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Dr Robert Morkot

Contribution to discipline

I have served on the Council (2006-2010), and am currently Chair of the Council, of the Society for Libyan Studies (SLS http://www.societyforlibyanstudies.org/). Funded largely by the British Academy through BASIS (http://www.britac.ac.uk/), the Society for Libyan Studies has been involved in assisting British archaeologists working in Libya for over 40 years. The SLS has recently been engaged in a number of collaborative ventures with the British School at Rome (http://www.bsr.ac.uk/). A major conference on Constitutionalism in North Africa and the Middle East, was held in conjunction with BSR and the University of St. Andrews at the British Academy in spring 2013. A themed strand 'Through Dido's Eyes' organised by Professor Marina Warner, formed an element in the British Comparative Literature Conference at the University of Essex in the summer. The SLS is developing further links with the British Schools at Athens (http://www.bsa.ac.uk/) and Ankara (http://www.biaa.ac.uk/), and the Council for British Research in the Levant (http://www.cbrl.org.uk/).

I was a member of the Committee (2004-2009) and Chair (2009-2011) of ASTENE (the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East http://www.astene.org.uk/ ). ASTENE has a broad membership of archaeologists, historians, Arabists and those engaged in literary studies, all with an interest in travel, travel writing, and the Near East.

I am one of the Vice-Presidents of the Friends of the Petrie Museum, University College London(http://www.ucl.ac.uk/FriendsofPetrie/). The Friends is one of the largest Egyptology groups in the UK and works to preserve the most important teaching collection of artefacts from Egypt, which was formed by Sir Flinders Petrie, the first Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/petrie/).

I also served for many years on the main Committee (1991-1994, 2000-2003, 2004-2007), Sub-Committees (2002-2010) and Board of Trustees (2008-2009) of the Egypt Exploration Society (http://www.ees.ac.uk/).

I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and also a member of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI, formerly British School of Archaeology in Iraq), the Roman Society, and the British School at Rome.