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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)



Prolepsis’ International Workshop on Latin and Greek Lexicography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Successful speakers will be notified by 30 April 2019.

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

Edited 24/5/2019. Program:

8:30-9.00 Registration and Welcome Addresses - Michael Hillen (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, BAdW, München)

9:00-10:30 Session 1 Ancient Greece Chair: Eduard Meusel (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, BAdW, München)

Stylianos Chronopoulos (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), Compiling/Creating an ancient Thesaurus: the composition of different lexicographic and encyclopedic genres in Pollux’ Onomasticon

Francesco Camagni (University of Manchester), Gamma or Digamma? The strange case of gamma used to denote the sound of digamma

Chiara Monaco (University of Cambridge), Where the lexicographers got wrong: an analysis of lexicographical mistakes and their influence on the transmission of Greek language

Coffee Break 10:30-11:00

11:00-12:30 Session 2 Rome - Chair: Nicoletta Bruno (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, BAdW, München)

Alessia Pezzella (Università di Napoli “Federico II” – PLATINUM project”), Latin Lexical Peculiarities in an Account from Tebtynis (P. Tebt. II 686 recto – II in. AD)

Adam Gitner (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, BAdW, München), Lucus a non lucendo: Enantiosemy in Ancient Latin Lexicography

Eleni Bozia (University of Florida), 2nd century lexicography : cases of language, politics and social dynamics

12:30-13:30 Session 3 Byzantine Lexicography - Chair: Carmelo Nicolò Benvenuto (Università degli Studi della Basilicata)

Alessandro Musino (Universität Hamburg), Editorial practices in the field of Greek lexicography: a case study

Claudia Nuovo (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro), Pope, Suidas and a Quotation: “Just a Little Misunderstanding”

Lunch Break 13.30-14:30

14:30-16:00 Session 4 Lexicography in Medieval and Modern Europe - Chair: Joan Maria Jaime Moya (Universitat de Barcelona)

Pavel Nývlt (Centre for Classical Studies at the Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague), Odillum, clavator, manio, liciricium: originality in Czech Medieval Lexicography

Carmelo Nicolò Benvenuto (Università degli Studi della Basilicata), A case of Phanariot encyclopedism: Demetrius Procopius Moschopolita

Johannes Isépy (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), German-Latin Lexicography around 1800

16:00-17:30 Session 5 New Lexicographical Projects - Chair: Roberta Marchionni (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, BAdW, München)

Marzia D’Angelo (Istituto Papirologico “Girolamo Vitelli” Firenze), An on-going supplement to traditional dictionaries : WiP – Words in Progress and the contribution of Greek documentary papyrology

Elena Spangenberg Yanes (Trinity College Dublin), Lexicographical structures in Latin grammarians: preliminary observations for a critical digital Thesaurus dubii sermonis

Antonella Bellantuono-Laura Bigoni (Université de Strasbourg), The upcoming historical and theological Lexicon of the Septuagint. Some notes about an ongoing lexicographical project

17:30-18:00 Closing remarks

Nicoletta Bruno (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, BAdW, München), Some thoughts on the Post-Doc at the TLL

Conference Dinner 19:00

Call: (pdf:

(CFP ended April 15, 2019)



Durham University, UK: June 12-13, 2019

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 15, 2019)



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

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

Estates General and FAcT

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Call for proposals – Theories and Practices of Academic Theatre

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

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

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

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

Submitting your abstract

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

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

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

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

Acceptance and further information

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by early May 2019.

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

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

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

Call: [pdf]

(CFP ended April 15, 2019)



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Program (added 18/5/2019):

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

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

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



(CFP closed April 3, 2019)



Paris - Sorbonne Université: 05-07 juin 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Informations pratiques:

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2018)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edit 1/6/2019. Speakers:

Stefano Acerbo (Université de Lille), Eracle a processo. La contesa con Augia nella Biblioteca dello ps. Apollodoro

Laura Ambrosini (ISMA - Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico, Roma) - Shirley J. Schwarz (University of Evansville), Hercle/Herakles/Hercules. A Hero-God: The Labors of Herakles in Etruria and beyond

Kinga Araya (Independent Researcher), Twelve Labors of Hercules: from Olympus to Hollywood

Roberta Belli (Politecnico di Bari) - Rita Sassu ("Unitelma Sapienza" Università degli Studi di Roma), Herakles fra mito e politica: l'utilizzo dell'immagine dell'eroe come legittimazione del potere in Grecia e a Roma

Marcello Bellia (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Il principe e l'eroe: Ercole sulle carte e le scene della Ferrara estense fra Quattro e Cinquecento

Alfonsina Benincasa (Università degli Studi di Salerno), Herakles, Hesperides e i pomi dorati

Mariafrancesca Berretti (Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma) - Marco Nocca (Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma), Ercole "Megafusto" eroe di fumetti e disegni animati

Paolo Bonini (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brescia "Santa Giulia"), Ercole e l'Idra… del lago d'Idro. La singolare geografia delle fatiche nella tradizione umanistica bresciana

Francesca Ceci (Sovrintendenza di Roma Capitale - Musei Capitolini) - Annarita Martini (Independent Researcher), Le fatiche su un vaso: l'uso iconografico del mito di Ercole in contesti cultuali di origine orientale

Massimo Cultraro (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Catania), Le cavalle di Diomede: spunti di riflessione su un rituale della regione caucasica dell'età del Bronzo

Silvia Cutuli (Università degli Studi di Messina), Eracle nella poesia epica arcaica: dalle Herakleiai al canone?

Michela De Bernardin (Scuola Normale Superiore - Pisa), Ercole alle Terme. Le grandi terme di Lambesi e il ciclo statuario delle fatiche erculee: interpretazione e ipotesi ricostruttiva

Pamina Fernández Camacho (Universidad de Cádiz), Entre vengadores, piratas e impostores: la figura del Hércules del Décimo Trabajo en la historiografía española tardomedieval y renacentista

Pamela Gallicchio (Università Ca' Foscari - Venezia), Le fatiche del Potere. Il ciclo pittorico di Hans Clemer a Casa Cavassa

Angela Gatti (Università degli studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"), Eracle e le stalle di Augia. Fonti letterarie e iconografiche dall'età arcaica a quella imperiale

Guglielmo Genovese (Università degli Studi dell'Aquila), Herakles eroe dei processi acculturanti in Magna Grecia. Le sue fatiche nella ceramica figurata delle colonie achee fra Kroton e Metapontion

Giuseppina Ghini (Soprintendenza Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per l'area metropolitana di Roma, la provincia di Viterbo e l'Etruria meridionale), Il sarcofago di Herakles dagli Arcioni di Velletri: mito e simbolismo

Clara Granger Manier (Université Lyon II), Héraclès en Grèce archaïque et classique : un cycle ou des cycles ?

Dominique Josseran-Ehrmann (Université de Perpignan Via Domitia), The Place of Hercules on the Sarcophagus of Velletri called « The Twelve Works of Hercules »

Andrea Lattocco (Università degli Studi di Macerata), Necare liberos: la ‘tredicesima' fatica di Ercole in Sen. Herc. fur. 86-124

Massimo Lazzeri (Università degli Studi di Salerno), Le frecce avvelenate di Eracle: lo spettro dell'Idra di Lerna

Umberto Livadiotti (Sapienza Università di Roma), Domatore, bodybuilder, gladiatore. Ercole e il leone nemeo nell'immaginario pop contemporaneo

Maria Rosaria Luberto (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Eracle OIKISTES a Crotone

Antonio Manuel Poveda Navarro (Universidad de Alicante), Presencia del Ciclo de Hércules en el proceso de sincretismo paleocristiano de Hércules con Cristo

Luca Mazzocco (Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia - Roma), Le fatiche di Ercole nella decorazione pittorica di Villa Poniatowski

Andrzej Mrozek (Jagiellonian University - Krakow) - Lucio Sembrano (Istituto di Teologia Claretianum - Roma), Sansone (Gdc 13-16) e Herakles. Topoi letterari comuni

Alessandra Nanni (Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale), Le fatiche di Ercole interpretate dalla letteratura carolingia

Tiziano F. Ottobrini (Università degli Studi di Bergamo), Herakles come inventore della storia: l'eccezionalità delle dodici fatiche come paradigma di "eroica poetica" nell'interpretazione di Giambattista Vico

Tiziano Presutti (Università degli Studi "Gabriele d'Annunzio" di Chieti-Pescara), "Per riscuotere a forza da Augia prepotente la mercede servile": Eracle, il Tempo e la Verità nell'Olimpica 10 di Pindaro

Stefano Prignano (Università degli Studi dell'Aquila), Senofonte Anabasi 6.2.1. Eracle e il cane Cerbero ovvero la rifunzionalizzazione di un paradigma mitico

Ilaria Pulinetti (Università degli Studi Milano), Eracle e il leone. Alcune riflessioni iconografiche

Michela Ramadori (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Dal furto dei pomi d'oro nel giardino delle Esperidi compiuto da Herakles, alle storie di Adamo ed Eva del Maestro di Boucicaut: un caso esemplare di rielaborazione iconografica

Ilaria Ramelli (Università Cattolica di Milano), Le fatiche di Herakles e il πόνος stoico: L'ultima fatica nella tragedia stoica (pseudo-)senecana e la divinizzazione

Heather L. Reid (Morningside College & Exedra Mediterranean Center), Herakles: Hero, Athlete, and Early Moral Educator

Arturo Sánchez Sanz (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Heracles e Hipólita. La imagen del noveno trabajo en la Antigüedad

Paolo Vitellozzi (Università degli Studi di Perugia), Le fatiche di Ercole nella glittica antica

Book presentation (1): Herakles Inside and Outside the Church: from the First Apologists to the end of Quattrocento - edited by Arlene Allan (Otago University), Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (Macquarie University), Emma Stafford (Leeds University), Leiden (Brill) 2019. The volume will be presented by: Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (Macquarie University).

Book presentation (2): H - Memorie di Eracle - by Sergio Fontana, Edipuglia, Bari 2019. The volume will be presented by: Emanuele Brienza (Libera Università degli Studi di Enna "Kore")


For information: email


(CFP closed April 1, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

The program provides a series of meetings:

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

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

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

Scientific Coordinator: Anika Nicolosi (




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

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

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

Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels.

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

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

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


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


(CFP closed December 20, 2018)



Amphithéâtre Marguerite de Navarre, Collège de France, Paris: May 28, 2019

9h00 Accueil et présentation de la journée / Welcoming remarks and presentation of the workshop - Edhem Eldem, Collège de France

9h30 Alain Schnapp, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, De l'abbé Fourmont au comte de Laborde : modèles de curiosité antiquaire et pratiques de terrain en Grèce et en Asie mineure du XVIIIe au XIXe siècle. / From Abbé Fourmont to Count de Laborde: Modes of Antiquarian Curiosity and Practices on the Ground in Greece and in Asia Minor at the Turn of the 19th Century

10h00 Dyfri Williams, Université libre de Bruxelles, Muslims, Rayahs and Franks: Reactions to Lord Elgin and his Artists / Musulmans, rayas et francs devant Lord Elgin et ses artistes

10h30 Discussion

11h00 Pause - Break

11h30 Emily Neumeier, Temple University, Rivaling Elgin: Ottoman Governors and Archaeological Agency in the Morea / Les rivaux d’Elgin : les gouverneurs ottomans et leur action archéologique en Morée

12h00 Yannis Hamilakis, Brown University, Sensorial clashes in the indigenous archaeologies of the Ottoman lands / Conflits sensoriels des archéologies locales dans l’Empire ottoman

12h30 Discussion - Debate

13h00 Pause-déjeuner – Lunch Break

14h30 Alessia Zambon, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Comment fouillait-on à Athènes dans les premières décennies du XIXe siècle ? Quelques cas exemplaires / How Did One Excavate in Athens in the First Decades of the 19th Century? Some Exemplary Cases

15h00 Edhem Eldem, L’État ottoman et les antiquités : indifférence, opportunisme et curiosité / The Ottoman Empire and Antiquities: Indifference, Expediency, and Curiosity

15h30 Discussion - Debate

16h00 Pause - Break

16h30 Gonda Van Steen, King’s College London, The Venus de Milo, or Sculpture as Literature and Greek Revolutionary History / La Vénus de Milo, ou la sculpture comme littérature et l’histoire de la révolution grecque

17h00 Irini Apostolou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Réactions officielles et spontanées des Grecs à l’enlèvement des antiquités par les Occidentaux : l’expression d’une conscience patrimoniale collective (1828-1834) / Official and Spontaneous Greek Reactions to the Removal of Antiquities by Westerners: Expressions of a Collective Consciousness of Heritage (1828-1834)

17h30 Discussion générale – General Debate

NB. La journée d’études se déroulera en français et en anglais, avec traduction simultanée dans les deux sens. Les titres des interventions apparaissent dans le programme dans leur version originale, suivis de leur traduction. / NB. The workshop will be held in French and in English, with simultaneous translation in both directions. The program lists the presentations in their original language, followed by a translation.




University of La Réunion: May 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstract due on: 28th February 2019.

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

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

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

For any information consult the website or send an email to


(CFP closed February 28, 2019)



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


May 22, 2019

17.30 Registration
18.00 Welcome drink

May 23, 2019

8.30 Registration
9.00 Institutional greetings

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

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

May 24, 2019

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

May 25, 2019

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

May 26, 2019

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




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


Program [pdf]:



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

Symposium Programme:

10.30 Registration and Coffee
11.00 Welcome and Introduction

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

12.45 - 13.30 Lunch

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

15.00 Tea and Refreshments
15.30 Discussion
17.00 End
17.30 Conference Dinner

Please register at by 5th of May 2019.

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



Utrecht, The Netherlands: May 20-21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organisers: Albert Joosse and Doina-Cristina Rusu (,


(CFP closed January 15, 2019)



Seville, Spain: May 16-18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed November 30, 2018)



Rome, Italy: May 15-17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed October 31, 2018)



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

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

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

Questions we seek to explore:

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

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

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

Edited 4/5/2019:

Conference Programme

Day 1, 9 May 2019

9.15-9.30 Registration

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

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

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

10.45-11.15 Coffee

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

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

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

12.15-13.15 Lunch

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

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

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

5 Minute Break

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

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

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

14.45-15.30 Presentation 2: Practitioners’ perspectives

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

15.30-16.00 Tea

Session 5: Break out Discussion Groups & Round Table

16.00-16.45 Discussion Groups

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

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

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

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

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

16.45-17.30 Round Table

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

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

19.15 Conference Dinner at Tail End

Day 2, 10 May 2019

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

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

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

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

10.30-11.00 Coffee

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

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

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

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

13.00-14.00 Lunch

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

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

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

15.00 - 15.15 Tea in S11

Session 9: Final discussion & Conclusions

15.45 Departure



(CFP closed December 14, 2018)



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


9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:10 Introductory Remarks

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

10:55-11:00 Break

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

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

12:30-13:15 Lunch

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

14:00-14:45 Breakout Groups

14:45-15:00 Break

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

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

16:30-16:45 Closing Remarks

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

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

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



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

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





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


Thursday, May 2

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

Friday, May 3

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

Saturday, May 4

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



London (Institute of Classical Studies): April 30, 2019

An international workshop on Thucydides’ modern reception, organised by the School of History, Archaeology and Religion of Cardiff University, Ancient History at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, and the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, London, with the support of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (SPHS) and the Classical Association, UK.

Why and how does Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War continue to invite dialogues between past, present and future? How do different societies, educational systems, groups and individuals respond to it and receive its historical lessons? Does Thucydides owe its lasting value and relevance to its ability to resonate with global and local crises? ‘Thucydides Trap’, a term coined recently to describe the inevitability (the ‘deadly trap’) of war when power dynamics between major international players shift, is a case in point. At local level, the unprecedented interest in theatrical productions of Thucydides in Greece from 2010 onwards (the ‘Greece of the Crisis’) will receive special attention, as an artistic and intellectual response to social crisis.


12:30-13:15 Registration
13:15-13:30 Welcome and introduction (Maria Fragoulaki, Cardiff University)

13:30-15:00 Session 1 (Chair: Neville Morley)
13:30-14:00 Hans Kopp, Ruhr-Universität Bochum: Thucydides’ ideal reader? Hartvig Frisch, the classics, and international politics in the 1930s and 1940s
14:00-14:30 Liz Sawyer, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University, UK: American politics, international relations and military education since 1945
14:30-15:00 Sandra Rodrigues da Rocha, University of Brasília, Brazil: Oral features of Thucydides: Thinking reception through translations

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:30 Session 2 (Chair: Maria Fragoulaki)
15:30-16:00 Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith, King’s College London: The Politician and the Historian: Venizelos and Thucydides
16:00-16:30 Christian Wendt, Ruhr-Universität Bochum: Thucydides Trapped, or: The Importance of Being Labelled
16:30-17:00 Neville Morley, University of Exeter:The Melian Dilemma: Choose Your Own Thucydidean Adventure
17:00-17:30 John Lignadis, Hellenic Education and Research Center, Greece: κτῆμα ἐς αἰεὶ and ἀγώνισμα ἐς τὸ παραχρῆμα ἀκούειν: Thucydides on stage

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00-19:00 Round Table

Responses: Peter Meineck (New York University, USA); Sara Monoson (Northwestern University, Evanston IL and ICS, London), Daniel Tompkins (Temple University, Philadelphia, USA)

Chairing and concluding remarks: Christian Wendt

Attendance is free and all are welcome.

For any questions, please contact: Maria Fragoulaki (

Please book:



An Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies Workshop

Macquarie University, Sydney NSW: April 26, 2019

While women are conspicuous in number and achievement in Australian history, they remain largely unacknowledged and underrepresented in continuing positions and research fellowships in Australasian Ancient World Studies. The absence of any comprehensive history of Australasian women involved in the study of the ancient world contributes to marginalising the impact of women on the discipline.

This workshop aims to consolidate efforts to collect and work up data towards a history of Australasian women in Ancient World Studies by bringing together everyone who has worked on, or is undertaking, research on women in the field in Australia and New Zealand.

If you are working on the living or past history of women in the discipline please come and share your findings and join us to map out a special journal issue dedicated to a history of women in the discipline in the next two years as well as a five-year strategy for the ongoing effort to collect, archive, and disseminate information on women in the discipline for the future.

The workshop will involve three planning sessions on Friday the 26th of April at Macquarie University in which research already completed or underway will be reported on, desiderata identified, and tasks assigned. The day will culminate in a panel presentation, open to the public, which will discuss the issues involved in developing a history of women in the field.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop and /or contributing to the project, please register here ( If you cannot attend but have worked in this area, please register to let us know about your efforts.

An additional registration page will be established for the public panel event.




The Society for Neo-Latin Studies and Moore Institute (NUI) Event

Moore Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland: April 24, 2019

11.30-11.40am Welcome and overview of event
11.40-12.00noon The importance of early modern Latin studies 1. Scotland (Dr David McOmish, Moore Institute Visiting Fellow)
12.00-12.20pm The importance of early modern Latin studies 2. Ireland (Dr Jason Harris, University College Cork)
12.20-12.50pm Lunch Break
12.50-2.00pm Trends in early modern Latin studies 1. Vernacular (Irish/Gàidhlig) to Latin
Professor Michael Clarke (NUI, Galway): Overview of the tradition ofLatin literature in Irish culture
Dr Alan Macquarrie (University of Glasgow), Society for Neo-Latin Studies Lecture: Roderick MacLean’s Ionis and the Latin Epic tradition in early modern Gàidhlig Scotland
2.00-2.30pm Tea and Coffee
2.30-3.40pm Trends in early modern Latin 2. Sé mo chaesar: identity and politics in Scoto-Hibernian Latin culture Dr Padraig Lenihan(NUI, Galway): Jacobites inthe Poema de Hibernia
Dr David McOmish (Moore Institute Visiting Fellow), Moore Institute lecture: Counter-Reformation Propaganda and Stuart Loyalism in the poetry of Adam King
3.40-4.00pm An undiscovered Country: texts and source material in archives and online (NUI archives).
4.00-4.20pm Publishing your research 1. Digital output (Dr Justin Tonra and Anne Hurley, NUI, Galway)
4.20-4.40pm Publishing your research 2. The new Bloomsbury Neo-Latin series: monographs/collections and critical editions (Dr Jason Harris and David McOmish, editorial committee Bloomsbury Neo-Latin Series).

Thanks to generous support from the Moore Institute and the SNLS, there is no event fee and lunch will be provided. As places are limited, those wishing to attend should email in advance.This joint event is also the annual SNLS Researcher and Postgraduate Day in honour of Philip Ford.

Program [pdf]:



25th Archaeology and Theory symposium organised by Stichting Archaeological Dialogues.

University of Leiden, The Netherlands: April 17, 2019

Archaeology studies the past through material remains of this same past, but these material remains only go so far. A leap of imagination is required to bridge the gap between the soil marks interpreted as post-holes and the reconstructed shape of the house that occupies the mind of the lay visitor to a site, the reconstruction drawing at the site, but also the scholarly discussion of whether they would have had conical or domed roofs. This reconstructive gap between the physical evidence and interpretation is the subject of the 25th Archaeology and Theory symposium organised by Stichting Archaeological Dialogues on April 17th 2019 at the University of Leiden, for which we invite abstracts for papers.

We are interested in the topic of reconstruction in a broad sense. Topics that we hope to address include, but are not limited to:

* Reconstruction drawings, are they art or science? How can an artistic approach help the scholarly pursuit and vice versa?
* What role does laboratory science play in (engagement with) reconstructions of the past?
* How can experimental archaeology help us in creating better and more engaging reconstructions of the past? What are its pitfalls?
* What role can re-enactment play in reconstructions and interpretations, or how can those engaged in traditional archaeology (academic, professional and interested public) meaningfully engage with the re-enactment community?
* Can we ethically make things up when we fill in the blanks, in reconstruction drawings, archaeological stories or fictionalised archaeological pasts?
* What role do the reconstructions we make play in the interaction between all those engaged with the profession (be they (interested) public, professional or academic)?
* How do reconstructions influence our research questions?

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be sent to Closing date for submission of abstracts is 20 December 2018. Proposers will be informed of the committee’s decision early January 2019.

Stichting Archaeological Dialogues:


(CFP closed December 20, 2018)



University College Cork, Ireland: 11-13 April, 2019

The Seventh Annual Cork/Lexington Neo-Latin Symposium will take place 11-13 April, 2019 in Cork, Ireland, hosted by the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, University College Cork.

The Neo-Latin Symposium is devoted to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Latin Studies. The symposium was established in 2013 by Professor Jennifer Tunberg at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, under the auspices of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). Since 2017 it has been held in Lexington and Cork in alternate years as part of a continuing collaboration between University College Cork and the University of Kentucky (Lexington).

Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of Neo-Latin Studies, which may embrace linguistic, literary or historical approaches to the examination of texts and their contexts.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
Neo-Latin Literature, Neo-Latin Historiography and Ethnography, Neo-Latin Language and Style, Neo-Latin Imitation, Adaptation or Translation from the Vernacular, Neo-Latin Letter Collections, Journals, Biographies, Autobiographies, Neo-Latin Pedagogy, Neo-Latin Rhetoric, Neo-Latin Treatises on Architecture, Botany, Cartography, Geography, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Theology, Science, etc.

Papers are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session. In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for panels of 3 papers will be considered. The deadline for abstract submission is 16 November 2018.

Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Proposals for individual papers should be submitted as follows:
The proposer should email a panel proposal to The proposal should consist of the name, contact information, and affiliation of the speaker(s), and an abstract of the proposed paper.

anel proposals of 3 presentations should be submitted as follows:
The panel organizer should email a panel proposal to The panel proposal should consist of a single document containing the theme of the panel, the organizer's name and contact information, the names, contact information and affiliations of the panel participants, and an individual abstract for each participant.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 16 November, 2018.

Papers should be read in English. Acceptance of a paper or complete panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to register and attend the conference. A registration fee of €50 will apply to all participants of the symposium. All presenters must pay the registration fee by 15 February, 2019 in order to confirm participation and be included in the program.

For further information about the conference, registration process, and guidelines for paper presentation, please visit our website:

(CFP closed November 16, 2019)



Autonomous University of Madrid & the National Museum of Archaeology, Madrid: April 4-5, 2019

Iconotropy is a Greek word which literally means “image turning.” William J. Hamblin (2007) defines the term as “the accidental or deliberate misinterpretation by one culture of the images or myths of another one, especially so as to bring them into accord with those of the first culture.” In fact, iconotropy is commonly the result of the way cultures have dealt with images from foreign or earlier cultures. Numerous accounts from classical antiquity and the Middle Ages detail how cult images were involved in such processes of misinterpretation, both symbolically and materially. Pagan cultures for example deliberately misrepresented ancient ritual icons and incorporated new meanings to the mythical substratum, thus modifying the myth’s original meanings and bringing about a profound change to existing religious paradigms. Iconotropy is a fundamental concept in religious history, particularly of contexts in which religious changes, often turbulent, took place. At the same time, the iconotropic process of appropriating cult images brought with it changes in the materiality of those images.

The earliest approach to the concept was in Robert Graves’s The Greek Myths (1955), where Graves justified his own ideas about the origins of many Greek myths, claiming that classical Greek culture had essentially misinterpreted images from the Bronze Age. In some cases, Graves conjectured a process of iconotropy by which a hypothetical cult image of the matriarchal period had been misinterpreted by Greek culture. More broadly, since the 1970s, cultural anthropologist Leopold Kretzenbacher published a large number of meticulous studies on European religious iconography. In these critical studies, Kretzenbacher focused on reinterpretations of both religious and secular images whose original meaning was lost, forgotten or even ignored on purpose. In Kretzenbacher’s view, iconotropy refers to the conversion of religious iconography from one mode of spiritual organization to another. Apart from Graves’s and Hamblin, scholars have paid only attention to a concept that is fundamental for the articulation of an integrative discourse on the visual culture and anthropology of the ancient and medieval cult image.

The conference hopes to generate new research questions and creative synergies by initiating conversation and the exchange of ideas among scholars in the arts and humanities. We invite researchers from ancient and medieval periods to propose contributions engaging questions on themes such as:

* Changes in the symbolism and materiality of the religious image
* Iconotropy and rituality
* Reinterpretation of non-Western cult images
* Mythology and cult image in Antiquity
* Symbolic and material appropriation of pagan images in the Middle Ages

General information: The workshop will take place in April 4 and 5 of 2019 at the School of Philosophy and Letters of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the National Museum of Archaeology.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Michele Bacci (Universität Freiburg); Prof. Cecilie Brøns (Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhague); Prof. Adolfo Domínguez Monedero (UAM); Prof. Alejandro García Avilés (Universidad de Murcia).

Participants accepted will present papers up to a maximum length of twenty minutes.


* January 15, 2019: submission of paper proposals (including title, abstract of 300 words maximum and brief CV)
* February 15, 2019: announcement of accepted proposals
* July 31, 2019: submission of articles for publication

Paper proposals, questions and articles should be sent to: .

Organizers: Jorge Tomás García (UAM), Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez (UAM). Secretary: David Vendrell Cabanillas (UAM).


(CFP closed January 15, 2019)



Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London: April 1, 2019

Conveners: Richard Alston/Siobhan Chomse/Henriette van der Blom

Recent years have seen an increasing diversity of approaches to the study of Tacitus. This day-workshop aims to build on that trend by bringing together people who are thinking about Tacitus from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, including philology, political theory, political philosophy, and history, to consider how and why we are reading Tacitus in the twenty-first century. Tacitus has for centuries been a deeply controversial writer; his writings have been seen as having contemporary political resonances throughout the modern period. The workshop considers how those resonances work now how Tacitus might influence our political and literary thought, and how we might understand, question and challenge Tacitus’ writings.

Our concerns cross the literary, political, and philosophical boundaries. To understand the richness of Tacitus, we need to bring together many perspectives and disciplines. We thus invite proposals for contributions on subjects from the linguistic to the aesthetic to the political. We aim to be inclusive and are open to work in progress on issues such as the writing and rhetorics of history, Tacitean politics, constructions of identity (including those of gender), and the possibilities of freedom. We also welcome proposals on the modern reception of Tacitus.

10: 30 – 10: 50: Registration and Welcome.
10: 50 – 11: 20: Matt Myers: Vision, Space, and Violence in the Histories
11: 20 – 11: 50: Panayiotis Christoforou: Vis Principatus: Tacitus’ Conception of the Princeps’ Power
11: 50 – 12: 20: Aske Poulsen: Arminius, Germanicus, and other ‘side-shadowing’ devices in the works of Tacitus
12: 20 – 12: 50: Discussion
12: 50 – 13: 35: Lunch Break [Not provided]
13: 35 – 14: 05: James McNamara: The fright of the mind: philosophy and its limits in the Agricola and Germania
14: 05 – 14: 35: Katie Low: Tacitus and Brexit
14: 35 – 15: 05: Leen van der Broeck: Calgacus Polyvalens: Invoking Calgacus in the third millennium
15: 05 – 15: 35: Discussion
15: 55 – 16: 25: Darrel Janzen (Skype): Performing Solitude for Others through Literary Narrative in Tacitus
16: 25 – 16: 55: Nicoletta Bruno: Better not to say: some examples of reticentia and silence in Tacitus
16: 55 – 17: 15: Discussion
17: 15 – 17: 30: Plenary

Please book through:

For further information and proposals, please contact




The University of Texas at Austin, USA: March 27-31, 2019

The Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin invites all classicists, historians, religious studies and biblical scholars, and scholars with an interest in oral cultures to participate in the Thirteenth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, to take place in Austin (TX) from Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019.

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), and Lausanne (2016). It is planned that the refereed proceedings once again be published by E.J. Brill as Volume 13 in the "Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World" series.

The theme for the conference is "Repetition", and 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 reception.

Further details about accommodations and other conference-related activities will be circulated later.

Papers should be 30 minutes in length. Any graduate student who would prefer a 20-minute paper slot is invited to express their preference in the cover email accompanying their abstract. Anonymous abstracts of up to 350 words (not including bibliography) should be submitted as Word files by June 30, 2018. Please send abstracts to:


(CFP closed June 30, 2018)



12th International Workshop of the Association for Written Language and Literacy

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge: March 26-28, 2019

The Association of Written Language and Literacy’s twelfth gathering (AWLL12), organized in conjunction with the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, will focus on the wealth of diversity within the world’s historical and contemporary writing systems. The conference sets out to offer an opportunity for exchange between a wide range of scholars interested in writing systems and written language, in order to foster greater mutual understanding of their multiple perspectives on the typological, structural, historical, sociocultural, technological, and individual variety present within writing systems. Abstracts are therefore welcome from researchers working on reading and writing within any academic discipline, including, but not limited to, linguistics, psychology, archaeology, sociology, education and literacy, technology, digital humanities, and computer science. PhD students and early-career researchers are also especially encouraged to apply.

Key issues to be addressed include:
• What fundamental principles underlie the structure and function of the world’s historical and contemporary writing systems? Is a single unified typology of writing systems possible or are separate taxonomies preferable?
• What linguistic and psychological processes are at work in the adaptation of one writing system to another? How are these affected by the cultural and social context of the adaptation?
• What linguistic, psychological, cultural and social, and technological factors bring about diversity within writing systems? How do such factors influence literacy acquisition and shape the use of writing?
• How can studying the development of historical writing systems enhance our understanding of contemporary writing systems? How can contemporary research on reading and writing contribute to the study of historical writing systems?
• How are the world’s writing systems likely to develop in the future? What principles should guide orthography development for as yet unwritten languages?

The 2.5-day programme will include two keynote lectures, a symposium focusing on research into ancient Mediterranean and Chinese writing systems at Cambridge, oral and poster presentations, and a panel discussion.

Keynote speakers:
Sonali Nag, University of Oxford (Research interests: literacy and language development and the relationship between writing systems and learning, particularly in South and South-East Asian languages).
Kathryn Piquette, University College London (Research interests: Egyptian and Near Eastern writing and art, and the development and application of advanced imaging techniques for the elucidation of ‘visual’ culture from the wider ancient world and beyond).

Local organisers: Robert Crellin and Anna Judson (University of Cambridge, U.K.)

Programme committee: Lynne Cahill (University of Sussex, U.K.), Robert Crellin (University of Cambridge, U.K.), Terry Joyce (Tama University, Japan), Anna Judson (University of Cambridge, U.K.), Dorit Ravid (University of Tel Aviv, Israel)

Abstract submission: Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as a PDF attachment to by September 30th, 2018. Please indicate whether you would prefer to be considered for an oral presentation (20-25min) or a poster presentation (maximum size portrait A0 or landscape A1). Applicants will be notified on the acceptance of their abstracts by the end of November 2018. Details of registration for presenters and for others wishing to attend without presenting will be circulated along with the final programme after this date.

Further information:
Conference website:
AWLL website:
Twitter: @awll2014
Facebook: Association for Written Language and Literacy

If you have any queries regarding the conference please contact the local organisers, Anna and Robert, at For queries about AWLL, please contact Terry Joyce, at

(CFP closed September 30, 2018)



Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers on classical philology in the Renaissance to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto.

Renaissance engagement with the linguistic and literary culture of antiquity - whether in the form of language study, textual transmission, or translation - constitutes a relatively coherent body of evidence through which to understand the processes of and motivations for ‘receiving’ the classics. Renaissance appropriations of Greek and Latin philology become vehicles of cross-cultural communication in an increasingly divided early modern Europe. We welcome proposals that highlight the mutual benefits arising from closer engagement between classicists and early modernists on the topic of classical philology in the Renaissance.

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 10, 2018.

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, 2018)



Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto. For one of its four 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 10, 2018.

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, 2018)



Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto. For one of its four panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the subject of “Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives”. In particular, we welcome papers offering reassessments of the current state of the field from cross-cultural and cross-temporal perspectives, or proposing new approaches to the connections between classical and early modern epic using methodologies from philology, digital humanities, cognitive studies, visual studies, or world literature.

In the shadow of a rising nationalism, epic poetry has taken on an ever greater importance through its mediation of national identity and as a focal point of reference and contestation. Even within rarefied scholarly discussions, the study of the genre, like epic itself, can appear to dominate other material, whether less canonical genres or non-Western epic. While the genealogical bonds between classical and early modern epic can seem to strengthen national ideologies and academic conventions, however, the content of the poems often works against such assumptions. Moreover, increasing diversity in research methods and scope, especially through collaboration, enables the scholarly community to renew the study of epic in more expansive and imaginative ways. Our panel aims, therefore, to reflect on the reception of Greco-Roman epic in early modernity partly as a topic in its own right, and partly as a means of understanding more general issues of theory, practice, and canonicity in literature and culture at large.

Proposals responding to recent developments in the scholarship might address, but are not limited to, one of the following questions:

- In light of recent work by Mazzotta, Ramachandran, Laird, and others, how might attention to worldmaking, post-colonial thought, and classical reception in the New World reframe our understanding of the relationship between ancient and early modern epic?

- Does the study of the relationship between classical and early modern epic have anything to gain from comparison with non-Western material, e.g., the Indic tradition? More generally, what are the advantages and disadvantages of analysing these traditions in terms of genealogy, ecology (cf. Beecroft), cosmopolitanism (cf. Pollock), or other systemic relationships?

- What light can cross-disciplinary approaches, especially those using computational tools (cf. Coffee and Bernstein) or cognitive models (cf. Jaén and Simon), shed on continuities and disjunctions between ancient and early modern forms of the genre?

- How did the idea of epic change as a genre during the early modern period, in particular given the different transmission histories of classical epics, especially works in ancient Greek? How might the growing attention to neo-Latin literature affect the fields of epic and/or reception studies?

- Are there developments in the aesthetics of a particular period that shed light on goings-on elsewhere? Besides substantial interest in the sublime (Cheney) and the mock-epic (Rawson), recent work has also focused on the quotidian (Grogan). More generally, what comparative understanding of epic can be gleaned from a study of contemporary critics and theorists, e.g., Horace or Tasso?

- What areas of research in early modern epic might benefit from the contributions of classicists without an extensive background in the field, and vice versa?

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 10, 2018.

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, 2018)



Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

Renaissance Europe sought to define itself in relation to multiple models, prominent among which were ancient Greco-Roman culture and contemporary non-Christian (as well as Christian heterodox) cultures. The Humanist emulation of classical ideals in text and image occurred within a larger context of religious, ethnic, and frequently military interactions: the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, harassment from North African Corsairs, mass migrations of Jews, and internecine tensions resulting from the Protestant Reformation. The “classical” provided a discourse through which scholars and artists could negotiate a religious, national, or pan-European identity transhistorical in scope yet ultimately presentist in defining “the other”. This panel seeks to explore the function of the classical and classicism across these identities in both textual and material sources.

Points of contact between classical culture and religious others turned antiquity into a battleground of competing traditions. Underlying such tensions was a longstanding sense dating from Homer and Herodotus onwards of classical identity as culturally and geographically contested, its meaning located variously in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East. Both as traces of ancient ethnographies and as largely presentist rhetoric, projections of classical identity in the Renaissance could be deployed in numerous and diverse ways. Trojan ancestry was claimed not only by various European noble lines, such as the Habsburgs and the Estes of Ferrara, but also by the Turks. Orthodox Greeks under Ottoman rule were ostracized as the barbaric descendants of their enlightened ancestors. Antiquarians in post-Reconquest Spain invented Roman origins to Andalusi architectural marvels, while Roman ruins in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire, represented both visually and through ekphrastic description, fueled dreams of European conquest. At the same time, the means by which the classical past were known could be diminished or lost: despite its importance during the Medieval period for accessing intellectual traditions, for example, Arabic struggled to maintain its place in European scholarship as a learned language alongside classical Greek and Latin, and even as other distant foreign traditions, such as Egyptian Hermeticism, fascinated artists and scholars.

The panel addresses two areas that have been the focus of recent research in Renaissance studies: intercultural relations and concepts of temporality. While the importance of the classics for European identity has been extensively studied, their role in defining what lay beyond Europe’s margins has received less attention. Some scholarship, however, has shown the potential richness of the field: Craig Kallendorf’s reading of the Aeneid’s portrayal of colonized entities (The Other Virgil, 2007), for example, and Nancy Bisaha’s study of the competing portrayals of the Ottoman Turks as either Goths, Vandals, Scythians or heirs to the Trojans and Romans (Creating East and West, 2006). Furthermore, the panel seeks to understand the temporal and explanatory concepts undergirding various early modern genealogies, ethnographies, and histories. Although a topic of theory since Warburg, the problem of time and temporal relations in early modernity has received renewed attention with the publication of Nagel and Wood’s Anachronic Renaissance (2010). Applied beyond the original domain of art history, Nagel and Wood’s ideas prompt a wider re-evaluation of the importance of antiquity in framing our understanding of Renaissance Europe. At stake is a view of the central conflicts in Europe’s formative years not as exclusively early modern events, but rather as events crucially shaped by the vital force of classicism.

Potential topics include:

-- How did differing claims to Greco-Roman heritage shape religious rhetoric and antagonisms? How did the interpretation of classical texts evolve with the shifting needs of their early modern readers, either in marginalizing or legitimizing particular groups? How do these texts transcend class lines, especially among the uneducated and illiterate?

-- How did different national traditions of Humanism approach the contrasting degrees of religious alterity? How did classical writings and thought provide agency for marginalized groups?

-- How can a deeper knowledge of classical texts reshape historical understandings of crusades, jihads, reformations, expulsions, and heresies? In teaching these encounters, what pedagogical methodologies can guide students toward recognition of the pervasive relevance of these texts?

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV should be sent as separate email attachments to (please see RSA guidelines for abstracts and CVs). Abstracts will be judged anonymously, so please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.

Please include the following in the body of your email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords

Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Organized by David M. Reher (University of Chicago) and Keith Budner (UC-Berkeley) with the sponsorship of the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR)


(CFP closed August 10, 2018)



Université de Haute-Alsace (Mulhouse): March 14-15, 2019

Sappho’s poetry was rediscovered by the humanists in the 1540s, and translated into English for the first time in 1652. While her poems remain significant as a benchmark of lesbian representation in high literature, the name Sappho has become synonymous with desire and love between women in wider popular culture. In the first episode of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2013–pres.), for instance, one inmate says to the protagonist: “I’m feeling some Sapphic vibes coming off you.” The word “vibes” calls into question the widely accepted belief that sexual identity can be reduced to a heterosexual–homosexual binary, and invites us to consider representations of love between women other than through explicit acts, words and relationships. Indeed, it recalls Adrienne Rich’s concept of a “lesbian continuum”—that is, “a range […] of woman-identified experience; not simply the fact that a woman has had or consciously desired genital sexual experience with another woman” (Rich 648). For this conference, then, we use the term “vibes” as a starting point for exploring the lesbian continuum as depicted in literature, from the explicit to the implicit, the said to the unsaid, the visible to the hidden. We will examine literary currents and movements, viewing the “vibe” as a reflection of the continuity and fluctuations in the representations of lesbianism from period to period, author to author.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers in English or French focusing on any language area, but quotations and titles should be translated into English or French; comparative approaches are also welcome. Papers could explore, but are not limited to, the following questions:

How have the central motifs of lesbian-themed writing changed over time?
* Are some literary forms and genres more conducive to Sapphic representation than others? Is there a specific language that will transcribe the lesbian vibe?
* Is there a lesbian literary canon?
* What about texts in which desire and love between women are concealed, muted or repressed? Are there any “classic” texts that can be (re-)read from a lesbian perspective?
* How does literature depict female companionship and solidarity?
* How does lesbian-themed writing engage with debates on the place of sexual minorities in society?

A second conference, organised by Irma Erlingsdottir, will be held at the University of Iceland in 2020 exploring the same theme through history, literature, politics and philosophy.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words and a brief CV to Carine Martin (, Claire McKeown (, Maxime Leroy ( and Robert Payne ( by 1 October 2018.

Organisers: Carine Martin (Université de Lorraine), Claire McKeown (Université de Haute Alsace), Maxime Leroy (Université de Haute Alsace), Robert Payne (Université de Haute Alsace).

Scientific Committee: Organisers and Jennifer K Dick (Université de Haute Alsace), Irma Erlingsdottir (University of Iceland), Marion Krauthaker (University of Leicester), Guyonne Leduc (Université de Lille), Marianne Legault (University of British Columbia), Frédérique Toudoire-Surlapierre (Université de Haute Alsace).


(CFP closed October 1, 2018)



University of Warwick, UK: March 9, 2019

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Richard Hunter, University of Cambridge
Robert Montgomery, London

When in 2012 the artist Robert Montgomery placed the aluminium letters of his poem ‘All palaces are/ temporary palaces’ in an empty swimming pool (Stattbad Wedding, Berlin), he deliberately embodied the written word into a physical context. With his ‘light poems’, he demonstrates how poetry can be a billboard, a tattooed body or even a gift to exchange for coffee: this interplay between word and object was already a quintessential feature of Graeco-Roman 'epigrammatic' poetry, which could be scratched or carved into walls, statues and stones. In our era of ‘Instagram poets’ and the quotation-culture of tweets, bits of poetry are spread across urban landscapes and social networks in the most variated forms, ingeniously combining words and objects, and making us aware of our inheritance of ideas developed in different ways in classical antiquity, linking poetry, materiality and objects.

The ancient epigram, a poetic form conscious of its ‘writtenness’ which originated as inscription (on gravestones, monuments and other objects) and which in fascinating ways lives on in our contemporary society, foregrounds questions about the materiality of texts in ways that we will take as a point of departure for this inter-disciplinary conference. When poetry is engraved on stones, scratched into walls, written on an object, how does the nature and use of that object affect our interpretation of the text? To what extent and how does the medium on which a poem is viewed influence the reader/viewer’s perception of it? This conference aims to investigate the shift between the epigram as embodying an inseparability of text and materiality, as conceived in the classical period and in the Renaissance (Neo-Latin epigram), and the modern re-interpretation of poetry on objects. The conference aims to create cross-disciplinary discussion amongst scholars in Classics, Arts, Comparative Literature, Renaissance.

We therefore welcome proposals engaging with - but not limited to - the following topics:

• Theoretical/ philosophical perspectives on poetry and materiality;
• The epigram book/ epigram as inscription;
• Continuities and differences between the conception of object and text in ancient/Renaissance epigrams and the new material expressions of modern poetry;
• (Responses to) the visual context/visuality of epigrams;
• The extent to which readings of ancient and/or Renaissance epigram might spur new perspectives on the contemporary production and consumption of poetry;
• The extent to which ‘epigram’ is a useful category/ recognizable poetic form in the modern world;
• The emergence of the Neo-Latin epigram.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers of no more than 300 words should be sent to by Monday September 24, 2018 (end of the day) Extended deadline October 1, 2018.

Please include in the body of your email: name, university affiliation and current position. Following the conference, we intend to submit proposal to the Warwick Series in the Humanities (with Routledge) for a collected volume: potential speakers should state with their abstract whether they wish to participate in this volume. Abstracts should be attached in PDF format with no identifying information.

We will inform participants of our decision by 31st October 2018.

Please see our conference website, follow us on twitter (@fleshingw) and feel free to contact the organisers at for any queries.

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts!

The Conference Organisers: Paloma Perez Galvan ( and Alessandra Tafaro (


(CFP closed September 24, 2018 Extended deadline October 1, 2018)



Birkbeck, London (Keynes Library): March 9, 2019

Join us for a day of papers on Ovid in England; Ovid’s reproduction through Elizabethan textiles; models of abject creativity; gender and sex; the genre of love elegy.

Speakers include: Catherine Bates; Cora Fox; Linda Grant; Liz Oakley-Brown.

The London Renaissance Seminar is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of early modern history, literature, and culture. It meets regularly at Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

Anyone with a serious interest in the Renaissance is welcome and no registration is necessary.

For further information about LRS, contact Sue Wiseman (




Department of Classics, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada): March 7-9, 2019

This conference, based on the collaboration of classicists at Memorial University (Canada), the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), and the University of Ghana, explores the presence of classical antiquity in different cultural traditions and geographical settings at the intersection of the local and the global. While Classics has become more global in perspective, scholarly networks on the practical level still remain highly constrained by regional, and sometimes national, boundaries. One major focus of this project will be to generate dialogue around ways of confronting those boundaries with the goal of creating a truly global Classics through the interchange of ideas and the mobility of students and researchers. The conference, supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connection Grant, as well as internal funding from the Scholarship in the Arts and the Memorial University Conference Fund, is part of a larger project entitled, “The Place of the Classics: Receptions of Greco-Roman Antiquity from Newfoundland to Nigeria” (Collaborators: Folake Onayemi, Department of Classics, University of Ibadan; Greg Walsh, Rooms Provincial Archives).

Keynote presenters: Justine McConnell, King’s College, London; Folake Onayemi, University of Ibadan


Thursday March 7: Nexus Centre, Central Campus
9:00 – 10:30 Panel 1: Classical Adaptations and Migrations
1. Olakunbi Olasope (Ibadan): With oppression is always a clamour for justice: unmasking Antigone in Nigeria
2. Brad Levett (Memorial): Gadamer and Classical Reception
3. Bosede Adefiola Adebowale (Ibadan): Fate in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not to Blame: A Socio-Cultural Perspective
4. Luke Roman (Memorial): The Mobility of the Classics
11:00 – 12:00 Visit to Exhibition in Queen Elizabeth II Library: Classics in Newfoundland
1:00 – 3:30 Panel 2: Places and Traditions
1. David Stephens (Memorial): Masterless Men and Irish Princesses: Newfoundland’s Classical Mythology
2. Jonathan Asante Otchere (Ghana): Summum Bonum: A Study of its Reception in Ghanaian Socio-Cultural Discourses
3. Milo Nikolic (Memorial): Architecture as an Expression of Convergent Evolution: Large-scale Building Projects in Newfoundland and Ancient Rome
4. Mark Joyal (Manitoba): “A lovely place”: A classical topos in portrayals of Newfoundland
4:00 – 5:30: Keynote: Folake Onayemi (Ibadan): Yoruba Adaptations of Classical Literature
5:30 – 7:00 Reception

Friday March 8: Signal Hill Campus
10:00 – 12:00 Panel 3: Teaching, Learning, Books, and Objects
1. Tana Allen (Memorial): A Particular Sense of Place: Teaching the Classics in Newfoundland
2. Michael Okyere Asante (Ghana, by video link): Towards a Revival of Latin Language Learning in Ghanaian Schools: A Vocabulary-Based Approach
3. Mercy Owusu-Asiamah (Ghana): The Reception of the Classics in Ghana: The Use of Latin Mottoes in Formal Educational Institutions
4. Agnes Juhasz-Ormsby (Memorial): The Classical Collection of John Mullock and the Intellectual Culture of Nineteenth Century Newfoundland
1:00 – 1:30 Classics in Newfoundland: some highlights of paired exhibitions at the QE2 and the Rooms (Karen Gill, Kara Hickson, Morgan Locke, Marina Schmidt, Luke Roman)
1:30 – 3:00: Discussion of future international collaborations in Classics
3:30 – 5:00: Keynote: Justine McConnell (King’s College London): At the Crossroads: Euripides, Wole Soyinka, and Femi Osofisan

Saturday March 9: Downtown St. John’s
Tour of St. John’s and Visit to the Rooms Provincial Museum and Archives

For all inquiries, please contact the organizer Luke Roman, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Classics, Memorial University:




The University of Warwick, UK: Wednesday March 6, 2019

An exciting day of interactive workshops, discussions and activities on the theme of Classical Antiquity as it appears in modern media and advertising.

Beginning with the Renaissance and happening as recently as Ariana Grande’s video for the hit song 'God is a Woman', the ancient – and most often the Classical – world has been a constant source of inspiration for the visual media we create. Whether we reference it allusively or borrow from it directly, the Classical World has never gone out of fashion when it comes to art, advertising and design – and shows no sign of doing so.

Why does modernity seemingly have such an obsession with all things ancient and mythical? In what ways has classical imagery been used to be persuasive, beautiful, aspirational or evocative? How might our continued reliance on this imagery serve to enshrine negative or derogatory ideas concerning race, gender and aesthetics?

This event will involve a series of interactive talks and activities on numerous themes pertaining to the depiction of the ancient world in modern media – including issues of diversity, gender expectations and beauty ideals - hosted by researchers from Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick University, culminating in participants designing their own advertising campaign inspired by an aspect of ancient society. The day will get young people engaging with Classics and Ancient History in a way that is purposeful and feels strongly relevant to them – not just as students, but also as consumers of modern media.

This event is open to students in secondary school Years 9 – 11. ALL are welcome; however, it may be of particular interest to those studying Media, English Literature, Sociology, Fine Art, and Classics/Ancient History. Indeed, this event will provide a stimulating vehicle for putting into practice some of the wider aims of the various GCSE Media syllabi, helping to inform students’ critical understanding of the role of the media on its contemporary society.

To book please visit:

Attendance at this event is entirely FREE OF CHARGE. Lunch & refreshments will be provided. Please kindly arrange your own transport – for information regarding transport links, parking & accessibility, please get in touch.

Any questions?



Yale-NUS College, Singapore: February 25-26, 2019

Invited Participants:
Jinyu Liu (DePauw University/ Shanghai Normal University; PI of Ovid translation project)
Chun Liu (Peking University; project translator)
Ying Xiong (Shanghai Normal University; project translator)
Pei Yun Chia (alumna, Yale-NUS; project translator)

I will be running a two-day workshop on Ovid’s exile poetry, which is designed to support an existing international project charged with translating into Mandarin, and providing commentaries for, the entire corpus of Ovid. Three international Chinese scholars working on the translation project will be attending the workshop, as well as one of our own Yale-NUS alumni who is attached to the project, and the aim is to explore different aspects of Ovid’s exile poetry, discover synergies with Chinese (exile) poetry, and discuss challenges in translating a mercurial author like Ovid into Mandarin for a contemporary non-specialist Chinese audience.

Four sessions will focus on: Ovid’s poetic book of exile; Tomis as constructed land of exile; Ovid as Virgil’s hero; Ovid as the sum of all sufferers (which will involve discussion of Heroides and Metamorphoses).

The workshop is generously sponsored by both Yale-NUS and the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme.

Attendance is free and all are welcome. Supporting materials for the workshop will be in Latin, English, and Mandarin. Interested parties should let me know by email ( so that I can ensure adequate catering.



Nagoya University, Japan: 23-24 February, 2019

The heat wave in Summer 2018 has revealed designs of historic gardens in the UK that have been lost and only known to us through prints and publications. Unlike these discoveries, finding historic gardens usually involves time, patience, as well as archaeological practice.

It is often difficult for modern visitors to visualize and understand historic gardens that have not survived. But researchers employ various approaches, techniques, and resources to understand gardens of the past. For example, Wilhelmina F. Jashemski commenced the excavation of Pompeian gardens in the 1960s and showed how people planted trees and embellished the garden area. She collaborated with natural scientists in order to determine what types of plants had been planted in Pompeian gardens. Around the same time in Japan, the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties excavated an ancient palatial block in Nara and discovered a garden which was later reconstructed based on finds such as branches, leaves, seeds, and pollen.

The study of historic gardens requires an interdisciplinary approach: historians studying gardens via texts and inscriptions, archaeologists analysing gardens by excavation, archaeobotanists examining finds, and natural scientists scrutinizing samples provided by archaeologists. In addition, we should not disregard the influences and legacy of historic gardens. Without the collaboration of all these disciplines, our perceptions of such gardens will remain incomplete.

This conference aims to deepen our understanding of garden history by bringing together specialists working in various fields. Confirmed papers will cover areas including: gardens in Classical Antiquity (Y. Kawamoto, Marzano, Purcell, and Suto) and in the Renaissance (Higaya, Kuwakino), garden excavation in Pompeii and the Villa Arianna (Gleason), excavated (and reconstructed) gardens in Nara and Kyoto (Ono and S. Kawamoto), radiocarbon dating analysis of archaeological finds (Oda), and the latest survey of a garden in the villa in Somma Vesuviana (Italy) employing cosmic-ray Muons (Morishima).

Keynote speaker: Nicholas Purcell (Roman History; Oxford)

Confirmed Speakers (alphabetically):
Kathryn L. Gleason (Roman Archaeology and Landscape; Cornell)
Jyunichiro Higaya (Renaissance Architectural History; Tohoku)
Shigeo Kawamoto (Japanese Architectural History; Kindai)
Yukiko Kawamoto (Roman History; Nagoya)
Koji Kuwakino (Renaissance Art and Architecture; Osaka)
Annalisa Marzano (Roman History; Reading)
Kunihiro Morishima (Astro Physics; Nagoya)
Hirotaka Oda (Radiocarbon Dating; Nagoya)
Kenkichi Ono (Japanese Garden History and Archaeology; Wakayama)
Yoshiyuki Suto (Greek Archaeology; Nagoya)

We invite submission of abstracts related to topics of discussion in this conference of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) for a 30-minutes paper. Please submit your abstract and a brief CV to Yukiko Kawamoto by email at: by 10th December 2018. Selections will be made and announced by the 31st December 2018.


(CFP closed December 10, 2018)



Manchester, UK: 22-23 February, 2019

The Call for Papers is now open. Papers on all topics and from all disciplines are welcomed.

This year, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the “Peterloo Massacre” we welcome in particular papers on the loose topic “Radical Fictions”.

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.

Paper proposals consisting of a title and abstract of no more than 250 words should be submitted to: The CfP closes on July 1st 2018.


(CFP closed July 1, 2018)



Rome, 22-23 February 2019

This conference celebrating the bicentenary of Keats’s annus mirabilis, 1819, the year he wrote the Odes, will be organised by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in collaboration with the Société d'Études du Romantisme Anglais and hosted at the British School at Rome.

All papers will be given on Friday 22nd February, and delegates remaining in Rome on Saturday 23rd February will be invited to take part in special tours of the Non-Catholic Cemetery, where Keats and Shelley are buried, and of the Keats-Shelley House, Keats’s final dwelling place, in order to mark the anniversary of Keats’s death.

Mythological considerations of Keats’s life and art will be welcomed: myths and literary influences, myth and tradition, myth and science, myth and genre, myth and painting, myth and literary criticism, myth and modernity (including cinema and popular culture). Papers may explore the study of Greek and Roman myths in Keats’s poetry (Psyche, Apollo, Endymion, Hermes, Hyperion). They could also consider the modern mythology (from the Middle French, mythologie, ‘legend or story’) which has amassed around Keats’s life and work, and engage with the complexity of the Keatsian mythologia, a subtle mix of poetic fiction (mythos) and romanticised discourse (logia).

The conference is being organised by Giuseppe Albano, Curator of the Keats-Shelley House, Caroline Bertonèche, from the University of Grenoble Alpes and President of the SERA (Société d’Études du Romantisme Anglais), and Maria Valentini from the University of Cassino and Chair of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in Rome.

Papers may be given in English, French or Italian, and abstracts accepted in any one of these languages.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (c. 200 words): 1st November 2018.

For further information on registration, and to send your abstract, please contact:

Dr Giuseppe Albano: or
Prof. Caroline Bertonèche or
Prof. Maria Valentini:

Registration fee €50. We plan to publish a selection of papers from the conference in an issue of the Keats-Shelley Review.


(CFP closed November 1, 2018)



Newcastle University, UK: 21-22 February, 2019

The current boom of works and media about the Ancient World aimed at a general audience is a product of some converging circumstances: the rethinking of meaning and value of the Classics among scholars, in need of justifying our very own existence in contemporary academia; a market-driven demand for either recalling Western tradition and exempla from the ancients – on the conservative side, or questioning the multiple facets of elite privilege – on a progressive approach; and ultimately as a consequence of the “explosion of information” in the hyper-connected XXI century. In this last regard, narratives from non-scholars ranging from fairly accurate Wikipedia articles to “fake news” tweets are now competing with classicists for space and authority.

This new “shared authority”, a term coined by public historian Michael Frisch, calls for reflection. We invite papers on topics related to the topics above, inviting discussion on themes such as:

* What is the role of the scholar in determining narratives for the general audience?
* How to understand and respond to the public’s demand on topics, old and new, about the ancients?
* Forms of dialogue with non-scholar producers of knowledge about the Classics, esp. online;
* Political and global aspects of conservative and progressive approaches to Ancient World.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers, which will be followed by debates led by assigned commentators. Presenters will be requested to participate as commentators in at least one other presentation. The conference will be published in a proceedings volume, including the resulting debate.

Please send abstracts (PDF format) of no more than 350 words, including 3-5 keywords to Submissions from PhD students are welcome.

Deadline: 30 October 2018.

The event will have no submission or attendance fees.

Keynote speakers:
Neville Morley (University of Exeter)
Sarah E. Bond (University of Iowa)
Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Denison University)

Conference organisers: Juliana Bastos Marques (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) and Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University). This conference is supported by a Newton Advanced Fellowship funded by the British Academy.


Update 3/2/2019:


10:00-11:00 - Sarah Bond (University of Iowa), The Judgement of Paris: Statues, “the West”, and Ideals of Beauty
11:20-12:00 - Vanda Zajko (University of Bristol), Participatory Cultures and Contemporary Mythopoiesis
12:00-13:00 – lunch
13:00-14:00 - Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Denison University), West is Best? "Western Civilization", White Supremacy, & Classics in Popular Media
14:00-14:40 - Catalina Popescu (Holland Hall), The New Agora? Online Communities and a New Rhetoric
14:40-15:20 - Cora Beth Knowles (Open University), The authority of sharing: postgraduate blogging in Classics
15:20-15:40 - coffee break
15:40-16:20 - Ayelet Lushkov (University of Texas at Austin), Classical Literature and Contemporary Classics
16:20-17:00 - Juan Garcia Gonzalez (Newcastle University), The Syme–Yourcenar controversy about "Memoirs of Hadrian"

10:00-11:00 - Neville Morley (University of Exeter), 'The society that separates its scholars from its keyboard warriors...’: tracking Thucydides on Twitter
11:20-12:00 - David García Dominguez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), The ruthless law of the jungle? Ideology, discourse, and the dangerous success of Realist views on Roman history
12:00-13:00 – lunch
13:00-14:00 - Juliana Bastos Marques (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State), Is Livy a good Wikipedian? Authority and authorship in ancient historiography through the lens of contemporary anonymous writing
14:00-14:40 - Joanna Kenty (Radboud University), Philology and Outreach
14:40-15:20 - Ivan Matijašić (Newcastle University), Artemidorus on Trial: A Papyrus between Philology, a Court of Justice and the Media
15:20-16:00 - closing remarks

Register: by February 17, 2019


(CFP closed October 30, 2018)



Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) - 40th Annual Conference

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico: February 20-23, 2019

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th 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.

Potential topics include representations of ancient literature or culture in:

* Classical Motifs/Allusions/Parallels in Popular Music
* Graphic Novels and Cartoons
* Cinema directly or indirectly reflecting aspects of the ancient world in cinema: recent films involving * Classical themes which you might consider include The Legend of Hercules, Pompeii, La Grande Belezza, Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Ben Hur, as well as television series which engage with classical themes like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica.
* 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.
* Classical themes in productions of theater, opera, ballet, music, and the visual arts.
* 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, literature in the classroom?
* Children’s Literature: Greek and Roman mythology in children’s film, television, or literature.

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 November 1, 2018.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2019. For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at


(CFP closed November 1, 2018)



New York City, USA: Feb 16-17, 2019

The Paideia Institute is pleased to welcome abstract submissions to the seventh 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 Latin and Greek under the guidance of expert instructors, will be held at Fordham University on February 16th and 17th.

The theme of this year's conference is "Mind and Body." How are the life of the mind and the life of the body related? Are they friends or enemies, equals or unequals? Are human beings made up of essentially different "parts" — and, if so, are there two, three or more such parts? How, ideally, do these parts interact? Does the body rule the mind, or the mind the body?

We invite proposals for short talks in Greek or Latin on this theme with examples from Ancient Greek and Latin literature. Topics might include: advice on the upkeep of the mind and/or body; literary treatments of the mind and/or body; discussions of material culture relating to the theme of mind and body. We also welcome submissions on how the theme of mind and body relates to classical language pedagogy. Outstanding submissions on other topics, especially on Latin or Greek pedagogy, will also be considered.

Please follow the link to send in an abstract of no more than 500 words. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018. Travel bursaries are available and can be applied for 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, 2018)



University College London: February 15, 2019

A final reminder that the Society for Neo-Latin Studies is organising a one-day event on Career Development for Neo-Latinists, aimed at advanced PhD students and early-career researchers with an interest in neo-Latin. (Please note that Neo-Latin does not have to be your main or only area of study, and the event may also be of use to early career scholars in other areas that belong to no single department.) The event will take place at UCL (106 Gordon House, 29 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PP) on the 15th February 2019, running from 10am-5pm. This will be an opportunity to discuss the implications and challenges of being an early-career researcher in such an interdisciplinary, non-traditional, and rapidly evolving field as neo-Latin, as well as the strategies and types of position open to scholars with a PhD in this area.

The day will consist of a series of short talks on: post-doc applications and the post-doc experience; teaching fellowships, temporary and permanent lectureships; planning publications and developing a book proposal; teaching post-classical Latin in different departments; careers in school teaching and librarianship; and applying for research grants. Our confirmed speakers include both early-career researchers and more senior academics, as well as former PhD students who are or have been working outside academia. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

Attendance is free of charge; lunch and coffee will be provided. To register, please email by the 31st January 2019.




National Library of New Zealand/Victoria University of Wellington, NZ: February 14-15, 2019

‘O woe is me / To have seen what I have seen, see what I see’. Shakespeare’s Ophelia, wooed and cast aside by her one-time lover, Hamlet, amplifies her woe in the open-ended expression of grief that characterises complaint, a rhetorical mode that proliferates from the poetry of Ovid to the Bible, from the Renaissance to the modern day.

This symposium explores the literature of complaint and grievance, centring on the texts of the Renaissance but welcoming contributions from related areas. Shakespeare (A Lover’s Complaint) and Spenser (Complaints) are central authors of Renaissance complaint, but who else wrote complaint literature, why, and to what effect? Female-voiced complaint was fashionable in the high poetic culture of the 1590s, but what happens to complaint when it is taken up by early modern women writers? What forms—and what purposes—does the literature of complaint and grievance take on in non-elite or manuscript spheres, in miscellanies, commonplace books, petitions, street satires, ballads and songs? What are the classical and biblical traditions on which Renaissance complaint is based? And what happens to complaint after the Renaissance, in Romantic poetry, in the reading and writing cultures of the British colonial world, in contemporary poetry, and in the #metoo movement?

Keynote speakers:
Professor Danielle Clarke, University College, Dublin
Professor Kate Lilley, University of Sydney
Professor Rosalind Smith, University of Newcastle, Australia

We invite anyone with an interest in the literature of complaint and the politics of grievance to submit a 250-word paper proposal by 31 October 2018 to the conference organiser,

This conference is supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, as part of the three-year project ‘Woe is me: Women and Complaint in the English Renaissance’.


(CFP closed October 31, 2018)



University of New England, Armidale (NSW): February 4-7, 2019.

CFP: Abstracts due by: July 31, 2018.

Conference website:

Program [pdf]:


(CFP closed July 31, 2018)



Einladung zur Teilnahme an einer internationalen Tagung an der Universität Bonn: January 24-26, 2019

Der Petrarkismus hat die volkssprachliche europäische Lyrik der Frühen Neuzeit entscheidend geprägt. Der Einfluss auf die frühneuzeitliche lateinische Literatur ist dabei bislang allenfalls konstatiert und vereinzelt besprochen, aber nur sporadisch in größerem Zusammenhang untersucht worden. Explizite Übersetzungen, wie etwa Nicolas Bourbons lateinische Übertragung von RVF 134 („Pace non trovo“), der sich das Zitat im Veranstaltungstitel verdankt, sind jedoch in der neulateinischen Liebesdichtung des gesamten frühneuzeitlichen Europas ebenso zu finden wie subtile sprachlich-formale, strukturelle und konzeptionelle Bezugnahmen auf das petrarkistische Modell.

Dem neulateinischen Petrarkismus kommt im Vergleich zu den nationalsprachlichen Petrarkismen aus zwei Gründen eine Sonderstellung zu: Zum einen steht das Neulateinische in einem besonderen Nahverhältnis zur lateinischen Literatur der Antike. Hierdurch ist mit starken sprachlichen, motivischen und inhaltlichen Interferenzen zwischen dem Petrarkismus und Modellen antiker (Liebes-)Dichtung zu rechnen. Die zweite besondere Eigenart des neulateinischen Petrarkismus liegt im soziokulturellen ,Sitz im Leben‘ des Lateinischen, das in der Frühen Neuzeit als paneuropäische lingua franca fungierte. Die neulateinische Literatur oszilliert hierdurch zwischen Regionalität und Internationalität, sie interagiert mit regional unterschiedlichen Kontexten und kann gleichzeitig international rezipiert werden.

Die Tagung möchte sich nun erstmals gezielt dem Phänomen des neulateinischen Petrarkismus widmen und in Fortsetzung der Arbeiten Scorsones 2004 und Cintis 2006 wesentliche Spielarten der Petrarkismus-Aneignung in der lateinischen Poesie der Frühen Neuzeit diskutieren. Es soll dabei insbesondere auch nach Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden zwischen dem neulateinischen und volkssprachlichen Petrarkismus gefragt werden.

Den Vortragenden können die Kosten für Anreise und Übernachtung erstattet werden. Eine Veröffentlichung der Beiträge im Anschluss an die Tagung ist geplant.

Für Vorträge von ca. 30 Minuten werden Themenvorschläge zum neulateinischen Petrarkismus in Europa, insbesondere aber in England, Skandinavien, Osteuropa, Spanien und Portugal – vorzugsweise als Email-Attachment – bis zum 15.06.2018 erbeten an: Alexander Winkler ( Der Themenformulierung sollte ein kurzes Exposé (max. 300 Wörter) beigefügt sein.


(CFP closed June 15, 2018)



Erlangen, Germany: January 24-25, 2019

The Ilias Latina has been one of the reference texts of the Homeric poem until the rediscovery of Greek in the West. After the richly commented edition by Scaffai (1997) and the translation in French with a brief commentary by Fry (2014), the aim of this international Workshop is to focus on this peculiar cultural product.

We warmly encourage PhD students, Post-docs and early-career researchers to present papers of 20 minutes in length. Proposals may focus on one of the following topics:

a)metaphrastic devices and the comparison with the Greek model
b)the text and the manuscript tradition
c)the Ilias Latina in the literary context of the Neronian age
d)its reception, starting from Late Antiquity.

We welcome abstracts of up to 350 words, to be submitted per email by July 31th 2018, including brief curriculum vitae.

Proposed workshop languages: English, Italian, German, and French.

A flat-rate reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses is offered.

Confirmed invited speakers: Anton BIERL (Basel), Caterina CARPINATO (Venezia), Maria J. FALCONE (Erlangen), Thomas GÄRTNER (Köln-Bonn), Gerlinde HUBER-REBENICH (Bern), Christiane REITZ (Rostock), Christoph SCHUBERT (Erlangen).

Public evening lecture: Maurizio BETTINI (Siena), on the cultural meaning of translation.

Maria Jennifer FALCONE:
Christoph SCHUBERT:


(CFP closed July 31, 2018)



Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany: January 18-19, 2019

Although the scientific knowledge gained in humanistic and cultural research is generally theory-based, the explicit and reflective use of different and disparate theory-concepts has only in recent years found it´s way into the field of classical studies. The so called 'cultural turn', that happened in the early 90s of the last century, can be marked as a starting point, as it led to an increased development and use of cultural studies-theories.

This movement also reached the different disciplines of classical studies, in which henceforward there can be witnessed a steadily increased use and development of these cultural studies-key concepts. Now theories, such as the 'Material-Agency Theory' or 'Actor-Network Theory', that already have been used for some time in the English-speaking regions, make their way into classical studies-investigations around here and complement for instance spatial-sociological or media-theoretically studies, whose potential already has been discussed for some time. But what about the concrete applicability and reflection of those methods and theories, that at first seem to be outside the subject area? How to utilize certain theoretical concepts for one's own questioning and material? And are there any adjustments to those theoretical concepts necessary, in order to assure their fruitful use? These and further questions shall be elaborated in this Barcamp 'Antique Worlds - Modern Perspectives'!

The main focus of this Barcamp is to discuss these questions in an interdisciplinary context: There will not only be the classical conference format with talks and following discussions but also more intensive debates, that will be held in smaller groups after short keynote-speeches. The papers shall present and discuss different theory-concepts and show how they can be used for certain questionings and how exactly they are being applied 'in praxi' on different matters – both of textual and material nature. The paper is expected to point out, how the use of the theory offers new insight.

There is neither limitation to specific theories, nor periods, cultures, or material. The theory-concepts being presented can either be ones, that are already well known and have been extensively discussed for quite a while or innovative and so far in the German-speaking research field mostly unknown concepts and ideas.

This Barcamp addresses PhD students from all disciplines within the field of classical studies. We are looking forward to abstracts in either German or English that do not exceed 400 words. The talk is restricted to 25 minutes followed by a 15-minute discussion.

Please send your proposal for papers and short academic CV to us by 15th October 2018:

Cost-sharing is subject to funding.

Organisation: Working Group “Antike Welten – Moderne Perspektiven” of the Graduate School 'Humanities' at the University of Freiburg



(CFP closed October 15, 2018)



Université Lyon 3 - Lyon, France: January 7-8, 2019

Il s'agira d'analyser les paratextes savants des premières éditions des poètes dramatiques anciens (1470-1518) afin de déterminer une éventuelle spécificité de ces premières éditions et de cerner le rôle qu'elles ont pu jouer dans l'interprétation des textes qu'elles présentent au public. L’équipe travaillera sur un paratexte par auteur dramatique antique (sept paratextes seront donc traités) afin de tester ses méthodes, de vérifier l’intérêt des paratextes choisis, de prendre conscience des problèmes surgissant chaque étape du travail et de tenter d’y apporter des réponses.

7 janvier:
10h30-11h Compte-rendu des journées précédentes ; rappel des éléments de soumission de la pré-proposition du PRC à l’ANR et du calendrier ; présentation des journées et des attendus.
11-12h30 Malika Bastin-Hammou « Étude de trois éditions aldines : 1498 (Aristophane), 1502 (Sophocle), 1518 (Eschyle) ».
12h30-13h30 pause déjeuner
13h30-15h00 Alexia Dedieu « Euripide édité par Alde Manuce : Euripidis tragoediae septendecim, 1503 »
15h00-16h30 Mathieu Ferrand : « La lettre-préface de Simon Charpentier (éditeur) à Fausto Andrelini, dans la première édition française de Plaute (Paris, Denis Roce, 1512) »
16h30-17h discussion et bilan partiel

8 janvier
9h-10h30 Laure Hermand-Schebat « Les gravures et descriptions de gravures du Térence de Grüninger (Strasbourg, 1496) »
10h30-12h Christian Nicolas « L’Expositio in ‘Heautontimorumenon’ de Giovanni Calfurnio dans ses cinq commentaires à Térence » (Terentius cum quinque commentis, Venise, 1518) »
12h-13h déjeuner
13-14h30 Pascale Paré-Rey : « Le in tragoedias Senecae interpretatio des Tragoediae Senecae cum commento de Gellius Bernardinus Marmitta (Lyon, 1491) : le premier paratexte des éditions humanistes des tragédies latines »
14h30-15h bilan des deux journées : méthodologie à observer, notions à explorer, questions transversales.

Lieu: Université Lyon 3, 18 rue Chevreul, 69007 Lyon. Salle 404 (4ème étage du Palais de la Recherche)





Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

* Gaming and Classics - Organized by Hamish Cameron, Bates College

* Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy - Organized by Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College, Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound, and Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Trinity University

* Graphic Classics: Education and Outreach in a New Medium - Organized by Jennifer A. Rea, University of Florida, and Aaron L. Beek, University of Memphis

* Approaching Christian Receptions of the Classical Tradition - Organized by Alexander C. Loney, Wheaton College




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Workshop organized by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, and Elizabeth A. Bobrick, Wesleyan University

Elizabeth A. Bobrick (Wesleyan University), Introduction Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), "Is this the Examined Life? Book Discussion Groups in Prison" Nancy Felson (University of Georgia), "Masculinity, from Achilles to Socrates: Teaching Male Inmates in a Maximum-Security Prison" Sara Itoku Ahbel-Rappe (University of Michigan), "Teaching in the Cave: A Classical Philosopher on Teaching Great Books in State Prisons" Jessica Wright (University of Southern California), "The Freedom to Say No: Studying Latin in an American Prison" Emily Allen-Hornblower (Rutgers University), "Classics Behind Bars: Identity, Connection, and Civic Bridges" Alexandra Pappas (San Francisco State University), "Classical Myth on the Inside: Lessons from a County Jail"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Sharon L. James, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Alison Keith, University of Toronto

Sharon L. James (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Introduction
Sara Myers (University of Virginia), "New Directions in Ovidian Scholarship"
Carole Newlands (University of Colorado Boulder), "Actaeon in the Wilderness: Ovid, Christine de Pizan and Gavin Douglas"
Alison Keith (University of Toronto), "Ovid In and After Exile: Modern Fiction on Ovid Outside Rome"
Daniel Libatique (Boston University), "Ovid in the #MeToo Era"
Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University), Response




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Association for Neo-Latin Studies and Quinn E. Griffin, Grand Valley State University

Quinn E. Griffin (Grand Valley State University), Introduction
Stephen Maiullo (Hope College), "The Classical Tradition in the Personal Correspondence of Anna Maria van Schurman"
Anne Mahoney (Tufts University), "Cristoforo Landino's Metrical Practice in Aeolics"
Kat Vaananen (The Ohio State University), "Syphilitic Trees: Immobility and Voicelessness in Ovid and Fracastoro"
Joshua Patch (University of Dallas), "Sannazaro's Pastoral Seascape"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Lambda Classical Caucus, Robert Matera, University of Maryland, College Park, David Wray, University of Chicago, and Hannah Mason, University of Southern California

The Lambda Classical Caucus invites abstracts for papers that investigate relationships between tropes and queerness in the ancient Mediterranean. Ancient and modern scholars have enumerated and explored tropes in visual arts, language, literature, politics, and other parts of ancient cultures. A trope may be “a figure which consists in using a word or a phrase in a sense other than that which is proper to it” (OED), such as a metaphor, or a theme or device used commonly in a particular style, genre, or discourse, such as the lament of the exclusus amator, and it may also be thought of in its root sense: a turning. We understand queerness broadly as questioning, ignoring, resisting, or in other ways not conforming with norms of gender, sex, sexuality, and/or erotics in a society. We welcome submissions on tropes and queerness in any part of an ancient Mediterranean culture or its later reception. We hope that, by examining ideas of turning, figurative representation, and commonly used themes or devices in relation to queer modes of non-conformity, this panel will reveal new dimensions of tropes and queerness.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

How have tropes been used to represent queer people and queerness?
* Have people tried to control or limit non-conformity with tropes?
* How have non-conforming people found empowerment in tropes? Have they used tropes to understand themselves? To question norms? To communicate with each other?
* How does queerness interact with a particular trope or with an idea of a trope?
* How have modern queers troped cultures of the ancient Mediterranean or interacted with tropes of the ancient Mediterranean?

Please email abstracts for 20-minute papers to by February 1, 2018. Abstracts may be up to 500 words (not including works cited). Please submit abstracts as anonymized PDF’s, and include 1) the author’s name and 2) contact information and 3) the title of the proposed paper in the text of the email. Membership in the Society for Classical Studies is required for participation in this panel. Please email any questions to David Wray at, Hannah Mason at, and Rob Matera at

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 64: Turning Queer: Queerness and the Trope

Hannah Mason (University of Southern California), Introduction
Rowan Ash (University of Western Ontario), "'ἦλθον Ἀμαζόνες ἀντιάνειραι,' or, Going Amazon: Queering the Warrior Women in the Iliad"
Sarah Olsen (Williams College), "Io's Dance: A Queer Move in Prometheus Bound"
James Hoke (Luter College), "Homo Urbanus or Urban Homos?: The Metronormative Trope, Philo's Therapeuts, and Ancient Queer Subcultures"
Mark Masterson (Victoria University of Wellington), "Normal for Byzantium is Queer for Us"
Mary Mussman (University of California, Berkeley), "Blank Marks; Absence as Interpretation of Queer Erotics in 20th-21st Century Reception of Sappho"
Robert Matera (University of Maryland, College Park) and David Wray (University of Chicago), Response


(CFP closed February 1, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organizers: SCS Committee on Translations of Classical Authors; Diane Arnson Svarlien, Independent Scholar, and Diane Rayor, Grand Valley State University

From Livius Andronicus to the multifarious translation landscape of the twenty-first century, the re-creation of classic works in new languages has brought ancient literature to new audiences and new cultural contexts.

This panel seeks papers that focus on the art of literary translation. For our society’s sesquicentennial, we especially welcome papers that address translation into English since 1869.

All translation is interpretation: Textual decisions drive interpretations, yet interpretive stances also drive textual decisions. Translation is an especially intimate and visible active reading in which the reader of the source language work becomes the writer of the English work.

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

* How literary translations of single authors have changed over time.
* Trends in literary translation
* Translation in times of crisis
* The status of translation in classics
* How translation engages with scholarship
* The responsibilities of the translator
* Theories of and approaches to translation
* Political or cultural use of translation

The Committee on Translations of Classical Authors is in the process of producing a searchable database bibliography of all translations of Greek and Latin authors translated from 1869 (and ongoing) initially in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Grand Valley State University developed the Tiresias database, before transferring it to UC-Irvine, who has agreed to host the project at the International Center for Writing and Translation.

Abstracts for papers should be submitted electronically as Word documents by January 31, 2018 to Donald Mastronarde (, preferably with the subject heading “abstract_translation_SCS2019”. 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 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.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 59: A Century of Translating Poetry

Elizabeth Vandiver (Whitman College), "'Exquisite Classics in Simple English Prose': Theory and Practice in the Poets' Translation Series (1915-1920)"
Rachel Hadas (Rutgers University), "Quisque suos patimur manes: Trends in Literary Translations of the Classics"
Tori Lee (Duke University), "'Tools' of the Trade: Euphemism and Dysphemism in Modern English Translations of Catullus"
Rodrigo Tadeu Gonçalves (Federal University of Paraná), "Performative Translations of Lucretius and Catullus"
Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania), "Faithless: Gender Bias and Translating the Classics"
Diane Rayor (Grand Valley State University), Response

(CFP closed January 31, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Sponsored by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance

Organizers: Anna Uhlig, (, University of California, Davis & Al Duncan, (, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Research Fellow, University of the Free State

The performance of ancient drama, whether in updated stagings or more radically adapted variations, represents one of the most significant influences on contemporary views of the ancient world. As Helene Foley and others have shown, the “reimagining” of ancient drama in the New World has a long and fascinating history, and one that continues to be written. The recent flurry of scholarly work on the performance of ancient drama in the Americas attests to the range and complexity of new-world engagement with Greece and Rome. Landmark studies include Foley’s Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (2012) and the Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2015) among diverse other publications. In the years since the publication of these volumes, ancient drama has continued to demonstrate its ability to speak to a changing New World, whether in Harrison David Rivers’ And She Would Stand Like This (2017), a transgender version of Euripides’ Trojan Women, Bryan Doerries’ evolving “Theater of War” Productions (2009-present), or Elise Kermani’s juxtaposition of contemporary and ancient in Iphigenia: Book of Change (2016). In many ways, theater artists in the Americas are once again redefining our relationships with ancient Greek and Roman culture.

In light of the overall goal of the Sesquicentennial Program to celebrate the past and future of Classical Studies in the Americas, this panel will focus on the dynamic forms that ancient drama has taken in new-world performances. This rich and still-unfolding history provides a powerful window on how the performance of classical drama constitutes a vital channel through which the future of Classics has taken—and continues to take—shape. As theater has long been recognized as a bellwether within our discipline, a goal of this panel is to highlight emergent trends in new-world theater that may presage future turns in Classical Studies as a whole.

We invite submissions on any aspect of the performance of ancient drama in the Americas, but are especially eager for contributions that focus on the cultural or political immediacy of ancient drama as demonstrated in staged productions from the last decade or so. Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

* How does a synchronic approach facilitate our understanding of ancient drama within an interconnected world?
* How does the shared history of colonialism and/or slavery in the Americas shape approaches to ancient drama?
* What similarities/differences are found in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama in distinct linguistic communities of the Americas (e.g. Spanish, English, Portuguese, French)?
* How have recent changes in social or economic conditions in the Americas found form in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama?
* How are contentious issues of borders, identity, nationality, and culture reflected in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama in the Americas?
* How are shifting discourses on gender, sexuality, and race making themselves felt in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama?

The session will conclude with a response to the papers by Helene Foley.

Please send anonymous abstracts following SCS guidelines ( by email to Timothy Wutrich (, not to the panel organizers. Review of abstracts will begin 1 March 2018. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 58: Ancient Drama, New World

Al Duncan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Anna Uhlig (University of California, Davis), Introduction
Charles Pletcher (Columbia University), "Antigone: Anastrophe in Griselda Gambaro's Antígona furiosa"
Christina Perez (Columbia University), "Textual Ruins: The Form of Memory in José Watanabe's Antigona
Laurialan Blake Reitzammer (University of Colorado Boulder), "Reimagining Creon and his Daughter in Euripides' Medea: Armida as Queen of the Barrio in Luis Alfaro's Mojada"
Claire Catenaccio (Duke University), "'Why We Build the Wall': Hadestown in Trump's America
Helene Foley (Barnard College), Response

(CFP closed March 15, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by MOISA, Andreas J. Kramarz, Legion of Christ College of Humanities

Many literary and philosophical sources throughout antiquity attest the view that music serves as a connection between human and the supernatural realities. The concept of music as a “gift of the gods,” also applicable to instruments and divine (or divinely inspired) musicians, already points at this relationship. From the Pythagoreans to Aristides Quintilianus and beyond, cosmological speculations are frequently aligned with the structure and dynamics of the human soul and described in musical terms. Hence the need of a deeper inquiry about the relationship between music and the divine.

Possible questions to be investigated and topics to discuss include (but are not limited to):
* What are historical, psychological, philosophical, and theological reasons for the perception that music is something divine, which surpasses what is properly human?
* Greek and Roman mythology is full of stories where gods or divine figures are related to or the origin and practice of music as such, instruments, tunes, practices, etc. What does divine patronage reveal about the character of music and its impact on human life?
* The “divinely inspired” musician: origin, role, and development of the concept of musical genius.
* Dionysian “frenzy”: how does the “dark side” of music become associated with divinities? How is this represented in other cultural traditions?
* Human music as a competition or rebellion against the divine (for instance, the stories of Marsyas or Orpheus).
* Cosmology and mathematical musicology: to what degree can modern science support the parallelism between musical and cosmic processes as first described by the Pythagoreans and still thoroughly developed by Kepler? How does such “ideal” music relate to “real” music?
* Contributions of individual classical authors or schools: what are the various views on the relationship between music and creation, and how do they compare? How are these theories reflected and further developed in post-classical traditions?
* Music as mediation between the human and the divine.
* Is the numinous character of music particular, or is it found similarly in other art forms?
* How do ethnomusicological findings support – or question – the idea of a universal notion of music being a privileged link between the human sphere and the divine?
* Is there a continuity or rather a discontinuity between the classical and the Christian (Western or Eastern) view on the role of music in worship or on its divine character?

In an effort to showcase the best papers and the most innovative research in the field of ancient music, we also welcome abstracts that deal with interdisciplinary aspects of Greek and Roman music and its cultural heritage within the framework of the panel theme.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers to be presented at the 2019 SCS annual meeting should observe the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear on the SCS web site. The deadline for submission is March 9th, 2018, and all prospective presenters should be SCS members in good standing at the time of submission. Please address your abstract to and any question related to the panel to In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by two referees.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 56: Music and the Divine

Andreas J. Kramarz (Legion of Christ College of Humanities), Introduction
Pavlos Sfyroeras (Middlebury College), "The Music of Sacrifice: Between Mortals and Immortals"
Spencer Klavan (University of Oxford), "Movements Akin to the Soul's: Human and Divine Mimēsis in Plato's Music"
Victor Gysembergh (Freie Universität Berlin), "Eudoxus of Cnidus on Consonance, Reason/Ratio, and Divine Pleasure"
Noah Davies-Mason (The Graduate Center, CUNY), "The Silent Gods of Lucretius"
Francesca Modini (Kings College), "Singing for the Gods under the Empire: Music and the Divine in the Age of Aelius Aristides"
Andreas J. Kramarz (Legion of Christ College of Humanities), Response

(CFP closed March 9, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

WCC Sponsored Panel. Chairs: Andrea Gatzke (SUNY-New Paltz) and Jeremy LaBuff (Northern Arizona University)

Global/transnational feminism is a framework that challenges the universalizing tendencies of Western feminism, and works toward a more expansive appreciation of the diversity inherent to the experiences of women and sexual minorities across the globe. It accomplishes this by taking into consideration the wide variation of cultural, economic, religious, social, and political factors that differentially impact women in different places. Yet the potential utility of this concept to the discipline of classical studies remains largely untapped. For all of the modifications and corrections made to Foucault’s History of Sexuality, the Greco-Roman world’s position as ancestor to the Modern West too often frames how we situate the study of gender and sexuality in antiquity. Global/transnational feminism offers ways to make the discipline more inclusive by transcending this ancient-modern comparison and further contextualizing classical phenomena through contemporary cross-cultural study and consideration of how gender and sexuality might intersect with other social categories like ethnicity or class. Such approaches can help us identify important connections and differences between distinct cultures, but perhaps more importantly, can serve to establish the value and limitations of the theories and methodologies we implement in studying gender and sexuality.

This panel seeks to provide a venue for advancing discussions of gender and sexuality in classical antiquity in both scholarship and the classroom through the lens of global/transnational feminism. Among the questions we hope to explore are:

* How can we make fruitful comparisons between Greek and Roman constructions of gender and sexuality and those of other ancient societies, whether neighboring and interacting (e.g., Celtic, Egyptian, Persian) or disparate (China, Japan, South Asia, etc.)?
* How might a global/transnational feminist approach help us and our students more critically compare ancient constructions of gender and sexuality to our own modern ones?
* How might an emphasis on intersectionality complicate our understanding of the diverse experiences of women and sexual minority groups in antiquity?
* How does Western feminism limit our ability to understand and analyze concepts of gender and sexuality in antiquity?
* What does a global/transnational feminist approach mean for our relationship to the ancient past, more broadly conceived?
* We solicit papers from both scholarly and pedagogical perspectives that consider the above and related questions regarding the study of gender and/or sexuality in the ancient world from a global/transnational perspective.

Abstracts of ca. 450 words, suitable to a 15-20 presentation, should be sent as a .pdf file to Martha Teck ( Please do not identify yourself in any way in the abstract itself so that all submitted abstracts can be evaluated anonymously. Please follow the formatting guidelines for abstracts that appear on the SCS website: All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS or AIA members in good standing, and all proposals must be received by March 1, 2018. Any questions about the panel should be directed to the organizers.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 55: Global Feminism and the Classics

Jeremy LaBuff (Northern Arizona University) and Andrea F. Gatzke (SUNY-New Paltz), Introduction
Margaret Day (The Ohio State University), "The Sisters of Semonides' Wives: Rethinking Female-Animal Kinship"
Elizabeth LaFray (Siena Heights University), "The Emancipation of the Soul: Gender and Body-Soul Dualism in Ancient Greek and Indian Philosophy"
Sarah Christine Teets (University of Virginia), "Mapping the Intersection of Greek and Jewish Identity in Josephus' Against Apion"
Hilary J. C. Lehmann (Knox College), "Past, Present, Future: Pathways to a More Connected Classics"
Erika Zimmermann Damer (University of Richmond), Response

(CFP closed March 1, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

(Alison Keith, University of Toronto, presiding)

Edgar Garcia (University of Washington), "Teucer, Twofold: Echoes and Exempla in Odes 1.7"
Alicia Matz (Boston University), "Deus nobis haec otia fecit: Illusions of Otium at the End of the Republic"
Katherine Wasdin (George Washington University), "Horace the Communist: Marx's Capital as Satire"
Aaron Kachuck (University of Cambridge), "Ursine Poetics in Horace and the Classical Tradition"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy and Sarah E. Bond, University of Iowa

The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy invites submissions for a panel at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Diego. The history of epigraphy as a discipline stretches back to antiquity itself. In the same manner that Herodotus used inscriptions in order to list the temple inventories from Delphi and Delos and Suetonius appears to have drawn on the myriad inscriptions that dotted the Roman Forum, modern epigraphers continue to publish, interpret, and interweave epigraphic remains today. Although the focus is normally on the ancient content of these epigraphic remains, this panel turns its focus on the epigraphers themselves.

As the Society for Classical Studies looks back on 150 years of its existence as an academic organization in 2019, epigraphers should similarly take a moment to reflect on the evolution of our field. From the Rosetta Stone to the Vindolanda Tablets, behind every great inscription is a great woman, man, and sometimes an entire archaeological team. We often contextualize inscriptions in their original time and provenance as a means of understanding the context and historical milieu in which they were written, yet understanding the motives, biases, and ethics of an epigrapher are similarly enlightening. Moreover, the role of the epigrapher as both historian and philologist is extensive. Whether it be Louis Robert’s (1904-1985) and his wife Jeanne’s publication of the Bulletin épigraphique from 1938 to 1984 or Joyce Reynolds’ publication of The inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania in 1952, epigraphers have helped to influence classics, ancient history, and digital humanities in many meaningful ways.

The main objective of this panel is to explore broadly the relationship between classical antiquity and the epigrapher. This might include but is not limited to how ancient and early medieval writers used epigraphic evidence, how Renaissance antiquarians drew on classical epigraphy in order to create new fonts for the printing press, the impact of German scholars publishing over 250,000 inscriptions in the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum and the Inscriptiones Graecae from the latter half of the 19th century up until the present. The role of epigraphers in shaping the current state of digital humanities today is of equal import. Histories of epigraphers dedicated to working with ancient Near Eastern, Hebrew, Greek, Roman, Syriac, Etruscan, and any other language inscribed within the ancient Mediterranean world are welcome to apply.

Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by members of the ASGLE Executive Committee and external readers, and should not be longer than 650 words (bibliography excluded): please follow the SCS “Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts.” All Greek should either be transliterated or employ a Unicode font. The Abstract should be sent electronically as a Word file, along with a PDF of the Submission Form by March 3, 2018 to Sarah E. Bond at


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 37: Writing the History of Epigraphy and Epigraphers

Sarah E. Bond (University of Iowa), Introduction
Alastair J. L. Blanshard (University of Queensland) & Robert K. Pitt (College Year in Athens), "Inscription Hunting and Early Travellers in the Near East: The Cases of Pococke and Chandler Compared"
Graham Oliver (Brown University), "150 Years, and More, of Teaching the Epigraphical Sciences (or, Epigraphical Training Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow)"
Daniela Summa (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften), "The Correspondence of Günther Klaffenbach and Louis Robert (1929-1972)"
Holly Sypniewski (Millsaps College), "The Method and Madness of Matteo Della Corte"
Morgan Palmer (Tulane University), "Res Gestae: The Queen of Inscriptions and the History of Epigraphers"

(CFP closed March 3, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Sesquicentennial Panel, Joint AIA-SCS Session, organized by Andrew Laird, Brown University, and Erika Valdivieso, Brown University

Erika Valdivieso (Brown University), Introduction
Andrew Laird (Brown University), "American Philological Associations: Latin and Amerindian Languages"
Erika Valdivieso (Brown University), "Transformation of Roman Poetry in Colonial Latin America"
Stella Nair (University of California, Los Angeles), "Seeing Rome in the Andes: Inca Architectural History and Classical Antiquity"
Claire Lyons (J. Paul Getty Museum), "Alterae Romae? The Values of Cross-Cultural Analogy"
Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies), Response




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris, University of Lille, and Emily Hauser, Harvard University

Sheila Murnaghan (University of Pennsylvania), "Inside Stories: Amateurism and Activism in the Classical Works of Naomi Mitchison"
Isobel Hurst (Goldsmiths, University of London), "Edith Wharton and Classical Antiquity: From Victorian to Modern"
Emily Hauser (Harvard University), "Re-visioning Classics: Adrienne Rich and the Critique of 'Old Texts'"
Elena Theodorakopoulos (University of Birmingham), "The Silencing of Laura Riding"
Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (University of Lille), "Marguerite Yourcenar's Sappho (Feux, La Couronne et la Lyre) and Lesbian Paris in the Early Twentieth Century"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Committee on Diversity in the Profession, Victoria E. Pagán, University of Florida

Shelley Haley (Hamilton College), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Daniel R. Moy (Harvard Kennedy School of Government), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Heidi Morse (University of Michigan), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Nicole A. Spigner (Columbia College Chicago), "Historical [Re]constructions: Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood and Proto-Afrocentric Classicism"
Margaret Malamud (New Mexico State University), Response




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Emma Stafford, University of Leeds; Classical Association of the UK

Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Introduction
Karl Galinsky (University of Texas at Austin), "Herakles/Vajrapani, the Buddha"
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Cardiff University), "Hercules' Birthday Suit: Performing Heroic Nudity between Athens and Amsterdam"
Emma Stafford (University of Leeds), "'I Shall Sing of Herakles': Writing a Hercules Oratorio for the Twenty-First Century"
Monica Cyrino (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque), "How the Rock became Rockules: Dwayne Johnson's Star Text in Hercules (2014)"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Workshop; Organized by Chiara Sulprizio, Vanderbilt University

Ray Laurence (Macquarie University), Respondent
Andrew Park (Cognitive Media LLC), Respondent




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

For our inaugural workshop at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, we invite abstracts for papers that develop trans-historical and transnational models of Africana reception. Contributions will be pre-circulated and then discussed at the 2019 SCS meeting in San Diego.

As Classical Reception Studies has burgeoned, existing models of appropriation, creativity, and dialogue have struggled to capture the complexity of the relationship between classical works and their receptions. For example, studies often focus exclusively on one temporal point over the other, trace a direct line of influence from source to target, or hierarchize in such a way that source works become the privileged creative inspiration to a later 'political' manifestation. This is not just a scholarly problem. Artists themselves have rejected attempts to categorize their refigurations without acknowledging their idiosyncratic perspectives: as Romare Bearden said, 'we must remember that people other than Spaniards can appreciate Goya, people other than Chinese can appreciate a Sung landscape, and people other than Negroes can appreciate a Benin 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 center of his life's work' (S. Patton, Memory and Metaphor 1991: 31).

Classicists have already begun to find new paths forward. Drawing on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, Lorna Hardwick has argued for utilizing a rhizomatic network of classical connections that recognizes multiple, non-hierarchical points of entry ("Fuzzy Connections" 2011: 43). Emily Greenwood has further developed Hardwick's classical connectivity model by advocating the 'omni-localism' of classical works and of their Africana Receptions ("Omni-Local Classical Receptions" 2013). Striation or layering, as discussed in Deep Classics (Butler, ed. 2016) and "The Reception of Classical Texts in the Renaissance" (Gaisser 2002) respectively, has also been proposed as an alternative metaphor for conceptualizing the varied processes of reception.

To that end we seek papers that go beyond a focus on one point of entry, privileged viewpoint or implied 'tradition' into the network of classical connections and offer a distinctive methodological contribution, a case study of a model through multiple receptions, or a novel theoretical analysis.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following sub-disciplines: intellectual history; literature; visual art and performance studies; music; political activism; and education.

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 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 February 23rd, 2018.


Update: 8/12/2018

Eos is delighted to announce the program for Theorizing Africana Receptions, our inaugural workshop at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies.

Session 17: Friday January 4, 2019 (10:45-12:45)

Anja Bettenworth (Cologne), “The Reception of St. Augustine in Modern Maghrebian Novels”
Sarah Derbew (Harvard), “Bodies in Dissent”
Ellen Cole Lee (Fairfield), “Reader-Response to Racism: Audre Lorde and Seneca on Anger”
Jackie Murray (Kentucky), Respondent



(CFP closed February 23, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 2, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Nancy S. Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, Mary Louise Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Melinda Powers, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Nancy S. Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), Introduction
Mary Louise Hart (J. Paul Getty Museum), "Family, Fate, and Magic: An Introduction to the Greek Adaptations of Luis Alfaro"
Amy Richlin (University of California, Los Angeles), "Immigrants in Time"
Tom Hawkins (The Ohio State University), "9-1-1 is a Joke in Yo Town: Justice in Alfaro's Borderlands"
Rosa Andújar (King's College London), "Chorus and Comunidad in Alfaro's Electricidad and Oedipus El Ray"
Jessica Kubzansky (The Theatre @ Boston Court), "Directing Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles"
Melinda Powers (John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), Response




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Marsha McCoy, Southern Methodist University, presiding

Jacobo Myerston (University of California, San Diego), "Greek Andes: Briceño Guerrero and the Latin American Tragedy"
James Uden (Boston University), "Ventriloquizing the Classics: Cicero and Early American Gothic"
Andrew Porter (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee), "From Homer to Lescarbot: The Iliad's Influence on the First North American Drama"
Emilio Capettini (University of California, Santa Barbara), "'Ne quid detrimenti capiat res publica': The Senatus Consultum Ultimum and a Print of George Washington"
Kelly Nguyen (Brown University), "Classical Reception within the Vietnamese Diaspora"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception, Pramit Chaudhuri, University of Texas at Austin, Caroline Stark, Howard University, and Ariane Schwartz, McKinsey & Company

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Diego. For its fourth panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the subject of “Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives”. In particular, we welcome papers offering reassessments of the current state of the field from cross-cultural and cross-temporal perspectives, or proposing new approaches to the connections between classical and early modern epic using methodologies from philology, digital humanities, cognitive studies, visual studies, or world literature.

In the shadow of a rising nationalism, epic poetry has taken on an ever greater importance through its mediation of national identity and as a focal point of reference and contestation. Even within rarefied scholarly discussions, the study of the genre, like epic itself, can appear to dominate other material, whether less canonical genres or non-Western epic. While the genealogical bonds between classical and early modern epic can seem to strengthen national ideologies and academic conventions, however, the content of the poems often works against such assumptions. Moreover, increasing diversity in research methods and scope, especially through collaboration, enables the scholarly community to renew the study of epic in more expansive and imaginative ways. Our panel aims, therefore, to reflect on the reception of Greco-Roman epic in early modernity partly as a topic in its own right, and partly as a means of understanding more general issues of theory, practice, and canonicity in literature and culture at large.

Proposals responding to recent developments in the scholarship might address, but are not limited to, one of the following questions:

* In light of recent work by Mazzotta, Ramachandran, Laird, and others, how might attention to worldmaking, post-colonial thought, and classical reception in the New World reframe our understanding of the relationship between ancient and early modern epic?

* Does the study of the relationship between classical and early modern epic have anything to gain from comparison with non-Western material, e.g., the Indic tradition? More generally, what are the advantages and disadvantages of analysing these traditions in terms of genealogy, ecology (cf. Beecroft), cosmopolitanism (cf. Pollock), or other systemic relationships?

* What light can cross-disciplinary approaches, especially those using computational tools (cf. Coffee and Bernstein) or cognitive models (cf. Jaén and Simon), shed on continuities and disjunctions between ancient and early modern forms of the genre?

* How did the idea of epic change as a genre during the early modern period, in particular given the different transmission histories of classical epics, especially works in ancient Greek? How might the growing attention to neo-Latin literature affect the fields of epic and/or reception studies?

* Are there developments in the aesthetics of a particular period that shed light on goings-on elsewhere? Besides substantial interest in the sublime (Cheney) and the mock-epic (Rawson), recent work has also focused on the quotidian (Grogan). More generally, what comparative understanding of epic can be gleaned from a study of contemporary critics and theorists, e.g., Horace or Tasso?

* What areas of research in early modern epic might benefit from the contributions of classicists without an extensive background in the field, and vice versa?

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 Pramit Chaudhuri ( 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 February 19th, 2018.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 10: Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives

Adriana Vazquez (University of California, Los Angeles), Introduction
Richard H. Armstrong (University of Houston), "Emerging Markets and Transnational Interactions in Translation and Epicization: The Case of Spain 1549-1569"
Maxim Rigaux (University of Chicago), "The Epics of Lepanto: Between Tradition and Innovation"
Viola Starnone (Independent Scholar), "Virgil's Venus-virgo in Christian Early Modern Epic"
Susanna Braund (University of British Columbia), "Travesty: The Ultimate Domestication of Epic"
Ralph Hexter (University of California, Davis), Response

(CFP closed February 19, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 1, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Omar Daniele Alvarez Salas (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)
Obert Bernard Mlambo (University of Zimbabwe), "Classics in Zimbabwe"
Ophelia Riad (University of Cairo), “The Correlation between the Classical, Pharaonic and Arabic Studies”
Harish Trivedi (Delhi University), "'Yet Absence Implies Presence': The Cloaked Authority of Western Classics in India"
Jinyu Liu (DePauw University and Shanghai Normal University), "Who's 'We' in Classics"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Chair: Amy Pistone ( and Kassandra Miller (

Many initiatives, many possibilities come to mind when we think of Classics and Social Justice. But as we pursue these initiatives, or even before, an important early task for us, is that of self-reflection. Classics traditionally has been the preserve of elites, and has served to exclude individuals and groups from power, institutions, and resources thereby perpetuating their definition as inferior. Let us examine and confront this element of our history carefully, and more particularly our behaviors. Is Classics white? In the light of the appropriation of classical themes and motifs by the alt right, we need to think about how we ourselves have presented the field so as to render such (mis)appropriations possible. At the same time "ownership" of classics has always been contested--and the classics deployed-- by those very same groups who have been defined as outsiders. What are we doing when we say “classics for all” or teach these ancient materials to members of marginalized groups? Why do we do what we do?

We solicit 650-word abstracts by Feb. 20, 2018, for 15-20 minute papers. Paper topics might include but are by no means limited to questions such as the following: the "gatekeeping" and imperialist traditions of classics; the pedagogy of canons and unchanging tradition; the challenges from perceived outsiders to the discipline, for instance working class individuals, people of color, women. How do such individuals fare in our national meetings? Or in our discipline?

Please submit anonymous abstracts of less than 650 words to Kaitlyn Boulding (boulding@UW.EDU).


(CFP closed February 20, 2018)


Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2018


St Hilda’s College (Oxford) - Vernon Harcourt Room: December 14, 2018


10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee (Vernon Harcourt Room)
10.30-11.00 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh and the organizers; presentation of APGRD Translating Ancient Drama project by Cécile Dudouyt

11.00-12.00 Southern Europe I – Chair: Sarah Knight (Leicester)
Elia Borza (Université Catholique de Louvain) – Neo-Latin Sophocles; an Overview of the Neo-Latin Translations of Sophocles in Renaissance Europe
Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) – Theatre Translation and Aeschylus in Early Modern Italy: three case studies 12.00-12.15 Coffee Break

12.15-1.15 Southern Europe II – Chair: Blair Hoxby (Stanford)
Claudia Cuzzotti (Independent) – The Hecuba by Michelangelo the Younger (1568-1647): translation and adaptation of Greek tragedy in the Italian Renaissance
Luísa Resende (Coimbra) - Sophocles in sixteenth-century Portugal. Aires Vitória’s Tragédia del Rei Agaménom
1.15-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.50 Northern Europe I – Chair: Blair Hoxby (Stanford)
Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes) – Translating Greek (para)tragedy in the Renaissance
Thomas Baier (Würzburg) – Camerarius on Greek Tragedy
Angelica Vedelago (Padua) – Thomas Watson’s Antigone: the didacticism of Neo-Latin academic drama
3.50-4.10 Coffee Break

4.10-5.30 Northern Europe II – Chair: Tiphaine Karsenti (Paris X)
Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13) - Translating and Play-writing: Robert Garnier’s patchwork technique
Tristan Alonge (Université de la Réunion) - Praising the King, Raising the Dauphin: an unknown sixteenth-century French translation from Euripides recovered
Tanya Pollard (CUNY) – Translating and Transgendering Greek Heroines in Early Modern England

5.30-6.30 Plenary led by Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow)

6.30-7.45 Drinks Reception (Senior Common Room): book launch of Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century, eds. Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison and Claire Kenward (OUP 2018)


For more information:



Strand Campus, King’s College London: December 12-13, 2018

The departments of Classics, Music, and Comparative Literature at King’s College London are delighted to announce a call for papers for an upcoming conference: Amplifying Antiquity: Music as Classical Reception.

The focus of the conference is deliberately wide, and we welcome proposals to speak on any aspect of how the culture, history, and myth of the Greek and Roman worlds have influenced the music of the 17th-21st centuries. We hope that papers will demonstrate the scope for fresh work and new collaborations in this area.

Musical works addressed need not be conventionally viewed as part of the classical tradition. Papers might touch on topics such as: the use of antiquity in the invention of new musical genres and development of aesthetic priorities; the relationship between performative speech and song, past and present; the gendering of ancient voices in modern productions; the social contexts of musical commissioning and performance; the conservative and radical political potential in music inspired by the classical world.

Speakers already confirmed include Sina Dell’Anno (Basel), Edith Hall (KCL), Wendy Heller (Princeton), Sarah Hibberd (Bristol), and Stephanie Oade (Oxford).

We are currently awaiting the outcome of applications to support the funding of this conference, and plan to cover at least the expenses of each speaker's stay in London. While King’s does not have on-site childcare, every effort will be made to accommodate speakers with caring commitments.

Please send abstracts (no more than 300 words) to, by July 9th. Any questions can be directed either to, or to the organisers.

Organisers: Emily Pillinger ( and Miranda Stanyon (

Update (25/11/2018) - Speakers:

Peter Burian (Duke University), Aristophanes Goes to the Opera: The Politics of Schubert’s Verschworenen and Braunfels’s Vögel
Luca Austa (Università degli Studi di Siena), Making a Joke out of Antiquity. Ancient Myth as Mockery in Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera
Samuel N. Dorf (University of Dayton), Performing Sappho’s Fractured Archive, or Listening for the Queer Sounds in the Life and Works of Natalie Clifford Barney
Eugenio Refini (Johns Hopkins University), From Naxos to Florence via Mantua: Layers of Reception in Vernon Lee’s Ariadne
Markus Stachon (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn), The Triumph of Aphrodite: Youth, Love, and Antiquity in Carl Orff’s Settings of Ancient Poetry
Stephanie Oade (Oundle School), Lyric(s) in Song
Kristopher Fletcher (Louisiana State University), Latin in Heavy Metal
Christodoulos Apergis (University of Athens), Screaming for the Gods: the Reception of Ancient Greek Hymnography in the Greek Black Metal Scene
Jo Paul (Open University), Pompeii Goes Pop: The Curious Story of Pompeii in Popular Music
Wendy Heller (Princeton University), Ovidio Travestito: Viewing Seicento Opera through Anguillara’s Lens
Tiziana Ragno (Università di Foggia), Ariadne and the others: A mirrored myth on the operatic stage
Theodor Ulieriu-Rostas (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris / University of Bucharest), Marsyas pardoned: rewriting musical violence for the baroque stage
Myrthe Bartels (Durham University), Tried by Love: Socrates and Socratic philosophy in Telemann's comic opera Der geduldige Socrates
Sina Dell’Anno (Universität Basel), Corydon and Mopsa. On Bucolic Travesty in Purcell’s Fairy Queen.
Lottie Parkyn (University of Notre Dame in England), Salieri and his deadly Danaids
Emily Mohr (University of Toronto), Carmen the Siren
Ian Goh (Swansea University), Salieri’s Catilina, or: What to do about (Roman) Revolution? Sarah Hibberd (Bristol University), Cherubini’s Médée and the Vengeful Sublime
King’s Chapel: Echoes of Hellas - A recital of classically-inspired works written at King’s from 1883-2017, including music by Rioghnach Sachs (King’s College London).



(CFP closed July 9, 2018)



The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and the British School at Rome, Rome: December 10-11, 2018

The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and the British School at Rome (BSR) invite submissions for papers for the conference The Roman Art World in the 18th Century and the Birth of the Art Academy in Britain, to be held in Rome between 10 and 11 December 2018. The conference will focus on the role of the Roman pedagogical model in the formation of the British academic art world in the long 18th century.

Even as Paris progressively dominated the modern art world during the 18th century, Rome retained its status as the ‘academy’ of Europe, attracting a vibrant international community of artists and architects. Their exposure to the Antique and the Renaissance masters was supported by a complex pedagogical system. The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, the Capitoline Accademia del Nudo, the Concorsi Clementini, and numerous studios and offices, provided a network of institutions and a whole theoretical and educational model for the relatively young British art world, which was still striving to create its own modern system for the arts. Reverberations of the Roman academy system were felt back in Britain through initiatives in London such as the Great Queen Street Academy, the Duke of Richmond’s Academy, the Saint Martin’s Lane Academy and the Royal Society of Arts. But it was a broader national phenomenon too, inspiring the likes of the Foulis Academy in Glasgow and the Liverpool Society of Artists. The foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1768 officially sanctioned the affirmation of the Roman model.

If past scholarship has concentrated mainly on the activities of British artists while in Rome, this conference wishes to address the process of intellectual migration, adaptation and reinterpretation of academic, theoretical and pedagogical principles from Rome back into 18th- century Britain. It responds to the rise of intellectual history, building on prevalent trends in the genealogy of knowledge and the history of disciplines, as well as the mobility and exchange of ideas and cultural translation across borders.

The conference welcomes diverse approaches to investigating the dissemination of the academic ideal from Rome to Britain. These might address, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:

• The impact of the Roman academic structure, theory and pedagogy on British art academies, artists’ studios and architects’ offices.

• The impact of art and architectural theory in Rome on the formation of a public discourse on art and architecture in Britain.

• The process of adaptation and reinterpretation of Roman theoretical and pedagogical principles to the British artistic and architectural context, and the extent to which British art academies developed new principles, absorbed the Roman model, or derived them from elsewhere.

• The role played by Roman and Italian artists and architects in the formation and structuring of the 18th-century British art academies and, in particular, of the Royal Academy of Arts.

• The presence and activities of British artists and architects in Roman studios, offices and academies and the presence of Italian artists in British academies.

• The role played by other relevant academies – such as those at Parma and Florence – on the formation of British artists and architects in relationship/opposition to the Roman model.

This conference will conclude a series of events celebrating the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. It will also be part of a series of conferences and exhibitions focusing on the role of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in the spread of the academic ideal in Europe and beyond, inaugurated in 2016 with an exhibition and conference on the relationship between Rome and the French academy, held at the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and at the Académie de France à Rome.

Please provide a concise title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 20-minute paper. Send your proposal, with a current CV of no more than two pages, to Proposals must be received by midnight, Monday 12 March 2018. Speakers will be notified of the committee’s decision in mid-April 2018. Travel grants will be available.

Organizers: Dr Adriano Aymonino, Professor Carolina Brook, Professor Gian Paolo Consoli, Dr Thomas-Leo True


(CFP closed March 12, 2018)



Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, UK: 8-9 December, 2018

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
George Gazis (Durham University)
Emma-Jayne Graham (The Open University)
Katerina Ierodiakonou (University of Athens/Université de Genève)
Chiara Thumiger (University of Warwick/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

The study of the classical past is currently experiencing a spatial and sensory turn, affecting the work of classicists, classical archaeologists, ancient philosophers and historians alike. Despite the growing number of ideas and approaches developed by individual specialists, so far the attempts to develop an interdisciplinary conversation on the matter have been limited. The aim of this conference is therefore to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines and to create a lively and challenging setting for discussion of new methodological approaches to ancient senses.

The conference will be divided into four sessions, each focused on specific aspects of ancient senses and their study:

(i) ‘Sensing the world’ will explore some of the theories of sense-perception put forward in antiquity. The emphasis will be placed on some of the epistemological issues that follow from the different ways in which ancient philosophers explained the relation between the perceiver and the external world, e.g. on the kind of knowledge we acquire through our senses, and the phenomenon of misperception.

(ii) ‘Sensing ruins’ will explore the possibilities offered by sensorial approaches to the study of material culture in classical antiquity. We invite contributions engaging with all the aspects of the physicality of the ancient world and its reception and welcome proposals which seek to present the material in a sensorially engaging and non-traditional way.

(iii) ‘Sensing the body’ will investigate the involvement of the senses in ancient beliefs and theories about disease and the body. This session will be particularly devoted to exploring the connections between literature, medicine and philosophy in the Greco-Roman world, by focusing on their relations with the senses and the human body.

(iv) ‘Sensing beauty’ will broaden the discussion, debating the role of the senses in early aesthetic theory. While encouraging contributions on traditional themes, e.g. mimesis and the sublime, the organizers will give priority to papers that focus specifically on the role of sensorial perception in the theorising of beauty in antiquity, and on how the ‘sensorial turn’ in classical scholarship can deepen our understanding of the early philosophical engagement with beauty and art.

*We aim to publish the results as an edited volume in the Mind Association Occasional Series published by Oxford University Press. Speakers will present preliminary versions of articles to be published in the conference volume.

Submission Guidelines

We especially encourage academics in the early stages of their career to apply (including final-year PhD students), but also welcome proposals from established academics. Applicants are kindly invited to submit the following documents:

1. An anonymised abstract of no more than 500 words (papers should be suitable for 30 min presentations). Abstracts should include (i) the thesis of your paper; (ii) a clear presentation of the main argument you will put forward in support of that thesis; (iii) a brief explanation of the novelty of your argument/thesis; (iv) and an indication of how the argument/thesis fits within the current scholarship on the matter.

2. A separate cover sheet indicating (a) your name, (b) the title of your paper, (c) institutional affiliation, (d) contact details, and (e) the session you would like to be part of. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in academia. Please feel free to indicate in the cover sheet whether you are a member of such a group.

Deadlines: Proposals should be sent to the organisers ( by 21 September 2018, 11:59pm. Selected applicants will be contacted by 1 October 2018 and will be expected to send a draft of their papers to circulate among speakers and attendees by 15 November 2018.

A limited number of bursaries (of around 70£) will be available for selected speakers to cover part of their travel expenses, but we encourage them to apply for bursaries from their home institutions. We are aiming to offer a limited number of bursaries to attendees too. Further details will be given at a later stage. The registration fee will be 25£ (covering welcome reception, coffee and lunches), and 15£ for graduate students.

The conference is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Mind Association.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries at

The organisers:
Chiara Blanco (University of Cambridge)
Giacomo Savani (University of Leicester)
Rasmus Sevelsted (University of Cambridge)
Cristóbal Zarzar (University of Cambridge)



(CFP closed September 21, 2018)



Manchester Metropolitan University: Friday 7th December, 2018

Since the genesis of ‘shell shock’, the pre-modern world has been used to aid our understanding of the psychological and moral injuries incurred during military service. From the turn of the millennium, there has been a surge of research that has tried to identify the symptomology of combat stress and post-traumatic stress in the source material, leading to the retrospective diagnosis of such prominent figures as: Achilles, Alexander the Great, Henry V, Samuel Pepys, to name but a few. This universalist approach has recently been challenged, giving birth to an important debate about the use of the modern PTSD model as a way to explore pre-modern combat, and post-combat, experiences. The aim of this one-day workshop is to bring together scholars from ancient, medieval, and early-modern history in order to examine the use of PTSD in the study of the pre-modern world and invigorate a cordial and lively debate within a friendly network.

We would like to invite papers of 20 minutes from postgraduates, ECRs, and established scholars working on ancient, medieval, or early-modern history, which might cover such topics as (but are not restricted to):

* The presence of combat stress in the written evidence and relevant case-studies.
* The experience of combat and military service.
* The use of historical precedents in the study of combat stress, PTSD, ‘shell shock’ and so forth.
* The dialogue between the disciplines of Psychology and History.
* The ‘PTSD in history’ debate and methodological considerations.
* Moral injury as an alternative historical model.
* PTSD and non-combatants: women, children, the elderly, the enslaved.

A title and 250 word abstract should be sent to Owen Rees at or Dr Jason Crowley by Friday 26th October 2018. Postgraduate speakers and ECRs and warmly encouraged to submit a paper.

Update (25/11/2018) - Speakers:

Melissa Gardner (Durham): “PTSD and the Study of the Ancient World”
Constantine Christoforou (Roehampton): “Combat Trauma in Sophocles’ Ajax.”
Jeffrey J Howard (Memorial University): “Vectors Leading to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Roman Soldiers in the Republic”
Andy Fear (Manchester): “Marius’s Dreams and other phantoms of Roman PTSD”
Bernd Steinbock (Western Ontario): “Combat Trauma in Ancient Greece: The Case of the Athenians’ Sicilian Expedition”
Giorgia Proietti (Trento): “A ‘collective war trauma’ in Classical Athens? Coping with war deaths in Aeschylus’ Persians”
Jamie Young (Glasgow): “The Psychological Impact of Slavery; Mental Illness and Stockholm Syndrome in Slaves of the Roman Republic.”
Kathryn Hurlock (Man Met): “Was there combat trauma in the middle ages?”
Chelsea Grosskopf (Iceland): “Combat Trauma and Eyrbyggja Saga”
Ismini Pells (Leicester): “Adventure or adversity? Child soldiers, childhood experience and trauma during the British Civil Wars”


(CFP closed October 26, 2018)



Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), December 5–7, 2018

We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for our workshop ‘Preliminary Considerations on the Corpus Coranicum Christianum. The Quran in Translation – A Survey of the State-of-the-Art’ at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), December 5th – 7th, 2018. In this workshop, we aim to lay the groundwork for an interdisciplinary research project, which will focus on comparing the different translations of the Quran made within Christian cultural backgrounds. The project will study the Quran and its reception from the Christian perspective by analyzing all Greek, Syriac, and Latin translations of the Quran from the 7th century CE until the Early Modern period. The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Angelika Neuwirth, head of the project Corpus Coranicum (CC) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The workshop aims to map out the different scholars and research traditions dealing with varied translations of the Quran. In addition, it seeks to connect these experts and to facilitate the scientific exchange between the multitude of studies previously conducted in this field. Finally, the workshop will examine the possibilities of using methods in the Digital Humanities for building an open-access database for systematically collecting and presenting the material for further research.

The structure of the planned project will correspond with the languages that will be analyzed. The Corpus Coranicum Christianum (CCC) shall, in a first step, consist of the three subprojects: Corpus Coranicum Byzantinum (CCB), Corpus Coranicum Syriacum (CCS), and Corpus Coranicum Latinum (CCL). Papers for the workshop are welcome in one or more of the following four sections:

* Greek translations of the Quran (CCB)
* Syriac translations of the Quran (CCS)
* Latin translations of the Quran (CCL)
* Digital Humanities (DH)

The workshop is focused on interdisciplinary research, which will, the organizers hope, encourage fruitful discussions about the state-of-the-art of the field and highlight potential areas for future research cooperation. For this purpose, we welcome abstracts of up to 300 words, to be submitted in English by May 31st, 2018 to: Abstracts should include your name, affiliation, position, the title of the proposed paper, your specific source(s) you want to work on, and a brief curriculum vitae. Please also indicate the preferred section (see above: CCB, CCS, CCL, DH). Notifications will be sent out in June 2018. Full papers should be submitted by 15th November, 2018. Limited funding will be available for accommodation and/or travel. Proposed workshop languages: English, German, Spanish, and French. Papers will be published as edited volume.

The project initiative Corpus Coranicum Christianum is financed by the Presidency of the Freie Universität Berlin. For further information about the structure of the planned project and for a more detailed Call for Papers, please visit our website. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon in Berlin!



(CFP closed May 31, 2018)



Bratislava (Malé kongresové centrum SAV, Štefánikova 3): December 5–7, 2018

Organised by the Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences




University of Turin, Italy: November, 28-30, 2018

Studies and discussions about classic fragmentary theatre and its modern staging.

The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (Centre for Studies on Classic Theatre) has scheduled for November 2018 its second academic conference for Professors, Young Researchers and Ph.D. Students of Humanities.

The conference The Forgotten Theatre aims at revitalizing the scientific interest in dramatic Greek and Latin texts, both transmitted and fragmentary, which have been long confined in restricted areas of scientific research and limited to few modern staging. The conference will host academics - Professors, Young Researchers and Ph.D. Students – who wish to contribute in cast new light on the forgotten theatre through their studies, reflections and experiences.

Themes discussed:
• Criticism, commentary, and constitutio textus of complete and fragmentary texts (comedy and tragedy);
• Reasonable attempts of reconstructions of incomplete tetralogies;
• Research on theatrical plots known for indirect tradition;
• Developments of theatrical plots between the Greek and Latin world;
• Influence of foreign theater traditions on the Greek and Roman theatre;
• Influence of other forms of camouflage art (dance, mime) on the development of the Greek and Latin theatre;
• New scenographic considerations based on the testimonies of internal captions, marginalia and scholia to the texts;
• New proposals for modern staging of ancient dramatic texts;
• Medieval, humanistic, modern and contemporary traditions of ancient drama.

In order to participate, the candidates are required to send an e-mail to containing:
• an abstract (about 300 words) of the lecture they intend to give at the conference and the title;
• a brief curriculum vitae et studiorum which highlights the educational qualifications of the candidate and the university they are attending.

The candidacies may be submitted until 31st July 2018 -- EXTENDED DEADLINE 31st August 2018. Each lecture should be 20-25 minutes long, plus a few minutes for questions from the public and discussion. The lectures may be given in Italian or English. Within the month of August 2018, the scientific committee will publish the list of the lecturers whose contribution has been accepted.

Refunds for the lecturers coming from other countries than Italy will be quantified thereafter. The scientific committee will also consider publishing the proceedings of the conference on the second issue of Frammenti sulla Scena, the official scientific series of The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (University of Turin), directed by Professor Francesco Carpanelli and published by Editore dell'Orso of Alessandria.

Scientific committee: The exact composition of the Scientific Committee, chaired by the Director of the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico, prof. Francesco Carpanelli, will be announced in April 2018.

Organization: The organization of the conference is entrusted to the Secretary of the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico, dott. Luca Austa; for any information about the technical and organizational aspects of the event please contact him at


(CFP closed August 31, 2018)



Senate House, London: November 23, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Katherine Fleming

Voices that were once kept at the fringes of the Classics have begun to claim a role at the heart of the discipline, particularly through the lens of Classical Reception. Yet antiquity is still appropriated to justify nationalism, misogyny and homophobia. How can we negotiate this crisis of representation surrounding the Classics?

This interdisciplinary colloquium aims to explore the involvement of Greco-Roman antiquity, appropriated by societies throughout history, in the displacement and marginalisation of minority identities. It will also consider the response of those marginalised voices - how groups excluded from and through the Classics have used antiquity to reassert subjectivities. We welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers that consider such questions as:

* How have the Classics been used as a tool of displacement and marginalisation?
* How have those who have been marginalised responded to their displacement through the Classics?
* How have the Classics themselves been displaced?
* How have marginalised identities and voices within the Classics been repressed or ‘rescued’?
* How have reactionary narratives used the ancient world to reinforce exclusionary practices?

We also welcome papers on related themes.

We invite contributions from postgraduates and early career researchers. We hope to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue, welcoming historians, linguists, literary scholars, sociologists, archaeologists, classicists, and researchers in related fields.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, as well as a biography of 50 words, to by 21st September 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE October 5, 2018. We will let presenters know whether they are successful by 5th October 12th October 2018.

Organizers: Sam Agbamu, Rioghnach Sachs, Sam Thompson (King’s College London)

For further information, please visit:

(CFP closed October 5, 2018)



London (Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square): November 22-23, 2018

On 1st December 2018 the second cast court at the Victoria and Albert Museum will reopen to the public after an extensive programme of renovation. First opened in 1873 as the Architectural Courts, the two cast courts at the Victoria and Albert Museum contain casts of medieval and renaissance monuments from all over the world, as well as classical casts, including Trajan’s column from the second century AD.

This conference brings together scholars working across a range of disciplines (art history, classics, literature) to discuss the reception of classical material culture in the nineteenth century. It begins on the evening of Thursday 22nd November with a lecture by Holly Trusted, Senior Curator of Sculpture at the V&A on the redesigned cast courts and the following day, speakers discuss the mediation of classical material culture across a range of nineteenth-century cultural production including paintings, photographs, sculpture, book illustrations, and various writing genres including art criticism, theory, the novel and poetry. The conference will ask how writers and artists encountered the materiality of the ancient world. What was the role of reproduction in recreating the antique past? What kind of embodied relationships underpin nineteenth-century engagements with classical material culture? How did the remodelling of ancient histories shape questions of national identity, religion, gender?

Join us as we explore the nineteenth century’s fascination the material culture of the ancient world.

Organised by the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. Please contact Dr Vicky Mills ( with any queries

Speakers and respondents: Rees Arnott-Davies (Birkbeck), Patrizia di Bello (Birkbeck), Jason Edwards (York), Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck), Stefano Evangelista (Oxford), Melissa Gustin (York), Shelley Hales (Bristol) Victoria Mills (Birkbeck), Kate Nichols (Birmingham) Lindsay Smith (Sussex), Holly Trusted (V&A), Caroline Vout (Cambridge) Rebecca Wade (Leeds Museums and Galleries)


Thursday 22nd November

Holly Trusted (Senior Curator of Sculpture, V&A) ‘Displaying Plaster Casts at the Museum: South Kensington and the Reproduction of Sculpture’ Introduced by Victoria Mills (Birkbeck)

6-7.30 pm followed by drinks

Friday 23rd November

9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-11.00 Jason Edwards (York) ‘Sodomising Edward Bulwer-Lytton, or Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Last Days of Pompeii’. Introduced by Luisa Calè (Birkbeck)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-1pm. Panel one: Gendering C19 Classical Material Culture.

Victoria Mills (Birkbeck) ‘Text, image and the sculptural body in Victorian antique fiction’

Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck) ‘Encounters with an alien world? C19th British and Irish women travellers to Rome’

Chair: Hilary Fraser, Birkbeck

1pm-2pm Lunch

2-3:30pm Panel two: Sculpture, Reproduction, Aesthetics

Rees Arnott Davies (Birkbeck) ‘‘The most violent enthusiasm’ – Henry Hart Milman’s critique of Winckelmann’s aesthetic experience’.

Rebecca Wade (Leeds Museums and Galleries ) – ‘The Lost Leeds Cast Collection, 1888-1941’

Melissa Gustin (York) ‘American Psychopomp: Harriet Hosmer’s Pompeian Sentinel and Problems with Plaster’

Chair: Carrie Vout, (Cambridge) coffee break

4.00-5.00pm: Lindsay Smith (Sussex), ‘Photographers in Athens 1840-1879’. Introduced by Patrizia di Bello (Birkbeck)

5.00-5.45pm – Response panel/discussion: Patrizia di Bello (Birkbeck); Shelley Hales (Bristol); Kate Nichols, (Birmingham); Stefano Evangelista (Oxford)

5.45-7.00 Drinks

Registration is free but required. Please book your free ticket here:




Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country, in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain): November 21, 2018

In the following link you can download the CFP for the II ANIHO Young Researchers’ Conference – IV SHRA: Antiquity and Collective Identities: from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary World.

Deadline: September 5, 2018


(CFP closed September 5, 2018)



University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 15-17 November, 2018

‘The Making of the Humanities’ conference returns to Amsterdam! This is the place where the conference series started in 2008, 10 years ago. The University of Amsterdam will host the 7th Making of the Humanities conference at its CREA facilities, from 15 till 17 November 2018.

Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences: The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities 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.

Deadline for paper and panel submissions: 1 June 2018.

For the full Call for Papers and Panels, see

(CFP closed June 1, 2018)



Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany: November 15-16, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Richard Hunter, Trinity College, Cambridge

Pipes being handed down from one shepherd to another in the tradition of music making can easily be imagined as a scenario in real life, whether in ancient times or today. And indeed, some pipes from antiquity are still in use 2000 years later, at least metaphorically speaking. Easy to track are the ones Theocritus used in creating the genre of pastoral poetry with idyllic landscapes and characters that seem to be transported from their real life duties and dialogues into the realm of verses. His pipes are depicted as the instrument of the predecessor offered to a poet of a new era and language in Virgil’s 10th eclogue (Verg. ecl. 10,51: carmina pastoris Siculi modulabor avena), and are from there given to another even later poet in Theocritus’ and Virgil’s footsteps, Calpurnius Siculus (Calp. 4,62f.: Tityrus hanc [sc. fistulam] habuit, cecinit qui primus in istis / montibus Hyblaea modulabile carmen avena). This tradition was renewed, when the Greek text of Theocritus was rediscovered and printed for the first time during the Renaissance. Thus, Joachim Camerarius, for instance, coined Greek and Latin verses inspired both by Virgil and Theocritus. Finally, the Leipzig schoolmaster Johann Gottfried Herrichen even staged his Greek idylls so that they came back to life using perhaps also real pipes.

Hence a tradition and continuity in the bucolic genre and beyond can be traced back to the inventor, still hundreds of years later. As others have recently concentrated on the reception of Theocritus in comparative studies beginning in antiquity moving to modern times and modern languages (e.g. M. Paschalis [ed.]: Pastoral Palimpsests. 2007; H. Seng/I. M. Weis [eds.]: Bukoliasmos. 2016), the two day-conference Hyblaea avena aims at a new focus in a selected and narrower timeframe, namely the reception of Theocritus in Greek and Latin literature in the Roman empire (1st-6th c.) and the early modern age (15th-17th c.). Within the early modern period, we would like to concentrate on imitations in Greek but of course not exclusively. A view into Byzantine literature is also welcome.

Beyond the passing of pipes the main focus of the meeting is exemplified by the following questions that can be asked or can be answered afresh:

- What role did the reception of Theocritus play in Greek and Roman literature?
- How is the imitation of Theocritus made explicit?
- Which part of Theocritus was used and which was neglected?
- Is the imitation of Theocritus sometimes deliberately left out and why?
- What are the new contexts and functions of Theocritean scenarios and allusions?
- How was Theocritus integrated into other literary genres (e.g. epic poetry or anacreontic verse)?
- What was the impact of the edition of Theocritus, either as the original text or as a translation?
- How did the renaissance of Theocritus during the early modern age change the way poetry was written?

We cordially invite papers of approx. 20-30 minutes in length, with following time for questions and discussion. The languages of the meeting are German and English. Please submit titles and abstracts (as pdf-attachments) of approx. 500 words, along with a short CV and contact details by 30th April 2018 to either Stefan Weise or Anne-Elisabeth Beron. Applicants will be notified of the organizers’ decision shortly thereafter.

The publication of a conference volume is planned. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for selected speakers.

Contact: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Weise ( & Anne-Elisabeth Beron (


Keynote: Richard Hunter (Cambridge): The Prehistory of Theocritus’ Nachleben
Valeria Pace (Cambridge): Class in Daphnis & Chloe and Theocritus
Anne-Elisabeth Beron (Wuppertal): Standing in Tityrus’ Shadow: Theocritus in the Political Eclogues of Calpurnius Siculus
Hamidou Richer (Rouen): Three Faces of Theocritus during the Roman Empire
Manuel Baumbach (Bochum): Bienenstich und Hyazinthenschläge: die Schattenseiten der Bukolik im poetischen Raum der Carmina Anacreontea
John B. Van Sickle (New York): Traces of Virgil and Ovid in the Translation of Theocritus by Eobanus
Christian Orth (Freiburg i. Br.): Theokritrezeption in den griechischen Eklogen von Joachim Camerarius
Thomas Gärtner (Köln): Die diversen Reflexe des Epitaphium Bionis bei Lorenz Rhodoman
Janika Päll (Tartu): Greek Bucolic Cento in Early Modern European Poetry Merging Theocritus and Virgil
Stefan Weise (Wuppertal): „Der berühmte Leipziger Theocritus“ – Zu Theokritrezeption und Performanz in den Idyllia Graeca solennia von Johann Gottfried Herrichen
William Barton (Innsbruck): Adam Franz Kollár’s Χάριτες εἰδύλλιον (1756): Theocritean Praise of Maria Theresa and her Educational Developments


(CFP closed April 30, 2018)



Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA: November 9-11, 2018

In recent years, the afterlives of Greek tragedy have received special attention in the rapidly expanding field of classical reception studies. With reincarnations ranging from Japanese Noh theater to the Mexican screen, Euripides’ Medea is now more than ever a truly global “classic.” The time is ripe for dedicated focus on Medea and its traditions in contemporary theater and film.

The panel organizers (Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine; Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College) invite proposals for papers on receptions of Euripides’ Medea on the contemporary stage and screen, to be presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. The conference will take place Nov. 9-11, 2018 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Questions papers might address include but are not limited to:

* Medea assumes many roles in Euripides’ play, from abject suppliant to dea ex machina. How do recent adaptations of Medea portray Medea’s inherent theatricality?
* How have different translations of Medea affected the performance of the play?
* How have late 20th and 21st century stagings of Medea departed from previous models and trends?
* How have non-Western dramatic traditions (for example Japanese Noh) adapted Medea and how might they inflect our readings of their classical source text?
* How have recent dramatic productions of Medea staged or rewritten the infanticide?
* How have recent Medeas on stage and screen engaged with social and institutional hierarchies, including (but not limited to) issues of race, class, gender, nationality, and citizenship, and how have these issues and identities intersected with one another?

Paper proposals must be submitted through PAMLA’s online submission platform by May 30, 2018.

Please contact the session organizers, Zina Giannopoulou ( and Jesse Weiner ( with any questions.


(CFP closed May 30, 2018)



Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London: November 9, 2018

This workshop will ‘map’ how Greco-Roman antiquity is being deployed in political rhetoric in the 21st century, identifying differences across national and continental boundaries as well as across the political spectrum.

Does invoking the Spartans mean something different in the banlieues of Paris from what it means in Charlottesville, Virginia? If Europa on the bull represents internationalism in Brussels, what does it signify in Beirut, Brisbane, or Beijing? Looking internationally, does the Right make more use of classical antiquity than the Left? And if so, why?

The workshop will feature a combination of formal papers and discussion sessions. The range, extent, and nature of politicised appropriations of antiquity during the twenty-first century will be mapped; considering geographical, social, and ideological variation.

Following the workshop, we will draft a short paper, offering a ‘snapshot’ of how classics is currently being used in political discourse globally. This will be made available freely online, to inform future research.

Call for papers: We are inviting proposals for brief papers focusing on a specific country or other defined area (15 mins), as well as for spotlight talks on particular cases (5 mins). Funds are available to support travel and accommodation for early career researchers and international participants.

Extended Deadline: 1st July 2018 7th July, 2018.

Please email your proposals to either: Naoíse Mac Sweeney ( or Helen Roche (


(CFP closed July 7, 2018)



University of Newcastle (NSW), Australia: November 9, 2018

In 2004, Catullus scholars gathered in the Treehouse at The University of Newcastle to talk Catullus. This memorable event, aptly named ‘Catullus in the Treehouse,’ resulted in the first Special Issue of Antichthon, ‘Catullus in Contemporary Perspective’ in 2006.

After 14 years, and due to popular demand, it’s time to revisit ‘Catullus in the Treehouse’ with another one-day conference to celebrate Catullus, his poetry, his life and his legacy.

‘Catullus in the Treehouse Rides Again’ will be held at The University of Newcastle on: Friday 9 November 2018, 9 am – 5 pm.

If you would like to present a paper (30 or 40 minutes), please send an abstract between 300-500 words by 1 September to Marguerite Johnson (The University of Newcastle) & Leah O’Hearn (La Trobe University)

Postgraduates and honours students who wish to present are welcome. Undergraduates are also welcome to attend the conference.

Registration: Waged: $60; Unwaged / Studying: $30
Registration covers morning/afternoon tea and light lunch.

The events will be held at The University of Newcastle, NSW (Callaghan Campus).

As this is a preliminary call for papers, registration forms and advice on travel and accommodation will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please email to signal your interest, attendance and / or presentation.

More information:

(CFP closed September 1, 2018)



University of Coimbra, Portugal: November 8-​10, 2018

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World​ 2018​​.​ AMPRAW ​2018 will be a two-day conference (November 8th-9th)​ ​​aiming to provide postgraduate students from all disciplines with the opportunity to present their research to the growing academic community focusing on classical reception. A third day, Saturday, will be devoted to a cultural visit to Coimbra and Conímbriga Ruins.

We propose Corpus/Corpora as the main theme, more specifically its dialectical relations between physical/individual/material body and social/collective/conceptual body. By motivating submissions on this subject, we intend to open up several corpora to multiple layers of instantiation, from a meditation on the body itself (thus playing with the relation between the literary “corpus” and the lived body) to an ethical assessment of the possibilities laid out by hermeneutics’ continuous reinterpretation of the classical heritage. Following that line of thought, bodily experiments linked to theatre or music are among our range.

In fact, without any chronological restriction, we welcome proposals exploring the reception of corpus/corpora in different areas, such as:
* literary texts (including their transmission and reception), philosophy, and arts (e.g. painting, sculpture, dance, cinema or television).
* How does one envision the religious, social, economical, political and gendered expressions of the body?
* How does a body see, understand and conceive another body?
* How does a body relate to itself?
These are some of the many questions we intend to reflect upon.

We welcome abstracts for twenty-minute papers (250 words). ​All proposals should be sent using the online form at by June 1st 2018.​​​ Languages accepted are English and Portuguese. Some bursaries for two nights accommodation will be available. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided to all participants.

For more information​ ​on location and accommodation, please visit​ ​​ ​and for up-to-date details join Facebook Group AMPRAW 2018

Should you have any other question, please send us an e-mail to​​​. ​

(CFP closed June 1, 2018)



Senate House, London: November 8th, 2018

The Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome (CRGR) at Royal Holloway, University of London is pleased to announce that a one-day workshop on the relationship between Martin Heidegger and the Classics will be held at Senate House, London on November 8th 2018.

Martin Heidegger remains a controversial figure not just in the history of western philosophy but in just about every school of thought that his philosophy pervades. He is widely regarded, along with Wittgenstein, as one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century and the limit of his influence, encompassing the likes of Gadamer, Foucault, Arendt, Koselleck, Derrida, and Sartre, is beyond measure. The source of Heidegger’s controversy, notwithstanding his political views and allegiances, is the radical nature of his appropriation and reformulation of practically every major philosophical development since antiquity. He conceived of his project as the overcoming of metaphysics that was initiated by Plato, advanced through Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and Hegel, and brought to completion by Nietzsche. In doing so, he upturned nearly 2,500 years of western thought in order to turn philosophy back to what he conceived to be its fundamental, yet forgotten, question: the question of Being. In the Classics, Heidegger is largely ignored. This is perhaps somewhat puzzling given the extent to which the evolution of Classical scholarship over the past century has been grounded in precisely those conceptual developments - hermeneutics, experientialism, intertextuality, narratology, and postmodernism - that Heidegger has, to some degree or another, influenced. It is the purpose of this workshop to assess the nature and legitimacy of Heidegger’s broad exclusion from Classical discourse and to determine how, if at all, his philosophy might be reconciled with modern studies of the ancient world.

The workshop will focus on the following three core points of discussion, which inevitably interrelate, but all the same require definition:

1) The Classics in Heidegger
* What is the nature of Heidegger’s engagement with the Classics?
* To what extent does Heidegger misappropriate the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle?
* How are they incorporated into his work and what do they contribute to his overall project?
* What is Heidegger’s interest in the wider Classical literature (tragedy, poetry, history)?
* How is Greek language employed/manipulated by Heidegger?

2) The Classics against Heidegger
* Does the Classics have a bad relationship with Heidegger?
* Why does such a paucity of Heideggerian philosophy in modern studies of the ancient world endure?

3) Heidegger in Classical Scholarship
* In what ways has Heidegger so far contributed to modern Classical scholarship?
* To what extent can a reading of Heideggerian philosophy, encompassing his observations on concepts such as time, truth, subjectivity, method, and history, inform our understanding of ancient thought?

The workshop consists of four individual papers and three roundtable discussion sessions corresponding to the above divisions.

Confirmed Speakers:
Prof. Andrew Benjamin (Kingston University)
Prof. Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Dr. Katherine Fleming (Queen Mary, University of London)
Prof. Denis McManus (University of Southampton)

Confirmed Discussants
Prof. Emanuela Bianchi (NYU)
Prof. William Fitzgerald (Kings College London)
Prof. Laurence Hemming (Lancaster University)
Prof. Brooke Holmes (Princeton University)
Dr. Kurt Lampe (University of Bristol)
Prof. Miriam Leonard (UCL)
Dr. Daniel Orrells (Kings College London)
Prof. Mark Payne (University of Chicago)
Prof. Thomas Sheehan (Stanford University)

Registration for the workshop will open on August 1st once the programme and other details have been finalised. If you have any queries in the meantime, please get in touch with me at

Dr. Aaron Turner (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Prof. Ahuvia Kahane (Royal Holloway, University of London)





An area of multiple panels for the 2018 Film & History Conference: Citizenship and Sociopathy in Film, Television, and New Media

Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Madison, WI (USA): November 7-12, 2018

Full details at:

Aristotle famously defined humans as “political animals”: organizing themselves within the social structure of the polis and its codes of conduct, defining members from outsiders and different types of member in relation to each other and to the whole. From the time of the city’s foundation, Romans were no less concerned with the civitas and citizen status — increasingly so as Roman imperium expanded to encompass ethnic “Others.” The narratives generated and consumed by these societies both acknowledged and questioned the clarity of these theoretical concepts: the Odyssey marks Penelope’s aristocratic suitors as morally base and condemns them to divinely-authorized death worthy of enemies; Herodotus and Thucydides observe the increasingly despotic behavior of democratic Athens, as compared to both “barbarian” and other Greek adversaries; Livy emphasizes how abducted Sabine women stopped a war by asserting their own status and moral authority as Roman wives. Perhaps Julius Caesar would have been reviled as a traitor for his march on Rome, like the failed insurrectionary Catiline, had Caesar’s heir Octavian not gained control over the state, proclaiming the assassinated dictator in perpetuo divine and himself princeps.

All depictions of socio-political relations within the frameworks of kingdom, ethnos, polis, civitas, and empire in the ancient Mediterranean world have been shaped and reshaped through the lens of subsequent interest—both in antiquity and in modernity. The Classical Antiquity area solicits abstracts for papers that discuss how film, television, video games, and other screen media represent these relations and frameworks, on topics including but not limited to:

--how representations help modern audiences to imagine those social relations through dramatization — or promise to, despite reshaping ancient accounts to modern tastes

--how representations radically re-envision ancient accounts of political actors and communities to suit contemporary purposes (e.g. the noble rebel Spartacus in Kubrick’s 1960 film or the vengeful survivor Artemisia in 2013’s 300: Rise of an Empire)

--how modern social constructs (e.g. race, sexuality, gender) have been retrojected into depictions of ancient communities and individuals’ relations to each other and that whole

--how depictions of epochal shifts (e.g. constitutional, epistemological) redefine enfranchised/disenfranchised, subversive/revolutionary, patriot/traitor, barbarian/civilized

--how a “bad ruler/system” is critiqued by focus on a good/conscientious community member, or a “good ruler/system” is destroyed by criminality/sociopathy

--“rise and/or fall” narratives that turn on revolution, civil war, tyrannical coup, restoration

--use of ancient Mediterranean societies to stage modern romance with e.g. democracy, republicanism, fascism, imperialism

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

DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 June 2018.

Please e-mail your 200-400-word proposal to the area chair: Meredith Safran, Trinity College -


(CFP closed June 1, 2018)



Pretoria, South Africa: 7-10 November, 2018

We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the annual Unisa Classics Colloquium in collaboration with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project: “Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300-650 CE)”.

The conference aims to explore a wide variety of aspects relating to the building, dismantling and reconstructing of memory and reputation across the various cultures bordering on the ancient Mediterranean, and over a wide time-frame. We know that memory and history are not fixed, objective occurrences, but are subjective representations of reality, and we can see evidence of this in the way in which those items which transmit memory are manipulated and used throughout antiquity. Memory and history, for example, are often reconstructed in light of various utopian (or even dystopian) ideals, thereby creating visions of the future that are based on strategic manipulations of the past. The unmaking and reconstitution of memory can be discreet, but more often occurs through violent means, whether through discursive and/or physical violence, which is an important aspect for further investigation.

The proposed conference aims to create fruitful interaction between the disciplines of Classics, Early Christian Studies, Late Antiquity and Byzantine Studies, by exploring both ancient written material and/or ancient material culture within the stated theme. The conference thus offers plenty of areas for further exploration, of which the following fields are a sample:

• Methodological considerations on the use of Memory Studies and Utopia Studies in the field of Ancient History
• From damnatio to renovatio memoriae. The mutilation, transformation and/or re-use of items representing the past such as buildings, statues and iconography
• The effects of iconoclasm and intersectional violence
• Spolia: from the narrative of power to repurposing of architectural fragments
• The importance of promoting or undermining ancestry in the ancient world, for example in Greek or Roman portraiture and busts and the recutting of busts to new portraits
• Continuity and change in historiography – debates on the past among the ancient historians
• The making and breaking of reputations, e.g. techniques and strategies (and their effectiveness) in ancient biography and hagiography
• Memory, utopia and ancient religion
• Utopias and the building of collective identities
• Building genealogies and ancestry, and aristocratic genealogy-competition and rivalry
• The purpose of evoking memory though Classical reception

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:
• Prof Martine De Marre (Ancient History and Classics) at or
• Prof Chris de Wet (Early Christian Studies) at

Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2018

We look forward to hearing from you, and please do not hesitate to contact us at the addresses provided above if you have any queries.


(CFP closed June 30, 2018)



Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico: October 29-31, 2018

* Teoría y método
* Tragedia y comedia griegas y su recepción
* Uso y adaptación de los mitos clásicos en la literatura española
* La tradición de la retórica clásica
* Sistemas Culturales

Organizer: Dr. David García Pérez

Information: &



Corpus Christi College, Oxford: October 27, 2018

A one-day conference on select topics in the history of classical scholarship will be held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on Saturday 27 October 2018, to mark the 75th birthday of Chris Stray. The speakers will include Mary Beard (Cambridge), Jas Elsner (Oxford), Edith Hall (KCL), Judy Hallett (Maryland), Lorna Hardwick (Open), Chris Kraus (Yale) and Chris Pelling (Oxford).

A detailed programme will be posted nearer the date. Any enquiries should be sent to Stephen Harrison (


Update (6 Sept, 2018):


Mary Beard (Cambridge) - Classics?
Jas’ Elsner (Oxford) - Room with a Few: The Fraenkel Room, the Refugee Scholars Room and the reception of Reception
Edith Hall (KCL) - Classics Invented: The Emergence of a Disciplinary Label 1670-1733
Judy Hallett (Maryland) - Gender and the Classical Diaspora
Lorna Hardwick (OU) - Tracking Classical Scholarship: myth, evidence and epistemology
Chris Kraus (Yale) - ‘Pointing the moral’ or ‘adorning the tale?’ Illustrations and commentary on Vergil and Caesar in 19th- and early 20th-century American textbooks.
Chris Pelling (Oxford) - Gomme’s Thucydides and the idea of a ‘historical commentary’.
Chris Stray (Swansea) - Closing remarks

Cost to non-speakers: £15.00 (please bring cash on the day); graduate students free of charge.

To book a place please e-mail by 1st October.



Ca’ Foscari University of Venice: October 25-26, 2018

Along with Hippocrates, Galen was the most celebrated physician of antiquity. Among ancient physicians, he was also the one who exerted the most persisting influence not only on western medical thought and practice but also on western culture and philosophy in general. In spite of their early medieval oblivion caused mainly by linguistic barriers, in the eleventh century Galen’s works began to circulate again in Europe through Arabic mediation. As soon as Latin translations made in Italy and Spain became available, Galen entered the canon of natural philosophy, medicine, and anatomy. This medieval and late-medieval revival of the Galenic tradition lasted throughout the early modern era up to the eighteenth century at least.

However, Galen’s influence was not limited to the medical field. Although his theories and practices certainly represented a mandatory reference for early modern anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics, Galen also contributed to orient the interpretation of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. In particular, his De usu partium was a reference work for any confrontation with the Aristotelian biological treatises. The famous Epode inserted as an appendix to this work strongly supported the theologically-oriented reading of Aristotle’s physics. Furthermore, the finalistic account of organic structures offered by De usu partium was an inspiring source for the eighteenth-century development of Teleology as an autonomous philosophical discipline.

So far, studies on Galen’s modern revival have focused mainly on the post-medieval period and the Renaissance. Frequent attention was paid especially to Galen’s presence in the medicine and physiology of the sixteenth century. The reasons for this emphasis are perfectly understandable, since the sixteenth-century edition of the Opera had the indeniable effect of reviving the interest in this author among both the medical and the philosophical communities.

On the other hand, this privileged focus on the sixteenth century may easily result in overlooking the long-term effect of Galen’s rediscovery, which in fact did not cease to exert its powerful influence both on medicine and philosophy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Galen’s theories appear to be mentioned, endorsed, discussed or even fought in the works of first-rank scientists and philosophers such as Boyle, Cudworth, Malebranche, and Leibniz – just to name the best known ones. A still open question, for instance, concerns the extent to which Descartes’ physiology and especially his sketch of embriology might contain some implicit reference to Galen’s work as their polemical target.

In light of these considerations, the Venice conference aims to broaden the study of Galen’s reception in the early modern philosophy of nature, teleology, physiology, medicine, and philosophy of medicine by investigating his presence from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. We therefore invite submissions on all aspects of the early modern reception of Galen’s scientific and philosophical works. Proposals on iconographical or iconological issues related to the early modern Galenic tradition will also be considered.

Keynote speakers: Raphaële Andrault, Dennis DesChene, Guido Giglioni, Hiro Hirai.

Please submit your proposal (max. 1,000 words) as a Word or PDF attachment to

Submission deadline: 15 March 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of April.

We will cover both accommodation and travel costs for speakers, provided that they travel in economy class and buy their tickets at least one month before the conference. Conference attendance is free. There are no registration fees.

This conference is organized by Emanuela Scribano and Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero. CREMT – Center for Renaissance and Early Modern Thought, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice


Dennis DesChene (Washington University in St. Louis), TBC
Hiro Hirai (Radboud University), Galen in the medical context of the scientific revolution
Elisabeth Moreau (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Galenism and matter theories in Renaissance physiology
Craig Martin (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Galen’s causes in the theoretical and practical medicine of Giambattista da Monte
Guido Maria Giglioni (University of Macerata), Galen and the irritable self: Reading De naturalibus facultatibus in the early modern period
Caroline Petit (University of Warwick), Galen, the early moderns and the rhetoric of progress
Fabrizio Baldassarri (HAB Wolfenbüttel / University of Bucharest) and Robert Vinkesteijn (Utrecht University), A green thread from Galen to early-modern medicine: The analogy between animals and plants
Andrea Strazzoni (University of Erfurt), Galenism as a driving force in ‘Cartesian’ medicine: The case of Henricus Regius
Raphaële Andrault (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon), Leibniz et l’Hymnus Galeni
Brunello Lotti (University of Udine), Galen as a source for natural theology in early modern British philosophy
Emanuela Scribano (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), De usu partium: Mechanicism versus Galen
Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University), How to identify a Galenist: The case of Robert Boyle
Charles Wolfe (Ghent University), Galen’s contribution to the history of materialism
Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Christian Wolff’s mechanization of Galen
Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest), Galen and eclectic philosophy in eighteenth-century Germany
Charles Goldhaber (University of Pittsburgh), The humors in Hume’s skepticism



(CFP closed March 15, 2018)



British Academy, London: October 25, 2018 (6:00 pm)

A panel discussion with Prof Liz Prettejohn (York), Prof Nicoletta Momigliano (Bristol), Dr Katherine Harloe (Reading), Dr Andrew Shapland (British Museum), and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (St. Andrews).

Why does the Greek past fascinate us? Building on recent collective volumes published by the British School at Athens – Cretomania (2017) and Hellenomania (2018) – this panel brings together specialists on Greek material culture to discuss modern responses to and engagements with the Greek past. Topics to be explored include modern versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey, ancient Greek pots in Ottoman Greece, and more recent responses to the ancient worlds of Crete and Greece.

This event is free and will be followed by light refreshments. There is a suggested voluntary donation of £15 to attend. Cheques should be made payable to the ‘British School at Athens’ and may be sent in advance to the London Secretary, British School at Athens, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH. A donation box for cash and cheques will also be available at the event. RSVP to Kate Smith if you would like to attend: / 0207 969 5315.




Heraklion, Crete (Chamber of Commerce and Industry): 19-21 October, 2018




Toulouse, France: 18-20 October, 2018

Colloque international IMAGINES/ International Conference IMAGINES

The classical tradition has long confined Antiquity to an immaculate, sanitized whiteness : thus idealised, it was deprived of its multi-sensorial dimension, and conveniently limited to the visual paradigm. Olfaction, in particular, has often been overlooked in classical reception studies due to its evanescent nature which makes this sense difficult to apprehend. And yet, the smells associated with a given figure, or social group convey a rich imagery which conotes specific values : perfumes, scents and foul odours both reflect and mould the ways a society thinks or acts. The aim of this conference will be to analyse the underexplored role of smell – both fair or foul – in relation to the other senses, in the modern rejection, reappraisal or idealisation of Antiquity. We will pay particular attention to the visual and performative arts especially when they engage a sensorial response from the reader or the viewer.

We therefore invite contributions focusing not only on painting, literature, drama, and cinema but also on advertising, video games, television series, comic books and graphic novels, as well as on historical re-enactments which have recently helped reshape the perception and experience of the antique for a broader audience.

Conference papers (in English or French) will be twenty minutes in length. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

* The materiality of smell: what are the substances, plants and/or objects associated with antique smells in the modern imagination? To what extent may we confront current archeological data concerning the fragrant objects used in Antiquity with representations of smell in modern works? What new technical means are now mobilized to make modern audiences ‘smell’ and sense Antiquity (for instance in museums and multi-media productions)? We also invite papers that address the role flowers play in the modern construction of the antique smellscape and how this connects with the other senses.

* The sensoriality of antique rituals: How do fragrances (incense, burnt offerings, perfumed oils) shape modern representations of antique ritualistic and magical practices? To what extent does the staging of ritualistic gestures and objects associated with smell (and notably the burning of incense) create a form of estrangement between past and present, and deepen the rift between polytheistic and monotheistic faiths?

* The erotics of smell and scent: How was the antique body (both male and female) made desirable thanks to the use of perfume and cosmetics? How was this in turn exploited in painting, films, advertisement etc. – especially in connection with Orientalism? What role does smell play in gendered constructions of the antique body? What relation can we establish between the fragrant and the (homo)erotic? We also welcome discussions of modern representations of antique baths, hygiene and ‘sane’ classical bodies in relation to scent.

* Foul smells and diseased bodies: to what extent did the hygienistic shift which affected Western societies in the modern age (as described by A. Corbin) influence the perception of the antique smellscape? When did Goethe’s conception of the classical as ‘sane’ start being challenged? More generally, how are antique illnesses and decaying bodies depicted in the modern imagination and for example performed on stage or in historical reenactments aiming to recreate ‘authentically’ the experience of antique battles? Does smell have a specific social/national identity? Since Antiquity, whose bodies have been most recurrently perceived as pestilent: those of enemies, foreigners, lower social classes (artisans, peasants, slaves…)?

Proposals (300 words) and short biographies should be sent to Adeline Grand-Clément ( and Charlotte Ribeyrol ( no later than 15th December 2017.

The contributions must be original works not previously published. The abstract should clearly state the argument of the paper, in keeping with the topic of the conference.

A selection of contributions (in English) will be considered for a volume publication by Bloomsbury in the series ‘Imagines – Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts’.


(CFP closed December 15, 2017)



Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Spain: 17-19 October 2018

The ÉTICAS GRIEGAS research group is pleased to announce the celebration of the international conference, dedicated to the study of Greek and Roman myths in audiovisual creation. On this occasion, “Classical Myths” is one of the four branches of the V International Congress of Mythcriticism “Myth and Myth and Audiovisual Creation”, which will be held at the UAH, UAM, UFV, and UCM from October 15 to 26, 2018.

Throughout the conference, the growing presence of the myths of Greece and Rome will be analyzed in the creative languages that fuse image and sound, especially in films, TV series and video games. We will also discuss the reception of classical myths in opera or theater, as well as their impact on contemporary arts that integrate the auditive and the visual to produce a new reality or language, as in comics, happenings, installations or performances.

What do we understand by classical mythology? Fundamentally and, usually, a set of Greek and Roman stories referring to gods and heroes, that is, to the two types of characters that were the object of worship in ancient cities.

The study of Greek and Roman mythologies is an indispensable piece to understand many of the keys of contemporary audiovisual creation. Starting from the Greek epic poems – the Iliad and Homer’s Odyssey – or the Latin epic – the Aeneid of Virgil -, we intend to approach the study of classical myths as a coherent whole in which each divinity, each mythological figure, exercises a concrete domain over the different spheres and institutions that structure social life. Likewise, we will study the audiovisual representation of the great mystery cults that arrive in Rome, imported from Egypt and the East, as well as the analysis of the conflictive relationships that primitive Christianity and the Fathers of the Church entered into with the myths of paganism.

During the conference, the mythical roots of the audiovisual themes will be explored, selecting from the corpus of the Greek and Roman myths those episodes that seem to lend themselves to a new reading, taking into account the most recent contributions of mythcriticism. For example, in The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979), the withdrawal of Swan to his base in Coney Island “has something of a journey of Ulysses in his return to Ithaca”, which Roman Gubern identifies with “the theme of eternal return, of the return to the home”.

In the current audiovisual creation, we see the presence of the great themes of classical mythological structures: cosmogonies, theogonies, anthropogony, stories related to sacrifice, animals, gods and heroes of war and hunting, artisan gods, death, the erotic, philosophy and the city. It is, in short, to explore in what way the characteristic features and unique characters of Greco-Roman mythology, in the case of heroes, such as Odysseus, Achilles, Heracles / Hercules, the Amazons, the Argonauts, or the gods, as Zeus / Jupiter, Athena / Minerva, Apollo, Orpheus, Dionysus / Bacchus, Aphrodite / Venus, Hermes / Mercury or Bread, are translated into the language of audiovisual creation.

Deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2018.


(CFP closed May 1, 2018)



Vercelli, Italy: October 17-19, 2018

The specific methods and different approaches that characterize the historians’ craft sometimes make difficult to set up a dialogue that goes beyond traditional periodizations. Despite of shared themes, historians rarely operate in a common area of discussion. In order to promote a wide confrontation, the Second Edition of "Historical Debates" will focus on the theme of travel as one of the most recurring issues of historiographical reflection, with the purpose to promote a debate beyond these traditional divisions. Humanity has never been limited to frontiers. From Ancient Times to Contemporary Age societies have always met and cultures interacted and mixed by crossing borders and travelling.

Proposals can develop the following topics:

• Travel memories: historical accounts written by intellectuals, diplomatists, ecclesiastics, soldiers, merchants, scientists etc.
• Migrations: temporary or permanent movements of groups of people.
• Discoveries of new lands: colonization or exploration of continents or places madeby explorers and scientists, whether historians or technicians, space travels.
• Grand tours and study trips from Ancient to Contemporary Age.
• “Forced” journeys: people leaving their own land for political reasons.
• Pilgrimages and memorial trips: journeys towards places of worship and historical cultural heritage.

The Seminar is organized by History PhD Students of the Department of Humanistic Studies of the University of Eastern Piedmont “Amedeo Avogadro” with the purpose of encouraging the academic debate and strengthening our Academic Community:

1. Greek and Roman History (PhD Student: Martina Zerbinati)
2. Medieval History (PhD Student: Matteo Moro)
3. Modern History (PhD Students: Michela Ferrara, Eugenio Garoglio)
4. Contemporary History (PhD Student: Stefano Scaletta)

The Seminar will be held at the Department of Humanistic Studies in Vercelli from 17th October to 19th October 2018.

PhD students and young researchers interested in participating are warmly invited to submit to all our contacts a proposal including a brief CV (max. 5000 characters, spaces included), the name of the University in where they study, title of presentation together with a short abstract (max. 3000 characters, spaces included) within 15th June 2018. Proposals of students from University of Eastern Piedmont (except for the organizers) will not be accepted.

Selected speakers will be contacted within 29th June 2018.

Publication of papers with a scientific publisher is expected.

Michela Ferrara – (Modern History)
Eugenio Garoglio – (Modern History)
Matteo Moro – (Medieval History)
Stefano Scaletta – (Contemporary History)
Martina Zerbinati – (Ancient History)


(CFP closed June 15, 2018)



Split (Palace Milesi, Trg brace Radica 7): October 12-13, 2018

Organisation: Neven Jovanovic (Univ. of Zagreb), Martin Korenjak (Univ. of Innsbruck), Braco Lucin (Književni krug Split)

Friday, 12/10/2018

14:00–15:00 Gregory Crane (Leipzig): Early Modern Latin, 21st Century Europe and the work of Transnational Philology
15:00–16:00 Philipp Roelli (Zürich) & Jan Ctibor (Prag): Big Data in Latin Philology: the Corpus Corporum
16:00–16:30 Coffee
16:30–17:30 Neven Jovanovic (Zagreb): Exploring the CAMENA Corpus with BaseX
17:30–18:30 Manuel Huth (Würzburg): Opera Camerarii – a Semantic Database of the Printed Works of Joachim Camerarius (1500–1574) 20:00 Dinner

Saturday, 13/10/2018

9:00–10:00 Stefan Zathammer (Innsbruck): Noscemus – A Semantic Database for Scientific Literature in Latin Including a Digital Sourcebook Compiled with the Help of Transkribus
10:00–11:00 Bryan Brazeau (Warwick): Teaching an Old Database New Tricks: Migrating the Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy (VARI) Database to VARI 2.0: Discussion and Demonstration
11:00–11:30 Coffee
11:30–12:30 Peter Sjökvist & Anna Fredriksson (Uppsala): Digital Approaches to Early Modern Dissertations




University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana: 11-12 October, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Barbara Goff, University of Reading, Reading, UK.

Studies have explored the cross-cultural engagement between Western civilisation and other cultures (Stephens and Vasunia 2010) as well as the legacy and reception of the Classics in the Arab world (Pormann 2015), India (Vasunia 2013), West Africa (Goff 2013; Goff and Simpson 2007) and recently, South Africa (Parker 2017). Classical reception studies thus continue to play a key role in bringing different parts of the world into greater dialogue with each other. We invite abstracts for papers not only from Classics but also from other disciplines and sub-disciplines which explore ways in which reception studies is giving a new voice to classical research in West Africa, consider ways in which Classics in West Africa engages with the legacies of Egypt, Greece, and Rome or examine cross-cultural themes in both ancient and modern traditions. We also welcome papers which draw lessons from other parts of Africa and the world.

The conference sub-themes might include but are by no means limited to the following:
* Africa in the Greek and Roman World
* Art and architecture
* Drama, theatre and literature
* Ancient, medieval and modern philosophy
* Democracy, culture and globalisation
* Politics, law, and public speaking
* Gender, slavery, and sexuality
* Race, ethnicity and identity
* Science and technology
* Geography and environment
* Medicine and health

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 30th June, 2018. Extended Deadline: July 8th, 2018.

Notification of acceptance: 31st July, 2018.

Organising Committee:
Martin Ajei, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
Olakunbi Olasope, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Peter Grant, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
Kofi Ackah, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.


(CFP closed July 8, 2018)



Dept of Classics, University of Reading: October 6, 2018

Beset by terrorism, environmental degradation, as well as by alienation and social inequalities often fanned by war, the modern world suffers from depression. Modern means of relief, such as the newest technological advancements, impose mass behaviour and threaten all facets of freedom. On the other hand, it is intriguing how easily the modern reader relates to a frustrated poet of the 1st c. AD. The opposition to moral decay and artistic decadence has indeed motivated authors of all times, from antiquity until the present day. Apart from their significance for literary studies and the subsequent development of respective theories, the thoughts of these authors can tell us much more about diachronic problems and the troubles of humanity.

At the same time, the ancient world reinvigorates almost every area of study and academic discipline. The aim of this workshop is to bring together those interested in applying the lessons from antiquity in the modern world or inspired by how the ancient world has shaped modernity and has the potential to improve aspects of everyday life. Academics and practitioners of every discipline are invited to share their experiences and suggest new ways the classical world can benefit our society. Themes could be (but are not limited to):

* How ancient medicine can open new roads and inform new methods.
* How educators across the globe make use of classical themes and texts for their pedagogical merits and how this can be expanded.
* How psychologists engage with ancient drama in the practice of dramatherapy.
* Approaches to how we can bridge the distance between reading a text and applying its content, or
* how one can embed a wider reception of Classics beyond the discipline.

Please send an abstract of 250 words or your enquiries to Andreas Gavrielatos ( by 1 September EXTENDED DEADLINE 7 September. Presentations will be of 20 minutes followed by discussion. The workshop will be held on 6th October in the University of Reading, generously supported by the School of Humanities.

It’s not about learning from the past; it’s about learning FOR the future!

A note: It has come to our attention that some terms and statements in our CfP might have given an erroneous impression of the nature and purpose of the event. The aim of the event is simply to discuss the public utility of Classics in the modern world, and no political agenda lies behind it.


9:00 – 9:20 Registration
9:20 – 9:30 Introduction: Andreas Gavrielatos
9:30 – 10:05 Keynote Speaker: Susan Deacy (University of Roehampton), Turning Classical myth into a turning opportunity for autistic children

10:05 – 11:20 Session 1
Re-Telling Antiquity as an Educative Experience in Elderly Care and in Prison: The Penelope Project (2009–2012) & Cesare deve morire (2012) - Penelope Kolovou (Universities of Bonn - Sorbonne-Paris-IV)
We Need to Talk about Epizelus: ‘PTSD’ and the Ancient World - Owen Rees (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Dramatherapy: “Ancient things remain in the ear” - Trish Thomas (Independent Scholar)
11:20 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:20 Keynote speaker: Gabriele Galluzzo (University of Exeter), Ancient philosophy and modern life: different approaches

12:20 – 13:10 Session 2
Two Concepts of Heroism - David Hodgkinson (University of Oxford)
Reception: What's in it for us? - Paula James (Open University)
13:10 – 14:25 Lunch

14:25 – 15:40 Session 3
The Cyrus cylinder propaganda (*with the presentation of a historical archive film) - Mateen Arghandehpour (University College London)
The Axial Age of Ancient Greece and the Modern World - Athena Leoussi (University of Reading)
Urbanism, scale, and a break from the past - John William Hanson (University of Reading)
15:40 – 16:10 Coffee break

16:10 – 17:00 Session 4
New Old Values in Medical Ethics: The Case of Euthanasia - Michaela Senkova (University of Leicester)
Public perceptions of plagues in the Classical Tradition - James Cross (University College London)
17:00 – 17:30 Closing Remarks

Emma Aston (
Andreas Gavrielatos (


(CFP closed September 7, 2018)



UCLA: October 5-7, 2018

Co-Organizers: Francesca Martelli and Sean Gurd

Long associated with pre-modern cultures, the notion of “distributed authorship” still serves as a mainstay for the study of Classical antiquity, which takes 'Homer' as its foundational point of orientation, and which, like many other disciplines in the humanities, has extended its insights into the open-endedness of oral and performance traditions into its study of textual dynamics as well. The rise of genetic criticism within textual studies bears witness to this urge to fray perceptions of the hermetic closure of the written, and to expose the multiple strands of collaboration and revision that a text may contain. And the increasingly widespread use of the multitext in literary editions of authors from Homer to Joyce offers a material manifestation of this impulse to display the multiple different levels and modes of distribution at work in the authorial process. In many areas of the humanities that rely on traditional textual media, then, the distributed author is alive and well, and remains a current object of study.

In recent years, however, the dynamic possibilities of distributed authorship have accelerated most rapidly in media associated with the virtual domain, where modes of communication have rendered artistic creation increasingly collaborative, multi-local and open-ended. These developments have prompted important questions on the part of scholars who study these new media about the ontological status of the artistic, musical and literary objects that such modes of distribution (re)create. In musicology, for example, musical modes such as jazz improvisation and digital experimentation are shown to exploit the complex relay of creativity within and between the ever-expanding networks of artists and audiences involved in their production and reception, and construct themselves in ways that invite others to continue the process of their ongoing distribution. The impact of such artistic developments on the identity of 'the author' may be measured by developments in copyright law, such as the emergence of the Creative Commons, an organization that enables artists and authors to waive copyright restrictions on co-creators in order to facilitate their collaborative participation. And this mode of distribution has in turn prompted important questions about the orientation of knowledge and power in the collectives and publics that it creates.

This conference seeks to deepen and expand the theorising of authorial distribution in all areas of human culture. Ultimately, our aim is to develop and refine a set of conceptual tools that will bring distributed authorship into a wider remit of familiarity, and to explore whether these tools are, in fact, unique to the new media that have inspired their most recent discursive formulation, or whether they have a range of application that extends beyond the virtual domain.

We invite contributions from those who are engaged directly with the processes and media that are pushing and complicating ideas of distributed authorship in the world today, and also from those who are actively drawing on insights derived from these contemporary developments in their interpretation of the textual and artistic processes of the past, on the following topics (among others):

* The distinctive features of the new artistic genres and objects generated by modes of authorial distribution, from musical mashups to literary centones.
* The impact that authorial distribution has on the temporality of its objects, as the multiple agents that form part of the distribution of those objects spread the processes of their decomposition/re-composition over time.
* The re-orienting of power relations that arises from the distribution of authorship among networks of senders and receivers, as also from the collapsing of 'sender' and 'receiver' functions into one another.
* The modes of 'self'-regulation that authorial collectives develop in order to sustain their identity.
* Fandom and participatory culture, in both virtual and traditional textual media.
* The operational dynamics of 'multitexts' and 'text networks', and their influence by/on virtual networks.

Paper proposals will be selected for their potential to open up questions that transcend the idiom of any single medium and/or discipline.

Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to by January 15, 2018.


Update (6 Sept, 2018) - Speakers:

Nandini Pandey, University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Anxieties of Distributed Authorship in the Vergilian Vita Tradition
Joseph Howley, University of Columbia - Not evenly distributed: pursuing 'the author' in Roman book slavery
Scott McGill, Rice University - Mega-Intertextuality: Writing and Reading Vergilian Centos
Alexis Crawshaw & Marcos Novak, University of California, Santa Barbara - Bridging the Ancient to the Digital Contemporary through Algorithmic Intertextuality
Pia Carolla, Universita Roma Tre - Distributed Authorship and Authoritative Texts; an Imperial Collection
Sandeep Bhagwati, Concordia University, Montreal - Notwithstanding Unique. Intertwined Authorship in Musical Comprovisation
Dorota Dutsch, University of California, Santa Barbara - Novelty and Meaning in a Pseudo-Pythagorean Network
Mario Biagioli, University of California, Davis - Ghostly Collaborations: making up co-authors in the age of big science
Daniel Selden, University of California, Santa Cruz - The Worlding of the Life of Ahiqar
Sergio Basso, Universita Roma Tre - The Barlaam and Joasaph - a New Paradigm Theory for its Formation
Francesca Martelli, University of California, Los Angeles - "Cicero's" Letters and the Selfie
Simon Biggs, University of South Australia - Distributed Authorship, Machine Learning and the heterogeneous Posthuman (dancing) subject.

(CFP closed January 15, 2018)



University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia: October 4-5, 2018

THURS 4 OCTOBER 9-5: A one-day conference, ‘Future Directions in Australasian Classical Receptions’; and / or

FRI 5 OCTOBER 10-3: A workshop for postgraduates and honours students on their current research in Classical Reception Studies.

Please send your abstracts for day one by 1 August to Marguerite Johnson, The University of Newcastle:

Abstracts should be approximately 300 words.

Presentation will be 30 minutes + 10 minutes for questions.

Confirmed speakers:
Emeritus Professor John Davidson, Wellington
Professor Michael Ewans, Newcastle
Dr Laura Ginters, Sydney
Professor Chris Mackie, La Trobe
Dr Sarah Midford, La Trobe
Associate Professor Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Monash
Dr Reuben Ramsay, Newcastle
Dr Rachael White, Oxford
Dr Ika Willis, Wollongong

Postgraduates and honours students who wish to attend day two, should send an outline of their current – and/or future – projects, which will be workshopped with their peers and with scholars currently working in Classical Reception Studies.

Please send your outlines for day two by 1 August to Marguerite Johnson, The University of Newcastle:

It is hoped that scholars researching at all levels – from academics, independent researchers, postgraduates, and honours students – will participate in both days. Postgraduates and honours students are also welcome to submit abstracts for day one, and academics and independent researchers are welcome to participate in the workshop on day two. Undergraduates are welcome to attend either one or both days.

Two days: Waged: $120; Unwaged / Studying: $60
One day (either day one or day two): Waged: $60; Unwaged / Studying: $30.

There is a travel subsidy for up to three students who wish to participate in the workshop on day two.

Registration covers morning/afternoon tea and light lunch on day one; morning coffee and light lunch on day two.

The events will be held at The University of Newcastle, NSW.

As this is a preliminary call for papers, registration forms, venues, advice on travel and accommodation will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please email to signal your interest, attendance and / or presentation.

Sponsored by The Centre for 21 Century Humanities, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle.



(CFP closed August 1, 2018)



Sarsina, Italy: 29 September 2018

After twenty years of Lecturae Plautinae Sarsinates, the CISP (International Center for Plautine Studies of Urbino) and the PLAVTVS (Center of Plautine Research of Sarsina - Urbino), have the pleasure of inviting you to the second in a new series of annual graduate conferences, the Ludi Plautini Sarsinates: Characters on Stage. As the title clearly highlights, the main focus of the conference will be on stage and theatrical issues as well as on a deeper evaluation of the personae scaenicae to be conducted every year on a different character. The conference aims at a fertile encounter between those who study Plautus and those who actually perform his plays on stage. Its scope will therefore encompass a wide set of themes, ranging from dramatical questions in the text to modern and contemporary adaptations of it. In order to enable a stimulating and interdisciplinary dialogue, we welcome any proposal dealing with these issues from different cultural contexts and perspectives.

The second Ludus Plautinus will look at the character of the parasitus and its reception up to modern and contemporary drama. Applicants may wish to devote their attention to the following topics:

a) confronting philological and / or anthropological approaches with the techniques employed by professional actors and stage directors
b) translations aimed at reviving the parasitus on contemporary stage
c) literary, theatrical and cinematic reception of the parasitus.

We also very much encourage proposals beyond these topics, as long as they fit within the overall theme illustrated above. The conference will be held in Sarsina on 29th September 2018. Costs of accommodation and travel are NOT covered by the CISP. There will be 2 initial lectures given by the two Keynote

Speakers appointed by the CISP and 6 presentations (30 mins each) to be allotted through the present CfP. Applicants are kindly request to send (deadline 30 April 2018) a 600 words abstract and a brief academic CV to this address:

Italian, English, German, French and Spanish are all permitted for presentation and publication.

Given the particular nature of the event, each paper should ideally be accompanied by images, movies, performances or any kind of multimedia. The CISP committee will select the best and most relevant papers through peer review and will announce the results by 31 May 2018.


(CFP closed April 30, 2018)



Santiago de Compostela (School of Philology), Spain: September 27-28, 2018

The research group "Spanish Humanists", created in 1989 by Dr. Gaspar Morocho at the University of León, has already left a mark, through its publications, scientific meetings and other initiatives, in this academic field, with a research work in steady progression, reaching out to other research groups and individual researchers from other Universities. Currently the work is centralized in the Institute of Humanism and Classical Tradition in León.

In this 14. Meeting, taking advantage of the special situation of Santiago de Compostela in the Iberian Peninsula and in relation to America, the focus will be on what defines and distinguishes Humanism in the Iberian context (with the differences to be explored between Portugal and the rest of the Peninsula), and its projection in America. There will also be a monographic session dedicated to Humanism in Galicia.

The thematic lines will be:

* Distinctive Traits of Humanism in Spain, Portugal and Spanish and Portuguese America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
* The renewal of the Christian tradition and the echoes of pagan classicism in Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American humanism of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
* The use of Latin and vernacular languages in Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American Humanism of the sixteenth and sixteenth centuries: neo-Latin versus translation.
* The history and historiography of the vision of Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American humanism from the 18th onwards.
* Humanism in Galicia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Coordination: Angel Ruiz.
Scientific Comittee: José Manuel Diaz de Bustamante (USC), Elisa Lage Cotos (USC), José María Maestre Maestre (UCA), Isabel Morán Cabanas (USC), Jesús-María Nieto Ibáñez (ULE), Jesús Paniagua Pérez (ULE), Soledad Pérez-Abadín Barro (USC).
Organizing Comittee (USC): Maria Teresa Amado Rodríguez, Concepción Cabrillana Leal, María José García Blanco, José Virgilio García Trabazo, Amelia Pereiro Pardo.

Instituto de Humanismo y Tradición Clásica – Universidad de León.
Grupo de Investigación «Estudos Clásicos e Medievais» - USC.
SEEC Galicia.

Keynote Speakers:
1. Francisco García Jurado. Professor of Latin Philology (UCM): "Alfredo Adolfo Camús (1817-1889) and the Literary History of Renaissance".
2. Javier de Navascués. Professors of Hispanic American Literature (UNAV): “American Colonial Epic, between the Chronicles and the Classical Tradition”.
3. Armando Pego. Professor of Humanities (URL): “¿A Monastic Humanism? Spanish Spiritual Literature through the Renaissance”.

Participants who wish to submit a communication must send a summary of a maximum of 200 words, including the title, the summary and bibliography to as well as personal data (postal address, e-mail and work center).

The deadline is June, 15th 2018. The proposals will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and their acceptance will be informed before July 1st, 2018.

Registration can be made until September 10, 2018 at, sending personal information: name, postal address, e-mail and work center.

The registration fee is € 60 for participants with communication and € 30 for participants without communication and students. The members of the Research Groups of the Project of the University of León are exempt. The bank account is: IBAN: ES08 2080 0343 0230 4000 5068 // C.C.C .: Code BIC / Swift: CAGLESMMXXX with the line: «14 Reunion Humanistas».


(CFP closed June 15, 2018)



Ghent University (Belgium): September 20-22, 2018

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Michelle Warren (University of Dartmouth) - Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia) - Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam)

“Der einzige Weg für uns, groß, ja, wenn
es möglich ist, unnachahmlich zu werden, is die Nachahmung der Alten.”
Johannes Winckelmann

Classics played a major and fundamental role in the cultural history of Western Europe. Few would call this into question. Since the Carolingian period, notably ‘classical’ literature has served as a constant source and model of creativity and inspiration, by which the literary identity of Europe has been negotiated and (re-)defined. The tendency to return to the classics and resuscitate them remains sensible until today, as classical themes and stories are central to multiple contemporary literary works, both in ‘popular’ and ‘high’ culture. Think for instance of Rick Riordan’s fantastic tales about Percy Jackson or Colm Tóibín’s refined novels retelling the Oresteia.

At the same time, this orientation and fascination towards the classics throughout literary history has often —implicitly or explicitly— gone hand in hand with the cultivation of a certain normativity, regarding aesthetics, content, decency, theory, ... Classical works, and the ideals that were projected on them, have frequently been considered as the standard against which the quality of a literary work should be measured. Whether a text was evaluated as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depended on the extent to which it could meet the ‘classical’ requirements. Probably the most famous example of someone advocating such a classical norm was the German art critic Johannes Winckelmann (1717-1768), whose death will be commemorated in 2018. His 'Geschichte der Kunst des Altertums' may be considered as the embodiment of the idea that the classics should be the norm for aesthetic or even any evaluation, such as, in Western Europe, it has recurrently cropped up, to a greater or lesser degree, from the Early Middle Ages until modern times.

Almost inevitably, this normativity has implied, shaped and fed prejudices and thoughts of exclusion towards literary features and aesthetic characteristics that seemed to deviate from classical ideals. Throughout literary history, examples occur of literary works, styles and genres that were generally appreciated within their time or context of origin, yet whose quality was retrospectively called into question because they were said not to be in accordance with the classical norm as it prevailed at the moment of judgement. Sometimes, this has even applied to whole periods. The persistence of similar assessments up until today is telling for the impact classical normativity still exercises. Besides, literary texts, though clearly not created to conform to the ‘classical’ standard, have been ‘classicized’ during judgement, being forced by a critic to fit into a classical framework and celebrated for its so-called imitation of antiquity. Even the Classics themselves often had and have to obey to this process of ‘classicization’. Therefore, with a sense for drama, one could say that all these works, literary forms, periods, etc. have seriously ‘suffered’ from the prejudices born from classics-based normativity, being the ‘victims’ of Winckelmann-like ideas concerning ‘classical’ standards.

This conference aims to consider classical normativity with its including prejudices and exclusions as a case-study for cultural self-fashioning by way of European literature. It seeks to explore how the normative status ascribed to the classics and the ensuing prejudices have, from the Early Middle Ages to modern times, influenced and shaped thoughts and views of the literary identity of Western Europe. Therefore, we propose the following questions:

• What are the processes behind this normativity of the Classics? Is it possible to discern a conceptual continuum behind the time and again revival of the Classics as the norm for ‘good’ literature? Or, rather, are there clear conceptual and concrete divergences between succeeding periods of such ‘classical’ normativity?
• What are the links (conceptual, historical, aesthetic, political, …) between the normativity of the Classics and the excluded ones, both in synchronic and diachronic terms? How does literary normativity of the Classics imply literary prejudices and exclusions?
• How has normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions imposed an identity on European literature (and literary culture)?
• What does this normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions mean for the conceptualization of European literary history?

Besides these conceptual questions, we also welcome case studies that may illustrate both the concrete impact of classical normativity and concrete examples of prejudice and exclusion as resulting from this normativity. We think of topics such as:

• the Classics themselves as victims of retrospective ‘classical’ normativity
• the exclusion of literary periods that are considered non- or even contra-classical (baroque, medieval, …) and the clash with non-European literature
• literary ‘renaissances’ and their implications
• classical normativity and its impact on literatures obedient to political aims (fascism, populism, …)
• literary appeal to the classics as a way of structuring and (re-)formulating society (‘higher’ liberal arts vs. ‘lower’ crafts and proficiencies, literary attitudes towards slavery, …)
• …

We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to by 15 April 2018.

ORGANISATION: Wim Verbaal, Paolo Felice Sacchi and Tim Noens are members of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools). This research group studies historical literatures and the dynamics that shape a common, European literary identity. It sees this literary identity as particularly negotiated through languages that reached a cosmopolitan status due to fixed schooling systems (Latin, Greek and Arabic), and in their interaction with vernacular literatures. From a diachronic perspective, we aim to seek unity within the ever more diverse, literary Europe, from the first to the eighteenth century, i.e. from the beginning of (institutionally organized) education in the cosmopolitan language to the rise of more national oriented education.



(CFP closed April 15, 2018)



School of Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 20-21 September, 2018

The School of Classics of the University of St Andrews is happy to announce the call for papers for the conference "Athletics and Identity in the Ancient and Modern World", taking place in 20-21 September 2018 in St Andrews.

Despite the increasing inclusion of ancient sport into the mainstream of classical scholarship and the rise in research on the links between athletics and identity in ancient culture, there has been relatively little collaborative academic work on that subject. It is the aim of this conference to bring together scholars, especially postgraduates, researching across disciplines on different aspects of athletic practice, from a multitude of perspectives, methodologies and cultures. Through this initiative we aim to advance our understanding of the role of athletics in ancient Mediterranean society. We are not limiting ancient culture to just Greece or Rome. Recent scholarship has shown that the influence of the other earlier Mediterranean sporting cultures had a significant impact on the development of Greek sport (Decker 1992, Rolinger 1994, Scanlon 2006, Puhvel 2002). Taking this fact into consideration, we also plan to raise questions about near-Eastern as well as Greco-Roman sporting culture, and about the interrelations between them.

More specifically, this conference aims to understand what it meant to be an athlete in the ancient world, and what range of options were available for representing athletes in public commemoration. Do different kinds of sources (literature, inscriptions, art) represent athletic identity consistently? Lastly, how does the depiction of athlete and athletic identity change from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity? These are only a few of the main questions we will be addressing. We hope this conference will enlighten us on the complex relationships of identity formation, self-representation, sociopolitical identity, and the physical regime of becoming an athlete and how these aspects changed over time. We particularly welcome papers from postgraduate students on festivals, their participants and material culture; the athletic body and the culture of the gymnasion; other ancient cultures and their athletes; female athletes and their commemoration.

Those wishing to present a paper of 20-30 minutes should submit an abstract of up to 300 words to by Monday 19 March 2018. Submissions must also include personal details (Name, affiliation, and email). We strongly encourage postgraduate submissions. If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to email

Confirmed speakers: Prof Onno van Nijf (Groningen), Prof Zahra Newby (Warwick), Prof Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College Holy Cross and Center for Hellenic Studies), Dr Sofie Remijsen (Amsterdam), Dr. Sebastian Scharff (Mannheim).



(CFP closed March 19, 2018)



Kapodistrian University of Athens: September 14, 2018

Prolepsis Association is happy to fund and support the initiative of a group enterprising of graduate students of the Kapodistrian University of Athens, who are going to host a conference entitled “Something Old, Something New”: The Reception of Classics in Modern and Contemporary Songwriting, taking place in Athens on the 14th September 2018.

The strong influence of Classics in music of all periods and genres is increasingly becoming a topic of interest, especially with regard to Classical Music: we might remember some widely known examples of opera libretti, such as those of Gluck, Monteverdi, Mozart, Wagner, to mention but a few. However, given the variety of genres that permeate modern and contemporary music, it would be of great value to attempt a deeper investigation on the reception of Classical Antiquity in genres such as pop, hip-hop, R’ n ’B rock, and more.

Therefore, Prolepsis Association in cooperation with the School of Philosophy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens are inviting postgraduate students and Phd candidates to send their proposals for a one-day conference which will be particularly focused (but not limited to):

I. The echoes of Classics in the lyrics, exclusively or in conjunction with music videos and/or cover artwork (myth, art, history).
II. The reception of Classics in local music, e.g. modern musical versions of Classical or Classical inspired poetry (any country is most welcome).
III. Ancient Greek or Latin words as part of modern and contemporary songs.

The main focus will be the music produced around the mid-1950s and onwards, but we will accept contributions that are focused on any music genre starting in the 20th and the 21st century.

Please send two abstracts (one anonymous and one signed) of around 300 words – excluding bibliography - (in English, or Greek with an English translation) of an unpublished work to the e-mail address by the 5th of July 2018. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after.

All abstracts should follow the instructions below:
1. Font: Times New Roman 12pt
2. Lead: 1.5
3. Text alignment: fully justified
4. For the anonymous copy: Title (centered)
In the signed one, the participants must include the following details:
1. Surname and first name
2. University
3. Stage of Study [master student or doctoral candidate]
4. Email

Selected papers will be considered for publication.

The organising committee:
Christos Diamantis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Nickos Kaggelaris (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Georgia Mystrioti (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Eirini Pappa (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

The supporting committee (Prolepsis boarding committee)
Roberta Berardi (University of Oxford)
Nicoletta Bruno (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften – München)
Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)
Luisa Fizzarotti (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna)


(CFP closed July 5, 2018)



University of Reading, UK: Friday, 14 September 2018 (10:30 – 16:00)

FREE – booking essential

This one-day event aims to explore the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for classical collections, and to shape its development. ‘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. The aim of the proposed SSN is to share best practice, develop collective responses to challenges, and to make the best use of these collections.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the potential role of a new SSN, including the extent of its remit, and to give their views on the way forward. Focusing on the theme of ‘Activism’, the workshop will also present case studies of museum projects which connect classical collections with contemporary social issues. Please join us for a day of networking and inspiration, to help shape the future of classical collections in museums.

For the latest version of the programme, please see:

Space has been left in the programme for an additional presentation as we would like to involve as wide a range of speakers as possible. If you have a perspective on classical collections and activism which you would like to share, drawing on your own experiences, please email by Monday 13th August 2018.

Who should attend? Anyone working with classical collections in UK museums. In particular, curators whose remit includes such collections, but anyone with a related interest is extremely welcome, including PhD students, academics and volunteers researching or working with classical museum objects.

How to register: Attendance at this workshop is free, but places are limited. To register for a place, please follow the link to our Eventbrite page. A limited number of travel bursaries are available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please indicate this during the registration process.

This event has been made possible thanks to the Vivmar Foundation, and their generous support of the British Museum's national Knowledge Share programme. It has been organised with additional support from the SSN The Society for Museum Archaeology.




Masaryk University, Brno: 12-14 September, 2018

Organisers: Marketa Kulhánková (Brno, Czech Republic) & Przemyslaw Marciniak (Katowice, Poland)

The conference is organised as part of the activities of the "Byzantine Receptions Network. Towards a New Field of Reception Studies" generously funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.

The imagery of Byzantium in popular discourse is a culturally and historically constructed notion. As has been noted, the very name "Byzantium" is both a retronym and an exonym, and scholars today very often insist on using a more proper description – "The Eastern Roman Empire". Writers, playwrights, musicians, and politicians throughout centuries constructed their own versions of Byzantium, which depended on local artistic or political needs. In many cases these constructed versions had very little to do with the "historical" Byzantium. Yet, at the same time, academic discourse might – and did – influence the imagery of Byzantium in the popular imagination. During the conference we would like to discuss these imaginary visions of Byzantium, including the intersections of popular and academic images of Byzantium. We also welcome papers dealing with the use (and abuse) of key events in Byzantine history (such as the Fall of City) and their reworkings in literature and culture.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- The reception of Byzantium in schoolbooks in Europe and beyond;
- Byzantium for the young – Byzantium in children's literature and games;
- Literary reworkings of key events and personages in the history of Byzantium;
- Byzantine Studies and its influence on the popular understanding of Byzantium;
- The ways of popularising Byzantium;
- Byzantium in the digital age;
- Byzantium in popular culture (games, speculative fiction, TV series, films).

Please send the abstract (no more than 300 words) for a 20 minutes presentation to Przemyslaw Marciniak ( by March, 30 2018.


(CFP closed March 30, 2018)



Mainz, Germany: September 10–15, 2018

Orpheus, the hanging gardens of Semiramis, and the olympic gods – through the ages, ancient myths and subjects have strongly impacted the arts. The III. Summer School in Mainz will approach these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining methodologies from musicology and the field of ancient and classical studies, focusing on the operas of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787). His compositions will be introduced from a holistic perspective, highlighting the interconnectedness of the many processes involved in the production of his operas and giving participants more insights into Baroque music theater and the reception of ancient subjects in the arts in general.

How did narratives change through librettists’ adaptations of the myths and histories and how did this impact their understanding? How did Gluck approach setting these librettos to music? What restrictions and possibilities did Baroque stagecraft impose on the representation of the ancient subjects? In exploring these and other questions, comprehensive portraits of selected operas will be developed which contribute to an understanding of Gluck’s operas as a form of representational art.

The Summer School will be accompanied by a colorful program, such as introducing the participants to the city of Mainz and its history. Furthermore, we will visit the Baroque Schlosstheater in Schwetzingen of 1753 in which architectural conventions of Gluck’s time come to life. The tour contributes to a better understanding of the circumstances under which his operas were performed in the eighteenth century.

Application: The Summer School is a cooperative course, jointly organized by the Musicology Division and the Department of Ancient and Classical Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University as well as the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz and the project “Christoph Willibald Gluck – Sämtliche Werke.” The course is designed for German and international students of musicology and of ancient and classical studies and thereby offers an international study program in Mainz. We award credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The Summer School will be held in English and in German. As the number of participants is limited, applicants are asked to submit a letter of motivation and a short CV. There is no course fee. Financial support for accommodation might be awarded.

Please submit your application by e-mail (as PDF) by July 1, 2018 to

Course Program

Monday – Tuesday
• General introductions to ancient myths and histories
• Librettology
• Adaptation and transformation of myths for the stage
• Gluck’s approach to setting librettos to music
• Baroque stagecraft

Wednesday – Friday
• Comprehensive portraits of selected operas by Chr. W. Gluck
• Excursion to the Baroque theater in Schwetzingen
• City tour of Mainz

Saturday Final discussion and results of the Summer School

Contact: (Jun.-Prof. Dr. habil. Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch)

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Fachbereich 07: Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft / Abteilung Musikwissenschaft
Institut für Altertumswissenschaften
D-55099 Mainz

Hashtag: #gluck_mz18

Information PDF:



Senate House, London: September 10-11, 2018

We invite abstracts for papers, posters and interactive workshops on any aspect of comics set in the pre-modern world to be presented at a two-day conference at Senate House in London on 10-11th September 2018.

Our brief has a broad chronological and geographical scope, from the Bronze Age onwards, including but not limited to Greece, Rome, Egypt, Near East, Ancient Norse, Mesoamerica etc. The concept of comics itself is similarly broadly interpreted, covering different traditions including but not limited to the American graphic novel, the Franco-Belgian tradition, and Japanese manga. Contributions may focus on series as well as on individual episodes, including those from series that do not consistently engage with the pre-modern world.

We hope to capture a wide variety of experiences of comics and the pre-modern world, so the conference will be aimed at academics (PGR, ECR and established), teachers, and artists. Suitable topics for discussion might include:
* how and why writers and illustrators engage with these periods and cultures in comics;
* literary, historical or archaeological analysis of comics, for example:
   - accuracy of representation and poetic licence
   - engagement with sources
   - cultural fusions
   - allegorical uses
   - connections to modern nationalistic histories;
* use as pedagogical tools in the classroom (including translations of comics into Latin or Ancient Greek);
* comics as methods for communicating historical research of the pre-modern world.

Papers should be 20 minutes each; workshops no more than 1 ½ hours; posters can be A1 or A2 size. Please submit 300-word abstracts or 500-word workshop proposals to by 22 December 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out no later than 31 January 2018.

Organisers: Leen Van Broeck, Royal Holloway; Dr Zena Kamash, Royal Holloway; Dr Katy Soar, University of Winchester. This conference is made possible with the generous assistance of the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.


(CFP closed December 22, 2017)



Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy: 7th-8th September 2018

John Tzetzes was a towering figure in the scholarly landscape of twelfth-century Constantinople, and his name crops up time and again in modern scholarship, Classical and Byzantine alike. He commented extensively on poets such as Homer, Hesiod, Aristophanes, and the intractable Lycophron. He is a source of the greatest importance for the history and transmission of scholarship in antiquity. He had access to works that are lost to us; he may have been the last person to read Hipponax at first hand before the age of papyrological discoveries.

Gifted with a cantankerous personality which he made no attempt to conceal, he had a very high opinion of his own worth as a scholar and a correspondingly low opinion of almost everybody else's. He was the sort of person who would pepper his letters with erudite references, then compose an enormous poem to elucidate them and write scholia to it. His idiosyncratic writerly persona has made him an easy target for the irony of twentieth-century scholars; Martin West dubbed him a 'lovable buffoon', and he was kinder to him than others.

It is all too easy, especially for classicists, not to see beyond a combination of Tzetzes the caricature and Tzetzes the footnote fodder; someone to use without engaging too closely. But his vast learning and the variety and influence of his writings demands a more discerning attention. The past few decades have witnessed an increasing interest in his works, with several editions (and more in progress), a steady flow of articles, and even a few translations into modern languages. The time is ripe for scholars in classical and Byzantine studies to join forces towards a better understanding of Tzetzes and his output.

The colloquium will take place in the scenic Aula Baratto of Ca' Foscari University, overlooking the Grand Canal, on 7th and 8th September 2018. Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent by email, preferably in PDF format, to by 31st January 2018.

Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

Tzetzes as a commentator and critic
Tzetzes as a poet
Tzetzes as an epistolographer
Tzetzes on the Greek language
Tzetzes and his contemporaries
Tzetzes in the tradition of Byzantine scholarship
Editing Tzetzes' works
Tzetzes' legacy and his reception.

Speakers will be offered accommodation and a contribution to travel expenses can also be made available. The colloquium is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 708556 (Ancient scholarship on archaic Greek iambic poetry / ASAGIP).


(CFP closed January 31, 2018)



An experimental two-day workshop at Penn State University: September 7-8, 2018

In April 2016 a Fixed Handout Workshop was held at the University of Cambridge. Its aim was to encourage early-career Latinists to reflect on the impact that their varying academic influences and different methodological preferences have on the research they produce. In particular, the workshop tested the strengths and limits of each scholar’s intertextual practice. The participants delivered papers that were based on a pre-arranged selection of thematically connected passages, yet although several groups were presented with identical sets of Latin quotations, the papers they produced—and additional texts they adduced—varied widely.

The present workshop aims to continue this exploration of interpretative methodologies in a slightly altered format. We invite Classicists and scholars from other disciplines (especially Renaissance Studies, Art History, Philosophy, Architecture, Mathematics) to each present a paper on the same passage, but to use a different, clearly stated methodological approach. By asking scholars from different schools-of-thought and disciplines to focus their attention on a particular moment in Latin literature, we aim to:

a) measure the interpretive impact of different methodologies within the field of Classics;
b) explore how texts take different shapes under the lens of disciplines outside the Classics;
c) test in concrete terms the interpretative potential of an interdisciplinary dialogue.

The passage we have selected for the workshop is Vitruvius’ De Architectura III.1. While discussing the role of symmetry in the composition of temples, Vitruvius introduces the image of a well-formed human being (ad hominis bene figurati membrorum exactam rationem), from which proportional relations and principles of good measure are derived. The passage was famously the basis for Leonardo da Vinci’s interpretation of the “Vitruvian Man”, and continued to attract the attention of early modern exegetes and contemporary architectural specialists alike. With its textual, visual, philosophical, and scientific features, De Architectura III. 1 has an obvious and distinct interdisciplinary potential.

We are looking for speakers to deliver a methodologically informed reading of this Vitruvian chapter and/or its reception. We have six confirmed invited speakers (listed below), and we now invite applications for six more papers, especially (but not solely) from early-career researchers and finishing graduate students in Classics, Archaeology, Philosophy, Renaissance Studies, Art History, Architecture, and Mathematics.

If you wish to be considered as a speaker, please provide:
An abstract on De Architectura III.1, stating explicitly the approach that you wish to take;
A brief cv;
A list of 6 major academic and cultural influences, both from within and from outside your field.

Send these items (preferably in pdf format) to by April 30, 2018. Decisions will be made by mid-June. Accommodation will be provided at Penn State for the nights of September 6 and 7, but we regret that speakers will be expected to cover their travel expenses. We aim to publish the contributions in a collected volume.

Confirmed Speakers:
Tom Geue (St Andrews)
Mathias Hanses (Penn State)
Jared Hudson (Harvard)
Elizabeth Merrill (MPIWG)
Marden Nichols (Georgetown)
Kathrin Winter (Heidelberg)

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers:
Mathias Hanses (Penn State)
Giovanna Laterza (Heidelberg)
Elena Giusti (Warwick)



(CFP closed April 30, 2018)



King’s College London: 3-4 September, 2018

In scholarly discussions of the strange and elusive presence of Greek drama, and tragedy especially, in and around sixteenth-century European drama, the availability of Latin translations of the ancient Greek plays has become an oft-invoked phenomenon.

This conference focuses on the ways in which Greek drama ‘lived’ in Latin, leading up to and coinciding with an extraordinary period of dramatic and literary composition across Europe in the Early Modern period. By bringing together scholars in Classics, Comparative and World Literature, English, Theatre, and Translation, this conference aims to create a forum for rich and nuanced discussion of the multiform and variously situated acts of reading and translation of Greek drama during this period.

It is hoped that case studies – where acts of reading or translation can be seen to have wide implications for our understanding of the presence of Greek drama in literature at this time – will be complemented by papers highlighting more thematic or methodological considerations.

Papers may address (but need not be limited to) any of the following questions:

* Who do we mean when we speak of ‘the’ readers and translators of Greek drama?
* What kinds of readers and translators took part in the circulation of drama in Latin during this period?
* What is ‘Greek’ about Greek drama in Latin?
* How can we construe these acts of translation beyond ‘ad verbum’ vs. ‘ad sensum’ e.g. as creation, as refraction, or as collaboration?
* How do we envisage translations of Greek drama ‘circulating’ in Europe during this period? As publications, in manuscript form, with prefaces or other paratexts, as partial translations, or as language learning exercises?

Confirmed Speakers:

* Sarah Knight (University of Leicester), ‘‘Sois sage aux despens de Rome et de la Grèce’: Learning from classical and sixteenth-century Antigones’
* Angelica Vedelago (Università degli Studi di Padova), ‘Didacticism in Neo-Latin Academic Drama: Mind-reading and 'Mind-leading' in Thomas Watson’s Antigone’
* Micha Lazarus (University of Cambridge), ‘Sophocles in Exile: Reformation Tragedy from Wittenberg to Cambridge’
* Elia Borza (Université Catholique de Louvain), ‘Understanding Drama in 16th Century Latin Translations: from Poetics to Politics’
* Anna Clark (University of Oxford), ‘Reading Lady Lumley’s Library: Towards a New Understanding of Female Classical Translation’
* Marchella Ward (University of Oxford), ‘Assemblage Theory and the Uses of Classical Reception: the case of Aristotle Knowsley’s Oedipus’
* Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes), ‘Doctor Translator and Mister Adaptor : Alciatus and Aristophanes’
* Petra Šoštaric (University of Zagreb), ‘Bound to teach: Aeschyli Prometheus by Matthias Garbitius Illyricus’
* Nathaniel Hess (University of Cambridge), ‘An Alexandrian in Paris: Willem Canter’s 1566 edition of Lycophron’s Alexandra’
* Alexia Dedieu (Université Grenoble Alpes), ‘Discovering and translating Euripides’ Electra in the second half of the XVI century’
* Fabio Gatti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano), A Latin Euripidean Cyclops in XVIth century Italy: satirical drama in a counter-reformation climate’

Please send an abstract of no more than 350 words (for a 30-minute paper), together with your name and contact details, to by 16 April, 2018.


Registration / Programme:

(CFP closed April 16, 2018)



Venice (Ca’ Foscari University): Aug 30-31, 2018

We are pleased to announce that a workshop on poems written in ancient Greek from the 15th century to the present will take place in Venice, Italy (Ca’ Foscari University) on Aug. 30th-31st, 2018.

The programme includes the scholars involved in the international project The Hellenizing Muse directed by Filippomaria Pontani (Ca’ Foscari University) and Stefan Weise (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): each scholar or team will present a couple of case-studies from the respective geographical area. The mid-term goal of this project is to publish an anthology of “neualtgriechische Gedichte”, to which each national équipe will contribute a chapter.

All welcome (no registration fee). For further information, please contact: Filippomaria Pontani (

Aug. 30th, 14.30 - 18.30 (Aula Morelli, Malcanton-Marcorà, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Kostas Yiavis, Yerasimos Zoras: Greece
Filippomaria Pontani: Italy
Filippomaria Pontani: Spain and Portugal
Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (J.-M. Flamand, R. Menini): France
Han Lamers, Raf Van Rooy: Low Countries

Aug. 31st, 9 - 13 (Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Martin Steinrück, Janika Päll: Switzerland
Martin Korenjak: Austria
András Németh, Farkas Kiss: Hungary
Stefan Weise, Thomas Gärtner: Germany
Marcela Sláviková: Czech Republic

Aug. 31st, 14.30 - 18.30
(Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Vlado Rezar: Balkan Countries
Tomas Veteikis: Poland and Lithuania
Elena Ermolaeva: Russia
Janika Päll (Johanna Akujärvi, Tua Korhonen, Erkki Sironen): Northern Countries
Thomas Gärtner, Stefan Weise: Great Britain




Victoria University of Wellington, 27-29 August 2018

Readers have been attracted to the remarkable and wondrous, the admirable and the uncanny in Tacitus. But in order to appreciate what is mirum or novum, we also need to understand the apparently mundane material between the monstra. Tacitus famously derides the praises of new public buildings as a topic more worthy of the daily gazette than illustres annales (A. 13.31.1); his own criteria for selection, however, and his own judgments on what is worthy of note, have often differed in interesting ways from the preoccupations of his readers.

Abstracts (250 words) are invited on the topic of Tacitus' wonders.

Submissions on comparative material are very much welcome.

Reflection is invited on the consequences of different methods of dividing or reconciling historical events and historiographical representation, e.g. Woodman (1993), O'Gorman (2001), Haynes (2003), and Sailor (2008). In preparing abstracts, it will be helpful to consider the challenge extended by Dench (in Feldherr, 2009), the 'awkward question' of whether the much admired Tacitean text 'represents anything other than itself'. Papers treating the Classical tradition, reception and history of scholarship are welcome.

Please send abstracts to James McNamara at Victoria University of Wellington ( by Friday 26 January 2018.

Organizers: Prof. Arthur Pomeroy & Dr. James McNamara, Classics Programme, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand



(CFP closed January 26, 2018)



University of York, UK: July 19, 2018

This one-day workshop will consider the intersection of Hellenism and material culture in the early modern world (1400-1800). Expanding upon recent interest in the influence of Greek antiquity on early modernity, this workshop sets out to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue that explores the reception of texts alongside other encounters with the past: the circulation of images, the collecting of antiquities, archaeology, architecture, epigraphy, etc. From difficulties in printing the Greek alphabet to developments in Neoplatonism, is there a special dialogue between Hellenism and the engagement with matter and material form that emerges for the early modern period? How is the memory of ancient Greece imagined and reconstructed across different media? We are interested in materiality understood in its broadest sense and welcome proposals on anything from book historical approaches to those considering Hellenism in dialogue with art, architecture, the material world or the philosophy of matter. The early modern period is the intended focus but we welcome proposals from beyond this time period that engage with this intersection.

Abstracts are invited for 10 minute papers on the topic of the reception of Greek in the Renaissance at the intersection with materiality. The format invites scholars to give short presentations on work in progress with time for extended discussion. Proposals should take the form of 150 word abstracts and be sent to and by Friday 11th May 2018. There may be some funding available to contribute towards the travel expenses of junior scholars (PhD students and those within 5 years of submission): if you would like to be considered for this funding then please let us know in your submission email. Proposals for presentations that are accepted but which cannot be given for financial reasons will still be considered in future publication plans, so do please contact us or submit a proposal even if you will not be able to attend.


(CFP closed May 11, 2018)



King's College London, July 18-19, 2018

Proposals of up to 400 words are invited for 30-minute papers to be delivered at this conference, convened jointly by Dr Tom Geue (St Andrews), Dr Henry Stead (OU) and Edith Hall (KCL) at KCL on July 18-19th 2018. Please send them to in the first instance.

This conference addresses the 'missing' Marxist/materialist theory of the artistically beautiful. It aims to bring together an interdisciplinary team of philosophers, literary theorists, cultural critics, art historians and classicists to address questions including these: Why has the Left (defined as Marxists/Cultural and Historical Materialists/New Historicists/Postcolonial theorists and some Feminists) evaded concepts of the Beautiful, the Sublime, and cultural/aesthetic Value? Is the 'labour' theory of commodity value inadequate to explain the way that markets operate in relation to artworks, whether literary, musical or material? What attempts at producing a theory of cultural value sensitive to cultural relativism, aesthetic subjectivity and class-determination of taste can be identified and how have they been informed by classical concepts in e.g. Homer, Aristophanes, Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, Plutarch, Tacitus and Quintilian? Can the debate be pushed much beyond Lukacs, Benjamin, Adorno, Eagleton, Caudwell, Jameson, Bourdieu, and Zizek, none of whom is truly comfortable with talking about art's aesthetic impact, pleasure, sublimity and transcendence for fear of being identified as Eurocentric and culturally imperialist? What schools of thought and intellectual models from non-literary disciplines might offer promising avenues to illuminate the problem? Cognitive and Neurological Science? Evolutionary Psychology? Most importantly, How could a better 'Left' defence of aesthetic excellence and pleasure help make the case for Arts and Humanities as essential to the intellectual health of universities and societies at large? The Left has allowed the Right to hold monopoly ownership of the concepts of Great Art and The World's Best Books for far too long.

John Connor (KCL), ‘Rebellious Breasts': Lindsay, Lysistrata and A Left Defence of Beauty
Marcus Bell (KCL), Goat-Song: The Beauty of the Dancing Body’s Labour
Ralph Rosen (UPenn), Social Class and the ‘Comic Sublime’
Fran Middleton (Cambridge), Aesthetic Pleasure as Cultural Consumptiion
Ben Pestell (Essex), Marxist Athenas? – Seeking Legitimate Authority in Transcendent Literature
Kay Gabriel (Princeton), Satire and Militant Classicism: The Case of Marx’s Capital
Michael Wayne (Brunel) (KEYNOTE): Kant, Aesthetics and the Left
Richard Alston (RHUL), Royalty, Enlightenment and Contentious Pasts in the Architecture of Ottonian Athens
William Fitzgerald (KCL), Beauty and Boredom: Thoughts on Two Servant-Goddesses (Thorvaldsen's Hebe and Manet's A Bar at the Folies Bergeres)
Siobhan Chomse (RHUL), Once More with Feeling: Tacitus’ Ironic Sublime
Miryana Dimitrova (KCL), Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra-too Sublime for (Post)communist Bulgaria?
Page duBois (UCSD) (KEYNOTE): Red-baiting, the Sublime and the Beautiful
Salvatore Tufano (Rome), Franco Fortini’s A Test of Powers & Posthistoricism
Mathura Umachandran (Princeton), Regarding the Pain of Susan Sontag: Photographing Marsyas
Martin Devecka (UCSC), The Aporiai of a Lucretian Materialist/Hedonist Approach to the Beautiful.




(CFP closed January 1, 2018)



Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018

Organizer: Amanda Potter




Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018

Abstracts are sought for the 3-day panel "Democratising Classics", to be held at the Celtic Conference in Classics (University of St Andrews, 11-14 July 2018). Prospective speakers are asked to send a title and short abstract (max. 300 words) to Jenny Messenger ( or Rossana Zetti ( by 31 January 2018. Outcomes will be communicated by 12 February 2018. Papers at the CCC are usually 35-40 minutes long; however, shorter presentations may also be considered. Please specify desired paper length in the submission. The languages of the CCC are English and French.

This panel aims to explore the "democratisation" of Classics in academia and the creative arts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and to consider the impact of this process on Classics as a discipline, on classical receptions produced during this period, and on the interaction between art and academia.

Classical texts are now widely available in translation, allusions are rife in mass media, and comparisons between ancient and contemporary politics abound. But despite the presence of classical antiquity in popular discourse, Classics is not yet open to all. Barriers remain for students who want to study Classics at a high academic level—particularly if they have not had access to a traditional education in Latin and Ancient Greek. In the UK today, Latin and Greek teaching provision in schools varies greatly, and remains heavily concentrated in independent schools. Initiatives like the "Advocating Classics Education" and "Literacy Through Latin" projects, however, show there is significant interest in ensuring Classics is truly open to all students.

An overall interest in exploring Classics beyond the confines of elite institutions and social groups has been borne out in recent scholarship, such as Hardwick & Harrison (2013) on the "democratic turn" in Classics, and Stead & Hall (2015) on the role of class. Post-colonial receptions of classical material have played an important role in the destabilisation of the elite Western canon and its cultural hegemony, and increasingly innovative ways of discussing Classics with audiences far and wide (through platforms like the online journal Eidolon, blogs like Minus Plato, and hybrids of contemporary art and scholarship like Liquid Antiquity) have also begun to push all Classicists, not just Classical Reception scholars, to question the assumptions and biases that underpin their discipline.

Central to this debate—and to the process of "democratisation"—are creative practitioners, including translators, writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Practitioners are often at the forefront of shaping the wider public's engagement with Classics, and frequently spearhead new ways of approaching classical antiquity which later permeate academic debate.

Practitioners also have varying levels of traditional classical expertise: they might inhabit both the "creative" and "academic" spheres, but their work may also challenge ideas of "authenticity" and "ownership", as in the case of Vincenzo Monti's Italian translation of Homer's Iliad (1810) and Christopher Logue's War Music (1959-2011), produced with little knowledge of the Greek language. Is this democratisation in action? Has Classics moved beyond its role as the "intellectual furniture of the well-to-do-middle class" (Brecht 2003: 77)? If so, what have been the implications for the discipline? Who was and is tasked with the translation of ancient works, with teaching others about classical antiquity, and with shaping the future of the subject? What has been the impact of "democratisation" on creative responses to the classical world, and how do these responses feed into academic debate and practice?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Notions of democracy, authenticity, ownership and expertise in classical receptions and scholarship
Points of convergence and friction between the creative arts and academia
Twentieth and twenty-first classical receptions that confront ideas of "incomplete", "inauthentic", or "partial" knowledge of the Classics
Classics, class, and elitism
Challenges to the "classical canon"
The impact of post-colonial studies, and gender and sexuality studies in Classics
Classical reception in contemporary art, books, music and films
The history of classical scholarship
The role of Latin and Greek within the study and reception of Classics
Teaching and studying Classics today worldwide



(CFP closed January 31, 2018)



Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018

We invite expressions of interest and abstracts for 'Approaching Landscape in the Classical Tradition', which will form a 3-day panel at the 11th Celtic Conference in Classics, to be held at the University of St Andrews from 11th-14th July 2018. We are actively seeking abstracts from scholars at all stages in their career and from a range of disciplines who are engaged in landscape research from historical and literary perspectives.

The panel will focus on the theories and methodologies underpinning the study of landscape within Classics and cognate fields. 'Approaching landscape' in a historical, literary, or critical sense is by no means straightforward. The humanities have come relatively late to the 'landscape turn' in cultural research, and researchers of space and landscape have often drawn on self-made toolkits of theories and methodologies collected from disparate disciplines – such as geography, anthropology, and sociology - to form their own approaches to landscape. Prospective speakers are invited to share their own toolkits, and to make explicit the assumptions and ideas underlying their analyses of human interaction with the landscape in past contexts.

Our goal is to assemble a series of 20-30 minute papers that focus especially on theoretical frameworks for analysis, and on the impact of different vocabularies, particularly anachronistic ones, for explicating past engagements with landscape. Broad themes may include, but are by no means limited to: landscape and memory, landscape and power, phenomenological, cognitive, ecocritical, anthropological, narratological and poststructuralist approaches to the representation of landscape.

At the same time, potential speakers are asked to base their discussions on a specific topic from their own research, to ensure that each paper not only offers new methodological insights but is also grounded in the context of a particular text or era. Our aim is to include papers on ancient Mediterranean literature and culture, across a wide geographical range and from archaic Greece through to late antiquity, side by side with others on the reception of ancient ideas about landscape in postclassical culture. Possible topics for discussion include locus amoenus and pastoral traditions, mountain landscapes, urban, sacred, mythical and battle landscapes, and landscape depictions in ancient art.

In addition to individual papers, the panel will feature extensive time for discussion between participants. As one output from the panel, we plan to produce a detailed report which will serve as a working guide to the different methodologies proposed, and the potential they might offer to future research on landscape.

Please contact either Dawn Hollis ( or Jason König ( with questions, expressions of interests, and abstracts. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should be submitted by 31st January 2018. We hope to notify potential participants of decisions regarding their papers by Friday 16th February, if not before.



(CFP closed January 31, 2018)



University of Sydney, 11-13 July 2018

The thirty-second meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at the University of Sydney from 11 to 13 July 2018. The theme for the 2018 conference will be interiority in Roman literature.

Papers are invited to explore Roman literature’s inner voices, visions and narratives; psychologies; inner lives; the ‘inward turn’ of Roman literature at various periods, such as the first and fourth centuries; interior spaces; inner sanctums and circles of power. Roman literature is conceived of as the literature of Roman world from its earliest beginnings to the end of antiquity. The theme may be interpreted broadly, and papers on other topics will also be considered.

Papers may be either 20 minutes (with ten minutes of discussion time), or 40 minutes (with 20 minutes of discussion). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants can attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to the convenor, Paul Roche, at Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please have abstracts submitted by 27 February 2018 (earlier submissions welcome; please indicate whether your paper is of 20 or 40 minutes duration).

The conference venue will be the University of Sydney’s Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies (

Website & Programme:


(CFP closed February 27, 2018)



Onassis Foundation, Athens, Greece: July 9-15, 2018

The International Cavafy Summer School is a major international annual scholarly event organised by the Cavafy Archive and the Onassis Foundation, the first such regular event to be devoted exclusively to Cavafy and the impact of his work.

Following the inaugural summer school that took place in July 2017, on the theme of Cavafy in the World, this year's summer school will take place on 9-15 July 2018. The International Cavafy Summer School 2018 will focus on Cavafy and Antiquity, a theme that shares many points of connection with the first summer school and its global concerns. The study of antiquity is itself experiencing a junction where both the ancient world and the modern world relating to it have expanded and changed. To probe against this background Cavafy's antiquity, which is decentred yet concrete, untimely yet temporally specific, shared yet individually mediated, uncertain yet asserted, offers the potential for new insights and new second-order questions about the study of Cavafy and of the study of Classics alike.

Among the topics that the Summer School will aim to consider are: does Cavafy's approach to antiquity constitute a form of classicism, or post-classicism? Does it constitute a critical classicism, as well as enable a new, critical approach to canonicity? How capacious is Cavafy's ancient world, spatially and temporally? Can Cavafy's antiquity provide new impetus for thinking about the relationship of the classical, untimeliness, or lateness? What new models and theoretical insights for both Classical Reception Studies and Modern Greek Studies can Cavafy's antiquity offer? What mediators shaped and shape Cavafy's antiquity, such as scholarship, translations, or archaeology? To what extent has Cavafy shaped them in turn? What is Cavafy's relation to the archeological, museological and philological breakthroughs of his time? How is Cavafy's antiquity related to notions and histories of Greek nationalism or other forms of ethnic, community and affective belonging? How does Cavafy's Hellenism respond to the international movements of Aestheticism and Decadence? To what extent can we categorize Cavafy's antiquity as a “queer fiction of the past”? What media does Cavafy's antiquity communicate with, other than textuality? Does Cavafy offer us new forms of comparison and relationality with the past? Is Cavafy's antiquity an urgent antiquity for our time? We are encouraging research and thought that is open to theoretical, historical, and comparative issues, and that seeks to leverage Cavafy's antiquity to ask fresh questions about the knowledge of antiquity and the stances and practices this knowledge can involve.

The International Cavafy Summer School 2018 will be convened by Constanze Güthenke and Dimitris Papanikolaou (both at the University of Oxford). Tutors and presenters will include Johanna Hanink (Brown University), Brooke Holmes (Princeton University), Stefano Evangelista (University of Oxford), Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland), Takis Kayalis (University of Ioannina) and Christodoulos Panayiotou (artist); it will take place at the historical building of the Onassis Foundation in the centre of Athens.

Workshops will run mornings and afternoons for 6 days (pending finalised timetable). Built around morning seminars and afternoon research presentations, this year's programme aims to enrich and enhance the participants' knowledge of Cavafy and his work, opening up new directions and comparative perspectives within world literature, while simultaneously broadening the scope of Cavafy research. The tutors, all senior experts in the field, will offer comprehensive 3-hour seminars in the mornings. Twelve junior participants (doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and early career academics) will be invited to present their work in the afternoon sessions, receive feedback from their peers, and engage in discussion. Additional lectures, performances and events will also be scheduled for the duration of the School.

One of the aims of the Cavafy Summer School is to encourage future collaborations and research, especially among scholars who follow different methodologies and are at different stages of their career. For this reason, successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2018, and will be required to submit a version of their presentation in advance.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Onassis Foundation and the Cavafy Archive, the Summer School will be able to cover all expenses for tuition, accommodation and subsistence for all participants. There is, therefore, no fee requirement for tuition. Students and early career researchers can also apply for a grant to cover all or part of their travel expenses for coming to Athens.

The Cavafy Summer School is a unique opportunity to attend world-class talks and to showcase new research. Doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and early-career academics whose work relates to the fields of Comparative Literature, World Literature, Gender Studies, Cavafy Studies, Greek Studies and related areas, and who would like to take part in the Cavafy Summer School are encouraged to apply with:

a) a letter containing a short overview of their current research and their motivation for participating in the school (no more than 500 words)
b) a description of the specific topic they would be able to tackle in the Summer School in a 30 minute presentation (no more than 300 words), as well as
c) a full CV and
d) the name of one referee who can be contacted to provide support for their application.

In exceptional cases, one or two post-graduate students with verified skills and an apt interest in the theme of the summer school might also be accepted as participants.

The working language of the International Cavafy Summer School will be English. Proceedings will be recorded and parts of the talks published online on the Cavafy Archive Youtube Channel.

Knowledge of Modern Greek is not a prerequisite, but familiarity with Cavafy's work is.

Deadline for applications for the 2018 Cavafy Summer School: Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Please address all relevant material and any inquiries to: Theodoros Chiotis and Marianna Christofi at


(Applications closed January 31, 2018)



Christ Church Oxford: June 29, 2018

A conference has been organised in Oxford as part of the European celebration of Winckelmann’s jubilee. It will be held on June 29th, with Alex Potts and Elisabeth Décultot as keynote speakers.

It also coincides with the opening of the ‘Winckelmann and curiosity in the eighteenth-century gentleman’s library’ exhibition at Christ Church Library.

For the programme and to register, please follow this link:

Registration must close Friday, 22nd June.

For further details, please contact the organisers: Lucy Russell, and Fiona Gatty,




Würzburg (Germany): June 28-30, 2018

When Nicholas of Cusa transferred a manuscript containing 12 previously unknown Plautine comedies to Rome and handed them over to Cardinal Giordano Orsini (Cod. Ursinianus, Vat. lat. 3870), he increased the number of preserved plays to 20 and gave way to an intensive revival in the study and appreciation of Plautus in the Early modern period.

Textual criticism carried out on the comedies by Italian humanists contributed to the revaluation of Plautus, whom the Middle Ages had regarded as both stylistically and morally inferior to the school author Terence. Since the editio princeps of the comedies prepared by Giorgio Merula and published in 1472, humanists all over Europe showed increasing interest in the older playwright and made his dramatic work subject of numerous Latin and vernacular imitations, adaptions and stage performances. The complete edition of the Plautine comedies by the German humanist Joachim Camerarius (Hervagius: Basel, 1552) can be regarded as a milestone of Plautine philology. It was the artistic reception of Plautine comedy that prepared the ground for the broad tradition of vernacular comedy and established the important role of the theatre during the Early modern period.

The 20th NeoLatina Symposium aims to contribute significantly to the understanding of the Neo-Latin reception of Plautus from the 15th to the 17th century in Europe. We welcome proposals on topics such as: humanistic work on and distribution of Plautine comedies; images of Plautus; early modern theories on Plautine comedy; theory and practice of stage performances; relationship between Latin and vernacular imitations of Plautus.

Please submit working titles and abstracts (max. 200 words) by September 15th 2017 to Prof. Thomas Baier ( and Tobias Dänzer (

Proposed papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. They will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Papers may be given in German, English, French, Italian and Latin.

The organisers will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses. The publication of the conference proceedings in the series NeoLatina (Narr-Verlag, Tübingen) is planned for 2019.

Organiser: Institut für Klassische Philologie, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in collaboration with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (Innsbruck)

Venue: Würzburg, Toscanasaal and Philologische Bibliothek (Residence), Institut für Klassische Philologie, Lehrstuhl II (Latinistik) – Prof. Dr. Thomas Baier Residenzplatz 2, Tor A, 97070 Würzburg


(CFP closed September 15, 2017)



University of Birmingham, UK: June 28-30, 2018

At the first roundtable of ‘Tea with the Sphinx: Defining the Field of Ancient Egypt Reception Studies’ in September 2017 a debate arose surrounding the idea of ‘truth’, ‘facts’, the ways in which knowledge is formed in the popular imagination, and how this relates to reception studies as a field. This prompted discussion surrounding how reception studies should define itself, but also, and just as importantly, how myth, incorrect ‘facts’, and changing knowledge can be valuable in constructing a picture of how the knowledge of the ancient past and cultures has been formed, used and re-used, contributing to an ever-evolving history of the representation of ancient Egypt and its cultural offshoots.

Thus, the organisers of Tea with the Sphinx 2018 invite papers on any aspect of the reception of ancient Egypt in the global imagination, and especially those which engage with the following themes:

* Myths, curses, and legends
* Magic and ritual
* Mysticism, occultism, and spiritualism
* Re-incarnation and transcendental experiences
* Orientalism and imperialism
* Mummymania
* Literature and fiction
* Newspapers and the media
* Visual representations and the arts
* Replicas, souvenirs, and Egyptomania’s paraphernalia
* Museums and display
* Talismans and amulets
* Science and ‘rational truth’ vs superstition
* The ‘celebrity’ of Egyptology and Egyptologists
* Historical ‘fact’ and evolving knowledge of ancient Egypt

Abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers along with a short biographical note (in the same Word document) should be sent to by February 9th 2018.

The organisers also encourage PGRs to submit ideas for poster presentations to be presented during lunch of the first day of the conference.


(CFP closed February 9, 2018)



Ioannou Centre, Oxford / Royal Holloway, Egham: June 25-26, 2018

Theme: Misdirections and Misconceptions in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama

The 18th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 25 June (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Tuesday 26 June (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Misdirections and Misconceptions 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 their re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s theme invites discussions of old and new interpretations of Greek and Roman drama with a particular focus on their (non)conformity to ancient (and modern) models, as well as the way that they are shaped by theatre conventions. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondent will be Dr Helen Eastman (Theatre Director/Writer). The following academics will attend this year: Prof. Fiona Macintosh (Oxford), Prof. Elizabeth Schafer (RHUL), Prof. Oliver Taplin (Oxford). There will be a performance of Tony Harrison’s The Labourers of Heracles on the evening of Monday 25 June in Oxford.

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 ‘misdirections and misconceptions in the theory and practice of ancient drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2018 - EXTENDED DEADLINE April 20th, 2018 - (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 this year - please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these.



(CFP closed April 20, 2018)



University of Sheffield, UK: June 22-23, 2018

The Ancient and Modern Knowledges Colloquium will take place at the Information Commons library of the University of Sheffield on the 22 and the 23 June, generously funded by the British Academy.

Register by June 18, 2018 by email to


Friday 22 June 2018

12.00 – Welcome, Registration and Lunch

12.30 -2.30 Panel 1: Renaissance Historiography and Philosophy

* Lorenzo Valla, Dionysius of Halicarnassus and the History of Early Rome - Daniele Miano (University of Sheffield)

* L’uso della storiografia antica nei Discorsi di Machiavelli - Paolo Desideri (Università degli Studi Firenze)

* Machiavelli and Seneca: Parallel Virtues - Amanda J. Griffiths (University of Chicago)

2.30-3.00 – Tea/Coffee

3.00-5.00 – Panel 2: Architecture, Aesthetics and Epigraphy

* Between Ancient Wisdom and Modern Knowledge: New Science and Modern Architecture in the Case of Claude Perrault - Katerina Lolou (National Technical University, Athens)

* Modern Aesthetics, Ancient Theory: Jean-Baptiste Dubos (1670-1742), Aesthetic Theory and Classical Philology at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century - Floris Verhaart (Queen’s University, Belfast)

* The Use and Abuse of Greek Epigraphical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century - Peter Liddel (University of Manchester)

5.15 – 6.15 Keynote: Elegabalus’ Cobwebs - David Hume on Knowing Past and Present - Neville Morley (University of Exeter)

7.00pm - Conference Dinner

Saturday 23 June

9.00 – 10.30 – Panel 3 – Knowledge Making in 18th and early 19th Centuries

* 'The Common Lot': James Montgomery, Progress and the Dissemination of Knowledge, 1800-1835 - Jon Mee (University of York)

* Classical Knowledge and the Discourse of Gentlemanly science in early nineteenth-century Britain - Heather Ellis (University of Sheffield)

10.00-10.30 – Tea/Coffee

10.30-12.30 – Panel 4 – Ancient and Modern Ideas of History

* Polybius in Hegel and Bossuet - John Thornton (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma)

* Hegel and Herodotus - William Desmond (University of Maynooth)

* Ancient and Modern Concepts of Historiography - Tim Cornell (University of Manchester/University of Birmingham)

12.30 – 2.00 – Lunch and Concluding Discussion




The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH): Friday June 22, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rhiannon Daniels, Senior Lecturer in Italian, University of Bristol

Editing Contexts is a one-day interdisciplinary conference on historical editions of literary works, kindly supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). It will be held on Friday 22nd June at TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford. We invite abstracts from graduate students and early career researchers working on editorial practices in all periods of European literature.

Throughout history, editing has been a crucial stage in the reception of literary works. Editorial decisions could dramatically alter the experience of the audience and issues of interpretation. Beyond acts of correction and emendation, some editors have made substantial omissions, interpolations and rewritings, deliberately repurposing texts for new audiences. Although these non-authorial interventions are not always relevant to modern textual criticism, the work of historical editors nonetheless provides significant insights into how literary works were adapted in different eras, and how particular generations of readers would have known and understood them. These editions had currency in their day, and are integral to textual traditions as witnessed by their audiences.

Historical contexts – intellectual, cultural, political, religious – shaped the production, circulation, and influence of these editions. They played an important role in determining the aims and methods of editors, the extent of dissemination, and the responses of audiences. Some of the more influential editions had a lasting impact on the reception of particular works, provoking changes in scholarly method, in literature, and in wider society.

This one-day conference aims to bring together graduate students and early career researchers working in a wide range of disciplines from Classics to English Literature, Modern Languages, and History. We welcome papers across all periods, languages, and genres of European literature from Antiquity to the present. Possible themes include but are not limited to:

· Editions from Antiquity to the present;
· Interpolations and rewritings in manuscript traditions;
· Editorial practice through the ages;
· Editorial censorship;
· Ideological commitments of modern editors.

We welcome abstracts for twenty-minute papers (ca. 250 words). Please send all submissions to by Friday 18th May 2018. There is a small conference fee (£5) to cover the costs and refreshments. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Rhiannon Daniels, Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Bristol.

For more information, please visit

(CFP closed May 18, 2018)



Kings College London, June 18-19 2018

Ellen Adams (Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology, Kings College London)
Emma-Jayne Graham (Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University)

The influence of the classical bodily ideal on Western notions of beauty has been vast. But what of the broken body, as so many classical marble sculptures have become? While philosophical explorations of the body and the senses may reference the ancient world as a starting point, there is generally little engagement with the sensory body that is impaired or progressively failing. If we are interested in the body, past or present, experienced or represented, we must look to what happens when it ‘breaks’ – the challenges posed and met, the hurdles overcome or un-surmounted, and the remarkable strategies adopted to mitigate any disabling effects of physical and sensory impairments – by both individuals and their societies. Studying the disabled in the ancient past has yet to engage with Disability Studies in a way comparable with other areas of identity politics, such as gender, sexuality and race. Classics, and its cognate disciplines, has nevertheless played a role in shaping the modern concepts of impairment and disability that form the basis of contemporary Disability Studies, and this relationship deserves further exploration.

This conference seeks to explore shared ground by examining what modern debates concerning impairments and disabilities can add to our understanding of ancient bodies and identities. It will question why ‘non-normative’ bodies are so rarely brought into the mix by classicists, historians and archaeologists studying ancient social and cultural contexts, and how doing so can offer suggestive new ways of understanding the complex relationship between bodies, identities and divergent experiences of the world.

We invite papers which explore these issues from the standpoint of both Classical Studies and Disability Studies (of all periods). Plenty of time will be dedicated to discussion and, where possible, the organisers hope to ‘pair up’ speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds in order to encourage greater reflection on the synergies and differences of each approach. Free-standing papers will also be welcomed. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

- The ableism inherent in the Humanities
- Reference to the classical world and ancient thinkers in Disability Studies
- ‘Fixing’ impairments (including aids)
- The tension between ‘disabled’ and ‘unable’
- The terminology of disabilities
- Moving beyond etic objectification to the emic voice of the (impaired) person
- The application of social, medical and interactional models to the classical world
- Other approaches to treating disabilities (e.g. ritual)
- The phenomenology of impairment, including movement and kinaesthesia
- Sensory impairment and embodied experience
- The disabled ‘beautiful body’ and the beautiful disabled body
- Experiences of and attitudes towards progressive disabilities and sensory impairments.

Confirmed speakers include: Patty Baker, Eleanor Betts, Lennard Davis, Jane Draycott, Edith Hall, Brian Hurwitz, Helen King, Christian Laes, Michiel Meeusen, Georgia Petridou, Tom Shakespeare, Michael Squire, Hannah Thompson.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and abstracts of approximately 200-300 words should be submitted to either Ellen Adams ( or Emma-Jayne Graham ( by 31st July 2017. Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a conference volume. Funding may be available to support travel and accommodation for speakers where necessary.


(CFP closed July 31, 2017)



University of Patras, Greece: 16-17 June, 2018

I am pleased to announce a two-day conference on 'Lucretian Receptions in Prose', which will take place at the University of Patras, Greece on the 16th and 17th of June 2018.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Bakker, Frederik (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Berno, Francesca Romana (Sapienza University of Rome)
Campbell, Gordon (University of Maynooth)
Garani, Myrto (University of Athens)
Hardie, Philip (University of Cambridge)
Kazantzidis, George (University of Patras)
Lipka, Michael (University of Patras)
Markovic, Daniel (University of Cincinnati)
Nelis, Damien (University of Geneva)
Nicoli, Elena (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Schiesaro, Alessandro (University of Manchester)
Shearin, Wilson (University of Miami)
Tutrone Fabio (University of Palermo)
Zinn, Pamela (Texas Tech University)

Those who wish to attend, send an e mail to (there is no registration fee). Further details about the conference, including the venue and a preliminary program, will be circulated at the beginning of January 2018.

Website: TBA.



John Rylands Library, Manchester: June 15, 2018 (postponed from March 16, 2018)

The Society for Neo-Latin Studies has organised a one-day event to be held in Manchester next March to give postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers opportunities to discuss ideas, meet other scholars in the discipline, present papers on their current research, and to attend a special workshop on 'Editing Neo-Latin Texts' led by Prof. Sarah Knight. This will be the sixth in a successful series of meetings the Society has organised for researchers at relatively early stages of their careers. Masters and PhD students, as well as students who have recently received their doctorates, are encouraged to attend; advanced undergraduate students considering a postgraduate career are also very welcome. In the past, participants have come from a variety of departmental and disciplinary backgrounds, including classics, cultural and intellectual history, literary studies, philology, philosophy, rhetoric, and textual scholarship.

We invite proposals from any interested postgraduate or post-doctoral researchers to give 20-minute papers on their work. The papers will be organised into two- or three-speaker panels on related topics. Proposals should take the form of a brief outline of the speaker's affiliation and research interests; an abstract of the paper to be given (100-150 words) and a provisional paper title. Proposals should be submitted by the deadline of Friday 2 February 2018 and speakers will be notified as soon as possible of the outcome of the selection process.

Proposals should be submitted via email to the organiser Paul White (; if you have any questions or require any further information about the event, please also contact Dr White. The event will be held at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester (


For further information about the Society for Neo-Latin Studies, please visit the website:

(CFP closed February 2, 2018)



An interdisciplinary workshop of international experts, including historians of Germany and Italy, classicists, archaeologists and art historians.

The Old Library, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge: June 8, 2018

Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, along with other twentieth-century authoritarian regimes, have often attempted to create consensus through propagandistic reinterpretations of the classical past. As recent scholarship has shown, the Fascist appropriation of romanità and Nazi philhellenism were not only conditioned by prior cultural receptions of antiquity, but were also a key political tool in motivating and mobilizing citizens to fulfill the aims of the fascist state.

Once Fascism and Nazism had fallen, the material legacies of both regimes then became the object of destruction, reinterpretation and memory work. Thus, the archaeological and architectural heritage of these regimes, now tainted by their ideology, has not only suffered the consequences of damnatio memoriae in the aftermath of regime change, but continues even today to inflame contemporary public debate.

This interdisciplinary workshop will bring together a group of international experts, including historians of Germany and Italy, classicists, archaeologists and art historians, to explore the complex relationships between antiquity and materiality, both during and after Fascism and National Socialism. Our aim is to examine the shifting conditions of the reception of antiquity under dictatorial regimes, and the fate of fascist material legacies from the aftermath of the Second World War to the present day.

The workshop, organized by Dr. Helen Roche (Faculty of History), Flaminia Bartolini (Department of Archaeology) and Timothy Schmalz (Faculty of History), is a joint collaboration between the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, the Department of Archaeology, and the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. It will be the first of a series of workshops on the theme of Heritage and Dictatorship, and is supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office and the Faculty of History. It will also form a launchpad for ‘Claiming the Classical’, a new network for scholars interested in political appropriations of the classical past.


Helen Roche / Flaminia Bartolini: Introduction: On Fascist and National Socialist Antiquities and Materialities

Jan Nelis (Ghent) - On Fascist and National Socialist Classicism
Han Lamers (HU Berlin) / Bettina Reitz-Joosse (Groningen) - Architecture and Material Culture in the Latin Literature of the ventennio fascista
Helen Roche (Cambridge) - German Philhellenism and the Reception of Winckelmann during the Third Reich

Joshua Arthurs (West Virginia): Burning Paper and Crushing Bedbugs: Iconoclasm, Memory and Expectation during the Fall of Mussolini
Clare Copley (Central Lancashire) - National Socialist Prestige Buildings and the Postwar Urban Landscape
Flaminia Bartolini (Cambridge): From Iconoclasm to Heritage: Renegotiating the Fascist Past in Contemporary Italy

Aristotle Kallis (Keele)
Hannah Malone (FU Berlin)
Jimmy Fortuna (Cambridge)
Martijn Eickhoff (NIOD)
Donna Storey (Melbourne)

OPEN DISCUSSION - including all of the participants




Hebrew University of Jerusalem: 6-7 June 2018

Call for Papers

The ISRAEL SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF CLASSICAL STUDIES is pleased to announce its 47th annual conference to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Wed-Thurs, 6-7 JUNE 2018.

Our keynote speaker in 2018 will be Professor Edith Hall, King's College London.

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

Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels.

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

Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence may be forwarded to Dr.Lisa Maurice, Secretary of the ISPCS:

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.


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 21, 2017)



Senate House, London: June 2, 2018

This one-day workshop on “Reconstructing & Adapting Ancient Greek Fragmentary Tragedy” will be the first of its kind and will look at the Methodologies & Challenges for Classicists and Theatre Practitioners bringing to life the lost Greek plays.

Experts from Classics, English and Drama as well as playwrights and theatremakers will discuss their own take on the lost plays, producing an engaging and informative workshop addressed at colleagues, students, theatre artists and members of the public interested in the undiscovered plays of Greek civilisation.

The speakers will explore past and current trends in the reconstruction of lost Greek tragedies and will look at the creative and interdisciplinary potential of reimagining these plays. Each of them will showcase their methodology on the plays they chose to reconstruct and the benefits and practicalities of their approach. The event organiser, Dr. Andriana Domouzi, defines these trends as follows:

• The “faithful” reconstruction, resulting in a new play trying to appear as if it was written by the ancient tragedian (pastiche).

• The imaginative/creative reconstruction, resulting in a new play that might not be close to the original, but still makes use of available ancient sources; the action is often transferred to the contemporary era.

• The Classicist’s reconstruction, one that does not usually produce a fully formalised new play, but prefers to dramatically explore and experiment with the potential scenarios, reflecting the classicist’s struggle to deal with usually contradictory sources on the same lost tragedy.

The event will be hosted by the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome of the Department of Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London. It is generously funded by the Classical Association and co-sponsored by the theatre company Cyborphic.

Confirmed speakers:
Timberlake Wertenbaker (playwright, translator)
Adam Roberts (author, Prof. of English at Royal Holloway, University of London)
David Stuttard (author, classicist, director, founder of Actors of Dionysus theatre company)
Colin Teevan (playwright, Prof. of Playwriting at Birkbeck, University of London)
Martin Wylde (director, Lecturer in Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama)
Leta Koutsohera (poet, playwright)
Lily Karadima (director, dramaturg, artistic director of Atrapos theatre company)

Plays under discussion:
Sophocles' Tereus (Wertenbaker, The Love of the Nightingale)
Euripides' Phaethon, Hypsipyle and Telephos (Roberts)
Euripides' Alexandros, Palamedes and Sisyphus (Stuttard)
Euripides' Alcmaeon in Corinth (Teevan and Wylde)
Euripides' Cretans (Koutsohera and Karadima)




King’s College London: June 1, 2018

We would like to invite you to Making New Worlds from Old: The Translation and Transference of Ancient Mythology into Contemporary Hispanic Theatre (and Beyond) on 1st June from 2 – 8pm at King’s College London.

The adoption and adaptation of classical myth is common in present-day UK theatre, where many celebrated playwrights routinely re-imagine stories and characters forged in the distant past. The Greeks, in particular, are seen as an essential part of the contemporary ‘English-language’ theatrical canon, as recent successful productions at the National and Almeida Theatres can attest.

This afternoon and evening event addresses this practice in today’s Hispanic theatrical tradition, examining the manner in which writers from the Spanish-speaking world readapt tales from the Biblical and ancient worlds for their respective audiences. We focus in particular on two recent plays from the theatre of Chile and Spain, in English translation: Juan Radrigán’s The Desolate Prince (El príncipe desolado) and Pedro Víllora’s Electra in the Forest of Oma (Electra en el Bosque de Oma). In the Desolate Prince, Chilean dramatist Juan Radrigán re-versions the Lucifer and Lilith myth in an exploration of theocratic dogma and intransigence. In Electra in the Forest of Oma, Spanish playwright Pedro Víllora blends a contemporary Basque forest with the Classical setting of Argos as Electra stands firm to protect her father’s memory. Our discussions of these two plays will additionally pay critical attention to the practice and challenges of translating them into English. The event will conclude with a rehearsed reading of Electra in the Forest of Oma.





King's College London: May 24th, 2018

As early as the Hellenistic period, the study of ancient Greek lyric poetry was identified most predominantly with the study of the nine, major canonical lyric poets and their texts. This process saw the redefinition of lyric as genre and the crystallisation of a lyric canon. The postclassical condition of lyric also influenced its Latin reception and adaptation, as it became an authoritative model for Roman poetry. The existence of an established canon, however, has often pushed to the side-lines of the lyric realm other 'minor' poets and song traditions. At the same time, the incorporation of lyric in other genres has been primarily acknowledged in order to detect quotations of poems or as a source of biographical information about poets. More recent scholarship, however, has broadened these narrow views of lyric by exploring the performative context and the socio-political dimension of lyric genres. Archaic song culture has been studied more and more with attention being paid both to the broader cultural discourses that lyric negotiated and to its interactions with other performative occasions and textual traditions. Equally, marginal lyric poets and texts have increasingly attracted scholarly attention.

In the wave of this trend, this postgraduate workshop seeks to further investigate Greek and Latin lyric poetry by focusing on some of its still under-explored aspects, in an attempt to go beyond what has been most traditionally conceived as 'lyric'. In order to broaden the conception of lyric, we aim at considering texts other than the canonical ones, as well as at exploring ancient receptions and reciprocal influences of lyric in other genres. On the one hand, we are interested in the fascinating variety of song traditions and 'peripheral' authors thriving in archaic and classical times, as well as in the development of lyric culture in the post-classical period. On the other, we are willing to consider how lyric poetry interacted with different literary genres, both synchronically and diachronically. We would like to look at the various ways in which lyric could overlap with contemporary genres such as philosophy and historiography, sharing not only literary patterns and motifs but also filtering thoughts and beliefs of the surrounding cultural and intellectual context. At the same time, we are interested in how lyric authors and poems have been the object of later receptions, acting as models and touchstones while being transformed and reshaped to fit new contexts and functions.

Confirmed keynote speaker will be Prof. Pauline LeVen (Yale University).

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Department of Classics at King's College London, the Classical Association and the Gilbert Murray Trust. A number of postgraduate bursaries will be available to cover part of the travel expenses and/or accommodation.

We invite postgraduate students and early career researchers (within three years from PhD completion) to submit proposals for 30-minutes papers, to which academics from the Department with research interests in lyric poetry will respond chairing the discussion. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

* 'Submerged' song traditions: e.g. Carmina popularia; anonymous hymns and cult songs of the classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods
* Relationship between the nine poets of the canon and 'minor'/non-canonical poets and texts
* Synchronic interactions with other genres: e.g. lyric poetry and the philosophical tradition; lyric poetry and historiography; lyric and rhetoric
* Later receptions of lyric in antiquity: e.g. quotations, appropriations of lyric themes, attitudes, and gestures

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by 24th January 2018.

Organisers: Chiara Ciampa, Antonio Genova, Francesca Modini


(CFP closed January 24, 2018)



Ghent University (Belgium): May 23-25, 2018

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Virginia Burrus (University of Syracuse) – Jas Elsner (University of Cambridge) – Eva Geulen (Humboldt University of Berlin/Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung) – Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge) – Jesús H. Lobato (University of Salamanca) – Scott McGill (Rice University) – Grant Parker (Stanford University) – Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed (Uppsala University) – Jürgen P. Schwindt (Heidelberg University) – Michael Squire (King’s College London)

For centuries, the term epitome did not enjoy great appreciation, intuitively connected as it was to an idea of textual recycling and derivativeness. It is thus no coincidence that a number of ages in which epitomatory works witnessed a widespread diffusion - from Late Antiquity up to the long season of humanistic and late humanistic erudition - were equally doomed to an aesthetical damnatio memoriae.

Yet, in more recent years a renovated scholarly enthusiasm has been paving the way for both an aesthetic and heuristic revaluation of these “obscure objects”.

Our aim here is not so much to concentrate on the definition, indeed quite problematic, of a genre called epitome, nor to fall back to that theoretically limiting Quellenforschung whose only purpose was to treat epitomized texts as mines for lost textual sources. We would like, instead, to conceptualize epitomai as the result of two very basic movements, dismemberment and re-composition, and to survey the hermeneutic fields so disclosed. Among others:

• What do we mean by textual integrity? What is at stake here is, of course, the problem of different open, closed, and fluid textualities.
• At what and at how many textual levels can the dialectics dismemberment/re-composition take place?
• Far from being neutral objects or mere shortened reproductions of the so-called primary objects, epitomai establish with them a complex, dialectic relationship. They sometimes end up undermining the primary meaning (the apparent meaning of the primary object). Can we identify a semiotic principle which regulates such an overturning?

If then we take the “text” in its broadest sense, it is not hard to realize that to reflect on epitome means to wonder about the most fundamental mechanisms of cultural memory:

• Should epitomatory gestures be interpreted as auxiliary (continuity) or as contrasting (rupture) to the tradition?
• What kind of relationship can be identified between epitomatory practices and other forms of cultural archiving (chronologies, thematic repertoires, encyclopaedism, museification, cartography)? • How did the evolution of media influence the epitomatory dimension?
• Can we define a socio-cultural figure to be named “The Epitomizer”? What is its ethos?

On a more literary and aesthetic ground, reflecting on these types of texts may lead us to further questions:

• How could they be related to modernist and post-modern techniques such as collage or montage?
• Generally speaking, we are referring to practices that fissure the textual surface – practices in which the pleasure of the subjects involved in the textual play originates from the creation of a primal void (dismemberment of the primary text) and then by the erasure of this void itself (re-composition), but in such a way that a sense of the void keeps on being perceivable: what about thinking of epitome as a textual embodiment of absence?
• Accordingly, and contrary to the common opinion which tends look at aesthetic systems dominated by the epitomatory dimension as to static ones, does not such an aesthetic configuration show a state of inexhaustible and dynamic tension, of perpetual self-projection towards perpetually absent objects – all the more so as they seem to be conjured up?

Late Antiquity (ca. III c. CE – VII c. CE) provides a fruitful field of investigation, not only for the obvious reason that a great number of surviving epitomai dates back to that period, but also because what we have called the epitomatory dimension seems to have attained at that time a previously unparalleled pervasiveness, retrievable in many cultural phenomena: from the spolia-aesthetics to the literary fondness for centones, as well as, just to mention Latin evidences, the tendency to create textual corpora (Historia Augusta, Panegyrici Latini, Anthologia Latina, hagiographic collections etc…) and the success of corpora-texts (Macrobius’s Saturnalia, Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Nonius Marcellus’s De compendiosa doctrina etc…). Indeed, the list might easily be made longer by looking at the whole complexity of antique and late antique textual production (Greek, Syrian, etc…).

In the light of the above-mentioned broad theoretical problems we envisage contributions from any field of Classics, History, History of Art, Archaeology, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Theory, in order to take advantage of diverse expertise and promote an integrated approach to the subject. We would cherish contributions from artists, writers, composers etc. as well.

Abstracts in English, French, and German containing about 300-350 words should be sent by 15 May 2017 by 18 June 2017 to and

For further queries please contact

ADVISORY BOARD: Prof. Virginia Burrus (University of Syracuse); Prof. Marco Formisano (Ghent University); Prof. Scott McGill (Rice University); Prof. Gert Partoens (University of Leuven); Paolo Felice Sacchi (Ghent University); Prof. Peter Van Nuffelen (Ghent University)

(CFP closed June 18, 2017)



Engineers House, Bristol UK: 9 May, 2018

This international, interdisciplinary workshop, sponsored by the Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, and the Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol, will begin to map the ‘before’, ‘beside’ and ‘beyond’ of Greco-Roman didactic poetry: not just its European vernacular and neo-Latin Nachleben but also its relationship and/or resonance with Islamic, Chinese, African, Indigenous American, Australian and Papuan poetry and song.

Participants: Professor Yasmin Haskell (Bristol), Dr Rowan Tomlinson (Bristol), Dr Michael Malay (Bristol), Professor Ian Rutherford (Reading), Professor Nicholas Evans (Australian National University), Dr Charles Pigott (Cambridge), Dr Chisomo Kalinga (Edinburgh), Dr Sophie Wei (Hong Kong), Dr Giulia Fanti (Oxford), Dr Elena Nicoli (Nijmegen), Dr Jorge Ledo (Basel), Dr Victoria Moul (King’s College, London), Dr Iman Sheeha (Brunel University, London), Dr John Gilmore (Warwick), Ewelina Drzwiecka (Cracow), Oliver Budey (Freiburg).

This is a closed workshop but we hope to make available the keynote address by Professor Nicholas Evans, FAHA, FASSA, FBA, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University: "Waving to the other side: the language of poetry in indigenous Australian song."

For further information please contact Professor Yasmin Haskell:



Paris, 3-5 mai 2018

Au cours de son existence bien remplie, Guillaume Budé (1468-1540) a conçu, publié, augmenté nombre d’œuvres dont la valeur littéraire et la portée scientifique ont profondément marqué son époque et la postérité, à l’égal de son contemporain Érasme. Or les productions de Budé sont connues de façon inégale, demeurent parfois peu étudiées, non traduites, dépourvues d’éditions modernes, malgré un regain d’intérêt qui s’est déployé tout au long du xxe siècle comme en ce début du xxie. Le colloque « Les Noces de Philologie et de Guillaume Budé » a pour ambition de revenir, à la lumière des recherches les plus récentes, sur les différentes facettes d’une œuvre polycentrique, allant de l’essai historique novateur qu’est le De Asse et partibus eius à l’épistolographie humaniste en grec et latin, des traductions de textes grecs en latin (de Plutarque à Basile de Césarée) à la lexicographie grecque (Commentarii linguæ Græcæ), de l’exégèse des sources du droit romain (Annotationes in Pandectas) aux recommandations politiques de l’« Institution du prince », en passant par les considérations morales et religieuses confiées tour à tour aux lettres, aux digressions et à deux traités indépendants, De Transitu hellenismi ad christianismum et De Contemptu rerum fortuitarum.

À travers l’analyse de ce corpus multiforme, il s’agit en premier lieu de retracer les différentes sources de Budé, intellectuelles et matérielles, filtrées par sa formation hybride de juriste humaniste au sein des cénacles de l’humanisme parisien, depuis le cercle d’hellénistes alimenté par Georges Hermonyme de Sparte, puis par Janus Lascaris, et le groupe de savants réuni autour de Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples, jusqu’aux premiers lecteurs du roi et aux imprimeurs humanistes de la génération de Robert Estienne, sans oublier sa riche expérience à la cour. Il importe également de bien comprendre les méthodes de travail d’un atelier si surprenant, ce dont la documentation existante fournit d’intéressants échantillons en termes de cahiers autographes, d’annotations marginales, de réécritures diverses. Le style budéen pourrait aussi faire l’objet de nouvelles investigations : comment définir et caractériser la latinité si singulière du prosateur ? Avons-nous mesuré toutes les implications de son recours — et de son amour — pour la langue grecque ? Y aurait-il une manière philologique propre à l’auteur du De Asse, prompt à mettre en œuvre les savoirs antiques ? On n’oubliera pas que Budé le latiniste prit aussi sa part à l’illustration de la langue française, que ce soit avec l’ « Institution du Prince » ou avec l’ « Epitome » du De Asse.

À la convergence de plusieurs disciplines, nous nous proposons d’identifier les parcours que Guillaume Budé a tracés, cerner les passerelles entre les différents noyaux de son écriture, reconstituer l’unité intellectuelle de son œuvre à une époque où la diffusion du patrimoine écrit de l’Antiquité achevait sa première grande saison et ouvrait l’époque des études philologiques spécialisées.

Les propositions, d’un volume de 2000 caractères au plus, sont à adresser à l’un des organisateurs au plus tard le 3 mai 2017, assorties d’une brève présentation bio-bibliographique.

Organisation : Christine Bénévent, EnC, Paris (; Romain Menini, Univ. Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (; Luigi-Alberto Sanchi, Cnrs-I.H.D., Paris (


(CFP closed 3 May, 2017)



University of Maryland, USA: April 27, 2018

A one-day international colloquium on women and classical scholarship will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park on Friday, April 27, 2018, to honor the retirement of Judith P. Hallett.

The speakers will include Eric Adler (Maryland), T. Corey Brennan (Rutgers), Sandra Messenger Cypess (Maryland), Sheila K. Dickison (Florida), Jane Donawerth (Maryland), Arthur Eckstein (Maryland), Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (Lille), Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer (Basel), Donald Lateiner (Ohio Wesleyan), Amy Richlin (UCLA), Diana Robin (New Mexico) and John Weisweiler (Maryland).

A detailed program will be posted nearer the date.




Uppsala and Stockholm, April 25-27, 2018

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Edith Hall, King’s College London
Professor Fiona Macintosh, Oxford University

The late eighteenth century saw a variety of Medeas performed on stage in Europe ranging from Jean-Georges Noverre’s 1763 ballet Jason et Médée and Richard Glover’s tragedy Medea (1767) to Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter’s successful melodrama Medea (1775) and François Benoît Hoffmann’s and Luigi Cherubini’s opera Médée (1797). Performances took place in Stuttgart, London, Gotha, and Paris—just to mention a few venues. In the same decades texts and scores of these works were printed, reissued, translated, revised, and circulated throughout Europe. Some Medeas of the late eighteenth century never reached the stage but were printed as texts, for example, the Swedish author Bengt Lidner’s opera libretto Medea from 1784 and Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger’s two Medea tragedies, one from 1786 and the other from 1790.

The sheer number of Medea dramas is considerable, which raises questions about why this particular and rather extreme character of ancient tragedy is placed on stage and on the page throughout Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century. As a transgressive character Medea seems to overstep a number of eighteenth-century borders: language borders, nation borders, cultural borders, borders of ideal motherhood and femininity, and genre borders. How is this surging eighteenth-century interest in Medea, one that moves beyond national borders, to be interpreted within a European perspective?

The eighteenth-century Medea has recently received renewed attention from scholars of various disciplines and nationalities. The groundbreaking work of Edith Hall and Fiona Macintosh in publications such as Medea in Performance 1500-2000 (Oxford 2000; with Oliver Taplin) have paved the way for subsequent scholarship. However, several studies focus exclusively on a single nation or language area, and the transgressional trajectories of the European Medea story seem to be a neglected field of study. The conference aims at bringing together scholars from various language areas and disciplines with a focus on the late eighteenth-century Medea. It will address themes concerned with the transgressions of Medea, focussing particularly on space and gender.

The Medea story from Antiquity is certainly concerned with space—the Colchian enchantress betrays her family and flees to Greece with Jason—and the question is how and why this story is translated and transported to different parts of Europe in the late eighteenth century. Is a German Medea identical to a French or a Swedish one? In what sense does Medea in the eighteenth century connect to the literary models of Athens and of Rome respectively? How are Athens and Rome, as models, constructed as real or imagined spaces, in relation to Paris, London, or Stockholm? How does the transgression of genre borders affect the Medea theme?

Gender in the eighteenth-century is connected to spatiality, not least through the concept of the public-private divide. The discussion about Habermas’ conceptual framework was intensified after the 1989 English translation of his seminal Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit (1962). The Medea figure poses a challenge to the notions of eighteenth-century femininity as centred on the private sphere: on tenderness, sexual modesty, and motherhood. A question of interest is how this vengeful child murderess from Greek and Roman antiquity fits into the sentimental framework of European eighteenth-century culture.

The conference wishes to highlight the transcultural aspects of the various European Medeas, displayed by gendered spaces, local appropriations, and reconsiderations of otherness. How can we move beyond the national point of departure and incorporate an awareness of the specific local conditions of Paris, London, or Gotha? In what sense do the Medea texts and performances engage in a transfer across language borders, nation borders and cultural borders? And how are these spatial aspects interconnected with gender issues?

The conference is interdisciplinary, bridging disciplines such as literature (comparative literature as well as specific European languages and literatures), theatre studies, gender studies, classical reception, musicology, performance studies, and material culture, and it aims to relate Medea to issues about transcultural exchange in the late eighteenth-century European culture.

We welcome submissions in the form of individual papers (20 minutes). The following topics can serve as guidelines in exploring Medea from 1750-1800: cultural transfer; gender; spatiality; translation and adaptation; the barbarian; public and private; local adaptations and European classicisms; the stage as a gendered space; genre and space in Europe; circulation of performances, texts, and music in a European perspective; reception and performance; music, text, and gesture as a means of conveying passion.

The conference is organized by Prof. Anna Cullhed, Department of Culture and Aesthetics (Literature) at Stockholm University, in collaboration with Theatre Studies, Stockholm University, and the research network AGORA, Uppsala University. It is generously supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, which is currently funding the project “Moving Medea: The Transcultural Stage in the Eighteenth Century”, and by the Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University.

The general programme:
Wednesday, April 25: Keynote lectures in Uppsala—in collaboration with AGORA
Thursday, April 26: Conference in Stockholm
Friday, April 27: A visit to the Drottningholm Palace Theatre

Please send an abstract of 200 words and a five-line biography to by 1 August, 2017. For enquiries, please contact:

(CFP closed August 1, 2017)



Benaki Museum, Athens: 23-26 April, 2018

The 21st annual Board Game Studies Colloquium will be hosted by the Benaki Museum at Athens (Greece), from Monday 23rd April to Thursday 26th April 2018. In collaboration with Véronique Dasen, professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Fribourg, principal investigator of the ERC Advanced Grant Project "Locus Ludi. The Cultural Fabric of Play and Games in Classical Antiquity" , and Ulrich Schädler Director of the Swiss Museum of Games and partner of the ERC project, the organizers would like to dedicate one entire day to explore ancient game-related material evidence, putting special emphasis on the role of games as vehicle of cultural transmission and interactions. Continuity and reception of antiquity in board games-related materials of different ages, will be also explored. Papers on other aspects of board game studies, in any academic field, will also be equally welcome.

Proposals should aim at a 20-minute presentation in English or in French. They should include the following: • Title • Abstract (max. 200 words) • Author's brief bio, recent publications, institutional affiliations, and academic or other relevant credentials.

They should be sent as an email attachment in doc, docx, or pdf format to Barbara Carè, Veronique Dasen and Ulrich Schädler before January 10th, 2018. You will be notified of whether your proposal is accepted by mid-February, and you should then provide a formal abstract of 200 – 500 words by March 15th, 2018. Presentations should not exceed twenty minutes to allow for questions and discussion. PowerPoint or Keynote-type slide documents to support your presentation are welcome. Detailed information on travelling to Athens, accommodation, arrangements for the cultural visits and colloquium dinner, and an online booking facility will be soon provided at



(CFP closed January 10, 2018)



Sapienza Università di Roma: April 18-20, 2018

Organising committee:
Andrea Chegai (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Michela Rosellini (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Elena Spangenberg Yanes (Sapienza Università di Roma-Trinity College Dublin)

Wednesday, 18th April 2018

15:00 Institutional greetings
15:30 Michela Rosellini – Elena Spangenberg Yanes, Introduction

Session 1. Sorting Methods in Critical (Digital) Editing:
Panel A. Classical and Late Antique Philology – chair Michela Rosellini
16.00 Dániel Kiss (Budapest, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem), New media for the edition of Latin classics
16:30 Justin Stover (University of Edinburgh), Material transmission: the study of textual traditions in a Digital Age
17:30 Caroline Macé (Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen), About sirens and onocentaurs, best manuscripts, fluid traditions and other myths
18:00 Paolo Monella (Università di Palermo), L’edizione sinottica digitale: una terza via
18:30 Discussion

Thursday, 19th April 2018

Session 2. Philologists and Texts Floating in the Net – chair Paolo Trovato
09:00 Paola Italia (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna), Fake texts e Wiki edizioni. Per una filologia digitale sostenibile
09:30 Lorenzo Tomasin (Université de Lausanne), Qualche tesi per la filologia nell’epoca della novità digitale
10:00 Claudio Lagomarsini (Università degli Studi di Siena), Un progresso obsoleto? La trasmissione online dell’epica medievale
11:00 Research Group “Nicoletta Bourbaki” (Benedetta Pierfederici, Salvatore Talia), La narrazione della storia in Wikipedia: pratiche, ideologie, conflitti per la memoria nell’Enciclopedia libera
11:30 Claudio Giammona (Sapienza Università di Roma) – Elena Spangenberg Yanes, Dalla stampa al digitale, dal digitale alla stampa: Internet e la tradizione indiretta
12:00 Discussion

Session 1. Sorting Methods in Critical (Digital) Editing:
Panel B. Lachmann’s Legacy – Chair Claudio Giammona
15:00 Federico Marchetti (Università di Ferrara) – Paolo Trovato (Università di Ferrara), The study of codices descripti as a Neo-Lachmannian weapon against the notions of mouvance and textual fluidity
15:30 Ermanno Malaspina (Università di Torino), Edizioni digitali critiche (cioè lachmanniane) di testi classici a recensio complessa in xml: il rebus delle lezioni da mettere o non mettere in apparato

Panel C. Medieval Philology – chair Lorenzo Tomasin
16:30 Raymund Wilhelm (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Elisa De Roberto (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre), Stephen Dörr (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg),La banca dati del Dizionario dell’antico lombardo (DAL). Il trattamento delle varianti filologiche
17:15 Odd Einar Haugen (Universitetet i Bergen), The critical edition in Old Norse philology: Its demise and its chances of revival
17:45 Matthew Driscoll (Københavns Universitet),Textual and generic fluidity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iceland
18:15 Discussion

Friday, 20th April 2018

Panel D. Musical Philology – chair Andrea Chegai
09:00 Fabrizio Della Seta (Università degli Studi di Pavia), La filologia dell’opera italiana tra testo ed evento
09:30 Federica Rovelli (Beethovens Werkstatt, Beethoven-Haus Bonn), Prospettive digitali per l’edizione dei quaderni di schizzi di Beethoven
10:00 Eleonora Di Cintio (Sapienza Università di Roma), Filologia di un’opera empirica: per un’edizione critica digitale della Penelope di Cimarosa et alii (1794-1817)

Round table. Matching Editions and Traditions – chair Andrea Chegai
11:00-12:30 Monica Berté (Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara), Lino Leonardi (Università degli Studi di Siena), Ermanno Malaspina, Paolo Trovato
12:30 Michela Rosellini, Conclusions




Polis Institute in Jerusalem: April 16-17 2018

The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities is pleased to announce our 4th Interdisciplinary Conference: Transmitting a Heritage - The Teaching of Ancient Languages from Antiquity to the 21st Century (La transmission d’ un héritage – l ’enseignement des langues anciennes de l ’Antiquité à nos jours), which will be held on the 16th and 17th of April 2018, at the Polis Institute in Jerusalem.

Confirmed speakers include Randall Buth, Eleanor Dickey, Nancy Llewellyn, Milena Minkova, Jason Pedicone, Christophe Rico, Eran Shuali and Terence Tunberg.

Further paper proposals should be submitted until the 15th of February 2018. Every proposal should include a short abstract (max. 150 words; in English, French, or Latin), the title of your paper, a separate attachment containing your personal details (name, surname, university/affiliation, postal address, email ). All attachments should be doc , docx or pdf files. To submit your documents and for any further information please send an email to the following address:

Subjects may evolve around the following topics: current methods of teaching ancient languages in a living way – evolution of language instruction through the centuries – influence of the target language on the method (Classical, Semitic, Modern) – theoretical background of various methodological approaches to language teaching – history of the accessibility of knowledge and its influence on language teaching. As with the previous conferences, Polis wishes to provide an international and interdisciplinary framework, gathering linguists, historians, philosophers and specialists from other disciplines of the humanities in order to facilitate lively and profound debates among them. Consequently, every presentation (with a maximum duration of 20 minutes) will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion, in which the present experts and members of the general audience may exchange opinions and suggestions around the topic of the presentation.

These debates will be recorded, transcribed and published together with their articles in the proceedings. This book will also feature a general introduction that will show the points of convergence between participants as well as possible breakthroughs in research. The articles themselves will be published in the language in which they were presented (English, French , or Latin), preceded by a small summary in either Latin or Greek. The editors of the proceedings will be Christophe Rico, director of the Polis Institute, and Jason Pedicone, president of Paideia Institute. It is highly desirable that the resulting book, through its inner consistency, will renew and reinvigorate the scientific debate on this core topic within the humanities.



(CFP closed February 15, 2018)



Newcastle University, UK: 12th-14th April, 2018

I am pleased to release the Call for Papers for 'Locating the Ancient World in Early Modern Subversive Thought', a conference taking place at Newcastle University, 12th-14th April 2018, and featuring keynote speakers Marianne Pade and Peter Harrison. Please see below for further details:

Dichotomies have long been used to define the intellectual developments of early modern Europe - reason and faith; authority and subversion; science and humanism; radicalism and tradition; heterodoxy and orthodoxy — with classical thought usually located on the side of tradition, a behemoth of learning which inhibited man’s reason and his ability to learn through observation. Such unilinear accounts of the progression to modernity have been subjected to increasingly numerous challenges in the last two decades, as scholars have sought to demonstrate that the ideas which drove Europe towards the Enlightenment were far more complex and multi-layered than suggested by the traditional narratives.

The aim of this conference is to expand on this revived appreciation of the classical influence in early modernity by looking specifically at the role played by the ancient world in that sphere from which it has most usually been excluded: subversive literature. The idea that the texts, philosophies, and exempla of the ancient world might have served as significant tools for those who sought to undermine and challenge political, religious and cultural authority stands in direct opposition to the traditional role assigned to the classics in this period. Emphasising an interdisciplinary approach, this conference will draw scholars together to build a coherent picture of how the classical tradition functioned as a tool for subversion, illuminating a previously neglected aspect of the ancient world in the early modern thought.

The keynote speakers will be Peter Harrison (University of Queensland) and Marianne Pade (Danish Academy at Rome).

We are inviting abstracts for papers of thirty minutes on topics including, but not limited to:

• Ancient philosophical involvement in epistemological challenges to traditional understandings of knowledge and belief
• Ancient theories of natural philosophy in the debates concerning God and the universe in both religion and science
• The contribution of ancient texts to the arguments for natural religion, and against magic, miracles, and the supernatural
• Classical rhetoric and literary forms as models for argumentation in subversive treatises, polemics, pamphlets, poetry, and other literary genres
• Ancient religion in the construction of arguments in favour of toleration, and the establishment of a civil religion
• The function of ancient examples in radical political ideologies, including republicanism, democracy, and theories of resistance and revolution
• Classical scholarship as a tool for subversion, and print culture as a sphere facilitating this function of the classics

If you would like to offer a paper for the conference, please submit an abstract of 300 words to by 9th February 2018.


(CFP closed February 9, 2018)



Albuquerque, New Mexico: April 11-14, 2018

Classical Reception Panels:

Fashioning Ancient Women on Screen
Stacie Raucci (Union College), organizer and presider
1. Historicizing Women’s Costumes: Anachronisms and Appropriations. Margaret Toscano (University of Utah)
2. Costuming Lucilla in 20th and 21st -Century Screen Productions. Hunter H. Gardner (University of South Carolina)
3. Accessorizing the Ancient Roman Woman on Screen. Stacie Raucci (Union College)
4. Response. Monica S. Cyrino (University of New Mexico)

Classics and White Supremacism
Victoria Pagán (University of Florida), organizer and presider
1. The Summer of Our Discontent: Rethinking the Intersections of Ancient History and Modern Science in Contesting White Supremacy. Denise McCoskey (Miami University)
2. White Supremacists Respect Classical Scholarship…If It Was Written Before the 1970s. Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Denison University)
3. How to Save Western Civilization (for Men): White Supremacy and the New Kyrieia. Donna Zuckerberg (Eidolon, Editor)

Wonder Woman and Warrior Princesses
Anise K. Strong (Western Michigan University), organizer and presider
1. Gender-flipping the Katabatic Hero: Starbuck as Aeneas in Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009). Meredith Safran (Trinity College)
2. Same Sex, Different Day: the Amazon Communities of Wonder Woman (2017) and Xena: Warrior Princess. Grace Gillies (University of California, Los Angeles)
3. Paradise, Bodies, and Gods: The Reception of Amazons in Wonder Woman. Walter Penrose (San Diego State University)
4. Respondent. Anise K. Strong (Western Michigan University)

Ovid in China
Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University), organizer and presider
1. Globalizing Classics: Ovid through the Looking Glass. Lisa Mignone (Brown University)
2. Translating Ovid into Chinese. Jinyu Liu (DePauw University)
3. Laughing at the Boundaries of Genre in Ovid’s Amores. Caleb Dance (Washington and Lee University)
4. Ovidian Scenes on 18th-century Chinese Porcelain. Thomas J. Sienkewicz (Monmouth College)
5. Respondent. John F. Miller (University of Virginia)

Popular Classics
Vincent E. Tomasso (Trinity College), organizer and presider
1. Textual Poachers: Scholars, Fans, and Fragments. Daniel Curley (Skidmore College)
2. The Elite and Popular Reception of Classical Antiquity in the Works of Cy Twombly and Roy Lichtenstein. Vincent E. Tomasso (Trinity College)
3. Replication, Reception, and Jeff Koons’s Gazing Ball Series. Marice Rose (Fairfield University)
4. The Passion of Cleopatra (2017): Anne Rice's Sequel to The Mummy (1989). Gregory Daugherty (Randolph-Macon College)

Travels, Treasures, and the Locus Terribilis: Myth in Children’s Media
Krishni Burns (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), organizer and presider
1. Midas, Mixed Messages, and the “Museum” of Dugald Steer’s Mythology. Rebecca Resinski (Hendrix College)
2. Fairy-Tale Landscapes in the d’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths (1962). Alison Poe (Fairfield University)
3. Spiritual Odysseys in Children’s Television. Krishni Burns (University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign)
4. Domesticating Classical Monsters on BBC Children’s Television: Gorgons, Minotaurs and Sirens in Doctor Who, the Sarah Jane Adventures and Atlantis. Amanda Potter (The Open University)

From the Theater of Dionysus to the Opera House
Carolin Hahnemann (Kenyon College), organizer and presider
1. What Happened to Euripides? Iphigenia among the Taurians and Handel’s Orestes. Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa)
2. From Medea to Norma. Duane Roller (Ohio State University)
3. Elements of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King in Verdi’s Don Carlo. Carolin Hahnemann (Kenyon College)
4. Opera as Social Medicine in Mikis Theodorakis’ Antigone. Sarah B. Ferrario (Catholic University of America) and Andrew Simpson (Catholic University of America)

Casting Die: Classical Reception in Gaming
William S. Duffy (St. Philip’s College) and Matthew Taylor (Beloit College), co-organizers and co-presiders
1. Imagining Classics: Towards a Pedagogy of Gaming Reception. Hamish Cameron (Bates College)
2. 20-sided monsters: The Adaptation of Greek Mythology to Dungeons and Dragons. William S. Duffy (St. Philip’s College)
3. Civilization and History: Ludological Frame vs. Historical Context. Rosemary Moore (University of Iowa)
4. Touching the Ancient World through God of War’s Kratos. Matthew Taylor (Beloit College)
5. Games and Ancient War: Serious Gaming as Outreach and Scholarship. Sarah Murray (University of Toronto)




University of Birmingham (Strathcona Lecture Theatre 2): April 11, 2018

Keynotes: Kate Nichols & Lara Pucci

Speakers: Harriet Lander, Robin Diver, Clare Matthews, Chiara Marabelli, Elizabeth O'Connor, Abbe Rees-Hales

Organisers: Abbey Rees-Hales, Rebecca Batty, Sean Richardson




University of Leicester, UK: 6-9 April, 2018

CFP & Program:




Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida: March 23-24, 2018

The Anachronism and Antiquity team is delighted to announce 'Anachronism and Antiquity: Configuring Temporalities in Ancient Literature and Scholarship', a conference to be held at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, on March 23-24, 2018. Speakers and their titles are:

* Carol Atack, St Hugh's College, Oxford, 'Plato's Queer Time: Dialogic Moments in the Life and Death of Socrates'
* Emily Greenwood, Yale University, 'Reading Across Time: Thucydides' History as Literature of Witness'
* Constanze Güthenke, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, '"For Time is / nothing if not amenable" – Exemplarity, Time, Reception'
* Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, 'The Temporal Relation: Flow, Fold, Kairos'
* K. Scarlett Kingsley, Agnes Scott College, 'Euripides' Scholiasts: Blending Temporalities Heroic and Present'
* Ellen O'Gorman, University of Bristol, 'Reception and Recovery: Rancière's Authentic Plebeian Voice'
* Mark Payne, University of Chicago, 'The Future in the Past: Hesiod and Speculative Fiction'
* Tom Phillips, Merton College, Oxford, 'Shelley's Plastic Verse: the "Hymn to Mercury"'
* Barnaby Taylor, Exeter College, Oxford, 'Archaism and Anachronism in Lucretius'

The conference will run all day Friday and Saturday morning, ending with lunch on Saturday. There is no charge for registration but we ask that people register so that we can have an accurate account for meals. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please email John Marincola at

Anachronism and Antiquity is a Leverhulme Trust-funded project, running from 2016 to 2019, which is undertaking the first systematic study of the concept of anachronism in Greco-Roman antiquity and of the role played by the idea of anachronism in the formation of the concept of antiquity itself. The project, led by Professor Tim Rood and Professor John Marincola, with research associates Dr Tom Phillips and Dr Carol Atack, looks at both classical and modern material, pairing close analysis of surviving literary and material evidence from classical antiquity with detailed study of the post-classical term 'anachronism', and with modern theoretical writings that link the notion of anachronism with the conceptualization of antiquity.

For further details please visit our blog at Twitter: @Anachron_Antiq.



Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 22–24 March 2018

(1) Encountering the ancients: philological reception in the Renaissance:

(2) 'Deep Classics' and the Renaissance ?

(3) Unleashing the “mad Dogge”: Classical Reception in Early Modern Political Thought

Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2017.

(CFP closed May 31, 2017)



Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna: March 21, 2018

The associations Rodopis - Experience Ancient History and Prolepsis are delighted to announce the call for paper for their joint event: The Old Lie. I Classici e la Grande Guerra.

[English version below]

The Old Lie. L'eco dell'antica bugia, "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" (Orazio, Odi III, 2), riecheggia a distanza di secoli nelle celebre ripresa di Wilfred Owen, posta quale polemico e amaro suggello di una poesia scritta tra il 1917 e il 1918, che è una spietata accusa delle atrocità della guerra, mistificata da una propaganda che la descrive, invece, come evento glorioso ed epocale. "Un'antica bugia", dunque, perpetuata nei secoli da chi si tiene, in realtà, lontano dai conflitti.

La poesia di Owen è solo un esempio del reimpiego dei Classici durante la Prima Guerra Mondiale. Essi divennero talvolta filtro o termine di paragone dell'esperienza dei giovani combattenti - come Patrick Shaw-Stewart -, talvolta irrinunciabili "ancore" in anni di aberrazione umana e culturale; talvolta, ancora, il loro messaggio fu riattualizzato in chiave antibellicista; è il caso, per esempio, del riadattamento de Le Troiane ad opera di Franz Werfel. D'altra parte, in quei tumultuosi anni alcuni classicisti ebbero un ruolo non solo culturale, ma anche politico e ideologico; si pensi, per esempio, a Giorgio Pasquali.

In occasione dell'ultimo anno di celebrazioni per il Centenario della Grande Guerra, l'associazione culturale Rodopis - Experience Ancient History e l'associazione culturale Prolepsis organizzano un Workshop Internazionale dal titolo "The old lie. I Classici e la Grande Guerra", per invitare a tornare su un tema che, nonostante l'attenzione recentemente dedicatavi, merita ancora indagini e riflessioni.

Le proposte di intervento potranno riguardare, anche se non in via esclusiva, i seguenti temi:

* Ricezione dei Classici durante la Prima Guerra Mondiale;
* Reimpiego ideologico di testi dell'antichità greco-latina durante il primo conflitto mondiale;
* Riflessioni novecentesche su tematiche di guerra attraverso il filtro dei Classici;
* Analisi dell'impegno politico di classicisti dell'epoca e relativa influenza sull'opera scientifica.

Il workshop sarà composto da tre sessioni, due mattutine e una pomeridiana, per un totale di nove relatori da selezionarsi. Ogni intervento avrà la durata massima di 20 minuti, con discussione alla fine di ciascuna sessione. È prevista una relazione introduttiva da parte del Prof. Giovanni Brizzi, in qualità di keynote speaker.

Le relazioni presentate possono essere oggetto di valutazione per un'eventuale pubblicazione.

Le lingue ammesse nel workshop sono italiano e inglese.

Dottorandi, dottori di ricerca e giovani studiosi sono invitati a inviare un abstract di massimo 300 parole, in italiano o in inglese, in forma anonima, all'indirizzo e-mail:, entro il 15 dicembre 2017.

I relatori selezionati saranno contattati entro il 31 dicembre 2017.


The Old Lie, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” (Horace, Odes III, 2): more than two thousand years later, the line was resumed by Wilfred Owen as a polemical and bitter seal for one of his poems, written between 1917 and 1918, a sharp accusation against the atrocities of war, which is often mystified by some sort of propaganda describing it as a glorious and monumental event. “The old lie”, therefore, over the centuries perpetuated by people who are in fact far away from the conflict.

Owen’s poem is just an example of the the way Classics were reused during the First World War. They sometimes became filters or even benchmarks for the experience of young fighters (e.g. Patrick Shaw-Stewart); other times they were indispensable/essential “safety nets” during an age of human and cultural aberration; yet other times, their message underwent a shift in an antiwar direction (as for The Trojan Women in Franz Werfel’s adaptation). On the other hand, some classicists not only had a cultural role, but were also active in the political and ideological scene (as Giorgio Pasquali).

On the last year of celebration for the centenary of the Great War, the cultural associations Rodopis – Experience Ancient History and Prolepsis, are organising an International Workshop entitled “The old Iie: Classics and the Great War”, a recently explored topic, which still deserves to be investigated and debated.

Proposal for oral presentations can be about (but not limited to) the following topics:

* Reception of Classics during the First World War;
* Ideological reuse of Classical texts during the First World War;
* Twentieth century reflections on issues regarding the war, filtered by Classics;
* Analyses of the political engagement of classicists of the time and how their political views influenced their scientific production.

This Workshop will be structured in three sessions, two in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a total of nine speakers to be selected. Each paper will last 20 minutes at most, and a final discussion will follow each presentation. An introductory lecture by Prof. Giovanni Brizzi (University of Bologna) will precede the workshop.

The most valuable papers may be considered for publication.

Official languages of the workshop are Italian and English.

PhD students, post-docs and early career academic researchers are invited to send an anonymous abstract not exceeding 300 words, to the e-mail address:, by the 15th of December 2017.

Successful speakers will be notified by the 31st of December 2017.


(CFP closed December 15, 2017)



University of Patras, Greece: 17-18-19 March, 2018

Jocasta Classical Reception Greece is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Postgraduate Symposium in Classical Reception, which will take 17-18-19 March 2018 at the Department of Philology, University of Patras, Greece.

Reception is conceived not as a subdivision of Classics but as a mode of historicised inquiry and constant self-critique intrinsic in Classical Studies. In this respect, the reader assumes the role of the decoder who examines reception of the ancient world from the 8th century BC onwards: from Antiquity to Byzantium, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Early and Late Modernity and the future, while ceaselessly moving from the West to the East and from the North to the South and vice versa. Classical Reception is studied through a variety of media ranging from literature to theatre and film, to materialised configurations of everyday experience and through a plurality of approaches ranging from Philosophy to Cultural and Social Studies to Performative arts and science-driven discourses, thus foregrounding interdisciplinary research.

The Jocasta Postgraduate Symposium seeks to create a venue for Classical Reception in Greece, where international postgraduate students can engage into interdisciplinary dialogue and share research. It enables students to present their work in a friendly environment, develop presentation skills and get constructive feedback. This year we expand our scope intergenerationally so as to include beyond MA and PhD students and early career researchers who are kindly invited to present a 20 minute paper followed by 10 minutes discussion and US undergraduate students who are kindly invited to deliver transatlantically a 10-minute paper presentation followed by 5 minute discussion via our partners at the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University. This year’s theme is “Classical Reception and Gender”.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

• Is there a third gender in the reception of antiquity or our understanding of it?
• Gender fluidity in classical antiquity (e.g. manifested in or conceptualised via transvestism, metamorphosis)
• How have classics been used for the idealization of the male body (eg. Laocoon, Nazism, current masculinity discourses), the corroboration of feminist discourses in theory and practice (eg. Greek heroines) the modern construction of homosexual identity (eg. the reception/ appropriation of Plato in 19th century) and the expression of queer identity (eg. queer adaptations of Greek tragedy)
• Why do initially female scholars work in the field of classical reception and how is this research orientation associated with notions of (in)authenticity and the hierarchically flavoured notion of hardcore and lesser classics.
• How do the notions “genre” and “gender” interrupt and cross-fertilize each other in antiquity and modernity (eg. Hall’s reading of tragedy as a genre for female emotions vs satyr drama as a genre of re-affirmation of masculinity, novels)
• Has antiquity been received as a gendered or genderless past? Does this gender changes through time and space? And if so in what ways does antiquity constitute a wide spectrum for representation of mutative conceptualizations of gender in the postclassical world.

We invite abstracts in either Greek or English of no more than 250 words to be sent to no later than 15th of December 2017. There is the possibility of notification of acceptance/ dismissal upon submission for those interested in funding options from their institutions, if requested in the email body.

Please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution in the body of your email (not in your abstract).


(CFP closed December 15, 2017)



The Miners' Hall, 8 Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BB: March 14-16, 2018

Wednesday 14 March:

1.30-2.00 Arrival and registration
2.00-2.30 INTRODUCTION: Edmund Thomas (Durham)
2.30-3.40 PAPER 1 Federico Petrucci (Durham), "Why the Timaeus? The Philosophical Reasons for the Priority of the Timaeus in Middle Platonist Exegesis"
RESPONDENT: Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)

4.10-5.20 PAPER 2 Sarah Byers (Boston), "The concept of matter-as-such in the Neoplatonism of Marius Victorinus" [by SKYPE]
RESPONDENT: Phillip Horky (Durham)

5.20-6.30 PAPER 3 Gijsbert Jonkers (Zwolle), "From disorder to order, Plato's Timaeus and Proclus' Commentary"
RESPONDENT: George Boys-Stones (Durham)

Thursday 15 March:

9.10-10.20 PAPER 4 Nancy Van Deusen (Claremont Graduate University), "'What is it that we want to know?' Plato's Timaeus, with Chalcidius' Commentary, on the Topics of Understanding Motion through Sight and Sound"
RESPONDENT: Jacomien Prins (Warwick)

10.20-11.30 PAPER 5 Jacomien Prins (Utrecht), "'Not for Irrational Pleasure': Music in Marsilio Ficino's Timaeus Commentary"
RESPONDENT: Hector Sequera-Mora (Durham)

11.50-1.00 PAPER 6 John Hendrix (Roger Williams University, Rhode Island), "The Timaeus and Durham Cathedral"
RESPONDENT: Michael Chapman (Newcastle, NSW)

2.15-3.45 Cathedral tour: Contributions by John Hendrix, Edmund Thomas, and others

4.30-5.40 PAPER 7 Guy Claessens (Leuven), "Saving the phenomena: geometric atomism and the Timaeus in the Renaissance"

5.40-6.50 PAPER 8 Andrew Briggs (Oxford): "Curiosity in an age of science" (with lunch)
RESPONDENT: Peter Vickers (Durham)

Friday 16 March:

9.10-10.20 PAPER 9 Carlos Steel (Leuven), "Ficino and Ambrogio Fiandino explaining Plato's views in the Timaeus on the origin of the world"
RESPONDENT: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck)

10.40-11.50 PAPER 10 Christian Frost (Birmingham), "The Timaeus, Movement, Medieval Architecture, and the City"
RESPONDENT: Kimberley Skelton (St Andrews)

11.50-13.00 PAPER 11 Nicholas Temple (Huddersfield), "The Timaeus, the Trinity and Renaissance Concepts of Architectural Space"

13.30-14.30 ROUND TABLE
CO-CHAIRS: Sarah Broadie (St Andrews), Edmund Thomas (Durham)




The Recital Room, Victoria Rooms, Bristol: Friday 23 February 2018, 17:00 – 18:30

The Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT), University of Bristol.

This year, for its Donors Celebration, the IGRCT has teamed up with the University of Bristol's Madrigal and Baroque Ensembles to present a rare concert performance of 'Mulier Fortis', or 'Strong Woman'. This musical drama, first produced in 1698 by Viennese Jesuit Johann Baptist Adolph and composer Johann Bernhardt Staudt, celebrates the martyrdom of a Japanese noblewoman who converted to Christianity in the 16th century.

Ethnomusicologist and baroque musician, Dr Makoto Harris Takao (Berlin), along with Professor Yasmin Haskell (Institute Director), will provide a short introduction to this fascinating piece, which portrays the collision between Christian values and Japanese tradition in a Classical context. The Ensembles will then perform extracts from 'Mulier Fortis' using period instruments to capture the drama's personified emotions, which, like the chorus in Greek tragedy, act as a symbolic commentary on the action.

Since its debut for the Holy Roman Empress, Eleonor Magdalene, and her husband, Leopold I, Mulier Fortis has only been performed rarely; in Tokyo, Cambridge, and Perth, Australia. Our celebration provides a unique opportunity to experience this exciting drama and meet the scholars and performers who have brought it to life.

The concert will be followed by a drinks reception. All are welcome at this free event.

Booking required via

More information on the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition:



University College London: February 21, 2018

This is a call for proposals for a half-day interdisciplinary workshop to be held on the afternoon of 21st February 2018 at UCL on the topic of 'Rejecting the Classics', generously hosted by UCL's Department of Greek and Latin and Institute of Advanced Studies. Many of the most exciting writers and thinkers of modernity have defined their projects through a rejection of the legacy of ancient Greece and Rome, whether Nietzsche and Plato, Brecht and tragedy, or Fanon and the exclusionary humanism he glimpsed on the 'Graeco-Latin pedestal' of western culture. This workshop aims to engage critically with the narrative of rejection that such receptions mobilise, and to explore its role in the definition of classical reception as well as its implications for the place of classical reception within the broader discipline of classics. It hopes to consider the complex position that the study of such antagonistic responses to the classical legacy holds in a discipline committed to imparting the value and benefit of the classical past, and to reflect on the challenges of constructively integrating negative evaluations of literature and culture in the humanities more generally. To this end, although the workshop will be primarily focused on exploring the dynamics of this debate within classics, papers are particularly welcome from humanities disciplines beyond classics in order to facilitate discussion across disciplinary boundaries.

Proposals are sought for short, 5-10 minute presentations that focus on the value of the idea of 'Rejecting the Classics' to understanding the engagement with antiquity displayed by a particular author, text or artwork. Each presentation will have a 30-minute time slot so that the maximum amount of time can be devoted to discussion. Proposals should take the form of an abstract of at most 150 words.

Deadline for submission is 31st October 2017, and all abstracts and queries should be submitted to Adam Lecznar at Sources of funding are currently being explored for the workshop and there may be some funding available to contribute towards the travel expenses of junior scholars (PhD students and those within 5 years of submission): if you would like to be considered for this funding then please indicate so in your submission email. Proposals for presentations that are accepted but which cannot be given for financial reasons will still be considered in future publication plans, so do please still get in touch or submit a proposal even if you will not be in London next February.

Provisional schedule:

1.30-2: Registration and introduction

Panel 1

2-2.30: Samuel Agbamu (KCL) – 'The Arco dei Fileni: forgetting places of memory in the postcolony'.
2.30-3: Valeria Spacciante (Scuola Normale/UCL) – 'Divesting Ulysses of Myth in Alberto Savinio's Capitano Ulisse'.
3-3.30: Henry Stead (OU) – '"The poet is steeped is Street Fighter 2": Ross Sutherland, Anti-classicism and contemporary class conflict'.
3.30-4: Break

Panel 2

4-4.30: Jonathan Groß (Düsseldorf) – 'Magna gloria inde non nascitur: Adolph Philippi, Professor of Classics, on the irrelevance of classical scholarship'.
4.30-5: Rossana Zetti (Edinburgh) – 'Doubting the myths: the limits of Classics in a post-war world' on Bertolt Brecht.
5-5.45: Katie Fleming (Queen Mary) / Daniel Anderson (Cambridge) – 'Ulysses Wakes Up: the anticlassical James Joyce' and 'Anti-Platonism in James Joyce'.
5.45-6: Concluding remarks



(CFP closed October 31, 2017)



University of Reading, UK: February 12, 2018

Organised by: Katherine Harloe, Talitha Kearey, and Irene Salvo

The Women's Classical Committee UK is organising a one-day workshop on Classics and Queer studies to highlight current projects and activities that embrace the intersections of research, teaching, public engagement, and activism.

The day will feature a series of talks and a roundtable bringing together academics in Classics (and related fields), LGBT+ activists, museum curators and those working in other areas of outreach and public engagement. We intend to explore how LGBT+ themes are included in Classics curricula; how public engagement with queer Classics and history of sexualities can contribute to fight homophobia and transphobia; and the ways in which the boundaries between research, teaching, and activism can be crossed. The roundtable will focus in particular on strategies of support for LGBT+ students and staff, current policies in Higher Education, and what still needs to be improved.

Confirmed speakers include: Beth Asbury, Clara Barker, Alan Greaves, Jennifer Grove, Rebecca Langlands, Sebastian Matzner, Cheryl Morgan, and Maria Moscati.

Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham University) will deliver the keynote address 'Queer Classics: sexuality, scholarship, and the personal'.

We are also reserving time during the day's schedule for a series of short (five-minute) spotlight talks by delegates. Through this session, we hope to provide a chance for delegates to share research projects, teaching programmes, and experiences related to LGBT+ issues. We are particularly interested in spotlight talks on:

- new queer and gender-informed work in classics, ancient history, archaeology, papyrology, philosophy, or classical reception;
- fresh ideas on teaching the history of queerness through texts and material culture;
- the difficulties and discriminatory experiences encountered by members of staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and early-career researchers, because of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

If you would like more information or to volunteer to give one of these talks, please e-mail Irene Salvo, LBGT+ liaison officer, The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 5th December 2017.

People of any gender expression or identity who support the WCC's aims are welcome to attend this event. Attendance is free for WCC UK members, £10 for non-members (to cover catering costs). You can join the WCC UK here (and if you're a student, underemployed, or unemployed, membership is only £5). As with all WCC events, travel bursaries will be available for students and the un/under-employed.

The WCC is committed to providing friendly and accessible environments for its events, so please do get in touch if you have any access, dietary, or childcare enquiries. For a full statement of the WCC's childcare policy please see here


(CFP closed December 5, 2017)



University of Queensland, Brisbane: Tuesday, 30 January - Friday, 2 February 2018

CFP & Conference website:


Abstracts due by 28 July, 2017.



Paris (Université Paris Est - Créteil): 18-20 January 2018

Organisers: Pierre Chiron and Benoît Sans

A conference on the Progymnasmata in ancient and modern education to be held at the Université Paris Est - Créteil (Salle des thèses) from the 18th to the 20th of January.

Thursday 18th January

I Premiers aperçus des pratiques : les documents papyrologiques
9:45 Raffaella CRIBIORE The Versatility of Progymnasmata: Evidence from the Papyri and Libanius
10:15 Lucio DEL CORSO Rhetoric for Beginners (and Dummies) in Graeco-Roman Egypt. A Survey of Papyrological Evidence 10:45
11:00 José Antonio FERNANDEZ DELGADO & Francisca PORDOMINGO La pratique des Progymnasmata dans les sources papyrologiques (et leur présence dans la littérature)
12:00 Jean-Luc FOURNET Éthopées entre culture profane et christianisme

II Pratiques progymnasmatiques et cognition
14:30 Emmanuelle DANBLON Les exercices de rhétorique à l'école de Bruxelles
15:00 Julie DAINVILLE & Benoit SANS L'éloge paradoxal : regards croisés sur deux expériences bruxelloises
16:00 Pause
16:15 Victor FERRY Exercer l'empathie : une limite de l'ethopoeia et une méthode alternative
16:45 Jeanne CHIRON & Pierre GRIALOU « Connais-toi toi-même », les Progymnasmata comme entraînement métacognitif

Friday 19th January

III Les Pratiques entre passé et présent
9:15 Danielle VAN MAL-MAEDER Des Progymnasmata dans la déclamation – des Progymnasmata à la déclamation
9:45 Sandrine DUBEL Défense et illustration de la paraphrase
10:15 Anders ERIKSSON Writing and teaching a contemporary progymnasmata textbook
10:45 Pause
11:00 Natalie Sue BAXTER Imitatio, Progymnasmata, Paideia, and the Realization of Ancient Ideals in Modern Education
11:30 Jim SELBY Aphthonius, Coherence, and Cohesion: The Practice of Writing
12:00 Ruth WEBB L'exercice de l'ekphrasis : des Progymnasmata aux étapes ultérieures de la formation de l'orateur

IV Pratiques contemporaines
14:30 David FLEMING A role for the Progymnasmata in U.S. postsecondary English Education today
15:00 Marie HUMEAU Pratiquer les Progymnasmata à l'université aujourd'hui : de l'exercice de style à la réflexion sur le discours
15:30 Christophe BRECHET Les enjeux des Progymnasmata pour les humanités, ou pourquoi les humanités doivent refonder la formation rhétorique dans l'enseignement supérieur

Saturday 20th January

V Parcours : les pratiques à travers les siècles
9:15 Silvana CELENTANO Quintilien et l'exercitatio rhétorique : entre tradition et innovation
9:45 Rémy POIGNAULT Exercices préparatoires pour éloquence princière dans la correspondance de Fronton
10:15 Eugenio AMATO La pratique des Progymnasmata dans l'école de Gaza
10:45 Pause
11:00 Marcos MARTINHO Emporius : les Progymnasmata entre exercice scolaire et outil oratoire
11:30 Luigi PIROVANO Emporius and the practice of Progymnasmata during Late Antiquity
12:00 Marc BARATIN La place et le rôle de la traduction latine des Progymnasmata du Ps.-Hermogène dans l'œuvre de Priscien

VI Parcours : les pratiques à travers les siècles (suite)
14:30 Francesco BERARDI Diversité des pratiques didactiques en Grèce et à Rome : réflexions sur le lexique des Progymnasmata
15:00 Jordan LOVERIDGE The practice of the Progymnasmata in the Middle Ages: Education, Theory, Application
15:30 Diane DESROSIERS An muri faciendi ? La pratique des Progymnasmata dans l'œuvre de François Rabelais
16:00 Pause
16:15 Trinidad ARCOS-PEREIRA The presence of Progymnasmata in Spain in the 16th century
16:45 María Violeta PEREZ-CUSTODIO Teaching more than Rhetoric: Progymnasmata Handbooks in Spain during the Renaissance
17:15 Manfred KRAUS La pratique des Progymnasmata dans les écoles du XVe au XVIII e siècle au travers des traductions latines d'Aphthonios
17:45 Discussion et conclusions



[Panel] Classical Reception Studies

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018

Sponsored by the American Classical League and organized by Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, Editor of The Classical Outlook, and Jared Simard, Hunter College.

The American Classical League invites scholars and teachers to submit abstracts for its panel session on Classical Reception Studies at the Boston meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, in January, 2018. We are interested in papers that address any aspect of Classical Reception Studies. Papers should be accessible to a wide audience of classics scholars and teachers.

Papers accepted for the panel will be considered for publication in The Classical Outlook, journal of the American Classical League.

Abstracts should be submitted to Ronnie Ancona ( They should conform to the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear in the SCS Program Guide. Please put “ACL panel at SCS 2018” in the subject line of your email submission.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2017.


(CFP closed 15 February 2017)


[Panel] Classics and Social Justice

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018

The Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group invites paper proposals for its inaugural Panel at the 2018 meeting of the SCS.

The panel organizers are Jessica Wright (USC) and Amit Shilo (UCSB).

We welcome papers that discuss any aspect of social justice work in which you are engaged as well as papers that theorize the place of social justice work in Classics and the place of Classics in social justice work.

Possible topics might include: the presentation of projects already underway (for instance, prison education or the use of Classics in other sites such as homeless centers or with veterans’ groups); the scope and limits of academic activism; appropriate methods for approaching social issues; performance and activism; and the power of specific Classical traditions to address the urgency of social change.

Please send anonymous abstracts of approximately 500 words to Professor Alexandra Pappas (

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is January 31, 2017.

The newly formed Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group is a forum for scholars who wish to integrate their academic expertise with community work promoting social justice and positive transformation. The group envisions its first panel as the beginning of a new, more formal conversation about Classics and Social Justice and an effort to discover what social justice work Classicists are doing outside of the classroom as well as inside of the classroom.

More information: please write to Classicists involved in activism


(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


[Panel] Deterritorializing Classics: Deleuze, Guattari, and their Philological Discontents

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018

In recent decades, the field of classics has witnessed a burgeoning interest in postmodern literary theory. Yet the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari has received far less attention. Although Deleuze and Guattari were contemporaries of Lacan, Foucault, and Derrida, the latter have elicited significantly greater curiosity from classicists (Janan, “When the Lamp Is Shattered”, 1994; Porter and Buchan, Before Subjectivity?, 2004; Larmour, Miller, and Platter, Rethinking Sexuality, 1998; Leonard, Derrida and Antiquity, 2010). With few exceptions (Holmes, “Deleuze, Lucretius, and the Simulacrum of Naturalism,” 2012), Deleuze and Guattari have appeared only as ancillary figures in classical scholarship.

Deleuze and Guattari are best known for their collaborative works L'Anti-Œdipe (1972) and Mille plateaux (1980), which offer a sustained critique of psychoanalysis through their valorization of the liberated schizophrenic, and supply new models for a post-ontology based in process and complexification. The two also made individual contributions, from Deleuze’s reformulation of continental philosophy in Différence et répétition (1968) and La logique du sens (1969), to Guattari’s writings on anti-psychiatry, ecology, and becoming-woman. Furthermore, Deleuze and Guattari offer practical models for a discipline familiar with adjunctification, student debt, and criticism for its lack of praxis—both were participants in Paris protest movements, open-access education at Université Paris VIII (Vincennes), and innovations in democratic psychiatry at La Borde.

This panel asks how these two thinkers might aid us in “deterritorializing” classics—unraveling its entrenched structures, hermeneutics, and habits. Questions might include:

* Can Deleuze and Guattari’s theories improve our understanding of certain ancient genres and their lived practices?

* Does their belief in a multiplicity that underlies ontology alter our philological underpinnings? Might we use their concept of assemblage to advance recent work on textual criticism (Gurd, Iphigenias at Aulis, 2005) or Homeric multiform (Nagy, Homer’s Text and Language, 2004)?

* Can Deleuze the continental philosopher offer new insights into Plato, Aristotle, and Heraclitus?

* Might his later work on the movement-image (Cinéma 1, 1983) reorient our perspectives on ancient visual culture? (ekphrasis, cinematic narrative theory, enargeia)

* Does Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of minor literature as a revolutionary enunciation within a dominant language (Kafka, 1975) provide additional approaches to canonical texts? (slang and translation in Greco-Roman comedy; poetic intersections of Greek dialects)

* Can their critique of metaphorical representation guide us away from language to more active engagements with antiquity?

The panel invites abstracts for 20-minute papers (650 words maximum, excluding bibliography) to be submitted to by February 24, 2017. Please include the panel name in your subject line, and do not identify yourself in the abstract. Submissions will be blind-refereed by Kyle Khellaf (Yale University), Charles Platter (University of Georgia), and Mario Telò (University of California, Berkeley).


(CFP closed Feb 24, 2017)


[Panel] Translation and Transmission: Mediating Classical Texts in the Early Modern World

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston. For its third panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the translation of classical texts in the early modern world.

Despite their importance as vehicles of transmission - and their comparatively greater sales - translations always seem relegated to secondary status behind the principal models of classical scholarship, the critical edition or the commentary. This hierarchy is no less true of early modernity, at least according to our discipline’s construction of the history of philology, in which Bentley trumps Dryden, and Scaliger trumps Dolce. Some redress has been achieved through reception studies, though, as so often, the effect has partly been to replicate traditional divisions between philology and literary criticism.

The main goal of this panel is twofold: 1) to locate the study of early modern classical translations within larger currents of literary scholarship, especially translation studies; 2) to reintegrate literary criticism and philology through a renewed assessment of the role of translation in early modern culture.

To that end we seek papers that go beyond the remit of a typical case study and instead offer a distinctive methodological contribution, prospectus for the field, or novel theoretical analysis.

We invite perspectives drawn from world literature, history of the book, digital humanities, as well as translation studies and other approaches. Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following areas:

a) High Theory/Deep Classics. How does early modern translation intersect with cross-temporal and cross-cultural themes of contemporary importance? Against the backdrop of Renaissance humanism, is there something distinctive to be learned from this form, and this period, of engagement with the classics? In Lawrence Venuti’s terminology, do these translators foreignize or domesticate? Can quantitative studies tell us something new and interesting about this corpus?

b) Philology and Education. How do histories of textual criticism, the book, and pedagogy enhance our understanding of early modern translation? What does the tradition of the questione della lingua have to contribute to reception studies? How might early modern translations of Hebrew and other classical languages affect our contemporary conception of our field? At the level of practice, what might we learn from annotations, drafts, and translators’ correspondence?

c) Outreach and Reception. How were translations affected by the mechanisms of circulation, publishers, material and economic factors, readerships, etc.? Did they always seek to popularize? In what sense were they scholarship, and were they recognized as such? Does the particular relationship between the classical and the vernacular in early modernity make translations of Latin and Greek an idiosyncratic point of comparison against other periods of outreach?

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 February 20th 2017.


(CFP closed 20 February 2017)


[Panel] Literary Wordplay with Names

American Name Society Panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention, New York: 4-7 January 2018

The American Name Society (ANS) is issuing its First Call for Papers for the ANS panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention: 4-7 January 2018, New York City.

The American Name Society is inviting abstract proposals for a panel with the literary theme “Literary Wordplay with Names.” Case studies in world literature have repeatedly demonstrated the effectiveness of wordplays in producing puns or highlighting aspects of a narrative. However, comparatively little scholarly attention has been given to examining the names themselves as a rhetorical tool for literary wordplay. The use or omission of names has received scholar attention for the works of specific authors, e.g. Aristophanes (e.g. Kanavou 2011) and Virgil (e.g. Paschalis 1997), whereas the ὀνομαστὶ κωμῳδεῖν is crucial for our understanding of both Greek comedy and Roman satire.

Interested authors are encouraged to submit an abstract examining the use of any type of name (e.g. personal names, place names, trade names, etc.) in literary wordplays for any period or genre of literature. We welcome submissions from the following areas, which of course are not exhausted:

* utilizing interdisciplinary approaches
* examining the nature of the name-wordplay (semantics and/or etymology)
* focusing on case studies from classical literature, and
* the reception and use of names from antiquity in later times (e.g. Shakespeare).

Proposal Submission Process: Abstracts proposals of up to 400 words should be sent as an email attachment (PDF format) to Andreas Gavrielatos ( Proposals should include “MLA proposal” in the subject line of the email. All submissions must include an abstract title, the full name(s) of the author(s), the author affiliation, and email address in the body of the email and NOT with the abstract.

Proposals must be received by 5pm GMT on 11 March 2017. Authors will be notified about results of the blind review on or by 20 March 2017. Contributors selected for the thematic panel must be members of both MLA and ANS in order to present their papers.

(CFP closed March 11, 2017)


[Panel] Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century

5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, Athens: 3-6 January 2018

Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts

The Arts and Humanities Research Division (AHRD) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is organizing A Panel on Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century, 3-6 January 2018, Athens, Greece as part of the 5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts.

The aim of the panel is to bring together academics and researchers whose work is related to Ancient Greek law.

Interest in the study of ancient Greek law has been revived in recent years. Traditionally, research had been largely confined to the better attested legal system of the classical Athenian democracy. Yet, early (archaic) Greek law as well as the legal systems of other city-states have formed the focus of latest studies relating to politics, classics, legal history, social and cultural anthropology. This cross disciplinary approach to Greek law proves that its study need not be a sterile examination of the distant past. On the contrary, lessons can be extracted if research is linked with contemporary issues in a way that leads to an intellectual ferment for the improvement of our lives.

