Meroitic Conference 2020 First Circular

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Attached please find the First Circular announcing the 13th Conference for Meroitic Studies. For further information please contact the conference organizers directly.


Honorary Secretary, ISNS


Conference on Vernacular Architecture

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The following conference may be of interest to you. Please contact the conference organizers directly.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

please find attached the announcing poster and preliminary programme of the upcoming conference on “Vernacular Architecture as Frame of Life in Historic and Ancient Societies” to take place in Berlin from April 4 to April 7, 2019.

Please feel free to spread the word about the event through your professional channels. Please note that due to limited space the participants need to register until February 25th, 2019.

Looking forward to meeting you in Berlin.

Kind regards,
Bernadeta Schäfer

An introductory course to Old Nubian

Dear Colleagues,

The following course in Old Nubian may be of interest to you. Please find the call for applications and course information below.  Please respond directly to the course administrator (below), not to the ISNS address.

Stage d’initiation au vieux nubien / An introductory course to Old Nubian

L’IFAO, le PCMA et l’université du Fayoum, s’associent pour proposer une initiation complète au vieux nubien, forme écrite de la langue pratiquée par les habitants de la moyenne vallée du Nil au Moyen Âge. Les cours, à la fois théoriques et pratiques, seront dispensés par Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, meilleur spécialiste actuel de cette langue rarement enseignée dans les cursus universitaires classiques.

The IFAO, the PCMA and the University of Fayoum have joined forces to offer a complete introduction to the Old Nubian language, the written form of the language used by the inhabitants of the Middle Nile Valley during the Middle Ages. The course, both theoretical and practical, will be given by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, who is currently the best specialist in this language rarely studied in standard university curricula.

Lieu du stage / Venue :
Le Caire (Ifao et PCMA)     /    Cairo (IFAO and PCMA)

Date du stage / Course date :
Du 1er au 12 septembre 2019    /    from 1 to 12 September 2019

Date limite de candidature / Deadline for application :
31 mars 2019 /  31 March 2019

Institutions  : 
Institut français d’archéologie orientale  – Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology – Fayoum University

Organisé par / Organized by :
Robin Seignobos (Ifao), Vincent van Gerven Oei, Artur Obłuski (PCMA) & Maher Eissa (Fayoum University)

Langue du stage / Course Language :
Anglais / English

Éligibilité / Eligibility :
– Étudiants, chercheurs et universitaires / students, researchers and academics.
– La connaissance préalable du grec et/ou du copte est souhaitable mais nullement indispensable / Prior knowledge of Greek and/or Coptic is desirable but not essential.

Frais d’inscription / Fees :
Gratuit – limité à 10 étudiants / Free – only 10 students

Pris en charge / supported :
L’hébergement et les repas du midi / accommodation and midday lunches

Non pris en charge / Non-supported :
Frais de transport / transportation costs.

Candidatures / applications :
Un CV, une lettre de motivation (en français ou en anglais) et, pour les étudiants et jeunes chercheurs, une lettre de recommandation (en français ou en anglais). Les dossiers de candidature sont à envoyer au plus tard le 31 mars 2019 à l’adresse suivante :

A CV, a motivation letter (in French or English) and, for students and young researchers, a recommendation letter (in French or in English). Applications should be sent by the 31st of March 2019 at the latest to the following address:

Dotawo vol. 5 is now available

Dear Colleagues,

The following online publication of may be of interest to you:


It is our pleasure to announce the online publication of Volume 5 of Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies, a collection of studies on Nubian women, guest-edited by Anne Jennings.

You can find Volume 5 online at

Publication of the print edition of Volume 5 through our partners at Punctum Press will follow shortly.

Giovanni Ruffini & Vincent van Gerven Oei

Sudan Seminar Series, London

Dear Colleagues,

The Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK is hosting a Sudan Seminar Series which may be of interest to you.

Please see the attachment for further details and contact the Institute directly for additional information.


Julie Anderson
Honorary Secretary

Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Cairo

Dear Colleagues,
The following Post-Doctoral Fellowship hosted in Cairo, may be of interest to you:

The Institut français d’archéologie orientale (IFAO) and the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw (PCMA) invite applications for a 16-months Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cairo, starting 1st March 2019 until 30 June 2020.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize an international two-day Seminar/Workshop on a subject in relation to Ancient and Medieval Northeastern Africa (Egypt and/or Nubia).

Please see the attachment for more details and please respond directly to the organisers.