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Sixth 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, art, etc.) or a related field, including interdisciplinary topics or topics in Egyptology and the ancient Near East. 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, 2016 to You must also fill out and submit an information sheet via Google Forms. The Google Form can be found here. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on December 1, 2016. Click here for a guide for abstract submissions.

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. You must have a preliminary bibliography of at least three sources listed after your abstract.

Conference Date

February 25, 2017
The conference will take place at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Kirk Ormand of Oberlin College, OH. He will talk about, "Sexualized Violence: The Eurymedon Vase in Context."

The conference will provide hotel accommodations for the night of February 24th for all non-UTK presenters.

There is a $25 registration fee for all presenters, which covers the cost of a catered lunch.

Any additional questions or concerns should be sent to

Conference Organizers

  • Sarah Parsly
  • Abby Durick
  • Emily Gregg
  • Meera Patel
  • David Guffey
  • Alisha Howington

Faculty Sponsor

  • Dr. John Friend

In addition to the Department of Classics, the following departments and programs at the University of Tennessee are sponsoring the conference:
Chancellors Honors ProgramCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of EnglishDepartment of HistoryDepartment of PhilosophyDepartment of Religious StudiesOffice of Undergraduate Research, Office of Research and EngagementSchool of Art

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