Origins of Early Writing Systems
October 5 to 7, 2007 | Peking University, Beijing

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The Institute of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Peking University was established in 2005 to foster research related to Western Asia among scholars at Peking University. It is the research home of leading Chinese scholars in Assyriology, Egyptology, Hittitology, Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies and Persian Studies.

The CAENO Foundation, New York, is a non-profit organization established in 2000. It supports historical and physical research pertaining to the chronology of events, epochs and civilizations.


09/18/2007 update: Please download this file for detailed instructions on how to get from PEK (Beijing) airport to the conference hotel: guide2hotel.pdf

We are still in the stage of finalizing the program. The conference program will be available via this link when it is available (the link will not work before we finalize and upload the program). You can download a copy before your trip starts. You will get a hard copy on Oct. 4th.

We still want to remind scholars who will present during the conference, if you can email us a copy of your manuscript (at whatever stage) before you head to the airport, our student volunteers will appreciate it greatly since they can use that to prepare for a bounded volume of all submitted manuscript for participants. Otherwise, they will need to rush to the copy room during the conference to prepare copies for your manuscript. We want to limit this type of last minute photocopy to handouts of only a few pages.

07/03/2007 update: the organizers of the conference have published updated information on the tour options based on various requests collected from registered participants. Please refer to the Tour Options page for detailed information.

07/03/2007 reminder: For participating scholars who needs a visa to visit China, you can download an electronic invitation letter here. Normally, to print out this letter and present it to the Chinese embassy or consulate is adequate. If your local Chinese embassy or consulate insists on a signed letter, we will mail you one via airmail, please email us to ask for this letter.

04/10/2007 update: Call for Papers deadline is extended for sinologists, please click here for details.

The Institute of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Peking University and the CAENO Foundation invite everybody interested in early writing systems to a conference in Beijing, October 5-7, 2007.


Yushu Gong and Yiyi Chen, Institute of Near East Languages and Civilizations, Peking University, and Henry Zemel, CAENO Foundation.

Important dates:

November 15, 2006->First announcement
March 15, 2007->Proposals for Papers - Closed
June 1, 2007->Early Registration and Hotel Reservation - Deadline
July 3, 2007->Updated Tour Options Page
August 1, 2007->Late Registration and Hotel Reservation - Deadline
October 4, 2007->Onsite Registration
October 5-7, 2007->Conference
October 7, afternoon, 2007->After Conference Tours

We look forward to seeing you in Beijing!