You are here

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. 

Categories

Follow SCS News for information about the SCS and all things classical.

Use this field to search SCS News
Select a category from this list to limit the content on this page.

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.

Lectures: The language of the conference is primarily English but German papers are welcome as well. Thematic sessions and plenary lectures will be scheduled. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

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.

April 7 at 5pm eastern time is the deadline for submission of: panel, workshop, seminar, and roundtable proposals for the 2018 meeting; reports on affiliated group, committee, and organizer-refereed panels for the 2018 meeting; proposals for organizer-refereed panels to be held in 2019; and applications for new or renewed affiliated group charters.

April 26 at 5pm eastern time is the deadline for submission of all individual abstracts.

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

Hacker

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education)

Michael Zimm, a Classicist with his doctorate from Yale, describes how he pursued a career in technology after reevaluating life in academia.

"At the end of our meeting, Pete said that he didn’t know what job I could do in the company, but he saw 'the why.'"

You can read the full article here.

---

(Photo: "Hacker" by The Preiser Project, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 7:45am by Erik Shell.

The Digital Latin Library project (http://digitallatin.org) announces a workshop on the preparation of critical editions of Latin texts according to the soon-to-be-released encoding guidelines for the Library of Digital Latin Texts (LDLT), a series of new, born-digital editions to be published under the auspices of the Society for Classical Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Renaissance Society of America. The workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the DLL’s institutional home, on June 29–30, 2017.

The LDLT guidelines aim to facilitate the creation of full critical editions—with prefatory materials, text, critical apparatus, and other common features of traditional editions—in a digital format that will open up new possibilities for scholarship. For example, texts encoded according to the guidelines can be used with digital tools that provide new ways of working with the information, from a text viewer that allows readers to evaluate variant readings by swapping them in and out of the text, to dynamic data visualization apps that show how different versions of the text relate to each other.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:54pm by Erik Shell.

Humanities Board

SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a national coalition dedicated to advancing humanities research, teaching, preservation, and public programs in the US. Late last week, the NHA issued the alert below regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

The NEH currently funds the Society’s TLL Fellowship Program. Further, the NEH made a grant to the Society of $650,000 in challenge grant funding during the last Capital Campaign, and supports and has supported numerous individual research projects, digital humanities projects, digital resources, and public humanities initiatives in the field of classical studies. 

See the NHA’s alert here:

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:08am by Erik Shell.

Readers in a Scriptorium

Housed at the Université catholique de Louvain, Hodoi Elektronikai: Du texte à l'hypertexte is a freely-available digital repository of ancient Greek texts, intended especially for students of language and history. It is part of Leuven’s Bibliotheca Classica Selecta—overseen since 2015 by Paul-Augustin Deproost of Université catholique de Louvain—which also houses the Latin-language site Itinera Electronica. Bibliotheca Classica Selecta was begun in 1992, and the Greek texts were uploaded into the environnements hypertextes of Hodoi Elektronikai between 2005 and 2010. As of July 2, 2010, by the site’s own count, the corpus contains 98 authors, 1378 works, 543,825 different forms, and 11,010,080 total words.

By web standards of 2016, roaming the hodoi of Hodoi Elektronikai feels downright medieval: ponderous full-page refresh at each click, barebones layout, no real support for mobile, evident linkrot. But I found this site charmingly medieval, like a magical scriptorium.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:00am by Ben Gracy.

Lincoln Center

The University Bookman joins Fordham University in hosting the award-winning poet and critic A. M. Juster on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:00pm on Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus (McMahon Hall, Rm. 109; use the entrance on West 60th Street and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan). Juster, a poet-translator who focuses on Latin poetry, will speak on “Riddles, Elegies, and Satires: Adventures in Translation.” The event is free and open to the public and registration is not required.

---

(Photo: "Lincoln Center" by Chun-Hung Eric Cheng, licensed under CC BY 2.0

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:05pm by Helen Cullyer.

Amphora, the Outreach publication of the Society of Classical Studies, is seeking a classicist, preferably with university, secondary school or equivalent institutional association, a record of publication, and editorial experience to serve as its Assistant Editor. The appointment will take effect when the term of the current Assistant Editor concludes. The initial term of appointment for the Assistant Editor will be for two years, with the possibility of reappointment. The Assistant Editor receives an honorarium of $500 per year.

Sponsored by the SCS Division of Communications and Outreach, Amphora aims to convey the intellectual excitement of classical studies to a broad readership. It offers accessible articles written by professional scholars and experts on topics of interest that include classical languages, literature, mythology, history, culture, tradition and reception, archaeology and the arts, as well as reviews of current books, films and websites.

Amphora has transitioned to a nearly fully electronic publication with the support of the SCS Communications Committee and the Committee on Public Information and Media Relations. However, some print-on-demand and other traditional publication may be part of Amphora's future mission, so the Assistant Editor should have some experience with those publication media as well.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 7:39am by Erik Shell.

Classics and Social Justice at SCS 2017

This meeting saw the official launch of the new Affiliated Group for Classics and Social Justice. We hosted two very successful events—a round table attended by 40 people, and an open meeting, where just as many participated: undergrads, graduate students, high school teachers and professors. There were not even enough seats to accommodate everyone! We discussed what social actions each attendee was doing or wanted to and directions we could move forward together. In recognition of the immigration issues and other difficulties members faced in getting to Toronto, we streamed the meeting; you can view it at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Classics-and-Social-Justice-368632663501363/. We welcome those interested to our listserv (contact Nancy Rabinowitz, nrabinow@hamilton.edu to be added to it), to connect with others, share resources, and work towards collective action. We have also created a blog (https://classicssocialjustice.wordpress.com/blog/) which will carry stories, enable sharing of syllabi and keep members informed, and a Twitter account (please follow @classics_sj).

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 7:29am by Erik Shell.

Detail of the Tabula Peutingeriana

In Roman Gaul, a large map of the known world stood on display at the school of rhetoric at Augustodunum (modern Autun). Around 300 C.E., when the school had fallen into disrepair, a man named Eumenius made a pitch to the Roman governor to allow him to rebuild the structure with his own money. He put particular emphasis on the importance of the map:

"In [the school’s] porticoes let the young men see and examine daily every land and all the seas and whatever cities, peoples, nations, our most invincible rulers either restore by affection or conquer by valor or restrain by fear. [They can] learn more clearly with their eyes what they comprehend less readily by their ears…" (Eum. Pan. Lat. XI.20, trans. Talbert).

It was as clear to Eumenius as it is to modern teachers that students respond well to visual aids. Then as now, students more easily understand the world, their studies, and their place within the cosmos with the help of a good map.

Augustodunum as visualized by the Pelagios Project’s Peripleo. Tiles by AWMC-UNC (CC)

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:00am by Sarah Bond.

Pages

Latest Stories

SCS Announcements
Please be aware that the deadline for individual abstracts for the 2018 annua
Calls for Papers
THE IMPACT OF LEARNING GREEK, HEBREW, AND ‘ORIENTAL’ LANGUAGES ON SCH
Awards and Fellowships
We are delighted to announce the following winners of the 2017 Pedagogy Award
Awards and Fellowships
Donald Mastronarde, SCS Member and Vice President for Publications and Resear

© 2017, Society for Classical Studies Privacy Policy