Call for papers: Conference “Syriac Studies in the UK: Past, Present, Future”
When: 21-23 March 2024
Where: Durham University
Abstract submission deadline: 31 October 2023
We are delighted to announce that the conference “Syriac Studies in the UK: Past, Present, Future” will take place at Durham University, on 21-23 March 2024. The conference focuses on the history of Syriac Studies in the UK and aims to celebrate and reflect on the work of scholars in this field across the past centuries.
A series of papers will focus on specific aspects of the history of Syriac Studies in the UK, including the biographies and intellectual contributions of scholars in/from the UK, the history and development of the field, the discovery, circulation and study of Syriac manuscripts, and the formation of Syriac library collections in the UK. Confirmed speakers include Siam Bhayro (Exeter), Sebastian Brock (Oxford), Chip Coakley (Cambridge/Jericho Press), Lindsey Davidson (Bristol), Susan Harvey (Brown), Kristian Heal (BYU), John Healey (Manchester), Erica Hunter (Cambridge), Christa Müller-Kessler (Jena), George Kiraz (IAS Princeton/Gorgias Press), Salam Rassi (Edinburgh), Alison Salvesen (Oxford), David Taylor (Oxford), Francis Watson (Durham), and John Watt (Cardiff).
In addition, we invite abstract proposals for 15-minute papers, illustrating the ongoing or future research by contemporary scholars in the field of Syriac Studies. We invite proposals from doctoral students, early and mid career researchers, and established academics for papers on any topic related to Syriac Studies, such as ongoing or future research projects, forthcoming or recent publications, or ideas for public outreach – and we also especially welcome papers on the history of the field.
We aim to create a space to learn about and discuss past, present, and future research directions in our field. There will be abundant opportunities for discussion in a supportive environment, and we hope that this will be a useful venue for dialogue and exchange. We kindly encourage you to circulate this call among students and those who might not be on this mailing list.
Proposals for 15-minute papers (max. 350 words + short bibliography) should be sent to conferencesyriacintheUK@gmail.com by October 31st, 2023.
In order to support the participation of doctoral and early-career researchers, a limited number of college rooms in Durham will be available free of charge for doctoral and early-career speakers who may not be eligible for full support from their home institution. If this applies to you, please indicate it when you send your abstract, and add your academic CV in attachment. In addition, meals for all speakers will be covered.
The conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Durham Centre for Early Christianity, the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University, and the British Academy.
Please address any query to Andy Hilkens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mara Nicosia (email@example.com).
We hope to see you all in Durham!
Organizing and Scientific Committee
Andy Hilkens (British Academy Newton International Fellow, University of Oxford)
Mara Nicosia (British Academy Newton International Fellow, Durham University)
Alberto Rigolio (Associate Professor, Durham University)
Francis Watson (Chair in Early Christian Literature, Durham University)
Ted Kaizer (Professor in Roman Culture and History, Durham University)
Karl Heiner Dahm (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Durham University)