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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.

Fieldwork Opportunity: Basic Underwater Archaeology- Croatia

Calling all archaeology students and researchers with an interest in maritime archaeology. We are inviting applicants to apply to join an underwater archaeology field school in Croatia this September 2-13, 2019. This field school is offered FREE OF CHARGE. Accommodation is included, students need only cover the cost of their flights to Croatia. This field school is run by the International Center of Underwater Archaeology, Zadar, and co-organised and co-instructed by Oxford University DPhil student in Archaeological Science, and National Geographic Explorer, Lisa Briggs.

The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instruction in underwater documentation and archaeological excavation. The main aim of the course is to to allow the participants acquire the best possible knowledge of basic underwater archaeology research techniques.

Students of ANY GENDER are encouraged to apply.

Students are required to have an entry level diving qualification prior to attending (PADI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent) and the field school also includes training and certification in two diving specialties: Peak Performance Buoyancy, and Underwater Navigation.

For further details, and to apply, please follow the link below.

We hope to see you in Croatia!


Summer School in Tuscany

The “la Biagiola” International School of Archaeology, in Sovana di Sorano (GR) Tuscany, Italy is a special program which provides students with first-hand experiences from the fieldwork activities to the communication to the public. We provide the exciting opportunity to learn how to study a multi-layered site.

Students will take part in the exploration of an ancient site in Tuscany, working alongside expert archaeologists and others foreign students. The school also provide a complete formation in standing building archaeology, survey, and medieval castles studies, and, last but not least, students will be involved in the creation of a popularization documentary. This program is offered in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Office of Tuscany, the regional authority that manages archaeological sites and monuments.

The School is taking place from 15/July to 26/August/2019.
FIRST SUMMER SHIFT: from July 15 to August 5
SECOND SUMMER SHIFT: from August 6 to August 26

The school will focus on the evolution of an Etruscan villa through centuries: from the early Roman period to the Langobard occupation, up to the Post-Medieval rural settlement. A research applied on a multilayered site with a special focus on archaeological method.

The school will provide field and lab activities, lectures and cultural trip. Sovana’s surroundings are fabulous and very rich in archaeological sites and cultural event.

For further information you can have a look at the dossier below, or at, or contact

Fieldwork Opportunity: Field Anthropology School with Maynooth University

Our Field Anthropology summer school program (see here), in partnership with Maynooth University and the Irish National Heritage Park, is still open for enrolment until April 12th 2019.
This 2 week program will run from June 23rd to July 6th, 2019 and carries 7.5 ECTS (3-4 US semester credits) awarded by Maynooth University.

Scholarships, through Maynooth University, are available to students who represent diverse and under-represented communities, deadline March 15th 2019.

The program will be taught from the site of Carrick Castle (and settlement), the first Norman Castle in Ireland, constructed in 1169. The castle site is located within the stunning confines of the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford, southeast Ireland, a 40-acre parkland featuring the largest open air museum in Ireland. The program teaches students how to excavate and critically assess an archaeological site within its landscape, using a range of methods that include archaeological survey, archaeological excavation and post-excavation analysis.

The program is particularly suitable for any students with an interest in archaeology, history, anthropology, medieval studies – or just students looking for a unique study abroad experience in general.

See the program brochure here:Anthropology Field School Brochure 2019

Contact Mairead Stobie, Program Administrator, by email with any questions.

Fieldwork Opportunity: Apolline Project – Pompeii, the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, and the Apennines

sca12Call for participants – Fieldwork opportunities in Pompeii, the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, and the Apennines.

The Apolline Project is an open research network, which sheds light on the hitherto neglected past of the area to the north of Mt. Vesuvius, in the Bay of Naples, and the Apennines. The project has run actively since 2004 and has several components, with current major work focusing on the Suburban Baths of Pompeii, a post-79 Roman villa with baths on the northern slope of Mt. Vesuvius, the Roman city of Aeclanum, along the Via Appia in inland Campania, and the Imperial Villa of the Pausilypon. The results gained so far have been presented worldwide and published in an edited book and in several articles, which you can download (

The Apolline Project is now accepting applications for its Summer 2019 lab and field activities, which can be divided into: dig at the ancient city of Aeclanum, boot camp of human osteology, study of the pottery assemblages from the Suburban Baths in Pompeii and the late antique villa in Pollena Trocchia, dig at the Imperial Villa of the Pausilypon, and courses on geophysics and restoration!

For further information, including course descriptions and fieldwork opportunities, visit: