News Archive: 2014 to 2017
Upcoming Sabbatical Leave
December 12, 2017: The University has approved my application for sabbatical leave in the academic year 2018-19. Now that's a nice concluding entry to this turbulent year. Merry Christmas to everyone, a restful break, and a happy New Year! I hope to see many of you in Boston for the SCS.
Conference Announcement, Call for Papers
December 6, 2017: The Parochial Polis Research Network, in conjunction with the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (University of Sydney), is excited to announce an international conference on "Local Horizons of Ancient Greek Religion" (Sydney, November 21-22, 2018). The conference project is part of my ongoing collaboration with Professor Julia Kindt from Sydney. Click here for the Call for Papers.
November 26, 2017: New edited volume, Hans Beck, Benedikt Eckhardt, Christoph Michels, and Sonja Richter (eds), Von Magna Graecia nach Asia Minor. Festschrift für Linda-Marie Günther zum 65. Geburtstag. Wiesbaden 2017.
Happy Birthday, liebe "L.-M.G."
International Workshop on Boiotia (AMP Research Event)
November 9, 2017: Fabienne Marchand and I will host a one-day workshop: "The Dancing Floor of Ares. Local Conflict and Regional Violence in Central Greece" (McGill University, Thomson House). The workshop is designed as a follow up to Fabienne's international Boiotian conference in Fribourg (see below, under June 7 to 9). Here is the program.
There will be a public lecture by Claudia Antonetti (Venice) on November 7 (5:00 pm, LEA 8008) that addresses the concept and topic of regional violence: "Conflits régionaux et guerres globales: guerre, violence et pouvoir dans la Sicile ancienne". Professor Antonetti's visit is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal.
Global Antiquities 2017 Outreach Lecture, International Workshop
October 25 to 27, 2017: Global Antiquities hosts its annual outreach lecture in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on October 25, 5:00 pm (Desmarais Building, Le Salon). This year's distinguished speaker is Professor Anthony Barbieri-Low from the University of California at Santa Barbara:
"Imagining the Tomb of the First Emperor"
The lecture is held with an international workshop held at Thomson House, October 26 and 27: "Place and Political Culture in Ancient Greece, Rome, and China".
Conference Keynote, Edinburgh (AMP Research)
September 28 to 30, 2017: International conference at the University of Edinburgh on Federalism in Antiquity and Today: a Continuing Story? My keynote lecture on "(Ancient Greek) Federalism: the Local Perspective" is scheduled for the opening day at 17:00. Click on the link for more details.
In addition to the keynote speech and academic panels, the conference includes a round table event that will take place at the Scottish parliament. This round table will also address the implications of federalism and its potential as a form of government for Scotland and the United Kingdom.
New Visiting Professor at McGill University (AMP Research Collaboration)
September 6, 2017: Fabienne Marchand, SNF Professor at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland has arrived at McGill, where she holds a visiting appointment this fall term, September through December. Her visit is organized in part to contribute to our ongoing collaboration on localism in Central Greece and to our work on TSO.
On October 11, she will present a paper in our departmental Oberseminar series, and on November 9 we will co-host on international workshop on "The Dancing Ground of War: Local Conflict and Regional Violence in Boiotia" (details to be released soon). Welcome Fabienne, we are happy to have you here!
Conference in Buenos Aires (AMP Research Event)
August 30 to September 1, 2017: The international conference "Encounters with Elites in the Ancient World: Leadership, Lifestyles, Legitimacy" is coming up. Visit the event website here.
International Symposium in Munich
July 13 to 14, 2017: Professor Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp hosts an international symposium at the Munich ‘Center for the Ancient World’ of LMU University, in conjunction with the graduate school ‘Distant Worlds’. Looking tremendously forward to participate with a paper on: "Wie lokal waren die lokalen Eliten im antiken Griechenland?"
Venue: Kardinal Wendel Haus, Mandlstraße 23, 80802 München. Here is the program poster.
Postscript: There has been a conference report by Katja Krüss in HSozKult, read it here.
Research Visit, Crete
July 2017: First-time trip to Crete to visit Ko-no-so and various other sites. One of the highlights is the new museum in Eleutherna near Rethymno. Although, to be honest, "you must delete photo from your camera now" is a bit over the top for published materials!
McGill Summer Trip to Greece: McGilliad 2017
June 9 to 25, 2017: The McGilliad is on! This year, the field trip is taught under its new course number CLAS 345/645, which also reflects a few changes to the itinerary and in the way the course is delivered. Dr. François Gauthier will be joining this year's teaching team. New destinations include Thebes and Nestor's Palace in Pylos (finally re-opened). On June 13 we will visit the Canadian excavation team in Eleon. Please visit /classroom for details.
