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NEW APPROACHES TO THE ANCIENT GRECO-ROMAN MEDITERRANEAN
A GRADUATE SYMPOSIUM
September 28 – 30, 2018
The Program in Classical and Medieval Studies at Bates College invites papers on any topic related to new approaches to the cultures of the ancient Greco-Roman Mediterranean, for a day-long graduate symposium showcasing the work of emerging scholars (recent PhD or ABD) from historically underrepresented groups.
The symposium will showcase new work by individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, specifically defined as including African Americans, Alaska Natives, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.
By Roger Bagnall
Members can click here to access our online program system for 2019 Annual Meeting submissions, affiliated group charters, and proposals for organizer-refereed panels for 2020.
by Erich Gruen
What put me on the path to Classics? No single event, no flash of lightning, no sudden illumination. Nor was it a gradual move, an increasing affection for a subject that slowly grew on me as I matured, a route that became more distinct and compelling as years passed. It is easy to construct such a smooth course toward an inevitable outcome in retrospect. But that is not how it happened.
(From the Cornell Alumni Magazine)
A former translator of the Pope's messages into Latin has joined the Cornell faculty to spread the practice of spoken Latin in the classroom.
"He took students on forays around campus to translate the Latin incorporated in maps and artwork; had them haggle with each other in ersatz marketplaces; studied the Latin mottos on state seals; cast them in a mock trial for shoplifting; and more."
You can read the full article here.
Content Warning: The following post discusses classical narratives about sexual assault. Please note that the thoughts and opinions of SCS blog contributors are their own.
Classics graduate student Sara L. Hales (University of Iowa) and Assistant Professor of Classics Arum Park (University of Arizona) explore how we read, discuss, and teach classical rape narratives in the midst of the #metoo movement.
Arum: Sara and I started writing on this topic independently and were brought together by our mutual friend Sarah Bond, who noted the common thread in our essays and encouraged us to collaborate. We found ourselves among those in the (fortunate? unfortunate?) position of reading classical rape narratives in the midst of a loud and persistent cultural conversation about sexual assault.
The Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) is seeking applications for two key positions: Treasurer and Annual Meeting Program Coordinator. Job description(s) and application information is on the main page of the CAAS website: http://caas-cw.org/wp/.
The deadline has been extended to March 2, 2018.
The SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a national advocacy organization for the humanities. The NHA has issued the following information regarding the administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 19:
“President Trump released his Presidential Budget Request for FY 2019, which again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities along with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services. The request also calls for the elimination of federal funding for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.
This is an assault on humanities research, education, and programming - all of which are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture.
Congress will ultimately be responsible for writing the bills that fund the federal government.
Last year, we sent a forceful message to Congress that we oppose the administration’s efforts to eliminate humanities funding. While the appropriations process for FY 2018 has not yet been completed, Congress has rejected Trump’s proposals at every turn.”
The Society for Classical Studies strongly supports the American Historical Association's statement condemning the Polish law criminalizing discussion of Polish complicity in Nazi war crimes during World War II. Open discussion of the events of the past is our own Society's raison d'être. Such discussion cannot be limited to events of which we are proud, nor can we permit those of which we are ashamed to be forgotten. These principles must apply to the study of all periods of history. Our Society's interest in this particular question involves a growing integration between what were once regarded as discrete areas in the study of Mediterranean antiquity, including Greek and Roman studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, Jewish studies, and other related areas. In addition, we remember the many Jewish scholars of Classics and Ancient History who migrated from eastern Europe to Great Britain and North America, fleeing persecution by the Nazis and their sympathizers. The impact of these scholars on their new countries and on our field as a whole was both great and very positive, but it came with enormous human cost, and it is essential that we remember these facts.
The 15th International FIEC Congress will be held in London, 4-8 July, 2019, hosted by the Classical Association, the Hellenic Society and the Roman Society, in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies, London, UCL, KCL, Birkbeck College, Royal Holloway University of London and Roehampton University.
The Congress will take place at the Institute of Education (University College London) in Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum, British Library, and the University of London’s Senate House.
The FIEC AGM and Bureau Meetings will take place on Thursday 4 July. The Congress will begin on Friday 5 July and end on Monday 8 July. There will be three different types of paper: plenary papers delivered by invited speakers; panels consisting of four papers; and posters. A call for panels, papers and posters will be issued in May, with a deadline for submission of 1 July. There will be a drinks reception, a flying buffet, excursions, workshops and various cultural activities taking place throughout the Congress.