Since 2003, the American Society of Papyrologists has helped organize routine intensive summer programs in papyrology, on what we hope will now be a regular biennial program. (See list below.)
The principal objective of the summer institutes is to provide participants with sufficient instruction and practical experience to enable them to make productive use of texts on papyrus in their research and to become active scholars in the field of papyrology. Each seminar has a distinctive linguistic, chronological, or thematic focus, reflecting the interests and available resources of the host institution. Some seminars will involve forms of the Egyptian language and scripts as well as Greek.
The seminars are directed at advanced graduate students and younger faculty in relevant fields, including Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology, Archaeology, Ancient Religions, and Biblical Studies. Approximately 10 participants are chosen for each seminar by the host institution. The programs are intensive and 4-6 weeks long. The faculty normally include both those who regularly teach at the host institution and guest professors from other universities in North America and Europe. ASP provides a certificate to those completing the institute, but the host institutions neither grant credit nor provide a transcript.
Most seminars offer stipends to defray some of the participants' costs. There is no tuition fee.
Schedule of seminars and list of host institutions, with names of organizing faculty:
2003 Yale University: Robert G. Babcock, Ann Ellis Hanson
2004 University of California, Berkeley: Todd M. Hickey
2005 University of Cincinnati: Peter van Minnen, William A. Johnson
2006 Columbia University: Roger S. Bagnall, Raffaella Cribiore
2008 Stanford University: J. G. Manning
2009 University of Michigan: Traianos Gagos, Arthur Verhoogt
2011 Brigham Young University: Roger Macfarlane, Stephen Bay
2012 University of Chicago / University of Illinois, Urbana: David Martinez, Maryline G. Parca
2014 Princeton University: AnneMarie Luijendijk