27-29 October 2016: Conference ‘Beyond Papyri: The Materiality of Ancient Texts’

The Leiden Papyrology+ Group organizes a yearly international conference in Leiden under the general heading of 'Papyri in a Changing World'. 

This years conference, to be held on 27-29 October 2016, is entitled 'Beyond Papyri: The Materiality of Ancient Texts'. The wider perspective includes other writing materials than papyrus and different languages, areas and periods. A PDF with the abstracts of the papers can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Conference Programme 

'Beyond Papyri: the Materiality of Ancient Texts'

Location: University Library, Witte Singel 26-27, Leiden (Vossius Room, South Hall, 2nd floor)


Thursday 27 October 2016

16.00 Opening

16.15 Kathryn Piquette (Senior Researcher, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities): Keynote Lecture 'Modern Tools and Techniques for Revealing the Material World of Writing'

17.30 Drinks

19.00 Dinner


Friday 28 October 2016

10.00 Christopher Eyre (Professor of Egyptology, University of Liverpool), 'The Use of Written Texts as Physical Authorisation in Pharaonic Egypt'

10.30 Ben Haring (Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Leiden), 'Material matters: papyri versus ostraca in late Ramesside Thebes'

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 Susanne Toepfer (Research Assistant Egyptology, University of Heidelberg), 'The body of the King and the Goddess: Materiality in and through Manuals for Pharaoh from Tebtunis'

12.00 Rodney Ast (Department Member Papyrology, University of Heidelberg), 'Telling Them by Their Hands: What Paleography Has to Offer Prosopography'

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Antonia Sarri (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Papyrologie, University of Heidelberg), 'The development of the format and layout of letters from Classical to Roman times'

14.00 Margaretha Folmer (Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, Universities of Amsterdam/Leiden),' Aramaic letters on leather from ancient Bactria (Afghanistan) (4th c. BCE)'

14.30 Petra Sijpesteijn (Professor of Arabic Papyrology, University of Leiden), 'Texts for People Who Can't Read'

15.30-16.30 Guided tour of the highlights in the collection of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

19.00 Dinner


Saturday 29 October 2016

10.30 Luigi Prada (Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellow in Egyptology, University of Oxford), 'His Good Name Endures Herebut Where? Mapping Demotic Graffiti within Their Material Context at Elkab'

11.00 Massimiliano Pinarello (Department Member Archaeology, University College London), 'The Platypus Paradox: an archaeological approach to ancient Egyptian writing practices'

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Clementina Caputo (Post-doc Papyrology, University of Heidelberg), 'Ceramic supports and their relationship to the texts in some ostraka-groups from the Fayyum'

12.30 Julia Lougovaya (Faculty Member Ancient History and Epigraphy, University of Heidelberg), 'Writing on Ostraca as Cultural Practice'

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Arthur Verhoogt (Professor of Papyrology and Greek, University of Michigan), 'Karanis Papyri in Boxes and Bags: Ancient Document Storage, Security, Trash'

15.00 John Schafer (Assistant Professor of Classics, Northwestern), 'Authorial mise en page in the Vergilian poems'

15.30-16.00 Closing Session. Summary by Kathryn Piquette  


Everybody is invited to the opening lecture on Thursday (but please register), which will be followed by drinks in a pub nearby.

For Friday and Saturday the conference fee for non-speakers will be Euro 30,- (students 15,-) to be paid in cash upon arrival. It is also possible to attend just one of the days for Euro 15,- (students Euro 10,-). This fee includes coffee, tea and lunches and the group visit of the Museum of Antiquities. 

All participants are invited to attend the (simple) conference dinners on Thursday (30,-) and Friday (35,-) (payment in advance at registration).

Organised on behalf of the Papyrology+ Group by the staff of the Leiden Papyrological Institute, Dr. Koen Donker van Heel and Dr. Cisca Hoogendijk, with the help of Steffie van Gompel MA and Petra Hogenboom MA.

For registration and further information contact f.a.j.hoogendijk@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Last Modified: 14-10-2016