News Archive: 2014


Series of Lectures in Australia

From November 23 to December 5, 2014, I spent some time in Australia to deliver a series of lectures and meet with colleagues and graduate students. It was a wonderful experience, thank you to everyone who engaged in thoughtful conversations, and thanks to my hosts in particular: Brad Jordan, Kimberley Webb, and Jarrad Paul (the organizers of AMPHORAE VIII), Kathryn Welch (Sydney), and Gillian Shepherd (La Trobe University). This was the itinerary, and below are some pictures: 

Nov. 27, Keynote Lecture at the AMPHORAE VIII Congress, University of Melbourne: "The Parochial Polis. Localism and the Ancient Greek City-State" 

Nov. 28, Master Class at AMPHORAE VIII Congress, University of Melbourne: "Tempting Tyche. Political Lottery in Classical Athens" 

Dec. 1, La Trobe University, Melbourne. Annual Ancient Mediterranean Studies Lecture: "King Numa’s Dangerous Books" 

Dec. 2, University of Sydney, Guest Lecture: "King Numa’s Dangerous Books"   


Classics @ McGill Fan Gear

December 19, 2014. The new McGill Classics Gear Collection has arrived, including hoodies, tuques, and more. My personal favourite is the "McGill Classics - Job Security" t-shirt. Get in touch with the Classics Students Association (CAS) to secure your ultimate holiday gift. From left to right: Brett Clapperton (CSA president 2014-15), Zoe Blecher-Cohen (VP Finance), Sebastian Grant (VP External).  


Global Antiquities Outreach Lecture 2014 and Presentation

October 22-24, 2014: The Global Antiquities Research Network held an international workshop on "Citizens and Commoners in Greece, Rome, and China" at Thomson House and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Assembling scholars from Australia, China, Israel, German, Spain, the US, and Canada, the workshop explored the role of "the people" in ancient societies from a comparative perspective. Here is more info on the Global Antiquities Research Network and the workshop program. 

The photos below are from the opening keynote event at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where Professor Josiah Ober delivered a public lecture on "The Rise, Fall, and Immortality of Ancient Greece".


Conference Presentation

September 23-26, 2014: 50th German Historikertag in Göttingen. I will present a paper on "ambitus und also-rans in den Jahren nach dem Hannibalkrieg" (Panel "Konkurrenz unter Anwesenden. Agonalität in der politischen Kultur des antiken Rom", organized by Karl-J. Hölkeskamp).  


Ice Bucket 

September 2, 2014: Classical Studies members Hans Beck, Katrina Van Amsterdam, and John Serrati do the ice bucket challenge. Click here to see how it went, and who was challenged in return.


Conference Program Delphi

June 23, 2014: The preliminary program of "Greek ethnos states" (Delphi, May 24 to 27, 2015) has been released. Click here. 


Volume in Press 

June 2, 2014: The volume Federalism in Greek Antiquity, edited by Hans Beck and Peter Funke, has been submitted to Cambridge University Press. 


CAC Conference

May 6 to 9, 2014: Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, hosted by Classical Studies at McGill University.

Featuring 142 speakers in 39 panels and many professional meetings, this year's CAC conference was attended by more than 220 registered participants. Among other highlights, the conference included a key note address by Martin Jehne (Dresden) and a public outreach lecture in Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts by Alfred Seiland (see under Outreach for more on his work). The CAC meeting was held in conjunction with the annual congress of the Association of Ancient Historians. Here is the CAC 2014 programand here are some photos from the event:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the CAC conference. In particular, we'd like to thank the CAC executive and council for their advice and wisdom. Special thanks are due to Kathleen Holden and to our student organizers Katrina Van Amsterdam and Erin Crochetière with their team of volunteers for making the conference such a wonderful, warm event. 

CAC 2014 Local Organizing Committee: Hans Beck (chair), John Serrati, Alex McAuley, François Gauthier, Katrina Van Amsterdam, Erin Crochetière, Kathleen Holden, Marguerite Deslauriers. 


Student Conference at LCC 

April 2, 2014: Student-Organized Conference 'Destiny Quebec' at Lower Canada College. I look forward to talking to the students about "Cultural Heritage and Global Values: a Road Trip to Antiquity (and back)". 


Grad Students, Research Award 

March 1, 2014: Katrina Van Amsterdam won a Faculty of Arts Travel Grant to carry out her research on Hellenistic Ruler Cults in Europe over the summer 2014. Congratulations, Katrina! 


CAC Conference Registration 

February 5, 2014: The registration for the CAC/SCEC 2014 Annual General Meeting (McGill University, May 6 to 9, 2014) is open.


Outreach Event: Humanities Round Table 

February 4, 2014: Seminar series "McGill for Humanities" at 1:00 pm (ARTS 160). Click here for a video of my presentation and other resources, and here for coverage in the Montreal Gazette.

In times of economic crisis such as these, it is easy to attack the Humanities as irrelevant. Today, students are under pressure to take courses that lead directly to instant jobs. And yet our courses in Classical Studies and History, to name but two disciplines, are packed, many of them over-enrolled. What does this teach us about student expectations, societal needs, and political discourses?

Join us for this round table discussion to explore, and possibly revisit, some of the main themes (and stereotypes) of the public debate.  


Conference Annoucement 

January 10, 2014: The Global Antiquities network, co-directed by myself and Griet Vankeerberghen, will hold a workshop on "Citizens and Commoners in Greece, Rome, and China" (Thomson House, October 22 to 24, 2014), with participants from Canada, China, US, Spain, Germany, Australia, and Israel. 


Public Cundill Prize Lecture, Video 

2013 Cundill Prize Lecture by Stephen Platt, including opening speeches by Dean Christopher Manfredi and myself. Here are photos and videos from the event.