Annual Egyptological Colloquium 2019
Amarna: The lived city

British Museum, London, 19-20 September 2019. In collaboration with the Amarna Project

View of houses in the Main City at Amarna (Amarna Project);

Call for papers

Since its rediscovery in the late 19th century, the site of Amarna has shaped our understanding of Egyptian urbanism, while also eliciting fascination because of the unique nature of its founder king, Akhenaten.

This colloquium seeks to gather researchers who have explored the following aspects of the city:

  • • Urban environment, layout and networks
  • • Experiences of urban life
  • • Belief, memory and identity
  • • Production, supply and exchange
  • • The changing city, and its afterlife
  • • The city’s relationship to other settlements, or regions, within Egypt
  • • The place of Amarna in the broader study of urbanism in the ancient world

We hope that speakers will come from an array of disciplines, including but not limited to archaeologists, specialists from the fields of archaeological science (including bioarchaeology) and art history. The colloquium is not focused on the Amarna Period, Akhenaten or reception studies, except where relevant to the city itself.

This call seeks submissions for papers (in English, 25min) that consider the above themes. Submissions will be assessed by an organising committee (listed below). In addition to papers, we also welcome submissions for posters on the same themes that would complement the presentations and discussions. The programme will include time dedicated to the presentation and discussion of these posters.

A keynote lecture will take place on the evening of 19 September, delivered by Barry Kemp (Amarna Project) on recent excavations in the Great Aten Temple, followed by a reception.

This open call will close on 30 November 2018. Submissions should be emailed to Eirini Koutsouroupa (ekoutsouroupa@britishmuseum.org), with name, institutional affiliation, title, an abstract of 200 words and one image. Applicants will be informed of the outcome in early 2019. Travel bursaries will be available to support some participants’ attendance. The colloquium may result in a publication. A percentage of ticket income will be donated to the Amarna Project to support further research.

Lotus-flower faience inlay from house U37.22 (British Museum EA 58480).

Colloquium committee

  • Neal Spencer (British Museum)
  • Anna Stevens (University of Cambridge/Amarna Project)
  • Kate Spence (University of Cambridge/Amarna Project)
  • Paul Nicholson (University of Cardiff/Amarna Trust)