Sunday, 20 January 2019


We would like to make you aware of the fact that CIPSH, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary. Please read the position paper distributed by its Secretary-General Luiz Oosterbeek: 

"Seven decades later

CIPSH, the International Council for the Philosophy and Human Sciences, was established seventy years ago, in the framework of the launching of the United Nations and of Unesco within them, as part of a strategy that should help preventing a new global terror.

CIPSH started as one more structure that was fostered by the core of partner nations, but with a past of its own and expecting its further growing autonomy, trying to prevent the agenda of research and knowledge from being governed by short term driven needs and results, which is still a major dimension today.

In the first general assembly of CIPSH, the 18th January 1949, Jacques Rueff, president its preparatory commission, define the priorities for CIPSH at that time: campaign against non-reflexive specialization (“We wish to get the technicians away from their techniques”), encouragement of the setting up of international organizations in fields in which no such organizations exist, coordination of  bibliographical work and re-establishment of a world “community of minds.

The contextual constraints of the humanities today differ significantly from the 1950’s, but the crucial choices related to the pressure of short-term anxieties share similar traits, since societal constraints, culturally generated through time, are precisely the conditions of viability of humanities academic research. Disciplinary isolation, insufficient coordination of research in some fields, bibliographic dispersal, intellectual individualism,… these are contemporary problems that were also present seven decades ago.

However. the context pushes humans to, for the first time ever, face global unified challenges, living not only within one environmental system with integrated ecosystems as in the past, but also within a planetary socio-economic integration. The question is if humans will be able to build a coherent convergence of strategies to face a context that leaves no room for merely regional adaptations, while requiring reinforced diversity, designing a new modernisation which starts as one conceptual choice and proceeds as a sociocultural facing of dilemmas, involving values and meanings. Humanities have a major role in helping societies in this process.

The World Humanities Conference, organized by CIPSH and UNESCO in 2017, led to five main results: institutional (new members and fields of study), strategic (a first state of the art of the humanities), networking (with UNESCO, with other international councils, but moreover across CIPSH members), organic (through new structures, such as the new UNESCO and CIPSH Humanities chairs) and operational (through new programmes, namely the Global History of Humanity and the World Humanities Report). The new structure of CIPSH, assuming its confederative dimension, clearly reinforces the Council and its members, while debates need to be pursued, namely on how to move forward, within a dispersed context that reversed the trends issuing from the late 1940’s.

Today, the federations and unions are called upon to help CIPSH, as the Council is asked to contribute for Unesco and various international, regional and national institutions which experience severe difficulties themselves. The path undertaken since 2014 is leading to positive results, and CIPSH will certainly build from those, anchored in its member organisations and in close partnership with the other domains of research and with Unesco and society in general.

There is a need for a flexible framework of reference capable of federating research and outlining a convergent path. CIPSH has a major role to play in such process, which implies new administrative procedures, a new vision building collaborations with other sciences, the remobilization of its member organizations and a common joint program of action rooted in a clear methodology. The World Humanities Conference and the establishment of projects such as the Global History of Humanity or the World Humanities Report contribute to this but need to be complemented with further actions.

CIPSH, bringing together academies, world scholarly federations and unions, universities and the whole scope of humanities, may undertake this path, leading to resume the process of integrative knowledge through diversity, making full but critical use of digital possibilities, countering the current trend of disruptive ignorance of disciplinary corporative approaches and focusing on meaning and integrative epistemologies.

This is our common responsibility."

Friday, 4 January 2019


We would like to let you know that, on 20-24 March 2019, Lyon will host the European Festival of Latin and Greek, themed "Iliade, Iliades" (sports games, theatre performances, expositions, interactive lectures, fashion shows, construction of Trojan Horses). The festival will include the reconstruction of a Mycenaean chariot and is not only aimed at students and scholars but at everyone interested in Graeco-Roman antiquity.

For more information, please follow this link.

Monday, 24 December 2018


We would like to let you know that the Mommsen Gesellschaft, the German Association of scholars in classical studies, will grant 5 bursaries of 300€ each, so as to cover travel expenses pertaining to the International Conference of FIEC and the Classical Association, July 4-8 2019, London.

The Mommsen Gesellschaft invites applications from all its young members who will attend the conference and whose papers are characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to their subjects. If you are interested, please send the abstract of your paper as well as a copy of your letter of acceptance to (deadline: January 31 2019).

Please see the original offer (in German) below:

"Ausschreibung von Reisekostenzuschüssen für Jungmitglieder zur Teilnahme
am FIEC-Kongress

Zur Teilnahme am nächsten FIEC-Kongress (15th Congress of the Féderation
internationale des associations d’études classiques), der vom 4. bis 8.
Juli 2019 in London stattfindet
schreiben wir im Rahmen unserer Nachwuchsförderung 5 Stipendien als
Reisekostenzuschüsse in Höhe von jeweils 300 Euro aus. Antragsberechtigt
sind alle Jungmitglieder der Mommsen-Gesellschaft.

Antragssteller/innen werden gebeten, das Exposé sowie eine Kopie des
Annahmeschreibens ihres Vortrags bis zum 31.01.2019 beim Schriftführer
( einzureichen. Gefördert werden bevorzugt
Kongressteilnehmer/innen, deren Vorträge im Sinne der Ziele der
Mommsen-Gesellschaft interdisziplinär ausgerichtet sind."

