Call for Papers



We would like to invite you to the interdisciplinary arameophone symposium that will be held from the 1st to 3rd of September, 2023 at the Research Center for Aramean Studies at the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near East, Semitic Studies at the University of Heidelberg.

The present Symposium of Aramean Studies continues the tradition of the symposium "Suryoye l-Suryoye", which began in 2002 and then took place six times over the course of twelve years. The goal back then was, as it is now, to offer scholars and advanced students the opportunity to present latest research on their own language, literature, history or art and to discuss it with the interested audience.

The event intends to provide an overview of the research fields of Aramean Studies, as well as to strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation between scholars and to initiate new research projects. The symposium also aims to encourage young people to further their interest in Aramean Studies.

The speakers and the interested audience, regardless of which Syrian denomination they belong to, will find a platform beyond the political disputes where they can reflect on themselves scientifically in their own Aramaic language and exchange ideas about essential scientific projects for the community. It is a forum unique in its kind in scholarship and important for the self-understanding of our own community.

The paper should deal with one of the following topics:

Historical Aspect: Social and Cultural History

Social Aspect: Migration, Ethnicity, Identity, Religiosity

Linguistic Aspect: Challenges for the Aramaic spoken language: creation of a standardized orthography and publications.

Political Aspect: Sayfo, olitical and social situation in the region of origin

Cultural Aspect: Art and music history and architecture

A total of 18 contributions are planned (each 20 minutes talks + 10 minutes discussion). The Symposium starts punctually on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and ends on Sunday with lunch. We would be pleased to welcome you as a speaker or participant at the symposium!


To submit a presentation, please email with the following information: name, institutional affiliation, title of the presentation, as well as a short abstract (approx. 250 words). Unfortunately, the conference fee for speakers cannot be waived.

The regestration deadline has been extended to 15th of August, 2023

To register as a passive participant, please send an email to with the following information: name and field of study or profession. As soon as the participation fee has been received, the registration is considered binding.


The registration fee applies to both speakers and participants and includes the conference fee and all meals. The registration fee for speakers is € 90. For the participants with registration until July15th, 2023 is the contribution € 130. After July 15th, 2023, the registration fee increases by € 20. From August 1st 2023 it will be 210 €. The participation fee for students is € 10. It includes coffee and pastries.


The following hotels are recommended for overnight stays (they are a five min walk from the venue): Hotel Holländer Hof, Hotel Goldener Hecht, Hotel am Rathaus, Hotel am Markt. For more information,


Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH)
Hauptstr. 242
69117 Heidelberg

Please transfer the registration fee to:

Verein zur Förderung des Instituts für Aramäische Studien:

IBAN: DE26 6725 0020 0009 0716 60


INTENDED USE: Symposium 2023

For further questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Zeki Bilgic, M.A.

0049-(0)6221-54 2918

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