THE CROSSROADS II, OR THERE AND BACK AGAIN
The second international conference dedicated to the study of relations between Egypt, the Aegean, the Levant and the Sudan in the Second and First Millennia B.C.E. – “The Crossroads II, or There and Back Again” – will be held at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague from Monday 15th to Thursday September 18th 2014.
The main objective of the conference is to enhance our understanding of the historical processes and the development of rich and complex relations between Egypt and the aforementioned regions during the period defined by the beginning of the Middle Bronze Age and the turn of the Eras. In order to obtain a well-balanced insight, we would like the topic to be treated both from an archaeological and a philological point of view. We believe that bringing together archaeologists, philologists, as well as historians and other experts, is not merely highly desirable, but also a necessity for gaining a deeper insight into the historical, social, cultural and economic developments of the respective regions (the Levant and the Sudan) at this particular moment in time. The Aegean and Anatolia will be treated as further international players of that time. During the conference special interest will be given to the topic of technologies and mechanisms of communication between “centres” and “peripheries”. We hope that this discussion will not only provide a new view on, and understanding of, the problems themselves, but we also intend to focus on the character of the political and social organization of these regions and the impact Egypt and the other Great Powers had on their cultural development.
The conference will take place in the main building of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague at Náměstí Jana Palacha 2, 110 00 Prague 1, room 104 (for directions see the Practical Information below) and, as already indicated, will be hosted by the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Institute for Classical Archaeology (both being parts of the above-mentioned Faculty of Arts) and the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures (National Museum). The programme of the workshop as well as other relevant information is now available.
##Jana Mynářová (Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague)
## Pavel Onderka (National Museum – Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures)
## Peter Pavúk (Institute of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague)