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May 2019


University of Maryland, College Park: May 2-4, 2019


Thursday, May 2

3:30 PM Keynote lecture: “The Lion in the Path: Classics Meets Modernity” Hunter R. Rawlings III, Professor and University President Emeritus, Cornell University
5:00 PM Reception

Friday, May 3

1:00 – 1:50 “The ‘Gender Turn’ in Classics,” Eva Stehle, University of Maryland, Emerita
1:50 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 3:30 Paper session
2:00 “The Value of Latin in the Liberal Arts Curriculum,” Norman Austin, University of Arizona, Emeritus
2:30 “Vergil’s Aeneid and Twenty-first Century Immigration,” Christopher Nappa, University of Minnesota
3:00 “A Latin Curriculum Set in Africa Proconsularis,” Holly Sypniewski, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi; Kenneth Morrell, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee; and Lindsay Samson, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:00 Workshop: “Confronting Sexual Violence in the Secondary Latin Classroom,” Danielle Bostick, John Handley High School, Winchester, Virginia
5:00 Reception

Saturday, May 4

10:00 - 12:00 Paper session
10:00 “Confronting the Present by Way of the Past: Topics Courses in High School Latin,” Ian Lockey, Friends Select School, Philadelphia
10:30 “Bringing Culturally Responsive Teaching into the Latin Classroom,” Jane Brinley, The School without Walls, Washington, D.C.
11:00 “Teaching Latin at a Girls’ School in Bedford-Stuyvesant,” Sonia Wurster, Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy, Brooklyn, New York
11:30 “Let Them Use They: Teaching Inclusive Third Person Singular Pronouns in the 21st Century,” Michael Goyette, Hunter College
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
1:00--2:00 Workshop: “From First-Century Empire to Twenty-first Century Social Justice,” Andrea Weiskopf, Seneca Ridge Middle School, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia
2:00-3:00 Workshop: “Teaching venalicius in the Age of #MeToo: A Conversation,” Benjamin Joffe and Jacqueline Nelson, The Hewitt School, New York City
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 Workshop: “Rome in the Art and Architecture of Washington, D.C.”
3:30 "Classical Washington: Greece & Rome in the Art and Architecture of Washington, D.C.," Elise A. Friedland, George Washington University
4:00 "D.C. as a Latin Classroom: Capitoline Hill vs. Capitol Hill,” Emily Marcus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
4:30 "Art and Propaganda: Using Classicism to Legitimize Native American Displacement," Michele Cohen, Curator for the Architect of the Capitol, Washington, D.C.




Dipartimento di Scienze Umane, L'Aquila, Italy: May 7-8, 2019

Costanza Barbieri, Roma, Le metamorfosi aeree di Sebastiano per Agostino Chigi
Giuseppe Capriotti, Macerata, Immagini e testi della fortuna di Ovidio: edizioni volgarizzate e illustrate delle Metamorfosi in età moderna
Lucio Ceccarelli, L’Aquila, L’eredità metrica di Ovidio. La commedia elegiaca
Franca Ela Consolino, L’Aquila, Un Ovidio scozzese: le Epistolae quindecim e le Heroides di Mark Alexander Boyd
Luisa Corona, L’Aquila, Muoversi attraverso le Metamorfosi. La codifica linguistica del moto in Ovidio e nei suoi traduttori.
Donato de Gianni, Wuppertal, Citazioni e allusioni ovidiane in Isidoro di Siviglia
Stefania Filosini, L’Aquila, Tracce di Ovidio nella Psychomachia di Prudenzio?
Michele Maccherini, L’Aquila, Il mito di Narciso tra Cinque e Seicento: narrazione, paesaggio, figura.
Francesco Marzella, Cambridge, Dame, profeti e draghi: Ovidio alla corte di Artù
Valeria Merola, L’Aquila, Le Metamorfosi sulla scena settecentesca: la Mirra di Vittorio Alfieri
Maria Pace Pieri, Firenze, Ovidio in Reposiano e la complessità della ricezione
Giusi Zanichelli, Salerno, La ricezione dell' Ovidius moralizatus nelle corti del Nord Italia alla fine del Medioevo.






Kelvin Hall, University of Glasgow, Scotland: May 9, 2019


9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:10 Introductory Remarks

10:10-10:55 Keynote 1: Dunstan Lowe (University of Kent): ‘Can We “Gamify” Classical Antiquity?’.

10:55-11:00 Break

11:00-11:40 Lightning Talks
• Tim Barker (University of Glasgow)
• Francis Butterworth-Parr (University of Glasgow)
• Caitlin Butchart (University of Glasgow)

11:45-12:30 Keynote 2: Matthew Nicholls (University of Reading): ‘Virtual Rome: 3D modelling of the ancient city and its public uses’.

12:30-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:00 Keynote 3: Esther MacCallum-Stewart (University of the West of England): ‘“Something’s Rotten in Kislev”: How Players Engage Historical Perspectives in Games’.

14:00-14:45 Breakout Groups

14:45-15:00 Break

15:00-15:45 Keynote 4: Dr Jenny Cromwell (Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins and Widening Participation in Egyptology’.

15:45-16:30 Keynote 5: Andrew Reinhard (University of York): ‘How to be a Video Game Archaeologist’.

16:30-16:45 Closing Remarks

A selection of curated games available for demonstration at gaming stations:
Assassin’s Creed: Origins in Discovery Mode (Ancient Egypt)
Rome: Total War (early Roman Empire)
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (16th century Italy)
Sid Meier’s Pirates (16th & 17th century Caribbean)
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry (18th century Caribbean)
Return of the Obra Dinn (early 19th century seafaring)
Valiant Hearts (World War I)
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway (World War II)
Company of Heroes (World War II)
Civilisation V (everything)
September 12th (contemporary)

The symposium is free, but if you wish to attend, please register here:

If you have any questions or would like any further information about the symposium, please contact Dr Jane Draycott, University of Glasgow,




University of St Andrews, Scotland: May 9-10, 2019

Convened by Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (University of St Andrews). Supported by the School of Classics, University of St Andrews, the Institute of Classical Studies and the Classical Association

The conference explores discourses and experiences of the marvellous in Graeco-Roman culture, through a variety of sources, including literature and material culture. A key aim is to investigate the role of medium and genre in the ‘texture’ of the experience of the marvellous. Two current scholarly approaches in particular offer new pathways into this subject: (1) new materialism, the agency of the object, embodiment (2) increasing awareness of diversity amongst those experiencing the marvel (across race, gender, age, disability, social status). These approaches offer the possibility of writing ‘micro histories’ of specific, individual, possibly marginalised, or popular, experiences of marvels and setting these against broader cultural discourses, shedding light on the way that the marvellous intersects with other important areas of culture, in particular religion, technology and travel. The conference aims to bring together scholars from across the sub disciplines of Classics (in particular literature, archaeology and art history, philosophy) to benefit from a variety of methodologies, including, but not limited to, phenomenological, sensory and embodied approaches. In addition there will be dialogue with practitioners, including a visual artist and socialist magician (see confirmed speakers below).

Questions we seek to explore:

* Can the concept of the marvellous be applied cross-culturally? Does the study of Greek and Latin terminology (thauma, paradoxon, mirabilium etc) shed light on the specificity of the concept within Graeco-Roman culture?
* How does the discourse of the marvellous in Graeco-Roman culture change over time?
* How far can we trace links between a classical tradition engaged with marvels and later discourses of the marvellous?
* How are marvels presented in different types of texts, ranging from fictional narratives to technical treatises? What is their range of functions? How do literary genealogies, structures, and literary effects create the ‘texture’ of the experience of the marvellous?
* How is the marvellous experienced in material culture, ranging in scale from the colossal (e.g. architecture, statues) to the minute (e.g. jewellery), in ‘quality’ from highly crafted man-made objects (e.g. gadgets) to naturally occurring things (e.g. large bones)? What strategies are employed in the depiction of marvels in the visual arts? What is the relationship between art / techne and the marvellous?
* How does the marvellous intersect with physical location (familiar / unknown) and with time (pre-, post-eventum, and in the immediate present flow?)
* What is the role of the human body in the experience of the marvellous? How does it function as a marvel in its own right, in life and in death?
* How do marvels manifest themselves in nature (e.g. physical phenomena like volcanoes, extraordinary animals)?
* Is there a distinction in the reception of staged / performed marvels, and the unexpected encounter? What are the effects of the scientific explication of the marvellous?

Confirmed speakers: Tatiana Bur (PhD candidate, Trinity College, Cambridge), Ruth Ewan (Visual Artist), Maria Gerolemou (Leventis postdoctoral research associate, Exeter), George Kazantzidis (Assistant Professor of Latin Literature, Patras), Jessica Lightfoot (Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge), Karen Ni-Mheallaigh (Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Exeter), Irene Pajón Leyra (Assistant Professor of Greek Philology, University of Seville), Ian Ruffell (Professor of Greek Drama and Culture, Glasgow), Ian Saville (Socialist Magician)

Please submit abstracts of c.250 words for 20-minute papers to Alexia at by 14 December 2018, and replies will be sent out by 25 January 2019. Abstracts may propose in-depth analyses of specific pieces of evidence within their cultural context or broader theoretical discussions. While the focus is on the Graeco-Roman world, proposals on the post-antique period, including those related to Classical Reception, are also welcome. Diverse voices are actively sought, particularly those of early career researchers and of minority groups underrepresented in the Classical academy.

Edited 4/5/2019:

Conference Programme

Day 1, 9 May 2019

9.15-9.30 Registration

9.30-9.45 Introduction - Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Lecturer in Classics, University of St Andrews)

Session 1: Texts, Objects and Space
Chair: Dr John Hesk (Senior Lecturer in Greek and Classical Studies)
9.45-10.15 Paper 1
Professor Karen Ni-Mheallaigh (Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter) ‘The glass imaginary: towards a substance and sociology of the marvellous’

10.15-10.45 Paper 2
Anna Athanasopoulou (PhD candidate, University of Cambridge) ‘Unflattening’ space: the material fabric of marvellous architecture in Lucian’s Hippias’

10.45-11.15 Coffee

Session 2: Material Culture
Chair: Professor Rebecca Sweetman (Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of St Andrews)

11.15-11.45 Paper 3
Dr Hugo Shakeshaft (Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church College, Oxford) ‘Temple C at Selinous: a case study in the marvels of Archaic Greek religion’

11.45-12.15 Paper 4
Dr Eris Williams-Reed (Teaching Assistant, Durham University) ‘Environmental marvels at Roman Yammoune in Beqaa Valley (Lebanon)’

12.15-13.15 Lunch

Session 3: Definitions and discourses
Chair: Dr Kelly Shannon-Henderson (Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Alabama)

13.15-13.45 Paper 5
Dr Peter Singer (Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London) ‘No wonder? Medical and philosophical narratives of amazement in the Platonic tradition’

13.45-14.15 Paper 6
Dr Jessica Lightfoot (Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge) ‘Words or wonders? The place of marvel making in the contest of Demosthenes and Aeschines’

5 Minute Break

Session 4: Contemporary Marvels
Chair: Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Lecturer in Classics, University of St Andrews)

14.20-14.45 Presentation 1: Local marvels: St Andrews, golf and the public engagement

Presentations by Raley Abramczyk and Michael Sheffield (UG research assistants) on their research in June 2018 on marvels and golf in contemporary St Andrews drawing on video interviews; and presentation by Raley Abramcyk, Honours student on CL4605 ‘Classical Bodies’ on public engagement with P2/3 Lawhead School on the theme of ‘Marvellous Bodies’.

14.45-15.30 Presentation 2: Practitioners’ perspectives

Presentations by visual artist Ruth Ewan on her work ‘Sympathetic Magick’ commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 to reanimate the sense of magic as a powerful tool for social change (as opposed to mass entertainment); and by Ian Saville, socialist magician, who participated in the project, on the practitioner’s experience of eliciting the sense of the marvellous in the audience.

15.30-16.00 Tea

Session 5: Break out Discussion Groups & Round Table

16.00-16.45 Discussion Groups

Group 1: Dr Pamina Fernandéz Camacho (Lecturer at the University of Cádiz) (C26): ‘To explain the unexplainable: Strabo Geography 3.5.7 and the intellectual approach to marvels’

Group 2: Colin MacCormack (PhD candidate, University of Texas at Austin) (S12): ‘Marvelous Animals, Monstrous Animals: Venomous Serpents in Nicander's Theriaca (282-319) and Lucan's Bellum Civile (9.700-36, 805-14)’

Group 3: Dr Fiona Mitchell (Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham) (C31): ‘Marvellous people in Greek accounts of India: Ctesias Fr. 45.20, 45.40-42 & Megasthenes Fr. XXIX and Fr. XXXIII’

Group 4: Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Lecturer in Classics, University of St Andrews) (S4): ‘Archaeological artefacts and the sense of marvellous: intimate encounters with textures’

Group 5: Jessica Venner (M3C AHRC PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham) (S11): ‘The Mimesis of ‘Human Nature’ in the House of the Golden Bracelet, Pompeii’

16.45-17.30 Round Table

Half hour break / making our way to the Bell Pettigrew Museum

18.00-19.00 Drinks Reception & Magic Performance by Ian Saville at Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History

19.15 Conference Dinner at Tail End

Day 2, 10 May 2019

Session 6: Ekphrasis and Technology
Chair: Professor Karen Ni-Mheallaigh (Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter)

9.00-9.30 Paper 1
Tatiana Bur (PhD candidate, University of Cambridge) ‘The mēchanē and/as religious marvel’

9.30-10.00 Paper 2
Professor Ian Ruffell (Professor of Greek Drama and Culture, University of Glasgow) ‘Mechanics of performance: Negotiating marvels in the Hellenistic world’

10.00-10.30 Paper 3
Dr Maria Gerolemou (Leventis Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Exeter) ‘Technical Wonders in Byzantine ekphraseis’

10.30-11.00 Coffee

Session 7: Animals and Humans
Chair: Professor Jason König (Professor of Greek)

11.30-12.00 Paper 4
Dr Martin Devecka (Assistant Professor, University of California Santa Cruz), ‘Danger Mouse: Marvelous animal behavior in Roman zoology’

12.00-12.30 Paper 5
Dr Kelly Shannon-Henderson (Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Alabama), ‘Tacitus and Paradoxography’

12.30-13.00 Paper 6
Dr George Kazantzidis (Assistant Professor of Latin Literature, Patras) ‘Towards a poetics of wonder in early Greek paradoxography: mental patients in the pseudo-Aristotelian Περὶ θαυμασίων ἀκουσμάτων’

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Session 8: Nature and Religion
Dr Jessica Lightfoot (Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge)

14.00-14.30 Paper 7
Dr Irene Pajón Leyra (Assistant Professor, Seville) ‘Between extraordinary and miraculous, or How to transform natural curiosities to real wonders in ancient paradoxography’

14.30-15.00 Paper 8
Dr Claire Jackson (College Teaching Associate, Sidney Sussex, University of Cambridge) ‘‘A Beauty not human but divine’: thauma, beauty, and interpretation in Chariton’s Callirhoe’

15.00 - 15.15 Tea in S11

Session 9: Final discussion & Conclusions

15.45 Departure



(CFP closed December 14, 2018)




Rome, Italy: May 15-17, 2019

The Department of Ancient World Studies, Sapienza University of Rome (, and the International Society of Cicero’s Friends (SIAC,, with the support of the Cultural Association Italia Fenice (, are pleased to announce the International Conference ‘Portraying Cicero’, to be held in Rome from 15th to 17th May 2019.

Cicero has exerted a durable impact on intellectual life throughout the centuries. Universally recognized as a master of Roman prose and the embodiment of the art of words, he has influenced the history of ideas and contributed to the intellectual maturation of generations of students and scholars. Yet his controversial position in Roman politics has elicited different reactions since late Republic. As a historical figure, he has encountered criticism from intellectuals and men of culture. As Zielinski (Cicero im Wandel der Jahrundherte) has shown, each age has reacted to Cicero with its own sensibility. This conference aims to explore how Cicero has been represented- and interpreted- over the times. It seeks to shed light on the multiple, often contrasting, ways in which Cicero was received by later scholars and intellectuals. Special attention will be paid then to the reception of Cicero as an individual and man of letters, including his fortune as philosopher, epistolographer, and orator and his presence in literature and culture in modern times.

PhD students and young or early career scholars are invited to submit a proposal (400 words max) on the reception of Cicero as a historical figure and man of letters over the centuries.

Papers should be 20 minutes long (followed by discussion of 5-10 minutes). All the papers will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed Series ‘Cicero’, edited by the Patrum Lumen SustineFoundation (Basel), under the supervision of the SIAC, and published by De Gruyter (Berlin).

Please send an abstract of no more of 400 words to Giuseppe La Bua ( by the end of October 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of November 2018.

Confirmed speakers are: Y. Baraz, F.R. Berno, A. Casamento, R.A. Kaster, T. Keeline, G. La Bua, R. Pierini, F. Prost, Ph.Rousselot, C. Steel, H. van der Blom, J. Zeztel.

The Conference is organized by: Francesca Romana Berno, Leopoldo Gamberale, Giuseppe La Bua, Ermanno Malaspina, Emidio Spinelli.


(CFP closed October 31, 2018)




Seville, Spain: May 16-18, 2019

The series of novels by G.R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted for the screen with the title Game of Thrones, has become a true mass phenomenon worldwide. The books are eagerly awaited by their fans, while the broadcast of the episodes of the series breaks ratings and HBO subscriptions, and any news about it is featured in the first page of newspapers worldwide. The episodes of the last season have become the most downloaded files on the Internet ever.

Previous studies have shown the richness of both the books and the series. The battles, the political plots, the internal or family struggles, the landscapes and scenarios, the motivations of the characters, the ethnic groups represented, the expressly invented languages??, among many other subjects, provide numerous possibilities for analysis. The study of this world through the diverse perspectives provided by the Humanities and its academic rigor, will offer a new and enriching vision of this fantasy land and our own world.

What does a linguist have to say about the Dothraki language? A specialist of Communication studies about the phenomenon of fans? A political scientist about the machinations in King's Landing? A historian of the Roman world about the circle formation of the "Battle of the Bastards"? A jurist about the possibilities of bastard children to inherit? An economic historian about the Iron Bank? A classicist about the motives of Roman literature in the world of Game of Thrones? A geographer on the topography of the Seven Kingdoms? Etc, etc.

If you are interested in participating with a 20-minute presentation on any aspect of that world through the prism of the Humanities, in a totally relaxed but academically rigorous way, send us your name, affiliation, a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words), before 30th November 2018 to the following address:

The congress will take place in Seville, Spain, 16th to 18th May 2019. The proposals will be evaluated by the organizing committee and the participants will be informed of the decision throughout the month of January 2019.

Organized by: Rosario Moreno and Cristina Rosillo-López (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Departments of Ancient History and Latin); Alfonso Álvarez-Ossorio and Fernando Lozano (Universidad de Sevilla, Department of Ancient History)


(CFP closed November 30, 2018)




Utrecht, The Netherlands: May 20-21, 2019

OZSW meeting of the study groups in Ancient Philosophy and Early Modern Philosophy

The influence of Stoic thought on Early Modern authors has largely been analysed in the field of moral philosophy. Its influence in other domains of philosophy, however, has been relatively neglected, while at the same time generally accepted as crucial for the development of early modern thought.

This OZSW workshop is devoted to Stoic physics and metaphysics. It aims to bring together scholars of both Ancient and Early Modern philosophy to study Stoic (meta)physics both in its ancient articulation and its early modern reception. In order to do so, the workshop will feature both paper presentations and readings of primary texts.

Invited speakers: Keimpe Algra (Utrecht), Frederik Bakker (Nijmegen), Peter Barker (Oklahoma), Carla Rita Palmerino (Nijmegen), Jan Papy (Leuven).

If you would like to present a paper, please send a 300-word abstract to the organisers by January 15th. Please copy in both organisers.

If you would like to attend, please register by April 30th (or earlier if you have to make travel arrangements). Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Please note, however, that we are unable to offer financial support for travel or accommodation.

Organisers: Albert Joosse and Doina-Cristina Rusu (,


(CFP closed January 15, 2019)




King’s College London (Bush House (SE) 6.03): May 22, 2019

Symposium Programme:

10.30 Registration and Coffee
11.00 Welcome and Introduction

11.15 - 12.45
Simon Ditchfield (University of York), ‘Eleven thousand times eleven thousand’: the cult of St Ursula and her companions in the making of a world religion
Sarah Knight (University of Leicester), ‘For Latine is our mother tongue’: cultural and linguistic translation at the early modern universities

12.45 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00
Andrew Laird (Brown University), Biblical translation and the invention of Nahuatl literature - The legacies of Amerindian Latinists in Sixteenth-Century Mexico
Javed Majeed (King’s College London), ‘World philology’ and Indian legacies in British colonial linguistics: G.A. Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India (1903-1928)

15.00 Tea and Refreshments
15.30 Discussion
17.00 End
17.30 Conference Dinner

Please register at by 5th of May 2019.

Thanks to the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust there is no fee for attending this conference.




University of Warsaw (Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA)): May 22-26, 2019


Program [pdf]:




Prague (Czech Republic): May 22-26, 2019


May 22, 2019

17.30 Registration
18.00 Welcome drink

May 23, 2019

8.30 Registration
9.00 Institutional greetings

Panel 1: Modes of Performing Classical Drama Around Europe and Beyond
9.20 KEYNOTE: Edith Hall, King’s College, London ‒ Performing Euripides and Ezra Pound’s Metrical Modernism
10.00 C. W. Marshall, University of British Columbia ‒ Performing Tragedy in The Brazen Age
10.30 Peter Swallow, King’s College, London ‒ Aristophanes in the Phrontisterion: Staging Old Comedy in Oxford and Cambridge 1883‒1914
11.15 Jakub Čechvala, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha ‒ Appropriation through Gaps. Czech Reception of Greek Tragedy in the 19th and at the Beginning of the 20th Century
11.45 Dmitry Trubochkin, Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS), Moscow ‒ Ancient Drama and the Russian Psychological Theatre
LUNCH BREAK (own arrangements) 12.15‒14.15

Panel 2: Theorizing Discourse: Bridging and Exploiting the Gaps
15.15 KEYNOTE: Henri Schoenmakers, Universiteit Utrecht & Friedrich–Alexander Universität Erlangen, Nürnberg ‒ Re-contextualization as a dramaturgical strategy
14.55 Athina Kavoulaki, University of Crete, Rethymno ‒ The challenge of ritual: exploring ritual dynamics in 5th-century drama
15.30 Hallie Marshall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver ‒ Ruins and Fragments: The impact of material culture on the plays of Tony Harrison
16.00 Martin Pšenička, Charles University, Praha ‒ Aesthetics of Uncanny (Unheimliche) in Ancient Tragedy
16.30 Dana LaCourse Munteanu, Ohio State University, Newark, Ohio ‒ Woody Allen on Aristotle on Greek Tragedy: the ‘Poetics’ Meets Hollywood

May 24, 2019

Panel 3: Staging Classical Drama After 2000
9.15 KEYNOTE: Freddy Decreus, Universiteit Gent ‒ The ritual theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos, or how to stage a ‘bodymind’ as a special form of everyday life?
9.55 Özlem Hemiş, Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul ‒ The Historical Encounter of East and West in Aeschylus’ The Persians
10.25 Martina Treu, Università IULM (Milan, Italy) and CRIMTA (Centro Interdipartimentale Multimediale Teatro Antico), Università di Pavia, Italy ‒ Aeschylus’s heritage: Greek tragedy in Sicily
11.15 Nurit Yaari, Tel Aviv University ‒ Theatre space and spectators experience: Seneca’s Thyestes at Carmel Market, Tel Aviv
11.45 Maddalena Giovanelli, Università degli Studi di Milano ‒ Onomastikomodein? Political Aristophanes in Italian productions
LUNCH BREAK (own arrangements) 12.15‒14.00
14.00 Anastasia Bakogianni, Massey University, New Zealand ‒ Antipodean Antigones: Performing Sophocles’ Tragedy Down Under
14.30 Malika Bastin-Hammou, Université Grenoble-Alpes ‒ Staging Menander in the Francophone world
15.00 Dáša Čiripová, Theatre Institute, Bratislava ‒ The pressure of exclusivity: stage productions of Classical Drama in Slovakia at the beginning of the 21st century
15.50 Eva Stehlíková, Masaryk University, Brno ‒ Medea for Ever. Dramaturgical transformations in staging Classical Drama in the Czech Republic (1925‒2018)
16.20 Cleo Protokhristova, Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski ‒ Bulgarian stage productions of Medea in the twenty-first century
16.50 Romain Piana, Université de Paris III, Sorbonne nouvelle ‒ Greek and Roman drama on French stage in the database Théâtre antique en France

May 25, 2019

Panel 4: War, Peace, and Politics: Enacting the Distressed Self & Other
9.00 KEYNOTE: George Harrison, Carleton University, Ottawa ‒ Choral Reconciliation in the Octavia and Hercules Oetaeus: modern sex scandals for the ancient stage
9.40 Monica Centanni, Università IUAV di Venezia ‒ Did Osama Bin Laden’s mother read The Persians by Aeschylus?
10.10 Évelyne Ertel, Université de Paris III, Sorbonne nouvelle ‒ The Persians in the Gulf War
11.00 Eliška Poláčková, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague ‒ Masaryk University, Brno ‒ A Glimmer of Hope With Plautus. Frejka’s Pseudolus in the National Theatre, Prague, 1942
11.30 Alena Sarkissian, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague – Charles University, Praha ‒ Greek Tragedy at the National Theatre during the Nazi occupation
12.00 Efthymios Kaltsounas, Tonia Karaoglou, Natalia Minioti and Eleni Papazoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ‒ Imaginings of Antiquity and Ancient Drama Performances in Greece (1975‒1995): Between Ideology and Style
14.30 Annual Meeting of the Network of Research and Documentation of Ancient Greek Drama

May 26, 2019

9.30 Annual Meeting of the Network of Research and Documentation of Ancient Greek Drama
12.00 Conclusions





Theme: μέσαι δὲ νύκτες – «It is midnight». Nights of love, war and madness from Homer to Medieval Literature

University of Turin, Italy: 23-24 May, 2019

The Odeon Project, a university cultural project for the study and divulgation of classical culture, is organising in May 2019 its fourth inter-university conference, dedicated to postgraduates (or, exceptionally, soon-to-be graduates) or PhDs in humanistic, historical, anthropological and philosophical studies.

The conference’s aim is to analyse all the literary, philological, anthropological, philosophical, historical, folkloric values and meaning that a broad theme such as that of the night can offer in Greek and Latin literary texts, either in prose or poetry, extant or fragmentary, handed down by papyrus or scrolls, epigraphs or other finds. The historical period taken into account is the one that goes from the first examples of epic poetry (the Epic of Gilgamesh in Middle East, the Iliad and the Odyssey in Greece) to the Greek and Latin medieval literary production (the chronological limit is fixed on the birth of national languages, for Latin literature, and on the fall of Constantinople in 1453, for Greek and Byzantine literature), including Near-Eastern, Hebrew and ancient Christian literary productions.

The conference is open to all students from Italian or European Universities who are currently studying for a master’s degree or a PhD (half of the candidates will be chosen between master students and half between PhD students, to maintain and preserve the young students’ attendance and growth that has always been of crucial importance for this project from its very beginning, four years ago); exceptionally and under the unquestionable judgement of the Scientific Committee, students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree but who are committed to earning one before the end of 2019 may be accepted to the conference.

In order to participate as speakers, it is necessary to send to an email containing:
* an abstract (around 300 words) of the speech which the author intends to present at the conference (together with the title);
* a brief curriculum vitae et studiorum presenting the candidate’s qualifications and the university attended.

Abstract due on: 28th February 2019.

Each speech will last about 25-30 minutes and will be followed by a 10-minutes discussion; preferred languages of communication are Italian and English (French, Spanish and German candidacies will however be considered and valued). By March 2019 the Scientific Committee, composed of graduates from Odeon Project, will publish the list of the selected speakers.

Eventual refunds for speakers coming from foreign countries or from Regions different from Piedmont and Aosta Valley will eventually be determined.

By decision of the Scientific Committee a printed or digital copy of the conference proceedings may be published.

For any information consult the website or send an email to


(CFP closed February 28, 2019)




University of La Réunion: May 28, 2019

In collaboration with the Unité de Recherche "Déplacements, Identités, Regards, Ecritures" – Université de La Réunion

Tristan Alonge (Unité de Recherche Déplacements, Identités, Regards, Ecritures – Université de La Réunion)
Giuseppe Pezzini (University of St Andrews, Director of the Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Drama – University of St Andrews)

Ancient Régime France is a period troubled by debates prompted by the confrontation with ancient models – from the Pléiade poets to Voltaire, to Boileau and Fontanelle. And yet the relationship of the savants with ancient literature and culture remains fluid, verging between the desire to discover the secret and that to overlook it, the attempt to restore lost literary genres and the ambition to overcome them, the aspiration to translate as faithfully as possible and the need to modernise.

The workshop aims to investigate, within a variety of different forms (epic, comedy, tragedy, etc.), the processes of ‘restitution’ of ancient texts in Ancient Régime France. The term is chosen because of its semantic ambivalence (‘restitution (of the Ancients) to their right place’ or ‘restitution (of the Ancients) to the moderns’?), in order to overcome a traditional dichotomy between ‘translation’ and ‘adaptation’. With papers focusing on different texts and genres, the workshop will aim to show how this distinction is inadequate and alien to the culture of the period, and to highlight the ‘porousness’ between the ancient and the modern, restoration and reinterpretation, imitation and innovation, within the superimposition of the literary worlds of Athens, Rome and Paris.

Si la France d’Ancien Régime est traversée régulièrement – des poètes de la Pléiade à Voltaire en passant par Boileau et Fontenelle – par les querelles que suscite la confrontation avec les modèles de l’Antiquité, la nature de la relation des hommes de lettres à la littérature et culture antiques reste fluctuante, entre désir d’en retrouver le secret et volonté de les dépasser, tentative d’en reproduire les genres littéraires perdus et ambition de s’en distinguer par des formes plus abouties, aspiration à traduire le plus fidèlement possible et nécessité de moderniser.

La journée se propose de dépasser volontairement les distinctions de genre littéraire pour retrouver dans des formes distinctes (épopée, comédie, tragédie, etc.) les péculiarités de l’art d’adapter et appréhender les textes de la littérature antique du XVeau XVIIIesiècles, dans la conviction que la dualité trop souvent mise en avant entre “traduction” et “adaptation” se révèle inadéquate et peu conforme à l’esprit de l’époque. La vocation des différentes interventions est d’interroger et de tenter un dépassement des ces deux notions antithétiques à travers la mise en lumière d’une porosité permanente entre ancien et moderne, reprise et réinterprétation, imitation et renouveau. La réflexion s’axera donc autour de la notion plus large de “restitution”, avec toute l’ambiguïté intrinsèque qu’elle comporte en termes de destinataire, autorisant à la fois à “rendre aux propriétaires légitimes, les anciens” mais aussi à “rendre aux récepteurs contemporains, les modernes”, dans une superposition permanente entre Athènes, Rome et Paris.

Confirmed speakers:
Tristan Alonge (Réunion)
Guilhem Armand (Réunion)
Anne-Cécile Koenig-Le Ribeuz (Réunion)
Giuseppe Pezzini (St Andrews)
Julia Prest (St Andrews)





Tel Aviv University, Israel: May 29-30, 2019

Our keynote speaker in 2019 will be Professor Robert Kaster, Princeton University.

The conference is the annual meeting of the society. Papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to history, philology, philosophy, literature, reception, papyrology and archaeology of Greece and Rome and neighboring lands, are welcome. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes. The official languages of the conference are Hebrew and English. The conference fee is $50.

Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels.

Registration forms with a list of prices will be sent to participants in due course.

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

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


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


(CFP closed December 20, 2018)




Istituto “Garibaldi” - Via Franchetti, 3 - 42121 Reggio Emilia, Italy: May 30, 2019

I am pleased to announce the event COME DA SORGENTE PERENNE - PERSISTENZA E ATTUALITÀ DELL’ANTICO, which will be held on May 30, 2019. For the VI Giornata Nazionale della Cultura Classica, is planned an all-day dedicated to the Classics and their reception in the modern and contemporary age. The events are organized in collaboration between the University of Parma - Dipartimento di Discipline Umanistiche, Sociali e delle Imprese Culturali, the Delegazione of Parma of the Associazione Italiana di Cultura Classica and the High Schools of Parma, Reggio Emilia and Guastalla (RE).

The program provides a series of meetings:

9.15 am Aula Magna of the Liceo Classico-Scientifico "Ariosto-Spallanzani" (Istituto “Garibaldi” - Via Franchetti, 3 - 42121 Reggio Emilia), conference Nuove acquisizioni da papiri;

2.30 pm guided tour to the city of Reggio Emilia and to the exhibition "Antonio Fontanesi e la sua eredità" (by teachers and students of the Liceo Classico-Scientifico "Ariosto-Spallanzani" and the Musei Civici of Reggio Emilia);

6.00 pm Biblioteca dei Paolotti – University of Parma (Strada Massimo D'Azeglio, 85 - 43125 Parma), reading of texts with musical interludes, by teachers, PhD students and students of the University of Parma and High Schools (Gimnasium) "G.D. Romagnosi” of Parma, “Ariosto-Spallanzani ”of Reggio Emilia and “B. Russell” of Guastalla (RE).

Scientific Coordinator: Anika Nicolosi (


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The Warburg Institute, London: June 4-5, 2019

Freud’s interest in antiquity and his self-described obsessive collecting of ancient artefacts is well documented. His library, as well as his own texts, are replete with references to excavation, buried cities, and to the works of archaeologists and philologists. The dialogue between analysis and excavation that prevails throughout Freud’s thought has since generated a history of work engaging archaeology as allegory. This conference explores the conceptual inseparability of archaeology and psychoanalysis, invoking Freud’s claim that the excavation of repressed memories and of historical artefacts is “in fact identical.”

Freud’s Archaeology thus takes as its starting point archaeology’s double function of allegory and practice within psychoanalysis and the fact that archaeology and psychoanalysis as disciplines oscillate between theoretical and practical work. This makes a clear distinction between these two “identical” disciplines within psychoanalysis impossible. The conference dwells on these convergences—of archaeology and analysis, allegory and practice—by asking what can be generated by taking seriously Freud’ claim of equivalence between archaeology and analysis, between his work as an analyst and as a collector of antiquity.

By bringing together scholars from the fields of Classics, Literary Studies, Archaeology, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis, this conference activates Freud’s claim of identity between psychoanalysis and archeology by putting into practice conversation between practitioners and theorists of these two fields.

Confirmed speakers include:
Richard Armstrong (University of Houston)
Mary Bergstein (Rhode Island School of Design)
Jane McAdams Freud
Marco Galli (Sapienza University of Rome)
Jutta Gerber (Westfälische Wilhelm-Universität)
Felix Jäger (BFZ, Warburg Institute)
Vered Lev Kenaan (University of Haifa)
Marion Maurin (Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School, FU Berlin)
Claire Potter
Carol Seigel (Freud Museum)
Frederika Tevebring (Warburg Institute)
Matthew Vollgraff (BFZ, Warburg Institute)
Alex Wolfson (University of Chicago)
Chiara Zampieri (Catholic University of Leuven)

Free and open to all. Programme to be announced shortly.

Organised by Frederika Tevebring (the Warburg Institute) and Alexander Wolfson (University of Chicago).





Velletri (Rome, Italy): June 4-8, 2019

The object of the conference will be the ancient attestations, both literary and iconographic, of the traditions about the 12 labours of Herakles, and the way they have been elaborated in the art and literature of following eras. On the whole, the conference is meant to be an occasion for an interdisciplinary exchange of opinions that will favour the dialogue among each different approach to documentary analysis and its related discipline: anthropology, archaeology, classical philology, history, art history, history of literature and history of religions. A specific section of the conference will be dedicated to the “Sarcophagus of the 12 Labours of Hercules” housed in the “Oreste Nardini” Civic-Archaeological Museum in Velletri.

Scientific Committee: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Corinne Bonnet (Université Toulouse “Jean Jaurès”), Rachele Dubbini (Università degli Studi di Ferrara), Giuseppe Capriotti (Università degli Studi di Macerata), Andrea Ercolani (Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico - Roma), Massimo Fusillo (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila), Claudia Santi (Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”)

Administration: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”).

The scholars who would like to contribute may send a one-page abstract (max 2.000 characters) to Igor Baglioni, the director of the museum, ( by April 1, 2019.

Attached to the abstract should be: the title of the paper; the chosen area; a short biography of the authors; email address and phone number.

Papers may be written and presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

The acceptance of papers will be communicated (by email) only to the selected contributors by April 10, 2019. Please send the complete paper by email not later than May 25. The delivery of the paper is required to participate in the conference.

Important deadlines:
Closing of call for papers: April 1st, 2019.
Notification about acceptance: April 10th, 2019.
Delivery of paper: May 25th, 2019.
Conference: June 4-5-6-7-8th, 2019

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

In the evenings there will be free-of-charge visits to the museums and monuments of Albano Laziale, Genzano di Roma, Lanuvio, Rocca di Papa and Velletri. The excursion programme will be presented at the same time as the conference programme.

For information: email


(CFP closed April 1, 2019)




Paris - Sorbonne Université: 05-07 juin 2019

Colloque international organisé par l’EA 4081 Rome et ses renaissances, Sorbonne Université, l’Université Lyon 2, l’UMR 5189 HiSoMA et l’Institut Universitaire de France.

En plus de la tradition proprement fragmentaire, notre connaissance de la grammaire latine antique dépend de plusieurs sources : les manuels scolaires (artes), les glossaires et les commentaires aux auteurs littéraires.

La grammaire des commentaires, mêlée à d’autres notes de toutes sortes, forme un champ d’étude encore largement sous-exploité, sans doute en raison de son caractère épars et difficile à synthétiser : il s’agit d’un savoir diffracté, morcelé, et qui, loin de s’organiser de façon méthodique, n’a de justification que dans des explications ad locum ; c’est en particulier le cas pour Servius, qui sera l’objet du présent colloque.

Il n’existe quasiment aucune étude sur la question. Si l’on excepte les travaux inspirés de la Quellenforschung (notamment H. Kirchner 1876 et 1883), on peut citer la thèse de R.J. Bober (1971, un classement sans analyse), les travaux de R. Kaster (1978, 1980, entre autres) et d’A. Uhl (1998) sur les méthodes de Servius et leurs bases intellectuelles, mais rien en ce qui concerne le contenu linguistique proprement dit.

L’objectif de cette rencontre sera donc d’étudier les scolies grammaticales dans le commentaire de Servius à Virgile, en mettant en valeur ce qui peut constituer l’ars commentarii dans ses grandes lignes linguistiques : catégories, morphologie, syntaxe, concepts – en soi et dans son rapport aux artes grammaticae conservées.

Comité scientifique: Frédérique Biville (Lyon 2), Paolo De Paolis (Cassino), Maria Luisa Delvigo (Udine), Jean-Yves Guillaumin (Franche-Comté).

Informations pratiques:

-Les propositions de communication (titre et 15 lignes maximum de présentation, dans une des principales langues européennes) sont à adresser à Alessandro Garcea et Daniel Vallat (; avant le 30/09/2018.
-La durée de chaque intervention est fixée à 30 minutes maximum (25 + 5 min de discussion).
-L’organisation du colloque ne pourra prendre en charge que les frais de séjour ; les frais de transport seront à la charge des participants.
-La publication des Actes du colloque est prévue après expertise des contributions, qui devront être impérativement remises avant le 30/09/2019.


(CFP closed September 30, 2018)




University of Bristol, UK: June 6-7, 2019

Philosophers recently have become aware that there is a risk that Eurocentric biases in philosophical tradition may distort the scholarship of the broad academic theoretical work. To correct these biases -- which have been critically denounced by the scholars from non-European continents -- the post-colonial scholarship has made an effort in deconstructing the European theoretical referents, as well as developing new theories. The aim of this conference is to offer an opportunity for the discussion of broad issues concerning the reconsideration of the classical western thought in the post-colonial era, that is, a revision of the dialogues and tensions among European and peripheral epistemologies. With this purpose, we plan to center the discussion in two foci. On the one hand, the deconstruction of the global influence of the European classical and modern epistemologies during the past few centuries; and on the other hand, their present critical reception via a ‘non-Eurocentric’ or decolonial view. We hope that the conference will contribute to the good understanding of the post-colonial and decolonial standpoints.

The questions that will be mainly addressed are as follows: To what extent does the post-colonial scholarship from different fields add to contemporary philosophy by offering new insights? How are the European classical and modern epistemologies received and understood by the different postcolonial/decolonial theoretical approaches? How is this criticism made? Or what are the basic ideas developed in this criticism?


The Conference will be located in room G16, Cotham House, University of Bristol. The Conference will be divided in four panels (two panels per day). Every panel will count on the participation of two PGR speakers (20 min talks), which will be followed by a general discussion. After a break, we will count on the presentation of two Keynote speakers (30 min talks), which will also be followed by a general discussion.

Panel 1: Decolonising Classics, 6th June 10.00-13.30 hrs. (Here, we expect to receive abstracts regarding the Postcolonial/Decolonial reflection on the process of the reception of Classics in non-European contexts)
Keynote speaker Dr. Mathura Umachandran, Department of Classics University of Oxford; and Dr. Justine McConnell, Department of Comparative Literature King´s College.

Panel 2: Decolonising movements in Africa and South Asia, 6th June 14.30-18 hrs. (Here, we would like to receive abstracts specifically focused on the intersection between African, South Asian and European thought)
Keynote speaker Dr. Foluke Adebisi, School of Law University of Bristol; and Dr. Su Lin Lewis, Department of History University of Bristol.

Panel 3: Enlightenment revised, 7th June 10.00-13.30 hrs. (Here we expect to receive abstracts focused on the Postcolonial/Decolonial criticism to the Enlightenment; or on the contrary, abstracts focused on answering, what could the Enlightenment offer to Postcolonial/Decolonial contemporary studies?).
Keynote Speakers Professor Gregor McLennan, School of Social Sciences University of Bristol; and Dr. Tzu Chien Tho, Department of Philosophy University of Bristol.

Panel 4: About Reparation, 7th June 14.30-18.00 hrs. (Here we wish to receive abstracts focused on ethical reflexions about reparation)
Keynote speaker Joanna Burch-Brown, Department of Philosophy University of Bristol.

To make an abstract submission, please send an anonymized abstract of no more than 500 words to by the 3rd of April, 2019 with a separate document with author information. Please note that while catering and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Unfortunately, we are at the moment unable to reimburse any travel or accommodation costs for graduate conference attendees, but we hope to be able to offer some bursaries to make the participation more accessible (we are applying for extra funding for this purpose).

This conference is generously sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Classics and Ancient History of the University of Bristol, Marc Sanders Foundation and MAP UK (Minorities and Philosophy).

Program (added 18/5/2019):

Panel 1: Decolonising Classics, 6th June 10.00-13.30 hrs.
10.00-10.40 Facing the Human: David Malouf’s Ransom and the Rejection of Categories. Valeria Spacciante (MA student in Philology, Scuola Normale Superiori, Italy)
10.45-11.25 Traveling Ideas across Postcolonialism and Romanization: a comparative study of the Romanization discourse from postcolonial perspectives in Anglo-American and French scholarship in 20th and 21st centuries. Dr. Danielle Hyeon (PhD graduate in Classics, King´s College London)
11.25-11.35 Break
11.40-12.30 Classics at the Borderlands: How to decolonize a discipline. Dr. Mathura Umachandran (Keynote speaker from Department of Classics, University of Oxford).
12.35-13.30 Decolonising the Hero's Homecoming. Dr. Justine McConnell (Keynote speaker from Department of Comparative Literature, King´s College London).

Panel 2: Decolonising movements in Africa, South Asia, and Oceania 6th June 14.30 -18.00 hrs
14.30-15.20 The Meanings of ‘Decolonisation’ within African Legal Thought. Dr. Foluke Adebisi (Keynote speaker from School of Law, University of Bristol)
15.25- 16.15 Afro-Asian Solidarity Networks in the Decolonising World. Dr. Su Lin Lewis (Keynote speaker from Department of History, University of Bristol).
16.15-16.25 Break
16.30-17.10 Between Worlds: J.L. Mehta’s Postcolonial Hermeneutics. Dr. Evgenia Ilieva (Department of Politics, Ithaca College, USA).
17.15- 18.00 Maori philosophy, Heidegger and the tempo of the earth. Professor Ruth Irwin (University of Aberdeen, School of Education).

Panel 3: Enlightenment revised, 7th June 10.00-16.20 hrs.
10.00-10.40 The Treat of European, Enlightenment Thinking in (Post)colonial Spaces. Kate Holland (MA student in Global Studies, Humboldt University, Germany).
10.45-11.25 The Paradoxical Localization of Philosophy and Hegel’s Paradoxical Engagement with Chinese Philosophy. Lea Cantor (PhD student in Philosophy, University of Oxford).
11.25-11.35 Break
11.40- 12.30 Hegel in Beijing: Debating the Science of Logic during the Cultural Revolution. Dr. Tzu Chien Tho (Keynote Speaker from Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol)
12.30- 13.30 Lunch Break
13.30-14.20 Enlightenment: A Subversive Reading from The Hugo Zemelman’s Thoughts. Hugo Parra (PhD student in Education, University of Bristol).
14.30-15.20 Critique, epistemology, abstraction: problems for postcolonial social theory? Professor Gregor McLennan (Keynote speaker from School of Social Sciences, University of Bristol)
15.20- 15.30 Break
Final Talk 15.40-16.30
From Effective Altruism to Effective Empowerment. Dr. Joanna Burch-Brown (Keynote speaker from Department of Philosophy University of Bristol)
16.30.-17.00 Drinks



(CFP closed April 3, 2019)




Pisa (Scuola Normale Superiore), Italy: June 11, 2019

We would like to invite researchers, performers and practitioners to submit their work for discussion at the Estates General of Academic Theatre, which will take place on 11 June 2019 at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy.

Estates General and FAcT

Academic theatre is a lively and widespread experience throughout Europe. Almost every university supports and nurtures a theatrical company, each one striving to define its own identity through both theory and performance. It is a specific feature of the theatrical experiences within the academic milieuto combine a nonprofessional engagement with the dramatic performance and a more systematic involvement in study and research. This particular combination deserves a special attention by both scholars and practitioners, since it constitutes a unique opportunity to explore the various and complex interrelations between living practices and theoretical elaborations in the field of theatre.

Moreover, the various companies now active in Europe are generally isolated centres of production and performance, which would benefit greatly from a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences. Such a network, however, is still a desideratum.

The Estates General of Academic Theatre undertake the challenge of gathering the best instances of theatrical practices in university, with the aim of building a permanent and active network of companies and groups all around Europe. The first annual meeting of the Estates General will take place in close connection with the second edition of FAcT – Festival of Academic Theatre, after the success of the first one in 2018 ( FAcT is a theatre festival entirely devoted to university companies, and a celebration of the creative energies of international students/actors.

The Estates General wish to complement this all-performative side with a more theoretical approach – to try and understand theatre in all its aspects.

The scientific committee of the Estates General of Academic Theatre is composed by:
- Luca D’Onghia | Scuola Normale Superiore
- Emma Dante | theatre director
- Fiona Macintosh | APGRD, University of Oxford
- Eva Marinai | Università di Pisa
- Margherita Rubino | Università di Genova, I.N.D.A.
- Piermario Vescovo | Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
- Daniele Vianello | Università della Calabria

2019 Call for proposals – Theories and Practices of Academic Theatre

The 2019 meeting, open to any representative of academic theatrical companies, will examine the living practices of university theatre in Europe and the theoretical elaborations sustaining them. What is the relationship between the literary study of theatre and its performance on stage? What is the difference between reading a play and staging it? What are the features of actors within university? What kind of experience do the companies intend to offer to their audience? Which atypical social contexts could or should be addressed by academic theatre? How does being a university student change the approach to staging and performance?

In order to answer those questions (and many more!) we welcome proposals from active members of European university companies willing to present their own experience in the field as a case-study. We strongly encourage the presentation of the most interesting recent initiatives by the companies in any area connected to the study, the popularization, and the enjoyment of theatre.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

- Translation studies and theatre
- Classical reception studies and theatre
- Theatre outside theatre: experiences in prison, suburban areas, vulnerable social environments
- Theatre outside theatre: experiences in primary and secondary schools
- Music and theatre: original composition and innovative employment of existing material
- Original playwriting and group work; playwriting laboratories
- Innovative staging and direction practices
- Innovative performing and actorial mentoring and teaching for nonprofessional actors
- Scenography, set design and costume design
- Practices of theatre popularization
- Interactions between performance and theatre studies
- Dramatic adaptations and textual fidelity

Submitting your abstract

Proposals, in either English or Italian, must be submitted to the address within 15 April 2019. Please submit:

* An abstract of max. 1000 words describing the best practice of your choice. Since we welcome strictly academic proposals alongside with performances and practical demonstrations, the nature of the presentation is entirely in your hands, but you do have to specify the format of your proposal (talk/paper; short performance; photo/video presentation; etc.).

* A presentation of your company. The presentation will be used to increase our database of university companies (already accessible at For reasons of harmonization and consistency with the existing database, presentations must include:

(1) complete name of the company;
(2) Alma mater/University of affiliation;
(3) seat of the company (city or town);
(4) active email address;
(5) social accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube) (if any);
(6) personal website (if any);
(7) a brief history of the company (max. 200 words);
(8) 3-5 significative pictures of the company’s work;
(9) videos or other interesting material (if any).

Acceptance and further information

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by early May 2019.

Each participant will be granted 20-30 minutes depending on the type of proposal and the number of speakers; particularly motivated requests of more time will be taken into consideration. If necessary, the conveners will arrange proposals into panels grouped by connected topics.

We aim to encourage lively and energized debates during the sessions, and in this spirit, we invite observers to attend and welcome their contributions to the discussions.

The group of FAcT is welcoming and inclusive and we will be organizing lunch and drinks (aperitivo) for all the attendees.

Call: [pdf]

(CFP ended April 15, 2019)




Durham University, UK: June 12-13, 2019

This workshop will explore political uses of ancient pasts and archaeology in east-central Europe in the states during the Cold War and post-communist period. While studies have often focused on individual episodes such as Dacomania in Romania or the Thracian past in Bulgaria, this workshop will bring together different approaches and disciplines in a collaborative, comparative and interdisciplinary manner. We invite proposals for papers from scholars working on the region (loosely conceived) to establish a conversation about uses of the ancient past from the Cold War to the present.

Possible questions and issues might include (but are not limited to):

• Thinking about why ancient pasts became so important to east-central Europe from the late-twentieth century
• Considering which narratives emerged
• The location and exhibition of ‘ancient pasts’
• The formation of networks of knowledge and knowledge transfer among experts in the regions
• Identifying transnational and comparative developments in the period
• The relationship between the local, the national, and the transnational/European dimension
• Processes of forming cultural identity
• Exploring the actors in shaping ‘ancient pasts’
• The role particular disciplines took on in ‘creating’ ancient pasts
• The wider reception of ancient pasts in east-central European societies

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words with a brief biography to and by 15 March 2019.


(CFP closed March 15, 2019)




Prolepsis’ International Workshop on Latin and Greek Lexicography

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, München: June 13, 2019

The Prolepsis Association in collaboration with the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae is organizing a workshop on the history of lexicography and encyclopedic literature, and lexicography as a profession from antiquity to the present. The event will take place at the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Munich, home of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, partly in celebration of its 125th anniversary of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae.

We are soliciting abstracts proposals about topics such as (not exclusively):

* ancient, medieval and modern lexica and encyclopedic works concerning the Greek and Latin language;
* cases of correct and incorrect lexicographical interpretations, revisions, misunderstandings;
* biographical portraits of famous (ancient or modern) lexicographers or encyclopedists (e.g. Photius, Stephanus, Egidio Forcellini, etc.);
* the history of lexicographical scholarship;
* the lexicography today: what is the job of a lexicographer today, and the role of the digital humanities?

This workshop will be structured in three sessions, two in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a total of nine speakers. Each paper will last 20 minutes at most, and a short discussion will follow each presentation. An introductory speech by the Generalredaktor of the TLL, Dr. Michael Hillen, will begin the workshop.

The most relevant papers may be selected for publication. The official language of the workshop will be English.

Early career academic researchers are invited to send an anonymous abstract, not exceeding 300 words, to the email address: by 15 April 2019.

Successful speakers will be notified by 30 April 2019.

Prolepsis Commitee:
Roberta Berardi (University of Oxford)
Nicoletta Bruno (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, BadW, München)
Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)
Luisa Fizzarotti (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna)

Call: (pdf:

(CFP ended April 15, 2019)




Senate House, University of London: June 13-14, 2019

Organisers: William Coles (RHUL), Giulia Maltagliati (RHUL), assisted by Matthew John Mordue (Roehampton), Katy Mortimer (RHUL), Dimitrios Xerikos (Roehampton).

The Ancient Greeks used analogical reasoning as a key cognitive and heuristic device: comparisons of new situations with past events or similar circumstances helped foster their understanding of new situations and created expectations about the potential outcome of their decisions. In classical rhetorical theory, Aristotle describes examples as inductive arguments from analogy, central to logical reasoning (Rh. 1357b 28-30); meanwhile, Anaximenes highlights the role of past actions in lending credibility to a certain statement (Rh. Al. 1429a 22-28). Speakers could indeed resort to past events and historical figures to urge or discourage a course of action, to give post factum justification to certain choices, to comfort an addressee (non tibi hoc soli), or to emphasize the uniqueness of a given situation.

This conference aims to investigate the uses of paradeigmata comparatively and diachronically from the Ancient Greeks to the present day, exploring a variety of genres and contexts. Among the questions that will be addressed are the following: does the approach to mythological and historical material vary across time? To what extent do the various argumentative tasks performed by historical examples depend on contextual constraints? Does the literary genre influence the choice and the function of the example? How does the usage of persuasive examples change from Classical Greece to the modern day? How does the notion of legal precedent fit in?

Previous scholarship has explored the use of historical and mythical examples in epic (Wilcock 1964, Grethlein 2006), tragedy (Nicolai 2012), and oratory (Nouhaud 1982, van der Blom 2010). However, there is still scope for investigating the persuasive functions of examples and precedents: bringing together scholars from different fields, we aim to test the flexibility and continuing importance of paradeigmata, so to understand what is that makes them such a lasting and recurrent argumentative device.

Potential topics include:

* The use of persuasive examples in classical and post-classical literature: epic, lyric, drama, historiography; oratory (forensic, deliberative, epideictic) and rhetoric.
* The use of examples for didactic purposes; the moral value of examples.
* The sources of examples (history, myth, fables, literature).
* The narrative dimension of examples: omissions, manipulations, and fictitious narratives.
* Legal precedents and the use of persuasive precedents in Common and Civil Law.
* Uses of examples in religious discourse.

We warmly invite postgraduate students, early career researchers, and established academics to submit abstracts. The conference will include talks by Prof. Emmanuelle Danblon (L'Université Libre de Bruxelles), Dr. Jon Hesk (University of St. Andrews), Dr. Kathryn Tempest (University of Roehampton).

Those wishing to present a paper of 20 minutes should submit an abstract of 300 words outlining the subject of their discussion by 5th January 12th January, 2019 (extended deadline) to Please include your name, affiliation, and a brief biography of no more than 50 words in your email. An earlier expression of interest will also be welcome.

Edited 4/5/2019:

Antiopi Argyriou-Casmeridis (RHUL): Moral paradeigmata in Hellenistic honorific decrees: arete as a living example
Annette Baertschi (Bryn Mawr): Exemplarity in Petrarch’s Africa
Johanna Cordes (Hamburg): Mythological Examples in Ovid’s Ars amatoria
Simone Corvasce (Pisa): The ancient theory of paradigm and Pindaric myth
Steven Cosnett: Scipio Africanus as a negative exemplum in Livy
Irene Giaquinta (Catania): Demosthenes’ historical examples in the Against Aristocrates
William Guast (Bristol): Declamation as Exemplum
Jon Hesk (St. Andrews): [Kaynote] Analogy, metaphor, example. Reframing and folk psychology in Athenian deliberative speeches
Katarzyna Jazdzewska (Warsaw): Animal Paradeigmata in Imperial Greek Prose
Sabrina Mancuso (Pisa-Tübingen): Ino and Procne in Euripides’ tragedies: use of two mythical paradigms
Elizabeth McKnight (UCL): The use of exempla-based legal argument – Cicero, the jurists and the modern common law
Matthew Mordue (Roehampton): Negative Exempla in Pliny the Younger’s Epistles
Benoît Sans (Bruxelles): Paradeigma: an ambiguous way of proof
Kathryn Tempest (Roehampton): [Keynote] Engineering Exemplarity: The case of M. Iunius Brutus
Jessica Thorne (RHUL): Bending the Bars: Franco’s Political Prisoners and the British Left, 1960-1975
Guy Westwood (Oxford): Paradigms on Stage: Comedy, Oratory, and Historical examples in Classical Athens


(CFP closed January 12, 2019)




John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK: June 17, 2019

Accompanied by an exhibition: "Old and Rare Editions of Ancient Greek Epistolographers"

The Aldine edition of Greek epistolographers, published in 1499 in Venice, is the first printed edition of most of the 36 letter collections that it contains. Its text was based on earlier medieval epistolaria, and itself formed the basis for most of the subsequent printed editions of the collections it contained. Despite its principal position and importance, the current value of this edition for the study of Greek epistolography is not widely understood. The aims of the Rylands event are to examine collections of ancient Greek epistolographers included in the Aldine and to explore i) the roots of the Aldine edition, ii) its relationship to the medieval Byzantine manuscript epistolary collections, iii) its legacy and relationship to modern critical editions of the Greek epistolographers, and iv) its value for the needs of a modern editor and student of Greek epistolography.


10.00-10.45 Registration and Coffee
10.45-11.00 Opening Remarks: Professor Roy Gibson (Durham University)
11.00-12.30 Session 1: Aldine edition volume 1 (Chair: Professor Andrew Morrison, University of Manchester)
11.00-11.30 Professor Anna Tiziana Drago (University of Bari): “Alciphron and Theophylact Simocatta”
11.30-12.00 Professor Raphael Gallé Cejudo (University of Cadiz): “Philostratus”
12.00-12.30 Dr Owen Hodkinson (University of Leeds): “Aelian”
12.30-1.30 Lunch/Coffee
1.30-2.00 Collections Encounter: “Old and Rare Editions of Ancient Greek Epistolographers”
2.00-3.30 Session 2: Aldine edition volume 2 (Chair: Dr Vinko Hinz, Goettingen University)
2.00-2.30 Dr Antonia Sarri (University of Manchester): “Basil the Great”
2.30-3.00 Professor F. Mestre (University of Barcelona): “Apollonius of Tyana”
3.00-3.30 Dr Émeline Marquis (C.N.R.S., Paris): “Phalaris”
3.30-4.00 Round Table Discussion and Closing Remarks (Chair: Professor Andrew Morrison)

Thanks to generous support from the John Rylands Research Institute and the University of Manchester a buffet lunch and refreshments will be offered to all attendants free of charge. To aid the estimate of the seating and catering numbers, if you are planning to attend please let us know by the 1st of June 2019, by email to

After the conclusion of the day’s events, there will be an informal dinner at a nearby restaurant, which attendants are welcome to join on a pay-for-yourself basis.

The event is being organised by the AHRC project “Ancient Letter Collections”, Department of Classics Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Manchester.

Attendance is free and all are welcome.

For any questions, please contact Antonia Sarri (





Villa Virgiliana, Cuma, Italy: June 20-22, 2019

The Vergilian Society invites proposals for papers for the 2019 Symposium Cumanum at the Villa Virgiliana in Cuma, Italy.

Co-Directors: Elena Giusti (Warwick) and Victoria Rimell (Warwick)

The ‘Father of the West’ has not escaped scrutiny by feminist criticism. Since identifying the repressed female voice with Virgil’s subversive voice of loss (Perkell 1997, Nugent 1999), scholars have turned from a practice of reading Virgilian women to an investigation of women reading Virgil (Desmond 1993, Cox 2011), from accounts of the patriarchal structures underpinning the Aeneid, and the poem’s performances of masculinity (Keith 2000), to readings that assert the centrality of the feminine in what is after all a history of reproduction (McAuley 2016, Rogerson 2017). Yet feminist approaches to Virgil still represent a tiny portion of contemporary scholarship, and Virgil – unlike Homer, or Ovid – has traditionally not been seen as fertile territory for feminist philosophy. This Symposium asks how ever-evolving contemporary feminisms might engage in new dialogues not just with the Aeneid, Eclogues and Georgics, but also with the Appendix Vergiliana, and aims to reassess, through Virgil, the role and potential of feminist modes of reading within classical philology. We welcome papers on any aspect of Virgil and the feminine/feminist criticisms and theories, and particularly encourage proposals by scholars interested in engaging across disciplines, and/or with any of the following topics:

abuse, affect, agency, animal, circularity, colour, desire, ecology, hysteria, identity, identity politics, ineffectiveness, intersubjectivity, lack, maternity, metaphor, metonym, nature, origin, pain, pleasure, the political, post-critique, pregnancy, queer, race, resistance, silence, song, teleology, time, touch, transferral, translation, virginity.

Confirmed Speakers: Sergio Casali (Roma Tor Vergata), Rita Degl’Innocenti Pierini (Firenze), Alex Dressler (Wisconsin-Madison), Erik Gunderson (Toronto), Alison Keith (Toronto), Helen Lovatt (Nottingham), Sebastian Matzner (KCL), Mairéad McAuley (UCL), Ellen Oliensis (Berkeley), Christine G. Perkell (Emory), Amy Richlin (UCLA), Sarah Spence (Georgia).

Papers will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes for discussion. Participants will arrive on Wednesday 19th June and the Symposium will include visits to Virgilian sites.

Anonymised abstracts of no more than 400 words in length should be sent to by December 1, 2018.

NB. We are committed to make the event as inclusive as possible, so please do get in touch directly with the organisers if you have any enquiries regarding access or childcare, and for any further information:

Dr Elena Giusti
Prof. Victoria Rimell

For further information on this event and previous symposia, please visit the page of the Vergilian Society:


Update 13/4/2019 - Program available:

LAURA ARESI (Firenze) ‘The hidden seduction: Circe, the Sirens and the pseudo-Virgilian Copa’
FRANCESCA BELLEI (Harvard) ‘E pluribus unum: reassessing race relations in ancient Rome through Scybale’s gender”
FRANCES BERNSTEIN (Princeton) “Vergil’s Camilla and the metapoetics of gendered paradox”
SERGIO CASALI (Roma Tor Vergata) “The dangerousness of Dido”
SIOBHAN CHOMSE (RHUL) “Virgil’s Aeneid and the feminine sublime”
BOB COWAN (Sydney) “Mothers in arms: towards an ecofeminist reading of the Georgics”
RITA DEGL’INNOCENTI PIERINI (Firenze) “In and out of the palace. The feminine spaces in the Aeneid”
ALEX DRESSLER (Wisconsin-Madison) “Vergil, gender, personification, and aesthetics: “omni nunc arte magistra” (Aeneid 8.442)”
CRESCENZO FORMICOLA (Napoli Federico II) “Female revenge, revenge of destiny: from Virgil to Ovid to Rushdie.”
TOM GEUE (St Andrews) “Power of deduction, labour of reproduction: Virgil’s Sixth Eclogue and the exploitation of women”
ERIK GUNDERSON (Toronto) “The asexual reproduction of gender as problematic: Vergil, Aeneid 4 and beyond”
ERIN M. HANSES (PSU) “Natura creatrix? Virgil’s de-feminizing of Lucretius’ concept of nature in the Georgics”
JACQUELINE KLOOSTER (Groningen) “Love and the city. Dido in the Neapolitan novels of Elena Ferrante.”
HELEN LOVATT (Nottingham) “The power of sadness and women’s grief in the Aeneid”
MAIRÉAD MCAULEY (UCL) ‘Dextrae iungere dextram: Virgil, Venus, and the affective dynamics of touch in the Aeneid’
NANDINI PANDEY (Wisconsin-Madison) “Metapoetic midwives in and around Vergil: gender-bending generative labor from Vulcan to Proba”
CHRISTINE G. PERKELL (Emory) “Creusa and Dido revisited”
SARAH SPENCE (Georgia) “Dido redux”
VIOLA STARNONE (UCD) ‘Erotic love and its matrix in Virgil’
JEFFREY ULRICH (Rutgers) “Vox omnibus una: a re-assessment of the feminine vox in Aeneid 5”
KATHRIN WINTER (Heidelberg) “Woman without womb. Scylla’s body, identity and fluidity in the pseudo-Virgilian Ciris”

(CFP closed December 1, 2018)




Durham Centre for Classical Reception (Durham University, UK): June 21-22, 2019

The Durham Centre for Classical Reception is pleased to invite you to a two day interdisciplinary conference to be held in Durham on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June, 2019.

‘Classical Encounters: Receptions of antiquity in the long nineteenth-century’ will bring together scholars from a broad range of disciplines to explore encounters with the ancient world in nineteenth-century visual, material, literary and political culture and the implications of these encounters on discourses such as nationhood, colonialism, race, religion, gender, sexuality and death. A roundtable will offer interdisciplinary interventions on classical receptions to discuss the future(s) of reception studies.

Confirmed contributors include Abigail Baker (Warwick), Athena Leoussi (Reading), Carrie Vout (Cambridge), Charles Martindale (York), Daniel Hartley (Durham), Edmund Richardson (Durham), Laura Jensen (Bristol), Liz Prettejohn (York), Rachel Bryant-Davies (Durham) and Shelley Hales (Bristol).

The event is free to attend and registration open to all. Postgraduate and early career researchers working in classical reception are especially encouraged to attend.


Abigail Baker (Great North Museum) : 'Troy in London: making sense of Schliemann’s first exhibition'
Rachel Bryant Davies (Durham) : '‘Little Archaeologists': the Impact of Schliemann's Excavations at Hissarlik in Victorian Children's Magazines'
Sarah Budasz (Durham) : 'Archeological racialization in French travel writing to the Orient: exploratory thoughts'
Thomas Couldridge (Durham) : 'South Kensington Cupid: A New Chapter?'
Emily Dunn (Durham) : 'Dr Price and the 1884 Cremation of the Christ Child'
Shelley Hales (Bristol) : 'Mortal Remains and Immortal Ruins: Classical Archaeology and Cultures of Death in the Nineteenth Century'
Athena Leoussi (Reading) : 'Citizens and Athletes: Classical Greek concepts of humanity in the making of modern European nations in the long 19th century'
Daniel Orrells (King’s College London) : 'Visualising Antiquity in the Eighteenth Century'
Maddalena Ruini (Durham) : 'The Prime Minister and the Archaeologist: retelling the Homeric Age'
Helen Slaney (Roehampton) : Title TBC
Carrie Vout (Cambridge) : 'The classical and biblical in dialogue: a conversation in Victorian sculpture'
Roundtable: Interdisciplinarity and the Futures of Classical Reception (with Blaz Zabel (Durham), Charles Martindale (York), Daniel Hartley (Durham), Edmund Richardson (Durham), further contributors TBC)





Leiden University, The Netherlands: June 21-22, 2019

We invite proposals (for papers of 30 minutes) for a two-day workshop at Leiden University (The Netherlands) on the theme “Assessing Cicero’s (in)constantia through the Ages”. The workshop will be dedicated to the question how later authors reacted to the theme of philosophical, political and oratorical consistency, which was so prominent within Cicero’s oeuvre and his own life. To give just one example per category: (a) philosophy: in De officiis 1.125, Cicero affirms that nothing is more fitting than preserving consistency in every action and plan; (b) politics: long parts of the Pro Sulla are dedicated to Cicero’s self-defence from the charge of not showing political consistency compared to his behaviour as consul; (c) (forensic) oratory: in the Pro Cluentio, Cicero has to explain why his stance is completely opposite to his views during a previous court case involving Cluentius.

Cicero’s (in)constantia has consistently triggered readers in antiquity and beyond. In antiquity, one can think of Velleius Paterculus’ praise that Cicero acted with exceptional constantia in handling the Catilinarian conspiracy and contrast this to the critical remark by Iunius Bassus in Seneca’s Controversiae that Cicero lacked constantia. Famous is Petrarch’s disappointment about the inconsistency between Cicero’s public and private behaviour after having rediscovered his Letters to Atticus or Theodor Mommsen’s biting characterisation of Cicero as a person without any moral compass and without any consistent behaviour.

During the workshop, we would like to examine why the theme continued to interest readers through the ages. We are especially interested in the underlying moral expectations and evaluations with regard to Cicero’s (in)constantia. We especially welcome proposals that investigate the interrelatedness of two or even all three fields mentioned above: philosophy, rhetoric and politics.

Keynote speaker: Matthew Roller (Johns Hopkins University).

The workshop will take place in Leiden on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June, 2019. Hotel costs of the participants will be covered (for two nights), but travel costs will be at personal expense.

The workshop is organised as part of the Leiden research project "Mediated Cicero", funded by the ‘Netherlands Organisations for Scientific Research’ (NWO), principle investigator Christoph Pieper.

If you are interested in participating, please send your proposal of max. 300 words by February 10, 2019 to Christoph Pieper ( For further information, please also contact the organiser.



(CFP closed February 10, 2019)




Theme: Communities and Contexts in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama

Oxford (Ioannou Centre) & Royal Holloway, Egham: June 24-25, 2019

The 19th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 24 June (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Tuesday 25 June (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Communities and Contexts in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM: This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s focus will range from the concept and involvement of communities (choruses, audiences, etc.) in and out of their (cultural, performative, etc.) contexts in the interpretations of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondent will be Dr Hallie Marshall (University of British Columbia). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Fiona Macintosh, Prof. Oliver Taplin and Dr Justine McConnell. The first day of the symposium will include a performance from By Jove Theatre Company.

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

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

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performance presentation on ‘Communities and Contexts in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by FRIDAY 5 APRIL 2019 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

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



(CFP closed April 5, 2019)




Thematic session at: EASR 2019 Religion – Continuations and Disruptions

Tartu, Estonia: June 25-29, 2019

Convener(s): Daniel Barbu, CNRS, PSL Research University, UMR 8584; Francesco Massa, University of Geneva

This panel proposes to explore the different modes of interaction with the mythological traditions of the classical world in the Jewish, Christian or Islamic literatures of the late antique and medieval periods. The aim of this panel is to engage in a reflexions on the status, place, function and role of the “pagan” past in the elaboration of a discourse articulating religious identities to a historical rupture, while at the same time becoming an important channel of transmission and reception of classical mythology. In this process, “pagan” myths, understood not only as a deceitful form of speech but also as a source of historical knowledge, came to contribute to the various ways in which Jews, Christians and Muslims thought about history, and especially, the history of religions. This panel, encouraging a comparative perspective, grounded in rigorous historical and/or philological methodologies, welcomes contributions on case studies shedding light on the ambiguities of this relation between myth and history in specific historical contexts. Are also welcome contributions addressing the question from a historiographical vantage point, for instance by considering the place of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic discourses about the “pagan” past in the historiography of the comparative study of religion.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract to this open session, please do so by December 15, 2018 on the conference website:



(CFP closed December 15, 2018)




12th Celtic Conference in Classics. Coimbra, Portugal: 26-29 June, 2019

Marc Mendoza (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) []
Borja Antela-Bernárdez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) []
Eran Almagor (Independent Scholar) []

The growing role of women exercising power - or at least having agency - is considerably evident in descriptions of the political upheavals in the broad Greek-speaking world after Alexander, as compared with previous periods. Seemingly, they were no longer the passive players in the internal and international sphere, as often found in myths, or in the stock - and half earnest - explanations for the causes of wars (e.g., Herodotus, 1.1-5). Hellenistic queens have been a subject of research. Yet, this panel seeks to address this role of women in the political scene both as a historical phenomenon at large and as a historiographical or literary topos.

The panel attempts to tackle the question of whether this was a truly significant historical change, and if so, whether it stemmed from real political and structural developments that the societies of newly formed kingdoms underwent. The panel will also focus on the historiographical tradition that began to take shape in the Hellenistic period - roughly from the Alexander era until the dominance of Rome in the Mediterranean. This literary tradition included references to men and women of the new courts, allotting them roles that were known to exist till then in barbaric environs, like the Persian court. The Hellenistic tradition evolved over the years and it is in the roots of our modern approaches, mixed with contemporary influences, biases and commonplaces.

This panel is not limited to Hellenistic history researchers, but rather seeks to add different perspectives coming from genre studies or modern reception studies, among others, for a fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue. In addition, it will aim to combine well-established scholars as well as young scholars.

Topics suggested for this panel include, but not exclusively, the following questions:

- The powers of Hellenistic Queens.
- Power, agency and sexuality in the Hellenistic period.
- Women in the propaganda wars of the Hellenistic period.
- Women at the crossroads of Greek and non-Greek traditions in the Seleucid and Ptolemaic monarchies.
- Hellenistic queens and Roman politics.
- Queens in the Hellenistic minor kingdoms (e.g. Hasmonean and Greco-Bactrian kingdoms, among others).
- Women in Hellenistic historiography: the formation of new themes and agendas.
- Depictions of non-royal women and their agency in Hellenistic historiography.
- The relationship between depictions of women agency in historiographical writing and literature or visual arts during the Hellenistic period.
- Modern reception of the image of Hellenistic Queens in historiography.
- Modern reception of the image of Hellenistic Queens in literature and other media.

Prospective speakers are invited to send a short abstract (no more than 300 words) to no later than 28/02/2019. Acceptance of the papers will be communicated in the following weeks.

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 28, 2019)




12th Celtic Conference in Classics. Coimbra, Portugal: 26-29 June, 2019

David Bouvier (University of Lausanne) []
Maria de Fátima Silva (University of Coimbra) []
Maria das Graças Augusto (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) []

Classical reception studies have paid great attention to the process of transformation and re-appropriation of mythological themes and ancient literary motives from Antiquity to Contemporary period. Our panel will aim at examining the use and references to ancient literature and mythology in two contrasting genres that have in common the principle of “brevity”: short stories and summaries. Is there a special way to refer to Classics in short stories? How much an epic, a tragedy, a comedy, a historical episode or a philosophical argument can be transformed into a short story? How a special episode of an ancient work can become the argument of a short story or of a tale? What narrative strategies are used to transpose a motive from an extensive work to a short story? Is the technique of summary an important tool in this process?

This panel will not only be interested in the presence of mythological themes in contemporary short narratives, but will also pay attention to the role of summary in the process of classical reception. Summary is a good way to recapture a previous narration into a new work. In Archaic Greece, for example, we can find summaries of the Trojan war already in the Odyssey. Demodocos’ song about the Ilioupersis is summarised at Book 8 of the Odyssey. Odyssean episodes offer an ideal material for short stories. Even short stories writers found also their idea and themes in ancient historians, philosophers and prose writers. Examples are numerous.

Summaries will also play an important role in the transmission of tragedies and mythology. Many manuscripts contain summaries of the different books of the Homeric epics or of tragedies. Many myths have also been summarised by different mythographers. Is this material used today by short stories writers, editors, screenwriters who propose abbreviated forms of ancient epics or dramas?

The variety of contributions will allow a comparative perspective in the adoption of greco-latin models, considering subjects and aesthetic solutions.

Different perspectives to be adopted:

* aesthetic strategies on importing ancient subjects and forms
* theoretical testimonies about affinities between classical paradigms and contemporary rewriting
* transversal connections within different literatures
* ancient and other intermediary sources
* personality of different authors and their access, more or less direct, to the ancient sources
* analysis of particular authors and texts

CCC website:




12th Celtic Conference in Classics. Coimbra, Portugal: 26-29 June, 2019

Tereza Virgínia Ribeiro Barbosa (FALE/UFMG) []
Marina Pelluci Duarte Mortoza (FALE/UFMG - Brazil) []

This panel aims to be a display of how Brazilian Literature receives the Classical Tradition in some of its most renowned works. We intend to reflect about the ways in which Brazilian literary authors reread and rewrite Classical culture in a significant way to their own cultural context. Avoiding the traps of ethnocentric comparative interpretations, we suggest that the survival of Classical texts in Brazilian Literature rests in a dialogue between reiterating identity and inaugurating fundamental differences. Therefore, this panel aims to display some significant examples of the Brazilian literary richness, dealing with works which are capable of being utterly innovative in their use of Classical elements to create their own universe. It is our wish to point at the potentialities of works that are still unknown, or little studied worldwide, in order to offer our audience the possibility of getting in contact with some of the most important and influential authors of Brazilian literature, while offering comments and insights on the main themes in their works and on how they explore the Classics in their own creations. In this sense, this panel wants also to investigate how diverse the Brazilian Classical Reception can be from the European one. We follow two main theoretical approaches in our analysis: the idea of “cultural appropriation” (Benjamin; Sanders) and the notions of Intertextuality and Classical Reception (Martindale, 1993; Fowler, 1997).

The theory of “cultural appropriation” was forged by the mixing of two other theories: Walter Benjamin’s ideas about translation, and Julie Sanders’ thoughts on adaptation and appropriation in literature (Castello Branco, 2008; Sanders, 2006). This theory is also in contact with some of the ideas expressed by T. S. Eliot, Jorge Luis Borges and Silviano Santiago. The main developments of this trend of thought can be illustrated by different projects of Brazilian intellectuals, such as Oswald de Andrade, Mário de Andrade, Mário Faustino and Haroldo de Campos, who worked intensely analyzing how Brazilian authors made use of different cultural traditions (including the Classical one), at a time when Reception Studies were not even a well established discipline. The main ideas circulating amongst such intellectuals, from the 1920’s onwards, were to build new artistic theories and practices from the Brazilian potpourri of European, African and Indigenous cultures. Intending to provide new ways of thinking and writing, as an alternative to more traditional and Eurocentric ones, the main objective of this cultural movement was to reflect upon an authentic Brazilian national identity. Taking these ideas into account, the notion of “cultural appropriation” intends to analyze in which ways different cultures interact and develop in new cultural contexts, such as the Brazilian one.

