CALL FOR PAPERS: “Persia and Arabia in Late Antiquity: Bridging the Ancient and Islamic” November 17-20, 2021


Event Information: ASOR Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL): “Persia and Arabia in Late Antiquity: Bridging the Ancient and Islamic,” November 17-20, 2021

Session Chairs: Arvin Maghsoudlou (Southern Methodist University), and Kyle Longworth (University of Chicago)

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Scholarship has long recognized late antiquity as a transitional period separating the worlds of antiquity from those of the middle ages. For Persia and Arabia, late antiquity is historiographically divided, if not bookmarked, by the emergence of the Islamic faith and conquest of the Sassanian Empire. On the one hand, this historiographical division gives the impression that Islam as a political and religious phenomenon was a definitive rupture between Sassanian and Islamic Persia. On the other hand, pre-Islamic Arabia has received rather scant scholarly attention in comparison with its Byzantine and Sassanian neighbors. This session aims to bridge the historiographical divide by exploring elements of late antique Arabia and Persia that do not map conveniently onto political and religious history.

The session is open to topics on the history, art history, and archaeology of late antiquity in Arabia and Persia (200-800 C.E.), especially those with a focus on cultural continuities between the pre-Islamic and ‘early’ Islamic period.

General Instructions for Individual Submissions:

The deadline to submit abstracts is March 15, 2021. Please note that this session will be held in-person.

Abstracts (max 250 words) must be submitted electronically through ASOR’s Abstracts Online Management System.

For questions, please contact us: Arvin Maghsoudlou (; Kyle Longworth (

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Call for Papers: Archaeology of Arabia and the Archaeology of Islamic Society

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ASOR is requesting paper proposals for two different conference sessions: the Archaeology of Arabia and the Archaeology of Islamic Societies. 

logo-redesign-J3Conference Description: The ASOR 2021 Call for Papers is open, and this year the Archaeology of Arabia Session is doubling the fun: online (virtual), and in Chicago.

We warmly invite you to present your research with us in the 2021 ASOR Archaeology of Arabia Sessions — one to be held in Chicago, November 17–20, and the other virtual, December 9–12.

That’s right! This year, you may choose to present a paper at the Archaeology of Arabia (1) Chicago session; (2) virtual session; or (3) present the same paper in the Chicago session and in the virtual session.

The pandemic has kept most of us from fieldwork. Fortunately, the Archaeology of Arabia Session welcomes papers that cover all aspects of Arabian archaeology. We encourage you to dust off old projects and data sets, show off some theory or research proposals, review the state of the field or a museum collection, or consider other aspects of your fieldwork or research, such as community outreach, collaborations with local and state government, social media, or new technical or technological trials (and/or tribulations).

The Session promotes scholars in all career stages and encourages collaborations.

Paper abstracts must be submitted by March 15, 2021. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact us (email addresses below) or see the full Archaeology of Arabia CFP online at <>. 

Please see here for more information on how to submit a paper: You can submit an abstract to either session or you can submit the same abstract to both sessions and it will count as a single paper presentation.

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Call for Papers: Archaeology of Islamic Society [ASOR]

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) will hold its annual meeting on November 18-21, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. This meeting will feature a session entitled “Archaeology of Islamic Society” and will be chaired by Beatrice St. Laurent (Bridgewater State University). The session is open to any research from any period relating to the Archaeology of Islamic Society. The session is open to papers on any period in recent fieldwork, synthetic analyses of multiple field seasons, as well as any area of current archaeological research focused on Islamic Society.

asorThe deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2020.

Abstracts (max 250 words) must be submitted electronically through ASOR’s Abstracts Online Management System, selecting “Archaeology of Islamic Society” in the session field.

Please find general instructions on individual abstract submission and guidelines on the content and format of abstracts here.

Please note that ASOR Membership is a prerequisite for participation in the ASOR Meeting, as well as registration to the 2020 ASOR Annual Meeting is required for submitting your abstracts. For further information about the conference and registration, please visit the conference website. For any questions, email the session chair, Beatrice St. Laurent (


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