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ASCS (36) 2015 – Call for Papers

ASCS 36 (2015) is to be held at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia, from Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th January 2015. The conference conveners are Professor Han Baltussen ( and Dr Jacqueline Clarke ( Further details will be placed from time to time on the ASCS website.

Deadline for Offers of Papers and Review Procedure

All offers of papers must be received by Friday 31 July 2014. Any offers which come in after that date unfortunately will have to be rejected.

The following requirements will be in place again for this conference. Only one offer will be accepted from any one person. Those attending the conference (and offering a paper) must be ASCS members; if you are not a member and wish to join in order to attend ASCS 36, you can find a membership application form under ASCS > Membership Forms. Scholars from countries other than Australia and New Zealand will not be required to become ASCS members.

An alternative to offering a paper, particularly for postgraduate students, is a ‘poster presentation’, and we would be interested in hearing from anyone who would like to present using this format.

Members may also propose a panel of papers on a particular theme. The panel structure will need to conform to the 90 minutes allocated to each session. Applications to have a panel considered must conform to the guidelines for panels at ASCS.

For the first time we invite archaeological reports as a specific category of presentation. We recognise that the submitted abstracts may be projections rather due to the fact that the field season will possibly take place after the call for papers has closed.

All offers of papers will be anonymously reviewed by the conference program review committee. Its task is to make decisions about the suitability (or not) of the papers offered.

Emeritus Professor John Davidson has been appointed Chair of the review committee. In coming weeks, ASCS will issue a call for expressions of interest from ASCS members to serve on the committee with him. In consultation with other senior ASCS members, he will form a group which can assess the abstracts across the wide range of the topics which an ASCS conference traditionally attracts.

The Honorary Secretary Kathryn Welch will co-ordinate the committee but will not be a member of it. If you have any questions about the procedure for submitting an abstract, however, please send them to her via the abstracts email address which she will check regularly. Please do not send correspondence associated with the abstract review process to her regular email address.

Content of Abstracts

Offers of papers, posters, panels and archaeological reports should be accompanied by an abstract of 150-250 words. Abstracts over the limit will be returned to the person making the offer to be reworded to fit the maximum and delays in conforming to this limit could lead to the rejection of the offer. On the other hand, abstracts should not be so short that the review committee will not get the real gist of what you want to argue. Advice on what should be contained in an abstract is given below as a guide, particularly for those with less experience in offering conference papers.

The abstract should contain the following information:

  • a clear initial statement of purpose;

  • a brief explanation of the abstract’s relationship to the previous literature on the topic, including some brief citations of, or reference to, any important literature;

  • a summary of the argumentation;

  • some examples to be used in the argumentation (this step could be left out if the word limit is affected);

  • reference to works (maximum of 3) which are seminal to the argument. Short citations (author year pp) should be included in the abstract so that readers are clear on how these works have informed your argument. Full bibliographical details (which do not count in the word limit) of the works cited in the abstract should be supplied at the end of the abstract. If you think reference to other authors is not appropriate or necessary, you must add a brief paragraph to inform the committee as to why (e.g. the topic is completely new or it is the report of a season’s excavations).

The abstract should make it clear that the paper is suitable for oral presentation within the time limit (maximum time 20 minutes = less than 3000 words).

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be sent to the dedicated conference abstracts email address ( Your abstract should use the ASCS 36 abstract form.

You will be asked (via the form) to nominate up to three areas of study which best fit the content and intention of your study. Your nominations will directly affect who initially assesses your abstract and, if the paper is accepted, where you are placed on the conference program.

Withdrawal of Offers

  • To avoid disruption to the draft program (and to preserve the conveners’ sanity) by last-minute withdrawals, please note the following requirements:
  • No offer of a paper will be accepted finally until the conference registration fee has been paid.
  • Refund of the registration fee will be available up to six weeks before the conference (less an administrative fee).
  • There will be no refund of the registration fee for a withdrawal from the conference less than six weeks before the conference, except in the case of illness or serious misadventure.

Sample abstracts

Below are listed some websites containing abstract guidelines, which may be particularly useful for those submitting an offer and abstract for the first time.

Style Guide (adapted from UWA website)

Books and e-books:

Ratnagar, S. 2004. Trading Encounters: From the Euphrates to the Indus in the Bronze Age, New Delhi, Oxford University Press.

Books, edited:

Foley, J.M. (ed.) 2009. A Companion to Ancient Epic, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell.

Books, translator and author.

Arakawa, Y. 1970. Zen Painting, trans. J. Bester, Tokyo, Kodansha International.

Chapter in book:

Baker, J. 2001. 'The Place of Science and Technology in the Wise Management of the Great Barrier Reef', in Wolanski, E. (ed.), Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs: Physical and Biological Links in the Great Barrier Reef, Boca Raton, CRC Press, 14-20.

Journal article:

Mintz, S. 2010. 'Food Enigmas, Colonial and Postcolonial', Gastronomica 10, 149-50.

Journal article (website)

Moore, K.R. 2009. 'Was Pythagoras Ever Really in Sparta?', Rosetta 6,, (accessed 10 September 2010).


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