Call for AMPAL 2022 Organisers

The Organising Team of the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL) 2020-2021 invites applications from postgraduate students interested in hosting AMPAL in 2022. The Call for Organisers and host institution is open until 31st October 2021.

AMPAL is an annual postgraduate event that provides a forum for the postgraduate community of Classicists to discuss current research and welcome fellow-students from across the world. Please note that the meeting traditionally takes place in person, and it was delivered online in 2021 only because of the unprecedented circumstances and exceptional travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Organising Committee of AMPAL 2022 will maintain the right to deliver the event online in case such regulations are again imposed, or the host institution policy does not allow for any in-person events in 2022. Proposals of in-person, online or hybrid delivery of the event with both in-person and online sessions and/or conference days are also welcome. Please note that the AMPAL 2020-2021 Organising Team will consider all proposals equally regardless of such university policies. 

AMPAL is one of the oldest annual meetings of postgraduates from both the UK and abroad, promoting collaboration and interaction among colleagues for more than 15 years at institutions across the UK. AMPAL 2020-2021 was held by the Department of Classics at the University of Reading in June 2021, kindly supported and funded by the Department of Classics, the Ure Museum, and the Classical Association.  The 2020 event was postponed in hope of achieving an in-person conference, but eventually proceeded online in 2021. It welcomed presentations on ‘Fear in Ancient Culture’ by postgraduate students from the UK, Europe, Australia, and the USA, a presentation of the exhibition ‘Fear Beyond Words’ by students at the Department of Classics, and a keynote speech by Professor Fiona McHardy (University of Roehampton) on ‘Fear of Revenge in Euripidean Tragedy’. The conference was attended by postgraduates from across the world, and Prof McHardy’s keynote additionally attracted friends of AMPAL, academic staff, and members of the public.

Applications must be made with the support of your department and supervisor(s) and must include the following information along with any other relevant information or details you would like to include: 

  • proposed theme, description of potential topics and details of relevance to ancient literature 
  • confirmation in writing of support by the department and supervisor(s) 
  • details of organisers and host institution (names and numbers of students; potential roles, e.g. lead organiser; name of the Head of Department and/or supervisors; host institution policy on events in post-COVID-19 period). Please briefly explain the type of proposed delivery of AMPAL 2022 and your host institution policy regarding events and conferences during the pandemic. This is only for our information and so that we have a clearer understanding of the necessary arrangements for AMPAL 2022.  
  • details of potential sources of funding, amount to be applied for, and potential cost to speakers/non-speakers (we are happy to give advice on this). Please note that no confirmation of funding is required for the submission of interest and a proposed budget is not expected to be exhaustive or finalised at this point.  

If you have difficulties in obtaining any of the above by the deadline, please do contact us.

Please send proposals (up to 2 pages long) to by 31st October. Please feel free to email at the above address if you have any questions about the application or hosting process of AMPAL.  

The successful candidate will receive further support, a conference pack, and access to AMPAL social media following their confirmation of acceptance.  

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you can download the Call for Organisers here.