CONF: Popular Medicine in the Graeco-Roman World

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On Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19, the Center for the Ancient
Mediterranean will host a conference on Popular Medicine in the
Graeco-Roman World. All sessions will take place in 501 Schermerhorn
Hall. The conference is free and open to the public, and is
co-sponsored by the Columbia University History Department, the
Program in Classical Studies, and the Stanwood Cockey Lodge Foundation
of the Classics Department. We hope to see you there!

The conference schedule is as follows:

Friday April 18th

9:15-9:30  Opening Remarks. William Harris

Session chair: Francesco de Angelis

9:30-10:15: Patricia Baker, “Conceptions of a Salubrious Environment:
Construction and Design of Greco-Roman Healing Sanctuaries”

10:15-11:00: Olympia Panagiotidou, “Asklepian Therapy as an
alternative healing choice: A case of placebo effect”

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

Session chair: Katja Vogt

11:30-12:15: Chiara Thumiger, “Prometheus’ gift: healing and hope in
popular and technical reflections on medicine”

12:15-13:00: Rebecca Flemming, “Anatomical votives in
Republican/Hellenistic Italy: How popular and how medical?”

13:00-14:15: Lunch break

Session chair: Deborah Steiner

14:15-15:00: Isabella Andorlini, “Crossing the Borders between
Egyptian and Greek medical practice: papyri and related archaeological

15:00-15:45: Julie Laskaris, “Metals in Medicine:  from Telephus to
the Greek Magical Papyri.”

15:45-16:15: Refreshment break

16:15-17:00: Laurence Totelin, “Pharmakopolai: a re-evaluation of the sources”

17:00-17:45: Arsenio Ferraces Rodriguez, “Medical recipes from
Antiquity to the early Middle Ages: who made them, how, and for whom
they were made”

17:45-19:00: Reception

Saturday April 19th

Session chair: Rebecca Flemming

9:30-10:15: Heinrich von Staden, “The relationship between ‘popular’
and ‘scientific’ medicine in Celsus’ Medicina”.

10:15-11:00: Danielle Gourevitch, “Popular Medicines and Practices in Galen”

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:15: Vivian Nutton, “Popular medicine in the Galenic Corpus”

12:15-13:00: Ann Ellis Hanson, “The barnyard and the bedroom, the
Geoponika and Hippocrates’ women”

13:00-14:15: Lunch break

Session chair: William Harris

14:15-15:00: Liz Irwin, ‘Imperial ambitions and the popularization of
medical theory at Athens’

15:00-15:45: Catherine Hezser,  ” ‘Honor Your Physician Even Before
You Have Need of Him’ (y. Taan. 3:6, 66d): Representations of the
Physician in Jewish Literature from Hellenistic and Roman Times

15:45-16:15: Refreshment break

16:15-17:00: David Leith, “How Popular Were the Medical Sects?”

17:00-17:45: Ido Israelowitch, “Medicine in the Roman Army”

17:45-19:00: Reception

Impressive LiveTweeting of the Classical Association Conference

There’s some excellent livetweeting going on right now of the Classical Association shindig in Nottingham. It’s pretty much a model of how to do it (although I’d still like to see abstracts posted before a talk) and is possibly the next best thing to being there. The official hashtag is #CA14, although #CA2014 is also getting traffic. Both have some ‘contamination’ from other ‘CA’ events (especially the 2014 version) but the ClassCon is definitely whelming (assuming ‘whelming’ would be positive where ‘overwhelming’ is negative).

CFP: ‘Traditions in Fragments: the Classical Legacy in Italian Literature’, University of Oxford, 20 June

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Traditions in Fragments: the Classical Legacy in Italian 20th-Century Literature

Study Day, 20th June 2014

Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

  Classical tradition, as a conceptual cluster in which aesthetic, anthropological and political ideas converge, is central to the study of 20th-century Italian literature. The Classics and their legacy are unavoidable forces in the literary discourse of the last century. Whether reinstating, questioning or establishing a new tradition, the Novecento helped to shape the notion of classical tradition itself. In different forms we find Ancient Greek and Latin classics in both poetry and prose, from the work of Pascoli and D’Annunzio, to the Hermetic translations of Quasimodo, down to the Fascist appropriations of classical antiquity, the essays of Calvino, and the trans-genre adaptations of Pasolini and Dallapiccola (not to mention the reinterpretations of Pavese, Sanguineti, Bemporad, or Zanzotto). Yet this widespread presence is still, for the most part, taken for granted. The few available studies are confined to monographic appreciations of individual authors. Generally these enquiries have remained isolated and fragmentary.

This Study Day proposes to begin mapping and interrogating the presence of the classical legacy in the Novecento. Topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to: dynamics of reprisal or rejection of the Classics and their legacy by modern authors, the concept of â€˜origins’ and archetype in 20th-century literary culture in Italy and abroad, genre and form, the Classics in relation to academic and popular culture in Italy, the relationship between translation and the classical legacy, and the reception of the Classics before, during and after Fascism. Gathering different scholarly contributions, we hope that this Study Day will provide a useful starting point for further research. The symposium setting will highlight similarities and differences between individual modes of engagement with the classical legacy. This may offer a new perspective on several aspects of Italian literature and culture in the 20th century, not least the role of literary traditions within the construction of cultural, authorial and national identities.

Call for Papers

Papers will investigate the presence of the Classics and their legacy in Italian literature of the 20th century. Possible topics of discussion include: 

Adaptations and appropriations of Ancient Greek and Latin works by 20th-century authors

Translations of ancient Greek and Latin works by 20th-century writers, including theory and practice

The reception of the Classics during Fascism

The role of the classical legacy in 20th-century poetics

The role of the classics and classical legacy in shaping authorial and national identity 

 Contributions in English and Italian are welcome. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words, a short biographical note, the speaker’s academic affiliation and any audio-visual equipment needed to Cecilia Piantanida at traditionsinfragments AT by 25 April 2014.

CONF: Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage

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Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage

International conference: 24-26 June 2014, UCL 

This international and interdisciplinary conference explores the rich and varied afterlife of ancient Greek and Roman drama in Latin America and the Caribbean, a topic thus far neglected in accounts of classical
reception. By focusing on texts that are relatively unknown in the Anglophone world, the conference aims to fill an important gap in the scholarship on the afterlife of classical tragedy and comedy. Our participants represent a diverse range of academic disciplines,
including Classics, Latin American Studies, Hispanic Literatures, and Theatre Studies. Papers will approach the topic from a variety of theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives. Case studies to be examined include plays from Argentina, Brazil, Chile,
Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. We will discuss the ways in which ancient drama has been used to articulate a range of issues (pertaining to gender, politics, race and violence) in modern societies. We will also
consider rewritings that have initiated a chain of modern receptions through which ancient themes and ideas have migrated across national or regional borders. 

Keynote Speaker: Lorna Hardwick (The Open University, UK)

Organisers: Rosa Andújar (r.andujar AT and Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos (konstantinos.nikoloutsos AT sju.)

The registration fee is £50 (£20 for a single day), which includes all lunches, coffee/tea, and a wine reception.  Discounted rates are available for students and the unwaged.  Attendance is free for UCL students and staff. 

Registration is now open (closing date: Friday, 13th June).  To register, and to access a complete list of participants, the full
programme and abstracts, please visit the conference website:

Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association and the Hellenic Society, we will also be able to offer several postgraduate bursaries.  Please visit the conference website at the link abovebfor further information.

The conference is generously supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation (UCL Leventis Fund), the Institute of Classical Studies, the Institute of Latin American Studies, SLAS (the UK Society for Latin American Studies), the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic
Studies, the Classical Association, the Gilbert Murray Trust, and the UCL Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (FIGS).


CFP | Conflict: Causes, Chaos, and Resolutions (PG)

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Conflict: Causes, Chaos, and Resolutions

5th Annual Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

The Department of Classics at the University of Leeds is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference to be held on the 4th June 2014, Leeds.

Conflicts of all kinds, their Causes, the Chaos involved and its Resolutions have a profound impact on human society, and are the subject of much study in Classics, the Humanities and beyond. Even in its most traditional interpretation as a matter of violence and warfare, conflict is reflected directly and indirectly within almost every academic discipline. But the concept of conflict extends much further. It can also refer to conflicts within academia itself, and elsewhere. Not only do conflicting philosophies and methodologies impact on the pursuit and development of academic study, but conflicting social concepts and values are central to subjects such as gender studies and English. This conference aims to provide an in-depth interdisciplinary discussion of the multifaceted, and often divisive, concept of Conflict, including aspects such as:

• Conflicting Ideas
• The Impact of Conflict
• War Theory
• The Metamorphosis of Culture through Conflict
• Comparative Receptions
• De-constructing Society
• Unexpected Resolutions
• Turmoil of the Psyche
• The Psychology of Warfare
• Reflections of Conflict in Literature

Papers can address, but are certainly not limited to the above suggestions. Postgraduate scholars from Classics and beyond are invited to send an abstract of 250-300 words to by the 1st of May. Presentation will be 20 minutes long and followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

The conference aims at an Interdisciplinary approach, allowing for conversation across departmental and institutional lines. The conference is also presented through the Classics department as part of the Legacies of War project in the University of Leeds. There may be travel bursaries available and a possible opportunity for publication.

