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 ( 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 (, and the SAfA Organizing Committee (

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” (, 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, and 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.

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

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

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

Call For Papers on Nubian Literature

Dear Colleagues,
The following call for papers on Nubian Literature for a new Dotawo volume, may be of interest to you. Please address all questions etc. to the email address provided in the text below.


Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies

Call For Papers on Nubian Literature

Though a great number of books and articles have been written on Nubian history, archaeology and language in English, only  a few researchers have addressed the large body of Nubian literary production. The aim of this issue is to redress this lack by foregrounding the importance of Nubian literature in both its written and oral form. The issue will include texts written by Egyptian and Sudanese writers in both the Arabic and Nubian language translated into English as well as critical articles about the aforementioned texts. The aim of this issue is to explore different trends in Nubian literature as well as diverse ways of tackling them. We seek translations of texts written by Nubians from different periods as well as critical papers on the subject. Modes of reading include but are not restricted to the following:



Some of the key questions include, but are not confined to :

– In what way do Nubian writers deploy their heritage ?
– How do writers use re-readings of Nubian myths/folktales as a tool to challenge or   consolidate notions of identity and in what way is their cultural background a decisive element?
– How do writers address notions of gender and gender relations both in Modern and Old   Nubia and how can a comparative perspective be of help in understanding this specific issue?
– How do authors employ Utopian/Dystopian themes as sub-texts that define their attitude towards Old Nubia and as a means of coping with the present?
– How are oral productions both an expression of a way of life that is no more as well a reflection of elements of a specifically Nubian culture that has survived until the present time?

We invite interested authors to direct questions and submit abstracts to Nivin El Asdoudi (nivinela @ Please submit abstracts by 1 May 2017 and anticipate submission of the final draft of your article by 1 December 2017.

CRE VIII 2017 conference


Dear Colleagues,

Attached please find the call for papers for the forthcoming CRE VIII 2017 conference. It will be held in the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Naples, 3-6 May 2017.
Click HERE for details.

The conference website is as follows:

Please address all enquiries to the conference organizers. Thank you.


Archaeological Bayuda Conference

Please take note of the call for papers for the international conference for research related to the Bayuda desert (Sudan):

Archaeological Bayuda Conference
10-12 September 2015, University of Münster, Germany

If you want to present your research about the Bayuda desert in Münster, we welcome abstract submissions for a 20-minute presentation until 30.6.2015. Abstracts including the title of the paper and the researcher’s affiliation should consist of no more than 250 words.  Please submit abstract to

We will evaluate your abstracts and will inform you about their acceptance by 31.07.2015 at the latest.

The official language of the conference will be English. Additionally, we would like to inform you that it is planned to publish the proceedings as soon as possible after the conference. Please keep this in mind when you prepare your abstract and paper.

For further information, see: