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Volkswagen Fellowship Symposium. "Approaching a Critique of Mesopotamian Reason" - 21-22/0

The workshop collects data from various spaces, times, and textual genres in order to investigate the distinctive aspects of high-level ancient Mesopotamian thinking. Special attention will be given to underlying assumptions and prevailing paradigms. Although the results will still be preliminary to a large extent, such an in-depth investigation of ancient cognitive practices will facilitate our understanding of ancient sources within and beyond Mesopotamian culture.

FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 21-22/04/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Barker Center, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Gösta Gabriel (Harvard University / Universität Göttingen)

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Friday, April 21 Barker Center, Room 133 3:30 pm Welcome Session 1: Critique 3:45 pm The Critical Potential of Order and Disorder: The Flood and Other Cases Gösta Gabriel – Harvard University / Universität Göttingen 4:30 pm The Reluctant en of Inana or the Persona of Gilgamesh from the Perspective of Babylonian Political Philosophy Piotr Steinkeller – Harvard University 5:15 pm Coffee break 6:00 pm William James Hall, Room 105 Keynote Lecture Theses on Babylonian Philosophy Marc Van De Mieroop – Columbia University Saturday, April 22 Barker Center, Room 133 Session 2: Reasoning I – Part I 9:30 am The Reconciliation of Angry Gods: A Revision of the Šuillas Tzvi Abusch – Brandeis University 10:15 am Coffee break Session 2: Reasoning I – Part II 10:45 am Arguing One’s Case in Akkadian Disputation Poems Enrique Jiménez – Universidad Complutense de Madrid 11:30 am Reasoning and Representing: Babylonian Astronomical Models Francesca Rochberg – UC Berkeley 12:15 pm Lunch Break Session 3: Reasoning II 1:15 pm After Babel–Bibel Babble: Language, Translation, and Commentary in Cuneiform Scribal Practice Jay Crisostomo – University of Michigan 2:00 pm The Perils of Omnisignificance: Language and Reason in Mesopotamian Hermeneutics Eckart Frahm – Yale University 2:45 pm Final discussion and closing remarks This symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Volkswagen Foundation.

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