Workshop: Old Assyrian News


Up to date there are about 22,500 cuneiform documents known that may be labelled as "Old Assyrian". More than 22,000 of those were found at the site of Kültepe, the Ancient city of Kanes. An estimated number of ca. 20,000 of those can be traced back to a period of less than 40 years, during the 19th century B.C., constituting the fact that the Old Assyrian corpus from Kültepe represents the most dense documentation of the Akkadian language. And as such it surely deserves a workshop of its own at any RAI.

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Workshop: Heritage in Conflict: the situation in Iraq and Syria

The SHIRIN (Syria) and RASHID (Iraq) organisations plan a workshop to provide updates and critical reviews of the heritage situation in Iraq and Syria.  
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Workshop: Prayers in the Ancient Near East : Form, Extra-linguistic Context and Intercultural Adaptation

The prayer, i.e. the speech to God or gods, constitutes for mankind a highly important way of expressing their religious feelings. Its verbal character is amenable to interesting glimpses into the mental world of human beings and conducive to a typological and/or historical comparison of diverse traditions of prayer literature.  
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Workshop: Relations between Judeans in Babylonia and Jehud in Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Time


According to the biblical book of Ezra-Nehemiah, there is decisive influence of the Babylonian Jewish diaspora on post-exilic Judah. Returnees from the Golah rebuild the temple (Ezra 1-6, Hag 1-2) and organize civil and religious life in Jerusalem (Ezra 7-Neh 13). Other texts demonstrate a vivid exchange of letters and ideas between the Babylonian diaspora and its homeland (Jer 29; Ep Jer). In 6th/5th-century Babylonia, new literary evidence (letters, inscriptions, administrative texts) has been discovered that testifies to the well-being of Judean expatriates in the city of al-Yahudu and beyond.

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Workshop: New Archaeological and Epigraphic Research in Iraq


Recent archeological and epigraphic fieldwork in Iraq has seen a surge of activity. Several projects, conducted by Iraqi and international teams, are currently underway in both the autonomous Kurdish region – in the districts of Erbil, Sulaimaniya, and Dohuk – and in the South – mostly in the governorates of Dhi Qar, Wasit, Qasidissiyah, Najaf and Muthanna.

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Workshop: Coping with and Preventing Collective Fear in the Ancient Near East: Perspectives from Texts and Material Culture


Fear is one of the strongest motivations and incentives for human actions. A basic or primary emotion, fear does not only govern reactions to immanent stimuli, but it also influences reactions and decisions that concern situations that are yet to happen. The human capacity to anticipate future events and to act prophylactically on them are considerably fostered by fear: Fear of what could potentially happen.

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Workshop: Modern Approaches of Interpretation in Visual Arts

This workshop explores the modern interpretative keys in the analysis of official and popular productions in the Ancient Near East in the historical period.  
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Workshop on the Hattian Language. Problems, Trends and Perspectives for Future Research


Of the several languages recorded by Hittite scribes in the cuneiform script, the Hattian language remains a particular conundrum for philologists and linguists alike. Although a century of research has produced numerous articles and also monographs devoted to the lexicography, grammar, syntax and origins of this isolated language, our understanding of Hattian is still quite modest.

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Workshop: Sumerian and Akkadian Elements in Anatolian Cuneiform


The structure of  Anatolian cuneiform features graphic elements of foreign origin, commonly referred to as Sumero- and Akkadograms. The goal of the proposed panel is to discuss these elements from both synchronic and comparative-historical perspectives.

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Workshop: BabMed – Texts and Studies in Babylonian Medicine


The BabMed project invites participants working on areas of Babylonian medicine and magic to present their research results, based upon textual work and analyses of Heilkunde in Mesopotamia and its periphery.

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Workshop: How to tell a story – Theoretical approaches to Mesopotamian Literature


Every storyteller is necessarily a type of world creator, choosing episodes and elements deemed worthy of recounting, organizing these into a cohesive and coherent narrative designed to achieve deliberate effects, and heightening these effects through the specific language deployed to materialize the overall composition.

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Second Circular

Guidelines for conference registration and submission of papers  
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First Circular


The University of Marburg has the honor to invite to the 63rd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale to be held on July 24th through 28th, 2017. This will be the tenth time that the Rencontre meets in Germany (after Heidelberg 1959, 1992, Munich 1970, Göttingen 1975, Berlin 1978, 1994, Münster 1985, 2006, and Würzburg 2008).

The theme of this meeting is

Dealing with Antiquity – Past, Present, and Future.

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