Tacitus’ Wonders

Conference at Victoria University of Wellington, 27-29 August 2018.

First call for papers.

Readers have been attracted to the remarkable and wondrous, the admirable and the uncanny in Tacitus. But in order to appreciate what is mirum or novum, we also need to understand the apparently mundane material between the monstra. Tacitus famously derides the praises of new public buildings as a topic more worthy of the daily gazette than illustres annales (A. 13.31.1); his own criteria for selection, however, and his own judgments on what is worthy of note, have often differed in interesting ways from the preoccupations of his readers.

Abstracts (250 words) are invited on the topic of Tacitus’ wonders.

Submissions on comparative material are very much welcome.

Reflection is invited on the consequences of different methods of dividing or reconciling historical events and historiographical representation, e.g. Woodman (1993), O’Gorman (2001), Haynes (2003), and Sailor (2008). In preparing abstracts, it will be helpful to consider the challenge extended by Dench (in Feldherr, 2009), the ‘awkward question’ of whether the much admired Tacitean text ‘represents anything other than itself’. Papers treating the Classical tradition, reception and history of scholarship are welcome.

Please send abstracts to James McNamara at Victoria University of Wellington (james.mcnamara@vuw.ac.nz) by Friday 26 January 2018.

Prof. Arthur Pomeroy
Dr. James McNamara

Classics Programme
School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand


Australasian Society for Classical Studies 2018

The 39th conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be held at the University of Queensland from 30 January to 2 February 2018.  Full details and the call for papers are available on the conference web site.

Submission of abstracts closes 28 July 2017.

Travel Scholarship for Victorian postgraduates to attend AMPHORAE X conference at University of Tasmania

The Classical Association of Victoria is pleased to offer travel scholarships to Victorian postgraduates attending the 10th AMPHORAE (Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology) conference at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, 29 June – 1 July 2016. This scholarship will cover the airfare costs for postgraduate students enrolled at a tertiary institution in the state of Victoria, and who have been unable to apply for or receive travel money from their own university, and who have been unsuccessful in receiving travel funds from ASCS (Australasian Society for Classical Studies). The amount of the travel scholarship is flexible, but will only cover airfare, with preference for those who are confirmed to deliver papers at the conference.

Applicants should complete the application form and attach an airfare quote, and email to koc@unimelb.edu.au by 8 June, 2016.

Amphorae X: Old is New? Circling to the World’s End

University of Tasmania, Hobart, 29 June-1 July 2016

Conference Web Site

Amphorae provides an opportunity for postgraduate students throughout Australiasia to interact with others in the field of classical studies. Those eligible for the conference include all those studying at an Honours, Masters or PhD level, encompassing research into literature, history, archaeology, art or reception studies.

The theme for this year’s Amphorae conference is ‘Old is New? Circling to the World’s End’. The theme is inspired by our position on the map and what we believe to be the essence of Amphorae and Classical studies.

First call for papers is now open! Please send your completed registration form and abstract to amphoraex@gmail.com by 5pm EST 11 March.

The Australasian Society for Classical Studies 37th Annual Conference and General Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration


ASCS 37 (2016) is to be held at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Victoria, from 2-5 February 2016. The conference convener is Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard (koc@unimelb.edu.au).

ASCS 37 is a 4-day conference featuring over 120 papers on the literature, history, philosophy, art and archaeology of the Greek and Roman worlds, from the Bronze Age through Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Republican and Imperial Rome and into Late Antiquity. There are also papers on the art and archaeology of Egypt, early Christian and Byzantine studies and reception studies. The conference runs from 2-5 February, 2016 at The University of Melbourne, with a 50th Anniversary of ASCS Opening Reception on Monday 1 February.

Gender, Identity and Intersectionality in Antiquity: Models of Oppression and Privilege

University of Auckland, August 31–September 1 2015

Classics and Ancient History at The University of Auckland is pleased to invite abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference on gender and identity in the ancient world. We are seeking papers that focus on how gender intersected with aspects of identity including (but not limited to) ethnicity, class, and social status. We welcome submissions from researchers working on texts and/or material evidence from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, the Roman Empire, and the late antique world.

We invite speakers to situate their research on gender in antiquity within the framework of intersectionality, which is currently influential in the social sciences and in feminist writing outside the academy. The intersectional model holds that people with multiple marginalized identities experience discrimination based on the particular intersections of their identities. We seek to investigate how the evidence of antiquity might validate or complicate the intersectional model.

We are particularly interested in papers that examine evidence of gender and identity in antiquity with a view to big picture questions, such as:

  • Is there evidence of intersectionality in antiquity?
  • If so, how did intersectionality in antiquity manifest?
  • If not, what might that signify for the current model of intersectionality in other disciplines, feminisms, and the LGBTQI world?
  • How might the nature of our sources (fragmentary, often derived from the elite) affect our attempts to apply the intersectional model to antiquity?
  • Since intersectionality is a model that responds to modern concepts of race (and thus racism) and modern sexual orientation (and thus homophobia), how might it be problematic (or conversely productive) to apply this model to antiquity?

Please send abstracts (max. 350 words) to Dr Maxine Lewis at maxine.lewis@auckland.ac.nz

Feel free to contact Maxine if you have questions or if you wish to register your interest in attending.

This conference is organized in conjunction with the Auckland chapter of Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS), an organization that aims to foster gender equality in our fields (https://socawaws.wordpress.com/ ). Our objective in organizing the conference is to further this aim, and to engage people who have an active or nascent interest in ancient identity with modern political issues and the theoretical models currently being used to describe them.

ASCS 37 (2016)

ASCS 37 (2016) is to be held at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Victoria, from 2-5 February 2016. The conference convener is Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard (koc@unimelb.edu.au).

Full details of the call for papers are at http://www.ascs.org.au/news/ascs37_call_for_papers.html. Further details will be placed from time to time on the ASCS web site (www.ascs.org.au), click on the ‘News Flash’ on the home page.

All offers of papers must be received by Friday 31 July 2015. Any offers which come in after that date unfortunately will have to be rejected.

The following requirements will be in place again for this conference. Only one offer will be accepted from any one person. Those attending the conference (and offering a paper) must be ASCS members; if you are not a member and wish to join in order to attend ASCS 37, you can join by following the relevant instructions on the ASCS web site (www.ascs.org.au, under ‘membership’). Scholars from countries other than Australia and New Zealand will not be required to become ASCS members.

An alternative to offering a paper, particularly for postgraduate students, is a ‘poster presentation’, and we would be interested in hearing from anyone who would like to present using this format.

Members may also propose a panel of papers on a particular theme. The panel structure will need to conform to the 90 minutes allocated to each session. Applications to have a panel considered must conform to the guidelines for panels at ASCS.

We also invite archaeological reports as a specific category of presentation. We recognise that the submitted abstracts may be projections rather due to the fact that the field season will possibly take place after the call for papers has closed. Please read the guidelines for this category before submitting your proposal.

All offers of papers will be anonymously reviewed by the conference program review committee. Its task is to make decisions about the suitability (or not) of the papers offered.