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Fall 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Concept of Translation in American Religious Studies

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

Near Eastern Studies


This paper will address the problem of using modern categories, especially "religion" in the study of non-modern cultures, focusing especially on Jewish materials. A strong theoretical component will be included in the discussion, as well.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Telling Time by the Stars in Mesopotamia: Between Observational and Schematic Astronomy

Lecture | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Gil Breger, PhD Candidate (Cuneiform Studies), Department of Near Eastern Studies, UCB

Near Eastern Studies


Astronomers in Mesopotamia used a group of stars, called ziqpu, in order to indicate and measure time at night. How exactly this was accomplished is unknown. Were they directly observed in the night sky as part of this time-telling practice, or did they belong to some kind of theoretical scheme that allowed astronomers to describe time? The talk will explore the evidence for both these...   More >

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Imperial Powers: The Roles of Deputies, Substitutes, the Sun God, and the King in the Assyrian Empire

Lecture | November 8 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | 155 Kroeber Hall


Mikko Luukko, University of Helsinki

Near Eastern Studies, The Assyrian Heritage Fund


Dr. Luukko will consider the importance of deputies and substitutes, and the relationship between the sun god, who is the divine judge, and the Assyrian king, the supreme judge on earth. This lecture will offer a new interpretation of the nature of and interconnections between the powers of the Assyrian empire. Mikko Luukko (PhD, University of Helsinki 2004) studied Assyriology, Semitics, and...   More >

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Adam Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Digital Humanities

Near Eastern Studies


In this talk I will introduce examples of "at-risk" textual archives from the ancient Near East. By exploring two ancient sites which have yielded large bodies of textual and material culture through illicit excavations, I will describe the latent archival organization found in the hoards of cuneiform tablets. Then, I will describe the computational methods that I and my colleagues have used to...   More >