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The 11th Celtic Conference in Classics

11th-14th July 2018
St Andrews


11th Celtic Conference in Classics

The 11th Celtic Conference in Classics will be held at the University of St Andrews from 11-14 July 2018. Suggestions are now invited, from established scholars anywhere in the world, for panels on any scholarly theme centred on ancient Greece or Rome.

The CCC by tradition consists of a number of panels running in parallel and on well-defined themes. Many panels in the past have given rise to published collective volumes, reflecting the conference’s commitment both to accomplished scholarship and to coherence around the advertised theme of each panel. Every panel has around 15 hours available for lectures and discussion, spread over the three days of the event. Most panels consist of 12-15 speakers, though small panels (8-10 speakers) are also acceptable. Speakers are usually given 40 minutes + 10 minutes of discussion, though often a panel contains a few shorter presentations.

Scholars who propose panels, to be chaired by themselves or immediate colleagues, will be asked to liaise with the organisers from time to time on recruitment of speakers.

The languages of the CCC are English and French.

Organising committee

Douglas Cairns (
Anton Powell (
Sian Lewis ( 


Premier appel à communications: la XIe Celtic Conference in Classics (CCC)/ le XIe colloque franco-britannique en sciences de l’Antiquité

La XIe Celtic Conference in Classics aura lieu à l’Université de St Andrews du 11 au 14 juillet 2018. Les organisateurs du colloque sollicitent désormais des propositions de sujets de communication de la part de chercheurs du monde entier pour des panels (ateliers) centrés sur n’importe quel thème de recherche universitaire portant sur l’antiquité gréco-romaine.

Traditionnellement la Celtic Conference consiste en un certain nombre de panels en parallèle, portant sur des thèmes bien définis. Bon nombre de panels ont donné lieu par le passé à la publication d’ouvrages collectifs, ce qui montre bien l’engagement du colloque en faveur d’une recherche de qualité et d’une cohérence thématique à l’intérieur de chaque panel. Chaque panel dispose d’environ 15 heures pour des communications et des discussions, réparties sur les trois jours du colloque. La plupart des panels comprennent 12-15 intervenants, même si les petits panels (de 8 à 10 intervenants) sont également envisageables. Les intervenants disposent normalement de 40 minutes de temps de parole, suivies de 10 minutes de discussion, bien que des communications plus brèves puissent être faites.

Les chercheurs qui proposent un panel – présidé soit par le ‘responsable’ du panel soit par un collègue – doivent tenir les organisateurs du colloque informés du recrutement des communicants.

Les langues officielles de la Celtic Conference sont l’anglais et le français. La participation de collègues francophones est vivement souhaitée.

Comité d’organisation

Douglas Cairns (
Anton Powell (
Sian Lewis (

Calls for papers

  1. Twenty-First Century Popular Classics
    Panel organizer: Amanda Potter

  2. Behind and Beyond Hippocrates
    Panel organizer: Elizabeth Craik
    Behind and Beyond Hippocrates: call for papers (PDF, 694 KB)

  3. (Un)Set in Stone: Fresh Approaches to Epigraphic Material.
    Panel organizer: Eleri Cousins
    (Un)Set in Stone: Call for Papers (PDF, 22 KB)

  4. Literary and Cultural Interactions in the Ancient Greek Novels
    Panel organizer: Jo Norton-Curry and Nicolo D'Alconzo

  5. Approaching Landscape in the Classical Tradition
    Panel organizers: Dawn Hollis and Jason König
    Landscape: call for papers (PDF, 18 KB)

  6. Mythography not Mythology: Boundaries and Commentaries
    A Joint Polymnia and NARGAMM Panel
    Panel organizers: Charles Delattre and R. Scott Smith
    Mythography not Mythology: Call for Papers (PDF, 61 KB)

  7. How diplomacy was characterized in Ancient Greek historiography and oratory‚Ä®
    Panel organizers: Cinzia Bearzot and Laura Loddo
    Diplomacy: Call for Papers (PDF, 95 KB)

