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ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN REVOLUTIONS
A Conference to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of AHMA at UC Berkeley
September 6 to September 8, 2018
The Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) was a revolutionary initiative. It brought together a number of previously segregated fields, disciplines, and methods in an attempt to produce a broader, deeper, and more richly textured vision of Mediterranean antiquity. The program was designed to bridge two persistent gaps in particular: between the disciplines of History (text) and Archaeology (material culture), on the one hand, and between the civilizations of Greece and Rome and those of the Near East and Egypt, on the other. As the first interdisciplinary program of its kind in the world—long before “interdisciplinarity” had become an academic buzzword—AHMA helped to set an ambitious agenda that has transformed the study of the ancient Mediterranean world.
Call for Papers
The Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin invites all classicists, historians, religious studies and biblical scholars, and scholars with an interest in oral cultures to participate in the Thirteenth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, to take place in Austin (TX) from Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019.
The conference will follow the same format as the previous conferences, held in Hobart (1994), Durban (1996), Wellington (1998), Columbia, Missouri (2000), Melbourne (2002), Winnipeg (2004), Auckland (2006), Nijmegen (2008), Canberra (2010), Ann Arbor (2012), Atlanta (2014), and Lausanne (2016). It is planned that the refereed proceedings once again be published by E.J. Brill as Volume 13 in the “Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World” series.
Location: The University of Texas at Austin
Dates: Wednesday 27 March (registration that evening) to Sunday 31 March 2019
Keynote: Professor Ruth Scodel (Classics, University of Michigan)
(Provided by Ann Vasaly [FAAR 1983, RAAR 2010])
Eleanor Winsor Leach (1937-2018)
On February 19th it was learned that Eleanor Winsor Leach, Ruth N. Halls Professor of Classics at Indiana University, had passed away at the age of 80. At the suggestion of Brian Rose, I wanted to take the opportunity to write to the Advisory Council of the important role she played in her chosen profession and her devotion throughout her career to the American Academy.
After the threat of agency closure by the end of next fiscal year, congress has instead approved a $3 million dollar increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"The spending bill notes that the increases will help the NEH enhances its support for the preservation of Native languages and cultures and local history preservation initiatives, as well as fund a new program to build infrastructure and capacity for humanities organizations."
You can read the full analysis on the NEH website here.
(Photo: "Logo of the United States National Endowment for the Humanities" by National Endowment for the Humanities, public domain, edited to fit thumbnail template)
Call for Papers
St Andrews Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy 2018, on:
Teleology, Intelligence and Life in the Platonic and Aristotelian Tradition
Teleology plays a central role in both Plato’s and Aristotle’s philosophy. It is essential in particular for their cosmological views and their conceptions of intelligence (nous) and life. We are interested in a deeper understanding of both Plato’s and Aristotle’s approach to teleology in all their aspects and the principal differences between them.
We invite graduate students and recent graduates, who have received their PhD degree after the 1st of March 2017, to submit high-quality papers on any topic related to teleology within the Platonic or Aristotelian tradition, broadly construed, in antiquity.
Besides our keynote speaker, also members of staff of the St Andrews philosophy and classics departments, Prof. Sarah Broadie, Barbara Sattler and Alex Long, will attend the conference.
Mary Louise Gill (Brown)
The Bergen Ancient Philosophy Symposium of 2018 will take place at the University of Bergen in Norway on May 24-25, 2018.
The topic will be Democracy and Its Rivals: Plato's Statesman and Laws.
This symposium is free, but RSVP is required. You can read the full, two-day schedule here.
The SCS Committee on Publications and Research is pleased to announce the opening of a new online publication effort in collaboration with the Digital Latin Library (DLL). Among other things, the DLL will host open-access online critical editions of Latin texts from the ancient period through the era of Neolatin texts — the Library of Digital Latin Texts (LDLT). Editions of classical texts in the LDLT are to be evaluated and approved by the SCS.
The Committee has now established the procedures and policies to be applied and welcomes the submission of pre-proposals. You can read the editorial procedures and policies here.
Potential editors are invited to familiarize themselves with the SCS procedures and with the Guidelines for Encoding Critical Editions for the Library of Digital Latin Texts.
I recently sat down with John Ochsendorf, the new Director of the American Academy in Rome to discuss Classics, the American Academy in Rome, and his own work in historical preservation. He is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, was a Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation in 2007-2008, and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008.
CB: You’ve just begun your time at the American Academy in Rome, which has such a rich history for the study of Classics. Can you speak about Classics and Ancient Studies at the Academy?
JO: For myself and many others at the American Academy in Rome, Classics is really at the heart of why we are here in Rome. Classics and Ancient Studies continue to speak to all of the fields that we have under our roof. The Academy offers programs in Classics every year such as the Classical Summer School, the Summer School in Latin Epigraphy, and the Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology.
We're pleased to announce this year's winners of the following SCS Awards:
- Charles Kuper
- Philip Murray Wilson
- Sneha Adusumilli
- Lokukalafi Ahomana
- Zaidimary Barreto
- Daphne Bissette
- Sallie Blanks
Congratulations to these exemplary Classicists for all their excellent work!
The Harvard Classics Department, Harvard Classics Club, and Office for hte Arts at Harvard are presenting Antigone at the Harvard Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29th.
This event is free to the public, and is directed by Mitchell Polonsky and produced by Ben Roy.