Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together university professors, graduate students, and scholars from the United States and Canada as well as from Europe, the Middle East, and India, in particular from the State of Kerala. The Symposium offers a unique opportunity for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity — which chronologically spans from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically extends from Syriac Christianity’s homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide Diaspora.
While adopting the general template of previous symposia, the Duke Symposium will at the same time be organized in such a way that it aptly reflects current trends in Syriac studies. A special feature of the North American Syriac Symposium has always been the significant contribution of graduate students. It is to be expected that a large proportion of the papers will be by graduate students. Graduate students will also play an important role in the organization of the Symposium.
For more information, see the conference website at http://syriacsymposium.trinity.duke.edu/