Our Aims and History
The Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology aims to provide a venue for postgraduate and early career researchers in Assyriology and related fields to come together, share original research, and forge connections. It is the only forum of this kind in Europe, and we believe it plays an invaluable role in strengthening the health of the discipline, as OPCA participants become the next generation of Assyriologists.
The first Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology was held in 2012 at Wolfson College, Oxford. It was started by Dr Nicholas Reid and Dr Moudhy Al-Rashid, then both Oxford DPhils in Assyriology who had noted the absence of any forum for postgraduate researchers in the field of Assyriology to present their ideas. In 2020, we will hold the 9th Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology at Wolfson College, on the 17th-18th April.
We would like to thank OPCA’s sponsors, the Lorne Thyssen Research Fund for Ancient Topics at Wolfson, The Wolfson Academic Committee, The British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the London Centre for the Ancient Near East. Without their continued support over the years, this conference would not be possible.
Who we are
The current OPCA organising committee are: