The Berner Altorientalisches Forum (BAF) is an annual international forum devoted to the greater Ancient Near East. It takes place traditionally at the Haus der Universität in Bern and attracts an average of around sixty researchers from about twelve different countries across all continents every year. The proceedings of the BAF are published in the open access video journal BAF-Online (BAF-O).
The aim of the BAF is to bring together in an informal environment researchers specialising in different areas and disciplines. Philologists, Archaeologists and Art Historians working in Mesopotamia, Anatolia, the Levant, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Central Asia and the Aegean are all warmly invited to take part.
Participants are encouraged to give a talk. There is no theme. We choose what questions to thematise in the panels based on the abstracts received.
The BAF is always followed by a hike in the Swiss Alps.
BAF keynote speakers through the years
- 2016 Andreas Fuchs, Universität Tübingen
- 2017 José Manuel Galán, CSIC Madrid
- 2018 Charlotte Trümpler, Universität Frankfurt
- 2019 Yves Ubelmann, ICONEM, Paris