The 116th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South will be held Wednesday-Saturday, March 25-28, 2020, in Birmingham, Alabama at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham--The Wynfrey Hotel at the invitation of Samford University. Proposals for panels, workshops, individual papers, and round-table discussions on any aspect of the ancient Mediterranean world are now being accepted. Teachers (K-12, college, university) and independent scholars, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, are encouraged to submit proposals. Papers that are likely to be of broad interest, such as those with direct applicability to teaching or those engaged with issues of diversity, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity, are especially welcome.


All panel abstracts and workshop proposals (with accompanying abstracts) must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019.

All individual paper proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019.


Round-table discussion proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2019.


All submissions will be judged anonymously by the Program Committee, chaired by CAMWS President Anne Groton of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She can be reached at


An individual may deliver no more than one paper at the meeting and may submit no more than one abstract for an individual paper. It is permissible, however, for a person not only to deliver a paper but also to serve as the organizer of a panel, a workshop, or a round-table discussion. No one whose paper has already been accepted for a panel or a workshop may submit an abstract for an individual paper too. An organizer may submit no more than one proposal for a panel, a workshop, or a round-table discussion. A panel must have a presider and include three to six papers. A workshop must have a presider and at least one presenter; it must include activities designed for audience participation. A round-table discussion must have one discussion leader and may have up to two. 


It is expected that a paper delivered at a CAMWS meeting will present fresh ideas, not repeat ideas already presented in a similar venue. There is no prohibition against delivering a paper that was previously presented at the author's home institution, at a specialized conference, or at a meeting outside North America, especially if it is work-in-progress that would benefit from wider discussion. If, however, an abstract has already been accepted for a meeting of another classical association in North America, that abstract must not be submitted to CAMWS unless it has been substantially changed.

The organizer of a panel is required to submit not only a general description of the panel but also an abstract from each of the panelists. (No abstract is required from a panel respondent.) The proposer of a workshop or a round-table discussion is required to submit only a general description.  Authors of abstracts, organizers of panels, and proposers of workshops and round-table discussions must not be identified by name or organizational affiliation anywhere in the abstracts or descriptions that they submit. All submissions must follow the Formatting Guidelines for CAMWS Submissions. Any submission that does not follow these guidelines will be returned to its author for revision.

The maximum time for an individual paper is 15 minutes. Papers in panels with fewer than six participants may exceed this time limit, but no panel may last longer than 100 minutes. Workshops typically last one hour. 

CAMWS welcomes papers on material culture and reception. Projectors and screens will be available for all sessions but the need for sound must be indicated at the time the proposal is submitted. Individuals must provide their own laptop computers and any special cables their equipment may need to connect to a standard projector. CAMWS cannot guarantee internet access during presentations.


Please submit all proposals electronically at Individual Abstract Submission FormPanel Submission FormWorkshop Proposal Form or Round-Table Discussion Proposal Form. If, for some reason, electronic submission is not possible, please contact the CAMWS office at the address below.


All presenters and organizers are required to be members of CAMWS for the 2019-2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) at the time the proposal is submitted. No proposal can be accepted if the author's membership is not current. 


Membership can be renewed using this online membership form: Dues can be paid electronically by credit card via Paypal (with a $3.00 processing fee) or by mailing a check along with a copy of the membership form to CAMWS, Department of Classics, Monmouth College, 700 E. Broadway, Monmouth, IL 61462 (office 309-457-2284; fax 815-346-2565;


The Program Committee will reach its decision about proposed panels and workshops by September 13, 2019 and individual abstracts by November 13, 2019.

Individuals whose papers have been accepted are expected to register for the CAMWS Annual Meeting by December 31, 2019. The cost of registration increases significantly after that date.

Please be aware that submission of an abstract implies a commitment to present the paper in person in Birmingham. In the rare instance that a paper must be read in absentia due to extenuating circumstances, the author is expected to arrange for a reader at the appropriate session and to register for at least one day of the meeting.


CAMWS endorses the Statement on Professional Ethics of the Society for Classical Studies ( All participants in the CAMWS Annual Meeting are expected to adhere to the CAMWS Code of Conduct at Meetings ( 


Monday, August 19, 2019 for Panels / Workshops
Monday, September 23, 2019 for Individual Abstracts
Monday, November 4, 2019 for Round-Table Discussions


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