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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Teach the Teachers Workshop

Tufts University Boston MA August 14-16th, 2017

The Perseids Project in conjunction with  the Department of Classics at Tufts University is calling for participants in the second Teach the Teachers workshop.

This three-day workshop aims to showcase the Perseids platform and explore the uses of these tools in a classroom setting. Registration for this workshop will be free and financial support for travel and lodging will be provided. We are looking for participants who teach at the High school or secondary school level, as well as Phd candidates and graduate students.

The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the exchange of new ideas for the implementation of the Perseids Platform in the classroom. We encourage you to experiment with our tools before attending the workshop, so that you can bring your own ideas about implementations in the classroom for discussion.

Participants should submit a statement of up to 500-700 words in length. Funding will be provided on an as-needed basis. Submissions will be accepted until May 1st

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 9:25am by Erik Shell.

Rosetta Stone By © Hans Hillewaert, CC BY-SA 4.0

Arrival has gotten serious buzz in academic circles, and for good reason. The premise of the film is the idea that the language you speak shapes the kind of thoughts you can have. Formally, that idea is called the “linguistic relativity hypothesis” or Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, and the film thus brings one of the more controversial and intriguing theories in the scholarly study of language before the popular imagination. It is an idea that could fundamentally change what we think we know about the ancient world.

In the film Amy Adams portrays linguistics professor Louise Banks, a demoralized expert in phonemic analysis, tasked with deciphering an alien language. The Heptapods’ language possesses a peculiar written form; they “write” a single splotchy circle, which can convey anything from a simple idea like a name to more complex combinations of concepts (what we might think of as a sentence). As Dr. Banks deciphers more and more of this “circular” writing system, she begins to perceive and experience time in a wholly new way.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 1:00am by William Michael Short.

A reminder that there are two deadlines for submissions for the SCS Annual Meeting in January 2018 in Boston.

Individual abstracts are due by 11.59pm eastern on April 26.

However, all other submissions (panels, workshops, reports on affiliated group panels, roundtables etc.) are due by 11.59pm eastern on April 7.

The program submission system is available at http://program.classicalstudies.org

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Sun, 03/12/2017 - 8:08pm by Helen Cullyer.

The Making of the Humanities VI

University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK
September 28-30, 2017

The sixth conference on the history of the humanities, ‘The Making of the Humanities VI’, will take place at the University of Oxford, Humanities Division and Somerville College, UK, from 28 till 30 September 2017.

Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences

The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.
    We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that compares scholarly practices across humanities disciplines and civilizations.
    Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, and so on, but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.

Keynote Speakers

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 8:59am by Erik Shell.

29th International Conference of Philosophy
Greek Moral and Political Philosophy – From Pre-Socratics to Neo-Platonism

July 7-12, 2017
Rhodes, Greece

Call for Abstracts: submission deadline 15th of May, 2017

This conference will bring together scholars and researchers from all areas whose work concerns important issues involving Greek moral and political philosophy. Submissions may concern topics such as:

1. Ethical and political views of Pre-Socratics
2. Plato’s moral and political philosophy
3. Aristotle’s moral and political philosophy
4. Greek philosophy of Hellenistic and Roman age (moral and political philosophy, logic, ontology, metaphysics, epistemology etc.)
5. Moral and political philosophy of Neo-Platonists.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including Hellenistic Philosophy of Greek and Roman period (Panaetius, Poseidonius, Cicero, Seneca, Lucretius, Mousonius etc.), logic, ontology, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politic, as well as other relevant disciplines and fields. Each paper session will have 20 minutes for presentation followed by Q/A session. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words excluding bibliography. Abstracts should be send at: secretariat@iagp.gr

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 8:57am by Erik Shell.

Texts and Contexts is an annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. In addition to the general papers (of roughly 20 minutes), the conference also hosts the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, established in memory of the late Virginia Brown, who taught paleography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for some 40 years. We also welcome proposals for sessions of two to three papers which might treat a more focused topic. Please send abstracts to epig@osu.edu.  Deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2017.

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View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 9:20am by Erik Shell.

The Société d’Etudes Platoniciennes will hold the SEP WORKSHOP 2017 on June 8 and 9 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (45, rue d'Ulm, Paris). This public event is dedicated to the presentation of ongoing, unpublished research on Plato and the platonic tradition, and will take place in the presence of the Société d’Etudes Platoniciennes’ members. In depth discussion of presented papers is warmly encouraged. The workshop is open to confirmed scholars as well as PHD students. Contributions in French, Italian, Spanish, German and English are welcome.

Applicants should send a short presentation (1000 words maximum) before March 20th 2017 to the following address : etudesplatoniciennes@gmail. com

The outcome of the anonymous reviewing process will be known on April 10th.

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View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 9:17am by Erik Shell.

We are saddened to announce the passing of Robert Germany, Classics professor at Haverford College. Below is a statement written by his colleagues at Haverford:

Robert Germany, Associate Professor of Classics at Haverford College, died suddenly on March 7th, 2017, a devastating loss to his family, friends, colleagues, and students. He was a person for whom teaching, scholarship, conversation with colleagues, and talk around the family dinner table were very much of a piece, rooted in and nourished by his intellectual curiosity, his love of learning, his deep affection for languages, and his desire to share all of these.  He was a great sharer, and it was impossible to talk with Robert for any length of time, whatever the subject, without learning something new.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 8:52am by Erik Shell.

Re-imagining the Greeks: Contemporary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Greek Tragedy

Conference at Amherst College

The Theater and Dance Department at Amherst College will host a three-day international conference, Re-imagining the Greeks: Contemporary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Greek Tragedy, in Holden Theater March 23-25, 2017.

Each day will be devoted to a different region/culture around the world, and its cross-cultural approach to plays from ancient Greece. The first day will be about Japanese adaptations, the second about Black interpretations (African and American), and the third about American adaptations. The conference will combine scholarly discussions, workshops based on non-western performative approaches, and live performances.

“In the past few decades, we have witnessed a worldwide trend of adapting and re-imagining ancient Greek plays,” says Yagil Eliraz, organizer of the conference. “These cross-cultural approaches prove that Greek tragedy is a universal resource, and not the exclusive property and cradle of the West. The conference will offer the opportunity to focus on the performative aspects of these contemporary adaptations, and will bring together scholars and practitioners from various disciplines.”

Conference highlights

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 2:13pm by Erik Shell.

2017-18 Fellowship Winners

The TLL Fellowship has been awarded to Elizabeth Palazzolo (PhD, University of Pennsylvania).

The recipient of the Lionel Pearson Fellowship is Peggy Xu (University of Chicago), who has been admitted to the MPhil program in Classics at the University of Cambridge.

The Coffin Fellowship has been awarded to Maegen Cooper, Latin teacher at Columbia Independent School in Columbia, Missouri.  Maegen will attend the Paideia Institute's Living Caesar in Gaul program this summer.

Congratulations to our fellowship recipients and many thanks to the selection committees for their hard work!

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View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 8:36am by Erik Shell.

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