Conference 2017


Friday 21 – Monday 24 July, 2017 at the University of East Anglia
and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich

How to Book – Use the 2017 Conference Booking Form

Preliminary Call for Papers


The Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East will hold its twelfth biennial conference at the University of East Anglia and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, from Friday 21 July to Monday 24 July, 2017.

Until the Industrial Revolution Norwich was the second City in England after London. At different times Norwich could boast having 52 churches, 365 ale-houses and 7 cinemas. Today Norwich is recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, one of seven worldwide.

Contributions 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:
– Harriet Martineau, an original thinker, traveller & writer, born in Norwich
– Travel as education
– Arabian Peninsula travels and travellers
– Travellers in both directions: visitors from the Middle East to Europe and America, and visitors from
– Europe and America in the Middle East
– European farmers visiting the Middle East to learn about new crops
– Travelling artists
… and more.

Preliminary offers of papers should be sent to with a working title, a brief abstract of not more than 250 words, names of authors and their affiliations. We also welcome the offer of pre-organised panels of up to 4 speakers per panel on a specific theme.

A full call with further details (i.e. conference bursaries; Plenary sessions; and the accompanying programme in Norwich) will follow later in winter 2016/2017.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is Sunday, February 19, 2017. For full details see the CFP 2017.

‘What office is there which involves more responsibility,
which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore,
to be more honourable, than that of teaching?

Harriet Martineau (b. 1802, d. 1876)