CFP: Rome and Iberian Peninsula

The Department of Classical Philology and the Department of Spanish Studies of the University in Lodz would like to invite you to an interdisciplinary academic conference entitled

Rome and Iberian Peninsula
Diversity of mutual relationships from ancient to modern times.
26–27th April 2017

The history of the Iberian Peninsula did not start with the Roman conquest, but the entrance of Romans on the Peninsula had a major influence on the history of peoples residing there. Since the Punic Wars, the Peninsula was gradually conquered, the administrative division changed, and the social structure was subject to transformations, just like commercial and economic relations. A remarkable role was played by linguistic, cultural and religious influences, as the Peninsula was the place where modern Romance languages of Spain and Portugal were created, and where Latin literature was written under the Roman influence. This was the place of origin of Seneca and Martial, who were distinguished for Rome, as well as two emperors: Trajan and Hadrian. Roman occupation influenced the development of the construction branch, the road system and technology, and that is still reflected by well-preserved remains of Roman cities and aqueducts. Even though that Roman power was eventually forced out of the Iberian Peninsula, consequences of those relationships proved to be incredibly persistent. The elements of the ancient Rome’s culture are still present not only on the Peninsula, but also in other countries which were under its influence.

The aim of our reflections on those issues will be to investigate the state of research on the aforementioned subject and an opportunity to exchange experiences from research focused on those issues with Polish and foreign speakers. We also hope that new and interesting research topics will emerge from discussions and will become a subject of studies conducted as part of joint projects.

We would like to invite literary scholars, linguists, culture scholars, historians, art historians, archaeologists and other researchers interested in the subject to take part in our interdisciplinary conference.

Please, send papers concerning the following topics related to the mutual relationships between the residents of the ancient Rome and the Iberian Peninsula:

  • The history of the Roman conquest of the Peninsula.
  • Political, economic and commercial relations in the ancient times.
  • Mutual linguistic influences.
  • Mutual literary influences and inspirations – such as genres, poetry, topics,  topoi and myths.
  • Reception of Roman literature on the Iberian Peninsula and in other Spanish-speaking countries – imitation, continuation and modification of literary patterns.
  • Inspirations in art.
  • Material culture remains from the Roman times on the Peninsula’s territory.
  • Population migrations in the ancient times and subsequent eras.
  • Transport and tourism.
  • Mutual relationships in the field of religion.
  • Everyday customs of Romans and their influence on the life of the residents of the Peninsula.
  • Reception and validity of ancient Rome’s traditions in the modern culture of the Iberian Peninsula and of other Spanish-speaking countries.

    Languages of the conference: Polish, English, Spanish

    Conference fee: 400 PLN / 100 Euro (the fee includes costs of participation, conference materials, coffee breaks, two lunches, a banquet and a monographic publication consisting of selected articles).
    Suggestions of topics together with an abstract (up to 1500 characters) should be sent e-mail until the 31st January 2017 to the following organisers’ addresses:
    Adriana Grzelak-Krzymianowska, PhD (Polish, English)
    Maria Judyta Woźniak, PhD (Polish, Spanish)

    The applicants will be informed about their paper acceptance in mid-February. That is also when practical information will be provided.

    Anticipated time of a speech duration: 20 minutes.

    The Conference will be held in Training and Conference Centre of the University of Lodz, Kopcinskiego st.  16/18, Lodz. (It is also the accommodation place. Approximate costs for a single room 100 PLN/22 Euro

    Scientific Committee
    prof. Wiaczesław Nowikow
    prof. Zbigniew Danek
    prof. Joanna Sowa
    dr hab. Agnieszka Kłosińska-Nachin

    Organizing Commitee:
    Adriana Grzelak-Krzymianowska, PhD (Department of Classical Philology)
    Maria Judyta Woźniak, PhD (Department of Spanish Studies)

  • Fieldwork Opportunity: Sa Cudia Cremada Field School

    Mediterranean Archaeology in Menorca
    (Balearic Islands, Spain) 2017 Campaign


    Session# 1: September 4th-15th
    Session # 2: September 18th-29th

    2-week course in a Protohistoric archaeological site in a unique Mediterranean island
    You will learn about: Fieldwork methods, Lab work, Indigenous, Punic and Roman Archaeology
    You will explore: Mediterranean Nature, Culture, History, Geology and Traditions

    The main aim of fieldwork is that of approaching the talaiotic culture to students through different tasks related to an archaeological excavation. Fieldwork will be combined with lab work, lectures, workshops as well as excursions to discover the natural environment of an island which was declared Reserve of the Biosphere by the UNESCO in 1993.

    The Field School
    For 2017 Sa Cudia Cremada Field School offers archaeological courses for students interested in gaining first–hand experience on fieldwork and laboratory tasks. We welcome university students, professionals as well as everybody who is interested in Archaeology and Mediterranean Protohistory (Iron Age). Thus, previous experience on the subject in not required. 2017 courses will take place in several sessions with a length of 2 weeks each. During the course, students will dig in the settlement’s sanctuary during the first half of the day, whereas the second part will be devoted to lectures, laboratory tasks and workshops.

    Fees and Contact Information
    2-week course: 790 Euro, including: fees, course materials, pick-up service upon arrival to Menorca’s airport, accommodation, daily transportation to the site/ the accommodation, accident insurance, snack during school time (sandwich, juice, fruits), lectures with specialists on Biological Anthropology, Zooarchaeology, Restoration, etc., workshops on Archaeological documentation and Photogrammetry, and weekly excursions (entrance to museums and archaeological sites including on the price).
    Join us for 2 sessions (4 weeks) and pay only 1200 Euro! (Transportation to/from Menorca and meals outside school time are not included).

    Find more information in the Sa Cudia Cremada Field School 2017 brochure.

    Skype: sacudiafieldschool


    Deadline: January 15

    Field of Study:  Archaeology

    Eligibility:  Students in the U.S. or Israel, who are Ph.D. candidates writing their dissertations in archaeology or recent Ph.D.s completing a project, such as the revision of a dissertation for publication, which requires a lengthy residence in Greece.  Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for Associate Membership at the School.

    Terms:  Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board and waiver of School fees. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Blegen Library of the School.

    Duration:  Commensurate with the School’s academic year, from early September to June 1.

    Application: Submit application form for Associate Membership with fellowship, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a detailed statement of the project (3 – 5 pages) to be pursued in Greece (submitted online at the ASCSA web site at

    Student applicants are required to submit legible pdf scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application.

    Web site: or

    The award will be announced March 15.

    The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

    CFP: Pathos and Polis

    Pathos and Polis: The Pragmatics of Emotion
    in Ancient Greece

    International Conference for Classicists and Archaeologists
    11.-14. October 2017, Topoi-Haus, Freie Universität Berlin

    […] it is not only necessary to consider how to make the speech itself demonstrative and convincing, but also that the speaker should show himself to be of a certain character and should know how to put the judge into a certain frame of mind. For it makes a great difference with regard to producing conviction […] that the hearers should be disposed in a certain way towards him.
    Arist. Rhet.  2,1,2-3

    In his Rhetoric, Aristotle identifies pathos alongside ethos and logos as one of the three rhetorical appeals. Yet, skillful play with affects and moods is by no means limited to the realm of orators and politicians, but can be found in various areas of communication and interaction throughout Greek antiquity: be they political propaganda or sentimental epitaphs, expressive drapery or gestures of pathos, solemn sympathy or passionate excess in the context of rituals. In all of these instances, emotion can serve as an element of cohesion within a group (e.g. the polis) or as a means of excluding outsiders. As such, they can be understood to be crucial instruments in the construction of collective identity.

    The conference “Pathos and Polis” focuses on modes in which pathos formulas and other affect-stimulating elements were used in ancient Greek media and practices in order to inflect communication (i.e. win over an audience and/or gain their attention). Using an interdisciplinary approach, it seeks to highlight how different aesthetic, rhetorical, and performative means helped to generate particular emotions or moods and thereby enhanced the desired effect of the respective communicative act.

    The organizers welcome 30-minute papers from all relevant disciplines (Ancient History, Classics, Classical Archaeology, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Media Studies) that deal with the use of emotions and affective elements in all types of communication and interaction in the ancient Greek world. Potential subject areas include but are not limited to:

    •    concepts and discourses on the use of pathos
    •    affect-enhancing strategies in written sources
    •    affect-enhancing strategies in visual media
    •    the iconography of emotional communication
    •    the exploitation of emotions in politics
    •    collective emotions as factors in the formation of identities
    •    socio-political consequences of affective behaviours

    Please submit your proposal of no more than 300 words (English or German) along with a short CV (max. 1 page) to the organizers by January 8, 2017. We hope to be able to provide travel and accommodation allowance.

    Vibeke Goldbeck (
    Sven Page (
    Viktoria Räuchle (


    Fieldwork Opportunity: Italy – Application Deadline January 31, 2017

    Fieldwork opportunities in Italy through the Leiden University Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization project.

    For students without prior field experience

    For more experienced students:

    In general about the project as a whole of which these three surveys are part: