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Engaging with Empire - 06-07/03/2020, Cambridge (MA, USA)


The topic of this symposium is to engage with contemporary study of empire in the Ancient Near East. Empire in Ancient Near Eastern studies, like most terminology, has undergone great fluctuation in meaning and scope over time; unfortunately, such permeability of definition has fostered some neglect in interdisciplinary research parallel to our field. Because cuneiform source material extends for over three millennia in a dozen disparate languages and across cultures, it is our duty to address this material, not with exceptionalism, but as historians of culture and development in dialogue with others who study the same.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 06-07/03/2020

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Andrew Deloucas; Evelyne Koubková; Zachary Rubin.

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Friday, March 6th -- Harvard Semitic Museum, Third Floor Atrium Gallery 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Keynote Lecture by Seth Richardson (University of Chicago) 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Dinner, Location TBD --- Saturday, March 7th -- Tozzer Anthropology Building, Room 203

9:00 a.m.– 10:00 a.m.: Catered Breakfast and Registration in Tozzer Anthropology Building, Third Floor Atrium Lounge 10:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.: The Subjects of Empire: Models of Imperialism in the Late Bronze and Iron Age by Shane Thompson (Brown University) 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.: Godnapping Under Empire: An Examination of Imperial and Subversive Scribal Strategies

by Jaime Myers (New York University) 11:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.: Tea and Coffee Break 11:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.: Inscribing Empire: The Behistun Inscription of Darius I and the Res Gestae Divi Augusti

by Emily Mitchell (Harvard University) 12:00 p.m.– 12:30 p.m.: The Sukkalmahs of Elam: emperors or vassal kings? by Tirza Visser (Ghent University / Leiden University) 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Catered Lunch in Tozzer Anthropology Building,Third Floor Atrium Lounge

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Intertextuality in Ashurbanipal’s Description of the Sack of Babylon by Eli Tadmor (Yale University) 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Divine Anger and the Fall of an Empire by Li Yuan (École pratique des hautes études) 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Tea and Coffee Break 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: What has Moskow to do with Ur? The Impact of Soviet Scholarship on the Study of the Ur III Period by Andrew Pottorf (Harvard University) 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Plenary Discussion

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Reception and Group Photo

5:45 p.m.: Informal Dinner and Socializing, Location TBD

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