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Nubian studies needs a platform in which the old meets the new, in which archaeological, historical, and philological research into Meroitic, Old Nubian, Coptic, Greek, and Arabic sources confront current investigations in modern anthropology and ethnography, Nilo-Saharan linguistics, and critical and theoretical approaches present in postcolonial and African studies.

The journal Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies brings these disparate fields together within the same fold, opening a cross-cultural and diachronic field where divergent approaches meet on common soil. Dotawo gives a common home to the past, present, and future of one of the richest areas of research in African studies. It offers a crossroads where papyrus can meet internet, scribes meet critical thinkers, and the promises of growing nations meet the accomplishments of old kingdoms.

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Dotawo 3: Know-Hows and Techniques in Ancient Sudan presents the proceedings of a workshop held at Lille University on September 5–6, 2013, which grouped several Sudan archaeology scholars, from fields ranging from architecture to iron production through pottery and the textile industry. Organized by Faïza Drici, Marie Evina, and Romain David, with the support of Charles de Gaulle–Lille 3 University and the laboratoire de recherche Halma-LPEL UMR 8164 (CNRS), this workshop was presided over by Vincent Rondot (present Director of the Egyptian Antiquities Department of the Louvre Museum and former SFDAS Director). This meeting was following a first workshop supported by Dominique Valbelle (UMR 8167 CNRS Orient et Méditerranée, section Mondes Pharaoniques) and organized at Paris-Sorbonne University in September 2011, entitled “Cultural Exchanges in Ancient Sudan,” supervised by Hélène Delattre and Marc Maillot and presided over by Claude Rilly (UMR 8135 CNRS/Llacan and former SFDAS Director).