Call for Papers: ‘What have the Ancients ever done for us?’ The value of studying the Ancient World both in and out of the Academy

Call for Contributions

Why do we study the very distant past? Why dig up ancient bones and stones? Why learn long-dead languages and pore over texts that are thousands of years old? And, most importantly, how do these investigations inform us about the world and our global society? 

This event is organised by Trinity Long Room Hub Graduate Fellows and aims to examine the value of Classics and the study of the Ancient World as both academic and public concerns. This conference will demonstrate the relevance and accessibility of our fields of interest, not only to researchers in other areas, but to society more broadly. Presentations should aim to explore how research and pedagogy linked to the Ancient World relates to contemporary cultural concerns and/or the advancement of other academic disciplines. We are hoping to challenge preconceptions and assumptions about the material and its relationship to the world we live in. We welcome perspectives from across the range of sub-disciplines under the Classical umbrella (e.g. ancient history, archaeology, Latin and Greek literature and philology, Late Antique and Byzantine studies, Classical reception studies, etc.) as well as cordially welcoming those from others pertaining to distant past (e.g. Egyptology, Pre-Columbian American studies, etc.). In addition to researchers, this conference encourages submissions from those who engage the public with antiquity; museum staff, guides and custodians of archaeological/historical sites, and teachers of history and ancient languages. 

Conference Presentations will take one of two formats:

  1. Papers – 10-20 minute pre-recorded talks, followed by live Q&A sessions.
  2. Spotlight Talks – 5 minute talks as part of a live panel session, followed by Q&A.

Please send submissions to [email protected] by 5 February 2021.

We require:

  • Your name and a short bio describing who you are and your connection to the Ancient World.
  • Title and format of your intended presentation.
  • Abstract of your intended presentation (max. 500 words).

We are particularly interested in presentations relating to areas such as:

  • Public/Community Archaeology and Bringing Lay Voices into Scholarship
  • Classics and Antiquities as part of Creative Pedagogy and ‘Transferable Skills’
  • Comparative Historiography between Antiquity and Medieval or Modern Eras
  • Connections between Scientific Research and the Ancient World
  • Ancient Literature and its Long-Term Cultural Impact

This list is by no means exclusive.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Keynote: Prof. Brian McGing – Emeritus Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Alex Imrie – Classics Tutor at the University of Edinburgh and Classics Outreach Co-Ordinator for the Classical Association of Scotland and Classics for All

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Twitter: @AncientDigiCon



If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.