he majority of papyri from the Arab-Islamic world relate to the countryside, yet most modern studies focus on cities. The ISAP IX Conference hopes to shift the attention from urban elites to rural realities by exploring what documentary sources can tell us about the perspective of the inhabitants of the countryside. Texts preserved on papyri and other writing surfaces include stories of villagers often in their own words rather than from the perspective of outsiders. These everyday documents written in Egyptian villages in Arabic, Coptic, Greek, and other languages allow us to study the economy, religion, family life, agriculture, administration, mentalities, culture and many other facets of life in the countryside. Documents written in the cities, such as the Geniza corpus, also reveal rich details of life in the Egyptian countryside. We encourage participants to approach these topics from an interdisciplinary angle: materials from related fields, such as archaeology, hold untapped potential for papyrology. Comparison with other pre-modern rural societies are also particularly welcome, including documents written outside Egypt and longue durée perspectives.
The Ninth ISAP Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Archaeology (Egyptology Department) of Fayoum University and be organized by the board of the ISAP and the Munich Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies. The conference will start on the morning of Monday, March 6, 2023, and continue through the afternoon of Thursday, March 9, 2023. The programme will include 20-minute lectures, evening lectures, and hopefully a field trip. Conference languages will be English, German, French and Arabic. However, all lectures will be given in English.
Proposing a Presentation
Please send a 300-400-word abstract to Theresa Grabmaier (theresa.grabmaier at campus.lmu.de) no later than 1 August, 2022. Notification regarding the acceptance of proposals will be made by 1 December, 2022.
Participation With no Presentation
Pure attendance will be free. Please send a notice of intent to participate to Theresa Grabmaier (Theresa.grabmaier at campus.lmu.de) no later than 1 November, 2022.
There will be a conference fee of Euro 75 (25 for students and those without tenure-track positions). Participation in the conference will also require the payment of membership dues in ISAP (annual fee of Euro 25/15).
It is hoped that the conference partners will be able to offer travel subsidies for scholars unable to obtain institutional funding for travel to Egypt and accommodation. Please let us know as soon as possible whether you plan to apply for a travel subsidy.
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