Tuesday, 4 December 2018


We would like to forward to you an announcement issued by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich:

"The Thesaurus linguae Latinae Institute announces its second Latin Lexicography Summer School, a one-week event in Munich, July 22 to 26, 2019. We invite participation by researchers at any stage in their career whose work involves the rigorous evaluation of Latin words in any aspect, ranging from their use in specific texts or their changing significance across the entire corpus of ancient Latin. In addition to philology, relevant disciplines include conceptual and intellectual history, epigraphy, linguistics, literary and textual criticism, medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, and theology. This year Professor James N. Adams will be present as a scholar in residence.

The program involves offers three types of activity. First, seminars and related exercises will address Latin lexicography, the methods and format of the TLL, and particularly challenging corpora (e.g. inscriptions, the vetus Latina Bible translation, ancient lexicography). Secondly, participants will collaborate in the production of a short lexicographic entry, which will be published in a forthcoming fascicle (lemma to be determined by the editors). Lastly, there will be daily time for participants’ own research in the Thesaurus Archive, supported by advice from researchers at the dictionary.

Unfortunately, the time for independent research is limited by other activities, and we encourage researchers with more extensive projects to arrive earlier, stay longer than a week, or plan a visit at another occasion, which is always welcome.

The Thesaurus linguae Latinae Institute is home to the world’s most comprehensive record of the Latin language (ca. 600 BC to AD 600), consisting of over ten million hand-written notecards, and a world-class library of editions, commentaries, and relevant reference material. Many of these texts have been annotated by former owners and specialists (e.g. Eduard Fraenkel, Wilhelm Heraeus, Friedrich Leo, Eduard Norden, Eduard Wölfflin). These texts also have systematic cross-references to recent discussions of individual words in scholarly journals and other publications. In addition, the Archive contains all the unpublished material for the TLL Onomasticon, consisting of all proper names and their derivatives (e.g. Homerus, palatium). The Bavarian Academy also houses the German Mittellateinisches Wörterbuch, with an extensive library of medieval texts, and is walking distance from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which has an outstanding Latin manuscript collection, as well as the excellent libraries of the Institut für Klassische Philologie at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.


The workshop begins at 9:30 am on July 22. Daily activities will typically run from 9:30 until 5pm over the course of the week, with some optional excursions. Participants are responsible for their own housing; occasional refreshments will be provided. The language of group instruction is English, but one-on-one support is available in several languages (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish). A Certificate of Participation is available upon submission of a short report on your research findings, which will be stored in the Archive for future researchers to consult.


Applications must be received by March 1 by email to Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a one- to two-page Statement of Benefit. The Statement should briefly describe one or more words that you plan to investigate (whether or not they have been published in the TLL), why they are important for your research, and what questions you hope to address during your stay. It is important to show familiarity with existing lexicographic resources. Given the limited time available for independent research, we encourage you to set modest goals and/or plan for a longer stay. Only fifteen participants can be accepted, and successful applicants will be notified by March 15.



Application due: March 1

Participation fee: €70

Location: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11, 80539, Munich, Germany

Website: "

Monday, 12 November 2018


We would like to forward to you this brief message from the Organizing Committee of the FIEC Congress (London 2019):

"We are now able to confirm the fee levels for FIEC 2019 in London and we are delighted to announce that (thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association) we have been able to hold and even reduce the fees in comparison with FIEC 2014.
The fee levels are:

Full rate £195/concessions £48  (including the early bird discount for bookings before 1 April 2019)

Late booking (after 1 April 2019): full rate £245/concessions £68.

Further details will be made available in due course. Booking will open in January."

Thursday, 4 October 2018


Please take note of the following announcement issued by the CIPSH:

"CIPSH, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines), announces a new initiative designed to highlight and encourage research projects in the humanities and to attract greater attention to the humanities worldwide and enhanced recognition of their importance in contemporary society.

The aim is to endorse and publicize the establishment of centers, oriented towards a general theme and headed by one chairholder, at universities or other recognized research institutions; the chairholder will be supported by a team of several associates in the host institution and preferably also in one or more other institutions and, if possible, in one or more other countries. Ideally, the designated theme or project should be interdisciplinary in nature, and one or more of the supporting institutions should be located in a country or countries different from that of the host institution. The initial appointment of a chairholder will be for a period of five years, with the possibility of renewal following favorable evaluation.

The new CIPSH chairs are not intended to be in competition with already-existing programmes, namely UNESCO chairs; in fact, it would be possible, theoretically, for an individual and a center to hold both at once. However, it is hoped that the humanities orientation of the CIPSH chairs, as well as other considerations, will attract a broad and diverse pool of distinguished applicants, and that the designation of “CIPSH Chair” will carry with it a special prestige of its own.

Applications are solicited ahead of a deadline of February 14, 2019, with selection to be completed by April 12, 2019, and the inauguration of the first chairs to take place on August 1, 2019. The selection committee will consist of three members of the CIPSH Executive Committee and two outside consultants, with final evaluation of their decisions by the full Executive Committee."

For more information, please follow this link.

Friday, 28 September 2018


We are very pleased to announce the launch of the conference website for FIEC/CA London 2019 (15th Congress of the Fédération internationale des associations d'études classiques and the Classical Association annual conference 2019).

"Over the next few months it will be populated with details of the programme, cultural events and practical details.

We have just posted the names of our eight keynote speakers . More information will follow shortly, including details of conference fees and how to book.

Many thanks to all who submitted proposals. We had a fantastic response, so many in fact that it will take longer than anticipated for the Programme Committee to read them. We will respond to all by the end of October."
Professor Greg Woolf
Chair, National Committee FIEC/CA 2019