Oriental Institute Collections Research Grant 2018–2019

Museum Collections Research Grants will be available to researchers for the 2018–2019 academic year through the generosity of Jim Sopranos. The Oriental Institute welcomes applications from researchers at all levels (i.e. Masters Degree or PhD candidates to well-established professionals) and all nationalities. Funding is primarily aimed to help support the costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence, and to cover relevant research costs for the researcher during the appointed period.

Posted on March 14, 2018

New Publication on Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces a new title available only via complimentary download. Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan. Proceedings of the International Conference Held at Kabul University, November 2014

Posted on March 5, 2018

Lecture by Susanne Paulus on "Debts, Crime, and Prison: Daily Life in Babylonia ca. 1200 BCE"

Susanne Paulus will give a lecture about "Debts, Crime, and Prison: Daily Life in Babylonia ca. 1200 BC" on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 7:00 PM in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on March 5, 2018

Lecture by Ufuk Kocabaş on "Yenikapi Byzantine Shipwrecks"

Dr. Ufuk Kocabaş will give a lecture about "Yenikapi Byzantine Shipwrecks, Istanbul, Turkey: Excavation, Documentation, Conservation, and Reconstruction" on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 4:00–6:00 PM in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute. The lecture is hosted by the Consulate General of Turkey.

Posted on February 12, 2018

Ray Johnson on the Forensic Reconstruciton of the "Younger Lady"

Ray Johnson, Director of the Epigraphic Survey, was quoted at length in an online news article discussing the recent forensic facial reconstruction of the remains of woman whose mummy has been known as "Younger Lady." While the online news media have commonly referred to this woman as Nefertiti, Johnson notes the many issues with such an identification.

Posted on February 12, 2018

Hervé Reculeau Interviewed about Climate Change in Antiquity

An interview with Dr. Hervé Reculeau was posted to the website of the Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago. In the interview, Dr. Reculeau discusses climate change in antiquity and the interdisciplinary research project "Coping with Changing Climates," which was the subject of a previous OI news posting. The full interview can be found on the Humanities Division webpage (humanities.uchicago.edu).

Posted on February 12, 2018

Lecture by Ambjörn Sjörs on "Aspects of the Ventive in Amarna Canaanite"

Ambjörn Sjörs, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Uppsala, will give a lecture about "Aspects of the Ventivie in Amarna Canaanite" on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 5:00 PM in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on February 7, 2018

Ray Johnson on Climate Change and Egypt's Cultural Heritage

Direct of the Epigraphic Survey, W. Raymond Johnson, was featured in an article on "How Climate Change and Population Growth Threaten Egypt's Ancient Treasures" by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Posted on February 6, 2018

New Volume Edited by John Wee Looks at Ancient Medicine

A new volume edited by Assistant Professor of Assyriology, Dr. John Z. Wee, has just appeared. The Comparable Body: Analogy and Metaphor in Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman Medicine uses eleven case studies to explore how analogy and metaphor illuminate and shape conceptions about the human body.

Posted on February 5, 2018

Oriental Institute Symposium on Attire in the Ancient World

Aleksandra Hallmann, Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Oriental Institute, has organized this year's annual symposium on "Outward Appearance vs. Inward Significance: Addressing Identities through Attire in the Ancient World" to be held on March 1st–2nd, 2018, in Breasted Hall. The goal of the proposed conference is to construct (a) definition(s) of the clothed self and investigate multiple trajectories of the dress’ role in the construction of various identities in the ancient world. 

Posted on February 5, 2018