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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

Edit 11/7/2021: this conference is now 'off-line', in person only.

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:


(CFP closed June 30, 2021)




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 2-3, 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)

Edit 26/6/2021 - Program:


13:45 GMT INTRODUCTION — Micha Lazarus and Lucy Nicholas (Warburg Institute)

14:00-15:00 KEYNOTE Chair: Micha Lazarus
Ralph Keen (U. Illinois at Chicago), ‘Melanchthon and the Shaping of a Classical Canon’

15:10-16:30 PROTESTANTS AND PAGANS Chair: Marco Barducci (Durham)
Alexander Batson (Yale), ‘Philip Melanchthon’s Civic Humanism: Teaching Greek in a Time of Confessional Conflict’
Clara Marías (U. Complutense de Madrid), ‘Images of Classical History by the exiled translator Francisco de Enzinas/Dryander’
Odile Liliana Panetta (Cambridge), ‘Classical sources in the heresy debate in mid-sixteenthcentury Switzerland’

17:00-18:20 REFORMATION SELF-FASHIONING Chair: Thomas Vozar (Exeter)
Sharon van Dijk (Birmingham), ‘A community of letter writers: The role of classical and early Christian letters in the correspondence of Zwingli and Oecolampadius’
John Nassichuk (Western Ontario), ‘Poetic Parentalia in Wittenburg: Johannes Major’s annual verse homage to Melancthon’
Petra Matović (Zagreb) and Ana Mihaljević (Old Church Slavonic Institute), ‘The Uses of Classical Learning in the Opus of Matthias Flacius Illyricus’

18:30-19:50 THE ROMANCE AND TRAGEDY OF GREEK Chair: Niels Nykrog (Copenhagen)
Cressida Ryan (Oxford), ‘Greek tragedy and the language of the Reformation’
Angelica Vedelago (Verona), ‘Jephthah in Euripidean Buskins: How Two Humanists from the British Isles Used Greek Tragedy to Dramatize the Bible’
Fraser McIlwraith (UCL), ‘Reading Charikleia’s Confession: Martin Crusius and Heliodorus’s Aethiopika in Reformation Literary Theory’


14:00-15:20 IMPORT, EXPORT, AND RATIONALISATION Chair: Steff Nellis (Ghent)
Russ Leo (Princeton), ‘Reformation, Epicureanism, and the Lure of the “Rational Religion”’
Richard Calis (Cambridge), ‘The Many Greek Worlds of Sixteenth-Century Lutheran Tübingen’
Stuart McManus (Chinese U. Hong Kong), ‘Classical Christianity in Jesuit sermons from India and China’

15:30-16:50 IDOL IMAGININGS Chair: Nicolás Lázaro (Rosario)
Margherita Mantovani (CNRS), ‘On Memory, Imagination, and Petichat ha-Lev: Aristotle and the Interpretation of the Sacraments according to Paolo Ricci’
Kirk Summers (Alabama), ‘Aristotle’s Imagination, Beza’s Images’
Barret Reiter (Cambridge), ‘Imagination and classical rhetoric in English Reformed sermons’

17:20-18:40 SANCTIFYING GREEK Chair: Javiera Lorenzini (KCL)
Flynn Cratty (Harvard), ‘The Christian Humanists and their Prayers to Jupiter’
William Weaver (Baylor), ‘Swearing Oaths in the Classics and the Reformations’
Tomos Evans (Birmingham), ‘Justifying the Ways of God to Men through Homer: James Duport’s Threnothriambos (1637), Cento Poetics, and Homeric Reformations’

18:45-19:30 CLOSING DISCUSSION Chair: Lucy Nicholas
Summary remarks: Christopher Lu (Warburg Institute)

For any queries, please contact the convenors: Dr Micha Lazarus and Dr Lucy Nicholas

Website with registration details:


(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)




Online - British School at Athens: September 16–17, 2021 [note: previously postponed from May 2021]

International Conference hosted online by the British School at Athens. Funded by The British Academy.

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


NB All times are UTC +1

DAY 1 Thursday 16 September 2021

13:00-13:15 Welcome
Professor John Bennet, British School at Athens, and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis, University of St Andrews

Chair: Dr Estelle Strazdins, University of Queensland

Presentation 1
Traveling in Europe, exploring Greek identity: Orientalism and “Westernism” in Constantine Karatzas’ diaries
Dr Charalampos Minaoglou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Presentation 2
Simone Pomardi and the rediscovery of the modern Greek landscape
Dr Federica Broilo, Universitá Degli Studi Urbino “Carlo Bo”

Presentation 3
Mineralogy, ethnography, antiquarianism: Images of collecting in the travel writing of Edward Daniel Clarke
Professor Jason König, University of St Andrews

Presentation 4
Local Greek travel-writing, antiquities, and the diverse social landscape in the post-revolutionary Ottoman Empire
Dr Ayşe Ozil, Sabanci University

14:15-14:30 Break 15 mins

Chair: Professor Edhem Eldem, Boğaziçi University and Collège de France

Presentation 5
Inside the villager’s house: Views of European and Greek authors on the vernacular architecture of late-Ottoman Greece (ca. 1800-1830)
Nikos Magouliotis, ETH Zurich, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (PhD Candidate)

Presentation 6
From text to space: Mapping Sir William Gell and Edward Dodwell as data layers on an Ottoman landscape
Zafeirios Avgeris, Uppsala University (MA candidate)

Presentation 7
Orientalism in Ottoman Greece
Dr Emily Neumeier, Temple University, Philadelphia

Presentation 8
Louis Dupré in Ottoman Greece: Multiple identities, contradictory encounters
Professor Elisabeth Fraser, University of South Florida

15:30-17:30 Break 2 hours

17:30-18:30 BSA Public Lecture
From Ottoman Smyrna to Georgian London: Travel, excavation and collecting of Levant Company merchant Thomas Burgon (1787-1858)
Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis, University of St Andrews

DAY 2 Friday 17 September 2021

Chair: Dr Ayşe Ozil, Sabanci University

Presentation 9
Imagining Ethiopians in the age of revolution: Arrowheads from the Marathon sôros and the statue of Rhamnoussian Nemesis
Dr Estelle Strazdins, University of Queensland

Presentation 10
‘Je vois qu’à Paris on a une bien fausse idée des Grecs…’: Fauvel’s perception of the Greeks and of the Greek revolution
Dr Alessia Zambon, Université Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, Paris

Presentation 11
In search of antiquities: The travels of Alexandre and Léon de Laborde during the Greek war of independence of 1821
Dr Irini Apostolou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Presentation 12
Ancient inscriptions and British travellers to Ottoman Greece 1800-1821
Dr Michael Metcalfe, The Syracuse Academy

14:00-14:15 Break 15 mins

Chair: Professor Elisabeth Fraser, University of South Florida

Presentation 13
‘Viewing and contemplating’ (Seyr ü Temaşa): Foreign travelers and antiquarians and the Sublime Porte, ca 1800-1830
Professor Edhem Eldem, Boğaziçi University and Collège de France

Presentation 14
Andreas Moustoxydes (1785-1860) and Kyriakos Pittakis (1798-1863) and the rescue of Greek antiquities
Dr Aikaterini-Iliana Rassia, King’s College London

14:45-15:15 Break 30 mins

Chair: Professor Jason König, University of St Andrews

Presentation 15
Samuel Gridley Howe’s travels: Classical, romantic and philanthropic philhellenism (1800-1830)
Mélissa Bernier, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (PhD candidate)

Presentation 16
Greece in the age of revolution: An intimate poetics of landscape, travel and liberty
Dr Fernando Valverde, University of Virginia

15:45-16:00 Break 15 mins

16:00-17:00 ‘Conclusions and future directions’

• 16:00-16:20 Break out rooms
• 16:20-17:00 Round Table Discussion

Registration details: The conference is free and open to all who are interested, but registration is essential. Speakers’ full papers will be pre-circulated to registered participants at the end of August. To register for the conference please email Dr Jenny Messenger at by 20 August.

For Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis’ lecture registration is separate: a link to register will be available in the Events section of the BSA website ( approximately one month in advance:





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

Note: unable to verify status of this meeting

Note: Postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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.

