Call for Papers

Call for Papers — Amphora: an Ancient World Journal

Issue 1, 2018

Theme: Taboo



Amphora: an Ancient World Journal established itself in 2017 as an independent journal affiliated with the University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association. Prior to this, and operating since 2012, the journal was a regular issue of the Melbourne Historical Journal, and was known as The Amphora Issue: An Ancient World Journal.

Amphora is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform for postgraduate and early career researchers in Ancient World Studies. It includes feature articles from established academics, refereed articles, book reviews, exhibition reviews and feature artworks. We welcome contributions from researchers working in a diverse range of fields focusing on the Mediterranean and Near East, including Classical Studies, Ancient History, Reception Studies, Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Archaeology (including pre-historical and historical periods). A special feature of Amphora is the mentoring role of our editorial collective. We work closely with postgraduate authors in particular, shepherding both author and article through the initial submission and later peer-review process.

Postgraduates and early career researchers are especially encouraged to submit work.

All articles submitted to Amphora undergo a peer-review process that accords with the standard prescribed by the Department of Industry. The journal will be made available online through the Amphora website and EBSCOhost, meaning that successful articles can be easily found by other scholars.

Call for Papers

Amphora is now accepting articles, exhibition and book reviews for Issue 1, 2018.

The theme for this issue is Taboo. Though the topic certainly lends itself to matters of a social or familial nature, we believe that this theme can be applied to all relevant fields. We encourage you to be creative in its application. Some examples might be:

·      Robe or disrobe: nudity and gender in the Ancient World.

·      Let sleeping bodies lie: do we have a right to excavate ancient graves?

·      Sacred cows: traditional v. digital methodologies.

Journal articles should be between 4000 to 5000 words and constitute an original piece of research.

Book reviews of single books should be 1000 words; reviews of two related books should be 1500 words. The same word lengths apply for exhibition reviews.

Manuscripts should not be under review or scheduled for publication by any other journal and should be substantially different from other published work. All manuscripts must conform to our style guide.

Articles and reviews should be submitted by close of business on Wednesday, 31st January 2018 to the Amphora editorial collective via email at

We look forward to receiving your contributions!


The Amphora editorial collective.