About GIAS

Rationale, Event Details and More...


Though there are several notable Islamic archaeology conferences, including the annual Islamic Archaeology Day, UCL, and more bespoke conferences such as the International Congress On Islamic Archaeology which took place in 2005 and 2011 in Turkey and Pakistan respectively, as well as the Archaeological Perspectives on Conversion to Islam and Islamisation in Africa Conference, IAIS, University of Exeter, 2019, there are none focused purely on Ph.D. students and Early Career Researchers. Indeed, presentation slots for young researchers are often limited and students especially struggle to cover the costs of conferences (travel, visa and accommodation, as well as registration fees, etc.) which makes it particularly difficult for students in the Global South to attend conferences in the Global North.

The summer of 2020 has seen many changes to academia, not least with the impact of COVID-19 and the ongoing and recently renewed discussions and movements to Decolonise the curriculum and the academe. This discussion is particularly relevant to the discipline of archaeology and especially regards its application on the African and Asian continents. This conference is therefore intended as an opportunity to utilise this time in lockdown, a time when many conferences have been cancelled, fieldwork postponed and scholars isolated and unmotivated, to explore new ways of working within academia and to bring disparate scholars together, helping to bridge the continental isolation that has often happened within the field of archaeology and in so doing inspire greater collaboration.

It is very much hoped that academics at every stage of their career, from undergraduate to Emeritus, will join us as audience members to learn more about the innovative and exemplary research being undertaken by new and Early Career Researchers in the vast and varied field of Islamic archaeology and material culture.

Event Details

  • Day-1 of GIAS, Saturdays 26th of September (8.50 - 18.30 BST) was successful. We now invite you to Day-2, happening this Saturday 3rd October (8.50 - 19.00 BST), 2020 via Zoom

  • Papers will be 15 mins long followed by 5 mins discussion 

  • Presentations can be live or pre-recorded, followed by a live Q&A

  • Chat feature will be open to ask questions throughout the event

  • Sessions will be recorded (with permission of speakers) and uploaded to this site along with the book of Abstracts after the event

  • There will be breaks between sessions (Coffee/Tea and Lunch breaks)

How to take part

 conference email: globalislamicarchaeology@gmail.com

If you have any questions please contact the conference organisers:

Awet Teklehimanot Araya – A.Teklehimanot-Araya@exeter.ac.uk

Hannah Parsons-Morgan - H.L.Parsons@exeter.ac.uk

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