The conference “Fragments, Holes, and Wholes: Reconstructing the Ancient World in Theory and Practice”, sponsored by Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, will be held at the University of Warsaw (Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28, Warsaw 00-927, Poland) on Thursday, June 12-14, 2014.

Invited Speakers: Hans-Joachim Gehrke, Annette Harder, Wolfgang Kaiser, Dirk Obbink, Paul Zanker.

The Organising Committee is inviting scholars from all areas of Classics to an emphatically interdisciplinary conference whose purpose is to encourage reflection on what is the essence of classical scholarship: Fragment, Non-Completeness, Lacuna, Absence, and the relationship of these phenomena to the Whole. The conference is intended to reflect the broad scope of the organizing institutions. The Organising Committee hopes to receive proposals of original papers that will explore various ways in which classicists approach fragmentary texts (broadly understood) and objects.

The papers may present theoretical approaches to fragments and lacunae as well as relate the first-hand experiences of restorers resulting from work on particular case studies (such as literary texts, material objects, works of art, papyri and inscriptions). Although the main focus of the conference are ancient Mediterranean cultures (not limited to the Graeco-Roman world), also welcomed are papers about how the visions of later poets and artists dealt with the fragmentariness of the ancient world, and hence the Organising Committee is eager to consider contributions pertaining to the field of classical reception studies. The Organising Committee hopes that the conference will become a forum for established scholars as well as for those in the earlier stages of their careers.


If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250-300 word abstract including the title to one of the email addresses given below. There will be two types of presentations: 30-minute and 15-minute papers (please indicate the preferred form in your proposal). If your proposal is accepted, shortly before the conference you will be required to provide a 2-3 page summary of your presentation, so that copies can be distributed to the participants in order to allow them to prepare for the discussion. At the conference, each presentation (both short and longer papers) will be followed by a 15-minute discussion. To ensure the interdisciplinary character of the event and to facilitate communication between the participants, there will be no parallel sessions. We invite papers in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish, but the working language of the conference will be English. The registration fee for participants is 150 €; this includes meals and conference materials. Accommodation at special reduced rates will be available to the registered participants. We plan to publish a conference volume based on papers presented.


The conference will be held on June 12th , 13th and 14th , 2014.

Early expressions of interest – by the end of June 2013 – are encouraged and appreciated. If you wish to present a paper, please provide us with a provisional title by this date.

The deadline for submitting titles and abstracts (250-300 words) is October 31st, 2013. If you wish to act as a respondent, chair a panel or otherwise participate in the conference, please express your interest by this date (we may be unable to offer accommodation at reduced rates to those registering after this deadline). The conference committee will select c. 25 papers.

Authors will be notified of the result in the course of December 2013.

The 2-3 page summaries of the accepted papers will have to reach us by April 30th , 2014.

Conference Committee

General Chair: Prof. Jerzy Danielewicz, University of Poznań

Secretary: Dr Jan Kwapisz, University of Warsaw ([email protected])

Prof. Krystyna Bartol, University of Poznań (classical philology)

Prof. Tomasz Giaro, University of Warsaw (ancient law)

Prof. Włodzimierz Lengauer, University of Warsaw (ancient history)

Prof. Adam Łajtar, University of Warsaw (epigraphy and papyrology)

Prof. Karol Myśliwiec, Polish Academy of Sciences (archaeology)

Prof. Jakub Pigoń, University of Wrocław (classical philology)

Prof. Mikołaj Szymański, University of Warsaw (classical philology)


Contact: Jan Kwapisz, [email protected]