CFP: Combat Stress and the Pre-modern World

Call for Papers

Combat Stress and the Pre-modern World

Manchester Metropolitan University, Friday 7th December 2018

Since the genesis of ‘shell shock’, the pre-modern world has been used to aid our understanding of the psychological and moral injuries incurred during military service. From the turn of the millennium, there has been a surge of research that has tried to identify the symptomology of combat stress and post-traumatic stress in the source material, leading to the retrospective diagnosis of such prominent figures as: Achilles, Alexander the Great, Henry V, Samuel Pepys, to name but a few. This universalist approach has recently been challenged, giving birth to an important debate about the use of the modern PTSD model as a way to explore pre-modern combat, and post-combat, experiences. The aim of this one-day workshop is to bring together scholars from ancient, medieval, and early-modern history in order to examine the use of PTSD in the study of the pre-modern world and invigorate a cordial and lively debate within a friendly network.

We would like to invite papers of 20 minutes from postgraduates, ECRs, and established scholars working on ancient, medieval, or early-modern history, which might cover such topics as (but are not restricted to):

 The presence of combat stress in the written evidence and relevant case-studies.
 The experience of combat and military service.
 The use of historical precedents in the study of combat stress, PTSD, ‘shell shock’ and so forth.
 The dialogue between the disciplines of Psychology and History.
 The ‘PTSD in history’ debate and methodological considerations.
 Moral injury as an alternative historical model.
 PTSD and non-combatants: women, children, the elderly, the enslaved.

A title and 250 word abstract should be sent to:

Owen Rees at or Dr Jason Crowley

by Friday 26th October 2018. Postgraduate speakers and ECRs and warmly encouraged to submit a paper.

CONF: Ancient Drama in Performance V

Registration is open for
Ancient Drama in Performance V
October 5–7, 2018

Special hotel rates end September 5:

The Center for Ancient Drama at Randolph College is pleased to announce its fifth biennial conference on Ancient Drama in Performance.

The conference will feature keynotes by
Peter Meineck and William Levitan.

Ancient Drama in Performance V
will coincide with
the 2018 Randolph College Greek Play,
Euripides’ Medea,
an original-practices production
directed by Amy R. Cohen.

ADIP V will be an opportunity for conference-goers to witness and reflect on an original-practices Greek play, and we look forward both to demonstrating the dramatic power of original practices and to learning much from the responses of the conference-goers.

The conference will also feature:
Timothy Moore on Anapests and Medea’s Revenge
Robert Hornback on Plautine Improvisation and Classical influence on Renaissance Popular Clowning
Christian Fernandez on The Tangibility of Light as Judge and Guide in Oedipus at Colonus
Hans Bork on The Woe of Translating Comic ‘Vae’
Elizabeth Margaret Ten-Hove and Krishni Schaefgen on Staging Sexual Coercion in Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen
Jeanne McCarthy on Quintilian Reading Euripides and The Promotion of Classical Performance in the Early Modern Era
Jocelyn Moore on Constructing Apollo’s Domos: the skene and the oikos in Eumenides and Ion
Amanda M. Rogus on One Collective Sensation in the Greek Chorus Line: A Performance Reflection of Oedipus
Fiona Harris-Ramsby on Depoliticizing Aristophanes: Onassis Cultural Center’s The Birds
Wilfred Major on Polemon’s Character in the Opening Scenes of Menander’s Perikeiromene
Ruth Caston on Presence in absence: offstage characters in Terence
Natalie Sheppard on The Representation of Greek Stagecraft in Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C
Emily Jusino on Parallels Between Jesus Christ Superstar and Sophocles’ Trachiniae
Timothy Wutrich on Impasse on Stage: Building a Closed Space in Euripides’s Iphigenia in Aulis
Robert Groves on Rescripting Senecan Performability in Agamemnon Act 1
Al Duncan on The Mask as Affective Object in Euripides’ Medea

We encourage all scholars of ancient drama to attend, whether or not performance issues have ever been part of their work, and all practitioners of ancient drama to attend, whether or not they use original practices. For those who do involve performance in their scholarship, the meeting will be an opportunity to use our remarkable theatre to test their own theories about how the ancients practiced drama. For those who have not made performance a factor, it will be an chance to discover the large and small ways that practical questions of theatre inform and enrich the philological and literary study of plays. We will also share research and scholarship in a context that insists on the play as an experience.

