14th International Conference of Demotic Studies, Heidelberg 31.08 - 04.09.2020
Heidelberg, July 04, 2019
we are pleased to invite you all to Heidelberg on occasion of the 14th International Conference of Demotic Studies (ICDS) from August 31 to September 04, 2020.
We dedicate this conference to the great Demotist Wilhelm Spiegelberg in order to honor his out-standing achievements in the field of Demotic Studies and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his call to the Egyptological Institute of the University of Heidelberg.
Furthermore, we will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Heidelberg Egyptological Institute that was founded in 1910 under the chair of Hermann Ranke.
Wilhelm Spiegelberg, who habilitated at the University of Strasbourg in 1894 and became the head of the Egyptological Institute in 1907, had to resign from his office and leave Strasbourg due to the French occupation of Alsace-Lorraine and the conclusion of the Treaty of Versailles. He moved to Heidelberg and from 1920 to 1923 was affiliated to the Egyptological Institute as honorary professor under the chair of Herman Ranke. During his time at the Egyptological Institute in Heidelberg, Wilhelm Spiegelberg completed his Coptic Dictionary (1921), published numerous Demotic texts, such as the "Demotische Papyri aus den badischen Papyrussammlungen" (1923) and also developed and wrote a large part of his Demotic Grammar (1925), which went far beyond the "Grammaire démotique" pub-lished by Heinrich Karl Brugsch in 1855 and rightfully made Wilhelm Spiegelberg the new founder of Demotic Studies.
To help you plan your stay, we would like to inform you in this 1st Circular that the conference will start on Monday, August 31, in the afternoon and will end on Friday, September 04, around noon. Exact details on the dates, the program, modalities of the poster presentation, hotels, accommodation for students, child care as well as the conference fee will be communicated to you soon in a 2nd circular.
The duration of the conference talks will be about 30 minutes. To a limited extent, posters can also be presented during the conference. Lecture titles and abstracts can already be sent to us via email (ICDS2020@zaw.uni-heidelberg.de), the deadline is February 29, 2020.
We would also like to draw your attention to the fact that the Heidelberg Institute of Papyrology is planning to hold the "German Papyrology Day (Deutscher Papyrologentag)" following the 14th International Conference of Demotic Studies (ICDS).
We look forward to welcoming you to Heidelberg in 2020.
With kind regards
Your ICDS team
Prof. Dr. Joachim Quack Fabian Wespi Jannik Korte Dr. Claudia Maderna-Sieben
and all helpers from the Egyptological Institute