The Archaia Forum

The Archaia Forum invites all graduate students and post-docs whose research engages with the ancient or pre-modern world (including through its modern reception) to share their work with colleagues from a variety of disciplines invested in the study of antiquity and premodernity.

We will devote the Fall semester to four fortnightly workshops exploring broad methodological questions of significance to multiple disciplines in the study of individual regions and time periods. Participants may request to present original research in the Fall semester, but the presentation time will be capped to 20 minutes to allow for integration of the topic of the presentation into the broader topic of the session. The emphasis of the Fall semester will be on community-building among students within Archaia-contingent disciplines.

The Spring workshop series will be mostly devoted to student work: presentations of original research by participants, with priority given to work-in-progress presentations by graduate students completing capstone projects for the Archaia Qualification, and the research and writing process more generally. In May a mini-conference will feature both works-in-progress and capstone presentations.

Meetings will take place on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 5:30 pm in Phelps Hall.


Wednesday, October 2: Presentation of research undertaken by Summer Research Grant recipients

Tuesday, October 22: What is Archaia? Why seek certification? Exploration of past capstones.

Wednesday, November 6: Multidisciplinarity: Comparative and mixed methods

Wednesday, Dec 4: Uses and abuses of interdisciplinary methods

Spring: (dates and speakers TBA)

Mini-conference: May 5

Feel free to reach out if you are interested in presenting your research this year as a capstone or work in progress at the May mini-conference.

Send any questions or requests to present to Mary Gilstad ( and Joe Morgan (