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2017 Meeting

The 2017 Meeting of the AAH will be held at Brown University in Providence, RI, on May 4-6, 2017. More informaion is available at the conference website.

 

The Call for Papers is now closed.

 

Grants-in-Aid for financial assistance in attending the meeting are available. Please see the application procedure. Deadline is January 30, 2017.

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 from the monograph series, AAH has published two volumes of collected essays. and also maintains an online Directory of Ancient Historians in the United States and Canada.

 

The Association's Annual Meeting is held each 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 a banquet to encourage collegiality among members, many of whom are the only ancient history specialists at their institutions. 

 

Positions Available

 

The Department of Classics at Union College invites applications for a two-year appointment at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor that will begin in September 2017. We invite applications from specialists in the history of the ancient Mediterranean world. 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. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2017.

 

The History Department at St. Mary's College of Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ancient History starting August 2017. The field of expertise is open, but the successful candidate should be able to teach a variety of courses in Ancient and Late Antiquity Mediterranean culture and history. PhD in hand by start of contract. Teaching experience preferred. Experience in designing, building, and implementing digital history projects is a plus.

 


 

Grants and Fellowships

 

American School of Classical Studies at Athens. PROGRAMS AND FELLOWSHIPS. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research in the history and civilization of the Greek world. They offer a variety of fellowships and other study opportunities. Deadlines vary; most are between January and March 2017.

 

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.

 


 

Study Opportunities

 

The Balkan Heritage Field School has just opened the application session for the first available projects in the next field school season in 2017.The available projects/courses take place at different excavation sites and historic places in Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia related to all major cultures and civilizations that once existed in the Balkans.

 

The Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy (in operation since 2012) is accepting applications for undergrad and grad students from all universities and colleges in the US and Canada. Application deadline: March 1, 2017.

 

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.

Calls for Papers

 

Numa, Numa: The Life and Afterlife of the Second King of Rome. 13-14 October, 2017. Ann Arbor MI. This conference aims to help correct modern scholarship’s oversight of the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius – the foundational figure of Roman religion who also enjoyed a remarkably long, varied, and rich nachleben in Western thought, literature, and art. We invite abstracts (500 words) for papers that will last 25 minutes by 15 February, 2017.

 

The American Schools of Oriental Research is seeking papers for the panel, “New Research in Pre-Islamic Central Asia” to be held at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) in Boston, MA from 15-18 November 2017. The panel looks broadly at the changing human landscape of Central Asia, where urbanism and nomadism coincided for millennia.

Paper proposals are currently open until the final deadline of 15 February 2017.

 

 

Power Couple: Attic Comedy and Historiography. SCS Meeting, January 2018. Attic Comedy and Historiography thematize the question of power in all its forms: both genres analyze rhetorical power, imperial power, mythical and divine power, the power (or powerlessness) of the law, the power of the reputation or charisma of politicians, and diverse other themes of this kind.We are seeking papers that go beyond comparative examination of how the two genres treat power to investigate the relations between comedic and historiographic treatments of power in fifth- and fourth- century Athens. The deadline for submission is February 24, 2017.

 

The Art of Biography in Antiquity. Sponsored by the International Plutarch Society. Organized by Jeffrey Beneker, University of Wisconsin, Madison. We aim to explore features of the biographical tradition that cut across linguistic, cultural, generic, and chronological boundaries. We encourage panelists to focus on comparative studies or works of particular authors, as well as papers that deal with the intersection of biography and other genres, such as historiography, rhetoric, poetry, and philosophy. The deadline is March 1, 2017.

 

Teaching Leaders and Leadership through Classics. A Virtual Conference. May 8-22, 2017. This conference aims at exploring and developing the ways that the study of classical antiquity has been, can be, and should be used as a platform for leadership education. As universities place greater and greater emphasis on their mission to develop students as future leaders, the field of classical studies can become central to the study of leadership and the education of leaders. The primary texts and artifacts we study are often about, for, or by the leaders of their times. Our discipline’s emphasis on textual and visual analysis, narrative, and cultural history aids students in developing the skills of empathy, contextual intelligence, and critical thinking that are the most essential for the success of leaders. Deadline for abstracts: March 18, 2017.

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.

 


 

Publication Opportunities

 

The Ancient History Bulletin is currently accepting submissions. AHB is a peer-reviewed digital journal that promotes scholarly discussion in Ancient History and ancillary fields (such as epigraphy, papyrology, and numismatics). For over 30 years AHB has combined high standards with a timely review and editorial process, publishing articles and notes on the history of the ancient world from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. Although contributors are encouraged to submit articles in English, submissions in French, German, Italian, and Spanish are welcome. 

 

The Journal of Ancient History is 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. We are committed to a speedy process from submission to publication while maintaining high standards of peer-review.

 

The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History 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.

 

The journal Res Militares is actively seeking volunteers to review books on a wide array of topics, not all of which are necessarily military. Interested reviewers should write to Lee Brice (ll-brice@wiu.edu). The list of available books can be found at our webpage.

 

Warfare in the Ancient Mediterranean World, A Brill Companion to Classical Studies Series. The aim of the series is to publish high-quality, useful volumes each focused on a specific topic related to warfare in the ancient Mediterranean world. Where appropriate, volume coverage should include the eastern Mediterranean, including Assyria, Persia, Anatolia the Levant, and Egypt as well as Greece and Rome. The intended audience includes scholarly specialist and non specialists. We are seeking proposals on a variety of topics covering a wide range of issues and methodologies. For more information contact the series editor, Lee Brice, at ll-brice@wiu.edu or llbrice@ilstu.edu.

 

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.

To submit an item for any of these categories, please contact the Secretary-Treasurer, Denise Demetriou

 


 

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