.45-14.15 Reading/Discussion 1: Contemporary Women’s Poetry (1.5 hours)

Readings & discussion: Clare Pollard, Fiona Benson, Vahni Capildeo (Chair & discussant: Helena Taylor)

Comfort Break

14.25-15.25 Roundtable 1: Figuring and Refiguring Penelope (1 hour) (Chair: Georgina Paul)
Roundtable & discussion: Georgina Paul, Isobel Hurst, Sheila Murnaghan, Emily Hauser

Tea Break

15.45-17.45 Panel 2: Twentieth Century Women’s Poetry (2 hours) (Chair: TBC)

Yopie Prins, Title TBC
Laura McClure, “H.D’s Choros Sequence”
Judy Hallett, “Saved with ablatives and declensions in the toilet stall’: Classical learning and the poetry of Maxine Kumin (1925-2014)”
Laura Jansen, “On Anne Carson/Antiquity”

Comfort Break

18.00-19.00 Keynote: Madeline Miller (1 hour)

DAY 2: Friday 18th June

9.00-10.00 Reading/Discussion 2: “Scenes from (Mary) Sidney” (1 hour)

Practical performance & discussion: Freyja Cox Jensen, Oskar Cox Jensen, Dylan McCorquodale and Emma Whipday

Comfort break

10.10-11.10 Workshop: “Early modern women’s reception of classical exemplary figures” (1 hour)
Workshop & discussion: Rebecca Langlands, Helena Taylor, TBC

Comfort break

11.20-12.20 Roundtable 2: “Breaking the Form: Women Writers and Academic Writing” (1 hour) (Chair: Tom Geue)
Roundtable & discussion: Tom Geue, Daisy Dunn, Emily Hauser

12.20-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Keynote: Natalie Haynes (1 hour)

Comfort break

14.10-15.40 Panel 3: “Making Our Mark: Poetic Imaginations of Forgotten Women’s Voices from Roman Britain” (1.5 hours)
Reading, panel and responses: Josephine Balmer, Fiona Cox, Elena Theodorakopoulos, Sheila Murnaghan

Comfort Break

15.50-17.20 Panel 4 (1.5 hours)

15.00-17.20 Panel 4a: Creative Intellectuals II: The Renaissance (1.5 hours) (Chair: Helena Taylor)
Behr, Francesca D’A. “Lucrezia Marinella and Ancient Rhetoric: A Woman’s Approach to Eloquence in the Late Italian Renaissance”
Emma Herdman “Classical Credentials: Women’s Intellectual/Sexual Licence in Renaissance France”
Sharon Marshall, Title TBC

15.50-17.20 Panel 4b: Archaic Poetry in Reception II: Contemporary Homer (1.5 hours) (Chair: TBC)
Ruby Blondell, “Like Working for a Frat House: A Feminist Takes On TV Epic”
Polly Stoker, “’Laughing as she cried’: Tragedy, comedy, and gender in receptions of Homer in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries”
Emily Hauser, “Recovering the women of the Trojan War: Why now?”

Comfort break

17.30-17.50 Breakout Session: Looking Back, Looking Ahead (20 minutes)

18.00 Keynote: Donna Zuckerberg (1 hour)

Call for papers: The reception of the classics by women writers has historically been a story of a relatively few remarkable individuals overcoming patriarchal educational, social and cultural norms to read – in original or in translation – classical texts and write about them. Today, some of these barriers may have transformed, and may, indeed, be applicable beyond gender categories, as is evident from the educational inequalities that determine access to classical learning, while others are still ever present. Important recent work in this burgeoning area of scholarship has focused on female classical philologists and scholars; we would like to broaden these categories, looking beyond the sole criteria of literacy in ancient languages to include a range of different forms of reception from across time periods and cultures. Our understanding of women writers includes all those who self-define as women, including (if they wish) those with complex gender identities which include ‘woman’.* The purpose of this conference is to bring together both practitioners (translators, novelists, poets) and scholars working on classical reception by women writers, to address common methodological concerns and explore future possible collaborations. Some questions we will address include: does the category of ‘women writers’ have a transhistorical validity in relation to classical reception? Are some classical authors or genres more appealing to women writers? How have ancients writers who belong to a tradition normally reserved for the elite and, in the past, for men been used to engage in sexual and textual politics? (*Definition adapted from The Women’s Classical Committee

Please get in touch with the conference organisers, Emily Hauser and Helena Taylor, at for more details.





Online: June 18-19, 2021

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

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

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

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




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Online/hybrid - Jerusalem, Israel (Israel Academy for Sciences and Humanities/The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): June 20-23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Panel Convenors
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)


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

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

Panel Convenors
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)


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

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

Panel Convenors
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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Panel Convenors
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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstracts should be sent to:

Accepted languages are English and Portuguese.

Duration of communication: 20 min.

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


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

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

Panel Convenors:
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)


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

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

Panel Convenors
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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed December 15, 2020)




Online - Massey University, New Zealand: June 24-27, 2021

In collaboration with The Imagines Project (


Day 1: 24 June 2021

Greetings and brief opening remarks by Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey University, New Zealand) and Luis Unceta Gómez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Panel 1: Rethinking Classical Reception Theory and Methodology
Chair: Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos (Saint Joseph’s University)

Suspended Temporalities, Female Otherness, and Classical Reception
Zina Giannopoulou (University of California Irvine: UC Irvine)

Rethinking Dialogue Models: The Case of the Phaedrus
Lauren Wilson (The University of Nottingham)

Fortuna dell’antico (and Beyond): The State of Reception Studies in Italy
Tiziana Ragno (Università di Foggia)


Panel 2: Screen Receptions
Chair: Luis Unceta Gómez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Palimsestic Idols: Classical Receptions in Silent Film Stardom
Michael Williams (University of Southampton)

Mocking the Hollywood Canon: Parodies of Celluloid Classics from Latin American Cinema’s Studio Era
Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos (Saint Joseph’s University)

Masked Celluloid Classics? In Search of the Tragic Heroine Electra in Film Noir
Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey University, New Zealand)

Day 2: 25 June 2021

Panel 3: Popular Culture
Chair: Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey University, New Zealand)

Classics on the Surface: Classical Reception as an Emergent Process
Luis Unceta Gómez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

The Merging of Eastern and Western Traditions: Manga and the Power of the Classical Object
Amanda Potter (Open University) and Guendalina Daniela Maria Taietti (University of Liverpool)

Escaping ‘Hades’: Playing with Classical Reception
Hamish Cameron (Victoria University of Wellington)


Panel 4: Performance Reception
Chair: Martina Treu (Università IULM, Milan)

Theatre, Politics, and Money: Karolos Koun’s Art Theatre, the Greek Dictatorship, and the Ford Foundation
Gonda Van Steen (King’s College, London)

The “Advent of the New Order”: An Oresteia in Prague (1947) and the Epistemological Limits of Archivalia
Alena Sarkissian (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)

Persistence of Tragedy: Antigone Today
Meryem Denyz (Stanford University)

Day 3: 26 June

Panel 5: Modern Societal Challenges and the Classics
Chair: Zina Giannopoulou (University of California Irvine: UC Irvine)

The Master’s Tools?: Towards a Politics of Reception
Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College)

Ecoclassicisms: Ecocriticism and Classical Reception
Samuel Cooper (American University in Cairo)

Classical Reception in Disability Studies: Mary Duffy Imagining Alternative Futures
Amanda Kubic (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

Day 4: 27 June

Panel 6: Education in Academia and Beyond
Chair: Gonda Van Steen (King’s College, London)

Social Justice-Engaged Reception Pedagogy: "Classics Beyond Whiteness" at Wake Forest
T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University) and Caitlin Hines (University of Cincinnati)

Talking about Silence: How and Why to teach Classical Rape Stories
Caroline Bristow (University of Cambridge), Susan Deacy and Aimee Hinds (University of Roehampton)


Panel 7: Digital Pedagogy and Public Engagement
Chair: Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College)

Classical Reception Meets Pedagogy: The Creation and Uses of the Panoply Vase Animation Project's Our Mythical Childhood Animations
Sonya Nevin (University of Roehampton/Panoply Vase Animation Project)

Classical Reception Beyond the Classroom: Engaging Public Audiences with Remaking Ancient Myths
Emma Bridges (The Open University)

Brief concluding remarks: Anastasia Bakogianni


Registration: TBA.




Theme: Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’

Online - Oxford/London/GMT: June 28-29, 2021

The 21st Annual APGRD / University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 June. This year’s theme will be: ‘Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’.


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 on ‘Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge’ takes as its starting point the contemporary challenges to traditional forms and structures of theatre which the pandemic has precipitated, but expands to encompass a broader historical perspective on what it means to challenge a tradition, to negotiate our involvement within traditions which are themselves challenging, and to build on traditions of challenge.

