Congrats to Chiara Graf for winning the 2018 John J. Winkler Memorial Prize!

Our very own Chiara Graf has won the 2018 John J. Winkler Prize for her essay “Seneca’s Ugly Feelings.” The prestigious prize is offered each year to the author of the best North-American undergraduate or graduate essay “in any risky or marginal field of classical studies.” Chiara was invited to Oberlin to present her paper at the beginning of the month.

Congrats, Chiara!

A Workshop in Historical Methods

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), NE 4107

A Workshop in Historical Methods is designed for UofT graduate students and faculty. Please join us for this one-day workshop.

The workshop this year will be led by Prof. E. Isayev (Exeter) and Prof. M. J. Versluys (Leiden).

10:00am-10:30am  Breakfast
10:30am-12:30pm  Session 1
12:30pm-2:00pm  Lunch (catered at UTM)
2:00pm-4:30pm  Session 2
7:30pm  Dinner (downtown location TBA)

Shuttle tickets will be provided for graduate students coming from UofT St. George Campus to UTM – please indicate this in your RSVP. The shuttle schedule can be found here. Click here for the UTM campus map.

Please RSVP to Alison Cleverley by October 19, 2018. Please indicate if you will be attending the workshop, lunch, and downtown dinner in the evening. Please also mention any dietary restrictions.

Click here for more information.

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The event is generously funded by the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean, UTM.

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Classics and the World Today 3: Local Identities, Movement, and Global Connections in Antiquity

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), Instructional Centre Building, Room IB 120

Classics and the World Today 3: Local Identities, Movement, and Global Connections in Antiquity is open to all UofT students. Please join us for a discussion with Prof. Elena Isayev (University of Exeter) and Prof. Miguel John Versluys (Leiden University).

Reception to follow. Click here for the UTM campus map.

Further information here.

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The event is generously funded by the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean, UTM.

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Call for Papers: Classics in the Anthropocene, UofT Graduate Conference

University of Toronto, Department of Classics, Graduate Conference 
April 19-20, 2019 

Keynote Speakers: Brooke Holmes (Princeton), Katherine Blouin (Toronto) 

The recent popularity of the notion of “the Anthropocene” reflects a growing recognition that human societies and their natural environments radically and reciprocally shape and influence one another. Additionally, there is a looming sense that the ecological conditions under which humankind has thrived for millennia are about to undergo a set of epochal transformations. Speculations about the near-future range from optimistic to pessimistic extremes. Will there be a collective and self-conscious effort to re-shape civilization as we have known it, or a total extinction of life on earth? In either case, humanity faces an unprecedented crisis.

This crisis provides a novel horizon of meaning for the interpretation of human society and culture, past as well as present. The task of rethinking traditional categories such as history, culture, individuality, and nature, has become both possible and necessary. In many disciplines this work is already underway.

The question guiding this year’s conference is how the study of classical literature, philosophy, history, and archeology, might contribute to this rethinking. This might involve investigating the ways ancient attitudes have or have not influenced present ones; how ancient authors conceived of their environment; how ancient authors conceptualized the place of human beings in nature; ancient methods of exploitation and/or preservation of resources; ancient experiences of environmental change. Further potential topics of interest are (but are not limited to):

  • ancient conceptions of nature in general
  • natural disasters, cataclysms, conflagrations, apocalypses
  • nature, politics, imperialism
  • technology and human agency
  • scientific expertise and political deliberation
  • human migration and its relation to environmental change
  • nature in ancient mythology and/or religion
  • ancient philosophical thought about the finitude of civilizations, planets, etc.
  • individual and collective responsibility, inherited guilt: is the Anthropocene in some sense “tragic”?
  • philosophical ethics as learning how to die

Guidelines for submission: Graduate students and early career scholars are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words, for papers of 15-20 minutes in length, to uoftclassicsconference@gmail.com by January 7, 2019. Please include your name and institution in the submission email, but leave the abstract anonymous. Accepted participants will be notified by email in late January. Any questions may be directed to the above email.

UTM to host their third annual Classics and the World Today

The department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto, Mississauga will be hosting their third annual “Classics and the World Today” set of events, a two day affair featuring a public lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25 and a workshop for graduate students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 26.

For further information, click here.

Midwestern Ancient Greek History and Theory Colloquium 2018

LI205
 
Saturday 29th September
9.30 am          Coffee & welcome
10.00 am        Robert Tordoff (York): “Characterizing Cleon in Aristophanes’ Cavalry.”
11.00 am        Allison Glazebrook (Brock): “The Erotics of Characterization: Problematizing Desire in Lysias 3 and 4”.
12 noon         Lunch
1.30 pm         Boris Chrubasik (Toronto): “Thinking about Hellenic Imperialism”
2.30 pm          Eric Robinson (Indiana): “Was Sparta an Oligarchy?”
3.30 pm          Coffee
4.00 pm          Matthew Christ (Indiana): “The Conscription of Cavalrymen in Classical Athens”
5.00 pm          Judith Fletcher (Wilfrid Laurier) “The Haunted Text: Necromantic Encounters, the First Three Thousand Years.”
Sunday 30th September
9.30 am          Coffee
10.00 am        Sara Forsdyke (Michigan): “The Jury Trial in Ancient Greece: A Revolution in Justice with Implications for the Modern World.”
11.00 am        Charles Stocking (Western) “Kratos before Democracy: Force, Politics, and Signification in Homer’s Iliad.”

Doing Classics: A Workshop in Historical Methods

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), Kaneff Centre, Room 2213

Doing Classics: A Workshop in Historical Methods is designed for UofT graduate students and faculty. Please join us for this one-day workshop organized by Professor Boris Chrubasik.

The broad topic this year is Authority and Non-Conformity in the Ancient World.

10:00am-10:30am  Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm  Session 1: Professor Neville Morley (University of Exeter)
1:00pm-2:00pm  Lunch (catered at UTM)
2:00pm-4:30pm  Session 2
7:30pm  Dinner (downtown location TBA)

Shuttle tickets will be provided for graduate students coming from UofT St. George Campus to UTM – please indicate this in your RSVP. The shuttle schedule can be found here. Click here for the UTM campus map.

Please RSVP to Jeffrey Easton by Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Please indicate if you will be attending the workshop, lunch, and downtown dinner in the evening. Please also mention any dietary restrictions.

Click here to view poster.

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The event is generously funded by the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean, UTM.

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