NeMLA Classics Session Proposals

deadline for submissions: 
May 3, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Claire Sommers/Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: 

NeMLA 2020 Call for Classics Panel Proposals

Conference Dates: March 5-8, 2020 (Boston)

Conference Theme (session and abstract proposals do NOT need to be about the conference theme): Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures


NeMLA is excited to introduce Classics as its newest secondary area of inquiry. As the foundation for much of western civilization, ancient Greek and Roman texts are integral to the study of modern languages and literatures. Yet, with works spanning 1300 years of literature, philosophy, and history, the Classics represent a rich and vibrant tradition in their own right. We welcome proposals exploring all aspects of the Classics. Possible topics include but are not limited to:


  • All genres of Classical literature including poetry, epic, and the novel
  • Classical drama, including comedy and tragedy
  • Classical history, including primary sources
  • Classical philosophy
  • The invention of new genres and media in ancient Greece and Rome
  • Classical reception and the influence of the Classics on subsequent time periods and cultures
  • Encounters between the Greco-Roman tradition and the non-Western world
  • Teaching the Classics, especially as part of the required core curriculum
  • Classics and Critical Theory 

We hope not only to yield new insights into the works of ancient Greece and Rome but to understand why the Classics have continued to resonate through the present day.


Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words and 100 word short description of the session. You will need to create a user account through the NeMLA website in order to submit a proposal.  To Log into, click the top dropdown menu "User," and click "Create New Session" Please contact Classics Area Director Claire Sommers ( with any questions.