Areas of interest include (but are not confined to):
* The rule of law in ancient Greece
* Equality before the law in ancient Greece
* Unity of ancient Greek law
* Relevance in Athenian courts
* Evidence in Athenian courts
* Study of the Attic orators
* The rhetoric of Athenian litigants
* Promoting the study of Greek law in the 21st century
* Teaching ancient Greek law in the 21st century
* Incorporating ancient Greek law in university curriculum

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 30 June 2017 to: Dr. Vasileios Adamidis, Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications, and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals.

Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and fourty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:



Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2017

The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and ‘Oriental’ Languages On Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Leuven, Belgium: 13-15 December 2017

In 1517, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Hieronymus Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) seizes the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive both to examine the general context in which such polyglot institutes emerged and—more generally—to assess the overall impact of Greek and Hebrew education, by organizing a three-day international conference. Our focus is not exclusively on the 16th century, as we also welcome papers dealing with the status and functions accorded to Greek, Hebrew, and other ‘Oriental’ languages in the (later) Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period up to 1750. Special attention will be directed to the learning and teaching practices and to the general impact the study of these languages exerted on scholarship, science and society.

Please find below the full call for papers or visit our website (

Keynote speakers are Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Institut d’Histoire du Droit Paris) and Saverio Campanini (Università di Bologna)

Participants are asked to give 20-minute papers in English, German or French. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to by 30 April, 2017 20 May, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by 20 May, 2017.

The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).

Venue of the Conference: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

If you have any questions, please contact


(CFP closed 30 April, 2017 20 May, 2017)


Performing Greece 2017: The 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Greek Theatre

Birkbeck College, University of London: 9 December 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angeliki Varakis-Martin (University of Kent)

Performing Greece, currently in its third year, returns to Birkbeck this December. In an increasingly difficult time for European artists working in the UK, contemporary Greek theatre, like its cinema, is also increasingly relevant – both in its exploration of crisis and immigration, and in its role in the reception of classical Greek drama. There have been a number of successful productions of contemporary Greek theatre lately in the UK – in venues such as The National, Royal Court and Barbican, but fringe venues also – as well as a recent conference at the University of Oxford on Karolos Koun. Reflecting on the presence and potential of this theatrical culture, Performing Greece brings together scholars, critics and theatremakers to explore contemporary Greek theatre in the UK and beyond. At the previous two conferences, apart from academic papers, we had also presented staged readings of new Greek plays and we are keen to present more, and to inspire fruitful discussion between academics, writers, performers and theatre artists in general.

Performing Greece will be a one-day event and will take place on 9 December 2017 at Birkbeck College, University of London. Those interested are welcome to submit proposals for individual papers or performances on any topic related to Contemporary Greek Drama and Culture. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

-Modern and contemporary Greek directors and/or playwrights
-The reception of ancient Greek drama in modern Greece
-New Greek playwriting
-The relation between Greek theatre and European theatre
-The current state of theatre and the arts in Greece
-Theatre education (e.g. differences in actor training in Greek and British drama schools, different approaches to theatre studies in Greek and British universities)
-The work of Greek theatre artists in the UK and beyond (not necessarily to do with topics relevant to Greece)

The conference welcomes proposals for presentations and performances from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Please send a title and a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper or 5-20 minute performance (rehearsed reading or screening) along with your name, affiliation and a 100 word biography to by 9 November 2017.

Performing Greece 2017 is organised by Dr. Christos Callow Jr, Birkbeck, University of London and Dr. Andriana Domouzi, Royal Holloway, University of London.

The conference is on Twitter as @PerformGreece. If interested but unable to attend, we'll be posting updates there.


(CFP closed November 9, 2017)


Antonio Gramsci and the Ancient World

School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University UK: 8-9 December, 2017

On the eightieth anniversary of the death of Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University is pleased to announce a conference on Gramsci and the ancient world. The aim of this two-day event, which will take place in Newcastle on 8-9 December 2017, is to investigate and discuss the enduring significance of Gramsci’s reflection on power and culture as an analytical tool in the study of Antiquity. Concepts like hegemony and Caesarism will play an especially significant role, but it is expected that the debate will cover a broad range of problems across Greek and Roman politics, economy, literature, and culture.

Confirmed Speakers:
Mattia Balbo (Turin)
Michele Bellomo (Milan)
Mirko Canevaro (Edinburgh)
Philip Horky (Durham)
Emma Nicholson (Exeter)
Jeremy Paterson (Newcastle)
Federico Santangelo (Newcastle)
Christopher Smith (St. Andrews)
Laura Swift (OU)
Cristiano Viglietti (Siena)
Kostas Vlassopoulos (Crete)
Jane Webster (Newcastle)

A full programme will be circulated in due course.

For further information, please contact us at

Organisers: Sara Borrello, Roberto Ciucciové, Luigi Di Iorio, Federico Santangelo, Emilio Zucchetti.


The Objects of Reception: an interdisciplinary conversation & book launch

Sydney Business School, Gateway Building, Sydney, NSW: December 6, 2017

Five leading scholars come together for an interdisciplinary conversation about the theory and practice of reception study.

The event will be followed at 2:30pm by a drinks reception and the book launch of Ika Willis' Reception (Routledge, 2017).


Classical reception: Professor Alastair Blanshard, University of Queensland
Digital humanities and the history of reading: Associate Professor Katherine Bode, Australian National University
Biblical reception: Dr Jennifer Clement, University of Queensland
Medievalism: Professor Louise D'Arcens, Macquarie
Media audience studies: Professor Sue Turnbull, University of Wollongong

Reception is everywhere. From the medieval to the new media landscape, audiences interpret, immerse in, adapt, and creatively remix the texts they encounter, in ways both unruly and rule-bound. Reception practices range from sermon-writing to Goodreads reviewing, from close reading and critical commentary to cosplay. How can we map this vast terrain? What objects of inquiry might we discover as we travel through it? And what are our objectives in undertaking the journey?

This event is supported by the Centre for Cultures, Texts, and Creative Industries at the University of Wollongong, and by Routledge.

Information and contact: Ika Willis,



Metamorphosis: the Landslide of Identity

Urbino (Italy) - 30 November and 1 December 2017

On the occasion of the 2000th anniversary of Ovid's death, the Cultural Association Rodopis and the Department of Humanities (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici) of the University of Urbino Carlo Bo organise an International Workshop, titled "Metamorphosis: the Landslide of Identity".

Nowadays the Metamorphoses are surely Ovid's most renowned work: some of their characters entered contemporary imagery, became the focus of theoretical reflections, art and literary works. The tragedy encountered by Narcissus, Daphne, Hermaphroditus (just to mention a few examples) talks to readers and gets them deeply involved: it is the tragedy of the transformation in action, focusing on the very moment of being "no more" and "not yet". In Ovid's poetry we find the tragedy of the encounter with an alterity that becomes endemic while being refused, and the difficulty of leaving an originary shape to embrace a different one; this together with a constant tension to mutation, and to an evolution without conclusion. The incidents Ovid's characters live push the readers to question their own identity, to wonder about what keeps them the same through space and time, and what stands as pledge of their non-renounceable essence. On the other hand, they stand there to question the possibility of dismissing and forgetting their own self, in order to become something else.

The problem tackled by Ovid in poetical terms is the same with which many fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences (from history to anthropology, from psychology to sociology) have struggled, constituting one of the major philosophical questions from the XVII century onwards. The XX century has put an end to (or at least eclipsed) the "strong" or essentialist conceptions of "identity", and left the floor to "weak" interpretations of the term, aiming at including in such an intrinsically static concept the categories of change and relationality, space and time. Finally, some scholars proposed a full obliteration of "identity" (intended as a category of analysis) from the scientific and scholarly discourse, in the light of the inevitable ambiguity of the notion itself. The reflection on "transformation" widens the field of investigation to the relationships between identity and alterity, the very instant of passing from one shape to the other, and the possibility that this change may affect one's very essence. It puts into question the very existence of an immutable essence and its features, the assumed necessity of maintaining or dismissing it, in an ongoing dialectic which interprets the "origins" as either roots or chains.

This Workshop aims at taking inspiration from Ovid's work in order to stimulate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the notion of "metamorphosis", and on the relationship between identity and alterity. Abstracts may concern different disciplines (such as ancient and modern literatures, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology), and tackle the envisaged issues both in individual and collective terms.

Proposals may concern (but do not have to be limited to) artistic and literary expressions of transformation; issues linked to the identity/alterity relationship in specific political and social contexts; anthropological or ethnographic case-studies concerning the encounter of different cultures or populations (with a particular focus on hybridization phenomena or the origin of "frontier-cultures"); the definition of personal identity through the relationship with the "other". We also encourage papers presenting a purely methodological and epistemological approach, taking into account the theoretical issues connected to the concept of metamorphosis.

Official languages of the Workshop will be Italian and English. Each paper should be planned for a 20 minutes presentation.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Francesco Remotti (University di Torino - Italy); Prof. Massimo Fusillo (University of L'Aquila - Italy). On November, 30th, speakers will be invited to assist to the performance Metamorfosi, by Debora Pradarelli and Giulietta Gheller.

PhD Students and Early Career Researchers are invited to submit an anonymous abstract of maximum 300 words to, by October, 10th 2017. The paper selection will be carried out in the following two weeks.

The Workshop is part of the project "A partire da Ovidio". For more information:



1st International Conference in Ancient Drama: The Forgotten Theatre

University of Turin (Italy): 30th November – 1st December, 2017

Conference coordinator: Francesco Carpanelli (Professor of Greek-Latin theatre, University of Turin).

Keynote speaker: Enrico V. Maltese (Head of the Department of Classics, University of Turin).

The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (Centre for Studies in Classic Theatre) has scheduled for 30th November-1st December 2017 its first academic conference for young researchers, Ph.D. students and Professors of Humanities.

The conference The Forgotten Theatre aims at revitalizing the scientific interest in dramatic Greek and Latin texts, both transmitted and fragmentary, which have been long confined in restricted areas of the scientific research and limited to few modern stagings. The conference will host academics (philologists, scholars in history of theater) and exponents of the theatrical world (directors, screenwriters) who wish to contribute in cast a new light on the forgotten theatre through their studies, reflections and experiences.

Themes discussed:
* Criticism, commentary, and constitutio textus of complete and fragmentary texts (comedy and tragedy);
* Reasonable attempts of reconstruction of incomplete tetralogies;
* Research on theatrical plots known for indirect tradition;
* Developments of theatrical plots between the Greek and Latin world;
* Influence of foreign theater traditions on the Greek and Roman theatre;
* Influence of other forms of camouflage art (dance, mime) on the development of the Greek and Latin theatre;
* New scenographic considerations based on the testimonies of internal captions, marginalia and scholia to the texts;
* New proposals for modern staging of ancient dramatic texts;
* Medieval, humanistic, modern and contemporary traditions of ancient drama.

How to participate: In order to participate, the candidates are required to send an e-mail to containing:
* an abstract (about 300 words) of the lecture they intend to give at the conference and the title;
* a brief curriculum vitae et studiorum which highlights the educational qualifications of the candidate and the university they are attending.

Each lecture should be 20-25 minutes long, plus a few minutes for questions from the public and discussion. The lectures may be given in Italian, English, or French (with preference for the Italian language).

The candidacies may be submitted until 31th August 2017. Within the month of September 2017, the scientific committee will publish the list of the lecturers whose contribution has been accepted. Refunds for the lecturers coming from other countries than Italy will be quantified thereafter. The scientific committee will also consider publishing the proceedings of the conference.

Scientific committee:
Professor Francesco Carpanelli (University of Turin)
Professor Enrico V. Maltese (University of Turin)
Professor Giulio Guidorizzi (Emeritus of University of Turin)
Professor Angela M. Andrisano (University of Ferrara)




Recovering the Past: Egypt and Greece

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London: Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Few ancient cultures have been studied as intensely as ancient Egypt and Greece. But how exactly do we learn about these ancient cultures and their connections? This multimedia event looks at the many ways in which the Graeco-Egyptian past has been recovered. Come and find out all about it—the recuperation of texts on papyri, the deciphering of hieroglyphs, Freudian theories of Moses and the exodus from Egypt, and the representation of priests of Isis in film.

"Recovering a lost language: the Rosetta Stone" - Stephen Colvin

"Egypt, Greek papyri, and Victorian Britain" - Nick Gonis

"Freud on Moses and Oedipus" - Miriam Leonard

"Murder in Pompeii! The Priests of Isis in Fiction and Cinema" - Maria Wyke

This event is part of Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities.



Between nostos and exilium: “home” in on-screen representations of the ancient Mediterranean world and its narratives

An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & History Conference: "Representing Home: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging"

The Hilton, Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA): November 1-5, 2017

Artists working in screen media have long explored the concept of “home” in ancient Mediterranean narratives. For example, Homer’s Odyssey, the most frequently adapted narrative, depicts a homecoming that will restore the protagonist’s identity within his family, estate, and community, all of which are threatened by a band of outsiders that attempts to destroy that home by claiming his wife, killing his heir, and seizing his property: an ironic replay of Odysseus’ role in the Trojan War. The surviving Trojans end their exile by founding a new homeland, Rome, where shifting alliances within the socio-political network of ancestral houses blur the boundaries of domestic and civic interests until one household subsumes the homeland. In what ways are modern depictions of e.g. oikos, polis, domus, and patria reflective of these ancient concepts? In what ways is the private sentimentality that “home” entails in contemporary discourse fused with the affective value of such concepts in order to facilitate audience investment in ancient characters’ aspirations and struggles?

This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering the depiction of “home” as physical or symbolic structure in on-screen interpretations of the ancient Mediterranean world and its narratives. Topics include, but are not limited to:

--articulating family relations within the home: parents, children, spouses, siblings
--gendered roles within the oikos or domus
--the ancestral “house”: individual, familial, and civic functions
--“others” in the home, e.g. slaves, guests, hostages, and illegitimate offspring
--home as patrimony: dramas of property, kinship, and inheritance
--tension between domestic and civic loyalties
--domestic space as public and/or private space
--the significance of the house as mise-en-scène
--the view of home from away, e.g. during military service, pilgrimage, exploration
--narratives of return: the romance and danger of homecoming, challenges of reintegration
--exiles and home: longing and alienation
--the destruction of house or homeland, from within or without
--foundations: the creation of new houses and homelands

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, so long as they include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2017 for early consideration, and by 1 July 2017 for general consideration, to the area chair: Meredith Safran, Trinity College (USA):



Poverty & Wealth: 32nd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa

Pretoria (South Africa): 26-29 October, 2017

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) and the Classics Section of the Dept of Biblical & Ancient Studies, University of South Africa invite proposals for papers for the 32nd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa to be held in Pretoria in October 2017.

We invite submissions that focus on (but are not limited to) the conference theme “Poverty and Wealth”.

Across the world today there is much discourse around relative wealth and poverty, particularly relating to issues of privilege, class and inequality. Studies on wealth and poverty in antiquity are often centred on the transitional period towards Christianity, but Graeco-Roman antiquity as a whole has much to offer in terms of material for study. Although we are to some extent hampered by the fact that ancient literature, and even material remains, favour the views and lives of the wealthy, there are still many fruitful areas for exploration:

* Representations of poverty and wealth in literature and art
* Links between poverty, patronage and wealth
* Land ownership and wealth
* Transitions: wealth to poverty and poverty to wealth
* Images and metaphors of poverty and wealth
* The role of fate or fortune in views on poverty and wealth
* Actions and motivations towards alleviating poverty
* Material wealth and spiritual poverty
* Idealised poverty
* Differentiations between urban poverty/wealth, and rural situations
* Inequality and social tension
* Political theory and property distribution
* War and conquest and their effects on poverty/wealth.

In addition to the main theme of the conference, we also welcome individual or panel proposals on all other aspects of the Classical World and Classical Reception.

The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2017. Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words) and author affiliation to either:

Dr Liana Lamprecht – – or Dr Martine De Marre –

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

(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)


Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Twelfth-Century Byzantium

An international workshop at the University of Silesia in Katowice organised by the Centre of Studies on Byzantine Literature and Reception: 20-21 October, 2017

Keynote speakers: Panagiotis Agapitos & Aglae Pizzone

Every commentary first and foremost is an interpretation or specific reading of the text that is commented upon. In commenting on ‘their’ text, commentators construct questions of meaning and problems perceived as complicating this meaning, neither of which are inherent in the text. Commentaries, therefore, are firmly grounded in their intellectual and socio-cultural context and ‘may come to be studied as cultural or ideological texts in their own right, with didactic aims of their own, steering the “primary” text in a direction intended to answer very contemporary questions of meaning’ (R.K. Gibson, C.S. Kraus (eds.), The Classical Commentary: Histories, Practices, Theory. Leiden 2002). This ‘contemporariness’ of commentaries involves both their production and their reception: on the one hand, commentators tend to read their own (didactic) programme into the ‘primary’ text and address questions of meaning relevant to their intellectual context; on the other hand, commentaries serve to preserve, comment, and adapt a text for contemporary purposes and for a contemporary target audience.

As ‘documents of their time’, commentaries thus may be said to form an excellent starting point for exploring the reception of authoritative texts in a certain period. In this workshop, we propose to do exactly this: to explore the use of ancient texts in twelfth-century Byzantium through commentaries. Classical scholarship flourished in twelfth-century Constantinople; scholars such as Eustathios of Thessalonike and John Tzetzes undertook ambitious projects of Homeric exegesis, while Eustratios of Nicaea produced commentaries on various of Aristotle’s works. In a broader sense, treatises like those by John Tzetzes on ancient tragedy and comedy or literary works such as Theodore Prodromos’ Katomyomachia and Bion Prasis can also be said to comment on ancient texts and, thus, reveal the manifold ways in which Byzantines dealt with their ancient heritage.

We therefore invite abstracts that explore commentaries on ancient texts in twelfth-century Byzantium in order to shed light on the ways in which the Byzantines used—preserved, commented, adapted—the ancient texts in question. We define ‘commentary’ in a broad sense, to include generically diverse texts that in one way or another comment on the ancient literary heritage. Questions that might be addressed include but are not limited to the following: What (contemporary) questions of meaning do Byzantine commentators seek to answer? What is their hermeneutic and/or didactic programme? How do commentators perceive their own role in preserving or defending the authority of the ancient text? What function do these commentaries fulfil within their intellectual and socio-cultural context? What is the relationship between commentaries on ancient texts and the transtextual use of ancient texts in Byzantine literary practice? Since we would like to put the activity of twelfth-century commentators in a wider context, we would also consider proposals dealing with commentaries on ancient texts in other periods (e.g. antiquity, Palaiologian Byzantium etc.).

Deadline for abstracts: Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 30 April 2017. Any enquiries about the conference may also be addressed to this email address.

Baukje van den Berg
Tomasz Labuk
Divna Manolova
Przemyslaw Marciniak
Katarzyna Warcaba

(CFP closed 30 April, 2017)


Classical Antiquity & Memory from the 19th - 21st Century

University of Bonn, Germany: 28-30 September, 2017

Quand l'homme a voulu imiter la marche, il a créé la roue, qui ne ressemble pas à une jambe
[When man wanted to imitate walking, he invented the wheel, which does not look like a leg]

Apollinaire: Les mamelles de Tirésias, Préface

Reading Antiquity always already presupposes an act of re-membering and thereby a bringing back to heart (ri-cordare). At the same time, remembering is based on generating difference, i.e. on differences enabling the reappearance of the past as a phantom-like present. When identifying significant historical events and explaining their impact, classical mythology is often engaged in literary and cultural discourses that re-shape and re-interpret narratives that develop our sense of self. Therefore, constructing collective memories and remembering a shared antiquity are often interwoven through mechanisms of encoding, storing, retrieving and forgetting the Greco-Roman past. Remembering Antiquity implies calling into question past cultural and political amnesia and repression: With the return of the ghost of right-wing politics which deny the relevance of intellectuals, the criteria of choosing one text and not the other become all the more important. This Conference will explore and discuss Dis-/Re-Membering as an urge to consume and/or erase the memory of “classical” texts that we may call into question by re-writing them in the context of various literary, artistic, visual or musical representations.

Possible subjects for papers:

To what extent does the re-appropriation of classical texts contribute to (de-)constructing memory?
What is the rhetoric of constructing memory in modern literature and art?
How are dis-continuities exploited in favour of rejecting the concept of a collective cultural memory?

To what extent does contemporary literature exploit classical antiquity as propaganda?
Does the ancient world progressively elude our memories in the era of postmodern cultural amnesia, or do the spectres of the classical past still haunt us?
How do the mechanisms of re-membering the classical past change within the context of national and transnational, sociohistorical and fictional accounts of classical literature?
What impact does the digital age have on our relationship with our (remembrance of the) past?

What are the politics of (re-)establishing a Greco-Roman literary canon?
How is cultural memory constructed as a form of opposition or as a survival technique that makes use of classical antiquity?
How does re-/dis-membering the Greco-Roman past operate in our fragmented and/or catalogued present?
What is the connection between personal literary and collective cultural memory, especially in times of crisis when there is a blatant lack of founding myths.
How is the classical world (re-)mediated – as a dead corpse or as a living organism - and what aspects make Antiquity relevant for our social, moral, artistic and intellectual world?

This international conference is organised in collaboration with the Centre for the Classical Tradition (CCT) Bonn (University of Bonn), and Jocasta | Classical Reception Greece (University of Patras), and will take place in Bonn (Germany), from 28-30th September, 2017.

We invite abstracts of approximately 300 words (30'+10'). Abstracts and presentations are to be delivered in English.

Abstracts and any inquiries may be sent to the organisers, at

Submissions are due May 15, 2017.

Dr. Milan Herold (Romance Philology, Bonn)
Penelope-Foteini Kolovou, PhD Student (Classical Philology, Bonn)
Efstathia Athanasopoulou, PhD Student (Classical Philology, Patras)



The Making of Humanities VI

University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK: September 28-30, 2017

The sixth conference on the history of the humanities, ‘The Making of the Humanities VI’, will take place at the University of Oxford, Humanities Division and Somerville College, UK, from 28 till 30 September 2017.

Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences

The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities 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 civilizations.

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:
* Elisabeth Décultot, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg: From an Antiquarian to an Historical Approach? The Birth of Art History in the 18th Century
*Shamil Jeppie, University of Cape Town: Styles of Writing History in Timbuktu and the Sahara/Sahel
* Peter Mandler, University of Cambridge: The Rise (and Fall?) of the Humanities

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: 15 April 2017. Notification of acceptance: June 2017.

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: 15 April 2017. Notification of acceptance: June 2017


(CFP closed 15 April 2017)


Ovid Across Europe: Vernacular Translations of the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages & Renaissance

University of Bristol, UK: 28-29 September, 2017

From the 12th-century onwards, Ovid’s Metamorphoses exerted an enduring influence on Western culture. The capacity of this poem to be constantly present in our world is due to its innate transformative ability. In the Middle Ages, the Metamorphoses was often read as a philosophical text in which to find advice on Christian morality and ethics. In the Renaissance and Baroque periods, it constituted the most important repertoire of myths, an encyclopaedic work plundered by writers, musicians, and painters. The Metamorphoses found a permanent place in Western culture not only because it could be easily reinterpreted, but also for its capacity to be successfully rewritten and translated into various languages. In the medieval and the early modern ages, the reception of Ovid’s major poem did not happen exclusively through the Latin text; translations in the vernaculars played a pivotal role, transmitting the Latin Metamorphoses to all the emerging European vernacular cultures.

This conference aims to bring together scholars working on medieval and early modern translations of the Metamorphoses in Europe in order to shed light on the various ways in which Ovid’s poem was re-purposed and received, as well as to trace connections between different literary traditions. When was the Metamorphoses first translated into European vernaculars? How many Ovids can we talk about? Were there interferences between translations in the different vernaculars? The vernacularization of transnational texts contributed to the shaping of national identities, and this colloquium, fostering an exchange between scholars working in any European linguistic area, aims to shed light on the process of national acquisition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses through translation. The objective of this conference is to chart the changing face and function of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the vernacular Europe of the Middle and Early Modern Ages.

Areas of research might include:

* Text, language, and style of the Metamorphoses’ vernacular translations;
* The physical structure and presentation of the translations (support material, script or type, size, layout and decorations, marginalia) and their relationship with the Latin editions;
* The handwritten tradition and the oral tradition of the vernacular Metamorphoses;
* From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, from manuscript to printed book: disruption, or continuity?
* Allegories and commentaries attached to Ovid’s poem and their influence on the Metamorphoses’ translations;
* Vernacular Metamorphoses and national cultures: the transformations of Ovid’s poem in the language and style of the receiving culture and the role of vernacularization for the consolidation of a cultural identity.
* The changing worlds of the vernacular Metamorphoses: evolution and re-purposing of this text from the court, to the school, the street, the Academy, and the printing shop.

Key-note Speakers:
Genevieve Lively, Bristol University, UK (George Sandy’s Translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses)
John Tholen, Utrecht University (Ovid in the Early Modern Netherlands)
Mattia Cavagna, UCL Belgium (Ovide Moralisé in the Middle Ages)
Elisa Guadagnini, CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), (The Italian Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages)

Please send an abstract (roughly 500 words) and a short curriculum by 30 March 2017 to:
Marta Balzi
Gemma Pellissa Prades


(CFP closed March 30, 2017)


Literary Windows: Imitative Series and Clusters in Literature (Classical to Early Modern)

This conference will be held in 2017 in either London or Oxford: preferably in the early autumn of that year, though this will only be finalized when we know the outcome of our funding applications.

(Addendum: 25-26 September, 2017 at All Souls College, Oxford. Website:

We are looking for 30-minute papers on previously unpublished material that discuss examples of imitative series and clusters from classical literature to roughly the end of the seventeenth century. By "imitative series" we mean what has also been defined as "two-tier allusion" or "window reference" (Nelis), i.e. when author C simultaneously imitates or alludes to a passage or text by author A and its imitation by author B; by "imitative cluster" we mean an instance in which author C simultaneously imitates or alludes to passages or texts that are already interconnected at the source in a formal or conceptual way: these passages will typically be by the same author, or they can be by two different authors and be connected in some way other than straightforward imitation. In short, if an "imitative series" may be represented as a line, an "imitative cluster" corresponds more to a triangle. (Examples of these practices are discussed in C. Burrow, "Virgils, from Dante to Milton", in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil and E. Tarantino, "Fulvae Harenae: The Reception of an Intertextual Complex in Dante's Inferno", Classical Receptions Journal 4.1.) If applicable, proposals should point out any political, philosophical or other issues that were being addressed via these allusions.

We are particularly interested in instances of the imitation of the "Elysian fields" passage in Aeneid 6, but also welcome proposals dealing with a wide range of texts and national literatures - though for reasons of congruity we would limit the geographical scope to European literary traditions. We would also be very interested to hear of any instances of the theoretical discussion of these imitative practices up to c. 1700.

Please send proposals of 100-200 words to by 31st January 2016, accompanied by the following:
* a short text listing main academic affiliations to date (if any) and main publications (especially those relevant to this conference);
* confirmation that your paper deals with previously unpublished material, and that you will send us your text for exclusive publication after the conference;
* an indication of whether you would require financial support in respect of travel expenses and accommodation in order to attend this conference (we are hoping to be able to meet at least some of these costs, but we will not know until we hear about the outcome of our funding applications).
Notification of inclusion in the conference will be sent by 15 February 2016.

Conference organizers: Colin Burrow, Stephen Harrison, Martin McLaughlin, Elisabetta Tarantino.

(CFP closed 31 Jan 2016)


PONTES IX: Classical Heroism in the Modern Age: Ideas, Practices, Media

Freiburg, Germany (Classics Library of the Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie of Freiburg University): 21-23 September, 2017

Classical antiquity is the fountainhead of much of our Western ideas of heroism. Starting from religious Greek hero cult, elements of the heroic manifested itself in myth, literature, war politics, and a number of other domains. The influence of these ideas on later concepts of heroism is obvious until the end of the early modern period. With the rise of industrialized societies since the 19th century, however, the reception of ancient heroism becomes more obscure, and postmodernist currents have questioned the very idea of heroism in many ways. Nonetheless, the concept of heroism keeps informing our perception of and desire for extraordinary persons and actions. For the period from ca. 1800 to our own day, the role of classical patterns in these processes often remains to be uncovered – witness D. Voss’ recent contribution on „Heldenkonstruktionen“ (KulturPoetik 11, 2011, 181-202), in which the author describes a number of differences between ancient and modern heroism but remains silent about reception. Readers are left with the impression that there is a gaping divide between modern day heroism and antiquity. True to its name, the PONTES conference will attempt to build bridges of reception across that divide.

Preference will be given not to individual hero figures, but to larger ideas, practices and media of heroism. Individual heroes may be dealt with, however, as long as their representative character is emphasized. Possible subjects include, for instance, the strategies of hero-making in fascism, Lucretius’ praise of Epicurus as a blueprint for modern heroes of science, or the massive return of ancient heroes in contemporary epic films.

This PONTES conference will be held in cooperation with the Freiburg Sonderforschungsbereich 948 ‘Helden–Heroisierungen–Heroismen’. For further information see the Sonderforschungsbereich’s survey of recent research on heroism, ‘Das Heroische in der neueren kulturhistorischen Forschung: Ein kritischer Bericht’:

Registration: Researches on all career levels are invited to submit proposals. The proposal should contain a working title and a short abstract of ca. 100 words. Please send your proposal by 15 March 2017 to Decisions about acceptance will be made by 30 March 2017. For participation without a paper no registration is needed.

Travel: Since we start on Thursday morning at ca. 9 am, arrival on Wednesday might be advisable for those who come from further afield. Rooms will be booked by the organizers, unless otherwise requested. We shall contact you with all the details after the end of the submission period. We aim to refund travel and accommodation costs if they are not refundable at your home institution.

Place: Classics Library of the Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie of Freiburg University.

Format: Papers of 30 minutes + 15 minutes discussion. Revised versions of the papers will be published in a conference volume.

The PONTES conferences on the reception of Classical Antiquity were founded in 1999 by Karlheinz Töchterle and Martin Korenjak. They took place biannually until 2011 and have been organized triennially since then. So far, conference venues have been Innsbruck, Bern, and Freiburg, where the PONTES will return to in 2017.

(CFP closed March 15, 2017)


Medea in the Artistic Culture of the World

The Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia): September 17-21, 2017

The Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, established in 1997 in Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University through the unification of the Chair of Classical Philology and the Centre of Mediterranean Studies, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In connection with the jubilee, the Institute will hold an international conference on The Theme of Medea in the Artistic Culture of the World from September 17 to 21, 2017. Along with researchers, the event will gather representatives of literature and art.

Those willing to participate in the conference are kindly requested to forward the following information to before March 15, 2017:

Personal information (first name, last name), affiliation and position (title), contact details (telephone, mailing address and email); type of presentation (conference paper, performance or exhibition), title and brief summary (no more than 300 words). The Organizing Committee will provide additional information to shortlisted applicants before April 30, 2017.

The conference welcomes professors, researchers and students from all the three academic levels.

Contact persons:
Ekaterine Kvirkelia - 598 60 46 67;
Mariam Kaladze - 577 42 69 82;
13 I. Chavchavadze ave. 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel.+ 99532222-11-81
Fax.+ 995 32222-11-81

(CFP closed 15 March, 2017)


Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670

Churchill College, Cambridge: 15-16 September 2017

The Society for Neo-Latin Studies invites submissions for papers for a conference on 15–16 September 2017, at Churchill College, Cambridge, on Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670. In this period, Latin was the international language of European literature and a host of material dealing with British and Irish political and cultural identity survives both by authors working within Britain and Ireland and by those outside. Proposed papers dealing with the perception and depiction of Britain and Ireland from elsewhere in Europe are therefore encouraged as well as those on works written by authors resident in Britain or Ireland. Papers may discuss works in poetry or prose, and international scholars are very much encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.

Examples of topics and authors relevant to the call include (but are by no means limited to): the idea of ‘Britain’ and ‘Ireland’ in Latin literature (including historiography); Latin verse responses, both in England and on the continent, to major events, such as the death of Philip Sidney, the defeat of the Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the Thirty Years War, and the events of the Civil War, Protectorate and Restoration; the work of British and Irish Catholic authors resident abroad (often in France and Italy); the role of national identity in major Neo-Latin authors of the period such as Leland, Polydore Vergil, Camden, Stanihurst, Buchanan, Harvey, O’Meara, Owen, Campion, Barclay, Milton, Hobbes; the role of Latin literature in shaping distinct identities and communities of readership, for instance among Irish and Scottish authors, as well as among Catholic writers. Contributors may also want to consider the role of translation into and out of Latin in the formation of British and Irish identity in the period.

SNLS takes particular responsibility for encouraging graduate students and early-career scholars in the field. There will be a special early-career panel of slightly shorter (20 minute) papers only for those currently working towards a PhD or who are within two years of submission. All other abstracts should be for 30-minute papers.

For all proposed papers, a title and abstract of up to 200 words (along with the name of the presenter, their affiliation and, for students, their year of study) should be submitted to by 15 September 2016.

In addition, junior scholars, at MA or PhD level, who would like to present their work in a briefer form are encouraged to submit proposals (title and two-sentence summary) for a poster session (by the same deadline).

SNLS is in the process of applying for funding, but at this stage it cannot be guaranteed that all expenses of presenters will be covered.


(CFP closed 15 September 2016)


Telling Tales out of School: Latin Education and European Literary Production

Ghent University (Belgium), 14-16 September, 2017

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Anders Cullhed (University of Stockholm) - Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania) - Erik Gunderson (University of Toronto)

ADVISORY BOARD: Anders Cullhed (University of Stockholm), Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania), Françoise Waquet (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Karl Enenkel (University of Münster), Piet Gerbrandy (University of Amsterdam), Wim François (University of Leuven), Wim Verbaal (Ghent University), Koen De Temmerman (Ghent University) and Marco Formisano (Ghent University)

At an early stage in its history, Latin went from a vernacular language to the most pervasive and enduring cosmopolitan language in European history. Latin did not only function as the language for international diplomacy, but, more importantly, it also served as the Church's liturgical language all over Europe and gave form to an intellectual climate that stimulated an extensive literary production. Literature written in Latin, from Roman Antiquity over the long Middle Ages to the early modern period, preserved and renewed literary and aesthetic standards. It laid the foundation for a European literature (and culture), which crossed national boundaries. Not surprisingly, ‘Great Authors’ such as Dante, Rimbaud, etc. that are now mainly known for their works in vernacular languages, also wrote several works in Latin.

In the development of this intellectual climate and literature, Latin education was a driving force. Latin education, as it took shape in Classical Antiquity, combined technical matters (morphology, prosody, metric, syntax,...) with broader ways of thinking such as rhetoric, literature, philosophy and theology. Hence, being educated in Latin always meant an initiation into a social, intellectual and literary elite. Most authors, even the ones who only wrote in vernacular languages, followed a Latin educational program and had a reading audience in mind that shared the same background.

The main focus of this conference will be the dynamic interaction between European literary production and Latin education as its undercurrent. At the two extremes, this relation can, on the one hand, be defined as one in which education only functioned as a transmitter of knowledge and literary attitudes; on the other hand, education can also be seen as a full part of the intellectual environment in which literary techniques, values and texts were not only transferred, but also evaluated and (re-)created. From the latter perspective, Latin literature and education were involved in a constant negotiation about (changing) aesthetic, social and historical elements.

This conference seeks to cover the entire Latinitas from the institutionalization of Latin education, as embodied by Quintilian, to the end of Latin as a primary language of schooling in modern times. We invite proposals for 30-minute papers on the interaction between education and literature. Particularly welcome are proposals with a comparative approach to different periods, geographical areas and/or literatures in other languages that had to emancipate from their Latin background.

The following topics can serve as guidelines in exploring the correlation between schooling and literature:

• Methods of reading and writing literature (genre, style, subject matter, literary attitude, etc.): What is their relation to the methods of the Latin educational system? How do they emancipate from them?
• Commentary and reflection on literary values and traditions: How does the Latin school curriculum create literary expectations and stimulate theoretical ways of thinking about literature? In what way are canons created and continued by school programs and instruction?
• Tensions and interactions between literary fields: How did the influence of Latin education affect, decelerate or accelerate the rise of literature in vernacular languages? How do the innovative force of literary production and the conservative nature of schooling disturb, challenge, and at the same time balance each other?
• Power structures and social identification in and through literature: how are power relations and social identities such as gender, class, race, etc. negotiated through schools and literature? How do schools create an elite community of readers and authors of literature by projecting a model of a homo litteratus? How does Latin play a role in establishing or changing this intellectual elite?
• Broad historical-cultural shifts: How does the interaction between Latin schooling and literary production change under the influence of political, demographical, and religious transformations? How do developments within the intellectual climate, such as the rise of universities, the new sciences, the enlightenment etc. affect literary production?
• The end of Latin schooling: What is the impact of the end of Latin as the language of instruction on literary production? What explains sudden and brief revivals of Latin as a literary language in modern times?

We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to by 1 February 2017.

ORGANIZATION: Tim Noens, Dinah Wouters, Maxim Rigaux and Thomas Velle are four FWO-funded doctoral researchers at Ghent University. Their research projects focus on Latin topics ranging from the 1st to the 18th century and in various geographical areas from Spain to Scandinavia. Their common interest in the correlation between Latin and other literatures resulted in the foundation of a new research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools), of which this conference is the launching event.


(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)


ZOOGRAPHEIN – Depicting and describing animals in ancient Greece, Rome and beyond

Cornell University, Ithaca NY – September 8-10, 2017

In collaboration with the research network ZOOMATHIA

Greek and Roman culture is replete with verbal and visual descriptions and depictions of animals, from Herodotus’ gold-digging ants or Pliny’s bestiary to Greek vase painting or the decoration of Roman houses and gardens. Research on ancient zoological knowledge has traditionally centered on identifying animal species in texts and images, determining the various sources of such knowledge, and relating these inquiries to their broader socio-historical and philosophical contexts. While these approaches can be fruitful, they often operate on the assumption that verbal and pictorial testimonies always record and illustrate specific information, echoing concrete ancient zoological knowledge.

This conference takes a decisively different approach. We propose to consider depictions and descriptions of animals as methods of inquiry in and of themselves, rather than illustrations of knowledge ex post facto. Thus, for instance, Aristotle’s account of gregarious animals at the start of Historia Animalium may serve as a mode of understanding humans’ position within the animal world, rather than an account of ancient discoveries. In addition, ancient zoographers’ views might have been shaped by encounters with animals in contexts and media other than 'scientific' study or simple observation in nature. In this sense, do we seek to consider visual and textual sources as creative and active modes of representation and thereby forms of knowledge production, rather than reflections of it.

Contributions may focus on a single ancient description or depiction of an animal, or on a group of cases. We particularly welcome contributions that engage with cognitive or media studies in their approach to texts or images. We also encourage contributors to consider ways in which ancient and medieval European zoological knowledge was produced differently from that of other cultures.

Papers Submissions may address the following questions:
* How do ancient descriptions and depictions of animals work as forms of inquiry to produce knowledge?
* How do visual and verbal studies of animals interact with each other?
* How do descriptions and depictions of animals reflect human observation and experience?
* How do rhetorical images or metaphors work function as methods of inquiry?
* How do common knowledge vs. specialized inquiry influence depiction and description?
* (How) do sources distinguish between mythical and real animals?
* If depiction and description of animals create knowledge, do they shape literary or artistic styles? How do they relate to concepts of aesthetics and rhetoric?
* How do shifts in historical and cultural context affect animal description and depiction?
* What is the reception of famous depictions or descriptions (e.g. Herodotus' crocodile, Aristotle’s elephant, Myron’s cow?)

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by February 1, 2017 to the conference organizers: Annetta Alexandridis ( and Athena Kirk (


(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)


Reception Histories of the Future: a conference on Byzantinisms, speculative fiction, and the literary heritage of medieval empire

Uppsala University, Sweden: August 4th-6th, 2017

The study of Classical reception in modern speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) is an old and broad field, with roots in both the academy and the popular press. However, much as Classics is often reluctant to look beyond the temporal borders of the antique world and venture into its medieval Greek imperial successor, the consideration of classical reception in speculative fiction has mostly neglected the significant impact of Byzantium and other post-Roman imperial formations and their literatures on modern SFF. However, many of the central thematic tenets of the literary heritage of medieval empire – including but not limited to decadence, the post-Roman world, the problem of defining barbarian and citizen, and the use of ‘Byzantine’ settings and symbology as codes for the foreign or exotic – have had deep effects on the development of science fiction and fantasy in the 20th and 21st centuries.

This conference aims to bring together some of the most innovative modern writers of speculative fiction with scholars working at the cutting edge of Byzantine reception studies for a two-day discussion of Byzantinism, decadence, empire, and storytelling. The conference will therefore collapse the distance between practitioners and critics, and bring reception studies into a direct dialogue with one of today’s most vibrant genres of popular fiction. Planned activities include public events at local bookstores, presentations of scholarly papers, and group panel discussions between writers and scholars. A post-conference publication will include both essays, academic articles, and commissioned fiction.

Details of the Conference

The conference is organized by AnnaLinden Weller, a postdoctoral researcher in Byzantine Studies, who writes speculative fiction under the pen name Arkady Martine. It is supported by the “Text and Narrative in Byzantium” project (principal investigator: Professor Ingela Nilsson) within the Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University. The conference will bring together scholars working on the reception of Byzantium, scholars working on classical reception in speculative fiction, and active writers producing speculative fiction in order to broaden and deepen the consideration of how medieval literatures and Byzantinism have far-reaching impact on the popular imagination. Since speculative fiction is a crucial mode of popular cultural expression of life in the modern and technological world, exploring the significant reception of medieval literatures – a ‘non-technological’ and foreign/distant subject in comparison – within it is of real interest to both the scholarly community and the general public.

There has been substantial recent scholarly interest in the reception of classics (and Classics) in speculative fiction. This interest has come both from the academy (volumes like Rogers, Brett M. and Benjamin Eldon Stevens, eds. 2015. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction. Oxford: Oxford University Press., and Bost-Fiévet, Mélanie and Sandra Provini, eds. 2014. L’Antiquité dans l’imaginaire contemporain: Fantasy, science-fiction, fantastique. Paris: Classiques Garnier) and from the popular SF press (i.e. Liz Gloyn’s “In a Galaxy Far Far Away: On Classical Reception and Science Fiction” in the SF magazine Strange Horizons, available at However, very little work has been done to explore the equally prevalent reception of postclassical Greco-Roman subjects and themes in speculative fiction. This conference aims to bring scholars, writers, and the general public together to investigate medieval imperial receptions – and concepts of Byzantinism – which are deeply embedded in speculative fiction. Recent work on Byzantine reception has examined Byzantinism in contemporary film and art, and explored the reception of Byzantium in Enlightenment and fin-de-siècle literature, but has not addressed the presence of post-Roman themes and ideas in speculative fiction. This conference’s three days of discussion and the subsequent publication of a volume of essays from international scholars and commissioned fiction from leading writers in the speculative fiction genre will contribute to the closure of these gaps.

The thematic elements of post-Roman imperial formations and the literatures which they produced – including but not limited to decadence, the post-Roman world, the problem of defining barbarian and citizen, and the use of ‘Byzantine’ settings and symbology as codes for the foreign or exotic – are of substantial importance to writers of speculative fiction. Byzantium has been an explicit setting in several significant novels (Turtledove’s Videssos cycle, Guy Gavriel Kay’s Sarantine Mosaic) and many of its central thematic tenets — an empire gone decadent, the permeability of frontiers, the creation of an imperial ideology and the survival of that ideology – appear in others: perhaps most intriguingly in Ann Leckie’s recent Hugo and Nebula-award-winning Imperial Radch books, which, while not being specifically Roman or Byzantine, can be interpreted usefully by being viewed through a Byzantine lens. These and other questions of the reception of post-Roman concepts and literatures are what this conference is meant to engage with.

A major aim of this conference is to bring writers and academics – practitioners and analysts – together in innovative ways. While portions of the conference will allow academics to present prepared papers in the traditional format of a short lecture on recent or ongoing with a subsequent question period, the majority of the panels will be themed discussions in which a group of panelists have a public conversation on a pre-arranged topic, guided by a moderator. This method of discussion comes from the world of speculative fiction conferences and produces a focused, vibrant, and wide-ranging exploration of the subject. It is also widely accessible to a popular audience, even when the discussants are specialists. An entire day of the conference will be reserved for this format. Additionally, since there is substantial public engagement with speculative fiction topics — as well as significant public interest in Byzantium – this conference will open up the group panels to the general public on that day, bringing both Byzantium and speculative fiction to the Scandinavian audience in a direct and engaging manner. The public, creative professionals, and academics will all be able to share in the investigation of the effects of Byzantinism on popular culture.

The volume that results from this conference will include both academic articles written by leading reception history scholars, critical essays on Byzantium and medieval empire written by members of the speculative fiction community, and new speculative fiction on Byzantine themes commissioned especially for this project from award-winning and bestselling authors.

Call for Papers (Academic Track) – Deadline February 28, 2017

Please submit an abstract of approximately 300 words which describes research which responds to or contributes to the discussion of Byzantine and post-Roman reception in speculative fiction, to

Alternately or additionally, suggest topics for group panel discussions which you would be interested in participating in, alongside writers and other creative professionals.

Call for Interest & Panel Topics (Creative Track) – Deadline February 28, 2017

If you are a speculative fiction writer or industry professional who would like to participate in the conference, write to with your contact details, professional experience, and ideas for panels.

Practical Information: This conference conveniently takes place the weekend before WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland – Sweden is quite close to Finland! Come early, start talking about speculative fiction before WorldCon even begins.



(CFP closed 28 February, 2017)


Sibylline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period

A Bicentennial Conference at Birkbeck, London: 20-21 July 2017

Keynote Speakers: Deidre Shauna Lynch (Harvard) and Seamus Perry (Oxford)

July 2017 marks the bicentenary of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poetry collection Sibylline Leaves and Biographia Literaria, which he had initially planned as an introduction to the poems. For Coleridge the collection included 'the whole of the author's poetical compositions', from those already published in Lyrical Ballads to those taken down on 'loose papers and [in] numerous Common-place or Memorandum Books […] including Margins of Books & Blank pages'. While Coleridge ennobles his poems through an allusion to Virgil's Cumaean Sibyl, their 'fragmentary and widely scattered state' also evokes the cheap materiality of newspapers. For William Hazlitt Biographia was no more significant a work than the 'soiled and fashionable leaves of the Morning Post' from which it was supposedly composed. From the prophetic to the everyday, through the high and low traditions of flying leaves, this conference focuses on the materiality of Romantic collections.

This conference invites participants to investigate the play of papers between proliferating 'snips', 'scraps', and 'scattered leaves', and the promise of the 'great work', complete edition, or philosophical system. We welcome proposals on the metaphorical, material and political implications of the 'leaf in flight', and on the composition, publication and reception of romantic poetry in relation to a diverse range of collections and composite texts: miscellanies, anthologies and beauties, multi-volume or serialised fiction, magazines and newspapers, annuals and albums, common-place books and notebooks, catalogues and guidebooks, encyclopaedias and dictionaries. Revisiting 1817 in 2017 might also involve rethinking the connections between seemingly disparate texts and diverse media in the twenty-first century. How do we read around and make connections within such texts now? How does poetry interact with the paratextual pressures and juxtapositions of these media and genres? What potential do digital tools and platforms offer for representing and reading these collections and tracing connections between them?

Topics might include:

* The compilation, publication and reception of Coleridge's Sibylline Leaves
* The relation of Sibylline Leaves to composite prose works, eg. Biographia Literaria
* 'Flying leaves and penny publications': newspapers, political propaganda and the diffusion of knowledge
* The 'phantasmal chaos of association': metaphors and materialities of order and disorder
* Connections within collections: the mechanics of indexing, footnotes, contents pages, errata, advertisements, paratexts, editorial groupings and interventions, text and image
* Collections, collaboration, and the dynamics of authorship
* Contested collections: literary invention, literary property, republication
* Practices of recollection, common-placing, annotation, extra-illustrating and album-making
* Ephemera, playfulness and popular entertainment
* Romantic reimaginings of the classical tradition of sibylline leaves
* Uncollected papers, literary remains, posthumous orders

Please submit a 500 word abstract by 15 October 2016 to

Conference organizers: Marianne Brooker and Luisa Calè


(CFP closed 15 October 2016)


[Panel] The Reception of Ancient Drama in the Scholarly Works of Early Modern Europe

10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017

Organizers: Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble Alpes University) and Pascale Paré-Rey (Lyon University, Lyon 3 – Jean Moulin)

The panel will welcome any proposal dealing with the reception of Ancient drama in scholarly works during Early Modernity. The first objective of the panel will be to examine the nature of these works and in what way they have grown to be at the heart of reflections on the way this theatre was understood or made to be understood by its readers. It will also try to grasp in what way these works either echo, define or set aside some of the debates on contemporary vernacular theater. The construction of a text, its translation (if required), analysis, explanation, criticism or indexing in plays written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, as well as Plautus, Terence and Seneca, can be seen as so many literary tasks embraced by scholars, each driven by a range of objectives.

If the humanistic ideals of curiosity and freedom are necessary motives which seem to guide the well-read towards Ancient texts, the different historical, political and literary contexts in Europe have not always been favorable to such works. Very often something is indeed at stake in the productions and underlying motivations of these learned men for whom this approach to drama can only be passed on as a contribution to intellectual progress. But it can also represent a challenge, an obstacle, even a danger, against which they would have had to protect themselves or find a relevant justification.

The panel also hopes to explore the scholarly works of a period which starts in the XVIth and extends all the way to the XVIIIth century : from principes editions to Father Brumoy’s Greek Theatre (1730), from the translations in Latin verse to the more complete translations in the vernacular, including the ad verbum translations as well, it is indeed a period when the editorial work of the Classics starts to gather momentum and when critical arguments are thus being formulated.

These scholarly works, whether they be placed alongside theatrical texts, namely in certain editions where prefaces, essays, dissertations, commentaries are added to the final volume, or whether they appear in separate texts, often convey a vision of Ancient drama which, as such, has not yet been explored. This vision, of course, cannot be seen as a single, identical and unchanging vision. It varies all throughout the period, according both to national traditions as well as the conceptions of each author, depending on the play at hand.

The panel should highlight this abundance whilst asking questions which will allow us to tackle this large, theoretical corpus in the most joint and enthusiastic way.

Possible topics and suggestions include:

* Language issues: what relationship did these works have with Ancient languages ? Were they written in Latin or in the vernacular, and why? Were the translations poetic, literal or ad verbum ? What are the choices made in terms of metrics?

Historical and political contexts: what are the concerns, the objectives, the issues at stake, including the risks, of the editorial process, namely studying and staging Ancient drama, either in a pacified Europe or in a Europe torn by the Wars of Religion and boundary disputes?

* Drama and performance: Were the plays intended to be performed? What adaptations were recommended?

* Texts and readers: Were they read by drama theorists? The educated public? Were they the sole concern of professors? Were they in any way made to fit the teaching of Ancient languages? Or of drama? What pedagogical approach to drama did they offer?

* Role played by scholarly works: what sort of resonance or impact did they have? What trace or aftermath did they leave behind? How did one work influence the other or, more generally, influence the later reception of Ancient drama? What new concepts did they produced?

* Editors, translators, printers: who was interested in Ancient dramatic texts? What were the leading figures? What were their links with the world of theatre? In what way were they made to appear in and/or alongside theatrical texts?

* History of books: how can one find common grounds between a flourishing, scholarly literature and the history of books? What are the material evolutions which both explain, restrict the choices and define the postures of commentators?

The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place in Montreal (Canada), from 19-22 July, 2017. The Conference provides panels with up to 15 hours of papers and discussion across four days. For this panel we are asking for papers of 30 minutes in length, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Malika Bastin-Hammou ( and Pascale Paré-Rey ( by 31st January 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. It is expected that a number of the papers delivered at this panel will form part of a peer-reviewed edited volume. Applicants should state whether they would intend their papers to be considered for publication.

The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French. The conference website can be found here:

(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


[Panel] Popular Classics

A panel at the Tenth Celtic Conference in Classics, Montreal, Canada: 19-22 July, 2017

As scholars, Classicists tend to conceptualize our field as the stewardship of a cultural inheritance that links us with Greco-Roman antiquity in a relationship that has been cultivated since the Renaissance. This self-conscious imagined community also includes members of society who have been acculturated to revere classical antiquity and thus to participate in its reception: through educational systems and other institutions that incorporate classical references into their discourses; as artists whose relationships with classical sources inform new works; as consumers and patrons of the works acknowledged to constitute the classical tradition. For sociological and historical reasons, the conversation around this tradition has tended to focus on groups and discourses associated with elites and those striving for the social validation that allegiance to elite mores and values is thought to earn. But what of engagements with elements of Greco-Roman antiquity that signal little, or even no, allegiance to the classical tradition as the purveyor of a set of values, protocols, and ideological imperatives that long undergirded Classics?

This panel aims to investigate the potentially self-contradictory concept of "popular Classics." How do elements of the ancient Greco-Roman world appeal to, and appear to, people who are not invested in the classical tradition as cultural patrimony? While the products of "popular Classics" usually can be explained by scholars within the framework of the classical tradition, and marketers have at times leveraged that connection to appeal to institutional gatekeepers, this identification may not reflect how their creators conceptualized them, nor how their consumers ultimately perceive or value them. But if not as expressions of the classical tradition, what cultural work are elements of Greco-Roman antiquity performing for members of a given society? To what extent is a distinction between "popular" and "elite" culture-as defined by medium, genre, and/or testimony from creators, critics, marketers, or consumers-explanatory of how ancient Greco-Roman material is handled and discussed in a particular place and period?

The participants in this panel will collaborate toward building a theoretical framework for interpreting such engagements with Greco-Roman antiquity. In proposing individual presentations, applicants are invited to use case studies from a variety of media, including but not limited to blockbuster films, television series, video games, comics, graphic novels, non-fiction and mass-market fiction, fan fiction, editorial cartooning, fashion, advertising, sports reporting, children's literature, cartoons, political/sketch comedy, music, and music videos. Applicants might further focus on specific genres, e.g. superhero comics, science fiction films, biography, or heavy metal music. Engagements with Greco-Roman material may be fundamental to the cultural product in question (e.g. television series like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Plebs), or may be used as a key idea (e.g. the "gladiators" of Shonda Rhimes' Scandal).

This panel will accept a total of 15 papers of 35 minutes each; a limited number of slots may be shared by pairs of scholars who would like to deliver a joint presentation or two shorter, related presentations. Participants are expected to attend all four days of the conference in order to contribute to the discussion as it develops. Applicants of any rank are invited to submit an abstract of 300-500 words plus select works cited, and a one-page CV including any relevant research, teaching, and service/organizing experience, to Professor Meredith Safran, Trinity College (USA), at Submissions are due by 9 January, 2017. NB the Celtic Conference in Classics is self-funding; all participants must bear their own expenses.


(CFP closed 9 January 2017)


Epic and Elegy. A Panel for the 10th Celtic Conference in Classics

10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017

Co-Organizers: Micah Myers (Kenyon College), Bill Gladhill (McGill University), Alison Keith (University of Toronto), Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin)

This panel welcomes new approaches to the long, fruitful, and contentious relationship between the epic and elegiac genres, in Greek and Latin poetry and in the classical tradition.

Domitius Marsus rehearses conventions about the relationship between epic and elegy as well as some of the ways that those conventions may be defied in his epigram on Tibullus’ death (fr. 7 Courtney):

Te quoque Vergilio comitem non aequa, Tibulle,
mors iuvenem campos misit ad Elysios
ne foret aut elegis molles qui fleret amores
aut caneret forti regia bella pede.

The verses pair the deaths of Vergil and Tibullus, making the poets companions in the Elysian Fields and claiming with traditional hyperbole that the demise of each poet brings an end to their respective genres. Tibullus is linked to elegy, the “bewailing of soft loves.” Vergil is connected with epic, fortis in meter and content where elegy is soft. Yet in a flourish that evokes the tensions between the genres elsewhere, the description of elegy is in a hexameter line and epic in a pentameter. Moreover, Marsus’ dichotomy between elegy as “bewailing soft loves” and epic as “singing of kingly wars” both epitomizes each genre and also undercuts itself, since epic from its origins encompasses both themes: witness Achilles weeping over Patroclus or the funeral lamentations that close the Iliad.

The goal of this panel is to interrogate and contextualize further the relationship between epic and elegy, a relationship whose terms have often been defined by Callimachean aesthetics, the recusationes of Roman elegy and lyric, and genre mixing. Engagements between epic and elegy, however, are also evolutionary and intertwined with specific cultural and historical contexts that can be traced from Homer to the present. The panel invites reconsiderations of this intergeneric relationship within and across linguistic and cultural traditions from antiquity to the modern period, and investigations that reframe the question in order to think about not only how epic responds to elegy and elegy to epic, but also how these genres allow audiences to filter their worldviews in new ways.

Papers are invited on topics including (but not limited to):

* How did ancient writers understand epic's relationship to elegy? Was elegy “always already” secondary to or implicit in epic? Or can elegy serve as a governing or correcting force upon epic?
* How and why did later authors tease out elegiac modes and themes found in early Greek epic and elegy?
* How do different elegiac poets utilize the epic tradition, and likewise, how do epic poets respond to the elegiac pull?
* What is the role of lyric poetry (especially Horace) in negotiating the interplay between epic and elegy?
* What do shifting generic stances between epic and elegy say about the social and cultural contexts in which poems were produced?
* In what ways do didactic epic and other hexameter poetry reframe elegiac poetics and invite new ways of assessing epic and elegy?
* How do authors like Vergil, Ovid, and Statius in their various poetic productions filter Greek epic through Roman elegy and elegiac thematics?
* How do elegy and epic conceptualize time and its passage differently? How might these genres’ different visions of history be ironized or conflated by historical events?
* How do scholiasts and commentators interpret and evaluate the linkages between epic and elegy?
* How do poets’ biographies or the paratexts surrounding their works affect the generic discourse and audiences’ subsequent reception of these works?
* How do authors such as Dante, Ariosto, Pontano, Chaucer, Milton, and Melville (to gesture to a few) respond to ancient entanglements between epic and elegy?

The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place in Montreal, Canada from 19-22 July, 2017. The Conference provides panels with up to 15 hours of papers and discussion across three days. For this panel we are asking for papers of 35-40 minutes in length, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion, but shorter papers (20+10) are also welcome.

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to by 31 January, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French. For more information on the conference see


(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


[Panel] Landscapes of War

10th Celtic Conference in Classics, Montreal, 19–22 July 2017

Organizers: Chris Mackie (La Trobe University), Marian Makins (University of Pennsylvania), and Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen)

Modern scholarship has seen a significant interest in spatial approaches to place and landscape in the ancient sources. And yet relatively little attention has thus far been paid to intersections of landscape (either real or imagined), war, and memory in ancient Greek and Roman culture. That is the territory we plan to explore with this panel.

Landscape can give rise to armed conflict when two or more groups stake claims to territory possessing special strategic, economic, or even cultural significance. Features of a landscape such as hills, valleys, forests, and streams can also dictate the nature and progress of battles that take place there. At the same time, fighting in a certain landscape—a particularly idyllic or hostile one, say, or one imbued with symbolic importance—can condition soldiers’ experience of war, potentially causing them to imagine the landscape as a participant in the conflict.

Moreover, warfare changes landscapes, both physically and in the way they are later perceived and experienced. Environmental changes—deforestation, water and soil pollution, dammed or diverted watercourses—are just the beginning. Military engagements can make (mental) maps obsolete through the construction of tunnels, trench networks, and roads; the founding or erasure of settlements; the movement of borders; and the generation of new place-names and landmarks. Finally, landscapes of war give rise to new landscapes of remembrance, as survivors create the cemeteries, monuments, tourist itineraries, art objects, and texts in which later generations might form an impression of what the war was like, and what it meant.

“Landscapes of War” follows from and builds on the successful 2016 CCC panel “Landscapes of Dread,” organised by Debbie Felton and Will Brockliss. Whereas the 2016 panel considered “landscapes of dread, desolation, and despair” in a broad sense, this panel focuses specifically on war landscapes, whether real or imagined. We are particularly keen to see interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to war landscapes, and whilst a focus on Greco-Roman antiquity will unite the panel’s discussions, we also invite contributions that focus on modern intersections of war, landscape, and the classical past.

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Representations of place and space in literary treatments of war
* Battle landscapes—beautiful and horrid
* War landscapes and ecocriticism
* Classical ‘traumascapes’
* Commemorative and memorial landscapes
* Sites of contested memory (e.g., sites where more than one battle occurred)
* Battlefield tourism, pilgrimage, and conservation
* War landscapes and imperialism
* The landscape imagined as a participant in war
* Battle landscapes in the visual arts
* Modern wartime receptions of classical landscapes
* Classical archaeology in times of war

Confirmed speakers include:

* C. Jacob Butera (University of North Carolina Asheville)
* Virginia Fabrizi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
* Debbie Felton (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
* Chris Mackie (La Trobe University)
* Marian Makins (University of Pennsylvania)
* Sarah Midford (La Trobe University)
* Elizabeth Minchin (Australian National University)
* Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen)

We invite papers of 35–40 minutes in length, to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) to by 1 March 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. We hope to publish a volume featuring a selection of papers from the panel in due course.

About the Conference: The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place at McGill University and the Université de Montréal in Montreal, Canada from 19–22 July 2017. The conference provides each panel with up to fifteen hours of papers and discussion over three days. The languages of the conference are English and French. For more details, visit Please note that the Celtic Conference in Classics is self-funding; all speakers must arrange and bear their own travel and accommodation expenses. However, as part of the NWO-VENI project Landscapes of War in Roman Literature, our panel is able to offer up to two bursaries for (a) postgraduate students currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation on a related subject or (b) contingent faculty, who lack funding to travel to Montreal. Each bursary will cover the participant’s actual travel costs to Montreal, up to a maximum amount of €1,000. To apply for one of these bursaries, please submit a CV along with your abstract and briefly describe in your e-mail your reasons for wishing to participate, other sources of funding available to you, and the estimated cost of travel.


