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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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Virtue, Skill and Practical Reason
Call for Abstracts

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Julia Annas (University of Arizona)
Prof. Michael Thompson (University of Pittsburgh)
Prof. Rachel Barney (University of Toronto)

Aristotle drew an analogy between the acquisition of virtue and the acquisition of various skills such as archery and playing the lute. Since that time there has been substantial debate on how seriously one should take that analogy. In Intelligent Virtue (2011) Julia Annas has made a powerful case for taking it very seriously, whereas others are more cautious.

This conference aims to bring together philosophers working in the virtue tradition, in particular those working in ancient and moral philosophy, to discuss the complex relationships between skill and virtue. There appears to be a consensus that the acquisition of virtue is part of the broader acquisition of practical reasonableness, but there the consensus ends.

High quality abstracts are invited in any area of virtue theory, including but not limited to virtue ethics and virtue epistemology. Papers can have a historical focus, or they can be organised thematically. Papers from a non-Western perspective are welcome.

The conference will be held from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August 2017 at the spectacular University of Cape Town, and there will be ample opportunities for sight-seeing.

Invited speakers

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The Art of Praise: Panegyric and Encomium in Late Antiquity

DEADLINE EXTENDED: MARCH 3

Organizer: Paul Kimball, Bilkent University
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity

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Forthcoming in TAPA 147.1 (Spring 2017)

P. J. Finglass, “Euripides’ Oedipus: A Response to Liapis”
This article examines the hypothesis, recently advanced by Vayos Liapis in this journal (TAPA 144: 307-70), that most of the quotation fragments of Euripides’ Oedipus belong not to that play but to a much later rhetorical exercise. It argues that the overwhelming majority of the faults alleged by Liapis are fully compatible with Euripidean language and style; and that even if the authenticity of one or two fragments can be called into question, there is no evidence to support the view that they come from a work written centuries after Euripides’ death.

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Byzantine Studies Symposium: "Rethinking Empire"
April 21–22, 2017

Dumbarton Oaks
The Music Room
1703 32nd Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Dimiter Angelov and Paul Magdalino, Symposiarchs

What do we mean when we call Byzantium an empire? A flurry of studies in recent years by historians of other hegemonic civilizations have situated empire and imperialism as historical phenomena across different periods and geographical areas. Until now, the involvement of Byzantinists in this reevaluation has been relatively marginal.

This symposium frames the issue of Byzantium’s imperial identity by setting it within wider contexts in the light of new research by Byzantinists as well as the approaches and methods profitably used by historians of other premodern and modern empires. The speakers will tackle fundamental problems of definition and will question Byzantium’s culture and institutions of empire, relations between core and periphery, territoriality, and ethnic diversity.

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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

Ι. The Conference will explore  a variety of views on:
     
• Philosophy and The Arts:  Comparative, Evaluative and Holistic Approach
• N. Kazantzakis’s Contribution to Philosophy and the Arts
• J. P. Anton’s Contribution to Philosophy and the Arts

DEADLINES:

April 15, 2017:  Abstract is due (300-500 words)

May 31, 2017: Full Paper is due (2.500 words)

*** In case the abstracts or papers are not acceptable the authors will be promptly informed.

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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. Some of the stumbling blocks this project faces (such as the scale of its data, legal obstacles, and the inflexibility of available software) will be all too familiar to practitioners of the digital humanities. Yet despite their flaws, these first fruits of the labors of Poehler, et al., provide a valuable digital research tool for students and scholars of ancient Pompeii, and promise to form the basis for improved future iterations.

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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:

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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.

Please also note if you are submitting a panel, seminar, workshop, or roundtable, you must have all materials for your application ready before you start, as the system does not accept incomplete submissions.

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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:

Personal information (first name, last name), affiliation and position (title), contact details (telephone, mailing address and email); type of presentation (conference paper, performance or exhibition), title and brief summary (no more than 300 words).

The Organizing Committee will provide additional information to shortlisted applicants before April 30, 2017.
The conference welcomes professors, researchers and students from all the three academic levels.

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