Appel à contribution — Historiography and Space

Call for Papers: Historiography and Space in Late Antiquity

The research group Late Antique historiography ( at Ghent University is organising two workshops on historiography and space in Late Antiquity (300-800 AD), a first one on 24-25 October 2014 and a second one from 15 until 17 January 2015.

The aim is to explore how space was perceived, conceptualised and deployed in historiographical texts within the context of late ancient literature and society. The first workshop focuses on perceptions of space in genres related to historiography (hagiography, apocalyptic literature, geographical literature) and on historical memory in general. The second focuses more strictly on perceptions of space in historiography.

The workshop welcomes contributions on Greek and Latin authors, but also, and especially, those on texts in oriental languages such as Armenian, Georgian, Syriac, and Coptic. Historiography is understood in a wide sense, including narratives and chronicles, but also lists, excerpt collections, antiquarian writings, local histories, etc.

Confirmed speakers include:

Workshop I: M. Debié (Paris), D. Engels (Brussels), G. Kelly (Edinburgh), J.-C. Van Haelewyck (Louvain-la-Neuve).

Workshop II: P. Blaudeau (Angers), J.W. Drijvers (Groningen), S. Johnson (Washington), T. Greenwood (St. Andrews), M. Humphries (Swansea), H. Leppin (Frankfurt), M. Meier (Tübingen).

We welcome 500 word proposals for papers of 25 minutes, to be submitted before 1 July 2014 to Marianna Mazzola (

Participants are asked to read the position paper posted on the website > Conference and Events.


Bourses — latin and greek late antique hagiography

Two fully-funded ERC Doctoral Research Fellowships (4 years each) at Ghent University (Belgium)

The Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University (Belgium) is seeking well-qualified applicants for two fully-funded and full-time PhD studentships attached to the European Research Council project Novel Saints. Ancient novelistic heroism in the hagiography of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages ( The Principal Investigator of this project is Prof Dr Koen De Temmerman, who, as a classicist, specializes in ancient fiction and its persistence in later periods.

There is one position available in the field of Latin late antique hagiography and another in that of Greek late antique hagiography.

The two successful applicants will start employment on 1 October 2014.

Deadline: applications should arrive no later than 15 July 2014.

For detailed information and for guidelines on how to apply, please see