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Worldwide Congress Grants

The British Academy has offered sponsorship for the following Congresses. The list is organised by year in which the event took, or will take, place.

2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

For more information about this scheme, please see Worldwide Congress Grants in the Guide to Awards


XIV International Numismatic Congress Glasgow 2009 
Date: 31/08/2009–04/09/2009
Location: University of Glasgow
Main organiser: Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow 
Web site:




The International Numismatic Commission plays the leading role in world numismatics and in collaboration with one of the major Coin Cabinets holds a congress every six years. The XIV International Numismatic Congress will be held in Glasgow in 2009 at the University of Glasgow where the Hunterian Museum houses the renowned 18th century coin collection of Dr William Hunter. The congresses attract a large number of academics, curators and students from around the world. Papers are presented on all aspects of the subject from Ancient Greek and Roman coins to medieval and modern coins as well as medals and methodology. The academic and social programmes allow the delegates to meet, discuss and exchange the latest ideas. A substantial Proceedings is published afterwards.

The Congress website can be viewed at


5th International Congress of Maritime History
Date: 23/06/2008–27/06/2008
Location: Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich 
Main organiser: International Maritime Economic History Association




6th World Cliometrics Congress 
Date: 17/07/2008–20/07/2008
Location: Dalkeith Palace, nr Edinburgh, Scotland 
Main organiser: The Cliometric Society 
Web site:




The Sixth World Congress of Cliometrics will be held from Thursday July 17 through Sunday July 20, 2008 at the Dalkeith Palace located near Edinburgh, Scotland. Proposals are due November 15, 2007 and should be submitted via the form on the Congress web site. Cliometrics is a form of Economic History that gives priority to theory and quantification.

As for the previous World Congresses, papers will be available in the Congress Book, sent to all participants. Sessions will be held in the traditional Cliometrics Conference format; authors will provide a brief five-minute introduction of the paper and then the floor will be open for discussion by the session participants.

Accommodations will be available at Dalkeith Palace, the University of Edinburgh and local hotels. The U.S. National Science Foundation has provided funds to help Ph.D. students defray travel and lodging expenses for the conference. Additionally, the British Academy has made available funds to support the participation of early career Cliometricians at the 2008 Congress.


16th Colloquium of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine 
Date: 02/09/2008–05/09/2008
Location: Senate House, University of London
Main Organiser:Comit international de paleographie latine




On behalf of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, Institute of English Studies, University of London, will host the Comité's 16th colloquium in Senate House, 2-5 September 2008. The last three meetings have been held in Austria, France and Germany, and this is the first time the Colloquium has been held in the UK since 1985. Although in the Comité's name, its colloquia are held in conjunction with the Association Paléographie Internationale - Culture, Écriture, Socéité.

Colloquia are traditionally focussed on specific themes. That chosen for 2008, 'Teaching Writing, Learning to Write', will explore the psychology and sociology of medieval scribes. Questions to be addressed include: how did scribes learn to write in the Middle Ages? How was script influenced by features of fashion? What was the the social anc cultural significance of a script chosen for a particular function? What was the interface between scribe and reader and the graphic signs used to communicate a message? Such questions impact on the transmissions of texts, growth of literacy, and the history of reading.

Further enquiries can be addressed by e-mail to


13th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy: Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences 
Date: 02/09/2007–08/09/2007
Location: Oxford
Main organiser: Association internationale d'épigraphie grecque et latine 
Web site:




On behalf of the Association internationale d'épigraphie grecque et latine the British Epigraphy Society in collaboration with Oxford University will host the next five-yearly congress concerned with the study of Greek and Latin inscriptions in Oxford, 2-8 September 2007. The last three meetings have been held in France, Italy and Spain, and this is the first time that the Congress has been hosted in the UK since Cambridge 1967.

Plenary sessions are scheduled on the contribution made by the study of classical inscriptions to language, religion, the representation of state power, the ancient population, and economics in the ancient world. There will also be main session on IT and the study of epigraphy, the display of inscriptions, and their pedagogic role. A wide range of thematic panels will cover many aspects of the role of epigraphy in the study of ancient history and culture, and the congress will provide a forum for the publication and announcement of new discoveries, and for reporting on major scholarly projects in the subject.

The conference programme and registration details are available at the conference web-site Further enquiries should be addressed by e-mail


John Stuart Mill Bicentennial Conference, 1806-2006: International Society for Utilitarian Studies
ninth conference

Date: 05/04/2006–07/04/2006
Location: University College London 
Main organiser: International Society for Utilitarian Studies 
Web site:



Abstract: A major international and interdisciplinary conference to mark the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of British political thinker, philosopher, economist, politician and public intellectual John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) will be held at UCL on 5 – 7 April 2006.

Besides around 140 papers, plenary keynote or round-table speakers include Brian Barry, J H Burns, Roger Crisp, Wendy Donner, James Griffin, Ross Harrison, Bruce Kinzer, Dale Miller, Martha Nussbaum, Helen Pringle, Jonathan Riley, Ann Robson, Frederick Rosen, Peter Singer, John Skorupski, Donald Winch and others. For details, up-to-date programme, and registration form, please visit the conference web site (address above).

The conference is being organized by Dr Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary, University of London) with the assistance of Professor Paul Kelly (LSE) and Professor Philip Schofield and The Bentham Projectat UCL. Hosted by the Bentham Project, the conference is generously sponsored by the British Academy as well as by the International Society for Utilitarian Studies [ISUS], the journal Utilitas, andThe ‘Political Thought’ Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of the UK [PSA].

