XVII International Congress of Classical Archaeology
Meetings of Cultures in the Ancient Mediterranean
The 17th meeting of the quinquennial conference of the Associazione
Internazionale di Archeologia Classica will be held in Rome in September
2008 on the theme of 'Meetings of Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean'.
This represents the 50th anniversary of the first conference organised by
AIAC in Rome in 1958.
The conference will be organized strictly around a single theme, but a broad
one, of the meetings and interactions of cultures across the Mediterranean
world in antiquity. The conference will seek to approach this theme from the
widest possible range of angles, embracing all archaeological disciplines,
from landscape archaeology to urbanism to art history to study of ceramics
and material culture; and covering all areas of the Mediterranean, extending
to the areas under the control of or in closest contact with Mediterranean
powers (including all provinces of the Roman Empire). The official Languages
of the Congress will be English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Proposals are invited for sessions, consisting of up to 6 short papers on
closely related themes. Each sessions will last 2 hours, including 10-15
minute presentations of each paper, and a 15 minute discussion by a
nominated discussant. Proposals for sessions should include the name of an
organiser who will take responsibility for contacting other session members,
a theme, an abstract of no more than 200 words describing the theme and its
relevance to the theme of the congress, and names and paper titles of at
least two and not more than six speakers. The AIAC Organising Committee in
Rome may add further speakers to a session where the number is below six.
Each session will have a discussant; names of suitable discussants may be
proposed by the organiser. Proposals should be received by 31 May 2007;
notification will be sent of acceptance or rejection by 1 August 2007.
Proposals will be assessed by members of the AIAC Directive Committee in
Rome; those not bearing a clear relationship to the theme of the conference
will not be accepted. The following suggested topics are intended to be
illustrative; proposals need not be limited to them. Themes which compare
aspects of the same topic in different periods or geographical areas are
Proposals for individual papers may be submitted at the same time, though
the Committee will accept proposals for individual papers up to 1 July 2007.
Where these proposals are accepted, the Committee will assign papers either
to sessions already accepted, or put together new ones.
In order to secure precirculation and publication, complete texts of all
papers must be received in digital form by 31 July 2008. These will be made
available electronically to all registered participants on the AIAC website.
For further information, please contact [log in to unmask], or visit
you will find any specific information concerning the Congress at both the
http://www.aiac.org/ing/congresso_2008/home.htm (English version)
http://www.aiac.org/ita/congresso_2008/home.htm (Italian version)
AIAC Congress 2008 Committee
International Association for Classical Archaeology
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