International Association for Coptic Studies
Association Internationale d'Études Coptes


February 2023: From Stephen Emmel:

Opening for a one-year paid trainee program in the Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic Old Testament at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

December 2022: From Stephen Emmel:

Online lecture by Ina Eichner, German Archaeological Institute Cairo, 13 December 2022, at 6 pm (Egypt time): Embedded in the Ruins of the Pharaonic Past: The Monastery of St. Paulos (Deir el-Bakhit) in Western Thebes. Insights into Everday Life
To join the hybrid event via zoom:

October 2022: From Cäcilia Fluck:

"Textiles from the Nile Valley" conference, 18-19 November 2023: announcement and call for papers.

April 2022:

Online lecture by Sina Becker, DDGLC n. 47, April 21, 2022, at 6 pm CET: Power of Revelation - Revelation of Power: Shenoute's First Letter (A27) Explained

March 2022:

Online lecture by Nina Speransky, DDGLC n. 46, March 31, 2022, at 6 pm CET: A Loan Voice in the Wilderness: Voice Marking of Greek Loan Verbs in Sahidic Coptic

Announcement: IACS Awards for Academic Excellence 2022

February 2022:

From T. S. Richter:
Online conference DDGLC n. 45 March 1, 2022 6:00 pm CET on Kellis.

December 2021:

From Stephen Emmel:
Obituary: Peter Grossmann (1933-2021)

Online lecture by Sofía Torallas Tovar, December 16, 2021: A Papyrus Roll from the Montserrat Collection: The Earliest Witness to Athanasius' Letters

November 2021:

From Alin Suciu:
Our online lecture series "Material and Written Culture of Christian Egypt" continues next Wednesday, November 10, at 4 p.m. CET. Hugo Lundhaug (University of Oslo) will present a paper entitled "A Thousand Years of Coptic Apocrypha."

From Stephen Emmel:
Prize competition for doctoral dissertations etc.: Alexander-Böhlig-Preis 2023.
(see "download" at the bottom).

October 2021:

From Stephen Emmel:
Online lecture by Samuel Rubenson, October 27, 2021: The Legacy of Origen in Early Egyptian Monasticism

July 2021:

From Hany Takla:
The St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society has sponsored the development of the first smart Phones and handheld devices for displaying the Coptic Bible in all its surviving dialects. The first release was made in July 14, 2021. It included all the available Bohairic texts for Old and New Testaments. It also include the Sahidic New Testament based on the oldest complete texts available and several Old Testament texts also. All the information is available on The developer, Mr. Mina Makar of New Jersey USA, added an option to search the availed texts by book or dialect, which is an indispensable tool for identifying text of fragments. You can download his Unicode Coptic keyboard for the iOS (iPhone/iPad) free of charge until July 28, 2021, it is less than one dollar to obtain it afterwards. The search will exclude all diacritical signs or text editing symbols! The App at this time is available for free to anyone until further notice. You can change anything in the announcement above as you see fit. The Society has been working on these text since its inception in 1979 and even earlier. We are hoping in the future to add the functionality of adding variant readings by verse.

June 2021:

From Stephen Emmel:
Online lecture by Roberta Mazza, June 23, 2021: Performing Papyrology: Dismounting Cartonnage, Dismembering Codices and Other Tricks

From Stephen Emmel:
Online lecture by Adel Sidarus, Thursday June 17, 2021: The Coptic Arabic Scalae: Multilingual Egypt and Coptic Lexicography in the Middle Ages

May 2021:

From Stephen Emmel:
Online lecture by Jacques van der Vliet, May 26, 2021: The Apocalypse of Paul (Visio Pauli) in the Literary Landscape of Egypt

From Stephen Emmel:
Online lecture by Ágnes T. Mihálykó, May 27, 2021: The Veneration of Saints in Hymns from Late Antique Egypt

April 2021:

From Stephen Emmel:
Online lecture by Jacques van der Vliet, April 29, 2021: Coptic Magical Texts from the Monastery of Naqlun.

From Stephen Emmel:
Online lecture by Louise Blanke, April 21, 2021: "An Archaeology of Egyptian Monasticism: Settlement, Economy and Daily Life at the White Monastery Federation".

