Mind the Gap
Research into the ancient Near East (we include Egypt within our conference remit) has a rich history. However, the term ‘ancient Near East’, and the research therein, appear often to lack coherence. Boundaries between periods, areas, and sub-disciplines retain a disproportionate focus in scholarly research, thus inhibiting a comprehensive understanding of ancient Near Eastern societies. Some periods remain poorly studied, with the transitional periods between them lacking adequate research.
Similarly, a clear understanding of the area known as the Near East is complicated by questions surrounding its geographic boundaries. Whilst the region has existed throughout time within a wider network of connectivity, it is often discussed as if isolated from its neighbouring regions.
In addition, 20th-century borders are frequently projected onto the past, effectively segregating regions which were deeply connected. Partitioning is also observed between the various sub-disciplines of Near Eastern studies, which include textual, biological, material, and digital studies. Integrating older data sets with newer evidence and new methodologies also remains a challenge.
Bridging these gaps within the research of the ancient Near East remains a major challenge we invite researchers to address at BANEA 2019 in this Call for Papers and sessions.
View the preliminary BANEA19 programme.
- Mind the Gap
- Archaeology of Food in the Ancient Near East
- Archaeology of Religion, Rituals and Temples
- Fieldwork and New Research
- Heritage in the Middle East – Moving Beyond Destruction
- Manufacturing processes and cognitive underpinnings
- Morphology, Infrastructure and Relational Space in Settlements
- Sedentism – Mind the Gap
- The Dead and the Living: Integrating the Evidence
Other programme events include:
- Keynote speaker Professor Ian Hodder; ‘25 years of excavation and research at Çatalhöyük’ at the Victoria Gallery & Museum followed by a wine reception and Sumerian beer tasting
- UK Punic Network Graduate Workshop
- Public Event: Heritage and Conflict in the Middle East – Documentary Film Screening
- Conference dinner at SIREN, Liverpool.
Registration is now open and will close at 5pm on Monday 18 February 2019.
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