Classically Inclined

December 11, 2018

Call for Papers: Musonius Rufus Workshop

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Musonius Rufus Workshop
10.00-5.00, 12 April 2019
Room 102, Senate House,
University of London,
Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Call for Papers:

The Roman Stoics have received renewed attention in recent years, both from scholars and from the wider public looking for guidance in everyday life. Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius are now being worked on and read in ways that would have few would have expected a couple of decades ago. Lesser known Stoics such as Hierocles and Cornutus have also benefitted from new studies and translations. The poor relation, though, is Musonius Rufus, who has not yet benefited from a similar resurgence in fortune.

To address this undeserved oversight, we invite proposals for papers for an informal workshop dedicated to Musonius. We welcome submissions relating to any aspect of his thought; possible themes could include philosophies of gender, adapting Stoicism for a Roman audience, politics and exile, the role of the sage, textual traditions, practice versus theory, methods of moral education, and asceticism, although these suggestions are offered as prompts rather than as limitations.

We hope that the workshop will offer an opportunity for those with interests in Musonius and Roman Stoicism more widely to come together, make new contacts, and think collectively about further research and publication collaborations.

We welcome submissions from people at any stage in their career, from doctoral students and early career researchers through to more established academics. We hope to be able to offer bursaries to those who might need financial assistance with travel or caring responsibilities in order to attend. The event will take place on the first floor of the University of London’s Senate House, which has lift access. If anyone has specific access or dietary requirements, please contact us and we will do our best to cater for them.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words long. Presentations will be around 30 minutes long, and followed by discussion. The deadline for abstracts is 11th February 2019.

If you are unable to attend the workshop but would like to be kept informed of future developments, please do get in touch.

Abstracts and any questions should be sent to the organizers:

Dr Liz Gloyn (Liz.Gloyn at, Department of Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr John Sellars (John.Sellars at, Department of Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London

October 3, 2011

CFP: Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World

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I know I’m sharing a lot of CFPs at the moment, but this one is really awesome (and I don’t just say that because it’s being organised by Tony Keen). It is really awesome because it gives people working on similar material an opportunity to come together in what could be an incredibly productive indisciplinary space to discuss classical reception in popular culture contexts – and not just contemporary popular culture but beyond. (Lord Dunsany, anyone?) I’m already plotting how I can pull something together that discusses Hope Mirrlees and classical reception (on which I have written a little and would like eventually to write a lot). Please circulate widely!


Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World.
A Science Fiction Foundation Conference
29 June – 1 July 2013
At The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool
Guests of Honour/Plenary Speakers: Edith Hall, Nick Lowe, and Catherynne M. Valente

Call for papers

The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West. Those studying the Fantastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that it has its roots in the literature of the Graeco-Roman world (Homer’s Odyssey, Lucian’s True History). At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have begun looking at science fiction. However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other. This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which SF and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas.

We invite proposals for papers (20 minutes plus discussion) or themed panels of three or four papers from a wide range of disciplines (including Science Fiction, Classical Reception and Literature), from academics, students, fans, and anyone else interested, on any aspect of the interaction between the Classical world of Greece and Rome and science fiction, fantasy and horror. We are looking for papers on Classical elements in modern (post-1800) examples of the Fantastika, and on science fictional or fantastic elements in Classical literature. We are particularly interested in papers addressing literary science fiction or fantasy, where we feel investigations of the interaction with the ancient world are relatively rare. But we also welcome papers on film, television, radio, comics, games, or fan culture.

Please send proposals to, to arrive by 30 September 2012. Paper proposals should be no more than 300 words. Themed panels should also include an introduction to the panel, of no more than 300 words. Please include the name of the author/panel convener, and contact details.

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space is organised by the Science Fiction Foundation, with the co- operation of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.

September 21, 2011

[Deadline now passed] CFP: Go! Classics Go! The Beat Generation, the avant garde and the roots of counterculture

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Here’s another interesting call for papers that focuses on classical reception and modern culture, in this case the work of the Beat Generation. It’s not something I know particularly much about, but I will be trying to keep an eye on it as it looks like it could produce some fascinating cross-disciplinary work.

Go! Classics Go! The Beat Generation, the avant garde and the roots of counterculture
Research workshops at the University of St Andrews and the University of Pennsylvania

The School of Classics, University of St Andrews and the Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania will host joint research workshops that will explore the relationship between the discipline of Classics and the Beat Generation writers of the 1950s and early 60s. The workshops will examine the topic through a range of disciplines and consequently contributors from Classics, American Literature, Comparative Literature, Cultural History, Political Science, Gender Studies, and Music are welcome. There will be two research workshops, one in Philadelphia and one in St Andrews. The joint nature of the project is to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary discussions and exchange of ideas in two discrete locales. It is hoped that speakers will be able to attend both workshops.

