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Public Statement from the SCS Board of Directors

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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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)

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

THEORIZING CONTACTS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, 8-9 December 2017

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.

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.

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.

You can now download the complete set of panels that will take place at the 2017 ISNS conference at Palacký University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic, June 14-17.  If you wish to present a paper at one of the panels, please send your abstract (no more than one page, single-spaced) to the panel organizer(s) named on the list.  If you wish to give a paper that does not fit into any of the listed panels, send your abstract to the organizing committee:

Tomáš Nejeschleba, Palacký University <tomas.nejeschleba@upol.cz>
Jozef Matula, Palacký University <jozef.matula@upol.cz>
Sara Itoku Ahbel-Rappe, University of Michigan <rappe@umich.edu>
John Finamore, University of Iowa <john-finamore@uiowa.edu>

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:15am by Erik Shell.

Map of Europe

(Below is an announcement sent to the SCS Office by the European Academy of Religion)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The great success of the launch of the European Academy of Religion was in large part due to the presence, commitment, and support of participants, founders, and mentors. I myself and all the members of Fscire are very grateful to all of you for your presence in Bologna.

First of all, we want to thank the European Parliament and EU Commissioner Moedas, President Prodi and our past Minister Giannini, the Ambassadors and the Envoys of Governments who honored the meeting with their presence, as well as the representatives of Unesco, Osce, and Wef, as well as Rector Ubertini and his colleagues, all of whom offered their endorsement and ideas. We also want to thank all of you for the added intellectual energy you brought to our initiative, which is now your initiative as well.

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 9:14am by Erik Shell.

Hygiea, Montreal General Hospital

I was surprised to receive an invitation to write this blog; it was based on some passing remarks that I made last year at a meeting in Dublin on BioPharma on the valuable role that the Greek and Roman classics played in my education. I am, by way of background, a physician and a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, where I chair a basic science department and direct an institute devoted to translation of basic discoveries into novel therapeutics and diagnostics.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:00am by Garret FitzGerald.

After concluding a successful search, SCS is delighted to announce that Andromache Karanika will officially become the Editor of TAPA in January 2018.  Please note that Craig Gibson will remain the official Editor through 2017 and in charge of producing this year’s issues (147.1 and 2).  Until further notice, please continue to send all submissions electronically to Craig Gibson at tapa@uiowa.edu, following TAPA guidelines.  

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 10:55am by Helen Cullyer.

Call for Papers: Sapiens Ubique Civis V – Szeged 2017

(PhD Student Conference in Classical Studies, Szeged Hungary, August 30–September 2. 2017)

The Department of Classical Philology and Neo-Latin Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged, Hungary is pleased to announce its International PhD Student Conference Sapiens Ubique Civis V – Szeged 2017. The aim of the conference is to bring together an international group of young scholars working in a variety of periods, places, languages, and fields. Papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to the literature, history, philology, philosophy, linguistics and archaeology of Greece and Rome, Byzantinology, Neo-Latin studies, and reception of the classics, as well as papers dealing with theatre studies, comparative literature, contemporary literature, and fine arts related to the Antiquity are welcome.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:26am by Erik Shell.

Dear SCS Members,

This message concerns important dates and deadlines for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Boston.

There are already a number of calls for abstracts for Affiliated Group Panels and Organizer-Refereed Panels on our 2018 Annual Meeting page.  Please consult carefully these calls for deadlines, as the deadlines are much earlier than those listed below in order to allow affiliated groups and panel organizers plenty of time to review and select abstracts prior to submitting reports on their panels to the program committee in April.   Members should submit abstracts for Affiliated Group Panels and Organizer-Refereed Panels via email to the address / addresses listed in the individual calls.

The SCS Online Program Submission system will open on February 13.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 9:49am by Helen Cullyer.

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