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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.
CFP: Exploring the Production of … Dress in the Ancient and Classical Near East” (ASOR Baltimore 2013)
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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.
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Conference: Call for Papers
The Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia:
Texts & Artefacts, Institutions & Practices
Thursday, 4 July 2013 – Saturday, 6 July 2013
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin
Over the past decade, scholars have examined the reception of the ancient
Greek and Roman cultures around the globe. This has been done by analyzing
the role of ancient Mediterranean culture in a variety of cultural
instances; for example post-antique texts and images, ideology and
institutions, as well as rituals and practices. The research has been
wide-ranging, including examinations, for instance, of Greek tragedy in
20th-century African theatre and Latin poetry in colonial Mexico. Still
there has not yet been a project dedicated solely to the reception of Greece
and Rome in East Asia, despite tantalizing clues concerning the wealth of
material available for investigation: from the Isopo Monogatari (伊曾保物
語), a 16th-century Japanese edition of Aesop’s Fables, to a theatrical
season in Beijing in July 2012 directed by the famed Li Liuyi that included
both Sophocles’ Antigone (安提戈涅) and the Tibetan epic King Gesar (格萨尔王).
This conference will explore the reception(s) of Greek and Roman culture in
East Asia from antiquity to the present. In particular, we are interested in
the question of how and why ancient Greek and Roman texts, images, and
material cultures and the knowledge and ideas contained within them have
been adapted and refigured in East Asian texts, imagery, and cultural
artefacts. We are also, however, eager for papers on the teaching of Greek
and Latin in schools and the history of ancient studies at universities as
well as other institutions. In addition, we welcome papers on historical
examples of intercultural contact from the early precursors of the Silk Road
to the arrival of Jesuit missionaries; as well as on the impact of ancient
beliefs and ideas on cultural practices in East Asia including, for example,
religious communities of recent origin which incorporate ancient gods and
heroes. The conference will seek to further the dialogue of Reception
Studies to include not only past and present but also “East” and “West.”
The ever-growing complexity of the relationship (economically, politically,
and culturally) between East Asia and the “West” makes the study of the
reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in East Asian cultures particularly
relevant and timely. Since “Western” culture’s self-conception begins in
Europe with ancient Greece and ancient Rome, the reception of ancient
Greco-Roman cultures in East Asia provides an excellent point of reference
for current intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogues in an increasingly
globalizing world. This conference aims to explore this point of reference
by bringing together an international and interdisciplinary group of
scholars and practitioners (performing artists, writers, visual artists, and
those working in theatres and museums) to analyze the many diverse aspects
of the reception of Greek and Roman culture in East Asia.
We invite papers from a variety of disciplines, especially: • Ancient and
Modern History and Philology; • Literary Studies, Cultural Studies,
Religious Studies; • Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Art History; •
Philosophy, Theology, and Political Science.
In addition to papers from scholars, we welcome contributions by those
working in the arts and cultural sector. Papers are expected to be 20-25
minutes in length with 5-10 minutes for questions immediately following. The
conference will be held in English. We aim to publish selected papers from
the conference in an anthology.
To be considered, please submit a proposal of no more than 300 words and a
biography of no more than 50 words to the below email address by 15 February
2013 (Please note extended deadline). Please note that text in non-Latin
script should be accompanied by a transliteration alongside in the body of
the proposal. Any further questions can be directed to the following email
address: greeceandromeinasia AT gmail.com.
We are looking forward to an inspiring conference and lively discussion!
