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Call for Papers

Society for Classical Studies
154th Annual Meeting
New Orleans, 5–8 January 2023

Hesperides Sponsored Session

"Hesperian Transformations: Classics and the Luso-Hispanophone World"

New Proposal Deadline: February 6, 2022


Hesperides, a new scholarly organization for the study of transformations of the legacies of the ancient Mediterranean in Luso-Hispanophone contexts, invites papers for its inaugural SCS panel. This session will debut the organization’s core mission: to showcase the breadth of contemporary scholarship on diverse manifestations of Greco-Roman traditions across and between Iberian contact zones, from the Mediterranean, to the Americas, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and beyond.  


In the hopes of presenting the most inclusive snapshot of current scholarship in these contexts, this panel seeks papers that transcend traditional disciplinary distinctions, periodizations, geographic boundaries, and linguistic divides. We therefore welcome submissions from scholars whose work engages with classical legacies as they intersect with any of these cultural, geographic, or linguistic contexts, from premodernity to the 21st century.  


The panel invites participants to consider these perspectives through the metaphor of transformation, which gives equal emphasis to receiving contexts and received cultures (Baker, Helmrath and Kallendorf 2019). Possible areas of inquiry include: 


  • diverse forms of cultural production, learned and popular, across media and modality, representing non-elite in addition to elite perspectives 

  • the contributions of those who have been overlooked in previous scholarship, such as indigenous, Afrodescendent, and female voices 

  • engagement with critical theories and frameworks from outside the field of classics that enrich the study of antiquity

  • new or alternative receptions of classical material that arise in Luso-Hispanophone contexts


Please send an anonymous abstract for a 20-minute paper as an email attachment to, with the title “Hesperian Transformations” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2022. Submissions should follow the SCS guidelines for individual abstracts (see the SCS Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts); they will be reviewed by two anonymous referees, who will make final selections by the end of March 2022. The language of the conference is English. We especially encourage submissions from scholars based in Luso-Hispanophone countries.


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