ICAN VI: Call for Papers

Submission guidelines

Proposals are hereby invited for papers and panels for the Sixth International Conference on the Ancient Novel (ICAN VI) with the theme ‘Roads Less Travelled’. The conference is open to all areas of study related to the ancient novel.

Papers and panels

Papers at ICAN VI will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes of Q&A at the end.

Papers: If you wish to present a paper at ICAN VI, you are requested to submit an anonymized abstract with a maximum of 400 words (excluding any bibliography or notes). Please submit your abstract in PDF format only.

Panels: If you wish to host a panel at ICAN VI, you are requested to submit anonymized abstracts of individual papers (following paper submission guidelines above) and one abstract outlining the overall rationale behind the panel (also a maximum of 400 words excluding any bibliography or notes). Panels can consist of a maximum of four papers. Please submit all papers together in one file and in PDF format only.

Proposals for papers and panels will be reviewed by members of the International Advisory Committee.

Suggested topics

In the tradition of ICAN, the conference is open to all areas of study related to the ancient novel. We particularly invite papers on the following topics:

  • Crosscultural exchanges, e.g.
    • Contributions to novelistic and/or fictional traditions in ancient languages other than Greek or Latin
    • Medieval vernacular
    • Byzantine, Jewish, early Christian, or Near Eastern traditions
    • Greek and Latin interactions
  • Reception of ancient novels, e.g.
    • Late antique and medieval reception
    • Afterlives of fragmentary novels
    • Concepts of reception relevant to our understanding of the novel
  • Textual reception and transmission (e.g. material culture of the novel, sociology of reading)
  • Multimediality, e.g. novels in material culture and visual arts
  • Intra and intergeneric intertextuality
  • Conceptualizations of genre and fiction in novels, hagiography and/or other narrative
  • Innovative theoretical approaches
  • Rhetoric and the novel


The default language of the conference is English, but German, French, Italian, and Spanish are accepted. However, the person reading a paper in one of those languages should email an English-language summary to the conference organizers beforehand so it can be distributed to members of the audience.

Submit a paper or panel abstract

  • Abstracts for papers and panels will only be accepted via the programme Easy Chair. Submission has now closed.
  • It should be straightforward to create an account on EasyChair and submit your abstract. You can find instructions here. If you encounter any issues, please do contact us.
  • Submission deadline: 10 December 2021 at 5pm CET. It is no longer possible to submit your abstract. 
  • Decision on acceptance of paper: February 2022


All questions about submissions should be emailed to Dr Evelien Bracke (icanvi@ugent.be).