The Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale will take place in Marburg this year, from the 24th through the 28th of July. This will be the 63rd Rencontre, and the 10th to take place in Germany. The organizing committee seems very well prepared, having put out their second circular already in November.
The theme will be ‘Dealing with Antiquity’, and it is split into three themes: relating to the past in ancient times, today, and in the future. The first theme addresses such issues as tradition and cultural memory in Ancient Near Eastern societies, while the second theme explores the present status of cultural heritage in the Middle East. Finally, the third theme will take a look at the future of the discipline, including new technological advances and methodologies, such as digital humanities.