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What’s So Funny?

Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World

20-21 April 2018

The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio 

Keynote Speakers:

•    Jack Sasson (Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University)

•    Ian Ruffell (Classics, University of Glasgow)

•    Amy Richlin (Classics, University of California at Los Angeles)

•    Christine Hayes (Religious Studies, Yale University)

Humor is a ubiquitous human phenomenon with a wide range of applications. Yet, what is deemed humorous is often culturally determined. This poses a significant challenge for scholars of ancient cultures. How do we identify what an ancient culture found funny? How did they use humor, and what drove their usage?

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scholars across disciplines to discuss and debate humor and its functions in both textual and material sources across the ancient Mediterranean, from the early Near East through late antiquity. We invite papers that address the above questions, or any others, on the topic of humor in an ancient Mediterranean context.  

Possible topics include:

•       Theoretical models for identifying and understanding humor and comedy in ancient cultures

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:48am by Erik Shell.

The inaugural conference of the Canadian Aristotle Society conference will be May 9, 10, and 11, 2018, at the Dominican University College, Ottawa, ON.  The theme of this conference is the following:  Aristotle: A Critic of Plato. Please submit a one-page abstract to Dr. Mark Nyvlt at mark.nyvlt@dominicanu.ca.  The deadline is January 31st, 2018.  Our first Keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas De Koninck.

The purpose of the bilingual Canadian Aristotle Society is to establish a Centre wherein the themes of Aristotle, along with the Aristotelian tradition, are kept alive by way of either conferences or eventually publications.  The spirit of this Society will be speculative and classical in nature, though this does not exclude the analytical and continental traditions.  That the Faculty of Philosophy at the Dominican University will house this Society can only enrich its mission to sustain the Aristotelian spirit by both the Anglophone and Francophone communities in Canada and beyond.  Their intention is to make this Society into a dynamic Centre that will attract primarily Aristotelian scholars, but also scholars and interested parties from various other disciplines, such as the classics, theology, politics, art, etc.

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View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:13pm by Erik Shell.

The Vergilian Society is soliciting proposals for the Third Annual Symposium Campanum, to take place at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma in mid-October, 2018. We will consider proposals on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art and architecture, and geology of Italy and Sicily from the remotest antiquity to the Renaissance.

Each proposal should be prepared by the person who is intending to direct the symposium, or by the lead person if co-directors are envisioned.  The successful director will have logistical assistance from the Vergilian Society’s Italian staff and from the executive committee; a set of guidelines is available to assist in planning.

Proposals should be 250-300 words in length, giving a brief rationale for the theme, some thoughts on what kinds of subjects are likely to be treated, and the names of several scholars who have worked on this theme and might be approached to participate.  As international meetings, our symposia attract participants from all over the world, but since the Vergilian Society is an Italian-American cultural association, we are especially interested in seeing solid participation from scholars in these two countries.

Proposals should be submitted electronically by September 21, 2017 (new deadline!) to the president of the Vergilian Society, James O’Hara, at jimohara@unc.edu.

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View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 06/07/2017 - 3:23pm by Erik Shell.

Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece

with special emphasis on τὸ καλόν to kalon: the beautiful, good, noble, fine Sicily Center for International Education
Syracuse, Sicily, June 6-9, 2018

The cultural and intellectual legacy of Western Greece—the coastal areas of Southern Italy and Sicily settled by Hellenes in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE—is sometimes overlooked in academia.  Yet evidence suggests that poets, playwrights, philosophers, and other maverick intellectuals found fertile ground here for the growth of their ideas and the harvesting of their work.  The goal of the Fonte Aretusa organization is to revive the distinctive spirit of Western Greece by exploring it from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including art history, archaeology, classics, drama, epigraphy, history, philosophy and religion.

Our conference takes place at the Sicily Center for International Education in Syracuse, Sicily—the cultural center of Western Greece known by Epicharmus, Empedocles, Plato, Aeschylus, Sappho, Theocritus, Archimedes, Cicero and many others.  It includes guided tours of local archaeological and cultural sites, communal meals, and the possibility to witness live performances in the ancient Greek theater by the National Institute for Ancient Drama.  An optional post-conference tour to important sites is also offered.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 06/05/2017 - 9:57am by Erik Shell.

Understanding Hagiography and its Textual Tradition: the Late Antique and the Early Medieval Period (6th-11th centuries)
University of Lisbon, October 24-26, 2018

Between the sixth and the eleventh century, passions, lives of saints, translations of relics, miracles and other hagiographical genres underwent a remarkable process of transmission and rewriting. This conference aims at producing a fresh look at the transmission and the evolution of these crucial pieces of the spiritual and cultural life in the early Middle Ages. It will explore manuscript and textual traditions and literary reshaping, both in the history of the hagiographic genre and in the evolutionary process of the specific texts, without overlooking their function as pieces of a cult or simply of edification.

Call for papers
The papers should focus on hagiographic texts (passions, lives of saints, translations of relics, miracles and other hagiographic pieces) produced between the sixth and the eleventh centuries, as well as on hagiographic books (passionaries, legendaries and other sorts of compilation) composed before the late eleventh century.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:49am by Erik Shell.

Call for Papers

Translation, Adaptation, and Interpretation.

October 21, 2017.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

First University of Florida Classics Graduate Student Symposium

(with the support of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Department, University of Florida),

Featuring keynote speaker Karl Galinsky, University of Texas.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: AUGUST 1st 2017

Every text is at the same time translatable yet impossible to transfer into another language in its entirety. Reading in a foreign language is an experience of surprise and frustration: surprise, when the ideas of an author become clear through his words, and succeed in conveying a message; frustration, when our words fall short in capturing the full meaning of the original. We invite papers that can address this dynamic in any field. We welcome a diversity of presentations from various disciplines and historical periods, on any topic related to the importance of the translator’s art in reception history. From here, speakers may also address issues related to adapting literature and art objects into different media and cultural contexts. Topics may include but not be limited to:

•           Ancient and/or modern translations

•           Literary translations/adaptation of texts or works of art

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 05/31/2017 - 8:54am by Erik Shell.

The deadline for submission of papers to certain sessions of the annual conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) has been extended to June 26. Papers are still needed for the Classics/Latin, Classics/Greek and Classics/Reception sessions. The conference will be held in Honolulu HI from November 10-12. Please see the website:

http://www.pamla.org/annual-conferences
 

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(Photo: "Handwritten" by A. Birkan, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:30am by Erik Shell.

The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2017; for submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please go to http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Further details are available at the conference website.

The Conference is held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:00am by Erik Shell.

Call for Papers:

Wilderness, Frontiers, and New Worlds in Antiquity

Biennial Classics Graduate Student Conference

New York University

November 4, 2017

Keynote: Prof. Andrew Laird (Brown University)

Unfamiliar, unexplored, and unsettled places captivated the ancient imagination and were of pressing importance not only to poets and prose writers of every genre, but also to merchants, militaries, and governing bodies enticed by the prospects of new sites for trading, settling, and conquering. There has been a swell of critical interest recently in the topics of borders and boundaries in the ancient world, as part of the increased scholarly attention to space over the past few decades. Our conference is interested in spaces beyond borders, and we aim to explore ancient encounters with wilderness, frontiers, and unknown lands.

Possible topics include:

•   Visual representations of wilderness and extreme environments

•   Representations in ancient texts of the landscape, weather, and human adaptation in unexplored lands

•   Narrations and theorizations of journeys undersea, into the sky, or below the earth

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 05/15/2017 - 9:33am by Erik Shell.

Call for Papers
Deadline for Submissions is April 1st 2018

KOINON: The International Journal of Classical Numismatic Studies

A New Annual Journal Published by the Societatis De Tauro Cum Facie Humana

General Editor:
Nicholas J. Molinari, US
njmolinari@gmail.com

Editorial Board

Shawn Caza, CA
Alberto Campana, IT
Victor Clark, US
Curtis Clay, US
Phil Davis, US
Tjaart de Beer, CH
Mark Fox, US
József Géza Kiss, HU
David MacDonald, US
Gavin Richardson, US
Martin Rowe, SE
David Sear, US
Andrew Short, CA
Nicola Sisci, IT
Lloyd W. H. Taylor, AU
Joseph Uphoff, US
John Zielinski, US

Papers concerning virtually any topic of ancient coinage are welcome, including papers on non-western coinages.  Reviews and short notes are also encouraged, as are translations of important excerpts from antiquarian works. Special preference will be given to papers that are engaging to a fairly wide audience (Art Historians, Classicists, Archaeologists, Historians, etc.). 

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:38am by Erik Shell.

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