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.

Friday, 9 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."