Lettre d’information SFDAS – Announcements from SFDAS

Dear ISNS Members and Friends,
The French Section of the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan has sent the following announcement which may be of interest to you.
Of note, they have a new website for the Sudan Archaeological Heritage Protection Project; are expanding their team; celebrating the 50th year of SFDAS with the publication of a commemorative volume; and are launching a new, multilingual open access journal entitled ‘Sources. Materials and Land in African Studies’.
Access the newsletter by clicking on the image below.
With best wishes
Dr Julie Anderson
Honorary Secretary 

CIPEG Journal: Call for contributions

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The following Call for contributions may be of interest to you.
Please contact the co-ordinators directly.
Best wishes,
Logo of the CIPEG Journal website

The CIPEG Journal: Ancient Egyptian & Sudanese Collections and Museums is a peer-reviewed online journal, dedicated exclusively to scholarly research on ancient Egyptian and Sudanese collections and museums around the world.

The CIPEG Journal publishes the proceedings of CIPEG’s annual meetings and associated workshops—including both papers focused on the annual theme, and those based on general museum work—as well as articles presenting archaeological excavations conducted by museum-led missions. ‘General museum work’ includes but is not limited to: the history of Egyptian and Sudanese collections and collectors; object and provenance research; conservation treatments; exhibitions of Egyptian and Nubian art; gallery design and the interpretation of Egyptian and Sudanese collections; development of museum programmes using Egyptian and Sudanese art and collections; and general museum practice and policy in museums with such collections.

Contributions not presented at annual meetings or workshops but related to these same research endeavours are also welcome.

The CIPEG Journal is currently accepting for consideration papers presented at the annual meeting in Kyoto and the associated workshops in Tokyo.
Deadline 1 May 2020.

All contributions not related to the annual meeting are accepted on a rolling schedule.

All contributors are asked to follow the CIPEG Journal guidelines; contributions improperly formatted will be returned to the author. Please see the CIPEG Journal website for details. Contributions should be submitted to cipeg.journal@gmail.com.

About Us
CIPEG is the International Committee for Egyptology at the International Council of Museums (ICOM). http://cipeg.icom.museum/

Caroline Rocheleau, Coordinator
CIPEG Journal: Ancient Egyptian & Sudanese Collections and Museums

Call for papers – SAfA 2020 session PA-13: Interactions, relations and networks within Africa

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The following call for papers may be of interest to you. Please respond to the organisers directly.




Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite some additional contributions to our session during the SAfA-Conference 2020 (https://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/safa-2020) entitled:

“Entangled Africa: Interactions, relations and networks within Africa” 
Session code: PA- 13

If you are interested in participating, please send your title, author list, and a 150-word abstract for consideration to the session organizers Friederike Jesse and Alexa Höhn (a.hoehn@em.uni-frankfurt.de, friederike.jesse@uni-koeln.de) and the SAfA Organizing Committee (safa2020@arch.ox.ac.uk).

Please send us the information as soon as possible, the latest 22nd of January 2020. We will respond in turn by January 24th on whether we can accommodate your proposal. We are accepting a few additional papers, for a total maximum of 12 for the session.

Please find the abstract of our workshop below and do not forget to mention the workshop code and short title “PA-13 Interactions, Relations and Networks in Africa” in the subject line of your email.

Very much looking forward to your abstracts, and to meeting many of you in Oxford!

Best regards
Alexa and Friederike


Workshop PA-13 Interactions, Relations and Networks in Africa

Keywords: Intra-Africa, Entanglement, Interaction, Transfer, Networking, Material culture


This symposium addresses questions of entanglements and their contribution to the formation and development of human societies in Africa in the past. Presentations should therefore address intra-African interactions, whether that is transfer of ideas, knowledge, material culture, animals, plants or people. The spatial scale of entanglement may cover long distances or be confined to a limited area. In addition, the means of interaction (e.g. migration, trade, networking or war), the necessary infrastructure (e.g. pack animals, routes and roads, market places) as well as the external conditions and the motivation for entanglement and interaction are of interest. We welcome theoretical and methodological papers as well as case studies aiming at a better understanding of the indicators as well as forms, patterns and consequences of entanglement and interaction within the African continent during the past.

The symposium is hosted by researchers involved in the project “Entangled Africa: Intra-African relations between rain forest and Mediterranean, c. 6000 – 500 BP” (https://www.dainst.blog/entangled-africa/en/home/), but seeks to initiate discussions with researchers from outside the project working on or interested in this challenging subject. In this session, we hope to discover an array of parallels, divergences, connections, trajectories.

African Archaeology – A 20:20 Vision for the Future

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The attached call for papers from the Society of Africanist Archaeologists for the 25th Biennial Meeting: ‘African Archaeology – A 20:20 Vision for the Future’ may be of interest to you.

Please respond to the organisers directly.

Dr Julie Anderson
Honorary Secretary ISNS

Call for papers: “Sudan under the rule of Sennar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The following call for papers may be of interest to you. Please respond to the organisers directly.


Call for papers: “Sudan under the rule of Sennar. Material culture perspectives on Nubian society in the Funj period” (SAfA Biennial Meeting 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

Please accept our invitation to take part in a symposium to be held at the 25th SAfA Biennial Meeting in Oxford, UK, on 21-24 September 2020. The symposium is entitled “Sudan under the rule of Sennar. Material culture perspectives on Nubian society in the Funj period”. We enclose an abstract below.

All we need at this point is a declaration if you are interested in delivering a paper. Please send the proposed title and abstract by 25 January 2020.

Also, feel free to forward this invitation to other scholars who might be interested in submitting a paper proposal.

Please respond to us at a.obluski@uw.edu.pl, d.dzierzbicka@uw.edu.pl and m.wyzgol.erc@uw.edu.pl and to the SAfA organising committee. Also do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We hope that you can join our symposium and we look forward to a fruitful discussion.

Best regards,

Artur Obłuski
Research Centre in Cairo
Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology
University of Warsaw


Sudan under the rule of Sennar. Material culture perspectives on Nubian society in the Funj period.

Artur Obluski, Dorota Dzierzbicka, Maciej Wyżgoł (Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw)

The aim of the symposium is to discuss topics related to Nubian society in the Funj period with special focus on its material aspects. The main focal point are changes that occurred in the wake of the fall of the Christian kingdoms and the transition to Islam in the 14th-16th centuries, how these changes influenced social structures and identity of the Nubians, and how Islam was perceived and adapted by dwellers of the Middle Nile Valley.

The scope of the symposium also includes studies on changes to urban layout and domestic architecture subsequent to political and cultural transformations that followed the end of the kingdoms of Makuria and Alwa. The symposium is also open for papers examining the ties between the Funj Sultanate and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa. The growing volume of material evidence on the life of Nubians in the Funj Period gives an opportunity to revisit ethno-historic sources concerning Nubian society, which were very often written from a Eurocentric viewpoint.

The proposed papers will present archaeological studies focused on the Funj period, socio-historical research, as well as discussions on the role of the Funj material culture in Sudan’s heritage and studies of memory.

Hidden Textile Treasures in the collections of the Sudan National Museum

Dear Friends and Members,

The following message and newly inaugurated exhibition may be of interest to you.


It my honour and pleasure to inform the Nubian Studies community about a temporary exhibition in the Sudan National Museum dedicated to archaeological textiles.

The exhibition, entitled “Hidden Textile Treasures in the collections of the Sudan National Museum”, was inaugurated on 24th October, and will last until the end of February 2020.

This exhibition is part of the research project “Nubian Textiles: craft, trade, costume and identity in the medieval kingdom of Makuria”, financed from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 665778 and from the National Science Centre, Poland, in the frame of the POLONEZ Grant agreement 2015/19/P/HS3/02100.

With warm greetings from Khartoum,

Magdalena M. Woźniak, PhD
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Sudan Studies Research Conference 4

Dear Friends and Members,

Sudan Studies Research Conference 4 will be held in Naples on 8 May 2020 and may be of interest to you. Following below, please find the call for papers. Please contact the organisers directly with any queries or responses.

Many thanks, Julie

Call for papers for Sudan Studies Research Conference 4

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