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CALL. 01.03.2017: Dealing with Antiquity: Past, Present, and Future - Marburg (Germany)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Philipps-Universität (Marburg, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Alexandra Grund-Wittenberg (Faculty of Protestant Theology, Dept. of Old Testament); Markus Hilgert (Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin); Elisabeth Korinth (CNMS, Dept. of Ancient Near Eastern Studies); Guido Kryszat (CNMS, Dept. of Ancient Near Eastern Studies); Christl M. Maier (Faculty of Protestant Theology, Dept. of Old Testament); Andreas Müller-Karpe (Faculty of History and Cultural Studies, Dept. of Archaeology); Elisabeth Osten-Sacken (CNMS, Dept. of Ancient Near Eastern Studies); Elisabeth Rieken (Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Dept. of Linguistics); Stefan Schulte (CNMS, Dept. of Ancient Near Eastern Studies); Walter Sommerfeld (CNMS, Dept. of Ancient Near Eastern Studies)

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In past and present times, people cope with collective fear and anxiety on very different levels. In our days, state-run risk and hazard analyses, counter terrorist measures, and disaster control can be mentioned. Likewise, we observe engagements with dystopia in movies, literature, and the fine arts. How fear and anxiety based on (alleged) knowledge of events of the past and their possible reoccurrence have been expressed, mastered, managed, exploited, or tabooed, is a desideratum for research in the study of the Ancient Near East. In this vein, this workshop proposes to tackle these issues through the different and complementary perspectives of the text and material based sciences. It hopes to bring into focus such phenomena as coping with fear (e.g. laments and myth), preventing damaging incidents and situations (e.g. rituals, the construction of defense and protection architecture, building up stocks), and dispelling the instrumentation of fear and anxiety (e.g. threat of divine punishment and of losing divine favor). By taking the different perspective of material and text studies and by looking at various socio-cultural circumstances, we hope to gain insight into the omnipresent relationship of humankind and collective fear that has been politically and ideologically (mis-)used until present times. We are welcoming abstracts from scholars of the Ancient Near Eastern Studies and adjacent fields. An abstract of 300-400 words should be sent to the organizers of the workshop, with a short CV, before the March 1 deadline. The abstract should outline both topic and methodology. The papers of all sessions should last no more than 20 minutes, but a further 10 minutes will be devoted for discussion.

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