This year’s guest speaker will be Professor Clare Finburgh Delijani (Goldsmiths, University of London). We will also have a guest respondent for both days: Dr Marchella Ward (Oxford) on the Monday and Dr Lucy Jackson (Durham) on the Tuesday. The first day of the symposium will include the digital premiere of the 68th annual King’s College London Greek Play. In keeping with the symposium’s focus, this project is a first in the long tradition of the King’s Greek Play: the creation and staging of an entirely new piece of writing drawn from extant and fragmentary Greek tragedy. Symposium attendees will be among the first to experience this world premiere.


Postgraduates from around the world 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 or recorded material. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performance presentation on ‘Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge 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 Monday 12 April 2021 (if applicable, please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution). There will be no registration fee.



(CFP closed April 12, 2021)




Online (CHS, Washington): June 30, 2021

Kyklos 2021: The Greek epic cycle and its reception (in the performative arts (theatre, cinema), literature, art, music etc.)

An International student- / early-career-scholar-oriented program of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, directed by Efimia D. Karakantza, University of Patras. Special collaboration this year with Jonathan Burgess, University of Toronto.

Are you a graduate student or an early career scholar (7 year from the reception of your PhD) working on any aspect on the reception of the Greek epic cycle? Are you interested in participating in an online international dialog / conference hosted by the Centre for Hellenic Studies with a 15-minute paper resulting in the online publication of your revised contribution at the Kyklos@Classics@?

Please, send an abstract of no more than 300 words to and by 21st of February 2021. Announcement of accepted contributions by 28th of March. Online conference scheduled for the 30th of June 2021.

For more details about the Kyklos program see:


(CFP closed February 21, 2021)




Theme: Hindsight is 2020

Online - University of Otago: June 30-July 2, 2021

Things have progressed dramatically since classical antiquity, but there are often surprising parallels with the past to be found in modern societies. Indeed, many of the fundamental problems tackled by societies and individuals have not changed in the intervening centuries (diseases, social unrest, and the human condition to name but a few). This year's theme invites papers to consider the ways in which individuals and cultures addressed problems in antiquity and where they shed light on our own methods and motivations.

We invite postgraduate students in ancient world studies from Honours to PhD level to submit abstracts for presentations, panels, or archaeological reports. Papers will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes of question time. Abstracts that do not align with the theme will also be considered.

Abstract deadline: Friday 30 April, 2021 - extended deadline May 14, 2021 to

More information:




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

Note: Postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed December 1, 2019)

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July 2021


Online/hybrid - Paris: Campus Condorcet Paris–Aubervilliers/UMR 8210 ANHIMA: July 1-2, 2021

Translating is an act of opening oneself, mutual exploration and intercommunication between two cultures, allowing for the transfer of a semantic concept from a language to another. Moreover, this process has to meet several needs and practices, both different and contradictory. Thus, whatever it is the principle applied in the process, resulting in a translation either very close to its original source [Berman 1984] or adjusted to the rules of the target language [Eco 2007], translating demands to adapt and transform the semantic core. Once a word, or a category of words, is transferred from a linguistic system to another, this process brings about a semantic shift which makes the word itself an “untranslatable”. Using this concept of “untranslatable” and following the path of the collaborative research directed by B. Cassin in her Vocabulaire européen des philosophies [Cassin 2004], we are now willing to apply it to Ancient Greek and Latin, from the point of view of Historical Anthropology, Linguistics and Philology. These “untranslatable” words can be provided by different sources, such as manuscript transmission, epigraphy, numismatic and modern literatures. So, these words can be of different origins, such as:

* the product of a transfer between Ancient Greek or Latin and a modern language (e.g. Lat. dictator); between Ancient Greek and Latin;

* the result of different integration processes of a word, or a category of words, attested in either Ancient Greek or Latin, among distinct modern languages (e.g. the category of the “divinité poliade” existing in the French and Italian scholarship and arising from the Gr. polias, but attested as “city deity” in English [Bonnet & Pirenne-Delforge 2013]).

* a word whose successive translations have atrophied the original polysemy, (e.g. kallos translated as “beauty” in the philosophical and esthetical lexicon but bearing in Ancient Greek a more complex and shaded meaning);

* a lexical homology for concepts which do not overlap completely (e.g. religio and superstitio in the Roman world), producing a semantic shift, thus the creation of modern epistemological categories (e.g. religion and superstition), not covering the same semantic function as in the Ancient World;

* a reality of the ancient World which does not exist in the target language, resulting in a borrowing (e.g. agora, forum…) rather than to a translation.

Moreover, we also accept proposals concerning methodological issues connected to the study of “untranslatables”, e.g. the different approaches used by scholars, both ancient and modern, in order to solve the problems of translation due to the transfer from a language to another, as well as within the same language.

We invite young scholars working on the different research fields mentioned above and interested by these issues to participate to the workshop which will take place either at the Campus Condorcet Paris – Aubervilliers or online, as the situation evolves, the 1st and 2nd July 2021.

During the workshop, everyone will be invited to tackle an “untranslatable” word, or a category of “untranslatable” words, of Ancient Greek or Latin origin, and analysing them in one of the official languages of the conference (namely French, English, German, Spanish and Italian). Young scholars willing to take part in the workshop can now submit an abstract of max 3500 characters, including spaces, accompanied by a selected bibliography, as well as a short presentation including name, family name and affiliation to the following email address by the 17th May 2021 at 6 p.m. CEST.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions concerning the event or the call for papers (, and to check the blog Hypothèses for further information (such as the scientific committee, the publication):





Online [BST] - Institute of Classical Studies, London: July 1-2, 2021

Hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies and supported by the Council of University Classics Departments.

Hosts: Professor Barbara Goff (University of Reading, UK) and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (University of St Andrews, UK)

Following last year’s inaugural Inclusive Classics workshop, we are pleased to announce that registration is now open for Towards a More Inclusive Classics II (1-2 July 2021). The programme (in full below) includes panels on embedding inclusive practices in institutions, decentring the canon, and collaboration between lecturers and students, with presentations from teachers, UG and PG students, and academics. There will also be opportunities to network with speakers and attendees in smaller breakout sessions.

The workshop will be held via Microsoft Teams and live captions will be available. Presentation materials will be pre-circulated via Microsoft OneDrive from 11 June. The workshop is free to attend, but registration is essential. Registration closes on 25 June 2021.

To register, please email with your name, email address, affiliation or interest in the workshop, and choice of breakout group for the networking session. Please choose from the following, and note that there is no obligation to join a group based on current career path - the groups are open to anyone who is interested. It will also be possible to request to join a different group during the session.

Career paths:
PhD students and early career researchers
Mid-career and professoriate
Teachers in schools and colleges

Ideas for an Inclusive Classics Initiative Classical Association 2022 panel
Ideas for future Inclusive Classics Initiative events


Thursday 1 July, 14.00-16.40

1400 Welcome

PANEL 1: EMBEDDING INCLUSIVE PRACTICES (organised and chaired by Ashley Chhibber, PhD candidate, University of Nottingham, UK)

1410 Professor Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham University, UK) ‘A “head of department” perspective on building an inclusive departmental ethos’ (10 minutes presentation, 10 minutes Q and A)

1430 Dr Naoko Yamagata (Open University, UK) ‘Successes and challenges of inclusion at the Open University’ (10 minutes presentation, 10 minutes Q and A)

1450 Dr Marchella Ward (University of Oxford, UK) ‘Outreach in Classics and embedding inclusion’ (10 minutes presentation, 10 minutes Q and A)

1510 Small group discussion

1530 Break


1545 Serafina Nicolosi (PhD Candidate, University of Liverpool, UK) and Dr Fiona Hobden (University of Liverpool, UK) ‘Decolonising the Curriculum at Liverpool’

1555 Professor Peter Kruschwitz (University of Vienna, Austria) ‘MAPPOLA project update’

1605 Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson (King's College London/University of Oxford, UK) ‘Knowledge Exchange’

1620 Q and A session

1640 End of workshop day one

FRIDAY 2 JULY 13.00-16.00

1300 Welcome

PANEL 3: DECENTRING THE CANON (organised and chaired by Anna McOmish, Aldridge School, UK)

1310 Anna McComish (Aldridge School, UK) ‘Teaching Ancient Middle Eastern History KS3’

1315 Peter Wright (Blackpool Sixth Form College, UK) ‘Opening up Latin and Classics teaching in the Blackpool area’

1320 Ray Cheung (Undergraduate and President of the Christian Cole Society, University of Oxford, UK) ‘The Christian Cole Society’

1325 Vijaya-Sharita Baba (Petroc College, UK) ‘Ethnic inclusivity in the current Classical Civilisation A Level specification’

1330 Sanjay Sharma (Heinz-Brandt-Schule, Berlin, Germany) ‘Framing discussions and subverting narratives in Classics’

1335 Q and A session

1400 Break


1415 Small group discussion (groups chosen at registration)

1500 Break

PANEL 4: LECTURERS AND STUDENTS IN PARTNERSHIP (organised and chaired by Professor Kunbi Olasope, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

