‘Beliefs and Rituals in Antiquity’

Sixth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Ancient Languages and Cultures,

Wroclaw on 6-8 June 2018.

As far as the human memory can reach, ritual way of thinking and dealing with everyday life, is known and widely practiced. There is no known culture, that would be areligious, or that would not perform rituals of any kind. Different beliefs accompany people from the dawn of material culture, and don’t fade within the development of society or technology. Together with ritual activities, they play the role of group identification markers, and often are the main factors in actual policy towards other communities or groups. Beliefs can also determine human behaviours, as well as approaches towards different aspects of everyday life. They are also widely used to explain the nature and its laws, whenever these are not yet understood by people. But what was exactly the role of rituals and beliefs in ancient cultures? What does piety and blasphemy mean to them? How did they act with ritual layers of their lives? And what made them introduce ritual activities in almost (if not every) aspect of their existence?
The most important topics of the conference should be as follows:
Origins and development of ritual
Religious, magic, and everyday rituals
Common beliefs and ritual practices across space and time
Positive and negative aspects of beliefs and rituals – “black” and “white” magic
The role of beliefs and rituals in everyday life
Desecration and its aftermath
Beliefs and rituals as presented in textual sources
Reflections of beliefs and rituals in material culture
Cultural context of beliefs and rituals

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This conference will take a comparative approach, taking a wide geographical and chronological sweep. We warmly invite scholars whose subject of study is the ancient world, including Greece, Rome, Egypt, Near East, India, and Far East. We invite linguists, philologists, historians, archaeologists, sociologists, and lawyers, hoping that this conference will be a forum for the wide range of specialists to exchange their ideas and results of research.
Proposals are now invited for individual papers or posters. Proposals must be attached as anonymous, and must not contain more than 300 words (in English). They can be submitted by 31st January 2018 via conference registration form:
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Applications of doctoral students should be sent via e-mail, and approved by their supervisors (not in the text of proposal, which must remain anonymous, but with supervisor’s address in CC field), to the conference e-mail address:
All relevant proposals will be accepted after the formal revision made by conference committee by 28th February 2018. The final program of the conference will be released by 31st of March 2018.

Any additional questions please to contact : beliefs@uwr.edu.pl

Couple relationships in antiquity: looking for real-life experiences

Lausanne, 8-9 November 2018


 ORGANIZER: Claude-Emmanuelle Centlivres Challet; Anne Bielman Sánchez; Charlotte Golay


The topic of the conference is the quest for real-life experiences of ordinary couples in Greco-Roman antiquity. The couples studied are heterosexual adults belonging to lower and middle classes as well as to civic elites. Hellenistic queens and kings, Republican triumvirs, Roman emperors and members of the imperial family will not be considered. The conference hopes to examine male-female relationships in synchronic and diachronic ways, and seeks to glimpse the various ways the real-life experiences of couples is expressed in literary, epigraphical, papyrological, and iconographical sources from the 3rd century BC to the 4th century AD.


Keynote speakers : Bonnie MacLachlan (UWO), Amy Richlin (UCLA)


Topics include, but are not limited to:

– affective bonds and the dynamic of emotions within the couple

– the distribution of daily public and private chores

– the dynamic of couple relationships depending on socio-economic status – realism and idealisation of couple relationships depending on the genre of the sources


This conference is part of a three-year research project (2016-2019) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the aim of which is to study and compare the functioning of ordinary and exceptional couples in Greco-Roman antiquity (https://www.unil.ch/iasa/projetcoupleen). A conference on exceptional couples – in which one of the partners was a head of state – took place on the 9th and 10th of November 2017 in Lausanne.


We invite the submission of abstracts of 300 words or less, to be sent by the 22th of January to claude-emmanuelle.centlivreschallet@unil.ch


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University of Reading
4-5th May 2018

Keynote speaker: Dr. Chiara O. Tommasi (University of Pisa)

Late Antiquity was once regarded as an age of decadence and barbarisation as well as a ‘marginal’ field of study. Those days are over. Late Antiquity has now its own place in academia and is considered a hot topic by both Classicists and historians of the Early Middle Ages, as well as scholars of religious studies, archaeology, art and philosophy in a fruitful exchange among disciplines.

The study of Late Antiquity involves a wide variety of disciplines. Our PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity will take place at the University of Reading in May 4-5, 2018. The aim of our Colloquium is to make the most of such diversification by bringing together and achieving synergy among PhD Students from across the UK and abroad working on Late Antiquity.

Each paper (15 min) will be followed by a personalised response from a senior scholar (10 min) assigned by the organisers and a plenary discussion. Each delegate will circulate his or her paper a week in advance to his or her respondent.

Additionally, we will also host a poster session, with a £50 voucher prize for the best poster.

Lastly, the Colloquium will include a visit to the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology of the University of Reading.

We welcome submissions of papers and/or posters from disciplines including (but not limited to) Greek and Latin Literature, History, Archaeology, Art, Philosophy and Theology:

Option Apapers (15 min)

Send an abstract of your paper (400 words) to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 1 November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.
Option Bposters

Send a brief abstract (200 words) or outline of your poster to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 15 November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.

Please note that, as the event is specifically aimed at PhD students, we can only accept submissions from PhD students. However, Masters students and early career researchers are warmly invited to attend and participate in the debates.

For further enquiries, please contact Lorenzo Livorsi (l.livorsi@pgr.reading.ac.uk), Ilaria Scarponi (ilaria.scarponi@reading.ac.uk ) or Fiona McMeekin (f.p.mcmeekin@pgr.reading.ac. uk).


Call for panels for the 16th annual ISNS conference, to be held in Los Angeles on June 13-16, 2018, in conjunction with Loyola Marymount University.

Anyone interested in organizing a panel at the conference should send a brief description of the panel along with its title and the name(s) and email address(es) of the contact person(s) to the conference organizers:

Eric Perl: Eric.Perl@lmu.edu

David Albertson: dalberts@usc.edu

Marilynn Lawrence: pronoia12@gmail.com

John Finamore: john-finamore@uiowa.edu

Panel descriptions are due to us by January 22, 2018. I will email the list of proposed panels to the ISNS membership before February 5. Panel organizers are responsible for choosing and collecting abstracts for their panels. They should notify the organizers of their decisions by February 26. Abstracts should be no more than one page, single spaced.

We also welcome individual abstracts for papers that do not fall under any of the announced panels. Please send those abstracts (again, one-page maximum) to the four conference organizers above.

All abstracts, whether individual or for inclusion in panels, are due by February 26, 2018. Papers may be presented in English, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, or Italian. It is recommended that those delivering papers in languages other than English provide printed copies to their audience at the conference.

Please note that anyone giving a paper at the conference must be a member of the ISNS. You may sign up and pay dues on the website of the Philosophy Documentation Center 

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Dues are $60.00 per year ($20.00 for students and retirees).

Participants may give only one paper at the conference and therefore should submit only one abstract.

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We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the sixth series of the Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin, organised in association with the German Archaeological Institute and the Interdisciplinary Research Network Digital Humanities in Berlin (ifDHb). It will run during the winter term of the academic year 2017/18.

We invite submissions on any kind of research which employs digital methods, resources or technologies in an innovative way in order to enable a better or new understanding of the ancient world. We encourage contributions not only from Classics but also from the entire field of “Altertumswissenschaften”, to include the ancient world at large, such as Egypt and the Near East.

Themes may include digital editions, natural language processing, image processing and visualisation, 3D developments and applications in the Cultural Heritage area, linked data and the semantic web, open access, spatial and network analysis, serious gaming and any other digital or quantitative methods. We welcome seminar proposals addressing the application of these methods to individual projects, and particularly contributions which show how the digital component can facilitate the crossing of disciplinary boundaries and answering new research questions. Seminar content should be of interest both to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, as well as to information scientists and digital humanists, with an academic research agenda relevant to at least one of these fields.

Anonymised abstracts [1] of 300-500 words max. (bibliographic references excluded) should be uploaded by midnight (CET) on 31 July 2017 using the dedicated submission form. Although we do accept abstracts written in English as well as in German, the presentations are expected to be delivered in English. When submitting the same proposal for consideration to multiple venues, please do let us know via the submission form. The average acceptance rate is 37%.

Seminars will run fortnightly on Tuesday evenings (17:15-19:00) from October 2017 until February 2018. The full programme, including the venue of each seminar, will be finalised and announced in September. As with the previous series, the video recordings of the presentations will be published online and we endeavour to provide accommodation for the speakers and contribute towards their travel expenses.

[1] The anonymised abstract should have all author names, institutions and references to the authors work removed. This may lead to some references having to be replaced by “Reference to authors’ work”. The abstract title and author names with affiliations are entered into the submission system in separate fields.

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