Sunday, 20 March 2016


This week we would like to share with you two pieces of information.

Firstly, we would like to announce to you that a seminar called “Entrecruces. Grecia y Roma en el Arte” (“Interweaving. Greece and Rome in the Art”) will be organized by the Mexican Association of Classical Studies (Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Clásicos, AMEC) in collaboration with the National Museum of Art (Museo Nacional de Arte, MUNAL). The weekly seminar will be held at the MUNAL in Mexico City from the 2nd of April to the 26th of November 2016 and “is open to all those interested in Classical art and will be imparted by a group of AMEC experts in the several aspects of this rich cultural complex”, as was stated by Aurelia Vargas Valencia, the president of AMEC.

For more information on the event, please follow the link.

What is more, you are invited to visit the Association´s (AMEC) new website


Secondly, we would like to forward to you some noteworthy information that has been made public by Mara Roscio, representing the board of CISSR, concerning the association´s third annual meeting:


“Dear colleagues and friends,


On behalf of the organizing committee of the CISSR - Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions, it is a great pleasure to inform you that the call for papers for the Third Annual Meeting on Christian Origins (September 29 – October 1, 2016 ) is officially open. It is now possible, therefore, to register online and submit a paper proposal: see the page “How to Participate” (Italian version: “Comepartecipare”)

- N.B.: The call for papers closes on April 30, 2016.


As in the past years, the conference will take place in the nice location of Bertinoro (a small and picturesque village near Bologna and Ravenna) and will be hosted by the CEUB - University Residential Centre of Bertinoro. The Centre has its own conference facilities, including a variety of office and meeting spaces, accommodation and canteen. 


The Annual Meetings on Christian Origins wish to provide a space for scientific debate on the historical Jesus, the history of the early groups of Jesus’ followers, and the interpretation of early Christian writings (1st and 2nd cent.), as well as other cognate fields of inquiry. The meetings take the form of “Programme Units”, coordinated by specialists and young researchers. Papers are expected from a wide range of perspectives. This year we will feature panels on topics such as:

  • Ancient Intellectual Culture
  • Anthropology of Religious Forms and Identities
  • Apocryphal and Canonical Gospels: Their Sources and Reciprocal Relations
  • Archaeology and Christian Origins
  • Christ Groups and Ancient Associations
  • Christian Origins: Modern Myths and Historical Representations
  • Discussion of Recent Books
  • Early Groups of Jesus’ Followers
  • Gospel of Thomas, Nag Hammadi, and Gnosticism
  • Historical Jesus
  • History of the Research on Jesus in Modern and Contemporary Times
  • Jewish History and Hellenistic Judaism
  • Mark and the Other Gospels
  • Methodological Questions: Memory, Cognitive Studies, Sociology, Anthropology
  • Methods for the Study of Documentary Papyri
  • Re-Dating the Early Christian Texts
  • Religious Practices and Experiences in Hellenistic-Roman Judaism and Early Christianity (2nd cent. BCE – 4th Century CE)

Hoping you can join us in Bertinoro...

Best Regards

Mara Rescio”

Tuesday, 8 March 2016


This week, we would like to let you know that the University of Rostock and its Heinrich Schliemann-Institut für Altertumswissenschaften (Department of Classics) invite applications from postgraduates and PhD candidates to participate in the International Summer Academy Rostock (ISAR) that will take place from the 21st to the 27th of August 2016.


The topic of ISAR 2016 has been announced to be „Bild und Text. Medialität in der Antike” (Image and Text. Mediality in Antiquity). Academic guidance and support will be provided by Prof. Dr. Christiane Reitz as well as Prof. Dr. Gunnar Seelentag (both Rostock University).


ISAR 2016 will award bursaries to a group of up to 20 international and German participants. This offer is addressed to postgraduates and PhD candidates in the field of Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Archaeology, History with a focus on antiquity, and related fields of study. The aim of the Academy is for this group to enter into a discussion with Rostock´s scholars and to work on current interdisciplinary issues related to both research in and the reception of antiquity.


Note that the language of instruction will be German. However, discussions may be held in English. The deadline for applications is the 15th of April 2016.


For more information, including the application form, please follow the link.