Almut-Barbara Renger (Freie Universität Berlin) & Katie Billotte
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"Fragments, Holes, and Wholes: Reconstructing the Ancient World in Theory
Warsaw, Poland, 12th-14th June 2014
An international conference organized by the Scientific Committee on Ancient
Culture of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Classical
Studies of the University of Warsaw, the Institute of Archaeology of the
University of Warsaw, and the Institute of Classical Studies of Adam
Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Invited Speakers: Hans-Joachim Gehrke, Annette Harder, Wolfgang Kaiser, Dirk
Obbink, Paul Zanker
The full version of the below information is available for download at
We are inviting scholars from all areas of Classics to an emphatically
interdisciplinary conference whose purpose is to encourage reflection on
what is the essence of classical scholarship: Fragment, Non-Completeness,
Lacuna, Absence, and the relationship of these phenomena to the Whole. The
conference is intended to reflect the broad scope of the organizing
institutions. We hope to receive proposals of original papers that will
explore various ways in which classicists approach fragmentary texts
(broadly understood) and objects. The papers may present theoretical
approaches to fragments and lacunae as well as relate the first-hand
experiences of restorers resulting from work on particular case studies
(such as literary texts, material objects, works of art, papyri and
inscriptions). Although our main preoccupation is with ancient Mediterranean
cultures (not limited to the Graeco-Roman world), we are also interested in
how the visions of later poets and artists dealt with the fragmentariness of
the ancient world, and hence we are eager to consider contributions
pertaining to the field of classical reception studies. We hope that the
conference will become a forum for established scholars as well as for those
in the earlier stages of their careers.
If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250-300 word abstract
including the title to one of the email addresses given below. There will be
two types of presentations: 30-minute and 15-minute papers (please indicate
the preferred form in your proposal). If your proposal is accepted, shortly
before the conference you will be required to provide a 2-3 page summary of
your presentation, so that copies can be distributed to the participants in
order to allow them to prepare for the discussion. At the conference, each
presentation (both short and longer papers) will be followed by a 15-minute
discussion. To ensure the interdisciplinary character of the event and to
facilitate communication between the participants, there will be no parallel
sessions. We invite papers in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish,
but the working language of the conference will be English. The registration
fee for participants is 150 €; this includes meals and conference materials.
Accommodation at special reduced rates will be available to the registered
participants. We plan to publish a conference volume based on papers presented.
For registration and enquiries, please email Conference Secretary, Jan
Kwapisz (jan.kwapisz), or General Chair, Jerzy Danielewicz
The conference will be held on June 12th , 13th and 14th , 2014.
Early expressions of interest – by the end of June 2013 – are encouraged and
appreciated. If you wish to present a paper, please provide us with a
provisional title by this date.
The deadline for submitting titles and abstracts (250-300 words) is October
31st , 2013. If you wish to act as a respondent, chair a panel or otherwise
participate in the conference, please express your interest by this date (we
may be unable to offer accommodation at reduced rates to those registering
after this deadline). The conference committee will select c. 25 papers.
Authors will be notified of the result in the course of December 2013.
The 2-3 page summaries of the accepted papers will have to reach us by April
30th , 2014.
The conference will be held at the University of Warsaw.
General Chair: Prof. Jerzy Danielewicz, University of Poznań
Secretary: Dr Jan Kwapisz, University of Warsaw (jan.kwapisz AT uw.edu.pl)
Prof. Krystyna Bartol, University of Poznań (classical philology)
Prof. Tomasz Giaro, University of Warsaw (ancient law)
Prof. Włodzimierz Lengauer, University of Warsaw (ancient history)
Prof. Adam Łajtar, University of Warsaw (epigraphy and papyrology)
Prof. Karol Myśliwiec, Polish Academy of Sciences (archaeology)
Prof. Jakub Pigoń, University of Wrocław (classical philology)
Prof. Mikołaj Szymański, University of Warsaw (classical philology)
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REMINDER: CALL FOR PAPERS for the Women’s Network
Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada
Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg
May 14-16, 2013
Gendered Bodies in Health and Medicine
The Women’s Network of the Classical Association of Canada invites submissions for this year’s panel themed “Gendered Bodies in Health and Medicine”. We invite submissions that explore a variety of interdisciplinary topics related to health, medicine and the body as they interact with gender in the ancient Mediterranean world. Specifically, we are interested in the differentiation between women’s health and men’s health and the medical, scientific, and intertwined socio-cultural approaches toward the fe/male body. Contributors may examine, but are not limited to, such topics as: Hippocratic gynaecology, the reproductive health of gendered bodies, gender specific illness and disease, and, more generally, men’s views on the female body. We also welcome submissions that explore themes of reception, specifically the classical origins of attitudes (and/or stereotypes) towards the female body in health and medicine of the Renaissance and beyond.
Please submit abstracts of 350-500 words (with relevant bibliography) by Thursday, January 31, 2013 directly to Dr. James T. Chlup (cac2013 AT cc.umanitoba.ca) and indicate that the abstract is for the Women’s Network. Further enquiries can be directed to Dr. Judith Fletcher (jfletcher AT wlu.ca) or Dr. Lisa Trentin (lisa.trentin AT utoronto.ca).
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EABS GRAECO-ROMAN SOCIETY AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
CALL FOR PAPERS – 2013 EABS ANNUAL MEETING, LEIPZIG
Ekaterini Tsalampouni, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
(etsala AT past.auth.gr)
The research group will focus a) on various aspects of the social life
of the Graeco-Roman world (e.g. household networks and religion,
kinship, friendship and other relationships, slavery, prostitution,
social and geographical mobility, social groups, everyday life in
Graeco-Roman cities etc.) that consist part of the socio-historical
context of the New Testament texts and could therefore provide insight
into them, and b) on artifacts from the Graeco-Roman world (e.g.
inscriptions, papyri and archeological findings) that can shed light
to various aspects of the New Testament texts and events.
Papers that present interdisciplinary approaches to the topics under
discussion and offer new insights and interpretations of New Testament
texts placing them within their socio-historical context are welcome.
- 2010: Tartu, Estonia – “Family and Friendship as Reality and
Metaphor in the Graeco-Roman World and in the New Testament” (joint
session with the SBL Greco-Roman World Section)
- 2011: Thessaloniki, Greece – “Graeco-Roman Thessaloniki” (joint
session with the Pauline Literature Research Group)
- 2012: Amsterdam, Netherlands – “Inscriptions and the New Testament”
(joint session with the Greco-Roman World Group of SBL)
Agenda for 2013
Two sessions are scheduled for the meeting of 2013 in Leipzig:
(a) a session where papers on any topic within the range of the
interests of the research group as described above are welcome;
(b) following the significant attendance of the session dedicated
to the inscriptions and the NT in Amsterdam a session focused again on
“Inscriptions and the New Testament” is being scheduled. Inscriptions
have always provided useful evidence not only for understanding the
New Testament vocabulary but also for illuminating events and
situations described or implied in the New Testament texts. The ever
growing epigraphic data provides the biblical scholarly research with
a valuable pool of information that can be used through
interdisciplinary readings in reconstructing the socio-historical
context of the NT texts and of the early Christian communities.
Therefore, papers that deal a) with methodological issues regarding
the constructive use of the epigraphic data in the NT exegesis, b)
with the evaluation of the work done in this field by previous
scholars (e.g. A. Deissmann, R. Horsley etc), c) with particular cases
of utilization of the epigraphic data in the lexicographical research
of the NT, and d) with the use of the inscriptions in illuminating the
social, political or religious background of the NT, are welcome.
Paper proposals and abstracts can be submitted to the chair of the
research group, Ekaterini Tsalampouni (etsala AT past.auth.gr). Call for
papers opens on December 1st, 2012 and closes on February 15th, 2013.
When submitting a paper, please, note which of the two sessions you
would like it to be included in.
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*Heraclea Sintica: from Hellenistic polis to Roman civitas (4th c. BC-6thc. AD) *
September 19-21, 2013
*Organizers:* National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences, American Research Center in Sofia, Museum of
*Sponsors:* American Research Center in Sofia, Municipality of Petrich
This international conference will bring together leading scholars to
present recent work on the site of Heraclea Sintica, situated near the
village of Rupite, ca. 12 km northeast of Petrich, SW Bulgaria. The
presentations will be arranged in thematic sections devoted to particular
topics, such as, but not limited to:
(1) historical topography of Heraclea and its city territory, including *
(2) recent archaeological excavations on the site,
(3) diachronic surveys on literary sources and epigraphic documents,
(4) religious monuments and associated cult practices,
(5) patterns of coin circulation as related to economy and local markets.
The conference consists of two parts: presentations and site (Heraclea
Sintica) and museum visits (Petrich and Blagoevgrad). Number of
participants limited to 20. There is no conference fee. All costs of
accommodation, meals and ground transportation for excursions will be
covered by the organizers. All papers should be in English and accompanied
with a PowerPoint presentation. Presenters should submit an abstract
(limited to 400 words) to director AT naim.bg and apo AT arcsofia.org by *March
15, 2013*. Notification of accepted papers will be sent by *April 1, 2013*.
*Location:* The conference will take place in the city of Petrich, at Hotel
*Arrival:* September 19 – Petrich, registration at Hotel Bats and welcome
*Sessions:* September 20 – Presentations, 20 minutes each, start at 9.00
am, lunch, end at 5 pm, dinner.
*Site and museum visits*: September 21 – 8.30 am Museum of History,
Petrich, continue to Heraclea Sintica and Regional Museum of History,
*Departure*: September 21, afternoon, Blagoevgrad
The proceedings from the conference will be published by NOUS Publishers in
2014. Deadline for paper submission: *December 31, 2013*. The papers will
be published in English with an extensive summary in Bulgarian.
For any questions relating to this conference, please contact
director AT naim.bg or apo AT arcsofia.org.
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Call for Papers for the “Ancient Inscriptions” Session at the Annual
meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
We are interested in papers that focus on any aspect of the epigraphic
record for the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds,
particularly those papers treat recently-excavated inscriptions or new
readings of inscriptions which have been excavated and published in
the past. The deadline for the submission of an abstract is February
15, 2013. Abstracts must be submitted via the ASOR web site
The 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD, from
November 20th to 23rd. The Annual Meeting is the yearly
coming-together of ASOR’s vibrant academic community. The conference
attracts over 900 scholars and enthusiasts of archaeology,
linguistics, geography, epigraphy, anthropology, and other fields
related to the study of the ancient Near East.
Professional membership in ASOR is a prerequisite for participation in
the Annual Meeting Program as a paper presenter or session chair
(Associate Memberships and Contributing Memberships do not qualify).
The only exception to this rule is for students enrolled at an
Institutional Member school. In addition to ASOR membership,
registration for the Annual Meeting is also a requirement for all
participants in the Annual Meeting Program. All program participants
must register for the Annual Meeting after submitting their abstracts
for review. All of this can be done via the ASOR web site as well.
Those wishing to correspond with the chairs of this session are
welcome to do so.
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CALL FOR PAPERS
2014 ASGLE APA Panel
January 2-5, 2014, Chicago, IL
Graffiti and Their Supports: Informal Texts in Context
Organized by John Bodel
The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy invites submissions for a panel at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Philological Association, January 2-5, 2014, in Chicago on the topic "Graffiti and Their Supports: Informal Texts in Context."
Graffiti, even more than other inscriptions, are tied to their physical settings-the objects on which they are written, the places where they are displayed, or the spatial relationship they bear to other writings or drawings on the same surfaces. As the recent collection of essays edited by J. A. Baird and C. Taylor, Ancient Graffiti in Context (2011), well demonstrates, not only wall inscriptions from Pompeii but also graffiti and dipinti of various types in myriad contexts from across the ancient Mediterranean world provide evidence of writing practices and written cultures understudied and poorly documented that have seldom been investigated comparatively and for which even local contextualization has in many cases scarcely begun. The sociology of graffiti production and consumption and the cultural history of informal public writing have been productively explored in research on modern graffiti (e.g. N. Macdonald, The Graffiti Subculture, 2002; J. Austin, Taking the Train, 2001; J. Oliver and T. Neal, Wild Signs, 2010), but few inroads have been made into these areas in study of the ancient world.
The aim of this panel is to advance this line of inquiry by soliciting papers that consider ancient Greek and Latin graffiti and other forms of informal writing in context, broadly conceived to include not only physical but also scriptural or visual context. Studies that approach the subject comparatively or theoretically or that examine graffiti as manifestations of particular writing practices are especially welcome. Topics of investigation might include, but are not limited to: the interaction of text and image; â€œdialogicâ€ graffiti; self-referential graffiti or those that refer to their supports; literacy and popular culture; temporality (ephemerality or permanence); and read-ership and reception.
Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the ASGLE Executive Committee and should not be longer than 500 words (bibliography excluded). Please follow the APA Instructions for Abstract Authors and include the ASGLE Abstract Submission Form with your abstract. The abstract should be sent electronically as a MS Word document and the Abstract Submission Form as a PDF by February 1, 2013 to: John Bodel, Vice-President, ASGLE at john_bodel AT brown.edu. All Greek should either be transliterated or employ a Unicode font. Authors submitting abstracts must be APA members in good standing.
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Open Call for Contributions
Between text and praxis: writing ancient science and technology in the
classical world and beyond
April 13-14, 2013 at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada
The Department of Classics at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s will be hosting an open collaborative workshop on the history of medicine, science, and technology as well as other related fields. We are calling out to potential participants who have a work in progress on any
aspect of the above fields and would like to share and invite feedback. The
work in progress can be, for example, a manuscript in progress or a
conference paper that could be converted to an article manuscript.
Ideally, we are planning for six to eight participants who will circulate
their working documents among one another prior to the workshop. The aim is
to emerge with a substantially more complete manuscript ready to submit for
consideration in a special edition of Mouseion.
The intended format will allow one hour per participant, during which the
presenter presents a 20-minute synopsis of his or her paper. This
presentation can, according to the presenter’s preference, be followed by
any or a combination of the following:
a Q&A period
a brainstorming session
an editing and bibliographic session
a suggestion & critique session
a roundtable discussion
theory and methodology
Limited financial support is available to defray expenses, but participants
are encouraged to seek their own funding.
Please send a description of your work and include your name, position, and
affiliation, and the subject of your research. You should also indicate at
what stage your document will be at the time of the workshop. Proposals must
be submitted by e-mail attachment to Milo Nikolic
(workshop.memorial AT gmail.com) by February 15, 2013 with a response by the
last week of February.
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Nox erat: Night and Nocturnal Activities in the Ancient World
17th Annual Classics Graduate Student Colloquium
University of Virginia
March 23, 2013
From lovers’ trysts to covens of witches, from all-night parties to midnight
raids, from dreams to insomnia, night in the ancient world is far from an
empty darkness that merely marks the interval between sunset and sunrise.
This colloquium aims to consider the characteristics and depictions of night
both as mythological figure and temporal experience, while also exploring
the social and cultural aspects of nighttime events. Professor Catherine
Keane of Washington University in St. Louis will deliver the keynote
address. We welcome submissions from diverse fields and disciplines.
Possible areas of investigation include, but are not limited to:
- Night as a deity or personification depicted in literature
- Night as a social construction, e.g. as holy or unholy, as a time for
transgressive activities; the way that night affects conceptions of time
- Dreams, whether true or false, and inspiration that comes at night; poets,
philosophers, storytellers, and others who work through the night
- Religious aspects of night: for example, rites which only happen at night,
- Nighttime activities such as symposia and paraclausithyra
- Practical advantages and disadvantages of night: night raids, banditry,
- Means of illuminating the night both natural and artificial: streetlamps,
constellations, the moon
- Night in similes and metaphors
- Transitions into and out of night at dusk and dawn; the false night which
occurs during eclipses and storms
Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of no more
than 300 words to Jennifer LaFleur (jll4x AT virginia.edu) by February 1, 2013.
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The Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric (COR), Royal Holloway, University of
London, announces an international conference entitled From Antiphon to
Autocue: Speechwriting Ancient and Modern to take place at RHUL’s central
London venue in Bedford Square on 25 and 26 of April 2013.
Confirmed speakers include experts on ancient Greek and Roman logography
and oratory: Prof. Chris Carey (UCL), Prof. Mike Edwards (Lampeter), Prof.
Michael Gagarin (Texas), Prof. Catherine Steel (Glasgow). They will be
joined by an expert on modern media and communications, Prof. Andrew
Tolson (De Montfort), a modern historian specializing in Churchill’s
oratory, Professor Richard Toye (Exeter), and a modern speechwriter, Simon
We welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of speechwriting ancient,
medieval, or modern (30-40 mins. duration). Please send your proposal to
antiphon2autocue AT gmail.com by 31 January 2013 at the latest.