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CALL. 01.12.2018: Religion and Ritual - 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.




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



To make the event more focused, the topic of the inaugural symposium will be Religion and Ritual in the Ancient Near East. We are inviting presentations from graduate students in the field of Assyriology, Egyptology, and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, as well as others interested in a related topic who want to take part in the discussion. We are welcoming a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches to ancient religion and ritual, focusing on specific case studies as well as providing more general perspectives. Each student paper is expected to last 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10 minute discussion. The maximum number of speakers is limited and if needed, will be selected through an anonymous evaluation by faculty members. We would also like to strongly encourage faculty members from nearby universities, especially those working on religion and ritual in the ancient Near East, to get in touch with us and attend. Presenting students will greatly benefit from your presence and feedback. We expect all participants to stay in town for two nights. There is no conference fee and student speakers as well as faculty members will be provided with accommodation. Students who are not presenting but wish to participate will be responsible for their own accommodation. Since the event is aimed primarily at the local community, we ask all participants to cover their travel expenses from their own funds. Within New Haven, you can use the Yale shuttle system free of charge. We will distribute a detailed schedule of the event to all registered participants at a later date. For registration see below. Call for papers: Please send us an abstract of max. 250 words before December 1st. The paper should last 20 minutess followed by a 10 minute discussion and include a powerpoint presentation. Registration: We ask everyone who wishes to participate, either as speaker or non-speaker, to send an email to before December 1st. Please indicate your full name, university, department, and year of study. If you wish to present, please include your abstract in your email and write ABSTRACT in the subject heading.

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