Wednesday, 17 July 2019


In the past months, we informed you about efforts for the inclusion of Ancient Greek and Latin in the 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' list of the UNESCO, initiated by the Cultural Organisation "Human-Hist", based in France. Their proposal has received support from the Italian Senate, the Spanish Parliament as well as from FIEC. This week we are glad to inform you that the group of supporters has been joined by CAMWS, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, which has officially endorsed FIEC's open letter on the issue.

For more information, please follow this link.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019


L'Année Philologique has published general guidelines for the submission of abstracts, which have been approved by the FIEC General Assemby of Delegates. Please follow this link for more information.

Friday, 5 July 2019


With reference to what we informed you about in this blog, we would like to let you know that FIEC supports efforts to register Ancient Greek and Latin in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Please read the full resolution following this link.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Migration is Life - An Open Letter from the Rector of the University of Palermo

We would like to share with you an open letter issued by the University of Palermo:

"Migration is life.
The University of Palermo makes a plea to the Europe of Knowledge

Since it origin, the history of  humankind – the only living species that is not divided into biologically distinct groups – has been  characterised by migrations, cultural intertwining, and the construction of continuously changing identities. In an age of globalization, the ongoing migratory process, which has planetary reach, is destined to increase significantly, raising social, political, economic, religious, and ethical issues of the utmost importance which cannot be approached through slogans and unacceptable simplifications.
It is therefore necessary to create an area for both critical reflection and action, by drawing the attention of public opinion, educational institutions, and scholarly communities worldwide to the issues of human rights and dignity– with special regard to the rights of migrants – in an attempt to build a more inclusive and pluralistic society.
Such an ethical and scientific need lays at the heart of the “Appeal to the Europe of Knowledge” which was launched by  the University of Palermo at the end of the conference “Migrare” (Palermo, 20-22 May 2019). We believe that education is a cornerstone for achieving respect, valuing differences, and progressively reducing the level of economic and social inequality.
In fact, education is the only antidote to the language of hate and the rhetoric of fear which exploit human irrationality, deny the common humanity of all people, and do not recognize the centrality of human beings as holders of constitutionally sanctioned democratic rights.
We appeal to Universities, Cultural and Scientific Institutions, and Research Centres as we aim to establish and improve a network of people actively involved in the creation of knowledge and the constructive exchange of ideas.

With this purpose in mind, I invite you to share, sign, and circulate the above-mentioned appeal by filling in the form available at

Prof. Fabrizio Micari
Rector of the University of Palermo
Piazza Marina, 61
90133 - Palermo, Italy"

Thursday, 13 June 2019


We would like to let you know about two job vacancies at Ghent University: 

"The Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University (Belgium) is seeking well-qualified applicants for two fully-funded and full-time doctoral research fellowships attached to the European Research Council Consolidator Grant project Novel Echoes. Ancient novelistic receptions and concepts of fiction in late antique and medieval secular narrative from East to West (for an abstract, see Its Principal Investigator is Prof Dr Koen De Temmerman, who specializes in ancient fiction and its persistence in later periods.
The two successful applicants will start employment between 1st October 2019 and 31st March 2020. In order to be eligible, candidates must have obtained their MA degree at the time of application or demonstrate that they will have that degree in hand by the start of their doctoral fellowship.
Within the ERC project, subprojects will be assigned to individual team members. For the current vacancies, these subprojects are situated in the following areas:
  • Position 1: Afterlives of one ancient novel (Latin or Greek) throughout Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (e.g. in late antique epic, letter collections and/or historiography);
  • Position 2: Receptions of ancient fiction in the 10th century."
For more information, please follow this link.

Thursday, 16 May 2019


In reference to what we posted on this blog in April, we would like to forward to you the latest news on Spanish and Italian initiatives to have the Latin and the Ancient Greek languages acknowledged as intangible world heritage. 

Follow this link to read the statement published by the Sociedad Española de Estudios Clásicos (including an English version). 

Tuesday, 23 April 2019


We would like to forward to you a call for articles issued by the editors of the Swedish journal Eranos:

"Eranos: Acta philologica Suecana, would like to invite authors, both old and new, to submit manuscripts to the journal. We encourage submission of original papers on Greek and Latin philology, including medieval Latin, Neo-Latin and Byzantine philology. Eranos practices strict double-blind peer review, with internationally renowned scholars as reviewers. We offer quick publication of your contribution, as soon as it has passed the peer review. For inclusion already in volume 110 (2019), we need your contribution by the end of July at the latest.

For instructions to authors, go to, or write to Your contributions should be sent to the same address.

We also welcome proposals for special issues by guest editors. Please write to with your proposal or any questions."

Friday, 12 April 2019


Please note that, as of today, the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae grants open access to all volumes published so far (A - M, O - P). All data is freely available here.

Thursday, 4 April 2019


This week we would like to make you aware of the fact that the Cultural Organisation "Human-Hist", based in France, has drawn up a manifesto for the inclusion of Latin and Ancient Greek in the 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' list of the UNESCO. 

Please follow this link to read the full story. 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019


We would like to announce to you that the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, will host the conference entitled "Ministerium Sermonis. An International Colloquium on St. Augustine's Sermons" on 27-29 May 2020

Possible topics include the following:

1) The transmission and reception of Augustine's sermons

2) Augustine's argumentation (doctrine, exegesis and rhetoric)

3) Political doctrine(s) and praxis in Latin Patristic sermons

Please note that deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 May 2019. For more information, please follow this link.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019


Please note that the EASSH, the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, continues advocating for an increased representation of the Humanities in EU programmes and funding lines. They have just published their latest position paper on "Improving Research Impact Assessment in Horizon Europe: A Perspective from the Social Sciences and Humanities". 

In this paper, the Alliance recommends that to best capture the impact of research, researchers must be enabled to use a diversity of methods, data sources and forms of explaining the impact of their projects. EASSH invites the European Commission to capture impact not project by project, but on the wider terrain of the overall calls’ aims."

Please follow this link to read the full position paper.

Monday, 18 March 2019


Please take note of an urgent appeal issued by the Department of Classics of Vermont University (Universitas Viridis Montis):

"Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We would be very grateful if you would sign our petition to reverse the 50% cut to Classics that the University of Vermont (UVM) has suffered in the last three years through an austerity regime of unreplaced retirements and rolling lecturer terminations. UVM is now undergoing an administrative change—influenced in part by campus-wide protests to humanities cutbacks—and we hope to prevail upon the incoming president (Suresh Garimella, currently Provost at Purdue) to restore us to the 2015 staffing level that was already deemed minimal by our external program review that same year (conducted by Jeffery Henderson and Richard Thomas).

Yours hopefully,

The Department of Classics, Universitas Viridis Montis"

Thursday, 14 March 2019


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 planning on attending the conference. In case you are interested, please make clear your motivation for participating in FIEC 2019 and elaborate on the impact the conference may have on your career. Please send your application to

Please follow this link to see the full announcement in German. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019


We would like to forward to you a job offer published by the Department of Clasics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, which "invites applications for a tenure-track position in Greek and/or Latin language and literature,
effective from  October 1st , 2019.

The position requires teaching courses in the candidate’s field(s) of specialization and in the classical languages, supervising graduate students, and a proven ability to conduct high-quality research in the above fields. The appointed candidate is expected to teach in Hebrew within two years from the appointment.

Candidates must have a Ph.D., or receive a Ph.D. before filling the position.

Salary and conditions will conform to Tel Aviv University regulations. Appointment procedures will be carried out according to the rules and regulations of Tel-Aviv University and are subject to the approval of the University authorities.

Candidates should send their applications, including a cover letter, CV, list of publications, 2 representative publications, a research and teaching plan (2-3 pages), and teaching evaluations (if available) to:

Professor Orna Harari, Head of the Department of Classics,
Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv 69978, Tel Aviv, Israel
or by email:

Three letters of recommendation from senior scholars are to be sent directly to this address.

The deadline of submission is May 1st , 2019.

The position is open to all candidates. The appointment will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and the Department’s needs. The Department, Faculty or Tel-Aviv University are not obligated to appoint any of the candidates who apply for the position."

Thursday, 28 February 2019


We would like to let you know that the Classics section (School of Languages and Literatures) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is currently offering a position of Lecturer in Classics. Please note that the deadline for the submission of applications is 31 March 2019.
Please follow this link to see the full advert.

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.