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Art & Archaeology Department, Princeton University, NJ: March 26-28, 2020 - now online: August 30-September 1, 2020

The Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University is thrilled to announce a three-day graduate symposium, “(A)Synchrony: Recurrence, Reversal, and Resistance,” which will be held Thursday, March 26 to Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Certain figures, forms, images, methods, and techniques recur in both cultural production and scholarly discourses, often leading to socio-political, historical, or cultural reversals and/or illuminating resistance and dissent. How might exploring these phenomena allow us to broaden our investigations in the histories of art and culture? How do they manifest themselves as synchronies or asynchronies, understood as harmonizations or dissonances of social and artistic production across time, space, and bodies? Answering these questions may help us create analytic frameworks not bound by regions or nation-states, but that stretch across the world, expose the social construction of temporalities, and challenge periodization and other forms of fixed categorization.

This conceptual framework may help address vital issues in current debates across particular subfields and disciplines, such as: how we can reimagine the concept of Nachleben productively for our increasingly global discipline; how literary or visual histories have been reused or repurposed to mitigate or rebel against external power structures and cultural paradigms; or how some modern and contemporary artists throughout various diasporas create collective memories by referring to the experiences of their ancestors in their work.

Princeton’s Art and Archaeology Graduate Symposium will explore the ways in which recurrence, reversals, and resistance serve as powerful tools in cultural production across disciplines through the conceptual frameworks of synchrony and asynchrony. Submissions from all disciplines are welcomed to engage with these issues by way of, but not limited to, the following broader themes:

* Cultural heritage used to underscore and legitimize a power shift;
* Support for or resistance to the empire demonstrated through the appropriation and modification of imperial imagery by those outside of the metropole;
* The fabrication of visual or material culture to envisage a desired or inaccessible past;
* The inheritance, construction, and questioning of workshop lineages;
* Repurposing “classical” or “traditional” imagery or inverting subject matter to destabilize geopolitical, social, and symbolic conventions;
* Usage of visual tropes as tools to explore and articulate individual identity and positionality;
* Revolutionary potentialities of retrospection for social and political critique;
* Re-enactments or critiques of prior exhibitions, objects, or performances

Please submit a working title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a two page CV in a single PDF to by Friday, November 1, 2019. Symposium presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. Accepted participants will be notified by January 1, 2020, and limited travel funds are available.

Deadline for abstracts: November 1st 2019 to

Call: [pdf]


(CFP closed November 1, 2019)



Applications close: July annually.

The deadline for the 2020 Mary Renault Prize competition is: July 24, 2020.

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

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

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




I Seminario sulle “Religioni Fantastiche”

Velletri, Italy (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”): April 16-18, 2020 NEW DATE - July 23-25, 2020

Cari colleghi, in seguito al grande successo del convegno internazionale “Religioni Fantastiche e Dove Trovarle. Divinità, Miti e Riti nella Fantascienza e nel Fantasy” (Velletri, 3-6 luglio 2019), ho deciso di istituire un seminario permanente a cadenza annuale come punto di incontro di quanti in Italia studino, da un punto di vista delle discipline storiche e delle scienze sociali e antropologiche, quanto è prodotto in ogni manifestazione artistica riconducibile all’horror, alla fantascienza e al fantasy.

La prima edizione del seminario si terrà ad aprile: “Tra la Luce e le Tenebre. Angeli e Demoni nell’Horror, nella Fantascienza e nel Fantasy” (Velletri, 16-18 aprile 2020). In basso potete trovare la call for papers relativa. Vi prego di diffondere la call a quanti ritenete possano essere interessati.

Il seminario vuole essere un’occasione di confronto interdisciplinare sulla rappresentazione di angeli e demoni nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza, in ogni possibile manifestazione artistica connessa ai tre generi.

I temi che si intendono approfondire sono i seguenti:
• Definizione delle categorie “angeli” e “demoni”. Come da un punto di vista storico vengono a formarsi e definirsi queste categorie di esseri extra-umani? Quali le caratteristiche nelle singole testimonianze? Come e perché entità appartenenti ai più svariati contesti culturali sono state recepite secondo queste categorie?
• L’utilizzo delle categorie “angeli” e “demoni” nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza. Come vengono impiegate ed eventualmente rielaborate queste categorie?
• La rappresentazione nella produzione horror, fantasy e di fantascienza di angeli e demoni presenti nelle religioni “storiche”. Per quale motivo il singolo autore li rappresenta secondo una determinata chiave? Quale il rapporto con il contesto storico di appartenenza?
• La costruzione di angeli e demoni “inventati”. Quali elementi caratterizzano gli esseri inventati dai singoli autori? Secondo quali motivazioni un autore ne delinea le specifiche caratteristiche? Gli elementi che li caratterizzano vengono tratti dalle religioni “storiche” e secondo quali fini e modalità?
• La rappresentazione di miti, racconti, leggende e fiabe, “tradizionali” e “storici”, dove agiscono angeli e demoni. Secondo quali peculiarità e motivazioni questi vengono riportati nella produzione fantastica contemporanea?
• La rappresentazione di miti, racconti, leggende e fiabe, “inventati”, dove agiscono angeli e demoni. Come un singolo autore costruisce questa tipologia di narrazioni nel mondo che ha creato? Quali sono le caratteristiche che li delineano come tali? Quale il rapporto con il contesto storico-culturale di appartenenza?
• La rappresentazione dei riti riguardanti angeli e demoni presenti nelle religioni “storiche”. Secondo quali modalità e motivazioni questi vengono riportati?
• La rappresentazione di riti “inventati” riguardanti angeli e demoni. Come un singolo autore delinea questo tipo di rito nel mondo che ha creato?
• Alcune delle rappresentazioni di angeli e demoni in questi generi hanno influito concretamente sulla vita religiosa contemporanea, condizionandola?

Comitato Scientifico: Roberto Arduini (Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani), Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Ada Barbaro (Sapienza Università di Roma), Tommaso Braccini (Università degli Studi di Siena), Elisabetta Marino (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”), Francesca Roversi Monaco (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna), Daniele Tripaldi (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna).

Segreteria organizzativa: Igor Baglioni, direttore del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”.

Gli studiosi interessati a presentare un contributo possono inviare un abstract di non più di una pagina (max 2.000 battute) al dott. Igor Baglioni ( entro e non oltre il giorno 29 febbraio 2020. All’abstract dovranno essere allegati: il titolo del paper; una breve nota biografica degli autori; un recapito di posta elettronica; un recapito telefonico. L’accettazione dei papers sarà comunicata (via posta elettronica) alle persone interessate entro il 10 marzo 2020. Entro il 10 aprile 2020 dovrà essere consegnato (sempre in via posta elettronica) il paper corredato da note e bibliografia. La consegna del paper è vincolante per la partecipazione al seminario.

Date da ricordare:
Chiusura call for papers: 29 febbraio 2020.
Notifica accettazione paper: 10 marzo 2020.
Consegna paper: 10 aprile 2020.
Seminario: 16-18 aprile 2020.

La partecipazione al seminario è gratuita. I relatori residenti fuori la provincia di Roma saranno ospitati nelle strutture convenzionate al Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”, usufruendo di una riduzione sul normale prezzo di listino. È prevista la pubblicazione degli Atti su Religio. Collana di Studi del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni” (Edizioni Quasar) e su riviste scientifiche specializzate. Le relazioni da pubblicare saranno oggetto di un peer review finale. Sono previste visite serali gratuite ai musei e ai monumenti dei comuni dei Castelli Romani. Il programma delle visite sarà reso noto contestualmente al programma del convegno.

Per informazioni: email:

Call for papers (pdf):

(CFP closed February 29, 2020)



University College Durham, UK: July 16-17, 2020. New dates: July 15-17, 2021

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

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

We can confirm that Professor Michelangelo Zaccarello from the University of Pisa will hold the keynote lecture, and Dr. Danielle Westerhof, rare book librarian from Durham University, will hold a public lecture.

We invite title and abstract submissions of 250-300 words on subjects such as, but not restricted to:
· Textual stemmatics and textual criticism
· Textual transmission
· Palaeography and codicology
· The afterlife of texts/their reception
· The roles of the author and reader
· Intermediality and the relationships between text forms
· Representations of text
· Oral v. written composition of text
· History of the Book
· The role of digitisation and the future of ‘text’

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

Submissions must be sent to before 17:00 on Friday 20 March 2020.

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

(CFP closed March 20, 2020)



13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: July 15-18, 2020

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

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

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

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

The aims of this panel are to:

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

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

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

Topics for papers may include:

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

* Shaping of the paratext in the transmission of classics

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

* Public and reception of the Latin classics through the paratext

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 27, 2020)



13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: July 15-18, 2020

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

Further information:



13th Celtic Conference in Classics, Lyon, France: July 15-18, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions and queries should be directed to the following address:

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

Notification of acceptance will be given in early April.

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


(CFP closed March 6, 2020)



Lyon, France (Universities of Lyon/École normale supérieure de Lyon): July 15-18, 2020

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

The Celtic Conference in Classics (CCC) is pleased to announce that its 13th conference, hosted by the universities of Lyon and by the École normale supérieure de Lyon, will take place in Lyon, France, 15-18 July (Wed.-Sat.), 2020.

As always, participation is invited from all countries of the world. Suggestions are now invited from colleagues wishing to convene a panel for the event at Lyon. The languages of the conference are English and French.

Panels typically consist of between 12 and 18 speakers. Themes and speakers proposed are then discussed, and a selection made, by the Conference's organisers. For this iteration of the CCC, we shall be looking especially for panels which expect to include speakers from French-speaking campuses. Proposals should be sent to all five organisers (at the email addresses below) by 1 December.

Nicolas Richer (
Claire Fauchon Claudon (

Anton Powell (
Douglas Cairns (
Nancy Bouidghaghen (

General details about the CCC, its history, purposes, and ethos, can be found on our permanent website:

Edited 8/2/2020: see now the list of panels at



Boston University, Massachusetts, USA: July 10-12, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

The thirty-fourth meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at Boston University from 10 to 12 July 2020. The theme for the 2020 conference will be “Images of Early Rome in Latin Literature.”

Papers are invited to explore different depictions of the figures of early Rome in Latin literature; Aeneas, Ilia, Romulus and Remus, the Sabine Women, Lucretia, etc. How do the iterations of these figures reflect (or problematize) political and literary attitudes in Rome? And what does the continued presence of these early figures in the works of successive literary generations tell us about the enduring nature of these Roman “myths”? We also invite papers on the reception of early Rome in any medium, from Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece (1594), to Ursula K. Le Guin’s Lavinia (2008), to Matteo Rovere’s Il Primo Re (2019).

Papers should be 30 minutes in length (with fifteen minutes of discussion time). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants can attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words, and queries about the conference, should be sent to the organizer, Hannah Čulík-Baird, at Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please have abstracts submitted by 15th January 2020 (earlier submissions welcome).


(CFP closed January 15, 2020)



An online event from Alt-Ac UK: July 14, 2020

This conference, organised by Alt-Ac UK, is intended to bring together scholars across the humanities and social sciences through an online medium. The global COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in many personal losses and universal upheaval. This has included significant challenges for the academic community, such as the cancellation of almost all events, workshops, and conferences in the forthcoming months.

The Conference at the End of the World is intended as an opportunity to present the papers originally intended for cancelled events. Conducted entirely online, this event will allow for a worldwide gathering of scholars which overcomes the challenges of social distancing and environmental impacts of international conferences. To accommodate the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, abstracts are welcome on any and all subjects within the domain of the humanities and social sciences.

Attendance is free for non-established scholars, with optional donations available to cover the arrangement costs of early career scholars. Salaried academics will be asked to donate £20.

Abstract deadline: May 25, 2020

Acknowledgement of acceptance: No later than June 1


(CFP closed May 25, 2020)



Online: July 13-14, 2020 (from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia [AEST])

Presented by the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS) Brisbane Chapter

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

For many postgraduate students the mid-year break is usually a time to attend conferences and workshops to gain academic and professional experience. These events provide great opportunities for postgraduates to share their research ideas, practice public speaking, further their professional development, and meet fellow peers. Due to the unfolding circumstances most conferences and workshops for 2020 have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. As a postgrad-led chapter we are particularly aware of the impact these cancellations can have on academic development for postgraduate students, especially for new students planning to attend their first conference.

To combat these cancellations and to make the most of our time in isolation, AWAWS Brisbane will be holding The Cancelled Conference to provide AWAWS postgraduate members with an opportunity to put their cancelled conference papers to good use. The conference will be held virtually over Zoom in mid-July. Although we cannot fully recreate or replace attending an academic conference, we hope The Cancelled Conference will be a useful alternative.

Date and Location: The Cancelled Conference will be held Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 July depending on numbers. The conference will be held virtually through Zoom, UQ’s preferred video-call software. Zoom links for each panel session will be provided in the conference program.

* 20 minute paper + 10 minute question time
* Audience attendance is open to the public
* Paper submissions are open to all AWAWS postgraduate members
* There is no set theme for this conference, all topics are welcome

How to apply:
To apply for the conference please email AWAWS Brisbane ( with the submission form at

Submissions are due by Friday 19 June.

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


(CFP closed June 19, 2020)



Ioannou Centre, Oxford & Royal Holloway, Egham, UK: July 2-3, 2020

Note: Postponed until Summer 2021 due to COVID-19 - see note below.

Theme: Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama

The 20th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Thursday 2 July (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Friday 3 July (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM: This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s focus will range widely around the concept and significance of ‘archive’, as both a material and ephemeral record (e.g., a performance’s physical traces, or its preservation in anecdote/memory), as well as its uses as a metaphor (for preservation, re-collection, text, etc) in the performance of ancient drama. This year’s guest respondents will be Dr Avery Willis Hoffman (Programme Director at the New York Park Avenue Armory) and Dr Lucy Jackson (Durham University). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Fiona Macintosh, Prof. Oliver Taplin, Prof. David Wiles, and Dr Justine McConnell.

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

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

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performance presentation on ‘Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2020 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

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

Call: -

Edited 19/4/2020:

NOTE: We have taken the decision to postpone the APGRD/RHUL postgraduate symposium and our 20th anniversary celebrations until summer 2021. However, we would still like to mark the occasion online and, rather than abstracts, now invite a different kind of contribution.

Over the course of July the symposium organisers from Oxford and Royal Holloway will be mounting a ’Symposium Takeover’ of the APGRD blog (Staging the Archive), where we will be hosting reflections on classics and performance in the current situation via audio podcast recording. We plan to discuss the following themes and how they are being affected by the current situation:

• the intersection of classics and performance in practice
• classics and performance at times of crisis

We would like to invite postgraduate and early career researchers to send in up to 200 words briefly outlining an area for discussion that you would like to contribute. This might take the form of a 5-10 minute reflection or provocation based on your research and/or a response to the above themes, or rather discussion points/questions to stimulate conversation. Please note, however, that this is not the place for formal 20-minute academic papers. We intend to offer an informal and relaxed space for everyone to speak freely on their chosen topic, and recording will of course remain optional throughout the Takeover.

Please send your brief outline by the deadline of Wednesday 6th May 2020 to We look forward to reading them!

(CFP closed April 3, 2020)



Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”, Nemi, Italy: July 1-4, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

The seminar intends to be an occasion for interdisciplinary confrontation about the first volume of the editio maior of James Frazer’s The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings.

Three are the aims of the present meeting:

1) To collectively reflect on the theoretical and methodological aspects of Frazer’s work, in relation both to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

2) To detect the direct or indirect influence of the theories and interpretations Frazer exposes here on the subsequent studies and cultural production.

3) To pay attention to the beliefs, myths and rituals subjected to analysis by Frazer in this volume of the editio maior, verifying his interpretation in the light of the current state of studies and the documentation available today.

In particular, it will be possible to present proposals for papers on the following themes:

1) Frazer’s concept of “magic” as exposed in the first volume of the editio maior, in relation to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

2) The impact of Frazer’s concept of “magic” on the subsequent studies and cultural production, also in relation to the current academic debate on this theme.

3) Frazer’s concept of “religion” as exposed in the first volume of the editio maior, in relation to his other works and the state of studies in his times.

4) The impact of Frazer’s concept of “religion” on the subsequent studies and cultural production, also in relation to the current academic debate on this theme.

5) The beliefs, tales and myths analysed by Frazer in the first volume of the editio maior, paying attention to the relation between Frazer’s interpretation and the studies of his time, and reconsidering it critically in the light of the current state of studies and the documentation available today.

6) The impact on studies and on cultural production that subsequent to Frazer of the interpretations of beliefs, tales and myths analysed in the fists volume of the editio maior.

Note: The main historical and cultural areas of which Frazer analyses the traditions in this volume are: ancient Egypt, ancient Near East, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the medieval German world, Christian Europe and its folk traditions, Africa, India and South-East Asia, China, Japan, Australia and the Pacific islands, the Americas.

Scientific Committee: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”), Stefano Beggiora (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Paride Bollettin (Universidade Federal da Bahia), Alessandra Broccolini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Laura Carnevale (Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro), Alessandra Ciattini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Enrico Comba (Università degli Studi di Torino), Fabio Dei (Università degli Studi di Pisa), Carla Del Zotto (Sapienza Università di Roma), Adriano Favole (Università degli Studi di Torino), Chiara Ghidini (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”), Rita Lucarelli (University of California - Berkeley), Elena Mazzetto (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Mariano Pavanello (Sapienza Università di Roma), Francesca Prescendi (École Pratique des Hautes Études - Paris), Sergio Ribichini (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Lorenzo Verderame (Sapienza Università di Roma).

Administration: Igor Baglioni, director of the Museum of Religions “Raffaele Pettazzoni”.

The scholars who would like to contribute may send a one-page abstract (max 2.000 characters) to Igor Baglioni, ( by April 20, 2020.

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

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

The acceptance of papers will be communicated (by email) only to the selected contributors by 2020, April 30.

Please send the paper, complete with notes and bibliography, by email not later than June 20. The delivery of the paper is required to participate in the conference.

Important deadlines:
Closing of call for papers: April 20th, 2020.
Notification about acceptance: April 30th, 2020.
Delivery of paper: June 20th, 2020.
Conference: July 1-4th, 2020

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

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

In the evenings there will be free-of-charge visits to the museums and monuments of the Castelli Romani area. The excursion programme will be presented at the same time as the conference programme.

For information:


(CFP closed April 20, 2020)



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

Note: Postponed until June 2021 due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed December 1, 2019)



[Online] Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London, UK: June 25-26, 2020

Classicists have recently been engaged in discussions about decolonising the discipline. There are a few ways to understand this process; it includes (1) broadening the range of materials we study to include those produced by marginalised groups in antiquity (2) approaching material with methodologies which tease out marginalised groups depicted in the materials and give voice to a range of users in antiquity and beyond (3) acknowledging the part that Classics has played in entrenching many forms of inequality, such as those focussed on ethnicity, in British and other societies (4) undertaking efforts to ensure that the discipline is open to a plurality of voices both from the past and in the present, especially those which have historically been marginalised.

This timely workshop aims to explore ways of making Classics more inclusive and to reframe the discipline for a multicultural 21st century. To this end, we seek short contributions from:

* lecturers who have specifically endeavoured to develop research that works with a broader conception of Classics, and/or to make their teaching more inclusive

* students who invest in different versions of the classical heritage, and/or are willing to share their diverse experiences of being in the 'Classics classroom'.

We plan to host several 15-minute contributions on these topics. Please send abstracts (c.150 words) to Professor Barbara Goff ( and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis ( by 1 March 2020.

To further the goal of broadening participation, we welcome offers of talks via Skype; and in this vein we will live-stream the workshop. One of the aims of the workshop is to produce a short list of useful suggestions for those who want to make their teaching more inclusive.

Edit 15/5/2020 - Program:

Thursday 25 June, 14.00-16.30

Dr Sam Agbamu (Royal Holloway, London) ‘Can the instrumenta domini dismantle the domus domini’?
Professor Peter Kruschwitz (Vienna) ‘Democratising Roman poetry’
Dr Fiona Hobden (Liverpool), Kate Caraway (PhD candidate, Liverpool) and Serafina Nicolosi (PhD candidate, Liverpool) ‘Diversifying the Classics curriculum’


Dr Ellen Adams (King’s College London) ‘Blindness, deafness and new appreciations of ancient art: Sensing the Parthenon Galleries in the British Museum’
Sarah Marshall (Vassar, BA student) ‘Pharos: Doing justice to the Classics’
Dr Charlie Kerrigan (Trinity College Dublin) ‘Decolonizing Classics: A view from Dublin’

Friday 26 June 13.00-17.00

Dr Evelien Bracke (Ghent) ‘Child poverty and ancient Greek: A case study from Belgium’
Dr Marco Ricucci (Latin teacher at the Liceo Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, and adjunct professor Università degli Studi di Milano) ‘‘Dys-Latin’: Should studying a dead language be an overwhelmingly time-consuming and demanding task for dyslexic students?’
Dr Sharon Marshall (Exeter) ‘Embedding inclusivity through non-traditional assessment’


Dr Danielle Lambert (King’s College London) ‘On the benefits of having no prior Classical education’
Dr Stephen Harrison (Swansea) ‘Teaching ancient Persia: Decolonising ancient history through source-based teaching’
Dr Dan Orrells (King’s College London) ‘Classical antiquity at the fin de siècle: An experiment in teaching’


PLENARY SESSION to develop suggestions towards more inclusive teaching - 15.30-16.30 VIRTUAL DRINKS RECEPTION - 16.30-17.00

All times are UK BST. Panels will take the form of 5-minute presentation followed by 10-minute Q and A for each speaker; then 20 minutes smaller group discussion on the topic of the full panel. Presentations will be pre-circulated on 15 June.

The workshop will be held on Zoom and all are welcome, but you must register by 1 June. Please email and and you will be sent a secure link nearer the time.



(CFP closed March 1, 2020)



Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy: June 24–26, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Co-directors: Brittney Szempruch (United States Air Force Academy) and John F. Miller (University of Virginia)

Although Vergil famously opens the Aeneid with a definitive statement of poetic intent—arma virumque cano—scholarship has long highlighted the poet’s propensity for the complication of firm generic boundaries. Amid a range of theoretical responses that have shaped the past nearly one hundred years (Kroll 1924; Cairns 1972; Fowler 1982; Conte 1986; Harrison 2007), the Vergilian corpus has emerged as some of the most productive ground for the in-depth study of generic flexibility (e.g. Nelis 2004; Seider 2016).

On its broadest level, this symposium aims to bring together scholars to discuss how the works of Vergil illuminate questions about genre and literary identity in the ancient world. In addition to looking at generic interplay in Vergil’s poetry, we seek to examine the role that genre has played in Vergil’s afterlife, both among his contemporaries and in later ages: how, particularly in relation to Vergil’s poems, did genre create or elide perceived boundaries and/or affiliations between authors in antiquity? What cultural implications did explicit or implicit generic interplay have? How has genre shaped not only our understanding of Vergil and what it meant to be an Augustan poet, but our reception (‘after’ in another sense) of the earlier genres with which he engaged? What do we gain and lose by putting Vergil at the forefront of this narrative?

Both textual studies and theoretical interventions are welcome. Papers might consider (but are not limited to) the following topics:

• ‘Greek’ vs. ‘Roman’ genres across Vergil’s poetry
• Vergil’s reception of Hellenistic generic theory and experimentation
• the presence of nonpoetic genres (scientific, philosophical, etc.) in the Vergilian corpus
• hymn, epigram, and tragedy in Vergil
• elegy and Vergilian pastoral
• ‘didactic’ and heroic epic
• the reception of Vergilian generic conventions
• the centrality of (and/or bias toward) Vergil in discussions of genre in antiquity

Speakers will include Giancarlo Abbamonte (Naples–Federico II), Alessandro Barchiesi (NYU), Sergio Casali (Rome–Tor Vergata), Stephen Harrison (Oxford), Julia Hejduk (Baylor), Alison Keith (Toronto), Giuseppe La Bua (Rome–Sapienza), James O’Hara (UNC Chapel Hill), Vassiliki Panoussi (William & Mary), Stefano Rebeggiani (USC), Fabio Stok (Rome–Tor Vergata), and Adriana Vazquez (UCLA).

Papers will be 20 minutes long with ample time for discussion. Participants will arrive on June 23 followed by three full days of papers, discussion, and visits to Vergilian sites.

Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than 300 words to by December 1, 2019.

For inquiries and further information, contact the directors: Brittney Szempruch (; John Miller (

Cited Works
Cairns, F. 1972. Generic Composition in Greek and Roman Poetry. Edinburgh.
Conte, G. B. 1986. The Rhetoric of Imitation: Genre and Poetic Memory in Virgil and Other Latin Poets. Cornell.
Fowler, A. 1982. Kinds of Literature: An Introduction to the Theory of Genres and Modes. Harvard.
Nelis, D. 2004. “From Didactic to Epic: Georgics 2.458–3.48.” In Latin Epic and Didactic Poetry: Genre, Tradition and Individuality, ed. M. Gale. Swansea: 73-107.
Harrison, S. J. 2007. Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace. Oxford.
Kroll, W. 1924. “Die Kreuzung der Gattungen.” Studien zum Verständnis der römischen Literatur: 202–24.
Seider, A. M. 2016. “Genre, Gallus, and Goats: Expanding the Limits of Pastoral in Eclogues 6 and 10.” Vergilius 62: 3–23.


(CFP closed December 1, 2019)



Coimbra, Portugal: June 22-25, 2020

All panels postponed due to COVID-19 - new dates June 22-25, 2021




Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany): June 15-16, 2020

Currently, the various fields of Classics are facing the question of how digital media can contribute to teaching and communicating content and methods concerning the research of ancient societies at universities as well as to a broader public. The congress Teaching Classics in the Digital Age aims at presenting a status-quo of digital approaches in teaching and at sharing best-practice examples by bringing together different projects and practitioners from Classical Archaeology, Greek and Latin Studies and Ancient History. Furthermore, it aims at starting a discussion about principles, problems and the future of teaching Classics in the 21st century within and beyond its single fields.

We consider the following as key questions:
- How can digital methods and research approaches be implemented in teaching at university level?
- Which technical possibilities are suitable for digital teaching and how can they be used successfully?
- What are the limitations of and obstacles for applying digital teaching methods in Classics?
- How can digital methods help us to reach out to teachers and students at primary and secondary schools as well as to the broader public?
- How can digital methods contribute to the dissemination of Classics as part of a lifelong education?

The congress will comprise paper presentations and a session with posters and hands-on project presentations. At present, we are still welcoming proposals in the fields of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and are particularly interested in collaborations between classicists and specialists in Digital Learning.

The congress Teaching Classics in the Digital Age will be organised as part of the Strategic Partnership “Ancient Cities” (ERASMUS+). The partnership is considering options to refund travel and accommodation costs for the participants. There will be no conference fee. The contributions will be published as part of an open-access conference proceedings.

Proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes and for posters/project presentations together with a short abstract of no more than 2000 characters and a short CV are welcomed by January 5th 2020.

Please submit by email to


Update May 2020: To be held online via Zoom. Free, please register:

(CFP closed January 5, 2020)



Virtual conference (Hosted by University of St Andrews)

To register, please email

The organisers hope that this will be of interest to many classicists, particularly those interested in neo-Latin and the reception of Greek and Roman drama.

Organising Committee:
Elena Spinelli (
Jon Gardner (


Thursday 11 June
10:30 Opening remarks
Panel 1 – Rome on Academic and Popular Stages
Jillian Luke (University of Edinburgh), “Friends, Romans, Crocodiles: Roman masculinity on the English stage”
Cristiano Ragni, (Università degli Studi di Torino), “‘Forsan quietos’: Religious Scepticism in William Gager’s and Christopher Marlowe’s Dido”

11:30 Break

12:00 Panel 2 – Greek Tragedy in the English Renaissance
Cressida Ryan (University of Oxford), “Christus Patiens as translation and performance”
Angelica Vedelago (Università degli Studi di Padova), “‘Pop’ Academia: The Cross- contamination Between Popular and Academic Drama in Thomas Watson’s Sophoclis Antigone”

13:00 Lunch

Perry Mills (The Edward’s Boys, Director), “Education, Youth and Nostalgia: Edward’s Boys Playing ‘Academically’”, with video excerpts from Dido Queen of Carthage (Marlowe), Wit and Science (Redford), Grobiana’s Nuptials (May), Summer’s Last Will and Testament (Nashe), and When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys (Carwood/Mills)

15:00 Break

15:30 Panel 3 – Performing the Academic, Performing the Popular
Daniel Blank (Harvard University), “Acting Like Professionals: Academic Drama in Parts”
Isabel Dollar (University of St Andrews), “Ovid for Sale – Changeable and Exchangeable Bodies in Bellamy’s Iphis & Lyly’s Gallathea”
Elizabeth Sandis (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, UoL), “Violas before and after Shakespeare: Cross-dressing drama in Italy and England”

17:00 Break

Professor Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), “Classical and Commercial Drama in Print in Sixteenth-Century England”
18:45 End of the first day

Friday 12 June

10:30 Panel 4 – The School of Drama: Didactic Values of Academic and Popular Plays
Orlagh Davies (University of St Andrews), “‘This comes of putting Girls to a Boarding- School’: female boarding schools on the seventeenth-century stage”
Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews), “Two Versions of Prodigality in Sixteenth- Century Academic Drama: Acolastus, The Pilgrimage to Parnassus, and Love’s Labour’s Lost”
Lorna Wallace (University of Stirling), “The Educative Value of Dramatic Spectacle in Joseph Simons’ Theoctistus (1624)”

12:00 Break

Professor Elisabeth Dutton (University of Fribourg), “Reflecting Narcissus: on filming an early modern student panto”. Screening of Narcissus (EDOX), followed by discussion with director Prof. Elisabeth Dutton.

