Sixth International Conference on the Ancient Novel

Roads Less Travelled

Ghent University (Belgium), 21-24 September 2022


We are delighted to invite you to the Sixth International Conference on the Ancient Novel at Ghent in September 2022. It will be held in one of the most beautiful historic conference venues in Ghent and indeed beyond: Thagaste, an (operative) Augustinian monastery in the heart of the medieval city centre, hosting not only atmospheric meeting rooms but also a delightful inner courtyard, light-filled cloisters, a historic library, and a Baroque church. At the same time, remote participation will be possible for those conference delegates who are unable to join us in person. The conference will feature ca. 100 speakers distributed over 36 thematic panels.

All information will be added to this homepage when it becomes available.

ICAN in uncertain times: Venue

The conference will take place from 21st to 24th September 2022 and will be hosted in hybrid form.

Its physical venue will be Thagaste Augustinian monastery, Academiestraat 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium. This venue is located in the heart of the medieval town of Ghent, within walking distance of accommodation options. We will of course monitor covid regulations and update participants of the requirements closer to the time. See our FAQ page for current covid-regulations in Belgium.

We appreciate many colleagues interested in attending the conference might not yet know whether they will be able to travel to Belgium at that time, or indeed already know they won’t be able to. We therefore welcome speakers and participants both in person and online (by means of an accessible platform). Any questions, feel free to contact us.


You can find the provisional conference programme here (updated 19 September 2022). 

Check the time zone converter to see the schedule in your own time zone.

The Call for Papers has now closed.


All information about registration, fees, accommodation, travel, and cancellation policy, can be found on our registration page. Registration for ICAN VI will start on 7th March 2022.

Travel and accommodation

You can find more information on traveling to ICAN VI here. The conference is not connected to a particular hotel, but there are a number of hotels in Ghent which offer a discount. You can find out all the information on the hotel page.


Questions about ICAN? Please check this list of frequently asked questions.

Advisory committee

You can find the list of the International Advisory Committee members on the respective page.


All questions may be emailed to Dr Evelien Bracke (icanvi@ugent.be).

Stay in touch on social media (Facebook and twitter): @NovelSaints #ICANVI

Facts about ICAN

  • This picture of #ICAN5 makes us wish ICANVI was here already! Whom do you recognize?

  • B.P. Reardon reports that #ICAN2, at Dartmouth College in 1989, was held – to the surprise of almost everyone – in the heat. Many found relief by swimming in the Connecticut River. #Classicsconferences are never dull!
  • Gareth Schmeling on #ICAN1: ‘In an after-dinner paper Stephanie West (with a straight face) reported on the discovery of new fragments of a novel on papyri, which, however, she had made out of whole cloth. Some in the audience accepted her imaginings as fact.’


This conference acknowledges financial support by the following organizations:




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