The IAA seeks to support early career scholars within the field of Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archeology. Three funds are now open for applications, and early career scholars can apply for support for short research projects, for conference participation, and for a prize for the best first article written after a completed PhD. Remember that the deadline for all three applications is March 1st, and that all applicants must be members of the IAA. Besides these three, there is also the new IAA Dissertation Prize, for which already 23 dissertations are in competition! The winners will be announced at the General Meeting of the IAA.
At the General Meeting of the IAA in 2016, it was proposed by the Board that the Association should change its name to the ‘International Association of Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archeology’, or IAAMA for short. As stated by the Board of the IAA, Near Eastern Archaeology has always formed an integral part of the IAA’s remit, but this is not reflected in its name.
The Board sought to rectify this in 2016, but it quickly became clear that the issue had to be postponed until the next General Meeting, at the RAI in Marburg, in order to allow for proxy voting by those members who were unable to participate in person.
IMPORTANT: If you cannot attend the General Meeting in 2017, you can post your opinion on the official website, and / or submit a proxy vote!
Culled from the Agade mailing list for your convenience, here is a list of publications in the fields of Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archeology so far in the Autumn of 2016.
Please do write to us if we have overlooked a publication, or if anything should be added to the list!
Welcome to the latest issue of Mar Shiprim!
Mar Shiprim is saying goodbye to its editor Karin Beumer, who has managed the website ever since its first publication in 2013. Karin is to be warmly thanked for her work on Mar Shiprim over the last three years, and we hope that you will join us in wishing her the best of luck in future endeavours. Replacing Karin as the new editor of Mar Shiprim is Sophus Helle, a student of Assyriology who recently finished his MA at the University of Copenhagen. As it happens, Sophus already submitted to a round of personal questions for ‘In the Spotlight’ last year, and not much has changed since.
We would like to thank the organizing committee of this year’s RAI, who toiled hard to make the 2016 Rencontre a success!
The Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale took place in Philadelphia this year, as a sort of distinguished prelude to the following week’s Democratic National Convention. We had our own share of challenges to deal with, as the city of Philadelphia was hit by both soaring temperatures and a breakdown in public transportation in the week ahead of the Rencontre. Undeterred, the organizers of this year’s Rencontre, Grant Frame, Josh Jeffers, Holly Pittman, Lauren Ristvet, Steve Tinney, and Richard Zettler, managed to turn it into the success we all expected it to be.
This issue the spotlight falls on the University of Chicago! Representing the university are Dr. Susanne Paulus and Andy Wilent, who have very kindly agreed to answer our questions.
In this issue we are introducing some new themes to the newsletter. Besides the already existing themes ‘In the Spotlight’ and ‘In the Field’, Mar Shiprim will now also include a recurring theme entitled ‘In Popular Culture’, about the various ways in which assyriological and archeological scholarship has been communicated to a larger audience.
We begin this new recurring theme with an an interview with Mathieu Ossendrijver, whose article in Science in January 2016 led to a huge wave of popular interest.
But how does one communicate the technicalities of Late Babylonian astronomy, when many of the journalists do not know what cuneiform is? Luckily, Ossendrijver was happy to share his experiences with us!
For this issue, Franco D’Agostino and Licia Romano bring us the latest news from the field at Tell Abu Tbeirah, where they are uncovering new evidence of the transition from the Early Dynastic to the Akkadian period in southern Mesopotamia.
In this issue we are introducing some new themes to the newsletter. One of these new themes is called Congratulations. In each issue we will bring you the news of an assyriologist or archeologist who has, for example, published their first book, received an award, or, as is the case this time, defended their PhD!
For our first installment of this new recurring theme, we would like to congratulate Dr. Jaafar Jotheri on obtaining his PhD degree in Geoarchaeology from Durham University last month.
It is our pleasure to congratulate the two winners of the IAA Prize, Dr. Giacomo Benati and Dr. Andrew Knapp!
The IAA Prize is awarded annually for the best first article written after the PhD in Assyriology or Mesopotamian archaeology. The first place winner receives a stipend of 1000€, while the runner-up winner receives one of 250€. The two winners are announced each year at the General Meeting of the IAA.