Postscript: What a wonderful field course and research trip this has been. Well done, students! Many thanks also to our various local hosts and informants (Pausanias would have been proud!): Alexandra Charami in Thebes, Susan Lupack and Brendan Burke (Eleion), Ruben Post and Tori Bedingfield (Corinth), and the elderly men in the kafeneion in Fichti who helped us to find the Agamemnoneion nearby!
International Conference in Boiotian Studies
June 7 to 9, 2017: The international conference "Boiotia and the Outside World, organized by Professor Fabienne Marchand and Roy van Wijk, is on at the Université de Fribourg Miséricorde. Here is the final program.
My keynote lecture "Boiotia, inside out" is scheduled for June 7, 5:00 pm. The talk will be followed by a reception.
CAC Annual Meeting in St. John's
May 9 to 11, 2017: The Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada will be held in St. John's.
I am looking forward to our panel, co-organized with Alex McAuley, on "Rethinking the Local in the Ancient Greek World". Panelists include Sheila Ager from Waterloo, Salvatore Tufano (McGill and Rome), and acclaimed artist Pam Hall from St. John's. The panel is scheduled for the opening day, May 9, 14:30 to 17:45. Here is the link to the conference website plus program.
Postscript: thanks to everyone who attended our panel, and thank you to Joey Pynn for introducing us to the local craft of carving whale tails!
International Symposium in Cologne (AMP Research Event)
April 20 to 21, 2017: Conference "Verlierer und Aussteiger in der Konkurrenz unter Anwesenden. Agonalität in der politischen Kultur des antiken Rom / Also-Rans and Dropouts in the Political Culture of Ancient Rome" at the Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. Visit the project website.
Visiting Speaker from Germany (AMP Research Event)
April 6, 2017: Dr. Matthias Haake (Münster) visits the department this week for various networking meetings with colleagues and graduate students. He will also deliver a talk in our Oberseminar series:
"Philosophy and the Mediterranean Wide Web: Connecting Elites and Connections in the Upper-Classes of the Graeco-Roman World between the Classical Period and Late Antiquity"
Leacock 808, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, all welcome.
Globalectics Event, Hirundo Launch
April 5, 2017: The Research Group "Critical Social Theory at McGill" hosts an event with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, author of "Globalectics" and many more research monographs and novels (Leacock 232, 3:30 to 6:00 pm). Thank you to the organizers Professors Monica Popescu and Gavin Walker for making this event happen - truly terrific!
No better way to end the day with the "Hirundo Launch" party, held by the Classics Students Association (Royal Victoria College, West Room, 6:00 to 9:00 pm). Congratulations to this year's editorial team of Hirundo. In its 15th year of uninterrupted publication, the student-run journal has won (again!) the annual McGill AUS prize for "Best Undergraduate Journal". Congratulations to everyone!
International Phokis Conference (AMP Research)
March 30 to April 1, 2017: The German Archaeological Institute in Athens, in conjunction with the French School, hosts an international conference on "Ancient Phokis. New Approaches to its History, Archaeology, and Topography". I am looking forward to participate and present a paper on "Phokis and its many cities: the epichoric perspective".
Beyond the Binary Conference (AMP Sponsorship)
March 23-24, 2017: The Graduate Student Conference "Beyond the Binary. Revisiting the Local and the Global in the Ancient World" is on at McGill University, with presenters from Canada, the US, Germany, and Italy.
There will be a public key note lecture by Professor Julia Kindt (Sydney, Australia): "Localism and the Greek Gods" (March 23, 5:00 pm, Bronfman Building, rm. 620)
The conference, which is held under the umbrella of the Parochial Polis Research Network, is sponsored by the McGill Alumni Association, the Humboldt Foundation, and the John MacNaughton Chair of Classics. Click here for the program.
Successful PhD Defense
March 14, 2017: Rebecca Robinson defended her PhD thesis "Cult and Calendars in the Ancient Empires of Qin, Han, and Rome," which was written under the co-supervision of Professor Robin Yates and me. Rebecca's work is also the first thesis prepared in conjunction with Global Antiquities.
Congratulations, Dr. Robinson!
Call for Papers, Localism Conference in 2018 (AMP Research Event)
March 13, 2017: The Parochial Polis, in conjunction with the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies, announces a conference on 'Localism in the Hellenistic World', to be held in Waterloo, April 26-28, 2018. Here is the Call for Papers.
