The Crossroads III – A Stranger in the House. Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Societies of the Bronze Age

10-09-2018 19:08

Call for papers: The Crossroads III – A Stranger in the House. Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Societies of the Bronze Age


We are happy to announce the third international Crossroads conference – “The Crossroads III – A Stranger in the House. Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Societies of the Bronze Age”, which will be held at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Prague) between September 10 and 13, 2018.

The main objective of the conference is to enhance our understanding of “foreignness” in ancient societies of the Near East and Egypt during the period defined by the end of the Chalcolithic period and the end of the Late Bronze Age. In order to obtain a well-balanced insight, we would like the topic to be treated from an archaeological, historical, iconographic and philological point of view. We believe that bringing together archaeologists, philologists, as well as historians and other experts, is not merely highly desirable, but also a necessity for gaining a deeper insight into the historical, social, cultural and economic aspects of “foreignness” of the respective regions (Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Levant, Egypt) at this particular moment in time.

We hope that the idea of working along the topic of “foreignness” will provide for some fascinating lectures and discussions. We are sure many of the papers will touch upon several aspects of “foreignness” but we would be very much interested in the following questions and/or topics:

  •  Who is a foreigner in the respective society?
  • How do we recognise foreigners in ancient societies?
  • What is the role of foreigners in the society?
  • Interaction between the foreigners and indigenous population(s).
  • Foreigners as enemies of the state.
  • Foreigners as allies.
  • An experience of being a foreigner.
  • Foreign people and foreign gods.
  • Communication patterns between individuals and societies.

The Crossroads III Conference organising committee invites proposals for papers and posters relating to all above-mentioned aspects of “foreignness”. The official language of the conference will be English and each lecture should be 25 minutes long with an additional 5 minutes allowed for discussion. In order to assess your paper proposal, you are expected to submit an abstract of your presentation and a short CV (400–500 words in total) by February 1, 2018. All proposals will be reviewed by the scientific committee and the authors will be notified of the results by March 1, 2018. The deadline for submitting your paper to the proceedings is set for two months after the conference. All the papers will be peer-reviewed and the volume will be published in 2019. Conference fee: 90€ (standard) and 60€ (students).

More information can be found on the website of the conference or at Facebook.

We are looking forward to receive a proposal of your paper or poster. Please submit your proposal by email to

Scientific Committee

  • Elena Devecchi (University of Turin)
  • Kevin McGeough (University of Lethbridge)
  • Jana Mynářová (Charles University)
  • Regine Pruzsinszky (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
  • Clemens Reichel (University of Toronto)
  • Seth Richardson (University of Chicago)

Organising Committee

  • Jana Mynářová (Charles University)
  • Sergio Alivernini (The Czech Academy of Sciences)
  • Dana Bělohoubková (Charles University)
  • Marwan Kilani (Charles University)


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