Abstracts are due December 17 for the upcoming conference “Place-making in the desertscape: the socialisation of the Egyptian-Sudanese Eastern Desert landscape in the
longue durée (4th millennium BCE- 4th century CE)”, which will take place in Cairo from 27 to 30 April 2024.

The event is organised by the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale and the Research Center in Cairo of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw.

The conference, covering a wide geographical and temporal range, aims to bring together scholars who have approached the topic of the relationship between man and the desert landscape from different but complementary theoretical and methodological perspectives.
In particular, the focus is on the processes of place-naming and place-making, understood as the social practices of defining places, plotting mental maps, constructing shared meanings and cultural memories, mechanisms in which the negotiation between places and people comes into play.

Papers that apply cross-disciplinary methodologies and interpretative frameworks to the study of the mining landscape of the Egyptian-Sudanese Eastern Desert, borrowing new tools of analysis from disciplines other than Egyptology and Archaeology – such as linguistics, sociology, cognitive sciences, computer sciences, geography, ecology and topography – are very welcome and encouraged.

The organisation of this conference is part of a joint Ifao-PCMA Post-Doctoral Fellowship and will be coordinated by this year fellow, Dr. Cristina Alù.

For abstract submission, please fill the following online form including: Name, affiliation, email, short bio (150 words max) and an abstract in English (300 words max)

Information on the event can also be found on the PCMA UW and Ifao websites
<https://pcma.uw.edu.pl/en/2023/10/19/call-for-papers-place-making-in-the-desertscape-the-socialisation/>; <https://www.ifao.egnet.net/recherche/manifestations/ma1564/> and social media channels.