From Stephen Emmel:
Coming soon, a new exhibition in Berlin (21 May - 12 September 2021): Achmîm. Ägyptens vergessene Stadt. March 2021:

From Stephen Emmel (for Cäcilia Fluck):
"Textiles from the Nile Valley" conference, November 2021: announcement and call for papers.

From Stephen Emmel (for Tonio Sebastian Richter):
Online lecture by Loreleï Vanderheyden, March 25, 2021: "The Sixth-Century Turn in Coptic Letters: Materiality, Formulas, and Language".

February 2021:

From Steven Emmel (Eric Crégheur): Obituary: Wolf-Peter Funk (1943-2021)

December 2020:

From Steven Emmel (Alin Suciu): Online lecture by Paola Buzi, December 16, 2020: From This to Turin: The Eighth-Century Papyrus Codices Preserved in the Museo Egizio

November 2020:

From Steven Emmel (Sherin Sadek): Announcement of a new peer-reviewed journal of Coptological and Egyptological studies (international editorial board)

-- (Alin Suciu): Online lecture by Arietta Papaconstantinou, November 18, 2020: "Forms of Life-Writing in Coptic Literature"

October 2020:

From Steven Emmel (Helene Moussa):
Coptic Studies Symposium (online), Toronto, Canada, October 31, 2020

From Steven Emmel (Alin Suciui):
Online lecture by Alberto Camplani, October 21, 2020: The Patriarchal Institution in Egypt and Its Ideology

July 2020:

Our Member Adel Guindy announces the publication of his book: A Sword Over the Nile: A Brief History of the Copts Under Islamic Rule

May 2020:

From Steven Emmel:
3-year position as research assistant in Coptic papyrology (click here) at the University of Münster, Germany

From Paola Buzi (via Stephen Emmel):
New features added to the Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature, the main scientific outcome of the ERC-funded project "PAThs"

April 2020: From David Brakke:
Call for submissions to a new Coptic studies monograph series: Gorgias Coptic Studies

January 2020: From Stephen Emmel:

Position (3 years) as Research Associate in a Cluster of Excellence project (Hamburg University) "Colonized Manuscripts: The Provenance of Hamburg's Papyrus Collection"

Post-doctoral position (3 years) in new project (ERC-funded) "Storyworlds in Transition: Coptic Apocrypha in Changing Contexts in the Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods"

December 2019: From Stephen Emmel (Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello):
Conference program: "Neo-Palaeography: Analysing Ancient Greek and Coptic Handwritings in the Digital Age," 27-29 January 2020, Basel, Switzerland

November 2019: From Stephen Emmel:
Call for Papers: conference "Neo-Palaeography: Analysing Ancient Greek and Coptic Handwritings in the Digital Age," 27-29 January 2020, Basel, Switzerland

October 2019: From Stephen Emmel (Cäcilia Fluck):
Recent Research on Egyptian Textiles: Colloquium in Washington DC, November 8-9, 2019

September 2019: From Stephen Emmel (Auber de Lapierre):
Call for papers: International colloquium "Wood Networks in Egypt from Antiquity to Islamic Times," London, 18-19 June 2020.

February 2019:
From Paola Buzi and Stephen Emmel:
The third "PAThs" conference "Coptic Literature in Context. The Contexts of Coptic Literature" will take place in Rome from 25 to 27 February.

December 2018:
From Stephen Emmel:
Call for Papers: joint conference of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies and the Association Francophone de Coptologie, Ottawa, June 2019.

November 2018:
From Prof. Cäcilia Fluck:
"Textiles from the Nile Valley" conference, October 2019: announcement and call for papers

July 2018:
From Prof. Steven Emmel:
The University of Münster, Germany, is now accepting applications for the position Professor of Coptology (Professor für Koptologie), to begin in October 2019. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2018. For details, click here

From Dr. Philip Michael Forness:
Leibniz-Projekt „Polyphonie des spätantiken Christentums“, Frankfurt
CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Late Antiquity at the Oxford Patristics Conference, 19-24 August 2019

April 2018: From Martin Stadler (through Stephen Emmel):
Two five-year postitions (1 doctoral, 1 post-doc) in the study of Coptic magic, Universität Würzburg (Ägyptologie)

March 2018:
From Stephen Emmel:
Post-doctoral position open in Berlin, Humboldt Universität (full time, 2 years): "Sammlung von paganem antikem Wissen aus den in orientalischen Sprachen [vorzugsweise Koptisch und/oder Syrisch] überlieferten antiken christlichen Apokryphen"

From Paola Buzi: I am pleased to inform you that the announcement/call of the Summer School in "Coptic Literature and Manuscript Tradition" (17 - 21 September 2018) is now ready.