Contact: Dr Georgios Varouxakis ( or Kate Barber (

13th World Sanskrit Conference 
Date: 10/07/2006–14/07/2006 
Location: Edinburgh 
Main organiser: International Association of Sanskrit Studies/University of Edinburgh



Abstract: Following an international Sanskrit conference in 1972, convened in New Delhi by the Government of India at the instigation of several Indian scholars, Sanskritists attending the 29th International Congress of Orientalists at Paris in 1973 agreed to form the International Association of Sanskrit Studies, of which the main task has been to organise World Sanskrit Conferences at different venues. Besides sponsoring the World Sanskrit Conferences, the Association publishes an occasional Newsletter to disseminate information about its activities and generally facilitates the establishment of closer contacts between scholars of Indology.

The World Sanskrit Conferences are the only forum where all Sanskrit scholars can meet as a body and they cover all aspects of Sanskrit language and literature, as well as closely related disciplines from Buddhism to early Indian art. Previous conferences have been held at New Delhi, 1972; Turin, 1975; Paris, 1977; Weimar, 1979; Varanasi, 1981; Philadelphia, 1984; Leiden, 1987; Vienna, 1990; Melbourne (Australia), 1994; Bangalore, 1997; Turin 2000; and Helsinki, 2003. Typically around thirty different countries are represented among the participants. The 13th World Sanskrit Conference will take place at Edinburgh University and this will be the first time that one has been held in Britain.

21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies 
Date: 21/08/2006–28/08/2006 
Location: London 
Main organiser: AIEB (British National Committee)
Web site:



Abstract: The 21st quinquennial Congress of the Association Nationale des Etudes Byzantines will be held at the Institute of Education, University of London in August 2006. Further details may be found on the web site (address above).

19th International Radiocarbon Conference 
Date: 04/09/2006–08/09/2006 
Location: Oxford 
Main organiser: International Radiocarbon Community/Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the 
History of Art, University of Oxford 
Web site:



Abstract: In 2006, the International Radiocarbon conference will come to England for the first time since the early 1960s. The Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit will host the meeting. Traditionally the radiocarbon conference covers a breadth of scholarly research within a diverse range of disciplines, because the radiocarbon (C14) isotope is ubiquitous and for the recent history of the Earth, most useful. From the inception of the method, radiocarbon dating and archaeology have been intertwined closely, and the Oxford laboratory has a long tradition of archaeological radiocarbon research. The 2006 conference will therefore aim to emphasise archaeology and radiocarbon as the underlying theme. Of great interest to archaeologists will be the anticipated announcement at this meeting of the complete calibration curve for the 55,000 year span of the radiocarbon method. Workshops and special themed sessions concerned with archaeological chronologies are planned for the conference.


38th World Congress of the International Council for Traditional Music
Date: 03/08/2005–09/08/2005
Location: Sheffield
Main organiser: British Forum for Ethnomusicology/ITCM/University of Sheffield
Web site:



9th World Congress of the Econometric Society
Date: 18/08/2005–23/08/2005
Location: London
Main organiser: Econometric Society/Dept of Economics, University College London



Abstract: The Econometric Society was founded in 1930 at the initiative of the Yale economist Irving Fisher and the Norwegian economist Ragnar Frisch, who some forty years later was the first economist (together with Jan Tinbergen) to be awarded the Nobel Prize. The Econometric Society is the leading international learned society in the field of economics and publishes the core economics journalEconometrica.

The World Congress of the Econometric Society is held every five years. The 9th World Congress will be at University College London. The previous World Congresses were held in Rome, 1965; Cambridge UK, 1970; Toronto, 1975; Aix-en-Provence, 1980; Cambridge USA, 1985; Barcelona, 1990; Tokyo, Japan, 1995; and Seattle USA, 2000.

The World Congress of the Econometric Society is the premier world conference in economics and econometrics covering all fields of these subjects. Typically 1,000-1,500 delegates attend, approximately 10% from the UK, 55% from mainland Europe, 30% from the USA and Australasia, and 5% from the rest of the world, and around 900 papers are presented at the meeting. A selection of papers presented at the meeting are normally published by Cambridge University Press in theEconometric Society Monograph Series.

14th International Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
Date: 29/08/2005–03/09/2005
Location: London
Main organiser: IABS/SOAS/British Museum/British Library




30th International Geographical Union Congress
Date: 15/08/2004–20/08/2004 Location: Glasgow 
Main organiser: IGU, RGS-IBG, RSGS 
Web site:



Abstract: The Congress theme of "One Earth with many worlds" seeks to be all-inclusive of physical, human and environmental concerns, and to demonstrate the role of modern communications in geographical education.


12th International Congress of Celtic Studies 
Date: 24/08/2003–30/08/2003
Location: Aberystwyth
Main organiser: ICCS/University of Wales, Aberystwyth



16th Congress of the International Association for the History of Glass
Date: 08/09/2003–13/09/2003
Location: London 
Main organiser: L'Association Internationale pour l'Histoire du Verre/Association for the History of Glass (UK)




International Council of Archaeozoology: 9th International Conference
Date: 23/08/2002–28/08/2002 
Location: Durham 
Main organiser: ICAZ/University of Durham



6th International Conference on Urban History
Date: 05/09/2002–07/09/2002 
Location: Edinburgh 
Main organiser: European Association of Urban Historians




Locating the Victorians
Date: 12/07/2001–15/07/2001 
Location: Science Museum, London 
Main organiser: Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum




30th International Congress of the History of Art
Date: 03/09/2000–08/09/2000 
Location: London
Main organiser: Comite International d'Histoire de l'Art (UK)



AICA Congress and Symposium
Date: 11/09/2000–11/09/2000 
Location: London 
Main organiser: AICA (UK)