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San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

San Diego

General Information for All Annual Meetings

Every winter, the Society for Classical Studies holds a joint meeting with the Archaeological Institute of America. In addition to the presentation of individual papers and panels, features of the annual meeting include an exhibit hall for browsing and purchasing the latest books from a variety of publishers; roundtable discussion sessions; dramatic performances by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance; meetings and receptions of affiliated groups; and much more.

Latest Meeting News

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Essential Links

Registration for the 2019 Annual Meeting is now open. You can register here. EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS ON NOVEMBER 9.

Reservations at the conference hotel are now open as well. You can reserve your room in the appropriate room block here. Please reserve your room on or before December 14 to guarantee availability and our group rate.

The annual Meeting Preliminary Program is online. You can view it here.

A list of special events at the 2019 meeting can be viewed here.

Committee meeting times and room assignments.

Full Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

Full abstracts for the meeting are now posted. You can view them here.

Information on our 2019 Career Networking event is available here.

The San Diego Local Guide is now available. Thank you to our local arrangements committee for their hard work in creating this guide.

Special Events

Professor Mary Beard will be presenting a public lecture on the evening of Saturday January 5. Dramatist Luis Alfaro will be giving a public lecture on Thursday January 3.

Information about the public Luis Alfaro lecture

Information about the Mary Beard public lecture


August 31, 2018

Read the SCS Annual Meeting Harassment Statement.

August 27, 2018

Read a letter by Michele Salzman, chair of the Program Committee, on special events taking place at the upcoming Sesquicentennial meeting.

March 4, 2018

Dear Members,

As you know, all proposed panels, workshops and seminar are submitted anonymously by the organizer(s) to the Program Committee. Thus the Program Committee makes its determination without knowing the identities of the organizer(s) or the participants. This has been the case for some time, and it ensures that decisions on acceptance are made without bias.

Given that anonymity is part of the process when the Committee reads abstracts, it is up to organizers to take into account the diversity of participants in their proposed panels, workshops or seminars. The Program Committee strongly encourages organizers to strive for diversity. To that end, please note that the guidelines for submissions of panels, workshops, and seminars has been changed to include the recommendation that organizer(s) take diversity into account.

Michele Renee Salzman

VP for Program

February 22, 2018

Dear SCS Members:

As the call for papers opens, I am excited to share with you the exciting developments that will be taking place at our the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego. It is going to be a special meeting since we will also be celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the SCS/ formerly APA. The Sesquicentennial Sub-Committee, comprised of Stephen Hinds, Matthew McGowan and myself, have been working hard with a wider SCS Committee to make this a memorable meeting.

The SCS will be hosting two exciting plenary speakers; Mary Beard will be speaking on Classical Studies (topic to be determined) on Saturday evening. On Thursday evening, the playwright and theater director Luis Alfaro will be delivering a lecture to the public (topic to be determined). This lecture is organized and co-sponsored by Classics and Social Justice and the Onassis Foundation. In addition, there are several Sesquicentennial panels planned that will look at the past, present and future of Classical Studies. Ward Briggs has promised a paper on the history of the SCS/APA within the context of a panel on Classical Studies in the past. The Presidential Panel will address issues pertaining to the future of Classics in the Global 21st century. Other workshops are planned to deal with contemporary issues facing our field.

The Program Committee – Raffaella Cribiore, Helene Foley, Simon Goldhill, Andrew Riggsby, Timothy Moore, Barbara Weiden Boyd, and I – will be working to put together a stimulating and rewarding Program. We want to encourage membership participation in the Annual Meeting on all levels. And there are numerous ways to do so, in some new formats.

In addition to the Panels and Individual Abstract Submissions, it is now possible to submit a paper for a six-minute Lightning Talk. This is an experiment with a new format; each paper will have fourteen minutes of time devoted to discuss the argument or ideas presented. The Committee encourages members to take advantage of the Seminar Format; this is an excellent way to focus on a problem, text or issue with pre-circulated readings. There were no Seminars submitted last year, and the time is right to do so now.

Round Tables, Posters and Workshops offer more flexible ways to address shared interests.

Please think of how you can best participate in our upcoming 2019 Meeting.

I guarantee there will be no polar blast in San Diego, though no promises on earthquakes.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2019!

Michele Renee Salzman

Vice President for Programs, SCS

Professor, History Department

University of California,

September 20, 2017

(by Michele Renee Salzman)

As Chair of the Sesquicentennial Program Committee, I am pleased to announce that the 2019 Meeting will feature a number of special events. We have organized a special plenary session, open to the public, that will feature Mary Beard. In addition, the committee has been planting the seeds of many special panels that will highlight changes that have taken place in Classical Studies in the past 150 years. There will be a paper session to mark the origins of the Society organized by Matthew McGowan, focusing on Classics in 1869. Ward Briggs has been researching the history of the American Philological Association in the last fifty years as part of this proposed panel. Another panel will reflect the location of our meeting, tentatively entitled “Classics in the New World: California & Latin America.”

The Committee is also taking this opportunity to contemplate the future of Classics. Joe Farrell is planning a presidential panel on global classics. Stephen Hinds is organizing a panel on the “Future of Classics.” In addition, the SCS will feature recent developments in Digital Studies and Mapping, the latter being the subject of a panel being proposed by Richard Talbert, whose work that resulted in the Barrington Atlas for the Ancient World (Princeton, 2000; App for Ipad, 2013) was supported by the SCS.

In light of recent challenges to the Humanities and Classics in particular, the Sesquicentennial Committee feels this is an important moment to reconsider the contribution of Classics and to contemplate its role in the 21st century. We encourage you to propose panels, papers, roundtables, or a newly designed option, six minute lightning talks.

The Committee welcomes ideas, and you can email any one of its members directly. We look forward to celebrating the impact of Classics in the last 150 years at our 2019 Annual Meeting in January in San Diego.

Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee:

  • Matthew McGowan (Fordham University)
  • Stephen Hinds (University of Washington)
  • Michele Renee Salzman (University of California, Riverside, Chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee)
  • Laura McClure (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Ward Briggs (University of South Carolina)
  • Joe Farrell (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Ralph Hexter (University of California, Davis)
  • Sarah Bond (University of Iowa)
  • Roger Bagnall (New York University)
  • S. Georgia Nugent (President, Society for Classical Studies)


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