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The Crossroads III: A Stranger in the House. Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Societi


The main objective of the conference is to enhance our understanding of “foreignness” in ancient societies of the Near East and Egypt during the period defined by the end of the Chalcolithic period and the end of the Late Bronze Age. In order to obtain a well-balanced insight, we would like the topic to be treated from an archaeological, historical, iconographic and philological point of view. We believe that bringing together archaeologists, philologists, as well as historians and other experts, is not merely highly desirable, but also a necessity for gaining a deeper insight into the historical, social, cultural and economic aspects of “foreignness” of the respective regions (Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Levant, Egypt) at this particular moment in time.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 10-11-12-13/09/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Jana Mynářová (Charles University); Sergio Alivernini (The Czech Academy of Sciences); Dana Bělohoubková (Charles University); Marwan Kilani (Charles University)

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Normal / regular / normale: 90€

Estudiantes / studentis / studenti: 60€


Sunday, September 9 15:00-18:00 Registration (Czech Institute of Egyptology, Celetná 20, Prague 1, 4th floor) Monday, September 10 (Green Lecture Hall) 8:30-9:30 Registration (conference venue, Celetná 20, Prague 1, Green Hall) 9:30-9:45 Conference opening 9:45-10:45 Clemens Reichel, “Human instincts, canine intelligence, and monkey features”: the Gutians and other “mountain people” in Mesopotamian and 20th century scholarly perspectives. 10:45-11:45 Seth Richardson, On Aliens and Alienation: the “stranger” as an historically particular concept 11:45-14:00 Lunch 14:00-15:00 Regine Pruzsinszky, The Contact Zone along the Middle Euphrates during the Late Bronze Age: Movement, Interaction, and Transaction 15:00-16:00 Elena Devecchi, A reluctant servant: Ugarit under foreign rule during the Late Bronze Age 16:00-16:30 Coffee break 16:30-17:30 Kevin McGeough, “The Men of Ura are a Heavy Burden Upon Your Subject!”: The Administration and Management of Strangers and Foreigners in Ugarit 17:30-18:30 Jana Mynářová, Are You an Egyptian? Are You a Stranger? Tuesday, September 11 (Green Lecture Hall) 9:00-9:30 Melanie Wasmuth, Cultural identity as research approach: conceptualizing the semantic field of ‘othering’ 9:30-10:00 Emanuel Pfoh, Assessing Foreignness and Politics in the Late Bronze Age Levant 10:00-10:30 Edward M. Cole, Ethnic enclaves: A modern understanding of how migratory groups preserve ethnic identity as a potential explanation for the Libyans' retention of a non-Egyptian identity in the late New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period 10:30-11:00 Coffee break 11:00-11:30 Laura A. Peri, Foreign Names or Names of Foreigners:The Northern Presence in the Southern Levant in the 2nd Millennium BCE 11:30-12:00 Marta Pallavidini, The metaphorization of foreign rulers as allies or enemies in the Hittite diplomatic texts 12:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-14:30 Marwan Kilani, Foreign metals, foreign worlds – Mappingand contextualizing metal related (loan)words in the Bronze Age Levant 14:30-15:00 Stephen P. Harvey, Representations of Foreigners in the Battle Reliefs of King Ahmose at Abydos 15:00-15:30 Nadia Ben-Marzouk – Danielle Candelora, Integrating the Immigrant: Examining the Social Implications and Interactions of Foreign Specialists Settling Abroad 15:30-16:00 Coffee break 16:00-16:30 Caleb Hamilton, Egyptians as foreigners in the Western Desert during the Early Dynastic period. 16:30-17:00 Susan Cohen, Not so vile? Rhetoric and reality in Egyptian-Levantine relationships in Sinai in the Old and MiddleKingdoms 19:00 Reception (Na břehu Rhôny Výtoň, Na Hrobci 410/1, Prague 2) Wednesday, September 12 (Blue Lecture Hall) 9:00-9:30 Katrien De Graef, When in Elam do as the Elamites. How the Adaptation of Mesopotamian Cultural Traits Helped Shape the Elamite Identity 9:30-10:00 Anne Goddeeris, A Sumerian Stronghold. Does the temple in Old Babylonian Nippur welcome foreigners? 10:00-10:30 Lucia Mori, “Sons and daughters of the city” and “foreigners” in the family: legal strategies of social inclusion andexclusion in texts from the Middle Euphrates Valley during the Late Bronze Age 10:30-11:00 Coffee break 11:00-11:30 Oya Topçuoğlu, “A foreign plague, not of the flesh of the city Aššur:” Šamši-Adad I as a foreign king and his visual strategy of legitimization and unification 11:30-12:00 Yağmur Heffron, Archaeological correlates of Assyrian presence in Anatolia in the Middle Bronze Age 12:00-12:30 Ilgi Gercek, Hatti and the Outside World 12:45-13:00 Conference Photo 13:00-14:00 Lunch 15:30 & 16:00 Visit to Klementinum Thursday, September 13 (Green Lecture Hall) 9:00-9:30 Federico Zangani, Foreign-Indigenous Interactions in the Late Bronze Age Levant: Tuthmosid Imperialism and the Origin of the Amarna Diplomatic System 9:30-10:00 Christian Langer, Deportation Policies and Foreigners in Late Bronze Age Egypt 10:00-10:30 Marta Valerio, The Egyptians’ ambivalent relationship with foreigners: the case of the prisoners of war 10:30-11:00 Coffee break 11:00-11:30 Marcin Czarnowicz, Krzysztof Ciałowicz, Yuval Yekutieli, Agnieszka Ochał Czarnowicz, Eliahu Cohen-Sasson, Strangers in the house(?) The foreigners in Tel Erani, Israel 11:30-12:00 Krzysztof Cialowicz, The relations between Upper and Lower Egypt in the 4th Millennium BC. A view from Tell el-Farkha 12:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-14:30 Manfred Bietak, How can we track the origins of foreign cults in Egypt: The example of Avaris/Tell el-Dab‘a 14:30-15:00 Sarah T. Vilain, The foreign trade of Tell el-Dab‘a during the Second Intermediate Period 15:00-15:30 Ann-Kathrin Jeske, An Egyptian’s footprint: Members of the Egyptian administration and military in LB I Southern Levant 15:30-16:00 Coffee break 16:00-16:30 Katharina Streit, The Foreigners on the Mound: Egyptian Presence at Tel Lachish during the Late Bronze Age 16:30-17:00 Felix Höflmayer, The Egyptian Presence in the Southern Levant during the Late Bronze Age: A Minimalist View 17:00-17:30 “A stranger in the house”. Final discussion and conference closing Poster Session - Katarína Arias Kytnarová, Made by whom? Egyptian ceramic forms in the south Levant - Gaëlle Chantrain, About “egyptianity” and “foreignness” in literary texts. A context-sensitive lexical study. - Halely Harel, How Language Illustrates Cultural Change: Semitic Loanwords in the Second Intermediate Period and New Kingdom Egypt - Uroš Matić, Nubian troops and musicians in Egyptian military of the New Kingdom: A Reappraisal - Hannah L. Ringheim, “…Equipped with all their weapons and given instructions for battle”: Foreign Mercenary Activity in Bronze Age Egypt - Giulia Tucci, Depicting the Others: Late Bronze Age Southern Levant’s Cultural Identity and Adornment from the Egyptian View.Reality vs. Perception.

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