The Organsising Committee of the 7th International Congress on Black Sea Antiquities extend an invitation to all interested scholars to participate in the forthcoming Congress, either by contributing a paper or by attending as a discussant in the proceedings. The official languages of the Congress are English, French and German. Its specific subject is the Black Sea: Hub of People and Culture (8th century BC–5th/6th century AD).
The Congress will be held at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki (it has a successful MA programme in Black Sea and Eastern Greek Archaeology, with students from a range of countries).
The Proceedings of the Congress will be published by Archaeopress, Oxford. Those of the previous congress (Constanta 2017) will be out by the end of 2020 (from the same publisher).
The Congress is composed provisionally of four working sessions (see below), beginning on September 27th, 2021 (participants to arrive on September 26th). Once we have all proposals in hand, we may revise the format slightly to account for numbers and balance.
Since there will be no parallel sessions, the number of oral presentations will be limited to 8-10 papers (each of 15 minutes’ duration) per session. This means that not all submissions will be accepted for oral presentation but, to allow maximum participation, we are planning large poster sessions parallel to the oral proceedings, and scholars are strongly encouraged to offer their papers as posters. Posters are not secondary or second class: they will be published just like the oral presentations without distinction. The sessions have broad titles in order to encourage the submission of papers presenting current approaches and trends in scholarship. The main criteria for the selection of contributions will be originality and quality of research. Results from recent or current projects, innovation in methodology, and the exploration of lesser known areas will be given a high priority. We wish to cover as large a geographical and chronological range as possible. We reserve the right to assign any accepted paper to a poster session. Participants will be notified well in advance of the Congress date. A Congress web-site will be set up in due course, with details given in the Second Circular.
Abstracts no longer than 300 words should be submitted by November 30th, 2020 at the latest (this deadline is strict), though earlier submission is welcome. No submission without an abstract will be given consideration. All accepted abstracts will be made available in print during the Congress and on a web-site before the Congress.
Please note that abstracts must be placed in the appropriate part of the participation form.