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Calls for Abstracts for Affiliated Group Sessions

An affiliated group is a group having an organizational structure independent of the SCS. The affiliated group has a common purpose and/or scholarly interest, usually representing a special field or ancillary discipline. Affiliated groups maintain membership lists, and the majority charge dues and circulate newsletters. Affiliated groups are chartered for five-year periods for participation in the SCS/AIA Joint Annual Meeting.  Each Category II Affiliated Group is authorized to issue a Call for Papers and to take responsibility for the selection of abstracts and discussants.  Abstracts for affiliated group panels are submitted directly to the designated organizers. Members wishing to present a paper in a panel organized by an affiliated group must have paid SCS membership dues for 2012.  A presenter who is responding to a call for abstracts from an affiliated group is not eligible for a waiver of the membership requirement. If a member’s paper is accepted for an Affiliated Group Panel, that member may not submit another abstract for consideration by the Program Committee for a regular paper session.

Panel organizers have the right to cancel their panels if the abstract submissions received are, in their judgment, insufficient in number, quality, or relevance to constitute a valid panel.  Please note:  The panel must be canceled if the organizers receive fewer than 4 abstracts for consideration or accept fewer than 3. Only papers submitted anonymously by the announced deadline and accepted through a process of anonymous review may be presented.  Although the organizers may appoint presiders and discussants/respondents for their sessions, invited talks are not permitted.  Reviewers and organizers may not present papers although they may serve as discussants/respondents.  Each reviewer appointed by the organizer(s) must review every abstract submitted for the session.

Neo-Latin Studies: Current Research

Organizer:  Frank Coulson, The Ohio State University

Sponsored by the American Association for Neo-Latin Studies (AANLS) 

The AANLS invites proposals for a panel of papers on current research in Neo-Latin Studies to be held at the meeting of the Society of Classical Studies (SCS) in Seattle, Washington in January 2013. Our intent is to illustrate the diversity and richness of these studies and to underscore the importance of research concerning the complex international phenomenon of Neo-Latin literature.

We welcome papers on all aspects of the study of literary, historical, technical, and scholarly works written in Latin in the Renaissance and early Modern Period (to about 1800). We will also consider proposals dealing with more recent Neo-Latin.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail attachment to Professor Coulson at coulson.1@osu.edu or by mail to Professor Frank T. Coulson, The Department of Greek and Latin, The Ohio State University, 414D University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH, 43210 U.S.A. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 1, 2012. Abstracts should be only one page in length.

In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by three readers.  Please follow the APA Program Committee's suggestions for preparing individual abstracts as specified in the SCS Program Guide.  In your cover letter or e-mail, please confirm that you are an SCS member in good standing, with dues paid through 2012.

(Re)Imagining Caesar

Organizers:  Ann Vasaly, Boston University and Mary C. English, Montclair State University

Sponsored by the American Classical League

The American Classical League invites scholars and teachers of Caesar to submit abstracts for its panel session at the Seattle, WA Meeting of the American Philological Association in January, 2013. We are particularly interested in papers that address such topics as the later image of Caesar (e.g., Caesar in films, on the stage, and in popular culture) and how the conception of the man and his work changed over time.

Abstracts should be submitted to Mary C. English, Dept. of Classics, Montclair State University, Montclair NJ 07043 (englishm@mail.montclair.edu).  They should be only one page in length and follow the APA Program Committee's suggestions for preparing individual abstracts as specified in the SCS Program Guide.  The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Feb. 28, 2012.

Poetry on Stone: Verse Inscriptions in the Greco-Roman World

Organizers:  John Bodel, Brown University; Nora Dimitrova, Cornell University; and Paul Iversen, Case Western Reserve University

Sponsored by the American Society for Greek and Latin Epigraphy

We frequently think of inscriptions as strictly documentary texts. Metrical inscriptions challenge this view and highlight epigraphy's interdisciplinary nature by virtue of their artistic and literary value. They raise the question to what extent we should view them as plausible historical documents as opposed to embellished poems or accolades.  In any case, they usually provide direct access to personal feelings, views, and beliefs—what strictly documentary texts often do at best only indirectly.

The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy welcomes papers that discuss verse inscriptions in any medium in the Greco-Roman world. We are interested in selecting a group of papers that treat a broad variety of topics and exemplify the interdisciplinary nature of epigraphy.

Abstracts will be adjudicated anonymously by a committee of ASGLE and should not be longer than one page. Please follow the directions for Individual Abstracts at the SCS website and include the ASGLE Abstract Submission Form with your abstract (for the ASGLE Abstract Submission Form, go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/clsc/asgle/APApanel.html). The abstract and ASGLE Abstract Submission Form should be sent electronically as a MS Word document and PDF to: John Bodel, Vice-President, ASGLE, at john_bodel@brown.edu. All Greek should either be transliterated or employ a Unicode font. The deadline is February 1, 2012.

Culture and Society in Greek, Roman, and Early Byzantine Egypt

Organizer:  Raffaella Cribiore, New York University

Sponsored by the American Society of Papyrologists

The American Society of Papyrologists invites proposals for papers for a panel at the 2013 SCS meeting in Seattle, WA January 3-6. Although the scope of papyrological studies is wide, submissions for this panel must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. they must make use of evidence for ancient cultures and literatures preserved in papyri, ostraca, or wooden tablets (in Greek, Latin, Coptic, Demotic, Arabic, or other appropriate languages);
  2. they must investigate aspects of the history, cultures, textual productions, or material culture of Egypt from the Hellenistic to the early Arab period.

Submissions from scholars at both junior and senior levels are welcome. Prospective speakers must be members in good standing of the SCS.

Please send abstracts to Todd Hickey, tmhickey@berkeley.edu, by 15 February 2012. Abstracts should not exceed 600 words and should not include the author's name to ensure anonymous review.

If sent by regular mail, abstracts should be postmarked by 15 February 2012 and addressed to T.M. Hickey, The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, The Bancroft Library MC-6000, Berkeley, California 94720.

The Next Generation: Papers by Undergraduate Classics Students

Organizer:  Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Monmouth College

Sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi

Eta Sigma Phi, founded in 1914 at the University of Chicago, is a national classics honorary society for students of Latin and/or Greek who attend accredited liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States. 

The society is sponsoring this panel in order to showcase the scholarship of undergraduate classics students. Papers may deal with any aspect of the ancient Greek and Roman world (e.g., language, literature, art, history, religion, philosophy) or with the reception of classical culture in modern times. An established scholar will be invited to serve as respondent to the student papers.

Eta Sigma Phi hopes that this panel will serve as a bridge between undergraduate students and the Society of Classical Studies, not just by giving the students an opportunity to experience an SCS meeting and to share their views with professional classicists, but also by introducing those professionals to some of the most talented and promising students from the next generation of classicists.   

Any student enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at a college or university during the academic year 2011-2012 is eligible to submit a paper. Anyone interested in proposing a paper for the panel should e-mail the entire paper as a .pdf attachment to toms@monm.edu.  The paper must be able to be read aloud at a moderate pace in 15 minutes (or 20 minutes if audio-visual equipment is used), so it should be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages, excluding any endnotes and bibliography.  Please also e-mail a one-page abstract of the paper, and a cover page listing name, school, school address, telephone, e-mail address, and audio-visual needs. To preserve anonymity in the evaluation process, the student's name and school affiliation should appear only on the cover page, not on the abstract or the paper itself. The receipt deadline for the paper, abstract, and cover page is February 1, 2012. 

Each submission will be evaluated anonymously by three referees.  Students who submit papers for the panel must be current members of the SCS.  Please direct questions to the Executive Secretary of Eta Sigma Phi, Professor Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Department of Classics, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL 61462 (toms@monm.edu; 309-457-2371). 

Coins and History

Organizer:  Douglas Domingo-Forasté, California State University Long Beach.

Sponsored by the Friends of Numismatics.

The Friends of Numismatics invites submissions for the 2013 American Philological Association/Archaeological Institute of America Annual meeting, January 3-6, 2011, in Seattle, Washington on the topic of Coins and History.  Papers may address the Greek and Roman coins as evidence in specific historical problems, or they may examine more general theoretical questions of what historical conclusions we are capable of reasonably drawing by using the types, symbols and legends, the location and composition of hoard finds, the metallic composition, quantity and rate of production, and other aspects of coins. 

Please send an abstract of no more than 650 words in electronic format.  See APA Instructions for Abstract Authors.  Also see APA Suggestions for Abstracts.

Send abstracts in electronic format to dforaste@csulb.edu by February 1, 2012. Papers will be evaluated anonymously by at least two reviewers. All persons who submit abstracts must be SCS members in good standing.

The Discourse of Marriage in Hellenistic and Imperial Literature

Organizer:  Jeffrey Beneker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University.

Sponsored by the International Plutarch Society.

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 Jeffrey Beneker (jbeneker@wisc.edu).  In preparing the abstract, please follow the formatting guidelines for individual abstracts that appear in the SCS 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.

The Literary and Philosophical Dimensions of Allegory in Neoplatonic Discourse

Organizer: John F. Finamore, University of Iowa

Sponsored by the International Society of Neoplatonic Studies

From the beginning Greek philosophers combined language and literary form in their written works. By the time Neoplatonism arose as a major philosophical school in late antiquity, philosophical discourse had already acquired a powerful repertoire of literary devices for its use. The philosophical value and complexity of tropes such as metaphor and allegory can be hardly overemphasized. From Plotinus to Proclus and Hermias, allegory was a useful and evocative tool for Neoplatonists. Aware of the conceptual limits of discursive thought, the Neoplatonists persistently explored the ability of language to convey philosophical meaning by comparison and transposition. This panel welcomes papers examining the nature and use of allegory in the Neoplatonic discourse from Antiquity to the Renaissance.

Abstracts of 500-800 words, double-spaced, for papers requiring 15-20 minutes of presentation time should be sent electronically to John Finamore at john-finamore@uiowa.edu. The member's name should appear only on the cover letter, not on the abstract. All abstracts must be received no later than February 1, 2012.  Abstracts will be judged anonymously. The panel organizer will subsequently contact those who have written abstracts with the reviewers’ comments and recommendation.

Transgressive Spaces in Classical Antiquity

Organizers:  Sarah Levin-Richardson, Rice University (slr@rice.edu) and Lauri Reitzammer, University of Colorado at Boulder (reitzammer@colorado.edu)

Sponsored by the Lambda Classical Caucus

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 their generals.

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  by email to Prof. Deborah Kamen (dkamen@uw.edu), not to the panel organizers, by February 1, 2012.  Please do not identify yourself anywhere in the abstract, as submissions will be blind refereed.

Latin Translations in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Organizer:  Bret Mulligan, Haverford College

Sponsored by the Medieval Latin Studies Group

TheMedieval Latin Studies Group invites proposals for papers on the translation of texts into Latin in the post-Classical period for a panel to be held at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in Seattle in January, 2013.

In recent years, the study of translation has emerged as a vital area of scholarly and critical inquiry across different disciplines. In our field, translation has come to be recognized not only as an important component of the study and reception of Latin literature, but also as an essential and continuing characteristic of Latin literature itself. For this panel we welcome submissions on translators from late antiquity or the medieval period and on any Latin text from this period that is a translation, whether broadly or narrowly defined. Both close analyses of translated texts (for example, a reading of the Latin translation of a Greek epigram that illuminates the translational technique of a particular author) and more theoretically-inclined explorations of ancient translators and of modes of translation (for example, the strategies of translation for non-elite audiences) are encouraged.

