Postgraduate Research Competition

ASTENE Post-Graduate Research Competition 

Saturday 15th May 2021

11:00am – 16:00pm (via Zoom)


We are delighted to announce our Call for Papers for our inaugural postgraduate research competition. 

Candidates will be selected to present their research at a virtual day of research, debate and networking.

POSTER - Postgraduate Research Competition

This competition is intended to reward the most promising and engaging research in the interdisciplinary and cross-period fields of Near Eastern studies and travel history. 

The winners will receive a prize of: £200 (1st place), £150 (2nd place) or £100 (3rd place) 

Winners will also receive as a free year of ASTENE membership, their paper published in the ASTENE Bulletin and a copy of our most recent publicationPious Pilgrims, Discerning Travellers, Curious Tourists: Changing Patterns of Travel to the Middle East from medieval to modern times (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2020).


This competition is open to all researchers currently studying towards a postgraduate degree from anywhere in the world. Abstracts and papers must be delivered in English. Papers must relate to ASTENE’ s research interests and can include (but are not limited to):

  • Accounts of travellers (of any origin point) to the Near/Middle East and North Africa
  • Travel writing including fiction, memoirs, diaries, guidebooks, and journalism
  • The visual culture of travelling including painting, drawing, photography, and other artistic ephemera
  • Critical approaches to Orientalism & postcolonial, indigenous and feminist perspectives on travel to MENA
  • Histories of mobility, migration and diaspora
  • Digital and other new media projects for understanding the history of travel

To apply: Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to postgraduatecompetition.astene@gmail.com by Monday 1 February 2021.


Details on the programme and registration will be updated on this page in due course.

For further details, please see: POSTER – Postgraduate Research Competition

Please direct any further questions to: postgraduatecompetition.astene@gmail.com


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