Fourth Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference

This conference will pertain to a wide variety of topics concerning the classical world, with paper sessions being divided by theme based on the papers accepted. Abstracts will be considered from any discipline within classical studies (archaeology, history, philology, etc.) or a related field. Examples range from an analysis of the rhetoric of a Demosthenic speech to a report of the findings of a current excavation to a commentary on the hybridization of style in Pompeian wall painting (this is not an exhaustive list).

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts are due by November 14, 2014 to Emma Pugmire at The information sheet provided should be filled out and attached along with the abstract. A copy of the information sheet can be found here. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on December 1, 2014.

Abstract Details

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words double-spaced in Times New Roman font. Please do not include the name of the presenter or university on the abstract. Instead, include a title on the abstract and make sure it matches the title on the information sheet.

Conference Date

February 21, 2015

Audio-visual equipment will be available for presenters. Presentations should last no more than fifteen minutes (with five additional minutes for Q&A afterwards).

There is a $15 registration fee for all presenters which covers the cost of a catered lunch.

Submitters who are not located at the University of Tennessee should indicate whether they wish to be considered for a travel grant on the information sheet. Travel grants will be provided on a competitive basis.  Recipients of the travel grants will be notified via email on December 1, 2014.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Jackie Murray, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Kentucky, whose talk is entitled, "The greater stars were hiding: Time Dilation in Lucan's Bellum Civile."

Any additional questions or concerns should be sent to Emma Pugmire via email at or Chloe Lovelace at

Conference Organizers

  • Chloe Lovelace
  • Emma Pugmire
  • Sarah Parsly
  • Abby Durick

Faculty Sponsor

  • Dr. John Friend

In addition to the Department of Classics, this conference is also sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Research and Engagement, Chancellor's Honors Program,  School of Art, and the Departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.


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