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CASA Conference 2005 Afterword


CASA Conference 2005
The 26th biennial conference of the Classical Association of South Africa will be held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 July 2005. In recognition of the fact that the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a newly-merged institution, the conference will take place in Durban (Wednesday 6 July) in the T. B. Davis Building and in Pietermaritzburg (Tuesday 5 July and Thursday 7 July) in the Old Main Building.

Theme of Conference


The Theme of the Conference will be The Classical Tradition / Classical Receptions. Contributions that specifically emphasise the reception of Classics in Africa will be particularly welcome. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Lorna Hardwick of the Open University in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. There will also be two guest speakers, Professor Alessandro Barchiesi (University of Siena, Arezzo), who will be speaking on 'Virgilian Geopoetics: Empire in the Aeneid and After', and Professor John Scarborough (University of Wisconsin, Madison) on 'Drugs and Drug Lore in the time of Theophrastus: Folklore, Magic, Botany, Philosophy, and the Rootcutters '.


There is a strong possibility that a prestigious international publishing house will undertake to publish a collection of articles on the conference theme.


Papers may be on the conference theme or on other classical topics, or may have a related multi-disciplinary focus. Proposals for panel discussions, and offers to coordinate panels, will be welcome.


Abstracts / Programme / Delegates




List of Delegates


Audiovisual Presentations


Delegates who wish to use audiovisual technology to present their papers are requested to bring these on CD-ROM or USB memory-stick. We will be using our own hardware to avoid compatibility problems.


Business Meeting


Minutes of the 2003 business meeting of the Classical Association of South Africa.


Agenda of the forthcoming meeting.


Chairperson's Report


Latin Report


Branch Reports:


Noordelike Streek

Western Province


Acta Classica:

Managing Editor's Report

ASSA Survey on Acta Classica  (PDF)

Department of Education Report (PDF)

Sabinet Agreement (PDF Large)

Sabinet Guidelines

Financial Report (PDF)



Managing Editor's Report and Financial Report.




Wherever possible, flights should terminate at and depart from Oribi Airport, Pietermaritzburg, which is very close to the city. There are five flights per day from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg (90 minutes by SA Airlink). Flights that arrive at Durban International Airport will entail a further journey by road (86 kilometres) from Durban to Pietermaritzburg (a shuttle leaves Durban International airport for the PMB city centre at 10:45 and 16:15 Monday to Friday [R60 single]. This must be booked and paid for in advance with your travel agent).


If these arrangements are inadequate or problematic please contact the conference organizers and we will remedy or supplement transport between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.


On arrival at Pietermaritzburg you will be met and driven to the campus. Please advise Peter Tennant (details below) of your estimated time of arrival.


Travel to Durban on Wednesday by coach will be included in the conference fee. Local delegates from Gauteng and the Free State may want to travel to Pietermaritzburg by car. Click here for route maps to the Howard College Campus in Durban (Wednesday) and the Pietermaritzburg Campus (Tuesday and  Thursday) . Site maps are given below for the Howard College centre and the Pietermaritzburg centre.




Accommodation has been arranged for delegates in the Petrie Residence (R155 per night including breakfast) on the Pietermaritzburg campus and at a number of Bed & Breakfast establishments. The aerial photograph of the campus shows that the residence is in very close proximity to the Old Main Building. For queries about accommodation in Pietermaritzburg please contact Peter Tennant (details below).


Contact Details of Organisers


Peter Tennant, Classics,

University of KwaZulu-Natal,

Pietermaritzburg 3209.

Tel: +27 (0)33 260 5555; Fax +27 (0)33 260 5575;

e-mail tennant@ukzn.ac.za;

Cell phone: 082 676 2601.


Anne Gosling, University of KwaZulu-Natal,

Howard College,

Durban 4041.

Tel: +27 31 2602314; Fax +27 31 2602698

e-mail gosling@ukzn.ac.za

Cell phone: 082 9708 227


John Hilton, University of KwaZulu-Natal,

Howard College,

Durban 4041.

Tel: +27 31 2602314; Fax +27 31 2602698

e-mail hilton@ukzn.ac.za

Cell phone: 084 883 6304.


Optional Excursion


As part of your Durban experience, we are offering an excursion to the brand new, international award-winning aquarium, uShaka Sea World (R85.00). You can see South Africa’s unique sea life, including sharks, attend dolphin and seal shows or feast at one of the Phantom Ship restaurants. For no charge you can go to the uShaka Beach or enjoy the restaurants and shops of the uShaka Village Walk. For more information about these and the many other activities available, see http://www.ushakamarineworld.co.za/


The optional excursion will be followed by a cultural evening and dinner at the Killie Campbell Museum. After the morning session you will be taken to uSkaka Marine World where you may enjoy any of the abovementioned attractions. In the evening you will be transported from uShaka to the Museum and then on to Pietermaritzburg.


Further Information


Useful information about the university, amenities at the conference, and places of interest in KZN. Information about the region is available from the KZN website and the official website of South Africa. Classics, Howard College, has a website with visual directions to its offices.


Guide to restaurants in Durban.


Conference Fee


The conference fee of R500 (R200 for students and pensioners) will include a small conference dinner, all refreshments, lunch on Tuesday and Thursday, and transportation costs between conference venues in Pietermaritzburg and Durban on Wednesday.  


How to Pay


Please follow the hyperlink to the printable registration form [or download plain text version here]), print the form, fill it in, and post or fax it together with your payment to Anne Gosling or John Hilton (details above).


Cheques should be made out to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, code R855 5205. If your cheque is not made out in South African Rands please add a R100 currency transaction fee to the total. This additional charge applies to foreign currency cheques only.


If you are paying by electronic bank transfer/deposit please attach a copy of the deposit slip/print out of your transaction to your registration form. Please add a R100 currency transaction fee if you are making a transfer from a country that does not use Rands. Account details are provided on the registration form.


If you are paying by credit card please print out the credit card form (download plain text version here), and attach it to your registration form. There is no foreign currency transaction fee for credit card payments.






The organising committee acknowledges with thanks the generous financial support of the Consulate of the Hellenic Republic, Durban, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Research Fund, the National Research Fund, the eThekweni Metro, and Adams Campus Bookstores.