Getting Involved

Call for Members

We are looking for fresh voices and would be delighted to recruit new members, either graduate students, instructors, or early career researchers coming from a variety of different backgrounds, including but by no means limited to ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia and the ancient Near East broadly conceived (including West Semitic and Hebrew), ancient India, South-Eastern Asia and China, Japan, Mesoamerican cultures, ancient Greece, Rome and their neighbours, pre-modern Islamic areas, and Medieval Europe (Slavonic, Germanic, Celtic, and Romance language areas).

Membership is open to students and scholars of any institutional affiliation, as well as independent researchers. As of September 2021, all of our events are planned to be held in a hybrid form, with Zoom connection complementing a limited on-site presence. Speakers and auditors will be welcome but by no means obliged to come to Oxford to attend.

If you would like to join ETC as an active member and help organising our events, please send an email with your name, affilitiation (if any), and expressions of interest to earlytextcultures.ox@gmail.com.

Become a Project Host

Anybody who has a research idea that agrees with our methodological vision can become a Project Host. The life cycle of a typical ETC project is as follows:

  1. The Project Host gets in touch with one of the Secretaries. After initial discussion, a description of a new project is created outlining the project goals, as well as the Project Host's personal interests and expectations. The call for participation is distributed among the relevant communities in Oxford and beyond.

  2. Potential contributors respond with brief statements of interest within two or three weeks after the distribution of the call.

  3. Over several weeks to several months, the Project Host collaborates with the participants towards the desired outcomes.

  4. If the aim of collaboration is a public event, the organisers provide assistance with publicity.