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Adapting the Classics (panel)

The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Utrecht, The Netherlands: 6-9 July 2017

Organizer: Ricardo Apostol
Co-Organizer: Anastasia Bakogianni

Panel Description: What is a classic? And what is an adaptation? Is an adaptation of a classic always in a disadvantaged position vis-à-vis the source text? These seemingly disparate questions converge upon a single set of problems about authority in discourse, about hierarchies of influence, and about originality and interpretation. Studying the intersection of adaptation theory and the notion of the ‘classic’ or ‘classical’ broadly understood has the potential to shed light on fundamental issues across a variety of time periods, disciplines, and media.

This seminar invites papers that seek to explore the place of ‘the classical’ within discourses and traditions; that examine particular instances of reception and adaptation of ‘classics’ in and/or across various media; or that delve into the hierarchies and processes of adaptation.

Abstract length: Less than 250 words

Timeline: If you are interested in submitting an abstract but would like to know more please contact the panel organizers: Ricardo and Anastasia

Submission Process: Abstracts will be accepted from 1st to 23rd of September 2016 through the ACLA portal.

Information about timelines and seminars can be found on the ACLA website at

For more information about the ACLA:

Please note that you do not have to be a member of the association to submit an abstract, but you do have to join to attend the conference.


(CFP closed 23 September 2016)


[Panel] The Alchemy of Myth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017

Of the numerous forms and intellectual domains in which Greco - Roman mythology survived in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, alchemy and more specifically alchemical symbolism is as important as it is elusive. Whether one interprets alchemical imagery as the manifestation of a perennial wisdom expressed in eternal symbols of transformation, or rather as poetic veils shrouding actual experiments conducted in laboratory, myths like the Golden Age, the Golden Fleece or the Golden Bough are often found in countless poems, tracts, frescoes and sculptures charged with alchemical meanings, which are still waiting to be deciphered. This panel invites scholar to focus on specific cases of Medieval or Early Modern alchemical adaptations of Greco - Roman myths. While every approach and method is welcome, priority will be given to papers focusing on specific authors, individual texts and works of art from an historical perspective. Possible areas of investigation are:

* Late Ancient and Medieval alchemical allegories;
* Texts and legacy of the Pseudo Lull;
* Aurora Consurgens and alchemical iconography;
* Hermes and Renaissance Hermetism;
* Renaissance mythographers and iconography;
* Painters, sculptors and alchemical imagery;
* Alchemical poems and poets.

Please send a 200 words abstract and CV to Matteo Soranzo ( and Bill Gladhill ( The deadline is January 7, 2017; acceptance will be communicated in the first week of January.


(CFP closed January 7 2017)


#CFP [Panel] Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century

14th Annual International Conference on Law, Athens, Greece: 10-11 July 2017

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers based in Athens, organizes a Panel on Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century, 10-11 July 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Law, 10-11 July 2017, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for a presentation by email to, before 29 May 2017. The registration fee is 540 euro and includes accommodation during the days of the conference, participation to all sessions of the conference, breakfasts, two lunches and all taxes. If you need more information, please let me know (Dr Vasileios Adamisis, and our administration will send it through to you.

The language of the conference is English for both presentations and discussions. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and it should include names and contact details of all authors. All abstracts are blind reviewed according to ATINER’s standards and policies. Acceptance decisions are sent within four weeks following submission. Papers should be submitted one month before the conference only if the paper is to be considered for publication at ATINER’s series.


#CFP [Panel] Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century

5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, Athens: 3-6 January 2018

Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts

The Arts and Humanities Research Division (AHRD) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is organizing A Panel on Ancient Greek Law in the 21st Century, 3-6 January 2018, Athens, Greece as part of the 5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts.

The aim of the panel is to bring together academics and researchers whose work is related to Ancient Greek law.

Interest in the study of ancient Greek law has been revived in recent years. Traditionally, research had been largely confined to the better attested legal system of the classical Athenian democracy. Yet, early (archaic) Greek law as well as the legal systems of other city-states have formed the focus of latest studies relating to politics, classics, legal history, social and cultural anthropology. This cross disciplinary approach to Greek law proves that its study need not be a sterile examination of the distant past. On the contrary, lessons can be extracted if research is linked with contemporary issues in a way that leads to an intellectual ferment for the improvement of our lives.

Areas of interest include (but are not confined to):
* The rule of law in ancient Greece
* Equality before the law in ancient Greece
* Unity of ancient Greek law
* Relevance in Athenian courts
* Evidence in Athenian courts
* Study of the Attic orators
* The rhetoric of Athenian litigants
* Promoting the study of Greek law in the 21st century
* Teaching ancient Greek law in the 21st century
* Incorporating ancient Greek law in university curriculum

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 30 June 2017 to: Dr. Vasileios Adamidis, Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications, and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals.

Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and fourty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:



Ancient Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Princeton University: May 15-16, 2017

We write to invite your submission to an interdisciplinary conference to be held at Princeton University in May of the coming year. The conference will explore the reception of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in the philosophy of the Early Modern period in Europe, bringing together scholars in Classics, Philosophy, History of Science, and related disciplines. We expect to fund or subsidize travel and accommodation for all accepted speakers.

Confirmed speakers: Christia Mercer (Columbia), Jessica Moss (NYU), Peter Anstey (Sydney), Benjamin Morison (Princeton), Daniel Garber (Princeton).

Call for Abstracts:

We are seeking relatively long abstracts (max. 1200 words) for papers 30-35 minutes in length.

Papers may treat of any aspect of the impact of ancient philosophy on the thought of Early Modern Europe. We also welcome papers on the textual and editorial transmission of Ancient Philosophy in earlier periods, especially the Islamicate and Byzantine reception and transmission.

Special consideration may be given to papers relating to the interests of our invited speakers:

* Geometry and geometrical method in philosophy
* Skepticism
* Platonic and Platonist epistemology
* Theory of Science
* Biology and zoology
* Chemistry
* Physics and mechanism

Submission Information and Guidelines:

Please send an anonymized abstract (with title) of up to 1200 words, along with a document containing your name, contact details, and the title of your proposed paper. If you are a graduate student, please indicate on your cover letter that you are applying for a graduate student presentation slot. Documents must be in .pdf or .doc format.

Abstracts must be submitted via email to by the submission deadline of 10:00 PM EST, January 21st, 2017. All abstracts will be subject to a process of blind review, and applicants will receive a response within ten days of the submission deadline.

Questions may be directed to the organizers, Tom Davies ( and Erin Islo (


(CFP closed January 21 2017)


Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW)

2017: call for host - here
2016: University of Oxford: 12-13 December 2016 -
2015: University of Nottingham: 14-15 December 2015 - - Twitter: @AMPRAW2015
2014: University of London: 24-25 November 2014 -
2013: University of Exeter.
2012: University of Birmingham.
2011: University College London.


Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?

King's College London: July 3rd-4th 2017

A two-day symposium, "Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?", will be held at King's College London on July 3rd-4th 2017. Despite all the work of the last few decades on Aristophanic Politics, Paratragedy, Ritual and Stagecraft, theoretical analyses of the mechanics of eliciting laughter in historically specific audiences of Old Comedy--audiences ancient or modern, western or global-village, masculine, feminine or gender-fluid--remain under-evolved.

Exciting proposals to explore this question from the perspectives of Neuroscience, Psychology, Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethology, the Sociology of Alcohol Consumption, Comparative Linguistics, Philosophy (e.g. 'Superiority' and 'Incongruity' theories) and Performance Reception are particularly welcome. Symposiasts already confirmed include Nick Lowe, Mario Telo, Natalia Tsoumpra, Rosie Wyles, Helen Eastman and Ian Ruffell. Please send abstracts to the convenor,, by 24th December 2016.


(CFP closed 24 December, 2016)


#CFP Between nostos and exilium: “home” in on-screen representations of the ancient Mediterranean world and its narratives

An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & History Conference: "Representing Home: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging"

The Hilton, Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA): November 1-5, 2017

Artists working in screen media have long explored the concept of “home” in ancient Mediterranean narratives. For example, Homer’s Odyssey, the most frequently adapted narrative, depicts a homecoming that will restore the protagonist’s identity within his family, estate, and community, all of which are threatened by a band of outsiders that attempts to destroy that home by claiming his wife, killing his heir, and seizing his property: an ironic replay of Odysseus’ role in the Trojan War. The surviving Trojans end their exile by founding a new homeland, Rome, where shifting alliances within the socio-political network of ancestral houses blur the boundaries of domestic and civic interests until one household subsumes the homeland. In what ways are modern depictions of e.g. oikos, polis, domus, and patria reflective of these ancient concepts? In what ways is the private sentimentality that “home” entails in contemporary discourse fused with the affective value of such concepts in order to facilitate audience investment in ancient characters’ aspirations and struggles?

This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering the depiction of “home” as physical or symbolic structure in on-screen interpretations of the ancient Mediterranean world and its narratives. Topics include, but are not limited to:

--articulating family relations within the home: parents, children, spouses, siblings
--gendered roles within the oikos or domus
--the ancestral “house”: individual, familial, and civic functions
--“others” in the home, e.g. slaves, guests, hostages, and illegitimate offspring
--home as patrimony: dramas of property, kinship, and inheritance
--tension between domestic and civic loyalties
--domestic space as public and/or private space
--the significance of the house as mise-en-scène
--the view of home from away, e.g. during military service, pilgrimage, exploration
--narratives of return: the romance and danger of homecoming, challenges of reintegration
--exiles and home: longing and alienation
--the destruction of house or homeland, from within or without
--foundations: the creation of new houses and homelands

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, so long as they include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2017 for early consideration, and by 1 July 2017 for general consideration, to the area chair: Meredith Safran, Trinity College (USA):



Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World

University of Leeds: 7-9 July, 2017

In June 2013 the conference Hercules: a Hero for All Ages laid the foundations for a large-scale project on the reception of the ancient Greek hero Herakles in post-classical culture. Work has been proceeding quietly on four volumes arising from the original conference, to be published in Brill’s series 'Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity'. A grant from the AHRC’s Networking fund is now supporting, amongst other things, the development of a new website ( and a follow-on conference at Leeds in July 2017.

Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World will reflect on the progress of the project so far, and work towards finalising the content of the volumes, due for publication in 2018-19: while the first two volumes are almost complete, there is scope for additional papers in all four, as detailed in the Call for Papers below. The conference will reunite a number of scholars from the 2013 conference, but also aims to bring new contributors on board: scholars from a wide range of disciplines are welcome – including history, art history, world literatures, drama, music, film and cultural studies – to share their expertise on the many contexts in which Hercules appears.

In 2013 we welcomed a number of practitioners talking about their Hercules-related work, including dramatists and the contemporary New Zealand artist Marian Maguire. This time there will be a presentation in the Clothworkers’ Concert Hall of 'Herakles', a new oratorio by Tim Benjamin, fresh from its April 2017 première.

The conference will again make use of the excellent facilities on the main Leeds campus, with academic sessions based in the School of Music, and comfortable overnight accommodation in Storm Jameson Court.

CALL FOR PAPERS: All sessions will be plenary, to maximise the potential for cross-disciplinary discussion. Papers should be c.20 minutes in length. While proposals on any aspect of Herculean reception will be considered, we are particularly looking to enhance the volumes’ coverage in the following areas:

* Herakles Inside and Outside the Church: from the first Christian Apologists to the end of the Quattrocento: This volume examines Herakles-Hercules' adoption inside and outside the early Church as an allegorical figure, and appropriations of this figure in medieval Italian ecclesiastical literature and art. Papers on receptions in other parts of Christendom, and by other religions, would be particularly welcome. NB this volume is almost ready to go to press: any paper accepted for publication will need to be finished by the end of August 2017.

* The Exemplary Hercules: This volume covers receptions of the hero in the Early Modern period, debating Hercules’ status as the incarnation of virtue, ways in which this might be presented or problematised in different media, and the varieties of political capital made out of the figure. NB this volume will be the next to go to press: any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of September 2017.

* Hercules Performed: This volume explores Hercules’ development in works written for performance, encompassing new works as well as re-workings of ancient tragedy and comedy, opera and oratorio as well as stage plays. Papers on receptions of Seneca’s Hercules-plays, and on comic performances, would be particularly welcome. Any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of December 2017.

* The Modern Hercules: This volume covers Hercules' appearances in various media from the nineteenth century to the present day, including consideration of contemporary art, children's literature, cartoons, film, radio, video-games, political and commercial discourses. Papers on the use of Hercules in branding and political discourse would be particularly welcome. Any paper accepted for publication will need to be submitted to the editors by the end of December 2017.

If you are interested in offering a paper, please submit a title and short abstract (200-250 words) by 31st January 2017 to the address: If you want to discuss an idea before submission, you are welcome to e-mail Emma Stafford (


(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


#CFP Classical Antiquity & Memory from the 19th - 21st Century

University of Bonn, Germany: 28-30 September, 2017

Quand l'homme a voulu imiter la marche, il a créé la roue, qui ne ressemble pas à une jambe
[When man wanted to imitate walking, he invented the wheel, which does not look like a leg]

Apollinaire: Les mamelles de Tirésias, Préface

Reading Antiquity always already presupposes an act of re-membering and thereby a bringing back to heart (ri-cordare). At the same time, remembering is based on generating difference, i.e. on differences enabling the reappearance of the past as a phantom-like present. When identifying significant historical events and explaining their impact, classical mythology is often engaged in literary and cultural discourses that re-shape and re-interpret narratives that develop our sense of self. Therefore, constructing collective memories and remembering a shared antiquity are often interwoven through mechanisms of encoding, storing, retrieving and forgetting the Greco-Roman past. Remembering Antiquity implies calling into question past cultural and political amnesia and repression: With the return of the ghost of right-wing politics which deny the relevance of intellectuals, the criteria of choosing one text and not the other become all the more important. This Conference will explore and discuss Dis-/Re-Membering as an urge to consume and/or erase the memory of “classical” texts that we may call into question by re-writing them in the context of various literary, artistic, visual or musical representations.

Possible subjects for papers:

To what extent does the re-appropriation of classical texts contribute to (de-)constructing memory?
What is the rhetoric of constructing memory in modern literature and art?
How are dis-continuities exploited in favour of rejecting the concept of a collective cultural memory?

To what extent does contemporary literature exploit classical antiquity as propaganda?
Does the ancient world progressively elude our memories in the era of postmodern cultural amnesia, or do the spectres of the classical past still haunt us?
How do the mechanisms of re-membering the classical past change within the context of national and transnational, sociohistorical and fictional accounts of classical literature?
What impact does the digital age have on our relationship with our (remembrance of the) past?

What are the politics of (re-)establishing a Greco-Roman literary canon?
How is cultural memory constructed as a form of opposition or as a survival technique that makes use of classical antiquity?
How does re-/dis-membering the Greco-Roman past operate in our fragmented and/or catalogued present?
What is the connection between personal literary and collective cultural memory, especially in times of crisis when there is a blatant lack of founding myths.
How is the classical world (re-)mediated – as a dead corpse or as a living organism - and what aspects make Antiquity relevant for our social, moral, artistic and intellectual world?

This international conference is organised in collaboration with the Centre for the Classical Tradition (CCT) Bonn (University of Bonn), and Jocasta | Classical Reception Greece (University of Patras), and will take place in Bonn (Germany), from 28-30th September, 2017.

We invite abstracts of approximately 300 words (30'+10'). Abstracts and presentations are to be delivered in English.

Abstracts and any inquiries may be sent to the organisers, at

Submissions are due May 15, 2017.

Dr. Milan Herold (Romance Philology, Bonn)
Penelope-Foteini Kolovou, PhD Student (Classical Philology, Bonn)
Efstathia Athanasopoulou, PhD Student (Classical Philology, Patras)



Classical Association Annual Conference 2017

The Annual Conference of the Classical Association, in association with the University of Kent and the Open University.

Canterbury (UK): 26-29 April 2017.

We welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes long followed by discussion) from graduate students, school teachers, academic staff and others engaged with the ancient world, on the themes suggested below or on any other aspect of the classical world. We encourage papers from a broad range of perspectives. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for coordinated panels (comprising either three or four papers on any classical topic). Closing date for proposals or abstracts: 31 August 2016. Please see below for details on how to submit your abstract.


Suggested conference themes are:

Livy’s Bimillennium
Classics in the Contemporary World
Classical Archaeology as Heritage
Experiencing the Body Everyday Life
Acquiring and Structuring Knowledge
Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Livy’s Bimillennium: Once considered little more than an elegant compilation of source material, Livy’s history has been rehabilitated as a sophisticated and original work of literature. Scholarship in recent years has demonstrated the complexity of the relationship of Ab urbe condita with its sources and other classical literature, explored its didactic functions and its use of exempla, and shed new light on its narrative techniques. At the bimillennium of Livy’s death, however, many aspects of his work remain to be (re-)examined in light of these new approaches. The relationship of the history to its author’s present still raises many questions, and it is perhaps worth revisiting the extent to which the work can be regarded as ‘Augustan’ or ‘Republican’. Given the literary focus of most recent treatments, it may also be time to reassess Ab urbe condita as an historical source, and to discuss the significance of the new literary understanding for ancient historians.

Classics in the Contemporary World: Classics and Classical Studies form part of the contemporary world. How does that world respond to Classics, and Classics to it? This is not just an academic or rhetorical question, but a question of the agency of all things classical in the contemporary world. Why has ‘the Classical’ become a target of extremism, and what does ‘the Classical’ know about extremism? The classical world can easily provide examples of those within the state who threaten security, through its endemic wars, revenge tragedy and peace-seeking, but do these exempla have an agency in the contemporary world, and vice versa does contemporary extremism shape our understanding of the Classical? Another characteristic of the contemporary world is the ascendance of the digital. Does ‘the digital’ create opportunities for non-canonical receptions? For example, how does archaeogaming relate to established digitisations of classical texts and objects? Do we urgently need new data ontologies to link the classical to the digital and to enable machines to read the classical world? Finally, how are these connections with the contemporary world shaping our pedagogy, as we equip individuals to act or be employed in the world? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the interface between the contemporary and classical worlds.

Classical Archaeology as Heritage: Classical archaeology and heritage studies are intertwined with issues of nationalism, identity and politics. How has classical archaeology been used to fight against or build national identity(ies)? How has classical archaeology been represented and how has this impacted on issues of nationalism and identity? Who owns classical antiquities and archaeology and with what consequences? Different approaches to the management, interpretation and representation of Classical archaeology also entwine it with heritage studies. How can classical archaeology be interpreted and who has been entitled and given authority to interpret classical archaeological sites? What are the recent approaches to fighting against illicit trades in antiquities, both politically and academically? What solutions have been found to the issues of iconoclasm or destruction of classical antiquities and archaeology? How has classical archaeology been used for (sustainable) development projects? Why have these projects been implemented? Who has benefited from these projects and what have been the impacts of these projects for different stakeholders? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the interface between Classical archaeology and heritage.

Experiencing the Body: Experiencing the body invites us to consider a broad range of topics related to the lived body in the Graeco-Roman world. What can the body tell us about life in the past? How do ancient perceptions of the body relate to definitions of age, health, gender and identity? Besides questioning cultural conceptions, is it possible to access an individual’s experience of the ancient world? Can this be found through studies of the senses, phenomenology of landscapes and spaces, and the world created by the artist: that is the writer, painter, or sculptor, for example? Both social and individual experiences of the body can be accessed through a variety of remains: material culture, literature, epigraphy, art and spatial analyses, allowing for interdisciplinary study. We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate the topic.

Everyday Life: The theme of everyday life invites sessions and papers which explore the relationship between urban space and the activities and rhythms of everyday life in antiquity (ranging from the Archaic to Late Antiquity). Sessions and papers might, for example, explore the extent to which ritual activities and occasions, such as festivals, funerals and pilgrimage, were part of or separate from everyday life. What made the ordinary and the extraordinary? How was everyday life experienced, and how did it change over time? How did everyday activities, behaviours and perceptions shape individual and group identities? What made everyday urban and rural life different from one another? What evidence can we use to support our understandings? For example, how did material culture and architecture shape everyday use of urban space? How is everyday life represented in literature, and how is it theorised in Greek and Latin philosophy? What can digital analytical tools add to our understanding? Is it possible to distinguish between elite and non-elite practices, and the experiences of inhabitants as well as visitors to a place?

Acquiring and Structuring Knowledge: Nowadays we classify knowledge with a complexity that was unthinkable in antiquity. Advances in technology and scientific methods let us assess the ancient natural sciences from a position of superior understanding. Meanwhile, new light is shed on the past by advances in technical discourse: politics, sociology and literary criticism are cases in point. Another is philosophy, whose agenda has changed little since its formation in antiquity, but has given rise to numerous sub-disciplines, each with its own specialist terminology and conceptual toolkit. By contrast, some histories and archaeologies of ideas are recent inventions, and others still remain to be written. There are also potential advantages to recovering the integratedness of fields of inquiry in the classical past: recent scholarship has highlighted important interactions between astronomy, anthropology, philosophy, medicine and more. We invite papers and co-ordinated panels exploring topics in ancient inquiry. How did disciplines form? What did concepts owe to empirical experience? How were new developments sparked? What, and how, did the Greeks and Romans know?

Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Rather than artificially separating the worlds of Late Antiquity and Byzantium from Classical Antiquity, we wish to highlight how the chosen themes of the CA conference apply holistically. Late Antiquity and Byzantium bridge the classical and the contemporary, nurturing the beginnings of Islam and the creation of modern Europe. How might they be re-conceptualised in the light of current debates on extremism, migration, identity and porous borders? Conflict and cultural heritage are also key current issues, for example in the context of the war in Syria. Why is such heritage so important, why does its destruction matter, and what can be done? Spatial studies and the senses have been understudied. How might our understandings of urbanism, networks – social or otherwise -, pilgrimage and visualisation, for example, be broadened by taking a holistic approach? What roles do cognitive reasoning, science and philosophy play? Lastly, literature, performance, dialogue and argument were core features of antiquity and fundamental in Byzantium. How might syntax, rhetoric, revision, rewriting and dissemination conceptually influence our ideas of Late Antiquity and Byzantium? We invite individual papers, panel sessions and workshop proposals to explore and debate these and any other ideas relating to Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Submitting Your Abstract: Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and should be submitted as Word files (no pdfs, please).

If you are proposing a panel, please label your file clearly with the name of the convenor, conference theme and title of the session, and include both the session and paper abstracts in a single document. Please indicate whether the convener of the panel will also be the official Chair of panel. If you have an alternative Chair confirmed, please also indicate this in your proposal document.

If you are proposing an individual paper, please label your file with the name of the speaker, conference theme and brief title.

Completed abstracts should be sent to by 31 August 2016.


(CFP closed August 31, 2016)


[Panel] Classical Reception Studies

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018

Sponsored by the American Classical League and organized by Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, Editor of The Classical Outlook, and Jared Simard, Hunter College.

The American Classical League invites scholars and teachers to submit abstracts for its panel session on Classical Reception Studies at the Boston meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, in January, 2018. We are interested in papers that address any aspect of Classical Reception Studies. Papers should be accessible to a wide audience of classics scholars and teachers.

Papers accepted for the panel will be considered for publication in The Classical Outlook, journal of the American Classical League.

Abstracts should be submitted to Ronnie Ancona ( They should conform to the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear in the SCS Program Guide. Please put “ACL panel at SCS 2018” in the subject line of your email submission.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2017.


(CFP closed 15 February 2017)


[Panel] Classics and Social Justice

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018

The Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group invites paper proposals for its inaugural Panel at the 2018 meeting of the SCS.

The panel organizers are Jessica Wright (USC) and Amit Shilo (UCSB).

We welcome papers that discuss any aspect of social justice work in which you are engaged as well as papers that theorize the place of social justice work in Classics and the place of Classics in social justice work.

Possible topics might include: the presentation of projects already underway (for instance, prison education or the use of Classics in other sites such as homeless centers or with veterans’ groups); the scope and limits of academic activism; appropriate methods for approaching social issues; performance and activism; and the power of specific Classical traditions to address the urgency of social change.

Please send anonymous abstracts of approximately 500 words to Professor Alexandra Pappas (

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is January 31, 2017.

The newly formed Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group is a forum for scholars who wish to integrate their academic expertise with community work promoting social justice and positive transformation. The group envisions its first panel as the beginning of a new, more formal conversation about Classics and Social Justice and an effort to discover what social justice work Classicists are doing outside of the classroom as well as inside of the classroom.

More information: please write to Classicists involved in activism


(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


Classics and Women: Ancient and Modern

WCC UK Panel at the Classical Association Annual Conference, Canterbury: 26-29 April, 2017

The WCC UK invites submissions for our inaugural panel at the CA. Our aim is to demonstrate how much there is to gain from recognising historical, conscious, and unconscious bias in the ancient classical world (broadly defined) and in studies of the ancient world. The panel seeks to showcase recent academic work from a range of perspectives, underscoring the benefits of embracing heterogeneity in the study of Classics. We welcome in particular papers that seek to diversify Classics in approach, findings, or methodology.

We invite submissions that focus on (but are not limited to) the following: gender and the non-human, resistances to hierarchy, new approaches to ancient and modern pedagogy, women in war, gendered bodies, women in material culture/archaeology, gendered economies, and pioneering women in classics, ancient history and archaeology. We warmly encourage Classicists at any career stage and of any gender to submit abstracts.

Please send anonymous abstracts of no more than 200 words to either or by Tuesday August 2nd 2016.

For more information on the aims and goals of the WCC UK, including information on how to become a member, please see

(CFP closed 2 August 2016)


#CFP Cyborg Classics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

University of Bristol, UK: July 7, 2017

We are pleased to announce a one-day symposium, sponsored by BIRTHA (The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts) to be held at the University of Bristol, on Friday July 7th 2017.

Keynote speakers:
Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths)
Dr Genevieve Liveley (Bristol)
Dr Rae Muhlstock (NYU)

The aim of the day is to bring together researchers from different disciplines – scholars in Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, English, History, and Theology as well as in AI, Robotics, Ethics, and Medicine – to share their work on automata, robots, and cyborgs. Ultimately, the aim is an edited volume and the development of further collaborative research projects.

Indicative key provocations include:
* To what extent do myths and narratives about automata, robots, and cyborgs raise questions that are relevant to contemporary debates concerning robot, cyborg, and AI product innovation?
* To what extent, and how, can contemporary debate concerning robot, cyborg, and AI product innovation rescript ancient myths and narratives about automata, robots, and cyborgs.
* Can interdisciplinary dialogues between the ‘soft’ humanities and the ‘hard’ sciences of robotics and AI be developed? And to what benefit?
* How might figures such as Pandora, Pygmalion’s statue, and Talos help inform current polarized debates concerning robot, cyborg, and AI ethics?
* What are the predominant narrative scripts and frames that shape the public understanding of robotics and AI? How could these be re-coded?

We invite scholars working across the range of Classics and Ancient History (including Classical Reception) and across the Humanities more widely to submit expressions of interest and/or a title and abstract (of no more than 250 words) to the symposium coordinator, Silvie Kilgallon ( PhD students are warmly encouraged to contribute. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31st, 2017.



[Panel] Deterritorializing Classics: Deleuze, Guattari, and their Philological Discontents

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018

In recent decades, the field of classics has witnessed a burgeoning interest in postmodern literary theory. Yet the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari has received far less attention. Although Deleuze and Guattari were contemporaries of Lacan, Foucault, and Derrida, the latter have elicited significantly greater curiosity from classicists (Janan, “When the Lamp Is Shattered”, 1994; Porter and Buchan, Before Subjectivity?, 2004; Larmour, Miller, and Platter, Rethinking Sexuality, 1998; Leonard, Derrida and Antiquity, 2010). With few exceptions (Holmes, “Deleuze, Lucretius, and the Simulacrum of Naturalism,” 2012), Deleuze and Guattari have appeared only as ancillary figures in classical scholarship.

Deleuze and Guattari are best known for their collaborative works L'Anti-Œdipe (1972) and Mille plateaux (1980), which offer a sustained critique of psychoanalysis through their valorization of the liberated schizophrenic, and supply new models for a post-ontology based in process and complexification. The two also made individual contributions, from Deleuze’s reformulation of continental philosophy in Différence et répétition (1968) and La logique du sens (1969), to Guattari’s writings on anti-psychiatry, ecology, and becoming-woman. Furthermore, Deleuze and Guattari offer practical models for a discipline familiar with adjunctification, student debt, and criticism for its lack of praxis—both were participants in Paris protest movements, open-access education at Université Paris VIII (Vincennes), and innovations in democratic psychiatry at La Borde.

This panel asks how these two thinkers might aid us in “deterritorializing” classics—unraveling its entrenched structures, hermeneutics, and habits. Questions might include:

* Can Deleuze and Guattari’s theories improve our understanding of certain ancient genres and their lived practices?

* Does their belief in a multiplicity that underlies ontology alter our philological underpinnings? Might we use their concept of assemblage to advance recent work on textual criticism (Gurd, Iphigenias at Aulis, 2005) or Homeric multiform (Nagy, Homer’s Text and Language, 2004)?

* Can Deleuze the continental philosopher offer new insights into Plato, Aristotle, and Heraclitus?

* Might his later work on the movement-image (Cinéma 1, 1983) reorient our perspectives on ancient visual culture? (ekphrasis, cinematic narrative theory, enargeia)

* Does Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of minor literature as a revolutionary enunciation within a dominant language (Kafka, 1975) provide additional approaches to canonical texts? (slang and translation in Greco-Roman comedy; poetic intersections of Greek dialects)

* Can their critique of metaphorical representation guide us away from language to more active engagements with antiquity?

The panel invites abstracts for 20-minute papers (650 words maximum, excluding bibliography) to be submitted to by February 24, 2017. Please include the panel name in your subject line, and do not identify yourself in the abstract. Submissions will be blind-refereed by Kyle Khellaf (Yale University), Charles Platter (University of Georgia), and Mario Telò (University of California, Berkeley).


(CFP closed Feb 24, 2017)


[Panel] Echoes of Ancient Myths in Contemporary Literature

10th Annual International Conference on Literature - Athens (Greece): 5-8 June 2017

The Literature Research Unit of ATINER organizes A Panel on Echoes of Ancient Myths in Contemporary Literature, 5-8 June 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Literature sponsored by the Athens Journal of Philology.

This panel aims to investigate the survival of ancient myth, or parts of an ancient myth, in any piece of contemporary literature, be it a play, a novel, a short story, etc. Remains of any myths of any cultural system are welcomed, as long as those myths are what we call ancient, or old–socially registered as part of the culture of a society that existed in pre-modern times–and still remain in the societies that came after that Ancient one. The main objective of this panel is to analyze the uses Contemporary Literature makes of ancient myths in its stories, in the development of its themes, and in the appeal to its readers. Thus, this panel will consider any works that deal with the reception of Ancient Folklore, Mythology, Tradition and Culture by the literature that was produced from the 20th Century onward. In short, this panel is seeking papers that deal with reception of ancient culture in Contemporary Literature.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 7 November 2016 to: Dr. Marina Pelluci Duarte Mortoza, PhD in Ancient Greek Language and Literature, UFMG, Brazil.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a session-panel, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to

Fee structure information is available on Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines. The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications, and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals. Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and fourty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects. Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:


(CFP closed Nov 7, 2016)


"The elders are twice children": Aging in ancient thinking

University of Montreal, Canada: June 7-9, 2017

Confirmed speakers: Louis-André Dorion (University of Montreal), Annie Larivée (Carleton University), Anne-France Morand (Université Laval), Patrizia Birchler Emery (Université de Genève), Stéphane Adam (Université de Liège)

The picture of aging that we get from ancient sources reflects various and conflicting views. The pathetic discourse of tragedy seems to be counterbalanced by Plato’s idealized conception in which aging is consonant with both moral and intellectual superiority; but one can also think of Aristophanes’ silly old men and women ridiculed on the comic stage, of Aristotle’s devastating portrait of biological degenerescence, or of the scientific hypotheses of Galen and the authors of the Corpus Hippocraticum. The Greek proverb “Elders are twice children” (CPG I.235) carries a double-edged meaning, depending on the relative degree of contempt, condescendence, or tenderness that it expresses. Should old age be viewed as a privileged position in society or rather as a predicament due to the undermining of one’s cognitive skills, moral authority, and political importance? The ancients were evidently ambivalent as regards these questions.

Remarkably, these issues are also largely those of contemporary research on aging. For instance, in the Laws Plato states that the frequent unwanted biological signs of aging are not inescapable, and that it is desirable to lessen their impact by political measures in order to improve the life of a population facing challenging conditions. Aristotle’s depiction of aging as an illness is also reminiscent of the atttiude now referred to as ageism, which sees the whole process as a pathological event that we should try to oppose, thus evoking the universal but dangerous fantasy of an immortal humanity.

This conference aims to explore how far ancient societies and thinkers have raised some of the fundamental questions on aging that are still relevant today. Some of the issues that we propose to look at touch on the following (by no means exclusive) fields of reflection as their appear in ancient discourse and representations:

* Biology: Is aging a normal process or a pathological one? What is its impact on mental capacities?
* Medical ethics: Can we, and should we, endeavor to extend life? Should we favor quality or duration of life?
* Politics: If wisdom is proportional to experience, should political power be handed over to the senior citizens? Or is this so-called declining population legitimately left at the margins of society?
* Anthropology: Is aging a regression or an ascension toward a full actualization of our capacities?
* Myth and metaphysics: Is human condition hopelessly condemned to a circular fate as the ancient tragedians, as well as Hesiod in the ‘myth of races’, seem to imply?
* Society and demography: What perceptions of elders were current in ancient societies? Are these perceptions dependent on the way that age pyramids are configured?

We invite papers of 30 minutes, in French or in English, addressing any aspect of this topic. We hope to bring together scholars working in the various fields of ancient studies (e.g. philosophy, history, literature, material culture).

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) to before September 1st 2016.

(CFP closed September 1, 2016)


Epic and Elegy. A Panel for the 10th Celtic Conference in Classics

10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017

Co-Organizers: Micah Myers (Kenyon College), Bill Gladhill (McGill University), Alison Keith (University of Toronto), Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin)

This panel welcomes new approaches to the long, fruitful, and contentious relationship between the epic and elegiac genres, in Greek and Latin poetry and in the classical tradition.

Domitius Marsus rehearses conventions about the relationship between epic and elegy as well as some of the ways that those conventions may be defied in his epigram on Tibullus’ death (fr. 7 Courtney):

Te quoque Vergilio comitem non aequa, Tibulle,
mors iuvenem campos misit ad Elysios
ne foret aut elegis molles qui fleret amores
aut caneret forti regia bella pede.

The verses pair the deaths of Vergil and Tibullus, making the poets companions in the Elysian Fields and claiming with traditional hyperbole that the demise of each poet brings an end to their respective genres. Tibullus is linked to elegy, the “bewailing of soft loves.” Vergil is connected with epic, fortis in meter and content where elegy is soft. Yet in a flourish that evokes the tensions between the genres elsewhere, the description of elegy is in a hexameter line and epic in a pentameter. Moreover, Marsus’ dichotomy between elegy as “bewailing soft loves” and epic as “singing of kingly wars” both epitomizes each genre and also undercuts itself, since epic from its origins encompasses both themes: witness Achilles weeping over Patroclus or the funeral lamentations that close the Iliad.

The goal of this panel is to interrogate and contextualize further the relationship between epic and elegy, a relationship whose terms have often been defined by Callimachean aesthetics, the recusationes of Roman elegy and lyric, and genre mixing. Engagements between epic and elegy, however, are also evolutionary and intertwined with specific cultural and historical contexts that can be traced from Homer to the present. The panel invites reconsiderations of this intergeneric relationship within and across linguistic and cultural traditions from antiquity to the modern period, and investigations that reframe the question in order to think about not only how epic responds to elegy and elegy to epic, but also how these genres allow audiences to filter their worldviews in new ways.

Papers are invited on topics including (but not limited to):

* How did ancient writers understand epic's relationship to elegy? Was elegy “always already” secondary to or implicit in epic? Or can elegy serve as a governing or correcting force upon epic?
* How and why did later authors tease out elegiac modes and themes found in early Greek epic and elegy?
* How do different elegiac poets utilize the epic tradition, and likewise, how do epic poets respond to the elegiac pull?
* What is the role of lyric poetry (especially Horace) in negotiating the interplay between epic and elegy?
* What do shifting generic stances between epic and elegy say about the social and cultural contexts in which poems were produced?
* In what ways do didactic epic and other hexameter poetry reframe elegiac poetics and invite new ways of assessing epic and elegy?
* How do authors like Vergil, Ovid, and Statius in their various poetic productions filter Greek epic through Roman elegy and elegiac thematics?
* How do elegy and epic conceptualize time and its passage differently? How might these genres’ different visions of history be ironized or conflated by historical events?
* How do scholiasts and commentators interpret and evaluate the linkages between epic and elegy?
* How do poets’ biographies or the paratexts surrounding their works affect the generic discourse and audiences’ subsequent reception of these works?
* How do authors such as Dante, Ariosto, Pontano, Chaucer, Milton, and Melville (to gesture to a few) respond to ancient entanglements between epic and elegy?

The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place in Montreal, Canada from 19-22 July, 2017. The Conference provides panels with up to 15 hours of papers and discussion across three days. For this panel we are asking for papers of 35-40 minutes in length, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion, but shorter papers (20+10) are also welcome.

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to by 31 January, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French. For more information on the conference see


(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


#CFP Epitome. From Fragmentation to Re-composition (and Back Again)

Ghent University (Belgium): May 23-25, 2018

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Virginia Burrus (University of Syracuse) – Jas Elsner (University of Cambridge) – Eva Geulen (Humboldt University of Berlin/Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung) – Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge) – Jesús H. Lobato (University of Salamanca) – Scott McGill (Rice University) – Grant Parker (Stanford University) – Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed (Uppsala University) – Jürgen P. Schwindt (Heidelberg University) – Michael Squire (King’s College London)

For centuries, the term epitome did not enjoy great appreciation, intuitively connected as it was to an idea of textual recycling and derivativeness. It is thus no coincidence that a number of ages in which epitomatory works witnessed a widespread diffusion - from Late Antiquity up to the long season of humanistic and late humanistic erudition - were equally doomed to an aesthetical damnatio memoriae.

Yet, in more recent years a renovated scholarly enthusiasm has been paving the way for both an aesthetic and heuristic revaluation of these “obscure objects”.

Our aim here is not so much to concentrate on the definition, indeed quite problematic, of a genre called epitome, nor to fall back to that theoretically limiting Quellenforschung whose only purpose was to treat epitomized texts as mines for lost textual sources. We would like, instead, to conceptualize epitomai as the result of two very basic movements, dismemberment and re-composition, and to survey the hermeneutic fields so disclosed. Among others:

• What do we mean by textual integrity? What is at stake here is, of course, the problem of different open, closed, and fluid textualities.
• At what and at how many textual levels can the dialectics dismemberment/re-composition take place?
• Far from being neutral objects or mere shortened reproductions of the so-called primary objects, epitomai establish with them a complex, dialectic relationship. They sometimes end up undermining the primary meaning (the apparent meaning of the primary object). Can we identify a semiotic principle which regulates such an overturning?

If then we take the “text” in its broadest sense, it is not hard to realize that to reflect on epitome means to wonder about the most fundamental mechanisms of cultural memory:

• Should epitomatory gestures be interpreted as auxiliary (continuity) or as contrasting (rupture) to the tradition?
• What kind of relationship can be identified between epitomatory practices and other forms of cultural archiving (chronologies, thematic repertoires, encyclopaedism, museification, cartography)? • How did the evolution of media influence the epitomatory dimension?
• Can we define a socio-cultural figure to be named “The Epitomizer”? What is its ethos?

On a more literary and aesthetic ground, reflecting on these types of texts may lead us to further questions:

• How could they be related to modernist and post-modern techniques such as collage or montage?
• Generally speaking, we are referring to practices that fissure the textual surface – practices in which the pleasure of the subjects involved in the textual play originates from the creation of a primal void (dismemberment of the primary text) and then by the erasure of this void itself (re-composition), but in such a way that a sense of the void keeps on being perceivable: what about thinking of epitome as a textual embodiment of absence?
• Accordingly, and contrary to the common opinion which tends look at aesthetic systems dominated by the epitomatory dimension as to static ones, does not such an aesthetic configuration show a state of inexhaustible and dynamic tension, of perpetual self-projection towards perpetually absent objects – all the more so as they seem to be conjured up?

Late Antiquity (ca. III c. CE – VII c. CE) provides a fruitful field of investigation, not only for the obvious reason that a great number of surviving epitomai dates back to that period, but also because what we have called the epitomatory dimension seems to have attained at that time a previously unparalleled pervasiveness, retrievable in many cultural phenomena: from the spolia-aesthetics to the literary fondness for centones, as well as, just to mention Latin evidences, the tendency to create textual corpora (Historia Augusta, Panegyrici Latini, Anthologia Latina, hagiographic collections etc…) and the success of corpora-texts (Macrobius’s Saturnalia, Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Nonius Marcellus’s De compendiosa doctrina etc…). Indeed, the list might easily be made longer by looking at the whole complexity of antique and late antique textual production (Greek, Syrian, etc…).

In the light of the above-mentioned broad theoretical problems we envisage contributions from any field of Classics, History, History of Art, Archaeology, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Theory, in order to take advantage of diverse expertise and promote an integrated approach to the subject. We would cherish contributions from artists, writers, composers etc. as well.

Abstracts in English, French, and German containing about 300-350 words should be sent by 15 May 2017 by 18 June 2017 to and

For further queries please contact

ADVISORY BOARD: Prof. Virginia Burrus (University of Syracuse); Prof. Marco Formisano (Ghent University); Prof. Scott McGill (Rice University); Prof. Gert Partoens (University of Leuven); Paolo Felice Sacchi (Ghent University); Prof. Peter Van Nuffelen (Ghent University)


Europe’s journey through the ages: history and reception of an ancient myth

Collège Doctoral Européen, Strasbourg: 11th May, 2017

The conference “Europe’s journey through the ages: history and reception of an ancient myth” will take place in Strasbourg, on May 11, 2017.

The myth of Europe is attested as soon as the 8th century BC, in the Homeric poems and in Hesiod’s Theogonia. This myth was indeed very popular from Antiquity on, giving rise to different revisions in the literary European productions, as well as in the artistic, theatrical, musical, philosophical ones. It had, therefore, great influence until nowadays in shaping and modelling some visions, figures and images in building theories connected to the debate around the influence of Graeco-Roman culture into the development of the idea of Europe.

In an essay titled Europe Vagabonde (in L'univers, les dieux, les hommes: récits grecs des origines, Paris: Seuil, 2000), J.-P. Vernant defines the myth of Europe, kidnapped by Zeus from Syria to Greece, and the resulting establishment of Cadmus’ dynasty in Thebes, as the history of a “vagabondage, plus encore que passage”, underlining the pluralistic, dynamic, multicultural perspectives at the bases of this myth of the origins.

The present international, multidisciplinary graduate Conference aims to join different cultural perspectives about the reception, transmission and usage of the ancient myth of Europe. Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Laurent Pernot (Université de Strasbourg, Member of the Institut de France); Prof. Luigi Spina (Università di Napoli Federico II)

We welcome proposals from Phd Students and early career Researchers in the following fields: Classics, Modern Literatures, Philosophy, Religions Studies, Visual and Performing Arts.

Papers could focus on the following topics:
* The reception and use of the myth of Europe in philosophy and politics, in connection with the construction of symbols, images, conceptions and theories of the idea of Europe;
* The tradition and reception of the myth of Europe in Ancient literatures up to contemporary literature;
* New perspectives in the etymological researches about the term Europa;
* Comparative approaches to the analysis of the myth in the frame of the interrelations between Western and Eastern mythology;
* The reception and reuse of the myth of Europe in modern and contemporary artistic, theatrical, cinematographic and musical productions.

Contributions related to a general assessment about the trends of the influence and permanence of Classics in European culture are also welcome.

The University of Strasbourg will be glad to welcome participants in the European capital, the most suitable place to share ideas and perspectives on Europe in an international frame.

Abstracts of maximum 300 words must be sent as an anonymous attachment (i.e. the file must not contain the name of the author) no later than 28th February 2017 to (email subject: Mythe d’Europe 2017 Abstract). All papers should be planned for a maximum of 30 minutes, including 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

The official languages of the conference will be French and English. Papers will be selected by the scientific committee following a double blind procedure. Confirmed speakers will be notified no later than 20th March 2017.

The Conference is promoted by the Centre d’Analyse des Rhétoriques Religieuses de l’Antiquité (CARRA EA3094) and the Faculté des Lettres of the University of Strasbourg, with the support of the Programme Doctoral International (PDI), the Strasbourg Association of International Researchers (StrasAir) and the association Rodopis - experience ancient History. Certificates of attendance, if needed, will be released at the end of the conference.

Maria Consiglia Alvino, Phd Student (Università di Napoli Federico II – Université de Strasbourg)
Matteo Di Franco, Phd Student (Università di Palermo – Université de Strasbourg)
Federica Rossetti, Phd Student (Università di Napoli Federico II – Université de Strasbourg)
Gabriella Rubulotta, Phd Student (Université de Strasbourg)


(CFP closed 28 February 2017)


#CFP The Forgotten Other: Disability Studies & the Classical Body

Kings College London, June 18-19 2018

Ellen Adams (Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology, Kings College London)
Emma-Jayne Graham (Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University)

The influence of the classical bodily ideal on Western notions of beauty has been vast. But what of the broken body, as so many classical marble sculptures have become? While philosophical explorations of the body and the senses may reference the ancient world as a starting point, there is generally little engagement with the sensory body that is impaired or progressively failing. If we are interested in the body, past or present, experienced or represented, we must look to what happens when it ‘breaks’ – the challenges posed and met, the hurdles overcome or un-surmounted, and the remarkable strategies adopted to mitigate any disabling effects of physical and sensory impairments – by both individuals and their societies. Studying the disabled in the ancient past has yet to engage with Disability Studies in a way comparable with other areas of identity politics, such as gender, sexuality and race. Classics, and its cognate disciplines, has nevertheless played a role in shaping the modern concepts of impairment and disability that form the basis of contemporary Disability Studies, and this relationship deserves further exploration.

This conference seeks to explore shared ground by examining what modern debates concerning impairments and disabilities can add to our understanding of ancient bodies and identities. It will question why ‘non-normative’ bodies are so rarely brought into the mix by classicists, historians and archaeologists studying ancient social and cultural contexts, and how doing so can offer suggestive new ways of understanding the complex relationship between bodies, identities and divergent experiences of the world.

We invite papers which explore these issues from the standpoint of both Classical Studies and Disability Studies (of all periods). Plenty of time will be dedicated to discussion and, where possible, the organisers hope to ‘pair up’ speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds in order to encourage greater reflection on the synergies and differences of each approach. Free-standing papers will also be welcomed. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

- The ableism inherent in the Humanities
- Reference to the classical world and ancient thinkers in Disability Studies
- ‘Fixing’ impairments (including aids)
- The tension between ‘disabled’ and ‘unable’
- The terminology of disabilities
- Moving beyond etic objectification to the emic voice of the (impaired) person
- The application of social, medical and interactional models to the classical world
- Other approaches to treating disabilities (e.g. ritual)
- The phenomenology of impairment, including movement and kinaesthesia
- Sensory impairment and embodied experience
- The disabled ‘beautiful body’ and the beautiful disabled body
- Experiences of and attitudes towards progressive disabilities and sensory impairments.

Confirmed speakers include: Patty Baker, Eleanor Betts, Lennard Davis, Jane Draycott, Edith Hall, Brian Hurwitz, Helen King, Christian Laes, Michiel Meeusen, Georgia Petridou, Tom Shakespeare, Michael Squire, Hannah Thompson.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and abstracts of approximately 200-300 words should be submitted to either Ellen Adams ( or Emma-Jayne Graham ( by 31st July 2017. Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a conference volume. Funding may be available to support travel and accommodation for speakers where necessary.



Globalizing Ovid: Shanghai 2017

An International Conference in Commemoration of the Bimillennium of Ovid's Death

Guangqi International Center for Scholars of Shanghai Normal University: May 31–June 2, 2017

Jointly sponsored by the Chinese National Social Science Foundation, Shanghai Normal University, and Dickinson College

Keynote speakers:
* Michael von Albrecht (Universität Heidelberg)
* Maurizio Bettini (Università di Siena)
* John Miller (University of Virginia)
* Alison Sharrock (University of Manchester)
* Gareth Williams (Columbia University)
* Wei Zhang (Fudan University)

Welcome addresses:
* Fritz-Heiner Mutschler (Universität Dresden/Peking University)
* Yang Huang (Fudan University)

Concluding address: Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University)

Why Shanghai? One may be surprised to learn that this is not the first time that an anniversary of a Latin poet is commemorated in China. 1930, the Bimillennium of Vergil's birth, represented a watershed in the reception of Vergil and Roman literature in China. Aeneid Book I and Eclogues IV and VIII were translated into Chinese for the first time. The translator praised Vergil's "modern" spirit: his critical attitude toward Empire, his questioning of the cost of civilization, his doubts of the value of progress, and his portrayal of the loneliness of his main characters. In 1932, well-known poet Dai Wangshu translated Ovid's Ars Amatoria into vernacular Chinese prose based on Ovide: L'Art d'Aimer in the Collection Budé. These translations were both products of and participants in the Chinese exploration of modernity and a "New Culture," a process that involved a full scale reexamination of a wide range of issues, from the status of the Confucian canon, relationships with authority, modes of heroism, gender roles and sexuality, to ways of expressing desire and emotion. It was only after a long hiatus that complete translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Vergil's Aeneid appeared in 1984 and 1987 respectively, both created by Yang Zhouhan (1915–1989), working from the original Latin and various English translations. Today there is a remarkable surge in interest in both Chinese and Western classics in China. Latin literature is gaining momentum at a speed faster than one could have imagined a generation ago. In 2015 the Chinese National Social Science Foundation announced "Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid's poetry into Chinese with Commentaries" (PI: Jinyu Liu) as one of the major projects to fund in the next five years. With this initiative, Ovid's Fasti and exile poetry will be translated into Chinese for the first time, his other poems will be retranslated, and comprehensive commentaries will accompany the translations of all of Ovid's poems for the first time.

Consilium resque locusque dabunt (Tristia I.1.92). This conference serves as an opportunity not only to pay tribute to Ovid, but also to promote cross-cultural conversations about the globalization of the Greco-Roman Classics. The conference invites papers that represent the most recent developments in the Ovidian scholarship—philological, textual, critical, literary, and historical—as well as contributions that explore perspectives from comparativism, translingualism, and postclassicism to address larger issues of translating and interpreting the Classics in a globalizing world. These two strands of themes should not be perceived as being either isolated from or in competition against each other, especially if scholars and translators of Ovid are understood as participants in assigning meanings to his work. The conference intends to bring together scholars and translators to explore the dynamic processes of selection, tension, and negotiation that have been integral to the making and interpreting of Classical canon, including Ovid. How has Ovid been taught, disseminated, transmitted, and evaluated in Roman antiquity and in other cultures? If the viability of the Greco-Roman Classics in the postclassical eras, and in the non-Western contexts hinges on the willingness of the host cultures to assign new meanings to them, what may motivate that "willingness," and through whose agency? What are those new meanings? Where and how are they being worked out and developed? What translation strategies have been applied to Ovid's poetry in different locales and languages, and for what audiences? What are the challenges of translating Ovid in cultures with their own vibrant but different poetic traditions, and literary culture concerning themes of love, abandonment, transformation, and exile? How and where are Classics changed by their interaction with different host cultures?

Topics and abstract submissions:

The conference will include plenary addresses, individual paper presentations, as well as roundtables organized by project team members and the board of referees (see below). In accordance with the dual function of the conference both to highlight current scholarship and trends in thinking on Ovid and to consider modes of cross-cultural reception, comparison, and translation, we provide the following list to illustrate the range of questions and topics in which the conference is interested. It is by no means an exclusive or restrictive list:

* Amor: Force of destruction? * Emotions in Ovid
* The dearth of same-sex relationships in Ovid
* Intertextuality in Ovid: What's new?
* The Ovidian aesthetics
* Ovid's literary persona(e)
* Ovid's lieux de mémoire
* The psychology of exile in the Ovidian corpus
* The human and Roman past(s) in Ovid
* Ovid in provinces and Roman imperialism
* Locus urbanus versus locus barbarus in Ovid
* Seduction in ancient literature: a comparative examination
* Tales of Transformation compared (within Metamorphoses, across genres, and/or across cultures)
* The Ovidian corpus: critical editions * Teaching Ovid in Antiquity and/or the modern world
* Translating Ovid (and Classics in general) in a Global Context
* Visualizing Ovid
* Post-classical Ovid (reception and adaptation in all genres)
* Commentary tradition and digital commentary

We welcome submissions from advanced doctoral students and scholars of all seniorities. Please send brief vitae and proposals (300 words excluding bibliography) for 25-minute papers by April 30, 2016 to Jinyu Liu, HH 117, Department of Classical Studies, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN 46135, USA, or email: both and

Abstract submissions will be evaluated by a board of seven referees, whose names are listed below, and the results will be announced by June 1, 2016:
* Christopher Francese (Dickinson College, USA)
* Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University, USA) * Steven Green (Yale-NUS, Singapore)
* Jinyu Liu (DePauw University/Shanghai Normal University, USA/China)
* Lisa Mignone (Brown University, USA)
* Bobby Xinyue (University of Warwick, UK)
* Wei Zhang (Fudan University, China)

Publication plan: Selected contributions will be translated into Chinese, and published in either a collected volume or in Chinese academic journals. The authors will retain copyright to the non-Chinese versions of their articles. The possibility of publishing the conference proceedings in English with a European or American publisher will also be explored.

* Heng Chen (Shanghai Normal University)
* Christopher Francese (Dickinson College)
* Jinyu Liu (DePauw University/Shanghai Normal University)

Please send all inquiries to Professor Jinyu Liu at

(CFP closed 30 April 2016)


Greek Drama V

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada: July 5-8, 2017

This is a call for papers for Greek Drama V, a conference to be held at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, from Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July 2017. The conference is the fifth of the periodic Pacific Rim Greek Drama conferences, after Sydney 1982, Christchurch 1992, Sydney 2002, and Wellington 2007. The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Eric Csapo, University of Sydney.

As with the previous Greek Drama conferences, we seek to bring together scholars at all career stages, providing an opportunity to establish new directions for the study of ancient theatre. We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Greek drama and performance.

Abstracts of no longer than 300 words (exclusive of bibliography) should be submitted to The deadline for abstracts is August 31, 2016 September 6, 2016.

Inquiries may be directed to the conference organizers, Hallie Marshall, Department of Theatre & Film ( and C. W. Marshall, Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies (

The publication of a volume of selected papers is planned. Such a volume from Greek Drama III was published as BICS Supplement 87 (London, 2006), and from Greek Drama IV with Aris and Phillips (Oxford, 2012).

(CFP closed 6 September 2016)


#CFP The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and ‘Oriental’ Languages On Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Leuven, Belgium: 13-15 December 2017

In 1517, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Hieronymus Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) seizes the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive both to examine the general context in which such polyglot institutes emerged and—more generally—to assess the overall impact of Greek and Hebrew education, by organizing a three-day international conference. Our focus is not exclusively on the 16th century, as we also welcome papers dealing with the status and functions accorded to Greek, Hebrew, and other ‘Oriental’ languages in the (later) Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period up to 1750. Special attention will be directed to the learning and teaching practices and to the general impact the study of these languages exerted on scholarship, science and society.

Please find below the full call for papers or visit our website (

Keynote speakers are Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Institut d’Histoire du Droit Paris) and Saverio Campanini (Università di Bologna)

Participants are asked to give 20-minute papers in English, German or French. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to by 30 April, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by 20 May, 2017.

The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).

Venue of the Conference: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

If you have any questions, please contact



Investigating the Translation Process in Humanistic Latin Translations of Greek Texts

Department of Greek Philology, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece: 28-29 April, 2017

The Department of Greek Philology at Democritus University of Thrace is pleased to announce its International Conference “Investigating the Translation Process in Humanistic Latin Translations of Greek Texts”.

Possible topics for discussion include:
* Acquisition of translation competence (methods and practices, education and training, grammars and dictionaries, etc.)
* Translation challenges and solutions (difficulties in the translation process as can be traced in manuscripts, dedicatory epistles, other paratexts, etc., and ways of dealing with them)
* Translation practices and strategies
* Cases of retranslation – relations with earlier translations (reasons for retranslation, cases of plagiarism, etc.)
* Witnessing translators at work (paraphrases or simplifications of hard or complicated parts of the original, interlinear or marginal translation notes/glosses, rough translations, translation attempts, corrections, erasures, omissions, substitutions, insertions, etc.)
* Translation and ideology (deliberate alterations of the original in the translation for moral, religious, ideological, political and/or other purposes)
* Theories on translation (humanistic treatises on translating and translation practices, etc.)
* Creating a translation canon (what texts are translated, classification, genres, etc.)
* Social position and function of the translator (prestige, status, position within the “republic of letters”, etc.)
* Gender issues (women as translators, women authors translated, etc.)
* The translator as “cultural mediator”
* Other topics (translators and translations, readership, preferences for particular translators and/or Greek texts and authors, manuscripts and incunabula, bilingual editions, relations with book production, spatiotemporal circulation of the Latin translations, identification of Greek manuscripts used by translators, etc.)

Confirmed keynote speakers:
* Prof. Christopher Celenza, Johns Hopkins University, USA
* Prof. Silvia Fiaschi, Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy
* Prof. Martine Furno, IRHIM, Ens-Lyon, & Université Grenoble Alpes, France
* Prof. Fabio Stok, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy
* Prof. Giancarlo Abbamonte, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
* Dr. Paola Tomè, University of Oxford, UK

Papers: The language of the conference is English. The allotted time for papers is 20 minutes + 10 minutes of question/discussion-time.

Abstract Submission: The Conference Organizing Committee invites abstracts (of up to 300 words) from academics at any stage of their career and encourages the participation of early career researchers (PhD candidates, recent PhD graduates, Post-docs). Abstracts should be sent by e-mail as a PDF attachment to by no later than 31 October 2016. The document should also contain paper title and author information including name, full affiliation and contact e-mail address. Abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed, and notifications will be communicated by no later than 31 December 2016.

Participation: The participation fee for the conference is €60, which will include conference pack, refreshments/tea/coffee at all breaks, and dinners on the two days. Payment should be made in person at the conference. Please note that the participation fee does not include travel and accommodation expenses. The registration for the conference will start in January 2017. All practical information (provisional conference programme, travel and accommodation details, registration procedure, etc.) will be communicated in due course.

Publication: All submitted papers will be subjected to double-blind peer review. The accepted papers will be published as a proceedings volume or as a special issue of a journal derived from the conference.

(CFP closed 31 October 2016)


Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies 46th Annual Conference

Haifa University, Israel: 14-15 June, 2017

The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies is pleased to announce its 46th annual conference to be held at Haifa University on Wed-Thurs, 14-15 June 2017.

Our keynote speaker in 2017 will be Professor Simon Hornblower, Oxford University.

The conference is the annual meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies. We welcome papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including, but not limited to, history, philology, philosophy, literature, papyrology, classical reception and the archaeology of Greece, Rome and neighbouring lands. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes. The official languages of the conference are Hebrew and English. The conference fee is $50. Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels.

Registration forms with a list of prices will be sent to participants in due course.

Proposals, abstracts and other correspondence may be forwarded to Dr. Lisa Maurice, Secretary of the ISPCS:

All proposals should consist of a one page abstract (about 250-300 words). Proposals in Hebrew should also be accompanied by a one-page abstract in English to appear in the conference brochure.


If a decision is required prior to late January, please indicate this in your letter and we will try to accommodate your needs.



(CFP closed 16 December, 2016)


#CFP Les Noces de Philologie et de Guillaume Budé: L’œuvre de Guillaume Budé au prisme du savoir humaniste, cinq siècles et demi après sa naissance

Paris, 3-5 mai 2018

Au cours de son existence bien remplie, Guillaume Budé (1468-1540) a conçu, publié, augmenté nombre d’œuvres dont la valeur littéraire et la portée scientifique ont profondément marqué son époque et la postérité, à l’égal de son contemporain Érasme. Or les productions de Budé sont connues de façon inégale, demeurent parfois peu étudiées, non traduites, dépourvues d’éditions modernes, malgré un regain d’intérêt qui s’est déployé tout au long du xxe siècle comme en ce début du xxie. Le colloque « Les Noces de Philologie et de Guillaume Budé » a pour ambition de revenir, à la lumière des recherches les plus récentes, sur les différentes facettes d’une œuvre polycentrique, allant de l’essai historique novateur qu’est le De Asse et partibus eius à l’épistolographie humaniste en grec et latin, des traductions de textes grecs en latin (de Plutarque à Basile de Césarée) à la lexicographie grecque (Commentarii linguæ Græcæ), de l’exégèse des sources du droit romain (Annotationes in Pandectas) aux recommandations politiques de l’« Institution du prince », en passant par les considérations morales et religieuses confiées tour à tour aux lettres, aux digressions et à deux traités indépendants, De Transitu hellenismi ad christianismum et De Contemptu rerum fortuitarum.

À travers l’analyse de ce corpus multiforme, il s’agit en premier lieu de retracer les différentes sources de Budé, intellectuelles et matérielles, filtrées par sa formation hybride de juriste humaniste au sein des cénacles de l’humanisme parisien, depuis le cercle d’hellénistes alimenté par Georges Hermonyme de Sparte, puis par Janus Lascaris, et le groupe de savants réuni autour de Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples, jusqu’aux premiers lecteurs du roi et aux imprimeurs humanistes de la génération de Robert Estienne, sans oublier sa riche expérience à la cour. Il importe également de bien comprendre les méthodes de travail d’un atelier si surprenant, ce dont la documentation existante fournit d’intéressants échantillons en termes de cahiers autographes, d’annotations marginales, de réécritures diverses. Le style budéen pourrait aussi faire l’objet de nouvelles investigations : comment définir et caractériser la latinité si singulière du prosateur ? Avons-nous mesuré toutes les implications de son recours — et de son amour — pour la langue grecque ? Y aurait-il une manière philologique propre à l’auteur du De Asse, prompt à mettre en œuvre les savoirs antiques ? On n’oubliera pas que Budé le latiniste prit aussi sa part à l’illustration de la langue française, que ce soit avec l’ « Institution du Prince » ou avec l’ « Epitome » du De Asse.

À la convergence de plusieurs disciplines, nous nous proposons d’identifier les parcours que Guillaume Budé a tracés, cerner les passerelles entre les différents noyaux de son écriture, reconstituer l’unité intellectuelle de son œuvre à une époque où la diffusion du patrimoine écrit de l’Antiquité achevait sa première grande saison et ouvrait l’époque des études philologiques spécialisées.

Les propositions, d’un volume de 2000 caractères au plus, sont à adresser à l’un des organisateurs au plus tard le 3 mai 2017, assorties d’une brève présentation bio-bibliographique.

Organisation : Christine Bénévent, EnC, Paris (; Romain Menini, Univ. Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (; Luigi-Alberto Sanchi, Cnrs-I.H.D., Paris (



[Panel] Landscapes of War

10th Celtic Conference in Classics, Montreal, 19–22 July 2017

Organizers: Chris Mackie (La Trobe University), Marian Makins (University of Pennsylvania), and Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen)

Modern scholarship has seen a significant interest in spatial approaches to place and landscape in the ancient sources. And yet relatively little attention has thus far been paid to intersections of landscape (either real or imagined), war, and memory in ancient Greek and Roman culture. That is the territory we plan to explore with this panel.

Landscape can give rise to armed conflict when two or more groups stake claims to territory possessing special strategic, economic, or even cultural significance. Features of a landscape such as hills, valleys, forests, and streams can also dictate the nature and progress of battles that take place there. At the same time, fighting in a certain landscape—a particularly idyllic or hostile one, say, or one imbued with symbolic importance—can condition soldiers’ experience of war, potentially causing them to imagine the landscape as a participant in the conflict.

Moreover, warfare changes landscapes, both physically and in the way they are later perceived and experienced. Environmental changes—deforestation, water and soil pollution, dammed or diverted watercourses—are just the beginning. Military engagements can make (mental) maps obsolete through the construction of tunnels, trench networks, and roads; the founding or erasure of settlements; the movement of borders; and the generation of new place-names and landmarks. Finally, landscapes of war give rise to new landscapes of remembrance, as survivors create the cemeteries, monuments, tourist itineraries, art objects, and texts in which later generations might form an impression of what the war was like, and what it meant.

“Landscapes of War” follows from and builds on the successful 2016 CCC panel “Landscapes of Dread,” organised by Debbie Felton and Will Brockliss. Whereas the 2016 panel considered “landscapes of dread, desolation, and despair” in a broad sense, this panel focuses specifically on war landscapes, whether real or imagined. We are particularly keen to see interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to war landscapes, and whilst a focus on Greco-Roman antiquity will unite the panel’s discussions, we also invite contributions that focus on modern intersections of war, landscape, and the classical past.

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Representations of place and space in literary treatments of war
* Battle landscapes—beautiful and horrid
* War landscapes and ecocriticism
* Classical ‘traumascapes’
* Commemorative and memorial landscapes
* Sites of contested memory (e.g., sites where more than one battle occurred)
* Battlefield tourism, pilgrimage, and conservation
* War landscapes and imperialism
* The landscape imagined as a participant in war
* Battle landscapes in the visual arts
* Modern wartime receptions of classical landscapes
* Classical archaeology in times of war

Confirmed speakers include:

* C. Jacob Butera (University of North Carolina Asheville)
* Virginia Fabrizi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
* Debbie Felton (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
* Chris Mackie (La Trobe University)
* Marian Makins (University of Pennsylvania)
* Sarah Midford (La Trobe University)
* Elizabeth Minchin (Australian National University)
* Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen)

We invite papers of 35–40 minutes in length, to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) to by 1 March 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. We hope to publish a volume featuring a selection of papers from the panel in due course.

About the Conference: The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place at McGill University and the Université de Montréal in Montreal, Canada from 19–22 July 2017. The conference provides each panel with up to fifteen hours of papers and discussion over three days. The languages of the conference are English and French. For more details, visit Please note that the Celtic Conference in Classics is self-funding; all speakers must arrange and bear their own travel and accommodation expenses. However, as part of the NWO-VENI project Landscapes of War in Roman Literature, our panel is able to offer up to two bursaries for (a) postgraduate students currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation on a related subject or (b) contingent faculty, who lack funding to travel to Montreal. Each bursary will cover the participant’s actual travel costs to Montreal, up to a maximum amount of €1,000. To apply for one of these bursaries, please submit a CV along with your abstract and briefly describe in your e-mail your reasons for wishing to participate, other sources of funding available to you, and the estimated cost of travel.


(CFP closed 1 March, 2017)


Literary Windows: Imitative Series and Clusters in Literature (Classical to Early Modern)

This conference will be held in 2017 in either London or Oxford: preferably in the early autumn of that year, though this will only be finalized when we know the outcome of our funding applications.

