Over recent years there has been a gradual renewal of interest in the events that led to the fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Principate. This interest has involved not only the traditional study of the course of events, but also the literary representations of this political and socio-economic revolution. There has been a fundamental re-evaluation of the literary production of Vergil and his contemporaries, the rediscovery of Caesar as both author and statesman, and a new appreciation of the evidence offered by Appian.
An international workshop will take place in Margherita di Savoia on 21-23 September 2012. Situated upon the Adriatic coastline of Puglia, the venue offers the chance to consider and discuss the events that happened 2,000 years ago as they were reflected by the ancients themselves. At this very spot large armies continuously crossed, or attempted to cross, from the Italian peninsula to Greece or vice versa. Three days of round-table discussions will be accompanied by public gatherings in the evening and excursions to nearby archaeological sites. The workshop will involve scholars specialising in Classics and Ancient History and aims to appeal to relatively young scholars and be internationally representative.
Key-note speakers will include Kathryn Welch (Sydney), Ida Östenberg (Gothenburg), Jonathan Price (Tel Aviv), Christopher Smith (Rome), and Anton Powell (Swansea).
It is to be expected that many participants will be younger, emerging scholars. Colleagues are invited to submit an abstract of 300-400 words and a one-page CV by 31 March 2012.
Any ancient literary or visual representation of the Roman civil wars of the 40s and 30s BCE is welcome.
Some suggestions of topics to consider are the following:
- The Civil Wars in Latin and Greek poetry, as a theme and in implicit allusions
- Representation of battle-scenes across genres and media
- Employment of special images and unique vocabulary in descriptions of the Civil Wars
- The Civil Wars in the world of Greek Imperial authors
- Analogies between the transitional period from Republic to Principate and other periods in Greek and Roman history
From the announcements mail out of the ASCS Hon Sec. Bruce Marshall, comes this call for papers.
South Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean: Cultural Interactions Conference
The conference will be held at the Museo Italiano in Carlton, Melbourne between 17th and 21st July, 2012.
Hosted by the Centre for Greek Studies and the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, this conference will focus on the movement of people and interactions of culture in the region of Southern Italy and Sicily from antiquity until the present. This inter-disciplinary conference seeks to foster critical analysis of geographical and chronological interconnections between Southern Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean. Consideration of cultural interaction, population movements, and changing religious and philosophical ideas over a period of approximately 3000 years will prompt scholarly discussion around continuity and change over time in this region of the Mediterranean.
Abstracts of 300 words are being sought from academics and graduate students. Abstracts should be sent to Sarah Midford at email@example.com before 6th February 2012. Papers will be programmed into 30 minute timeslots and should be no longer than 20 minutes.
South Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean: Cultural Interactions Conference, Melbourne 17-21st July 2012: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/about/events/cultural-interactions-conference/
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list:
September 6th – 8th, 2012, University of Glasgow, UK: ‘The Legacy of the Roman Republican Senate’
Republican Rome has been a powerful and contested constitutional model in the western political tradition. But the Senate is a relatively neglected element in the model. This symposium, supported financially by the British Academy, will explore the roles that the Senate has played in the development of politics, political culture and constitutional theory since the end of the Roman Republic.
Papers on any aspect of the use, abuse and analysis of the Republican Senate from the Roman Empire onwards are welcome. Particular areas of interest may include the role of the Republican Senate in early modern and modern political theory; the emergence of distinctive thinking regarding two-chamber legislatures and the extent to which these reflected awareness of Roman precedents; reference to Roman ideals in the responses to both the American and the French Revolutions; the use in these Revolutions of visual symbolism derived from the Roman Senate; and the development of new vernacular vocabularies to re-evaluate and apply political concepts derived from the classical Latin of the Roman Senate.
Keynote speakers include Dean Hammer (Franklin and Marshall College), Thomas Munck (University of Glasgow), Carl Richard (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Matthew Roller (Johns Hopkins University).
Abstracts (350 words max) for 30 minute papers should be sent to the organiser, Catherine Steel (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 31st 2012.
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list.
BODIES OF EVIDENCE: RE-DEFINING APPROACHES TO THE ANATOMICAL VOTIVE
A conference to be held at the British School at Rome, 5th June 2012
Organised by: Dr Jane Draycott (BSR, University of Nottingham), Dr Emma-
Jayne Graham (University of Leicester)
From Pharaonic Egypt to Roman Italy and from Classical Greece to the
Byzantine world, anatomical votives have performed a continuous, if poorly
understood, role in ritual and votive practice. Modern scholarship has
categorised as ‘anatomical’ a range of ex-votos, made largely but not
exclusively from terracotta, which depict parts of the body. These arms,
legs, eyes, fingers, hands, feet, uteri, genitals, internal organs and
other recognisable parts of the internal and external body have attracted
much attention from scholars exploring both past religion and health
alike. Nevertheless, the category of ‘anatomical offering’ remains
noticeably ill-defined and remains to be integrated fully into the study
of ritual, artefacts and the body. This conference will ask how we should
define and interpret the ‘anatomical’ votive. Is a veiled portrait plaque
an anatomical votive? Is a foot or a hand a distinct anatomical votive if
it was constructed in such a way as to allow it to be connected to another
part of the body? Indeed, to what extent can we consider a model of the
whole body an anatomical votive if it was used to request general healing
of a non-specific illness? Whilst feet and ears appear to fall easily into
this class should we perhaps also consider other offerings, such as
statuettes of the entire body and swaddled babies from a similar
perspective? This workshop will bring together scholars working upon the
anatomical offering in its broadest sense from across prehistoric, ancient
and medieval contexts in order to explore and refine our understanding of
this phenomenon. What were anatomical votives for, what did they represent
to those who dedicated, encountered or made them, and what factors
influenced the selection of a particular item? In particular we will be
concerned with what these offerings reveal, not only about past religious
and medical contexts and practices, but also about identity, society,
politics and concepts or constructions of the human body.
We invite papers which address these issues from the standpoint of
archaeology, ancient history, classics and history of medicine, as well as
medieval history and welcome contributions focused upon Italic, Greek,
Near Eastern, Egyptian and other European or Mediterranean contexts.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- What is an anatomical votive? Are whole bodies anatomical or only
fragments? Can they also be a work of art, an ornament, a keepsake or a
substitute for something else? How might the anatomical be conceived as an
item with multiple levels of meaning?
- The fragmentation, reconstitution or realignment of the body: the
anatomical offering as a proxy for the body or its constituent parts;
miniaturisation; the intact body as an anatomical votive; (re)creating a
body from individual pieces; the relationship between concepts of the body
as expressed by anatomical offerings and the treatment of the component
parts of the cult statue, other representations of the human or divine
form, or the living body.
- Standard forms and individuality: evidence for individualism or artistic
embellishment and its consequences; the process of commissioning an ex-
voto and the potential for customisation; the anatomical votive as a work
of art as well as a religious/medical object; the role of the manufacturer.
- Change through time and space: developing attitudes, practices and
medical concerns; can we treat objects recovered from diverse cultural and
historical contexts as a standard an expression of the same phenomenon?
- Medicine, pathology and retrospective diagnosis: distinguishing between
concerns for general health and specific complaints; when did scholars
begin to use these items to facilitate diagnosis and how has that
influenced academic discourse on the subject and the definition of this
category of object?
- The anatomical offering and the divine: connections with specific
deities; defining the sanctuary through its votives; when is a healing
sanctuary a healing sanctuary and not simply a shrine? How do more nuanced
interpretations of ‘anatomical’ affect these issues?
- The interpretation of discrete collections of material: deposits that
contain restricted forms of anatomical offering; the juxtaposition of
terracotta and metal ex-votos in discrete contexts.
- Reception of the anatomical votive: the impact of modern academic
discourse on their classification and interpretation; have scholars been
too focused on the detail of the traditional anatomical offering at the
expense of the broader picture? Links with the development of other areas
of study such as magic, gender, women, medicine; discovery, publication
Diverse methodologies are encouraged, although proposals should be written
to appeal to a wide range of disciplines.
Dr Ralph Jackson (British Museum)
Prof. Olivier de Cazanove (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Dr. Jessica Hughes (Open University)
Papers should be of 20 minutes’ length, and should not have been
previously published or delivered at a major conference. Abstracts of
approximately 250 words should be submitted by Monday 13th February.
Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a peer-
reviewed conference volume.
Jane Draycott (email@example.com)
Emma-Jayne Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From CLASSICISTS mailing list:
Pluralising the Past: Truth, Belief and Fictionality in Tragedy and
Celtic Conference in Classics, Bordeaux,
5-8 September, 2012
We would like to invite papers (40 minutes in length) for the above panel at
the 2012 Celtic Conference in Classics. Abstracts (max. 300 words) of proposed
papers should be sent to the panel convenors (details below) by 5pm on Monday,
6 February 2012
SUMMARY OF PANEL
The Greek historiographers repeatedly stress the importance of truth to
history, but they believe in myth, distort facts for nationalistic or
moralising purposes, and omit events which we consider crucial to a truthful
account of the past. Greek tragedy, meanwhile, creates versions of a shared
past that are often sharply at variance with one another. It has often been
suggested that historiography is a branch of rhetoric and that a truthful
account of the past is impossible, while Greek tragedy has often been co-
opted as a paradigm of storytelling and fictionality, but did the producers or
consumers of history and tragedy believe these stories? Work on fictionality in
recent decades has drawn on more relaxed notions of truth, coming out of modal
logic, but the problematic status of Greek myth has often been elided,
particularly in relation to tragedy. This panel investigates the hypothesis of
a pluralistic concept of truth, one where different versions of the same
historical event can all be true, and explores the consequences for our
understanding of culture, Greek or otherwise. This panel invites papers from a
range of theoretical perspectives that discuss truth, belief and fictionality
in relation to individual historians or tragedians, or more generally in
either or both of the genres.
