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RENCONTRE ASSYRIOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ASSYRIOLOGY AND NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY

XLVe Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale,

Cambridge, MA, USA, July 5-8 1998

New Haven, CT, USA, July 9-10 1998

Second Circular

December 15, 1997



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Dear Colleagues,

As announced in the First Circular (distributed by e-mail, Oct. 30, 1997), the XLV RAI will be held in Cambridge, MA, and New Haven, CT, from the 5th through the 10th of July 1998, under the auspices of Harvard University, with Yale University as co-sponsor.

The principal part of the XLV RAI will take place in Cambridge, on the campus of Harvard University, from the 5th through the 8th of July. The registration will begin in the afternoon of July 4th (Saturday); the opening session and the first day of the congress will take place on July 5th. Almost all hotels, bed & breakfast places, and student dormitories are located within walking distance of the Harvard campus.

The theme for the meeting is "Historiography," within the framework of the cuneiform world. The term itself, which may be provisionally defined as the study of the meaning of history and how it has been and might be written, is obviously a big and multi-faceted issue. The broad interest it has always attracted has been sharpened in recent years by a new wave of challenges about the nature of historical evidence, and about the certainty of the dividing line between history-writing and fiction, about the very possibility of confronting reality external to the observer. Such challenges have been slow to make their way into scholarship on the cuneiform world, but they are here as well. And clearly they have much fertile ground in which to flourish in the often remote, fragmentary, contextually problematic, and otherwise difficult sources - both textual and non-textual - that Assyriologists and their colleagues regularly work with.

Given the complexity of our theme, we can expect many different kinds of responses to it in the papers RAI participants will want to present. Our intent here is not to pre-empt this diversity, but to encourage it with a few suggestions about several areas in which historiography in the cuneiform world might be pursued. First, about the ancients themselves: how did they understand the notion of history and go about writing it? Ancients, of course, may be taken to include not only those who were members of the communities they were writing about, thus, Babylonians on Babylonian history, but also outsiders, such as the Biblical and Greek authors on Mesopotamia. And the historiographic sources to be considered do not have to be only, or primarily, written; they may well be materials like the Assyrian palace reliefs, in which the written and the iconographic interpenetrate in a variety of ways. A second area of historiographic concern brings us to modern times. How has the history of the cuneiform world been written in recent centuries, especially since exploration and excavation began to expose the ancients in their own voices? What historical interests, for example, motivated the founding era of archaeological work, during the 19th century, in terms of the choice of sites to excavate, the classes of artifacts to recover and conserve, and the chronological periods to treat? What about race and ethnicity in the studies of Mesopotamian and related history in the 19th and early 20th centuries? Or the Babel and Bible controversy, and analogous issues of comparative history as they affected the development of Assyriology and the other ancient Near Eastern fields as intellectual disciplines? Third, we need to consider the present and the future study of the history of the cuneiform world. What about the interplay of textual and non-textual data in the writing of this history: how can and should one proceed with them? Then, the claims of post-modernist approaches in our historical enterprise: are these just a passing fad, or do they pose more fundamental questions? And, as one final example, how do we take up anew the study of comparative history in the light of the mistakes of the past and the new challenges of broader and more varied perspectives brought, say, by anthropology?

The above suggestions, we would repeat, are not meant to exhaust the theme of historiography. But perhaps they will help to open it up for what we anticipate will be a fruitful and stimulating conference.

The program of the RAI will begin with a plenary session of invited papers intended to lay out some of the broader issues, perhaps echoing those just described, in the study of historiography in the cuneiform world. Planned are four papers by colleagues working in various combinations of philology, archaeology, and history, with a response by a fifth.

In addition, in recognition of Harvard's history with respect to the Nuzi excavations, we will hold a session entitled "Recent Trends in Hurrian and Nuzi Studies" (comprising ca. fourteen invited papers and coordinated by Prof. Gernot Wilhelm), which is devoted to the Hurrians, their history, language, art, and material culture. This session is to coincide with the exhibit on Nuzi and the Hurrians which will be mounted for the occasion of the RAI by the Semitic Museum of Harvard University.

The principal part of the RAI will also include a WANES panel entitled "Women in the Public Sphere," comprising four invited papers.

Further, we expect to have sessions devoted to archaeological reports. Panels dealing with various collaborative projects (e.g., computer studies) can be accommodated as well. Posters are welcome on all subjects.

One of the afternoon sessions - to be followed by a reception - will take place at Brandeis University, situated in Waltham, a suburb of Boston. Our hosts there will be Prof. Tzvi Abusch and Brandeis' Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Bus transportation will be provided.

Opportunity will also be provided for visits to the local museum collections. Details will be given in the next circular.

The principal part of the RAI will be followed by an additional day of activities in New Haven, CT, on the campus of Yale University. Participation in the Yale event is optional; there is a separate registration fee for it. Note that the registration form is to be sent directly to Prof. W. W. Hallo, Yale Babylonian Collection, Yale University Library, 130 Wall Street, Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520.

PAPERS

Those wishing to present a paper or poster are asked to submit the title and a 200-word abstract not later than March 31, 1998. All speakers are asked to adhere to the limit of 20 minutes, to allow sufficient time for a discussion period (10 min.).

The titles of papers and posters and the abstracts should be sent to the following address:

XLVe Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Harvard University
6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA Fax: 617-496-8904
E-mail: greene5@fas.harvard.edu

COOPÉRATION INTERNATIONALE

All the materials concerning "Coopération internationale" should be sent directly to Dr. D. Homès-Fredericq before the end of January 1998, by using the attached form. They will be included in the June issue of Akkadica which will be available at the RAI.

REGISTRATION AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS

The registration fee is $120.00 for all regular participants and $70.00 for accompanying persons and students. The registration fee is not refundable.

Thanks to an arrangement with the Harvard Travel Center, a travel agency affiliated with Harvard University, we are able to offer a wide range of accommodations, at significantly reduced rates. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information on accommodations

Category Room Prices per Night - Single/Double

A - 1st Class Hotels - $189.00-199.00
B - 2nd Class Hotels - $169.00-175.00
C - 3rd Class Hotels - $150.00-175.00
D - Bed & Breakfasts - $75.00-95.00
E - Student Dormitories - $35.00-50.00

Triple rooms in hotels of A, B, and C category can be obtained for a surcharge of $25.00.

Deposit: $200.00 (hotels and bed&breakfasts) / $100.00 (student dormitories)

Cancellation 30 to 11 days prior to arrival: $50.00 cancellation fee. Cancellation 10 to 1 days prior to arrival: the amount corresponding to the cost of one night at hotel.

Due to the limited number of available rooms, bookings will be confirmed only after the deposit has been received. The remaining balance may be paid on the spot.

Both the registration fee and the hotel deposit must be submitted by Feb. 15, 1998. Late registration is subject to a $20.00 surcharge.

After the registration fee and the hotel deposit have been transferred, the participants will receive a confirmation of their hotel bookings, which will come directly from Harvard Travel Center, 39 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Fax: 617-868-0111. E-mail: travel@harvard.edu. From that point on, any further communications regarding hotel reservations should be addressed to the Harvard Travel Center.

Any other inquiries (especially those concerning papers and the program) should be directed to the organizers, at the address given above and in the registration form.

The following (third) circular will be sent only to those who have responded by Feb. 15, 1998. Links to all the circulars and other information about the RAI will also be available on-line courtesy of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago in Abzu .

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Cambridge and New Haven next July!

Organizing Committee: J. A. Armstrong, P.-A. Beaulieu, J. Greene, J. Huehnergard, C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, P. Machinist, W. L. Moran, L. E. Stager, P. Steinkeller, C. Watkins, I. J. Winter - Harvard; B. R. Foster, W. W. Hallo, U. Kasten - Yale. Associate members: T. Abusch, B. N. Porter.


XLVe RENCONTRE ASSYRIOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE, CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA, JULY 5-8,1998

REGISTRATION FORM

I wish to participate in the XLV RAI.
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Registration Fee: Regular - $120.00 Student / Accomp Person - $70.00

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Deposit: Hotel/Bed& Breakfast - $ 200.00 Student Dormitory - $100.00

Please pay by credit card or by Euro-cheque or personal check or money order in US dollars, drawn on a US bank, made out to Harvard Travel Center. To be submitted by February 15, 1998.

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Confirmation of registration will be sent out only after the registration fee and the hotel deposit have been received.

Please return to:

XLVe Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Harvard University
6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Fax: 617-496-8904
E-mail: greene5@fas.harvard.edu


XLVe RAI, NEW HAVEN PORTION - JULY 9-10, 1998

The entire Rencontre is cordially invited to New Haven, Connecticut, at the conclusion of the meeting in Cambridge. The following program is planned:

I. Thursday, July 9, 1998:

II. Friday, July 10, 1998: COSTS: The all-inclusive package price for all the above is $80.00 for a shared room (two-person occupancy) or $115.00 for a private room.

This price includes the bus from Cambridge to New Haven, admission to Old Sturbridge Village and lunch there, the hotel for one night, and lunch on Friday. Special rates are available for those providing their own transportation and/or lodging.

Those who wish to stay another night on Friday may do so at the rate of $36.50 (shared room) or $72.50 (private room).


REGISTRATION for XLV RAI, New Haven, July 9-10, 1998

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I authorize charging my credit card the amount of $ .............................
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Please respond by April 1, 1998.

Return to:

Yale Babylonian Collection
Yale University Library
130 Wall Street, Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
Fax: (203) 432-7231
E-Mail: William.Hallo@Yale.edu

Registration should be received by April 1, 1998, and can be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail. Payment for participation is due in full at the same time. Payment can be made by credit card or by check or money order made out to Yale University and sent to Ms. Susan Adler, Director, Office of Conference Services, 246 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06520.

The organizers: B. R. Foster, W. W. Hallo, and U. Kasten


COOPÉRATION INTERNATIONALE 1998--FIRST CALL

Contributions to the Coopération 1998, to be published in AKKADICA 108, must be sent before January 30, 1998, to:

AKKADICA
Coopération
c/o Prof. Dr. D. Homès-Fredericq
Dr. Ann Degraeve
Musées Royaux d'Art et D'Histoire
10 Parc du Cinquantenaire
B-1000 Brussels
BELGIUM
Tel.: 32-2-741.73.74
Fax: 32-2-733.77.35
E-Mail: homes@kmkg-mrah.be
The following information should be included: Thank you in advance.


Revised: October 24, 1998
The 45th RAI is hosted on the internet by the Oriental Institute Research Archives which also produces Abzu: Guide to Resources for the Study of the Ancient Near East Available on the Internet


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