CFP: ‘Mass & Elite in Antiquity’ (Unisa Classics Colloquium)

Seen on the Classicists list:

THEME: ‘Mass & Elite in Antiquity’
14th Unisa Classics Colloquium, 24-26 October 2013

The conference organisers invite paper proposals on a topic with bearing on
many current issues and debates. Scholars of the ancient world are
encouraged to approach the theme from various perspectives and with
cognisance of literary and material evidence, in order to shed light on
elite formation, social exclusivity and class interaction. We are
particularly interested in political and economic aspects pertaining to the
many and the few, but other discourses should add to the intended range:
power in general, association and lineage, intellect and morality, taste,
ability and the like. The Classics Colloquium focuses on Greco-Roman
antiquity, but contributions from other ancient cultures will be considered
positively.

The Unisa Classics Colloquium is hosted annually by the Department of
Classics and World Languages at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip
Bosman at bosmapr AT unisa.ac.za, as soon as possible. Final deadline: 15 May.

More on the conference:

Convening in 2013 for the 14th time, the Unisa Classics Colloquium combines
stimulating scholarship with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Over two
and a half days, approximately 16 scholarly contributions are to be
presented, with ample time for discussion and valuable feedback. Parallel
sessions are avoided in order to promote unity of focus in the conference,
and delegates get to know each other properly.

Venue: The Muckleneuk Campus of the University of South Africa (UNISA) in
Pretoria.

Dates: 24-26 October 2013.
We start on a Thursday morning, meaning that participants should arrive in
Pretoria on the 23rd at the latest and book a flight out not earlier than
the afternoon of the 26th, but preferably later.

Programme
A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and
published on the departmental website after the final date for submissions.

Conference Fee
US$150, inclusive of transport and meals during the conference.
Postgraduates, other students and interested parties not able to claim back
conference fees from their institutions should please contact the
organizers for a discount.

Accommodation
During past conferences, guests stayed at the Brooklyn Guest Houses
(http://www.brooklynguesthouses.co.za/) situated in a picturesque and safe
suburb close to Unisa, the University of Pretoria, and the Brooklyn,
Hillcrest and Hatfield shopping centres. A discounted group booking for
delegates is negotiated.

Excursions
Pretoria herself becomes a tourist destination when the jacarandas bloom in
October, but we plan excursions to the Winex wine festival in Sandton
(Johannesburg) (http://www.winex.co.za/ RMB_WineX_Sandton/details.asp) and
after the conference (the 27th) to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
(http://pilanesberg-game-reserve.co.za/).

Publication of papers
Depending on quality, a collection of articles on the colloquium theme is
envisaged. Submitted papers are subject to a refereeing process. If you
would consider submitting your paper for publication, please indicate that
to us via return mail for further guidelines on style.

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