Conf: Tracking Hermes/Mercury
Conf: Tracking Hermes/Mercury
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Greek Texts and the Early Modern Stage
A one-day colloquium
at the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York
(York) and Tanya Pollard (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)
Gordon Braden (University of Virginia), Yves Peyr Montpellier III), Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania)
Fiona Macintosh (Oxford), Charles Martindale (York), Richard
This one-day colloquium will explore the impact of Greek
texts on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Although recent
criticism has revitalised discussions of early modern engagement with Latin
literature, there has been little attention to the way English playwrights
responded to Greek writers. Yet Greek texts circulated at this time, in the
original language as well as in translations and adaptations, and critics are
beginning to explore their consequences for the period’s literary production.
Greek provoked strong responses for a number of reasons: its controversial
associations with Erasmus, Protestantism, and heresy; the spectre of democratic
governance; the rebirth of interest in Galenic medicine; the pervasive
influence of Greek culture on Latin literature; and the identification of Greece
with the origins of theatre. Excavating the influence of Greek texts in this
period comes with a set of challenges that require new approaches to classical
reception. The distinctive complications surrounding the transmission of Greek
texts give a new role to history of the book in such work. The texts
simultaneous availability in original and mediated versions calls for new
approaches to reading and intertextuality. The context of the early
professional theatre, and therefore of viewers and readers lacking reliable
familiarity with Greek texts, poses anew the question of the audience of classical
We invite papers addressing any aspect of early modern
English engagement with Greek texts, from Shakespeare’s Plutarch, to Jonson’s
Aristophanes and Chapman’s Epictetus, but also fresh approaches to the more
diffuse influence of Greek texts, such as: Galen and staging the humours,
antitheatrical responses to Plato and Aristotle, the Poetics and early
modern genre theory, Greek romance and the early modern stage. Last but not
least, we welcome explorations of the presence of Greek drama in theatrical
culture of this period through English printings, academic performances, and
early modern translations and adaptations.
Abstracts (c. 250 words) by 15th February 2014.
Contact: tania.demetriou AT york.ac.uk or tpollard AT brooklyn.cuny.edu.
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CFP: Seduction: The Art of Persuasion in the Medieval World
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Call for Papers: Classics in extremis
University of Durham, 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.
Confirmed speakers at this time include Rosa Andújar (University College London), Barbara Goff (Reading), Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), Edith Hall/Henry Stead (King’s College London), Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham) and Jennifer Wallace (Cambridge).
Issues which papers might address include, but are not limited to:
- Extraordinary readers: Many have had to fight hard for access to knowledge of the ancient world – constrained by social circumstances, gender and politics. Why was antiquity worth fighting for, for them? How are their readings of the classics different from some of their more solidly-situated peers?
- Reading under fire: What happens to classical reception in extraordinary situations: under censorship, for instance, or in times of war? Does the past become more or less valuable when access to it becomes fraught and dangerous? Can translation or reception become a means of expressing alternative voices under repressive regimes or social structures?
- Recovery: The material culture of antiquity has often been pursued, recovered and displayed in the most unlikely circumstances. British officers conducted excavations in the middle of the Crimean war. Victorian travellers wandered Afghanistan in search of lost cities. How were acts of excavation, preservation, collection and plunder pursued, against the odds?
- Distance: What happens to classical reception in extraordinary places? How are the classics read, for instance, in exile – or several weeks’ journey from the nearest library? Can distances in space or culture change the ways in which readers and reception communities conceive of distances in time, and the relationship between the past and the present? (Is Homer easier to find in St Lucia, for instance?)
Abstracts of 300 words (for papers of 40 minutes) should be sent to Edmund Richardson (edmund.richardson AT durham.ac.uk) by 31 January 2014. We hope to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries to postgraduate students giving papers.
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AMERICAN PHILOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
COMMITTEE ON CLASSICAL TRADITION AND RECEPTION
2015 ANNUAL MEETING: CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS
The Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception (COCTR) of the American Philological Association invites proposals for a panel to be held under the Committee’s sponsorship at the 146th Annual Meeting of the APA (New Orleans, January 8-11, 2015).
Submissions, which should not exceed 500 words in length, should include:
(a) the title of the proposed panel;
(b) a general outline of the proposed topic, with a reasoned justification of its significance in the context of contemporary work in the field of classical tradition/reception studies.
Proposers of panels should bear in mind that a panel will comprise either four 20-minute papers in a two-hour session, or four 20-minute papers plus short introduction and response in a two-and-a-half-hour session. Proposals need not indicate the names of envisaged participants in the panel; indeed, the Committee anticipates that the process following selection of the panel topic will include a call for papers.
Panel proposals should be sent via e-mail attachment (in Word format) to David Scourfield, Chair of the Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception (david.scourfield AT nuim.ie), by no later than November 15, 2013. All submissions will be subject to double-blind review by two referees, whose reports will inform the Committee’s decision.
It should be noted that selection and sponsorship of a panel topic by the Committee does not in itself guarantee final acceptance of the panel by the APA Program Committee.
It should be noted further that the organizer of any panel selected by the Committee will have to be a fully paid-up member of the APA for 2014.
CFP: CACW & CAPN
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CALL FOR PAPERS: deadline for abstracts Monday 16th September 2013
Senses of the Empire: multisensory approaches to Roman culture
A conference to be held at The Open University, Hawley Crescent, Camden, London, 30th November 2013
Organised by: Dr Eleanor Betts and Dr Emma-Jayne Graham
By collecting the senses together in the interdisciplinary and multi-period volume Empire of the Senses David Howes led ‘a revolution in the representation and analysis of culture’ (2005, p.14). This one-day conference aims to bring that revolution on apace, by exploring the application of a multisensory approach to current research on the archaeological spaces and places of the Roman world. Some aspects of this thriving field of research have already been tied directly into a sensory agenda, whilst others are linked to broader debates, particularly those concerned with the body as the locus of identity, experience and memory, and the meaning of space and place, including movement.
This conference aims to bring these perspectives together in order to explore the value of applying a sensory approach to the archaeology of the ancient world. It will ask how we should use sensory perception and experience to increase our understanding of how people identified and interacted with distinctive Roman environments such as the sounds of the arena, the aromas and tastes of the markets, or the physical sensations of a visit to the baths. In so doing it will bring together scholars working on a wide range of aspects of ancient Rome and its associated territories.
In particular, the conference will ask how we might develop and apply methodologies for recreating experiences of Roman urban and rural landscapes, as well as the activities, behaviours and meanings associated with them, with a focus on how empirical sensory data may combine, or at times conflict, with that of ancient sources. The underlying theme of the day will therefore be an exploration of the perceptions and experiences of those who lived in the Roman world and how an attempt to reconstruct these sensory experiences extends, creates, or alters our perceptions of the past and the lives and identities of its inhabitants.
We invite papers which address these issues from the standpoint of archaeology and ancient history and welcome contributions focused upon any area and time period of the Roman world.
Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged and preference will be given to papers which draw upon innovative theoretical approaches and methodologies. Contributors are encouraged to consider at least one sense beyond sight, but there is no compulsion to include all senses.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- What is sensory archaeology? What is the value of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of past senses? Developing methodologies for reconstructing sensory experience of space and place; issues of approaching the past from a multisensory perspective, methodological problems, and their solutions.
- How might new, or existing, sensory approaches be applied to discrete monuments, buildings, locales and landscapes in the Roman world?
- The extent to which the senses played a central role within distinctive socio-cultural activities or locales, such as the domestic, public, political, religious, funerary or leisure spheres of the ancient world. Were sensory experiences instrumental in reinforcing the meaning of particular cultural activities or might they even serve to undermine traditional expectations?
- The senses and the self: the role of sensory perception in the construction or maintenance of personal or communal identities, or in processes connected with memory and the perpetuation of cultural ideologies.
- Senses and the life-course: the dynamic body as a location for sensory experience and the translation of its meaning; the importance of sensory experiences for age or gender.
Prof Ray Laurence (University of Kent)
Dr Valerie Hope (The Open University)
Dr Jane Draycott (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter)
Papers should be of 20 minutes’ length, and should not have been previously published or delivered at a major conference. Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be submitted by Monday 16th September 2013.
Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed conference volume.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Eleanor Betts (e.m.betts
open.ac.uk)E-J Graham (emma-jayne.graham
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Sacred Animals and Monsters in Greek and Near-Eastern Religions
University of St Andrews, 23-24 January 2014
Organisers: Dr Samantha Newington (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Sian Lewis (University of St Andrews)
The role of animals in ancient religion is large – as objects of sacrifice, as sacred creatures, incarnations of the gods, instruments of divination or healing, and as metaphors and symbols. This includes living animals, and also imaginary ones, animal/human hybrids and monsters: such anomalous beings challenged and transcended normal categories, allowing people to explore the religious, social and cultural ordering of their world.
