A Virtual Conference
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To participate you MUST RSVP.
Research Outside the Academy: Building an Inclusive Environment
August 16, 3:30 - 4:30 EDT
Diversity in Ancient Studies: Problem Solving Through Outreach
August 15, 4:30 - 5:30 EDT
Please note that the roundtable discussions will be livestreamed on our platforms. If you do not want to participate or do not want to be included in the broadcast then you can still follow the discussion!
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Opening the Ancient World: Religion, History, & Culture
August 15 & 16, 2021
This is a FREE public conference that will be livestreamed to both the Digital Hammurabi and SASA YouTube channels! Additionally, a chat function will allow you to ask questions (though questions will be moderated to ensure discussion stays on topic)!
Click here to see a breakdown of the schedule!
Digital Hammurabi and Save Ancient Studies Alliance have partnered to create a NEW type of conference for ALL Ancient Studies scholars with the following goals:
Present and support excellent scholarship by scholars at the fringes of the academic community and researchers who have not followed the traditional tenure-track career path.*
Foster discussion and action regarding public outreach and scholarly inclusiveness.
Hold a conference freely available to the public.
Begin building a joint community of scholars including both those not on the traditional path and those in the ivory tower.
* What do we mean by saying those "who have not followed the traditional tenure-track career path"?
We aim to bring together scholars who do not normally have the opportunity to present and engage with scholarship, including:
Completed a PhD and are now professionals in other fields
Left PhD programs
Academics from marginalized groups
Teachers, professors, and staff from all educational institutions
Cultural resource management professionals
Any scholar of the Ancient Mediterranean and Mesopotamia, broadly defined, was welcomed and encouraged to submit an academic paper proposal in the subject areas of Religion, Culture, or History. In addition, all presenters are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one of the two discussion groups.
In this inclusive context, beyond the scholarly presentations, we will also host special sessions in which we aim to discuss a range of issues pertaining to the precarious situation of Ancient Studies. These discussions will broach the issues of how to develop outreach by Ancient Studies scholars, further inclusiveness, and reimagine scholarship as a lifelong pursuit within a diverse yet inclusive scholarly community.
*All proceeds will be split evenly between SASA and Digital Hammurabi.