CALL. 20.03.2018: (Mis)use of Sources: Ancient and Modern - Innsbruck (Austria)
FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 20/03/2018
FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 16-17-18-19-20/07/2018
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Innsbruck (Innsbruck, Austria)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Jennifer Elizabeth Singletary (CollaborativeResearch Center 1136, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
INFO: call - Jennifer_Singletary@alumni.brown.edu
The incorporation, manipulation, and reference to material from sources is a key feature of both texts and artifacts throughout the ancient Near East. Strategies such as quotation, citation, and reference to sources; the combination, incorporation, redaction, translation, and copying of source material; and/or the attribution of information or inspiration to historical or fictional/non-existent sources endow ancient texts and artistic productions with authority, antiquity, relevance, (in)accessibility, and/or sacredness.
These techniques highlight the writers’ and producers’ access to knowledge and tradition and emphasize their scholarly, literary, and artistic acumen, while simultaneously legitimating, contesting, or manipulating the knowledge and traditions that are disseminated through their re-use and reference. In addition, later uses of ancient sources have also employed them for a variety of purposes, from liturgical to popular, from historical reconstruction to forgery, from scholarly analysis to creative reinterpretation. This workshop aims to bring together an international group of scholars from the fields of Assyriology and other Near Eastern studies disciplines to compare the use and misuse of ancient sources in both ancient and modern contexts.
Through an interdisciplinary approach to this topic, the workshop seeks to investigate the dynamics of the acquisition, dissemination, and manipulation of knowledge and tradition from sources in various ancient Near Eastern cultures, as well as the use of ancient sources in modern contexts.
The organizer cordially invites proposals for papers pertaining to this topic. Papers should be limited to 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Please submit abstracts of 200-400 words to Jennifer Singletary (Jennifer_Singletary@alumni.brown.edu) for consideration by 20 March 2018.