JOB: Roman History @ USC

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The Departments of Classics and History at the University of Southern California are conducting a multi-department search for a Roman historian at the rank of assistant or early-career associate professor.

If junior in rank, the successful candidate will be expected to hold appointment in only one of the two participating departments. At the associate level, a joint appointment is a possibility. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2010, and a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research. Ability to participate in interdisciplinary endeavors linking the study of the ancient world to other areas of intellectual inquiry desirable.

Send application materials, including cv, description of research interests, at least three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (ca. 20-30 pages) to Roman History Search Committee, Department of Classics, THH 256, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352, or electronically to Christine Shaw
(shawc AT

USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. For full consideration materials must arrive no later than November 15, 2009.

CFP: Integration and identity in the Roman Republic

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Call for papers: Integration and identity in the Roman Republic
Manchester, 1-3 July 2010

The project ‘Integration and identity in the Roman Republic’ is currently carried out by Saskia Roselaar at the University of Manchester. It aims to clarify the processes of integration between Italians and Romans in the period 340-91 BC. The issue of integration has been studied mainly in the context of the Romanization of Italy and the formation of identities in Italy, which are considered the result of increased contact between Romans and Italians. However, it still remains unclear in what contexts Romans and Italians came into contact with each other. The project’s aim therefore is to study the points of contact between these groups: before we can say anything about the cultural and linguistic consequences of integration, we must know where and why exactly Romans and Italians met.
The project studies these contacts in three broadly defined spheres:
-Geographical: To establish which were the points of contact between Romans and Italians, we must first find out where these groups lived. The project will focus specifically on the landscape of the colonies founded by the Romans throughout Italy, which are usually assumed to have played a large role in the Romanization of Italy. Although it is sometimes assumed that Italians were expelled from their lands, recent research has suggested that Italians often lived in the colonies or their territories. A more detailed reconstruction of the colonial landscape is therefore in order.
-Political and administrative: Italians sometimes received full or partial Roman citizenship, which would have brought them into contact with Romans on a regular basis. Other Italians were governed directly by Roman state officials. Regular contact with Roman government may have been an important factor in the integration of Italians; the project seeks to explore the relations between political and administrative contacts and the economic and cultural developments in various Italian areas.
-Economic: Contacts between Romans and Italians could occur for various economic reasons. It appears that trade occurred in a variety of contexts, which must be studied in more detail. Furthermore, it is well known that Italians conducted trade outside Italy, with the assistance of the Roman state. Thus, increased contacts with Rome may have been beneficial for the Italian economy.
The study of these possibilities for contact between Rome and the Italians will shed light on the process of Romanization as it occurred in Republican Italy: it will be possible to establish in more detail exactly how much contact existed between Rome and the various Italian peoples, and what modes of contact existed. Research into political integration will also shed light on the concept of Roman identity in the Republic: the study of political rights shows which rights the Romans were willing to share with the Italians, and thereby their level of inclusion into Roman society.

We would welcome papers on any aspect of integration and the formation of identity in the Roman Republic. We would particularly like to invite archaeologists and linguists, since it is clear that integration and identity cannot be studied by ancient historians alone. Some suggested topics are:

-Colonial landscapes
-Legal barriers for integration
-Ideas about integration among Romans and Italians
-Different modes of integration for various social classes
-Regional variations in the methods and results of integration

Confirmed speakers include:

Guy Bradley (Cardiff)

Tim Cornell (Manchester)

Altay Coskun (Waterloo, Canada)

Elena Isayev (Exeter)

David Langslow (Manchester)

Kathryn Lomas (UCL)

John Patterson (Cambridge)

William Rees (Oxford)

Saskia Roselaar (Manchester)

Nathan Rosenstein (Ohio State)

If you are interested in speaking at or attending the conference, please let me know as soon as possible, so that we will have an idea of numbers participating. The deadline for abstracts is 1 March 2010.

