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Ninth Annual Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Research Conference

February 22, 2020
Strong Hall, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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 history, etc.) or a related field, including interdisciplinary studies or topics in Egyptology, the ancient Near East, and the like. 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).

Abstract Details

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words double-spaced in 12 pt. 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 described below. You must have a preliminary bibliography of at least three sources listed after your abstract. Paper presentations will be 15 minutes.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts are due by 5:00pm EST on Monday, November 18, 2019 to As part of your abstract submission, 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 by Monday, December 2, 2019. Click here for additional information on abstract submissions, conference travel, and accommodations.

Conference Information

The conference is organized by the students and faculty of the University of Tennessee's Department of Classics and is sponsored by the Enrichment Fund of the Department of Classics, the Beaumont Undergraduate Research Symposium Fund, and the College of Arts & Sciences.

We will begin with a reception on the evening of Friday, February 21, 2020. Paper sessions will be held throughout the day on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Audio-visual equipment will be available for presenters. Presentations should last no more than fifteen minutes (with five additional minutes for Q&A afterwards). It will take place at Strong Hall on the University of Tennessee campus.

The conference will provide hotel accommodations for the nights of February 21 and February 22 for all non-UTK presenters. Accommodations and meals are only provided for accepted presenters.

There is a $40 registration fee for all presenters, which covers the cost of dinner on Friday, lunch on the day of the conference, and part of your accommodation.

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