Observing Nature, Interpreting Signs: Scientific Knowledge Production in the Ancient World 

30th September-1st October 2024

 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen 


About the Project

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Aims and Concept

Scientific Papyri from Ancient Egypt (SciPap) is pleased to announce its 5th international conference which will be held at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

Ancient scientific texts concerned with medicine, magic, astronomy, and divination survive in great numbers from ancient Egypt. Written in multiple languages and scripts including Hieratic, Demotic, Coptic, and Greek, these texts facilitated interpretation of omens, treatment of illnesses, and communication with divine beings in order to maintain the well-being of nations and individuals alike.

This year’s conference, Observing Nature, Interpreting Signs: Scientific Knowledge Production in the Ancient World, intends to broaden access to the vast number of unpublished scientific evidence from cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Further, by creating an opportunity for scholars of different disciplinary backgrounds to engage, we hope to encourage increased interdisciplinary discussion that will produce new insights into the cross-cultural exchange of scientific knowledge and practice in the ancient world.

The conference is open to the public. We anticipate that all speakers will be presenting in-person, but attendance is hybrid.

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Registration

To register as an attendee for the conference Observing Nature, Interpreting Signs: Scientific Knowledge Production in the Ancient World, please click on the link below and fill out the Google form

Please make sure to specify the preferred mode of attendance (“In-person” or “Remote (Zoom)”). For remote attendees, a Zoom link will be circulated shortly before the event. Make sure to use a valid email address when registering.

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Sponsors

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible:

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU



 

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