Call for Papers: Materiality of Communication

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 16-19, 2016

This new session is devoted to examining the ways in which the material of inscribed artifacts provides information regarding their use as objects of communication. We invite applications from scholars from all disciplines and periods who are interested in investigating the materiality of communication. The session will offer new perspective into the materiality of writing, by shifting the focus from traditional linguistic analysis to the means by which inscribed texts were created, shaped, and used as social tools in the different regions of the ancient Near East and Classical World. Priority will be give to papers that consider the art historical and metapragmatic aspects of writing and/or the ways in which the text-artifact was designed to enhance communication. In particular, we solicit papers that will offer new insight into the means by which aesthetic, form, placement, context, medium, or execution informed the communicative function of the text, both in linguistic and non-linguistic ways.

Chairs: Emily Cole ( and Alice Mandell ( (University of California, Los Angeles)

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2016.  The following links to ASOR’s Online Abstract Submission Site:

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