Lisa Irene Hau and Ian Ruffell, University of Glasgow
Emily Baragwanath, University of North Carolina;
Catherine Darbo-Peschanski, École des hautes études en sciences sociales;
Matthew Fox, University of Glasgow;
Nicholas Wiater, University of St. Andrews;
Matthew Wright, University of Exeter.
ABOUT THE CELTIC CONFERENCE IN CLASSICS
The Celtic Conference in has taken place biennially at different
universities in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and France since 2000 under the
leadership of its founder, Anton Powell. The conference has a good publication
record, and we are intending to collect the papers from the Pluralising the
Past panel into a publishable volume. The complete panel will consist of 15-16
speakers and will run in parallel with 9 panels on other topics at the
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list.
FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS:
13th Unisa Classics Colloquium, 25-27 October 2012
THEME: ‘Ancient routes to happiness’
Proposals are hereby solicited for papers on the conference theme. The
theme is deliberately formulated in broad terms so as to encourage a wide
range of approaches to and perspectives on ancient ‘happiness’ and
variants. Apart from the obvious importance of eudaimonia as philosophical
telos, the organising committee is interested in treatments of and
assumptions regarding happiness in other sources from antiquity: religious,
literary, historiographical, medical, epigraphical, etc. The Classics
Colloquium focuses on Greco-Roman antiquity, but contributions from other
ancient cultures are also welcome.
Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip
Bosman at email@example.com, as soon as possible but by the end of May
2012 at the latest.
The Unisa Classics Colloquium is hosted annually by the Department of
Classics and World Languages at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.
More on the conference
Convening in 2012 for the 13th time, the Unisa Classics Colloquium combines
stimulating scholarship with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Over two
and a half days, approximately 16 scholarly contributions from around the
world are to be presented. The 50 minute slots provide ample time for
discussion and valuable feedback. Parallel sessions are avoided in order to
promote unity of focus in the conference, and delegates get to know each
Venue: The Muckleneuk Campus of the University of South Africa (UNISA) in
Dates: 25-27 October 2012.
We start on a Thursday morning, meaning that participants should arrive in
Pretoria on the 24st at the latest and only book a flight out from the
afternoon of the 27th, but preferably later.
A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and
will be published on the Departmental website after the final date for
submissions. Previous conference programmes may be viewed at
More detail on the conference fee will follow at a later stage. As an
indication, the 2010 conference fee was $150, inclusive of transport and
meals during the conference. Postgraduates, other students and interested
parties not able to claim back conference fees from their institutions
should please contact the organizers for a discount.
During past conferences, guests stayed at the Brooklyn Guest Houses
(http://www.brooklynguesthouses.co.za/) situated in a leafy suburb close to
Unisa, the University of Pretoria, and the Brooklyn, Hillcrest and Hatfield
shopping centres. A discounted group booking for delegates is negotiated.
We plan excursions to the Winex wine festival in Sandton (Johannesburg)
(http://www.sa-venues.com/events/gauteng/winex-wine-festival/) and after
the conference (the 28th) to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Publication of papers
Depending on quality, a collection of articles on the colloquium theme is
envisaged. Submitted papers are subject to a refereeing process. If you
would consider submitting your paper for publication, please indicate that
to us via return mail for further guidelines on style.
For those interested in sending an abstract for this colloquium the deadline is:
15 December 2011
War as Spectacle
CALL FOR PAPERS
15 June 2012
This one day symposium will explore the theme of war as spectacle in classical antiquity and its reception in subsequent centuries, down to the present day. We are hoping to stimulate debate and address the following issues:
- How and why was war conceptualized as a spectacle in our surviving ancient sources?
- How has this view of war been adapted in post-classical contexts and to whatpurpose?
- Modern applications of the theme in current debates (including the spectacle of war propaganda and modern ways of reporting on wars).
We are looking for papers or panel submissions which will engage in innovative and exciting ways with this theme. These can include, but are not limited to the way the theme was explored:
- In ancient Greek and Latin Literature
- In ancient material culture
- The reception of the theme in adaptations/re-creations of classical models
Abstract length: up to 500 words
Deadline: 15 December 2011
Contact: Dr Anastasia Bakogianni
CFP: Transgressive Spaces in Classical Antiquity, Lambda Classical Caucus
Panel, APA Seattle (2013)
Sarah Levin-Richardson, Rice University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lauri Reitzammer, University of Colorado at Boulder
What spaces in Greek and Roman antiquity were used for gender and sexual
transgression? By what means were everyday spaces transformed into
places that welcomed going beyond or challenging normative gender and
sexual expectations, and violating gender and sexual boundaries
considered fixed and non-negotiable? Is there a spatial topography for
individuals who embody non-normative gender roles or sexual practices?
In what ways could “deviant” spaces affect or “infect” daily life?
Dramatic spaces in Athens permitted the audience to step beyond the
constraints of reality into a realm where, for example, women could stop
a war by means of a sex-strike, or where male viewers could temporarily
feel emotions not commonly allowed. The wilds of Mt. Cithaeron, at least
as imagined by classical Athenians, encouraged ecstatic or enthused
participants to cross out of the constraints imposed by the human
sphere. The Roman amphitheater lauded male gladiators whose wounds
violated norms of impenetrable masculinity, and the triumphal route
found soldiers calling attention to the non-normative sexual deeds of
This panel explores the roles of space-including ritual space, dramatic
space, landscapes, and architectural space-in gender and sexual
transgressions. This focus on spatial aspects is intended to bring the
analysis of transgression into the realm of lived experience, and to
investigate the influence of built and natural environments on daily
life and cultural practices.
We welcome papers that draw on various approaches, including literary,
socio-cultural, archaeological, art-historical, and theoretical. Please
send abstracts that follow the APA’s guidelines for individual abstracts
ypes_of_submissions_and_related_instructions/) by email to Prof.
Deborah Kamen (email@example.com), not to the panel organizers, by February
1, 2012. Please do not identify yourself anywhere in the abstract, as
submissions will be blind refereed.
As we are planning a second publication with original contributions dealing with Fakes, Forgeries & Issues of Authenticity in Classical Literature, it would be a pleasure if you could make a contribution on this broad topic. Of particular, but by no means exclusive interest, would be papers in the following areas:
- Epistolographic Fakes and Forgeries
- Historiographic Fakes and Forgeries.
- Authorship and authority.
- Anonymity and Pseudonymity.
- Forgery of Literary texts, documents.
The book will attempt to explore the various aspects implied by the subject in the fields of literature, critical theory, aesthetics, history, political science and linguistics. This volume aims to constitute an all-embracing outcome of recent research on these topics, thus reflecting the spirit of coherence and openness that has characterized our Research Group (Madrid and Oviedo) since its original formation.
Manuscripts (Word) should be submitted no later than December 31, 2011 via email.
Papers should not exceed 20 type-written double-spaced pages (or 6,000 words); endnotes, tables, figures included, should follow the MLA citation style. Book and journal titles should be italicized.
Publication of selected papers is planned for 2012.
For further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Javier Martínez ~ Filología Clásica
(Facultad de Filosofía y Letras)
Teniente Alfonso Martínez, s/n ~ E-33011 Oviedo
Fax: +34-985 104 591~Tlf. +34-985 104 693~ secret.: +34-985 104 590
Oh, my two favourite interests: Classics and SF! At the bottom, I’ve embedded the Classics Confidential video interview with the chair of the conference, Tony Keen. He gives an excellent overview and at the end makes perceptive observations about creating disciplinary bridges between Classical Receptionists, SF scholars, and English Literature scholars.
Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World. A Science Fiction Foundation Conference
At The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, Jun-Jul 2013.
Guests of Honour/Plenary Speakers: Edith Hall, Nick Lowe, and Catherynne M. Valente
Call for papers
The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West. Those studying the Fantastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that it has many of its roots in the literature of the Graeco-Roman world (Homer’s Odyssey, Lucian’s True History). At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have begun looking at science fiction. However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other. This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which SF and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas.
We invite proposals for papers (20 minutes plus discussion) or themed panels of three or four papers from a wide range of disciplines (including Science Fiction, Classical Reception and Literature), from academics, students, fans, and anyone else interested, on any aspect of the interaction between the Classical world of Greece and Rome and science fiction, fantasy and horror. We are looking for papers on Classical elements in modern (post-1800) examples of the Fantastika, and on science fictional or fantastic elements in Classical literature. We are particularly interested in papers addressing literary science fiction or fantasy, where we feel investigations of the interaction with the ancient world are relatively rare. But we also welcome papers on film, television, radio, comics, games, or fan culture.
Please send proposals to email@example.com, to arrive by 30 September 2012. Paper proposals should be no more than 300 words. Themed panels should also include an introduction to the panel, of no more than 300 words. Please include the name of the author/panel convener, and contact details.
Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space is organised by the Science Fiction Foundation, with the co- operation of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.
Chair, 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference
And here’s the Classics Confidential interview with Tony Keen, definitely worth watching: