Call for Papers: International Conference “Place-making in the desertscape”

The organizers of an international conference “Place-making in the desertscape: the socialisation of the Egyptian-Sudanese Eastern Desert landscape in the longue durée (4th millennium BCE–4th century CE)” are calling for submissions of conference papers.

The conference will take place in Cairo from 27th to 30th April 2024 at the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale and the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Research Center in Cairo. The organization of this conference is part of a joint Ifao-PCMA Post-Doctoral Fellowship and will be coordinated by this years’ fellow, Dr. Cristina Alù.

The conference, covering a wide geographical and temporal range, aims to bring together scholars who have approached the topic of the relationship between man and the desert landscape from different but complementary theoretical and methodological perspectives. In particular, the focus is on the processes of place-naming and place-making, understood as the social practices of defining places, plotting mental maps, constructing shared meanings and cultural memories, mechanisms in which the negotiation between places and people comes into play.

Papers that apply cross-disciplinary methodologies and interpretative frameworks to the study of the mining landscape of the Egyptian-Sudanese Eastern Desert, borrowing new tools of analysis from disciplines other than Egyptology and Archaeology – such as linguistics, sociology, cognitive sciences, computer sciences, geography, ecology, and topography – are very welcome and encouraged.

The deadline for abstract submission is 17th December, 2023. Details on registration, abstract submission, and the publication of conference proceedings can be found in the Call for Papers (PDF).