NEH Summer Seminar: “The Falls of Rome.” Call for Participants

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National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar
“The ‘Falls of Rome’: The Transformations of Rome in Late Antiquity”


NEH Summer Seminar at the American Academy in Rome
28 June – 30 July, 2010

Director: Michele Renee Salzman, University of California at Riverside
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Associate Director: Kimberly Bowes, Cornell University
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The NEH Summer Seminar, “The ‘Falls of Rome’: The Transformations of Rome in Late Antiquity” will take place at the American Academy in Rome from 28 June through 30 July 2010. This seminar will focus on a topic that is fundamental to the study of antiquity; “What does it mean to say Rome fell?” Unlike other attempts to analyze the fall in terms of the political and military end of the Roman Empire, this seminar will focus on the capital of that empire, the city of Rome, in the late third to the seventh centuries. Through intensive study of texts and new archaeological remains, we will critically examine the reasons traditionally adduced for Rome’s fall – political and/or military crisis – and search for more complete definitions, and more complete explanations, of societal change.

The seminar is founded on interdisciplinary interactions, including the collaboration of the Seminar Director, Michele Renee Salzman, an historian, with the Associate Director, Kimberly Bowes, an archaeologist. All readings and seminar discussion will be in English. We welcome applicants from a wide variety of fields in the humanities.

Participants are chosen from university and college faculty who teach American post-secondary students. This includes faculty teaching abroad who teach American students. Applicants of all ranks and all levels of institution are welcome.

In addition, two places are reserved for qualified advanced graduate students

For detailed information about the Seminar and the application go to the American Academy in Rome website,

or contact the Director or Associate Director at the addresses above.


CFP: Ancient Demography, Annual Meeting Social Science and History Association, Chicago, November 18-21, 2010

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

This fall, the 35th Annual Meeting of the American Social Science and
History Association will take place from 18-21 November in Chicago. This
year’s theme is "Power and Politics".

The Annual Meeting of the Social Science and History Association is the
American counterpart of the two-yearly European Social Science and History
Conference, and is organized by an interdisciplinary group of scholars
that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and
historical and social-scientific methodologies.

This year, the "Family Demography" network of the SSHA aims to organize a
session entitled "Demography and Power Dynamics in the Ancient
Mediterranean (ca. 500 BCE – 500 CE)". As the organizer of this session, I
would like to give you an informal notice that paper proposals are now
being accepted, and that you are kindly invited to submit a title and
abstract for review. The submission deadline is February 15, 2010. Please
see the SSHA website at for further

CONF: Oxford Ancient History Seminar: Roman Republican Seafaring

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

Spring Term 2010, Ancient History Seminar Series, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

Roman Republican Seafaring

Tuesdays 5pm, Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford

19 January

Christa Steinby (BA Visiting Fellow, Oxford)

Rethinking the Roman republican navy

26 January

Matthew Leigh (Oxford)

Early Roman Epic and the Maritime Moment

2 February

Pascal Arnaud (Nice)

Rome and Maritime Trade in the 4th – 3rd centuries BC

9 February


16 February

David Blackman (Oxford) & Boris Rankov (RHUL)

The bases of the navy in the Republican period

23 February

Vincent Gabrielsen (Copenhagen)

Fleet Funding and Fiscalism: the example of the Greek city-states

2 March

Pier Luigi Tucci (Pisa)

Navalia on the Tiber (t.b.c.)

9 March

Philip de Souza (Dublin)

Why did the Romans need so many warships?