One-page abstracts of papers requiring no more than 20 minutes to deliver should be submitted by February 1, 2012, preferably via email attachment to bmulliga@haverford.edu or via surface mail to Bret Mulligan, Hall Building, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 19041. Abstracts will be judged anonymously. Membership in the Medieval Latin Studies Group is not required to submit an abstract.

For more information, please contact the panel organizer, Bret Mulligan, at bmulliga@haverford.edu.

Ancient Greek Philosophy

Organizer:  Anthony Preus, Binghamton University

Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy

The deadline for submission of papers for the SAGP meetings with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association and with the American Philological Association is February 1, 2012.  Papers are normally submitted electronically. Submitters should include their name, the title of the paper, and the meeting at which they would like to present the paper in the message area of the email. The abstract/paper should be prepared for blind review and sent as attachment. We prefer attachments in Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.RTF), not PDF. If you have some other program you would like to use, please contact apreus@binghamton.edu first. Electronic transmission tends to garble Greek (because our reviewers don’t necessarily have the same fonts or programs as the submitters), so please transliterate everything.

Both SCSs invite 500-800 word abstracts; while we will consider abstracts, the Program Committee prefers submissions that are more informative than that. The Program Committee has requested that submissions be limited to 3000 words MAX, and suggests that submissions less than 1000 words are too short to be evaluated effectively. Accepted papers may be revised up to a max of 5000 words for distribution. Submit to apreus@binghamton.edu.

The members of the Program Committee are: the President (Deborah Modrak) and Secretary (A. Preus), ex officio; John Anton, Elizabeth Asmis, Fred Miller, Mark Wheeler, and Thomas M. Robinson. They (minus Preus) read the papers without the names of the submitters, and vote their preferences. The top choices are invited to present.

Medical Humours and Classical Culture: Blood

Organizer:  Rebecca Flemmng, University of Cambridge

Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy

At the 2013 meeting of the American Philological Association, to be held January 3-6 in Seattle, Washington, the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy (SAM) will sponsor a panel featuring recent research on medical humours in classical culture, with a focus on blood.  Blood has a special relationship with life in the understandings and practices of the classical world: a vital substance, rich in meaning. Ancient medicine, however, counted blood with the rest of the bodily constituents, all equally important to human function—one of four humours in the Galenic system (not even that in some Hippocratic physiologies) or one fluid combination of corpuscles and void among many. Still, the therapeutic pre-eminence of venesection, for instance, and blood's particular involvement in reproduction strain this egalitarianism.

We invite proposed papers which explore any aspect of blood’s role in classical medicine within the broader context of classical culture.  Please e-mail a summary of your proposed paper to Dr Rebecca Flemming (ref33@cam.ac.uk).  It should be 500-600 words, and arrive by February 1, 2012. 

From Temple Banks to Patron Gods:   Religion, Economy, and the Investigation of Ancient Mediterranean Ritual

Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions

This section seeks to build on the rich scholarly tradition which investigates the intersection between ritual practice and economic realities in the ancient Mediterranean world. We are particularly interested in papers suggesting new theoretical and methodological pathways forward, or which bring an economic perspective to rituals not yet been explored in this light.

Possible foci include but are not limited to:

  • sanctuaries as economic nodes
  • the social and economic dynamics of priesthoods
  • evidence for rituals devoted to ensuring economic success
  • the function of koina operating under divine protection

Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment as .doc or .rtf files to socamr@gmail.com and should be from 500-600 words in length for a paper to last between 15 to 20 minutes.  Abstracts should contain a title and a word count, but should not have any information regarding the identity of the submitter.  For further information about abstract format and requirements, please see the instructions on the APA's web site.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15, 2012.