  8. Reading Cicero’s 44 BC Through the Ages
    Panel organizers: Christoph Pieper, Bram van der Velden and Leanne Jansen

  9. Un-Damning Domitian: reassessing the last Flavian princeps
    Panel organizer: Emma Buckley

  10. Greeks, Romans and Barbarians at War: studies in military interaction and acculturation, 500-50 BC
    Jon Coulston and Alastair Lumsden

  11. Talking Manuscripts. Old and New Problems on Greek and Latin Manuscripts
    Panel organizers: Francesco Ginelli (Verona), Francesco Lupi (Verona
    Talking Manuscripts: Call for Papers (PDF, 102 KB)

  12. Reading and Writing for Rome: literacies of administration
    Panel organizers: Anouk Vermeulen and Virginia Campbell
    Reading and Writing for Rome-CFP (PDF, 17 KB)

  13. The Long Third Century BC.
    Panel organizers: Eran Almagor, Tim Howe and Borja Antela-Bernadez

  14. Texts, Traditions, Transmission: New Work on the Latin Classics
    Panel organizers: Justin Stover and Jarrett Welsh

    Texts, Traditions, Transmission: Call for Papers (PDF, 48 KB)

  15. Democratising Classics
    Panel organizers: Jenny Messenger and Rossana Zetti
    Democratising Classics: Call for Papers (PDF, 43 KB)

Advice to chairs

Advice for panel-organisers at the CCC

1. Organisation of panels

Once a panel has been accepted for the Celtic Classics Conference, its organisers retain control of the recruitment of speakers (by direct invitation or by an open call for papers), and of applications for funding (where relevant). The organising committee encourages chairs to give due consideration to issues of diversity within their panel.

Where organisers are thinking of eventually making a collective volume based on their panel, the number and length of contributions is especially important. From experience, the CCC increasingly recommends papers of 35-40 minutes, which means a maximum of fifteen speakers per panel. On the other hand, panels designed more as workshops than as a step towards a collective volume may be organised to include multiple short papers.

The organising committee will send requests for updates on the progress of recruitment of speakers at the end of February and the end of April: in the months between a speaker’s acceptance and the event, organisers should send to each a circular message or two, not just to give news but also to reassure and check that all is well.

Anglophone organisers will remember that French is the other official language of the CCC, and papers delivered in French are encouraged. But soyons réalistes: it is helpful if Francophone speakers could prepare beforehand a short summary of their paper in English pour orienter ceux qui sont quasi-nuls en français.

2. Timetabling

Organisers of panels are responsible, please, for sending to the conference organisers a draft running-order of their panel, to arrive a month before the event. The conference organisers will then probably have a few variations to propose to you. Usually, when all the panels' timetables are compared, a few potential synergies and clashes appear, and the organisers will, where possible, consult to suggest a few changes accordingly – to promote cross-fertilisation between panels.

With a large conference it is probable that there will be a few very late changes caused, for example, by illness. To avoid publishing contradictory timetables, or greeting conference members as they arrive with a long slate of alterations (of which some members will not take due note), the definitive conference timetable will be published very late. Where panel organisers feel they must accede to a speaker's request, made before the conference, for a certain slot, please signal this to us.

Panel organisers should not, however tempted by unforeseen and serious developments, alter the timing of speakers after the timetable has been published. Again, distances are relevant: it's terribly sad to miss the chance of hearing a rarely-accessible colleague through a misunderstanding about timetable.

3. Running the panel

Organisers are invited to urge speakers to limit themselves to short handouts (preferably printed in advance). Fuller written material can be signalled as available electronically from the author afterwards, if required.

Organisers should also advise speakers with PowerPoint presentations to check them on the actual equipment in advance, as repeated failures with the technology in real time subvert the reception of a paper.

Sharing responsibility for chairing papers is an excellent way to help cement goodwill and a sense of shared venture. In the best cases, this leads to the creation of an enduring, informal team of researchers who may publish together over years.

Please be politely ruthless about keeping speakers to time. The further speakers travel, the more serious it is if one, by overrunning, eats into the time of another.

Similarly, please protect time for discussion. So many conferences are marred by shortage of it. To have feedback is a reason why many travel to distant events, and discussion is where cross-fertilisation between specialisms is most likely to happen.

The CCC tradition of allowing 10 minutes between sessions, to allow migration between panels, may look like bread-and-butter stuff. But it has a scholarly purpose – to allow the cross-fertilisation between specialisms which is increasingly needed and sometimes spectacularly valuable.




Since 1998 the Celtic Conference in Classics has rotated among universities in Britain, France, Ireland and (in 2017) Canada. The 11th Celtic Conference will take place in St Andrews between the 11 and 14 July 2018.

The conference comprises multiple panels exploring fundamental questions in Classics (Greek and Roman history, philosophy, literature, archaeology and classical reception); panel topics are defined by their proposers, from any country, in consultation with the conference organisers.

Participants are encouraged to move between panels in order to cross-fertilise between different specialisms.

The Celtic Conference in Classics is a democratic and inclusive event which aims to help scholars and students to build enduring international research networks of their own devising.

The official languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are French and English.


The Celtic Conference in Classics: Brief History

The initial idea of a recurrent Celtic Conference in Classics, which would rotate between countries and regions within Britain, France and Ireland, was conceived in 1998, in Wales. The intention, then as now, was to combine the virtues of the small, precisely-focused conference of specialists, perhaps aiming to generate a collective volume, with the openness of a grand occasion for classicists and ancient historians with widely-varying specialisms. Separate panels were to run in parallel, with members encouraged to migrate freely between them. The scholastic aim was to cross-fertilise in two ways: to open specialist panels to those from other subject-areas, and to encourage cooperation by scholars from widely-differing national traditions. A friendly and democratic atmosphere, with an expectation of mutual aid and positive criticism, has always been seen as of the essence. Evenings are left free for informal contacts, which we believe underpin enduring collaboration between scholars at widely-separated campuses.

The choice of panel-subjects and of speakers is made partly by the home campuses, partly by volunteer specialists from countries abroad: in short from orbis as well as urbes. In recent years, scholars from outside the home countries have provided increasing initiative in the design, chairing and recruitment of panels, and this is warmly welcomed by the organisers. Celtic Conferences in Classics to date have been held at the following universities:

  • 2000 Maynooth (Ireland)
  • 2002 Glasgow (Scotland)
  • 2004 Rennes II (France)
  • 2006 Lampeter (Wales)
  • 2008 Cork (Ireland)
  • 2010 Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • 2012 Bordeaux III (France)
  • 2014 Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • 2016 University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • 2017 Université de Montréal and McGill University (Québec, Canada)

The CCC at Montréal in 2017 was the first annual, rather than two-yearly, conference, and also the first CCC to be organised in North America, a reflection of the growing and very welcome participation of scholars from the United States and Canada.

Average numbers at the Conference were of some 70-80 at each of the first two events, rose to 100 in 2008, to 150 by 2012 and to some 320 in 2016. The `Celtique' is thus one of the larger international conferences of classicists, and is distinctive for a large event in being structured to a significant degree around the aim of collective publication.

Numerous edited volumes of papers arising from the CCC have appeared with various publishers, over this period, mostly in English but some in French. French and English have been from the start the official languages of the Conference.

The first seven conferences were organised, or co-organised, by the founder of the CCC, Anton Powell, in two instances (at Glasgow and Edinburgh) in co-operation with Douglas Cairns. The 2014 conference at Edinburgh was organised principally by Cairns, in co-operation with Powell. The primary French organisers at Rennes (2004) and Bordeaux (2012) were, respectively, Pierre Brulé and Jean Yvonneau.

Participation in the Celtic Conference, whether as panel-organisers, speakers or simply as interested specialists, is open to scholars of all nationalities.

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