Papers and Posters

The Seminar for Arabian Studies 2017 will take place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August at the British Museum, London.

Call for Papers

If you wish to offer a paper, please send an abstract to on or before the 28 February 2017 for consideration by the Steering Committee. Do not send abstracts to any other e-mail address. Abstracts submitted after the deadline may be accepted or rejected at the discretion of the Committee.

Abstracts must include:  
1) the name(s) and full contact details and affiliation(s) of the contributor(s);  2) the title of the proposed paper;  
3) what the proposed paper intends to cover; 
 4) an outline of the approach it will take;  
5) an indication of the significance of the topic; 
 6) five keywords;  
7) up to three relevant bibliographical references.

Abstracts are limited to 200 words maximum (not including items 1, 6 and 7). Abstracts that are significantly over the word limit may rejected.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for discussion.

Due to programme time constraints, and the ever-increasing number of abstracts received, there is no guarantee that all papers will be accepted. The Steering Committee will select those abstracts that are most scholarly, with a focused statement of thesis or importance, clear aims and methodology, well-organized research data, specified sources, and coherent conclusions. As in previous years, the Committee will normally only accept one abstract from any given project.

Only those papers that are actually presented at the Seminar will be considered for publication in the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, and they will be subject to editorial and peer review.

Focus Session Proposals

The Committee is happy to consider possible Focus Session Proposals. A Focus Session Proposal must include a minimum of four papers and have a clear scholarly focus with the explicit purpose to promote discussion and debate on work currently in progress, the current state of scholarship, issues involved in the application of new approaches and models, etc. A proposal for a Focus Session should include a summary of up to 200 words outlining the purpose of the Session, along with abstracts formatted as outlined above for individual abstracts. The Committee will still consider each focus session abstract individually. A Focus Session chair may be nominated by the proposer but a final decision on this will remain with the Committee.


The Seminar is very happy to receive submissions for the presentation of research posters. All posters presented at the Seminar must have an abstract approved in advance by the Committee; other posters will not be accepted. The deadline for the submission of poster abstracts is the 31 May 2017. A poster abstract submission form and guidelines are on the Seminar’s website. Posters will no longer be published as short papers in PSAS, but will be published online with weblinks to the electronic versions included in the online edition of the PSAS.  Guidelines for poster submissions can be download by clicking on the following links:
Poster Guidelines SAS 2016 (MS Word format)
Poster Guidelines SAS 2016 (PDF format)

Special Session

To celebrate the completion of Phase 2 of the Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia in March 2017, the next Seminar for Arabian Studies will include a Special Session on “Languages, scripts and their uses in ancient North Arabia”. Ancient Arabia had its own branch of the alphabet and almost certainly a greater proportion of its population could read and write than in any other part of the ancient world. This Special Session will explore the many different uses the inhabitants of ancient Arabia made of their literacy, the development of the various scripts which they employed, and what we can reconstruct of the languages they spoke.

All enquiries should be sent to

The Secretary
Seminar for Arabian Studies
c/o The Department of the Middle East
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

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