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The SCS Program Submission system for the 2018 annual meeting in Boston is now open. You can submit: (a) abstracts for individual papers; (b) proposals for panels, seminars, workshops, roundtables, and committee panels; and (c) reports on affiliated group and organizer-refereed panels for which organizers have already conducted a peer-review process for abstracts.  You can also use the submission system for applications for new or renewed affiliated group charters and proposals for organizer-refereed panels that will take place in 2019.  For the full range of options, click here.

You must be an SCS member to submit, so have your JHUP username and password ready. If you are a member, this is the same login information you use to log in to the main SCS website.  You will also be asked to enter your member number before you can complete your submission.

Please also note if you are submitting a panel, seminar, workshop, or roundtable, you must have all materials for your application ready before you start, as the system does not accept incomplete submissions.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:45am by Erik Shell.

International Conference
The Theme of Medea in the Artistic Culture of the World

The Institute of Classical, Byzantineand Modern Greek Studies, established in 1997 in Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University through the unification of the Chair of Classical Philology and the Centre of Mediterranean Studies, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In connection with the jubilee, the Institute will hold an international conference on The Theme of Medea in the Artistic Culture of the World from September 17 to 21, 2017. Along with researchers, the event will gather representatives of literature and art.

Those willing to participate in the conference are kindly requested to forward the following information to before March 15, 2017:

Personal information (first name, last name), affiliation and position (title), contact details (telephone, mailing address and email); type of presentation (conference paper, performance or exhibition), title and brief summary (no more than 300 words).

The Organizing Committee will provide additional information to shortlisted applicants before April 30, 2017.
The conference welcomes professors, researchers and students from all the three academic levels.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:46pm by Erik Shell.

International Interdisciplinary Conference
“Conceptualising the Divine: Revelations, Internalisations and Identifications with the Divine in the Greek, Near Eastern and African Worlds,” 20–22 April 2017, North-West University (Potchefstroom)

Proposals are invited for papers on the conference theme, which aims at contextualising the concepts of the divine, focusing on revelations, internalisations and identifications with the divine in the Greek, Near Eastern and African worlds. Possible areas of interest involve public and personal religious attitudes, ways of religious interactions, divination, magic, the mysteries, Orphic cosmogony, internalisations of the divine, epiphanies, theurgy, unions with the divine and philosophical approaches for establishing these unions. The conference theme is inclusive of a wide range of specialisations, including Classical, Hellenistic and Late Antique Literature, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, comparative religious studies, Jewish, Christian and Patristic literature; and religious texts from Persia, Babylonia and Northern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Numidia and Mauretania).

Keynote addresses:
Ian Rutherford, University of Reading
Robert Ritner, University of Chicago
Bert van den Berg, University of Leiden

Titles with short abstracts (500 words) should be submitted to Eleni Pachoumi at:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 8:11am by Erik Shell.

Aristotelian Ideas in Philosophy, Science and Literature

September 1-10, 2017
Novosibirsk State University
Academgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia

Aristotelian studies is nowadays an established field of scholarship and could be of interest to
students and scholars, specializing in the history of philosophy, science, art, and literature,
given that the Corpus Aristotelicum, and numerous Commentaries to and Translation of the
works ascribed to Aristotle and his school had a lasting impact on the development of Western
and Oriental intellectual tradition. In the framework of the school we are planning to organize a
series of guest lectures by prominent specialists, and a number of thematic sessions where the
participants will be able to share the results of their work on various aspects of adaptation and
appropriation of Aristotelian ideas in Western and Oriental intellectual history. All interested
scholars are welcome to contribute.

For additional Information, see

The project is supported by the Russian Scientific Foundation.

The school is organized in collaboration with the Institute of World History (Moscow) and the
Institute of Philosophy (Moscow).

The proposals should be submitted no later than March 30, 2017

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 9:48am by Erik Shell.

Celebrating 50 Years(1967-2017) of the Joint Graduate Program in Ancient Philosophy

40th Annual Ancient Philosophy Workshop

The University of Texas at Austin

Department of Classics                                                              

Department of Philosophy

Friday, February 24, 2017

David L. Miller Conference Room (Waggener Hall 316)

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00-9:15am Opening Remarks

9:15-10:45am Reier Helle (Yale) “Hierocles and the Stoic Theory of Blending”

Respondent: Patricia Curd (Purdue)

11:00am-12:30pm Vanessa de Harven (UMass Amherst) “Composition, Constitution, and the    Continuum”

Respondent: Bryan Reece (Toronto)

2:00-3:30pm  Jessica Gelber (Pittsburgh) “Two Ways of Being an End”

Respondent: Emily Kress (Yale)

4:00-6:00pm Keynote: Christopher Shields (Notre Dame) “Goodness as Cause”

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Classics Department Lounge (Waggener Hall 116)

9:00-10:30am Joshua Gulley (Purdue) “Aristotle Against Empedocles on Form, Matter,  and Mixture"

Respondent: Mary Krizan (Wisconsin-La Crosse)

10:45am-12:15pm Joe Bullock “Skeptical Suspension in the Face of Disagreement"

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 7:42am by Erik Shell.

Man Extending Microphone

This article is an edited version of a talk given at the Society for Classical Studies 2017 annual meeting.

Last year the SCS dissolved its outreach committee and created a new Committee on Public Information and Media Relations. I was asked to chair it, and agreed. Our charge states:

The Committee promotes broad public appreciation for the ancient Greek & Roman worlds by spreading awareness of the activities of classicists in all forms of media and entertainment and developing ties with diverse media.

The following remarks give my views on how we can do that best.

1.Outreach should be the top priority.

Outreach should be the top priority of the SCS.

2.Go for numbers.

There are 361,000,000 people in the US and Canada combined. If we want to maximize impact, we must reach a ton of people—millions, not a few thousand. Thus, the SCS should redirect its efforts away from labor-intensive projects that cannot scale, such as visiting individual high schools. We should direct efforts toward the largest possible existing venues, audiences, networks, and distributors.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:00am by Michael Fontaine.

Prolepsis’ 2nd International Postgraduate Conference

“Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages

University of Bari (Italy), 26th and 27th October 2017
Confirmed keynote speaker: Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln)

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its second international postgraduate conference whose theme will be the investigation into the concepts of authenticity and authorship of literary and historical texts from the Classical Antiquity to the Medieval and the Byzantine Age.
“Auctor est aequivocum” Honorius of Autun writes in his Expositio in Cantica Canticorum (prol., PL 172, col. 348), underlining the ambiguity of the term “Auctor”. We would like use this quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues that derive from the concepts of authority, authorship and authenticity and on the problems that relate to their – often controversial – definitions. This year our conference is particularly keen on – but not limited to –  the following topics:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:31pm by Erik Shell.


We live in a multicultural world, in which every community develops in constant interaction with others. A series of theoretical models have been developed to explain these contacts, which in recent years have been utilized to understand the ancient world. In the context of the Roman empire, these theories are typically used to examine the interactions of various indigenous populations with their rulers. These kinds of studies were once grouped under the heading “Romanization”, though the increased questioning of the term’s validity has given rise to a diverse range of alternatives. These are often drawn from modern theoretical backgrounds: multiculturalism and multilingualism are two recent concepts employed in this realm.

The aim of this conference is to assess the validity and scope of a variety of some of these models, with a particular focus on multilingualism and multiculturalism. By promoting and facilitating dialogue between disciplines, we shall aim to provide effective tools for different fields’ approaches in parallel (e.g. historical and linguistic). This has already been done very successfully in a few cases (e.g. ‘code-switching’), though greater interaction remains a desideratum. It is hoped that the participants will thereby open the discussion for a ‘theory of contact’ in the Roman world.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:27pm by Erik Shell.

Dear SCS Members,

The Professional Matters Division of the society has been working on a revised version of the Working Conditions section of the society’s Professional Ethics statement.  The revision aims to address issues particularly relevant to contingent faculty.  The SCS board approved the revision of the Working Conditions language on January 8, 2017.  However, the society cannot adopt the revised language unless the membership votes to approve it.  The matter will be put to a vote of members this summer.  However, prior to the vote, we are soliciting comments and feedback on the revised Working Conditions section of the statement.  Please read the procedures below carefully.

You can find the current Professional Ethics statement, including the current section on Working Conditions, here.

You can find the revised Working Conditions statement here

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:22am by Helen Cullyer.

In light of the executive order on immigration issued on Friday, January 27, 2017, the Society for Classical Studies publicly reaffirms its commitment to the international community of scholars and to the importance of the free movement of scholarship and ideas.  We believe that the selective ban placed on the entry to the United States by individuals of particular nationalities and (in effect) of particular religious beliefs, the suspension of all refugee processing, and the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program are harmful to students, scholars, and academic institutions in this country and, given the importance of the middle eastern region to the study of classical antiquity, of particular concern to our discipline.

View full article. | Posted in Public Statements on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:22am by Helen Cullyer.


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