Saturday, 11 February 2017


We would like to let you know that Basel university currently offers a one-year PhD scholarship within its Department of Ancient civilisations (starting from 1 October 2017).
For more information, please follow this link and note that the deadline for applications is 01 April 2017. 


Since it is the 68th anniversary of CIPSH (The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences), we would to forward to you their commemorative letter.

"Dear colleagues,
Chers collègues,
The CIPSH was created 68 years ago, the 18th January, 1949.
Le CIPSH fut créé il y a 68 ans, le 18 Janvier, 1949.
At the time, the wounds of WWII and the need to rebuild societies across the globe, facing challenges such as the independence of colonies, the rebuilding of cities preserving heritage, or the new geostrategic balances and related intercultural relations, raised attention on the relevance of history, philosophy, literature and the humanistic studies in general. In fact, the recent disasters and the fear of losing peace again, were certainly major reasons for the support to create CIPSH in the constellation of the first UNESCO related independent initiatives.
Alors, les blessures de la 2ème GG et le besoin de reconstruire les sociétés à travers le monde, faisant face aux défis tels que l’indépendance des colonies, la reconstruction des villes en préservant le patrimoine, où de nouveaux équilibres géostratégiques et relations interculturelles en rapport avec eux, a soulevé l’attention sur l’importance de l’histoire, de la phylosophie, de la litérature et des études humanistiques en général. En effet, les désastres récents et la peur de perdre encore la paix, étaient certainement des raisons majeures pour le soutien à la création du CIPSH dans la constellation des premières initiatives indépendantes en rapport avec l’UNESCO.
Our current course is no less complex, and we should not take many of the ongoing advances (new members of CIPSH, Humanities UNESCO chairs being prepared, the road towards the World Humanities Conference, the contacts with the arts and the other sciences, the consideration of our contributions in debates concerning sustainability, climate, ethics or migrations,…) and difficulties (decay of funding, retreat of humanities programmes in many countries, academic unemployment, still insufficient transdisciplinary collaboration,…) as a mere consequence of the decisions of CIPSH and its member organisations. The growing tensions, failures and deceptions in societies, will growingly raise attention to the Humanities. It is very interesting to notice that several proposals to the World Humanities Conference focus not only in transversal themes, but also on understanding the major relevance of history, classics, literature or epistemology, to meet current society needs.
Notre parcours actuel n’est pas moins complexe, et nous ne devons pas prendre les différents progrès (nouveaux membres du CIPSH, chaires UNESCO d’Humanités en préparation, la route vers la Conférence Mondiale des Humanités, les contacts avec les arts et les autres sciences, la considération de notre contribution dans les débats sur la durabilité, le climat, l’éthique ou le smigrations…) et difficultés (baisse des financements, retrait des programmes d’humanités dans plusieurs pays, chômage académique, encore insuffisante collaborations transdisciplinaire) pour des simples conséquences des décisions du CIPSH et de ses organisations membres. Les tensions croissantes, les faillites et les déceptions dans les sociétés, iront de plus en plus soulever l’attention vers les humanités. C’est bien intéréssant de vérifier que plusieurs propositions pour la Conférence Mondiale sont centrées pas seulement dans des thèmes transversaux, mais aussi sur la compréhension de l’importance de l’histoire, des études classiques, de la litérature ou de l’épistémologie, pour rejoindre les besoins de la société.
I thank you all for the great effort all the members of CIPSH are doing, investing in this confederative approach despite the difficulties we all experience in our own disciplinary base units. Of course, working together is evidently the best way to protect, also, the future working conditions of each of our disciplines (namely when considering how education or research funding will evolve), but we all know how difficult it became to still keep the time and resources to make this effort. While we live in times of “mixed trends” concerning the humanities, I think we all agree that having a strong common International Council is a fundamental tool for all of us to be listened by governments, research foundations or related institutions.
Je vous remercie pour le grand effort que tous les membres du CIPSH font, en investissant sur cette approche confédérative, malgré les difficultés que nous tous avons dans nos propres unités disciplinaires de base. Bien sûr, travailler ensemble c’est évidemment la meilleure façon de protéger, aussi, l’avenir des conditions de travail pour chacune de nos disciplines (notamment quand nous considérons comment l’éducation ou les financements á la recherche iront évoluer), mais nous savons tous aussi comment il est difficile de trouver du temps et des ressources pour faire cet effort. Alors qu’on vit dans des temps à des « tendances mixtes » concernant les humanités, je crois que nous sommes tous d’accord qu’avoir un fort Conseil International commun est un outil fondamental pour que nous tous soyons écoutés par des gouvernements, des fondations de recherche et d’autres institutions.
I wish we will be able to make the most of the ongoing projects, and namely use the World Humanities Conference for retrieving a central position in all major international discussions, setting together a specific agenda that may bring all of us collaborating within a common framework of major projects, in which the mid and long term reasoning contributes for critical knowledge and creativity. In a moment when the daily anguishing pressure leads most to the illusion of a future built on the basis of short term solutions oriented quest, it is for the humanities alone (including the arts and the fundamental sciences) to keep that dimension.
Je souhaite qu’on soit capables de faire le mieux avec les projets en cours, en particulier en utilisant la Conférence Mondiales des Humanités pour reprendre une position centrale dans les discussions internationales, en construisant ensemble un agenda spécifique qui puisse nous engager sur la collaboration un cadre commun de projets majeurs, dans lesquels le raisonnement de moyen et long terme contribue à la pensée critique et á la créativité. Dans un moment ou la pression angoissante journalière pousse la plupart à l’illusion d’un avenir battu que sur la recherche de solutions de court terme, il ne reste que les humanités (y compris les arts et les sciences fondamentales) pour garder cette dimension.
Luiz Oosterbeek
Secretary-General of the International Council of Philosphy and Human Sciences (CIPSH)

