Call for papers – Workshop on Vernacular Architecture

Dear Colleagues,
The following workshop may be of interest to you. Please contact the organizers directly.


Dear colleagues and scholars,

The German Archaeological Institute in Cairo (DAIK), in cooperation with the Chair for History of Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), is delighted to invite you to present your research at the international workshop funded by the echnical University of Berlin (DFG) entitled: VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE as a Frame of Life in Historic and Ancient Communities that is scheduled to take place from 4 – 6 of April 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

The erection and following heightenings of the two Aswan Dams caused the destruction of the vast majority of civil architecture of Nubia by flooding. Only few rural settlements around Aswan survived. Among them, the two abandoned villages on the island of Bigeh deserve special attention. They were inhabited until the late 1980s, allowing for an in-depth study of developments in vernacular architecture and living culture induced by changes in the natural habitat. A project entitled “Nubian Architecture” carried out by an interdisciplinary team from the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo and the Berlin Institute of Technology aims to study the relationship between the built environment still constructed in an ancient tradition and the reality of life on the verge of modernity. The objective is the documentation and analysis of the principles of organisation and use of space and constructive characteristics of Nubian vernacular architecture in order to preserve a record of this lost cultural heritage. The case study into recent architectural and cultural transition processes in the traditional rural community of Bigeh aims to deliver instructive ethnoarchaeological reference material for the study of more ancient and recent settlements in the region.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together scholars working on similar projects with regard to research questions or methods and to create synergies between the ongoing projects and experts.

Please send your abstract before 15 September 2018 to Ms. Fatma Keshk ( who will be also happy to answer your further enquiries.

For further details, please see the document below.

And last but not least: please feel free to spread the word.
Kind regards,

Bernadeta Schäfer


Azania – Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,
The following call for papers may be of interest to you.
Please respond directly to the coordinator.
Thank you.


Dear Colleagues,

Please find below a call for papers which I hope that you will consider.

If you are interested and will definitely have the time to write the paper, please submit your proposed title and an abstract to myself by the end of the first week of September ( I will collate the submissions and pass them plus my recommendations on to the Azania editorial board for their final decision. I will notify everyone at the appropriate time afterwards as to which have been accepted. The deadline for the submission of the accepted papers will be the end of May 2019 in order to give time for peer review. The special issue is slated to come out March 2020.

Theme: Sudan Beyond Nubia
Journal: Azania

14 years on from David Edwards stating that a “new ‘Sudanese’ archaeology is struggling to emerge [as] it has traditionally tended to be quite introspective and isolated from archaeologies elsewhere, not least from other fields of African archaeology”, the situation has marginally improved but serious deficiencies remain. As before, there has been little engagement by archaeologists working in the Middle Nile Valley with broader African archaeology, with those few doing so the exception rather than the rule. There has been a shift in focus from major sites to encompass a broader range of themes such as the UCL Qatar metallurgy mission at Meroe and numerous other projects further north, the potential contribution of Sudan to African archaeology is largely ignored. Nubian archaeology remains an adjunct to Egyptology in universities. However, there has been much archaeological work undertaken in the Sudan and the surrounds outside of the “protohistoric” Nubian kingdoms (Kerma ca. 2500 – 1500 BC, Napatan state ca. 800 – 300 BC and the Meroitic state ca. 300 BC – AD 350). This is a call for papers examining sites and areas in any of these three periods. The remit is that the site or area has to either be within the boundaries of modern-day Sudan or South Sudan, or bordering them. For sites bordering one of these states but not under direct political control, this call offers an opportunity to turn archaeology of the frontier or periphery on its head and examine the lives and interactions of these communities in their own right.

(Dr) Michael Brass
Honorary Research Associate
Institute of Archaeology
University College London

XIth Poznań Africa Symposium

Dear Colleagues,
The following conference announcement for the Poznań Africa Symposium may be of interest to you. Please contact the organizers directly.

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that another African conference will take place in Poznań next July. Please click the links for the 1st Circular and Registration Form.

We are looking forward to meeting you next year in Poznań.
With best regards,

Małgorzata Winiarska-Kabacińska

Bayuda Studies: Proceedings

Dear Colleagues,
The following may be of interest to you:

The Proceedings of the First International Conference on the archaeology of the Bayuda Desert in Sudan have now been published and are available through the following web-link:

Angelika Lohwasser, Tim Karberg, Johannes Auenmüller (eds.),
Bayuda Studies. Proceedings of the First International Conference
on the Archaeology of the Bayuda Desert in Sudan.
(Meroitica –
Schriften zur altsudanesischen Geschichte und Archäologie 27).
Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018. Hb, 538 pp. 320 ill.,
ISBN 978-3-447-11064-8. EUR 98,00. TOC at