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The University of Texas at Austin, USA: March 27-31, 2019

The Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin invites all classicists, historians, religious studies and biblical scholars, and scholars with an interest in oral cultures to participate in the Thirteenth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, to take place in Austin (TX) from Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019.

The conference will follow the same format as the previous conferences, held in Hobart (1994), Durban (1996), Wellington (1998), Columbia, Missouri (2000), Melbourne (2002), Winnipeg (2004), Auckland (2006), Nijmegen (2008), Canberra (2010), Ann Arbor (2012), Atlanta (2014), and Lausanne (2016). It is planned that the refereed proceedings once again be published by E.J. Brill as Volume 13 in the "Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World" series.

The theme for the conference is "Repetition", and papers in response to this theme are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world or, for comparative purposes, other times, places, and cultures. Also welcome are papers that engage with the transition from an oral to a literate society, or which consider the topic of reception.

Further details about accommodations and other conference-related activities will be circulated later.

Papers should be 30 minutes in length. Any graduate student who would prefer a 20-minute paper slot is invited to express their preference in the cover email accompanying their abstract. Anonymous abstracts of up to 350 words (not including bibliography) should be submitted as Word files by June 30, 2018. Please send abstracts to:


(CFP closed June 30, 2018)



12th International Workshop of the Association for Written Language and Literacy

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge: March 26-28, 2019

The Association of Written Language and Literacy’s twelfth gathering (AWLL12), organized in conjunction with the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, will focus on the wealth of diversity within the world’s historical and contemporary writing systems. The conference sets out to offer an opportunity for exchange between a wide range of scholars interested in writing systems and written language, in order to foster greater mutual understanding of their multiple perspectives on the typological, structural, historical, sociocultural, technological, and individual variety present within writing systems. Abstracts are therefore welcome from researchers working on reading and writing within any academic discipline, including, but not limited to, linguistics, psychology, archaeology, sociology, education and literacy, technology, digital humanities, and computer science. PhD students and early-career researchers are also especially encouraged to apply.

Key issues to be addressed include:
• What fundamental principles underlie the structure and function of the world’s historical and contemporary writing systems? Is a single unified typology of writing systems possible or are separate taxonomies preferable?
• What linguistic and psychological processes are at work in the adaptation of one writing system to another? How are these affected by the cultural and social context of the adaptation?
• What linguistic, psychological, cultural and social, and technological factors bring about diversity within writing systems? How do such factors influence literacy acquisition and shape the use of writing?
• How can studying the development of historical writing systems enhance our understanding of contemporary writing systems? How can contemporary research on reading and writing contribute to the study of historical writing systems?
• How are the world’s writing systems likely to develop in the future? What principles should guide orthography development for as yet unwritten languages?

The 2.5-day programme will include two keynote lectures, a symposium focusing on research into ancient Mediterranean and Chinese writing systems at Cambridge, oral and poster presentations, and a panel discussion.

Keynote speakers:
Sonali Nag, University of Oxford (Research interests: literacy and language development and the relationship between writing systems and learning, particularly in South and South-East Asian languages).
Kathryn Piquette, University College London (Research interests: Egyptian and Near Eastern writing and art, and the development and application of advanced imaging techniques for the elucidation of ‘visual’ culture from the wider ancient world and beyond).

Local organisers: Robert Crellin and Anna Judson (University of Cambridge, U.K.)

Programme committee: Lynne Cahill (University of Sussex, U.K.), Robert Crellin (University of Cambridge, U.K.), Terry Joyce (Tama University, Japan), Anna Judson (University of Cambridge, U.K.), Dorit Ravid (University of Tel Aviv, Israel)

Abstract submission: Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as a PDF attachment to by September 30th, 2018. Please indicate whether you would prefer to be considered for an oral presentation (20-25min) or a poster presentation (maximum size portrait A0 or landscape A1). Applicants will be notified on the acceptance of their abstracts by the end of November 2018. Details of registration for presenters and for others wishing to attend without presenting will be circulated along with the final programme after this date.

Further information:
Conference website:
AWLL website:
Twitter: @awll2014
Facebook: Association for Written Language and Literacy

If you have any queries regarding the conference please contact the local organisers, Anna and Robert, at For queries about AWLL, please contact Terry Joyce, at

(CFP closed September 30, 2018)



Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers on classical philology in the Renaissance to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto.

Renaissance engagement with the linguistic and literary culture of antiquity - whether in the form of language study, textual transmission, or translation - constitutes a relatively coherent body of evidence through which to understand the processes of and motivations for ‘receiving’ the classics. Renaissance appropriations of Greek and Latin philology become vehicles of cross-cultural communication in an increasingly divided early modern Europe. We welcome proposals that highlight the mutual benefits arising from closer engagement between classicists and early modernists on the topic of classical philology in the Renaissance.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Please include in the body of the email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords


(CFP closed August 10, 2018)



Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto. For one of its four panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical theories of poetics and aesthetic experience in Renaissance art and music.

Plato’s and Aristotle’s theories of mimesis, Horace’s Ars Poetica, and “Longinus”’s sublime have long dominated discussions of early modern aesthetics. Scholars have also sought to trace the influence of other, less explicitly didactic texts in defining the origin and value of art and the aesthetic experience in the Renaissance. Paul Barolsky, for example, has argued that Ovid's Metamorphoses lies at the heart of Renaissance aesthetics, whether in the story of Pygmalion bringing art to life or, conversely, Medusa's petrifaction of the living as competing metaphors for sculpture. Barolsky likewise sees Ovidian transformation behind Michelangelo’s “non finito” and in the depiction of Botticelli’s Chloris becoming Flora in the Primavera. Wendy Heller has explored the ways in which Monteverdi and Busenello’s groundbreaking opera L’incoronazione di Poppea draws upon and challenges Tacitus’ methods of historiography. More recently, Sarah Blake McHam has argued for the pervasive influence of Pliny’s Natural History and its emphasis on life-like “naturalism” from Petrarch to Caravaggio and Poussin.

Building on these and other studies that move beyond questions of classical influence on the subject matter of Renaissance texts, this panel seeks papers that explore the strategies through which visual artists and musicians draw on classical aesthetics and the extent to which these hidden roots underlie Renaissance theory and practice.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Please include in the body of the email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords


(CFP closed August 10, 2018)



Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto. For one of its four panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the subject of “Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives”. In particular, we welcome papers offering reassessments of the current state of the field from cross-cultural and cross-temporal perspectives, or proposing new approaches to the connections between classical and early modern epic using methodologies from philology, digital humanities, cognitive studies, visual studies, or world literature.

In the shadow of a rising nationalism, epic poetry has taken on an ever greater importance through its mediation of national identity and as a focal point of reference and contestation. Even within rarefied scholarly discussions, the study of the genre, like epic itself, can appear to dominate other material, whether less canonical genres or non-Western epic. While the genealogical bonds between classical and early modern epic can seem to strengthen national ideologies and academic conventions, however, the content of the poems often works against such assumptions. Moreover, increasing diversity in research methods and scope, especially through collaboration, enables the scholarly community to renew the study of epic in more expansive and imaginative ways. Our panel aims, therefore, to reflect on the reception of Greco-Roman epic in early modernity partly as a topic in its own right, and partly as a means of understanding more general issues of theory, practice, and canonicity in literature and culture at large.

Proposals responding to recent developments in the scholarship might address, but are not limited to, one of the following questions:

- In light of recent work by Mazzotta, Ramachandran, Laird, and others, how might attention to worldmaking, post-colonial thought, and classical reception in the New World reframe our understanding of the relationship between ancient and early modern epic?

- Does the study of the relationship between classical and early modern epic have anything to gain from comparison with non-Western material, e.g., the Indic tradition? More generally, what are the advantages and disadvantages of analysing these traditions in terms of genealogy, ecology (cf. Beecroft), cosmopolitanism (cf. Pollock), or other systemic relationships?

- What light can cross-disciplinary approaches, especially those using computational tools (cf. Coffee and Bernstein) or cognitive models (cf. Jaén and Simon), shed on continuities and disjunctions between ancient and early modern forms of the genre?

- How did the idea of epic change as a genre during the early modern period, in particular given the different transmission histories of classical epics, especially works in ancient Greek? How might the growing attention to neo-Latin literature affect the fields of epic and/or reception studies?

- Are there developments in the aesthetics of a particular period that shed light on goings-on elsewhere? Besides substantial interest in the sublime (Cheney) and the mock-epic (Rawson), recent work has also focused on the quotidian (Grogan). More generally, what comparative understanding of epic can be gleaned from a study of contemporary critics and theorists, e.g., Horace or Tasso?

- What areas of research in early modern epic might benefit from the contributions of classicists without an extensive background in the field, and vice versa?

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models). The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page. Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Please include in the body of the email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords


(CFP closed August 10, 2018)



Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR): Panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Toronto, Canada: 17–19 March, 2019

Renaissance Europe sought to define itself in relation to multiple models, prominent among which were ancient Greco-Roman culture and contemporary non-Christian (as well as Christian heterodox) cultures. The Humanist emulation of classical ideals in text and image occurred within a larger context of religious, ethnic, and frequently military interactions: the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, harassment from North African Corsairs, mass migrations of Jews, and internecine tensions resulting from the Protestant Reformation. The “classical” provided a discourse through which scholars and artists could negotiate a religious, national, or pan-European identity transhistorical in scope yet ultimately presentist in defining “the other”. This panel seeks to explore the function of the classical and classicism across these identities in both textual and material sources.

Points of contact between classical culture and religious others turned antiquity into a battleground of competing traditions. Underlying such tensions was a longstanding sense dating from Homer and Herodotus onwards of classical identity as culturally and geographically contested, its meaning located variously in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East. Both as traces of ancient ethnographies and as largely presentist rhetoric, projections of classical identity in the Renaissance could be deployed in numerous and diverse ways. Trojan ancestry was claimed not only by various European noble lines, such as the Habsburgs and the Estes of Ferrara, but also by the Turks. Orthodox Greeks under Ottoman rule were ostracized as the barbaric descendants of their enlightened ancestors. Antiquarians in post-Reconquest Spain invented Roman origins to Andalusi architectural marvels, while Roman ruins in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire, represented both visually and through ekphrastic description, fueled dreams of European conquest. At the same time, the means by which the classical past were known could be diminished or lost: despite its importance during the Medieval period for accessing intellectual traditions, for example, Arabic struggled to maintain its place in European scholarship as a learned language alongside classical Greek and Latin, and even as other distant foreign traditions, such as Egyptian Hermeticism, fascinated artists and scholars.

The panel addresses two areas that have been the focus of recent research in Renaissance studies: intercultural relations and concepts of temporality. While the importance of the classics for European identity has been extensively studied, their role in defining what lay beyond Europe’s margins has received less attention. Some scholarship, however, has shown the potential richness of the field: Craig Kallendorf’s reading of the Aeneid’s portrayal of colonized entities (The Other Virgil, 2007), for example, and Nancy Bisaha’s study of the competing portrayals of the Ottoman Turks as either Goths, Vandals, Scythians or heirs to the Trojans and Romans (Creating East and West, 2006). Furthermore, the panel seeks to understand the temporal and explanatory concepts undergirding various early modern genealogies, ethnographies, and histories. Although a topic of theory since Warburg, the problem of time and temporal relations in early modernity has received renewed attention with the publication of Nagel and Wood’s Anachronic Renaissance (2010). Applied beyond the original domain of art history, Nagel and Wood’s ideas prompt a wider re-evaluation of the importance of antiquity in framing our understanding of Renaissance Europe. At stake is a view of the central conflicts in Europe’s formative years not as exclusively early modern events, but rather as events crucially shaped by the vital force of classicism.

Potential topics include:

-- How did differing claims to Greco-Roman heritage shape religious rhetoric and antagonisms? How did the interpretation of classical texts evolve with the shifting needs of their early modern readers, either in marginalizing or legitimizing particular groups? How do these texts transcend class lines, especially among the uneducated and illiterate?

-- How did different national traditions of Humanism approach the contrasting degrees of religious alterity? How did classical writings and thought provide agency for marginalized groups?

-- How can a deeper knowledge of classical texts reshape historical understandings of crusades, jihads, reformations, expulsions, and heresies? In teaching these encounters, what pedagogical methodologies can guide students toward recognition of the pervasive relevance of these texts?

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV should be sent as separate email attachments to (please see RSA guidelines for abstracts and CVs). Abstracts will be judged anonymously, so please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.

Please include the following in the body of your email:
• your name, affiliation, email address
• your paper title (15-word maximum)
• relevant keywords

Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.

Organized by David M. Reher (University of Chicago) and Keith Budner (UC-Berkeley) with the sponsorship of the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR)


(CFP closed August 10, 2018)



Université de Haute-Alsace (Mulhouse): March 14-15, 2019

Sappho’s poetry was rediscovered by the humanists in the 1540s, and translated into English for the first time in 1652. While her poems remain significant as a benchmark of lesbian representation in high literature, the name Sappho has become synonymous with desire and love between women in wider popular culture. In the first episode of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2013–pres.), for instance, one inmate says to the protagonist: “I’m feeling some Sapphic vibes coming off you.” The word “vibes” calls into question the widely accepted belief that sexual identity can be reduced to a heterosexual–homosexual binary, and invites us to consider representations of love between women other than through explicit acts, words and relationships. Indeed, it recalls Adrienne Rich’s concept of a “lesbian continuum”—that is, “a range […] of woman-identified experience; not simply the fact that a woman has had or consciously desired genital sexual experience with another woman” (Rich 648). For this conference, then, we use the term “vibes” as a starting point for exploring the lesbian continuum as depicted in literature, from the explicit to the implicit, the said to the unsaid, the visible to the hidden. We will examine literary currents and movements, viewing the “vibe” as a reflection of the continuity and fluctuations in the representations of lesbianism from period to period, author to author.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers in English or French focusing on any language area, but quotations and titles should be translated into English or French; comparative approaches are also welcome. Papers could explore, but are not limited to, the following questions:

How have the central motifs of lesbian-themed writing changed over time?
* Are some literary forms and genres more conducive to Sapphic representation than others? Is there a specific language that will transcribe the lesbian vibe?
* Is there a lesbian literary canon?
* What about texts in which desire and love between women are concealed, muted or repressed? Are there any “classic” texts that can be (re-)read from a lesbian perspective?
* How does literature depict female companionship and solidarity?
* How does lesbian-themed writing engage with debates on the place of sexual minorities in society?

A second conference, organised by Irma Erlingsdottir, will be held at the University of Iceland in 2020 exploring the same theme through history, literature, politics and philosophy.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words and a brief CV to Carine Martin (, Claire McKeown (, Maxime Leroy ( and Robert Payne ( by 1 October 2018.

Organisers: Carine Martin (Université de Lorraine), Claire McKeown (Université de Haute Alsace), Maxime Leroy (Université de Haute Alsace), Robert Payne (Université de Haute Alsace).

Scientific Committee: Organisers and Jennifer K Dick (Université de Haute Alsace), Irma Erlingsdottir (University of Iceland), Marion Krauthaker (University of Leicester), Guyonne Leduc (Université de Lille), Marianne Legault (University of British Columbia), Frédérique Toudoire-Surlapierre (Université de Haute Alsace).


(CFP closed October 1, 2018)



University of Warwick, UK: March 9, 2019

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Richard Hunter, University of Cambridge
Robert Montgomery, London

When in 2012 the artist Robert Montgomery placed the aluminium letters of his poem ‘All palaces are/ temporary palaces’ in an empty swimming pool (Stattbad Wedding, Berlin), he deliberately embodied the written word into a physical context. With his ‘light poems’, he demonstrates how poetry can be a billboard, a tattooed body or even a gift to exchange for coffee: this interplay between word and object was already a quintessential feature of Graeco-Roman 'epigrammatic' poetry, which could be scratched or carved into walls, statues and stones. In our era of ‘Instagram poets’ and the quotation-culture of tweets, bits of poetry are spread across urban landscapes and social networks in the most variated forms, ingeniously combining words and objects, and making us aware of our inheritance of ideas developed in different ways in classical antiquity, linking poetry, materiality and objects.

The ancient epigram, a poetic form conscious of its ‘writtenness’ which originated as inscription (on gravestones, monuments and other objects) and which in fascinating ways lives on in our contemporary society, foregrounds questions about the materiality of texts in ways that we will take as a point of departure for this inter-disciplinary conference. When poetry is engraved on stones, scratched into walls, written on an object, how does the nature and use of that object affect our interpretation of the text? To what extent and how does the medium on which a poem is viewed influence the reader/viewer’s perception of it? This conference aims to investigate the shift between the epigram as embodying an inseparability of text and materiality, as conceived in the classical period and in the Renaissance (Neo-Latin epigram), and the modern re-interpretation of poetry on objects. The conference aims to create cross-disciplinary discussion amongst scholars in Classics, Arts, Comparative Literature, Renaissance.

We therefore welcome proposals engaging with - but not limited to - the following topics:

• Theoretical/ philosophical perspectives on poetry and materiality;
• The epigram book/ epigram as inscription;
• Continuities and differences between the conception of object and text in ancient/Renaissance epigrams and the new material expressions of modern poetry;
• (Responses to) the visual context/visuality of epigrams;
• The extent to which readings of ancient and/or Renaissance epigram might spur new perspectives on the contemporary production and consumption of poetry;
• The extent to which ‘epigram’ is a useful category/ recognizable poetic form in the modern world;
• The emergence of the Neo-Latin epigram.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers of no more than 300 words should be sent to by Monday September 24, 2018 (end of the day) Extended deadline October 1, 2018.

Please include in the body of your email: name, university affiliation and current position. Following the conference, we intend to submit proposal to the Warwick Series in the Humanities (with Routledge) for a collected volume: potential speakers should state with their abstract whether they wish to participate in this volume. Abstracts should be attached in PDF format with no identifying information.

We will inform participants of our decision by 31st October 2018.

Please see our conference website, follow us on twitter (@fleshingw) and feel free to contact the organisers at for any queries.

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts!

The Conference Organisers: Paloma Perez Galvan ( and Alessandra Tafaro (


(CFP closed September 24, 2018 Extended deadline October 1, 2018)



Birkbeck, London (Keynes Library): March 9, 2019

Join us for a day of papers on Ovid in England; Ovid’s reproduction through Elizabethan textiles; models of abject creativity; gender and sex; the genre of love elegy.

Speakers include: Catherine Bates; Cora Fox; Linda Grant; Liz Oakley-Brown.

The London Renaissance Seminar is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of early modern history, literature, and culture. It meets regularly at Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

Anyone with a serious interest in the Renaissance is welcome and no registration is necessary.

For further information about LRS, contact Sue Wiseman (




Department of Classics, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada): March 7-9, 2019

This conference, based on the collaboration of classicists at Memorial University (Canada), the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), and the University of Ghana, explores the presence of classical antiquity in different cultural traditions and geographical settings at the intersection of the local and the global. While Classics has become more global in perspective, scholarly networks on the practical level still remain highly constrained by regional, and sometimes national, boundaries. One major focus of this project will be to generate dialogue around ways of confronting those boundaries with the goal of creating a truly global Classics through the interchange of ideas and the mobility of students and researchers. The conference, supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connection Grant, as well as internal funding from the Scholarship in the Arts and the Memorial University Conference Fund, is part of a larger project entitled, “The Place of the Classics: Receptions of Greco-Roman Antiquity from Newfoundland to Nigeria” (Collaborators: Folake Onayemi, Department of Classics, University of Ibadan; Greg Walsh, Rooms Provincial Archives).

Keynote presenters: Justine McConnell, King’s College, London; Folake Onayemi, University of Ibadan


Thursday March 7: Nexus Centre, Central Campus
9:00 – 10:30 Panel 1: Classical Adaptations and Migrations
1. Olakunbi Olasope (Ibadan): With oppression is always a clamour for justice: unmasking Antigone in Nigeria
2. Brad Levett (Memorial): Gadamer and Classical Reception
3. Bosede Adefiola Adebowale (Ibadan): Fate in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not to Blame: A Socio-Cultural Perspective
4. Luke Roman (Memorial): The Mobility of the Classics
11:00 – 12:00 Visit to Exhibition in Queen Elizabeth II Library: Classics in Newfoundland
1:00 – 3:30 Panel 2: Places and Traditions
1. David Stephens (Memorial): Masterless Men and Irish Princesses: Newfoundland’s Classical Mythology
2. Jonathan Asante Otchere (Ghana): Summum Bonum: A Study of its Reception in Ghanaian Socio-Cultural Discourses
3. Milo Nikolic (Memorial): Architecture as an Expression of Convergent Evolution: Large-scale Building Projects in Newfoundland and Ancient Rome
4. Mark Joyal (Manitoba): “A lovely place”: A classical topos in portrayals of Newfoundland
4:00 – 5:30: Keynote: Folake Onayemi (Ibadan): Yoruba Adaptations of Classical Literature
5:30 – 7:00 Reception

Friday March 8: Signal Hill Campus
10:00 – 12:00 Panel 3: Teaching, Learning, Books, and Objects
1. Tana Allen (Memorial): A Particular Sense of Place: Teaching the Classics in Newfoundland
2. Michael Okyere Asante (Ghana, by video link): Towards a Revival of Latin Language Learning in Ghanaian Schools: A Vocabulary-Based Approach
3. Mercy Owusu-Asiamah (Ghana): The Reception of the Classics in Ghana: The Use of Latin Mottoes in Formal Educational Institutions
4. Agnes Juhasz-Ormsby (Memorial): The Classical Collection of John Mullock and the Intellectual Culture of Nineteenth Century Newfoundland
1:00 – 1:30 Classics in Newfoundland: some highlights of paired exhibitions at the QE2 and the Rooms (Karen Gill, Kara Hickson, Morgan Locke, Marina Schmidt, Luke Roman)
1:30 – 3:00: Discussion of future international collaborations in Classics
3:30 – 5:00: Keynote: Justine McConnell (King’s College London): At the Crossroads: Euripides, Wole Soyinka, and Femi Osofisan

Saturday March 9: Downtown St. John’s
Tour of St. John’s and Visit to the Rooms Provincial Museum and Archives

For all inquiries, please contact the organizer Luke Roman, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Classics, Memorial University:




The University of Warwick, UK: Wednesday March 6, 2019

An exciting day of interactive workshops, discussions and activities on the theme of Classical Antiquity as it appears in modern media and advertising.

Beginning with the Renaissance and happening as recently as Ariana Grande’s video for the hit song 'God is a Woman', the ancient – and most often the Classical – world has been a constant source of inspiration for the visual media we create. Whether we reference it allusively or borrow from it directly, the Classical World has never gone out of fashion when it comes to art, advertising and design – and shows no sign of doing so.

Why does modernity seemingly have such an obsession with all things ancient and mythical? In what ways has classical imagery been used to be persuasive, beautiful, aspirational or evocative? How might our continued reliance on this imagery serve to enshrine negative or derogatory ideas concerning race, gender and aesthetics?

This event will involve a series of interactive talks and activities on numerous themes pertaining to the depiction of the ancient world in modern media – including issues of diversity, gender expectations and beauty ideals - hosted by researchers from Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick University, culminating in participants designing their own advertising campaign inspired by an aspect of ancient society. The day will get young people engaging with Classics and Ancient History in a way that is purposeful and feels strongly relevant to them – not just as students, but also as consumers of modern media.

This event is open to students in secondary school Years 9 – 11. ALL are welcome; however, it may be of particular interest to those studying Media, English Literature, Sociology, Fine Art, and Classics/Ancient History. Indeed, this event will provide a stimulating vehicle for putting into practice some of the wider aims of the various GCSE Media syllabi, helping to inform students’ critical understanding of the role of the media on its contemporary society.

To book please visit:

Attendance at this event is entirely FREE OF CHARGE. Lunch & refreshments will be provided. Please kindly arrange your own transport – for information regarding transport links, parking & accessibility, please get in touch.

Any questions?



Yale-NUS College, Singapore: February 25-26, 2019

Invited Participants:
Jinyu Liu (DePauw University/ Shanghai Normal University; PI of Ovid translation project)
Chun Liu (Peking University; project translator)
Ying Xiong (Shanghai Normal University; project translator)
Pei Yun Chia (alumna, Yale-NUS; project translator)

I will be running a two-day workshop on Ovid’s exile poetry, which is designed to support an existing international project charged with translating into Mandarin, and providing commentaries for, the entire corpus of Ovid. Three international Chinese scholars working on the translation project will be attending the workshop, as well as one of our own Yale-NUS alumni who is attached to the project, and the aim is to explore different aspects of Ovid’s exile poetry, discover synergies with Chinese (exile) poetry, and discuss challenges in translating a mercurial author like Ovid into Mandarin for a contemporary non-specialist Chinese audience.

Four sessions will focus on: Ovid’s poetic book of exile; Tomis as constructed land of exile; Ovid as Virgil’s hero; Ovid as the sum of all sufferers (which will involve discussion of Heroides and Metamorphoses).

The workshop is generously sponsored by both Yale-NUS and the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme.

Attendance is free and all are welcome. Supporting materials for the workshop will be in Latin, English, and Mandarin. Interested parties should let me know by email ( so that I can ensure adequate catering.



Nagoya University, Japan: 23-24 February, 2019

The heat wave in Summer 2018 has revealed designs of historic gardens in the UK that have been lost and only known to us through prints and publications. Unlike these discoveries, finding historic gardens usually involves time, patience, as well as archaeological practice.

It is often difficult for modern visitors to visualize and understand historic gardens that have not survived. But researchers employ various approaches, techniques, and resources to understand gardens of the past. For example, Wilhelmina F. Jashemski commenced the excavation of Pompeian gardens in the 1960s and showed how people planted trees and embellished the garden area. She collaborated with natural scientists in order to determine what types of plants had been planted in Pompeian gardens. Around the same time in Japan, the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties excavated an ancient palatial block in Nara and discovered a garden which was later reconstructed based on finds such as branches, leaves, seeds, and pollen.

The study of historic gardens requires an interdisciplinary approach: historians studying gardens via texts and inscriptions, archaeologists analysing gardens by excavation, archaeobotanists examining finds, and natural scientists scrutinizing samples provided by archaeologists. In addition, we should not disregard the influences and legacy of historic gardens. Without the collaboration of all these disciplines, our perceptions of such gardens will remain incomplete.

This conference aims to deepen our understanding of garden history by bringing together specialists working in various fields. Confirmed papers will cover areas including: gardens in Classical Antiquity (Y. Kawamoto, Marzano, Purcell, and Suto) and in the Renaissance (Higaya, Kuwakino), garden excavation in Pompeii and the Villa Arianna (Gleason), excavated (and reconstructed) gardens in Nara and Kyoto (Ono and S. Kawamoto), radiocarbon dating analysis of archaeological finds (Oda), and the latest survey of a garden in the villa in Somma Vesuviana (Italy) employing cosmic-ray Muons (Morishima).

Keynote speaker: Nicholas Purcell (Roman History; Oxford)

Confirmed Speakers (alphabetically):
Kathryn L. Gleason (Roman Archaeology and Landscape; Cornell)
Jyunichiro Higaya (Renaissance Architectural History; Tohoku)
Shigeo Kawamoto (Japanese Architectural History; Kindai)
Yukiko Kawamoto (Roman History; Nagoya)
Koji Kuwakino (Renaissance Art and Architecture; Osaka)
Annalisa Marzano (Roman History; Reading)
Kunihiro Morishima (Astro Physics; Nagoya)
Hirotaka Oda (Radiocarbon Dating; Nagoya)
Kenkichi Ono (Japanese Garden History and Archaeology; Wakayama)
Yoshiyuki Suto (Greek Archaeology; Nagoya)

We invite submission of abstracts related to topics of discussion in this conference of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) for a 30-minutes paper. Please submit your abstract and a brief CV to Yukiko Kawamoto by email at: by 10th December 2018. Selections will be made and announced by the 31st December 2018.


(CFP closed December 10, 2018)



Manchester, UK: 22-23 February, 2019

The Call for Papers is now open. Papers on all topics and from all disciplines are welcomed.

This year, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the “Peterloo Massacre” we welcome in particular papers on the loose topic “Radical Fictions”.

Historical fictions can be understood as an expanded mode of historiography. Scholars in literary, visual, historical and museum/re-creation studies have long been interested in the construction of the fictive past, understanding it as a locus for ideological expression. However, this is a key moment for the study of historical fictions as critical recognition of these texts and their convergence with lines of theory is expanding into new areas such as the philosophy of history, narratology, popular literature, historical narratives of national and cultural identity, and cross-disciplinary approaches to narrative constructions of the past.

Historical fictions measure the gap between the pasts we are permitted to know and those we wish to know: the interaction of the meaning-making narrative drive with the narrative-resistant nature of the past. They constitute a powerful discursive system for the production of cognitive and ideological representations of identity, agency, and social function, and for the negotiation of conceptual relationships and charged tensions between the complexity of societies in time and the teleology of lived experience. The licences of fiction, especially in mass culture, define a space of thought in which the pursuit of narrative forms of meaning is permitted to slip the chains of sanctioned historical truths to explore the deep desires and dreams that lie beneath all constructions of the past.

We welcome paper proposals from Archaeology, Architecture, Literature, Media, Art History, Musicology, Reception Studies, Museum Studies, Recreation, Gaming, Transformative Works and others. We welcome paper proposals across historical periods, with ambitious, high-quality, inter-disciplinary approaches and new methodologies that will support research into larger trends and which will lead to more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures and languages.

We aim to create a disciplinary core, where researchers can engage in issues of philosophy and methodology and generate a collective discourse around historical fictions in a range of media and across period specialities.

Paper proposals consisting of a title and abstract of no more than 250 words should be submitted to: The CfP closes on July 1st 2018.


(CFP closed July 1, 2018)



Rome, 22-23 February 2019

This conference celebrating the bicentenary of Keats’s annus mirabilis, 1819, the year he wrote the Odes, will be organised by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in collaboration with the Société d'Études du Romantisme Anglais and hosted at the British School at Rome.

All papers will be given on Friday 22nd February, and delegates remaining in Rome on Saturday 23rd February will be invited to take part in special tours of the Non-Catholic Cemetery, where Keats and Shelley are buried, and of the Keats-Shelley House, Keats’s final dwelling place, in order to mark the anniversary of Keats’s death.

Mythological considerations of Keats’s life and art will be welcomed: myths and literary influences, myth and tradition, myth and science, myth and genre, myth and painting, myth and literary criticism, myth and modernity (including cinema and popular culture). Papers may explore the study of Greek and Roman myths in Keats’s poetry (Psyche, Apollo, Endymion, Hermes, Hyperion). They could also consider the modern mythology (from the Middle French, mythologie, ‘legend or story’) which has amassed around Keats’s life and work, and engage with the complexity of the Keatsian mythologia, a subtle mix of poetic fiction (mythos) and romanticised discourse (logia).

The conference is being organised by Giuseppe Albano, Curator of the Keats-Shelley House, Caroline Bertonèche, from the University of Grenoble Alpes and President of the SERA (Société d’Études du Romantisme Anglais), and Maria Valentini from the University of Cassino and Chair of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in Rome.

Papers may be given in English, French or Italian, and abstracts accepted in any one of these languages.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (c. 200 words): 1st November 2018.

For further information on registration, and to send your abstract, please contact:

Dr Giuseppe Albano: or
Prof. Caroline Bertonèche or
Prof. Maria Valentini:

Registration fee €50. We plan to publish a selection of papers from the conference in an issue of the Keats-Shelley Review.


(CFP closed November 1, 2018)



Newcastle University, UK: 21-22 February, 2019

The current boom of works and media about the Ancient World aimed at a general audience is a product of some converging circumstances: the rethinking of meaning and value of the Classics among scholars, in need of justifying our very own existence in contemporary academia; a market-driven demand for either recalling Western tradition and exempla from the ancients – on the conservative side, or questioning the multiple facets of elite privilege – on a progressive approach; and ultimately as a consequence of the “explosion of information” in the hyper-connected XXI century. In this last regard, narratives from non-scholars ranging from fairly accurate Wikipedia articles to “fake news” tweets are now competing with classicists for space and authority.

This new “shared authority”, a term coined by public historian Michael Frisch, calls for reflection. We invite papers on topics related to the topics above, inviting discussion on themes such as:

* What is the role of the scholar in determining narratives for the general audience?
* How to understand and respond to the public’s demand on topics, old and new, about the ancients?
* Forms of dialogue with non-scholar producers of knowledge about the Classics, esp. online;
* Political and global aspects of conservative and progressive approaches to Ancient World.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers, which will be followed by debates led by assigned commentators. Presenters will be requested to participate as commentators in at least one other presentation. The conference will be published in a proceedings volume, including the resulting debate.

Please send abstracts (PDF format) of no more than 350 words, including 3-5 keywords to Submissions from PhD students are welcome.

Deadline: 30 October 2018.

The event will have no submission or attendance fees.

Keynote speakers:
Neville Morley (University of Exeter)
Sarah E. Bond (University of Iowa)
Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Denison University)

Conference organisers: Juliana Bastos Marques (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) and Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University). This conference is supported by a Newton Advanced Fellowship funded by the British Academy.


Update 3/2/2019:


10:00-11:00 - Sarah Bond (University of Iowa), The Judgement of Paris: Statues, “the West”, and Ideals of Beauty
11:20-12:00 - Vanda Zajko (University of Bristol), Participatory Cultures and Contemporary Mythopoiesis
12:00-13:00 – lunch
13:00-14:00 - Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Denison University), West is Best? "Western Civilization", White Supremacy, & Classics in Popular Media
14:00-14:40 - Catalina Popescu (Holland Hall), The New Agora? Online Communities and a New Rhetoric
14:40-15:20 - Cora Beth Knowles (Open University), The authority of sharing: postgraduate blogging in Classics
15:20-15:40 - coffee break
15:40-16:20 - Ayelet Lushkov (University of Texas at Austin), Classical Literature and Contemporary Classics
16:20-17:00 - Juan Garcia Gonzalez (Newcastle University), The Syme–Yourcenar controversy about "Memoirs of Hadrian"

10:00-11:00 - Neville Morley (University of Exeter), 'The society that separates its scholars from its keyboard warriors...’: tracking Thucydides on Twitter
11:20-12:00 - David García Dominguez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), The ruthless law of the jungle? Ideology, discourse, and the dangerous success of Realist views on Roman history
12:00-13:00 – lunch
13:00-14:00 - Juliana Bastos Marques (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State), Is Livy a good Wikipedian? Authority and authorship in ancient historiography through the lens of contemporary anonymous writing
14:00-14:40 - Joanna Kenty (Radboud University), Philology and Outreach
14:40-15:20 - Ivan Matijašić (Newcastle University), Artemidorus on Trial: A Papyrus between Philology, a Court of Justice and the Media
15:20-16:00 - closing remarks

Register: by February 17, 2019


(CFP closed October 30, 2018)



Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) - 40th Annual Conference

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico: February 20-23, 2019

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

Classical Representations in Popular Culture

Papers on any aspect of Greek, Roman, or Mediterranean antiquity in contemporary or popular culture are eligible for consideration.

Potential topics include representations of ancient literature or culture in:

* Classical Motifs/Allusions/Parallels in Popular Music
* Graphic Novels and Cartoons
* Cinema directly or indirectly reflecting aspects of the ancient world in cinema: recent films involving * Classical themes which you might consider include The Legend of Hercules, Pompeii, La Grande Belezza, Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Ben Hur, as well as television series which engage with classical themes like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica.
* Literary Theory/Postcolonial Theory/Reception Studies: Literary or theoretical analysis of literature employing classical references or motifs, like Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, or Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad.
* Classical themes in productions of theater, opera, ballet, music, and the visual arts.
* Science Fiction/Fantasy: Analysis of representations of classical history, literature, or philosophy in science fiction movies or books, as Edward Gibbons to Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy or the impact of Thucydides in Cold War cinema. Or, conversely, the influence of Science Fiction on representations of the ancient world in later cinema (e.g., how did George Lucas’ empire of the Star Wars franchise influence later representations of the Roman Empire?)
* Pedagogy: applications of classics in popular culture: how can we use contemporary films, literature in the classroom?
* Children’s Literature: Greek and Roman mythology in children’s film, television, or literature.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2018.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2019. For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at


(CFP closed November 1, 2018)



New York City, USA: Feb 16-17, 2019

The Paideia Institute is pleased to welcome abstract submissions to the seventh iteration of Living Latin and Greek in New York City. This conference, which features papers delivered in Latin and Ancient Greek as well as small breakout sessions where participants practice speaking Latin and Greek under the guidance of expert instructors, will be held at Fordham University on February 16th and 17th.

The theme of this year's conference is "Mind and Body." How are the life of the mind and the life of the body related? Are they friends or enemies, equals or unequals? Are human beings made up of essentially different "parts" — and, if so, are there two, three or more such parts? How, ideally, do these parts interact? Does the body rule the mind, or the mind the body?

We invite proposals for short talks in Greek or Latin on this theme with examples from Ancient Greek and Latin literature. Topics might include: advice on the upkeep of the mind and/or body; literary treatments of the mind and/or body; discussions of material culture relating to the theme of mind and body. We also welcome submissions on how the theme of mind and body relates to classical language pedagogy. Outstanding submissions on other topics, especially on Latin or Greek pedagogy, will also be considered.

Please follow the link to send in an abstract of no more than 500 words. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018. Travel bursaries are available and can be applied for through the same link. We encourage accepted speakers to apply for external funding as well since the number of travel bursaries is limited. All talks will be recorded, subtitled, and (with each speaker's permission) published on Paideia's Youtube channel.


(CFP closed September 15, 2018)



University College London: February 15, 2019

A final reminder that the Society for Neo-Latin Studies is organising a one-day event on Career Development for Neo-Latinists, aimed at advanced PhD students and early-career researchers with an interest in neo-Latin. (Please note that Neo-Latin does not have to be your main or only area of study, and the event may also be of use to early career scholars in other areas that belong to no single department.) The event will take place at UCL (106 Gordon House, 29 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PP) on the 15th February 2019, running from 10am-5pm. This will be an opportunity to discuss the implications and challenges of being an early-career researcher in such an interdisciplinary, non-traditional, and rapidly evolving field as neo-Latin, as well as the strategies and types of position open to scholars with a PhD in this area.

The day will consist of a series of short talks on: post-doc applications and the post-doc experience; teaching fellowships, temporary and permanent lectureships; planning publications and developing a book proposal; teaching post-classical Latin in different departments; careers in school teaching and librarianship; and applying for research grants. Our confirmed speakers include both early-career researchers and more senior academics, as well as former PhD students who are or have been working outside academia. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

Attendance is free of charge; lunch and coffee will be provided. To register, please email by the 31st January 2019.




National Library of New Zealand/Victoria University of Wellington, NZ: February 14-15, 2019

‘O woe is me / To have seen what I have seen, see what I see’. Shakespeare’s Ophelia, wooed and cast aside by her one-time lover, Hamlet, amplifies her woe in the open-ended expression of grief that characterises complaint, a rhetorical mode that proliferates from the poetry of Ovid to the Bible, from the Renaissance to the modern day.

This symposium explores the literature of complaint and grievance, centring on the texts of the Renaissance but welcoming contributions from related areas. Shakespeare (A Lover’s Complaint) and Spenser (Complaints) are central authors of Renaissance complaint, but who else wrote complaint literature, why, and to what effect? Female-voiced complaint was fashionable in the high poetic culture of the 1590s, but what happens to complaint when it is taken up by early modern women writers? What forms—and what purposes—does the literature of complaint and grievance take on in non-elite or manuscript spheres, in miscellanies, commonplace books, petitions, street satires, ballads and songs? What are the classical and biblical traditions on which Renaissance complaint is based? And what happens to complaint after the Renaissance, in Romantic poetry, in the reading and writing cultures of the British colonial world, in contemporary poetry, and in the #metoo movement?

Keynote speakers:
Professor Danielle Clarke, University College, Dublin
Professor Kate Lilley, University of Sydney
Professor Rosalind Smith, University of Newcastle, Australia

We invite anyone with an interest in the literature of complaint and the politics of grievance to submit a 250-word paper proposal by 31 October 2018 to the conference organiser,

This conference is supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, as part of the three-year project ‘Woe is me: Women and Complaint in the English Renaissance’.


(CFP closed October 31, 2018)



University of New England, Armidale (NSW): February 4-7, 2019.

CFP: Abstracts due by: July 31, 2018.

Conference website:

Program [pdf]:


(CFP closed July 31, 2018)



Einladung zur Teilnahme an einer internationalen Tagung an der Universität Bonn: January 24-26, 2019

Der Petrarkismus hat die volkssprachliche europäische Lyrik der Frühen Neuzeit entscheidend geprägt. Der Einfluss auf die frühneuzeitliche lateinische Literatur ist dabei bislang allenfalls konstatiert und vereinzelt besprochen, aber nur sporadisch in größerem Zusammenhang untersucht worden. Explizite Übersetzungen, wie etwa Nicolas Bourbons lateinische Übertragung von RVF 134 („Pace non trovo“), der sich das Zitat im Veranstaltungstitel verdankt, sind jedoch in der neulateinischen Liebesdichtung des gesamten frühneuzeitlichen Europas ebenso zu finden wie subtile sprachlich-formale, strukturelle und konzeptionelle Bezugnahmen auf das petrarkistische Modell.

Dem neulateinischen Petrarkismus kommt im Vergleich zu den nationalsprachlichen Petrarkismen aus zwei Gründen eine Sonderstellung zu: Zum einen steht das Neulateinische in einem besonderen Nahverhältnis zur lateinischen Literatur der Antike. Hierdurch ist mit starken sprachlichen, motivischen und inhaltlichen Interferenzen zwischen dem Petrarkismus und Modellen antiker (Liebes-)Dichtung zu rechnen. Die zweite besondere Eigenart des neulateinischen Petrarkismus liegt im soziokulturellen ,Sitz im Leben‘ des Lateinischen, das in der Frühen Neuzeit als paneuropäische lingua franca fungierte. Die neulateinische Literatur oszilliert hierdurch zwischen Regionalität und Internationalität, sie interagiert mit regional unterschiedlichen Kontexten und kann gleichzeitig international rezipiert werden.

Die Tagung möchte sich nun erstmals gezielt dem Phänomen des neulateinischen Petrarkismus widmen und in Fortsetzung der Arbeiten Scorsones 2004 und Cintis 2006 wesentliche Spielarten der Petrarkismus-Aneignung in der lateinischen Poesie der Frühen Neuzeit diskutieren. Es soll dabei insbesondere auch nach Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden zwischen dem neulateinischen und volkssprachlichen Petrarkismus gefragt werden.

Den Vortragenden können die Kosten für Anreise und Übernachtung erstattet werden. Eine Veröffentlichung der Beiträge im Anschluss an die Tagung ist geplant.

Für Vorträge von ca. 30 Minuten werden Themenvorschläge zum neulateinischen Petrarkismus in Europa, insbesondere aber in England, Skandinavien, Osteuropa, Spanien und Portugal – vorzugsweise als Email-Attachment – bis zum 15.06.2018 erbeten an: Alexander Winkler ( Der Themenformulierung sollte ein kurzes Exposé (max. 300 Wörter) beigefügt sein.


(CFP closed June 15, 2018)



Erlangen, Germany: January 24-25, 2019

The Ilias Latina has been one of the reference texts of the Homeric poem until the rediscovery of Greek in the West. After the richly commented edition by Scaffai (1997) and the translation in French with a brief commentary by Fry (2014), the aim of this international Workshop is to focus on this peculiar cultural product.

We warmly encourage PhD students, Post-docs and early-career researchers to present papers of 20 minutes in length. Proposals may focus on one of the following topics:

a)metaphrastic devices and the comparison with the Greek model
b)the text and the manuscript tradition
c)the Ilias Latina in the literary context of the Neronian age
d)its reception, starting from Late Antiquity.

We welcome abstracts of up to 350 words, to be submitted per email by July 31th 2018, including brief curriculum vitae.

Proposed workshop languages: English, Italian, German, and French.

A flat-rate reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses is offered.

Confirmed invited speakers: Anton BIERL (Basel), Caterina CARPINATO (Venezia), Maria J. FALCONE (Erlangen), Thomas GÄRTNER (Köln-Bonn), Gerlinde HUBER-REBENICH (Bern), Christiane REITZ (Rostock), Christoph SCHUBERT (Erlangen).

Public evening lecture: Maurizio BETTINI (Siena), on the cultural meaning of translation.

Maria Jennifer FALCONE:
Christoph SCHUBERT:


(CFP closed July 31, 2018)



Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany: January 18-19, 2019

Although the scientific knowledge gained in humanistic and cultural research is generally theory-based, the explicit and reflective use of different and disparate theory-concepts has only in recent years found it´s way into the field of classical studies. The so called 'cultural turn', that happened in the early 90s of the last century, can be marked as a starting point, as it led to an increased development and use of cultural studies-theories.

This movement also reached the different disciplines of classical studies, in which henceforward there can be witnessed a steadily increased use and development of these cultural studies-key concepts. Now theories, such as the 'Material-Agency Theory' or 'Actor-Network Theory', that already have been used for some time in the English-speaking regions, make their way into classical studies-investigations around here and complement for instance spatial-sociological or media-theoretically studies, whose potential already has been discussed for some time. But what about the concrete applicability and reflection of those methods and theories, that at first seem to be outside the subject area? How to utilize certain theoretical concepts for one's own questioning and material? And are there any adjustments to those theoretical concepts necessary, in order to assure their fruitful use? These and further questions shall be elaborated in this Barcamp 'Antique Worlds - Modern Perspectives'!

The main focus of this Barcamp is to discuss these questions in an interdisciplinary context: There will not only be the classical conference format with talks and following discussions but also more intensive debates, that will be held in smaller groups after short keynote-speeches. The papers shall present and discuss different theory-concepts and show how they can be used for certain questionings and how exactly they are being applied 'in praxi' on different matters – both of textual and material nature. The paper is expected to point out, how the use of the theory offers new insight.

There is neither limitation to specific theories, nor periods, cultures, or material. The theory-concepts being presented can either be ones, that are already well known and have been extensively discussed for quite a while or innovative and so far in the German-speaking research field mostly unknown concepts and ideas.

This Barcamp addresses PhD students from all disciplines within the field of classical studies. We are looking forward to abstracts in either German or English that do not exceed 400 words. The talk is restricted to 25 minutes followed by a 15-minute discussion.

Please send your proposal for papers and short academic CV to us by 15th October 2018:

Cost-sharing is subject to funding.

Organisation: Working Group “Antike Welten – Moderne Perspektiven” of the Graduate School 'Humanities' at the University of Freiburg



(CFP closed October 15, 2018)



Université Lyon 3 - Lyon, France: January 7-8, 2019

Il s'agira d'analyser les paratextes savants des premières éditions des poètes dramatiques anciens (1470-1518) afin de déterminer une éventuelle spécificité de ces premières éditions et de cerner le rôle qu'elles ont pu jouer dans l'interprétation des textes qu'elles présentent au public. L’équipe travaillera sur un paratexte par auteur dramatique antique (sept paratextes seront donc traités) afin de tester ses méthodes, de vérifier l’intérêt des paratextes choisis, de prendre conscience des problèmes surgissant chaque étape du travail et de tenter d’y apporter des réponses.

7 janvier:
10h30-11h Compte-rendu des journées précédentes ; rappel des éléments de soumission de la pré-proposition du PRC à l’ANR et du calendrier ; présentation des journées et des attendus.
11-12h30 Malika Bastin-Hammou « Étude de trois éditions aldines : 1498 (Aristophane), 1502 (Sophocle), 1518 (Eschyle) ».
12h30-13h30 pause déjeuner
13h30-15h00 Alexia Dedieu « Euripide édité par Alde Manuce : Euripidis tragoediae septendecim, 1503 »
15h00-16h30 Mathieu Ferrand : « La lettre-préface de Simon Charpentier (éditeur) à Fausto Andrelini, dans la première édition française de Plaute (Paris, Denis Roce, 1512) »
16h30-17h discussion et bilan partiel

8 janvier
9h-10h30 Laure Hermand-Schebat « Les gravures et descriptions de gravures du Térence de Grüninger (Strasbourg, 1496) »
10h30-12h Christian Nicolas « L’Expositio in ‘Heautontimorumenon’ de Giovanni Calfurnio dans ses cinq commentaires à Térence » (Terentius cum quinque commentis, Venise, 1518) »
12h-13h déjeuner
13-14h30 Pascale Paré-Rey : « Le in tragoedias Senecae interpretatio des Tragoediae Senecae cum commento de Gellius Bernardinus Marmitta (Lyon, 1491) : le premier paratexte des éditions humanistes des tragédies latines »
14h30-15h bilan des deux journées : méthodologie à observer, notions à explorer, questions transversales.

Lieu: Université Lyon 3, 18 rue Chevreul, 69007 Lyon. Salle 404 (4ème étage du Palais de la Recherche)





Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

* Gaming and Classics - Organized by Hamish Cameron, Bates College

* Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy - Organized by Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College, Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound, and Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Trinity University

* Graphic Classics: Education and Outreach in a New Medium - Organized by Jennifer A. Rea, University of Florida, and Aaron L. Beek, University of Memphis

* Approaching Christian Receptions of the Classical Tradition - Organized by Alexander C. Loney, Wheaton College




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Workshop organized by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, and Elizabeth A. Bobrick, Wesleyan University

Elizabeth A. Bobrick (Wesleyan University), Introduction Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), "Is this the Examined Life? Book Discussion Groups in Prison" Nancy Felson (University of Georgia), "Masculinity, from Achilles to Socrates: Teaching Male Inmates in a Maximum-Security Prison" Sara Itoku Ahbel-Rappe (University of Michigan), "Teaching in the Cave: A Classical Philosopher on Teaching Great Books in State Prisons" Jessica Wright (University of Southern California), "The Freedom to Say No: Studying Latin in an American Prison" Emily Allen-Hornblower (Rutgers University), "Classics Behind Bars: Identity, Connection, and Civic Bridges" Alexandra Pappas (San Francisco State University), "Classical Myth on the Inside: Lessons from a County Jail"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Sharon L. James, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Alison Keith, University of Toronto

Sharon L. James (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Introduction
Sara Myers (University of Virginia), "New Directions in Ovidian Scholarship"
Carole Newlands (University of Colorado Boulder), "Actaeon in the Wilderness: Ovid, Christine de Pizan and Gavin Douglas"
Alison Keith (University of Toronto), "Ovid In and After Exile: Modern Fiction on Ovid Outside Rome"
Daniel Libatique (Boston University), "Ovid in the #MeToo Era"
Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University), Response




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Association for Neo-Latin Studies and Quinn E. Griffin, Grand Valley State University

Quinn E. Griffin (Grand Valley State University), Introduction
Stephen Maiullo (Hope College), "The Classical Tradition in the Personal Correspondence of Anna Maria van Schurman"
Anne Mahoney (Tufts University), "Cristoforo Landino's Metrical Practice in Aeolics"
Kat Vaananen (The Ohio State University), "Syphilitic Trees: Immobility and Voicelessness in Ovid and Fracastoro"
Joshua Patch (University of Dallas), "Sannazaro's Pastoral Seascape"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Lambda Classical Caucus, Robert Matera, University of Maryland, College Park, David Wray, University of Chicago, and Hannah Mason, University of Southern California

The Lambda Classical Caucus invites abstracts for papers that investigate relationships between tropes and queerness in the ancient Mediterranean. Ancient and modern scholars have enumerated and explored tropes in visual arts, language, literature, politics, and other parts of ancient cultures. A trope may be “a figure which consists in using a word or a phrase in a sense other than that which is proper to it” (OED), such as a metaphor, or a theme or device used commonly in a particular style, genre, or discourse, such as the lament of the exclusus amator, and it may also be thought of in its root sense: a turning. We understand queerness broadly as questioning, ignoring, resisting, or in other ways not conforming with norms of gender, sex, sexuality, and/or erotics in a society. We welcome submissions on tropes and queerness in any part of an ancient Mediterranean culture or its later reception. We hope that, by examining ideas of turning, figurative representation, and commonly used themes or devices in relation to queer modes of non-conformity, this panel will reveal new dimensions of tropes and queerness.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

How have tropes been used to represent queer people and queerness?
* Have people tried to control or limit non-conformity with tropes?
* How have non-conforming people found empowerment in tropes? Have they used tropes to understand themselves? To question norms? To communicate with each other?
* How does queerness interact with a particular trope or with an idea of a trope?
* How have modern queers troped cultures of the ancient Mediterranean or interacted with tropes of the ancient Mediterranean?

Please email abstracts for 20-minute papers to by February 1, 2018. Abstracts may be up to 500 words (not including works cited). Please submit abstracts as anonymized PDF’s, and include 1) the author’s name and 2) contact information and 3) the title of the proposed paper in the text of the email. Membership in the Society for Classical Studies is required for participation in this panel. Please email any questions to David Wray at, Hannah Mason at, and Rob Matera at

Update: 8/12/2018

Session 64: Turning Queer: Queerness and the Trope

Hannah Mason (University of Southern California), Introduction
Rowan Ash (University of Western Ontario), "'ἦλθον Ἀμαζόνες ἀντιάνειραι,' or, Going Amazon: Queering the Warrior Women in the Iliad"
Sarah Olsen (Williams College), "Io's Dance: A Queer Move in Prometheus Bound"
James Hoke (Luter College), "Homo Urbanus or Urban Homos?: The Metronormative Trope, Philo's Therapeuts, and Ancient Queer Subcultures"
Mark Masterson (Victoria University of Wellington), "Normal for Byzantium is Queer for Us"
Mary Mussman (University of California, Berkeley), "Blank Marks; Absence as Interpretation of Queer Erotics in 20th-21st Century Reception of Sappho"
Robert Matera (University of Maryland, College Park) and David Wray (University of Chicago), Response


(CFP closed February 1, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organizers: SCS Committee on Translations of Classical Authors; Diane Arnson Svarlien, Independent Scholar, and Diane Rayor, Grand Valley State University

From Livius Andronicus to the multifarious translation landscape of the twenty-first century, the re-creation of classic works in new languages has brought ancient literature to new audiences and new cultural contexts.

This panel seeks papers that focus on the art of literary translation. For our society’s sesquicentennial, we especially welcome papers that address translation into English since 1869.

All translation is interpretation: Textual decisions drive interpretations, yet interpretive stances also drive textual decisions. Translation is an especially intimate and visible active reading in which the reader of the source language work becomes the writer of the English work.

Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

* How literary translations of single authors have changed over time.
* Trends in literary translation
* Translation in times of crisis
* The status of translation in classics
* How translation engages with scholarship
* The responsibilities of the translator
* Theories of and approaches to translation
* Political or cultural use of translation

The Committee on Translations of Classical Authors is in the process of producing a searchable database bibliography of all translations of Greek and Latin authors translated from 1869 (and ongoing) initially in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Grand Valley State University developed the Tiresias database, before transferring it to UC-Irvine, who has agreed to host the project at the International Center for Writing and Translation.

Abstracts for papers should be submitted electronically as Word documents by January 31, 2018 to Donald Mastronarde (, preferably with the subject heading “abstract_translation_SCS2019”. All abstracts will be judged anonymously and so should not reveal the author’s name, but the email should provide name, abstract title, and affiliation. Abstracts should be 650 words or fewer and should follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (, except that works cited should be put at the end of the document, not in a separate text box.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 59: A Century of Translating Poetry

Elizabeth Vandiver (Whitman College), "'Exquisite Classics in Simple English Prose': Theory and Practice in the Poets' Translation Series (1915-1920)"
Rachel Hadas (Rutgers University), "Quisque suos patimur manes: Trends in Literary Translations of the Classics"
Tori Lee (Duke University), "'Tools' of the Trade: Euphemism and Dysphemism in Modern English Translations of Catullus"
Rodrigo Tadeu Gonçalves (Federal University of Paraná), "Performative Translations of Lucretius and Catullus"
Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania), "Faithless: Gender Bias and Translating the Classics"
Diane Rayor (Grand Valley State University), Response

(CFP closed January 31, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Sponsored by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance

Organizers: Anna Uhlig, (, University of California, Davis & Al Duncan, (, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Research Fellow, University of the Free State

The performance of ancient drama, whether in updated stagings or more radically adapted variations, represents one of the most significant influences on contemporary views of the ancient world. As Helene Foley and others have shown, the “reimagining” of ancient drama in the New World has a long and fascinating history, and one that continues to be written. The recent flurry of scholarly work on the performance of ancient drama in the Americas attests to the range and complexity of new-world engagement with Greece and Rome. Landmark studies include Foley’s Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (2012) and the Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2015) among diverse other publications. In the years since the publication of these volumes, ancient drama has continued to demonstrate its ability to speak to a changing New World, whether in Harrison David Rivers’ And She Would Stand Like This (2017), a transgender version of Euripides’ Trojan Women, Bryan Doerries’ evolving “Theater of War” Productions (2009-present), or Elise Kermani’s juxtaposition of contemporary and ancient in Iphigenia: Book of Change (2016). In many ways, theater artists in the Americas are once again redefining our relationships with ancient Greek and Roman culture.

In light of the overall goal of the Sesquicentennial Program to celebrate the past and future of Classical Studies in the Americas, this panel will focus on the dynamic forms that ancient drama has taken in new-world performances. This rich and still-unfolding history provides a powerful window on how the performance of classical drama constitutes a vital channel through which the future of Classics has taken—and continues to take—shape. As theater has long been recognized as a bellwether within our discipline, a goal of this panel is to highlight emergent trends in new-world theater that may presage future turns in Classical Studies as a whole.

We invite submissions on any aspect of the performance of ancient drama in the Americas, but are especially eager for contributions that focus on the cultural or political immediacy of ancient drama as demonstrated in staged productions from the last decade or so. Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

* How does a synchronic approach facilitate our understanding of ancient drama within an interconnected world?
* How does the shared history of colonialism and/or slavery in the Americas shape approaches to ancient drama?
* What similarities/differences are found in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama in distinct linguistic communities of the Americas (e.g. Spanish, English, Portuguese, French)?
* How have recent changes in social or economic conditions in the Americas found form in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama?
* How are contentious issues of borders, identity, nationality, and culture reflected in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama in the Americas?
* How are shifting discourses on gender, sexuality, and race making themselves felt in the performance/adaptation of ancient drama?

The session will conclude with a response to the papers by Helene Foley.

Please send anonymous abstracts following SCS guidelines ( by email to Timothy Wutrich (, not to the panel organizers. Review of abstracts will begin 1 March 2018. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 58: Ancient Drama, New World

Al Duncan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Anna Uhlig (University of California, Davis), Introduction
Charles Pletcher (Columbia University), "Antigone: Anastrophe in Griselda Gambaro's Antígona furiosa"
Christina Perez (Columbia University), "Textual Ruins: The Form of Memory in José Watanabe's Antigona
Laurialan Blake Reitzammer (University of Colorado Boulder), "Reimagining Creon and his Daughter in Euripides' Medea: Armida as Queen of the Barrio in Luis Alfaro's Mojada"
Claire Catenaccio (Duke University), "'Why We Build the Wall': Hadestown in Trump's America
Helene Foley (Barnard College), Response

(CFP closed March 15, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by MOISA, Andreas J. Kramarz, Legion of Christ College of Humanities

Many literary and philosophical sources throughout antiquity attest the view that music serves as a connection between human and the supernatural realities. The concept of music as a “gift of the gods,” also applicable to instruments and divine (or divinely inspired) musicians, already points at this relationship. From the Pythagoreans to Aristides Quintilianus and beyond, cosmological speculations are frequently aligned with the structure and dynamics of the human soul and described in musical terms. Hence the need of a deeper inquiry about the relationship between music and the divine.

Possible questions to be investigated and topics to discuss include (but are not limited to):
* What are historical, psychological, philosophical, and theological reasons for the perception that music is something divine, which surpasses what is properly human?
* Greek and Roman mythology is full of stories where gods or divine figures are related to or the origin and practice of music as such, instruments, tunes, practices, etc. What does divine patronage reveal about the character of music and its impact on human life?
* The “divinely inspired” musician: origin, role, and development of the concept of musical genius.
* Dionysian “frenzy”: how does the “dark side” of music become associated with divinities? How is this represented in other cultural traditions?
* Human music as a competition or rebellion against the divine (for instance, the stories of Marsyas or Orpheus).
* Cosmology and mathematical musicology: to what degree can modern science support the parallelism between musical and cosmic processes as first described by the Pythagoreans and still thoroughly developed by Kepler? How does such “ideal” music relate to “real” music?
* Contributions of individual classical authors or schools: what are the various views on the relationship between music and creation, and how do they compare? How are these theories reflected and further developed in post-classical traditions?
* Music as mediation between the human and the divine.
* Is the numinous character of music particular, or is it found similarly in other art forms?
* How do ethnomusicological findings support – or question – the idea of a universal notion of music being a privileged link between the human sphere and the divine?
* Is there a continuity or rather a discontinuity between the classical and the Christian (Western or Eastern) view on the role of music in worship or on its divine character?

In an effort to showcase the best papers and the most innovative research in the field of ancient music, we also welcome abstracts that deal with interdisciplinary aspects of Greek and Roman music and its cultural heritage within the framework of the panel theme.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers to be presented at the 2019 SCS annual meeting should observe the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear on the SCS web site. The deadline for submission is March 9th, 2018, and all prospective presenters should be SCS members in good standing at the time of submission. Please address your abstract to and any question related to the panel to In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by two referees.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 56: Music and the Divine

Andreas J. Kramarz (Legion of Christ College of Humanities), Introduction
Pavlos Sfyroeras (Middlebury College), "The Music of Sacrifice: Between Mortals and Immortals"
Spencer Klavan (University of Oxford), "Movements Akin to the Soul's: Human and Divine Mimēsis in Plato's Music"
Victor Gysembergh (Freie Universität Berlin), "Eudoxus of Cnidus on Consonance, Reason/Ratio, and Divine Pleasure"
Noah Davies-Mason (The Graduate Center, CUNY), "The Silent Gods of Lucretius"
Francesca Modini (Kings College), "Singing for the Gods under the Empire: Music and the Divine in the Age of Aelius Aristides"
Andreas J. Kramarz (Legion of Christ College of Humanities), Response

(CFP closed March 9, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

WCC Sponsored Panel. Chairs: Andrea Gatzke (SUNY-New Paltz) and Jeremy LaBuff (Northern Arizona University)

Global/transnational feminism is a framework that challenges the universalizing tendencies of Western feminism, and works toward a more expansive appreciation of the diversity inherent to the experiences of women and sexual minorities across the globe. It accomplishes this by taking into consideration the wide variation of cultural, economic, religious, social, and political factors that differentially impact women in different places. Yet the potential utility of this concept to the discipline of classical studies remains largely untapped. For all of the modifications and corrections made to Foucault’s History of Sexuality, the Greco-Roman world’s position as ancestor to the Modern West too often frames how we situate the study of gender and sexuality in antiquity. Global/transnational feminism offers ways to make the discipline more inclusive by transcending this ancient-modern comparison and further contextualizing classical phenomena through contemporary cross-cultural study and consideration of how gender and sexuality might intersect with other social categories like ethnicity or class. Such approaches can help us identify important connections and differences between distinct cultures, but perhaps more importantly, can serve to establish the value and limitations of the theories and methodologies we implement in studying gender and sexuality.

This panel seeks to provide a venue for advancing discussions of gender and sexuality in classical antiquity in both scholarship and the classroom through the lens of global/transnational feminism. Among the questions we hope to explore are:

* How can we make fruitful comparisons between Greek and Roman constructions of gender and sexuality and those of other ancient societies, whether neighboring and interacting (e.g., Celtic, Egyptian, Persian) or disparate (China, Japan, South Asia, etc.)?
* How might a global/transnational feminist approach help us and our students more critically compare ancient constructions of gender and sexuality to our own modern ones?
* How might an emphasis on intersectionality complicate our understanding of the diverse experiences of women and sexual minority groups in antiquity?
* How does Western feminism limit our ability to understand and analyze concepts of gender and sexuality in antiquity?
* What does a global/transnational feminist approach mean for our relationship to the ancient past, more broadly conceived?
* We solicit papers from both scholarly and pedagogical perspectives that consider the above and related questions regarding the study of gender and/or sexuality in the ancient world from a global/transnational perspective.

Abstracts of ca. 450 words, suitable to a 15-20 presentation, should be sent as a .pdf file to Martha Teck ( Please do not identify yourself in any way in the abstract itself so that all submitted abstracts can be evaluated anonymously. Please follow the formatting guidelines for abstracts that appear on the SCS website: All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS or AIA members in good standing, and all proposals must be received by March 1, 2018. Any questions about the panel should be directed to the organizers.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 55: Global Feminism and the Classics

Jeremy LaBuff (Northern Arizona University) and Andrea F. Gatzke (SUNY-New Paltz), Introduction
Margaret Day (The Ohio State University), "The Sisters of Semonides' Wives: Rethinking Female-Animal Kinship"
Elizabeth LaFray (Siena Heights University), "The Emancipation of the Soul: Gender and Body-Soul Dualism in Ancient Greek and Indian Philosophy"
Sarah Christine Teets (University of Virginia), "Mapping the Intersection of Greek and Jewish Identity in Josephus' Against Apion"
Hilary J. C. Lehmann (Knox College), "Past, Present, Future: Pathways to a More Connected Classics"
Erika Zimmermann Damer (University of Richmond), Response

(CFP closed March 1, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

(Alison Keith, University of Toronto, presiding)

Edgar Garcia (University of Washington), "Teucer, Twofold: Echoes and Exempla in Odes 1.7"
Alicia Matz (Boston University), "Deus nobis haec otia fecit: Illusions of Otium at the End of the Republic"
Katherine Wasdin (George Washington University), "Horace the Communist: Marx's Capital as Satire"
Aaron Kachuck (University of Cambridge), "Ursine Poetics in Horace and the Classical Tradition"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy and Sarah E. Bond, University of Iowa

The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy invites submissions for a panel at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Diego. The history of epigraphy as a discipline stretches back to antiquity itself. In the same manner that Herodotus used inscriptions in order to list the temple inventories from Delphi and Delos and Suetonius appears to have drawn on the myriad inscriptions that dotted the Roman Forum, modern epigraphers continue to publish, interpret, and interweave epigraphic remains today. Although the focus is normally on the ancient content of these epigraphic remains, this panel turns its focus on the epigraphers themselves.

As the Society for Classical Studies looks back on 150 years of its existence as an academic organization in 2019, epigraphers should similarly take a moment to reflect on the evolution of our field. From the Rosetta Stone to the Vindolanda Tablets, behind every great inscription is a great woman, man, and sometimes an entire archaeological team. We often contextualize inscriptions in their original time and provenance as a means of understanding the context and historical milieu in which they were written, yet understanding the motives, biases, and ethics of an epigrapher are similarly enlightening. Moreover, the role of the epigrapher as both historian and philologist is extensive. Whether it be Louis Robert’s (1904-1985) and his wife Jeanne’s publication of the Bulletin épigraphique from 1938 to 1984 or Joyce Reynolds’ publication of The inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania in 1952, epigraphers have helped to influence classics, ancient history, and digital humanities in many meaningful ways.