This workshop will gather scholars from the fields of Classics, Biblical Studies and Near Eastern Studies, to examine the significance, role and symbolism of sacred animals and monsters in ancient religions. Drawing on archaeology, theology, history and literary studies, we aim to identify links and comparisons between the conception and treatment of sacred animals and monsters in Near Eastern, Jewish, Egyptian and Greek cultures, across a period from the Bronze Age to the Roman Empire.
Participants already confirmed include Prof Robert Segal (University of Aberdeen), Prof Kristin De Troyer (University of St Andrews), Dr Emma Aston (Reading University) and Dr Joseph Angel (Yeshiva University, New York). Our keynote speaker will be Prof. Ingvild Gilhus (University of Bergen), author of Animals, Gods and Humans: Changing Attitudes to Animals in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Thought (Routledge 2006).
Panels will cover sacred animals, divination and prophecy, monsters and the monstrous, and theological approaches to animals. Proposals are invited for 40-minute papers; abstracts (c. 250 words) should be submitted to sl50 AT
st-andrews.ac.uk (or by mail to the address below) by 30th September 2013.
LAWDI 2013 Websites
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Call for Papers – Classics and Popular Culture – CA14
Call for Papers – Defining Classical Scholarship: The Research/Teaching Interface CA2014
Last weekend, the Warburg Institute and the Institute for Classical Studies hosted a conference called The Afterlife of Ovid and a number of videos from the meeting have made it to Youtube. I’m going to sort of intersperse an ‘edited program’ with the videos (not all talks are there … not sure if they will be coming later today or what):
Thursday 7 March 2013
10. 50 Welcome: John North (IClS)
11.00 Professor Frank Coulson (Ohio State University)
Bernardo Moretti: A Newly Discovered Humanist Commentator on Ovid’s Ibis
11.50 Dr Ingo Gildenhard (University of Cambridge)
Dante’s Ovidian Poetics
1.50 Professor Gesine Manuwald (University College London)
Letter-writing after Ovid: his impact on Neo-Latin verse epistles
2.40 Professor Hélène Casanova-Robin (Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV)
D’Ovide à Pontano : le mythe, une forma mentis? De l’inuentio mythologique à l’élaboration d’un idéal d’humanitas
4.00 Dr Fátima Díez-Platas (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)
Et per omnia saecula imagine vivam: The imaged afterlife of Ovid in fifteenth and sixteenth century book illustrations
4.50 Dr Caroline Stark (Ohio Wesleyan University)
Reflections of Narcissus
Friday 8 March 2013
10.30 Professor John Miller (University of Virginia)
‘Ovid’s Janus and the Start of the Year in Renaissance Fasti Sacri.
11.20 Professor Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge)
Milton as Reader of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
12.10 Dr Victoria Moul (King’s College London)
The transformation of Ovid in Cowley’s herb garden: Books 1 and 2 of the Plantarum Libri Sex (1668).
2.00 Professor Maggie Kilgour (McGill University)
Translatio Studii, Translatio Ovidii
2.50 Professor Hérica Valladares (John Hopkins University)
The Io in Correggio: Ovid and the Metamorphosis of a Renaissance Painter
4.10 Professor Elizabeth McGrath (Warburg Institute)
Rubens and Ovid
Note in passing: this is a pretty good model for recording a conference or panel session although it might be useful if handouts were posted at the original conference website.
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PLUTARCH AMONG THE BARBARIANS
Inaugural Meeting of the North American Sections of the International Plutarch Society
At the Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta, Canada
March 13-16, 2014
Please send abstracts of 300-400 words to Noreen Humble (nmhumble AT ucalgary.ca) by April 30, 2013
Cultural identity is an important concern for writers of the second sophistic, but there has yet to be a concerted consideration of Plutarch’s views on the matter. He is represented primarily by chapters in Goldhill’s Being Greek Under Rome (2001) and Swain’s Hellenism and Empire (1996). Yet Plutarch is especially important in this regard, since he lived during the period when the empire was really establishing an identity for itself (Julio-Claudians > Flavians > "Good Emperors") and he helped to usher in the second sophistic, where cultural identity, conceptions of the Greek past, and an understanding of the Greco-Roman present were being worked out in literature and rhetoric. Both the Lives and the Moralia obviously play an important role in our understanding of Imperial Greek impressions of the past and the present, and one of the aims of the conference will also be to consider Plutarch’s oeuvre as a whole in this regard.