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

(CFP closed July 26, 2021)




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 - new dates TBA 2022

Note: Postponed from 2020 & 2021 due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 30, 2020)




University of Nice, France: October 21-24, 2020 - 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): []

Program: (or PDF:


(CFP closed June 11, 2021)




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


(CFP closed September 1, 2021)

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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 June 30th 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


(CFP closed June 30, 2021)

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.




Hybrid format/Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany: November 18-20, 2021

This conference explores ancient and modern concepts of horror with reference to the human body. The aim is to examine how the body processes, affectively as well as cognitively, horrifying experiences and how it can turn itself into a source of horror, e.g. in contexts of sickness and death. While we are firmly aware of the fact that ‘horror’ as a largely post-Romantic concept is not unproblematic when applied to Greek and Latin texts, we will try to show that its classical antecedents and roots must be considered as they might shed light on the ways in which the horrific, as a category that shapes our encounter with various forms of art but also with life itself, is understood today.

The event, sponsored by the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, will be hosted by the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and will be both in person and on Zoom.

List of speakers:
* Claire Bubb (New York University) At the Borders of Horror and Science: The Social Contexts of Roman Dissection
* Sean Coughlin (Institute of Philosophy | Czech Academy of Sciences) Recipes for Horror
* Maria Gerolemou (University of Exeter, UK) Heracles’ Automatic Body: Madness, Horror and Laughter in Euripides’ Hercules Furens
* Lutz Alexander Graumann (University Hospital, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany) Overcoming Horror: Faintness and Medical Agents. Some Tentative Thoughts on Antiquity and Today
* Sophia Luise Häberle (Humboldt Universität, Berlin) Naming the Monster: A Practice of Forensic Horror in Cicero’s Pro Sexto Roscio Amerino
* Lutz Käppel (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University, Germany) Roots of Horror: Environment, Bodies, Societies
* George Kazantzidis (University of Patras, Greece) Horror and the Body in Early Greek Paradoxography
* Dunstan Lowe (Kent University, UK) Hot and Cold Blood in Lucan’s Civil War
* Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway University of London, UK) A Terrible History of Classical Horror
* Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy / Chicago, USA) The Horrific Body in Sophocles
* Michael Puett (Harvard University) Demon Hordes and the Coming Apocalypse: The Limits of the Human in Chinese Late Antiquity
* Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester, UK) Apocalypse: Horror and Divine Pleasure
* Rodrigo Sigala (independent, Germany) The Thrilling Forces Behind Horrific Experiences: A Neuroscientific Approach
* Evina Sistakou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) The Visceral Thrills of Tragedy: Flesh, Blood and Guts Off and On the Tragic Stage
* Dimos Spatharas (University of Crete, Greece) Enargeia, Disgust and Visceral Abhorrence
* Chiara Thumiger (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University, Germany)
* Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College) Fearful Laughter: Bodily Horror in Roman Sexual Humour

For practical details and updates, please contact the organisers: Chiara Thumiger (ROOTS, Kiel University, / George Kazantzidis (University of Patras,

As well as keep an eye here:

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December 2021


The Vitality of Ancient Reception Studies. An international virtual conference presented by Antiquity in Media Studies

Online - December 15-18, 2021

The officers of Antiquity in Media Studies invite proposals for presentations that illuminate the ongoing vitality of antiquity in recent discourses. Despite decades of institutional disinvestment in the study of antiquity, a venerated deep past figured as a powerful shared imaginary remains a perennial, emotionally evocative, even highly lucrative concept in myriad contemporary media, around the world and across all manner of identity lines. Among antiquities, of particularly widespread interest has been the millennia of history centered on the Mediterranean and dubbed “classical” among successor societies, both self-appointed and colonized. From Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to Luis Alfaro’s Mojada, from Hideki Takeuchi’s Thermae Romae to Pat Barker’s Silence of the Girls, to politicians' and pundits' invocations of the Persian Wars and the fall of Rome, each year produces more receptions of this antiquity. Beyond the Greco-Roman-centered past, all antiquities mobilized for such cultural work today are welcome at this ancient reception studies conference.

As an area of inquiry, ancient reception studies recognizes the currency of “antiquity” in media as diverse as e.g., television, comics, video games, fashion, film, fiction, and body art. Scholarly engagements with textual and visual phenomena recombine a variety of humanistic and social sciences theories and methods in analyzing cultural objects that can simultaneously enchant and trouble diverse audiences beyond academic specialists, from fanfic authors to game designers to deans and school board members. Part of AIMS’ mission is to connect engaged and invested participants in the reception of antiquity across the scholarly divide. To that end, at the plenary session of the conference we will workshop how to become more effective advocates in our own communities for informed engagement with the study of antiquity and its receptions.

We invite proposals on any topic in ancient reception studies. Proposals for this year’s annual meeting may include individual 20-minute papers, three-paper panels, roundtables, workshops, poster sessions, play-throughs, games, technical demonstrations, creative showcases, creator interviews, and other activities that can fit within a 60-90 minute time slot and be delivered remotely at this online conference. Proposals that take advantage of the online format are especially welcome; we’re open to experimenting with a mixture of live and pre-recorded elements in the program.

Please submit proposals of up to 500 words (plus bibliography) as an anonymized Word doc or PDF, including the title that would appear on the program and the type of presentation, as email attachments to AIMS Secretary-Treasurer Roger Macfarlane at by 15 October 2021. (For three-paper panels, each presenter and the panel proposal as a whole may use up to 500 words, for a total of up to 2000 words.) In the body text of the email, please include the name(s) and current institutional affiliation(s) of applicants, or “independent scholar”. Please direct questions to AIMS President Meredith Safran at

Deadline for submissions: 15 October 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 - new dates TBA

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

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:

Call: [dead link]

(CFP closed July 31, 2021)




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: February 8-11, 2022.

Location: in person & online - University of Tasmania (Hobart, Tasmania).

CFP: - Deadline September 3, 2021 - Extended deadline September 17, 2021.

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:


(CFP closed June 30, 2021)




Online - Brandeis University, Massachusetts USA: February 24-26, 2022

An interdisciplinary online conference hosted by the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University

Organizers: Charlotte Naylor Davis and Jeremy J. Swist

In this conference we aim to gather investigators and artists to critically examine how heavy metal music and its culture (or scenes) have interacted with, been inspired by, and commented on global premodernity. We wish to seize the moment when the study of heavy metal music and the study of the reception of classical, religious, and historical texts and artifacts in popular culture have risen to prominence.

While heavy metal in Europe and North America has obviously been seen to interact with western religious symbolism and draw on classical icons, the metal scenes elsewhere—especially those in the majority world—draw on a diverse range of imagery, folk tales, and indigenous history to tell their stories and inspire their work. This conference aims to create a wider view of the place of premodern histories and musical traditions within heavy metal.

One of the joys of heavy metal music for many fans is the breadth of this now half-century-old, global counterculture. Our aim is to create interdisciplinary dialogue between those working on the interaction between popular culture and traditional/historical narratives and culture by using heavy metal music as a central focus.

We welcome abstracts for 15- to 20-minute presentations (creative and traditional) related to metal’s reception of the history and culture of any period, people, and place from premodern and precolonial worlds. We define global premodernity as human culture of any period roughly prior to 1600 CE, and we have chosen this delineation to be inclusive of texts, traditions, and narratives outside of the traditional study of classics or biblical studies which often ignores the rich cultural history of the majority world and narratives outside standard eurocentric education.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, to following:

* Premodern or neoclassical art, architecture, dress, symbols, and/or other material culture in album artwork, music videos, promotional photography, and live performances

* The incorporation of premodern music and/or instruments into metal songs

* The reception of historical, literary, and religious and philosophical texts and ideas in song lyrics

* Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and the reception and inclusion of premodern and contemporary women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other historically marginalized groups

* Political activism of musicians who engage with premodernity

* Interviews and/or auto-ethnographies of fans, musicians, (photo)journalists, and/or scholars

* Methodologies in the study of metal’s reception of premodernity

* Pedagogical strategies for teaching premodern history and cultures with metal songs

* Performance and creative demonstrations of music.

Please send abstracts and any questions to The submission deadline is September 15th, 2021.

Abstracts should be roughly 300 words maximum, and include author name and affiliation (if appropriate). Submissions are especially welcomed from graduate students and early career researchers in any discipline, as well as from those involved in the world metal scene as musicians, journalists, and fans.

We are concerned to make the conference as accessible as possible to disabled people and those for whom English is not their first language. Captions will be supplied, but if you have other access needs for presentation please mention these upon submission of your abstract and we will work with you to fulfill these.


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March 2022


Online - March 25-26, 2022

We are pleased to announce the upcoming conference Faces Behind the Façades: Lives of People and Monuments - Construction, Use and Inspiration which will be held online on March 25-26th, 2022. This interdisciplinary conference hopes to bring together historians, epigraphers, archaeologists, and those interested in the reception of ancient architecture to explore the lives of monuments, and the people involved in them from their conception and construction through their initial use to legacy and reception.

Possible topics for papers include (but are not limited to):
* The life and work of architectural benefactors.
* The life and work of architects and builders.
* Construction methodologies.
* Spatial theory and the role of monuments within it.
* The interaction between written architectural sources and archaeological remains.
* The use and reuse of monuments.
* The legacy of monuments and architects.

We envisage a format of 30-minute papers, followed by a question-and-answer session and time for discussion. Abstracts of 200-250 words should be sent to by the deadline of 12th November.

For further information or any enquiries, please contact the organisers Kathrine Bertram and Julia Tomas at the same address.


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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.


(CFP closed August 31, 2021)




Villa d’Este, Tivoli (Rome, Italy): Apr 21–22, 2022

Organised by Andrea Bruciati and Chiara Santini

The establishment of humanistic culture in Italy led to one of the richest seasons in Villa architecture and a profound process of transformation of the idea and the function of the garden, in which antiquity was the absolute protagonist. The roots of this development date back to the second half of the fifteenth century, as is clearly demonstrated by Leon Battista Alberti, in the preface to his De re aedificatoria: "Our Ancestors have left us many and various Arts tending to the Pleasure and Conveniency of Life". Thus, a long and fruitful relationship began between the jardin d’agrément, or flower garden, and the ancient garden that developed naturally in Rome, thanks to the closeness of places of power and to the rich archaeological patrimony used as a source of works to be used or imitated. A fundamental step in creating the relationship between the architectural organism and antiquity was the building of the Belvedere complex. Noble residences were soon added alongside it, with green spaces that were increasingly large and open towards the surrounding landscape.

The garden satisfied the need for a close relationship with classical culture, becoming the place dedicated to reflection, prayer, leisure, study, political activities and to entertaining guests, both for learned humanists and for men of the curia, better still if in properties located in direct contact with the ancient ruins. The ancient theme began to permeate the most important designs in 16th century villas, well beyond the area of Rome: Bramante, Raffaello, Antonio da Sangallo, Giulio Romano, Vasari, Niccolò Tribolo, Andrea Palladio and Pirro Ligorio were inspired by the most famous residences of the imperial era, in the creation of complexes that took on a precise architectural form and a structured design, also by virtue of the inclusion of classical works. A particular type of garden, which emerged between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, is that of the small gardens in which the setting was a blend of classical art and nature, places intended for intellectual encounters, where the taste for idealised scenarios lingered and where the architecture, sculptural context, nymphaea and vegetation were intertwined in less rigid forms.

In the sixteenth century, compared to the previous century, there was an increasingly important presence of settings with water features combined with the ancient element and inserted into iconographic paths entwined with literary references from classical tradition; water helped to develop contents and meanings that kept the building's iconographic programme going. Admirable examples are the Villa Lante in Bagnaia and Villa d'Este in Tivoli, the latter of which is closely linked to the nearby Villa Adriana, both due to the abundance of materials from the ancient residence and also to the celebratory intent of the cardinalitial pomp of the family, the ideal descendant of the empire.

It is no coincidence that Villa d'Este will be the setting for the conference, which aims to intensify the relationship between the Villa’s garden and the classical legacy. A multidisciplinary approach will be used, allowing an all-round investigation and integrating and placing the history of its art, the history of the gardens, architecture and archaeology and the history of its restoration and botany alongside each other.

Although focused on the garden of the Renaissance villa, the conference may also include contributions concerning other time periods, useful for visualising the theme in a broader perspective. Many residential complexes dating back to the Roman period featured decorative and architectural elements from more remote eras, as can be seen from literary sources and from archaeological evidence: copies or original Greek works of art were beautifully displayed in the patrician houses, in the horti, in the villas and in the imperial palaces.

