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Text and Image: Transmedial Inquiries into Ancient Near Eastern Cultures - 27/04/2018, New York (NY,

In the ancient Near East many monuments and artifacts incorporated both pictorial and written compositions. “Text and Image” has long been a trope in philological and art historical studies inquiring into the mixture or conjoining of the verbal and the visual. Image and language, and discourse and icon, are disjunctive symbolic systems, and there are sense-making operations that do not necessarily take a narrative form. The papers of this workshop will look at the strategies deployed in the construction of narrative, verbal and pictorial; the interface between the pictorial, myth, and ritual; the glorification of the rulership through text and image, and how the interplay between these intensified the intersection with the divine; the autonomy of the visual in ancient Near Eastern art; and techniques of writing and drawing on clay, which required the scholarly professions to develop artistic skills.

FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 27/04/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York (NY, USA)


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9:30am - The Image in its Transmedial Context: Introduction Beate Pongratz-Leisten (ISAW) 10:30am - From ‘Text and Image’ to ‘Image and Text’ Irene Winter (Harvard University) 11:30am - Coffee Break 11:45am - Presence and Mimesis: the Field of Visibility in the Ancient Near East and the Scholarship of the Iconic Turn Zainab Bahrani (Columbia University) 12:45pm - Lunch 2:00pm - The Construction of Narrative in the Pictorial and Textual Media Karen Sonik (Auburn University) 3:00pm - Gloria in excelsis Regi: Ambiguity in the Representations of Darius I Matthew Waters (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire) 4:00pm - Coffee Break 4:15pm - Who Learned to Draw in Scribal School? Drawings on Scholarly Tablets Natalie May (Freie Universität, Berlin)

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