cover_slaUC Press is pleased to introduce Studies in Late Antiquity (SLA), a new online quarterly journal scheduled to launch in February 2017.

Edited by Elizabeth DePalma Digeser (University of California, Santa Barbara), SLA aims to publish scholarship on a wide range of topics pertaining to the world of Late Antiquity (150 – 750 CE). A defining focus of the journal is fostering multi- and interdisciplinary research that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the Mediterranean with other parts of the late ancient world.

Eric Schmidt, UC Press Acquisitions Editor for Religion and Ancient History, developed the idea for this title nearly five years ago, having observed the need for such a project within the field of ancient history:

“Scholars of late antiquity come from many different disciplinary perspectives, and they focus on wide variety of geographical locations from around the ancient world, from western Europe through Central Asia, Africa to India. This diversity is part of what makes it such an exciting area to work in today. But it also means there are few common venues for presenting and exchanging ideas across so many institutional boundaries. We created Studies in Late Antiquity to be a place where the many scholars working toward a more global perspective on late antiquity can come together in writing. In launching this new journal, the Press will help foster the rich multidisciplinary work already being done to explore these deep interconnections across the late ancient world.”

Call for papers: SLA is now accepting papers for review and possibly publication. Comparative and methodologically innovative papers are especially welcome.

Visit for more information and submission instructions, and to sign up for updates about the journal launch.

*Are you attending the 2016 Medieval Association of the Pacific annual conference (3/31 – 4/2) at UC Davis? If so, be sure to meet the SLA editors! See the full editorial board here.