This workshop and conference will be held virtually from October 11-14, 2021 via Zoom. Registration for the conference closed on October 5th. Registered participants and panelists will receive login details via email by Saturday, October 9.

The purpose of this workshop is to create an analytical framework for understanding the complex and interconnected economies of the Ptolemaic and Roman Eastern Desert of Egypt in their geographical, social, and material contexts. The scale and extent of archaeological and historical work in the Eastern Desert of Egypt has increased exponentially in the past several decades. Major survey and excavation projects focused on all periods of Egyptian history, but especially the Ptolemaic and Roman eras, have produced vast quantities of textual and material data that has reshaped our understanding of the broader economy of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, while also raising new questions about ancient institutions, material practices and the role of different kinds of evidence in our assessment of the history of the Eastern Desert over the long term.

To this end, we are bringing together researchers who can present new syntheses of archeological data on a regional scale, while contextualizing that analysis through conversation with scholars working on other material categories and periods in the Eastern Desert’s history. The organizers are seeking papers that offer methodological, theoretical, or analytical approaches to material datasets, and avoid field reporting.

Presenters include:

Laura Aguer, Collège doctoral, Université Paris-Sorbonne – Paris IV; ERC Desert Networks Project, CNRS

Julien Cooper, Research Centre for History and Culture, Beijing Normal University & UIC

Maël Crépy, Histoire et Sources des Mondes antiques/ERC Desert Networks, CNRS

Jennifer Gates-Foster, ERC Desert Networks, CNRS; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Jordi Pérez González

Joan Oller Guzmán, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Laurel Hackley, ERC Desert Networks, CNRS; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Mariola Hepa, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; French Archaeological Mission to the Eastern Desert

Despina Iosif, Hellenic Open University, Patras

Bryan Kraemer, California State University-San Bernardino

Kate Liszka, California State University-San Bernardino

Julie Marchand, Histoire et Sources des Mondes antiques, CNRS; French Archaeological Mission to the Eastern Desert

T. O. Moller, Ancient World Research Cluster, Wolfson College Oxford

Ryan Reynolds, University of California, Berkeley

Katia Schörle, Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, CCJ, Aix-en-Provence, France Centre Camille Jullian

Steven Sidebotham, University of Delaware

Roberta S. Tomber, British Museum

Meredith Brand, American University in Cairo

This event a is a collaboration between the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the “ Desert Networks ” project, hosted by the CNRS at the HiSoMA laboratory (Lyon, France), and which is funded by the European Research Council, ERC, within the framework of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program - grant agreement no. ° 759078.

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October 6, 2021

Registeration for the conference is now closed. Information for logging into the conference will be sent to registrants at their registered email by Saturday October 9.


October 5th, 2021

Registration Deadline. Register here for the conference.


Feburary 15, 2021

Deadline for abstract and title submission.

The deadline has been extended two weeks!


May 1, 2021

Conference registration opens


March 1, 2021

Notification of paper acceptance


December 15, 2020

Launch of the website and call for papers

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