Lecture at Cardiff University
March 7, 2017: Distinguished lecture in the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion at Cardiff University:
"Towards a Local History of the Ancient Greek World"
5:15 pm, Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building. The lecture will be followed by a reception.
Postscript: this has been a wonderful trip with rich exchanges and lots of new input. Thanks to Alex McAuley, Chris Williams, and Lisa Hughes for making this happen and thanks also to everyone in the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion for the terrific turnout and welcoming atmosphere.
Global Antiquities Research Lecture
February 16, 2017: Professor Tamara Chin (Brown) will deliver a lecture on "Conceptual History and the Cosmopolitan". Leacock 808, 4:00 pm.
McGilliad 2017: Itinerary Released
February 13, 2017: The itinerary for CLAS 345/645 (June 8 to 25, 2017) is now available. Please go to /classroom for more information. Very excited about the course!
Conference Program 'Roman Also-Rans and Dropouts' Released
February 6, 2017: The program for the conference on 'Also-Rans and Dropouts in the Political Culture of Ancient Rome' (April 20-21, Cologne, Thyssen Foundation) has been released. Please visit the conference website for further information.
Boiotian Conference in Fribourg, Switzerland
February 2, 2017: The program of "Boiotia and the Outside World" (Université de Fribourg Miséricorde, June 7-9, 2017) has been released, please click here. My keynote lecture is entitled "Boiotia, inside out".
January 15, 2017: The Faculty of Arts has generously awarded me a travel grant to participate in the upcoming Phokis conference organized by the French School and the German Archaeological Institute in Athens (March 30 to April 1). The topic of my presentation will be "The Many Cities of Phokis: local and global perspectives".
SCS in Toronto
January 5-8, 2017: The Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies will be held in Toronto at the Sheraton Hotel Centre. I will be happy to attend and preside over "Session 17: Political and Social Relations" (January 6, 1:45 to 4:45 pm). Here is the link to the conference website and program. Hope to see you all in Toronto.
December 18, 2016: Joint holiday party with graduate students and staff from the OSD at our house: 2 to 6 pm. There will be lots of Glühwein for sure. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone!
Global Antiquities Research Lecture
November 30, 2016: Professor Federico de Romanis (Rome) will deliver a research talk on "Aspects of ancient globalization: The Impact of Indo-Roman trade". The event is held in co-sponsorship with the Italian Cultural Institute.
Leacock 738, 4:00 pm.
Volumes under Peer Review
November 10 and 15, 2016: Two volumes have been submitted to the press for peer review. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Hans Beck and Griet Vankeerberghen (eds), Citizens and Commoners in Ancient Greece, Rome, and China
Hans Beck, Kostas Buraselis, and Alex McAuley (eds), Polis and Ethnos. Acts from a Colloquium held in Delphi
Postdoc from Italy
November 3, 2016: Dr. Salvatore Tufano from the Sapienza in Rome has arrived. He will continue to work on local historiography in Thebes and Boiotia as a postdoctoral fellow. In the winter term, he will also deliver a public lecture and lead a session in our departmental Oberseminar series.
Visiting Scholar from the US and Germany (AMP Research Event)
November 2 to 5, 2016: Dr. Sebastian Scharff from Mannheim U and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., visits for two talks and several networking meetings with students. On November 2 (5 pm, LEA 808), he delivers a paper in our Oberseminar series entitled "Victorious youngsters. Agonistic success of the young as an answer to political decline in Hellenistic Thebes" and on November 4 a public lecture on "A visit to Olympia: the sanctuary and the games" (12:30 pm, ARTS 145).
International Workshop on Tarentum (AMP Research Event)
October 21, 2016: To follow up on the Megara workshop from May, the 'Parochial Polis' Research Program will hold a one day event to explore the notion of Greek localism in a colonial setup. The case study that has been selected is Tarentum. Participants include Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv), Franco De Angelis (UBC), Alex Martalogu (grad student, McGill), Darian Totten (McGill), and Maria Osmers (Würzburg). Here is the program.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm in ARTS 160. The workshop is sponsored by the Anneliese Maier Research Award.
Global Antiquities Outreach Lecture 2016
October 20, 2016: The annual outreach lecture of the Global Antiquities research network will be held in the Musée des beaux arts, Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, at 5:00 pm. This year's speaker is Professor Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv): It's a Small World. Networks in the Ancient Greek Mediterranean
The lecture will be followed by a reception. Global Antiquities is part of the Yan P. Lin Centre at McGill University. Click here for more information.
Field Work (AMP Research)
October 7, 2016: Meeting with Canadian artist and scholar Pam Hall from St. John's, NL, to talk about the local encodings of knowledge cultures. Her work on an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge draws strongly on the conceptual paradigm of embodied knowledge and its anchoring in place. The project is hands-on research, an inspiring piece of scholarship that explores art as an alternative form of presenting research findings. The image below on the location of lobster is an original folio from the first chapter of the Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge, which is available in open access.
Half-Day Research Event
September 30, 2016: Workshop on Rome and Carthage, with a keynote paper by Professor Tommaso Gnoli (Bologna): The First Punic War. News from the Seabed of the Egadi Islands. Introduction by Hans Beck and responses by Professors Klaus Zimmermann (Münster) and Michael Fronda (McGill).
2:00 to 5:00 pm, ARTS 230, all welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Global Antiquities Research Lecture
September 29, 2016: Guest lecture by Professor Peter Fibiger Bang (Copenhagen): Rome - Universal Empire and the Challenge of World History
5:30 to 7:30 pm, Peterson Hall 116, all welcome.
Visiting Scholar from Germany (AMP Research Event)
September 27 to October 5, 2016: Professor Klaus Zimmermann from Münster University visits the department for two research events and various networking meetings. He will deliver a paper in our Oberseminar series on the topic "Between Dependence and Autonomy: new epigraphical evidence on the Lycian League and Rome" (September 28, 5 to 7 pm, LEA 808) and a formal response as part of the "Rome and Carthage" workshop on September 30 (s.v.): "From the First to the Second Punic War: the Limitations of the Legal Perspective". In addition, Professor Zimmermann will deliver a public lecture at UdM on "Lois sacrées - l'historien moderne à la recherche d'une catégorie ancienne" on October 3 at 10 am.
Conference Presentation at the German Historikertag
September 20-23: I am looking forward to attend the 51. German Historikertag in Hamburg. Werner Riess has put together a panel on "Discursive Spaces for Negotiating Knowledge and Meaning in Classical Athens" (September 22, 9:00 am to 12, PHIL-A), click here for the conference website. My contribution is entitled "Im Schatten der Pnyx. Die athenische Demokratie und das Wissen der Strasse".
The panel was live-streamed and has now been web-archived by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Here is the link.
August 23, 2016: New article publication, resulting from collaborations with the 'Normative Orders' Cluster of Excellence at Frankfurt University.
The full reference is Hans Beck, "Between Demarcation and Integration. The Context of Foreign Policy in Classical Greece." In: Gunther Hellmann, Andreas Fahrmeir, and Milos Vec (eds), The Transformation of Foreign Policy. Drawing and Managing Boundaries from Antiquity to the Present. Oxford 2016: 75-104.
August 1, 2016: A brief sketch of Epameinondas' life and career has been published in the popular Hispanic Ancient History and Medieval Studies journal Desperta Ferro (no. 38: 62-65): Epaminondas, ¿un genio militar?
Graduate Student Conference Announcement
August 1, 2016: The graduate students in Classical Studies @ McGill are happy to announce a conference on Beyond the Binary: Revisiting the Local and the Global in the Ancient World (March 22 to 25, 2017), with a public key note in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Visit the conference website for further information.
The conference is funded in part by the Anneliese Maier Research Award.
July 25, 2016: The Thyssen Foundation, Germany, has awarded Karl-J. Hölkeskamp and me a workshop grant to fund our symposium "Verlierer und Aussteiger in der Kultur der Anwesenden. Agonalität in der politischen Kultur des antiken Rom" (Cologne, April 20 to 21, 2017). The workshop follows up on a panel that was held at the 50. Historikertag in Göttingen in September 2014 (see below), with several additional international participants.
Photographic Work by Alfred Seiland
July 20, 2016: The second volume of Alfred Seiland's Opus Extractum series has been released, with fascinating photos from Greece and the Balkans. Graduate student Meghan Poplacean added some really intriguing captions.
Half-Day Teaching Seminar (AMP Research Event)
July 14, 2016: Blockseminar at WWU Münster with graduate and post-graduate students on the local and its proxies in ancient Greece. Thank you to the participants for their presentations and engaging conversations, from which I have learned *a lot!
