Workshop: Perseids' "Teach the Teachers" at Tufts University

Teach the Teachers Workshop

Tufts University Boston MA August 14-16th, 2017

The Perseids Project in conjunction with  the Department of Classics at Tufts University is calling for participants in the second Teach the Teachers workshop.

This three-day workshop aims to showcase the Perseids platform and explore the uses of these tools in a classroom setting. Registration for this workshop will be free and financial support for travel and lodging will be provided. We are looking for participants who teach at the High school or secondary school level, as well as Phd candidates and graduate students.

The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the exchange of new ideas for the implementation of the Perseids Platform in the classroom. We encourage you to experiment with our tools before attending the workshop, so that you can bring your own ideas about implementations in the classroom for discussion.

Participants should submit a statement of up to 500-700 words in length. Funding will be provided on an as-needed basis. Submissions will be accepted until May 1st

Statements should demonstrate that an applicant has a strong desire to work with new and experimental teaching techniques. No experience with digital methods is required, but those with experience will be supported at their own level. Although we work primarily with Greek or Latin teachers, we encourage educators who work with other ancient languages to apply. An ideal candidate needs to be willing to approach teaching these subjects in new ways and should be prepared to implement them in the classroom. 

Send submissions in the form of a pdf to teachtheteachers2016@gmail.com

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International Interdisciplinary Conference
“Conceptualising the Divine: Revelations, Internalisations and Identifications with the Divine in the Greek, Near Eastern and African Worlds,” 20–22 April 2017, North-West University (Potchefstroom)

Proposals are invited for papers on the conference theme, which aims at contextualising the concepts of the divine, focusing on revelations, internalisations and identifications with the divine in the Greek, Near Eastern and African worlds. Possible areas of interest involve public and personal religious attitudes, ways of religious interactions, divination, magic, the mysteries, Orphic cosmogony, internalisations of the divine, epiphanies, theurgy, unions with the divine and philosophical approaches for establishing these unions. The conference theme is inclusive of a wide range of specialisations, including Classical, Hellenistic and Late Antique Literature, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, comparative religious studies, Jewish, Christian and Patristic literature; and religious texts from Persia, Babylonia and Northern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Numidia and Mauretania).

Keynote addresses:
Ian Rutherford, University of Reading
Robert Ritner, University of Chicago
Bert van den Berg, University of Leiden

Titles with short abstracts (500 words) should be submitted to Eleni Pachoumi at: elenipachoumi@hotmail.com

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 8:11am by Erik Shell.

THE PERIPATETIC TRADITION.
Aristotelian Ideas in Philosophy, Science and Literature

September 1-10, 2017
Novosibirsk State University
Academgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia

Aristotelian studies is nowadays an established field of scholarship and could be of interest to
students and scholars, specializing in the history of philosophy, science, art, and literature,
given that the Corpus Aristotelicum, and numerous Commentaries to and Translation of the
works ascribed to Aristotle and his school had a lasting impact on the development of Western
and Oriental intellectual tradition. In the framework of the school we are planning to organize a
series of guest lectures by prominent specialists, and a number of thematic sessions where the
participants will be able to share the results of their work on various aspects of adaptation and
appropriation of Aristotelian ideas in Western and Oriental intellectual history. All interested
scholars are welcome to contribute.

For additional Information, see
www.nsu.ru/classics/eng/

The project is supported by the Russian Scientific Foundation.

The school is organized in collaboration with the Institute of World History (Moscow) and the
Institute of Philosophy (Moscow).

The proposals should be submitted no later than March 30, 2017

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 9:48am by Erik Shell.

Celebrating 50 Years(1967-2017) of the Joint Graduate Program in Ancient Philosophy

40th Annual Ancient Philosophy Workshop

The University of Texas at Austin

Department of Classics                                                              

Department of Philosophy

Friday, February 24, 2017

David L. Miller Conference Room (Waggener Hall 316)

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00-9:15am Opening Remarks

9:15-10:45am Reier Helle (Yale) “Hierocles and the Stoic Theory of Blending”

Respondent: Patricia Curd (Purdue)

11:00am-12:30pm Vanessa de Harven (UMass Amherst) “Composition, Constitution, and the    Continuum”

Respondent: Bryan Reece (Toronto)

2:00-3:30pm  Jessica Gelber (Pittsburgh) “Two Ways of Being an End”

Respondent: Emily Kress (Yale)

4:00-6:00pm Keynote: Christopher Shields (Notre Dame) “Goodness as Cause”


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Classics Department Lounge (Waggener Hall 116)

9:00-10:30am Joshua Gulley (Purdue) “Aristotle Against Empedocles on Form, Matter,  and Mixture"

Respondent: Mary Krizan (Wisconsin-La Crosse)

10:45am-12:15pm Joe Bullock “Skeptical Suspension in the Face of Disagreement"

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 7:42am by Erik Shell.

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This article is an edited version of a talk given at the Society for Classical Studies 2017 annual meeting.

Last year the SCS dissolved its outreach committee and created a new Committee on Public Information and Media Relations. I was asked to chair it, and agreed. Our charge states:

The Committee promotes broad public appreciation for the ancient Greek & Roman worlds by spreading awareness of the activities of classicists in all forms of media and entertainment and developing ties with diverse media.

The following remarks give my views on how we can do that best.

1.Outreach should be the top priority.

Outreach should be the top priority of the SCS.

2.Go for numbers.

There are 361,000,000 people in the US and Canada combined. If we want to maximize impact, we must reach a ton of people—millions, not a few thousand. Thus, the SCS should redirect its efforts away from labor-intensive projects that cannot scale, such as visiting individual high schools. We should direct efforts toward the largest possible existing venues, audiences, networks, and distributors.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:00am by Michael Fontaine.

Prolepsis’ 2nd International Postgraduate Conference

“Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages

University of Bari (Italy), 26th and 27th October 2017
Confirmed keynote speaker: Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln)

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its second international postgraduate conference whose theme will be the investigation into the concepts of authenticity and authorship of literary and historical texts from the Classical Antiquity to the Medieval and the Byzantine Age.
“Auctor est aequivocum” Honorius of Autun writes in his Expositio in Cantica Canticorum (prol., PL 172, col. 348), underlining the ambiguity of the term “Auctor”. We would like use this quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues that derive from the concepts of authority, authorship and authenticity and on the problems that relate to their – often controversial – definitions. This year our conference is particularly keen on – but not limited to –  the following topics:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:31pm by Erik Shell.

THEORIZING CONTACTS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, 8-9 December 2017

We live in a multicultural world, in which every community develops in constant interaction with others. A series of theoretical models have been developed to explain these contacts, which in recent years have been utilized to understand the ancient world. In the context of the Roman empire, these theories are typically used to examine the interactions of various indigenous populations with their rulers. These kinds of studies were once grouped under the heading “Romanization”, though the increased questioning of the term’s validity has given rise to a diverse range of alternatives. These are often drawn from modern theoretical backgrounds: multiculturalism and multilingualism are two recent concepts employed in this realm.

The aim of this conference is to assess the validity and scope of a variety of some of these models, with a particular focus on multilingualism and multiculturalism. By promoting and facilitating dialogue between disciplines, we shall aim to provide effective tools for different fields’ approaches in parallel (e.g. historical and linguistic). This has already been done very successfully in a few cases (e.g. ‘code-switching’), though greater interaction remains a desideratum. It is hoped that the participants will thereby open the discussion for a ‘theory of contact’ in the Roman world.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:27pm by Erik Shell.

Dear SCS Members,

The Professional Matters Division of the society has been working on a revised version of the Working Conditions section of the society’s Professional Ethics statement.  The revision aims to address issues particularly relevant to contingent faculty.  The SCS board approved the revision of the Working Conditions language on January 8, 2017.  However, the society cannot adopt the revised language unless the membership votes to approve it.  The matter will be put to a vote of members this summer.  However, prior to the vote, we are soliciting comments and feedback on the revised Working Conditions section of the statement.  Please read the procedures below carefully.

You can find the current Professional Ethics statement, including the current section on Working Conditions, here.

You can find the revised Working Conditions statement here

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:22am by Helen Cullyer.

In light of the executive order on immigration issued on Friday, January 27, 2017, the Society for Classical Studies publicly reaffirms its commitment to the international community of scholars and to the importance of the free movement of scholarship and ideas.  We believe that the selective ban placed on the entry to the United States by individuals of particular nationalities and (in effect) of particular religious beliefs, the suspension of all refugee processing, and the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program are harmful to students, scholars, and academic institutions in this country and, given the importance of the middle eastern region to the study of classical antiquity, of particular concern to our discipline.

View full article. | Posted in Public Statements on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:22am by Helen Cullyer.

You can now download the complete set of panels that will take place at the 2017 ISNS conference at Palacký University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic, June 14-17.  If you wish to present a paper at one of the panels, please send your abstract (no more than one page, single-spaced) to the panel organizer(s) named on the list.  If you wish to give a paper that does not fit into any of the listed panels, send your abstract to the organizing committee:

Tomáš Nejeschleba, Palacký University <tomas.nejeschleba@upol.cz>
Jozef Matula, Palacký University <jozef.matula@upol.cz>
Sara Itoku Ahbel-Rappe, University of Michigan <rappe@umich.edu>
John Finamore, University of Iowa <john-finamore@uiowa.edu>

All abstracts, whether individual or for inclusion in panels, are due by February 24, 2016. 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.

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View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:15am by Erik Shell.

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(Below is an announcement sent to the SCS Office by the European Academy of Religion)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The great success of the launch of the European Academy of Religion was in large part due to the presence, commitment, and support of participants, founders, and mentors. I myself and all the members of Fscire are very grateful to all of you for your presence in Bologna.

First of all, we want to thank the European Parliament and EU Commissioner Moedas, President Prodi and our past Minister Giannini, the Ambassadors and the Envoys of Governments who honored the meeting with their presence, as well as the representatives of Unesco, Osce, and Wef, as well as Rector Ubertini and his colleagues, all of whom offered their endorsement and ideas. We also want to thank all of you for the added intellectual energy you brought to our initiative, which is now your initiative as well.

On the basis of formal and informal talks that we had, the purposes of our Academy can be summarized in six points. The European Academy of Religion aims:

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 9:14am by Erik Shell.

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