Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, who died in May of 2007, was one of the most influential Hellenists of her generation, and one of the strongest voices in the study of Greek religion. The focus of much of her work was the religious system of the Greek polis, or more precisely the ways in which the political structure of the Greek city-state shaped religious practices and representations, and within this field she devoted special attention to myth and ritual, adolescent transitions, representations of the afterlife, variations of panhellenic religion found in specific cities ("divine personalities") and the articulation of polis religion in Greek tragedy. Her work in these areas drew on a methodology which she called "reading", applicable equally to iconographical and archaeological sources as to literature and epigraphy.

As a tribute to Dr. Sourvinou-Inwood's scholarly achievement, and as a contribution to the ongoing debate, the Classics Department at the University of Reading will host on July 4-6 2008 a symposium exploring central themes in the area of polis-religion and its interpretation.

Keynote speakers are Jan Bremmer (Groningen), Julia Kindt (Sydney) and Froma Zeitlin (Princeton). Other speakers include Joan Connelly (NYU), Esther Eidinow (Oxford), Radcliffe Edmunds (Bryn Mawr), Milette Gaifman (Yale), Alexander Herda (CHS/Munich), Sarah Hitch (Bristol), Athene Kavoulaki (Rethymno), Johannes Mylonopoulos (CHS/Erfurt), Fred Naiden (UNC), Petra Pakkanen (RHUL), André and Ivana Petrovic (Durham), Julia Shear (Glasgow) and Hannah Willey (Cambridge).

Full details of the conference, including booking forms and information on accommodation and travel, may be obtained from the conference website:

For booking inquiries contact Nina Aitken (n.l.aitken AT

We particularly bring to your attention the fact that, thanks to generous funding from the Classical Association, we are able to offer a few bursaries to eligible postgraduate students. Please encourage them to contact one of the organizers directly and as soon as possible.

Sarah Hitch (Bristol), clssh AT
Milette Gaifman (Yale), milette.gaifman AT
Ian Rutherford (Reading), i.c.rutherford AT