Red Sea Conference IX

Red Sea Conference IX

02 Tuesday
From Tue, 02/07/2019 to Fri, 05/07/2019
  • Tuesday: 13:00-20:30
  • Wednesday: 09:00-17:30
  • Thursday: 09:00-22:00
  • Friday: 09:00-17:45
  • Saturday: 10:00-12:30



The Red Sea Conference IX will be held from 2 to 5 July 2019, in Lyon, France. The previous Red Sea Conferences have been hosted by the British Museum, the University of Southampton, the University of Exeter (UK), the University of Tabuk (Saudi Arabia), the University of Naples “L’Orientale” (Italy) and the University of Warsaw (Poland).

The Red Sea series has, at its core, a strong interest in connectivity, since three past events centered on connections and networks (Red Sea III, IV, V): cultural contacts, seafaring and sea routes, the connectivity of ports and hinterland and obviously trade and merchants were the key topics explored by the contributors.

After several events devoted to other subjects, Red Sea IX moves back to the issues of connectivity and networks, putting forward a space-oriented perspective. We postulate that human networks and space interrelate; connections and contacts often take spatial forms. Conversely the layouts and dynamics of networks often depend on a particular spatial context. In other words, by taking the issue of space as a starting point, we would like to bring out a renewed inquiry into human networks that once linked the Red Sea region, the western Indian Ocean and their surrounding areas, from prehistory to modern times from a transdisciplinary perspective (archaeology, history, geography, cartography, anthropology, ethnography, biosciences, philology etc.).

During the Red Sea Conference IX, four major issues will be discussed:

  1. Islands and insularity
  2. Red Sea and Indian Ocean straits
  3. Dangerous areas and safe places: the solidity of networks in practice
  4. Sea, deserts, mountains: maintaining connections throughout discontinuous environments

This event is being organized jointly by the European Research Council project “Desert Networks” (This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme; grant agreement No 759078), HiSoMA (one of the research centers hosted by the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée), the University of Artois and the École normale supérieure de Lyon.