The 81st Anglo-American conference will be held by the IHR at the beginning of July on the topic of Ancients and Moderns.  How does the modern world (in respective periods) look upon the ancient past?  How is it used to validate the present or inform the discourse?  These are questions that will be tackled in different ways by a variety of speakers.  For example, Paul Cartledge (Cambridge) will ask how democratic the Ancient Olympics were while David Womersley (Oxford) will look at the thoughts of gibbon about antiquity and modernity.  Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA) will reflect on the Indian transmission of ancients and moderns while Constanze Gűthenke (Princeton) examines classical scholarship about the Transatlantic. 

There are also sessions on politics, culture, military education, humanism, collectors of antiquities, landscapes, religion, sports (including Olympics) and ideas of empire amongst much else. 

The full programme and abstracts can be found here:

If you would like to join us then please do sign up to this year’s Anglo-American.  It takes place at Senate House, University of London over two days (5-6 July).  There’s still room so if you would like to find out more about the programme or register for the event please click here: Anglo-American conference 2012: Ancients and Moderns.