Welcome to ASTENE

The Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) was founded in 1997 following two successful international conferences on travellers in Egypt and the Near East at the University of Durham and the University of Oxford.

Our area of study is Egypt and the Sudan, North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and northwards through Iran, Iraq to Turkey, Greece and the Ottoman Balkans, from the earliest times to the mid-20th century.

ASTENE’s activities include the publication of a Bulletin about travellers (three times a year), exhibitions, conferences, study days and other events throughout the world. ASTENE holds biennial conferences and has published several books of conference papers. We organise regular events and trips for members, and in recent years we have organised tours to Cairo, Cyprus, Ireland, Jordan, Sinai, Syria and Albania.

We welcome as members anyone with an interest in and knowledge of our area of study – academics, students and others – and we have members in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Near East, North America and Australia.

For all general enquiries please email us at enquiries.astene@gmail.com or use our contact us page.


A note from our Chair:

The ASTENE 2020 AGM has been postponed until later in the year, at a date to be announced when the Covid-19 situation becomes clearer.
            The announcement by the Prime Minister on the 10th May of the so-called ‘roadmap’ confirmed the view already taken by the ASTENE Executive Committee the previous day that it was unlikely to be practicable to hold the AGM on the 18th July at the University of Birmingham in the form originally envisaged. Consideration was given to holding the meeting online but this was thought unlikely to commend itself to ASTENE members, except as a last resort. A further consideration was that the Covid-19 situation may lead to delays in auditing the accounts, which would make an AGM on the 18th July largely irrelevant in terms of the Trustees’ statutory responsibilities.
            An announcement about revised arrangements will be made as soon as possible. It should be noted, however, that depending on developments, it may still be necessary to hold the AGM as an on-line meeting. In the meantime, the Committee are discussing holding a number of on-line lectures on topics of interest to ASTENE members, so please watch this space for further announcements!

Latest ASTENE Book

Journeys erased by time: The rediscovered footprints of travellers in Egypt and the Near East

Available to purchase here

astene book 2019

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