Opening the
Ancient World

A Virtual Conference

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A playlist of all the presentations will be available in the next few days .

 
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SOCIAL HOUR

On August 16 at 5:45 PM EDT, click below to join a Social Hour with SASA and Digital Hammurabi! The password is "Ancient". 

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RSVP FOR THE ROUNDTABLES TODAY TO GET THE ZOOM LINK!


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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!  

 

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

What:

Opening the Ancient World: Religion, History, & Culture

When:

August 15 & 16, 2021

Where: 

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!

 

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mark Smith

Helene Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary

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Dr. Moudhy al-Rashid


Assyriologist and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford

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Heba Abd el Gawad

Postdoctoral Researcher for "Egypt's Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt" at the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London

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Saber A. Parian

 

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Researcher of Elamite and the Behistun Inscription

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Conference Goals

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: 

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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.* 

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Foster discussion and action regarding public outreach and scholarly inclusiveness. 

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Hold a conference freely available to the public. 

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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

Contingent faculty

Academics from marginalized groups

Teachers, professors, and staff from all educational institutions

Cultural resource management professionals

Independent scholars

 

Conference Organizers

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David Danzig

SASA - Founder & Director

PhD Candidate, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

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Megan Lewis

Digital Hammurabi - 

Co-Founder & Operator

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Christian Casey

Leadership Committee Member
Virtual Conference Team Leader
SASA Educational Ambassador
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ART COMPETITION

During the conference on  August 16, we will discuss our Art Competition! The winner's work will be displayed on gear in the Bazaar! Learn more here. 

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Questions? Concerns? Please email Keren Freidenreich at kfreidenreich@saveancientstudies.org

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.