Call for Papers: Connecting Antiquity and the Present, Heidelberg 2018

International Conference Connecting Antiquity and the Present
The application of ancient knowledge and technologies to modern problems

The first CAP 2018 International Conference will be held at Heidelberg University (Germany), Friday to Sunday, October 5 – 7, 2018.

The theme of the conference is addressed to the whole spectrum of disciplines involved in CAP areas of research, including – but not limited to – Classical Studies, Archaeology, Engineering, Material and Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Economics.

The conference pursues four objectives:

  1. to bring together professionals from a wide range of disciplines, offering the opportunity to meet, exchange, network, share and collaborate with colleagues from all over the world;
  2. to increase research and project awareness;
  3. to explore and demonstrate the practical benefits of archaeology for today’s society;
  4. to support interdisciplinary participation in developing solutions to pressing societal problems;

The demand for innovative solutions to current societal problems is on a constant rise. Classical Studies, Archaeology, and related fields provide extensive, yet underutilized potential to help solve such problems in interdisciplinary contexts.

We would like to invite professionals who are exploring or already applying innovative solutions to current problems by including ancient knowledge and technologies.

The conference will be accompanied by a newly founded think tank dedicated to the exploration of the prospects and further development of the emerging interdisciplinary research area of CAP.

Papers and Deadlines

The presentation of individual papers is organised in 20 minute talks with additional 10 minutes for immediate questions and discussion.

The call for papers is open until May 1st 2018. Please send an abstract in English or German of a maximum of 500 words to:

» Call for Papers as PDF-file

General Information

The conference will start on Friday evening with an overview of current projects and research in the field of CAP, followed by a joint dinner for participants. Saturday and Sunday will focus on 16 presentations in six sessions, with time slots for a more in-depth discussion in-between sessions. The conference will be followed by a newly installed think tank to which every speaker is invited.


The conference funding includes the publication of the presented papers in print as well as electronically.

Contact information:

Dr. Kirsten Dzwiza
Universität Heidelberg – Ägyptologisches Institut
Voßstr. 2, Gebäude 4410
D-69115 Heidelberg