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 http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/student-associate-membership.

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

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/grants
E-mail: application@ascsa.org

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 (vibeke.goldbeck@fu-berlin.de)
Sven Page (page@pg.tu-darmstadt.de)
Viktoria Räuchle (viktoria.raeuchle@univie.ac.at)


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: http://landscapesofearlyromancolonization.com

CFP: University of British Columbia CNERS Graduate Student Conference

The Social Network: People, Places, and Communities

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies (CNERS) at the University of British Columbia is proud to present its 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. The Conference will be held at the Thea Koerner Penthouse at UBC’s Vancouver campus on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, 2017. This year’s theme is Community.

The keynote address will be delivered on Friday afternoon by Dr. Andrew Koh of Brandeis University.

This is an interdisciplinary conference. All faculties and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of the Conference is to provide graduate students and senior undergraduates from a variety of disciplines with the opportunity to present original research in a less formal and more intimate setting than may be found in typical academic conferences. In previous years we have attracted a number of emerging scholars from across North America in several faculties within the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. We are confident that the nature of our topic for 2017 will do the same. We look forward to the variety of perspectives that will be presented on the timeless subject matter.

We are currently accepting submissions for papers related to the general theme of Community. This very broad topic spans discipline and time, finding relevance in the Ancient, Medieval, and Modern worlds, West and East, North and South, and in all areas of the Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sociology of Community
  • Ritual and Religion
  • Cities, Villages, Towns
  • Diet and Dining
  • Exchange and Trade
  • Cultural Contact
  • Societal Organization
  • Political Dynamics
  • Family and Kinship
  • Hunting and Farming
  • Architecture and Art
  • Passing on Mores
  • Tradition and Innovation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Music and Dance
  • Place-making
  • Migration, Assimilation
  • Environment and People
  • Games and Sport
  • Excess and Crisis
  • Medicine and Wellness

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the Conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by Friday, January 16th, 2017. Please include your Name, Institution, Degree, Specialization, and Contact Information, as well as any audio-visual equipment you may require. Presentations should be no more than 15-20 minutes in length.

Please send submissions and further inquiries to

CFP: 13th International Congress of Thracology

13th international congress of thracology, kazanlak 2017

The congress will be held in the town of Kazanlak, Bulgaria, from September 3 to September 7, 2017, under the general heading
Ancient Thrace: Myth and Reality.

The congress website is now open and you are warmly invited to visit it at <http://www.thracology2017.com/en/>
We remind you that the deadline for submitting your registration form and abstract is December 31, 2016, or two months from now. You should register online on the congress site (pressing “Registration” on the left pane and again “Registration” on the page this opens or on the flying sub-menu should bring you to the registration form. You should also upload your abstract to the congress site, pressing “Registration” on the left pane and then the button “Upload your abstract” on the page this opens or on the flying sub-menu will bring you to a page where you can do this; you will be invited to create an account before you can proceed with the upload. The procedure is not too complicated, but in case you have any difficulty in creating an account or uploading your summary on the congress site, please send it as a simple e-mail attachment to our e-mail address, <thracology.2017@gmail.com>. Your abstract should be written in one of the congress languages (English, French or German), preferably the same language in which you will present your communication. The abstract should begin with the exact title of the communication followed by your name. The text should not exceed 500 words and should present the main subjects and problems discussed in the communication. The abstract should be uploaded in Microsoft Word file format (.doc or .docx). For text in ancient Greek or other rare languages please use Palatino Linotype or another Unicode font. The abstracts will be published on the congress site.

Contributions concerning any aspects of and approaches to Thracian antiquity are welcome. Thracian and related history, archaeology, art, culture, language, religion, numismatics, epigraphy and interdisciplinary studies will be among the fields and topics discussed, in a time-span ranging from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.

The actual program of the congress will be established in January, after the end of the registration process, and will also be published on our website. It is at the same time, in January, that information and instructions on the transfer of the congress fee as well as details of travel and accommodation possibilities and of the congress excursions previewed will be published on the website of the congress. We remind you that the congress fee will amount to 50 Euro if payed by March 31, 2017, or 75 Euro if payed later; a reduced congress fee of 30 Euro before and 45 Euro after March 31 will be expected from young scientists who would not have completed 35 years of age by September 2017.

Please forward this letter to any of your contacts who you think might be interested in participating in the 13th International Congress of Thracology.

The Organizing Committee
Prof. Peter Delev (University of Sofia)
Prof. Totko Stoyanov (University of Sofia)
Prof. Svetlana Yanakieva (Centre of Thracology)
Assoc. Prof. Hristo Popov (National Archaeological Institute)
Assoc. Prof. Anelia Bozkova (National Archaeological Institute)
Assoc. Prof. Maya Vassileva (New Bulgarian University)
Momchil Marinov (Historical Museum Iskra, Kazanlak)