(CFP closed 1 March, 2017)


[Panel] The Alchemy of Myth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017

Of the numerous forms and intellectual domains in which Greco - Roman mythology survived in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, alchemy and more specifically alchemical symbolism is as important as it is elusive. Whether one interprets alchemical imagery as the manifestation of a perennial wisdom expressed in eternal symbols of transformation, or rather as poetic veils shrouding actual experiments conducted in laboratory, myths like the Golden Age, the Golden Fleece or the Golden Bough are often found in countless poems, tracts, frescoes and sculptures charged with alchemical meanings, which are still waiting to be deciphered. This panel invites scholar to focus on specific cases of Medieval or Early Modern alchemical adaptations of Greco - Roman myths. While every approach and method is welcome, priority will be given to papers focusing on specific authors, individual texts and works of art from an historical perspective. Possible areas of investigation are:

* Late Ancient and Medieval alchemical allegories;
* Texts and legacy of the Pseudo Lull;
* Aurora Consurgens and alchemical iconography;
* Hermes and Renaissance Hermetism;
* Renaissance mythographers and iconography;
* Painters, sculptors and alchemical imagery;
* Alchemical poems and poets.

Please send a 200 words abstract and CV to Matteo Soranzo ( and Bill Gladhill ( The deadline is January 7, 2017; acceptance will be communicated in the first week of January.


(CFP closed January 7 2017)


Pacific Rim Roman Seminar 2017

July 10-14, 2017: San Diego State University

The Pac Rim 2017 Seminar in Roman Literature will be held at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA, from Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14. The conference will begin the evening of July 10 with a special opening paper & reception; paper sessions will continue through Fri afternoon.

The thematic focus of this PacRim will be Roman Receptions. Papers are invited on such topics as:
* the reception of Roman literature in late antiquity, Renaissance and post-Renaissance Europe and/or the modern world
* the reception of Greek and Roman texts by Roman writers themselves
* the reception of the political and social world in Roman literary texts
* the reception of an inherited canon of Roman authors in modern scholarship
* translation as reception.

Papers investigating other kinds of ‘Roman Reception’ are also strongly encouraged: the organizing theme offers sufficient liberty of interpretation so as to encompass as broad a range of personal research interests as possible.

Abstract proposals (200-300 words) for papers (30 minutes maximum) should be sent to I’ll provide a submission link into the web address

Please have abstracts submitted by January 31, 2017.

Conference fee: $40.00 (or its currency equivalent) per person (which can be waived for those delivering papers) will help offset daily seminar costs. A fee reduction for students will be offered.

Joseph Andrew Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Classics, San Diego State University


(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


[Panel] Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century

14th Annual International Conference on Law, Athens, Greece: 10-11 July 2017

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers based in Athens, organizes a Panel on Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century, 10-11 July 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Law, 10-11 July 2017, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for a presentation by email to, before 29 May 2017. The registration fee is 540 euro and includes accommodation during the days of the conference, participation to all sessions of the conference, breakfasts, two lunches and all taxes. If you need more information, please let me know (Dr Vasileios Adamisis, and our administration will send it through to you.

The language of the conference is English for both presentations and discussions. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and it should include names and contact details of all authors. All abstracts are blind reviewed according to ATINER’s standards and policies. Acceptance decisions are sent within four weeks following submission. Papers should be submitted one month before the conference only if the paper is to be considered for publication at ATINER’s series.


Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World

University of Leeds: 7-9 July, 2017

In June 2013 the conference Hercules: a Hero for All Ages laid the foundations for a large-scale project on the reception of the ancient Greek hero Herakles in post-classical culture. Work has been proceeding quietly on four volumes arising from the original conference, to be published in Brill’s series 'Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity'. A grant from the AHRC’s Networking fund is now supporting, amongst other things, the development of a new website ( and a follow-on conference at Leeds in July 2017.

Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World will reflect on the progress of the project so far, and work towards finalising the content of the volumes, due for publication in 2018-19: while the first two volumes are almost complete, there is scope for additional papers in all four, as detailed in the Call for Papers below. The conference will reunite a number of scholars from the 2013 conference, but also aims to bring new contributors on board: scholars from a wide range of disciplines are welcome – including history, art history, world literatures, drama, music, film and cultural studies – to share their expertise on the many contexts in which Hercules appears.

In 2013 we welcomed a number of practitioners talking about their Hercules-related work, including dramatists and the contemporary New Zealand artist Marian Maguire. This time there will be a presentation in the Clothworkers’ Concert Hall of 'Herakles', a new oratorio by Tim Benjamin, fresh from its April 2017 première.

The conference will again make use of the excellent facilities on the main Leeds campus, with academic sessions based in the School of Music, and comfortable overnight accommodation in Storm Jameson Court.

CALL FOR PAPERS: All sessions will be plenary, to maximise the potential for cross-disciplinary discussion. Papers should be c.20 minutes in length. While proposals on any aspect of Herculean reception will be considered, we are particularly looking to enhance the volumes’ coverage in the following areas:

* Herakles Inside and Outside the Church: from the first Christian Apologists to the end of the Quattrocento: This volume examines Herakles-Hercules' adoption inside and outside the early Church as an allegorical figure, and appropriations of this figure in medieval Italian ecclesiastical literature and art. Papers on receptions in other parts of Christendom, and by other religions, would be particularly welcome. NB this volume is almost ready to go to press: any paper accepted for publication will need to be finished by the end of August 2017.

* The Exemplary Hercules: This volume covers receptions of the hero in the Early Modern period, debating Hercules’ status as the incarnation of virtue, ways in which this might be presented or problematised in different media, and the varieties of political capital made out of the figure. NB this volume will be the next to go to press: any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of September 2017.

* Hercules Performed: This volume explores Hercules’ development in works written for performance, encompassing new works as well as re-workings of ancient tragedy and comedy, opera and oratorio as well as stage plays. Papers on receptions of Seneca’s Hercules-plays, and on comic performances, would be particularly welcome. Any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of December 2017.

* The Modern Hercules: This volume covers Hercules' appearances in various media from the nineteenth century to the present day, including consideration of contemporary art, children's literature, cartoons, film, radio, video-games, political and commercial discourses. Papers on the use of Hercules in branding and political discourse would be particularly welcome. Any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of December 2017.

If you are interested in offering a paper, please submit a title and short abstract (200-250 words) by 31st January 2017 to the address: If you want to discuss an idea before submission, you are welcome to e-mail Emma Stafford (


(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


Cyborg Classics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

University of Bristol, UK: July 7, 2017

We are pleased to announce a one-day symposium, sponsored by BIRTHA (The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts) to be held at the University of Bristol, on Friday July 7th 2017.

Keynote speakers:
Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths)
Dr Genevieve Liveley (Bristol)
Dr Rae Muhlstock (NYU)

The aim of the day is to bring together researchers from different disciplines – scholars in Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, English, History, and Theology as well as in AI, Robotics, Ethics, and Medicine – to share their work on automata, robots, and cyborgs. Ultimately, the aim is an edited volume and the development of further collaborative research projects.

Indicative key provocations include:
* To what extent do myths and narratives about automata, robots, and cyborgs raise questions that are relevant to contemporary debates concerning robot, cyborg, and AI product innovation?
* To what extent, and how, can contemporary debate concerning robot, cyborg, and AI product innovation rescript ancient myths and narratives about automata, robots, and cyborgs.
* Can interdisciplinary dialogues between the ‘soft’ humanities and the ‘hard’ sciences of robotics and AI be developed? And to what benefit?
* How might figures such as Pandora, Pygmalion’s statue, and Talos help inform current polarized debates concerning robot, cyborg, and AI ethics?
* What are the predominant narrative scripts and frames that shape the public understanding of robotics and AI? How could these be re-coded?

We invite scholars working across the range of Classics and Ancient History (including Classical Reception) and across the Humanities more widely to submit expressions of interest and/or a title and abstract (of no more than 250 words) to the symposium coordinator, Silvie Kilgallon ( PhD students are warmly encouraged to contribute. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31st, 2017.



Adapting the Classics (panel)

The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Utrecht, The Netherlands: 6-9 July 2017

Organizer: Ricardo Apostol
Co-Organizer: Anastasia Bakogianni

Panel Description: What is a classic? And what is an adaptation? Is an adaptation of a classic always in a disadvantaged position vis-à-vis the source text? These seemingly disparate questions converge upon a single set of problems about authority in discourse, about hierarchies of influence, and about originality and interpretation. Studying the intersection of adaptation theory and the notion of the ‘classic’ or ‘classical’ broadly understood has the potential to shed light on fundamental issues across a variety of time periods, disciplines, and media.

This seminar invites papers that seek to explore the place of ‘the classical’ within discourses and traditions; that examine particular instances of reception and adaptation of ‘classics’ in and/or across various media; or that delve into the hierarchies and processes of adaptation.

Abstract length: Less than 250 words

Timeline: If you are interested in submitting an abstract but would like to know more please contact the panel organizers: Ricardo and Anastasia

Submission Process: Abstracts will be accepted from 1st to 23rd of September 2016 through the ACLA portal.

Information about timelines and seminars can be found on the ACLA website at

For more information about the ACLA:

Please note that you do not have to be a member of the association to submit an abstract, but you do have to join to attend the conference.


(CFP closed 23 September 2016)


Greek Drama V

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada: July 5-8, 2017

This is a call for papers for Greek Drama V, a conference to be held at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, from Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July 2017. The conference is the fifth of the periodic Pacific Rim Greek Drama conferences, after Sydney 1982, Christchurch 1992, Sydney 2002, and Wellington 2007. The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Eric Csapo, University of Sydney.

As with the previous Greek Drama conferences, we seek to bring together scholars at all career stages, providing an opportunity to establish new directions for the study of ancient theatre. We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Greek drama and performance.

Abstracts of no longer than 300 words (exclusive of bibliography) should be submitted to The deadline for abstracts is August 31, 2016 September 6, 2016.

Inquiries may be directed to the conference organizers, Hallie Marshall, Department of Theatre & Film ( and C. W. Marshall, Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies (

The publication of a volume of selected papers is planned. Such a volume from Greek Drama III was published as BICS Supplement 87 (London, 2006), and from Greek Drama IV with Aris and Phillips (Oxford, 2012).

(CFP closed 6 September 2016)


Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: 5-7 July 2017

We are pleased to announce an international conference, “The Once and Future Kings: Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present”, to be held at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), from Wednesday July 5 – Friday July 7, 2017. The conference will be convened by Dr Caillan Davenport and Dr Shushma Malik in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

Roman emperors play a significant role in contemporary political discourse, with rulers such as Augustus, Caligula, Nero, and Marcus Aurelius regularly cited as positive or negative models in newspaper editorials, stump speeches, and Twitter. Our understanding of these emperors as paradigms of power has been shaped by centuries of intellectual debate from Tacitus and Seneca to Erasmus and Machiavelli.

The conference aims to answer the question: ‘How have literary and artistic representations of Roman emperors been manipulated for political purposes throughout history?’ This overall question is divided into two areas:

* Roman emperors within a specifically Roman political context, from Augustus to the fall of Constantinople in A.D. 1453;
* Roman emperors in the western medieval world and beyond.

The conference aims to connect these two aspects as part of a larger study of the process of reception, which occurred across temporal, spatial, and social boundaries in antiquity and continues to take place up to the present day.

The conference will feature as keynote speakers Professor Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), who will be the 2017 RD Milns Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland, and Professor David Scourfield (NUI Maynooth). We hope to announce further featured speakers soon.

The conference will run from Wednesday 5 July to Friday 7 July 2017 at the University of Queensland’s extensive and beautiful St Lucia Campus in Brisbane. The conference will open on July 5 with a public lecture by Professor Ash, followed by two full days of papers, including a lecture by Professor Scourfield and a conference dinner on the evening of July 6.

We invite 300-word abstracts for 30 minute papers on the topic of Roman emperors and political culture. We are particularly interested in paper proposals dealing with novel aspects of imperial political culture during the principate, the western late antique and medieval world, and the Renaissance. In selecting papers for the conference, we will be looking to ensure a balance between different time periods. We already have sufficient papers on the emperor Augustus and his legacy.

Please send abstracts to both Dr Davenport ( and Dr Malik ( by 20 January 2017. We are committed to providing decisions about acceptance of abstracts by the end of January to enable speakers to make travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming delegates to Brisbane in July 2017.

We are grateful for the RD Milns Perpetual Endowment Fund and the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland for their financial and administrative support of this conference.


(CFP closed January 20 2017)


Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?

King's College London: July 3rd-4th 2017

A two-day symposium, "Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?", will be held at King's College London on July 3rd-4th 2017. Despite all the work of the last few decades on Aristophanic Politics, Paratragedy, Ritual and Stagecraft, theoretical analyses of the mechanics of eliciting laughter in historically specific audiences of Old Comedy--audiences ancient or modern, western or global-village, masculine, feminine or gender-fluid--remain under-evolved.

Exciting proposals to explore this question from the perspectives of Neuroscience, Psychology, Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethology, the Sociology of Alcohol Consumption, Comparative Linguistics, Philosophy (e.g. 'Superiority' and 'Incongruity' theories) and Performance Reception are particularly welcome. Symposiasts already confirmed include Nick Lowe, Mario Telo, Natalia Tsoumpra, Rosie Wyles, Helen Eastman and Ian Ruffell. Please send abstracts to the convenor,, by 24th December 2016.


(CFP closed 24 December, 2016)


Sensing Divinity: Incense, religion and the ancient sensorium / Les sens du rite: Encens et religion dans les sociétés anciennes

British School at Rome and the École française de Rome: 23-24 June, 2017

An international, interdisciplinary conference.


Mark Bradley, Associate Professor of Ancient History, University of Nottingham (
Beatrice Caseau, Professor of Byzantine History, University of Paris-Sorbonne (
Adeline Grand-Clément, Associate Professor in Greek History, University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès (
Anne-Caroline Rendu-Loisel, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Assyrology, University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (
Alexandre Vincent, Associate Professor in Roman History, University of Poitiers (

Keynote speakers:
Joël Candau (University of Nice)
Esther Eidinow (University of Nottingham)

This conference will explore the history of a medium that has occupied a pivotal role in Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman and Judeo-Christian religious tradition: incense. According to Margaret E. Kenna in her provocative 2005 article ‘Why does incense smell religious?’, this aromatic substance became a diagnostic feature of Greek orthodoxy during the Byzantine period, but it is clear that incense was also extensively used in the rituals of earlier polytheistic societies to honour the gods. Fragrant smoke drifting up towards the heavens emblematized the communication that was established between the mortal and the immortal realms, which in turn contributed to the sensory landscape of the sanctuary.

Although several studies have drawn attention to the role of incense as an ingredient in ritual and a means of communication between men and gods, there remains no comprehensive examination of the practical functions and cultural semantics of incense in the ancient world, whether as a purifying agent, a performative sign of a transcendent world, an olfactory signal to summon the deity, a placatory libation, or food for the gods. Moreover, recent archaeological research has provided evidence (alongside literary, epigraphic and iconographic evidence) that the physical origins and chemical constituents of incense are complex and diverse, as are their properties: resins, vegetable gums, spices, and a welter of aromatic products that could be exhibited and burned before ancient eyes and noses. These were components of a multi-sensory religious experience in which music, colourful costumes, lavish banquets and tactile encounters defined the ritual sensibilities of the community.

During the two days of the conference, incense will be interrogated as a historical phenomenon. We will explore its materiality, provenance and production, as well as the economic and commercial aspects of the incense trade. The conference will also examine the mechanics of incense use and the various ways it was integrated into various Mediterranean rituals (following the lines of enquiry set out by N. Massar and D. Frère), as well as its role within religious topography. The properties associated with the term ‘incense’ will be evaluated in the context of work by M. Detienne on The Gardens of Adonis (1989): what components of incense make them effective and potent within ritual? And what mechanisms and processes are used to release their aromas? And what was the perception of incense by the various participants of the ritual – deities, priests, assistants, spectators? These research questions will be informed by the recent research synergies of the organisers: M. Bradley, whose edited volume Smell and the Ancient Senses (Routledge, 2015) probes ‘foul’ and ‘fragrant’ odours as part of both human and divine social relations; A. Grand-Clément and A.-C. Rendu-Loisel, who lead the Toulouse research project on Synaesthesia that is dedicated to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of polysensoriality in ancient religious practice; and A. Vincent, who is engaged in the study of sensory perception in Roman ritual in his work on the Soundscapes (Paysages sonores).

This conference sets out to compare approaches across a range of disciplines in order to examine the role and significance of incense in ancient religion, and compare it to later aromatic practices within the Catholic Church. By adopting this cross-disciplinary and comparative approach, we hope to move beyond a universalist approach to religious aromatics and reach a more sophisticated understanding of the religious function of incense in the Mediterranean world: we hope to identify continuities in both the practice and interpretation of incense, as well as to identify specific features within individual historical contexts and traditions.

Although the conference is principally concerned with the use of incense in antiquity, we also welcome contributions from Byzantine and Medieval scholars, as well as church historians, to help provide a comparative perspective on the use and significance of incense within the Mediterranean world. We also hope to use the conference’s setting in Rome to examine current practice in the use of incense and aromatics in Roman Catholic contexts and other religious traditions. The conference will also provide an opportunity to examine first-hand the material properties of incense through a practical workshop around incense-production and burning (co-ordinated by A. Declercq, one of the scientific researchers on the Synaesthesia project at Toulouse), which will allow participants to handle a range of aromatic products and experience their various multi-sensory properties. The outcome of this workshop will be presented as the Musée Saint-Raymond at Toulouse in November 2017, as part of an exhibition on ‘Greek rituals: a sensible experience’, currently in preparation.

It is hoped that this conference will be of interest to scholars working in archaeology, anthropology, cultural history, literature, art history, and the history of religion, as well as local artists and members of the public. Papers should last approximately 20 minutes, and may be in English, Italian or French; they should be original and should not have been previously published or delivered at a major conference.

Paper topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following themes related to incense:
* Material and chemical properties
* Geography and distribution
* Economics and commerce
* Production and release
* Religious topography
* Transcendence and supernatural experience
* Transition and rites of passage
* Incorruptibility and immortality
* Relationship to perfumes
* Sacred and profane scents
* Religious experience and synaesthesia
* Community and homogenous sensations
* Concealment of unwashed humanity and smells of sacrifice
* Fumigation and purification
* Drama and performance
* Frankincense and myrrh
* Censers and censing
* Judaeo-Christian traditions

Abstracts of approximately 200-300 words should be submitted by 31 October 2016 to Mark Bradley ( or Adeline Grand-Clément ( Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a conference volume.

This conference has been funded with generous support from the École française de Rome, the British School at Rome, the Institut Universitaire de France and the IDEX of the University of Toulouse.


(CFP closed 31 October 2016)


Lucretius, Poet and Philosopher. Six Hundred Years after his Rediscovery

Alghero/Sassari (Sardinia, Italy): 15-17 June 2017

The conference, entitled “Lucretius Poet and Philosopher. Six Hundred Years after his Rediscovery”, will bring together leading scholars and young researchers to share their research on Lucretius’ philosophy and writings. The conference will also be a celebration of the 600th anniversary of the rediscovery of Lucretius during the Renaissance. The conference will deal with the impact of Lucretius’ Epicureanism within ancient philosophy as well as on the reception of both his philosophical teaching and his poetry in Early Modern culture.

Topics can focus on any relevant aspects of Lucretius’s poetry and thought. Possible topics include: papers engaging with the impact Lucretius had either in his own day or in subsequent ages and cultures; and papers dealing with ancient thought, Epicureanism and Lucretius’s relationship to previous Greek and Latin thinkers.

Scholars from all academic levels are invited to submit an abstract. The Conference will be held in English and Italian.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 15 February 2017.

Abstracts in English should be sent to the following address:

Please send a max. 1000-word abstract (Microsoft Word or PDF) with a separate attachment containing your personal details (name and surname, university / affiliation).

The conference will be held in Sardinia: Alghero, “Bastioni Marco Polo 77” (at the Department of Architecture, Design and City Planning, Santa Chiara).

- 15 February 2017: submission deadline
- 15 March 2017: notification of acceptance/refusal deadline;
- 15-17 June 2017: conference in Alghero

Confirmed invited speakers:
Federico Condello (University of Bologna)
Ivano Dionigi (University of Bologna)
Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge)
Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford)
Francesca Masi (University of Venice ‘Ca’ Foscari’)
Pierre Marie Morel (University of Paris IV – Sorbonne)
Ada Palmer (University of Chicago)
Luigi Ruggiu (University of Venice)
Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’)
Francesco Verde (University of Rome)

For further information please contact the organizers: Diego Zucca ( and Valentina Prosperi (

(CFP closed 15 February 2017)


Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies 46th Annual Conference

Haifa University, Israel: 14-15 June, 2017

The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies is pleased to announce its 46th annual conference to be held at Haifa University on Wed-Thurs, 14-15 June 2017.

Our keynote speaker in 2017 will be Professor Simon Hornblower, Oxford University.

The conference is the annual meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies. We welcome papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including, but not limited to, history, philology, philosophy, literature, papyrology, classical reception and the archaeology of Greece, Rome and neighbouring lands. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes. The official languages of the conference are Hebrew and English. The conference fee is $50. Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels.

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

Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence may be forwarded to Dr. Lisa Maurice, Secretary of the ISPCS:

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.


If a decision is required prior to late January, please indicate this in your letter and we will try to accommodate your needs.



(CFP closed 16 December, 2016)


Mountains in Antiquity

St Andrews, Scotland: 8-9 June 2017

We are delighted to announce a two-day international conference on mountains in Ancient Greek and Roman culture, to be held at St Andrews in June 2017. We aim to explore ancient engagement with mountains from a wide range of different angles, including literary, historical, archaeological and art-historical approaches, and to open up a series of new questions for further study. We particularly welcome contributions that analyse views of and from mountains; the literary and visual function of representations of mountains and the significance of mountains for ancient thought; the contribution of mountains to the lived experience, self-representation and identity of ancient communities; and the post-classical reception of ancient thinking about mountains.

Invited contributors include Alexis Belis, Richard Buxton, Klaus Geus, Thomas Poiss, Betsey Robinson, Irina Tupikova, and Gareth Williams.

If you are interested in offering a 30-minute paper, please send an abstract of up to 500 words by the 15th September to both Jason König at and Nikoletta Manioti at Do not hesitate to contact us via email if you have any questions.

This event is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the School of Classics, University of St Andrews.


(CFP closed 15 September 2016)


"The elders are twice children": Aging in ancient thinking

University of Montreal, Canada: June 7-9, 2017

Confirmed speakers: Louis-André Dorion (University of Montreal), Annie Larivée (Carleton University), Anne-France Morand (Université Laval), Patrizia Birchler Emery (Université de Genève), Stéphane Adam (Université de Liège)

The picture of aging that we get from ancient sources reflects various and conflicting views. The pathetic discourse of tragedy seems to be counterbalanced by Plato’s idealized conception in which aging is consonant with both moral and intellectual superiority; but one can also think of Aristophanes’ silly old men and women ridiculed on the comic stage, of Aristotle’s devastating portrait of biological degenerescence, or of the scientific hypotheses of Galen and the authors of the Corpus Hippocraticum. The Greek proverb “Elders are twice children” (CPG I.235) carries a double-edged meaning, depending on the relative degree of contempt, condescendence, or tenderness that it expresses. Should old age be viewed as a privileged position in society or rather as a predicament due to the undermining of one’s cognitive skills, moral authority, and political importance? The ancients were evidently ambivalent as regards these questions.

Remarkably, these issues are also largely those of contemporary research on aging. For instance, in the Laws Plato states that the frequent unwanted biological signs of aging are not inescapable, and that it is desirable to lessen their impact by political measures in order to improve the life of a population facing challenging conditions. Aristotle’s depiction of aging as an illness is also reminiscent of the atttiude now referred to as ageism, which sees the whole process as a pathological event that we should try to oppose, thus evoking the universal but dangerous fantasy of an immortal humanity.

This conference aims to explore how far ancient societies and thinkers have raised some of the fundamental questions on aging that are still relevant today. Some of the issues that we propose to look at touch on the following (by no means exclusive) fields of reflection as their appear in ancient discourse and representations:

* Biology: Is aging a normal process or a pathological one? What is its impact on mental capacities?
* Medical ethics: Can we, and should we, endeavor to extend life? Should we favor quality or duration of life?
* Politics: If wisdom is proportional to experience, should political power be handed over to the senior citizens? Or is this so-called declining population legitimately left at the margins of society?
* Anthropology: Is aging a regression or an ascension toward a full actualization of our capacities?
* Myth and metaphysics: Is human condition hopelessly condemned to a circular fate as the ancient tragedians, as well as Hesiod in the ‘myth of races’, seem to imply?
* Society and demography: What perceptions of elders were current in ancient societies? Are these perceptions dependent on the way that age pyramids are configured?

We invite papers of 30 minutes, in French or in English, addressing any aspect of this topic. We hope to bring together scholars working in the various fields of ancient studies (e.g. philosophy, history, literature, material culture).

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) to before September 1st 2016.

(CFP closed September 1, 2016)


[Panel] Echoes of Ancient Myths in Contemporary Literature

10th Annual International Conference on Literature - Athens (Greece): 5-8 June 2017

The Literature Research Unit of ATINER organizes A Panel on Echoes of Ancient Myths in Contemporary Literature, 5-8 June 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Literature sponsored by the Athens Journal of Philology.

This panel aims to investigate the survival of ancient myth, or parts of an ancient myth, in any piece of contemporary literature, be it a play, a novel, a short story, etc. Remains of any myths of any cultural system are welcomed, as long as those myths are what we call ancient, or old–socially registered as part of the culture of a society that existed in pre-modern times–and still remain in the societies that came after that Ancient one. The main objective of this panel is to analyze the uses Contemporary Literature makes of ancient myths in its stories, in the development of its themes, and in the appeal to its readers. Thus, this panel will consider any works that deal with the reception of Ancient Folklore, Mythology, Tradition and Culture by the literature that was produced from the 20th Century onward. In short, this panel is seeking papers that deal with reception of ancient culture in Contemporary Literature.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 7 November 2016 to: Dr. Marina Pelluci Duarte Mortoza, PhD in Ancient Greek Language and Literature, UFMG, Brazil.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a session-panel, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to

Fee structure information is available on Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines. The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications, and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals. Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and fourty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects. Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:


(CFP closed Nov 7, 2016)


Spartacus - History and Tradition

Department of Ancient History, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland: June 5-6, 2017

We would kindly like to inform you that on the 5th-6th of June 2017 the Department of Ancient History at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, will be organising an international conference titled “Spartacus - History and Tradition”.

Academic volumes, the result of the previous “Roman Republican” symposia, which were published by Maria Curie Sklodowska University Press (L. Cornelius Sulla – history and tradition, Lublin 2013,and Marcus Antonius – history and tradition, Lublin 2016, ed. I. Luc, D. Slapek) are a confirmation of the importance of our academic enterprise and our readiness to continue the tradition of researching the period of the Late Roman Republic, the studies which have been for many years now conducted at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

The choice of the “iconic” man such as Spartacus is fully conscious and is by no means a simple attempt to refer to Professor Roman Kamienik’s interest in this historical figure. In fact, academic publications of this Lublin-based historian are nowadays somewhat forgotten, similarly to Polish historiography on ancient slavery, slave rebellions and the leader of the most well-known uprising. It has been nearly 30 years now since the significant changes in Central and Eastern Europe have been responsible for significantly quietening the previous ideological disputes(present in the historiography and provoked mainly by the assessments of the Roman slavery, in which Spartacus was always an icon).

The fatigue caused by this heavily politicised discourse (lasting until the end of the 1980s) may seem to apply mainly to the scholars fromthe elder generation. The younger academics were not in any way caught up in this unequivocal “phenomenon”, at that time coming from both sides of the Berlin Wall; many elder academics of the now “free world” may therefore want to express their views, which were at that time supressed. We do not want, however, to limit the session to the studies on modern historiography on Spartacus. We believe it is the right time- in the atmosphere thoroughly different from the one of the very first fascination with the freedom of speech which motivated many of us to present too hasty opinions- to once again approach the subject of the Roman slavery (and its sublimation in the form of gladiatorial fights), slave revolts and, at times,unusual reactions to them from the Roman state and society.

Three decades of a rather distinctive silence of history on these problems offer particularly rich research opportunities which should not, however, focus only on the popularity of Spartacus in tradition and myth. While in the recent years there have been several works published about Spartacus, valuable assessments of purely historical nature have been very few. It can be even suggested that nowadays Spartacus is somewhat threatened by the fate of remainingan eternal and universal icon of popular culture. This also results largely from the nature of historical accounts referring to Spartacus, which were limited in number, often rhetorical and of various provenance, but always written from the Roman perspective only. The scale of difficulties in studying this topic is consequently determined by the said problems. It is also a serious challenge, but not only for the scholars of the Late Roman Republic;the echoes of Spartacus’ rebellion were heard for a long time in the tradition of the Empire and then Byzantium. Undoubtedly, these initially suggested research problems will trigger extremely important questions concerning non-standard research methods and, perhaps, equally original methodology. It is possibly too early to declare any interdisciplinary nature of the conference, but it appears that the topic itself guarantees the diversity in approaches, opinions and analyses.

We would therefore kindly like to invite historians (of all specialisations), archaeologists, classicists, experts in cultural studies, literature and art to join our conference in Lublin in spring of 2017. Depending on the number and nature of abstracts we will decide on all the necessary details regarding the logistics of the sessions/panels. Expressing your interest in this very first information about our conference “Spartacus – history and tradition” will further our preparations for welcoming you in always-friendly city of Lublin and at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University.

Contact: and Abstracts due January 31, 2017.

Call: and

(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture

York St John University, York UK: Saturday 3rd June 2017

This one-day conference will explore the figure of the monster in transnational popular culture, across cinema, television, games, comics and literature, as well as through fandoms attached to global monster cultures. It is our intention to bring together researchers to consider how transnational monstrosity is constructed, represented and disseminated in global popular culture.

Since the popularisation of monster narratives in the nineteenth century, the monstrous figure has been a consistent border crosser, from Count Dracula’s journey on the Demeter from Romania to Whitby, to the rampaging monsters of Godzilla movies across multiple global cities. In folklore, such narratives have long been subject to specific local and national cultures, such as the shape-shifting Aswang of Filipino folklore or the Norwegian forest Huldra, yet global mediacapes now circulate mediatised representations of such myths across borders, contributing to a transnational genre that spans multiple media. Aihwa Ong has referred to ‘the transversal, the transactional, the translational, and the transgressive’ in transnational ‘human practices and cultural logics’, and each of these categories can encompass the scope of transformations imagined within cross-border constructions of monstrosity.

There has been significant recent interest in the ways in which transnationality, particularly in film studies, has depicted flows of people and demonstrated lines of cultural flow. This conference will explore cultural flow as it relates to the construction of a transnational genre (by producers and audiences), but will also explore the ramifications of representations of monstrosity in socio-political terms. The event also intends to engage with the ways in which monsters metaphorically represent forms of social and political otherness as they relate to cross-cultural or transnational forms and social groups, either directly or indirectly. Monstrosity has long been explored in a number of ways that connect gender, sexuality, class, race, nationality and other forms of otherness with depictions of monsters or monstrosity. The representation of refugees across Europe has been just one example of the ways in which cross-border monstrosity and otherness are culturally fused, with media outlets and political figures contributing to the repeated representation of refugees as a monstrous ‘swarm’ moving into and across European borders.

While the study of monsters in fiction is nothing new, the examination of the figure of the monster from a transnational perspective offers the opportunity to better understand: issues of cultural production and influence; the relationship between national cultures and transnational formations; hierarchies of cultural production; diasporic flows; the ethics of transnationalism; as well as the possibility to explore how shifting cultural and political boundaries have been represented through tropes of monstrosity. Hence, this conference seeks to offer new insights into the nature of transnational cultures and help us to understand how one of the oldest fictional metaphors has been transformed during the age of globalisation.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, on topics around transnational monsters and monstrosity. Possible themes might include (but are not limited to):

* Monstrous-genders/sexualities/ethnicities: transnational approaches to femininity and/or sexuality as monstrous or othered; interpretations of otherness in cross-cultural or comparative approaches.

* Monster fandoms: transnational fandoms around monsters, or representations of monstrosity, which might include Whitby Dracula pilgrimages, kaijū eiga, or Pokemon.

* Transnational horror and the monster: approaches to investigating particular monster tropes in comparative national cultures or across media that might include the figure of monsters in the slasher film, or the transnational appropriation of folkloric monsters in horror games such as the Wendigo in Until Dawn.

* The transnational monster genre: theoretical explorations of the genericity of monster narratives and their relationships with national and transnational cultures (including regional approaches to affinitive transnational areas, such as Scandinavia or Latin America).

* Reimagining monsters: cross-cultural appropriations of specific monster figures; issues of cultural power and difference within appropriations that might include Dracula, Godzilla, King Kong or zombies.

* Monster as metaphor: cultural metaphors relevant to the figure of the monster as it relates to transnational, cross-border concerns, which might include the reflection of concerns about migration in The Walking Dead and the potential impact of those metaphors.

Proposals are welcomed on any other relevant topics. Please send proposals of 300 words, along with a brief biography (50 words), to by Wednesday the 1st of March 2017. We will be announcing details of our invited speakers early in 2017.

Follow @TNMonstrosity on Twitter.


(CFP closed 1 March, 2017)


Globalizing Ovid: Shanghai 2017

An International Conference in Commemoration of the Bimillennium of Ovid's Death

Guangqi International Center for Scholars of Shanghai Normal University: May 31–June 2, 2017

Jointly sponsored by the Chinese National Social Science Foundation, Shanghai Normal University, and Dickinson College

Keynote speakers:
* Michael von Albrecht (Universität Heidelberg)
* Maurizio Bettini (Università di Siena)
* John Miller (University of Virginia)
* Alison Sharrock (University of Manchester)
* Gareth Williams (Columbia University)
* Wei Zhang (Fudan University)

Welcome addresses:
* Fritz-Heiner Mutschler (Universität Dresden/Peking University)
* Yang Huang (Fudan University)

Concluding address: Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University)

Why Shanghai? One may be surprised to learn that this is not the first time that an anniversary of a Latin poet is commemorated in China. 1930, the Bimillennium of Vergil's birth, represented a watershed in the reception of Vergil and Roman literature in China. Aeneid Book I and Eclogues IV and VIII were translated into Chinese for the first time. The translator praised Vergil's "modern" spirit: his critical attitude toward Empire, his questioning of the cost of civilization, his doubts of the value of progress, and his portrayal of the loneliness of his main characters. In 1932, well-known poet Dai Wangshu translated Ovid's Ars Amatoria into vernacular Chinese prose based on Ovide: L'Art d'Aimer in the Collection Budé. These translations were both products of and participants in the Chinese exploration of modernity and a "New Culture," a process that involved a full scale reexamination of a wide range of issues, from the status of the Confucian canon, relationships with authority, modes of heroism, gender roles and sexuality, to ways of expressing desire and emotion. It was only after a long hiatus that complete translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Vergil's Aeneid appeared in 1984 and 1987 respectively, both created by Yang Zhouhan (1915–1989), working from the original Latin and various English translations. Today there is a remarkable surge in interest in both Chinese and Western classics in China. Latin literature is gaining momentum at a speed faster than one could have imagined a generation ago. In 2015 the Chinese National Social Science Foundation announced "Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid's poetry into Chinese with Commentaries" (PI: Jinyu Liu) as one of the major projects to fund in the next five years. With this initiative, Ovid's Fasti and exile poetry will be translated into Chinese for the first time, his other poems will be retranslated, and comprehensive commentaries will accompany the translations of all of Ovid's poems for the first time.

Consilium resque locusque dabunt (Tristia I.1.92). This conference serves as an opportunity not only to pay tribute to Ovid, but also to promote cross-cultural conversations about the globalization of the Greco-Roman Classics. The conference invites papers that represent the most recent developments in the Ovidian scholarship—philological, textual, critical, literary, and historical—as well as contributions that explore perspectives from comparativism, translingualism, and postclassicism to address larger issues of translating and interpreting the Classics in a globalizing world. These two strands of themes should not be perceived as being either isolated from or in competition against each other, especially if scholars and translators of Ovid are understood as participants in assigning meanings to his work. The conference intends to bring together scholars and translators to explore the dynamic processes of selection, tension, and negotiation that have been integral to the making and interpreting of Classical canon, including Ovid. How has Ovid been taught, disseminated, transmitted, and evaluated in Roman antiquity and in other cultures? If the viability of the Greco-Roman Classics in the postclassical eras, and in the non-Western contexts hinges on the willingness of the host cultures to assign new meanings to them, what may motivate that "willingness," and through whose agency? What are those new meanings? Where and how are they being worked out and developed? What translation strategies have been applied to Ovid's poetry in different locales and languages, and for what audiences? What are the challenges of translating Ovid in cultures with their own vibrant but different poetic traditions, and literary culture concerning themes of love, abandonment, transformation, and exile? How and where are Classics changed by their interaction with different host cultures?

Topics and abstract submissions:

The conference will include plenary addresses, individual paper presentations, as well as roundtables organized by project team members and the board of referees (see below). In accordance with the dual function of the conference both to highlight current scholarship and trends in thinking on Ovid and to consider modes of cross-cultural reception, comparison, and translation, we provide the following list to illustrate the range of questions and topics in which the conference is interested. It is by no means an exclusive or restrictive list:

* Amor: Force of destruction? * Emotions in Ovid
* The dearth of same-sex relationships in Ovid
* Intertextuality in Ovid: What's new?
* The Ovidian aesthetics
* Ovid's literary persona(e)
* Ovid's lieux de mémoire
* The psychology of exile in the Ovidian corpus
* The human and Roman past(s) in Ovid
* Ovid in provinces and Roman imperialism
* Locus urbanus versus locus barbarus in Ovid
* Seduction in ancient literature: a comparative examination
* Tales of Transformation compared (within Metamorphoses, across genres, and/or across cultures)
* The Ovidian corpus: critical editions * Teaching Ovid in Antiquity and/or the modern world
* Translating Ovid (and Classics in general) in a Global Context
* Visualizing Ovid
* Post-classical Ovid (reception and adaptation in all genres)
* Commentary tradition and digital commentary

We welcome submissions from advanced doctoral students and scholars of all seniorities. Please send brief vitae and proposals (300 words excluding bibliography) for 25-minute papers by April 30, 2016 to Jinyu Liu, HH 117, Department of Classical Studies, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN 46135, USA, or email: both and

Abstract submissions will be evaluated by a board of seven referees, whose names are listed below, and the results will be announced by June 1, 2016:
* Christopher Francese (Dickinson College, USA)
* Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University, USA) * Steven Green (Yale-NUS, Singapore)
* Jinyu Liu (DePauw University/Shanghai Normal University, USA/China)
* Lisa Mignone (Brown University, USA)
* Bobby Xinyue (University of Warwick, UK)
* Wei Zhang (Fudan University, China)

Publication plan: Selected contributions will be translated into Chinese, and published in either a collected volume or in Chinese academic journals. The authors will retain copyright to the non-Chinese versions of their articles. The possibility of publishing the conference proceedings in English with a European or American publisher will also be explored.

* Heng Chen (Shanghai Normal University)
* Christopher Francese (Dickinson College)
* Jinyu Liu (DePauw University/Shanghai Normal University)

Please send all inquiries to Professor Jinyu Liu at

(CFP closed 30 April 2016)


Ancient Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Princeton University: May 15-16, 2017

We write to invite your submission to an interdisciplinary conference to be held at Princeton University in May of the coming year. The conference will explore the reception of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in the philosophy of the Early Modern period in Europe, bringing together scholars in Classics, Philosophy, History of Science, and related disciplines. We expect to fund or subsidize travel and accommodation for all accepted speakers.

Confirmed speakers: Christia Mercer (Columbia), Jessica Moss (NYU), Peter Anstey (Sydney), Benjamin Morison (Princeton), Daniel Garber (Princeton).

Call for Abstracts:

We are seeking relatively long abstracts (max. 1200 words) for papers 30-35 minutes in length.

Papers may treat of any aspect of the impact of ancient philosophy on the thought of Early Modern Europe. We also welcome papers on the textual and editorial transmission of Ancient Philosophy in earlier periods, especially the Islamicate and Byzantine reception and transmission.

Special consideration may be given to papers relating to the interests of our invited speakers:

* Geometry and geometrical method in philosophy
* Skepticism
* Platonic and Platonist epistemology
* Theory of Science
* Biology and zoology
* Chemistry
* Physics and mechanism

Submission Information and Guidelines:

Please send an anonymized abstract (with title) of up to 1200 words, along with a document containing your name, contact details, and the title of your proposed paper. If you are a graduate student, please indicate on your cover letter that you are applying for a graduate student presentation slot. Documents must be in .pdf or .doc format.

Abstracts must be submitted via email to by the submission deadline of 10:00 PM EST, January 21st, 2017. All abstracts will be subject to a process of blind review, and applicants will receive a response within ten days of the submission deadline.

Questions may be directed to the organizers, Tom Davies ( and Erin Islo (


(CFP closed January 21 2017)


Europe’s journey through the ages: history and reception of an ancient myth

Collège Doctoral Européen, Strasbourg: 11th May, 2017

The conference “Europe’s journey through the ages: history and reception of an ancient myth” will take place in Strasbourg, on May 11, 2017.

The myth of Europe is attested as soon as the 8th century BC, in the Homeric poems and in Hesiod’s Theogonia. This myth was indeed very popular from Antiquity on, giving rise to different revisions in the literary European productions, as well as in the artistic, theatrical, musical, philosophical ones. It had, therefore, great influence until nowadays in shaping and modelling some visions, figures and images in building theories connected to the debate around the influence of Graeco-Roman culture into the development of the idea of Europe.

In an essay titled Europe Vagabonde (in L'univers, les dieux, les hommes: récits grecs des origines, Paris: Seuil, 2000), J.-P. Vernant defines the myth of Europe, kidnapped by Zeus from Syria to Greece, and the resulting establishment of Cadmus’ dynasty in Thebes, as the history of a “vagabondage, plus encore que passage”, underlining the pluralistic, dynamic, multicultural perspectives at the bases of this myth of the origins.

The present international, multidisciplinary graduate Conference aims to join different cultural perspectives about the reception, transmission and usage of the ancient myth of Europe. Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Laurent Pernot (Université de Strasbourg, Member of the Institut de France); Prof. Luigi Spina (Università di Napoli Federico II)

We welcome proposals from Phd Students and early career Researchers in the following fields: Classics, Modern Literatures, Philosophy, Religions Studies, Visual and Performing Arts.

Papers could focus on the following topics:
* The reception and use of the myth of Europe in philosophy and politics, in connection with the construction of symbols, images, conceptions and theories of the idea of Europe;
* The tradition and reception of the myth of Europe in Ancient literatures up to contemporary literature;
* New perspectives in the etymological researches about the term Europa;
* Comparative approaches to the analysis of the myth in the frame of the interrelations between Western and Eastern mythology;
* The reception and reuse of the myth of Europe in modern and contemporary artistic, theatrical, cinematographic and musical productions.

Contributions related to a general assessment about the trends of the influence and permanence of Classics in European culture are also welcome.

The University of Strasbourg will be glad to welcome participants in the European capital, the most suitable place to share ideas and perspectives on Europe in an international frame.

Abstracts of maximum 300 words must be sent as an anonymous attachment (i.e. the file must not contain the name of the author) no later than 28th February 2017 to (email subject: Mythe d’Europe 2017 Abstract). All papers should be planned for a maximum of 30 minutes, including 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

The official languages of the conference will be French and English. Papers will be selected by the scientific committee following a double blind procedure. Confirmed speakers will be notified no later than 20th March 2017.

The Conference is promoted by the Centre d’Analyse des Rhétoriques Religieuses de l’Antiquité (CARRA EA3094) and the Faculté des Lettres of the University of Strasbourg, with the support of the Programme Doctoral International (PDI), the Strasbourg Association of International Researchers (StrasAir) and the association Rodopis - experience ancient History. Certificates of attendance, if needed, will be released at the end of the conference.

Maria Consiglia Alvino, Phd Student (Università di Napoli Federico II – Université de Strasbourg)
Matteo Di Franco, Phd Student (Università di Palermo – Université de Strasbourg)
Federica Rossetti, Phd Student (Università di Napoli Federico II – Université de Strasbourg)
Gabriella Rubulotta, Phd Student (Université de Strasbourg)


(CFP closed 28 February 2017)


Trifling Matters: Nugatory Poetics and Comic Seriousness

A conference at the University of Exeter, 2nd - 3rd May 2017

Keynote Speakers: William Fitzgerald (KCL), Ian Ruffell (Glasgow)

The defence of a comment that causes injury or offence with the response "it's just a joke" is commonplace and widespread. In a sense, it is derived from, or a development of, the plea made in antiquity towards the freedom of speech granted at certain religious festivals (i.e. parrhesia or licentia). How problematic, however, are such claims? Is a joke really ever just a joke? Part of the difficulty lies in the traditionally marginal position of genres that employ jokes and humour. Whether categorized as nugae or paignia (with its associations of inconsequential play), ancient authors had a set of terms that could be used to sideline a work as bad or "non-serious", or define their own work as reveling in such an estimation. Most strikingly of all, these texts can even use their inherent self-deprecation to insist (however paradoxically) a level of (self-)importance and relevance at the expense of traditional Great Works.

Our conference seeks to explore this innate tension within nugatory works in Graeco-Roman literature and their reception, and to examine what it means to write (and read) the comic seriously. So when Catullus, Martial, or Persius (for instance) describe their work as little more than trifling matters, are they actually signaling that trifling matters, that the nugatory somehow bears significance? Similarly, when Dicaeopolis claims that even comedy knows what is just (Ar. Ach. 500), how paradoxical is this statement meant to appear and why?

Scholars have long grappled with questions of "comic seriousness", with the frequent use of inverted commas marking our concerns at fulling committing to the idea that the comic can be serious at all. We aim to use a theoretically informed approach to humour and the construction of meaning to examine the broader concerns of nugatory literature across the full geographic and temporal range of our discipline. In particular, we seek to establish how trifling literature promotes itself, reveling in its own perceived frivolity, and how the comic reconstructs our view of the serious. Those interested in the conference are encouraged to submit abstracts for thirty minute papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

* The Nature of the Nugatory. What makes a text nugatory, and who makes that value judgement (is it the author, or someone else)? How do nugae destabilize the serious? Does destabilizing serious texts make nugatory texts unserious? Are nugatory poetics ‘bad’ poetry? With which techniques do nugatory texts revel in their own trifling nature?

* Generic and Political Contexts of nugae. How do nugatory texts subvert and reinforce the literary canon? How far does undermining textual authority interact with systems of political authority? Do nugatory poetics transcend cultural boundaries, or do certain socio-political atmospheres encourage them? How far do nugatory texts react to and reinforce narratives of political/generic decline, and should such narratives be avoided? Do nugatory texts encourage freedom of speech (simplicitas, parrhesia)?

* Responses to the Nugatory. How does the concept of the nugatory develop, both over the course of classical antiquity and beyond it? How do nugatory and non-nugatory texts interact, if at all? How dependent are ‘serious’ genres like history and tragedy upon the nugatory? How has scholarship reacted to the nugatory?

Abstracts of up to 400 words are encouraged from academics and postgraduate researchers working on any aspect of the nugatory. Please send an anonymous abstract for your proposed paper as a PDF document to by the 22nd January 2017. For further information please contact the organizers: Sam Hayes ( and Paul Martin (

Triflers are most certainly welcome.


(CFP closed January 22, 2017 - extended to February 3, 2017)


Revisiting C. H. Sisson: Modernist, Classicist, Translator

London, 28-29 April 2017

The poetry of C. H. Sisson (1914-2003) continues to fascinate for its stringency, peculiar metrical accent, radical Englishness, religious power and countercultural force. Sisson’s relations to various traditions – including classical literature, literary modernism, and Anglicanism – are fruitfully complex. His translations (‘one of the greatest translators of our times’, according to the classicist Jasper Griffin) are as integral to his own poems as Dryden’s and Pound’s were to theirs. In particular, his versions of Catullus, Lucretius, Horace, Dante, and Racine, taken together with his highly allusive and assimilative original poems, constitute one of the most important bodies of English reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in the twentieth century.

Despite sustained support for his work from major critics including Donald Davie, and an enduring body of readers, there has been no previous event devoted specifically to Sisson’s work. With the recent publication of The C. H. Sisson Reader (2014) and a series of centennial articles in P. N. Review (May-June 2014), the time is ripe for a reassessment of the work of one of modernism’s most distinctive voices.

This symposium will bring together English scholars, classicists, translation scholars, and poets to explore the relations between Sisson’s modernism, translations, and inheritance of the classical tradition.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Sisson and the classical tradition, broadly defined; so

* Sisson’s poetry and the Greek and Latin classics
* Sisson’s translations of the Greek and Latin classics
* Sisson’s translation of Dante’s Commedia

We also welcome papers on Sisson’s relations to other traditions, and on other topics, for example:

- Sisson’s relations to modernism (esp. Pound, Eliot, Geoffrey Hill), especially where these may overlap with classicism or translation
* Sisson’s relations to the Movement poets
* Sisson’s relation to poets of ‘Englishness’ (e.g. Edward Thomas, Philip Larkin, Geoffrey Hill)
* Sisson and Anglicanism
* Sisson and politics
* Sisson’s technique (e.g. poetic metre and form, diction, etc.)

We invite abstracts of 300 words (plus a brief biographical note) for papers of twenty minutes. Abstracts from PhD students, early career scholars and contributors from outside academia are all welcome.

Abstracts by 15 December 2016 to Victoria Moul:

Depending on the outcome of funding applications, support for travel and accommodation expenses may be available.

We are very grateful to Brigham Young University whose support has made this event possible.

(CFP closed 15 December, 2016)


Investigating the Translation Process in Humanistic Latin Translations of Greek Texts

Department of Greek Philology, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece: 28-29 April, 2017

The Department of Greek Philology at Democritus University of Thrace is pleased to announce its International Conference “Investigating the Translation Process in Humanistic Latin Translations of Greek Texts”.

Possible topics for discussion include:
* Acquisition of translation competence (methods and practices, education and training, grammars and dictionaries, etc.)
* Translation challenges and solutions (difficulties in the translation process as can be traced in manuscripts, dedicatory epistles, other paratexts, etc., and ways of dealing with them)
* Translation practices and strategies
* Cases of retranslation – relations with earlier translations (reasons for retranslation, cases of plagiarism, etc.)
* Witnessing translators at work (paraphrases or simplifications of hard or complicated parts of the original, interlinear or marginal translation notes/glosses, rough translations, translation attempts, corrections, erasures, omissions, substitutions, insertions, etc.)
* Translation and ideology (deliberate alterations of the original in the translation for moral, religious, ideological, political and/or other purposes)
* Theories on translation (humanistic treatises on translating and translation practices, etc.)
* Creating a translation canon (what texts are translated, classification, genres, etc.)
* Social position and function of the translator (prestige, status, position within the “republic of letters”, etc.)
* Gender issues (women as translators, women authors translated, etc.)
* The translator as “cultural mediator”
* Other topics (translators and translations, readership, preferences for particular translators and/or Greek texts and authors, manuscripts and incunabula, bilingual editions, relations with book production, spatiotemporal circulation of the Latin translations, identification of Greek manuscripts used by translators, etc.)

Confirmed keynote speakers:
* Prof. Christopher Celenza, Johns Hopkins University, USA
* Prof. Silvia Fiaschi, Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy
* Prof. Martine Furno, IRHIM, Ens-Lyon, & Université Grenoble Alpes, France
* Prof. Fabio Stok, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy
* Prof. Giancarlo Abbamonte, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
* Dr. Paola Tomè, University of Oxford, UK

Papers: The language of the conference is English. The allotted time for papers is 20 minutes + 10 minutes of question/discussion-time.

Abstract Submission: The Conference Organizing Committee invites abstracts (of up to 300 words) from academics at any stage of their career and encourages the participation of early career researchers (PhD candidates, recent PhD graduates, Post-docs). Abstracts should be sent by e-mail as a PDF attachment to by no later than 31 October 2016. The document should also contain paper title and author information including name, full affiliation and contact e-mail address. Abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed, and notifications will be communicated by no later than 31 December 2016.

Participation: The participation fee for the conference is €60, which will include conference pack, refreshments/tea/coffee at all breaks, and dinners on the two days. Payment should be made in person at the conference. Please note that the participation fee does not include travel and accommodation expenses. The registration for the conference will start in January 2017. All practical information (provisional conference programme, travel and accommodation details, registration procedure, etc.) will be communicated in due course.

Publication: All submitted papers will be subjected to double-blind peer review. The accepted papers will be published as a proceedings volume or as a special issue of a journal derived from the conference.

(CFP closed 31 October 2016)


New Light on Tony Harrison

British Academy/Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London: 27-28 April 2017

Advance notice that registration will soon be available Registration now open via the British Academy website for a conference, convened by Edith Hall jointly at the BA and the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, to mark the 80th birthday of poet Tony Harrison on 30th April 2017. This landmark conference will illuminate more recent works by Britain's greatest living poet. A transdisciplinary team will analyse Harrison's evocation of sexuality and imperialism, his metres, stage/screen works and intellectual influences, and the challenges of translating his distinctive idiom into other languages.

The conference will be held at the Academy on 27th and 28th April from 09.30 unto 17.00. There will also be a public event on the evening of 27th April, for which separate registration will be required, with contributions from speakers including Andy Burnham, Wole Soyinka, and Richard Eyre, and actors including Vanessa Redgrave, Barrie Rutter, and Sian Thomas. Confirmed speakers at the conference include:

Prof Simon Armitage, University of Oxford
Dr Josephine Balmer, Translators' Association & Society of Authors
Dr Jacob Blakesley, University of Leeds
Dr Rachel Bower, University of Leeds
Dr Sandie Byrne, University of Oxford
Dr Giovanni Greco, La Sapienza
Lee Hall, Cross Street Films
Dr Cécile Marshall, Université Bordeaux
Prof Hallie Marshall, Univ. of British Columbia
Prof Blake Morrison, Goldsmith's London
Prof Peter Parsons, University of Oxford
Prof Christine Regan, Australian National University
Prof Antony Rowland, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Henry Stead, Open University
Prof Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford



Classical Association Annual Conference 2017

The Annual Conference of the Classical Association, in association with the University of Kent and the Open University.

Canterbury (UK): 26-29 April 2017.

We welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes long followed by discussion) from graduate students, school teachers, academic staff and others engaged with the ancient world, on the themes suggested below or on any other aspect of the classical world. We encourage papers from a broad range of perspectives. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for coordinated panels (comprising either three or four papers on any classical topic). Closing date for proposals or abstracts: 31 August 2016. Please see below for details on how to submit your abstract.


Suggested conference themes are:

Livy’s Bimillennium
Classics in the Contemporary World
Classical Archaeology as Heritage
Experiencing the Body Everyday Life
Acquiring and Structuring Knowledge
Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Livy’s Bimillennium: Once considered little more than an elegant compilation of source material, Livy’s history has been rehabilitated as a sophisticated and original work of literature. Scholarship in recent years has demonstrated the complexity of the relationship of Ab urbe condita with its sources and other classical literature, explored its didactic functions and its use of exempla, and shed new light on its narrative techniques. At the bimillennium of Livy’s death, however, many aspects of his work remain to be (re-)examined in light of these new approaches. The relationship of the history to its author’s present still raises many questions, and it is perhaps worth revisiting the extent to which the work can be regarded as ‘Augustan’ or ‘Republican’. Given the literary focus of most recent treatments, it may also be time to reassess Ab urbe condita as an historical source, and to discuss the significance of the new literary understanding for ancient historians.

Classics in the Contemporary World: Classics and Classical Studies form part of the contemporary world. How does that world respond to Classics, and Classics to it? This is not just an academic or rhetorical question, but a question of the agency of all things classical in the contemporary world. Why has ‘the Classical’ become a target of extremism, and what does ‘the Classical’ know about extremism? The classical world can easily provide examples of those within the state who threaten security, through its endemic wars, revenge tragedy and peace-seeking, but do these exempla have an agency in the contemporary world, and vice versa does contemporary extremism shape our understanding of the Classical? Another characteristic of the contemporary world is the ascendance of the digital. Does ‘the digital’ create opportunities for non-canonical receptions? For example, how does archaeogaming relate to established digitisations of classical texts and objects? Do we urgently need new data ontologies to link the classical to the digital and to enable machines to read the classical world? Finally, how are these connections with the contemporary world shaping our pedagogy, as we equip individuals to act or be employed in the world? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the interface between the contemporary and classical worlds.

Classical Archaeology as Heritage: Classical archaeology and heritage studies are intertwined with issues of nationalism, identity and politics. How has classical archaeology been used to fight against or build national identity(ies)? How has classical archaeology been represented and how has this impacted on issues of nationalism and identity? Who owns classical antiquities and archaeology and with what consequences? Different approaches to the management, interpretation and representation of Classical archaeology also entwine it with heritage studies. How can classical archaeology be interpreted and who has been entitled and given authority to interpret classical archaeological sites? What are the recent approaches to fighting against illicit trades in antiquities, both politically and academically? What solutions have been found to the issues of iconoclasm or destruction of classical antiquities and archaeology? How has classical archaeology been used for (sustainable) development projects? Why have these projects been implemented? Who has benefited from these projects and what have been the impacts of these projects for different stakeholders? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the interface between Classical archaeology and heritage.

Experiencing the Body: Experiencing the body invites us to consider a broad range of topics related to the lived body in the Graeco-Roman world. What can the body tell us about life in the past? How do ancient perceptions of the body relate to definitions of age, health, gender and identity? Besides questioning cultural conceptions, is it possible to access an individual’s experience of the ancient world? Can this be found through studies of the senses, phenomenology of landscapes and spaces, and the world created by the artist: that is the writer, painter, or sculptor, for example? Both social and individual experiences of the body can be accessed through a variety of remains: material culture, literature, epigraphy, art and spatial analyses, allowing for interdisciplinary study. We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the topic.

Everyday Life: The theme of everyday life invites sessions and papers which explore the relationship between urban space and the activities and rhythms of everyday life in antiquity (ranging from the Archaic to Late Antiquity). Sessions and papers might, for example, explore the extent to which ritual activities and occasions, such as festivals, funerals and pilgrimage, were part of or separate from everyday life. What made the ordinary and the extraordinary? How was everyday life experienced, and how did it change over time? How did everyday activities, behaviours and perceptions shape individual and group identities? What made everyday urban and rural life different from one another? What evidence can we use to support our understandings? For example, how did material culture and architecture shape everyday use of urban space? How is everyday life represented in literature, and how is it theorised in Greek and Latin philosophy? What can digital analytical tools add to our understanding? Is it possible to distinguish between elite and non-elite practices, and the experiences of inhabitants as well as visitors to a place?

Acquiring and Structuring Knowledge: Nowadays we classify knowledge with a complexity that was unthinkable in antiquity. Advances in technology and scientific methods let us assess the ancient natural sciences from a position of superior understanding. Meanwhile, new light is shed on the past by advances in technical discourse: politics, sociology and literary criticism are cases in point. Another is philosophy, whose agenda has changed little since its formation in antiquity, but has given rise to numerous sub-disciplines, each with its own specialist terminology and conceptual toolkit. By contrast, some histories and archaeologies of ideas are recent inventions, and others still remain to be written. There are also potential advantages to recovering the integratedness of fields of inquiry in the classical past: recent scholarship has highlighted important interactions between astronomy, anthropology, philosophy, medicine and more. We invite papers and co-ordinated panels exploring topics in ancient inquiry. How did disciplines form? What did concepts owe to empirical experience? How were new developments sparked? What, and how, did the Greeks and Romans know?

Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Rather than artificially separating the worlds of Late Antiquity and Byzantium from Classical Antiquity, we wish to highlight how the chosen themes of the CA conference apply holistically. Late Antiquity and Byzantium bridge the classical and the contemporary, nurturing the beginnings of Islam and the creation of modern Europe. How might they be re-conceptualised in the light of current debates on extremism, migration, identity and porous borders? Conflict and cultural heritage are also key current issues, for example in the context of the war in Syria. Why is such heritage so important, why does its destruction matter, and what can be done? Spatial studies and the senses have been understudied. How might our understandings of urbanism, networks – social or otherwise -, pilgrimage and visualisation, for example, be broadened by taking a holistic approach? What roles do cognitive reasoning, science and philosophy play? Lastly, literature, performance, dialogue and argument were core features of antiquity and fundamental in Byzantium. How might syntax, rhetoric, revision, rewriting and dissemination conceptually influence our ideas of Late Antiquity and Byzantium? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate these and any other ideas relating to Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Submitting Your Abstract: Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and should be submitted as Word files (no pdfs, please).

If you are proposing a panel, please label your file clearly with the name of the convenor, conference theme and title of the session, and include both the session and paper abstracts in a single document. Please indicate whether the convener of the panel will also be the official Chair of panel. If you have an alternative Chair confirmed, please also indicate this in your proposal document.

If you are proposing an individual paper, please label your file with the name of the speaker, conference theme and brief title.

Completed abstracts should be sent to by 31 August 2016.


(CFP closed August 31, 2016)


Classics and Women: Ancient and Modern

WCC UK Panel at the Classical Association Annual Conference, Canterbury: 26-29 April, 2017

The WCC UK invites submissions for our inaugural panel at the CA. Our aim is to demonstrate how much there is to gain from recognising historical, conscious, and unconscious bias in the ancient classical world (broadly defined) and in studies of the ancient world. The panel seeks to showcase recent academic work from a range of perspectives, underscoring the benefits of embracing heterogeneity in the study of Classics. We welcome in particular papers that seek to diversify Classics in approach, findings, or methodology.

We invite submissions that focus on (but are not limited to) the following: gender and the non-human, resistances to hierarchy, new approaches to ancient and modern pedagogy, women in war, gendered bodies, women in material culture/archaeology, gendered economies, and pioneering women in classics, ancient history and archaeology. We warmly encourage Classicists at any career stage and of any gender to submit abstracts.

Please send anonymous abstracts of no more than 200 words to either or by Tuesday August 2nd 2016.

For more information on the aims and goals of the WCC UK, including information on how to become a member, please see

(CFP closed 2 August 2016)


Latin Enlightenment

Corpus Christi College, Oxford: 20 April 2017

Organisers: Laurence Brockliss, Stephen Harrison, and Floris Verhaart

Traditionally the eighteenth century in general and the Enlightenment in particular are seen as hostile to the use of Latin. After all, the most widely known key works of this century, such as Diderot’s Encyclopédie and Kant’s Kritik der Reinen Vernunft, were all written in vernaculars.

Only recently have students of the Enlightenment come to realise that Latin remained a vigorous language of scholarly, scientific, and cultural exchange well into the eighteenth century and beyond, thanks to case studies by among others Maurizio Campanelli, Françoise Wacquet, and Yasmin Haskell. Another example is the project Mapping the Latin Enlightenment (2009-2011) led by Yasmin Haskell and funded by the Australian Research Council (

Despite these developments, many basic questions regarding this topic still need to be surveyed and “mapped”: who was using Latin, when, where, for what purpose, and in which genres?

The organisers therefore aim to bring together a group of scholars at any stage of their career whose research is in any way related to the uses of Latin in the age of the Enlightenment. If you wish to present a thirty-minute paper at this event, please send a proposal (of no more than 300 words) and a short bio/CV to by 22 July 2016. It is the intention of the organisers to publish the proceedings of this conference as a collection of essays.

Suggested themes for papers include but are not limited to:

1) National identity. French enjoyed considerable and increasing prestige as a language of national and international communication in the eighteenth century. However, it also came with considerable political and cultural connotations and associations, since, after all, it was also the language of one of Europe’s nations, France. As a consequence, many regions, such as the Low Countries and Italy witnessed a revival of Latin, partly in an attempt to emphasise their own identity vis-à-vis France. In addition, in Eastern European states, such as Hungary, which had a mix of different ethnicities and nations, Latin served as unifying factor.

2) Authority and subversiveness. Latin was the language of traditional humanistic learning that was deemed inaccessible to the general public and therefore could be used as an instrument of authority and a means to exclude readers from material that could otherwise empower them or give them dangerous ideas. This mechanism could also be applied to subvert authority, since using Latin could help to avoid getting noticed, at least by the wrong kinds of readers. Some of the most potentially shocking writings of the Enlightenment were therefore in Latin, such as the Hypothesis Copernicana (1777), in which the Jesuit Camillo Garulli praised the scientific discoveries of his age, even if they appeared incongruous with the Catholic orthodoxy of his time.

3) Audience. Jürgen Habermas argued in his Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit (1962) that this century witnessed the beginning of a democratisation of cultural and political debates in which previously exclusive groups such as statesmen, scholars and scientists increasingly needed to take into account not just the opinion of their peers, but also the public at large. Over the last decades, a heated debate has taken place about the development of this so-called public sphere in the eighteenth century (for an overview see Van Horn Melton, The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe (2001)). By looking at the target audiences of Latin writings a contribution could be made to this debate. Did authors, for example, deliberately use Latin to exclude particular readers and did the language thus curb the development of the public sphere or was the situation more complicated?

4) Humanism and the Enlightenment. The publication of Jonathan Israel’s Radical Enlightenment (2001) has triggered a debate about the true character of the Enlightenment, as Israel argues that it was propelled by a group of radical thinkers, most prominently Spinoza. Thinking about the continued relevance of Latin during the eighteenth century, which had been the corner stone of the intellectual life of the Renaissance, is therefore an ideal means to think about the relationship between Renaissance Humanism and eighteenth-century Enlightenment. Is the break between them really as strong and radical as Israel claims?

(CFP closed 22 July 2016)


Flores Augustini: Roundtable on Augustinian Florilegia in the Middle Ages

University of Leuven, Belgium: April 19-21, 2017

On 19-21 April 2017 the research units Latin Literature (Faculty of Arts) and History of Church and Theology (Faculty of Theology) of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) will organize, together with LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) and its Laboratory for Critical Text Editing, a Roundtable on Augustinian Florilegia in the Middle Ages. This conference will be organized within the framework of the research project ‘Augustine's Paul through the eyes of Bede: Critical edition, content analysis and reception study of the Venerable Bede's Collectio ex opusculis sancti Augustini in epistulas Pauli apostoli', funded by the University of Leuven, and will bring together scholars working on compilation-commentaries and anthologies which consist entirely and exclusively of excerpts from the works of Augustine of Hippo. During the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, these purely Augustinian florilegia have been one of the privileged vehicles for the transmission and reception of the works and thinking of the Bishop of Hippo.

The conference will take place in Leuven, at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe (Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven). We warmly welcome all contributions devoted to one or more Augustinian florilegia, and are especially interested in contributions which deal with Augustinian anthologies from a methodological and/or text-critical point of view, emphasizing the difficulties and specificities that their analysis presents to the editors both of the works in question and of Augustine's oeuvre, their place in the edition of the original works of Augustine, or the specific editorial problems that come into play in those florilegia of which source manuscripts have been preserved. Lectures may be presented in English or French, should be 30 minutes long and will be followed by a general discussion of some 15 minutes.

If you are interested to deliver a lecture during this conference, please send a provisional title, abstract (max. 250 words) and a concise CV (max. 500 words) before 15 October 2016 to: or

You will be notified whether your paper has been accepted by 31 October 2016. Subsequently, all participants are kindly invited to announce the definitive title of their lecture before 1 January 2017 and send us any materials to be included in the conference folder (hand-outs, text fragments, manuscript images) before 10 April 2017.

The organizing committee has the intention of publishing the conference proceedings in the international peer-reviewed Lectio-series Studies in the Transmission of Texts & Ideas, published by Brepols Publishers (Turnhout).

KU Leuven will provide lodging for two nights and all meals during the conference. Participants are asked to make and pay for their own travel arrangements.


(CFP closed 15 October 2016)


Sirens and Centaurs: Animal Studies and Gender Studies, from Antiquity to the Renaissance

New York University, USA: 14-15 April 2017

Keynote speakers:
Leonard Barkan (Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University)
Andreas Krass (Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt University, Berlin)

The sirens and centaurs of the Physiologus tradition make up an odd but notorious couple: they appear as monstrous, exaggerated incarnations of heteronormative notions of femininity and masculinity. This interdisciplinary conference will combine the theories and methods of gender studies and animal studies in order to examine how imaginary representations of nonhuman animals such as these were used to construct gender and sexuality in premodern times, and also how those constructions were subverted. To what extent did the bodies of animals – as imagined in premodern science, literature and art – serve as cultural signifiers of sex, gender and desire? In what ways did premodern mythology, theology and zoology contribute to the formation of gender stereotypes that corresponded (and often still correspond) to ideas of the “natural” or “unnatural”? How do perceived continuities or discontinuities between human and other animals support such notions as bestiality and miscegenation, and the taboos and fantasies surrounding them? In what ways are pleasure or disgust, attraction or loathing, desire or fear, conjured or manipulated in particular texts or images from this period? To what extent do the answers to these questions change over time?

The conference, to be held at NYU in New York on April 14-15 2017, will re-examine texts and images connected to:

* biblical stories, such as those of the creation and fall of humankind
* stories of metamorphoses of human beings into animals (such as Ovid and other myths)
* the tradition of the Physiologus and subsequent works on natural science (such as Thomas of Cantimpré, Konrad of Megenberg, Pierre Belon)
* the tradition of Aesopian and other fables
* beast epic
* romances and other tales in which monsters serve as protagonists (such as Melusine)

Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) of proposed papers to the organizers Sarah Kay ( and Andreas Krass ( to reach them by November 4, 2016. Decisions will be notified by December 15, 2016.


(CFP closed November 4, 2016)


[Panel] Beyond the Mediterranean: The Diaspora of Greek Tragedy

A panel organized as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies 10-13 April 2017, Athens, Greece

Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes the panel “Beyond the Mediterranean: The Diaspora of Greek Tragedy”, as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, 10-13 April 2017, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies.

Commenting on a recent staging of Sophocles’ Antigone in Melbourne, Australian playwright Christine Lambrianidis claimed that “Greek tragedy remains the most modern form of drama [because] it is unafraid to question everything we value”. This panel will look at the continual appeal of Greek tragedy beyond the Mediterranean countries, focusing on modern stagings and adaptations throughout the world. Papers are invited that discuss the use of Greek tragedy in fiction, comic books, theatre, opera, television and cinema beyond the Southern European area, and explore the motivation for the use of the classics for audiences that may not be familiar with them. Topics may include the use of Greek tragedy to discuss contemporary political and historical events, gender issues, post-colonial identities, social and war trauma, religious debates and ethical concerns; revisionist rewritings by women authors; adaptations in non-Western theatrical traditions and in post-dramatic theatre; new translations; productions in higher education settings; directors’ perspectives.

Please submit a 300-word abstract before 12 September 2016, by email, to, Dr. Daniela Cavallaro, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here. Fee structure information is available on

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here). Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and forty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:

(CFP closed 12 September 2016)


Natales Grate Numeras? International Conference to mark the 60th anniversary of the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Zadar, Croatia

University of Zadar, Croatia: 7-8 April 2017

Based on the ancient Roman foundations of the city of Zadar and several centuries of higher education, the contemporary Faculty of Humanities was founded in the academic year 1956/7. The Department of Latin was one of the six original departments of the new Faculty. The study of Greek was introduced in the 80s and, after a turbulent period marked by war in the 90s, the Department grew in both the number of new members and the varied scope of academic disciplines which they pursued.

To mark the 60th anniversary of its foundation, the Department of Classical Philology will host an international conference „Natales grate numeras?“ that will take place on 7 and 8 April 2017. Friends, colleagues as well as scholars from other disciplines and from abroad are invited to join us in celebration in order to give a positive answer to Horace’s question referred in the conference title.

Academics from abroad working in different areas of Classics and related disciplines will join Croatian colleagues in a fruitful dialogue. The keynote speakers are world-renowned experts in their respective areas: professor David Elmer (Harvard University), professor Stephen Heyworth (University of Oxford) and professor Darko Novakovic (University of Zagreb). The proceedings will come to a close with a conference dinner and a guided tour of the city of Zadar, which has recently come to boast of the title 'European Best Destination 2016'.

Proposals for papers should fall within the scope of the following subject areas:
1. Homer, Hesiod and the Greek epic
2. The poetry of the Augustan age
3. Greek and Roman religion and mythology
4. Late Antiquity and Byzantium
5. Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin
6. Dalmatia in antiquity
7. The state of Classics today and related issues.

Please also note: - The official languages of the conference are Croatian, English and Latin.
- In order to apply one needs to fill out an application form (follow the link and send it to Diana Soric, assistant professor, via email:
- One author can submit a maximum of two papers if one of these papers is co-authored.
- The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 December 2016. Applicants will be notified whether or not their paper is accepted by 15 December 2016.
- Speakers will be allocated 30-minute slots: twenty minutes to give their paper and ten minutes for questions and discussion.
- There is no conference fee for participants.
- The organiser is not able to cover any travel or accommodation costs.
- All other information regarding the conference will be sent via email and posted on the website of the Department of Classical Philology:

Diana Soric, PhD (University of Zadar), president
Milenko Loncar, PhD (University of Zadar)
Krešimir Vukovic, DPhil (Oxon.) (University of Oxford)
Linda Mijic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Ankica Bralic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Anita Bartulovic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Teuta Serreqi Juric, PhD (University of Zadar)
Sabira Hajdarevic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Zvonko Liovic, PhD (University of Zadar)

(CFP closed December 1, 2016)


Neo-Latin Symposium

University College Cork, Ireland: 6-8 April, 2017

The Fifth Annual Neo-Latin Symposium, held heretofore under the auspices of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), will take place 6-8 April, 2017 in Cork, Ireland, hosted by the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, University College Cork.

The Neo-Latin Symposium is devoted to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Latin Studies. Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of Neo-Latin Studies, which may embrace linguistic, literary or historical approaches to the examination of texts and their contexts.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

Neo-Latin Literature, Neo-Latin Historiography and Ethnography, Neo-Latin Language and Style, Neo-Latin Imitation, Adaptation or Translation from the Vernacular, Neo-Latin Letter Collections, Journals, Biographies, Autobiographies, Neo-Latin Pedagogy, Neo-Latin Rhetoric, Neo-Latin Treatises on Architecture, Botany, Cartography, Geography, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Theology, Science, etc.

Papers are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session. In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for panels of 3 papers will be considered. The deadline for abstract submission is 9 January 2017.

Please note that the Neo-Latin Symposium will not be part of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in 2017, but will be hosted by the Cork Centre for Neo-Latin Studies in association with the University of Kentucky Institute for Latin Studies. From 2017 onwards, the location of the conference will vary between Cork and Kentucky in alternate years.

Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Proposals for individual papers should be submitted as follows:

The proposer should email The proposal should consist of the name, contact information, and affiliation of the speaker(s), and an abstract of the proposed paper.

It is also possible to submit proposals for panels of 3 presentations as follows:

The panel organizer should email a panel proposal to The panel proposal should consist of a single document containing the theme of the panel, the organizer's name and contact information, the names, contact information and affiliations of the panel participants, and an individual abstract for each participant.

Papers should be read in English. Acceptance of a paper or complete panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to register and attend the conference. A registration fee of €50 will apply to all participants of the symposium. All presenters must pay the registration fee by 14 February, 2017 in order to confirm participation and be included in the program.

Further information about the conference, registration process, and guidelines for paper presentation, will soon be available on this website:

(CFP closed January 9 2017)


The Stoic Tradition Conference

Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest: 24 March, 2017

Keynote speaker: John Sellars (King's College London)

Eötvös Loránd University and the Philosophy Department of the Association of Hungarian PhD Students invite graduate students, young researchers and scholars to submit paper proposals for their conference on the reception of Stoicism. Proposals may focus on any period from antiquity to the present and any philosophical tradition regarding the reception of Stoicism.

Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 30 minutes. Abstracts of maximum 500 words are expected to be sent with the name and affiliation of the participant as an e-mail attachment in Word to

Travel and accommodation expenses unfortunately cannot be reimbursed, but participation is free. A conference volume with a selection of the papers will be published.

Submission Deadline: 15th of December 2016
Notification: 15th of January 2017

For further details visit the webpage of the conference at or feel free to contact us.

Nikoletta HENDRIK, PhD Candidate, Eötvös Loránd University; President, Association of Hungarian PhD Students, Philosophy Department
Kosztasz ROSTA, PhD Candidate, Eötvös Loránd University

(CFP closed 15 December, 2016)


Prometheus, Pandora, Adam and Eve: Archetypes of the Masculine and Feminine and their Reception throughout the Ages

Bar-Ilan University, Israel: 20-22 March 2017

Keynote Speakers: Professor Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge & Professor Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College

We are happy to give notice of a conference that will take place as the first project of a collaborative research group that has been set up at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. This group aims to examine the joint Classical and Judeo-Christian foundations of Western civilization, and their reception. Both strands have contributed to western societies in areas as diverse as art, philosophy, politics and architecture, and in many cases, the two strands intertwine and play off against each other. Yet very little sustained research to date has incorporated experts from a wide range of different fields, including, but not limited to, scholars of Jewish studies; Christianity; Classical studies; European literature, history and art; politics; philosophy. This is despite the fact that such collaboration would undoubtedly lead to greater understanding. The intention of this research group is therefore to provide enlightenment in a way that individual researchers, in their own closed specialisations, could not.

Within this framework and theoretical understanding, this conference will focus on “Prometheus, Pandora, Adam and Eve: archetypes of the masculine and feminine and their reception throughout the ages”. The topic takes as its starting point the idea that the way in which a society regards mankind, and especially the roots of mankind, both male and female, is crucial to an understanding of that society. Different models for the creation and nature of mankind, and their changing receptions at different periods and places, reflect fundamental evolutions and developments in society. This project thus will investigate the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian stories about the beginning of mankind, and the reception of these tales in the Western world, at a range of influential periods and places.

Abstracts (up to 300 words) are invited for papers (20 minutes in length) on any aspect of the conference topic. Papers may focus on broader issues and overviews of the subject in general or more specific reading and interpretations of individual works or collections.

Possibilities of subjects include, but are not limited to the following questions and issues:

* Adam and Eve, Prometheus and Pandora: overlap and differences in presentation
* The reception of Classical/Judeo-Christian Male and Female archetypes in different genres and media (literature, art, music, film, popular culture etc.)
* Archetypes and representations of masculine and feminine with reference to their classical roots
* Differences between Jewish and Christian views of Adam and Eve
* Male and female ideals at different periods/locations in the Western tradition
* Differing receptions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East
* Gender constructions in foundational texts and their reception throughout the ages
* The presentation of Adam and Eve and/or Prometheus and Pandora for children.

Please send abstracts to, citing full name and title, institution, provisional title of the paper, by 30th September 2016 by 31st October 2016 (extended deadline).

(CFP closed 31 October 2016)


Readers and Interpreters of Cicero, Ancient and Modern. In honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli

Sestri Levante/Chiavari (Italy): 17-18 March, 2017

The “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World”, Sestri Levante (Centro di Studi sulla Fortuna dell'Antico “Emanuele Narducci”, Sestri Levante) together with the International Society of Cicero's Friends (SIAC) and the “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” Delegation of the Italian Association for [the promotion of] Classical Culture, Chiavari (Delegazione di Chiavari “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” dell'Associazione Italiana di Cultura Classica, Chiavari), is sponsoring a two-day conference on the reception of Cicero in antiquity and the modern world, Readers and Interpreters of Cicero, Ancient and Modern. In honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli.

The two-day event will be held next year, on the 17th and 18th of March 2017, in honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli to mark the tenth anniversary of their death. The first day of the conference will focus on Cicero's reception in the modern era and will take place in Sestri Levante, thus coinciding with the 14th Meeting of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World; the second day will be devoted to Cicero's reception in antiquity and late antiquity, and will be held in Chiavari.

On the 18th, keynote presentations will be offered by Prof. Rita Pierini (Florence), on Cicero in Seneca; Prof. Paolo Esposito (Salerno), Cicero at Pharsalus; and Prof. Fabio Gasti (Pavia), on Cicero in the Breviary Tradition. There are three further slots available on the day, and the organisers are inviting proposals for papers exploring Cicero's afterlife in the antique and late antique eras. The CfP is open to anyone with a doctorate, who is aged 40 or under; the papers will be original contributions to the subject, to be delivered in Italian.

Deadline for the abstracts is set for the 30th September 2016, after which proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee, made up of Prof. Giancarlo Mazzoli (Pavia; Vice-Coordinator of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World”), Prof. Ermanno Malaspina (Turin; President of the Advisory Board of the International Society of Cicero's Friends) and Prof. Sergio Audano (Coordinator of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World and President of the “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” Delegation of the Italian Association for [the promotion of] Classical Culture, Chiavari).

Proposals should consist of an abstract, no longer than a side of A4, and CV, both of which should be attached to an email and sent to all three members of the selection committee, Giancarlo Mazzoli (, Ermanno Malaspina ( and Sergio Audano ( by the closing date.

The committee will accept three proposals by the 31st of October 2016, and the selected speakers will be expected to develop their abstract into a 30-minute presentation in Italian, which will be offered in the afternoon session on the 18th of March, chaired by Prof. Andrea Balbo (Turin; President of the International Society of Cicero's Friends). We also expect to publish a revised version of the papers in Ciceroniana online – an invitation the committee might extend to proposals considered to be of interest, even beyond the three selected for presentation at the conference.

Meals and accommodation will be provided for the speakers, but not costs relating to travel arrangements.

(CFP closed 30 September, 2016)


Australasian Society for Classical Studies 38th Annual Conference

Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand: 31 Jan-3 Feb, 2017


Conference website:


Abstracts due by 1 August, 2016.

(CFP closed 1 Aug 2016)


Once upon a time... the Antiquity / Érase una vez... la Antigüedad

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain): January 13, 2017

"Once upon a time… the Antiquity" is a congress focused on new approaching to ancient world researching. Nowadays not only traditional academic works on History, Arts, Archaeology or Philology are being carried out, but this frame of study has been expanded to the so called classic reception studies. Consequently, new studies on preconceptions about ancient world throughout history up to the present day emerge. Historical novels, perfume’s or food advertisements set in a Hellas as unlikely as timeless, or peplums have been subject of specialized congresses.

Once upon a time… the Antiquity congress focuses on this cultural heritage with specific interest in media productions for children. Through this very first image, with which we have all grown up, they are shaped a visual concept of Antiquity, an arrangement of Olympic pantheon and, ultimately, a way of understanding daily life of people thousands of years ago.

As researchers, we understand the complexity of ancient societies, the problems implied in approaching to them getting over our own time’s problems and, above all, reform this preconceived vision of Antiquity. The main objective of this congress is approaching this phenomenon through cinema and serials, both animated and with real actors, biased to a childish or young audience. From Disney movies to child serials and mass phenomena such as Harry Potter, this congress includes every production suitable for all audiences, which constitute our first ancient history school. Every proposal related with this topic, whether dealing with a specific production or a transversal aspect in different movies or serials.

The congress is divided in three main sessions, divided in papers and debates. Presentations will be 15 minutes in length with time for discussion after each session. The congress will take place on Friday January 13, 2017, in the Aula de Grados of the Facultad de Geografía e Historia of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

In order to participate, it's required to send a 200-300 words abstract to the congress e-mail address,, up to December 4, 2016. Proposals will be assessed by the organizing committee, and those selected will be informed by December, 11, 2016. All the information is available in the congress website.

Likewise, every student interested in attending the congress will receive a certificate of assistance if they attend the 80% of sessions at least. Organizing committee cannot offer travel or any other kind of grants for participants, but participation is totally free.

Organizing committee:
Irene Cisneros Abellán (U. of Zaragoza)
M. Cristina de la Escosura Balbás (Complutense U. of Madrid)
Elena Duce Pastor (Autonoma U. of Madrid)
María del Mar Rodríguez Alcocer (Complutense U. of Madrid)
David Serrano Lozano (Complutense U. of Madrid)
Nerea Tarancón Huarte(Complutense U. of Madrid)


(CFP closed December 4, 2016))


Imagining the Future through the Past: Classical and Early Modern Political Thought (AFG-2017)

Society for Classical Studies (SCS) Annual Meeting: Toronto, January 5-8, 2017

Sponsored by the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR)

Organized by Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, and Ariane Schwartz, Harvard University

The new Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2017 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Toronto. For its second panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical texts in early modern political thought.

In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes called ancient books a "Venime" akin "to the biting of a mad Dogge," which had the power to corrupt their readers and bring down monarchies. Hobbes' violent reaction captures the authority Greek and Roman political thought commanded in a period of radical change in systems of government and, concomitantly, in contemporary theorizing about politics. Early modern readers absorbed Plautus, Plutarch, and rhetorical handbooks along with the authors central to later modern formations of the classical canon like Homer and Cicero. These texts helped give shape to new debates over legitimacy, authority, virtue, community, and a host of other vital issues.

This panel invites papers that illuminate the historical impact of that reception or make a methodological contribution to the study of the reception of political thought in particular. Following recent developments in the field, it welcomes studies of poetry and other media as well as canonical prose texts (e.g., Marsilius of Padua, Christine de Pizan, Machiavelli, More, Bodin, Jonson, Grotius, Hobbes, Harrington, Cavendish, Makin, Locke).

The study of classical political reception is an emergent field in the context of the SCS, and the panel specially invites scholars new to this area to submit abstracts. 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.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following questions:
* What distinctive contribution can classicists make to the history of political thought?
* How do less well-known texts (e.g., neo-Latin epic, legal texts) affect current conventional interpretations of the history of political thought?
* How do early modern thinkers understand temporality?
* What role does genre play in the transmission and transformation of early modern thinkers' engagement with classical thought?
* Recent work by Quentin Skinner and others has refocused scholarly attention on the connections between poetry and political theory. How can classicists best contribute to this line of research?

Abstracts of no more than 450 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 March 1, 2016.

See more at:

(CFP closed March 1 2016)


Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2016

Sixth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World: 'Displacement'

University of Oxford: 12-13 December, 2016

The Sixth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) will be held this year at the University of Oxford. AMPRAW is an interdisciplinary conference which explores the impact of the classical world in literature, art, music, history, drama and popular culture. Our theme this year is 'displacement'.

The title suggests the intrinsic impossibility of reconstructing and retaining original meanings without creating and overlaying new ones. In the very act of placing a classical text or myth into translation, adaptation, work of art or performance, a displacement always occurs.

Dr. Constanze Güthenke (Corpus Christi, Oxford) will be a guest respondent.

Those wishing to present a paper of 20 minutes should please submit an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to: by Friday 2nd September.

We also welcome displays of practice based research. Please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution. We would welcome papers on any topic relating to ‘displacement’ in the reception of the ancient world.

Further information about the conference is available at: and more details will be announced later in the year.

Any queries, please email the conveners at:

Handy pdf of the cfp - available here:

(CFP closed September 2, 2016)


[1st] International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions

University of Wollongong (UOW) Sydney CBD Campus (Circular Quay, Sydney): 5-6 December 2016

The conference will bring together researchers working in the area of emotions in contemporary and historical societies from a range of disciplines for the first time, including sociology, philosophy, politics, law, history, literature, creative arts and media. It will showcase cutting-edge research from international experts on approaches to studying emotions from across these fields. We are interested in receiving and papers for presentation in expert panels and general sessions on (but not limited to) the following topics:

* Emotions in space and place;
* The expression and function of emotions such as shame, anxiety, and anger in contemporary society
* The relationship between emotions, embodiment, and affect
* Emotion management in inter-personal relationships
* Methodologies for researching emotions
* The role of emotions in social change
* Emotions in work and professional life
* Emotions and care work
* Emotions in the public sphere
* Emotions in education
* Emotions and law
* The philosophy of emotions
* The history of emotions
* The creative and literary expression of emotions
* Emotions and culture.

Please submit a 500-word panel proposal, or a 200 word abstract for an individual paper to by Friday 1 July 2016.

Convened by: Roger Patulny and Sukhmani Khorana (UOW CERN), Andrew Lynch (ARC CHE) and Rebecca Olson and Jordan McKenzie (TASA SEA).

Hosts: The University of Wollongong (UOW) Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN), the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), and The Australian Sociological Association Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group (TASA SEA).

For more information, and for updates about keynote speakers and other conference related information, please visit the CERN events page:


(CFP closed 1 July 2016)


Authority beyond the Law: Traditional and Charismatic Authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford: 3 December, 2016

We warmly invite graduate students and early career researchers in Classics, Medieval studies, Near Eastern studies and other disciplines to submit abstracts for a one day workshop on traditional and charismatic authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, to be held on Saturday, 3 December 2016 at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies in Oxford.

In Economy and Society, Max Weber theorised three ideal types of authority: charismatic, traditional and legal. While legal authority has been well-explored in modern scholarship and most resembles the structures of authority in our own world, more recent work has indicated the importance of the charismatic and traditional ideal types as lenses for viewing Ancient and Medieval authority. Thus, in his 2016 monograph, Dynasties, Jeroen Duindam stresses the importance of charisma to royal power, exploring the pageantry of power, ritual actions undertaken to safeguard the harvest or control the weather, and the personal delivery of justice, while Kate Cooper, especially in The Fall of the Roman Household, has argued that power in the ancient world was inseparably linked to individual households in a way similar to Weber's theorisation of traditional authority, making the (late) Roman 'state' seem significantly smaller than it has tended to before.

By bringing together scholars of many different periods and contexts, we intend to explore the value of Weber's traditional and charismatic types for understanding changes, continuities and complexities in the construction of authority across Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Submissions might consider the following themes:

* The use of the irrational and supernatural as a basis of authority
* Ways that charismatic authority perpetuated itself without the creation of legal authority
* The interactions between charisma and tradition within individual contexts
* The use of traditional and charismatic authority legitimise law and legal instruments (rather than vice versa)
* Status groups' use of appeals to time-honoured rights and the distant past to legitimate their authority
* The use of tradition and charisma by heretics and rebels to construct their own authority and delegitimise that of their opponents
* The applicability of Weber's typology to non-political authority and to the authority of places and objects
* The influence of ideas about the ancient and Medieval worlds on sociological thought about authority (and vice versa)

Abstracts of 20 minute papers from researchers in all fields of ancient and Medieval studies are welcome and should be sent to by the 16th September 2016. Publication of some or all of the papers may be sought as a themed journal issue.

(CFP closed 16 September 2016)


Rousseau between Antiquity, Enlightenment and Modernity

University College London: December 2, 2016

Jean-Jacques Rousseau is widely recognised as one of the first critics of modern civilisation and its discontents: the pursuit of self-interest, the division of labour, lack of authenticity, and political structures founded on greed and exploitation. However, recent research has opened up a variety of new perspectives on Rousseau that do not necessarily fit the traditional picture. This event is aimed at a reassessment of such recent views of Rousseau and their relationship with wider trends in Enlightenment studies. It will be based on a discussion of two new publications: the volume Engaging with Rousseau: Reaction and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and ‘Rousseau’s Imagined Antiquity’, a special issue of the journal History of Political Thought (2016), both edited by Avi Lifschitz (UCL History).

Speakers: Prof. Céline Spector (Paris IV – Sorbonne) and Prof. John Robertson (Cambridge)

Friday 2 December 2017; 5 p.m. onwards; in Chadwick G07, University College London.

All welcome; the discussion will be followed by a reception.

Please register on Eventbrite:


Authority Revisited. Towards Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516

Leuven, Belgium (Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000): 29 Nov-Dec 2, 2016

500 years ago, Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’ and Desiderius Erasmus’ ‘Novum Instrumentum’ saw the light. Both works dealt freely with authoritative sources of Western civilization, and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of invasive religious and political changes. The fact that both texts are closely linked to the city of Leuven (Belgium) as well as their historic significance prompted LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) to take the lead in this commemoration. The international conference represents the academic highlight among the array of special events in Leuven celebrating Thomas More and Erasmus. The conference will be devoted to studying not only the texts ‘Utopia’ and ‘Novum Instrumentum’ themselves, but also their authoritative precursors in Classical Antiquity, the Patristic period and the Middle Ages, as well as their immense reception and influence in the (Early) Modern Era. The conference will thus lead to a better understanding of how More and Erasmus used their sources, and it will address the more encompassing question of how these two authors, through their own ideas and their use of authoritative texts, have contributed to the rise of (early) modern Western thought. This international conference, multidisciplinary in scope, brings together scholars working in the field of theology, philosophy, history (of science), art history, historical linguistics and literary studies.

Keynote speakers are prof. Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), prof. Gillian Clark (Bristol), prof. Günter Frank (Bretten), prof. Uwe Baumann (Bonn) and prof. Henk Jan de Jonge (Leiden).



The conference takes place in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. Participation is free, but please register online before 20 November 2016.


[Book] Reception and Transformation of Ancient Sea Power

The reception of antiquity in the Middle Ages and especially the Early Modern period has been extensively studied. Sea power and thalassocracy are familiar topics in the fields of classics and ancient history. Nevertheless, only rarely have the two themes been combined, and to date there has been no overarching treatment of the later reception of ancient sea power.

In order to fill this gap, we organized a conference in Berlin in May 2015, entitled ‘Thalassokratographie: Rezeption und Transformation antiker Seeherrschaft’. This title was programmatic. On the one hand, we were interested in the act of writing about sea power and thalassocracy, in the act of creating images and ideas that gave ancient sea power a prominent place in later times – ‘thalassocrato-graphy’, so to speak, not ‘thalassocracy’. On the other, we were concerned with issues of transformation. The conference was not focused solely on a one-dimensional process of reception of classical antiquity in later epochs, but aimed above all to ask how, during this process, images and ideas of antiquity were newly created, with which intentions and to what ends, and how these newly-developed ideas about ancient texts, myths and narratives may even have influenced the later scholarly treatment of these phenomena.

We intend to publish the proceedings of this conference, the program of which can be seen here: in a volume that will then be the first publication dedicated to this topic. It will be published as a volume in the series ‘Transformationen der Antike’ (de Gruyter), depending on a successful peer-review-process. In addition to the papers presented at the conference we would welcome further contributions (in English, German or French) that, while adhering to the approach outlined above, treat one of the following topics:

The reception of ancient sea power:
• in architecture
• as part of monuments or fountains
• in the visual arts, esp. in paintings
• in music
• in literature, esp. historical novels
• in the naming of ships
• in film, theatre and opera
• in modern mass media

Submission Details: Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be sent before 30 November 2016 to Those who submitted an abstract will be informed within two weeks after the deadline whether or not their proposals have been accepted. Final versions of accepted papers should then be submitted by 31 March 2017.

Christian Wendt ( and Hans Kopp ( will be glad to answer any questions you might have.


(CFP closed 30 November, 2016)


Media and Classics

Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol: 25-27 November 2016

'The realm of the dead is as extensive as the storage and transmission capabilities of a given culture,' writes the German media theorist Friedrich Kittler in Gramophone, Film, Typewriter (originally published in 1986). The emergence since the 1970s of electronic and knowledge-based technologies, and more specifically of digital media, has brought to the fore the close link that exists between media, knowledge, and perception, a link generating both exhilaration and anxiety. The centrality of media, however, to epistemological debates around the ways in which knowledge is produced, stored, and disseminated has a long history in Western thought. Under the banners of media history, media archaeology, and cultural transmission, important work has been undertaken in recent years on the history of media since the Renaissance and on persistent tropes in media discourse that make it possible to set current debates about digital media in a broader historical and theoretical context. One of the most complex and multifaceted case studies in the history of media in the West yet to receive systematic examination has to do with the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. What is the role of media (new and old, material and spiritual, perceptible and imperceptible) in the formation and reproduction of Greco-Roman arts and more broadly in what might be called the transmission of 'classical' culture?

Certain aspects of this topic have been touched on by media theorists (on both sides of the Atlantic) in suggestive but highly selective and often problematic ways. Other aspects have been approached by classical scholars in more careful but historically and disciplinary insular manners. Issues such as orality, literacy, performance, memory, materiality, the senses, textual transmission, translation, archival practices, the history of the book, and more recently humanities computing are all implicated in the production, transmission, and reception of the Greco-Roman literary, performing, and plastic arts that we now call classical. However, there has been no systematic attempt to date to shift the focus away from issues of historical usage of media towards more theoretical concerns that can link the media of the classical past with one another, with larger processes of artistic production and reception, and with contemporary debates around media, knowledge, and perception. As a result, the processes of production and reception of the arts of Greece and Rome are still perceived in ways that remain at once too narrow and too broad: on the one hand they are dominated by the agency of long-dead artists or ever-changing audiences; on the other hand they are dominated by abstract ideas - the continuities of the Classical Tradition, the discontinuities of Reception, the cosiness of 'conversing' with the past, or the rather nebulous qualities of textuality and visuality.

Revisiting Martin Heidegger's provocative claim that 'the more questioningly we ponder the essence of technology, the more mysterious the essence of art becomes' (in his seminal essay 'The Question Concerning Technology' originally published in 1954), this conference focuses attention on the cultural history of the material conditions and technical and technological practices that give shape to artistic creativity and make possible its transmission as 'classical' and as 'culture.' How are media conceptualized by artistic works and their users in Greece and Rome? How do media shape the specificity, convergence, and/or transference of different artistic forms and contents? How do continuities and ruptures in artistic production and transmission manifest themselves? How are artworks, artists, and audiences networked through material and embodied structures of media technology? How are ideas, concepts, and practices related to the classical arts implicated in the history and culture of modern theoretical debates around media and information technology? And how are they implicated in broader discussions around the philosophical apparatus of technology, culture, and biology as they are played out against a critique of modernity?

Papers are invited on topics in areas such as the following:
* cultural transmission as reproduction and/or as transformation
* art as techne between historicity and metaphysics
* fantasies of communication and horizons of incommunicability
* technologies of writing systems and scripts
* media as conduits, languages, and/or environments
* media specificity and convergence
* media and non-human agency
* the body as a medium
* humanism and anti-technological bias
* Greece and Rome in debates in media theory
* Greco-Roman arts in an age of media convergence, networks and computation<\p>

30-minute papers are anticipated, but proposals are also welcome for presentations outside the normal lecture format, including proposals from artists and other creative practitioners; please provide details of your plans in your application. Prospective presenters should send a title, an abstract of 500 words, and a short biography by 1 April 2016 to: Pantelis Michelakis (

(CFP closed 1 April 2016)


[Simposio] La mitología griega en la tradición literaria: de la Antigüedad a la Grecia contemporánea

Universidad de Granada, Spain: 24-25 de noviembre de 2016

Website with link to Programme:

Universidad de Granada
Centro de Estudios Bizantinos, Neogriegos y Chipriotas
Grupo de investigación: Estudios de la Civilización Griega Medieval y Moderna (HUM 728)
P. I. Excelencia: Estudios sobre la transmisión y tradición de Paléfato y la exégesis racionalista de los mitos (FFI2014-52203-P)

Departamento de Filología Griega y Filología Eslava
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
Biblioteca de la Universidad de Granada
Polymnia. Réseau de recherche sur les mythographes anciens et modernes

Lugar: Universidad de Granada - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Aula “Federico García Lorca”


[BOOK] Classics and the Western (edited collection)

In 1820, a writer for the Cincinnati Western Review warned his readers that "should the time ever come when Latin and Greek should be banished from our universities and the study of Cicero and Demosthenes, of Homer and Virgil should be considered as unnecessary for the formation of a scholar, we should regard mankind as fast sinking into an absolute barbarism, and the gloom of mental darkness is likely to increase until it should become universal." Almost two hundred years later, Americans are no longer required to learn Greek and Latin, but their necessary connection to antiquity continues - in film and television Westerns. John Ford, Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawkes, Budd Boetticher, Anthony Mann, and Sam Peckinpah (to name only a few Western film directors), all have borrowed from the Greats to invent, reinvent, and often reinterpret the American experience on the frontier. The popular Western owes much of its impact to the power of "high" art - classical epic, tragic and comic forms which have celebrated, affirmed, and deconstructed the American Character in the Wild West for over a century, transmitting a complicated cultural coding about the nature of westward expansionism, heroism, family life, assimilation and settlement, and American masculinity and femininity.

I am currently soliciting abstracts of 200 words for essays that consider the richness and complexity of the Western's association with the Greats and foreground the contributions that such intersections and fusions have made to our understanding of America's epic (and tragic) narratives of nation and cultural identity. How have Westerns drawn on, transmitted, furthered, and critiqued the ideas of classical authors like Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Cicero, and Virgil?

Proposals may examine any aspect of the Western's relationship with classical thinking and texts, including but not limited to those authors named above. Proposals may address the genre-at-large; particular periods, cycles or series; the work of individual filmmakers, actors or other personnel; or any combination thereof.

Completed essays of approximately 5000 words in length will be due in September of 2017. This book is under contract with McFarland Press.

Proposals are due by November 15, 2016. Please feel free to contact me with any queries.

Sue Matheson, PhD - University College of the North -

(CFP closed November 15, 2017)


Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World: Columbia University Ancient World Graduate Student Conference

Columbia University in the City of New York, USA: November 11-12, 2016

Keynote Speakers: Elena Isayev (University of Exeter)​ and Demetra Kasimis (University of Chicago)

We invite papers from graduate students working across disciplines related to the ancient world for a two-day conference which will explore the issues of refuge and refugees. From representations of refugees and the notions of "refuge" to their physical traces in the archaeological record, we hope to discuss how ancient societies experienced and conceptualized the flight and plight of displaced peoples.

In light of the recent upsurge in work on ancient Mediterranean migration and exile, as well as current events, new questions arise: What heuristic value does the term "refugee" have for our understanding of the ancient equivalent? How do we define refuge and refugees? Where do we look for the voices of refugees among the ancient evidence? What and where are the sites of "refuge" attested across the ancient Mediterranean world?

We welcome papers in any disciplinary field––and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged––pertaining to the ancient Mediterranean world and surrounding regions ​(​including Egypt, the Near East and the expanses of the Roman Empire)​ and falling within the period spanning from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.

Potential topics could include:
* Literary and artistic representations of flight, refuge, or supplication, for example​,​ in epic, tragedy, vase or wall painting.
* Classical reception (contemporary engagements with classical representations of refuge and refugees).
* Philosophical and theoretical conceptualizations of refuge, for example​,​ in Stoic thought. * Locations of refuge, such as sanctuary spaces.
* Intersections between refugees and the related spheres of ancient migration, exile, and diaspora.
* Ancient histories of migration catalyzed by displacement through war or other factors.
* The demographic impact of ancient refugees on ancient cities, landscapes, and economies.
* Archaeological evidence, for example, hoards and their significance in tracing ancient refugees.
* Refugee identity, for example, the transition from being a "refugee" to becoming a citizen of a new city.

The conference will include a roundtable on how the content and themes discussed in the context of the ancient world can be brought into dialogue with the contemporary refugee crisis.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to no later than May 2, 2016. In the body of your email, please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of your abstract. The abstract should be anonymous and sent as an attachment. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length​,​ ​in order to accommodate ​questions.

Housing accommodations will be provided by Columbia graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information please visit:

(CFP closed 2 May 2016)


Divine (In)Justice in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

University of Sheffield: Friday 4 November 2016

Plenary speaker: Professor Tim Whitmarsh (University of Cambridge)
Respondent: Professor John Arnold (Birkbeck, University of London)

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on topics including (but not limited to):

* Literary and artistic portrayals of divine judgment
* Human versus divine concept of justice
* Monotheistic versus polytheistic notions of divine justice
* Divine (in)justice in Judaism and Islam
* Secular versus religious justice
* Signs of divine (dis)approbation in national and/or political and/or institutional discourse
* Anxieties about divine justice
* Divine justice and natural disasters
* Postmortem justice

Papers may consider all aspects of divine (in)justice during the period (roughly 8th century B.C.E. to 1500 C.E.), from a variety of disciplinary angles, including literary, historical, artistic, and theological. Medieval culture, its concept of justice, and its major religions were undeniably influenced by classical traditions, and this conference seeks to explore continuities and divergences between these two periods in order to shed further light on the various factors that determine the conceptualisation and representation of divine justice, and define its role in society.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Charlotte Steenbrugge ( by 30 June 2016.

(CFP closed 30 June 2016)



Villa Empain, Brussels: November 4-5, 2016

atopia is an encounter with classical antiquity enacted by a group of historians, theorists and artists on November 5th at the Villa Empain in Brussels. Ancient Greece has long functioned as the supposed origin of “Western civilization,” and as such the common ground of Europe, its colonial territories, and the humanist project. atopia approaches the classical tradition not as a homeland whose borders are secure, but as a constellation, heterogeneous from the outset and open to being recomposed. The Villa Empain’s focus on the institution as an inhabited home creates conditions for an embodied experience that displaces classicism’s familiar narrative: atopia locates classical antiquity in a space between everywhere and somewhere.

Organized by Brooke Holmes, Isabel Lewis, and Asad Raza



By Jove! Invoking Ancient Deities on Modern Screens

An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference: "Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television"

The Milwaukee Hilton Milwaukee, WI (USA): October 26-30, 2016

Long after their worship ceased, the gods and goddesses of the ancient Mediterranean world have remained potent forces in the modern imaginary. While their traditional names remain the same, modernity's shifting ideological matrices change the signification of these deities. The meaning of worshipers paying homage to them; of priests and prophets claiming to speak on their behalf; and of heroes and rulers challenging their authority or receiving their favor, all change when the moral authority and even existence of these gods and goddesses is no longer a self-evident truth. Technologies for visualizing the divine in e.g. film, television, and video games further complicate the way audiences comprehend deities associated with living cultural traditions but defunct belief systems. Furthermore, viewers may relate very differently to the re-imagining of these ancient Mediterranean gods and goddesses on the modern screen, depending on their various social, cultural, religious, ethnic and/or national identities.

This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering the motivations, execution, conditions, ramifications, and reaction to representing deities of the ancient Mediterranean world on screen. Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Embodying the gods: how divine identity, gender, and power are visually depicted; why certain god/desses are more (or less) frequently depicted; whether visual representation reinforces the viewer's sense of realism, or makes the god/dess seem too quotidian

* Gods and stars: the interaction of divine identity and star texts, the resultant effect on viewer interpretation of character and/or actor

* Contextualizing the gods: do god/dessess function differently in ancient vs. modern mise-enscene; the shifting ideological function of ancient god/desses in relation to modern narratives, history, religious systems/theologies; whether genre as context changes the signification of a deity

* Sizing up (or down) the deities: depicting the stature of god/desses relative to humans; how the scale of a medium (e.g. film versus television) or the viewing platform (e.g. movie screen versus smartphone) affects perception of divinity

* Presence without substance: how excluding god/desses as active participants in the onscreen drama affects perception of the their power and even existence (e.g. Troy)

* Interacting with the gods: how god/desses relate to humans (e.g. heroes, priest/esses, kings/queens, worshippers); the interactive experience of video game players (e.g. God of War) and app users versus the comparatively passive experiences of film/TV viewers

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016; EXTENDED DEADLINE July 15 2016

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2016 to the area chair: Meredith Safran, Trinity College:

(CFP closed 15 July 2016)


Stoic Guidance for Troubled Times

Queen Mary University of London: October 22, 2016

Can the ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism help us in responding to acute political and personal problems? How does Stoicism reconcile the search for inner peace of mind with positive affection or love and social concern?

A series of talks, interviews, and question-and-answer sessions, with scope for audience participation and social breaks. One of a series of such public events at QMUL on Stoic guidance held since 2014.

The programme will include:

* Tim LeBon on Stoic responses to the Brexit vote or a possible Trump victory.
* Christopher Gill interviews Elena Isayev on her experiences with refugees in the West Bank and the Calais ‘jungle’.
* Jules Evans talks to member of the Saracens rugby club about the value of Stoic messages in dealing with training, victory and defeat.
* Donald Robertson talks about Stoic approaches to resilience and love and how the two are linked.
* Gabriele Galluzzo discusses Stoic emotions – those we want to get rid of and those we want to develop.

To book for this event go to: (cost £15).

The event forms part of ‘Live like a Stoic Week 2016’ – the fifth such event since 2012. To follow this year’s week-long on–line course (Oct 17-23) on living a Stoic life go to: To find out more about Stoicism in daily life see ‘Stoicism Today’ blog (

Tim LeBon is a psychotherapist and author of Positive Psychology. Christopher Gill is an Emeritus Professor and author of several books on Stoicism; he has edited the Oxford World Classics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. Elena Isayev is an Associate Professor who works on migration, refugees and asylum in the ancient and modern worlds. Jules Evans is a philosophical writer and author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations. Donald Robertson is a psychotherapist and author of Stoicism and the Art of Happiness; he also designed a four-week course on promoting Stoic resilience. Gabriele Galluzzo is a university lecturer and author of several books on ancient philosophy.


The E. H. Gombrich Lecture Series on the Classical Tradition 2016

Warburg Institute, London: 11, 12, 13 October 2016

Organized by the Warburg Institute and Princeton University Press

Speaker: Philip Hardie, Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge

Celestial Aspirations: 17th and 18th Century British Poetry and Painting, and the Classical Tradition

11 October - Visions of apotheosis and glory on painted ceilings: from Rubens’ Banqueting House, Whitehall to Thornhill’s Painted Hall, Greenwich

12 October - Poetic ascents and flights of the mind: Neoplatonism to Romanticism

13 October - ‘No middle flight’: Miltonic ascents and their reception

Pre-registration (free) is required in order to attend the lectures, at


Neo-Latin in Fascism

Brixen, South Tyrol: October 7-8, 2016

The Fascist regime in Italy saw itself as a rebirth of the greatness of ancient Rome. Accordingly, Roman antiquity played a crucial role in its ideology. This also holds true for the language of the Romans – Latin. Not only was Latin a central subject of the school curriculum, Latin texts were also written in great numbers in order to promote and justify Fascism. Yet, the phenomenon of Fascist Neo-Latin literature has not attracted the scholarly attention it deserves so far.

The international conference Neolatin in Fascism, organised by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies and going to take place on the 7th and 8th of October 2016 at the Vinzentinum in Brixen/Bressanone, will be the first attempt ever made to address this often repulsive, yet fascinating topic as a whole and on a larger scale. On its first day, two events for a broader audience will take place – an introductory class for grammar school pupils and an evening lecture for a broader audience. On the second day, ten experts from Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Nederlands and England will present and discuss their research on Fascist – and anti-Fascist – lyric and epic poetry, rhetoric and epigraphy written in Latin. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the prestigious series Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia.



The Making of the Humanities V

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA): 5-7 October, 2016

The Making of Humanities conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, 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 civilizations.

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, etc., but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.

Keynote speakers:
1.Karine Chemla (ERC project SAW, SPHERE, CNRS & U. Paris Diderot): “Writing the history of ancient mathematics in China and beyond in the 19th century: who? for whom?, and how?”
2.Anthony Grafton (Princeton U.): “Christianity and Philology: Blood Wedding?”; Sarah Kay (New York U.): “Inhuman Humanities and the Artes that Make up Medieval Song”

MoH-V will feature three days of panel and paper sessions, next to three keynote speakers and a closing panel on the Status of the Humanities. A reception will take place on the first day in the magnificent Peabody Library, and a banquet on the second day. An overview of the previous conferences and resulting publications is on the Society’s homepage.

Abstracts of single papers (25 minutes including discussion) should be in Word format and contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words. Abstracts should be sent (in Word) to Deadline for abstracts: 30 April, 2016. Notification of acceptance: End of June 2016.

Panels last 1.5 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers including discussion and possibly a commentary. Panel proposals should be in Word format and 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. Panel proposals should be sent (in Word) to Deadline for panel proposals: 30 April, 2016. Notification of acceptance: End of June 2016.

For full information about the conference, please visit:

(CFP closed 30 April 2016)


Classics -- Right Now!

Autumn conference of the California Classical Association (North), Stanford University: October 1 2016

In this era of instantaneity, when the label "classic" gets slapped onto anything more than five years old, what hope is there for getting people interested in the considerably earlier achievements of Greek and Roman culture? This day-long conference will examine ways in which movies, video gaming and other media can engage new audiences with the ancient past. Papers (15-20 minutes) are welcome on any aspect of such encounters. A special focus will be on creative pedagogical uses of media (K-12 and college levels) for introducing the Classics.

Abstracts (maximum 500 words, including any bibliography, and specifying exact length of talk) should be sent by August 22 to Prof. John Klopacz ( Selected participants will be notified soon after the deadline. Please indicate on the abstract any technological requirements for the talk.


(CFP closed August 22 2016)


IMAGINES V: The Fear and the Fury - Ancient Violence in Modern Imagination

Università degli Studi di Torino, Turin: September 29 - October 1 2016.

The Fear and the Fury is the fifth international conference organised by the research project Imagines ( in order to attract and connect international scholars working in the field of the representation of Antiquity in the visual and performing arts.

Violence, fury and the dread that they trigger are factors that appear frequently in the ancient sources. They often feature human violence, wars and natural disasters, but also the inherent violence of mythical figures and stories and their inexorable impact on the life and destiny of mortals.This dark side of antiquity, so distant from the pure whiteness that the classical heritage usually calls forth, has repeatedly struck the imagination of artists, writers and scholars across ages and cultures. Examples are the countless depictions of the destruction of Pompeii (i.e. Karl Bryullov's painting The Last Day of Pompeii, which in turn has become a source of inspiration for several following artists), the works performing the Spartans' tragic heroism at Thermopylae (the obvious reference is Frank Miller's 300, and its cinematographic adaptation by Zack Snyder), and the representations of Medea's fury (from Euripides to Pier Paolo Pasolini and Lars von Trier).

The conference will look at how modern and contemporary performing and visual arts represent the evildoers – those who provoked fear and who were led by fury –, the catastrophic events, the battles and the ancient everyday tragedies, as well as the fears they generated, both in those who found themselves facing such misfortunes and in those who interact with the ancient world and its representations.

Papers should either focus on a specific post-classical period or follow a cross-temporal perspective. In addition, they can cover one or more artistic languages (painting, book art and graphic design, comics, sculpture, architecture, theatre, opera, dance, street art, photography, cinema, computer animation, videogames etc.) and propose comparative approaches.

Questions addressed in the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:
* How has post-classical imagery staged the conquerors' violence and the fear felt by the subjugated, from the fall of Troy to the Rape of the Sabine Women and the sack of Rome in 410 A.D.?
* How has the human impotence against the forces of the nature (from the storms that have hampered the nostoi of the Homeric heroes to the total destruction of Pompeii caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) been perceived and performed?
* How have military powers of the ancient World, from the Macedonian phalanx to the Roman legions, and their acts of conquest and destruction, been translated into forms of contemporary entertainment, such as videogames?
* How has political violence, be it individual of collective, from rebellions against the rulers (i.e. Harmodius and Aristogeitons killing the tyrants) to the struggles for power (i.e. the disorders that tainted the last years of the Roman Republic) been staged and perfomed?
* What forms of domestic or private violence – as they have been handed down from Graeco-roman sources – have most impacted the modern and contemporary visual arts and why?

We welcome proposals for papers of 30 minutes each. The abstracts should have a length of max. 500 words, be written in one of the conference languages (English and Italian) and be sent by January, 31st 2016 to

The conference organization will cover the accommodation expenses for all accepted speakers if needed. There are no conference fees.

(CFP closed 31 Jan 2016)


[JOURNAL] thersites #6/2017 - Special Issue: Advertising Antiquity

The journal thersites. Journal for transcultural presences and diachronic identities to date is planning a special issue, edited by Filippo Carlà-Uhink (University of Exeter), Marta García Morcillo (University of Roehampton) and Christine Walde (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) on the topic of “Advertising Antiquity”, and is looking for potential contributors to the issue.

We are looking for contributions that cover:

1) the existence of forms of “advertisement” in Classical Antiquity, as well as those that study this from a transdisciplinary perspective through models and concepts developed in social and economic studies

2) the role of Classical Antiquity in modern advertising, as a repertoire of symbols and values, and as a shared cultural reference that can be easily recognized by the public

While studies in the field of Classical Receptions have flourished in recent years, in particular regarding the visual and performing arts, advertising has until now been substantially neglected, owing to its (elitist) exclusion from many definitions of “art” or “culture”. We, on the other hand, are convinced that advertising – through its very aim to appeal to a broad public – is a highly relevant indicator of the presence, significance and symbolic value of Classical Antiquity in popular culture, and thus worthy of much greater attention. Ancient themes and figures are in fact regularly present in modern Western advertising, constituting familiar reference points in which many of the “values” that ads attempt to communicate find a reliable symbol or pictogram that can be immediately recognized by the public – Hercules (for strength) being possibly the most obvious example. Similarly, the high prestige attributed to the Classical world and its knowledge until just a few decades ago is often used in the Western world to confer an immediate credibility to the product or element being advertised.

Ancient forms of advertising have also been substantially neglected in scholarship, eventually studied only by scholars of ancient economy and almost only ever in reference to Rome. Nevertheless, as is the case today, adverts were part of everyday life for the inhabitants of ancient cities, who covered their walls with offers, promises and public announcements of every kind, private and official. The very term “advertising” derives from the Latin adverto or “turn towards”, hence also “draw attention to” – a word that captures the very essence of advertising. This paves the way to multiple potential approaches that link to social and cultural studies, such as the relationship between advertising and identity.

This relationship is, once again, central to studying the presence of Antiquity in modern advertising: should the audience identify with the Ancient Greeks and Romans, recognize them as a part of their cultural heritage, or should they feel different from them? How is such a message constructed, and what pre-knowledge of the Classical world do the ad-creators expect from their targeted audience?

As within our multimedia saturated world, ads were also acknowledged and perceived in different ways in ancient times. They could be read or seen but also heard, appearing in the form of inscriptions, paintings, and announcements read aloud by the kerykes/praecones.

We therefore welcome contributions that, whether they concern Antiquity or the modern world, highlight the multimedia character of advertising and interrogate its multisensorial communication and reception. We particularly encourage contributions that are able to bring together both the aspects mentioned above, for instance through an investigation of how ancient forms of advertising have been represented in Classical Receptions (e.g. the representation of praecones and written announcements in the HBO series Rome).

thersites is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal – previous issues can be seen at

Abstracts for possible contributions should be sent to by the 30th September 2016. The proposals, and the eventual ensuing papers, can be in English, German, Italian, French or Spanish.

The accepted articles, which must be a max. of 90,000 characters including empty spaces, footnotes and bibliography in length and contain an English abstract of around 150 words, will have to be submitted by the 30th June 2017.

The papers will undergo a peer review process according to the journal’s guidelines, found here:


The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Four Artists from Cyprus Discuss Archaeology and Contemporary Art

British Museum, London: September 30, 2016

The Cyprus High Commission-Cultural Section and the British Museum cordially invite you to: "The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Four Artists from Cyprus Discuss Archaeology and Contemporary Art" Is reconstructing the past as speculative as constructing the future? Exploring the politics and poetics of the archaeological finds, four prominent artists from Cyprus, Alev Adil, Haris Epaminonda, Maria Loizidou, and Christodoulos Panayiotou will discuss the ‘archaeological turn’ in contemporary Cypriot art. Developed by Christina Lambrou and Elena Parpa, the artists’ talks will be followed by a round-table discussion chaired by Dr Gabriel Koureas, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London.

Held under the auspices of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus Euripides L. Evriviades to celebrate the Cyprus National Day.

Friday, 30 September 2016, The British Museum (BP Theatre), Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG at 6:30 pm

Free entrance but booking is essential:


Modernist Fragmentation and After: International Postgraduate Conference

Princeton University: 29-30 September 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dr Nora Goldschmidt (Durham University)

We invite proposals for papers for a conference on modernist tropes of fragmentation, to be held at Princeton University, September 29-30, 2016.

Fragmentation is an inescapable aesthetic technique of 20th- and 21st-century literature and art, overdetermined as a figure for both social processes of alienation and atomization and the psychological interiorization of these processes. “Modernist Fragmentation And After” seeks to interrogate this category from the perspective of classical reception and history, examining modernist experiments with fragmentation as a formalization of modernist problems of artistic representation while also investigating the deployment of this technique as a dominant aesthetic mode of receiving and adapting the cultural products of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Fragmentation as a mode of composition rather than an accident of the historical process of preserving literary and material artifacts has, of course, a significant history before its assumption in modernism, which the theorist and historian of Romantic literature John Beer has adumbrated. Beer suggests that the Romantic compositional treatment of the fragment tracked the developing 18th-century European investment in the past as a “locus of feeling” as exemplified in interests in architectural ruination and broken statuary. Thus the post-Romantic voice of Rilke’s famous sonnet on a headless ancient Greek statue of Apollo exemplifies the paradox whereby the fragment takes on an independent aesthetic interest beyond its ruination that depends on a lost and imagined whole. Rilke’s poem also points up the origins of the aesthetic interest in fragmentation as reflecting on the loss of a classical past. These meditations prefigure the programmatic and widespread modernist interest in fragmentation: when Eliot in the final lines of The Waste Land writes, “These fragments have I shored against my ruins,” he both offers a program of interpreting his poem through the technique of synthesized fragmentation and gestures towards the dominance of fragmentation as a poetic technique and aesthetic mode in his contemporaries, as seen in the poems of H.D. and Pound and the disjunctive prose compositions of Joyce, Faulkner, Woolf, and others. While these moments of fragmentation frequently reflect on and adapt the cultural products of classical antiquity—conceived of in such terms—they do so in complex and contradictory ways.

This conference seeks to address the historical circumstances that rendered fragmentation a dominant aesthetic and analytic mode of modernist engagements with Greek and Roman antiquity. We aim to foster cross-disciplinary investigations into this complex history, and invite abstracts from graduate researchers in Classics, English, Comparative Literature, Modern Languages, History, Architecture, Art History, and related disciplines. We also seek abstracts from practising artists. Possible approaches might include (but are not limited to):

* Case studies of concrete instances of this engagement in literature, the performing arts, and visual and material media
* Theoretical approaches exploring modernist fragmentation as an aesthetic trope
* The historical development of modernist fragmentation from its prehistory in Romanticism, other aesthetic movements of the 19th century, and/or Early Modern interest in classical civilisations
* Meditations on the transformations of this trope in postmodernist poetics and aesthetics
* Papers from practising artists in various disciplines exploring their own engagement with modernist fragmentation, and illuminating dynamics of fragmentation in the history and practice of a given artistic medium.

Abstracts for papers of 20 minutes should be sent to by NO LATER THAN JULY 1ST. They should be no longer than 300 words, and be attached in .pdf or .doc format. Please ensure that they contain no identifying information.

Questions should be addressed to the conference organisers, Kay Gabriel ( and Talitha Kearey (


(CFP closed 1 July 2016)


Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics

RomaTre University: 29-30 September 2016

Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics, a joint symposium of the 'Euro-Linguistischer Arbeitskreis Mannheim' and of the scholars who identify with the aims of '2.000. The European Journal', will be held at RomaTre University on 29-30 September 2016.

The themes of the symposium are:

1) Theodor Mommsen and Cicero. For Theodor Mommsen's (1817-2017) bicentenary.
2) Genesis and Migration of Indo-European Lan