Birmingham Crisis Redux … in a Bad Way

Yesterday Edith Hall informed the Classics International facebook group that the crisis at the University of Birmingham which we learned about last summer was going down the road everyone feared. Here’s a somewhat edited version of her comments:

Yesterday, selected non-professorial Classicists, Ancient Historians and Archeologists received letters from the (Classicist) Pro-Vice-Chancellor Michael Whitby informing them that their posts have been selected to go into a pool from which redundancies are proposed. Three redundancies in Classics/AH out 12 lecturers, senior and junior; in Archaeology, five lecturers out of seven plus all 8.8 Research staff. Professors are completely protected.
These proposals will be presented to the College Council on Wednesday 3rd October, which is terrifyingly soon. Since writing to Professor Whitby himself has so far had little effect, members of this group are encouraged to write immediately to the Vice-Chancellor himself,
Professor David Eastwood,
The University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom.

email: d.eastwood AT,

I have no idea of the identity of the source of any of the information I have posted here, which has arrived anonymously. The contents of the letter to staff in the redundancy “pool” can only be disclosed with Professor Whitby’s written permission or it will be treated as a disciplinary matter.

… note that date of October 3 … obviously any emails would best be sent as soon as possible.
Some background:

An Archaeological Appeal ~ Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria

I’m not sure I’ve seen one of these ‘Causes’ things before, but the Bulgarian Archaeological Society is apparently seeking some assistance in regards to the site of Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria:

Here’s some info from their page:

The Bulgarian Archaeological Association (BAA) along with Association “Ratiaria” have set themselves the goal of attracting the attention of the international community and to raise funds to protect Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria. This archaeological site was one of the most important Roman and Early Byzantine centres in the lower Danube area which in the past 20 years was targeted by treasure hunters and destroyed.

Since 2008, the Bulgarian Archaeological Association carried out rescue actions on the territory of Ratiaria. For several years we have discovered 14 new Latin inscription, over 700 artifacts, more then 15 new monumental buildings, and over 20 new legionary stamps. In 2010 was uncovered the well preserved main street (decumanus maximus) of the city. All these data show that Ratsiaria is not irretrievably lost for the Roman archeology.

More here:


Nuntii Latini Graecique

A couple of weeks’ worth … didn’t have time last week, alas …

  • Nuntii Latini from YLE (September 21):

Manifestationes in mundo crebrae

His diebus cives in compluribus mundi partibus variis causis excitati reclamitaverunt. Brevis pellicula magnetoscopica in interreti divulgata, in qua propheta Mahomed blasphematur, in terris islamicis iram civium in Americanos vertit.

In Aegypto, Tunisia, Libano, Sudania multi vitam amiserunt, cum vigiles impedire conarentur, ne turba tumultuantium in sedes diplomaticas Americanorum penetraret. In Pakistania, Iemenio, Somalia islamistae extremi musulmanos incitaverunt, ut Americanos aggrederentur. Reclamationes in viginti fere terris fuerunt et die Sabbati etiam in Australiam et insulas Maldivenses extendebantur.

Inter Sinenses et Iaponienses vetus de insulis Senkaku sive Diaoyu discordia adeo crebruit, ut manifestationes contra Iaponiam in compluribus urbibus Sinarum exsisterent. Matriti, in capite Hispaniae, complura dena civium milia convenerunt, ut contra consilia regiminis oeconomica reclamitarent. Itemque Olisipone Portugalliae, ubi plus centum milia hominum vectigalia aucta et rigorem oeconomiae reprobantes agmine facto incesserunt.

alii from September 21: Iaponia ab energia nucleari desistet … Cellulae vivae mammuthi repertae? … Castra Romanorum veterrima in Germania

… and on the Nuntii Graeci side

Akropolis world news Ὁ Ἀχμαδινεῖαδ ἐν τῷ Ἡνωμένων Ἐθνῶν Ὀργανισμῷ ἀγορᾶται (September 28) … Ἅμιλλα περὶ νήσων τινῶν (September 25 … same page) … Τὸν ”μανιώδην Βαρρέρα” ἐν τῇ Βενεζουέλῃ καταλαμβάνουσιν (September 20 … ditto)

CFP: Classics and the Great War (APA, January 2014)

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Organizer: David Scourfield, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

The Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception (COCTR) of the American Philological Association invites submissions for a panel to be held at the 145th Annual Meeting of the APA (Chicago, January 2-5, 2014), on the theme ‘Classics and the Great War’.

The Great War of 1914-1918 marks a watershed moment in European and world history in numerous ways. The panel envisaged will seek to consider the impact of that conflict on the field of Classics in a variety of respects. The Committee wishes in particular to invite proposals for papers on (a) literary receptions of classical texts or the classical world during or in the wake of the War, with a purview extending beyond the British war poetry which forms the subject of Elizabeth Vandiver’s Stand in the Trench, Achilles (2010), a study from which the panel draws much impetus, (b) the impact of the War on the scholarly reception of specific classical texts, in Britain, Germany, the United States, or elsewhere; but proposals on any other aspects or forms of reception, or on the cultural contexts within which such receptions were formulated, are also welcome. The panel will be restricted to receptions not later than the end of the 1920s.

Proposals for papers taking no more than twenty minutes to deliver should be sent via e-mail attachment (in Word format) to Professor Mary-Kay Gamel, APA Vice President for Outreach (mkgamel AT, by no later than November 15, 2012. Abstracts should follow the guidelines for the preparation of individual abstracts to be found on the APA website at All submissions will be subject to double-blind review by two referees and the panel as a whole evaluated by the APA Program Committee before notification of final acceptance. The Committee reserves the right to include in the full panel submission abstracts from invited speakers as well as abstracts selected through this call for papers.

CFP: CRASIS : Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean

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Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean
Keynote speaker & Master: Martin Goodman (Oxford)

We want to invite PhD and Research Master Students, PostDocs, as well as
senior researchers to take part in the second CRASIS Annual Meeting and
PhD/MA Masterclass on 21–22 January 2013.

CRASIS is the interdisciplinary research institute on the ancient world at
the University of Groningen. Researchers from Classics, Religious Studies,
Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy and Legal History are
involved, focusing on Greek and Roman societies as well as on Jewish and
Near Eastern civilizations and on the interaction between these.

The CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass is a two-day event, set up as an
informal meeting place for students at PhD or Research Master level,
postdocs and senior staff to promote discussion, and exchange of ideas
beyond disciplinary boundaries.

We are very proud to announce that this year’s Key-note Speaker and Master
is Professor Martin Goodman (Oxford University). Professor Goodman is a
leading expert on ancient Judaism within its Graeco-Roman context:

The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Masterclass will be:

Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean

Although many of us are trained to look at the ancient world from one
cultural (or academic) perspective, we are all aware that the ancient world
was both culturally diverse and interconnected. This meeting takes as its
starting point the impact of encounters between cultures, groups and
individuals. It seeks to understand how we should define ‘;cultural
encounters’; and explore what kind of models we should use to approach these

What are the advantages and disadvantages of recent theoretical positions
including hybridity, ’tissage, cultural transfer, frontier studies,
postcolonialism, entangled or shared histories, intertextuality,
multilingualism or rational choice theory? How does our understanding of
the ancient world change if we consider the role of cultural encounters in
shaping historical development, literary and artistic traditions as well as
religious and political systems? How can we trace and value the movements
of commodities, texts, religious, or cultural practices, political
institutions and ideas over the ancient world? What happened when these
were transmitted between very different cultural spaces, and how did the
encounters affect the parties involved? What were the mechanisms of these
cultural encounters, and what kinds of persons or social forces were

You may focus on the encounters between individuals and groups, on the
wider processes of exploration or colonization of which the encounters were
the result, or on the products of these encounters, including literary
texts, material objects or systems of belief. You may discuss processes of
accommodation, or situations of resistance and conflict. You are invited to
explore and (to assess critically) one or more recent theoretical


We invite senior researchers to submit a title and short abstract for a
twenty-minute presentation on the first day of the Annual Meeting.
PhD and Research Master Students are invited to submit a topic proposal
(500 words) for the Masterclass on the second day explaining their research
in relation to this year’s theme.
Proposals for both days should be submitted no later that 31 October 2012
with m.popovic AT

MA/PhD Students: Once your proposal has been accepted, ReMa students should
submit 3000-4000 words essays and PhD students 5000-6000 words essays
before 21 December 2012 so that the papers can circulate among the
participants. At the Masterclass ReMa students have ten minutes to briefly
introduce their paper and PhD students have twenty minutes. After each
presentation follows discussion under the expert guidance of Professor

We will soon start a local reading and study group in preparation for the
Annual Meeting and Masterclass. If you are interested, please get in touch
with o.m.van.nijf AT

For more information, see: