Virtual Conference

Opening the Ancient World


Religion, History, and Culture


Late Summer 2021

A FREE Virtual Conference presented by Digital Hammurabi and SASA


Digital Hammurabi and Save Ancient Studies in America have partnered to create a new type of conference for ALL Ancient Studies scholars.

The goals of this conference are:


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. We aim to bring together scholars who do not normally have the opportunity to present and engage with scholarship, including those who:
  • Completed a PhD and are now professionals in other fields

  • Left PhD programs

  • Contingent faculty

  • Academics from marginalized groups

  • Teachers, professors, and staff from all educational institutions

  • Cultural resource management professionals

  • Independent scholars

The conference will also include two round-table discussions to conclude each day:

Diversity in Ancient Studies: Problem Solving Through Outreach

Lateral Thinking: Academic Skill sets in the “Real” World

Any scholar of the Ancient Mediterranean and Mesopotamia, broadly defined, is 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, as follows.


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.

To submit a paper or propose a panel, please email

If you wish to propose a paper, please include an abstract and CV.

If you wish to propose a panel, please include the panel topic and anticipated panel members and their contact information.

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