The main objective of this panel is to explore broadly the relationship between classical antiquity and the epigrapher. This might include but is not limited to how ancient and early medieval writers used epigraphic evidence, how Renaissance antiquarians drew on classical epigraphy in order to create new fonts for the printing press, the impact of German scholars publishing over 250,000 inscriptions in the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum and the Inscriptiones Graecae from the latter half of the 19th century up until the present. The role of epigraphers in shaping the current state of digital humanities today is of equal import. Histories of epigraphers dedicated to working with ancient Near Eastern, Hebrew, Greek, Roman, Syriac, Etruscan, and any other language inscribed within the ancient Mediterranean world are welcome to apply.

Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by members of the ASGLE Executive Committee and external readers, and should not be longer than 650 words (bibliography excluded): please follow the SCS “Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts.” All Greek should either be transliterated or employ a Unicode font. The Abstract should be sent electronically as a Word file, along with a PDF of the Submission Form by March 3, 2018 to Sarah E. Bond at


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 37: Writing the History of Epigraphy and Epigraphers

Sarah E. Bond (University of Iowa), Introduction
Alastair J. L. Blanshard (University of Queensland) & Robert K. Pitt (College Year in Athens), "Inscription Hunting and Early Travellers in the Near East: The Cases of Pococke and Chandler Compared"
Graham Oliver (Brown University), "150 Years, and More, of Teaching the Epigraphical Sciences (or, Epigraphical Training Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow)"
Daniela Summa (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften), "The Correspondence of Günther Klaffenbach and Louis Robert (1929-1972)"
Holly Sypniewski (Millsaps College), "The Method and Madness of Matteo Della Corte"
Morgan Palmer (Tulane University), "Res Gestae: The Queen of Inscriptions and the History of Epigraphers"

(CFP closed March 3, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Sesquicentennial Panel, Joint AIA-SCS Session, organized by Andrew Laird, Brown University, and Erika Valdivieso, Brown University

Erika Valdivieso (Brown University), Introduction
Andrew Laird (Brown University), "American Philological Associations: Latin and Amerindian Languages"
Erika Valdivieso (Brown University), "Transformation of Roman Poetry in Colonial Latin America"
Stella Nair (University of California, Los Angeles), "Seeing Rome in the Andes: Inca Architectural History and Classical Antiquity"
Claire Lyons (J. Paul Getty Museum), "Alterae Romae? The Values of Cross-Cultural Analogy"
Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies), Response




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris, University of Lille, and Emily Hauser, Harvard University

Sheila Murnaghan (University of Pennsylvania), "Inside Stories: Amateurism and Activism in the Classical Works of Naomi Mitchison"
Isobel Hurst (Goldsmiths, University of London), "Edith Wharton and Classical Antiquity: From Victorian to Modern"
Emily Hauser (Harvard University), "Re-visioning Classics: Adrienne Rich and the Critique of 'Old Texts'"
Elena Theodorakopoulos (University of Birmingham), "The Silencing of Laura Riding"
Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (University of Lille), "Marguerite Yourcenar's Sappho (Feux, La Couronne et la Lyre) and Lesbian Paris in the Early Twentieth Century"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Committee on Diversity in the Profession, Victoria E. Pagán, University of Florida

Shelley Haley (Hamilton College), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Daniel R. Moy (Harvard Kennedy School of Government), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Heidi Morse (University of Michigan), "Response to Margaret Malamud, African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism"
Nicole A. Spigner (Columbia College Chicago), "Historical [Re]constructions: Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood and Proto-Afrocentric Classicism"
Margaret Malamud (New Mexico State University), Response




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Emma Stafford, University of Leeds; Classical Association of the UK

Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Introduction
Karl Galinsky (University of Texas at Austin), "Herakles/Vajrapani, the Buddha"
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Cardiff University), "Hercules' Birthday Suit: Performing Heroic Nudity between Athens and Amsterdam"
Emma Stafford (University of Leeds), "'I Shall Sing of Herakles': Writing a Hercules Oratorio for the Twenty-First Century"
Monica Cyrino (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque), "How the Rock became Rockules: Dwayne Johnson's Star Text in Hercules (2014)"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Workshop; Organized by Chiara Sulprizio, Vanderbilt University

Ray Laurence (Macquarie University), Respondent
Andrew Park (Cognitive Media LLC), Respondent




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

For our inaugural workshop at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, we invite abstracts for papers that develop trans-historical and transnational models of Africana reception. Contributions will be pre-circulated and then discussed at the 2019 SCS meeting in San Diego.

As Classical Reception Studies has burgeoned, existing models of appropriation, creativity, and dialogue have struggled to capture the complexity of the relationship between classical works and their receptions. For example, studies often focus exclusively on one temporal point over the other, trace a direct line of influence from source to target, or hierarchize in such a way that source works become the privileged creative inspiration to a later 'political' manifestation. This is not just a scholarly problem. Artists themselves have rejected attempts to categorize their refigurations without acknowledging their idiosyncratic perspectives: as Romare Bearden said, 'we must remember that people other than Spaniards can appreciate Goya, people other than Chinese can appreciate a Sung landscape, and people other than Negroes can appreciate a Benin artist is an art lover who finds that in all the art that he sees, something is missing: to put there what he feels is missing becomes the center of his life's work' (S. Patton, Memory and Metaphor 1991: 31).

Classicists have already begun to find new paths forward. Drawing on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, Lorna Hardwick has argued for utilizing a rhizomatic network of classical connections that recognizes multiple, non-hierarchical points of entry ("Fuzzy Connections" 2011: 43). Emily Greenwood has further developed Hardwick's classical connectivity model by advocating the 'omni-localism' of classical works and of their Africana Receptions ("Omni-Local Classical Receptions" 2013). Striation or layering, as discussed in Deep Classics (Butler, ed. 2016) and "The Reception of Classical Texts in the Renaissance" (Gaisser 2002) respectively, has also been proposed as an alternative metaphor for conceptualizing the varied processes of reception.

To that end we seek papers that go beyond a focus on one point of entry, privileged viewpoint or implied 'tradition' into the network of classical connections and offer a distinctive methodological contribution, a case study of a model through multiple receptions, or a novel theoretical analysis.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following sub-disciplines: intellectual history; literature; visual art and performance studies; music; political activism; and education.

Eos is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into Classics, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research. Above all, we aim to create a supportive environment for scholars of all stages working on Africana Receptions of Greco-Roman antiquity.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words 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 23rd, 2018.


Update: 8/12/2018

Eos is delighted to announce the program for Theorizing Africana Receptions, our inaugural workshop at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies.

Session 17: Friday January 4, 2019 (10:45-12:45)

Anja Bettenworth (Cologne), “The Reception of St. Augustine in Modern Maghrebian Novels”
Sarah Derbew (Harvard), “Bodies in Dissent”
Ellen Cole Lee (Fairfield), “Reader-Response to Racism: Audre Lorde and Seneca on Anger”
Jackie Murray (Kentucky), Respondent



(CFP closed February 23, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 2, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by Nancy S. Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, Mary Louise Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Melinda Powers, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Nancy S. Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), Introduction
Mary Louise Hart (J. Paul Getty Museum), "Family, Fate, and Magic: An Introduction to the Greek Adaptations of Luis Alfaro"
Amy Richlin (University of California, Los Angeles), "Immigrants in Time"
Tom Hawkins (The Ohio State University), "9-1-1 is a Joke in Yo Town: Justice in Alfaro's Borderlands"
Rosa Andújar (King's College London), "Chorus and Comunidad in Alfaro's Electricidad and Oedipus El Ray"
Jessica Kubzansky (The Theatre @ Boston Court), "Directing Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles"
Melinda Powers (John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), Response




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Marsha McCoy, Southern Methodist University, presiding

Jacobo Myerston (University of California, San Diego), "Greek Andes: Briceño Guerrero and the Latin American Tragedy"
James Uden (Boston University), "Ventriloquizing the Classics: Cicero and Early American Gothic"
Andrew Porter (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee), "From Homer to Lescarbot: The Iliad's Influence on the First North American Drama"
Emilio Capettini (University of California, Santa Barbara), "'Ne quid detrimenti capiat res publica': The Senatus Consultum Ultimum and a Print of George Washington"
Kelly Nguyen (Brown University), "Classical Reception within the Vietnamese Diaspora"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Organized by the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception, Pramit Chaudhuri, University of Texas at Austin, Caroline Stark, Howard University, and Ariane Schwartz, McKinsey & Company

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Diego. For its fourth panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the subject of “Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives”. In particular, we welcome papers offering reassessments of the current state of the field from cross-cultural and cross-temporal perspectives, or proposing new approaches to the connections between classical and early modern epic using methodologies from philology, digital humanities, cognitive studies, visual studies, or world literature.

In the shadow of a rising nationalism, epic poetry has taken on an ever greater importance through its mediation of national identity and as a focal point of reference and contestation. Even within rarefied scholarly discussions, the study of the genre, like epic itself, can appear to dominate other material, whether less canonical genres or non-Western epic. While the genealogical bonds between classical and early modern epic can seem to strengthen national ideologies and academic conventions, however, the content of the poems often works against such assumptions. Moreover, increasing diversity in research methods and scope, especially through collaboration, enables the scholarly community to renew the study of epic in more expansive and imaginative ways. Our panel aims, therefore, to reflect on the reception of Greco-Roman epic in early modernity partly as a topic in its own right, and partly as a means of understanding more general issues of theory, practice, and canonicity in literature and culture at large.

Proposals responding to recent developments in the scholarship might address, but are not limited to, one of the following questions:

* In light of recent work by Mazzotta, Ramachandran, Laird, and others, how might attention to worldmaking, post-colonial thought, and classical reception in the New World reframe our understanding of the relationship between ancient and early modern epic?

* Does the study of the relationship between classical and early modern epic have anything to gain from comparison with non-Western material, e.g., the Indic tradition? More generally, what are the advantages and disadvantages of analysing these traditions in terms of genealogy, ecology (cf. Beecroft), cosmopolitanism (cf. Pollock), or other systemic relationships?

* What light can cross-disciplinary approaches, especially those using computational tools (cf. Coffee and Bernstein) or cognitive models (cf. Jaén and Simon), shed on continuities and disjunctions between ancient and early modern forms of the genre?

* How did the idea of epic change as a genre during the early modern period, in particular given the different transmission histories of classical epics, especially works in ancient Greek? How might the growing attention to neo-Latin literature affect the fields of epic and/or reception studies?

* Are there developments in the aesthetics of a particular period that shed light on goings-on elsewhere? Besides substantial interest in the sublime (Cheney) and the mock-epic (Rawson), recent work has also focused on the quotidian (Grogan). More generally, what comparative understanding of epic can be gleaned from a study of contemporary critics and theorists, e.g., Horace or Tasso?

* What areas of research in early modern epic might benefit from the contributions of classicists without an extensive background in the field, and vice versa?

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 Pramit Chaudhuri ( 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 19th, 2018.


Update: 8/12/2018

Session 10: Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives

Adriana Vazquez (University of California, Los Angeles), Introduction
Richard H. Armstrong (University of Houston), "Emerging Markets and Transnational Interactions in Translation and Epicization: The Case of Spain 1549-1569"
Maxim Rigaux (University of Chicago), "The Epics of Lepanto: Between Tradition and Innovation"
Viola Starnone (Independent Scholar), "Virgil's Venus-virgo in Christian Early Modern Epic"
Susanna Braund (University of British Columbia), "Travesty: The Ultimate Domestication of Epic"
Ralph Hexter (University of California, Davis), Response

(CFP closed February 19, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE March 1, 2018)



Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Omar Daniele Alvarez Salas (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)
Obert Bernard Mlambo (University of Zimbabwe), "Classics in Zimbabwe"
Ophelia Riad (University of Cairo), “The Correlation between the Classical, Pharaonic and Arabic Studies”
Harish Trivedi (Delhi University), "'Yet Absence Implies Presence': The Cloaked Authority of Western Classics in India"
Jinyu Liu (DePauw University and Shanghai Normal University), "Who's 'We' in Classics"




Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting - San Diego: January 3-6, 2019

Chair: Amy Pistone ( and Kassandra Miller (

Many initiatives, many possibilities come to mind when we think of Classics and Social Justice. But as we pursue these initiatives, or even before, an important early task for us, is that of self-reflection. Classics traditionally has been the preserve of elites, and has served to exclude individuals and groups from power, institutions, and resources thereby perpetuating their definition as inferior. Let us examine and confront this element of our history carefully, and more particularly our behaviors. Is Classics white? In the light of the appropriation of classical themes and motifs by the alt right, we need to think about how we ourselves have presented the field so as to render such (mis)appropriations possible. At the same time "ownership" of classics has always been contested--and the classics deployed-- by those very same groups who have been defined as outsiders. What are we doing when we say “classics for all” or teach these ancient materials to members of marginalized groups? Why do we do what we do?

We solicit 650-word abstracts by Feb. 20, 2018, for 15-20 minute papers. Paper topics might include but are by no means limited to questions such as the following: the "gatekeeping" and imperialist traditions of classics; the pedagogy of canons and unchanging tradition; the challenges from perceived outsiders to the discipline, for instance working class individuals, people of color, women. How do such individuals fare in our national meetings? Or in our discipline?

Please submit anonymous abstracts of less than 650 words to Kaitlyn Boulding (boulding@UW.EDU).


(CFP closed February 20, 2018)


Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2018


St Hilda’s College (Oxford) - Vernon Harcourt Room: December 14, 2018


10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee (Vernon Harcourt Room)
10.30-11.00 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh and the organizers; presentation of APGRD Translating Ancient Drama project by Cécile Dudouyt

11.00-12.00 Southern Europe I – Chair: Sarah Knight (Leicester)
Elia Borza (Université Catholique de Louvain) – Neo-Latin Sophocles; an Overview of the Neo-Latin Translations of Sophocles in Renaissance Europe
Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) – Theatre Translation and Aeschylus in Early Modern Italy: three case studies 12.00-12.15 Coffee Break

12.15-1.15 Southern Europe II – Chair: Blair Hoxby (Stanford)
Claudia Cuzzotti (Independent) – The Hecuba by Michelangelo the Younger (1568-1647): translation and adaptation of Greek tragedy in the Italian Renaissance
Luísa Resende (Coimbra) - Sophocles in sixteenth-century Portugal. Aires Vitória’s Tragédia del Rei Agaménom
1.15-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.50 Northern Europe I – Chair: Blair Hoxby (Stanford)
Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes) – Translating Greek (para)tragedy in the Renaissance
Thomas Baier (Würzburg) – Camerarius on Greek Tragedy
Angelica Vedelago (Padua) – Thomas Watson’s Antigone: the didacticism of Neo-Latin academic drama
3.50-4.10 Coffee Break

4.10-5.30 Northern Europe II – Chair: Tiphaine Karsenti (Paris X)
Cécile Dudouyt (Paris 13) - Translating and Play-writing: Robert Garnier’s patchwork technique
Tristan Alonge (Université de la Réunion) - Praising the King, Raising the Dauphin: an unknown sixteenth-century French translation from Euripides recovered
Tanya Pollard (CUNY) – Translating and Transgendering Greek Heroines in Early Modern England

5.30-6.30 Plenary led by Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow)

6.30-7.45 Drinks Reception (Senior Common Room): book launch of Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century, eds. Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison and Claire Kenward (OUP 2018)


For more information:



Strand Campus, King’s College London: December 12-13, 2018

The departments of Classics, Music, and Comparative Literature at King’s College London are delighted to announce a call for papers for an upcoming conference: Amplifying Antiquity: Music as Classical Reception.

The focus of the conference is deliberately wide, and we welcome proposals to speak on any aspect of how the culture, history, and myth of the Greek and Roman worlds have influenced the music of the 17th-21st centuries. We hope that papers will demonstrate the scope for fresh work and new collaborations in this area.

Musical works addressed need not be conventionally viewed as part of the classical tradition. Papers might touch on topics such as: the use of antiquity in the invention of new musical genres and development of aesthetic priorities; the relationship between performative speech and song, past and present; the gendering of ancient voices in modern productions; the social contexts of musical commissioning and performance; the conservative and radical political potential in music inspired by the classical world.

Speakers already confirmed include Sina Dell’Anno (Basel), Edith Hall (KCL), Wendy Heller (Princeton), Sarah Hibberd (Bristol), and Stephanie Oade (Oxford).

We are currently awaiting the outcome of applications to support the funding of this conference, and plan to cover at least the expenses of each speaker's stay in London. While King’s does not have on-site childcare, every effort will be made to accommodate speakers with caring commitments.

Please send abstracts (no more than 300 words) to, by July 9th. Any questions can be directed either to, or to the organisers.

Organisers: Emily Pillinger ( and Miranda Stanyon (

Update (25/11/2018) - Speakers:

Peter Burian (Duke University), Aristophanes Goes to the Opera: The Politics of Schubert’s Verschworenen and Braunfels’s Vögel
Luca Austa (Università degli Studi di Siena), Making a Joke out of Antiquity. Ancient Myth as Mockery in Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera
Samuel N. Dorf (University of Dayton), Performing Sappho’s Fractured Archive, or Listening for the Queer Sounds in the Life and Works of Natalie Clifford Barney
Eugenio Refini (Johns Hopkins University), From Naxos to Florence via Mantua: Layers of Reception in Vernon Lee’s Ariadne
Markus Stachon (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn), The Triumph of Aphrodite: Youth, Love, and Antiquity in Carl Orff’s Settings of Ancient Poetry
Stephanie Oade (Oundle School), Lyric(s) in Song
Kristopher Fletcher (Louisiana State University), Latin in Heavy Metal
Christodoulos Apergis (University of Athens), Screaming for the Gods: the Reception of Ancient Greek Hymnography in the Greek Black Metal Scene
Jo Paul (Open University), Pompeii Goes Pop: The Curious Story of Pompeii in Popular Music
Wendy Heller (Princeton University), Ovidio Travestito: Viewing Seicento Opera through Anguillara’s Lens
Tiziana Ragno (Università di Foggia), Ariadne and the others: A mirrored myth on the operatic stage
Theodor Ulieriu-Rostas (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris / University of Bucharest), Marsyas pardoned: rewriting musical violence for the baroque stage
Myrthe Bartels (Durham University), Tried by Love: Socrates and Socratic philosophy in Telemann's comic opera Der geduldige Socrates
Sina Dell’Anno (Universität Basel), Corydon and Mopsa. On Bucolic Travesty in Purcell’s Fairy Queen.
Lottie Parkyn (University of Notre Dame in England), Salieri and his deadly Danaids
Emily Mohr (University of Toronto), Carmen the Siren
Ian Goh (Swansea University), Salieri’s Catilina, or: What to do about (Roman) Revolution? Sarah Hibberd (Bristol University), Cherubini’s Médée and the Vengeful Sublime
King’s Chapel: Echoes of Hellas - A recital of classically-inspired works written at King’s from 1883-2017, including music by Rioghnach Sachs (King’s College London).



(CFP closed July 9, 2018)



The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and the British School at Rome, Rome: December 10-11, 2018

The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and the British School at Rome (BSR) invite submissions for papers for the conference The Roman Art World in the 18th Century and the Birth of the Art Academy in Britain, to be held in Rome between 10 and 11 December 2018. The conference will focus on the role of the Roman pedagogical model in the formation of the British academic art world in the long 18th century.

Even as Paris progressively dominated the modern art world during the 18th century, Rome retained its status as the ‘academy’ of Europe, attracting a vibrant international community of artists and architects. Their exposure to the Antique and the Renaissance masters was supported by a complex pedagogical system. The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, the Capitoline Accademia del Nudo, the Concorsi Clementini, and numerous studios and offices, provided a network of institutions and a whole theoretical and educational model for the relatively young British art world, which was still striving to create its own modern system for the arts. Reverberations of the Roman academy system were felt back in Britain through initiatives in London such as the Great Queen Street Academy, the Duke of Richmond’s Academy, the Saint Martin’s Lane Academy and the Royal Society of Arts. But it was a broader national phenomenon too, inspiring the likes of the Foulis Academy in Glasgow and the Liverpool Society of Artists. The foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1768 officially sanctioned the affirmation of the Roman model.

If past scholarship has concentrated mainly on the activities of British artists while in Rome, this conference wishes to address the process of intellectual migration, adaptation and reinterpretation of academic, theoretical and pedagogical principles from Rome back into 18th- century Britain. It responds to the rise of intellectual history, building on prevalent trends in the genealogy of knowledge and the history of disciplines, as well as the mobility and exchange of ideas and cultural translation across borders.

The conference welcomes diverse approaches to investigating the dissemination of the academic ideal from Rome to Britain. These might address, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:

• The impact of the Roman academic structure, theory and pedagogy on British art academies, artists’ studios and architects’ offices.

• The impact of art and architectural theory in Rome on the formation of a public discourse on art and architecture in Britain.

• The process of adaptation and reinterpretation of Roman theoretical and pedagogical principles to the British artistic and architectural context, and the extent to which British art academies developed new principles, absorbed the Roman model, or derived them from elsewhere.

• The role played by Roman and Italian artists and architects in the formation and structuring of the 18th-century British art academies and, in particular, of the Royal Academy of Arts.

• The presence and activities of British artists and architects in Roman studios, offices and academies and the presence of Italian artists in British academies.

• The role played by other relevant academies – such as those at Parma and Florence – on the formation of British artists and architects in relationship/opposition to the Roman model.

This conference will conclude a series of events celebrating the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. It will also be part of a series of conferences and exhibitions focusing on the role of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in the spread of the academic ideal in Europe and beyond, inaugurated in 2016 with an exhibition and conference on the relationship between Rome and the French academy, held at the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and at the Académie de France à Rome.

Please provide a concise title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 20-minute paper. Send your proposal, with a current CV of no more than two pages, to Proposals must be received by midnight, Monday 12 March 2018. Speakers will be notified of the committee’s decision in mid-April 2018. Travel grants will be available.

Organizers: Dr Adriano Aymonino, Professor Carolina Brook, Professor Gian Paolo Consoli, Dr Thomas-Leo True


(CFP closed March 12, 2018)



Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, UK: 8-9 December, 2018

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
George Gazis (Durham University)
Emma-Jayne Graham (The Open University)
Katerina Ierodiakonou (University of Athens/Université de Genève)
Chiara Thumiger (University of Warwick/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

The study of the classical past is currently experiencing a spatial and sensory turn, affecting the work of classicists, classical archaeologists, ancient philosophers and historians alike. Despite the growing number of ideas and approaches developed by individual specialists, so far the attempts to develop an interdisciplinary conversation on the matter have been limited. The aim of this conference is therefore to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines and to create a lively and challenging setting for discussion of new methodological approaches to ancient senses.

The conference will be divided into four sessions, each focused on specific aspects of ancient senses and their study:

(i) ‘Sensing the world’ will explore some of the theories of sense-perception put forward in antiquity. The emphasis will be placed on some of the epistemological issues that follow from the different ways in which ancient philosophers explained the relation between the perceiver and the external world, e.g. on the kind of knowledge we acquire through our senses, and the phenomenon of misperception.

(ii) ‘Sensing ruins’ will explore the possibilities offered by sensorial approaches to the study of material culture in classical antiquity. We invite contributions engaging with all the aspects of the physicality of the ancient world and its reception and welcome proposals which seek to present the material in a sensorially engaging and non-traditional way.

(iii) ‘Sensing the body’ will investigate the involvement of the senses in ancient beliefs and theories about disease and the body. This session will be particularly devoted to exploring the connections between literature, medicine and philosophy in the Greco-Roman world, by focusing on their relations with the senses and the human body.

(iv) ‘Sensing beauty’ will broaden the discussion, debating the role of the senses in early aesthetic theory. While encouraging contributions on traditional themes, e.g. mimesis and the sublime, the organizers will give priority to papers that focus specifically on the role of sensorial perception in the theorising of beauty in antiquity, and on how the ‘sensorial turn’ in classical scholarship can deepen our understanding of the early philosophical engagement with beauty and art.

*We aim to publish the results as an edited volume in the Mind Association Occasional Series published by Oxford University Press. Speakers will present preliminary versions of articles to be published in the conference volume.

Submission Guidelines

We especially encourage academics in the early stages of their career to apply (including final-year PhD students), but also welcome proposals from established academics. Applicants are kindly invited to submit the following documents:

1. An anonymised abstract of no more than 500 words (papers should be suitable for 30 min presentations). Abstracts should include (i) the thesis of your paper; (ii) a clear presentation of the main argument you will put forward in support of that thesis; (iii) a brief explanation of the novelty of your argument/thesis; (iv) and an indication of how the argument/thesis fits within the current scholarship on the matter.

2. A separate cover sheet indicating (a) your name, (b) the title of your paper, (c) institutional affiliation, (d) contact details, and (e) the session you would like to be part of. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in academia. Please feel free to indicate in the cover sheet whether you are a member of such a group.

Deadlines: Proposals should be sent to the organisers ( by 21 September 2018, 11:59pm. Selected applicants will be contacted by 1 October 2018 and will be expected to send a draft of their papers to circulate among speakers and attendees by 15 November 2018.

A limited number of bursaries (of around 70£) will be available for selected speakers to cover part of their travel expenses, but we encourage them to apply for bursaries from their home institutions. We are aiming to offer a limited number of bursaries to attendees too. Further details will be given at a later stage. The registration fee will be 25£ (covering welcome reception, coffee and lunches), and 15£ for graduate students.

The conference is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Mind Association.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries at

The organisers:
Chiara Blanco (University of Cambridge)
Giacomo Savani (University of Leicester)
Rasmus Sevelsted (University of Cambridge)
Cristóbal Zarzar (University of Cambridge)



(CFP closed September 21, 2018)



Manchester Metropolitan University: Friday 7th December, 2018

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

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

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

A title and 250 word abstract should be sent to Owen Rees at or Dr Jason Crowley by Friday 26th October 2018. Postgraduate speakers and ECRs and warmly encouraged to submit a paper.

Update (25/11/2018) - Speakers:

Melissa Gardner (Durham): “PTSD and the Study of the Ancient World”
Constantine Christoforou (Roehampton): “Combat Trauma in Sophocles’ Ajax.”
Jeffrey J Howard (Memorial University): “Vectors Leading to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Roman Soldiers in the Republic”
Andy Fear (Manchester): “Marius’s Dreams and other phantoms of Roman PTSD”
Bernd Steinbock (Western Ontario): “Combat Trauma in Ancient Greece: The Case of the Athenians’ Sicilian Expedition”
Giorgia Proietti (Trento): “A ‘collective war trauma’ in Classical Athens? Coping with war deaths in Aeschylus’ Persians”
Jamie Young (Glasgow): “The Psychological Impact of Slavery; Mental Illness and Stockholm Syndrome in Slaves of the Roman Republic.”
Kathryn Hurlock (Man Met): “Was there combat trauma in the middle ages?”
Chelsea Grosskopf (Iceland): “Combat Trauma and Eyrbyggja Saga”
Ismini Pells (Leicester): “Adventure or adversity? Child soldiers, childhood experience and trauma during the British Civil Wars”


(CFP closed October 26, 2018)



Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), December 5–7, 2018

We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for our workshop ‘Preliminary Considerations on the Corpus Coranicum Christianum. The Quran in Translation – A Survey of the State-of-the-Art’ at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), December 5th – 7th, 2018. In this workshop, we aim to lay the groundwork for an interdisciplinary research project, which will focus on comparing the different translations of the Quran made within Christian cultural backgrounds. The project will study the Quran and its reception from the Christian perspective by analyzing all Greek, Syriac, and Latin translations of the Quran from the 7th century CE until the Early Modern period. The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Angelika Neuwirth, head of the project Corpus Coranicum (CC) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The workshop aims to map out the different scholars and research traditions dealing with varied translations of the Quran. In addition, it seeks to connect these experts and to facilitate the scientific exchange between the multitude of studies previously conducted in this field. Finally, the workshop will examine the possibilities of using methods in the Digital Humanities for building an open-access database for systematically collecting and presenting the material for further research.

The structure of the planned project will correspond with the languages that will be analyzed. The Corpus Coranicum Christianum (CCC) shall, in a first step, consist of the three subprojects: Corpus Coranicum Byzantinum (CCB), Corpus Coranicum Syriacum (CCS), and Corpus Coranicum Latinum (CCL). Papers for the workshop are welcome in one or more of the following four sections:

* Greek translations of the Quran (CCB)
* Syriac translations of the Quran (CCS)
* Latin translations of the Quran (CCL)
* Digital Humanities (DH)

The workshop is focused on interdisciplinary research, which will, the organizers hope, encourage fruitful discussions about the state-of-the-art of the field and highlight potential areas for future research cooperation. For this purpose, we welcome abstracts of up to 300 words, to be submitted in English by May 31st, 2018 to: Abstracts should include your name, affiliation, position, the title of the proposed paper, your specific source(s) you want to work on, and a brief curriculum vitae. Please also indicate the preferred section (see above: CCB, CCS, CCL, DH). Notifications will be sent out in June 2018. Full papers should be submitted by 15th November, 2018. Limited funding will be available for accommodation and/or travel. Proposed workshop languages: English, German, Spanish, and French. Papers will be published as edited volume.

The project initiative Corpus Coranicum Christianum is financed by the Presidency of the Freie Universität Berlin. For further information about the structure of the planned project and for a more detailed Call for Papers, please visit our website. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon in Berlin!



(CFP closed May 31, 2018)



Bratislava (Malé kongresové centrum SAV, Štefánikova 3): December 5–7, 2018

Organised by the Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences




University of Turin, Italy: November, 28-30, 2018

Studies and discussions about classic fragmentary theatre and its modern staging.

The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (Centre for Studies on Classic Theatre) has scheduled for November 2018 its second academic conference for Professors, Young Researchers and Ph.D. Students of Humanities.

The conference The Forgotten Theatre aims at revitalizing the scientific interest in dramatic Greek and Latin texts, both transmitted and fragmentary, which have been long confined in restricted areas of scientific research and limited to few modern staging. The conference will host academics - Professors, Young Researchers and Ph.D. Students – who wish to contribute in cast new light on the forgotten theatre through their studies, reflections and experiences.

Themes discussed:
• Criticism, commentary, and constitutio textus of complete and fragmentary texts (comedy and tragedy);
• Reasonable attempts of reconstructions of incomplete tetralogies;
• Research on theatrical plots known for indirect tradition;
• Developments of theatrical plots between the Greek and Latin world;
• Influence of foreign theater traditions on the Greek and Roman theatre;
• Influence of other forms of camouflage art (dance, mime) on the development of the Greek and Latin theatre;
• New scenographic considerations based on the testimonies of internal captions, marginalia and scholia to the texts;
• New proposals for modern staging of ancient dramatic texts;
• Medieval, humanistic, modern and contemporary traditions of ancient drama.

In order to participate, the candidates are required to send an e-mail to containing:
• an abstract (about 300 words) of the lecture they intend to give at the conference and the title;
• a brief curriculum vitae et studiorum which highlights the educational qualifications of the candidate and the university they are attending.

The candidacies may be submitted until 31st July 2018 -- EXTENDED DEADLINE 31st August 2018. Each lecture should be 20-25 minutes long, plus a few minutes for questions from the public and discussion. The lectures may be given in Italian or English. Within the month of August 2018, the scientific committee will publish the list of the lecturers whose contribution has been accepted.

Refunds for the lecturers coming from other countries than Italy will be quantified thereafter. The scientific committee will also consider publishing the proceedings of the conference on the second issue of Frammenti sulla Scena, the official scientific series of The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (University of Turin), directed by Professor Francesco Carpanelli and published by Editore dell'Orso of Alessandria.

Scientific committee: The exact composition of the Scientific Committee, chaired by the Director of the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico, prof. Francesco Carpanelli, will be announced in April 2018.

Organization: The organization of the conference is entrusted to the Secretary of the Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico, dott. Luca Austa; for any information about the technical and organizational aspects of the event please contact him at


(CFP closed August 31, 2018)



Senate House, London: November 23, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Katherine Fleming

Voices that were once kept at the fringes of the Classics have begun to claim a role at the heart of the discipline, particularly through the lens of Classical Reception. Yet antiquity is still appropriated to justify nationalism, misogyny and homophobia. How can we negotiate this crisis of representation surrounding the Classics?

This interdisciplinary colloquium aims to explore the involvement of Greco-Roman antiquity, appropriated by societies throughout history, in the displacement and marginalisation of minority identities. It will also consider the response of those marginalised voices - how groups excluded from and through the Classics have used antiquity to reassert subjectivities. We welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers that consider such questions as:

* How have the Classics been used as a tool of displacement and marginalisation?
* How have those who have been marginalised responded to their displacement through the Classics?
* How have the Classics themselves been displaced?
* How have marginalised identities and voices within the Classics been repressed or ‘rescued’?
* How have reactionary narratives used the ancient world to reinforce exclusionary practices?

We also welcome papers on related themes.

We invite contributions from postgraduates and early career researchers. We hope to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue, welcoming historians, linguists, literary scholars, sociologists, archaeologists, classicists, and researchers in related fields.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, as well as a biography of 50 words, to by 21st September 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE October 5, 2018. We will let presenters know whether they are successful by 5th October 12th October 2018.

Organizers: Sam Agbamu, Rioghnach Sachs, Sam Thompson (King’s College London)

For further information, please visit:

(CFP closed October 5, 2018)



London (Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square): November 22-23, 2018

On 1st December 2018 the second cast court at the Victoria and Albert Museum will reopen to the public after an extensive programme of renovation. First opened in 1873 as the Architectural Courts, the two cast courts at the Victoria and Albert Museum contain casts of medieval and renaissance monuments from all over the world, as well as classical casts, including Trajan’s column from the second century AD.

This conference brings together scholars working across a range of disciplines (art history, classics, literature) to discuss the reception of classical material culture in the nineteenth century. It begins on the evening of Thursday 22nd November with a lecture by Holly Trusted, Senior Curator of Sculpture at the V&A on the redesigned cast courts and the following day, speakers discuss the mediation of classical material culture across a range of nineteenth-century cultural production including paintings, photographs, sculpture, book illustrations, and various writing genres including art criticism, theory, the novel and poetry. The conference will ask how writers and artists encountered the materiality of the ancient world. What was the role of reproduction in recreating the antique past? What kind of embodied relationships underpin nineteenth-century engagements with classical material culture? How did the remodelling of ancient histories shape questions of national identity, religion, gender?

Join us as we explore the nineteenth century’s fascination the material culture of the ancient world.

Organised by the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. Please contact Dr Vicky Mills ( with any queries

Speakers and respondents: Rees Arnott-Davies (Birkbeck), Patrizia di Bello (Birkbeck), Jason Edwards (York), Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck), Stefano Evangelista (Oxford), Melissa Gustin (York), Shelley Hales (Bristol) Victoria Mills (Birkbeck), Kate Nichols (Birmingham) Lindsay Smith (Sussex), Holly Trusted (V&A), Caroline Vout (Cambridge) Rebecca Wade (Leeds Museums and Galleries)


Thursday 22nd November

Holly Trusted (Senior Curator of Sculpture, V&A) ‘Displaying Plaster Casts at the Museum: South Kensington and the Reproduction of Sculpture’ Introduced by Victoria Mills (Birkbeck)

6-7.30 pm followed by drinks

Friday 23rd November

9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-11.00 Jason Edwards (York) ‘Sodomising Edward Bulwer-Lytton, or Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Last Days of Pompeii’. Introduced by Luisa Calè (Birkbeck)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-1pm. Panel one: Gendering C19 Classical Material Culture.

Victoria Mills (Birkbeck) ‘Text, image and the sculptural body in Victorian antique fiction’

Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck) ‘Encounters with an alien world? C19th British and Irish women travellers to Rome’

Chair: Hilary Fraser, Birkbeck

1pm-2pm Lunch

2-3:30pm Panel two: Sculpture, Reproduction, Aesthetics

Rees Arnott Davies (Birkbeck) ‘‘The most violent enthusiasm’ – Henry Hart Milman’s critique of Winckelmann’s aesthetic experience’.

Rebecca Wade (Leeds Museums and Galleries ) – ‘The Lost Leeds Cast Collection, 1888-1941’

Melissa Gustin (York) ‘American Psychopomp: Harriet Hosmer’s Pompeian Sentinel and Problems with Plaster’

Chair: Carrie Vout, (Cambridge) coffee break

4.00-5.00pm: Lindsay Smith (Sussex), ‘Photographers in Athens 1840-1879’. Introduced by Patrizia di Bello (Birkbeck)

5.00-5.45pm – Response panel/discussion: Patrizia di Bello (Birkbeck); Shelley Hales (Bristol); Kate Nichols, (Birmingham); Stefano Evangelista (Oxford)

5.45-7.00 Drinks

Registration is free but required. Please book your free ticket here:




Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country, in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain): November 21, 2018

In the following link you can download the CFP for the II ANIHO Young Researchers’ Conference – IV SHRA: Antiquity and Collective Identities: from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary World.

Deadline: September 5, 2018


(CFP closed September 5, 2018)



University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 15-17 November, 2018

‘The Making of the Humanities’ conference returns to Amsterdam! This is the place where the conference series started in 2008, 10 years ago. The University of Amsterdam will host the 7th Making of the Humanities conference at its CREA facilities, from 15 till 17 November 2018.

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.

Deadline for paper and panel submissions: 1 June 2018.

For the full Call for Papers and Panels, see

(CFP closed June 1, 2018)



Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany: November 15-16, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Richard Hunter, Trinity College, Cambridge

Pipes being handed down from one shepherd to another in the tradition of music making can easily be imagined as a scenario in real life, whether in ancient times or today. And indeed, some pipes from antiquity are still in use 2000 years later, at least metaphorically speaking. Easy to track are the ones Theocritus used in creating the genre of pastoral poetry with idyllic landscapes and characters that seem to be transported from their real life duties and dialogues into the realm of verses. His pipes are depicted as the instrument of the predecessor offered to a poet of a new era and language in Virgil’s 10th eclogue (Verg. ecl. 10,51: carmina pastoris Siculi modulabor avena), and are from there given to another even later poet in Theocritus’ and Virgil’s footsteps, Calpurnius Siculus (Calp. 4,62f.: Tityrus hanc [sc. fistulam] habuit, cecinit qui primus in istis / montibus Hyblaea modulabile carmen avena). This tradition was renewed, when the Greek text of Theocritus was rediscovered and printed for the first time during the Renaissance. Thus, Joachim Camerarius, for instance, coined Greek and Latin verses inspired both by Virgil and Theocritus. Finally, the Leipzig schoolmaster Johann Gottfried Herrichen even staged his Greek idylls so that they came back to life using perhaps also real pipes.

Hence a tradition and continuity in the bucolic genre and beyond can be traced back to the inventor, still hundreds of years later. As others have recently concentrated on the reception of Theocritus in comparative studies beginning in antiquity moving to modern times and modern languages (e.g. M. Paschalis [ed.]: Pastoral Palimpsests. 2007; H. Seng/I. M. Weis [eds.]: Bukoliasmos. 2016), the two day-conference Hyblaea avena aims at a new focus in a selected and narrower timeframe, namely the reception of Theocritus in Greek and Latin literature in the Roman empire (1st-6th c.) and the early modern age (15th-17th c.). Within the early modern period, we would like to concentrate on imitations in Greek but of course not exclusively. A view into Byzantine literature is also welcome.

Beyond the passing of pipes the main focus of the meeting is exemplified by the following questions that can be asked or can be answered afresh:

- What role did the reception of Theocritus play in Greek and Roman literature?
- How is the imitation of Theocritus made explicit?
- Which part of Theocritus was used and which was neglected?
- Is the imitation of Theocritus sometimes deliberately left out and why?
- What are the new contexts and functions of Theocritean scenarios and allusions?
- How was Theocritus integrated into other literary genres (e.g. epic poetry or anacreontic verse)?
- What was the impact of the edition of Theocritus, either as the original text or as a translation?
- How did the renaissance of Theocritus during the early modern age change the way poetry was written?

We cordially invite papers of approx. 20-30 minutes in length, with following time for questions and discussion. The languages of the meeting are German and English. Please submit titles and abstracts (as pdf-attachments) of approx. 500 words, along with a short CV and contact details by 30th April 2018 to either Stefan Weise or Anne-Elisabeth Beron. Applicants will be notified of the organizers’ decision shortly thereafter.

The publication of a conference volume is planned. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for selected speakers.

Contact: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Weise ( & Anne-Elisabeth Beron (


Keynote: Richard Hunter (Cambridge): The Prehistory of Theocritus’ Nachleben
Valeria Pace (Cambridge): Class in Daphnis & Chloe and Theocritus
Anne-Elisabeth Beron (Wuppertal): Standing in Tityrus’ Shadow: Theocritus in the Political Eclogues of Calpurnius Siculus
Hamidou Richer (Rouen): Three Faces of Theocritus during the Roman Empire
Manuel Baumbach (Bochum): Bienenstich und Hyazinthenschläge: die Schattenseiten der Bukolik im poetischen Raum der Carmina Anacreontea
John B. Van Sickle (New York): Traces of Virgil and Ovid in the Translation of Theocritus by Eobanus
Christian Orth (Freiburg i. Br.): Theokritrezeption in den griechischen Eklogen von Joachim Camerarius
Thomas Gärtner (Köln): Die diversen Reflexe des Epitaphium Bionis bei Lorenz Rhodoman
Janika Päll (Tartu): Greek Bucolic Cento in Early Modern European Poetry Merging Theocritus and Virgil
Stefan Weise (Wuppertal): „Der berühmte Leipziger Theocritus“ – Zu Theokritrezeption und Performanz in den Idyllia Graeca solennia von Johann Gottfried Herrichen
William Barton (Innsbruck): Adam Franz Kollár’s Χάριτες εἰδύλλιον (1756): Theocritean Praise of Maria Theresa and her Educational Developments


(CFP closed April 30, 2018)



Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA: November 9-11, 2018

In recent years, the afterlives of Greek tragedy have received special attention in the rapidly expanding field of classical reception studies. With reincarnations ranging from Japanese Noh theater to the Mexican screen, Euripides’ Medea is now more than ever a truly global “classic.” The time is ripe for dedicated focus on Medea and its traditions in contemporary theater and film.

The panel organizers (Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine; Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College) invite proposals for papers on receptions of Euripides’ Medea on the contemporary stage and screen, to be presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. The conference will take place Nov. 9-11, 2018 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Questions papers might address include but are not limited to:

* Medea assumes many roles in Euripides’ play, from abject suppliant to dea ex machina. How do recent adaptations of Medea portray Medea’s inherent theatricality?
* How have different translations of Medea affected the performance of the play?
* How have late 20th and 21st century stagings of Medea departed from previous models and trends?
* How have non-Western dramatic traditions (for example Japanese Noh) adapted Medea and how might they inflect our readings of their classical source text?
* How have recent dramatic productions of Medea staged or rewritten the infanticide?
* How have recent Medeas on stage and screen engaged with social and institutional hierarchies, including (but not limited to) issues of race, class, gender, nationality, and citizenship, and how have these issues and identities intersected with one another?

Paper proposals must be submitted through PAMLA’s online submission platform by May 30, 2018.

Please contact the session organizers, Zina Giannopoulou ( and Jesse Weiner ( with any questions.


(CFP closed May 30, 2018)



Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London: November 9, 2018

This workshop will ‘map’ how Greco-Roman antiquity is being deployed in political rhetoric in the 21st century, identifying differences across national and continental boundaries as well as across the political spectrum.

Does invoking the Spartans mean something different in the banlieues of Paris from what it means in Charlottesville, Virginia? If Europa on the bull represents internationalism in Brussels, what does it signify in Beirut, Brisbane, or Beijing? Looking internationally, does the Right make more use of classical antiquity than the Left? And if so, why?

The workshop will feature a combination of formal papers and discussion sessions. The range, extent, and nature of politicised appropriations of antiquity during the twenty-first century will be mapped; considering geographical, social, and ideological variation.

Following the workshop, we will draft a short paper, offering a ‘snapshot’ of how classics is currently being used in political discourse globally. This will be made available freely online, to inform future research.

Call for papers: We are inviting proposals for brief papers focusing on a specific country or other defined area (15 mins), as well as for spotlight talks on particular cases (5 mins). Funds are available to support travel and accommodation for early career researchers and international participants.

Extended Deadline: 1st July 2018 7th July, 2018.

Please email your proposals to either: Naoíse Mac Sweeney ( or Helen Roche (


(CFP closed July 7, 2018)



University of Newcastle (NSW), Australia: November 9, 2018

In 2004, Catullus scholars gathered in the Treehouse at The University of Newcastle to talk Catullus. This memorable event, aptly named ‘Catullus in the Treehouse,’ resulted in the first Special Issue of Antichthon, ‘Catullus in Contemporary Perspective’ in 2006.

After 14 years, and due to popular demand, it’s time to revisit ‘Catullus in the Treehouse’ with another one-day conference to celebrate Catullus, his poetry, his life and his legacy.

‘Catullus in the Treehouse Rides Again’ will be held at The University of Newcastle on: Friday 9 November 2018, 9 am – 5 pm.

If you would like to present a paper (30 or 40 minutes), please send an abstract between 300-500 words by 1 September to Marguerite Johnson (The University of Newcastle) & Leah O’Hearn (La Trobe University)

Postgraduates and honours students who wish to present are welcome. Undergraduates are also welcome to attend the conference.

Registration: Waged: $60; Unwaged / Studying: $30
Registration covers morning/afternoon tea and light lunch.

The events will be held at The University of Newcastle, NSW (Callaghan Campus).

As this is a preliminary call for papers, registration forms and advice on travel and accommodation will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please email to signal your interest, attendance and / or presentation.

More information:

(CFP closed September 1, 2018)



University of Coimbra, Portugal: November 8-​10, 2018

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World​ 2018​​.​ AMPRAW ​2018 will be a two-day conference (November 8th-9th)​ ​​aiming to provide postgraduate students from all disciplines with the opportunity to present their research to the growing academic community focusing on classical reception. A third day, Saturday, will be devoted to a cultural visit to Coimbra and Conímbriga Ruins.

We propose Corpus/Corpora as the main theme, more specifically its dialectical relations between physical/individual/material body and social/collective/conceptual body. By motivating submissions on this subject, we intend to open up several corpora to multiple layers of instantiation, from a meditation on the body itself (thus playing with the relation between the literary “corpus” and the lived body) to an ethical assessment of the possibilities laid out by hermeneutics’ continuous reinterpretation of the classical heritage. Following that line of thought, bodily experiments linked to theatre or music are among our range.

In fact, without any chronological restriction, we welcome proposals exploring the reception of corpus/corpora in different areas, such as:
* literary texts (including their transmission and reception), philosophy, and arts (e.g. painting, sculpture, dance, cinema or television).
* How does one envision the religious, social, economical, political and gendered expressions of the body?
* How does a body see, understand and conceive another body?
* How does a body relate to itself?
These are some of the many questions we intend to reflect upon.

We welcome abstracts for twenty-minute papers (250 words). ​All proposals should be sent using the online form at by June 1st 2018.​​​ Languages accepted are English and Portuguese. Some bursaries for two nights accommodation will be available. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided to all participants.

For more information​ ​on location and accommodation, please visit​ ​​ ​and for up-to-date details join Facebook Group AMPRAW 2018

Should you have any other question, please send us an e-mail to​​​. ​

(CFP closed June 1, 2018)



Senate House, London: November 8th, 2018

The Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome (CRGR) at Royal Holloway, University of London is pleased to announce that a one-day workshop on the relationship between Martin Heidegger and the Classics will be held at Senate House, London on November 8th 2018.

Martin Heidegger remains a controversial figure not just in the history of western philosophy but in just about every school of thought that his philosophy pervades. He is widely regarded, along with Wittgenstein, as one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century and the limit of his influence, encompassing the likes of Gadamer, Foucault, Arendt, Koselleck, Derrida, and Sartre, is beyond measure. The source of Heidegger’s controversy, notwithstanding his political views and allegiances, is the radical nature of his appropriation and reformulation of practically every major philosophical development since antiquity. He conceived of his project as the overcoming of metaphysics that was initiated by Plato, advanced through Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and Hegel, and brought to completion by Nietzsche. In doing so, he upturned nearly 2,500 years of western thought in order to turn philosophy back to what he conceived to be its fundamental, yet forgotten, question: the question of Being. In the Classics, Heidegger is largely ignored. This is perhaps somewhat puzzling given the extent to which the evolution of Classical scholarship over the past century has been grounded in precisely those conceptual developments - hermeneutics, experientialism, intertextuality, narratology, and postmodernism - that Heidegger has, to some degree or another, influenced. It is the purpose of this workshop to assess the nature and legitimacy of Heidegger’s broad exclusion from Classical discourse and to determine how, if at all, his philosophy might be reconciled with modern studies of the ancient world.

The workshop will focus on the following three core points of discussion, which inevitably interrelate, but all the same require definition:

1) The Classics in Heidegger
* What is the nature of Heidegger’s engagement with the Classics?
* To what extent does Heidegger misappropriate the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle?
* How are they incorporated into his work and what do they contribute to his overall project?
* What is Heidegger’s interest in the wider Classical literature (tragedy, poetry, history)?
* How is Greek language employed/manipulated by Heidegger?

2) The Classics against Heidegger
* Does the Classics have a bad relationship with Heidegger?
* Why does such a paucity of Heideggerian philosophy in modern studies of the ancient world endure?

3) Heidegger in Classical Scholarship
* In what ways has Heidegger so far contributed to modern Classical scholarship?
* To what extent can a reading of Heideggerian philosophy, encompassing his observations on concepts such as time, truth, subjectivity, method, and history, inform our understanding of ancient thought?

The workshop consists of four individual papers and three roundtable discussion sessions corresponding to the above divisions.

Confirmed Speakers:
Prof. Andrew Benjamin (Kingston University)
Prof. Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Dr. Katherine Fleming (Queen Mary, University of London)
Prof. Denis McManus (University of Southampton)

Confirmed Discussants
Prof. Emanuela Bianchi (NYU)
Prof. William Fitzgerald (Kings College London)
Prof. Laurence Hemming (Lancaster University)
Prof. Brooke Holmes (Princeton University)
Dr. Kurt Lampe (University of Bristol)
Prof. Miriam Leonard (UCL)
Dr. Daniel Orrells (Kings College London)
Prof. Mark Payne (University of Chicago)
Prof. Thomas Sheehan (Stanford University)

Registration for the workshop will open on August 1st once the programme and other details have been finalised. If you have any queries in the meantime, please get in touch with me at

Dr. Aaron Turner (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Prof. Ahuvia Kahane (Royal Holloway, University of London)





An area of multiple panels for the 2018 Film & History Conference: Citizenship and Sociopathy in Film, Television, and New Media

Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Madison, WI (USA): November 7-12, 2018

Full details at:

Aristotle famously defined humans as “political animals”: organizing themselves within the social structure of the polis and its codes of conduct, defining members from outsiders and different types of member in relation to each other and to the whole. From the time of the city’s foundation, Romans were no less concerned with the civitas and citizen status — increasingly so as Roman imperium expanded to encompass ethnic “Others.” The narratives generated and consumed by these societies both acknowledged and questioned the clarity of these theoretical concepts: the Odyssey marks Penelope’s aristocratic suitors as morally base and condemns them to divinely-authorized death worthy of enemies; Herodotus and Thucydides observe the increasingly despotic behavior of democratic Athens, as compared to both “barbarian” and other Greek adversaries; Livy emphasizes how abducted Sabine women stopped a war by asserting their own status and moral authority as Roman wives. Perhaps Julius Caesar would have been reviled as a traitor for his march on Rome, like the failed insurrectionary Catiline, had Caesar’s heir Octavian not gained control over the state, proclaiming the assassinated dictator in perpetuo divine and himself princeps.

All depictions of socio-political relations within the frameworks of kingdom, ethnos, polis, civitas, and empire in the ancient Mediterranean world have been shaped and reshaped through the lens of subsequent interest—both in antiquity and in modernity. The Classical Antiquity area solicits abstracts for papers that discuss how film, television, video games, and other screen media represent these relations and frameworks, on topics including but not limited to:

--how representations help modern audiences to imagine those social relations through dramatization — or promise to, despite reshaping ancient accounts to modern tastes

--how representations radically re-envision ancient accounts of political actors and communities to suit contemporary purposes (e.g. the noble rebel Spartacus in Kubrick’s 1960 film or the vengeful survivor Artemisia in 2013’s 300: Rise of an Empire)

--how modern social constructs (e.g. race, sexuality, gender) have been retrojected into depictions of ancient communities and individuals’ relations to each other and that whole

--how depictions of epochal shifts (e.g. constitutional, epistemological) redefine enfranchised/disenfranchised, subversive/revolutionary, patriot/traitor, barbarian/civilized

--how a “bad ruler/system” is critiqued by focus on a good/conscientious community member, or a “good ruler/system” is destroyed by criminality/sociopathy

--“rise and/or fall” narratives that turn on revolution, civil war, tyrannical coup, restoration

--use of ancient Mediterranean societies to stage modern romance with e.g. democracy, republicanism, fascism, imperialism

Proposals for complete panels of three related presentations are also welcome, but should include an abstract and contact information (including email) for each presenter.

DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 June 2018.

Please e-mail your 200-400-word proposal to the area chair: Meredith Safran, Trinity College -


(CFP closed June 1, 2018)



Pretoria, South Africa: 7-10 November, 2018

We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the annual Unisa Classics Colloquium in collaboration with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project: “Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300-650 CE)”.

The conference aims to explore a wide variety of aspects relating to the building, dismantling and reconstructing of memory and reputation across the various cultures bordering on the ancient Mediterranean, and over a wide time-frame. We know that memory and history are not fixed, objective occurrences, but are subjective representations of reality, and we can see evidence of this in the way in which those items which transmit memory are manipulated and used throughout antiquity. Memory and history, for example, are often reconstructed in light of various utopian (or even dystopian) ideals, thereby creating visions of the future that are based on strategic manipulations of the past. The unmaking and reconstitution of memory can be discreet, but more often occurs through violent means, whether through discursive and/or physical violence, which is an important aspect for further investigation.

The proposed conference aims to create fruitful interaction between the disciplines of Classics, Early Christian Studies, Late Antiquity and Byzantine Studies, by exploring both ancient written material and/or ancient material culture within the stated theme. The conference thus offers plenty of areas for further exploration, of which the following fields are a sample:

• Methodological considerations on the use of Memory Studies and Utopia Studies in the field of Ancient History
• From damnatio to renovatio memoriae. The mutilation, transformation and/or re-use of items representing the past such as buildings, statues and iconography
• The effects of iconoclasm and intersectional violence
• Spolia: from the narrative of power to repurposing of architectural fragments
• The importance of promoting or undermining ancestry in the ancient world, for example in Greek or Roman portraiture and busts and the recutting of busts to new portraits
• Continuity and change in historiography – debates on the past among the ancient historians
• The making and breaking of reputations, e.g. techniques and strategies (and their effectiveness) in ancient biography and hagiography
• Memory, utopia and ancient religion
• Utopias and the building of collective identities
• Building genealogies and ancestry, and aristocratic genealogy-competition and rivalry
• The purpose of evoking memory though Classical reception

Paper proposals (approximately 300 words) are invited for papers of 30 minutes debating current issues and problems on any aspect of the above theme.

Abstracts and titles should include your name and university affiliation, and should be submitted to either:
• Prof Martine De Marre (Ancient History and Classics) at or
• Prof Chris de Wet (Early Christian Studies) at

Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2018

We look forward to hearing from you, and please do not hesitate to contact us at the addresses provided above if you have any queries.


(CFP closed June 30, 2018)



Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico: October 29-31, 2018

* Teoría y método
* Tragedia y comedia griegas y su recepción
* Uso y adaptación de los mitos clásicos en la literatura española
* La tradición de la retórica clásica
* Sistemas Culturales

Organizer: Dr. David García Pérez

Information: &



Corpus Christi College, Oxford: October 27, 2018

A one-day conference on select topics in the history of classical scholarship will be held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on Saturday 27 October 2018, to mark the 75th birthday of Chris Stray. The speakers will include Mary Beard (Cambridge), Jas Elsner (Oxford), Edith Hall (KCL), Judy Hallett (Maryland), Lorna Hardwick (Open), Chris Kraus (Yale) and Chris Pelling (Oxford).

A detailed programme will be posted nearer the date. Any enquiries should be sent to Stephen Harrison (


Update (6 Sept, 2018):


Mary Beard (Cambridge) - Classics?
Jas’ Elsner (Oxford) - Room with a Few: The Fraenkel Room, the Refugee Scholars Room and the reception of Reception
Edith Hall (KCL) - Classics Invented: The Emergence of a Disciplinary Label 1670-1733
Judy Hallett (Maryland) - Gender and the Classical Diaspora
Lorna Hardwick (OU) - Tracking Classical Scholarship: myth, evidence and epistemology
Chris Kraus (Yale) - ‘Pointing the moral’ or ‘adorning the tale?’ Illustrations and commentary on Vergil and Caesar in 19th- and early 20th-century American textbooks.
Chris Pelling (Oxford) - Gomme’s Thucydides and the idea of a ‘historical commentary’.
Chris Stray (Swansea) - Closing remarks

Cost to non-speakers: £15.00 (please bring cash on the day); graduate students free of charge.

To book a place please e-mail by 1st October.



Ca’ Foscari University of Venice: October 25-26, 2018

Along with Hippocrates, Galen was the most celebrated physician of antiquity. Among ancient physicians, he was also the one who exerted the most persisting influence not only on western medical thought and practice but also on western culture and philosophy in general. In spite of their early medieval oblivion caused mainly by linguistic barriers, in the eleventh century Galen’s works began to circulate again in Europe through Arabic mediation. As soon as Latin translations made in Italy and Spain became available, Galen entered the canon of natural philosophy, medicine, and anatomy. This medieval and late-medieval revival of the Galenic tradition lasted throughout the early modern era up to the eighteenth century at least.

However, Galen’s influence was not limited to the medical field. Although his theories and practices certainly represented a mandatory reference for early modern anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics, Galen also contributed to orient the interpretation of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. In particular, his De usu partium was a reference work for any confrontation with the Aristotelian biological treatises. The famous Epode inserted as an appendix to this work strongly supported the theologically-oriented reading of Aristotle’s physics. Furthermore, the finalistic account of organic structures offered by De usu partium was an inspiring source for the eighteenth-century development of Teleology as an autonomous philosophical discipline.

So far, studies on Galen’s modern revival have focused mainly on the post-medieval period and the Renaissance. Frequent attention was paid especially to Galen’s presence in the medicine and physiology of the sixteenth century. The reasons for this emphasis are perfectly understandable, since the sixteenth-century edition of the Opera had the indeniable effect of reviving the interest in this author among both the medical and the philosophical communities.

On the other hand, this privileged focus on the sixteenth century may easily result in overlooking the long-term effect of Galen’s rediscovery, which in fact did not cease to exert its powerful influence both on medicine and philosophy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Galen’s theories appear to be mentioned, endorsed, discussed or even fought in the works of first-rank scientists and philosophers such as Boyle, Cudworth, Malebranche, and Leibniz – just to name the best known ones. A still open question, for instance, concerns the extent to which Descartes’ physiology and especially his sketch of embriology might contain some implicit reference to Galen’s work as their polemical target.

In light of these considerations, the Venice conference aims to broaden the study of Galen’s reception in the early modern philosophy of nature, teleology, physiology, medicine, and philosophy of medicine by investigating his presence from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. We therefore invite submissions on all aspects of the early modern reception of Galen’s scientific and philosophical works. Proposals on iconographical or iconological issues related to the early modern Galenic tradition will also be considered.

Keynote speakers: Raphaële Andrault, Dennis DesChene, Guido Giglioni, Hiro Hirai.

Please submit your proposal (max. 1,000 words) as a Word or PDF attachment to

Submission deadline: 15 March 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of April.

We will cover both accommodation and travel costs for speakers, provided that they travel in economy class and buy their tickets at least one month before the conference. Conference attendance is free. There are no registration fees.

This conference is organized by Emanuela Scribano and Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero. CREMT – Center for Renaissance and Early Modern Thought, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice


Dennis DesChene (Washington University in St. Louis), TBC
Hiro Hirai (Radboud University), Galen in the medical context of the scientific revolution
Elisabeth Moreau (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Galenism and matter theories in Renaissance physiology
Craig Martin (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Galen’s causes in the theoretical and practical medicine of Giambattista da Monte
Guido Maria Giglioni (University of Macerata), Galen and the irritable self: Reading De naturalibus facultatibus in the early modern period
Caroline Petit (University of Warwick), Galen, the early moderns and the rhetoric of progress
Fabrizio Baldassarri (HAB Wolfenbüttel / University of Bucharest) and Robert Vinkesteijn (Utrecht University), A green thread from Galen to early-modern medicine: The analogy between animals and plants
Andrea Strazzoni (University of Erfurt), Galenism as a driving force in ‘Cartesian’ medicine: The case of Henricus Regius
Raphaële Andrault (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon), Leibniz et l’Hymnus Galeni
Brunello Lotti (University of Udine), Galen as a source for natural theology in early modern British philosophy
Emanuela Scribano (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), De usu partium: Mechanicism versus Galen
Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University), How to identify a Galenist: The case of Robert Boyle
Charles Wolfe (Ghent University), Galen’s contribution to the history of materialism
Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Christian Wolff’s mechanization of Galen
Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest), Galen and eclectic philosophy in eighteenth-century Germany
Charles Goldhaber (University of Pittsburgh), The humors in Hume’s skepticism



(CFP closed March 15, 2018)



British Academy, London: October 25, 2018 (6:00 pm)

A panel discussion with Prof Liz Prettejohn (York), Prof Nicoletta Momigliano (Bristol), Dr Katherine Harloe (Reading), Dr Andrew Shapland (British Museum), and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (St. Andrews).

Why does the Greek past fascinate us? Building on recent collective volumes published by the British School at Athens – Cretomania (2017) and Hellenomania (2018) – this panel brings together specialists on Greek material culture to discuss modern responses to and engagements with the Greek past. Topics to be explored include modern versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey, ancient Greek pots in Ottoman Greece, and more recent responses to the ancient worlds of Crete and Greece.

This event is free and will be followed by light refreshments. There is a suggested voluntary donation of £15 to attend. Cheques should be made payable to the ‘British School at Athens’ and may be sent in advance to the London Secretary, British School at Athens, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH. A donation box for cash and cheques will also be available at the event. RSVP to Kate Smith if you would like to attend: / 0207 969 5315.




Heraklion, Crete (Chamber of Commerce and Industry): 19-21 October, 2018




Toulouse, France: 18-20 October, 2018

Colloque international IMAGINES/ International Conference IMAGINES

The classical tradition has long confined Antiquity to an immaculate, sanitized whiteness : thus idealised, it was deprived of its multi-sensorial dimension, and conveniently limited to the visual paradigm. Olfaction, in particular, has often been overlooked in classical reception studies due to its evanescent nature which makes this sense difficult to apprehend. And yet, the smells associated with a given figure, or social group convey a rich imagery which conotes specific values : perfumes, scents and foul odours both reflect and mould the ways a society thinks or acts. The aim of this conference will be to analyse the underexplored role of smell – both fair or foul – in relation to the other senses, in the modern rejection, reappraisal or idealisation of Antiquity. We will pay particular attention to the visual and performative arts especially when they engage a sensorial response from the reader or the viewer.

We therefore invite contributions focusing not only on painting, literature, drama, and cinema but also on advertising, video games, television series, comic books and graphic novels, as well as on historical re-enactments which have recently helped reshape the perception and experience of the antique for a broader audience.

Conference papers (in English or French) will be twenty minutes in length. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

* The materiality of smell: what are the substances, plants and/or objects associated with antique smells in the modern imagination? To what extent may we confront current archeological data concerning the fragrant objects used in Antiquity with representations of smell in modern works? What new technical means are now mobilized to make modern audiences ‘smell’ and sense Antiquity (for instance in museums and multi-media productions)? We also invite papers that address the role flowers play in the modern construction of the antique smellscape and how this connects with the other senses.

* The sensoriality of antique rituals: How do fragrances (incense, burnt offerings, perfumed oils) shape modern representations of antique ritualistic and magical practices? To what extent does the staging of ritualistic gestures and objects associated with smell (and notably the burning of incense) create a form of estrangement between past and present, and deepen the rift between polytheistic and monotheistic faiths?

* The erotics of smell and scent: How was the antique body (both male and female) made desirable thanks to the use of perfume and cosmetics? How was this in turn exploited in painting, films, advertisement etc. – especially in connection with Orientalism? What role does smell play in gendered constructions of the antique body? What relation can we establish between the fragrant and the (homo)erotic? We also welcome discussions of modern representations of antique baths, hygiene and ‘sane’ classical bodies in relation to scent.

* Foul smells and diseased bodies: to what extent did the hygienistic shift which affected Western societies in the modern age (as described by A. Corbin) influence the perception of the antique smellscape? When did Goethe’s conception of the classical as ‘sane’ start being challenged? More generally, how are antique illnesses and decaying bodies depicted in the modern imagination and for example performed on stage or in historical reenactments aiming to recreate ‘authentically’ the experience of antique battles? Does smell have a specific social/national identity? Since Antiquity, whose bodies have been most recurrently perceived as pestilent: those of enemies, foreigners, lower social classes (artisans, peasants, slaves…)?

Proposals (300 words) and short biographies should be sent to Adeline Grand-Clément ( and Charlotte Ribeyrol ( no later than 15th December 2017.

The contributions must be original works not previously published. The abstract should clearly state the argument of the paper, in keeping with the topic of the conference.

A selection of contributions (in English) will be considered for a volume publication by Bloomsbury in the series ‘Imagines – Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts’.


(CFP closed December 15, 2017)



Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Spain: 17-19 October 2018

The ÉTICAS GRIEGAS research group is pleased to announce the celebration of the international conference, dedicated to the study of Greek and Roman myths in audiovisual creation. On this occasion, “Classical Myths” is one of the four branches of the V International Congress of Mythcriticism “Myth and Myth and Audiovisual Creation”, which will be held at the UAH, UAM, UFV, and UCM from October 15 to 26, 2018.

Throughout the conference, the growing presence of the myths of Greece and Rome will be analyzed in the creative languages that fuse image and sound, especially in films, TV series and video games. We will also discuss the reception of classical myths in opera or theater, as well as their impact on contemporary arts that integrate the auditive and the visual to produce a new reality or language, as in comics, happenings, installations or performances.

What do we understand by classical mythology? Fundamentally and, usually, a set of Greek and Roman stories referring to gods and heroes, that is, to the two types of characters that were the object of worship in ancient cities.

The study of Greek and Roman mythologies is an indispensable piece to understand many of the keys of contemporary audiovisual creation. Starting from the Greek epic poems – the Iliad and Homer’s Odyssey – or the Latin epic – the Aeneid of Virgil -, we intend to approach the study of classical myths as a coherent whole in which each divinity, each mythological figure, exercises a concrete domain over the different spheres and institutions that structure social life. Likewise, we will study the audiovisual representation of the great mystery cults that arrive in Rome, imported from Egypt and the East, as well as the analysis of the conflictive relationships that primitive Christianity and the Fathers of the Church entered into with the myths of paganism.

During the conference, the mythical roots of the audiovisual themes will be explored, selecting from the corpus of the Greek and Roman myths those episodes that seem to lend themselves to a new reading, taking into account the most recent contributions of mythcriticism. For example, in The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979), the withdrawal of Swan to his base in Coney Island “has something of a journey of Ulysses in his return to Ithaca”, which Roman Gubern identifies with “the theme of eternal return, of the return to the home”.

In the current audiovisual creation, we see the presence of the great themes of classical mythological structures: cosmogonies, theogonies, anthropogony, stories related to sacrifice, animals, gods and heroes of war and hunting, artisan gods, death, the erotic, philosophy and the city. It is, in short, to explore in what way the characteristic features and unique characters of Greco-Roman mythology, in the case of heroes, such as Odysseus, Achilles, Heracles / Hercules, the Amazons, the Argonauts, or the gods, as Zeus / Jupiter, Athena / Minerva, Apollo, Orpheus, Dionysus / Bacchus, Aphrodite / Venus, Hermes / Mercury or Bread, are translated into the language of audiovisual creation.

Deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2018.


(CFP closed May 1, 2018)



Vercelli, Italy: October 17-19, 2018

The specific methods and different approaches that characterize the historians’ craft sometimes make difficult to set up a dialogue that goes beyond traditional periodizations. Despite of shared themes, historians rarely operate in a common area of discussion. In order to promote a wide confrontation, the Second Edition of "Historical Debates" will focus on the theme of travel as one of the most recurring issues of historiographical reflection, with the purpose to promote a debate beyond these traditional divisions. Humanity has never been limited to frontiers. From Ancient Times to Contemporary Age societies have always met and cultures interacted and mixed by crossing borders and travelling.

Proposals can develop the following topics:

• Travel memories: historical accounts written by intellectuals, diplomatists, ecclesiastics, soldiers, merchants, scientists etc.
• Migrations: temporary or permanent movements of groups of people.
• Discoveries of new lands: colonization or exploration of continents or places madeby explorers and scientists, whether historians or technicians, space travels.
• Grand tours and study trips from Ancient to Contemporary Age.
• “Forced” journeys: people leaving their own land for political reasons.
• Pilgrimages and memorial trips: journeys towards places of worship and historical cultural heritage.

The Seminar is organized by History PhD Students of the Department of Humanistic Studies of the University of Eastern Piedmont “Amedeo Avogadro” with the purpose of encouraging the academic debate and strengthening our Academic Community:

1. Greek and Roman History (PhD Student: Martina Zerbinati)
2. Medieval History (PhD Student: Matteo Moro)
3. Modern History (PhD Students: Michela Ferrara, Eugenio Garoglio)
4. Contemporary History (PhD Student: Stefano Scaletta)

The Seminar will be held at the Department of Humanistic Studies in Vercelli from 17th October to 19th October 2018.

PhD students and young researchers interested in participating are warmly invited to submit to all our contacts a proposal including a brief CV (max. 5000 characters, spaces included), the name of the University in where they study, title of presentation together with a short abstract (max. 3000 characters, spaces included) within 15th June 2018. Proposals of students from University of Eastern Piedmont (except for the organizers) will not be accepted.

Selected speakers will be contacted within 29th June 2018.

Publication of papers with a scientific publisher is expected.

Michela Ferrara – (Modern History)
Eugenio Garoglio – (Modern History)
Matteo Moro – (Medieval History)
Stefano Scaletta – (Contemporary History)
Martina Zerbinati – (Ancient History)


(CFP closed June 15, 2018)



Split (Palace Milesi, Trg brace Radica 7): October 12-13, 2018

Organisation: Neven Jovanovic (Univ. of Zagreb), Martin Korenjak (Univ. of Innsbruck), Braco Lucin (Književni krug Split)

Friday, 12/10/2018

14:00–15:00 Gregory Crane (Leipzig): Early Modern Latin, 21st Century Europe and the work of Transnational Philology
15:00–16:00 Philipp Roelli (Zürich) & Jan Ctibor (Prag): Big Data in Latin Philology: the Corpus Corporum
16:00–16:30 Coffee
16:30–17:30 Neven Jovanovic (Zagreb): Exploring the CAMENA Corpus with BaseX
17:30–18:30 Manuel Huth (Würzburg): Opera Camerarii – a Semantic Database of the Printed Works of Joachim Camerarius (1500–1574) 20:00 Dinner

Saturday, 13/10/2018

9:00–10:00 Stefan Zathammer (Innsbruck): Noscemus – A Semantic Database for Scientific Literature in Latin Including a Digital Sourcebook Compiled with the Help of Transkribus
10:00–11:00 Bryan Brazeau (Warwick): Teaching an Old Database New Tricks: Migrating the Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy (VARI) Database to VARI 2.0: Discussion and Demonstration
11:00–11:30 Coffee
11:30–12:30 Peter Sjökvist & Anna Fredriksson (Uppsala): Digital Approaches to Early Modern Dissertations




University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana: 11-12 October, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Barbara Goff, University of Reading, Reading, UK.

Studies have explored the cross-cultural engagement between Western civilisation and other cultures (Stephens and Vasunia 2010) as well as the legacy and reception of the Classics in the Arab world (Pormann 2015), India (Vasunia 2013), West Africa (Goff 2013; Goff and Simpson 2007) and recently, South Africa (Parker 2017). Classical reception studies thus continue to play a key role in bringing different parts of the world into greater dialogue with each other. We invite abstracts for papers not only from Classics but also from other disciplines and sub-disciplines which explore ways in which reception studies is giving a new voice to classical research in West Africa, consider ways in which Classics in West Africa engages with the legacies of Egypt, Greece, and Rome or examine cross-cultural themes in both ancient and modern traditions. We also welcome papers which draw lessons from other parts of Africa and the world.

The conference sub-themes might include but are by no means limited to the following:
* Africa in the Greek and Roman World
* Art and architecture
* Drama, theatre and literature
* Ancient, medieval and modern philosophy
* Democracy, culture and globalisation
* Politics, law, and public speaking
* Gender, slavery, and sexuality
* Race, ethnicity and identity
* Science and technology
* Geography and environment
* Medicine and health

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 30th June, 2018. Extended Deadline: July 8th, 2018.

Notification of acceptance: 31st July, 2018.

Organising Committee:
Martin Ajei, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
Olakunbi Olasope, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Peter Grant, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
Kofi Ackah, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.


(CFP closed July 8, 2018)



Dept of Classics, University of Reading: October 6, 2018

Beset by terrorism, environmental degradation, as well as by alienation and social inequalities often fanned by war, the modern world suffers from depression. Modern means of relief, such as the newest technological advancements, impose mass behaviour and threaten all facets of freedom. On the other hand, it is intriguing how easily the modern reader relates to a frustrated poet of the 1st c. AD. The opposition to moral decay and artistic decadence has indeed motivated authors of all times, from antiquity until the present day. Apart from their significance for literary studies and the subsequent development of respective theories, the thoughts of these authors can tell us much more about diachronic problems and the troubles of humanity.

At the same time, the ancient world reinvigorates almost every area of study and academic discipline. The aim of this workshop is to bring together those interested in applying the lessons from antiquity in the modern world or inspired by how the ancient world has shaped modernity and has the potential to improve aspects of everyday life. Academics and practitioners of every discipline are invited to share their experiences and suggest new ways the classical world can benefit our society. Themes could be (but are not limited to):

* How ancient medicine can open new roads and inform new methods.
* How educators across the globe make use of classical themes and texts for their pedagogical merits and how this can be expanded.
* How psychologists engage with ancient drama in the practice of dramatherapy.
* Approaches to how we can bridge the distance between reading a text and applying its content, or
* how one can embed a wider reception of Classics beyond the discipline.

Please send an abstract of 250 words or your enquiries to Andreas Gavrielatos ( by 1 September EXTENDED DEADLINE 7 September. Presentations will be of 20 minutes followed by discussion. The workshop will be held on 6th October in the University of Reading, generously supported by the School of Humanities.

It’s not about learning from the past; it’s about learning FOR the future!

A note: It has come to our attention that some terms and statements in our CfP might have given an erroneous impression of the nature and purpose of the event. The aim of the event is simply to discuss the public utility of Classics in the modern world, and no political agenda lies behind it.


9:00 – 9:20 Registration
9:20 – 9:30 Introduction: Andreas Gavrielatos
9:30 – 10:05 Keynote Speaker: Susan Deacy (University of Roehampton), Turning Classical myth into a turning opportunity for autistic children

10:05 – 11:20 Session 1
Re-Telling Antiquity as an Educative Experience in Elderly Care and in Prison: The Penelope Project (2009–2012) & Cesare deve morire (2012) - Penelope Kolovou (Universities of Bonn - Sorbonne-Paris-IV)
We Need to Talk about Epizelus: ‘PTSD’ and the Ancient World - Owen Rees (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Dramatherapy: “Ancient things remain in the ear” - Trish Thomas (Independent Scholar)
11:20 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:20 Keynote speaker: Gabriele Galluzzo (University of Exeter), Ancient philosophy and modern life: different approaches

12:20 – 13:10 Session 2
Two Concepts of Heroism - David Hodgkinson (University of Oxford)
Reception: What's in it for us? - Paula James (Open University)
13:10 – 14:25 Lunch

14:25 – 15:40 Session 3
The Cyrus cylinder propaganda (*with the presentation of a historical archive film) - Mateen Arghandehpour (University College London)
The Axial Age of Ancient Greece and the Modern World - Athena Leoussi (University of Reading)
Urbanism, scale, and a break from the past - John William Hanson (University of Reading)
15:40 – 16:10 Coffee break

16:10 – 17:00 Session 4
New Old Values in Medical Ethics: The Case of Euthanasia - Michaela Senkova (University of Leicester)
Public perceptions of plagues in the Classical Tradition - James Cross (University College London)
17:00 – 17:30 Closing Remarks

Emma Aston (
Andreas Gavrielatos (


(CFP closed September 7, 2018)



UCLA: October 5-7, 2018

Co-Organizers: Francesca Martelli and Sean Gurd

Long associated with pre-modern cultures, the notion of “distributed authorship” still serves as a mainstay for the study of Classical antiquity, which takes 'Homer' as its foundational point of orientation, and which, like many other disciplines in the humanities, has extended its insights into the open-endedness of oral and performance traditions into its study of textual dynamics as well. The rise of genetic criticism within textual studies bears witness to this urge to fray perceptions of the hermetic closure of the written, and to expose the multiple strands of collaboration and revision that a text may contain. And the increasingly widespread use of the multitext in literary editions of authors from Homer to Joyce offers a material manifestation of this impulse to display the multiple different levels and modes of distribution at work in the authorial process. In many areas of the humanities that rely on traditional textual media, then, the distributed author is alive and well, and remains a current object of study.

In recent years, however, the dynamic possibilities of distributed authorship have accelerated most rapidly in media associated with the virtual domain, where modes of communication have rendered artistic creation increasingly collaborative, multi-local and open-ended. These developments have prompted important questions on the part of scholars who study these new media about the ontological status of the artistic, musical and literary objects that such modes of distribution (re)create. In musicology, for example, musical modes such as jazz improvisation and digital experimentation are shown to exploit the complex relay of creativity within and between the ever-expanding networks of artists and audiences involved in their production and reception, and construct themselves in ways that invite others to continue the process of their ongoing distribution. The impact of such artistic developments on the identity of 'the author' may be measured by developments in copyright law, such as the emergence of the Creative Commons, an organization that enables artists and authors to waive copyright restrictions on co-creators in order to facilitate their collaborative participation. And this mode of distribution has in turn prompted important questions about the orientation of knowledge and power in the collectives and publics that it creates.

This conference seeks to deepen and expand the theorising of authorial distribution in all areas of human culture. Ultimately, our aim is to develop and refine a set of conceptual tools that will bring distributed authorship into a wider remit of familiarity, and to explore whether these tools are, in fact, unique to the new media that have inspired their most recent discursive formulation, or whether they have a range of application that extends beyond the virtual domain.

We invite contributions from those who are engaged directly with the processes and media that are pushing and complicating ideas of distributed authorship in the world today, and also from those who are actively drawing on insights derived from these contemporary developments in their interpretation of the textual and artistic processes of the past, on the following topics (among others):

* The distinctive features of the new artistic genres and objects generated by modes of authorial distribution, from musical mashups to literary centones.
* The impact that authorial distribution has on the temporality of its objects, as the multiple agents that form part of the distribution of those objects spread the processes of their decomposition/re-composition over time.
* The re-orienting of power relations that arises from the distribution of authorship among networks of senders and receivers, as also from the collapsing of 'sender' and 'receiver' functions into one another.
* The modes of 'self'-regulation that authorial collectives develop in order to sustain their identity.
* Fandom and participatory culture, in both virtual and traditional textual media.
* The operational dynamics of 'multitexts' and 'text networks', and their influence by/on virtual networks.

Paper proposals will be selected for their potential to open up questions that transcend the idiom of any single medium and/or discipline.

Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to by January 15, 2018.


Update (6 Sept, 2018) - Speakers:

Nandini Pandey, University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Anxieties of Distributed Authorship in the Vergilian Vita Tradition
Joseph Howley, University of Columbia - Not evenly distributed: pursuing 'the author' in Roman book slavery
Scott McGill, Rice University - Mega-Intertextuality: Writing and Reading Vergilian Centos
Alexis Crawshaw & Marcos Novak, University of California, Santa Barbara - Bridging the Ancient to the Digital Contemporary through Algorithmic Intertextuality
Pia Carolla, Universita Roma Tre - Distributed Authorship and Authoritative Texts; an Imperial Collection
Sandeep Bhagwati, Concordia University, Montreal - Notwithstanding Unique. Intertwined Authorship in Musical Comprovisation
Dorota Dutsch, University of California, Santa Barbara - Novelty and Meaning in a Pseudo-Pythagorean Network
Mario Biagioli, University of California, Davis - Ghostly Collaborations: making up co-authors in the age of big science
Daniel Selden, University of California, Santa Cruz - The Worlding of the Life of Ahiqar
Sergio Basso, Universita Roma Tre - The Barlaam and Joasaph - a New Paradigm Theory for its Formation
Francesca Martelli, University of California, Los Angeles - "Cicero's" Letters and the Selfie
Simon Biggs, University of South Australia - Distributed Authorship, Machine Learning and the heterogeneous Posthuman (dancing) subject.

(CFP closed January 15, 2018)



University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia: October 4-5, 2018

THURS 4 OCTOBER 9-5: A one-day conference, ‘Future Directions in Australasian Classical Receptions’; and / or

FRI 5 OCTOBER 10-3: A workshop for postgraduates and honours students on their current research in Classical Reception Studies.

Please send your abstracts for day one by 1 August to Marguerite Johnson, The University of Newcastle:

Abstracts should be approximately 300 words.

Presentation will be 30 minutes + 10 minutes for questions.

Confirmed speakers:
Emeritus Professor John Davidson, Wellington
Professor Michael Ewans, Newcastle
Dr Laura Ginters, Sydney
Professor Chris Mackie, La Trobe
Dr Sarah Midford, La Trobe
Associate Professor Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Monash
Dr Reuben Ramsay, Newcastle
Dr Rachael White, Oxford
Dr Ika Willis, Wollongong

Postgraduates and honours students who wish to attend day two, should send an outline of their current – and/or future – projects, which will be workshopped with their peers and with scholars currently working in Classical Reception Studies.

Please send your outlines for day two by 1 August to Marguerite Johnson, The University of Newcastle:

It is hoped that scholars researching at all levels – from academics, independent researchers, postgraduates, and honours students – will participate in both days. Postgraduates and honours students are also welcome to submit abstracts for day one, and academics and independent researchers are welcome to participate in the workshop on day two. Undergraduates are welcome to attend either one or both days.

Two days: Waged: $120; Unwaged / Studying: $60
One day (either day one or day two): Waged: $60; Unwaged / Studying: $30.

There is a travel subsidy for up to three students who wish to participate in the workshop on day two.

Registration covers morning/afternoon tea and light lunch on day one; morning coffee and light lunch on day two.

The events will be held at The University of Newcastle, NSW.

As this is a preliminary call for papers, registration forms, venues, advice on travel and accommodation will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please email to signal your interest, attendance and / or presentation.

Sponsored by The Centre for 21 Century Humanities, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle.



(CFP closed August 1, 2018)



Sarsina, Italy: 29 September 2018

After twenty years of Lecturae Plautinae Sarsinates, the CISP (International Center for Plautine Studies of Urbino) and the PLAVTVS (Center of Plautine Research of Sarsina - Urbino), have the pleasure of inviting you to the second in a new series of annual graduate conferences, the Ludi Plautini Sarsinates: Characters on Stage. As the title clearly highlights, the main focus of the conference will be on stage and theatrical issues as well as on a deeper evaluation of the personae scaenicae to be conducted every year on a different character. The conference aims at a fertile encounter between those who study Plautus and those who actually perform his plays on stage. Its scope will therefore encompass a wide set of themes, ranging from dramatical questions in the text to modern and contemporary adaptations of it. In order to enable a stimulating and interdisciplinary dialogue, we welcome any proposal dealing with these issues from different cultural contexts and perspectives.

The second Ludus Plautinus will look at the character of the parasitus and its reception up to modern and contemporary drama. Applicants may wish to devote their attention to the following topics:

a) confronting philological and / or anthropological approaches with the techniques employed by professional actors and stage directors
b) translations aimed at reviving the parasitus on contemporary stage
c) literary, theatrical and cinematic reception of the parasitus.

We also very much encourage proposals beyond these topics, as long as they fit within the overall theme illustrated above. The conference will be held in Sarsina on 29th September 2018. Costs of accommodation and travel are NOT covered by the CISP. There will be 2 initial lectures given by the two Keynote

Speakers appointed by the CISP and 6 presentations (30 mins each) to be allotted through the present CfP. Applicants are kindly request to send (deadline 30 April 2018) a 600 words abstract and a brief academic CV to this address:

Italian, English, German, French and Spanish are all permitted for presentation and publication.

Given the particular nature of the event, each paper should ideally be accompanied by images, movies, performances or any kind of multimedia. The CISP committee will select the best and most relevant papers through peer review and will announce the results by 31 May 2018.


(CFP closed April 30, 2018)



Santiago de Compostela (School of Philology), Spain: September 27-28, 2018

The research group "Spanish Humanists", created in 1989 by Dr. Gaspar Morocho at the University of León, has already left a mark, through its publications, scientific meetings and other initiatives, in this academic field, with a research work in steady progression, reaching out to other research groups and individual researchers from other Universities. Currently the work is centralized in the Institute of Humanism and Classical Tradition in León.

In this 14. Meeting, taking advantage of the special situation of Santiago de Compostela in the Iberian Peninsula and in relation to America, the focus will be on what defines and distinguishes Humanism in the Iberian context (with the differences to be explored between Portugal and the rest of the Peninsula), and its projection in America. There will also be a monographic session dedicated to Humanism in Galicia.

The thematic lines will be:

* Distinctive Traits of Humanism in Spain, Portugal and Spanish and Portuguese America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
* The renewal of the Christian tradition and the echoes of pagan classicism in Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American humanism of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
* The use of Latin and vernacular languages in Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American Humanism of the sixteenth and sixteenth centuries: neo-Latin versus translation.
* The history and historiography of the vision of Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American humanism from the 18th onwards.
* Humanism in Galicia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Coordination: Angel Ruiz.
Scientific Comittee: José Manuel Diaz de Bustamante (USC), Elisa Lage Cotos (USC), José María Maestre Maestre (UCA), Isabel Morán Cabanas (USC), Jesús-María Nieto Ibáñez (ULE), Jesús Paniagua Pérez (ULE), Soledad Pérez-Abadín Barro (USC).
Organizing Comittee (USC): Maria Teresa Amado Rodríguez, Concepción Cabrillana Leal, María José García Blanco, José Virgilio García Trabazo, Amelia Pereiro Pardo.

Instituto de Humanismo y Tradición Clásica – Universidad de León.
Grupo de Investigación «Estudos Clásicos e Medievais» - USC.
SEEC Galicia.

Keynote Speakers:
1. Francisco García Jurado. Professor of Latin Philology (UCM): "Alfredo Adolfo Camús (1817-1889) and the Literary History of Renaissance".
2. Javier de Navascués. Professors of Hispanic American Literature (UNAV): “American Colonial Epic, between the Chronicles and the Classical Tradition”.
3. Armando Pego. Professor of Humanities (URL): “¿A Monastic Humanism? Spanish Spiritual Literature through the Renaissance”.

Participants who wish to submit a communication must send a summary of a maximum of 200 words, including the title, the summary and bibliography to as well as personal data (postal address, e-mail and work center).

The deadline is June, 15th 2018. The proposals will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and their acceptance will be informed before July 1st, 2018.

Registration can be made until September 10, 2018 at, sending personal information: name, postal address, e-mail and work center.

The registration fee is € 60 for participants with communication and € 30 for participants without communication and students. The members of the Research Groups of the Project of the University of León are exempt. The bank account is: IBAN: ES08 2080 0343 0230 4000 5068 // C.C.C .: Code BIC / Swift: CAGLESMMXXX with the line: «14 Reunion Humanistas».


(CFP closed June 15, 2018)



Ghent University (Belgium): September 20-22, 2018

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Michelle Warren (University of Dartmouth) - Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia) - Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam)

“Der einzige Weg für uns, groß, ja, wenn
es möglich ist, unnachahmlich zu werden, is die Nachahmung der Alten.”
Johannes Winckelmann

Classics played a major and fundamental role in the cultural history of Western Europe. Few would call this into question. Since the Carolingian period, notably ‘classical’ literature has served as a constant source and model of creativity and inspiration, by which the literary identity of Europe has been negotiated and (re-)defined. The tendency to return to the classics and resuscitate them remains sensible until today, as classical themes and stories are central to multiple contemporary literary works, both in ‘popular’ and ‘high’ culture. Think for instance of Rick Riordan’s fantastic tales about Percy Jackson or Colm Tóibín’s refined novels retelling the Oresteia.

At the same time, this orientation and fascination towards the classics throughout literary history has often —implicitly or explicitly— gone hand in hand with the cultivation of a certain normativity, regarding aesthetics, content, decency, theory, ... Classical works, and the ideals that were projected on them, have frequently been considered as the standard against which the quality of a literary work should be measured. Whether a text was evaluated as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depended on the extent to which it could meet the ‘classical’ requirements. Probably the most famous example of someone advocating such a classical norm was the German art critic Johannes Winckelmann (1717-1768), whose death will be commemorated in 2018. His 'Geschichte der Kunst des Altertums' may be considered as the embodiment of the idea that the classics should be the norm for aesthetic or even any evaluation, such as, in Western Europe, it has recurrently cropped up, to a greater or lesser degree, from the Early Middle Ages until modern times.

Almost inevitably, this normativity has implied, shaped and fed prejudices and thoughts of exclusion towards literary features and aesthetic characteristics that seemed to deviate from classical ideals. Throughout literary history, examples occur of literary works, styles and genres that were generally appreciated within their time or context of origin, yet whose quality was retrospectively called into question because they were said not to be in accordance with the classical norm as it prevailed at the moment of judgement. Sometimes, this has even applied to whole periods. The persistence of similar assessments up until today is telling for the impact classical normativity still exercises. Besides, literary texts, though clearly not created to conform to the ‘classical’ standard, have been ‘classicized’ during judgement, being forced by a critic to fit into a classical framework and celebrated for its so-called imitation of antiquity. Even the Classics themselves often had and have to obey to this process of ‘classicization’. Therefore, with a sense for drama, one could say that all these works, literary forms, periods, etc. have seriously ‘suffered’ from the prejudices born from classics-based normativity, being the ‘victims’ of Winckelmann-like ideas concerning ‘classical’ standards.

This conference aims to consider classical normativity with its including prejudices and exclusions as a case-study for cultural self-fashioning by way of European literature. It seeks to explore how the normative status ascribed to the classics and the ensuing prejudices have, from the Early Middle Ages to modern times, influenced and shaped thoughts and views of the literary identity of Western Europe. Therefore, we propose the following questions:

• What are the processes behind this normativity of the Classics? Is it possible to discern a conceptual continuum behind the time and again revival of the Classics as the norm for ‘good’ literature? Or, rather, are there clear conceptual and concrete divergences between succeeding periods of such ‘classical’ normativity?
• What are the links (conceptual, historical, aesthetic, political, …) between the normativity of the Classics and the excluded ones, both in synchronic and diachronic terms? How does literary normativity of the Classics imply literary prejudices and exclusions?
• How has normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions imposed an identity on European literature (and literary culture)?
• What does this normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions mean for the conceptualization of European literary history?

Besides these conceptual questions, we also welcome case studies that may illustrate both the concrete impact of classical normativity and concrete examples of prejudice and exclusion as resulting from this normativity. We think of topics such as:

• the Classics themselves as victims of retrospective ‘classical’ normativity
• the exclusion of literary periods that are considered non- or even contra-classical (baroque, medieval, …) and the clash with non-European literature
• literary ‘renaissances’ and their implications
• classical normativity and its impact on literatures obedient to political aims (fascism, populism, …)
• literary appeal to the classics as a way of structuring and (re-)formulating society (‘higher’ liberal arts vs. ‘lower’ crafts and proficiencies, literary attitudes towards slavery, …)
• …

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 15 April 2018.

ORGANISATION: Wim Verbaal, Paolo Felice Sacchi and Tim Noens are members of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools). This research group studies historical literatures and the dynamics that shape a common, European literary identity. It sees this literary identity as particularly negotiated through languages that reached a cosmopolitan status due to fixed schooling systems (Latin, Greek and Arabic), and in their interaction with vernacular literatures. From a diachronic perspective, we aim to seek unity within the ever more diverse, literary Europe, from the first to the eighteenth century, i.e. from the beginning of (institutionally organized) education in the cosmopolitan language to the rise of more national oriented education.



(CFP closed April 15, 2018)



School of Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 20-21 September, 2018

The School of Classics of the University of St Andrews is happy to announce the call for papers for the conference "Athletics and Identity in the Ancient and Modern World", taking place in 20-21 September 2018 in St Andrews.

Despite the increasing inclusion of ancient sport into the mainstream of classical scholarship and the rise in research on the links between athletics and identity in ancient culture, there has been relatively little collaborative academic work on that subject. It is the aim of this conference to bring together scholars, especially postgraduates, researching across disciplines on different aspects of athletic practice, from a multitude of perspectives, methodologies and cultures. Through this initiative we aim to advance our understanding of the role of athletics in ancient Mediterranean society. We are not limiting ancient culture to just Greece or Rome. Recent scholarship has shown that the influence of the other earlier Mediterranean sporting cultures had a significant impact on the development of Greek sport (Decker 1992, Rolinger 1994, Scanlon 2006, Puhvel 2002). Taking this fact into consideration, we also plan to raise questions about near-Eastern as well as Greco-Roman sporting culture, and about the interrelations between them.

More specifically, this conference aims to understand what it meant to be an athlete in the ancient world, and what range of options were available for representing athletes in public commemoration. Do different kinds of sources (literature, inscriptions, art) represent athletic identity consistently? Lastly, how does the depiction of athlete and athletic identity change from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity? These are only a few of the main questions we will be addressing. We hope this conference will enlighten us on the complex relationships of identity formation, self-representation, sociopolitical identity, and the physical regime of becoming an athlete and how these aspects changed over time. We particularly welcome papers from postgraduate students on festivals, their participants and material culture; the athletic body and the culture of the gymnasion; other ancient cultures and their athletes; female athletes and their commemoration.

Those wishing to present a paper of 20-30 minutes should submit an abstract of up to 300 words to by Monday 19 March 2018. Submissions must also include personal details (Name, affiliation, and email). We strongly encourage postgraduate submissions. If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to email

Confirmed speakers: Prof Onno van Nijf (Groningen), Prof Zahra Newby (Warwick), Prof Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College Holy Cross and Center for Hellenic Studies), Dr Sofie Remijsen (Amsterdam), Dr. Sebastian Scharff (Mannheim).



(CFP closed March 19, 2018)



Kapodistrian University of Athens: September 14, 2018

Prolepsis Association is happy to fund and support the initiative of a group enterprising of graduate students of the Kapodistrian University of Athens, who are going to host a conference entitled “Something Old, Something New”: The Reception of Classics in Modern and Contemporary Songwriting, taking place in Athens on the 14th September 2018.

The strong influence of Classics in music of all periods and genres is increasingly becoming a topic of interest, especially with regard to Classical Music: we might remember some widely known examples of opera libretti, such as those of Gluck, Monteverdi, Mozart, Wagner, to mention but a few. However, given the variety of genres that permeate modern and contemporary music, it would be of great value to attempt a deeper investigation on the reception of Classical Antiquity in genres such as pop, hip-hop, R’ n ’B rock, and more.

Therefore, Prolepsis Association in cooperation with the School of Philosophy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens are inviting postgraduate students and Phd candidates to send their proposals for a one-day conference which will be particularly focused (but not limited to):

I. The echoes of Classics in the lyrics, exclusively or in conjunction with music videos and/or cover artwork (myth, art, history).
II. The reception of Classics in local music, e.g. modern musical versions of Classical or Classical inspired poetry (any country is most welcome).
III. Ancient Greek or Latin words as part of modern and contemporary songs.

The main focus will be the music produced around the mid-1950s and onwards, but we will accept contributions that are focused on any music genre starting in the 20th and the 21st century.

Please send two abstracts (one anonymous and one signed) of around 300 words – excluding bibliography - (in English, or Greek with an English translation) of an unpublished work to the e-mail address by the 5th of July 2018. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after.

All abstracts should follow the instructions below:
1. Font: Times New Roman 12pt
2. Lead: 1.5
3. Text alignment: fully justified
4. For the anonymous copy: Title (centered)
In the signed one, the participants must include the following details:
1. Surname and first name
2. University
3. Stage of Study [master student or doctoral candidate]
4. Email

Selected papers will be considered for publication.

The organising committee:
Christos Diamantis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Nickos Kaggelaris (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Georgia Mystrioti (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Eirini Pappa (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

The supporting committee (Prolepsis boarding committee)
Roberta Berardi (University of Oxford)
Nicoletta Bruno (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften – München)
Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)
Luisa Fizzarotti (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna)


(CFP closed July 5, 2018)



University of Reading, UK: Friday, 14 September 2018 (10:30 – 16:00)

FREE – booking essential

This one-day event aims to explore the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for classical collections, and to shape its development. ‘Classical’ collections are defined broadly as collections from the ancient Mediterranean, including Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Cypriot material. There are at least 70 such collections across the UK, which have varying levels of curatorial support, and there is scope to do more by pooling expertise and sharing experiences. The aim of the proposed SSN is to share best practice, develop collective responses to challenges, and to make the best use of these collections.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the potential role of a new SSN, including the extent of its remit, and to give their views on the way forward. Focusing on the theme of ‘Activism’, the workshop will also present case studies of museum projects which connect classical collections with contemporary social issues. Please join us for a day of networking and inspiration, to help shape the future of classical collections in museums.

For the latest version of the programme, please see:

Space has been left in the programme for an additional presentation as we would like to involve as wide a range of speakers as possible. If you have a perspective on classical collections and activism which you would like to share, drawing on your own experiences, please email by Monday 13th August 2018.

Who should attend? Anyone working with classical collections in UK museums. In particular, curators whose remit includes such collections, but anyone with a related interest is extremely welcome, including PhD students, academics and volunteers researching or working with classical museum objects.

How to register: Attendance at this workshop is free, but places are limited. To register for a place, please follow the link to our Eventbrite page. A limited number of travel bursaries are available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please indicate this during the registration process.

This event has been made possible thanks to the Vivmar Foundation, and their generous support of the British Museum's national Knowledge Share programme. It has been organised with additional support from the SSN The Society for Museum Archaeology.




Masaryk University, Brno: 12-14 September, 2018

Organisers: Marketa Kulhánková (Brno, Czech Republic) & Przemyslaw Marciniak (Katowice, Poland)

The conference is organised as part of the activities of the "Byzantine Receptions Network. Towards a New Field of Reception Studies" generously funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.

The imagery of Byzantium in popular discourse is a culturally and historically constructed notion. As has been noted, the very name "Byzantium" is both a retronym and an exonym, and scholars today very often insist on using a more proper description – "The Eastern Roman Empire". Writers, playwrights, musicians, and politicians throughout centuries constructed their own versions of Byzantium, which depended on local artistic or political needs. In many cases these constructed versions had very little to do with the "historical" Byzantium. Yet, at the same time, academic discourse might – and did – influence the imagery of Byzantium in the popular imagination. During the conference we would like to discuss these imaginary visions of Byzantium, including the intersections of popular and academic images of Byzantium. We also welcome papers dealing with the use (and abuse) of key events in Byzantine history (such as the Fall of City) and their reworkings in literature and culture.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- The reception of Byzantium in schoolbooks in Europe and beyond;
- Byzantium for the young – Byzantium in children's literature and games;
- Literary reworkings of key events and personages in the history of Byzantium;
- Byzantine Studies and its influence on the popular understanding of Byzantium;
- The ways of popularising Byzantium;
- Byzantium in the digital age;
- Byzantium in popular culture (games, speculative fiction, TV series, films).

Please send the abstract (no more than 300 words) for a 20 minutes presentation to Przemyslaw Marciniak ( by March, 30 2018.


(CFP closed March 30, 2018)



Mainz, Germany: September 10–15, 2018

Orpheus, the hanging gardens of Semiramis, and the olympic gods – through the ages, ancient myths and subjects have strongly impacted the arts. The III. Summer School in Mainz will approach these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining methodologies from musicology and the field of ancient and classical studies, focusing on the operas of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787). His compositions will be introduced from a holistic perspective, highlighting the interconnectedness of the many processes involved in the production of his operas and giving participants more insights into Baroque music theater and the reception of ancient subjects in the arts in general.

How did narratives change through librettists’ adaptations of the myths and histories and how did this impact their understanding? How did Gluck approach setting these librettos to music? What restrictions and possibilities did Baroque stagecraft impose on the representation of the ancient subjects? In exploring these and other questions, comprehensive portraits of selected operas will be developed which contribute to an understanding of Gluck’s operas as a form of representational art.

The Summer School will be accompanied by a colorful program, such as introducing the participants to the city of Mainz and its history. Furthermore, we will visit the Baroque Schlosstheater in Schwetzingen of 1753 in which architectural conventions of Gluck’s time come to life. The tour contributes to a better understanding of the circumstances under which his operas were performed in the eighteenth century.

Application: The Summer School is a cooperative course, jointly organized by the Musicology Division and the Department of Ancient and Classical Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University as well as the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz and the project “Christoph Willibald Gluck – Sämtliche Werke.” The course is designed for German and international students of musicology and of ancient and classical studies and thereby offers an international study program in Mainz. We award credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The Summer School will be held in English and in German. As the number of participants is limited, applicants are asked to submit a letter of motivation and a short CV. There is no course fee. Financial support for accommodation might be awarded.

Please submit your application by e-mail (as PDF) by July 1, 2018 to

Course Program

Monday – Tuesday
• General introductions to ancient myths and histories
• Librettology
• Adaptation and transformation of myths for the stage
• Gluck’s approach to setting librettos to music
• Baroque stagecraft

Wednesday – Friday
• Comprehensive portraits of selected operas by Chr. W. Gluck
• Excursion to the Baroque theater in Schwetzingen
• City tour of Mainz

Saturday Final discussion and results of the Summer School

Contact: (Jun.-Prof. Dr. habil. Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch)

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Fachbereich 07: Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft / Abteilung Musikwissenschaft
Institut für Altertumswissenschaften
D-55099 Mainz

Hashtag: #gluck_mz18

Information PDF:



Senate House, London: September 10-11, 2018

We invite abstracts for papers, posters and interactive workshops on any aspect of comics set in the pre-modern world to be presented at a two-day conference at Senate House in London on 10-11th September 2018.

Our brief has a broad chronological and geographical scope, from the Bronze Age onwards, including but not limited to Greece, Rome, Egypt, Near East, Ancient Norse, Mesoamerica etc. The concept of comics itself is similarly broadly interpreted, covering different traditions including but not limited to the American graphic novel, the Franco-Belgian tradition, and Japanese manga. Contributions may focus on series as well as on individual episodes, including those from series that do not consistently engage with the pre-modern world.

We hope to capture a wide variety of experiences of comics and the pre-modern world, so the conference will be aimed at academics (PGR, ECR and established), teachers, and artists. Suitable topics for discussion might include:
* how and why writers and illustrators engage with these periods and cultures in comics;
* literary, historical or archaeological analysis of comics, for example:
   - accuracy of representation and poetic licence
   - engagement with sources
   - cultural fusions
   - allegorical uses
   - connections to modern nationalistic histories;
* use as pedagogical tools in the classroom (including translations of comics into Latin or Ancient Greek);
* comics as methods for communicating historical research of the pre-modern world.

Papers should be 20 minutes each; workshops no more than 1 ½ hours; posters can be A1 or A2 size. Please submit 300-word abstracts or 500-word workshop proposals to by 22 December 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out no later than 31 January 2018.

Organisers: Leen Van Broeck, Royal Holloway; Dr Zena Kamash, Royal Holloway; Dr Katy Soar, University of Winchester. This conference is made possible with the generous assistance of the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.


(CFP closed December 22, 2017)



Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy: 7th-8th September 2018

John Tzetzes was a towering figure in the scholarly landscape of twelfth-century Constantinople, and his name crops up time and again in modern scholarship, Classical and Byzantine alike. He commented extensively on poets such as Homer, Hesiod, Aristophanes, and the intractable Lycophron. He is a source of the greatest importance for the history and transmission of scholarship in antiquity. He had access to works that are lost to us; he may have been the last person to read Hipponax at first hand before the age of papyrological discoveries.

Gifted with a cantankerous personality which he made no attempt to conceal, he had a very high opinion of his own worth as a scholar and a correspondingly low opinion of almost everybody else's. He was the sort of person who would pepper his letters with erudite references, then compose an enormous poem to elucidate them and write scholia to it. His idiosyncratic writerly persona has made him an easy target for the irony of twentieth-century scholars; Martin West dubbed him a 'lovable buffoon', and he was kinder to him than others.

It is all too easy, especially for classicists, not to see beyond a combination of Tzetzes the caricature and Tzetzes the footnote fodder; someone to use without engaging too closely. But his vast learning and the variety and influence of his writings demands a more discerning attention. The past few decades have witnessed an increasing interest in his works, with several editions (and more in progress), a steady flow of articles, and even a few translations into modern languages. The time is ripe for scholars in classical and Byzantine studies to join forces towards a better understanding of Tzetzes and his output.

The colloquium will take place in the scenic Aula Baratto of Ca' Foscari University, overlooking the Grand Canal, on 7th and 8th September 2018. Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent by email, preferably in PDF format, to by 31st January 2018.

Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

Tzetzes as a commentator and critic
Tzetzes as a poet
Tzetzes as an epistolographer
Tzetzes on the Greek language
Tzetzes and his contemporaries
Tzetzes in the tradition of Byzantine scholarship
Editing Tzetzes' works
Tzetzes' legacy and his reception.

Speakers will be offered accommodation and a contribution to travel expenses can also be made available. The colloquium is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 708556 (Ancient scholarship on archaic Greek iambic poetry / ASAGIP).


(CFP closed January 31, 2018)



An experimental two-day workshop at Penn State University: September 7-8, 2018

In April 2016 a Fixed Handout Workshop was held at the University of Cambridge. Its aim was to encourage early-career Latinists to reflect on the impact that their varying academic influences and different methodological preferences have on the research they produce. In particular, the workshop tested the strengths and limits of each scholar’s intertextual practice. The participants delivered papers that were based on a pre-arranged selection of thematically connected passages, yet although several groups were presented with identical sets of Latin quotations, the papers they produced—and additional texts they adduced—varied widely.

The present workshop aims to continue this exploration of interpretative methodologies in a slightly altered format. We invite Classicists and scholars from other disciplines (especially Renaissance Studies, Art History, Philosophy, Architecture, Mathematics) to each present a paper on the same passage, but to use a different, clearly stated methodological approach. By asking scholars from different schools-of-thought and disciplines to focus their attention on a particular moment in Latin literature, we aim to:

a) measure the interpretive impact of different methodologies within the field of Classics;
b) explore how texts take different shapes under the lens of disciplines outside the Classics;
c) test in concrete terms the interpretative potential of an interdisciplinary dialogue.

The passage we have selected for the workshop is Vitruvius’ De Architectura III.1. While discussing the role of symmetry in the composition of temples, Vitruvius introduces the image of a well-formed human being (ad hominis bene figurati membrorum exactam rationem), from which proportional relations and principles of good measure are derived. The passage was famously the basis for Leonardo da Vinci’s interpretation of the “Vitruvian Man”, and continued to attract the attention of early modern exegetes and contemporary architectural specialists alike. With its textual, visual, philosophical, and scientific features, De Architectura III. 1 has an obvious and distinct interdisciplinary potential.

We are looking for speakers to deliver a methodologically informed reading of this Vitruvian chapter and/or its reception. We have six confirmed invited speakers (listed below), and we now invite applications for six more papers, especially (but not solely) from early-career researchers and finishing graduate students in Classics, Archaeology, Philosophy, Renaissance Studies, Art History, Architecture, and Mathematics.

If you wish to be considered as a speaker, please provide:
An abstract on De Architectura III.1, stating explicitly the approach that you wish to take;
A brief cv;
A list of 6 major academic and cultural influences, both from within and from outside your field.

Send these items (preferably in pdf format) to by April 30, 2018. Decisions will be made by mid-June. Accommodation will be provided at Penn State for the nights of September 6 and 7, but we regret that speakers will be expected to cover their travel expenses. We aim to publish the contributions in a collected volume.

Confirmed Speakers:
Tom Geue (St Andrews)
Mathias Hanses (Penn State)
Jared Hudson (Harvard)
Elizabeth Merrill (MPIWG)
Marden Nichols (Georgetown)
Kathrin Winter (Heidelberg)

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers:
Mathias Hanses (Penn State)
Giovanna Laterza (Heidelberg)
Elena Giusti (Warwick)



(CFP closed April 30, 2018)



King’s College London: 3-4 September, 2018

In scholarly discussions of the strange and elusive presence of Greek drama, and tragedy especially, in and around sixteenth-century European drama, the availability of Latin translations of the ancient Greek plays has become an oft-invoked phenomenon.

This conference focuses on the ways in which Greek drama ‘lived’ in Latin, leading up to and coinciding with an extraordinary period of dramatic and literary composition across Europe in the Early Modern period. By bringing together scholars in Classics, Comparative and World Literature, English, Theatre, and Translation, this conference aims to create a forum for rich and nuanced discussion of the multiform and variously situated acts of reading and translation of Greek drama during this period.

It is hoped that case studies – where acts of reading or translation can be seen to have wide implications for our understanding of the presence of Greek drama in literature at this time – will be complemented by papers highlighting more thematic or methodological considerations.

Papers may address (but need not be limited to) any of the following questions:

* Who do we mean when we speak of ‘the’ readers and translators of Greek drama?
* What kinds of readers and translators took part in the circulation of drama in Latin during this period?
* What is ‘Greek’ about Greek drama in Latin?
* How can we construe these acts of translation beyond ‘ad verbum’ vs. ‘ad sensum’ e.g. as creation, as refraction, or as collaboration?
* How do we envisage translations of Greek drama ‘circulating’ in Europe during this period? As publications, in manuscript form, with prefaces or other paratexts, as partial translations, or as language learning exercises?

Confirmed Speakers:

* Sarah Knight (University of Leicester), ‘‘Sois sage aux despens de Rome et de la Grèce’: Learning from classical and sixteenth-century Antigones’
* Angelica Vedelago (Università degli Studi di Padova), ‘Didacticism in Neo-Latin Academic Drama: Mind-reading and 'Mind-leading' in Thomas Watson’s Antigone’
* Micha Lazarus (University of Cambridge), ‘Sophocles in Exile: Reformation Tragedy from Wittenberg to Cambridge’
* Elia Borza (Université Catholique de Louvain), ‘Understanding Drama in 16th Century Latin Translations: from Poetics to Politics’
* Anna Clark (University of Oxford), ‘Reading Lady Lumley’s Library: Towards a New Understanding of Female Classical Translation’
* Marchella Ward (University of Oxford), ‘Assemblage Theory and the Uses of Classical Reception: the case of Aristotle Knowsley’s Oedipus’
* Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes), ‘Doctor Translator and Mister Adaptor : Alciatus and Aristophanes’
* Petra Šoštaric (University of Zagreb), ‘Bound to teach: Aeschyli Prometheus by Matthias Garbitius Illyricus’
* Nathaniel Hess (University of Cambridge), ‘An Alexandrian in Paris: Willem Canter’s 1566 edition of Lycophron’s Alexandra’
* Alexia Dedieu (Université Grenoble Alpes), ‘Discovering and translating Euripides’ Electra in the second half of the XVI century’
* Fabio Gatti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano), A Latin Euripidean Cyclops in XVIth century Italy: satirical drama in a counter-reformation climate’

Please send an abstract of no more than 350 words (for a 30-minute paper), together with your name and contact details, to by 16 April, 2018.


Registration / Programme:

(CFP closed April 16, 2018)



Venice (Ca’ Foscari University): Aug 30-31, 2018

We are pleased to announce that a workshop on poems written in ancient Greek from the 15th century to the present will take place in Venice, Italy (Ca’ Foscari University) on Aug. 30th-31st, 2018.

The programme includes the scholars involved in the international project The Hellenizing Muse directed by Filippomaria Pontani (Ca’ Foscari University) and Stefan Weise (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): each scholar or team will present a couple of case-studies from the respective geographical area. The mid-term goal of this project is to publish an anthology of “neualtgriechische Gedichte”, to which each national équipe will contribute a chapter.

All welcome (no registration fee). For further information, please contact: Filippomaria Pontani (

Aug. 30th, 14.30 - 18.30 (Aula Morelli, Malcanton-Marcorà, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Kostas Yiavis, Yerasimos Zoras: Greece
Filippomaria Pontani: Italy
Filippomaria Pontani: Spain and Portugal
Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (J.-M. Flamand, R. Menini): France
Han Lamers, Raf Van Rooy: Low Countries

Aug. 31st, 9 - 13 (Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Martin Steinrück, Janika Päll: Switzerland
Martin Korenjak: Austria
András Németh, Farkas Kiss: Hungary
Stefan Weise, Thomas Gärtner: Germany
Marcela Sláviková: Czech Republic

Aug. 31st, 14.30 - 18.30
(Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari Univ., Venice)
Vlado Rezar: Balkan Countries
Tomas Veteikis: Poland and Lithuania
Elena Ermolaeva: Russia
Janika Päll (Johanna Akujärvi, Tua Korhonen, Erkki Sironen): Northern Countries
Thomas Gärtner, Stefan Weise: Great Britain




Victoria University of Wellington, 27-29 August 2018

Readers have been attracted to the remarkable and wondrous, the admirable and the uncanny in Tacitus. But in order to appreciate what is mirum or novum, we also need to understand the apparently mundane material between the monstra. Tacitus famously derides the praises of new public buildings as a topic more worthy of the daily gazette than illustres annales (A. 13.31.1); his own criteria for selection, however, and his own judgments on what is worthy of note, have often differed in interesting ways from the preoccupations of his readers.

Abstracts (250 words) are invited on the topic of Tacitus' wonders.

Submissions on comparative material are very much welcome.

Reflection is invited on the consequences of different methods of dividing or reconciling historical events and historiographical representation, e.g. Woodman (1993), O'Gorman (2001), Haynes (2003), and Sailor (2008). In preparing abstracts, it will be helpful to consider the challenge extended by Dench (in Feldherr, 2009), the 'awkward question' of whether the much admired Tacitean text 'represents anything other than itself'. Papers treating the Classical tradition, reception and history of scholarship are welcome.

Please send abstracts to James McNamara at Victoria University of Wellington ( by Friday 26 January 2018.

Organizers: Prof. Arthur Pomeroy & Dr. James McNamara, Classics Programme, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand



(CFP closed January 26, 2018)



University of York, UK: July 19, 2018

This one-day workshop will consider the intersection of Hellenism and material culture in the early modern world (1400-1800). Expanding upon recent interest in the influence of Greek antiquity on early modernity, this workshop sets out to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue that explores the reception of texts alongside other encounters with the past: the circulation of images, the collecting of antiquities, archaeology, architecture, epigraphy, etc. From difficulties in printing the Greek alphabet to developments in Neoplatonism, is there a special dialogue between Hellenism and the engagement with matter and material form that emerges for the early modern period? How is the memory of ancient Greece imagined and reconstructed across different media? We are interested in materiality understood in its broadest sense and welcome proposals on anything from book historical approaches to those considering Hellenism in dialogue with art, architecture, the material world or the philosophy of matter. The early modern period is the intended focus but we welcome proposals from beyond this time period that engage with this intersection.

Abstracts are invited for 10 minute papers on the topic of the reception of Greek in the Renaissance at the intersection with materiality. The format invites scholars to give short presentations on work in progress with time for extended discussion. Proposals should take the form of 150 word abstracts and be sent to and by Friday 11th May 2018. There may be some funding available to contribute towards the travel expenses of junior scholars (PhD students and those within 5 years of submission): if you would like to be considered for this funding then please let us know in your submission email. Proposals for presentations that are accepted but which cannot be given for financial reasons will still be considered in future publication plans, so do please contact us or submit a proposal even if you will not be able to attend.


(CFP closed May 11, 2018)



King's College London, July 18-19, 2018

Proposals of up to 400 words are invited for 30-minute papers to be delivered at this conference, convened jointly by Dr Tom Geue (St Andrews), Dr Henry Stead (OU) and Edith Hall (KCL) at KCL on July 18-19th 2018. Please send them to in the first instance.

This conference addresses the 'missing' Marxist/materialist theory of the artistically beautiful. It aims to bring together an interdisciplinary team of philosophers, literary theorists, cultural critics, art historians and classicists to address questions including these: Why has the Left (defined as Marxists/Cultural and Historical Materialists/New Historicists/Postcolonial theorists and some Feminists) evaded concepts of the Beautiful, the Sublime, and cultural/aesthetic Value? Is the 'labour' theory of commodity value inadequate to explain the way that markets operate in relation to artworks, whether literary, musical or material? What attempts at producing a theory of cultural value sensitive to cultural relativism, aesthetic subjectivity and class-determination of taste can be identified and how have they been informed by classical concepts in e.g. Homer, Aristophanes, Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, Plutarch, Tacitus and Quintilian? Can the debate be pushed much beyond Lukacs, Benjamin, Adorno, Eagleton, Caudwell, Jameson, Bourdieu, and Zizek, none of whom is truly comfortable with talking about art's aesthetic impact, pleasure, sublimity and transcendence for fear of being identified as Eurocentric and culturally imperialist? What schools of thought and intellectual models from non-literary disciplines might offer promising avenues to illuminate the problem? Cognitive and Neurological Science? Evolutionary Psychology? Most importantly, How could a better 'Left' defence of aesthetic excellence and pleasure help make the case for Arts and Humanities as essential to the intellectual health of universities and societies at large? The Left has allowed the Right to hold monopoly ownership of the concepts of Great Art and The World's Best Books for far too long.

John Connor (KCL), ‘Rebellious Breasts': Lindsay, Lysistrata and A Left Defence of Beauty
Marcus Bell (KCL), Goat-Song: The Beauty of the Dancing Body’s Labour
Ralph Rosen (UPenn), Social Class and the ‘Comic Sublime’
Fran Middleton (Cambridge), Aesthetic Pleasure as Cultural Consumptiion
Ben Pestell (Essex), Marxist Athenas? – Seeking Legitimate Authority in Transcendent Literature
Kay Gabriel (Princeton), Satire and Militant Classicism: The Case of Marx’s Capital
Michael Wayne (Brunel) (KEYNOTE): Kant, Aesthetics and the Left
Richard Alston (RHUL), Royalty, Enlightenment and Contentious Pasts in the Architecture of Ottonian Athens
William Fitzgerald (KCL), Beauty and Boredom: Thoughts on Two Servant-Goddesses (Thorvaldsen's Hebe and Manet's A Bar at the Folies Bergeres)
Siobhan Chomse (RHUL), Once More with Feeling: Tacitus’ Ironic Sublime
Miryana Dimitrova (KCL), Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra-too Sublime for (Post)communist Bulgaria?
Page duBois (UCSD) (KEYNOTE): Red-baiting, the Sublime and the Beautiful
Salvatore Tufano (Rome), Franco Fortini’s A Test of Powers & Posthistoricism
Mathura Umachandran (Princeton), Regarding the Pain of Susan Sontag: Photographing Marsyas
Martin Devecka (UCSC), The Aporiai of a Lucretian Materialist/Hedonist Approach to the Beautiful.




(CFP closed January 1, 2018)



Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018

Organizer: Amanda Potter




Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018

Abstracts are sought for the 3-day panel "Democratising Classics", to be held at the Celtic Conference in Classics (University of St Andrews, 11-14 July 2018). Prospective speakers are asked to send a title and short abstract (max. 300 words) to Jenny Messenger ( or Rossana Zetti ( by 31 January 2018. Outcomes will be communicated by 12 February 2018. Papers at the CCC are usually 35-40 minutes long; however, shorter presentations may also be considered. Please specify desired paper length in the submission. The languages of the CCC are English and French.

This panel aims to explore the "democratisation" of Classics in academia and the creative arts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and to consider the impact of this process on Classics as a discipline, on classical receptions produced during this period, and on the interaction between art and academia.

Classical texts are now widely available in translation, allusions are rife in mass media, and comparisons between ancient and contemporary politics abound. But despite the presence of classical antiquity in popular discourse, Classics is not yet open to all. Barriers remain for students who want to study Classics at a high academic level—particularly if they have not had access to a traditional education in Latin and Ancient Greek. In the UK today, Latin and Greek teaching provision in schools varies greatly, and remains heavily concentrated in independent schools. Initiatives like the "Advocating Classics Education" and "Literacy Through Latin" projects, however, show there is significant interest in ensuring Classics is truly open to all students.

An overall interest in exploring Classics beyond the confines of elite institutions and social groups has been borne out in recent scholarship, such as Hardwick & Harrison (2013) on the "democratic turn" in Classics, and Stead & Hall (2015) on the role of class. Post-colonial receptions of classical material have played an important role in the destabilisation of the elite Western canon and its cultural hegemony, and increasingly innovative ways of discussing Classics with audiences far and wide (through platforms like the online journal Eidolon, blogs like Minus Plato, and hybrids of contemporary art and scholarship like Liquid Antiquity) have also begun to push all Classicists, not just Classical Reception scholars, to question the assumptions and biases that underpin their discipline.

Central to this debate—and to the process of "democratisation"—are creative practitioners, including translators, writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Practitioners are often at the forefront of shaping the wider public's engagement with Classics, and frequently spearhead new ways of approaching classical antiquity which later permeate academic debate.

Practitioners also have varying levels of traditional classical expertise: they might inhabit both the "creative" and "academic" spheres, but their work may also challenge ideas of "authenticity" and "ownership", as in the case of Vincenzo Monti's Italian translation of Homer's Iliad (1810) and Christopher Logue's War Music (1959-2011), produced with little knowledge of the Greek language. Is this democratisation in action? Has Classics moved beyond its role as the "intellectual furniture of the well-to-do-middle class" (Brecht 2003: 77)? If so, what have been the implications for the discipline? Who was and is tasked with the translation of ancient works, with teaching others about classical antiquity, and with shaping the future of the subject? What has been the impact of "democratisation" on creative responses to the classical world, and how do these responses feed into academic debate and practice?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Notions of democracy, authenticity, ownership and expertise in classical receptions and scholarship
Points of convergence and friction between the creative arts and academia
Twentieth and twenty-first classical receptions that confront ideas of "incomplete", "inauthentic", or "partial" knowledge of the Classics
Classics, class, and elitism
Challenges to the "classical canon"
The impact of post-colonial studies, and gender and sexuality studies in Classics
Classical reception in contemporary art, books, music and films
The history of classical scholarship
The role of Latin and Greek within the study and reception of Classics
Teaching and studying Classics today worldwide



(CFP closed January 31, 2018)



Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews, Scotland: 11-14 July 2018

We invite expressions of interest and abstracts for 'Approaching Landscape in the Classical Tradition', which will form a 3-day panel at the 11th Celtic Conference in Classics, to be held at the University of St Andrews from 11th-14th July 2018. We are actively seeking abstracts from scholars at all stages in their career and from a range of disciplines who are engaged in landscape research from historical and literary perspectives.

The panel will focus on the theories and methodologies underpinning the study of landscape within Classics and cognate fields. 'Approaching landscape' in a historical, literary, or critical sense is by no means straightforward. The humanities have come relatively late to the 'landscape turn' in cultural research, and researchers of space and landscape have often drawn on self-made toolkits of theories and methodologies collected from disparate disciplines – such as geography, anthropology, and sociology - to form their own approaches to landscape. Prospective speakers are invited to share their own toolkits, and to make explicit the assumptions and ideas underlying their analyses of human interaction with the landscape in past contexts.

Our goal is to assemble a series of 20-30 minute papers that focus especially on theoretical frameworks for analysis, and on the impact of different vocabularies, particularly anachronistic ones, for explicating past engagements with landscape. Broad themes may include, but are by no means limited to: landscape and memory, landscape and power, phenomenological, cognitive, ecocritical, anthropological, narratological and poststructuralist approaches to the representation of landscape.

At the same time, potential speakers are asked to base their discussions on a specific topic from their own research, to ensure that each paper not only offers new methodological insights but is also grounded in the context of a particular text or era. Our aim is to include papers on ancient Mediterranean literature and culture, across a wide geographical range and from archaic Greece through to late antiquity, side by side with others on the reception of ancient ideas about landscape in postclassical culture. Possible topics for discussion include locus amoenus and pastoral traditions, mountain landscapes, urban, sacred, mythical and battle landscapes, and landscape depictions in ancient art.

In addition to individual papers, the panel will feature extensive time for discussion between participants. As one output from the panel, we plan to produce a detailed report which will serve as a working guide to the different methodologies proposed, and the potential they might offer to future research on landscape.

Please contact either Dawn Hollis ( or Jason König ( with questions, expressions of interests, and abstracts. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should be submitted by 31st January 2018. We hope to notify potential participants of decisions regarding their papers by Friday 16th February, if not before.



(CFP closed January 31, 2018)



University of Sydney, 11-13 July 2018

The thirty-second meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at the University of Sydney from 11 to 13 July 2018. The theme for the 2018 conference will be interiority in Roman literature.

Papers are invited to explore Roman literature’s inner voices, visions and narratives; psychologies; inner lives; the ‘inward turn’ of Roman literature at various periods, such as the first and fourth centuries; interior spaces; inner sanctums and circles of power. Roman literature is conceived of as the literature of Roman world from its earliest beginnings to the end of antiquity. The theme may be interpreted broadly, and papers on other topics will also be considered.

Papers may be either 20 minutes (with ten minutes of discussion time), or 40 minutes (with 20 minutes of discussion). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants can attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to the convenor, Paul Roche, at Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please have abstracts submitted by 27 February 2018 (earlier submissions welcome; please indicate whether your paper is of 20 or 40 minutes duration).

The conference venue will be the University of Sydney’s Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies (

Website & Programme:


(CFP closed February 27, 2018)



Onassis Foundation, Athens, Greece: July 9-15, 2018

The International Cavafy Summer School is a major international annual scholarly event organised by the Cavafy Archive and the Onassis Foundation, the first such regular event to be devoted exclusively to Cavafy and the impact of his work.

Following the inaugural summer school that took place in July 2017, on the theme of Cavafy in the World, this year's summer school will take place on 9-15 July 2018. The International Cavafy Summer School 2018 will focus on Cavafy and Antiquity, a theme that shares many points of connection with the first summer school and its global concerns. The study of antiquity is itself experiencing a junction where both the ancient world and the modern world relating to it have expanded and changed. To probe against this background Cavafy's antiquity, which is decentred yet concrete, untimely yet temporally specific, shared yet individually mediated, uncertain yet asserted, offers the potential for new insights and new second-order questions about the study of Cavafy and of the study of Classics alike.

Among the topics that the Summer School will aim to consider are: does Cavafy's approach to antiquity constitute a form of classicism, or post-classicism? Does it constitute a critical classicism, as well as enable a new, critical approach to canonicity? How capacious is Cavafy's ancient world, spatially and temporally? Can Cavafy's antiquity provide new impetus for thinking about the relationship of the classical, untimeliness, or lateness? What new models and theoretical insights for both Classical Reception Studies and Modern Greek Studies can Cavafy's antiquity offer? What mediators shaped and shape Cavafy's antiquity, such as scholarship, translations, or archaeology? To what extent has Cavafy shaped them in turn? What is Cavafy's relation to the archeological, museological and philological breakthroughs of his time? How is Cavafy's antiquity related to notions and histories of Greek nationalism or other forms of ethnic, community and affective belonging? How does Cavafy's Hellenism respond to the international movements of Aestheticism and Decadence? To what extent can we categorize Cavafy's antiquity as a “queer fiction of the past”? What media does Cavafy's antiquity communicate with, other than textuality? Does Cavafy offer us new forms of comparison and relationality with the past? Is Cavafy's antiquity an urgent antiquity for our time? We are encouraging research and thought that is open to theoretical, historical, and comparative issues, and that seeks to leverage Cavafy's antiquity to ask fresh questions about the knowledge of antiquity and the stances and practices this knowledge can involve.

The International Cavafy Summer School 2018 will be convened by Constanze Güthenke and Dimitris Papanikolaou (both at the University of Oxford). Tutors and presenters will include Johanna Hanink (Brown University), Brooke Holmes (Princeton University), Stefano Evangelista (University of Oxford), Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland), Takis Kayalis (University of Ioannina) and Christodoulos Panayiotou (artist); it will take place at the historical building of the Onassis Foundation in the centre of Athens.

Workshops will run mornings and afternoons for 6 days (pending finalised timetable). Built around morning seminars and afternoon research presentations, this year's programme aims to enrich and enhance the participants' knowledge of Cavafy and his work, opening up new directions and comparative perspectives within world literature, while simultaneously broadening the scope of Cavafy research. The tutors, all senior experts in the field, will offer comprehensive 3-hour seminars in the mornings. Twelve junior participants (doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and early career academics) will be invited to present their work in the afternoon sessions, receive feedback from their peers, and engage in discussion. Additional lectures, performances and events will also be scheduled for the duration of the School.

One of the aims of the Cavafy Summer School is to encourage future collaborations and research, especially among scholars who follow different methodologies and are at different stages of their career. For this reason, successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2018, and will be required to submit a version of their presentation in advance.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Onassis Foundation and the Cavafy Archive, the Summer School will be able to cover all expenses for tuition, accommodation and subsistence for all participants. There is, therefore, no fee requirement for tuition. Students and early career researchers can also apply for a grant to cover all or part of their travel expenses for coming to Athens.

The Cavafy Summer School is a unique opportunity to attend world-class talks and to showcase new research. Doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and early-career academics whose work relates to the fields of Comparative Literature, World Literature, Gender Studies, Cavafy Studies, Greek Studies and related areas, and who would like to take part in the Cavafy Summer School are encouraged to apply with:

a) a letter containing a short overview of their current research and their motivation for participating in the school (no more than 500 words)
b) a description of the specific topic they would be able to tackle in the Summer School in a 30 minute presentation (no more than 300 words), as well as
c) a full CV and
d) the name of one referee who can be contacted to provide support for their application.

In exceptional cases, one or two post-graduate students with verified skills and an apt interest in the theme of the summer school might also be accepted as participants.

The working language of the International Cavafy Summer School will be English. Proceedings will be recorded and parts of the talks published online on the Cavafy Archive Youtube Channel.

Knowledge of Modern Greek is not a prerequisite, but familiarity with Cavafy's work is.

Deadline for applications for the 2018 Cavafy Summer School: Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Please address all relevant material and any inquiries to: Theodoros Chiotis and Marianna Christofi at


(Applications closed January 31, 2018)



Christ Church Oxford: June 29, 2018

A conference has been organised in Oxford as part of the European celebration of Winckelmann’s jubilee. It will be held on June 29th, with Alex Potts and Elisabeth Décultot as keynote speakers.

It also coincides with the opening of the ‘Winckelmann and curiosity in the eighteenth-century gentleman’s library’ exhibition at Christ Church Library.

For the programme and to register, please follow this link:

Registration must close Friday, 22nd June.

For further details, please contact the organisers: Lucy Russell, and Fiona Gatty,




Würzburg (Germany): June 28-30, 2018

When Nicholas of Cusa transferred a manuscript containing 12 previously unknown Plautine comedies to Rome and handed them over to Cardinal Giordano Orsini (Cod. Ursinianus, Vat. lat. 3870), he increased the number of preserved plays to 20 and gave way to an intensive revival in the study and appreciation of Plautus in the Early modern period.

Textual criticism carried out on the comedies by Italian humanists contributed to the revaluation of Plautus, whom the Middle Ages had regarded as both stylistically and morally inferior to the school author Terence. Since the editio princeps of the comedies prepared by Giorgio Merula and published in 1472, humanists all over Europe showed increasing interest in the older playwright and made his dramatic work subject of numerous Latin and vernacular imitations, adaptions and stage performances. The complete edition of the Plautine comedies by the German humanist Joachim Camerarius (Hervagius: Basel, 1552) can be regarded as a milestone of Plautine philology. It was the artistic reception of Plautine comedy that prepared the ground for the broad tradition of vernacular comedy and established the important role of the theatre during the Early modern period.

The 20th NeoLatina Symposium aims to contribute significantly to the understanding of the Neo-Latin reception of Plautus from the 15th to the 17th century in Europe. We welcome proposals on topics such as: humanistic work on and distribution of Plautine comedies; images of Plautus; early modern theories on Plautine comedy; theory and practice of stage performances; relationship between Latin and vernacular imitations of Plautus.

Please submit working titles and abstracts (max. 200 words) by September 15th 2017 to Prof. Thomas Baier ( and Tobias Dänzer (

Proposed papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. They will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Papers may be given in German, English, French, Italian and Latin.

The organisers will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses. The publication of the conference proceedings in the series NeoLatina (Narr-Verlag, Tübingen) is planned for 2019.

Organiser: Institut für Klassische Philologie, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in collaboration with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (Innsbruck)

Venue: Würzburg, Toscanasaal and Philologische Bibliothek (Residence), Institut für Klassische Philologie, Lehrstuhl II (Latinistik) – Prof. Dr. Thomas Baier Residenzplatz 2, Tor A, 97070 Würzburg


(CFP closed September 15, 2017)



University of Birmingham, UK: June 28-30, 2018

At the first roundtable of ‘Tea with the Sphinx: Defining the Field of Ancient Egypt Reception Studies’ in September 2017 a debate arose surrounding the idea of ‘truth’, ‘facts’, the ways in which knowledge is formed in the popular imagination, and how this relates to reception studies as a field. This prompted discussion surrounding how reception studies should define itself, but also, and just as importantly, how myth, incorrect ‘facts’, and changing knowledge can be valuable in constructing a picture of how the knowledge of the ancient past and cultures has been formed, used and re-used, contributing to an ever-evolving history of the representation of ancient Egypt and its cultural offshoots.

Thus, the organisers of Tea with the Sphinx 2018 invite papers on any aspect of the reception of ancient Egypt in the global imagination, and especially those which engage with the following themes:

* Myths, curses, and legends
* Magic and ritual
* Mysticism, occultism, and spiritualism
* Re-incarnation and transcendental experiences
* Orientalism and imperialism
* Mummymania
* Literature and fiction
* Newspapers and the media
* Visual representations and the arts
* Replicas, souvenirs, and Egyptomania’s paraphernalia
* Museums and display
* Talismans and amulets
* Science and ‘rational truth’ vs superstition
* The ‘celebrity’ of Egyptology and Egyptologists
* Historical ‘fact’ and evolving knowledge of ancient Egypt

Abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers along with a short biographical note (in the same Word document) should be sent to by February 9th 2018.

The organisers also encourage PGRs to submit ideas for poster presentations to be presented during lunch of the first day of the conference.


(CFP closed February 9, 2018)



Ioannou Centre, Oxford / Royal Holloway, Egham: June 25-26, 2018

Theme: Misdirections and Misconceptions in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama

The 18th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 25 June (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Tuesday 26 June (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Misdirections and Misconceptions in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM: This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through their re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s theme invites discussions of old and new interpretations of Greek and Roman drama with a particular focus on their (non)conformity to ancient (and modern) models, as well as the way that they are shaped by theatre conventions. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondent will be Dr Helen Eastman (Theatre Director/Writer). The following academics will attend this year: Prof. Fiona Macintosh (Oxford), Prof. Elizabeth Schafer (RHUL), Prof. Oliver Taplin (Oxford). There will be a performance of Tony Harrison’s The Labourers of Heracles on the evening of Monday 25 June in Oxford.

PARTICIPANTS: Postgraduates from around the world working on the reception of Greek and Roman drama are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. The symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of Classics, modern languages and literature, and theatre and performance studies.

Practitioners are welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers may also include demonstrations. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performance presentation on ‘misdirections and misconceptions in the theory and practice of ancient drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2018 - EXTENDED DEADLINE April 20th, 2018 - (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

There will be no registration fee. Some travel bursaries will be available this year - please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these.



(CFP closed April 20, 2018)



University of Sheffield, UK: June 22-23, 2018

The Ancient and Modern Knowledges Colloquium will take place at the Information Commons library of the University of Sheffield on the 22 and the 23 June, generously funded by the British Academy.

Register by June 18, 2018 by email to


Friday 22 June 2018

12.00 – Welcome, Registration and Lunch

12.30 -2.30 Panel 1: Renaissance Historiography and Philosophy

* Lorenzo Valla, Dionysius of Halicarnassus and the History of Early Rome - Daniele Miano (University of Sheffield)

* L’uso della storiografia antica nei Discorsi di Machiavelli - Paolo Desideri (Università degli Studi Firenze)

* Machiavelli and Seneca: Parallel Virtues - Amanda J. Griffiths (University of Chicago)

2.30-3.00 – Tea/Coffee

3.00-5.00 – Panel 2: Architecture, Aesthetics and Epigraphy

* Between Ancient Wisdom and Modern Knowledge: New Science and Modern Architecture in the Case of Claude Perrault - Katerina Lolou (National Technical University, Athens)

* Modern Aesthetics, Ancient Theory: Jean-Baptiste Dubos (1670-1742), Aesthetic Theory and Classical Philology at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century - Floris Verhaart (Queen’s University, Belfast)

* The Use and Abuse of Greek Epigraphical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century - Peter Liddel (University of Manchester)

5.15 – 6.15 Keynote: Elegabalus’ Cobwebs - David Hume on Knowing Past and Present - Neville Morley (University of Exeter)

7.00pm - Conference Dinner

Saturday 23 June

9.00 – 10.30 – Panel 3 – Knowledge Making in 18th and early 19th Centuries

* 'The Common Lot': James Montgomery, Progress and the Dissemination of Knowledge, 1800-1835 - Jon Mee (University of York)

* Classical Knowledge and the Discourse of Gentlemanly science in early nineteenth-century Britain - Heather Ellis (University of Sheffield)

10.00-10.30 – Tea/Coffee

10.30-12.30 – Panel 4 – Ancient and Modern Ideas of History

* Polybius in Hegel and Bossuet - John Thornton (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma)

* Hegel and Herodotus - William Desmond (University of Maynooth)

* Ancient and Modern Concepts of Historiography - Tim Cornell (University of Manchester/University of Birmingham)

12.30 – 2.00 – Lunch and Concluding Discussion




The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH): Friday June 22, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rhiannon Daniels, Senior Lecturer in Italian, University of Bristol

Editing Contexts is a one-day interdisciplinary conference on historical editions of literary works, kindly supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). It will be held on Friday 22nd June at TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford. We invite abstracts from graduate students and early career researchers working on editorial practices in all periods of European literature.

Throughout history, editing has been a crucial stage in the reception of literary works. Editorial decisions could dramatically alter the experience of the audience and issues of interpretation. Beyond acts of correction and emendation, some editors have made substantial omissions, interpolations and rewritings, deliberately repurposing texts for new audiences. Although these non-authorial interventions are not always relevant to modern textual criticism, the work of historical editors nonetheless provides significant insights into how literary works were adapted in different eras, and how particular generations of readers would have known and understood them. These editions had currency in their day, and are integral to textual traditions as witnessed by their audiences.

Historical contexts – intellectual, cultural, political, religious – shaped the production, circulation, and influence of these editions. They played an important role in determining the aims and methods of editors, the extent of dissemination, and the responses of audiences. Some of the more influential editions had a lasting impact on the reception of particular works, provoking changes in scholarly method, in literature, and in wider society.

This one-day conference aims to bring together graduate students and early career researchers working in a wide range of disciplines from Classics to English Literature, Modern Languages, and History. We welcome papers across all periods, languages, and genres of European literature from Antiquity to the present. Possible themes include but are not limited to:

· Editions from Antiquity to the present;
· Interpolations and rewritings in manuscript traditions;
· Editorial practice through the ages;
· Editorial censorship;
· Ideological commitments of modern editors.

We welcome abstracts for twenty-minute papers (ca. 250 words). Please send all submissions to by Friday 18th May 2018. There is a small conference fee (£5) to cover the costs and refreshments. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Rhiannon Daniels, Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Bristol.

For more information, please visit

(CFP closed May 18, 2018)



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.


(CFP closed July 31, 2017)



University of Patras, Greece: 16-17 June, 2018

I am pleased to announce a two-day conference on 'Lucretian Receptions in Prose', which will take place at the University of Patras, Greece on the 16th and 17th of June 2018.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Bakker, Frederik (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Berno, Francesca Romana (Sapienza University of Rome)
Campbell, Gordon (University of Maynooth)
Garani, Myrto (University of Athens)
Hardie, Philip (University of Cambridge)
Kazantzidis, George (University of Patras)
Lipka, Michael (University of Patras)
Markovic, Daniel (University of Cincinnati)
Nelis, Damien (University of Geneva)
Nicoli, Elena (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Schiesaro, Alessandro (University of Manchester)
Shearin, Wilson (University of Miami)
Tutrone Fabio (University of Palermo)
Zinn, Pamela (Texas Tech University)

Those who wish to attend, send an e mail to (there is no registration fee). Further details about the conference, including the venue and a preliminary program, will be circulated at the beginning of January 2018.

Website: TBA.



John Rylands Library, Manchester: June 15, 2018 (postponed from March 16, 2018)

The Society for Neo-Latin Studies has organised a one-day event to be held in Manchester next March to give postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers opportunities to discuss ideas, meet other scholars in the discipline, present papers on their current research, and to attend a special workshop on 'Editing Neo-Latin Texts' led by Prof. Sarah Knight. This will be the sixth in a successful series of meetings the Society has organised for researchers at relatively early stages of their careers. Masters and PhD students, as well as students who have recently received their doctorates, are encouraged to attend; advanced undergraduate students considering a postgraduate career are also very welcome. In the past, participants have come from a variety of departmental and disciplinary backgrounds, including classics, cultural and intellectual history, literary studies, philology, philosophy, rhetoric, and textual scholarship.

We invite proposals from any interested postgraduate or post-doctoral researchers to give 20-minute papers on their work. The papers will be organised into two- or three-speaker panels on related topics. Proposals should take the form of a brief outline of the speaker's affiliation and research interests; an abstract of the paper to be given (100-150 words) and a provisional paper title. Proposals should be submitted by the deadline of Friday 2 February 2018 and speakers will be notified as soon as possible of the outcome of the selection process.

Proposals should be submitted via email to the organiser Paul White (; if you have any questions or require any further information about the event, please also contact Dr White. The event will be held at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester (


For further information about the Society for Neo-Latin Studies, please visit the website:

(CFP closed February 2, 2018)



An interdisciplinary workshop of international experts, including historians of Germany and Italy, classicists, archaeologists and art historians.

The Old Library, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge: June 8, 2018

Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, along with other twentieth-century authoritarian regimes, have often attempted to create consensus through propagandistic reinterpretations of the classical past. As recent scholarship has shown, the Fascist appropriation of romanità and Nazi philhellenism were not only conditioned by prior cultural receptions of antiquity, but were also a key political tool in motivating and mobilizing citizens to fulfill the aims of the fascist state.

Once Fascism and Nazism had fallen, the material legacies of both regimes then became the object of destruction, reinterpretation and memory work. Thus, the archaeological and architectural heritage of these regimes, now tainted by their ideology, has not only suffered the consequences of damnatio memoriae in the aftermath of regime change, but continues even today to inflame contemporary public debate.

This interdisciplinary workshop will bring together a group of international experts, including historians of Germany and Italy, classicists, archaeologists and art historians, to explore the complex relationships between antiquity and materiality, both during and after Fascism and National Socialism. Our aim is to examine the shifting conditions of the reception of antiquity under dictatorial regimes, and the fate of fascist material legacies from the aftermath of the Second World War to the present day.

The workshop, organized by Dr. Helen Roche (Faculty of History), Flaminia Bartolini (Department of Archaeology) and Timothy Schmalz (Faculty of History), is a joint collaboration between the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, the Department of Archaeology, and the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. It will be the first of a series of workshops on the theme of Heritage and Dictatorship, and is supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office and the Faculty of History. It will also form a launchpad for ‘Claiming the Classical’, a new network for scholars interested in political appropriations of the classical past.


Helen Roche / Flaminia Bartolini: Introduction: On Fascist and National Socialist Antiquities and Materialities

Jan Nelis (Ghent) - On Fascist and National Socialist Classicism
Han Lamers (HU Berlin) / Bettina Reitz-Joosse (Groningen) - Architecture and Material Culture in the Latin Literature of the ventennio fascista
Helen Roche (Cambridge) - German Philhellenism and the Reception of Winckelmann during the Third Reich

Joshua Arthurs (West Virginia): Burning Paper and Crushing Bedbugs: Iconoclasm, Memory and Expectation during the Fall of Mussolini
Clare Copley (Central Lancashire) - National Socialist Prestige Buildings and the Postwar Urban Landscape
Flaminia Bartolini (Cambridge): From Iconoclasm to Heritage: Renegotiating the Fascist Past in Contemporary Italy

Aristotle Kallis (Keele)
Hannah Malone (FU Berlin)
Jimmy Fortuna (Cambridge)
Martijn Eickhoff (NIOD)
Donna Storey (Melbourne)

OPEN DISCUSSION - including all of the participants




Hebrew University of Jerusalem: 6-7 June 2018

Call for Papers

The ISRAEL SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF CLASSICAL STUDIES is pleased to announce its 47th annual conference to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Wed-Thurs, 6-7 JUNE 2018.

Our keynote speaker in 2018 will be Professor Edith Hall, King's College London.

The conference is the annual meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies. Papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to history, philology, philosophy, literature, reception, papyrology and archaeology of Greece and Rome and neighboring lands, are welcome. 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.


Decisions will be made after the organizing committee has duly considered all the proposals. If a decision is required prior to early February, please indicate this in your letter and we will try to accommodate your needs.


(CFP closed December 21, 2017)



Senate House, London: June 2, 2018

This one-day workshop on “Reconstructing & Adapting Ancient Greek Fragmentary Tragedy” will be the first of its kind and will look at the Methodologies & Challenges for Classicists and Theatre Practitioners bringing to life the lost Greek plays.

Experts from Classics, English and Drama as well as playwrights and theatremakers will discuss their own take on the lost plays, producing an engaging and informative workshop addressed at colleagues, students, theatre artists and members of the public interested in the undiscovered plays of Greek civilisation.

The speakers will explore past and current trends in the reconstruction of lost Greek tragedies and will look at the creative and interdisciplinary potential of reimagining these plays. Each of them will showcase their methodology on the plays they chose to reconstruct and the benefits and practicalities of their approach. The event organiser, Dr. Andriana Domouzi, defines these trends as follows:

• The “faithful” reconstruction, resulting in a new play trying to appear as if it was written by the ancient tragedian (pastiche).

• The imaginative/creative reconstruction, resulting in a new play that might not be close to the original, but still makes use of available ancient sources; the action is often transferred to the contemporary era.

• The Classicist’s reconstruction, one that does not usually produce a fully formalised new play, but prefers to dramatically explore and experiment with the potential scenarios, reflecting the classicist’s struggle to deal with usually contradictory sources on the same lost tragedy.

The event will be hosted by the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome of the Department of Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London. It is generously funded by the Classical Association and co-sponsored by the theatre company Cyborphic.

Confirmed speakers:
Timberlake Wertenbaker (playwright, translator)
Adam Roberts (author, Prof. of English at Royal Holloway, University of London)
David Stuttard (author, classicist, director, founder of Actors of Dionysus theatre company)
Colin Teevan (playwright, Prof. of Playwriting at Birkbeck, University of London)
Martin Wylde (director, Lecturer in Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama)
Leta Koutsohera (poet, playwright)
Lily Karadima (director, dramaturg, artistic director of Atrapos theatre company)

Plays under discussion:
Sophocles' Tereus (Wertenbaker, The Love of the Nightingale)
Euripides' Phaethon, Hypsipyle and Telephos (Roberts)
Euripides' Alexandros, Palamedes and Sisyphus (Stuttard)
Euripides' Alcmaeon in Corinth (Teevan and Wylde)
Euripides' Cretans (Koutsohera and Karadima)




King’s College London: June 1, 2018

We would like to invite you to Making New Worlds from Old: The Translation and Transference of Ancient Mythology into Contemporary Hispanic Theatre (and Beyond) on 1st June from 2 – 8pm at King’s College London.

The adoption and adaptation of classical myth is common in present-day UK theatre, where many celebrated playwrights routinely re-imagine stories and characters forged in the distant past. The Greeks, in particular, are seen as an essential part of the contemporary ‘English-language’ theatrical canon, as recent successful productions at the National and Almeida Theatres can attest.

This afternoon and evening event addresses this practice in today’s Hispanic theatrical tradition, examining the manner in which writers from the Spanish-speaking world readapt tales from the Biblical and ancient worlds for their respective audiences. We focus in particular on two recent plays from the theatre of Chile and Spain, in English translation: Juan Radrigán’s The Desolate Prince (El príncipe desolado) and Pedro Víllora’s Electra in the Forest of Oma (Electra en el Bosque de Oma). In the Desolate Prince, Chilean dramatist Juan Radrigán re-versions the Lucifer and Lilith myth in an exploration of theocratic dogma and intransigence. In Electra in the Forest of Oma, Spanish playwright Pedro Víllora blends a contemporary Basque forest with the Classical setting of Argos as Electra stands firm to protect her father’s memory. Our discussions of these two plays will additionally pay critical attention to the practice and challenges of translating them into English. The event will conclude with a rehearsed reading of Electra in the Forest of Oma.





King's College London: May 24th, 2018

As early as the Hellenistic period, the study of ancient Greek lyric poetry was identified most predominantly with the study of the nine, major canonical lyric poets and their texts. This process saw the redefinition of lyric as genre and the crystallisation of a lyric canon. The postclassical condition of lyric also influenced its Latin reception and adaptation, as it became an authoritative model for Roman poetry. The existence of an established canon, however, has often pushed to the side-lines of the lyric realm other 'minor' poets and song traditions. At the same time, the incorporation of lyric in other genres has been primarily acknowledged in order to detect quotations of poems or as a source of biographical information about poets. More recent scholarship, however, has broadened these narrow views of lyric by exploring the performative context and the socio-political dimension of lyric genres. Archaic song culture has been studied more and more with attention being paid both to the broader cultural discourses that lyric negotiated and to its interactions with other performative occasions and textual traditions. Equally, marginal lyric poets and texts have increasingly attracted scholarly attention.

In the wave of this trend, this postgraduate workshop seeks to further investigate Greek and Latin lyric poetry by focusing on some of its still under-explored aspects, in an attempt to go beyond what has been most traditionally conceived as 'lyric'. In order to broaden the conception of lyric, we aim at considering texts other than the canonical ones, as well as at exploring ancient receptions and reciprocal influences of lyric in other genres. On the one hand, we are interested in the fascinating variety of song traditions and 'peripheral' authors thriving in archaic and classical times, as well as in the development of lyric culture in the post-classical period. On the other, we are willing to consider how lyric poetry interacted with different literary genres, both synchronically and diachronically. We would like to look at the various ways in which lyric could overlap with contemporary genres such as philosophy and historiography, sharing not only literary patterns and motifs but also filtering thoughts and beliefs of the surrounding cultural and intellectual context. At the same time, we are interested in how lyric authors and poems have been the object of later receptions, acting as models and touchstones while being transformed and reshaped to fit new contexts and functions.

Confirmed keynote speaker will be Prof. Pauline LeVen (Yale University).

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Department of Classics at King's College London, the Classical Association and the Gilbert Murray Trust. A number of postgraduate bursaries will be available to cover part of the travel expenses and/or accommodation.

We invite postgraduate students and early career researchers (within three years from PhD completion) to submit proposals for 30-minutes papers, to which academics from the Department with research interests in lyric poetry will respond chairing the discussion. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

* 'Submerged' song traditions: e.g. Carmina popularia; anonymous hymns and cult songs of the classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods
* Relationship between the nine poets of the canon and 'minor'/non-canonical poets and texts
* Synchronic interactions with other genres: e.g. lyric poetry and the philosophical tradition; lyric poetry and historiography; lyric and rhetoric
* Later receptions of lyric in antiquity: e.g. quotations, appropriations of lyric themes, attitudes, and gestures

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by 24th January 2018.

Organisers: Chiara Ciampa, Antonio Genova, Francesca Modini


(CFP closed January 24, 2018)



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)

(CFP closed June 18, 2017)



Engineers House, Bristol UK: 9 May, 2018

This international, interdisciplinary workshop, sponsored by the Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, and the Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol, will begin to map the ‘before’, ‘beside’ and ‘beyond’ of Greco-Roman didactic poetry: not just its European vernacular and neo-Latin Nachleben but also its relationship and/or resonance with Islamic, Chinese, African, Indigenous American, Australian and Papuan poetry and song.

Participants: Professor Yasmin Haskell (Bristol), Dr Rowan Tomlinson (Bristol), Dr Michael Malay (Bristol), Professor Ian Rutherford (Reading), Professor Nicholas Evans (Australian National University), Dr Charles Pigott (Cambridge), Dr Chisomo Kalinga (Edinburgh), Dr Sophie Wei (Hong Kong), Dr Giulia Fanti (Oxford), Dr Elena Nicoli (Nijmegen), Dr Jorge Ledo (Basel), Dr Victoria Moul (King’s College, London), Dr Iman Sheeha (Brunel University, London), Dr John Gilmore (Warwick), Ewelina Drzwiecka (Cracow), Oliver Budey (Freiburg).

This is a closed workshop but we hope to make available the keynote address by Professor Nicholas Evans, FAHA, FASSA, FBA, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University: "Waving to the other side: the language of poetry in indigenous Australian song."

For further information please contact Professor Yasmin Haskell:



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 (


(CFP closed 3 May, 2017)



University of Maryland, USA: April 27, 2018

A one-day international colloquium on women and classical scholarship will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park on Friday, April 27, 2018, to honor the retirement of Judith P. Hallett.

The speakers will include Eric Adler (Maryland), T. Corey Brennan (Rutgers), Sandra Messenger Cypess (Maryland), Sheila K. Dickison (Florida), Jane Donawerth (Maryland), Arthur Eckstein (Maryland), Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (Lille), Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer (Basel), Donald Lateiner (Ohio Wesleyan), Amy Richlin (UCLA), Diana Robin (New Mexico) and John Weisweiler (Maryland).

A detailed program will be posted nearer the date.




Uppsala and Stockholm, April 25-27, 2018

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Edith Hall, King’s College London
Professor Fiona Macintosh, Oxford University

The late eighteenth century saw a variety of Medeas performed on stage in Europe ranging from Jean-Georges Noverre’s 1763 ballet Jason et Médée and Richard Glover’s tragedy Medea (1767) to Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter’s successful melodrama Medea (1775) and François Benoît Hoffmann’s and Luigi Cherubini’s opera Médée (1797). Performances took place in Stuttgart, London, Gotha, and Paris—just to mention a few venues. In the same decades texts and scores of these works were printed, reissued, translated, revised, and circulated throughout Europe. Some Medeas of the late eighteenth century never reached the stage but were printed as texts, for example, the Swedish author Bengt Lidner’s opera libretto Medea from 1784 and Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger’s two Medea tragedies, one from 1786 and the other from 1790.

The sheer number of Medea dramas is considerable, which raises questions about why this particular and rather extreme character of ancient tragedy is placed on stage and on the page throughout Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century. As a transgressive character Medea seems to overstep a number of eighteenth-century borders: language borders, nation borders, cultural borders, borders of ideal motherhood and femininity, and genre borders. How is this surging eighteenth-century interest in Medea, one that moves beyond national borders, to be interpreted within a European perspective?

The eighteenth-century Medea has recently received renewed attention from scholars of various disciplines and nationalities. The groundbreaking work of Edith Hall and Fiona Macintosh in publications such as Medea in Performance 1500-2000 (Oxford 2000; with Oliver Taplin) have paved the way for subsequent scholarship. However, several studies focus exclusively on a single nation or language area, and the transgressional trajectories of the European Medea story seem to be a neglected field of study. The conference aims at bringing together scholars from various language areas and disciplines with a focus on the late eighteenth-century Medea. It will address themes concerned with the transgressions of Medea, focussing particularly on space and gender.

The Medea story from Antiquity is certainly concerned with space—the Colchian enchantress betrays her family and flees to Greece with Jason—and the question is how and why this story is translated and transported to different parts of Europe in the late eighteenth century. Is a German Medea identical to a French or a Swedish one? In what sense does Medea in the eighteenth century connect to the literary models of Athens and of Rome respectively? How are Athens and Rome, as models, constructed as real or imagined spaces, in relation to Paris, London, or Stockholm? How does the transgression of genre borders affect the Medea theme?

Gender in the eighteenth-century is connected to spatiality, not least through the concept of the public-private divide. The discussion about Habermas’ conceptual framework was intensified after the 1989 English translation of his seminal Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit (1962). The Medea figure poses a challenge to the notions of eighteenth-century femininity as centred on the private sphere: on tenderness, sexual modesty, and motherhood. A question of interest is how this vengeful child murderess from Greek and Roman antiquity fits into the sentimental framework of European eighteenth-century culture.

The conference wishes to highlight the transcultural aspects of the various European Medeas, displayed by gendered spaces, local appropriations, and reconsiderations of otherness. How can we move beyond the national point of departure and incorporate an awareness of the specific local conditions of Paris, London, or Gotha? In what sense do the Medea texts and performances engage in a transfer across language borders, nation borders and cultural borders? And how are these spatial aspects interconnected with gender issues?

The conference is interdisciplinary, bridging disciplines such as literature (comparative literature as well as specific European languages and literatures), theatre studies, gender studies, classical reception, musicology, performance studies, and material culture, and it aims to relate Medea to issues about transcultural exchange in the late eighteenth-century European culture.

We welcome submissions in the form of individual papers (20 minutes). The following topics can serve as guidelines in exploring Medea from 1750-1800: cultural transfer; gender; spatiality; translation and adaptation; the barbarian; public and private; local adaptations and European classicisms; the stage as a gendered space; genre and space in Europe; circulation of performances, texts, and music in a European perspective; reception and performance; music, text, and gesture as a means of conveying passion.

The conference is organized by Prof. Anna Cullhed, Department of Culture and Aesthetics (Literature) at Stockholm University, in collaboration with Theatre Studies, Stockholm University, and the research network AGORA, Uppsala University. It is generously supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, which is currently funding the project “Moving Medea: The Transcultural Stage in the Eighteenth Century”, and by the Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University.

The general programme:
Wednesday, April 25: Keynote lectures in Uppsala—in collaboration with AGORA
Thursday, April 26: Conference in Stockholm
Friday, April 27: A visit to the Drottningholm Palace Theatre

Please send an abstract of 200 words and a five-line biography to by 1 August, 2017. For enquiries, please contact:

(CFP closed August 1, 2017)



Benaki Museum, Athens: 23-26 April, 2018

The 21st annual Board Game Studies Colloquium will be hosted by the Benaki Museum at Athens (Greece), from Monday 23rd April to Thursday 26th April 2018. In collaboration with Véronique Dasen, professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Fribourg, principal investigator of the ERC Advanced Grant Project "Locus Ludi. The Cultural Fabric of Play and Games in Classical Antiquity" , and Ulrich Schädler Director of the Swiss Museum of Games and partner of the ERC project, the organizers would like to dedicate one entire day to explore ancient game-related material evidence, putting special emphasis on the role of games as vehicle of cultural transmission and interactions. Continuity and reception of antiquity in board games-related materials of different ages, will be also explored. Papers on other aspects of board game studies, in any academic field, will also be equally welcome.

Proposals should aim at a 20-minute presentation in English or in French. They should include the following: • Title • Abstract (max. 200 words) • Author's brief bio, recent publications, institutional affiliations, and academic or other relevant credentials.

They should be sent as an email attachment in doc, docx, or pdf format to Barbara Carè, Veronique Dasen and Ulrich Schädler before January 10th, 2018. You will be notified of whether your proposal is accepted by mid-February, and you should then provide a formal abstract of 200 – 500 words by March 15th, 2018. Presentations should not exceed twenty minutes to allow for questions and discussion. PowerPoint or Keynote-type slide documents to support your presentation are welcome. Detailed information on travelling to Athens, accommodation, arrangements for the cultural visits and colloquium dinner, and an online booking facility will be soon provided at



(CFP closed January 10, 2018)



Sapienza Università di Roma: April 18-20, 2018

Organising committee:
Andrea Chegai (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Michela Rosellini (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Elena Spangenberg Yanes (Sapienza Università di Roma-Trinity College Dublin)

Wednesday, 18th April 2018

15:00 Institutional greetings
15:30 Michela Rosellini – Elena Spangenberg Yanes, Introduction

Session 1. Sorting Methods in Critical (Digital) Editing:
Panel A. Classical and Late Antique Philology – chair Michela Rosellini
16.00 Dániel Kiss (Budapest, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem), New media for the edition of Latin classics
16:30 Justin Stover (University of Edinburgh), Material transmission: the study of textual traditions in a Digital Age
17:30 Caroline Macé (Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen), About sirens and onocentaurs, best manuscripts, fluid traditions and other myths
18:00 Paolo Monella (Università di Palermo), L’edizione sinottica digitale: una terza via
18:30 Discussion

Thursday, 19th April 2018

Session 2. Philologists and Texts Floating in the Net – chair Paolo Trovato
09:00 Paola Italia (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna), Fake texts e Wiki edizioni. Per una filologia digitale sostenibile
09:30 Lorenzo Tomasin (Université de Lausanne), Qualche tesi per la filologia nell’epoca della novità digitale
10:00 Claudio Lagomarsini (Università degli Studi di Siena), Un progresso obsoleto? La trasmissione online dell’epica medievale
11:00 Research Group “Nicoletta Bourbaki” (Benedetta Pierfederici, Salvatore Talia), La narrazione della storia in Wikipedia: pratiche, ideologie, conflitti per la memoria nell’Enciclopedia libera
11:30 Claudio Giammona (Sapienza Università di Roma) – Elena Spangenberg Yanes, Dalla stampa al digitale, dal digitale alla stampa: Internet e la tradizione indiretta
12:00 Discussion

Session 1. Sorting Methods in Critical (Digital) Editing:
Panel B. Lachmann’s Legacy – Chair Claudio Giammona
15:00 Federico Marchetti (Università di Ferrara) – Paolo Trovato (Università di Ferrara), The study of codices descripti as a Neo-Lachmannian weapon against the notions of mouvance and textual fluidity
15:30 Ermanno Malaspina (Università di Torino), Edizioni digitali critiche (cioè lachmanniane) di testi classici a recensio complessa in xml: il rebus delle lezioni da mettere o non mettere in apparato

Panel C. Medieval Philology – chair Lorenzo Tomasin
16:30 Raymund Wilhelm (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Elisa De Roberto (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre), Stephen Dörr (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg),La banca dati del Dizionario dell’antico lombardo (DAL). Il trattamento delle varianti filologiche
17:15 Odd Einar Haugen (Universitetet i Bergen), The critical edition in Old Norse philology: Its demise and its chances of revival
17:45 Matthew Driscoll (Københavns Universitet),Textual and generic fluidity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iceland
18:15 Discussion

Friday, 20th April 2018

Panel D. Musical Philology – chair Andrea Chegai
09:00 Fabrizio Della Seta (Università degli Studi di Pavia), La filologia dell’opera italiana tra testo ed evento
09:30 Federica Rovelli (Beethovens Werkstatt, Beethoven-Haus Bonn), Prospettive digitali per l’edizione dei quaderni di schizzi di Beethoven
10:00 Eleonora Di Cintio (Sapienza Università di Roma), Filologia di un’opera empirica: per un’edizione critica digitale della Penelope di Cimarosa et alii (1794-1817)

Round table. Matching Editions and Traditions – chair Andrea Chegai
11:00-12:30 Monica Berté (Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara), Lino Leonardi (Università degli Studi di Siena), Ermanno Malaspina, Paolo Trovato
12:30 Michela Rosellini, Conclusions




Polis Institute in Jerusalem: April 16-17 2018

The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities is pleased to announce our 4th Interdisciplinary Conference: Transmitting a Heritage - The Teaching of Ancient Languages from Antiquity to the 21st Century (La transmission d’ un héritage – l ’enseignement des langues anciennes de l ’Antiquité à nos jours), which will be held on the 16th and 17th of April 2018, at the Polis Institute in Jerusalem.

Confirmed speakers include Randall Buth, Eleanor Dickey, Nancy Llewellyn, Milena Minkova, Jason Pedicone, Christophe Rico, Eran Shuali and Terence Tunberg.

Further paper proposals should be submitted until the 15th of February 2018. Every proposal should include a short abstract (max. 150 words; in English, French, or Latin), the title of your paper, a separate attachment containing your personal details (name, surname, university/affiliation, postal address, email ). All attachments should be doc , docx or pdf files. To submit your documents and for any further information please send an email to the following address:

Subjects may evolve around the following topics: current methods of teaching ancient languages in a living way – evolution of language instruction through the centuries – influence of the target language on the method (Classical, Semitic, Modern) – theoretical background of various methodological approaches to language teaching – history of the accessibility of knowledge and its influence on language teaching. As with the previous conferences, Polis wishes to provide an international and interdisciplinary framework, gathering linguists, historians, philosophers and specialists from other disciplines of the humanities in order to facilitate lively and profound debates among them. Consequently, every presentation (with a maximum duration of 20 minutes) will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion, in which the present experts and members of the general audience may exchange opinions and suggestions around the topic of the presentation.

These debates will be recorded, transcribed and published together with their articles in the proceedings. This book will also feature a general introduction that will show the points of convergence between participants as well as possible breakthroughs in research. The articles themselves will be published in the language in which they were presented (English, French , or Latin), preceded by a small summary in either Latin or Greek. The editors of the proceedings will be Christophe Rico, director of the Polis Institute, and Jason Pedicone, president of Paideia Institute. It is highly desirable that the resulting book, through its inner consistency, will renew and reinvigorate the scientific debate on this core topic within the humanities.



(CFP closed February 15, 2018)



Newcastle University, UK: 12th-14th April, 2018

I am pleased to release the Call for Papers for 'Locating the Ancient World in Early Modern Subversive Thought', a conference taking place at Newcastle University, 12th-14th April 2018, and featuring keynote speakers Marianne Pade and Peter Harrison. Please see below for further details:

Dichotomies have long been used to define the intellectual developments of early modern Europe - reason and faith; authority and subversion; science and humanism; radicalism and tradition; heterodoxy and orthodoxy — with classical thought usually located on the side of tradition, a behemoth of learning which inhibited man’s reason and his ability to learn through observation. Such unilinear accounts of the progression to modernity have been subjected to increasingly numerous challenges in the last two decades, as scholars have sought to demonstrate that the ideas which drove Europe towards the Enlightenment were far more complex and multi-layered than suggested by the traditional narratives.

The aim of this conference is to expand on this revived appreciation of the classical influence in early modernity by looking specifically at the role played by the ancient world in that sphere from which it has most usually been excluded: subversive literature. The idea that the texts, philosophies, and exempla of the ancient world might have served as significant tools for those who sought to undermine and challenge political, religious and cultural authority stands in direct opposition to the traditional role assigned to the classics in this period. Emphasising an interdisciplinary approach, this conference will draw scholars together to build a coherent picture of how the classical tradition functioned as a tool for subversion, illuminating a previously neglected aspect of the ancient world in the early modern thought.

The keynote speakers will be Peter Harrison (University of Queensland) and Marianne Pade (Danish Academy at Rome).

We are inviting abstracts for papers of thirty minutes on topics including, but not limited to:

• Ancient philosophical involvement in epistemological challenges to traditional understandings of knowledge and belief
• Ancient theories of natural philosophy in the debates concerning God and the universe in both religion and science
• The contribution of ancient texts to the arguments for natural religion, and against magic, miracles, and the supernatural
• Classical rhetoric and literary forms as models for argumentation in subversive treatises, polemics, pamphlets, poetry, and other literary genres
• Ancient religion in the construction of arguments in favour of toleration, and the establishment of a civil religion
• The function of ancient examples in radical political ideologies, including republicanism, democracy, and theories of resistance and revolution
• Classical scholarship as a tool for subversion, and print culture as a sphere facilitating this function of the classics

If you would like to offer a paper for the conference, please submit an abstract of 300 words to by 9th February 2018.


(CFP closed February 9, 2018)



Albuquerque, New Mexico: April 11-14, 2018

Classical Reception Panels:

Fashioning Ancient Women on Screen
Stacie Raucci (Union College), organizer and presider
1. Historicizing Women’s Costumes: Anachronisms and Appropriations. Margaret Toscano (University of Utah)
2. Costuming Lucilla in 20th and 21st -Century Screen Productions. Hunter H. Gardner (University of South Carolina)
3. Accessorizing the Ancient Roman Woman on Screen. Stacie Raucci (Union College)
4. Response. Monica S. Cyrino (University of New Mexico)

Classics and White Supremacism
Victoria Pagán (University of Florida), organizer and presider
1. The Summer of Our Discontent: Rethinking the Intersections of Ancient History and Modern Science in Contesting White Supremacy. Denise McCoskey (Miami University)
2. White Supremacists Respect Classical Scholarship…If It Was Written Before the 1970s. Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Denison University)
3. How to Save Western Civilization (for Men): White Supremacy and the New Kyrieia. Donna Zuckerberg (Eidolon, Editor)

Wonder Woman and Warrior Princesses
Anise K. Strong (Western Michigan University), organizer and presider
1. Gender-flipping the Katabatic Hero: Starbuck as Aeneas in Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009). Meredith Safran (Trinity College)
2. Same Sex, Different Day: the Amazon Communities of Wonder Woman (2017) and Xena: Warrior Princess. Grace Gillies (University of California, Los Angeles)
3. Paradise, Bodies, and Gods: The Reception of Amazons in Wonder Woman. Walter Penrose (San Diego State University)
4. Respondent. Anise K. Strong (Western Michigan University)

Ovid in China
Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University), organizer and presider
1. Globalizing Classics: Ovid through the Looking Glass. Lisa Mignone (Brown University)
2. Translating Ovid into Chinese. Jinyu Liu (DePauw University)
3. Laughing at the Boundaries of Genre in Ovid’s Amores. Caleb Dance (Washington and Lee University)
4. Ovidian Scenes on 18th-century Chinese Porcelain. Thomas J. Sienkewicz (Monmouth College)
5. Respondent. John F. Miller (University of Virginia)

Popular Classics
Vincent E. Tomasso (Trinity College), organizer and presider
1. Textual Poachers: Scholars, Fans, and Fragments. Daniel Curley (Skidmore College)
2. The Elite and Popular Reception of Classical Antiquity in the Works of Cy Twombly and Roy Lichtenstein. Vincent E. Tomasso (Trinity College)
3. Replication, Reception, and Jeff Koons’s Gazing Ball Series. Marice Rose (Fairfield University)
4. The Passion of Cleopatra (2017): Anne Rice's Sequel to The Mummy (1989). Gregory Daugherty (Randolph-Macon College)

Travels, Treasures, and the Locus Terribilis: Myth in Children’s Media
Krishni Burns (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), organizer and presider
1. Midas, Mixed Messages, and the “Museum” of Dugald Steer’s Mythology. Rebecca Resinski (Hendrix College)
2. Fairy-Tale Landscapes in the d’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths (1962). Alison Poe (Fairfield University)
3. Spiritual Odysseys in Children’s Television. Krishni Burns (University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign)
4. Domesticating Classical Monsters on BBC Children’s Television: Gorgons, Minotaurs and Sirens in Doctor Who, the Sarah Jane Adventures and Atlantis. Amanda Potter (The Open University)

From the Theater of Dionysus to the Opera House
Carolin Hahnemann (Kenyon College), organizer and presider
1. What Happened to Euripides? Iphigenia among the Taurians and Handel’s Orestes. Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa)
2. From Medea to Norma. Duane Roller (Ohio State University)
3. Elements of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King in Verdi’s Don Carlo. Carolin Hahnemann (Kenyon College)
4. Opera as Social Medicine in Mikis Theodorakis’ Antigone. Sarah B. Ferrario (Catholic University of America) and Andrew Simpson (Catholic University of America)

Casting Die: Classical Reception in Gaming
William S. Duffy (St. Philip’s College) and Matthew Taylor (Beloit College), co-organizers and co-presiders
1. Imagining Classics: Towards a Pedagogy of Gaming Reception. Hamish Cameron (Bates College)
2. 20-sided monsters: The Adaptation of Greek Mythology to Dungeons and Dragons. William S. Duffy (St. Philip’s College)
3. Civilization and History: Ludological Frame vs. Historical Context. Rosemary Moore (University of Iowa)
4. Touching the Ancient World through God of War’s Kratos. Matthew Taylor (Beloit College)
5. Games and Ancient War: Serious Gaming as Outreach and Scholarship. Sarah Murray (University of Toronto)




University of Birmingham (Strathcona Lecture Theatre 2): April 11, 2018

Keynotes: Kate Nichols & Lara Pucci

Speakers: Harriet Lander, Robin Diver, Clare Matthews, Chiara Marabelli, Elizabeth O'Connor, Abbe Rees-Hales

Organisers: Abbey Rees-Hales, Rebecca Batty, Sean Richardson




University of Leicester, UK: 6-9 April, 2018

CFP & Program:




Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida: March 23-24, 2018

The Anachronism and Antiquity team is delighted to announce 'Anachronism and Antiquity: Configuring Temporalities in Ancient Literature and Scholarship', a conference to be held at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, on March 23-24, 2018. Speakers and their titles are:

* Carol Atack, St Hugh's College, Oxford, 'Plato's Queer Time: Dialogic Moments in the Life and Death of Socrates'
* Emily Greenwood, Yale University, 'Reading Across Time: Thucydides' History as Literature of Witness'
* Constanze Güthenke, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, '"For Time is / nothing if not amenable" – Exemplarity, Time, Reception'
* Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, 'The Temporal Relation: Flow, Fold, Kairos'
* K. Scarlett Kingsley, Agnes Scott College, 'Euripides' Scholiasts: Blending Temporalities Heroic and Present'
* Ellen O'Gorman, University of Bristol, 'Reception and Recovery: Rancière's Authentic Plebeian Voice'
* Mark Payne, University of Chicago, 'The Future in the Past: Hesiod and Speculative Fiction'
* Tom Phillips, Merton College, Oxford, 'Shelley's Plastic Verse: the "Hymn to Mercury"'
* Barnaby Taylor, Exeter College, Oxford, 'Archaism and Anachronism in Lucretius'

The conference will run all day Friday and Saturday morning, ending with lunch on Saturday. There is no charge for registration but we ask that people register so that we can have an accurate account for meals. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please email John Marincola at

Anachronism and Antiquity is a Leverhulme Trust-funded project, running from 2016 to 2019, which is undertaking the first systematic study of the concept of anachronism in Greco-Roman antiquity and of the role played by the idea of anachronism in the formation of the concept of antiquity itself. The project, led by Professor Tim Rood and Professor John Marincola, with research associates Dr Tom Phillips and Dr Carol Atack, looks at both classical and modern material, pairing close analysis of surviving literary and material evidence from classical antiquity with detailed study of the post-classical term 'anachronism', and with modern theoretical writings that link the notion of anachronism with the conceptualization of antiquity.

For further details please visit our blog at Twitter: @Anachron_Antiq.



Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 22–24 March 2018

(1) Encountering the ancients: philological reception in the Renaissance:

(2) 'Deep Classics' and the Renaissance ?

(3) Unleashing the “mad Dogge”: Classical Reception in Early Modern Political Thought

Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2017.

(CFP closed May 31, 2017)



Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna: March 21, 2018

The associations Rodopis - Experience Ancient History and Prolepsis are delighted to announce the call for paper for their joint event: The Old Lie. I Classici e la Grande Guerra.

[English version below]

The Old Lie. L'eco dell'antica bugia, "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" (Orazio, Odi III, 2), riecheggia a distanza di secoli nelle celebre ripresa di Wilfred Owen, posta quale polemico e amaro suggello di una poesia scritta tra il 1917 e il 1918, che è una spietata accusa delle atrocità della guerra, mistificata da una propaganda che la descrive, invece, come evento glorioso ed epocale. "Un'antica bugia", dunque, perpetuata nei secoli da chi si tiene, in realtà, lontano dai conflitti.

La poesia di Owen è solo un esempio del reimpiego dei Classici durante la Prima Guerra Mondiale. Essi divennero talvolta filtro o termine di paragone dell'esperienza dei giovani combattenti - come Patrick Shaw-Stewart -, talvolta irrinunciabili "ancore" in anni di aberrazione umana e culturale; talvolta, ancora, il loro messaggio fu riattualizzato in chiave antibellicista; è il caso, per esempio, del riadattamento de Le Troiane ad opera di Franz Werfel. D'altra parte, in quei tumultuosi anni alcuni classicisti ebbero un ruolo non solo culturale, ma anche politico e ideologico; si pensi, per esempio, a Giorgio Pasquali.

In occasione dell'ultimo anno di celebrazioni per il Centenario della Grande Guerra, l'associazione culturale Rodopis - Experience Ancient History e l'associazione culturale Prolepsis organizzano un Workshop Internazionale dal titolo "The old lie. I Classici e la Grande Guerra", per invitare a tornare su un tema che, nonostante l'attenzione recentemente dedicatavi, merita ancora indagini e riflessioni.

Le proposte di intervento potranno riguardare, anche se non in via esclusiva, i seguenti temi:

* Ricezione dei Classici durante la Prima Guerra Mondiale;
* Reimpiego ideologico di testi dell'antichità greco-latina durante il primo conflitto mondiale;
* Riflessioni novecentesche su tematiche di guerra attraverso il filtro dei Classici;
* Analisi dell'impegno politico di classicisti dell'epoca e relativa influenza sull'opera scientifica.

Il workshop sarà composto da tre sessioni, due mattutine e una pomeridiana, per un totale di nove relatori da selezionarsi. Ogni intervento avrà la durata massima di 20 minuti, con discussione alla fine di ciascuna sessione. È prevista una relazione introduttiva da parte del Prof. Giovanni Brizzi, in qualità di keynote speaker.

Le relazioni presentate possono essere oggetto di valutazione per un'eventuale pubblicazione.

Le lingue ammesse nel workshop sono italiano e inglese.

Dottorandi, dottori di ricerca e giovani studiosi sono invitati a inviare un abstract di massimo 300 parole, in italiano o in inglese, in forma anonima, all'indirizzo e-mail:, entro il 15 dicembre 2017.

I relatori selezionati saranno contattati entro il 31 dicembre 2017.


The Old Lie, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” (Horace, Odes III, 2): more than two thousand years later, the line was resumed by Wilfred Owen as a polemical and bitter seal for one of his poems, written between 1917 and 1918, a sharp accusation against the atrocities of war, which is often mystified by some sort of propaganda describing it as a glorious and monumental event. “The old lie”, therefore, over the centuries perpetuated by people who are in fact far away from the conflict.

Owen’s poem is just an example of the the way Classics were reused during the First World War. They sometimes became filters or even benchmarks for the experience of young fighters (e.g. Patrick Shaw-Stewart); other times they were indispensable/essential “safety nets” during an age of human and cultural aberration; yet other times, their message underwent a shift in an antiwar direction (as for The Trojan Women in Franz Werfel’s adaptation). On the other hand, some classicists not only had a cultural role, but were also active in the political and ideological scene (as Giorgio Pasquali).

On the last year of celebration for the centenary of the Great War, the cultural associations Rodopis – Experience Ancient History and Prolepsis, are organising an International Workshop entitled “The old Iie: Classics and the Great War”, a recently explored topic, which still deserves to be investigated and debated.

Proposal for oral presentations can be about (but not limited to) the following topics:

* Reception of Classics during the First World War;
* Ideological reuse of Classical texts during the First World War;
* Twentieth century reflections on issues regarding the war, filtered by Classics;
* Analyses of the political engagement of classicists of the time and how their political views influenced their scientific production.

This Workshop will be structured in three sessions, two in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a total of nine speakers to be selected. Each paper will last 20 minutes at most, and a final discussion will follow each presentation. An introductory lecture by Prof. Giovanni Brizzi (University of Bologna) will precede the workshop.

The most valuable papers may be considered for publication.

Official languages of the workshop are Italian and English.

PhD students, post-docs and early career academic researchers are invited to send an anonymous abstract not exceeding 300 words, to the e-mail address:, by the 15th of December 2017.

Successful speakers will be notified by the 31st of December 2017.


(CFP closed December 15, 2017)



University of Patras, Greece: 17-18-19 March, 2018

Jocasta Classical Reception Greece is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Postgraduate Symposium in Classical Reception, which will take 17-18-19 March 2018 at the Department of Philology, University of Patras, Greece.

Reception is conceived not as a subdivision of Classics but as a mode of historicised inquiry and constant self-critique intrinsic in Classical Studies. In this respect, the reader assumes the role of the decoder who examines reception of the ancient world from the 8th century BC onwards: from Antiquity to Byzantium, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Early and Late Modernity and the future, while ceaselessly moving from the West to the East and from the North to the South and vice versa. Classical Reception is studied through a variety of media ranging from literature to theatre and film, to materialised configurations of everyday experience and through a plurality of approaches ranging from Philosophy to Cultural and Social Studies to Performative arts and science-driven discourses, thus foregrounding interdisciplinary research.

The Jocasta Postgraduate Symposium seeks to create a venue for Classical Reception in Greece, where international postgraduate students can engage into interdisciplinary dialogue and share research. It enables students to present their work in a friendly environment, develop presentation skills and get constructive feedback. This year we expand our scope intergenerationally so as to include beyond MA and PhD students and early career researchers who are kindly invited to present a 20 minute paper followed by 10 minutes discussion and US undergraduate students who are kindly invited to deliver transatlantically a 10-minute paper presentation followed by 5 minute discussion via our partners at the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University. This year’s theme is “Classical Reception and Gender”.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

• Is there a third gender in the reception of antiquity or our understanding of it?
• Gender fluidity in classical antiquity (e.g. manifested in or conceptualised via transvestism, metamorphosis)
• How have classics been used for the idealization of the male body (eg. Laocoon, Nazism, current masculinity discourses), the corroboration of feminist discourses in theory and practice (eg. Greek heroines) the modern construction of homosexual identity (eg. the reception/ appropriation of Plato in 19th century) and the expression of queer identity (eg. queer adaptations of Greek tragedy)
• Why do initially female scholars work in the field of classical reception and how is this research orientation associated with notions of (in)authenticity and the hierarchically flavoured notion of hardcore and lesser classics.
• How do the notions “genre” and “gender” interrupt and cross-fertilize each other in antiquity and modernity (eg. Hall’s reading of tragedy as a genre for female emotions vs satyr drama as a genre of re-affirmation of masculinity, novels)
• Has antiquity been received as a gendered or genderless past? Does this gender changes through time and space? And if so in what ways does antiquity constitute a wide spectrum for representation of mutative conceptualizations of gender in the postclassical world.

We invite abstracts in either Greek or English of no more than 250 words to be sent to no later than 15th of December 2017. There is the possibility of notification of acceptance/ dismissal upon submission for those interested in funding options from their institutions, if requested in the email body.

Please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution in the body of your email (not in your abstract).


(CFP closed December 15, 2017)



The Miners' Hall, 8 Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BB: March 14-16, 2018

Wednesday 14 March:

1.30-2.00 Arrival and registration
2.00-2.30 INTRODUCTION: Edmund Thomas (Durham)
2.30-3.40 PAPER 1 Federico Petrucci (Durham), "Why the Timaeus? The Philosophical Reasons for the Priority of the Timaeus in Middle Platonist Exegesis"
RESPONDENT: Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)

4.10-5.20 PAPER 2 Sarah Byers (Boston), "The concept of matter-as-such in the Neoplatonism of Marius Victorinus" [by SKYPE]
RESPONDENT: Phillip Horky (Durham)

5.20-6.30 PAPER 3 Gijsbert Jonkers (Zwolle), "From disorder to order, Plato's Timaeus and Proclus' Commentary"
RESPONDENT: George Boys-Stones (Durham)

Thursday 15 March:

9.10-10.20 PAPER 4 Nancy Van Deusen (Claremont Graduate University), "'What is it that we want to know?' Plato's Timaeus, with Chalcidius' Commentary, on the Topics of Understanding Motion through Sight and Sound"
RESPONDENT: Jacomien Prins (Warwick)

10.20-11.30 PAPER 5 Jacomien Prins (Utrecht), "'Not for Irrational Pleasure': Music in Marsilio Ficino's Timaeus Commentary"
RESPONDENT: Hector Sequera-Mora (Durham)

11.50-1.00 PAPER 6 John Hendrix (Roger Williams University, Rhode Island), "The Timaeus and Durham Cathedral"
RESPONDENT: Michael Chapman (Newcastle, NSW)

2.15-3.45 Cathedral tour: Contributions by John Hendrix, Edmund Thomas, and others

4.30-5.40 PAPER 7 Guy Claessens (Leuven), "Saving the phenomena: geometric atomism and the Timaeus in the Renaissance"

5.40-6.50 PAPER 8 Andrew Briggs (Oxford): "Curiosity in an age of science" (with lunch)
RESPONDENT: Peter Vickers (Durham)

Friday 16 March:

9.10-10.20 PAPER 9 Carlos Steel (Leuven), "Ficino and Ambrogio Fiandino explaining Plato's views in the Timaeus on the origin of the world"
RESPONDENT: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck)

10.40-11.50 PAPER 10 Christian Frost (Birmingham), "The Timaeus, Movement, Medieval Architecture, and the City"
RESPONDENT: Kimberley Skelton (St Andrews)

11.50-13.00 PAPER 11 Nicholas Temple (Huddersfield), "The Timaeus, the Trinity and Renaissance Concepts of Architectural Space"

13.30-14.30 ROUND TABLE
CO-CHAIRS: Sarah Broadie (St Andrews), Edmund Thomas (Durham)




The Recital Room, Victoria Rooms, Bristol: Friday 23 February 2018, 17:00 – 18:30

The Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT), University of Bristol.

This year, for its Donors Celebration, the IGRCT has teamed up with the University of Bristol's Madrigal and Baroque Ensembles to present a rare concert performance of 'Mulier Fortis', or 'Strong Woman'. This musical drama, first produced in 1698 by Viennese Jesuit Johann Baptist Adolph and composer Johann Bernhardt Staudt, celebrates the martyrdom of a Japanese noblewoman who converted to Christianity in the 16th century.

Ethnomusicologist and baroque musician, Dr Makoto Harris Takao (Berlin), along with Professor Yasmin Haskell (Institute Director), will provide a short introduction to this fascinating piece, which portrays the collision between Christian values and Japanese tradition in a Classical context. The Ensembles will then perform extracts from 'Mulier Fortis' using period instruments to capture the drama's personified emotions, which, like the chorus in Greek tragedy, act as a symbolic commentary on the action.

Since its debut for the Holy Roman Empress, Eleonor Magdalene, and her husband, Leopold I, Mulier Fortis has only been performed rarely; in Tokyo, Cambridge, and Perth, Australia. Our celebration provides a unique opportunity to experience this exciting drama and meet the scholars and performers who have brought it to life.

The concert will be followed by a drinks reception. All are welcome at this free event.

Booking required via

More information on the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition:



University College London: February 21, 2018

This is a call for proposals for a half-day interdisciplinary workshop to be held on the afternoon of 21st February 2018 at UCL on the topic of 'Rejecting the Classics', generously hosted by UCL's Department of Greek and Latin and Institute of Advanced Studies. Many of the most exciting writers and thinkers of modernity have defined their projects through a rejection of the legacy of ancient Greece and Rome, whether Nietzsche and Plato, Brecht and tragedy, or Fanon and the exclusionary humanism he glimpsed on the 'Graeco-Latin pedestal' of western culture. This workshop aims to engage critically with the narrative of rejection that such receptions mobilise, and to explore its role in the definition of classical reception as well as its implications for the place of classical reception within the broader discipline of classics. It hopes to consider the complex position that the study of such antagonistic responses to the classical legacy holds in a discipline committed to imparting the value and benefit of the classical past, and to reflect on the challenges of constructively integrating negative evaluations of literature and culture in the humanities more generally. To this end, although the workshop will be primarily focused on exploring the dynamics of this debate within classics, papers are particularly welcome from humanities disciplines beyond classics in order to facilitate discussion across disciplinary boundaries.

Proposals are sought for short, 5-10 minute presentations that focus on the value of the idea of 'Rejecting the Classics' to understanding the engagement with antiquity displayed by a particular author, text or artwork. Each presentation will have a 30-minute time slot so that the maximum amount of time can be devoted to discussion. Proposals should take the form of an abstract of at most 150 words.

Deadline for submission is 31st October 2017, and all abstracts and queries should be submitted to Adam Lecznar at Sources of funding are currently being explored for the workshop and there may be some funding available to contribute towards the travel expenses of junior scholars (PhD students and those within 5 years of submission): if you would like to be considered for this funding then please indicate so in your submission email. Proposals for presentations that are accepted but which cannot be given for financial reasons will still be considered in future publication plans, so do please still get in touch or submit a proposal even if you will not be in London next February.

Provisional schedule:

1.30-2: Registration and introduction

Panel 1

2-2.30: Samuel Agbamu (KCL) – 'The Arco dei Fileni: forgetting places of memory in the postcolony'.
2.30-3: Valeria Spacciante (Scuola Normale/UCL) – 'Divesting Ulysses of Myth in Alberto Savinio's Capitano Ulisse'.
3-3.30: Henry Stead (OU) – '"The poet is steeped is Street Fighter 2": Ross Sutherland, Anti-classicism and contemporary class conflict'.
3.30-4: Break

Panel 2

4-4.30: Jonathan Groß (Düsseldorf) – 'Magna gloria inde non nascitur: Adolph Philippi, Professor of Classics, on the irrelevance of classical scholarship'.
4.30-5: Rossana Zetti (Edinburgh) – 'Doubting the myths: the limits of Classics in a post-war world' on Bertolt Brecht.
5-5.45: Katie Fleming (Queen Mary) / Daniel Anderson (Cambridge) – 'Ulysses Wakes Up: the anticlassical James Joyce' and 'Anti-Platonism in James Joyce'.
5.45-6: Concluding remarks



(CFP closed October 31, 2017)



University of Reading, UK: February 12, 2018

Organised by: Katherine Harloe, Talitha Kearey, and Irene Salvo

The Women's Classical Committee UK is organising a one-day workshop on Classics and Queer studies to highlight current projects and activities that embrace the intersections of research, teaching, public engagement, and activism.

The day will feature a series of talks and a roundtable bringing together academics in Classics (and related fields), LGBT+ activists, museum curators and those working in other areas of outreach and public engagement. We intend to explore how LGBT+ themes are included in Classics curricula; how public engagement with queer Classics and history of sexualities can contribute to fight homophobia and transphobia; and the ways in which the boundaries between research, teaching, and activism can be crossed. The roundtable will focus in particular on strategies of support for LGBT+ students and staff, current policies in Higher Education, and what still needs to be improved.

Confirmed speakers include: Beth Asbury, Clara Barker, Alan Greaves, Jennifer Grove, Rebecca Langlands, Sebastian Matzner, Cheryl Morgan, and Maria Moscati.

Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham University) will deliver the keynote address 'Queer Classics: sexuality, scholarship, and the personal'.

We are also reserving time during the day's schedule for a series of short (five-minute) spotlight talks by delegates. Through this session, we hope to provide a chance for delegates to share research projects, teaching programmes, and experiences related to LGBT+ issues. We are particularly interested in spotlight talks on:

- new queer and gender-informed work in classics, ancient history, archaeology, papyrology, philosophy, or classical reception;
- fresh ideas on teaching the history of queerness through texts and material culture;
- the difficulties and discriminatory experiences encountered by members of staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and early-career researchers, because of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

If you would like more information or to volunteer to give one of these talks, please e-mail Irene Salvo, LBGT+ liaison officer, The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 5th December 2017.

People of any gender expression or identity who support the WCC's aims are welcome to attend this event. Attendance is free for WCC UK members, £10 for non-members (to cover catering costs). You can join the WCC UK here (and if you're a student, underemployed, or unemployed, membership is only £5). As with all WCC events, travel bursaries will be available for students and the un/under-employed.

The WCC is committed to providing friendly and accessible environments for its events, so please do get in touch if you have any access, dietary, or childcare enquiries. For a full statement of the WCC's childcare policy please see here


(CFP closed December 5, 2017)



University of Queensland, Brisbane: Tuesday, 30 January - Friday, 2 February 2018

CFP & Conference website:


Abstracts due by 28 July, 2017.



Paris (Université Paris Est - Créteil): 18-20 January 2018

Organisers: Pierre Chiron and Benoît Sans

A conference on the Progymnasmata in ancient and modern education to be held at the Université Paris Est - Créteil (Salle des thèses) from the 18th to the 20th of January.

Thursday 18th January

I Premiers aperçus des pratiques : les documents papyrologiques
9:45 Raffaella CRIBIORE The Versatility of Progymnasmata: Evidence from the Papyri and Libanius
10:15 Lucio DEL CORSO Rhetoric for Beginners (and Dummies) in Graeco-Roman Egypt. A Survey of Papyrological Evidence 10:45
11:00 José Antonio FERNANDEZ DELGADO & Francisca PORDOMINGO La pratique des Progymnasmata dans les sources papyrologiques (et leur présence dans la littérature)
12:00 Jean-Luc FOURNET Éthopées entre culture profane et christianisme

II Pratiques progymnasmatiques et cognition
14:30 Emmanuelle DANBLON Les exercices de rhétorique à l'école de Bruxelles
15:00 Julie DAINVILLE & Benoit SANS L'éloge paradoxal : regards croisés sur deux expériences bruxelloises
16:00 Pause
16:15 Victor FERRY Exercer l'empathie : une limite de l'ethopoeia et une méthode alternative
16:45 Jeanne CHIRON & Pierre GRIALOU « Connais-toi toi-même », les Progymnasmata comme entraînement métacognitif

Friday 19th January

III Les Pratiques entre passé et présent
9:15 Danielle VAN MAL-MAEDER Des Progymnasmata dans la déclamation – des Progymnasmata à la déclamation
9:45 Sandrine DUBEL Défense et illustration de la paraphrase
10:15 Anders ERIKSSON Writing and teaching a contemporary progymnasmata textbook
10:45 Pause
11:00 Natalie Sue BAXTER Imitatio, Progymnasmata, Paideia, and the Realization of Ancient Ideals in Modern Education
11:30 Jim SELBY Aphthonius, Coherence, and Cohesion: The Practice of Writing
12:00 Ruth WEBB L'exercice de l'ekphrasis : des Progymnasmata aux étapes ultérieures de la formation de l'orateur

IV Pratiques contemporaines
14:30 David FLEMING A role for the Progymnasmata in U.S. postsecondary English Education today
15:00 Marie HUMEAU Pratiquer les Progymnasmata à l'université aujourd'hui : de l'exercice de style à la réflexion sur le discours
15:30 Christophe BRECHET Les enjeux des Progymnasmata pour les humanités, ou pourquoi les humanités doivent refonder la formation rhétorique dans l'enseignement supérieur

Saturday 20th January

V Parcours : les pratiques à travers les siècles
9:15 Silvana CELENTANO Quintilien et l'exercitatio rhétorique : entre tradition et innovation
9:45 Rémy POIGNAULT Exercices préparatoires pour éloquence princière dans la correspondance de Fronton
10:15 Eugenio AMATO La pratique des Progymnasmata dans l'école de Gaza
10:45 Pause
11:00 Marcos MARTINHO Emporius : les Progymnasmata entre exercice scolaire et outil oratoire
11:30 Luigi PIROVANO Emporius and the practice of Progymnasmata during Late Antiquity
12:00 Marc BARATIN La place et le rôle de la traduction latine des Progymnasmata du Ps.-Hermogène dans l'œuvre de Priscien

VI Parcours : les pratiques à travers les siècles (suite)
14:30 Francesco BERARDI Diversité des pratiques didactiques en Grèce et à Rome : réflexions sur le lexique des Progymnasmata
15:00 Jordan LOVERIDGE The practice of the Progymnasmata in the Middle Ages: Education, Theory, Application
15:30 Diane DESROSIERS An muri faciendi ? La pratique des Progymnasmata dans l'œuvre de François Rabelais
16:00 Pause
16:15 Trinidad ARCOS-PEREIRA The presence of Progymnasmata in Spain in the 16th century
16:45 María Violeta PEREZ-CUSTODIO Teaching more than Rhetoric: Progymnasmata Handbooks in Spain during the Renaissance
17:15 Manfred KRAUS La pratique des Progymnasmata dans les écoles du XVe au XVIII e siècle au travers des traductions latines d'Aphthonios
17:45 Discussion et conclusions



[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)


[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] 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)


[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)


[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:



Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2017

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 20 May, 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


(CFP closed 30 April, 2017 20 May, 2017)


Performing Greece 2017: The 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Greek Theatre

Birkbeck College, University of London: 9 December 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angeliki Varakis-Martin (University of Kent)

Performing Greece, currently in its third year, returns to Birkbeck this December. In an increasingly difficult time for European artists working in the UK, contemporary Greek theatre, like its cinema, is also increasingly relevant – both in its exploration of crisis and immigration, and in its role in the reception of classical Greek drama. There have been a number of successful productions of contemporary Greek theatre lately in the UK – in venues such as The National, Royal Court and Barbican, but fringe venues also – as well as a recent conference at the University of Oxford on Karolos Koun. Reflecting on the presence and potential of this theatrical culture, Performing Greece brings together scholars, critics and theatremakers to explore contemporary Greek theatre in the UK and beyond. At the previous two conferences, apart from academic papers, we had also presented staged readings of new Greek plays and we are keen to present more, and to inspire fruitful discussion between academics, writers, performers and theatre artists in general.

Performing Greece will be a one-day event and will take place on 9 December 2017 at Birkbeck College, University of London. Those interested are welcome to submit proposals for individual papers or performances on any topic related to Contemporary Greek Drama and Culture. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

-Modern and contemporary Greek directors and/or playwrights
-The reception of ancient Greek drama in modern Greece
-New Greek playwriting
-The relation between Greek theatre and European theatre
-The current state of theatre and the arts in Greece
-Theatre education (e.g. differences in actor training in Greek and British drama schools, different approaches to theatre studies in Greek and British universities)
-The work of Greek theatre artists in the UK and beyond (not necessarily to do with topics relevant to Greece)

The conference welcomes proposals for presentations and performances from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Please send a title and a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper or 5-20 minute performance (rehearsed reading or screening) along with your name, affiliation and a 100 word biography to by 9 November 2017.

Performing Greece 2017 is organised by Dr. Christos Callow Jr, Birkbeck, University of London and Dr. Andriana Domouzi, Royal Holloway, University of London.

The conference is on Twitter as @PerformGreece. If interested but unable to attend, we'll be posting updates there.


(CFP closed November 9, 2017)


Antonio Gramsci and the Ancient World

School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University UK: 8-9 December, 2017

On the eightieth anniversary of the death of Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University is pleased to announce a conference on Gramsci and the ancient world. The aim of this two-day event, which will take place in Newcastle on 8-9 December 2017, is to investigate and discuss the enduring significance of Gramsci’s reflection on power and culture as an analytical tool in the study of Antiquity. Concepts like hegemony and Caesarism will play an especially significant role, but it is expected that the debate will cover a broad range of problems across Greek and Roman politics, economy, literature, and culture.

Confirmed Speakers:
Mattia Balbo (Turin)
Michele Bellomo (Milan)
Mirko Canevaro (Edinburgh)
Philip Horky (Durham)
Emma Nicholson (Exeter)
Jeremy Paterson (Newcastle)
Federico Santangelo (Newcastle)
Christopher Smith (St. Andrews)
Laura Swift (OU)
Cristiano Viglietti (Siena)
Kostas Vlassopoulos (Crete)
Jane Webster (Newcastle)

A full programme will be circulated in due course.

For further information, please contact us at

Organisers: Sara Borrello, Roberto Ciucciové, Luigi Di Iorio, Federico Santangelo, Emilio Zucchetti.


The Objects of Reception: an interdisciplinary conversation & book launch

Sydney Business School, Gateway Building, Sydney, NSW: December 6, 2017

Five leading scholars come together for an interdisciplinary conversation about the theory and practice of reception study.

The event will be followed at 2:30pm by a drinks reception and the book launch of Ika Willis' Reception (Routledge, 2017).


Classical reception: Professor Alastair Blanshard, University of Queensland
Digital humanities and the history of reading: Associate Professor Katherine Bode, Australian National University
Biblical reception: Dr Jennifer Clement, University of Queensland
Medievalism: Professor Louise D'Arcens, Macquarie
Media audience studies: Professor Sue Turnbull, University of Wollongong

Reception is everywhere. From the medieval to the new media landscape, audiences interpret, immerse in, adapt, and creatively remix the texts they encounter, in ways both unruly and rule-bound. Reception practices range from sermon-writing to Goodreads reviewing, from close reading and critical commentary to cosplay. How can we map this vast terrain? What objects of inquiry might we discover as we travel through it? And what are our objectives in undertaking the journey?

This event is supported by the Centre for Cultures, Texts, and Creative Industries at the University of Wollongong, and by Routledge.

Information and contact: Ika Willis,



Metamorphosis: the Landslide of Identity

Urbino (Italy) - 30 November and 1 December 2017

On the occasion of the 2000th anniversary of Ovid's death, the Cultural Association Rodopis and the Department of Humanities (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici) of the University of Urbino Carlo Bo organise an International Workshop, titled "Metamorphosis: the Landslide of Identity".

Nowadays the Metamorphoses are surely Ovid's most renowned work: some of their characters entered contemporary imagery, became the focus of theoretical reflections, art and literary works. The tragedy encountered by Narcissus, Daphne, Hermaphroditus (just to mention a few examples) talks to readers and gets them deeply involved: it is the tragedy of the transformation in action, focusing on the very moment of being "no more" and "not yet". In Ovid's poetry we find the tragedy of the encounter with an alterity that becomes endemic while being refused, and the difficulty of leaving an originary shape to embrace a different one; this together with a constant tension to mutation, and to an evolution without conclusion. The incidents Ovid's characters live push the readers to question their own identity, to wonder about what keeps them the same through space and time, and what stands as pledge of their non-renounceable essence. On the other hand, they stand there to question the possibility of dismissing and forgetting their own self, in order to become something else.

The problem tackled by Ovid in poetical terms is the same with which many fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences (from history to anthropology, from psychology to sociology) have struggled, constituting one of the major philosophical questions from the XVII century onwards. The XX century has put an end to (or at least eclipsed) the "strong" or essentialist conceptions of "identity", and left the floor to "weak" interpretations of the term, aiming at including in such an intrinsically static concept the categories of change and relationality, space and time. Finally, some scholars proposed a full obliteration of "identity" (intended as a category of analysis) from the scientific and scholarly discourse, in the light of the inevitable ambiguity of the notion itself. The reflection on "transformation" widens the field of investigation to the relationships between identity and alterity, the very instant of passing from one shape to the other, and the possibility that this change may affect one's very essence. It puts into question the very existence of an immutable essence and its features, the assumed necessity of maintaining or dismissing it, in an ongoing dialectic which interprets the "origins" as either roots or chains.

This Workshop aims at taking inspiration from Ovid's work in order to stimulate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the notion of "metamorphosis", and on the relationship between identity and alterity. Abstracts may concern different disciplines (such as ancient and modern literatures, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology), and tackle the envisaged issues both in individual and collective terms.

Proposals may concern (but do not have to be limited to) artistic and literary expressions of transformation; issues linked to the identity/alterity relationship in specific political and social contexts; anthropological or ethnographic case-studies concerning the encounter of different cultures or populations (with a particular focus on hybridization phenomena or the origin of "frontier-cultures"); the definition of personal identity through the relationship with the "other". We also encourage papers presenting a purely methodological and epistemological approach, taking into account the theoretical issues connected to the concept of metamorphosis.

Official languages of the Workshop will be Italian and English. Each paper should be planned for a 20 minutes presentation.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Francesco Remotti (University di Torino - Italy); Prof. Massimo Fusillo (University of L'Aquila - Italy). On November, 30th, speakers will be invited to assist to the performance Metamorfosi, by Debora Pradarelli and Giulietta Gheller.

PhD Students and Early Career Researchers are invited to submit an anonymous abstract of maximum 300 words to, by October, 10th 2017. The paper selection will be carried out in the following two weeks.

The Workshop is part of the project "A partire da Ovidio". For more information:



1st International Conference in Ancient Drama: The Forgotten Theatre

University of Turin (Italy): 30th November – 1st December, 2017

Conference coordinator: Francesco Carpanelli (Professor of Greek-Latin theatre, University of Turin).

Keynote speaker: Enrico V. Maltese (Head of the Department of Classics, University of Turin).

The Centro Studi sul Teatro Classico (Centre for Studies in Classic Theatre) has scheduled for 30th November-1st December 2017 its first academic conference for young researchers, Ph.D. students and Professors of Humanities.

The conference The Forgotten Theatre aims at revitalizing the scientific interest in dramatic Greek and Latin texts, both transmitted and fragmentary, which have been long confined in restricted areas of the scientific research and limited to few modern stagings. The conference will host academics (philologists, scholars in history of theater) and exponents of the theatrical world (directors, screenwriters) who wish to contribute in cast a new light on the forgotten theatre through their studies, reflections and experiences.

Themes discussed:
* Criticism, commentary, and constitutio textus of complete and fragmentary texts (comedy and tragedy);
* Reasonable attempts of reconstruction of incomplete tetralogies;
* Research on theatrical plots known for indirect tradition;
* Developments of theatrical plots between the Greek and Latin world;
* Influence of foreign theater traditions on the Greek and Roman theatre;
* Influence of other forms of camouflage art (dance, mime) on the development of the Greek and Latin theatre;
* New scenographic considerations based on the testimonies of internal captions, marginalia and scholia to the texts;
* New proposals for modern staging of ancient dramatic texts;
* Medieval, humanistic, modern and contemporary traditions of ancient drama.

How to participate: In order to participate, the candidates are required to send an e-mail to containing:
* an abstract (about 300 words) of the lecture they intend to give at the conference and the title;
* a brief curriculum vitae et studiorum which highlights the educational qualifications of the candidate and the university they are attending.

Each lecture should be 20-25 minutes long, plus a few minutes for questions from the public and discussion. The lectures may be given in Italian, English, or French (with preference for the Italian language).

The candidacies may be submitted until 31th August 2017. Within the month of September 2017, the scientific committee will publish the list of the lecturers whose contribution has been accepted. Refunds for the lecturers coming from other countries than Italy will be quantified thereafter. The scientific committee will also consider publishing the proceedings of the conference.

Scientific committee:
Professor Francesco Carpanelli (University of Turin)
Professor Enrico V. Maltese (University of Turin)
Professor Giulio Guidorizzi (Emeritus of University of Turin)
Professor Angela M. Andrisano (University of Ferrara)




Recovering the Past: Egypt and Greece

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London: Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Few ancient cultures have been studied as intensely as ancient Egypt and Greece. But how exactly do we learn about these ancient cultures and their connections? This multimedia event looks at the many ways in which the Graeco-Egyptian past has been recovered. Come and find out all about it—the recuperation of texts on papyri, the deciphering of hieroglyphs, Freudian theories of Moses and the exodus from Egypt, and the representation of priests of Isis in film.

"Recovering a lost language: the Rosetta Stone" - Stephen Colvin

"Egypt, Greek papyri, and Victorian Britain" - Nick Gonis

"Freud on Moses and Oedipus" - Miriam Leonard

"Murder in Pompeii! The Priests of Isis in Fiction and Cinema" - Maria Wyke

This event is part of Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities.



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):



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)


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

(CFP closed 30 April, 2017)


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)



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)


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)


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: 25-26 September, 2017 at All Souls College, Oxford. Website:

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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


[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)


[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)


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)


[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)


[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)


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)


[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.


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)


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.



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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


"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)


[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)


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.

Call: and

(CFP closed 31 January, 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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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



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)


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)


Latin Enlightenment

Corpus Christi College, Oxford: 20 April 2017

Organisers: Laurence Brockliss, Stephen Harrison, and Floris Verhaart

Traditionally the eighteenth century in general and the Enlightenment in particular are seen as hostile to the use of Latin. After all, the most widely known key works of this century, such as Diderot’s Encyclopédie and Kant’s Kritik der Reinen Vernunft, were all written in vernaculars.

Only recently have students of the Enlightenment come to realise that Latin remained a vigorous language of scholarly, scientific, and cultural exchange well into the eighteenth century and beyond, thanks to case studies by among others Maurizio Campanelli, Françoise Wacquet, and Yasmin Haskell. Another example is the project Mapping the Latin Enlightenment (2009-2011) led by Yasmin Haskell and funded by the Australian Research Council (

Despite these developments, many basic questions regarding this topic still need to be surveyed and “mapped”: who was using Latin, when, where, for what purpose, and in which genres?

The organisers therefore aim to bring together a group of scholars at any stage of their career whose research is in any way related to the uses of Latin in the age of the Enlightenment. If you wish to present a thirty-minute paper at this event, please send a proposal (of no more than 300 words) and a short bio/CV to by 22 July 2016. It is the intention of the organisers to publish the proceedings of this conference as a collection of essays.

Suggested themes for papers include but are not limited to:

1) National identity. French enjoyed considerable and increasing prestige as a language of national and international communication in the eighteenth century. However, it also came with considerable political and cultural connotations and associations, since, after all, it was also the language of one of Europe’s nations, France. As a consequence, many regions, such as the Low Countries and Italy witnessed a revival of Latin, partly in an attempt to emphasise their own identity vis-à-vis France. In addition, in Eastern European states, such as Hungary, which had a mix of different ethnicities and nations, Latin served as unifying factor.

2) Authority and subversiveness. Latin was the language of traditional humanistic learning that was deemed inaccessible to the general public and therefore could be used as an instrument of authority and a means to exclude readers from material that could otherwise empower them or give them dangerous ideas. This mechanism could also be applied to subvert authority, since using Latin could help to avoid getting noticed, at least by the wrong kinds of readers. Some of the most potentially shocking writings of the Enlightenment were therefore in Latin, such as the Hypothesis Copernicana (1777), in which the Jesuit Camillo Garulli praised the scientific discoveries of his age, even if they appeared incongruous with the Catholic orthodoxy of his time.

3) Audience. Jürgen Habermas argued in his Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit (1962) that this century witnessed the beginning of a democratisation of cultural and political debates in which previously exclusive groups such as statesmen, scholars and scientists increasingly needed to take into account not just the opinion of their peers, but also the public at large. Over the last decades, a heated debate has taken place about the development of this so-called public sphere in the eighteenth century (for an overview see Van Horn Melton, The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe (2001)). By looking at the target audiences of Latin writings a contribution could be made to this debate. Did authors, for example, deliberately use Latin to exclude particular readers and did the language thus curb the development of the public sphere or was the situation more complicated?

4) Humanism and the Enlightenment. The publication of Jonathan Israel’s Radical Enlightenment (2001) has triggered a debate about the true character of the Enlightenment, as Israel argues that it was propelled by a group of radical thinkers, most prominently Spinoza. Thinking about the continued relevance of Latin during the eighteenth century, which had been the corner stone of the intellectual life of the Renaissance, is therefore an ideal means to think about the relationship between Renaissance Humanism and eighteenth-century Enlightenment. Is the break between them really as strong and radical as Israel claims?

(CFP closed 22 July 2016)


Flores Augustini: Roundtable on Augustinian Florilegia in the Middle Ages

University of Leuven, Belgium: April 19-21, 2017

On 19-21 April 2017 the research units Latin Literature (Faculty of Arts) and History of Church and Theology (Faculty of Theology) of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) will organize, together with LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) and its Laboratory for Critical Text Editing, a Roundtable on Augustinian Florilegia in the Middle Ages. This conference will be organized within the framework of the research project ‘Augustine's Paul through the eyes of Bede: Critical edition, content analysis and reception study of the Venerable Bede's Collectio ex opusculis sancti Augustini in epistulas Pauli apostoli', funded by the University of Leuven, and will bring together scholars working on compilation-commentaries and anthologies which consist entirely and exclusively of excerpts from the works of Augustine of Hippo. During the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, these purely Augustinian florilegia have been one of the privileged vehicles for the transmission and reception of the works and thinking of the Bishop of Hippo.

The conference will take place in Leuven, at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe (Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven). We warmly welcome all contributions devoted to one or more Augustinian florilegia, and are especially interested in contributions which deal with Augustinian anthologies from a methodological and/or text-critical point of view, emphasizing the difficulties and specificities that their analysis presents to the editors both of the works in question and of Augustine's oeuvre, their place in the edition of the original works of Augustine, or the specific editorial problems that come into play in those florilegia of which source manuscripts have been preserved. Lectures may be presented in English or French, should be 30 minutes long and will be followed by a general discussion of some 15 minutes.

If you are interested to deliver a lecture during this conference, please send a provisional title, abstract (max. 250 words) and a concise CV (max. 500 words) before 15 October 2016 to: or

You will be notified whether your paper has been accepted by 31 October 2016. Subsequently, all participants are kindly invited to announce the definitive title of their lecture before 1 January 2017 and send us any materials to be included in the conference folder (hand-outs, text fragments, manuscript images) before 10 April 2017.

The organizing committee has the intention of publishing the conference proceedings in the international peer-reviewed Lectio-series Studies in the Transmission of Texts & Ideas, published by Brepols Publishers (Turnhout).

KU Leuven will provide lodging for two nights and all meals during the conference. Participants are asked to make and pay for their own travel arrangements.


(CFP closed 15 October 2016)


Sirens and Centaurs: Animal Studies and Gender Studies, from Antiquity to the Renaissance

New York University, USA: 14-15 April 2017

Keynote speakers:
Leonard Barkan (Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University)
Andreas Krass (Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt University, Berlin)

The sirens and centaurs of the Physiologus tradition make up an odd but notorious couple: they appear as monstrous, exaggerated incarnations of heteronormative notions of femininity and masculinity. This interdisciplinary conference will combine the theories and methods of gender studies and animal studies in order to examine how imaginary representations of nonhuman animals such as these were used to construct gender and sexuality in premodern times, and also how those constructions were subverted. To what extent did the bodies of animals – as imagined in premodern science, literature and art – serve as cultural signifiers of sex, gender and desire? In what ways did premodern mythology, theology and zoology contribute to the formation of gender stereotypes that corresponded (and often still correspond) to ideas of the “natural” or “unnatural”? How do perceived continuities or discontinuities between human and other animals support such notions as bestiality and miscegenation, and the taboos and fantasies surrounding them? In what ways are pleasure or disgust, attraction or loathing, desire or fear, conjured or manipulated in particular texts or images from this period? To what extent do the answers to these questions change over time?

The conference, to be held at NYU in New York on April 14-15 2017, will re-examine texts and images connected to:

* biblical stories, such as those of the creation and fall of humankind
* stories of metamorphoses of human beings into animals (such as Ovid and other myths)
* the tradition of the Physiologus and subsequent works on natural science (such as Thomas of Cantimpré, Konrad of Megenberg, Pierre Belon)
* the tradition of Aesopian and other fables
* beast epic
* romances and other tales in which monsters serve as protagonists (such as Melusine)

Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) of proposed papers to the organizers Sarah Kay ( and Andreas Krass ( to reach them by November 4, 2016. Decisions will be notified by December 15, 2016.


(CFP closed November 4, 2016)


[Panel] Beyond the Mediterranean: The Diaspora of Greek Tragedy

A panel organized as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies 10-13 April 2017, Athens, Greece

Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes the panel “Beyond the Mediterranean: The Diaspora of Greek Tragedy”, as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, 10-13 April 2017, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies.

Commenting on a recent staging of Sophocles’ Antigone in Melbourne, Australian playwright Christine Lambrianidis claimed that “Greek tragedy remains the most modern form of drama [because] it is unafraid to question everything we value”. This panel will look at the continual appeal of Greek tragedy beyond the Mediterranean countries, focusing on modern stagings and adaptations throughout the world. Papers are invited that discuss the use of Greek tragedy in fiction, comic books, theatre, opera, television and cinema beyond the Southern European area, and explore the motivation for the use of the classics for audiences that may not be familiar with them. Topics may include the use of Greek tragedy to discuss contemporary political and historical events, gender issues, post-colonial identities, social and war trauma, religious debates and ethical concerns; revisionist rewritings by women authors; adaptations in non-Western theatrical traditions and in post-dramatic theatre; new translations; productions in higher education settings; directors’ perspectives.

Please submit a 300-word abstract before 12 September 2016, by email, to, Dr. Daniela Cavallaro, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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. Please use the abstract submitting form. 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 (

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 social 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. Fee structure information is available on

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. 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 (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here). Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and forty 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 12 September 2016)


Natales Grate Numeras? International Conference to mark the 60th anniversary of the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Zadar, Croatia

University of Zadar, Croatia: 7-8 April 2017

Based on the ancient Roman foundations of the city of Zadar and several centuries of higher education, the contemporary Faculty of Humanities was founded in the academic year 1956/7. The Department of Latin was one of the six original departments of the new Faculty. The study of Greek was introduced in the 80s and, after a turbulent period marked by war in the 90s, the Department grew in both the number of new members and the varied scope of academic disciplines which they pursued.

To mark the 60th anniversary of its foundation, the Department of Classical Philology will host an international conference „Natales grate numeras?“ that will take place on 7 and 8 April 2017. Friends, colleagues as well as scholars from other disciplines and from abroad are invited to join us in celebration in order to give a positive answer to Horace’s question referred in the conference title.

Academics from abroad working in different areas of Classics and related disciplines will join Croatian colleagues in a fruitful dialogue. The keynote speakers are world-renowned experts in their respective areas: professor David Elmer (Harvard University), professor Stephen Heyworth (University of Oxford) and professor Darko Novakovic (University of Zagreb). The proceedings will come to a close with a conference dinner and a guided tour of the city of Zadar, which has recently come to boast of the title 'European Best Destination 2016'.

Proposals for papers should fall within the scope of the following subject areas:
1. Homer, Hesiod and the Greek epic
2. The poetry of the Augustan age
3. Greek and Roman religion and mythology
4. Late Antiquity and Byzantium
5. Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin
6. Dalmatia in antiquity
7. The state of Classics today and related issues.

Please also note: - The official languages of the conference are Croatian, English and Latin.
- In order to apply one needs to fill out an application form (follow the link and send it to Diana Soric, assistant professor, via email:
- One author can submit a maximum of two papers if one of these papers is co-authored.
- The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 December 2016. Applicants will be notified whether or not their paper is accepted by 15 December 2016.
- Speakers will be allocated 30-minute slots: twenty minutes to give their paper and ten minutes for questions and discussion.
- There is no conference fee for participants.
- The organiser is not able to cover any travel or accommodation costs.
- All other information regarding the conference will be sent via email and posted on the website of the Department of Classical Philology:

Diana Soric, PhD (University of Zadar), president
Milenko Loncar, PhD (University of Zadar)
Krešimir Vukovic, DPhil (Oxon.) (University of Oxford)
Linda Mijic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Ankica Bralic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Anita Bartulovic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Teuta Serreqi Juric, PhD (University of Zadar)
Sabira Hajdarevic, PhD (University of Zadar)
Zvonko Liovic, PhD (University of Zadar)

(CFP closed December 1, 2016)


Neo-Latin Symposium

University College Cork, Ireland: 6-8 April, 2017

The Fifth Annual Neo-Latin Symposium, held heretofore under the auspices of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), will take place 6-8 April, 2017 in Cork, Ireland, hosted by the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, University College Cork.

The Neo-Latin Symposium is devoted to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Latin Studies. Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of Neo-Latin Studies, which may embrace linguistic, literary or historical approaches to the examination of texts and their contexts.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

Neo-Latin Literature, Neo-Latin Historiography and Ethnography, Neo-Latin Language and Style, Neo-Latin Imitation, Adaptation or Translation from the Vernacular, Neo-Latin Letter Collections, Journals, Biographies, Autobiographies, Neo-Latin Pedagogy, Neo-Latin Rhetoric, Neo-Latin Treatises on Architecture, Botany, Cartography, Geography, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Theology, Science, etc.

Papers are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session. In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for panels of 3 papers will be considered. The deadline for abstract submission is 9 January 2017.

Please note that the Neo-Latin Symposium will not be part of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in 2017, but will be hosted by the Cork Centre for Neo-Latin Studies in association with the University of Kentucky Institute for Latin Studies. From 2017 onwards, the location of the conference will vary between Cork and Kentucky in alternate years.

Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Proposals for individual papers should be submitted as follows:

The proposer should email The proposal should consist of the name, contact information, and affiliation of the speaker(s), and an abstract of the proposed paper.

It is also possible to submit proposals for panels of 3 presentations as follows:

The panel organizer should email a panel proposal to The panel proposal should consist of a single document containing the theme of the panel, the organizer's name and contact information, the names, contact information and affiliations of the panel participants, and an individual abstract for each participant.

Papers should be read in English. Acceptance of a paper or complete panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to register and attend the conference. A registration fee of €50 will apply to all participants of the symposium. All presenters must pay the registration fee by 14 February, 2017 in order to confirm participation and be included in the program.

Further information about the conference, registration process, and guidelines for paper presentation, will soon be available on this website:

(CFP closed January 9 2017)


The Stoic Tradition Conference

Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest: 24 March, 2017

Keynote speaker: John Sellars (King's College London)

Eötvös Loránd University and the Philosophy Department of the Association of Hungarian PhD Students invite graduate students, young researchers and scholars to submit paper proposals for their conference on the reception of Stoicism. Proposals may focus on any period from antiquity to the present and any philosophical tradition regarding the reception of Stoicism.

Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 30 minutes. Abstracts of maximum 500 words are expected to be sent with the name and affiliation of the participant as an e-mail attachment in Word to

Travel and accommodation expenses unfortunately cannot be reimbursed, but participation is free. A conference volume with a selection of the papers will be published.

Submission Deadline: 15th of December 2016
Notification: 15th of January 2017

For further details visit the webpage of the conference at or feel free to contact us.

Nikoletta HENDRIK, PhD Candidate, Eötvös Loránd University; President, Association of Hungarian PhD Students, Philosophy Department
Kosztasz ROSTA, PhD Candidate, Eötvös Loránd University

(CFP closed 15 December, 2016)


Prometheus, Pandora, Adam and Eve: Archetypes of the Masculine and Feminine and their Reception throughout the Ages

Bar-Ilan University, Israel: 20-22 March 2017

Keynote Speakers: Professor Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge & Professor Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College

We are happy to give notice of a conference that will take place as the first project of a collaborative research group that has been set up at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. This group aims to examine the joint Classical and Judeo-Christian foundations of Western civilization, and their reception. Both strands have contributed to western societies in areas as diverse as art, philosophy, politics and architecture, and in many cases, the two strands intertwine and play off against each other. Yet very little sustained research to date has incorporated experts from a wide range of different fields, including, but not limited to, scholars of Jewish studies; Christianity; Classical studies; European literature, history and art; politics; philosophy. This is despite the fact that such collaboration would undoubtedly lead to greater understanding. The intention of this research group is therefore to provide enlightenment in a way that individual researchers, in their own closed specialisations, could not.

Within this framework and theoretical understanding, this conference will focus on “Prometheus, Pandora, Adam and Eve: archetypes of the masculine and feminine and their reception throughout the ages”. The topic takes as its starting point the idea that the way in which a society regards mankind, and especially the roots of mankind, both male and female, is crucial to an understanding of that society. Different models for the creation and nature of mankind, and their changing receptions at different periods and places, reflect fundamental evolutions and developments in society. This project thus will investigate the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian stories about the beginning of mankind, and the reception of these tales in the Western world, at a range of influential periods and places.

Abstracts (up to 300 words) are invited for papers (20 minutes in length) on any aspect of the conference topic. Papers may focus on broader issues and overviews of the subject in general or more specific reading and interpretations of individual works or collections.

Possibilities of subjects include, but are not limited to the following questions and issues:

* Adam and Eve, Prometheus and Pandora: overlap and differences in presentation
* The reception of Classical/Judeo-Christian Male and Female archetypes in different genres and media (literature, art, music, film, popular culture etc.)
* Archetypes and representations of masculine and feminine with reference to their classical roots
* Differences between Jewish and Christian views of Adam and Eve
* Male and female ideals at different periods/locations in the Western tradition
* Differing receptions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East
* Gender constructions in foundational texts and their reception throughout the ages
* The presentation of Adam and Eve and/or Prometheus and Pandora for children.

Please send abstracts to, citing full name and title, institution, provisional title of the paper, by 30th September 2016 by 31st October 2016 (extended deadline).

(CFP closed 31 October 2016)


Readers and Interpreters of Cicero, Ancient and Modern. In honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli

Sestri Levante/Chiavari (Italy): 17-18 March, 2017

The “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World”, Sestri Levante (Centro di Studi sulla Fortuna dell'Antico “Emanuele Narducci”, Sestri Levante) together with the International Society of Cicero's Friends (SIAC) and the “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” Delegation of the Italian Association for [the promotion of] Classical Culture, Chiavari (Delegazione di Chiavari “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” dell'Associazione Italiana di Cultura Classica, Chiavari), is sponsoring a two-day conference on the reception of Cicero in antiquity and the modern world, Readers and Interpreters of Cicero, Ancient and Modern. In honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli.

The two-day event will be held next year, on the 17th and 18th of March 2017, in honour of Emanuele Narducci and Alberto Grilli to mark the tenth anniversary of their death. The first day of the conference will focus on Cicero's reception in the modern era and will take place in Sestri Levante, thus coinciding with the 14th Meeting of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World; the second day will be devoted to Cicero's reception in antiquity and late antiquity, and will be held in Chiavari.

On the 18th, keynote presentations will be offered by Prof. Rita Pierini (Florence), on Cicero in Seneca; Prof. Paolo Esposito (Salerno), Cicero at Pharsalus; and Prof. Fabio Gasti (Pavia), on Cicero in the Breviary Tradition. There are three further slots available on the day, and the organisers are inviting proposals for papers exploring Cicero's afterlife in the antique and late antique eras. The CfP is open to anyone with a doctorate, who is aged 40 or under; the papers will be original contributions to the subject, to be delivered in Italian.

Deadline for the abstracts is set for the 30th September 2016, after which proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee, made up of Prof. Giancarlo Mazzoli (Pavia; Vice-Coordinator of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World”), Prof. Ermanno Malaspina (Turin; President of the Advisory Board of the International Society of Cicero's Friends) and Prof. Sergio Audano (Coordinator of the “Emanuele Narducci” Centre for the Study of the Reception of the Ancient World and President of the “Lucilla Donà Barbieri” Delegation of the Italian Association for [the promotion of] Classical Culture, Chiavari).

Proposals should consist of an abstract, no longer than a side of A4, and CV, both of which should be attached to an email and sent to all three members of the selection committee, Giancarlo Mazzoli (, Ermanno Malaspina ( and Sergio Audano ( by the closing date.

The committee will accept three proposals by the 31st of October 2016, and the selected speakers will be expected to develop their abstract into a 30-minute presentation in Italian, which will be offered in the afternoon session on the 18th of March, chaired by Prof. Andrea Balbo (Turin; President of the International Society of Cicero's Friends). We also expect to publish a revised version of the papers in Ciceroniana online – an invitation the committee might extend to proposals considered to be of interest, even beyond the three selected for presentation at the conference.

Meals and accommodation will be provided for the speakers, but not costs relating to travel arrangements.

(CFP closed 30 September, 2016)


Australasian Society for Classical Studies 38th Annual Conference

Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand: 31 Jan-3 Feb, 2017


Conference website:


Abstracts due by 1 August, 2016.

(CFP closed 1 Aug 2016)


Once upon a time... the Antiquity / Érase una vez... la Antigüedad

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain): January 13, 2017

"Once upon a time… the Antiquity" is a congress focused on new approaching to ancient world researching. Nowadays not only traditional academic works on History, Arts, Archaeology or Philology are being carried out, but this frame of study has been expanded to the so called classic reception studies. Consequently, new studies on preconceptions about ancient world throughout history up to the present day emerge. Historical novels, perfume’s or food advertisements set in a Hellas as unlikely as timeless, or peplums have been subject of specialized congresses.

Once upon a time… the Antiquity congress focuses on this cultural heritage with specific interest in media productions for children. Through this very first image, with which we have all grown up, they are shaped a visual concept of Antiquity, an arrangement of Olympic pantheon and, ultimately, a way of understanding daily life of people thousands of years ago.

As researchers, we understand the complexity of ancient societies, the problems implied in approaching to them getting over our own time’s problems and, above all, reform this preconceived vision of Antiquity. The main objective of this congress is approaching this phenomenon through cinema and serials, both animated and with real actors, biased to a childish or young audience. From Disney movies to child serials and mass phenomena such as Harry Potter, this congress includes every production suitable for all audiences, which constitute our first ancient history school. Every proposal related with this topic, whether dealing with a specific production or a transversal aspect in different movies or serials.

The congress is divided in three main sessions, divided in papers and debates. Presentations will be 15 minutes in length with time for discussion after each session. The congress will take place on Friday January 13, 2017, in the Aula de Grados of the Facultad de Geografía e Historia of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

In order to participate, it's required to send a 200-300 words abstract to the congress e-mail address,, up to December 4, 2016. Proposals will be assessed by the organizing committee, and those selected will be informed by December, 11, 2016. All the information is available in the congress website.

Likewise, every student interested in attending the congress will receive a certificate of assistance if they attend the 80% of sessions at least. Organizing committee cannot offer travel or any other kind of grants for participants, but participation is totally free.

Organizing committee:
Irene Cisneros Abellán (U. of Zaragoza)
M. Cristina de la Escosura Balbás (Complutense U. of Madrid)
Elena Duce Pastor (Autonoma U. of Madrid)
María del Mar Rodríguez Alcocer (Complutense U. of Madrid)
David Serrano Lozano (Complutense U. of Madrid)
Nerea Tarancón Huarte(Complutense U. of Madrid)


(CFP closed December 4, 2016))


Imagining the Future through the Past: Classical and Early Modern Political Thought (AFG-2017)

Society for Classical Studies (SCS) Annual Meeting: Toronto, January 5-8, 2017

Sponsored by the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR)

Organized by Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, and Ariane Schwartz, Harvard University

The new Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2017 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Toronto. For its second panel, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical texts in early modern political thought.

In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes called ancient books a "Venime" akin "to the biting of a mad Dogge," which had the power to corrupt their readers and bring down monarchies. Hobbes' violent reaction captures the authority Greek and Roman political thought commanded in a period of radical change in systems of government and, concomitantly, in contemporary theorizing about politics. Early modern readers absorbed Plautus, Plutarch, and rhetorical handbooks along with the authors central to later modern formations of the classical canon like Homer and Cicero. These texts helped give shape to new debates over legitimacy, authority, virtue, community, and a host of other vital issues.

This panel invites papers that illuminate the historical impact of that reception or make a methodological contribution to the study of the reception of political thought in particular. Following recent developments in the field, it welcomes studies of poetry and other media as well as canonical prose texts (e.g., Marsilius of Padua, Christine de Pizan, Machiavelli, More, Bodin, Jonson, Grotius, Hobbes, Harrington, Cavendish, Makin, Locke).

The study of classical political reception is an emergent field in the context of the SCS, and the panel specially invites scholars new to this area to submit abstracts. 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.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following questions:
* What distinctive contribution can classicists make to the history of political thought?
* How do less well-known texts (e.g., neo-Latin epic, legal texts) affect current conventional interpretations of the history of political thought?
* How do early modern thinkers understand temporality?
* What role does genre play in the transmission and transformation of early modern thinkers' engagement with classical thought?
* Recent work by Quentin Skinner and others has refocused scholarly attention on the connections between poetry and political theory. How can classicists best contribute to this line of research?

Abstracts of no more than 450 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 March 1, 2016.

See more at:

(CFP closed March 1 2016)


Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2016

Sixth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World: 'Displacement'

University of Oxford: 12-13 December, 2016

The Sixth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) will be held this year at the University of Oxford. AMPRAW is an interdisciplinary conference which explores the impact of the classical world in literature, art, music, history, drama and popular culture. Our theme this year is 'displacement'.

The title suggests the intrinsic impossibility of reconstructing and retaining original meanings without creating and overlaying new ones. In the very act of placing a classical text or myth into translation, adaptation, work of art or performance, a displacement always occurs.

Dr. Constanze Güthenke (Corpus Christi, Oxford) will be a guest respondent.

Those wishing to present a paper of 20 minutes should please submit an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to: by Friday 2nd September.

We also welcome displays of practice based research. Please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution. We would welcome papers on any topic relating to ‘displacement’ in the reception of the ancient world.

Further information about the conference is available at: and more details will be announced later in the year.

Any queries, please email the conveners at:

Handy pdf of the cfp - available here:

(CFP closed September 2, 2016)


[1st] International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions

University of Wollongong (UOW) Sydney CBD Campus (Circular Quay, Sydney): 5-6 December 2016

The conference will bring together researchers working in the area of emotions in contemporary and historical societies from a range of disciplines for the first time, including sociology, philosophy, politics, law, history, literature, creative arts and media. It will showcase cutting-edge research from international experts on approaches to studying emotions from across these fields. We are interested in receiving and papers for presentation in expert panels and general sessions on (but not limited to) the following topics:

* Emotions in space and place;
* The expression and function of emotions such as shame, anxiety, and anger in contemporary society
* The relationship between emotions, embodiment, and affect
* Emotion management in inter-personal relationships
* Methodologies for researching emotions
* The role of emotions in social change
* Emotions in work and professional life
* Emotions and care work
* Emotions in the public sphere
* Emotions in education
* Emotions and law
* The philosophy of emotions
* The history of emotions
* The creative and literary expression of emotions
* Emotions and culture.

Please submit a 500-word panel proposal, or a 200 word abstract for an individual paper to by Friday 1 July 2016.

Convened by: Roger Patulny and Sukhmani Khorana (UOW CERN), Andrew Lynch (ARC CHE) and Rebecca Olson and Jordan McKenzie (TASA SEA).

Hosts: The University of Wollongong (UOW) Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN), the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), and The Australian Sociological Association Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group (TASA SEA).

For more information, and for updates about keynote speakers and other conference related information, please visit the CERN events page:


(CFP closed 1 July 2016)


Authority beyond the Law: Traditional and Charismatic Authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford: 3 December, 2016

We warmly invite graduate students and early career researchers in Classics, Medieval studies, Near Eastern studies and other disciplines to submit abstracts for a one day workshop on traditional and charismatic authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, to be held on Saturday, 3 December 2016 at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies in Oxford.

In Economy and Society, Max Weber theorised three ideal types of authority: charismatic, traditional and legal. While legal authority has been well-explored in modern scholarship and most resembles the structures of authority in our own world, more recent work has indicated the importance of the charismatic and traditional ideal types as lenses for viewing Ancient and Medieval authority. Thus, in his 2016 monograph, Dynasties, Jeroen Duindam stresses the importance of charisma to royal power, exploring the pageantry of power, ritual actions undertaken to safeguard the harvest or control the weather, and the personal delivery of justice, while Kate Cooper, especially in The Fall of the Roman Household, has argued that power in the ancient world was inseparably linked to individual households in a way similar to Weber's theorisation of traditional authority, making the (late) Roman 'state' seem significantly smaller than it has tended to before.

By bringing together scholars of many different periods and contexts, we intend to explore the value of Weber's traditional and charismatic types for understanding changes, continuities and complexities in the construction of authority across Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Submissions might consider the following themes:

* The use of the irrational and supernatural as a basis of authority
* Ways that charismatic authority perpetuated itself without the creation of legal authority
* The interactions between charisma and tradition within individual contexts
* The use of traditional and charismatic authority legitimise law and legal instruments (rather than vice versa)
* Status groups' use of appeals to time-honoured rights and the distant past to legitimate their authority
* The use of tradition and charisma by heretics and rebels to construct their own authority and delegitimise that of their opponents
* The applicability of Weber's typology to non-political authority and to the authority of places and objects
* The influence of ideas about the ancient and Medieval worlds on sociological thought about authority (and vice versa)

Abstracts of 20 minute papers from researchers in all fields of ancient and Medieval studies are welcome and should be sent to by the 16th September 2016. Publication of some or all of the papers may be sought as a themed journal issue.

(CFP closed 16 September 2016)


Rousseau between Antiquity, Enlightenment and Modernity

University College London: December 2, 2016

Jean-Jacques Rousseau is widely recognised as one of the first critics of modern civilisation and its discontents: the pursuit of self-interest, the division of labour, lack of authenticity, and political structures founded on greed and exploitation. However, recent research has opened up a variety of new perspectives on Rousseau that do not necessarily fit the traditional picture. This event is aimed at a reassessment of such recent views of Rousseau and their relationship with wider trends in Enlightenment studies. It will be based on a discussion of two new publications: the volume Engaging with Rousseau: Reaction and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and ‘Rousseau’s Imagined Antiquity’, a special issue of the journal History of Political Thought (2016), both edited by Avi Lifschitz (UCL History).

Speakers: Prof. Céline Spector (Paris IV – Sorbonne) and Prof. John Robertson (Cambridge)

Friday 2 December 2017; 5 p.m. onwards; in Chadwick G07, University College London.

All welcome; the discussion will be followed by a reception.

Please register on Eventbrite:


Authority Revisited. Towards Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516

Leuven, Belgium (Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000): 29 Nov-Dec 2, 2016

500 years ago, Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’ and Desiderius Erasmus’ ‘Novum Instrumentum’ saw the light. Both works dealt freely with authoritative sources of Western civilization, and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of invasive religious and political changes. The fact that both texts are closely linked to the city of Leuven (Belgium) as well as their historic significance prompted LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) to take the lead in this commemoration. The international conference represents the academic highlight among the array of special events in Leuven celebrating Thomas More and Erasmus. The conference will be devoted to studying not only the texts ‘Utopia’ and ‘Novum Instrumentum’ themselves, but also their authoritative precursors in Classical Antiquity, the Patristic period and the Middle Ages, as well as their immense reception and influence in the (Early) Modern Era. The conference will thus lead to a better understanding of how More and Erasmus used their sources, and it will address the more encompassing question of how these two authors, through their own ideas and their use of authoritative texts, have contributed to the rise of (early) modern Western thought. This international conference, multidisciplinary in scope, brings together scholars working in the field of theology, philosophy, history (of science), art history, historical linguistics and literary studies.

Keynote speakers are prof. Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), prof. Gillian Clark (Bristol), prof. Günter Frank (Bretten), prof. Uwe Baumann (Bonn) and prof. Henk Jan de Jonge (Leiden).



The conference takes place in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. Participation is free, but please register online before 20 November 2016.


[Book] Reception and Transformation of Ancient Sea Power

The reception of antiquity in the Middle Ages and especially the Early Modern period has been extensively studied. Sea power and thalassocracy are familiar topics in the fields of classics and ancient history. Nevertheless, only rarely have the two themes been combined, and to date there has been no overarching treatment of the later reception of ancient sea power.

In order to fill this gap, we organized a conference in Berlin in May 2015, entitled ‘Thalassokratographie: Rezeption und Transformation antiker Seeherrschaft’. This title was programmatic. On the one hand, we were interested in the act of writing about sea power and thalassocracy, in the act of creating images and ideas that gave ancient sea power a prominent place in later times – ‘thalassocrato-graphy’, so to speak, not ‘thalassocracy’. On the other, we were concerned with issues of transformation. The conference was not focused solely on a one-dimensional process of reception of classical antiquity in later epochs, but aimed above all to ask how, during this process, images and ideas of antiquity were newly created, with which intentions and to what ends, and how these newly-developed ideas about ancient texts, myths and narratives may even have influenced the later scholarly treatment of these phenomena.

We intend to publish the proceedings of this conference, the program of which can be seen here: in a volume that will then be the first publication dedicated to this topic. It will be published as a volume in the series ‘Transformationen der Antike’ (de Gruyter), depending on a successful peer-review-process. In addition to the papers presented at the conference we would welcome further contributions (in English, German or French) that, while adhering to the approach outlined above, treat one of the following topics:

The reception of ancient sea power:
• in architecture
• as part of monuments or fountains
• in the visual arts, esp. in paintings
• in music
• in literature, esp. historical novels
• in the naming of ships
• in film, theatre and opera
• in modern mass media

Submission Details: Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be sent before 30 November 2016 to Those who submitted an abstract will be informed within two weeks after the deadline whether or not their proposals have been accepted. Final versions of accepted papers should then be submitted by 31 March 2017.

Christian Wendt ( and Hans Kopp ( will be glad to answer any questions you might have.


(CFP closed 30 November, 2016)


Media and Classics

Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol: 25-27 November 2016

'The realm of the dead is as extensive as the storage and transmission capabilities of a given culture,' writes the German media theorist Friedrich Kittler in Gramophone, Film, Typewriter (originally published in 1986). The emergence since the 1970s of electronic and knowledge-based technologies, and more specifically of digital media, has brought to the fore the close link that exists between media, knowledge, and perception, a link generating both exhilaration and anxiety. The centrality of media, however, to epistemological debates around the ways in which knowledge is produced, stored, and disseminated has a long history in Western thought. Under the banners of media history, media archaeology, and cultural transmission, important work has been undertaken in recent years on the history of media since the Renaissance and on persistent tropes in media discourse that make it possible to set current debates about digital media in a broader historical and theoretical context. One of the most complex and multifaceted case studies in the history of media in the West yet to receive systematic examination has to do with the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. What is the role of media (new and old, material and spiritual, perceptible and imperceptible) in the formation and reproduction of Greco-Roman arts and more broadly in what might be called the transmission of 'classical' culture?

Certain aspects of this topic have been touched on by media theorists (on both sides of the Atlantic) in suggestive but highly selective and often problematic ways. Other aspects have been approached by classical scholars in more careful but historically and disciplinary insular manners. Issues such as orality, literacy, performance, memory, materiality, the senses, textual transmission, translation, archival practices, the history of the book, and more recently humanities computing are all implicated in the production, transmission, and reception of the Greco-Roman literary, performing, and plastic arts that we now call classical. However, there has been no systematic attempt to date to shift the focus away from issues of historical usage of media towards more theoretical concerns that can link the media of the classical past with one another, with larger processes of artistic production and reception, and with contemporary debates around media, knowledge, and perception. As a result, the processes of production and reception of the arts of Greece and Rome are still perceived in ways that remain at once too narrow and too broad: on the one hand they are dominated by the agency of long-dead artists or ever-changing audiences; on the other hand they are dominated by abstract ideas - the continuities of the Classical Tradition, the discontinuities of Reception, the cosiness of 'conversing' with the past, or the rather nebulous qualities of textuality and visuality.

Revisiting Martin Heidegger's provocative claim that 'the more questioningly we ponder the essence of technology, the more mysterious the essence of art becomes' (in his seminal essay 'The Question Concerning Technology' originally published in 1954), this conference focuses attention on the cultural history of the material conditions and technical and technological practices that give shape to artistic creativity and make possible its transmission as 'classical' and as 'culture.' How are media conceptualized by artistic works and their users in Greece and Rome? How do media shape the specificity, convergence, and/or transference of different artistic forms and contents? How do continuities and ruptures in artistic production and transmission manifest themselves? How are artworks, artists, and audiences networked through material and embodied structures of media technology? How are ideas, concepts, and practices related to the classical arts implicated in the history and culture of modern theoretical debates around media and information technology? And how are they implicated in broader discussions around the philosophical apparatus of technology, culture, and biology as they are played out against a critique of modernity?

Papers are invited on topics in areas such as the following:
* cultural transmission as reproduction and/or as transformation
* art as techne between historicity and metaphysics
* fantasies of communication and horizons of incommunicability
* technologies of writing systems and scripts
* media as conduits, languages, and/or environments
* media specificity and convergence
* media and non-human agency
* the body as a medium
* humanism and anti-technological bias
* Greece and Rome in debates in media theory
* Greco-Roman arts in an age of media convergence, networks and computation<\p>

30-minute papers are anticipated, but proposals are also welcome for presentations outside the normal lecture format, including proposals from artists and other creative practitioners; please provide details of your plans in your application. Prospective presenters should send a title, an abstract of 500 words, and a short biography by 1 April 2016 to: Pantelis Michelakis (

(CFP closed 1 April 2016)


[Simposio] La mitología griega en la tradición literaria: de la Antigüedad a la Grecia contemporánea

Universidad de Granada, Spain: 24-25 de noviembre de 2016

Website with link to Programme:

Universidad de Granada
Centro de Estudios Bizantinos, Neogriegos y Chipriotas
Grupo de investigación: Estudios de la Civilización Griega Medieval y Moderna (HUM 728)
P. I. Excelencia: Estudios sobre la transmisión y tradición de Paléfato y la exégesis racionalista de los mitos (FFI2014-52203-P)

Departamento de Filología Griega y Filología Eslava
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
Biblioteca de la Universidad de Granada
Polymnia. Réseau de recherche sur les mythographes anciens et modernes

Lugar: Universidad de Granada - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Aula “Federico García Lorca”


[BOOK] Classics and the Western (edited collection)

In 1820, a writer for the Cincinnati Western Review warned his readers that "should the time ever come when Latin and Greek should be banished from our universities and the study of Cicero and Demosthenes, of Homer and Virgil should be considered as unnecessary for the formation of a scholar, we should regard mankind as fast sinking into an absolute barbarism, and the gloom of mental darkness is likely to increase until it should become universal." Almost two hundred years later, Americans are no longer required to learn Greek and Latin, but their necessary connection to antiquity continues - in film and television Westerns. John Ford, Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawkes, Budd Boetticher, Anthony Mann, and Sam Peckinpah (to name only a few Western film directors), all have borrowed from the Greats to invent, reinvent, and often reinterpret the American experience on the frontier. The popular Western owes much of its impact to the power of "high" art - classical epic, tragic and comic forms which have celebrated, affirmed, and deconstructed the American Character in the Wild West for over a century, transmitting a complicated cultural coding about the nature of westward expansionism, heroism, family life, assimilation and settlement, and American masculinity and femininity.

I am currently soliciting abstracts of 200 words for essays that consider the richness and complexity of the Western's association with the Greats and foreground the contributions that such intersections and fusions have made to our understanding of America's epic (and tragic) narratives of nation and cultural identity. How have Westerns drawn on, transmitted, furthered, and critiqued the ideas of classical authors like Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Cicero, and Virgil?

Proposals may examine any aspect of the Western's relationship with classical thinking and texts, including but not limited to those authors named above. Proposals may address the genre-at-large; particular periods, cycles or series; the work of individual filmmakers, actors or other personnel; or any combination thereof.

Completed essays of approximately 5000 words in length will be due in September of 2017. This book is under contract with McFarland Press.

Proposals are due by November 15, 2016. Please feel free to contact me with any queries.

Sue Matheson, PhD - University College of the North -

(CFP closed November 15, 2017)


Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World: Columbia University Ancient World Graduate Student Conference

Columbia University in the City of New York, USA: November 11-12, 2016

Keynote Speakers: Elena Isayev (University of Exeter)​ and Demetra Kasimis (University of Chicago)

We invite papers from graduate students working across disciplines related to the ancient world for a two-day conference which will explore the issues of refuge and refugees. From representations of refugees and the notions of "refuge" to their physical traces in the archaeological record, we hope to discuss how ancient societies experienced and conceptualized the flight and plight of displaced peoples.

In light of the recent upsurge in work on ancient Mediterranean migration and exile, as well as current events, new questions arise: What heuristic value does the term "refugee" have for our understanding of the ancient equivalent? How do we define refuge and refugees? Where do we look for the voices of refugees among the ancient evidence? What and where are the sites of "refuge" attested across the ancient Mediterranean world?

We welcome papers in any disciplinary field––and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged––pertaining to the ancient Mediterranean world and surrounding regions ​(​including Egypt, the Near East and the expanses of the Roman Empire)​ and falling within the period spanning from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.

Potential topics could include:
* Literary and artistic representations of flight, refuge, or supplication, for example​,​ in epic, tragedy, vase or wall painting.
* Classical reception (contemporary engagements with classical representations of refuge and refugees).
* Philosophical and theoretical conceptualizations of refuge, for example​,​ in Stoic thought. * Locations of refuge, such as sanctuary spaces.
* Intersections between refugees and the related spheres of ancient migration, exile, and diaspora.
* Ancient histories of migration catalyzed by displacement through war or other factors.
* The demographic impact of ancient refugees on ancient cities, landscapes, and economies.
* Archaeological evidence, for example, hoards and their significance in tracing ancient refugees.
* Refugee identity, for example, the transition from being a "refugee" to becoming a citizen of a new city.

The conference will include a roundtable on how the content and themes discussed in the context of the ancient world can be brought into dialogue with the contemporary refugee crisis.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to no later than May 2, 2016. In the body of your email, please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of your abstract. The abstract should be anonymous and sent as an attachment. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length​,​ ​in order to accommodate ​questions.

Housing accommodations will be provided by Columbia graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information please visit:

(CFP closed 2 May 2016)


Divine (In)Justice in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

University of Sheffield: Friday 4 November 2016

Plenary speaker: Professor Tim Whitmarsh (University of Cambridge)
Respondent: Professor John Arnold (Birkbeck, University of London)

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on topics including (but not limited to):

* Literary and artistic portrayals of divine judgment
* Human versus divine concept of justice
* Monotheistic versus polytheistic notions of divine justice
* Divine (in)justice in Judaism and Islam
* Secular versus religious justice
* Signs of divine (dis)approbation in national and/or political and/or institutional discourse
* Anxieties about divine justice
* Divine justice and natural disasters
* Postmortem justice

Papers may consider all aspects of divine (in)justice during the period (roughly 8th century B.C.E. to 1500 C.E.), from a variety of disciplinary angles, including literary, historical, artistic, and theological. Medieval culture, its concept of justice, and its major religions were undeniably influenced by classical traditions, and this conference seeks to explore continuities and divergences between these two periods in order to shed further light on the various factors that determine the conceptualisation and representation of divine justice, and define its role in society.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Charlotte Steenbrugge ( by 30 June 2016.

(CFP closed 30 June 2016)



Villa Empain, Brussels: November 4-5, 2016

atopia is an encounter with classical antiquity enacted by a group of historians, theorists and artists on November 5th at the Villa Empain in Brussels. Ancient Greece has long functioned as the supposed origin of “Western civilization,” and as such the common ground of Europe, its colonial territories, and the humanist project. atopia approaches the classical tradition not as a homeland whose borders are secure, but as a constellation, heterogeneous from the outset and open to being recomposed. The Villa Empain’s focus on the institution as an inhabited home creates conditions for an embodied experience that displaces classicism’s familiar narrative: atopia locates classical antiquity in a space between everywhere and somewhere.

Organized by Brooke Holmes, Isabel Lewis, and Asad Raza



By Jove! Invoking Ancient Deities on Modern Screens

An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference: "Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television"

The Milwaukee Hilton Milwaukee, WI (USA): October 26-30, 2016

Long after their worship ceased, the gods and goddesses of the ancient Mediterranean world have remained potent forces in the modern imaginary. While their traditional names remain the same, modernity's shifting ideological matrices change the signification of these deities. The meaning of worshipers paying homage to them; of priests and prophets claiming to speak on their behalf; and of heroes and rulers challenging their authority or receiving their favor, all change when the moral authority and even existence of these gods and goddesses is no longer a self-evident truth. Technologies for visualizing the divine in e.g. film, television, and video games further complicate the way audiences comprehend deities associated with living cultural traditions but defunct belief systems. Furthermore, viewers may relate very differently to the re-imagining of these ancient Mediterranean gods and goddesses on the modern screen, depending on their various social, cultural, religious, ethnic and/or national identities.

This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering the motivations, execution, conditions, ramifications, and reaction to representing deities of the ancient Mediterranean world on screen. Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Embodying the gods: how divine identity, gender, and power are visually depicted; why certain god/desses are more (or less) frequently depicted; whether visual representation reinforces the viewer's sense of realism, or makes the god/dess seem too quotidian

* Gods and stars: the interaction of divine identity and star texts, the resultant effect on viewer interpretation of character and/or actor

* Contextualizing the gods: do god/dessess function differently in ancient vs. modern mise-enscene; the shifting ideological function of ancient god/desses in relation to modern narratives, history, religious systems/theologies; whether genre as context changes the signification of a deity

* Sizing up (or down) the deities: depicting the stature of god/desses relative to humans; how the scale of a medium (e.g. film versus television) or the viewing platform (e.g. movie screen versus smartphone) affects perception of divinity

* Presence without substance: how excluding god/desses as active participants in the onscreen drama affects perception of the their power and even existence (e.g. Troy)

* Interacting with the gods: how god/desses relate to humans (e.g. heroes, priest/esses, kings/queens, worshippers); the interactive experience of video game players (e.g. God of War) and app users versus the comparatively passive experiences of film/TV viewers

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must 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 (

DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016; EXTENDED DEADLINE July 15 2016

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2016 to the area chair: Meredith Safran, Trinity College:

(CFP closed 15 July 2016)


Stoic Guidance for Troubled Times

Queen Mary University of London: October 22, 2016

Can the ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism help us in responding to acute political and personal problems? How does Stoicism reconcile the search for inner peace of mind with positive affection or love and social concern?

A series of talks, interviews, and question-and-answer sessions, with scope for audience participation and social breaks. One of a series of such public events at QMUL on Stoic guidance held since 2014.

The programme will include:

* Tim LeBon on Stoic responses to the Brexit vote or a possible Trump victory.
* Christopher Gill interviews Elena Isayev on her experiences with refugees in the West Bank and the Calais ‘jungle’.
* Jules Evans talks to member of the Saracens rugby club about the value of Stoic messages in dealing with training, victory and defeat.
* Donald Robertson talks about Stoic approaches to resilience and love and how the two are linked.
* Gabriele Galluzzo discusses Stoic emotions – those we want to get rid of and those we want to develop.

To book for this event go to: (cost £15).

The event forms part of ‘Live like a Stoic Week 2016’ – the fifth such event since 2012. To follow this year’s week-long on–line course (Oct 17-23) on living a Stoic life go to: To find out more about Stoicism in daily life see ‘Stoicism Today’ blog (

Tim LeBon is a psychotherapist and author of Positive Psychology. Christopher Gill is an Emeritus Professor and author of several books on Stoicism; he has edited the Oxford World Classics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. Elena Isayev is an Associate Professor who works on migration, refugees and asylum in the ancient and modern worlds. Jules Evans is a philosophical writer and author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations. Donald Robertson is a psychotherapist and author of Stoicism and the Art of Happiness; he also designed a four-week course on promoting Stoic resilience. Gabriele Galluzzo is a university lecturer and author of several books on ancient philosophy.


The E. H. Gombrich Lecture Series on the Classical Tradition 2016

Warburg Institute, London: 11, 12, 13 October 2016

Organized by the Warburg Institute and Princeton University Press

Speaker: Philip Hardie, Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge

Celestial Aspirations: 17th and 18th Century British Poetry and Painting, and the Classical Tradition

11 October - Visions of apotheosis and glory on painted ceilings: from Rubens’ Banqueting House, Whitehall to Thornhill’s Painted Hall, Greenwich

12 October - Poetic ascents and flights of the mind: Neoplatonism to Romanticism

13 October - ‘No middle flight’: Miltonic ascents and their reception

Pre-registration (free) is required in order to attend the lectures, at


Neo-Latin in Fascism

Brixen, South Tyrol: October 7-8, 2016

The Fascist regime in Italy saw itself as a rebirth of the greatness of ancient Rome. Accordingly, Roman antiquity played a crucial role in its ideology. This also holds true for the language of the Romans – Latin. Not only was Latin a central subject of the school curriculum, Latin texts were also written in great numbers in order to promote and justify Fascism. Yet, the phenomenon of Fascist Neo-Latin literature has not attracted the scholarly attention it deserves so far.

The international conference Neolatin in Fascism, organised by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies and going to take place on the 7th and 8th of October 2016 at the Vinzentinum in Brixen/Bressanone, will be the first attempt ever made to address this often repulsive, yet fascinating topic as a whole and on a larger scale. On its first day, two events for a broader audience will take place – an introductory class for grammar school pupils and an evening lecture for a broader audience. On the second day, ten experts from Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Nederlands and England will present and discuss their research on Fascist – and anti-Fascist – lyric and epic poetry, rhetoric and epigraphy written in Latin. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the prestigious series Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia.



The Making of the Humanities V

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA): 5-7 October, 2016

The Making of Humanities 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, musicology, philology, and media studies, 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, etc., but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.

Keynote speakers:
1.Karine Chemla (ERC project SAW, SPHERE, CNRS & U. Paris Diderot): “Writing the history of ancient mathematics in China and beyond in the 19th century: who? for whom?, and how?”
2.Anthony Grafton (Princeton U.): “Christianity and Philology: Blood Wedding?”; Sarah Kay (New York U.): “Inhuman Humanities and the Artes that Make up Medieval Song”

MoH-V will feature three days of panel and paper sessions, next to three keynote speakers and a closing panel on the Status of the Humanities. A reception will take place on the first day in the magnificent Peabody Library, and a banquet on the second day. An overview of the previous conferences and resulting publications is on the Society’s homepage.

Abstracts of single papers (25 minutes including discussion) should be in Word format and contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words. Abstracts should be sent (in Word) to Deadline for abstracts: 30 April, 2016. Notification of acceptance: End of June 2016.

Panels last 1.5 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers including discussion and possibly a commentary. Panel proposals should be in Word format and 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. Panel proposals should be sent (in Word) to Deadline for panel proposals: 30 April, 2016. Notification of acceptance: End of June 2016.

For full information about the conference, please visit:

(CFP closed 30 April 2016)


Classics -- Right Now!

Autumn conference of the California Classical Association (North), Stanford University: October 1 2016

In this era of instantaneity, when the label "classic" gets slapped onto anything more than five years old, what hope is there for getting people interested in the considerably earlier achievements of Greek and Roman culture? This day-long conference will examine ways in which movies, video gaming and other media can engage new audiences with the ancient past. Papers (15-20 minutes) are welcome on any aspect of such encounters. A special focus will be on creative pedagogical uses of media (K-12 and college levels) for introducing the Classics.

Abstracts (maximum 500 words, including any bibliography, and specifying exact length of talk) should be sent by August 22 to Prof. John Klopacz ( Selected participants will be notified soon after the deadline. Please indicate on the abstract any technological requirements for the talk.


(CFP closed August 22 2016)


IMAGINES V: The Fear and the Fury - Ancient Violence in Modern Imagination

Università degli Studi di Torino, Turin: September 29 - October 1 2016.

The Fear and the Fury is the fifth international conference organised by the research project Imagines ( in order to attract and connect international scholars working in the field of the representation of Antiquity in the visual and performing arts.

Violence, fury and the dread that they trigger are factors that appear frequently in the ancient sources. They often feature human violence, wars and natural disasters, but also the inherent violence of mythical figures and stories and their inexorable impact on the life and destiny of mortals.This dark side of antiquity, so distant from the pure whiteness that the classical heritage usually calls forth, has repeatedly struck the imagination of artists, writers and scholars across ages and cultures. Examples are the countless depictions of the destruction of Pompeii (i.e. Karl Bryullov's painting The Last Day of Pompeii, which in turn has become a source of inspiration for several following artists), the works performing the Spartans' tragic heroism at Thermopylae (the obvious reference is Frank Miller's 300, and its cinematographic adaptation by Zack Snyder), and the representations of Medea's fury (from Euripides to Pier Paolo Pasolini and Lars von Trier).

The conference will look at how modern and contemporary performing and visual arts represent the evildoers – those who provoked fear and who were led by fury –, the catastrophic events, the battles and the ancient everyday tragedies, as well as the fears they generated, both in those who found themselves facing such misfortunes and in those who interact with the ancient world and its representations.

Papers should either focus on a specific post-classical period or follow a cross-temporal perspective. In addition, they can cover one or more artistic languages (painting, book art and graphic design, comics, sculpture, architecture, theatre, opera, dance, street art, photography, cinema, computer animation, videogames etc.) and propose comparative approaches.

Questions addressed in the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:
* How has post-classical imagery staged the conquerors' violence and the fear felt by the subjugated, from the fall of Troy to the Rape of the Sabine Women and the sack of Rome in 410 A.D.?
* How has the human impotence against the forces of the nature (from the storms that have hampered the nostoi of the Homeric heroes to the total destruction of Pompeii caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) been perceived and performed?
* How have military powers of the ancient World, from the Macedonian phalanx to the Roman legions, and their acts of conquest and destruction, been translated into forms of contemporary entertainment, such as videogames?
* How has political violence, be it individual of collective, from rebellions against the rulers (i.e. Harmodius and Aristogeitons killing the tyrants) to the struggles for power (i.e. the disorders that tainted the last years of the Roman Republic) been staged and perfomed?
* What forms of domestic or private violence – as they have been handed down from Graeco-roman sources – have most impacted the modern and contemporary visual arts and why?

We welcome proposals for papers of 30 minutes each. The abstracts should have a length of max. 500 words, be written in one of the conference languages (English and Italian) and be sent by January, 31st 2016 to

The conference organization will cover the accommodation expenses for all accepted speakers if needed. There are no conference fees.

(CFP closed 31 Jan 2016)


[JOURNAL] thersites #6/2017 - Special Issue: Advertising Antiquity

The journal thersites. Journal for transcultural presences and diachronic identities to date is planning a special issue, edited by Filippo Carlà-Uhink (University of Exeter), Marta García Morcillo (University of Roehampton) and Christine Walde (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) on the topic of “Advertising Antiquity”, and is looking for potential contributors to the issue.

We are looking for contributions that cover:

1) the existence of forms of “advertisement” in Classical Antiquity, as well as those that study this from a transdisciplinary perspective through models and concepts developed in social and economic studies

2) the role of Classical Antiquity in modern advertising, as a repertoire of symbols and values, and as a shared cultural reference that can be easily recognized by the public

While studies in the field of Classical Receptions have flourished in recent years, in particular regarding the visual and performing arts, advertising has until now been substantially neglected, owing to its (elitist) exclusion from many definitions of “art” or “culture”. We, on the other hand, are convinced that advertising – through its very aim to appeal to a broad public – is a highly relevant indicator of the presence, significance and symbolic value of Classical Antiquity in popular culture, and thus worthy of much greater attention. Ancient themes and figures are in fact regularly present in modern Western advertising, constituting familiar reference points in which many of the “values” that ads attempt to communicate find a reliable symbol or pictogram that can be immediately recognized by the public – Hercules (for strength) being possibly the most obvious example. Similarly, the high prestige attributed to the Classical world and its knowledge until just a few decades ago is often used in the Western world to confer an immediate credibility to the product or element being advertised.

Ancient forms of advertising have also been substantially neglected in scholarship, eventually studied only by scholars of ancient economy and almost only ever in reference to Rome. Nevertheless, as is the case today, adverts were part of everyday life for the inhabitants of ancient cities, who covered their walls with offers, promises and public announcements of every kind, private and official. The very term “advertising” derives from the Latin adverto or “turn towards”, hence also “draw attention to” – a word that captures the very essence of advertising. This paves the way to multiple potential approaches that link to social and cultural studies, such as the relationship between advertising and identity.

This relationship is, once again, central to studying the presence of Antiquity in modern advertising: should the audience identify with the Ancient Greeks and Romans, recognize them as a part of their cultural heritage, or should they feel different from them? How is such a message constructed, and what pre-knowledge of the Classical world do the ad-creators expect from their targeted audience?

As within our multimedia saturated world, ads were also acknowledged and perceived in different ways in ancient times. They could be read or seen but also heard, appearing in the form of inscriptions, paintings, and announcements read aloud by the kerykes/praecones.

We therefore welcome contributions that, whether they concern Antiquity or the modern world, highlight the multimedia character of advertising and interrogate its multisensorial communication and reception. We particularly encourage contributions that are able to bring together both the aspects mentioned above, for instance through an investigation of how ancient forms of advertising have been represented in Classical Receptions (e.g. the representation of praecones and written announcements in the HBO series Rome).

thersites is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal – previous issues can be seen at

Abstracts for possible contributions should be sent to by the 30th September 2016. The proposals, and the eventual ensuing papers, can be in English, German, Italian, French or Spanish.

The accepted articles, which must be a max. of 90,000 characters including empty spaces, footnotes and bibliography in length and contain an English abstract of around 150 words, will have to be submitted by the 30th June 2017.

The papers will undergo a peer review process according to the journal’s guidelines, found here:


The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Four Artists from Cyprus Discuss Archaeology and Contemporary Art

British Museum, London: September 30, 2016

The Cyprus High Commission-Cultural Section and the British Museum cordially invite you to: "The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Four Artists from Cyprus Discuss Archaeology and Contemporary Art" Is reconstructing the past as speculative as constructing the future? Exploring the politics and poetics of the archaeological finds, four prominent artists from Cyprus, Alev Adil, Haris Epaminonda, Maria Loizidou, and Christodoulos Panayiotou will discuss the ‘archaeological turn’ in contemporary Cypriot art. Developed by Christina Lambrou and Elena Parpa, the artists’ talks will be followed by a round-table discussion chaired by Dr Gabriel Koureas, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London.

Held under the auspices of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus Euripides L. Evriviades to celebrate the Cyprus National Day.

Friday, 30 September 2016, The British Museum (BP Theatre), Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG at 6:30 pm

Free entrance but booking is essential:


Modernist Fragmentation and After: International Postgraduate Conference

Princeton University: 29-30 September 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dr Nora Goldschmidt (Durham University)

We invite proposals for papers for a conference on modernist tropes of fragmentation, to be held at Princeton University, September 29-30, 2016.

Fragmentation is an inescapable aesthetic technique of 20th- and 21st-century literature and art, overdetermined as a figure for both social processes of alienation and atomization and the psychological interiorization of these processes. “Modernist Fragmentation And After” seeks to interrogate this category from the perspective of classical reception and history, examining modernist experiments with fragmentation as a formalization of modernist problems of artistic representation while also investigating the deployment of this technique as a dominant aesthetic mode of receiving and adapting the cultural products of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Fragmentation as a mode of composition rather than an accident of the historical process of preserving literary and material artifacts has, of course, a significant history before its assumption in modernism, which the theorist and historian of Romantic literature John Beer has adumbrated. Beer suggests that the Romantic compositional treatment of the fragment tracked the developing 18th-century European investment in the past as a “locus of feeling” as exemplified in interests in architectural ruination and broken statuary. Thus the post-Romantic voice of Rilke’s famous sonnet on a headless ancient Greek statue of Apollo exemplifies the paradox whereby the fragment takes on an independent aesthetic interest beyond its ruination that depends on a lost and imagined whole. Rilke’s poem also points up the origins of the aesthetic interest in fragmentation as reflecting on the loss of a classical past. These meditations prefigure the programmatic and widespread modernist interest in fragmentation: when Eliot in the final lines of The Waste Land writes, “These fragments have I shored against my ruins,” he both offers a program of interpreting his poem through the technique of synthesized fragmentation and gestures towards the dominance of fragmentation as a poetic technique and aesthetic mode in his contemporaries, as seen in the poems of H.D. and Pound and the disjunctive prose compositions of Joyce, Faulkner, Woolf, and others. While these moments of fragmentation frequently reflect on and adapt the cultural products of classical antiquity—conceived of in such terms—they do so in complex and contradictory ways.

This conference seeks to address the historical circumstances that rendered fragmentation a dominant aesthetic and analytic mode of modernist engagements with Greek and Roman antiquity. We aim to foster cross-disciplinary investigations into this complex history, and invite abstracts from graduate researchers in Classics, English, Comparative Literature, Modern Languages, History, Architecture, Art History, and related disciplines. We also seek abstracts from practising artists. Possible approaches might include (but are not limited to):

* Case studies of concrete instances of this engagement in literature, the performing arts, and visual and material media
* Theoretical approaches exploring modernist fragmentation as an aesthetic trope
* The historical development of modernist fragmentation from its prehistory in Romanticism, other aesthetic movements of the 19th century, and/or Early Modern interest in classical civilisations
* Meditations on the transformations of this trope in postmodernist poetics and aesthetics
* Papers from practising artists in various disciplines exploring their own engagement with modernist fragmentation, and illuminating dynamics of fragmentation in the history and practice of a given artistic medium.

Abstracts for papers of 20 minutes should be sent to by NO LATER THAN JULY 1ST. They should be no longer than 300 words, and be attached in .pdf or .doc format. Please ensure that they contain no identifying information.

Questions should be addressed to the conference organisers, Kay Gabriel ( and Talitha Kearey (


(CFP closed 1 July 2016)


Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics

RomaTre University: 29-30 September 2016

Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics, a joint symposium of the 'Euro-Linguistischer Arbeitskreis Mannheim' and of the scholars who identify with the aims of '2.000. The European Journal', will be held at RomaTre University on 29-30 September 2016.

The themes of the symposium are:

1) Theodor Mommsen and Cicero. For Theodor Mommsen's (1817-2017) bicentenary.
2) Genesis and Migration of Indo-European Languages- Research and theories on their origin.
3) On the origins of the idea of Europe.

Those who would like to take part should send an abstract of their papers, along with a short c.v, to (Matthew Fox and Ermanno Malaspina for Ciceronianism, P. Sture Ureland for Eurolinguistics, Vincenzo Merolle for European Studies), by May 31, 2016.

This will be the first of a number of symposia, to be held in the coming years, in Rome or at other European universities.

The underlying idea from a philological point of view is that of analyzing the current development of European languages and of selecting a common vocabulary for Europe and the West. From a philosophical point of view, it will be that of promoting the ideas of tolerance and civilization proper to Western democracies.

Therefore, we invite the submission of papers and participation on the part of colleagues who, we are sure, will appreciate our efforts towards the advancement of learning.

Participants could be asked a small entrance fee (of no more that €30 per person), unless we are able to find some form of grant or sponsorship.

Organizers: Matthew Fox; Ermanno Malaspina; P. Sture Ureland; Vincenzo Merolle


Manifesto of the symposium on 'Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics' to be held at the University of Roma-Tre on 29-30 September 2016

The 'Euro-Linguistischer Arbeitskreis Mannheim' (chairman P. S. Ureland, Mannheim), together with the scholars who identify with the aims of "The European Journal', (editor Vincenzo Merolle, 'La Sapienza', Roma), convinced, as they are, that our civilization needs a greater endeavour aimed at superior understanding and maturity, have decided to unite their efforts to run joint symposia on 'Ciceronianism, European Studies, Eurolinguistics'. The symposia will take place every year, in autumn, c/o a European university, that will be chosen according to the opportunities that our colleagues will suggest.

First of all, why Ciceronianism? The obvious reason is that politically we support democratic and liberal ideas against any form of tyranny and of authoritarian, or limited, democracy. Cicero, as the champion of republican ideas and of the mixed constitution, is the main representative of such a tradition.

From a cultural point of view, Europe is a unified entity. Paradoxically, our cultural unity failed, although only in part, during the age of the Enlightenment, the age which historians commonly define as 'cosmopolitan', although it was then that the writers, Hume, Voltaire, Kant, abandoning Latin, or the 'lingua franca', began to write in their national languages. The common cement of our tradition remained nevertheless Latin, and Cicero is the author who more than any other is a recognized authority in this tradition.

As for our contemporary European world, languages are nowadays silently discarding words that are not shared in common, and the needs of communication, in Europe and the West, every day become more urgent and compelling. In daily practice we are therefore selecting a vocabulary that will be increasingly shared in common, and will eventually become understandable to cultivated people.

The aim of our project, from a linguistic point of view -here, as in its other aims, sketched in broad lines- is that of accompanying this process of selection, a process we must become fully aware of, and which we shall not simply receive from daily practice, but consciously direct and command.

The world is in fact becoming a 'global village', and the next step, the one which we aim to achieve, is a comprehensive picture of European civilization and of the history of our continent and the West.

For this aim we need the cooperation of more cultural associations, which only apparently have different aims, but whose efforts are directed to the end, common to all of us, of uncovering the roots of our history, in order to know and understand our modern world.

Languages reflect the history of peoples and, in our effort, linguistics will be one of the main fields of research. Communication is in fact what civilization principally needs, in the sense that peoples, when communicating, and therefore achieving a better knowledge of each other, realize that there is much in common between them, and fewer or no reasons at all for enmity and confrontation. The expansion of democratic ideas, which we have experienced in Europe after the tragedies of the last century, is mainly due to the spread of the means of communication, which demonstrate every day to all of us how humankind is everywhere the same, and that what is needed is a greater consciousness of this reality. The spread of learning produces, as a natural consequence, this consciousness. Its advancement is therefore the preliminary premise to a higher level of civilization, and will be our principal concern.

Democracy, as recent experiences show, cannot be exported with weapons, while past experiences justify us in the fear that it might not be 'irreversible', not a conquest forever. By contrast, democracy needs the maturity of generations, the superior consciousness of the nature of humankind and its aims. Acquiring such concepts, humankind can avoid passing through more tragedies such as the ones that last century covered both Europe and the world with blood.

Summarizing our aim: we want to accompany the historical process that is taking place, since historical change is uninterrupted; we want to be witnesses of our history, but with a glance towards the future.

Contact: (Matthew Fox and Ermanno Malaspina for Ciceronianism, P. Sture Ureland for Eurolinguistics, Vincenzo Merolle for European Studies).

(CFP closed 31 May 2016)


Renaissance Prototypes: Tensions of Past and Present in Early Modern Europe

An international, multidisciplinary conference in Oslo organized by the Norwegian Renaissance Society.

Oslo, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters: 28-30 September 2016

The conference Renaissance Prototypes will focus on that particular early modern notion of the past as composed of predictions of the future. “Prototype” was a term coined in the Renaissance to sanction the recycling of historical objects and concepts. It conveyed the idea that the true fulfillment of a trope, a motif, an image or a building would always lie in the future. With venerated ancient models thus “reduced” to a mere sketch or an outline, linear time appears to go in loops and conventional chronologies run backwards. The past is recast as a trial run for the present.

We invite contributors to reflect on the cross-temporal scheme entailed by the concept of prototype or implied by related notions such as forewarning, prefiguration, premonition, and prophecy. In short, we ask for presentations of texts and images that in some way or the other are seen to contradict, confound, or misinterpret conventional sequences between cause and effect. One might want to discuss the relationship between original and copy, between sketch and realization, between beginning and end. In contrast to modern ideas of history as progression, a “prototypical history” finds itself in constant negotiations with the past, revealing a Renaissance culture engaged in readjustments, manipulations, and other undercover operations. In this way a bygone era offered the design of things ahead as well as legitimized a contemporary world that in many ways was novel. Arguably, the Renaissance may seem like a continuation of antiquity only to the extent antiquity itself is refashioned as its proto-manifestation.

The main objective of the Oslo conference is to explore and identify the precise and varied forms of the dynamic interchange between past and present in different scholarly disciplines (art, architecture, music, literature, philosophy and history of ideas). The point of departure is how Renaissance humanists, artists, theologians, and philosophers returned to the beginnings, to the ancient foundations, to revive them and to purge or restore them from the corruption of the present. Myths of origins, the “prototypes”, were thus transformed into myths of new beginnings—to vigorous and future-oriented projections of politics, sciences, education, technology, music, literature and art. A second aim of the conference is to discuss how Renaissance scholars have shaped modern interpretations of the past. On the one hand, Renaissance historiographers such as Jacob Burckhardt, Erwin Panofsky, Eugenio Garin or Paul Oskar Kristeller have offered lenses through which the past traditions are explored; on the other hand, their readings represent obstacles that are necessary to address and discuss in modern scholarship today.

A focus on the philosophy and theory of history as well as on concrete examples of a convoluted temporality makes the subject of the conference Renaissance Prototypes doubly historiographical: The Renaissance view on classical antiquity constitutes one segment of the timeline just as our view on the Renaissance constitutes another. This doubly-lensed vision of past traditions throws light on contemporary presentations and perceptions of history.

The conference is initiated by the Norwegian Renaissance Society and organized within the framework of the Nordic Network for Renaissance Studies. The conference in supported by: the Research Council of Norway, the University of Oslo, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and the Nansen Humanistic Academy.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 17 March 2016.


(CFP closed March 17, 2016)


Into New Frames. De-contextualisation and Transmediality in Ancient Literatures

Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Workshop, Exzellenzcluster Topoi, Berlin / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: 28-29 September 2016

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Peter Bing, Emory University

The workshop aims at exploring the phenomenon of de- and re-contextualisation of Ancient Greek works into new literary, cultural and social contexts. Especially in the archaic and classical period the genres of Ancient Greek literature were attached to one specific occasion and cultural context, but later re-framing and re-performance into new contexts were not rare. Particularly interesting is also the translation of contents into different media and new spatial settings, from text to image, or vice versa.

The interdisciplinary workshop addresses PhD students and early career scholars in various fields, from Classical philology to linguistics and Classical archaeology. We will reflect on the mechanisms connected with de- and re- contextualisation from different perspectives. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

1. "Beyond quotations": the use and re-use of words, sentences and whole passages in new works:
* Which consequences are related to the re-use of words and passages in new textual frames?
* How are texts quoted?
* Which linguistic changes are connected with quotations?

2. "Re-performance in new contexts":
* Which examples of re-performance in cultural and social contexts different form the original ones are attested?
* Did these texts retain part of their original context? Did it produce a sense of alienation?
* What kind of changes did the re-performance entail (linguistic changes, omissions, re-actualization strategies)?

3. "Multimediality": translation to new media and loss of material context:
* Which consequences are related to the translation from a medium into a new one?
* Which kind of changes must be achieved?
* How much does it influence the perception?

The form of the workshop has been chosen in order to achieve an interesting and fruitful discussion among participants. Every section will host three presentations of 20 minutes each, which will be followed by discussion.

Please submit abstracts (no more than 300 words; .pdf file) to the following address by March 1st, 2016. The language of the workshop is English; German papers may also be accepted. Funding includes one night in the guest house of the Humboldt Universität and a partial travel allowance. For further information, please contact Nina Ogrowsky (

(CFP closed March 1 2016)


Bestiarium: Human and Animal Representations - International PhD [& ECR] Conference

Università degli studi di Verona, Scuola di Dottorato in Studi Umanistici: 28-30 September 2016

The PhD School of Humanities of the University of Verona is organising the international trans-disciplinary Conference "Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations" which will take place from the 28th to the 30th September 2016.

From Aristotle's philosophy to the Medieval Bestiaries, from the ancient fables to the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Joseph Beuys and Bill Viola, through George Orwell's Animal Farm and Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka, the animal and its various representations have always played a lead role in the cultural production of human kind. For example, from the XVI century onwards Aesop's fables and the oriental tales collected in Panchatantra and in its Arab version Kalila e Dimna have influenced a number of essays and short stories, such as those by Agnolo Firenzuola (La prima veste dei discorsi degli animali), Anton Francesco Doni and Jean de la Fontaine.

In the last decades, however, new achievements in fields such as Ecology and Cognitive Ethology have created the social need to deeply reconsider the ethical status of animals. From a theoretical point of view, these peculiar social demands have imposed an interpretative shift in the Humanities, leading to the so-called "Animal Turn" in cultural studies (Harriet Ritvo, "On the Animal Turn", 2007). This theoretical turn raised some fundamental questions about human-animal relationships, otherness, the ontological status of animals and the meaning of humanity and animality. As a result, the traditional epistemological categories of Humanities have been called into question. Indeed, if on the one hand the contribution of scholars such as Jacques Derrida (L'Animal que donc je suis, 2006), Giorgio Agamben (L'Aperto: l'uomo e l'animale, 2002), Cora Diamond (The Realistic Spirit, 1991), and J. M. Coetzee (The lives of Animals, 1999) has allowed to dismiss the conception, typical of the Enlightenment, according to which "animals were mere blank pages onto which human wrote meaning" (Erica Fudge, "The History of Animals", 2009), on the other hand, it has demonstrated a substantial inability to abandon the anthropocentric point of view which has always characterized the discourse on animals.

Hence the need to overcome the traditional tendency to read the animal merely as a symbol, a metaphor or an allegory, whose only purpose is that of representing and negotiating human power relations of race, class, and gender. This new perspective allows the adoption of a critical attitude capable of shortening the ontological distance between the human and the animal, referring to a phenomenological dimension in which the two elements are different, but equally possible, modes of corporeality of a particular form of animality.

The international trans-disciplinary Conference "Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations" intends to give a contribution to this debate by focusing on texts and discursive practices which reveal the epistemological and cultural dynamics structuring the representation of the animal.

The human-animal relationship has always been characterised by a wide net of interactions and exchanges. The aim of the Conference will be to rethink the very nature of humanity through animality - considering all the various meanings that this term can acquire - in order to highlight diversity and to find a new sense of the human and of the animal.

What are the ontological, phenomenological and ethical differences emerging from the comparison of the human with the animal? How does the distinction between humanity and animality change over time and in different cultural contexts? How can we rethink the categories of otherness, agency, embodiment and experience in the human-animal relationship? How are the mechanisms of empathy triggered through the textual representation of the animal? How does the interpretation of a text change when assuming a non-anthropocentric point of view on the representation of the animal? Which linguistics strategies are deployed when speaking of animals and what do they reveal?

Given the strong interdisciplinary character of the reflection on the animal and its representation, the Conference is open to scholars of different disciplines such as Italian, ancient Greek, Latin, and foreign literatures and philology, philosophy, linguistics, history and anthropology, art, cinema and new media.

We invite contributions which study, discuss and promote, among others, the following issues:

* Human-animal relationship
* Animalising the human and humanising the animal
* Animal bodies and human bodies
* Discursive significance of animal metaphors, symbols and tropes - Textual animals
* Animal societies and Human societies
* Animals and visual culture
* Language and animality

The Conference is addressed to PhD students and researchers who have no more than 5 years post-Doctoral experience.

The time limit for each presentation is 20 minutes, followed by discussion. Please submit an abstract of 300 words (title included) in .pdf format by April 15, 2016 to the following address:

All submissions should be written in English or Italian, and be prepared for anonymous review. Name, affiliation, and research field should appear only in the text of the e-mail. All submissions will be acknowledged and acceptance of abstracts will be communicated by June 15, 2016. Contributions in English will be preferred.

The publication of the Conference proceedings is expected.

Organising Committee: Mariaelisa Dimino, Alessia Polatti, Roberta Zanoni.

Scientific Commitee: Giulia Anzanel, Stefano Bazzaco, Francesca Dainese, Francesco Dall'Olio, Damiano De Pieri, Mariaelisa Dimino, Anja Meyer, Damiano Migliorini, Silvia Panicieri, Giulia Pellegrino, Alessia Polatti, Simone Pregnolato, Marco Robecchi, Giacomo Scavello, Tania Triberio, Roberta Zanoni.

For more information you can visit our website: or our Facebook page:

(CFP closed 15 April 2016)


The Sophistic Renaissance: Authors, Texts, Interpretations

Ca' Foscari University, Venice: 26 September, 2016

This International Conference aims at exploring the influence and diffusion of the ancient sophistic traditions in early-modern Europe, fostering an interdisciplinary discussion among scholars and enhancing a new network for a future collaboration across fields. The Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca' Foscari University hosts a growing team of scholars working on early modern philosophy and literature. The conference will investigate the early-modern rebirth of ancient sophists in different linguistic areas, including but not limited to Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, and English, within all genres. Papers will examine ancient sophists' legacy, translations and interpretations of their works, and new forms of sophistry from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The development of sophistry is tightly connected with Skepticism, Platonism, and Aristotelianism, and these traditions, therefore, might be addressed in papers and discussions. The participants will investigate the state-of-the-art and open new paths of research for the future. No conference on the sophistic tradition and its legacy has investigated Renaissance culture and only few, though important, studies have been dedicated to this topic. This conference on the sophistic Renaissance, supported by Katinis' MSC research project at Ca' Foscari University, will contribute to fill the gap in international scholarship and enhance the research in the field. The Conference will be held in the Aula Baratto, one of the historical rooms of Palazzo Ca' Foscari. The papers will be in English, although papers in Italian are acceptable. The proceedings of the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal Philosophical Reading.


Opening Remarks and Introduction: Teodoro Katinis / Luigi Perissinotto

Eric MacPhail (Indiana University Bloomington), Peri Theon: The Renaissance Confronts the Gods

Lodi Nauta (University of Groningen), Humanists on Sophistic Arguments

Leo Catana (University of Copenhagen), Marsilio Ficino's Commentary on Plato's Gorgias

Marco Munarini (University of Padua), Rhetoric's Demiurgy: from Synesius of Cyrene to Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola

Marc van der Poel (Radboud University), The Greek Sophistical Tradition in Rudolph Agricola's De Inventione Dialectica and beyond

Stefano Gulizia (Independent Scholar), Atticismus and Antagonism: Greek Antiquarianism, Scholarly Networks, and the Career of the Sophist Alcidamas in Renaissance Italy

Jorge Ledo (University of Basel), From Wit to Shit. Notes for a (Emotional) Lexicon of Sophistry in the Renaissance

Teodoro Katinis (Ca' Foscari University Venice), Closing Remarks: Enhancing Research on the Sophistic Traditions in the Renaissance

Discussion session: Eugene Afonasin (Novosibirsk University); Christopher Celenza (Johns Hopkins University); Glenn Most (SNS Pisa); Carlo Natali (Ca' Foscari University Venice); Luigi Perissinotto (Ca' Foscari University Venice).


Bernard Williams and the Ancients

University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK: 19-20 September, 2016

The work of Bernard Williams covered an astonishing diversity of topics, but the ancient history, philosophy and literature he studied as an undergraduate at Oxford in the late-1940s remained a touchstone throughout his career. He published extensively on Plato and Aristotle, proving himself both a sensitive expositor of the texts and a provocative critic. Despite his disciplinary affiliation in philosophy, his lifelong engagement with the ancient world extended to other branches of classical studies. From his early reflections on irresolvable dilemmas in Aeschylus ('Ethical Consistency') to his influential Sather Lectures at Berkeley on ideas of agency and responsibility in Homer and the Athenian tragedians (Shame and Necessity) to his late reflections on ideas of historical truth in Herodotus and Thucydides (Truth and Truthfulness), Williams repeatedly demonstrated what he often asserted: that there are innumerable ways in which we today can put the ancients to use.

This conference invites papers that use Williams's reflections on the classical world as invitations to fresh work on the themes that concerned him. These include, but are not restricted to, the ethics, moral psychology and political philosophy of Plato and Aristotle; Greek ideas of philosophical method; ethical ideas in Greek tragedy; the relationship between philosophy and literature; the use of literary texts in philosophy; Nietzsche's reception of Greek thought; contemporary virtue ethics; luck and justice; tragedy and pessimism; Thucydides and political realism; the origins of the idea of historical time in antiquity. Papers are invited from philosophers, philologists, historians, literary scholars, and others in classical studies whose interests intersect with Williams's.

Speakers will present their papers in panels, followed by responses from invited commentators. Papers will be no longer than 20 minutes.

Extended abstracts of 500–600 words may be e-mailed, preferably as PDFs, to Dr Nakul Krishna ( on or before 12 noon on the 1st of April 2016. Scholars submitting abstracts must make it clear in their abstracts how their papers address the conference theme.

Additional information regarding the schedule for the conference and other logistical details will be announced in April 2016. For more information, please write to Dr Sophia Connell (

(CFP closed 1 April 2016)


Reading Rancière Reading the Classics: International interdisciplinary workshop

London (RHUL central London – 11 Bedford Square): Sept. 7-8, 2016

The international workshop ‘Reading Rancière Reading the Classics’ brings together innovative aspects of contemporary philosophy, political thought, democracy, ethics and aesthetics and discussions of ancient politics, literature and art, focused on the extensive use of discussions of antiquity in the prolific and widely influential work of French philosopher Jacques Rancière.

Jacques Rancière is one of the most original voices in recent critical debates. He has offered important reformulations of such categories as “democracy”, “the political”, “equality”, “dissent”, “history” and “the sensible”. His thought has attracted a very wide range of responses in many academic fields, including philosophy, political science, art history and practice, literature, public cultural debates and more. Rancière’s attention to groups that are excluded from public discourse, speech and recognition has led him to rethink political representation, and thence also literary and artistic representation and aesthetics. Rancière is a distinct and unapologetic contemporary thinker, yet central to his work are comprehensive, informed and repeated engagements with classical antiquity, its history, literature and thought: The works of Plato, Aristotle, the Greek and Roman historians and many of the key literary texts of classical antiquity, discussions of Athenian democracy, Roman Imperial history, common soldiers, rebellious leaders and classical literary figures. Rancière traces, reappraises and sometimes radically revises the place of classical antiquity in the genealogy of thought and political practice and provide one of the most important contemporary links between past and present.

Workshop sessions will include introduced discussions of key topics and readings from Rancère’s work:

i. Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy (Minneapolis, MN, 2004):
Chapters 1, ‘The Beginning of Politics’ (pp. 1-20).
Chapter 2, ‘Wrong: Politics and Police’ (pp. 21-42).

ii. The Philosopher and his Poor (Durham, NC, 2004)
Chapter 1 ‘Plato’s Lie’ (pp. 1-56)

iii. Mute Speech: Literature, Critical Theory, and Politics (New York, 2011):
Chapters 4, ‘From the Poetry of the Future to the Poetry of the Past’ (pp. 73-85).
Chapter 6, ‘The Fable of the Letter’ (pp. 93-100).

iv. The Names of History: On the Poetics of Knowledge (Minneapolis, MN, 1994)
Chapter 3, ‘The Excess of Words’ (pp. 24-41)

v. The Future of the Image (London, 2007)
Chapter 5, ‘Are Some Things Unrepresentable?’ (pp. 109-38)

vi. Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics (London, 2010)
Chapter 1, ‘Ten Theses on the Politics’ (pp. 27-44).

Organized by Ellen O’Gorman (Bristol) and Ahuvia Kahane (RHUL).

The workshop is free and open to all. To register, go to


[BOOK] Antipodean Antiquities: Classics 'Down Under'

This new volume to be edited by Marguerite Johnson and published by Bloomsbury aims to produce a collection of articles on the use of the Classical Tradition in Australian and New Zealand literature and screen. Papers should be around 6-8,000 words. Current contributors to the project are Ika Willis, Liz Hale, Anna Jackson and Geoff Miles.
Please contact one of the project members or the editor for more information:
Dr Ika Willis: School of the Arts, English and Media; University of Wollongong
A/Prof Anna Jackson: School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies; Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Geoff Miles: School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies; Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Liz Hale: School of Arts, University of New England
A/Prof Marguerite Johnson: School of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Newcastle

Note: forthcoming 2017: M. Johnson, A. Jackson, I. Willis, G. Miles & E. Hale (eds), Antipodean Antiquities: Classical Reception Down Under (Bloomsbury Press).


Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World XII - Orality & Narration: Performance and Mythic-Ritual Poetics

Crêt-Bérard, Puidoux (Chemin de la Chapelle 19 a, CH – 1070 Puidoux), Switzerland: Sept 1-3, 2016

The Departments of Classics at Lausanne and Basel invite all classicists, historians, and scholars with an interest in oral cultures to participate in the Twelfth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, to take place in Switzerland, at Puidoux near Lausanne, on September 1-3, 2016. The conference will follow the same format as the previous ten conferences, held in Hobart (1994), Durban (1996), Wellington (1998), Columbia, Missouri (2000), Melbourne (2002), Winnipeg (2004), Auckland (2006), Nijmegen (2008), Canberra (2010), Ann Arbor, Michigan (2012), and Atlanta (2014). It is planned that selected refereed proceedings will hopefully once again be published by E. J. Brill as Volume 12 in the Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World series (anticipated for 2018).

Theme: The theme for the conference is “Orality and narration: performance and mythic-ritual poetics”. Papers in response to this theme (see more below) are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world or, for comparative purposes, other areas. Also welcome are papers that engage with the transition from an oral to a literate society, or which consider the topic of reception.

Accommodations: Situated between Vevey and Lausanne in the vineyards above the Lake Geneva (by train at 1h from Geneva Airport), the Centre Crêt-Bérard in Puidoux (canton Vaud, Switzerland) is located in a beautiful landscape and is a very convenient meeting place for conferences. It has a restaurant and many rooms for 1, 2 or 3 persons. We chose this Center for its quality and its very interesting prices. The organizers will offer all the dinners and meals. Travel and room expenses will be charged to the participants (individual room: 100 CHF (Swiss Francs) with WC and shower/ 75 CHF with ; double room (prices for two persons): 160 CHF with WC and shower/ 120 CHF without).

Abstracts: Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by 20 March 2016 via email as Word attachments to Ombretta Cesca, with cc to Anton Bierl and David Bouvier:,, All abstracts will be reviewed by a scientific committee.

More on the Theme: The meeting aims at exploring to what extent different conditions — regarding the context of enunciation, the audience, the medium (oral or written), etc. — define the manner of how a story is told and structured. For example, in a narration executed under the conditions of a ‘composition-in-performance’ (Lord) and in traditional societies, we can expect other features than in literary fictions that highly sophisticated authors compose as literature for a readership of connoisseurs. We can think of what Foley coined ‘traditional referentiality’, when narration in an oral poetics as ‘traditional art’ follows a pars pro toto or metonymic relation: behind and between the signs is a diachronic dimension that opens up the totality of possibilities – alternative narrative routes, different exits and instantiations. Moreover we want to study how myths and rituals as well as the occasion inscribe themselves into the performance of an oral narration. As Nagy pointed out, in ‘small-scale’ and traditional ‘societies’ myth and ritual in interaction and correlation constitute a marked discourse so that we can speak of a ‘mythic-ritual poetics’ (Bierl). The cultic setting or ritual occasion of the performance, moreover, frames not only the heroes’ mythic narration in an idealized past but also the poetic language itself since there is a close interconnection between the conception of the past and the metrical form. Narration can thus be understood as myth, while figures inside the story tend to emphasize their speech-acts through mythic examples. In addition, numerous myths (or stories of the past) come from the infinite web of tradition, and the performer metonymically alludes to and partakes in this mythic galaxy through elliptical forms. Myth shares with traditional narrative the feature of being authorless. Both are also transformed through endless variation and combination with a stable nucleus of motifs. In many traditional narrations we encounter variations of death and rebirth, disappearance and reappearance, search and retrieval, separation and reunion, hiding and epiphanic arrival. On the ritual side, we can highlight the ephebic pattern and initiation motifs, theoxeny, scenarios of the Other, relapses into the primordial or atavistic, new yearand king ritual, agonistic reversals, elements of supplication, lament, marriage, choreia and dancing, feasting, sacrifice, prayer, epiphanies, remnants of solar imagery, burial and hero cult. Socio-political and cultural changes, also on the spatial axis of local to larger entities, act on all these elements so that they can almost disappear behind a new, realistic veil. Yet they remain operable in an implicit fashion through allusions or anticipation. Occasion and the ritual context of a performance may also influence an oral narration, not only its argument, but also its linguistic form and length.

Under written conditions myth and ritual do not cease to inscribe themselves into literature. We believe that myth and ritual are not separated from ancient literature understood as l’art pour l’art but interact with literary texts and their plots. We can extend our questions from traditional and Homeric epics and popular tales to other genres where performed narration is an issue: E.g., how do myth and ritual influence and shape traditional historia, the novel and any other traditional and fictional tales? To what extent are also lyric songs and drama relevant for a study of traditional narration? How can an episode be marked by superimposing certain rituals and myths? Can we talk about a mythopoeia of these tales? Why were the Greeks so pleased to repeat the same myth or episode of their history in so many different ways and forms?

Beyond the core study of Classical literature under these premises, we encourage investigations on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world in general or, for comparative purposes, other areas. Also welcome are papers that engage with the transition from an oral to a literate society, or which consider the topic of reception.

Organisers: David Bouvier ( & Anton Bierl (

(CFP closed March 20, 2016)


[BOOK] Medieval Poetry and Classical Influence: Imitatio, Aemulatio, and Innovatio, 400-1400

"aurea Roma iterum renovata renascitur orbi": Moduin, Ecloga 1.27

Classical images, vocabulary and style proliferate medieval works whether as the basis for the study of Latin language, as a template for a new work, or as an inspiration for a new interpretation of a Classical trope. Distinguishing different processes of reception of the Classical world by medieval poets and observing the operation of such processes helps to ground the understanding of medieval poetry, comprehend the medieval tastes for Classical poetry and culture, and understand consequential choices of conservation. This collection thus seeks proposals on any of area of ‘Imitatio, Aemulatio and Innovatio,’ widely construed, but particularly chapters giving voice to lesser known or obscure works for the benefit of widening their audience amongst scholars and students. Annotated translations as a part of the chapters are also welcome.

Suggested topics may include (but are not limited to):
* Connections and correlation between scriptoria and their works produced
* Links, continuity or intentional breaks between the Classical period and later medieval eras
* Medieval poetry which borrows or adapts Classical forms
* Medieval comparisons of contemporary culture to the Classical world
* Medieval authors who re-shape Classical forms or images for medieval context
* Adaptation of Classical history to medieval purposes
* Stylistic elements and tropes borrowed from or adapted from the Classical world

Proposals of ca 500 words (including footnotes) will describe a 5000-8000 word chapter discussing a medieval poet and one of his/her works as a case study. Proposals on longer works will also be considered, especially if the author plans to include significant or substantial excerpts to support his or her work. Proposals should be sent as a Word file, and should include a brief curriculum vitae and full contact information including mail, email and phone/fax numbers.

Submissions are due by 1 September 2016. Successful contributors will be notified by 1 October 2016.

Proposals should be emailed to both editors under the same cover:

Dr Carey Fleiner ( Senior Lecturer of Classical and Early Medieval History, University of Winchester, UK

A/Prof. Pedro Schmidt ( Assistant Professor of Latin and Latin Literature, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

(CFP closed September 1, 2016)


Where Does it Hurt? Ancient Medicine in Questions and Answers

Leuven, Belgium: 30–31 August 2016

Asking the right questions and obtaining the right answers is vital to modern medical healthcare. It is essential for efficient doctor-patient communication, forming an important component of medical treatment. This was no different in Antiquity. Already the Hippocratic writings give us an idea of which kinds of questions physicians asked in diagnosing their patients, and which answers they received in return (see, e.g., the case histories in the Epidemics). However, one can imagine that patients or, in case of severe illness, their relatives were often incapable of providing an accurate answer to (some of) the doctor’s questions. Galen, for instance, says that certain types of pain are actually felt by patients, but cannot be described by them when asked to (Loc. Aff. 2, 9 [8, 117 Kühn]). As such, a good doctor had to be able not simply to ask the right questions, but also to look for the right answers himself, if necessary.

The use of question-and-answer (Q&A) formulas is widely attested in ancient medical literature. By employing specific interrogative turns in their discourses, medical authors not only sought to provide practical information for proper treatment of patients, but also to amass theoretical insights about the human body and its physiological and pathological processes more generally. They dealt with several types of questions, including questions that sought to locate, define and explain certain illnesses or disorders in the body (“Where does it hurt?”, “What is it that hurts?”, ”Why does it hurt?”). Questions of this kind were common in medical treatises of the Greco-Roman period (they can be found, e.g., in medical manuals, medical papyri and collections of problemata). The popularity of the Q&A format is largely due to the fact that it became well-entrenched in the ancient medical school curriculum. Through its dialogical and interrogative structure, it provided teachers and students with a useful method to question and memorize all types of medical knowledge, both practical and theoretical. Once condensed in a textual form, it was also useful in transferring this knowledge between author and reader.

This conference aims to bring together scholars from the field of medical history and related fields (history of science, [natural] philosophy, theology, literary studies, linguistics, ...) with the goal of examining the role of Q&A in medical literature, from the Hippocratic writers to Late Antiquity and its reception in the Middle Ages. The conference is open to various approaches, and aims to address – but is not restricted to – questions of content (e.g., transfer and transformation of medical knowledge in Q&A style), textuality (e.g., development from orality to written text), context (e.g., socio-intellectual relations between doctor/patient, teacher/student, author/reader), and use (e.g., theoretical contemplation vs. practical application of medical knowledge).

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University)

Please send your abstract (ca. 500 words) and a short bio (ca. 10 lines) by 15 January 2016 [note: CFP extended to 1st February 2016] to Erika Gielen ( and Michiel Meeusen ( Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. In your abstract, please include a clear summary of your argument and an indication of how your paper would contribute to critical reflection on the topic as a whole. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to send in an abstract. The organisers hope, but cannot promise, to be able to offer accommodation to speakers.

(CFP closed 1 Feb 2016)


[BOOK] Digital Literacies for the Ancient World: A Special Issue of Classics@, the CHS Online Journal


Editorial committee: David Bouvier – Claire Clivaz – Paul Dilley – David Hamidović; chief editor: Paul Dilley

Abstract 300 words: June 1st, 2016

Deadline to forward the articles to the editors: August 31st, 2016

This volume of Classics@, an open-access journal of the Center for Hellenic Studies, aims to explore and analyze how the present digital turn enables a renewed theoretical engagement with multimodal ancient literacies. Cultural transmission in Antiquity was primarily oral, supplemented by images and texts. Texts were read by, at most, 10% of the population. Nevertheless, Classicists first employed the term literacy in the singular, according to its 19th-century definition: the ability to read and write texts (Clivaz, 2013). William Harris employed it this way in his milestone Ancient Literacy (1989). But since the 2000s, the plural form has gained currency, notably in Parker and Johnson’s collection of essays, Ancient Literacies (2009), which explores “new essentialist questions, such as what ‘book’ and ‘reading’ signify in antiquity, why literate cultures develop, or why literate cultures matter” (p. 4). The complex notion of “illiteracy” has also enriched our understanding of ancient literacies (Kraus, 2000; Cribiore 2013, p. 66–69).

Since modernity, almost all the tools for studying ancient sources have reflected the logic and standards of singular literacy and its association with the written (and especially printed) word. Now, emerging digital tools and culture have added urgency to the ongoing revision of research on ancient literacy. Contributions are invited on a rich variety of relevant topics, including:

* Multimodal literacies in Antiquity and/or today
* Digital literacies and their connection to ancient literacies
* Digital literacies and their implications for the study of Antiquity
* Digital Pedagogy and teaching Antiquity
* Comparison of orality in Antiquity and contemporary digital culture
* Comparison of textuality in Antiquity and contemporary digital culture
* Metacritical analysis of standard printed tools used for the study of the ancient world.

Submissions on the Ancient Near East, Greece, or Rome (through Late Antiquity) are welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by June 1st, 2016, to Paul Dilley:

Articles should be between 30,000 and 45,000 characters long, including bibliography and footnotes; the deadline for submission is August 31st, 2016. As Classics@ is an open access online publication, authors can link directly to relevant sites, and may update articles after publication.


(Abstract deadline closed 1 June 2016; article deadline closed 31 August 2016)


Stoicism & German Philosophy

University of Miami (Florida, USA): 18-20 August 2016

The study of Hellenistic philosophy has flourished in recent decades, with increasing attention going to the reconstruction of the doctrines and arguments of the ancient Greek and Roman Stoics. Neo-Stoicism has also emerged as a significant player in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness therapies. However, though the situation differs from country to country, on the whole the breadth of continental interpretations has not been well integrated into either the scholarly or the therapeutic mainstream. Our goal is not simply to map how continental authors have received Stoicism, but rather to consider how continental approaches can enrich our understanding of Stoicism's theoretical, ethical, therapeutic and political importance in antiquity and today, and how renewed engagement with Stoic texts and scholarship can enrich continental philosophy.

From August 18-20 2016 we will hold the second workshop of the international research network, Continental Stoicisms: Beyond Reason and Wellbeing. This workshop will focus on the German tradition since Wilhelm Dilthey, which we take to include not only Germanophone philosophers in Europe (e.g. Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Husserl, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Hans Blumenberg, Peter Sloterdijk), but also émigrés and philosophers in other countries working in the same broad tradition (e.g. Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, Hans Jonas). Furthermore, we draw no firm distinction between scholarship and philosophy, so that scholarly work on Stoicism by (e.g.) Franz Brentano, Ludwig Stein, Günter Abel, or Max Pohlenz could also be relevant. However, we are not interested in papers that focus on the historical correctness of interpretations. Rather, our focus is on exploring how dialogue between these traditions can be poetically and philosophically interesting.

The venue will be the University of Miami (Florida, USA). We invite abstracts of no more than 400 words for papers of 40 minutes delivery time, which should be emailed to Kurt Lampe at by Sunday March 13th 2016 (NOTE: new deadline April 1). You may direct any questions about the suitability of topics to the same address. Submissions from graduate students are most certainly welcome.

Through the generosity of the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom, we are able to offer financial assistance to any speakers who do not have travel budgets at their own institutions.

(CFP closed 1 April, 2016)


Reconciling Ancient and Modern Philosophies of History and Historiography

Senate House, London: 18-19 August 2016

Conference Organiser: Aaron Turner (Royal Holloway, University of London).

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Dr. Katherine Clarke (Oxford) - Prof. Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg) - Prof. Neville Morley (Bristol) - Prof. Aviezer Tucker (Harvard)

Classical scholarship and methods were prominent in the early development of the modern philosophies of history and historiography. Giambattista Vico, whose scholarly output is littered with classical analysis, is now generally considered as one of the progenitors of modern anthropology and philology. Leopold Ranke, widely regarded as the father of modern scientific historiography, presented himself as profoundly influenced by Thucydides. The historical philosophies of Wolf, Hegel, Weber, Croce, Nietzsche, and Collingwood were similarly influenced, at least partially, by the classical corpus of historical texts and by trends in classical studies including textual criticism and later archaeology. The philosopies of history and historiography consequently conceptualised and sometimes formalised the traditional epistemological problems of evidence, interpretation and explanation, causation, realism, and narrative. This conference aims to reconcile ancient ideas concerning the interpretation and explanation of the past and the methods and theories of classical studies with the modern philosophies of history and historiography.

The theme of the conference is based on two fundamental questions:

* How can modern approaches, methodologies, hypotheses, and theories in the philosophies of history and historiography inform our analyses of ancient historiography?

* Are ancient historical writers still relevant in the modern discourse of the philosophies of history and historiography? Can they contribute to ongoing debates regarding the interpretation and explanation of past events and the production and presentation of historical knowledge?

Scholars of all disciplines are invited to contribute papers that engage with the above questions and provoke fruitful and edifying interdisciplinary discussion. Some possible topics for discussion include, but are not by any means limited to:

* To what extent do ancient historians produce generalisations in their explanations of historical events? Are they nomic or simply analytic? How do ancient historical writers differentiate between the universal and the particular, between types and tokens?

* What do the criteria for selecting historical evidence reveal about the ancient and modern historian's ideological or theoretical understanding of historical processes? How is meaning constructed/imposed/interpreted?

* How can the analysis of counterfactuals within ancient historical narrative improve our understanding of the ancient philosophy of historiography? How does such analysis contribute to the current discourse on counterfactuals in historiographical explanatory models?

* What do ancient ideas of causation and contemporary historiography of the classical world offer modern philosophers of historiography in terms of their methodological approach (for example, unificationism vs. exceptionalism; eliminativism; primitivism)?

* To what extent did ancient historians consider past events to be determinate/indeterminate? How can we relate such models to the existing debate regarding historical necessity and contingency?

* How was the autonomy of human agency conceived in ancient historical explanations? Can arguments be made for or against methodological individualism/methodological holism in ancient historiography?

* How do ancient writers theorise the function of narrative in their production of historical explanations?

Scholars of all disciplines are invited to contribute papers of 30 minutes with 10 minutes of discussion to follow. Abstracts between 350-500 words may be sent to The deadline for abstract submission is March 18th. Notifications will be sent out by mid-April.

(CFP closed March 18, 2016)


Ain't Love Grand: Romance Writers' of Australia & Flinders University Love and Romance Conference

Stamford Grand Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia: August 18-21, 2016

Flinders University is partnering with the Romance Writers of Australia to deliver two peer-reviewed academic streams at the Romance Writers of Australia national conference in August 2016. One stream will be focussed on Historical Representations of Love; the second will be for Popular Romance Studies. The Love Research Cluster for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Studies are partners for these streams and we aim to bring together a diverse and dynamic community of researchers on love and romance.

Love is central in the personal, social, and political construction of how we understand, organise, categorise, and measure our relationships. For historians, cultural theorists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and literary scholars it is not possible to understand our areas without some understanding of the role of love. For Romance writers, it is the centre of their narratives. This is an increasingly reciprocal relationship. Writers use the work of scholars to give their work immediacy and accuracy, while scholars use popular depictions to explain cultural difference or illustrate cultural paradigms both in their work and their teaching. This conference aims to bring together those who create representations of love, sex, and romance with those who study them through its transdisciplinary academic stream, 'Historical Representations of Love' and its popular romance specific stream 'Popular Romance Studies'.

Keynote Speakers at the conference will be:
* Professor Catherine Roach (New College, University of Alabama)
* Professor Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne)
* Dr Danijela Kambaskovic (University of Western Australia)

The call for papers is welcome on but not limited to the following:
* Affect
* Representations of women and sexuality
* Historical representations of love, romance, and lust
* The history of emotions
* The philosophy of love, romance, lust
* Constructions and/or representations of marriage
* Gender and power dynamics
* Men and masculinity and love, romance, lust
* LGBTQI and love, romance, lust
* Gender fluidity and love, romance, lust
* The psychology of love, romance, lust
* History and philosophy of legal perspectives on rape and/or marriage
* Medievalism and emotion
* The reception of depictions of love and/or lust in Pre-Modern texts

Deadline for Submission of Papers is Monday 29 February, 2016. Send to:

For further information please contact: Dr Amy Matthews ( and Dr Erin Sebo (


(CFP closed 29 Feb 2016)


[Workshop] Playing with History: Games, Antiquity and History

Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) and the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG) First Joint International Conference
Abertay Univerity, Dundee, Scotland: 1-6 August 2016

Games have often found inspiration from ancient times to contemporary history. Popular game series such as the Creative Assembly’s Total War or Sid Meier’s Civilisation have provided entertaining alternative simulations to established historical narratives. Playing with the past and connecting it to the present provides a greater understanding and arguably appreciation, of the human condition.

Despite the potential for games to deliver visualisations of and interactions with historical events, the uptake and use of games, game design and technology as a research or teaching tool by historians and educators has been relatively slow. In part this is due to the established pedagogical methods of studying history as a discipline, combined with the lack of digital skills of subject experts and the perceived complexity of the technology.

Games have also often garnered a reputation for playing too loosely with historical fact and arguably the most popular game genres have relied heavily on violence both as a core mechanic and for the bulk of content, and this creates a limitation on how games can be deployed in the classroom. However, we are at a point where as the digital skills of researchers have increased, the technical barriers to game technology have been lowered, and when combined with the increasing digitisation of research and archive material, games are not just an increasingly an important tool for visualising data and disseminating research, but are also a vital element in allowing people to play with different and challenging historical narratives and in constructing popular understandings of the past.

The workshop aims to discuss relevant theories, perspectives and techniques that can be used to better understand how game designs and history can interact with each other and how games can be used, and played with, to influence players’ perceptions and understanding of historical narratives. A wide range of questions can be explored:

* How do videogames represent particular pasts?
* What opportunities and pressures does the game form introduce to historical representation?
* How do researchers, academics, developers and the media (including the gaming press) view historical content within games?
* How well do these perceptions reflect the players’ understanding of historical game content?
* Is there a discrepancy between the players’ perceptions of historical content and established historical narratives?
* Does the setting, establishment and accuracy of historical content in games disrupt immersion or player’s gameplay?
* How much should historical games encourage playing with historical outcomes? Does the playfulness of the medium challenge the boundaries of how to teach and study history? How does gaming subvert dominant narratives (gender, race, colonial theory, etc.)?
* How does the increasing availability of advanced technology (Smartphone, VR, Wearables, 3D printing, Motion Controls) affect how we use games with history?

The workshop is intended to explore new ideas and directions, submission of incomplete and in-progress results are encouraged. This workshop therefore seeks submissions that:

* Explore the nature of games as a form for historical representation.
* Explore the audience reception of historical games.
* Explore how interdisciplinary approaches and practices can enhance the study of game design, historical research, and critical theory.
* Analyse established digital practices in historical research together with n
ew and emergent practices in game design and technology for enhancing historical narratives. * Identify games, game design techniques and game technology that can be used by historians and educators to stimulate audiences and encourage wider discussion of historical narratives.
* Develop games that encourage interaction with history (e.g. interactive Documentary) or foster audiences playing with narratives.
* Demonstrate how game design approaches (such as paper craft, physical prototyping and game jams) can be applied to improve and challenge historical research and established narratives.

The organisers are keen that games academics and scholars together with historians, archaeologists, classics and other related disciplines are represented. Research or development experiences from the games industry are also encouraged but not necessary.

Submission Details

The workshop takes place on 1 August 2016 at DiGRA/FDG 2016, August 1st-6th at Abertay University (

Important dates:
* Paper submission: 25 April, 2016
* Notification to authors: 23 May, 2016
* Camera Ready: 27 Jun 2016

Workshop organization:

Paper submission: The research paper program will consist of short papers (4 pages) and full papers (8 pages) selected via a peer-review process. Since the workshop is intended to explore new ideas and directions, submission of incomplete and in-process results are encouraged.

Demonstrations: We are also inviting demonstrations of historical games or games that play with history. Game demonstrations should be submitted with an accompanying 1-2 page abstract describing the game and its research purpose.

Papers should be formatted using the DiGRA/FDG template.

Papers can be submitted using this EasyChair link.

The workshop will be separated into two sessions. Each session will consist of individual presentations, selected on the paper submissions and grouped thematically. Plenary discussions contextualizing the perspectives presented will occur in each session.

Presentations and discussions from the workshop will form the background for a Call for Papers for a research seminar and future anthology on the topic.

* Iain Donald, Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland, UK
* Adam Chapman, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
* Anna Foka, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
* Andrew Elliott, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
* Robert Houghton, University of Winchester, Winchester, UK

Contact: For more information, contact Dr Iain Donald at


(CFP closed 25 April 2016)


Algernon Swinburne's Poems and Ballads: 150th Anniversary Conference

St John's College, Cambridge: 29-30 July 2016

William Michael Rossetti writes in his defence of Swinburne's Poems and Ballads that 'If Shelley is "the poet for poets", Swinburne might not unaptly be termed "the poet for poetic students"'.

A century and a half later, Swinburne's poetry continues to prove divisive for readers. While few fail to recognise Swinburne's technical achievement, technique remains a central area of controversy: students of poetry continue to wrestle with the status of Swinburne as the 'prosodist magician'.

This conference proposes further consideration of Swinburne's achievement. By focusing on his most notorious work, we aim to foster new ways of thinking about the significance of this collection to the development of English poetry during a period of staggering metrical experimentation. It is for this reason that we are soliciting papers which look first and foremost to questions of form, style, genre, and technique.

Possible guiding questions for papers include, but are not limited to, the following:

* How stable are the conventions of genre (the link between lyric and subjectivity, for example, or between epic and empire) over time?
* What can renewed attention to Poems and Ballads teach us about Swinburne's apprenticeship to poets such as Sappho, Catullus, Baudelaire, Shelley, and the troubadours, and his interest in medieval forms?
* How did Poems and Ballads influence subsequent generations of poets as diverse as Hardy and Hopkins, Yeats and the Rhymers' Club, H.D. and Eliot, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Dylan Thomas?
* In what sense might Poems and Ballads present a 'crisis' in the lyric mode?
* How far can Poems and Ballads be considered a test-case for the existence of the 'Pre-Raphaelite' poem?
* How do the poetic techniques of Poems and Ballads engage questions of religion and theology, secularity and anti-theism?
* What can we learn about form and genre from the discussions of Poems and Ballads in the period, by both canonical critics and the popular press?
* What is the significance of imitation and translation for the forms, genres, and metres of Poems and Ballads and subsequent responses to it?
* What influence did parallel developments of poetic genre in other European countries have on Poems and Ballads?
* What is the significance of this collection for fin de siècle, modernist, feminist or queer receptions?
* What is the function of poetic translation in Swinburne's 1866 poems?
* Are there unique formal features of erotic poetry (that of Swinburne, for example) that suggest a challenge to social norms?

We hope that the conference will bring together established scholars, early career researchers, and graduate students working on or in relation to Swinburne. Attendance by graduate students will be encouraged by means of a reduced fee.

Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to:

Proposals should be received no later than 29th February 2016. Please attach abstracts in a separate .doc or .pdf file, without name or affiliation. You are welcome to include a brief biographical note in the body of your email.

Conference webpage:

(CFP closed 29 Feb 2016)


Revolutions and Classics

University College London: 22 July 2016

'Revolutions and Classics': a one-day workshop at University College London, Friday July 22nd 2016.

Researchers in classical reception are increasingly intrigued by the political significances of antiquity for subsequent cultures and societies: the field has been energised by the recent publication of Classics and Communism (2013) and Greek and Roman Classics in the British Struggle for Social Reform (2015).

'Revolutions and Classics' examines the manner in which classical texts and artefacts have been deployed in societies undergoing rapid and radical social change. This one-day workshop aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion of intersections between classics and revolutions; substantial time will also be given to discussion of teaching across classical reception, classics, and politics.

The workshop is hosted by The Classical Reception Studies Network and the Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network, with the support of the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL, and the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. In line with the aims of the Classical Receptions Studies Network, the day is designed to be especially useful for doctoral researchers and early career academics.

Confirmed speakers include Rosa Andújar (UCL), Carol Atack (Warwick), Emma Cole (Bristol), Nicholas Cole (Oxford), Susan Deacy (Roehampton), Benjamin Gray (Edinburgh), Adam Lecznar (Bristol), Jo Paul (Open), Sanja Petrovic and Rosa Mucignat (KCL), and Luke Richardson (UCL).

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Interested participants should register via Eventbrite:

Should you have any questions, please contact the organisers: Barbara Goff, University of Reading ( and Rosa Andújar, UCL (

The organisers are very grateful to the A. G. Leventis Fund at UCL for their generous support, as well as the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies.


Ecstatic Ancient/Archaic Thought and Analytical Psychology: An Inquiry

Freud Museum, London: July 15-16, 2016

In 2014 at a conference at the University of Leuven organized by the Faculty of Arts entitled 'Psychology and the Classics: A Dialogue of Disciplines,' speakers presented papers arguing that ancient thinkers, especially among the Greeks and Romans, recognized a human interior that likely pointed to an understanding of the unconscious among the ancients, although that understanding was articulated in ways unfamiliar to modern psychology. This point of view conventionally runs counter to many contemporary assumptions about ancient thought based on the notion that knowledge of an interior world and and unconscious is based on a specific way of articulating that knowledge.

In the course of examining this question presentations attempted to bring ancient texts and ideas into conformity with 21st Century psychology, arguing, for example, that the ideas of the Stoics regarding mental health correlate with contemporary ideas about cognitive behavioral therapy (Christopher Gill, University of Exeter).

Indeed, we are all aware that the idea of a “talking cure” appears as early as Homer, and was alluded to in the Hippocratic canon. Disparaging as he was of emotive rhetoric, Plato felt ‘divine frenzy’ was emblematic of expressive human creativity, and Aristotle’s “Problems” discussed personality in ways that Freudian and Jungian psychology would find familiar.

Crossing these disciplinary lines is only one hurdle in trying to focus on the theme of ancient thought and analytical psychology (whether of ancient Greek, Roman, African or Asian origin). Non-human interiors are spoken of in ‘Aesop’s Fables’ too, and certainly gestures of communication emanate from an ‘inside’ that rhetoricians have traditionally tracked.

The other hurdle is that psychoanalysis, from Freud to Lacan and Kohut, is the mainstay of such disciplinary discussion. Jung is typically only mentioned by speakers in myth or media studies, but not much by classicists. We hope there will be more representation of his work: Jung would have been stunned to learn that he was left out; as a close reader of Plato and Cicero, Jung was convinced of their importance to him regardless of whether he was in agreement with prevailing interpretations of their work or not.

Speakers committed to present papers include (alphabetically) Dr Emannuela Bakola (Warwick), Professor Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow), Professor Alan Cardew (University of Essex), Dr Terence Dawson (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Dr Raya Jones (Cardiff University), Professor Richard Seaford (University of Essex) and Mark Saban (University of Essex).

Additional papers are welcome that would run for 15-20 minutes plus discussion and that approach the theme of ancient thought and analytical psychology in the broadest terms. We would also welcome additional discussion from Lacanian and Freudian perspectives. The overall theme will be the interior dynamics of healing in ancient thought and modern psychology toward achieving the goal of individuation and wholeness.

The deadline for submitting a brief description (5 to 6 sentences) of a proposed presentation is March 15, 2016. Please also provide a brief note on your personal background and disciplinary base. Speakers selected will be notified by 1 May. We will convene at the Freud Museum in north London (


(CFP closed 15 March 2016)


Plotinus and Film Studies: A One-Day Symposium

The American College of Greece (Athens): Friday, July 15, 2016

The symposium revolves around the publication of the forthcoming book Plotinus and the Moving Image: Neoplatonism and Film Studies (Brill 2017), edited by Thorsten Botz-Bornstein and Giannis Stamatellos, and contains essays by international scholars. The contributors to the book as well as other experts associated with the project will animate the symposium. The main topic is whether Neoplatonic philosophy can be used for film studies by considering concepts such as contemplation, image, grace, time, human freedom, and the self.


Registration and Opening

9:00–9:30 Welcome Remarks: Patrick Quinn, Dean of the Liberal Arts Department at The American College of Greece

Paper Presentations

9:30–10:00 Thorsten Botz-Bornstein “Cut Away Excess and Straighten the Crooked:” The Simplicity of Contemplative Cinema in the Light of Plotinus’ Philosophy

10:00–10:30 Tony Partridge Is the Universe a Work of Art that We Can Perceive in a Film?

10:30–11:00 Coffee Break

11:00–12:00 Giannis Stamatellos Beyond the Moving Images: A Plotinian Reading of The Truman Show

12:00–12:30 Panayiota Vassilopoulou Images of a Moving Self: Plotinus and Bruce Nauman

12:30–13:00 Discussion

13:00–14:00 Refreshments

Art Performance

14.30-15.30 at the ACG – Art Gallery

​Steve Boyland | MYTHOS A Ritual for Improvised Voice



The Reception of Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche from 1600 to Today

An international conference at the University of Leeds, 13th - 15th July 2016

Apuleius' tale of Cupid and Psyche has been popular since it was first written in the second century AD as part of his novel Metamorphoses or the Golden Ass. This story of the love between the mortal princess Psyche (or "Soul") and the god of Love, their secret meetings, separation and final union in eternal love and marriage has fascinated readers as early as Fulgentius and as recent as Emily C.A. Snyder, readers who themselves produced their own responses to and versions of the story. Often treated as a standalone text, Cupid and Psyche has given rise to treatments as diverse as plays, masques, operas, poems, sculptures, paintings and novels, with a huge range of diverse approaches to the text. The early reception of the novel as a whole has been treated in depth by Robert H.F. Carver: The Protean Ass: The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Oxford 2007 and Julia Haig Gaisser: The Fortunes of Apuleius and The Golden Ass: A Study in Transmission and Reception. Princeton 2008, but both volumes cover only up to the seventeenth century. During the last 400 years, however, the reception of Cupid and Psyche has blossomed in rich and ever varied responses throughout the Western world.

This conference proposes to bring together international scholars from various disciplines to study the reception of Apuleius' story ofCupid and Psyche in all its incarnations during the last 400 years, and to encourage interactions between diverse subjects to understand more deeply the historic and continuing impact of Cupid and Psyche on Western fine art and literature.

Topics for papers might include:
* Genres of reception (e.g. drama, poetry, kinds of art)
* Use of C&P in political discourse
* Influences of contemporary religious or philosophical movements on reception of C&P
* Case-studies on specific works of art or literature * Country- or language specific reception
* C&P as children's literature or protreptic text

Invited speakers include: Robert Carver, Julia Haig Gaisser, Lucia Pasetti and Christiane Reitz.

The organisers welcome proposals from a wide range of disciplines, including classics, modern languages, art history, history, musicology and others. A selection of papers delivered at the conference will be published in an edited volume.

Conference papers will be 30 minutes, with 15 minutes for discussion.

Organisers: Regine May, University of Leeds ( & Stephen Harrison, Corpus Christi College Oxford (

Please send proposals for papers (300 words) by December 31st 2015 to Regine May (

(CFP closed 31 Dec 2015)

Website: Twitter: @Apuleius16.


Andreadakis, Zacharias (Michigan): Kierkegaard as a Reader of Apuleius

Benson, Geoffrey (Colgate University): Psyche the Psychotic: Cupid and Psyche in Franz Riklin's Wunscherfüllung und Symbolik im Märchen

Carver, Robert (Durham): The Platonic Ass: Thomas Taylor's Cupid and Psyche in Context (1795-1822)

Cueva, Edmund (University of Houston-Downtown): Apuleius' Graphic Novel: the Comics and Cupid and Psyche

Drews, Friedemann (Muenster): Cupid & Psyche in C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces: a Christian-Platonic metamorphosis

Gaisser, Julia Haig (Bryn Mawr): Eudora Welty's The Robber Bridegroom: Cupid and Psyche on the Natchez Trace

Harrison, Stephen (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): Apuleius at the court of Louis XIV: Lully and Molière

James, Paula (Open University): Looking back and forward with Apuleius: Why Cupid and Psyche keep moving from the simple to the complex

Kirkman, C.R. (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa): Venus reimagined: the reception of Apuleius' Venus from Cupid and Psyche as C.S. Lewis' Orual in Till We Have Faces

Leidl, Christoph (Heidelberg): Between Symbolism and Popular Culture: Cupid and Psyche in Fin de Siècle Book Illustration

Maurice, Lisa (Bar-Ilan University): Cupid and Psyche for Children

May, Regine (Leeds): Keats's Ode to Psyche: Poetry and Inspiration

Müller, Hendrik (independent scholar): Cupid and Psyche on stage in the 21st century

O'Brien, Maeve (Maynooth): Classical Themes in Irish Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century

Panayotakis, Stelios (Crete): Operatic adaptations of Cupid and Psyche

Paschalis, Michael (Crete): Walter Scott's Kenilworth and the story of Cupid and Psyche

Pasetti, Lucia (Bologna): "In the calm whirlpool of the void". Psyche in Italian literature between XIX and XX centuries

Prettejohn, Elizabeth (York) and Charles Martindale (York & Bristol): Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche: Narrative, Reception, Aestheticism in 19th-Century Britain (Pater, Morris, Burne-Jones)

Provencal, Vernon (Beveridge Arts Centre, Wolfville, Canada): 'The heart in conflict with itself': Faulkner's humanistic reception of Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche in The Reivers

Ragno, Tiziana (University of Foggia): Del soffrir degli affanni è dolce il fine: Ancient Myth and Comic Drama in G.F. Fusconi (with G.F. Loredano and P. Michiel) for F. Cavalli, Amore innamorato (1642)

Ranger, Holly (Birmingham): 'I have tried to be blind in love': Sylvia Plath's House of Eros

Reitz, Christiane (Rostock): Apuleius and Interior Decoration: Cupid and Psyche on a French Wallpaper

Ruggeri, Luca (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa): Robert Bridge's Eros & Psyche and Its Models

Schultze, Clemence (Durham): Gothic allegory and feminist critique: Cupid and Psyche in the novels of Charlotte M. Yonge and Sylvia Townsend Warner

Scippacercola, Nadia (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy) & Rosanna Scippacercola (Art Scholar and Tour Guide, Rome): Psyche and Beauty in Paintings from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day

Siegel, Janice (Hampden-Sydney, Virginia USA): Undertones of Cupid and Psyche in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth

Simard, Jared (CUNY): Psyche in the Salon: French Interior Decoration in the 18th Century

Trzcionkowski, Lech (Jagiellonian University, Cracow): The Background Radiation of the Tale. Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche in the Gardzienice performance Metamorphosis, or The Golden Ass.


[Workshop] What's Not New in the New Europe: Ancient Answers to Modern Questions

The 15th International Conference of The International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI): What's New in the New Europe? Redefining Culture, Politics, Identity

Lodz, Poland: 11-15 July 2016

The political, social, and economic challenges Europe faces today appear to many people as utterly new and unprecedented, but most of them had their parallels in the ancient world. Throughout antiquity, members of Greek states and communities were confronted with numerous threats to their life and livelihood, and felt the need to defend the social and political entities that defined them. They lived in a world of constant economic crises, wars, destruction of entire cities, immigration, and social instability. The remedies for these pressing issues and their causes were the subject of public deliberation and theoretical reflection, constantly in search for a more stable and viable political order.

Instead of simply idealising the 'wisdom of the Greeks', this workshop seeks to identify those of the ancient experiences that can be fruitfully compared with the challenges lying ahead of modern Europe, along with their causes and proposed solutions. How, then, did the Greeks confront their own crises? Given their political assumptions and realities, how would they have dealt with the 'European experience' today, and would their solutions be acceptable to us? Is there anything in particular in their answers that may now be followed or, to the contrary, avoided?

Scholars are invited to submit proposals on topics relating to the ancient Greek states and communities from the archaic to the pre-Byzantine period, with a particular focus on their practical, ideological, and philosophical response to crisis and change. These may include:
* shifts in political power and the threat of losing political autonomy;
* economic and humanitarian crises, immigration, and regional instability;
* alliances, peace treaties, and interstate agreements;
* social, political, and legal innovation, changes in status of individuals and groups;
* regime change and coups d'état;
* the effects of (civil) wars, social conflicts, and large-scale enslavement;
* the threat of annihilation.

Panellists are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to linking the past to the present in line with the general theme of the conference. The workshop is open to scholars of all disciplines who can provide in-depth readings of ancient history, politics, and/or the primary sources.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a tentative list of references and main sources by 31 March 2016 to Jakub Filonik, at

Workshop website:
Conference website:

(CFP closed 31 March, 2016)


[Workshop] Homer and Ancient Greek Drama, or Why Are Actions More Reliable Than Words?

The 15th International Conference of The International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI): What's New in the New Europe? Redefining Culture, Politics, Identity

Lodz, Poland: 11-15 July 2016

For directors, performers and audiences ancient Greek drama provides a compressed narrative of the Western understanding of human existence over the course of nearly three millennia. It allows contemporary audiences to rediscover the Homeric heritage through the gratitude and amazement experienced and recorded by Athens' democratic polis. The performances of Reinhardt, Rondiris, Stein, Suzuki and many others since the 1920s demonstrate that these qualities can be cultivated to provide a bulwark against the postmodern relativism that many theatre-makers rightly view as undermining their ability to "project the theatrical, philosophical, social and aesthetic issues of the play as seen with the eyes of the time in which the production is attempted" (Spiros Evangelatos, To Vima, 2 July 1972). "The gods have not withdrawn or abandoned us," as Karolos Koun stated some 35 years ago, "We have kicked them out." That we have lost the sense of being in the world, which the Greeks found so natural, should therefore not hinder directors from depicting contemporary society as capable of self-transformation as our ancient ancestors depicted it. It is this question of how to regain "the call of the gods" that has informed and shaped Greek and Cypriot productions of classical Greek drama since the 1970s.

Achilles' speech in Hades—like all the poetry Plato wanted to expunge from his ideal republic—is a key to understanding that "Homer's heroes, like the rest of us, had a great deal of trouble with suffering and evil, those things that make the meaning of life problematic" (Dietrich Ebener). They also had trouble with alienation—or how else should we understand Odysseus?—"the charismatic man who can find his way anywhere but is nowhere at home is a prototype of modern ambivalence—down to the love for his wife that coexists with the enjoyment of other erotic attachments too deep to be called flings" (Jannis Ritsos).

Workshop presentations should seek to illuminate how performing ancient dramatic actions challenges us with questions of heroism, destiny, love, politics, tragedy, science, virtue, and thought itself.

An interdisciplinary workshop for theatre makers, scholars and beyond. Please send brief abstracts by 1 March 2016 to Prof. Heinz-Uwe Haus, at

Workshop website:
Conference website:

(CFP closed March 1 2016)


Remaking ancient Greek and Roman myths in the twenty-first century

The Open University in London (1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden, London NW1 8NP): 7th July, 2016.

Offers of papers are invited for a one-day colloquium on the theme of Remaking ancient Greek and Roman myths in the twenty-first century.

The recent upsurge in revivals of classical myth on the stage – with UK theatres currently programming adaptations of both Greek tragedy and the Homeric epics on an unprecedented scale – is mirrored in other artistic media ranging from the visual arts to contemporary poetry and fiction as well as television and film. This one-day colloquium aims to foster conversation between academics and practitioners working on contemporary versions of the ancient myths in order to examine some of the issues encountered by both scholars of classical reception and those whose creative works they study. How might we account for the ongoing appeal of ancient myths for artists/writers and their audiences? In what ways are retellings of ancient myths shaped by the new contexts or media within which they are produced? Whilst myth is by its nature pliable, are there any limits to the flexibility which creative practitioners have in adapting the ancient tales for a twenty-first century audience? We also hope to consider the ways in which audience engagement with retellings of mythical narratives can foster wider interest in the classical world.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers are invited; we would also welcome proposals for presentations in formats other than lecture-style delivery (e.g. performance pieces from practitioners or ‘in conversation’ sessions).

Confirmed speakers: Emma Cole (Bristol); Lorna Hardwick (Open University); Laura Martin-Simpson (Blazon Theatre); Justine McConnell (Oxford); Henry Stead (Open University).

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to Emma Bridges at the Open University ( by Monday 18th April 2016.


(CFP closed 18 April 2016)


Kant and the Stoics: St Andrews Kant Reading Party 9

Burn House, Edzell (Scotland): July 4-6, 2016

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 9th edition of the St Andrews Kant Reading Party, which will take place between the 4th and the 6th of July 2016 at the Burn House in Edzell ( The title of this year’s edition is ‘Kant and the Stoics’, and the focus will be on practical philosophy.

Questions about the two philosophies abound already if each is considered in its own right; and even if one grants a certain degree of diachronic coherence to Kant’s theory, and assume a simplified version of Stoicism, determining the philosophical relations between the two remains a multi-faceted and complex task. Kant’s own reception of Stoicism involves both acknowledgment of its merits and attempts at distancing himself from it. This is further complicated by the fact that Kant rarely discussed specific passages from Stoic texts, and that his knowledge of Stoicism is thought to have come mainly from reading Roman Stoics (Cicero and Seneca).

This year, there will be up to five discussion sessions (all the relevant texts will be made available in English) and up to four paper sessions (see CFA below). In addition to these, we will also hold an informal 'Kant in Progress' workshop on the 7th of July at the St Andrews Philosophy department (a separate CFA will be circulated in due course).

Fees: The participation fee is 120 GBP for staff members and 65 GBP for students. Students invited to give papers will be reimbursed the entire participation fee. The fees cover transportation from St Andrews to the Burn House and back, as well as accommodation and full board.

Registration: The number of participants is limited to 25, and the deadline for registration is the 2nd of May. To secure your place, please register here (or go to → Product Catalogue → Schools → Philosophy → Trips → Kant Reading Party 2016) and e-mail a short, informal application to Stefano Lo Re ( To be put on the waiting list, please only send the application.

Call for abstracts: Students are invited to send anonymised abstracts of no longer than 750 words and a separate cover sheet including name, position, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address to Lucas Sierra ( by the 31st of May [extended deadline]. Abstracts will be selected by blind review.

Papers should be suitable for a presentation of approximately 40 minutes. Preference will be given to abstracts on both Kant’s and Stoic practical philosophy that have a historiographical and/or comparative approach (or at least makes substantial references to both practical philosophies), and strong preference will be given to abstracts addressing topics from the following list: the nature of moral value; living in accordance with nature (κατὰ φύσιν ζῆν) and the universal-law-of-nature formulation of the Categorical Imperative; virtue and virtues; the highest good and the sensuous side of human nature; teleological reasoning in ethics and meta-ethics; moral psychology and practical reasoning; free will, determinism and moral responsibility; moral expertise (the figure of the sage, ­ὁ σοφός); sympathy and compassion; the moral status of suicide.

Please, do not hesitate to contact Stefano Lo Re ( if you have any questions.

The organisers: Stefano Lo Re, Pärttyli Rinne, Professor Jens Timmermann

The Kant Reading Party is made possible by the support of the Scots Philosophical Association and the St Andrews Philosophy Department.


(CFP closed 31 May 2016)


Celts, Romans, Britons: Classical and Celtic Influence in Britain, 55 BC - 2016 AD

Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford: 2 July, 2016

This interdisciplinary conference will investigate the profound influence of Celtic and Classical heritage on the development of British historical identity. A series of chronologically arranged panels will attempt to trace the respective importance of Ancient Britons and Romans in British culture over the centuries, from the pre-Roman period to the present day. Speakers specializing in a wide range of different subjects, from ancient archaeology to 20th century literature, will discuss the ways in which these two cultures have been appropriated, rejected, combined, and contrasted by different generations of Britons. Were they seen as opposing poles of savagery and civilization, or did they embody competing ideals of Britishness? Did they at any time lose relevance, and what is their status in British culture today? Despite the obvious ways in which this subject would benefit from a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, there has thus far been only limited dialogue between specialisms in this area. Our day-conference seeks to address this problem, hoping to foster a genuinely diverse and multi-faceted discussion of this aspect of British historical identity.


10:00 – Registration + Coffee.
10:30 – Introduction by the organisers.

Session 1: Chaired by Prof. Thomas Charles-Edwards (Oxford)

10.40 – Prof. Barry Cunliffe (Oxford).
Pre-Roman Britain: “Celtic from the West.”

11:10 – Dr. Alex Woolf (St. Andrews).
Early Medieval Period: “The Ethnogenesis of the Britons: a Late Antique story.”

11:40 – Prof. Helen Fulton (Bristol).
Late Medieval Period: “Origins and Introductions: Troy and Britain in Late-Medieval Writing.”

12:10 – Questions and Discussion

12:40 – Lunch

Session 2: Chaired by Rhys Kaminski-Jones (University of Wales)

13:40 – Prof. Ceri Davies (Swansea).
Sixteenth Century: “Meeting the classical challenge: Sir John Prise and defending the British History.”

14:10 – Prof. Philip Schwyzer (Exeter).
Seventeenth Century: “The Politics of British Antiquity in the Stuart Era.”

14:40 – Dr. Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales).
Eighteenth Century: “Celts and Romans on Tour: Visions of Early Britain in C18th travel literature.”

15:10 – Questions and Discussion

15:40 – Coffee

Session 3: Chaired by Dr. Nick Lowe (RHUL)

16:00 – Prof. Rosemary Sweet (Leicester).
Nineteenth Century: “Antiquaries and the Romanized Briton.”

16:30 – Dr. Philip Burton (Birmingham).
Twentieth Century: “Looking for Celts and Romans in Middle-earth.”

17:00 – Prof. Richard Hingley (Durham).
Twenty-first Century: “Hadrian’s Wall and the unity of the nation: putting monumentality to use in thoughts about Scottish and English identity.”

17:30 – Questions and Discussion

18:00 – Drinks Reception.

Registration: FREE for students/unwaged attendees, £15 waged (includes refreshments/lunch/wine reception).

Registration Required, Space Limited. To register, contact the organisers at Deadline for registration is June 1st 2016.

For more details, see the conference website:

Organised by Francesca & Rhys Kaminski-Jones, in association with The University of Wales Centre For Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and Oxford Medieval Studies, sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Royal Holloway University of London, the Classical Association, and the Learned Society of Wales.


[JOURNAL] SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies. Theme volume: Shaw and Classical Literature

SHAW 37.1 (to be published in June 2017) will be a theme volume devoted to “Shaw and Classical Literature,” with Gustavo A. Rodríguez Martín (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain) as guest editor. Classical elements in Shaw’s works abound. They include plays set in the classical period (Caesar and Cleopatra, Androcles and the Lion), reincarnations of classical mythology (Pygmalion), characters defined by their relation to classical scholarship (Adolphus Cusins), even dramatic devices from the classical period borrowed and adapted (Senecan sententiae in The Revolutionist’s Handbook; chorus-like characters such as the Courtiers or Guardsmen in Caesar and Cleopatra). Shaw’s non- dramatic writings also evince Shaw’s familiarity with the classical tradition: classical rhetoric underlies some of his speeches and essays; Greek and Roman philosophers influenced his thinking; and classical sources helped shape his sense of history. Very few studies – Gilbert Norwood’s 1912 lecture “Euripides and Mr. Bernard Shaw,” Michael von Albrecht’s “Bernard Shaw and the classics” in Classical and Modern Literature (1987), and Sidney P. Albert’s recent book, Shaw, Plato, and Euripides: classical currents in ‘Major Barbara’ (2012) – survey this neglected area of research.

One could explore Shaw’s images of classical civilization (Egypt and Rome in Caesar or Androcles; echoes of classical antiquity in Back to Methuselah; experimental forms of social order à la Plato’s Republic in Methuselah, Farfetched Fables, and The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles); classical languages and spelling reform (the Latin alphabet as an inadequate vehicle for English phonetics); classical history and mythology as sources for characters and settings (Acis, Pygmalion, and Lilith in Methuselah; Balbus or Crassus in The Apple Cart); classical characters in non-classical settings (and vice versa); dramatic techniques echoing those of classical drama (as mentioned above, chorus-like groups in Androcles, Caesar, or the (unspeaking) Soldiers in Great Catherine; Shaw, Shakespeare and the classics: legacy, canonicity, and critical reception (to what extent is Shaw’s use of classical material proof that he also looked back on the classics for a measure of his greatness?); rhetoric and didacticism (can Shaw’s oratorical and argumentative techniques be traced to the classics?); democracy, politics, and the Greek model (do Shaw’s political essays borrow from classical Greek political theory?); recreation and exploitation of classical dicta (how are quotations from famous classical authors distorted by Shaw for his own ideological/rhetorical ends? See, e.g., Maxims for Revolutionists).

Submit abstracts (100 to 150 words) and/or papers to Gustavo A. Rodríguez Martín at or Papers are to be submitted before June 30th. Abstracts are welcome at any time before that date. All submissions are peer-reviewed by external reviewers from the editorial board of the SHAW. For questions of style and formatting, please refer to earlier issues of the journal. Available at:

Project MUSE:
Penn State University Press:



Amphorae X: Old is New? Circling to the World’s End

University of Tasmania, Hobart: 29 June-1 July 2016

Amphorae provides an opportunity for postgraduate students throughout Australiasia to interact with others in the field of classical studies. Those eligible for the conference include all those studying at an Honours, Masters or PhD level, encompassing research into literature, history, archaeology, art or reception studies.

The theme for this year’s Amphorae conference is 'Old is New? Circling to the World’s End'. The theme is inspired by our position on the map and what we believe to be the essence of Amphorae and Classical studies.

Final call for papers! Please send your completed registration form and abstract to by 11 March 2016 29 April 2016 (5pm EST).

Website: Facebook: Twitter: @amphorae_x.

(1st CFP closed 11 March 2016 -- CFP extended until April 29)


Memory and Imagined Futures in the Theory and Practice of Ancient Drama

16th Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama

Ioannou Centre, Oxford & Royal Holloway, Egham: June 27-28, 2016

The 16th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 27 June (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Tuesday 28 June (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Memory and Imagined Futures in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama.’ Abstracts of papers should be sent by 11 April 2016 to (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).


This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondent will be Stephe Harrop (Liverpool Hope University). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Oliver Taplin and Prof. Fiona Macintosh (Oxford) and Prof. Laura Ginters (Sydney). The first day of the symposium will include a performance of William Zappa’s one-person version of the Iliad.


Postgraduates from around the world working on the reception of Greek and Roman drama are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. The symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of Classics, modern languages and literature, and theatre and performance studies.

Practitioners are welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers may also include demonstrations. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performative presentation on ‘Memory and Imagined Futures in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by MONDAY 11th APRIL 2016 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

There will be no registration fee. Some travel bursaries will be available this year - please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these.


(CFP closed 11 April 2016)


Alcibiades and his Reception: historical, literary, philosophical approaches.

9th Celtic Conference in Classics, University College Dublin: June 22–25, 2016

"If ever a man was ruined by his own reputation, that man was Alcibiades." (Plutarch, Alcibiades 35.3)

Overview: Alcibiades was one of the most well-known and controversial figures of classical antiquity: a pupil of Socrates, and an Athenian commander during the Peloponnesian War, his outrageous personal life led both to wild adulation and to suspicions that he wanted to overthrow the democracy. Exiled twice, he advised both the Spartans and the Persians, before being assassinated shortly after the end of the war. Thucydides and Xenophon brought out both his brilliance and the difficulty his contemporaries had in judging him, a difficulty summed up by Aristophanes' famous saying that the city ‘longs for him, and hates him and wants to have him' (Frogs 1425). Socratic writers, on the other hand, tried to defend and explain Socrates' failure to reform him. His career was debated in the Athenian courts, and he became the subject of later display speeches rhetorical exercises, and numerous anecdotes. Cornelius Nepos wrote a biography of him and Plutarch famously paired him with the Roman general Coriolanus, another exile who fought against his own city. He features in Shakespeare and is the subject of a tragedy by the seventieth-century dramatist Thomas Otway.

This panel aims to bring together scholars working on Alcibiades from diverse disciplines and approaches (e.g. history, literature, philosophy, art, reception studies, English, etc.). It is hoped that considerable cross-fertilisation will result. Papers discussing any aspect of Alcibiades will be welcome. For example:

* Historical aspects of Alcibiades' life and career
* The construction or characterization of Alcibiades in any ancient text(s)
* The role of Alcibiades in philosophical texts
* The reception of Alcibiades in antiquity or after
* Source criticism of texts portraying Alcibiades
* Alcibiades in art
* Alcibiades as a rhetorical or moral exemplum

Panel Chairs: A. David Newell (UCD); Prof. Timothy Duff (University of Reading)

Conference Information: The 9th Celtic Conference in Classics will take place at the University College Dublin from June 22–25, 2016. 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 short papers (20+10) are also welcome. It is expected that a number of the paper delivered at this panel will form part of an edited volume. The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by the 15th of January. Applicants will be notified of the panel's decision shortly thereafter.

(CFP closed 15 January 2016)


Classics and Irish Politics 1916-2016

Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College Dublin: 20-23 June 2016

This conference addresses for the first time, in an academic context, how models from Greek and Roman antiquity have permeated Irish political discourse over the last century. The 1916 Easter Rising, when Irish nationalists rose up against British imperial forces, became almost instantly mythologized in Irish political memory as a key turning point in the nation’s history which paved the way for an independent Irish Republic. Its centenary provides a natural point for reflection on Irish politics, and the aim of this conference is to highlight an under-appreciated element in Irish political discourse, namely its frequent reliance on and reference to classical Greek and Roman models.

Irish engagement with classical models is complex. Rome, for example, could easily serve as a model for imperial domination, and thus could represent Britain in Irish thought. The issue is complicated, however, by the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the use of ecclesiastical Latin, and the popularity of certain classical Roman authors like Virgil among Irish readers of Latin. Greek resistance to Persian invasions could represent resistance to empire, and parallels were drawn between Greece and Ireland by authors like Patrick Pearse and W.B. Yeats. Nevertheless, a tension existed in Irish political thought between seeking inspiration in Greek models and creating an independent national Irish identity. Much work has been done in recent years on the tensions associated with the exploitation of classical models in post-colonial societies, where the classical, which normally represents the colonizer, is re-appropriated and re-purposed for a nationalist agenda. Ireland very rarely features in such discussions and indeed Ireland is a unique case in this context, since the Irish (unlike other colonized peoples) were very well versed in Greek and Latin before ever the British plantations began in the 16th century. For the Irish, then, classical sources are essentially indigenous to the people and are not models appropriated from the colonizer.

Twenty-six speakers from Ireland, Britain, continental Europe, and North America will address the conference theme from a range of perspectives including the immediate context of 1916, tensions between classical and celtic mythologies, classical models of political expression, twentieth century classicists and Irish politics, the politics of narrative and performance, the politics of gender and sexuality, the influence of Greek material culture, classical models and political poetry, and comparative perspectives from ancient Rome.

Keynote lectures will be given by Terry Eagleton, Edith Hall, and Declan Kiberd.

For a provisional schedule of events, see Registration for the conference will be free but required; details will be posted in due course. The conference will be part of the three week 2016 Notre Dame Irish Seminar. For details of the full Irish Seminar see and for further information please contact Isabelle Torrance at

This conference is generously supported by the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame; the Global Collaboration Initiative at Notre Dame International in partnership with Trinity College Dublin’s Department of Classics; the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies; Notre Dame Research; Notre Dame’s Department of Classics.



Commenter la Rhétorique d'Aristote de l'Antiquité à nos jours

École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris: June 16-17, 2016


16 juin 2016

9h45-10h00 : Ouverture du colloque par Pierre Caye, Directeur du Centre Jean Pépin (UMR 8230, CNRS/HASTEC)

10h00-10h15 : Frédérique Woerther (UMR 8230, CNRS/HASTEC) : Présentation du colloque

De l’Antiquité gréco-romaine au Moyen Âge, discutant: Marcos Martinho Dos Santos (Universidade de São Paulo)

10h15-11h00 : Camille Rambourg (ENS-Ulm) : «Qu’est-ce que le commentaire anonyme des Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca XXI.2 ?»

11h00-11h30 : Pause

11h30-12h15 : Pierre Chiron (Université de Paris-Est/IUF/HASTEC) : «Les commentaires médiévaux à la Rhétorique: hypothèses sur une (quasi-)absence»

L’Occident médiéval et la Renaissance, discutant : Christophe Grellard (EPHE/HASTEC)

14h00-14h45 : Iacopo Costa (UMR 8584, CNRS/HASTEC) : «Les Questions sur la Rhétorique d’Aristote de Jean de Jandun»

14h45-15h30 : Costantino Marmo (Università di Bologna) : «Le commentaire littéral de la Rhétorique d’Aristote par Gilles de Rome (1272-73)»

15h30-16h00 : Pause

16h00-16h45 : Lawrence Green (USC, Los Angeles) : «Commentaries on Aristotle’s Rhetoric in the Renaissance»

17 juin 2016

Traditions syriaques et arabes, discutant : Henri Hugonnard-Roche (CNRS/EPHE/HASTEC)

9h30-10h15 : John Watt (Cardiff University) : «Bar Hebraeus»

10h15-11h00 : Maroun Aouad (UMR 8230, CNRS/HASTEC) : «La méthode d’al-Fārābī dans les Didascalia in Rethoricam Alfarabii»

11h00-11h30 : Pause

11h30-12h15 : Gaïa Celli (Scuola Normale di Pisa) : «La Rhétorique du Shifā’ d’Avicenne»

La période contemporaine, discutant : Harvey Yunis (Rice University)

14h-14h45 : Harvey Yunis (Rice University, Houston) : «Edward Meredith Cope : Victorian Commentator on Aristotle’s Rhetoric»

14h45-15h30 : Daniel M. Gross (University of California, Irvine) : «Heidegger’s Commentary»

15h30-15h45 : Pause

15h45-16h30 : Christof Rapp (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München) : «Commenting on Aristotle’s Rhetoric in the 21st century: Constraints, Methods, Presuppositions»

16h30-17h15 : Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (UMR 8061, CNRS) : Conclusions et discussions

Colloque organisé avec le soutien financier du LabEx HASTEC, de l’IUF / Université de Paris-Est Créteil-Val-de-Marne, du Centre Jean Pépin (CNRS, UMR 8230) et du LEM (CNRS, UMR 8584)

Organizer: Frédérique Woerther, frederique.woerther@GMAIL.COM.


Reading the Wall: The Cultural Afterlives of Hadrian's Wall

Newcastle University: 15-17 June 2016

Hadrian's Wall is an iconic monument, and the impressive remains of the Wall were inscribed in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The Wall is typically perceived of as a complex of Roman frontier remains, studied by archaeologists and historians, and protected by heritage managers for the benefit of scholars, visitors, and future generations.

Over the centuries, however, Hadrian's Wall has accumulated a number of intangible associations in addition to its original function as a militarised border monument.

From the Venerable Bede to Rosemary Sutcliff, and from Gildas to George R.R. Martin, the Wall has become a site of international cultural significance. How has the Wall shaped our cultural imaginary? And how has our cultural imaginary shaped the Wall?

Join us as we explore the cultural impact of Hadrian's Wall from its Roman origins up to the present day in a conference at Newcastle University, 15-17 June 2016.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Richard Hingley (Durham), Dr Lindsay Allason-Jones, OBE (Newcastle), and authors Christian Cameron & Garth Nix.



Making and Rethinking Renaissance between Greek and Latin in 15th-16th Europe

Auditorium of Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford: June 14-15, 2016


14 JUNE 2016

9.15-9.40 registration
9.40 Stephen Harrison, Martin McLaughlin, Paola Tomè: welcome and introduction

READING from Aldus Manutius’ prefaces (‘sottofondo’ music by J. Ciconia, MS. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Canon. Class. Lat. 112)

CHAIR: STEPHEN HARRISON (University of Oxford)
10.00 Nigel Wilson (Lincoln College, Oxford): Some remarks on Aldus and his prefaces
10.30 Stefano Martinelli Tempesta (University of Milan): The wanderings of a Greek manuscript of Aristotle’s Physics from Byzantium to Aldus’ printing house and beyond
11.00 11.20 discussion
11.20 -11.40 coffee break
11.40 – 12.10 Paola Tomè (University of Oxford): Aldo Manuzio and the learning of Greek
12.10-12.40 Federica Ciccolella (Texas A&M University): Through the Eyes of the Greeks: Byzantine Émigrés and the Study of Greek in the Renaissance
12.40-13.10 Han Lamers (Humboldt University of Berlin): Janus Lascaris’s Hellenizing Etymologies and the Renaissance 'Reception' of Aeolism
13.10-13.30 discussion

13.30-15.00 conference lunch

CHAIR: GIACOMO COMIATI (University of Warwick)
15.00 Giancarlo Abbamonte (University of Naples Federico II) and Fabio Stok (University of Rome Tor Vergata): From L2 to L2. Translating Plutarch's Moralia from Greek into Latin: Iacopo di Angelo and Niccolò Perotti
15.30 Caterina Carpinato (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): From Greek to Greeks: Homer (and Pseudo-Homer) in Greek-venetian context (late fifteenth and early sixteenth century)
16.00 – 16.20 discussion
16.20 -16.45 coffee break
16.45 Giovanna Di Martino (University of Oxford): The Reception of Aeschylus in sixteenth-century Italy: the case of Coriolano Martirano’s Prometheus Bound
17.15 Tristan Alonge (Paris-Sorbonne University): Rethinking the Birth of French Tragedy: from Sophocles to Evangelism in Marguerite de Navarre’s network (1537-1550)
17.45 – 18.15 discussion

20.30 conference dinner

15 JUNE 2016

CHAIR: ETTORE CINGANO (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
10.00 Michael Malone-Lee (University of Oxford): Cardinal Bessarion and the introduction of Plato to the Latin West
10.30 Maude Vanhaelen (University of Warwick): The revival of Plato in 16th-century Italy, from Greek to Latin and the vernacular
11.00 discussion
11.20 – 11.40 coffee break
11.45 Rocco Di Dio (University of Warwick): The Scholar at Work: Marsilio Ficino and the De Amore
12.15 Eugenio Refini (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore): The Philosopher in Limbo: translating Aristotle in Italy, 1300-1500
12.45 discussion

13.10 conference lunch

CHAIR: ANGELO SILVESTRI (University of Cardiff)
14.15 Wes Williams (University of Oxford): “Pantagruel, tenent un Heliodore Grec en main [....] sommeilloit”: Reading the Aethiopica in C16th France
14.45 Martin McLaughlin (University of Oxford): The lion, the dog and the fly: Alberti's classical menagerie
15.15 Nicola Gardini (University of Oxford): Beccadelli and his Greek sources
15.45 – 16.15 discussion
16.15 – 16.35 coffee break
16.35 Christopher Wright and Charalambos Dendrinos (Royal Holloway, University of London): Greek Studies in Tudor England: George Etheridge’s Encomium on Henry VIII addressed to Elizabeth I (1566)
17.05 Pablo Aparicio (University of Oxford): Rethinking Renaissance between Italy and Spain
17.35 – 17.55 discussion

18.00 -18.30 ROUND-TABLE
CHAIR: MARTIN MCLAUGHLIN (University of Oxford)
Giancarlo Abbamonte, Caterina Carpinato, Federica Ciccolella, Ettore Cingano, Charalambos Dendrinos, Nicola Gardini, Stephen Harrison, Han Lamers, Stefano Martinelli Tempesta, Eugenio Refini, Paola Tomè, Maude Vanhaelen, Wes Williams



The Irish Seminar 2016: Classical Influences

Dublin & Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland: 13 June - 1 July 2016

There has been much scholarly discussion in recent decades of the tensions inherent in the appropriation of classical models by colonized nations (e.g. B. Goff (ed.) Classics and Colonialism (London, 2005), M. Bradley (ed.) Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire (Oxford, 2010)). Such tensions were immortalized by Derek Walcott’s reference to ‘all that Greek manure under green bananas’. The Irish, however, were well versed in Greek and Latin before the British colonizers arrived. Classical models, then, do not necessarily represent the colonizer in Irish culture. Some authors, like Yeats, drew parallels between Britain and imperial Rome, but Latin was also the language of the Roman Catholic Church, and so Irish rather than British in a general sense. The 2016 Irish Seminar is designed to examine Irish culture from a number of different historical, sociological, and literary perspectives under the umbrella of the theme ‘Classical Influences’, with the aim of recognizing the wide-ranging impact of Greek and Roman models on the development of Irish society. Literary greats, such as Yeats, Joyce, and Heaney, whose work is well known to have been influenced by classical literature will naturally be addressed, as will the work of prominent contemporary poets and playwrights such as Eavan Boland, Marina Carr, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon and Frank McGuinness. Modern Irish literature will represent an important thread of analysis throughout the course of the three-week seminar. We will discuss what Irish authors do with classical material, how their approaches differ from each other, and what is particularly Irish about their adaptations. However, we will also seek to contextualize Irish engagement with the Classics both diachronically and synchronically. Diachronically by looking back to classical influences on early Irish monasticism, to classical influences in Irish heroic epic, in writings from the early modern period, and to the 18th and 19th century reception of medieval Irish literature. Synchronically by looking beyond literature to classical influences in Irish philosophy, pedagogy, material culture, and particularly in Irish politics in recognition of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

The 2016 Seminar will be in three parts. Week One will follow the usual format and will take place in O’Connell House. Week Two will feature an international conference on Classics and Irish Politics, and will take place at the Royal Irish Academy and at Trinity College Dublin ( Week Three will take place in Notre Dame’s new education centre at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara.

For more information on the Irish Seminar and to join our mailing list contact


Closing date for applications is the 17th of March.


Femi Osofisan, Post-Negritude Tradition and 50 Years of Nigerian Literary Drama

University of Ibadan, Nigeria: 13-17 June 2016

You are invited to submit abstracts / panels for this international conference taking place at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in June 2016 in honour of playwright, novelist, critic and poet Femi Osofisan. To reflect the interdisciplinary contributions of Osofisan to the academy, and his use of African performance culture to expose societal ills through his writing, the conference is inviting papers by scholars exploring his work, and drama, music, dance, gender issues, poetry and literature from a range of perspectives, including but not limited to the work of his contemporaries.

a) The drama and theatre of Femi Osofisan
b) Femi Osofisan and the performance of poetry in Nigeria
c) Femi Osofisan and the culture of adaptations, translations and re-readings in African drama
d) African diasporan cultural encounters: the nature of classics
e) The Classical tradition and influence on Nigerian literature
f) Dance and music in the drama of Femi Osofisan
g) Design and scenography: interpreting Osofisan for the stage
h) Femi Osofisan's fiction and popular journalism Nigeria
i) Film and Television: The Visitors Series of Detective Drama
j) Film and Television: Concert Parties, Nollywood and the aftermath
k) Arts Management and Cultural Administration
l) Femi Osofisan and the politics of arts management in Africa

Convenors: Sola Adeyemi, Kunbi Olasope, Jahman Anikulapo, Tunde Awosanmi

Deadline for Abstract: 16 December 2015. All abstracts to be sent to Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author's name, address, telephone number, email address and institutional affiliation.

Conference booking will open in February 2016, where you can benefit from the Early Bird rates and reserve your accommodation at the University of Ibadan Guest Houses!

Conference Contact: Dr. Sola Adeyemi, University of Greenwich, London, UK:

(CFP closed 16 Dec 2015)


Classical Reception and the Human

International Conference at the University of Patras, 10-12 June 2016

Jocasta Classical Reception Greece ( based at the University of Patras is pleased to announce an International Conference on 10-12 June 2016 which seeks to explore the interrelatedness of Classical Reception and the Human.

In the very first line of the choric stasimon from Sophocles' Antigone we read the susceptible to differentiated translational reception choices phrase «πολλὰ τὰ δεινὰ κοὐδὲν ἀνθρώπου δεινότερον πέλει». With the advent of digital technologies and the recent developments in biomedical and neurological science, the notion of the human becomes highly contested. At the same time, the continuous growth of racist, sexist, terrorist, economic, cultural, and other discriminatory practices forges our forgetting of the human. With B. knox's comment at the 1980 American Philological Association that "classical texts are the humanities" in mind, this international conference seeks to address the issue of how classical reception from early modernity onwards informs and re-shapes our conceptualization of the human.

We focus on the following research questions:
* How has classical reception (e.g. newly-translated Greek texts, Neo-Latin drama, early modern tragic adaptations) influenced Renaissance humanistic discourses, thought and culture?
* How have re-readings of antiquity informed literary, theatrical or other reconfigurations of the human in 18th and 19th century?
* Are the adaptations of Greco-Roman drama a locus for the contemplation, expression and vindication of human rights?
* How do ideological appropriations of the past allow for the legitimization of fascist agendas and the perpetuation of inhumanities?
* How can the classics help us rethink the (post)human in theory and practice after the demise of liberal individualism and the emergence of multiple permeated digital and non-digital, organic and inorganic subjectivities?

Organizers: Efimia D. Karakantza and Efstathia Athanasopoulou


(CFP closed 15 Oct 2015)


Modernity and the Shock of the Ancient: The Reception of Antiquity in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford: June 10th, 2016

"Two personalities fought for possession of his soul, and he could not always keep back the lower of the two. They interpenetrated.something very, very old projected upon a modern screen." (Algernon Blackwood, The Wave: An Egyptian Aftermath, 1916)

The ancient world was vital to what it meant to be 'modern' at the turn of the last century. Yet antique reception in this period is vastly understudied in all areas except that of classical Greece and Rome. At a time when the looting or wholesale destruction of non Graeco-Roman ancient sites is creating new public interest in their importance to modern cultures around the world, it is crucial that this narrow picture is reconsidered.

We invite abstracts for a one-day interdisciplinary conference at the Ashmolean Museum on June 10th, 2016. This conference will re-evaluate the reception of the ancient past in the late 19th and early 20th century, and its relation to constructions of 'modernity'. It will explore the reception of a geographically diverse antiquity - from Greece and Rome to Egypt, Mesopotamia and East Asia - in a variety of spheres including literature, public art and architecture, museum exhibitions, cinema, and consumer goods. As a new century began, the 'ancient' was signalling the 'modern' in both popular and high avant-garde culture, and was harnessed to a range of (often opposing) political agendas. In the process, a 'new' antiquity was born, the study of which illuminates what it means to be both 'modern' and 'Western', today as much as in the early 20th century.

We are pleased to be hosting three invited speakers, Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston (Ohio State University), Prof. Richard B. Parkinson (University of Oxford), and Prof. Fritz Graf (Ohio State University). The day will include a guided tour of relevant museum collections led by Dr. Paul Collins (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford). The conference will promote genuine interdisciplinary exchange, to which end panels will be followed by a lengthy discussion period. Papers might explore such questions as:

* In what ways was the past reappropriated and reimagined, and 'ancient' used to signal 'newness'?
* How did discovery and decipherment enable 'new' pasts and how did this transform historical narratives, of the self and/or the other?
* Did the past become more accessible or more alien in this period?
* What did narratives of 'modern progress' owe to scientific, technological, and political power?
* How is this demonstrated in the uncovering of ancient objects and decipherment of texts?
* How did museums narrate the journey from ancient to modern?
* How do interpretations of the ancient in these periods continue to inform our experiences of historical narrative, political projects, and cultural institutions today?

We welcome abstracts on these or related themes from postgraduates and early career researchers across humanities disciplines, including literature, classics, art history, oriental studies, and anthropology. Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, for papers of 15-20 minutes, along with CV to by Friday, April 8th. For more information see this website or visit us on facebook at

Organizers: Eva Miller (DPhil, Assyriology; Wolfson College, Oxford) & Sarah Green (DPhil, English; Merton College, Oxford).

Funded by TORCH.


Twitter: @shockofancient

(CFP closed 8 April 2016)


Italy and the Classics

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles', Oxford: Friday 10 June 2016

10.15am - Welcome (Marina Warner)

10.30-11.30am: Fin de Siècle Italy (Chair: Matthew Reynolds)
Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Freelance Writer)
Michael Subialka (Oxford)

11.30-12.45: The Performance Arts (Chair: Ela Tandello)
Eleftheria Ioannidou (Birmingham)
Rosella Simonari (London)
Simone Spagnolo (Anglia Ruskin)

2-3.15pm: Early Modern Italy (Chair: Glenn Most)
Martin McLaughlin (Oxford)
Matthew Leigh (Oxford)
Nicola Gardini (Oxford)

3.45-5pm: Film (Chair: Oliver Taplin)
Maria Wyke (London)
Massimo Fusillo (L'Aquila)


6.30-7pm: Pre-Performance Talk (Chair: Marina Warner)
Roberto Cavosi (Playwright), Jane House (Translator), Marco Gambino and Sasha Waddell (Actors)

7-8pm PERFORMANCE of Roberto Cavosi's Bellissima Maria

8.15pm - Q&A

8.30pm DINNER

Please email for more information on registration and booking.


Tradizione classica e cultura contemporanea. Idee per un confronto

Conference of the Consulta Universitaria di Studi Latini: Milan/Pavia: June 9-10, 2016


I sessione (Milano, Università Statale, Sala Napoleonica, Palazzo Greppi, via S. Antonio, 10) giovedì 9 giugno, ore 9,00

La percezione e l'uso dell'antico nella società contemporanea

9,00 Saluti autorità accademiche

9,30 Ivano Dionigi (Università di Bologna): Il latino al tempo di Twitter

10,00 Roberto Andreotti (giornalista, «Il Manifesto»): Sopravvivere al Classico

10, 30 Bianca Pitzorno (scrittrice): Un lungo filo che non si è mai spezzato

11,00 Pausa


11,30 Arianna Sacerdoti, Percorsi sui classici antichi nei romanzi di Bianca Pitzorno

11,45 Marco Malvestio, L'uso del mito nel romanzo contemporaneo

12,00 Pietro Verzina, Impiego del mito e paradigmi epici in Julio Cortázar: Circe (1951)

12,15 Alice Bonandini, Ubi solitudinem o ubi desertum? Quando il latino diventa slogan

II sessione (Milano, Università Cattolica, Aula Pio XI, L.go A. Gemelli, 1) giovedì 9 giugno, ore 15,00

Il ruolo dei classici in una società multiculturale

15,00 Saluti autorità accademiche

15,30 Giusto Picone (Università di Palermo): Paradigmi. Esuli, profughi e migranti nelle rappresentazioni letterarie latine

16,00 Craig Williams (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): Orpheus Crosses the Atlantic: Native Americans and Classical Studies

16,30 Maurizio Bettini (Università di Siena): A che servono i Greci e i Romani?

17,00 Pausa


17,30 Cristiana Franco, Latino per mediatori culturali. Prove di didattica in contesti multiculturali

17,45 Giuseppe Galeani, In Giappone si parla latino. Sulla fortuna dell'antica Roma nel fumetto giapponese contemporaneo

18,00 Fausto Pagnotta, Il pensiero politico antico alla prova della società multiculturale: alcune riflessioni

18,15 Massimo Manca, Da Erodoto a Rat-Man: Classici come virus

18,30 Maria Chiara Scappaticcio, «Il sont fous, ces Romains !»: Asterix, Le papyrus de César, e la trasmissione della conoscenza

III sessione (Pavia, Aula Volta - Sede centrale Università, Strada Nuova, 65) venerdì 10 giugno, ore 9,30

Il latino nella scuola e nell'Università

9,30 Saluti autorità accademiche

10,00 Nuccio Ordine (Università della Calabria): Elogio della lentezza. Le scuole e le università non sono aziende

10,30 Elio Franzini (Università Statale di Milano): Il latino e il basso bretone

11,00 Carmela Palumbo (Direttore Generale Ordinamenti didattici - MIUR): Gli studi classici nella scuola superiore - Situazione attuale

11,30 Pausa


11,45 Alice Borgna, Il latino (digitale) all'Università: il progetto DigiLibLT

12,00 Concetta Longobardi, Le nuove risorse della e-philology per l'edizione dei testi classici

12,15 Alessandra Rolle, Imparare la retorica con lo Pseudo-Quintiliano

12,30 Fabio Tutrone, Interdisciplinarità e autori classici: per un approccio storico-epistemologico all'enciclopedismo antico

12,45 Chiusura dei lavori: Marco Mancini (Capo Dipartimento Università - MIUR)



Classics And/As World Literature Conference

King's College London Centre for Hellenic Studies, Department of Classics, and Department of Comparative Literature: 3-4 June, 2016

The aim is to explore (1) how Greek and Latin classical authors, often in modern-language translations, have historically functioned as part of the colonial curriculum and (2) their status relative to Comparative Literature and World Literature. World Literature has been advocated as new approach to the study of literature in a globalised age, and as one which avoids the nationalist and colonialist pitfalls of studying literatures in traditional departmental and disciplinary formations. But prominent advocates of World Literature have as yet evaded the challenge presented by the ancient Greek and Roman literature to their conceptual framework. Histories of World Literature progress from Gilgamesh immediately to Dante and skip everything in between. This conference is designed to address that lacuna and emphasise the rightful place of ancient Greek and Latin texts, imperialist warts and all, at the heart of the 21st-century international World Literature syllabus.

We have about 30 confirmed speakers, chairs and other participants (see below); the Council Room holds 50, which means that there will be room for only about 20 further delegates. Details of how to book and pre-pay a modest sum for sandwiches etc will be posted as soon as possible. But in the meantime, if you want to make sure of a place, please send an email to and she will let you know personally as soon as the website goes live.


3rd June

1000 COFFEE and Registration
1030 Welcome Edith Hall (KCL) and William Fitzgerald (KCL)
1100-1230 Session 1 Chair, Russell Goulbourne (KCL)
1100 Michael Silk (KCL), Introductory Address: Problematising 'World Literature' (but not 'Classics'?)
1130 Andrew Laird (Warwick), Aztec Humanists: Uses of the Classics by Nahua Writers in Early Colonial Mexico
1200 Nicholas Ollivere (Oxford), The Road to Morocco: Reading Back to the Classics via Sartre
1330-1500 Session 2 Chair, Sebastian Matzner (KCL)
1330 Emily Greenwood (Yale), Local World Classics: A Manifesto
1400 Pramit Chaudhuri (Dartmouth), Outsourcing: Classics in World Literature and Digital Humanities
1430 Ayelet Haimson Lushkov (University of Texas at Austin), Broad Classics: Damnatio Memoriae on the Global Stage
1500 TEA
1600-1730 Session 3 Chair, William Fitzgerald (KCL)
1600 Justine McConnell (Oxford), Riddling Mirrors: Comparing Oral Poetics in Ancient Greece and Contemporary South Africa
1630 Keynote 1, David Damrosch (Harvard), Hellenistic World Literature: Apuleius and Walcott Read the Greeks
1800 Drinks Reception in RIVER ROOM
1930 Speakers’ dinner in local restaurant, hosted by Department of Comparative Literature

4th June

10-00-1100 Session 4 Chair, Dan Orrells (KCL)
1000 Henry Stead (Open University), A spectre is haunting World Literature -- the spectre of Classics (1917-1956)
1030 Miryana Dimitrova (KCL), Dissident Ancients: The Cases of the Theatrical Socrates and the Cinematic Aesop in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria
1130-1300 Session 5 Chair, David Ricks (KCL)
1130 Rachel Bower (Leeds), World Literature and Epistolarity
1200 Ziad Elmarsafy (KCL), Photosynthesis: Neoplatonisms from Suhrawardi to Abdelwahab Meddeb.
1230 Maria Vamvouri Ruffy (Lausanne), A Translation’s Sociolect: The Weak Point of ‘World Literature’?
1300 LUNCH
1400-1600 Session 6 Chair: Pavlos Avlamis (KCL)
1430 Bobby Xinyue (Warwick), Ovid in China
1500 Simon Perris (Wellington, NZ), Māori Writers and the Classics: Sources, Questions, and Hypotheses
1530 Phiroze Vasunia (UCL),How we Lost the Classics, in India, For Example
1600 TEA
1630-1830 CLOSING SESSION Chair: Susan Bassnett (Glasgow)
1630 Keynote 2, Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond), Slavery, the Book, and Classical Tensions: The U.S. and Brazil
1730 Roundtable, kicked off by Susan Bassnett as Respondent
1830 Wine or Pub



Byzantine Colloquium: Arcadia - Real and Ideal

Institute for Classical Studies (Court Room, Senate House): 2-3 June 2016

The Colloquium aims at exploring important elements that contributed to the creation, preservation and promotion of the Arcadian Ideal from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages (in East and West) and the Renaissance to the modern world. It discusses themes reflecting the Arcadian ideal and legacy in dialogue with the geographical, real Arcadia. Twelve speakers from Britain, Cyprus, Greece, France and the United States of America present and discuss their work spanning across various disciplines including theology and philosophy, history and literature, art and archaeology, economy and numismatics, sociology and geography, education and culture.

Co-organized by the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London and the International Society for Arcadia.

Supported by the Hellenic Foundation (London), The Friends of the Hellenic Institute and the History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London

Organizing Committee: Charalambos Dendrinos, Nil Palabiyik and George Vassiadis

All welcome. To reserve a place and for further information please contact Charalambos Dendrinos:

Keynote: Pedro Olalla (Athens): "Arcadia: bearer of Hellenism, fundamental component of culture"
Anna Vasiliki Karapanagiotou (Arcadia): "Mantinea: the earliest democracy in Arcadia"
Professor James Roy (Nottingham): "Progress in classical Arcadia"
George Kakavas (Athens): "Et in Arcadia Ego: bringing to light the ancient Greek and Roman Arcadian coins of the Epigraphic and Numismatic Museum in Athens"
Evangelos Chrysos (Athens): "Arcadia in Byzantium"
Alessandro Scafi (London): "Et in Arcadia Ego? Is sex even in Arcadia?"
Stefano Cracolici (Durham): "Nineteenth-century Arcadian landscapes in Italy from a British perspective"
William Bainbridge (Durham): "Douglas Freshfield and Arcadian geography in the Dolomites"
Solon Charalambous (Nicosia): "Arcadia and Cyprus"
Marie-Claude Mioche (Goutelas), "Arcadia real and ideal: the case of Forez"
David Gilman Romano (Arizona): "The Parrhasian Heritage Park of the Peloponnesos: Greece’s first Cultural Heritage Park"
Angelos Dendrinos (Athens): "The Arcadia International Network: the Arcadian legacy in the 21st century"

Draft programme [pdf] via


Kenneth Dover's Greek Homosexuality: a discussion

Institute of Classical Studies, London: Tuesday 31 May, 2016

To mark the reissuing by Bloomsbury Academic of the 1989 edition of Kenneth Dover’s Greek Homosexuality (with two new forewords), there will be a panel discussion of the book and its influence at the Institute of Classical Studies (room G22/26) on Tuesday 31st May at 6 pm. The discussion will be chaired by Paul Cartledge and the panellists will be Caroline Vout, Mark Masterson, James Robson and Stephen Halliwell. All are welcome.

The organisers are extremely grateful to the Jowett Copyright Trust for funding in support of this event.

Further information:


[1st] Annual Postgraduate Symposium in Classical Reception, University of Patras

University of Patras: 28-29 May 2016

Jocasta Classical Reception Greece is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Postgraduate Symposium in Classical Reception, which will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of May 2016 at the Department of Philology, University of Patras, Greece.

Reception is conceived not as a subdivision of Classics but as a mode of historicised inquiry and constant self-critique intrinsic in Classical Studies. In this respect, the reader assumes the role of the decoder who examines reception of the ancient world from the 8th century BC onwards: from Antiquity to Byzantium, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Early and Late Modernity and the future, while ceaselessly moving from the West to the East and from the North to the South and vice versa. Classical Reception is studied through a variety of media ranging from literature to theatre and film, to materialised configurations of everyday experience and through a plurality of approaches ranging from Philosophy to Cultural and Social Studies to Performative arts and science-driven discourses, thus foregrounding interdisciplinary research.

The Jocasta Postgraduate Symposium seeks to create a venue for Classical Reception in Greece, where international postgraduate students can engage into interdisciplinary dialogue and share research. It enables students to present their work in a friendly environment, develop presentation skills and get constructive feedback.

This year's theme is "Continuities and Discontinuities in Classical Reception". Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
* In what ways can discontinuities in fragmentary literary corpora be bridged?
* Do we read intertextual continuities between different ancient and/or modern genres?
* Are continuities and discontinuities in characters' agency, author's stylistic choices and narrative techniques determined by different poetics?
* Have we learnt to read transhistorical, transcultural and transdisciplinary reconfigurations of antiquity on the basis of continuities or discontinuities?
* Have philosophical or artistic "interruptions" of classical texts re-informed classical research?

We invite abstracts in either Greek or English of no more than 250 words for 20-minute paper presentations to be sent to no later than 28th February 2016 15th March 2016. Please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution in the body of your email (not in your abstract).

The organising committee: Efstathia Athanasopoulou, Gesthimani Seferiadi, Alexandros Velaoras.

(CFP closed 28 Feb 2016; extended until 15 March)


Fate and Fortune in Renaissance Thought

A one-day Colloquium to be held at the University of Warwick: 27th May 2016

Keynote address: Dilwyn Knox (University College London).
Respondent: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London)

The aim of the colloquium is to explore the significance of the concepts of fate and fortune in Renaissance thought. While having a significant medieval background in theological texts and in The Consolation of Philosophy and other philosophical treatises, these concepts received new interpretations during the Renaissance period. The cause was a renewed interest in Cicero's treatises, as well as in Alexander of Aphrodisias and Stoic philosophy. On the other hand, the question of fate and fortune seems to be closely related to religious disputes of the sixteenth century.

Hopefully, the colloquium will contribute to a better understanding of these concepts and their crucial role in the history of Renaissance thought. Despite some valuable publications on the topic, a number of its aspects still remain unclear. The interdisciplinary character of the conference would allow to explore the place of fortune and fate in religious, philosophical and artistic contexts in the Renaissance.

A number of fundamental questions will be addressed including:
* The classical tradition and its contribution to the (re)consideration of these concepts in the Renaissance
* Renaissance Stoicism and the reception of Alexander of Aphrodisias
* Religious controversies in the sixteenth century and the disputes on free will, fate and fortune in theological texts.
* Determinism
* Fate and fortune in respect of controversies on astrology and magic in the Renaissance
* The image of fate and fortune in Renaissance art

Please send a title and abstract of no more than 250 words as well as a one-page CV to no later than 1 February 2016.

(CFP closed 1 Feb 2016)


ANTIQUIPOP. La référence à l'antiquité dans la culture populaire contemporaines / Reference to Antiquity in Contemporary Popular Culture

Lyon 2 Lumière University & at the Musée gallo-romain, Lyon (France): 26-28 May 2016

While studies in Antiquity may be considered useless and old-fashioned, and the recent decisions of the French government themselves makes this kind of generalizing statement a reality, we may think that Antiquity and what is left of it, are doomed to decay and disappear. However, at the same time, media, artistic and cultural creations for the general public, as well as new types of digital art, reflect a different phenomenon: our screens seem to be overwhelmed with themes and aesthetics from Antiquity, thus putting up some resistance to Cassandras' predictions.

It is precisely this phenomenon of resistance to disappearance, in a word, this obstinacy, that we which to examine. The fact that Antiquity is so present in our artistic and cultural world is not self-evident, far from it. Research on Antiquity has recently been shaken up by a whole range of groundbreaking studies, especially Reception and Reception Theories studies, bringing to light several analyses focusing on comics, manga, peplums, video games, etc. We wish then to tackle the question of Reception of Antiquity in a field that has been until now underestimated, if not completely neglected, by scholars: the popular culture in all its features: the pop, musical and video worlds, television, fashion, etc.

Starting from the identification of images of Antiquity in pop music, TV series, modern art, fashion and video games, the analyses will question the existence of stereotypes, the invention of new codes, their deciphering as well as their hermeneutical range, aethetically speaking as well as from an Images and Reception theory perspective.

We welcome papers exploring these questions, coming from different fields of expertise, in a resolutely interdisciplinary approach: historians, art historians, aesthetics experts, visual artists, literature and comparative studies specialists, archaeologists, semanticists and semiology experts are particularly welcome to submit their proposal.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (in French or English) and should be sent via the "Submit" tab at at the latest January, 31th 2016. Would you have any question, please send an email to the organizing comittee:

(CFP closed 31 Jan 2016)


Feminism & Classics VII (FEMCON7): Visions

University of Washington, Seattle: May 19-22, 2016

This conference will focus on vision in – and visions of – the ancient Mediterranean world, primarily ancient Greece and Rome, but without excluding, for example, Egypt and the Near East. We welcome submissions related to any aspect of this theme, including sight, blindness, voyeurism, the gaze, spectacle, illusion, dreams, hallucinations, epiphany, and similar topics. We also encourage abstracts that construe the theme of vision more broadly: What can we know about self-perception in the ancient Mediterranean world, particularly among women and other groups defined as Others? How have post-antique cultures envisioned or reimagined Classical material, whether in art, theater, literature, theater, film, or other media? What is to be learned from looking at the history of women and feminism in Classical studies, and what paths forward can we envision, both for scholarship and for pedagogy? What can views from outside (e.g., outside Classics, the humanities, academia, the United States, the West) teach us, and how does the field look from within different parts of the academy (e.g., students, adjuncts, tenured or tenure-track faculty, librarians, museum staff)? Are there new lenses through which we might profitably examine old material?

Keynote Speakers: Bettina Bergmann (Helene Phillips Herzig '49 Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College), Sheila Murnaghan (Professor of Classical Studies and Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek, University of Pennsylvania); Alison Wylie (Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy, University of Washington).

Draft program:

Conference Website:

(CFP closed 1 September 2015)


Calleva Events on Make-Believe in Drama

Calleva Centre, Magdalen College Oxford: May 20-21, 2016

Why do adults believe in fictional worlds? Why do they spend time and money at the theatre committing emotionally to stageworlds they know are not real? In May 2016, the Adults at Play(s) project of the Calleva Centre will host two events exploring these questions.


This international one-day colloquium brings together speakers from the worlds of Theatre, Classics, English, Cognitive Studies and Psychology. The aim of the day is to facilitate dialogue among practitioners in these different fields: we will explore the issues involved in dramatic make-believe in multidisciplinary panels of short (15-minute) papers.

Our speakers include: Jennifer Barnes (Psychology), Max van Dujin (Psychology), Henry Goodman (actor – RSC, National, TV and film), Nick Lowe (Classics), Raphael Lyne (English), Keith Oatley (Psychology), Nicola Shaughnessy (Theatre Studies), Robert Shaughnessy (Theatre Studies), Helen Slaney (Classics), Ineke Sluiter (Classics).

A complete programme will be posted here in March:

Registration is £15 and includes sandwich lunch with tea and coffee.

To register your attendance, visit:, and search ‘Make-Believe Symposium’.

SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016, 3.30-6.00pm: PUBLIC EVENT

Magdalen alumni and interested members of the public are invited to this event, featuring a keynote lecture by novelist and mythographer Professor Dame Marina Warner, as well as shorter talks by members of the Calleva research team, actor Henry Goodman (Royal Shakespeare company, National Theatre, film and television), and psychologist Professor Jennifer Barnes.

To register, please contact the Magdalen Alumni office at

For inquiries about both events: /


Classical Traditions in Latin American History

Warburg Institute (University of London, School of Advanced Study, Woburn Square, London): 19-20 May 2016

Organisers: Andrew Laird (Warwick/Brown University) and Nicola Miller (UCL)


ANDREW LAIRD, Warwick/Brown University: Conflicts of Classical Legacies in Spanish America
NICOLA MILLER, UCL: Classical Motifs in Spanish American Nation-building: Looking Beyond the Letrados
ERIC CULLHED, Uppsala University: "Born with the Wrinkles of Byzantium": Unclassical Traditions in Latin America
NATALIA MAILLARD ALVAREZ, Universidad Pablo de Olavide: Early Circulation of Classical Books from Europe in New Spain and Peru
ALEJANDRA ROJAS, The Ohio State University: Indigenous and Classical Conventions and Iconography in the Libellus de medicinalibus indorum herbis (Mexico, 1552)
BYRON ELLSWORTH HAMANN, The Ohio State University: The higa and the tlachialoni: Material Cultures of Seeing in the Mediterratlantic
ANTONELLA ROMANO, Centre Alexandre Koyré, EHESS: Assessing American Native Knowledge from Europe: A Global Perspective
ANDREW LAIRD, Warwick/Brown University: Innovations of Classical Humanism (1520-1570): Grammar, Rhetoric and Philosophy in a New World
STUART M. MCMANUS, Harvard: Humanist Eloquence and Erudition in Colonial Latin America: Reassessing the Funeral Exequies for Philip IV
ROBERT CONN, Wesleyan University: Classicism and the Forging of Institutions and Traditions in Latin America: From Sor Juana to Alfonso Reyes
DESIREE ARBO, University of Warwick: Guaraní Indians, Plato's Republic and 18th century Americanismo
ELINA MIRANDA, Universidad de La Habana: Greece in José Martí
ROSA ANDÚJAR, UCL: Henríquez Ureña's Hellenism and the American Utopia



Chasing Mythical Beasts... The Reception of Creatures from Graeco-Roman Mythology in Children's & Young Adults' Culture as a Transformation Marker

Warsaw, Poland: May 12–15, 2016

Full Programme:

Papers (alphabetical):

Jerzy Axer, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Wobo's Fabulous Itinerary: From East African Mythology to a Polish Formative Novel for Youth

Małgorzata Borowska, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, The Awakening of the κνώδαλα, or Inside a Great Fish Belly

Marilyn Burton, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Man as Creature: Allusions to Classical Beasts in the Novels of N.D. Wilson

Simon Burton, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Winged Horses, Talking Horses and Unicorns in C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia": Entwining Classical and Christian Motifs

Susan Deacy, Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton, Bright-Eyed Athena and Her Fiery-Eyed Monster

Konrad Dominas, Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, New Reception Spaces of Literature and Ancient Culture – Children's Creations of Mythical Creatures on the Internet

Elena Ermolaeva, Department of Classical Philology, St. Petersburg University, Centaurs in Russian Fairy Tales: From the Half-dog Pulicane to the Centaur Polkan

Liz Gloyn, Department of Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London, Mazes Intricate: The Minotaur as a Catalyst of Identity Formation in British Young Adult Fiction

Elizabeth Hale, School of Arts, University of New England, Medusas and Minotaurs: Metamorphosis and Meaning in Australian Contexts

Edith Hall, Department of Classics, King's College London, Cheiron the Centaur as Narrator

Maria Handrejk, Heinrich Schliemann Institute for Classical Antiquity, University of Rostock, Murder in the Moonlight: Harry Potter and the Return of the Werewolves

Owen Hodkinson, Department of Classics, University of Leeds, Reclaiming Medusa

Markus Janka, Institute of Classical Philology, University of Munich, & Michael Stierstorfer, Faculty of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Regensburg, Semibovemque virum semivirumque bovem – Mythological Hybrid Creatures as Key Actors in Ovid's "Metamorphoses" and in the Postmodern Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults

Katarzyna Jerzak, Department of Philology and History, Pomorska Academy in Słupsk, Remnants of Myth, Vestiges of Tragedy: Peter Pan in the Mermaids' Lagoon

Joanna Kłos, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Pheme the Gossip (Series "Goddess Girls") by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Przemysław Kordos, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Modern Greek Children Face to Face with Hydra, Cerberus and Minotaurs

Weronika Kostecka & Maciej Skowera, Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw, Womanhood and/as Monstrosity: Cultural and Individual Biography of a "Beast" in Anna Czerwińska-Rydel's "The Baltic Siren"

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, German Department, University of Tübingen, On the Trail of Pan: From the Eternal to the Strange Child

Helen Lovatt, Department of Classics, University of Nottingham, Magical Beasts and Where They Come From: How Greek Are Harry Potter's Mythical Animals?

Adam Łukaszewicz, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Fantastic Creatures Seen by a Shipwrecked Sailor and by a Herdsman

Katarzyna Marciniak, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Chasing Mythical Muppets: Classical Antiquity According to Jim Henson

Sheila Murnaghan, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania (with Deborah H. Roberts), "A Kind of Minotaur": Mythical Monsters in the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sonya Nevin & Steve K. Simons, The Panoply Vase Animation Project, Animating Mythical Vase Scenes, with the National Museum in Warsaw

Daniel A. Nkemleke & Divine Che Neba, Department of English, University of Yaoundé 1, Myth, Beasts and Creatures: Towards the Construction of Human Categories in Oral Tradition in Cameroon

Elżbieta Olechowska, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Heracles Facing Monsters in Twenty-First-Century French Comic Books by Joann Sfar and Edouard Cour

Hanna Paulouskaya, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Mythical Beasts in the Soviet Animation: Interpretation of the Monster Phenomenon

Deborah H. Roberts, Department of Classics, Haverford College (with Sheila Murnaghan), Picturing Duality: The Minotaur as Beast and Human in Illustrated Myth Collections for Children

Jörg Schulte, Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Cologne, Old Wine Bottled for the Young: The Image and Mysteries of Dionysos in Tadeusz Zieliński's "Skazochnaia Drevnost' Ėllady"

Christian Stoffel, Institute of Classical Studies, University of Mainz, Protecting the Ancient Past and Its Mythical Beasts: Julia Golding's "The Companions Quartet"

Robert A. Sucharski, Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Stanisław Pagaczewski and His Tale(s) of the Wawel Dragon

Karoline Thaidigsmann, Slavic Department, University of Heidelberg, (Non-)Flying Horses in the Polish People's Republic: The Crisis of the Mythical Beast in Ambivalent Polish Children's Literature

Peter Tirop Simatei, Department of Literature, Theatre & Film Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, The Nandi Bear: A Mythical Profile of a Ferocious Beast

Alfred Twardecki, Curator of the Ancient Art Collection, National Museum in Warsaw, Presentation of plans for a new gallery to be opened in 2019


Reading and rewriting ancient texts in the long eighteenth century: A one-day colloquium

Corpus Christi College, Oxford: Saturday 14 May, 2016

Organizers: Stuart Gillespie & Stephen Harrison


10:30-11:00 Coffee/Registration

Helen Slaney (Oxford): Ancient Geographies Translated as Narratives of Travel
Micha Lazarus (Cambridge): Sublimity by Fiat: New Light on the English Longinus
David Hopkins (Bristol): The Poet as Annotator: Pope’s Observations on his Iliad

1:00-2:00 Lunch

Clare Bucknell (Oxford): William Popple’s Works of Horace
Penelope Wilson (Cambridge): ‘Never let me trifle with a book’: Philip Doddridge as Reader of Homer and Virgil

3:30-4:00 Tea

Stuart Gillespie (Glasgow): Newly Recovered English Classical Translations, 1600-1800
Philip Hardie (Cambridge): Eighteenth-Century Flights of the Mind

5:30-6:30 Drinks

Cost £15 including lunch, tea/coffee and drinks, payable on the day. Please book in advance with Prof. Stephen Harrison by 1 May 2016: Graduate students may attend for £10.


Ancient Greek Pots and Social Class in the Britain 1789-1939

Under the aegis of AHRC-funded Classics and Class research project based at King’s College London and directed by Professor Edith Hall and Dr Henry Stead.

King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS: Thursday 5 May 2016

Convener: Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis

Material culture can be used to enact class. This occurs in manifold ways including on human bodies through fashion, in the interior domestic environment and architecture through inhabited space and in taste in art. These ideas have been explored in a variety of media and cultural contexts, including academia (notably in the work of Pierre Bourdieu), and in the ceramic art and broadcasting of Grayson Perry (e.g. Channel 4 documentary series 2012 ‘In the best possible taste’). Classical material culture has been part of British material culture from at least the C17th onwards and as such has played an important role in delineating class distinctions. Its popularity in the late C18th and C19th is to be seen within the context of British colonialism and rising luxury consumption, itself a marker of class. In C18th and C19th Britain Greek pots were seen as the cheap cousins of more durable and “elevated” marble sculpture. While the reception of marginalized Greek pots is receiving increasing scholarly attention, research has focused predominantly on elite reception, notably collections in the houses of the rich, and expensive ceramics, furnishings and fashions, inspired directly by Greek pots and indirectly by their two-dimensional images in publications.

This symposium seeks to explore the reception of ancient Greek pots through the lens of social class and to bring to prominence hitherto marginalized working class and middle class engagements with this area of Classical material culture. Greek pots offer rich possibilities for revisionist histories of engagement with Classical culture for several reasons. First they themselves are connected to non-elites of ancient Greece through their cheap material and manufacture by non-elite craftsmen, whose work had a direct analogue in that of the labourers in the Potteries and other factories; second through their depiction of the lives of non-elite Athenians, and third (arguably) through their use by non-elites. A class-focused exploration of the reception of Greek pots, then, offers the opportunity to analyse non-elite responses to ancient non-elites.

Abstracts of up to 300 words, should be sent to by 16 November 2015, including (but not limited to) the following themes in the context of Britain 1789-1939:
* the place of Greek pots and the objects they inspired within broader British material culture and consumption
* the role of gender in different class engagements with Greek pots
* the role and agency of craftsmen creating objects inspired by Greek pots (potters, cabinet makers etc.)
* widening access and viewing experiences of working and middle classes of Greek pots in houses and museums
* the role of Greek pots and the objects they inspired in the demarcation of class (particularly the appeal and consumption of cheaper objects such as Dilwyn pottery)
* the relationship between different class engagements with classical pots (agency, top down models of influence or interpenetration)
* the influence of the arts and crafts movement on Sir John Beazley's approach to Greek pots
* the view from abroad: class and ancient Greek pots in countries other than Britain (particularly in Italy, France, Germany, the Ottoman empire). This could include the role of class in (licit and illicit) excavating, collecting and imitating Greek pots.

(CFP closed 16 Nov 2015)


Portals, Gates: The Classics in Modernist Translation

McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 30 and May 1, 2016

As Steven Yao observes in Translation and the Languages of Modernism, both the practice and the idea of translation were integral to experimental early twentieth-century modernist work in English: "feats of translation not only accompanied and helped to give rise to, but sometimes even themselves constituted, some of the most significant Modernist literary achievements in English." And in their translation work, many anglophone modernists were especially responsive to the literatures of Ancient Greece and Rome. As H.D. would say of Euripides, whose plays she translated, "these words are to me portals, gates."

Modernists Ezra Pound, H.D., W.B. Yeats and E.E. Cummings--among others--pursued translations of work from dramatists and poets such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, Homer, Sappho, Meleager, Theocritus, Catullus, Horace, Ovid, and Propertius. In some cases they developed more traditional translations, aimed to render in English a text from another language, culture, and time; in other instances, they ventured into more maverick translations, often construed by contemporary reception studies as adaptations or interventions (which sometimes incurred the ire of early twentieth-century scholarship). For many modernists, such translation work not only served as "good training"--as Pound phrased it--but also contributed to the enrichment of English beyond its ordinary boundaries, allowing fine-grained and radical access to the aesthetic and intellectual wisdom of a corpus of ancient literature they saw as valuable to the present. Many even used the concept of translation to capture a broader modernist commitment to 'bringing over' to the early twentieth century resources of the ancient past, its cultural archive--to speak to questions, conceptual nodes and problematics of the contemporary moment.

Situated at the intersection of Classical studies, Modernist studies, and Translation studies, this conference invites commentary on the work of early twentieth-century modernist "translation," broadly interpreted - responses by modernist writers to texts and cultural materials from the Classical world. We welcome papers, performances, and creative or multimedia work addressing:
1) more traditional translation work, such as work for the Poets' Translation Series edited by Richard Aldington, Yeats's King Oedipus and Oedipus at Colonus, and Louis MacNeice's Agamemnon;
2) more experimental translation work by modernists such as Pound (e.g. Homage to Sextus Propertius, Women of Trachis) and H.D. (e.g. Hippolytus Temporizes, Ion);
3) freer appropriations and adaptations of Classical material, such as H.D.'s responses to Sappho and Meleager; Pound's and Joyce's engagements with the Odyssey; Pound's and H.D.'s work with the Eleusinian mysteries; and Cummings's experiments with Catullus, Homer, and Greek myth.

Please send 250-word abstracts, along with current CV, to and by January 10, 2016. The conference will take place at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 30 and May 1, 2016.

(CFP closed 10 January 2016)


Mary Renault: A Celebration

St Hugh’s College, Oxford: 26 April 2016

Few historical novelists have ever rivalled the achievements of Mary Renault, author between 1956 and 1981 of eight novels set in the ancient Greek world. She is best known for her re-imagination of Theseus in The King Must Die (one of John F. Kennedy’s favourite novels) and for her brilliant Alexander trilogy, in which she resurrected one of history’s most mesmerising figures, Alexander of Macedon.


5.00 pm Reception in the Hamlin Gallery: There will be a small exhibition of material from the Mary Renault papers in the college archive and of artwork from the new Folio Society editions of Renault’s novels.

6.00 pm Mordan Hall: Lecture by Professor Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, with further contributions on Mary Renault and historical fiction by the historians Tom Holland and Bettany Hughes; followed by discussion.

This event in honour of St Hugh’s alumna Mary Renault is to mark the recent launch of the Mary Renault Prize for essays by pupils in Year 12 or 13 on the theme of the influence of classical antiquity.

If you would like to attend, please email


Revival and Revision of the Trojan Myth

Conference Hall, CNR Building (Roma, Italy): 22 April 2016

In the last years the rewritings of Homeric epics and Trojan myth dating back to the Imperial Period and Late Antiquity have increasingly attracted scholarly interest. This is the case of Dares Phrygius and Dictys Cretensis, who claimed to be eyewitnesses of the Trojan war and more reliable interpreters of the events compared to the Homeric version. The recent proliferation of translations, commentaries, studies and philological enquiries fills a gap that finds no justification, especially since these works were well known and widely circulated over the centuries up to the Middle Ages, so as to make a major contribution to the collective imagination concerning the Trojan war as well as the characters who took part in it, starting from the figure of Aeneas. The international meeting, to be held in Rome (in a conference hall of the CNR building, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7) on 22nd April 2016, is meant to fit in such a 'revival' about Dares and Dictys : proposals are hereby solicited for papers on textual or literary criticism, including historical and anthropological enquiries, in order to shed light on some aspects of their works and/or of the wider cultural context in which they are framed.

Organizers: Graziana Brescia; Mario Lentano; Giampiero Scafoglio


9.30 Apertura dei lavori / Meeting opening: Mario Lentano

9.45 Dalla Grecia a Roma a Bisanzio: le tre vite di Ditti Cretese / From Greece to Rome to Byzantium: Dictys' three lives
Chair: Emanuele Lelli (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
* Alessio Ruta (Università di Palermo), "Latine disserere". I papiri greci di Ditti Cretese (P.Tebt. II 268, P.Oxy. XXXI 2539, P.Oxy. LXXIII 4943 - 4944) e la traduzione di Settimio : osservazioni su lingua letteraria, stile, lessico
* Elísabet Gómez Peinado (Universidad de Alicante), La « Ephemeris belli Troiani » griega de Dictis cretense y sus testimonios latino y bizantinos

10.45 Pausa caffè / Coffee break

11.00 Ditti e il contesto storico e culturale / Dictys and his historical and cultural context
Chair: Sergio Casali (Università di Roma "Tor Vergata")
* Silvio Bär (University of Oslo), Fakers, liars, plagiarists? Narrators and authorial voices in reworkings of the Trojan saga in the imperial period
* Valentin Décloquement (Université de Lille III), Le jeu du faire-vrai: lire Dictys de Crète à la lumière de la "paideia"
* Mireia Movellán Luis (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Elements of internal cohesion in the « Ephemeris belli troiani »

12.30 Pausa pranzo / Lunch break

14.30 Modelli, motivi e personaggi / Models, motifs, characters
Chair: Eugenio Amato (Université de Nantes / Institut Universitaire de France)
* Graziana Brescia (Università di Foggia) & Mario Lentano (Università di Siena), Amore e guerra. Achille e Polissena in Ditti Cretese e Darete Frigio
* Giampiero Scafoglio (Université de Nantes / Seconda Università di Napoli), Antenore, il traditore
* Valentina Zanusso (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"), Ditti di Creta e il dramma attico

16.15 Pausa caffè / Coffee break

16.30 Ricezione / Reception
Chair: Riccardo Scarcia (Università di Roma "Tor Vergata")
* Thomas Gärtner (Universität zu Köln), Die Kriegstagebücher von Dares Phrygius und Dictys Cretensis als Beispieleinerliterarisch "offenen" Rezeptionsvorlage
* Valentina Prosperi (Università di Sassari), I cavalieri della tavola troiana : Ditti e Darete dal « Troiano a stampa » all'« Innamoramento di Orlando »

17.30 Conclusioni / Conclusions : Giampiero Scafoglio



From Thucydides to Twitter: Towards a History of the Soundbite

Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London: 22-23 April, 2016

The conference aims to to explore the nature and history of the 'soundbite' as a feature of political rhetoric and other forms of communication in the classical and modern worlds. It will bring together classical scholars, researchers in the fields of rhetoric, media and communication, and practising speechwriters, broadcasters and journalists, to explore the history of the phenomenon, compare its ancient and modern manifestations in theory and practice, and highlight its advantages and disadvantages in the context of public debate.

Conference speakers:

Tom Clark (Melbourne)
Michael Edwards (Roehampton)
Bruce Gibson (Liverpool)
Richard Hawley (Royal Holloway)
Brian Jenner (UK Speechwriters guild)
Joshua Katz (Princeton)
Asako Kurihara (Osaka)
Christian Kock (Copenhagen)
Simon Lancaster (Bespoke speeches Ltd)
Nigel Rees (BBC broadcaster and author)
Peter Rhodes (Durham)
Catherine Steel (Glasgow)
Anne Ulrich (Tübingen)
Lisa S. Villadsen (Copenhagen)



The Fixed Handout Workshop: Exercises and Variations in Reading Latin Texts

An experimental two-day workshop in Cambridge

Cambridge Classics Faculty / St John's College Cambridge: 16-17 April 2016

Registration is open for The Fixed Handout Workshop, an experimental 2-day symposium in which 12 speakers from different institutions, in four groups of three speakers each, will deliver papers based on a fixed selection of texts from Latin literature and its reception.


Saturday 16th April 2016

Welcome and Introduction (Siobhan Chomse & Elena Giusti)

1st Session: Witches

Handout Passages: Ovid Amores 3.7.1-38; Plautus Miles Gloriosus 182-94; Horace Satires 1.8.14-36; Petronius Satyricon 131; Lucan Bellum Civile 6.624-41; Virgil Aeneid 4.474-93; Dante Inferno 9.16-57; Goethe Faust Part Two, Chapter 22.

Speakers: Mathias Hanses (Pennsylvania State University); Viola Starnone (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa); Ian Goh (Birkbeck, University of London).

2nd Session: Gardens

Handout Passages: Virgil Georgics 4.125-46; Horace Epodes 2.1-28; Tibullus 1.1.7-18; Appendix Virgiliana Moretum 52-89; Seneca Epistles 21.9-11; Seneca Epistles 94.69-71; Voltaire Candide, Chapter 30; Shakespeare Richard II, Scene IV.

Speakers: Martin Stöckinger (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin); Barbara Del Giovane (Università degli Studi di Firenze); Nick Ollivère (Royal Holloway, University of London).

Sunday 17th April 2016

3rd Session: The East

Handout Passages: Propertius Elegies 3.4; Ovid Ars Amatoria 1.177-228; Sidonius Panegyric on Anthemius 30-67; ClaudianThe Fourth Consulship of the Emperor Honorius 565-610; Virgil Georgics 3.109-39; Virgil Aeneid 8.685-728; Ezra PoundHomage to Sextus Propertius, Section VI; Spenser Faerie Queene, Book IV, Canto XI.

Speakers: Christian Badura (Freie Universität Berlin); Michael Hanaghan (University of Exeter); Bram van der Velden (University of Cambridge).

4th Session: The Underworld

Handout Passages: Seneca Apocolocyntosis 13; Seneca Hercules Furens 662-96; Juvenal Satires 2.149-70; Petronius Satyricon72-3; Horace Odes 2.13; Virgil Aeneid 6.268-81; Ezra Pound, Canto XIV; T.S. Eliot Little Gidding 2.

Speakers: Kathrin Winter (Universität Heidelberg); Tom Geue (University of St Andrews); Giovanna Laterza (Université de Strasbourg).

Closing Keynote: William Fitzgerald (King's College London)

There is no fee for participation, but please write to Dr Elena Giusti ( by the 1st of April so that we can have an idea of numbers.


'The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein'

Hamilton College, Clinton, New York: Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April 2016

In July of 1816, that famous European 'year without a summer,' a young British woman vacationing with friends—including Lord Byron, Polidori, and Percy Shelley—wrote a 'ghost story' that would go on to become one of the most important and influential novels of our time. The young woman was Mary Shelley, and the novel of course is Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. To celebrate the bicentennial of the ghost story challenge that conceived that "hideous progeny," scholars, students, and other readers are invited to a conference on The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein, 8-9 April 2016 at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, USA. A special focus of the conference is Frankenstein's deep roots in classical traditions. In addition to the Prometheus myth, for example, the text explicitly signals Plutarch and Seneca (in its first edition), and the novel has recently been shown to engage with Lucretius and Lucan. Since Frankenstein is a formative work of modern science fiction, indeed often cited as the starting-point of the genre, it raises the question of further interaction between that most modern genre and materials from classical antiquity. The study of classical receptions in Frankenstein, and in works inspired by it, also bridges the gap between 'canonical' or 'high' literature and more 'popular' fiction. The conference thus seeks to raise questions like:
* How do Greek and Roman myth, philosophy, literature, and history inform Frankenstein, and how might Frankenstein lead to new readings of the classics?
* As a generative work of modern science fiction, what relationships between that genre and classical antiquity might Frankenstein suggest?
* How do artistic and other traditions arising from Frankenstein invoke, or shed light on, ancient ideas in metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, and aesthetics?
* How might Frankenstein serve as a mediating prism, refracting classical traditions into later works of science fiction?
* And how do classical receptions inform the other works, and other traditions, which originated with the ghost story challenge of July 1816?

Date: Friday, 8 April, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, 9 April, 2016 (All day)

Location: Hamilton College, Clinton, New York

Organizers: Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College), Brett M. Rogers (University of Puget Sound), Benjamin Eldon Stevens (Trinity University).


(CFP closed 15 Oct 2015)


'Inexcusabiles' - The Debate on Salvation and the Virtues of the Pagans in the Early Modern Period (1595 - 1772)

Warburg Institute (University of London, School of Advanced Study, Woburn Square, London): 8 April 2016

Organisers: Alberto Frigo (University of Reims) and Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute)

Speakers include: Michela Catto (FBK-ISR, Trento), Alberto Frigo (Reims), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute), Douglas Hedley (Cambridge), Franck Lessay (Paris), John Marenbon (Cambridge), Giuliano Mori, Michael Moriarty (Cambridge), François Trémolières (CELLF and Paris Ouest Nanterre) and Han van Ruler (Rotterdam)

In his pioneering Le Problème du salut des infidèles (1912, 1934), Louis Capéran devoted a number of pages to the theological debate on pagan salvation and the limbo at the time of Fénelon and Rousseau. More recently, Michael Moriarty has produced a comprehensive study on this topic (Oxford 2011), highlighting the role played by the French moralists. Yet the multiple forms that the Medieval and Renaissance debate on the pagans took during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries remain to be addressed in full. This one-day conference intends to fill this gap by looking at the history of early modern controversies on the salvation and virtues of the pagans. The posthumous edition of Montaigne’s Essais (1595) and Johann August Eberhard’s Neue Apologie des Socrates (1772) are the chronological limits that define the context that will be examined in this conference. Its aim is to reassess the question of the moral status of unbelievers in the early modern period by analysing how some specific theological issues were reshaped at the time. Above all, the conference will explore how the theme of the virtues and the salvation of the pagans intersected the early modern reception of ancient philosophy. The modern revival of Stoicism, Epicureanism and Scepticism is well known and has been studied extensively. Little attention, however, has been devoted to the relationship between the ethical models inspired by the heroes and philosophers of antiquity and the ‘new philosophy’.


Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute) - Between St Paul and Galen: How Juan Huarte de San Juan Responded to Inquisitorial Censorship

Alberto Frigo (University of Reims) - Montaigne’s Gods

Michael Moriarty (University of Cambridge) - ‘Would God Have Created the World in Order to Damn It?’; or is that a ‘Stupid Question’?

John Marenbon (University of Cambridge) - Pagan Salvation and Pagan Virtues – Collius and La Mothe Le Vayer

Han van Ruler (University of Rotteram) - The Scope of Grace: Early Modern Moral Philosophy and the Metaphysico-Moral Paradoxes of Divine Assistance

Franck Lessay (University of Paris) - Hobbes’s Covenant, a Refuge for Heretics and Atheists?

Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge) - Cudworth and Pagan Monotheism

François Tremolières (CELLF and Paris Ouest Nanterre) - Vertu des païens et salut des infidèles dans l’oeuvre de Fénelon

Giuliano Mori - Historia Gentilium (ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam): Jesuits, Missionaries, and the Seventeenth-Century Quest for a Universal History

Michela Catto (FBK-ISR, Trento) - Jesuits and Chinese Atheism: Back and Forth between Europe and China

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Antiquity in Italy (1 BC – 1800): Continuities and Refractions

Warburg Institute (University of London, School of Advanced Study, Woburn Square, London): 6-7 April 2016

Organisers: Francesco Caglioti and Bianca de Divitiis (University of Naples)

Speakers: Howard Burns (Scuola Normale Superiore), Francesco Caglioti (Naples), Francesco De Angelis (Columbia), Sible De Blauuw (Radboud, Nijmegen), Bianca de Divitiis (Naples), Julian Gardner (Warwick), Isabella Lazzarini (del Molise), Tod Marder (Rutgers), Tanja Michalsky (Biblioteca Hertziana), Tomaso Montanari (Naples), Anna Ottani Cavina (Bologna), Susanna Pasquali (Rome La Sapienza), Filippomaria Pontani (Venice Ca' Fosari) and Guido Rebecchini (Courtauld Institute)

The aim of the conference is to examine the concept of the 'classical past' by analysing how ruling elites, civic communities, social groups and families in Italy in different periods and in different contexts invented and shaped their own 'classical' past according to their actual concerns.

The conference is conceived as the final international meeting of the HistAntArtSI project. Funded by an ERC grant, HistAntArtSI ( has been studying over the last five years (2011-2015) historical memory, antiquarian culture and artistic patronage in the cities and towns of southern Italy between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In part­­icular, the project has been looking at how documents sanctioning the existence of local administrative institutions, and monuments from antiquity and from the more recent past, both surviving in conspicuous quantities, were central to the processes of constructing the local identities of urban centres throughout the Kingdom of Naples. Identity was expressed both through new literary works and new works of art and architecture. The results of the research are now established and are ready for comparison with similar researches relating to other areas and to other historical periods, with the aim above all of questioning, through this comparative approach, the underlying reasons which motivated the creation of urban and civic identity.

By examining a very wide chronological range, from ancient Roman times to the Neoclassical period, and focusing on various contexts in the Italian territory, the conference aims to look at how in different periods different areas shaped their notions of the 'antique' and their own idea of the past, an idea which was not necessarily confined to Greek and Roman remains, but could include examples from pre-Greek and pre-Roman indigenous pasts, as well as from more recent history. Real or fictive ruins, inscriptions, and literary works were used to express a particular vision of a place's local origins, to rewrite its history or manifest its civic pride.

We ask speakers to select from their own research themes and cases addressing the idea of why and how 'antiquity' was reused, and examine the ways in which individuals or communities of patrons or artists, in looking back to the past, chose to select specific features from it. In particular, we seek papers on cultural operations in which the reuse or revival of 'antiquity' was not only intended as a formal and aesthetic element, but was guided by an ideological need to build a contemporary sense of identity, which took the past as its point of departure. Papers might also consider how the exchange or intermittence of past and present led to the strategic selection and display of ancestors and genealogies as part of the reconstruction of a family or centre's history and therefore of their identity. They may also address the concepts of 'geographical antiquity' and 'chronological antiquity', that is to say, cases where ancient remains were reused because they were local and therefore in order to enhance local history (as in Capua or Milan during the fifteenth century), or because there was a need to refer back to a specific period of the past (as in the Paleochristian revival in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Rome).



Translating and Interpreting Ovid in the Late Middle Ages

Department of the Classics, ​Harvard University: April 4th, 2016

With the support of the Department of the Classics at Harvard University and the Secretary for Universities and Research at the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge of the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.


Richard J. Tarrant (Harvard): Introduction
Frank T. Coulson (The Ohio State University): The Latin School Tradition on the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages
Gerlinde Huber-Rebenich and Beatrice Wyss (Universität Bern): Giovanni del Virgilio's Expositio
Ana Pairet (Rutgers University): Christine de Pizan, a reader of the Ovide moralisé
Albert Lloret (University of Massachusetts Amherst): Medieval Catalan Translations
Gemma Pellissa Prades (Harvard University): The 15th-Century Catalan Translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses by Francesc Alegre (1494)



Antiquity and the History of Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Europe

University of Edinburgh (New College): 4 April 2016

This one-day interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 4 April 2016 aims at exploring the reception of antiquity in Europe in the long eighteenth century (ca 1650-1800). This period is frequently referred to as the 'birthplace of modernity', yet scholars have long recognised that the ancient world exerted a profound impact on the European 'Enlightenment'. By either contrast or identification, contemporaries appealed to the ancient world – in its classical, Christian, and extra-European guises – in their engagement with a variety of religious, political, philosophical, historical, literary, and cultural debates. The conference seeks to build on the rich and diverse range of scholarship produced in this field by providing an interdisciplinary forum for researchers in departments including History, Classics, and Theology to discuss their work. In so doing, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the substantial European engagement with antiquity, and thus also of the central intellectual concerns of eighteenth-century thought and 'enlightened' culture. The conference will consist of several panels followed by a key-note lecture from Dr Anthony Ossa-Richardson of the University of Southampton. We invite proposals for twenty-minute individual papers from postgraduate and early-career researchers, dealing with any aspect of the engagement with antiquity in the long eighteenth century.

Topics may include but are by no means limited to:
* How did the reception of antiquity shape contemporary definitions of 'modernity'?
* Are ancient texts, civilisations, and characters used as a source of comparison with contemporary events, and/or to create a contrast between past and present?
* What role did antiquity play in contemporary religious debates?
* What role did antiquity play in shaping contemporary perceptions of the 'other'?
* How did new developments in 'orientalism' affect the encounter with antiquity?
* In what ways did the reception of antiquity contribute to political ideologies and institutions?
* How does the reception of antiquity contribute to eighteenth-century notions of progress?
* How does thinking about eighteenth-century engagements with antiquity help us to shed light on the contested label of 'the Enlightenment'?
* How can investigating the reception of the ancient world in the long eighteenth century help us to define and understand the practice of classical studies?

Abstracts of around 250 words along with a short biography should be sent in the body of an email to by 1 December 2015.

For more information see our website:


Keynote: Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Southampton) – The Comedies of Plattus

Thomas Hopkinson (Lancaster) – The 'Nymphs' of the Fountain of Arethusa and Representations of Classical Sicily in Travel Works c. 1770–1850

Nicole Cochrane (Hull) – Reception Theory and Material Culture in the Gentleman's Sculpture Gallery

Marta Dieli (Independent) – The Enlightenment and the Teaching of Ancient Greek Grammar in Greece

Alexander Jordan (Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Turin) – Epicureanism and Stoicism beyond the Scottish Enlightenment: Thomas Carlyle as Critic of David Hume

Alan Montgomery (Birkbeck College, London) – "An all-grasping rapacious nation": Celebrating the Rejection of Rome in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Flora Champy (ENS Lyon – Rutgers) – Rousseau's Rome: A Model or an Inspiration?

Anthony Ellis (Bern) – The Jealous God of Ancient Greece: Early-Modern and Enlightenment Theories on τὸ θεῖον φθονερόν, between Theology, Anthropology, and Classical Scholarship

Kelsey Jackson Williams (St Andrews) – Innovation and Heresy: Episcopalianism, Catholicism, and Antiquarianism in Enlightenment Scotland

Marco Duranti (Verona) – "I do not believe that any God is bad" (Eur. IT 391) – The Euripidean Premises for the Religious Message of Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris

(25/2/2016): register at before 28 March, or contact the organisers at


Oratory and Rhetoric: Ancient to Early Modern

University College London, Foster Court 307 (Gower Street, London): Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A consideration of the ways in which classical theories of oratory and rhetoric were redeployed, understood and influential in the early modern world.


Sarah Knight (Leicester), "Take heede of that dull, cold, idle way of reading Syllogismes out of a paper": learning to argue at the early modern English universities

Michael Trapp (KCL), Aelius Aristides’ Platonic Orations: Orators, Politicians and Plato’s Gorgias

Gesine Manuwald (UCL), 'that talker, Cicero': the orator Cicero as a figure in early modern drama

Mike Edwards (Roehampton), tbc.

All welcome, followed by a wine reception.



Classics and Resistance to World War One (1914-18)

The Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University, Portland Crescent, Leeds: Sunday March 20, 2016

Classics panel at the International Conference: 'Resistance to War', in association with the University of Leeds World War One Centenary project. 'Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18'


Professor Angie Hobbs (Chair) (University of Sheffield): 'Classics in WW1'

Professor Lorna Hardwick (The Open University): 'The poetics of slippery concepts: WW1 receptions of ancient peace, power and struggle'

Dr Elizabeth Pender (University of Leeds): 'Hellenic Idealism: from Gilbert Murray to the Union of Democratic Control'

Professor Miranda Hickman (McGill University): 'Iphigenia and 'The Sight of Ships': H.D.'s Euripidean Resistance to WWI'.



The Classical and the Contemporary

University of Queensland and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane: March 16-18, 2016

Over the past fifteen years, the category of "the contemporary" in art history has been rapidly institutionalized, embedding the scholarly engagement with art practices in the present within the established discourses of history and redefining the space of exchange between the academy and the world outside its walls: "contemporary art" is now at once a field of academic study and the art world in real time. Art historians' interest in whether the institutional category of "the contemporary" marks a potentially troubling unmooring of their discipline from history and traditional scholarly practice seems to have been (symptomatically?) fleeting. Bringing together art historians as well as classicists, ancient historians, and artists, we aim to take up the category here under more capacious comparative conditions, as a phenomenon both specific to the global art world right now and a case study for thinking about points of engagement between academic study, especially history and philosophy, and the practice and production of art; between the study of ancient Greece and Rome and interventions in the present; between Greco-Roman antiquity and other classical traditions.

Rather than opposing "the contemporary" to history or the past tout court, we partner it with a term that's been a less familiar companion, "the classical," in order to explore the dynamics not of disjunction but of conjunction: not the contemporary or the classical but the contemporary and the classical. The workshop aims to occupy not just a temporal axis but also, in its conjunction with the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, a spatial axis. The idea is not for participants to be occupying all axes at all times but to create a space for unpredictable intersections and resonant affinities.

We want to ask, in part: Can these terms, classical and contemporary, be thought together? Or does bringing one into focus obscure the other? Is the classical just another way of marking a historical consciousness foreign to the state of being contemporary? Or does it suggest, rather, a strategy for eliciting untimely dimensions of the contemporary? How does the conjunction of the classical and the contemporary change when we replace the classical with the postclassical? Does joining the classical with the contemporary expose the Eurocentrism that persists into current notions of the contemporary? Or is "the classical" itself a global concept? By contrast, what happens if we think of the classical not as a homogenizing term—a common tradition or the object of a "classical" education—but as a body of material encountered locally and contingently within a present at once pluralistic and networked? How does the enactment of these questions in and around art mimic or diverge from other forms of cultural production? We also want to invite participants to enact the conjunction of the classical and the contemporary—that is, not so much to theorize, defend, or reject the partnering of these terms as to map possible practices of imbricating past and present, classical and postclassical, local and global.

The workshop is jointly supported by the Postclassicisms network at Princeton University and the University of Queensland.

Confirmed Participants:
Alastair Blanshard (Queensland)
Christian Blood (Yonsei)
Rex Butler (Queensland/Monash)
Richard Fletcher (Ohio State University)
Jane Griffiths (Monash)
Constanze Güthenke (Oxford)
Brooke Holmes (Princeton)
Polina Kosmadaki (Benaki Museum)
Paolo Magagnoli (Queensland)
Richard Neer (University of Chicago)
Simon Perris (Wellington)
Asad Raza (Independent Artist)


Note: this is a closed workshop. Please contact Alastair Blanshard for further information.

There is a public lecture and panel discussion associated with the workshop:

Into Pan’s Cave: Ancient Greece meets Contemporary Art

Brisbane - University of Queensland Art Museum: Wednesday 16 March, 6.00pm

In the history of art, classical antiquity has always had an important place. But its uses and abuses vary widely at different times and contexts. What is the status of classical antiquity in contemporary art today? In a global world crisscrossed by hybrid traditions, what is at stake in engaging with "the Greeks"? In this lecture and panel discussion, Brooke Holmes, Polina Kosmadaki and Asad Raza discuss with Alastair Blanshard the conjunction of the classical and the contemporary in current art practices. Into Pan’s Cave explores, in particular, several sites of this conjunction. The panellists will focus on the zone of contact between art production and academic work as well as contemporary Athens as a place for making and exhibiting art.


Brooke Holmes: Professor of Classics at Princeton University, USA. She is currently curating an exhibition entitled Liquid Antiquity for the new Benaki Museum in Athens, with the support of The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art (to open in Spring 2017).

Polina Kosmadaki: Curator of Paintings at the Benaki Museum, Athens, and an expert on Greek contemporary art.

Asad Raza: an artist and art producer, well known for his work with Tino Sehgal. In 2015 he developed a piece on the figure of Pan for Frieze Projects, London, and in 2014, he was the producer for Tino Sehgal’s work in the Roman Agora in Athens. He is currently developing a project for Documenta 14: Learning from Athens in 2017.

Alastair Blanshard (chair), Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Queensland.

This event is part of the Postclassicisms project, an initiative funded by the Global Collaborative Networks Fund at Princeton University, USA, and is supported by the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland and the UQ Art Museum.

Free. All welcome. RSVP Friday 11 March to / 07 3365 3046.


Beyond the Romans: What can Posthumanism do for Classical Studies?

TRAC: Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Rome: 16-19 March 2016

The term "posthumanism" is used to refer to a multitude of theoretical positions, with the common denominator of being critical of traditional conceptions of the privileges and limitations of "the human". Scholars within diverse fields have recently embraced posthumanist theories to challenge the standard dichotomies of Renaissance humanism in their research, stressing instead the mutual relationship between matter and discourse, and considering the agency of animals, artefacts, landscapes, and ideas alongside humans.

The session demonstrates posthuman theory's great potential to develop classical scholarship in general, and specifically classical archaeology, in relation to how we approach both ancient cultures and our own positions as researchers. Posthuman perspectives are particularly relevant for the topics of Roman mythology and religion, with their emphasis on metamorphoses, hybrid creatures, and encounters between actors that are human, divine, monstrous, or all of it. Roman religion is rife with animated landscapes and sacred groves, the oracular capacity of "inanimate" objects and liquid boundaries between images of gods and the gods themselves. In such instances, the assumptions of traditional scholarship have sometimes resulted in the construction of philosophical conundrums that may have been alien to Roman culture.

We explore how posthuman perspectives instead are capable of acknowledging the various ways in which Roman approaches to elements of myth, art and material culture, built and natural space and the sacred, displace and complicate modern notions of human exceptionalism and individualist subjectivity. The session aims to critically engage with the human/individual-focused research practices that have dominated archaeology, to explore the possibilities posthuman perspectives can provide for the development of Roman archaeology.

The session opens with Selsvold's paper that provides a general introduction to posthuman theory, its contexts, uses, and central debates, followed by papers presenting case studies demonstrating the perspective's potential. Åshede focuses on images of Priapus, who despite being the embodiment of phallic aggression is portrayed as blurring the boundaries between masculine/feminine, god/man/animal/tree and animate/inanimate. Filippo Carla (Exeter) investigates the connection between transgendered elements and divine claims in the self-presentation of Roman emperors, and Anna Foka (Umeå) explores how advancements in digital film technology affect modern understandings of the Roman amphitheatre.

We invite further papers that engage with the possibilities of posthuman perspectives for various aspects of Classical Studies!

Organised by Linnea Åshede and Irene Selsvold,, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

(CFP closed 18 December 2015).


Myth and Emotion in Early Modern Europe

University of Melbourne: 10 March 2016

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Greek and Roman classics became increasingly central to the European literary imagination, being referenced, translated, adopted and reshaped by a huge range of authors. In turn, current criticism of early modern literature is ever more concerned with the period’s reception and appropriation of the classical past. Greek and Roman myths held a two­fold appeal for authors: they were ‘known’ stories, culturally iconic and comfortingly familiar to the educated reader, but readerly knowledge could also be manipulated, and the myths reshaped in emotionally provocative and iconoclastic ways. This one day symposium at the University of Melbourne will be an investigation into early modern use of classical myths, asking how myth was used both ‘privately’, to excite emotional effect, and ‘publically’, to respond to political, religious, or social events. This symposium will focus on how and why myth was used specifically to excite and manipulate emotional responses in early modern readers and audiences: responses that might run counter to the original, classical focus of such stories.

Confirmed Speakers
* Dr Gordon Raeburn (CHE, The University of Melbourne)
* Dr Katherine Heavey (The University of Glasgow)
* Associate Prof. Cora Fox (Arizona State University)
* Dr Diana Barnes (UQ)
* Dr Brandon Chua (UQ)
* Dr Kirk Essary (UWA)

Convenors: Dr Gordon Raeburn (CHE, The University of Melbourne) & Dr Katherine Heavey (The University of Glasgow)

An event of the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800)



Medeia(s), entre a filosofia, a retórica e a literatura (XIII Seminário Internacional Archai)

Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB): 7-9 March 2016

Por que Medeia(s)?

Como organizadores, acreditamos que cabe a estudiosos, em colaboração, analisar o papel de obras complexas e fundantes das origens do pensamento ocidental, como as Medeias de Eurípides e Sêneca, bem como sua recepção posterior, seja na adaptação e transposição de tais textos para o cinema, teatro ou literatura, ou no estudo de temas ali encontrados, como os do infanticídio e exílio, que ainda reverberam, hoje, nas páginas dos jornais e discussões sobre direitos humanos e liberdade, nas esferas da vida pública e privada, mesclando obras ficcionais e episódios reais do cotidiano. Destarte, convidamos para o debate especialistas ou não, interessados nesses problemas de fronteira, em um diálogo aberto e, esperamos, profícuo. O seminário dá continuidade a um projeto de eventos em que é, também, discutida a interface entre representações imagéticas e textuais do passado, estimulando um diálogo interdisciplinar entre áreas afins: filosofia, direito, letras clássicas, literatura comparada, cinema e teatro, dentre outras.

Sejam todos/as muito bem-vindos/as e enfrentemos, em g, as velhas tragédias e o que podemos ainda aprender com elas.

Frederick Ahl (Classics/Cornell University, EUA)
Sérgio Alcides Amaral ((FALE/UFMG)
Teresa V. R. Barbosa (FALE/UFMG)
Maria Regina Cândido (FALE/UERJ)
Renata Cazarini (DLCV/USP)
Carla Milani Damião (FAFIL/UFG)
Gabriela Geluda (cantora lírica/atriz)
Stefania Giombini (Derecho/Universitad de Girona, Espanha)
Imaculada Kangussu (FIL/UFOP)
Delfim Ferreira Leão (Letras/Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
Anderson Martins (LETRAS/UFRJ)
Alia Rodrigues (Cátedra UNESCO Archai/UnB)
Fernando Rodrigues (DLCV/USP)
Ana Maria Vicentini (UnB/Association Encore)
Martin Winkler (Classics/George Mason University, EUA)

Organização: Maria Cecília de M. N. Coelho (FIL/UFMG), Gabriele Cornelli (Cátedra UNESCO Archai/ PPGμ/UnB), Carolina Assunção e Alves (COM/UniCEUB)

Promoção: Cátedra UNESCO Archai da UnB, PPGμ–Programa de Pós-Graduação em Metafísica da UnB, PPGFIL–Programa de Pós-Graduação em Filosofia da UFMG, Projeto de Extensão Cine UniCEUB.



Classical Representations in Popular Culture

37th Annual Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico: 10-13 February 2016

The Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) will once again be sponsoring sessions on CLASSICAL REPRESENTATIONS IN POPULAR CULTURE at their 37th annual conference, February 10-13, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Papers on any aspect of Greek and Roman antiquity in contemporary culture are eligible for consideration. Potential topics include:
* Cinema directly or indirectly reflecting aspects of the ancient world in cinema: recent films involving Classical themes which you might consider include The Legend of Hercules, Pompeii, La Grande Belezza, Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as television series which engage with classical themes like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica. * Literary or theoretical analysis of literature employing classical references or motifs, like Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red or Night.
* Analysis of representations of classical history, literature, or philosophy in science fiction movies or books, as Edward Gibbons to Asimov's Foundation Trilogy or the impact of Thucydides in Cold War cinema.
* Or, conversely, the influence of Science Fiction on representations of the ancient world in later cinema (e.g., how did George Lucas' empire of the Star Wars franchise influence later representations of the Roman Empire?)
* Intellectual history of popular culture: how has Classics in popular culture created or shaped social or intellectual currents?
* Classical themes in productions of theater, opera, ballet, music, and the visual arts.
* Paedagogical applications of classics in popular culture: how can we use contemporary films, literature in the classroom?

Other possible topics include (but are not limited to): the Classical heroic figure in modern film or literature; Greek epic or drama in popular culture; Greek and Roman women in film; Classics and the Western; and Greek and Roman mythology in children's film, television, or literature.

Submit abstracts of 500 words or fewer to the online submission database at

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2015. Presentations are limited to 15 minutes. For questions, contact Area Chair Benjamin Haller at

(CFP closed 15 Nov 2015)


Australasian Society for Classical Studies Annual Conference (ASCS37)

University of Melbourne: February 2-5, 2016

Papers on reception topics (alphabetical):

K.O. Chong-Gossard (UMelb), Who was Sisyphus? Glosses of Greek Mythology in Badius' 1493 Edition of Terence
Joel Gordon (Otago), Who the hell is Hades? Hades' reception within modern film
Maxine Lewis (Auckland), A feminist reception of Catullus: Anna Jackson's I, Clodia
Samantha Masters (Stellenbosch University), Sculptural assemblage and Homeric poetry: Charlayn von Solms' A Catalogue of Shapes
Sarah Midford (La Trobe), 'A Possession Forever': Writing Homer and Thucydides into The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918
Elizabeth Minchin (ANU), Story, landscape, memory: the enduring power of the notion 'Troy'
Simon Perris (VUW), Orpheus and Māui in Robert Sullivan's Captain Cook in the Underworld
Arthur Pomeroy (VUW), Franco Rossi and Social Renewal
Tom Stevenson (UQ), Julius Caesar in Film
Giulia Torello-Hill (Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), The Theatricality of Badius' edition of Terence
Andrew Turner (UMelb), Donatus' Terence commentary in Renaissance Italy and the edition of Badius

Conference webpage:


Sacrificing Iphigenia through the Ages

CADRE (Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception), University of Nottingham: 29-30 January 2016

The story of the sacrifice of Iphigenia, as told by the ancient tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides, has been repeatedly retold over the centuries. This international, interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars and practitioners to explore some of these retellings in a range of media. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend a rare screening of the 1990 BBC production of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis. Topics include: ancient visual representations; Lady Lumley; Racine; Italian opera; de la Touche; Gluck; HD; Cacoyannis; Mike Carey.

Keynote Speaker: Edith Hall (KCL) 'Iphigenia and atheistic thought from Lucretius to the 21st century'.

Confirmed speakers: Lindsey Annable (Nottingham); Anastasia Bakogianni (UCL); Mike Carey (author); Alison Findlay (Lancaster) & Emma Rucastle (The Rose Company); Lynn Fotheringham (Nottingham); Mary-Kay Gamel (UCSC); Sarah Hibberd (Nottingham); Robert Icke (Almeida Theatre); Miranda Hickman & Lynn Kozak (McGill); George Kovacs (Trent); Susanna Philippo (Newcastle); Amanda Potter (OU); Magdalena Zira (Fantastico Theatro).

Conference website:


The Use and Abuse of the Classical Tradition: A workshop with Professor Alastair Blanshard, University of Queensland, IAS visiting fellow

University of Warwick: 22nd January 2016, 1-6 pm


Bobby Xinyue, Department of Classics & Ancient History
Augustus, Ovid's Fasti, and the French monarchy in the mid-seventeenth century
Vicky Jewell, PhD student, Department of Classics & Ancient History
Representations of the Acropolis in the art of the 1830s
Clare Siviter, PhD student, Department of French Studies
The (re)birth of 'la tragédie classique'
John McKeane, Department of French Studies, The University of Reading
Defining democratic tragedy in post-war Europe
Alison Cooley, Department of Classics and Ancient History
Latin inscriptions in the Ashmolean - the story beyond the Arundel Collection
John Gilmore, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies
'In manu portat citharam sinistrâ'. Translation into Latin and Chinese literature as world literature: Some Latin versions of poems from the Confucian Book of Songs

Free lunch and tea/coffee provided for all attendees. Attendance is limited so please email to book your place.


Classics on Screen: A Warwick Classics & Warwick Film and Television Departments Joint Conference

University of Warwick: 13 January 2016, 12-6pm


Prof Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Edinburgh)
Salome, Good Girl: Rita Hayworth and the Problem of the Biblical Vamp
Dr Kim Shahabudin (Reading)
'A man of large appetites': a Southern Cyclops in the Coens' O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
Dr Joanna Paul (Open University)
'Frescos steep'd in subterranean damps': an underground antiquity in Fellini's Roma
Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos (Birmingham)
Godard's Contempt: in search of Homer
Dr Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol)
The future of epic in cinema: tropes of reproduction in Ridley Scott's Prometheus
Prof Maria Wyke (UCL)
Antiquity and the origins of cinema
Final thoughts led by Prof Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland), IAS visiting fellow

To attend please email


Response and Responsibility in a Postclassical World

Session #72, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016

What does it mean to respond to Greco-Roman antiquity? What forms of responsibility does a responsive relationship to the past entail? Are orientations of responsibility towards the otherness and difference of the past necessarily in tension with orientations of responsibility towards the "now" of the present, or do they inform one another in productive ways, and how? What does it mean to be responsible to long-dead cultures or one's own time? Or is response as responsibility better understood in terms of responsibility to specific others, or to oneself?

The term "reception" is often criticized for casting relationality to the past as inherently passive. It is possible that "response" simply inverts the hierarchy in reallocating agency to the reader (as in an overly reductive notion of "reader response" theory). We propose to use the term "response" to probe the implications of reframing reception as a particular kind of embedded act, and one in which we are ourselves implicated. Even if we suspend the idea that antiquity speaks back to those who follow, response still implies a mode of attention formed by the belief that one is being addressed, such that the question of what the Other wants from me is never far away (and of course may be front and center). Framed in this way, response raises questions both about the claims the past makes on us and other claims that the call of the past heightens or diminishes. These claims can also be understood as invitations to reimagine the future, insofar as responsibility to oneself or another is also an open-ended call to grow into and through a new or renewed relation. Here again we can ask what is at stake in framing responsibility in terms of obligation or invitation, and whether these terms exist in tension. Finally, it is worth probing how the concepts of responsibility and response are inflected differently within different disciplinary traditions, including philosophy, political theory, literary studies, anthropology, religion, and history, in addition to classics.

Organized by James I Porter (Berkeley) and Constanze Güthenke (Oxford)

Constanze Güthenke, University of Oxford
James I Porter, University of California, Berkeley
Towards an Irresponsible Classics
Phiroze Vasunia, University College, London
Socrates, Gandhi, Derrida
Brooke Holmes, Princeton University
Situated Knowledges and the Dynamics of the Field
Alastair Blanshard, University of Queensland
Response General Discussion


Marx and Antiquity

Session #41, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016

This panel examines the legacy of Karl Marx's attitude toward classical antiquity and its implications for the discipline of classics, both for those studying the afterlife of the ancient world and for those re-reading ancient texts. Individually the papers offer literary and philosophical approaches to this tradition, focusing on the writings of Marx himself, Virgil and Plutarch; taken as a whole, they seek to encourage discussion of how to imagine afresh the relationship between Marx and antiquity in an era when Marxist ideas are gaining renewed traction in social and political debates. Organizer: Adam Edward Lecznar, University of Bristol.

Adam Edward Lecznar, University of Bristol
Ode on a Grecian Printing-Press: Marx and the Possibility of Antiquity
Tom Geue, University of St. Andrews
Marxing out on fundus: Salvaging the Slave from Virgil's Farm
Martin Devecka, University of California, Santa Cruz
The Hell of the Populace: Marx, Epicurus, and the Limits of Enlightenment
Peter W. Rose, Miami University of Ohio
General Discussion


Traditions of Antiquity in the Post-Classical World: Religious, Ethnographic, and Political Representation in the Poetic Works of Paulinus of Nola, Claudian, and George of Pisidia

Session #14, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016

The period of Late Antiquity witnessed the perpetuation of classical literary traditions under an empire facing unprecedented challenges and change. From the fourth to seventh centuries, Roman authors responded by adapting classical models and modes of discourse to the new political and social conditions by which they were surrounded. Proceeding chronologically, these four papers illustrate ways in which poets of the age appropriated classicizing forms in the renegotiation of political, religious, and ethnic identities—as these were conceived not only internally within the empire but also in relation to peoples beyond the frontiers.

Organizer: Randolph Ford, New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

Roald Dijkstra, Radboud Universiteit
Diederik Burgersdijk, University of Amsterdam
The Satirical and Epical Basis of Damasus' Anti-pagan Invective Carmen Contra Paganos
Randolph Ford, New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
A Still Triumphant Empire with the Barbarians at the Gates: Imperial Epic and Ethnographic Discourse in the Bellum Geticum of Claudian
Erik Hermans, New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Noel Lenski, Yale University
General Discussion


New Wine in Old Wineskins: Topicality in Modern Performance of Athenian Drama

Session #66, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016

Organized by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance; Eric Dugdale, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Rosanna Lauriola, Randolph-Macon College

This panel examines a range of contexts in which contemporary ethical, social, or political concerns have informed modern performance of Athenian drama. The papers analyze strategies adopted in translating, adapting and performing ancient drama for modern audiences. They investigate contexts in which the reception, diffusion and cultural reach of ancient drama is expanded through the use of non-dominant genres such as hip-hop or the incorporation of subaltern voices, and in which ancient drama becomes a vehicle for engaging with issues such as structural poverty, gender and income inequality, and euthanasia.

Eric Dugdale, Gustavus Adolphus College
Casey Dué, University of Houston
Flippin' the Oedipus Record: Will Power's The Seven and Aeschylus' Seven against Thebes
Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University
Do Something Addy Man: Herbert Marshall's Black Alcestis
Rosanna Lauriola, Randolph-Macon College
Antigone, Once Again: The Right to Live and To Die with Dignity
Wilfred Major, Louisiana State University
How New is Aristophanes in New Orleans
Mary-Kay Gamel, University of California, Santa Cruz
General Discussion


Classical and Early Modern Tragedy: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives

Session #28, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016

Although the study of classical tragedy and its reception is flourishing, it continues to show the preferences characteristic of both fields: emphasis of Greek over Latin, modernity over early modernity. This inaugural panel of the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception examines how both fields stand to gain from taking fuller account of Renaissance tragedy and its context. The four papers address questions of vital interest to any student of tragedy or reception: How should tragedy be defined, and what does the early modern tradition contribute to that definition? What opportunities does this material offer today's classicists and cultural historians?

Organized by the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception; Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, and Ariane Schwartz, Harvard University.

Lothar Willms, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Tragic Phaidra: A Diachronic Case Study between Antiquity and Early Modern Age
Malika Bastin-Hammou, Université Grenoble Alpes
Hanc fabulam nescio an tragoediam vocare debeam: Florent Chrestien, Isaac Casaubon, Tragedy and Euripides' Cyclops
Emma Buckley, University of St. Andrews
Totus Ulixes: Versions of Ulysses in the Neo-Latin Ulysses Redux
Tatiana Korneeva, Freie Universität Berlin
Merope's Legacy on the Italian Stage
Robert Miola, Loyola University Maryland


Imitation in Medieval Latin Literature

Session #76, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016

Organized by the Medieval Latin Studies Group; Bret Mulligan, Haverford College

Ian Fielding, University of Oxford
Imitation as Reincarnation? Rutilius, Messalla, and ‘Ouidius rediuiuus' at the Thermae Taurinae
Carey Fleiner, University of Winchester
Classical Poetry and a Carolingian Problem: Ermoldus Nigellus (829) and His Adaptation of Exile Poetry in his Verse-Epistle Ad Pippinum Regnum
Pedro Baroni Schmidt, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Archpoet's Archicancellarie, vir discrete mentis: Ovidian Imitation and its Metapoetical Implications
Justin Haynes, University of California, Los Angeles
Interpreting Twelfth-Century Imitation of the Classics: Walter of Châtillon's Imitation of the Aeneid in the Exordium of the Alexandreis
General Discussion


Beyond the Case Study: Theorizing Classical Reception

Session #57, Society for Classical Studies 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: January 7-9, 2016

Organized by the Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception (Seminar – Advance Registration Required)

The seminar aims to engage participants in a dialogue about theorizing classical reception studies beyond the case study, which currently forms the backbone of this burgeoning subfield. Discussion questions include: What happens when western European models of classicism are exported beyond the traditional geographical boundaries? What happens to a classical object, figure, or text when it is produced for a mass audience whose knowledge of the ancient world cannot be assumed? Can the fragmentary nature of classical literature justify the polyphony of modern responses? How can temporality and the historicity of the act of reading affect classical reception?

Rosa Andujar, University College London, and Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, Saint Joseph's University
Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge
Reception and Staying in the Field of Play
Vanda Zajko, University of Bristol
Affective Interests: Ancient Tragedy, Shakespeare and the Concept of Character
Laura Jansen, University of Bristol
Borges' Classical Receptions in Theory
Leah Whittington, Harvard University
Theorizing Closeness in Classical Reception Studies: Renaissance Supplements and Continuations
Shane Butler, The Johns Hopkins University
General Discussion


Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2015

Tragedy and World War II

University of Patras, Greece: 15 December 2015

Jocasta Classical Reception Greece ( is pleased to organise an interdisciplinary workshop on Tragedy and World War II which will take place on Tuesday 15 December 2015 at the University of Patras, Greece. On the occasion of the completion of 72 years since the Kalavrytan Holocaust (13 December 1943) and 70 years since the end of WWII, the workshop seeks to explore the interrelatedness between tragedy and events preceding or succeeding World War II, thus being circumscribed in a postclassical total-war climate.

We are interested in examining whether tragedy anchored in the Graeco-Roman world has functioned as a template for the renegotiation of anxieties, traumatic experiences or conflicting memories related with the advent or the aftermath of World War II. In particular we are interested in asking the following methodological questions:

* Is tragedy conceived as a genre or as a vehicle of a worldview adequate for the articulation and the negotiation of a large-scale tragic event?
* Why do adaptations of Ancient Greek myths proliferate in the years before and after World War II?
* Are the tragic adaptations reconfigurations of politics of resistance or of poetics of remembrance?
* What does it mean that tragedy was a medium for the dramatisation of conflicting worldviews at a climactic moment in modernity after which the value of Classics became highly contested?

We warmly welcome researchers interested in the aforementioned topics to join us and engage into dialogue on this aspect of Classical Reception at a workshop generously hosted at the University of Patras Library and kindly supported by the University of Patras Network Operations Centre.



Greece, Greeks and Greek in the Renaissance

Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus): 13 Dec 2015


Welcome and Introduction (Natasha Constantinidou & Han Lamers) (9.00-9.15)

Session A: Classical Greek Learning in the Latin West (9.15-11.15)
Paola Tomé (Magdalen College, Oxford), Aldus Manutius and the Learning of Greek
Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Institut d’Histoire du Droit - UMR 7184), Greek studies in Paris, ca 1490-1540: From a Thirsty Desert to the Rise of the Collège de France
Raf Van Rooy (University of Leuven), A Professor at Work: Hadrianus Amerotius (1490s–1560) and the Study of Greek in 16th-century Louvain

Coffee Break (11.15-11.30)

Session B: Reconciling the Classical and Byzantine Pasts (11.30-13.30)
Eirini Papadaki (University of Cyprus), ‘The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Early-Modern Greek Literature
Federica Ciccolella (Texas A&M University), ‘The Anacreontic Hymns of Maximos Margounios (1549-1602): A Revival of Byzantine Poetry?
Calliopi Dourou (Harvard University), ‘The Longs and Shorts of an Emergent Nation: Nikolaos Loukanes’s 1526 Iliad and the Unprosodic New Trojans

Lunch Break (13.30-14.30)

Session C: Reception, Appropriation, and Uses of Classical Greek Learning (14.30-16.30)
Hélène Cazès (University of Victoria), ‘A Passion for Ancient Greek in Renaissance Europe: (Re-)Inventing Philology and Humanism
Malika Bastin-Hammou (Grenoble University), ‘Teaching Greek with Aristophanes in the French Renaissance
Luigi Silvano (University of Turin), ‘Studying Humanist School Commentaries on the Greek Classics (XV-early XVI c.): A state of the Art

Coffee Break (16.30-16.45)

Session D: Responses & Round Table Discussion (16.45-18.00)

All are welcome! For further information and registration, please contact

The conference is supported by the Department of Classics and Philosophy (University of Cyprus). Organizers: Natasha Constantinidou (University of Cyprus); Han Lamers (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).


Mirrors for Princes in Antiquity and Their Reception

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven (Belgium): 2-3-4 December 2015

From 2-4 December 2015 Lectio hosts a conference, entitled 'Mirrors for Princes in Antiquity and their Reception', with a focus on classical Greek and Roman texts that served as sources of inspiration for similar writings in Byzantium, the Western Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The keynote lectures are given by Prof. Oswyn Murray (Balliol College Oxford): 'The Classical Traditions of Panegyric and Advice to Princes' and by Prof. Aysha Pollnitz (Grinnell): 'Where the Mirrors really for Princes? The Use and Abuse of specula in Royal Education, 1500-1649'.

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Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2014

CFP Myth Criticism: "Myths in Crisis. The Crisis of Myth"
Universidad Complutense, Madrid
22-24 October 2014

The Crisis of Myth” emerges as the initiative of the National Research Project I+D “New forms of myth: an interdisciplinary methodology”, the Research Group on Myth Criticism ACIS, Amaltea. The organizing Committee aims to bring together researchers who can provide —either through theoretical reflection or textual analysis— their methodological principles or practical approaches on the problematic of the crisis of ancient, medieval and modern myths in contemporary literature and arts.

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 Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
4-6 September 2014

The Classics Programme at Victoria University of Wellington is delighted to announce a conference on the reception of antiquity in New Zealand, to take place in Wellington on 4-6 September 2014. This conference seeks to explore New Zealand's relationship with its Greco-Roman heritage both through a critical appraisal of its effects but also by glimpsing into the creative experiences of New Zealand's writers and artists. To that end, we solicit presentations from students of antiquity as well as New Zealand culture and society, and from New Zealand writers, artists, and performers who have engaged with texts, themes, and ideas from antiquity. We also invite all of those interested in the subject, even if not offering a paper, to consider attending the first-ever conference devoted wholly to this topic. In particular, we hope for a mix of scholars, practitioners, and others, both in the audience and at the podium: we welcome abstracts for academic papers as well as presentations, from practitioners, of a more applied nature. Our common goal will be the elucidation of New Zealand's distinctive appropriation of the classics.

Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to, the following: poetry; fiction; graphic novels; drama; film and television; myth; architecture; education. Please submit a brief abstract (200-250 words), including a title and description of the contents of your paper, to Simon Perris ( With a view to facilitating travel arrangements, we will begin assessing abstracts received, and notifying participants, immediately after the first deadline of Monday 5 May. Though preference will be given to abstracts received before that deadline, we will consider abstracts until the final deadline of Monday 4 June.

Registration for the conference is now open online. Standard registration is NZ $180 (full)/$80 (student), with day rates available. 'Earlybird' registrations for both days before 30 June 2014 will be charged at a discounted rate of $160/$60. A conference website with information about the conference, Victoria University, and the city of Wellington will appear in due course.

In the meantime, please send abstracts and requests for information to Simon Perris:


Classics in Extremis
University of Durham
6th-7th July, 2014
Call for Papers

This conference aims to examine some of the most unexpected, most hard-fought, and (potentially) most revealing acts of classical reception: it will ask how the reception of the ancient world changes – and what the classical looks like – when it is under strain. Current debates in classical reception studies are increasingly focused on less assured and comfortable engagements with the past. Bringing together scholars with a variety of interests, this conference aims to move the debate beyond the specific case studies emerging in the field and to encourage the broader development of fresh methodologies and perspectives in thinking about the ‘classical’ as a troubled space – a space in which fraught and remarkable claims have been made upon the ancient world.

Abstracts of 300 words (for papers of 40 minutes) should be sent to Edmund Richardson ( by 31 January 2014. We hope to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries to postgraduate students giving papers.

See here for more information.


Classics and Classicists in the First World War
University of Leeds
April 8th-10th 2014
Call for Papers

This conference is organised as part of the University of Leeds’ Legacies of War project commemorating the centenary of the First World War (1914-18). The conference has two broad themes: the influence of WWI on Classics and Classicists and, conversely, the influence of Classics and Classicists on WWI. The programme will explore how wartime experiences impacted on Classicists' lives and the discipline itself, including WWI's continuing legacy in Classical scholarship, and how Classical ideals, archetypes and forms influenced public discourses of the war period, in politics, civic life, culture and the arts.

Abstracts of 300 words (for papers of 45 minutes) or expressions of interest should be sent to by Friday November 22nd.

See here for more information.


From I, Claudius, to Private Eyes: the Ancient World and Popular Fiction.
Bar-Ilan University, Israel
16-18th June 2014
Call for Papers

Over the last few years work, has begun on the subject of classics and children's fiction, with conferences being held in Lampeter (Hodkinson and Lovatt, 2009) and Warsaw (2012), and three publications presently forthcoming on this subject. Yet there has been surprisingly little sustained consideration of adult fiction and the ancient world, or indeed of children's literature within the wider context of popular fiction, despite the fact that this is a vast and rich field. The forthcoming conference, therefore, by way of setting about rectifying this situation, will be the first serious consideration of the full range of receptions of classics in popular fiction. It will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines (classics, English and other modern languages, comparative literature etc.) with popular modern authors, in order to acquire a range of perspectives on the subject.

Abstracts (up to 300 words) are invited for papers (20 minutes in length) on any aspect of the reception of the ancient world in popular fiction. Please send abstracts to, citing full name and title, institution, provisional title of the paper, by 31st December 2013.

See here for more information


New Antiquities: Transformations Of The Past In The New Age And Beyond
26–28 June 2014
Call for Papers

The twentieth century witnessed a surge of fascination with the religious culture of the ancient Mediterranean, whose allure was appropriated in innovative ways by various actors and movements ranging from Rudolf Steiner to Goddess-cult(ure)s, from Neo-Gnostics in Brazil to the Russian New Age. In these diverse interpretations and productive misunderstandings of antiquity, ancient gods, philosophers, religious specialists, sacred institutions, practices, and artifacts were invoked, employed, and even invented in order to legitimize new developments in religious life. Focusing on the contemporary period (from the 1960s to the present day), our goal is to identify these appropriations and changes of ancient religious life. We seek papers that address transformations of the past in the literature and cultural discourse of the New Age and beyond, extending into movements such as Neo-Paganism and Neo-Gnosticism.

Please send abstracts together with a CV (both no more than 500 words) to Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 1 December 2013.

Further inquiries can be directed to the co-organizers of the workshop: Prof. Dr. Almut-Barbara Renger ( and Dr. Dylan M. Burns (


Nationalism, Patriotism, Ancient And Modern
Warwick University HRC
10th May 2014
Call for Papers

The age of the concept of the nation has been the subject of much debate within the field of nationalism. Different schools have emerged during the course of the debate and each has argued either for the antiquity or modernity of the concept of the nation. Perennliasts and Primordialists have argued for the antiquity of the nation. Modernists have argued for the exclusivity of the nation to the modern, that is to say the post-nineteenth century, world. In 2012, Dr Caspar Hirschi published a work that reviewed the different positions in the field of nationalism. Hirschi advocated for a more interdisciplinary approach by combining both theoretical arguments with historical analysis. Nationalism, Patriotism, Ancient and Modern aims to build upon this interdisciplinary approach to the field of nationalism. Furthermore, it wishes to re-explore the relationship between nationalism and ancient civilisations.

Abstracts: maximum of 300 words with a short bibliographical note should be sent to by 20th January 2014.

See here for more information.


Theorising Reception Studies Downunder
University of Newcastle
20-21 February, 2014
Call for Papers

Classical Reception is an exciting and increasingly vocal element of Classical Studies today. While much research has been done on the interconnections between antiquity and modernity in terms of the United States, Europe and Britain, there has not been a thematic focus on the interchanges between the ancient worlds and Australia and New Zealand.

This two-day think-tank seeks to unpack the role of Reception Studies and its place within Australia and New Zealand from multiple perspectives.

See here for more details.
Enquiries: Marguerite Johnson (


Institute of Classical Studies
Autumn Term 2013 and Winter Term 2014
Call for Papers

An interdisciplinary research network hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies, is holding a series of seminars. We are seeking proposals for collaborative papers; the choice of topic is open. An interdisciplinary approach is preferred, but not essential. What we hope is that this series will highlight the potential for collaborative research in the humanities, present a range of models and methods, and generate dialogue between scholars working in adjacent but otherwise segregated fields.

Each session will comprise a 40-minute paper delivered by two speakers working in tandem. Material may be divided as you choose: as two separate but complementary papers, or as a single integrated piece. You may be working on an existing collaborative project, or alternatively can form an ad hoc partnership for the purposes of the seminar. Reports by individuals involved in ongoing collaborations are another possibility.

Please send abstracts to by September 13th, 2013


Classical Association Annual Conference 2014
University of Nottingham
13-16 April 2014
Call for Papers

In 2014 the Annual Conference of the Classical Asso­ciation will be hosted by the Department of Classics at the University of Nottingham. The dates for the con­ference are Sunday 13 April to Wednesday 16 April 2014. The conference dinner will be held at Colwick Hall, ancestral home of Lord Byron.

We welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes long followed by discussion) from graduate students, school teachers, academic staff, and others inter­ested in the ancient world, on any aspect of the classical world. We are keen to 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 theme). We also welcome suggestions for informal round-table discussions; for instance, we propose one on ‘Classics, popular culture and recruitment’.

For more information see here.
Please send your title and abstract (no more than 300 words), not later than 31 August 2013 to


Cicero Awayday VIII: Call for Papers
13 May 2014
University of Glasgow

This day seeks to continue the Awayday's tradition of friendly, informal and wide-ranging discussion. Papers on any aspect of Cicero's life, works and reception are welcome. Papers should be no longer than 30minutes in length; shorter papers will be considered, and the presentation of work in progress is encouraged.

No funds are available for travel or accommodation, and there are no plans to publish proceedings.

Abstracts: Proposals should be submitted to Professor Catherine Steel ( by January 10th 2014.


New Perspectives on Virgil’s Georgics
3rd – 4th April 2014
University College London

T. S. Eliot branded the Aeneid ‘the classic of all Europe’, but the importance of Virgil’s Georgics within the European tradition has often been overlooked. This conference will provide a venue for a long overdue reappraisal of the Georgics and their contribution to the history of art, thought, and literature.

We invite submissions from disciplines including but not limited to Classics and Classical Reception, Philosophy, Ancient History, Art History, Critical Theory, and the History of Science. By bringing together scholars from diverse fields of study, the conference aims to foster new perspectives and theoretical approaches to this fascinating text.

More information found here.
Abstracts: No more than 300 words by 5pm Sunday 30th June 2013.


Commemorating Augustus: A bimillennial re-evaluation
Call for Papers
18th-20th August 2014
University of Leeds,

Recent publications by Barbara Levick, Karl Galinsky and others demonstrate the ongoing strength of contemporary interest in the historical Augustus. But while the reception histories of figures such as Nero, Julius Caesar and Elagabalus have benefited from focused large-scale scholarly investigations, Augustus’ remains seriously under-explored. Given the controversial nature of his career and the widely variant responses which he has provoked, this is a serious barrier to a full 21stcentury understanding of Augustus. We cannot see him clearly for ourselves until we have explored the full range of his past receptions and their impact on our own view.

The bimillennium of Augustus’ death on 19th August 2014 is the perfect opportunity for a systematic assessment of his posthumous legacy and a re-evaluation of his current significance. Commemorating Augustus, a major international conference running over the bimillennium itself, will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines to undertake this work. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and enable new perspectives through a shared focus on a single iconic figure.

Further information found here.
Deadline for abstracts: 1st December 2013


Classics and Classicists in the 'Great War' 1914-18
April 8th - 10th 2014
Classics, University of Leeds

Part of the University of Leeds “Legacies of War” centenary commemorations of the First World War (

The conference will consider in parallel the impact of the war on Classics and Classicists and the recourse to classical thought and archetypes in mainstream cultural forms during the war and its aftermath, including political discourse, literature, poetry and the arts. Discussions will explore how classical scholars, alongside thinkers, writers and artists across the world, sought to respond to the catastrophe and how voices and images from antiquity were present in the political and cultural life of the war period. At a remove of one hundred years, the conference will reflect on the different histories of Classics in the First World War and the legacies that remain. A programme and call for papers will follow in June.

Legacies of War, About Us: “The 2014-18 centenary of what was referred to at the time as the ‘Great War’ will be a time for reflection and debate about what happened during the war and what its profound and long-term consequences were. Members of the Legacies of War project will participate in and help to coordinate a series of events and activities that will take place across Leeds in 2014-18 in theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries and at the University. These events will commemorate and explore different histories of the First World War, and will examine its multiple historical, cultural and social legacies.”


Classical Association Annual Conference 2014
13-16 April 2014
Colwick Hall, University of Nottingham

We welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes long followed by discussion) from graduate students, school teachers, academic staff, and others inter­ested in the ancient world, on the topics suggested below, or on any other aspect of the classical world. We are keen to 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 theme). We also welcome suggestions for informal round-table discussions; for instance, we propose one on ‘Classics, popular culture and recruitment’.

Please send your title and abstract (no more than 300 words), not later than 31 August 2013 to We prefer to receive abstracts by email attach­ment.

Further details are here.


Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage
24-26 June 2014
University College London
This international conference seeks to explore the broad afterlife of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy in Latin American theater in the modern period. Latin American dramatists have repeatedly engaged with their classical forebears in order to interrogate and debate new political, social, and religious paradigms. Especially in the past few decades, the region has seen a number of pioneering theatrical adaptations of classical drama that directly address the turbulence of the twentieth century and the dilemmas of postcolonial reality. Latin American ‘Antígonas’, for example, make use of their Athenian prototype as a means to explore issues that are pertinent to the region’s painful history of social and political conflicts.

Please send 600 word abstracts by Monday, 1 July 2013 to:

Further details are here.



Archive of Conferences and Calls for Papers 2013

Third Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World
University of Exeter
5th – 6th December 2013

AMPRAW is a two day residential conference which provides both UK and international postgraduate students, from all disciplines, with the opportunity to present their research on the reception of the ancient world to the thriving classical reception academic community. Over thirty papers will be presented by postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines and institutions, both on the conference’s central themes and on a range of other aspects of the reception of the ancient world.

Conference Website:

For more information, please contact:


The Art of Reception
University of Hamburg
28–30 November 2013

The conference which aims mainly at young researchers is dealing with processes of reception in visual arts. Images (in the broadest sense: sculpture as well as performance, oil on canvas or Hollywood movies) are rambling through cultures and times. Decoding of their changing meanings and references is a key to the understanding of the involved cultures. Looking at recent publications it seems that in the wake of Aby Warburg’s analysis of classical reception in the renaissance art history and classics are still the protagonists of reception studies. (contact persons: Jacobus Bracker, Ann-Kathrin Hubrich)

See here for more details.


The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry 600BC-400AD:
Transmission, Canonization, and Paratext
University of Reading
6th-8th September 2013

Greek lyric, elegiac and iambic poetry have come down to us through the filter of selection, editing, and commentary by ancient scholars. This amounts to a textual and diachronic context for lyric poetry no less crucial to its understanding than the oral and synchronic context of an original performance. This conference aims to appraise the variety of ways in which the reading of the scholarly ‘paratext’ affects our reading of the lyric poems.

Conference website:


Lucretius in Theory: Literary-critical approaches to the De Rerum Natura
University of Edinburgh
30 September & 1 October 2013

This conference brings together leading scholars from the UK, Europe, and the US to explore and develop approaches to the interpretation of Lucretius? De Rerum Natura. Recent reception-criticism has suggested that ?modernity? owes much to Lucretius; a central concern of this conference will be the extent to which the DRN is, accordingly, a suitable text to which to apply contemporary interpretative practices. The conference will consider, in particular, the value and/or limitations of modern critical theory alongside more traditional approaches. Papers will encompass a wide range of philological, literary-critical, and philosophical methodologies, and the boundaries and complementarities between these will be explored.

See here for more details.
Conference website:


Transhistorical and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Slavery
Purdue University
September 26-27, 2013

The conference brings together noted scholars in the study of slavery, both through live presentations and by video, and features a keynote address by Harvard University sociologist Orlando Patterson, author of several books on slavery and race, including Slavery and Social Death (1982) and Freedom in the Making of Western Civilization (1991). In addition to conference papers, the speakers will participate in a roundtable discussion defining slavery in modern and ancient contexts and challenges to its study.

Conference program:

Enquiries: Patrice Rankine (


The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry 600BC-400AD
Classics Department, University of Reading
6th-8th September 2013

Greek lyric, elegiac and iambic poetry have come down to us through the filter of selection, editing, and commentary by ancient scholars. This amounts to a textual and diachronic context for lyric poetry no less crucial to its understanding than the oral and synchronic context of an original performance. This conference aims to appraise the variety of ways in which the reading of the scholarly ‘paratext’ affects our reading of the lyric poems.



The Platonic Letters: Readings and Receptions
University College London
2nd-4th September 2013

The letters attributed to Plato have had a colourful history. Although now almost universally regarded as spurious, they nevertheless hold an important place in the history of both the Platonic tradition and the wider Greek epistolary tradition. Circulating with the Platonic corpus, they have enjoyed a wide readership and prompted a fascinating variety of responses. The question of authenticity has, perhaps unfortunately, tended to dominate modern scholarship.

This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to move beyond the question of authenticity and to consider the varied roles of the Platonic Letters within the philosophical and literary tradition. It brings together experts in philosophy and epistolary literature from the UK, the USA and Europe to discuss the impact and reception of the Letters throughout antiquity. Topics to be discussed include the Letters’ philosophical relevance and influence on later philosophical works, literary readings of individual letters, the arrangement of the collection, and the question of their importance for later composers of literary and fictional letters.



The Ancient Lives of Virgil: History and Myth, Sources and Reception
Classics Faculty, Cambridge,
5-7 September 2013

The tradition of ancient lives of poets (and other intellectuals) has attracted considerable attention in recent years, and the reception of Virgil has been studied over an increasing range of literary-historical, cultural-historical, and political perspectives. This conference in September 2013,organized by Philip Hardie and Anton Powell, will aim to bring into dialogue philological and historical scholarship on the Lives of Virgil together with more recent approaches to ancient  biographical traditions and to legends about poets. There will also be papers on the reception and elaboration of the Lives in the post-classical world, and on the relationship of the Lives to portraits of Virgil.

For the conference program see here.


The Art of Reception: Call for Papers
28–30 November 2013
University of Hamburg

In November this year the conference "The Art of Reception" will be held at the University of Hamburg dealing with theories and methods of reception analysis. It is organised by students of classical archaeology and art history and aims particularly at young researchers.

More information found here.
Abstracts: Until 31 July 2013. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Further we would be grateful to receive a short academic CV. Email Jacobus Bracker


The Amphora Issue of MHJ
Call for Book Reviews

The Amphora Issue invites submissions of Book Reviews for their 2013 publication.
Potential books for review must have a publication date within the last two years. Book reviews of single books should be 1000 words in length; reviews of two related books should be 1500 words in length.

Submissions due 31st August, 2013.


Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the Idea of Nationalism in the 19th Century
22-23 June 2013
Durham University

An international conference in the Department of Classics, to be held on Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June 2013 in the Ritson Room, 38 North Bailey.

There will be a small conference fee of 20 GBP for participants from outside Durham University. A reduced rate of 10 GBP is available for graduate students. Please note that this does not include the conference dinner for which there is a separate charge of 25 GBP.

For details and payments, please get in touch with Thorsten Fögen.


The Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia
Texts & Artefacts, Institutions & Practices
Freie Universitaet Berlin
4th – 6th July 2013

This conference will explore the reception(s) of Greek and Roman culture in East Asia from antiquity to the present. That is, the conference seeks to explore the movement and transmission of knowledge between Western antiquity and East Asia as well as the circulation of this knowledge within East Asia.

All participants are kindly asked to register through the conference website no later than 25 June 2013. The conference registration fee is €35 (€25 for students).



Latin literature and the Classical World in Early Modern Scotland
June 22nd 2013
University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is pleased to announce a one day conference on ‘Latin literature and the Classical World in Early Modern Scotland’, which will take place on June 22nd 2013 at the University of Glasgow.

Further information found here.


The Platonic Letters: Readings and Receptions
2nd-4th September 2013
University College, London

The letters attributed to Plato have had a colourful history. Although now almost universally regarded as spurious, they nevertheless hold an important place in the history of both the Platonic tradition and the wider Greek epistolary tradition. Circulating with the Platonic corpus, they have enjoyed a wide readership and prompted a fascinating variety of responses. The question of authenticity has, perhaps unfortunately, tended to dominate modern scholarship.

This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to move beyond the question of authenticity and to consider the varied roles of the Platonic Letters within the philosophical and literary tradition. It brings together experts in philosophy and epistolary literature from the UK, the USA and Europe to discuss the impact and reception of the Letters throughout antiquity. Topics to be discussed include the Letters’ philosophical relevance and influence on later philosophical works, literary readings of individual letters, the arrangement of the collection, and the question of their importance for later composers of literary and fictional letters.



Hercules: a hero for all ages
24th-26th June 2013
University of Leeds

A major international conference focusing on the reception of Heracles involving scholars, playwrights and artists. The scope of the conference ranges from the early-Christian and mediaeval periods through eighteenth-century France and Victorian Britain to today, considering a wide range of Herculean appearances: from emblem books to children’s literature, from animation to political symbolism, from France to Australasia, from virtue to vice. Full programme and abstracts available on the conference website.

If you can’t be in Leeds, you can take advantage of the Virtual Delegate rate (£35), appear on the delegate list and be able to listen to recordings of the papers online after the conference. The “Listen again” facility is part of full conference registration, to enable attendance at both parallel sessions.



Framing Classical Reception Studies
6th-8th 8 June 2013
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Further information found here.



Encounters with Athens, Rome and Jerusalem: (Re)Visiting Sites of Textual Authority in the C19th and early C20th
1st – 2nd July 2013
University of London

This two-day inter-disciplinary international conference explores the diverse ways in which the cultural authority of Athens, Rome and Jerusalem has mediated the experience and identities of those places in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

More information here.


Reconsidering Popular Comedy, Ancient and Modern
Wednesday 28–Friday 30 August 2013
University of Glasgow

The comic theatre of Greece and Rome, like that of many other crucial periods of comic history (e.g. Elizabethan and Jacobean drama; music hall; vaudeville) is often described as popular comedy. This conference aims to investigate the extent, limits and utility of considering comic drama to be "popular". We are particularly interested in the modes of performance and reception of comedy. How far does performance in front of a mass audience shape the form and language of comedy? How genuinely "popular" are different comic traditions? To what extent and in what ways do "elite" and "popular" interact in the original and subsequent contexts of reception? Is "popular comedy&quo