Audience registration is now open for the upcoming conference in Beirut “The Changing and Enduring Face of the Ancient Near East: The Impact of Migration and Imperialism through the Ages”

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“The Changing and Enduring Face of the Ancient Near East: The Impact of Migration and Imperialism through the Ages” conference on 24-26th of August 2022 in Beirut, Lebanon.

The ancient Near East witnessed the rise and fall of many empires and the movement and settlement of different peoples. Each of these episodes of shifting powers and demography influenced the region and its local population in some manner and to varying degrees. Amidst political, economic and societal change, identities are reconsidered, lifeways are altered, and social hierarchies are negotiated. What were the consequences of imperialism and migration on the region and its peoples at different periods in its history? And how can we explore and interpret this impact through the archaeological record?

The speakers at the conference are scholars of Near Eastern archaeology whose research centres on exploring the patterns of change and continuity within local societies, cultures and populations between the Bronze Age and the late Roman period.

Themes of discussion include:

  • imperial and colonial dynamics 
  • migration and mobility 
  • increased connectivity
  • differences in local responses to and experiences of new powers (e.g. urban vs. rural settings)
  • the role of agency and authority in adopting, resisting or imposing change
  • negotiations of social standing among local elites 
  • individual and group lifeways and identities.

The registration is now open for the general audience until the 11th of August. Please register to the workshop through the form below.

General Program

The conference will take place on the 24th and the 25th of August, 2022, and will be followed by a day-long excursion to the Bekaa valley on the 26th of August, 2022. In the Bekaa, we will visit the archaeological sites of Baalbek and Anjar, as well as the famous local Ksara winery. Visits to two museums within Beirut are also arranged during the first two days of the conference, including the National Museum of Beirut and the American University of Beirut Archaeological Museum.

Please find the detailed program here


This event is jointly organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) and the University of Helsinki’s Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE)


The conference is free of charge for the audience. 

A modest fee (approximately 30$) for the excursion to the Bekaa valley will be requested from those who wish to participate.

Museum visits are free of charge for the registered participants. Transportation to and from the museums as well as entrance fees will be covered by the workshop organizers.

Coffee breaks and lunch will be offered at the venue.

Further information

You can see the ended Call for Papers as well as more information about the conference and practicalities here.

Should you have additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the organizers at

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