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.
Despite this change of editors, Mar Shiprim will continue much as before, and the recurring themes ‘In the Spotlight’ and ‘In the Field’ will go on… well, recurring. This month, the Spotlight falls on the University of Chicago’s Susanne Paulus and Andrew Wilent, while Franco D’Agostino and Licia Romano bring us the news from the field at Abu Tbeirah.
However, we will also introduce some new features to the newsletter. In this issue we bring you two new recurring themes.
The first is called ‘In Popular Culture’, and will cover the various ways in which Ancient Near Eastern scholarship has communicated its findings to a wider audience. We begin with the experiences of Mathieu Ossendrijver, whose article in Science in January brought him a lot of curious journalists.
The second is called ‘Congratulations!’, a kudos focusing on the personal effort behind a scholarly achievement. The first congratulation goes to Jafaar Jotheri, who recently defended his dissertation at Durham University and is heading back to Iraq. Congratulations go also to Giacomo Benati and Andrew Knapp, the winners of this years IAA Prize.
Besides these new themes, this month’s issue brings you a summary of the Rencontre and General Meeting in Philadelphia, as well as a list of recent publications in Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archeology.
As always, we welcome suggestions for improvement, as well as any content that you would like us to put on Mar Shiprim! Do you have a project, a communication or an idea that you think should be featured in the newsletter? Please send us a note here.