Welcome to Lisbon

Dear EABS members,

It is our pleasure to welcome you all to Lisbon this August.
We are doing everything we can to make sure that your stay will be unforgetable.

This blog is meant to share with you the latest news regarding the conference, some practical advice about the city and many other things.

Our job at the conference it to welcome you to Lisboa and to the Faculdade de Letras, provide you with information about the city and help you during the conference days at the faculty.
All details regarding registration, banquet, transfers, guided tours, etc., are the responsability of EABS.

Visit us often or subscrive the news feed to find out the newest details!
If you have questions, please email us at: lisboneabs2008@yahoo.com

Hope to see you in Lisboa,

Ana & Isabel

Sunday, August 10, 2008

New Book

Dear All,

Maybe some of you have recently published a new book and would like to release that information for your peers. If you do, I do not mind to post a little note here in the blog. Just let me know.

Meanwhile, during the EABS I have received a copy of Bernard M. Levinson's newest book, which was exhibited in the book display. The book had just been printed and, therefore, was on display in the Cambridge section.

The book is intitled "Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel" and you can find more information about it at: https://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521513448

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Just a few words to say that it was a pleasure to receive you all in Lisboa. We truly hope to see you back in the future in many and different ways.

Thanks to the meeting, the university library has just received a very generous offer from some publishers of books, that will finally fill the spaces in our shelves.

If you have any post-conference issue and you need any further help, please let me know,


Friday, August 1, 2008

Almost there

Sunday is just around the corner... it has been a crazy week, but everything seems to be working and ready to receive you all in the beautiful city. I wish you all a pleasant trip, but especially a fabulous conference.

I will be at the Hotel Vip Grande Lisboa tomorrow afternoon starting at 4pm to help you going throuhg your reservations. A representative from Agência Abreu will also be there tomorrow. So, if you have questions, please drop by.

Now, some last minute notes:

1) PowerPoint: it turns out that the machines will accept a USB flash drive. However, you have to turn manually your slides using the keyboard or the mouse, because there are no remotes.
These PC's are not Mac friendly. Be aware of that, especially if you are presenting on Monday morning.

2) Session Chairs: Could you please join me at the faculty on Monday morning at 8:15 am for a quick demonstration on how to use our AV machines? It will be handy, especially given the fact that the Win XP used is in Portuguese.

3) There are to copy centres working at the faculty, but none opens before 10am. Please keep this in mind if you need handouts for the Monday morning session.

4)Room 6.1 has been relocated to Anf. II as you will see. No worries, because it is a visible change.

5)Room 7.1, Book display, and the Graduate Network Group Room are located on the 2nd floor. All other rooms are on 1st floor.

6) The weather in Lisboa is magnificent. Nice temperatures that chill a bit in the evening. I am sure that you will enjoy them.

7) For those of you attending the guided tour of Lisboa on Sunday, please do not forget to bring some coins for the transportation, sun lotion, hat and confortable shoes. We will be walking... therefore, plenty of water will also be necessary. Please make sure to arrive to the Hotel a little before 9am, so that we can leave sharply at 9am. There are too many things to be visited and i would hate to miss them because of delays.

8) Information about Lisboa is inside your tote bags. No need to worry to get a map of the city or of the underground.

9) If arriving by air, use a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It is much easier, quite convenient and not expensive. If you want to be sure of the amount, buy a "Taxi Voucher" from the Lisboa's Tourism Office at the airport.

Well, I cannot remember of anything else that could be of any use to you. But if you still have questions, please let me know by email.

Have a safe trip,


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Info for the "Arabian Trade" Session

The Arabian Trade Interdisciplinary discussion session offers interested audience the opportunity to read the discussion papers before the session, and take part in the discussion. Papers can be obtained by sending an email to evdsteen@liverpool.ac.uk. We shall send you the papers as .pdf and word files.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Walking to/from the hotels and the faculty

Dear All,

Because it is hot and traffic may be problematic, i would suggest you to use the underground system to get to the university, instead of walking.
From most hotels the station is Campo Pequeno (yellow line direction "Odivelas") and your stop is "Cidade Universitária."
After arriving to Cidade Universitária, you need to walk down the street on your right until you reach the end of the building on your left. Then, turn left and the Faculty of Letters is the building facing you from the other side of the green.
10 underground trips can be bought inside the station for €7,30. To that you have to add €.50 to by a card called "7 Colinas" in which you will deposit the trips bought.


Sunday Tour

Dear Participants,

It is our most delight pleasure to introduce you to Lisboa this coming Sunday.
However, we would like to remember you that we will be walking for most of the tour and that the temperatures in Lisboa, though quite nice, are higher than in most other European cities.
Therefore, we would advise you to:
- bring very confortable shoes
- maybe wear a hat
- carry sun lotion (high level of protection)
- €4,20 in change to get the travel ticket
- nice camera
- leave the documents and most credit cards in the hotel (bring a copy of the passport with you)
- carry a bottle of water (there will be plenty of opportunities to get a new and fresher one later)
- do not bring with you too much cash, since we will easily be spoted as a group of tourists!

pleae make sure that you are on the Vip Grand Hotel lobby a few minutes before 9a.m. because we really want to leave at 9 a.m., otherwise it will be impossible to fulfill our program.

hope you have a nice flight,


PowerPoint Presentations

Dear Speakers,

We have been trying your PWP presentations' and have come to realise that no one has preset and automatic change of slides.
Please keep in mind that by doing this you will be "attached" to the computed and not have much freedom for walking.
To all of you that have a remote for presentations (through USB plug) I would tell you to bring them with you if you do not want to have to continuously hit the keyboard.

Once again, our technical details are the following: windows XP machines (no Mac's), with Office 2003 installed (please remember that PWP created in word 2007 won't load... please convert them before sending them to me).

Every room is also equiped with sound system, video, DVD and a beamer.

Any questions should be sent to us by email.