ICAN Registration

Dear conference delegate,

We’re delighted you’re joining us for the Sixth International Conference on the Ancient Novel: Roads Less Travelled. We’re looking forward to meeting you, whether in Ghent or online, between 21st and 24th September 2022. On this page you can find all the necessary information to register and make your way to the conference.

The conference programme will be announced by mid May 2022.

Registration and fees

We’re delighted to announce that, thanks to the support of the European Research Council, Flemish Research Council, and Ghent University, we have been able to avoid an increase to registration fees of the previous ICAN conference, and indeed keep them to the minimum of what is feasible from an organizational point of view.

Flexible registration

We are aware that covid-regulations internationally make planning ahead for a conference difficult. For this reason, you can register until 1st September 2022 (5pm CET) for in-person participation and until 14th September 2022 (5pm CET) for online participation. (However, please see the cancellation policy below.) Registration is flexible:

  • In person or online? We would love to see as many of you as possible in Ghent, but we have designed a user-friendly online platform for the conference as well. It is therefore possible to register to take part in ICAN VI in person or online. The platform will stream all keynote papers and parallel panels.
  • Full fees or student/retiree? On the registration page, you will be able to choose between paying full fees or registering as a student/retiree and paying a reduced rate. Students will need to submit proof of current university registration along with payment. This can be a photo/scan of your student card or a letter from your head of department or personal tutor.
  • How many days? You will be able to choose whether you want to take part in the full programme or on specific days.
  • Extracurricular activities: On the afternoon of 23rd September, you can take part in one of four optional outings, for which you are asked to register at the same time as registering for the conference (if covid regulations at the time won’t allow these to take place, you’ll be reimbursed). All tours are €30 per person.
    1. The Liquid tour: boat tour of historic Ghent and visit to the city brewery Gruut (incl. tasting) (2-4.15pm)
    2. The Active tour: guided walk through the historic city centre of Ghent followed by boat tour (incl. one beer) (2-4.50pm)
    3. The Museum tour: guided tour of the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, followed by open visit to the Museum of Fine Arts (these are located directly opposite each other) (2-4.30pm)
    4. The Historic tour: guided visit to the Ghent altar piece and the Castle of the Counts (2-4.30pm)
  • Final dinner: in keeping with the monastic theme of our venue, we are hosting our final elaborate reception and dinner on Friday 23rd September at the atmospheric Monasterium Poortackere.
  • The registration form will give you the opportunity to give information on dietary requirements and accessibility issues.

Please register here. Registration is now open. When you click on the ‘please register here’ button, please note fee details will appear once you click on specific options in the form.


Cancellation of your registration for ICAN VI is possible until 10th August 2022 – you will reimbursed what you have already paid minus 15% administrative fees. After 10th August 2022, we can unfortunately no longer offer refunds. Requests for all cancellations/refunds must be sent in writing via email to icanvi@ugent.be.


Ghent is a beautiful city with many quirky and interesting accommodation options, which you can explore on booking platforms. For the conference, we have block-booked rooms in a number of hotels in Ghent, which offer discounted rates for conference participants, pending availability. To book a room, go to our accommodation page.


  • Travel to Ghent: Ghent is a city in Flanders (a region of Belgium). It is an hour’s direct train journey from Brussels Airport, though make sure you choose Gent-Sint-Pieters station, not Gent-Dampoort. More information about travelling to Ghent here.
  • Travel to our venue, Thagaste Monastery: The easiest way to get to Thagaste from Gent-Sint-Pieters train station is by taking a taxi. There are taxis by the station. However, you can also take the number one tram, get off at Gravensteen, and walk a few streets from there.


If you have any questions, please contact icanvi@ugent.be.