On 30 September 2017 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for the 12th International Workshop of the Association for Written Language and Literacy (AWLL12) Diversity of writing systems: embracing multiple perspectives, to be held on 26-28 March 2019 at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. Further information is available at Key issues to be addressed include:
What fundamental principles underlie the structure and function of the world’s historical and contemporary writing systems? Is a single unified typology of writing systems possible or are separate taxonomies preferable?
What linguistic and psychological processes are at work in the adaptation of one writing system to another? How are these affected by the cultural and social context of the adaptation?
What linguistic, psychological, cultural and social, and technological factors bring about diversity within writing systems? How do such factors influence literacy acquisition and shape the use of writing?
How can studying the development of historical writing systems enhance our understanding of contemporary writing systems? How can contemporary research on reading and writing contribute to the study of historical writing systems?
How are the world’s writing systems likely to develop in the future? What principles should guide orthography development for as yet unwritten languages?


PeClA 2018

On 1 October 2018 abstracts (500 words specifying methodology and the main results for a 20-minute paper or a poster (portrait, paper size 70x100 cm) are due for the 7th International Postgraduate Conference PeClA 2018 (Perspectives on Classical Archaeology). Pólemos – Bellum: Archaeology of Conflict in the Antiquity, to be held on 6-7 December 2018 at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; further information is available at


CAA 2019

On 10 October 2018 proposals are due for papers or posters at the Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2019): Check Object Integrity, to be held on 23-27 April 2019 in Kraków. On 25 November 2018 proposals are due for workshops. Further information is available at

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