26-27 March 2019


The myth of Osiris is of extreme importance for our knowledge of the history of ancient Egypt. The figure of the god allows us to understand some of the fundamentals of Pharaonic civilization such as the functioning of the monarchy and the right of succession, the natural cycle of the Nile River -as Osiris symbolized his regeneration- and the belief in the possibility of a life beyond death. New exhibition in recent times on its figure as “Isis und Osiris” (Hannover 2017-2018); “Osiris. Dios de Egipto. El ser que permanece perfecto” (Barcellona 2016), “Osiris. Egypt’s sunken mysteries” (Paris 2016, London 2016, Zurich 2017 and soon Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri 2018), witness not only the great interest on Osiris’ figure, but mainly the important role as paradigm played by this cornerstone god toward whom Pharaohs, men (Egyptian and foreign) and also gods, had measured their personal identity, moral and juridical values, both in daily and afterlife. 

In the light of the new exhibitions organized around the world and the new discoveries made (e.g. new Osiris Tomb in Sheikh Abd el-Gourna), following different analytic perspectives (e.g. personal god concept vs. cultural god concept, images of god vs. images of man), and making challenging questions (e.g. What is the nature of the relationship between Osiris and the world? Does the world existence depend upon Osiris?), it is useful to re-consider its pivotal and multifaceted function, which attracted so much interest during the millennia, rethinking Osiris at the dawn of the Third Millennium. One might re-think the conceptualization of the vast and heterogeneous body of material that bears upon what is conventionally known as ‘Osirian religion’.



International Conference

“Rethinking Osiris”

March 26-27, 2019
Florence (Italy)

(Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies)


The American University in Cairo


Polo Museale della Toscana
Museo Archeologico di Firenze
Museo Egizio di Firenze

Mark Smith (University of Oxford)
"Following Osiris: New Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century"


Massimiliano Franci (CAMNES)
Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo)
Irene Morfini (CAMNES)
Registration fees (must be paid after abstract acceptance and by December 31, 2018):
  • SPEAKER: 80€
  • LISTENER: 50€
  • COMPANION: 50€
The fee includes:
  • Badge (Speakers and Listeners only)
  • Conference welcome kit (Speakers only)
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks on March 26-27
  • Lunch on March 26-27 (Speakers only)
  • Dinner buffet on March 26 at the Archaeological Museum in Florence with a special guided tour of the Egyptian Museum
Further details
All paper authors must register if they are planning to participate to the conference.
At least one author for each paper must register and be present during the conference.
Please note that the delegate fee does not include any lunch, travel, transportation to the workshop venue, and accommodation.
The conference venue is furnished with a caffetteria with low prices and high quality food and beverages.

Presented papers will be included in the proceedings of the Conference and published in a peer-reviewed volume of the CAMNES SANEM series. Indications for the proceedings guidelines will be sent to the authors after the conference. Final contributions are due by October 30 2019.

  • Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2018
  • Acceptance notification by: October 31, 2018
  • Registration opens: November 1, 2018
  • Registration and fee payment by: December 31, 2018
  • Publication of abstracts and final program on website by: January 31, 2019
  • Deadlinefor Poster submission: February 14, 2019
  • Conference: March 26-27, 2019
  • Contribution for Proceedings submission deadline: October 30, 2019​

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    Ex-Church of S. Jacopo - Via Faenza, 43 - Florence (Italy)

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