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Panel 5 – Intersections of Popular and Academic Drama
Moira Donald (University of Exeter), “The chronology of cross-fertilisation. Coincidence or causality?”
Maddalena Repetto (Università degli Studi di Genova), “Inspiration and Imitation in Academic and Popular Drama: A Comparison between Nero and The Tragedy of Nero”
Harriet Archer (University of St Andrews), “Gorboduc on Fire: Pyropoetics and the Popular”

16:00 Break
Professor Sarah Knight (University of Leicester), “Turning your library to a wardrobe” 17:45 Closing Remarks
18:00 End




Online Multidisciplinary Congress - June 10-11, 2020

Organized under the auspices of the research group (PAI HUM-986) DIATRIBA: Philosophy, Rhetoric and Pedagogy in Greco-Roman Antiquity Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Granada

Organizers: Mónica Durán Mañas (University of Granada); Inmaculada Rodríguez Moreno (University of Cádiz); Borja Antela (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

We present the 1st International Congress of Ancient Medicine online with the title In the Shadow of Hippocrates. Health, Medicine in the Ancient World and its Survival in the West, which aims to offer a space of sharing research papers. Within the Western context, Ancient Greek medicine has notably influenced a number of disciplines: History, Art, Literature, Politics, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Didactics, Religion, Anthropology, etc. Although Hippocrates and Galen stand as the highest representatives of the medical art, other figures should also be mentioned due to their great contribution to its development. It is well known that Galen’s legacy lay the foundations of modern medicine. The importance and diffusion of his work can be glimpsed since medieval times, as evidencing the various translations of his treatises into different languages ​​–Syriac, Arabic, Latin, etc. In addition, studies, discussions, comments or corrections coming from different intellectual fields have spread the medical legacy. Therefore, the objective of this first online congress is aimed at opening a path of research on the survival of Ancient Greek medicine in the Western context from different fields –literary, historical, political, linguistic, philosophical, rhetorical, pedagogical, artistic, anthropological, among other disciplines– not only encompassing the figure of Hippocrates and Galen, but also those of Soranus, Aetius, Alexander of Tralles, etc., which take a relevant place in the history of Western medicine.

However, talking about medicine nowadays also means facing issues related to the everyday life, the intimate and the political. Public health, the management of the medical field, the relationship between medicine and power and many other facets also have a place in our proposal, that aims to fuel multidisciplinary discussions on Ancient Medicine and its survival in the West. In this sense, this first online congress, of a multidisciplinary nature, includes studies on any subject referring to Ancient Greek medicine in light of the Western context.

Each intervention will last about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian.

Proposals can be sent to any of the following e-mails:,, until May 15th extended deadline May 24th. Abstracts should be accompanied with a brief CV.

The organizers will try to answer the proposals as soon as they come, to allow participants to have time enough to prepare their talks. The final program will be available on the third week of May.


(CFP closed May 24, 2020)



Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel: June 10-11, 2020. New dates: 1-3 June, 2021

Note: 2020 conference postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. New dates: 1-3 June, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




University of Athens, Greece: June 8-9, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

We are delighted to announce a 2-day conference, organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the Australian Research Council and Macquarie University.

The conference will take place at the UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, 8-9 JUNE 2020.

We have collaborated with the ISNS conference organisers so to facilitate the participation of local and international delegates to both events, but please note that the two events are run independently. News about our conference can be found on

Our Approach: Taking start from our common interest in the Platonic tradition and its reception in later periods, our collaboration has to date yielded one edited volume (The Neoplatonists and their Heirs, Brill, 2020, ed. Ken Parry and E. Anagnostou-Laoutides), while a second one is anticipated to host select papers from the conference. We now wish to expand our network of co-thinkers and thus, we welcome papers on any aspect of Platonic reception, both in the Byzantine East and the Latin West, in philosophical, literary and/or theological texts.

Confirmed Speakers include (in alphabetical order):
-Prof Dirk Baltzly (University of Tasmania)
-Prof Kevin Corrigan (Emory University)
-Prof Lloyd Gerson (Toronto University)
-Prof Ilaria Ramelli (Durham University/ “Angelicum” University/ Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)

Please, send abstracts of circa 300 words to the conference organisers by 15th DECEMBER 2019. Accepted speakers will be notified by 15th January 2020.

Our emails are: Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (MQ) -; George Steiris (UoA) -; George Arabatzis (UoA) -


(CFP closed December 15, 2019)



Ardahan University, Turkey: June 3-5, 2020

Note: Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19

We are pleased to make a call for papers to II. Symposium on Mythology (Myths in the Ancient and Modern World), which will be held between 3-5 June 2020 in Ardahan University/Turkey.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Maria Vladimirovna Stanyukovich (Russian Academy of Science, Russia) Niels Gaul (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland) Jenny Butler (University College Cork, Ireland) Kaliya Kulalieva (Kyrgyz-Turkish University Manas) Tansu Açık (Ankara University, Turkey) Nimet Yıldırım (Atatürk University, Turkey) Halil Turan (Middle East Technical University, Turkey) Mustafa Demirci (Selçuk University, Turkey)

The topic of our Symposium is broadly the study of myths in various academic branches, such as archaeology, classics, history and philosophy. Although myths seem to be equated with superstitions, fantasies or false beliefs beginning probably from the early modern period, the studies in clinical psychology and philosophy during the so-called postmodern era disclosed that myths are ingrained in the very fabric of human psyche and social life. With a view to examining the reception of mythology in the contemporary world, our second symposium will focus on the literary and philosophical analysis of myths, the role of myths in nation-building and the interaction between cultures through myths.

Although we are a small university located in Ardahan–the most north-eastern city of Turkey bordering Georgia, as ambitious and driven young academicians we desire to advance our university’s competence in the fields of arts and humanities. Thus, we attach utmost importance to organize a successful and eye-opening symposium and believe that every paper on Classical Studies would immensely contribute to achieving our academic and professional goals.

Submission Details: Abstracts may be in English or Turkish (max. 300 words excluding references) and must include a short biographical note with name and affiliation. Submissions should be submitted online to by March 1st, 2020.

There is a registration fee of 100 USD which includes 3-day accommodation (2-5 June), transfer from/to airport, two lunches (3 and 4 June) and coffee-breaks.


(CFP closed March 1, 2020)



Submissions are invited for an edited volume on Women in Historical and Archaeological Video Games

Women make up half of all gamers and female participation in gaming increases with age. Yet the role of women in historical or archaeological video games has been significantly understudied. The proposed volume will address this gap in the field and provide a more comprehensive and more nuanced treatment of women in historical and archaeological video games than has so far been available.

Abstracts for proposed submissions are invited on topics such as:

• How are women portrayed in historical and/or archaeological video games?
• Why are they portrayed in these ways?
• Are these portrayals authentic and/or accurate? Does this authenticity/accuracy matter?
• What do female characters allow a video game to do that male ones don’t?
• What types of stories do historical or archaeological video games tell using their female characters?

Abstracts and any questions should be sent to Dr Jane Draycott by Friday 29th May 2020. For more detail on the volume’s aims and principles, and for a full timeline for submissions see below.

Call for Papers:

Women in Historical and Archaeological Video Games Edited Volume

Edited by Jane Draycott and Kate Cook

In 2018, Creative Assembly’s Total War: Rome II was updated to include playable female characters, and this update triggered a huge backlash and wave of review-bombing. Some players objected to the update on the grounds of historical inaccuracy, an objection that Creative Assembly. When challenged about what a certain section of the gaming community perceived to be ‘historical inaccuracy’, the company argued that the game was intended to be historically authentic, not historically accurate, and that, in any case, female generals would only spawn under certain very specific circumstances. Yet, as a number of ancient historians pointed out on social media, and a number of games journalists picked up and included in their coverage of the fracas, this in itself was historically inaccurate because there are numerous examples from ancient Graeco-Roman history of female involvement in martial activity, ranging all the way from the individual combatant to the general and/or admiral, examples which are not confined to mythology (e.g. the Amazons, the goddess Athena/Minerva etc.).

Women make up half of all gamers and female participation in gaming increases with age. With the notable exception of Christian Rollinger’s recently published Classical Antiquity in Video Games: Playing with the Ancient World (2020), to date video games have been understudied in Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology, and the role of women in these video games even more so. Consequently, the subject of women in historical and archaeological video games is an untapped resource, and the aim of this edited volume is to contribute both to Reception Studies, and to Video Game Studies, and provide a more comprehensive and more nuanced treatment of women in historical and archaeological video games than has so far been available. The volume will examine the following issues: How are women portrayed in historical and/or archaeological video games? Why are they portrayed in these ways? Are these portrayals authentic and/or accurate? Does this authenticity/accuracy matter? What do female characters allow a video game to do that male ones don’t? What types of stories do these video games tell using their female characters? The volume’s scope includes video games set in historical periods (e.g. the Assassin’s Creed franchise), video games that are not set in the past but incorporate aspects of historical or archaeological activity (e.g. the Tomb Raider franchise), and video games with fantasy or science fiction settings that include some aspect of classical reception. Additionally, the volume will contain case studies focused on individual female characters of all kinds, both playable and non-playable. Bloomsbury has already expressed an interest in publishing the volume as part of the Imagines: Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts series.

People interested in contributing to the volume are asked to submit a 500-word abstract and selective bibliography. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to submit a first draft which will be subjected to collective peer review by other contributors, with chapters disseminated between contributors for both individual and group discussion, and you will then revise it based on their recommendations. We are exploring the possibility of organising a workshop to discuss submissions that takes place entirely online. All initial communication will take place online over email and/or via Skype, Zoom or an equivalent platform.

While the scope of the edited volume will be focused primarily upon Graeco-Roman antiquity, there are no firm chronological or geographical parameters in place, and diverse approaches to the material (e.g. interdisciplinary approaches; multidisciplinary approaches; the incorporation of gender studies, queer studies, disability studies etc.) are welcome and encouraged. Early career researchers (including PhD students) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Timetable: Given the current circumstances, requests for alternative deadlines or schedules during the writing period will be considered very sympathetically.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Friday 29th May 2020.
Applicants informed of outcome: Friday 19th June 2020.
Deadline for submission of first draft chapters: Friday 28th August 2020.
Peer reviewed chapters returned to contributors with feedback and recommendations for revisions: Autumn/Winter 2020.
Deadline for submission of revised chapters: Spring/Summer 2021.
The volume will then be submitted to Bloomsbury.

Contact: For more information, or to submit an abstract, please email Dr Jane Draycott at the University of Glasgow at


(CFP closed May 29, 2020)



KU Leuven, Belgium: 27-29 May 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The full Call for Papers may be found here:

(CFP closed May 31, 2019)



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

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 1, 2019)



University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland: May 20, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

For decades, we have been fed scientific and popcultural stories of the “we use only 10% of our brain capacity” sort. Recently, a set of new truths has been granted to us. For instance, in his 2014 popscience book Hirnrissig [Harebrained], the neurobiologist Henning Beck debunks 20 of the most widespread neuromyths, including the ubiquitous misconception that our brains work like superfast computers with limitless capacity and the idea that you can train your brain as if it were a muscle. Although these revelations of his are not new to people whose data consumption revolves around topics of trivia, anecdotes and scientific myths, others may appear indeed surprising. Bearing in mind the popularity of the theory that mirror neurons govern our behaviour, it is rather surprising to read that the scientists involved have merely put forward some preliminary observations on the basis of experiments conducted on monkey brains; and that it is far too early to create parallels and explain complex human behaviours through mirror neurons theories.

Since Beck’s revelations are in no way exclusive, they support – along with many other recent discoveries – the view that there is a larger trend or predilection we, collectively, are guilty of: we take an interesting kernel of truth, a piece of trivia encountered by accident, and we run with it, creating and spreading wild theories, without so much as checking the source. Science and popculture are particularly susceptible to these kinds of interpretation: when presented to a nonspecialist audience, a fact is filtered through relatable analogies and helpful metaphors which nonetheless simplify and dilute it. As a result, noble efforts at popularising science also open facts to abuse. As history teaches us, it takes only one unsubstantiated study to create a movement of people who distrust the scientific consensus so much that they will not vaccinate their children.

Thus, the paradox that haunts popculturally disseminated knowledge in the age of Instagram is that, to reach many, popcultural scientists often promote simplistic versions of complex phenomena and thus discourage time-consuming in-depth analyses, to the detriment of both the addressees and sciences themselves. However, as an important intellectual commodity whose influence on our everyday life is difficult to exaggerate, science disseminated in the popcultural form should not be disregarded. Not only is it an immensely popular phenomenon but, what is perhaps more important, it shapes the trajectory of how we see and how we will see the value of scientific knowledge in the future.

Having this in mind, we invite scholars of various fields to present their take on the popcultural life of science: examples, consequences and side effects of popularisation of scientific knowledge through weird tales, strange fictions and stories of wonder. Among the specific themes that might be covered in ten-minute long presentations are the following (the list is by no means exhaustive):

• popcultural representations of science and scientists
• scientification of popculture versus “popculturing” of science – mechanisms, processes, consequences and side effects
• relationships between scientific and popcultural discourses
• how to “science” in the age of Instagram – popularity, money and responsibility
• tale of science or tale of wonder?
• “get fact” – science in the service of clicks
• popcultural narratives of scientific problems – scientific facts or myths
• mythbusting – demystifying and remystifying science in popculture
• popculture as new mythology of science
• mythos, pathos and logos in the stories of science
• funification of science
• popcultural functions of science
• popculture as science/science as popculture
• popcultural contributions to science

We welcome scholars from various academic fields to submit their proposals by 20 January 2020. Abstracts (no more than 150 words) in English should be registered online at . Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 25 January 2020. Further deadline and editorial details on submitting texts prior to the seminar will follow.

The seminar is intended as a workshop and speakers are to submit their papers beforehand. During the seminar, each speaker briefly summarises the main points of their work, afterwards, all the participants are invited to take part in a discussion. The seminar fee is 250 PLN for participants from Poland and 60 EUR for international participants, and it includes a meal, coffee breaks and seminar materials. A selection of papers will appear in a Web of Science indexed journal and/or in a post-seminar monograph issued by a prestigious publisher.

Organizers: Justyna Jajszczok & Alicja Bemben

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Contact us at:

(CFP closed January 20, 2020)



Abstract deadline: May 15, 2020

Climate change looms over everyone – evidence of this apparent catastrophe surrounds us. It is in our news media, part of our daily conversations, and, most of all, on our minds. One of the primary spatial theatres of disaster over which the modern environmental discourse orients itself is, of course, the sea: rising sea levels, turbulent weather, a marked increase in storms (both in volume and severity), and fundamental changes in marine nature which threaten both our commerce at sea and life along the coasts. Now more than ever the sea seems to have become humanity’s principal antagonist. And yet for much of the late nineteenth and twentieth century the sea has also existed as a site of utopic potential – whether of hope, of longing, or even of escape from continental strife. From the imagined underwater city in Jules Verne’s early science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastical ‘Atlantan’ Eden of Númenor (circa 1930-1950) to the post-apocalyptic landscape of Waterworld (1995), the sea has invoked utopic potential upon the modern imagination.

In most ancient-world cultures the sea represents a similar paradox. It constitutes a way of life, an open road of potential exploration and adventure, and even the discovery of utopia (in different respects), but it also represents an untameable, unknowable, and ultimately intimidating site of natural disaster and death. The aim of this volume is to explore and interpret narratives of sea utopias and/or sea catastrophe (or balanced imaginations between these two imagined extremes) both in ancient narratives, from Rome to Greece to the Near East and perhaps beyond, and in modern narratives from popular fiction and culture, with the broader goal of discussing, comparing, and contrasting the modern responses with the ancient.

Studies both of ancient narratives and of the interplay between modern and ancient narratives are welcome. Merely as a loose guideline, we suggest proposals on such topics as:

- Sea narratives and their relationship with human emotion
- Rewriting ancient sea narratives from a modern perspective (historical literary fiction, film, television, videogames)
- Maritime adventure and prosperity vs. the sea as host for monsters, shipwrecks, unpredictability, unknowability, and mystery
- Archetypes of the sea and ocean as spheres of chaos and catastrophe
- The interplay between catastrophic and utopic thought in sea disasters and sea stories
- Revising the novelty of modern climate change rhetoric/narrative tropes

If you are interested in contributing towards this edited volume, please submit an abstract of 400 words (minimum) as well as a short publication history (ca. 100-200 words) by May 15 to either of the follow two email addresses:

Ross Clare (University of Liverpool):;
Hamish Williams (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena):

It is important to note that these abstracts will be externally peer reviewed.

Further digital outputs of the project. We are keen to explore digital outputs for this publication, in collaboration with Liverpool University Press. Such outputs will include short informational/lecture videos on the essay topics, aimed at both an academic and a popular viewership as well as the possibility of a digital workshop, during which ‘collaborative peer-reviewing’ will be undertaken. We will provide you with further information on these events and other details as we proceed along the publication schedule.


(CFP closed May 15, 2020)



Mucem (Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée), Marseille, France: May 15, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Programme de la journée

9h30 | Accueil des participants

10h | Conférence introductive: Fabien Bièvre-Perrin (IRAA), Tiphaine-Annabelle Besnard (LESA), Vincent Chollier (HiSoMA), Frédéric Mougenot (MUCEM)

11h | L’Égypte antique fantasmée : orientalisme et anachronismes
Jean-Claude Golvin (CNRS), Manon Renault (Journaliste indépendante), Arnaud Quertinmont (Musée royal de Mariemont). Modérateur : Vincent Chollier (HiSoMA)
Les intervenants sont invités à analyser la façon dont l’imaginaire contemporain de l’Égypte antique s’est construit et à se pencher sur les idéologies auxquelles il participe. Il sera notamment question de voir comment la culture populaire alimente et recrée un fantasme orientaliste et anachronique de l’Antiquité pharaonique.

12h00 | Pause

13h30 | Projection d’extraits commentée
La présence de l’Antiquité égyptienne dans la culture contemporaine est diverse et tous les domaines sont concernés : cinéma, séries, publicité, architecture, mode, jeu vidéo, littérature, bande dessinée… Cette projection d’extraits commentée en révélera les nombreuses formes et fonctions.

14h | Le retour de la momie : le corps égyptien antique comme incarnation des inquiétudes modernes
Filippo Carlà (Universität Potsdam), Hélène Virenque (BNF), Nolwenn Corriou (PRISMES). Modération : Tiphaine Annabelle Besnard (LESA)
Au début du XXe siècle, l’imaginaire de l’Égypte antique se transforme avec la découverte de la tombe de Toutânkhamon et les fouilles d’Amarna. La peur de la malédiction des pharaons nourrit le fantasme des momies revenant à la vie… les images du mobilier archéologique de la tombe ainsi que celui découvert à Amarna influencent l’iconographie populaire. Entre exotisme, xénophobie et puissance, le corps égyptien se fait la métaphore du monde moderne. Un siècle plus tard, sommes-nous sortis de cet imaginaire occidental ?

15h30 | Politisation du passé égyptien : nationalisme, panafricanisme, féminisme
Elvan Zabunyan (Histoire et Critique des Arts), Richard Jacquemond (Iremam), Fabien Bièvre-Perrin (IRAA) Modération : Frédéric Mougenot (MUCEM)
Le passé pharaonique constitue un important socle du discours politique, en Égypte comme ailleurs. Mis au service d’intérêts divergents et parfois incompatibles, on le retrouve notamment dans des discours nationalistes, panafricanistes ou féministes faisant notamment émerger ces dernières années une icône polysémique : Néfertiti.

16h45 | Pause

17h15 | Conclusions

17h30 | Présentation et visite de l’exposition Pharaons superstars
Visite de l’exposition Pharaons Superstars par Frédéric Mougenot, conservateur au Mucem et commissaire de l’exposition (voir condition d’accès ci-après).

Informations pratiques: Rendez-vous le 15 mai 2020 à partir de 9h30 au Mucem – Fort Saint Jean (entrée par le 201 quai du Port, 13002 Marseille).

Entrée gratuite dans la limite des places disponibles et sur inscription obligatoire à

Visite de l’exposition réservée aux participants à la journée. La demande nominative doit être formulée au moment de l’inscription. En raison d’un nombre limité de place, une confirmation sera envoyée aux inscrits.

Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur le site du Mucem (

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Campus of the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia), HCC 136: NEW DATE - May 15, 2020 (rescheduled from March 27)

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

One of the great benefits of the shift from a pedagogue-centered to a student-aware or student-centered classroom is that we listen more attentively to how our students experience the content of what we read. A decided strength of Classical Studies is the simultaneous proximity and distance—temporally, geographically, ideologically—of the ancient Greek and Roman world. That distance is felt more keenly when potentially difficult subjects (res difficiles) in our readings—domination, inequity, violence both sexual and otherwise—present themselves for inspection. Often the underlying source of the dissonance or disconnect is the distance in our perceptions of social justice.

In a conference held on the campus of the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia), we examine the challenges presented by this curriculum with students who are increasingly more diverse in gender identity, race, ethnicity, income, family structure, and more. And while the society of our conference will examine pedagogical issues, we hope also to dilate outward to broader issues in education and society from (a) the current and future roles of Classics and the humanities in K-12 and higher education to (b) the ultimate goals of education.

Our keynote speaker will be Dani Bostick who teaches Latin in Winchester, VA, and who has garnered a national reputation as a writer, teacher, and advocate for victims of sexual violence. Learn more at

See Registration information below (Zoom). We hope the conference will be attended by as many as possible in person, but a number (limited only by our subscription capacity), will be able to attend electronically.

Abstracts of 350 words should be sent electronically to Joseph Romero ( by November 1, 2019 February 28, 2020.

Papers will be 30 minutes long with coordinated discussion at the end of each session. Any questions regarding abstract submission may be addressed to Professor Romero or Professor Çulik-Baird ( For more information see the conference website.

Zoom registration:


(CFP closed November 1, 2019 February 28, 2020.)



Rimini, Italy (Museo della Città, Sala del Giudizio and Palazzo Buonadrata): May 14-16, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

By the middle of the fifteenth century Rimini had become a major center of Italian humanism. The cultural patronage of the famous condottiere Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417–1468), attracted numerous artists, writers, and scholars, who came to the city and created works for which Rimini is still widely known today. In spite of recently intensified research on this topic, various questions about the philosophical, literary and artistic output of this circle remain open. In particular, the historiography of Rimini itself leaves considerable room for new exploration, and this despite recent work on the architecture and pictural arts of the quattrocento city. In the philosophical and literary sphere, for example, the Aristotelian-Platonic milieu around Sigismondo has not yet received in depth study, and Valturio’s imaginative tract De Re Militari still awaits a modern edition or commentary.

One of the authors who has received attention, and whose profile underlines the importance of the Renaissance in Rimini is the poet Basinio da Parma. Basinio was a prolific author in many literary genres: His mythological poem Meleagris provides a modernised version of the Calydonian pigsticking; his didactic poem Astronomica studies the stars and the zodiac; while the Liber Isottaeus is an epistolary novel in elegiac couplets about the love between Sigismondo and Isotta degli Atti.

An ongoing project at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck (Austria), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), is currently working towards a digital edition of his epic poem Hesperis, along with with a commentary and English translation. This poem was Basinio’s masterpiece and can only be understood against the wider backdrop of humanism in fifteenth century Northern Italy, and Rimini in particular. Not only do considerable historical and biographical details appear in the poem, the piece also reflects and discusses the most important cultural and literary debates of its time: philosophy, philology and education, art history and architecture etc.

The conference L’amore, le armi, le stelle intends to contextualize Basinio’s works and those of other humanists and artists within a broader framework. We invite interested speakers to propose conference papers of approx. 30 minutes with a focus on one of the following suggested (by no means exclusive) topics:

* The historiography of the Malatestian court and its interaction with contemporary cultural dynamics, more specifically with Basinio;

* The literary culture of Rimini: inter- and intratextuality in Basinio’s oeuvre, its narrative strategies and links with the vernacular tradition;

* The sculptural and pictorial arts, architecture of the Renaissance city, and manuscript illuminations within the wider context of northern Italian scriptoria;

* Philosophical trends in Rimini and northern Italy;

* Greek influences and the reflection of knowledge of this language, especially in Basinio’s Hesperis;

* Intermediality in Basinio’s Hesperis as a reflection of Rimini’s artistic and architectural culture;

* The reception of Basinio in his time and later periods;

* ...

Key note speaker: John Monfasani (University at Albany, State University of New York)

Proposals (max. 250 words) are welcome before 4th November 2019.

Languages: English, Italian

Travel and hotel costs will be covered for all speakers.

We plan to publish the papers after the conference in a peer-reviewed volume.

For any questions contact:
Anna Chisena:
Simon Smets:
Florian Schaffenrath:


(CFP closed November 4, 2019)



Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands): May 14, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Organisers: Gavin Kelly, Marc van der Poel, Daniëlle Slootjes, Joop van Waarden (Radboud University and University of Edinburgh jointly)

Due out in March 2020, the Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris, edited by Gavin Kelly and Joop van Waarden, assembles the latest international scholarship on Sidonius Apollinaris. This conference is set to explore the future of the study of Sidonius and his times "beyond the Companion".

Speakers will include Lucy Grig (Edinburgh) on popular culture, Caroline Michel d'Annoville (Paris) on Vaison-la-Romaine, Daniëlle Slootjes (Nijmegen) on dioceses in Gaul, and more to be invited. A distinct part of the day is a series of pitches presenting current or future work on the subject. PhD students and early career scholars are particularly (but certainly not exclusively) invited to come forward with their research (contact Joop van Waarden).

Contact: Joop van Waarden,

Check the Sidonius website for updates on the programme and on registering for the day.




University of Liège, Belgium: May 5, 2020

Unable to verify status of this meeting - assume postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

As part of the 2019-2020 edition of the interuniversity doctoral Seminar Synoikismos, the committee is organising a thematic conference on May 5, 2020 at the University of Liège. This year, the theme will be the technological progress in the study of ancient worlds. For this occasion, we have the pleasure to invite PhD students and young researchers of Belgian or foreign universities whose research topic is related to this subject to present their project.

The topic will be addressed from two perspectives:

1. History of technological innovations and the methodological impact on our disciplines
“Exegi monumentum aere perennius”, wrote Horace. This line seems to foreshadow the long-lasting interest of humanity for the ancient world. Studies on the ancient world, which have developed over the centuries, owe their vitality to the evolution of their methods, which adapt to the spirit of each era. But to what extent has our perception of the classical period evolved with the methods and techniques used to reconstruct its image? First of all, we would like to reflect on the impact of technological progress on the study of our fields: from the invention of the printing press to digital editions, from plaster casting to 3D reconstructions, each step of this technological evolution has helped to clarify, improve or even change the representation of the past. More generally, cultural protagonists of each era have tried to interpret the traces left by ancient civilisations and to modernise them for various purposes into a message understandable by their contemporaries. The study of these cultural operations, that took place from antiquity until the present day, is the core element of Reception Studies. Therefore we also wish to consider the way each era has looked at antiquity: how did it influence the study of ancient worlds? Can research achieve ‘objectivity’? What has been done in the past and what is the trend today?

2. Digital era: the tools of tomorrow in Classical and Oriental Studies
Since the ‘50s, computing has constantly evolved and reached always more areas of human activity. Research on ancient civilisations is no exception, having always relied on new technologies for improvement. Nowadays, in 2020, there probably isn’t any research project left which isn’t based, directly or indirectly, on the use of digital tools. These are as numerous as the many fields of Classical and Oriental Studies: XML and the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative for encoding texts in a digital format (e.g. A collection of Greek Ritual Norms – CGRN project at ULiège), 3D modeling and visualisation softwares for digital photogrammetry of archaeological items (e.g. Warriors on the Periphery project at ULB), online databases collecting texts, people or places of the ancient world (e. g. Trismegistos project at KU Leuven) or statistical and quantitative methods for analysing languages (e.g. Laboratoire d’Analyse Statistique des Langues Anciennes – LASLA at ULiège). Yet, digital tools are still poorly known by researchers of our disciplines and might scare them to some degree, since they haven’t been trained for these skills. Which are the digital tools of tomorrow? In which areas of Classical and Oriental Studies are they used? How can we use and include them in a research project?

We would like to address these two aspects of the topic in two different ways: on the one side by discussing the impact of these tools on our research methods, on the other by exploring some of them through practical application. For this reason, there will be both oral presentations and workshops during the conference, according to the proposals we will receive.

Every PhD student who is interested (at any stage of his research) is kindly invited to submit an abstract of the subject he wishes to present (250 words max.), specifying whether he prefers to do an oral presentation and/or a practical demonstration of a tool, as well as a short biography (150 words max.) to the Synoikismos Seminar ( for December 31, 2019 at the latest. Each talk (in French or in English) will last up to 30 minutes and will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Further information on the organisation of the workshops will be provided later on.


(CFP closed December 31, 2019)



(Call for chapter abstracts: due May 1, 2020)

Vergil’s Aeneid is, of course, a longtime standard of the liberal arts curriculum. However, it has seen revived interest outside the academy. Since 2017, Vergil’s epic has featured in articles in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. All three articles argue that the Aeneid speaks as much to modernity as it does to antiquity. Mendelsohn’s New Yorker piece put it best, writing, "Aeneas [is] . . . a survivor, a person so fractured by the horrors of the past that he can hold himself together only by an unnatural effort of will, someone who has so little of his history left that the only thing that gets him through the present is a numbed sense of duty to a barely discernible future that can justify every kind of deprivation. It would be hard to think of a more modern figure. Or, indeed, a more modern story."

Nearly every review of various recent translations provides an impassioned reaffirmation of the epic’s contemporary relevance. However, scholarly practice has trailed behind scholarly rhetoric in this regard. For example, in demonstrating the modern importance of Vergil’s classic, a number of reviews from the late 2000s briefly stress the similarities between Vergil and Kipling’s views of empire. As the government sanctioned poets of global empires, one might expect to find thorough comparisons between Kipling and Vergil in the literature. Remarkably, one would find several articles devoted to historical inquiry into the quality of Kipling’s classical education, but none directly considering the relationship between those classics and his own writing.

The gap between the general claims of the Aeneid’s relevance and a rigorous working out of the details is initially startling. After all, the Aeneid hardly lacks for excellent scholarship and commentary. However, upon reflection the lacuna is unsurprising. Scholarship on the Aeneid typically comes from classicists focused on the text’s language and poetics, and its historical and cultural contexts. It is treated as an explicitly Roman cultural artifact. Since classicists are in part historians, a natural direction to expand their work on the Aeneid is to consider its reception in other historical epochs. This is precisely what we see in, e.g., Hardie’s impressive work in cataloging centuries worth of use and misuse of the epic, and Farrell and Putnam’s discussion of modern criticism of and response to the Aeneid . However, these historical methods, as important and useful as they are, won’t suffice to examine the modern significance of the text. That requires a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach.

We propose a volume of essays from a diverse group of scholars and artists that represents a multidisciplinary, multicultural redeployment of the Aeneid. We do not propose examining the Aeneid as a decidedly Roman text. Nor do we propose an examination of a cultural artifact. Rather, we seek to present a volume that deploys the Aeneid anew, one that not only reflects the Aeneid’s status as a ‘modern story’ (Mendelsohn, loc. cit.), but one that inserts the Aeneid into contemporary discourse. We understand ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ rather broadly—essays need not be limited strictly to the new millennium. Papers that address, for example, the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge, or the Rwandan genocide, would certainly be welcome.

We invite submissions that engage with the aforementioned issues or related ones regarding the Aeneid, including the following:

Artistic and cultural appropriation and reclamation, especially from a post-colonial perspective;
Using the Aeneid to explore constructions of gender;
Representations of trauma and its effects;
The Aeneid as therapy;
The Aeneid and modern commemorations;
The representation/literature/philosophy/theorizing of immigrants, immigration, refugees, cosmopolitanism, and global justice;
Race and ethnicity in the Aeneid;
Using the Aeneid to negotiate difference;
How the Aeneid complicates, or enriches modern (broadly construed) texts, art works, etc. (such as an analysis of the Aeneid and other later artworks of empire);
The Aeneid as symbol and its function as a mine for cultural signposts, etc.;
The Aeneid and pedagogy;
The Aeneid in the public and/or digital humanities.

Final papers should run between 4,000–6,000 words (inclusive of endnotes and works cited) and be formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition). Cite and abbreviate ancient texts according to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd Edition). Revisions may be requested as a condition of acceptance. Please send all queries to the editors (Joseph R. O’Neill and Adam Rigoni) at

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 500 words, along with a select bibliography of at least ten sources, and an author bio of approximately 250 words to the editors at by May 1, 2020.


(CFP closed May 1, 2020)



Durham University, UK: April 20-22, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19 (no information found)

The title of this conference acknowledges the dual nature of our relationship with objects and sites. We sustain them in a number of ways that include, but are not limited to, how we conceive of and think about them, how we preserve and maintain them and how we fund them, but at the same time they sustain “us” by enabling identities to be asserted and maintained and by contributing to wellbeing. The conference title also asks the question whether the models and practices (economic, intellectual and technological) that have served us in the past continue to work in the 21st century. Over the past 50 years there has been a tremendous expansion in what we identify as cultural heritage as well as the number of museums and sites dedicated to preserving and exhibiting it. Additionally, stresses, such as climate change, rising number of tourists, population growth, as well as governmental and educational priorities in many countries raise questions about whether we can truly preserve everything of significance. For many conservators and heritage professionals, public engagement and “impact” have become key metrics in assessing both the feasibility and the success of projects. But this raises questions about how sustainable these efforts are. Are we really winning the hearts and minds of the public and impacting approaches to public funding or are we providing momentary diversions? Who benefits from engagement and how much? How do we assess whether the outcomes were truly successful or merely popular?

Emerging technologies such as digital preservation, predictive modelling and crowd funding offer new tools and new challenges for both planning and preservation. In a year that has seen vast sums of money pledged for the restoration of Notre Dame in Paris, before even an assessment of the damage or needs had been completed, and has also been marked by dissension about how and when the funds should be made available to that project and how funds are allocated to other preservation projects, it is important to consider how patronage may be shaped in the years ahead and whether traditional approaches to working must be changed to accommodate them.

We invite papers that critically analyze the economics of conserving and/or preserving cultural heritage, that examine whether outreach and “impact” do produce sustainable results and how we monitor and nurture those results. We also invite papers that deal with the role that any of the following topics play in sustaining objects:
· Marketing and funding
· Sustainability
· Advocacy and Outreach
· Interpretation
· Belief and Culture
· Wellness
· Climate change

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr. Emily Williams by 5pm December 15th 2019. Paper selection will be completed by Jan 15th and authors notified then.


(CFP closed December 15, 2019)



Online congress: April 20-21, 2020 (from Barcelona, Spain)

Ancient World usually appears in our sources as a world of fantasy. Myth, magic and prodigies are common in historical and scientifical accounts in ancient historians' works. Despite the distance in the perception of reality and the cultural borders between us and ancient people, and even between beliefs and reason, this ancient fantasy surpasses the mind and words from the sources to the scholarly tradition, and we can also find explanations that include both fantasy and illusion in Modern Historiography about Antiquity.

In these stranger days of us, let us invite you to work and discuss this wide topic of fantasy and historiography, including Contemporary Reception of the Ancient World, with the aim of linking us with things that make us feel alive, as it is research.

Among many other possibilities, some topics can be:
- Fantasy and historical explanations in Ancient Sources.
- Fictional History in Ancient Historiography.
- Fantastic events and Modern Scholarship.
- Ancient Fantastic events in Modern Historians' Works and explanations.
- Reception, Fantasy and the Ancient World.

As far as we are now confined, and our aim is to keep working, linked, safely enjoying life and research, we offer a very short time, to develop the Congress during the actual situation.

The Conference will be held through Zoom. More details will be offered when a final schedule and a definitive list of participants have been finished.

So, anyone interested can send us proposals for papers about the above-mentioned topics (or proposals about any other kind of research related to the main theme of the Congress).

Proposals can be sent to until April 6th. The organizers will try to answer the proposals as soon as they come, to allow participants to have time enough to prepare their talks.

The time for each participant in the Congress will be around 20/25 minutes, with online discussion for every paper.

The Congress accepts proposals in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

After the Congress, a selection of the papers will be published (probably in a Pressing House in Spain, but it will depend on the papers we finally have, and their languages).

- Marc Mendoza (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
- Borja Antela-Bernárdez (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Edit 19/4/2020. Program:


9:45-10:00: Opening remarks

Session 1
10:00-10:30: Guendalina D. M. Taietti (University of Guangzhou): The Oath of Alexander: ancient fiction and modern political discourse
10:30-11:00: Mónica Durán Mañas (Universidad de Granada): La fantasía de la alteridad. Del mito griego a la historia actual
11:00-11:30: Marika Strano (Independent Researcher): Tracce del perturbante nel Satyricon di Petronio e nelle Metamorfosi di Apuleio
11:30-12:00: Daniela Dantas (Centre for History of the University of Lisbon): The Sons of the Harpy, descendants of Ancient Myth? The symbolism of Harpies, from Ancient Mythology to Game of Thrones


Session 2 17:00-17:30: Ronald Blankenborg (Radboud University Nijmegen): On stranger tides: fictional geography in ancient historiography
17:30-18:00: Thomas Alexander Husøy (Swansea University): Xenophon, Callisthenes and Diodorus- the importance of the omens at Leuctra
18:00-18:30: José Luis Aledo (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): Los presagios de los Diádocos. Bestias, Coronas y abandonos.
18:30-19:00: Borja Antela-Bernárdez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Odysseus Sertorius



Session 3 10:00-10:30: Jurgen R. Gatt (Università ta’ Malta): Confronting Miracles: The Mysterious Case of the Talking Birds
10:30-11:00: Mariachiara Angelucci (University of Eichstätt): Il meraviglioso e l’insolito nei frammenti di Polemone di Ilio
11:00-11:30: Marine Glénisson (Sorbonne Université): Great men are strange men: fantastic details in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives.
11:30-12:00: Alfonso Álvarez-Ossorio Rivas (Universidad de Sevilla): Distopía dentro de la fantasía: Los bárbaros salvadores del imperio decadente o un final diferente para el mundo antiguo


Session 4 17:00-17:30: Julia Guantes García (Universidad de Oviedo): Armas de mujer: Guerreras de la Antigüedad en el cine
17:30-18:00: Sabrina Colabella (Independent Researcher): Hunger Games: Katniss, Artemide e l’apparente incoerenza del modello archetipico
18:00-18:30: Anthony Keen (University of Notre Dame): ‘The kidnapping was pretty mutual’: Reworking the Persephone Myth in Epicurus the Sage
18:30-19:00: Amanda Potter (Open University): Save the Monster, Save the World: Living in Harmony with Monsters in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke and Monstress.
Concluding Remarks



(CFP closed April 6, 2020)



Swansea University, Wales: 17–20 April, 2020

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

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

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

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

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by the closing date. All other enquiries should also be directed to this e-mail address.


Classical Association website:

Update 14/2/2020: Registration - - & Program

(CFP closed August 31, 2019)



University of Tübingen, Germany: April 16-17, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

In the 19th century, developments in the study and collection of coins set the cornerstone for modern numismatics: major steps included the foundation of learned societies (e.g. Royal Numismatic Society in 1836, Numismatische Gesellschaft zu Berlin in 1843, American Numismatic Society in 1858, etc.) and the publication numismatic journals from the 1830s onwards (Revue numismatique in 1836, Numismatic chronicle in 1838, Revue belge de numismatique in 1842, etc.) leading to a thriving numismatic community.

The 19th century is also the time when previously private (Royal) collections became public institutions (e.g. in Paris following the French revolution, or the Münzkabinett Winterthur in 1861), and when new museums were created (e.g. the Capitoline medagliere in 1873, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien in 1891, etc.). Subsequently, museum curators began publishing scholarly catalogues of their collections, such as the British Museum's seminal catalogue series (e.g. Greek Coins from 1873 onwards, or Oriental Coins from 1875 onwards). Some of the works published in the 19th century were aimed at collectors, such as Théodore Mionnet's or Henry Cohen's reference works, but it is notably thanks to their publications that scholars were able to process coin finds as source for dating archaeological sites and discussing social history (e.g. Theodor Mommsen identifying Kalkriese as site for the battle of the Teutoburg Forest, as early as 1850, on the basis of numismatics).

At the same time, large and famous collections evolved, were traded, or finally bequeathed to museums leading to new research on the subject. Whilst earlier collectors were almost always generalists (coins being one collecting field among others such as antiquities, paintings, gems, etc.), collectors such as Hyman Montagu or Virgil Brand devoted themselves only to numismatics. These famous collectors were sometimes scholars themselves, writing noteworthy articles. The names of John Evans, Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer, William Henry Waddington, Archer Huntington and King Victor Emmanuel III are the most prominent examples of illustrious collectors with expertise and the desire to promote numismatic scholarship through their collections.

The 19th century is also the time when collectors started paying greater attention to the condition of a coin, and to their provenance, while the new medium of photography and improved book-illustrations allowed for the documentation and recognition of individual specimens in auction catalogues and scholarly works likewise. In the same spirit, numismatists themselves became focus of interest: medals and tokens were struck in their names, and books were written about them (e.g. Médailles et jetons des numismates in 1865).

We may also think of the institutional development of archaeology out of philology around the 1840ies to become a discipline of its own that triggered a shift in perceiving coins predominantly as material manifestations of the past. In addition, we need to take into consideration the large scale professional excavations of the century (e.g. the foundation of the Reichslimeskommission in Germany in 1892) that enabled new methods in studying coins from an academic perspective. Ultimately, this pathed the way for numismatics to become a university subject with the evolution of university coin collections. The 19th century was also a time that saw the growth of nationalism, which was accompanied by a focus on one's history as mirrored in the practice of collecting and trading coins. Questions may also include to what extend numismatics was received in the realm of contemporary art such as Eugène Delacroix's engravings, and literature - for example with the many coin references found in the work of Victor Hugo. These are some of the various new avenues and perspectives the symposium wishes to explore.

Our aim is to explore the numismatic world in the long 19th century - including both, the sphere of academia, and that of collecting and dealing - with a focus on ancient numismatics but also on medieval and modern numismatics, with an interest for the political, cultural, economic, and social changes of the era. Thus, a wide range of international experts, including numismatists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians are invited to present their research. Papers that explore specific case studies are particularly welcome, and talks on non-Western numismatics and on medals are hoped for.

Organizers: Stefan Krmnicek (Tübingen) & Hadrien Rambach (Brussels)

Abstracts of no longer than 500 words should be sent by email to: and

Deadline for the submission of the abstracts is October 31, 2019.

For further information visit:

(CFP closed October 31, 2019)



Oxford University, UK: April 15, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

We invite contributions (abstracts proposing 30 minute papers) to a conversation on 'Critical Ancient World Studies' taking place in Oxford on the 15th April 2020.

‘Critical Ancient World Studies’ is a mode of studying antiquity (broadly defined) that makes four critical steps away from the field known as ‘classical studies’ / ‘Classics’. (1) it critiques the field’s Eurocentrism and refuses to inherit silently a field crafted so as to constitute a mythical pre-history for an imagined ‘West’, in particular, by rejecting the ‘universal’ as synonym for the ‘Western’ or the ‘European’. While Classics has too often been content to construct an ancient world whose value lies in its mirror image of modern Europe, 'Critical Ancient World Studies' investigates the ancient history of a world without accepting the telos of the West; (2) it rejects the assumption of an axiomatic relationship between so-called ‘Classics’ and cultural value, divesting from cultural capital as a mode of knowledge-making in the field; (3) it denies positivist accounts of history, and all modes of investigation that aim at establishing a perspective that is neutral or transparent, and commits instead to showcasing the contingency of historiography in a way that is alert to injustices and epistemologies of power that shape the way knowledge is constructed as ‘objective’; and (4) it requires of those who participate in it a commitment to decolonising the gaze of and at antiquity, not simply by applying decolonial theory or uncovering subaltern narratives in a field that has special relevance to the privileged and the powerful, but rather by dismantling the structures of knowledge that have led to this privileging. In this approach, we take our theoretical and epistemic example from Re-orient, a journal of Critical Muslim Studies that has taken a similarly critical attitude to its own parent-discipline (Islamic Studies), and whose manifesto can be found here: In practice, these four epistemological orientations will require three further practical commitments: to representation at all levels; to all attempts to promote access to the field to those under-represented within it; and to the rejection of the centrality of ancient Greece and ancient Rome within the study of the ancient world.

The conference is concerned both with the necessity for and the possible applications of 'Critical Ancient World Studies' and we hope that this will enable critical reflection on the future of so-called 'Classics'. We invite papers from those within and outside of formal study of the ancient world in all its various forms, and in particular from those who feel that their area of study or critical approach to the ancient world (and its afterlife) does not fit easily within conventional definitions of the field of 'Classics'.

The day will be divided into three panels, 'Critical Time', 'Myths of Origin' and 'Critical Epistemologies - but you needn't know at the time of submitting your abstract which panel you would like it to be considered for.

Please submit abstracts (of no longer than 500 words) to Mathura Umachandran ( and Marchella Ward (, copying both organisers into your email, before Friday 28th February. We will aim to respond in the first week of March.


(CFP closed February 28, 2020)



London (The British Academy): April 6-7, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Marble, bronze, and terracotta are all celebrated materials for sculpture in the round. However, plaster, another noteworthy material in antiquity, is understudied and often absent from the archaeological record. Two major questions regarding the role of plaster in ancient sculpture remain unresolved. This conference, bringing together international experts including archaeologists, conservators, and contemporary sculptors, aims to tackle these debates. Firstly, we will explore plaster as a sculptural material in its own right and address the use of plaster models for the production of works in other media. Secondly, we will tackle the contested issue of life-casting in antiquity, assessing whether such casting was indeed used in the production of bronzes. Demonstrations of plaster working and casting processes will give participants a practical understanding of material and technique. This interdisciplinary practice based focus will facilitate collaboration between archaeologists and contemporary practitioners, enabling cooperative analysis of these important and unresolved research problems.

Emma Payne, King's College London
Abbey Ellis, University of Leicester/Ashmolean Museum
Will Wootton, King's College London

Speakers include:
Tonny Beentjes, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Farhad Fabian Burg, Gipsformerei der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
Amanda Claridge, Royal Holloway, University of London
Chris Dorsett, Northumbria University Jane Fejfer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Martin Hanson, Wimbledon College of Art
Nigel Konstam, Verrocchio Arts Centre, Italy
Dimitri Laboury, University of Liège, Belgium
Kenneth Lapatin, J. Paul Getty Museum, USA
Alexander Lumsden, Bronze Age Foundry
Rachel Mairs, University of Reading
Eckart Marchand, The Warburg Institute/International Research Group ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’
Thomas Merrett, City & Guilds of London Art School
Kathryn Tubb, University College London
Clare Venables, Minerva Stone Conservation

Registration: A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
Standard Admission: £75 both days, £40 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments
Concessions: £35 both days, £20 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments
The concession rate applies to: unwaged / retired / early career academics (within three years of completing PhD) / students / disabled.
Free entrance is offered to companions or carers of disabled visitors.




University of Warwick, UK: April 3, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this conference will now be held via Zoom. See website for details.

Department of Classics and Ancient History Warwick, in conjunction with The Royal Numismatic Society.

Conference Organisers: Charlotte Mann and Clare Rowan

Plenary Speaker: Prof. Fleur Kemmers (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)

Coins, banknotes, tokens and other forms of money are often portable objects that can be held in the hand; indeed modern day medallic artists tell us that these objects are designed to be held in the hand. But although small and at times unassuming, these media carry and convey an extraordinary array of information; by holding a coin in your hand one might argue you are holding your world.

This conference explores what the unique contribution of numismatics is to our understanding of human society. Money, coinage, bank notes, tokens and medals across the ages have played political, cultural, religious, memorial, economic and social roles; often they provide a unique insight into particular communities, cultures and societies. A key focus of the conference will be exploring the intersection of numismatics, the study of money, with disciplines such as history, classics, art history, sociology, and economics. Papers on any topic related to the theme are welcome, but some key questions for the day include:

• What does numismatic imagery reveal about the exchange of cultural ideas and artistry between people?
• What does numismatic imagery reveal about the way societies negotiated their relationship with their ruling power?
• How does money contribute to identity and a sense of belonging?
• What do the location of coin finds reveal about the movement of people and their economic interactions?
• How do particular forms of payment media reflect social hierarchies, and how do social relationships reshape money?
• How is money used beyond the economic sphere within belief systems and rituals?
• How does money act as a type of media, storing and conveying information, as well as mediating human relations?

We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words from early career scholars (PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, early career heritage sector employees, etc) to be submitted to Charlotte Mann ( by 29th November 2019. Due to the generosity of Warwick University's 'Connecting Cultures' GRP, we are able to offer modest bursaries to assist speakers with travel and accommodation costs.

The conference will be preceded by a workshop on 'Applying for German Funding' lead by Prof. Dr. Fleur Kemmers on Thursday 2/4/2020, which is also open to all attendees.

We are grateful to the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Warwick for their generous financial support.


(CFP closed November 29, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

Among literatures, arts, philosophy, and psychology, the mythological figure of Narcissus has become a common topic of interest; quite the opposite can be said of Echo, the nymph sentenced by divine law to repeat fragments of another’s voice. Yet, in the original Ovidian myth, Echo plays a remarkable role that frames the whole Narcissus’ episode. This panel aims at exploring Echo’s mythological echoes in Renaissance literature, art, theater, and music from different perspectives:

Translations, receptions, reinterpretations of the Ovidian myth;
Echo voices in the pastoral genre;
Echo as rhetorical and musical device;
Echo as form of intertextual reference/literary allusions;
Echo as the embodiment of the lyrical subject or of the author’s voice.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on (but not limited to) the above-mentioned topics. Please send abstracts with paper title (maximum 150-words-long), a short bio, your affiliation, keywords, and general discipline area to the organizers, Giulia Cardillo ( and Simona Lorenzini ( by July 31st, 2019.


(CFP closed July 31, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2020 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Philadelphia, PA. For one of its panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of Homer in all its manifestations in the early modern world.

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

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

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

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as an email attachment to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 1, 2019 extended deadline August 10, 2019.

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


(CFP closed August 10, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

Where and when did early modern artists, architects, and writers begin to show signs of fatigue with the models of the classical past, and what kinds of creative experiments developed in response? Renaissance scholarship has long since moved beyond an understanding of its period as one defined first and foremost by a revival of antiquity. Although the significance of antiquarianism and classicism to manifold developments in early modern art and culture remains incontrovertible, both of those projects also met with productive resistance.

We invite papers addressing works of art or literature that reveal an exhaustion with antiquity and a conscious attempt to develop alternative modes, forms, and principles of invention. Especially welcome are proposals for papers that consider competing notions of the past, the distinction between ‘antique’ and ‘modern’, the political and cultural implications of the choice to forgo classical models, and the reasons why antiquity may have come to be perceived as an exhausted source in the context of certain moments and localities.

To submit a paper proposal please provide the following by email to Marisa Bass ( and Carolyn Yerkes ( by 22 July 2019: – your name and institutional affiliation – paper title (15-word maximum) – abstract (150-word maximum) – keywords – curriculum vitae (up to 5 pages) – PhD completion date (past or future).


(CFP closed July 22, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2020 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Philadelphia, PA. For one of its panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical theories of poetics and aesthetic experience in Renaissance art and music.

Plato's and Aristotle's theories of mimesis, Horace's Ars Poetica, and "Longinus"'s sublime have long dominated discussions of early modern aesthetics. Scholars have also sought to trace the influence of other, less explicitly didactic texts in defining the origin and value of art and the aesthetic experience in the Renaissance. Paul Barolsky, for example, has argued that Ovid's Metamorphoses lies at the heart of Renaissance aesthetics, whether in the story of Pygmalion bringing art to life or, conversely, Medusa's petrifaction of the living as competing metaphors for sculpture. Barolsky likewise sees Ovidian transformation behind Michelangelo's "non finito" and in the depiction of Botticelli's Chloris becoming Flora in the Primavera. Wendy Heller has explored the ways in which Monteverdi and Busenello's groundbreaking opera L'incoronazione di Poppea draws upon and challenges Tacitus' methods of historiography. More recently, Sarah Blake McHam has argued for the pervasive influence of Pliny's Natural History and its emphasis on life-like "naturalism" from Petrarch to Caravaggio and Poussin.

Building on these and other studies that move beyond questions of classical influence on the subject matter of Renaissance texts, this panel seeks papers that explore the strategies through which visual artists and musicians draw on classical aesthetics and the extent to which these hidden roots underlie Renaissance theory and practice.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 1, 2019 extended deadline August 10, 2019.

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


(CFP closed August 10, 2019)



Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA: April 2-4, 2020

Scholarly research in the humanities has long used a diversity of sources for the better understanding of its subjects. Information gathered from and about objects, persons, documents and ideas from professional networks were used to compare drawings and buildings, sculptures and inscriptions, texts and coins closely related to each other. In recent decades, this well-established methodology became regarded as an expression of Latour's "Actor Network Theory". Today, research exclusively based on "ANT" is however no longer limited to social or professional networks. This former narrow scope should and could be extended (again) and redefined to include Renaissance antiquarianism as a "network of networks", gathering information from all kinds of material and textual sources and combining them to reconstruct an initial or improved picture of ancient Roman past and culture. This three-panel session aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of fields, for example numismatics, epigraphy, art, archaeology, architecture, political, historical, religious and cultural studies (and their histories) as well as socially orientated historical network analysis. It is one of our aims to demonstrate how antiquarians combined information and created new interpretations of texts and artifacts to generate new knowledge. By exploring how they communicated their findings and developed new analytical methodologies, the session could help to investigate if and how to predate the beginnings of scholarly archaeology and scientific methodology from the 18th (cf. e.g. Alain Schnapp) to the 16th century. After all, antiquarian methodological approaches were very modern indeed and possibly even predated such a development in the natural sciences (cf. Rens Bod). In addition, antiquarian research networks were not only interested in the creation of scholarly knowledge out of mere curiosity. The purpose was to learn from antiquity as a source for practical solutions for contemporaneous and future problems — as was successfully achieved by Tolomei's «Accademia de lo Studio de l'Architettura» headed by Marcello Cervini.

The 3-part session will be organized by Drs. Andrea Gáldy (Munich/London; Seminar «Collecting and Display»), Damiano Acciarino (Toronto/Venice), and Bernd Kulawik (Zurich/Berlin;

Please send proposals of less than 300 words for a 20 min papers and a short cv until July 16, 2019, to Bernd Kulawik (


(CFP closed July 16, 2019)



McNamara Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: April 2-3, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Euripides’ Bacchae can be read as the story of a society under stress religiously, politically, and socially. Externally, the state is threatened by — or sees itself as threatened by — an invasion of outsiders, whose strange religious traditions stir profound unease in the local authorities, and especially in the young king Pentheus. Pentheus himself is a troubled character, sexually untethered and prone to an incoherent authoritarianism; the extent to which he really controls, or ought to control, the state is unclear. In the end, in fact, the threat to the established order seems to come from within the city as much as from outside of it.

On the occasion of the upcoming SITI production of the Bacchae at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in the translation of University of Minnesota alumnus Aaron Poochigian, the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies will be hosting a conference that concentrates on reading Euripides’ tragedy in deliberately modern terms. Participants consider the text less as a literary or historical artefact, than as a locus and means for asking difficult contemporary questions about the intersection of political power, religious experience, sexuality, and fear. Put another way, we wish to consider what the Bacchae, and in particular an onstage Bacchae, means or can be made to mean in America in the age of Donald Trump, an age of religious extremism of various sorts, and one of a profound sense of instability in traditional styles of government.

The conference will be presented with the support of the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and the Department of History.

Confirmed speakers include Aaron Poochigian (poet, New York City), Mary-Kay Gamel (University of California, Santa Cruz), Elizabeth Scharffenberger (Columbia University), Justina Gregory (Smith College), Courtney Friesen (University of Arizona), and Guthrie actors Leon Ingelsrud and Stephen Duff Weber. There will also be a discussion of teaching the Bacchae and related texts in today’s social and political climate.

We welcome all interested individuals to attend. A full program will be released soon.

Information: or



Association for Art History’s 46th Annual Conference

Newcastle University & Northumbria University, UK: 1-3 April, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Session Convenors: Nicole Cochrane (University of Hull); Melissa Gustin (University of York)

If, as Aby Warburg said, ‘Every age has the renaissance of antiquity that it deserves’, what is the renaissance of antiquity that we deserve today? And how does that differ – if it does – from earlier renaissances and antiquities? Whether it be a 3D print of Aphrodite, Antinous as symbol of gay pride or the Photoshop of Donald Trump as Perseus triumphantly holding aloft a Gorgon-portrait of Hilary Clinton, in contemporary art, t-shirts, and the internet, the material remains of the classical world continue to permeate modern visual culture.

Following on from international exhibitions, internet discourse around the use of the antique, and recent texts by scholars such as Elizabeth Prettejohn and Caroline Vout among many others, we propose a session that engages seriously with the material remains of antiquity in art to explore the ways in which the art of the ancient world has been adapted, interpreted, and repurposed throughout history. By proposing an open time frame we hope to encourage a discussion on the dialogues formed between classical art and its receptions, questioning how issues such as gender, race, status and class, as well as political, environmental and historical factors, have impacted the use and reuse of the past. This panel will explore the constant rediscovery, reinvention, and reworking of antique material, methods, and models in different media, and invites papers from any period or medium that address questions of the ‘classical’, historic or present.

Submit a paper

Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenors above, using the Paper Proposal Form.

You need to provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because the title is what appears online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 21 October 2019


(CFP closed 21 October, 2019)



Conference organized by Gabriel Mckee (ISAW) and Daniela Wolin (ISAW)

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, USA: March 27, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Analog and digital games (e.g., video, role play, board, card, pedagogical, and alternative games) are platforms for modeling and experiencing events in fantastic, modern, or historical settings. When devising games based on ancient, historical, and archaeological contexts, an informed and critical approach is essential, lest games perpetuate problematic narratives or provide inaccurate representations of the past. "Rerolling the Past" builds off of the recent increase in academic studies of games to show how games can serve as a fruitful avenue for communicating information about the ancient world. This conference will bring together historians, archaeologists, scholars of gaming, and game designers to discuss three intersecting themes: archaeology in/of games; pedagogy and games; and critical approaches to game design. We hope to acknowledge and address common issues and challenges that cut across disciplinary divides and envisage how increased collaborative initiatives can be developed in the future.


