ASCS Annual Conference 2019

Australasian Society for Classical Studies

40th Annual Conference and Meeting

Hosted by Classics & Ancient History (School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences).


Monday 4 February – Thursday 7 February 2019

Important dates

Abstracts due
by 31 July 2018

Early-bird registrations
close 30 September 2018.


University of New England, Armidale NSW, AUSTRALIA


Dr Graeme Bourke

Dr Bronwyn Hopwood

Dr Clemens Koehn

Welcome to ASCS 40

Welcome to the University of New England.  Classics & Ancient History at UNE is delighted to host the 40th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies. 2019 is an auspicious year. It marks the 40th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, the 50th Anniversary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and 60th Anniversary of the UNE Museum of Antiquities. To celebrate, four free public events are being held as part of ASCS 40 (2019):

The Australian Academy of the Humanities 21st A. D. Trendall Lecture

The 40th Australasian Society for Classical Studies Keynote Address

The Unveiling of the UNE Museum of Antiquities 60th Anniversary Commemorative Artefact

The 23rd UNE Museum of Antiquities Annual Maurice Kelly Lecture

Exhibitions and displays

Exhibitions and displays will be open for the duration of the conference:

  • The Art of Agriculture: An Exhibition in 2 & 3D
    In celebration of the local changeover from stone fruit to apple season, this exhibition is a collaboration with local farm Greenhill Orchards, featuring photographs and produce. It is inspired by Ancient Roman agricultural celebrations and the festive art of 'bucrania'  (festive garlands).

    Location: Arts Building E11, Lecture Theatres 1,2 and 3
  • A Corner of the New England
    The New England Collective is a group of local artisans, designers and makers producing quality handmade products. From golden fleeces and fibres, elixirs, potions and lotions, to fruitage, flowers, and fudge, there really is something for the heroic Greek traveller in everyone. Available for purchase.

    Location: Arts Building, Mac Lab
  • Exhibition ONE: Our New England
    A photographic exhibition celebrating the New England region from local photographers and  Destination NSW. Destination NSW is the strategic partner of the 40th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies at UNE.

    Location: UNE Arts Building, main corridor
  • Classics in the Library
    UNE's Dixson Library will display a small range of old, rare, and interesting works relating to Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology.

    Location: Dixson Library, UNE

ASCS 40 (2019) Keynote Address

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Professor Teresa Morgan
Oriel College

More about the ASCS 40 Keynote Address.

21st A.D. Trendall Lecture

Monday, 4 February 2019

Associate-Professors Tom Hillard and Lea Beness
Department of Ancient History
Macquarie University

More about the A.D. Trendall Lecture.

23rd UNEMA Maurice Kelly Lecture

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Dr Julie Anderson
Assistant Keeper (Curator), Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan
The British Museum

More about the 2019 Maurice Kelly Lecture.

Travel to Armidale

Quietly sitting 475 kilometres north-west of Sydney in the NSW Northern Tablelands, Armidale balances a city-esque vibe amid a country landscape. This seemingly sleepy country town is in fact a buzzing urban centre with an impressive catalogue of galleries, museums, music gigs and theatre performances. There's a bounty of cafés and restaurants, many of which focus on local ingredients, as well as picturesque national parks, majestic waterfalls and plenty of walking trails to get your fill of country air. Suffice to say, its cover has been blown.

— Australian Traveller

Conference venue: University of New England (Armidale campus), Armidale NSW 2351, AUSTRALIA.

Travel information: for travel to and around Armidale please consult: Travelling To Armidale

UNE's Armidale campus

For more information about the Armidale Campus and Facilities browse the information provided at Campus Life.

Getting around Armidale — travel options to the campus

Taxis — Armidale Cabs offers a taxi service throughout Armidale and Uralla.  The phone number is 131 008. A fare from the airport to the CBD or to the University is approximately $25 (estimate only).

Buses — a bus service runs from Armidale town to the UNE campus.

Car — you'll need to pay for parking on the Armidale campus.


Accommodation is available on campus at Mary White College, or in Armidale town for which you would need to organise transport to the campus (public or private). The options below are provided only as suggestions. Please contact the accommodation providers directly for prices and bookings.

On Campus

Mary White College offers student-style accommodation with standard rooms and shared bathroom facilities. Available to both men and women.

Book your short-stay at Mary White College (note the 'Apply for UNE accommodation' button). On the booking form, enter ASCS2019 as your course code.

In Armidale town

Rural Stay (B&B and self-contained accommodation options in Armidale)

Cotswold Gardens, 34 Marsh St,  +612 6772 8222

Quality Hotel Powerhouse, 31 Marsh St,  +612 6772 7788

Lindsay House, 128 Faulkner St, +612 6771 4554

Sandstock Motor Inn, 101 Dumaresq St,  +612 6772 9988

Abbotsleigh Inn, 76 Barney St,  +612 6772 9488

Near the airport (private transport recommended)

Moore Park Inn, 63 Moore Park Lane, +612 6772 2358

There is a wide range of accommodation in Armidale to suit all budgets. Please consult the Armidale Tourist Information Centre for more information.

