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CFP: Space and Spectacle in Antiquity

Call for Papers
The 2020 University of Colorado Boulder Classics Graduate Colloquium: Space and Spectacle in Antiquity
Friday, January 31 – Saturday, February 1, 2020

Keynote address by Sarah Levin-Richardson, University of Washington

In antiquity as today, the circumscription of space, real or imagined, dictated how individuals and groups perceived and reacted to their environment. Politicians, architects, artists, and writers manipulated space as a means of directing responses from their ‘audiences,’ creating artificial environments to help guide experience; viewer response to these surroundings in turn informed the construction of later structures. Spaces built for spectacle are good examples of such environments: they are meant to affect a broader public, and also seek to produce a focused viewer experience. In consequence they enforce the reciprocity of this culture-defining process.

This colloquium will thus explore the relationship between space and spectacle and social and cultural experience. We welcome submissions from graduate students working in any discipline that helps inform our understanding of the ancient world; interdisciplinary approaches too are very welcome. We are interested in topics that consider the manufactured nature of space and spectacle and hope to foster discussion on topics that include but need not be limited to the articulation of space in public buildings; the relationship between spectacle and text; ritual or political performance; and literary ekphrasis. Papers may explore these phenomena as they manifest in any geographical area of the ancient Mediterranean and its surrounding regions, including Egypt, the Near East, Anatolia, Byzantium, the Levant, and the further expanses of the Roman Empire. We are particularly interested in those topics that fall into lesser studied periods.

Relevant areas in which we welcome submissions include:
-Religious performances (ritual, processions, sacrifices, divination, etc.)
-Performance of politics (public works, oratory, triumphs)
-Athletics and spectacle (gladiatorial combat, amphitheaters, circuses)
-Musical performance
-Ceremony in its literary contexts
-Tragedy, comedy, and mime, especially of the Hellenistic and Imperial periods and in the provinces

Please submit abstracts via email to by September 1, 2019, with the subject line “Boulder Classics Graduate Colloquium 2020 Submission.” Abstracts should include a title for the paper and be anonymous PDF files, no longer than 300 words. Please include your name, institution, and the title of your abstract in the body of your email. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Questions about the conference should be submitted to the same email address.

CFP: Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Annual International Conference 2019

Call for Abstracts and Registration – Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Annual International Conference 2019
Theme: Cause, process, and impact of interaction in ancient cultures
Date: 11-12th March 2019
Venue: Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford
*Please submit abstracts and register via our website*
Graduate Archaeology at Oxford invites graduate students, early career or post-doctoral researchers to submit abstracts in the fields of Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Archaeological Science and Oriental Studies for our 2019 conference – ‘Cause, Process, and Impact of Interaction in Ancient Cultures’.
The GAO conference aims to provide a platform for researchers to present their work, discuss, and network with their peers and senior scholars. This year we invite papers focused on the cause, process, or impact of interaction, or a combination of these from prehistoric and historic contexts in any regions. Interaction here refers to cultural interaction between people and societies, or interaction between people and environment, landscape, fauna and flora. Topics may include but not limited to theory and methodology, chronological sequence, movement of people or human activities, sources of materials, transmission of knowledge and material, warfare and conflict, diet/subsidence strategy changes, invention and innovation, adoption of new practices, past climate and environmental reconstruction and changes, society hierarchy and organisation, and socio-political complexity.
Faculty members are very welcome to attend the conference.
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should be sent to gaoconference2019@gmail.comby 28  January 2019. The text of the abstract should be no more than 250 words. The title of the paper, five keywords, full name, course or position, year of study (if applicable), institutional and departmental affiliation, and email address should be included.
Registration for the conference is available here. Please note that your place will not be confirmed until you have paid through the Oxford University Online shop. The ticket fee is £15, which includes conference entry, lunches, snacks, tea and coffee, a drinks reception, and a museum tour.
Visit our website for more information.

CFP: University of Lodz – Rome and Iberia

Rome and Iberia.
Diversity of Relations from Antiquity to Modernity.

April 25-26, 2019

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

While the Roman conquest was not the beginning of the Iberian Peninsula history, Roman presence in the region profoundly affected the lives of its inhabitants. Those relations left a permanent mark on the Peninsula and the vestiges of Ancient Roman culture still abound not only there, but also in other countries which came under Iberian influence. This issue is still avidly researched and debated by scholars of different fields.

The Second Interdisciplinary Conference is an opportunity for Polish and international speakers, considering and analyzing the issue from a variety of perspectives, to exchange research experience. We anticipate speeches on such interesting topics as the correlations between Latin and Romance languages, for instance Spanish and Portuguese. Also expected to attend are scholars who will address the issue of, for example, the image of the Peninsula in the Latin literature of the Roman and subsequent periods, as well as the depiction of Ancient Rome as a source of inspiration in Spanish and Portuguese writings. We also extend a warm welcome to historians, art scholars and archeologists, as the remnants of the joint heritage of Rome and Iberia are to be found both in literature and in material culture.

