Classics & Archaeology Postgraduate Society
The Classics and Archaeology Postgraduate Society is a social and academic hub for postgraduate students studying everything from Near Eastern prehistoric archaeology to the army of the late Roman Empire. Postgraduate research is inherently solitary, so the Society attempts to break the idea that a postgraduate must be a lone student in a library carrel obscured by piles of monographs and journals by offering opportunities to get away from the books.
Currently managed by Emily Simons as President, Christopher Bendle as Secretary, and Maddi Harris-Schober as Treasurer, the Society organises fun and exciting events with the funding and support it receives from the Graduate Student Association and SHAPS. These events include academic learning and networking opportunities, such as lunches with visiting scholars or interactive workshops to explore and debate particular issues and phenomena in our discipline. We also organise social events, such as a visit to an Ancient Egypt-themed escape room or picnics with the other postgraduate societies at the University of Melbourne.
The Society also facilitates a mentoring program with Honours students who are thinking about pursuing further studies, as well as funding and supporting the ancient and modern language reading groups. Overall, the Society makes the experience of being a postgraduate student highly enjoyable.