Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings

By Adam Blistein | May 31, 2016

The Vergilian society invites proposals for papers for the 2017 Symposium Cumanum at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma, Italy. In the final book of the Georgics, Aristaeus’ lament reaches his mother as one of her fellow nymphs is in the midst of song (4.345-51):

inter quas curam Clymene narrabat inanem
Vulcani, Martisque dolos et dulcia furta,
aque Chao densos divum numerabat amores.
carmine quo captae dum fusis mollia pensa
devolvunt, iterum maternas impulit aures
luctus Aristaei, vitreisque sedilibus omnes 

By Renie Plonski | May 25, 2016

Researchers in classical reception are increasingly intrigued by the political significances of antiquity for subsequent cultures and societies: the field has been energized by the recent publication of Classics and Community (2013), and Greek and Roman Classics in the British Struggle for Social Reform (2015).

“Revolutions and Classics” examines the manner in which classical texts and artefacts have been deployed in societies undergoing rapid and radical social change. This one-day workshop aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion of intersections between classics and revolutions; substantial time will also be given to discussion of teaching across classical reception, classics, and politics.

By Renie Plonski | May 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for ‘Numbers and Numeracy in Classical Greece’, 2-3 September 2016 at Leiden University.

Speakers include Kai Brodersen (Erfurt), Serafina Cuomo (Birkbeck), Steven Johnstone (Arizona), Lisa Kallet (Oxford), Athena Kirk (Cornell), Robin Osborne (Cambridge), Catherine Rubincam (Toronto), Richard Seaford (Exeter), and Valeria Sergueenkova (Cincinnati).  

To register, please go to After submitting your details, you will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link it contains to complete your registration. Places are limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

Attendance, refreshments and lunch for both days of the conference are free. There will be a conference dinner on Friday evening for which tickets (€35) will be sold throughout the day.

By Adam Blistein | May 17, 2016

The aim of this conference is to explore the comic dimensions of disease/disability/deformity in Greek and Roman culture and to discuss instances in which someone’s illness, be it physical or mental, turns into comic material. While the tragic associations of disease have been thoroughly explored in secondary literature, its comic potential – even in cases when a fatal outcome is looming – has not been studied systematically. We aim to address this question by drawing attention to the ways in which disease is exploited precisely for comic purposes, in both fictional and non-literary settings, becoming on occasions an essential part of dark comedy in antiquity. Topics include but are not restricted to:

By Adam Blistein | April 29, 2016

From the Pre-Socratic philosophers to the late antique Boethius, the ancient writers of the Mediterranean understood philosophy and poetry to be intricately connected. That is, poetry could be not only an aesthetically pleasing artistic medium to convey the tenets of one’s school, but also a device through which philosophical arguments could be constructed and supported in ways unavailable in prose. Out purpose in this conference is to examine both how and why philosophers employed poetry in their writings. Topics include, but are not restricted to:

By Adam Blistein | April 29, 2016

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on topics including (but not limited to):

By Adam Blistein | April 29, 2016

The Norwegian Institute in Athens, in collaboration with the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo, would like to announce the call for papers for the interdisciplinary conference “Hierarchy and Equality - Representations of Sex/Gender in the Ancient World.” We invite scholars with a material and/or theoretical interest in sex/gender, or in social structures based on gender distinctions. We hope to explore more broadly what was “before sex”, i.e. the modern reproduction-based two-sex model (Laqueur), and seek possibly even more fruitful ways to approach sex/gender in the ancient world. We encourage contributors to approach a variety of records and explore hypotheses outside of the established scholarly consensus on ancient understandings of sex/gender. We also encourage papers that reflect on the extent to which modern notions of sex/gender affect our reading of the past.

By Adam Blistein | April 20, 2016

The deadline for submission of individual abstracts to the SCS Program Committee for the 2017 annual meeting in Toronto is next Tuesday, April 26, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern TimeYou may create an account on the program submission site and submit an abstract only if you are an SCS member in good standing for 2016.  In addition, you must use the same credentials that you established in our membership database at the Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) to create your account on the program submission site.  Visit this page about eligibility to submit an abstract to find links to the Johns Hopkins site where you can retrieve those credentials and your member number.

By Adam Blistein | April 12, 2016

The fourth annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene on the campuses of Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College on October 21–22, 2016. The organizers for this year’s conference, in despair of capturing under a single rubric all the exciting new work being done in late antique literary studies, issue an open call for all papers on late antique literature qua literature. Close analyses of a single textual moment in poetry or prose; sweeping surveys of author, genre, image, or trope; precise detective work on a long nettlesome crux; and paradigm-shifting theoretical diatribe are all encouraged.  

By Adam Blistein | April 12, 2016

Whether through political structures or interpersonal relationships, exercising and communicating power was a persistent concern for all members of society in the ancient world.  Expressions of power abound in the physical and literary landscape of antiquity, from the occupation of the acropolis in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata to the display of Roman imperialism on the Arch of Titus.  Rhetoric, oratory, and written law were means to exert or possibly resist power.  Questions naturally arise: Who (or what) had power in the ancient world, and how did they demonstrate and maintain it?  How did ancient people navigate between brute expressions of power and more subtle persuasion?  What vulnerabilities came with power, and how did devalued individuals claim significance?


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