About CRE

CRE is a postgraduate conference set up to facilitate research and foster ties between students from British and international universities who are conducting research in Egyptology and related fields such as archaeology. Originally set up by students at the University of Oxford in 2000, the conference is an annual event typically hosted by major centres for Egyptological research in the UK. Hosts for the conference have included Liverpool, Birmingham, Durham, and Cambridge, with a return to Oxford in 2006. More recently the conference has grown considerably, with the numbers of delegates markedly increasing. Importantly for CRE, 2010 saw the conference move outside the UK for the first time, to be successfully hosted by the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

Each conference brings something new to the CRE organisation as a whole, and it is hoped that this will continue by ensuring that the conference is held routinely. CRE accepts all forms of academic research about the Nile Valley ranging from Prehistory to the Islamic period. Furthermore, although CRE is intended as a postgraduate conference, anyone with an interest in Egyptology is more than welcome to attend.

Each conference has an associated publication, a selection of submitted and peer reviewed papers reflecting the nature and diversity of the current studies in Egyptology. Originally published by Archaeopress and more recently by Oxbow, the publications are on sale at the conference venue or online, on the publishers' websites.

CRE is set up in a democratic fashion. Any University wishing to host the conference can submit a proposal and a presentation during the Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the end of the presentations the vote of the assembly decides the winner. A committee representing the successful University arranges the following conference, while a permanent committee gives assistance and works on the long term issues related to the conference. In order to allow a wider involvement of students in the CRE organisation, from 2009 each member can remain in the permanent committee for a total of three years, whether in one position or a several.

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