CFP: Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting

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Every year, the Classical Association of Canada holds a conference gathering some 200 researchers from all areas of Classical Studies. In 2012, the Department of Classics <> at The University of Western Ontario has the honour of hosting the meeting in London, Ontario, Canada. This year our keynote address will be delivered by Professor Amy Richlin <>, of the Univ. of California at Los Angeles, on the evening of Weds May 9th in Conron Hall in University College. Please note that the closing date for abstract submissions is January 20th, 2012, and that you must be a CAC member in good standing to present a paper. To join the Association, please go to: <>

Call for Papers:

General information

The CAC¹s 2012 Annual Meeting will take place from Tuesday, May 8th­ Thursday, May 10th, 2012. Registration material and related information will be posted on this website <> as it becomes available, as will all other conference information regarding programme, accommodations, banquet, etc.

Paper Proposals:
Scholarly contributions in all areas of Classical Studies
are welcomed. Presentations must not exceed 20 minutes, so as to allow for discussion following each paper. Proposals and abstracts should be submitted electronically to Prof. Kelly Olson at: kolson2 AT The deadline for receipt is Friday, January 20th, 2012. Please note that this year for the first time we have a template for abstracts: each abstract must be between 350-500 words and include relevant bibliography. Graduate students who wish to propose a paper are strongly encouraged to consult with their supervisor or other appropriate faculty member before submitting an abstract. In addition, the CAC Council has mandated that students wishing to present at the CAC must include a letter of support from their supervisor or other appropriate faculty member, allowing them to do so. All abstracts will be judged anonymously. Please do not identify yourself in any way in the abstract itself.

Panel Submissions:
There are two CAC /host-sponsored panels. You must be a
CAC member in good standing to present on either panel. To join the
Association, please go to: <>

1. The friends of Prof. Bonnie MacLachlan invite submissions for a plenary session (Tues, May 8th) in honor of her retirement, on the topic
Transitions. We welcome papers that explore transformative moments of
ancient Greek and Roman life, including formal coming-of-age ceremonies, or weddings, births and funerals as depicted in the literature and material culture of the ancient world. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: accounts drawn from the catabatic tradition (descents to the Underworld) as motifs in myth and cult; oblique references to rites of passage in literature, such as the experiences of Odysseus or the role of Medea as initiatrix; the quests and trials of young men and women; age-markers in texts or artifacts; descriptions of moments of personal transformation. Please send a 350-500 word abstract (with relevant bibliography) to Prof. Kelly Olson (kolson2 AT by Friday Jan 20th, 2012.

2. Women¹s Network/Réseau des Femmes panel: Women and the Reception of the Classical World

The Women¹s Network/Réseau des Femmes of the CAC/SCEC invites submissions for this year¹s panel themed ³Women and the Reception of the Classical World². We seek to explore women¹s engagement with the Classics and are particularly interested in understanding how women artists, scholars and intellectuals of the modern era have constructed their vision(s) of the ancient world through the use of the visual arts, literature, popular culture, theatre and film, scholarship, education and pedagogy. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to: women (authors, artists, playwrights, etc.) and their works, intertextuality and the ³female voice², issues facing women who deal with classical topics and themes, and the role of women in shaping Classical Reception Studies.

This call for papers is meant to be suggestive rather than exclusive; papers are solicited on all areas exploring women and the reception of the Classical world. We hope to bring together contributors from a wide variety of disciplines, including English Literature, Art History, Fine Arts, Drama, Women and Gender Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. We warmly welcome submissions from individuals outside of Canada and North America.

Please submit abstracts of 350-500 words (with relevant bibliography)
Friday, Jan 20th, 2012 directly to Prof. Kelly Olson (kolson2) and indicate that the abstract is for the Women¹s Network/Réseau des Femmes.Further enquiries can be directed to Judith Fletcher (jfletcher) or Lisa Trentin (ltrentin).

3. In addition to these sponsored panels and regular papers, scholars can propose specific panel sessions around a topic (e.g., specific research topics or teaching and professional issues). A panel must be limited to a maximum of four individual papers. Proposals for these should be submitted to Prof. Kelly Olson (kolson2 AT by Friday Jan 20th, 2012, and should include a session title, statement of purpose (maximum 200 words), names of participants, and the individual 300-500 word abstracts (with relevant bibliography) for all the papers in the proposed panel. Again, you must be a CAC member in good standing to present on any panel. To join the Association, please go to: <>

Please send enquiries via email to Prof. Kelly Olson (kolson2 AT using
the subject line "CAC question" or by mail to: Kelly Olson, Dept. of
Classical Studies, Univ. of Western Ontario, Lawson Hall 3227, London,
Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8.

For technical questions related to the website, please email Kathleen
Beharrell at kbeharr AT

Conference website: <>

Univ. of Western Ontario Dept. of Classical Studies:

London, Ontario: <>

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