Keynote speakers are Penny Goodman, who will be speaking on the study of conflict in academia, and Roger Brock, editor of The Journal of Hellenic Studies, will be speaking on abstracting and approaching journals for publication.

For any further information please email pgclassicsconference AT


CONF: Shifting fluvial landscapes in the Roman world

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We are pleased to announce the upcoming OXREP conference on environmental change and rivers in the Roman Empire:

Shifting Fluvial Landscapes in the Roman World:
New directions in the study of ancient rivers

The Old Library, All Souls College, Oxford, 26–27 June 2014

Often discussed merely as the passive settings of various historical events,
rivers are and were complex, ever-shifting features of the landscape which
affected settlement in innumerable ways. This conference highlights new and
diverse paths of research that broaden our understanding of how rivers
influenced life within the Roman Empire.

If we now understand that climatic fluctuation was widespread in antiquity,
we must also understand how these changes affected day-to-day life. How did
climatic and environmental change affect inter-annual variation in
hydrology? How did flood and drought cycles change along with these factors?
How did these changes affect those living along the rivers, and how did
human activity curb or encourage fluvial change? Moreover, how did changes
in fluvial landscapes affect the utilization of rivers for transportation
and communication? Was living alongside so many waterways always a blessing,
or was it also a curse?

Papers address different river systems across the Empire in order to bring
out regional and chronological variations. By uniting experts in
archaeology, ancient history, geomorphology, and climate this conference
will discuss new approaches to studying rivers in antiquity. Such an
interdisciplinary approach will help reveal the real-world realities of life
amongst the shifting fluvial landscapes of the Roman world.

There is no conference fee, but to help us estimate numbers for tea and
coffee those who wish to attend are asked to register by emailing Tyler
Franconi (tyler.franconi AT

Provisional Programme:

Thursday, 26 June

2:00–2:15 T. Franconi and A. Wilson (Oxford): Welcome and introduction.
2:15–3:00 B. Campbell (Queen’s Belfast): Watery perspectives.
3:00–3:45 J.-P. Bravard (Lyon): River adjustments to change at the watershed
scale and human adaptation during the Roman period: recent approaches and
perspectives for future studies.

3:45–4:15 Coffee break

4:15–5:00 C. Morhange (Aix), P. Carmona (Valencia), & N. Marriner
(Besançon): Geoarchaeology of fluvial Mediterranean harbours, from natural
environment to anthropogenic impacts.
5:00–5:45 A. Wilson (Oxford): Rivers, wadis and climate in North Africa:
torrents and drought.
5:45–6:30 M. McCormick (Harvard): Discussion.

6:30 Wine reception

Friday, 27 June

10:00–10:45 T. Franconi (Oxford): Pater Rhenus: the hydrological history of
Rome’s German frontier.
10:45–11:30 P. Leveau (Aix): Le Bas-Rhône: sites, fleuve et risque

11:30–12:00 Coffee break

12:00–12:45 J.-P. Goiran (Lyon) & F. Salomon (Southampton): Roman harbours
of Ostia and Portus: geoarchaeology and landscape evolution on the Tiber Delta.

12:45–2:15 Lunch

2:15–3:00 P. Niewöhner (Oxford): Miletus and the Maeander Estuary: the
maintenance of socio-economic structures in the face of a deteriorating
3:00–3:45 M. Whiting (Oxford): Gift of the Orontes: fluvial landscapes of
northwest Syria in Late Antiquity.

3:45–4:15 Coffee break

4:15–5:00 B. Haug (Michigan): From reclamation to abandonment: A longue
durée perspective on irrigation in Egypt’s Fayyum depression.
5:00–6:00 N. Purcell (Oxford): Concluding discussion.

6:00 Wine reception


CONF | Classics and Classicists in WWI: University of Leeds April 8th-10th 2014

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Conference booking closes on Wednesday 2nd April.
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APRIL 8TH-10TH 2014

Venue: The Brotherton Room, Special Collections, The Brotherton Library


Tuesday April 8th

1.00-2.00pm Registration, Parkinson Court, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds.

1pm onwards Conference exhibition open

The Brotherton Room, Special Collections, The Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

2.00-2.10pm Welcome

2.10-3.10pm Keynote: Christopher Stray (Swansea/London)

‘Classical Scholars at War: Europe and America, 1800-1930’.

3.10-4.10pm Neville Morley (Bristol)

‘Thucydides and the Legitimization of War’.

4.10-4.30pm Tea

4.30pm-5.30pm Lynn Kozak and Miranda Hickman (McGill University in Montréal)

‘Poppies and Wild-Hyacinth: H.D.’s “Hellenic” Responses to the First World War’.

5.30pm-6.30pm Keynote: David Scourfield (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

‘Classical In/stabilities: Virginia Woolf, Ford Madox Ford, and the Great War’.

Evening Conference Dinner, University House

Wednesday April 9th

9.00am-10.00am Alison Rosenblitt (Oxford)

‘“cast like Euridyce one brief look behind”: the classical underworld in E.E. Cummings and the idea of moving on’.

10.00am-10.30am Coffee

10.30-11.30am Ingrid Sharp (Leeds)

‘Pacifism in Werfel’s Trojan Women, Berlin 1916’.

11.30am-12.30pm Maarten De Pourcq (Nijmegen)

‘Tragedy in the Trenches: Classics and Cultural Politics in Flemish Theatre during WWI and its Aftermath’.

12.30pm-1.45pm Lunch

2.00-3.00pm Marian Makins (Pennsylvania)

‘Classical Landscapes and Storied Locations in the Battlefields of WWI’.

3.00-4.00pm Lorna Hardwick (Open University)

‘“Legacies and refractions” (David Reynolds, The Long Shadow, 2013): how ancient texts and their receptions both contribute to and challenge modern constructs of WW1’.

4.00pm-4.30pm Tea

4.30pm-5.30pm Keynote: Angela Hobbs (Sheffield)

‘Who Lied? Classical Heroism and WW1’.

5.30pm onwards Performance Events inspired by Euripides’ Trojan Women

Produced by Eleanor OKell (Leeds) and directed by George Rodosthenous (Leeds).

Parkinson Court, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds.

Thursday April 10th

10.00am-11.00am Moa Ekbom (Uppsala)

‘Hic primum Fortuna fidem mutate novavit: the Sortes Vergilianae in World War I’.

Respondents to Postgraduate papers: Lorna Hardwick (Open University) & Christopher Stray (Swansea/London)

11.00am-12.00pm Jasmine Hunter-Evans (Exeter)

‘Re-imagining Rome at the Fall of Western Civilization: David Jones and the Analogy of Decline’.

12.00pm-1.00pm Lunch

1.30pm-3.30pm Leeds Postgraduate Papers and Panel Discussion: Classical Scholarship in WWI.

Andrea Basso; Anthi Chrysanthou; Henry Clarke; Natalie Enright; Ben Greet; Philippa Read

Conference organized by Elizabeth Pender (Leeds) and Edmund Richardson (Durham).

For further information:

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CfP | Public and Private in the Roman House and Society

Call for Papers: Public and Private in the Roman House and Society,
November 7-8, 2014, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae (Rome, Italy)

Abstract deadline: May 1, 2014

E-mail: romanhouse2014 AT

Ancient Roman houses were designed to suit both the private life of its
occupants and the demands of public life. As a result, the division
between public and private spaces inside the domus was a complicated
topic even for the Romans themselves. Previous scholarship has tended to
treat the domus in terms of a rigid division between public and private,
with the same division acting as a gender marker for (male) political
activities and (female) domestic activities respectively. This strict
division within the household now seems outdated. The aim of this
conference, then, is to take a fresh look at notions of public and
private within the domus by exploring the public and private spheres of
the Roman house from the first century BCE to the third century CE. The
“Public and Private in the Roman House and Society” is an ongoing
project organizing its third major event, building on the success of a
workshop at NYU (October 2012) and a conference at University of
Helsinki (April 2013).

We therefore invite papers that explore the complex relationship between
public and private in Roman society from a variety of perspectives –
historical, archaeological, philological, architectural and
anthropological – in order to further the understanding of the domus as
a place for social, cultural, political and administrative action.

Potential themes include but are not limited to:
– Painting the line between private and public spheres. Wall paintings
and decorative art in the debate of public and private.
– Private houses in Ostia and the city of Rome.
– Parks and recreation. Nature and garden between public and private
– Private nights? Night life in the Roman house.
– Terminology of public and private in the ancient context.
– Infrastructure, water and sanitation. A public or private task?

The conference is organized by the project Public and Private in the
Roman House (, which seeks to contribute to the
ongoing debate on privacy in the ancient world as well as the issues of
how the limits between public and private spaces were drawn. In an
attempt to gain new perspectives on these questions, the project seeks
to utilize comparative anthropological theories concerning the
conceptualization of the public/private interface.

Please submit your abstract (300 words) as a [word/pdf] file to Mr
Samuli Simelius at romanhouse2014 AT

Please include your name, academic affiliation and address in your
email. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 1, 2014.

CONF: ‘Classics in extremis’

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‘Classics in extremis’
Durham University, July 6th-7th 2014

This conference aims to examine some of the most unexpected, most
hard-fought, and (potentially) most revealing acts of classical reception:
it will ask how the reception of the ancient world changes – and what the
classical looks like – when it is under strain. Current debates in classical
reception studies are increasingly focused on less assured and comfortable
engagements with the past. Bringing together scholars with a variety of
interests, this conference aims to move the debate beyond the specific case
studies emerging in the field and to encourage the broader development of
fresh methodologies and perspectives in thinking about the ‘classical’ as a
troubled space – a space in which fraught and remarkable claims have been
made upon the ancient world.

For registration information, please contact Edmund Richardson
(edmund.richardson AT

Sunday July 6th

1.00pm–1.30pm Registration

1.30pm–1.40pm Welcome

1.40pm–3.30pm Panel 1
Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham), ‘High culture in low company? The reception of
ancient ‘homosexuality’ in the pornographic The Sins of the Cities of the

Edith Hall & Henry Stead (King’s College London), ‘Classics down the
mineshaft’ (paper delivered by Henry Stead).

3.30pm–3.50pm Coffee

3.50pm–5.40pm Panel 2
Barbara Goff (Reading), ‘Greek Art on Brick Row: coming to the Classics via
the WEA.’

Stefani Dixon (Berkeley) & Djesika Ilèn Watson, ‘Per Tot Discrimina Rerum:
Classical Pedagogy by/for Urban Students Experiencing Crisis and Poverty.’

5.40pm–6.00pm Coffee

6.00pm–7.00pm Keynote
Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), ‘“The Blossoming of Doctor Dryasdust”: Basil Gildersleeve in Germany.’

8.30pm Conference Dinner

Monday July 7th

9.00am–10.50am Panel 3
Thomas E. Jenkins (Trinity), ‘Extreme metaphor: American Receptions of the
Ancient World after 9/11.’

Luke Richardson (University College London), ‘“And over our heads the hollow seas closed up”: Primo Levi and Reading the Odyssey after Auschwitz.’

10.50am–11.10am Coffee

11.10am–1.00pm Panel 4
Jennifer Wallace (Cambridge), ‘Picturing the Greeks: Photography, Performance and Julia Margaret Cameron.’

Amanda Klause (Princeton), ‘Daphnis Transformed: Virgilian Pastoral,
Lucretian Materialism, and Aphra Behn’s Politics of Translation.’

1.00pm–1.50pm Lunch

1.50pm–3.40pm Panel 5
Davina Benstead-Cross (St Andrews), ‘Voyaging into the past: Pacific
Exploration and Classical Reception in the late eighteenth century.’

Rosa Andújar (University College London), ‘Tragedy and Revolucíon: Adapting Greek drama in Fidel’s Cuba.’

3.40pm–4.00pm Coffee

4.00pm–5.30pm Keynote & Plenary. Chair: Barbara Graziosi (Durham).
Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), ‘How to Bring Down the Church? Or: on coming to Durham, these days.’

CFP: Psychology and the Classics

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International conference: Leuven (Belgium), 24-27 March 2015
Final Call for Papers – Deadline expires next Monday

Psychology and the Classics: A Dialogue of Disciplines

Key-note speakers: Rachel Bowlby, Christopher Gill, and Jennifer Radden.

This conference aims to bring together scholars from the fields of classics
and psychology in order to determine what they have to offer to each other
in terms of hermeneutic approaches, research questions, and methodological
legitimation. Both the field of classics and that of psychology are here to
be conceived in the widest sense possible, comprising, in case of the
former, ancient philosophy, history, rhetoric, and literature, and, in case
of the latter, psychoanalysis, social psychology, theories of emotion, and
neuroscience. A more extensive overview of the research questions that all
of these fields can raise in relation to each other can be found on our website:
We welcome innovative contributions from a wide array of scholars.
Preference will be given to papers which have the potential to provoke
fruitful interdisciplinary discussions in an open and convivial atmosphere.
Abstracts for individual contributions (500 words), panels (1000 words), or
alternative formats, along with a short CV of 3 or 4 lines, should reach us
before 31 March 2014 on psychologyandtheclassics AT All
proposals and contributions are expected to be in English. Early career
researchers are especially encouraged to send in an abstract.

Organizing committee: Pieter Adriaens (KU Leuven), Koen De Temmerman
(University of Ghent), Jeroen Lauwers (KU Leuven), Anneleen Masschelein (KU
Leuven), Jan Opsomer (KU Leuven), Hedwig Schwall (KU Leuven), Toon Van Houdt
(KU Leuven), Demmy Verbeke (KU Leuven).

Messages to the list are archived at
March 24, 2014 at 04:34AM

CFP | Sex in the Margins (UC Davis, October 10-12, 2014)

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CALL FOR PAPERS: “Sex in the Margins”

A Conference on Commentaries, Sexuality, and Gender

University of California, Davis, October 10-12, 2014
Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the
Program in Classics
Organizers: Ralph Hexter (UC Davis), Laura Pfuntner (UC Davis),
Marc Schachter (University of Oregon)

Just as commentary is hospitable to both mainstream and
esoteric hermeneutic practices, so commentary can host, and
disseminate, views that are both utterly conventional and
radical. We propose a conference to explore this aspect of
commentary, and in particular the intersection of interpretive
traditions and the histories of sexuality and gender. We
therefore solicit proposals for talks that will focus on
commentary as a particular and perhaps even privileged space for
discussions of sexuality and gender. We hope to receive
abstracts addressing a linguistically, geographically, and
temporally broad range of commentaries so that the resulting
conference will contribute to a broader appreciation of the ways
the histories of reception, sexuality and gender are mutually
imbricated in numerous contexts.

Commentary, speaking very generally, is a mode that arises when
a culture prizes (for a variety of reasons) texts of an earlier
cultural formation and must explicate them to contemporaries. In
the case of the western tradition of commentary on “classical”
(i.e., pre-Christian Greek and Latin) texts, works that had high
status for certain sectors of the society confronted readers and
scholars with sexual practices and attitudes that were foreign,
in some cases repugnant to later expectations about sexual roles
and acts. What makes the commentary – whether marginal,
interlinear, or lemmatic – a special instance within reception
is that by its very logic it must confront the ipsissima
verba of the original author (or at times establish what
that verba might have been). In this regard, it is most
similar to translation. Of course, commentary can duck the
challenge, just as a translation can omit offensive passages,
but this is itself worth noting. The expectation, however, that
the commentator will do his/her duty to explicate a text creates
a library of productive negotiations that merit study. Some may
adopt a censorious tone, offering “moral” in addition to
philological instruction. How do the two interact? How does
prejudice impact scholarship and when does philological rigor
trump prejudice?

In other instances, specifics in the classical text may offer a
scholar of a later period an opportunity to speak about nefanda,
license in other words to examine and discuss topics that would
otherwise be taboo. In such cases, one might see the space of
the margin (whether literal or figurative) as liberatory.
Moreover, commentaries themselves have their own reception
histories whose contribution to the histories of sexuality and
gender have hardly been addressed.

The conference we envisage, it need hardly be said, will not be
exhaustive, but we are certainly hoping that it will present a
broad set of examples in the commentary traditions of many
different Greco-Roman authors, with commentaries in Greek, Latin
or vernaculars, and from any period. Studies of commentary on
legal texts would certainly be welcome. We are also eager to
learn about similar (or very different) negotiations within the
commentary traditions in Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit, Japanese,
Chinese, etc. While “commentary” seems to imply that we are
dealing with verbal media, by no means must papers be restricted
to “literary” texts.

The conference will take place at the University of California,
Davis on October 10-12, 2014. Interested parties should send an
abstract of approximately 250 words along with a short CV to davismargins AT
by April 15, 2014. Although we will not be able to cover
expenses for all conference attendees, we invite scholars whose
participation would be contingent on a subvention to include a
brief description of likely travel expenses and probable
financial support. Some limited grants may be available.

CFP: Greek Medical Texts and Their Audience

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12-13 December 2014

Università Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels, Belgium

by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

Organised by Sophia Xenophontos (Université
Libre de Bruxelles) and

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s
College London)

Call for papers

idea that every text is meant to appeal upon a certain audience is not a new
one, but it is only recently that it has engaged much scholarly discussion,
especially in light of the application of reception theory to literary works.
This conference seeks to examine the interplay between Greek medical texts
(e.g. Hippocratic corpus, Dioscorides, Galen, Rufus of Ephesus) and their
contemporary readers. Papers concentrating on the reception of these texts in
later periods (e.g. Late Antiquity, Byzantium), including the Syriac and
Islamic tradition, are also welcome.

We are interested in contemplating, inter alia, the following questions/subjects:

§  How do medical authors adjust their text according to the needs and expectations of
their audience? (structure of medical texts and medical subgenres as aspects
determining wide vs specialised readership)

§  Other conditions that may regulate, control, or limit the reception of medical writings
(e.g. background of author and reader, degree of shared memory between them)

§  Deciphering medical texts; mechanisms for activating or enhancing the reader’s memory (e.g. rhetorics, visual representations, diagrams)

§  Cognitive and emotional responses to medical works­

§  Translators/editors and their role in the transmission and reception of medical texts

§  Commentaries, scholia, paraphrases

Keynote speaker:

Prof. Vivian Nutton (London)

Confirmed speakers:

Prof. David Engels (Brussels)

Dr Antoine Pietrobelli (Reims/Paris)

Dr Chiara Thumiger (Berlin)

Dr Laurence Totelin (Cardiff)

Dr Uwe Vagelphol (Warwick)

(of no more than 200 words) should be in English and include title of the
paper, full name, academic affiliation, and contact details. These must be sent
by Friday, June 20, 2014 to: Sophia.Xenophontos AT
or petros.bouras-vallianatos AT

CFP: Public Archaeologies of the Ancient Mediterranean. 116th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America

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Ancient Mediterranean. 116th Annual Meeting
of the Archaeological Institute of America
USA, New Orleans, 8-11 January 2015
Deadline: 20 March 2014

Since the advent of ‘public archaeology’ in the 1970s, scholarship on
the topic has moved beyond public education as effective heritage
management and protection in the context of CRM work, to debating the
active or incidental role of archaeology in the shaping of community
identities and identity imaginaries, the ethics and economics of
managing the past on behalf of communities, and even the very meaning of
‘public’ and ‘community’ to be served by archaeology, recognizing the
inherently political nature of these terms. Today, ‘public
archaeologies’ vary considerably in approach and objectives, ranging
from essentially PR and fundraiser efforts in support of continuing
projects, to disseminating, humanizing and deciphering specialist work,
to tracing connections with the past as part of community service, to
educating the public on the benefits of the discipline as a service to
the discipline itself, and to democratizing archaeology at its core by
engaging the public in all stages of knowledge production (e.g.
constructivist, experiential, hands-on, inclusive, informationally open,
crowdsourced archaeologies) in keeping pace with the multivocal,
pluralistic, information-rich societies of today.

Despite intense writing and debate along these lines in the broader
realms of archaeological thought , especially from the late 1990s,
community-friendly archaeologies of the ancient Mediterranean have been
comparatively rare, small-scale or little publicized, with most projects
undertaken by museums and governmental entities typically deemed
responsible for serving and educating the communities where
archaeological research occurs. This colloquium intends to a) explore
the role of Mediterranean archaeologists as educators, mediators and
facilitators, and the locally specific resonances (as opposed to a
priori-determined benefits) of their work in the lives of local
inhabitants, b) take the pulse of ‘public archaeology’ thinking in the
Aegean, Greek, Cypriot, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern scholarly ambits
by entertaining ways to deal with multiple, excluded, overlooked,
silenced, undesirable pasts, and c) showcase projects that actively seek
to cultivate engagement of different contemporary stakeholders with the
past, including traditionally disenfranchised ‘others’, through
excavations, site-based initiatives, community-embedded efforts, media,
virtual, online projects etc.

Please send a 200-word abstract to publarch AT by Thursday, March
20th, 5 pm EST, along with your contact address and affiliation.

CFP: Terracottas in the Eastern Mediterranean through Time

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Call for Papers: Terracottas in the Mediterranean Through Time
23-25 March 2015, University of Haifa, Israel

The Zinman Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Art History of the
University of Haifa, Israel, invites the submission of papers for the
conference “Terracottas in the Mediterranean Through Time”, dedicated to the
study of terracotta figurines and related objects in the Mediterranean
region from the early periods to late antiquity. The conference will take
place at the University of Haifa in Israel,23-25 March 2015.
The conference is under the auspices of the Association
for Coroplastic Studies (ACoST).

The conference aims to bring together scholars and students who often tackle
the same issues as they study clay figurines and related objects from
different periods and parts of the Mediterranean region.
Scholars who research terracottas of illiterate societies often use
anthropological and ethnographical methods, while those studying terracottas
of historical periods refer to historical sources and artistic analogies.
The various viewpoints and attitudes may enrich and deepen our understanding
of terracotta figurines and their role in society.

The scope of issues to be discussed at the conference will be wide, and will
follow the different stages of the terracottas’ lives:

First stage – the artisans or coroplasts: aspects of manufacture; typology
and iconography; production of large- and small-scale terracottas; social
status of the artisans; organization of workshops; questions of
specialization; relationships with other media and workshops; new
technologies employed in the dating and identification of workshops.

Second stage – patterns of distribution: interaction between terracotta
production and markets; local production versus imports; imitations;
trading, selling and offering.

Third stage – the users: Who used terracottas and who did not; how they were
used and in what circumstances; usage through space and time; other objects
used together with terracottas; themes and types in specific contexts
(sacred, funereal and domestic); choice of types; symbolic meaning conveyed
by terracottas; the role of terracottas in society; terracottas and gender.

Fourth stage – phasing out: How, why and when terracottas went out of use;
patterns of deposition or obliteration; archaeological context of
terracottas and its meaning.

Fifth stage – ancient terracottas today: influence of ancient terracottas on
19th- and 20th-century art; robbery and the antiquities market; museum
display of terracottas.

The official language of the conference is English. Presentations should not
exceed 20 minutes.

Abstracts of 200-300 words should be submitted by 30 September 2014 to Dr.
Adi Erlich,aerlich AT in Word format including surname,
first name, position, affiliation, phone number, email address and title of

We invite proposals for panels and individual papers on these and related

The scientific committee:
Dr. Adi Erlich
Dr. Sonia Klinger
Prof. Tallay Ornan
Consultant: Prof. Jaimee Uhlenbrock

CONF: Ancient Historians’ Norman Baynes Meeting

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The UK Ancient Historians’ Annual Meeting (the ‘Norman Baynes’ meeting) will be held from May 17/18 in Stevenage, Herts.
(Spaces are limited; reserve yours now to avoid disappointment!)

The ‘Baynes meeting’ is the annual opportunity for all UK ancient historians, whatever their specialism, and whether in post or retired, to meet for both formal and informal discussion. Early-career ancient historians have particularly appreciated the chance to get to know other members of the profession and to exchange ideas, and are particularly encouraged to attend.

The event is open both to those with university posts and to others at post-doctoral level. As well as an opportunity to hear and discuss two papers, the meeting provides an excellent opportunity to learn about research projects, forthcoming publications and publishing initiatives, and to discuss other developments and concerns in teaching and research.

The cost (Dinner, bed and breakfast, lunch) will be £96.25. The cost for non-residents (i.e. only Saturday or only Sunday) will be £10.00 for Saturday (£30 including dinner) and £15 for Sunday. There will be a £10 registration charge. No advance payment is required.

Please let me have the earliest possible indications of interest
(to );
firm booking (to me) MUST BE MADE by 9 a.m. on Thursday May 8th.

Saturday 17 May
3.00 to 4.30 p.m. Achieving interdisciplinarity: Classics boasts that it is the original interdisciplinary subject, but how do we actually achieve that – either for ourselves, or in our students? How does one balance specific skills training with a breadth of interdisciplinary vision?

4.30 pm Tea
5.00-6.30 pm Dr Mirko Canevaro (Edinburgh) ‘How to make (and change) laws in ancient Athens: a developmental perspective’.
7.30 pm Dinner

Sunday 18 May
9.30-11.00 am Dr. Koen Verboven (Ghent) ‘Merchant and shipper associations in the Roman world: the problem of formalization’.
11.00 am Coffee
11.30 -12.30 Information exchange/business meeting/discussion of sourcebooks
12.30 pm 3-course lunch

The meeting will be held at the Novotel Stevenage, Knebworth Park, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2AX. This is a short taxi ride from the railway station (on the East Coast mainline), and readily accessible from junction 7 of the A1(M). For directions see:

Robin Osborne

CFP | Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict

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Here’s the first call for papers for the next Women’s History Network Annual
Conference, deadline 1 April 2014.

On 5-7 September 2014 at the University of Worcester

Offers of papers are invited which draw upon the perspectives of women’s and
gender history to discuss practical and emotional survival on the Home Front
during war and conflict. Although the term Home Front was initially used
during the First World War, and the conference coincides with the
commemorations marking the centenary of the beginning of this conflict, we
welcome papers which explore a range of Home Fronts and conflicts, across
diverse historical periods and geographical areas. For further details
please visit the conference website at

The Women’s History Network, which has been operating for more than twenty
years, is for anyone with a passion for researching, writing, reading and
sharing women’s history. It holds an annual national conference and a number
of regional seminars and conferences. For further information about the
Women’s History Network please visit their website at

We would also like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to the
Women’s History Network Prizes awarded annually by the WHN – The Book Prize
– an annual £500 prize for a first book in women’s or gender history. The
Clare Evans Prize – an annual £500 prize for a new essay in the field of
“Gender and History” and the WHN Community History Prize – sponsored by the
History Press – an annual £500 prize for a Community History Project which
has led to a documentary, pamphlet, book, exhibition, artefact or event
completed between the 1st of January 2013 and 31st May 2014. Details of all
are attached.

Forwarded on behalf of the 2014 Women’s History Network Conference
Organising Committee. Email and mail correspondence should be sent to Prof
Maggie Andrews, IHCA, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove,WR2 6AJ email
address maggie.andrews AT