Other Conferences

The IASA organises and supports specialist conferences and workshops as part of its overall programme of activities.

Past Conferences and Workshops

Study Day – The Arab Revolt 

Saturday 2nd July 2016 at The British Museum

Professor Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford  ‘British Setbacks on the Ottoman Front and the Imperative for an Arab Revolt’

Professor Ali Allawi, Research Professor at the National University of Singapore  ‘The Arab Revolt and Arab Aspirations for Statehood’

Dr Mehmet Tütüncü, Chairman of the Research Centre for the Turkish and Arabic World in the Netherlands  ‘The Hejaz Railway as a ‘Gamechanger’ during World War I’

James Barr, Visiting Fellow, King’s College London ‘Setting the Desert on Fire – the British and the Arab Revolt, 1916 -18.

Study Day – Networks of the Red Sea: travel, trade and connections  

Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 09:45
Institute of Archaeology, UCL, Gordon Square, London  WC1H 0PY
Joint Study Day for the Friends of the Petrie Museum and The British Foundation for the Study of Arabia
Networks of the Red Sea: travel, trade and connections An exciting day discussing the latest work on both sides of the Red Sea: excavations and research spanning five millennia of inter-regional activity.
Claire Somaglino: Ayn Soukhna and exploring the Red Sea: from the reign of Khafre to the end of the XVIIIth Dynasty
Carl Phillips: The southern Red Sea coast of Arabia in the 2nd-1st millennium BC: relations between Arabia, Punt and Ethiopia
Roberta Tomber: To east and west: the ins and outs of trade at Egypt’s Roman Red Sea ports
Dr Aylin Orbasli: Historic Towns of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Coast: trade, pilgrimage, architecture and society

Dr Aylin Orbasli is a Reader in Architectural Regeneration at Oxford Brookes University. She works as a heritage consultant, and researches the meaning and conservation of heritage in Islamic towns and settlements in Arabia
Mr Carl Phillips is a Research Associate at CNRS Paris. He has excavated extensively in Yemen, Oman and the UAE. His current research includes connections along and across the Red Sea
Dr Claire Somaglino is an Associate Professor at Paris-Sorbonne (History Department), a member of IFAO and  a member of the French-Egyptian archaeological mission to Ayn Soukhna
Dr Roberta Tomber is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the British Museum, and specializes in trade through the Red Sea. She was the co-director of the 2012 excavations at Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt

Red Sea VII

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 to Saturday, May 30, 2015
The BFSA is pleased to be supporting the Red Sea VII conference: “The Red Sea and the Gulf: Two Maritime Alternative Routes in the Development of Global Economy, from Late Prehistory to Modern Times”, 26 – 30 May 2015.
The University of Naples “L’Orientale” will host the Red Sea VII conference, which for the first time will provide a comparison, on a scientific level, between two sea corridors and their shores, the Red Sea and the Gulf, which are similar geographically and environmentally, complementary to each other as well as competitors in their economic and cultural interaction with the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, both in the past and in the present. The conference will be an opportunity to meet and exchange information among scholars from worldwide institutions interested in the western Indian Ocean, and also an opportunity to share new ideas and to promote innovative projects based on international collaborations.For further information, please contact the organising committee:
The Red Sea VII Organising Committee
Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”
Piazza S. Domenico Maggiore, 12
80134 Napoli
Email: redsea7@unior.it
Tel.: +39 – 0816909614/716 or 0816909616/741
Or alternatively contact :
Dr. Andrea Manzo amanzo@unior.it
Dr. Chiara Zazzaro czazzaro@unior.it

Red Sea Project V: Navigated spaces, connected places

Thursday, September 16, 2010 to Sunday, September 19, 2010

The fifth in the biennial conference series on the Red Sea was held at Exeter University 16-19 September 2010. The conference addressed themes of movement, navigation and land/seascape on the Red Sea, including:
Maritime networks, seafaring, navigation and ports . Boatbuilding traditions and technologies . Trade and material contact across the sea . Sacred space and pilgrimage . Identity among maritime communities The proceedings of the conference have been published in the BFSA Monograph Series:

Dionisius A. Agius, John P. Cooper, Athena Trakadas, & Chiara Zazzaro (eds),
Navigated Spaces, Connected Places. Proceedings of Red Sea Project V held at the University of Exeter, September 2010. (British Foundation for the Study of Arabia Monographs, No. 12). Oxford: Archaeopress (BAR S2346),  2012. ISBN 978-1-4073-0929-3. £42.00

Death and Burial in Arabia and Beyond

Thursday, November 27, 2008 to Saturday, November 29, 2008

This conference was held on 27-29 November 2008 in the British Museum and was attended by nearly 100 scholars from the Middle East, Europe, the USA, Australia, and the UK. The conference was organised to highlight the richness of death and burial traditions in Arabia, both ancient and modern, and to bring together researchers addressing this fundamental aspect of past and present societies in the region. Papers were presented from fields as diverse as archaeology, physical anthropology, ethnography, epigraphy, art history and poetry. As became clear over the course of the conference, this varied research had implications well beyond the confines of death and burial traditions themselves, and was of relevance to understanding much wider aspects of ancient and contemporary Arabian societies including health and diet, daily activities, belief systems, landscape modification, inter-cultural contacts and exchange systems. The proceedings of the conference have been published in the SAS Monograph Series:

Lloyd Weeks (ed.), Death and Burial in Arabia and Beyond Multidisciplinary perspectives. (Society for Arabian Studies Monographs 10). Oxford: Archaeopress (BAR S2107), 2010. ISBN 9781407306483. £55.00.

Red Sea Project IV: Connected Hinterlands

Thursday, September 25, 2008 to Friday, September 26, 2008

The fourth international conference on the peoples of the Red Sea region was held at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton, on 25-26 September 2008. Red Sea IV explored themes of connection and communication across and along the Red Sea through the material culture, anthropology, ethnography, history, and languages of peoples living in the hinterlands of the sea from the earliest times to the early modern period. The proceedings of the conference have been published in the SAS Monograph Series:

Lucy Blue, John Cooper, Ross Thomas and Julian Whitewright (eds)Connected Hinterlands Proceedings of Red Sea Project IV held at the University of Southampton September 2008. (Society for Arabian Studies Monographs, 8). Oxford: Archaeopress (BAR S2052), 2009. ISBN 9781407306315. £43.00.

Earlier Red Sea conference proceedings have also been published in the SAS monograph series:

Janet Starkey, Paul Starkey and Tony Wilkinson (eds), Natural Resources and Cultural Connections of the Red Sea. Proceedings of Red Sea Project III held in the British Museum October 2006. ( Society for Arabian Studies Monographs, 5). Oxford: Archaeopress (BAR S1661), 2007. ISBN 9781407300979. £36.00.

Janet C.M. Starkey (ed.), People of the Red Sea. Proceedings of Red Sea Project II held in the British Museum October 2004. (Society for Arabian Studies Monographs, 3). Oxford: Archaeopress (BAR S1395), 2005. ISBN 1841718335. £30.00.

Paul Lunde and Alexandra Porter (eds), Trade and Travel in the Red Sea Region. Proceedings of Red Sea Project I held in the British Museum October 2002. (Society for Arabian Studies Monographs,  2). Oxford: Archaeopress (BAR S1269), 2004. ISBN 1841716227. £33.00.

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