2019 Biennial Conference

Thirteenth Biennial ASTENE Conference

University of York & National Railway Museum, York

12th-15th July 2019

The forthcoming ASTENE international biennial conference will be held at the University of York and the National Railway Museum in York, from Friday 12th to Monday 15th July 2019, with a day trip on Monday 15th July 2019.

This will include an afternoon session at the Railway Museum, York on Sunday 14th July and a planned excursion to York Minster and to Castle Howard on Monday 15th July.


Call for Papers

Contributions of papers to the ASTENE Conference are welcome from a wide range of disciplines and interests connected with travel to and from the Near and Middle East. It is envisaged the conference will cover many themes – including, but not limited to:

  • Lady Mary Worley Montagu, an original thinker, traveller & writer, lived near York
  • Travel in classical times and during the Byzantine Empire
  • Exploring archaeology through travel accounts
  • Travellers from India and the Far East to the Middle East and Egypt
  • Pilgrimage and pilgrims as travellers
  • Ottoman Empire travels and travellers, explorers and visitors
  • The impact of travel writings on Egyptology
  • Travelling artists
  • Fictional travellers
  • Different approaches to reading and interpreting travelogues … and more.

The Conference will include a visit to the York Railway Museum so we particularly welcome talks on railways and travel by rail in the Middle East and Egypt.

For more information and ideas for paper topics. please click here.

 Deadline for abstract submission is 31st May 2019

Please send an abstract of not more than 250 words on or before 31st March 2019 for
consideration by the Conference Committee. Please give your name, email address,
proposed title, and a short abstract. As a rough guideline, presentations will be for 20
minutes, with an additional five minutes for discussion. Participants will be informed about the acceptance of their paper in June 2019.

Please submit abstracts and any enquiries about the forthcoming conference to Janet Starkey and the team at: 2019yorkastene@gmail.com.


For information on how to book a place for the conference, please click here.

Booking must be made no later than the 20th June 2019.

Please note: Any bookings made between the 1st June and the deadline of the 20th June will incur a late fee.

For further information, please see our attached flyer: 2019 ASTENE York Call for Papers



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