You Established the Sky, You Illuminated It with Light

Sacredness at Deir el-Medina
International Conference | March 14-15, 2024 - Florence, Italy


The International Conference “You Established the Sky, You Illuminated It with Light: Sacredness at Deir el-Medina” aims to gather scholars from all over the world to rethink the role of religion in one of the central settlements of New Kingdom Egypt: Deir el-Medina.

Deir el-Medina is a pivotal site in Egyptology, and a major case-study in the inquiry of the importance of religious beliefs for ancient Egyptians. Because of the uniqueness of this settlement, the central theme of the Conference could be easily interpreted in various different ways, by aiming attention at a specific facet of the spiritual and devout sentiment, or considering religiosity from a multi- and/or interdisciplinary approach.

In fact, rethinking the part played by religion in a fundamental context like the one of Deir el-Medina implies the necessity to examine and investigate the topic from different angles, in order to offer a new and still unexplored perspective on such a critical subject.



We welcome abstracts (both for presentations and posters) on all aspects of sacredness and religion at Deir el-Medina, including but not limited to:
  • Historical analysis of the development of religion over the Deir el-Medina timeline, examining the ways in which it has changed and evolved in response to social, political, and cultural factors, starting from the analysis of primary sources such as religious texts, artifacts, and historical accounts.
  • Anthropological analysis of the beliefs, practices, and cultural norms of religion at Deir el-Medina by observing its adherents in their daily lives to gain a deep understanding of how religion functions in a particular society.
  • Sociological analysis of the social structures and dynamics of religion, including the ways in which it creates social cohesion, reinforces power structures, and shapes individual identity, analyzing patterns of behavior and belief within Deir el-Medina religious community.
  • Comparative analysis of different religious traditions in order to identify similarities and differences, universal themes and concepts that underlie religious belief and practice across different historical periods at Deir el-Medina.
  • Psychological analysis of the ways in which religion affects individuals on a personal level, including the psychological benefits and drawbacks of religious belief and practice.


International Conference

You Established the Sky, You Illuminated It with Light

March 14-15, 2024
Florence (Italy)

(Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies)


Massimiliano Franci (CAMNES)
Irene Morfini (CAMNES)
Valentina Santini (CAMNES)


Rob Demarée (Universiteit Leiden)

Registration fees (must be paid after abstract acceptance and by February 18, 2024):
  • SPEAKER: 130€
  • LISTENER: 80€
The fee includes:
  • Badge (Speakers and Listeners only)
  • Conference welcome kit (Speakers and Listeners only)
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks (Speakers and Listeners only)
  • Conference dinner 
  • Option to submit a paper for the Proceedings (Speakers only)
Further details:
The official language of the Conference is English.
Abstracts (both for papers and posters) should not exceed 300 words.
Papers: the Conference will provide a 20-minute presentation format, followed by 10 minutes of questions.
Posters: a special panel will be dedicated to posters presentation and discussion.
All paper/poster authors must register if they are planning to participate in the Conference.
At least one author for each paper/poster must register and be present during the Conference.
Please note that the registration fee does not include any lunch, travel, transportation to the workshop venue, and accommodation.
All speakers may submit their paper for evaluation after the Conference. If the paper will be accepted, it will be included in the Proceedings of the Conference and published in a volume of the CAMNES SANEM series (Arbor Sapientiae). Indications for the Proceedings guidelines will be sent to the authors after the Conference. 

  • Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2023
  • Acceptance notification by: October 31, 2023
  • Opening of registration: October 31, 2023
  • Abstracts publication: October 31, 2023
  • Registration and fee payment by: January 31, 2024​​​
  • Poster submission deadline: February 2, 2024
  • Final program publication: February 5, 2024
  • International Conference: March 14-15, 2024
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Conference venue (CAMNES-Lorenzo de' Medici)

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

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