Update: 2015 Call for Papers


The Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Call for Papers: 2015 Annual Meeting, October 8-10, 2015
Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware

We invite individual and group proposals on all aspects of the classical world and classical reception, and on new strategies and resources for improved teaching. Especially welcome are presentations that aim at maximum audience participation and integrate the concerns of K-12 and college faculty, and that consider ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome outside of our discipline and profession. We are hoping to include an undergraduate research session featuring presentations based on outstanding term papers, senior theses or other scholarly projects.

All submitters and all Program participants must be current members of CAAS. Participants in the 2015 Annual Meeting must be members when they submit proposals and must renew their memberships for 2015-2016 (The membership year is September 1-August 31).

All abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically using the forms listed on this page.

Panels and Workshops

Panel/Workshop submissions: panels or workshops may be 1 ½ or 2 hours in length, depending on the number of presenters. Submissions must include:

  • a single Word 97-2003 (.doc or .rtf or .txt—NOT .docx) file of no more than 700 words that includes a description of the proposed panel or workshops and, if appropriate, brief abstracts of the individual presentations. The description and individual abstracts (if any) should be accompanied by, and appropriate to, the panel/workshop topic, by a bibliography of up to ten items (not included in the word limit). The proposal should clearly indicate the thesis and original contribution made by the panel or workshop and situate this contribution in a larger scholarly context (for more information, see Writing an Abstract for Professional Presentation). The proposal must be anonymous. The names of the organizer and presenters should not appear anywhere in this file except when citing a publication by the organizer or presenters.
  • Title of the session and titles of each individual presentation (if appropriate).
  • specific audio-visual needs for the session (please note that CAAS cannot provide laptops, a live internet connection, or a VCR/DVD player with monitor. All videos must be projected from a laptop).
  • on an information sheet, to be submitted as an additional file separate from that describing the panel/workshop proposal, complete contact information for the panel organizer, including institution, postal address, phone number and email address; institutions and emails addresses for all presenters. This information should appear on the information page only, and not the document describing the panel/workshop.

NEW EARLY DEADLINE FOR PANELS AND WORKSHOPS: THE SUBMISSION DATE FOR PANELS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 30, 2015. No substantive changes (e.g. additional speakers) will be allowed after this date.

The Program Coordinator, or a deputy who is not a member of the program committee, will review panel/workshop submissions to ensure adherence to the above specifications. If a proposal is incomplete, the organizer will be asked to revise it and to resubmit the proposal for assessment by Monday, April 6, 2015.

Submit Panel and Workshop Proposals Here: <http://www.caas-cw.org/forms/panelform.php>

Individual Submissions

individual papers must be no more than 15 minutes in length. Submissions must include:

  • a single Word 97-2003 (.doc or .rtf or .tst—NOT docx) file of no more than 300 words that clearly indicates the thesis and original contributions made by your presentation and situations this contribution in a larger scholarly context (for more information, see Writing an Abstract for Professional Presentation). This abstract should be accompanied, if appropriate to the paper topic, by a bibliography of up to five items (not included in the word limit) and by a statement of how audiovisual aids will be used (not included in the word limit). The abstract must be anonymous. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the file except when citing a publication by the author.
  • an information sheet, to be submitted as an additional file separate from that of your abstract, the  title of your presentation and complete contact information for yourself, including institutional affiliation, postal address, phone number and email address.
  • if you are an undergraduate, please indicate this, so that undergraduate submissions can be read separately, and in relation to one another.
  • specific audio-visual needs for your presentation (please note that CAAS cannot provide laptops, a live internet connection, or a VR/DVD player with monitor: all videos must be projected from a laptop).

The deadline for individual submissions is Monday, April 6, 2015.

Submit individual proposals here:<http://www.caas-cw.org/forms/paperform.php>

For further information, please contact CAAS Program Coordinator Judith P Hallett (jeph@umd.edu). Please contact Webmaster Jana Soska (webmaster@caas-cw.org) if you experience difficulties with the online forms.

2015 Annual Meeting


The 2015 CAAS Annual Meeting will be held at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, DE on October 8-10, 2015. More details and the call for papers will be announced shortly.

ACTFL survey on language enrollments

The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has asked us to encourage all of our members who are teaching at the primary or secondary levels to complete a survey it is conducting on enrollment in foreign language classes.  This survey complements the one recently conducted by the Modern Language Association concerning enrollments at the college and university level.  In addition, SCS will soon be publishing results of its census of classics departments conducted this Fall.

Respondents can complete the ACTFL survey online or upload a document containing information on foreign language programs in their school or district. The questionnaire may be completed by anyone in the individual school or school district who is familiar with the language course offerings and enrollment figures. The data should be for the 2014-15 school year.  The survey is available at http://www.americancouncils.org/ForeignLanguageSurvey.

Integrating Judaism and Christianity into the Study of the Ancient World

Ranieri Colloquium on Ancient Studies at NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies is organizing a conference  for Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, 2015.  The conference is entitled, “Integrating Judaism and Christianity into the Study of the Ancient World.”  The event is presented by Center for Ancient Studies in conjunction with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies, the Religious Studies Program, the Department of Classics, the Department of History, the Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and the Dean for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public.

Professor Mary Yossi of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece will be delivering a Public Lecture titled ‘Human Rights’ and Greek Tragedy

Professor Mary Yossi of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece will be delivering a Public Lecture titled ” ‘Human Rights’ and Greek Tragedy” on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.  The talk will begin at 3:30 pm and extend to 5 pm and will be held in the North Lounge of the Campion Student Center.  Professor Yossi’s visit is sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and the University Seminars Program.  Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos [knikolou@sju.edu].”


Deadline Extended: Directors of the ASCSA Summer Sessions

Two Positions
Deadline extended: February 28

Term: Summer 2016.

Eligibility: Former membership in the School and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including history, art history, languages, and archaeology, are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of modern Greek. Stamina, good health and a sense of humor.  See more information about the ASCSA Summer Sessions at http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/Summer.

Duties: Plan the six-week itinerary, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program in Greece, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, and submitting a report to the Director.

Compensation: Stipend commensurate with rank, ranging from $7,365 to $9,064, pending available funding, plus travel and expenses, housing for eight weeks total as available June 1 to August 15 and as defined in the attached policy.

Application: A letter of application, a curriculum vitae and three letters of support should be sent to:
Committee on the Summer Sessions
E-mail: ssapplication@ascsa.org

Call for Ovationes 2016

Each year at its annual meeting the Association presents ovationes to members          who have been selected by the Awards Committee for their significant service to the discipline and the organization. The ovatio  is read in Latin by a colleague close to the honoree at the banquet, while copies of the ovatio in Latin and English are distributed to attendees.

The ovatio recognizes long and distinguished service to CAAS and/or to the classics  community by those in the CAAS region, especially by those retiring or concluding a long term of service.

The Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for 2016 CAAS Ovationes,          to be presented at the 2016 October annual meeting. Nominees and nominators need to be CAAS members in good standing. To nominate a candidate to the Awards Committee for an ovatio, please download and complete the nomination form. Please click here to download the form. Send your completed nomination form as an email attachment to the Chair of the  Awards Committee by March 1, 2015. Thank you for assisting the committee in its work.

2014-2015 Awards Committee: Ann Raia (araia@cnr.edu); Nathan Costa (2013-2015), Sarah Ferrario (2014-2016), Judith P. Hallett, Program Coordinator, liaison.

Cornell University’s Scholar-Author Barry Strauss To Visit the Philadelphia-Main Line Area, March 6-7: The Death of Caesar and the Facts Behind the Legend

Gladiators, Cleopatra,  King Herod.  A murder orchestrated with military precision; a forgotten conspirator who held the key to the plot; soldiers willing to be bought by the highest bidder; barbarians, cutthroats, and a political wife who was the brains behind Mark Antony’s “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” speech.  None of these is found in Shakespeare’s reception of the Ides of March, yet they are all part of the real story of history’s most famous assassination.  Historian and Classicist Barry Strauss, the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies at Cornell and author of the new book, The Death of Caesar (Simon & Schuster), offers a new and unexpected look at one of history’s pivotal events.

Several organizations and academic institutions are “partnering” to welcome Professor Barry Strauss to Valley Forge Military Academy and College and to The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Along with those two hosting institutions, Classics Department Chairs Valentina DeNardis (Villanova University), Maria Marsilio (Saint Joseph’s University), and Radcliffe Edmonds (Bryn Mawr College), as well as Robert Sutton (President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America), and Mary Brown (President of The Philadelphia Classical Society) are involved in promoting Dr. Strauss’ two talks and book-signing events.

On Friday, March 6, 2015, beginning at 7:30 pm, VFMAC is hosting a reception, book-signing, and lecture in Eisenhower Hall on campus.  Dogfish Head Brewery of Rohobeth Beach, DE is providing a “tasting” of Etrusca and Midas’ Touch, both craft brews designed according to ancient recipes by Penn Museum’s biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern.

On Saturday, March 7, at The Penn Museum, from 2 pm-4pm, Professor Strauss will conduct a meet-and-greet and book-signing, followed by his lecture and a Q&A period.

Both events are open to the public, based on space availability.   The event at VFMAC is free; the Penn Museum event is free with Museum Admission.  To register for a seat at either event, contact Mary Brown [mbrown@vfmac.edu].  Also, Professor Strauss’ new book The Death of Caesar, hardcover edition published by Simon & Schuster, is now available at a premiere price of $15.  To purchase a copy, order through Mary Brown.  Pick-up will be set up at both book-signing lecture venues.

AAR/ASCSA Broneer Fellowship


Deadline: March 15, 2015

The American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens award the Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship to encourage the study of the Greco-Roman world.

full details here