1515 Professor Kunbi Olasope (University of Ibadan, Nigeria), Dr Monica Aneni (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) and Dr Idowu Alade (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) in conversation

1535 Q and A session

1600 Close of workshop

All times are UK BST. Presentations will be pre-circulated.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration: estimated £10, £5 students/unwaged


(CFP closed February 28, 2021)




Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany or online: July 16–18, 2021

In the second half of the eighteen century, collecting Greek vases gradually became a more widespread phenomenon. Many of them were found in the newly excavated graves in Campania and (later) Etruria and attracted much attention. The appreciation of Greek vases resulted in a new taste and fashion – first known under the terms Etruscan taste, à l’etrusque, all’etrusca or hetrurisch, before most of these vessels began to be widely recognised as Greek products and the fashion was then termed Greek revival or neogrec/neoclassical. This fashion concerned nearly every part of everyday life, especially the contemporary ceramic production. In 1769, Josiah Wedgwood started imitating ancient vases in his factory called ‘Etruria’ and coined the motto ‘Artes Etruriae renascuntur’ for his famous stoneware ceramics. In 1787, the Servizio Etrusco of Naples’ Real Fabbrica Porzellana di Ferdinandea was presented as a gift to George III of Great Britain and Ireland and at the same time, Sèvres manufactured an Etruscan service for Marie Antoinette’s country house Rambouillet. Other production sites quickly followed, and at the end of the 18th century, various, even small factories produced ceramics in ‘Etruscan’ taste. These 18th-century neoclassical reproductions of ancient pottery are well-known, and a lot of publications and exhibitions have addressed them.

However, the aesthetic paradigm of the design and paintings of Greek vases did not find an end with the beginning of the 19th century. On the contrary, Greek vases remained prestigious artefacts in 19th- century Europe (no matter if they were originals, nearly identical copies or new creations in the same style). Until now, this period of reception has found only little attention. Publications are available only for some factories (such as Hjorth and Ipsen [Enke] in Denmark)1 but there has been a rise in interest as indicated by recent research which focuses on English ceramic production using ancient models in relation to its social context.2

From an European perspective, a considerable number of questions have remained open so far: what kind of pictures come out of individual European countries, is it possible to discern specific developments, and how and to what extent were the agents of this craft interrelated with one another? What were the reception mechanisms of Greek vases and their imagery during the 19th century – and in what sense do they relate to – or differ from – those in the initial period in the late 18th and early 19th century? What was the relationship between the development of artistic production and the desire to imitate the appearance of ancient pottery?

Albeit almost unknown today, a wide range of different factories and productions existed in the middle and second half of the 19th century which imitated Greek vases in different techniques and colours. A good example is the factory of August Sältzer at Eisenach/Thuringia (founded in 1858). Sältzer began as stove producer before he focused on imitating Greek vases as well as other historical styles in the mid-sixties (his company was to last until the beginning of the 20th century). The production range of this factory, the technical development, the ancient models and reproduction media used for these ceramics stand at the core of a current research project conducted by Corinna Reinhardt, the initiator of this conference which seeks to discuss the reception of Greek vases in Europe, ca. 1840–1900, within an interdisciplinary environment.

The aim of the conference is, on the one hand, to provide an overview over the heterogeneous factories especially in Austria, Denmark, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy which produced ceramics after the design and paintings of Greek vases in the period between ca. 1840 and 1900. Here, the main objective is to bring together research which is often separated by disciplinary boundaries, different subjects as well as different European countries, in order to provide for the first time a pan-European view on the reception of Greek vases in this period. On the other hand, the contrast and comparison between different productions is supposed to bring to light different aspects of this reception, and will help to understand the various phenomena within specific contexts and constellations.

We kindly invite you to submit an abstract of about 300 words for a 30-minute paper to Professor Corinna Reinhardt ( by March 31, 2021. Please refer to one of the areas of focus:

1. Spectrum and diversity of the production à la grecque in the period between ca. 1840–1900 (factories such as Samuel Alcock, Thomas Battam, Copeland [and Garrett], Dillwyn, Bates Brown – Westhead & Moore, Fratelli Francesco e Gaetano, Mollica, Peter Ipsen, P. Ipsen Enke, Lauritz Hjorth, Frederick Sonne/V. Wendrich, Villeroy & Boch, August Sältzer, Victor Brausewetter)

2. Comparative contributions with a diachronic, pan-European or thematic focus. Examples include phenomena like the repertoire of copied ancient vases, the question, how the media for reproduction were used, the technique of the ceramics in relation to the question of how ancient vases were imitated, the technical progress of artistic production, the relevance of colour and colour effects, the imagery, painting styles or the shapes of the vessels.

The conference is planned for July 16–18, 2021. The host institution is Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany. Due to the uncertain situation regarding travelling and meeting in person in the summer of 2021, no final decision can be currently made regarding the question if the conference will be held in person (which we would prefer) or virtually via Zoom (though a combination of both might be considered – please let us know your preferences). We plan to publish the proceedings of the conference.

1. P. Birk Hansen (ed.), Kähler, Ipsen, Hjorth. Fra pottemageri til fabrik. De tidlige år ved tre danske keramikværksteder. Herman Kählers værk i Næstved fra 1839, Peter Ipsens terracottafabrik i København fra 1843, Lauritz Hjorths terracottafabrik i Rønne fra 1859 (Næstved 2005).
2. E. Hall/H. Stead, A People’s History of Classics. Class and Greco-Roman Antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939 (London 2020); A. Petsalis-Diomidis / E. Hall (edd.), The Classical Vase Transformed. Consumption, Reproduction, and Class in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century Britain, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 63 (Oxford 2020).


(CFP closed March 31, 2021)




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

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

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

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

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

The aims of this panel are to:

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

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

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

Topics for papers may include:

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

* Shaping of the paratext in the transmission of classics

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

* Public and reception of the Latin classics through the paratext

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 27, 2020)




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

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

Further information:




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions and queries should be directed to the following address:

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

Notification of acceptance will be given in early April.

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


(CFP closed March 6, 2020)




Durham University, UK: July 15-17, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



(CFP closed January 29, 2021)




Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands: July 26-30, 2022

The Biennial Conference of ISHR brings together several hundred specialists in the history of rhetoric from around thirty countries. This second Call for Papers is issued following the postponement of the conference to 2022. The first call for papers resulted in the acceptance of a good number of individual papers and a few panels, but there is plenty room for more of both categories!

Scholarly Focus of the Conference

The Society calls for twenty-minute conference papers focusing on historical aspects of the theory and practice of rhetoric. This year’s specific conference theme or focus is “Topics and Commonplaces in Antiquity and Beyond.”

Topical invention originated in ancient Greece and was developed and used throughout the western intellectual tradition as a systematized method of finding arguments to discuss abstract, philosophical questions, as well as specific questions determined by circumstances of time and space. Commonplaces are part of topical invention. They reflect commonly accepted views and ideas such as the benefits of peace vs. the harm caused by war, and can be geared to provide arguments which confirm, suggest, or create consensus. Studying topics and their application from a historical perspective thus highlights how persuasive texts reflect and contribute to the shaping of the intellectual and sociocultural contexts in which they are situated. We invite papers on the theory and practice of topics in all regions, periods and cultures. But of course we also welcome papers on both the theory and the practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages, and on its relationships with poetics, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context.

Procedure for Submission

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations delivered in one of the six languages of the Society, viz. English, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. The Society also welcomes panel proposals consisting of three or four speakers dealing with a common theme, so as to form a coherent set of papers. The chair of the proposed panel may also be one of the speakers. Each speaker in a panel should submit a proposal form for his or her own paper, clearly specifying the panel to which it pertains. In addition, the panel organizer is expected to complete and submit a separate form explaining the purpose of the proposed panel and naming the participants. Please note that proposals for panel papers will be considered on their individual merits by the Programme Committee, and there is no guarantee that all papers proposed for a panel will be accepted.

Each person may only appear once as a speaker on the programme. Only one proposal for presentation per person can be accepted, including also presentations as parts of panels. Persons serving as (non-presenting) chairs are not affected by this rule.

Proposals for papers and for panels must be submitted on-line. Please complete the on-line form carefully and fully. For any questions please contact the chair of the programme committee, prof. Lucía Díaz Marroquín (, or myself ( Please note that submitting a paper implies making the commitment to attend the conference if your paper is accepted. Guidelines for the preparation of proposals are provided at the bottom of this message. The length of the abstracts must not exceed 300 words.

Deadline for Proposals

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 15 May 2021.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by September 2021. For participants who require an earlier acceptance date in order to secure funding, we will try to accommodate their requests if they are made with appropriate documentation.

Information about the Conference, including hotel accommodation, will be provided at the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022. The conference registration fee is still to be determined, but the Nijmegen organizers will endeavor to ensure that this is kept as low as possible. Graduate students and scholars from underrepresented countries pay reduced registration fees and may be eligible for travel grants.

Guidelines for the preparation of proposals:

The members of ISHR come from many countries and academic disciplines. The following guidelines are intended to make it easier for us to come together and understand one another’s proposals. The Program Committee recommends that all proposals contain:
1. a definition – accessible to a non-specialist – of the field of the proposal, including its chronological period, language, texts and other sources;
2. a statement of the specific problem that will be treated in your paper; its place in relation to the present state of research in the general field under consideration; and its significance for the history of rhetoric;
3. a summary of the stages of argumentation involved in addressing the problem; and
4. conclusions and advances in research.





Online (Zoom): July 29-31, 2021

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Sven Günther, Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China (email: / & Dr. Roland Oetjen, University of Rostock, Germany (email:

Were the ancients rational actors? Is the rational-actor model a suitable tool to analyze their behavior?

We want to answer the question in different ways. One way would be to ask the ancient texts directly. Another could be to use the rational-actor model to analyze the behavior of the ancients (in the economy, politics, or any other area of social life) and see whether the results are plausible. In our conference, we explore the chances and limits of these approaches. The underlying question in each section is the extent of rational activity and actions that can be discovered by various methods of analyzing ancient societies. As we aim to have a broad perspective, we include not only Greek and Roman societies but warmly welcome contributions from other ancient societies and cultures across the globe. Papers are expected to last ca.25-30 minutes followed by an intensive discussion of equal time. Proposals should address one of the following panel topics:

1.) Ancient texts - From theory to practice – How did the ancients think economy, and how do we reconstruct the ancient thoughts?

2.) Economic analysis of the economy - Landed property and real estate / financial investments / demand and supply etc.

3.) Economic analysis of politics - Institutions and institutional change / taxation / public spending etc.

4.) Economic analysis of any other area of social life - e.g. religion, law, social networks, moral behavior

Confirmed speakers so far are Alain Bresson (Chicago), Nicolas Krocker (Munich), Peter Sarris (Cambridge), Bertram Schefold (Frankfurt).

Please send your abstract of ca. 300 words until 15 March 2021 to Prof. Dr. Sven Günther ( / and Dr. Roland Oetjen ( Confirmation of participation is on 31 March 2021 latest.


(CFP closed March 15, 2021)




Applications close: July annually.

The deadline for the 2021 Mary Renault Prize competition is: July 30, 2021.

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

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

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


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August 2021


Leuven, Belgium: August 1-6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

(CFP closed June 15, 2020)

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September 2021


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

Szeged, Hungary: September 1–3, 2021 (online/hybrid)

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 2021, 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 various 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. We are also happy to accept submissions concerning didactic methods in teaching Latin and other classical subjects.

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.

Due to obvious reasons, we cannot tell now if the conference will be held as a traditional “offline” conference, or it will have to be held as an online one. We are prepared for both options, constantly monitoring the pandemic situation, and aim to hold an “offline” conference, but only if the health concerns and travelling restrictions let us to do so.

We will inform all of the applicants regarding the decision on the conference’s method in the middle of June at the latest – before the application deadline –, and you can modify or cancel your application according to the decision.

Abstracts: Abstracts of maximum 300 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to strictly before June 30, 2021. 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. Please also inform us in your application whether you intend to participate in either case (traditional “offline” conference / online conference), or only in one or the other case.

Acceptance notification will be sent to you until July 7, 2021.

Registration: The registration fee for the conference is €60. 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.

If the conference will take place as an online one, the registration fee will be reduced to €20.

Publication: All papers will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed journal on Classics entitled Sapiens ubique civis, published in cooperation with the ELTE Eötvös József Collegium.

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.

For general inquiries about the conference, please contact Dr Gergő Gellérfi:





Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity Conference 2021

Online/hybrid - Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark: September 2-3, 2021

With keynotes from Edith Hall, Lorna Hardwick, Trine Hass, and Toph Marshall.





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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed April 16, 2021)




Online/hybrid - London, UK: 9-10 September, 2021

“A properly critical medical humanities is also a historically grounded medical humanities.” [C. Saunders, “Voices and Visions: Mind, Body and Affect in Medieval Writing”, in J. Richards, S. Atkinson, J. Macnaughton, A. Woods & A. Whitehead (eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, Edinburgh, 2016: 411-427, at 411.]

What potential relevance does the experience of Graeco-Roman antiquity have to the emerging field of the critical medical humanities and their mission to ‘humanise’ today’s medical and healthcare practice, education and research? This two-day conference aims to bring together specialists from around the world (including medical professionals, art therapists, classicists, philosophers, historians and other HSS scholars) to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue about healthcare and the conceptualization of well-being and illness, with a specific emphasis on what role Graeco-Roman antiquity can play for healthcare providers and users today (professionals, nurses, patients, carers).

By turning to, and drawing inspiration from, ancient Greek and Roman sources (medical or otherwise), the conference is intended to yield fresh insights into issues such as the ideology of health, narratives of illness, the confrontation with mortality, the importance of professional ethics, and so on. What does it mean to be a (healthy) human being? What is the value of ‘making sense’ of trauma and loss? What are the role, value and requirements of human qualities in the context of healthcare? What useful strategies do ancient sources propose for living ‘well’ with chronic pain, disability, illness? Central to our endeavour will be to explore (but also debate) the continuing creativity and vitality inherent in the classical tradition, hence our specific interest in the use of classical themes and motifs in/for creative and expressive arts therapy (dance/movement therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, poetry therapy, etc.).

Besides looking for fresh, hitherto unexplored perspectives on these and related issues, we aim to take stock of past (and present) achievements situated at the junction of both fields. Apart from accepting individual papers bearing on these topics we will stimulate the use of other creative formats (e.g., performance, initiation, demonstration, recitation). We hope to create an open-minded, yet critical, platform and the space to allow experimental and risk-taking dialogue between classics-oriented scholars and stakeholders in the domain of medicine/health. Given this aim to put past and present into conversation, to discover continuities and contrasts with contemporary perspectives, we warmly welcome proposals for paired presentations and interdisciplinary panels. Selected papers will be edited in a thematic volume, which will be submitted for publication in Peter Lang’s new series Medical Humanities: Criticism and Creativity.

Confirmed speakers:
- Ellen Adams
- Véronique Boudon-Millot
- Susan Deacy
- Tania Gergel
- Edith Hall
- Brook Holmes
- Daniel King
- Christian Laes
- Robert Marshall
- Mary Margaret McCabe
- Peter Meineck
- Georgia Petridou
- Corinne Saunders
- Chiara Thumiger

If you are interested to participate, please submit your abstract (300 words) and short CV (5-10 lines) as one file to by 1 April 2021. We are making arrangements for a hybrid event, taking place partly online and partly offline (venue TBD). In your file please mention whether you would consider travelling to London or would prefer to participate online. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


(CFP closed April 1, 2021)




Online - London, UK: September 10-11, 2021

Our conference "From Agon to Agonistics" will take place between 10-11 September 2021, London UK (virtual or face-to-face). It is a conference where we would like to explore these human encounters through a creative dialogue between classical Greek culture and modern depth psychologies.

Please find the detailed description of our conference here:

You can submit proposals by the end of May 2021 – 100-300 word abstract plus bio to or

- Leslie Gardner (University of Essex)
- Richard Seaford (University of Exeter)
- Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow)
- Maria Chriti (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
- Kurt Lampe (Bristol University)


(CFP closed May 31, 2021)




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

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

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

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

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

We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words for 30 minute papers to be submitted to the organising committee by 15th April 2020 - TBA ( 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





[Online option TBA] Academia Belgica, Rome / Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia: September 16-17, 2021

The call for papers is now open for the two-day conference, ‘The Tales of Archaeology. Towards a Literary ‘Memory Map’ of the Mediterranean Space’, hosted by Academia Belgica, Rome in collaboration with Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia. The conference will take place over 16 and 17 September 2021.

When visiting the Etruscan necropolis of Cerveteri, near Rome, in the spring of 1957, the protagonist of “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” by Jewish writer Giorgio Bassani (Shoah survivor, 1916-2000) is suddenly and violently inspired to tell the story of his friends, the Finzi-Contini family, who were deported and assassinated at Auschwitz. The painful memory of the Shoah, and the impulse to tell about it, are inspired by the space of the necropolis as a place dedicated to loss, mourning, and silenced communities. Arguably, the fact that this is an Etruscan necropolis adds further shades of meaning to the archaeological site: it is in fact a place which remembers the extinction of a minority, apparently “wiped away” by the stronger (colonial) power of Rome. The fact that modern archaeology has rejected this violent version of the end of the Etruscans does not seem to impact on the symbolic and mythological value of the necropolis.

This powerful page by Bassani raises questions about the connection between the faculty of memory, archaeology, material culture, and the sphere of (literary) representation. How do archaeological sites function on the literary page and how do their meanings change over time? How is the “evocative” and “suggestive” nature of an archaeological site used in literary contexts (i. e. Gabriele d’Annunzio portrayal of Mykenes in La città morta, inspired by Nietzsche and Schliemann)? Is literature capable of highlighting the problematic and ever-changing meanings of archaeological spaces, and/or to change them (i. e. D. H. Lawrence uncovering the hidden meanings of Tarquinia in Etruscan places)? How does the historical, material information available on significant spaces interact with the symbolic nature attributed to them by fiction? How does this change over time, in connection with meaningful discoveries about ancient times, and with political and social change? Whose perspectives are evoked by fiction on places of ruins, destruction, colonization (i. e. in the problematic case of the “archaeological dream” of pro-imperialist writings by Louis Bertrand)? How can literary representations contribute to building a “memory map” at national, regional, and local level?

These questions have been addressed in the past by scholars dealing with the representation of ruins in modern literature, such as Francesco Orlando (Obsolete objects in Literary Imagination, 1993). This project, however, aims to reverse the traditional approach on archaeology as represented in literature, by focusing on how literature changes (or tries to change) the meaning or adds to the meaning of archeological spaces. Sometimes, authors take up the responsibility of reclaiming, changing or challenging the space of an archeological site through the medium of literature, and which arise from contested spaces, post-colonial contexts, and sites and times of political turmoil.

The “The Tales of Archaeology. Towards a Literary ‘Memory Map’ of the Mediterranean Space” conference will bring together scholars interested in the representations of archaeological spaces (sites, museums) in literature, from the fields of Modern Languages, World Literature, Comparative Literature, Memory Studies, Heritage Studies, Archaeology, Spatial Humanities, Geography, Cultural Studies, History. In line with other experiments about literature, memory, and archaeology (such as Basch’s La metamorphose des ruines. L’influence Des Découvertes Archéologiques Sur Les Arts Et Lettres 1870-1914, 2001, and Bachvarova, Dutsch, and Suter’s The Fall of Cities in the Mediterranean Commemoration in Literature, Folk-Song, and Liturgy, 2016), the conference will keep a pan-Mediterranean perspective (Southern Europe, North Africa, Middle East), welcoming contributions across the disciplines and from any geographical context within the proposed area. It will focus on case studies from the late-XIX to the XXI centuries. This project focuses on the stories of ancient and modern, migrations, material and cultural exchanges in the sites of memory on the shores across the Mediterranean and on the ways these are preserved by modern literature. Our goal is to dig into the interconnectedness which characterised the Mediterranean space since the dawn of civilization, and which is currently menaced by national and continental policies aiming to constrain migratory movements.

Addressed questions might relate, but are not limited to:

* Remains: Archaeological spaces in literature: ruins, discoveries, and the “ubi sunt” motive; detective stories, archaeological science fiction, horror stories; travel writing: explorers, tourists, raiders. Archaeological metaphors in literature: the language of strata, ruins, excavation, uncovering, debris, rot, and the contemplation of alternative senses of history. The destruction (and the preservation) of archaeological sites in times of war in their fictional, documentary, and memorial accounts. The conflict between ancient and modern nations/power centres, the local and the national as told by literature.

* Mobility: The memory of ancient fluxes of people and their modern re-appropriations: Etruscans, Romans, Phoenicians… The memory of modern explorers: re-narrating and appropriating the archaeological campaigns and discoveries in the Mediterranean from the Napoleonic era to date. Re-enactments of and challenges to the myth of Aeneas as the “foreigner” and the “colonizer”, or similar examples of mythical figures of primitive colonizers, warriors, heroes, enemies.

* Persistence: Places and figures of the past as signifiers for new issues, vulnerability, damage, exclusion, refusal, identity negotiation, nostalgia, loss. Archaeology, conflict, and literary/visual representation: colonialism, identity, struggle and their fictional, documentary, or memorial accounts; archaeological spaces as sites of contested memory: cultural and memorial appropriations. Nostalgia for the past: nationalistic, colonial and anticolonial narratives. Interconnected memories: imagining the remote past and unveiling personal memories or unresolved trauma.

Contributions focused around spaces, sites, places, routes, roads, shores, maps, ancient and modern cities are particularly welcome as the organizers hope to strongly focus on the geographical aspect of the research questions arisen and to collectively build a “map” of memorial sites around the Mediterranean as far-reaching as possible. A selection of contributions will be published in an edited volume.

The Academia Belgica is committed to holding the conference in person if possible; if not, the conference be turned into an online event. We ask potential speakers to let us know in their abstract proposal if they are interested in the project but feel that it will be impossible to travel to Rome. We will do our best to accommodate all needs.

Please send 300-word abstract and a 100-word bio to Martina Piperno [] and/or Chiara Zampieri [] by Friday 7 May 2021. Working languages: English, French, Italian.

Invited Speakers:
Nicoletta Momigliano (Bristol)
Christina Riggs (Durham)
Marie-Laurence Haack (Picardie)

Martina Piperno (KU Leuven)
Bart Van Den Bossche (KU Leuven)
Chiara Zampieri (KU Leuven)
Teodoro Katinis (Gent)

Scientific Committee"
Marcello Barbanera (Sapienza)
Sascha Bru (Ku Leuven)
Leanne Darnbrough (KU Leuven) Franco D’Intino (Sapienza)
Gianmarco Mancosu (Cagliari)
David Martens (KU Leuven)


(CFP closed May 7, 2021)




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

Note: Postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19. New #CFP deadline May 15, 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 - extended deadline May 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance: July 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 15, 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


Update - MOH to be online -

(CFP closed May 15, 2021)




Online - Brisbane, Queensland: September 29-30, 2021

Last year AWAWS (Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies) Brisbane hosted The Cancelled Conference, and asked postgraduate students to put their cancelled conference papers to good use. The conference was a great success and one of the most rewarding aspects of the conference was the feedback presenting postgraduate students received from senior academics who attended.

This year, in partnership with the AWAWS Academic Mentoring Program, AWAWS Brisbane is hosting The Cancelled Conference 2.0: a postgraduate conference designed to give students the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from established academics who are invested in supporting and fostering postgraduate scholarship.

There will be a number of AWAWS mentors in attendance and chairing the panels. This will ensure every presenter has the opportunity to receive critical and constructive feedback from leading academics in their field.

There will also be a plenary discussion panel about the AWAWS Academic Mentoring Program. This session will highlight the benefits of academic mentoring and showcase positive academic outcomes achieved through the program by past mentors and mentees.

Who is this conference for?

* Postgraduate students involved in the AWAWS mentoring program who would like to showcase their work to their mentors, their peers, and the broader community of ancient world studies

* Postgraduate students who are interested in joining the AWAWS mentoring program and would like to see what the mentoring program can do for them

* Postgraduates students seeking critical and constructive feedback from academics in their field

This conference is open to all AWAWS postgraduate members. It will be held online to give students an opportunity to meet and mingle with academics in their field of study from across Australia and New Zealand who might be otherwise inaccessible due to distance.

Date and Location

The Cancelled Conference 2.0 will be held between Wednesday 29 September – Thursday 30 September 2021.

The conference will be held virtually through Zoom. Once the program has been finalised information on how to register and attend each session will be circulated. Please save the date in the meantime.

* 20 minute paper + 10 minute question time
* Paper submissions are open to all AWAWS postgraduate members. To become a member visit the AWAWS website (
* There is no set theme for this conference, all topics are welcome
* Audience attendance is free and open to the public

We stress that the aim of the conference is to support and encourage postgraduate research, and we invite all postgraduates, academics, and industry professionals to attend and share this aim.

How to apply

To apply for the conference please send an abstract and the completed submission form [available at] to AWAWS Brisbane (

Submissions are due by Monday 26 July.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions about the conference, you can contact us via our email address or Facebook page.

Facebook: @awawsbrisbane

Conference Convenors:
Brianna Sands, MPhil candidate (UQ), Co-chair AWAWS Brisbane Chapter
Tyla Cascaes, PhD candidate (UQ), Co-chair AWAWS Brisbane Chapter




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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference abstract submissions should consist of:

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

Panel proposals should consist of:

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for abstracts: 15th December 2019 to

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed December 15, 2019)

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October 2021


Lund University, Sweden: October 7–9, 2021

Accounts of the spread of Greek studies throughout Europe after its ‘arrival’ to Italy have often focused on its establishment in the curricula of schools and universities, on text transmission and editorial work, and the feats of early scholars of distinction. Notable exceptions are work on Greek studies in the northernmost parts of Europe where important manuscripts were rare, Renaissance humanism arrived late, professors were immersed in teaching obligations. Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in questions of teaching and learning Greek, on teachers, students and schools (cf. the volume edited by F. Ciccolella & L. Silvano 2017), as well as teaching tools, methods, outputs and uses of Greek not only in Italy but also in central and northern Europe (cf. the recent volumes edited by S. Weise 2017; J. Päll & I. Volt 2018; N. Constantinidou & H. Lamers 2019; and the forthcoming volumes edited by F. Ciccolella & L. Silvano; T. Korhonen & M. Kajava). This is a vast field of study that scholars have only begun to explore.

