12th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Bologna 14-18 April 2020


                                THIRD CIRCULAR

The Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna is hosting the 12th ICAANE from the 14th to 18th April 2020. We look forward to welcoming you in a multidisciplinary environment pursuing interconnections (both geographical and chronological) and inclusivity at all levels: the congress themes (for which see the First Circular) have been selected in an attempt at representing the current breadth and urgency of global challenges and research perspectives.


Scholars working on subjects relating to Near Eastern Archaeology (from Central Asia to the Eastern Mediterranean) will participate in the 12th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (12th ICAANE). A Fourth Circular will be sent in March 2020 with the program.


General information. The congress will begin on Tuesday morning 14th April 2020 (plenary session in the Aula Magna di Santa Lucia in Via Castiglione 36) and will continue in Via B. Andreatta 8 that afternoon until the morning of Saturday 18th April included. Sessions and workshops will span the whole day (9 am-1 pm, 2 pm-6 pm), with a coffee break in the morning and one in the afternoon.


Social events. A welcome cocktail will be offered to registered participants on Tuesday evening and on Friday evening the gala dinner will take place in Palazzo Re Enzo. An independent, student-organized event will be held on Thursday evening (a separate, modest contribution will be required at the door). Entrance to the exhibition on the Etruscans will be possible at the reduced price of 7 € upon showing the congress badge during the congress week.


Prizes. Check the page for the announcements of prizes offered to registered participants.


Accommodation and transportation. Check the page about the accomodation and transportation.


Posters submission. Required information includes name and affiliation of the lead author, the name of eventual additional authors, the abstract (between 400 and 1000 characters). All posters must follow the UNESCO convention of 1970.

Important notice: after Submission, authors will receive a formal notice about the preliminary acceptance of their poster by the 12th ICAANE Committee. However, only subsequent to the completion of the advanced Registration procedure, will their poster reach the “Confirmed” status.


Guidelines for posters:

1. Participants are allowed to present up to twoposters;

2. The poster must be drafted in A0 format (1189x841 mm);

3. Posters can be put on display from Tuesday noon onwards in the main venue of the Congress in via B. Andreatta 8;


The official language of the Congress is English. However, following ICAANE tradition, French, German, Spanish and Italian are also accepted.



The registration fee entitles participants to a personal badge, Congress materials, attendance to all the sessions and workshops, all the coffee breaks and the social events.

- Academic researchers, professors and independent scholars will pay a registration fee of 280 €.

- Students (enrolled BA, MA and PhD candidates) will pay a reduced fee of 120 €. Proof of university enrollment will be required at registration.

- Accompanying persons will pay a fee of 100 €. This fee willonlycover admission to the plenary session and the two evening social events.


Positions as post-doc grantees, independent scholars, faculty staff etc. fall into the Regular category. Students are considered all those regularly enrolled in Universities at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels, including doctoral candidates and master courses. Proof of enrollment must be sent to 12icapay@fondazionealmamater.it: the downloadable signed self-declaration and copies of a personal ID and an institutional badge or other official document.

People accompanying registered participants may pay a special fee to attend the two social events (Tuesday and Friday evenings) as well as the plenary session. Note, however, that that they will not be allowed into the rest of the congress and at its coffee breaks.


Payment is possible only by credit card or bank transfer via a dedicated Web Page for Payment of our technical partner FAM – Fondazione Alma Mater (correspondence on administrative issues must be addressed to 12icapay@fondazionealmamater.it). Payment on the spot at the congress venue is possible but only for those not presenting papers and posters.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bologna for a full week of stimulating scientific and cultural exchange (and gastronomic pleasure!). In the meantime, together with our Congress Partners, we wish you a Peaceful and Successful 2020.


12th ICAANE Organizing Committee

Pierfrancesco Callieri

Maurizio Cattani

Enrico Cirelli

Antonio Curci

Anna Chiara Fariselli

Elisabetta Govi

Mattia Guidetti

Gianni Marchesi

Nicolò Marchetti (Chair)

Adriano V. Rossi

Marco Zecchi


12th ICAANE Scientific Advisory Board

Pascal Butterlin – University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Peter Fischer – University of Gothenburg

Tim Harrison – University of Toronto

Nicolò Marchetti – Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

Wendy Matthews – University of Reading

Adelheid Otto – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Glenn Schwartz – Johns Hopkins University

Ingolf Thuesen – University of Copenhagen


12th ICAANE Unibo Executive Team

Michael Campeggi

Vittoria Cardini

Marzia Cavriani  

Silvia Di Cristina

Claudia D'Orazio  

Valentina Gallerani

Gabriele Giacosa  

Elena Maini

Simone Mantellini  

Eleonora Mariani

Jacopo Monastero  

Chiara Mattioli

Giulia Roberto  

Marco Valeri

Federico Zaina

Francesca Cavaliere


ICAANE International Committee

Pascal Butterlin – University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Bleda Düring – University of Leiden

Marian Feldman – Johns Hopkins University

Karin Kopetzky – OREA, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Wendy Matthews – University of Reading

Adelheid Otto – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Frances Pinnock – Sapienza University of Rome (Secretary General)

Ingolf Thuesen – University of Copenhagen (Chair)

Cristina Tonghini – Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Honorary Members:

Manfred Bietak – Austrian Academy of Sciences

Hartmut Kühne – Free University of Berlin

Jean-Claude Margueron – École Pratique des Hautes Études

Paolo Matthiae – Sapienza University of Rome

Diederik Meijer – University of Leiden

Alan Walmsley – University of Copenhagen

Irene Winter – Harvard University