Forthcoming Conferences of Interest

ATHENS TO AOTEAROA: GREECE AND ROME IN NEW ZEALAND LITERATURE AND SOCIETY

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), 4-6 September 2014

The Classics Programme at Victoria University of Wellington is delighted to announce a conference on the reception of antiquity in New Zealand, to take place in Wellington on 4-6 September 2014. This conference seeks to explore New Zealand’s relationship with its Greco-Roman heritage both through a critical appraisal of its effects but also by glimpsing into the creative experiences of New Zealand’s writers and artists. To that end, we solicit presentations from students of antiquity as well as New Zealand culture and society, and from New Zealand writers, artists, and performers who have engaged with texts, themes and ideas from antiquity. Our common goal will be the elucidation of New Zealand’s distinctive appropriation of the classics.

We will announce our keynote speaker and circulate a full CFP soon. In the meantime, for further information please do not hesitate to contact Simon Perris: simon.perris@vuw.ac.nz.

2ND INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM – DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I

Skopje 26-27 September, 2014

Organised by Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Republic Of Macedonia and University Of Bologna, Ravenna Campus – School Of Humanities And Cultural Heritage, Italy, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia.

Special Thematic Strand for 2014: “Samuel’s State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage”

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Samuel’s State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, and Heritage”. Namely, the year 2014 commemorates the millennium of the legendary conflict between Emperor Basil II and Tsar Samuel over the Balkans that ended with the tragic death of Samuel in October 1014, after the defeat at the battle of Belasica. The conflict itself is an illustrative example of how the legends and myths were created and constructed, both in Medieval and Modern times, incorporating many aspects of historical and cultural tradition and heritage. The specificity of this conflict is its enduring impact on the Medieval and Modern Balkans, consequently indicating the need to present a more thorough and broader picture in order to understand the contested interpretation and different perspectives and to offer a clearer picture of how the medieval past was used in modern history, politics and culture. The legendary conflict between Basil II and Samuel is a universal phenomenon, thus embracing broader discussions and geographical areas in exploring various aspects of religion, ideology, identity, heritage, political and cultural memory and myth-making reflected in the historical and cultural legacy.

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of discussion:

  • Basil II versus Samuel: Real or imaginary conflict over the Balkans?
  • The Legend of Basil II and Samuel and the “Macedonian question”
  • Interpreting the legends in medieval and modern Europe
  • (De)Constructing the narratives and myths in medieval and modern Europe
  • Continuity and discontinuity in political ideology between medieval Bulgaria and Samuel’s state
  • Ethnicity and identity in the Middle Ages: Defining the “others” in Europe
  • Popular religion, “native” churches, and medieval heresy
  • The Ohrid Archbishopric and religious tradition: medieval and modern perceptions of religion and ideology
  • The representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture: medieval and modern concepts and approaches
  • Byzantine and the Middle Ages in European history and culture: Bridging the East and West
  • Preserving the cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection
  • Cultural legacy as a factor of interaction and dialogue between different cultures in Europe

Paper Submission

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 1 July, 2014
Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 1 September, 2014
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 5 July, 2014
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 5 September, 2014
Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 15 February, 2015

Please send the application form to the address: contact@euba.edu.mk; pstevkovski@gmail.com.

Euro-Balkan University
Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax. 00389 2 3075570

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.
Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.
No participation fee is required.
Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.
The full papers will be peer-reviewed by the International Scientific Committee.
Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Petar Stevkovski: pstevkovski@gmail.com.

Please check the Euro-Balkan website: www.euba.edu.mk for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Days-of-Justinian-I/260759300767845.

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

AUGUSTUS FROM A DISTANCE

http://classics.org.au/augustus/

A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus at the University of Sydney, 29 September to 2 October 2014.

Caesar Augustus died at Nola on 19 August, 14. On conventional dating, 2014 marks 2000 years since his death and offers a chance to reflect on the man, his history, the culture named after him and the different ways that scholarship studies and has studied him.

Conveners: Eleanor Cowan, Geraldine Herbert-Brown, Andrew Pettinger and Kathryn Welch.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Barbara Levick and Professor Nicholas Purcell. Professor Karl Galinsky will deliver the 21st Todd Memorial Lecture during the conference.

The venue: The conference, sponsored by the Department of Classics and Ancient History, will be held in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia on the main campus of the University of Sydney (http://sydney.edu.au/ccanesa/).

CRAFTING TEXTILES FROM THE BRONZE AGE TO AD 1600: A TRIBUTE TO PETER COLLINGWOOD

Early Textiles Study Group (ETSG)

10-11 October 2014, Franks Room, Wellcome Collection, London, Euston Road NW1 2BE

Peter Collingwood, a renowned weaver and master of textile structures, was a member of the ETSG Group until his death in 2008. As a tribute to his skills as a maker and innovator this conference will investigate some of the ancient techniques that fascinated him including tablet-weaving, braiding, sprang and rug-making.

Proposals are welcomed from academics, research students, museum curators, practitioners and independent scholars. Preference will be given to proposals that include images.

Please send one page abstract and brief CV by 31 January 2014 to:
Frances Pritchard
Textiles Department, Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER
Fax: +44(0)161 275 7471, or email: Frances.Pritchard@manchester.ac.uk.

MIRACLES AND WONDERS IN ANTIQUITY AND BYZANTIUM

International Conference, University of Cyprus, 16-18 October 2014

Tales of miracle and wonder decorate both ancient and Byzantine literature and seem
to have had a great impact upon ancient and Byzantine thought. A strong interest in
the wondrous is already apparent in the works of Homer and Hesiod. However, a
more organized recording of marvels is detected much later, in Herodotus’s time,
when marvelous stories and travel accounts of exotic places and peoples are
increasingly produced. From the era of Alexander and onwards such stories are
recruited by historians and rhetors in an attempt to apotheose the ideal ruler. Between
the third century BC and the third century AD, the genre of paradoxography,
collections of stories relating strange events and phenomena, achieves great
popularity, and influences another new genre, the Hellenistic novel. At about the same
time, a number of stories circulate that relate the miraculous healings of suffering
people who practice incubation in Asclepian temples. Later the practice of incubation
is taken over by Christian pilgrims who are cured by saints. Miraculous healings and
other types of miracles that are associated with a particular Christian shrine become
the material of a new genre, the miracle collection which is cultivated throughout the
Byzantine era. Miracle stories are included in all Byzantine hagiographical genres,
since they constitute the strongest sign of holiness. Miracles and wonders are also
found in profane Byzantine genres, such as chronicles and romances. Despite the fact
that marvel literature enjoyed such a high popularity in antiquity and Byzantium, it
has been mostly dismissed by modern scholars as debased, boring and even
unintelligible, an attitude that has condemned this literature to obscurity.
The conference’s main aims are to bring to light miracle and wonder literature and to
open up new avenues of approach. Topics of exploration may include:

  • Literary Theoretical Approaches
  • Cultural Studies
  • Psychological Approaches
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • Linguistics

Specialists are invited to submit a thirty-minute paper in English on a relevant topic.
Due to budgetary constraints, the organizers cannot cover the speakers’ travel and
hotel costs. There is no registration fee for participation or attendance. Prospective
speakers are asked to submit by 30 April 2014 a title and a 400-word abstract to
Stavroula Constantinou (konstans@ucy.ac.cy) and Maria Gerolemou
(mariagerolemou@live.de).

CONFLICT IN LATE ANTIQUITY

Tvärminne, Finland, 17–18 October 2014

The XXIII Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on 17–18 October 2014. The aim of the symposium is to bring together scholars and postgraduate students with an interest in Late Antiquity from a variety of universities and disciplines. Our main aim is to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue between philology, archaeology, history, theology, religious studies, art history and other disciplines that deal with Late Antiquity.

The theme of the symposium in 2014 is “Conflict in Late Antiquity”. It will be approached from a wide perspective, including different types and levels of conflict and attempts at solving them. Conflict can be discussed from the from the point of view of politics and competition for power, ethnic conflicts, conflicts between different areas and peoples of the empire, cultural and religious conflicts between and within traditions, doctrinal conflict, interpretation and portrayal of conflict in literature and art, personal conflicts, and conflicts versus everyday life. We welcome papers that discuss scholarly approaches to late antiquity, why the sources and scholarship focus so emphatically on conflict, and what other perspectives can be applied instead.

There is space for a maximum of nine more papers. If you wish to deliver a paper, please send a short abstract (maximum length 300 words) by 1 June 2014 to Dr. Ville Vuolan to ville.vuolanto@uta.fi. We encourage not only senior, but also junior scholars and postgraduate students to participate.

Applicants will be informed by 19 June 2014 whether they have been accepted. We have reserved 30 minutes for each presentation including discussion, wherefore we recommend limiting the papers to 20 minutes.

The symposium will be organized in the premises of a zoological research station operated by the University of Helsinki at a beautiful location at Tvärminne on the southern coast of Finland (http://luoto.tvarminne.helsinki.fi/english). It is organized by an interdisciplinary organizing committee under the auspices of the center of excellence “Reason and Religious Recognition” in the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, together with Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki.

The seminar is free. We will offer transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne and the return journey, as well as accommodation (one night) and meals in Tvärminne. However, we are not able to cover any travel costs to or accommodation in Helsinki. Registration for the conference will start 1 September and close on 30 September 2014.

The organizing committee:
Maijastina Kahlos, PhD, Classics/Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, maijastina.kahlos@helsinki.fi
Ulla Tervahauta ThD, Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki, ulla.tervahauta@helsinki.fi
Ville Vuolanto, PhD, History, University of Oslo/University of Tampere, ville.vuolanto@uta.fi

The Symposium web site: http://www.helsinki.fi/worldcultures/fsla/index.html

INTELLECTUAL AND EMPIRE

15th Unisa Classics Colloquium, 22-24 October 2014

Proposals are hereby solicited for papers on the conference theme which intends to explore the relationship between public intellectuals and manifestations of imperial power, whether in the form of opposition, compromise or advocacy. The conference aims to place particular focus on the first three centuries of the Roman Empire. However, paper proposals on other eras and empires within the ambit of Greco-Roman antiquity, e.g., Athenian, Macedonian or ancient Near Eastern, will also be considered positively. Intellectuals are broadly conceived as individuals making public their intellectual endeavours through literature, scholarship, religion, philosophy, rhetoric, performance, and the like. We look forward to receiving proposals exploring this aspect as a phenomenon or as manifested in individual authors or figures.

Invited speakers: Heinz-Günther Nesselrath (Göttingen); Ewen Bowie (Oxford); Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford).

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip Bosman at bosmapr@unisa.ac.za, as soon as possible. All proposals are carefully considered, but bear in mind that slots are limited. Final deadline: 30 April.

The Unisa Classics Colloquium is hosted annually by the Department of Classics and World Languages at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.

More on the conference:

Convening in 2014 for the 15th time, the Unisa Classics Colloquium combines stimulating scholarship with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Over two and a half days, approximately 20 scholarly contributions from around the world are to be presented. The 40 minute slots provide ample time for discussion and valuable feedback. Parallel sessions are avoided in order to promote unity of focus in the conference, and delegates get to know each other properly. Information on previous conferences may be found at http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=1819.

Venue: To be announced. We are currently exploring the possibility of moving the conference to a Bushveld game reserve (http://www.dikhololo.co.za/) on the outskirts of Pretoria.

Dates: 22-24 October 2014

Since transport to and from the conference venue might pose difficulties, participants should ideally arrive at OR Tambo Airport and in Pretoria on the morning of the 21st and only book a flight out from the evening of the 24th but preferably later.

Programme:

A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and published on the Departmental website after the final date for submissions.