This project will consider how the diverse talents of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg , William S. Burroughs , Gregory Corso and later those such as Bob Dylan drew on ideas and themes from Classics, as well as each other, for inspiration. There are many others who are part of this movement and John Clellon Holmes ; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Gary Snyder  are the most well known but there are many other names that warrant inclusion. The Black Mountain poets are just one such example.

In Beat poetry and literature Classics is juxtaposed with the avant-garde, and part of literary experimentation, so what some may see as a conservative discipline is a central plank of a counterculture that rejected the post-war norms of the Eisenhower era. Does this show Classics to be an orthodox discipline insensitively appropriated by the Beats, or is it part of a meticulously crafted intellectual view of the mid twentieth century?  How and why did the Beat writers explore, utilize and ultimately remould Classics? The workshops will provide an opportunity to explore many aspects of the topic. There is a longer exposition of the research context for debate on the workshop website:

There will be two interdisciplinary research workshops:

10th October 2012 at the University of St Andrews

17th November 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Proposals are invited for papers on any aspect of the Beat Generation writers’ (novelists, poets, musicians) ‘utilization’ of Classics. The format allows for papers to be no more than 30 minutes’ duration, and there will be 10 minutes of questions following each paper. An collected volume of papers from the workshops is planned, and the aim is to submit a manuscript to the publishers in the summer 2013.

Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words, and should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address. Please send your submission in either Word or pdf format to Alisdair Gibson aggg at, before 6th January 2012.

July 14, 2011

[Deadline now passed] CFP – Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History

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Another in the occasional series of “calls for papers I really, really wish I could submit something for but can’t”. This one may look a little out there for my research interests, but I actually have An Angle on statues and eroticism and so forth, through a classical reception angle on the novellas of Sacher-Masoch – but the conference is mid-April next year, and I know now that I will be up to my elbows in new teaching, and this idea needs quite a lot of basic research work for it to float. So I have to sadly accept that my genius idea is going to have to wait for me to have time to do it justice, and publicise this CFP for others who may have ideas better prepared than mine.


Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History Conference
University of Exeter, 27th April 2012

Keynote Speakers

Dr Stefano-Maria Evangelista (University of Oxford)
Dr Ian Jenkins (British Museum)

Statuary has offered a privileged site for the articulation of sexual experience and ideas, and the formation of sexual knowledge. From prehistoric phallic stones, mythological representations of statues and sculptors, e.g. Medusa or Pygmalion, to the Romantic aesthetics and erotics of statuary and the recurrent references to sculpture in nineteenth- and twentieth-century sexology and other new debates on sexuality, the discourse of the statue intersects with constructions of gender, sex and sexuality in multiple ways.

As historical objects, statues give insight into changing perceptions of the sexed body and its representation; they tell stories of ownership and appropriation of sexualities across diverse cultural locations and historical moments. As an imaginary site, statues can serve to trouble the distinction between subject and object, reality and unreality, presence and absence, and present and past, thereby offering rich possibilities for thinking about the relation between individual and communal identities, sexuality and the past.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate how statues facilitate this interplay of sexuality and history. It explores the numerous different ways in which statues – as historical and/or imagined artefacts – allow us to think about the past and its relation to sex, gender and sexuality.

The conference brings together contributors from a wide variety of disciplines, including history, gender and sexuality studies, literary and cultural studies, art history, classics, archaeology and philosophy. Contributions from postgraduate research students are very welcome.

Papers should explore how statuary intersects with questions of sexuality and gender, and temporality, specifically history. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Uses of Statuary in Sexual Science
  • Statues in  Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts
  • Representations of Statues and Sculptors (in Literature, Visual Arts, New Media)
  • Sculptures and the Construction of Gender, Racial and National Identity
  • Use of Statuary in Sexual Reform Movements
  • Psychoanalytic Uses of Statuary
  • Statues, Gender and Sexuality in Myths, Legends and Their Adaptations
  • Sculpture and Figurations of Desire
  • Statuary Representations of the Gendered Body
  • Reception Histories of Individual Statues

The conference is organised by Dr Jana Funke (j.funke at and Jennifer Grove (jeg208 at as part of the interdisciplinary Sexual History, Sexual Knowledge project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and led by Drs Kate Fisher and Rebecca Langlands.

Please send 300-500 words abstracts to j.funke at and jeg208 at The deadline for abstract submissions is 1st October 2011.

June 22, 2011

[deadline now passed] CFP: To Receive Is Never Neutral: A multi-disciplinary workshop towards an Ethics of Reception

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This is more of a call for participants than a call for papers. I’m sharing it because while I really, really wish I could attend myself, I suspect that other obligations make that decision Extremely Unwise. The issue at hand is an important one, particularly for classical reception scholars and queer theorists; we have to acknowledge where we are coming from, personally, in order to see our own prejudices and priorities for what they are. This awareness lets us work around our own positionality, and make sure that our research and teaching acknowledges that. It also lets us think about what’s at stake in our own engagement with classics and how we present it to others. So I share this call for partipants in the hope that someone I know will be able to go and tell me all about it afterwards.


To Receive Is Never Neutral: A multi-disciplinary workshop towards an Ethics of Reception

(University of Bristol, September 7-8th 2011)

This multi-disciplinary and international workshop re-addresses the diverse responses, receptions, and rejections of Classical narratives with/in ethical thinking.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers and Respondents : Sarah Wood, Greg Garrard, Katherine Harloe, Genevieve Liveley, Ika Willis, Kate Nichols, Sabina Lovibond, Shushma Malik, Duncan Kennedy, Eleanor Morgan (more tbc).

Speakers Include: Abigail Baker, William Batstone, Jacques A Bromberg, Caroline Bruce, Clare Foster, Martin Gak, Thomas Hunt, Lynn Kozak and Carina de Klerk, Adam O’Brien, Matthew Mackisack, Lisa McNally, Angelica Nuzzo, Helen Roche, Monika Schwätzler, Helen Slaney.

Through a series of round-table debates, plenary discussions and respondent sessions, the place of “ethics” and “reception” within academic theory and practice will be critically re-conceived.

We are calling for engaged and engaging participants from diverse disciplines, specialisms, and interests to join our speakers for two days of stimulating and creative discussion with a particular focus on how Classical narratives are received and interacted with/in ethical contexts, questions, and queries.

We will pre-circulate the papers to ensure open, provocative, and communal debate; creating a self-reflexive and creative place for people to share, perform and re-form different knowledges.

Places are limited. Email for further information. Download registration forms from the conference website.

Deadline for Registration: July 15th 2011

May 12, 2011

[deadline now passed] Call For Papers: Feminism and Classics VI: Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines

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I don’t normally do this sort of thing, but I wanted to share a call for papers for an excellent conference that’s taking place next year and that deserves a bit of publicity. I went to the last Feminism and Classics conference and delivered my paper on Fortunata there; thanks to the support and advice of the attendees, that paper is now an article in the process of publication, which just goes to show what happens if you pick your conferences well! I haven’t decided if I’m going to attend yet, not least because of the environmental costs associated with flying from the UK to Canada, but since I’m still on the fence I thought a little more publicity for the CFP wouldn’t hurt.


CFP: Feminism and Classics VI: Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines
Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
May 24-27, 2012

Ancient Mediterranean society was crisscrossed by multiple boundaries and borders. Firm boundaries between male and female, slave and free, gods and mortals (to name just a few) defined social identities and relationships, even as these lines were regularly crossed in religious ritual, social practices and artistic imagination. In current scholarship, Feminism is now Feminisms, encouraging multiple, and even transgressive, approaches to the study of women, gender, and sexuality in the ancient world. But has Feminism itself become a boundary, dividing fields of study or generations of scholars? Or is it a threshold, encouraging crossings between literary, historical and archaeological evidence? What new approaches are scholars using to push the boundaries of the evidence and the limits of our knowledge of the ancient world?

This conference will focus on boundaries, liminality, and transgression. What kinds of crossings did ancient people experience and what control did they have over such crossings? How did borders and border crossings differ in relation to gender, ethnicity, age, or legal status? If the masculine and feminine were clearly demarcated categories of being, how do we interpret homosexual, transvestite and gender-labile aspects of the ancient world? What points of contrast and connection exist between different types of gendered space (literal or metaphorical) and do they change when geographic or national boundaries are crossed? We invite submissions for abstracts of papers and workshops that explore these and related themes, and encourage proposals from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. Abstracts of 300 words can be submitted electronically to the conference website. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is June 30, 2011. For inquiries, please contact

The Department of Classics at Brock University is pleased to host Feminism and Classics VI. Brock University is the only Canadian University to be located in a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. It is within an hour’s drive of Toronto, Ontario and Buffalo, NY, and thus easily accessible and close to major attractions, shopping and airports. The Niagara region is framed by Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the Niagara River, and is in the heart of Ontario’s vineyard country, and visitors can enjoy the culinary and wine trail. More information about Brock University and its location can be found at

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