The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

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Alisée Devillers

Leiden University; National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

Unseen—Untold: Stories of ancient non-elite communities

NINO Postdoctoral Research Fellow 5th Annual Conference
Leiden, 18-20 December 2024

Organized by: Alisée Devillers

Call for papers

The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) at Leiden University is pleased to host the conference “Unseen—Untold: Stories of non-elite communities”, in 2024. The meeting will take place from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th of December 2024 in Leiden.

Following the general call in social sciences to focus on those forgotten by history based on elite’s records, this conference aims to offer new perspectives on the material and textual culture of those unseen and unmentioned in the ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern monumental landscape. To unravel the visual and written stories of ancient non-elite people, speakers will be invited to ground their discourse on individual and collective identity formation and will be encouraged to include and adapt anthropological and sociological theories on this topic into their presentation.

The conference will articulate several research paths:

Selected papers will be considered for publication in the conference proceedings. The deadline for manuscript submission is set shortly after the conference (February 2025).


In our preliminary program, invited lectures will be delivered by:

Guidelines for abstracts

We invite proposals from scholars of all career stages. Proposals for papers should include:

Papers will be selected on the quality of the proposal, their relevance to the theme and their fit in the overall conference program. These should be sent by May 10th 2024 to: NINO‑

Deadlines and dates

Abstracts submission, deadline: May 10th 2024
Notification of acceptance: by July 1st 2024
Conference: December 18th-20th 2024
Article for proceedings, deadline: February 28th 2025



The conference is organized on-site.

We will prioritize presentations delivered in-person at the conference, and we will consider online contributions only on exceptional basis.

We plan to livestream the conference, for those who cannot participate in person.

The organizing committee will review the submissions for the proceedings volume, which will undergo a peer-review process. Acceptance for presentation does not guarantee inclusion in the final publication.

Contacts and information

The call for papers, updates, instructions and other information will be posted on this event page.

For additional questions and information, please contact the organizing committee:;


Image credit: Reliëf met werkplaats (RMO inv. AP 40), Saqqara, Nieuwe Rijk. Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden.