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CALL. 15.02.2020: [SESSION 3] "Structures of power in Southern Babylonia in the 2nd and 1st mil




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Westin Boston Waterfront, (Boston, MA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Odette Boivin (NYU) ; Baptiste Fiette (Collège de France)

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The focus of this session is to explore changes in the structures of power in central and southern Babylonia from the early second millennium until the late first millennium BCE. During that period, the region passes from fragmented local rule to a provincial existence in larger empires, a long process marked by several episodes of rebellion, some of them directed against northern Babylonian and Assyrian domination. The papers presented in this session will explore strategies and means used by institutions and by various levels of state or regional power to rule over the Babylonian south at various times throughout this transformative period of its history. They may include political, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of such strategies. Bringing together scholars working on these different stages in Mesopotamian history will help identify patterns of long-term continuity and changes, and how this is affected by a shift from local to outside rule. The session is open to specialists of cuneiform studies, historians, archaeologists, and art historians. We invite scholars interested in participating in our session to submit an abstract. If you are interested, please answer the upcoming ASOR’s “Call for Papers,” indicating that your paper submission is for this session. The Call for Papers runs between January 15 and February 15; further instructions can be found at: Please note that you must be registered for the Annual Meeting in order to submit an abstract.

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