Museum Day Sign-Up!

On Thursday, March 15 from 3pm-4pm, the CCSA is hosting “Museum Day”: Dr. John Fossey from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be giving a group of 20 lucky Concordia Classics students a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the Ancient Mediterranean Galleries.

Because of the limited space available, the CCSA is holding a sign-up day in H-665 (the CMLL student lounge) on Monday March 5. A representative will be present with the sign up sheet from 10:30am-11:30am and then again from 1pm-4:30pm. Cost of the event is 2$: all students wishing to sign up must provide EXACT change at the time of sign up.


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Brown Bag Lecture – Professor Sirois

Hi all!

Professor Martin Sirois’ Brown Bag Lecture, “The Birth of the Cynic Movement: Issues at the Crossroad of History, Philosophy, and Biography,” has been rescheduled for Monday, March 5. It will be held in Room H-1013 from 12pm-1pm.

The lecture will survey some of the problems we face in dealing with the origins of Philosophy’s “underdog” in Athens and with his “founding” father, Diogenes the Cynic. With most of our evidence coming from later (often dubious) anecdotes, how can we try to uncover the truth and paint a plausible picture of early Cynicism?

Coffee will be served. All are welcome to attend.


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Want to be part of the CCSA? Let us know NOW!

Hi all! Nearly all members of the CCSA are graduating this year. While that’s great for us (!), it means that nearly all executive positions on the association will be vacant come May. We will be holding elections to fill these positions for the next academic year in March, but if you’re interested in running for election to any of the positions described below, it is advisable to contact us as of now at Remember, being part of a student association is a great way to get to know your program’s Faculty and Staff, as well as your fellow students. It will add weight to your references from professors and no doubt also looks GREAT as valuable administrative experience on any CV!

President:  The president shall be the main representative of the Association to its Membership.  This person is to be the record keeper for all meetings.  The President’s main job revolves around coordinating the other members of the group to make sure all tasks are being performed. The President will be a main actor in the interactions with other Member Associations and, on occasion, with professors. The President will also hold responsbility over making changes to the by-laws.

VP Finance The VP Finance shall hold responsbility over the financial matters of the Association and will govern control over the association funds. 

VP Academic Affairs:  The VP Academic will be charged with organizing any activities that relate to academics such as guest lectures and other such activities that revolve around the Concordia Campus.

VP Social:  The VP Social will hold responsibility over organizing all social gatherings. This entails coordinating, planning and being in charge of all non-academic activities (i.e., pub socials, movie screenings) that occur inside or outside of the Concordia environment.

VP Internal Affairs: The VP Internal will be charged with attending all ASFA meetings, being an ASFA Councilor representing CCSA and dealing with the ASFA Executive.  She or he will also be an integral part of sitting on oversight committees and interacting with other Member Associations. This VP will also be responsible for attending all Classics, Modern Languages, and Linguistics Department meetings with the faculty as a representative of the students.

VP Communications: The VP communications will be the person in charge of updating the website and facebook page regularly, reading and answering email, postering, and any other form of communication for all events with the Membership.

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National Integrative Research Conference!

Want to present your Integrative Research? 


The National Integrative Research Conference is looking for undergraduate researchers to present their research on March 9th at McGill University! NiRC is a convention for undergraduate students across Canada to encounter different perspectives, to share their research work with others, and to further expand the interdisciplinary area between Arts and Sciences.


Apply at or email for any questions.

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“Pornography and Acting” lecture at Concordia may be of interest

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture


Between Presentation and Representation

A lecture and workshop by


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

February 16 | 5:00 p.m. | H-763

Henry F. Hall Building

1455 de Maisonneuve West

Does pornographic performance constitute acting? Is pornography collapsing the distinction between presentation and representation? Dr. Zamir will discuss the status of roles, identities and some counter-intuitive moral implications that flow from sexual acting in non-pornographic cinema and theater as well as in porn. Dr. Zamir’s current research project revolves around philosophical dimensions of dramatic acting with particular interest in the ways whereby self-dramatization occurs (on stage or off it). The project includes work on theatrical role-playing, parts of which can be read in the following journals:  The Journal of Aesthetics and Art CriticismTheatre Journal, and New Literary History.  He continues to think, teach and write about Shakespeare and philosophical dimensions that his plays explore.

Dr. Zamir will also lead a workshop, “Unethical Acts” on Friday, Feb. 17 at 11:00 a.m. in LB 646, J.W. McConnell Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve West. The workshop will deal with role-identity instability in relation to conventional acting in cases in which the act of acting may be experienced as unethical.   To receive a reading for the workshop, please contact:

Open to the public.  Free admission.

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Guest Lecture – Professor McIntyre

The CCSA and McGill CSA are presenting a joint guest lecture this Friday, February 10 at 3pm (McGill Arts Building, Room 150). Professor Gwynaeth McIntyre is from the University of Manitoba and is presenting her talk titled “Republican Heroes, Imperial Propaganda Figures: Castor and Pollux During the Roman Imperial Period.” A detailed abstract follows. Hope to see you all there!

“The interaction between myth and history played an important role in the political landscape of Rome during the imperial period. The continued use of the two foundational myths of Rome during the imperial period promoted not only her own status and position within the Mediterranean but also justified the position held by the emperor and his family. Other republican mythological heroes (such as the figures of Castor and Pollux, borrowed from the Greek tradition) underwent a change in their representations and role in promoting the new system ushered in by Augustus. The use of these brothers by the imperial family came to highlight the familial relations of the emperors’ families (promoting fraternal concordia and the divine nature of members of the imperial family) and also served to mask some of the familial dysfunction. This paper examines the later uses of the figures of Castor and Pollux by the emperors. Beginning with a brief discussion of the republican uses of these brothers and the adaptation of the Castor and Pollux myth by Tiberius in order to promote the fraternal piety of the imperial family, I then turn to the resurgence of the use of Castor and Pollux on the coins of Maxentius. This examination of the historical uses of these brothers serves to illuminate how relationships between family members in the imperial house were presented. It also highlights the evolution of the propaganda used to promote the position of the emperor at a time when the system was undergoing another change with the introduction of the Tetrarchy and multiple emperors who had to rule the empire together. Maxentius’ use of these brothers does not serve to promote “fraternal piety” (with his fellow emperors, especially considering he was never an official member of the Tetrarchy) but instead serves as a reaction against the ideology of Domitian and the Tetrarchy (who were using Castor and Pollux in this way). Through his re-introduction of these “republican” heroes (along with other traditional symbols of Rome: the goddesss Roma and Romulus, Remus and the she-wolf) into his own ideology, Maxentius sought to legitimize his own claim to the throne and gain the support of the people of Rome.”

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Message from the San Gemini Summer Field School

Hi all! Below is a message from the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program. If you are interested in any of these and want to get credit for them (CLAS 370), remember to contact Dr. Jane Francis ( to see if they are eligible:

“I would like to inform you about our summer 2012 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 13th year, which is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offers students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. The courses offered are listed below:

Building Restoration* (May 20th thru Jun 16th, 2012)

Introduction to Art and Building Restoration in Italy

Surveying and Analyzing Historic Buildings

Ceramics Restoration (May 20th thru Jun 16th, 2012)

Introduction to Conservation of Archeological Ceramics

Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy

Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques (July 1st thru July 28th, 2012)

Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy, including Issues of Weathering and Aging

Restoration Issues and Theory in Italy

Paper Restoration (July 1st thru July 28th, 2012)

Introduction to Paper Restoration

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy

*Field Projects:

Restoration of the Porta Burgi

Surveying the 12th Century San Giovanni Battista Church complex

Archaeological survey and excavation (directed by Jane Whitehead) of the public baths in Carsulae

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE. Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.”

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