Archaia Forum

The Archaia Forum is an interdisciplinary working group for graduate students who work on the ancient and premodern world (broadly conceived). We welcome students of any historical period in any geographical region to join us in discussion of what it means to study the past. We will meet once a month for events of various types, including roundtable discussions, professional development, and student presentations. The Forum is intended as a venue for those involved in the the Archaia Qualification to workshop their capstone projects. Our overarching goal is to provide an open and collegial space to build community, receive feedback on research, and engage deeply with interdisciplinary themes and methodologies. We will issue a call for presentation proposals at the beginning of each semester, but we also welcome proposals and suggestions for other events on an ongoing basis. 

We are excited to announce the Spring 2024 schedule for the ARCHAIA Forum. Please expect a meal at our CV info session on February 26th and refreshments at all other meetings. 

Tuesday, February 20th — Dissertation Chapter Workshop — pre-read workshop with Anna Grant and Max DuBoff
4 PM, HQ 113. Anna Grant (CLSS) and Max DuBoff (CLSS and PHIL) will bravely share a chapter, each, of their dissertation, and our discussion will be geared toward helping them revise. We’ll circulate drafts to attendees in advance; please RSVP in advance via email to James and Jasmine!

Monday, February 26th — CVs & Chinese — info session and dinner with Kirie Stromberg
6 PM, Room TBC. Kirie Stromberg (ARCHAIA postdoc) will discuss her experience with the job-search process and share concrete reflections on how to craft an effective CV. Dinner of (mostly) vegetarian Chinese food provided; please RSVP in advance via email to James and Jasmine!
Tuesday, March 26th — “Spontaneity is Said in Many Ways: Wang Chong and Aristotle on Change” — workshop with James Brown-Kinsella
4 PM, Room TBC. James Brown-Kinsella (EALL and PHIL) will introduce his planned dissertation project and present a comparison of Wang Chong 王充 (c. 27-97 AD) and Aristotle’s methods of explaining regular patterns of change (i.e., natural events, coincidences, and monstrosities).

Thursday, April 11th —  Beinecke Show & Tell: Early Modern Reception of Asian Philosophy — interactive presentation with Colin McCaffrey
4 PM, Beinecke Reading Room. Colin McCaffrey (Librarian for CLSS and PHIL) will collect from the Beinecke’s holdings a variety of materials that reflect the Early Modern European reception of Asian philosophy for us to peruse and discuss with his guidance.

Tuesday April 23rd — End of Semester Happy Hour
7 PM, Room TBC, then migrate to Gryphon’s. Celebrate the end of an intriguing and fruitful year with your friends in ARCHAIA! We’ll provide some mixed drinks (and non-alcoholic alternatives) to mingle.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email the organizers, Jasmine Sahu-hough ( and James Brown-Kinsella ( We hope to see many of you at our events this semester!