FIEC REPORT BERLIN 2009

 

 

REPORT: FIEC CONFERENCE AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY: HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITY, BERLIN 24-29 AUGUST 2009

 

  1. CASA was well represented at the conference which featured 19 panels and some 400 papers. Seven members of CASA presented papers, which were well received: Annemarie Kotzé, Johan Thom, Sjarlene Thom (Stellenbosch), Betine van Zyl Smit (Nottingham), Elke Steinmeyer, Cullen Mackenzie, and Michael Lambert (UKZN). There was a morning session devoted to South Africa and classical reception, which included papers from Italian and Spanish scholars. The hosts of the conference (the Mommsen-Gesellschaft) and the conference organizers at the Humboldt issued delegates with free passes for a week on all forms of transport and free entrance to all museums. This was especially appreciated by cash-strapped (or euro-challenged) South Africans, some of whom went to the Pergamon Museum three times!
  2. At the General Assembly, CASA was represented by Michael Lambert and Johan Thom. Apart from South Africa, Malawi was the only other African country represented at the assembly. The following committee was elected for the next quinquennium: Dame Averil Cameron (UK-President), Pascal Arnaud (France-VP), Ana María González de Tobia (Argentina-VP), Paul Schubert (Switzerland-Secretary General), Franco Montanari (Italy-Treasurer), Gunhild Vidén (Sweden), Susan Alcock (USA). Professor Montanari is also VP of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, the UNESCO agency under whose aegis FIEC falls. THE NEXT FIEC CONFERENCE WILL BE IN NICE (FRANCE) IN 2014! Make every effort to attend as the combination of classics and the French and Italian rivieras will be irresistible. 
  3. News for South African classicists. As you all probably know, L’Année Philologique is now fully online. As each volume (the hardcopy) now runs to 2000 pages, these hardcopies will be phased out eventually. Three fascicles of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae have been published since 2007 and we have now reached Fascicule X 2, 16 (pubertas-pulso). FIEC makes an annual contribution to the TLL.
  4. PLEASE NOTE THAT FIEC HAS A WEBSITE AND THAT THERE IS A SPECIAL PAGE FOR NEWS. CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SOUTH AFRICAN CLASSICISTS ARE WELCOMED.
  5. It is also worth noting that FIEC (together with ICPHS) supported six delegates at the conference (from Colombia, Venezuela, Georgia, Argentina, Iran and Malawi) with grants of 1000 euros each. These grants are intended for scholars with limited funding outside of Europe, North America, Japan and Oceania. Watch the FIEC website for possible grant applications for the conference in 2014.

 

 

Michael Lambert (CASA delegate to FIEC, 2009)

03.09.2009