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This is how it was...

  The 11th International Conference of Nubian Studies  

  opened with registration on Sunday, 27 August 2006. Participants started arriving already over the weekend before the conference. Altogether there were 174 scholars participating from 19 countries.  
 
THE FAMILY THE FAMILY In front of the Conference venue
 
  The official inauguration took place on Monday, August 28 with official speeches being given by Vice-Rector Prof. Stanisław Głąb on behalf of Warsaw University Authorities, Prof.  Opening - speaker Wlodek Godlewski, congress organizer Piotr Bieliński, Director of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, Dr. Derek Welsby, President of the International Society of Nubian Studies, Mr. Hassan Hussein Idris, Director General of the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Dr. Ossama Abdel Meguid Hassoun, Director of the Nubia Museum in Aswan, and last but not least, Prof. Jean Leclant, Honorary President of the International Society of Nubian Studies and Chairman of the First Plenary Session.  
  A busy week of sessions followed, held at the Old University Library of Warsaw University, now refurbished as a modern conference venue. 24 main papers were presented in the auditorium during the morning sessions by William Y. Adams, Derek Welsby and Salah el-Din, Stefan Jakobielski, Matthieu Honneger, Charles Bonnet, Dominique Valbelle, Catherine Berger el-Naggar, Romuald Schild, Steffen Wenig, Jean Leclant, Laszlo Török, Włodzimierz Godlewski, Claude Rilly, Pamela Rose, Stuart Tyson Smith, Bogdan Żurawski, Adam Łajtar, Friederike Jesse, Krzysztof Grzymski, Alessandro Roccati and Timothy Kendall.  
  After lunch, sessions were held parallel in four rooms. A few sessions were left open for poster presentations (12 posters were presented). The afternoon sessions on Thursday and Friday were devoted to workshops. The first one on languages was moderated by Claude Rilly, Adam Łajtar, Tomas Hägg, Helmut Satzinger, and Jacques van der Vliet. The second one, the subject of which was Nubian rulers’ iconography, was moderated by Laszlo Török, Angelika Lohwasser, Włodzimierz Godlewski.  
  A book corner with both new and old publications, open from Tuesday through Friday and ran very professionally by the Górecki family, was never empty.
 
 
William Y. Adams plenary session Day Three Wlodek Godlewski, chair Jean Leclant, Alessandro Roccati presents Acts of previous conference plenary session Day Three
Derek Welsby plenary session - Day Three Dietrich Wildung, chair Derek Welsby Wlodzimierz Godlewski, chair Charles Bonnet
Pamela Rose, chair Dominique Valbelle Adam Lajtar Timothy Kendall Adam Lajtar, Jacques van der Vliet
Aleksandros Tzakos, chair Wlodek Godlewski audience Bozena Rostkowska & Vantini Krzysztof Pluskota, IT-Greg
 

On Monday evening Conference participants were invited to the opening of the exhibition DONGOLA. CITY OF KINGS AND BISHOPS in the hall of the Kazimierzowski palace, seat of Warsaw University authorities. A fragment of the exhibition was devoted to a presentation of a dozen or so photos from the Conference in 1972, which was also held in Warsaw and at which the International Society of Nubian Studies was founded. This was a sentimental journey for some of this year’s participants, like Jean Leclant, Honorary President of the Society today and one of the founders. For the younger participants, it was a journey of discovery – seeing photos of those who made it happen then…

The exhibition, prepared by Włodzimierz Godlewski and Dobrochna Zielińska, presents the ancient capital town of Dongola in 21 poster-size plates dedicated to different themes: history of the town, timeline, topography, Citadel and fortifications, rock tombs, palaces, commemorative monuments, Throne Hall, cathedrals, churches, Monastery of St. Anthony the Great, houses, arts and crafts, cemeteries, Kingdom of the Town of Dongola. Accompanying the exhibition was a catalogue on CD with an extended version of the texts and illustrations and including some renderings of the exterior and interior of the Cruciform Church and Throne Hall, and an animation of the reconstructed body of the Cruciform Church.

 
Monday - Svetlana Bersina Monday Monday - opening speches - Godlewski, Leclant Monday - opening speches - Lewartowski, Godlewski, Adams, Leclant
Monday Monday - Nettie Adams, Jacke Phillips Monday - Thomas Hagg, Adam Lajtar, Alexandros Tzakos Monday
 

On Tuesday, Conference participants were invited to the opening of an exhibition on the archaeological discoveries in Dongola, entitled “Polish Excavations at Old Dongola. 45 years of archaeological cooperation with the Sudan”, organized at the National Museum in Warsaw. The presentation was prepared by Stefan Jakobielski, together with Bożena Mierzejewska and Magdalena Łaptaś of the Faras Gallery of the Museum. Representing the Sudanese side was the Minister of Culture, Mr. Mohammed Youssif Abdullah.

 
Tuesday - National Museum Director Ferdynand Ruszczyc opening exhibition Tuesday - Minister of Sudan opening exhibition Tuesday Tuesday - Charles Bonnet, Dominique Valbelle
Tuesday - Richard Lobban Tuesday Tuesday - Jean Leclant & wife
 

A gala reception was held on Thursday night at the Old University Library. An excellent buffet dinner was served by the University’s own catering company, Marysieńka, ran by Maria Święcicka (also responsible for the coffee breaks, lunch on the premises and the exquisite flower arrangements). Playing for the guests was the Modern Acoustic Band.

 
  Gala reception   Gala reception - Magda Łapta¶, Bogdan Żurawski   Gala reception - Włodek Godlewski, Derek Welsby  
  Gala reception   Gala reception   Gala reception - Włodek Godlewski, William Y. Adams  
 

Wednesday’s panorama outings, cancelled because of bad weather, took place finally at lunchtime on Friday. One group visited the rooftop gardens of the new Warsaw University Library, while another ascended to the 30th floor of Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science for a nice vista of the town.

In the afternoon, those who decided to skip the iconography workshop, went to visit the Royal Castle and the Old Town.

A Farewell Party was held FORTECA Summer Graden, Marcin Kręglicki’s newest restaurant venue in Warsaw. It is located in an old army fort. Conference participants had the run of the dungeons – the walls were a bit damp, but the atmosphere sparkling with fire, in more senses than one. By a dint of good luck, we could enjoy a fire-dancers’ show in the fort courtyard.

 
FORTECA
Now you know how we got all this organized so well for you!
FORTECA FORTECA FORTECA FORTECA
FORTECA FORTECA - fire dancers FORTECA - fire dancers FORTECA - fire dancers
 

Saturday, September 2, was the last day of the conference. Members of the International Society of Nubian Studies met to discuss Society affairs, electing the Board for the next four days, accepting new members and deciding on the next conference venue, which is to be London.

So, from Warsaw to London, the story goes on.

And here are some of the people who ensured the smooth running of the conference:

 
Adam Łajtar - is it over yet? Artur Obłuski - IT Dobrochna Zielińska - graphic design Ewa Czyżewska and Greg Ochala - Office staff
Adam Łajtar - is it over yet? Artur Obłuski - IT Dobrochna Zielińska - graphic design Ewa Czyżewska and Greg Ochała - Office staff
Ewa Czyżewska - office staff Ewa Domanska & Malgosia Melon - finances Grażyna B±kowska - information Grzegorz Ochała - database - correspondence
Ewa Czyżewska - office staff Ewa Domańska & Małgosia Melon - finances Grażyna B±kowska - information Grzegorz Ochała - database - correspondence
Iwona Antoniak, Marta Orylska & Ola Zych - registration and information desk Iwona Zych - coordination Joasia Then, Ania Wodzińska - office staff, IT Robert Mahler - IT
Iwona Antoniak, Marta Orylska & Ola Zych - registration and information desk Iwona Zych - coordination Joasia Then, Ania Wodzińska - office staff, IT Robert Mahler - IT
Włodek Godlewski, Krystyna Polaczek - CAN WE AFFORD THIS?
Włodek Godlewski, Krystyna Polaczek - CAN WE AFFORD THIS?
 


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