international congress for coptic studies
International Association for Coptic Studies (IACS)

11th International Congress of Coptic Studies
Claremont Graduate University, California, USA

July 25-30, 2016

Congress Time and Duration

The 11th Congress is scheduled to start on Monday July 25, 2016 and conclude on Saturday July 30, 2016 with the IACS members’ Business Meeting.

Congress Secretary and Organizing Committee

The Congress organization is a collaborative effort of the host, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and the St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society (SSACS) under the auspices of the IACS. In the 2012 IACS Business Meeting in Rome, the IACS approved Mr. Hany N. Takla, President of SSACS as the 2016 Congress secretary. The names of the other members of the Organizing Committee will be forthcoming. Any question about the information on this site or regarding any issue concerning the Congress can be emailed to the Congress secretary (


The 11th Congress sessions will be primarily held at the campus of the CGU’s School of Art and Humanities, 831 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont California 91711, USA.

Plenary Papers

The IACS Board has approved the following plenary papers to be delivered at the Congress:

  • Coptic archeology (2012–2016): Elisabeth O’Connell
  • Coptic linguistics (2012–2016): Chris Reintges
  • Coptic art, including museology (2012–2016): Dominique Bnazeth
  • Coptic literature (2012–2016): Mark Sheridan
  • Copto-Arabic studies (2008–2016): Mark Swanson
  • Gnosticism and Manichaeism in Egypt (2012–2016): Jean-Daniel Dubois
  • Coptic Bible (2008–2016): Anne Boud’hors
  • Egyptian monasticism (2012–2016): David Brakke
  • Coptic documentary papyrology (2012–2016): Malcolm Choat
  • Coptic epigraphy (2004–2016): Alain Delattre
  • Coptic history and historiography (2008–2016): Alberto Camplani

This will be in addition to the President’s Address to be delivered by the current IACS President, Prof. Dr. Jacques van der Vliet.

Papers, Panels, and Workshops

The Congress invites all scholars to submit papers dealing with any of the aspects of the study of Christian Egypt in such areas as those covered in the plenary papers as well as any related subjects at the discretion of the Congress organizers.

We encourage senior and established scholars to organize special panels and workshops to be scheduled. Proposals for such special sessions are encouraged to be communicated by email to the Congress secretary as soon as possible:

Due to the large number of anticipated papers, participants with no history of presenting at international meetings will need to submit the entire text of their proposed paper for consideration no later than December 1, 2015 (submission may be by email to the Congress secretary or by mail to the address below). Titles and abstracts can be transmitted via the registration link in the Registration and Congress Fees section or directly by email to the Congress secretary or by mail to:

St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society
1494 S Robertson Blvd, Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Registration and Congress Fees

Member of IACS. For a list of IACS members click here

Normal $180
Retired $90
Student $90
Friend of the IACS $90
Accompanying person $90

Egyptian resident in Egypt, regardless of his/her membership in IACS (payment can be made when you arrive in Egyptian Currency, if desired)

Ordinary EGP 250
Student (or Friend of the IACS) EGP 150

Non-member of IACS

Normal $260
Student $150

Click here for online registration and Congress fees payment. The IACS member fees listed above are valid for registering prior to the start of the Congress. Fees paid at the time of the congress will be charged at the Non-Member rates.


The following are the available housing accommodations within close proximity to the Congress venue. All the hotels listed below are within easy walking distance of the CGU campus, and may be reached by public bus transportation:


Double Tree by Hilton: (0.6 miles, 1 km) 555 West Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711. It can provide up to 60 single rooms and 60 double rooms with the guaranteed rate of $129 per night plus hotel tax and $11 per person for breakfast (3-star). A link for reservations will be forthcoming in July 2015. This will be the official Congress Hotel. Registration link here.

Hotel Casa 425 Claremont: (0.7 miles, 1.1 km) 425 West 1st Street, Claremont, CA 91711. Capacity 28 rooms (4-star). Rates start at $200 with continental breakfast plus hotel tax of course. For online information, please click here.

Other hotels are farther away and would require public or private transportation to reach the Congress venue.  Hotel taxes in California is 12% of the room rate.

CGU Dorm Rooms (for student participants and attendees or others):
More information will be forthcoming on this option.

Book Exhibitors
Book Exhibitors need to contact the Congress Secretary ( as soon as possible if they are interested in offering books for sale during the duration of the Congress. Books related to Coptic Studies and related fields are strongly recommended.

Congress Exhibits
The Congress Organizing Committee has arranged for a combined exhibit to be on display during the duration of the Congress in Art Gallery Building, to include tentatively the following:

  1. Manuscripts and artefacts from the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) collection, formerly knows as the Green Collection of Oklahoma City
  2. Medieval Egyptian manuscripts, Coptic and Christian Arabic, from the Collection of the St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society
  3. A tribute to the pioneers of Coptic Studies at CGU, Prof. James Robinson & the late Dr. Ernest Tune.

Area Airports and Transportation
The Congress venue is served by three major airports.

  • Ontario International Airport: 10 miles (16 km): Taxi $40. Shuttle min $21 for 1st person + $9 for additional person.
  • John Wayne International Airport: 40 miles (64 km), Taxi. $100+. Shuttle min $68 for 1st person + $9 for additional person.
  • Los Angeles International Airport: 50 miles (80 km), Taxi $120. Shuttle min $55 for 1st person + $9 for additional person.
*all prices are 2014 rates.