CFP: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity

Seen on Aegeanet:

Re-creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity
A conference at the University of Iowa, October 27-29, 2011

Conference organizers: Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa), Andrew Simpson (Catholic University), Greg Hand (University of Iowa)

The power of music in Greek and Roman myth to move gods, men and even inanimate objects, and the descriptions of music in the imaginative and theoretical literature of antiquity, have inspired musicians since the Middle Ages to interpret and transform the ancient experience. Composers, librettists, and song writers have responded to the passions of the ancientsin every available genre and style of musical expression. This conference will explore ways that vocal and instrumental music throughout the world has received and recreated the art and culture of the Greeks and Romans. A concomitant goal of this conference is to bring together artists and scholars in many fields – classics, music, theater, film – to engage in meaningful dialogue about the ways in which classical antiquity informs and shapes their own work. Presenters whose specialty is classics areasked to emphasize musical examples in support of their arguments; specialists in music and other performing arts are reque

sted to focus their presentations on the ancient paradigms that have influenced the music of their particular field.

Conference activities will include lectures, paper sessions, live concerts, and a screening of silent films accompanied by live music composed by Andrew Simpson. Speakers who have already committed to the project include Mary-Kay Gamel (UC Santa Cruz), Simon Goldhill (King’s College, Cambridge), Wendy Heller (Princeton University), Jon Solomon (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Reinhard Strohm (Wadham College, Oxford). Concerts will include a performance by Iowa’s Center for New Music,and the first opera for which music survives, Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, premiered in Florence in 1600.

Scholars and artists interested in participating are asked to submit abstracts on relevant subjects that include, but need not be limited to:

• Stage music (e.g., opera, musical theater, incidental music)
• Choral and vocal music
• Instrumental music (e.g., chamber, orchestral, wind ensemble)
• Music for film, including silent film
• Electronic and digital music
• Interactive media including music
• Popular and folk music
• World (i.e., non-Western) musical responses to classical antiquity
• Social or political uses of antiquity in musical settings
• Ancient music theory and modern musical practice

The University of Iowa Classics Department’s journal Syllecta Classica will publish a collection of refereed papers from this conference. Syllecta Classica is available through Project Muse.

One-page abstracts should be sent as an electronic attachment to Professor Robert Ketterer, University of Iowa by April 15, 2011 (robert-ketterer AT


CFP: “Happy Talk”

Seen on the Classics list (sorry for the short notice on this one)

Happy Talk: Diversity of Speech in Greco-Roman Comedy and Satire

Sponsored by the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature
Organized by Andrew S. Becker and Jerise Fogel

This panel will examine linguistic diversification in Greek and Roman comedy
& satire (broadly meant, to including any comic or satiric texts), including
dialect, socio-politically differentiated speech, ethnic language,
obscenity, tragicomic or parodic diction, musical and metrical variations,
gendered speech, syntactical variation, or generic play. The study of
language and linguistic turns in Greek and Roman comedy has been flourishing
in the past decade (e.g., the work of Colvin and Willi). Scholarly work on
orality and written discourse has also been a fertile seedbed, including but
not limited to the use of conventions from mime, tragedy, and Homeric
diction (e.g., Slings on comic imitation of vernacular speech and poetic
modes). Perhaps the most fertile source of the energy in the study of the
representation of language in Greek and Roman comedy & satire has been the
growing interest among classicists in the broader cultural contexts within
which the Greeks and Romans worked, played, wrote, and responded to dramatic
performances & satire. We hope to solicit new contributions to these (and
others) areas of research from scholars and performers interested in
exploring linguistic aspects, with a particular emphasis on the spoken joke,
word choice, expression of dialect in the Greek or Latin language, and the
use of speech to differentiate characters with respect to, e.g., class,
gender, ethnicity, status, or age. Presenters are asked to support,
illustrate, and enliven their papers by performing orally their chosen
ancient text or texts.

Abstracts should be sent as attachments to both Andrew S. Becker (Virginia
Tech, andrew.becker AT and Chris Ann Matteo (Stone Bridge High School,
camatteo AT by March 15, 2011.

Abstracts must be no more than one page and contain no indication of
authorship. In accordance with APA regulations, all abstracts for papers
will be read anonymously by three outside readers. Please follow the
instructions for the format of individual abstracts that will appear in the
APA Program Guide.

CONF: Atlantic Classical Association

Seen in the Canadian Classical Bulletin:

Call for Papers for the 2011 Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association
October 14-15, 2011 at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL

The Department of Classics and the Faculty of Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s will be hosting the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association on Friday October 14 and Saturday October 15, 2011.

Papers of 20 minutes duration are invited on any aspect of the Classical World (literature, history, archaeology, art history, philosophy, etc.). Please send an abstract of not more than 200 words and include your name and affiliation, the title of your paper and any A.V. requirements. Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail attachment to Milo Nikolic ( AT by July 31, 2011.

Conference registration deadline is September 15th, 2011.

CONF: Classical Association of Canada

Seen in the Canadian Classical Bulletin:

Annual Meeting of the CAC / Congrès annuel de la SCÉC

Subscribers are reminded that the Annual Meeting of the CAC-SCEC will take place from Tuesday, May 10 – Thursday, May 12 at Dalhousie University in Halifax. On-site registration will begin in the afternoon of Monday, May 9, and paper sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. on May 10.

Pre-registration on the conference website is required. Regular registration fees will be collected until April 8. After April 8, a surcharge will apply. The online registration process requires you (1) to log on to the conference site (if you have not already done so, you’ll need to create an account); (2) to click the "registration" tab, where you will find registration categories and options. (3) Please note that after completing online registration, you must finish the process manually by making out a cheque to "Dalhousie University” and sending it to the following postal address:

CAC-SCEC Registration
Department of Classics
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

Remember that after April 8, late surcharges apply!

We very much look forward to welcoming many to Nova Scotia in May! You will find useful information about our conference and your stay in Halifax on the conference website. A full preliminary programme will be posted by March 18. Please direct any queries to peter.obrien AT or cachfx AT

CONF: Representations of Power

Seen on the Classicists list:

Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar

Institute of Classical Studies
School of Advanced Study
University of London

s.royston-davies AT
alexander.millington AT


These seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. in room G35, Senate House,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

4 March 2011
Victoria Györi, King’s College London
A role model for Augustus? The Augustus/Numa asses and the Roman mint of
23–12 BC

11 March 2011
Hannah Cornwell, Brasenose College, Oxford
Viewing the pacification of the Alps: the Augustan arch at Segusio

18 March 2011
Adrastos Omissi, St John’s College, Oxford
The representation of usurpation in imperial panegyric, AD 284–395

25 March 2011
Sushma Jansari, University College London
Megasthenes and Mauryan–Seleucid relations: fact or fiction?