February 2018:
Special presentation of the Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with students from the Institute of Egyptology at Freie Universität Berlin: 13.02.2018-31.01.2019: "Two camels and a saint. The late antique pilgrimage center Abu Mina in Egypt". Announcement in Bode Museum page; Announcement in Freie Universität Berlin page

October 2017:
Stellen-Ausschreibung an der Universität München: Mitarbeit am Projekt "Memoria Apostolorum. Apostolische Gestalten in der christlichen Erinnerungskultur des 1.-3. Jahrhunderts"

September 2017:
Workshop and lecture in Göttingen, September 28, 2017 (Coptic textiles).
Prize competition for doctoral dissertations etc.: Alexander-Böhlig-Preis 2019.
Tenth "Textiles from the Nile Valley" Conference, Antwerp, October 27-29, 2017: information and program.

May 2017:
The Field Museum in Chicago has now put a large part of its collection (visit: -- for some reason I cannot establish a link) on line, including many textiles from late antique Egypt (communicated by Cäcilia Fluck and Elizabeth Williams.)

February 2017:
- International Young Scholars' Conference "Canonisation and Formation of Identities in Times of Change during Antiquity"(26-27 May 2017): Call for Papers
- Opportunity to work as a volunteer (unpaid) in the British Museum, London (Coptic papyri and ostraca)
- Post-doctoral fellowship in Cairo, October 2017 through December 2018: call for applications.

December 2016:
Tenth "Textiles from the Nile Valley" Conference, December 2017: announcement and call for papers
New open access and peer-reviewed journal: Coptica Alexandrina, published by the Centre of Coptic Studies, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt).

November 2016:
Research position available in Gnostic studies at the University of Münster: announcement in English and German.
New book series: Edinburgh University Press Non-Muslim contributions to Islamic civilisation

October 2016:
From Bishop Dr Suriel Chancellor and Dean St Athanasius College:
CALL FOR PAPERS International Conference Copts in Modernity: Church and Community between the 18th and the 21st Cent.

September 2016:
1 position at Göttingen "Project Katalogisierung der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland/Cataloguing of Oriental Manuscripts in Germany"
(German and English).

August 2016:
3 PhD positions and 1 Postdoc at Leiden University -- Deadline 14 September

Two PhD positions on the ancient textile industry, Liverpool University and Bolton Museum, UK

July 2016:
International Conference on Nubian Art in a Byzantine, Ethiopian and Coptic Context, Warsaw, Poland, 25-26 November 2016

June 2016:
Job opening in Coptic Studies: Professorship of Coptology at the American University in Cairo.

April 2016:
Internship at the Coptic Old Testamente Project in Göttingen.


September 2015:
From Dr. Grzegorz Ochala (University of Warsaw, Poland): There is an updated version of the Database of Medieval Nubian Texts, which now includes 2,942 records and thus covers the lion's share of Christian Nubian epigraphic and papyrological material published to date.

Prize competition for doctoral dissertations etc.: Alexander-Böhlig-Preis 2017

Call for papers: Egyptian-Coptic Linguistics in Comparative Perspectives, Berlin, February 2016

August 2015:
9th Textiles from the Nile Valley Conference, November 2015: preliminary programme (registration is still possible until the middle of October)

Job opportunities in Berlin (Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic)

July 2015:
Announcement & call for papers: 9th Textiles from the Nile Valley Conference, November 2015

Exhibition in Berlin: Ein Gott. Abrahams Erben am Nil, 2015

December 2014:
The new project "Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament" at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences has two positions available. Please find the advertisement (closing date: January 20, 2015) here: (German) (English)

November 2013: University of Toronto launches campaign to endow Coptic Studies

November 2013: Prize competition for doctoral dissertations and Habilitationsschriften: Alexander-Böhlig-Preis 2015

February 2013: Position at the German Archeological Institute in Kairo

December 2012: Announcement Textiles from the Nile Valley Conference October 2013

Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies

August 2012: Job opportunities in Leipzig (Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic)

July 2012: Job opportunity in New Haven, Connecticut (USA) for papyrologists (mainly Greek, but also Coptic etc.) (Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

July 2012: Job opportunity in Berlin for post-docs (Humboldt University)

(January 2012) Summer School of Coptic Papyrology in Heidelberg.

(December 2011) Prize competition for doctoral dissertations and Habilitationsschriften: Alexander-Böhlig-Preis 2013

(October 2011) From Stephen Emmel
There is a job in Coptic Studies at the American University in Cairo. The details appear on: this site.

(August 2011) Clothing and Identities: New Perspectives on Textiles in the Roman Empire, 6th General Meeting October 2011

Publication recente des ostraca coptes de la tombe 29 par Chantal Heurtel et Anne Boudh'ors

From Prof. Gawdat Gabra:
Fri, May 13, 2011. It gives me a great pleasure to inform you that despite the financial crisis of the last few years, the Claremont Graduate University School of Religion acquired the right to develop an updated and continuously expanding and evolving web-based version of the Coptic Encyclopedia. Staff and students are currently digitizing the Coptic Encyclopedia and posting it online: Almost the first three volumes are available at: It is indeed a laborious process since each article is uploaded separately in order to facilitate the search for various “keywords.” For instance, this will allow the user to search for all relevant Coptic Encyclopedia articles on Saint Antony and, if they wish, to narrow the search to all mentions of Saint Antony in a monastic context. Furthermore, all of these articles can be updated easily in order to benefit from new research and discoveries. Each article needs to be cross-referenced with the authoritative reference from the U.S. Library of Congress and each possible search term needs to be tagged in order to enable word searches. This methodology will pay dividends when the entire Encyclopedia finally goes online because interested researchers will be able to find information quickly and easily. Furthermore, the articles are uploaded in Adobe pdf format to enable the easy saving and printing of articles. This ease of access is integral to the evolution of Coptic studies for both current and future scholarship. In this way, the Coptic Encyclopedia is catapulted into the 21st century with the flexibility to accommodate new information and to become a dynamic and evolving resource for all interested in Coptology and related disciplines.

(August 2011) (ex-February 2011)

Announcement Textiles from the Nile Valley Conference October 2011

(August 2010)

SMR-Datenbank koptischer neutestamentlicher Handschriften

(August 2010)


Seit Mai 2010 gibt es eine neue Webseite im netz: die vom Pastor Markus Lesinski aus Hemmingen/Hannover fertig gemacht wurde. Auf ihr finden sich Infos zur koptisch orthodoxen Musik und Hymnen, zur Sammlung koptisch orthodoxer Musik und Hymnen im Patriarchat der koptisch orthodoxen Kirche in Kairo sowie zu einem Projekt, das im August/September 2009 diese Sammlung digitalisiert hat. Neuigkeiten, Tagungs- und Projekthinweise aus diesem bereich der Forschung und Kirche wird es zukünftig ebenfalls dort geben. Gerne darf auf diese Webseite hingewiesen und die Internetadresse weitergegeben werden. Über Kommentare und Verbesserungshinweise freuen wir uns. Für Rückfragen stehen wir gerne zur Verfügung.

(June 2010)

12th Annual St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies.

(May 2010)

Fri, May 14, 2010
The Institute of Coptic Studies, of the Patriarchate of the Copts Orthodox, Cairo, will hold a conference on Coptic studies. Program.

(February 2010)

Society of Biblical Literature 2010 Annual Meeting

(January 2010)

International Symposium on "Life in Egypt in the Coptic Period," Alexandria, Egypt, 28-30 September 2010

Summer School of Coptic Papyrology

(December 2009)

Prize competition for doctoral dissertations and Habilitationsschriften: Alexander-Böhlig-Preis 2011

(November 2009)

Job opening in Coptic studies (professorship) at the American University in Cairo:

Askese und Mönchtum im Christlichen Orient (4. Tübinger Tagung zum Christlichen Orient)

(September 2009)

Conference: .Convivencia: Representations, Knowledge and Identities, 500 - 1600 a.d.. Madrid, 27 - 30 May 2009.
Job Opportunities

(September 2009)

Coptic position at Macquarie

Scholarships for International students to study Coptic at Macquarie University, Sydney. For further information click here

(September 2009)

"Qasr Ibrim, between Egypt and Africa: a case study of cultural exchange"

(January 2009)

Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference

Circular letter concerning the next meeting of the study group "Textiles from the Nile Valley."

