Announcement of Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies

I received today the preliminary notice for the Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies. It is scheduled later in the year than I had expected. It will take place in Cairo (wow!) September 15-19, 2008. Morning sessions will be held for papers in these selected subfields:
Coptic literature
Coptic Bible
Coptic liturgy
Coptic history
Gnosticism and Manichaeism in Egypt
History of Coptic studies
Coptic art
History of the Coptic Museum
Coptic archaeology
Christian Nubia
Coptic documentary papyrology
Copto-Arabic studies
Egyptian monasticism
Coptic linguistics
On Sunday the 14th, they are planning an all-day public event at the Coptic Patriarchate, with lectures and discussions for all Congress members. This sounds to me like it is going to be a thrilling Congress. If you are interested in attending, check out the International Association for Coptic Studies (IACS) website.