Conference Fee:

We are negotiating a conference package of approximately US$350, inclusive of accommodation, transport and conference fee. Postgraduates, other students and interested parties not able to claim back conference fees from their institutions should please contact the organizers for a discount.

Publication of papers:

Depending on quality, a collection of articles on the colloquium theme is envisaged. Submitted papers are subject to a refereeing process. If you would consider submitting your paper for publication, please indicate that to us via return mail for further guidelines on style.

AFRO-BYZANTINE AND GRECO-AFRICAN CONFERENCE

We invite you to participate in the International Conference on Greco-African and Afro-Byzantine Studies at the University of Johannesburg to be held 27 October–1 November 2014.

An International Conference on Greco-African and Afro-Byzantine Studies (i.e. History, Civilization, Culture, Arts) will take place in October/November 2014 at UJ. With Afro-Byzantine Studies we understand the study of the African civilizations of which the development was influenced by Byzantine history and civilization (mainly late ancient and medieval North Africa, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia). Greco-African Studies refer to the study and teaching of Greek in Africa, cultural interaction between (Ancient and Modern) Greece and Africa. By extension Ancient/Medieval Africa itself can be combined with these themes. The conference will thus be a vehicle giving the occasion to its participants to relate and work together in order to further determine, assess, appreciate and promote high quality research on selected aspects of ‘Old’ African history and civilization in conjunction with Greece, mainly Byzantium.

The proposed Conference will greatly contribute to a better assessment, comprehension and appreciation of the great African Civilization of the past. Consequently, it will present an occasion to exchange views on our knowledge of its ideological, political, institutional, artistic and religious aspects.

Peer-reviewed Proceedings will be published. We are already negotiating with publishers.

A communication may be either 30 minutes or 15 minutes. There will be seminars and discussion groups. Please, let us know in which category or categories you will participate. We ask to send us the theme of your presentation before 1 July, and at least by 1 October a short abstract of your paper (10 to 15 lines). Your paper can be given to the organisers during or at the end of the Conference for publication and peer-reviewing.

Accommodation, Transport and Events

We have a range of accommodation possibilities ranging from very cheap to moderate costs. All these accommodations include breakfast.

Accommodation is possible from R. 200 per night (in youth hostels, for students) to maximum R.1700 per room in very comfortable upper class guesthouses. The average price for a comfortable single room is ca R.650, for a double room, ca. R850 per night. A list will be sent to all respondents who are interested in the Conference. There may be special arrangements for students on demand. All these accommodations are nearby the University, at walking distance.

At several occasions the participants will be invited at lunches in their honour. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available.

There are restaurants at the campus and cheap as well as middle class restaurants nearby the University and nearby the guesthouses. If at some occasions activities will be held outside the University, transport will be arranged.

Please, note that South Africa is a cheap country. The Rand is sliding and at present $1 = ca. R.11.50, Euro 1 = ca R. 15 and ₤1 = ca R.18.

For more confirmation, please contact the organisers.

Registration

A registration fee is payable for participants: R. 500 for international participants, R. 300 for South African participants. This covers costs for tea, coffee and some organised lunches.

Students do not pay fees.

HIGH AND LOW LITERATURE IN LATE ANTIQUITY

International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies second annnual conference, Boston University, November 14-15, 2014

www.islals.org

The second annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene on the campus of Boston University on November 14-15 2014. The theme of the conference is High and Low Literature in Late Antiquity. We seek papers that examine what constituted “high” and “low” literature in late antiquity. Can and should we separate the two categories?  What areas of late antique literature confirm or problematize this distinction? How did late antique authors think about the high and the low? How did they use the categories rhetorically? How, historically, have critics brought those categories to bear on the reception of late antique literature? If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of your paper via email attachment to the steering committee by August 15 2014: smcgill@rice.edu, Joseph_Pucci@brown.edu, dbright@emory.edu. Papers should be no more than thirty minutes in length.

ISLALS requires no dues and there is no registration fee for the conference. ISLALS will provide refreshments during the conference. All other meals as well as lodging and travel will be the responsibility of participants. A closing banquet for all conference participants, at a set price, will round out this year’s gathering. Please send queries about conference particulars to James Uden at uden@bu.edu. General queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the steering committee.

ART AND RELIGIONS OF ANTIQUITY

The Arts and Religions in Antiquity program unit of the Society of Biblical Literature is sponsoring three sessions at the 2014 annual meeting in San Diego, 22-25 November 2014.

We welcome proposals on the art and material culture of any ancient religious tradition and encourage papers that address the use of art and material culture in service of religion. For the two open sessions, the Art and Religions of Antiquity section especially seeks paper proposals that address the following topics – but all proposals will be considered: 1) Art and Ritual: For this session we seek papers that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to ritual practice. Papers that treat the ritual handling of art; art in ritual spaces; rituals depicted in art; ritual as art are most welcome. 2) Art and Death: For this session, we seek papers that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to death. Papers that treat memorial practice or art in funerary contexts will be most welcome. We will also sponsor a third session that will consist of invited papers to review the recent book by J. Patout Burns and Robin M. Jensen, Christianity in Roman Africa (Eerdmans, 2014).

Call for papers closes 5 March 2014.

Further information at http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_CallForPaperDetails.aspx?MeetingId=25&VolunteerUnitId=329.

AMPHORAE VIII

We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for AMPHORAE VIII, the Eighth ‘Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology’, to be held at the University of Melbourne from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 November 2014. The conference is designed to provide an opportunity for postgraduate students from Australia and New Zealand, and internationally, to interact with their peers and share their work in a friendly and stimulating environment. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Hans Beck of McGill University. Professor Beck has also offered to run a Masterclass for attendees.

This year’s theme is Emerging Horizons: Material Culture, Text & Thought and is intended to accommodate research from (but not limited to) all of the fields of Classical Philology, Classical Art and Literature, Ancient History, Archaeology, Late Antiquity and all other areas of the Ancient World. Abstracts addressing any interpretation of the conference theme are welcome. As in previous years, ASCS will be providing a number of bursaries for students travelling to the conference.

Abstract submissions of 100-200 words for papers of 20 minutes’ duration, as well as a brief biography, should be submitted by 9pm AEST on Tuesday 30 September to amphoraeviii@gmail.com. Offers of poster presentations will also be welcomed, especially from Honours students. If you would like to attend the conference, but do not wish to present a paper, simply submit a registration form informing us of your attendance by the same date. Please note also that the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS) will be hosting a special panel this year. If you would like to be considered, or contribute to this panel, please contact AWAWS directly at socawaws@gmail.com, in addition to submitting your abstract and registration form to us.

The conference is free to attend, but there will be a charge of AU$50 to attend the conference dinner on Friday 28 November, payable in cash at the registration desk on the first day of the conference. More details are available on our web site.

More information and all relevant forms can be found on our web site:  http://amphoraeviii.weebly.com. If you have any other enquiries, please do not hesitate to direct them to amphoraeviii@gmail.com.

Brad Jordan, Jarrad Paul & Kimberley Webb, Convenors AMPHORAE VIII.

BYZANTINE CULTURE IN TRANSLATION

http://www.aabs.org.au/conferences/18th/

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 18th Biennial Conference, 28-30 November 2014, University of Queensland

Byzantine culture emanated from Constantinople throughout the Middle Ages, eastwards into Muslim lands and central Asia, north into Russian, Germanic and Scandinavian territories, south across the Mediterranean into Egypt and North Africa and westwards to Italy, Sicily and the other remnants of the western Roman empire. Byzantine culture was translated, transported and transmitted into all these areas through slow or sudden processes of permeation, osmosis and interaction throughout the life of the Empire, from the fourth century to the fifteenth and far beyond. Various literary aspects of Byzantine culture that were literally translated from Greek into the local and scholarly languages of the Medieval West and Muslim Middle East include dreambooks, novels, medical and scientifica texts and works of Ancient Greek literature. Yet translation was a phenomenon that stretched far beyond texts, into the areas of clothing and fashion, the visual arts (especially icons) and architecture, military organisations, imperial court ceremonial, liturgical music and mechanical devices. This conference celebrates all aspects of literary, spiritual or material culture that were transported across the breadth of the Empire and exported from it. Papers are welcome on all aspects of Byzantine culture that exerted some influence – whether lasting or fleeting – and were translated into non-Greek-speaking lands, from the early Byzantine period to the present day.

Confirmed speaker: Maria Mavroudi, University of California – Berkeley

Convenor: Dr Amelia Brown, The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland

Papers of 20 minutes are now sought on any of the topics mentioned above.  Please send a title and abstract of 200 words along with your own email address, affiliation and title to the convenor at conference@aabs.org.au.

Closing date for submissions: 31 August.

Bursaries:

Two bursaries of $500 each will be offered to postgraduate students or postdoctoral fellows who present papers and are not residents of Queensland.  Applications may be sent with abstract and CV to Bronwen Neil, President of AABS, at president@aabs.org.au.  Please supply your residential address and a short (150 words max.) explanation of your financial circumstances, stage reached in your studies and any other relevant information.  Membership of AABS is required for successful applicants; please see the web site at http://www.aabs.org.au/members/ for membership subscriptions.  Deadline for bursary applications is 31 August.

Information: conference@aabs.org.au

TRAVEL, TRAVELERS AND TRAVELING IN LATE ANTIQUE LITERARY CULTURE

Organizer: Cam Grey, University of Pennsylvania, Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity

The 2015 panel sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association on January 8-11 2015 in New Orleans will explore aspects of travel and traveling in late antique literary culture. Narratives of travel can be found structuring devotional pilgrimage accounts and ethnographic treatises, and they constitute a crucial element in hagiographical texts, where the saint’s physical journey often functions as a metaphor and analog for his or her spiritual journey. These narratives are also enlisted for political and military purposes, such as the anonymously authored fourth-century Itinerarium Alexandri or accounts of travel contained in historiographical works. Meanwhile, the phenomenon of the imperial adventus acquired an unprecedented level of ceremony and ritual in the period, and envoys and ambassadors traveled extensively both within and beyond the boundaries of the empire, treating with domestic and foreign potentates. Aristocratic and ecclesiastical letter writers penned—and preserved in their collections—letters of recommendation for an extraordinary variety of individuals, who appear to have walked or rode the roads of the Roman with little regard for the apparent deterioration in safety and security that haunts a work like Rutilius Namatianus’ De Reditu Suo.

The result is a rich body of material for exploring questions about the role of travel as a structuring device for authors to employ, a metaphor for them to access, or even a motivation for them to claim as a reason for writing. We invite the submission of abstracts offering consideration of these and other questions about travel, traveling, and travelers in late antique literary culture. One-page abstracts (ca. 400 words) for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver should be sent no later than March 21, 2014, by email attachment to Cam Grey at grey@sas.upenn.edu. Please follow the APA’s instructions for the format of abstracts: http://www.apaclassics.org/index.php/annual_meeting/abstract_instructions/guidelines_for_authors_of_abstracts. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Those whose papers are accepted must be members of the APA by March 1, 2014 and must attend the 2015 meeting in New Orleans. The Society for Late Antiquity cannot provide funding for travel.

ASCS 36

The 36th conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be held at the University of Adelaide from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 January 2015. The conference conveners are Professor Han Baltussen (han.baltussen@adelaide.edu.au) and Dr Jacqueline Clarke (jacqueline.r.clarke@adelaide.edu.au). The deadline for offers of papers is Friday 31 July 2014. Full details at http://ascs.org.au/news/.

SHIFTING FRONTIERS IN LATE ANTIQUITY XI

http://shiftingfrontiers2015.wordpress.com/

The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy and Healthcare in Late Antiquity, Iowa City, IA, March 26-29 2015.

The eleventh biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference will take place at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, March 26-29, 2015. The period of Late Antiquity (A.D. 200-700) witnessed great changes in respect to attitudes towards poverty, philanthropy, and healthcare. The conference aims to bring together scholars in order to explore these issues amidst global concerns over poverty and the provision of healthcare, and questions over the role of private philanthropy in effecting change within these areas. Two subjects in particular, the ascendency of Pope Francis to the papacy and debate over the federal provision of healthcare in the United States, helped to inspire the conference’s goal of surveying how early Christians viewed, wrote upon, depicted, and grappled with these issues, and how they shaped the late antique world economically, socially, politically, and topographically. Questions that we may wish to address are: What were elite attitudes towards the poor? What do we mean by the “economy of charity”? How did monasticism shape healthcare in the later empire? What is the interaction between religion and science?  We hope to receive proposals for papers concerning all aspects of poverty, philanthropy, and healthcare, which approach these issues from textual, archaeological, numismatic, papyrological, or epigraphic standpoints.

Two keynote speakers will be taking part in the conference: Professor Ramsay MacMullen, Dunham Professor Emeritus in History and Classics, Yale University (U.S.A.) and Professor Susanna Elm, History Department, University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.).

The deadline for proposals is 15 November 2014. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length. Papers should be in English. Proposals from graduate students are welcome, but they should indicate on their submission whether they have discussed their proposal with their supervisor or not. We encourage international applicants, and may be able to provide a limited number of speaker subvention grants primarily for registration. Please note that the submission of an abstract carries with it a commitment to attend the conference should the abstract be accepted.

Proposals should be sent to: shiftingfrontiers2015@gmail.com.

50TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 14-17 May 2015 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

GOOD BEHAVIOR/BAD BEHAVIOR: ASSERTING AND ADVOCATING BEHAVIORAL NORMS IN LATE ANTIQUITY AND THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES

Panel at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo May 14-17, 2015.

In art, architecture and literature from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, we see good behavior defined, defended, explained, extolled and urged. We see bad behavior defined, denounced, exposed, excoriated and urged against. Ecclesiastical building programs sought to inculcate model behavior and stave off impropriety; letters contained evaluations of the good or bad behavior of their carriers; legal contracts offered a veneer of legitimacy for illegal acts or a sheen of lawlessness for formerly legal acts; preachers railed against unmanly (and unwomanly) behavior. In this session we seek to explore what the constructions of good and bad behavior were in late antiquity and the early middle ages. What can these constructions tell us about early medieval life, society and aspirations?

But we are also interested in the process by which these good behaviors and bad behaviors were inculcated. How did late antique and early medieval “culture-makers” use visual or verbal rhetoric to regulate behavior in their audiences? What techniques did they use to assert their constructions of good and bad behavior, or to argue against the acceptance of previous definitions? How does a preacher tell a rich man he’s wrong to steal his neighbor’s land? How does a baptistry mosaic help define good behavior? How do laws, poetry, theological tractates and political actions help their authors define bad behavior and instill good behavior? In this session we seek to explore how constructions of good and bad behavior were argued for and made persuasive. How could behavior be justified as “good” and how vitiated as “bad” in the various media available in the early middle ages?

Please submit 300-word abstracts to Diane Fruchtman (dianeshanef@gmail.com) by September 15, 2014.

Participant Information form available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF.

HERAKLES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CHURCH: FROM THE FIRST APOLOGISTS TO THE END OF THE QUATTROCENTO

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference to be held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 23-26 June 2015.

The study of the reception of classical figures into Christianity is a recently renewed scholarly trend which overcomes decades of isolation between classicists and medievalists, while drawing attention to an often overlooked fact: the early Christian masses were none other than the recently converted, dissatisfied pagan citizens of the faltering Roman Empire. In those early days, Christian theologians zealously took up the task of debating and defining the self-projections of their flocks against the backdrop of pagan outrage typically embodied by the Roman emperors. However, in addressing their followers, early Christian theologians could not ignore the wealth of classical literature and philosophy as points of reference, recognizable by their audiences and powerful enough to warrant modification. Indeed, the majority of early Christian writers were themselves products of the pagan educational system and hence, well versed in pagan traditions. Their handling of Heracles, the most quintessential pagan hero known for his strength, his twelve labours, and his civilizing efforts as well as for his quick temper, lust and frenzied violence, the hero idealized by emperors such as Nero, Commodus and Maximian, is indicative of the urgency to reform pagan models in the Christian context, but, also, of the affinities between pagan and early Christian intellectual debates. Centuries later, while the Church was proclaiming the death of paganism, it was continuing to appropriate many pagan gods and heroes, including Heracles, into its service.

Our conference seeks papers on any aspect of the adoption/adaptation of Heracles from Late Antiquity to the end of the Quattrocento, including the use of his image in Christian and non-Christian context, and the use of his mythology in Christian and non-Christian literature (poetry, prose, didactic, polemic, libretti, etc.). Panel proposals would be welcome.

For individual papers please send an abstract of 300 words with tentative title by June 15 2014 to both Arlene Allan (arlene.allan@otago.ac.nz) and Evangelina Anagnostou-Laoutides (eva.anagnostoulaoutides@monash.edu).

For panels proposals we would request that the panel leader first collect the 300-word abstracts and then submit them as a group with a proposed panel name to the above email addresses by 30 June 2014.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2015

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2015_call.html

The twentieth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 6-9 July 2015.

ON THE ROAD: TRAVELS, PILGRIMAGES AND SOCIAL INTERACTION

Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VI, University of Tampere, Finland, 6-8 August 2015

The sixth international Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conference will focus on social approaches to travelling, mobility, pilgrimages, and cultural exchange. Interaction between society and space has been a key interest of scholars after the ‘Spatial Turn’. Nevertheless, larger comparisons between eras and cultures are mainly missing.

The archetypal journey of Odysseys served as a metaphor and model for later narrations of travelling. In both Ancient and medieval worlds, religious reasons were significant motivations for travelling; these travels confront the traditional idea of these periods as eras of immobility. However, the challenges of setting out for a journey, as well as the dangers of the road, were not dependent on the incentive but rather on distance and other geographical settings, social status of the traveller, and political climate.

The conference aims at concentrating on social and cultural interaction before, during and after travelling. What kinds of motivations were there for ancient and medieval people to get on the road and what kind of negotiations and networks were inherent in travelling? We welcome papers, which have a sensitive approach to social differences: gender, age, health, and status. Actors, experiences and various levels of negotiations are of main interest, and our focus lies on society and the history of everyday life, on the differences and similarities between elite and popular culture, and on the expectations linked to gender and life cycle stage, visible in the practices and policies of travelling. We encourage proposals that integrate the theme of travelling into wider larger social and cultural contexts.

We aim at a broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical,
Byzantine and Medieval Studies). Most preferable are contributions that have themselves a comparative and/or interdisciplinary viewpoint or focusing on a longue durée perspective.

If interested, please submit an abstract of 300 words (setting out thesis and conclusions) for a twenty-minute paper together with your contact details (with academic affiliation, address and e-mail) by e-mail attachment to the conference secretary, passages@uta.fi. The deadline for abstracts is September 15 2014, and the notification of paper acceptance will be made in November 2014.

Conference papers may also be presented in French, German or Italian, however, supplied with an English summary (as a hand-out) or translation if the language of presentation is not English. The sessions are formed on the basis of thematic coherence of the papers and comparisons between Antiquity and the Middle Ages, thus session proposals focusing on one period only will not be accepted.

The registration fee is 100 EUR (doctoral students: 50 EUR). For further information, please visit http://www.uta.fi/trivium/passages/ or contact the organizers by sending an e-mail to passages@uta.fi. The registration opens in November 2014 at http://www.uta.fi/trivium/passages.

51ST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 12-15 May 2016 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.