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CALL. 15.02.2020: [SESSION 17] "Urban Sustainability: How and Why Cities Live or Die" (ASO




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

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Odette Boivin (NYU); Shana Zaia (University of Vienna)

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Urbanization profoundly changed how humans live and interact with one another, a process that was initiated nowhere as early as in the Near East, home to some of the oldest cities in the world. But cities themselves were not static and were also subject to change, transformation, and development. The long history of the Ancient Near East is rich in examples of cities being founded, growing, shrinking, being neglected, destroyed, rebuilt, abandoned for a time or forever. What decides the fate of a city? What factors make it viable or not? What may prolong or reduce its lifespan? In this session, we will explore the many aspects of urban sustainability: environmental, economic, political, and cultural. We welcome contributions from archaeologists, philologists, historians, and art historians working on any region and period of the Ancient Near East and Egypt.

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. If you have questions on the session’s topic, please do not hesitate to contact us at or

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