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

Tuesday 31 October 2017


We would like to let you know that AMEC (Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Clásicos) is taking part in organizing the 30th Meeting of Researchers of New Spain (Nueva España, i.e. Mexico). The conference is to be held in Mexico City, 14 - 18 November 2017. 

The conference will address a wide spectrum of topics, among which Classical Reception in Mexico may be of particular interest to some of you. 

The Meeting is taking place at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, at the following venues:

14th and 15th: Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas (Philological Research Institute)
16th: Facultad de Ciencias (School of Sciencie)
17th: Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas (Bibliographical Research Institute)

Please follow this link to accees the meeting's full programme. 

Saturday 28 October 2017


We would like to forward to you an announcement issued by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago:

"The Oriental Institute yearly appoints a Postdoctoral Fellow for a twenty-four month (non-renewable) appointment. Postdoctoral Fellows are selected from an international pool of applicants, based on their proposals to organize a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute. The conferences address important theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies — archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research. The Oriental Institute encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. The conferences generally have 12–16 participants, and take place annually in the beginning of March during the first year of the Postdoctoral Fellow’s appointment. Following the conference, the Postdoctoral Fellow assembles and edits the proceedings for publication in the Oriental Institute Seminar series. During the second year of the appointment, the Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and other activities that build interaction and collaboration within the scholarly community. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact closely with the Oriental Institute community. The Postdoctoral Fellow may also, if he or she wishes, teach a course while in residence if approved by the OI/NELC faculty.
Potential applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented by the Oriental Institute, and are encouraged to review the descriptions and programs of previous successful proposals when preparing their applications"

Thursday 19 October 2017


We are pleased to inform you that all parties involved in organizing the FIEC Congress of 2022 have pledged to join their forces in close collaboration. Please follow this link to find out about the Organizing Committee and about all institutions participating.

Saturday 23 September 2017


We would like to let you know that the PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel has announced a one-year scholarship starting on the 01.04.2018 (á CHF 30'000 per year; two tranches with evaluation).

The deadline for the submission of applications is 15.11.2017.

Please read the full announcement below:

"Your tasks:

The grant is intended to support a young graduate during the starting
phase of his/her PhD research project. It is expected that he/she will
develop his/her research project in that time for applying to the
Swiss National Science Foundation or other funding institutions at the
end of that year.

Your profile:

The scholarship is addressed to students who held a 1st class
MA‐degree either in Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Near
Eastern Studies, Ancient History, Greek Philology, Latin Philology,
Comparative and Historic Linguistics or European Archaeology. It is
expected that the PhD student is highly motivated and will personally
be involved in the PhD program of the Department of Ancient
Civilizations at the University of Basel. Most welcomed are PhD
projects that can be linked to the research fields of the Department
of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. The PhD student
has to choose from the date of admission to the doctoral program a
first or second supervisor from the Department of Ancient
Civilizations at the University of Basel.

Application / Contact:

Application deadline: 15.11.2017

The following documents should be sent by email to the coordinator of
the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench

1.     Letter of motivation

2.     CV

3.     MA-Diploma

4.     1-2 sample of text (max. 20 pages each, including at least 1
academic qualification text, like BA- or MA-thesis)

5.     Sketch for the dissertation project (max. 3 pages)

6.     Letter of reference

For further information, please contact the coordinator of the
Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench

Applications can be submitted in German, in French or in English. The
enrolment at the University of Basel is mandatory."

Wednesday 13 September 2017


We would like to announce to you the 8th International Colloquium organized by the Centro de Estudios Helénicos of the National University of La Plata, Argentina. The conference, entitled "Cartografías del yo en el mundo antiguo. Estrategias de su textualización" ("Cartographies of the Self in the Ancient World. Strategies of Its Textualization"), will be held from the 26th to the 29th of June 2018.

Please read the full announcement below:

"El Centro de Estudios Helénicos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata está organizando su VIII Coloquio Internacional “Cartografías del yo en el mundo antiguo. Estrategias de su textualización”, a realizarse en la ciudad de La Plata los días 26, 27, 28 y 29 de junio de 2018.

El VIII Coloquio propone pensar y debatir las formas de expresión de la subjetividad y las estrategias de su textualización, a los fines de trazar un mapa que dé cuenta de los complejos territorios del yo en la Antigüedad Clásica. Las emergencias textuales del yo no se limitan a la escritura autobiográfica, sino que se extienden a todas las expresiones de la subjetividad, individual o colectiva, tanto en sus manifestaciones discursivas como materiales. Se trata de reflexionar acerca de la construcción del yo, su visibilidad u ocultamiento, en la épica, la lírica, el teatro, la historia, la oratoria, la filosofía, o las imágenes del arte. Aspectos constitutivos de los procesos de subjetivación, como las emociones, la imaginación, la identidad y la alteridad, el género, la memoria y el agenciamiento, entre otros, se proponen como tópicos de discusión en relación con el tema.

