In Popular Culture: The Future of Ancient Near Eastern Studies

In this second issue of ‘In Popular Culture’, I talk with Sabina Franke about the challenges and opportunities of bringing the Ancient Near East to public attention. She gathers the main conclusions from the workshop ‘The Future of Ancient Near Studies’ she organized on this topic, and shares her experiences teaching and telling about the Ancient Near East.

“I have to admit that it took me years to be able to understand more or less the basic ideas, concepts, and lines of thoughts in the ANE and to realize that it is perfectly OK to simplify and to tell the stories behind the text. As Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote: ‘Easy reading is damn hard writing!'”

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Reminder: Deadlines for the 2017 Rencontre

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.

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Call for applications: The IAA Prize, Fund, and Subsidies

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.

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About Philadelphia

Only a few days to go, and the 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale will take place in Philadelphia, USA. From July 11th through July 15th, Philadelphia will be taken over by assyriologists from all over the world. The University of Pennsylvania and the University of  Pennsylvania Museum opf Archaeology and Anthropology will be our hosts this edition. This year’s theme will be ‘UR in the Twenty-First Century’, with a special sub-theme to address the ongoing disaster in Syria. The members of this years organizing committee are: Grant Frame, Joshua Jeffers, Holly Pittman, Lauren Ristvet, Steve Tinney, and Richard Zettler.

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Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale 2015

The IAA would like to thank the organizing committee of the 2015 Rencontre for their warm welcome and all of their hard work to make this year’s RAI another great success. For those of you who were not able to attend the Rencontre and General Meeting, or would simply like to review their visit, please find the minutes of the General Meeting here. The Rencontre Programme can be found here. The abstracts can be found here, and photos can be found here!

60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale

It has been over two months ago since already the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale was held in Warsaw, Poland. It has been a great edition, featuring a fantastic venue and interesting lectures. And of course, during the General Meeting on Thursday a new president and new board members were elected. More on the new IAA president and board members can be found in this issue of Mār Šiprim. Continue reading 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale

RAI 2014 Reminder!

Those of you who have been reading the previous issues of this newsletter couldn’t have missed it, but just to make sure: do not forget that the RAI 2014 is coming up!

Some quick information: The 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from the 21st to the 25th of July under the theme “Fortune and Misfortune”. Continue reading RAI 2014 Reminder!

Mār Šiprim – The Rencontre Issue

Welcome to already the third issue of Mār Šiprim! You may have noticed that we have had somewhat of a delay: issue number three was supposed to come out July 15th, and the calendar reads August. But there is a good excuse: we wanted to be able to add all of the information about RAI 2013. So, after a short waiting period, we give you Mār Šiprim – The Rencontre Issue! Continue reading Mār Šiprim – The Rencontre Issue

RAI 2013

From July 15th to July 19th, the 59th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale was held in the beautiful city of Ghent, in Belgium. The theme of this RAI was ‘Law and (Dis)order in the Ancient Near East’, but on Sunday no one could tell, for the registration went as smooth as possible. With the sun shining on Assyriologists gathering from all over the world, it promised to be a fantastic week! Continue reading RAI 2013

RAI 2014: Warsaw

Perhaps a bit early, just one month since we have all enjoyed the previous Rencontre, but the next RAI is already occupying our minds! RAI 60 will take place in the beautiful country of Poland and the city of Warsaw will be its stage. It will be held from July 21st to July 25th, 2014 and we are looking forward to seeing you all there! Continue reading RAI 2014: Warsaw