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The organizing committee invites submissions of workshop proposals and of abstracts for papers, posters and brief project presentations. We aim to organise an in-person congress, with all speakers present in Leiden.

The submission for workshop proposals is now open until the 31st of January!

We welcome workshop proposals on the theme of the conference as well as on unrelated topics. In case of oversubscription, workshops on the topic of inequality will be prioritized.

A workshop must consist of 6 lecture slots of 30 minutes each (i.e. one full morning or afternoon session) of which the first or the last slot may be reserved for introductory remarks or a general discussion. Workshops of 9 or 12 slots will also be considered; due to programming restrictions they might have to be scheduled on two separate days. We strongly encourage workshop organizers to assemble the list of speakers at least partly through an open call for applications, at their own discretion and initiative.

Proposals can be sent to us by e-mail between 1 December 2022 and 31 January 2023. A proposal should contain the following information:

  • name of the organizer(s);
  • title of the workshop;
  • aim of the workshop;
  • a list of speakers with a preliminary title and brief description of their papers;
  • a brief statement on whether an open call for applications was organized.

We will send a notification of acceptance or rejection by 15 February 2023 at the latest. If the proposal is accepted, the speakers will be required to upload their abstracts individually in the general submission system for paper abstracts before 31 March.

The online submission system for paper abstracts (200-400 words) will be open between 1 February and 31 March 2023. A lecture slot consists of 30 minutes (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes Q&A). In addition to sessions dedicated to the theme of the conference, we will schedule at least one session for reports on recent fieldwork and one on digital methods in ancient Near Eastern studies. In case of oversubscription, papers on the topic of the conference, recent fieldwork and digital methods will be prioritized over those dealing with an unrelated topic. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent in mid-April 2023.

The online submission system for poster abstracts (200-400 words) will be open between 1 February and 31 March 2023.

In addition to the traditional formats for workshops, papers and posters, we introduce a new session format targeted at brief communications about new projects, their progress or results (8 minutes). These brief presentations will be bundled in so-called lightning sessions. Brief abstracts (c. 50 words) can be submitted here between 1 February and 31 March 2023.

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