‘Transformations in the Ancient World’, 9 November 2013,Swansea University

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The Universities in Wales Institute of Classics and Ancient History is embarking on a new venture this autumn, and on 9 November 2013, Swansea University will host the first of an annual series of conferences organised by, and primarily aimed at, postgraduate students researching any aspect of the ancient world. The emphasis will be on providing research students from Swansea University, Cardiff University and Trinity Saint David University with an opportunity to present papers relevant to their current projects and to provide a platform for postgraduates to be aware of the range of research currently being undertaken in Wales.

The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Transformations’, allowing students to present their own views on a central theme of the ancient world. It will explore the various ways in which transformations were expressed and enacted, whether through literature, architecture, artefacts, historical events, religious beliefs or technology. We welcome a very broad approach to this theme, with possible examples including, but not limited to: political upheavals involving changes in leadership, betrayals and reprisals; changing cultural and religious trends and their associated influences on social convention; literary developments across the centuries; physical and emotional journeys both in fact and fiction.

In addition to the papers being presented by postgraduate students, there will also be workshops provided by University staff on teaching and research/career opportunities. The organisers will also present a workshop about the process of arranging an academic conference.

Thanks to generous assistance from the Research Institute of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, History Research Wales, and the Higher Education Academy there is no registration fee. A free buffet lunch and tea and coffee will be provided on the day. All attendees are invited to join us for dinner and drinks afterwards, at a reasonably-priced venue. Travel bursaries may be available from your university or other sources.

To register your intention to attend, please do so by 10th October, 2013 at the very latest: early registration would be much appreciated. Please use the following link to register:


Any queries regarding this message or the conference should be directed to uwicahpostgraduate2013@gmail.com