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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Call for Papers
Deadline for Submissions is April 1st 2018

KOINON: The International Journal of Classical Numismatic Studies

A New Annual Journal Published by the Societatis De Tauro Cum Facie Humana

General Editor:
Nicholas J. Molinari, US
njmolinari@gmail.com

Editorial Board

Shawn Caza, CA
Alberto Campana, IT
Victor Clark, US
Curtis Clay, US
Phil Davis, US
Tjaart de Beer, CH
Mark Fox, US
József Géza Kiss, HU
David MacDonald, US
Gavin Richardson, US
Martin Rowe, SE
David Sear, US
Andrew Short, CA
Nicola Sisci, IT
Lloyd W. H. Taylor, AU
Joseph Uphoff, US
John Zielinski, US

Papers concerning virtually any topic of ancient coinage are welcome, including papers on non-western coinages.  Reviews and short notes are also encouraged, as are translations of important excerpts from antiquarian works. Special preference will be given to papers that are engaging to a fairly wide audience (Art Historians, Classicists, Archaeologists, Historians, etc.). 

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:38am by Erik Shell.
Detail of Dying Eurydice, Charles-François Lebœuf (1826), Galerie Colbert, Paris, France

This article was originally published in Amphora (12.1). It has been edited slightly to adhere to current SCS blog conventions.

The story is familiar. Musician marries the love of his life; on their wedding day, she dies. He grieves until he wills his way into the Underworld and is allowed to retrieve her on one condition, which he violates. Thus, even the theme is the same: the fallibility of the human condition and the inability of art to triumph over the persistence of suffering and the finality of death. Nor is Eurydice a strident feminist with a point to prove, after centuries of silent existence as nothing more than a catalyst for the erotic narrative that is the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. For contemporary American playwright Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice is foremost a daughter who learns the hard way that all relationships are constructed of words that cannot always withstand the insistent tensions and demands of parents and spouses. Since language is so deficient, Ruhl deploys light, space, distance, and depth to hone the banal into razor-sharp instruments capable of exposing emotional vulnerabilities most audience members would rather not admit existed. For Ruhl, in the theater space must yield to imagination, not, as in film, the other way around.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:42pm by Victoria Emma Pagán.

(This is a message from the SCS Annual Fund Committee, sent to members on May 8th, 2017)

We’re looking for a few good classicists.

Actually, we’re looking for quite a few good classicists, those who will constitute the next generation of our profession. It’s our job to foster scholars who are entering the field, including those in contingent faculty positions and graduate students giving papers at the Annual Meeting. Many of these scholars hope to be in Boston next January, ready to experience the full professional and social dimensions of our vocation. Their work and their presence at the Annual Meeting will enrich our own future.

They just need a little help, and the SCS Annual Fund can provide it.

The Annual Fund supports contingent faculty and graduate students through travel grants to the Annual Meeting. Thanks to the generosity of our members, over $25,000 in travel grants have been awarded over the past two years. But the demand is still greater than the supply; last year, the SCS was able to fund only half of the requests from graduate students. Your gifts also support undergraduate minority scholarships, TLL Fellowships, and the Lionel Pearson Fellowship, and in addition to keeping down the costs of the Annual Meeting for everyone, they ensure that the Placement Service is free for all member applicants.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:58pm by Erik Shell.

Between Philosophy and Rhetoric
May 13 – 14, 2017
NYU Philosophy/Classics

Anyone intending to attend the workshop should let Laura Viidebaum (lv40@nyu.edu) know by *Monday, May 8th* the latest, so that they have an idea of numbers and can plan accordingly.

organizers: Laura Viidebaum (NYU), Toomas Lott (NYU/Tartu)
location: NYU Classics department, 100 Washington Square East, Room 503

Saturday, May 13th
9.15-9.30 Coffee, introduction and welcome

9.30 - 11.10am
Usha Nathan (Columbia) ‘Why persuade with pathos?’
Response: Iakovos Vasiliou (CUNY)

11.10 - 11.20 Coffee break

11.20am - 1.00pm
Joel Mann (St Norbert) ‘Rediscovering “Hippocrates”: the rhetoric of skepticism in περὶ φύσιος ἀνθρώπου’
Response: Calloway Scott (NYU)

1.00 - 2.30pm Lunch

2.30 - 4.10pm
Richard Hunter (Cambridge) ‘Listening to the Sirens’
Response: Mirjam Kotwick (New School)

4.10 - 4.20 Coffee break

4.20 - 6pm
Edward Schiappa (MIT) ‘Isocrates, Pragmatism, and the Endless Mediation of Rhetoric & Philosophy’
Response: Colin King (Providence College)

7pm Dinner and drinks

Sunday, May 14th
9.15-9.30 Coffee

9.30 - 11.10am
Nancy Worman (Barnard) ‘Philosophizing embodiment in Aristotle's Poetics and Rhetoric’
Response: Nicholas Rynearson (NYU)

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:08pm by Erik Shell.

Paideia, Power and Persuasion: Political Thinking in and around Plato

University of Bergen, 12-13 June

The symposium is free of charge. Advance registration is compulsory for those wishing to attend. Please register with Kirsten.Bang@uib.no before June 1st.

Schedule

DAY I (12 June)

0900-0915 Welcome

0915-1115 KEYNOTE: Ryan Balot (University of Toronto): “The 'Truest Tragedy' in Plato's Laws”

1130-1215 Kristin Sampson (University of Bergen): “The Ambiguity of Music in Plato”

1215-1330 Lunch

1330-1415 Vivil Haraldsen (University of Oslo): “Paideia and Freedom of Thought in Plato’s Republic”

1415-1500 Andreas Staurheim Enggrav (University of Bergen): “Justice for All?”

1515-1630 Olof Pettersson (Uppsala University): “Politics of the Voice: Writing & Speaking in Plato’s Phaedrus”

DAY II (13 June)

0915-1030 Charlotta Weigelt (Södertörn University): “The Power of Nature: Paideia and the Dissolution of the Nuclear Family in Plato's Republic”

1045-1200 Hayden Ausland (University of Montana): “Sagacity and Politics”

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1415 Ellisif Wasmuth (University of Oxford): “What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do: Plato on Non-Ideal Politics”

1430-1515 Hallvard Fossheim (University of Bergen): “The Political Force of Friendship”

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:02pm by Erik Shell.

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

It is with great regret that we report the passing of Edwin L. Brown, former professor at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. 

"His research and teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill reflected his broad interests and lively curiosity, ranging from Latin poetry (especially Vergil) to Greek didactic poetry, the early Greek gods, and Greek and Roman astronomy, especially constellation names. He was particularly interested in the connections between the early Greeks and the Near East, an area of research that led him to study the Greek god Poseidon, the enigmatic early script known as Linear A, and numerous other thorny fields of inquiry."

To read the full publication of this obituary and leave any memories or comments about Edwin, visit this legacy.com post.

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View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:28am by Erik Shell.
Delphi

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has just awarded OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands, a grant of €18.8 million to develop their research agenda (“Anchoring Innovation”) over a period of ten years (2018-2027). Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University) will be directing this program together with André Lardinois (Radboud University).

They note that they are particularly happy to be able to bring this news at a time when the value of the Humanities for society (and hence also their fundability) seems not to be shared by governments everywhere. "We will do whatever we can to show that fundamental research in the Humanities can go hand in hand with participating in current societal debates," says Ineke.

For more information about the current status of the research agenda and first results of this pilot program, started in 2014, you can visit their website: http://www.ru.nl/oikos/anchoring-innovation/anchoring-innovation/

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(Photo: "Delphi" by Ronny Siegel, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 8:52am by Erik Shell.

“Soul and Nature in Aristotle and Aristotelianism”

This Conference is intended to provide a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars of the Midwest region (and elsewhere) to present and discuss their current work on Aristotle and his interpreters in ancient and medieval philosophy.

Presented by the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy with the support of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University

Twelfth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition
26-28 June 2017
Beaumier Conference Center B-C
Raynor Memorial Library

Marquette University
Department of Philosophy
Marquette Hall
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

ATTENDING ONLY: Send Registration check with name, address, academic affiliation.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
FOR ALL PRESENTERS AND ATTENDEES
(fees cover breakfasts, refreshments, picnic dinner one night)
Advance Registration ($45 by check) Deadline: May 1.
NOTE => After May 1 Registration only at the door: $50 cash.
CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO: Marquette University
(Fees are waived for Marquette students, faculty and staff for on campus events only.)

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View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 2:43pm by Erik Shell.

Call for Papers
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

115th Annual Conference, November 10-12, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association invites proposals for presentations at its 115th annual meeting. The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI, November 10-12. The conference’s standing sessions in Classics include panels in Ancient-Modern Relations, Classics (Greek), Classics (Latin), and Classics (Reception). Proposals should be submitted online by May 21, 2017. A full list of session topics, abstract submission guidelines, and the online proposal submission form can be found here.

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(Photo: "Handwritten" by A. Birkan, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:46am by Erik Shell.

SCS Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the following award winners:

Minority Scholarship Award Winners:

Perla Azucena Castillejos

Linda Mcnulty

Samantha Morris

Zeph Stewart Teacher Training Awards:

Amanda Miller

Christopher David Parkinson

Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology:

Rachel Bernstein

Caroline Cheung

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(Photo: "library" by Viva Vivanista, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Mon, 05/01/2017 - 9:20am by Erik Shell.

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