Swansea University’s Department of Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology will be hosting the fourth-annual Universities in Wales Institute of Classics and Ancient History (UWICAH) Conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday 19th November 2016 at Swansea University’s Singleton Campus and will have the theme of “Ancients Behaving Badly”.

Definitions of “bad behaviour” have always been subjective, varying greatly between historical or literary context(s), and, as such, both loose and imaginative interpretations of the conference theme are encouraged. Examples of paper topics could include, but are not limited to: contravening social and religious norms, authors acting outside of generic conventions, ancient social practices and their ethical repercussions, artistic depictions of individuals engaging in bad behaviour, political or religious protest in antiquity, etc.

The organizing committee invites proposals of no more than 300 words for presentations consisting of 15-30 minutes and 5-10 minutes for questions. Proposals for papers are invited from postgraduate students specializing in Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology, Ancient Religions, Archaeology of the Ancient World, Early Christian Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, and Art History.

The closing date for proposals will be Friday November 4th 2016. Please send your proposals to the conference committee via: [email protected]om. Successful applicants will be informed shortly after the deadline for abstract submission. Likewise, those interested in attending the conference should also register their interest via the above email. Please could all attendees and perspective speakers include the following information on their emails: a) full name, b) university, c) level of study, and d) any dietary requirements (for the conference lunch).

Attendance at the conference is free, including tea/coffee and a buffet lunch. There will be an evening meal for willing participants at a local restaurant following the conference. The conference will also contain a workshop(s) dedicated to matters of import to postgraduate students and prospective academics in Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology in the United Kingdom.