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Postdoc Work-in-Progress Seminars

The Postdoc Work-in-Progress Seminar (PWiPS) is an informal and interdisciplinary research seminar for the Classics postdoc community. This is broadly conceived to include all Early Career Researchers, including individual or project postdocs, JRFs, teaching associates, temporary lecturers, and recent PhD alumni.

Each session one postdoc will pre-circulate a piece of writing around a week in advance: this might be a journal article in-the-making, a draft chapter for an edited volume, or a first stab at an introduction for a monograph. Half-baked pieces as well as more polished drafts are very welcome. The postdoc who shares work will often invite feedback on specific issues within the writing sample that they are stuck on or unsure about. At the seminar, this postdoc will be invited to briefly introduce their piece before participants discuss the piece and brain-storm solutions to any flagged issues.

This seminar is designed as a supportive, relaxed gathering of Classics postdocs. It is at the discretion of the postdoc sharing work whether other members of the Faculty or University may be included in their session: if you are not a Classics postdoc but would like to attend a specific session, please contact the relevant postdoc for an invitation and copy of their work.

For further information, or to express interest in sharing work, please contact the seminar co-convenors: Giulia Maltagliati ( and Albert Bates (

Programme of Talks Michaelmas Term 2023

The Postdocs Work-in-Progress Seminar (PWiPS) this term will be held in person from 12 to 1pm, in room 1.11:

Friday 20th October
Daniel Sutton, ‘Cain and Alcmaeon’

Friday 10th November
Jessica Plant, ‘Tracing a medium’s movement: (in)visible itineraries in Roman plaster’

Friday 1st December
Peter Martin, ‘Visible and Invisible Speech in Classical Historiography’


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