Call for Papers | Kyklos 2023

The Greek Epic Cycle and the Odyssey

Date: June 30, 2023
Location: Online via Zoom
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022

Are you a graduate student (working on any MA, MPhil, PhD program) or an early career scholar (7 year from the reception of your PhD) working on the Odyssey and the Greek epic cycle? Are you interested in participating in an online international conference hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies with a 15-minute paper?

Join us in the summer for an international student-/early-career-scholar-oriented program directed by Efimia D. Karakantza, Associate Professor at the University of Patras. Special collaboration this year with Justin Arft, Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee.

This edition of the biennial Kyklos Project will focus on the Greek Epic Cycle and its relationship to Homer’s Odyssey. Considerations are open to any number of topics, ranging from treatments of individual cyclic epics (Nostoi/Telegony) and related traditions or themes that intersect with these bodies of epic, including but not limited to:

  • vengeance
  • households
  • suitors
  • allies and enemies
  • fathers and sons
  • women
  • marriage
  • recognition
  • travel
  • and homecoming

Methodological questions about influence and composition are welcome, in addition to broader questions of cultural and historical contexts in the formation of these traditions. We are excited for young scholars to offer a variety of perspectives on this growing conversation.

How to Join

Send an abstract of no more than 300 words to ekarakant(at) and jarft(at) by December 31, 2022. We will announce accepted contributions by January 31, 2023.