International Seminar in Coptic Papyrology. Barcelona, July 6-13, 2014

The International seminar in Coptic Papyrology will be held in Barcelona from 6 to 13 July 2014. It follows the seminars held in Vienna 2006, Leipzig 2008, Strasbourg 2010 and Heidelberg 2012. The event will be organised by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) around the Palau-Ribes Papyrus Collection, kept at Historical Archive of the Jesuits. The Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, CNRS, Paris (IRHT), the Universidad de Alcalá (UAH), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the Association Francophone de Coptologie (AFC), the Centro de Estudios de Próximo Oriente (CEPO), and the Asociación Cultural Hispano-Helénica (ACHH) have taken part in the organization and funding of this event.


Students and graduates from fields such as Coptology, Egyptology, Papyrology, Classics, religious studies, Ancient History, Arabic studies, or Byzantine studies are invited to participate, provided they have acquired a solid knowledge of Coptic.

There will be two workshops to apply for, one on literary (Biblical fragments) and one on documentary (epistolary, legal texts, etc.) Coptic papyri. Students will have the opportunity to work on unpublished original papyri.

A fee of € 300,- will include participation in all classes and activities, as well as accommodation in a nearby residence hall, daily breakfast and lunch.

The number of places is restricted to 15.

How to apply?

Applications should contain:

1. The applicant’s curriculum vitae.

2. An application letter indicating which workshop the applicant would like to participate in.

3. Two letters of reference should be sent confidentially to the same email address indicated below, stating clearly the name of the applicant and commenting specifically on his/her language skills in Coptic.

Please send applications and reference letters to:

Dr. María Jesús Albarrán
Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, CNRS
Section Grecque et de l’Orient chrétien
Collège de France
52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine
75005 Paris

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2014. Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful by the beginning of April 2014.

What’s going to happen?

This international seminar will provide an introduction to Coptic papyrology and its setting in the fields of Egyptology, Classics, Ancient History, Early Christianity and Archaeology.

Classes will be taught on palaeography and decipherment of literary as well as documentary hands, according to both kinds of manuscripts, and on their relationship to other textual or archaeological evidence. For practical exercise, each student will be given an unpublished document to work on.

Main instructors of the seminary will be María Jesús Albarrán (Paris), Anne Boud’hors (Paris), Alain Delattre (Brussels), T. Sebastian Richter (Leipzig), and Sofía Torallas (Madrid). Speakers will include Cristina Ibañez (Barcelona), Alberto Nodar (Barcelona), Margarita Vallejo (Madrid) and Amalia Zomeño (Madrid).

The intention is to offer a mixture of taught classes and workshops in which students may learn to appreciate the manifold information which the different kinds of papyri provide, as well as get acquainted with the wide range of questions raised by the papyrological material

Classes will be taught in English.

Looking forward to receiving your application,
Dr. María Jesús Albarrán
Dr. Anne Boud’hors
Dr. Alberto Nodar
Dr. Sofía Torallas


About Alin Suciu

I am a researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I write mostly on Coptic literature, Patristics, and apocryphal texts.
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3 Responses to International Seminar in Coptic Papyrology. Barcelona, July 6-13, 2014

  1. Thank you for sharing. I will participate.

  2. The above one, ouhmhalmpnoute, is me. I changed the WordPress name into the real one. Thank you for sharing the important information, Dr. Alin Suciu. I will apply for the seminar. Through this seminar, I will have more knowledge and skills on Coptic than now and through further hard reading Coptic manuscripts, I will become the first academic professional Japanese specialist on the study of the Coptic language in the future.

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