Origins and Afterlives of Kush Conference

Dear Colleagues,

The following announcement may be of interest to you. Please respond to the organizers directly.


Dear Colleagues,

The call for papers is open through early June for the upcoming Conference, Origins and Afterlives of Kush, to be held at the University of California at Santa Barbara from July 25thto July 27th, 2019, sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

The origin of the second Kingdom of Kush (c. 850 BCE to 350 CE) has been the subject of much discussion and debate over the years. The kingdom that arose at Napata lasted over a thousand years, evolving over time and shifting its primary capital south to Meroe in c. 300 BCE, continuing to influence the polities that emerged after the kingdom broke apart in c. 350 CE. One of the kingdom’s legacies continues on today as an early example of an African state, allowing for an exploration of theoretical questions surrounding state formation, religion and ideology, political economy, identity and intercultural interaction. At the same time, the Kingdom of Kush has played an important and controversial role in the development of Black Studies, the discourse of Afrocentrism, and a consideration of the asymmetries in the racial discourse surrounding Egypt in particular and Africa more generally in both their historical and contemporary incarnations. Please submit a title and abstract by June 1, 2019, to

I hope to welcome those of you interested in the topic in Santa Barbara this summer! Online reservations are available for campus lodging and online conference registration is coming soon. Please see the attached announcement for more details and check the following web site for updates and links:

Please feel free to pass this announcement on and contact me if you have questions.

All the best,

Stuart Tyson Smith, PhD
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Anthropology
Director, Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research
2001 HSSB, University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3210


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

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

Sonqi Tino colloquium

Dear Colleagues,

Attached please find an announcement for a colloquium concerning the Nubian Church of Sonqi Tino. The colloquium will be held on 8 June 2018 in the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.

Please address all questions to the organisers.


Conference: Studying Food and Drink in Egypt and Sudan

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


The Institut français d’archéologie orientale and Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology Research Center in Cairo are organising an international conference on food and drink in Egypt and Sudan throughout history, focusing on the continuity and innovations that have occurred at times of change. The conference is scheduled for March 21-23, 2018, and the deadline for abstract submittal is December 15th, 2017.
The call for papers can be found on the PCMA websiteand IFAO Actualités.

Dr Mennat-Allah El Dorry
On behalf of
the Organising and Scientific Committees Continuity and Transition: Approaches to Studying Food and Drink in Egypt and Sudan
Cairo, March 21-23, 2018.

A collaboration between:
Institut français d’archéologie orientale
Research Center in Cairo
Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology

Nubian Art in Byzantine, Ethiopian and Coptic Context

Dear colleagues,

Please find attached the programme of the conference on Nubian Art held this weekend at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Wóycickiego 1/3 St. on 25 November and National Museum of Warsaw, Jerozolimskie 3 Av. on 26 November.  Even though you may not be able to attend, the programme may be of interest.