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Summer 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 >