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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SIBC has corrected an error in the recent Announcement "L'Année philologique Moving to Brepols."

First Version

"Libraries and individuals currently subscribing through Les Belles Lettres and EBSCO will continue to have online access through these distributors until their current subscription concludes, no later than Dec. 31, 2018"

Corrected Version

"Libraries and individuals currently subscribing through Les Belles Lettres and EBSCO will continue to have online access through these distributors until their current subscription concludes, no later than Sept. 30, 2018."

Affected libraries should note this change, as the deadline is significantly closer than before.

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:50am by Erik Shell.
Map of Ancient Rome Illustrating Major Monuments and the Seven Hills

Digital Augustan Rome is a web-based platform that provides a visual synopsis, with textual commentary, of contemporary scholarship on the topography of Rome, c. 14 CE. On the project’s homepage, the director David Romano emphasizes that DAR is in only the second of four planned stages (as of April, 2017). Even at this stage, however, DAR already constitutes a significant contribution to scholarship on the topography of Augustan Rome. I would highly recommend a visit to the site.

DAR is a digital successor to the 2002 print volume Mapping Augustan Rome.[1] In its current form, it relies almost entirely on material that has already been published and reviewed.[2] In this review, therefore, I focus primarily on those aspects of the project that are unique to DAR—namely, its presentation of the material in a specifically digital format. I begin with a brief introduction. I then proceed to highlight what I see as DAR’s two most significant strengths, as well as several areas for improvement.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:00am by Scott Lawin Arcenas.

CALL FOR PAPERS:
CONFERENCE 24-26 MAY 2018,
BANFF, ALBERTA (CANADA)

Greek and Roman Pasts in the Long Second Century: The Intellectual Climate of Cassius Dio

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 07/10/2017 - 2:31pm by Erik Shell.
Munich Nymphenburg

(From the Washington Post)

Former SCS TLL Fellow Charles McNamara has written an article for the Washington Post on funding for TLL in the current U.S. political climate.

"On the shelf, [the TLL] resembles the Oxford English Dictionary, but administratively, the project looks a bit like CERN, the laboratory for the study of particle physics. Just as the 22 member states of CERN collaborate on long-term research too costly for one country to undertake alone, the TLL is home to scholars funded by countries from around the world, among them Japan, Denmark, Italy and the United States."

You can read the full article on the Washington Post website here.

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(Photo: "Munich Nymphenburg" by Matthias Ott, licensed under CC BY 2.0.)

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:25pm by Erik Shell.

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

Elsewhere in this issue, in his article titled The Metal Age, Kris Fletcher discusses the relationship between classical studies and heavy metal music. Examining various metal appropriations of themes, characters, and ideas from classical antiquity, some less orthodox than others, Fletcher notes, “… these songs should remind us that we as classicists do not control this material.” On the SCS website, Mary-Kay Gamel and the Outreach Committee have voiced a similar view concerning the shared understanding of classical material: “We use the word ‘outreach’ not to suggest a one-way communication in which scholars inform others, but a complex interaction in which all involved contribute to a discussion of what Classics is and what it might be.”

Not surprisingly, then, in January the Outreach Committee enjoyed a lively discussion of the role of professional classicists and their students as editors of Wikipedia articles on classical subjects.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:00am by Wells Hansen.

Annual Meeting

On July 5 the SCS office issued email notifications to everyone who submitted an abstract or proposal.  If you submitted but did not yet receive an email notifying you of acceptance or rejection, please email us (info@classicalstudies.org).  Look out later this summer for announcements about the preliminary program for the Boston meeting, travel stipends for graduate students and contingent faculty, and the opening of annual meeting registration.

Elections

All election materials, including candidate statements and the text of the proposed Working Conditions statement, can be found here.  Please note that voting will open on August 1.  You cannot vote before that date.

Membership Legates

The Membership Committee, led by Chair Kathleen Coleman, has appointed legates who will serve as SCS representatives in each US state.  Please see this page for more information.  

Award Deadlines

Nominations for the PreCollegiate Teaching Award:  September 8, 2017

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:36am by Helen Cullyer.

“Domitian’s Rome” Conference Website and Registration

The website for “Domitian’s Rome and the Augustan Legacy”, a conference to be held at the University of Missouri, September 1-2, 2017, is now up and running. The address is: http://sites.google.com/view/domitiansrome/home. There you will find the full conference program (a list of speakers and paper titles is given below) and information about travel and lodging. Registration for the conference, which is free, is also done via the website.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:47pm by Erik Shell.

Applications for this year's grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society are now available. You can browse the various programs here, and you can read a brief description of their programs below.

American Philosophical Society, RESEARCH PROGRAMS
Information and application instructions for all of the Society's programs can be accessed at our website, http://www.amphilsoc.org. Click on the "Grants" tab at the top of the homepage.

INFORMATION ABOUT ALL PROGRAMS

Purpose, scope
Awards are made for noncommercial research only. The Society makes no grants for academic study or classroom presentation, for travel to conferences, for non-scholarly projects, for assistance with translation, or for the preparation of materials for use by students. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution or costs of publication.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:39pm by Erik Shell.

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2018/2019.

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogues in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2018/2019, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, as well as questions of race in comparative perspective.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.

Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included art historians, anthropologists, historians, musicologists, journalists, poets and writers, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 8:45am by Erik Shell.

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