Sixth Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop “First Books in the Ancient World”

International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures
Renmin University of China, Suzhou, PRC
22–26th Aug 2024

The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC) at Renmin University of China, holds its sixth Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar workshop on August 22–26, 2024, in Suzhou (near Shanghai). Four renowned scholars from Ancient Chinese, Greek, and Latin Literature will present lectures and seminars on the topic of “First Books,” that is, the early development of book culture in these different ancient civilizations. Student research activities will complement the lectures. The principal language of instruction and interaction is English.

Meeting Place: Renmin University of China, Suzhou campus

Prof. emeritus Glenn Most, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Greek Literature)
Prof. emeritus Denis Feeney, Princeton University (Latin Literature)
Prof. Jianwei Xu, Renmin University of China (Chinese Literature)
Prof. Martin Kern, Princeton University (Chinese Literature) 

August 21: Arrival and registration
August 22–25: Lectures, seminars, and research activities
August 26: Student presentations and plenary conclusion

Following the workshop, students are invited to stay in Suzhou, a World Heritage site for its beautiful gardens and canals, for an international conference on the same topic, to be held on August 28–29. The conference brings together experts from around the world to speak on the development of early book culture in the ancient Chinese, Arabic, Syriac, Indian, Japanese, Hebrew, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, and Latin traditions.

The program accepts forty Ph.D. students and young scholars who specialize in the textual study of antiquity, globally conceived. Advanced students are encouraged to apply, as are postdoctoral students and young scholars.

Attendance at both the workshop and the conference is free of charge. Students are expected to cover their own transportation and visa expenses, hopefully with the assistance from their universities or other sources of support. The workshop has the budget to cover all local meals, but funds for accommodation are limited. Based on both financial need and academic excellence, the organizers will decide on how to distribute these funds. Accommodation in double-occupancy rooms cost 180 Chinese Renminbi (ca. 25 USD) per person/night, or 360 Renminbi (ca. 50 USD) for single rooms. In your application please kindly indicate if you have the funds to cover your accommodation. This will greatly help the organizers to distribute the available funds fairly among those students who truly need them. All necessary visa documentation will be provided by the Center. Applications should be sent by March 15, 2024, to:

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