33rd Congress of the

Rei Cretariæ Romanæ Fautores

Leiden, the Netherlands, 15-22 September 2024



Download the PDF of the Call for Papers here: Call for Papers


Dear Fautores, dear colleagues, dear friends,


Following the wonderful Athens congress in 2022, it is our honour and above all great pleasure to share with you this first circular concerning the 33rd RCRF Congress. As you have already read in our Save-the-Date, this congress will be held in Leiden from Monday 16 until Friday 20 September 2024, with a welcoming event in the later afternoon-early evening of Sunday 15, and two (optional) post-congress excursions on Saturday 21 (Nijmegen) and Sunday 22 (environs of Utrecht), both of which were important Roman sites on the limes. Normally, a Fautores Congress takes place during the last week of September. The reason for scheduling it one week earlier is ‘Leidens Ontzet’ or the 3 October Festival (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_October_Festival), when the city of Leiden celebrates the liberation from the Spanish during the Eighty Years War. Preparations for the festivities begin during the last week of September, which would surely cause various logistical problems.


The congress is organised in collaboration with the National Museum of Antiquities and the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University. During the regular congress week we shall in fact visit the Museum as well as the Faculty, and provide hands-on pottery displays with Roman pottery from the Low Countries. Furthermore, the scholarly standard of the congress will be monitored by our Scientific Committee – see below for the full list of members – which consists of researchers from academic institutions in ‘Germania Inferior’/the Low Countries.


The topic of the congress is





We are continuously presented with a wealth of archaeological remains and artefacts from across the enormous area once covered by the Roman world. This growing richness continues to provide us with new research challenges as well as opportunities. Pottery was an omnipresent medium, and in certain respects we can speak of empire-wide phenomena, such as the production of terra sigillata/red slip ware. When looked at more closely, however, we are increasingly aware that pottery was highly heterogeneous in terms of production technique, typological and decorative style, exchange range and intensity, and so forth. This perspective allows us to ask a variety of questions, for instance concerning the origin and connectivity of objects and styles (e.g., ‘local’ vs ‘non-local’; distributed/absorbed via military presence), the spatial/regional extent of certain styles and customs (e.g., urban-based; a regional feature), or which factors are thought to have played a role in shaping regional styles and patterns (e.g., landscape; production capacity; transport possibilities).


We will be welcoming submissions for either a presentation (Powerpoint) or poster with a topic that approaches pottery from a regional perspective, thereby addressing questions and aspects in line with the congress theme above. Naturally we look equally forward to contributions that wish to present archaeological contexts, objects of particular interest, typological research, archaeometric results, etc. Languages for lectures and posters are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.


Given the always full schedule and large number of papers at Fautores congresses, we ask you to keep lectures limited to a maximum of 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions/discussion. In case you consider your topic better/best suitable for a poster, we certainly welcome this. Posters are to be printed portrait format at size A1 (594 by 841 mm/23.4 by 33.1 inches). For your convenience, we are looking into the possibility of printing posters in Leiden. The participant should cover the costs of printing.


We expect the congress fee to be € 240,--, which covers: participation from Sunday until Friday (including the welcoming event on Sunday and the congress diner on Friday), the excursion to the National Museum of Antiquities, a congress bag, coffee breaks (twice a day) and five lunches. Each participant shall also receive an edited volume – kindly sponsored by the National Museum of Antiquities – on a status quaestionis of Roman pottery research in the Low Countries. Not included in the congress fee are: expenses for travel and accommodation, the post-congress excursions and receipt of the published Acta. At present, costs for the post-congress excursions are estimated to be € 40,-- (Saturday, to Nijmegen) and € 35,-- (to the environs of Utrecht). The excursion on Sunday 22 will include a visit to a Roman shipwreck now on display in a local museum, which is one of several wrecks discovered in the area.


Registration can be done either online by filling in the form on the congress website, or by filling in the registration form that you have received together with this first circular and return it to the congress’ email address rcrfleiden2024@gmail.com. The deadline for registration/submission of your title and abstract is 31 March 2024. The second circular with further details will be send by 30 April 2024 to those who have registered. In January we will announce on our website various options for accommodation in Leiden and its immediate vicinity (hotels, etc.). Please forward this first circular to any interested colleagues and students or put it on display. Note: registration is also open to non-members.



Key Dates (all in 2024)

Welcoming event: Sunday 15 September

Congress dates: Monday 16-Friday 20 September

Post-congress excursions (optional): Saturday 21 September (Nijmegen) & Sunday 22 September (environs of Utrecht)

Deadline for registration for speakers/presenters: 31 March (including title and abstract)

Deadline for registration for participants not presenting: 30 June

Payment deadline: 31 May

Second Circular: This will be sent by 30 April and will contain more detailed information regarding the congress, presentations, posters and both excursions. Also included will be information on transportation to Leiden by car, plane, and train

Third Circular: This will be sent by 30 June, with final details and the full program, and additional information on the city of Leiden itself

Manuscript submission: 31 January 2025, click here for the author guidelines


The Congress' organising committee is supported by a scientific committee that comprises the following members:

Jasper de Bruin   (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden)

Wim De Clercq   (Universiteit Gent)

Xavier Deru   (Université de Lille)

Bernd Liesen   (Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Xanten)

Jeroen Poblome   (Universiteit Leuven)

Miguel John Versluys   (Universiteit Leiden)

Astrid Van Oyen   (Universiteit van Nijmegen)

Julie Van Kerckhove   (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/freelance)