GeMANE 5: Call for Papers

The Fifth Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East (GeMANE 5) will take place as a hybrid event on 1-3rd of June 2022, hosted by University of Helsinki and the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires.

The aim of the workshops is to discuss different methodological and theoretical approaches to gender within the framework of ancient Near Eastern studies. The scope of the workshop includes textual, art historical and archaeological approaches (including neighboring disciplines) as long as the work contributes new insights into the study of gender in the ancient Near East.

We therefore invite all scholars interested in and working on gender related topics within the broad field of Ancient Near Eastern studies, including but not limited to ancient history, archaeology, art history, assyriology, egyptology and Biblical studies to submit a proposal for a 15-20 minutes paper or a poster. All proposals are very welcome, but some of the themes that will be covered in GeMANE 5 are:

  • Labels and their impact on gender research
  • Reading against the grain
  • Relationships and networks
  • History of the field of gender and ancient Near Eastern studies
  • Future of the field and public outreach

Abstracts of 300-500 words are to be sent via this eform before December 30th 2021. Advice for writing your abstract is available here. Abstracts will be subject to peer review by the Scientific Committee. Authors will be informed by 21st of January 2022 on whether their paper or poster proposal is accepted or not. Presenters of accepted papers and posters will be able to apply for funding for accommodation during the conference.

Papers presented during the workshop can be submitted for a peer reviewed publication after the workshop. Further information on deadlines and instructions for authors will follow in due time. Please note that GeMANE 5 will adhere to ASOR guidelines regarding the publication of undocumented antiquities.

All presenters and participants must be registered via this eform before April 30th 2022.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions at

We are looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki or in Zoom in June!

Scientific committee of GeMANE 5 (in alphabetical order): Dr. Ellie Bennett (University of Helsinki), Prof. Megan Cifarelli (Manhattanville College), Prof. Katrien De Graef (Ghent University), Dr. Agnès Garcia-Ventura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Dr. Dennis Mizzi, (University of Malta), Dr. Omar N'Shea (University of Malta) and Prof. Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki).