Archaia Forum

The Archaia Forum is soliciting papers and participation by graduate students for the academic year 2018-2019! The Archaia Forum invites all graduate students and post-docs whose research engages with the ancient or pre-modern world (including through its modern reception) to share their work with colleagues from a variety of disciplines invested in the study of antiquity and premodernity.

In a departure from previous years, we will devote the Fall semester to bimonthly workshops exploring broad methodological questions of significance to multiple disciplines in the study of individual regions and time periods. Participants may request to present original research in the Fall semester, but the presentation time will be capped to 20 minutes to allow for integration of the topic of the presentation into the broader topic of the session. The emphasis of the Fall semester will be on community-building among students within Archaia-contingent disciplines.

The Spring semester will follow the original format and offer participants the option of presenting a 20-minute paper in dialog with one or two other papers or presenting a one-hour paper in the manner of a lecture or job-talk. Works in progress and preliminary explorations are welcome as well as polished work. We urge presenters to tailor their papers to be accessible to those outside their respective fields and to be open to questions, comments, and comparative discussion. Presentations that focus on methodological considerations in the interdisciplinary study of antiquity and premodernity are especially encouraged.   

Those interested in presenting during the academic year 2018–2019 should contact Mary Gilstad ( or Joe Morgan ( with preliminary proposals or any questions. We request proposals by September 14 at the latest. The Forum will meet on Tuesday evenings over light refreshments from 6 to 8 PM in Phelps 401.


Joe and Mary

Proposed topics for Fa​ll 2018:

September 25th: Interdisciplinary research: why do we do what we do?

October 9th: What distinguishes the study of premodernity from modernity/the contemporary?

October 23rd: Climate change and human response: the progress and pitfalls of an interdisciplinary trend

November 6th: Social and economic theory and the study of the premodern world

November 27th: Genre and style: classification as an epistemic process