Past conference: The Alexander Romance in Persia and the East


Sexual futures: versions of the sexual past, visions of the sexual future

24-25 April 2014

A conference supported by the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter 

The Origins of the Self: India and Greece 

21 June 2014

Cosmology and the Self in Ancient India and Ancient Greece

9-12 July 2014


Ancient Nonsense. Did the Greeks have their own 'Jabberwockies'?

22-24 July 2014

Is 'nonsense' (and its concomitant 'sense') a modern construct or an essential aspect of the functioning of language? To address this question, scholars of linguistics, literary studies and philosophy, interested in nonsense either for aesthetic or analytic reasons, join together. This will be the first conference about ancient ideas of nonsense and their comparison with modern theories on nonsense. The key issues to be discussed are:

- does nonsense exist in any objective way? If so, how is it determined?

- is nonsense a cross-cultural concept, or is the polarity sense vs. nonsense a recent development?

- what is the relationship between nonsense which denotes ‘no meaning’ and nonsense which denotes 'absurdity'?

- how is nonsense informed by categories of useful/useless, serious/non-serious, true/false?

Confirmed Speakers: Sara Chiarini (Exeter), Steven Colvin (UCL), Paolo Fait (Padova, Oxford), Pieter Sjoerd Hasper (Indiana), Stephen Kidd (Brown), Colin King (Humboldt Berlin), Ralph Rosen (Pennsylvania), Ian Ruffell (Glasgow), John Wilkins (Exeter)

Past conferences


Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW 2013)

5-6 December 2013

A postgraduate conference supported by The University of Exeter Annual Fund and The Institute of Classical Studies 

Dialogues between Greece and the East

9-12 September 2013

An international conference organised and funded through the Leventis Initiative on the Impact of Greek Culture.

On the psyche: studies in literature, health, and psychology

4-7 July 2013

A conference supported by the College of Humanities, the Centre for Medical History, and the Classics Department, University of Exeter, to celebrate the work of Professor Christopher Gill.

Heroes and leaders: an interdisciplinary workshop on exemplarity and identity

25-26 March

A workshop supported by the University of Exeter HASS Strategy.


The Classical Association Conference


Approaches to Ancient Medicine, Supported by the Classics Association and the Wellcome Trust, at the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter.
Globalisation and the Roman world: perspectives and opportunities


Balance in Healthcare
The Alexander Romance in Persia and the East


De-Placing Future Memory Workshop
Irony and the Ironic in Classical Literature
Sexual Knowledge: Uses of the Past
Teleology in the Ancient World: Philosophical and Medical Reflections


Seleukid Dissolution - The Sinking of the Anchor
Plants and Knowledge
From Desert to Wetland


The Oscan Fringe
Climate Change and Migration


Greek prose friction: Achilles Tatius and beyond
Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History
Pagan Monotheism


Migration and Diaspora
Galen and the World of Knowledge


Local Knowledge and Micro-identities in the Roman East
Theoi Epiphaneis: confronting the divine in Graeco-Roman culture


Ancient and Modern Approaches to Ethical Objectivity
The Economy of Roman Asia Minor

Conferences organised elsewhere by Exeter faculty


13th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy - Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences (Oxford)
The Hellenistic Caucasus and Black Sea (Paris)


The Epigraphic Habit: inscriptions in the polis (Rhodes)


The Black Sea: past, present, and future (Istanbul)


Athénée II (Paris)


Olbia and the Scythian World (Kiev)