See the attached Call for Papers

CFP: Social resilience to climate changes, at Kiel, Germany, Mar.11, 2019

International Open Workshop:
Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI
March 11-16, 2019 in Kiel, Germany

International Open Workshop: Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI

Call for papers

Session 11 :
Social resilience to climate changes with perspectives on the past 5000 years
Session conveners:
Liang Emlyn Yang, Mara Weinelt, Joana Seguin, Ingmar Unkel, Jutta Kneisel, Artur Ribeiro

During the past few decades, many studies have highlighted periods when significant climatic changes coincided with social upheavals. However, fewer studies have discussed periods of social stability or prosperity when faced with climate risks. The concept of social resilience has gradually become an important topic in scientific communities (e.g. Climatology, Geography, Socio-ecology, Geo-archaeology, Sustainability). It refers to the capability of a human social system to cope with stresses, maintain its function and evolve into a more sustainable society with respect to climate stresses. In fact, increasing studies are suggesting that societies continued to settle and develop in hazard-prone areas and periods.

The overall aim of this session is to understand different cases, manifestations, and changes of social resilience to climate impacts from pre-historic, historical and contemporary perspectives, from local to global perspectives, and from theoretical, empirical as well as quantitative modelling perspectives. Specifically, the session will discuss the following questions (but not limited to):

  • What are typical cases of social resilience to climate changes in past societies?
  • What are the key factors and features for a social system to be resilient in face of climate variation?
  • How was resilience performed in key societal sectors, e.g. agriculture, nomadism, livelihood, urbanization or population development?
  • How can social resilience to climate changes be quantified, evaluated, modeled or simulated?
  • What kind of changes and evolution of social resilience to climate changes could be observed?
  • What are the scope, thresholds, and tipping points of social resilience to climate changes?
  • What can we learn from the experience and lessons of the past resilient and/or “un-resilient” cases? Are these learnings up-scalable to explanatory theories?
  • What could be the pathways, measures, strategies and priorities for building social resilience in present societies?

We aim to reach a big session of around 20 presentations and propose to publish a Special Issue of 12-15 full papers in a scientific journal that captures the variety of subjects and approaches discussed in this session. Upon specific requests, we may consider partly covering the participating costs of those who submit qualified full papers.

The abstract submission deadline is November 30, 2018. Please go to the conference website to register and submit, and also inform the conveners about your intention of full paper submission. First version of full papers is due a week before the conference, i.e. by March 04, 2019. A target journal and other issues are to be discussed with all participants during the workshop.

CFP: CAS Graduate Student Conference on Disabilities in the Ancient World

Disabilities in the Ancient World

CAS Graduate Student Conference, February 22-23, 2019
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

 The definition of disability might initially seem to be self-evident, yet it is contested, fluid, and influenced by a multiplicity of processes of differentiation, distinction, exclusion, and oppression. Monolithic definitions of “disability” have been invented and regulated by state-organized medicine and hygiene and state-sanctioned violence and do not represent notions about disability that are accurate, universal and unchanged over periods of time and geographical regions.

Consequently, to conceptualize disability in the ancient world, it may be helpful to frame it in terms of definition, perception, and action. How did ancient peoples explain an atypical body or sensory impairment that they possessed or encountered? How did people with disabilities view themselves and their relationships to society and what kind of reactions did people without disabilities have towards disabled people? Who might be included in or excluded from participation in the institutions of ancient societies based on societal attitudes towards disability? What can we learn about disability in the ancient world from art, literature, archaeology, and other types of evidence?

Possible subjects include but are by no means limited to:

  • Non-stigmatizing readings of disability; disability as an exceptional characteristic or a marker of status; self-representation of people with disabilities
  • Care, cure and the concept of normalcy
  • Artistic and literary representations of disability; the rhetoric of disability
  • Disability and divinity: karmic debt, divine punishment, miraculous healing and spiritual transcendence
  • Disability and women: femininity, fertility, abortion, and infanticide
  • Notions of purity and impurity pertaining to bodily impairment
  • Philanthropy and institutional accommodation for people with disabilities
  • Criminality, punishment, stigma, and mutilation
  • Occupational opportunities and capabilities of disabled individuals; infirmity, incapability and the value of participation in the labor force
  • Disability and philosophy; asceticism and the disabled body
  • Marginalization and fear of, pity for, and anxiety about disabled people
  • Madness, mental illness, speech disorders, social disabilities, and other types of disability in the ancient world

Proposals should include a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words that summarizes the work, identifies its methodology, and states primary conclusions. Send the proposal along with a short bio to with the subject heading CAS Abstract: APPLICANT NAME. Please include your affiliation in the body of the email. The deadline for abstracts is December 01, 2018 (EST). Applicants will be notified of the status of their papers by the third week of December. The Center for Ancient Studies strives to bring together scholars from different disciplines engaged in the study of pre-modern civilizations. However, the organizing committee of CAS Graduate Student Conference regrets that travel subsidies for participants are not available. Instead, we are able to provide 2-day lodging and meals to panelists. If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the organizing committee via For more information, please visit our website at: