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.