Keynote speaker: Professor Walther Sallaberger

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Walther Sallaberger will be joining us this year to deliver the senior talk at the 6th Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology. 

Professor Sallaberger is based at Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, where he is currently engaged in a year-long Senior Researcher in Residence programme on the topic of “Festivals in the early Bronze Age city-states of Mesopotamia” together with Professor Adelheid Otto at the university’s Centre for Advanced Studies. This interdisciplinary initiative aims to  bring together experts from both archaeology and assyriology in order to produce rich, complex interpretations of the written, visual, and archaeological data.

For this talk, Professor Sallaberger will share with us some aspects of his on-going research on festivals, touching upon methodological issues in the interdisciplinary approach to the subject, as well as discussing the written sources and what they can tell us about the daily reality of festivals. As a subject matter, festivals present an ideal source to understand the identity and social order, religion and values of the people of the third millennium B.C. in Mesopotamia.

Together with other efforts to build and sustain an international as well as interdisciplinary environment for the conference, we are delighted that Professor Sallaberger accepted our invitation, and we look forward to welcoming him in Oxford.

Call for papers and bursary awards

    Deadline for bursary submissions: 17th February 2017

    General deadline: 26th February 2017

    Our email address:

      The organisers of the sixth annual Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology (OPCA) wish to extend an invitation to all UK, European, and overseas students whose research relates to the field of Assyriology. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for students at the postgraduate and postdoctorate levels to present their research to a group of peers and to establish connections with colleagues. 

      There is a conference fee of £20 that goes towards hospitality costs and allows us to continue awarding student grants for attendance. The fee is subsidised and the costs of the conference met by our generous financial supporters. Refreshments between sessions, lunch, and a Saturday evening wine reception are included. 

      Our call for papers has a submission deadline of February 26th, 2017. Please email with your proposed paper title and a brief abstract (approximately 250 words). Successful papers are allotted 20 minutes followed by questions.

      For registration information and further details, please see our website: You can also get information and updates from Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter at @opcassyriology.

      OPCA is generously sponsored by the Lorne Thyssen Research Fund for Ancient World Topics at Wolfson College (University of Oxford), the Wolfson College Academic Committee, and the London Centre for the Ancient Near East.



      We will be awarding between two and three travel and accommodation bursaries for participants outside of the UK on a competitive basis. The awards will consist of a stipend of £125 and reimbursement for accommodation. In order to be considered for a bursary, you must email your CV and an abstract (approximately 250 words) of your paper in application to by February 17th, 2017. Bursaries will be chosen by an independent selection committee to include Prof Markham Geller (Freie Universität, Berlin and UCL, London), Dr Kristin Kleber (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Prof Susanne Paulus (University of Chicago).

      With best wishes,

      Parsa Daneshmand 
      Monica Palmero Fernandez 
      Adam Howe 
      Lynn-Salammbo Zimmermann 

      New Poster and Dates!

      Happy New Year and welcome back to all of our OPCA followers!

      The OPCA 2017 organising committee is pleased to announce the dates and share the new poster for this year’s conference. We hope many of you will join us here in Oxford, where we are currently hard at work to ensure we have everything ready to welcome you in April. The keynote speaker for this year will be announced shortly, together with the call for papers. As in other years, we will be advertising a series of bursaries for students based outside the UK. Each year, we strive to increase the level of support we are able to offer, so that OPCA truly becomes an international hub for all postgraduate students in Assyriology and related fields. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements in the near future and we look forward to seeing many of you in the near future.

      The OPCA 2017 organising committee.

      Lynn, Adam, Parsa and Monica


      The Sixth Annual Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology will be held at Wolfson College, Oxford in the spring of 2017. Further information and a call for papers will be issued in late 2016.

      Current organising committee:

      Parsa Daneshmand (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

      Adam Howe (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

      Monica Palmero-Fernandez (University of Reading)

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

      Past organisers:

      Eva Miller (Hertford College, University of Oxford)— 2014-2016

      Laura Hawkins (Hertford College, University of Oxford)— 2014-2016

      Kathryn Kelley (Brasenose College, University of Oxford) — 2014-2015

      Karenleigh Overmann (Keble College, University of Oxford) — 2015

      Moudhy Al-Rashid (Wolfson College, University of Oxford) — 2012-2013

      Nicholas Reid (University College, University of Oxford) — 2012-2013

      Selena Wisnom (Queens College, University of Oxford) — 2012-2013