This conference invites scholars to continue the investigation of the practicalities of teaching and learning Greek in the Early Modern period (c. 1500–1750). Specifically we invite papers dealing with the themes reading, writing, and translating (from/into) Greek in an Early Modern teaching and learning setting north of the Alps. Our aim is to further our understanding not only of the contexts and impact of Greek studies, but also of the reasons for and uses of engaging the many varieties of Greek in a local and broader milieu.

Those interested in contributing to this conference are asked to send a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper in English to: and by May 28, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be sent out June 11, 2021.

The conference is organized by Johanna Akujärvi and Kristiina Savin, and hosted by the projects Helleno-Nordica and Classics Refashioned. The conference venue is Lund University, Sweden. Selected papers from the conference will be published (after peer-review) during 2022, edited by the conference organizers.

There is no conference fee, and for presenters at the conference we offer accommodation and meals. Depending on the success of our applications for funding, there may also be room for a limited number of travel stipendia for participants without travel allowances from their universities (these can be applied for after notification of acceptance).

Organised by: Johanna Akujärvi and Kristiina Savin within the framework of the projects Helleno-Nordica and Classics Refashioned (Swedish Research Council, 2016-01881 and 2016-01884) at Lund University.


(CFP closed May 28, 2021)




Belgrade, Serbia: October 8-10, 2021

We want to inform any interested scholar that the 12th annual meeting of the Serbian Society for Antiquity Studies takes place on October 8-10, 2021, in Belgrade. Furthermore, part of the meeting will be held in the Historical Archive of Srem in Sremska Mitrovica if the pandemic allows. The conference's central theme is ANTIQUITY AND THE MODERN WORLD: EPISTEMOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF OLD KNOWLEDGE BOTH IN ANCIENT AUTHORS AND IN LATER TRADITION, and the subtopic is "Questions of truth and freedom, law, justice and democracy in antiquity and later tradition".

To apply, please submit the topic's title with the summary to the Editorial Board by June 1, 2021.

For any further information, please write to the members of the Editorial Board:
Ksenija Maricki Gadjanski:
Rastko Vasić:
Sima Avramović:
Snežana Ferjančić:
Mirko Obradović:
Nemanja Vujčić:
Milan S. Dimitrijević:


(CFP closed June 1, 20201)




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

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

Note: Postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 30, 2020)




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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence should be sent to:


(CFP closed February 1, 2020)




Online: October 19–21, 2021

Whether it’s swords and sandals, corsets and wigs, or statues still standing, the past and its possible meanings resonate with twenty-first century audiences. Historical television series, public history projects, and books of popular history might claim to depict the past “as it really was,” but nevertheless illuminate the ways in which we as a society continue to bring the past into dialogue with contemporary popular culture. In so doing, these narratives often reveal more about what we think about the past—and ourselves—than about the past itself. Today, shifting interpretations of the past reveal a growing interest in the inclusion of marginalized voices as well as in questions about the human condition, the relationship between race and national identity, and issues relating to theconstruction of sexuality, gender, and equality. Indeed, representations of the historical past have been used as lenses through which contemporary society has grappled with very modern examples of brutality, oppression, and the general uncertainty of life.

We therefore welcome proposals from individuals whose research explores representations of the past in any form. As the scope and influence of our topic is broad and far-reaching, we encourage proposals from a wide range of scholarly disciplines on the themes of gender, identity (both personal and national), propaganda, culture, society, accuracy, and authenticity (among others) as these pertain to the ways in which historical narratives have been constructed, represented, or misrepresented.

Applicants are asked to please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography of no more than 100 words to by 11:59 PM EDT on 1 June 2021.

For more information, including suggested topics and a guide for submissions, see the attached document:

For those for whom this may be their first conference, please consider consulting the Submitter’s Guide attached to this call for papers.


(CFP closed June 1, 2021)




Online - University of St Andrews, Scotland: October 23-24, 2021

The Brave New Classics ( steering committee would like to invite expressions of interest and contributions (abstracts proposing 15 minute papers) on the relationship between ancient Greek and Roman culture and world communism from 1917. The workshop will be hosted by the University of St Andrews with short panels and discussion sessions held online over the weekend of 23-24 October 2021.

“The bourgeoisie have raised monuments to the classics. If they’d read them, they’d have burned them.” — Perhaps spuriously attributed to Friedrich Engels.

Associated institutions:
• Classical Reception Studies Network
• University of St Andrews
• University of Ljubljana
• Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw

Over the past decade thanks to the collaborative industry of colleagues based in Central and Eastern Europe much light has been shed on the relationship between the study of Greek and Roman classics and European communism. This activity has taken the form of several international conferences and resulted in the edited volumes ‘Classics and Communism‘ (2013) and ‘Classics and Class‘ (2016). More recently ancient theatre and European communism has been the subject of an international conference and a third collected edition ‘Classics and Communism in Theatre‘ (2019). Furthermore, ‘A People’s History of Classics‘ (2020) has shown glimpses of the creative influence of Soviet communism on several scholars, writers and artists, who worked with classical antiquity in Britain.

Whilst the discipline of Classics (esp. the study of ancient Greek and Latin) suffered under the Soviet and Soviet-inspired regimes, in other and sometimes surprising ways classics (as cultural activity surrounding the ideas, images, texts and other remains of ancient Greece and Rome) can be seen to have flourished both within and beyond the academy, e.g. classical translation and Marxist/Leninist ancient history and archaeology thrived in certain areas.

The confluence of technological advances and increased leisure time in the 20th century (not to mention the concentration of effort within the USSR on creating proletarian culture) also meant that cultural participation burgeoned, and this included engagements with ancient Greek and Roman antiquity. The classics (broadly defined) were therefore accessible for the first time to mass audiences and mass readerships, where before they were largely limited, by education and means of access, to wealthy elites, who had nurtured them in the imperial European tradition of the ancien regime. The classics did not however necessarily lose their former class-connotations, even if the franchise was dramatically expanded.

This workshop hopes to explore further the conflicted and complex relationship between classics and communism. How were the classical texts, images, objects and ideas received by the people under the influence of communism? How did Soviet ideology change the experience of ‘the classics’ both inside and beyond the Soviet Union and its satellites? We are interested therefore in “popular classics” (however doubtful we may be about this term’s aptness), including but not limited to historical fiction, translated and adapted (etc.) poetry and prose, drama, mass spectacle, film, animation, TV, radio, printed ephemera, children’s literature and popular reference works. We would be particularly interested to hear from colleagues with a view on classics and communism outside of Europe, e.g. in Africa, Asia, Australasia, South and Central America and the US, as well as those working on the reception of the classics in the Baltic and South-Western regions of the former USSR. More interrogative approaches to the subject would also be welcome, e.g. papers that examine the relationship between the classics and communist hegemonies and counterhegemonies.

Our objective is to bring together scholars from all career stages for discussion and ultimately to produce a special edition of the international journal Clotho. Papers will be precirculated and presented in summary at the online event.

Abstract deadline: 11th June, 2021.

Please direct all correspondence to Henry Stead (St Andrews): []





Online - The Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM: October 30-31, 2021

Once history began to be taught in academies and universities, it started entering the public consciousness. Initially, public knowledge of history spread through mass-produced books and academic journals, followed by advances in radio and television. Modern technologies and the rapid development of the internet have brought history to the world wide web, where, in addition to the means mentioned above of teaching/learning history, social media became a focal point where history is not only discussed but also produced. Even more, all these mediums are combined in online Universities and other online programs.

But what about games - video games?

This conference will focus on how video games have been utilized, either intentionally or unintentionally, as a medium for teaching history to the masses. Now, popular games that have been inspired by history, such as the Total War games, sell millions of copies and influence the ideas and historical knowledge of millions upon millions of gamers. In many ways, since these games are often played for hundreds or even thousands of hours, they can leave a larger impression on people than other popular media, such as movies or comics.

The world of video games is not static, and this medium develops and advances at a rapid pace and is discussed by millions in various international online discussion forums. History is being taught, learned, and discussed through the medium of video games for more than a decade, and this Conference aims to elucidate the images of Iran, Armenia, and Greece or, more precisely, the portrayal of Iranians, Armenians, and Greeks in various video games.

Games allow the player to not only learn history but also to build it and reshape it in their own image. This is especially true of games with a focus on history and historical development, such as the Total War, Civilization, and Age of Empires strategy games series where you take control of a specific civilization or people, including Greeks, Armenians, and Iranians.

This conference will focus mainly but not exclusively on the following subtopics:
- Depictions
- Reality vs myth
- Racial stereotypes
- Orientalism
- Historical accuracy
- Cooperation between game developers and historians
- Virtual wars and discussions in game forums
- Teaching history through games in schools and universities
- National and international game tournaments

We seek PhD students, researchers, game developers, game modders, and anyone else who is professionally engaged in history, anthropology, sociology, data sciences, and archaeology to send us their abstracts and participate in this virtual conference.

We intend to publish a volume of the proceedings of this conference in 2023.

The conference will be conducted in English, and the medium will be Zoom.

The scheduled time for each paper will be 10-15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts not exceeding 200 words are to be submitted online by September 1, 2021.

Applicants will receive a notification about the acceptance of the paper by September 15, 2021. The preliminary program will be shared by accepted participants by September 30, 2021. The final program of the conference will be published online by October 15, 2021. All accepted presenters will receive a Zoom link of the conference. The conference will be open to the public for a fee.

To submit the abstract, you will need to create an account on the website. If you already have an account, just sign in and fill in the application form below. If you have no account on ARMACAD, you will see an "APPLY'' button below this announcement. Press on that button, fill in the sign-up form in the pop-up window and press the "Sign up" button (this is not your application, with this step, you create your account on ARMACAD). An automated letter will be sent to the email you have mentioned during the sign-up. Open your email, press the link inside the email to confirm your registration. After creating your account, sign in and come back to this page. As a signed-in user, you will be able to see the application form below this announcement. Please fill in the required fields and press "Submit". After you press the "Submit" button, your application will be submitted for the "The Image of Iran, Armenia, and Greece in Video Games" online conference.

Organizing Committee:
Nshan Kesecker - Yerevan
Khachik Gevorgyan - Yerevan
Jordy Orellana F. - University of Tübingen


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November 2021


Online - University of Sydney, NSW, Australia: early November, 2021 (TBC)

In the light of the extensive interest in the classical heritage evident in so much of the British Commonwealth, we have decided to organize a virtual conference on Classics in Colonial Cities in November 2021.

The conference will focus on Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and how classicism contributed to the development of cities and the creation of civic life and identities. Key themes we wish to explore include:

* the role of Classics in Education,
* the Dramatic and Visual Arts,
* the Built Environment,
* the representation of Indigenous peoples – and Indigenous responses.

However, we are open to suggestions on other significant topics relevant to the life and fabric of the city. We see the conference as leading to a publication of essays that will encompass these themes.

The conference will include individual papers that will be recorded and made available in advance and discussed in zoom meetings and panels dealing with particular questions.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Sydney in the first week of November, 2021.

Expressions of Interest: We are calling for expressions of interest from anyone who would like to offer a paper or to organize a panel discussion. Please send an abstract of up to 250 words for a paper or 300 words for a panel discussion to by June 1 2021.

Organising committee:
Alastair Blanshard (
Barbara Caine (
Julia Horne (

Download flyer (PDF)


(CFP closed June 1, 2021)




Theme: Center & Periphery

Online/hybrid - Department of Classics, Columbia University, New York, USA: 18-20 November, 2021 - CHANGE OF DATES - November 11-13, 2021

AMPRAW is an annual conference that is designed to bring together early-career researchers in the field of classical reception studies, and will be held for the tenth year. It aims to contribute to the growth of an international network of PhDs working on classical reception(s), as well as to strengthen relationships between early career researchers and established academics.

AMPRAW 2021 will be held at Columbia University in the City of New York (USA) from Thursday, November 18 to Saturday, November 20 2021, in collaboration with the Department of Classics at Columbia University, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Columbia University Libraries Journals.

Due to the unpredictability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not yet able to confirm that the conference will take place in person. We hope that this will be possible; however, we are also making plans to accommodate a hybrid or online-only event. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves. Please be aware that, if the conference will be in person, we are unable to guarantee travel reimbursements to speakers, but we might be able to offer support on a need basis.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr. Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond, Virginia)

This year's theme will be Center & Periphery. The liminal features of the US (and of New York City in particular) inspired us to focus on this topic. Reception Studies in Classics are still treated as “peripheral” in many places, including this country, in spite of their increasing importance. In particular, they have been sidelined both by those who advocate the study of Classics as an unquestionable discipline, and those who wish to do away with the classical heritage completely. Framing the discussion in terms of center and periphery has the effect of illuminating the ways in which this dichotomy has historically inhabited – and haunted – academia. Conversations about how the Classics contributed to create the myth of a pure and privileged Western culture against which all attempts at intervention have been delegitimized are becoming more and more frequent within North American universities. Hosting AMPRAW at Columbia will facilitate a most important and timely dialogue around how we define what gets treated as a center and why, and who is left out. Moreover, the concepts of center and periphery need not be understood strictly as geographical or sociopolitical ideas; central to the discussion about the discipline of Classics and its future is the question of its methodologies. Peripheral receptions would also encompass works realized through innovative methodological approaches, both at the research and at the pedagogical level. The theme we propose will open up some areas within the discipline as it is traditionally conceived of: in particular, it could call into question the primacy attributed to the Classical canon, allowing for voices generally disregarded to regain a central place within the scholarly world. Not least, Columbia is stimulated and inspired by its own location – New York City being a historical crossroad of cultures, it makes such a renegotiation even more compelling than elsewhere. The city would provide a perfect setting for this meeting, insofar as it showcases the attractiveness of the center, while also revealing how the periphery exists within and is in tension with it.

We invite papers of 20-25 minutes dealing with any aspect of Classical Reception(s). Possible topics might be related, but are not limited to, the following areas:

· Classics Inside and Outside the Canon; Classics Inside and Outside Academia
· Decolonizing the Classics
· Classics & Activism
· New Pedagogical Strategies in Classics
· Translation Studies
· Classics and Gender, Sexuality and Queer Studies
· Classics as Public Humanities

We encourage proposals in the fields of, but not limited to, archaeology, literary studies, linguistics, (art) history, media studies, religious studies, cultural studies, history of law and political science, dealing with all time periods. The conference will be held in English, for the sake of convenience and accessibility. We acknowledge that this choice is in itself political and problematic, as it betrays a certain history of cultural hegemony and power. We will also encourage our speakers to think explicitly about their own relationship with this issue.

Moreover, we are working with the Columbia University Libraries to create a digital publication containing the proceedings of the conference. We hope that this will make participating in AMPRAW an even more productive and exciting opportunity for graduate students and early researchers in the field.

If you would like to present a paper at AMPRAW 2021, please send an abstract of around 200 words to by June 15th 2021, together with a short biography stating your name, affiliation, and contact address. Please indicate in your submission whether you would like to apply for a travel reimbursement. Applicants will be selected and notified by the first week of July.

Organizers: Emma Ianni & Valeria Spacciante, Doctoral Students, Department of Classics, Columbia University in the City of New York


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

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December 2021

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January 2022


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

Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group Panel

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

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

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

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

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

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

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

* Decentering Classics through activism

* Offering self-reflexive critiques of activism in the Classics

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

* presenting specific public-facing outreach projects that use Classics

* presenting specific educational policy advocacy efforts that use Classics

* presenting activism connected to museums and archaeology

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

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

Please send abstracts for 20-minute talks (up to 350 words) to Nancy Rabinowitz ( by February 1, 2021 extended deadline February 15, 2021.


(CFP closed February 15, 2021)




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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed? - information incomplete)




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

Panel Sponsored by the American Society of Papyrologists and the SCS Committee on Publications and Research

Organized by Colin Whiting (Dumbarton Oaks) and Christelle Fischer-Bovet (USC)

The last decade or so has seen an extraordinary wave of sensational papyrological discoveries that have then gone on to prompt serious scholarly and ethical questions. Legal cases involving companies and organizations, investigations by government agencies and journalists, and more have only heightened the scholarly—and public—interest in the contents of these ancient written records, their provenance, and their publication. We are seeking papers that examine these papyri and other literary objects not for their contents but as objects in and of themselves. Panelists might choose to situate these objects within the history of the illicit forgery, theft, and looting of antiquities, seeing them as either modern examples of longstanding concerns in classical scholarship or as reflections of new problems particular to the 21st century. Papers might also explore the dynamics between the desire to publish new texts and the ethical dilemmas inherent in rushing to do so. Rather than simply just recounting recent events, we are hoping that panelists will place objects like these, and their associated scandals, in a scholarly context, or will recommend concrete guidelines for future practices in scholarship.

Please send abstracts that follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (see the SCS Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts) by email to Colin Whiting (Dumbarton Oaks) at or Christelle Fischer-Bovet (USC) at by February 15, 2021. Ensure that the abstracts are anonymous. The organizers will review all submissions anonymously, and their decision will be communicated to the authors of abstracts by March 31, 2021, with enough time that those whose abstracts are not chosen can participate in the individual abstract submission process for the upcoming SCS meeting.


