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CALL. 18.03.2019: Classical Association of the Atlantic States meeting - Silver Spring (MD, USA)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Sheraton Hotel (Silver Spring, MD, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Classical Association of the Atlantic States; Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for classical studies

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We invite individual and group proposals on all aspects of the classical world and classical reception, and on new strategies and resources for improved teaching. Especially welcome are presentations that aim at maximum audience participation and integrate the concerns of K-12 and college faculty, that consider ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome beyond our discipline and profession, and that reflect on the past and present of classical studies in the CAAS region.

The 2019 Clack Lecture will be delivered by Bruce Frier, John and Teresa D’Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law at the University of Michigan. Dr. Frier’s lecture title is “Common Things: The Mysterious Seashore.” He describes his topic as follows: “During the early Empire, the Roman jurists, with the eventual assistance of the emperors, developed a doctrine that made seashores subject to public ownership, with the understanding that this ownership was exercised on behalf of people in general. The jurists eventually refer to the air, sea, seashore, and larger rivers as res communes, Common Things. The Roman doctrine survived into the later Western legal tradition, and today, in the much-expanded form of the Public Trust Doctrine, it is a principal foundation of the rules governing the exploitation of natural resources in general. My lecture will discuss this startling example of the survival of Roman law in the modern world.”

We will offer an undergraduate research session of presentations developed from outstanding term papers, senior theses or other scholarly projects, to be organized in conjunction with Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for classical studies.

We hope to coordinate a special feature event with The American Film Institute regional center.

All submitters of proposals for the meeting must be current members of CAAS. Participants in the 2019 Annual Meeting must be members when they submit proposals and must renew their memberships for 2019-2020 (the membership year is September 1-August 31).

Individual Proposals must be no more than 15 minutes in length. Each author must not submit more than one abstract. Submissions must be uploaded as a single PDF (.pdf) OR Word 97-2010 (.doc/docx) file of no more than 300 words and must include:

· clearly indicated thesis and original contributions made by your presentation, situating it in a larger scholarly

context (see Writing an Abstract for Professional Presentation). Submissions must be accompanied by a

bibliography or a list of resources consulted of up to five items (not included in the word limit). The proposal

must be anonymous. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in this file except when citing a

publication by the author. Those abstracts which include the names and/or institutional affiliations of their

authors will not be considered.

· specific audio-visual needs for your presentation. CAAS is able to supply only a screen and a digital light

projector (those bringing MACs will need to bring their special adapter plug to connect to the projector).

DVDs can be played only from your laptop. Be advised that sound played from a laptop without special

speakers may not be audible in the room.

· If you are an undergraduate, please indicate this by selecting “undergraduate paper” as the submission type,

so that undergraduate submissions can be read separately, and in relation to one another.

The deadline for individual presentations is March 18, 2019

All abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically here.

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