North American Papyrology Seminars

The second North American Papyrology Seminar (NAPS) is scheduled to take place at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on 17-19 May 2018. NAPS was instituted as a two-day seminar for workshopping work-in-progress and presenting new work in a venue that’s a little bit dressed down. The first event, held in May 2015 in Ann Arbor, was a “rousing success.” The faculty and administration of BYU are eager to repeat it. A formal call for prospectus will follow, with submission deadline in late January 2018. For now, please save the date. Address any inquiries to Roger Macfarlane (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Besides offering the chance to mingle with papyrologists, Utah in mid-May can be very inviting to people who hike in the mountains above Provo and enjoy the red rock landscapes in not too distant national parks — Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands.

SCS Annual Meeting

Society for Classical Studies Panel

Each year, the American Society of Papyrologists holds its Annual Meeting in early January in conjunction with the Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) and the Archaeological Institute of America.

 As part of the Annual Meeting, the ASP sponsors a panel of between three and five papers on a wide range of subjects within the field of papyrology. Submissions are welcome from all interested parties; membership in the ASP is not required, although it is strongly encouraged. However, since the ASP Annual Meeting is a part of the official SCS program, speakers must be members in good standing of the SCS. Also, speakers are held to the SCS's single appearance policy, i.e. individuals can appear only once on the SCS program.

If you wish to submit a paper for the next Annual Meeting, a short abstract (600 words) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 15. Abstracts are refereed anonymously, and decisions made by the end of March. 

Speakers will be asked to submit camera-ready abstracts to the SCS during the summer. Each paper is limited to 15 minutes (approximately 1875 words) and may use audio-visual equipment if necessary (this should be indicated on the abstract). 

Reminders of the deadline for abstracts will be in the SCS Newsletter in October and will also be posted on the PAPY list.

International Congress of Papyrology

International Congress of Papyrology



The next papyrological congress will be held in July 2019 in Lecce. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available. 


SBL Annual Meeting

Society of Biblical Literature Panel

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds

The Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds Group explores how the ancient papyri illumine the world of early Christianity and will appeal to scholars interested in palaeographic, linguistic, and textual questions, as well as those who specialize in the social and cultural history of early Christianity. 

Questions and abstract submissions for the next panel should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Brigham Young University.