(Addendum: likely date 25-26 September, 2017 at All Souls College, Oxford)

We are looking for 30-minute papers on previously unpublished material that discuss examples of imitative series and clusters from classical literature to roughly the end of the seventeenth century. By "imitative series" we mean what has also been defined as "two-tier allusion" or "window reference" (Nelis), i.e. when author C simultaneously imitates or alludes to a passage or text by author A and its imitation by author B; by "imitative cluster" we mean an instance in which author C simultaneously imitates or alludes to passages or texts that are already interconnected at the source in a formal or conceptual way: these passages will typically be by the same author, or they can be by two different authors and be connected in some way other than straightforward imitation. In short, if an "imitative series" may be represented as a line, an "imitative cluster" corresponds more to a triangle. (Examples of these practices are discussed in C. Burrow, "Virgils, from Dante to Milton", in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil and E. Tarantino, "Fulvae Harenae: The Reception of an Intertextual Complex in Dante's Inferno", Classical Receptions Journal 4.1.) If applicable, proposals should point out any political, philosophical or other issues that were being addressed via these allusions.

We are particularly interested in instances of the imitation of the "Elysian fields" passage in Aeneid 6, but also welcome proposals dealing with a wide range of texts and national literatures - though for reasons of congruity we would limit the geographical scope to European literary traditions. We would also be very interested to hear of any instances of the theoretical discussion of these imitative practices up to c. 1700.

Please send proposals of 100-200 words to by 31st January 2016, accompanied by the following:
* a short text listing main academic affiliations to date (if any) and main publications (especially those relevant to this conference);
* confirmation that your paper deals with previously unpublished material, and that you will send us your text for exclusive publication after the conference;
* an indication of whether you would require financial support in respect of travel expenses and accommodation in order to attend this conference (we are hoping to be able to meet at least some of these costs, but we will not know until we hear about the outcome of our funding applications).
Notification of inclusion in the conference will be sent by 15 February 2016.

Conference organizers: Colin Burrow, Stephen Harrison, Martin McLaughlin, Elisabetta Tarantino.

(CFP closed 31 Jan 2016)


[Panel] Literary Wordplay with Names

American Name Society Panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention, New York: 4-7 January 2018

The American Name Society (ANS) is issuing its First Call for Papers for the ANS panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention: 4-7 January 2018, New York City.

The American Name Society is inviting abstract proposals for a panel with the literary theme “Literary Wordplay with Names.” Case studies in world literature have repeatedly demonstrated the effectiveness of wordplays in producing puns or highlighting aspects of a narrative. However, comparatively little scholarly attention has been given to examining the names themselves as a rhetorical tool for literary wordplay. The use or omission of names has received scholar attention for the works of specific authors, e.g. Aristophanes (e.g. Kanavou 2011) and Virgil (e.g. Paschalis 1997), whereas the ὀνομαστὶ κωμῳδεῖν is crucial for our understanding of both Greek comedy and Roman satire.

Interested authors are encouraged to submit an abstract examining the use of any type of name (e.g. personal names, place names, trade names, etc.) in literary wordplays for any period or genre of literature. We welcome submissions from the following areas, which of course are not exhausted:

* utilizing interdisciplinary approaches
* examining the nature of the name-wordplay (semantics and/or etymology)
* focusing on case studies from classical literature, and
* the reception and use of names from antiquity in later times (e.g. Shakespeare).

Proposal Submission Process: Abstracts proposals of up to 400 words should be sent as an email attachment (PDF format) to Andreas Gavrielatos ( Proposals should include “MLA proposal” in the subject line of the email. All submissions must include an abstract title, the full name(s) of the author(s), the author affiliation, and email address in the body of the email and NOT with the abstract.

Proposals must be received by 5pm GMT on 11 March 2017. Authors will be notified about results of the blind review on or by 20 March 2017. Contributors selected for the thematic panel must be members of both MLA and ANS in order to present their papers.

(CFP closed March 11, 2017)


Lucretius, Poet and Philosopher. Six Hundred Years after his Rediscovery

Alghero/Sassari (Sardinia, Italy): 15-17 June 2017

The conference, entitled “Lucretius Poet and Philosopher. Six Hundred Years after his Rediscovery”, will bring together leading scholars and young researchers to share their research on Lucretius’ philosophy and writings. The conference will also be a celebration of the 600th anniversary of the rediscovery of Lucretius during the Renaissance. The conference will deal with the impact of Lucretius’ Epicureanism within ancient philosophy as well as on the reception of both his philosophical teaching and his poetry in Early Modern culture.

Topics can focus on any relevant aspects of Lucretius’s poetry and thought. Possible topics include: papers engaging with the impact Lucretius had either in his own day or in subsequent ages and cultures; and papers dealing with ancient thought, Epicureanism and Lucretius’s relationship to previous Greek and Latin thinkers.

Scholars from all academic levels are invited to submit an abstract. The Conference will be held in English and Italian.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 15 February 2017.

Abstracts in English should be sent to the following address:

Please send a max. 1000-word abstract (Microsoft Word or PDF) with a separate attachment containing your personal details (name and surname, university / affiliation).

The conference will be held in Sardinia: Alghero, “Bastioni Marco Polo 77” (at the Department of Architecture, Design and City Planning, Santa Chiara).

- 15 February 2017: submission deadline
- 15 March 2017: notification of acceptance/refusal deadline;
- 15-17 June 2017: conference in Alghero

Confirmed invited speakers:
Federico Condello (University of Bologna)
Ivano Dionigi (University of Bologna)
Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge)
Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford)
Francesca Masi (University of Venice ‘Ca’ Foscari’)
Pierre Marie Morel (University of Paris IV – Sorbonne)
Ada Palmer (University of Chicago)
Luigi Ruggiu (University of Venice)
Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’)
Francesco Verde (University of Rome)

For further information please contact the organizers: Diego Zucca ( and Valentina Prosperi (

(CFP closed 15 February 2017)


The Making of Humanities VI

University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK: September 28-30, 2017

The sixth conference on the history of the humanities, ‘The Making of the Humanities VI’, will take place at the University of Oxford, Humanities Division and Somerville College, UK, from 28 till 30 September 2017.

Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences

The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.

We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilizations.

Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, and so on, but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.

Keynote Speakers:
* Elisabeth Décultot, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg: From an Antiquarian to an Historical Approach? The Birth of Art History in the 18th Century
*Shamil Jeppie, University of Cape Town: Styles of Writing History in Timbuktu and the Sahara/Sahel
* Peter Mandler, University of Cambridge: The Rise (and Fall?) of the Humanities

Paper Submissions: Abstracts of single papers (30 minutes including discussion) should contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words. For more information about submitting abstracts, see the submission page.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2017. Notification of acceptance: June 2017.

Panel Submissions: Panels last 1.5 to 2 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers and possibly a commentary on a coherent theme including discussion. Panel proposals should contain respectively the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, full contact addresses (including email addresses), the title of the panel, a short (150 words) description of the panel’s content and for each paper an abstract of maximally 250 words. For more information about submitting panels, see the submission page.

Deadline for panel proposals: 15 April 2017. Notification of acceptance: June 2017


(CFP closed 15 April 2017)


Medea in the Artistic Culture of the World

The Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia): September 17-21, 2017

The Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, established in 1997 in Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University through the unification of the Chair of Classical Philology and the Centre of Mediterranean Studies, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In connection with the jubilee, the Institute will hold an international conference on The Theme of Medea in the Artistic Culture of the World from September 17 to 21, 2017. Along with researchers, the event will gather representatives of literature and art.

Those willing to participate in the conference are kindly requested to forward the following information to before March 15, 2017:

Personal information (first name, last name), affiliation and position (title), contact details (telephone, mailing address and email); type of presentation (conference paper, performance or exhibition), title and brief summary (no more than 300 words). The Organizing Committee will provide additional information to shortlisted applicants before April 30, 2017.

The conference welcomes professors, researchers and students from all the three academic levels.

Contact persons:
Ekaterine Kvirkelia - 598 60 46 67;
Mariam Kaladze - 577 42 69 82;
13 I. Chavchavadze ave. 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel.+ 99532222-11-81
Fax.+ 995 32222-11-81

(CFP closed 15 March, 2017)


Mountains in Antiquity

St Andrews, Scotland: 8-9 June 2017

We are delighted to announce a two-day international conference on mountains in Ancient Greek and Roman culture, to be held at St Andrews in June 2017. We aim to explore ancient engagement with mountains from a wide range of different angles, including literary, historical, archaeological and art-historical approaches, and to open up a series of new questions for further study. We particularly welcome contributions that analyse views of and from mountains; the literary and visual function of representations of mountains and the significance of mountains for ancient thought; the contribution of mountains to the lived experience, self-representation and identity of ancient communities; and the post-classical reception of ancient thinking about mountains.

Invited contributors include Alexis Belis, Richard Buxton, Klaus Geus, Thomas Poiss, Betsey Robinson, Irina Tupikova, and Gareth Williams.

If you are interested in offering a 30-minute paper, please send an abstract of up to 500 words by the 15th September to both Jason König at and Nikoletta Manioti at Do not hesitate to contact us via email if you have any questions.

This event is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the School of Classics, University of St Andrews.


(CFP closed 15 September 2016)


Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670

Churchill College, Cambridge: 15-16 September 2017

The Society for Neo-Latin Studies invites submissions for papers for a conference on 15–16 September 2017, at Churchill College, Cambridge, on Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670. In this period, Latin was the international language of European literature and a host of material dealing with British and Irish political and cultural identity survives both by authors working within Britain and Ireland and by those outside. Proposed papers dealing with the perception and depiction of Britain and Ireland from elsewhere in Europe are therefore encouraged as well as those on works written by authors resident in Britain or Ireland. Papers may discuss works in poetry or prose, and international scholars are very much encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.

Examples of topics and authors relevant to the call include (but are by no means limited to): the idea of ‘Britain’ and ‘Ireland’ in Latin literature (including historiography); Latin verse responses, both in England and on the continent, to major events, such as the death of Philip Sidney, the defeat of the Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the Thirty Years War, and the events of the Civil War, Protectorate and Restoration; the work of British and Irish Catholic authors resident abroad (often in France and Italy); the role of national identity in major Neo-Latin authors of the period such as Leland, Polydore Vergil, Camden, Stanihurst, Buchanan, Harvey, O’Meara, Owen, Campion, Barclay, Milton, Hobbes; the role of Latin literature in shaping distinct identities and communities of readership, for instance among Irish and Scottish authors, as well as among Catholic writers. Contributors may also want to consider the role of translation into and out of Latin in the formation of British and Irish identity in the period.

SNLS takes particular responsibility for encouraging graduate students and early-career scholars in the field. There will be a special early-career panel of slightly shorter (20 minute) papers only for those currently working towards a PhD or who are within two years of submission. All other abstracts should be for 30-minute papers.

For all proposed papers, a title and abstract of up to 200 words (along with the name of the presenter, their affiliation and, for students, their year of study) should be submitted to by 15 September 2016.

In addition, junior scholars, at MA or PhD level, who would like to present their work in a briefer form are encouraged to submit proposals (title and two-sentence summary) for a poster session (by the same deadline).

SNLS is in the process of applying for funding, but at this stage it cannot be guaranteed that all expenses of presenters will be covered.


(CFP closed 15 September 2016)


New Light on Tony Harrison

British Academy/Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London: 27-28 April 2017

Advance notice that registration will soon be available Registration now open via the British Academy website for a conference, convened by Edith Hall jointly at the BA and the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, to mark the 80th birthday of poet Tony Harrison on 30th April 2017. This landmark conference will illuminate more recent works by Britain's greatest living poet. A transdisciplinary team will analyse Harrison's evocation of sexuality and imperialism, his metres, stage/screen works and intellectual influences, and the challenges of translating his distinctive idiom into other languages.

The conference will be held at the Academy on 27th and 28th April from 09.30 unto 17.00. There will also be a public event on the evening of 27th April, for which separate registration will be required, with contributions from speakers including Andy Burnham, Wole Soyinka, and Richard Eyre, and actors including Vanessa Redgrave, Barrie Rutter, and Sian Thomas. Confirmed speakers at the conference include:

Prof Simon Armitage, University of Oxford
Dr Josephine Balmer, Translators' Association & Society of Authors
Dr Jacob Blakesley, University of Leeds
Dr Rachel Bower, University of Leeds
Dr Sandie Byrne, University of Oxford
Dr Giovanni Greco, La Sapienza
Lee Hall, Cross Street Films
Dr Cécile Marshall, Université Bordeaux
Prof Hallie Marshall, Univ. of British Columbia
Prof Blake Morrison, Goldsmith's London
Prof Peter Parsons, University of Oxford
Prof Christine Regan, Australian National University
Prof Antony Rowland, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Henry Stead, Open University
Prof Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford



Ovid Across Europe: Vernacular Translations of the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages & Renaissance

University of Bristol, UK: 28-29 September, 2017

From the 12th-century onwards, Ovid’s Metamorphoses exerted an enduring influence on Western culture. The capacity of this poem to be constantly present in our world is due to its innate transformative ability. In the Middle Ages, the Metamorphoses was often read as a philosophical text in which to find advice on Christian morality and ethics. In the Renaissance and Baroque periods, it constituted the most important repertoire of myths, an encyclopaedic work plundered by writers, musicians, and painters. The Metamorphoses found a permanent place in Western culture not only because it could be easily reinterpreted, but also for its capacity to be successfully rewritten and translated into various languages. In the medieval and the early modern ages, the reception of Ovid’s major poem did not happen exclusively through the Latin text; translations in the vernaculars played a pivotal role, transmitting the Latin Metamorphoses to all the emerging European vernacular cultures.

This conference aims to bring together scholars working on medieval and early modern translations of the Metamorphoses in Europe in order to shed light on the various ways in which Ovid’s poem was re-purposed and received, as well as to trace connections between different literary traditions. When was the Metamorphoses first translated into European vernaculars? How many Ovids can we talk about? Were there interferences between translations in the different vernaculars? The vernacularization of transnational texts contributed to the shaping of national identities, and this colloquium, fostering an exchange between scholars working in any European linguistic area, aims to shed light on the process of national acquisition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses through translation. The objective of this conference is to chart the changing face and function of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the vernacular Europe of the Middle and Early Modern Ages.

Areas of research might include:

* Text, language, and style of the Metamorphoses’ vernacular translations;
* The physical structure and presentation of the translations (support material, script or type, size, layout and decorations, marginalia) and their relationship with the Latin editions;
* The handwritten tradition and the oral tradition of the vernacular Metamorphoses;
* From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, from manuscript to printed book: disruption, or continuity?
* Allegories and commentaries attached to Ovid’s poem and their influence on the Metamorphoses’ translations;
* Vernacular Metamorphoses and national cultures: the transformations of Ovid’s poem in the language and style of the receiving culture and the role of vernacularization for the consolidation of a cultural identity.
* The changing worlds of the vernacular Metamorphoses: evolution and re-purposing of this text from the court, to the school, the street, the Academy, and the printing shop.

Key-note Speakers:
Genevieve Lively, Bristol University, UK (George Sandy’s Translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses)
John Tholen, Utrecht University (Ovid in the Early Modern Netherlands)
Mattia Cavagna, UCL Belgium (Ovide Moralisé in the Middle Ages)
Elisa Guadagnini, CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), (The Italian Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages)

Please send an abstract (roughly 500 words) and a short curriculum by 30 March 2017 to:
Marta Balzi
Gemma Pellissa Prades


(CFP closed March 30, 2017)


Pacific Rim Roman Seminar 2017

July 10-14, 2017: San Diego State University

The Pac Rim 2017 Seminar in Roman Literature will be held at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA, from Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14. The conference will begin the evening of July 10 with a special opening paper & reception; paper sessions will continue through Fri afternoon.

The thematic focus of this PacRim will be Roman Receptions. Papers are invited on such topics as:
* the reception of Roman literature in late antiquity, Renaissance and post-Renaissance Europe and/or the modern world
* the reception of Greek and Roman texts by Roman writers themselves
* the reception of the political and social world in Roman literary texts
* the reception of an inherited canon of Roman authors in modern scholarship
* translation as reception.

Papers investigating other kinds of ‘Roman Reception’ are also strongly encouraged: the organizing theme offers sufficient liberty of interpretation so as to encompass as broad a range of personal research interests as possible.

Abstract proposals (200-300 words) for papers (30 minutes maximum) should be sent to I’ll provide a submission link into the web address

Please have abstracts submitted by January 31, 2017.

Conference fee: $40.00 (or its currency equivalent) per person (which can be waived for those delivering papers) will help offset daily seminar costs. A fee reduction for students will be offered.

Joseph Andrew Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Classics, San Diego State University


(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


PONTES IX: Classical Heroism in the Modern Age: Ideas, Practices, Media

Freiburg, Germany (Classics Library of the Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie of Freiburg University): 21-23 September, 2017

Classical antiquity is the fountainhead of much of our Western ideas of heroism. Starting from religious Greek hero cult, elements of the heroic manifested itself in myth, literature, war politics, and a number of other domains. The influence of these ideas on later concepts of heroism is obvious until the end of the early modern period. With the rise of industrialized societies since the 19th century, however, the reception of ancient heroism becomes more obscure, and postmodernist currents have questioned the very idea of heroism in many ways. Nonetheless, the concept of heroism keeps informing our perception of and desire for extraordinary persons and actions. For the period from ca. 1800 to our own day, the role of classical patterns in these processes often remains to be uncovered – witness D. Voss’ recent contribution on „Heldenkonstruktionen“ (KulturPoetik 11, 2011, 181-202), in which the author describes a number of differences between ancient and modern heroism but remains silent about reception. Readers are left with the impression that there is a gaping divide between modern day heroism and antiquity. True to its name, the PONTES conference will attempt to build bridges of reception across that divide.

Preference will be given not to individual hero figures, but to larger ideas, practices and media of heroism. Individual heroes may be dealt with, however, as long as their representative character is emphasized. Possible subjects include, for instance, the strategies of hero-making in fascism, Lucretius’ praise of Epicurus as a blueprint for modern heroes of science, or the massive return of ancient heroes in contemporary epic films.

This PONTES conference will be held in cooperation with the Freiburg Sonderforschungsbereich 948 ‘Helden–Heroisierungen–Heroismen’. For further information see the Sonderforschungsbereich’s survey of recent research on heroism, ‘Das Heroische in der neueren kulturhistorischen Forschung: Ein kritischer Bericht’:

Registration: Researches on all career levels are invited to submit proposals. The proposal should contain a working title and a short abstract of ca. 100 words. Please send your proposal by 15 March 2017 to Decisions about acceptance will be made by 30 March 2017. For participation without a paper no registration is needed.

Travel: Since we start on Thursday morning at ca. 9 am, arrival on Wednesday might be advisable for those who come from further afield. Rooms will be booked by the organizers, unless otherwise requested. We shall contact you with all the details after the end of the submission period. We aim to refund travel and accommodation costs if they are not refundable at your home institution.

Place: Classics Library of the Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie of Freiburg University.

Format: Papers of 30 minutes + 15 minutes discussion. Revised versions of the papers will be published in a conference volume.

The PONTES conferences on the reception of Classical Antiquity were founded in 1999 by Karlheinz Töchterle and Martin Korenjak. They took place biannually until 2011 and have been organized triennially since then. So far, conference venues have been Innsbruck, Bern, and Freiburg, where the PONTES will return to in 2017.

(CFP closed March 15, 2017)


[Panel] Popular Classics

A panel at the Tenth Celtic Conference in Classics, Montreal, Canada: 19-22 July, 2017

As scholars, Classicists tend to conceptualize our field as the stewardship of a cultural inheritance that links us with Greco-Roman antiquity in a relationship that has been cultivated since the Renaissance. This self-conscious imagined community also includes members of society who have been acculturated to revere classical antiquity and thus to participate in its reception: through educational systems and other institutions that incorporate classical references into their discourses; as artists whose relationships with classical sources inform new works; as consumers and patrons of the works acknowledged to constitute the classical tradition. For sociological and historical reasons, the conversation around this tradition has tended to focus on groups and discourses associated with elites and those striving for the social validation that allegiance to elite mores and values is thought to earn. But what of engagements with elements of Greco-Roman antiquity that signal little, or even no, allegiance to the classical tradition as the purveyor of a set of values, protocols, and ideological imperatives that long undergirded Classics?

This panel aims to investigate the potentially self-contradictory concept of "popular Classics." How do elements of the ancient Greco-Roman world appeal to, and appear to, people who are not invested in the classical tradition as cultural patrimony? While the products of "popular Classics" usually can be explained by scholars within the framework of the classical tradition, and marketers have at times leveraged that connection to appeal to institutional gatekeepers, this identification may not reflect how their creators conceptualized them, nor how their consumers ultimately perceive or value them. But if not as expressions of the classical tradition, what cultural work are elements of Greco-Roman antiquity performing for members of a given society? To what extent is a distinction between "popular" and "elite" culture-as defined by medium, genre, and/or testimony from creators, critics, marketers, or consumers-explanatory of how ancient Greco-Roman material is handled and discussed in a particular place and period?

The participants in this panel will collaborate toward building a theoretical framework for interpreting such engagements with Greco-Roman antiquity. In proposing individual presentations, applicants are invited to use case studies from a variety of media, including but not limited to blockbuster films, television series, video games, comics, graphic novels, non-fiction and mass-market fiction, fan fiction, editorial cartooning, fashion, advertising, sports reporting, children's literature, cartoons, political/sketch comedy, music, and music videos. Applicants might further focus on specific genres, e.g. superhero comics, science fiction films, biography, or heavy metal music. Engagements with Greco-Roman material may be fundamental to the cultural product in question (e.g. television series like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Plebs), or may be used as a key idea (e.g. the "gladiators" of Shonda Rhimes' Scandal).

This panel will accept a total of 15 papers of 35 minutes each; a limited number of slots may be shared by pairs of scholars who would like to deliver a joint presentation or two shorter, related presentations. Participants are expected to attend all four days of the conference in order to contribute to the discussion as it develops. Applicants of any rank are invited to submit an abstract of 300-500 words plus select works cited, and a one-page CV including any relevant research, teaching, and service/organizing experience, to Professor Meredith Safran, Trinity College (USA), at Submissions are due by 9 January, 2017. NB the Celtic Conference in Classics is self-funding; all participants must bear their own expenses.


(CFP closed 9 January 2017)


Poverty & Wealth: 32nd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa

Pretoria (South Africa): 26-29 October, 2017

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) and the Classics Section of the Dept of Biblical & Ancient Studies, University of South Africa invite proposals for papers for the 32nd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa to be held in Pretoria in October 2017.

We invite submissions that focus on (but are not limited to) the conference theme “Poverty and Wealth”.

Across the world today there is much discourse around relative wealth and poverty, particularly relating to issues of privilege, class and inequality. Studies on wealth and poverty in antiquity are often centred on the transitional period towards Christianity, but Graeco-Roman antiquity as a whole has much to offer in terms of material for study. Although we are to some extent hampered by the fact that ancient literature, and even material remains, favour the views and lives of the wealthy, there are still many fruitful areas for exploration:

* Representations of poverty and wealth in literature and art
* Links between poverty, patronage and wealth
* Land ownership and wealth
* Transitions: wealth to poverty and poverty to wealth
* Images and metaphors of poverty and wealth
* The role of fate or fortune in views on poverty and wealth
* Actions and motivations towards alleviating poverty
* Material wealth and spiritual poverty
* Idealised poverty
* Differentiations between urban poverty/wealth, and rural situations
* Inequality and social tension
* Political theory and property distribution
* War and conquest and their effects on poverty/wealth.

In addition to the main theme of the conference, we also welcome individual or panel proposals on all other aspects of the Classical World and Classical Reception.

The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2017. Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words) and author affiliation to either:

Dr Liana Lamprecht – – or Dr Martine De Marre –

Details of the conference venue, accommodation and other important conference information will be made available on the conference website, which we hope to have up-and-running soon.

(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)


#CFP Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Twelfth-Century Byzantium

An international workshop at the University of Silesia in Katowice organised by the Centre of Studies on Byzantine Literature and Reception: 20-21 October, 2017

Keynote speakers: Panagiotis Agapitos & Aglae Pizzone

Every commentary first and foremost is an interpretation or specific reading of the text that is commented upon. In commenting on ‘their’ text, commentators construct questions of meaning and problems perceived as complicating this meaning, neither of which are inherent in the text. Commentaries, therefore, are firmly grounded in their intellectual and socio-cultural context and ‘may come to be studied as cultural or ideological texts in their own right, with didactic aims of their own, steering the “primary” text in a direction intended to answer very contemporary questions of meaning’ (R.K. Gibson, C.S. Kraus (eds.), The Classical Commentary: Histories, Practices, Theory. Leiden 2002). This ‘contemporariness’ of commentaries involves both their production and their reception: on the one hand, commentators tend to read their own (didactic) programme into the ‘primary’ text and address questions of meaning relevant to their intellectual context; on the other hand, commentaries serve to preserve, comment, and adapt a text for contemporary purposes and for a contemporary target audience.

As ‘documents of their time’, commentaries thus may be said to form an excellent starting point for exploring the reception of authoritative texts in a certain period. In this workshop, we propose to do exactly this: to explore the use of ancient texts in twelfth-century Byzantium through commentaries. Classical scholarship flourished in twelfth-century Constantinople; scholars such as Eustathios of Thessalonike and John Tzetzes undertook ambitious projects of Homeric exegesis, while Eustratios of Nicaea produced commentaries on various of Aristotle’s works. In a broader sense, treatises like those by John Tzetzes on ancient tragedy and comedy or literary works such as Theodore Prodromos’ Katomyomachia and Bion Prasis can also be said to comment on ancient texts and, thus, reveal the manifold ways in which Byzantines dealt with their ancient heritage.

We therefore invite abstracts that explore commentaries on ancient texts in twelfth-century Byzantium in order to shed light on the ways in which the Byzantines used—preserved, commented, adapted—the ancient texts in question. We define ‘commentary’ in a broad sense, to include generically diverse texts that in one way or another comment on the ancient literary heritage. Questions that might be addressed include but are not limited to the following: What (contemporary) questions of meaning do Byzantine commentators seek to answer? What is their hermeneutic and/or didactic programme? How do commentators perceive their own role in preserving or defending the authority of the ancient text? What function do these commentaries fulfil within their intellectual and socio-cultural context? What is the relationship between commentaries on ancient texts and the transtextual use of ancient texts in Byzantine literary practice? Since we would like to put the activity of twelfth-century commentators in a wider context, we would also consider proposals dealing with commentaries on ancient texts in other periods (e.g. antiquity, Palaiologian Byzantium etc.).

Deadline for abstracts: Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 30 April 2017. Any enquiries about the conference may also be addressed to this email address.

Baukje van den Berg
Tomasz Labuk
Divna Manolova
Przemyslaw Marciniak
Katarzyna Warcaba


[Panel] The Reception of Ancient Drama in the Scholarly Works of Early Modern Europe

10th Celtic Conference in Classics - McGill University and the Universite of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec): 19–22 July, 2017

Organizers: Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble Alpes University) and Pascale Paré-Rey (Lyon University, Lyon 3 – Jean Moulin)

The panel will welcome any proposal dealing with the reception of Ancient drama in scholarly works during Early Modernity. The first objective of the panel will be to examine the nature of these works and in what way they have grown to be at the heart of reflections on the way this theatre was understood or made to be understood by its readers. It will also try to grasp in what way these works either echo, define or set aside some of the debates on contemporary vernacular theater. The construction of a text, its translation (if required), analysis, explanation, criticism or indexing in plays written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, as well as Plautus, Terence and Seneca, can be seen as so many literary tasks embraced by scholars, each driven by a range of objectives.

If the humanistic ideals of curiosity and freedom are necessary motives which seem to guide the well-read towards Ancient texts, the different historical, political and literary contexts in Europe have not always been favorable to such works. Very often something is indeed at stake in the productions and underlying motivations of these learned men for whom this approach to drama can only be passed on as a contribution to intellectual progress. But it can also represent a challenge, an obstacle, even a danger, against which they would have had to protect themselves or find a relevant justification.

The panel also hopes to explore the scholarly works of a period which starts in the XVIth and extends all the way to the XVIIIth century : from principes editions to Father Brumoy’s Greek Theatre (1730), from the translations in Latin verse to the more complete translations in the vernacular, including the ad verbum translations as well, it is indeed a period when the editorial work of the Classics starts to gather momentum and when critical arguments are thus being formulated.

These scholarly works, whether they be placed alongside theatrical texts, namely in certain editions where prefaces, essays, dissertations, commentaries are added to the final volume, or whether they appear in separate texts, often convey a vision of Ancient drama which, as such, has not yet been explored. This vision, of course, cannot be seen as a single, identical and unchanging vision. It varies all throughout the period, according both to national traditions as well as the conceptions of each author, depending on the play at hand.

The panel should highlight this abundance whilst asking questions which will allow us to tackle this large, theoretical corpus in the most joint and enthusiastic way.

Possible topics and suggestions include:

* Language issues: what relationship did these works have with Ancient languages ? Were they written in Latin or in the vernacular, and why? Were the translations poetic, literal or ad verbum ? What are the choices made in terms of metrics?

Historical and political contexts: what are the concerns, the objectives, the issues at stake, including the risks, of the editorial process, namely studying and staging Ancient drama, either in a pacified Europe or in a Europe torn by the Wars of Religion and boundary disputes?

* Drama and performance: Were the plays intended to be performed? What adaptations were recommended?

* Texts and readers: Were they read by drama theorists? The educated public? Were they the sole concern of professors? Were they in any way made to fit the teaching of Ancient languages? Or of drama? What pedagogical approach to drama did they offer?

* Role played by scholarly works: what sort of resonance or impact did they have? What trace or aftermath did they leave behind? How did one work influence the other or, more generally, influence the later reception of Ancient drama? What new concepts did they produced?

* Editors, translators, printers: who was interested in Ancient dramatic texts? What were the leading figures? What were their links with the world of theatre? In what way were they made to appear in and/or alongside theatrical texts?

* History of books: how can one find common grounds between a flourishing, scholarly literature and the history of books? What are the material evolutions which both explain, restrict the choices and define the postures of commentators?

The 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place in Montreal (Canada), from 19-22 July, 2017. The Conference provides panels with up to 15 hours of papers and discussion across four days. For this panel we are asking for papers of 30 minutes in length, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Malika Bastin-Hammou ( and Pascale Paré-Rey ( by 31st January 2017. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision shortly thereafter. It is expected that a number of the papers delivered at this panel will form part of a peer-reviewed edited volume. Applicants should state whether they would intend their papers to be considered for publication.

The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French. The conference website can be found here:

(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


Reception Histories of the Future: a conference on Byzantinisms, speculative fiction, and the literary heritage of medieval empire

Uppsala University, Sweden: August 4th-6th, 2017

The study of Classical reception in modern speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) is an old and broad field, with roots in both the academy and the popular press. However, much as Classics is often reluctant to look beyond the temporal borders of the antique world and venture into its medieval Greek imperial successor, the consideration of classical reception in speculative fiction has mostly neglected the significant impact of Byzantium and other post-Roman imperial formations and their literatures on modern SFF. However, many of the central thematic tenets of the literary heritage of medieval empire – including but not limited to decadence, the post-Roman world, the problem of defining barbarian and citizen, and the use of ‘Byzantine’ settings and symbology as codes for the foreign or exotic – have had deep effects on the development of science fiction and fantasy in the 20th and 21st centuries.

This conference aims to bring together some of the most innovative modern writers of speculative fiction with scholars working at the cutting edge of Byzantine reception studies for a two-day discussion of Byzantinism, decadence, empire, and storytelling. The conference will therefore collapse the distance between practitioners and critics, and bring reception studies into a direct dialogue with one of today’s most vibrant genres of popular fiction. Planned activities include public events at local bookstores, presentations of scholarly papers, and group panel discussions between writers and scholars. A post-conference publication will include both essays, academic articles, and commissioned fiction.

Details of the Conference

The conference is organized by AnnaLinden Weller, a postdoctoral researcher in Byzantine Studies, who writes speculative fiction under the pen name Arkady Martine. It is supported by the “Text and Narrative in Byzantium” project (principal investigator: Professor Ingela Nilsson) within the Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University. The conference will bring together scholars working on the reception of Byzantium, scholars working on classical reception in speculative fiction, and active writers producing speculative fiction in order to broaden and deepen the consideration of how medieval literatures and Byzantinism have far-reaching impact on the popular imagination. Since speculative fiction is a crucial mode of popular cultural expression of life in the modern and technological world, exploring the significant reception of medieval literatures – a ‘non-technological’ and foreign/distant subject in comparison – within it is of real interest to both the scholarly community and the general public.

There has been substantial recent scholarly interest in the reception of classics (and Classics) in speculative fiction. This interest has come both from the academy (volumes like Rogers, Brett M. and Benjamin Eldon Stevens, eds. 2015. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction. Oxford: Oxford University Press., and Bost-Fiévet, Mélanie and Sandra Provini, eds. 2014. L’Antiquité dans l’imaginaire contemporain: Fantasy, science-fiction, fantastique. Paris: Classiques Garnier) and from the popular SF press (i.e. Liz Gloyn’s “In a Galaxy Far Far Away: On Classical Reception and Science Fiction” in the SF magazine Strange Horizons, available at However, very little work has been done to explore the equally prevalent reception of postclassical Greco-Roman subjects and themes in speculative fiction. This conference aims to bring scholars, writers, and the general public together to investigate medieval imperial receptions – and concepts of Byzantinism – which are deeply embedded in speculative fiction. Recent work on Byzantine reception has examined Byzantinism in contemporary film and art, and explored the reception of Byzantium in Enlightenment and fin-de-siècle literature, but has not addressed the presence of post-Roman themes and ideas in speculative fiction. This conference’s three days of discussion and the subsequent publication of a volume of essays from international scholars and commissioned fiction from leading writers in the speculative fiction genre will contribute to the closure of these gaps.

The thematic elements of post-Roman imperial formations and the literatures which they produced – including but not limited to decadence, the post-Roman world, the problem of defining barbarian and citizen, and the use of ‘Byzantine’ settings and symbology as codes for the foreign or exotic – are of substantial importance to writers of speculative fiction. Byzantium has been an explicit setting in several significant novels (Turtledove’s Videssos cycle, Guy Gavriel Kay’s Sarantine Mosaic) and many of its central thematic tenets — an empire gone decadent, the permeability of frontiers, the creation of an imperial ideology and the survival of that ideology – appear in others: perhaps most intriguingly in Ann Leckie’s recent Hugo and Nebula-award-winning Imperial Radch books, which, while not being specifically Roman or Byzantine, can be interpreted usefully by being viewed through a Byzantine lens. These and other questions of the reception of post-Roman concepts and literatures are what this conference is meant to engage with.

A major aim of this conference is to bring writers and academics – practitioners and analysts – together in innovative ways. While portions of the conference will allow academics to present prepared papers in the traditional format of a short lecture on recent or ongoing with a subsequent question period, the majority of the panels will be themed discussions in which a group of panelists have a public conversation on a pre-arranged topic, guided by a moderator. This method of discussion comes from the world of speculative fiction conferences and produces a focused, vibrant, and wide-ranging exploration of the subject. It is also widely accessible to a popular audience, even when the discussants are specialists. An entire day of the conference will be reserved for this format. Additionally, since there is substantial public engagement with speculative fiction topics — as well as significant public interest in Byzantium – this conference will open up the group panels to the general public on that day, bringing both Byzantium and speculative fiction to the Scandinavian audience in a direct and engaging manner. The public, creative professionals, and academics will all be able to share in the investigation of the effects of Byzantinism on popular culture.

The volume that results from this conference will include both academic articles written by leading reception history scholars, critical essays on Byzantium and medieval empire written by members of the speculative fiction community, and new speculative fiction on Byzantine themes commissioned especially for this project from award-winning and bestselling authors.

Call for Papers (Academic Track) – Deadline February 28, 2017

Please submit an abstract of approximately 300 words which describes research which responds to or contributes to the discussion of Byzantine and post-Roman reception in speculative fiction, to

Alternately or additionally, suggest topics for group panel discussions which you would be interested in participating in, alongside writers and other creative professionals.

Call for Interest & Panel Topics (Creative Track) – Deadline February 28, 2017

If you are a speculative fiction writer or industry professional who would like to participate in the conference, write to with your contact details, professional experience, and ideas for panels.

Practical Information: This conference conveniently takes place the weekend before WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland – Sweden is quite close to Finland! Come early, start talking about speculative fiction before WorldCon even begins.



(CFP closed 28 February, 2017)


Revisiting C. H. Sisson: Modernist, Classicist, Translator

London, 28-29 April 2017

The poetry of C. H. Sisson (1914-2003) continues to fascinate for its stringency, peculiar metrical accent, radical Englishness, religious power and countercultural force. Sisson’s relations to various traditions – including classical literature, literary modernism, and Anglicanism – are fruitfully complex. His translations (‘one of the greatest translators of our times’, according to the classicist Jasper Griffin) are as integral to his own poems as Dryden’s and Pound’s were to theirs. In particular, his versions of Catullus, Lucretius, Horace, Dante, and Racine, taken together with his highly allusive and assimilative original poems, constitute one of the most important bodies of English reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in the twentieth century.

Despite sustained support for his work from major critics including Donald Davie, and an enduring body of readers, there has been no previous event devoted specifically to Sisson’s work. With the recent publication of The C. H. Sisson Reader (2014) and a series of centennial articles in P. N. Review (May-June 2014), the time is ripe for a reassessment of the work of one of modernism’s most distinctive voices.

This symposium will bring together English scholars, classicists, translation scholars, and poets to explore the relations between Sisson’s modernism, translations, and inheritance of the classical tradition.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Sisson and the classical tradition, broadly defined; so

* Sisson’s poetry and the Greek and Latin classics
* Sisson’s translations of the Greek and Latin classics
* Sisson’s translation of Dante’s Commedia

We also welcome papers on Sisson’s relations to other traditions, and on other topics, for example:

- Sisson’s relations to modernism (esp. Pound, Eliot, Geoffrey Hill), especially where these may overlap with classicism or translation
* Sisson’s relations to the Movement poets
* Sisson’s relation to poets of ‘Englishness’ (e.g. Edward Thomas, Philip Larkin, Geoffrey Hill)
* Sisson and Anglicanism
* Sisson and politics
* Sisson’s technique (e.g. poetic metre and form, diction, etc.)

We invite abstracts of 300 words (plus a brief biographical note) for papers of twenty minutes. Abstracts from PhD students, early career scholars and contributors from outside academia are all welcome.

Abstracts by 15 December 2016 to Victoria Moul:

Depending on the outcome of funding applications, support for travel and accommodation expenses may be available.

We are very grateful to Brigham Young University whose support has made this event possible.

(CFP closed 15 December, 2016)


Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: 5-7 July 2017

We are pleased to announce an international conference, “The Once and Future Kings: Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present”, to be held at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), from Wednesday July 5 – Friday July 7, 2017. The conference will be convened by Dr Caillan Davenport and Dr Shushma Malik in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

Roman emperors play a significant role in contemporary political discourse, with rulers such as Augustus, Caligula, Nero, and Marcus Aurelius regularly cited as positive or negative models in newspaper editorials, stump speeches, and Twitter. Our understanding of these emperors as paradigms of power has been shaped by centuries of intellectual debate from Tacitus and Seneca to Erasmus and Machiavelli.

The conference aims to answer the question: ‘How have literary and artistic representations of Roman emperors been manipulated for political purposes throughout history?’ This overall question is divided into two areas:

* Roman emperors within a specifically Roman political context, from Augustus to the fall of Constantinople in A.D. 1453;
* Roman emperors in the western medieval world and beyond.

The conference aims to connect these two aspects as part of a larger study of the process of reception, which occurred across temporal, spatial, and social boundaries in antiquity and continues to take place up to the present day.

The conference will feature as keynote speakers Professor Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), who will be the 2017 RD Milns Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland, and Professor David Scourfield (NUI Maynooth). We hope to announce further featured speakers soon.

The conference will run from Wednesday 5 July to Friday 7 July 2017 at the University of Queensland’s extensive and beautiful St Lucia Campus in Brisbane. The conference will open on July 5 with a public lecture by Professor Ash, followed by two full days of papers, including a lecture by Professor Scourfield and a conference dinner on the evening of July 6.

We invite 300-word abstracts for 30 minute papers on the topic of Roman emperors and political culture. We are particularly interested in paper proposals dealing with novel aspects of imperial political culture during the principate, the western late antique and medieval world, and the Renaissance. In selecting papers for the conference, we will be looking to ensure a balance between different time periods. We already have sufficient papers on the emperor Augustus and his legacy.

Please send abstracts to both Dr Davenport ( and Dr Malik ( by 20 January 2017. We are committed to providing decisions about acceptance of abstracts by the end of January to enable speakers to make travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming delegates to Brisbane in July 2017.

We are grateful for the RD Milns Perpetual Endowment Fund and the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland for their financial and administrative support of this conference.


(CFP closed January 20 2017)


Sensing Divinity: Incense, religion and the ancient sensorium / Les sens du rite: Encens et religion dans les sociétés anciennes

British School at Rome and the École française de Rome: 23-24 June, 2017

An international, interdisciplinary conference.


Mark Bradley, Associate Professor of Ancient History, University of Nottingham (
Beatrice Caseau, Professor of Byzantine History, University of Paris-Sorbonne (
Adeline Grand-Clément, Associate Professor in Greek History, University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès (
Anne-Caroline Rendu-Loisel, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Assyrology, University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (
Alexandre Vincent, Associate Professor in Roman History, University of Poitiers (

Keynote speakers:
Joël Candau (University of Nice)
Esther Eidinow (University of Nottingham)

This conference will explore the history of a medium that has occupied a pivotal role in Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman and Judeo-Christian religious tradition: incense. According to Margaret E. Kenna in her provocative 2005 article ‘Why does incense smell religious?’, this aromatic substance became a diagnostic feature of Greek orthodoxy during the Byzantine period, but it is clear that incense was also extensively used in the rituals of earlier polytheistic societies to honour the gods. Fragrant smoke drifting up towards the heavens emblematized the communication that was established between the mortal and the immortal realms, which in turn contributed to the sensory landscape of the sanctuary.

Although several studies have drawn attention to the role of incense as an ingredient in ritual and a means of communication between men and gods, there remains no comprehensive examination of the practical functions and cultural semantics of incense in the ancient world, whether as a purifying agent, a performative sign of a transcendent world, an olfactory signal to summon the deity, a placatory libation, or food for the gods. Moreover, recent archaeological research has provided evidence (alongside literary, epigraphic and iconographic evidence) that the physical origins and chemical constituents of incense are complex and diverse, as are their properties: resins, vegetable gums, spices, and a welter of aromatic products that could be exhibited and burned before ancient eyes and noses. These were components of a multi-sensory religious experience in which music, colourful costumes, lavish banquets and tactile encounters defined the ritual sensibilities of the community.

During the two days of the conference, incense will be interrogated as a historical phenomenon. We will explore its materiality, provenance and production, as well as the economic and commercial aspects of the incense trade. The conference will also examine the mechanics of incense use and the various ways it was integrated into various Mediterranean rituals (following the lines of enquiry set out by N. Massar and D. Frère), as well as its role within religious topography. The properties associated with the term ‘incense’ will be evaluated in the context of work by M. Detienne on The Gardens of Adonis (1989): what components of incense make them effective and potent within ritual? And what mechanisms and processes are used to release their aromas? And what was the perception of incense by the various participants of the ritual – deities, priests, assistants, spectators? These research questions will be informed by the recent research synergies of the organisers: M. Bradley, whose edited volume Smell and the Ancient Senses (Routledge, 2015) probes ‘foul’ and ‘fragrant’ odours as part of both human and divine social relations; A. Grand-Clément and A.-C. Rendu-Loisel, who lead the Toulouse research project on Synaesthesia that is dedicated to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of polysensoriality in ancient religious practice; and A. Vincent, who is engaged in the study of sensory perception in Roman ritual in his work on the Soundscapes (Paysages sonores).

This conference sets out to compare approaches across a range of disciplines in order to examine the role and significance of incense in ancient religion, and compare it to later aromatic practices within the Catholic Church. By adopting this cross-disciplinary and comparative approach, we hope to move beyond a universalist approach to religious aromatics and reach a more sophisticated understanding of the religious function of incense in the Mediterranean world: we hope to identify continuities in both the practice and interpretation of incense, as well as to identify specific features within individual historical contexts and traditions.

Although the conference is principally concerned with the use of incense in antiquity, we also welcome contributions from Byzantine and Medieval scholars, as well as church historians, to help provide a comparative perspective on the use and significance of incense within the Mediterranean world. We also hope to use the conference’s setting in Rome to examine current practice in the use of incense and aromatics in Roman Catholic contexts and other religious traditions. The conference will also provide an opportunity to examine first-hand the material properties of incense through a practical workshop around incense-production and burning (co-ordinated by A. Declercq, one of the scientific researchers on the Synaesthesia project at Toulouse), which will allow participants to handle a range of aromatic products and experience their various multi-sensory properties. The outcome of this workshop will be presented as the Musée Saint-Raymond at Toulouse in November 2017, as part of an exhibition on ‘Greek rituals: a sensible experience’, currently in preparation.

It is hoped that this conference will be of interest to scholars working in archaeology, anthropology, cultural history, literature, art history, and the history of religion, as well as local artists and members of the public. Papers should last approximately 20 minutes, and may be in English, Italian or French; they should be original and should not have been previously published or delivered at a major conference.

Paper topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following themes related to incense:
* Material and chemical properties
* Geography and distribution
* Economics and commerce
* Production and release
* Religious topography
* Transcendence and supernatural experience
* Transition and rites of passage
* Incorruptibility and immortality
* Relationship to perfumes
* Sacred and profane scents
* Religious experience and synaesthesia
* Community and homogenous sensations
* Concealment of unwashed humanity and smells of sacrifice
* Fumigation and purification
* Drama and performance
* Frankincense and myrrh
* Censers and censing
* Judaeo-Christian traditions

Abstracts of approximately 200-300 words should be submitted by 31 October 2016 to Mark Bradley ( or Adeline Grand-Clément ( Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a conference volume.

This conference has been funded with generous support from the École française de Rome, the British School at Rome, the Institut Universitaire de France and the IDEX of the University of Toulouse.


(CFP closed 31 October 2016)


Sibylline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period

A Bicentennial Conference at Birkbeck, London: 20-21 July 2017

Keynote Speakers: Deidre Shauna Lynch (Harvard) and Seamus Perry (Oxford)

July 2017 marks the bicentenary of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poetry collection Sibylline Leaves and Biographia Literaria, which he had initially planned as an introduction to the poems. For Coleridge the collection included 'the whole of the author's poetical compositions', from those already published in Lyrical Ballads to those taken down on 'loose papers and [in] numerous Common-place or Memorandum Books […] including Margins of Books & Blank pages'. While Coleridge ennobles his poems through an allusion to Virgil's Cumaean Sibyl, their 'fragmentary and widely scattered state' also evokes the cheap materiality of newspapers. For William Hazlitt Biographia was no more significant a work than the 'soiled and fashionable leaves of the Morning Post' from which it was supposedly composed. From the prophetic to the everyday, through the high and low traditions of flying leaves, this conference focuses on the materiality of Romantic collections.

This conference invites participants to investigate the play of papers between proliferating 'snips', 'scraps', and 'scattered leaves', and the promise of the 'great work', complete edition, or philosophical system. We welcome proposals on the metaphorical, material and political implications of the 'leaf in flight', and on the composition, publication and reception of romantic poetry in relation to a diverse range of collections and composite texts: miscellanies, anthologies and beauties, multi-volume or serialised fiction, magazines and newspapers, annuals and albums, common-place books and notebooks, catalogues and guidebooks, encyclopaedias and dictionaries. Revisiting 1817 in 2017 might also involve rethinking the connections between seemingly disparate texts and diverse media in the twenty-first century. How do we read around and make connections within such texts now? How does poetry interact with the paratextual pressures and juxtapositions of these media and genres? What potential do digital tools and platforms offer for representing and reading these collections and tracing connections between them?

Topics might include:

* The compilation, publication and reception of Coleridge's Sibylline Leaves
* The relation of Sibylline Leaves to composite prose works, eg. Biographia Literaria
* 'Flying leaves and penny publications': newspapers, political propaganda and the diffusion of knowledge
* The 'phantasmal chaos of association': metaphors and materialities of order and disorder
* Connections within collections: the mechanics of indexing, footnotes, contents pages, errata, advertisements, paratexts, editorial groupings and interventions, text and image
* Collections, collaboration, and the dynamics of authorship
* Contested collections: literary invention, literary property, republication
* Practices of recollection, common-placing, annotation, extra-illustrating and album-making
* Ephemera, playfulness and popular entertainment
* Romantic reimaginings of the classical tradition of sibylline leaves
* Uncollected papers, literary remains, posthumous orders

Please submit a 500 word abstract by 15 October 2016 to

Conference organizers: Marianne Brooker and Luisa Calè


(CFP closed 15 October 2016)


Spartacus - History and Tradition

Department of Ancient History, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland: June 5-6, 2017

We would kindly like to inform you that on the 5th-6th of June 2017 the Department of Ancient History at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, will be organising an international conference titled “Spartacus - History and Tradition”.

Academic volumes, the result of the previous “Roman Republican” symposia, which were published by Maria Curie Sklodowska University Press (L. Cornelius Sulla – history and tradition, Lublin 2013,and Marcus Antonius – history and tradition, Lublin 2016, ed. I. Luc, D. Slapek) are a confirmation of the importance of our academic enterprise and our readiness to continue the tradition of researching the period of the Late Roman Republic, the studies which have been for many years now conducted at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

The choice of the “iconic” man such as Spartacus is fully conscious and is by no means a simple attempt to refer to Professor Roman Kamienik’s interest in this historical figure. In fact, academic publications of this Lublin-based historian are nowadays somewhat forgotten, similarly to Polish historiography on ancient slavery, slave rebellions and the leader of the most well-known uprising. It has been nearly 30 years now since the significant changes in Central and Eastern Europe have been responsible for significantly quietening the previous ideological disputes(present in the historiography and provoked mainly by the assessments of the Roman slavery, in which Spartacus was always an icon).

The fatigue caused by this heavily politicised discourse (lasting until the end of the 1980s) may seem to apply mainly to the scholars fromthe elder generation. The younger academics were not in any way caught up in this unequivocal “phenomenon”, at that time coming from both sides of the Berlin Wall; many elder academics of the now “free world” may therefore want to express their views, which were at that time supressed. We do not want, however, to limit the session to the studies on modern historiography on Spartacus. We believe it is the right time- in the atmosphere thoroughly different from the one of the very first fascination with the freedom of speech which motivated many of us to present too hasty opinions- to once again approach the subject of the Roman slavery (and its sublimation in the form of gladiatorial fights), slave revolts and, at times,unusual reactions to them from the Roman state and society.

Three decades of a rather distinctive silence of history on these problems offer particularly rich research opportunities which should not, however, focus only on the popularity of Spartacus in tradition and myth. While in the recent years there have been several works published about Spartacus, valuable assessments of purely historical nature have been very few. It can be even suggested that nowadays Spartacus is somewhat threatened by the fate of remainingan eternal and universal icon of popular culture. This also results largely from the nature of historical accounts referring to Spartacus, which were limited in number, often rhetorical and of various provenance, but always written from the Roman perspective only. The scale of difficulties in studying this topic is consequently determined by the said problems. It is also a serious challenge, but not only for the scholars of the Late Roman Republic;the echoes of Spartacus’ rebellion were heard for a long time in the tradition of the Empire and then Byzantium. Undoubtedly, these initially suggested research problems will trigger extremely important questions concerning non-standard research methods and, perhaps, equally original methodology. It is possibly too early to declare any interdisciplinary nature of the conference, but it appears that the topic itself guarantees the diversity in approaches, opinions and analyses.

We would therefore kindly like to invite historians (of all specialisations), archaeologists, classicists, experts in cultural studies, literature and art to join our conference in Lublin in spring of 2017. Depending on the number and nature of abstracts we will decide on all the necessary details regarding the logistics of the sessions/panels. Expressing your interest in this very first information about our conference “Spartacus – history and tradition” will further our preparations for welcoming you in always-friendly city of Lublin and at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University.

Contact: and Abstracts due January 31, 2017.

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(CFP closed 31 January, 2017)


Telling Tales out of School: Latin Education and European Literary Production

Ghent University (Belgium), 14-16 September, 2017

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Anders Cullhed (University of Stockholm) - Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania) - Erik Gunderson (University of Toronto)

ADVISORY BOARD: Anders Cullhed (University of Stockholm), Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania), Françoise Waquet (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Karl Enenkel (University of Münster), Piet Gerbrandy (University of Amsterdam), Wim François (University of Leuven), Wim Verbaal (Ghent University), Koen De Temmerman (Ghent University) and Marco Formisano (Ghent University)

At an early stage in its history, Latin went from a vernacular language to the most pervasive and enduring cosmopolitan language in European history. Latin did not only function as the language for international diplomacy, but, more importantly, it also served as the Church's liturgical language all over Europe and gave form to an intellectual climate that stimulated an extensive literary production. Literature written in Latin, from Roman Antiquity over the long Middle Ages to the early modern period, preserved and renewed literary and aesthetic standards. It laid the foundation for a European literature (and culture), which crossed national boundaries. Not surprisingly, ‘Great Authors’ such as Dante, Rimbaud, etc. that are now mainly known for their works in vernacular languages, also wrote several works in Latin.

In the development of this intellectual climate and literature, Latin education was a driving force. Latin education, as it took shape in Classical Antiquity, combined technical matters (morphology, prosody, metric, syntax,...) with broader ways of thinking such as rhetoric, literature, philosophy and theology. Hence, being educated in Latin always meant an initiation into a social, intellectual and literary elite. Most authors, even the ones who only wrote in vernacular languages, followed a Latin educational program and had a reading audience in mind that shared the same background.

The main focus of this conference will be the dynamic interaction between European literary production and Latin education as its undercurrent. At the two extremes, this relation can, on the one hand, be defined as one in which education only functioned as a transmitter of knowledge and literary attitudes; on the other hand, education can also be seen as a full part of the intellectual environment in which literary techniques, values and texts were not only transferred, but also evaluated and (re-)created. From the latter perspective, Latin literature and education were involved in a constant negotiation about (changing) aesthetic, social and historical elements.

This conference seeks to cover the entire Latinitas from the institutionalization of Latin education, as embodied by Quintilian, to the end of Latin as a primary language of schooling in modern times. We invite proposals for 30-minute papers on the interaction between education and literature. Particularly welcome are proposals with a comparative approach to different periods, geographical areas and/or literatures in other languages that had to emancipate from their Latin background.

The following topics can serve as guidelines in exploring the correlation between schooling and literature:

• Methods of reading and writing literature (genre, style, subject matter, literary attitude, etc.): What is their relation to the methods of the Latin educational system? How do they emancipate from them?
• Commentary and reflection on literary values and traditions: How does the Latin school curriculum create literary expectations and stimulate theoretical ways of thinking about literature? In what way are canons created and continued by school programs and instruction?
• Tensions and interactions between literary fields: How did the influence of Latin education affect, decelerate or accelerate the rise of literature in vernacular languages? How do the innovative force of literary production and the conservative nature of schooling disturb, challenge, and at the same time balance each other?
• Power structures and social identification in and through literature: how are power relations and social identities such as gender, class, race, etc. negotiated through schools and literature? How do schools create an elite community of readers and authors of literature by projecting a model of a homo litteratus? How does Latin play a role in establishing or changing this intellectual elite?
• Broad historical-cultural shifts: How does the interaction between Latin schooling and literary production change under the influence of political, demographical, and religious transformations? How do developments within the intellectual climate, such as the rise of universities, the new sciences, the enlightenment etc. affect literary production?
• The end of Latin schooling: What is the impact of the end of Latin as the language of instruction on literary production? What explains sudden and brief revivals of Latin as a literary language in modern times?

We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to by 1 February 2017.

ORGANIZATION: Tim Noens, Dinah Wouters, Maxim Rigaux and Thomas Velle are four FWO-funded doctoral researchers at Ghent University. Their research projects focus on Latin topics ranging from the 1st to the 18th century and in various geographical areas from Spain to Scandinavia. Their common interest in the correlation between Latin and other literatures resulted in the foundation of a new research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools), of which this conference is the launching event.


(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)


[Panel] Translation and Transmission: Mediating Classical Texts in the Early Modern World

Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018 (Boston MA): 4-7 January, 2018

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston. For its third panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the translation of classical texts in the early modern world.

Despite their importance as vehicles of transmission - and their comparatively greater sales - translations always seem relegated to secondary status behind the principal models of classical scholarship, the critical edition or the commentary. This hierarchy is no less true of early modernity, at least according to our discipline’s construction of the history of philology, in which Bentley trumps Dryden, and Scaliger trumps Dolce. Some redress has been achieved through reception studies, though, as so often, the effect has partly been to replicate traditional divisions between philology and literary criticism.

The main goal of this panel is twofold: 1) to locate the study of early modern classical translations within larger currents of literary scholarship, especially translation studies; 2) to reintegrate literary criticism and philology through a renewed assessment of the role of translation in early modern culture.

To that end we seek papers that go beyond the remit of a typical case study and instead offer a distinctive methodological contribution, prospectus for the field, or novel theoretical analysis.

We invite perspectives drawn from world literature, history of the book, digital humanities, as well as translation studies and other approaches. Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following areas:

a) High Theory/Deep Classics. How does early modern translation intersect with cross-temporal and cross-cultural themes of contemporary importance? Against the backdrop of Renaissance humanism, is there something distinctive to be learned from this form, and this period, of engagement with the classics? In Lawrence Venuti’s terminology, do these translators foreignize or domesticate? Can quantitative studies tell us something new and interesting about this corpus?

b) Philology and Education. How do histories of textual criticism, the book, and pedagogy enhance our understanding of early modern translation? What does the tradition of the questione della lingua have to contribute to reception studies? How might early modern translations of Hebrew and other classical languages affect our contemporary conception of our field? At the level of practice, what might we learn from annotations, drafts, and translators’ correspondence?

c) Outreach and Reception. How were translations affected by the mechanisms of circulation, publishers, material and economic factors, readerships, etc.? Did they always seek to popularize? In what sense were they scholarship, and were they recognized as such? Does the particular relationship between the classical and the vernacular in early modernity make translations of Latin and Greek an idiosyncratic point of comparison against other periods of outreach?

We are committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics, and hence welcome abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research. Above all, we aim to show how the field of early modern classical reception can bear on a wide range of literary and cultural study, and to dispel the notion of an intimidating barrier to entry.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment to All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by February 20th 2017.


(CFP closed 20 February 2017)


Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture

York St John University, York UK: Saturday 3rd June 2017

This one-day conference will explore the figure of the monster in transnational popular culture, across cinema, television, games, comics and literature, as well as through fandoms attached to global monster cultures. It is our intention to bring together researchers to consider how transnational monstrosity is constructed, represented and disseminated in global popular culture.

Since the popularisation of monster narratives in the nineteenth century, the monstrous figure has been a consistent border crosser, from Count Dracula’s journey on the Demeter from Romania to Whitby, to the rampaging monsters of Godzilla movies across multiple global cities. In folklore, such narratives have long been subject to specific local and national cultures, such as the shape-shifting Aswang of Filipino folklore or the Norwegian forest Huldra, yet global mediacapes now circulate mediatised representations of such myths across borders, contributing to a transnational genre that spans multiple media. Aihwa Ong has referred to ‘the transversal, the transactional, the translational, and the transgressive’ in transnational ‘human practices and cultural logics’, and each of these categories can encompass the scope of transformations imagined within cross-border constructions of monstrosity.

There has been significant recent interest in the ways in which transnationality, particularly in film studies, has depicted flows of people and demonstrated lines of cultural flow. This conference will explore cultural flow as it relates to the construction of a transnational genre (by producers and audiences), but will also explore the ramifications of representations of monstrosity in socio-political terms. The event also intends to engage with the ways in which monsters metaphorically represent forms of social and political otherness as they relate to cross-cultural or transnational forms and social groups, either directly or indirectly. Monstrosity has long been explored in a number of ways that connect gender, sexuality, class, race, nationality and other forms of otherness with depictions of monsters or monstrosity. The representation of refugees across Europe has been just one example of the ways in which cross-border monstrosity and otherness are culturally fused, with media outlets and political figures contributing to the repeated representation of refugees as a monstrous ‘swarm’ moving into and across European borders.

While the study of monsters in fiction is nothing new, the examination of the figure of the monster from a transnational perspective offers the opportunity to better understand: issues of cultural production and influence; the relationship between national cultures and transnational formations; hierarchies of cultural production; diasporic flows; the ethics of transnationalism; as well as the possibility to explore how shifting cultural and political boundaries have been represented through tropes of monstrosity. Hence, this conference seeks to offer new insights into the nature of transnational cultures and help us to understand how one of the oldest fictional metaphors has been transformed during the age of globalisation.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, on topics around transnational monsters and monstrosity. Possible themes might include (but are not limited to):

* Monstrous-genders/sexualities/ethnicities: transnational approaches to femininity and/or sexuality as monstrous or othered; interpretations of otherness in cross-cultural or comparative approaches.

* Monster fandoms: transnational fandoms around monsters, or representations of monstrosity, which might include Whitby Dracula pilgrimages, kaijū eiga, or Pokemon.

* Transnational horror and the monster: approaches to investigating particular monster tropes in comparative national cultures or across media that might include the figure of monsters in the slasher film, or the transnational appropriation of folkloric monsters in horror games such as the Wendigo in Until Dawn.

* The transnational monster genre: theoretical explorations of the genericity of monster narratives and their relationships with national and transnational cultures (including regional approaches to affinitive transnational areas, such as Scandinavia or Latin America).

* Reimagining monsters: cross-cultural appropriations of specific monster figures; issues of cultural power and difference within appropriations that might include Dracula, Godzilla, King Kong or zombies.

* Monster as metaphor: cultural metaphors relevant to the figure of the monster as it relates to transnational, cross-border concerns, which might include the reflection of concerns about migration in The Walking Dead and the potential impact of those metaphors.

Proposals are welcomed on any other relevant topics. Please send proposals of 300 words, along with a brief biography (50 words), to by Wednesday the 1st of March 2017. We will be announcing details of our invited speakers early in 2017.

Follow @TNMonstrosity on Twitter.


(CFP closed 1 March, 2017)


Trifling Matters: Nugatory Poetics and Comic Seriousness

A conference at the University of Exeter, 2nd - 3rd May 2017

Keynote Speakers: William Fitzgerald (KCL), Ian Ruffell (Glasgow)

The defence of a comment that causes injury or offence with the response "it's just a joke" is commonplace and widespread. In a sense, it is derived from, or a development of, the plea made in antiquity towards the freedom of speech granted at certain religious festivals (i.e. parrhesia or licentia). How problematic, however, are such claims? Is a joke really ever just a joke? Part of the difficulty lies in the traditionally marginal position of genres that employ jokes and humour. Whether categorized as nugae or paignia (with its associations of inconsequential play), ancient authors had a set of terms that could be used to sideline a work as bad or "non-serious", or define their own work as reveling in such an estimation. Most strikingly of all, these texts can even use their inherent self-deprecation to insist (however paradoxically) a level of (self-)importance and relevance at the expense of traditional Great Works.

Our conference seeks to explore this innate tension within nugatory works in Graeco-Roman literature and their reception, and to examine what it means to write (and read) the comic seriously. So when Catullus, Martial, or Persius (for instance) describe their work as little more than trifling matters, are they actually signaling that trifling matters, that the nugatory somehow bears significance? Similarly, when Dicaeopolis claims that even comedy knows what is just (Ar. Ach. 500), how paradoxical is this statement meant to appear and why?

Scholars have long grappled with questions of "comic seriousness", with the frequent use of inverted commas marking our concerns at fulling committing to the idea that the comic can be serious at all. We aim to use a theoretically informed approach to humour and the construction of meaning to examine the broader concerns of nugatory literature across the full geographic and temporal range of our discipline. In particular, we seek to establish how trifling literature promotes itself, reveling in its own perceived frivolity, and how the comic reconstructs our view of the serious. Those interested in the conference are encouraged to submit abstracts for thirty minute papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

* The Nature of the Nugatory. What makes a text nugatory, and who makes that value judgement (is it the author, or someone else)? How do nugae destabilize the serious? Does destabilizing serious texts make nugatory texts unserious? Are nugatory poetics ‘bad’ poetry? With which techniques do nugatory texts revel in their own trifling nature?

* Generic and Political Contexts of nugae. How do nugatory texts subvert and reinforce the literary canon? How far does undermining textual authority interact with systems of political authority? Do nugatory poetics transcend cultural boundaries, or do certain socio-political atmospheres encourage them? How far do nugatory texts react to and reinforce narratives of political/generic decline, and should such narratives be avoided? Do nugatory texts encourage freedom of speech (simplicitas, parrhesia)?

* Responses to the Nugatory. How does the concept of the nugatory develop, both over the course of classical antiquity and beyond it? How do nugatory and non-nugatory texts interact, if at all? How dependent are ‘serious’ genres like history and tragedy upon the nugatory? How has scholarship reacted to the nugatory?

Abstracts of up to 400 words are encouraged from academics and postgraduate researchers working on any aspect of the nugatory. Please send an anonymous abstract for your proposed paper as a PDF document to by the 22nd January 2017. For further information please contact the organizers: Sam Hayes ( and Paul Martin (

Triflers are most certainly welcome.


(CFP closed January 22, 2017 - extended to February 3, 2017)


ZOOGRAPHEIN – Depicting and describing animals in ancient Greece, Rome and beyond

Cornell University, Ithaca NY – September 8-10, 2017

In collaboration with the research network ZOOMATHIA

Greek and Roman culture is replete with verbal and visual descriptions and depictions of animals, from Herodotus’ gold-digging ants or Pliny’s bestiary to Greek vase painting or the decoration of Roman houses and gardens. Research on ancient zoological knowledge has traditionally centered on identifying animal species in texts and images, determining the various sources of such knowledge, and relating these inquiries to their broader socio-historical and philosophical contexts. While these approaches can be fruitful, they often operate on the assumption that verbal and pictorial testimonies always record and illustrate specific information, echoing concrete ancient zoological knowledge.

This conference takes a decisively different approach. We propose to consider depictions and descriptions of animals as methods of inquiry in and of themselves, rather than illustrations of knowledge ex post facto. Thus, for instance, Aristotle’s account of gregarious animals at the start of Historia Animalium may serve as a mode of understanding humans’ position within the animal world, rather than an account of ancient discoveries. In addition, ancient zoographers’ views might have been shaped by encounters with animals in contexts and media other than 'scientific' study or simple observation in nature. In this sense, do we seek to consider visual and textual sources as creative and active modes of representation and thereby forms of knowledge production, rather than reflections of it.

Contributions may focus on a single ancient description or depiction of an animal, or on a group of cases. We particularly welcome contributions that engage with cognitive or media studies in their approach to texts or images. We also encourage contributors to consider ways in which ancient and medieval European zoological knowledge was produced differently from that of other cultures.

Papers Submissions may address the following questions:
* How do ancient descriptions and depictions of animals work as forms of inquiry to produce knowledge?
* How do visual and verbal studies of animals interact with each other?
* How do descriptions and depictions of animals reflect human observation and experience?
* How do rhetorical images or metaphors work function as methods of inquiry?
* How do common knowledge vs. specialized inquiry influence depiction and description?
* (How) do sources distinguish between mythical and real animals?
* If depiction and description of animals create knowledge, do they shape literary or artistic styles? How do they relate to concepts of aesthetics and rhetoric?
* How do shifts in historical and cultural context affect animal description and depiction?
* What is the reception of famous depictions or descriptions (e.g. Herodotus' crocodile, Aristotle’s elephant, Myron’s cow?)

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by February 1, 2017 to the conference organizers: Annetta Alexandridis ( and Athena Kirk (


(CFP closed 1 February, 2017)