Scientific Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East

19-20 September 2019

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, New York

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers is now open for the second annual conference hosted by the international research collaboration, Scientific Papyri from Ancient Egypt: New Medical and Astrological Texts (SPAE). While the collaboration is centered on Egyptian scientific texts, this year’s conference aims for a broader cross-cultural perspective and increased interdisciplinarity in the approach to the ancient sciences. The conference will be held at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York, on 19-20 September 2019. We welcome abstracts related to medicine, astronomy, and astrology (and divination more broadly defined) in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East from scholars at the PhD level or higher (current PhD students welcome). Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.

Deadline for application: 30-04-2019.

Successful applicants will have 20 minutes to present their work, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. The language of the conference is English. A publication of the conference proceedings is planned and select papers will be invited for submission as part of this endeavor.


Please send abstracts to the following email address: Any questions regarding the conference may also be directed to this email.

Confirmed Speakers

Friedhelm Hoffmann (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München)

Richard Jasnow (Johns Hopkins University)

Luigi Prada (Oxford University)

Joachim Quack (Universität Heidelberg)

Kim Ryholt (University of Copenhagen)

Conference Organizers

Amber Jacob (ISAW, PhD fellow)

Sofie Schiødt (University of Copenhagen, PhD fellow)

Lingxin Zhang (Johns Hopkins University, PhD fellow)

Alexander Jones (ISAW, Leon Levy Director, Professor)

About the collaboration         

SPAE is a research collaboration formed in 2017 as an important link in the publication of heretofore unpublished scientific texts from Pharaonic to Late Antique Egypt. See our Home Page for more information.