Scribbling Through History was a three-day workshop devoted to the relationships between graffiti, individual expression and social interactions, from ancient times until the present day. The conference took place at The Ertegun House, University of Oxford, between 23-25 September 2013.

Although many primary studies of such inscriptions have been carried out, this explanatory workshop addressed historical graffiti in a holistic manner as a specific cultural practice and as an anthropological object that illuminate these key aspects of human experience. By fostering cross-regional, diachronic and integrative approaches, the workshop sought to develop new frameworks and agenda for this research.

Support for the conference was kindly provided by The John Fell OUP Research Fund, the Budge Fund (University College), the Faculty of Oriental Studies, the Ertegun House, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (UMR 8167 – Orient & Méditerranée/Mondes Pharaoniques).

This website is mantained for legacy purposes and is no longer being updated; more details – including abstracts, timetable, and brief bios of speakers and attendees – can be found in the conference brochure.




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