2019 OPCA Sponsors–Wolfson College

We would also like to say a big thanks to Wolfson College Ancient World Research Cluster and Wolfson College, Oxford for generously sponsoring and hosting this year’s OPCA!!

The Cluster’s areas of expertise cross a wide range of disciplines, geography, and periods from pre-history to around 1000 AD, and include Syriac studies, Assyriology, Indo-Iranian Philology, Sanskrit, linguistics, archaeological science, Classical Greek and Roman art and archaeology, and more!

The Cluster runs a variety of events and offers funding opportunities throughout the year, generously supported by a gift from Baron Lorne Thyssen.

More information here: https://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/clusters/ancient-world

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2019 OPCA Sponsors–LCANE

We would also like to thank the London Centre for the Ancient Near East for generously sponsoring OPCA 2019! 

LCANE organises a regular seminar series at SOAS. They promote London and surrounding areas as a centre for the study of the ancient Near East.

They ” aim to create a centre to establish closer relations between colleagues with interests in the Ancient Near East on the staff of the various academic institutions in and around London; to act as a focus for all people with the same interests who are otherwise based in London or who are visiting; to publicise as widely as possible all activities in London relating to the Ancient Near East. In particular it seeks to produce for members a periodic list of public lectures, seminars and other events in London that bear on Ancient Near Eastern topics; to act as a forum in London for seminars, conferences and international meetings; to campaign to make University of London libraries more accessible for non-university scholars; and to raise generally in London public perception of the Ancient Near East” .

More information on their website: http://banealcane.org/lcane/

OPCA 2019 Sponsors–BISI

We are pleased to announce that BISI is a major sponsor of this year’s OPCA (The Eighth annual Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology)! The British Institute for the Study of Iraq funds and carries out research and public education on Iraq. They offer a range of grants for research projects and conferences. BISI funds and organises lectures, study days, and other public events in London, elsewhere in the UK, and Iraq.
They also help to support, re-train, and re-equip the cultural heritage professionals of Iraq. 
www.bisi.ac.uk

To find out how to become a member, take a look at:http://www.bisi.ac.uk/content/membership

Everyone can become a member of BISI, wherever you live in the world. Joining BISI means that you support our work to promote research and education about the history, society and culture of Iraq.

Membership of BISI also comes with a number of benefits:

The option to subscribe to two peer-reviewed journals:
IRAQ published by Cambridge University Press: subscription includes the annual print journal and access to the electronic archive of IRAQ through Cambridge Journals Online. 
International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies IJCIS (print journal published three times per year)

Additional membership benefits include: 
Monthly e-bulletins
A 20%  discount on BISI publications through Oxbow Books
Priority bookings at our events and conferences 
A printed copy of the Annual Report and Accounts, and the Annual Newsletter 
Full voting rights at the BISI AGM

OPCA 2019 BURSARY DEADLINE EXTENSION: MONDAY 11TH MARCH

INFORMATION FOR BURSARY APPLICANTS:

We will be awarding three travel and accommodation bursaries for participants outside of the UK on a competitive basis. These will be selected through the generous work of the bursary committee: Dr Marie-Christine Ludwig (SOAS), Dr Selena Wisnom (Oxbridge), and Dr Eva Miller (UCL). The awards will consist of a travel stipend of up to £200 and accommodation at Wolfson College for the duration of the conference.  

Furthermore, we will award up to four travel bursaries of £25 for students from within the UK, who would otherwise be unable to attend. These aim to strengthen the contacts between students of the Ancient Near East in the United Kingdom, in the hope of intensifying the network of Assyriologists from Oxford and from other UK universities. To be considered for a bursary, please email a cover letter, CV, paper title and abstract (limit 250 words) to opca@orinst.ox.ac.uk by 11th March 2019.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The organisers of the eighth annual Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology (OPCA) warmly invite all UK, European, and overseas students whose research relates to the field of Assyriology to join us in Oxford for a two-day conference at Wolfson College, 26-27 April 2019. Our aim is to provide a forum for students at the postgraduate and post-doctorate levels to present their research to a group of peers and to establish connections with colleagues. 

We are pleased to announce that the keynote this year will be given by Dr Kristin Kleber (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), who will be speaking on the religious politics of the Achaemenid rulers of Mesopotamia. 

The conference fee of £15 includes refreshments between sessions, lunch both days, and a Saturday evening wine reception. The fee is subsidised and the costs of the conference met by our generous financial supporters: Wolfson College, the Lorne Thyssen Research Fund, the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and the London Centre for the Ancient Near East.

The abstract submission deadline is 14 March 2019. Please email opca@orinst.ox.ac.uk with your proposed paper title and a brief abstract (limit 250 words). Papers are allotted 20 minutes followed by questions. 

OPCA 2019 Call for Papers!

Deadline for bursary submissions: 28 February 2019

General deadline: 14 March 2019

Our email address: opca@orinst.ox.ac.uk

CALL FOR PAPERS: Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology (OPCA)

Wolfson College, University of Oxford

26-27 April 2019 

The organisers of the eighth annual Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology (OPCA) warmly invite all UK, European, and overseas students whose research relates to the field of Assyriology to join us in Oxford for a two-day conference at Wolfson College, 26-27 April 2019. Our aim is to provide a forum for students at the postgraduate and post-doctorate levels to present their research to a group of peers and to establish connections with colleagues. 

We are pleased to announce that the keynote this year will be given by Dr Kristin Kleber (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), who will be speaking on the religious politics of the Achaemenid rulers of Mesopotamia. 

The conference fee of £15 includes refreshments between sessions, lunch both days, and a Saturday evening wine reception. The fee is subsidised and the costs of the conference met by our generous financial supporters: Wolfson College, the Lorne Thyssen Research Fund, the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and the London Centre for the Ancient Near East.

The abstract submission deadline is 14 March 2019. Please email opca@orinst.ox.ac.uk with your proposed paper title and a brief abstract (limit 250 words). Papers are allotted 20 minutes followed by questions. Successful applicants will be notified by 28 March 2019.

BURSARIES

We will be awarding three travel and accommodation bursaries for participants outside of the UK on a competitive basis. These will be selected through the generous work of the bursary committee: Dr Marie-Christine Ludwig (SOAS), Dr Selena Wisnom (Oxbridge), and Dr Eva Miller (UCL). The awards will consist of a travel stipend of up to £200 and accommodation at Wolfson College for the duration of the conference.  

Furthermore, we will award up to four travel bursaries of £25 for students from within the UK, who would otherwise be unable to attend. These aim to strengthen the contacts  between students of the Ancient Near East in the United Kingdom, in the hope of intensifying the network of Assyriologists from Oxford and from other UK universities.

To be considered for a bursary, please email a cover letter, CV, paper title and abstract (limit 250 words) to opca@orinst.ox.ac.uk by 28 February 2019. Successful applications will be notified by 28 March 2019.

OPCA 2019

OPCA 2019 will take place on April 26th-27th at Wolfson College, Oxford. It will be the eighth annual OPCA. A call for papers will be published on this website, on OPCA’s facebook page, on our twitter, and via the Agade mailing list in late January.

OPCA 2019 is generously funded through the Lorne Thyssen Research Fund for Ancient World Topics at Wolfson College, the Wolfson College Academic Committee, and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI).

Registration: 

Registration for OPCA will be open in late January.

Invited speakers:

The committee is delighted to announce that Dr. Kristin Kleber (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will be delivering the conference keynote on the religious politics of the Achaemenid rulers of Mesopotamia.

Bursary awards:

We will be offering travel and accommodation bursaries on a competitive basis. Bursaries will reimburse candidates up to a certain amount for expenses of travel and accommodation. The selection of candidates will be made by an independent committee comprised of Dr Marie-Christine Ludwig (SOAS), Dr Selena Wisnom (Oxbridge), and Dr Eva Miller (UCL).

Current organising committee:

Lynn-Salammbô Zimmermann (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

Jill Marcum (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

William Skelton (St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford)

Christie Carr (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

Sinead Manning (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

Chenghao Tian (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)