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Old World strengthens its inter-disciplinary commitment
Author: Christine     Published: 13 April 2024

As part of a move to reinforce its positioning of the Old World journal as an innovative platform for non-eurocentric research on ancient world, RCHC is pleased to welcome new members to the journal's editorial board. This move is designed to further emphasize the Old World's commitment to the study of pre-modern Eurasia and Africa in an inclusive manner. The new members are excellent scholars from institutions in Africa, Asia, and Europe, who have made significant contributions to the study of the ancient world. Samuel Chen is a scholar of ancient Mesopotamia from Hong Kong University. Jost Gippert studies Caucasian languages and cultures at Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt. Monica Hanna is a scholar of Egyptian archaeology working at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport in Egypt. Hidemi Takahashi is a specialist in Middle Asian History, based at Tokyo University.

The new structure of the editorial board more faithfully reflects the vision of the Old World as a platform for a truly inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue about pre-modern Eurasia and Africa. Simultaneously, the journal's positioning statement has been updated to reflect more clearly its emphasis on the study of the pre-modern world as a networked space, and encourage the study of the ontologies and conceptual frameworks of pre-modern cultures, avoiding, where necessary, the artificial imposition of conceptual frameworks derived from European cultural experiences.


The Old World journal remains committed to publishing innovative high-quality research on ancient Africa and Eurasia. It welcomes submissions from scholars working on any discipline, whose research deals with the period before 1500. For more information, check the journal's profile page on the Publisher's or on the Centre's website.