In the Spotlight: Chuo University

The spotlight falls on Chuo University, as Fumi Karahashi and her student Naoki Aiba tell us about Assyriology in Japan.

“The Tama campus (home to the Faculty of Letters, the Law School, etc.) is situated to the west of downtown Tokyo, in a place where one can see mountain ranges, including Mt. Fuji, on clear days. I like the environment very much: the air is fresh and the trees green!” – Fumi Karahashi

“I became especially interested in Assyria because I wondered why Assyria, which had existed more than 2,000 years, collapsed soon after unifying the ancient Near East.” – Naoki Aiba

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In the Spotlight: Wilfred van Soldt, IAA Secretary

soldtFor this issue’s In the Spotlight, it was naturally decided that the IAA should turn it’s focus on professor Wilfred van Soldt. As you all know, professor Van Soldt hasbeen the IAA Secretary for many years, and is one of the IAA’s founding members. It is with regret that the IAA must announce that Van Soldt’s term as Secretary has come to an end, and that he will not be running for re-election.

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In the Spotlight: Ca’ Foscari University, Venice/Italy

In this issue, the Ca’Foscari University in Venice, Italy, is placed in the Spotlight. Erica Scarpa, who has recently graduated from the Masters Programme of the University, and Stefania Ermidoro, a PostDoc Researcher there, have been so kind to answer a few questions about their University. Continue reading In the Spotlight: Ca’ Foscari University, Venice/Italy

In The Spotlight: Sydney University

This issue the spotlight falls on the University of Sydney, where dr. Louise Pryke is a Research Associate.

“I’d like to think that the living Aboriginal culture makes
Australians more curious to investigate the ancient world, both in terms of Australian history and world history”

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In The Spotlight: Copenhagen University

We are happy to announce that this issue of Mār Šiprim again features an interview with a researcher and a student from one university for our “In the Spotlight” section. In our two previous issues, we were unfortunately unable to publish this recurring item. We are very grateful to Dr. Nicole Brisch and Sophus Helle from the University of Copenhagen, to have answered questions about their academic lives and the ins- and outs of this University. Continue reading In The Spotlight: Copenhagen University

In The Spotlight: South Africa

One can always do better, or as in the old Egyptian saying of Ptahhotep: “The limits of art are not reached, 
no artist’s skills are perfect”.

Professor Izak Cornelius,  Researcher/Teacher, University of Stellenbosch

Can you tell the readers something about yourself?

I was born near Cape Town, but completed my schooling in Pretoria. After that I studied Theology and Semitic Languages/Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Stellenbosch and the University of Tübingen in Germany. My dissertation was on foreign trade in the Mari texts under the guidance of Charles Fensham, who was a student of Albright and Hannes Olivier, a student of Fensham but also the Assyriologist Donald Wiseman. Continue reading In The Spotlight: South Africa

In The Spotlight: California

Dr. Niek Veldhuis, Researcher/Teacher, University of California, Berkeley

I will never forget the defense of my dissertation. I got through all right, but I have never been so nervous in my life!

Can you tell the readers something about yourself?

I grew up in the Netherlands, in a small town called Almelo, close to the German border. I studied Theology and Semitic Languages in Groningen and Nijmegen – it was a long-winded route, but eventually I wrote my dissertation on Old Babylonian education with Dr. Vanstiphout (or Stip, as we called him). Continue reading In The Spotlight: California

In The Spotlight: Russia

Do you sometimes have the feeling, that although you know and have met people from all over the world, you miss really understanding how they live? To broaden the international aspects of the IAA and to bring understanding among the different continents, every issue the Mār Šiprim Newsletter will pay special attention to one specific location where the Near-East is being studied. The insight will be achieved by conducting an interview with both a student and a scholar from that specific country. For our first issue we have chosen a country which, though great in size and a major contributor to knowledge, remains somewhat incomprehensible to most of us: Russia. We are guided in unravelling its mystery by Ksenia Somova, a student at St. Petersburg  and by Dr. Leonid Kogan of the Russian State Humanitarian University. Continue reading In The Spotlight: Russia