CFP: UWO Classics Graduate Conference ~ Voyages and Journeys in Antiquity

UWO Classics Graduate Conference 2016:
Voyages and Journeys in Antiquity
Department of Classics
University of Western Ontario
March 18-19, 2016

The communities of the ancient Mediterranean may seem, in comparison with our modern, globalized society, somewhat less reliant on the close cultural and economic ties that we take for granted. Yet, from Homer to Virgil, from Herodotus to Julius Caesar, from the Greek colonization of Southern Italy to the campaigns of Alexander, we are constantly reminded of the vital interchange of ideas and materials that took place between ancient cultures. This conference aims to explore the role of travel in creating and maintaining these connections, whether in the spheres of archaeology, economics, philosophy or literature.

We invite submissions for papers related to the theme of travel in the ancient world. Relevant issues for discussion may include (but are certainly not limited to):

– Geography and space in ancient literature
– Travel in Greek and Roman military narratives
– Nomadism in ancient literature and historiography
– Representations of the oikoumene
– Maritime trade in the Mediterranean
– The role of maps in ancient travel
– Pilgrimage (e.g. in the Hellenistic period, in the Roman empire, etc.)
– Journeys to the underworld (katabases)
– Nostoi in epic, Athenian drama, the ancient novel, etc.
– Metempsychosis and eschatological narratives
– Xenia and diplomatic embassies

This conference is directed towards graduate students of all disciplines whose research touches on any aspect of ancient Greek or Roman culture. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Jonathan Burgess from the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto. Professor Burgess’ work on the Greek epic cycle, performance and orality, and intertextuality in ancient and modern travel literature has been, and continues to be, extremely influential.

Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to itinera.western16 AT by February 7, 2016.

CFP: 17th Unisa Classics Colloquium, 26-28 October 2016


17th Unisa Classics Colloquium, 26-28 October 2016

THEME: ‘Ancient Life-writing’

Proposals are hereby solicited for papers on the conference theme which intends to explore the fascination of Greco-Roman antiquity with personal detail, and how this came to be packaged in written forms. The organisers are interested not only in biography as a separate genre, but also in other and smaller formats which divulge information on individual lives. We will be looking to include a broad spectrum of interests in the conference programme: from epic to historiography, scholia to epigrams, inscriptions to fictional letters, oratory to gospels.

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip Bosman at bosmapr AT, as soon as possible. All proposals are carefully considered, but bear in mind that slots are limited.

Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2016.

More on the conference:
Convening in 2016 for the 17th time, the Unisa Classics Colloquium combines stimulating scholarship with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Over two and a half days, approximately 20 scholarly contributions from around the world are to be presented. The 40 minute slots provide ample time for discussion and valuable feedback. Parallel sessions are avoided in order to promote unity of focus in the conference, and delegates get to know each other properly. Information on previous conferences may be found at:

Venue: Pretoria, South Africa.

Dates: 26-28 October 2016.
Participants should ideally arrive at OR Tambo Airport and in Pretoria on the morning of the 25th and only book a flight out from the evening of the 28th but preferably later.

A preliminary programme will be compiled from the proposals received and will be published on the Departmental website after the final date for submissions.

Conference fee:
To be communicated at a later stage, but accepted participants may budget for approximately US$350, inclusive of accommodation, domestic transport and conference fee. Postgraduate students and interested parties without access to institutional funding may contact the organizers for a discount.

Publication of papers:
Depending on quality, a collection of articles on the colloquium theme is envisaged. Submitted papers are subject to a refereeing process. If you would consider submitting your paper for publication, please indicate that to us via return mail for further guidelines on style.

CFP: Exploring Roman Comedy and Its Reception

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Call for Papers: Graduate & Undergraduate Students

Class Acts II:

Exploring Roman Comedy and its Reception

March 21-22 2015

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA


Send anonymous abstracts of 500 or fewer words to

pittclassicsevents AT

by February 16, 2015.

Keynote address: Sharon L. James, PhD

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Along with traditional theatrical reinterpretations, recent adaptations of Classical subjects in television and film have continued to make ancient Greek and Roman culture accessible to today’s audiences, and scholarly interest in these representations of the ancient Greek and Roman world has grown considerably over the last decade. To build upon this dialogue on the reception of the Classical world in performance contexts, we are inviting graduate and undergraduate students to put Classics ‘in the spotlight’ along with experts from across the Humanities and Social Sciences.


This year’s conference will focus on Roman comedy.   Suggested paper topics include: the difficulty of staging Roman comedy on the modern stage (or teaching it in the classroom); a specific theme or stock character originating in Roman comedy and its modern descendants, or how a specific work that draws on Roman comedy. Papers may also focus on Roman comedy as it was performed in antiquity (staging, the makeup of the audience, use of meter and language, matters of translation…).


We will have one set of panels for undergraduate and one for graduate students. Submissions should contribute to either scholarship on Roman comedy, or the discussion of how an understanding of antiquity can facilitate a richer understanding of more recent culture.


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CFP: Fifth International Conference on the Ancient Novel

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Proposals are hereby solicited for papers for the Fifth International Conference on the Ancient Novel (ICAN V). The conference is open to all areas of the ancient novel and other forms of narrative. The conference will be held in Houston, Texas, 30 September – 4 October 2015.

If you wish to present a paper at ICAN V, you are requested to submit an abstract before 1 March 2015. The abstract should be anonymous and will be read by two referees at least. Each paper will be allotted a total time of 20 minutes for presentation. The ICAN V International Advisory Committee will act as the Program Committee to referee abstracts sent to the organizer, Ed Cueva, cuevae AT Please use the abstract proposal page ( to submit your abstract. If you would like to participate without presenting a paper, please fill in the online registration form before 1 June 2015.

Abstract submission instructions, registration information, lodging details, important dates, and deadlines can be found on the ICAN V website (

The International Advisory Committee looks forward to receiving proposals.