In turn, we work also with the notion of Inter textuality (from the perspective of reception), as it locates intertextuality in the reader. Fowler (1997), for instance, contrasts the structuralist perspective of intertextuality, centered on the text and on a literary system considered stable, and its post-structuralist perspective, focused on the reception process. From this post-structuralist point of view, intertextuality is located in a reading practice, in such a way that modern theories or modern stories may affect our constructions of Antiquity. This approach presents the “possibility of reversing the directionality of intertextual reference”, and proposes intertextuality as a non-unidirectional process. From a similar point of view, Martindale (1993) mentions some of Derrida’s ideas concerning the capacity of texts for “reingrafting themselves within new contexts,” and suggests a process of “recontextualization,” according to which the meanings of a text become constantly new at the point of different receptions. This is precisely what happens in the process of incorporation and appropriation which some Brazilian authors make of the Classical Tradition and the ancient texts.

Considering the possibilities offered by such theoretical approaches, this panel deals with works of Brazilian literature of different literary genres (such as poetry, short story, theater, and novel), in order to highlight various forms of dialogue with the Classical Tradition. The authors covered by our analysis are as varied as: José de Anchieta, Machado de Assis, Jorge de Lima, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Cecília Meirelles, Guimarães Rosa, Murilo Rubião, Guilherme de Figueiredo, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Millôr Fernandes, Haroldo de Campos, Hilda Hilst, Mário Faustino, Paulo Leminski, and the theatrical group Teatro Invertido.

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12th Celtic Conference in Classics. Coimbra, Portugal: 26-29 June, 2019

Silverio Franzoni (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa & École Pratique des Hautes Études - PSL, Paris) []
Elisa Lonati (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa & École Pratique des Hautes Études - PSL, Paris) []
Adriano Russo (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa & École Pratique des Hautes Études - PSL, Paris) []

Through a path sometimes glorious, sometimes humble, a major part of classical literature has survived through the Middle Ages and has acquired a new life, according to the different historical moments which characterized each area of Europe.

The aim of this panel is to explore how medieval authors have dealt with the classical heritage within their own cultural context. On the one hand, we will look at what type of classical texts they had at their disposal, what textual tradition was known to them and how this tradition moved from one place, library or scholar to the other.

On the other hand, we aim at an in-depth evaluation of the role of classical models in medieval works. This enquiry could illustrate different degrees of exploitation of classical texts: from systematic excerption to scattered quotations naturalized in different frameworks, from the reshaping of biographies, political and philosophical treatises to the reuse of poetical patterns in order to convey new values.

Making sense always implies a multiple perspective. The goal of this panel is to encourage the interaction between different points of view – historical, philological, literary, philosophical, scientific – in order to get a better understanding of the cultural background through which the Classics had to pass before reaching us.

Topics for papers may include:

- Manuscript traditions of classical texts from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages
- Latin classics in medieval libraries
- Medieval scholarship on Latin classics
- Classical authors in medieval florilegia
- Scattered quotations in medieval works
- Reuse of Latin classics in literary, philosophical and scientific works
- Christian reshaping of classical models

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

Submitting papers: We envisage a panel of around 15 speakers, so that each speaker could present a paper of around 35-40 minutes. Both papers in English and in French are accepted.

If you wish to submit a paper, please send a short abstract in English to The deadline for submitting papers is 22/02/2019. Acceptance of the papers will be communicated shortly thereafter.

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 22, 2019)




12th Celtic Conference in Classics. Coimbra, Portugal: 26-29 June, 2019

Panel Coordinators:
Janet Downie (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill):
Lawrence Kim (Trinity University):
Aldo Tagliabue (University of Notre Dame):

The term “Second Sophistic” has always been political. Flavius Philostratus, who invented it, used the phrase to connect Imperial epideictic with the classical past of Athens, and when Erwin Rohde revived the term in the nineteenth century, his picture of Imperial Greek writers struggling to preserve an evanescent Hellenism reflected the fears of nineteenth century German nationalism. In recent decades, the label “Second Sophistic” has been adopted pragmatically as a convenient and meaningful frame for the growing scholarly conversation about Greek literary culture of the first three centuries CE, but it seems time to examine the intellectual consequences of this frame: What do we gain, and what do we miss when we read Imperial literature through the lens of the Second Sophistic? Does the term foster what Tim Whitmarsh describes as a “modern fantasy” of “seamless panhellenism”, or does it help to illuminate creative tensions between tradition and innovation in the literature of the period? What is distinctly “sophistic” about the “Second Sophistic”? And where does this term stand in relation to Imperial Literature understood more broadly as encompassing not only more or less classicizing Greek texts from the pagan sphere, but also Latin, Christian, Jewish, and other literary and paraliterary texts?

We invite contributions that approach the politics of the Second Sophistic from a variety of perspectives: papers that address the literary, cultural, visual, linguistic, religious politics of the Imperial period itself, as well as papers that address the politics of the scholarly reception and interpretation of the period’s literary and cultural products – from large-scale cultural narratives of Greek tradition, decadence, and “Oriental” othering, to the politics of canonicity and disciplinary divides in the modern academy.

Paper presentations will be 30 minutes, followed by twenty minutes for discussion, as we hope to encourage dialogue.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 800 words (including bibliography), as well as a CV, by 18 February 2019 to the following email address:

For further information, please contact any of the organizers.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 4 March 2019

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 18, 2019)




12th Celtic Conference in Classics. Coimbra, Portugal: 26-29 June, 2019

And there came the daughter of Nereus, silver-footed Thetis,
The fair-tressed sepia, dread goddess with mortal voice,
Who alone, being a fish, knows both white and black.

(Matron, Attikon Deipnon = Ath. 1.135, tr. E. Aston 2009)

Despite languishing in relative obscurity, the Nereid Thetis is one of the most intriguing and ambiguous female figures of Greek myth. In her seminal work (The Power of Thetis - 1991), Laura Slatkin demonstrates that the Iliad presents Thetis as a formerly powerful, yet ultimately marginalised deity. The mistress of cords and binding, Thetis both averts and brings on destruction (Slatkin 1991: 65-67). In this capacity, she plays an active role in divine affairs: in one instance, she rescues Hephaestus and Dionysus, and in another she frees Zeus from the bonds clapped upon him by the rebellious Olympians (Slatkin 1991: 56-61). Furthermore, Zeus and Poseidon both “court” Thetis until they learn that she is destined to bear a son more powerful than his father. To avert this threat to his kingship, Zeus decides to marry her off against her will to his mortal grandson, Peleus (Pi. I. 8.26-45). Thetis metamorphoses into many forms to evade Peleus but eventually yields to his violent advances; their struggle is frequently portrayed in Greek pottery.

The post-Iliadic receptions of Thetis likewise characterise her in terms of both awe and ambiguity. The Greeks deemed her both lovely and terrifying: the Thetis of Thessalian folklore commands the barren depths of the sea and wards off plagues (Aston 2009), while the lost poem Aegimius has her throw her children into a cauldron of boiling water to ascertain whether they are mortal, an ordeal which only Achilles survives. Roman writers brought new meanings to the name of Thetis, who merits the title of shapeshifter from her diverse appearances in the Latin literary tradition. Catullus describes her marriage to Peleus as voluntary and employs it to frame the epyllion of Poem 64; she resurfaces in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and features so prominently in Book 1 of Statius’ Achilleid that it is sometimes termed the ‘Theteid’ (Koster 1979: 199). Thetis has even captured the modern imagination: she appears in the cult classic Clash of the Titans (1981), in quasi-mortal form in Troy (2004), and as a prominent (albeit one-note) antagonist in Miller’s Song of Achilles (2012).

Throughout history, myths on Thetis have constantly been refashioned by creative retellings into nebulous networks of ideologically biased narratives. Even though each version differs from its counterparts, they hold one element in common: the Nereid remains a “figure of cosmic capacity” (Slatkin 1991: 12), holding sway over hearts and minds. Our desire to focus on her at the 2019 Celtic Conference in Classics, almost thirty years after the publication of The Power of Thetis, further attests to her enduring appeal. We invite proposals for papers which comprehensively reexamine the complex figure of Thetis and her depictions in different media (text, pottery, painting, song, opera, film, theatre, etc.) both in Graeco-Roman antiquity and beyond.

Papers might address, but are not limited to, the following questions:
* The nature and extent of Thetis’ power and weakness - different conceptualizations of Thetis’ position in the divine hierarchy - Thetis and the prophecy of Zeus’ downfall - Thetis’ voice and agency
* Visions of Thetis in post-Classical works: facets of Thetis’ mythos (e.g. structures of cosmic power; divine relations; maternity and mortality) reverberating in traditions, contexts, and media beyond the Greco-Roman world
* The myth of Thetis employed as political and/or social commentary - how do literary works in the Greco-Roman world take up (or activate) and reshape the paradigm of Thetis?
* The roles of gender, sexuality, and sexual violence in the mythos of Thetis - transgression and conformity - ancient and post-ancient interpretations of Thetis’ “courtship” with Zeus and Poseidon (how do we interpret Thetis’ ‘almost γάμος’ in this context?) and her relationship with Peleus - double standards concerning sexual violence, whether committed by divine characters against mortals or vice versa
* Thetis’ relationships with other deities - her sympathies and dislikes - interactions with Olympian deities (e.g. Zeus, Hera, Hephaestus, Dionysus, Apollo, etc.) and her immediate family (Nereids, Nereus)
* Thetis in relation to non-Olympian goddesses (e.g. Eos, Medea, Circe, Tethys, Metis, Amphitrite, Eurynome, Nemesis, Aphrodite) or as an exceptional character who evades obvious parallels

In order to encourage discussion of work-in-progress, we have designed our panel schedule to accommodate two different paper lengths: 20 minutes and 40 minutes. Please submit a proposal of 350 words if you would like to present a shorter paper and 500 words for the longer option, and indicate which length you prefer.

The submission deadline for abstracts is 28th February 2019 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 8th, 2019. Submissions are to be sent to the following address:

Please include a short biography and specify your affiliation in the body of your email: attach the abstract as a separate file (preferably WORD/PDF) with no personal identification.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 31st March 2019.

David J. Wright (Fordham University)
Maciej Paprocki (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
Gary Vos (University of Edinburgh)
Astrid Khoo (University College London)

Laura Slatkin (NYU Gallatin)
Seemee Ali (Carthage College)
Diana Burton (Victoria University of Wellington)
Peter J. Heslin (Durham University)

As the organization is unable to provide financial support, participants will need to pay for their travel and accommodation expenses as well as registration fees. A subscription fee of ca. 100€ is to be expected with some optional plans for a half day excursion and a final dinner.

CCC website:

(CFP closed March 8, 2019)




New York City: June 26-29, 2019

Theme: Classical Receptions

One hundred years of teaching Latin and Greek. One hundred years of pedagogical innovation. One hundred years of connecting a community of teachers and professors. The American Classical League is marking a milestone, one hundred years of celebrating, supporting, and advancing the teaching and learning of Greek and Latin languages. I invite you to participate in the ACL Centennial Institute in New York City, June 26-29, 2019. The New York Hilton Midtown will be the Institute location. Additional housing will be available on the campus of New York University. If you have never attended a Summer Institute, it is an experience unlike any other Classics conference, one that enables Latin teachers and Classicists to mingle, interact, and genuinely get to know each other. Presentations at Institute range from 30 to 60 to 90 minutes so that everyone there has a chance to let a new idea really take root and to give plenty of time for everyone to ask questions or to truly do a workshop. In between sessions, there are frequent opportunities to meet others in the exhibit hall and gathering spaces. There are, moreover, scholarships to help support travel to New York City and participation in the Centennial Institute.

The theme of this year’s Institute is classical receptions. So there will be special plenary featuring three writers who draw inspiration from the classical world: Steven Saylor, Madeline Miller, and George O’Connor. In addition, excursions to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center, the American Numismatic Society, and the Queens Museum are planned, not to mention special panels and festivities.

I encourage you to submit an abstract for an Institute presentation, poster, or roundtable discussion. The deadline for abstracts is January 15. For more information, feel free to contact me [John Gruber-Miller, jeph@UMD.EDU] or visit the 2019 ACL Centennial Institute website at


(CFP closed January 15. 2019)




Lyon, France: June 27-29, 2019

P. Brillet-Dubois, A.-S. Noel, B. Nikolsky and research center HiSoMA ( invite paper proposals for an international conference to be held in Lyon, June 27-29th 2019.

In recent years, the tragic art of Euripides has been examined in more eclectic ways than during the peak of new historicist studies, and methods have been developed involving not only social, political, anthropological and religious but also (meta-)poetic, structural, dramaturgical and musical considerations. These perspectives are either juxtaposed to encompass the complexity of Euripides's drama or articulated to each other, aesthetic form being seen as a mode of political thought. The context within which drama needs to be interpreted has been expanded to include not only the institutions and dynamics of the Athenian city, but also other forms of poetry, art and thought to which the poet alludes in a constantly creative way or with which he competes. The conference aims at bringing together such diverse approaches to reexamine the relation between Euripides's poetics and the politics of his time.

Some of the questions that the conference hopes to raise are the following:

* How would we define today the political meaning of Euripides's plays?
* How is this meaning articulated to their form, structure, rhythm and other poetic aspects? How do studies on the materiality of Greek drama contribute to the question of politics?
* How does performance actualize or enhance the political impact of the tragic text and how do performance studies contribute to the political interpretation of Euripides's plays?
* Should we renounce the idea that Euripides is conveying a precise political message in a given play or does the combination of new methods allow us to identify his voice in a more subtle way than before? What is the specificity of his tragedies and of his approach to politics?
* Does a political interpretation preclude a search for a universal human meaning? When both meanings coexist, what are the poetical or dramaturgical means that unite or distinguish them?
* How can we integrate the fragmentary plays in the interpretation of Euripides's politics?
* Can the political reception of Euripides's plays throughout the centuries help us frame in a fresh way the relation between Euripides's poetics and the politics of his time?

Questions and abstracts (no more than half a page) should be sent before [extended deadline] October 12th October 7th, 2018 to:

Submissions will be examined by the members of the scientific committee: P. Brillet-Dubois (Université Lumière Lyon 2-HiSoMA), A. Beltrametti (Università di Pavia), D. Mastronarde (UC Berkeley), B. Nikolsky (RANEPA, Moscow), A.-S. Noel (ENS Lyon-HiSoMA), V. Wohl (University of Toronto).

Call: [pdf]

(CFP closed October 12, 2018)




Freiburg im Breisgau, 27–29 June 2019

The reign of Charles V (1519–1556) coincided with the diffusion of Renaissance humanism throughout Europe. Whereas various research projects and a host of publications in the domain of history and art history have significantly improved our knowledge about Charles V and his court, it is surprising to see that his reception in literature, and especially in Neo-Latin literature, has to date received much less scholarly attention. Important work has nonetheless paved the way for further research. Suffice it to mention John Flood’s Poets Laureate in the Holy Roman Empire: A Bio-Bibliographical Handbook (Berlin / New York 2006), the investigation of Habsburg panegyric, conducted by a Neo-Latin research team in Vienna, led by Franz Römer and Elisabeth Klecker (see, among others, their contributions in Karl V. 1500–1558. Neue Perspektiven seiner Herrschaft in Europa und Übersee, edd. Alfred Kohler e.a. [Vienna 2002]), and the collection of essays, published by Roland Béhar and Mercedes Blanco (“Les Poètes de l’Empereur. La cour de Charles-Quint dans le renouveau littéraire du XVIe siècle”, in: e-Spania, 13, 2 [2012]), as well as seminal studies by Peter Burke (“Presenting and Re-Presenting Charles V”, in: Charles V 1500–1558 and his Time, edd. Hugo Soly / Wim Blockmans [Antwerp 1999], 393–475) and Hermann Wiegand (“Das Bild Kaiser Karls V. in der neulateinischen Dichtung Deutschlands”, in: Acta conventus Neo-Latini Bonnensis, edd. Rhoda Schnur e.a. [Tempe, AZ 2006], 121–143).

Neo-Latin authors have played a substantial role in fashioning the image and perception of Charles V. Their writings help us to refine and correct our understanding of the image-building and communication strategies surrounding the Emperor. The 500th anniversary of the election of Charles V as King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor on 28 June 1519 offers a symbolic occasion for a fresh look at the Latin literature devoted to or connected with him. At stake are not only contemporary authors, but also litterati from later periods, who looked back and reflected on his rule. The range of possible topics is very wide and includes, among others, the following themes and questions:

The imperial myth: Neo-Latin authors have contributed substantially to the development of an imperial ideology surrounding Charles V in all its allegorical and symbolic dimensions. Charles’s chancellor, Mercurino Gattinara (1465–1530), in particular, propagated the idea of an empire, established by divine providence, and others elaborated upon this concept with messianic motifs and prophetic claims. In this perspective, the Emperor was entrusted with the task of uniting the world under his sole pastoral care, waging war against the heretics and infidels, and re-installing a universal monarchy. At the same time, the Emperor was styled as a hero and a saint according to literary, historical, philosophical and religious norms, conventions and models, drawn from both Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The rich Neo-Latin source material, that is abundantly available in both printed and manuscript form, yields a multiplicity of literary contexts to be explored, topics and techniques of praise and blame to be analyzed and different forms of imperial representation to be examined.

Divergences and similarities: Beyond the universal ambitions of the Emperor, the relevant texts offer a multitude of both laudatory and critical statements and judgments about Charles V, which need to be scrutinized in their respective historical contexts. In addition to the special case of foreign enemies of Charles and his opponents within the Empire, such as the Protestants, there are various national or regional perspectives to be taken into account: How did other courts and territories position themselves vis-à-vis the Emperor and the Holy Roman Empire? How were dramatic events, such as the Sacco di Roma of 1527, commented upon in different milieus? Did all Neo-Latin authors share the same ethical and aesthetical ideals in the way they portrayed Charles? To what extent were the literary discourses surrounding Charles determined by the rules and principles of distinctive literary genres?

Social strategies and patronage: The Latin literature devoted to or connected with Charles V plays a special role in the context of patronage and, more generally, in the construction of social relationships in a court environment. Throughout the early modern age Neo-Latin literature, in particular, often served as a literary instrument for securing the support of a mecenas and gaining access to specific communities. At times the Emperor himself acted as a patron, but high-ranking persons from his entourage assumed that role as well. It will thus be interesting to pursue the question how the relationships between these different partners were constructed and staged in Neo-Latin texts. The panegyrical Poemata of Antonio Sebastiano Minturno (1500–1574), e.g., published in 1564 but partly written already during Charles’s lifetime, illustrate both options at the same time: the poems eulogize not only Charles V, but also his secretaries Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle (1484–1550) and Francisco de los Cobos (ca. 1477–1547), as well as Miguel Mai (ca. 1480–1546), who served as Charles’s ambassador in Rome from 1528 to 1533 and was thereafter Vice-Chancellor of the Crown of Aragón. The timing of the publication is, in this case as in many others, a further factor that merits attention.

Practical information:

Topics: We welcome papers on specific case studies that focus on individual texts, authors or courts, but it will also be possible to combine various facets and analyze, e.g., specific events, such as a coronation or a Joyous Entry, from different points of view. Neo-Latin texts in both verse and prose can be dealt with.

Proposals and registration: Paper proposals, containing a provisional title and an abstract of ca. 10 lines, should reach one of the organizers by 1 December 2018 via e-mail. Participants who will not give a paper do not need to register.

Travel and accommodation: The conference will start with a key-note lecture on 27 June in the evening and close on 29 June around noon. Rooms will be booked by the organizers, unless participants explicitly point out that they prefer to make their own arrangements. Further practical details will be communicated after the deadline for proposals has passed and the list of speakers has been established. The organizers will make every effort to raise the funds necessary for covering travel and accommodation costs of all speakers.

Location: Haus zur Lieben Hand (Löwenstraße 16) and the library of the Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie of the University of Freiburg.

Format: 20 minutes for the paper and 10 minutes for discussion. Papers can be delivered in German, English, French, Italian or Latin.

Publication: The conference proceedings will be published in the series ‘NeoLatina’ (Tübingen: Gunter Narr-Verlag).

About the ‘NeoLatina’ conferences: The Neo-Latin conferences in Freiburg were initiated in 1999 by Eckard Lefèvre and Eckart Schäfer under the title ‘Freiburger Neulateinisches Symposion’. Since then, they have been organized every year and have become an acclaimed event in the community of Neo-Latin scholars. Since 2013 the conference runs under the title ‘NeoLatina’ in order to document its link with the Gunter Narr publishing house, which produces the conference proceedings.

Organizers: Virginie Leroux (École pratique des hautes études, EPHE, PSL; virginie@leroux.netv), Marc Laureys (Universität Bonn;, Florian Schaffenrath (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Neulateinische Studien, Innsbruck;, Stefan Tilg (Universität Freiburg;


(CFP closed December 1, 2018)




Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford: June 28, 2019

Following the success of our last study day on the role and perception of replicas in museums and heritage, the Lasting Impressions team is delighted to announce that on 28th June 2019, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford will play host to a follow-up study day on the subject of Making and Re-Making the Replica. We propose to explore issues of materials and manufacture, encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative work.

The morning of the event will be dedicated to short speaker presentations, with the afternoon giving attendees the opportunity to explore an interactive pop-up exhibition. Students and early career researchers are warmly invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations and/or posters to be delivered at the event. We also seek creative contributions to the exhibition.

Further details:

Let’s put the materiality of replicas under the microscope! Join us to explore the ‘object-ness’ of copies through a consideration of their own unique materials and manufacturing processes. After the success of Lasting Impressions 2018, which focused on the institutional role of the replica, the 2019 study day aims to challenge notions of value in relation to reproductions, especially concepts of ‘(un)originality’ and ‘aura’. We aim to consider how making reproductions constitutes its own form of knowledge construction, questioning how changes in materiality through the reproduction process impacts upon the form, functionand meaning of objects in museums and beyond.

The study day will comprise a morning session of conference-style presentations, complemented in the afternoon by an interactive pop-up exhibition. Tours of reproduction galleries across Oxford University Museums will complete the programme.

Call for Contributions: We invite proposals for research posters and paper presentations of approximately 15 minutes on themes including, but not limited to:

• Materials and technologies for replica-making, both historical and modern
• Conservation projects and innovation
• Engagements with the materiality of the replica in museums and heritage
• The making of replicas within experimental archaeology
• Relationships between materiality, authenticity and aura.

We encourage PhD students and early career researchers to contribute in particular, but all contributions are very welcome.

Creative contributions to the exhibition are also encouraged. Please get in touch with the organising team to discuss your ideas further.

DEADLINE: Please submit abstracts (max 300 words) by March 31st 2019 to the LI2019 Team specifying if you would like to present a POSTER, an ORAL PRESENTATION or both:

Event fees and bursaries will be advertised in due course, subject to funding.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in the event in any capacity, please contact the organising team:

Valentina Risdonne (Victoria and Albert Museum/Northumbria University):
Abbey Ellis (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford/University of Leicester):
Kathy Clough (Victoria and Albert Museum/Newcastle University):
Carolyn Alexander (Historic Environment Scotland/The Glasgow School of Art):

Keep up to date:

(CFP closed March 31, 2019)

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July 2019


Velletri (Rome) - Museum of Religions “Raffaele Pettazzoni”: July 2-6, 2019

The conference purports to be an occasion for an interdisciplinary discussion about the representation of religions in Fantasy and Science Fiction literary production and in any possible artistic manifestation connected to the two genres.

The themes the conference intends to tackle are the following:

• Representation of “historical” religions. Why does an author represent them in a particular way? What is their relationship with the historical context the author belongs to?

• Construction of “made-up” religions. What elements characterise religions invented by individual authors? According to what motivations does an author outline their features? Are their characterising elements taken from “historical” religions? According to what aims and modalities?

• Representation of deities and other extra-human beings present in “historical” religions. How and why does an author portray a deity or another extra-human being according to a specific image? What is their relationship with the author’s historical and cultural context?

• Representation of deities and other extra-human beings in “made-up” religions. What are their features? How and why does an author build a deity or another extra-human being by determinating its peculiar traits? What is their relationship with the beliefs present in “historical” religions and the historical and cultural context the author belongs to?

• Representation of myths and sacred tales present in “historical” religions. According to what modalities and motivations are they reported?

• Representation of myths and sacred tales present in “made-up” religions. How does an individual author build a myth or a sacred tale of the world he or she created? What features qualify it as such? Are these taken from myths and sacred tales present in “historical” religions? What is their relationship with the author’s historical and cultural context?

• Representation of rites present in “historical” religions. According to what modalities and motivations are they reported?

• Representation of rites present in “made-up” religions. How does an individual author outline a rite of the religion they created? Is there a relationship with rites present in “historical” religions?

• The impact of Fantasy and Science Fiction production in society in relation to religious beliefs. Did some of the works belonging to these genres concretely influence and condition contemporary religious life?

Scientific committee: Roberto Arduini (Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani), Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Ada Barbaro (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L'Orientale”), Tommaso Braccini (Università degli Studi di Torino), Elisabetta Marino (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”), Francesca Roversi Monaco (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna).

Administration: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”).

The scholars who would like to contribute may send a one-page abstract (max 2.000 characters) to Igor Baglioni, the director of the museum, ( by April 20, 2019. Attached to the abstract should be: the title of the paper; a short biography of the authors; email address and phone number.

Papers may be written and presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish. The acceptance of papers will be communicated (by email) only to the selected contributors by 2019, April 30. Please send the complete paper by email not later than June 20. The delivery of the paper is required to participate in the conference.

Important deadlines:
Closing of call for papers: April 20th, 2019.
Notification about acceptance: April 30th, 2019.
Delivery of papers: June 20th, 2019.
Conference: July 2-3-4-5-6th, 2019

There is no attendance fee. The participants who don’t live in Rome or surroundings will be accommodated in hotels and bed-and-breakfasts which have an agreement with the Museum of Religions “Raffaele Pettazzoni” to offer discounted prices.

Papers may be published on Religio. Collana di Studi del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni” (Edizioni Quasar), and in specialized journals. All the papers will be peer-reviewed.

In the evenings there will be free-of-charge visits to the museums and monuments of Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Frascati, Nemi, Rocca Priora. The excursion programme will be presented at the same time as the conference programme.

Call for papers (versione italiana):
Call for papers (english version):

(CFP ended April 20, 2019)




University of Notre Dame (London): July 3, 2019

The theatre of the ancient Greeks and Romans has been the object of fascination for many scholars throughout time. While only a small percentage of the plethora of work produced exists in what is considered complete form, the extant plays of Greek and Roman drama, are regularly retranslated and reproduced for contemporary audiences. However, in recent years scholarship has also started to engage with productions that are considered incomplete and have often been ignored. This resurgence in the academic sphere has also been reflected in the creative arts with fragmentary classical theatre inspiring new works.

This conference aims to consider dramas from ancient Greece and Rome that now exists in fragmentary form and their subsequent reception throughout time, be it on the stage, screen or page. By examining both what is left of the original play and how it has inspired new responses, we hope to discover, but not limited to, what can be learnt from what has been lost, and what appeals to those who are inspired by these ancient works.

Is there a desire to complete the incomplete? Do these fragmented productions appeal due to the universal themes that are portrayed? Can we discover new voices in what was lost? Do we need to find a balance between the past and the present?

We welcome 20 minute papers from both scholars and practitioners at all levels of their careers, and are open to collaborative papers on specific case studies. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words of your proposed paper by email to:

The abstract should omit any reference identifying the author to ensure anonymity in the review process.

Deadline for paper submission is Monday 29th April extended deadline Monday 6th May.

Organisers: Dr Charlotte Parkyn (University of Notre Dame) and Dr Maria Haley (University of Leeds/ Manchester).


(CFP closed May 6, 2019)




Institute of Education (University College London): July 4-8, 2019

Plenary Lectures:
Prof. Alastair Blanshard (Queensland), Travel, the Enlightenment, and the Formation of Classical Greece
Prof. Corinne Bonnet (Toulouse), Tackling the complexity of polytheisms: cult epithets as a language
Prof. Paula da Cunha Corrêa (São Paulo), Cattle and other animals in the Catalogue of Women
Prof. Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg), Metalepsis in Ancient Greek Literature and Criticism? The Limits of Narratology in Classics
Prof. Alison Keith (Toronto), Epicurean Postures in Martial’s Epigrams
Prof. Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv), 'They shall sail on equal and fair terms': equality and kleros in the Greek Mediterranean
Prof. Ida Östenberg (Gotheburg), Dulce et decorum. Dying for the fatherland (or not) in ancient Rome

Call for Panels & Posters: Revised deadline: September 1, 2018


Twitter: @Fieca2019.

(CFP closed September 1, 2018)




Oxford, UK: July 5, 2019

Organised by the Oxford Comics Network & the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

Comics are a static medium capable of rendering the most dynamic and fantastic forms of travel. This conference seeks papers that engage with comics and travel in a range of ways, drawing on multiple disciplines and comic genres, as well as the practice of the movement of comics themselves, as artefacts and vessels for ideas and ideologies. From representations of international movement to comics used to help narrate migrant experience, from graphic journalism to Lois Lane, from consideration of the practical aspects of depicting movement to the reception of comics having themselves travelled, whether domestically or internationally, this conference looks to bring together scholars diverse in both approaches and geography to provide an insight into the broadly conceived area of comics and travel.

Topics might include:
* representations of travel (international, interplanetary/stellar, interdimensional, interchronal)
* industrial histories of distribution and reception
* the evolving nature and practice of depicting movement in comics
* refugees and migrants in comics
* the national and international distribution of comics and attendant political problems
* comics and/in translation
* national and global comics traditions and how these travel across borders

Proposals of 250 words plus a short biography should be sent to (cc: and by the 8th of March. We also welcome proposals for panels, though all-male panels will not be considered.


(CFP closed March 8, 2019)




Freud Museum, London: July 5-6 [TBC] 2019

Jung regarded the Nekyia as a ‘meaningful katabasis ...a descent into the cave of initiation and secret knowledge’ (CW5). He saw this as an appropriate model for deep self-descent toward healing. Famously he allowed himself to drop deep within the Self during a time of near-psychosis, and encountered the archetypal figures who formed crucial elements of his psychology: the old man, the hero, anima and animus. Included in this insight is acknowledgement of the paradoxical idea of one of his often cited sources, Heraclitus: descent and ascent are the same.

From Poe to Nietzsche, the self has always presented as an ‘abysmal’ problem as it was also for the ancients: the self is a dilemma to be resolved in confronting the risks of staring into the depths, exposing oneself to the risks, and moving on, possibly to acceptance...

Seneca advises ‘[that even the bravest of men go] blind with dizziness if he looks down on an immense depth (vastem altitudinem) when standing on this brink (in crepidine eius)’ (57.4)

‘So cast, the brink of life begins to resemble the brink of nothingness ... and the point is that the destitution of the self is not an aberration: it is one of the commonest ways in which subjects are formed in antiquity. Self-destitution paradoxically is a finely honed technique of the self, a practice that produces, literally constitutes – the self.’ (Porter, Foucault Studies 2017).

Using these insights as a springboard we want to explore the formation of self as a look into the abyss: as Poe proposed in ‘The Imp of the Perverse’ staring into the abyss was dangerous because it looked back at you. Nietzsche attests to this in more dire terms in Beyond Good and Evil. Yet Seneca would scoff at fear of this examination of the self; the momentous problem of self-formation was an ethical imperative.

And in his essay about the collective unconscious, projection of universal anxieties that the ‘rumours’ of flying saucers attest to, Jung quotes Goethe’s Faust: ‘Then to the depths!/I could as well say height:/It’s all the same.’

The achievement of the Self is a life-long endeavour involving confrontations or engagements to dissolve elements of projection that split the self into dissociated fragments. It could be argued that fragments or multiplicity is also what Jung meant by Self. This has been a considered motif since ancient times, in many cultures. During this conference the different modes of self-formation, as problem, or rather as self-fashioning endeavour/process or one of discovery can be seen through depth psychology’s enterprise as a therapy to heal the soul, or the self.

We are looking for papers exploring the abyss, and how it constitutes and heals the Self, or does not. Papers will be accepted that explore aspects of this problematic of descent/ascent into the depths within the frame of analytical and all theoretical orientations of depth psychology and archaic thought. Please present a proposal by end of October 2018 of approx. 300 words to

5th July (+ tentatively also 6th July) 2019: Freud Museum, Hampstead London.

Leslie Gardner (University of Essex), Richard Seaford (University of Exeter), Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow), Terence Dawson (Singapore), Ben Pestell (University of Essex), Mark Saban (University of Essex), Catriona Miller (Glasgow Caledonian University), Alan Cardew (University of Essex).


(CFP closed October 31, 2018)




University College London, UK: July 9, 2019

Organizers: Francesca Spiegel, Giulia Maria Chesi, Tom MacKenzie

We invite you to join us on this day of discussion of Dodds' classic as we unpack the term 'irrational' and the power dynamics behind it.

E. R. Dodds' The Greeks and the Irrational first appeared in 1951, and has since become a classic in our field. It is also one of the small handful of scholarly Classics books to have crossed the academic/mass-market readership border, comparable to J. G. Frazer's The Golden Bough.

Like Frazer's, Dodds' argument capitalized on 20th century modernist attraction to the occult and the psychic, on the sexualization and fetishization of the shamanistic and oracular wisdom – in short, forms of thought that to a scientifically trained mind fell under the so-called irrational.

Historically, the label of irrationality often served as a rhetorical device to infantilize, pathologize, feminize, denigrate, or demonize others, especially subaltern others.

Even in current affairs, it takes only a very small sample of public discourses or political campaigns of demonization (and their media) to realize how over-stressed and strained the rational/irrational dichotomy really is.

In Classics, the cultural-critical dimension of conceptualizing the rational/irrational binary is most clearly visible in the history of scholarship on ancient Greek drama. There are numerous case scenarios : the irrational could be attributed to women (hysterical/ uncontrolled); or to enslaved men, whose personal integrity becomes undermined by rhetorics tactics of unwanted feminization; or again to non-Greeks, ridiculed through portrayals of outsize sexual appetites, or impulsive behaviour and ideas more generally.

In sum, discourses that contrast the perceived foreignness of irrational thought against the relatability of logical thinking are apt to expose xenophobic, classist, misogynist, ablist, or racist undercurrents of an argument. This conference is intended to unpack these undercurrents, taking the rational/irrational binary and Dodds' classic work as our entry point. The aim is to sharpen critical focus on our field's received scholarly and intellectual legacies.

Confirmed speakers: Nick Lowe (RHUL), Ella Haselwerdt (Cornell), Francesca Spiegel (Humboldt, Berlin), Martin Devecka (UC Santa Cruz), Maria Gerolemou (Exeter), Giulia Maria Chesi (Humboldt, Berlin), Katherine Fleming (QMUL)

Generously supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation and the Institute of Classical Studies





University of Newcastle (Australia): July 10-12, 2019

The thirty-third meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at the University of Newcastle from 10 to 12 July 2019. The theme for the 2019 conference will be Roman Memory.

We are inviting papers on Roman literature on the subject of memory. This might include: representations of Roman history in subsequent periods, the ways in which Latin authors rewrite earlier Roman literature, the use of the Muses as repositories of cultural memory, commemorations of the dead, the methods by which Roman writers position themselves in the literary tradition, the reception of Latin literature in both antiquity and later eras, the loss and recovery of historical memory, the processes of collective memory, the art of forgetting, and resistance to official efforts to erase memory through damnatio memoriae.

The theme may be interpreted broadly and papers on other topics will also be considered.

Papers should be 30 minutes in length (with fifteen minutes of discussion time). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants may attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to Marguerite Johnson ( and/or Peter Davis ( Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please submit abstracts by 28 February 2019. Earlier submissions are of course welcome.

We expect that conference will be held in a venue in the city of Newcastle. A conference website will be built in due course.

(CFP closed February 28, 2019)




St Hilda's College, Oxford (Jacqueline du Pré Music Building): July 12, 2019

On Friday 12 July, the APGRD will host a one-day conference on Greek drama and the 'classic(s)' in the Arab-speaking world and Iran, co-organised with Dr Raphael Cormack (Edinburgh). The conference will be followed by a performance of 'Jogging', inspired by Euripides' Medea, by Hanane Hajj Ali.

Speakers and Chairs: Marilyn Booth (Oxford); Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble); Marios Chatziprokopiou (Athens); Raphael Cormack (Oxford); Carmen Gitre (Virginia Tech); Sameh Hanna (Leeds); Lloyd Llewelyn-Jones (Cardiff); Shaymaa Moussa (Cairo); Evelyn Richardson (Chicago); Ons Trabelsi (Bordeaux); and Houman Zandi-Zadeh (Flinders).

Email to register. There will be a fee of £20 (£15 concessions), which includes lunch and a reception. A full programme will be available soon.





Applications close: July annually.

The deadline for the 2019 Mary Renault Prize competition is: Friday, July 26, 2019.

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 2019


Yale-NUS, Singapore: August 2-4, 2019

In this gathering, we’ll be thinking about three conceptual and methodological keywords: “comparative,” “global,” and “antiquity.” The disciplines of comparative literature, linguistics, history, politics, religion (which is different from comparative theology) are long established fields. Almost all written cultures of the world have a period that they designate “antiquity,” along with a canon of received or discovered texts that are called “classics.” (Or do they?)Traditional scholarship largely studies the various national and historical languages within circumscribed disciplinary boundaries. In recent decades, however, particularly in the field of classical reception, scholars have begun to scholars have begun to integrate comparative approaches in the construction of antiquity and the understanding of “classics” or the “classical.”

We are foregrounding comparison as an activity, methodology, mode of thinking, a way of dealing with differences and similarities in the ancient world. Indeed, our terminology of “classics” or “ancient” or “antique” already presupposes a dialectical opposing term, whether it be “medieval,” “modern,” “vernacular,” or even “baroque” or “romantic” (and these are period styles from European literary history. Other fields will have their own). For example, does the use of “classical” in itself denote the kind of value judgement about certain periods of the past that is more overt in the term “ancient”? In what way does global comparisons elide or ignore those traditions that are primary oral or non-textual? What are the promises and perils of a global study of antiquity?

In short, what is the common denominator, or commensurability of comparison? The term commensurable has its historical roots in mathematics. For the ancient Greeks, who had not recognized irrational numbers, the dimensions of certain mathematical objects were found to lack a common unit of measurement. Are there artifacts and concepts and phenomena from antiquity that are simply incommensurable to us, to each other, and therefore irrational, or beyond our categories of cognition? How do we account for diversity or even universals?

This workshop builds on the momentum of several projects: at Princeton, the Postclassicisms Network, headed by Brooke Holmes, and the Comparative Antiquity Initiative, headed by Martin Kern; and the global study of ancient worlds at Yale-NUS (Andrew Hui and Mira Seo). Taken together, we aim to transform the research and study of comparative antiquity, broadly conceived at Yale-NUS and Princeton, in hopes of providing a model for similar changes elsewhere.

Confirmed participants:
Liu Chen (Yale-NUS)
Katie Cruz (Princeton)
Tom Davies (Princeton)
Gavin Flood (Oxford and Yale-NUS)
Johannes Haubold (Princeton)
Brooke Holmes (Princeton)
Andrew Hui (Yale-NUS)
Martin Kern (Princeton)
Vincent Lee (Yale-NUS)
Jinyu Liu (Depauw and Shanghai Normal University)
Nicholas Lua (Yale-NUS)
Federico Marcon (Princeton)
Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton)
Lisa Raphals (UC Riverside)
Marina Rustow (Princeton)
Mira Seo (Yale-NUS)
Thu Truong (Yale-NUS)
Matthew Walker (Yale-NUS)
Zhuming Yao (Princeton)





Annual Unisa Classics Colloquium. Pretoria, South Africa: August 15-18, 2019.

The conference aims to explore issues marking celebrations, commemorations and anniversaries of all kinds around the ancient world (up to the 7th century CE, but including its reception in later periods). Topics enlarging on the social and political significance of such events in the building of not only civic identities but also individual legacies, as well as the appropriation of these occasions in later contexts, will be welcome. The aim is not only to explore literary and material evidence which relates to the social and historical aspects, but also to examine the function and meaning of fictional celebrations and commemorations in genres such as epic, drama or the novel.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers are:
Ian Rutherford, University of Reading
Rebecca Benefiel, Washington & Lee University

Paper proposals (approximately 300 words) are invited for papers of 30 minutes debating current issues and problems on any aspect of the above theme.

Abstracts and titles should include your name and university affiliation, and should be submitted to either:
• Liana Lamprecht at
• Martine De Marre at

Deadline for abstracts: 30 April, 2019 extended deadline 30 June, 2019

Details of the conference venue, accommodation and other important information will be made available on the conference website, which we hope to have up-and-running soon.

Call: [pdf]





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

Szeged, Hungary: August 28–30, 2019

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 VII – Szeged 2019, for PhD Students, Young Scholars, as well as M.A. students aspiring to apply to a PhD program.

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

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

Abstracts: Abstracts of maximum 300 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to strictly before June 11, 2019. The document should also contain personal information of the author, including name, affiliation and contact email address, and the title of the presentation. Acceptance notification will be sent to you until June 18, 2019.

Registration: The registration fee for the conference is €70, however for those who apply before May 19, 2019, we provide a €20 discount. The participation fee includes conference pack, reception meal, closing event, extra programs, and refreshments during coffee breaks. The participation fee does not include accommodation, but the conference coordinators will assist the conference participants in finding accommodation in the city centre. Those who intend to bring a guest are obligated to pay €20 in addition to the registration fee.

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

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

We look forward to your participation in this conference.

Dr. János Nagyillés PhD - Head of Department, Chairman of the Conference Committee

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

Conference coordinators:
Fanni Csapó (
Attila Hajdú (
Dr. Tamás Jászay PhD (
Dr. Gergő Gellérfi PhD (


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September 2019


25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

Bern, Switzerland: September 4-7, 2019

Two decades into the 21st century, the political and social framework of Europe is facing multiple challenges with issues such as migration, growing political and social instabilities, and economic uncertainties on the table. Against the backdrop of these current transformations, Roman Archaeology could (rightly?) be considered an exclusive and elitist pastime by detached academics. Our session thus aims at discussing two major topics:

(1) Who cares about the Roman past anyway?
In the light of demographic changes in Europe, we must consider to which parts of society and to which audience Roman Archaeology is catering. Is the Roman past an identity marker only for a white, indigenous, European, Western civilization? What role can Roman Archaeology play in a society in quantitative and structural demographic transition? What strategies might Roman Archaeology develop to include all strata of the population?

(2) What is the take on Roman Archaeology at grassroot level?
Certain methodological, theoretical and intellectual issues of current international scholarship, such as the fragmentation of Archaeology into subdisciplines, growing language barriers, or questions on the costly application of natural sciences and new technologies are often only related to the realm of well-funded, higher-education research institutions. What are the key issues that fall under the remit of local museums, archaeological parks, heritage agencies and the large number of non-academics engaging in Roman Archaeology?

Interested non-academics from the re-enactment scene, field archaeologists and find officers of regional heritage agencies, museum curators and managers, university faculty, and political stakeholders are invited to share their perspectives about the current state, potentials and limits of Roman Archaeology in the 21st century. The session aims at exploring Roman Archaeology’s relevance today by giving a voice to all those involved in the discipline and by gathering professionals from all backgrounds contributing to the study of the Roman World.

Important Information: Deadline for paper proposals February 14th. Submissions and registration at

Organizers: Lawrence, Andrew (Switzerland/the Netherlands) – University of Berne, Institute for Archaeological Sciences, Department Archaeology of the Roman Provinces/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, CLUE+; Murer, Cristina (Switzerland) – University of Berne, Historical Institute, Department of Ancient History and Reception of History; Krmnicek, Stefan (Germany) – University of Tübingen, Institute of Classical Archaeology.


Call: (Session #212)

(CFP closed February 14, 2019)




Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University (UK): September 11-12, 2019

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the following conference, organised by and for postgraduates and ECRs working on the Roman world in its widest sense:

Change and transformation occupied daily life in the Roman world on many different levels, from the repeated adjustment of imperial boundaries and political shifts in government to semantic shifts and changing fashions in dress and hairstyle. Unsurprisingly, then, the concepts of transformation, change, and metamorphosis have found various expressions in Roman culture and literature. Such transformations have been studied extensively through a variety of methodological lenses, such as gender studies, genre studies, and reception studies. Recent interest in the concept of liminality provides a means for focusing on the process of transformation itself.

This conference will explore the transitional phase(s) of transformation, or, in other words: processes of ‘becoming’. It aims to discuss how different kinds of change were experienced, conceived of, and explored in the Roman world, and how modern perceptions and engagement with the Roman world have changed.

We aspire to bring together an interdisciplinary community of scholars, in order to make progress towards a fuller understanding of change and metamorphosis in the Roman world. We invite proposals from subjects including - but not limited to – history, art and archaeology, literature, architecture, reception studies and philosophy; and we are especially keen to welcome doctoral students and ECRs.

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers. Some suggested interpretations include:

* ‘Becoming’ and the navigation and performance of gender and adulthood, e.g. rites of passage and the transformation from child to adult;
* ‘Becoming’ and identities in the Roman world, e.g. the development and transformation of identities throughout time, changing conceptions of “the other”, or philosophical approaches to identity and selfhood;
* ‘Becoming’ in urban spaces and ‘becoming’ in and of landscapes more broadly, e.g. transformations of the cityscape, construction work and its effects on urban life and environment;
* ‘Becoming’ a text, story or topos across literature and material culture, e.g. the development and/or reception of written texts, genres, stories, or characters throughout time;
* ‘Becoming’ Classics and ‘becoming’ evidence, e.g. changes in methodology, the physical changes undergone by evidence, and changing relationships with and reception of evidence.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr Alexander Kirichenko (Humboldt Universität, Berlin)

If you would like to present a paper at this conference, please send an abstract of up to 300 words to before 5pm (GMT+1) on Friday 28 June. Thanks to generous contributions from our sponsors, the Northern Bridge Consortium and the Department of Classics and Ancient History (Durham University), there will be no conference fee. Lunch, coffee breaks, and a conference dinner will be provided. Additionally, there is a limited number of travel bursaries available: please indicate in your submission whether you would like to apply for a travel bursary. Applicants will be selected and notified in early July.

NB. We are committed to making the event as inclusive as possible, so please do get in touch directly with the organisers via if you have any enquiries regarding access, and for any further information.

The organisation team: Peter Donnelly; Simona Martorana; Esther Meijer; Sophie Ngan (Durham University); Sara Borello (Newcastle University).

More information: Please feel welcome to follow our conference via @becominginrome and




King’s College London: 12-13 September, 2019.

Offers of papers are invited for a conference in the Classics Department at King’s College London on 12th and 13th September 2019. It will be convened by Edith Hall and Connie Bloomfield in the college’s Anatomy Museum. The title is Time, Tense and Genre in Ancient Greek Literature. The intention is to deepen our understanding of the distinctive temporal dimensions of written documents in ancient Greek, of whatever genre, provenance, authorship and date.

Confirmed keynote lectures will be delivered by Dr Katherine Harloe and Professor Felix Budelmann.

The conference is a response to increasing interest in the evocation of time in classical literature under the influence of Aristotle’s discussion of the temporal modes in which different varieties of speech operate in the Rhetoric, Suzanne Langer’s Feeling and Form: a Theory of Art (1953) and especially Mikhail Bakhtin’s argument that genres are ways of being in time.

Questions that might be addressed are these:
* Can we helpfully think of ancient genres as operating within certain tenses?
* What kind of ‘presents’ are/are not used and shared by lyric and comedy, encomium and epistle?
* How do authors periodise mythical time, for example the tendency of satyr play to reach back beyond the myths of Troy, Argos and Thebes to the world of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, the birth of gods and the creation of civilization?
* What techniques and effects are created by the inclusion of prophetic and oracular voices and perspectives in envisioning the future, or ghosts to articulate voices from the past?
* How do discrete genres address the future and use future tenses, performatively, deliberatively or potentially?
* What is the effect of present-tense narrative and dialogue in texts ostensibly set in the past?
* How has our understanding of the Greek aorist and perfect tenses been affected by advances in literary theory such as narratology?
* How did the Greeks think about the different relation to time inherent in visual and textual media?
* How have the sophistication of Greek thinking about time, and availability of complex tense modes contributed to the creation and projection of a ‘classical tradition’?

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to by May 1st 2019.


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)




Venice, Italy (Palazzo Pesaro Papafava): September 12-13, 2019

This conference explores Classical and Early Modern literary forms that draw connections between, and are concerned with the dynamics of, time and power. It constitutes part of a larger research project exploring the politics and aesthetics of time in ancient and early modern writing. The conference will focus mainly on Latin and Early Modern Latin texts; however, we welcome presentations on any of the topics suggested below:

* aspects of time in didactic, antiquarian, epistemological and scientific literatures, and the ways in which these texts interact with power discourse;

* changes in the reckoning, recording, organising, or understanding of time, and their embodiment in literary and/or other representational forms;

* grand narratives of time and their ideological uses (e.g. the Golden Age, apocalypse, ‘progress’, decline, etc.);

* the ‘tense’ of certain classical literary genres (e.g. the lyric present; the general impulse towards the past in pastoral poetry; etc.) and their early modern reception;

* literary forms that explore how individual/collective experiences of time are mediated by class, race, and gender;

* literary forms that encode, or proleptically address, modern understandings of the modes of time, the consciousness of time, the unreality of time, etc.

Format: Each speaker will be allocated 30 minutes for their presentation, followed by 15 minutes of discussion.

Confirmed speakers include: Helen Dixon (University College Dublin), Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge), Duncan Kennedy (University of Bristol), and Caroline Stark (Howard University, US).

Funding: This conference has the financial support of the British Academy and the Warwick in Venice Programme. Further sources of funding are being sought. Depending on the outcome of our funding applications, we may be able to offer (whole or part) financial support towards the cost of travel for graduate students.

Submission of abstract: Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words of your proposed paper by email to Bobby Xinyue ( The abstract should omit any reference identifying the author to ensure anonymity in the review process. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 5pm, 8th March 2019.


(CFP closed March 8, 2019)




Leipzig University, Germany: September 26–28, 2019

Organisers: Ute Tischer (Leipzig), Thomas Kuhn-Treichel (Heidelberg), Stefano Poletti (Pisa)

Confirmed speakers: Maria Luisa Delvigo (Udine), Massimo Gioseffi (Milan), Fabio Stok (Rome), Daniel Vallat (Lyon)

We are pleased to invite proposals for an upcoming conference dealing with authorial concepts and authorial figures in ancient commentaries on poetry, with a focus on Virgilian exegesis.

From a hermeneutical point of view, referring to the author of a text is useful in many respects. Knowledge about the author helps to situate a work in time and space and to identify contexts; defining a work as the product of a (single) author can explain its coherence in respect of topic and style. The ‘speaking I’ becomes the target of the reader’s attribution of intentions and authority, especially when the rhetorical design of a text creates authorial figures or voices.

In recent years, studies in classical literature have focused increasingly on author roles, author figures and author voices as part of the rhetorical texture. Technical prose and exegetical literature in particular are attracting attention as discursive areas, where emphasising authorial activities and authorial voices is a rhetorical means to constitute authority. Common to most of the work to date is that scholars usually investigate author roles and authority in texts whose attribution to an empirical author is not questionable.

Our conference by contrast will concentrate on works whose authorial status is in question. The corpus of the extant Virgilian exegesis provides a good example. Apart from commentaries attributed to certain authors (Servius and Tiberius Claudius Donatus), it comprises various authorless, anonymous and pseudepigraphic compilations. The aim of the conference is to shed light on the possible consequences of such doubtful authorial attribution for the reading of these and other collective, authorless texts from an ancient as well as a modern perspective. Taking this as a starting point, we will concentrate on the following topics and possible questions:

1. Problematic authorial status and authority – the example of Virgilian exegesis
* What role do compilers and collectors play as ‘authors’ within Virgilian exegesis?
* Which authorial attributions can be observed on the side of readers (e.g. pseudepigrapha or references to sources)? How can these attributions be explained and what is their effect on the reading and reception of the explanations?
* How do producers and users of compilations deal with alternative or conflicting explanations and with contradicting authorial voices?

2. The “author” as an interpretive tool for exegetical texts
* To what extent can we talk about ‘authorial strategies’ in the process of transmitting and transforming exegetical literature?
* How can authorial roles help us to grasp the stratification behind these texts?
* How do assumed authorial roles or authorial activities (compiler, collector, falsifier, epitomator, glossator etc.) influence our reconstruction of textual genesis, for example, as represented in modern editions?

3. Figured authorial roles in exegetical texts
* Which authorial images, voices and personae can emerge from the specific form and argumentative structure of exegetical texts, and how do the texts differ in these respects?
* What kind of relationship can be seen between the construction of authorial roles in the commentary and in the work commented on?
* How does the construction or evocation of authorship contribute to authorising what is said?

We welcome submissions for talks of about 30 minutes which deal with the above and/or similar questions and topics using the example of Virgilian exegesis or comparing other exegetical corpora on poetry.

We expect to publish selected papers from the conference in an edited volume.

Deadline: Please send abstracts of about 500 words by March 31, 2019 to one of the following addresses:


(CFP closed March 31, 2019)




Herceg Novi (Montenegro): September 29-October 4, 2019

Center for Hellenic Studies, from Podgorica (Montenegro) is happy to announce the international conference on the topic "Hellenic Political Philosophy and Contemporary Europe", to be held in Herceg Novi (Montenegro), from 29 September to 04 October 2019.

The Conference is of an interdisciplinary character, and aims at addressing different social and political issues from perspectives of history, philosophy, economics, theology, history of ideas, anthropology, political theory and other disciplines. Such conception of the scholarly exchange does not fulfill only the purpose of an historical investigation, but will provide a systematic treatment of the topic, thus clarifying existing ideas and advancing new ones. We welcome papers on topics like:

* The concept of the polis in antiquity and modernity
* Freedom and democracy
* Politics and economy
* Democracy, liberalism, totalitarianism
* The philosophy of the polis: Citizen, polis and cultural ideals
* Autonomy and responsibility in politics
* The philosophy of the cosmopolis
* The polis and happiness
* Ethics and politics
* and other relevant themes.

Please see the full call for papers at:

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be submitted by 1 March 2019 EXTENDED DEADLINE MAY 15, 2019, via the registration form, or sent by email to

For more information please visit the website: which will be constantly updated with new information.


(CFP closed March 1, 2019 extended deadline May 15, 2019)




Trinity College, Cambridge, UK: September 30, 2019

Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, with Keynote Lecture by Professor Karla Pollmann (Bristol)

In recent decades, our understanding of the early modern period has been transformed by close attention to the legacy of the Church Fathers. Under the label ‘Renaissance’, the years c. 1400–1700 were long defined in relation to an apparent renewal of interest in the secular texts of ancient Greece and Rome. Now, however, it is clear that early modern intellectual culture owed at least as great a debt to religious, and in particular patristic, texts.

The transmission of patristic learning was never straightforward; aspects of the Fathers’ works were constantly manipulated, reinterpreted, or ignored. Scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds have contributed to the recovery of this complex, multifaceted story. Intellectual historians and theologians have emphasised the ways in which the writings of the Church Fathers served as competing authorities within theological debates, provided tools for research in the developing field of Biblical scholarship, or sources for the knowledge of pagan antiquity. Scholars of classics and political thought have traced the Fathers’ enduring influence as sources of arguments and models of style for written texts and orations. Nor was the reception of the Church Fathers purely of relevance to the elite: as studies of literature, art and cultural history have revealed, patristic writings furnished rich sources to pioneers of the theatre and visual arts, and their wide dissemination influenced the devotional practices of the laity.

Despite these rich and varied developments in the field, the need to bring together insights from separate academic disciplines has only slowly been recognised. Our one-day conference aims to give young scholars an opportunity to bridge the gaps between disciplines. We invite doctoral candidates and early career scholars from the fields of history, divinity, classical studies, literature and art history to present their work to a multidisciplinary audience. Panels will be arranged by theme, to shed light on the diverse ways similar questions have been approached by scholars from different areas.

Professor Karla Pollmann, whose outstanding work in the field has consistently transgressed disciplinary boundaries, will give a keynote lecture, entitled ‘We are what we read or we read what we are? The reception of Augustine of Hippo as a case-study’.

Suggested topics for discussion include (but are not limited to):

* The changing prominence of different fathers in the patristic ‘canon’
* The production of new editions and translations of patristic texts; the importance of Greek, Hebrew and linguistic erudition; ways in which early modern editing choices affect patristic scholarship today
* Ways in which the relationship between the Fathers and pagan antiquity was understood; the importance placed (or not placed) on biographical knowledge of the Fathers
* The role of patristic authority in early modern religious controversies; ways in which contradictions between Fathers were negotiated and exploited; early modern use of Fathers as a normative source for present practice
* How far patristic scholarship was driven by ideals of objectivity or confessional polemic
* The role of Jews and other non-Christians in interpreting the Church Fathers
* The influence of patristic scholarship on early modern beliefs about sacred and secular history
* The patristic legacy beyond the elite; the popular presence of the Fathers; patristic reception amongst women
* Examples of the Fathers being ignored, forgotten or undermined
* Methodological papers exploring fault-lines between disciplines and what patristic scholars can learn from other disciplines; how interdisciplinary cooperation (or lack thereof) affected understandings of the patristic legacy to date

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a CV (max. 1 page) to the convenors, Odile Panetta, Eloise Davies and Thomas Langley, at The deadline for applications is 1 May. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 May.

We have some funds available to contribute to visiting speakers’ expenses. If you wish to be considered for financial support, please make this clear in your application.

We are grateful to the Cambridge Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding.


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)

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October 2019


Theme: Legitimacy - Illegitimacy

Monash University, Clayton, Australia: October 3-5, 2019

This conference invites papers on the broad theme of legitimacy. In a modern world dominated by deeply polemical counter narratives not afraid to adjust facts to claim dominance and, thereby, legitimacy, we look at the ways in which modern forms of the pursuit of legitimacy evolved in the early Middle Ages. Legitimacy can have several meanings, covering aspects of authenticity, legality, validity, and conformity. While it literally refers to something that meets the requirements of the law, this legal aspect is not inherent: something can be legitimate without being legal, or be legal without being legitimate.

In the context of the early medieval period, who legitimated? What was their reasons for doing so? Conversely, what was set aside in the process of illegitimisation? And what do these dominant and counter narratives mean for the presentation of history?

Legitimacy implies dominant views on authority, cultural legitimacy, status, and control of the means to ensure dominance, such as publication. It can create hidden communities and counter-narratives. Even though the early medieval period continues to exist in the popular imagination as backward and insular, in many ways it is a period marked by innovations in both the practice and pursuit of legitimacy, innovations which still resonate to this day. This conference aims to challenge the perception that the modern world is particularly modern in the way it contests legitimacy.

We invite submissions on the following topics:
• Politics and Culture
• Individuals and Institutions
• Law and Justice
• Status and Inheritance
• Authenticity and Fraud
• Orthodoxy and Heresy
• Truth and Propaganda
• Dominant and Counter Narratives
• Objects and Spaces
• Modern (re)interpretations of the Early Medieval

AEMA also welcomes papers concerned with all aspects of the Early Medieval period (c. 400–1150) in all cultural, geographic, religious and linguistic settings, even if they do not strictly adhere to the theme.

We especially encourage submissions from graduate students and early career researchers. Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email to by 5 April 2019 EXTENDED DEADLINE May 20, 2019.

Limited financial assistance is available to AEMA members on acceptance.





Basel, Switzerland: 3–5 October 2019

With the generous support of the foundation Patrum Lumen Sustine (PLuS) the Department of Ancient Civilizations of the University of Basel and the Société Internationale des Amis de Cicéron (SIAC) are jointly organising the international conference "Cicero in Basel. Reception Histories from a Humanist City".

The conference Cicero in Basel aims at charting the presence of the statesman, orator, and philosopher M. Tullius Cicero in the cultural history of Basel, the city located in the border region between Switzer­land, Germany and France. While the study of Classical receptions tends to focus on particular cultural forms and discourses, the scope of the planned conference is programmatically open. Cicero in Basel ex­plores a broad spectrum of engagements with Cicero through the ages: from the manuscript tradition of his works, to Humanist editions and commentaries, up to the political debates and con­tro­versies of today. In this, Cicero in Basel will assess Cicero’s impact on the formation of a specific idea of Humanism in Basel as well as Basel’s role in Cicero’s Nachleben.

The aim of the conference is twofold: It seeks to contribute both to the study of Ciceronian reception and to further our understanding of the history and development of Basel and the regio Basiliensis. Indeed, we expect this critical survey of Ciceronian reception histories from Basel to shed light on the emergence and development of the specific idea of Humanism that to this day plays a fundamental role in the self-image and identity politics of the Humanistenstadt Basel.

The conference will feature contributions that fall under the following general rubrics:

I) Textual history and transmission
II) History of scholarship
III) Politics and society
IV) Literature and visual arts

Confirmed speakers include Alice Borgna, Leonhardt Burckhardt, Giovanni Giorgini, Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer, Gesine Manuwald, Hans-Peter Marti, Michael D. Reeve, Federica Ros­setti, Benjamin Strau­mann, Petra Schierl, Bram van der Velden, Gregor Vogt-Spira, Ueli Zahnd.

In this Call for Papers we cordially invite early career researchers and PhD students to submit proposals for papers of ca. 25mins; contributions which focus on Ciceronian receptions in literature and the visual arts are particularly welcome. Submissions, including an abstract c. 400 words and a brief CV, should be sent to by 28 April 2019. The selection of contributions will be communicated in the first week of June.

The conference will meet the cost for accommodation and food for all speakers and will be able to con­tribute to their travel ex­penses. Conference languages are German, English, French, and Italian. Selected contributions will be proposed for publication in the series Cicero (Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, with full peer review and open access).

Organisation: Ermanno Malaspina (SIAC) and Cédric Scheidegger Laemmle (Univ. Basel)


(CFP closed April 28, 2019)




Annual Conference of the Association of Literary, Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW)

The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA: October 3-6, 2019

This CFP is for the seminar "The Landscape of Rome's Literature," one of many seminars that will occur during the ALSCW 2019 annual conference.

Moderator: Aaron Seider, Associate Professor of Classics, The College of the Holy Cross

In the stories of Rome’s beginnings along the Tiber’s bank; of its fields stained by the blood of civil war; and of its battles beyond empire’s edges, Roman authors turned to the landscape to reflect on their society and their writing. What can close readings of Livy’s early Rome, Vergil’s Italian settings, or Tacitus’ British battles, for instance, reveal about the relationship between language and landscape in Roman literature? This seminar offers a forum for exploring a range of questions related to the literary construction of landscapes, with a particular interest in what the Romans’ written landscapes communicate about their identity and their work as authors. We invite papers that address these questions from any perspective, with a range of potential topics including the intersection between landscape and areas such as emotion, memory, genre, time, or aesthetics; the relationship between the natural and built environment; metaphorical uses of the landscape; and literary receptions of the classical landscape.

The seminar will last about two hours and consist of 6-8 participants. Participants exchange drafts of their papers 2-4 weeks before the seminar, and, at the seminar itself, each participant offers a 5-7 minute summary of their paper, and this is followed by 20-30 minutes of discussion.

Anyone who is interested in presenting should submit a proposal of 300 words and a C.V. by email to Lee Oser at and Ernest Suarez at on or before June 1, 2019. While membership in ALSCW is not required to submit a proposal, it is required for participation in the conference. Please feel free to email Aaron Seider with any questions about the seminar.






UCLA: October 11-12, 2019

Narratives of metamorphosis, from human into other living forms, have long provided an important site for thinking through the complexities of our relationship with the world around us. From Ovid to David Cronenberg, thinkers and artists have used the trope of physical transformation to figure the ways in which human and non-human agencies have evolved from and adapted to one another in a relationship characterised by fluctuating perceptions of friction and symbiosis, distance and proximity. This conference seeks to locate the theme of metamorphosis in the early history of the western environmental imagination, from Classical antiquity to the Early Modern period; and to explore the ways in which the various cultural and historical manifestations of metamorphosis from this earlier period resonate with the environmental approaches and concerns of our present day.

Metamorphosis may be an idea with a long history, yet it continues to answer to the eco-critical imperatives of our own era. Its exposure of the porousness of human and non-human categories calls into question many other dualisms that current environmental discourses seek to deconstruct: between mind and matter, self and other, subject and object, culture and nature, all these the legacy of an epistemic shift introduced in the Early Modern period that laid the groundwork for the widely prevailing view of human exceptionalism that subsequently took hold. Eco-criticism has, since the nineteenth century, sought to reposition man as the object of environmental factors and forces, and to invest the non-human world with an agency and dynamism that was hitherto held to be the exclusive domain of humankind, even as, more recently, ideas of the Anthropocene have brought this process of redistribution full circle. Nowadays, we are invited to think more of an entangled mesh of human and non-human forces, a hybridizing compound of natureculture, and a fusion of material and discursive practices as biosemiotics and related ideas concerning the creative biosphere transform the world's contents into so much storied matter. Increasingly, eco-critics have turned back to the pre-modern era to search for intellectual analogues for the kinds of ontological continuum and/or hybridization between human and non-human that we are currently seeking the conceptual terminology to describe. Narratives of metamorphosis, a popular theme in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance storyworlds, provide a ready resource for this quest: on the one hand, the transformation of human into non-human bodies stages metamorphosis as a subordination to 'lower' forms of life. At the same time, it also offers a parable (admittedly, a highly anthropocentric one) for explaining the kinds of mind and agency that we now find attributed to non-human matter. Indeed, the emphasis that accounts of metamorphosis characteristically place on the physical aspects of transformation displaces the hegemony of the cognitive faculties as any kind of privileged index of human identity, and speaks rather to a mode of trans-corporeality that sees the human as just one bodily interface among many others.

While Ovid is by no means the first author in the western canon to draw on the theme of metamorphosis in order to reflect on man's relationship with the environment, his epic poem is a cultural landmark that enshrines this theme as a crux for later environmental discourse. Yet its significance as such has garnered more attention from cultural receptions of the poem, above all in the English Renaissance, than from modern scholarship on it (an imbalance that might in turn be attributed to the relative explosion of eco-critical studies of Renaissance culture since the 1990s as compared to a more incipient trend in Classical scholarship). Authors from Chaucer to Shakespeare, whose connection with antiquity is often owed overwhelmingly to a familiarity with Ovid's texts, frequently draw on images of metamorphosis to figure their own environmental questions and concerns, and have attracted a range of modern eco-critical approaches in recent times: from eco-feminist readings of Chaucer's bird narratives to the panoply of environmental concerns located in Shakespeare's probing of the limits of the human.Drawing inspiration from the poem's reception history, the organizers of this conference seek to reposition the Metamorphosesas a foundational text for the history of environmental thought, by investigating how its central theme of metamorphosis resonates with the environmental questions and discourses of the pre-modern era, and by considering how these echo and/or diffract our own. Using Ovid and Shakespeare as bookends for this important chapter in the history of environmental thought, we will invite scholars of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance culture to approach metamorphosis as a prism through which to explore both the continuities and the breaks in a tradition of environmental thinking that connects us, however discontinuously, with the distant past.

Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to


Confirmed Participants
Jonathan Bate, Professor of English, University of Oxford
Lara Bovilsky, Associate Professor of English, University of Oregon
Emily Gowers, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge
Lesley Kordecki, Professor of English, DePaul University
Mark Payne, Professor of Classics, University of Chicago
Alex Purves, Professor of Classics, UCLA
Robert Watson, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, UCLA
Bronwen Wilson, Professor of Art History, UCLA

Francesca Martelli, Assistant Professor of Classics, UCLA
Giulia Sissa, Professor of Classics and Political Science, UCLA


(CFP closed October 15, 2018)




University of Verona, Italy: October 17-18, 2019

PhD School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Verona is organizing an interdisciplinary PhD Conference to be held in Verona on October 17th-18th 2019.

The Doctoral School in Arts and Humanities of Verona University organizes a multidisciplinary workshop directed to PhD Students and PhD Doctors (maximum two years within dissertation). This meeting will constitute a suitable occasion for meeting and interacting with students and researchers engaged in the Humanities Studies in the multidisciplinary perspective which characterizes our Doctoral School.

The committee will evaluate abstracts for oral presentations regarding the following areas:

Area 1: Theoretical Framework and Methodology in Human Science

Possessing a methodological system apt for the record of human evidence is fundamental for every researcher in Humanities. The methodological apparatus guides the scholar by means of definitions and proceeds following the different questions about theoretical and systemic perspectives - although they can be sometimes controversial - in which we can found the object of our investigation. What are the criteria that guides the processes of interpretation, classification, inference and production of the knowledge and of the discovery?
Keywords: Methods and Theory of Humanities, New Perspectives and Approaches, History of Science

Area 2: Fragments and layers

Research in Humanities often starts from fragments: they can be represented as either single phenomenon or in connection (as layers, structures, landscapes, texts). In a synchronic as well as in a diachronic perspective, the comprehension of the fragment in its context is essential for the study and narration of the human expression.
Keywords: Fragments, Layers, Context, Landscape

Area 3: Hybridization

By means of the social phenomenon described as contact, cultures tend to hybridize and assume new configurations: it is not about abandoning one element for the other, but it is rather a form of coexistence and transformation of the two original elements into a new entity, which will become unique and enriched by this contamination.
Keywords: Hybridization, Contact, Contamination, Evolution

Area 4: Ambivalence

The idea of ambivalence can be found in many branches of cultural studies. It may be found when interpreting the meaning of a word in the field of linguistics, when choosing between textual variants in textual criticism, when deciding which portion of land to excavate in archeological research, when analyzing the “Doppelgänger” topic popping up in fiction, philosophy, iconography and sculpture. The question it is the same: which option is to be chosen, which explanatory strategy is to be favored? Ambivalent are psychological impulses, ethical values and cultural characteristics observed in a society, a folk, a historical period.
Keywords: Ambivalence, Hermeneutics, Textual Variants, Doppelgänger, Cultural Dialogue

The abstracts (word format, max 450 words, in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian) must be sent within 31st May by e-mail to

The authors should specify within the e-mail text: 1) Name(s) of the Author(s) and e-mail address; 2) Affiliation(s) (University and Doctoral Course); 3) Title of talk; 4) Selected thematic area; 5) At least three key-words.

For further information please contact or see the site

Coordinating committee: Marta Tagliani, Francesco Tommasi, Elia Marrucci, Vittoria Canciani. Scientific committee: Andrea Rodighiero (Director of the Doctoral School in Arts and Humanities), Stefan Rabanus (Coordinator of the PhD Program in Foreign Literatures, Languages and Linguistics), Manuela Lavelli (Coordinator of the PhD Program in Human Sciences), Paolo Pellegrini (Coordinator of the PhD Program in Philology, Literature and Performance Studies), Attilio Mastrocinque (Coordinator of the International JDP Program in Arts and Archaeology).





NYU Global Studies Center, Prague, Czech Republic: October 17-19, 2019

Literary scholars, sociologists, and historians have long explored the processes and ideology of censorship as well as the histories of the censors themselves. Pre-publication censorship practices and the institutions of church and state that foster them have dominated the field of study. Fewer efforts have taken texts after the fact of censorship or have detailed their further intellectual, cultural, and social trajectories. But as Deleuze wrote in Negotiations (1995), "Repressive forces don't stop people expressing themselves, but rather force them to express themselves." While censorship takes various forms, many of them violent, it has tended toward failure, and historically the experience of censorship amongst groups as disparate as 17th century Puritans and 20th century Lithuanian poets is often deeply instructive in the means of subversion, publication, and dissemination. Censorship has informed collecting practices, as with Thomas James, who used the Catholic Index Librorum Prohibitorum to dictate the acquisitions policy of the Bodleian library from the late 16th century onward. Censorship creates new relationships between people and places because it is enforced differently from country to country, even from building to building; for example, in 1984 when the police raided Gay’s the Word bookshop in London to confiscate “obscene” imported books by Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Kate Millet, and Jean-Paul Sartre, the same titles remained available for loan at Senate House Library a few streets away, and UK publishers continued to publish the same authors unpunished. In the spirit of these examples, this conference seeks to foster an interdisciplinary conversation broaching a larger number of underexplored issues that begin only after the moment of censorship—the excess of argument, collaboration, revision, and in many cases, creative thinking, that are given shape by the experience of suppression.

We are pleased to announce that Hannah Marcus (History of Science, Harvard University) and Gisèle Sapiro (Sociology, Centre national de la recherche scientifique / École des hautes études en sciences sociales) will deliver respective keynote addresses each evening of the conference

This conference aims to be as broad as possible in its geographical, historical, and disciplinary range. The organizers welcome applications from anthropologists, bibliographers, classics scholars, comparative literature scholars, gender studies scholars, historians, philosophers, sociologists, and those within allied fields, including library and information sciences and the publishing industry. The working language of the conference will be English, but participants are naturally encouraged to present research completed in any language(s). The goal of the conference will be to publish the proceedings in a collective volume.

Applications should consist of a title, three-hundred word proposal, and one-page CV, due on May 31, 2019. Accommodations will be available for participants and some funds may be possible for travel assistance within continental Europe.

Possible topics include:

- The reception history of expurgated, bowderlized, and censored texts
- The social history of reading censored and samizdat editions
- The impact of ‘market censorship’ on the rise of small, independent or clandestine publishing establishments.
- Religious communities formed around mutual practices of censorship
- The history of translation vis-à-vis censored texts
- Publishing within colonized spaces
- Canonical texts’ reception vis-à-vis censored editions
- Strategies for circumventing censorship, i.e. scribal publication and xerography
- Scientific and medical pedagogical traditions employing censored texts
- Teaching censored texts: period pedagogy and teaching practices today
- The contingencies of space and geography in censorship practices and the international circulation of censored texts
- ‘Asymmetric’ publication or the coordination of censored and uncensored editions
- The changing status of texts from uncensored to censors, and the inconsistent enforcement of banned items
- Textual histories of self-censored texts and later full republication
- Reversing censorship
- Bibliographical challenges in book description
- Publishing, marketing, and openly advertising censored texts
- Hermeneutic and exegetical concerns facing censored or expurgated texts
- Classical scholarship built upon expurgated texts and embedded polemical citations

In order to apply, please send the materials detailed above to Brooke Palmieri and John Raimo by May 31, 2019: and





Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA: October 18-19, 2019

How can we better speak and write about the ancient Mediterranean for the general public? How can academics engaged in the study of antiquity underscore the relevance of Classics in the present day? The Society for Classical Studies and the Department of Classics at Northwestern University invite applications to participate in the Public Classics Workshop (PCW) scheduled on October 18-19, 2019 on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The workshop will explore issues surrounding public scholarship rooted in the study of the ancient Mediterranean through a combination of lectures, mentoring, and workshopping a piece of public-facing scholarship. The ultimate goal will be not only to learn, but also to polish a piece of public scholarship that can be pitched for future publication.

Speakers and Mentors:
Sarah E. Bond
Nyasha Junior
Scott Lepisto
Denise McCoskey
Nandini Pandey
Claire Voon
Donna Zuckerberg

Participants will gather on the evening of Friday, October 18th for an opening lecture panel with Sarah Bond and Donna Zuckerberg on Classics in the Public Sphere. Events on Saturday, October 19th will fall into two parts. In the morning, invited speakers will offer a series of short presentations on topics such as finding the right publication, using accessible language, writing about race and gender, podcasting, pitching pieces to editors, and other issues connected to public scholarship. In the afternoon, participants will break into small groups led by a mentor to workshop a pre-circulated public-facing piece of writing (< 3000 words). Attendees are not required to workshop the piece mentioned in the application, but if chosen, they are expected to circulate a piece to the rest of the group by September 15, 2019. Participants are also expected to provide written and oral feedback for fellow public classicists during the workshop.

The Friday evening lecture panel is free and open to the public. Admission to the Saturday workshop is limited to 20 participants, each of whom will be given a stipend of $250 to cover travel expenses. Applicants should apply using this Google Form [] by May 1, 2019. Accepted participants will be notified by June 1, 2019. Advanced graduate students and early career professors are especially encouraged to apply.


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)




Newcastle University, UK: 23-24 October, 2019

Civil religion – the belief that public religion could be subsumed within the administration of the state – has long been recognised by intellectual historians of the early modern period as a feature of republican discourse, most often conceived of as an inheritance from ancient Rome. This recognition, however, has allowed civil religion to remain underexplored as an intellectual tradition on its own terms. A language and concept seeking to reconcile church and state, it draws on numerous traditions, including the legacy of the Reformation and notions of Royal Supremacy, Freethought, Gallicanism, and more. Liberated from the confines of being a subsidiary to republicanism, a rich and complex discourse emerges, through which efforts were made to develop a persuasive vision for a religion conducive to a tolerant and harmonious citizen body. In order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of civil religion and its significance, an open dialogue between religious and intellectual historians is of fundamental importance, a dialogue which has previously been limited by the intense focus of scholars examining civil religion in its political dimension to the exclusion of religion. Moreover, a broad chronological overview of civil religion’s development from Antiquity to Enlightenment is required, beyond its origins in Republican Rome and episodic manifestations in the early modern period, further necessitating the interaction of scholars usually divided by chronological boundaries.

The aim of this conference is to facilitate these urgently needed discussions, bringing together religious and intellectual historians, classicists and early modernists, historians of scholarship and historians of political thought. The resultant rehabilitation of civil religion from its status as a handmaid of republicanism will not only promote methodological innovation through its interdisciplinary emphasis, but will interrogate dominant traditions in these disciplines regarding the relationship between church and state, and that between religion and the Enlightenment.

