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2016 Meeting

The 2016 Meeting will be held at the University of Puget Sound May 5-7. There will be a a half-day pre-conference workshop on Using Digital Tools on May 5.


Registration for the meeting is now open.


Grants-in Aid to help defray travel expenses for junior faculy and graduate students are available. More information.


Please check the 2016 Meeting site regularly for updates on meeting logistics.

The AAH is the premier organization of Ancient History professionals in the United States and Canada.  Membership is open to all persons with an interest in ancient history.The Association of Ancient Historians was founded with two essential objectives.  The first of these is to foster a regular forum for scholarly interaction among historians of the Ancient Mediterranean--especially among those who study the Greeks and Romans--and secondly, to do so in a manner that emphasizes collegiality and social interaction. 


Over its lifetime, and that of its informal forerunner, the AAH has organized annual meetings at more than two dozen different universities in the United States and Canada, and its membership has grown to nearly 800, including most of the ancient historians in these two countries. The AAH is the largest organization in North America that is devoted exclusively to promoting teaching and scholarship in ancient history.


In addition to communicating matters of common interest, the AAH works with individual universities to organize annual meetings that provide an opportunity to present and discuss research in the field. The AAH informs its members through a regular newsletter and also sponsors the publication of a series of monographs (Publications of the Association of Ancient Historians). Members receive a free copy of each title as it is published. Apart form the monograph series, AAH has published two volumes of collected essays. It has organized summer institutes for college teachers under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Association also sponsors an annual meeting in the Spring, usually in early May. These meetings are hosted by individual members with the support of their home institutions and shift venue every year.  Nearly all panels and papers are presented in plenary session.  Participants tend to take meals together to engage in informal conversations and there is a reception and banquet. 


Positions Available


The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History, to begin on August 15, 2016. Candidates are expected to be able to teach Ancient History at the undergraduate and graduate levels and Ancient Greek and Latin and Classical Civilization at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. in Classics, History, or a related field by the time of the appointment is required. Review of applications begins November 15, 2105.


Director of the School of Classical Studies at Athens
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens seeks a distinguished scholar and experienced administrator having close familiarity with the School for the position of Director of the School. The Director works with the School’s Managing Committee and Trustees in developing and implementing the academic and fiscal policy of the School and reports to the Managing Committee through its Chair. The term is flexible, two to five years. It begins on July 1, 2017, and is renewable. Application deadline: December 1, 2105.


The Department of Classics at Union College invites applications for a three-year appointment at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor that will begin in September 2016. The area of specialization is open, but we look for evidence of a strong interest in making interdisciplinary contributions to the curriculum. Teaching competencies must include Greek and Latin at all undergraduate levels as well as general courses in translation. We also look for evidence of an active research program.


Bethel University announces a search for a full-time, three-year position on our faculty, combining a teaching load in ancient/medieval history with the development and implementation of a new program in Digital Humanities. The position will begin in Fall 2016.



Grants and Fellowships


The Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Classics, Harvard University, invite applications for the 2016-2017 Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica
on the theme “Jews and the Classical World.” The Starr Fellowship covers travel expenses and a stipend The Ph.D. degree is required and Fellows must be in residence. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2015.


The North Carolina Museum of Art invites applications for the GSK Curatorial Fellowship for the 2016/17 academic year. The Fellow’s time will be divided between general curatorial work and research projects under the supervision of a senior curator. This research will focus on the museum’s permanent holdings, specifically one of the collections currently undergoing systematic investigation for the publication of a catalogue: American painting and sculpture, Classical art and archaeological material (focusing on Roman or Pre- or Early Italian objects) and Northern Renaissance painting and sculpture. A stipend of $25,000 is offered. The GSK Curatorial Fellow will be expected to work on NCMA projects for an average of 25 hours per week, with the remaining time free for other scholarly pursuits. Application must be received by December 15, 2015.


ASCSA Programs and Fellowships for Study in Greece 2016-2017announces a number of scholarships and fellowships for scholars of all levels (undergraduate to postgraduate) and senior scholars. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Deadlines for most applications are January 15, 2016; a few are later.


The American School of Classica Studies at Athens announces the M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly known as the Gennadeion Fellow in Post-Classical Studies.The Frantz Fellowship is awarded to scholars whose fields of study are represented by the Gennadius Library in Athens, i.e. Late Antiquity, Byzantine Studies, post-Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies. Application deadline: January 15.


The Scott R. Jacobs Fund invites proposals for studies on Alexander the Great in North America. Subjects of the proposals must concentrate on Alexander, his context (Macedonia or the Fourth Century B.C.E) or his legacy in the Ancient World. Grants will be made to support research, research travel, as well as travel for the presentation of papers. Annual deadlines: April 1 and November 1.



Conferences and Lectures


The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, presents a series of public lectures on a variety of topics. Please consult the ISAW website for upcoming topics and dates.

Calls for Papers


Grounding Ancient Imperialism. A graduate student conference sponsored by Harvard University’s Department of the Classics. Saturday March 5, 2016. We invite papers for a conference that aims to bring together graduate students from various subdisciplines in Classics and related fields to reflect on the emergence of ancient empires. We aim to challenge traditional approaches that often isolate certain periods and regions and that therefore tend towards teleological rather than contingent approaches to empires. Submissions due December 1, 2015


Mapping the Past: G.I.S. Approaches to Ancient History. The Ancient World Mapping Center at UNC-Chapel Hill seeks paper proposals for Mapping the Past, a conference on digital mapping and its applications to the study of ancient history. We are looking especially for individual or collaborative projects addressing such topics as transportation and communication systems, boundaries and borderlands, G.I.S. and archaeological evidence, and the applications of G.I.S. to pedagogy and public scholarship. Preference will be given to graduate students and junior faculty. Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2015.


Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands. The 5th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference. March 11-13, 2016. The 2016 Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference seeks papers that address the ways that borderlands encounters have stimulated the creation, definition, and/or adaptation of faith identities among various groups of people. We are interested in how borderlands interactions affect faith communities and how those communities utilize borderlands contexts for the fashioning of group identity. Deadline for porposals: December 20, 2015.


Through Their Words: Poetics, Aesthetics and Literary Theory in the Graeco-Roman World

9th Annual Graduate Student Conference, April 8, 2016. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The PhD/MA Program in Classics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York invites graduate students in Classics or related fields to submit abstracts for papers that explore the topic of literary culture and poetic theory in the ancient world. Deadline for abstracts: January 15, 2014


The Age of Alexander the Great: The wide ranging impact of Alexander in Europe and Asia
Monday April 4th, 2016 at South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. There is no definitive theme as such, and papers are encouraged that cover all aspects of the study of Alexander the Great, and his era. Deadline for proposals: January 29, 2016.


Greek and Roman Military Manuals: Genre, Theory, Influence. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

21 & 22 October 2016. This workshop seeks to provide a forum for scholars to reflect upon ancient Greek and  Roman military manuals as a genre, with a view to exploring and demonstrating their utility in ancient historical research. The organisers ask that proposals be submitted no later than 31 January 2016.



Study Opportunities


Postgraduate Training Course in Greek Epigraphy. The British School at Athens, 26th June-10th July 2016. This course provides training for historians, archaeologists and textual scholars alike in the discipline of reading and interpreting epigraphic evidence. Students will be guided through the process of producing editions of inscriptions, gaining practical first hand experience with the stones as well as instruction in editorial and bibliographic skills. Application deadline: January 30, 2016.


The Department of History and Classics at Swansea University (UK) is pleased to announce that its second Summer School in Ancient Languages will take place from 17 till 30 July 2016. One- and two-week intensive courses are available in Latin, Greek, Hieroglyphs, and Medieval Latin. There are 3 hours of tuition every weekday (2 on Wednesdays), and we have talks, films, and optional trips to various sites in the Welsh countryside on Wednesday afternoons and weekends.


Summer Field Opportunities in field archaeology and bioarchaeology in Transylvania (Romania).
Our programs are intensive hands-on projects designed to immerse our participants in an active research environment and provide the opportunity for the acquisition of practical, technical and specialized field skills.


The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) has started accepting applications for field school season 2016. Projects are affiliated with ongoing research and/or conservation projects (such as excavations, expeditions, conservation workshops). The available projects/courses take place at different excavation sites and historic places related to all major cultures and civilizations that once existed in the Balkans. Conservation ​workshops/courses ​on ancient Greek pottery, Roman and Late Antique pottery and glassware, mosaics and wall-paintings​ ​based on authentic artifacts.


The Department of Classical Studies of Loyola University Chicago now offers a Post-Baccalaureate program in Latin and Greek so that students who have completed bachelor’s degrees may build the proficiency in the languages.


Washington University in St. Louis has instituted a new PhD program in Classics.  The program will offer degrees in the literature, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, with specialties in Greek and Roman Music, Ancient Mediterranean History, Ancient Philosophy, and Ancient Performance and its Legacy.

Publication Opportunities


"Gender B(l)ending in Greek and Roman Culture and Society". Call for Proposals for a Volume of Collected Essays.The Women’s Network of the Classical Association of Canada (CAC)is seeking proposals for an edited volume on this theme. We therefore invite submissions that include (but are not limited to) explorations of cross-dressing, intersexuality, and any behaviour or representation that blurs the conventional boundaries of gender in Greco-Roman art, religion, literature, historiography, rhetoric, and other media for consideration. Proposals focusing on material culture are of particular interest.


James Bowden is seeking submissions to an edited volume on the bow and arrow through history. He is looking for submissions from three scholars for the remaining sections to be filled: Greek, Roman, and ancient Egyptian warfare with an emphasis on the bow and arrow. Interested authorsshould contact him at james.bowden5@gmail.com for guidelines before sending a CV and chapter proposal.


Ed Anson, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, solicits proposals for a series, Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World. These are meant to be scholarly monographs on topics related to the series’ title. Please contact him at the History Department, UALR.


The newly launched Journal of Ancient History is now accepting submissions. The Journal of Ancient History aims to provide a forum for scholarship covering all aspects of ancient history and culture from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity (roughly the ninth century BCE through the sixth century CE). We are committed to a speedy process from submission to publication while maintaining high standards of peer-review. Please see our website for submission information: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jah


De Gruyter is pleased to announce the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History. Please visit our website: www.degruyter.com/janeh/.

JANEH is an international, double blind peer reviewed journal that seeks to encourage and stimulate the study of the history of the ancient Near East, which is broadly defined to include areas from Iran to the western Anatolian coast and the Black Sea to Southern Arabia from its prehistoric foundations to the Late Antique period.


Richard Stoneman is editing a small series, Cities of the Ancient World, for IB Tauris. Anyone who would like to know more about this series, and the kind of books we are looking for is invited to contact him at R.Stoneman@exeter.ac.uk.


Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites essays on topics related to any and all aspects of human values, including aesthetic, moral, political, economic, scientific, or religious values.



General Announcements


UC Berkeley announces the initiation of California Classical Studies, an Open Access Digital Publication Project.


Finley DVD Available. For those who would like to see the entire interview with Moses Finley (part of which was played at the 2012 meeting), it is available from the Institute of Historical Research in London. It can be purchased as one of their Interviews with Historians series


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