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Jun 11, 2020

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[Conference CFP] Save Ancient Studies Alliance (SASA)

Save Ancient Studies Alliance has partnered with Digital Hammurabi to create a new type of online conference for ALL Ancient Studies scholars, scheduled for Sunday - Monday, August 15th - 16th, 2021.

We aim to bring together scholars who do not normally have the opportunity to present and engage with scholarship, including:

  • those who completed a PhD and are now professionals in other fields,

  • those who left PhD programs, or have had to take time out of their studies,

  • contingent faculty,

  • academics from marginalized groups,

  • teachers, professors, and staff from all educational institutions,

  • cultural resource management professionals, and

  • independent scholars.

All scholars of the ancient world are welcomed and encouraged to submit a proposal for a paper or panel in the subject areas of Religion, Culture, or History of the Ancient Mediterrenean and Near East. Topics can range from the discussion of an academic paper to a discussion on the successes and struggles of teaching an ancient curriculum.

In addition, all presenters are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one of the two discussion groups:
- Diversity in Ancient Studies: Problem Solving Through Outreach

- Lateral Thinking: Academic Skill sets in the “Real” World

Keynote addresses will be given by

  • Dr. Mark Smith, Helena Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University

  • Heba abd el-Gawad, Postdoctoral Researcher for "Egypt's Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt" at the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London

  • Dr. Moudhy al-Rashid, Assyriologist and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford

  • Saber Parian, Independent Scholar, Iran

To propose a paper, panel, or just for more information, please visit the website:

Abstracts will be accepted until April 30th, 2021.