About the Conference

We are pleased to announce that the first London Postgraduate Conference for the Ancient Near East will be held at The British Museum (London, United Kingdom) on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018.

The conference is open to all interested in knowing more about current research on the Ancient Near East.

The London Postgraduate Conference for the Ancient Near East is an opportunity for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) and early career researchers to showcase their research at any stage of progress. The primary aim of this event is to create a forum of discussion for emerging scholars and to foster exchanges between the diverse disciplines working on the Ancient Near East, including Archaeology, Assyriology, Anthropology, Historiography, Conservation and Museum Studies.

The chronological periods under consideration are the Palaeolithic to the Islamic conquest, and the geographical scope, Anatolia to Afghanistan and the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula.

Under the theme Ancient Lives, New Stories, this year’s speakers will present their current work in thematic sessions. Participants are encouraged to reflect on aspects of their research related to topics including but not limited to:

  • Private and public life
  • Trade and crafts
  • Movement and communication
  • Environment and subsistence
  • Architecture and the household
  • Sacred and profane


A keynote lecture will be delivered on each day, respectively by Professor Andrew George (SOAS-University of London) and Professor Nicholas Postgate (University of Cambridge).


Registered Conference Participants will enjoy free entry, on 1st and 2nd December, to the exhibition “I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria” at the British Museum as part of the Conference pack.


Call for Papers

  • 1st August: abstract submission opens
  • 30th September: abstract submission deadline
  • 15th October: notification of abstract acceptance

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  • 1st September: online registration opens
  • 11th November: online registration closes

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The London Postgraduate Conference for the Ancient Near East is organised by Xosé L. Hermoso-Buxán (Institute of Archaeology, UCL), Mathilde Touillon-Ricci (The British Museum & SOAS-University of London) and Rocío Mayol (The British Museum).