Details of upcoming events, conferences, and publications.

May 10, 2021


F. Mari & Ch. Wendt (eds), Shaping Good Faith. Modes of Communication in Ancient Diplomacy, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner 2021

May 10, 2021

Published monograph:

Le héros comme il faut. Codes de comportement et contextes sociaux dans le monde d’Ulysse, Paris: Éditions De Boccard, 2021, 306 p. (ISBN: 978-2-7018-0596-2)

May 7, 2021

February – June 2021 Online Lecture Series: The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages would like to invite you to join us for our new virtual lecture series showcasing the latest research on historical politeness in ancient languages (this semester we will cover ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek, Latin and Sanskrit).

All lectures will take place using Zoom.

To register, please email Dr Maria Tsimpiri (

A zoom link will be sent in advance of the talk to registered participants.

Friday 12 February 2021 at 4pm UK time Community and Service: Politeness Strategies in 6th Dynasty Egyptian Letters (ca. 2300-2100 BCE) Victoria Almansa Villatoro (Brown University, USA)

Friday 12 March at 10am UK time TBC Federica Iurescia (University of Zurich)

Friday 16 April at 10am UK time TBC Luis Unceta Gómez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

Friday 14 May at 10am UK time Computing Buddhist Politeness: Etiquette Algorithms for Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese Chris Handy (Leiden University, Netherlands)

Friday 11 June at 10am UK time The (Im)polite Envoy, or How to Approach Ancient Diplomatic Etiquette in terms of Politeness Francesco Mari (Free University, Berlin)

Jan. 7, 2021

Django transition:

The site is currently being transitioned from vanilla html to Django web framework in order to provide you with a cleaner interface and new features.

Nov. 30, 2020


Almansa-Villatoro, M. Victoria. 2020. “Nepotism and Social Solidarity in Old Kingdom Correspondence: a Case Study on Facework and Discernment Politeness in P. Boulaq 8”, Lingua Aegyptia 28, 1-25.

Sept. 1, 2017

New domain:

We have recently registered as our new domain. Thank you for your patience as we modify the site to provide you with a better user experience.

Feb. 1, 2015

Conference panel:

Chris Handy from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is convening a panel on politeness in religion at the American Association of Religion conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). The conference will be held in Novemeber 2015 (21 — 24). If you would be interested in joining the panel, please email Chris ( The panel will be the first of its kind at the AAR, and will include scholars working on Sanskrit, Islam, and Libyan Arabic: Contributions on the ancient world are very welcome!

Jan. 7, 2015

Papers are invited for the i-mean 4 conference on “Language and Impact”, which will take place at the University of Warwick, 9-11 April 2015.
Abstract submission deadline 31st January.

The i-mean 4 conference will address the relationship between language and impact: ‘Impact’ has become a buzz word and is increasingly used as a criterion for decisions on research policy and research funding. The impact of linguistic research has been particularly visible in a number of areas including but not limited to language variation and change, language and politics, language policy and language use, language and identity (e.g. in relation to professional identity, gender, ethnicity or age), corporate and health care discourse, leadership and teamwork and linguistic vitality among others. The impact of the different epistemological and methodological approaches and the impact of the language of impact, however, are more rarely addressed.

I-mean 4 aims to take a critical approach to impact and examine:

· the impact of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the development of the field and certain key topic areas (e.g. language and identity, language and culture, language and meaning),

· the impact of sociopragmatic and discourse analytic research outside academia,

· the impact and application of linguistic methodologies and analyses in social sciences,

· the impact of social interaction on language change synchronically and diachronically.

For more information see: