I can personally vouch for the Pac Rim Roman Lit Seminar; it was a great event last year and everyone I speak to who has been usually recommends it too. It’s a ‘seminar’ format, so single sessions in which everyone sits. You get a lot of really useful feedback on your paper too.
Dates: 6th July 2014 to 9th July 2014 (n.b. Sunday 6th July is the opening night reception and papers will begin on Monday 7th July)
Location: La Trobe University City Campus, 360 Collins St Melbourne Victoria 3000
Ancient and modern scholars alike have described, represented, deciphered and constructed Rome in a multiplicity of ways. Both now and in the past, writers have attempted to make sense of Rome’s identity/identities as an urban landscape, as a political entity, as a producer and consumer of culture, as an idea and as an empire. Rome is cast in a myriad of ways in literary texts: an ideal society, a fallen state, a reinvigorated civilisation, a mirror or an historical parallel, and scholars increasingly recognise that even Roman texts which nominally set their action in entirely different time periods and geographical locations or in the realms of mythology cannot escape dealing with and therefore theorising Rome itself. As a concept ‘Rome’ is flexible and mutable, and in the hands of skilled writers the boundaries of this concept might be reinforced, questioned or challenged.
This conference invites papers that examine the different ways that the idea of Rome has been, and still is, theorised in literary texts. This theme may be interpreted widely to include papers on how Rome is theorised as a literary artefact in scholarship and/or in literature. Papers on the wide range of areas which intersect with Latin literary study are invited; these include (but are not limited to) literary theory, philosophy, politics, geography and reception studies.
Papers on this theme of either 20 or 45 minutes duration are invited. 20-minute papers will be delivered in sessions of 30 minutes each and 45-minute papers in sessions of 60 minutes, to give adequate time for discussion. Depending upon the response to this call it may be necessary to limit the number of 45-minute papers to ensure that the conference does not go over time.
See the website link above for more information on submitting a paper.