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ASOR's Online Library is an exclusive resource for scholars, students, and enthusiasts who want a master portal into the world of the ancient Near East and wider Mediterranean. The platform is already open to registrants of the 2021 Annual Meeting. Explore presentations, posters, and virtual museum tours from the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, the virtual component of the upcoming 2021 Annual Meeting (Virtual Component), and the entire archive of Friends of ASOR’s monthly webinar series.



Chicago: November 17-20 | Virtual: December 9-12

ASOR’s 2021 Annual Meeting will have both in-person and virtual components. The in-person component will take place November 17-20 at the Hilton Chicago in downtown Chicago. The virtual component will take place online December 9-12. Paper sessions, poster sessions, and workshops will be a part of both components. View the lists below to see the sessions and workshops that are currently approved, and check back often for new additions.

Registration is open and the rates include participation in both the in-person and virtual components.

2021 Conference Information


2020 Conference Information



Click here to view the upcoming Friends of ASOR webinars. All webinar proceeds fund scholarships for members impacted by COVID-19, as well as increasing ASOR’s online resources for our members and the public.

ASOR Sustaining Members: $0 | ASOR Members: $5 | Public: $10

How to register for a webinar: If you are an ASOR member, log into the online store. If you are new to ASOR, please click on the “New Visitor Registration” link to enter your email and chose a password for the online store. After logging in, navigate to “Meeting and Event Registration” to register for the webinar and pay the fee. Each paid registrant will receive a confirmation email after paying for the webinar. If you do not receive this email (and you have checked your Spam folder), please contact us because the system did not complete your registration. Please e-mail membership@asor.org with any questions or issues with registering.

You will be e-mailed a Zoom Webinar link about four days prior to each lecture. If you have not received a link during the week before the webinar, please contact ASOR. All webinars are recorded, and all paid registrants will be sent a link to the recording.



To view any past webinars, please either log in or register for the 2021 Annual Meeting.

FOA WEBINARS | 2020-2021 Season


FOA WEBINARS | 2021-2022 Season



2021 Annual Meeting registrants have access to all of the posters and presentation recordings via the Schedule page


During a time when travel has been restricted and many cultural and social attractions are closed, ASOR attendees were treated to two virtual museum tours, “Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities,” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and “The Dura-Europas and Gerasa Collections” at the Yale University Art Gallery.

ASOR’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting was a great success! Thank you to everyone who participated from around the world. There were 1,085 registrants from 39 countries and 6 continents!

More than 430 presenters shared their work in over 80 sessions and workshops on the 2020 Virtual Program. Paper presentation recordings, poster PDF files, and recordings of sessions and workshops will continue to be available to registered attendees through June of 2021. If you missed the meeting, there is still time to gain access to the digital academic content from ASOR’s Virtual Annual Meeting when you buy access to ASOR’s Online Library.

While we would have liked to see everyone in Boston, it was a privilege to provide a platform for our global membership to connect, share, and engage on subjects from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. ASOR is committed to growing and developing our digital offerings, not only during the pandemic, but as a continuing resource for members. As part of this commitment, and with consent from presenters, we will be sharing some content from ASOR’s Virtual Annual Meeting on our public-facing site, ASORtv. Currently you can listen to ASOR’s Executive Director, Andrew Vaughn, give the welcome remarks for our first-ever virtual meeting and watch Monica Hanna’s thought-provoking  plenary address“Does the Future of the Past Lie in the Hands of the Living?”

The virtual format offered enhanced options for an inclusive and more accessible meeting, not only in terms of global attendee participation, but also in terms of the academic program. ASOR’s Program Committee (PC) had the herculean task of reworking our program, designed for an in-person meeting, into one that would best reach scholars and enthusiasts at their homes, offices, or wherever they were connecting from during the pandemic.

Helen Dixon and Allison Thomason, co-chairs of the Program Committee, would like to thank the dedicated members of the PC for their wise counsel and constructive engagement this year – overcoming the disruption of our usual meeting timeline, the learning curve that comes with new partners and platforms, time zone and other scheduling challenges, as well as worries over our members’ workloads and semesters-from-home. We also want to thank all of the 2020 Session and Workshop Chairs for their flexibility and willingness to adapt to the new format. Thanks to the PC and these Chairs, we were able to put together a strong and diverse program, adding several sessions on cultural heritage, including the plenary by Monica Hanna, and new member-organized sessions and workshops, such as Online Photo Archives as Tools for Archaeological Heritage Preservation and Engagement. We also welcomed scholars and heritage professionals from Libya to the ASOR Annual Meeting program, including a presentation on the Museums in a Suitcase Program. We are happy to report that the virtual format enabled many people to participate who might not normally have the chance: nearly 40% of presenters were from outside of the USA, and 35% attended from outside of North America. Thanks again to all attendees, presenters, and chairs, as well as the tremendous work of the ASOR staff for making our first all-virtual Annual Meeting a success!

“Everything was so clear, the website software worked beautifully, and we had all the support we needed–you’ve blown all the other professional societies out of the water. It was so nice to be able to connect with colleagues and carry on with the meeting–honestly, it felt like a little slice of normalcy and was a bright spot for me in this challenging fall.” – Jessie DeGrado

“In this time of pandemic, when I start to feel isolated, this ASOR meeting was a breath of fresh air!” – Laura Battini

“This was one of the best virtual meetings I have attended this year! The format worked very well. I’m looking forward to watching many of the presentations over the holidays when I’ll have more time.” – Anonymous

  “I wish all conferences would have a virtual component. It is also wonderful to be able to view to sessions in my own time as I can see so many more than I would be able to see in person.” – Anonymous

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