(CFP closed February 15, 2021)




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

Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus Panel

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 5, 2021)




Panel sponsored by the International Ovidian Society

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 15, 2021)




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

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

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

· Amazon legends and queerness

· Amazons and homoeroticism in literature and art

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

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

· Amazons and transgender and/or non-binary identification

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

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

Please send an anonymous abstract following SCS guidelines as an attachment (with your name and contact information in the email only) to Andrea Fishman ( by March 15, 2021 extended deadline March 31, 2021. Please direct any questions to Walter Penrose, Jr. (


(CFP closed March 31, 2021)




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

Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) panel

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed February 26, 2021)




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

A panel sponsored by the Women’s Classical Caucus.

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

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

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

Papers may address such questions as:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 1, 2021)




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

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

Organized by Annette M. Baertschi, Bryn Mawr College

The American Association for Neo-Latin Studies invites proposals for papers pertaining to Neo-Latin epic to be delivered at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Francisco (January 5-8, 2022).

Epic remained a highly popular and prestigious genre throughout the Early Modern period, serving as an important vehicle for celebrating and legitimizing political figures and families, cities and institutions, and at the same time providing poets with the opportunity to position themselves within the literary tradition. Neo-Latin epic is diverse in both content and form, including historical, mythological, and religious poems and ranging from large-scale epics in several books to texts of only a few hundred lines. Likewise, authors appropriated many of the structural elements and narrative patterns of their classical models, while simultaneously expanding and innovating the generic conventions, often influenced by the changing cultural, political, and social circumstances in their regions and communities.

For this panel, proposals are welcome devoted to all forms of Neo-Latin epic, from extensive poems to short epyllia and from supplements to centos, and originating from all parts of the world. Papers might address, but are not limited to, the following issues and topics:

• the reception of Greco-Roman epic in the Early Modern period
• the relationship between Neo-Latin and vernacular epics
• contemporary criticism and theory of epic
• the hybridization of paganism and Christianity in Neo-Latin epic
• politics and propaganda in epic poetry
• the role of epic in mediating national identities and ideologies
• colonial epics set in the ‘New World’
• canonicity and normativity in literature and culture in the Early Modern period and beyond

All in all, the goal of the panel is to showcase the diversity and richness of Neo-Latin Studies in terms of approaches, methodologies, and perspectives; to highlight the importance of contemporary research in the global phenomenon of Neo-Latin literature; and to reflect on its significance for the broader field of Reception Studies as well as Classics as a discipline.

The Association is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum and thus welcomes proposals that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of a maximum of 600 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent electronically, in MS Word format or PDF, to Annette M. Baertschi (, preferably with the subject heading “AANLS panel at SCS 2022.” Abstracts should follow the guidelines for individual abstracts posted on the SCS website ( and should not reveal the author’s name, but the e-mail should provide name, title of the paper, and institutional affiliation (or status as independent scholar). All abstracts will be judged anonymously.

Membership in the Association is not required for participation in this panel, but all presenters must be SCS members in good standing, with dues paid through 2021. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Sunday, February 28, 2021.


(CFP closed February 28, 2021)




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

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

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

Deadline for proposals is 31 July 2021.

Direct any queries to:





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

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

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

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

Submissions: Proposals for papers should be emailed to

Deadline: 30 June 2020

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

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

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

A full conference programme will be advertised in November 2020.

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

Attendance of the conference is free of charge.


(CFP closed June 30, 2020)




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 31, 2021)

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February 2022


Dates: TBA (February, 2022).

Location: University of Tasmania (Hobart, Tasmania).


Conference website: TBA.





ZAZH – Zurich Center for the Study of the Ancient World, University of Zurich, Switzerland: Feb 2-4, 2022

The aim of the conference is to examine the complexity and dynamics of the processes that apply to very different conceptions of antiquity and that govern, pervade, and animate the narratives of European identity in modern times.

With this Call for papers we especially encourage young scholars to send us their proposals and join our already confirmed speakers, which include Rosa Andújar, Ulrike Babusiaux, Wolfgang Behr, Mirko Canevaro, Neville Morley, Jackie Murray, Wolfram Kinzig, Martin Korenjak, Stefan Rebenich, Ulrich Rudolph, Anna Schriefl and David van Schoor.

Keynotes: François Bayrou (to be confirmed), Edith Hall, Donna Zuckerberg

Proposals from the following thematic areas are welcome:
- Architecture and Art
- Philosophy and Intellectual History
- Religion and Theology
- State and Constitutional Debates
- Narratives of the nation state and the European unification
- Group Identities

The presentations should be original scientific contributions on one of the above-mentioned topics and should last a maximum of 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minute discussion. We intend to publish the revised papers in the congress proceedings.

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

Please send your proposal with a concept paper of max. 1-2 pages in German or English together with a CV until 30 June 2021 to the ZAZH management:


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March 2022

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April 2022


Hybrid/online - Department of Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology, Swansea University, Wales: April 8-11, 2022

We have decided to rearrange the date of the Classical Association Annual Conference that is to be held in Swansea in April 2022, in order to make the conference more inclusive and open to a wider number of participants. It will now be held between Friday 8th and Monday 11th April, during the Easter holidays for more schools and universities than before.

While registration and an opening event will take place on the Friday, the conference panels are likely to begin on the Saturday.

The conference which we are planning will, we envisage, be a hybrid affair, so as to widen participation to include those who might not be able or willing to travel. This accords with the Classical Association’s environmental policy and the conference’s environmental objectives, since it will allow speakers and delegates not based in the UK to attend the conference remotely.

We are mindful of all potential COVID-19-related restrictions and measures, and we will be directed by the protocols of Swansea University and by the Welsh and UK governments.

It is our ambition that panels, including those submitted, should have at least two members present physically in Swansea at the conference. That said, we are hoping to be running paper presentations as Zoom webinars.

We ask for your patience as we work towards this exciting new approach to running an international conference. More information to follow as we have it.

Suggested themes include:
* Ancient Narrative Literature
* Ancient Political Thought
* Classics and the Future
* Commentaries
* Digital Classics
* Diverse Classics
* Egypt and the Classical World
* Fragments
* Insurrection Literature
* Late Antiquity
* Metals and Metallurgy
* Patronage
* Pedagogy, Outreach and Technology
* Plague and Pestilence
* Plato
* Political Failure
* Regionalism
* Roman Philosophy and Satire
* Rulers and Rulership
* The Literature of Poverty and Disgust
* Wales and the Classical Tradition

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by the closing date. All other enquiries should also be directed to this e-mail address. For panel proposals, we would like a short introduction to the panel, describing the overall theme/direction, by the panel convenor(s) (max. 200 words) and the individual abstracts (max. 300 words each) to be submitted at the same time, if at all possible.

Abstracts & panel proposals due: August 31, 2021.


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May 2022

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June 2022


The University of Western Australia, Perth: February 8-12, 2021. New dates: 7–11 February, 2022. NEW DATES! June 27-July 1, 2022.

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19. CFP remains open until November 12, 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 - November 12, 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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July 2022

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August 2022


16th International Congress on Classical Studies of the Féderation Internationale des associations d’ètudes classiques (FIEC)

Online - Mexico City (UNAM/AMEC): August 1-5, 2022

The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and the Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Clásicos, A.C. (AMEC) are pleased to announce the 16th International Congress on Classical Studies of the Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques (FIEC) which will be held on 1st - 5th August 2022. Due to sanitary precautions worldwide, the congress will take place in a completely virtual modality under the following title: Classics and the Americas - Shifting Perspectives... new glances at the same canon?

1. Appropriation and Self
2. Negotiation and Subversion
3. Empire and Emancipation
4. Materialities and Textualities
5. Discourses on Genre
6. Discourses on Nature and Body
7. Discourses of Globalization and Regionalism

We invite scholars and specialists on Classical Studies from all over the world to send proposals on papers (only one per person, no longer than a 20-minute reading), to be distributed among plenary and thematic sessions and to fill out the correspondent registration form. Please consider the following important dates:

Reception of proposals: from 12th April to 31st July 2021
Evaluation of proposals: from 1st August to 30th September 2021
Notification of results: from 1st October to 30th November 2021

All proposals will be peer-reviewed by an Evaluation Committee. Once they are accepted and authors notified, the inscription fee must be paid for the participation to become effective.

All along the process we will be posting announcements on our webpage:

This is the first time the FIEC Congress is held in Mexico; this is the first it takes place entirely on a virtual environment — we are very excited about these firsts, and we welcome your proposals! Surely the Classics will be as exciting from a virtual experience!


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September 2022

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October 2022

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November 2022

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December 2022


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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please visit our website:

Call for papers closes: January 31, 2020.



(CFP closed January 31, 2020)

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January 2023

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