The SCS Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities Initiative (formerly Classics Everywhere)
Are you currently organizing, or interested in organizing, events and programs on Greek, Roman, and ancient Mediterranean antiquity? Are you interested in bringing the ancient Mediterranean and its reception into global dialogue with other cultures, past and present?
In 2019, the SCS Board of Directors designated $25,000 that was used to sponsor public events as part of the “Classics Everywhere” initiative. In 2020 and 2021, the program is continuing with grant funding, but has recently been renamed and reimagined as the “Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities” initiative. The goal of this initiative is to engage individuals, groups, and communities in critical discussion of and creative expression related to the ancient Mediterranean, the global reception of Greek and Roman culture, and the history of teaching and scholarship in the field of classical studies.
We invite applications from individuals, organizations, and/or communities to apply to the “Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities” committee for mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support works in these areas. Examples of successful projects include but are not limited to: public lectures; readings; discussion groups; performances; summer, after-school and weekend programs for school-age children; visual arts exhibits and installations; podcasts; and videos.
The committee is particularly interested in projects that focus on long traditions of engagement with ancient Mediterranean culture that have been excluded from classics curricula; projects proposed by rather than for historically underrepresented minoritized communities; interdisciplinary collaborations; artistic projects and creative adaptations; projects involving global reception and comparative approaches; and projects that are critical of classics as it has been practiced and structured as a discipline.
Events and programs may focus on ancient languages, works of literature, art, architecture, and culture, on ancient history, on more contemporary works inspired by or reacting against the ancient world, or on the history of classics teaching and scholarship. They can be creative, analytical, or critical in focus. The one basic requirement is that eligible programs work with their communities and/or create pathways for knowledge exchange beyond the classroom to engage broader publics.
Allowable expenditures include: space rental, audiovisual or other technology costs, honoraria, props or supplies necessary for the program, and travel and / or accommodations costs for speakers or event leaders and participants.
Any project that appropriates the classical world in order to promote ideologies of hate and exclusion will not be funded (see https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/public-statement-scs-board-directors). Applicants should not propose projects that trivialize or normalize racism or other forms of oppression.
The members of the SCS Committee on Classics in the Community will review all applications. Its members judge applications based on feasibility and impact in accordance with the goals and regulations stated above. They will ensure that the initiative funds projects in all regions of the US; applications from outside the US are also welcome.
Application Form and Deadlines
The deadline for the the most recent round of applications was May 14, 2021. The next deadline is October 15, 2021. There will be further deadlines, to be announced, in February 2022 and May 2022. The Executive Director will notify all applicants of the committee’s decision within one month of the application deadline.
Here is the online application form.
If you have questions about the Classics Everywhere initiative, please contact the SCS Executive Director, Helen Cullyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Public Engagement Coordinator, Nina Papathanasopoulou (email@example.com). Please also see below for the projects already funded:
Projects already funded
You can view our complete list of funded projects.
You can read about Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities (formerly Classics Everwhere) projects on the SCS blog. Posts are written by Public Engagement Coordinator Nina Papathanasopoulou, who oversees the initiative.