We are seeking proposals for papers on a range of questions, including, but not limited to:

* Can a clear definition of civil religion be determined? How can a viable framework for its discussion be developed?
* Was the religion of the Roman Republic a civil religion? How was this precedent used by later thinkers? Was it employed beyond the confines of republicanism?
* To what extent were accounts of civil religion influenced by the historical context out of which they emerged?
* How far did the notion of civil religion evolve as a response to the Reformation and its legacy?
* In what ways did civil religion inform Enlightenment thinking?
* Does civil religion need to be situated alongside irreligion, freethought, and priestcraft, or can it also be positioned as a discourse within the church?
* What were the aims of civil religion? Were they simply negative, seeking the limitation of church power, or can they be interpreted as positive, as part of an effort to develop a civil, virtuous society?
* What impact, if any, did civil religion have beyond political and religious discourse? How was it represented in literature, art, biographical writing, and scholarship?

Proposals are invited for papers of twenty minutes, with abstracts of no more than 300 words, to be submitted by Friday 22nd March 2019, to


(CFP closed March 22, 2019)




Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia: October 24-26, 2019

We are delighted to inform you that the International Symposium on the 1600th Anniversary of Jerome’s Death, "Hieronymus noster", will take place in Ljubljana, on October 24th–26th, 2019, at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. It is being organised by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; the Universities of Ljubljana, Zagreb, Graz, and Warsaw; Central European University (CEU); International Network of Excellence “Europa Renascens”; DANUBIUS Project (Université de Lille); and the Institut des Sources chrétiennes.

Call for Papers:

Hieronyme, veni foras, “Jerome, come out,” Jerome himself wrote in his letter to a friend (Ep. 4), stating a personal desire addressed to God. His own call will provide the starting point of the international scholarly symposium in 2019, commemorating the 1600th anniversary of Jerome’s death. The encounter will highlight recent research trends related to Jerome’s life, to his opus, and to the reception of this ancient ascetic, Biblical scholar, biographer, traveller, epistolographer, theologian, exegete, satirist, and controversialist. The meeting will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, among the archaeological sites of Roman Emona from his letters (Ep. 11–12), whose genius loci remains influenced by the proximity of Jerome’s birthplace, Stridon. While the exact whereabouts of Stridon remain unknown, an excursion will be offered by symposium’s organizers in order to discuss some of its potential locations. The conference will be interdisciplinary and will present Jerome in the light of the latest discoveries; its particular focus will be the archaeological finds of Christian Emona from 2018. The papers invited will consider – but will not be limited to – researching Jerome within the framework of historical context, archaeology, biblical exegesis, patristics, classical philology, and theology.

To Offer a Paper:

Please email Provide a title and an abstract in 200 words for a twenty‐minute paper, to be followed by a five‐minute discussion, in English, German, French, or Italian, until March 31st, 2019. Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper. There will be some funds available for food and accommodation. – A separate session will be dedicated to graduate students; their applications are particularly encouraged. – The Committee will reply by April 30th, 2019. Papers will be published in Bogoslovni vestnik: Theological Quarterly – Ephemerides theologicae, and in Keria: Studia Latina et Graeca.

Organizing Committee:
Pablo Argárate, Institute of Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Orthodox Church and Patrology, Faculty of Catholic Theology at the Karl‐Franzens‐University Graz
Ivan Bodrožić, Department of the History of Christian Literature and Christian Teaching, Catholic Faculty of Theology Zagreb
Jan Dominik Bogataj OFM, Patristic Institute Victorinianum, Ljubljana, secretary
Rajko Bratož, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Alenka Cedilnik, History Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Antonio Dávila Pérez, Department of Classical Philology, University of Cádiz – International Network Europa Renascens
Laurence Mellerin, Institut des Sources chrétiennes (HISOMA‐UMR 5189 research centre)
Dominic Moreau, DANUBIUS Project (Université de Lille/HALMA‐UMR 8164 research centre)
David Movrin, Department of Classical Philology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Elżbieta M. Olechowska, Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw
Katalin Szende, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest/Vienna
Miran Špelič OFM, Patristic Institute Victorinianum, Ljubljana
Rafko Valenčič, Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana


(CFP closed March 31, 2019)




Rome (École française de Rome, Sapienza Università di Roma): 30-31 October, 2019

Everywhere in Rome, monuments are covered with ancient or modern inscriptions that not only contain the name of the original builder but also commemorate their restoration. Popes from the Quattrocento and Cinquecento who acted as urban planners, such as Sixtus IV, presented themselves as ‘restorers’, even when they were actually modernising the City. This phenomenon is not restricted to the Renaissance period: many Roman emperors already claimed to be rebuilders, such as Augustus who repaired all the damaged temples of Rome according to the Res Gestae, or Septimius Severus who was called Restitutor Vrbis on his coinage. Rome thus seems to be a city that constantly needs to be restored, rebuilt, born again. In the vein of the studies on urban heritage and memory and on cities’ resilience after disasters, more and more historians are interested in the question of restoration. This conference aims to investigate how the notions of restoration and rebuilding were a driving force of Rome’s urban transformation throughout its history, from Antiquity to the 21st century, as well as a political program put forward by the authorities and an ideal more or less shared by the different key actors of the city.

Three aspects of this topic will be discussed. First, the conference will analyse the rebuilding and restoration programs of Rome and its main monuments. We shall consider the scope of these programs, compare the main objectives of the projects and their actual realisation, and examine the concrete aspects of their implementation (funding, construction operations, use and creation of specific tools, etc.) The more paradoxical aspects, such as destroying in order to restore or presenting modernisation as a return to the past, will be welcome. We shall also enquire whether the ideal of renovation was an obstacle to a broad urban restructuration. We invite speakers to look at paradigmatic cases, and to keep a view on the city or district scale rather than narrowly focusing on a single building.

The second aspect concerns the political implications of Rome’s rebuilding. To what extent and in which ways did restoration projects fall within more general political programs, as for example the restoration of the State and its political traditions under the Roman emperors, the reinforcement of papal authority during the medieval and modern periods, or the recreation of classic Rome (republican or imperial) from the ‘French period’ to the fascist regime? What are the connections between the practical and the symbolic dimensions of restoration? Is the purpose always to tend toward the same ideal, to get back to the same period? All these questions are closely related to how the very idea of ‘Rome’ has evolved, from Antiquity to the present. Nevertheless, speakers should avoid a purely metaphorical understanding of the notions of ‘restoration’, ‘rebirth’ and ‘return to the past’: all the papers should connect ideologies and policies with actual interventions or at least projects of material renewal.

Finally, we would like to examine the relationships between rebuilding projects and urban actors (central, municipal or spiritual powers, public experts, inhabitants, etc.) taking into account claims, resistances and conflicts. The wish to return to a previous or idealised form of the city was sometimes a demand expressed by the inhabitants of Rome in response to urban transformations initiated by the popes or the public authorities or caused by economic imperatives. Some humanists, such as Flavio Biondo, even wanted to protect Rome from the ‘violence’ of its own population, and from the popes themselves! At the end of the Middle Ages, the idea that the Romans had been stripped of their own past became a topos. In the second half of the 20th century, associations devoted to heritage preservation like Italia Nostra and intellectuals like Antonio Cederna petitioned for the dismantlement of the fascist urban design of Rome’s area centrale, in order to enhance its historical heritage. More broadly, we shall examine who were the initiators of these restorations, and whom these projects were to benefit.

Speakers are also invited to pay attention to vocabulary and concepts. We will interrogate and historicise the terms of ‘rebuilding’, ‘restoration’, ‘renewal’, ‘restitution’, etc. Are these terms interchangeable or do they have very specific meanings, both in the sources and in the categories used by historians? This conference will provide an opportunity to reflect simultaneously on the production of urban space and on the discourses about the city.

This conference is part of the activities of the LIA Mediterrapolis – Espaces urbains, mobilités, citadinités. Europe méridionale-Méditerranée. XVe-XXIe siècle, and is co-financed by the Centre Roland Mousnier.

The conference will be held at the Ecole française de Rome and Sapienza Università di Roma, on 30-31 October 2019. Papers are accepted in English, French and Italian.

Paper proposals (500 words) should be sent by 1 February 2019, together with a brief bio-bibliography (150-200 words), at the following email address:

The École française de Rome will provide accommodation to the selected speakers and contribute to their travel expenses.

A selection of papers from the conference might be considered for publication in a journal or edited book.

Organizing Committee: Bruno Bonomo (Sapienza Università di Roma), Charles Davoine (École française de Rome), Cécile Troadec (École française de Rome)

Scientific Committee: Martin Baumeister (Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom), Bruno Bonomo (Sapienza Università di Roma), Sandro Carocci (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Amanda Claridge (Royal Holloway, University of London), Charles Davoine (École française de Rome), Chiara Lucrezio Monticelli (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Jean-Claude Maire Vigueur (Università Roma Tre), Cécile Troadec (École française de Rome), Vittorio Vidotto (Sapienza Università di Roma), Maria Antonietta Visceglia (Sapienza Università di Roma)


(CFP closed February 1, 2019)

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November 2019


University of Stellenbosch, South Africa: November 7-10, 2019

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) invites proposals for papers for its 33rd Biennial Conference, to be hosted by the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.

We invite submissions that focus on the conference theme "Homes & Homecomings" as well as individual proposals on other aspects of the classical world and its reception. Panels are strongly encouraged and should consist of 3 to 8 related papers put together by the panel chair. We also welcome postgraduate students currently busy with Master’s or Doctoral programmes to submit papers for a "work-in-progress" parallel session.

Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words), and author affiliation to Annemarie de Villiers at The deadline for proposals is 31 May 2019.

Further information on conference fees and accommodation to follow in due course.





33rd Biennial Conference of The Classical Association of South Africa (see above for general CFP)

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa: November 7-10, 2019

We invite the submission of abstracts for sessions on the theme "The Reception of Greek Sculpture from Antiquity until the Present" as part of the 33rd biennial conference of The Classical Association of South Africa, to be held at Stellenbosch University, 7-10 November 2019. We welcome proposals concerning any aspects of the reception of Greek sculpture from antiquity up until the present.

Keynote Speakers include Prof. Andrew Stewart (Berkeley), Prof. Stanley Burstein, and Prof. Judith Mossman.

Papers in the session will be allotted approximately 20-25 minutes. Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words to Jessica Nitschke at The deadline for abstracts is 20 May 2019. There is no website for the conference yet, but further details on the conference will be available soon.

Classical Association of South Africa website:




Department of Classical Philology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: November 11-13, 2019

Amazons, centaurs, lamias, fauns, sirens, satyrs, Medusa, androgynous beings… Since the dawn of Western civilisation, classical myths have provided us with examples of liminal identities and hybrid beings on the margins between the human and the animal, the human and the divine, the masculine and the feminine. Very often, mythical stories offer accounts of alternative sexualities (Narcissus), gender fluidity (Tiresias), impossible carnal relations (such as those involving Zeus under the disguise of different animals), and gender utopias (the Amazons). All these narrations had precise, exemplary, and normative functions in the societies that created them, functions that continue to be the subject of an ongoing debate. In the context of such discussions on the subject, the research project Marginalia Classica Hodierna invites your consideration of the implications and uses of the concept of “hybridisation” as it surfaces in a wide range of retellings of classical myths in different formats of contemporary mass culture: films, music, comics, popular fiction, videogames, advertising, etc. In their variety, all these formats tend to mutually interact and to favour the reappropriation of content from both high and low cultures. But that is not all: they also question the norm and promote the de-hierarchisation of certain models, thus functioning as a vehicle for the expression of countercultural ideas, and, subsequently, giving voice to mainstream culture’s notions and perspectives.

Drawing on these premises, the conference invites proposals that develop, preferably, though not exclusively, issues such as:

* What are the defining features of the deviation from the norm or of the monstrosity that these myths portray? What are these myths used for in the new artefacts of contemporary mass culture?
* How are these stories re-signified? In what ways do they reinforce or subvert the norm?
* What possibilities do these “hybridisation myths” offer for the construction of alternative identities (group, ethnic, sexual, gender...)?
* Through what means and methods are myths re-appropriated in these formats? How is that accomplished, considering that this material is traditionally associated with high culture?
* ...

By discussing these and other related topics, the conference seeks to encourage reflection on the following: what are the dynamics and the agents that allow us to explain the uses, reworkings and reformulations to which these classical myths “on the margins” are put today? To what extent does classical myth respond to the demands of the contemporary world? What are the advantages of using myth in such ways? Ultimately, we wonder about the reasons that might explain the ability of classical myth to appeal to the most intimate concerns of today’s society. In so doing, we also seek to explore the role they play in the reflection of contemporary concerns.

Those interested in attending are invited to send an abstract (in Spanish, English, Italian, French or German) of no more than 300 words (bibliographical references included) to This document should be sent no later than 30 April 2019. Papers must not exceed the 20-minutes limit. Poster proposals are also accepted, and prospective participants should send a summary of no more than 100 words to the above-mentioned address. All applicants will be notified of either acceptance or rejection by 20 May 2019.


(CFP closed April 30, 2019)




The 2019 Film & History Conference. Theme: Designing Culture and Character - Technology in Film, Television, and New Media

Madison, WI (USA): November 13-17, 2019

Invention has fascinated audiences at least since the god Hephaestus created self-locomoting robot-women as workshop assistants—and Prometheus’ theft of fire allowed humans to develop their own technology. From Méliès’ re-creation of Lucian’s trip to the moon, to myriad takes on Pygmalion fabricating the “perfect woman,” to Hypatia’s fatal scientific inquiry in Amenábar’s Agora, on-screen depictions of invention and technology in the ancient Mediterranean world and the classical tradition have dramatized their potential to delight, empower, and enlighten—as well as the ethical and moral concerns they stimulate.

How do invention and technology stabilize or disrupt social order or tradition—for good or ill? What happens when new tech supplants the once-new? We enjoy the wit of Percy Jackson substituting an iPhone’s reflective surface for Perseus’ shield; can the wonder Ray Harryhausen wrought in Jason & the Argonauts survive the domination of green-screen motion capture animation? What aesthetic or ethical questions arise from eliding realism and the hyperreal in generating Spartan musculature, the Roman Colosseum, or the Olympians? Conversely, is democratization of knowledge spurring viewers’ expectations of “authenticity” in on-screen representations of technology in antiquity, e.g. in architecture or warfare—and if so, to what effects? How does film as a technology rival e.g. archaeology in representing the “reality” of the past?

The Classical Antiquity area solicits abstracts for papers that discuss how film, television, and various other screen-media engage with technology and invention, on topics including, but not limited to:

* representation of invention/technology in narratives set in the ancient Mediterranean world, or informed by the classical tradition (e.g. through plot, character, theme, mise en scène)
* how technology figures in characterization, in combination with morality, racial or cultural identity, and/or the social status of its inventors and/or users
* the ethics of invention/technology within on-screen narratives and in the creation of convincingly realistic or hyperreal worlds on screen
* innovation/technological invention as metaphor for generational or cultural succession
* audience (in)tolerance of anachronisms/interest in “authentic” on-screen worlds

Proposals for complete panels of three related presentations are also welcome, but should include an abstract and contact information (including email) for each presenter.

Please e-mail your proposal (200-400 words per paper) to the area chair: Meredith Safran -

DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 June 2019


Conference website:




Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, United Kingdom: November 15-16, 2019

In 1851 the Jury for Sculpture at the Great Exhibition shared their criteria for works of art in their class:

"They have looked for originality of invention, more or less happily expressed in that style which has for twenty-three centuries been the wonder of every civilised people, and the standard of excellence to which artists of the highest order have endeavoured to attain."

In so many words, the esteemed gentlemen of the Jury (and they were all gentlemen) demanded of their sculptors one thing - classicism, or the antique. Fewer than a hundred years earlier, Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s writings on the art of the ancient world had promoted a systematic, ordered idea of the progress of art; less than a hundred years later, the aftermath of World War I caused artists to invoke a return to order across Europe - a return to classicism, stability, and the simplicity of antiquity. Today, the classics, classicism, and antiquity are still hotly contested visual, literary and cultural forms and norms.

But what is ordered about ‘classicism’? Who benefits from an ordered, stable canon of classicism in art and literature? Is classicism, in art, architecture, archaeology and academia truly the realm of the dead white men (to borrow from the title of Donna Zuckerberg’s 2018 book, Not All Dead White Men)? This conference seeks to challenge, reassess, and provoke discussion on the position of ‘classicism’ in art following Winckelmann’s seminal text on the topic in 1755 through to the present day. Winckelmann’s ordered, teleological histories of art have been thrown into disarray by 265 years of new archaeological discoveries; every generation develops its own ‘classic’ and its own canon. Technologies of communication, dissemination, modification, and reproduction offer artists and academics new media for their engagement with classicism, art, and the world; previously unrepresented populations and individuals have more access to academia, art, and classics than ever before, but not without opposition.

Responding to recent publications, exhibitions, and discussions in art history, classics, and contemporary society and politics, this conference seeks to interrogate classicisms in art (broadly conceived on both fronts). This event follows recent projects like the Classical Now exhibition at King’s College London (2017/18), Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece at the British Museum (2018), and scholarship on the use of antiquity in contemporary discourse. We will not look to construct a new order or return to an old, but to challenge, explore, and activate new discussions on the use, abuse, and reuse of ‘classicism’ through history and today. Furthermore, in a historic moment of increased fascism and nationalism, this conference offers an opportunity to publicly interrogate the role classics, classicism, and the reception of antiquity in art has had in upholding oppressive power structures. This event will be held alongside a Henry Moore Institute retrospective exhibition of the work of Edward Allington (1951-2017), an exhibition that will consider the creative engagement of Allington with the cultures of classicism.

Within this framework we invite submissions of 250-300 words from scholars and artists at every career level for papers on topics involving classicism and art from 1755 to today. Preference will be given to papers that highlight or focus on sculptural material, with a broad definition of ‘sculpture’. Suggested themes include, but are by no means limited to:

* Gendered uses of classicism in art
* Queer classicisms
* Non-Western classicisms
* Contemporary art practice and uses of ‘classicism’
* Problematic or challenging ‘classical’ objects
* Canon and canonising
* The classical/anti-classical and politics
* Nationalism, internationalism and empire
* Narrative, title and text as ordering principles

Please send abstracts and a brief bio to Kirstie Gregory ( and Dr Melissa Gustin ( by 8 April 2019 extended deadline 15 April 2019.

A postgraduate/early career scholar workshop will precede the conference on the morning of Friday 15 November offering PGR/ECRs working in any discipline on issues of classicism, canon, and antiquity the opportunity to meet their peers and foster new networks. The workshop will invite delegates to give short, informal presentations about their work, offer feedback to their peers, and make connections before attending the conference. Postgraduate students are welcome to submit abstracts for the conference as well as participating in the workshop.


(CFP ended April 15, 2019)





Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands): November 28-30, 2019

With great pleasure we announce our Call for Papers for this year's Annual Meeting for Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW).

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 ninth consecutive 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 2019 will be held at Radboud University, Nijmegen (the Netherlands) from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 November 2019, in collaboration with OIKOS (National Research School in Classical Studies), NKV (National Association for all interested in Classical Studies) and Brill Publishers. The programme includes two conference days, and an optional cultural excursion on the third day. It is organized by and for postgraduates and early career researchers working in all areas of classical reception. Thanks to generous contributions of our sponsors, there will be no conference fee. Besides that, we offer a limited number of travel bursaries to speakers without research budgets or with limited funding. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided to all speakers.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
* Dr Justine McConnell (University College London, United Kingdom)
* Dr David Rijser (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
* Dr Nathalie de Haan (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

The conference will further involve contributions by specialists from Radboud University and OIKOS.

This year's theme: Authority and Legitimacy.

Classical reception has always and invariably been linked to the concept of authority. The very idea of the 'classical' involves the establishment of an authoritative canon (or canons), which is renegotiated and recreated throughout time. Furthermore, aspects from the classical world, or what is perceived as such, have always functioned as authoritative examples in various cultural processes and narratives. Closely related to authority is the concept of legitimacy. Throughout history, classical antiquity has been quoted, excerpted, and framed to claim legitimacy. From the Franks under the Carolingians to the modern 'alt-right' movements, all claim legitimacy with reference to a certain idea of classical authority.

We invite papers of 20-25 minutes dealing in all possible ways with the following questions:

* What exactly constitutes the authority of Classical Antiquity?
* Where, when and why has it gained, or lost, its legitimacy?
* What are the structures behind the formation of an authoritative canon?
* How have people tried to maintain or subvert 'classical' authority: which social negotiations are at play?
* How do classical precedents function in historical and modern-day issues and mechanisms of power and legitimacy?
* How do classical examples function as anchors in new developments and innovation? In other words, how can new ideas obtain legitimacy by being anchored upon authoritative examples?
* How do the concepts of authority and legitimacy function in European and non-European reception of classical antiquity?

We encourage proposals in the fields of, but not limited to, archaeology, literary studies, linguistics, (art) history, media studies, religious studies, cultural sciences, history of law and political science, dealing with all time periods. The conference will be held in English.

If you would like to present a paper at AMPRAW 2019, please send an abstract of around 200 words to before May 20th 2019, 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 bursary. Applicants will be selected and notified before the end of June.

For more information, visit:

Previous AMPRAW conferences:
2018: University of Coimbra, Portugal: November 8-​10 2018.
2017: University of Edinburgh: 23-24 November 2017 - Twitter: @ampraw2017
2016: University of Oxford: 12-13 December 2016 -
2015: University of Nottingham: 14-15 December 2015 - - Twitter: @AMPRAW2015
2014: University of London: 24-25 November 2014 -
2013: University of Exeter.
2012: University of Birmingham.
2011: University College London.

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December 2019


Australian National University, Canberra: December 2-3, 2019

Sonia Pertsinidis and Elizabeth Minchin wish to draw attention to the tenth iteration of ANU’s Homer Seminar: Homer and the Epic Tradition. The dates for the Seminar are Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 December 2019.

The special guest is Dr Maureen Alden (Queen’s University, Belfast) and author of two important books on the Homeric epics: Homer Beside Himself: Para-narratives in the Iliad (OUP, 2000) and Para-Narratives in the Odyssey: Stories in the Frame (OUP, 2017).

They invite papers on all aspects of ancient epic, Greek and Roman, and its reception.

If you are interested in giving a paper, please contact Sonia ( or Elizabeth ( before 30 September 2019. If you are interested in attending, please contact them before 31 October.





School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, Portugal: December 2-4, 2019

The Centre for Classical Studies at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon invites scholars interested in discussing and approaching ideas on thematic reconfiguration, values, cultural horizon and texts of Classical Antiquity (alongside characters, literary culture and poetics, Greek and Latin stories and fiction), regarding different settings in time and space in which literature is written in the Portuguese language to submit their conference abstracts until the 28th of July, 2019.

Conference abstracts must include:
- title of the presentation (clear and informative);
- abstract (up to 300 words);
- author’s name;
- affiliation;
- contact email address;
- brief academic curriculum (up to 300 words).

Contact email address for abstract submission and further information:

Registration: The registration fee for the conference is €100 (€70 for postgraduate students).

Scientific Committee:
Arnaldo do Espírito Santo
Cristina Pimentel
José Augusto Cardoso Bernardes
José Ribeiro Ferreira
Paolo Fedeli
Paula Morão
Sérgio Nazar David
Thomas Earle

Organizing Committee
Coordinators: Cristina Pimentel and Paula Morão
Alice Costa
Maria Luísa Resende
Ricardo Nobre
Rui Carlos Fonseca





King’s College London: December 7, 2019

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for our inaugural postgraduate conference series. The theme for this conference will be: Collaboration and/or New Techniques in the Classics.

Topics can be on any aspect of the Ancient World and must include, but are not limited to, at least one of the following:

* Departmental, interdisciplinary &/or interuniversity collaboration, where at least 1 PG student is the lead between members of staff or other student(s)
* New (interdisciplinary) cognitive &/or theoretical perspectives
* The use of new STEM techniques in Classics PG research, such as:
    - Agent-based modelling
    - Network theory & analysis
    - Database compilation, creation and dissemination
    - Critical theories, methods & practices in Digital Humanities
    - Environmental & lifespan analysis

Papers presented will be up to 25 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of questions. Papers can be presented by more than 1 person, but the lead must be a postgraduate student. Papers presented will also be considered for inclusion into a special ‘Conference Edition’ of our journal, once the peer reviewing process has taken place.

Please submit your proposals/abstracts, up to 300 words, by Friday June 28, 2019 to:

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by visiting:





Australasian Universities Languages & Literature Association (AULLA) and Australian Reception Network (ARN)

University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia: December 9-11, 2019

Texts live only by being read, yet in being read, they are also transformed. Texts may be read closely or distantly, critically or uncritically, deeply or hyperly, fast or slowly; for pleasure, profit, or piety; on the beach, in the library, or in the university classroom. Texts can have long afterlives, travelling far in time and space on circuits of communication and exchange. They can be given new life in new contexts of reception, interpretation, translation, or adaptation.

This conference examines the ways in which texts (both literary and otherwise) are produced, exchanged, and received. We encourage papers with a focus on engaged studies and discussions of teaching practice and of critical/exegetical responses to creative practice. Papers that respond to reception, production, and exchange in the fields of languages and translation studies; the literary study of languages other than English; and philosophical approaches to cultural expression, are expressly welcome. We also expressly welcome interdisciplinary angles on the theme, such as Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Postcolonial Studies, ethnography, sociology of reading, History of the Book, studies in orality or performance, and comparative approaches.

Call for papers: the organisers welcome submissions for individual presentations of 20 minutes and panel sessions of 90 minutes.

Submissions received by Monday 29 April 2019 will be considered by the committee and outcomes will be announced by 13 May 2019, to enable funding applications to be made in good time. All submissions are due by Monday 30 September 2019, and the program will be published in early November.

Submissions should include: name/s of author/s (including affiliations), title of presentation, an abstract of up to 200 words, and a biographical note of up to 50 words per author. Panel submissions should also include a short description of the panel theme (up to 150 words), in addition to titles, abstracts, and biographical notes for all papers.

Submissions should be emailed to

Hosts: This conference is hosted by the University of Wollongong, the Australasian Universities Languages & Literature Association Conference, incorporating the inaugural Australian Reception Network Lecture, and will be held in Wollongong, Australia from 9th-11th December 2019.

About AULLA: The Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA) is an international academic organisation that advances research in all fields of language and literature, including linguistics, film studies, philosophy of literature, creative exegeses, poetics, and cultural studies, in the tertiary institutions of Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. AULLA is affiliated with the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM) and the International Federation of the Societies of Classical Studies (FIEC). It was founded in 1950 as the Australasian Universities Modern Language Association and assumed its present title in 1957.

AULLA’s mission is to promote cross-disciplinary connections and synergies and to encourage innovative research directions in language, literature and cultural studies. To facilitate this, AULLA holds a biennial congress, focussed on a specific theme, that brings together scholars from all disciplines associated with the study and teaching of language and literature.

The Journal of Literature, Language and Culture (JLLC; formerly AUMLA) is the association’s journal. It has an international focus and is fully peer-reviewed. AUMLA was published twice yearly from 1953-2012. JLLC will be published in three issues per year from 2013.

The Sussex-Samuel Prize for Postgraduate Students is offered by AULLA to encourage postgraduate student participation in the broader scholarly community. The prize is awarded every two years for a paper presented at the AULLA congress by a postgraduate student and judged by a panel within the Executive to be significant, innovative and accomplished. The applicant must be a currently enrolled postgraduate research student. The author of the winning paper will receive a prize of AUD$800, and the paper will be developed for publication in JLLC. For more information visit the conference website.

About ARN: The Australian Reception Network was founded in July 2018 and has more than 70 members working on all aspects of literary reception studies, history, and theory. Its website is


(CFP closed April 29, 2019)




9th Lectio International Conference - Leuven, Belgium: December, 11-13, 2019

Dissent, polemics and rivalry have always been at the center of intellectual development. The scholarly Streitkultur was given a fresh impetus by the newly founded universities in the High Middle Ages and later turned into a quintessential part of early modern intellectual life. It was not only mirrored in various well-known intellectual debates and controversies – e.g. between Aristotelians and Augustinians, scholastics and humanists, Catholics and Protestants – but also embodied in numerous literary genres and non-literary modes of expression – e.g. disputationes, invectives, consilia, images, carnivalesque parades, music, etc. – and discursive or political strategies – patronage, networks and alliances. Moreover, the harsh debates notwithstanding, consensus was also actively searched for, both within particular disciplines and within society as a whole.

The aforementioned genres and strategies are all modes of negotiating dissent, which raises several important questions regarding these intellectual ‘warriors’. What were the most important issues at stake and how were they debated? Did the debates in the public sphere reflect the private opinions of the scholars involved? What access do we have to those private opinions? Can we approach such controversies in terms of authenticity and truthfulness, or consistency and coherence? Is there a contrast between ego-documents and the published part of an author’s oeuvre?

Starting from these questions, the aim of this conference is to study the polemical strategies and the modes of rivalry and alliance in scholarly debate from the twelfth through the seventeenth centuries.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

* the role of alliances and polemics in establishing intellectual networks;
* the presentation of rivaling views and the depiction of adversaries;
* the discrepancy or congruency between private and public persona;
* hitherto neglected disputes or new perspectives on well-known controversies;
* non-literary modes of negotiating dissent;
* the relation and connections between various literary and non-literary genres, also across different semiotic modes (literature, visual arts, performative arts, ...);
* the role of socio-cultural and economic background in polemics;
* the role of language (e.g.: vernacular vs. Latin);
* similarities and differences across disciplines (philosophy, civil and canon law, theology, medicine...) with regard to polemization and the negotiation of dissent.

We actively invite papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines (civil and canon law, philosophy, theology and religious studies, literary studies, historiography, art history, etc.) and aim to study texts in Latin, Greek and the vernacular, as well as pictorial and performative traditions. We do not only welcome specific case studies, but also (strongly) encourage broader (meta)perspectives, e.g. of a diachronic or transdisciplinary nature. The conference will span the period from the twelfth until the seventeenth centuries.

The conference will be organized by the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (LECTIO). It follows upon last year’s conference on polemics, rivalry and networking in Greco-Roman Antiquity.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Laura Beck Varela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Leen Spruit (Radboud Universiteit – Nijmegen)
Anita Traninger (Freie Universität – Berlin)

We invite submissions for paper proposals in English, French, German and Italian. Proposals should consist of a (provisional) title, an abstract of 300-400 words, and information concerning the applicant’s name, current position, academic affiliation, contact details and (if applicable) related publications on the topic. Applicants who intend to speak in French, German or Italian, are expected to include an English abstract as well. Accepted papers will be awarded a 30 minutes slot (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes for discussion).

Please submit your proposal via email ( by April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified by email within 5 weeks from this date.

Successful applicants are expected to submit their paper for inclusion in a thematic volume to be published in the LECTIO series (Brepols Publishers). All submitted papers will be subject to a process of blind peer-review.

For any further queries, please mail to

Organizing committee: Guy Claessens, Wim Decock, Jeroen De Keyser, Fabio Della Schiava, Wouter Druwé, Wim François, Erika Gielen.



(CFP ended April 15, 2019)




British School at Rome / Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma: December 11–13, 2019

Organised by Clare Hornsby and Mario Bevilacqua

This conference aims to bring together an international range of art historians alongside scholars of related humanistic disciplines to open a new chapter on the multifaceted life and career of Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692–1779), ‘The Father of the Grand Tour’. Albani operated in many different spheres of Roman society in a variety of roles: antiquarian, collector, art dealer, political agent, spy. It is time to make a reassessment of his life and of his activities.

There is a close connection between Britain and the study of Cardinal Albani, reflecting the central role that the British played in the art market in Rome, as entrepreneurs and purchasers. This subject—which casts valuable light on the political and diplomatic networks in mid-eighteenth-century Europe—needs to be revisited, particularly in the light of the many books, conferences, and exhibitions on collecting and the art market that have appeared in the last 25 years. It is appropriate that this conference should have as one of its venues the British School at Rome [BSR], which has, over this period, hosted many scholarly events connected with the Grand Tour.

For many years European scholars have examined aspects of the life of Cardinal Alessandro Albani, particularly in respect of his magnificent collections of ancient sculpture—of central importance in artistic and museological culture in Rome—as well as in the family archives and European correspondence. His relationship with major figures in eighteenth-century European art such as Winckelmann and Piranesi remains a fruitful area of study.

The second venue of the conference—the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma [CSCIR—is an institution renowned for its commitment to a deeper understanding and reflection on Roman historical and artistic life. By this British and Italian collaboration we hope not only to build new networks of scholarship but to focus international attention on the Albani collections at a key moment.

The role of Alessandro Albani is key in eighteenth-century Rome, both as a patron of the arts and in the wider political life of the European courts. This conference is designed to be multi-disciplinary and international, reflecting the life and career of Albani himself. Proposals for talks might address the following themes:

Albani in the Grand Tour
The Roman art market
Albani and Vatican diplomacy
His correspondents and social networks
The Stuart court in Rome
Philipp von Stosch, Horace Mann, and spying
Albani the archaeologist
The drawings collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo and their sale to King George III
Winckelmann and Albani
Albani as taste-maker
The collections — sculpture, drawings, and the libraries
Albani and Piranesi
The Albani archives
Villa Albani

The languages of the conference are English and Italian, and the event will be open to the public. We invite doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, established scholars, and members of the foreign academies in Rome to submit proposals for papers which will fall into two groups:

(1) 15-minute presentations on one event, object, or discrete theme
(2) 30-minute presentations on collections or connected themes

Please send an abstract of either 500 words (for a 15-minute talk) or 1000 words (for a 30-minute talk) with a 200-word CV to by 1 April 2019.

We plan to publish a volume of essays based on this conference.

Scientific Committee: Mario Bevilacqua (Università degli Studi di Firenze, CSCIR), Amanda Claridge (Royal Holloway University of London, Cassiano del Pozzo project), Clare Hornsby (Research Fellow, BSR), Ian Jenkins (Dept. of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum), Harriet O’Neill (Assistant Director, BSR), Susanna Pasquali (La Sapienza Roma), Jonny Yarker (Libson and Yarker Ltd., London)


(CFP closed April 1, 2019)




The British School at Athens: December 16-17, 2019

Keynote speakers: Quinn DuPont and John H. Kroll

Never before has an object of everyday life played such a powerful role in a multitude of circumstances: economics (Agorism, cryptocurrencies, tokenized credit and debit cards), governance (‘Agora’ networks applied in elections), and computing (data security via tokenization). This workshop aims to achieve a better understanding of tokens in ancient Athens as well as their modern-day applications in voting and market mechanics. Current theories and practices employ Athens and the city’s tokens as a historical paradigm. But what do we actually know about Athenian tokens? The workshop will focus on the following questions:

* What were the roles played by tokens in Athens? Did these roles evolve from the Classical to the Roman Imperial Period?
* Were tokens an ‘Athenian’ innovation? How did other Greek cities and states respond? What was the Roman ‘addition’ to Athenian tokens?
* What are the similarities between tokens then and now?
* How have tokens enabled and continue to enable anonymity and the operation of networks?
* How do tokens contribute to the formation of civic and political identity?
* How do tokens support legal and political equality?
* Can tokens stand for a master network of expertise? How do they become indispensable for the purposes of management and decision making?
* What rituals, behaviors and sentiments are related to tokens? Can tokens be regarded as a means of saving transaction costs?

The workshop invites contributions from across the humanities, informatics, finance and social sciences and welcomes discussion on any of the themes detailed above. Speakers may also bring their own themes or ideas. The workshop is designed as a forum of exchange in order to continue developing an interdisciplinary approach on the subject, already begun in two previous workshops (University of Warwick June 2017, British School at Rome October 2018), as part of the Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean Project.

Papers of 20 minutes duration are invited. Proposals including a title, name, e-mail address and an abstract of no more than 300 words should be emailed to Mairi Gkikaki, by 1st May 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given by 1st June 2019. Travel subsidy will be possible. An edited volume of select papers arising from the conference is envisaged.

This workshop forms part of ‘Tokens and their Cultural biography in Athens from the Classical Age to the End of Antiquity’ project, a MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE action under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No AMD-794080-2.


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)

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January 2020


Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Eos is a scholarly society dedicated to Africana Receptions of Ancient Greece and Rome. For our next workshop at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in Washington, DC (January 2-5, 2020), we invite abstracts for papers that trace and interpret visual responses to classical materials among people of African descent and relate them to the typically more text-based study of Black Classicisms.

In conceiving of this event, we have sought to combine several convergent strands of scholarly inquiry in the study of the Greek and Roman Classics. The discipline has long noted--and in the recent past increasingly sought to disrupt--the strict separation between the study of literary texts and of material objects, including works of visual art. At the same time, greater attention has been paid to previously marginalized voices, both ancient and modern. Finally and concurrently, Classical Reception Studies has moved closer to the center of the discipline’s attention, as growing numbers of classicists have recognized that one cannot help but look at the past from a perspective that is shaped by the needs of one’s present.

In the words of Romare Bearden, African American artist and creator (among many other works) of a series of collages and water colors entitled “Odysseus Suite”: “An artist is an art lover who finds that in all the art that he sees, something is missing: to put there what he feels is missing becomes the centre of his work.” To foreground these “missing” centers through discussions of visual engagements with classical materials is our workshop’s objective. We hope to deepen our understanding of the intellectual, emotional, and creative responses elicited by the ancient world in people of diverse backgrounds, and contributors therefore need not—and indeed: should not—restrict themselves to the classical “half” of these inter-medial dialogues. Rather, there should be an equal emphasis on the messages the relevant artists seek to send to their contemporaries, and/or on how Greco-Roman materials are combined with other artistic traditions of (e.g.) Africa, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, etc. in the pursuit of artistic and creative expression. One exemplary study of such processes is Robert G. O’Meally’s 2007 examination of Bearden’s “Black Odyssey,” which reveals among other influences the impact that Jazz improvisation has had on Bearden’s art and how the very method of presentation (i.e., collages availing themselves of rich color palettes) informs the creation of meaning in his work.

Nor need the piece(s) of visual art that stand at the center of each paper necessarily provide the sole focus of discussion. An alternate direction is hinted at in Kwame Dawes’s and Matthew Shenoda’s 2017 collection of poetic responses to Bearden’s Odyssey. On this model, a paper could put classical materials in multi-directional conversation both with visual and with literary reactions. In fact, the presenters should not try too stringently to exclude themselves from the creation of meaning in the multimedial interchanges they uncover. Rather, they should feel free to pursue what Lorna Hardwick and Emily Greenwood have called “frail” or “fuzzy connections.” Any interpretation of a point of contact between different works of art ultimately emerges from the viewer’s or reader’s own mind, not always necessarily from the artist’s. Yet it can still provide insights into the mechanics underlying the ancient and modern materials in question. Another way to make sense of this dynamic is to understand the artist’s role in the process as an act of Signifyin(g). According to Henry Louis Gates’s 1986 exploration of this trope, allusivity in Africa and the African Diaspora tends to combine repetition with revision, even as it remains deliberately open to varied interpretations.

Topics to consider include the work of Romare Bearden himself, but there are many additional artists whose sculptures, paintings, drawings, architecture, etc. invite the attention of Classical Reception scholars. Examples include, but are in no way limited to, Lorraine O’Grady, Simone Leigh, or Jack Whitten.

Eos is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into Classics, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research. Above all, we aim to create a supportive environment for scholars of all stages working on Africana Receptions of Greco-Roman antiquity.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent as an email attachment to by Friday, March 1, 2019. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. All presenters must be members of the SCS.


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)




Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2020 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington, DC. For its fifth annual panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of Homer in all its manifestations in the early modern world.

The last fifteen years have seen an explosion in studies of the scholarly and creative reception of Homer in the Renaissance. Work by scholars including Marc Bizer, Tania Demetriou, Philip Ford, Filippomaria Pontani, and Jessica Wolfe--to name but a few--has illuminated the manuscript and print transmission of the Homeric texts and revealed the enormous range of contexts in which Homer was put to use and the immense variety of artistic, cultural, political, philosophical, and theological issues the Homeric poems were used to explore. Today it is possible to investigate questions in Homeric reception that would have been difficult to ask, let alone answer, fifteen years ago.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the transmission, translation, or book history of the Homeric texts; the commentary tradition; artistic, literary, or musical responses to Homer; political, philosophical, or scientific uses of Homer. We welcome the consideration of topics including the perspectives Homeric reception provides on Renaissance philology, knowledge of Greek or of oral composition, or the reconfiguration of literary or cultural histories; the discovery of Homer as a source of innovation or inspiration in a wide range of genres and media, or as an alternative to the authority of Latin poets or Roman culture; the geographical, political, or religious factors that influenced Homeric reception in different areas or communities, and the myriad uses to which the Homeric poems were put to explore those factors; the ways in which digital technologies might influence our understanding of Homer’s Renaissance reception.

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

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

Proposals must be received by Friday, March 8, 2019.


(CFP closed March 8, 2019)




Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Whether one emphasizes his ambivalence or his applause, Virgil was unquestionably the poet of the nascent Roman empire. Like Homer, the Zeus of poets, Virgil was also the magisterial predecessor for all subsequent authors of pastoral, didactic, or epic. He was thus “imperial” in a double sense, as a commentator on the Roman world being transformed by Augustus and as a kind of poetic doppelgänger for the princeps himself.

This panel seeks to explore both aspects of Virgil and his legacy. Topics might include, without being limited to, Virgil’s response to the rise of Augustus and his role in shaping Roman response more broadly; how Virgil’s contemporaries or later authors used his imperial themes to mirror or to create a contrast with their own works and/or times; and the figure of Virgil himself in later literature, including late antique and early modern works.

Abstracts for papers should be submitted electronically as Word documents by March 1, 2019 to Julia Hejduk (, preferably with the subject heading “abstract_imperial_SCS2020”. The abstracts will be judged anonymously and so should not reveal the author’s name, but the email should provide name, abstract title, and affiliation. Abstracts should be 650 words or fewer and should follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (, except that works cited should be put at the end of the document, not in a separate text box.


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)




Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organized by Frederick J. Booth, Seton Hall University

The AANLS invites proposals for a panel of papers on current research on Neo-Latin texts from around the world to be held at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in Washington, DC in early January 2020. We seek to highlight the variety and depth of Neo-Latin Studies; to underscore the importance of contemporary scholarship in the complex, global field of Neo-Latin literature; and to give scholars an opportunity to share the results of their research with colleagues in the many disciplines that comprise Neo-Latin studies. We welcome papers on all aspects of the study of literary, historical, scholarly, legal, scientific, and technical works written in Latin in the Renaissance and early Modern Period (to about 1800), as well as papers dealing with more recent Neo-Latin works.

Abstracts should be sent (and arrive no later than midnight EST on Saturday, February 23, 2019) to Dr. Frederick J. Booth at Abstracts should be a maximum of 650 words (not including a brief bibliography). In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by three referees. Please follow the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear on the SCS web site. In your cover letter or e-mail, please confirm that you are an SCS or AIA member in good standing (and please note your membership number), with dues paid through 2020.

(CFP closed February 23, 2019)




Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organizer-Refereed Panel. Organized by Rosa Andújar and Daniel Orrells, King’s College London

Scholars who work on the modern performance and reception history of classical drama have often focused on the manner in which Greek and Roman plays successfully provide modern writers with a ready-made vocabulary for expressing painful and complex realities. This emphasis on the “success” of classical drama in the modern world could arguably be seen as a continuation of a long history of Euro- American philhellenism and idealization of the ancient world.

This panel aims to move away from what may be seen as a partial and skewed history of the performance and reception of Greek and Roman theatre in modernity, which focuses on positive case studies that celebrate the successful adaptation and application of ancient drama in diverse contexts. This panel instead proposes to explore a fuller and more nuanced history, focusing in particular on “failed” moments of classical theatre.

Possible areas of scrutiny include, but are not limited to:

* Invocations of Greek and Roman plays that were received with indifference or with lukewarm interest
* Modern performances of classical plays that “sort of” worked, or received negative receptions
* Moments of bewilderment and puzzlement in modern audiences, stemming from classical references, themes and motifs

In emphasizing scenes of “failed” reception and problems in performance in modernity, we seek to explore a larger question: how does an understanding of such an alternative performance history provide us with a fuller and different history of classical reception in modern theatre and more broadly, in the modern world? Through such an inquiry, this panel aims to unsettle the polarized state of Classical Reception Studies, in which classical texts are viewed on a binary system, as either agents of liberation or oppression. Rather than looking for more examples of how ancient theater has “successfully” administered the power to say the unsayable, we are especially eager for contributions that can help us think about performances which generated problems around conflicted subjectivity – about the awkward and difficult closeness between perpetrators and victims of political and sexual violence; about the complicities between the colonizer and the colonized.

Please send an anonymous abstract for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment to by February 8, 2019, listing the title of this panel as the subject line of the email. The text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author. Submissions should follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts and will be reviewed by the organizers, who will make final selections by the end of March.

Please address questions about the panel to the organizers: and


(CFP closed February 8, 2019)




Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

A panel sponsored by the Women’s Classical Caucus for the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington, D.C.

Organized by Serena S. Witzke (Wesleyan University) and T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University)

Among the most prominent anxieties expressed in sources from the ancient world are the fears of the wrath of the gods, of the destruction brought on by war, and of women in charge. Oppressed and controlled by the patriarchies of antiquity, women were not often allowed constitutional or legal roles in official affairs, but nevertheless found ways to exercise autonomy and accrue authority in the home, the community, and the state — and in some places and times, women wielded legitimate and public power.

This proposed panel will gather papers exploring both historical expressions of women’s authority and influence (both formal and informal) and the imagined incarnations of women’s power, as well as the intersections of gender, status, ethnos, ability, and power. 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. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, empresses and foreign queens; priestesses or philosophers; business proprietors and political campaigners; Hellenistic patronesses and local benefactors; the historiographical and literary figure of the dux femina; elegiac beloveds, hetairai, and meretrices; matronae and other powerful women heads of household; and the ways in which women in subsequent generations have used references to ancient women in power to support their own access to power.

Papers may address questions such as the following: what constitutes legitimate power? In what ways did women exercise influence and authority? What backlash did women face from these expressions of power? How did such women shape their societies and their worlds? What methods can we use to detect and understand women’s wielding of power in situations and contexts dominated by patriarchal oppression and silencing of women’s voices, actions, and experiences? How do status, ethnos, and ability interplay with gender in expressing power and in condemnations of those expressions?

Please send abstracts that follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (see the SCS website) by email to Ms. Julie Pechanek at by March 1, 2019. Ensure that the abstracts are anonymous. The organizers will review all submissions anonymously and inform submitters of their decision by the end of March 2019, with enough time that those not chosen can participate in the SCS’ individual abstract submission process.


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)




CAMP Panel, Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organizers: Seth A. Jeppesen, BYU; Chiara Aliberti, BYU; Cecilia Peek, BYU

In Euripides’ Trojan Women, Hecuba and her fellow captives use a wide array of verbs for speaking and singing as they struggle to make their voices and stories heard in the face of repeated attempts by the men in the play to silence them and relegate them to the status of possessions rather than persons. Similar attempts to silence or disregard the plight of modern refugees and migrants are apparent all around us, from the newly energized nationalist movements in Europe to the tear gas canisters lobbed at women and children along the U.S.-Mexico border. As Nadia Murad has shown (The Last Girl, 2017), one of the most powerful ways of combatting this oppression is to open a dialogue and listen to the voices of those displaced by war as they tell us their stories. Bryan Doerries (The Theater of War, 2016) has shown how Greek tragedy can be used to initiate conversations regarding combat trauma, mass incarceration and end-of-life care and encourage recognition and healing for those involved. Luis Alfaro, in turn, has demonstrated in his recent play Mojada how well adaptations of Greek tragedy can address issues facing modern migrants and immigrants. Many Greek tragedies deal with displacement caused by war and characters who seek asylum from other cities and governments (e.g. Aeschylus’ Suppliants, Euripides’ Trojan Women, Hecuba, Andromache, Helen, Suppliant Women, etc.) There is much potential for scholarship and performance that uses Greek tragedy not only to elucidate the current refugee crisis but also to raise awareness and provide healing and understanding to communities. This panel invites papers that explore themes of cultural and physical displacement in Greek Tragedy and potentially draw connections between ancient literature and the current worldwide refugee/migrant crisis. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

* The language of displacement and/or silencing in Greek tragedy
* Greek tragedy and historical displacement in 5th century Greece
* The effects of war and violence in Greek tragedy
* Modern reception of Greek tragedy in the context of refugees, migrants, and immigrants
* Greek tragedy and public humanities projects that deal with issues facing refugees, migrants, and immigrants

Abstracts should follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts and can be sent by email to Review of abstracts begins March 1, 2019. Abstracts received by March 15 will receive full consideration. Please ensure that the abstracts are anonymous. In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by the panel organizers, who will serve as referees. Those selected for the panel will be informed by March 30.


(CFP closed March 15, 2019)




Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

The International Ovidian Society, a newly formed organization and a new Affiliated Group of the SCS, seeks papers for its panel at the 2020 conference in Washington, D.C. Among the Society’s greatest purposes are to encourage future scholarship on Ovid, to support younger scholars and new work in Ovid, and to reach out beyond Classics to scholars in other fields, as well as to performers and artists, who do significant work related to Ovid and Ovidian reception.

The theme for our 2020 panel is “What’s New in Ovidian Studies?” With this panel, we hope to showcase new approaches to, and new topics in, the study of Ovidian poetry. We encourage all kinds of abstracts and we aim to provide a wide-ranging panel that looks to the future, providing both innovative topics and a broad spread overall of new directions for Ovidian studies.

Send questions to the co-organizers, Sharon James ( and Alison Keith (

Please send an abstract for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment to by February 8, 2019, listing the title of this panel as the subject line of the email. The text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author, but the email message should provide name, abstract title, and affiliation. Abstracts must be 650 words or fewer and follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts (, but should include works cited at the end of the document, not in a separate text box. Submissions will be reviewed by third-party referees, who will make final selections by the end of March.


(CFP closed February 8, 2019)




University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: January 28-31, 2020

CFP: - Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Conference website: TBA.

Program: TBA.

Enquiries: Daniel Osland:


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February 2020

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April 2020


Swansea University, Wales: 17–20 April, 2020

The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology at Swansea University will host the 2020 Classical Association Conference, to coincide with the University’s centenary celebrations. The conference will take place on the newly founded Bay Campus (opened in 2015), which is situated in an outstanding location, has direct access on to the beach, and its own seafront promenade. Accommodation will be arranged in hotels between Swansea’s city centre and the Bay Campus.

Swansea University’s Singleton Campus is home to the Egypt Centre, Wales’ largest museum of Egyptian antiquities. Swansea is situated close to the Gower peninsula, the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are castles, stately homes and Roman barracks in close proximity. There will be optional excursions to allow participants to explore the area.

Proposals for 20-minute papers, especially from coordinated panels, are invited. The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome proposals from diverse backgrounds. The closing date for abstracts is 31 August 2019.

Suggested themes include:
Ancient Narrative Literature
Ancient Political Thought
Archaeology of Graeco-Roman Egypt
Civil War Literature
Classics and the Future
Global Classics
Metals and metallurgy
Pedagogy and Outreach
Political Failure
Roman Philosophy and Satire
Rulers and rulership
The ancient reception of Augustan Poetry
The literature of poverty and disgust
The Welsh 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.


Classical Association website:

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May 2020


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





KU Leuven, Belgium: 27-29 May 2020

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

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

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

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

If you would like to deliver a lecture during this conference, please send the provisional title, abstract (max. 500 words) and a concise CV (max. 500 words) before 31 May 2019, to Shari Boodts at

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

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

The full Call for Papers may be found here:

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June 2020


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

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


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December 2020

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University of Western Australia, Perth: date TBA

ANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies) is pleased to announce that the location of the Thirteenth Biennial ANZAMEMS Conference in 2021 will be The University of Western Australia, in Perth, Western Australia! The conference convenor will be Dr Kirk Essary, and the conference topic will be 'Reception and Emotions.' More details will be announced. #anza21


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January 2021

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