Friday, 19 January 2018


This week, we would like to forward to you a short statement issued by Luiz Oosterbeek, Secretary-General of the International Council of Philosphy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), on the occasion of the organization's anniversary:

"Today is the anniversary of CIPSH, which was established in 1949, following an initiative of UNESCO initiated in 1947 and structured, with the collaboration of the International Academic Union, through 1948. Then, the context was the rebuilding of the international relations and the securing of academic freedom, embedded in the awareness of the relevance of human sciences for analysing the processes that had triggered two world wars.
These days, the debate is different, framed by growing concerns on issues like peace and global sustainability, and also contradictory understandings about the role of academic international organizations. There is tremendous pressure from short term anxieties, to import into the academic sphere principles and methods that characterize markets, replacing words like “knowledge”, “research” or “critical reasoning” with other ones, like “efficiency”, “management” or “competition”.
We have not followed such trend. CIPSH faces these debates today, having chosen a path that seats on the side of research and its relation to society, focusing on building main global projects which may contribute to resume the awareness of the contribution of the humanities. It is not an easy path, but the work of the various unions and federations, the World Humanities Conference and the projects CIPSH is now starting to launch, as well as the new relation established with UNESCO, illustrate the effectiveness of the road we chose. On behalf of CIPSH, thank you for engaging in this process."

Friday, 12 January 2018

500 PHD positions in Portugal

We would like to forward to you an announcement issued by the Centre of Classical Studies, Lisbon:

"Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus
The Centre for Classical Studies of the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon (CEC-FLUL) informs it is open the individual call for funding of the 500 contracts for PhD researchers in all scientific areas, within the framework of the 2017 Individual Scientific Employment Stimulusprogramme promoted by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). All information regarding the programme can be found on the FCT webpage.
The CEC-FLUL invites all those interested in developing their postdoctoral research plan having the CEC-FLUL as host institution to express their interest until January 22, 2018 through the email, sending the following elements, in English language, according to the information in the Notice of the call for the Submission of Applications of the FCT:
1) Applicant level (Junior, Auxiliary, Principal, Coordinator);
2) Research plan – According to the call, the plan should be identified within the framework in one or more of the 17 Objectives for the Sustainable Development of the United Nations for 2030. The proposed research plan should further demonstrate its integration strategy of the research unit and the research group within which it will be developed (maximum 3 pages);
3) Curriculum vitae;
4) Letter of motivation.
The decision on the applications the CEC-FLUL will accept will be announced until January 26, 2018.
The Call will be open from January 19, 2018 until 17:00 until February 12, 2018 and the host institutions will join their applications between February 13 and 26, 2018.

Thursday, 14 December 2017


As part of the agreement signed on 12 November 2015 between the Hardt Foundation and the Swiss National Library, the series of Entretiens sur l’Antiquité classique (since 1952) has been digitised and is now accessible online with a movable wall of three years on the Hardt Foundation's website and the platforms e-periodica and E-Helvetica Access.

Follow this link for more information.


This week we would like to forward to you the announcement of the ICS's new blog issued by Emma Bridges:

"For those who are unfamiliar with us, the ICS is based in London and is the UK's national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in Classics and related disciplines. We'll be updating the blog regularly to share more about the Institute's activities, so do consider subscribing if you'd like to be alerted when we post something new. You can find the blog here".

Thursday, 30 November 2017


Please consider signing the petition to save Nuntii Latini, the world's only weekly Latin language news broadcast. 

We forward to you an appeal issued by Tuuli Ahlholm:

"May I draw your attention to a petition that is being circulated against the cancellation of Nuntii Latini. As I'm sure most of you know, Nuntii Latini is a weekly news bulletin in Latin. It has been made for 28 years by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and broadcasted on national radio every Friday at 18:15. Every episode is made available online with vocabulary glossary in English, German, and Finnish, which has made it a very popular teaching tool all over the world. The past episodes are available here.

The programme is now in danger of getting cancelled permanently and against the wishes of the long-standing team behind it. The reason is - as it always tends to be - budget cuts; but, as the programme costs next to nothing to make, the decision seems especially unfair. The article about the cancellation can be found on YLE’s website.

We, the undersigned, believe that the discontinuation of Nuntii Latini is extremely short-sighted.Nuntii Latini has done invaluable work in keeping a ‘dead’ language current, vivid, and creative for every new generation of Latinists. It is one of the very few existing platforms for Neo-Latin - perhaps only the Vatican can boast of a more substantial outreach impact today! During its 28 years, Nuntii Latini has come to be a source of pride for a small Northern nation: an internationally recognised bastion of Finnish classical learning and our common European heritage. The cancellation of a cultural institution like Nuntii Latini feels particularly misguided now in December 2017, when Finnish culture and science is being celebrated all over the world in recognition of Finland’s 100th year of independence (6.12. 1917). 

The petition has already collected some 1,000 signatures from Latinists all over the world - but the more the better, of course. The petition can be found here in Latin, English, and Finnish." 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Please take note of the following obituary for Stefan Radt, written by André Lardinois:

"It is with sadness that I announce the passing away of Professor Stefan Radt, professor emeritus at Groningen University. He died on November 22 of a ruptured aorta at the age of 90. Professor Radt was born in Germany, but moved with his family to the Netherlands in 1937 to avoid Nazi prosecution. He survived the war by going into hiding between February 1943 and May 1945. It is here that he taught himself ancient Greek, using his old school books and reading Homer. After the war he studied Classics at the University of Amsterdam, where he also defended his dissertation on Pindars Zweiter und Sechster Paian(1958). Between 1967 and 1987 he held the post of professor of ancient Greek language and literature at the university of Groningen. He will probably best be remembered for his editions of the fragments of Aeschylus and Sophocles (Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmentaparts 4 [1977] and 3 [1985]), as well as a new text with German translation of the Geographica of Strabo, the last volume of which he finished only six years ago at age 84. In 2010 he received an honorary doctorate of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster for his scholarly work, but also for the fact that despite his experiences he did not disavow Germany or the German language. Professor Radt was a remarkable man, who contributed greatly to the study of Classics in the Netherlands."

Monday, 20 November 2017


This week, we would like to let you know that "the Department for Classical Studies of the University of Cologne is now accepting applications for the 2018 "German for Students of Classical Studies" summer course. The course will take place from June 4 to July 13. It is specially designed to meet the linguistic needs of students of the Classics who wish to expand their knowledge of written and spoken academic German.
The program includes a language class, reading tutorials, field trips to archaeological sites in the Rhineland and the opportunity to take part in the academic life of the Classics department of the University of Cologne.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.

All the relevant information can be found here."

In case you have further questions, you may also contact Prof Anja Bettenworth