Letters in Late Antiquity

Organizer:  Noel Lenski, University of Colorado at Boulder

Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity

We are fortunate to have more letters and letter collections from Late Antiquity than from the rest of Greco-Roman antiquity combined. These offer a wealth of information on personal relations, social history, the history of the family, political alliances, religious concerns, and daily life. Additionally, late antique letters open a broad window onto the literary concerns of authors and their world, reflecting as they do the power this genre exerted over the formation of literary personae and their performance on the cultural stage. Despite this vast wealth of material, it has only begun to receive the attention it deserves in the last decade, which has seen an burgeoning of new studies on epistolography.

The 2013 panel of the Society for Late Antiquity will be devoted to the subject of epistles in all of their manifestations, Latin and Greek (as well as Coptic and Syriac), prose and verse, religious and secular, literary and bureaucratic, textual and epigraphic. It seeks to explore why this form of expression suited the late antique world so well and to explore the research avenues opened up by the letters we have. Questions might include: What constituted a literary epistle? To what earlier traditions of epistolography do Late Antique authors appeal? Why do late antique authors choose so often to express themselves in this genre? In what way do late antique letters differ from those of earlier periods? How were letters transported and exchanged? To what extent did the collapse of territorial integrity in the Roman world affect the transmission of letters? What do letters reflect about social relations and patronage networks? How were letters used as instruments of power by their authors, be they estate holders, bishops, sophists, or emperors? How was the composition, transmission, receipt and collection of letters used as a method for self-expression and self-assertion?

We invite the submission of abstracts offering new approaches to these problems. One-page abstracts (ca. 500 words) for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver should be sent no later than February 1, 2012 by email attachment as .doc or .rtf files to Noel Lenski at lenski@colorado.edu. Please follow the APA's instructions for the format of individual abstracts. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Those whose papers are accepted must be members of the SCS by March 1, 2012 and must attend the 2013 meeting in Seattle. For further information, please contact Noel Lenski, Department of Classics, University of Colorado at Boulder at the email address above.

Greek and Latin Medeas: The Dramatic Sounds of Euripides and Seneca

Organizer:  Andrew S. Becker, Virginia Tech and Chris Ann Matteo, Independent Scholar

Sponsored by the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature

This panel will treat the dramatic verses of two Medeas: that of Euripides and Seneca’s later version. Whether measured in Greek iambic trimeter, or in the Latin senarius, both performances elicit distinct dramatic effects.  We hope to solicit new contributions from scholars and performers interested in exploring rhythmical, metrical, or any other sonic/acoustic aspects of the language of the plays (or other plays for comparanda).  Questions could include (meant to by suggestive, not limiting): What relation do rhythm and sound have to other elements of theatrical production?  When, where, and how does meter and rhythm influence the effects of passages in the plays?  To what degree can translations hope to recall the Euripidean or Senecan rhythms and sounds in versions that would be stageworthy? 

Presenters are expected to illustrate their arguments and enliven the delivery of their papers by performing aloud relevant passages. Abstracts should be sent as attachments to Andrew S. Becker (Virginia Tech, andrew.becker@vt.edu) by:  March 1, 2012.

Abstracts must be no more than one page and contain no indication of authorship. In accordance with SCS regulations, all abstracts for papers will be read anonymously by three outside readers. Please follow the instructions for the format of individual abstracts on the SCS's web site.

Greek and Latin Linguistics

Organizers:  Jeremy Rau, Harvard University, and Benjamin W. Fortson, University of Michigan

Sponsored by The Society for the Study of Greek and Latin Languages and Linguistics

The Society for the Study of Greek and Latin Languages and Linguistics solicits submission of abstracts for its panel session at the Seattle meeting of the American Philological Associationin 2013. Papers treating any topic in Greek or Latin language and linguistics will be considered for presentation. Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of merit and relevance to the field. Each panelist will be given 15 minutes for presentation of his/her paper, to be followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Abstracts should be one page in length and should conform to the formatting guidelines listed on the SCS's web site. Please send three copies of the abstract by February 10, 2012, to Jeremy Rau, Department of the Classics, Boylston 2nd fl., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

Virgil’s Detractors, Grammarians, Commentators And Biographers:  The First Fifteen Hundred Years

Organizer:  Richard Thomas, Harvard University

Sponsored by the Vergilian Society

The reception of Virgil in subsequent Roman and vernacular European literature, poetry in particular, has received considerable attention in recent years. Now with the publication in 2008 of Ziolkowski and Putnam’s compendious volume The Virgilian Tradition. The First Fifteen Hundred Years (New Haven and London), it has become possible to survey the traces of Virgil across a broad range of subliterary genres and traditions, grammatical, rhetorical, biographical, to name the more prominent examples. VT has brought together and given unparalleled access in English to disparate materials of a broad variety, previously scattered and some hard to find. In addition the Virgil section of the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum has been reorganized, with the intention of bringing this project to completion more quickly, and a new bibliography of early printed editions of Virgil, which will include information on Virgilian commentaries, dictionaries, etc. is about to appear, so will also become a useful tool in this area.

The Vergilian Society would like to sponsor a panel devoted to papers exploring any aspect of this material. Proposals might include, but are not limited to, studies of biographies of Virgil, both classical and post-classical; of commentaries to any of Virgil’s works from this time period; of rhetorical and other classroom exercises; and critical attacks on Virgil, including comparisons of his poetry to that of Homer.

Abstracts of 500 to 800 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent to by email to Richard Thomas at rthomas@fas.harvard.edu.  Prof. Thomas can also be contacted at the Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 206 Boylston Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138; tel. 617 496-6061.  Since all abstracts will be judged anonymously, please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.  All proposals must be received by February 1, 2012 and should be sent to Prof. Thomas electronically as email attachments.

Sexual Labor in the Ancient World

Organizer:  Allison Glazebrook, Brock University

Sponsored by the Women’s Classical Caucus

The Women's Classical Caucus invites proposals for a panel session on sexual labor to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association in Seattle, WA in 2013.  Since the mid-1990s, there has been much interest in sexual labor in the ancient world. At one time marginalized by feminist historians, the female prostitute is an important locus for the study of women, gender and sexuality. Scholars more broadly acknowledge that the study of sexual labor connects to social, cultural, legal and economic history and reveals much about gender relations, attitudes towards sexuality, and the urban landscape of ancient cities. The hetaira in particular is central to discussions of sex work outside the field of Classics. More recently, focus within the discipline has turned to the variety of venues for sex and of sex laborers, to male prostitutes and to prostitutes as slaves.

This panel invites papers that explore the various types of sexual labor, the connections between sexual labor and gender and/or the body, between sexual laborers and social/legal status in the ancient world (including Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Mesopotamian) or the appropriation of the ancient hetaira/sacred prostitute in modern prostitute discourse theory. Papers that examine methodologies for the study of ancient sexual labor, present new archaeological evidence and/or employ new theoretical approaches to the ancient sex market are welcome.

Questions that individual papers might consider, but are not limited to, are: What modern terminology best describes the ancient practice: prostitute, courtesan, sex laborer, sex worker, brothel, red-light district? How do we read the evidence for sexual labor? How can the study of ancient sexual labor inform modern discussions of sex work? What types of sexual labor/laborers existed in the ancient world? How did male and female sexual labor differ? What terminology distinguished male versus female sex laborers? Were female prostitutes a unique category of slave? What distinguished the bodies of sex laborers from those of other subjects? How did sexual labor relate to issues of gender and citizenship in the ancient world more broadly?

Abstracts of 500 to 800 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment (pdf) to: Ted Gellar-Goad, gellar@email.unc.edu. You may also send submissions by regular mail to: Ted Gellar-Goad, Murphey Hall, UNC CB #3145, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

All abstracts will be judged anonymously. Please do not identify yourself in any way in the abstract itself. Please follow the formatting guidelines for individual abstracts that appear on the SCS website. All proposals must be received by February 1, 2012

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