Forthcoming Conferences and Events

ASCS regularly sets aside funds for supporting one-off conferences and seminars. To see the Guidelines for Funding such conferences and seminars, click here.

17-19 July 2013


University of Sydney

We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for AMPHORAE VII, the Seventh Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology, to be held at the University of Sydney from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th July, 2013. The conference is designed to provide an opportunity for Postgraduate and Honours students from Australia and New Zealand to interact and share their current work among peers in a friendly and stimulating environment. We also invite abstract submissions from graduate students in relevant areas worldwide.

The theme of our conference this year is "New Directions" 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 Studies, and all other areas of Ancient World Studies. In addition, this year we hope to offer a special stream for papers in other areas of archaeology including (but again, by no means limited to) prehistoric Europe, the ancient Near East, the Bronze Age Mediterranean and general prehistory. Abstracts addressing any interpretation of the conference theme are welcome.

Abstract submissions of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes duration, as well as a brief biography should be submitted by Friday 31st May, 2013 to Offers of poster presentations will also be welcomed, especially from Honours students. If you would like to attend the conference, but will not be presenting a paper, please simply submit a registration form informing us of your attendance, as well as any dietary requirements, by the same date.

The conference is free to attend, but there will be a charge of AU$50 to attend the conference dinner on Friday 19th July, payable in cash at the registration desk on the first day of the conference. More details will be available shortly on our website. A number of bursaries will also be available for students who will be travelling to the conference, please find the application form attached.

More information, and all relevant forms, can be found on our website, which is now up and running at If you have any additional inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact the convenors at

Kind Regards,
Samantha Brancatisano and Bryn Ford
Convenors, AMPHORAE VII (USyd 2013)

Brought to you by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies and the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney.

30 November - 1 December 2013

Homer and the Epic Tradition (Homer Seminar VII)

ANU, Canberra

Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 2013 This weekend seminar, to be held at The Australian National University, Canberra, is intended to give Australasian scholars interested in the epic tradition in the ancient Greek and Roman world - especially (but not only) postgraduates and early-career researchers - an opportunity to test out ideas, methodologies, and findings in a supportive environment, and to maximise the possibility of constructive feedback. The focus of the seminar will be the epic tradition in the ancient world as well as the ways in which the post-classical tradition adopted or adapted this genre. If you are at all interested in any aspect of this broad topic you are most welcome.

Our special guest and respondent to papers will be Professor Kirk Ormand (Oberlin College, Ohio).

Do you wish to offer a paper? Those interested in participating in the seminar are asked to contact Elizabeth and, if you wish to give a paper, to propose a paper-title and an abstract (of up to a page in length). The time allowed for each paper will be 45 minutes; the presentation of the paper itself should occupy no more than 25 minutes. Papers may be pre-circulated electronically.

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 30 September 2013. But if you intend to come (or think that you may come) we would be happy to hear from you before that date. It helps us with planning.

Do you wish simply to attend? If you intend to come to the seminar but do not wish to give a paper, do let us know before 31 October that you will be attending.

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20-21 February 2014

Theorising Reception Studies Down Under
Classical Reception in Australia and New Zealand

A Think-Tank, 20-21 February 2014 University of Newcastle, Australia Classical Reception is an exciting and increasingly vocal element of Classical Studies today. While much research has been done on the interconnections between antiquity and modernity in terms of the United States, Europe and Britain, there has not been a thematic focus on the interchanges between the ancient worlds and Australia and New Zealand. This two-day think-tank seeks to unpack the role of Reception Studies and its place within Australia and New Zealand from multiple perspectives.

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25-28 June 2014

Celtic Classics Conference: Disgust in Greek and Roman Literature, History and Art

Coordinated by Professor Donald Lateiner (Ohio Wesleyan University, USA) and Dr Dimos Spatharas (University of Crete) Click here to download the Call for Papers

7-11 July 2014

Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference

The 2014 Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference – to be held in Brisbane from 7-11 July 2014 – will have a stream devoted to papers in Classics and Ancient History. The overall conference theme is 'Conflict in History', and this theme will be interpreted broadly for scholars of the ancient world. Details may be found at:

Could prospective Classics and Ancient History delegates please register with the general body of attendees, as indicated on the conference website. We would also ask that you send a separate email to Janette McWilliam ( and Tom Stevenson ( with titles and abstracts, and for any further information. Postgraduates should feel particularly welcome.

11-12 September 2014

Science/Fiction/History: The Literary in Classical Historiography
Athens, Greece

A significant trend in the study of Greek historiographers is to accept that their works are to a degree both science and fiction. More and more, scholars accept that Herodotus and Thucydides, for example, do not draw the same line between literary and historical prose that we find in modern works. On the contrary, both authors show—at least on the surface—a concern for impact and accuracy. As scholarly interest broadens, in addition to evaluating ancient historians on the basis of the reliability of the information they record, and verifying the narratives against various elements of the material record (inscriptions, excavations, numismatics), new studies are beginning to elaborate on the stylistic and narrative qualities of the texts themselves.

The organizers of the conference invite investigations into this new perspective. Papers considering any aspect of the literary qualities of Greek and Latin historiography are welcomed from scholars at any point in their careers.

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29 September - 2 October

Augustus from a Distance
A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus at the University of Sydney

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.

Call for Papers and Conference Website

The ASCS Journal
Antichthon Journal


ASCS 36 (2015) Call for Papers