School of Advanced Study University of London

Institute of Classical Studies

Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar

About Work-in-Progress

PGWiP is the national seminar for postgraduate students in Classical Studies. The seminar provides a friendly environment in which speakers are able to talk about their research, take part in stimulating discussion of their paper, and extend their social and academic network. During the past five years we have been pleased to attract speakers from thirty different institutions in the United Kingdom, the EU, North America and Australia.

Speakers give a paper of about 45 minutes duration dealing with any subject connected with the ancient world (broadly defined), the reception of antiquity, or classical scholarship. They have the opportunity to receive questions, moderated by the joint chairs, from an audience of postgraduate students, mainly, but not exclusively, from the University of London, and to continue the discussion over wine and nibbles.

One of the sessions provides an informal opportunity for MA students to present their work. Past MA students have found it helpful to use this time to briefly outline the ideas they have for their dissertation (about 5-10 minutes each), and seek comments and suggestions from a friendly audience.

Seminars take place on Fridays during term-time at 4.30 p.m. All seminars will take place in Senate House, which is accessible for people with disabilities.

Mission Statement

As well as providing a forum for sharing our works-in-progress, the seminars have for some years now benefited students by providing a postgraduate community through which to network and stay informed about current and relevant research.

Our aim this year is to extend this community, in part by giving it more of an online presence and therefore making it more accessible. Thus, we have updated the website and added links to our Facebook page and Twitter feed, which we hope will encourage more postgraduates to become part of the community.

Finally, we are pleased to present the Proceedings, which we hope will provide an opportunity for those who cannot always physically attend to also take part in the discussions.