9:00am: Gabriel Mckee (ISAW), Re-Rolling the Past: Representations and Reinterpretations of Antiquity in Analog and Digital Games
9:20am: Andrew Reinhard (American Numismatic Society), Video Game Antiquity and the Immediacy of Digital Heritage
9:45am: Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Hounds and Jackals and its Variants in Modern Times
10:10am: Clara Fernandez-Vara (NYU Game Center), Game Spaces and Indexical Storytelling
10:35am: Coffee Break


10:55am: David Ratzan (ISAW), New Strategies for Teaching Old Games: Playful Approaches to Teaching Ancient Economic and Institutional History
11:20am: Gina Konstantopoulos (University of Tsukuba), Knowledge Checks: Representing (and Teaching) the Ancient Near East through Gaming
11:45am: Sebastian Heath (ISAW), Gamifying Gamification at Pompeii
12:10pm: Mi Wang (ISAW), Dwelling in Archaeology: Virtual Museum of Bamiyan in the Game Engine of PlayCanva
12:30pm: Lunch Break


1:30pm: Hamish Cameron (Victoria University of Wellington), The Painful Art of Abstraction: Representing the Ancient World in Modern Games
1:55pm: Alexander King (NYU Game Center), Systems, Theming and Accuracy in Representations of the Past in Games
2:20pm: Daniela Wolin (ISAW), Gender Across the Board: Representations in Ancient World-Themed Games
2:45pm: Christian Casey (ISAW), Assassin's Creed Origins as Time Machine
3:10pm: Shawn Graham (Carleton University), From Agent Based Model to Analogue Archaeogame: How We Made FORVM: Trade Empires of Rome
3:35pm: Coffee Break
4:00pm: Panel Discussion

Registration is required at

Note: Registration for this event opens on Thursday, February 13th.

ISAW is committed to providing a positive and educational experience for all guests and participants who attend our public programming. We ask that all attendees follow the guidelines listed in our community standards policy.




Art & Archaeology Department, Princeton University, NJ: March 26-28, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. Now: Online - August 30- September 1, 2020

The Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University is thrilled to announce a three-day graduate symposium, “(A)Synchrony: Recurrence, Reversal, and Resistance,” which will be held Thursday, March 26 to Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Certain figures, forms, images, methods, and techniques recur in both cultural production and scholarly discourses, often leading to socio-political, historical, or cultural reversals and/or illuminating resistance and dissent. How might exploring these phenomena allow us to broaden our investigations in the histories of art and culture? How do they manifest themselves as synchronies or asynchronies, understood as harmonizations or dissonances of social and artistic production across time, space, and bodies? Answering these questions may help us create analytic frameworks not bound by regions or nation-states, but that stretch across the world, expose the social construction of temporalities, and challenge periodization and other forms of fixed categorization.

This conceptual framework may help address vital issues in current debates across particular subfields and disciplines, such as: how we can reimagine the concept of Nachleben productively for our increasingly global discipline; how literary or visual histories have been reused or repurposed to mitigate or rebel against external power structures and cultural paradigms; or how some modern and contemporary artists throughout various diasporas create collective memories by referring to the experiences of their ancestors in their work.

Princeton’s Art and Archaeology Graduate Symposium will explore the ways in which recurrence, reversals, and resistance serve as powerful tools in cultural production across disciplines through the conceptual frameworks of synchrony and asynchrony. Submissions from all disciplines are welcomed to engage with these issues by way of, but not limited to, the following broader themes:

* Cultural heritage used to underscore and legitimize a power shift;
* Support for or resistance to the empire demonstrated through the appropriation and modification of imperial imagery by those outside of the metropole;
* The fabrication of visual or material culture to envisage a desired or inaccessible past;
* The inheritance, construction, and questioning of workshop lineages;
* Repurposing “classical” or “traditional” imagery or inverting subject matter to destabilize geopolitical, social, and symbolic conventions;
* Usage of visual tropes as tools to explore and articulate individual identity and positionality;
* Revolutionary potentialities of retrospection for social and political critique;
* Re-enactments or critiques of prior exhibitions, objects, or performances

Please submit a working title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a two page CV in a single PDF to by Friday, November 1, 2019. Symposium presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. Accepted participants will be notified by January 1, 2020, and limited travel funds are available.

Deadline for abstracts: November 1st 2019 to

Call: [pdf]

(CFP closed November 1, 2019)



Durham University (UK): March 26-27, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

The interrelation between human identities and the landscapes and environments they inhabit is recognised in many disciplines throughout the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. With different disciplinary histories, backgrounds, research traditions, and paradigms, all these disciplines employ their own theories, approaches, and methods to study the link between landscapes, environments, and human identities across time and space. However, they all share common interests as well.

On the occasion of the establishment of Durham University’s interdisciplinary Landscape, Environment, and Identity Research Network, this workshop will provide a platform for cross-disciplinary conversations and collaborations aimed at the integration of different theories on, approaches to, and research methods for exploring the interrelations between landscape, environment, and identity. This workshop will offer an opportunity for PhD students and Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines to come together and share their research on landscape and identity beyond their own discipline. We mean to investigate challenges to such interdisciplinary studies (e.g. due to different research traditions) and to discuss solutions to these issues. Our discussions are intended to form the basis of a collective output and to encourage future collaborations.

By bringing together researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds, including but not limited to Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Modern Languages, and Geography, we want to consider the following questions from a range of perspectives and disciplines:

* How are the terms landscape and identity used and problematised across disciplines, and what issues arise from these ideas? * How are different identities established through human interaction with
landscape or environment?
* What (combination of) methods and approaches may we employ to analyse and interpret this interrelation between identity, landscapes and environments, whether real or imagined, urban, industrial, or natural?
* How is human identity or sense of self affected when a landscape or environment changes, for instance due to war or conflict, political developments, natural disasters, tourism, climate change, etc.?
* How does this in turn affect their interactions and/or relations with other peoples?
* How can our academic research into different landscapes, environments and identities help address current issues in wider society, such as the dynamics between local and global identities, and our relation to a changing world that is subject to climate change?

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers that address these questions from any perspective. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to): identity in relation to (changing) political, built and natural environments or landscapes; the shaping of the self and the environment; and the intersection between landscape, identity and topics such as memory, emotion, gender, and sensory experiences (e.g. sound, smell, or taste).

Following the workshop, we will seek to produce one or more collective outputs, both academic and non-academic, based on the contents of the papers. The exact form will depend on the ambitions and contributions of participants, but could include the following:
* An edited book
* A special issue of an interdisciplinary journal
* An online blog
* A piece for The Conversation

If you would like to join the discussion and present a paper at this workshop, please send an abstract of up to 250 words to before 5pm (GMT) on Friday 15 November 2019. Thanks to a generous contribution from our sponsor, Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study, there will be no conference fee. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Applicants will be selected and notified by mid-December 2019.

For more information, please visit our website: or email us at the above email address. You can also follow us on Twitter: @LandscapeDurham

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

The organisation team:
Esther Meijer, Classics and Ancient History,
Floor Huisman, Cambridge Archaeological Unit,
James Coxon, Anthropology,
Vicky J. Penn, English Studies,
Diego Astorga, Geography,
Christoph Doppelhofer, Geography


(CFP closed November 15, 2019)



American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Chicago USA: March 19-22, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19

Deadline for submissions: Current ACLA guidelines specify that each ACLA member may submit only ONE PAPER for consideration. Abstracts must be received by Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST. Please submit your abstract via the ACLA portal. We have space for 8-12 papers (2 or 3-day seminar format of 4 papers per day).

Organizer: Michelle Zerba (
Co-Organizer: Anastasia Bakogianni (

Reception studies have made a significant impact on the field of literature and helped build new bridges for dialogue across historical periods and disciplines, including theater, film, and art history. This panel invites papers that reflect upon the theories and methodologies of reception studies and our interdisciplinary connections to fields such as comparative literature, adaptation studies, cultural studies, and media studies. We seek to investigate the current state of the discipline, to debate where its boundaries might lie, and to explore what kinds of cross-disciplinary dialogue lie ahead in this exciting and fruitful nexus of scholarly endeavor.

In particular, the panel seeks to address a series of key questions. What are the central concepts that guide inquiry in reception studies and related fields? What kinds of research have they enabled, and how has this research enriched the exploration of comparative literature, national literature, theater, and film in an age that sees itself as global? Are these concepts in need of critique, and if so, how? Why have certain disciplines like classics assumed a prominent place in reception studies? What concerns should reception, adaptation, and media studies be addressing?

The panel aims to interrogate the very processes of reception, and actively seeks to complicate the notion of a pure source text or point of origin, thus helping to dissolve hard boundaries between text, reception, tradition, and interpretive communities. Papers may engage with these questions theoretically and / or through an examination of texts. Possible topics include but are not limited to the role of the scholar or artist in the process of reception, the concept of juxtaposition, the uses of myth, the implications of orality, and the possibility of “masked” receptions where the nature of the connection between points of reference is unclear. We welcome papers that problematize the notion of a western canon and actively seek to push the geographical boundaries of reception as both a local and a global phenomenon.


(CFP closed September 23, 2019)



Ohio State University (OSU) Classics Graduate Student Colloquium

Ohio Union, Columbus, Ohio, USA: March 6-7, 2020

The aim of the OSU Classics Graduate Student Colloquium is to explore various directions in which the Ancient Mediterranean has been adapted and utilized by different cultures in Modern world from the Renaissance to the present day. In recent years, the online journal “Eidolon” and other public scholarship media have already successfully demonstrated how the cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean can be accessed, interpreted, and applied through various experiences by scholars, students, writers, and by the wider communities. We believe that the reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures has become an important element of Classical scholarship and pedagogy. It is a critical point of contact between the academic community and the general audience.

The OSU Classics Graduate Student Colloquium invites papers on a range of topics that discuss and analyze the reception of the Ancient Mediterranean from a point of view of philology, linguistics, theater and performance studies, history, pedagogy, archaeology, art history, philosophy, anthropology, political studies, media studies, and/or gender studies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean in literary traditions of different countries, nations, and cultures
* Ancient Theatre on the modern stage
* Texts of the Ancient Mediterranean in translations
* The Ancient Mediterranean in visual culture
* Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean in new media: social networks and online communities
* Representation of the Ancient Mediterranean in video games
* Use of Ancient Mediterranean images in marketing
* Modern and post-modern philosophy and its use of Classics
* Classics in politics and propaganda
* Reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures and its use in the classroom
* Classical pedagogy as the reception of Ancient Mediterranean cultures

We are excited to announce that Dr. Zara Torlone, Professor (Classics and Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University) will be presenting a keynote lecture entitled “Joy of Exile: Ovid and Russian Poets".

All submissions should include 1) an abstract not exceeding 300 words and 2) a brief CV or academic bio not exceeding one page. We ask that all submissions and inquiries be sent to:

Deadline for submissions: Monday, November 18th, 2019
Will notify all applicants: Monday, December 2nd, 2019
Colloquium: Friday, March 6th - Saturday, March 7th, 2020


(CFP closed November 18, 2019)



Università di Bologna – Dipartimento di Beni Culturali (Via degli Ariani 1, 48121 Ravenna): 4-5 March, 2020

Note: Postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19


Mercoledì 4 marzo - Dipartimento di Beni Culturali

Introduzione di Francesco Citti e Antonio Ziosi (Bologna)

14.30 Il modello: Agamennone in Eschilo. Presiede Renzo Tosi (Bologna)

Liana Lomiento e Giampaolo Galvani (Urbino), Il dialogo tra Clitemestra e il Coro nel finale dell'Agamennone. Assetto lirico, struttura strofica e drammaturgia.

Andrea Rodighiero (Verona), ‘Formularità tragica’ nell’Agamennone di Eschilo

Anton Bierl (Basel), Visual and Theatrical Moments in Aeschylus’ Oresteia

16.30 Oltre il modello: Agamennone in Seneca. Presiede Bruna Pieri (Bologna)

Alfredo Casamento (Palermo), Quo plura possis, plura patienter feras. Agamennone modello di sapienza nelle Troiane di Seneca

Francesca Romana Berno (Roma), La strana coppia. Tieste e Cassandra profeti di sventura nell'Agamennone di Seneca

Lucia Degiovanni (Bergamo), La costruzione drammaturgica dell'Agamennone di Seneca: i modelli post-eschilei

Arianna Capirossi (Firenze), L’Agamemnon di Seneca nel volgarizzamento tardo-quattrocentesco di Evangelista Fossa

21:00 Teatro Rasi, via di Roma 39, Ravenna

Archiviozeta, Agamennone di Eschilo, traduzione di Federico Condello, drammaturgia e regia di Gianluca Guidotti ed Enrica Sangiovanni.

Giovedì 5 marzo - Dipartimento di Beni Culturali

9.00 Riscritture contemporanee. Presiede Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh)

Massimo Fusillo (L’Aquila), Orestee del nuovo millennio: re-enactment e riscritture.

Enrico Medda (Pisa), Quando il mito perde i suoi dèi: Clitemestra e Ifigenia da Eschilo a House of Names di Colm Tóibín

11:00 Tavola rotonda: rappresentare, tradurre

Agamennone. Coordina: Federico Condello (Bologna). Intervengono: Archiviozeta (Gianluca Guidotti ed Enrica Sangiovanni), Anton Bierl (Basel), Maddalena Giovannelli (Milano), Giorgio Ieranò (Trento)

14:30 Oltre il modello: politica, iconografia e performance. Presiede Donatella Restani (Bologna)

Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol), Leadership in times of crisis: Agamemnon, Oedipus, Pericles

Nicola Cusumano (Palermo), Agamennone βουληφόρος: la sovranità alla prova del processo deliberativo

Gian Luca Tusini (Bologna), Agamennone e altri personaggi dell’Orestea nell’arte contemporanea

Giovanna Casali (Bologna), Echi e silenzi: fortuna e sfortuna dell'Agamennone nel teatro musicale

18:00 Conclusioni di Alessandro Iannucci (Bologna)

Access is free.

For more information:



University of Salzburg, Austria: February 21-22, 2020

Theme: The Forms of History

Historical fictions can be understood as an expanded mode of historiography. Scholars in literary, visual, historical and museum/re-creation studies have long been interested in the construction of the fictive past, understanding it as a locus for ideological expression. However, this is a key moment for the study of historical fictions as critical recognition of these texts and their convergence with lines of theory is expanding into new areas such as the philosophy of history, narratology, popular literature, historical narratives of national and cultural identity, and cross-disciplinary approaches to narrative constructions of the past.

Historical fictions measure the gap between the pasts we are permitted to know and those we wish to know: the interaction of the meaning-making narrative drive with the narrative-resistant nature of the past. They constitute a powerful discursive system for the production of cognitive and ideological representations of identity, agency, and social function, and for the negotiation of conceptual relationships and charged tensions between the complexity of societies in time and the teleology of lived experience. The licences of fiction, especially in mass culture, define a space of thought in which the pursuit of narrative forms of meaning is permitted to slip the chains of sanctioned historical truths to explore the deep desires and dreams that lie beneath all constructions of the past.

We welcome paper proposals from Archaeology, Architecture, Literature, Media, Art History, Musicology, Reception Studies, Museum Studies, Recreation, Gaming, Transformative Works and others. We welcome paper proposals across historical periods, with ambitious, high-quality, inter-disciplinary approaches and new methodologies that will support research into larger trends and which will lead to more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures and languages.

We aim to create a disciplinary core, where researchers can engage in issues of philosophy and methodology and generate a collective discourse around historical fictions in a range of media and across period specialities.

Keynote speakers:
Dr Michael Brauer, University of Salzburg, “Cooking up Salzburg”
Prof Dr Gerhard Kubik and Dr Moya Aliya Malamusi, University of Vienna, “Works and Biographies of East and Central African Musicians”.

Send abstracts of no more than 250 words to: (5th September 2019; no pdfs, please).

Twitter: @HistoricalFic

(CFP closed Septmeber 5, 2019)



University of Adelaide, South Australia: February 20-21, 2020

On 15 March 2019, a self-confessed white supremacist, now standing trial for terrorism and murder, is alleged to have walked into two Christchurch mosques and killed 51 people. The weapons and body armour employed in the attack contained the dates of several events in Crusading history; the manifesto of the alleged perpetrator placed his actions in an imaginary war of east-west, ongoing for a millennium. Ideas of ‘western civilisation’ implicitly situated against ‘other’ civilisations, or perhaps an absence of civilisation altogether, can be argued to have underpinned this attack. The concept of Western Civilisation, with various definitions, thus continues to be prominent in the public sphere. For some, such as the Ramsay Centre which promotes a degree in Western Civilisation, the idea continues to have social and political utility, reflecting a coherent body of knowledge, and their associated values, not least the ‘liberal’ tradition of western democracy. For others, this interpretation of European history can elide the almost continual global encounters and exchange of information that occurred, whilst denying the political uses of ‘western civilisation’ as a discourse of colonialism and imperialism.

This symposium provides a moment to reflect on the concept of Western Civilisation today, not just as a topic of historical interest but an idea that continues to hold a significant political function. What role do the histories that we write and teach play in the production of discourses of ‘western civilisation’ or resistance to it? What role do historians have in shaping ideas about the past in the present? And what responsibility do we have towards ‘western civilisation’ as a discourse? What is the future of ‘Western Civilisation’, both as taught in universities and in the public sphere?

Expressions of interest are now invited that speak to this theme from any discipline, time period or place, and any political perspective. We have a limited number of slots but are interested in proposals for 90-minute panels, roundtables or other creative contributions. We also welcome individual expressions of interest. We encourage submissions from Indigenous people, people of colour, queer people and members of other traditionally marginalised communities. Proposals are welcome from those at all career stages.

Please send expressions of interest to by 18 October 2019.

Edited 22/12/2019. Program:

Day One

10.00 – 10.30 am: Registration

10.30 – 10.55: Welcome

10.55 – 12.00 pm: Keynote. Speaker: Professor Louise D’Arcens, Macquarie University

12.00 – 1.00: Lunch

1.00 – 2.30: The Politics of Western Civilisation Studies
Speakers: Amelia Brown, Tiana Blazevic, Sarah Ferber
This panel is dedicated to some of the political issues surrounding the academic study of Western Civilisation, particularly in the field of Classics and Ancient History. Amelia Brown from the University of Queensland will reflect on some political aspects of the study of Ancient Greece, and its language, literature, art, archaeology and history, as part of the formative narrative of the idea of Western Civilisation. Her focus will be the divergent traditions of the study of Ancient Greece, and especially its monuments, in Greece, the US, and Australia. From the Persian Wars to the Parthenon, she will offer some contrasts on how Ancient Greek culture is selectively politicised in Greece, the US and Australia. Sarah Ferber will be provide a detailed account of the key events and issues which led to the installation at the University of Wollongong of the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) with funding by the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. In December 2018 the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong announced that the Sydney-based centre was to provide a $50-million dollar package to install a new degree entitled ‘Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)’. In a significant departure from standard practice, Academic Senate had not been consulted about the new program. Over the following several months, staff and students expressed concern about the executive processes of approval. The UOW experience provides a basis for reflection on the wider politics of the ‘Western Civilisation’ debate in relation to humanities undergraduate teaching in 21st-century Australia, and exposes the limited capacities of high-level regulatory mechanisms in the face of culturally loaded commercial incentives. Tiana Blazevic from the University of Adelaide will discuss how the so-called ‘decline of Western Civilisation studies’ has become a focus of online hate groups and rising anti-intellectualism. In particular, she will discuss how the far right appropriate Ancient Greek and Roman history on social media and blog sites to further their ideas of white supremacy, anti-immigration and misogyny. She will argue that students are more exposed to far-right ‘memes’ and blogs on the ancient world and have greater access to it in today’s rapidly developing digital world rather than academia or traditional historical sources or scholarship.

2.30 – 3.00: Tea break

3.00 – 5.00: Western Civilisation and its Discontents: A Roundtable on Teaching and Pedagogy
Speakers: Tiana Blazevic, Christopher van der Krogt, David McInnia, Helen Young
This roundtable will invite participants and the audience to reflect on the opportunities and problems the concept of ‘western civilisation’ raises in the classroom. Each panellist will first speak briefly (c. 10 minutes each) about their own experience and perspectives; the Chair will then facilitate a conversation between the panellists (c.15-30 minutes); and the discussion will then be opened up to the audience for the rest of the session.
The roundtable will address questions including:
What does ‘western civilisation’ mean for humanities teaching in an Australia/New Zealand university context? How do we integrate diverse views, indigenous and non-western perspectives?
What could bicultural/multicultural teaching and learning look like and how can it strengthen the place of medieval and early modern disciplines and the humanities more broadly?
What strategies can we use to address and respond to controversial / distressing issues in the classroom? Both the ways our disciplines are being co-opted by extremists but also longer term problems of racism and Eurocentrism in our fields.
How do we ensure the emotional, cultural and physical safety of students while fostering robust discussion and critical debate on controversial and potentially sensitive topics?
What practical steps can/should senior faculty, permanent staff and institutional leaders take to protect and support early career and contingent colleagues who engage in politically controversial teaching/research?

5.00 – 6.00: Break

6.00: Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century Discussion Panel
Speakers: TBC. Chair: Wilf Prest

Day Two

8.30 – 9.00 am: Registration

9.00 – 10.30: Not a Bi-Polar (Early Modern) World
Speakers: Charles Zika, Nat Cutter
Chair: Sarah Feber
Understandings of Western Civilization and Western Culture rest heavily on notions of their opposite, on what Western Culture is not, and on a unified and coherent notion of “the West”. The “West” in turn originated with the idea of a unified “Europe” and earlier still with that of Christendom, and underestimates the way in which actual political, social and cultural divisions were at odds with such assumptions of unity, and the contemporary calls for or claims of such unity in the face of external pressure or attack.
This panel focuses on two societies at opposite ends of what was to become Europe, England and Austria, and their interaction with the (also deeply divided) Islamic world in the seventeenth century. This was a period when notions of Europe had not yet clearly emerged, when Christendom was wracked with deep divisions, and when the struggle between Christianity and Islam is commonly thought to have reached fever pitch, climaxing with the victory of Christian Europe over Islam at the Siege of Vienna in 1683. An analysis of the engagement of Protestant England with Morocco in this period, and Catholic Austria’s conflict with the Ottomans, demonstrate the oversimplicity of such constructs of a bi-polar world, that features in Orientalist thought, underpins ideas of Western Culture and Western Civilization, and continues to inspire ideologies of white supremacy.

10.30 – 11.00: Tea break

11.00 – 12.30 pm: Western Civilisation and Contemporary Political Discourse
Speakers: Ryan Buesnel, Blaise Dufal, Christopher van der Krogt
The concept of Western Civilisation is now routinely deployed within political discourse, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. This panel explores the uses of concepts of western civilisation by a range of political groups. Blaise Dufal highlights the uses of the concept of ‘civilisation’ within political debates around national identity in France across the twentieth century. Ryan Buesnel explores how these ideas are deployed to support the growth of white supremacism through contemporary heavy metal, particularly in Eastern Europe. Christopher van der Krogt explores how ideas of crusading and Jihad are used to justify contemporary violence, and Rajiv Thind looks at rhetorics of hate in the manifesto of the Christchurch shooter. This panel provides an opportunity to think through issues of how histories of Western Civilisation are activated for political ends.

12.30 – 1.30: Lunch

1.30 – 3.30: Western Civilisation and Media Engagement
Speakers: Simon Royal, Journalist (ABC Adelaide); Tory Shepherd, Political Editor (The Advertiser)
Chair: Claire Walker
This sessions explores how historians engage with the professional media to articulate the histories we produce, and to challenge misconceptions deployed in the public sphere. It particularly reflects on how humanities scholars might provide a counterpoint to narratives that are deployed to support terrorism or racial hatred.

3.30 – 4.00: Closing Discussion


(CFP closed 18 October, 2019)



Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 41st Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: February 19-22, 2020

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation's largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

Classical Representations in Popular Culture

Papers on any aspect of Greek, Roman, or Mediterranean antiquity in contemporary or popular culture are eligible for consideration.

Classical Representations welcomes submissions on a broader range of topics including:

* Cinema directly or indirectly reflecting aspects of the ancient world in cinema: recent films involving Classical themes which you might consider include Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Legend of Hercules, Pompeii, Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Ben Hur, as well as television series which engage with classical themes like Doctor Who, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica.
* Classical Motifs/Allusions/Parallels in Popular Music
* Dance, Ballet, Theater, the Visual Arts
* Children's Literature
* Graphic Novels and Cartoons
* Literary Theory/Postcolonial Theory/Reception Studies: Literary or theoretical analysis of literature employing classical references or motifs, like Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red, or Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad.
* Science Fiction/Fantasy: Analysis of representations of classical history, literature, or philosophy in science fiction movies or books, as Edward Gibbons to Asimov's Foundation Trilogy or the impact of Thucydides in Cold War cinema. Or, conversely, the influence of Science Fiction on representations of the ancient world in later cinema (e.g., how did George Lucas' empire of the Star Wars franchise influence later representations of the Roman Empire?)
* Pedagogy: applications of classics in popular culture: how can we use contemporary films or literature in the classroom?

This year, one panel of Classical Representations will be co-hosted by AIMS (Antiquity in Media Studies, "a new organization dedicated to promoting and supporting scholarship on the ancient world in modern media.") To submit to this panel, please type "Submission to AIMS Panel" at the top of your abstract. If not included in the AIMS panel, your paper will still be considered for inclusion in the regular panels.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference's database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019. As in past years, this may be extended at a later date.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2020. For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

In addition, please check out the organization's peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at

If you have any questions about the Classical Representations in Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Benjamin S. Haller, Virginia Wesleyan University, Presenters from past years, please note that Virginia Wesleyan has recently changed from a College to our University: Ben Haller's Virginia Wesleyan old email posted on past CFPs will no longer work.

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA):


(CFP closed October 31, 2019)



New York City, NY, USA: February 15-16, 2020

The Paideia Institute is pleased to welcome abstract submissions to the eighth iteration of Living Latin and Greek in New York City. This conference, which features papers delivered in Latin and Ancient Greek as well as small breakout sessions where participants practice speaking Ancient Greek and Latin under the guidance of expert instructors, will be held at Fordham University on February 15th and 16th, 2020.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Neglected Voices.” Which people or groups of people have been neglected, disregarded, or socially excluded throughout the history of Greco-Latinity? What do we know about them, and how do we know what we know? How does exploring their contributions help paint a fuller picture of the Ancient Greek- and Latin-speaking past?

We invite proposals for short talks in Ancient Greek or Latin on this theme with examples from Ancient Greek and Latin literature or material culture. In particular, we welcome proposals that amplify the voices of women, religious or ethnic minorities, slaves, non-elites, those who do not conform with regard to gender or sexuality, and other historically excluded groups. Outstanding submissions on other topics will also be considered, particularly (but not only) if they focus on classical language pedagogy.

Please use the link to send in an abstract of no more than 500 words: The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2019. Travel bursaries are available and can be requested through the same link. We encourage accepted speakers to apply for external funding as well since the number of travel bursaries is limited. All talks will be recorded, subtitled, and (with each speaker’s permission) published on Paideia's YouTube channel.


(CFP closed September 15, 2019)



108th College Art Association of America (CAA) Annual Conference, Chicago, USA: February 12-15, 2020

In early 2017, Berkeley, CA was witness to a series of demonstrations by right-wing protestors over the cancellation of a talk by Milo Yiannopoulous, some of whom incorporated Spartan-style armor into their outfits. Likewise, the Plutarch quotation "μολὼν λαβέ" has been adopted by the American Gun Rights community as a rallying call for Second Amendment defense. Scholars have increasingly recognized the power of contemporary reception to colour modern views of the ancient world. In this case, Zack Snyder's 2006 film 300 has become a cultural monolith that promotes a hyper-militaristic version of Sparta that is inconsistent with current scholarship. Gillen Kelly's and Bellaire Cowles' graphic novel Three is a notable step towards accuracy, along with Ubisoft's 2018 video game Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, yet both are indebted to the long train of reception that brought Snyder's film into being. With such dissonance between public and academic "fact," what, then, is Sparta?

This panel seeks to address how the reception of antiquity in modern media (broadly defined as visual arts and media post-1800) either counteracts or informs public opinion and knowledge. To that end we solicit proposals on how reception can spawn self-reinforcing narrative traditions, be leveraged in teaching, inspire public interest or, at worst, advance harmful and exclusionary modern agendas. We hope to spur discussion on how to incorporate this phenomenon in teaching, publication, and scholarship, and what our responsibility is as scholars to the larger public conversation. Proposals that feature inter- and multidisciplinary approaches are especially encouraged.

Chairs: Kira Jones - and sburges@bu.eduSteven Matthew Burges, Boston University -


(CFP closed July 23, 2019)



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

CFP: - Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Conference website:

Enquiries: Daniel Osland:


(CFP closed July 31, 2019)



UCL/KCL Symposium at Kings College London: January 25, 2020

To mark the septcentenary of the Declaration of Arbroath, recognising Scotland’s independence from England, Tom Mackenzie (UCL) and Edith Hall (KCL) will be convening a one-day symposium on Calgacus and his reception at UCL on Burns Night 2020 (25th January).

Offers of papers are requested (deadline July 19th 2019) to be sent to

Possible topics include the way Calgacus is presented in commentaries across the centuries on Tacitus’ Agricola, translations of his speech, the way it has informed anti-imperial or nationalist rhetoric subsequently, antiquarian and archaeological studies of the Battle of Mons Graupius, the presentation of Calgacus in the visual arts, fiction, drama, film and documentaries, his role in the Ossianic movement and Celtic revival and the journal Calgacus published by radical Gaelic-speaking poets in the 1970s.

Haggis (including vegetarian), neeps, single malt whisky and a reading of SCOTS WHA HAE promised. Bidh ùine mhath aig a h-uile duine!

Confirmed Speakers include: William Fitzgerald (KCL); Filomena Giannotti (University of Siena); Edith Hall (KCL); Tom Mackenzie (UCL); Alan Montgomery (independent scholar); Giuseppe Pezzini (St Andrews); Melanie Marshal (Oxford).



(CFP closed July 19, 2019)



Newcastle University, UK: January 23-24, 2020

We are delighted to announce the international workshop "Writing Ancient History in the Interwar Period (1918-1939)” that will take place on 23 and 24 January 2020 at Newcastle University.

We aim to investigate the role played by the study of Ancient History (especially of Greece and Rome) in the construction of nationalist narratives in the interwar period (1918-1939). Between the two World Wars, Europe witnessed the propagation of nationalist narratives that heavily relied on idealised images of a distant past. Research in this area has largely focused on the myth of romanità in Fascist Italy and on the reception of Ancient Greece in Nazi Germany. However, scholars have devoted less attention to interpretations of ancient history in other national communities and to possible interactions between different and often competing narratives. By looking at the interactions between Ancient History and nationalism in different geographical areas, this workshop aims to explore the inter-relations of historiographical traditions on a global scale and their impact on political narratives.

The event has been generously funded by the School of History, Classics and Ancient History of Newcastle University, CRASIS (Interdisciplinary Research Institute on the Ancient World, University of Groningen) and Anchoring Innovation (research agenda of the National Research School in Classical Studies, the Netherlands).

Thursday 23rd January 2020
9.00 – 9.45: Registration and Introduction
9.45 – 11: Panel 1
Anna Kouremenos (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen): Cementing a National Identity: Greece and its Past in the Interwar Period (1918-1939)
Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University): Augustus in Interwar Britain: the pre-Syme consensus
11 – 11.30: Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.45: Panel 2
Stefan Altekamp (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Villain and Victim. Punic Carthage in Interwar German History Discourse
Andrea Avalli (Università degli Studi di Genova/ Université de Picardie “Jules Verne”): Interwar Etruscology and Racism in Fascist Italy
12.45 – 14.30: Lunch Break
14.30 – 15.45: Panel 3
Sergey Karpyuk (Russian Academy of Sciences): The Foundation of the Soviet Journal of Ancient History ('Vestnik drevnei istorii') in 1937
Helen Roche (Durham University): Back to the Ancient Greek Future? Greek Antiquity as Paradigm in National Socialist Classical Education
15.45 – 16.15: Coffee Break
16.15 – 17.30: Panel 4
Nathalie de Haan (Radboud Universiteit): I nostri antenati. Ancient History, National History: the Italian case
Manuel Loff (Universidade do Porto): Grandeur, Empire, Race: Uses of the Past in Salazar’s Portugal (1930-1945)
17.30 – 18.30: Discussion
19.30: Conference Dinner

Friday 24th January 2020
9.30 – 11: Panel 5
Sarah Rey (Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC) : Jérôme Carcopino, directeur de l’École française de Rome (1937-1940) : ses choix politiques et ses choix historiographiques
Ivan Olujić (University of Zagreb): Study of Ancient History in Croatia between the two World Wars
Antonio Duplá Ansuategui (Universidad del País Vasco): From Essentialism towards Professionalisation, and Landing in Ideology: Spanish Historiography on Ancient History in the Interwar Period
11 – 11.30: Coffee Break
11.30 – 13: Conclusions and discussion

The workshop will take place in rooms 2.49/2.50, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University (NE1 8Q8).

The online registration will be opening soon.

For any doubt or queries, please, email

Nicolò Bettegazzi, PhD Student in Latin Language and Literature, Groningen University
Emilio Zucchetti, PhD Student in Classics and Ancient History, Newcastle University
Prof. Federico Santangelo, Professor of Ancient History, Newcastle University





University of Liverpool, UK: January 17, 2020

Workshop 1: Fragmentation and Fusion

Join us for the first of three workshops, which explore the ancient and modern body as a biocultural construct. 'De/Constructing the Body: Ancient and Modern Dynamics' is an interdisciplinary project led by Georgia Petridou (Liverpool) and Esther Eidinow (Bristol).

About the Project: Recent post-humanist theories have resulted in a surge of interest on the body as a cultural conception. Moreover, through recent explorations of embodiment, the body, as Csordas (1993, 135) writes, has emerged as “the existential ground of culture”. However, very little attention has been paid to the issue of body as a composite feature, and to debates surrounding corporeal knowledge and relational dynamics. Can the body be construed as one entity or is it really an assemblage of its constituent parts? If the latter, how does the body relate to them? Who determines and controls knowledge about bodies, body parts, and their relational dynamics?

The project engages with these questions and argues for a greater fluidity in both the signification processes and the signifying agents (patients, bodies, body parts, dead bodies, medical scientists, nurses, religious professionals and entrepreneurs, medical insurance policies, medical technology, biopolitics, etc.) that create focus and subsequently define physical and imagined frontiers in the human body. It comprises three exploratory workshops, each on a distinct but interrelated theme, aimed primarily at fostering blue-sky thinking and encouraging close collaborations between experts from the fields of Humanities, Disability Studies, Health and Social sciences.

About this Workshop: This interdisciplinary workshop engages with processes of biocultural mapping of bodies, acknowledges the recursive nature and the diachronicity of body-related debates, and lays emphasis on bodily fragmentation and fusion, two processes crucial to our exercise.

Confirmed participants include: Prof. Patty Baker (Kent), Dr. Sean Columb (University of Liverpool), Dr. Jane Draycott (University of Glasgow), Prof. Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol), Prof. Nicola Denzey Lewis (Claremont Graduate University), Prof. Anna Marmodoro (Durham University/University of Oxford), Dr. Ruth Nugent (University of Liverpool), Dr. Emily Heavey (University of Huddersfield), Prof. Brian Hurwitz (Kings College London), Dr. Georgia Petridou (University of Liverpool), Ms. Anna Socha (University of Liverpool), and Prof. Francesca Stavrakopoulou (University of Exeter).

The event is generously sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

There is no fee for this event, which is open to all. However, places are limited. If you are planning to attend, please register here:



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

Thomas G. Palaima, University of Texas at Austin, Organizer

1. Aren Max Wilson-Wright, University of Zurich - In Search of the Root of All Evil: Is There a Concept of “Evil” in the Hebrew Bible?
2. Diane Arnson Svarlien, Independent Scholar - Just Some Evil Scheme: Translating “Badness” in the Plays of Euripides
3. Thomas G. Palaima, University of Texas at Austin - Evil (Not) Then and Evil Now: A Test Case in “Translating” Cultural Notions



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

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

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

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

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

Edited 22/12/20219. Presentations:

1. Sharon L. James, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Introduction
2. Sophie Emilia Seidler, University of Washington - Proserpina’s Pomegranate and Ceres’s Anorexic Anger: Food, Sexuality, and Denial in Ovid’s Account of Ceres and Proserpina
3. Caitlin Hines, Wake Forest University - Ovid’s Visceral Reactions: Lexical Change as Intervention in Public Discourses of Power
4. Chenye (Peter) Shi, Stanford University - Naso Ex Machina: A Fine-Grained Sentiment Analysis of Ovid’s Epistolary Poetry
5. Debra Freas, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies - Fabula Muta: Ovid’s Jove in Petronius Satyrica 126.18
6. Ben Philippi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - The Haunting of Naso’s Ghost in Spencer’s Ovidian Intertexts
7. Aislinn Melchior, University of Puget Sound - Reweaving Philomela’s Tongue


(CFP closed February 8, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Seth Jeppesen, Brigham Young University - Introduction
2. Hallie Marshall, University of British Columbia - Now We See You, Now We Don’t: Displacement, Citizenship, and Gender in Greek Tragedy
3. Allannah Karas, Valparaiso University - Aeschylus’s Erinyes as Suppliant Immigrants: Enchantment and Subjugation
4. Lana Radloff, Bishop’s University - The Sword, the Box, and the Bow: Trauma, (Dis)placement, and “New Canadians”
5. Sarah J. Thompson, University of California, Davis - How Sweet are Tears: The Uses of Lamentation in the Trojan Women and Queens of Syria
6. Chiara Aliberti, Brigham Young University - Response


(CFP closed March 15, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University, and Serena S. Witzke, Wesleyan University - Introduction
2. Catherine M. Draycott, Durham University - If I Say That the Polyxena Sarcophagus was Deisgned for a Woman, Does that Make Me a TERF? Identity Politics and Power Now and Then
3. Alana Newman, Monmouth College - Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Ptolemaic Faience and the Limits of Female Power
4. Krishni Schaefgen Burns, University of Illinois at Chicago - Cornelia’s Connections: Political Influence in Cross-Class Female Networks
5. Morgan E. Palmer, University of Nebraska Lincoln - Always Advanced by Her Recommendations: The Vestal Virgins and Women’s Mentoring
6. Jessica Clark, Florida State University - Chiomara and the Roman Centurion
7. Gunnar Dumke, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg - Basilissa, Not Mahārāni: The Indo-Greek Queen Agathokleia


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)



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

Organizers: Stacie Raucci, Union College, and Hunter Gardner, University of South Carolina

The theme of the panel is space and place in the reception of the ancient world on screen. The “spatial turn” has had a prominent role in recent years in scholarly writings in classics. A number of these works have utilized spatial theory as an interpretative framework, including the writings of theorists Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, and Henri Lefebvre. Likewise, there has been significant work on space and place in film studies. Yet this theme has been understudied in the reception of the ancient world in film and television. While there are some notable exceptions, there remains much room for work in this area, in particular work that engages with the valuable theoretical frameworks already being used in other areas of classics. Such work is particularly important for the study of the ancient world on screen, given the highly visual nature of the cinematic texts under examination. In light of cinema’s long celebrated capacity to immerse viewers in temporally and geographically ancient spaces, we argue that space and place have become even more important in classical reception than in other areas of film studies. Since the ancient world is being recreated or often (re)imagined, the way cinematic artists envision and frame spaces becomes a noteworthy vehicle for audience engagement with the past.

1. Stacie Raucci, Union College - Introduction & Reverse Archaeology: Constructing Ancient Roman Spaces on Screen
2. Hunter Gardner, University of South Carolina - Visual Archaeology and Spatial Disorientation in Fellini
3. Dan Curley, Skidmore College - A View with (a) Room: Spatial Projections in Ancient and Screen Epic
4. Meredith Safran, Trinity College - Lost in Space: Matrices of Exilic Wandering in the Aeneid and Battlestar Galactica
5. Jon Solomon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Response



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please address questions about the panel to the organizers: and

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Daniel Orrells, King’s College London - Introduction
2. Ronald J. J. Blankenborg, Radboud University - Discomfort in Performance? Aigeus Seduced in Euripides’s Medea
3. Kay Gabriel, Princeton University - Euripides, Ultra-Moderniste: H. D. and Avant-Garde Failure
4. Edmund V. Thomas, Durham University - Bernini’s Two Theatres and the Trauma of Classical Reception in Seventeenth-Century Rome
5. Peter Swallow, King’s College London - The Birds Doesn’t Take Off: Aristophanes’s Victorian Burlesque and Why It Failed
6. Marios Kallos, University of British Columbia - Challenging Expectations: The Notorious Productions of Peter Sellar’s Ajax and Anatoly Vasiliev’s Medea
7. Melissa Funke, The University of Winnipeg - Dionysus on Tour: Cross-Cultural Performance in a Beijing Opera Bacchae
8. Rosa Andújar, King’s College London - Response


(CFP closed February 8, 2019)



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

Organized by Frederick J. Booth, Seton Hall University

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

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

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Bryan Whitchurch, Fordham University - Turks as Trojans: Intertext and Allusion in Ubertino Posculo’s Constantinopolis
2. Annette M. Baertschi, Bryn Mawr College - Exemplarity in Petrarch’s Africa
3. Carl P. E. Springer, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga - Rhyming Rome: Luther’s In Clementem Papam VII 4. John Izzo, Columbia University
Aztec Physicians in Greco-Roman Garb - 5. Benjamin C. Driver, Brown University
Galileo the Immortalizer: Classical Allusions in the Dedication of Sidereus Nuncius
6. Nicolò Bettegazzi, University of Groningen - The Pax Augustea in Facist Italy: A Catholic Response to the Augustan Bimillenary

(CFP closed February 23, 2019)



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

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

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

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

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Patricia Craig, The Catholic University of America - Aeneas, Hercules, and Augustus: The Ambiguous Heroes of Virgil’s Aeneid
2. David West, Ashland University - Imperial Venus Venatrix in the Aeneid
3. Adalberto Magnavacca, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa - Virgil’s Teachings: Competitive Ecphrasis in Stat. Silv. 4.2
4. Vergil Parson, University of Virginia - Imperial Tityrus: Virgil in Calpurnius Siculus
5. Stephanie Quinn, Rockford University - Broch Reads Virgil
6. Vassiliki Panoussi, College of William & Mary - Response


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania - Introduction
2. Richard Armstrong, University of Houston - Lodovico Dolce’s L’Ulisse: Rethinking Homeric Translation and Reception from the Material to the Imaginary
3. Julia Claire Hernandez, Washington and Lee University - Juan de Mena’s Omero Romançado: On (Not) Translating Homer in the Court of Juan II of Castile
4. William Theiss, Princeton University - The Abbé d’Aubignac and the Death of Homer
5. Nathaniel Hess, University of Cambridge - From Peisistratus to the Papacy – Homeric Translation and Authority in the Reign of Nicholas V
6. Emily Wilson, University of Pennsylvania - Response


(CFP closed March 8, 2019)



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

Cynthia Damon, University of Pennsylvania, Presider

1. David Wray, University of Chicago - “Learned Poetry,” Modernist Juxtaposition, and the Classics: Three Case Studies
2. Christopher Stedman Parmenter, New York University - Frank Snowden at Naukratis: Revisiting the Image of the Black in Western Art
3. Kathleen Noelle Cruz, Princeton University - Norse Gods in Tyrkland: The Manipulation of the Classical Tradition in Snorra Edda
4. Adriana Maria Vazquez, University of California, Los Angeles - Dreaming of Hector in the Brazilian Neoclassical Period: Conceptualizing “Window Reception”
5. James R. Townshend, University of Miami - “Keep Quiet! You Can’t Even Read Latin!” The Satirical Purpose of Western Classics in Natsume Sōseki’s I Am a Cat



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

Organizer: Charles Stocking, Western University

The political climate of Europe and North America has rendered the work of Michel Foucault relevant now more than ever, especially with regard to concepts such as biopolitics, power, and will to truth, among others. Furthermore, with the recent publication of several lecture series and other works, it has become increasingly clear that Foucault’s formulation of these seemingly modern political concepts was born out of a sustained engagement with antiquity throughout his career. This panel therefore offers the first collaborative effort to analyze Foucault’s engagement with ancient Greece and Rome beyond the topic of sexuality. The papers in this panel do not offer “Foucauldian” readings of antiquity per se. Rather, each paper engages with the genealogy and influence of Foucault’s thought as an occasion to reconsider specific themes, topics, and texts in the ancient world within a broader intellectual context.

1. Charles Stocking, Western University - Introduction
2. Marcus Folch, Columbia University - Foucault in the Roman Carcer
3. Charles Stocking, Western University - Foucault and the Funeral Games: Ancient Roots for a Modern Problematic of Power
4. Miriam Leonard, University College London - The Power of Oedipus: Michel Foucault with Hanna Arendt
5. Brooke Holmes, Princeton University - Biopolitics and the Afterlife of Michel Foucault’s Concept of Life
6. Paul Allen Miller, University of South Carolina - The Body Politic: Foucault and Cynics



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

John F. Miller, University of Virginia, Presider

1. Nathan M. Kish, Cornell College - Decorum, Obscenity, and Literary Authority in the Letters of Poggio Bracciolini and Panormita
2. Eric Wesley Driscoll, American School of Classical Studies at Athens - “A Single, Easily Managed Household”: Antiquity and the Peloponnese in Late Byzantium
3. Jesús Muñoz Morcillo, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Progymnasmatic Ekphrasis at the Latin School of Arezzo and Vasari’s “Memory Images”



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 22/12/2019. Presentations:

1. Margaret Day Elsner, The University of the South - Sugar Baby’s Riddle: Sphinx or Sibyl?
2. Samuel Agbamu, King’s College London - Metamorphoses in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You (2018)
3. Stefani Echeverria-Fenn, University of California, Berkeley - When and Where I (Don’t) Enter: Afro-Pessimism, the Fungible Object, and Black Queer Representations of Medusa
4. Tom Hawkins, The Ohio State University - Centaurs and Equisapiens
5. Stuart McManus, Chinese University of Hong Kong - Frank M. Snowden, Jr. and the Origins of the Image of the Black in Western Art
6. Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University - “Every Time I Think about Color It’s a Political Statement”: Classical Elements in the Art of Emma Amos
7. Shelley Haley, Hamilton College - Response

Organizers: Mathias Hanses, The Pennsylvania State University, Caroline Stark, Howard University, Harriet Fertik, University of New Hampshire, and Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Brown University.


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)



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

Organizers: Yurie Hong (Gustavus Adolphus College), Marina Haworth (North Hennepin Community College), Amit Shilo (UC, Santa Barbara), T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University)

Classicists at all levels have knowledge, experience, skills, and contacts that can usefully contribute to civic activism outside of academia proper. The Classics & Social Justice Affiliated Group has organized a workshop on the subject of Classics and Civic Activism for the upcoming AIA/SCS meeting. We invite proposals for a lightning round on outward-facing activism in which presenters will spend 3 minutes sharing their own experiences and making recommendations. These presentations will become integral to discussions among participants during the following breakout sessions.

The lightning round is the second of three parts of the workshop:

1) Three featured presenters from Indivisible, the National Humanities Alliance, and the American Federation of Teachers will offer guidance in community organizing, engaging with representatives, and other advocacy work, specifically focusing on how academics and educators can combine their skills and expertise with activism.

2) Lightning-round presentations will allow members to share their own experiences with civic engagement, presenting a broad spectrum of Classics-based activism.

3) Small-group discussion will allow time for participants to actively engage with the topics raised in the lightning round and share their own techniques and resources.

Potential lightning-round topics include, but are not limited to:

* using insights from the ancient world to advocate for social justice today
* engaging in political or community issue advocacy
* public-facing outreach projects
* advocating for educational policy
* organizing and unionizing at colleges and schools
* fostering inclusivity and accessibility in museums and historical sites
* letter-writing campaigns and citizen lobbying
* educating the public about ancient and modern democracy

Submit a 1-2 sentence proposal to be a lightning-round speaker by filling out this brief submission form no later than midnight September 15. The organizers are committed to ensuring diversity in topics and presenters, including presenters from all parts of the AIA/SCS membership: undergraduate and graduate students, retired members, teachers and professors, independent scholars, curators, editors, and more. We welcome submitters to comment on their own positionality in relation to their topic if they would like.

Due to limited time, not all potential speakers may be able to be accommodated during the lightning round, however there will be time during the following small-group discussion. Giving a lightning-round talk *does not* interfere with giving a paper or chairing a panel elsewhere on the program (per the SCS’ “single-appearance” policy).


(CFP closed September 15, 2019)



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

Organizers: Christopher Waldo, University of California, Berkeley, and Elizabeth Wueste, American University of Rome

The field of classical reception has experienced a significant boom in the last decade, expanding to encompass receptions by ever more diverse communities of writers and artists. Several prominent scholars, including Emily Greenwood and Dan-el Padilla Peralta, have studied the emergence in the twentieth century of dialogues between the literatures of the Black Atlantic and classical antiquity, and there has been a noticeable surge in publications exploring the staging of Greek tragedies in non-western contexts. The last decade has also seen a relative rise in the visibility of classics in the Far East, as scholars like Jinyu Liu and Mira Seo have forged substantial institutional connections in China and Singapore respectively. This panel situates itself at the convergence of these two broader phenomena, investigating the reception of the classical tradition in contemporary Asian and Asian American culture.

1. Christopher Waldo, University of California, Berkeley - Introduction
2. Stephanie Wong, Brown University - Princess Turnadot, an Occidental Oriental
3. Kelly Nguyen, Brown University - No One Knows His Own Stock: Ocean Vuong’s Reception of Telemachus and Odysseus
4. Kristina Chew, University of California, Santa Cruz - Translating the Voices of Tragedy’s “Other” Women: Theresa Has Kyung Cha’s Dictee and Seneca’s Phaedra
5. Priya Kothari, University of California, Berkeley - A Palimpsest of Performance: The Construction of Classicism in the Vallabha Tradition
6. Melissa Mueller, University of Massachusetts Amherst - Response



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

Organizers: David J. Wright, Fordham University, and Lindsey A. Mazurek, University of Oregon

This workshop explores the benefits and challenges of “then and now” approaches to issues of social justice in the classroom. The rise of reception studies in classical scholarship has made modern comparisons more common in contemporary classrooms (Hanink 2017). Dramatic incidents like the rape of Lucretia, the Ionian revolts, and the colonization of Gaul can fall flat on the page for modern students, and many better understand the classical world through analogies with the present. While some instructors and even students maintain that the ancient world must be studied and analyzed primarily in contexts divorced from the modern US experience, these comparisons can provide richer and more meaningful points of entry for undergraduates that raise new issues about justice, equality, and minority perspectives.

1. Nicole Nowbahar, Rutgers University - Using Cross-Dressing to Understand Ancient Conceptions of Gender and Identity
2. Curtis Dozier, Vassar College - Classical Antiquity and Contemporary Hate Groups
3. Matthew Gorey, Wabash College - The Reception of Classics in Hispanophone and Lusophone Cultures and Modern Imperialism
4. Lindsey A. Mazurek, University of Oregon - Comparing Present and Past in the Migration Classroom
5. Daniel Libatique, College of the Holy Cross - Cultural and Historical Contingencies in Ancient and Modern Sexuality
6. Sam Flores, College of Charleston - Races in Antiquity and Modernity


Archive of Conferences and Past Calls for Papers 2019


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

Keynote speakers: Quinn DuPont and John H. Kroll

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 16/11/2019. Program:

Monday 16th December 2019

1.30-2pm Registration
2-2.10pm Welcome John Bennet (British School at Athens)
2.10-2.30pm Welcome Mairi Gkikaki (University of Warwick)

Session 1: Communication, community and social cohesion
Chair: Panagiotis Tselekas (University of Thessaloniki)
2.30-3pm Tragic tokens: Sophoclean symbola in context - Patrick Finglass (University of Bristol)
3-3.30pm The Council of Five Hundred and Symbola in Classical Athens - Mairi Gkikaki (University of Warwick)

3.30-4.30pm Coffee

Session 2: ‘Breaking the code’: the cryptic character of tokens
Chair: Katerina Panagopoulou (University of Crete)
4.30-5pm Nike on Hellenistic lead tokens: Iconography and meaning - Martin Schäfer (Archaeological Society at Athens)
5-5.30pm Athenian clay tokens: New types, new series - Stamatoula Makrypodi (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and University of Athens)
5.30-6pm A New Type of Roman Period Clay Tokens from Jerusalem - Yoav Farhi (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

6-6.15pm Break

6.15-7pm Keynote Address by John H. Kroll (University of Texas at Austin): The Corpus of Athenian Tokens: 150 Years of Expansion and Study from Postolakas to the Present

From 7pm onwards: Reception

Tuesday 17th December 2019

Session 3: Political devices of the participatory democracy
Chair: Harikleia Papageorgiadou (National Hellenic Research Foundation)
10-10.30am Tokens and Tribes: an Iconographic Overview - Daria Russo (Sapienza University of Rome – Anhima UMR 8210)
10.30-11am Tokens and Corruption in Fourth Century BC Athens - Alessandro Orlandini (University of Milan)
11-11.30am Symbola and Political Equality in Classical Athens - James Kierstead (Victoria University of Wellington)

11.30-12am Coffee

12-12.45pm Keynote Address by Quinn Dupont (University College Dublin) The Social Order of “Crypto” Communities

1-2.30pm Lunch

Session 4: New Finds
Chair: Aliki Moustaka (University of Thessaloniki)
2.30-3pm Tokens from the Koile Area - Olga Dakoura-Vogiatzoglou (Ephory of Antiquities of the City of Athens)
3-3.30pm New Hellenistic and Roman clay tokens from Sicily through local identities, museum and archival Research - Antonino Crisà (Ghent University)

3.30-4.30pm Coffee

Session 5: Athenian tokens in the world of the Eastern Mediterranean
Chair: Sophia Kremydi (National Hellenic Research Foundation)
4.30-5pm Contextualising Athenian Tokens - Clare Rowan (University of Warwick)
5-5.30pm Lead tokens in Graeco-Roman Egypt: A Reassessment of Dating and Purpose - Denise Wilding (University of Warwick)
5.30-6pm Alexander the Great’ in Lead and Bronze: The evidence of Greek and Roman tokens (3rd–5th centuries AD) -Cristian Mondello (University of Warwick)

6-6.15 Break

6.15-6.30pm Thanks and Farewell


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)



Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford: December 16, 2019

The conference seeks to explore the reimaginings of classical antiquity in the artistic, media, and cultural expressions of Italian Fascism and para-fascist regimes in Europe from the inter-war period to the end of WW2. Whether in theatre, cinema, or mass events such as sports or political rallies, fascism used the symbolic power of classical traditions to produce large-scale spectacles. The deployment of technological means and of the performance medium in fascist events often resulted in a spectacularisation of antiquity which, to borrow Jeffrey Schnapp’s phrase, represents the ‘aesthetic overproduction’ that characterised Fascism’s Italian strain. Rather than the sublimation of the political into the aesthetic in the Benjaminian sense, the spectacularisation of the classical past played a key role in materialising the fascist political project of shaping a popular community.

Whilst analyses of fascism’s exploitation of Roman antiquity as well as of its more general politics of spectacle have flourished since the last decades of the twentieth century, a direct focus on the wide-ranging appropriation of Greek and Roman theatre is still missing. Thus, the conference will bring together international scholars, whose work has addressed fascism from the different perspectives of classics, theatre and performance studies, sociology and cultural history. It will predominantly focus on the reception of classics within artistic and cultural production, whilst also drawing links to classical philology, archaeology, and educational contexts. The aim is to view fascist culture within its historical dimension, following recent scholarly trends that underscore the importance of detailing the national traits of fascism, on the one hand, and defining its conceptual and constitutive elements on the other. This theoretical framework will also allow participants to reassess the mechanisms, which underlie performances of the classical past outside fascist contexts, both synchronically and diachronically.

The symposium will bring together international scholars whose work has addressed fascism from the different perspectives of classics and theatre and performance studies, sociology and cultural history. It is organised by Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford), Eleftheria Ioannidou (RUG), and Sara Troiani (Trento). It will be the first in a series of events on the theme on fascism, performance, and media (the second symposium will take place at the University of Groningen (Arts, Culture and Media, The main focus will be INDA (National Institute of Ancient Drama) and other classical performances in Fascist Italy.

10.15-10.45 Registration and Coffee
10.45-11.00 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Giovanna Di Martino and Sara Troiani present the APGRD and Laboratorio Dionysos Databases
11.00-12.00 Classicising the Spectacle – Chair: Oliver Taplin (Oxford)
Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen) - A Classical Modernity
Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) – Aeschylus, Modernity and the New ‘Classical’ Ideal
12.00-13.00 Classics and the Spectacular I: Ettore Romagnoli, INDA and Fascism – Chair: Giorgio Ieranò (Trento)
Sara Troiani (Trento) – Ettore Romagnoli’s Productions and the Fascist Regime
Natalie Minioti (Thessaloniki) - The Secret Meaning of the Chorus in the Theatrical Performances of the Dramatic Festival of Syracuse During the Fascist Period
13:00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Classics and the Spectacular II - INDA, Music and Dances – Chair: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Giovanna Casali (Bologna) - Did the Music Change under the Fascist Regime? A Survey of the Musical Compositions in the INDA Performances
Giulia Bordignon (Venice) - ‘Living Sculpture’: The Dancing Chorus at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, 1927-1939
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.15 Theorising Fascist Classicism – Chair: Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen)
Dimitris Plantzos (Athens) and Vasileios Balaskas (Malaga-Athens) - Reinventing Romanitas; Exchanges of Classical Antiquities as Symbolic Gifts Between Italy and Spain (1933-1943)
Helen Roche (Cambridge) - Theorising the Use and Abuse of the Classical Past in Mussolini’s Third Rome and Hitler’s Third Reich
16.15-17.15 Plenary led by Pantelis Michelakis
17.15-18.00 Drinks reception

Supported by APGRD; Faculty of Classics, Oxford; Laboratorio Dionysos, Università di Trento; University of Groningen

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Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw: December 12–14, 2019

The Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA), the Collegium Artes Liberales (CLAS), and the Cluster The Past for the Present at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” University of Warsaw jointly with the Société Internationale des Amis de Cicéron (SIAC) have the pleasure to organize the 2019 Ciceronian Congress focused on Cicero’s role in Artes Liberales education across the ages until the present days.

The 2019 Congress is taking place on the 30th anniversary of the VII Colloquium Tullianum “Cicerone e lo Stato” organized in Warsaw in 1989 by Prof. Jerzy Axer and the Centro di Studi Ciceroniani.

The Congress’ proceedings will be accompanied by a panel discussion on the Arpinate’s importance for the formation of civil society and by a session by high-school students who will present their own vision of Cicero. These elements of a societal impact are framed within the Cluster The Past for the Present: International Research and Educational Programme built by the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà and Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica of the Università di Bologna, and the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge.

Moreover, a special panel will be devoted to presenting the most recent results in the studies on the Aratea – Cicero’s poetic endeavour of significant cultural and educational importance.

We plan a publication of the Congress’ proceedings in the journal Ciceroniana On Line.

The Organizing Committee:
Prof. Jerzy Axer (Director of the Collegium Artes Liberales at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw)
Prof. Ermanno Malaspina (Chairman of the SIAC Advisory Board, Executive Director of the journal Ciceroniana On Line)
Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak (Director of OBTA at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw)

The conference booklet is available here: [pdf]

For more information see:



University of Edinburgh: December 12-14, 2019

The symposium brings together scholars from across North America, Europe and Asia in order to explore how public performances of classicising learning (however defined in each culture) influenced and served imperial or state power in premodern political systems across Eurasia and North Africa. Aiming at encouraging scholarly exchanges among experts in different fields and cultures, the papers relate to the following three interconnected thematic strands: (a) Classicising learning and the social order, (b) Classicising learning and the political order, and (c) Classicising learning and the self.

Speakers: Robert Ashmore (Berkeley), Floris Bernard (Ghent), Mirko Canevaro (Edinburgh), Javier Cha (Seoul), Ming-kin Chu (Hong Kong), Christophe Erismann (Vienna), Michael Fuller (University of California, Irvine), Elena Gittleman (Bryn Mawr), Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (Edinburgh), James Hankins (Harvard), Florian Hartmann (Aachen), Michael Hope (Yonsei), Pascal Hugon (Vienna), Takeshi Inomata (Arizona), Ashton Lazarus (Kyushu), Marina Loukaki (Athens), Christopher Nugent (Williams), Daphne Penna (Groningen), Alberto Rigolio (Durham), Asuka Sango (Carleton), Jonathan Skaff (Shippensburg), Luka Spoljarić (Zagreb), Ariel Stilerman (Stanford), Justin Stover (Edinburgh), Elizabeth Tyler (York), Lieve van Hoof (Ghent), Griet Vankeerberghen (McGill), Milan Vukašinović (ANAMED, Koç University), Elvira Wakelnig (Vienna), Stephen H. West (Berkeley), Julian Yolles (Odense)

The full programme and the list of abstracts are available in our website. Places are limited, so early registration is strongly recommended. Students can benefit from a reduced registration rate.




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

Organised by Clare Hornsby and Mario Bevilacqua

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed April 1, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For any further queries, please mail to

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



(CFP ended April 15, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions should be emailed to

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed April 29, 2019)



King’s College London: December 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

(Edit 20/7/2019) Program:

0930 Welcome
0940 Guest Speaker: Dr Abigail Graham (ICS) - Title tbc
1020 Paul Kelly (KCL) - Risk and return in Roman Egypt
1055 Break
1110 Konstantin Schulz (HU Berlin) - CALLIDUS: A database of exercises for learning Latin
1145 Benjamin Wilck (HU Berlin) - Hidden messages in Greek mathematics: Results of a statistical analysis of linguistic regularities in Euclid's Elements
1230 Lunch & Poster Presentations
1340 Giulia Frigerio (Kent) - The impact of the laurel on Apolline divination: Affecting the mind without the use of drugs
1415 Noga Erez-Yodfat (Ben-Gurion) - Senses and the embodied mind of the mystes in ancient mystery cults
1450 Mark McCahill (Glasgow) - The ancient senses and Roman ritual: Considering imagines as memory objects in an interdisciplinary context
1525 Break
1540 Samuel Agbamu (KCL) - Classics and the Poverty of Philosophy
1615 Vivienne McGlashan (Bristol) - The Bacchants are silent: Applying cognitive approaches to explore ritual maenadism
1650 Nathalie Choubineh (Reading) - Kinetography: A methodological framework for reading kinetic motifs in the Greek vase-painting
1730 Drinks Reception

Free event. Book:

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


(CFP closed June 28, 2019)



Faculty of Humanities, University of Roehampton, UK: December 7, 2019

Confirmed Speakers:
* Patrick Finglass (University of Bristol)
* Fiona McHardy (University of Roehampton)
* Lyndsay Coo (University of Bristol)
* Gesine Manuwald (UCL)
* Donatella Puliga (Università di Siena)

The story of Tereus preoccupied major authors in classical antiquity. References to it date back to the Homeric poems and the myth was addressed by renowned dramatists, such as Aeschylus, Sophocles and Accius, before being adapted by Ovid. These different versions raise questions about the reconstruction of the myth and representation of women, family violence, and taboos, such as rape and paidophagia. Aspects of the story reverberate in ancient material culture, especially Greek vase paintings, which also stem from different variants and traditions.

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines (Greek Literature; Latin Literature; Archaeology; Reception Studies) and to create a lively and challenging setting for discussion of new methodologies to reimagine the myth of Tereus. Although fragments are an emerging trend in Classical studies, this mythological focus will foster collaboration between Classicists taking innovative approaches to reconstructing and adapting the Tereus myth for audiences ancient and modern.

This conference will focus on the reconstruction, transmission and reception of Tereus in Greece and Rome by examining its different treatments in classical literature and art. As such, it will be of significant interest for researchers working on Greek and Roman tragedies, Ovid, classical reception and ancient material culture.

Submission Guidelines:

Papers may include but are not limited to:
1. Challenges to the received attribution, ordering, and textual arrangement of fragments
2. Innovative methodologies, or integration of different approaches, for reconstructing dramas
3. Quotation contexts
4. Productions of Tereus
5. Reception of fragmentary texts

Applicants are kindly invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for a poster or a 10-minute presentation. We especially encourage postgraduate students to participate. Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association, we are able to provide bursaries to cover the fees of the conference for the speakers.

Deadlines: Proposals should be sent to the organisers ( by 14 October 2019, 11:59pm. Selected applicants will be contacted by 1 November 2019.

The conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of ISC and the Classical Association.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries at

The organisers: Alessandra Abbattista (independent scholar)
Chiara Blanco (University of Cambridge)
Maria Haley (University of Manchester)
Giacomo Savani (University College Dublin)


(CFP closed 14 October, 2019)



SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT: December 6-7, 2019

Join Jennifer Wallace, Simon Goldhill, Katie Fleming, Rosa Andujar, Renaud Gagne, Barabra Goff, Tina Chanter, Astrid van Weyenberg and many others from a variety of disciplines to discuss tragedy, its ability to comment on present crises, and the global politics of adaptation.

Summary: Building on ideas explored in the Re- Interdisciplinary Network's CRASSH events, the conference aims to examine ideas of repetition within canonical traditions of tragedy from the perspective of the Global South, in the process raising questions about the problems of those categories as they are changing. We want to scrutinize the literary, political, and philosophical relevance of re-/un-working tragedy in cross-cultural contexts. Taking up the concept of ‘tragedy’ in a world shaken by global conflicts, deterritorialization, and migration crises, the conference asks:

How do people in various zones of crisis embrace, interpret and adapt canonical traditions of tragedy to make sense of their suffering and express their resistance?

How do authors, playwrights, performers, philosophers, and critics respond to the questions raised by the reworking of tragedies?

How does the reworking of tragedies in the Global South transform the idea of the canon and/or decolonise the literary curricula?

We often employ the prefix ‘re-’, as in ‘re-working’, ‘re-writing’, ‘re-thinking’, ‘re-imagining’, ‘re-appropriating’, ‘re-presenting’ as if to situate the modern work in a historical line, or dialectical movement, of repetitions. The creation of the new cannot but come with reference to the prior. But how does recognisable repetition operate as a unique kind of site for invention, and for speech? Besides, how might we rethink the tragic canon as a destabilizing gesture – an un-working, rather than re-working - through perspectives from the Global South? In reference to ‘unworking’, or désoevrement as a concept that interrupts, suspends, and counteracts the work in the moment of its unfolding, the conference will look for ways to put the authoritative position of the ‘original work’ at stake. Unworking this notion of ‘the original’ reveals the work of tragedy as that which opens itself to reinvention and becomes self-consciously meaningful in the moment of its re-presentation.

The conference will bring together artists and authors who adapt classical tragedies together with academics from various disciplines. The programme will comprise roundtable discussions, panels and creative workshops.

Day 1 - 6 December

09.00-9.20 Registration

09.20-09.30 Introduction: Ekin Bodur (University of Cambridge) and Clare L.E. Foster (CRASSH)

09.30-10.30 Conversation with Artists: Omar Abusaada (Playwright and Theatre Director) & Mohammad al Attar (Dramaturge, Playwright): How does tragedy respond to the urgencies of its day? How does adapting tragedy bear witness to political conflict?

10.30-11.30 Keynote: Freddie Rokem (Theatre Studies, University of Tel Aviv and Chicago University) “Take up the Bodies!”

11.30-12.00 Tea and Coffee

12.00-13.30 Panel: A Case Study: “Antigones”
Chair: Freddie Rokem (Theatre Studies, University of Tel Aviv and Chicago University)
Andrés Henao Castro (University of Massachusetts, Boston) “Antigone and the necrodialectic of enforced disappearances.”
Katherine Fleming (English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London)“Antigone, WWII and the battleground of philosophy”
Kristina Hagström-Ståhl (Performative Arts, University of Gothenburg) “Un-doing Antigone”
Ekin Bodur (English, University of Cambridge) “When Antigone embodies collective resistance”

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.00 Panel: Re-/Un-working tragedy in times/zones of crisis
How do people in various zones of crisis embrace, interpret and adapt canonical traditions of tragedy to make sense of their suffering and express their resistance? How might we rethink the adaptations of canonical tragedies as a destabilizing gesture – an un-working, rather than re-working - through perspectives from the Global South?
Chair: Barbara Goff (Classics, University of Reading)
Sola Adeyemi (Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths University of London)
Ramona Mosse (Freie Universitat, Berlin)
Miriam Leonard (Classics, University College London)
Tina Chanter (Philosophy, Newcastle University)

16.00-16.30 Tea and Coffee

16.30-18.00 Practical Workshop: “Can a dramatic text or performance ever be universal?”
Mark Maughan & Tim Cowbury (Theatre Makers, a Writer-Director Partnership)

19.00-21.00 Dinner (reserve your place via the event registration link)

Day 2 - 7th December

10.00-11.30 Panel: Deterritorialization / Reterritorialization: Global South Perspectives
Is there such a thing as a global south perspective? Or perspectives?
Do they use canonical counter-discourse to decolonize tragedy?
Do they offer an immediate critique of the western idea of the canon, or do they add pile upon pile on the very same canon?
Chair: Sami Everett (CRASSH, Univeristy of Cambridge)
Astrid Van Weyenberg (Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University)
Jane Montgomery Griffiths (Theatre and Performance, Monash University)
Anna Frieda Kuhn (Comparative Literature, University of Würzburg)
Eylem Ejder (Theatre Studies, Ankara University)

11.30-12.00 Tea and Coffee

12.00-13.30 Roundtable Discussion: The Politics of Adaptation
Is there a unified or trans-historical idea of tragedy? Is adapting a Greek tragedy to comment on the political present unfair to the text?
Chair: Zoe Svendsen (English, Cambridge University, Theatre Director)
Rosa Andujar (Liberal Arts and Classics, King’s College London)
Simon Goldhill (Classics, University of Cambridge)
Jennifer Wallace (English, University of Cambridge)
Chana Morgenstern (English, University of Cambridge)
Omar Abusaada (Theatre Director)

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.30 Conversation with Artists: Özlem Daltaban & Murat Daltaban (DOT Theatre Istanbul & Edinburgh)

15.30-16.30 Final Discussion: What are the stakes about generalizing about the Global South? Where is (or isn’t) “the Global South”? - Ankhi Mukherjee (English, Oxford University)




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

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

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

Contact email address for abstract submission and further information:

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

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

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


(CFP closed 28 July, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed September 30, 2019)



Maison Française d’Oxford, 2-10, Norham Rd, Oxford OX2 6SE: November 29, 2019

APGRD [Oxford], Université Grenoble Alpes and Université Paris 13

10.30-11.00 Registration and Coffee

11.00-11.15 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh and the organisers: Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble), Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) and Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13)

11.15-12.15 – Theorising ‘Volgarizzamento’
Chair: Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13)
Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford): ‘Vernacularisation’ as Translation Theory in Early Modern Italy
Giulia Fiore (Bologna): Ἑρμηνέων ἑρμηνῆς. On Vulgarizing Greek Tragedy in the Italian Cinquecento

12.15-12.30 Coffee Break

12.30-1.30 Theorising Imitation I
Chair: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13): The Theory and Practice of Imitation: translated fragments in Lapéruse’s Médée (1556), Le Loyer’s Néphélococugie (1579) and Garnier’s Troade (1579) and Antigone ou la piété (1580)
Angelica Vedelago (Padua): Translating Greek Tragedy in Sixteenth-century Europe: Between Imitation and Competition

1.30-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.30 – Theorising Imitation II
Chair: Micha Lazarus (Cambridge)
Alexia Dedieu (Grenoble): Ut carminum rationem in hoc scriptore densissimis tenebris inuolutam clarissima luce donaretur. Faire la lumière sur la métrique: Willem Canter éditeur d’Euripide
Lucy Jackson (Durham): Greek Tragedy Translated ad spiritum - George Buchanan's Baptistes sive calumnia (1577) and Sophocles’ Antigone

3.30-3.45 Coffee Break

3.45-4.45 – Theorising Translation Practices
Chair: Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow)
Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble): On translating Greek Comedy, c. 1440-1550
Thomas Baier (Würzburg): Why translations? Melanchthon and Camerarius on translating Greek Tragedy

4.45-5.30 Plenary led by Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow)

5.30-6.30 Drinks Reception and Theatre Workshop with Estelle Baudou (APGRD, Marie Curie Research Fellow) – Performing Early Modern Translation

Follow this link to register:

For more information, please email:



Cardiff University, UK: November 27, 2019

Session 1 9.30-12.00: The Tower Building (70 Park Place) room 0.03
Session 2 1.00-6.00: The Tower Building (70 Park Place) room 0.01

9.30am Assemble for COFFEE
10.00am Jan Stronk (Amsterdam) - ‘The Greeks and Persia’.
10.40am Eran Almagor (Jerusalem) - ‘Notes on the Chronology of the Reign of Artaxerxes II’.
11.20am Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Cardiff) - ‘Dating the Book of Esther: Between the Achaemenids and the Hasmoneans’.
12.00 LUNCH
1.00pm Stephen Harrison (Swansea) - ‘Borders and the Limits of Universality in the Achaemenid and Seleucid Empires'.
1.40pm Melissa Benson (UCL) - ‘Violence in the Behistun Monument’.
2.20pm Mai Musee (Oxford) - ‘Myth and Reality: Persia in the Ancient Novel’.
3.20pm Kirstin Droß-Krüpe (Kassel) - ‘Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, in Baroque Opera’.
4.00pm Julia Hartley (Warwick) - ‘Resuscitating the Achaemenids: Jane Dieulafoy’s Parysatis on the Page and on the Stage'.
4.45pm Keynote Speaker: Irene Madreiter (Innsbruck) – ‘Abduction into the seraglio: gendered notions of the ‘harem’ from Ctesias of Cnidus to Cristina de Belgiojoso and Lady Montagu’.
6.00pm Drinks & Dinner

For details contact: Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones ( and Dr Eve MacDonald (





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

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

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

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

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

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

This year's theme: Authority and Legitimacy.

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

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

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

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

If you would like to present a paper at AMPRAW 2019, please send an abstract of around 200 words to before May 20th 2019, together with a short biography stating your name, affiliation, and contact address. Please indicate in your submission whether you would like to apply for a travel bursary. Applicants will be selected and notified before the end of June.

For more information, visit:

(CFP closed May 20, 2019)

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



University of Turin, Italy: November 26-29, 2019

The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico – University of Turin ( is delighted to circulate the CALL FOR PAPERS for the Third International Conference in Ancient Fragmentary Drama "The Forgotten Theatre" - University of Turin, 26th-29th of November 2019.

THE CONFERENCE: School education has consecrated, since ancient times, a canon of dramatic theatrical works capable of representing wonderfully the genius and essence of Greco-Roman theatre. This canon has helped direct scholars’ attention to some works of dramatic literature at the expense of the ancient tragedians and playwrights, causing a critical oversight of some works within the tradition of classical theatre - long considered to be of lesser value - especially those preserved in a fragmentary fashion or known by an indirect tradition. The International Conference The Forgotten Theatre aims, for the third consecutive year, to be a stimulus to revitalize academic interest in fragmentary Greco-Roman dramatic texts, long relegated to the sidelines of scientific research and contemporary theatre productions. The conference will host academics at any stage of their career, who wish to collaborate in order to cast new light on the forgotten theatre through their studies.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION - The conference will accept some papers concerning primarily, but not exclusively, the following research areas:

* Criticism, commentary and constitutio textus of fragmentary dramatic Greek and Latin works, both tragic and comic;
* Well-reasoned attempts to reconstruct the plot of tragedies (or entire trilogies/ tetralogies) that are either fragmentary, incomplete or known by indirect tradition.
* New considerations of matters concerning the contents and representations of fragmentary dramas, with special emphasis given to evidence of-fered by internal captions, marginalia and scholia;
* The development of Greek and Latin dramatic genres with particular attention to the influence exerted on them by other forms of mimetic art (such as kitharodia, dance, mime);
* Research on minor Greek, Latin, Magna Graecia and Etruscan theatrical traditions;
* The use of iconographic, epigraphic, archaeological, papyrological and codicological sources in the study of ancient drama;
* The contribution of historical-anthropological disciplines (anthropology, historiography, philosophy, psychology) to the study of ancient drama;
* The reception of the Greco-Roman drama in the arts and literature of later periods (in imperial, late imperial, medieval and Byzantine times).

CONFERENCE ORGANISATION - The conference days will develop according to the following days and programme:

* Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th November‬ The Forgotten Theatre - PGR and PhD students conference Two days of study with 12 speakers selected through the present call. In these first two days of conference, papers from PGR, PhD or recently graduated students will be delivered. The sessions will be chaired by Professors affiliated to the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico who will give an introduction and guide the discussion following the papers.

* 28th ‪Thursday- Friday 29th November‬‬‬‬ The Forgotten Theatre - main conference Two days of study with 14 speakers both selected through the present call and invited by the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico; in this second part of the conference, papers from researchers and scholars will be delivered. The sessions will be organised according to the aforementioned methods.

Each paper presentation will last about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Candidates are kindly requested to follow these instructions meticulously, with due regard for the other speakers and organisers. The conference will be broadcast live on the Youtube channel of the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico. In accordance with the best judgment of the Scientific Committee, the Proceedings of the Conference will be published by the Centre for Studies in Greek and Roman Theatre.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE - Those who wish to participate in the activities must submit the following to no later than August 31, 2019:

* An abstract of the proposed papers, complete with a title. The document must not contain the author's name in any part and must have a maximum length of 300 words. The abstract can be written in Italian or in English;

* A brief curriculum vitae et studiorum (no more than one page) which highlights the affiliation of the speaker and their main publications. The official languages of the conference will be Italian and English.

The Scientific committee of the conference, chaired by Professor Francesco Carpanelli, will evaluate each paper received and will inform all candidates about the final program of the conference by September 2019.

ECONOMIC ASPECTS: In order to guarantee free and democratic access to knowledge and research, participation in the activities as speakers or as listeners will not entail the payment of any fee. All speakers and listeners will be guaranteed refreshments in between every activity session, as well as the provision of the necessary educational material (handout, stationery). Speakers will be guaranteed lunches for the duration of the whole conference. Unfortunately, due to the known economic hardships faced by the Italian University system, the organisation will not able to guarantee other forms of refund; exceptions can be made for particular cases (e.g. for speakers who cannot ask for reimbursement to their own institution or whose research is not funded). The organisation will provide details on the structures affiliated with the University of Turin that offer accommodations at reasonable prices.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Francesco CARPANELLI (Torino) coordinator Federica BESSONE, (Torino), Simone BETA (Siena), Francesco Paolo BIANCHI (Frei-burg), Adele Teresa COZZOLI (Roma Tre), Giorgio IERANÒ (Trento), Enrico V. MALTESE (Torino) Michele NAPOLITANO (Cassino e L.M.), Bernhard ZIMMERMANN (Freiburg).

CONTACTS: For any further information please do not hesitate to contact Luca Austa, conference organiser, sending an email to:

Deadline: 31st of August 2019



(CFP closed August 31, 2019)



University of Birmingham, UK: November 23-24, 2019

The process of stopping and looking back at the past through new methodological lenses over the last half-century has comprised a series of fruitful cross-disciplinary ‘turns’. These retrospective global movements have provided academia with innovative ways of shedding light on past civilisations through a shared analytical model that prioritises a specific focus. During the second half of the twentieth century the ‘turn to space’ found its roots in erudite thinkers such as Foucault and Lefebvre who positioned space as a critical analytical tool for understanding social existence in the areas of geography, urban planning, and architecture. In recent years, this framework has found cadence throughout the social sciences and humanities and has transitioned from being an experimental, innovative, sometimes controversial tool, to a necessary critical model for studies of the past. The intention of our conference is to (re)turn again to space and to stimulate fresh conversations across temporal and cultural disciplinary boundaries through collective spatial analysis.

Our tripartite conference name encapsulates the broad and valuable facets of recent approaches to the study of space: spaces contain, facilitate, and organise meaning for societies, they perpetuate, (re)construct, and direct memory, and movement through and around space underpins these processes. Furthermore, the obvious opportunity for overlapping angles and approaches is indicative of the fluidity of these multifaceted constructs and the incongruity of a ‘correct’ interpretation of space.

We believe in juxtaposing approaches and perspectives from different temporal, cultural, and geographical contexts in order to elicit cross-disciplinary dissemination, networking, and productivity. Therefore, we envisage grouping together temporally divergent papers into a number of focussed thematic panels. We hope to support a productive interdisciplinary environment that will enable researchers to, on the one hand, look retrospectively at their research in a new light, and on the other, to consider innovative approaches to their future research avenues. We invite abstracts for papers, from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers, on an intentionally broad range of themes:

– Spaces of cultural memory: how do spaces contain and perpetuate memories, develop self and collective conceptions of culture, and shape identities?
– Organising space: how are spatial borders articulated? How are they internally ordered? How are spaces framed, deframed and reframed? What are the intended and unintended consequences of spatial organisation?
– Liminal spaces: from geographical and cultural borders to micro level entrances and exits of certain sites and sights.
– Spatial taxonomy and typology: how do we define space – political, religious, private, public, etc.?
– Gendered spaces: how does gender operate and develop within space(s)?
– Representation of spaces: comparing and contrasting between literary, visual, material and archaeological media.
– Movement and space: space and time, processional movement, traversing, lustrating, navigating, entering and leaving. How does movement generate space?

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Prof. Diana Spencer (University of Birmingham)

(more to be announced)

Proposals should be submitted as an abstract of no more than 300 words and should be accompanied by a short bio (no more than 100 words) indicating the speaker’s current position, location, and research interests. These should be sent to by the 16th August 2019. Our team will evaluate proposals and respond to candidates by the end of August and provide a preliminary idea of the themed panel they will be allocated to. We look forward to reading your proposals and hearing about your research.

The Organising Committee: Ben Salisbury (University of Birmingham); Ben White (University of Nottingham - Lead Organiser); Curtis Lisle (University of Birmingham); Liam McLeod (University of Birmingham); Thomas Quigley (University of Manchester); Chris Rouse (University of Birmingham).

Twitter: @SpaceConference


(CFP closed August 16, 2019)



Kings College London, UK: November 23, 2019

Warfare in antiquity has captivated academics and enthusiasts alike for millennia. Several works, including specialist manuals (e.g. Asclepiodotus’ Tactics; Vegetius’ Epitome of Military Science) and historiographical discussions (e.g. Caesar’s Commentaries; Procopius’ History of the Wars), indicate clearly that ancient societies were fascinated by the workings of both contemporary and earlier methods of warfare. This interest has endured all the way to the modern era and has yielded a much deeper understanding of ancient warfare from various perspectives. Academic movements like the ‘face of battle’ studies started by John Keegan in the 1970s and the ‘war and society’ publications in the 1990s are prime examples of how our understanding of ancient warfare continues to evolve. With the emergence and flourishing of ‘specialised’ academic research in the past two decades, the study of warfare in antiquity has grown into as diverse a discipline as the cultures it aims to study. The ‘specialisation’ trend of academia has afforded both academics and enthusiasts the opportunity to delve deeper and challenge long held perceptions and assumptions. Such challenges have the potential to shift (or in some cases reaffirm) the way modern scholars understand warfare in antiquity.

Recognizing the tremendous work being done on warfare in antiquity and considering the lack of platforms afforded to academics and enthusiasts to discuss their respective research and interests this academic year, we are proud to announce the Warfare in Antiquity Conference. We invite those interested to submit proposals that discuss various aspects of warfare in the ancient world, in particular those in a dialogue with established schools of thought in and perceptions of the discipline. The event is focused upon realities, in terms of both the ancient armed forces and ancient conceptions of their experiences, and also modern scholarship, with new hypotheses and arguments building upon and challenging accepted theories. We cordially invite proposals on all aspects of ancient warfare, particularly those which deal with the conference themes of Perceptions, Realities, and Reception.

Proposals should include a 300 word abstract along with a few words about the applicant – their research interests, university affiliation and / or status etc. Separately in the body of the email, please provide your full name, contact email address and university affiliation.

The conference will be held on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 2019, AT KING'S COLLEGE LONDON.

The DEADLINE for submissions will be 5 P.M. on AUGUST 31ST, 2019.

Please send all submissions for papers as a Word Document to



(CFP closed August 31, 2019)



University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain: November 20, 2019

ANIWEH research project ( along with SHRA project invites submissions of abstracts for the III Young Researchers Conference ANIWEH – V SHRA: Receptions of Antiquity from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary World. The meeting is scheduled for November 20 in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Basque Country, located in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country, Spain).

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 20, 2019.

Find all the information about the CFP on our webpage:

(CFP ended September 20, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP ended April 15, 2019)



Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Meeting

San Diego, CA, USA: November 14-17, 2019

This panel seeks to stimulate and further conversation about how Greco-Roman traditions have been put to use in games—video games, board games, and role-playing games (RPGs). While some scholarship on this topic has emerged in the past decade, major questions remain open: how do games use Mediterranean antiquity? how do they enable players to imagine themselves into ancient spaces, playing at being ‘Greek’ or ‘Roman’? and how might such imaginative spaces challenge the way we theorize classical receptions? We invite papers examining the reception of ancient Greek and Roman materials (literature, history, philosophy, art history, etc.) in games of any format, including video games, board games, and RPGs.

Organisers: Benjamin Stevens (Trinity University), Brett Rogers (University of Puget Sound)

PAMLA Conference:

Call/Abstract portal:



The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG: November 14-15, 2019

The shift from the disordered Kunstkammer or curiosity cabinet of the Renaissance to the ordered Enlightenment museum is well known. What has to be explored fully is the process through which this transformation occurred. Collective Wisdom, funded by an AHRC International Networking Grant, explores how and why members of the Royal Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Leopoldina (in Halle, Germany) collected specimens of the natural world, art, and archaeology in the 17th and 18th centuries. In three international workshops, we are analysing the connections between these scholarly organisations, natural philosophy, and antiquarianism, and to what extent these networks shaped the formation of early museums and their categorisation of knowledge. Workshop III, concerning the afterlives, use and reconstruction of early modern collections is designed to benefit scholars interested in digital humanities.

Registration, programme, and abstracts:



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 June 2019


Conference website:

(CFP closed June 1, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed April 30, 2019)



Theme: Agency through the Ancients: Reception as Empowerment

Department of Classical Studies, Boston University: November 9, 2019

Keynote: Dr. Emily Allen-Hornblower, Rutgers University, and Mr. Marquis "I AM" McCray

The Department of Classical Studies at Boston University invites submissions of abstracts for the 12th Annual Graduate Student Conference. This year, the conference will examine how classical literature (broadly defined) is able to impart a profound sense of agency to the disenfranchised, especially in times of turmoil or persecution. Although we acknowledge that many nationalists, over the centuries and into the present day, have invoked the classics in order to advance their exclusionary agenda, we hope to demonstrate that the classics have the potential to heal, unite, and empower the marginalized. Therefore, this conference will explore the myriad ways in which those who have traditionally remained voiceless have discovered a safe harbor and a sense of solidarity through the literature of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Babylon, etc. Special attention will be given to engagement with the ancient world by groups which have been historically underrepresented or outright excluded.

Possible submission topics include (but are by no means limited to) the reception of classical literature by the following groups or individuals:

* Victims of war (e.g.. Milo Rau’s recent production of the Oresteia in Mosul)
* Veterans (e.g. Theater of War)
* Widowed wives (e.g. Alcyone from Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses)
* Prisoners (e.g. The Medea Project, prison teaching programs like NJ-STEP)
* Women/feminist groups (e.g. Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey)
* Racial minorities (e.g. ‘Antigone in Ferguson’)
* LGBTQ+ communities (e.g. Iphis and Tiresias as trans symbols)
* Those living with physical or mental disabilities (e.g. CripAntiquity)

Papers must be original, unpublished, and written by current graduate students. Please send an abstract (500 words or fewer), a paper title, and a C.V. or short bio to Maya Chakravorty, Peter Kotiuga, Alicia Matz, Joshua Paul, and Amanda Rivera at Papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a short question and answer session. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 23, 2019. Selected speakers will be notified by the end of September and are expected to accept or decline the offer within a week of notification.



(CFP closed August 23, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

Classical Association of South Africa website:

(CFP closed May 20, 2019)



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

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

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

Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words), and author affiliation to Annemarie de Villiers at The deadline for proposals is 31 May 2019 extended deadline July 15, 2019.

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


(CFP closed July 15, 2019)



Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy: November 7-8, 2019

PhD course in Literature, Art and History in Medieval and Modern Europe - International Graduate Conference

A group of doctoral students of the first and second year of the PhD course in Literature, Art and History in Medieval and Modern Europe proposes the organisation of the third International Graduate Conference, which is reserved for PhD students and young researchers and will be held at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 7-8 November 2019.

This year, the conference aims to investigate the tradition and recovery of classical and late antique authors in the Middle Ages and early Modernity in their multiple artistic and literary forms (imitatio, reformulation, exegesis, critical reflection on literary genres, etc.). To this end, we welcome proposals for papers relating to the following areas:

1) The classics in Romance philology and literature of the 12th century
1.1) Circulation and transmission of the Latin classics in the Middle Ages.
1.2) The use of the classics in the scholastic education of the first vernacular authors and in the medieval poets of the French area, trait d’union between old and new literary forms.
1.3) Evolution of genres and literary forms from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
1.4) Critical reflection about Ars poetica.

2) The classical myths between the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance
2.1) Ovid’s images.
2.2) Recovery and reworking of the classics in the late antique and early medieval mythographic production, in particular in Fulgentius’ Mythologiae and in the three Mythographi Vaticani.
2.3) Allegorical and moral exegesis in commentaries on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (12th-14th centuries).

3) The classics in the Italian literature of the Middle Ages and in commentaries to Dante
3.1) The dialogue with Antiquity in Italian literature and art of the 13th-14th centuries: imitation and rewriting of classical sources; reuse of images and metaphors taken from the Antiquity.
3.2) The relationship between the mythographic and allegorical tradition and the Dante’s revival of classical myths.
3.3) Commenting with the classics: the use of classical sources in ancient commentaries and illustrations to Dante’s Comedy.

4) Ancient and Islamic philosophy, vernacular literatures
4.1) Ancient philosophy and its Arabic mediation in Romance literature, between continuity and variations.
4.2) The translation of philosophical texts and their relationships with vernacular literatures.
4.3) The concepts of "philosopher" and "philosophy" in Romance literature.
4.4) The re-elaboration of ancient material in the formation of new concepts such as interiority, artistic "creation" and geographic-mythical representations.

The conference will include the participation, as keynote speakers, of four internationally renowned scholars who have dealt with the themes proposed here, and whose research interests reflect the fourfold articulation of our program:

- Claudia Villa (University of Bergamo – Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), a medieval and humanist philologist specialised in the study of classical authors’ circulation in the Middle Ages and vernacular culture;
- Claudia Cieri Via (Sapienza University of Rome), an art historian and scholar of iconography and iconology, whose research has focussed on the fortune of Ovid’s Metamorphoses between the 15th and 16th centuries;
- Marco Petoletti (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan), who is author of numerous essays about medieval epigraphy, ancient commentaries on Dante’s Comedy, Latin literature of the 14th century, with particular reference to Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio;
- Paolo Falzone (Sapienza University of Rome), who dedicated a large part of his scientific production to the intertwinement of philosophy, theology and politics in Dante’s works.

Proposals (in Italian or English) accompanied by a title, an abstract (of a maximum length of 4000 characters) and a curriculum vitae et studiorum (maximum 3000 characters) must be sent in two separate files to the address Each paper should be no longer than twenty minutes.

Requests to participate must be sent by 30 June 2019 and will be submitted to the selection of the organising committee which will communicate the acceptance of the proposals by e-mail by 20 July 2019. The contributions will then be subjected to a rigorous peer-review process in view of the publication of the proceedings. Participation in the Conference is free. The organisation will not provide for the reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, but it will provide information on available accommodation.

The organising committee: Susanna Barsotti; Arianna Brunori; Ilaria Ottria; Paola Tricomi; Marina Zanobi


(CFP closed June 30, 2019)



Leuven, Belgium: November 6, 2019

Every year, LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) awards the LECTIO Chair to a renowned scholar specialized in one of the disciplines studied by LECTIO researchers. Holder of the 2019 LECTIO Chair is prof. John Monfasani (University at Albany). In addition to his public lecture on Thursday 7 November 2019 entitled “The Letters of Ignatius of Antioch as a Philological and Epistemological Issue from the Reformation to Today”, the day before (6 November 2019), he will give a doctoral seminar on “The Church Fathers in the Reformation and Early Modern Era.”

Theme: In a brilliant Leuven dissertation of 1932, “L’Élément historique dans la controverse religieuse du XVIe siècle”, Pontien Polman, OFM, analyzed how Protestant and Catholic historians treated the history of the Church. One crucial aspect, however, of these historical investigations not studied by Polman, save in passing, was the way scholars approached individual Church Fathers. The study of the Fathers involved editions, translations, commentaries, and a variety of other philological and historical publications that continue to this very day. The study of, and debates about, the Apostolic Fathers Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch are a case in point. But the same can be said of all the Fathers, pre-Nicene as well as post-Nicene. What is especially interesting to observe is how specific scholars from the sixteenth century onward reacted, often in contrary ways, to a given Church Father or to a set of Church Fathers. There is a large and growing literature on the Church Fathers in the Reformation era, but much remains to be investigated.

On the occasion of this seminar, LECTIO invites early career researchers (PhD students and postdocs) to submit proposals on how specific scholars from the sixteenth century onward reacted, often in contrary ways, to a given Church Father or to a set of Church Fathers. The selected scholars will be given the opportunity to present their research (20 minutes) and to discuss it with the chair holder and colleagues, both junior and senior. A one-page description of the proposed paper and a short CV should be submitted no later than 6 October 2019 to


Thursday 6 November 2019 | Museumzaal – MSI 02.08 – Erasmusplein 2 Leuven (Belgium)
10.00 Introduction – Prof. dr. Andrea Robiglio (KU Leuven)
10.05 Doctoral Seminar – Prof. dr. John Monfasani (University at Albany) - “The Church Fathers in the Reformation and Early Modern Era”
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Paper session 1 (5 papers)
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Paper session 2 (5 papers)
17.30 Final conclusions

Wednesday 7 November 2019 | Promotiezaal – University Hall 01.46 – Naamsestraat 22 Leuven (Belgium)
17.00 Public lecture (Lectio Chair) – Prof. dr. John Monfasani (University at Albany): “The Letters of Ignatius of Antioch as a Philological and Epistemological Issue from the Reformation to Today”

Scientific & organizing committee
KU Leuven : Erika Gielen, Andrea Robiglio, Céline Szecel
UGent : Steven Vanden Broecke, Wim Verbaal

Scholars who want to attend the seminar without presenting a paper or the official lecture are also asked to register by 25 October 2019, by sending an email to

For more information , please visit our website (, or contact


(CFP closed October 6, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed February 1, 2019)



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

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

Call for Papers:

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

To Offer a Paper:

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

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


(CFP closed March 31, 2019)



Newcastle University, UK: 23-24 October, 2019

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 22, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

Possible topics include:

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

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


(CFP closed May 31, 2019)



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

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

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

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

Area 1: Theoretical Framework and Methodology in Human Science

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

Area 2: Fragments and layers

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

Area 3: Hybridization

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

Area 4: Ambivalence

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

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

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

For further information please contact or see the site

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


(CFP closed May 31, 2019)



University of St Andrews, Scotland (Lower College Hall): October 14, 2019

We will consider concepts of race in relation to the classical world, Greek and Roman. The aim of the workshop is both academic and pedagogical: to consider ideas of racial identity in ancient societies, and the role of race in shaping the discipline of ‘Classics’ that we as modern-day classicists have inherited. We hope to generate discussion on the way that we understand and present ‘Classics’ in relation to race in the present day, and how it (and we) should change and adapt in the future.

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome, Rebecca Sweetman (University of St Andrews, Head of the School of Classics) & Introduction, Sian Lewis (University of St Andrews)

10.15 – 11.00 Classics for all? Challenges facing the discipline in the 21st century, Mai Musie (University of Oxford)

11.00 – 11.45 Greek Racism, Tom Harrison (University of St Andrews)

11.45 -12.30 ‘Otherness’ in Jewish and Roman Identities in the First Century AD, Rebecca Hachamovitch (University of St Andrews)

12.30 – 1.00 Recent Initiatives in Philosophy: the Minorities and Philosophy Project, Maria Jimena Claval Vasquez (University of St Andrews)

1.00 – 2.00 Buffet lunch

2.00 – 2.45 Postcolonial Classics, Barbara Goff (University of Reading)

2.45 – 3.30 #ClassicsForAll: what studying Classics taught me about my relationship with western civilisation, Hardeep Dhindsa (University of Edinburgh)

3.30 – 4.00 Teaching Black Athena, Ralph Anderson (University of St Andrews)

4.00 – 5.00 Round table discussion

All students and staff are welcome; no registration is required.




The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX: October 12, 2019

Egypt played a prominent role in Freud’s personal life and writings. From his childhood encounter with the Phillipson Bible, through his psychobiography of Leonardo da Vinci (in which the Egyptian goddess Mut becomes a key to the artist’s sexual and creative identity) to his final work Moses and Monotheism in which he makes the scandalous claim that Moses was not a Jew but an Egyptian. Accompanying the exhibition at the Freud Museum in London, this conference explores the themes of Egyptomania, sexuality, death and psychoanalysis.


Miriam Leonard (UCL), Introduction

Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), Digging the Dirt: Freud's archaeology and the lure of Egypt

Daniel Orrells (Kings College London), Freud and Leonardo in Egypt

Phiroze Vasunia (UCL), Egyptomania before Freud

Claus Jurman (Birmingham), Egyptology in Vienna

Griselda Pollock (Leeds), Freud’s Egyptian Moses, Mummies, Mothers and other Revenants: A Political-Cultural Reading

Joan Raphael Leff (Anna Freud Center), Speculations on the pre-oedipal significance of Egypt for Freud.

Michael Eaton (Nottingham), Discussing his research in writing a new play about Freud and Petrie

A limited number of bursaries are available for NHS mental health service users and applicants on low incomes or UK benefits. The bursary tickets are £15. Please apply to Ivan Ward on

For more information and to book a place please go to:



UCLA: October 11-12, 2019

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

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

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

Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to


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

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



(CFP closed October 15, 2018)



Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, Cumbria UK: October 11, 2019

‘Comics Up Close’, the opening event of Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019, welcomes the submission of abstracts for short papers that explore any aspect of comic art or graphic novels. This is an opportunity to share your current project with other researchers, illustrators, writers and teachers in the field, as well as members of the general public passionate about comics. These papers will be part of sessions inspired by the ‘PechaKucha’ presentation method: participants are asked to speak for 8 minutes with 8 slides.

Areas of interest include but are not restricted to:

- Comic histories
- Comics and the Reinterpretation of Literature
- The politics of comic art
- International comics
- Graphic narratives and memoir
- Comics and horror
- Comics and cinema
- Comics and Science Fiction

Abstracts: please submit a title and an abstract of up to 150 words.

Email address: a.tate@lancaster or

Deadline for submission of extracts: 5pm, Friday 16 August

More widely the programme for Comics Up Close is coming together with keynote presentations from Dr Simon Grennan, Leading Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Chester and Hannah Berry, Comic Artist and Comics Laureate, plus papers by Professor Kiko Saez de Adana at the University of Alcalá (Spain) and Prof Ana Merino (Wikipedia page here), Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Iowa, amongst many others. More information is now available via the LICAF website at



(CFP closed August 16, 2019)



University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: October 4-6, 2019

Fellini Satyricon (1969), directed by the master Italian director Federico Fellini, was first shown in Rome on 3 September 1969 and released throughout Italy on 18 September 1969. It is among the most famous (and unusual) representations of the Roman world. Originally both admired and attacked, this colloquium aims to mark the film’s 50th anniversary and reconsider its originality and importance.

- Friday 4 October (evening): a showing of the film (venue and time tba)
- Saturday 5 October: a series of papers, followed by a roundtable discussion (venue and times tba)
- Sunday 6 October: Dr. Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey) – a public lecture to the UQ Friends of Antiquity on cinematic receptions of the classical world (2 p.m., venue tba): ‘Fidelity vs. Creativity: The Screen Reception of Ancient Tragedy in Modern Greece’

Please send abstracts (200 words) to Tom Stevenson ( Abstracts must be received by Friday 19 July 2019.

Conference Fees
- October 4 – the film showing is free
- October 5 – non-members of the UQ Friends of Antiquity will be charged $30 for the day of papers – payable on the day to the Friends
- October 6 – non-members of the UQ Friends of Antiquity will be charged $10 for the public lecture – payable on the day to the Friends

Assoc. Prof. Tom Stevenson
Classics and Ancient History, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
The University of Queensland, Brisbane Qld 4072 Australia
T +61 7 3365 3143 - E W

Edited 20/9/2019. Speakers:

Prof. Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland), ‘Introduction’
Assoc. Prof. Tom Stevenson (University of Queensland), ‘Fellini Satyricon (1969) in the Context of Fellini’s Oeuvre’
Dr. Leanne Glass (University of Newcastle), ‘Fragmentation and Impotent Strides in Fellini-Satyricon’
Prof. Arthur Pomeroy (Victoria University of Wellington), ‘The Fragmentary World of Fellini Satyricon’
Assoc. Prof. Marcus Wilson (University of Auckland), ‘Fellini and Petronius: Envisioning the Past’
Assoc. Prof. Ika Willis (University of Wollongong), ‘Reception, Reception, Reception: The Satyricon of Goodreads and IMDB’
Dr. Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey University), ‘Italian vs. Greek Style? A Comparative Study of Federico Fellini and Theo Angelopoulos'

Information: film (, conference (, public lecture (

Call: -

(CFP closed July 19, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



(CFP closed June 1, 2019)



Basel, Switzerland: 3–5 October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 28/9/2019. Program:

Thursday, 03 October
9.00–9.15 | Registration / coffee
9.15–9.30 | Welcome / Opening remarks
Ciceronian foundations – Chair: Cédric Scheidegger Lämmle
9.30–10.15 | Tommaso Ricchieri (Padova) | Looking for a conditor: Munatius Plancus and the cultural history of Basel from Cicero to the 20th century
10.15–11.00 | Alice Borgna (Piemonte Orientale) | Basilea scrive a Cicerone: Lucio Munazio Planco
11.00–11.30 | Coffee break
11.30–12.15 | Michael Reeve (Cambridge) | Piccolominiana
12.15–13.45 | Lunch break
Ciceronian editions – Chair: Ermanno Malaspina
13.45–14.30 | Gesine Manuwald (London) | Cratander’s edition of Cicero’s works (1528) from Humanist Basel
14.30–15.15 | Thomas Vozar (Exeter) | Froben’s Ciceroniana: Humanism and the Printshop in Sixteenth-Century Basel
15.15–15.45 | Coffee break
Ciceronian commentaries I – Chair: Petra Schierl
15.45–16.30 | Federica Rossetti (Napoli) | Cicerone nella Basilea della Riforma. I commenti e le edizioni di Celio Secondo Curione
16.30–17.15 | Bram van der Velden (Leiden) | Basel and Renaissance Commenting on Cicero’s Speeches Evening lecture (Kollegienhaus der Universität, Hörsaal 114)
18.15–19.45 | Gregor Vogt-Spira (Marburg) | Erasmus’ Ciceronianus und die Debatte um Cicero
20.00 | Dinner

Friday, 04 October
9.00–9.30 | Coffee
Ciceronian commentaries II – Chair: Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer
9.30–10.15 | Petra Schierl (Basel) | Ciceros Somnium Scipionis im 16. Jh.: Kommentare aus Basler Pressen
10.15–11.00 | Christoph Schwameis (Wien/Dresden) | In L. Muraenam – Ein Humanist als Ankläger am ambitus-Gerichtshof
11.00–11.30 | Coffee break
Ciceronian engagements I (16th/17th c.) – Chair: Ermanno Malaspina
11.30–12.15 | Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer (Basel) | Cicero scepticus in der ‘Weltbeschreibung’ des Ioachim Vadianus
12.15–13.45 | Lunch break
13.45–14.30 | Giovanni Giorgini (Bologna) | Cicero, Erasmus and Machiavelli's Ghost in Basel
14.30–15.15 | Ueli Zahnd (Genève) | Cicero und die Reformation am Oberrhein
15.15–15.45 Coffee break
Ciceronian engagements II (18th/19th c.) – Chair: Gregor Vogt-Spira
15.45–16.30 | Benjamin Straumann (Zürich/New York) | Cicero und die Aufklärung
16.30–17.15 | Leonhard Burckhardt (Basel) | Cicero, Jacob Burckhardt und Basel. Eine Spurensuche
17.15–17.35 | Coffee break
17.35–18.20 | Francesca Benvenuti (Padova) | Gerlach’s Cicero versus Mommsen’s Cicero in 19th-century Basel
18.20–18.35 | Concluding remarks
20.30 | Conference dinner

Saturday, 05 October
9.30–10.00 | Welcome / coffee (Foyer Bildungszentrum) | walk to Universitätsbibliothek Basel
10.00–12.00 | Ueli Dill (Basel) | Satura Ciceroniana libris ex armariis Bibliothecae Basiliensis repleta
12.00 | Conclusion / farewell



(CFP closed April 28, 2019)



Theme: Legitimacy - Illegitimacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Limited financial assistance is available to AEMA members on acceptance.


(CFP closed May 20, 2019)



Trinity College, Cambridge, UK: September 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)



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

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

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

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

Please see the full call for papers at:

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

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


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



Leipzig University, Germany: September 26–28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 31, 2019)



Bavarian State Library, Munich, Germany: September 25-27, 2019

The Bavarian State Library (BSB), together with the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BadW), is organizing a conference on digital editions in the fields of Classical and Byzantine Studies. The conference will take place in Munich from September 25-27, 2019 (Ludwigstraße 16, 80539 Munich, Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal). The main focus will be on the interaction of different stakeholders, such as scientists, publishers, data centers, and libraries. The presentations cover a broad range of different ancient materials (epigraphy, papyri, manuscripts) and their specific challenges within an editing project.

Conference papers are held in both German and English.

ECKHART ARNOLD (Munich): Old Jobs – New Challenges. Producing, Providing and Sustaining Digital Scientific Literature
MONICA BERTI (Leipzig): The Digital Marmor Parium: Materiality of ancient Greek fragmentary historiography
PAUL DE JONGH (Turnhout): Perspektive Brepols Verlag
CLAUDIA FABIAN, KERSTIN HAJDÚ, CAROLIN SCHREIBER (Munich): Das Handschriftenportal und seine Rolle für Editionsprojekte und Digital Humanities
OLIVER GASPERLIN (Tübingen): Perspektive Pagina Publikationstechnologien
MICHAEL GRÜNBART, ANDREAS KUCZERA (Münster/Gießen): Census Epistularum Graecarum – Die Erfassung und Analyse der griechischen Briefüberlieferung in den Handschriften vom 8. bis 18. Jahrhundert
STEFAN HAGEL (Vienna): Perspektive Classical Text Editor
UTA HEIL (Vienna): Digital Critical Edition of the Expositiones in Psalmos of (Ps)Athanasius of Alexandria
JOHANN MARTIN THESZ (Würzburg): Die Kriege Prokops in synoptischer Darstellung
ARLETTE NEUMANN (Basel): Perspektive Schwabe Verlag
TORSTEN SCHAßAN (Wolfenbüttel): „Mehr als ein Dienstleister“: Die Rolle der Digital Humanities und der Infrastruktur für den Erfolg einer digitalen Edition
RAIMONDO TOCCI (Komotini): Wie sinnvoll sind Hybrideditionen byzantinischer Chroniken?
ANNETTE VON STOCKHAUSEN (Berlin): Digitale Edition der Homilien Severians von Gabala
CHRISTOPH WEILBACH (Leipzig): Digitale Edition von Papyri und Ostraka aus den Sammlungen in Halle, Jena und Leipzig

If you plan on coming to Munich we can offer support in finding a suitable hotel. Please register via email by September 10 (, or

Links: and



University College Cork, Ireland: September 21, 2019

How do we moderns conceptualize the “roots” and the “beginning” of our collective identities? How have the traditions and habits we recognize as ours been shaped in time? How do lost ancient peoples, civilizations, and myths survive in modern imagination? In an era of re-emergence of populisms, increase in hate speech, and resurgence of xenophobia, reflecting on how political, social and personal identities are shaped by our perception of the past is crucial. The reception and re-use of image of the ancient in modern literatures, film, historiography and scholarship can take different forms. However, these are often studied within the boundaries of the discipline of Classical Reception. Despite the wide remit of this discipline, the reception of ‘Classics’ in the widest sense of the term has mostly to do with the transmission of texts. The notion itself of ’Classical reception’ does not always suffice to describe the reception of ancient histories, myths, images, figures: it follows that this notion is sometimes inadequate and a new framework including the reception of primitive, archaic, uncanny, mute, more problematic legacies is necessary. In order to develop new paradigms for understanding the reception of ancient histories, symbols, and myth, and to define how these uncategorized forms of “ancient” legacies survive in modernity, cultural historians with diverse backgrounds interested in how modernity has interrogated other ‘subaltern’ antiquities: more ‘local’ – as opposed to the alleged ‘universality’ of the Classical heritage – and more mysterious – since they left little or no trace of themselves as opposed to the model of the so-called ‘Classical tradition’.

9.00 Welcome coffee and registration
Panel 1: Delving in Darkness
Chair: Dr Clare O’Halloran
9.30: Prof. John Carey (University College Cork): The Nature of the Fomoiri: Imagining the Dark Other in Medieval Ireland
10.00: Prof. Barbara Goff (University of Reading): Touching in the Dark: ‘natives’ and ‘barbarians’ in the classicising fiction of Naomi Mitchison
10.30: Discussion
11.00-11.30: break
Panel 2: Choosing your ancestors
Chair: [TBC]
11.30 Prof. Nelly Blanchard (Université de la Bretagne Occidentale): The benefits of the Celtic ancestors. From the Celtomanes to the present-day Breton business-model
12.00: Dr Martin Lindner (Universität Göttingen): ‘Ex septentrione lux’ – Nordic High-Culture Narratives in German Documentary Films from the 1930s
12.30: Dr Kate Hodgson (University College Cork): Memory and the ‘children of Anacaona’: Indigenous Caribbean traces in Haitian writing
13.00: Discussion
13.30-14.30: lunch
Panel 3: Etruscan places
Chair: Dr Daragh O’Connell
14.30: Prof. Maurizio Harari (Università di Pavia):The Etruscans. A myth of the twentieth century between literature and movies.
15.00: Prof. Bart Van Den Bossche / Dott. Chiara Zampieri (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): Etruscan myths in early twentieth-century Britain
15.30: Coffee break
15.45: Dr Martina Piperno (University College Cork): The malleability of the Pre-Roman past: challenges, imagination, risks
16.15: Discussion and final remarks

The event is funded by the Irish Research Council through a New Foundations Grant.

Information: and



Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, UK: September 20, 2019

This one-day event builds on last year’s successful conference which explored the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for classical collections. ‘Classical’ collections are defined broadly as collections from the ancient Mediterranean, including Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Cypriot material. There are at least 70 such collections across the UK, which have varying levels of curatorial support, and there is scope to do more by pooling expertise and sharing experiences. Attendees will have the chance to review progress and give their views on next steps.

The event will also present projects on the theme of connecting with audiences through collection history. The venue, the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle, houses the Shefton Collection of Greek Art and Archaeology, and offers an excellent opportunity to explore this theme as August 2019 marks the centenary of Brian Shefton’s birth. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the collection as part of the day’s events.

Please join us for a day of networking, inspiration, and support in making the best use of classical collections in museums.

Booking is FREE, but essential.

The final version of the programme can be found below, along with further details.




Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany: September 19-20, 2019


19. September 2019

1. Kommunikation mit der Unterwelt in der antiken Literatur
9.00-9.30: Darja Šterbenc Erker: Begrüßung
Darja Šterbenc Erker, Andreas Heil: Kurzvorstellung der Leitidee des Workshops
9. 30-10.10: Andreas Heil (Universität Wien): Jörgensens Gesetz in der homerischen Nekyia
10.10-10.50: Roland Baumgarten (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Jenseitserfahrung als Wissensquelle: Das Katabasisorakel des Trophonius und der platonische Jenseitsmythos der Politeia
Pause 10.50-11.20
11.20-11.50: Giacomo Sclavi (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): … formam aliquam figuramque quaerebant: Ciceros Kritik an der Körperlichkeit von Toten in Tusc. I, 36 ff.
11.50-12.30: Darja Šterbenc Erker (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Rituelle Kommunikation mit den Toten im intermedialen und intergenerischen Wandel in Ovids Fasti
12.30-12.45 Zwischenfazit
12.45-14.15 Mittagspause
14.15-14.55: Patrick Kappacher (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): cuius vos estis superi: Ericthos Nekromantie zwischen Jenseits-Kommunikation und Erzähl-Raum
14.55-15.35: Bernhard Söllradl (Universität Wien): satis est meminisse priorum: Zur Totenbeschwörung in Statius’ Thebais
15.35-16.05 Pause
16.05-16.45: Nicole Kröll (Universität Wien): Aspekte des Jenseits in den Dionysiaka des Nonnos von Panopolis
16.45-17.25: Julia Doroszewska (University of Warsaw): Between dream and reality: post-mortem apparitions of saints in late-antique Greek literature
2. Rezeption antiker Repräsentationen der Unterwelt in Renaissance und in moderner Literatur
17.40-18.20: Marko Marinčič (University of Ljubljana): Homers Schatten an Epochenschwellen: Ennius, Petrarca, Andreas Divus und Ezra Pound
19.00 Abendessen

20. September 2019

9.30-10.10: Eva María Mateo Decabo (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Geister in der römischen Elegie: Der Besuch der verstorbenen Geliebten und der Tod des Autors
10.10-10.50: Sonja Schreiner (Universität Wien): Tierische Hölle oder: Wie kommt ein Kater in die Unterwelt? Friedrich Wilhelm Zachariäs Murner in der Hölle im Vergleich mit der englischen Übertragung Tabby in Elysium und der lateinischen Nachdichtung Aelurias
Pause: 10.50-11.20
11.20-12.00: Madeleine Scherer (University of Warwick): A Quest for Remembrance: The Graeco-Roman Underworld in Ireland and the Caribbean
3. There and Back Again: The Underworld in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture Inspired by Classical Antiquity
12.00-12.45: Katarzyna Marciniak (University of Warsaw): Unterwelt oder Untergrund: Vom Hades zum Goblin-König in Jim Hensons fantastischem Universum
12.45-14.15: Mittagspause
14.15-14.55: Karolina Kulpa (University of Warsaw): Have Fun with the Ancient Underworld! Some Examples of the Reception of Classical Antiquity on the Basis of the Products for Children and Young Adults
14.55-15.35: Agnieszka Maciejewska (University of Warsaw): Cleopatra Reactivated! The Classic Image of Cleopatra VII Transformed in Animations
15.35-16.10 Pause
16.10-16.50: Viktoryia Bartsevich (University of Warsaw): True Love? Hades and Persephone in Comic Books
16.50- 18.00: Abschlussdiskussion
19.00 Abendessen





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 21/06/2019:


Day 1, Thursday 12 September 2019
Welcome and Opening Remarks
8.50-9:00 Prof. Ingrid De Smet and Bobby Xinyue (University of Warwick, UK)

Panel 1: History of Time
9:00-9:40 Ahuvia Khane (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
Ancient Narrative Time: Homer, Literary History, and Temporality
9:40-10:20 Duncan Kennedy (University of Bristol, UK)
Time, Historical Ontology, and Interpretation: the Case of Lucretius
10:20-11:00 Andrew Laird (Brown University, US)
Angelo Poliziano’s Brief History of Time

Panel 2: Temporalities in Roman Epic
11:30-12:10 Anke Walter (University of Newcastle, UK)
The ‘Grand Narrative’ of Time and Fate in Vergil’s Aeneid
12:10-12:50 Siobhan Chomse (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
History in Ruins: Temporality, Irony and the Sublime in Lucan’s Bellum Civile

Panel 3: Epistolary Time
14:40-15:20 Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford, UK)
Time to Come: Horace’s Epistolary Futures
15:20-16:00 Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
The Day of Reckoning: Seneca’s Epistolary Time

Panel 4: The Representation of Time and the Writing of History
16:30-17:10 Martin Stöckinger (University of Cologne, Germany)
Historiography and Chronography in Rome
17:10-17:50 Marco Sgarbi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
Francesco Robortello on History

Day 2, Friday 13 September 2019

Panel 5: Personification and Embodiment of Time
9:00-9:40 Susannah Ashton (Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
The Apotheosis of Time: Chronos and Cosmos in Pherecydes’ Heptamychos
9:40-10:20 Rebecca Batty (University of Nottingham, UK)
Rivers as the Embodiment of Disrupted Time: the Metamorphoses’ Apocalyptic Episodes
10:20-11:00 Tom Geue (University of St Andrews, UK)
Slaving Time: brevitas from the Bottom Up

Panel 6: Time and Politics in Early Modern Latin Poetry
11:30-12:10 Bobby Xinyue (University of Warwick, UK)
Extension and Closure in Renaissance Poetic Calendars
12:10-12:50 Elena Dahlberg (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Time as a Political Tool in Neo-Latin Poetry from the Swedish Empire

Panel 7: Humanist Refoundations of Early Rome
14:40-15:20 Helen Dixon (University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Ancient Chronology and the Origins of Rome in the Renaissance
15:20-16:00 Caroline Stark (Howard University, US)
Shaping Realities: Refounders and the Politics of Time in the Renaissance

Panel 8: Prediction and Finality
16:30-17:10 Ovanes Akopyan (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Power, Fortune and scientia naturalis: Predicting Disasters in the Italian Renaissance
17:10-17:50 Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge, UK)
The End of Time: Early Modern Poems on the Last Judgement

Response and Conclusion: 18:00-18:20 Prof. Tiziana Lippiello (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)


(CFP closed March 8, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 27/7/2019. Provisional Program:

Thursday 12th September 2019
0945 Registration and Coffee
1020 Welcome (Connie Bloomfield and Edith Hall)
Session 1: Archaic Time
1030 Tobias Myers Imperfective Moments: The Celestial Perspective in Iliadic Battle Narratives
1100 Rioghnach Sachs Homoeroticism, Time and the Determination of Genre in Sappho's Fragments
1130 Alex Purves Alcman, Sappho, and the ‘Lyric Present'
1200 Break
1230 Peter Moench Bending Time: Cosmic History and Human Temporality in Pindar's Nemean 6
1300 Ditmar Dragnev Aesop and the Future
1330 Lunch
Session 2: Ethnographic and Historiographic Time
1430 Tobias Joho Tense Usage, Dialogue Form and Characterization in Herodotus
1500 Keating McKeon Perseid Wars and Notional Nostos in Herodotus' Histories
1530 Kenneth Yu Aetiology and Temporality in Greek Ethnographic Literature
1600 Brian McPhee Ethnography in the Past Tense: The Amazons in Apollonius' Argonautica
1630 Tea
1700 Keynote 1: Felix Budelmann Tense, Aspect and Temporality in the Greek Lyric Present
1800 Drinks and Speakers' Dinner

Friday 13th September 2019
Session 3: Time, Knowledge and Narrative
0900 Carol Atack Temporalities of Knowledge in Plato's Protagoras
0930 Isobel Higgins Conceptualising the Future in Lycophron's Alexandra
1000 Alessandro Vatri The Living Past: Tense and Genre in the Critical Essays of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
1030 Coffee
1100 Robert Rohland The time of Dining and the Time of Death: Sardanapallus, Epitaphs and Performance
1130 Carlo Delle Donne Tenses in the Genre of Greek Cosmology: the Case of Plutarch
1200 Jody Cundy Turning Hierophany into Text: Pausanias on Lebadeia and the Oracle of Trophonius
1230 Lunch
Session 4: Dramatic and Theatrical Time
1330 Keynote 2: Sheila Murnaghan The Singularity of the Tragic Day
1430 Marcus Bell Mis-step in Time—Dancing Elsewhen through Euripides' Bakkhai
1500 Efstathia Athanasopoulou Entangled in Time: Satyr Drama in Present Tense
1530 Tea
1600 Devan Turner Silenus and the Chorus of Satyr Drama as Time Travellers
1630 Peter Swallow Time in Old Comedy
1700 Roundtable Discussion over Wine
1800 Depart


(CFP closed May 1, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(CFP closed June 28, 2019)



Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Bratislava, Slovakia): September 6, 2019

The colloquium seeks to accommodate short, 15-minute presentations in the Slovak, Czech, German, English or Latin languages, followed by relevant discussions. The topic may be approached from the perspective of literary studies, history, linguistics, and other related disciplines.

Please e-mail your proposals (consisting of a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and your affiliation) to before 18 April 2019.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. The proceedings will be published in electronic format by the Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics.


Program [pdf]:

(CFP closed April 18, 2019)



Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris, France: September 5-6, 2019

Aristotle’s views on the nature of life and mind, and the relation between them, are taking on a renewed significance in contemporary philosophy. Increasingly, Aristotelian themes arise in a number of different fields, such as philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology, metaethics, and philosophy of biology. Central issues include whether Aristotle’s conception of human nature can usefully form the ground of a naturalized ethics, whether current discussions of the continuity between life and mind can benefit from Aristotle’s own version of the continuity thesis, whether evolutionary biology could benefit from a theory of the organism of the sort that Aristotle’s biological works offer.

Despite the interest in exploring Aristotelian themes in contemporary philosophy, there has been no coordinated attempt to survey or integrate the ways in which Aristotle’s approach to understanding life, mind, and the relation between them might inform and enrich our own. The objective of this workshop is to explore the way in which Aristotelian thought can brought to bear on contemporary research on the much-debated issue of the so-called mind-body problem and on its implications for the conceptualization of notions such as those of organism, animal and human perception and action, human moral agency, and the relation between mind and life. Such themes are of crucial importance for philosophical research and beyond.

Scholars working in ancient philosophy are paired with researchers in psychology and/or contemporary philosophy of biology. Each pair will discuss a common theme with a dual focus on the potential of Aristotle’s philosophy to contribute to the contemporary debate, on one side, and on the actual impact of such contributions for contemporary research, on the other. The workshop constitutes an explicit attempt to bridge the gap between classics and contemporary biological and psychological theory and, as such, it features an exploratory research design.

Participants include Christopher Austin (Oxford), Pia Campeggiani (Bologna), Victor Caston (Michigan), Sophia Connell (Birkbeck, London), Klaus Corcilius (Tübingen), Véronique Decaix (Paris 1), James Lennox (Pittsburgh), Anna Marmodoro (Durham), Laura Nuño de la Rosa (Complutense, Madrid), Denis Walsh (Toronto), Michael Wheeler (Stirling).

Registration is free. Full programme and registration information:



Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Genoa, Italy: September 5-6, 2019

The conference is co-organised by the University of Genoa and the University of Oxford.

Our conference aims to explore the connections and relationships between literature and the screen, from the pre-cinematic age to the era of new digital technologies. A cross-media approach, aimed at understanding the reciprocal influences between these various artistic forms, as seen from the point of view of techniques of representation, theoretical exchanges and the circulation of works, will shed new light on ideas in, and theories of, both literature and the cinema.

The dialogue between different genres of literature and film has been crucial in their respective developments from the birth of cinema to the present day. Moreover, various texts and authors in the literature of the pre-cinematic era can be analysed through film techniques and be regarded as, in some ways, anticipating them.

Our keynote speakers are Nikolaj Lübecker and Laura Marcus (University of Oxford).

Please send your abstracts (max. 250 words) and short bios (max. 50 words) in PDF to:

The deadline for submissions is 30 June.

Below are the links to the full version of our CFP as well as to our Facebook event.



(CFP closed June 30, 2019)



University of Manchester, UK: September 5-6, 2019

A two-day conference co-hosted by the Genealogies of Knowledge project, the Division of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, and the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester, UK

A notable feature of intellectual history has been the role of translation in the evolution and contestation of key cultural concepts, including those involved in the negotiation of power: we may think here of the extent to which modern terms such as ‘politics’ and ‘democracy’ derive ultimately from classical Greek, often mediated through different languages. Translation and other forms of mediation are similarly implicated in renegotiating the concept of the public intellectual in different historical and cultural locations.

The role and future of the public intellectual in the contemporary world continues to inspire academic and non-academic debate. In his 1993 Reith lectures, Edward Said gives voice to what might be called a ‘common-sense’ vision of the public intellectual. At first glance, Said’s description of the fiercely independent, incorruptible intellectual whose writing and thought serve as a lifelong calling to relentlessly and selflessly oppose injustice has a timeless quality. Closer examination reveals, however, that Said’s vision is very much a product of his time and personal circumstances. Several assumptions underlie Said’s vision. For example, Said insists on a strict division between the public and the private sphere. He declares that the public intellectual’s main task is making enlightened representations in language that assess actual states-of-affairs against the prescriptions of universal moral precepts. For Said, the public intellectual must be secular, being staunchly opposed to religion spilling outside ‘private life’. Finally, Said holds that the norms that serve as the public intellectual’s moral compass are the principles of liberal democracy. These ostensibly universal elements of Said’s portrait – the division between public and private realms, the view of democratic liberalism as a universally valid moral system, and a robust secularism that staunchly opposes religion spilling outside ‘private life’ – are all in reality the product of the particular historical experiences of Western Europe.

Research undertaken by the Genealogies of Knowledge team serves as a challenge to such contemporary constructions of the public intellectual as a timeless and culturally ubiquitous figure in human societies, and demonstrates that the figure of the public intellectual has also been inscribed into historical representations of premodern society and politics. In the premodern world, perhaps more than today, the status of ‘public intellectual’ derived from access to cultural capital associated with particular bodies of knowledge – often but not necessarily religious as well as secular – and in particular from the construction of intellectual authority via expertise in a privileged learned language (Greek, Latin, classical Arabic, Sanskrit).

‘Constructing the public intellectual in the premodern world’ is based on the premise that the term ‘public intellectual’ can meaningfully be used either of individuals or of groups in the premodern world. It has two aims. The first is to examine the specific historical conditions, including both the continuities but also the changes in conceptual and cultural categories, which served to construct this figure in the premodern world. The second is to understand how modern representations of the premodern ‘public intellectual’ have been used to inspire and shape modern ideas about the role and remit of public intellectuals in the contemporary world.

The conference welcomes proposals for individual papers or panels (ideally of three papers) that grapple with how the ‘public intellectual’ was constructed in premodern societies, and how their legacy influences how we understand the public intellectual today. The conference invites scholars to present research on, but not limited to, the following broad themes:

Constructing categories. Focusing on the historically and culturally specific categories from which representations of the public intellectual are constructed. Topics include: the premodern ‘public’, premodern textual and visual political representation, premodern ‘intellect’ and ‘intellectuals’, premodern sites of representation, power and representation in the premodern world, the self in premodern politics, political life in the premodern world.

Constructing authority with language and translation. Focusing on privileged languages of learning as a mode of access to political privilege. Topics include: politics of translation, constructing scientific lexicons, language and power in the premodern world, premodern lingua francas, politics and vernacular languages.

Constructing authority with knowledge. Focusing on the historical changes and cultural differences in the specialised forms of knowledge that give its possessor the power to govern the lives of others. Topics include: political knowledge; specialisation and professionalism in the premodern world; the relationship between specific learned languages and particular areas of expertise such as religious learning, legal learning and medical learning; political authority and privileged languages of learning; premodern education and political power; patronage and patrons; centre and periphery in premodern intellectual geography; public intellectuals on the move.

Utilising the premodern public intellectual. Focusing on how portraits of premodern ‘public intellectuals’ influence our ideas about what the public intellectual should be today. Topics include: using ancient models for making the modern public intellectuals, contemporary legacies of ancient philosophers, ‘practical philosophy’ in the modern world.

Submissions are welcome from diverse fields, including but not limited to: history, linguistics, translation studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, political science, religious studies, development and regional studies, and classics.

Individual abstracts and panel proposals should be sent to Kamran Karimullah ( by 1st March 2019.

Speakers and the titles of their papers are listed below: fuller details including abstracts are available at the conference website.

Keynote speakers:

Khaled Fahmy (University of Cambridge), “To Whom Does the Body Belong: Modern Medicine and Medical Professionals in Times of Upheaval”
Chris Stray (Swansea University) “The Politics of the Classical: Language and authority in the 19th century”

Other confirmed speakers:

Nilza Angmo (Ambedkar University, Delhi), “The Reciter and the Translator: Transmission of religious texts in Tibetan Buddhism”
Radha Chakravarty (Ambedkar University, Delhi), “The River of Knowledge: Rabindranath Tagore and Premodern Thinkers”
Tim Cornell (University of Manchester), “Ancient and modern ideas of History and Historical Writing”
Eduardo Crisafulli (Independent researcher), “The construction of Dante as a modern intellectual ahead of his time”
Maribel Fierro (ILC-CSIC, Madrid), “Ibn Tumart and Ibn Rushd (Averroes): exploring the ‘public intellectual’ from the Medieval Maghreb”
Chiara Fontana (Sapienza University of Rome/Italian Institute of Oriental Studies), “A Farewell to the Beauty: Political, Aesthetical and Social Aspects of Ibn al-Muʽtazz’s (861 – 908) Legacy as a Pre-modern Public Intellectual. An In-Depth Inquiry in His Neglected Work Fuṣūl at-Tamāthīl fī Tabāshīr as-Surūr (Examples and Similes on the Pleasure of Sharing Joy)”
Matthias Haake (University of Münster), “All over the Ancient Mediterranean world? The social figure of the intellectual in the Greek and Roman worlds from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity – a comparative approach”
Joanna Komorowska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw), “Knowing the Future: the Public Face of an Astrologer”
Taro Mimura (Hiroshima University, Japan), “Arabic Translation Contests in the Abbasid Courts – The Process of Publicizing Greek Scientific Knowledge in the Abbasid Period”
Seán Morris (University of Exeter), “In Latin and French: a Bilingual Mathematician writing for two Audiences”
Zrinko Novosel (University of Zagreb/Croatian Institute of History), “Writing on the Topic of Law in the Periphery. The Case of Imbrih Domin and Konstantin Farkaš”
Hammood Obaid (University of Manchester), “Ǧābir Bin Ḥayyān and The Earl of Northumberland: Elizabethan conceptions of science, magic and their role in society”
Matthew Payne (Leiden University), “Cicero and Aulus Gellius: the public intellectual as translator and mediator in the Roman world”
Dino Piovan (University of Verona), “Reading Thucydides in Early 20th-Century Italy”
Koen Scholten (Utrecht University), “Scholarly Identity in Early Modern Europe: A Quantitative Approach to Early Modern Collective Vitae of Learned Men and Women”
Emily Selove (University of Exeter), “The Sorcerer Scholar: al-Sakkākī (d. 1229) as grammarian and court magician”
Youcef Soufi (University of British Columbia), “Some Precursors of the Modern Public Intellectual; Disputation and Critique Among Islamic Jurists in the 10th-13th Century”
John Taylor (University of Manchester), “English historians of ancient Greece from Mitford to Grote”
Rogier van der Wal (Leiden University/University Campus Fryslân, Leeuwarden), “Another kind of public intellectual: Oscar Wilde and Harry Mulisch”
Laura Viidebaum (New York University), “Past Perfect: Isocrates and the Emergence of Public Intellectuals”
Hans Wietzke (Carleton College, Minnesota), “Wit to Power: Rethinking the Royal Addressee in Archimedes’ Sand-Reckoner”


(CFP closed March 1, 2019)



25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

Bern, Switzerland: September 4-7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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


Call: (Session #212)

(CFP closed February 14, 2019)



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

Szeged, Hungary: August 28–30, 2019

The Department of Classical Philology and Neo-Latin Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Szeged, Hungary is pleased to announce its International Conference Sapiens Ubique Civis VII – Szeged 2019, for PhD Students, Young Scholars, as well as M.A. students aspiring to apply to a PhD program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to your participation in this conference.

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

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

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


(CFP closed June 11, 2019)



University of Sydney (CCANESA), NSW, Australia: August 22, 2019

Our next Classical Heritage Forum turns to the place of Classics in NSW secondary schools.

This evening forum is for teachers, academics, museum educators and all those interested in the Classics at The University of Sydney. Join educators and scholars as we investigate the way Classical language and learning have influenced education in New South Wales.

We will explore the changing nature of pedagogy in the Classics from the early days of the colony to the present, both within and beyond formal schooling, and examine the shifting history of Classics as the hallmark of a liberal education, as it has changed from a field that was conventionally the preserve of the educated few to one that attracts a culturally and ethnically diverse group of students, with as many young women as men. Against this backdrop, our panellists will discuss the rewards and challenges of an education in the Classics, and their place in the school curriculum of the 21st century.


4pm Arrival and afternoon tea

4:20pm Welcome and introductions: Professor Penny Russell

4:30pm – 5.30pm. Classical Learning: A Shifting Landscape

Speakers: Professor Penny Russell, University of Sydney; Associate Professor Julia Horne, University of Sydney Associate Professor Helen Proctor, University of Sydney; Dr Emily Matters, President, Classical Languages Teachers Association.

5:40pm – 6:50pm Classical Learning Today (Panel Discussion)

Panel chair: Professor Peter Wilson, University of Sydney

Speakers: Helen Pigram, North Sydney Girls High; Michael Salter, Baulkham Hills High; Alison Chau, Sydney Girls High; Nathan Bottomley, Sydney Grammar; Anthony Gibbins, Sydney Grammar.

6:50pm Closing remarks: Professor Penny Russell

6:50pm–7.30pm Drinks and supper




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call: [pdf]


(CFP closed June 30, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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




Applications close: July annually.

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed July 26, 2019)



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

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

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

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

Edit 21/06/2019. Speakers:
Raph Cormack (Columbia): Foreign or local: what did ancient Greece mean in an age of modern nationalism?
Carmen Gitre (Virginia Tech): Shadow Play to Proscenium Stage: Najib al-Rihani and the Crafting of Modern Egyptian Comedy
Sameh Hanna (Leeds): Reconfiguring the ‘classic’ in the Arabic translations of Shakespeare’s tragedies: Khalīl Muṭrān’s Othello
Lloyd Llewelyn-Jones (Cardiff): Greek theatre in Iran - a long view?
Shaymaa Moussa (Cairo): Ahmed Etman and Classics in Egypt
Evelyn Richardson (Chicago): Greek myth and ancient history on the early Arabic stage: three translations of Racinian tragedies
Ons Trabelsi (Lorraine): Molière, un classique arabe?
Sandra Vinagre (Lisbon): The Syria Trojan Women: From therapeutic theatre to a cry for action
Houman Zandi-Zadeh (Flinders): The Politics of State Festivals: Disloyal to the Queen, Loyal to Peter Brook




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

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

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

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

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

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

(CFP closed February 28, 2019)



University College London, UK: July 9, 2019

Organizers: Francesca Spiegel, Giulia Maria Chesi, Tom MacKenzie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Freud Museum, London: July 5-6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed October 31, 2018)



Oxford, UK: July 5, 2019

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed March 8, 2019)



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

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

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


Twitter: @Fieca2019.

(CFP closed September 1, 2018)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed May 6, 2019)



London, UK (FutureLearn Camden, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, NW1 8NP): July 3, 2019

We are delighted to announce this collaborative workshop that we hope will be of particular interest to colleagues working in classical reception studies. The event is free to attend but places are limited, so please register by emailing me directly (

Hosted by the Open University’s Classical Reception Research Cluster/Classical Reception Studies Network and the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) and Digital Humanities Research Collaborations

At the same time that classical reception studies have become an important and vibrant part of the broader discipline of classical studies, research into the history of books and reading has flourished in English departments, especially at the Open University. Yet the connections between these fields of research, which often pursue parallel aims in seeking to understand exactly how the literature of the past has been read (to what ends, and with what effects), remains relatively under-explored and under-exploited. This workshop is therefore designed to bring together scholars working in these two areas, to share their research, experiences, and expertise, with two main aims: firstly, to raise awareness of the methodologies and tools that classical reception study and book history might fruitfully share, with a particular emphasis on introducing classical reception scholars to the READ-IT project (; and secondly, to identify possible avenues for future collaborative and/or mutually beneficial research.

12.15 onwards Arrival and lunch

1.00-1.15 Welcome - Dr Joanna Paul, Classical Reception Research Cluster Lead (OU)

1.15-1.40 History of Books and Reading Research at the Open University - Dr Shafquat Towheed, Director of the Book History Research Group (OU); Dr Francesca Benatti, Research Fellow in Digital Humanities (OU)

1.40-2.00 Introducing the READ-IT project - Dr Alessio Antonini, Research Associate, Knowledge Media Institute (OU)

2.00-2.20 The Reading Experience Database, Classics, and Social Class - Dr Henry Stead, Postdoctoral Research Associate in English (OU)

2.20-2.40 Refreshment break

2.40-3.30 ‘Reception History, Book History, Media History’ - Dr Ika Willis, Associate Professor in English Literatures (University of Wollongong, Australia)

3.30-4.00 Round table discussion




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

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

The themes the conference intends to tackle are the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited 29/06/2019. Speakers:
• Caterina Agus (Università degli Studi di Torino), A oriente del sole, a occidente della luna: sulle tracce del Re Dorato del bosco
• Elena Angelucci (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano) - Tommaso Di Piazza (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano) - Elena Tiberi (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano), The Inky Bough: A Study in Classics and Religion in Providence
• Roberto Arduini (Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani), “Adorando il popolo delle stelle”: I movimenti religiosi ispirati alla mitologia di Tolkien
• Marcos Bella-Fernández (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) - Leticia Cortina Aracil (Independent Researcher), Week-end devotions: religion creation for Living-Action Role Playing games. The case of Spain
• Ilaria Biano (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici - Napoli), The leftovers and the lost ones: narrazioni postsecolari tra millenarismo e sincretismo in due casi di serialità fantasy
• Francesca Boldrer (Università degli Studi di Macerata), Dèi e miti nella fantascienza di Calvino: riletture di Proteo e Euridice
• Martina Broccoli (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano) - Veronica Orciari (Laboratorio di Traduzione Istituto Nolfi - Fano), Do Men Dream of Electric Religions?
• Lottie Brown (University of Bristol), Wonder Woman: A Consideration of her Roman Antecedents
• Davide Burgio (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), La questione della salvezza dei pagani nell’universo finzionale tolkieniano: il Dibattito di Finrod e Andreth
• Alberto Cecon (GRIMM - Gruppo Triestino di Ricerca sul Mito e la Mitografia), Il messia malato. Passione, morte e putrefazione nell'anti-moderna teologia lovecraftiana
• Jim Clarke (Coventry University), The Dharma of Dune (and other Buddhist adventures in 1960s Science Fiction) • Mattia Cravero (Università degli Studi di Torino), Una “furtiva occhiata d’allarme”. Primo Levi, Prometeo e il Golem
• Chiara Crosignani (Independent Researcher), It was the darkness between: il Dualismo (im)perfetto della Ruota del Tempo di Robert Jordan
• Giuseppe Cuscito (Vanderbilt University), La paleoastronautica tra fantascienza e religione
• Eleonora D’Agostino (Sapienza Università di Roma), L. Ron Hubbard, la fantascienza e Scientology: viaggio di una religione dalla cultura pop degli anni ‘50 ad oggi
• Andrew Daventry (Associazione Culturale “Le Belle Lettere”), Studies in the History of the Church under the Reign of His Imperial Majesty, John IV, by the Grace of God, King and Emperor of England, France, Scotland, Ireland, New England, New France, King of the Romans and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Defender of the Faith, et cetera.
• Barbara Giulia Valentina Lattanzi (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Verso la Nuova Mecca. L’immagine dell’Islam in Pitch Black e nella saga di Riddick
• Pascal Lemaire (Independent Researcher), Byzantine theology in alternate history: a not so serious matter?
• Ubaldo Lugli (Università degli Studi di Genova), La morte non esiste. Riti funerari e miti escatologici nel “ciclo di Ayesha”
• Giulia Mancini (University of Iceland - Háskóli Íslands), Un ponte verso l’ignoto: echi della mitologia norrena nel Trono di Spade?
• Nicola Martellozzo (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna), Come gli uomini diventano deva. Rappresentazione e funzione delle religioni in Lord of Light
• Roberta Matkovic (Università “Juraj Dobrila” - Pola), “Dylan Dog” - L’indagatore dell’incubo, gli inferi e i personaggi infernali
• Lucrezia Naglieri (Independent Researcher), La religione e il potere ne Il racconto dell’ancella di Margaret Atwood. Analisi iconografica e storico-artistica della teocrazia distopica di Galaad
• Nicola Pannofino (Università degli Studi di Torino), Mistica dell’oscurità e dark fantasy. L’incontro con il numinoso ne Il Labirinto del fauno
• Fernanda Rossini (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Eppur si muove! Le conoscenze scientifiche come forme di superstizione religiosa nel romanzo Orfani del cielo (1941) di Robert A. Heinlein
• Sebastian Schwibach (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici - Napoli), Contatto tra mondi: cosmologia e figure divine nella trilogia fanta-teologica di C.S. Lewis
• Roger Sneed (Furman University - Greenville), ‘Black Panther’, Afrofuturism, and African American Religious Life
• Liliana Tangorra (Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”), Animali fantastici e dove cercarli. Dalla tradizione pre-cristiana a quella dantesca, dal Physiologus all’Harry Potter di Serena Riglietti e Jean-Claude Götting
• Gianni F. Trapletti (Independent Researcher), Il bokononismo: da religione fittizia nel romanzo Ghiaccio-nove (1963) di K. Vonnegut a sistema spirituale plausibile?
• Krzysztof Ulanowski (University of Gdańsk), Did historical and invented Achilles believe in the Greek gods?
• Panel Discussion: Making Gods and Heroes - The Creation of Fantastic Universes in the World of Comics - with Marika Michelazzi (Independent Author), A Twist in the Myth - Emiliano Mammucari (Sergio Bonelli Editore) - Matteo Mammucari - (Sergio Bonelli Editore) - Giovanni Masi (Sergio Bonelli Editore) - Mauro Uzzeo (Sergio Bonelli Editore), Nero
• Book presentation: Star Wars. Il mito dai mille volti. Un saggio di antropocinema - by Andrea Guglielmino, Golem Libri, Roma 2018.
• Book presentation: Il fabbro di Oxford. Scritti e interventi su Tolkien - by Wu Ming 4, Eterea Edizioni, Roma 2019.


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

(CFP ended April 20, 2019)



Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford: June 28, 2019

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

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

Further details:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep up to date:

(CFP closed March 31, 2019)



Freiburg im Breisgau, 27–29 June 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Practical information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(CFP closed December 1, 2018)



Lyon, France: June 27-29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call: [pdf]

(CFP closed October 12, 2018)



New York City: June 26-29, 2019

Theme: Classical Receptions

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

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

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


(CFP closed January 15. 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCC website:

Program: [pdf]

(CFP closed March 8, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact any of the organizers.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 4 March 2019

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 18, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

Topics for papers may include:

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

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

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

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

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 22, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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

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

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:



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

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

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

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

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

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

Different perspectives to be adopted:

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

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Program: [pdf]

CCC website:

(CFP closed February 28, 2019)



Thematic session at: EASR 2019 Religion – Continuations and Disruptions

Tartu, Estonia: June 25-29, 2019

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

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

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



(CFP closed December 15, 2018)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vasileios Balaskas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and University of Malaga) – ‘Local Involvement in Modern Greek Revival of Ancient Theatres: Epidaurus and Delphi in the Interwar Period’
Marcus Bell (King’s College London) – ‘Queer Contexts and Communal Hauntings: Re-enacting Neil Greenberg’s ‘Not-About-AIDS-Dance’ through Euripides’ Bacchae’
Connie Bloomfield (King’s College London) – ‘Graeco-Roman drama in rural Brazil: orality, popular poetry, and performing identities’
Triantafyllos Bostantzis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) – ‘Delphic Festivals: Jesus Christ as the Neo-Romantic Thirteenth God of Olympus’
Eri Georgakaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) – ‘The Generic Fluidity of Euripides’ Cyclops during his Reception by the Athenian Stage and Press in the Late Nineteenth Century’
Leonor Hernández Oñate (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa) – ‘Tragic Patterns and Performance in Lope de Vega’s Mythological Drama’
Mariam Kaladze (Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) – ‘The Reception of Chorus in Georgian Interpretations of Ancient Tragedy (Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex)’
Dimitris Kentrotis-Zinelis (Leiden University) – ‘Ostracized for her Tinker’s Blood: Medea as an Irish Traveller in Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats…’
Peter Swallow (King’s College London) – ‘Sexual Violence and Aristophanic Humour’
Nebojša Todorović (Yale University) – ‘Border-line Communities and Traumatic Cartographies: Re-performing Greek Tragedy during the Yugoslav Wars’
Charitini Tsikoura (University of Paris Nanterre) – ‘A Chorus of Clowns: Splendid Productions’ Antigone’
Francesca Tuccari (University of Trento) – ‘Testori's Edipus: Greek tragedy and modern context’




(CFP closed April 5, 2019)



Worldwide [via Zoom]: June 22, 2019 (9am-4pm PST)

Join us on Zoom on June 22nd (9am-4pm PST) as we showcase the scholarship and artistry of scholars of color and working-class scholars. Our talks focus on the misappropriation of Classics, the instability and expectations of gender, and the experience of marginalized groups both in antiquity and modern day.

In addition to conference papers, there will be opportunities for attendees to network with each other in breakout groups that center on issues faced by scholars of color and other marginalized groups within academia.

Even though this is an online conference and you are free to attend in the comfort of your own home and pjs, we especially encourage you to get together with your cohort/colleges/friends in Classics and host viewing parties! We’ll be discussing some heavy issues and want to make sure that you’re supported/ can support one another.


Welcome Address from members of the collective - 9am-9:20am (PST)|12pm-12:20pm (EST)

Panel 1: Gender Expectations and Instability - 9:25am-10:40am (PST)|12:20pm-1:35pm (EST)
Izzy Levy: “‘Where the Rift Is, The Break Is’ Persephone in Drag: A Non-Binary Reading”
Kenneth Kim: “Quid sis nata vide: Ovid’s repeated question of gender image and identity”
Yurie Hong: “Between Appreciation and Complicity: A Korean-American Take on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Arranged Marriage, and Women’s Honor”

Panel 2: Classical Reception(s) - 10:45am-12pm (PST)|1:45pm-3pm (EST)
Elyanna Choi: “Orientalism in the Ancient World: the Persians in Classical and Hellenistic Greek Thought and Art”
Mariana Pini: “The Philosopher King is Naked!: Denouncing Reactionary Interpretation of Ancient Sources of Contemporary Brazilian Far-right”
Samuel Powell: “The Tragedy of Misunderstanding”

Lunch (with breakout session) and Introduction to the Asian American Classical Caucus - 12pm-1:35pm (PST)| 3pm-4:35pm (EST)

Panel 3: Marginalization in Antiquity - 1:45pm-3pm (PST)|4:45pm-6pm (EST)
Mason Shrader: “In the Hands of the God or in the Depths of a Well? Examining the Evolution of Disability in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin”
Briana Grenert: “God’s Elect: Chastity and the Other in Ephrem’s Reading of Genesis 6:1-8”
Wynter Pohlenz Telles Douglas: “Imprisonment and the Body: A Corporal Investigation of Athenian Social Status within the Athenian Structure of Imprisonment”

Final Breakout Session - 3:10pm-3:40pm (PST)|6:10pm-6:40pm (EST)

Closing Thoughts - 3:40pm-4:00pm (PST)|6:40pm-7:00pm (EST)


Twitter: @Libertinopatren



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

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

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

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

Keynote speaker: Matthew Roller (Johns Hopkins University).

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

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

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



(CFP closed February 10, 2019)



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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr Elena Giusti
Prof. Victoria Rimell

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


Update 13/4/2019 - Program available:

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

(CFP closed December 1, 2018)



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Attendance is free and all are welcome.

For any questions, please contact Antonia Sarri (




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

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

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

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

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

Potential topics include:

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

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

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

Edited 4/5/2019:

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


(CFP closed January 12, 2019)



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.

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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.

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