SCS Statement on Harassment at the Annual Meeting

The Women's Classical Caucus (WCC) is undertaking a major initiative to address all forms of harassment in the field of Classics.  As part of this initiative, the WCC leadership has begun to collaborate with the SCS Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Profession, and Vice President for Professional Matters, Barbara Gold.  The first result of this collaboration is the following statement addressing harassment, bullying, and intimidation at the Annual Meeting. This statement has been approved by the SCS Board of Directors. 

Statement on Harassment

The SCS and its members seek to create an atmosphere at their annual conference in which participants may learn, network, and converse with colleagues in an environment of mutual respect.  Everyone who attends the annual meeting is entitled to an experience that is free from harassment, bullying, and intimidation directed towards any attendee.  Harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, such as unwelcome sexual advances, or other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature.  Harassment also pertains to activities/behaviors such as stalking, queer/trans bullying, or hostility or abuse based on age, disability, religion, race or ethnicity.  Such conduct is harmful, disrespectful and unprofessional.  No attendee should under any circumstance engage in harassment, bullying, or intimidation of other attendees either in person or online.  By attending the meeting, all participants accept the obligation to uphold the rights of attendees and treat everyone with respect. The SCS does not seek to limit the areas of inquiry of its members or to curtail robust scholarly debate. Its aim is to promote critical and open inquiry that is free of personal harassment, prejudice and aggression. 

Members should be aware that they are bound by the codes of conduct at their home institutions. The SCS code does not supersede these workplace codes but is intended to reinforce their message.

In the event that a SCS attendee experiences harassment, bullying, or intimidation at the meeting that is inconsistent with the values articulated in the Society’s professional ethics statement, the attendee is encouraged to make a report in writing to the Vice President for Professional Matters.  This report will remain confidential and will be shared only with the Professional Ethics Committee.  The Vice President and the committee will work together to look into the reported behavior, to contact the person who has reported the behavior, and, if warranted, to contact the person about whom the complaint has been made.


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CALL FOR PAPERS / SEP WORKSHOP 2018: Cosmology in Plato’s Parmenides
The Société d’Etudes Platoniciennes will hold the SEP WORKSHOP 2018 on May, 29th and 30th at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm (Paris).
This event, open to the public, is dedicated to the presentation of ongoing research, unpublished, on Plato and the platonic tradition, before the members of the Société d’Etudes Platoniciennes. In depth discussion upon presented papers is willfully open. The Workshop is open to confirmed scholars as well as PHD students, for contributions in French, Italian, Spanish, German and English.
This year, the theme is “Plato and cosmology in the Parmenides”, in the perspective of the Symposium Platonicum XII in 2019, which will be held in Paris on Plato’s Parmenides. We are delighted to receive during this event Luc Brisson, Francesco Fronterotta, Mary-Louise Gill, Jaap Mansfeld, Barbara Sattler, and Anne-Gabrièle Wersinger.
Six proposals will be selected from this call for papers. Applicants should send a short presentation (1000 words maximum) before February 28th to the following address : Applicants will be notified by the March 10th.
View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:03am by Erik Shell.
Marble head of Empress Fausta

The deadline for nominations of graduate students to participate in this year's 2018 Summer Seminar on Material Culture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been extended to February 15. Click here for more details.


(Photo: Marble Head of Empress Fausta. Gift of Betty Campanile, 1982.07.000. Image courtesy of the Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 2:32pm by Helen Cullyer.

The Classics Ph.D. and M.A. program at the University of Missouri - Columbia is currently under review from the administration, which intends to shut down these two programs.

You can read an open letter to the field by Dawn Popielski on the Departments Facebook page.


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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:48am by Erik Shell.
150th Meeting Logo

Deadlines to submit content for the 2019 Sesquicentennial Annual Meeting in San Diego are now live.

