13th Conference of the FIEC (Fédération Internationale des Associations d’Etudes Classiques)

The 13th Conference of the FIEC will be held, at the invitation of the Mommsen-Gesellschaft, from August 24th until August 29th, 2009 in Berlin. The Conference will take place in the main building

(Hauptgebäude) of the Humboldt-Universität (address: Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin-Mitte).

The international program committee has decided to organize panels on the following topics:

1. Images, Texts, Reality

2. Language of the Body

3. Cultural Encounters and Fusions in the Roman Empire

4. Continuity and Change in Late Antiquity

5. The Powers of Persuasion

6. Turning Points in the Reception of Classical Antiquity

7. Classical Antiquity and Mass Culture

8. Comparative Histories: Greece, Rome, and Others

9. Trade in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt

10. Epigraphical Documents: Reflection of Reality or Construction of Historical Knowledge?

11. The Philosophical Significance of Cosmology and Theology

12. Social and Political Dimensions of Kinship: Family, Neighbourhood, City

13. Urban Spaces

14. Literature of Knowledge

15. Greek and Roman Epic

16. Religion in Society

17. Recent Discoveries (20-minute papers only)

18. Open Topics

The international program committee invites classicists from all countries to participate in these panels with scholarly contributions (20 or 30 minutes each). Interested scholars are requested to send abstracts of their proposed papers before March 31st, 2008 to the Conference's Secretary General Prof. Dr. U. Schmitzer, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, preferably by email (ulrich.schmitzer AT staff.hu-berlin.de) as an attached document in RTF format (possibly also as PDF).

The abstract should contain the following information:

a) Contributor's name and complete mailing address, including email

b) Preferred panel

c) Title of the paper

d) Length of the paper: 20 minutes or 30 minutes

e) Outline of the content, max. 300 words

The international program committee will decide on the acceptance of abstracts by May 31st, 2008. Please take into consideration that 20-minute papers may have a better chance of being accepted.

Whether the organizational committee will be able to contribute financially to accommodation expenses for those scholars whose papers have been accepted will depend upon the amount of

financial subvention the Conference receives. Further information about this contribution will be available only beginning in early 2009. For further details please see the Conference website (www.fiec2009.org). Registration and hotel reservations will likely be possible after October 1st, 2008.