Greek Myths on the Map
The Sixth Bristol Myth Conference
31st July – 2nd August, 2013
Greek myths were inextricably connected to the physical
environments in which they were set. This connection is
strikingly evident in the use of myths to explain and
communicate the significance of physical and human geography.
Polybius boldly asserts that “in the present day, now that all
places have become accessible by land or sea, it is no longer
appropriate to use poets and writers of myth as witnesses of the
unknown” (4.40.2). Yet mythology was never entirely banished:
myths were incorporated into geographical descriptions
throughout antiquity and across a broad spectrum of genres,
even as activities such as exploration, conquest and scientific
endeavour altered how the world was understood and perceived.
This conference will examine the various practical and
conceptual roles Greek mythology played in attempts to
describe, represent and explain the physical and human
geography of the ancient world.
We invite proposals for papers on topics related to this theme.
Questions that papers might address include: What motivates
writers to incorporate mythical narratives into geographical
descriptions? What can myths communicate about the
environment that purely geographical description cannot? Do
diverse and changing perceptions of the physical world affect the
ways in which stories about the mythological past are told? How
do mythical geographies relate to physical and conceptual
geographies? In what ways do political, religious or social forces
impact on the interplay between mythical and geographical
Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) for proposed 25-minute
papers to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 17th
September, 2012. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the
conference organizers, Jessica Priestley and Greta Hawes, at the same
‘Continuity and Change: Identity in the Ancient World’
Wednesday, 11 July-Friday, 13 July, 2012
University of Auckland New Zealand
Abstract submissions are invited for the second Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic Or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology (AMPHORAE), to be held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, from Wednesday, 11 July until Friday, 13 July, 2012. This conference has run successfully for the last five years as AMPHORA I, II, III, IV; and in 2011 as AMPHORAE V. AMPHORAE is a conference designed for Postgraduate and Honours students from Australia and New Zealand to interact and share their current work among peers in a friendly and stimulating environment. We also invite graduate students worldwide to submit an abstract.
The theme of this year’s conference, “Continuity and Change: Identity in the Ancient World”, is intended to accommodate research from (but not limited to) all of the fields of Classical Philology, Classical Art and Literature, Ancient History, Archaeology, Late Antique Studies, and all other areas of Ancient World Studies. Abstracts addressing any interpretation of the topic are welcome.
Abstract submissions of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes duration are requested. Please send your submissions and a brief biography by Friday, 1 June to email@example.com. If you would like to attend the conference, but will not be presenting a paper, please inform us of your attendance, as well as any dietary requirements, by Monday, June 11.
Conference registration is free but there will be a fee to attend the conference dinner on the Friday evening. If you are interested in attending the dinner, more details will be available shortly on our website. Small bursaries will also be available (upon application) for students who will be travelling from Australia.
For more information contact AMPHORAE VI at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brought to you by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (http://www.ascs.org.au/) and the Department of Classical Studies and Ancient History, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
University of Queensland, Australia
A Conference on Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern
Date: (Friday-Sunday) 6-8 July 2012
Place: University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD. Australia. 4072.
Call for Papers
Papers are invited for a conference on ‘Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern’, which will be held at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, from 6-8 July 2012.
The theme can be interpreted fairly broadly, but there is a particular desire to assemble papers which analyse the Olympic experience of athletes from the ancient and the modern games. What was / is special about Olympic competition and Olympic athletes? Who were / are the great Olympic athletes? Why?
All speaking slots will be 30 minutes in duration (20 for paper, 10 for questions). Please send offers of papers, plus a 100-word abstract, to the organizers by Friday 1 June 2012.
Further details will be available soon at http://www.uq.edu.au/hprc. In the meantime, anyone who would like to offer a paper or attend the conference should contact Tom Stevenson (email@example.com) for the organizers.
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list:
Call for papers: The Materiality of Texts. Conference at Durham University
September 24-26, 2012
Organizers: Dr Edmund Thomas, Dr Andrej Petrovic, Dr Ivana Petrovic
In recent years, the study of ancient texts has gained from a focus on the physicality of text. Epigraphists are interested more than ever in issues of context, reading and performance. Furthermore, studies of architecture have fed on literary approaches to take account of displays of writing and their implications.
The project ‘The Materiality of Text’ brings together these cross-disciplinary approaches to focus on material aspects of the written word. We invite scholars from a range of disciplines, including philology, epigraphy, ancient history, archaeology and art history, to join us in discussing the physical aspects of inscribed texts in the Greek and Roman world, in Greek, Latin and other scripts, and their relation to literature, art, cultural history, and aesthetics.
Papers are invited on both theoretical approaches and individual case-studies which seek to address questions such as: the visualization of text in a physical context, whether monumental or miniature; the relationship of inscriptions to their support, including steles and statue bases; the appearance of inscribed text in buildings and their impact on the perception of architectural space; the form and varieties of lettering, the aesthetics of writing, and its implications for the reading of a text; issues of visibility and legibility; the role of inscribed dedications or commemorative texts in the perception of buildings sacred or secular; the placement and arrangement of inscriptions in public, religious or private space; the aesthetics of particular genres of text such as building contracts, epigrams and sacred laws; specific techniques in the display of prose and verse texts, ritual or magical use and performative aspects of inscribed texts; re-dedication and re-use of inscribed texts; and the use and contribution of specialized media of support from monumental bronze letters to miniature gold plaques and precious metals.
- Professor Joseph W. Day (Wabash College),
- Professor John Mitchell (University of East Anglia),
- Professor Joannis Mylonopoulos (Columbia University),
- Professor em. Peter J. Rhodes (Durham University).
Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Ivana Petrovic
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31st May 2012.
Digital Classicist 2012: Call for Papers
The annual Digital Classicist London seminar series on the subject of
research into the ancient world that has an innovative digital component
will run again in Summer 2012.
We warmly welcome contributions from students as well as from
established researchers and practitioners. Themes could include digital
text, linguistics technology, imaging and visualization, linked data,
open access, geographic analysis, serious gaming and any other digital
or quantitative methods. While we welcome high-quality application
papers discussing individual projects, the series also hopes to
accommodate broader theoretical consideration of the use of digital
technology in Classical studies. The content should be of interest both
to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, and to information
scientists or digital humanists, and have an academic research agenda
relevant to at least one of those fields.
The seminars will run on Friday afternoons (16:30-18:00) from June to
mid-July in Senate House, London, hosted by the Institute of Classical
Studies (ending early this year to avoid clashing with the Olympic
Games). In previous years collected papers from the seminars have been
published in a special issue of Digital Medievalist; a printed volume
from Ashgate Press; a BICS supplement (in production). The last few
years’ papers have been released as audio podcasts. We have had
expressions of interest in further print volumes from more than one
There is a budget to assist with travel to London (usually from within
the UK, but we have occasionally been able to assist international
presenters to attend, so please enquire).
To submit a paper for consideration for the Digital Classicist London
Seminars, please email an abstract of 300-500 words to
email@example.com, by midnight UTC on April 1st, 2012.
More information will be found at
This collection is based on presentations given at a half-day workshop held at the Institute of Classical Studies in May 2011. It is aimed at those approaching the end of, or who have recently received, their PhDs, and who would like some advice on thinking strategically about publication of their research, to raise their publishing profile most effectively and to maximize their attractiveness to potential academic employers.
The PDF above also links to the following guide to getting published, another useful document. Hopefully things have not changed drastically by the time I finish my own PhD (not very likely, I know)!
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list:
Following is the Call for Papers for the 2013 panel sponsored by the USA section of the International Plutarch Society. The panel will be part of the annual meeting of the American Philological Association, January 3-6, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 1, 2012.
The Discourse of Marriage in Hellenistic and Imperial Literature
Sponsored by the International Plutarch Society. Organized by Jeffrey Beneker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University.
In the introduction to his treatise Advice to the Bride and Groom, Plutarch asserts that “there are many fine subjects of philosophical discourse, but none more important than this discourse of marriage,” and he goes on to provide more than forty precepts that he hopes will make the couple “gentle and amenable to each other.” Plutarch appears to have genuinely believed in the importance of this discourse, returning to it in other philosophical works, such as his study of erotic love between spouses in the Amatorius, his examination of character (including spousal loyalty) in The Virtues of Women, and his touching Consolation to His Wife on the death of their young child. Plutarch also explored the marital relationship less directly in his biographies, through the narration of interactions between husbands and wives in many of the Parallel Lives. Included mainly to supplement the exploration of the character of his biographical subjects, descriptions of marriages and home life nonetheless reveal Plutarch’s views of how a spouse—man or woman—should behave and how a household should be run.
The International Plutarch Society invites abstracts for papers that explore the “discourse of marriage” in Greek and Roman literature from the late Hellenistic through the early Imperial periods. We encourage submissions from any field, including philosophy, biography, history, poetry, and oratory. Our goal is to assemble a panel that explores a variety of aspects of post-Classical writing about marriage in the Greco-Roman world, with a particular emphasis on papers that elucidate Plutarch’s sources and the traditions with which he engaged.
Abstracts should be sent electronically, in MS Word format or PDF, to Jeff Beneker (firstname.lastname@example.org). In preparing the abstract, please follow the formatting guidelines for individual abstracts that appear in the APA Program Guide, and plan for a paper that takes no more than 20 minutes to deliver. Abstracts will be judged anonymously. Membership in the International Plutarch Society is not required for participation in this panel. The deadline is February 1, 2012.
For more information about the annual meeting of the APA or the format of abstracts, please visit: http://www.apaclassics.org.
For more information about the panel, please contact Jeff Beneker (email@example.com) or Georgia Tsouvala (firstname.lastname@example.org).