The virtual conference “Opening the Ancient World” will take place on August 15-16, 2021.
This is a free public conference that will be livestreamed to both the Digital Hammurabi and SASA YouTube channels. Additionally, a chat function will allow you to ask questions (though questions will be moderated to ensure discussion stays on topic).
Who the conference is bringing together
The conference aims to bring together those “at the fringes of the academic community and researchers who have not followed the traditional tenure-track career path.”? Thus it serves to bring together scholars who do not have the same opportunities to present their work and engage with scholars as those who went the traditional tenured track might. Some of the groups the organizing committee sought to reach out to included:
– Completed a PhD and are now professionals in other fields
– Left PhD programs
– Contingent faculty
– Academics from marginalized groups
– Teachers, professors, and staff from all educational institutions
– Cultural resource management professionals
-Present and support excellent scholarship by scholars at the fringes of the academic community and researchers who have not followed the traditional tenure-track career path.
-Foster discussion and action regarding public outreach and scholarly inclusiveness.
-Hold a conference freely available to the public
-Begin building a joint community of scholars including both those not on the traditional path and those in the ivory tower.