Thursday, December 20, 2018

Call for papers "What’s (new) in a name. Onomastics, databases and the Ancient world" (CCC 2019)


Since 1998 the Celtic Conference in Classics has rotated among universities in Britain, France and Ireland. This is the first year that the CCC will expand into Portugal. The Conference will be held at the University of Coimbra from 26th to 29th June 2019. The CCC includes upwards of 20 panels on broad topics in Classics (Greco-Roman history, philosophy, literature, archaeology, reception) with roughly 15-20 presenters for each panel. The CCC allows each panel to explore fundamental questions in classical studies. Essentially, 20 large-scale conferences on major research topics in Classics are occurring simultaneously. It is recommended that scholars move between panels in order to shape interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches. Academic cross-fertilization is imperative. Specialist panels are open to experts from other subject-areas and scholars from different national traditions are encouraged to build international academic networks among their home institutions in order to foster future collaboration. The CCC is a democratic, inclusive organization and it invites scholars and students to discuss fundamental issues of Greco-Roman society and culture. The official languages of the CCC are French and English.
Nowadays, in the Digital Humanities era, plenty of projects have been creating new prosopographic databases, all of them with different approaches and interdisciplinary visions. This is an appealing research field that is quickly evolving thanks to digital tools and online resources. This panel aims to be a meeting point to discuss the new directions and perspectives on the studies of the ancient populations. Like Benet Salway wrote 25 years ago in his paper “What’s in a name. A Survey of Roman Onomastic Practice from c. 700 B.C. to A.D. 700”, JRS 84 (1994), pp. 124-145: “the fluid nature of onomastic practice reflects its susceptibility not only to linguistic factors but also political and social developments”. We need to address also the economic, juridical, methodological and technological aspects of onomastic research. Although the main focus will be the Graeco-Roman World, the interest of the panel would not be restricted to this.
The papers may relate to:
. Ancient population databases
. Multilingual and multicultural communities
. Interdisciplinary and/or transversal approaches to onomastic (epigraphy, linguistic, etc.)
. Prosopography versus onomastic
. Interpretation of the naming practices: juridical, political, economic and social aspects
The panel aims to bring together epigraphists, historians, papyrologists, philologists, computer experts in any stage of their careers (professors, postdoc, PhD candidates). It wants to connect researchers working on these topics and help to enlarge and develop the networks in the ancient onomastic branch of the Digital Humanities.
Papers at the CCC are usually 25-30 minutes long with 10-5 minutes for discussion; however, shorter presentations may also be considered. Prospective speakers are asked to send an abstract of no more than 300 words to M. Cristina de la Escosura at by February 28st, 2019. Please include also full name, affiliation, contact information and desired paper length in the abstract.
CONGRESS DATE: 26-27-28-29/06/2019
LOCATION: Faculdade de Letras - Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
ORGANIZER: M. Cristina de la Escosura Balbás (U. Zaragoza)

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