Thursday, 2 February 2017


The SCS (Society for Classical Studies) has released a public statement reacting to the executive order recently issued by the Trump administration. Please read the full statement below or follow this link:

"In light of the executive order on immigration issued on Friday, January 27, 2017, the Society for Classical Studies publicly reaffirms its commitment to the international community of scholars and to the importance of the free movement of scholarship and ideas.  We believe that the selective ban placed on the entry to the United States by individuals of particular nationalities and (in effect) of particular religious beliefs, the suspension of all refugee processing, and the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program are harmful to students, scholars, and academic institutions in this country and, given the importance of the middle eastern region to the study of classical antiquity, of particular concern to our discipline.
The legal and procedural situation with respect to this order remains unclear and somewhat in flux, as the status of green card holders has apparently been revised, and it seems that a number of individuals originally detained have been released.  Nevertheless, we join with many other colleges, universities, and academic organizations in expressing our strong concern that the actions set out in the executive order run contrary, not only to the foundations of our discipline, but to some of the deepest values of the United States—as a nation of immigrants, of freedom, and of hope.  Further, we join with many colleagues here and around the world in urging that legal and legislative actions be taken, as necessary, to ensure that those values are upheld."

Monday, 30 January 2017


We would like to let you know that the second Akademia Epika will be held from 20-29 July 2017 in Iraklio, Crete. "[This] ten day programme is designed to provide students, whether pre-university, under-graduate, graduate, doctoral or helleno-philes at large, with an intensive course and cultural programme (34 hours) in a non-competitive and jovial atmosphere."

This year, an intensive translation of Homer's Odyssey, Book VIII, will be at the centre of the programme. For more information, please see the event's poster.

You may also read a report of last year's programme as well as a short article on the forthcoming second academia.

Thursday, 26 January 2017


This week we would like to make you aware of the fact that, for the seventh time in a row, the Harrassowitz publishers award their Philippika-Preis to the author of an exceptional dissertation in the field of Classical Studies.

The winner's dissertation will be published and printed by the Harrassowitz publishers. 

Please follow this link to read all the relevant information.


We would like to let you know that the Uniagustiniana Press (associated with the Universitaria Agustiniana in Bogotá, Colombia) has issued a call for contributions pertaining to its book series on Augustinian Studies: "Saint Augustine as ‘Doctor Pacis’: Inquiries on Peace for People Living Today".

For more information, please follow this link and note that the deadline for the submission of abstracts is 3 April 2017.


We would like to remind you that the 5th International Conference on Classical Studies in Mexico will be held in Mexico City from 4 - 8 September 2017. The event will be hosted by the Centro de Estudios Clásicos at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas and the Colegio de Letras Clásicas at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Proposals on any theme about Classical Philology and its tradition are welcome. Please follow this link for the Call for Papers.

Please note that you can now use an online tool to submit abstracts and personal information (deadline: 20 March 2017).