The Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK is proposing to organize a conference in Stevenage on Coptic Culture: Past, Present, and Future. The conference aims to bring together specialists, academics, and Coptic clergy working on all aspects of Coptic culture, from its earliest phases to the present day. New research on Coptic art, writings, and archaeology will be highlighted. One of the panels being discussed is Coptic culture and the nature of Coptic identity (religious, ethnic, and cultural), and its integration into local community in Egypt and abroad.
I don't know much more than this. As more information comes my way about this event, I'll post on it. Right now, the proposed dates for the conference are May 15-17, 2008.
So 2008 is going to be a big year for Coptic studies, with three major conferences. This is highly unusual, but let's make hay while the sun shines. These are the dates for your calendars:
Codex Judas Congress, March 13-16, 2008, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Coptic Culture: Past, Present, and Future, May 15-17, 2008, Shepalbury Manor, Stevenage, UK
Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies, September 14-20, 2008, Sonesta Hotel, Cairo