AMPRAW Call for Papers: ‘Community’

We are delighted to announce our call for papers for the seventh Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW), focusing on the theme of “community”.

AMPRAW, an important academic event both within and outside the UK, is an annual postgraduate conference centred on the reception and impact of the ancient world on modern thought and identities. Since its inception in 2011, AMRAW has helped to establish an international postgraduate community for researchers interested in Classical Reception Studies. AMPRAW has been held at different institutions around the UK (though never in Scotland), and is dedicated to fostering and strengthening connections between postgraduates, ECRs, established academics, and practitioners working in Classical Reception.

This year’s conference will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the University of St Andrews and the University of Glasgow, thus emphasising Scotland’s role as an innovator in Classical Reception Studies. It is aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers working in all areas of Classical Reception, and will be held on Thursday 23 November and Friday 24 November 2017.

The conference will also feature a graduate panel on networking and careers in collaboration with the Classical Reception Studies Network. The panel and Q&A will give delegates the opportunity to hear more about the experiences and careers of doctoral researchers and academic staff working in Reception Studies. One of the key strengths of Classical Reception is, of course, its interdisciplinarity, but there is also the risk of researchers falling between departments when it comes to job hunting. We hope the panel will stimulate discussion about how Reception researchers can best sell themselves in a competitive job market, and about the variety of career paths to which Classical Reception Studies can lead.

We encourage contributions from a wide variety of disciplines (such as English, Classics, History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Art History, Modern Languages, Late Antiquity and so on), and we welcome proposals from creative practitioners as well.


Community lies at the heart of classical reception, be it (for example) the literary community created between texts, authors and readers, the classically-inflected rhetoric that shores up modern political discourse, or the transient community of spectators and actors brought together in the performance of an ancient play.

To draw an ancient parallel, in 450/451 BC Pericles passed a law delineating stricter requirements for obtaining Athenian citizenship, and in doing so described his vision of community. In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union, a decision that will continue to have a significant impact on the concept of ‘community’ for UK citizens.

Recent political and socio-economic developments worldwide have therefore put notions of what it means to be part of a community, and the concept of the community itself, under increased scrutiny.

This conference will explore how definitions of community (geographical, artistic, intellectual, political, cultural and economic) have been shaped and complicated by classical works and/or how classical receptions have prompted and continue to prompt new insight into community groups.


The deadline for abstracts (up to 200 words) is 3 September 2017. Send all abstracts and queries to

AMPRAW 2017 is generously supported by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (University of Edinburgh), the School of Classics (University of St Andrews), the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (SPHS).

Thanks to the support of the SGSAH and the SPHS, a limited number of small travel bursaries for doctoral researchers based both in Scotland and further afield are available.



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