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Religion and Ritual -15-16/02/2019, New Haven (CT, USA)





The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, in cooperation with Harvard University and Brown University, is delighted to announce the inaugural Graduate Symposiumin Ancient Near Eastern Studies on the topic of:"Religion and Ritual". By introducing this graduate symposium, we hope to bring together graduate students with similar interests to present and discuss their work, and thereby contribute to a feeling of community among young scholars in the region. Student presentations will be received in a supportive environment and given feedback by faculty members from the participating universities. The symposium will start on Friday, February 15th with a keynote lecture by Professor Daniel Schwemer from the University of Würzburg, followed by a reception. The student presentations will take place on Saturday, February 16th. We encourage everyone to stay for a final dinner and a cheerful gathering on Saturday night as well.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 15-16/02/2019




ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Evelyne Koubková (Yale University); Trey Nation (Harvard University); Zach Rubin (Brown University).






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Preliminary schedule:
Friday, February 15th

12.00-3.00pm        optional tours of the Yale Babylonian Collection
3.00pm                 check-in at the Quinnipiack club

4.00pm                keynote lecture
Daniel Schwemer (University of Würzburg): The Moon, a Doll, and a Reed
Tube: A Neglected Ritual Text from Late Babylonian Uruk

followed by a wine & cheese reception

7.00pm                 informal dinner

Saturday, February 16th
7.30-10.00am     breakfast at the Q club
9.30-10.00am     registration at the venue (room 208, Whitney
Humanities Center, 53 Wall street, New Haven)
10.00-10.30am   William (Trey) Nation: Did Religion Exist in the
Ancient World? The Divine Households of Lagaš and Ancient “Religion”
10.30-11.00am   Anna Glenn: Širgida Hymns in Old Babylonian Ritual
11.00-11.30am   Sophus Helle: Ritual Poetics: Invocation and Structure
in Enheduana's Exaltation

11.30am-12.00pm     coffee break

12.00-12.30pm   Zachary Rubin: Priestly Life at the Kalḫu Ezida
12.30-1.00pm     Anastasiia Iasenovskaia: Some remarks on the ritual
aspects of the Nabu cult in Assyria: New year akitu and spring akitu
of Nabu in Kalhu

1.00-2.00pm       lunch

2.00-2.30pm       Adam Howe: Conceptions of Sin in the Mesopotamian
Incantation Series Šurpu
2.30-3.00pm       Shane Thompson: Hittite Rule in the East: Rethinking
the “Hands Off” Theory

3.00-3.30pm       coffee break

3.30-4.00pm       Jonathan Beltz: Sumerian zi-pa Incantations in Light
of Three Amulet Texts from the Yale Babylonian Collection
4.00-4.30pm       Andrew Deloucas: “May I be able to raise its lock”:
The Door as Metaphor: Ritual or Poetics?

4.30pm                 keynote lecture
Paul Delnero (Johns Hopkins): Assyriological Approaches to Ritual and Religion

5.30pm                 closing remarks and group photo

6.30pm                 pizza and socializing at BAR, 254 Crown street, New Haven


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