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ASOR/EPHE-PSL European Symposium: "Violence in the Ancient Near East"/"On Digital Hum




The ASOR Membership and Outreach Committee is pleased to announce its first overseas outreach initiative at the Sorbonne, in partnership with Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes – Paris Sciences et Lettres(EPHE-PSL), in Paris, September 4-6, 2018. Over 45 scholars from Europe (including Russia), Brazil, Israel, and Turkey will make presentations on the themes of Violence in the Ancient Near East and on Digital Humanities (DH), including a forum-round table in order to set up an action plan regarding the growing inequalities between training in DH, among other discussed topics. Presentations will be video recorded and live broadcast. The symposium participants will also enjoy a guided-tour of the Louvre and a social cocktail in the Luxembourg Garden among other special activities. ASOR members who happen to be in Paris during that time are welcome to join the symposium to hear the presentations.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 04-05-06/09/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Room Louis Liard, La SorbonnE (Paris, France) ; Room Vasari, Institut national d'histoire de l'art (Paris,France)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Vanessa Bigot Juloux ; Randall W. Younker. The two main partners of the scientific event are the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE)

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Abstracts on "Violence: Interaction between Violence, Order, and Conflict within the Political Sphere of Ancient Worlds"


Abstracts on "Digital practices: Collaborative Projects among European and International Scholars for the Study of Ancient Worlds Using Digital Approaches"



Day 1 and 2, sessions will be at Liard Amphitheater (la Sorbonne); day 3, session will take place at INHA (read practical information for all details)

Day 1: Tuesday

  • 8:00 Registration and complimentary welcome breakfast (EPHE floor, room “Gaston Paris”)

Morning session: Interaction between Violence, Order, and Conflict within the Political Sphere of Ancient Worlds (1)

Session chair: Nicolas Wyatt

  • 9:00 Opening address by honorary chair, Susan Ackerman (10mn)

  • 9:15 Two communications, each 20mn + 5mn questions (schedule)

  • 10:05 “Why Should Ancient Near Eastern Scholars Care about Digital Practices?” (Vanessa Bigot Juloux), followed by a practical example: “Fast(Text) Analysis of Mesopotamian Divine Names” (Heidi Jauhiainen, University of Helsinki)

  • 10:25 Coffee break (EPHE floor) and a poster presentation (Heidi Jauhiainen, University of Helsinki)

  • 11:05 Three communications, each 20mn + 5mn questions (schedule)

  • 12:15 Lunch break

Afternoon session: Collaborative Projects among European and International Scholars for the Study of Ancient Worlds Using Digital Approaches (1)

Session chair: Peter Stokes

  • 13:45 Opening address by honorary chair, Hubert Bost (10mn)

  • 14:00 Four “speed communication,” each 15mn + 10mn questions (schedule)

  • 15:40 Coffee break (EPHE floor)

  • 16:15 Four “speed communication,” each 15mn + 10mn questions (schedule)

  • 18:30–20:00 Social cocktail for participants and sponsors/partners at EPHE’s floor.


Day 2: Wednesday


Morning session: Interaction between Violence, Order, and Conflict within the Political Sphere of Ancient Worlds (2)

Session chair: Régine Hunziker-Rodewald

  • 9:00 Three communications, each 20mn + 5mn questions (schedule)

  • 10:15 Coffee break (EPHE floor)

  • 10:50 Three communications, each 20mn + 5mn questions (schedule)

  • 12:05 Lunch break

Afternoon session: Collaborative Projects among European and International Scholars for the Study of Ancient Worlds Using Digital Approaches (2)

Session chair: Alessandro di Ludovico

  • 13:30 Four “speed communication,” each 15mn + 10mn questions (schedule)

  • 15:10 Coffee break (EPHE floor)

  • 15:45 Three “speed communication,” each 15mn + 10mn questions (schedule)

  • 17:00 Break

  • 17:15 forum-round table (co-chairs: Vanessa Bigot Juloux, Alessandro di Ludovico, Massimo Maiocchi)

  • 18:15 Closing address by Massimo Maiocchi (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

  • 18:30 Departure to the Louvre museum: complimentary guided tour of the “Antiquités Orientales” section to participants, including a refreshing cocktail (19:00 to 19:45) in the “salle des 80”. Welcome address at the Louvre by Ariane Thomas (Curator, Head of the Mesopotamian collections). The visit will end at 21:30.

Day 3: Thursday


Session chair: Sanna Nurmikko-Metsola

  • 8:45 Four communications, each 20mn + 5mn questions (schedule)

  • 10:25 Coffee break

  • 10:55 Four communications, each 20mn + 5mn questions (schedule)

  • 12:35 Losing address by Martha T. Roth (University of Chicago) and Andrew G. Vaughn (ASOR, to be confirmed)

  • 12:50 Closing address of the symposium by Vanessa Bigot Juloux and Randall W. Younker

  • 13:00 Complimentary lunch for speakers

  • 15:00 Panel on the volume CyberResearch on the Ancient Near East and Neighboring Regions. Case Studies on Archaeological Data, Objects, Texts, and Digital Archiving, co-editors Vanessa Bigot Juloux, Amy Rebecca Gansell, Alessandro di Ludovico (Brill, series DBS, vol. 2). Presiding: Claire Clivaz (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics). Panelists: Peter Stokes (EPHE-PSL) and Massimo Maiocchi (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia). Respondents: Vanessa Bigot Juloux and Alessandro di Ludovico. Entry Free, required registration.


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