11th International Congress of Coptic Studies

Claremont Graduate University, California, USA

July 25-30, 2016

Congress Time and Duration

The 11th Congress is scheduled to start on Monday July 25, 2016 and conclude on Saturday July 30, 2016 with the IACS members' Business Meeting.


Congress Secretary and Organizing Committee

The Congress organization is a collaborative effort of the host, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and the St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society (SSACS) under the auspices of the IACS. In the 2012 IACS Business Meeting in Rome, the IACS approved Mr. Hany N. Takla, President of SSACS as the 2016 Congress secretary. The names of the other members of the Organizing Committee will be forthcoming. Any question about the information on this site or regarding any issue concerning the Congress can be emailed to the Congress secretary (



The 11th Congress sessions will be primarily held at the campus of the CGU's School of Art and Humanities, 831 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont California 91711, USA.


Plenary Papers

The IACS Board has approved the following plenary papers to be delivered at the Congress:

This will be in addition to the President's Address to be delivered by the current IACS President, Prof. Dr. Jacques van der Vliet.


Papers, Panels, and Workshops

The Congress invites all scholars to submit papers dealing with any of the aspects of the study of Christian Egypt in such areas as those covered in the plenary papers as well as any related subjects at the discretion of the Congress organizers.

We encourage senior and established scholars to organize special panels and workshops to be scheduled. Proposals for such special sessions are encouraged to be communicated by email to the Congress secretary as soon as possible:

The final approved program for the Congress is now available, click here (rev 1, 7/21/2016) . For the abstracts of the proposed papers, click here. The program is subject to last minute changes!



Publication of the Proceedings (NEW)

A selection of the papers presented during the Congress will be published after a peer-reviewing process, which will take into consideration not only the scholarly value of the text but also its linguistic precision.

As with past Congresses of Coptic Studies,
Peeters Publishers has expressed its willingness to publish the proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress of Coptic Studies in its "Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta" series. Please ignore the previous Publication Guidlines as they have not been modified by the publisher yet for these proceedings. We will post the new guidlines as soon as they received from the publishers. The following are clarifications and/or modification to these guidelines:

  1. All submittals shall be in a PC or Mac DOC, DOCX or RTF format, accompanied by a PDF version of the file with the all fonts used embedded in the file.
  2. Maximum word length for regular communications presented is 4000 words, including footnotes and bibliography.
  3. Writing style shall consistently follow the European standard as outlined in the guidelines to be posted later, or the American standard as prescribed in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.


The submittal and/or clarifications shall be sent to Hany N. Takla, the Congress Secretary no later than December 31, 2016 (

Registration and Congress Fees

Member of IACS. For a list of IACS members click here




$ 180




$  90




$  90


Friend of the IACS


$  90


Accompanying person


$  90





• Egyptian resident in Egypt, regardless of his/her membership in IACS (payment can me made when you arrive in Egyptian Currency, if desired)




EGP 250


Student (or Friend of the IACS)


EGP 150

• Non-member of IACS




$ 260




$ 150

  • One-Day Pass
  Ordinary   $ 100
  Student   $   90



The following are the available housing accommodations within close proximity to the Congress venue. All the hotels listed below are within easy walking distance of the CGU campus, and may be reached by public bus transportation:

  1. Hotels
  • Double Tree by Hilton: (0.6 miles, 1 km) 555 West Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711. (4-star).
  • Knights Inn Claremont: (1.5 miles, 2.4 km)  721 South Indian Hill Blvd, I-10, Exit 47, Claremont, CA 91711. Capacity 58 rooms (2-star). Rates start at $68 (2014 prices) for single or double rooms plus hotel tax.
  • Claremont Lodge: (1.5 miles, 2.4 km) 736 South Indian Hill Blvd, I-10, Exit 47, Claremont, CA 91711. Capacity 50 rooms (2-star). Rates start at $70 plus hotel tax. Higher rates are projected for weekend stay.
  • Motel 6 Claremont Ca: (1.8 miles, 4.5 km) 840 South Indian Hill Blvd, I-10, Exit 47, Claremont, CA 91711. Capacity 120 room (unrated). Rates start at $87 plus hotel tax.
  • Other hotels are further away and would require public or private transportation to reach the Congress venue. For a general list of all the hotel in the vicinity click here.
  • Hotel taxes in California is 12% of the room rate.

   2. Dormitory address (only for guests already reserved): Harvey Mudd College, East Residence Hall, 445 Platt Boulvard, Claremont, CA 91711.



Book Exhibitors

Book Exhibitors need to contact the Congress Secretary ( as soon as possible if they are interested in offering books for sale during the duration of the Congress. Books related to Coptic Studies and related fields are strongly recommended.


Congress Exhibits

The Congress Organizing Committee has arranged for a combined exhibit, "Legacy of Christian Egypt" to be on display during the duration of the Congress in Art Gallery Building, to include the following:

  1. Manuscripts and artefacts from the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) collection, formerly knows as the Green Collection of Oklahoma City
  2. Medieval Egyptian manuscripts, Coptic and Christian Arabic, from the Collection of the St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society
  3. A tribute to the pioneers of Coptic Studies at CGU, late Prof. James Robinson & the late Dr. Ernest Tune.


Area Airports and Transportation

The Congress venue is served by two major airports.

Transportation Maps to and from Claremont (prepared by Victoria Steele):


Last Updated: October 10, 2016