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“What Has Antiquity Ever Done for Us?”  The Vitality of Ancient Reception Studies, Now. An international virtual conference presented by Antiquity in Media Studies (AIMS)

15-18 December 2021

Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2021


The officers of Antiquity in Media Studies invite proposals for presentations that illuminate the ongoing vitality of antiquity in recent discourses. Despite decades of institutional disinvestment in the study of antiquity, a venerated deep past figured as a powerful shared imaginary remains a perennial, emotionally evocative, even highly lucrative concept in myriad contemporary media, around the world and across all manner of identity lines. Among antiquities, of particularly widespread interest has been the millennia of history centered on the Mediterranean and dubbed “classical” among successor societies, both self-appointed and colonized. From Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to Luis Alfaro’s Mojada, from Hideki Takeuchi’s Thermae Romae to Pat Barker’s Silence of the Girls, to politicians' and pundits' invocations of the Persian Wars and the fall of Rome, each year produces more receptions of this antiquity. Beyond the Greco-Roman-centered past, all antiquities mobilized for such cultural work today are welcome at this ancient reception studies conference. 


As an area of inquiry, ancient reception studies recognizes the currency of “antiquity” in media as diverse as e.g., television, comics, video games, fashion, film, fiction, and body art. Scholarly engagements with textual and visual phenomena recombine a variety of humanistic and social sciences theories and methods in analyzing cultural objects that can simultaneously enchant and trouble diverse audiences beyond academic specialists, from fanfic authors to game designers to deans and school board members. Part of AIMS’ mission is to connect engaged and invested participants in the reception of antiquity across the scholarly divide. To that end, at the plenary session of the conference we will workshop how to become more effective advocates in our own communities for informed engagement with the study of antiquity and its receptions.


We invite proposals on any topic in ancient reception studies. Proposals for this year’s annual meeting may include individual 20-minute papers, three-paper panels, roundtables, workshops, poster sessions, play-throughs, games, technical demonstrations, creative showcases, creator interviews, and other activities that can fit within a 60-90 minute time slot and be delivered remotely at this online conference. Proposals that take advantage of the online format are especially welcome; we’re open to experimenting with a mixture of live and pre-recorded elements in the program.


Please submit proposals of up to 500 words (plus bibliography) as an anonymized Word doc or PDF, including the title that would appear on the program and the type of presentation, as email attachments to AIMS Secretary-Treasurer Roger Macfarlane at <staims@antiquityinmediastudies.org> by 15 October 2021. (For three-paper panels, each presenter and the panel proposal as a whole may use up to 500 words, for a total of up to 2000 words.) In the body text of the email, please include the name(s) and current institutional affiliation(s) of applicants, or “independent scholar”. Please direct questions to AIMS President Meredith Safran at <presidentaims@antiquityinmediastudies.org>.

Ancient World Seminar Series, University of Melbourne, Semester 2



'Vine-growing and winemaking in the Roman world' hybrid conference, to be held in Rome from 27-29 October 2021 at the Academia Belgica, British School at Rome and the Royal Dutch Institute.

You can now register for the 'Vine-growing and winemaking in the Roman world' hybrid conference, to be held in Rome from 27-29 October 2021 at the Academia Belgica, British School at Rome and the Royal Dutch Institute.


To register, and to consult the program, please visit:



This three-day hybrid event brings together archaeologists and classicists worldwide to debate current developments in the field of Roman vine and wine studies. Almost 30 years after the seminal 'La production du vin et de l’huile en Méditerranée' volume by Amouretti & Brun (1993), and some 15 years after its monumental four-part follow-up 'Archéologie du vin et de l’huile' by Brun (2003-2005), the corpus of viticultural material has steadily grown in various parts of the Roman world, while the archaeological study of Roman wine has evolved into a highly dynamic and multidisciplinary field. The time is ripe then to draw up a new state of the field, to upgrade our knowledge on data and methods, and to discuss how to steer forward the study of Roman viniculture into new, pertinent and promising directions.


Alongside the main section of the conference – with over 50 specialists updating our views on these matters in East and West over six territorial sessions – the symposium also includes keynote lectures by Jean-Pierre Brun, Andrew Wilson and Patrick McGovern, a poster session for showcasing new and ongoing research, and an ancient wine tasting experience.

The conference is conceptualized as a hybrid multilocation event, and will take place at the Academia Belgica,  British School at Rome, and Royal Dutch Institute in Rome.


The entire event can be followed online over zoom. More information on how to participate will follow once the virtual format of the conference is finalized.

CfP for the 2021 Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology (PoCA) meeting, University of Basel (Switzerland), 9-11 December 2021 


The Institute for Classical Archaeology at the Department of Ancient Civilizations of the University of Basel
is pleased to announce the 18th meeting of Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology (PoCA). The meeting will
take place from the 9th to the 11th of December 2021 in Basel. The event will be held in a hybrid form with
both remote and on-site attendance if the situation allows. This will ensure the maximum participation of
scholars from across the world and facilitate a transition to a fully virtual meeting if on-site attendance is
not possible.

The PoCA meeting offers an excellent opportunity for postgraduate researchers and fresh postdoctoral
scholars (within six years of the completion of their PhD) from various backgrounds and disciplines to
present their work on Cypriot culture and archaeology. The aim of PoCA is to provide young researchers
with a forum in which to present their work, discuss central themes of their research, meet people who
work in the same area and exchange ideas and information in a friendly and collegial environment.
We warmly welcome papers from young scholars on the archaeology, ancient history, epigraphy and
ancient languages of Cyprus as well as multidisciplinary approaches and wider chronological and contextual
analyses of Cypriot material culture and its reception abroad. There is no registration fee. However, if onsite
attendance will be possible participants will need to make their own travel plans and arrange their own
accommodation. The meeting is open to everybody, and we invite all interested people to attend.
Please send your paper proposal with title, name, address, affiliation of the author (or authors) and an
abstract of no more than 250 words to pocabasel2021@gmail.com no later than May 31st, 2021. The
official language of the conference is English. Communications should be 20 minutes long, followed by 10
minutes of discussion.

We intend to publish the papers presented at the Meeting. All submissions will be subject to peer review,
and acceptance for presentation does not guarantee inclusion in the final publication. Further information
about the publication will be given during the meeting.

For more information see: https://tinyurl.com/poca2021