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, titled Scientific Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East, 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.

Welcomed are 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

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: [email protected]. Any questions regarding the conference may also be directed to this email address.

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)

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link in the publication of heretofore unpublished scientific texts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. The collaboration consists
of leading experts in the fields of medicine, astronomy, and
astrology, from the University of Copenhagen, Johns Hopkins
University, Freie Universität Berlin, New York University (ISAW),
Universität Heidelberg, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München,
Universität Leipzig, Musée du Louvre, and the University of
Oxford. For more information, please visit our webpage at

Conference organizers:
PhD fellow Amber Jacob (ISAW)
PhD fellow Sofie Schiødt (University of Copenhagen)
PhD fellow Lingxin Zhang (Johns Hopkins University)
Prof. Alexander Jones (ISAW)