To summarize:

April 9 is the deadline for the following:

  • All proposals for panels, workshops, seminars, and roundtable discussions.
  • Reports from organizers of committee, organizer-refereed, and affiliated group panels who have issued their own CFPs.
  • Proposals for organizer-refereed panels for 2020.
  • Applications for new affiliated group charters and for renewals of current charters.

April 25 is the deadline for all individual submissions:

  • Individual abstracts for oral presentation (20 minute papers) and for posters.
  • Short abstracts for new lightning talks (see individual submission guidelines).

These can be found on the 2019 Annual Meeting Page. Also, do note the new "Lightning Talks" format, with its description below.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:37am by Erik Shell.

Fifteen distinguished classical scholars (full list below) will be coming together to present papers at the Biggs Family Residency Reunion, a celebration of the annual week-long Residency in Classics at Washington University that began in 1990 and will be taking place at Washington University in St. Louis from April 11-13, 2018.

Details of the program, the Residency, travel and more are available here:  

Please feel free to send inquiries or interest to or to the organizers (listed below).


Tim Moore ( and Cathy Keane (, Washington University Department of Classics

Henry Biggs (, fan and a Biggs

Scholars speaking at the Biggs Family Residency Reunion:

Mary T. Boatwright

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:42am by Erik Shell.

Deadlines for Affiliated Group (AFG) Panels and Organizer Refereed Panels (ORP) at the 2019 Annual Meeting are fast approaching.

You can find the AFG CFPs and the ORP CFPs either at the links provided or on the 2019 Annual Meeting Page.


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View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:35am by Erik Shell.

Below is the list of eleven proposed panels for the 16th annual ISNS conference, to be held in Los Angeles on June 13-16, 2018, in conjunction with Loyola Marymount University.

  • If you wish to submit a one-page abstract for a panel, please send it to the panel organizer(s) for that specific panel. 
  • If you wish to submit an abstract for the conference that does not fit well into any of the proposed panels, please send that abstract to the four conference organizers:

          Eric Perl <>

          David Albertson <>

          Marilynn Lawrence <>

          John Finamore <>

All abstracts (whether for specific panels or not) are due by February 26, 2018.

Papers may be presented in English, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, or Italian.  It is recommended that those delivering papers in languages other than English provide printed copies to their audience at the conference.

Please note that anyone giving a paper at the conference must be a member of the ISNS. You may sign up and pay dues on the web site of the Philosophy Documentation Center: 

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 9:58am by Erik Shell.

The SCS is requesting comment from its members on the proposed Statement on Research and Cultural Property.

The initial statement, along with links to supporting materials and how to comment, can be found here: Research and Cultural Property Statement

This comment period will end on March 15th.


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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 9:35am by Erik Shell.

Winckelmann’s Victims. The Classics: Norms, Exclusions and Prejudices

Ghent University (Belgium), 20-22 September 2018

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Michelle Warren (University of Dartmouth) – Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia) – Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam)

“Der einzige Weg für uns, groß, ja, wenn
 es möglich ist, unnachahmlich zu werden, is
die Nachahmung der Alten.”
Johannes Winckelmann

Classics played a major and fundamental role in the cultural history of Western Europe. Few would call this into question. Since the Carolingian period, notably ‘classical’ literature has served as a constant source and model of creativity and inspiration, by which the literary identity of Europe has been negotiated and (re-)defined. The tendency to return to the classics and resuscitate them remains sensible until today, as classical themes and stories are central to multiple contemporary literary works, both in ‘popular’ and ‘high’ culture. Think for instance of Rick Riordan’s fantastic tales about Percy Jackson or Colm Tóibín’s refined novels retelling the Oresteia.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 9:41am by Erik Shell.
"Joe Farrell," Ann de Forest, unpublished

A Day in the Life of a Classicist is a monthly column on the SCS blog written by Prof. Ayelet Haimson Lushkov celebrating the working lives of classicists. If you’d like to share your day, let us know here.

Joe Farrell is the president of the SCS, and Professor of Classical Studies at Penn.

View full article. | Posted in on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:00am by Ayelet Haimson Lushkov.


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