Conference Announcement (AMP Research Event)
June 1, 2016: The Organizing Committee is delighted to announce the conference "Encounters with Elites in the Ancient World. Leadership, Lifestyles, Legitimacy", which will be held in Buenos Aires, August 30 to September 1, 2017. Co-sponsored by the Anneliese Maier Research Award, the event will feature a combination of set speakers and select participants who would like to submit a paper proposal. The Call for Papers will be issued in September.
Field Research in Greece (AMP Research)
May 2016: As part of the research for the Parochial Polis book, I will carry out field studies in the Argive plain, Sikyon, Corinth, Perachora, Hermione, Lykosoura, and the Sanctuary of Zeus on Mt Lykaios, home of the new ephebic bronze pinax from the 6th century BCE. The trip complements last year's field work in the Megarid and Southern Boiotia.
May 25, 2016: Albert Schachter's volume on "Boiotia in Antiquity" will be published. The volume conveniently brings together twenty-three papers (two previously unpublished, others revised and updated) which display a compelling intellectual coherence and a narrative style refreshingly immune to jargon. All major topics of Boiotian history from early Greece to Roman times are touched upon, so the book can also be read as a history of Boiotia, in pieces. Go to the publishers website here.
I feel truly honoured to have added a short Preface to this wonderful volume.
New Book Publication
May 15, 2016: "Money and Power in the Roman Republic" is out!
The volume is edited by Hans Beck, Martin Jehne, and John Serrati: Collection Latomus, Volume 355. Brussels, 2016 (238 pages, ISBN 978-90-429-3302-6). Here is the link to the publisher's website.
Thanks to all contributors, also for their patience, and to everyone who helped to bring this together. Special thanks also to David Engels at Latomus. "Money and Power" has received financial support from the German Thyssen Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the MacNaughton Chair of Classics at McGill.
Guest Lecture in Bochum (AMP Research Event)
May 11, 2016: I am looking forward to returning to Ruhr University Bochum for a guest lecture on Greek localism in the Department of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology.
Auditorium of the Department of Classical Archaeology, Am Bergbaumuseum 31, 7:00 pm.
New Supplement Series, Launch Party
May 5, 2016: We are pleased to announce the launch of a new publication series, Teiresias Supplements Online. Supplementing the journal Teiresias, TSO is an open access series to foster high-end research on Central Greece and the Hellenic mainland. Visit the TSO website for further information. The launch party will be held at the McGill Faculty Club, Billard Room, at 5:00 pm. All welcome!
International Workshop: Megarian Moments (AMP Research Event)
May 4 to 6, 2016: The symposium "Megarian Moments. The Local World of an Ancient Greek City-State" is on. The event entails a public outreach lecture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on the evening of May 4 and a workshop at McGill's Thomson House, May 5 to 6. Here are the links to the workshop website, to the program, and to the public lecture at the MMFA.
A case-study in my research program on localism in the ancient Greek world, the event is funded by the Anneliese Maier Research Prize and the MacNaughton Chair of Classics.
May 1, 2016: Visit "The Library of Antiquity. Tips and Tricks for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean" for a new blog comment, "The Nerd's Eye. Brill's New Jacoby". Thanks to the editors for inviting me to write this guest blog.
Yan P. Lin Centre Inaugural Lecture
April 13, 2016: The inaugural lecture of the Lin Centre will be delivered by Professor Orlando Patterson (Harvard) in the McGill Faculty Club, 16:30 to 18:00.
"Freedom and Contestation in Western Culture: From the Ancient Greeks to America's Tea Party"
Association for Asian Studies Conference
March 31 to April 3, 2016: The Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies is on in Seattle at the Sheraton Hotel and the Washington State Convention Center. I am genuinely excited to attend the AAS for the time and participate in a panel on "Status and Geography in Early Imperial China", organized by Luke Habberstad and chaired by Griet Vankeerberghen. My assigned job is to offer a summary conclusion on the panel's overall theme: the interplay of local dynamics and strategies of securing distinction at the imperial court. Click here for a conceptual and thematic outline.
The panel is scheduled for April 2, 5:15 to 7:15 pm, Washington State Convention Center, 6th Floor, Room 611.
Guest Lecture in Winnipeg (AMP Research Event)
April 1, 2016: I am looking forward to presenting "The Parochial Polis" project to colleagues and students in Manitoba, with a guest lecture in the bilateral colloquium series of the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Thanks to Professor Mike Sampson and his colleagues for the invitation.
To make the visit even sweeter, the trip includes Hawks@Jets at the MTS Center!
McGill Research Gala
March 31, 2016: The "2016 Bravo McGill" Research Gala is on at the Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke Street West, 5 to 8:30 pm. The event celebrates the university's major research award winners.
This year's gala features my project on "The Parochial Polis", sponsored by the Anneliese Maier Research Award.
March 25, 2016: "Seleukid Royal Women", edited by Altay Coskun and Alex McAuley, is out (Stuttgart 2016). The volume is the result of Seleukid Study Day 3, which was held at McGill University in February 2013.
Thank you to the editors for inviting me to contribute a short Preface on "Noble Women in China, Rome, and in-between" (13-16).
Guest Speaker from Scotland (AMP Research Event)
March 9 to 13, 2016: Professor Henriette Van Der Blom from Glasgow University visits the department for two public lectures and various networking meetings. She will deliver a paper in our Oberseminar series on "Speaking to the people in late republican Rome: Cicero’s second Catilinarian speech in context" (March 10, 5 to 7 pm, Leacock 834 - NOTE the change of venue) and also a lecture on March 11, 1:30 pm, on "Oratory and career-making in republican Rome: the case of Pompeius Magnus" (BURN 1B36). All welcome.
Graduate Seminar in Harvard
March 7: I am looking forward to participating in the graduate student seminar on "Ethnicity in the Ancient World", with a paper presentation on "Ethnicity and the Local in Ancient Greece" (Boylston Hall, 6pm).
Thanks to Eliza Gettel (PhD candidate in Ancient History at Harvard) and her seminar group for inviting me.
Global Antiquities Research Lecture
February 10, 2016: Global Antiquities announces a public lecture by Professor Carlos Noreña (Berkeley): "Provincial Spaces and Layered Monarchies in the Han and Roman Empires"
3:00-4:30 pm, Redpath Museum Auditorium, all welcome. To be followed by a reception.
Pompeii Exhibition opens in Montreal
February 1, 2016: The long-awaited Pompeii exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts starts with an exclusive preview and dinner party. Doors will open on February 8 to the public. Laura Vigo and her team deliver an absolutely beautiful show, with great display items, a dramatic narrative, and compelling installations. Must see!
Prof Talk Event with AUS McGill
January 21, 2016: Looking forward to an event with the McGill Arts Undergraduate Society in its "Prof Talk" Series. Here is the announcement, from which I copy and paste: "Come listen to him share more about what he does outside the classroom THIS THURSDAY courtesy of AUS's Prof Talk! Light refreshments will be provided! (Leacock 116 at 6:00pm)
Note from the day after: Thank you for having me, that was fun. Special thanks to Sandhya Srinivas (to my right in the picture) for organizing this.
Guest Speaker from France (AMP Research Event)
January 10 to 14, 2016: Professor Tanja Itgenshorst from Reims visits McGill for a series of network meetings and a public lecture on "Appian and the End of the Roman Republic" on January 13.
Leacock Building, room 808.
SCS Meeting in San Francisco
January 6 to 9, 2016: The 147th Annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies takes place in San Francisco. I'm looking forward to our panel on "Thinking Through Recent German Scholarship on the Roman Republic", organized by Harriet Flower and Amy Russell (Section 25, Jan 7, 13:45 to 16:45). Here is the link to the program and panel abstracts.
New Teiresias Volume
December 20, 2015: Teiresias 45.2 is out. With the publication of this volume, the journal has also moved to a new web domain: www.teiresias-journal.org. Once again, the latest issue contains plenty of valuable material.
Interview with Uni Zeitung in Germany
December 15, 2015: The most recent issue of 'wissen leben. Die Zeitung der WWU Münster' includes an interview on the Maier Research Award, internationalized Humanities, and the study of localism. Here is the pdf.
Successful PhD Defense
November 23, 2015: Alex McAuley successfully defended his PhD thesis on "Basking in the Shadow of Kings: Local Culture in the Hellenistic Greek Mainland", which was written under my supervision.
Committee members were Professors Fronda, Gladhill, Anastassiadis, and Erskine (Edinburgh).
Congratulations, Dr. McAuley!
Lecture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
November 9, 2015: The great Pompeii exhibit, presently on show in Toronto, will come to the MMFA. Doors will open on February 6, 2016. As part of an event series that leads up to the exhibit, I will deliver a lecture at the museum:
"The Day before Doomsday. Life and Living in the Bay of Naples"
Successful PhD Defense
November 6, 2015: François Gauthier successfully defended his PhD thesis on “Financing War in the Roman Republic”, which was written under my supervision. Committee members were Professors Fronda, Kozak, Raschle (UdM), and Edmondson (York). Congratulations, Dr. Gauthier!
New Book Publication
November 5, 2015: "Federalism in Greek Antiquity", co-edited with Peter Funke, is out!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the volume, with chapters or behind the scenes. This is evidently a landmark moment in our ongoing research engagement with Greek Federal States, in Germany and Canada. We are delighted. Nothing more to add, except that the research program has received generous support from Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the MacNaughton Chair of Classics, and the Cluster of Excellence "Religion und Politik" at Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster.
Visit the publisher's website here.
Global Antiquities Outreach Lecture 2015
November 5, 2015: The annual outreach lecture of the Global Antiquities research network will be held in the Museé des beaux arts, Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, at 5:00 pm. This year's speaker is Professor Lothar Von Falkenhausen (UCLA): China and the West - before the "Silk Routes".
October 29, 2015: New article publication: "Greek Federal States." Oxford Bibliographies in Classics 2015.
Guest Lectures at McMaster and in Waterloo
October 29 and 30, 2015: I am looking forward to two guest lectures in the Department of Classics at McMaster University and the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies. The topic is, of course, "Localism and Regionalism in the Ancient Greek World."
Yan P. Lin Centre Opening Ceremony
October 26, 2015: The opening ceremony of the Yan Lin Centre takes places at the University Club. We are delighted to see Global Antiquities among the five founding pillars of the centre. This is a special night for sure, and a great occasion to thank Yan Lin for his vision and generosity.
The McGill Reporter covers the event here, including a video feature on the centre's mission and research engagement.
Professor Kurt Raaflaub will be a guest of honor at the ceremony. He has also agreed to offer a student seminar earlier in the day, please see that Global Antiquities website for details.
Mommsen Gesellschaft: de Gruyter Seminar 2015
October 3 to 5, 2015: The de Gruyter Seminar takes place in Wittenberg. Eight selected young researchers, doctoral students and postdocs, present their work on "Local Response to Global Change in the Ancient World". Great presentations and critical discussions of the local, the global, and the glocal! Here is the program.
The site of the old university of Wittenberg, the Leucorea, is a congenial conference centre to host the event. The symposium program also includes a guided tour through the small town of Wittenberg, following the footsteps of Luther, Cranach, Melanchthon, and others who had roamed through the streets in the early 16th century. The tour guide leaves no doubt that there was (is!) a particular force of localism at work here.
Anneliese Maier Award Ceremony
September 15 to 17, 2015: The Humboldt Foundation held the award ceremony for this year's Anneliese Maier Research Prize in Leipzig. In conjunction with the ceremony in the Gewandhaus on the 15th, a research colloquium was held on 16 and 17 September, with a cluster on globalism and localism in history. What a wonderful event this was, thank you to everyone who participated, and thanks to the Foundation for a terrific ceremony and symposium. Click here for more info.
CAC 2014: Gratiarum actio by Léopold Migeotte
September 1, 2015: Professor Léopold Migeotte delivered the gratiarum actio at the Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting in 2014 to thank the McGill Organizing Committee for its work. The honorary decree, written in finest Greek, has now been published in the latest edition of Mouseion (12, 2012 : 231-232). Here is the inscription, and here a transliteration, just in case. Thank you, dear Léopold!
First-time Research Visit to the Asklepieion on Kos
July: I finally made it to the site of the Asklepieion on Kos, a place that I always wanted to visit. Here are some pictures from the Temple of Asklepios, the supporting walls of the terraces, and the view across the straits to Turkey.
Interview and Article in 'Forschung und Lehre'
The June and July editions of 'Forschung und Lehre', Germany's leading journal in university affairs, include two short features of my work: an interview on the Anneliese Maier Research Price and an article on deceleration and localism in the ancient Greek world.
Thank you to the editors for allowing me to spread the word on localism!
Two Guest Lectures in Germany
June 30 and July 2, 2015: I am super excited about talks at the Universities of Würzburg and Köln. The topic is localism, of course: "Die lokalen Welten des antiken Griechenlands"
June 28, 2015: Publication of a new article, "Beyond 'Foreign Clienteles' and 'Foreign Clans'. Some Remarks on the Intermarriage between Roman and Italian Elites." In: M. Jehne and F. Pina Polo (eds), Foreign clientelae in the Roman Empire. A Reconsideration. Stuttgart 2015: 57-72.
Thank you to the editors for pulling this together!
Interview with the McGill Reporter
May 20, 2015: Neale McDevitt from the McGill Reporter talked with me about the Anneliese Maier Research Prize, Classical Studies at McGill, and why localism matters. Here is the link. The interview will also appear in the print version of the Reporter in June.
McGill Summer School in Greece 2015
Modern Hellenic Studies runs its initial summer school program in Thessaloniki, in partnership with the International Hellenic University. The first course module offered is HIST 462 Mediterranean Crossroads, which includes a section on Alexander the Great.
McGill Summer Trip to Greece 2015
May 27 to June 11, 2015: This year's summer course CLAS 348 took us back to Greece, including sites in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Pylos, Sparta, Mycene, and more. 16 days of on-site work and hands-on research. Thank you to the students and John Serrati, Bill Russell, and Alex McAuley for making the 2015 McGilliad such an epic experience! For more info and photos, go to Teaching.
Ethnos States Conference in Delphi
May 24 to 27, 2015: The conference Greek Ethnos States. Internal Mechanics, External Relations was held at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi. The event assembled 23 scholars from nine countries. It was organized by Kostas Buraselis and myself and funded in part by the Anneliese Maier Research Award. Click here for the conference program. The proceedings are in preparation for publication.
Field Research in Greece (AMP Research)
May 2015: Field work for the Parochial Polis in Greece with grad students Alex McAuley, Vincent Pichelli, and Katrina Van Amsterdam. We covered sites in the Megarid and its Sacred Orgas with Eleusis, and various locales in Southern Boiotia, including Thebes, the shores of Lake Kopais, Thespiai, and vibrant (...not!) Askra.
Announcement Mommsen Gesellschaft: de Gruyter Seminar 2015
The date and title of this year's De Gruyter seminar have been released. Organized under the aegis of the Mommsen Gesellschaft, the seminar for young researchers will be held from October 3 to 5, 2015, in Wittenberg. The topic is "Local Response to Global Change in the Ancient World".
Click here for the description and information on the application process.
Research trip to Italy
April 13-17, 2015: I am happy to participate in the 'Oratory in Pieces' Conference in Torino, organized by Catherine Steel, Christa Gray, and Andrea Balbo. The title of my presentation is "Of Fragments and Feelings. Roman Funeral Oratory Revisited".
The conference is carried out under the aegis of the FRRO research network: "Fragments of the Roman Republican Orators," which aims to collect, edit, and translate all surviving evidence for public speech during the Roman Republic. Here is the network's website.
New Paperback Edition
April 12, 2015: Consuls and Res Publica, edited by myself, Antonio Dupla, Francho Pina Polo, and Martin Jehne has been published as paperback edition with Cambridge UP. The paperback prize is under $50 CAD which I think is not bad.
Visiting Scholar from Germany (AMP Research Event)
April 5 to 8, 2015: Dr. Christoph Lundgreen from the Technische Universität Dresden visits to consult on Localism in the Ancient Greek World and deliver a public lecture:
A New Model of Statehood for the Ancient Greek World. April 7, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm, LEA 738
Dr. Lundgreen will also be our guest of honor at the subsequent Hirundo Launch and End of Year Party (ARTS 160, 6:00 pm).
Research trip to Germany
April 1-2, 2015: I am very excited to go to Cologne and partake in a colloquium held in honor of Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
Visiting Scholar from Belgium (AMP Research Event)
February 12-17, 2015: Professor David Engels from the Free University of Brussels visits Classical Studies to consult on the Localism in the Ancient Greek World and deliver two guests lectures:
On the Road to Empire? The Crisis of the European Union and the Downfall of the Roman Republic
February 13, 2015, 2:30-4:00 pm, 3438 McTavish St, rm. 100
Parallel Lives? Caesar and Qin Shi Huang Di, Augustus and Han Gaozu
February 16, 2015, 2:30-4:00 pm, Leacock Building, rm. 738
Anneliese Maier Research Prize 2015
January 31, 2015: I am very excited and grateful to be among the Anneliese Maier Research Prize Winners in 2015.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has selected eleven researchers from outside of Germany to receive this year's prize. Each award is valued at 250,000 Euros and is granted annually to outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists. It is designated to finance research collaboration over a period of up to five years with specialist colleagues in Germany. The award winners were selected from a total of 72 nominees from 22 countries.
My host in Germany is Peter Funke with whom I will work on the manifestations of localism in the ancient Greek world. Here is the press release from Münster University. Other collaborations include joint projects with Karl-J. Hölkeskamp in Cologne and Martin Jehne in Dresden.
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).
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"
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".
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).
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.
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.
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 program, and 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
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.
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.