SCS Board Resolution on Abstract Publication

Resolution approved by the Board of Directors of the SCS, Jan. 6, 2019

The SCS Board of Directors approved the following recommendation at its meeting on January 6, 2019. It will be communicated to journal editors and to classics editors at relevant presses, that is, those whose publications fall under the responsibility of the American Office. We will also investigate whether the recommendation can be more widely discussed and adopted.

Board Resolution

In view of the ever-growing number of articles and chapters in collective volumes that the American Office for L’Année philologique is responsible for processing, it is the strong recommendation of the SCS that journal and volume editors regard it as a best practice and a routine adjunct of the publication process that each article or chapter be accompanied by a brief abstract and a list of keywords.

To ensure the utility of abstracts and keywords for the efficient compilation of data for APh, please take note of the following guidelines:

1. The abstract should give a concise but informative summary of the article’s or chapter’s content, indicating important points of argumentation and main conclusions.

2. The abstract should refer to the types of evidence adduced in drawing these conclusions, and give specific information about the most important items.

  • literary: cite the author or genre, and if an author, cite the works discussed and the most significant passages (The recommended abbreviations of Greek works are as in LSJ or DGE [http://www.filol.csic.es/dge/lst/2lst1.htm], and of Latin works as in TLL.)
  • epigraphical:  cite the most significant inscriptions
  • papyrological: cite the papyri (for the standard abbreviations, use the Checklist at http://papyri.info/docs/checklist)
  • artistic: cite the significant pieces, remembering to include museum inventory numbers
  • manuscript evidence: cite the library and shelfmark
  • archaeological: include the name of the sponsoring institution and the nature of the evidence (such as field report)

3. Abstract and keywords should be provided under a Creative Commons license.

Reasoning for this Resolution

Over the past couple of years, the SCS Board of Directors and its Advisory Board on the American Office of L’Année philologique has been following the progress of the transition of the classical bibliographic database to a new publisher and provider of online access, namely Brepols. This change came about because SIBC (Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique) found it necessary to make new arrangements since the previous platform could no longer be sustained.

This transition has been a source of uncertainty for at least two reasons. First, the different pricing structure used by Brepols has made it unclear for the moment how many old subscribers have maintained their subscriptions or how many new subscribers have been acquired. Second, changes both in the level of projected revenue to be shared among local offices and in the terms governing the royalties to SCS for the data that was originally developed by the Database of Classical Bibliography have made it likely that these sources will provide less support than previously toward the budget of the American Office. The actual decrease, if any, will not be clear until the effects of the transition are fully understood in the next year or two.

The other important aspect of the transition has been the change in workflow for the bibliographers at the local offices. Initially, productivity was, as expected, reduced somewhat as people were learning the new system, but now productivity is normal once more. Brepols is experimenting with technological solutions that could one day improve productivity, but these efforts are still embryonic. Brepols also wants to improve the online database by encouraging the bibliographers to enter more keywords for piece.

Meanwhile, the amount of material that would ideally be covered in the database keeps growing year by year. The American Office is responsible for journals and numerous collective volumes originating in English-speaking countries, and some from elsewhere. Some journals and edited volumes already publish abstracts of their articles, and these abstracts are often a great help to the bibliographers, since a good abstract significantly shortens the time a bibliographer needs to devote to the associated article or chapter. The Advisory Board concluded that one way to help the personnel of the American Office meet the challenge of the ever-increasing material is to recommend that the practice of including abstracts (and keywords) be much more widely adopted and that the usefulness of abstracts be promoted by giving guidance about what will smooth the workflow for the bibliographers. The recommendation includes the notion that abstracts ought to be provided with a Creative Commons license, since the point of the abstract is to inform potential readers and attract them to the full article, not to earn revenue through the assertion of copyright restrictions.

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SCS members can apply for funds to support childcare / dependent care provided either in San Diego or in other locations during the Annual Meeting. To apply, please email helen.cullyer@nyu.edu by November 30 with the following information

I.  Name and mailing address
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III. Amount of funds requested and a brief explanation of how those funds would be used
IV. Any other applications that you have made for childcare / dependent care funding
 
WCC

The WCC provides chidcare/caregiver support at or during the SCS/AIA. Applicants for grants should e-mail the current WCC co-chairs (wccofscs@gmail.com) with a brief statement explaining their purpose in attending the meeting (i.e. job interviews, presentation of or commentary on a paper, attendance at panels) along with the following information in the e-mail: a. rank in field (graduate/ undergraduate/post-doctoral); b. employment status (graduate student/temporary position/tenure-track or tenured); c. any financial support offered by home institution; and d. a rough estimate of the total expense requested.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 8:03am by Erik Shell.

Registration for the Career Networking event at the 2019 Annual Meeting is now open. This special event is co-sponsored by SCS and the Paideia Institute.  Graduate students and contingent faculty interested in careers outside of academia are encouraged to attend.  There is no extra charge for this event but space is limited.

Registered attendees of the 2019 meeting can sign up for this event by filling out this form. Sign up will be open until November 30th or close sooner if the event reaches capacity before that date. 

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 7:57am by Erik Shell.

As Benjamin Isaac concisely stated in a 2016 piece in Eidolon,[i] the “pseudo-scientific roots” of American racism can be traced back to Ancient Greek theories of human difference. A crucial text quoted at length by Isaac is Airs, Waters, Places . Preserved as a medical document in the Hippocratic Corpus , this treatise argues that climate has a strong influence on human biology and human society: some climates are conducive to bodily health and social flourishing, while others are conducive to disease and lack of ‘civilized’ society. Isaac cites this text as foundational for the later development of theories of race:

The form of environmental determinism that was first found in Airs, Waters, Places became the generally accepted model in Greece and, afterwards — with variations — in Rome. According to this view, collective characteristics are permanently determined by climate and geography, implying that the essential features of body and mind come from the outside and are not the result of genetic evolution, social environment, or conscious choice.

View full article. | Posted in on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:27pm by Lisl Walsh.

Calls for Papers are already out for Affiliated Group Panels and Organizer Refereed Panels that will take place at the AIA-SCS 2020 meeting.

You can click the links above to go directly to those CFPs, or you can view the 2020 Annual Meeting page here.

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View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:00pm by Erik Shell.

The Society for Ancient Studies (SAS)—an interdisciplinary graduate student organization at New York University—is hosting a one-day undergraduate conference on the ancient world on Friday, February 8th , 2019 in Manhattan. This conference, organized and moderated by graduate students for talented undergraduates in New York and surrounding states, will offer participants the opportunity to present their scholarship in the engaged professional setting of an academic conference.

Participants will be expected to present a 15-minute paper to a forum of their undergraduate peers, graduate students, and NYU faculty. Submissions may be a condensed version, or a particularly strong chapter, of an undergraduate thesis, an exceptional course paper, or an independent research project. We welcome work informed by any and all theories and methodologies, and encourage submission from students working in any discipline (e.g. Classical Philology, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, etc.) or geo-temporal focus ( e.g. Mediterranean and Atlantic Studies; Egyptology; Pre-Columbian, Near East, and East Asian Civilizations; Medieval Studies, etc.) .

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 10/31/2018 - 10:46am by Erik Shell.

Call for Volunteers

The Society for Classical Studies seeks graduate or undergraduate student volunteers for the 150th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, which will take place this coming January.  Assignments will include working in the registration area and assisting staff with some sessions and special events.

In exchange for six hours of service (down two hours from last year), volunteers receive a waiver of their annual meeting registration fees.  It is not necessary to be an SCS member to volunteer.

You can sign up to be a volunteer here. The deadline to sign up is November 21st.

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 9:04am by Erik Shell.

This is a reminder from the SCS Office that the deadline to register at the reduced Early Registration rate for the Annual Meeting in San Diego is next Friday, November 9th.

If you find you are unable to register or in need of any help please contact our registration vendor at aia-scs@showcare.com

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 8:54am by Erik Shell.
Quintilian

The Paideia Institute has recently lauched "The Quintilian Society," a member/fellowship program to "revitalize the teaching and learning of Latin and ancient Greek in American high schools by supporting PhDs who choose to pursue a career in public secondary education."

"The Quintilian Society exists to foster a community of teacher-scholars with advanced training in the classical languages and the humanities, to celebrate the service of classicists who have felt called to pursue a vocation as public servant, and to provide guidance and mentorship to current graduate students who are considering a career as public high school Classics teachers."

You can read the full announcement here.

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View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:22am by Erik Shell.
MATERIA III @ISAW
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

Proposals due December 20, 2019

 
Website: http://www.materiaconference.net/

MATERIA: New Approaches to Material Text in the Roman World is a series of workshops presenting new research on books and other media in antiquity, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines—history, literature, epigraphy, papyrology, archeology, manuscript studies, etc.. The first two MATERIA meetings, held in 2016 (Columbia University) and 2017 (MIT), pursued a more traditional focus on the book and the literary in order to advance a broader understanding of the history of the book in the Roman world.

With MATERIA III, hosted by NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, we hope to extend this discussion further. We invite proposals for papers that consider material text in Greco-Roman antiquity and other ancient civilizations between 500 BCE and 500 CE in terms of, but also beyond, the category of “the book.”

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 10/29/2018 - 8:59am by Erik Shell.
Dictionaries in the University of Iowa Classics Seminar Room, picture by Lindsay Vella and used by permission.

Logeion allows searches of a series of Greek and Latin dictionaries and classical reference works. It was developed beginning in 2011 at the University of Chicago by students Josh Goldenberg and Matt Shanahan under the direction of Professor Helma Dik, and regularly adds new features and resources. Inspired by the innovative Dictionnaire vivant de la langue française, also based at the University of Chicago, it began with a nucleus of several reference works originally digitized by Perseus. The current list includes some twenty distinct reference works (full list), including older comprehensive works in the public domain (LSJ, Lewis & Short); some important recent dictionaries (Diccionario Griego-Español Project, The Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources); niche items like Luis Muñoz Delgado’s Léxico de magia y religión en los papiros mágicos griegos (2001); author-specific dictionaries for Homer, Pindar, and Vergil’s Aeneid; and reference works focused on material culture, such as the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites and Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography.

View full article. | Posted in on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 4:49pm by Willeon Slenders.

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