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The mission of the Society for Classical Studies is “to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the ancient Greek and Roman world and its enduring value.” That world was a complex place, with a vast diversity of peoples, languages, religions, and cultures spread over three continents, as full of contention and difference as our world is today.  Greek and Roman culture was shared and shaped for their own purposes by people living from India to Britain and from Germany to Ethiopia. Its medieval and modern influence is wider still. Classical Studies today belongs to all of humanity.

For this reason, the Society strongly supports efforts to include all groups among those who study and teach the ancient world, and to encourage understanding of antiquity by all. It vigorously and unequivocally opposes any attempt to distort the diverse realities of the Greek and Roman world by enlisting the Classics in the service of ideologies of exclusion, whether based on race, color, national origin, gender, or any other criterion. As scholars and teachers, we condemn the use of the texts, ideals, and images of the Greek and Roman world to promote racism or a view of the Classical world as the unique inheritance of a falsely-imagined and narrowly-conceived western civilization. 

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CALL FOR PAPERS
FIRST CIRCULAR
XXVIth International Conference of 2017

The  XXVIth International Conference and the VIIIth International Bilingual Summer Seminar on XENOPHON, organized by the OLYMPIC CENTER FOR PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE (OCPC) , will take place in Ancient Olympia and Neochorion -Zacharo, Greece, July 28-31 , 2017 .

The topics of the Conference (A) and  the Seminar (B)  are:

A. PHILOSOPHY AND THE ARTS WITH AN EMPHASIS

(1) ON A HOLISTIC APPROACH

AND

(2) ON THE CONTRIBUTION OF N. KAZANTZAKIS AND J.P. ANTON TO PHILOSOPHY AND THE ARTS

B. XENOPHON’S VIEWS ON PHILOSOPHY, THE ARTS AND HOLISM

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:45pm by Erik Shell.

Triclinium, Excavated in the House of Actaeon, Pompeii

The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project, directed by Eric Poehler, sets itself lofty goals. PBMP seeks to compile a comprehensive online bibliography and full-text archive of scholarly research on Pompeii, to construct a data-rich, interactive map of the ancient city, and to integrate both into a genre-bending “carto-bibliography” linking scholarly resources with the physical spaces they study. By its own admission (in a 2016 NEH White Paper), PBMP has not yet fully achieved these goals with the project’s first products, a Zotero bibliography and web-map published in late 2014.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am by Gabriel Moss.

We'd like you to keep in mind upcoming deadlines for a number of different fellowships, awards, and abstracts for the 2018 annual meeting:

Abstracts:

  • Abstracts Submission for Affiliated Group Panels for the Annual Meeting: Varied, but mostly around March 1st.  Submit to email address included in call for abstracts.
  • Abstract Submission for Organizer-Refereed Panels for the Annual Meeting: February 24.  Submit to email address included in call for abstracts.

Awards:

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 02/10/2017 - 2:07pm by Erik Shell.

All Classics Departments, including those outside North America, are eligible for Departmental Membership in the SCS.

International departmental members enjoy the same benefits offered to North American Departmental members including select publications, individual SCS memberships for some students, student award certificates and GreekKeys 2015.

Interested departments should visit our webpage on Departmental Membership, and download the requisite form here.

If you have questions about international departmental membership, please contact the Executive Director at helen.cullyer@nyu.edu

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:55pm by Erik Shell.

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.

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 greekstudies@tsu.ge before March 15, 2017:

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)

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

THE PERIPATETIC TRADITION.
Aristotelian Ideas in Philosophy, Science and Literature

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

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)

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.

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

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