El Coloquio propondrá las tres modalidades tradicionales de participación:
1) plenarios y mesas redondas sobre temas de interés en diversas áreas de la cultura grecolatina, con la presencia de destacados especialistas de nuestro país y del exterior especialmente invitados;
2) comunicaciones libres. Los interesados en participar en las sesiones de comunicaciones libres deberán enviar por correo electrónico a un resumen de su ponencia de hasta 300 palabras antes del 30 de marzo de 2018, para su evaluación por parte del Comité Científico. Los alumnos que presenten ponencias deberán hacerlo con el aval de un profesor, cuyo nombre, cargo y dirección electrónica deberán figurar en el resumen;
3) cursos breves. Los interesados en dictar un curso breve deberán enviar para su evaluación, antes del 30 de marzo de 2018, propuesta del título y, en forma sintética, fundamentación, objetivos, temas a desarrollar en dos encuentros y bibliografía.

Las sesiones de comunicaciones libres y los cursos breves están abiertos a las propuestas de aquellos interesados en acercar las conclusiones de sus investigaciones. Las comunicaciones libres y los cursos breves podrán versar, entre otros, sobre los siguientes temas: lenguas clásicas, géneros literarios, retórica, épica, tragedia, comedia, lírica, filosofía antigua, estudios culturales, recepción clásica, especialmente en Iberoamérica, arqueología clásica, etc.

Los asistentes recibirán una certificación de su participación en el Coloquio. Quienes presenten comunicación o curso breve tendrán la certificación correspondiente. Los cursos breves específicos del Coloquio, que serán gratuitos, otorgarán una certificado de asistencia por 6 horas reloj.
Las ponencias presentadas se publicarán en CD y en línea, y las exposiciones de los profesores invitados en un volumen colectivo.

Esperamos puedan reunirse con nosotros en este nuevo encuentro.
Reciban un cordial saludo, Claudia Fernández, Juan Nápoli y Graciela Zecchin de Fasano

Se han cursado invitaciones a especialistas del exterior; hasta ahora han confirmado su participación:

André Malta Campos (Universidade de Sâo Paulo)
Bruno Currie (University of Oxford / Oriel College)
Patrick Finglass (The University of Nottingham) François Lissarrague (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, emérito) Marco Antonio Santamaría Álvarez (Universidad de Salamanca)
Emilio Suárez de la Torre (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación
Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Calle 51 entre 124 y 125
Edificio C, oficina 301
1925 Ensenada, ARGENTINA
Tel. (54) (221) 4230127 Interno 1136
E-mail: "

Sunday 3 September 2017


Please take note of the following information published by the Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Clásicos: 

"We are glad to announce the 5º International Conference of Classical Studies in Mexico that is organized by the Centro de Estudios Clásicos at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas and the Colegio de Letras Clásicas at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The event will be held in Mexico City from 4th to 8th September 2017, its purpose is to study the Greek and Roman cultures and their legacy within the Western civilization. Some of our AMEC members are taking part of this important event.
Five diferent colloquia are taking place in the international conference: Ancent Philosophy, Classical Theater, Classical Tradition, Law in the Ancient World and Translation theory and practice of Classical texts.
The photographic exhibition “Estatuaria y relieves de inspiración griega y romana. Imágenes de la colección del Museo Nacional de Arte” arranged by AMEC, Museo Nacional de Arte and the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas is one of the conference complementary activities. This exhibition will be shown in the near future in Athens, Greece.
All the information is available on the Conference website."

Saturday 2 September 2017


We would like to introduce to you the new open access database "Travellers' Views", which has been launched by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation:

"Travelogues website was created within the broader project of Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation to promote Greek culture, and especially Greek literature, on a national and international level. This website aims to make known the graphic materials found in travel accounts of journeys to Greece and the eastern Mediterranean from the 15th century onwards, and thus contribute both to students' education and scientific research. An important part of the editions that constituted the data base of the website belongs to the Historical Library of the Foundation, currently under construction.
Travelogues will periodically be updated with material from major libraries in Greece, such as Gennadius Library and Benaki Museum Library. This material, already in process, spans the time from the 15th to the early 20th century. Of approximately 4500 images, 560 have already been incorporated in the website's collections. In the same sense, the bibliography shall be updated with the most recent research contributions. User feedback will be taken into consideration and the pertinent modifications will get reflected."

Friday 1 September 2017


Please note that CGRN (Collection of Greek Ritual Norms) has been published on this website.

We would like to forward to you the respective introductory remarks by Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge, Jan-Mathieu Carbon, and Saskia Peels:

"The collection contains 222 inscriptions belonging to the category of so-called “sacred laws”, for which we have preferred the designation “ritual norms” (on this subject, see the programmatic introductory article found here). The texts included in the collection thus far concern the themes of sacrifice and purification. Each inscription is presented in an up-to-date published edition (occasionally, a new edition is offered), with information about its context, essential bibliography, French and English translations, and a detailed commentary. All of the files have been encoded in TEI-XML Epidoc, are fully searchable, and may be used and downloaded in Open Access.

The project behind the development of the CGRN, financed by the Fonds pour la recherche scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS, Belgium) at University of Liège, is still ongoing. Updates to the website will be made on an annual basis. Additionally, a print-on-demand edition will soon become available on the website. The printing, sale and distribution of the work will be undertaken by Éditions De Boccard.

We are very interested in receiving your feedback about the CGRN at the following address:"

Friday 11 August 2017


We would like to forward to you the announcement of the DCDC Conference by Christina Kamposiori:

"DCDC Conference 2017
The cultural value of collections and the creative economy

Where: The Lowry, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
When: 27-29 November 2017
Cost: from £30 (booking fees apply). See the DCDC17 FAQ for full information on ticket prices

The National Archives and RLUK are pleased to be returning to The Lowry, Salford Quays for the fifth DCDC Conference. Join us for three days of discussions and workshops on how we gather, measure and present evidence of the cultural value and impact of our collections.

Archives, libraries, museums and heritage organisations across the UK and further afield have actively looked to examine, capture and measure the wider social, cultural and economic impact of their collections, and to engage more effectively with a wider variety of audiences. Work in this area continues to evolve, as does the need for new and better ways of evidencing value and impact through continuing research and the effective sharing of experiences within and between sectors.

DCDC17 will consider how, by working collaboratively through networks of inter and cross-disciplinary initiatives, we can continue to improve and develop methodologies in order to build a strong evidence base to demonstrate the cultural value of collections and their contribution to the creative economy.

DCDC17 Keynotes
·  Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, School of Advanced Study
·  Shân Maclennan, Deputy Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
·  Mike Jackson, Chief Executive, North Somerset Council
·  Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries

Funders marketplace

For the first time at DCDC we will host a funders marketplace, which will take place throughout the day on Tuesday 28 November.

This is a practical event around the funding of collections which brings together funders and professionals from cultural heritage organisations, such as archives, museums and libraries, to discuss prospective funding opportunities and ideas for enhancing and strengthening collections across the country and beyond. More specifically, interested delegates will have the chance to learn about current funding opportunities, pitch their ideas directly to funders and get expert advice in short one-to-one sessions. Through DCDC17, we hope that these conversations, which started as part of the RLUK Special Collections Programme, will reach a wider audience that could potentially benefit from them.

Networking opportunities

Collaboration is the overarching theme running through the DCDC Conference series. We know that networking and making connections, with both old and new faces, is important to delegates, so we have arranged a number of events to help you get the most out of the conference. On 27 November we will be holding three interactive pre-conference workshops across Manchester, led by Manchester Libraries and Archives Services, the University of Manchester, and the Imperial War Museum.

A fun, informal way to meet fellow delegates will be to join us at the pre-conference drinks reception on 27 November, and the Conference Dinner on 28 November at the stunning Imperial War Museum North.

For full information on the DCDC Conference please visit the DCDC website."

Friday 4 August 2017


Please note that the University of Tübingen's Classics department is currently seeking to fill the position of Professor of Latin philology.

Applicants should be prepared to represent the department in both research and teaching, starting 01.10.2018.

The dealine for the submission of applications is 30.09.2017.

For more information, please follow this link.

Wednesday 26 July 2017


We would like to remind you that the World Humanities Conference is due to begin in less than two weeks' time: It will take place in Liège, Belgium, from 6 to 12 August 2017.

This link will lead you to the latest version of the conference's programme.

In case you would still like to register, please use this online tool.

Wednesday 19 July 2017


Please note that L'anneé philologique will be published by Brepols from October 2017 onwards:

"Here is an important announcement from the Société internationale de bibliographie classique: beginning October 1, 2017 Brepols publishers will become the sole publisher and distributor of the L'Année philologique, both in print and online. Libraries and individuals currently subscribing through Les Belles Lettres and EBSCO will continue to have online access through these distributors until their current subscription concludes, no later than Dec. 31, 2018.
Pricing is now available directly from Brepols, which is offering discounts and free trial periods to institutions in North America throughout the transition period. Contact them directly at for pricing, and for more information, follow the link on their homepage:" 
(Helen Cullyer, Society for Classical Studies)


We would like to let you you know that we have opened up a new section called "Useful Links for Classicists". This is supposed to develop into a compilation of all things available online that will be appreciated by Classics scholars and others.

The first item on the list is Classics Ressources, which offers a comprehensive collection of websites facilitating the study of the Ancient World, ranging from digitalized texts to images and bibliographical databases.

We kindly invite you to make us aware of more websites worth sharing in the comments' section.

Tuesday 13 June 2017


We would like to let you know that the 10th Celtic Conference in Classics will be held at McGill University and Université de Montréal on July 19-22th 2017.

This year's CCC includes 14 panels on broad topics in Classics:

"Classical Literature and the Fragmentary"
"Consciousness, Conscience in Antiquity"
"Dodona and Prophetics"
"Epic and Elegy"
"Ethnicity and Imperialism"
"Identity in Greek Oratory"
"Landscapes of War"
"Local Effects on Athenian Arkhe"
"New Approaches to Plato"
"New Directions in Roman Military History"
"Popular Classics"
"Spartan Austerity/Herodotus and Sparta"
"Reception of Ancient Drama"
"Return to Philology"

For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Saturday 10 June 2017


This week we would like to draw your attention to a job offer pertaining to the PLATINUM project. Please note that the positions are due to start between 1 September and 1 December 2017 and that the deadline for the submission of applications is 14 July 2017.

"Two postdoc fellows - papyrologists and/or historians highly specialized in papyrology - are being hired within the ERC funded project PLATINUM (ERC-StG n.636983). The aim of PLATINUM is to scrutinize Latin texts on papyrus from several points of view in order to highlight their substantial contribution to our knowledge of innovations in ancient Roman literature, language, history, and society, especially in the multilingual and multicultural contexts of the Eastern part of the Empire between the 1st century B.C. and 8th century A.D. A new corpus of Latin Texts on Papyrus is being produced and published with Oxford University Press.

Calls for applications and instructions to apply:
Brief descriptions (in English)

Informal enquiries: Prof. Maria Chiara Scappaticcio ("

Friday 26 May 2017


We would like to share with you the latest news concerning the World Humanities Conference, taking place in Liège, Belgium, 6-12 August 2017.

Firstly, you may now have a look at the conference's draft programme online.

Secondly, in case you would like to attend, the organizers kindly ask you to register for the event.

Lastly, you might be interested to learn that -- due to the large number of proposals -- the conference's programme will be extended by a poster session. Please follow this link to access the corresponding proposal form.

Tuesday 18 April 2017


We would like to make you aware of some developments concerning the role of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) within the future framework of the European Union. 

The Committee of the EU's ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) has published a report on the Horizon 2020 progamme which aims at fostering innovation and thus securing Europe's global competitiveness between 2014 and 2020. The Committee's goal was to assess the programme's success and to identify shortcomings to be eliminated in future programmes. 

The ITRE Committee has recognised that SSH research is fundamental to addressing many of the most pressing societal challenges of today.

In response to the assessment, the EASSH (European Alliance for the Social Sciences and the Humanities) has published a position paper in which it highlights the ITRE's most prominent findings about SSH research. Please follow this link to find the full letter.

Monday 20 March 2017


This week we would like to let you know that an international conference entitled "SENSORIUM: Sensory Perceptions in the Roman Religion" is going to be held from the 16th to the 18th of November 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

Please note that the deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 April 2017 and read the full announcement below:

"Call for Papers


Madrid, 16-18 November de 2017

The Institute of Historiography “Julio Caro Baroja”, at the University of Carlos III of Madrid is organizing an international conference titled, “SENSORIUM: Sensory Perceptions in the Roman Religion.” Researchers of ancient history, religious history, archeology, anthropology, classical literature, and other related disciplines, are invited to present their research relating to the poly-sensorial practice of religion in the Roman world.

Since M. Maussand Merleau-Ponty‟s publications about the role of the body in social interactions during the first half of the twentieth century (Mauss 1934; Merleau-Ponty 1945), studies about embodiment have benefited from a considerable amount of success since the 1990s in anthropology (Çsordas 1994, 2008), philosophy (Haraway 1991), semiotics(Landowski 2005, Fusaroli, Demuru et al. 2009) and cognitive linguistics (Geeraerts&Cuyckens 2007). The paradigm of embodiment considers that the body is no longer a mere object that reproduces culture, but an ontological condition for the existence of culture itself.

The “SENSORIUM: Sensory Perceptions in the Roman Religion” conference will direct special attention to the physiological receptors that allow for the exchange of information between the individual and the external world within a specific historicalcultural context: Roman religion. For a time, studies about embodiment and religion provoked a methodological excision in between the materiality of the body and ritual action, on one hand, and the concept of “belief” on the other. It was a problem that, while it resulted relatively new in anthropology and the history of religions (Godlove  2002, Bell 2002), was an old intellectual conflict about Roman religion that has now been vigorously renewed thanks to the paradigm of Lived Ancient Religion. Even so, the anthropological debate can allow for new approaches of analysis of the body in Roman religion. An ideal point of departure are "sensory studies" (Hamilakis 2013; Toner 2016), which have shown that senses and sensory perception are not exclusively biological or psychological issues, but have other social, political, and modal dimensions. That is, socially, the sensory experiences are culturally learned, identified, and recognized. Politically, these sensory experiences are shared collectively and, therefore, can be an object of ideological instrumentalization. Or, in modal terms, the senses cannot be a Cartesian object of analysis, but attention must be paid to flows of continuities and discontinuities within the sensory experience.

 Therefore, the issues to be addressed in the SENSORIUM conference are not limited to a formal description of the senses in the Roman religion, but should investigate the processes and manifestations through which the senses articulate the individual experience of religious phenomena. For example: How do sensory perceptions stimulate the formation of beliefs? How and with what intention are some senses stimulated more than others in certain situations? In what manner are senses exploited in the collective processes of constructing differentiated religious identities? The senses play a primordial role in the socialization of individuals, in cognitive processes, and in the recognition of cultural spaces. Consequently, the senses are identity and cultural markers of integration or segregation that allow a huge variety of analysis, which is the objective of this academic meeting.

Paper presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length and can be delivered in Spanish, English, German, French, or Italian. We encourage the use of English to make easier the communication. All the papers will be published in English. The contributions must be original works not previously published. Interested speakers should send an abstract of their proposal (200-300 words), a short curriculum vitae, and contact information before April 31, 2017, to the following address:

Accepted participants will pay a registration fee of 50 euros. The papers presented in the colloquium will be published in a monographic volume that summarizes the conclusions of the meeting and authors will receive a copy of the volume, as well as certification that they presented their paper at the colloquium.

Speakers and Scientific Committee:

Greg Woolf (University of London, Institute of Classical Studies)
 Richard Veymiers (Universiteit Leiden)
 Henk Versnel (Professor Emeritus Universiteit Leiden)
 Miguel John Versluys (Universiteit Leiden)
Yulia Ustinova (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
 Jörg Rüpke (Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg)
 Elena Muñiz Grijalvo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla)
 Attilio Mastrocinque (Università di Verona)
 Clelia Martínez Maza (Universidad de Málaga)
 Françoise van Haeperen (Université Catholique de Louvaine)
 Adeline Grand-Clément (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès)
 Richard Gordon (Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg)
Valentino Gasparini (Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg)
 Laurent Bricault (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès)
 Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham)
 Nicole Belayche (École Pratique des Hautes Études de Paris)
 Antón Alvar Nuño (ARYS)
Jaime Alvar Ezquerra (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, IHJCB)

 Organizing Committee:

Jaime Alvar Ezquerra
Greg Woolf Antón Alvar Nuño
José Carlos López Gómez (PhD. candidate)
Beatriz Pañeda Murcia (PhD. candidate)


- The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness Research Project Oriental Religions in Spain (HAR2014-5231-P). Responsible: Jaime Alvar Ezquerra.
 - The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness Research Project La invención del pagano: las fronteras de la identidad religiosa en el mundo tardoantiguo(HAR2014-51946-P). Responsible: Clelia Martínez Maza.
- Humboldt Stiftung: Anneliese-Maier Forschunpreis (Sanctuary Project). Responsible: Greg Woolf.
 - Association ARYS: Antigüedad, Religiones y Sociedades.
 - Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
- Reciprocal Excellence Chair Fundación Banco de Santander-UC3M. Responsible: Greg Woolf.
- Instituto de Historiografía “Julio Caro Baroja”, research group: Historiography and History of Religions.
- School of Humanities, Communication and Library Science. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
- Department of Humanities, History, Geography and Art. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
- Humanities Doctorate Program. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

 Introductory bibliography:

- Bell, C. M. “„The Chinese Believe in Spirits‟: Belief and Believing in the Study of Religion”, en N. K. Frankenberry (ed.), Radical Interpretation in Religion, Cambridge, 2002: 100-116.
- Butler, S. &Purves, A. (eds.).Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses, Durham, 2013.
- Çsordas, T. Embodiment and Experience: The Existential Ground of Culture and Self, Cambridge, 1994. — “Intersubjectivity and Intercorporeality”, Subjectivity 22 (2008): 110-121.
 - Favro, D. “Virtual Reality Re-creations and Academia”, enHaselberger, L. and Humphrey, J. (eds.),Imaging Ancient Rome: Documentation, Visualization, Imagination: Proceedings of the Third Williams Symposium on Classical Architecture, held at the American Academy in Rome, the British School at Rome, and the DeutschesArchäologischesInstitut, Rome, on May 20-23, 2004, Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series Number 61 (2006), 321-334.
- Fusaroli, Demuru et al. (eds.), The Intersubjectivity of Embodiment, Journal of Cognitive Semiotics 4 (2009).
- Geeraerts, D. &Cuyckens, H. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, New York, 2007.
- Godlove, T. F. “Saving Belief: On the New Materialism of Religious Studies”, en N. K. Frankenberry (ed.), Radical Interpretation in Religion, Cambridge, 2002: 10-24.
- Hamilakis, Y. Archaeology and the Senses. Human Experience, Memory, and Affect, Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- Haraway, D. Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Re-invention of Nature. Free Association Books, Londres, 1991.
- Kemp, J. “Movement, theSenses and Representations of theRomanWorld: ExperiencingtheSebasteion in Aphrodisias”, Exchanges: the Warwick ResearchJournal, 3, 2 (2016): 157-184.
- Landowski, E. Les interactions risquées, Limoges, 2005.
- Mauss, M. “Les techniques du corps”, Journal de Psychologie 32 (1934).
- Merleau-Ponty, M. La phénoménologie de la perception, París, 1945.
- Toner, J. (ed.), A Cultural History of the Senses. Vol. 1: In Antiquity, London, 2016."

Saturday 4 March 2017


We would like to provide you with the most recent information of the 5th International Conference on Classical Studies in Mexico (4-8 September 2017), which we introduced to you on this blog.

Please note that, in case you would like to attend the conference, you may make use of a reduced registration fee if you register until 30 May 2017. For more information, please follow this link.


This week we would like to let you know that the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis, the Vatican's academy for the promotion of Christian humanism, has announced its annual contest for the Prize of the Pontifical Academies.

Please note that the competition is divided into two parts/themes, aiming at young scholars and education institutions respectively; the deadline for applications is 12 May 2017.

Please read the full announcement below:

"Following the regulations and in agreement with the Pontifical Council for Culture, the
Pontificia Academia Latinitatis is curating the competition for the award of the Prize of the
Pontifical Academies, 2017 edition, which aims to promote and develop Christian

The prize consists of the sum of 20.000,00 (twenty thousand) Euros, which may
be awarded ex aequo, and will be presented by the Cardinal Secretary of State in the name of
the Holy Father during the annual Public Meeting of the Pontifical Academies.

The academy proposes two thematic areas (one or both may be chosen):

1. Reception of ancient Latinitas Christiana between the medieval and modern eras.
2. Docendo invenire thesauros: methodological proposals for the teaching of Latin.

The first is reserved to scholars who have produced in the last five years doctoral
theses or publications on the theme. Candidates must be aged between 25 and 40 on 30 April

The second is reserved to institutions (academies, schools, associations, foundations,
research groups etc.) that are engaged in formative activity among the youth. The institutions
must have been active in the specific training and teaching sector for at least five years.

Candidates and institutions must send their requests to participate to the Pontificia
Academia Latinitatis, Piazza San Calisto, 16, 00120, Vatican City, by 2pm on 12 May 2017.

Requests to participate in the competition must be accompanied by the individual
scholar’s curriculum vitae and other publications or documentation.

The institutions must send a copy of their statutes or an illustrative outline of their aims
accompanied by documentary proof of the teaching activity over the last five years.

The Commission is composed of Academicians which will formulate a proposal of
candidates for the Prize that will be put to the evaluation of the Council of Coordination of
the Pontifical Academies and then to the definitive decision of the Holy Father.

From the Vatican, 31-1- 2017

Saturday 11 February 2017


We would like to let you know that Basel university currently offers a one-year PhD scholarship within its Department of Ancient civilisations (starting from 1 October 2017).
For more information, please follow this link and note that the deadline for applications is 01 April 2017. 


Since it is the 68th anniversary of CIPSH (The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences), we would to forward to you their commemorative letter.

"Dear colleagues,
Chers collègues,
The CIPSH was created 68 years ago, the 18th January, 1949.
Le CIPSH fut créé il y a 68 ans, le 18 Janvier, 1949.
At the time, the wounds of WWII and the need to rebuild societies across the globe, facing challenges such as the independence of colonies, the rebuilding of cities preserving heritage, or the new geostrategic balances and related intercultural relations, raised attention on the relevance of history, philosophy, literature and the humanistic studies in general. In fact, the recent disasters and the fear of losing peace again, were certainly major reasons for the support to create CIPSH in the constellation of the first UNESCO related independent initiatives.
Alors, les blessures de la 2ème GG et le besoin de reconstruire les sociétés à travers le monde, faisant face aux défis tels que l’indépendance des colonies, la reconstruction des villes en préservant le patrimoine, où de nouveaux équilibres géostratégiques et relations interculturelles en rapport avec eux, a soulevé l’attention sur l’importance de l’histoire, de la phylosophie, de la litérature et des études humanistiques en général. En effet, les désastres récents et la peur de perdre encore la paix, étaient certainement des raisons majeures pour le soutien à la création du CIPSH dans la constellation des premières initiatives indépendantes en rapport avec l’UNESCO.
Our current course is no less complex, and we should not take many of the ongoing advances (new members of CIPSH, Humanities UNESCO chairs being prepared, the road towards the World Humanities Conference, the contacts with the arts and the other sciences, the consideration of our contributions in debates concerning sustainability, climate, ethics or migrations,…) and difficulties (decay of funding, retreat of humanities programmes in many countries, academic unemployment, still insufficient transdisciplinary collaboration,…) as a mere consequence of the decisions of CIPSH and its member organisations. The growing tensions, failures and deceptions in societies, will growingly raise attention to the Humanities. It is very interesting to notice that several proposals to the World Humanities Conference focus not only in transversal themes, but also on understanding the major relevance of history, classics, literature or epistemology, to meet current society needs.
Notre parcours actuel n’est pas moins complexe, et nous ne devons pas prendre les différents progrès (nouveaux membres du CIPSH, chaires UNESCO d’Humanités en préparation, la route vers la Conférence Mondiale des Humanités, les contacts avec les arts et les autres sciences, la considération de notre contribution dans les débats sur la durabilité, le climat, l’éthique ou le smigrations…) et difficultés (baisse des financements, retrait des programmes d’humanités dans plusieurs pays, chômage académique, encore insuffisante collaborations transdisciplinaire) pour des simples conséquences des décisions du CIPSH et de ses organisations membres. Les tensions croissantes, les faillites et les déceptions dans les sociétés, iront de plus en plus soulever l’attention vers les humanités. C’est bien intéréssant de vérifier que plusieurs propositions pour la Conférence Mondiale sont centrées pas seulement dans des thèmes transversaux, mais aussi sur la compréhension de l’importance de l’histoire, des études classiques, de la litérature ou de l’épistémologie, pour rejoindre les besoins de la société.
I thank you all for the great effort all the members of CIPSH are doing, investing in this confederative approach despite the difficulties we all experience in our own disciplinary base units. Of course, working together is evidently the best way to protect, also, the future working conditions of each of our disciplines (namely when considering how education or research funding will evolve), but we all know how difficult it became to still keep the time and resources to make this effort. While we live in times of “mixed trends” concerning the humanities, I think we all agree that having a strong common International Council is a fundamental tool for all of us to be listened by governments, research foundations or related institutions.
Je vous remercie pour le grand effort que tous les membres du CIPSH font, en investissant sur cette approche confédérative, malgré les difficultés que nous tous avons dans nos propres unités disciplinaires de base. Bien sûr, travailler ensemble c’est évidemment la meilleure façon de protéger, aussi, l’avenir des conditions de travail pour chacune de nos disciplines (notamment quand nous considérons comment l’éducation ou les financements á la recherche iront évoluer), mais nous savons tous aussi comment il est difficile de trouver du temps et des ressources pour faire cet effort. Alors qu’on vit dans des temps à des « tendances mixtes » concernant les humanités, je crois que nous sommes tous d’accord qu’avoir un fort Conseil International commun est un outil fondamental pour que nous tous soyons écoutés par des gouvernements, des fondations de recherche et d’autres institutions.
I wish we will be able to make the most of the ongoing projects, and namely use the World Humanities Conference for retrieving a central position in all major international discussions, setting together a specific agenda that may bring all of us collaborating within a common framework of major projects, in which the mid and long term reasoning contributes for critical knowledge and creativity. In a moment when the daily anguishing pressure leads most to the illusion of a future built on the basis of short term solutions oriented quest, it is for the humanities alone (including the arts and the fundamental sciences) to keep that dimension.
Je souhaite qu’on soit capables de faire le mieux avec les projets en cours, en particulier en utilisant la Conférence Mondiales des Humanités pour reprendre une position centrale dans les discussions internationales, en construisant ensemble un agenda spécifique qui puisse nous engager sur la collaboration un cadre commun de projets majeurs, dans lesquels le raisonnement de moyen et long terme contribue à la pensée critique et á la créativité. Dans un moment ou la pression angoissante journalière pousse la plupart à l’illusion d’un avenir battu que sur la recherche de solutions de court terme, il ne reste que les humanités (y compris les arts et les sciences fondamentales) pour garder cette dimension.
Luiz Oosterbeek
Secretary-General of the International Council of Philosphy and Human Sciences (CIPSH)

Thursday 2 February 2017


The SCS (Society for Classical Studies) has released a public statement reacting to the executive order recently issued by the Trump administration. Please read the full statement below or follow this link:

"In light of the executive order on immigration issued on Friday, January 27, 2017, the Society for Classical Studies publicly reaffirms its commitment to the international community of scholars and to the importance of the free movement of scholarship and ideas.  We believe that the selective ban placed on the entry to the United States by individuals of particular nationalities and (in effect) of particular religious beliefs, the suspension of all refugee processing, and the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program are harmful to students, scholars, and academic institutions in this country and, given the importance of the middle eastern region to the study of classical antiquity, of particular concern to our discipline.
The legal and procedural situation with respect to this order remains unclear and somewhat in flux, as the status of green card holders has apparently been revised, and it seems that a number of individuals originally detained have been released.  Nevertheless, we join with many other colleges, universities, and academic organizations in expressing our strong concern that the actions set out in the executive order run contrary, not only to the foundations of our discipline, but to some of the deepest values of the United States—as a nation of immigrants, of freedom, and of hope.  Further, we join with many colleagues here and around the world in urging that legal and legislative actions be taken, as necessary, to ensure that those values are upheld."

Monday 30 January 2017


We would like to let you know that the second Akademia Epika will be held from 20-29 July 2017 in Iraklio, Crete. "[This] ten day programme is designed to provide students, whether pre-university, under-graduate, graduate, doctoral or helleno-philes at large, with an intensive course and cultural programme (34 hours) in a non-competitive and jovial atmosphere."

This year, an intensive translation of Homer's Odyssey, Book VIII, will be at the centre of the programme. For more information, please see the event's poster.

You may also read a report of last year's programme as well as a short article on the forthcoming second academia.

Thursday 26 January 2017


This week we would like to make you aware of the fact that, for the seventh time in a row, the Harrassowitz publishers award their Philippika-Preis to the author of an exceptional dissertation in the field of Classical Studies.

The winner's dissertation will be published and printed by the Harrassowitz publishers. 

Please follow this link to read all the relevant information.


We would like to let you know that the Uniagustiniana Press (associated with the Universitaria Agustiniana in Bogotá, Colombia) has issued a call for contributions pertaining to its book series on Augustinian Studies: "Saint Augustine as ‘Doctor Pacis’: Inquiries on Peace for People Living Today".

For more information, please follow this link and note that the deadline for the submission of abstracts is 3 April 2017.


We would like to remind you that the 5th International Conference on Classical Studies in Mexico will be held in Mexico City from 4 - 8 September 2017. The event will be hosted by the Centro de Estudios Clásicos at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas and the Colegio de Letras Clásicas at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Proposals on any theme about Classical Philology and its tradition are welcome. Please follow this link for the Call for Papers.

Please note that you can now use an online tool to submit abstracts and personal information (deadline: 20 March 2017). 

Monday 23 January 2017


We would like to let you know that the Bayrische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) is offering a full-time position as part of its project entitled "Thesaurus Linguae Latinae".

Please note that the job is scheduled to start on 1 October 2017 and that the deadline for applications is 30 April 2017.

Please follow this link to read the official advertisement.

Thursday 19 January 2017


Following up a recent discussion on the Classicists List we would like to provide you with a brief overview of regular online bloggers on Greek and Roman Classics. Please feel free to add more items in the comment section.

This news outlet of the R.E.A. (Revue des Études Anciennes) is dedicated to research in the field of Ancient History as well as Archaeology.

Classical Wisdom Weekly, a diverse American online blog.

Eidolon “is a home for scholarly writing about Classics that isn’t formal scholarship. Our goal is to create a platform for essays that have a strong authorial voice and a unique point of view.”

Minus Plato offers news on Classics as well as modern and contemporary art.

Oppida Imperii Romani will be helpful to those of you seeking a Spanish-language blog on Classical Archaeology.

Pour l’amour du Grec – à la découverte d'auteurs grecs anciens
A francophone blog offering excellent information on Ancient Greek culture and its reception.

Rogueclassicism describes itself as follows:

“rogueclassicism: 1. n. an abnormal state or condition resulting from the forced migration from a lengthy Classical education into a profoundly unClassical world; 2. n. a blog about Ancient Greece and Rome compiled by one so afflicted (v. "rogueclassicist"); 3. n. a Classics blog.”

Here is what Neville Morley, the author of The Sphinx blog, says about himself:
“Professor of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Exeter, UK, blogging in a personal capacity. Believed whoever it was who said that social media are the lecture theatres of tomorrow, and decided that they could also be the research seminars of tomorrow. Reception of Thucydides, pre-modern economic and social history, random thoughts about German literature and higher education, and occasional music.”

In case you would like to find out more about Classics on Twitter, you may see this convenient list.

On Facebook, you may consider joining groups such as Classics International and Quelliche leggono il Notiziario.  

Monday 16 January 2017


"The British Library is offering a PhD placement opportunity for a student working on Greek papyri. This three-month placement will allow someone studying various aspects of Greek literature, papyrology, Late Antique history and religion to have first-hand experience with the ancient sources preserved in one of the world’s most renowned collections of papyri."

Please note that the placement is due to begin in January 2018 and that the deadline for applications is 20 February 2017.

For more information, please follow this link

Monday 9 January 2017


We would like to let you know that eisodos - Journal for Ancient Literature and Theory has issued a Call for Papers for its spring edition. Eisodos is an online journal for B.A.-/B.Ed. and M.A.-/M.Ed. students as well as Ph.D. students. You may download its latest edition for free

Students are invited to submit academic works of about 7-10 pages. Book reviews are welcome as well. Please note that the deadline for the submission of contributions is 15 February 2017.

Read more information below or follow the link

"eisodos – Journal for Ancient Literature and Theory is a peer-reviewed, online-journal for B.A.-/B.Ed.- and M.A.-/M.Ed.-students as well as Ph.D.-Students. Classisicsts, students of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, as well as students of Middle and New Latin, Comparative Literature or any other Literary Studies are invited to submit contributions.

eisodos has as its focus questions on the interpretation of Ancient literature. The comparison of different literary theories is a further key aspect on which eisodos will welcome submissions. Interpretation here is intended to include both studies on individual works of literature or specific aspects in individual works of literature as well as studies on literature in general. The theoretical framework and approach that forms the basis of any of these interpretations should always be articulated.
The aim of eisodos is to discuss interpretations of Ancient literature and the theories about literature that lie behind these. The fundamental question is that of how ‘we’, nowadays, interpret and understand Ancient literature and what the basis of that particular understanding may be.
Submissions should discuss Ancient literature from fresh perspectives or test the applicability of literary theories, Modern or Ancient. Comparative studies of Modern and Ancient literary theories are also most welcome. By this is meant studies that address questions concerning the relationship between theory and praxis and, moreover,  the continuity of thinking and theorising about literature since Antiquity.
Whether it is at all possible to apply Modern literary theory to Ancient texts of literature or if this leads to anachronistic deformations is a question that remains unanswered for now, as is that of what constitutes a good interpretation – these questions may be handled in an original manner in every submission.
In addition to submissions on the interpretation of ancient texts and literary theory, eisodos invites ideas for reviews of thematically suitable publications. Proposals should be sent to the editors ( at any time, independently of any current call for papers. The editors will then commission the reviews and upon final revision, the reviews will be published in the next issue of eisodos.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us:
eisodos (greek: εἴσοδος) means ‚way in’, that is: entrance, introduction, learning, studies, but also investigation and method."