Conferences & Events

  1. Call for Papers–Conference on Humor in the Ancient World, April 20-21, 2018

    What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World
    20-21 April 2018
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

    Humor is a ubiquitous human phenomenon with a wide range of applications. Yet, what is deemed humorous is often culturally determined. This poses a significant challenge for scholars of ancient cultures. How do we identify what an ancient culture found funny? How did they use humor, and what drove their usage?

    The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scholars across disciplines to discuss and debate humor and its functions in both textual and material sources across the ancient Mediterranean, from the early Near East through late antiquity. We invite papers that address the above questions, or any others, on the topic of humor in an ancient Mediterranean context.

    Keynote Speakers:
    • Jack M. Sasson (Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University)
    • Ian Ruffell (Classics, University of Glasgow)
    • Amy Richlin (Classics, University of California at Los Angeles)
    • Christine Hayes (Religious Studies, Yale University)

    Possible topics include:
    • Theoretical models for identifying and understanding humor and comedy in ancient cultures
    • Ancient definitions and theories of humor
    • Humor in political discourse, including propaganda, competition, and resistance
    • The role of humor in religion and ritual
    • Humor and social taboo: obscenities, scatology, and transgressive behaviors
    • Women, sexuality, and gender as sites of humor
    • Humor and social boundaries: elite and popular, native and foreign, center and periphery, divine and mortal, and other lines of membership
    • Humor’s function in narrative and in the relationship between storyteller and audience
    • Humor as entertainment in daily life, including inscriptions, performance, and celebration

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to by 30 November 2017. Please include “Humor Conference Abstract” and your name in the subject line.

    Secretary Treasurer

    July 20th, 2017 5:10 pm | Continue Reading
  2. ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast) Conference, October 19-20, 2017

    ReLACS, now in its fifth year, is an annual workshop of scholars of Late Antiquity held on a rotating basis at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Kentucky.

    The 2017 meeting will be hosted by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Participation is open to all scholars interested in Late Antiquity broadly defined. Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged.

    Secretary Treasurer

    June 19th, 2017 1:54 pm | Continue Reading
  3. Pappas Patristic Institute Summer Patristic Studies Program, July 30-Aug 4, 2017

    The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute is again pleased to offer its week-long Summer Patristic Studies Program on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA on July 30 – August 4, 2017.  This is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic Patristic texts through small group-study brief faculty lectures.  The intended audience for the program includes theology and religious studies students at the masters and undergraduate levels, clergy, interested lay people, and undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the Church Fathers.  Doctoral-level students are also encouraged to participate, or to apply for teaching fellowships.

    Secretary Treasurer

    June 19th, 2017 9:02 am | Continue Reading
  4. “Feeding on Dreams: Exiles & Exile in Late Antiquity.” A Workshop at Yale University, 23-25 April 2018

    Being barred from one’s native lands, state and/or community was and continues to be a unique form of punishment. Individuals or groups might not only suffer from physical, economic and legal privation, but also social and cultural exclusion to the point of a kind of social death. In Late Antiquity, the degree of political and religious change made exile perhaps more likely for an increasingly diverse group, but may have also changed the nature of exile itself. Recent work both on conceptual exile and the exile of clerics raises the possibility of expanding the scope of scholarly conversations surrounding the practice in this period. This workshop’s purpose is to consider different experiences and conceptions of formal and informal banishment to arrive at a more holistic understanding of the social, cultural, and literary phenomenon of exile in late antiquity.


    March 6th, 2017 4:14 pm | Continue Reading
  5. CFP: 2017 Byzantine Studies Conference, Due March 1st

    Online Submission Guidelines:
    Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, EST Midnight

    The Byzantine Studies Association welcomes submissions for March 1st using its online system. Papers from a wide range of disciplines related to Byzantine Studies, including Patristics, are encouraged. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by email by March 15th.

    Proposals are submitted as individual abstracts. Proposals consist of:
    1. Your contact information; a proposed title; and, if part of a panel proposal, proposed panel information (see below).
    2. A single PDF copy of the 500-word or less, blind abstract (title only, no name), formatted and submitted according to the detailed instructions:

    Contact Information: 2017 BSC Program Chair, Dr. Sarah Brooks ()


    Conference Information:

    2017 BSC
    October 5-8, 2017
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


    February 13th, 2017 4:19 pm | Continue Reading