2019 African Archaeology Research Day

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The 2019 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD 2019) will be hosted by the University College London, Institute of Archaeology on 9 November.

The call for papers for this event (closes 9 October) may be of interest to you:

Please contact the organisers directly if you have any questions.


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 : rseignobos@ifao.egnet.net

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: rseignobos@ifao.egnet.net

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.

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 (fatma.keshk@gmail.com) 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