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CFP: Movement, Mobility, and the Journey

The Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 2020 graduate conference,  “Movement, Mobility, and the Journey: Ancient Actions and Perspectives”  to be held Friday, February 28 – Saturday, February 29, 2020, on the University of Pennsylvania campus (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

People are in motion in many ways: in their daily lives, in mass migrations, and in chains of interactions involving places, things, and other people.  Motion embodies a multiplicity of action, resulting in creation, exchange, and the production and consumption of energy, amongst countless possibilities.  To conceptualize motion in the ancient world, many routes of study can be utilized to answer questions such as how do ancient perceptions of motion affect human action?  In what ways did movement lead to the establishment of place?  How are concepts of motion, such as the “journey” and “pilgrimage” employed in ancient literature?  How do things or people facilitate movement? 

This conference is open to graduate students and early career scholars and will showcase a wide variety of papers which focus on two main aspects of motion: the physical motion of people, places, and things, and the concept of motion in ancient cultures.  Submissions from all disciplines regarding the ancient world are welcomed with reference to the following broader themes:

●       Motion and travel in ancient text and literature
●       Human movement in the ancient world
●       Pathways, waterways, roads, and trails through both local and large-scale environments
●       Journeys, pilgrimages, and migration events – including the movement of objects, plants, and animals with or via their human counterparts.
●       Displays of motion and movement visually and symbolically
●       Revolutionary technologies of transportation and their effects on ancient society
●       Modern methods of understanding ancient mobility, such as remote sensing, experimental archaeology, isotope analysis, etc.

Please submit a title, an abstract (limit: 250 words), and a current CV in a single email to by Sunday, December 10, 2019.  Presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. Accepted participants will be notified by January 10, 2020.  Limited travel funds are available through the Center.

CFP: Chronika Volume 10

Chronika is an interdisciplinary, open access journal for graduate students studying the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean and European world. Chronika, like its parent organization the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (, encourages interdisciplinary dialogues and innovative approaches to the study of the past.

Call for Submissions
Chronikawelcomes submissions from graduate students that address topics relevant to European and Mediterranean archaeology. Articles must be 3,000 to 4,000 words in length, should detail research at or above the Masters level, and may include up to ten images.To have your article considered for this year’s publication, please submit a 100 to 200 word abstract to by Monday, November 5th, 2019. You will be notified if your article is selected by November 9th. The publication schedule will proceed as follows:

December 6: First draft of full article is due.
December 27: Article is returned to author with comments.
February 7: Revised article is due.
Early April: Chronika launches in print and online. A hard copy is mailed to each author shortly after this time.

Thank you for your interest in Chronika, we look forward to receiving your submission. Please direct any inquiries to

Mélanie Lacan
Editor in Chief

Please visit Chronika on the web at

CFP: Context and Meaning Graduate Student conference

The Graduate Visual Culture Association of Queen’s University
Context and Meaning XIX: Hindsight 20/20

We are pleased to announce the 19th annual Context & Meaning Graduate Student Conference, taking place at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, from Friday, January 24th to Saturday, January 25th, 2020. We are seeking proposals for research papers, artworks, and/or participatory projects that address this year’s theme, Hindsight 20/20. The conference will provide an inclusive forum that facilitates multi-disciplinary academic discussion on visual material culture while encompassing an abundant range of topics. Hindsight 20/20 reflects on our engagement with the past and our visions for the future. This conference asks, how do contextualized perspectives influence our understanding of non-linear ways of knowing, and cultural production/output?  

Some potential themes and ideas to consider may include:

  • The relationship between time, art conservation, and changing perspectives (cradle supports, synthetic papers, and fresco removals)
  • Influence of evolving technologies for art, art history and art conservation research and methods (photography, photogrammetry, new media, VHS)
  • Positionality in hindsight: ways of seeing/knowing, shifts in perspective and the period eye, reworked theories, culture, information, politics, the definition of eras, pedagogy 
  • Physical examples of anachronisms within visual culture, such as in The Arts and Craft movement and Gothic Revival
  • How do artistic practices express current and future ways of knowing? Including, but not limited to, appropriating the past to reinventing the future and limitations within periods of production
  • Utopias and the apocalypse (millenarian events, preparing for the future and learning from the past)  
  • Art conservation treatments we would do differently today

We encourage applications from graduate students working in Art History, Art Conservation, Studio Art, Digital Humanities, Cultural Studies, Museum Studies, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, as well as students from other Humanities fields whose research responds to this year’s theme. This conference is open to both historical and contemporary topics. Submissions are welcome from current graduate students, as well as those who have completed their graduate studies within the last year. We seek to assemble a diverse group of scholars in order to foster interdisciplinary discussions. Presenters will be allotted 20 minutes to deliver their ideas, followed by a 10-minute discussion period. 

If you are interested in participating in Context and Meaning XIX, please email an abstract of no more than 300 words with the title of your paper, along with a separate document that includes a 250-word bio, to Please ensure that your name and the title of your paper are included in your bio and on your abstract. The deadline to submit an abstract will be Friday, November 15th, 2019.Thank you to all who apply! 

Graduate Student Conference Committee
Abby Berry, Amelia Glancy, Natalie Hume, Madeline Legg, and Tessa Wilson   

Graduate Visual Culture Association
Department of Art History and Art Conservation                     
Ontario Hall, Queen’s University
Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6 

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.