Topics for consideration may include (but are not confined to): Plutarch’s exploration of his own cultural identity as well as what it means to be Greek, what constitutes barbarism in Plutarch’s eyes, Plutarch and the otherness of Sparta, Plutarch on the Macedonians, Plutarch compared with other second sophistic writers.
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Philip Stadter (University of North Carolina, US)
Anthony Podlecki (University of British Columbia, CA)
Christopher Pelling (Oxford University, UK)
Frances Titchener (Utah State University, US)
Jeff Beneker (jbeneker AT wisc.edu)
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First call for papers
Textiles and Cult in the Mediterranean Area in the first millennium BC
International workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: 21st – 22nd of November 2013 (two full days)
Place: The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
It is a pleasure to announce an international workshop on the theme of textiles and cult in the Mediterranean in the first millennium BC. The workshop will be arranged by The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark, and will take place in Copenhagen November 21st – 22nd 2013.
The workshop will explore the use and production of textiles in cultic contexts in the Mediterranean area. The aim of the workshop/colloquium is to gain a greater knowledge on the use of textiles in ancient cults, such as the dedication of garments to deities, the dressing of cult statues, the existence of certain priestly garments and clothing regulations for visitors to sacred areas, as well as the question of whether textiles were produced in sanctuaries.
We welcome papers that treat textiles in sacred contexts from all aspects – archaeological, philological, historical and ethnographical. Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes.
A publication of the workshop is scheduled for 2015: C. Brøns & M.-L. Nosch (eds.), Textiles and Cult in the Mediterranean in the first millennium BC, Ancient Textiles Series, Oxbow Books, Oxford (2015).
Please send us a confirmation of your interest and a preliminary title of your contribution as soon as possible, before June 1st 2013. Abstracts (max. 250 words) should be sent to Cecilie.Broens AT natmus.dk by August 1st.
There are no conference fees, but participants will have to provide their own funding for travel and accommodation.
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The UK Annual Meeting of Ancient Historians for 2013 will take place
at the Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge on Saturday April 27th.
The first session will start at 11.00 and the last session finish at 5.00 p.m.
Any UK graduate student who self-identifies as an Ancient Historian is welcome to offer a paper (up to 20 minutes; to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion).
Please send an abstract of up to 350 words to
ampah2013 AT classics.cam.ac.uk
before April 1st.
The abstract should be pasted into the body of the e-mail, and the subject line should read ‘Abstract AMPAH 2013′. Any audiovisual needs should be indicated at the end of the abstract.
Anyone wishing to attend the meeting, whether offering a paper or not, should e-mail
ampah2013 AT classics.cam.ac.uk
by April 20th.
The subject line of the e-mail should read ‘Booking AMPAH 2013′
and the e-mail should contain (only)
First-Name Last-Name <TAB> Name of University or other institute of higher education <TAB> Description of research area (e.g. ‘Classical Greek political history’)
for as many individuals as are being booked in.
There is no conference fee.
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13th ANNUAL POSTGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM ON ANCIENT DRAMA, 18-19 JUNE 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Pastness/Belatedness in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’
We are delighted to announce the Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Greek and Roman Drama, organised by the APGRD, University of Oxford, and the University of London. This two-day event will take place on Tuesday 18th June at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (University of London) and Wednesday 19th June at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies (Oxford University).
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. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondent is Professor C.W. Marshall (University of British Columbia). After the second day of the symposium in Oxford, there will be a dinner and a launch celebration for two new books, Edith Hall’s Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris and Justine McConnell’s Black Odysseys.
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. This year’s theme, ‘belatedness’ is an open-ended prompt to consider ideas about our relationship to ancient works given the abyss of time separating us from their past world (for example, different ways that the "old" is constructed – primitive, mysterious, ritualistic and yet modern etc.).
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 performative presentation on ‘Pastness/Belatedness 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 postgradsymp AT classics.ox.ac.uk by Thursday 28th MARCH 2012 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).
There will be no registration fee. It is hoped that a limited number of bursaries will be available. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these. Help with accommodation in a London University Hall of Residence is also available this year.
CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES: postgradsymp AT classics.ox.ac.uk
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A Three Day CONFERENCE
on the theme "Subversion and Censorship in Antiquity and After"
October 2-4, 2013
Papers are invited from scholars and researchers in the Humanities to explore important themes on the limitations of freedom of expression (in act, thought or speech). Although papers of the more traditional focus on censorship ‘from above’ are welcome, we especially invite papers dealing with the responses to repression—that is, any works or activities which aim at avoiding or circumventing censorship, whether through subversion, coded dissent and veiled criticism (i.e. forms of self-censorship).
The conference is organised by members of the Classics discipline at the University of Adelaide, South Australia (also the venue): Professor Han Baltussen, Associate Professor Peter Davis, and Dr Mark Davies (Postdoctoral Researcher) with a view to expanding the theme of their ARC funded project “The Dynamics of Censorship in Antiquity” (2011-2013/DP 110100915).
While the emphasis of the conference is on antiquity, we would like to explore opportunities to facilitate diachronic and interdisciplinary discussion. To that end, we envisage accommodating some panels for a range of other historical periods (one panel each for the medieval, early modern and modern) in subjects such as history, politics, music, literature in the 15thth-20th c., and modern debates in law and media.
Please send inquiries and abstracts (up to 150 words by March 15, 2013) to
Prof. Han Baltussen (Hughes Professor of Classics) (han.baltussen@ AT adelaide.edu.au)
Assoc. Prof. Peter J. Davis (Visiting Research Fellow) (peter.davis AT adelaide.edu.au)
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The Little Torch of Cypris: Gender and Sexuality in Hellenistic Alexandria
When: 2-4 September 2013
Where: Monash Campus, Prato, Italy
The workshop aims to investigate the definitions of gender and sexuality in
Hellenistic Alexandria and its major impact on Latin literature as well as
later genres of European literature that viewed the city as a symbol of
cosmopolitan self-expression. Alexandria provided the setting for the
development of a new definition of Greekness emanating from the city’s
multi-cultural basis. In addition, Alexandrian poetry seems to project a new
sense of the individual as a sexual being. From Meleager, the author of bold
love epigrams, to Sotades, the writer of obscene satirical poems, a number
of less known and less studied Hellenistic poets that have, nevertheless,
excited the imagination of Latin and later Europeans authors and sealed
their understanding of the Greek cultural produce.
The crux of our investigation is double on both ends: to untangle the
tensions between the classical Athenian definitions of gender and the
emerging sexual identities that are shaped at Alexandria and, regarding the
reception of Hellenistic literature, to highlight which of these
descriptions were understood to represent classical Greece or the
Hellenistic period. We warmly invite papers that examine:
1 The definition of gender in Hellenistic Alexandria and the numerous
traditions that shaped it (i.e. perceptions of Egyptian/ Jewish sexualities)
2 The reception of Alexandrian homosexuality in Latin literature.
3 The relationship between ancient Alexandria and modern European histories
of gender and sexuality.
Submission deadline: please, send your abstracts of 600-800 words to Eva
Anagnostou-Laoutides (eva.anagnostoulaoutides AT monash.edu.au) and Daniel
Orrells (D.Orrells AT warwick.ac.uk) by the 28th of February 2013.
Depending on the coherence of the papers, the convenors will approach a
quality publishing press as soon as the program for the workshop is
finalized. This should speed up the process of a one-volume publication
anticipated by the end of 2014.
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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
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
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.
A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and
published on the departmental website after the final date for submissions.
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.
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.
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
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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*Talking Back to Teacher: Orality and Prosody in the Secondary and
*Chris Ann Matteo, Organizer
*Sponsored by the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature
Since Distler’s *Teach the Latin, I Pray You*, Traupman’s *Conversational
Latin for Oral Proficiency* and the target-language approach of Balme and
Lawall’s *Athenaze*, there has been an active reconsideration of the value
of orality in the Greek and Latin classroom, whether the level is
elementary, intermediate or advanced. How should both experienced and
novice teachers incorporate oral Greek or Latin in the high school or
college classroom? Currently, such topics are debated on social networks,
where independent groups of like-minded spokespersons are debating the
value of prosody, production of meaning the target language, assessment and
philosophy.The papers for this panel are expected neither as apologetics
for nor as censures of oral techniques of teaching.
This panel invites new contributions from the university or secondary
classroom as well as the outreach community of oral reading enthusiasts.
Some of the questions open to debate include: Is orality a fad or an
indispensible teaching strategy? What theories guide the pedagogy of oral
language acquisition? What texts are optimal for students at all levels,
ages and interests? What training ought to be offered to extend the
appreciation of oral Greek and Latin in classroom settings?What effects
does orality in the classroom have on our understanding of ancient Roman or
Greek poetics and versification, prose rhythm, figures of speech or sound?
What is the benefit of oral teaching for the philologist? What effects
could orality in the classroom have on our understanding of performance and
The Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature (SORGLL)
heartily encourages oral reading or performance of texts as part of the
papers chosen for delivery.
Abstracts should be sent to *Andrew Becker (Virginia Tech) **
andrew.becker AT vt.edu **by March 1 2013. *Abstracts must conform to APA
details). All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by three external
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The Role of "Performance" in Late Antiquity
Organizer: Ralph Mathisen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
The 2014 panel sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association, to be held in Jan. 2-5 in Chicago, will be devoted to the topic of "performance" in all of its manifestations: administrative, bureaucratic, political, social, and religious. Late Antiquity was a world of ceremony, ritual, and performance. Performative rituals greased the wheels of interaction between patrons and clients, bishops and laity, officials and populace, and emperors and subjects. Manifestations of performance cropped up everywhere, in mime and pantomime, in circus factions, in religious liturgy, in the audience halls of the rich and powerful. Symbolic actions were manifested in verbal cues and gestures that were understood only by other participants in the performance. Different forms of expression had to be decoded in order to be understood. Meaning often lay beneath the surface. Things were not always as they seemed. Wheels moved within wheels. This panel will look at different kinds of manifestations of "performance" in Late Antiquity, and consider why the concept of performance was so well suited to Late Antiquity as a uniquely defined period of history.
We invite the submission of abstracts offering new approaches to the many-sided issue of the role of "performance", broadly writ, in Late Antiquity. One-page abstracts (ca. 400 words) for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver should be sent no later than March 1, 2013 by email attachment as .doc or .rtf files to Ralph Mathisen at ralphwm AT illinois.edu or ruricius AT msn.com. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Those whose papers are accepted must be members of the APA for 2013 and must attend the 2014 meeting in Chicago. For further information, please contact Ralph Mathisen, History, Classics, and Medieval Studies, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, at the email address above.
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Call for papers: New member-organized session at the ASOR 2013 annual meeting, november 20-23
Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East
Most of the Near East was under Roman rule for almost seven centuries,
representing the longest period of political stability in the history
of the region. Since the 1990s there has been an explosion of
scholarly interest in the field, with studies moving emphasis from the
metropolitan to regional and local points of view, but arguably most
contributions have continued to cast representatives of imperial rule
as protagonists or antagonists in narratives of domination,
resistance, integration and fragmentation. In this session we aim to
move the focus of attention to the everyday ties of trade, religion
and day-to-day regional politics connecting people and places in the
Roman Near East. How did networks develop? What where the institutions
underpinning interaction and fostering integration on local, regional
and imperial levels? What impact did formal and informal rules have on
economic, social and political activities within these networks? How
did networks react to stress on imperial level, such as invasions,
economic crisis or civil war? We especially welcome papers situating
empirical data within theoretical frameworks such as Social Network
Analysis or New Institutional Economy, in order to facilitate
comparison between groups, over time and between different parts of
the Roman Near East.
Details can be found here:
Please contact <eivind.seland AT ahkr.uib.no> for any queries.
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Call for Papers: "EXPLORING THE PRODUCTION OF OBJECTS RELATED TO
DRESS IN THE ANCIENT and CLASSICAL NEAR EAST." Member-organized
session at the annual meeting of ASOR, November 20-23, 2013 in
In the past two years at the ASOR meetings, (2011-12), the
member-organized sessions on Dress in the Ancient and Classical Near
East were broadly conceived allowing exploration of clothing and
textiles as well as objects related to adornment. As such, they have
included many interesting papers from a wide variety of geographic and
chronological contexts. The session for 2013 aims to both continue
and push beyond the broad category of dress and ask presenters to
consider how their findings relate to the PRODUCTION of objects
related to dress. Scholars could approach questions such as (but not
limited to) what are the archaeological markers for textile production
at sites? Or, what social and cultural factors affect the production
of dress items? I encourage submission of abstracts that explore a
variety of objects and a broad arena of geographic and chronological
contexts within the Near East.
Please direct questions to the session organizer: Allison Thomason,
Professor of History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,
Submissions via the ASOR website. Deadline is February 15, 2013.