On the other hand, if we consider the period following the Renaissance, the link between ancient elements and the gardens that were developed between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries still appears very strong, albeit with distinct functions. In the Baroque garden, the sculptural element represents the fulcrum of a well-defined and ordered visual axis, as is well demonstrated in French aristocratic residences and castles, while in the English landscape garden, the statues become surprising elements of a layout based on a picturesque choice and on a taste for the exotic, very different from the layout of the Italian garden and prodromal to the development of the nineteenth-century romantic garden.

The long relationship between the garden of the gods and the classical legacy reaches the present day, with expressions that go far beyond the influence of the ancient world welcomed by sixteenth-century architects. An example of this is Paul Getty's residence in Malibù, a celebration of the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum and now home to a very rich collection of ancient art. Another example is the garden of Little Sparta in Scotland, where, starting in the mid-1960s, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Sue Finlay have skilfully combined references to antiquity and the compositional principles of the English picturesque garden with an avant-garde landscape design.

Thematic itineraries proposed:

Session 1
Antiquity in the Roman and medieval garden
• Greek originals and copies in the Roman pleasure garden
• Archaizing taste in architecture and garden painting
• References to the classic legacy of the medieval garden

Session 2
Antiquity in the humanistic-Renaissance garden
• Continuity with antiquity: examples of use of the same sites for villa residences
• The garden with a setting of classical art and nature
• Antiquity and sixteenth-century architectural models
• The garden of the Villa and references to classic literary tradition
• Old-fashioned architectural vegetation: pergolas and topiary

Session 3
Antiquity in the garden from the Baroque period to the contemporary age
• From the baroque garden to the landscape garden: antiquity and its various interpretations
• Antiquity and the eclectic taste of the Villa garden between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
• The revival garden: reinterpretations of antiquity in the Villa garden in the contemporary age

When selecting the articles, cross-cutting approaches aimed at uses and functions of the garden as a place for banquets and for the exhibition of power and the representation of antiquity in the garden of the Villa in modern and contemporary arts will be taken into account.

For the articles selected, each speaker will have a maximum of 20 minutes.

Participation as a speaker at the conference is free of charge. We plan to publish the documents. Articles in Italian and in English will be accepted.

An abstract of max 500 words and a short CV of max 300 words, both in Italian or English, must be sent to, and

Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2021
Notification of acceptance: 31 October 2021
Final programme and delivery of a short content for preliminary publication: 30 November 2021
Deadline for presentation of texts for the conference proceedings: 30 November 2022
Publication: by April 2023

Scientific committee: Dr Andrea Bruciati, Prof. Chiara Santini, Dr Giovanna Alberta Campitelli, Prof. Marcello Fagiolo, Prof. Maria Adriana Giusti, Prof. Valter Curzi, Prof. Fabrizio Pesando

Organising committee: Davide Bertolini, Viviana Carbonara, Angela Chiaraluce, Lucilla D’Alessandro, Aurelio Valentini


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May 2022


Hybrid/online - Wake Forest University Department of Classics & Department of Philosophy, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA: May 19-22, 2022

FemClas 2022, the eighth quadrennial conference of its kind, has been rescheduled from its original dates (delayed by the pandemic) and will now take place on May 19–22, 2022, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the invitation of the Wake Forest University Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy. Virtual presentation and attendance is supported, as well. The conference theme is “body/language,” broadly construed, and papers on all topics connected to feminism, Classics, Philosophy, and related fields are welcome.

This conference focuses on the use of the body and/or language to gain, lose, contest, or express power and agency in the ancient Mediterranean world. Bodies and words, at both the physical and the conceptual levels, can exert disproportionate, oppositional, or complementary forces. Both have the power to transform their surrounding environments significantly. Yet there is a problematic dichotomy between body/physicality and language/reason, a problem long noted by philosophers, literary theorists, and social historians. FemClas 2022 seeks to contest, blur, and even eradicate these boundaries through papers, panels, and other programming that promotes interdisciplinary exploration of the ancient world.

Bodies, language, and their intersections have become even more prominent since the first announcement of this iteration of Feminism & Classics. An epochal pandemic has swept the globe, with drastic and often unequal effects on different identity groups. Calls for racial justice in the United States and elsewhere have become increasingly more urgent.

