Anton Powell, Chairman of the Celtic Conference in Classics, founded the venture in 1998, and underwrote its earliest conferences from personal resources. In his research, as in his organising, he believes in combining specialisms, and in lasting collaborations with colleagues.
In 1987 he founded the International Sparta Seminar, and with Stephen Hodkinson has edited its volumes over some 30 years. With Kathryn Welch and Hans-Peter Stahl he has produced a series of publications on the poetry, prose and political history of the first-century Roman revolutions. Under the architectural Chairmanship of Stephen Mitchell, he set up an inter-campus Institute of Classics and Ancient History at the then federal University of Wales (UWICAH, 1993-2008), and became the Institute's Director. Also in 1993 he founded, as a private venture, the Classical Press of Wales, where as General Editor he has overseen the publication of (to date) more than 90 volumes.
Powell's monograph Virgil the Partisan: A Study in the Re-integration of Classics (2008) was awarded the prize of the Vergilian Society of America for `the book that makes the greatest contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Vergil'. On method he has also written an introductory monograph, Athens and Sparta: Constructing Greek Political and Social History (1988, 3rd edition 2017), and has edited the collections Hindsight in Greek and Roman History (2013) and `The Eyesore of Aigina': Anti-Athenian Attitudes in Greek, Hellenistic and Roman History (2016). He is the Editor and a co-author of the two-volume Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sparta (2018).
For the very young he is author of illustrated volumes, translated into various languages, on the ancient world, including the tabloid-style Greek News (2000).
Powell has taught in France as visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and at the University of Bordeaux. His enthusiasm for learning from France is one reason why the Celtic Conference in Classics has from the start been bilingual.
Douglas Cairns has been involved with the Celtic Conference in Classics since 2002, when he helped organize the Glasgow conference. He is now Director of the organisation. The CCC’s structure, he believes, by allowing individual panels to pursue specific and focused themes under the aegis of a large, sociable, and international event, offers unique opportunities for research collaboration and the development of scholarly networks.
Douglas has held the Chair of Classics in the University of Edinburgh since 2004, having previously taught in each of Scotland’s other two Classics departments, as well as in England and New Zealand. He has also held visiting positions in Japan, Italy, and the United States. He was elected to Membership of Academia Europaea in 2013 and to Fellowships of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the British Academy in 2018. In 2018 he was also awarded an Anneliese Maier-Forschungspreis by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and a Mercator Fellowship at Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz.
He is the author of Aidôs: The Psychology and Ethics of Honour and Shame in Ancient Greek Literature (1993), Bacchylides: Five Epinician Odes (2010), and Sophocles: Antigone (2016), as well as editor or co-editor of 14 volumes, including (most recently) Distributed Cognition in Classical Antiquity (2018, with Miranda Anderson and Mark Sprevak) and A Cultural History of Emotions in Antiquity (2019). Contact Douglas at:
Depuis 2006, Nancy Bouidghaghen est un membre actif des CCC, en particulier du séminaire international sur Sparte.
Afin de renforcer la participation des chercheurs francophones, Nancy Bouidghaghen est désormais la coordinatrice de la sphère francophone pour les CCC.
Elle a fait des études d'histoire à l'université de Sorbonne-Paris IV puis à l'université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. Ses travaux ont porté sur les guerres proches et guerres lointaines à Sparte de 525 à 338 avant J.-C. (sous la direction du professeur O. Picard) et sur les images du guerrier spartiate chez Hérodote (sous la direction du professeur P. Carlier). Elle a publié " 'Ceux dont j’ai appris le nom' : Hérodote et les Thermopyles" paru dans Das antike Sparta, dirigé par A. Powell & V. Pothou (Steiner Verlag, 2017). Elle prépare sa thèse de doctorat "Vivre, mourir pour Sparte ou la quitter" sous la direction des professeurs Jean-Yves Carrez-Maratray et Evelyne Scheid-Tissinier, à l'université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité.
Nancy a vécu plus d'une décennie en Angleterre puis au Canada avant de retourner en France. Depuis 2018, elle vit de nouveau en Angleterre.
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