Saskia Roselaar

Newton International research fellow

The University of Manchester

Classics and Ancient History

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9PL

United Kingdom

+ 44 (0) 161- 2752712

JOB: Open position at Grinnell (tenure track)

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GRINNELL COLLEGE. Tenure-track position in the Department of Classics,
starting Fall 2010. Area of scholarly specialization is open, but the
department currently has members focusing on Greek lyric, Roman lyric,
and ancient philosophy. Broad training in classics is highly desirable;
strength in classical mythology or literature-in-translation may be an
asset. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) or
Associate Professor possible. Grinnell College is a highly selective
undergraduate liberal arts college. The classics department provides
instruction in Greek and Latin language and literature along with Greek
and Roman history, art, and archaeology. The Collegeąs curriculum is
founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty
interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of
a major. The teaching schedule of five courses over two semesters may
include Greek or Latin courses at any level; every few years one course
will be Tutorial (a writing/critical thinking course for first-year
students, on a special topic chosen by the instructor). In letters of
application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a
teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal-arts college that
emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. They also should discuss
what they can contribute to efforts to cultivate a wide diversity of
people and perspectives, a core value of Grinnell College. To be
assured of full consideration, all application materials should be
received by November 15, 2009. Send letter of application, c.v.,
transcripts (copies are acceptable), three letters of recommendation,
and a sample of scholarly writing to Professor Joseph Cummins,
Department of Classics, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 50112-1690.
[ClassicsSearch AT], 641-269-3160; fax 641-269-4985

Grinnell College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer
committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who
collectively reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be
discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin,
age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital
status, religion, creed, or disability. For further information about
Grinnell College, see our website at

JOB: Hellenist @ Brown

The Department of Classics at Brown University has been authorized to
announce a search for a Hellenist (open rank). The area of specialization is
open, as is the rank (Assistant Professor to Full Professor). The successful
candidate will teach Greek language and literature as well as courses in
translation; courses in Greek history are also a possibility, depending on
the candidate’s specialty. Prerequisites for consideration include
distinction in scholarship and teaching in any aspect of Greek language,
literature, or history.
Candidates should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vitae,
including the names and contact information of at least five references for
tenured candidates, and three letters of recommendation for tenure-track
Applications should be sent to: Chair of the Hellenist Search Committee,
Department of Classics, Brown University, Box 1856, Providence, RI 02912,
USA. Review of applications will begin on November 1. The department will be
conducting interviews of candidates at the annual meeting of the American
Philological in Anaheim, in early January 2010.
Inquiries may be directed to David_Konstan
Brown University is committed to diversity in its faculty and encourages
applications from qualified women and under-represented minority candidates

CFP: Death Disasters Downturn. (grad)

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Graduate Archaeology at Oxford and the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford invite the submission of proposals for papers and posters to an interdisciplinary conference titled "Death, Disasters, Downturn. The Archaeology of Crises." Oxford, 24-25 April 2010.

"From plagues to economic collapses, natural disasters to the deaths of loved ones, crisis, in its social, economic, psychological, biological, and ecological manifestations has indelibly shaped human existence. Since it is often in the breakdown of societies that the structures which composed them become clearest, crises provide an especially good window onto how groups have functioned historically. It can affect entire communities or single individuals; it can be confined to a singular time and space or it can reoccur episodically. As some of the most fascinating moments in human history, isolated cases or forms of crisis have been much-discussed among scholars within single fields. Rarely, however, have such debates crossed the boundaries of specific disciplines to be studied in a wider, over-arching context."

The goal of this conference is to start a discussion about the archaeological study of crises from across disciplines: sciences, archaeology, anthropology, ancient history. The questions we will raise are manifold: what constitutes a crisis? Which groups in the past have been most affected by crises? How can the archaeological record shed light on crises of various magnitudes? Most importantly, how can the archaeology of crisis be used to shed light on societies past and present?

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words in length and should be sent as attachments (in PDF format) to: gao AT
Deadline for abstract submission: Sunday, 6 December 2009.
Selected papers will be published in a volume, as part of the GAO monograph series.

For further information visit the GAO website (