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

SUBMISSION DETAILS: All submissions are due September 15, 2021. FemClas 2022 welcomes individual papers, organized panels, workshops, roundtables, posters, author-meets-critic sessions, and other, innovative forms of programming. We encourage submissions from the widest possible range of perspectives, addressing all areas of the ancient world and its legacies. We also welcome proposals especially from related interest groups (such as Mountaintop, Eos Africana, the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus, MRECC, Trans in Classics, CripAntiquity, Lupercal Legit, Classics & Social Justice, the Lambda Classical Caucus, the Women’s Classical Caucus, Hesperides, and EuGeSta) and from allied disciplines (e.g., English, comparative literature, media studies, environmental humanities, animal studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies).

Proposals should aim for an abstract of approximately 300 words (not counting works cited), and should be anonymous where possible. To submit a proposal for an individual paper or poster, visit:

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

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

ACCESSIBILITY: The in-person elements of FemClas 2022 will take place partially on the downtown campus of Wake Forest University and partially at a nearby hotel. Each site is fully accessible for all forms of mobility. At each site there will be all-gender bathrooms, a lactation room, a quiet room, and on-site childcare (which we intend to offer at no extra cost).

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

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

The organizers (T. H. M. Gellar-Goad and Emily Austin) and the Program Committee of FemClas 2022 are committed to an inclusive, welcoming, and accommodating conference. Submissions from graduate students, contingent and underemployed faculty, and independent scholars are especially welcome. Submissions from undergraduate students are also welcome and will be considered separately for a dedicated panel. We will be able to provide reduced conference fees and some travel assistance for attendance by participants who cannot obtain institutional support.

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





Hybrid format/Institute of Classical Studies, University of London: May 25-27, 2022

This conference explores how the Orosian reshaping of the classical past calibrated medieval and early modern conceptions of antiquity, and how far the formulation of fundamental Christian belief-systems such as sin, divine providence, and human salvation took place in the pages of the text.

The conference asks how the field of Orosian studies has developed since the publication of the seminal critical Latin edition by Sigebert Havercamp in 1738. It questions how scholars can bring together the many intersections of the Historiae’s influence in different fields, such as paleography, book history, Anglo Saxon studies, ancient history, Celtic studies, medieval history, and early modern studies, into a coherent field. In particular, the conference aims to examine how the Historiae shaped ancient and medieval constructions of race and colonialism, and how the text represented women, gender, and sexuality.

The conference is generously hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London. The event blends in-person and online participation, as far as the restrictions of the pandemic allow. The physical element of the conference will take place at the Institute of Classical Studies in London, including both keynotes. Contributions from around the world are encouraged, especially those of postgraduate and early career academics.

The conference features keynote addresses from Elizabeth M. Tyler, Professor of Medieval History at the University of York, and Peter Van Nuffelen, Professor for the Cultural History of the Ancient World at Ghent University. Prof. Van Nuffelen will speak on ‘Orosius the Historian: Historiographical Traditions and Treading the Line’. Prof. Tyler will speak on ‘Orosius, Universal History and the Making of Imperial England: From Alfred the Great to the Conquest’.

The conference includes a junior-senior networking event that seeks to bring together researchers from all career stages in order to support postgraduate and early career academics.

The conference is framed by a Wikipedia editathon with training to improve the visibility of those who identify as women and non-binary in Orosian studies on Wikipedia. Although often overlooked, those who identify as women and non-binary have made essential contributions to the study of Orosius and the Historiae, such as Elizabeth Elstob who worked on an edition of the Old English Orosius in the early eighteenth century. The session involves training to instruct delegates on how to edit Wikipedia, followed by an editing session.

We welcome proposals for papers and spotlight talks from people of all career stages that engage with the themes of the conference. Postgraduate students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to participate. Papers will be twenty minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. Spotlight talks will be five minutes, with five minutes for discussion.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers and 200 words for spotlight talks should be sent to by 8 December 2021. We will aim to publish the conference proceedings.

For further information, please contact


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June 2022


Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: June 30-July 2, 2020 - new dates TBA [2022]

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)




Online - June 9-10, 2022

We are pleased to announce Plato 2022, an interdisciplinary workshop that will investigate the contemporary relevance of Plato’s ethical and political thought. The workshop will be held virtually on June 9-10, 2022. We welcome papers on Plato’s ethical and political thinking and encourage submissions that relate to contemporary events.

In a time of great social and political change, how might scholars of Plato respond in kind? This topic is broad, and avenues for investigation are wide-ranging. The following are some questions that fall within the scope of the conference:

* What aspects of the dialogues are most pertinent to our current social and political debates?
* How might Plato’s ideas about virtue, happiness, knowledge and their interconnection influence our own thinking?
* Is the assumption that there is a single human good compatible with the ideals of tolerance and pluralism?
* How do the dialogues balance individual and societal interests?
* What are Plato’s views about the best sort of society (egalitarian, totalitarian, dystopian)?
* How do pleasure, desire, love, and relationships figure into his ethical and political thought?
* How ought we to understand Plato’s treatment of class, ability, and natural talents?
* What can we determine about his views on sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and regional identity, and how have these views influenced scholars and society in the ensuing millennia?
* Given the differences between our general assumptions about social and political issues today and what Plato seemed to assume, why should we continue to read and study these texts today?

To submit a paper for consideration, please send an abstract of 300-500 words to Abstracts should be attached as either a PDF or Word doc and include no identifying information. The body of the email should include your name, paper title, affiliation, position, and contact information.

Abstracts should be submitted by December 1, 2021. Accepted applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 20, 2021.

Full papers are due on May 20, 2022 and should be prepared for circulation to all registered participants. We welcome submissions from any discipline and hope to include a diverse group of participants and approaches. Early career scholars are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions for the organizers, feel free to contact





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


Applications close: July annually.

The deadline for the 2022 Mary Renault Prize competition is: TBC.

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 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!


(CFP closed July 31, 2021)




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

Online - Mexico City: August 1-5, 2022

Hesperides, a new scholarly organization for the study of the legacies of the ancient Mediterranean in Luso-Hispanic contexts, invites papers for a panel at the upcoming conference of FIEC, to be held virtually in Mexico in 2022. This session, part of “Module 1: Discourses of appropriation and identity,” will showcase the breadth of contemporary scholarship on diverse manifestations of Greco-Roman traditions across and between Iberian contact zones, from the Mediterranean, to the Americas, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and beyond.

To present the most inclusive snapshot of current scholarship in these contexts, this panel seeks papers that transcend traditional disciplinary distinctions, periodizations, geographic boundaries, and linguistic divides. We therefore welcome submissions from scholars whose work engages with classical legacies as they intersect with any of these cultural, geographic, or linguistic contexts, from premodernity to the 21st century.

The panel invites participants to consider these perspectives through the metaphor of transformation, which gives equal emphasis to receiving contexts and received cultures (Baker, Helmrath and Kallendorf 2019), or through alternative methodologies that highlight the importance of such contexts for the modification of received cultures. Successful submissions will reflect on these Hesperian transformations for current conceptions of the discipline of classics more generally. Possible areas of inquiry include:

- new methods and theoretical models for interpreting the uses of classical antiquity beyond the Global North
- studies of classical reception that trace original political, ideological or philosophical re-elaborations of antiquity in Luso-Hispanic contexts
- the contributions of those who have been overlooked in previous scholarship, such as indigenous, Afrodescendent, and female voices
- diverse forms of cultural production, learned and popular, across media and modality, representing non-elite in addition to elite perspectives
- analyses of classical reception through the lenses of non-European modalities of time, space, ontology and epistemologies
- aesthetic or literary studies of classical texts and art that acquire new forms or different meanings in Luso-Hispanic contexts
- engagement with critical theories and frameworks outside the field of classics that enrich the study of antiquity and its reception

Please send a proposal for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment (Microsoft Word .doc) to, with the title “FIEC: Hesperian Transformations” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is July 5, 2021. Proposals should include the information indicated below and will be reviewed anonymously by the organizers, who will make final selections by July 19, 2021. The languages of FIEC are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please include the following information in your proposal submission:
- Name
- Country
- Institutional affiliation
- Academic degree
- Discipline/career
- Reference information for your three most recent publications
- Title for proposed paper
- Reference information about your theme (maximum 5 titles)
- Paper abstract (300 words max)



(CFP closed July 5, 2021)

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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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