And the reminder dated 7 August 2009

(Fri, 03 Jul 2009)

Dear friends and colleagues, please find attached the announcement of the exhibition "Childhood on the banks of the Nile", July 9th, 2009 in the Bode-Museum, Berlin. The exhibition is open from July, 10th 2009 to May 2010 in the rooms of the Museum for Byzantine Art (Bode-Museum). Kind regards, Cäcilia Fluck

(April 2009) Les 14e journées d'étude organisées par l'Association francophone de Coptologie auront lieu à Rome, Université La Sapienza, du 11 au 14 juin 2009.

(January 2009) Invitation to submit additional entries for an on-line supplement to the Coptic Encyclopedia published in 1991

Last call for papers: International conference "Ermitages d'Égypte au premier millénaire., IFAO, Cairo, 24-26 January 2009

Seventh International Conference of Manichaean Studies: First Announcement

(December 2008)
New Coptic art exhibit opens in Berlin. Click here for more information

(April 2008)
Ragheb Moftah Collection of Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chants and Hymns in the Library of Congress (Washington, DC, U.S.A.), Music Division.

Invitation to attend a symposium in Munich, 28-29 March 2008: "Judasevangelium und Codex Tchacos: Studien zur religionsgeschichtlichen Verortung einer gnostischen Schriftensammlung"

Call for papers: Language Typology and Egyptian-Coptic Linguistics (international conference in Leipzig, 2-5 October 2008)

Prize competition for doctoral dissertations and Habilitationsschriften: Gertrud-and-Alexander-Böhlig-Preis 2009

Second International Summer School in Coptic Papyrology, Leipzig 27 July - 3 August 2008

Geniza Conference 2007, Cambridge

Monasticism Symposium, 29-30 Sept. 2007, Melbourne

Preliminary sample of a new Coptic font (Unicode-based) called "Keft" and commissioned by the IACS (cf. Newsletter 47, p. 6, point 7).

Coptic studies in Toronto. A new course.

Symposium: Interactions. Artistic Interchange between the Eastern and Western Worlds in the Medieval period.

Friday April 8th & Saturday april 9th 2005
Princeton University, NJ

Details on

(From Mat Immerzeel)

Conference celebrating the centenary of the birth of Hans Jacob Polotsky (Sept. 13, 2005)

Conference in memory of Sarah Clackson

Obituary of Michael G. Browne (dead 30 August 2004)

Master of Arts in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The site has been updated with the information for the academic year 2004-2005

SBL Congresses: [Annual Meetings] :
Christian Late Antiquity and its Reception at 2004 SBL Annual Meeting
Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism at 2004 SBL Annual Meeting
Religion in Roman Egypt at 2004 SBL Annual Meeting
Manichaean Studies at 2004 SBL Annual Meeting
Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds at 2003 SBL Annual Meeting

Communication from Stephen Emmel about Unicode

The Aziz S. and Lola Atiya Fund's 2005 Awards

New Journal: Early Christian Art (Sophia Shaten)

Obituary of Sarah Clackson (Dorothy J. Thompson)

New publication: Tonio S. Richter, Rechtssemantik und forensische Rhetorik

New publication: Études Coptes VIII

Festschrift Satzinger

Symposium on St. Cyril of Alexandria
Date: 5 and 6 July, 2003 Place: St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College, Melbourne, Australia
Please contact Fr. Macarius Wahba (Registrar) for further information. Email:

OBITUARY OF C.D.G. MÜLLER † 24 Jan. 2003 (by P. Nagel)
Cf. also Verena Böll in Tabor Society, Heidelberg, Mitteilungsblatt 56


Obituary of Prof. Robert Haardt (by Helmut Satzinger)

Textiles from the Nile Valley + Workshop and Exhibition

Master of Arts Programme 'Eastern Christianity': a New Initiative of Leiden University
- and The Paul van Moorsel Centre for Christian Art and Archeology in the Middle East

Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC): Programme in Archaeology/Egyptology

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies. Communication of two Conferences, on Mandaeans and on Manichaeism.

Communication from D. van der Plas concerning the hieroglyphic text processing software Glyph for Windows and MacScribe