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Theme: Hindsight is 2020

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

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

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

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

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Online (CHS, Washington): June 30, 2021

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

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

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

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

For more details about the Kyklos program see:


(CFP closed February 21, 2021)



Online - APGRD, Oxford - June 30, 2021 - 10am-5pm BST

Organisation: Estelle Baudou (Oxford) and Silke Felber (Vienna)

Summary: Numerous artists are currently invoking Greco-Roman antiquity in their reflections on war, terror, the anthropocene, and the financial and health crises. Ancient dramatic scripts appear to provide useful foils for representations of the pain and fragmentation of post-traumatic memories. This event will challenge the notion that trauma is unrepresentable by examining the performance of trauma on contemporary stages: how do performing artists acknowledge contemporary crises and perform the impact of these crises on groups and individuals while using ancient materials?

The event will consist of two roundtable discussions with scholars and practitioners, each preceded by a pre- recorded conversation with distinguished artists (Peter Sellars / Ian Rickson and Kae Tempest). The first roundtable discussion is titled ‘Mediatisation and Performability of Collective Trauma’, and the second ‘Bodily Response to Crises: Performing the Spread of Collective Trauma’.

This event will be broadcast live on the APGRD Youtube Channel. The roundtable discussions will include questions from the audience.


10.00am-10.15 (London time)
Introduction by Estelle Baudou (Oxford) and Silke Felber (Vienna)

Pre-recorded interview with Peter Sellars (theatre director)


Roundtable discussion: ‘Mediatization and Performability of Collective Trauma’
Clare Finburgh-Delijani (Professor in Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths, University of London)
Justine McConnell (Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature, KCL)
Angeliki Poulou (Curator and Lecturer in Performing Arts & New Media, Department of Digital Arts & Cinema, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)


Pre-recorded interview with Ian Rickson (theatre director) and Kae Tempest (playwright)


Roundtable discussion: ‘Bodily Response to Crises: Performing the Spread of Collective Trauma’
Marie-Louise Crawley (Assistant Professor in Dance and Cultural Engagement, C-DaRE (Centre for Dance Research), Coventry University)
Helene Foley (Professor of Classics, Columbia)
Struan Leslie (Director, Dramaturg and Movement Director, UK)

Final remarks by Fiona Macintosh (APGRD, Oxford)

No need to sign up; the whole event will be streamed live on YouTube using the following link:




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

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

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


This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s focus on ‘Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge’ takes as its starting point the contemporary challenges to traditional forms and structures of theatre which the pandemic has precipitated, but expands to encompass a broader historical perspective on what it means to challenge a tradition, to negotiate our involvement within traditions which are themselves challenging, and to build on traditions of challenge.

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


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

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

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performance presentation on ‘Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by Monday 12 April 2021 (if applicable, please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution). There will be no registration fee.

Edited 20/06/2021 - Program:

Day One: Monday 28 June (all times BST / UTC+1)

11:30: Welcome
12:00 – 13:00: Madness and irreverence (Chair: Claire Barnes, Oxford)
Ruth McKimmie (University of Newcastle, Australia): ‘Same-same yet different: madness ancient and modern’
Marit Meinhold (Konstanz): ‘Oedipus meets Medusa - Pan Pan’s Oedipus Loves You’
13:00 – 14:15: Lunch
14:15 – 15:30: Challenge and the body (Chair: Marcus Bell, Oxford)
Malina Buturovic (Princeton): ‘The Survival of the Body: Hedva Performs Euripides’
Eri Georgakaki (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens): ‘The challenging reception of Euripides in nineteenth-century Greece, or, how to restore an ancient poet’s fame out of the blame’
Zoe Harris-Wallis (UCL): ‘Within and against the fold: the challenge of the body in the costume and dance of Eva Palmer-Sikelianos’
15:30 – 16:00: Break
16:00: Guest lecture: Professor Clare Finburgh Delijani (Goldsmiths): ‘Ghosts: From Aeschylus’ The Persians to Wajdi Mouawad’s The Blood of Promises’ [livestream:]

17:00 – 18:00: Break
KCL Greek Play premiere - From The Machine (livestreamed on YouTube)
18:00 Pre-show talk: Professor Gonda Van Steen and Dr Oliver Baldwin in discussion about Sophocles’ Philoctetes (pre-recorded)
19:00 Performance
The pre-show talk and performance are free of charge, but booking is essential. Please book for both via Eventbrite:

Day Two: Tuesday 29 June (all times BST / UTC+1)

10:30: Welcome
10:45: Day 1 Guest Respondent: Dr Marchella Ward (Oxford)
11:15 – 11:30: Break
11:30 – 12:45: Tradition and (re)mediation (Chair: Giovanna Di Martino, UCL)
Zoë Jennings (Oxford): ‘Intermedial challenge in Daria Martin’s Minotaur with Anna Halprin (2008)’
Sophia Elzie (Oxford): ‘Against Fossilization: Reading Brian Friel’s Translations and the Odyssey’
Menelaos Karantzas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): ‘Fragments on stage: how ancient dramatic fragments have been used in contemporary performances’
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00: Transformation and subversion (Chair: Alison Middleton, Oxford)
Naser Albreeky (KCL): ‘Strategies of Undoing Colonialism in the New World: Parody and Classical Reception in Anglophone Caribbean Literature’
Julia Jennifer Beine (Ruhr-University Bochum): ‘Challenging an Ancient Comic Tradition (Un-)Intentionally: Molière’s L’Étourdi ou les contretemps’
15:00 – 15:15: Break
15:15: In conversation: Dr Benjamin Poore (York) with Dr Henry Stead (St Andrews) and Dr Helen Eastman (theatre director; APGRD): ‘Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge: The History Play in Modern Times’

16:00 – 16:15: Break
16:15: Day 2 Guest Respondent: Dr Lucy Jackson (Durham)
16:45 Plenary

Register (Zoom): Attendance is free.


(CFP closed April 12, 2021)



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

In collaboration with The Imagines Project (


Day 1: 24 June 2021

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Day 2: 25 June 2021

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Day 3: 26 June

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

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

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

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

Day 4: 27 June

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

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

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


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

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

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

Brief concluding remarks: Anastasia Bakogianni


Program: news/conference-state-discipline-and-new-directions




Now online [USA - EST] - [Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy]: June 23-26, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edit - 20/06/2021. Program (EST):


Identity and Geography (10am-12:30pm EST; Open to the Public)
Chair: Kris Fletcher (Louisiana State University)
1. Alessandro Barchiesi (New York University), “Trojan Hunters in Latium”
2. Barbara Weiden Boyd (Bowdoin College), “Monstrat amor verus patriae: Virgil’s Camilla between Italy and Scythia”
3. Anna Maria Cimino (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), “The Old is Dying, and the New Cannot Be Born”
4. Zoé Elise Thomas (University of Texas, Austin), “How I Met Your ‘Arician’ Mother: Augustan Identity and the Cumaean Sibyl in Aeneid 6”

Encounters with the Other (1:30pm-4pm EST) Chair: Adriana Vazquez (University of California, Los Angeles)
1. Erika Valdivieso (Princeton University), “Virgil’s Cannibals”
2. Matthew Gorey (Wabash College), “Turnus in India: Allusion and Identity in Corte-Real’s Second Siege of Diu (1574)”
3. David van Schoor (Rhodes University), “In hoc tam barbaro mundo: Vergil and Creole Identities in 20th Century South Africa”


Vergil in the Old and New Worlds (10am-12:30pm EST; Open to the Public)
Chair: Barbara Weiden Boyd (Bowdoin College)
1. Hardeep Singh Dhindsa (King’s College London), “A White Lie: Renaissance Italian Identity in the Reception of Vergil’s Aeneid”
2. Edith Hall (King’s College London), “Vergil’s Aeneid and British Working-Class Identity, 1697-1939”
3. Filippo Carlà-Uhink (Universität Potsdam), “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (Aen. 2.49): Representations of the Greeks in Vergil’s Poems”
4. Néstor Manríquez Lozano (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), “Nova tellus, nova pars mundi: Vergil’s Bucolics and Jesuit Identity in New Spain”
5. Gemma Bernadó Ferrer (Universidad de los Andes), “The Influence of Vergil on Miguel Antonio Caro’s Configuration of the Columbian Identity in the 19th Century”

Political Receptions of Vergil (1:30pm-4pm EST)
Chair: David van Schoor (Rhodes University)
1. Zara Torlone (Miami University), “Dux femina facti: Vasilii Petrov’s Translation of the Aeneid and Catherine’s ‘Greek Project’”
2. Adriana Vazquez (University of California, Los Angeles, “Imperium sine fine: Disruptive Vergilian Timescapes in the Brazilian Neoclassical Period”
3. Andrew Laird (Brown University), “Latin for the Left? Revisiting Alfonso Reyes’ Discurso por Virgilio (1931)”
4. Valentina Follo (American Academy in Rome), “Augustan Themes in Fascist Imagery”


Re-Reading Vergil through Modern Literature (10am-12:30pm EST; Open to the Public)
Chair: Sonia Sabnis (Reed College)
1. Ashley Chhibber (University of Nottingham), “The Wretched of the Orbis: Understanding Virgil and Lucan through Fanon”
2. Caroline Stark (Howard University), “Aeneas in Black: Identity, Dispossession, and Sacrifice in Vergil’s Aeneid and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man”
3. Helen Lovatt (University of Nottingham), “Rhetoric, Resistance, and Reconciliation: Re-reading Virgilian Migration through Octavia Butler”
4. Charlie Kerrigan (Trinity College Dublin), “Virgil through Time: Reception as Radical Pedagogy”

Dido: Race and Reception (1:30pm-4pm EST; Open to the Public)
Chair: Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky)
1. Elena Giusti (University of Warwick), “(The Problem with) Decoding Dido”
2. Neha Rahman (Cambridge University), “Afraid of Changing: How Translators of Vergil’s Aeneid Tackle Dido’s Metamorphosis”
3. Michele Valerie Ronnick (Wayne State University), “What’s in a Name? Dido Elizabeth Belle (c.1761-1804) and William Murray, Lord Mansfield (1705-1793)”
4. Richard F. Thomas (Harvard University), “Dido in The Desert: Virgil, Ovid and Stella Duffy”


Vergilian Perspectives on Colonialism and Immigration (10am-12:30pm EST; Open to the Public) Chair: Elena Giusti (University of Warwick)
1. David Andrew Porter (Hunan Normal University), “Echoes of Virgil’s Bucolica in 21st-century North Ireland”
2. Samuel Agbamu (King’s College London), “Virgil, Carthage, and Italian Imperialism in Africa (1900-1950)”
3. Giampiero Scafoglio (Université Côte d'Azur), “Was Aeneas a ‘Refugee’? Remnants of the Aeneid in Some Political Debates on the Web”
4. Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin), “The River Tiber, Foaming with Much Ink: Countering Anti-Immigrant Excerptions of the Aeneid”

Constructing Identity In and Through Vergil (1:30pm-4pm EST; Open to the Public)
Chair: Hardeep Singh Dhindsa (King’s College London)
1. Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky), “Racecraft in the Aeneid: Aeneas as a Shepherd”
2. Sonia Sabnis (Reed College), “Vergil’s Pugilists and the Defense of Boxing”
3. Christopher Londa (Yale University), “Fidus Achates as ‘Faithful Freedman’”
4. Kris Fletcher (Louisiana State University), “Arma and Identity in the Aeneid”

Register: (



(CFP closed December 15, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Abstracts should be sent to:

Accepted languages are English and Portuguese.

Duration of communication: 20 min.

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

Contact emails for the CfP: and

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

Duration of papers: papers will be of 20 minutes.

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

The panel will develop three lines of discussion:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

D - Duration of papers: 20 or 40 min.

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed due to COVID-19 from 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



(CFP closed December 31, 2020)



Online: June 18-19, 2021

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

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

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

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




(CFP closed March 15, 2021)



Inaugural Conference of the Women Writers and Classics Network

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

Supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Classical Association

Draft Program:

DAY 1: Thursday 17th June

9.00-9.15 Welcome: Emily Hauser & Helena Taylor

9.20-10.50 Panel 1 (1.5 hours)

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

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

Comfort break

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

12.00-12.45 Lunch

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

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

Comfort Break

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

Tea Break

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

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

Comfort Break

18.00-19.00 Keynote: Madeline Miller (1 hour)

DAY 2: Friday 18th June

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

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

Comfort break

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

Comfort break

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

12.20-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Keynote: Natalie Haynes (1 hour)

Comfort break

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

Comfort Break

15.50-17.20 Panel 4 (1.5 hours)

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

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

Comfort break

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

18.00 Keynote: Donna Zuckerberg (1 hour)

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

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




A Gramsci Research Network Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



(CFP closed February 26, 2021)



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

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

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

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

The programme is as follows:

16 June 2021

13:00 Introduction

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

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

14:00 Break

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

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

15:00 Break

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

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

16:00 Break

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

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

17 June 2021

13:00 Greeting

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

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

14:00 Break

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

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

15:00 Break

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

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

16:00 Break

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

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

18 June 2021

13:00 Greeting

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

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

14:00 Break

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

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

15:00 Break

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

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

16:00 Break

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

16:35 Closing Remarks

Abstracts for all talks can be found at

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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

5pm-5:20pm Break


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Chair: JOHN F. MILLER (University of Virginia)

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

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

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

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

4:40pm-5pm Break


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

Chair: IRENE PEIRANO GARRISON (Harvard University)

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

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

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

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


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

Chair: BARBARA WEIDEN BOYD (Bowdoin College)

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

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

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

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

4:40pm-5pm Break


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

Chair: SHADI BARTSCH (University of Chicago)

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

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

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

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


For more information:



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

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

10 June 2020 (Ancient Anacharsis)

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

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

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

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

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

11 June 2020 (Modern Anacharsis)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstracts available here:



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

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

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





Ghent University, Belgium: June 3-4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 15, 2021)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For information:

Call (Italian):
Call (English):

(CFP closed April 1, 2021)



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


9h00 Opening remarks

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

10h15 Coffee break

10h45 Session 1: Religion

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

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

11h45 Coffee break

12h15 Session 2: Communication

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

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

13h15 Lunch break

14h45 Session 3: Apuleius staged

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

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

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

16h15 Concluding remark

For all details please contact: Mateusz Stróżyński




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


For registration details (online option), please email

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed December 19, 2020)



Online [BST] - May 31-June 1, 2021

The event is organised by the Gramsci Research Network, with the support of the Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute.

Note that there is still space to give a short talk (5-7 minutes) at the general meeting of Day 2: we aim to discuss the social limits posed to the fruition and production of Classics in the contemporary world, hoping to generate a debate on how to overcome these limitations. To make the discussion as inclusive as possible, we are gathering scholars, networks, and social associations active inside and outside academia and interested in the relationship between social inequality and classical studies. With this initiative, the GRN would like to promote a desired democratization of the studies on the ancient world, with a keen eye on the social and political challenges of our time. If you would like to take part in the discussion, don’t hesitate to email us at Possible topics are:

- The relationship between class and access to classical studies
- Classics as an assent of the elites
- The uses of Classics as a “Western” identitarian tool
- Inequality and Classical studies
- Eurocentrism and the Classics
- Obstacles to change within Classics and academia
- Politically and socially involved perspectives and approaches to Classics
- The future of Classics
- “Burn the Classics down” debate
- Global Classics
- Democratization of classical studies: why? For whom?
- Purposes and ideas for a democratization of Classics
- Policies to foster inclusions and democratization

Registration to attend the event is now open. We invite those who are interested in the workshop to register via Eventbrite following this link:

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at



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

Note: unable to verify status of this meeting

Funded by the British Academy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 14, 2020)



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

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

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

9:30-9:40 Introduction
Session 1
9:40-10:20 Patrizia PIACENTINI (Milano), L’antico Egitto di Napoleone
10:20-11:00 Davide AMENDOLA (Dublin), Napoleone e Alessandro Magno
11:00-11:10 Break
11:10-11:50 Federico SANTANGELO (Newcastle), Napoleone e i modelli della Repubblica e dell'Impero
11:50-12:30 Manfredi ZANIN (Venezia) L’'Empereur face aux Anciens': i giorni di Sant'Elena
Session 2
14:30-15:10 Bruno COLSON (Namur), Napoléon et les stratèges de l’Antiquité
15:10-15:50 Immacolata ERAMO (Bari), Leggere Cesare a Sant'Elena. Il "Précis des guerres de César"
15:50-16:00 Break
16:00-16:40 Salvatore MARINO (Münster), Napoleone e il diritto romano
17:00 Arnaldo MARCONE (Roma), Conclusions

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




Online - Sapienza University of Rome: May 5-7, 2001

In collaboration with Roma Tre University, University College London, and the Polish Institute of Rome.

For consumers across the globe, it is often in Audio/Visual media that they find their most personal and seemingly authentic experience of classical Rome. This conference explores the modernized audio/visual Caesar of theatre, film, animation, children’s popular culture, social media and more.

More information about the schedule and papers can be found here (please note that the times listed are for Warsaw):

The conference will be live streamed on Facebook:

To attend the conference via Zoom, please register here:



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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for abstracts: 15th December 2019 to

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed December 15, 2019)



25th Annual Classics Graduate Student Colloquium, University of Virginia

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

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Rea (University of Florida)

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

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

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

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

Edited 10/04/2021. Program (US Eastern Time):

10.00-11.00 Session 1: Tolkien
(10-10.30) Beren-Dain Delbrooke-Jones (University of Reading): "A Wine-dark Belegaer? Ancient Greek notions of the Sea in Tolkien's mythopoeic writings"
(10.30-11) Phoebe J. Thompson (University of Cambridge): "'Dryad Loveliness': Superblooms in Tolkien's Ithilien and Roman Visual Representations of Landscape"
11.00-11.20 Coffee break

11.20-12.20 Session 2: Liminality
(11.20-11.50) Lidia Chiné Zapater (University of Madrid): "Roman Gardens: illusion and fantasy"
(11.50-12.20) Katrina Knight (Emory University): "Curses, Human Sacrifice, and King Arthur: Roman Britain on the Edge of the Imagination"
12.20-14.40 Lunch break

14.40-15.40 Session 3: Corpora Mutata
(14.40-15.10) Treasa Bell (Yale University): "Pandora, Cynthia, and Eburna: The Aesthetics of Cyborg Identity"
(15.10-15.40) Pedro Madeira Cunha Albuquerque Vaz (University of Lisbon): "Hunters and Werewolves: Classical Influences in Curt Siodmak's The Wolf Man (1941)"
15.40-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.00 Keynote: Jennifer Rea (University of Florida): "Rumor Has It: The Politics of Survival in Snowpiercer and the Aeneid"

Zoom registration:


(CFP closed February 5, 2021)



Online (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland): April 17, 2021

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

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

Conference Presentations will take one of two formats:

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

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

Please send submissions to by 5 February 2021.

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

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

* Public/Community Archaeology and Bringing Lay Voices into Scholarship

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

* Comparative Historiography between Antiquity and Medieval or Modern Eras

* Connections between Scientific Research and the Ancient World

* Ancient Literature and its Long-Term Cultural Impact

This list is by no means exclusive.

Confirmed Speakers:

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

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


(CFP closed February 5, 2021)



Online (USA): April 16-17, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 10/04/2021. Program:

Day 1 - April 16, 2021 (Please note: all times below are in EST.)
Opening Remarks: 11:00am-11:15am
Session 1: 11:15am-12:05pm
Paper Discussion: David Saunders, “Picture-Worlds: Developing an Exhibition on Maya, Moche, and Greek Vase-Painting”
Respondent: Stephanie Wong
Session 2: 12:05pm-12:55pm
Paper Discussion: Hendrik Lorenz, “A puzzle about Sahagún’s colonialist agenda in the Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España”
Respondent: John Paul Paniagua
Break: 12:55pm-1:25pm
Session 3: 1:25pm-2:15pm
Paper Discussion: Bernardo Berruecos Frank, “Attic Guadalupe: Classical Traditions and Internal Colonialism in Villerías' 18th-century Greco-Roman Mexican Poetry”
Respondent: Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Session 4: 2:15pm-3:05pm
Paper Discussion: Claire Ptaschinski, “Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, his Teatro de Virtudes Politicas, and the Project of Mediterraneanization”
Respondent: Angela Brown
Break: 3:05pm-3:35pm
Session 5: 3:35pm-4:35pm
Artist’s Talk: Katarina Guzman
Followed by a session in conversation with Elise Chagas

Day 2 - April 17, 2021 (Please note: all times below are in EST.)
Session 6: 11:15am-12:05pm
Paper Discussion: Dylan James, “Indigenous Guides: Comparing Alexander and Columbus”
Respondent: Jacques Bromberg
Session 7: 12:05pm-12:55pm
Paper Discussion: Adriana Vazquez, “The Ovidian Exile of Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Brazilian Arcadian”
Respondent: Ian Silva
Break: 12:55pm-1:25pm
Session 8: 1:25pm-2:15pm
Paper Discussion: Joshua Hartman, “Repurposing, Reproducing, and Resisting Racist Ideas in Villerías’ Guadalupe”
Respondent: Jael Hernandez-Vasquez
Session 9: 2:15pm-3:05pm
Paper Discussion: Claudio García Ehrenfeld
Respondent: Erika Valdivieso
Break: 3:05pm-4:05pm
Session 10: 4:05pm-5:05pm
Closing Discussion


(CFP closed December 15, 2020)



Online - CEST (Berlin/Paris time): April 14-16, 2021

Wednesday, 14 Αpril 2021

10.00-10.15: Introduction

OCR, digital editions, and corpora

10.15-11.00 – Enikő Békés: Bibliotheca corvina digitalis – The Renaissance library of King Matthias online

11.00-11.45 – Uwe Springmann: OCR for Neo-Latin

11.45-12.30 – Martin Korenjak/Stefan Zathammer: Nova Scientia. A Semantic Media Wiki and a New Transkribus Model for Studying Latin Science

14.30-15.15 – Marco Petolicchio: Basinio, Hesperis: An overview of its digital architecture

15.15-16.00 – Neven Jovanović: Preparing a digital critical edition of a Neo-Latin text – Nicholas of Modruš, Oratio de funere Petri cardinalis S. Sixti (1474)

16.00-16.45 – William Short: The Latin WordNet and meaning representation in electronic corpora

Thursday, 15 Αpril 2021: Text mining and stylometry

10.15-11.00 – Maciej Eder: Textual similarities and Latin literature: a few case studies

11.00-11.45 – Johann Ramminger: Stylometry and Neo-Latin texts: Some case studies

11.45-12.30 – Christof Schöch: Comparison of Text Groups using Measures of Distinctiveness

14.30-15.15 – Patrick J. Burns: Conversational Agents from the Neo-Latin Colloquia to ChatterBot

15.15-16.00 – Maria Chiara Parisi/Yvette Oortwijn: Distributional Semantics for Neo-Latin

16.00-16.45 – Marco Passarotti: The LiLa Knowledge Base of Interlinked Linguistic Resources for Latin

Friday, 16 Αpril 2021: Linked Texts and Data

10.15-11.00 – Steven Coesemans/Jan Papy: Magister Dixit

11.00-11.45 – Matteo Romanello: Citation detection with the CitedLoci pipeline

11.45-12.30 – Andreas Walker: CERL resources in the context of Neo-Latin

14.30-15.15 – Marc Laureys/Alexander Winkler: Antonius Sanderus‘ Views on the Political and Cultural Contours of Flandria

DH and the teaching of and the teaching of Neo-Latin

15.15-16.00 – Isabella Walser-Bürgler: Joined Forces. Digital Humanities and Digital Teaching


16.00-16.45 – Ingrid De Smet: Potentials and Challenges of Digital Neo-Latin Studies

The conference is organized by Neven Jovanović (Zagreb), Marc Laureys (Bonn) and Alexander Winkler (Berlin/Halle) under the auspices of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies.

The conference will be held via zoom. You can register by email to




Online - Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice: April 12, 2001 [5pm-6.30pm Italian time]


Introduzione - Dario Miccoli, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Da Cinque stagioni a La scena perduta: dal mito ashkenazita al mito universale? - Giacomo Loi, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Verso sud: di labirinti, minotauri, civiltà perdute, capre e cicale - Giuseppina Marigo, Università Ebraica di Gerusalemme

Discussant - Emanuela trevisan Semi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Intervento finale di Abraham B. Yehoshua

The event will be in Italian, with A.B. Yehoshua’ final remarks in English.

In order to access the Zoom event, you must register at the following link:



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed February 1, 2021)



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

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

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

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

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

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

Organisers - Bradley Osborne and Arabella Currie, University of Exeter

Deadline - 7 February 2021

Contact -


(CFP closed February 7, 2021)



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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed August 31, 2020)



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

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

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

Deadline: October 30, 2020.

Call for papers:

Edit 20/03/2021 - Program:

Day 1: Friday 2 April 2021 - University of Oxford - held via Zoom
9.00-9.30 (GMT): Introduction
9.30-10.45: history and myth / histoire et mythe
Respondent/Modération: Laura Marcus, University of Oxford, New College, Goldsmith’s Professor of English literature

Werner Schroeter et l’interprétation des ruines (Pierre Eugène, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Études cinématographiques)
Theatre amongst the ruins: The poetics and politics of South African adaptations (Mark Fleishman, University of Cape Town, Theatre and Performance Studies)
10.45-11.00 Break / Pause
11.00-12.15: setting and landscape / décor et paysage
Respondent/Modération: Justine McConnell, King’s College London, Comparative Literature, Classical Reception

The Ruin as an emblem for Contemporary European Theatre: Milo Rau’s Orestes in Mosul (Nicole Haitzinger and Johanna Hörmann, University of Salzburg, Dance Studies)
Antigone à ciel ouvert (Cléo Carastro, EHESS, Anthropologie religieuse et histoire culturelle de la Grèce ancienne)
12.15-1.15 Lunch / Déjeuner
1.15-2.45: war and violence / guerre et violence
Respondent/Modération: Tiphaine Karsenti, Université Paris Nanterre, Études théâtrales

Material and immaterial ruin: ta'zieh and Greek tragedy (Yassaman Khajehi, Université Clermont Auvergne, Études théâtrales)
Tony Harrison and the Unflinching Gaze (Agata Handley, University of Lodz, Literature Studies)
War in Fragments (Estelle Baudou, University of Oxford, Theatre Studies, Classical Receptin; Giovanna Di Martino, University College London, Classics)
2.45-3.00 Break / Pause
3.00-4.00: plenary / plénière
Respondent/Modération: Pantelis Michelakis, University of Bristol, Classical Reception

Day 2: Monday 22 November 2021 - Université Paris Nanterre
*Timetable to be confirmed

nature and anthropocene / nature et anthropocène
Respondent/Modération: Clare Finburgh-Delijani, Goldsmiths University of London, Theatre Studies

De la ruine comme métamorphose cinématographique de la vanité : Robinson in Ruins, à la recherche d’une image « naturelle » (Marianne de Cambiaire, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Études cinématographiques)
La ruine antique comme véhicule d’un renouvellement descriptif de la figuration du paysage au cinéma (Pollet, Huillet et Straub, Robbe-Grillet) (Lucas Lei, Université Paris Nanterre, Études cinématographiques)
remaking and repetition / reprise et répétition
Respondent/Modération: Joanna Paul, Open University, Classical Studies

Singing Ruins: cinema and musical iterability in Philip Glass’Orphée (1993) (Zoë Jennings, University of Oxford, Classics)
Le Mépris : un Solde de l’Olympe ? (Marc Cerisuelo, Université Gustave Eiffel, Études cinématographiques, Esthétique)
Par-delà la ruine, retrouver la question de l’être : une remontée de l’Ister avec Hölderlin et Heidegger (David Barison et Daniel Ross, The Ister, 2004) (Marie-Eve Loyez, Université Paris Nanterre, Université de Montréal, Études cinématographiques)
body and lisibility / corps et lisibilité
Respondent/Modération: Barbara Le Maître, Université Paris Nanterre, Études cinématographiques

Saxa loquuntur : (il)lisibilité des ruines chez Pasolini (Anne-Violaine Houcke, Université Paris Nanterre, Études cinématographiques)
From Fragmentation to Deconstruction: Ancient Myth on Contemporary Stage (Malgorzata Budzowska, University of Lodz, theatre studies, classical reception)
Quelqu’un a-t-il déjà entendu soupirer des pierres? (W. Herzog). Du corps à la ruine (et retour) (Jeremy Hamers et Lison Jousten, Université de Liège, Études cinématographiques)
plenary / plénière
Respondent/Modération: Fiona Macintosh, University of Oxford, APGRD, Classical Reception


(CFP closed October 30, 2020)



Online - Bristol, UK: full days March 29-30, 2021; and three themed evening sessions March 8, 15 & 22, 2021 [6-7pm GMT]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information please contact Emma Cole:

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

Program & Registration:


8 March 2021, 6-7pm. Chair: Emma Cole
Speaker: Benjamin Stevens, ‘Immersivity’ and other ‘fantasies of antiquity’ in games
Respondent: Lottie Parkyn
Speaker: Elizabeth Hunter, Embodying the Agamemnon with Spatial Computing: A New Theatrical Paradigm
Respondent: Eleftheria Ioannidou

15 March 2021, 6-7pm. Chair: Genevieve Liveley
Speaker: Rae Muhlstock, The Thesean Dilemma: Into the Centre of the Labyrinth
Respondent: Benjamin Stevens
Speaker: Timothy Kenny, Entering the Labyrinth: Mapping Contextual Frames in Catullus 64
Respondent: James McNamara

22 March 2021, 6-7pm. Chair: Vanda Zajko
Speaker: Andrew Roberts, My Roman Pantheon: Immersive Interpretation of Religious Stonework at Chesters Roman Fort
Respondent: Elizabeth Hunter
Speaker: Lottie Parkyn and Jo Balmer, Bringing the Voices of Roman London to Life: Poetry and Space Respondent: NA

29 March 2021, 9:45am – 4:30pm.
9:45-10am. Opening Remarks
10am-11am. Chair: Eugenia Nicolaci
Speaker: David Bullen, Dancing on the Mountain (or Not): Performing Bacchic Immersivities
Respondent: Misha Myers
Speaker: Eleftheria Ioannidou, Performing Classical Visions: Embodiment and Immersion in Fascist and Neofasicst Events
Respondent: Tiziana Ragno
11:30am – 12:30pm. Chair: Pantelis Michelakis
Speaker: Elizabeth Webb, Thucydides: Immersion, Emotion and Sensory Hierarchy
Respondent: Daniel Anderson
Speaker: Jonas Grethlein, The Sirens and the Dark Side of Immersion in Antiquity
Respondent: Rae Muhlstock
1pm – 1:45pm: Optional virtual lunch via Wonder ‘Antiquity and Immersivity’ room here (password sent at registration)
2pm – 3:00pm. Chair: Martina Delucchi
Speaker: Daniel Anderson, Comic Immersivity and the Theatre Festival
Respondent: Elizabeth Webb
Speaker: Diana Spencer, Total Immersion Tropes: Environmental Materiality and Roman World-Formation
Respondent: Timothy Kenny
3:30pm – 4:30pm. Chair: Emma Cole
Speaker: Colin Sterling, Immersion Lost and Gained: The Ancient Roots of a Contemporary Concern
Respondent: Andrew Roberts
Speaker: Kali Tzortzi, Immersive Experiences in Archaeological Museums: Does Museum Space Matter?
Respondent: Marte Stinis

30 March 2021, 10am – 4:45pm.
10-11am. Chair: Esther Eidinow
Speaker: Misha Myers, The Voice of Gods in Your Ear: Experiencing Ancient Immersion through Posthuman Performance
Respondent: Jonas Grethlein
Speaker: Richard Cole, Immersivity in ‘Virtual Antiquity’
Respondent: Rupert Till
11:30am-12:30pm: Felix Barrett, in conversation with Emma Cole, on Punchdrunk Theatre Company, Ancient Literature, and Immersive Experience
1:00pm – 1:45pm: Optional virtual lunch via Wonder ‘Antiquity and Immersivity’ room here (password sent at registration)
2:00pm – 3:00pm. Chair: Kali Tzortzi
Speaker: Tiziana Ragno, Imitating Passions Visually, Imitating Ancient Authors (Vergil vs Petronius): Lessing’s Laocoon as an ‘Immersive’ Lens for Classical Reception
Respondent: Richard Cole
Speaker: Marte Stinis, Immersion through Authenticity: Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s Classicism and Theatre
Respondent: David Bullen
3:30pm – 4:30pm. Chair: Colin Sterling
Speaker: James McNamara, Immersivity and Exoticism: Ecphrastic Rhetoric in Statius’ Silvae and Tacitus’ Germania
Respondent: Diana Spencer
Speaker: Rupert Till, Soundgate: 3D Audio and Visual Immersive VR Heritage Phenomenology
Respondent: NA
4:30pm – 4:45pm. Closing Remarks


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samuel Agbamu, Ashley Chhibber, Hardeep Dhindsa, Bethany Hucks and Mathura Umachandran, Sportula Europe, “Sportula Europe: Mutual Aid and Solidarity in Higher Education”
Nicolette D’Angelo and Gabrielle Stewart, “Cultivating a ‘sociological imagination’ in Classics: reconceptualizing difficulty using critical pedagogical approaches"
Curtis Dozier, “Teaching White Supremacy and Classics Using the Pharos Archive”
Nadhira Hill, “The Call is Coming from Inside the House: Addressing the Impacts of Inadequate Teacher Training in Classics”
Bethany Hucks, “The ‘Mainstream’ and Global Minoritization: Dismantling Assumptions of Common Cultural Backgrounds in Western Classics”
Daniel Libatique, “The Commonplace Book: Student-Centered Explorations of Ancient-Modern Connections”
Elizabeth Manwell, “Designing for Equity: Why I am (maybe) Never Teaching Cicero Again”
Vanessa Stovall, “Teaching Persephone (Un)colored: Racial Cosmetics, Desirability Politics, and Classicizing Colorism(s) in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun”
Keynote: Patrice Rankine, “Power/Memory: Reception, Classicism, and Some Considerations on the Current State of Play”


Hashtag: #resdiff2.

(CFP closed January 8, 2021)



Online (Penn State University): March 19-21, 2021 [Eastern Time]

Penn State’s Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) is excited to invite you to a conference titled “W. E. B. Du Bois and the Ancient Mediterranean” to be held on Zoom on March 19-21, 2021. The event is co-organized by Dr. Mathias Hanses (Penn State) and Dr. Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky) and co-sponsored by PSU’s Humanities Institute, the College of the Liberal Arts, the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, the Department of Philosophy, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Chaiken Family Chair. The workshop reflects an on-going shift in the discipline of Classics, which has been focusing increasingly on the reception of ancient materials among Black, Indigenous, or Other People of Color. We are hoping to bring some of the new energies invested in the topic to Penn State, doing justice at the same time to the CAMS Department’s already interdisciplinary focus, uniting as it does Hellenists, Latinists, archaeologists, and ancient historians under the same roof with scholars of the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Jewish and Biblical Studies.

The goal, then, is to bring together a group of classicists and scholars of other Mediterranean cultures with researchers specializing in Du Bois’s other areas of expertise (including sociology, African American literature, philosophy, rhetoric, and others) for approximately three-days’ worth of discussions of Du Bois’s engagement with the ancient Mediterranean. Papers will be pre-circulated in early March to facilitate discussions among the participants, ranging from full professors to graduate students, as well as anybody who would like to attend. For more information, please feel free to reach out to Mathias Hanses at

Mathias Hanses (Penn State, co-organizer)
Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky, co-organizer)
Irenae Aigbedion (Penn State)
Brandon Bourgeois (USC)
Virginia Closs (UMass Amherst)
Vanessa Davies (Bryn Mawr)
Harriet Fertik (University of New Hampshire)
Emily Grosholz (Penn State)
Eric Ashley Hairston (Wake Forest University)
Sean Hannan (McEwan)
Morgan Johnson (Colorado State)
R. A. Judy (Pittsburgh)
Michele Kennerly (Penn State)
Arti Mehta (Howard University)
Wilson Moses (Penn State)
Courtney Murray (Penn State)
Monica Ndounou (Dartmouth)
Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton)
Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond)
David Sick (Rhodes)
Brian P. Sowers (Brooklyn College)
Caroline Stark (Howard University)
Stephen Wheeler (Penn State)
Erika R. Williams (Emerson)

Zoom registration: You will then receive a link that will allow you to join any of the conference’s activities. You will also be emailed a more detailed schedule once it becomes available.




Online - The Warburg Institute, London: March 19, 2021

Theme: Different perspectives on and approaches to Neo-Latin

Introductory comments: Dr Lucy Nicholas 2.30pm

Dr/Professor Victoria Moul: ‘Neo-Latin and English Literature’ 2.40-3 and Q&A 3-3.15

Dr Edward Taylor: ‘Neo-Latin and History’ 3.15-3.35 and Q&A 3.35-3.45

Break 3.45-4

Dr Jacqueline Glomski: ‘Neo-Latin and Book History’ 4-4.20 and Q&A 4.20-4.30

Break 4.30-4.40

Keynote Talk - Professor Stephen Harrison: ‘Neo-Latin as Classical Reception’ 4.40-5.10

Respondent: Dr Paul White 5.10-5.25

General discussion and closing comments 5.25-5.50

The workshop is free, but please book your place at: or if you have any questions, please email Lucy Nicholas at



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 1, 2021)



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

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

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

For more information contact Dr Martin Lindner (


Program (pdf):




Online (Australia): March 5-6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Website: (program pdf:

Registration (free):

(CFP closed November 30, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can learn more about the Mirror Studies Project at

(CFP closed December 30, 2020)



[Online] Trento University, Italy: March 4-5, 2021

LETRA Seminario di traduzione letteraria (LaborLETT, CeASUm)

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

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

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

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

LETRA - Seminario di Traduzione Letteraria:

Update: this conference is now online (Zoom) - Program:

Guido Paduano, Il realismo di Aristotele. Verosimiglianza, meraviglioso e metafora.
Daniele Guastini, Come intendere il termine σπουδαῖος -α -ον nella Poetica?
Paolo Tortonese, L'intrusion du bonheur
Giulia Fiore, Ermeneutica della hamartia. Intersezioni tra etica e poetica nelle traduzioni cinque-seicentesche
Carlo Tirinanzi De Medici, La poetica e lo sviluppo del romanzo moderno. Da Cervantes a Fielding
Eugenio Refini, «Di natura investigativi e accomodati all’inventione»: scelte traduttive per una lettura “non poetica” della Poetica
Giancarlo Alfano, Che cosa vuol dire «come noi»? L’interpretazione cinquecentesca di Poetica, 1448a 1
Andrea Lazzarini, Nuove indagini sul Castelvetro traduttore della Poetica
Nicolò Magnani, Giorgio Valla fra traduzione ed esegesi: dalla Poetica (1498) al De expetendis et fugiendis rebus (1501)
Eva-Verena Siebenborn, Melopoiía come problema della tragedia nel Cinquecento
Manfred Kraus, Daniel Heinsius' Latin Translation of the Poetics between Renaissance Commentaries and Neo-classical Poetics
Florence d’Artois, Poétiques espagnoles de la danse
Javier Patiño Loira, Teorizar desde la traducción: la noción de agudeza en un pasaje de La poética de Aristóteles (1626) de Alonso Ordóñez
Anne Duprat, Aristote, l’inventeur et sa machine: naissance d’une métalepse (1600-1650)
Gabriella Bosco, À l'origine du merveilleux
Guillaume Navaud, Traduire l’opsis
Maurizio Pirro, Michael Conrad Curtius e gli inizi della ricezione tedesca della Poetica tra filologia ed estetica
Pierre Franz, L’abbé Batteux et la lecture esthétique de la catharsis
Deborah A. Blocker, « Rien n’est beau que le Vrai » : l’abbé Batteux dans la Babel des Quatre Poétiques (1771)
Gauthier Ambrus, Fin de la tragédie ? La traduction de la Poétique par Marie-Joseph Chénier à l'aube du XIXe siècle
Friederike Ach and Sherry Lee, Reworking Aristotle in Sidney’s Defense
Diana Perego, La Poetica di Aristotele volgarizzata da Ludovico Castelvetro e la speculazione teorica di Manzoni sulle unità di tempo e di luogo
Philippe Beck, La fin du genre anonyme, ou qu'est-ce qu'une poésie aristotélicienne ?
Caroline Masini, La Poétique d’Aristote, un renfort. (Dans la traduction de Roselyne Dupont-Roc et Jean Lallot). Retour sur une étude du muthos aristotélicien dans une perspective de « poétique de la scène contemporaine »
Antonino Sorci, La Poétique chez Seuil : un tournant pour la théorie narrative
Yves Hersant, Sur quelques traductions / interprétations du mot katharsis (Poétique, 1449 b)


(CFP closed October 31, 2020)



23rd International Graduate Conference of the Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

● Portrayal of oneself in terms of gender and sexuality;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed November 30, 2020)



Online: University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, USA: February 26-27, 2021

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

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

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

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

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



(CFP closed November 12, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

(CFP closed April 30, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 31, 2021)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



(CFP closed January 24, 2021)



Online [UK]: February 18-22, 2021

Theme: Remembering Catastrophe

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

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

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

Deadline, 30th September, 2020.

Tickets from Helm: £40/£15

Please direct enquiries to


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



Online (Lyon, France): February 12, 2021

Organisatrices /Organizers : Mathilde Cazeaux (, Claire Fauchon-Claudon ( et Anne-Sophie Noel (, ENS de Lyon (Laboratoire HiSoMA, UMR 5189).

Since the 1990s, the emergence of postcolonial studies has given rise to lively debates about the Classics, mostly in Anglophone countries: considered as an instrument of domination of the Western world, associated with imperialism, slavery, the oppression of minorities and even, more recently, white supremacists, the disciplines associated with the ancient worlds (Greek and Latin, literature, history, philosophy, history of art, archaeology) have been the subject of strong criticism and have carried out an important reflexive work in light of postcolonial theories.

However, in France, it seems that classical studies have remained on the sideline of these debates, or at least have not consciously and/or explicitly integrated them. Nevertheless, an episode such as the controversy around the use of masks in a 2019 representation of Aeschylus’ Suppliants in Paris, as well as a number of evolutions in the ways in which Antiquity is taught, researched, or adapted for a broad audience, show that these questions also permeate French artistic and academic spheres.

Full schedule:

The event is free but registration is mandatory:



Abstract deadline: February 10, 2021

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

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


(CFP closed February 10, 2021)



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

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

Conference website:


(CFP closed August 31, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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




Editors: Fiona McHardy and Nancy S. Rabinowitz.

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

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

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

Coming out soon in this series:

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

Call for contributions:

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

If you have any queries, please contact





Rome, Italy: 27–30 January, 2021

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

Organised by Clare Hornsby and Mario Bevilacqua

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

Some ideas of themes that could be addressed:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed July 31, 2020)



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

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

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

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

Submissions: Proposals for papers should be emailed to

Deadline: 30 June 2020

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

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

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

A full conference programme will be advertised in November 2020.

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

Attendance of the conference is free of charge.


(CFP closed June 30, 2020)



Online: January 15, 2021 (from Groningen)

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

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

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

Edited 27/12/2020. Program:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For any questions, please email

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




Online (UK): January 14-16, 2021

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

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



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

See conference website for full program:

Note: Postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: or

(CFP closed February 28, 2020)



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

Women's Classical Caucus Panel

Organizers: Melissa Funke ( and Victoria Austen-Perry (

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 10, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed February 7, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed May 15, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 25, 2020)



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

Proposed by: SCS Committee on Translations of Classical Authors

Organizers: Diane Rayor and Deborah Roberts

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

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


(CFP closed March 15, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 1, 2020)



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

Organized by the Medieval Latin Studies Group

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

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


(CFP closed February 16, 2020)



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

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

Organized by Patrick M. Owens, Hillsdale College.

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed February 24, 2020)



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

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

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

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

Possible approaches include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timeline and Deadlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 13, 2020)



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

Sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 6, 2020)


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


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

Organizer: Krishni Burns, University of Illinois, Chicago

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed April 15, 2020)

Archive of Conferences and Past Calls for Papers 2020


Online: December 21, 2020

Organised by Nathan Abrams (Bangor University), James Fenwick (Sheffield Hallam University) and Elisa Pezzotta (Bergamo University).

To mark sixty years since the release of Spartacus, this virtual workshop will consider the making and impact of this crucial film.

Spartacus has left an indelible mark on our popular culture and is considered to be one of the best of its genre. But its exact position with Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre has been misunderstood with some critics and academics excluding it from his canon. Consequently, it has not been subjected to the same scrutiny from a wide variety of disciplines and methodological perspectives as his other films.

This workshop proposes to bring together scholars and fans from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore Spartacus sixty years since its release, discuss its impact and consider its position within Kubrick’s oeuvre and the wider visual and socio-political culture.

Possible angles might include:
Spartacus -- origins, influences, production, aesthetics, publicity, reception, afterlife, legacy
Where does Spartacus sit in Kubrick’s oeuvre?
Where does Spartacus sit in Kirk Douglas’ oeuvre? Kirk Douglas as producer
What is the cultural/film-making legacy of Spartacus?
What is the position of Spartacus within the wider visual culture?
Spartacus and parenthood
Spartacus and women
Spartacus and race, ethnicity and otherness
Spartacus and the Cold War
Spartacus and the Hollywood blacklist
Spartacus as epic
Spartacus, audiences, fandom and ‘cult’
How to research Spartacus during the lockdown?
The legacy of a piece of dialogue: ‘I’m Spartacus’
Spartacus and history
Paratexts e.g. Dell comic books
Queer Spartacus
Is Spartacus a Kubrick film?

To submit an abstract, please complete the following form by October 1st, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged.

Please address any queries to Nathan Abrams (, James Fenwick (, and Elisa Pezzotta (


(CFP closed October 1, 2020)



Prolepsis Association 5th International Conference

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

Note: unable to verify status of this meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A pdf can be downloaded here:

(CFP closed July 12, 2020)



Online [USA]: December 11-12, 2020 [EST]

AIMS is a newly organized group of scholars who collaborate on research, pedagogy, and outreach activities that examine and enrich how people around the world engage with the concept and contents of "antiquity" in a variety of media. Since our inception via the Classical Antiquity section of the Film & History conference, we have been expanding our focus to include the wider Mediterranean world, with the goal of welcoming engagements with antiquities from around the globe.

In recognition of the ever-greater ubiquity of screens in our professional lives under COVID, this year's conference focuses on receptions through screen-media platforms, including film, television, streaming video, video games, and social media. Our closing session features remarks on the state of Classical Reception Studies by Monica S. Cyrino (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) and Antony Augoustakis (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

The detailed program, abstracts, code of conduct, and other information is available at the conference website:

Registration for the conference is free, and required for all participants. Zoom join-codes and passwords will be sent to registrants.

Friday, 11 December 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (EST) - Panel 1 / Representing “The East”
11:40 AM – 1:10 PM (EST) - Panel 2 / Dehumanizations
1:20 PM – 2:05 PM (EST) - Social hour
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM (EST) - Panel 3 / Assessing Masculinities
3:55 PM – 4:55 PM (EST) - Roundtable 1 / “They Didn’t Do That!” Accuracy, Fact, and Fictions in Classical Representations on Screen
5:05 PM – 6:05 PM (EST) - Panel 4 / Aesthetics and Credibility
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM (EST) - Roundtable 2 / Netflix’s Blood of Zeus: Greek Mythology Meets American Anime

Saturday, 12 December 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (EST) - Panel 5 / Pedagogy and Outreach
11:40 AM – 12:30 PM (EST) - Roundtable 3 / A Greek Mythology-Based Writing Workshop
12:50 PM – 1:35 PM (EST) - Social hour
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM (EST) - Panel 6 / Genre and Sexuality
2:55 PM – 3:55 PM (EST) - Roundtable 4 / Introducing AntiquiTropes
4:05 PM – 5:05 PM (EST) - AIMS Business meeting
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM (EST) - Panel 7 / Processing Female Anger
6:55 PM – 7:45 PM (EST) - Recognitions & Remarks, featuring Monica S. Cyrino and Antony Augoustakis



(change of date) [ONLINE] TRANSLATING GREEK DRAMA (1600-1750)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For any questions, please contact



Panel 1 - First Vernacular Translations of Aristophanes
10.00-11.15 Paris time / 9.00-10.15 London time
Discussant: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
​ • Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes) L’Aristophane français du bénédictin Dom Lobineau. À propos d’un manuscrit méconnu (c. 1700)
• Simone Beta (Siena) Traduire Aristophane à Sienne. Le Ploutos et Les Nuées de Giovan Battista Terucci (ou de Giuseppe Fabiani ?)
• Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow) James White’s Aristophanes

(15 mn Break)

Panel 2 – Neo-Latin Sophocles
11.30-12.30 Paris time / 10.30-11.30 London time
Discussant: Victoria Moul (UCL)
​ • Thomas Baier (Würzburg) Eighteenth-Century Translations of Euripides by Lodewijk Caspar Valckenaer
• Cressida Ryan (Oxford) Seventeenth-Century Latin Sophocles: Not a Lingua Franca

(15 mn Break)

Panel 3 – Euripides in the Vernacular
12h45-13h45 Paris time / 11.45-12.45 pm London time
Discussant: Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow)
​ • Emanuel Stelzer (Verona) The Earliest English Translations of Euripides’ Medea and Alcestis
• Claudia Cuzzotti (Independent) Italian Translations and Adaptations of Euripides’ plays between 1600-1750

(One-hour Lunch Break)

Panel 4 - Contemporary Criticism and (Re-)Translations
14h45-16h30 Paris time / 1.45-3.30 pm London time
Discussant: Lucy Jackson (Durham)
​ • Giulia Fiore (Bologna) How to Make a Tragic Hero. Understanding Agency in Early Modern French and English Drama
• Angelica Vedelago (Verona) The Strange Case of Sophocles and Mr May: Functionalized Reception in Thomas May’s The Tragedy of Antigone (1632)
• Antonio Ziosi (Bologna) What a Translation Cannot Confess. The Case of Dryden and Lee’s Oedipus
• Giovanna Casali (Bologna) “…questo si ha dalla favolosa invenzione degli antichi Poeti”. The Reception of Ancient Sources in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Opera

(15 mn Break)

Panel 5 – Translation and Reception Theory
16h45-17h45 Paris time / 3.45-4.45 pm London time
Discussant: Claire Lechevalier (UNICAEN)
​ • Giovanna Di Martino (UCL) and Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13) Intertextuality, Performance and the Politics of Translation
• Estelle Baudou (APGRD), Giovanna Di Martino (UCL), and Cécile Dudouyt (Paris13) Translation in Practice Workshop

17h45 - 18h30 Paris time / 4.45 - 5.30 pm London time
Discussant: Tiphaine Karsenti (Paris Nanterre)

Registration & Program: (register by December 9, 2020)

(CFP closed April 5, 2020)



International Virtual (Zoom) Conference: December 6 & 9, 2020

Just as the Greeks on the plains of Troy faced the plague-arrows of Apollo, the modern world currently stands before unprecedented challenges. The present pandemic has forced us to face issues of mortality more closely than has been the case in recent decades. At the same time, the situation in which the academic world now finds itself is breaking down barriers in many areas: between home and work environments; between academics, students and the wider community; between teachers and pupils; between traditional disciplines; and between different methods of teaching. In fact, there has been a feeling amongst many for quite some time that winds of change are blowing through the corridors of academia. The impact of Covid-19 has just made this clearer as the halls of study have emptied and people have started to teach and carry out research in new environments, under different conditions and with previously untried methods. On the one hand, this provides exciting opportunities, but on the other, it may seem overwhelming. It is easy to get lost in the labyrinth while following new paths.

We would, therefore, like to reach out and invite you to an International Zoom Conference in which we will collaboratively explore new approaches to lecturing, teaching and academic writing, in particular those that cross boundaries. In this conference, we take as our focus the concepts of life, death and rebirth, both in classical sources and their receptions, but aim to examine these age-old ideas in light of the need for, and move towards, new and fresh approaches.

As a theoretical framework we take our inspiration from the concept of Crossover Literature, originating in Children’s Literature Studies, which argues that works of different media (literature, cinema, TV, comics etc.) are concurrently aimed at more than one age group. In fact, we contend that Crossover Literature encompasses a broad spectrum of phenomena that traverse borders and simultaneously address multiple audiences, such as academics and non-academics, readers/viewers of different cultures and/or genders. This approach parallels the ideas underlying Classical Reception, which examines how the Greco-Roman world is received as it crosses over to other cultures and periods, and recognises that these receptions may be understood in multiple ways.

On a philosophical level, the final crossover for any human is from life to death; this was recognised in the ancient world in Hermes’s role as psychopompos, the deity that led souls on their journey to the realm of the dead. This region fell under the jurisdiction of Hades, himself known by a range of euphemistic names that were designed to keep fear at bay. The struggle to accept death was an element that the ancients approached in various ways: Achilles would rather have a short glorious life than to be king of all the dead; heroes such as Odysseus, Herakles, Aeneas and Theseus descend to the underworld; the Orphic and other mystic traditions give hope for life after death; philosophical writings by Plato, Seneca and others address the ideas of death and afterlife. Archaeological findings and tombstone inscriptions give us further insight into rituals, the purpose of which was to ease the struggle to understand and accept mortality.

In this conference we would like to explore these ideas in the face of Covid-19. Recognizing the importance of innovation in our approaches to academia in the present climate, we invite contributions, /which we anticipate will not only include formal papers in a traditional sense, but also utilize innovative ways of presentation. These may include show and tell, games, interviews, interactive activities, musical performances and more. To that end, we ask that abstract proposals include both the theme and the method of presentation.

Possible ideas for presentations include, but are not limited to:

* Facing mortality and coping with fears of death: in ancient literature and its reception; in philosophy; literature; the contemporary classrooms
* Representations and reactions to plague and death in the classical world and its reception
* Optimism vs. pessimism, continuity vs. finality in the face of stress, death and uncertainty
* Crossovers and breaking boundaries: between life and death; between disciplines; between genres; between audiences
* Agents of crossing over: psychopompoi, mentors, guides, teachers
* Developing new ethics of teaching/learning in light of the breaking of the old boundaries
* Places of uncertainty: the labyrinth; the underworld; the virtual classroom
* Rebirths and innovation: in the academic world, teaching practice and approaches, collaborations; reincarnations: afterlives, mystery cults, the rebirth of “dead” languages in online teaching

The conference will take place over two dates, on the 6th and the 9th of December 2020, over Zoom.

Proposal abstracts of 250-300 words in length should be sent by 30th September 2020 to:

Organizing committee:
Lisa Maurice,
Lily Glasner,
Ariadne Konstantinou,
Ayelet Peer,

Program (edited 29/11/2020):

Israeli local time, which is GMT+2.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

10:30 ­– 11:00 Virtual gathering & greetings
Eliezer Schlossberg, Dean of Humanities, Bar-Ilan University
Lily Glasner, Bar-Ilan University

11:00­ – 12:00 The Classics is Crossing over, Chair: Ayelet Peer, Bar-Ilan University
Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey University, New Zealand), Greek tragedy goes online: Classics as consolation in Modern Greece?
Giacomo Loi (Johns Hopkins University), The unwilling hero after the catastrophe: Aeneas in the time of the Holocaust and the Covid-19 pandemic

12:00 – 13:30 Heroes and Heroines , Chair: Ariadne Konstantinou, Bar-Ilan Univeristy
Eleni Ntanou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Ovid’s Adonis as a hero of the modern world
Anca Meiroşu (Independent Researcher), Rebirth and eternity
Ioannis Mitsios (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Dying for ‘doing’: Mythical Athenian heroines in service of the city

13:30 – 14:30 Virtual lunch break

14:30 – 15:00 Musical segment Introduced by Ariadne Konstantinou
Ensemble Mezzo (directed by Doret Florentin), Baroque music on mythical life and death

15:00­ – 16:00 Life and Death in the Ancient World, Chair: Lisa Maurice, Bar-Ilan Univeristy
Federica Boero (University of Genoa), Seneca and his ghosts: The dead condemn the living
T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University), How to watch a plague: Philosophical and satiric perspectives in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura

16:15 ­– 17:30 Creative Writing Workshop
Amanda Potter (Open University, UK), Crossing creative boundaries: Rewriting the Odyssey as female-centric YA fiction in lockdown

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

11:00 – 12:30 Innovation and Pedagogy, Chair: Michal Ben Horin, Bar-Ilan University
Arlene Holmes-Henderson (Oxford University), Crossing the boundary from research to curriculum policy: Classics education and Covid-19
Gabriela Debita (University of Galaţi, Romania), Through a labyrinth, brightly: Playing Le Guin’s Tenar in virtual learning environments
Ronald Blankenborg (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Surfing the waves first: Virtual reality and algorithms in ancient Greek epic

12:30 – 13:30 Virtual lunch break

13:30 – 15:30 Escape Room Workshop: Escaping from Covid-19
Lily Glasner (Bar Ilan University/Kibbutzim College of Education), Creating a classical escape room

To attend the conference and receive the zoom link please send an email to


(CFP closed September 30, 2020)



Online (United Kingdom): November 21, 2020

The Hellenic Society welcomes submissions for the online conference Thermopylae 2500, to be held on the 21st November 2020.

2020 marks the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae and the death of King Leonidas, an event that was memorialised in Sparta during the yearly Leonidea festival in Roman times. Now, it is celebrated with an issue of 735,000 commemorative €2 coins. Viewed as a heroic battle, the story of Thermopylae has inspired creative responses as varied as David's Leonidas at Thermopylae (1814), Cavafy's Thermopylae (1901), and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey (2018). There has always been a great deal of myth-making when it comes to Thermopylae.

Yet many of these myths are actively malicious, or have been appropriated for malicious ends. From the use of 'MOLON LABE' and Lambda-emblazoned shields by contemporary extremist groups, to the use of Sparta as a form of legitimisation for Nazi ideologies, we might ask, can or should the teaching of Thermopylae (covered by many core undergraduate modules) be separated from these issues? Representations of Thermopylae in art, literature, and modern media, and the appropriations of Thermopylae by extremist groups have all historically been underrepresented in studies of the reception of the Thermopylae and Leonidas. This conference seeks to mark the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae by critiquing the cultural constructs of Thermopylae across a range of modern, historical, and ancient societies.

We invite contributions on the following suggested topics:

* The Reception of Thermopylae in the Ancient World
* Thermopylae & Leonidas in Art, Drama, Poetry, Fiction, and Comics
* Thermopylae & Leonidas in Old Media (television, radio, film, advertising, music)
* Thermopylae & Leonidas in New Media (computer games, blogs, websites, social media)
* Thermopylae and Revolution
* The Image of Leonidas in the 21st Century
* Sparta and (Neo-)Nazism
* Teaching Thermopylae

The aim of this call is to solicit a range of posters, written papers, and recorded presentations (or other formats, including creative responses) covering the above themes, to be selected by the scientific committee. These will then be archived on a website, where they will be available to view prior of the conference. After the event, this will act as an open-access collection of contemporary responses to the reception of Thermopylae.

The conference itself will take place online and involve a series of roundtables concerning the themes and ideas explored in the submitted content, with each session being chaired by an expert in the field. This layout is meant is to minimize the impact of Covid-19 on proceedings and increase the opportunity for meaningful discussion.

Deadline for Submissions: 02.10.20
Notification of Acceptance: 09.10.20
Pre-circulation of accepted contributions: 09.11.20
Online Conference: 21.11.20

If you are interested in contributing, please submit a 250-word abstract (including a title and a note on the format your work would take) to by end of day 02.10.20 BST. We particularly encourage submissions from those who have been historically underrepresented in the field of Classics.

Further information about the event can be found at Information about how to attend the conference roundtables will be circulated nearer the time and will include information on how to access the conference contributions.

Scientific Committee:
Emma Aston
Paul Cartledge
Lynn Fotheringham
Chrysanthi Gallou
Katherine Harloe
Stephen Hodkinson
James Lloyd
Helen Roche
Naoíse Mac Sweeney

Edited 9/11/2020. Program:

The event will be held on Zoom. To sign-up for the link, please email before 16th November:

Matt Thompson: “The Spartan Contribution to the Myth of Thermopylae”
Amelia Brown: “Memorials of Glorious Defeat: Ancient Monuments for the Battle of Thermopylae”
Ellen Millender: “Thermopylae as Teacher?: Didactic Spectacle and the Bolstering of Spartan Socio-Political Structures in the Aftermath of War”
Roy van Wijk: “A Lost Local Memory. Thermopylai, the Battle of Delion and the Thespian Polyandrion”
John Hyland: “Persia’s Thermopylae and the Iconography of Triumph over Greeks”

Murray Dahm: “Thermopylae and the 300s”
François Santoni: “The memorial game of Thermopylae in the Roman war against Antiochos III”
Elisabeth Slingsby: “This is (Not Quite) Sparta: Pseudo Parallels in ps-Plutarch’s Parallela Minora”
Olivier Gengler: “Intertextual battles of Thermopylai: Memory and identity in Roman and Late Antique Greece”

Martina Gatto: “Lycurgus and Leonidas in Nazi German Ideology and Historiography”
Matthew Sears: “The Devil Can Quote Scripture: the use of Thermopylae by Anticommunists from Göring To Marshall”
Maria Kalinowska & Ewa Janion: “Thermopylae in Modern Polish Culture: The Ideal of Voluntary Sacrifice and its Contestations”
Catherine Muñoz: “Be a good Panamanian, be like Leonidas”

Vale Sebastián: “Mort Cinder: Space For Dialogue. The Battle of Thermopylae In Argentinean Comics”
Tony Keen: “‘The whole of Greece is waiting’: The depiction of international relations in movies about Thermopylae”
Amanda Potter: “The Heroism of Women: The female experience of the battle of Thermopylae in Xena Warrior Princess episode ‘One Against an Army’ and Steven Pressfield’s novel Gates of Fire”

LUNCHBREAK - 13.00-14.00

Pandeleimon Hionidis:” Between Palamas’s “Live, our glorious homeland” and Cavafy’s “Never betraying what is right”. Teaching Thermopylae in a Modern Greek Literature class”
Anneka Rene: “Teaching Leonidas at Thermopylae at Secondary Level”



(CFP closed October 2, 2020)



Special edition of Thersites journal []

Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2020 extended deadine November 14, 2020

The forthcoming publication of Tolkien and the Classical World (Walking Tree Press) opens the door to many opportunities for the study of the reception of the classical world (broadly defined) in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. We hope to expand this body of research with a special edition of Thersites dedicated to ‘Classical Reception in Tolkien’ to be published in Fall 2022.

While there is no doubt that Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, as well as the mythology and worldbuilding behind it, is entrenched in Nordic mythology, linguistics, and Christianity, Tolkien himself stated that he “...was brought up in the Classics, and first discovered the sensation of literary pleasure in Homer” (Tolkien Letters #142). From the similarities between the Dioscuri and Elladan and Elrohir (Branchaw 2010), to amatory motifs in the portrayal of Eowyn (Moreno 2007, to the influences of the myth of Ajax on the sons of Denethor (Moreno 2005), it is not hard to find kernels of the ancient world scattered throughout Tolkien’s body of work, furthering the illusion that his worldbuilding simply extends the history, culture and literature of the Mediterranean. Intriguingly, Tolkien’s religious background may have prevented him from fully embracing the classical heritage, with tensions detectable in his handling of religious and mythical motifs traceable to pre-Christian antiquity.

We, on behalf of Thersites, are seeking 300 word abstracts (plus a bibliography) on the reception of the Classical World (broadly defined) in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Papers should be original and unpublished elsewhere. Ideal length of the final paper is 10,000 words (plus bibliography), with some leeway either way. Abstracts are due by November 1, 2020 extended deadine November 14, 2020 to Maciej Paprocki and Alicia Matz at Applicants will be notified by mid-December 2020 of acceptance. Feel free to reach out to the co-editors at the email above with any questions or concerns.


(CFP closed November 14, 2020)



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

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

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

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Donna Zuckerberg.

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

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

Please send questions and proposals to and

Deadline: 24 February 2020.


This conference is now online: see

(CFP closed February 24, 2020)



Conference organized by Gabriel Mckee (ISAW) and Daniela Wolin (ISAW)

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, USA: March 27, 2020 - new dates November 11-13, 2020.





Now online - from Nicosia, Cyprus: November 6-7, 2020

Note (24/10/2020): This conference was originally planned to take place in Nicosia. This is no longer possible due to ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, though we hope to stage the full conference in person next year. In the meantime we are proceeding through a series of online events, starting on 6-7 November 2020. For this inaugural event we are delighted to present a varied programme of papers, including keynote addresses from Dr Michael Given (Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow) and Dr Juliette Desplat (Head of Modern Collections at the UK National Archives). The programme can be found here (

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suggested themes include, but are not restricted to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Online Registration:

(CFP closed March 20, 2020)



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

This meeting has moved to a hybrid on-site/on-line model. See website for details.

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed May 15, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Information ( & programme [pdf] (

(CFP closed June 1, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence should be sent to:


(CFP closed February 1, 2020)



A Conference by the Sportula

Online: June 27, 2020 - August 8, 2020 - date change - now October 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

Abstracts due April 18, 2020 extended deadline June 15, 2020 - now August 22, 2020.

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

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

Please send submissions and questions to:


(CFP closed April 18, 2020; extended deadline June 15, 2020 - August 22, 2020)



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

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

Note: Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 30, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

Conference abstract submissions should consist of:

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

Panel proposals should consist of:

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

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

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




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

Note: cancelled due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




International Online Conference – September 28-29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 6/9/2020 - Program:

September 28th

9.30 Institutional greetings: Stefano Bronzini (Rettore Uniba); Davide Canfora (Direttore LeLiA - Uniba)

10.00 Conference opening: Olimpia Imperio (Bari); Bernhard Zimmermann (Freiburg)

Digital editions
Chair: Francesco Carpanelli (Torino)
10.30 Sabina Castellaneta, Nadia Rosso, Lorenza Savignago (Bari, Piemonte Orientale, Trieste), DEFrAG-Tragedy: edizione critica digitale, dinamica e collaborativa dei frammenti tragici
11.00 Timothy J. Moore, Jennifer McLish (St. Louis, Ann Arbor), An online database of Greek dramatic meters
11.30 Menico Caroli (Foggia), Per un’edizione digitale dell’Ippolito Kalyptómenos di Euripide
12.00 Lorenzo Sardone (San Marino), Un nuovo testimone dell’Aiace sofocleo e le potenzialità della ricostruzione digitale

Keynote lecture - 15.30 - Andreas Bagordo (Freiburg), Sperimentando l'iperframmento comico (riflessioni dal laboratorio KomFrag)

Digital lexicons
Chair: Anna Novokhatko (Thessaloniki/Freiburg)
16.00 Elena Fabbro, Elena Bonollo (Udine), Finanze pubbliche e ricchezza privata nella commedia greca: per un archivio digitale
16.30 Virginia Mastellari, Beatrice Gavazza, Leon Glaser (Freiburg), Lessico degli oggetti dalla commedia greca. Presentazione di un nuovo database
17.00 Mario Regali (Napoli), Lessico Digitale della Commedia Greca (LDCG): testo, scena, ricezione
17.30 Carmela Roscino (Bari), Skeué online: per un lessico digitale del costume teatrale nell’iconografia greca e magnogreca

September 29th

Distance teaching
Chair: Massimo Magnani (Parma)
10.00 Chris Blackwell, Francesco Mambrini (Furman, Milano), Teaching Oedipus Tyrannos with an integrated digital edition during a pandemic
10.30 Anastasia Bakogianni, Declan Patrick (New Zealand), ‘Where is the body?’: performing Iphigenia at Aulis online in a New Zealand context
11.00 Ronald Blankenborg (Nijmegen), Changing the mask: formative teaching of ancient Greek theatre in the digital age
11.30 Hallie Marshall (British Columbia), Barefaced Greek: ancient theatre on film and classroom

Keynote lecture - 15.30 - Fiona Macintosh, Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford), Archiving and interpreting performance

Digital archives
Chair: Giorgio Ieranò (Trento)
16.00 Andriana Domouzi (London), Creating DAPLAP: a database for the reception of fragmentary ancient Greek Drama
16.30 Sara Troiani, Giada Arcidiacono (Trento, Venezia), Parole e spazi del dramma antico sulla scena contemporanea: due progetti digitali del Laboratorio “Dionysos”
17.00 Martina Di Stefano, Elena Sofia Capra (Pavia), Ricezione digitale: verso una digitalizzazione dell’archivio audiovisivo del CRIMTA
17.30 Federico Boschetti, Gloria Mugelli (Pisa), Il metodo Euporia per creare nuovi archivi digitali sulla tragedia greca

18.00 Conference closing: Luigi Battezzato (Piemonte Orientale)



(CFP closed July 5, 2020)



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

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

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

Information & call: Email:

(CFP closed July 20, 2020)



International Online Conference - University of Oslo: September 25-26, 2020

The Research Group Novel and Epic, Ancient and Modern in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo is pleased to issue a Call for Papers for our International Online Conference Greek Epic and Artificial Intelligence. Submissions are invited from academics in Classics and related disciplines. The conference will be held on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September 2020 on Zoom and will be open to the general public.

We aim to explore early artificial intelligence concepts in Greek epic and to look at how Hesiod, Homer and Apollonius Rhodius – and potentially authors of the fragmentary epics – have elaborated on what seem to be some of the first literary texts dealing with automata and the quest for artificial life as well as technological intervention improving the human life. We are equally interested in the reception of these in later/contemporary literature and culture.

Confirmed Speakers include:
· Maria Gerolemou, University of Exeter (Hephaestus' Automata in Homer and Beyond)
· Genevieve Liveley, University of Bristol (Talos)
· Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University (Pandora, Made Not Born)
· Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound (Robo-Dogs, Artificial Intelligence, and Self-Rule in Homer and Archaic Greece)

Papers should last no longer than 25mins and each will be followed by a 10min discussion. Please submit titled abstracts of no more than 200 words by emailing a pdf attachment to both organisers by Wednesday 22 July: Dr Andriana Domouzi ( and Prof. Silvio Bär (; please include name, affiliation and a short bio in a different attachment. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and submitters will be notified shortly after the deadline. We may publish the outcomes of the conference at a later stage depending on the preferences of the participants (details to be discussed at the end of the conference).



(CFP closed July 22, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstract deadline: January 10, 2020

Call: [Academia] via

(CFP closed January 10, 2020)



University of Graz, Austria: September 24-26, 2020

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

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

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

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

Key questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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




University of Adelaide, South Australia: July 1-4, 2020. NEW DATES: September 23-25, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed June 30, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Program Committee: International Board of the Society




Institute of Classical Studies, London: September 18-19, 2020 - new dates: May 6-8, 2021

Note: Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed February 28, 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organising committee: Dr Caroline Barron, Professor Catharine Edwards, Professor Kate Retford




Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris: September 11, 2020

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Keynote: Professor Ladan Niayesh (Université de Paris, LARCA)

The period between the 16th and the 19th centuries has deeply shaped Western representations of Otherness through the work of artists, antiquarians and travel writers. The repetitions, rewritings, quotations and corrections of earlier works all contributed to the construction of a palimpsestic depiction of Otherness, whether spatial or temporal, real or imagined.

This workshop aims to investigate the strategies implemented by travel writers in this creative process, where intertextual references and rhetorical solutions were often reinforced by visual props such as maps and illustrations. These mediating devices, among others, could be used to make sense of radical Otherness or, on the contrary, to reinforce the alien character of the encounter. Furthermore, these methods of description allowed the authors to blur the lines between time and space, highlighting contrast or continuity between past and present. Their representations and interpretations underlie what Edward Said has described as Orientalism but this Western framework does not preclude the analysis of works by non-Western authors confronted to various forms of Otherness on their travels abroad.

The synthesis and selection of narratives and traditions made by writers will also be addressed, raising broader questions concerning both the role of travel books in constructing and disseminating knowledge and the audience these works were targeting. The didactic dimension of the travelogues may be considered, along with the various frameworks (scientific, religious, antiquarian...) that shape both the depiction and the interpretation of Otherness proposed by the authors. The mediation of modern Otherness through the prism of apparently unrelated realms of knowledge – classical, literary, archaeological or historical, for instance – is also worth examining as one of the most common devices authors resort to.

Call for papers: We invite the submission of papers on travel writing in any language and topics on any aspect of ‘Otherness’ will be considered. These may include, but are not limited to, one of the following:

• Antiquity as a figure of otherness
• The understanding of spatial Otherness as temporal / historical Otherness
• Construction of stereotypes
• Contribution to the ‘single story’ of a place or people or deconstruction of such a single story
• Non-textual devices used to convey otherness
• Rhetorical or literary devices used to mediate otherness
• Selection and repetition of themes and motifs
• Use of foreign languages within the text
• Use of science to represent otherness

Submission Guidelines: Papers may be presented in either English or French. Applicants are kindly invited to submit a word document containing the following: (a) your name, (b) the title of your paper, (c) institutional affiliation, (d) contact details, and (e) an abstract in French or English of no more than 300 words (papers should be suitable for 20 min presentations).

Deadlines: Proposals in a Word or PDF document should be sent to the organisers ( and by 17 April 2020. Selected applicants will be contacted by 18 May 2020.

The organisers:
Dr Nolwenn Corriou (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)
Dr Giacomo Savani (University College Dublin)


(CFP closed April 17, 2020)



Online [CUNY, USA]: September 11, 2020 [11 am to 5:30 pm EST]

This virtual conference aims to bring together those interested in the reception of classical antiquity in a variety of different disciplines and contexts throughout American history. We are especially keen to integrate studies of education, history, and literature with the analysis of art and architecture. Thus, the first two papers focus on schooling and the place of the Greco-Roman Classics in early American education. Next, we move to the late nineteenth century to examine classically inspired architecture in two important test cases in Washington DC and Tennessee. Then, we jump to the 1960s and the adaptation of Greek literature in revolutionary Cuba before the final paper offering a retrospective survey on the place of Greek and Latin inscriptions in the story of classical reception in the United States. There will be time for questions after each set of papers, and we will close the conference with a formal response to all the papers before opening up the floor to general discussion. All are welcome; pre-registration is required; please register via this form [].

Although the event itself and (most of) the individual papers were planned before the coronavirus pandemic hit and the BLM protests began, we nevertheless see this conference as an opportunity to engage with the complicated role of Classics in the history of the United States. We therefore take an expansive view of classical reception that will allow historians of art and architecture to talk to scholars of literature, education, theater, and history. We hope to foster an inclusive environment that will encourage participation from our audience in trying to deepen our understanding of the classical past and its place in the history of America from its origins to the present day.

Speakers include Elise A. Friedland (George Washington), Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (The Graduate Center, CUNY); Matthew McGowan (Fordham); Robert J. Penella (Fordham); and Carl Richard (University of Louisiana at Lafayette); and conference respondent, Caroline Winterer (Stanford University).

This conference is the first hosted by the City Seminar in Classical Reception, founded by Prof. Matthew McGowan (Fordham University) and Prof. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (the Graduate Center, the City University of New York) in 2018. The seminar provides a venue where those working on the intersections between the ancient and modern world can present their work to scholars, students, and the public. The speakers examine the dialogues between antiquity and modernity in a wide array of disciplines such as literature, history, education, art, architecture, film, theater, and dance.

If you have questions, please email for more details.

For more details, please visit the conference website:



PhD Student and Young Scholar Conference on Classics and the Reception of Antiquity

Szeged, Hungary: September 2–4, 2020

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The Department of Classical Philology and Neo-Latin Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Szeged, Hungary is pleased to announce its International Conference Sapiens Ubique Civis VIII – Szeged 2020, for PhD Students, Young Scholars, as well as M.A. students aspiring to apply to a PhD program.

The aim of the conference is to bring together an international group of young scholars working in a variety of periods, places, languages, and fields. Papers on a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to the literature, history, philology, philosophy, linguistics and archaeology of Greece and Rome, Byzantinology, Neo-Latin studies, and reception of the classics, as well as papers dealing with theatre studies, comparative literature, contemporary literature, and fine arts related to the Antiquity are welcome.

Lectures: The language of the conference is English. Thematic sessions and plenary lectures will be scheduled. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes, followed by discussion. It is not possible to present via Skype.

Abstracts: Abstracts of maximum 300 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to strictly before June 12, 2020. The abstracts should be proofread by a native speaker. The document should also contain personal information of the author, including name, affiliation and contact email address, and the title of the presentation. Acceptance notification will be sent to you until June 21, 2020.

Registration: The registration fee for the conference is €70, however for those who apply before May 10, 2020, we provide a €20 discount. The participation fee includes conference pack, reception meal, closing event, extra programs, and refreshments during coffee breaks. The participation fee does not include accommodation, but the conference coordinators will assist the conference participants in finding accommodation in the city centre. Those who intend to bring a guest are obligated to pay €30 in addition to the registration fee.

Publication: All papers will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed journal on Classics.

Getting here: Szeged, the largest city of Southern Hungary, can be easily reached by rail from Budapest and the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Those who prefer travelling by car can choose the European route E75, and then should take the Hungarian M5 motorway, a section of E75, passing by the city.

Chairman of the Conference Committee
Dr János Nagyillés PhD (Head of Department)

Members of the Conference Committee
Dr habil. Ibolya Tar CSc; Prof László Szörényi DSc; Dr György Fogarasi PhD
Dr Gergő Gellérfi PhD; Dr Endre Ádám Hamvas PhD; Dr Imre Áron Illés PhD;
Dr Tamás Jászay PhD; Dr habil. Péter Kasza PhD; Dr Ferenc Krisztián Szabó PhD

Conference coordinators
Fanni Csapó
Bianka Csapó
Attila Hajdú
Dr Tamás Jászay PhD
Dr Gergő Gellérfi PhD (for general inquiries about the conference:




Art & Archaeology Department, Princeton University, NJ: March 26-28, 2020 - now online: August 30-September 1, 2020

The Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University is thrilled to announce a three-day graduate symposium, “(A)Synchrony: Recurrence, Reversal, and Resistance,” which will be held Thursday, March 26 to Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Certain figures, forms, images, methods, and techniques recur in both cultural production and scholarly discourses, often leading to socio-political, historical, or cultural reversals and/or illuminating resistance and dissent. How might exploring these phenomena allow us to broaden our investigations in the histories of art and culture? How do they manifest themselves as synchronies or asynchronies, understood as harmonizations or dissonances of social and artistic production across time, space, and bodies? Answering these questions may help us create analytic frameworks not bound by regions or nation-states, but that stretch across the world, expose the social construction of temporalities, and challenge periodization and other forms of fixed categorization.

This conceptual framework may help address vital issues in current debates across particular subfields and disciplines, such as: how we can reimagine the concept of Nachleben productively for our increasingly global discipline; how literary or visual histories have been reused or repurposed to mitigate or rebel against external power structures and cultural paradigms; or how some modern and contemporary artists throughout various diasporas create collective memories by referring to the experiences of their ancestors in their work.

Princeton’s Art and Archaeology Graduate Symposium will explore the ways in which recurrence, reversals, and resistance serve as powerful tools in cultural production across disciplines through the conceptual frameworks of synchrony and asynchrony. Submissions from all disciplines are welcomed to engage with these issues by way of, but not limited to, the following broader themes:

* Cultural heritage used to underscore and legitimize a power shift;
* Support for or resistance to the empire demonstrated through the appropriation and modification of imperial imagery by those outside of the metropole;
* The fabrication of visual or material culture to envisage a desired or inaccessible past;
* The inheritance, construction, and questioning of workshop lineages;
* Repurposing “classical” or “traditional” imagery or inverting subject matter to destabilize geopolitical, social, and symbolic conventions;
* Usage of visual tropes as tools to explore and articulate individual identity and positionality;
* Revolutionary potentialities of retrospection for social and political critique;
* Re-enactments or critiques of prior exhibitions, objects, or performances

Please submit a working title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a two page CV in a single PDF to by Friday, November 1, 2019. Symposium presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. Accepted participants will be notified by January 1, 2020, and limited travel funds are available.

Deadline for abstracts: November 1st 2019 to

Call: [pdf]


(CFP closed November 1, 2019)



Applications close: July annually.

The deadline for the 2020 Mary Renault Prize competition is: July 24, 2020.

The Mary Renault Prize is a Classical Reception essay prize for school or college sixth form pupils, awarded by the Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College, and funded by the royalties from Mary Renault’s novels.

The Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College offer two or more Prizes, worth up to £300 each, for essays on classical reception or influence submitted by pupils who, at the closing date, have been in the Sixth Form of any school or college for a period of not more than two years. The prizes are in memory of the author Mary Renault, who is best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece, recently reissued by Virago. Renault read English at St Hugh’s in the 1920s and subsequently taught herself ancient Greek. Her novels have inspired many thousands of readers to pursue the study of Classics at University level and beyond. At least one prize will be awarded a pupil who is not studying either Latin or Greek to A-level standard. The winning essay will be published on the College’s website. Teachers wishing to encourage their students to enter the competition can download, display and circulate the competition poster in the ‘related documents’ section.

Essays can be from any discipline and should be on a topic relating to the reception of classical antiquity – including Greek and Roman literature, history, political thought, philosophy, and material remains – in any period to the present; essays on reception within classical antiquity (for instance, receptions of literary or artistic works or of mythical or historical figures) are permitted. Your submission must be accompanied by a completed information cover sheet. Essays should be between two-thousand and four-thousand words and submitted by the candidate as a Microsoft Word document through the form below.




I Seminario sulle “Religioni Fantastiche”

Velletri, Italy (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”): April 16-18, 2020 NEW DATE - July 23-25, 2020

Cari colleghi, in seguito al grande successo del convegno internazionale “Religioni Fantastiche e Dove Trovarle. Divinità, Miti e Riti nella Fantascienza e nel Fantasy” (Velletri, 3-6 luglio 2019), ho deciso di istituire un seminario permanente a cadenza annuale come punto di incontro di quanti in Italia studino, da un punto di vista delle discipline storiche e delle scienze sociali e antropologiche, quanto è prodotto in ogni manifestazione artistica riconducibile all’horror, alla fantascienza e al fantasy.

La prima edizione del seminario si terrà ad aprile: “Tra la Luce e le Tenebre. Angeli e Demoni nell’Horror, nella Fantascienza e nel Fantasy” (Velletri, 16-18 aprile 2020). In basso potete trovare la call for papers relativa. Vi prego di diffondere la call a quanti ritenete possano essere interessati.

Il seminario vuole essere un’occasione di confronto interdisciplinare sulla rappresentazione di angeli e demoni nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza, in ogni possibile manifestazione artistica connessa ai tre generi.

I temi che si intendono approfondire sono i seguenti:
• Definizione delle categorie “angeli” e “demoni”. Come da un punto di vista storico vengono a formarsi e definirsi queste categorie di esseri extra-umani? Quali le caratteristiche nelle singole testimonianze? Come e perché entità appartenenti ai più svariati contesti culturali sono state recepite secondo queste categorie?
• L’utilizzo delle categorie “angeli” e “demoni” nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza. Come vengono impiegate ed eventualmente rielaborate queste categorie?
• La rappresentazione nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza di angeli e demoni presenti nelle religioni “storiche”. Per quale motivo il singolo autore li rappresenta secondo una determinata chiave? Quale il rapporto con il contesto storico di appartenenza?
• La costruzione di angeli e demoni “inventati”. Quali elementi caratterizzano gli esseri inventati dai singoli autori? Secondo quali motivazioni un autore ne delinea le specifiche caratteristiche? Gli elementi che li caratterizzano vengono tratti dalle religioni “storiche” e secondo quali fini e modalità?
• La rappresentazione di miti, racconti, leggende e fiabe, “tradizionali” e “storici”, dove agiscono angeli e demoni. Secondo quali peculiarità e motivazioni questi vengono riportati nella produzione fantastica contemporanea?
• La rappresentazione di miti, racconti, leggende e fiabe, “inventati”, dove agiscono angeli e demoni. Come un singolo autore costruisce questa tipologia di narrazioni nel mondo che ha creato? Quali sono le caratteristiche che li delineano come tali? Quale il rapporto con il contesto storico-culturale di appartenenza?
• La rappresentazione dei riti riguardanti angeli e demoni presenti nelle religioni “storiche”. Secondo quali modalità e motivazioni questi vengono riportati?
• La rappresentazione di riti “inventati” riguardanti angeli e demoni. Come un singolo autore delinea questo tipo di rito nel mondo che ha creato?
• Alcune delle rappresentazioni di angeli e demoni in questi generi hanno influito concretamente sulla vita religiosa contemporanea, condizionandola?

Comitato Scientifico: Roberto Arduini (Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani), Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Ada Barbaro (Sapienza Università di Roma), Tommaso Braccini (Università degli Studi di Siena), Elisabetta Marino (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”), Francesca Roversi Monaco (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna), Daniele Tripaldi (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna).

Segreteria organizzativa: Igor Baglioni, direttore del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”.

Gli studiosi interessati a presentare un contributo possono inviare un abstract di non più di una pagina (max 2.000 battute) al dott. Igor Baglioni ( entro e non oltre il giorno 29 febbraio 2020. All’abstract dovranno essere allegati: il titolo del paper; una breve nota biografica degli autori; un recapito di posta elettronica; un recapito telefonico. L’accettazione dei papers sarà comunicata (via posta elettronica) alle persone interessate entro il 10 marzo 2020. Entro il 10 aprile 2020 dovrà essere consegnato (sempre in via posta elettronica) il paper corredato da note e bibliografia. La consegna del paper è vincolante per la partecipazione al seminario.

Date da ricordare:
Chiusura call for papers: 29 febbraio 2020.
Notifica accettazione paper: 10 marzo 2020.
Consegna paper: 10 aprile 2020.
Seminario: 16-18 aprile 2020.

La partecipazione al seminario è gratuita. I relatori residenti fuori la provincia di Roma saranno ospitati nelle strutture convenzionate al Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”, usufruendo di una riduzione sul normale prezzo di listino. È prevista la pubblicazione degli Atti su Religio. Collana di Studi del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni” (Edizioni Quasar) e su riviste scientifiche specializzate. Le relazioni da pubblicare saranno oggetto di un peer review finale. Sono previste visite serali gratuite ai musei e ai monumenti dei comuni dei Castelli Romani. Il programma delle visite sarà reso noto contestualmente al programma del convegno.

Per informazioni: email:

Call for papers (pdf):

(CFP closed February 29, 2020)



University College Durham, UK: July 16-17, 2020. New dates: July 15-17, 2021

Since Peisistratus’ editions of Homer, we have consistently developed new ways of remodelling and reinterpreting texts. From stemmatics to textual criticism, codicology to digital methods, the history of the book to the reception and afterlife of text, the word has consistently captured our imagination. Text is not a static entity or a solely physical object, but a dynamic representation of the human experience which exists both in and beyond our perceptions.

This conference seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary community of scholars to consider the relationship between new approaches and existing methodologies for engaging with texts. Under the broad umbrella of ‘text’, we aim to foster cross-discipline dialogue to explore the lives of texts from their conception, to their transmission, their reception and beyond.

We can confirm that Professor Michelangelo Zaccarello from the University of Pisa will hold the keynote lecture, and Dr. Danielle Westerhof, rare book librarian from Durham University, will hold a public lecture.

We invite title and abstract submissions of 250-300 words on subjects such as, but not restricted to:
· Textual stemmatics and textual criticism
· Textual transmission
· Palaeography and codicology
· The afterlife of texts/their reception
· The roles of the author and reader
· Intermediality and the relationships between text forms
· Representations of text
· Oral v. written composition of text
· History of the Book
· The role of digitisation and the future of ‘text’

We are able to offer a small number of bursaries to those who do not have access to research funds.

Submissions must be sent to before 17:00 on Friday 20 March 2020.

Call: For further information please visit our website:, and follow us on Twitter at: @Texttextuality

(CFP closed March 20, 2020)



13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: July 15-18, 2020

Note: Postponed until 2021 (similar dates TBC) due to COVID-19

Angela Cossu – École française de Rome
Frédéric Duplessis – École normale supérieure de Lyon

In medieval manuscripts, a classical text is rarely copied alone. It is most often accompanied by paratextual elements that have been intentionally added to the text. Such elements come in a wide variety of formats: explanatory or complementary texts (accessus, prologues, vitae, commentaries, glosses, glossaries, etc.), images (illumination, diagrams, drawings, etc.), or elements structuring the manuscript, the text or the page (index, table of chapters, titles, division into books, chapters or paragraphs, sections, etc.). They can be transcribed at the beginning, the end, or next to the classical text, within its writing frame or in its margins.

These various paratexts, inherited from Antiquity or created during the Middle Ages, are often ignored by modern editions and remain largely unpublished. Yet, during the Middle Ages, the Latin classics were copied, read and imitated through these “interpretative filters”, which are still relatively understudied. Indeed, these paratextual elements shape the medieval reception of ancient texts.

The aims of this panel are to:

1. study the paratexts per se (more precisely, study their interactions with the classical texts as well as unfold the mechanisms of their production, use and evolution),

2. emphasize their role in the history of transmission and reception of Latin classics,

3. explore their influence on medieval Latin language and literature.

Topics for papers may include:

* Text and paratext of the Latin classics (synchronic or diachronic perspective)

* Shaping of the paratext in the transmission of classics

* Practices of reading and writing: annotations, glosses, and, more broadly, medieval scholarship on the margins of Latin classics

* Public and reception of the Latin classics through the paratext

* Non-textual paratext: rubrication, illumination, diagrams…

Prospective speakers: young (PhD students, Post-doc researchers) and established scholars (researchers, professors, librarians).

Submitting papers: We foresee a panel of around 15 speakers, so that each speaker will present a paper of around 35-40 minutes. Papers in either English or French are accepted. If you wish to submit a paper, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words in either English or French to The deadline for submitting papers is 27/03/2020. Papers’ acceptance will be communicated shortly thereafter.


(CFP closed March 27, 2020)



13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: July 15-18, 2020

Note: Postponed until 2021 (similar dates TBC) due to COVID-19

Further information:



13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: July 15-18, 2020

Note: Postponed until 2021 (similar dates TBC) due to COVID-19

Confirmed Speakers:
Sandra Boehringer (Université de Strasbourg)
Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3)
Ellen Greene (The University of Oklahoma)
Andre Lardinois (Radboud University)
Thea Selliaas Thorsen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

ο]ἰ μὲν ἰππήων στρότον οἰ δὲ πέσδων
οἰ δὲ νάων φαῖσ᾿ ἐπ[ὶ] γᾶν μέλαι[ν]αν
ἔ]μμεναι κάλλιστον, ἔγω δὲ κῆν᾿ ὄτ-
         τω τις ἔραται·

“Some say a force of horsemen, some say footsoldiers
and others say a fleet of ships is the loveliest
thing on the dark earth, but I say it is
the one you love” (Sappho, fr. 16 Voigt)

Sappho is one of the most debated figures in Greek and Latin literature, and has often elicited not only contrasting but also controversial readings. Named “the tenth muse” for the excellence of her poetry (AP 7.14, 9.66, 9.506, 9.571), Sappho was condemned for centuries by more traditionalist voices. As a result, her poetry has been censured, and her figure (hetero)normalised or discredited because of her allegedly lascivious and perverse sexual behaviour (Hallett 1996; Snyder 1997). However, the fragmentary nature of Sappho’s poetry, which articulates an ambiguous, complex and (gender-)fluid sexuality, has also enabled her to be widely imitated, (re-)adapted, and even manipulated (Lefkowitz 1996). In reception, she has become an icon for feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and has informed queer approaches to the Classics.

At the end of the eighties, Joan DeJean demonstrated in her groundbreaking work Fictions of Sappho (1989) how Sappho’s poetry widely influenced literary and cultural expressions from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, eventually entering into conversation with Francophone feminist writers such as Cixous and Irigaray. Yet Sappho’s position “beyond gender” (owing, in part, to linguistic gender-ambiguity in her texts), as well as her queerness in the widest sense, has also marked the reception of her poetry since Antiquity.

As both a poet and a historical figure, Sappho played a central role in Hellenistic Greek poetry and comedy, as well as archaic Latin theatre, from which the account of her licentiousness, unhappy relationship with Phaon, and consequent suicide most likely originated. Catullus sees Sappho as a poetic model and connects her poetic excellence to his own literary and personal experiences through the name of Lesbia. (Ovid’s) Heroides 15 fluctuates between a portrait of a masculine Sappho and a more multifaceted, ambiguous version of Sappho as a poet and an elegiac lover (Fabre- Serris 2009). With the advent of Christianity, Sappho began to be maligned and accused of immorality (Tatian, Oratio ad Graecos 33, about 180 CE; cf. Thorsen 2012) and the first censure of her work is said to have occurred in the fourth century (Cardan De sapientia 2.62).

Despite these attempts to destroy her name and poetry, Sappho survived the Middle Ages and was recognised as a great poet by the early Humanists. In most cases, however, her homoeroticism was completely erased (cf. Boccaccio De mulieribus claris 47; Christine de Pizan Book of City of Ladies 1.30). Undergoing contradictory and opposite judgements through the ages, Sappho was diversely received by classical scholars in the 19th and 20th century. While Sappho’s queer sexuality seems to have influenced Housman’s scholarship and poetry (Ingleheart 2019), Wilamowitz (1913) tried to restore Sappho’s (hetero)normativity by interpreting her homoerotic relationships as part of her role as a schoolmistress, thus overlooking the narrator’s homoerotic desire as expressed in the absence of any pedagogical dynamics in the text (frs. 1 and 31; cf. Parker 1996). Very recently, the “Newest Sappho” has opened new avenues for the interpretation of her poetry (Bierl & Lardinois 2016).

These various interpretations, (re)adaptations and (re)constructions have produced a “Sappho” who is now as fluid and queer as she has ever been. Concurrently, recent Sappho scholarship has given rise to a plurality of productive methodologies and perspectives (e.g. comparative, philological, reception-based approaches). Our panel will embrace and integrate this plurality by providing a playing-field upon which these contrasting methodologies and perspectives can inform and bolster one another. By re-examining the notion of who (and what) Sappho is, moreover, this panel will problematise the “invention” of Sappho and resituate her, along with her poetry and later reception, in contemporary scholarly discourse.

We welcome papers in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, and Reception Studies, with a preference for talks which fully and boldly engage with new approaches to Sappho’s life, work, and reception. In keeping with the bilingual tradition of the Celtic Conference in Classics, and this year’s venue (Lyon), we are especially keen on contributions about the reception of Sappho by French poets, scholars and translators, as well as Francophone feminist writers such as Wittig, Kristeva and Irigaray. The panel will be fully bilingual and we therefore accept papers both in French and English. Papers might fall within but are not limited to the following categories:

* Sappho’s fragments
* Sappho as a historical personage
* Sappho and literary theory, queer theory, feminist theory, and other ideological approaches
* Ancient, medieval, or modern receptions of Sappho, including theatrical re-adaptations, Sappho in pedagogy and education, and multimedial representations of Sapphic poetry
* The role played by Sappho within LGBTQ+ communities

Select Bibliography
Bierl, A. and A. Lardinois. 2016. The Newest Sappho: P. Sapph. Obbinik and P. GC inv. 105, Frs. 1-4. Studies in Archaic and Classical Greek Song, vol. 2. Leiden.
De Jean, J. 1989. Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937. Chicago.
Fabre-Serris J. 2009. “Sulpicia: an/other female voice in Ovid’s Heroides: a new reading of Heroides 4 and 15”, Helios 36: 149-73.
Hallett, J. P. 1996. “Sappho and Her Social Context: Sense and Sensuality”, in E. Greene (ed.), Reading Sappho: Contemporary Approaches, Berkeley-Los Angeles-London: 125-42.
Ingleheart, J. 2018. Masculine Plural, Oxford.
Lefkowitz, M. R. 1996. “Critical Stereotypes and the Poetry of Sappho”, in E. Greene (ed.), Reading Sappho: Contemporary Approaches, Berkeley-Los Angeles-London: 26-34.
Parker, H. N. “Sappho Schoolmistress”, in E. Greene (ed.), Re-Reading Sappho: Contemporary Approaches, Berkeley-Los Angeles-London: 146-83.
Snyder, J. M. 1997. Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho. New York.
Thorsen, T. S. 2012. “Sappho, Corinna and Colleagues in Ancient Rome. Tatian’s Catalogue of Statues (Oratio ad Graecos 33-4) Reconsidered”, Mnemosyne 65.4-5: 695-715.

To encourage a variety of approaches, we will welcome two different paper lengths: 20 minutes and 40 minutes. Please, submit a proposal of 300 words for a 20-minute paper and 500 words for the 40-minute option. Abstracts must be written either in French or English. The submission deadline for abstracts is 6th March 2020.

Submissions and queries should be directed to the following address:

Please, include a short biography and specify your affiliation in the body of your email: attach the abstract as a separate file with no personal identification.

Notification of acceptance will be given in early April.

For further information on the Celtic Conference in Classics, please refer to the conference permanent website:


(CFP closed March 6, 2020)



Lyon, France (Universities of Lyon/École normale supérieure de Lyon): July 15-18, 2020

Note: Postponed until 2021 (similar dates TBC) due to COVID-19

The Celtic Conference in Classics (CCC) is pleased to announce that its 13th conference, hosted by the universities of Lyon and by the École normale supérieure de Lyon, will take place in Lyon, France, 15-18 July (Wed.-Sat.), 2020.

As always, participation is invited from all countries of the world. Suggestions are now invited from colleagues wishing to convene a panel for the event at Lyon. The languages of the conference are English and French.

Panels typically consist of between 12 and 18 speakers. Themes and speakers proposed are then discussed, and a selection made, by the Conference's organisers. For this iteration of the CCC, we shall be looking especially for panels which expect to include speakers from French-speaking campuses. Proposals should be sent to all five organisers (at the email addresses below) by 1 December.

Nicolas Richer (
Claire Fauchon Claudon (

Anton Powell (
Douglas Cairns (
Nancy Bouidghaghen (

General details about the CCC, its history, purposes, and ethos, can be found on our permanent website:

Edited 8/2/2020: see now the list of panels at



Boston University, Massachusetts, USA: July 10-12, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

The thirty-fourth meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at Boston University from 10 to 12 July 2020. The theme for the 2020 conference will be “Images of Early Rome in Latin Literature.”

Papers are invited to explore different depictions of the figures of early Rome in Latin literature; Aeneas, Ilia, Romulus and Remus, the Sabine Women, Lucretia, etc. How do the iterations of these figures reflect (or problematize) political and literary attitudes in Rome? And what does the continued presence of these early figures in the works of successive literary generations tell us about the enduring nature of these Roman “myths”? We also invite papers on the reception of early Rome in any medium, from Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece (1594), to Ursula K. Le Guin’s Lavinia (2008), to Matteo Rovere’s Il Primo Re (2019).

Papers should be 30 minutes in length (with fifteen minutes of discussion time). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants can attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words, and queries about the conference, should be sent to the organizer, Hannah Čulík-Baird, at Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please have abstracts submitted by 15th January 2020 (earlier submissions welcome).


(CFP closed January 15, 2020)



An online event from Alt-Ac UK: July 14, 2020

This conference, organised by Alt-Ac UK, is intended to bring together scholars across the humanities and social sciences through an online medium. The global COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in many personal losses and universal upheaval. This has included significant challenges for the academic community, such as the cancellation of almost all events, workshops, and conferences in the forthcoming months.

The Conference at the End of the World is intended as an opportunity to present the papers originally intended for cancelled events. Conducted entirely online, this event will allow for a worldwide gathering of scholars which overcomes the challenges of social distancing and environmental impacts of international conferences. To accommodate the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, abstracts are welcome on any and all subjects within the domain of the humanities and social sciences.

Attendance is free for non-established scholars, with optional donations available to cover the arrangement costs of early career scholars. Salaried academics will be asked to donate £20.

Abstract deadline: May 25, 2020

Acknowledgement of acceptance: No later than June 1


(CFP closed May 25, 2020)



Online: July 13-14, 2020 (from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia [AEST])

Presented by the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS) Brisbane Chapter

Conference Convenors:
Brianna Sands, MPhil candidate (UQ), Co-chair AWAWS Brisbane Chapter
Tyla Cascaes, MPhil candidate (UQ), Co-chair AWAWS Brisbane Chapter

For many postgraduate students the mid-year break is usually a time to attend conferences and workshops to gain academic and professional experience. These events provide great opportunities for postgraduates to share their research ideas, practice public speaking, further their professional development, and meet fellow peers. Due to the unfolding circumstances most conferences and workshops for 2020 have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. As a postgrad-led chapter we are particularly aware of the impact these cancellations can have on academic development for postgraduate students, especially for new students planning to attend their first conference.

To combat these cancellations and to make the most of our time in isolation, AWAWS Brisbane will be holding The Cancelled Conference to provide AWAWS postgraduate members with an opportunity to put their cancelled conference papers to good use. The conference will be held virtually over Zoom in mid-July. Although we cannot fully recreate or replace attending an academic conference, we hope The Cancelled Conference will be a useful alternative.

Date and Location: The Cancelled Conference will be held Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 July depending on numbers. The conference will be held virtually through Zoom, UQ’s preferred video-call software. Zoom links for each panel session will be provided in the conference program.

* 20 minute paper + 10 minute question time
* Audience attendance is open to the public
* Paper submissions are open to all AWAWS postgraduate members
* There is no set theme for this conference, all topics are welcome

How to apply:
To apply for the conference please email AWAWS Brisbane ( with the submission form at

Submissions are due by Friday 19 June.

Contact Information: If you have any further questions about the conference, you can contact us via our email address or Facebook page.
Facebook: @awawsbrisbane


(CFP closed June 19, 2020)



Ioannou Centre, Oxford & Royal Holloway, Egham, UK: July 2-3, 2020

Note: Postponed until Summer 2021 due to COVID-19 - see note below.

Theme: Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama

The 20th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Thursday 2 July (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Friday 3 July (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM: This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s focus will range widely around the concept and significance of ‘archive’, as both a material and ephemeral record (e.g., a performance’s physical traces, or its preservation in anecdote/memory), as well as its uses as a metaphor (for preservation, re-collection, text, etc) in the performance of ancient drama. This year’s guest respondents will be Dr Avery Willis Hoffman (Programme Director at the New York Park Avenue Armory) and Dr Lucy Jackson (Durham University). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Fiona Macintosh, Prof. Oliver Taplin, Prof. David Wiles, and Dr Justine McConnell.

PARTICIPANTS: Postgraduates from around the world working on the reception of Greek and Roman drama are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. The symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of Classics, modern languages and literature, and theatre and performance studies.

Practitioners are welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers may also include demonstrations. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performance presentation on ‘Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2020 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

There will be no registration fee. Some travel bursaries will be available again this year - please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these.

Call: -

Edited 19/4/2020:

NOTE: We have taken the decision to postpone the APGRD/RHUL postgraduate symposium and our 20th anniversary celebrations until summer 2021. However, we would still like to mark the occasion online and, rather than abstracts, now invite a different kind of contribution.

Over the course of July the symposium organisers from Oxford and Royal Holloway will be mounting a ’Symposium Takeover’ of the APGRD blog (Staging the Archive), where we will be hosting reflections on classics and performance in the current situation via audio podcast recording. We plan to discuss the following themes and how they are being affected by the current situation:

• the intersection of classics and performance in practice
• classics and performance at times of crisis

We would like to invite postgraduate and early career researchers to send in up to 200 words briefly outlining an area for discussion that you would like to contribute. This might take the form of a 5-10 minute reflection or provocation based on your research and/or a response to the above themes, or rather discussion points/questions to stimulate conversation. Please note, however, that this is not the place for formal 20-minute academic papers. We intend to offer an informal and relaxed space for everyone to speak freely on their chosen topic, and recording will of course remain optional throughout the Takeover.

Please send your brief outline by the deadline of Wednesday 6th May 2020 to We look forward to reading them!

(CFP closed April 3, 2020)



Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”, Nemi, Italy: July 1-4, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

The seminar intends to be an occasion for interdisciplinary confrontation about the first volume of the editio maior of James Frazer’s The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings.

Three are the aims of the present meeting:

1) To collectively reflect on the theoretical and methodological aspects of Frazer’s work, in relation both to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

2) To detect the direct or indirect influence of the theories and interpretations Frazer exposes here on the subsequent studies and cultural production.

3) To pay attention to the beliefs, myths and rituals subjected to analysis by Frazer in this volume of the editio maior, verifying his interpretation in the light of the current state of studies and the documentation available today.

In particular, it will be possible to present proposals for papers on the following themes:

1) Frazer’s concept of “magic” as exposed in the first volume of the editio maior, in relation to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

2) The impact of Frazer’s concept of “magic” on the subsequent studies and cultural production, also in relation to the current academic debate on this theme.

3) Frazer’s concept of “religion” as exposed in the first volume of the editio maior, in relation to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

4) The impact of Frazer’s concept of “religion” on the subsequent studies and cultural production, also in relation to the current academic debate on this theme.

5) The beliefs, tales and myths analysed by Frazer in the first volume of the editio maior, paying attention to the relation between Frazer’s interpretation and the studies of his time, and reconsidering it critically in the light of the current state of studies and the documentation available today.

6) The impact on studies and on cultural production that subsequent to Frazer of the interpretations of beliefs, tales and myths analysed in the fists volume of the editio maior.

Note: The main historical and cultural areas of which Frazer analyses the traditions in this volume are: ancient Egypt, ancient Near East, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the medieval German world, Christian Europe and its folk traditions, Africa, India and South-East Asia, China, Japan, Australia and the Pacific islands, the Americas.

Scientific Committee: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Stefano Beggiora (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Paride Bollettin (Universidade Federal da Bahia), Alessandra Broccolini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Laura Carnevale (Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro), Alessandra Ciattini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Enrico Comba (Università degli Studi di Torino), Fabio Dei (Università degli Studi di Pisa), Carla Del Zotto (Sapienza Università di Roma), Adriano Favole (Università degli Studi di Torino), Chiara Ghidini (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”), Rita Lucarelli (University of California - Berkeley), Elena Mazzetto (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Mariano Pavanello (Sapienza Università di Roma), Francesca Prescendi (École Pratique des Hautes Études - Paris), Sergio Ribichini (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Lorenzo Verderame (Sapienza Università di Roma).

Administration: Igor Baglioni, director of the Museum of Religions “Raffaele Pettazzoni”.

The scholars who would like to contribute may send a one-page abstract (max 2.000 characters) to Igor Baglioni, ( by April 20, 2020.

Attached to the abstract should be: the title of the paper; the chosen area; a short biography of the authors; email address and phone number.

Papers may be written and presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

The acceptance of papers will be communicated (by email) only to the selected contributors by 2020, April 30.

Please send the paper, complete with notes and bibliography, by email not later than June 20. The delivery of the paper is required to participate in the conference.

Important deadlines:
Closing of call for papers: April 20th, 2020.
Notification about acceptance: April 30th, 2020.
Delivery of paper: June 20th, 2020.
Conference: July 1-4th, 2020

There is no attendance fee. The participants who don’t live in Rome or surroundings will be accommodated in hotels and bed-and-breakfasts which have an agreement with the Museum of Religions to offer discounted prices.

Papers may be published on Religio. Collana di Studi del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni” (Edizioni Quasar), and in specialized journals. All the papers will be peer-reviewed.

In the evenings there will be free-of-charge visits to the museums and monuments of the Castelli Romani area. The excursion programme will be presented at the same time as the conference programme.

For information:


(CFP closed April 20, 2020)



Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: June 30-July 2, 2020

Note: Postponed until June 2021 due to COVID-19

For several decades now, scholars have devoted attention to same-sex desire in both ancient times and the centuries that followed. Not surprisingly, there have been vigorous debates over how to go about it. These debates have been framed in various ways. Here are some examples:

* essentialism VERSUS constructivism;
* Foucauldian discourse analysis VERSUS approaches inspired by psychoanalysis;
* (the impossibility of) objective history VERSUS (overly) subjective history;
* perception of commonalities across time VERSUS rigorously historicizing insistence on the past's alterity;
* positivism VERSUS imaginative reconstruction of contemporaneous receptions.

These dichotomies, which are both reductive and don't exhaust the possibilities, continue to crackle with contention. They also continue to undergird and even disturb current scholarly endeavours.

We are looking for papers (30 minutes in length) in which scholars not only speak about primary source material but also reflect explicitly on the theoretical orientation of their work (see the dichotomies above for examples) and the purpose(s) of (their) scholarship on same-sex desire. An additional objective of this conference will be an edited volume of papers that will aim to showcase a variety of approaches to this important topic.

Please send proposals (c. 500 words) to Mark Masterson by 1 December 2019. If you have any questions, please send them to him at this address also.

In your proposal include:
1) the primary source material/historical milieu to be discussed, and
2) the general theoretical basis of the work


(CFP closed December 1, 2019)



[Online] Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London, UK: June 25-26, 2020

Classicists have recently been engaged in discussions about decolonising the discipline. There are a few ways to understand this process; it includes (1) broadening the range of materials we study to include those produced by marginalised groups in antiquity (2) approaching material with methodologies which tease out marginalised groups depicted in the materials and give voice to a range of users in antiquity and beyond (3) acknowledging the part that Classics has played in entrenching many forms of inequality, such as those focussed on ethnicity, in British and other societies (4) undertaking efforts to ensure that the discipline is open to a plurality of voices both from the past and in the present, especially those which have historically been marginalised.

This timely workshop aims to explore ways of making Classics more inclusive and to reframe the discipline for a multicultural 21st century. To this end, we seek short contributions from:

* lecturers who have specifically endeavoured to develop research that works with a broader conception of Classics, and/or to make their teaching more inclusive

* students who invest in different versions of the classical heritage, and/or are willing to share their diverse experiences of being in the 'Classics classroom'.

We plan to host several 15-minute contributions on these topics. Please send abstracts (c.150 words) to Professor Barbara Goff ( and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis ( by 1 March 2020.

To further the goal of broadening participation, we welcome offers of talks via Skype; and in this vein we will live-stream the workshop. One of the aims of the workshop is to produce a short list of useful suggestions for those who want to make their teaching more inclusive.

Edit 15/5/2020 - Program:

Thursday 25 June, 14.00-16.30

Dr Sam Agbamu (Royal Holloway, London) ‘Can the instrumenta domini dismantle the domus domini’?
Professor Peter Kruschwitz (Vienna) ‘Democratising Roman poetry’
Dr Fiona Hobden (Liverpool), Kate Caraway (PhD candidate, Liverpool) and Serafina Nicolosi (PhD candidate, Liverpool) ‘Diversifying the Classics curriculum’


Dr Ellen Adams (King’s College London) ‘Blindness, deafness and new appreciations of ancient art: Sensing the Parthenon Galleries in the British Museum’
Sarah Marshall (Vassar, BA student) ‘Pharos: Doing justice to the Classics’
Dr Charlie Kerrigan (Trinity College Dublin) ‘Decolonizing Classics: A view from Dublin’

Friday 26 June 13.00-17.00

Dr Evelien Bracke (Ghent) ‘Child poverty and ancient Greek: A case study from Belgium’
Dr Marco Ricucci (Latin teacher at the Liceo Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, and adjunct professor Università degli Studi di Milano) ‘‘Dys-Latin’: Should studying a dead language be an overwhelmingly time-consuming and demanding task for dyslexic students?’
Dr Sharon Marshall (Exeter) ‘Embedding inclusivity through non-traditional assessment’


Dr Danielle Lambert (King’s College London) ‘On the benefits of having no prior Classical education’
Dr Stephen Harrison (Swansea) ‘Teaching ancient Persia: Decolonising ancient history through source-based teaching’
Dr Dan Orrells (King’s College London) ‘Classical antiquity at the fin de siècle: An experiment in teaching’


PLENARY SESSION to develop suggestions towards more inclusive teaching - 15.30-16.30 VIRTUAL DRINKS RECEPTION - 16.30-17.00

All times are UK BST. Panels will take the form of 5-minute presentation followed by 10-minute Q and A for each speaker; then 20 minutes smaller group discussion on the topic of the full panel. Presentations will be pre-circulated on 15 June.

The workshop will be held on Zoom and all are welcome, but you must register by 1 June. Please email and and you will be sent a secure link nearer the time.



(CFP closed March 1, 2020)



Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy: June 24–26, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Co-directors: Brittney Szempruch (United States Air Force Academy) and John F. Miller (University of Virginia)

Although Vergil famously opens the Aeneid with a definitive statement of poetic intent—arma virumque cano—scholarship has long highlighted the poet’s propensity for the complication of firm generic boundaries. Amid a range of theoretical responses that have shaped the past nearly one hundred years (Kroll 1924; Cairns 1972; Fowler 1982; Conte 1986; Harrison 2007), the Vergilian corpus has emerged as some of the most productive ground for the in-depth study of generic flexibility (e.g. Nelis 2004; Seider 2016).

On its broadest level, this symposium aims to bring together scholars to discuss how the works of Vergil illuminate questions about genre and literary identity in the ancient world. In addition to looking at generic interplay in Vergil’s poetry, we seek to examine the role that genre has played in Vergil’s afterlife, both among his contemporaries and in later ages: how, particularly in relation to Vergil’s poems, did genre create or elide perceived boundaries and/or affiliations between authors in antiquity? What cultural implications did explicit or implicit generic interplay have? How has genre shaped not only our understanding of Vergil and what it meant to be an Augustan poet, but our reception (‘after’ in another sense) of the earlier genres with which he engaged? What do we gain and lose by putting Vergil at the forefront of this narrative?

Both textual studies and theoretical interventions are welcome. Papers might consider (but are not limited to) the following topics:

• ‘Greek’ vs. ‘Roman’ genres across Vergil’s poetry
• Vergil’s reception of Hellenistic generic theory and experimentation
• the presence of nonpoetic genres (scientific, philosophical, etc.) in the Vergilian corpus
• hymn, epigram, and tragedy in Vergil
• elegy and Vergilian pastoral
• ‘didactic’ and heroic epic
• the reception of Vergilian generic conventions
• the centrality of (and/or bias toward) Vergil in discussions of genre in antiquity

Speakers will include Giancarlo Abbamonte (Naples–Federico II), Alessandro Barchiesi (NYU), Sergio Casali (Rome–Tor Vergata), Stephen Harrison (Oxford), Julia Hejduk (Baylor), Alison Keith (Toronto), Giuseppe La Bua (Rome–Sapienza), James O’Hara (UNC Chapel Hill), Vassiliki Panoussi (William & Mary), Stefano Rebeggiani (USC), Fabio Stok (Rome–Tor Vergata), and Adriana Vazquez (UCLA).

Papers will be 20 minutes long with ample time for discussion. Participants will arrive on June 23 followed by three full days of papers, discussion, and visits to Vergilian sites.

Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than 300 words to by December 1, 2019.

For inquiries and further information, contact the directors: Brittney Szempruch (; John Miller (

Cited Works
Cairns, F. 1972. Generic Composition in Greek and Roman Poetry. Edinburgh.
Conte, G. B. 1986. The Rhetoric of Imitation: Genre and Poetic Memory in Virgil and Other Latin Poets. Cornell.
Fowler, A. 1982. Kinds of Literature: An Introduction to the Theory of Genres and Modes. Harvard.
Nelis, D. 2004. “From Didactic to Epic: Georgics 2.458–3.48.” In Latin Epic and Didactic Poetry: Genre, Tradition and Individuality, ed. M. Gale. Swansea: 73-107.
Harrison, S. J. 2007. Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace. Oxford.
Kroll, W. 1924. “Die Kreuzung der Gattungen.” Studien zum Verständnis der römischen Literatur: 202–24.
Seider, A. M. 2016. “Genre, Gallus, and Goats: Expanding the Limits of Pastoral in Eclogues 6 and 10.” Vergilius 62: 3–23.


(CFP closed December 1, 2019)



Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020

All panels postponed due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021




Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany): June 15-16, 2020

Currently, the various fields of Classics are facing the question of how digital media can contribute to teaching and communicating content and methods concerning the research of ancient societies at universities as well as to a broader public. The congress Teaching Classics in the Digital Age aims at presenting a status-quo of digital approaches in teaching and at sharing best-practice examples by bringing together different projects and practitioners from Classical Archaeology, Greek and Latin Studies and Ancient History. Furthermore, it aims at starting a discussion about principles, problems and the future of teaching Classics in the 21st century within and beyond its single fields.

We consider the following as key questions:
- How can digital methods and research approaches be implemented in teaching at university level?
- Which technical possibilities are suitable for digital teaching and how can they be used successfully?
- What are the limitations of and obstacles for applying digital teaching methods in Classics?
- How can digital methods help us to reach out to teachers and students at primary and secondary schools as well as to the broader public?
- How can digital methods contribute to the dissemination of Classics as part of a lifelong education?

The congress will comprise paper presentations and a session with posters and hands-on project presentations. At present, we are still welcoming proposals in the fields of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and are particularly interested in collaborations between classicists and specialists in Digital Learning.

The congress Teaching Classics in the Digital Age will be organised as part of the Strategic Partnership “Ancient Cities” (ERASMUS+). The partnership is considering options to refund travel and accommodation costs for the participants. There will be no conference fee. The contributions will be published as part of an open-access conference proceedings.

Proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes and for posters/project presentations together with a short abstract of no more than 2000 characters and a short CV are welcomed by January 5th 2020.

Please submit by email to


Update May 2020: To be held online via Zoom. Free, please register:

(CFP closed January 5, 2020)



Virtual conference (Hosted by University of St Andrews)

To register, please email

The organisers hope that this will be of interest to many classicists, particularly those interested in neo-Latin and the reception of Greek and Roman drama.

Organising Committee:
Elena Spinelli (
Jon Gardner (


Thursday 11 June
10:30 Opening remarks
Panel 1 – Rome on Academic and Popular Stages
Jillian Luke (University of Edinburgh), “Friends, Romans, Crocodiles: Roman masculinity on the English stage”
Cristiano Ragni, (Università degli Studi di Torino), “‘Forsan quietos’: Religious Scepticism in William Gager’s and Christopher Marlowe’s Dido”

11:30 Break

12:00 Panel 2 – Greek Tragedy in the English Renaissance
Cressida Ryan (University of Oxford), “Christus Patiens as translation and performance”
Angelica Vedelago (Università degli Studi di Padova), “‘Pop’ Academia: The Cross- contamination Between Popular and Academic Drama in Thomas Watson’s Sophoclis Antigone”

13:00 Lunch

Perry Mills (The Edward’s Boys, Director), “Education, Youth and Nostalgia: Edward’s Boys Playing ‘Academically’”, with video excerpts from Dido Queen of Carthage (Marlowe), Wit and Science (Redford), Grobiana’s Nuptials (May), Summer’s Last Will and Testament (Nashe), and When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys (Carwood/Mills)

15:00 Break

15:30 Panel 3 – Performing the Academic, Performing the Popular
Daniel Blank (Harvard University), “Acting Like Professionals: Academic Drama in Parts”
Isabel Dollar (University of St Andrews), “Ovid for Sale – Changeable and Exchangeable Bodies in Bellamy’s Iphis & Lyly’s Gallathea”
Elizabeth Sandis (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, UoL), “Violas before and after Shakespeare: Cross-dressing drama in Italy and England”

17:00 Break

Professor Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), “Classical and Commercial Drama in Print in Sixteenth-Century England”
18:45 End of the first day

Friday 12 June

10:30 Panel 4 – The School of Drama: Didactic Values of Academic and Popular Plays
Orlagh Davies (University of St Andrews), “‘This comes of putting Girls to a Boarding- School’: female boarding schools on the seventeenth-century stage”
Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews), “Two Versions of Prodigality in Sixteenth- Century Academic Drama: Acolastus, The Pilgrimage to Parnassus, and Love’s Labour’s Lost”
Lorna Wallace (University of Stirling), “The Educative Value of Dramatic Spectacle in Joseph Simons’ Theoctistus (1624)”

12:00 Break

Professor Elisabeth Dutton (University of Fribourg), “Reflecting Narcissus: on filming an early modern student panto”. Screening of Narcissus (EDOX), followed by discussion with director Prof. Elisabeth Dutton.

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Panel 5 – Intersections of Popular and Academic Drama
Moira Donald (University of Exeter), “The chronology of cross-fertilisation. Coincidence or causality?”
Maddalena Repetto (Università degli Studi di Genova), “Inspiration and Imitation in Academic and Popular Drama: A Comparison between Nero and The Tragedy of Nero”
Harriet Archer (University of St Andrews), “Gorboduc on Fire: Pyropoetics and the Popular”

16:00 Break
Professor Sarah Knight (University of Leicester), “Turning your library to a wardrobe” 17:45 Closing Remarks
18:00 End




Online Multidisciplinary Congress - June 10-11, 2020

Organized under the auspices of the research group (PAI HUM-986) DIATRIBA: Philosophy, Rhetoric and Pedagogy in Greco-Roman Antiquity Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Granada

Organizers: Mónica Durán Mañas (University of Granada); Inmaculada Rodríguez Moreno (University of Cádiz); Borja Antela (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

We present the 1st International Congress of Ancient Medicine online with the title In the Shadow of Hippocrates. Health, Medicine in the Ancient World and its Survival in the West, which aims to offer a space of sharing research papers. Within the Western context, Ancient Greek medicine has notably influenced a number of disciplines: History, Art, Literature, Politics, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Didactics, Religion, Anthropology, etc. Although Hippocrates and Galen stand as the highest representatives of the medical art, other figures should also be mentioned due to their great contribution to its development. It is well known that Galen’s legacy lay the foundations of modern medicine. The importance and diffusion of his work can be glimpsed since medieval times, as evidencing the various translations of his treatises into different languages ​​–Syriac, Arabic, Latin, etc. In addition, studies, discussions, comments or corrections coming from different intellectual fields have spread the medical legacy. Therefore, the objective of this first online congress is aimed at opening a path of research on the survival of Ancient Greek medicine in the Western context from different fields –literary, historical, political, linguistic, philosophical, rhetorical, pedagogical, artistic, anthropological, among other disciplines– not only encompassing the figure of Hippocrates and Galen, but also those of Soranus, Aetius, Alexander of Tralles, etc., which take a relevant place in the history of Western medicine.

However, talking about medicine nowadays also means facing issues related to the everyday life, the intimate and the political. Public health, the management of the medical field, the relationship between medicine and power and many other facets also have a place in our proposal, that aims to fuel multidisciplinary discussions on Ancient Medicine and its survival in the West. In this sense, this first online congress, of a multidisciplinary nature, includes studies on any subject referring to Ancient Greek medicine in light of the Western context.

Each intervention will last about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian.

Proposals can be sent to any of the following e-mails:,, until May 15th extended deadline May 24th. Abstracts should be accompanied with a brief CV.

The organizers will try to answer the proposals as soon as they come, to allow participants to have time enough to prepare their talks. The final program will be available on the third week of May.


(CFP closed May 24, 2020)



Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel: June 10-11, 2020. New dates: 1-3 June, 2021

Note: 2020 conference postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. New dates: 1-3 June, 2021

The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies is pleased to announce its 49th annual conference to be held at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on Wed-Thurs, 10-11 JUNE 2020. Our keynote speaker in 2020 will be Professor Sheila Murnaghan, Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek, University of Pennsylvania.

The conference is the annual meeting of the society. Papers are welcome on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to history, philology, philosophy, literature, reception, papyrology, and archaeology of Greece and Rome,and neighboring lands. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes. The official languages of the conference are English and Hebrew.

Conference fee is $50. Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels. Registration forms with a list of prices will be sent to participants in due course.

All proposals should consist of a one page abstract (about 250-300 words). Proposals in Hebrew should also be accompanied by a one-page abstract in English to appear in the conference brochure.

Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence should be sent to Dr. Lisa Maurice, Secretary of the ISPCS, at

All proposals should reach the secretary by 19th DECEMBER, 2019.

Decisions will be made after the organizing committee has duly considered all the proposals. If a decision is required prior to early February, please indicate this in your letter and we will try to accommodate your needs.




University of Athens, Greece: June 8-9, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

We are delighted to announce a 2-day conference, organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the Australian Research Council and Macquarie University.

The conference will take place at the UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, 8-9 JUNE 2020.

We have collaborated with the ISNS conference organisers so to facilitate the participation of local and international delegates to both events, but please note that the two events are run independently. News about our conference can be found on

Our Approach: Taking start from our common interest in the Platonic tradition and its reception in later periods, our collaboration has to date yielded one edited volume (The Neoplatonists and their Heirs, Brill, 2020, ed. Ken Parry and E. Anagnostou-Laoutides), while a second one is anticipated to host select papers from the conference. We now wish to expand our network of co-thinkers and thus, we welcome papers on any aspect of Platonic reception, both in the Byzantine East and the Latin West, in philosophical, literary and/or theological texts.

Confirmed Speakers include (in alphabetical order):
-Prof Dirk Baltzly (University of Tasmania)
-Prof Kevin Corrigan (Emory University)
-Prof Lloyd Gerson (Toronto University)
-Prof Ilaria Ramelli (Durham University/ “Angelicum” University/ Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)

Please, send abstracts of circa 300 words to the conference organisers by 15th DECEMBER 2019. Accepted speakers will be notified by 15th January 2020.

Our emails are: Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (MQ) -; George Steiris (UoA) -; George Arabatzis (UoA) -


(CFP closed December 15, 2019)



Ardahan University, Turkey: June 3-5, 2020

Note: Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19

We are pleased to make a call for papers to II. Symposium on Mythology (Myths in the Ancient and Modern World), which will be held between 3-5 June 2020 in Ardahan University/Turkey.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Maria Vladimirovna Stanyukovich (Russian Academy of Science, Russia) Niels Gaul (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland) Jenny Butler (University College Cork, Ireland) Kaliya Kulalieva (Kyrgyz-Turkish University Manas) Tansu Açık (Ankara University, Turkey) Nimet Yıldırım (Atatürk University, Turkey) Halil Turan (Middle East Technical University, Turkey) Mustafa Demirci (Selçuk University, Turkey)

The topic of our Symposium is broadly the study of myths in various academic branches, such as archaeology, classics, history and philosophy. Although myths seem to be equated with superstitions, fantasies or false beliefs beginning probably from the early modern period, the studies in clinical psychology and philosophy during the so-called postmodern era disclosed that myths are ingrained in the very fabric of human psyche and social life. With a view to examining the reception of mythology in the contemporary world, our second symposium will focus on the literary and philosophical analysis of myths, the role of myths in nation-building and the interaction between cultures through myths.

Although we are a small university located in Ardahan–the most north-eastern city of Turkey bordering Georgia, as ambitious and driven young academicians we desire to advance our university’s competence in the fields of arts and humanities. Thus, we attach utmost importance to organize a successful and eye-opening symposium and believe that every paper on Classical Studies would immensely contribute to achieving our academic and professional goals.

Submission Details: Abstracts may be in English or Turkish (max. 300 words excluding references) and must include a short biographical note with name and affiliation. Submissions should be submitted online to by March 1st, 2020.

There is a registration fee of 100 USD which includes 3-day accommodation (2-5 June), transfer from/to airport, two lunches (3 and 4 June) and coffee-breaks.


(CFP closed March 1, 2020)



Submissions are invited for an edited volume on Women in Historical and Archaeological Video Games

Women make up half of all gamers and female participation in gaming increases with age. Yet the role of women in historical or archaeological video games has been significantly understudied. The proposed volume will address this gap in the field and provide a more comprehensive and more nuanced treatment of women in historical and archaeological video games than has so far been available.

Abstracts for proposed submissions are invited on topics such as:

• How are women portrayed in historical and/or archaeological video games?
• Why are they portrayed in these ways?
• Are these portrayals authentic and/or accurate? Does this authenticity/accuracy matter?
• What do female characters allow a video game to do that male ones don’t?
• What types of stories do historical or archaeological video games tell using their female characters?

Abstracts and any questions should be sent to Dr Jane Draycott by Friday 29th May 2020. For more detail on the volume’s aims and principles, and for a full timeline for submissions see below.

Call for Papers:

Women in Historical and Archaeological Video Games Edited Volume

Edited by Jane Draycott and Kate Cook

In 2018, Creative Assembly’s Total War: Rome II was updated to include playable female characters, and this update triggered a huge backlash and wave of review-bombing. Some players objected to the update on the grounds of historical inaccuracy, an objection that Creative Assembly. When challenged about what a certain section of the gaming community perceived to be ‘historical inaccuracy’, the company argued that the game was intended to be historically authentic, not historically accurate, and that, in any case, female generals would only spawn under certain very specific circumstances. Yet, as a number of ancient historians pointed out on social media, and a number of games journalists picked up and included in their coverage of the fracas, this in itself was historically inaccurate because there are numerous examples from ancient Graeco-Roman history of female involvement in martial activity, ranging all the way from the individual combatant to the general and/or admiral, examples which are not confined to mythology (e.g. the Amazons, the goddess Athena/Minerva etc.).

Women make up half of all gamers and female participation in gaming increases with age. With the notable exception of Christian Rollinger’s recently published Classical Antiquity in Video Games: Playing with the Ancient World (2020), to date video games have been understudied in Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology, and the role of women in these video games even more so. Consequently, the subject of women in historical and archaeological video games is an untapped resource, and the aim of this edited volume is to contribute both to Reception Studies, and to Video Game Studies, and provide a more comprehensive and more nuanced treatment of women in historical and archaeological video games than has so far been available. The volume will examine the following issues: How are women portrayed in historical and/or archaeological video games? Why are they portrayed in these ways? Are these portrayals authentic and/or accurate? Does this authenticity/accuracy matter? What do female characters allow a video game to do that male ones don’t? What types of stories do these video games tell using their female characters? The volume’s scope includes video games set in historical periods (e.g. the Assassin’s Creed franchise), video games that are not set in the past but incorporate aspects of historical or archaeological activity (e.g. the Tomb Raider franchise), and video games with fantasy or science fiction settings that include some aspect of classical reception. Additionally, the volume will contain case studies focused on individual female characters of all kinds, both playable and non-playable. Bloomsbury has already expressed an interest in publishing the volume as part of the Imagines: Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts series.

People interested in contributing to the volume are asked to submit a 500-word abstract and selective bibliography. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to submit a first draft which will be subjected to collective peer review by other contributors, with chapters disseminated between contributors for both individual and group discussion, and you will then revise it based on their recommendations. We are exploring the possibility of organising a workshop to discuss submissions that takes place entirely online. All initial communication will take place online over email and/or via Skype, Zoom or an equivalent platform.

While the scope of the edited volume will be focused primarily upon Graeco-Roman antiquity, there are no firm chronological or geographical parameters in place, and diverse approaches to the material (e.g. interdisciplinary approaches; multidisciplinary approaches; the incorporation of gender studies, queer studies, disability studies etc.) are welcome and encouraged. Early career researchers (including PhD students) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Timetable: Given the current circumstances, requests for alternative deadlines or schedules during the writing period will be considered very sympathetically.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Friday 29th May 2020.
Applicants informed of outcome: Friday 19th June 2020.
Deadline for submission of first draft chapters: Friday 28th August 2020.
Peer reviewed chapters returned to contributors with feedback and recommendations for revisions: Autumn/Winter 2020.
Deadline for submission of revised chapters: Spring/Summer 2021.
The volume will then be submitted to Bloomsbury.

Contact: For more information, or to submit an abstract, please email Dr Jane Draycott at the University of Glasgow at


(CFP closed May 29, 2020)



KU Leuven, Belgium: 27-29 May 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

On 27-29 May 2020, the research units History of Church and Theology and Literary Studies: Latin Literature of KU Leuven will organize, in collaboration with the C1-project Magnum opus et arduum: Towards a History of the Reception of Augustine’s De civitate Dei and the ERC-project Patristic Sermons in the Middle Ages: The Dissemination, Manipulation, and Interpretation of Late-Antique Sermons in the medieval Latin West, based at Radboud University Nijmegen, the fourth edition of Ministerium Sermonis.

This conference will bring together scholars who have recently made important contributions to the study of Augustine’s sermons. It is a sequel to the series of Ministerium Sermonis- conferences organised in Leuven-Turnhout (May 30-31, 2008), Rome (September 15-17, 2011) and Malta (April 08-10, 2015), the proceedings of which have been published in the series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 53, 65 & 75 (Turnhout: Brepols 2009, 2012, 2017). The following survey offers some possible topics, but does not intend to exclude alternative issues or approaches:

(1) The transmission and reception of Augustine’s sermons
(2) Augustine’s argumentation (doctrine, exegesis and rhetoric)
(3) Political doctrine(s) and praxis in Latin Patristic sermons

Committed keynote speakers and respondents include: Isabelle Bochet, Johannes Brachtendorf, James Patout Burns, Gillian Clarke, Jérémy Delmulle, Max Diesenberger, François Dolbeau, Marie Pauliat, Els Rose, Clemens Weidmann.

If you would like to deliver a lecture during this conference, please send the provisional title, abstract (max. 500 words) and a concise CV (max. 500 words) before 31 May 2019, to Shari Boodts at

We will let you know whether your paper is included by 1 July 2019. All participants are kindly invited to announce the definitive title of their lecture and a short abstract before 31 December 2019. Lectures should be approx. 20 minutes long, followed by a general discussion of 10 minutes. The organizing committee has the intention of publishing the contributions to the conference as quickly as possible in the international series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, published by Brepols Publishers.

The colloquium will take place in Leuven at the historical location of the Dutch College (Hollands College), where Cornelius Jansenius served as first president, and the historical Park Abbey, where Erasmus discovered Lorenzo Valla’s New Testament Notes. More practical information will follow when your abstract is accepted.

The full Call for Papers may be found here:

(CFP closed May 31, 2019)



Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Wake Forest University Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy): May 21-24, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

FemClas 2020, the eighth quadrennial conference of its kind, takes place on May 21–24, 2020, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the invitation of the Wake Forest University Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy. The conference theme is "body/language," broadly construed, and papers on all topics related to feminism, Classics, Philosophy, and related themes are welcome.

This conference focuses on the use of the body and/or language to gain, lose, contest, or express power and agency in the ancient Mediterranean world. Bodies and words, at both the physical and the conceptual levels, can exert disproportionate, oppositional, or complementary forces. Both have the power to transform their surrounding environments significantly. Yet there is a problematic dichotomy between body/physicality and language/reason, a problem long noted by philosophers, literary theorists, and social historians. FemClas 2020 seeks to contest, blur, and even eradicate these boundaries through papers, panels, and other programming that promotes interdisciplinary exploration of the ancient world.

We invite contributions that use the lens of bodies, languages, or their intersections to address any aspect of the ancient world, modern encounters with ancient cultures, or the academic practices of Classics, Philosophy, and related fields. Participants might explore how voices engender movement(s) and transform bodies, or how movement(s) in turn can stimulate recognition of unheard or otherwise suppressed voices and lead to change. These can be voices and movements within the ancient world, within the university, or within our modern disciplines. The study of agency, expressed through the problematic body/language dichotomy, addresses critical questions not only in scholarly work but also in the governance, makeup, and power dynamics of our fields, currently and historically. Now, perhaps more than ever, is a critical time for us to consider ourselves as students of bodies past and present, as embodied scholars, and to interrogate the repercussions of body normativity -- from race and gender to neurodiversity, dis/ability, and body types -- on our work and our profession.

All submissions are due September 1, 2019. FemClas 2020 welcomes individual papers, organized panels, workshops, roundtables, posters, author-meets-critic sessions, and other, innovative forms of programming. We encourage submissions from the widest possible range of perspectives, addressing all areas of the ancient world and its legacies. We also welcome proposals especially from related interest groups (such as Mountaintop, Eos Africana, the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus, MRECC, Classics & Social Justice, the Lambda Classical Caucus, the Women's Classical Caucus, and EuGeSta) and from allied disciplines (e.g., English, comparative literature, media studies, environmental humanities, animal studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies).

Proposals should aim for an abstract of approximately 300 words (not counting works cited), and should be anonymous where possible.

To submit a proposal for an individual paper or poster, visit:

To submit a proposal for any other type of session, visit:

We are enthusiastic about developing a program that will work toward making our intellectual community more welcoming and accessible to all. For this reason, we invite with special emphasis proposals for workshops, roundtables, and the like (creative formats welcome!) that will offer practical training about e.g. implicit bias, sexual harassment, racism, accessibility, developing diversity statements, and so forth.

The organizers (T. H. M. Gellar-Goad and Emily Austin) and the Program Committee of FemClas 2020 are committed to an inclusive, welcoming, and accommodating conference. Submissions from graduate students, contingent and underemployed faculty, and independent scholars are especially welcome. Submissions from undergraduate students are also welcome and will be considered separately for a dedicated panel. We will be able to provide reduced conference fees and some travel assistance for attendance by participants who cannot obtain institutional support.

As part of submission, registration, and attendance at the conference, we will ask you to agree to our conference Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy, which prohibits harassment and discrimination of any kind. A trained, experienced Anti-Harassment Administrator who is not a member of the discipline will receive and address or refer complaints about harassment and violations of the code of conduct. The Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy is available here:

FemClas 2020 will take place partially on the downtown campus of Wake Forest University and partially at a nearby hotel. Each site is fully accessible for all forms of mobility. At each site there will be all-gender bathrooms, a lactation room, a quiet room, and on-site childcare (which we hope to offer at no extra cost).

Some states prohibit using state funds to travel to North Carolina, despite the partial repeal of NC HB-2. Wake Forest University, as a private institution, is not subject to NC state legislative regulations of public universities, and Wake Forest has a non-discrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression:

Please contact T. H. M. Gellar-Goad at with questions.


(CFP closed September 1, 2019)



University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland: May 20, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

For decades, we have been fed scientific and popcultural stories of the “we use only 10% of our brain capacity” sort. Recently, a set of new truths has been granted to us. For instance, in his 2014 popscience book Hirnrissig [Harebrained], the neurobiologist Henning Beck debunks 20 of the most widespread neuromyths, including the ubiquitous misconception that our brains work like superfast computers with limitless capacity and the idea that you can train your brain as if it were a muscle. Although these revelations of his are not new to people whose data consumption revolves around topics of trivia, anecdotes and scientific myths, others may appear indeed surprising. Bearing in mind the popularity of the theory that mirror neurons govern our behaviour, it is rather surprising to read that the scientists involved have merely put forward some preliminary observations on the basis of experiments conducted on monkey brains; and that it is far too early to create parallels and explain complex human behaviours through mirror neurons theories.

Since Beck’s revelations are in no way exclusive, they support – along with many other recent discoveries – the view that there is a larger trend or predilection we, collectively, are guilty of: we take an interesting kernel of truth, a piece of trivia encountered by accident, and we run with it, creating and spreading wild theories, without so much as checking the source. Science and popculture are particularly susceptible to these kinds of interpretation: when presented to a nonspecialist audience, a fact is filtered through relatable analogies and helpful metaphors which nonetheless simplify and dilute it. As a result, noble efforts at popularising science also open facts to abuse. As history teaches us, it takes only one unsubstantiated study to create a movement of people who distrust the scientific consensus so much that they will not vaccinate their children.

Thus, the paradox that haunts popculturally disseminated knowledge in the age of Instagram is that, to reach many, popcultural scientists often promote simplistic versions of complex phenomena and thus discourage time-consuming in-depth analyses, to the detriment of both the addressees and sciences themselves. However, as an important intellectual commodity whose influence on our everyday life is difficult to exaggerate, science disseminated in the popcultural form should not be disregarded. Not only is it an immensely popular phenomenon but, what is perhaps more important, it shapes the trajectory of how we see and how we will see the value of scientific knowledge in the future.

Having this in mind, we invite scholars of various fields to present their take on the popcultural life of science: examples, consequences and side effects of popularisation of scientific knowledge through weird tales, strange fictions and stories of wonder. Among the specific themes that might be covered in ten-minute long presentations are the following (the list is by no means exhaustive):

• popcultural representations of science and scientists
• scientification of popculture versus “popculturing” of science – mechanisms, processes, consequences and side effects
• relationships between scientific and popcultural discourses
• how to “science” in the age of Instagram – popularity, money and responsibility
• tale of science or tale of wonder?
• “get fact” – science in the service of clicks
• popcultural narratives of scientific problems – scientific facts or myths
• mythbusting – demystifying and remystifying science in popculture
• popculture as new mythology of science
• mythos, pathos and logos in the stories of science
• funification of science
• popcultural functions of science
• popculture as science/science as popculture
• popcultural contributions to science

We welcome scholars from various academic fields to submit their proposals by 20 January 2020. Abstracts (no more than 150 words) in English should be registered online at . Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 25 January 2020. Further deadline and editorial details on submitting texts prior to the seminar will follow.

The seminar is intended as a workshop and speakers are to submit their papers beforehand. During the seminar, each speaker briefly summarises the main points of their work, afterwards, all the participants are invited to take part in a discussion. The seminar fee is 250 PLN for participants from Poland and 60 EUR for international participants, and it includes a meal, coffee breaks and seminar materials. A selection of papers will appear in a Web of Science indexed journal and/or in a post-seminar monograph issued by a prestigious publisher.

Organizers: Justyna Jajszczok & Alicja Bemben

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(CFP closed January 20, 2020)



Abstract deadline: May 15, 2020

Climate change looms over everyone – evidence of this apparent catastrophe surrounds us. It is in our news media, part of our daily conversations, and, most of all, on our minds. One of the primary spatial theatres of disaster over which the modern environmental discourse orients itself is, of course, the sea: rising sea levels, turbulent weather, a marked increase in storms (both in volume and severity), and fundamental changes in marine nature which threaten both our commerce at sea and life along the coasts. Now more than ever the sea seems to have become humanity’s principal antagonist. And yet for much of the late nineteenth and twentieth century the sea has also existed as a site of utopic potential – whether of hope, of longing, or even of escape from continental strife. From the imagined underwater city in Jules Verne’s early science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastical ‘Atlantan’ Eden of Númenor (circa 1930-1950) to the post-apocalyptic landscape of Waterworld (1995), the sea has invoked utopic potential upon the modern imagination.

In most ancient-world cultures the sea represents a similar paradox. It constitutes a way of life, an open road of potential exploration and adventure, and even the discovery of utopia (in different respects), but it also represents an untameable, unknowable, and ultimately intimidating site of natural disaster and death. The aim of this volume is to explore and interpret narratives of sea utopias and/or sea catastrophe (or balanced imaginations between these two imagined extremes) both in ancient narratives, from Rome to Greece to the Near East and perhaps beyond, and in modern narratives from popular fiction and culture, with the broader goal of discussing, comparing, and contrasting the modern responses with the ancient.

Studies both of ancient narratives and of the interplay between modern and ancient narratives are welcome. Merely as a loose guideline, we suggest proposals on such topics as:

- Sea narratives and their relationship with human emotion
- Rewriting ancient sea narratives from a modern perspective (historical literary fiction, film, television, videogames)
- Maritime adventure and prosperity vs. the sea as host for monsters, shipwrecks, unpredictability, unknowability, and mystery
- Archetypes of the sea and ocean as spheres of chaos and catastrophe
- The interplay between catastrophic and utopic thought in sea disasters and sea stories
- Revising the novelty of modern climate change rhetoric/narrative tropes

If you are interested in contributing towards this edited volume, please submit an abstract of 400 words (minimum) as well as a short publication history (ca. 100-200 words) by May 15 to either of the follow two email addresses:

Ross Clare (University of Liverpool):;
Hamish Williams (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena):

It is important to note that these abstracts will be externally peer reviewed.

Further digital outputs of the project. We are keen to explore digital outputs for this publication, in collaboration with Liverpool University Press. Such outputs will include short informational/lecture videos on the essay topics, aimed at both an academic and a popular viewership as well as the possibility of a digital workshop, during which ‘collaborative peer-reviewing’ will be undertaken. We will provide you with further information on these events and other details as we proceed along the publication schedule.


(CFP closed May 15, 2020)



Mucem (Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée), Marseille, France: May 15, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Programme de la journée

9h30 | Accueil des participants

10h | Conférence introductive: Fabien Bièvre-Perrin (IRAA), Tiphaine-Annabelle Besnard (LESA), Vincent Chollier (HiSoMA), Frédéric Mougenot (MUCEM)

11h | L’Égypte antique fantasmée : orientalisme et anachronismes
Jean-Claude Golvin (CNRS), Manon Renault (Journaliste indépendante), Arnaud Quertinmont (Musée royal de Mariemont). Modérateur : Vincent Chollier (HiSoMA)
Les intervenants sont invités à analyser la façon dont l’imaginaire contemporain de l’Égypte antique s’est construit et à se pencher sur les idéologies auxquelles il participe. Il sera notamment question de voir comment la culture populaire alimente et recrée un fantasme orientaliste et anachronique de l’Antiquité pharaonique.

12h00 | Pause

13h30 | Projection d’extraits commentée
La présence de l’Antiquité égyptienne dans la culture contemporaine est diverse et tous les domaines sont concernés : cinéma, séries, publicité, architecture, mode, jeu vidéo, littérature, bande dessinée… Cette projection d’extraits commentée en révélera les nombreuses formes et fonctions.

14h | Le retour de la momie : le corps égyptien antique comme incarnation des inquiétudes modernes
Filippo Carlà (Universität Potsdam), Hélène Virenque (BNF), Nolwenn Corriou (PRISMES). Modération : Tiphaine Annabelle Besnard (LESA)
Au début du XXe siècle, l’imaginaire de l’Égypte antique se transforme avec la découverte de la tombe de Toutânkhamon et les fouilles d’Amarna. La peur de la malédiction des pharaons nourrit le fantasme des momies revenant à la vie… les images du mobilier archéologique de la tombe ainsi que celui découvert à Amarna influencent l’iconographie populaire. Entre exotisme, xénophobie et puissance, le corps égyptien se fait la métaphore du monde moderne. Un siècle plus tard, sommes-nous sortis de cet imaginaire occidental ?

15h30 | Politisation du passé égyptien : nationalisme, panafricanisme, féminisme
Elvan Zabunyan (Histoire et Critique des Arts), Richard Jacquemond (Iremam), Fabien Bièvre-Perrin (IRAA) Modération : Frédéric Mougenot (MUCEM)
Le passé pharaonique constitue un important socle du discours politique, en Égypte comme ailleurs. Mis au service d’intérêts divergents et parfois incompatibles, on le retrouve notamment dans des discours nationalistes, panafricanistes ou féministes faisant notamment émerger ces dernières années une icône polysémique : Néfertiti.

16h45 | Pause

17h15 | Conclusions

17h30 | Présentation et visite de l’exposition Pharaons superstars
Visite de l’exposition Pharaons Superstars par Frédéric Mougenot, conservateur au Mucem et commissaire de l’exposition (voir condition d’accès ci-après).

Informations pratiques: Rendez-vous le 15 mai 2020 à partir de 9h30 au Mucem – Fort Saint Jean (entrée par le 201 quai du Port, 13002 Marseille).

Entrée gratuite dans la limite des places disponibles et sur inscription obligatoire à

Visite de l’exposition réservée aux participants à la journée. La demande nominative doit être formulée au moment de l’inscription. En raison d’un nombre limité de place, une confirmation sera envoyée aux inscrits.

Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur le site du Mucem (

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Campus of the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia), HCC 136: NEW DATE - May 15, 2020 (rescheduled from March 27)

Organizers: Hannah Çulik-Baird (Boston University) and Joseph Romero (University of Mary Washington)

One of the great benefits of the shift from a pedagogue-centered to a student-aware or student-centered classroom is that we listen more attentively to how our students experience the content of what we read. A decided strength of Classical Studies is the simultaneous proximity and distance—temporally, geographically, ideologically—of the ancient Greek and Roman world. That distance is felt more keenly when potentially difficult subjects (res difficiles) in our readings—domination, inequity, violence both sexual and otherwise—present themselves for inspection. Often the underlying source of the dissonance or disconnect is the distance in our perceptions of social justice.

In a conference held on the campus of the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia), we examine the challenges presented by this curriculum with students who are increasingly more diverse in gender identity, race, ethnicity, income, family structure, and more. And while the society of our conference will examine pedagogical issues, we hope also to dilate outward to broader issues in education and society from (a) the current and future roles of Classics and the humanities in K-12 and higher education to (b) the ultimate goals of education.

Our keynote speaker will be Dani Bostick who teaches Latin in Winchester, VA, and who has garnered a national reputation as a writer, teacher, and advocate for victims of sexual violence. Learn more at

See Registration information below (Zoom). We hope the conference will be attended by as many as possible in person, but a number (limited only by our subscription capacity), will be able to attend electronically.

Abstracts of 350 words should be sent electronically to Joseph Romero ( by November 1, 2019 February 28, 2020.

Papers will be 30 minutes long with coordinated discussion at the end of each session. Any questions regarding abstract submission may be addressed to Professor Romero or Professor Çulik-Baird ( For more information see the conference website.

Zoom registration:


(CFP closed November 1, 2019 February 28, 2020.)



Rimini, Italy (Museo della Città, Sala del Giudizio and Palazzo Buonadrata): May 14-16, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

By the middle of the fifteenth century Rimini had become a major center of Italian humanism. The cultural patronage of the famous condottiere Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417–1468), attracted numerous artists, writers, and scholars, who came to the city and created works for which Rimini is still widely known today. In spite of recently intensified research on this topic, various questions about the philosophical, literary and artistic output of this circle remain open. In particular, the historiography of Rimini itself leaves considerable room for new exploration, and this despite recent work on the architecture and pictural arts of the quattrocento city. In the philosophical and literary sphere, for example, the Aristotelian-Platonic milieu around Sigismondo has not yet received in depth study, and Valturio’s imaginative tract De Re Militari still awaits a modern edition or commentary.

One of the authors who has received attention, and whose profile underlines the importance of the Renaissance in Rimini is the poet Basinio da Parma. Basinio was a prolific author in many literary genres: His mythological poem Meleagris provides a modernised version of the Calydonian pigsticking; his didactic poem Astronomica studies the stars and the zodiac; while the Liber Isottaeus is an epistolary novel in elegiac couplets about the love between Sigismondo and Isotta degli Atti.

An ongoing project at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck (Austria), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), is currently working towards a digital edition of his epic poem Hesperis, along with with a commentary and English translation. This poem was Basinio’s masterpiece and can only be understood against the wider backdrop of humanism in fifteenth century Northern Italy, and Rimini in particular. Not only do considerable historical and biographical details appear in the poem, the piece also reflects and discusses the most important cultural and literary debates of its time: philosophy, philology and education, art history and architecture etc.

The conference L’amore, le armi, le stelle intends to contextualize Basinio’s works and those of other humanists and artists within a broader framework. We invite interested speakers to propose conference papers of approx. 30 minutes with a focus on one of the following suggested (by no means exclusive) topics:

* The historiography of the Malatestian court and its interaction with contemporary cultural dynamics, more specifically with Basinio;

* The literary culture of Rimini: inter- and intratextuality in Basinio’s oeuvre, its narrative strategies and links with the vernacular tradition;

* The sculptural and pictorial arts, architecture of the Renaissance city, and manuscript illuminations within the wider context of northern Italian scriptoria;

* Philosophical trends in Rimini and northern Italy;

* Greek influences and the reflection of knowledge of this language, especially in Basinio’s Hesperis;

* Intermediality in Basinio’s Hesperis as a reflection of Rimini’s artistic and architectural culture;

* The reception of Basinio in his time and later periods;

* ...

Key note speaker: John Monfasani (University at Albany, State University of New York)

Proposals (max. 250 words) are welcome before 4th November 2019.

Languages: English, Italian

Travel and hotel costs will be covered for all speakers.

We plan to publish the papers after the conference in a peer-reviewed volume.

For any questions contact:
Anna Chisena:
Simon Smets:
Florian Schaffenrath:


(CFP closed November 4, 2019)



Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands): May 14, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Organisers: Gavin Kelly, Marc van der Poel, Daniëlle Slootjes, Joop van Waarden (Radboud University and University of Edinburgh jointly)

Due out in March 2020, the Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris, edited by Gavin Kelly and Joop van Waarden, assembles the latest international scholarship on Sidonius Apollinaris. This conference is set to explore the future of the study of Sidonius and his times "beyond the Companion".

Speakers will include Lucy Grig (Edinburgh) on popular culture, Caroline Michel d'Annoville (Paris) on Vaison-la-Romaine, Daniëlle Slootjes (Nijmegen) on dioceses in Gaul, and more to be invited. A distinct part of the day is a series of pitches presenting current or future work on the subject. PhD students and early career scholars are particularly (but certainly not exclusively) invited to come forward with their research (contact Joop van Waarden).

Contact: Joop van Waarden,

Check the Sidonius website for updates on the programme and on registering for the day.




University of Liège, Belgium: May 5, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

As part of the 2019-2020 edition of the interuniversity doctoral Seminar Synoikismos, the committee is organising a thematic conference on May 5, 2020 at the University of Liège. This year, the theme will be the technological progress in the study of ancient worlds. For this occasion, we have the pleasure to invite PhD students and young researchers of Belgian or foreign universities whose research topic is related to this subject to present their project.

The topic will be addressed from two perspectives:

1. History of technological innovations and the methodological impact on our disciplines
“Exegi monumentum aere perennius”, wrote Horace. This line seems to foreshadow the long-lasting interest of humanity for the ancient world. Studies on the ancient world, which have developed over the centuries, owe their vitality to the evolution of their methods, which adapt to the spirit of each era. But to what extent has our perception of the classical period evolved with the methods and techniques used to reconstruct its image? First of all, we would like to reflect on the impact of technological progress on the study of our fields: from the invention of the printing press to digital editions, from plaster casting to 3D reconstructions, each step of this technological evolution has helped to clarify, improve or even change the representation of the past. More generally, cultural protagonists of each era have tried to interpret the traces left by ancient civilisations and to modernise them for various purposes into a message understandable by their contemporaries. The study of these cultural operations, that took place from antiquity until the present day, is the core element of Reception Studies. Therefore we also wish to consider the way each era has looked at antiquity: how did it influence the study of ancient worlds? Can research achieve ‘objectivity’? What has been done in the past and what is the trend today?

2. Digital era: the tools of tomorrow in Classical and Oriental Studies
Since the ‘50s, computing has constantly evolved and reached always more areas of human activity. Research on ancient civilisations is no exception, having always relied on new technologies for improvement. Nowadays, in 2020, there probably isn’t any research project left which isn’t based, directly or indirectly, on the use of digital tools. These are as numerous as the many fields of Classical and Oriental Studies: XML and the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative for encoding texts in a digital format (e.g. A collection of Greek Ritual Norms – CGRN project at ULiège), 3D modeling and visualisation softwares for digital photogrammetry of archaeological items (e.g. Warriors on the Periphery project at ULB), online databases collecting texts, people or places of the ancient world (e. g. Trismegistos project at KU Leuven) or statistical and quantitative methods for analysing languages (e.g. Laboratoire d’Analyse Statistique des Langues Anciennes – LASLA at ULiège). Yet, digital tools are still poorly known by researchers of our disciplines and might scare them to some degree, since they haven’t been trained for these skills. Which are the digital tools of tomorrow? In which areas of Classical and Oriental Studies are they used? How can we use and include them in a research project?

We would like to address these two aspects of the topic in two different ways: on the one side by discussing the impact of these tools on our research methods, on the other by exploring some of them through practical application. For this reason, there will be both oral presentations and workshops during the conference, according to the proposals we will receive.

Every PhD student who is interested (at any stage of his research) is kindly invited to submit an abstract of the subject he wishes to present (250 words max.), specifying whether he prefers to do an oral presentation and/or a practical demonstration of a tool, as well as a short biography (150 words max.) to the Synoikismos Seminar ( for December 31, 2019 at the latest. Each talk (in French or in English) will last up to 30 minutes and will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Further information on the organisation of the workshops will be provided later on.


(CFP closed December 31, 2019)



(Call for chapter abstracts: due May 1, 2020)

Vergil’s Aeneid is, of course, a longtime standard of the liberal arts curriculum. However, it has seen revived interest outside the academy. Since 2017, Vergil’s epic has featured in articles in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. All three articles argue that the Aeneid speaks as much to modernity as it does to antiquity. Mendelsohn’s New Yorker piece put it best, writing, "Aeneas [is] . . . a survivor, a person so fractured by the horrors of the past that he can hold himself together only by an unnatural effort of will, someone who has so little of his history left that the only thing that gets him through the present is a numbed sense of duty to a barely discernible future that can justify every kind of deprivation. It would be hard to think of a more modern figure. Or, indeed, a more modern story."

Nearly every review of various recent translations provides an impassioned reaffirmation of the epic’s contemporary relevance. However, scholarly practice has trailed behind scholarly rhetoric in this regard. For example, in demonstrating the modern importance of Vergil’s classic, a number of reviews from the late 2000s briefly stress the similarities between Vergil and Kipling’s views of empire. As the government sanctioned poets of global empires, one might expect to find thorough comparisons between Kipling and Vergil in the literature. Remarkably, one would find several articles devoted to historical inquiry into the quality of Kipling’s classical education, but none directly considering the relationship between those classics and his own writing.

The gap between the general claims of the Aeneid’s relevance and a rigorous working out of the details is initially startling. After all, the Aeneid hardly lacks for excellent scholarship and commentary. However, upon reflection the lacuna is unsurprising. Scholarship on the Aeneid typically comes from classicists focused on the text’s language and poetics, and its historical and cultural contexts. It is treated as an explicitly Roman cultural artifact. Since classicists are in part historians, a natural direction to expand their work on the Aeneid is to consider its reception in other historical epochs. This is precisely what we see in, e.g., Hardie’s impressive work in cataloging centuries worth of use and misuse of the epic, and Farrell and Putnam’s discussion of modern criticism of and response to the Aeneid . However, these historical methods, as important and useful as they are, won’t suffice to examine the modern significance of the text. That requires a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach.

We propose a volume of essays from a diverse group of scholars and artists that represents a multidisciplinary, multicultural redeployment of the Aeneid. We do not propose examining the Aeneid as a decidedly Roman text. Nor do we propose an examination of a cultural artifact. Rather, we seek to present a volume that deploys the Aeneid anew, one that not only reflects the Aeneid’s status as a ‘modern story’ (Mendelsohn, loc. cit.), but one that inserts the Aeneid into contemporary discourse. We understand ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ rather broadly—essays need not be limited strictly to the new millennium. Papers that address, for example, the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge, or the Rwandan genocide, would certainly be welcome.

We invite submissions that engage with the aforementioned issues or related ones regarding the Aeneid, including the following:

Artistic and cultural appropriation and reclamation, especially from a post-colonial perspective;
Using the Aeneid to explore constructions of gender;
Representations of trauma and its effects;
The Aeneid as therapy;
The Aeneid and modern commemorations;
The representation/literature/philosophy/theorizing of immigrants, immigration, refugees, cosmopolitanism, and global justice;
Race and ethnicity in the Aeneid;
Using the Aeneid to negotiate difference;
How the Aeneid complicates, or enriches modern (broadly construed) texts, art works, etc. (such as an analysis of the Aeneid and other later artworks of empire);
The Aeneid as symbol and its function as a mine for cultural signposts, etc.;
The Aeneid and pedagogy;
The Aeneid in the public and/or digital humanities.

Final papers should run between 4,000–6,000 words (inclusive of endnotes and works cited) and be formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition). Cite and abbreviate ancient texts according to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd Edition). Revisions may be requested as a condition of acceptance. Please send all queries to the editors (Joseph R. O’Neill and Adam Rigoni) at

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 500 words, along with a select bibliography of at least ten sources, and an author bio of approximately 250 words to the editors at by May 1, 2020.


(CFP closed May 1, 2020)



Durham University, UK: April 20-22, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 (no information found)

The title of this conference acknowledges the dual nature of our relationship with objects and sites. We sustain them in a number of ways that include, but are not limited to, how we conceive of and think about them, how we preserve and maintain them and how we fund them, but at the same time they sustain “us” by enabling identities to be asserted and maintained and by contributing to wellbeing. The conference title also asks the question whether the models and practices (economic, intellectual and technological) that have served us in the past continue to work in the 21st century. Over the past 50 years there has been a tremendous expansion in what we identify as cultural heritage as well as the number of museums and sites dedicated to preserving and exhibiting it. Additionally, stresses, such as climate change, rising number of tourists, population growth, as well as governmental and educational priorities in many countries raise questions about whether we can truly preserve everything of significance. For many conservators and heritage professionals, public engagement and “impact” have become key metrics in assessing both the feasibility and the success of projects. But this raises questions about how sustainable these efforts are. Are we really winning the hearts and minds of the public and impacting approaches to public funding or are we providing momentary diversions? Who benefits from engagement and how much? How do we assess whether the outcomes were truly successful or merely popular?

Emerging technologies such as digital preservation, predictive modelling and crowd funding offer new tools and new challenges for both planning and preservation. In a year that has seen vast sums of money pledged for the restoration of Notre Dame in Paris, before even an assessment of the damage or needs had been completed, and has also been marked by dissension about how and when the funds should be made available to that project and how funds are allocated to other preservation projects, it is important to consider how patronage may be shaped in the years ahead and whether traditional approaches to working must be changed to accommodate them.

We invite papers that critically analyze the economics of conserving and/or preserving cultural heritage, that examine whether outreach and “impact” do produce sustainable results and how we monitor and nurture those results. We also invite papers that deal with the role that any of the following topics play in sustaining objects:
· Marketing and funding
· Sustainability
· Advocacy and Outreach
· Interpretation
· Belief and Culture
· Wellness
· Climate change

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr. Emily Williams by 5pm December 15th 2019. Paper selection will be completed by Jan 15th and authors notified then.


(CFP closed December 15, 2019)



Online congress: April 20-21, 2020 (from Barcelona, Spain)

Ancient World usually appears in our sources as a world of fantasy. Myth, magic and prodigies are common in historical and scientifical accounts in ancient historians' works. Despite the distance in the perception of reality and the cultural borders between us and ancient people, and even between beliefs and reason, this ancient fantasy surpasses the mind and words from the sources to the scholarly tradition, and we can also find explanations that include both fantasy and illusion in Modern Historiography about Antiquity.

In these stranger days of us, let us invite you to work and discuss this wide topic of fantasy and historiography, including Contemporary Reception of the Ancient World, with the aim of linking us with things that make us feel alive, as it is research.

Among many other possibilities, some topics can be:
- Fantasy and historical explanations in Ancient Sources.
- Fictional History in Ancient Historiography.
- Fantastic events and Modern Scholarship.
- Ancient Fantastic events in Modern Historians' Works and explanations.
- Reception, Fantasy and the Ancient World.

As far as we are now confined, and our aim is to keep working, linked, safely enjoying life and research, we offer a very short time, to develop the Congress during the actual situation.

The Conference will be held through Zoom. More details will be offered when a final schedule and a definitive list of participants have been finished.

So, anyone interested can send us proposals for papers about the above-mentioned topics (or proposals about any other kind of research related to the main theme of the Congress).

Proposals can be sent to until April 6th. The organizers will try to answer the proposals as soon as they come, to allow participants to have time enough to prepare their talks.

The time for each participant in the Congress will be around 20/25 minutes, with online discussion for every paper.

The Congress accepts proposals in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

After the Congress, a selection of the papers will be published (probably in a Pressing House in Spain, but it will depend on the papers we finally have, and their languages).

- Marc Mendoza (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
- Borja Antela-Bernárdez (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Edit 19/4/2020. Program:


9:45-10:00: Opening remarks

Session 1
10:00-10:30: Guendalina D. M. Taietti (University of Guangzhou): The Oath of Alexander: ancient fiction and modern political discourse
10:30-11:00: Mónica Durán Mañas (Universidad de Granada): La fantasía de la alteridad. Del mito griego a la historia actual
11:00-11:30: Marika Strano (Independent Researcher): Tracce del perturbante nel Satyricon di Petronio e nelle Metamorfosi di Apuleio
11:30-12:00: Daniela Dantas (Centre for History of the University of Lisbon): The Sons of the Harpy, descendants of Ancient Myth? The symbolism of Harpies, from Ancient Mythology to Game of Thrones


Session 2 17:00-17:30: Ronald Blankenborg (Radboud University Nijmegen): On stranger tides: fictional geography in ancient historiography
17:30-18:00: Thomas Alexander Husøy (Swansea University): Xenophon, Callisthenes and Diodorus- the importance of the omens at Leuctra
18:00-18:30: José Luis Aledo (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): Los presagios de los Diádocos. Bestias, Coronas y abandonos.
18:30-19:00: Borja Antela-Bernárdez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Odysseus Sertorius



Session 3 10:00-10:30: Jurgen R. Gatt (Università ta’ Malta): Confronting Miracles: The Mysterious Case of the Talking Birds
10:30-11:00: Mariachiara Angelucci (University of Eichstätt): Il meraviglioso e l’insolito nei frammenti di Polemone di Ilio
11:00-11:30: Marine Glénisson (Sorbonne Université): Great men are strange men: fantastic details in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives.
11:30-12:00: Alfonso Álvarez-Ossorio Rivas (Universidad de Sevilla): Distopía dentro de la fantasía: Los bárbaros salvadores del imperio decadente o un final diferente para el mundo antiguo


Session 4 17:00-17:30: Julia Guantes García (Universidad de Oviedo): Armas de mujer: Guerreras de la Antigüedad en el cine
17:30-18:00: Sabrina Colabella (Independent Researcher): Hunger Games: Katniss, Artemide e l’apparente incoerenza del modello archetipico
18:00-18:30: Anthony Keen (University of Notre Dame): ‘The kidnapping was pretty mutual’: Reworking the Persephone Myth in Epicurus the Sage
18:30-19:00: Amanda Potter (Open University): Save the Monster, Save the World: Living in Harmony with Monsters in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke and Monstress.
Concluding Remarks



(CFP closed April 6, 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:

Update 14/2/2020: Registration - - & Program

(CFP closed August 31, 2019)



University of Tübingen, Germany: April 16-17, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

In the 19th century, developments in the study and collection of coins set the cornerstone for modern numismatics: major steps included the foundation of learned societies (e.g. Royal Numismatic Society in 1836, Numismatische Gesellschaft zu Berlin in 1843, American Numismatic Society in 1858, etc.) and the publication numismatic journals from the 1830s onwards (Revue numismatique in 1836, Numismatic chronicle in 1838, Revue belge de numismatique in 1842, etc.) leading to a thriving numismatic community.

The 19th century is also the time when previously private (Royal) collections became public institutions (e.g. in Paris following the French revolution, or the Münzkabinett Winterthur in 1861), and when new museums were created (e.g. the Capitoline medagliere in 1873, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien in 1891, etc.). Subsequently, museum curators began publishing scholarly catalogues of their collections, such as the British Museum's seminal catalogue series (e.g. Greek Coins from 1873 onwards, or Oriental Coins from 1875 onwards). Some of the works published in the 19th century were aimed at collectors, such as Théodore Mionnet's or Henry Cohen's reference works, but it is notably thanks to their publications that scholars were able to process coin finds as source for dating archaeological sites and discussing social history (e.g. Theodor Mommsen identifying Kalkriese as site for the battle of the Teutoburg Forest, as early as 1850, on the basis of numismatics).

At the same time, large and famous collections evolved, were traded, or finally bequeathed to museums leading to new research on the subject. Whilst earlier collectors were almost always generalists (coins being one collecting field among others such as antiquities, paintings, gems, etc.), collectors such as Hyman Montagu or Virgil Brand devoted themselves only to numismatics. These famous collectors were sometimes scholars themselves, writing noteworthy articles. The names of John Evans, Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer, William Henry Waddington, Archer Huntington and King Victor Emmanuel III are the most prominent examples of illustrious collectors with expertise and the desire to promote numismatic scholarship through their collections.

The 19th century is also the time when collectors started paying greater attention to the condition of a coin, and to their provenance, while the new medium of photography and improved book-illustrations allowed for the documentation and recognition of individual specimens in auction catalogues and scholarly works likewise. In the same spirit, numismatists themselves became focus of interest: medals and tokens were struck in their names, and books were written about them (e.g. Médailles et jetons des numismates in 1865).

We may also think of the institutional development of archaeology out of philology around the 1840ies to become a discipline of its own that triggered a shift in perceiving coins predominantly as material manifestations of the past. In addition, we need to take into consideration the large scale professional excavations of the century (e.g. the foundation of the Reichslimeskommission in Germany in 1892) that enabled new methods in studying coins from an academic perspective. Ultimately, this pathed the way for numismatics to become a university subject with the evolution of university coin collections. The 19th century was also a time that saw the growth of nationalism, which was accompanied by a focus on one's history as mirrored in the practice of collecting and trading coins. Questions may also include to what extend numismatics was received in the realm of contemporary art such as Eugène Delacroix's engravings, and literature - for example with the many coin references found in the work of Victor Hugo. These are some of the various new avenues and perspectives the symposium wishes to explore.

Our aim is to explore the numismatic world in the long 19th century - including both, the sphere of academia, and that of collecting and dealing - with a focus on ancient numismatics but also on medieval and modern numismatics, with an interest for the political, cultural, economic, and social changes of the era. Thus, a wide range of international experts, including numismatists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians are invited to present their research. Papers that explore specific case studies are particularly welcome, and talks on non-Western numismatics and on medals are hoped for.

Organizers: Stefan Krmnicek (Tübingen) & Hadrien Rambach (Brussels)

Abstracts of no longer than 500 words should be sent by email to: and

Deadline for the submission of the abstracts is October 31, 2019.

For further information visit:

(CFP closed October 31, 2019)



Oxford University, UK: April 15, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

We invite contributions (abstracts proposing 30 minute papers) to a conversation on 'Critical Ancient World Studies' taking place in Oxford on the 15th April 2020.

‘Critical Ancient World Studies’ is a mode of studying antiquity (broadly defined) that makes four critical steps away from the field known as ‘classical studies’ / ‘Classics’. (1) it critiques the field’s Eurocentrism and refuses to inherit silently a field crafted so as to constitute a mythical pre-history for an imagined ‘West’, in particular, by rejecting the ‘universal’ as synonym for the ‘Western’ or the ‘European’. While Classics has too often been content to construct an ancient world whose value lies in its mirror image of modern Europe, 'Critical Ancient World Studies' investigates the ancient history of a world without accepting the telos of the West; (2) it rejects the assumption of an axiomatic relationship between so-called ‘Classics’ and cultural value, divesting from cultural capital as a mode of knowledge-making in the field; (3) it denies positivist accounts of history, and all modes of investigation that aim at establishing a perspective that is neutral or transparent, and commits instead to showcasing the contingency of historiography in a way that is alert to injustices and epistemologies of power that shape the way knowledge is constructed as ‘objective’; and (4) it requires of those who participate in it a commitment to decolonising the gaze of and at antiquity, not simply by applying decolonial theory or uncovering subaltern narratives in a field that has special relevance to the privileged and the powerful, but rather by dismantling the structures of knowledge that have led to this privileging. In this approach, we take our theoretical and epistemic example from Re-orient, a journal of Critical Muslim Studies that has taken a similarly critical attitude to its own parent-discipline (Islamic Studies), and whose manifesto can be found here: In practice, these four epistemological orientations will require three further practical commitments: to representation at all levels; to all attempts to promote access to the field to those under-represented within it; and to the rejection of the centrality of ancient Greece and ancient Rome within the study of the ancient world.

The conference is concerned both with the necessity for and the possible applications of 'Critical Ancient World Studies' and we hope that this will enable critical reflection on the future of so-called 'Classics'. We invite papers from those within and outside of formal study of the ancient world in all its various forms, and in particular from those who feel that their area of study or critical approach to the ancient world (and its afterlife) does not fit easily within conventional definitions of the field of 'Classics'.

The day will be divided into three panels, 'Critical Time', 'Myths of Origin' and 'Critical Epistemologies - but you needn't know at the time of submitting your abstract which panel you would like it to be considered for.

Please submit abstracts (of no longer than 500 words) to Mathura Umachandran ( and Marchella Ward (, copying both organisers into your email, before Friday 28th February. We will aim to respond in the first week of March.


(CFP closed February 28, 2020)



London (The British Academy): April 6-7, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Marble, bronze, and terracotta are all celebrated materials for sculpture in the round. However, plaster, another noteworthy material in antiquity, is understudied and often absent from the archaeological record. Two major questions regarding the role of plaster in ancient sculpture remain unresolved. This conference, bringing together international experts including archaeologists, conservators, and contemporary sculptors, aims to tackle these debates. Firstly, we will explore plaster as a sculptural material in its own right and address the use of plaster models for the production of works in other media. Secondly, we will tackle the contested issue of life-casting in antiquity, assessing whether such casting was indeed used in the production of bronzes. Demonstrations of plaster working and casting processes will give participants a practical understanding of material and technique. This interdisciplinary practice based focus will facilitate collaboration between archaeologists and contemporary practitioners, enabling cooperative analysis of these important and unresolved research problems.

Emma Payne, King's College London
Abbey Ellis, University of Leicester/Ashmolean Museum
Will Wootton, King's College London

Speakers include:
Tonny Beentjes, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Farhad Fabian Burg, Gipsformerei der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
Amanda Claridge, Royal Holloway, University of London
Chris Dorsett, Northumbria University Jane Fejfer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Martin Hanson, Wimbledon College of Art
Nigel Konstam, Verrocchio Arts Centre, Italy
Dimitri Laboury, University of Liège, Belgium
Kenneth Lapatin, J. Paul Getty Museum, USA
Alexander Lumsden, Bronze Age Foundry
Rachel Mairs, University of Reading
Eckart Marchand, The Warburg Institute/International Research Group ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’
Thomas Merrett, City & Guilds of London Art School
Kathryn Tubb, University College London
Clare Venables, Minerva Stone Conservation

Registration: A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
Standard Admission: £75 both days, £40 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments
Concessions: £35 both days, £20 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments
The concession rate applies to: unwaged / retired / early career academics (within three years of completing PhD) / students / disabled.
Free entrance is offered to companions or carers of disabled visitors.




University of Warwick, UK: April 3, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this conference will now be held via Zoom. See website for details.

Department of Classics and Ancient History Warwick, in conjunction with The Royal Numismatic Society.

Conference Organisers: Charlotte Mann and Clare Rowan

Plenary Speaker: Prof. Fleur Kemmers (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)

Coins, banknotes, tokens and other forms of money are often portable objects that can be held in the hand; indeed modern day medallic artists tell us that these objects are designed to be held in the hand. But although small and at times unassuming, these media carry and convey an extraordinary array of information; by holding a coin in your hand one might argue you are holding your world.

This conference explores what the unique contribution of numismatics is to our understanding of human society. Money, coinage, bank notes, tokens and medals across the ages have played political, cultural, religious, memorial, economic and social roles; often they provide a unique insight into particular communities, cultures and societies. A key focus of the conference will be exploring the intersection of numismatics, the study of money, with disciplines such as history, classics, art history, sociology, and economics. Papers on any topic related to the theme are welcome, but some key questions for the day include:

• What does numismatic imagery reveal about the exchange of cultural ideas and artistry between people?
• What does numismatic imagery reveal about the way societies negotiated their relationship with their ruling power?
• How does money contribute to identity and a sense of belonging?
• What do the location of coin finds reveal about the movement of people and their economic interactions?
• How do particular forms of payment media reflect social hierarchies, and how do social relationships reshape money?
• How is money used beyond the economic sphere within belief systems and rituals?
• How does money act as a type of media, storing and conveying information, as well as mediating human relations?

We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words from early career scholars (PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, early career heritage sector employees, etc) to be submitted to Charlotte Mann ( by 29th November 2019. Due to the generosity of Warwick University's 'Connecting Cultures' GRP, we are able to offer modest bursaries to assist speakers with travel and accommodation costs.

The conference will be preceded by a workshop on 'Applying for German Funding' lead by Prof. Dr. Fleur Kemmers on Thursday 2/4/2020, which is also open to all attendees.

We are grateful to the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Warwick for their generous financial support.


(CFP closed November 29, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

Among literatures, arts, philosophy, and psychology, the mythological figure of Narcissus has become a common topic of interest; quite the opposite can be said of Echo, the nymph sentenced by divine law to repeat fragments of another’s voice. Yet, in the original Ovidian myth, Echo plays a remarkable role that frames the whole Narcissus’ episode. This panel aims at exploring Echo’s mythological echoes in Renaissance literature, art, theater, and music from different perspectives:

Translations, receptions, reinterpretations of the Ovidian myth;
Echo voices in the pastoral genre;
Echo as rhetorical and musical device;
Echo as form of intertextual reference/literary allusions;
Echo as the embodiment of the lyrical subject or of the author’s voice.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on (but not limited to) the above-mentioned topics. Please send abstracts with paper title (maximum 150-words-long), a short bio, your affiliation, keywords, and general discipline area to the organizers, Giulia Cardillo ( and Simona Lorenzini ( by July 31st, 2019.


(CFP closed July 31, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2020 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Philadelphia, PA. For one of its panels, 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.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, 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 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as an email attachment to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 1, 2019 extended deadline August 10, 2019.

Please include in the body of the email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords


(CFP closed August 10, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

Where and when did early modern artists, architects, and writers begin to show signs of fatigue with the models of the classical past, and what kinds of creative experiments developed in response? Renaissance scholarship has long since moved beyond an understanding of its period as one defined first and foremost by a revival of antiquity. Although the significance of antiquarianism and classicism to manifold developments in early modern art and culture remains incontrovertible, both of those projects also met with productive resistance.

We invite papers addressing works of art or literature that reveal an exhaustion with antiquity and a conscious attempt to develop alternative modes, forms, and principles of invention. Especially welcome are proposals for papers that consider competing notions of the past, the distinction between ‘antique’ and ‘modern’, the political and cultural implications of the choice to forgo classical models, and the reasons why antiquity may have come to be perceived as an exhausted source in the context of certain moments and localities.

To submit a paper proposal please provide the following by email to Marisa Bass ( and Carolyn Yerkes ( by 22 July 2019: – your name and institutional affiliation – paper title (15-word maximum) – abstract (150-word maximum) – keywords – curriculum vitae (up to 5 pages) – PhD completion date (past or future).


(CFP closed July 22, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2020 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Philadelphia, PA. For one of its panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical theories of poetics and aesthetic experience in Renaissance art and music.

Plato's and Aristotle's theories of mimesis, Horace's Ars Poetica, and "Longinus"'s sublime have long dominated discussions of early modern aesthetics. Scholars have also sought to trace the influence of other, less explicitly didactic texts in defining the origin and value of art and the aesthetic experience in the Renaissance. Paul Barolsky, for example, has argued that Ovid's Metamorphoses lies at the heart of Renaissance aesthetics, whether in the story of Pygmalion bringing art to life or, conversely, Medusa's petrifaction of the living as competing metaphors for sculpture. Barolsky likewise sees Ovidian transformation behind Michelangelo's "non finito" and in the depiction of Botticelli's Chloris becoming Flora in the Primavera. Wendy Heller has explored the ways in which Monteverdi and Busenello's groundbreaking opera L'incoronazione di Poppea draws upon and challenges Tacitus' methods of historiography. More recently, Sarah Blake McHam has argued for the pervasive influence of Pliny's Natural History and its emphasis on life-like "naturalism" from Petrarch to Caravaggio and Poussin.

Building on these and other studies that move beyond questions of classical influence on the subject matter of Renaissance texts, this panel seeks papers that explore the strategies through which visual artists and musicians draw on classical aesthetics and the extent to which these hidden roots underlie Renaissance theory and practice.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 1, 2019 extended deadline August 10, 2019.

Please include in the body of the email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords


(CFP closed August 10, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

Scholarly research in the humanities has long used a diversity of sources for the better understanding of its subjects. Information gathered from and about objects, persons, documents and ideas from professional networks were used to compare drawings and buildings, sculptures and inscriptions, texts and coins closely related to each other. In recent decades, this well-established methodology became regarded as an expression of Latour's "Actor Network Theory". Today, research exclusively based on "ANT" is however no longer limited to social or professional networks. This former narrow scope should and could be extended (again) and redefined to include Renaissance antiquarianism as a "network of networks", gathering information from all kinds of material and textual sources and combining them to reconstruct an initial or improved picture of ancient Roman past and culture. This three-panel session aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of fields, for example numismatics, epigraphy, art, archaeology, architecture, political, historical, religious and cultural studies (and their histories) as well as socially orientated historical network analysis. It is one of our aims to demonstrate how antiquarians combined information and created new interpretations of texts and artifacts to generate new knowledge. By exploring how they communicated their findings and developed new analytical methodologies, the session could help to investigate if and how to predate the beginnings of scholarly archaeology and scientific methodology from the 18th (cf. e.g. Alain Schnapp) to the 16th century. After all, antiquarian methodological approaches were very modern indeed and possibly even predated such a development in the natural sciences (cf. Rens Bod). In addition, antiquarian research networks were not only interested in the creation of scholarly knowledge out of mere curiosity. The purpose was to learn from antiquity as a source for practical solutions for contemporaneous and future problems — as was successfully achieved by Tolomei's «Accademia de lo Studio de l'Architettura» headed by Marcello Cervini.

The 3-part session will be organized by Drs. Andrea Gáldy (Munich/London; Seminar «Collecting and Display»), Damiano Acciarino (Toronto/Venice), and Bernd Kulawik (Zurich/Berlin;

Please send proposals of less than 300 words for a 20 min papers and a short cv until July 16, 2019, to Bernd Kulawik (


(CFP closed July 16, 2019)



McNamara Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: April 2-3, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Euripides’ Bacchae can be read as the story of a society under stress religiously, politically, and socially. Externally, the state is threatened by — or sees itself as threatened by — an invasion of outsiders, whose strange religious traditions stir profound unease in the local authorities, and especially in the young king Pentheus. Pentheus himself is a troubled character, sexually untethered and prone to an incoherent authoritarianism; the extent to which he really controls, or ought to control, the state is unclear. In the end, in fact, the threat to the established order seems to come from within the city as much as from outside of it.

On the occasion of the upcoming SITI production of the Bacchae at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in the translation of University of Minnesota alumnus Aaron Poochigian, the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies will be hosting a conference that concentrates on reading Euripides’ tragedy in deliberately modern terms. Participants consider the text less as a literary or historical artefact, than as a locus and means for asking difficult contemporary questions about the intersection of political power, religious experience, sexuality, and fear. Put another way, we wish to consider what the Bacchae, and in particular an onstage Bacchae, means or can be made to mean in America in the age of Donald Trump, an age of religious extremism of various sorts, and one of a profound sense of instability in traditional styles of government.

The conference will be presented with the support of the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and the Department of History.

Confirmed speakers include Aaron Poochigian (poet, New York City), Mary-Kay Gamel (University of California, Santa Cruz), Elizabeth Scharffenberger (Columbia University), Justina Gregory (Smith College), Courtney Friesen (University of Arizona), and Guthrie actors Leon Ingelsrud and Stephen Duff Weber. There will also be a discussion of teaching the Bacchae and related texts in today’s social and political climate.

We welcome all interested individuals to attend. A full program will be released soon.

Information: or



Association for Art History’s 46th Annual Conference

Newcastle University & Northumbria University, UK: 1-3 April, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Session Convenors: Nicole Cochrane (University of Hull); Melissa Gustin (University of York)

If, as Aby Warburg said, ‘Every age has the renaissance of antiquity that it deserves’, what is the renaissance of antiquity that we deserve today? And how does that differ – if it does – from earlier renaissances and antiquities? Whether it be a 3D print of Aphrodite, Antinous as symbol of gay pride or the Photoshop of Donald Trump as Perseus triumphantly holding aloft a Gorgon-portrait of Hilary Clinton, in contemporary art, t-shirts, and the internet, the material remains of the classical world continue to permeate modern visual culture.

Following on from international exhibitions, internet discourse around the use of the antique, and recent texts by scholars such as Elizabeth Prettejohn and Caroline Vout among many others, we propose a session that engages seriously with the material remains of antiquity in art to explore the ways in which the art of the ancient world has been adapted, interpreted, and repurposed throughout history. By proposing an open time frame we hope to encourage a discussion on the dialogues formed between classical art and its receptions, questioning how issues such as gender, race, status and class, as well as political, environmental and historical factors, have impacted the use and reuse of the past. This panel will explore the constant rediscovery, reinvention, and reworking of antique material, methods, and models in different media, and invites papers from any period or medium that address questions of the ‘classical’, historic or present.

Submit a paper

Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenors above, using the Paper Proposal Form.

You need to provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because the title is what appears online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 21 October 2019


(CFP closed 21 October, 2019)



Conference organized by Gabriel Mckee (ISAW) and Daniela Wolin (ISAW)

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, USA: March 27, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. New dates: November 11-13, 2020.

Analog and digital games (e.g., video, role play, board, card, pedagogical, and alternative games) are platforms for modeling and experiencing events in fantastic, modern, or historical settings. When devising games based on ancient, historical, and archaeological contexts, an informed and critical approach is essential, lest games perpetuate problematic narratives or provide inaccurate representations of the past. "Rerolling the Past" builds off of the recent increase in academic studies of games to show how games can serve as a fruitful avenue for communicating information about the ancient world. This conference will bring together historians, archaeologists, scholars of gaming, and game designers to discuss three intersecting themes: archaeology in/of games; pedagogy and games; and critical approaches to game design. We hope to acknowledge and address common issues and challenges that cut across disciplinary divides and envisage how increased collaborative initiatives can be developed in the future.


9:00am: Gabriel Mckee (ISAW), Re-Rolling the Past: Representations and Reinterpretations of Antiquity in Analog and Digital Games
9:20am: Andrew Reinhard (American Numismatic Society), Video Game Antiquity and the Immediacy of Digital Heritage
9:45am: Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Hounds and Jackals and its Variants in Modern Times
10:10am: Clara Fernandez-Vara (NYU Game Center), Game Spaces and Indexical Storytelling
10:35am: Coffee Break


10:55am: David Ratzan (ISAW), New Strategies for Teaching Old Games: Playful Approaches to Teaching Ancient Economic and Institutional History
11:20am: Gina Konstantopoulos (University of Tsukuba), Knowledge Checks: Representing (and Teaching) the Ancient Near East through Gaming
11:45am: Sebastian Heath (ISAW), Gamifying Gamification at Pompeii
12:10pm: Mi Wang (ISAW), Dwelling in Archaeology: Virtual Museum of Bamiyan in the Game Engine of PlayCanva
12:30pm: Lunch Break


1:30pm: Hamish Cameron (Victoria University of Wellington), The Painful Art of Abstraction: Representing the Ancient World in Modern Games
1:55pm: Alexander King (NYU Game Center), Systems, Theming and Accuracy in Representations of the Past in Games
2:20pm: Daniela Wolin (ISAW), Gender Across the Board: Representations in Ancient World-Themed Games
2:45pm: Christian Casey (ISAW), Assassin's Creed Origins as Time Machine
3:10pm: Shawn Graham (Carleton University), From Agent Based Model to Analogue Archaeogame: How We Made FORVM: Trade Empires of Rome
3:35pm: Coffee Break
4:00pm: Panel Discussion

Registration is required at

Note: Registration for this event opens on Thursday, February 13th.

ISAW is committed to providing a positive and educational experience for all guests and participants who attend our public programming. We ask that all attendees follow the guidelines listed in our community standards policy.




Art & Archaeology Department, Princeton University, NJ: March 26-28, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. Now: Online - August 30- September 1, 2020

The Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University is thrilled to announce a three-day graduate symposium, “(A)Synchrony: Recurrence, Reversal, and Resistance,” which will be held Thursday, March 26 to Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Certain figures, forms, images, methods, and techniques recur in both cultural production and scholarly discourses, often leading to socio-political, historical, or cultural reversals and/or illuminating resistance and dissent. How might exploring these phenomena allow us to broaden our investigations in the histories of art and culture? How do they manifest themselves as synchronies or asynchronies, understood as harmonizations or dissonances of social and artistic production across time, space, and bodies? Answering these questions may help us create analytic frameworks not bound by regions or nation-states, but that stretch across the world, expose the social construction of temporalities, and challenge periodization and other forms of fixed categorization.

This conceptual framework may help address vital issues in current debates across particular subfields and disciplines, such as: how we can reimagine the concept of Nachleben productively for our increasingly global discipline; how literary or visual histories have been reused or repurposed to mitigate or rebel against external power structures and cultural paradigms; or how some modern and contemporary artists throughout various diasporas create collective memories by referring to the experiences of their ancestors in their work.

Princeton’s Art and Archaeology Graduate Symposium will explore the ways in which recurrence, reversals, and resistance serve as powerful tools in cultural production across disciplines through the conceptual frameworks of synchrony and asynchrony. Submissions from all disciplines are welcomed to engage with these issues by way of, but not limited to, the following broader themes:

* Cultural heritage used to underscore and legitimize a power shift;
* Support for or resistance to the empire demonstrated through the appropriation and modification of imperial imagery by those outside of the metropole;
* The fabrication of visual or material culture to envisage a desired or inaccessible past;
* The inheritance, construction, and questioning of workshop lineages;
* Repurposing “classical” or “traditional” imagery or inverting subject matter to destabilize geopolitical, social, and symbolic conventions;
* Usage of visual tropes as tools to explore and articulate individual identity and positionality;
* Revolutionary potentialities of retrospection for social and political critique;
* Re-enactments or critiques of prior exhibitions, objects, or performances

Please submit a working title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a two page CV in a single PDF to by Friday, November 1, 2019. Symposium presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. Accepted participants will be notified by January 1, 2020, and limited travel funds are available.

Deadline for abstracts: November 1st 2019 to

Call: [pdf]

(CFP closed November 1, 2019)



Durham University (UK): March 26-27, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

The interrelation between human identities and the landscapes and environments they inhabit is recognised in many disciplines throughout the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. With different disciplinary histories, backgrounds, research traditions, and paradigms, all these disciplines employ their own theories, approaches, and methods to study the link between landscapes, environments, and human identities across time and space. However, they all share common interests as well.

On the occasion of the establishment of Durham University’s interdisciplinary Landscape, Environment, and Identity Research Network, this workshop will provide a platform for cross-disciplinary conversations and collaborations aimed at the integration of different theories on, approaches to, and research methods for exploring the interrelations between landscape, environment, and identity. This workshop will offer an opportunity for PhD students and Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines to come together and share their research on landscape and identity beyond their own discipline. We mean to investigate challenges to such interdisciplinary studies (e.g. due to different research traditions) and to discuss solutions to these issues. Our discussions are intended to form the basis of a collective output and to encourage future collaborations.

By bringing together researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds, including but not limited to Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Modern Languages, and Geography, we want to consider the following questions from a range of perspectives and disciplines:

* How are the terms landscape and identity used and problematised across disciplines, and what issues arise from these ideas? * How are different identities established through human interaction with
landscape or environment?
* What (combination of) methods and approaches may we employ to analyse and interpret this interrelation between identity, landscapes and environments, whether real or imagined, urban, industrial, or natural?
* How is human identity or sense of self affected when a landscape or environment changes, for instance due to war or conflict, political developments, natural disasters, tourism, climate change, etc.?
* How does this in turn affect their interactions and/or relations with other peoples?
* How can our academic research into different landscapes, environments and identities help address current issues in wider society, such as the dynamics between local and global identities, and our relation to a changing world that is subject to climate change?

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers that address these questions from any perspective. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to): identity in relation to (changing) political, built and natural environments or landscapes; the shaping of the self and the environment; and the intersection between landscape, identity and topics such as memory, emotion, gender, and sensory experiences (e.g. sound, smell, or taste).

Following the workshop, we will seek to produce one or more collective outputs, both academic and non-academic, based on the contents of the papers. The exact form will depend on the ambitions and contributions of participants, but could include the following:
* An edited book
* A special issue of an interdisciplinary journal
* An online blog
* A piece for The Conversation

If you would like to join the discussion and present a paper at this workshop, please send an abstract of up to 250 words to before 5pm (GMT) on Friday 15 November 2019. Thanks to a generous contribution from our sponsor, Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study, there will be no conference fee. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Applicants will be selected and notified by mid-December 2019.

For more information, please visit our website: or email us at the above email address. You can also follow us on Twitter: @LandscapeDurham

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:
Esther Meijer, Classics and Ancient History,
Floor Huisman, Cambridge Archaeological Unit,
James Coxon, Anthropology,
Vicky J. Penn, English Studies,
Diego Astorga, Geography,
Christoph Doppelhofer, Geography


(CFP closed November 15, 2019)



American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Chicago USA: March 19-22, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Deadline for submissions: Current ACLA guidelines specify that each ACLA member may submit only ONE PAPER for consideration. Abstracts must be received by Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST. Please submit your abstract via the ACLA portal. We have space for 8-12 papers (2 or 3-day seminar format of 4 papers per day).

Organizer: Michelle Zerba (
Co-Organizer: Anastasia Bakogianni (

Reception studies have made a significant impact on the field of literature and helped build new bridges for dialogue across historical periods and disciplines, including theater, film, and art history. This panel invites papers that reflect upon the theories and methodologies of reception studies and our interdisciplinary connections to fields such as comparative literature, adaptation studies, cultural studies, and media studies. We seek to investigate the current state of the discipline, to debate where its boundaries might lie, and to explore what kinds of cross-disciplinary dialogue lie ahead in this exciting and fruitful nexus of scholarly endeavor.

In particular, the panel seeks to address a series of key questions. What are the central concepts that guide inquiry in reception studies and related fields? What kinds of research have they enabled, and how has this research enriched the exploration of comparative literature, national literature, theater, and film in an age that sees itself as global? Are these concepts in need of critique, and if so, how? Why have certain disciplines like classics assumed a prominent place in reception studies? What concerns should reception, adaptation, and media studies be addressing?

The panel aims to interrogate the very processes of reception, and actively seeks to complicate the notion of a pure source text or point of origin, thus helping to dissolve hard boundaries between text, reception, tradition, and interpretive communities. Papers may engage with these questions theoretically and / or through an examination of texts. Possible topics include but are not limited to the role of the scholar or artist in the process of reception, the concept of juxtaposition, the uses of myth, the implications of orality, and the possibility of “masked” receptions where the nature of the connection between points of reference is unclear. We welcome papers that problematize the notion of a western canon and actively seek to push the geographical boundaries of reception as both a local and a global phenomenon.


(CFP closed September 23, 2019)



Ohio State University (OSU) Classics Graduate Student Colloquium

Ohio Union, Columbus, Ohio, USA: March 6-7, 2020

The aim of the OSU Classics Graduate Student Colloquium is to explore various directions in which the Ancient Mediterranean has been adapted and utilized by different cultures in Modern world from the Renaissance to the present day. In recent years, the online journal “Eidolon” and other public scholarship media have already successfully demonstrated how the cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean can be accessed, interpreted, and applied through various experiences by scholars, students, writers, and by the wider communities. We believe that the reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures has become an important element of Classical scholarship and pedagogy. It is a critical point of contact between the academic community and the general audience.

The OSU Classics Graduate Student Colloquium invites papers on a range of topics that discuss and analyze the reception of the Ancient Mediterranean from a point of view of philology, linguistics, theater and performance studies, history, pedagogy, archaeology, art history, philosophy, anthropology, political studies, media studies, and/or gender studies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean in literary traditions of different countries, nations, and cultures
* Ancient Theatre on the modern stage
* Texts of the Ancient Mediterranean in translations
* The Ancient Mediterranean in visual culture
* Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean in new media: social networks and online communities
* Representation of the Ancient Mediterranean in video games
* Use of Ancient Mediterranean images in marketing
* Modern and post-modern philosophy and its use of Classics
* Classics in politics and propaganda
* Reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures and its use in the classroom
* Classical pedagogy as the reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures

We are excited to announce that Dr. Zara Torlone, Professor (Classics and Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University) will be presenting a keynote lecture entitled “Joy of Exile: Ovid and Russian Poets".

All submissions should include 1) an abstract not exceeding 300 words and 2) a brief CV or academic bio not exceeding one page. We ask that all submissions and inquiries be sent to:

Deadline for submissions: Monday, November 18th, 2019
Will notify all applicants: Monday, December 2nd, 2019
Colloquium: Friday, March 6th - Saturday, March 7th, 2020


(CFP closed November 18, 2019)



Università di Bologna – Dipartimento di Beni Culturali (Via degli Ariani 1, 48121 Ravenna): 4-5 March, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19


Mercoledì 4 marzo - Dipartimento di Beni Culturali

Introduzione di Francesco Citti e Antonio Ziosi (Bologna)

14.30 Il modello: Agamennone in Eschilo. Presiede Renzo Tosi (Bologna)

Liana Lomiento e Giampaolo Galvani (Urbino), Il dialogo tra Clitemestra e il Coro nel finale dell'Agamennone. Assetto lirico, struttura strofica e drammaturgia.

Andrea Rodighiero (Verona), ‘Formularità tragica’ nell’Agamennone di Eschilo

Anton Bierl (Basel), Visual and Theatrical Moments in Aeschylus’ Oresteia

16.30 Oltre il modello: Agamennone in Seneca. Presiede Bruna Pieri (Bologna)

Alfredo Casamento (Palermo), Quo plura possis, plura patienter feras. Agamennone modello di sapienza nelle Troiane di Seneca

Francesca Romana Berno (Roma), La strana coppia. Tieste e Cassandra profeti di sventura nell'Agamennone di Seneca

Lucia Degiovanni (Bergamo), La costruzione drammaturgica dell'Agamennone di Seneca: i modelli post-eschilei

Arianna Capirossi (Firenze), L’Agamemnon di Seneca nel volgarizzamento tardo-quattrocentesco di Evangelista Fossa

21:00 Teatro Rasi, via di Roma 39, Ravenna

Archiviozeta, Agamennone di Eschilo, traduzione di Federico Condello, drammaturgia e regia di Gianluca Guidotti ed Enrica Sangiovanni.

Giovedì 5 marzo - Dipartimento di Beni Culturali

9.00 Riscritture contemporanee. Presiede Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh)

Massimo Fusillo (L’Aquila), Orestee del nuovo millennio: re-enactment e riscritture.

Enrico Medda (Pisa), Quando il mito perde i suoi dèi: Clitemestra e Ifigenia da Eschilo a House of Names di Colm Tóibín

11:00 Tavola rotonda: rappresentare, tradurre

Agamennone. Coordina: Federico Condello (Bologna). Intervengono: Archiviozeta (Gianluca Guidotti ed Enrica Sangiovanni), Anton Bierl (Basel), Maddalena Giovannelli (Milano), Giorgio Ieranò (Trento)

14:30 Oltre il modello: politica, iconografia e performance. Presiede Donatella Restani (Bologna)

Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol), Leadership in times of crisis: Agamemnon, Oedipus, Pericles

Nicola Cusumano (Palermo), Agamennone βουληφόρος: la sovranità alla prova del processo deliberativo

Gian Luca Tusini (Bologna), Agamennone e altri personaggi dell’Orestea nell’arte contemporanea

Giovanna Casali (Bologna), Echi e silenzi: fortuna e sfortuna dell'Agamennone nel teatro musicale

18:00 Conclusioni di Alessandro Iannucci (Bologna)

Access is free.

For more information:



University of Salzburg, Austria: February 21-22, 2020

Theme: The Forms of History

Historical fictions can be understood as an expanded mode of historiography. Scholars in literary, visual, historical and museum/re-creation studies have long been interested in the construction of the fictive past, understanding it as a locus for ideological expression. However, this is a key moment for the study of historical fictions as critical recognition of these texts and their convergence with lines of theory is expanding into new areas such as the philosophy of history, narratology, popular literature, historical narratives of national and cultural identity, and cross-disciplinary approaches to narrative constructions of the past.

Historical fictions measure the gap between the pasts we are permitted to know and those we wish to know: the interaction of the meaning-making narrative drive with the narrative-resistant nature of the past. They constitute a powerful discursive system for the production of cognitive and ideological representations of identity, agency, and social function, and for the negotiation of conceptual relationships and charged tensions between the complexity of societies in time and the teleology of lived experience. The licences of fiction, especially in mass culture, define a space of thought in which the pursuit of narrative forms of meaning is permitted to slip the chains of sanctioned historical truths to explore the deep desires and dreams that lie beneath all constructions of the past.

We welcome paper proposals from Archaeology, Architecture, Literature, Media, Art History, Musicology, Reception Studies, Museum Studies, Recreation, Gaming, Transformative Works and others. We welcome paper proposals across historical periods, with ambitious, high-quality, inter-disciplinary approaches and new methodologies that will support research into larger trends and which will lead to more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures and languages.

We aim to create a disciplinary core, where researchers can engage in issues of philosophy and methodology and generate a collective discourse around historical fictions in a range of media and across period specialities.

Keynote speakers:
Dr Michael Brauer, University of Salzburg, “Cooking up Salzburg”
Prof Dr Gerhard Kubik and Dr Moya Aliya Malamusi, University of Vienna, “Works and Biographies of East and Central African Musicians”.

Send abstracts of no more than 250 words to: (5th September 2019; no pdfs, please).

Twitter: @HistoricalFic

(CFP closed Septmeber 5, 2019)



University of Adelaide, South Australia: February 20-21, 2020

On 15 March 2019, a self-confessed white supremacist, now standing trial for terrorism and murder, is alleged to have walked into two Christchurch mosques and killed 51 people. The weapons and body armour employed in the attack contained the dates of several events in Crusading history; the manifesto of the alleged perpetrator placed his actions in an imaginary war of east-west, ongoing for a millennium. Ideas of ‘western civilisation’ implicitly situated against ‘other’ civilisations, or perhaps an absence of civilisation altogether, can be argued to have underpinned this attack. The concept of Western Civilisation, with various definitions, thus continues to be prominent in the public sphere. For some, such as the Ramsay Centre which promotes a degree in Western Civilisation, the idea continues to have social and political utility, reflecting a coherent body of knowledge, and their associated values, not least the ‘liberal’ tradition of western democracy. For others, this interpretation of European history can elide the almost continual global encounters and exchange of information that occurred, whilst denying the political uses of ‘western civilisation’ as a discourse of colonialism and imperialism.

This symposium provides a moment to reflect on the concept of Western Civilisation today, not just as a topic of historical interest but an idea that continues to hold a significant political function. What role do the histories that we write and teach play in the production of discourses of ‘western civilisation’ or resistance to it? What role do historians have in shaping ideas about the past in the present? And what responsibility do we have towards ‘western civilisation’ as a discourse? What is the future of ‘Western Civilisation’, both as taught in universities and in the public sphere?

Expressions of interest are now invited that speak to this theme from any discipline, time period or place, and any political perspective. We have a limited number of slots but are interested in proposals for 90-minute panels, roundtables or other creative contributions. We also welcome individual expressions of interest. We encourage submissions from Indigenous people, people of colour, queer people and members of other traditionally marginalised communities. Proposals are welcome from those at all career stages.

Please send expressions of interest to by 18 October 2019.

Edited 22/12/2019. Program:

Day One

10.00 – 10.30 am: Registration

10.30 – 10.55: Welcome

10.55 – 12.00 pm: Keynote. Speaker: Professor Louise D’Arcens, Macquarie University

12.00 – 1.00: Lunch

1.00 – 2.30: The Politics of Western Civilisation Studies
Speakers: Amelia Brown, Tiana Blazevic, Sarah Ferber
This panel is dedicated to some of the political issues surrounding the academic study of Western Civilisation, particularly in the field of Classics and Ancient History. Amelia Brown from the University of Queensland will reflect on some political aspects of the study of Ancient Greece, and its language, literature, art, archaeology and history, as part of the formative narrative of the idea of Western Civilisation. Her focus will be the divergent traditions of the study of Ancient Greece, and especially its monuments, in Greece, the US, and Australia. From the Persian Wars to the Parthenon, she will offer some contrasts on how Ancient Greek culture is selectively politicised in Greece, the US and Australia. Sarah Ferber will be provide a detailed account of the key events and issues which led to the installation at the University of Wollongong of the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) with funding by the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. In December 2018 the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong announced that the Sydney-based centre was to provide a $50-million dollar package to install a new degree entitled ‘Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)’. In a significant departure from standard practice, Academic Senate had not been consulted about the new program. Over the following several months, staff and students expressed concern about the executive processes of approval. The UOW experience provides a basis for reflection on the wider politics of the ‘Western Civilisation’ debate in relation to humanities undergraduate teaching in 21st-century Australia, and exposes the limited capacities of high-level regulatory mechanisms in the face of culturally loaded commercial incentives. Tiana Blazevic from the University of Adelaide will discuss how the so-called ‘decline of Western Civilisation studies’ has become a focus of online hate groups and rising anti-intellectualism. In particular, she will discuss how the far right appropriate Ancient Greek and Roman history on social media and blog sites to further their ideas of white supremacy, anti-immigration and misogyny. She will argue that students are more exposed to far-right ‘memes’ and blogs on the ancient world and have greater access to it in today’s rapidly developing digital world rather than academia or traditional historical sources or scholarship.

2.30 – 3.00: Tea break

3.00 – 5.00: Western Civilisation and its Discontents: A Roundtable on Teaching and Pedagogy
Speakers: Tiana Blazevic, Christopher van der Krogt, David McInnia, Helen Young
This roundtable will invite participants and the audience to reflect on the opportunities and problems the concept of ‘western civilisation’ raises in the classroom. Each panellist will first speak briefly (c. 10 minutes each) about their own experience and perspectives; the Chair will then facilitate a conversation between the panellists (c.15-30 minutes); and the discussion will then be opened up to the audience for the rest of the session.
The roundtable will address questions including:
What does ‘western civilisation’ mean for humanities teaching in an Australia/New Zealand university context? How do we integrate diverse views, indigenous and non-western perspectives?
What could bicultural/multicultural teaching and learning look like and how can it strengthen the place of medieval and early modern disciplines and the humanities more broadly?
What strategies can we use to address and respond to controversial / distressing issues in the classroom? Both the ways our disciplines are being co-opted by extremists but also longer term problems of racism and Eurocentrism in our fields.
How do we ensure the emotional, cultural and physical safety of students while fostering robust discussion and critical debate on controversial and potentially sensitive topics?
What practical steps can/should senior faculty, permanent staff and institutional leaders take to protect and support early career and contingent colleagues who engage in politically controversial teaching/research?

5.00 – 6.00: Break

6.00: Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century Discussion Panel
Speakers: TBC. Chair: Wilf Prest

Day Two

8.30 – 9.00 am: Registration

9.00 – 10.30: Not a Bi-Polar (Early Modern) World
Speakers: Charles Zika, Nat Cutter
Chair: Sarah Feber
Understandings of Western Civilization and Western Culture rest heavily on notions of their opposite, on what Western Culture is not, and on a unified and coherent notion of “the West”. The “West” in turn originated with the idea of a unified “Europe” and earlier still with that of Christendom, and underestimates the way in which actual political, social and cultural divisions were at odds with such assumptions of unity, and the contemporary calls for or claims of such unity in the face of external pressure or attack.
This panel focuses on two societies at opposite ends of what was to become Europe, England and Austria, and their interaction with the (also deeply divided) Islamic world in the seventeenth century. This was a period when notions of Europe had not yet clearly emerged, when Christendom was wracked with deep divisions, and when the struggle between Christianity and Islam is commonly thought to have reached fever pitch, climaxing with the victory of Christian Europe over Islam at the Siege of Vienna in 1683. An analysis of the engagement of Protestant England with Morocco in this period, and Catholic Austria’s conflict with the Ottomans, demonstrate the oversimplicity of such constructs of a bi-polar world, that features in Orientalist thought, underpins ideas of Western Culture and Western Civilization, and continues to inspire ideologies of white supremacy.

10.30 – 11.00: Tea break

11.00 – 12.30 pm: Western Civilisation and Contemporary Political Discourse
Speakers: Ryan Buesnel, Blaise Dufal, Christopher van der Krogt
The concept of Western Civilisation is now routinely deployed within political discourse, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. This panel explores the uses of concepts of western civilisation by a range of political groups. Blaise Dufal highlights the uses of the concept of ‘civilisation’ within political debates around national identity in France across the twentieth century. Ryan Buesnel explores how these ideas are deployed to support the growth of white supremacism through contemporary heavy metal, particularly in Eastern Europe. Christopher van der Krogt explores how ideas of crusading and Jihad are used to justify contemporary violence, and Rajiv Thind looks at rhetorics of hate in the manifesto of the Christchurch shooter. This panel provides an opportunity to think through issues of how histories of Western Civilisation are activated for political ends.

12.30 – 1.30: Lunch

1.30 – 3.30: Western Civilisation and Media Engagement
Speakers: Simon Royal, Journalist (ABC Adelaide); Tory Shepherd, Political Editor (The Advertiser)
Chair: Claire Walker
This sessions explores how historians engage with the professional media to articulate the histories we produce, and to challenge misconceptions deployed in the public sphere. It particularly reflects on how humanities scholars might provide a counterpoint to narratives that are deployed to support terrorism or racial hatred.

3.30 – 4.00: Closing Discussion


(CFP closed 18 October, 2019)



Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 41st Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: February 19-22, 2020

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation's largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

Classical Representations in Popular Culture

Papers on any aspect of Greek, Roman, or Mediterranean antiquity in contemporary or popular culture are eligible for consideration.

Classical Representations welcomes submissions on a broader range of topics including:

* Cinema directly or indirectly reflecting aspects of the ancient world in cinema: recent films involving Classical themes which you might consider include Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Legend of Hercules, Pompeii, Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Ben Hur, as well as television series which engage with classical themes like Doctor Who, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica.
* Classical Motifs/Allusions/Parallels in Popular Music
* Dance, Ballet, Theater, the Visual Arts
* Children's Literature
* Graphic Novels and Cartoons
* Literary Theory/Postcolonial Theory/Reception Studies: Literary or theoretical analysis of literature employing classical references or motifs, like Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red, or Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad.
* Science Fiction/Fantasy: Analysis of representations of classical history, literature, or philosophy in science fiction movies or books, as Edward Gibbons to Asimov's Foundation Trilogy or the impact of Thucydides in Cold War cinema. Or, conversely, the influence of Science Fiction on representations of the ancient world in later cinema (e.g., how did George Lucas' empire of the Star Wars franchise influence later representations of the Roman Empire?)
* Pedagogy: applications of classics in popular culture: how can we use contemporary films or literature in the classroom?

This year, one panel of Classical Representations will be co-hosted by AIMS (Antiquity in Media Studies, "a new organization dedicated to promoting and supporting scholarship on the ancient world in modern media.") To submit to this panel, please type "Submission to AIMS Panel" at the top of your abstract. If not included in the AIMS panel, your paper will still be considered for inclusion in the regular panels.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference's database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019. As in past years, this may be extended at a later date.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2020. For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

In addition, please check out the organization's peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at

If you have any questions about the Classical Representations in Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Benjamin S. Haller, Virginia Wesleyan University, Presenters from past years, please note that Virginia Wesleyan has recently changed from a College to our University: Ben Haller's Virginia Wesleyan old email posted on past CFPs will no longer work.

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA):


(CFP closed October 31, 2019)



New York City, NY, USA: February 15-16, 2020

The Paideia Institute is pleased to welcome abstract submissions to the eighth iteration of Living Latin and Greek in New York City. This conference, which features papers delivered in Latin and Ancient Greek as well as small breakout sessions where participants practice speaking Ancient Greek and Latin under the guidance of expert instructors, will be held at Fordham University on February 15th and 16th, 2020.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Neglected Voices.” Which people or groups of people have been neglected, disregarded, or socially excluded throughout the history of Greco-Latinity? What do we know about them, and how do we know what we know? How does exploring their contributions help paint a fuller picture of the Ancient Greek- and Latin-speaking past?

We invite proposals for short talks in Ancient Greek or Latin on this theme with examples from Ancient Greek and Latin literature or material culture. In particular, we welcome proposals that amplify the voices of women, religious or ethnic minorities, slaves, non-elites, those who do not conform with regard to gender or sexuality, and other historically excluded groups. Outstanding submissions on other topics will also be considered, particularly (but not only) if they focus on classical language pedagogy.

Please use the link to send in an abstract of no more than 500 words: The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2019. Travel bursaries are available and can be requested through the same link. We encourage accepted speakers to apply for external funding as well since the number of travel bursaries is limited. All talks will be recorded, subtitled, and (with each speaker’s permission) published on Paideia's YouTube channel.


(CFP closed September 15, 2019)



108th College Art Association of America (CAA) Annual Conference, Chicago, USA: February 12-15, 2020

In early 2017, Berkeley, CA was witness to a series of demonstrations by right-wing protestors over the cancellation of a talk by Milo Yiannopoulous, some of whom incorporated Spartan-style armor into their outfits. Likewise, the Plutarch quotation "μολὼν λαβέ" has been adopted by the American Gun Rights community as a rallying call for Second Amendment defense. Scholars have increasingly recognized the power of contemporary reception to colour modern views of the ancient world. In this case, Zack Snyder's 2006 film 300 has become a cultural monolith that promotes a hyper-militaristic version of Sparta that is inconsistent with current scholarship. Gillen Kelly's and Bellaire Cowles' graphic novel Three is a notable step towards accuracy, along with Ubisoft's 2018 video game Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, yet both are indebted to the long train of reception that brought Snyder's film into being. With such dissonance between public and academic "fact," what, then, is Sparta?

This panel seeks to address how the reception of antiquity in modern media (broadly defined as visual arts and media post-1800) either counteracts or informs public opinion and knowledge. To that end we solicit proposals on how reception can spawn self-reinforcing narrative traditions, be leveraged in teaching, inspire public interest or, at worst, advance harmful and exclusionary modern agendas. We hope to spur discussion on how to incorporate this phenomenon in teaching, publication, and scholarship, and what our responsibility is as scholars to the larger public conversation. Proposals that feature inter- and multidisciplinary approaches are especially encouraged.

Chairs: Kira Jones - and sburges@bu.eduSteven Matthew Burges, Boston University -


(CFP closed July 23, 2019)



University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: January 28-31, 2020

CFP: - Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Conference website:

Enquiries: Daniel Osland:


(CFP closed July 31, 2019)



UCL/KCL Symposium at Kings College London: January 25, 2020

To mark the septcentenary of the Declaration of Arbroath, recognising Scotland’s independence from England, Tom Mackenzie (UCL) and Edith Hall (KCL) will be convening a one-day symposium on Calgacus and his reception at UCL on Burns Night 2020 (25th January).

Offers of papers are requested (deadline July 19th 2019) to be sent to

Possible topics include the way Calgacus is presented in commentaries across the centuries on Tacitus’ Agricola, translations of his speech, the way it has informed anti-imperial or nationalist rhetoric subsequently, antiquarian and archaeological studies of the Battle of Mons Graupius, the presentation of Calgacus in the visual arts, fiction, drama, film and documentaries, his role in the Ossianic movement and Celtic revival and the journal Calgacus published by radical Gaelic-speaking poets in the 1970s.

Haggis (including vegetarian), neeps, single malt whisky and a reading of SCOTS WHA HAE promised. Bidh ùine mhath aig a h-uile duine!

Confirmed Speakers include: William Fitzgerald (KCL); Filomena Giannotti (University of Siena); Edith Hall (KCL); Tom Mackenzie (UCL); Alan Montgomery (independent scholar); Giuseppe Pezzini (St Andrews); Melanie Marshal (Oxford).



(CFP closed July 19, 2019)



Newcastle University, UK: January 23-24, 2020

We are delighted to announce the international workshop "Writing Ancient History in the Interwar Period (1918-1939)” that will take place on 23 and 24 January 2020 at Newcastle University.

We aim to investigate the role played by the study of Ancient History (especially of Greece and Rome) in the construction of nationalist narratives in the interwar period (1918-1939). Between the two World Wars, Europe witnessed the propagation of nationalist narratives that heavily relied on idealised images of a distant past. Research in this area has largely focused on the myth of romanità in Fascist Italy and on the reception of Ancient Greece in Nazi Germany. However, scholars have devoted less attention to interpretations of ancient history in other national communities and to possible interactions between different and often competing narratives. By looking at the interactions between Ancient History and nationalism in different geographical areas, this workshop aims to explore the inter-relations of historiographical traditions on a global scale and their impact on political narratives.

The event has been generously funded by the School of History, Classics and Ancient History of Newcastle University, CRASIS (Interdisciplinary Research Institute on the Ancient World, University of Groningen) and Anchoring Innovation (research agenda of the National Research School in Classical Studies, the Netherlands).

Thursday 23rd January 2020
9.00 – 9.45: Registration and Introduction
9.45 – 11: Panel 1
Anna Kouremenos (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen): Cementing a National Identity: Greece and its Past in the Interwar Period (1918-1939)
Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University): Augustus in Interwar Britain: the pre-Syme consensus
11 – 11.30: Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.45: Panel 2
Stefan Altekamp (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Villain and Victim. Punic Carthage in Interwar German History Discourse
Andrea Avalli (Università degli Studi di Genova/ Université de Picardie “Jules Verne”): Interwar Etruscology and Racism in Fascist Italy
12.45 – 14.30: Lunch Break
14.30 – 15.45: Panel 3
Sergey Karpyuk (Russian Academy of Sciences): The Foundation of the Soviet Journal of Ancient History ('Vestnik drevnei istorii') in 1937
Helen Roche (Durham University): Back to the Ancient Greek Future? Greek Antiquity as Paradigm in National Socialist Classical Education
15.45 – 16.15: Coffee Break
16.15 – 17.30: Panel 4
Nathalie de Haan (Radboud Universiteit): I nostri antenati. Ancient History, National History: the Italian case
Manuel Loff (Universidade do Porto): Grandeur, Empire, Race: Uses of the Past in Salazar’s Portugal (1930-1945)
17.30 – 18.30: Discussion
19.30: Conference Dinner

Friday 24th January 2020
9.30 – 11: Panel 5
Sarah Rey (Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC) : Jérôme Carcopino, directeur de l’École française de Rome (1937-1940) : ses choix politiques et ses choix historiographiques
Ivan Olujić (University of Zagreb): Study of Ancient History in Croatia between the two World Wars
Antonio Duplá Ansuategui (Universidad del País Vasco): From Essentialism towards Professionalisation, and Landing in Ideology: Spanish Historiography on Ancient History in the Interwar Period
11 – 11.30: Coffee Break
11.30 – 13: Conclusions and discussion

The workshop will take place in rooms 2.49/2.50, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University (NE1 8Q8).

The online registration will be opening soon.

For any doubt or queries, please, email

Nicolò Bettegazzi, PhD Student in Latin Language and Literature, Groningen University
Emilio Zucchetti, PhD Student in Classics and Ancient History, Newcastle University
Prof. Federico Santangelo, Professor of Ancient History, Newcastle University





University of Liverpool, UK: January 17, 2020

Workshop 1: Fragmentation and Fusion

Join us for the first of three workshops, which explore the ancient and modern body as a biocultural construct. 'De/Constructing the Body: Ancient and Modern Dynamics' is an interdisciplinary project led by Georgia Petridou (Liverpool) and Esther Eidinow (Bristol).

About the Project: Recent post-humanist theories have resulted in a surge of interest on the body as a cultural conception. Moreover, through recent explorations of embodiment, the body, as Csordas (1993, 135) writes, has emerged as “the existential ground of culture”. However, very little attention has been paid to the issue of body as a composite feature, and to debates surrounding corporeal knowledge and relational dynamics. Can the body be construed as one entity or is it really an assemblage of its constituent parts? If the latter, how does the body relate to them? Who determines and controls knowledge about bodies, body parts, and their relational dynamics?

The project engages with these questions and argues for a greater fluidity in both the signification processes and the signifying agents (patients, bodies, body parts, dead bodies, medical scientists, nurses, religious professionals and entrepreneurs, medical insurance policies, medical technology, biopolitics, etc.) that create focus and subsequently define physical and imagined frontiers in the human body. It comprises three exploratory workshops, each on a distinct but interrelated theme, aimed primarily at fostering blue-sky thinking and encouraging close collaborations between experts from the fields of Humanities, Disability Studies, Health and Social sciences.

About this Workshop: This interdisciplinary workshop engages with processes of biocultural mapping of bodies, acknowledges the recursive nature and the diachronicity of body-related debates, and lays emphasis on bodily fragmentation and fusion, two processes crucial to our exercise.

Confirmed participants include: Prof. Patty Baker (Kent), Dr. Sean Columb (University of Liverpool), Dr. Jane Draycott (University of Glasgow), Prof. Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol), Prof. Nicola Denzey Lewis (Claremont Graduate University), Prof. Anna Marmodoro (Durham University/University of Oxford), Dr. Ruth Nugent (University of Liverpool), Dr. Emily Heavey (University of Huddersfield), Prof. Brian Hurwitz (Kings College London), Dr. Georgia Petridou (University of Liverpool), Ms. Anna Socha (University of Liverpool), and Prof. Francesca Stavrakopoulou (University of Exeter).

The event is generously sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

There is no fee for this event, which is open to all. However, places are limited. If you are planning to attend, please register here:



Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Thomas G. Palaima, University of Texas at Austin, Organizer

1. Aren Max Wilson-Wright, University of Zurich - In Search of the Root of All Evil: Is There a Concept of “Evil” in the Hebrew Bible?
2. Diane Arnson Svarlien, Independent Scholar - Just Some Evil Scheme: Translating “Badness” in the Plays of Euripides
3. Thomas G. Palaima, University of Texas at Austin - Evil (Not) Then and Evil Now: A Test Case in “Translating” Cultural Notions



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.

Edited 22/12/20219. Presentations:

1. Sharon L. James, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Introduction
2. Sophie Emilia Seidler, University of Washington - Proserpina’s Pomegranate and Ceres’s Anorexic Anger: Food, Sexuality, and Denial in Ovid’s Account of Ceres and Proserpina
3. Caitlin Hines, Wake Forest University - Ovid’s Visceral Reactions: Lexical Change as Intervention in Public Discourses of Power
4. Chenye (Peter) Shi, Stanford University - Naso Ex Machina: A Fine-Grained Sentiment Analysis of Ovid’s Epistolary Poetry
5. Debra Freas, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies - Fabula Muta: Ovid’s Jove in Petronius Satyrica 126.18
6. Ben Philippi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - The Haunting of Naso’s Ghost in Spencer’s Ovidian Intertexts
7. Aislinn Melchior, University of Puget Sound - Reweaving Philomela’s Tongue


(CFP closed February 8, 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.

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Seth Jeppesen, Brigham Young University - Introduction
2. Hallie Marshall, University of British Columbia - Now We See You, Now We Don’t: Displacement, Citizenship, and Gender in Greek Tragedy
3. Allannah Karas, Valparaiso University - Aeschylus’s Erinyes as Suppliant Immigrants: Enchantment and Subjugation
4. Lana Radloff, Bishop’s University - The Sword, the Box, and the Bow: Trauma, (Dis)placement, and “New Canadians”
5. Sarah J. Thompson, University of California, Davis - How Sweet are Tears: The Uses of Lamentation in the Trojan Women and Queens of Syria
6. Chiara Aliberti, Brigham Young University - Response


(CFP closed March 15, 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.

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University, and Serena S. Witzke, Wesleyan University - Introduction
2. Catherine M. Draycott, Durham University - If I Say That the Polyxena Sarcophagus was Deisgned for a Woman, Does that Make Me a TERF? Identity Politics and Power Now and Then
3. Alana Newman, Monmouth College - Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Ptolemaic Faience and the Limits of Female Power
4. Krishni Schaefgen Burns, University of Illinois at Chicago - Cornelia’s Connections: Political Influence in Cross-Class Female Networks
5. Morgan E. Palmer, University of Nebraska Lincoln - Always Advanced by Her Recommendations: The Vestal Virgins and Women’s Mentoring
6. Jessica Clark, Florida State University - Chiomara and the Roman Centurion
7. Gunnar Dumke, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg - Basilissa, Not Mahārāni: The Indo-Greek Queen Agathokleia


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)



Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organizers: Stacie Raucci, Union College, and Hunter Gardner, University of South Carolina

The theme of the panel is space and place in the reception of the ancient world on screen. The “spatial turn” has had a prominent role in recent years in scholarly writings in classics. A number of these works have utilized spatial theory as an interpretative framework, including the writings of theorists Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, and Henri Lefebvre. Likewise, there has been significant work on space and place in film studies. Yet this theme has been understudied in the reception of the ancient world in film and television. While there are some notable exceptions, there remains much room for work in this area, in particular work that engages with the valuable theoretical frameworks already being used in other areas of classics. Such work is particularly important for the study of the ancient world on screen, given the highly visual nature of the cinematic texts under examination. In light of cinema’s long celebrated capacity to immerse viewers in temporally and geographically ancient spaces, we argue that space and place have become even more important in classical reception than in other areas of film studies. Since the ancient world is being recreated or often (re)imagined, the way cinematic artists envision and frame spaces becomes a noteworthy vehicle for audience engagement with the past.

1. Stacie Raucci, Union College - Introduction & Reverse Archaeology: Constructing Ancient Roman Spaces on Screen
2. Hunter Gardner, University of South Carolina - Visual Archaeology and Spatial Disorientation in Fellini
3. Dan Curley, Skidmore College - A View with (a) Room: Spatial Projections in Ancient and Screen Epic
4. Meredith Safran, Trinity College - Lost in Space: Matrices of Exilic Wandering in the Aeneid and Battlestar Galactica
5. Jon Solomon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Response



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

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Daniel Orrells, King’s College London - Introduction
2. Ronald J. J. Blankenborg, Radboud University - Discomfort in Performance? Aigeus Seduced in Euripides’s Medea
3. Kay Gabriel, Princeton University - Euripides, Ultra-Moderniste: H. D. and Avant-Garde Failure
4. Edmund V. Thomas, Durham University - Bernini’s Two Theatres and the Trauma of Classical Reception in Seventeenth-Century Rome
5. Peter Swallow, King’s College London - The Birds Doesn’t Take Off: Aristophanes’s Victorian Burlesque and Why It Failed
6. Marios Kallos, University of British Columbia - Challenging Expectations: The Notorious Productions of Peter Sellar’s Ajax and Anatoly Vasiliev’s Medea
7. Melissa Funke, The University of Winnipeg - Dionysus on Tour: Cross-Cultural Performance in a Beijing Opera Bacchae
8. Rosa Andújar, King’s College London - Response


(CFP closed February 8, 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.

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Bryan Whitchurch, Fordham University - Turks as Trojans: Intertext and Allusion in Ubertino Posculo’s Constantinopolis
2. Annette M. Baertschi, Bryn Mawr College - Exemplarity in Petrarch’s Africa
3. Carl P. E. Springer, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga - Rhyming Rome: Luther’s In Clementem Papam VII 4. John Izzo, Columbia University
Aztec Physicians in Greco-Roman Garb - 5. Benjamin C. Driver, Brown University
Galileo the Immortalizer: Classical Allusions in the Dedication of Sidereus Nuncius
6. Nicolò Bettegazzi, University of Groningen - The Pax Augustea in Facist Italy: A Catholic Response to the Augustan Bimillenary

(CFP closed February 23, 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.

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Patricia Craig, The Catholic University of America - Aeneas, Hercules, and Augustus: The Ambiguous Heroes of Virgil’s Aeneid
2. David West, Ashland University - Imperial Venus Venatrix in the Aeneid
3. Adalberto Magnavacca, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa - Virgil’s Teachings: Competitive Ecphrasis in Stat. Silv. 4.2
4. Vergil Parson, University of Virginia - Imperial Tityrus: Virgil in Calpurnius Siculus
5. Stephanie Quinn, Rockford University - Broch Reads Virgil
6. Vassiliki Panoussi, College of William & Mary - Response


(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.

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania - Introduction
2. Richard Armstrong, University of Houston - Lodovico Dolce’s L’Ulisse: Rethinking Homeric Translation and Reception from the Material to the Imaginary
3. Julia Claire Hernandez, Washington and Lee University - Juan de Mena’s Omero Romançado: On (Not) Translating Homer in the Court of Juan II of Castile
4. William Theiss, Princeton University - The Abbé d’Aubignac and the Death of Homer
5. Nathaniel Hess, University of Cambridge - From Peisistratus to the Papacy – Homeric Translation and Authority in the Reign of Nicholas V
6. Emily Wilson, University of Pennsylvania - Response


(CFP closed March 8, 2019)



Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Cynthia Damon, University of Pennsylvania, Presider

1. David Wray, University of Chicago - “Learned Poetry,” Modernist Juxtaposition, and the Classics: Three Case Studies
2. Christopher Stedman Parmenter, New York University - Frank Snowden at Naukratis: Revisiting the Image of the Black in Western Art
3. Kathleen Noelle Cruz, Princeton University - Norse Gods in Tyrkland: The Manipulation of the Classical Tradition in Snorra Edda
4. Adriana Maria Vazquez, University of California, Los Angeles - Dreaming of Hector in the Brazilian Neoclassical Period: Conceptualizing “Window Reception”
5. James R. Townshend, University of Miami - “Keep Quiet! You Can’t Even Read Latin!” The Satirical Purpose of Western Classics in Natsume Sōseki’s I Am a Cat



Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organizer: Charles Stocking, Western University

The political climate of Europe and North America has rendered the work of Michel Foucault relevant now more than ever, especially with regard to concepts such as biopolitics, power, and will to truth, among others. Furthermore, with the recent publication of several lecture series and other works, it has become increasingly clear that Foucault’s formulation of these seemingly modern political concepts was born out of a sustained engagement with antiquity throughout his career. This panel therefore offers the first collaborative effort to analyze Foucault’s engagement with ancient Greece and Rome beyond the topic of sexuality. The papers in this panel do not offer “Foucauldian” readings of antiquity per se. Rather, each paper engages with the genealogy and influence of Foucault’s thought as an occasion to reconsider specific themes, topics, and texts in the ancient world within a broader intellectual context.

1. Charles Stocking, Western University - Introduction
2. Marcus Folch, Columbia University - Foucault in the Roman Carcer
3. Charles Stocking, Western University - Foucault and the Funeral Games: Ancient Roots for a Modern Problematic of Power
4. Miriam Leonard, University College London - The Power of Oedipus: Michel Foucault with Hanna Arendt
5. Brooke Holmes, Princeton University - Biopolitics and the Afterlife of Michel Foucault’s Concept of Life
6. Paul Allen Miller, University of South Carolina - The Body Politic: Foucault and Cynics



Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

John F. Miller, University of Virginia, Presider

1. Nathan M. Kish, Cornell College - Decorum, Obscenity, and Literary Authority in the Letters of Poggio Bracciolini and Panormita
2. Eric Wesley Driscoll, American School of Classical Studies at Athens - “A Single, Easily Managed Household”: Antiquity and the Peloponnese in Late Byzantium
3. Jesús Muñoz Morcillo, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Progymnasmatic Ekphrasis at the Latin School of Arezzo and Vasari’s “Memory Images”



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.

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Margaret Day Elsner, The University of the South - Sugar Baby’s Riddle: Sphinx or Sibyl?
2. Samuel Agbamu, King’s College London - Metamorphoses in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You (2018)
3. Stefani Echeverria-Fenn, University of California, Berkeley - When and Where I (Don’t) Enter: Afro-Pessimism, the Fungible Object, and Black Queer Representations of Medusa
4. Tom Hawkins, The Ohio State University - Centaurs and Equisapiens
5. Stuart McManus, Chinese University of Hong Kong - Frank M. Snowden, Jr. and the Origins of the Image of the Black in Western Art
6. Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University - “Every Time I Think about Color It’s a Political Statement”: Classical Elements in the Art of Emma Amos
7. Shelley Haley, Hamilton College - Response

Organizers: Mathias Hanses, The Pennsylvania State University, Caroline Stark, Howard University, Harriet Fertik, University of New Hampshire, and Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Brown University.


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)



Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organizers: Yurie Hong (Gustavus Adolphus College), Marina Haworth (North Hennepin Community College), Amit Shilo (UC, Santa Barbara), T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University)

Classicists at all levels have knowledge, experience, skills, and contacts that can usefully contribute to civic activism outside of academia proper. The Classics & Social Justice Affiliated Group has organized a workshop on the subject of Classics and Civic Activism for the upcoming AIA/SCS meeting. We invite proposals for a lightning round on outward-facing activism in which presenters will spend 3 minutes sharing their own experiences and making recommendations. These presentations will become integral to discussions among participants during the following breakout sessions.

The lightning round is the second of three parts of the workshop:

1) Three featured presenters from Indivisible, the National Humanities Alliance, and the American Federation of Teachers will offer guidance in community organizing, engaging with representatives, and other advocacy work, specifically focusing on how academics and educators can combine their skills and expertise with activism.

2) Lightning-round presentations will allow members to share their own experiences with civic engagement, presenting a broad spectrum of Classics-based activism.

3) Small-group discussion will allow time for participants to actively engage with the topics raised in the lightning round and share their own techniques and resources.

Potential lightning-round topics include, but are not limited to:

* using insights from the ancient world to advocate for social justice today
* engaging in political or community issue advocacy
* public-facing outreach projects
* advocating for educational policy
* organizing and unionizing at colleges and schools
* fostering inclusivity and accessibility in museums and historical sites
* letter-writing campaigns and citizen lobbying
* educating the public about ancient and modern democracy

Submit a 1-2 sentence proposal to be a lightning-round speaker by filling out this brief submission form no later than midnight September 15. The organizers are committed to ensuring diversity in topics and presenters, including presenters from all parts of the AIA/SCS membership: undergraduate and graduate students, retired members, teachers and professors, independent scholars, curators, editors, and more. We welcome submitters to comment on their own positionality in relation to their topic if they would like.

Due to limited time, not all potential speakers may be able to be accommodated during the lightning round, however there will be time during the following small-group discussion. Giving a lightning-round talk *does not* interfere with giving a paper or chairing a panel elsewhere on the program (per the SCS’ “single-appearance” policy).


(CFP closed September 15, 2019)



Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organizers: Christopher Waldo, University of California, Berkeley, and Elizabeth Wueste, American University of Rome

The field of classical reception has experienced a significant boom in the last decade, expanding to encompass receptions by ever more diverse communities of writers and artists. Several prominent scholars, including Emily Greenwood and Dan-el Padilla Peralta, have studied the emergence in the twentieth century of dialogues between the literatures of the Black Atlantic and classical antiquity, and there has been a noticeable surge in publications exploring the staging of Greek tragedies in non-western contexts. The last decade has also seen a relative rise in the visibility of classics in the Far East, as scholars like Jinyu Liu and Mira Seo have forged substantial institutional connections in China and Singapore respectively. This panel situates itself at the convergence of these two broader phenomena, investigating the reception of the classical tradition in contemporary Asian and Asian American culture.

1. Christopher Waldo, University of California, Berkeley - Introduction
2. Stephanie Wong, Brown University - Princess Turnadot, an Occidental Oriental
3. Kelly Nguyen, Brown University - No One Knows His Own Stock: Ocean Vuong’s Reception of Telemachus and Odysseus
4. Kristina Chew, University of California, Santa Cruz - Translating the Voices of Tragedy’s “Other” Women: Theresa Has Kyung Cha’s Dictee and Seneca’s Phaedra
5. Priya Kothari, University of California, Berkeley - A Palimpsest of Performance: The Construction of Classicism in the Vallabha Tradition
6. Melissa Mueller, University of Massachusetts Amherst - Response



Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 2020 Annual Meeting. Washington DC: January 2-5, 2020

Organizers: David J. Wright, Fordham University, and Lindsey A. Mazurek, University of Oregon

This workshop explores the benefits and challenges of “then and now” approaches to issues of social justice in the classroom. The rise of reception studies in classical scholarship has made modern comparisons more common in contemporary classrooms (Hanink 2017). Dramatic incidents like the rape of Lucretia, the Ionian revolts, and the colonization of Gaul can fall flat on the page for modern students, and many better understand the classical world through analogies with the present. While some instructors and even students maintain that the ancient world must be studied and analyzed primarily in contexts divorced from the modern US experience, these comparisons can provide richer and more meaningful points of entry for undergraduates that raise new issues about justice, equality, and minority perspectives.

1. Nicole Nowbahar, Rutgers University - Using Cross-Dressing to Understand Ancient Conceptions of Gender and Identity
2. Curtis Dozier, Vassar College - Classical Antiquity and Contemporary Hate Groups
3. Matthew Gorey, Wabash College - The Reception of Classics in Hispanophone and Lusophone Cultures and Modern Imperialism
4. Lindsey A. Mazurek, University of Oregon - Comparing Present and Past in the Migration Classroom
5. Daniel Libatique, College of the Holy Cross - Cultural and Historical Contingencies in Ancient and Modern Sexuality
6. Sam Flores, College of Charleston - Races in Antiquity and Modernity


Archive of Conferences and Past Calls for Papers 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.

Edited 16/11/2019. Program:

Monday 16th December 2019

1.30-2pm Registration
2-2.10pm Welcome John Bennet (British School at Athens)
2.10-2.30pm Welcome Mairi Gkikaki (University of Warwick)

Session 1: Communication, community and social cohesion
Chair: Panagiotis Tselekas (University of Thessaloniki)
2.30-3pm Tragic tokens: Sophoclean symbola in context - Patrick Finglass (University of Bristol)
3-3.30pm The Council of Five Hundred and Symbola in Classical Athens - Mairi Gkikaki (University of Warwick)

3.30-4.30pm Coffee

Session 2: ‘Breaking the code’: the cryptic character of tokens
Chair: Katerina Panagopoulou (University of Crete)
4.30-5pm Nike on Hellenistic lead tokens: Iconography and meaning - Martin Schäfer (Archaeological Society at Athens)
5-5.30pm Athenian clay tokens: New types, new series - Stamatoula Makrypodi (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and University of Athens)
5.30-6pm A New Type of Roman Period Clay Tokens from Jerusalem - Yoav Farhi (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

6-6.15pm Break

6.15-7pm Keynote Address by John H. Kroll (University of Texas at Austin): The Corpus of Athenian Tokens: 150 Years of Expansion and Study from Postolakas to the Present

From 7pm onwards: Reception

Tuesday 17th December 2019

Session 3: Political devices of the participatory democracy
Chair: Harikleia Papageorgiadou (National Hellenic Research Foundation)
10-10.30am Tokens and Tribes: an Iconographic Overview - Daria Russo (Sapienza University of Rome – Anhima UMR 8210)
10.30-11am Tokens and Corruption in Fourth Century BC Athens - Alessandro Orlandini (University of Milan)
11-11.30am Symbola and Political Equality in Classical Athens - James Kierstead (Victoria University of Wellington)

11.30-12am Coffee

12-12.45pm Keynote Address by Quinn Dupont (University College Dublin) The Social Order of “Crypto” Communities

1-2.30pm Lunch

Session 4: New Finds
Chair: Aliki Moustaka (University of Thessaloniki)
2.30-3pm Tokens from the Koile Area - Olga Dakoura-Vogiatzoglou (Ephory of Antiquities of the City of Athens)
3-3.30pm New Hellenistic and Roman clay tokens from Sicily through local identities, museum and archival Research - Antonino Crisà (Ghent University)

3.30-4.30pm Coffee

Session 5: Athenian tokens in the world of the Eastern Mediterranean
Chair: Sophia Kremydi (National Hellenic Research Foundation)
4.30-5pm Contextualising Athenian Tokens - Clare Rowan (University of Warwick)
5-5.30pm Lead tokens in Graeco-Roman Egypt: A Reassessment of Dating and Purpose - Denise Wilding (University of Warwick)
5.30-6pm Alexander the Great’ in Lead and Bronze: The evidence of Greek and Roman tokens (3rd–5th centuries AD) -Cristian Mondello (University of Warwick)

6-6.15 Break

6.15-6.30pm Thanks and Farewell


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)



Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford: December 16, 2019

The conference seeks to explore the reimaginings of classical antiquity in the artistic, media, and cultural expressions of Italian Fascism and para-fascist regimes in Europe from the inter-war period to the end of WW2. Whether in theatre, cinema, or mass events such as sports or political rallies, fascism used the symbolic power of classical traditions to produce large-scale spectacles. The deployment of technological means and of the performance medium in fascist events often resulted in a spectacularisation of antiquity which, to borrow Jeffrey Schnapp’s phrase, represents the ‘aesthetic overproduction’ that characterised Fascism’s Italian strain. Rather than the sublimation of the political into the aesthetic in the Benjaminian sense, the spectacularisation of the classical past played a key role in materialising the fascist political project of shaping a popular community.

Whilst analyses of fascism’s exploitation of Roman antiquity as well as of its more general politics of spectacle have flourished since the last decades of the twentieth century, a direct focus on the wide-ranging appropriation of Greek and Roman theatre is still missing. Thus, the conference will bring together international scholars, whose work has addressed fascism from the different perspectives of classics, theatre and performance studies, sociology and cultural history. It will predominantly focus on the reception of classics within artistic and cultural production, whilst also drawing links to classical philology, archaeology, and educational contexts. The aim is to view fascist culture within its historical dimension, following recent scholarly trends that underscore the importance of detailing the national traits of fascism, on the one hand, and defining its conceptual and constitutive elements on the other. This theoretical framework will also allow participants to reassess the mechanisms, which underlie performances of the classical past outside fascist contexts, both synchronically and diachronically.

The symposium will bring together international scholars whose work has addressed fascism from the different perspectives of classics and theatre and performance studies, sociology and cultural history. It is organised by Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford), Eleftheria Ioannidou (RUG), and Sara Troiani (Trento). It will be the first in a series of events on the theme on fascism, performance, and media (the second symposium will take place at the University of Groningen (Arts, Culture and Media, The main focus will be INDA (National Institute of Ancient Drama) and other classical performances in Fascist Italy.

10.15-10.45 Registration and Coffee
10.45-11.00 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Giovanna Di Martino and Sara Troiani present the APGRD and Laboratorio Dionysos Databases
11.00-12.00 Classicising the Spectacle – Chair: Oliver Taplin (Oxford)
Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen) - A Classical Modernity
Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) – Aeschylus, Modernity and the New ‘Classical’ Ideal
12.00-13.00 Classics and the Spectacular I: Ettore Romagnoli, INDA and Fascism – Chair: Giorgio Ieranò (Trento)
Sara Troiani (Trento) – Ettore Romagnoli’s Productions and the Fascist Regime
Natalie Minioti (Thessaloniki) - The Secret Meaning of the Chorus in the Theatrical Performances of the Dramatic Festival of Syracuse During the Fascist Period
13:00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Classics and the Spectacular II - INDA, Music and Dances – Chair: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Giovanna Casali (Bologna) - Did the Music Change under the Fascist Regime? A Survey of the Musical Compositions in the INDA Performances
Giulia Bordignon (Venice) - ‘Living Sculpture’: The Dancing Chorus at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, 1927-1939
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.15 Theorising Fascist Classicism – Chair: Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen)
Dimitris Plantzos (Athens) and Vasileios Balaskas (Malaga-Athens) - Reinventing Romanitas; Exchanges of Classical Antiquities as Symbolic Gifts Between Italy and Spain (1933-1943)
Helen Roche (Cambridge) - Theorising the Use and Abuse of the Classical Past in Mussolini’s Third Rome and Hitler’s Third Reich
16.15-17.15 Plenary led by Pantelis Michelakis
17.15-18.00 Drinks reception

Supported by APGRD; Faculty of Classics, Oxford; Laboratorio Dionysos, Università di Trento; University of Groningen

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Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw: December 12–14, 2019

The Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA), the Collegium Artes Liberales (CLAS), and the Cluster The Past for the Present at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” University of Warsaw jointly with the Société Internationale des Amis de Cicéron (SIAC) have the pleasure to organize the 2019 Ciceronian Congress focused on Cicero’s role in Artes Liberales education across the ages until the present days.

The 2019 Congress is taking place on the 30th anniversary of the VII Colloquium Tullianum “Cicerone e lo Stato” organized in Warsaw in 1989 by Prof. Jerzy Axer and the Centro di Studi Ciceroniani.

The Congress’ proceedings will be accompanied by a panel discussion on the Arpinate’s importance for the formation of civil society and by a session by high-school students who will present their own vision of Cicero. These elements of a societal impact are framed within the Cluster The Past for the Present: International Research and Educational Programme built by the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà and Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica of the Università di Bologna, and the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge.

Moreover, a special panel will be devoted to presenting the most recent results in the studies on the Aratea – Cicero’s poetic endeavour of significant cultural and educational importance.

We plan a publication of the Congress’ proceedings in the journal Ciceroniana On Line.

The Organizing Committee:
Prof. Jerzy Axer (Director of the Collegium Artes Liberales at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw)
Prof. Ermanno Malaspina (Chairman of the SIAC Advisory Board, Executive Director of the journal Ciceroniana On Line)
Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak (Director of OBTA at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw)

The conference booklet is available here: [pdf]

For more information see:



University of Edinburgh: December 12-14, 2019

The symposium brings together scholars from across North America, Europe and Asia in order to explore how public performances of classicising learning (however defined in each culture) influenced and served imperial or state power in premodern political systems across Eurasia and North Africa. Aiming at encouraging scholarly exchanges among experts in different fields and cultures, the papers relate to the following three interconnected thematic strands: (a) Classicising learning and the social order, (b) Classicising learning and the political order, and (c) Classicising learning and the self.

Speakers: Robert Ashmore (Berkeley), Floris Bernard (Ghent), Mirko Canevaro (Edinburgh), Javier Cha (Seoul), Ming-kin Chu (Hong Kong), Christophe Erismann (Vienna), Michael Fuller (University of California, Irvine), Elena Gittleman (Bryn Mawr), Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (Edinburgh), James Hankins (Harvard), Florian Hartmann (Aachen), Michael Hope (Yonsei), Pascal Hugon (Vienna), Takeshi Inomata (Arizona), Ashton Lazarus (Kyushu), Marina Loukaki (Athens), Christopher Nugent (Williams), Daphne Penna (Groningen), Alberto Rigolio (Durham), Asuka Sango (Carleton), Jonathan Skaff (Shippensburg), Luka Spoljarić (Zagreb), Ariel Stilerman (Stanford), Justin Stover (Edinburgh), Elizabeth Tyler (York), Lieve van Hoof (Ghent), Griet Vankeerberghen (McGill), Milan Vukašinović (ANAMED, Koç University), Elvira Wakelnig (Vienna), Stephen H. West (Berkeley), Julian Yolles (Odense)

The full programme and the list of abstracts are available in our website. Places are limited, so early registration is strongly recommended. Students can benefit from a reduced registration rate.




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)



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)



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)



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:

(Edit 20/7/2019) Program:

0930 Welcome
0940 Guest Speaker: Dr Abigail Graham (ICS) - Title tbc
1020 Paul Kelly (KCL) - Risk and return in Roman Egypt
1055 Break
1110 Konstantin Schulz (HU Berlin) - CALLIDUS: A database of exercises for learning Latin
1145 Benjamin Wilck (HU Berlin) - Hidden messages in Greek mathematics: Results of a statistical analysis of linguistic regularities in Euclid's Elements
1230 Lunch & Poster Presentations
1340 Giulia Frigerio (Kent) - The impact of the laurel on Apolline divination: Affecting the mind without the use of drugs
1415 Noga Erez-Yodfat (Ben-Gurion) - Senses and the embodied mind of the mystes in ancient mystery cults
1450 Mark McCahill (Glasgow) - The ancient senses and Roman ritual: Considering imagines as memory objects in an interdisciplinary context
1525 Break
1540 Samuel Agbamu (KCL) - Classics and the Poverty of Philosophy
1615 Vivienne McGlashan (Bristol) - The Bacchants are silent: Applying cognitive approaches to explore ritual maenadism
1650 Nathalie Choubineh (Reading) - Kinetography: A methodological framework for reading kinetic motifs in the Greek vase-painting
1730 Drinks Reception

Free event. Book:

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by visiting:


(CFP closed June 28, 2019)



Faculty of Humanities, University of Roehampton, UK: December 7, 2019

Confirmed Speakers:
* Patrick Finglass (University of Bristol)
* Fiona McHardy (University of Roehampton)
* Lyndsay Coo (University of Bristol)
* Gesine Manuwald (UCL)
* Donatella Puliga (Università di Siena)

The story of Tereus preoccupied major authors in classical antiquity. References to it date back to the Homeric poems and the myth was addressed by renowned dramatists, such as Aeschylus, Sophocles and Accius, before being adapted by Ovid. These different versions raise questions about the reconstruction of the myth and representation of women, family violence, and taboos, such as rape and paidophagia. Aspects of the story reverberate in ancient material culture, especially Greek vase paintings, which also stem from different variants and traditions.

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines (Greek Literature; Latin Literature; Archaeology; Reception Studies) and to create a lively and challenging setting for discussion of new methodologies to reimagine the myth of Tereus. Although fragments are an emerging trend in Classical studies, this mythological focus will foster collaboration between Classicists taking innovative approaches to reconstructing and adapting the Tereus myth for audiences ancient and modern.

This conference will focus on the reconstruction, transmission and reception of Tereus in Greece and Rome by examining its different treatments in classical literature and art. As such, it will be of significant interest for researchers working on Greek and Roman tragedies, Ovid, classical reception and ancient material culture.

Submission Guidelines:

Papers may include but are not limited to:
1. Challenges to the received attribution, ordering, and textual arrangement of fragments
2. Innovative methodologies, or integration of different approaches, for reconstructing dramas
3. Quotation contexts
4. Productions of Tereus
5. Reception of fragmentary texts

Applicants are kindly invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for a poster or a 10-minute presentation. We especially encourage postgraduate students to participate. Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association, we are able to provide bursaries to cover the fees of the conference for the speakers.

Deadlines: Proposals should be sent to the organisers ( by 14 October 2019, 11:59pm. Selected applicants will be contacted by 1 November 2019.

The conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of ISC and the Classical Association.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries at

The organisers: Alessandra Abbattista (independent scholar)
Chiara Blanco (University of Cambridge)
Maria Haley (University of Manchester)
Giacomo Savani (University College Dublin)


(CFP closed 14 October, 2019)



SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT: December 6-7, 2019

Join Jennifer Wallace, Simon Goldhill, Katie Fleming, Rosa Andujar, Renaud Gagne, Barabra Goff, Tina Chanter, Astrid van Weyenberg and many others from a variety of disciplines to discuss tragedy, its ability to comment on present crises, and the global politics of adaptation.

Summary: Building on ideas explored in the Re- Interdisciplinary Network's CRASSH events, the conference aims to examine ideas of repetition within canonical traditions of tragedy from the perspective of the Global South, in the process raising questions about the problems of those categories as they are changing. We want to scrutinize the literary, political, and philosophical relevance of re-/un-working tragedy in cross-cultural contexts. Taking up the concept of ‘tragedy’ in a world shaken by global conflicts, deterritorialization, and migration crises, the conference asks:

How do people in various zones of crisis embrace, interpret and adapt canonical traditions of tragedy to make sense of their suffering and express their resistance?

How do authors, playwrights, performers, philosophers, and critics respond to the questions raised by the reworking of tragedies?

How does the reworking of tragedies in the Global South transform the idea of the canon and/or decolonise the literary curricula?

We often employ the prefix ‘re-’, as in ‘re-working’, ‘re-writing’, ‘re-thinking’, ‘re-imagining’, ‘re-appropriating’, ‘re-presenting’ as if to situate the modern work in a historical line, or dialectical movement, of repetitions. The creation of the new cannot but come with reference to the prior. But how does recognisable repetition operate as a unique kind of site for invention, and for speech? Besides, how might we rethink the tragic canon as a destabilizing gesture – an un-working, rather than re-working - through perspectives from the Global South? In reference to ‘unworking’, or désoevrement as a concept that interrupts, suspends, and counteracts the work in the moment of its unfolding, the conference will look for ways to put the authoritative position of the ‘original work’ at stake. Unworking this notion of ‘the original’ reveals the work of tragedy as that which opens itself to reinvention and becomes self-consciously meaningful in the moment of its re-presentation.

The conference will bring together artists and authors who adapt classical tragedies together with academics from various disciplines. The programme will comprise roundtable discussions, panels and creative workshops.

Day 1 - 6 December

09.00-9.20 Registration

09.20-09.30 Introduction: Ekin Bodur (University of Cambridge) and Clare L.E. Foster (CRASSH)

09.30-10.30 Conversation with Artists: Omar Abusaada (Playwright and Theatre Director) & Mohammad al Attar (Dramaturge, Playwright): How does tragedy respond to the urgencies of its day? How does adapting tragedy bear witness to political conflict?

10.30-11.30 Keynote: Freddie Rokem (Theatre Studies, University of Tel Aviv and Chicago University) “Take up the Bodies!”

11.30-12.00 Tea and Coffee

12.00-13.30 Panel: A Case Study: “Antigones”
Chair: Freddie Rokem (Theatre Studies, University of Tel Aviv and Chicago University)
Andrés Henao Castro (University of Massachusetts, Boston) “Antigone and the necrodialectic of enforced disappearances.”
Katherine Fleming (English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London)“Antigone, WWII and the battleground of philosophy”
Kristina Hagström-Ståhl (Performative Arts, University of Gothenburg) “Un-doing Antigone”
Ekin Bodur (English, University of Cambridge) “When Antigone embodies collective resistance”

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.00 Panel: Re-/Un-working tragedy in times/zones of crisis
How do people in various zones of crisis embrace, interpret and adapt canonical traditions of tragedy to make sense of their suffering and express their resistance? How might we rethink the adaptations of canonical tragedies as a destabilizing gesture – an un-working, rather than re-working - through perspectives from the Global South?
Chair: Barbara Goff (Classics, University of Reading)
Sola Adeyemi (Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths University of London)
Ramona Mosse (Freie Universitat, Berlin)
Miriam Leonard (Classics, University College London)
Tina Chanter (Philosophy, Newcastle University)

16.00-16.30 Tea and Coffee

16.30-18.00 Practical Workshop: “Can a dramatic text or performance ever be universal?”
Mark Maughan & Tim Cowbury (Theatre Makers, a Writer-Director Partnership)

19.00-21.00 Dinner (reserve your place via the event registration link)

Day 2 - 7th December

10.00-11.30 Panel: Deterritorialization / Reterritorialization: Global South Perspectives
Is there such a thing as a global south perspective? Or perspectives?
Do they use canonical counter-discourse to decolonize tragedy?
Do they offer an immediate critique of the western idea of the canon, or do they add pile upon pile on the very same canon?
Chair: Sami Everett (CRASSH, Univeristy of Cambridge)
Astrid Van Weyenberg (Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University)
Jane Montgomery Griffiths (Theatre and Performance, Monash University)
Anna Frieda Kuhn (Comparative Literature, University of Würzburg)
Eylem Ejder (Theatre Studies, Ankara University)

11.30-12.00 Tea and Coffee

12.00-13.30 Roundtable Discussion: The Politics of Adaptation
Is there a unified or trans-historical idea of tragedy? Is adapting a Greek tragedy to comment on the political present unfair to the text?
Chair: Zoe Svendsen (English, Cambridge University, Theatre Director)
Rosa Andujar (Liberal Arts and Classics, King’s College London)
Simon Goldhill (Classics, University of Cambridge)
Jennifer Wallace (English, University of Cambridge)
Chana Morgenstern (English, University of Cambridge)
Omar Abusaada (Theatre Director)

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.30 Conversation with Artists: Özlem Daltaban & Murat Daltaban (DOT Theatre Istanbul & Edinburgh)

15.30-16.30 Final Discussion: What are the stakes about generalizing about the Global South? Where is (or isn’t) “the Global South”? - Ankhi Mukherjee (English, Oxford University)




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


(CFP closed 28 July, 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.


(CFP closed September 30, 2019)



Maison Française d’Oxford, 2-10, Norham Rd, Oxford OX2 6SE: November 29, 2019

APGRD [Oxford], Université Grenoble Alpes and Université Paris 13

10.30-11.00 Registration and Coffee

11.00-11.15 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh and the organisers: Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble), Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) and Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13)

11.15-12.15 – Theorising ‘Volgarizzamento’
Chair: Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13)
Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford): ‘Vernacularisation’ as Translation Theory in Early Modern Italy
Giulia Fiore (Bologna): Ἑρμηνέων ἑρμηνῆς. On Vulgarizing Greek Tragedy in the Italian Cinquecento

12.15-12.30 Coffee Break

12.30-1.30 Theorising Imitation I
Chair: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13): The Theory and Practice of Imitation: translated fragments in Lapéruse’s Médée (1556), Le Loyer’s Néphélococugie (1579) and Garnier’s Troade (1579) and Antigone ou la piété (1580)
Angelica Vedelago (Padua): Translating Greek Tragedy in Sixteenth-century Europe: Between Imitation and Competition

1.30-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.30 – Theorising Imitation II
Chair: Micha Lazarus (Cambridge)
Alexia Dedieu (Grenoble): Ut carminum rationem in hoc scriptore densissimis tenebris inuolutam clarissima luce donaretur. Faire la lumière sur la métrique: Willem Canter éditeur d’Euripide
Lucy Jackson (Durham): Greek Tragedy Translated ad spiritum - George Buchanan's Baptistes sive calumnia (1577) and Sophocles’ Antigone

3.30-3.45 Coffee Break

3.45-4.45 – Theorising Translation Practices
Chair: Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow)
Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble): On translating Greek Comedy, c. 1440-1550
Thomas Baier (Würzburg): Why translations? Melanchthon and Camerarius on translating Greek Tragedy

4.45-5.30 Plenary led by Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow)

5.30-6.30 Drinks Reception and Theatre Workshop with Estelle Baudou (APGRD, Marie Curie Research Fellow) – Performing Early Modern Translation

Follow this link to register:

For more information, please email:



Cardiff University, UK: November 27, 2019

Session 1 9.30-12.00: The Tower Building (70 Park Place) room 0.03
Session 2 1.00-6.00: The Tower Building (70 Park Place) room 0.01

9.30am Assemble for COFFEE
10.00am Jan Stronk (Amsterdam) - ‘The Greeks and Persia’.
10.40am Eran Almagor (Jerusalem) - ‘Notes on the Chronology of the Reign of Artaxerxes II’.
11.20am Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Cardiff) - ‘Dating the Book of Esther: Between the Achaemenids and the Hasmoneans’.
12.00 LUNCH
1.00pm Stephen Harrison (Swansea) - ‘Borders and the Limits of Universality in the Achaemenid and Seleucid Empires'.
1.40pm Melissa Benson (UCL) - ‘Violence in the Behistun Monument’.
2.20pm Mai Musee (Oxford) - ‘Myth and Reality: Persia in the Ancient Novel’.
3.20pm Kirstin Droß-Krüpe (Kassel) - ‘Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, in Baroque Opera’.
4.00pm Julia Hartley (Warwick) - ‘Resuscitating the Achaemenids: Jane Dieulafoy’s Parysatis on the Page and on the Stage'.
4.45pm Keynote Speaker: Irene Madreiter (Innsbruck) – ‘Abduction into the seraglio: gendered notions of the ‘harem’ from Ctesias of Cnidus to Cristina de Belgiojoso and Lady Montagu’.
6.00pm Drinks & Dinner

For details contact: Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones ( and Dr Eve MacDonald (





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:

(CFP closed May 20, 2019)

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.



University of Turin, Italy: November 26-29, 2019

The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico – University of Turin ( is delighted to circulate the CALL FOR PAPERS for the Third International Conference in Ancient Fragmentary Drama "The Forgotten Theatre" - University of Turin, 26th-29th of November 2019.

THE CONFERENCE: School education has consecrated, since ancient times, a canon of dramatic theatrical works capable of representing wonderfully the genius and essence of Greco-Roman theatre. This canon has helped direct scholars’ attention to some works of dramatic literature at the expense of the ancient tragedians and playwrights, causing a critical oversight of some works within the tradition of classical theatre - long considered to be of lesser value - especially those preserved in a fragmentary fashion or known by an indirect tradition. The International Conference The Forgotten Theatre aims, for the third consecutive year, to be a stimulus to revitalize academic interest in fragmentary Greco-Roman dramatic texts, long relegated to the sidelines of scientific research and contemporary theatre productions. The conference will host academics at any stage of their career, who wish to collaborate in order to cast new light on the forgotten theatre through their studies.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION - The conference will accept some papers concerning primarily, but not exclusively, the following research areas:

* Criticism, commentary and constitutio textus of fragmentary dramatic Greek and Latin works, both tragic and comic;
* Well-reasoned attempts to reconstruct the plot of tragedies (or entire trilogies/ tetralogies) that are either fragmentary, incomplete or known by indirect tradition.
* New considerations of matters concerning the contents and representations of fragmentary dramas, with special emphasis given to evidence of-fered by internal captions, marginalia and scholia;
* The development of Greek and Latin dramatic genres with particular attention to the influence exerted on them by other forms of mimetic art (such as kitharodia, dance, mime);
* Research on minor Greek, Latin, Magna Graecia and Etruscan theatrical traditions;
* The use of iconographic, epigraphic, archaeological, papyrological and codicological sources in the study of ancient drama;
* The contribution of historical-anthropological disciplines (anthropology, historiography, philosophy, psychology) to the study of ancient drama;
* The reception of the Greco-Roman drama in the arts and literature of later periods (in imperial, late imperial, medieval and Byzantine times).

CONFERENCE ORGANISATION - The conference days will develop according to the following days and programme:

* Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th November‬ The Forgotten Theatre - PGR and PhD students conference Two days of study with 12 speakers selected through the present call. In these first two days of conference, papers from PGR, PhD or recently graduated students will be delivered. The sessions will be chaired by Professors affiliated to the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico who will give an introduction and guide the discussion following the papers.

* 28th ‪Thursday- Friday 29th November‬‬‬‬ The Forgotten Theatre - main conference Two days of study with 14 speakers both selected through the present call and invited by the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico; in this second part of the conference, papers from researchers and scholars will be delivered. The sessions will be organised according to the aforementioned methods.

Each paper presentation will last about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Candidates are kindly requested to follow these instructions meticulously, with due regard for the other speakers and organisers. The conference will be broadcast live on the Youtube channel of the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico. In accordance with the best judgment of the Scientific Committee, the Proceedings of the Conference will be published by the Centre for Studies in Greek and Roman Theatre.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE - Those who wish to participate in the activities must submit the following to no later than August 31, 2019:

* An abstract of the proposed papers, complete with a title. The document must not contain the author's name in any part and must have a maximum length of 300 words. The abstract can be written in Italian or in English;

* A brief curriculum vitae et studiorum (no more than one page) which highlights the affiliation of the speaker and their main publications. The official languages of the conference will be Italian and English.

The Scientific committee of the conference, chaired by Professor Francesco Carpanelli, will evaluate each paper received and will inform all candidates about the final program of the conference by September 2019.

ECONOMIC ASPECTS: In order to guarantee free and democratic access to knowledge and research, participation in the activities as speakers or as listeners will not entail the payment of any fee. All speakers and listeners will be guaranteed refreshments in between every activity session, as well as the provision of the necessary educational material (handout, stationery). Speakers will be guaranteed lunches for the duration of the whole conference. Unfortunately, due to the known economic hardships faced by the Italian University system, the organisation will not able to guarantee other forms of refund; exceptions can be made for particular cases (e.g. for speakers who cannot ask for reimbursement to their own institution or whose research is not funded). The organisation will provide details on the structures affiliated with the University of Turin that offer accommodations at reasonable prices.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Francesco CARPANELLI (Torino) coordinator Federica BESSONE, (Torino), Simone BETA (Siena), Francesco Paolo BIANCHI (Frei-burg), Adele Teresa COZZOLI (Roma Tre), Giorgio IERANÒ (Trento), Enrico V. MALTESE (Torino) Michele NAPOLITANO (Cassino e L.M.), Bernhard ZIMMERMANN (Freiburg).

CONTACTS: For any further information please do not hesitate to contact Luca Austa, conference organiser, sending an email to:

Deadline: 31st of August 2019



(CFP closed August 31, 2019)



University of Birmingham, UK: November 23-24, 2019

The process of stopping and looking back at the past through new methodological lenses over the last half-century has comprised a series of fruitful cross-disciplinary ‘turns’. These retrospective global movements have provided academia with innovative ways of shedding light on past civilisations through a shared analytical model that prioritises a specific focus. During the second half of the twentieth century the ‘turn to space’ found its roots in erudite thinkers such as Foucault and Lefebvre who positioned space as a critical analytical tool for understanding social existence in the areas of geography, urban planning, and architecture. In recent years, this framework has found cadence throughout the social sciences and humanities and has transitioned from being an experimental, innovative, sometimes controversial tool, to a necessary critical model for studies of the past. The intention of our conference is to (re)turn again to space and to stimulate fresh conversations across temporal and cultural disciplinary boundaries through collective spatial analysis.

Our tripartite conference name encapsulates the broad and valuable facets of recent approaches to the study of space: spaces contain, facilitate, and organise meaning for societies, they perpetuate, (re)construct, and direct memory, and movement through and around space underpins these processes. Furthermore, the obvious opportunity for overlapping angles and approaches is indicative of the fluidity of these multifaceted constructs and the incongruity of a ‘correct’ interpretation of space.

We believe in juxtaposing approaches and perspectives from different temporal, cultural, and geographical contexts in order to elicit cross-disciplinary dissemination, networking, and productivity. Therefore, we envisage grouping together temporally divergent papers into a number of focussed thematic panels. We hope to support a productive interdisciplinary environment that will enable researchers to, on the one hand, look retrospectively at their research in a new light, and on the other, to consider innovative approaches to their future research avenues. We invite abstracts for papers, from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers, on an intentionally broad range of themes:

– Spaces of cultural memory: how do spaces contain and perpetuate memories, develop self and collective conceptions of culture, and shape identities?
– Organising space: how are spatial borders articulated? How are they internally ordered? How are spaces framed, deframed and reframed? What are the intended and unintended consequences of spatial organisation?
– Liminal spaces: from geographical and cultural borders to micro level entrances and exits of certain sites and sights.
– Spatial taxonomy and typology: how do we define space – political, religious, private, public, etc.?
– Gendered spaces: how does gender operate and develop within space(s)?
– Representation of spaces: comparing and contrasting between literary, visual, material and archaeological media.
– Movement and space: space and time, processional movement, traversing, lustrating, navigating, entering and leaving. How does movement generate space?

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Prof. Diana Spencer (University of Birmingham)

(more to be announced)

Proposals should be submitted as an abstract of no more than 300 words and should be accompanied by a short bio (no more than 100 words) indicating the speaker’s current position, location, and research interests. These should be sent to by the 16th August 2019. Our team will evaluate proposals and respond to candidates by the end of August and provide a preliminary idea of the themed panel they will be allocated to. We look forward to reading your proposals and hearing about your research.

The Organising Committee: Ben Salisbury (University of Birmingham); Ben White (University of Nottingham - Lead Organiser); Curtis Lisle (University of Birmingham); Liam McLeod (University of Birmingham); Thomas Quigley (University of Manchester); Chris Rouse (University of Birmingham).

Twitter: @SpaceConference


(CFP closed August 16, 2019)



Kings College London, UK: November 23, 2019

Warfare in antiquity has captivated academics and enthusiasts alike for millennia. Several works, including specialist manuals (e.g. Asclepiodotus’ Tactics; Vegetius’ Epitome of Military Science) and historiographical discussions (e.g. Caesar’s Commentaries; Procopius’ History of the Wars), indicate clearly that ancient societies were fascinated by the workings of both contemporary and earlier methods of warfare. This interest has endured all the way to the modern era and has yielded a much deeper understanding of ancient warfare from various perspectives. Academic movements like the ‘face of battle’ studies started by John Keegan in the 1970s and the ‘war and society’ publications in the 1990s are prime examples of how our understanding of ancient warfare continues to evolve. With the emergence and flourishing of ‘specialised’ academic research in the past two decades, the study of warfare in antiquity has grown into as diverse a discipline as the cultures it aims to study. The ‘specialisation’ trend of academia has afforded both academics and enthusiasts the opportunity to delve deeper and challenge long held perceptions and assumptions. Such challenges have the potential to shift (or in some cases reaffirm) the way modern scholars understand warfare in antiquity.

Recognizing the tremendous work being done on warfare in antiquity and considering the lack of platforms afforded to academics and enthusiasts to discuss their respective research and interests this academic year, we are proud to announce the Warfare in Antiquity Conference. We invite those interested to submit proposals that discuss various aspects of warfare in the ancient world, in particular those in a dialogue with established schools of thought in and perceptions of the discipline. The event is focused upon realities, in terms of both the ancient armed forces and ancient conceptions of their experiences, and also modern scholarship, with new hypotheses and arguments building upon and challenging accepted theories. We cordially invite proposals on all aspects of ancient warfare, particularly those which deal with the conference themes of Perceptions, Realities, and Reception.

Proposals should include a 300 word abstract along with a few words about the applicant – their research interests, university affiliation and / or status etc. Separately in the body of the email, please provide your full name, contact email address and university affiliation.

The conference will be held on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 2019, AT KING'S COLLEGE LONDON.

The DEADLINE for submissions will be 5 P.M. on AUGUST 31ST, 2019.

Please send all submissions for papers as a Word Document to



(CFP closed August 31, 2019)



University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain: November 20, 2019

ANIWEH research project ( along with SHRA project invites submissions of abstracts for the III Young Researchers Conference ANIWEH – V SHRA: Receptions of Antiquity from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary World. The meeting is scheduled for November 20 in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Basque Country, located in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country, Spain).

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 20, 2019.

Find all the information about the CFP on our webpage:

(CFP ended September 20, 2019)



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)



Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Meeting

San Diego, CA, USA: November 14-17, 2019

This panel seeks to stimulate and further conversation about how Greco-Roman traditions have been put to use in games—video games, board games, and role-playing games (RPGs). While some scholarship on this topic has emerged in the past decade, major questions remain open: how do games use Mediterranean antiquity? how do they enable players to imagine themselves into ancient spaces, playing at being ‘Greek’ or ‘Roman’? and how might such imaginative spaces challenge the way we theorize classical receptions? We invite papers examining the reception of ancient Greek and Roman materials (literature, history, philosophy, art history, etc.) in games of any format, including video games, board games, and RPGs.

Organisers: Benjamin Stevens (Trinity University), Brett Rogers (University of Puget Sound)

PAMLA Conference:

Call/Abstract portal:



The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG: November 14-15, 2019

The shift from the disordered Kunstkammer or curiosity cabinet of the Renaissance to the ordered Enlightenment museum is well known. What has to be explored fully is the process through which this transformation occurred. Collective Wisdom, funded by an AHRC International Networking Grant, explores how and why members of the Royal Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Leopoldina (in Halle, Germany) collected specimens of the natural world, art, and archaeology in the 17th and 18th centuries. In three international workshops, we are analysing the connections between these scholarly organisations, natural philosophy, and antiquarianism, and to what extent these networks shaped the formation of early museums and their categorisation of knowledge. Workshop III, concerning the afterlives, use and reconstruction of early modern collections is designed to benefit scholars interested in digital humanities.

Registration, programme, and abstracts:



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:

(CFP closed June 1, 2019)



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)



Theme: Agency through the Ancients: Reception as Empowerment

Department of Classical Studies, Boston University: November 9, 2019

Keynote: Dr. Emily Allen-Hornblower, Rutgers University, and Mr. Marquis "I AM" McCray

The Department of Classical Studies at Boston University invites submissions of abstracts for the 12th Annual Graduate Student Conference. This year, the conference will examine how classical literature (broadly defined) is able to impart a profound sense of agency to the disenfranchised, especially in times of turmoil or persecution. Although we acknowledge that many nationalists, over the centuries and into the present day, have invoked the classics in order to advance their exclusionary agenda, we hope to demonstrate that the classics have the potential to heal, unite, and empower the marginalized. Therefore, this conference will explore the myriad ways in which those who have traditionally remained voiceless have discovered a safe harbor and a sense of solidarity through the literature of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Babylon, etc. Special attention will be given to engagement with the ancient world by groups which have been historically underrepresented or outright excluded.

Possible submission topics include (but are by no means limited to) the reception of classical literature by the following groups or individuals:

* Victims of war (e.g.. Milo Rau’s recent production of the Oresteia in Mosul)
* Veterans (e.g. Theater of War)
* Widowed wives (e.g. Alcyone from Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses)
* Prisoners (e.g. The Medea Project, prison teaching programs like NJ-STEP)
* Women/feminist groups (e.g. Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey)
* Racial minorities (e.g. ‘Antigone in Ferguson’)
* LGBTQ+ communities (e.g. Iphis and Tiresias as trans symbols)
* Those living with physical or mental disabilities (e.g. CripAntiquity)

Papers must be original, unpublished, and written by current graduate students. Please send an abstract (500 words or fewer), a paper title, and a C.V. or short bio to Maya Chakravorty, Peter Kotiuga, Alicia Matz, Joshua Paul, and Amanda Rivera at Papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a short question and answer session. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 23, 2019. Selected speakers will be notified by the end of September and are expected to accept or decline the offer within a week of notification.



(CFP closed August 23, 2019)



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:

(CFP closed May 20, 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 extended deadline July 15, 2019.

Further information on conference fees and accommodation to follow in due course.


(CFP closed July 15, 2019)



Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy: November 7-8, 2019

PhD course in Literature, Art and History in Medieval and Modern Europe - International Graduate Conference

A group of doctoral students of the first and second year of the PhD course in Literature, Art and History in Medieval and Modern Europe proposes the organisation of the third International Graduate Conference, which is reserved for PhD students and young researchers and will be held at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 7-8 November 2019.

This year, the conference aims to investigate the tradition and recovery of classical and late antique authors in the Middle Ages and early Modernity in their multiple artistic and literary forms (imitatio, reformulation, exegesis, critical reflection on literary genres, etc.). To this end, we welcome proposals for papers relating to the following areas:

1) The classics in Romance philology and literature of the 12th century
1.1) Circulation and transmission of the Latin classics in the Middle Ages.
1.2) The use of the classics in the scholastic education of the first vernacular authors and in the medieval poets of the French area, trait d’union between old and new literary forms.
1.3) Evolution of genres and literary forms from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
1.4) Critical reflection about Ars poetica.

2) The classical myths between the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance
2.1) Ovid’s images.
2.2) Recovery and reworking of the classics in the late antique and early medieval mythographic production, in particular in Fulgentius’ Mythologiae and in the three Mythographi Vaticani.
2.3) Allegorical and moral exegesis in commentaries on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (12th-14th centuries).

3) The classics in the Italian literature of the Middle Ages and in commentaries to Dante
3.1) The dialogue with Antiquity in Italian literature and art of the 13th-14th centuries: imitation and rewriting of classical sources; reuse of images and metaphors taken from the Antiquity.
3.2) The relationship between the mythographic and allegorical tradition and the Dante’s revival of classical myths.
3.3) Commenting with the classics: the use of classical sources in ancient commentaries and illustrations to Dante’s Comedy.

4) Ancient and Islamic philosophy, vernacular literatures
4.1) Ancient philosophy and its Arabic mediation in Romance literature, between continuity and variations.
4.2) The translation of philosophical texts and their relationships with vernacular literatures.
4.3) The concepts of "philosopher" and "philosophy" in Romance literature.
4.4) The re-elaboration of ancient material in the formation of new concepts such as interiority, artistic "creation" and geographic-mythical representations.

The conference will include the participation, as keynote speakers, of four internationally renowned scholars who have dealt with the themes proposed here, and whose research interests reflect the fourfold articulation of our program:

- Claudia Villa (University of Bergamo – Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), a medieval and humanist philologist specialised in the study of classical authors’ circulation in the Middle Ages and vernacular culture;
- Claudia Cieri Via (Sapienza University of Rome), an art historian and scholar of iconography and iconology, whose research has focussed on the fortune of Ovid’s Metamorphoses between the 15th and 16th centuries;
- Marco Petoletti (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan), who is author of numerous essays about medieval epigraphy, ancient commentaries on Dante’s Comedy, Latin literature of the 14th century, with particular reference to Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio;
- Paolo Falzone (Sapienza University of Rome), who dedicated a large part of his scientific production to the intertwinement of philosophy, theology and politics in Dante’s works.

Proposals (in Italian or English) accompanied by a title, an abstract (of a maximum length of 4000 characters) and a curriculum vitae et studiorum (maximum 3000 characters) must be sent in two separate files to the address Each paper should be no longer than twenty minutes.

Requests to participate must be sent by 30 June 2019 and will be submitted to the selection of the organising committee which will communicate the acceptance of the proposals by e-mail by 20 July 2019. The contributions will then be subjected to a rigorous peer-review process in view of the publication of the proceedings. Participation in the Conference is free. The organisation will not provide for the reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, but it will provide information on available accommodation.

The organising committee: Susanna Barsotti; Arianna Brunori; Ilaria Ottria; Paola Tricomi; Marina Zanobi


(CFP closed June 30, 2019)



Leuven, Belgium: November 6, 2019

Every year, LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) awards the LECTIO Chair to a renowned scholar specialized in one of the disciplines studied by LECTIO researchers. Holder of the 2019 LECTIO Chair is prof. John Monfasani (University at Albany). In addition to his public lecture on Thursday 7 November 2019 entitled “The Letters of Ignatius of Antioch as a Philological and Epistemological Issue from the Reformation to Today”, the day before (6 November 2019), he will give a doctoral seminar on “The Church Fathers in the Reformation and Early Modern Era.”

Theme: In a brilliant Leuven dissertation of 1932, “L’Élément historique dans la controverse religieuse du XVIe siècle”, Pontien Polman, OFM, analyzed how Protestant and Catholic historians treated the history of the Church. One crucial aspect, however, of these historical investigations not studied by Polman, save in passing, was the way scholars approached individual Church Fathers. The study of the Fathers involved editions, translations, commentaries, and a variety of other philological and historical publications that continue to this very day. The study of, and debates about, the Apostolic Fathers Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch are a case in point. But the same can be said of all the Fathers, pre-Nicene as well as post-Nicene. What is especially interesting to observe is how specific scholars from the sixteenth century onward reacted, often in contrary ways, to a given Church Father or to a set of Church Fathers. There is a large and growing literature on the Church Fathers in the Reformation era, but much remains to be investigated.

On the occasion of this seminar, LECTIO invites early career researchers (PhD students and postdocs) to submit proposals on how specific scholars from the sixteenth century onward reacted, often in contrary ways, to a given Church Father or to a set of Church Fathers. The selected scholars will be given the opportunity to present their research (20 minutes) and to discuss it with the chair holder and colleagues, both junior and senior. A one-page description of the proposed paper and a short CV should be submitted no later than 6 October 2019 to


Thursday 6 November 2019 | Museumzaal – MSI 02.08 – Erasmusplein 2 Leuven (Belgium)
10.00 Introduction – Prof. dr. Andrea Robiglio (KU Leuven)
10.05 Doctoral Seminar – Prof. dr. John Monfasani (University at Albany) - “The Church Fathers in the Reformation and Early Modern Era”
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Paper session 1 (5 papers)
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Paper session 2 (5 papers)
17.30 Final conclusions

Wednesday 7 November 2019 | Promotiezaal – University Hall 01.46 – Naamsestraat 22 Leuven (Belgium)
17.00 Public lecture (Lectio Chair) – Prof. dr. John Monfasani (University at Albany): “The Letters of Ignatius of Antioch as a Philological and Epistemological Issue from the Reformation to Today”

Scientific & organizing committee
KU Leuven : Erika Gielen, Andrea Robiglio, Céline Szecel
UGent : Steven Vanden Broecke, Wim Verbaal

Scholars who want to attend the seminar without presenting a paper or the official lecture are also asked to register by 25 October 2019, by sending an email to

For more information , please visit our website (, or contact


(CFP closed October 6, 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)



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)



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)



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)



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


(CFP closed May 31, 2019)



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).


(CFP closed May 31, 2019)



University of St Andrews, Scotland (Lower College Hall): October 14, 2019

We will consider concepts of race in relation to the classical world, Greek and Roman. The aim of the workshop is both academic and pedagogical: to consider ideas of racial identity in ancient societies, and the role of race in shaping the discipline of ‘Classics’ that we as modern-day classicists have inherited. We hope to generate discussion on the way that we understand and present ‘Classics’ in relation to race in the present day, and how it (and we) should change and adapt in the future.

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome, Rebecca Sweetman (University of St Andrews, Head of the School of Classics) & Introduction, Sian Lewis (University of St Andrews)

10.15 – 11.00 Classics for all? Challenges facing the discipline in the 21st century, Mai Musie (University of Oxford)

11.00 – 11.45 Greek Racism, Tom Harrison (University of St Andrews)

11.45 -12.30 ‘Otherness’ in Jewish and Roman Identities in the First Century AD, Rebecca Hachamovitch (University of St Andrews)

12.30 – 1.00 Recent Initiatives in Philosophy: the Minorities and Philosophy Project, Maria Jimena Claval Vasquez (University of St Andrews)

1.00 – 2.00 Buffet lunch

2.00 – 2.45 Postcolonial Classics, Barbara Goff (University of Reading)

2.45 – 3.30 #ClassicsForAll: what studying Classics taught me about my relationship with western civilisation, Hardeep Dhindsa (University of Edinburgh)

3.30 – 4.00 Teaching Black Athena, Ralph Anderson (University of St Andrews)

4.00 – 5.00 Round table discussion

All students and staff are welcome; no registration is required.




The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX: October 12, 2019

Egypt played a prominent role in Freud’s personal life and writings. From his childhood encounter with the Phillipson Bible, through his psychobiography of Leonardo da Vinci (in which the Egyptian goddess Mut becomes a key to the artist’s sexual and creative identity) to his final work Moses and Monotheism in which he makes the scandalous claim that Moses was not a Jew but an Egyptian. Accompanying the exhibition at the Freud Museum in London, this conference explores the themes of Egyptomania, sexuality, death and psychoanalysis.


Miriam Leonard (UCL), Introduction

Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), Digging the Dirt: Freud's archaeology and the lure of Egypt

Daniel Orrells (Kings College London), Freud and Leonardo in Egypt

Phiroze Vasunia (UCL), Egyptomania before Freud

Claus Jurman (Birmingham), Egyptology in Vienna

Griselda Pollock (Leeds), Freud’s Egyptian Moses, Mummies, Mothers and other Revenants: A Political-Cultural Reading

Joan Raphael Leff (Anna Freud Center), Speculations on the pre-oedipal significance of Egypt for Freud.

Michael Eaton (Nottingham), Discussing his research in writing a new play about Freud and Petrie

A limited number of bursaries are available for NHS mental health service users and applicants on low incomes or UK benefits. The bursary tickets are £15. Please apply to Ivan Ward on

For more information and to book a place please go to:



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)



Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, Cumbria UK: October 11, 2019

‘Comics Up Close’, the opening event of Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019, welcomes the submission of abstracts for short papers that explore any aspect of comic art or graphic novels. This is an opportunity to share your current project with other researchers, illustrators, writers and teachers in the field, as well as members of the general public passionate about comics. These papers will be part of sessions inspired by the ‘PechaKucha’ presentation method: participants are asked to speak for 8 minutes with 8 slides.

Areas of interest include but are not restricted to:

- Comic histories
- Comics and the Reinterpretation of Literature
- The politics of comic art
- International comics
- Graphic narratives and memoir
- Comics and horror
- Comics and cinema
- Comics and Science Fiction

Abstracts: please submit a title and an abstract of up to 150 words.

Email address: a.tate@lancaster or

Deadline for submission of extracts: 5pm, Friday 16 August

More widely the programme for Comics Up Close is coming together with keynote presentations from Dr Simon Grennan, Leading Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Chester and Hannah Berry, Comic Artist and Comics Laureate, plus papers by Professor Kiko Saez de Adana at the University of Alcalá (Spain) and Prof Ana Merino (Wikipedia page here), Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Iowa, amongst many others. More information is now available via the LICAF website at



(CFP closed August 16, 2019)



University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: October 4-6, 2019

Fellini Satyricon (1969), directed by the master Italian director Federico Fellini, was first shown in Rome on 3 September 1969 and released throughout Italy on 18 September 1969. It is among the most famous (and unusual) representations of the Roman world. Originally both admired and attacked, this colloquium aims to mark the film’s 50th anniversary and reconsider its originality and importance.

- Friday 4 October (evening): a showing of the film (venue and time tba)
- Saturday 5 October: a series of papers, followed by a roundtable discussion (venue and times tba)
- Sunday 6 October: Dr. Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey) – a public lecture to the UQ Friends of Antiquity on cinematic receptions of the classical world (2 p.m., venue tba): ‘Fidelity vs. Creativity: The Screen Reception of Ancient Tragedy in Modern Greece’

Please send abstracts (200 words) to Tom Stevenson ( Abstracts must be received by Friday 19 July 2019.

Conference Fees
- October 4 – the film showing is free
- October 5 – non-members of the UQ Friends of Antiquity will be charged $30 for the day of papers – payable on the day to the Friends
- October 6 – non-members of the UQ Friends of Antiquity will be charged $10 for the public lecture – payable on the day to the Friends

Assoc. Prof. Tom Stevenson
Classics and Ancient History, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
The University of Queensland, Brisbane Qld 4072 Australia
T +61 7 3365 3143 - E W

Edited 20/9/2019. Speakers:

Prof. Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland), ‘Introduction’
Assoc. Prof. Tom Stevenson (University of Queensland), ‘Fellini Satyricon (1969) in the Context of Fellini’s Oeuvre’
Dr. Leanne Glass (University of Newcastle), ‘Fragmentation and Impotent Strides in Fellini-Satyricon’
Prof. Arthur Pomeroy (Victoria University of Wellington), ‘The Fragmentary World of Fellini Satyricon’
Assoc. Prof. Marcus Wilson (University of Auckland), ‘Fellini and Petronius: Envisioning the Past’
Assoc. Prof. Ika Willis (University of Wollongong), ‘Reception, Reception, Reception: The Satyricon of Goodreads and IMDB’
Dr. Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey University), ‘Italian vs. Greek Style? A Comparative Study of Federico Fellini and Theo Angelopoulos'

Information: film (, conference (, public lecture (

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(CFP closed July 19, 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.



(CFP closed June 1, 2019)



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)

Edited 28/9/2019. Program:

Thursday, 03 October
9.00–9.15 | Registration / coffee
9.15–9.30 | Welcome / Opening remarks
Ciceronian foundations – Chair: Cédric Scheidegger Lämmle
9.30–10.15 | Tommaso Ricchieri (Padova) | Looking for a conditor: Munatius Plancus and the cultural history of Basel from Cicero to the 20th century
10.15–11.00 | Alice Borgna (Piemonte Orientale) | Basilea scrive a Cicerone: Lucio Munazio Planco
11.00–11.30 | Coffee break
11.30–12.15 | Michael Reeve (Cambridge) | Piccolominiana
12.15–13.45 | Lunch break
Ciceronian editions – Chair: Ermanno Malaspina
13.45–14.30 | Gesine Manuwald (London) | Cratander’s edition of Cicero’s works (1528) from Humanist Basel
14.30–15.15 | Thomas Vozar (Exeter) | Froben’s Ciceroniana: Humanism and the Printshop in Sixteenth-Century Basel
15.15–15.45 | Coffee break
Ciceronian commentaries I – Chair: Petra Schierl
15.45–16.30 | Federica Rossetti (Napoli) | Cicerone nella Basilea della Riforma. I commenti e le edizioni di Celio Secondo Curione
16.30–17.15 | Bram van der Velden (Leiden) | Basel and Renaissance Commenting on Cicero’s Speeches Evening lecture (Kollegienhaus der Universität, Hörsaal 114)
18.15–19.45 | Gregor Vogt-Spira (Marburg) | Erasmus’ Ciceronianus und die Debatte um Cicero
20.00 | Dinner

Friday, 04 October
9.00–9.30 | Coffee
Ciceronian commentaries II – Chair: Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer
9.30–10.15 | Petra Schierl (Basel) | Ciceros Somnium Scipionis im 16. Jh.: Kommentare aus Basler Pressen
10.15–11.00 | Christoph Schwameis (Wien/Dresden) | In L. Muraenam – Ein Humanist als Ankläger am ambitus-Gerichtshof
11.00–11.30 | Coffee break
Ciceronian engagements I (16th/17th c.) – Chair: Ermanno Malaspina
11.30–12.15 | Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer (Basel) | Cicero scepticus in der ‘Weltbeschreibung’ des Ioachim Vadianus
12.15–13.45 | Lunch break
13.45–14.30 | Giovanni Giorgini (Bologna) | Cicero, Erasmus and Machiavelli's Ghost in Basel
14.30–15.15 | Ueli Zahnd (Genève) | Cicero und die Reformation am Oberrhein
15.15–15.45 Coffee break
Ciceronian engagements II (18th/19th c.) – Chair: Gregor Vogt-Spira
15.45–16.30 | Benjamin Straumann (Zürich/New York) | Cicero und die Aufklärung
16.30–17.15 | Leonhard Burckhardt (Basel) | Cicero, Jacob Burckhardt und Basel. Eine Spurensuche
17.15–17.35 | Coffee break
17.35–18.20 | Francesca Benvenuti (Padova) | Gerlach’s Cicero versus Mommsen’s Cicero in 19th-century Basel
18.20–18.35 | Concluding remarks
20.30 | Conference dinner

Saturday, 05 October
9.30–10.00 | Welcome / coffee (Foyer Bildungszentrum) | walk to Universitätsbibliothek Basel
10.00–12.00 | Ueli Dill (Basel) | Satura Ciceroniana libris ex armariis Bibliothecae Basiliensis repleta
12.00 | Conclusion / farewell



(CFP closed April 28, 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.


(CFP closed May 20, 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)



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)



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)



Bavarian State Library, Munich, Germany: September 25-27, 2019

The Bavarian State Library (BSB), together with the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BadW), is organizing a conference on digital editions in the fields of Classical and Byzantine Studies. The conference will take place in Munich from September 25-27, 2019 (Ludwigstraße 16, 80539 Munich, Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal). The main focus will be on the interaction of different stakeholders, such as scientists, publishers, data centers, and libraries. The presentations cover a broad range of different ancient materials (epigraphy, papyri, manuscripts) and their specific challenges within an editing project.

Conference papers are held in both German and English.

ECKHART ARNOLD (Munich): Old Jobs – New Challenges. Producing, Providing and Sustaining Digital Scientific Literature
MONICA BERTI (Leipzig): The Digital Marmor Parium: Materiality of ancient Greek fragmentary historiography
PAUL DE JONGH (Turnhout): Perspektive Brepols Verlag
CLAUDIA FABIAN, KERSTIN HAJDÚ, CAROLIN SCHREIBER (Munich): Das Handschriftenportal und seine Rolle für Editionsprojekte und Digital Humanities
OLIVER GASPERLIN (Tübingen): Perspektive Pagina Publikationstechnologien
MICHAEL GRÜNBART, ANDREAS KUCZERA (Münster/Gießen): Census Epistularum Graecarum – Die Erfassung und Analyse der griechischen Briefüberlieferung in den Handschriften vom 8. bis 18. Jahrhundert
STEFAN HAGEL (Vienna): Perspektive Classical Text Editor
UTA HEIL (Vienna): Digital Critical Edition of the Expositiones in Psalmos of (Ps)Athanasius of Alexandria
JOHANN MARTIN THESZ (Würzburg): Die Kriege Prokops in synoptischer Darstellung
ARLETTE NEUMANN (Basel): Perspektive Schwabe Verlag
TORSTEN SCHAßAN (Wolfenbüttel): „Mehr als ein Dienstleister“: Die Rolle der Digital Humanities und der Infrastruktur für den Erfolg einer digitalen Edition
RAIMONDO TOCCI (Komotini): Wie sinnvoll sind Hybrideditionen byzantinischer Chroniken?
ANNETTE VON STOCKHAUSEN (Berlin): Digitale Edition der Homilien Severians von Gabala
CHRISTOPH WEILBACH (Leipzig): Digitale Edition von Papyri und Ostraka aus den Sammlungen in Halle, Jena und Leipzig

If you plan on coming to Munich we can offer support in finding a suitable hotel. Please register via email by September 10 (, or

Links: and



University College Cork, Ireland: September 21, 2019

How do we moderns conceptualize the “roots” and the “beginning” of our collective identities? How have the traditions and habits we recognize as ours been shaped in time? How do lost ancient peoples, civilizations, and myths survive in modern imagination? In an era of re-emergence of populisms, increase in hate speech, and resurgence of xenophobia, reflecting on how political, social and personal identities are shaped by our perception of the past is crucial. The reception and re-use of image of the ancient in modern literatures, film, historiography and scholarship can take different forms. However, these are often studied within the boundaries of the discipline of Classical Reception. Despite the wide remit of this discipline, the reception of ‘Classics’ in the widest sense of the term has mostly to do with the transmission of texts. The notion itself of ’Classical reception’ does not always suffice to describe the reception of ancient histories, myths, images, figures: it follows that this notion is sometimes inadequate and a new framework including the reception of primitive, archaic, uncanny, mute, more problematic legacies is necessary. In order to develop new paradigms for understanding the reception of ancient histories, symbols, and myth, and to define how these uncategorized forms of “ancient” legacies survive in modernity, cultural historians with diverse backgrounds interested in how modernity has interrogated other ‘subaltern’ antiquities: more ‘local’ – as opposed to the alleged ‘universality’ of the Classical heritage – and more mysterious – since they left little or no trace of themselves as opposed to the model of the so-called ‘Classical tradition’.

9.00 Welcome coffee and registration
Panel 1: Delving in Darkness
Chair: Dr Clare O’Halloran
9.30: Prof. John Carey (University College Cork): The Nature of the Fomoiri: Imagining the Dark Other in Medieval Ireland
10.00: Prof. Barbara Goff (University of Reading): Touching in the Dark: ‘natives’ and ‘barbarians’ in the classicising fiction of Naomi Mitchison
10.30: Discussion
11.00-11.30: break
Panel 2: Choosing your ancestors
Chair: [TBC]
11.30 Prof. Nelly Blanchard (Université de la Bretagne Occidentale): The benefits of the Celtic ancestors. From the Celtomanes to the present-day Breton business-model
12.00: Dr Martin Lindner (Universität Göttingen): ‘Ex septentrione lux’ – Nordic High-Culture Narratives in German Documentary Films from the 1930s
12.30: Dr Kate Hodgson (University College Cork): Memory and the ‘children of Anacaona’: Indigenous Caribbean traces in Haitian writing
13.00: Discussion
13.30-14.30: lunch
Panel 3: Etruscan places
Chair: Dr Daragh O’Connell
14.30: Prof. Maurizio Harari (Università di Pavia):The Etruscans. A myth of the twentieth century between literature and movies.
15.00: Prof. Bart Van Den Bossche / Dott. Chiara Zampieri (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): Etruscan myths in early twentieth-century Britain
15.30: Coffee break
15.45: Dr Martina Piperno (University College Cork): The malleability of the Pre-Roman past: challenges, imagination, risks
16.15: Discussion and final remarks

The event is funded by the Irish Research Council through a New Foundations Grant.

Information: and



Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, UK: September 20, 2019

This one-day event builds on last year’s successful conference which explored the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for classical collections. ‘Classical’ collections are defined broadly as collections from the ancient Mediterranean, including Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Cypriot material. There are at least 70 such collections across the UK, which have varying levels of curatorial support, and there is scope to do more by pooling expertise and sharing experiences. Attendees will have the chance to review progress and give their views on next steps.

The event will also present projects on the theme of connecting with audiences through collection history. The venue, the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle, houses the Shefton Collection of Greek Art and Archaeology, and offers an excellent opportunity to explore this theme as August 2019 marks the centenary of Brian Shefton’s birth. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the collection as part of the day’s events.

Please join us for a day of networking, inspiration, and support in making the best use of classical collections in museums.

Booking is FREE, but essential.

The final version of the programme can be found below, along with further details.




Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany: September 19-20, 2019


19. September 2019

1. Kommunikation mit der Unterwelt in der antiken Literatur
9.00-9.30: Darja Šterbenc Erker: Begrüßung
Darja Šterbenc Erker, Andreas Heil: Kurzvorstellung der Leitidee des Workshops
9. 30-10.10: Andreas Heil (Universität Wien): Jörgensens Gesetz in der homerischen Nekyia
10.10-10.50: Roland Baumgarten (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Jenseitserfahrung als Wissensquelle: Das Katabasisorakel des Trophonius und der platonische Jenseitsmythos der Politeia
Pause 10.50-11.20
11.20-11.50: Giacomo Sclavi (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): … formam aliquam figuramque quaerebant: Ciceros Kritik an der Körperlichkeit von Toten in Tusc. I, 36 ff.
11.50-12.30: Darja Šterbenc Erker (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Rituelle Kommunikation mit den Toten im intermedialen und intergenerischen Wandel in Ovids Fasti
12.30-12.45 Zwischenfazit
12.45-14.15 Mittagspause
14.15-14.55: Patrick Kappacher (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): cuius vos estis superi: Ericthos Nekromantie zwischen Jenseits-Kommunikation und Erzähl-Raum
14.55-15.35: Bernhard Söllradl (Universität Wien): satis est meminisse priorum: Zur Totenbeschwörung in Statius’ Thebais
15.35-16.05 Pause
16.05-16.45: Nicole Kröll (Universität Wien): Aspekte des Jenseits in den Dionysiaka des Nonnos von Panopolis
16.45-17.25: Julia Doroszewska (University of Warsaw): Between dream and reality: post-mortem apparitions of saints in late-antique Greek literature
2. Rezeption antiker Repräsentationen der Unterwelt in Renaissance und in moderner Literatur
17.40-18.20: Marko Marinčič (University of Ljubljana): Homers Schatten an Epochenschwellen: Ennius, Petrarca, Andreas Divus und Ezra Pound
19.00 Abendessen

20. September 2019

9.30-10.10: Eva María Mateo Decabo (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Geister in der römischen Elegie: Der Besuch der verstorbenen Geliebten und der Tod des Autors
10.10-10.50: Sonja Schreiner (Universität Wien): Tierische Hölle oder: Wie kommt ein Kater in die Unterwelt? Friedrich Wilhelm Zachariäs Murner in der Hölle im Vergleich mit der englischen Übertragung Tabby in Elysium und der lateinischen Nachdichtung Aelurias
Pause: 10.50-11.20
11.20-12.00: Madeleine Scherer (University of Warwick): A Quest for Remembrance: The Graeco-Roman Underworld in Ireland and the Caribbean
3. There and Back Again: The Underworld in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture Inspired by Classical Antiquity
12.00-12.45: Katarzyna Marciniak (University of Warsaw): Unterwelt oder Untergrund: Vom Hades zum Goblin-König in Jim Hensons fantastischem Universum
12.45-14.15: Mittagspause
14.15-14.55: Karolina Kulpa (University of Warsaw): Have Fun with the Ancient Underworld! Some Examples of the Reception of Classical Antiquity on the Basis of the Products for Children and Young Adults
14.55-15.35: Agnieszka Maciejewska (University of Warsaw): Cleopatra Reactivated! The Classic Image of Cleopatra VII Transformed in Animations
15.35-16.10 Pause
16.10-16.50: Viktoryia Bartsevich (University of Warsaw): True Love? Hades and Persephone in Comic Books
16.50- 18.00: Abschlussdiskussion
19.00 Abendessen





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.

Edited 21/06/2019:


Day 1, Thursday 12 September 2019
Welcome and Opening Remarks
8.50-9:00 Prof. Ingrid De Smet and Bobby Xinyue (University of Warwick, UK)

Panel 1: History of Time
9:00-9:40 Ahuvia Khane (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
Ancient Narrative Time: Homer, Literary History, and Temporality
9:40-10:20 Duncan Kennedy (University of Bristol, UK)
Time, Historical Ontology, and Interpretation: the Case of Lucretius
10:20-11:00 Andrew Laird (Brown University, US)
Angelo Poliziano’s Brief History of Time

Panel 2: Temporalities in Roman Epic
11:30-12:10 Anke Walter (University of Newcastle, UK)
The ‘Grand Narrative’ of Time and Fate in Vergil’s Aeneid
12:10-12:50 Siobhan Chomse (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
History in Ruins: Temporality, Irony and the Sublime in Lucan’s Bellum Civile

Panel 3: Epistolary Time
14:40-15:20 Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford, UK)
Time to Come: Horace’s Epistolary Futures
15:20-16:00 Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
The Day of Reckoning: Seneca’s Epistolary Time

Panel 4: The Representation of Time and the Writing of History
16:30-17:10 Martin Stöckinger (University of Cologne, Germany)
Historiography and Chronography in Rome
17:10-17:50 Marco Sgarbi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
Francesco Robortello on History

Day 2, Friday 13 September 2019

Panel 5: Personification and Embodiment of Time
9:00-9:40 Susannah Ashton (Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
The Apotheosis of Time: Chronos and Cosmos in Pherecydes’ Heptamychos
9:40-10:20 Rebecca Batty (University of Nottingham, UK)
Rivers as the Embodiment of Disrupted Time: the Metamorphoses’ Apocalyptic Episodes
10:20-11:00 Tom Geue (University of St Andrews, UK)
Slaving Time: brevitas from the Bottom Up

Panel 6: Time and Politics in Early Modern Latin Poetry
11:30-12:10 Bobby Xinyue (University of Warwick, UK)
Extension and Closure in Renaissance Poetic Calendars
12:10-12:50 Elena Dahlberg (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Time as a Political Tool in Neo-Latin Poetry from the Swedish Empire

Panel 7: Humanist Refoundations of Early Rome
14:40-15:20 Helen Dixon (University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Ancient Chronology and the Origins of Rome in the Renaissance
15:20-16:00 Caroline Stark (Howard University, US)
Shaping Realities: Refounders and the Politics of Time in the Renaissance

Panel 8: Prediction and Finality
16:30-17:10 Ovanes Akopyan (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Power, Fortune and scientia naturalis: Predicting Disasters in the Italian Renaissance
17:10-17:50 Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge, UK)
The End of Time: Early Modern Poems on the Last Judgement

Response and Conclusion: 18:00-18:20 Prof. Tiziana Lippiello (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)


(CFP closed March 8, 2019)



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.

Edited 27/7/2019. Provisional Program:

Thursday 12th September 2019
0945 Registration and Coffee
1020 Welcome (Connie Bloomfield and Edith Hall)
Session 1: Archaic Time
1030 Tobias Myers Imperfective Moments: The Celestial Perspective in Iliadic Battle Narratives
1100 Rioghnach Sachs Homoeroticism, Time and the Determination of Genre in Sappho's Fragments
1130 Alex Purves Alcman, Sappho, and the ‘Lyric Present'
1200 Break
1230 Peter Moench Bending Time: Cosmic History and Human Temporality in Pindar's Nemean 6
1300 Ditmar Dragnev Aesop and the Future
1330 Lunch
Session 2: Ethnographic and Historiographic Time
1430 Tobias Joho Tense Usage, Dialogue Form and Characterization in Herodotus
1500 Keating McKeon Perseid Wars and Notional Nostos in Herodotus' Histories
1530 Kenneth Yu Aetiology and Temporality in Greek Ethnographic Literature
1600 Brian McPhee Ethnography in the Past Tense: The Amazons in Apollonius' Argonautica
1630 Tea
1700 Keynote 1: Felix Budelmann Tense, Aspect and Temporality in the Greek Lyric Present
1800 Drinks and Speakers' Dinner

Friday 13th September 2019
Session 3: Time, Knowledge and Narrative
0900 Carol Atack Temporalities of Knowledge in Plato's Protagoras
0930 Isobel Higgins Conceptualising the Future in Lycophron's Alexandra
1000 Alessandro Vatri The Living Past: Tense and Genre in the Critical Essays of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
1030 Coffee
1100 Robert Rohland The time of Dining and the Time of Death: Sardanapallus, Epitaphs and Performance
1130 Carlo Delle Donne Tenses in the Genre of Greek Cosmology: the Case of Plutarch
1200 Jody Cundy Turning Hierophany into Text: Pausanias on Lebadeia and the Oracle of Trophonius
1230 Lunch
Session 4: Dramatic and Theatrical Time
1330 Keynote 2: Sheila Murnaghan The Singularity of the Tragic Day
1430 Marcus Bell Mis-step in Time—Dancing Elsewhen through Euripides' Bakkhai
1500 Efstathia Athanasopoulou Entangled in Time: Satyr Drama in Present Tense
1530 Tea
1600 Devan Turner Silenus and the Chorus of Satyr Drama as Time Travellers
1630 Peter Swallow Time in Old Comedy
1700 Roundtable Discussion over Wine
1800 Depart


(CFP closed May 1, 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

(CFP closed June 28, 2019)



Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Bratislava, Slovakia): September 6, 2019

The colloquium seeks to accommodate short, 15-minute presentations in the Slovak, Czech, German, English or Latin languages, followed by relevant discussions. The topic may be approached from the perspective of literary studies, history, linguistics, and other related disciplines.

Please e-mail your proposals (consisting of a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and your affiliation) to before 18 April 2019.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. The proceedings will be published in electronic format by the Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics.


Program [pdf]:

(CFP closed April 18, 2019)



Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris, France: September 5-6, 2019

Aristotle’s views on the nature of life and mind, and the relation between them, are taking on a renewed significance in contemporary philosophy. Increasingly, Aristotelian themes arise in a number of different fields, such as philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology, metaethics, and philosophy of biology. Central issues include whether Aristotle’s conception of human nature can usefully form the ground of a naturalized ethics, whether current discussions of the continuity between life and mind can benefit from Aristotle’s own version of the continuity thesis, whether evolutionary biology could benefit from a theory of the organism of the sort that Aristotle’s biological works offer.

Despite the interest in exploring Aristotelian themes in contemporary philosophy, there has been no coordinated attempt to survey or integrate the ways in which Aristotle’s approach to understanding life, mind, and the relation between them might inform and enrich our own. The objective of this workshop is to explore the way in which Aristotelian thought can brought to bear on contemporary research on the much-debated issue of the so-called mind-body problem and on its implications for the conceptualization of notions such as those of organism, animal and human perception and action, human moral agency, and the relation between mind and life. Such themes are of crucial importance for philosophical research and beyond.

Scholars working in ancient philosophy are paired with researchers in psychology and/or contemporary philosophy of biology. Each pair will discuss a common theme with a dual focus on the potential of Aristotle’s philosophy to contribute to the contemporary debate, on one side, and on the actual impact of such contributions for contemporary research, on the other. The workshop constitutes an explicit attempt to bridge the gap between classics and contemporary biological and psychological theory and, as such, it features an exploratory research design.

Participants include Christopher Austin (Oxford), Pia Campeggiani (Bologna), Victor Caston (Michigan), Sophia Connell (Birkbeck, London), Klaus Corcilius (Tübingen), Véronique Decaix (Paris 1), James Lennox (Pittsburgh), Anna Marmodoro (Durham), Laura Nuño de la Rosa (Complutense, Madrid), Denis Walsh (Toronto), Michael Wheeler (Stirling).

Registration is free. Full programme and registration information:



Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Genoa, Italy: September 5-6, 2019

The conference is co-organised by the University of Genoa and the University of Oxford.

Our conference aims to explore the connections and relationships between literature and the screen, from the pre-cinematic age to the era of new digital technologies. A cross-media approach, aimed at understanding the reciprocal influences between these various artistic forms, as seen from the point of view of techniques of representation, theoretical exchanges and the circulation of works, will shed new light on ideas in, and theories of, both literature and the cinema.

The dialogue between different genres of literature and film has been crucial in their respective developments from the birth of cinema to the present day. Moreover, various texts and authors in the literature of the pre-cinematic era can be analysed through film techniques and be regarded as, in some ways, anticipating them.

Our keynote speakers are Nikolaj Lübecker and Laura Marcus (University of Oxford).

Please send your abstracts (max. 250 words) and short bios (max. 50 words) in PDF to:

The deadline for submissions is 30 June.

Below are the links to the full version of our CFP as well as to our Facebook event.



(CFP closed June 30, 2019)



University of Manchester, UK: September 5-6, 2019

A two-day conference co-hosted by the Genealogies of Knowledge project, the Division of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, and the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester, UK

A notable feature of intellectual history has been the role of translation in the evolution and contestation of key cultural concepts, including those involved in the negotiation of power: we may think here of the extent to which modern terms such as ‘politics’ and ‘democracy’ derive ultimately from classical Greek, often mediated through different languages. Translation and other forms of mediation are similarly implicated in renegotiating the concept of the public intellectual in different historical and cultural locations.

The role and future of the public intellectual in the contemporary world continues to inspire academic and non-academic debate. In his 1993 Reith lectures, Edward Said gives voice to what might be called a ‘common-sense’ vision of the public intellectual. At first glance, Said’s description of the fiercely independent, incorruptible intellectual whose writing and thought serve as a lifelong calling to relentlessly and selflessly oppose injustice has a timeless quality. Closer examination reveals, however, that Said’s vision is very much a product of his time and personal circumstances. Several assumptions underlie Said’s vision. For example, Said insists on a strict division between the public and the private sphere. He declares that the public intellectual’s main task is making enlightened representations in language that assess actual states-of-affairs against the prescriptions of universal moral precepts. For Said, the public intellectual must be secular, being staunchly opposed to religion spilling outside ‘private life’. Finally, Said holds that the norms that serve as the public intellectual’s moral compass are the principles of liberal democracy. These ostensibly universal elements of Said’s portrait – the division between public and private realms, the view of democratic liberalism as a universally valid moral system, and a robust secularism that staunchly opposes religion spilling outside ‘private life’ – are all in reality the product of the particular historical experiences of Western Europe.

Research undertaken by the Genealogies of Knowledge team serves as a challenge to such contemporary constructions of the public intellectual as a timeless and culturally ubiquitous figure in human societies, and demonstrates that the figure of the public intellectual has also been inscribed into historical representations of premodern society and politics. In the premodern world, perhaps more than today, the status of ‘public intellectual’ derived from access to cultural capital associated with particular bodies of knowledge – often but not necessarily religious as well as secular – and in particular from the construction of intellectual authority via expertise in a privileged learned language (Greek, Latin, classical Arabic, Sanskrit).

‘Constructing the public intellectual in the premodern world’ is based on the premise that the term ‘public intellectual’ can meaningfully be used either of individuals or of groups in the premodern world. It has two aims. The first is to examine the specific historical conditions, including both the continuities but also the changes in conceptual and cultural categories, which served to construct this figure in the premodern world. The second is to understand how modern representations of the premodern ‘public intellectual’ have been used to inspire and shape modern ideas about the role and remit of public intellectuals in the contemporary world.

The conference welcomes proposals for individual papers or panels (ideally of three papers) that grapple with how the ‘public intellectual’ was constructed in premodern societies, and how their legacy influences how we understand the public intellectual today. The conference invites scholars to present research on, but not limited to, the following broad themes:

Constructing categories. Focusing on the historically and culturally specific categories from which representations of the public intellectual are constructed. Topics include: the premodern ‘public’, premodern textual and visual political representation, premodern ‘intellect’ and ‘intellectuals’, premodern sites of representation, power and representation in the premodern world, the self in premodern politics, political life in the premodern world.

Constructing authority with language and translation. Focusing on privileged languages of learning as a mode of access to political privilege. Topics include: politics of translation, constructing scientific lexicons, language and power in the premodern world, premodern lingua francas, politics and vernacular languages.

Constructing authority with knowledge. Focusing on the historical changes and cultural differences in the specialised forms of knowledge that give its possessor the power to govern the lives of others. Topics include: political knowledge; specialisation and professionalism in the premodern world; the relationship between specific learned languages and particular areas of expertise such as religious learning, legal learning and medical learning; political authority and privileged languages of learning; premodern education and political power; patronage and patrons; centre and periphery in premodern intellectual geography; public intellectuals on the move.

Utilising the premodern public intellectual. Focusing on how portraits of premodern ‘public intellectuals’ influence our ideas about what the public intellectual should be today. Topics include: using ancient models for making the modern public intellectuals, contemporary legacies of ancient philosophers, ‘practical philosophy’ in the modern world.

Submissions are welcome from diverse fields, including but not limited to: history, linguistics, translation studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, political science, religious studies, development and regional studies, and classics.

Individual abstracts and panel proposals should be sent to Kamran Karimullah ( by 1st March 2019.

Speakers and the titles of their papers are listed below: fuller details including abstracts are available at the conference website.

Keynote speakers:

Khaled Fahmy (University of Cambridge), “To Whom Does the Body Belong: Modern Medicine and Medical Professionals in Times of Upheaval”
Chris Stray (Swansea University) “The Politics of the Classical: Language and authority in the 19th century”

Other confirmed speakers:

Nilza Angmo (Ambedkar University, Delhi), “The Reciter and the Translator: Transmission of religious texts in Tibetan Buddhism”
Radha Chakravarty (Ambedkar University, Delhi), “The River of Knowledge: Rabindranath Tagore and Premodern Thinkers”
Tim Cornell (University of Manchester), “Ancient and modern ideas of History and Historical Writing”
Eduardo Crisafulli (Independent researcher), “The construction of Dante as a modern intellectual ahead of his time”
Maribel Fierro (ILC-CSIC, Madrid), “Ibn Tumart and Ibn Rushd (Averroes): exploring the ‘public intellectual’ from the Medieval Maghreb”
Chiara Fontana (Sapienza University of Rome/Italian Institute of Oriental Studies), “A Farewell to the Beauty: Political, Aesthetical and Social Aspects of Ibn al-Muʽtazz’s (861 – 908) Legacy as a Pre-modern Public Intellectual. An In-Depth Inquiry in His Neglected Work Fuṣūl at-Tamāthīl fī Tabāshīr as-Surūr (Examples and Similes on the Pleasure of Sharing Joy)”
Matthias Haake (University of Münster), “All over the Ancient Mediterranean world? The social figure of the intellectual in the Greek and Roman worlds from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity – a comparative approach”
Joanna Komorowska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw), “Knowing the Future: the Public Face of an Astrologer”
Taro Mimura (Hiroshima University, Japan), “Arabic Translation Contests in the Abbasid Courts – The Process of Publicizing Greek Scientific Knowledge in the Abbasid Period”
Seán Morris (University of Exeter), “In Latin and French: a Bilingual Mathematician writing for two Audiences”
Zrinko Novosel (University of Zagreb/Croatian Institute of History), “Writing on the Topic of Law in the Periphery. The Case of Imbrih Domin and Konstantin Farkaš”
Hammood Obaid (University of Manchester), “Ǧābir Bin Ḥayyān and The Earl of Northumberland: Elizabethan conceptions of science, magic and their role in society”
Matthew Payne (Leiden University), “Cicero and Aulus Gellius: the public intellectual as translator and mediator in the Roman world”
Dino Piovan (University of Verona), “Reading Thucydides in Early 20th-Century Italy”
Koen Scholten (Utrecht University), “Scholarly Identity in Early Modern Europe: A Quantitative Approach to Early Modern Collective Vitae of Learned Men and Women”
Emily Selove (University of Exeter), “The Sorcerer Scholar: al-Sakkākī (d. 1229) as grammarian and court magician”
Youcef Soufi (University of British Columbia), “Some Precursors of the Modern Public Intellectual; Disputation and Critique Among Islamic Jurists in the 10th-13th Century”
John Taylor (University of Manchester), “English historians of ancient Greece from Mitford to Grote”
Rogier van der Wal (Leiden University/University Campus Fryslân, Leeuwarden), “Another kind of public intellectual: Oscar Wilde and Harry Mulisch”
Laura Viidebaum (New York University), “Past Perfect: Isocrates and the Emergence of Public Intellectuals”
Hans Wietzke (Carleton College, Minnesota), “Wit to Power: Rethinking the Royal Addressee in Archimedes’ Sand-Reckoner”


(CFP closed March 1, 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)



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 (


(CFP closed June 11, 2019)



University of Sydney (CCANESA), NSW, Australia: August 22, 2019

Our next Classical Heritage Forum turns to the place of Classics in NSW secondary schools.

This evening forum is for teachers, academics, museum educators and all those interested in the Classics at The University of Sydney. Join educators and scholars as we investigate the way Classical language and learning have influenced education in New South Wales.

We will explore the changing nature of pedagogy in the Classics from the early days of the colony to the present, both within and beyond formal schooling, and examine the shifting history of Classics as the hallmark of a liberal education, as it has changed from a field that was conventionally the preserve of the educated few to one that attracts a culturally and ethnically diverse group of students, with as many young women as men. Against this backdrop, our panellists will discuss the rewards and challenges of an education in the Classics, and their place in the school curriculum of the 21st century.


4pm Arrival and afternoon tea

4:20pm Welcome and introductions: Professor Penny Russell

4:30pm – 5.30pm. Classical Learning: A Shifting Landscape

Speakers: Professor Penny Russell, University of Sydney; Associate Professor Julia Horne, University of Sydney Associate Professor Helen Proctor, University of Sydney; Dr Emily Matters, President, Classical Languages Teachers Association.

5:40pm – 6:50pm Classical Learning Today (Panel Discussion)

Panel chair: Professor Peter Wilson, University of Sydney

Speakers: Helen Pigram, North Sydney Girls High; Michael Salter, Baulkham Hills High; Alison Chau, Sydney Girls High; Nathan Bottomley, Sydney Grammar; Anthony Gibbins, Sydney Grammar.

6:50pm Closing remarks: Professor Penny Russell

6:50pm–7.30pm Drinks and supper




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]


(CFP closed June 30, 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)




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.


(CFP closed July 26, 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.

Edit 21/06/2019. Speakers:
Raph Cormack (Columbia): Foreign or local: what did ancient Greece mean in an age of modern nationalism?
Carmen Gitre (Virginia Tech): Shadow Play to Proscenium Stage: Najib al-Rihani and the Crafting of Modern Egyptian Comedy
Sameh Hanna (Leeds): Reconfiguring the ‘classic’ in the Arabic translations of Shakespeare’s tragedies: Khalīl Muṭrān’s Othello
Lloyd Llewelyn-Jones (Cardiff): Greek theatre in Iran - a long view?
Shaymaa Moussa (Cairo): Ahmed Etman and Classics in Egypt
Evelyn Richardson (Chicago): Greek myth and ancient history on the early Arabic stage: three translations of Racinian tragedies
Ons Trabelsi (Lorraine): Molière, un classique arabe?
Sandra Vinagre (Lisbon): The Syria Trojan Women: From therapeutic theatre to a cry for action
Houman Zandi-Zadeh (Flinders): The Politics of State Festivals: Disloyal to the Queen, Loyal to Peter Brook




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)



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




Freud Museum, London: July 5-6, 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)



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)



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)



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)



London, UK (FutureLearn Camden, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, NW1 8NP): July 3, 2019

We are delighted to announce this collaborative workshop that we hope will be of particular interest to colleagues working in classical reception studies. The event is free to attend but places are limited, so please register by emailing me directly (

Hosted by the Open University’s Classical Reception Research Cluster/Classical Reception Studies Network and the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) and Digital Humanities Research Collaborations

At the same time that classical reception studies have become an important and vibrant part of the broader discipline of classical studies, research into the history of books and reading has flourished in English departments, especially at the Open University. Yet the connections between these fields of research, which often pursue parallel aims in seeking to understand exactly how the literature of the past has been read (to what ends, and with what effects), remains relatively under-explored and under-exploited. This workshop is therefore designed to bring together scholars working in these two areas, to share their research, experiences, and expertise, with two main aims: firstly, to raise awareness of the methodologies and tools that classical reception study and book history might fruitfully share, with a particular emphasis on introducing classical reception scholars to the READ-IT project (; and secondly, to identify possible avenues for future collaborative and/or mutually beneficial research.

12.15 onwards Arrival and lunch

1.00-1.15 Welcome - Dr Joanna Paul, Classical Reception Research Cluster Lead (OU)

1.15-1.40 History of Books and Reading Research at the Open University - Dr Shafquat Towheed, Director of the Book History Research Group (OU); Dr Francesca Benatti, Research Fellow in Digital Humanities (OU)

1.40-2.00 Introducing the READ-IT project - Dr Alessio Antonini, Research Associate, Knowledge Media Institute (OU)

2.00-2.20 The Reading Experience Database, Classics, and Social Class - Dr Henry Stead, Postdoctoral Research Associate in English (OU)

2.20-2.40 Refreshment break

2.40-3.30 ‘Reception History, Book History, Media History’ - Dr Ika Willis, Associate Professor in English Literatures (University of Wollongong, Australia)

3.30-4.00 Round table discussion




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.

Edited 29/06/2019. Speakers:
• Caterina Agus (Università degli Studi di Torino), A oriente del sole, a occidente della luna: sulle tracce del Re Dorato del bosco
• Elena Angelucci (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano) - Tommaso Di Piazza (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano) - Elena Tiberi (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano), The Inky Bough: A Study in Classics and Religion in Providence
• Roberto Arduini (Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani), “Adorando il popolo delle stelle”: I movimenti religiosi ispirati alla mitologia di Tolkien
• Marcos Bella-Fernández (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) - Leticia Cortina Aracil (Independent Researcher), Week-end devotions: religion creation for Living-Action Role Playing games. The case of Spain
• Ilaria Biano (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici - Napoli), The leftovers and the lost ones: narrazioni postsecolari tra millenarismo e sincretismo in due casi di serialità fantasy
• Francesca Boldrer (Università degli Studi di Macerata), Dèi e miti nella fantascienza di Calvino: riletture di Proteo e Euridice
• Martina Broccoli (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano) - Veronica Orciari (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano), Do Men Dream of Electric Religions?
• Lottie Brown (University of Bristol), Wonder Woman: A Consideration of her Roman Antecedents
• Davide Burgio (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), La questione della salvezza dei pagani nell’universo finzionale tolkieniano: il Dibattito di Finrod e Andreth
• Alberto Cecon (GRIMM - Gruppo Triestino di Ricerca sul Mito e la Mitografia), Il messia malato. Passione, morte e putrefazione nell'anti-moderna teologia lovecraftiana
• Jim Clarke (Coventry University), The Dharma of Dune (and other Buddhist adventures in 1960s Science Fiction) • Mattia Cravero (Università degli Studi di Torino), Una “furtiva occhiata d’allarme”. Primo Levi, Prometeo e il Golem
• Chiara Crosignani (Independent Researcher), It was the darkness between: il Dualismo (im)perfetto della Ruota del Tempo di Robert Jordan
• Giuseppe Cuscito (Vanderbilt University), La paleoastronautica tra fantascienza e religione
• Eleonora D’Agostino (Sapienza Università di Roma), L. Ron Hubbard, la fantascienza e Scientology: viaggio di una religione dalla cultura pop degli anni ‘50 ad oggi
• Andrew Daventry (Associazione Culturale “Le Belle Lettere”), Studies in the History of the Church under the Reign of His Imperial Majesty, John IV, by the Grace of God, King and Emperor of England, France, Scotland, Ireland, New England, New France, King of the Romans and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Defender of the Faith, et cetera.
• Barbara Giulia Valentina Lattanzi (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Verso la Nuova Mecca. L’immagine dell’Islam in Pitch Black e nella saga di Riddick
• Pascal Lemaire (Independent Researcher), Byzantine theology in alternate history: a not so serious matter?
• Ubaldo Lugli (Università degli Studi di Genova), La morte non esiste. Riti funerari e miti escatologici nel “ciclo di Ayesha”
• Giulia Mancini (University of Iceland - Háskóli Íslands), Un ponte verso l’ignoto: echi della mitologia norrena nel Trono di Spade?
• Nicola Martellozzo (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna), Come gli uomini diventano deva. Rappresentazione e funzione delle religioni in Lord of Light
• Roberta Matkovic (Università “Juraj Dobrila” - Pola), “Dylan Dog” - L’indagatore dell’incubo, gli inferi e i personaggi infernali
• Lucrezia Naglieri (Independent Researcher), La religione e il potere ne Il racconto dell’ancella di Margaret Atwood. Analisi iconografica e storico-artistica della teocrazia distopica di Galaad
• Nicola Pannofino (Università degli Studi di Torino), Mistica dell’oscurità e dark fantasy. L’incontro con il numinoso ne Il Labirinto del fauno
• Fernanda Rossini (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Eppur si muove! Le conoscenze scientifiche come forme di superstizione religiosa nel romanzo Orfani del cielo (1941) di Robert A. Heinlein
• Sebastian Schwibach (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici - Napoli), Contatto tra mondi: cosmologia e figure divine nella trilogia fanta-teologica di C.S. Lewis
• Roger Sneed (Furman University - Greenville), ‘Black Panther’, Afrofuturism, and African American Religious Life
• Liliana Tangorra (Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”), Animali fantastici e dove cercarli. Dalla tradizione pre-cristiana a quella dantesca, dal Physiologus all’Harry Potter di Serena Riglietti e Jean-Claude Götting
• Gianni F. Trapletti (Independent Researcher), Il bokononismo: da religione fittizia nel romanzo Ghiaccio-nove (1963) di K. Vonnegut a sistema spirituale plausibile?
• Krzysztof Ulanowski (University of Gdańsk), Did historical and invented Achilles believe in the Greek gods?
• Panel Discussion: Making Gods and Heroes - The Creation of Fantastic Universes in the World of Comics - with Marika Michelazzi (Independent Author), A Twist in the Myth - Emiliano Mammucari (Sergio Bonelli Editore) - Matteo Mammucari - (Sergio Bonelli Editore) - Giovanni Masi (Sergio Bonelli Editore) - Mauro Uzzeo (Sergio Bonelli Editore), Nero
• Book presentation: Star Wars. Il mito dai mille volti. Un saggio di antropocinema - by Andrea Guglielmino, Golem Libri, Roma 2018.
• Book presentation: Il fabbro di Oxford. Scritti e interventi su Tolkien - by Wu Ming 4, Eterea Edizioni, Roma 2019.


Call for papers (versione italiana):
Call for papers (english version):

(CFP ended April 20, 2019)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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:

Program: [pdf]

(CFP closed March 8, 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

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 18, 2019)



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.

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 22, 2019)



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.

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:



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

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:



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.

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 28, 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)



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.

Vasileios Balaskas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and University of Malaga) – ‘Local Involvement in Modern Greek Revival of Ancient Theatres: Epidaurus and Delphi in the Interwar Period’
Marcus Bell (King’s College London) – ‘Queer Contexts and Communal Hauntings: Re-enacting Neil Greenberg’s ‘Not-About-AIDS-Dance’ through Euripides’ Bacchae’
Connie Bloomfield (King’s College London) – ‘Graeco-Roman drama in rural Brazil: orality, popular poetry, and performing identities’
Triantafyllos Bostantzis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) – ‘Delphic Festivals: Jesus Christ as the Neo-Romantic Thirteenth God of Olympus’
Eri Georgakaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) – ‘The Generic Fluidity of Euripides’ Cyclops during his Reception by the Athenian Stage and Press in the Late Nineteenth Century’
Leonor Hernández Oñate (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa) – ‘Tragic Patterns and Performance in Lope de Vega’s Mythological Drama’
Mariam Kaladze (Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) – ‘The Reception of Chorus in Georgian Interpretations of Ancient Tragedy (Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex)’
Dimitris Kentrotis-Zinelis (Leiden University) – ‘Ostracized for her Tinker’s Blood: Medea as an Irish Traveller in Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats…’
Peter Swallow (King’s College London) – ‘Sexual Violence and Aristophanic Humour’
Nebojša Todorović (Yale University) – ‘Border-line Communities and Traumatic Cartographies: Re-performing Greek Tragedy during the Yugoslav Wars’
Charitini Tsikoura (University of Paris Nanterre) – ‘A Chorus of Clowns: Splendid Productions’ Antigone’
Francesca Tuccari (University of Trento) – ‘Testori's Edipus: Greek tragedy and modern context’




(CFP closed April 5, 2019)



Worldwide [via Zoom]: June 22, 2019 (9am-4pm PST)

Join us on Zoom on June 22nd (9am-4pm PST) as we showcase the scholarship and artistry of scholars of color and working-class scholars. Our talks focus on the misappropriation of Classics, the instability and expectations of gender, and the experience of marginalized groups both in antiquity and modern day.

In addition to conference papers, there will be opportunities for attendees to network with each other in breakout groups that center on issues faced by scholars of color and other marginalized groups within academia.

Even though this is an online conference and you are free to attend in the comfort of your own home and pjs, we especially encourage you to get together with your cohort/colleges/friends in Classics and host viewing parties! We’ll be discussing some heavy issues and want to make sure that you’re supported/ can support one another.


Welcome Address from members of the collective - 9am-9:20am (PST)|12pm-12:20pm (EST)

Panel 1: Gender Expectations and Instability - 9:25am-10:40am (PST)|12:20pm-1:35pm (EST)
Izzy Levy: “‘Where the Rift Is, The Break Is’ Persephone in Drag: A Non-Binary Reading”
Kenneth Kim: “Quid sis nata vide: Ovid’s repeated question of gender image and identity”
Yurie Hong: “Between Appreciation and Complicity: A Korean-American Take on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Arranged Marriage, and Women’s Honor”

Panel 2: Classical Reception(s) - 10:45am-12pm (PST)|1:45pm-3pm (EST)
Elyanna Choi: “Orientalism in the Ancient World: the Persians in Classical and Hellenistic Greek Thought and Art”
Mariana Pini: “The Philosopher King is Naked!: Denouncing Reactionary Interpretation of Ancient Sources of Contemporary Brazilian Far-right”
Samuel Powell: “The Tragedy of Misunderstanding”

Lunch (with breakout session) and Introduction to the Asian American Classical Caucus - 12pm-1:35pm (PST)| 3pm-4:35pm (EST)

Panel 3: Marginalization in Antiquity - 1:45pm-3pm (PST)|4:45pm-6pm (EST)
Mason Shrader: “In the Hands of the God or in the Depths of a Well? Examining the Evolution of Disability in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin”
Briana Grenert: “God’s Elect: Chastity and the Other in Ephrem’s Reading of Genesis 6:1-8”
Wynter Pohlenz Telles Douglas: “Imprisonment and the Body: A Corporal Investigation of Athenian Social Status within the Athenian Structure of Imprisonment”

Final Breakout Session - 3:10pm-3:40pm (PST)|6:10pm-6:40pm (EST)

Closing Thoughts - 3:40pm-4:00pm (PST)|6:40pm-7:00pm (EST)


Twitter: @Libertinopatren



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)



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)




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)



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 (




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)