Conference registration period and costs






Early Bird




On-Time Owl




Sleepy Sloth




Daily Dormouse




Conference registration opens on 1 August 2018

  • Early-Bird rates: 1 August 2018 – 30 September 2018
  • On-Time Owl rates: 1 October 2018 – 30 November 2018
  • Sleepy-Sloth rates: 1 December 2018 – 1 February 2019
  • Daily Dormouse rates: 1 August 2018 – 1 February 2019
  • Conference Dinner: closes on 20 December 2018

Concessions are available for:

  • Students (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Secondary school teachers
  • High school students accompanied by a teacher, parent, or guardian
  • Retirees.

The conference registration fee covers:

  1. ASCS Conference: Monday 4 February – Thursday 7 February
  2. ASCS Welcome and Trendall Lecture reception: Monday 4 February, 5.30–6.30 pm
  3. ASCS 40 (2019) Keynote Reception: Tuesday 5 February, 5.00–6.00 pm
  4. Postgraduates, AWAWS, ASCS Delegates Event: Tuesday 5 February, 7.00–8:30 pm
  5. UNEMA 60th and Maurice Kelly Lecture Reception: Wednesday 6 February, 3:30–5:30 pm
  6. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each conference day.
  7. Conference pack.

Student Subsidies for Travel

The Australasian Society for Classical Studies offers a Travel Subsidy for Honours and Postgraduate students. Please consult the ASCS website for details and conditions.

Student Subsidies for Conference Registration

ASCS 40 (2019) intends to offer small Registration Subsidies to university students who register for the conference before 1st December 2018. The subsidy will be finalised after December 1st. The value of the subsidy for eligible students will depend on available funding and will not exceed the registration fee paid.

How To Support Students

ASCS 40 (2019) welcomes donations from anyone who would like to help students attend the Annual Conference. Donations can be made online using the conference registration portal on this website. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Conference attendance and membership of ASCS

Paper-givers from Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) must be financial members of ASCS before registering for the conference.

All other delegates (paper-givers from beyond Australia and New Zealand, and all non-paper-givers) are not required to join ASCS.  You need only register for the conference.

Please note:

Registration for ASCS membership closes on 20 December 2018.

Registration for the optional conference dinner closes on 20 December 2018.

All costs provided in Australian Dollars.

Conference Registration

NSW Government Waratah Logo

The Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will contribute 20 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

NSW Government Waratah Logo

The Keynote Lecture of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Monday, 4 February

  • 13:30 – 17:00 | Registration
  • 17:00 – 18:30 | Opening Reception
  • 18:30 – 19:30 | 21st A.D. Trendall Lecture: Thomas Hillard and Lea Beness (Macquarie)

Tuesday, 5 February

  • 09:00 – 10:30 | Session 1
  • 10:30 – 11:00 | Morning Tea
  • 11:00 – 12:30 | Session 2
  • 12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch. ASCS Executive Committee Meeting.
  • 13:30 – 15:00 | Session 3
  • 15:00 – 15:30 | Afternoon Tea
  • 15:30 – 17:00 | Session 4
  • 17:00 – 18:00 | Reception: ASCS 40th Keynote Address
  • 18:00 – 19:00 | 40th ASCS Keynote Address: Teresa Morgan (Oxford)
  • 19:00 – 21:00 | Postgraduates Drinks, AWAWS Members Drinks, ASCS Delegates BBQ Dinner

Wednesday, 6 February

  • 09:00 – 10:30 | Session 5
  • 10:30 – 11:00 | Morning Tea
  • 11:00 – 12:30 | Session 6
  • 12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch. Museum Network Meeting. Postgraduates Forum.
  • 13:30 – 15:30 | AGM
  • 15:30 – 17:30 | Reception: UNEMA 60th Anniversary and 23rd Maurice Kelly Lecture
  • 17:30 – 18:30 | 23rd UNEMA Maurice Kelly Lecture: Julie Anderson (British Museum)
  • 18:00 – 19:00 | Conference Dinner

Thursday, 7 February

  • 10:00 – 10:30 | Plenary Session 7
  • 10:30 – 11:00 | Morning Tea
  • 11:00 – 12:30 | Session 8
  • 12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch. AWAWS Meeting.
  • 14:00 – 15:00 | Session 9
  • 15:00 – 15:30 | Afternoon Tea

Conference venues include:

  • Booloominbah (36G) – Receptions and dinner
  • Oorala Centre (36G) – Morning and afternoon teas and lunch
  • Arts Building (E11) – Lecture Theatres, Meeting Rooms, and Museum of Antiquities

See Campus Map