More information at

Prolepsis Postgraduate Conference: “Optanda erat oblivio” Selection and Loss in Ancient and Medieval Literature

“Optanda erat oblivio” Selection and Loss in Ancient and Medieval Literature

University of Bari, 20th-21st December 2018

Confirmed keynote speaker: Tiziano Dorandi (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – Paris)

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its third international postgraduate conference whose theme will be the mechanisms of selection and loss in ancient and Medieval literary and historical texts. “Optanda erat oblivio” Seneca writes in benef. 5. 25. 2, referring to Tiberius’ wish for forgetfulness. We would like to use this quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues related to memory and oblivion in ancient and Medieval texts. This year the conference will be particularly keen on – but not limited to – the following topics:

●             Palimpsests.

●             Virtual palimpsests (intertextuality, texts survived in translations, paraphrases and quotations).

●             Material losses in the manuscript tradition.

●             Selection criteria.

●             Places of loss and finding.

●             Damnatio memoriae.

●             Fragmentary literature.

●             Lost known texts.

●             Book circulation (destiny of books).

●             Found unknown texts.

●             Found known texts.

●             Texts survived through pseudo-epigraphy.

●             Ancient witnesses of selection and loss.

The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers. To participate is necessary to send an e-mail to prolepsis.associazione AT by the 25th of June 2018.

The e-mail must contain the following pdf attachments:

1.            An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster.

2.            A short academic biography with name and affiliation.

Proposals will be evaluated through double-blind peer review by scholars in the Humanities. The proposal evaluation will be carried out based on the following criteria: consistency, clarity, originality, methods.

All abstracts, including those in proposed panels, will be reviewed accepted on their own merits. Please note that this review is anonymous. Your anonymous abstract is the sole basis for judging your proposed paper for acceptance.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The languages admitted for the presentation are English, Italian and French. Selected papers will be considered for publication. Italian and French speakers will be required to provide an English handout, power point, and possibly a translation/translated summary of their paper.

Proposals for coordinated panels (three papers reaching 90 min. in total, discussion included) and posters are most welcome. Posters should be written in Italian, English or French.

Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any enquiries write to, we would be glad to help you find solutions.

The organising committee:

Roberta Berardi (Oxford University)

Nicoletta Bruno (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften – München)

Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)

Luisa Fizzarotti (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna)

PDF version of the Call for Papers (both in Italian and in English) can be downloaded here.

CFP: «Cupis volitare per auras» Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World (Graduate conference)


First International Postgraduate Conference

«Cupis volitare per auras»
Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World

University of Bari (Italy), 27th – 28th October 2016.
Confirmed keynote speaker: Stephen J. Harrison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

In the epigram I, 3 («Cupis volitare per auras») Martial addresses his book and blames it for wanting to fly away and become public instead of staying home.

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce the first International Postgraduate Conference whose theme is production, transmission and circulation of ancient literary and historical texts from the Classical antiquity to the Byzantine and Medieval age. Particular attention will be given to papers dealing with the following research interests:

– Ancient writing materials
– Ancient libraries, scribes’ and scholars’ activity, history of the collections
– Orality and writing in the Greek archaic age
– Books from the Classical to the Imperial age: Ekdosis and diadosis
– Textual transmission of Jewish and Christian texts
– Indirect tradition of ancient texts
– Greek and Latin texts translated into other ancient languages
– Literary texts on inscriptions
– Ancient, late-antique and medieval commentaries, Greek and Latin textual criticism
– Centers of book production in the Byzantine and Medieval age

The scientific committee may also accept papers in related fields, provided that a consistent connection with the main topic of the conference is shown.

The participation in the Postgraduate Conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students (from Italian and foreign institutions), but early-career researchers and undergraduates are also encouraged to apply.
To participate it is necessary to send an e-mail to prolepsis.associazione AT (official e-mail of the Association) by the 30th April 2016. The e-mail must contain the following PDF attachments:
1) An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words, excluding references and in English. It should be indicated whether the paper is an oral presentation or a poster.
2) A short academic biography with name and affiliation of the author/authors of the paper.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes of discussion and the languages admitted are Italian and English.
Selected papers will be considered for publication.

Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any enquiries write to, we would be glad to help you to find solutions!

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions,

The organising committee:

Elena Barile
Roberta Berardi
Nicoletta Bruno
Martina Filosa
Luisa Fizzarotti