International Conference on Paphlagonia and Pontus in Antiquity and
the early Byzantine Period (7th c. BC-7th c. AD)

May 31-June 4, 2008 / Izmir, Turkey

First Circular - Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

An international conference on Paphlagonia and Pontus in antiquity
and the early Byzantine period (7th c. BC-7th c. AD) will take
place between May 31st and June 4th, 2008 at the Dokuz Eylul
University in Izmir, Turkey.

The conference is jointly organised by the Department of
Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dokuz Eylul University,
Izmir and The Centre for Classics and
Archaeology, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne.
This conference will be organised as a part of the Paphlagonia
Project, a long-term archaeological field project in central
Paphlagonia .

We invite papers from scholars and graduate students on any aspect
of Paphlagonia and Pontus in the above period. The conference aims
to bring together participants from throughout the world to discuss
a range of issues concerning this North Anatolian landscape and
encourage dialogue amongst and between Classical and Near Eastern
archaeologists, ancient historians, classicists and all other
disciplines from Classical, Near Eastern and Anatolian Studies.

Paphlagonia is an area of the central Black Sea coastal region of
Turkey, situated between Bithynia and Pontus, and separated from
Galatia by an eastern outlier of the Bithynian Olympus. It is a
mountainous district with the Halys as its chief river; along its
coast were a number of colonies, including Greek Sinope. It was a
contact zone between the Greeks of the Black Sea region and the
Iron Age population of Central Anatolia.

The conference seeks papers on both the adaptation and change and
the continuity of culture(s) over time and space, and on the
construction of ethnic identities in the culturally diverse area of
Paphlagonia and Pontus. Participants are encouraged to explore all
kinds of evidence on the region and its relations with other areas
(Galatia, Bithynia, Propontis, Thrace, Colchis/Georgia, Armenia,
the rest of the Black Sea, etc.), including textual,
archaeological, artistic, anthropological, numismatic and
epigraphic, from Archaic to Early Byzantine times.

A post-conference excursion is planned on June 4th to both of the
archaeological museums of Izmir and to the excavations at Agora and
Old Smyrna.

Papers may be given in any Western European languages (English,
German, French, Italian, Spanish) and in Turkish, although English
is preferred for both oral and poster presentations.

We hope that you will be able to participate.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of
the organisers:

Dokuz Eylul Universitesi
Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi
Arkeoloji Bolumu
Oda No: A 461/1
Tinaztepe/Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, Buca
TR-35160, Izmir, TURKEY.
Fax : +90.232.453 41 88.
E-mail: .

Centre for Classics and Archaeology
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
Fax: +61 3 83444161
E-Mail: .

Please submit an abstract of not more than 300 words with the
attached registration form as soon as possible, and not later than
January 1st, 2008. by e-mail (preferred) to
; or by fax: +90 232 453 4188.

Abstracts of accepted papers will be published separately and also
made available on the conference web site. Conference web site is
still under construction and will be appeared under

The proceedings of the conference will be published. Detailed
information will be given in the Second Circular.

The participation fee is 30 euros (20 euros for students). This
does not include accommodation, fooding or your travel expenses to

The organisers seek the widest participation at this conference. We
would like to encourage colleagues from all parts of the world to
attend. We should be grateful if you would display copies of this
circular in your institution.

We look forward to your joining us at the Dokuz Eylul University in




May 31-June 4, 2008 / Izmir, Turkey


Please fill in the form and send it back before January 1, 2008. For
presenters, please send us an abstract of no more than 300 words by
e-mail , fax (+90 232 453 4188), or post
(Ergun LAFLI, Dokuz Eylul Universitesi, Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi,
Arkeoloji Bolumu, Tinaztepe/Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, Buca, TR-35160
Izmir, TURKEY) by the same date.

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Hotel Reservation Required: Yes; No.
Participation to the Post-Conference Excursion: Yes; No.