Keynote speaker: Professor Walther Sallaberger

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Walther Sallaberger will be joining us this year to deliver the senior talk at the 6th Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology. 

Professor Sallaberger is based at Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, where he is currently engaged in a year-long Senior Researcher in Residence programme on the topic of “Festivals in the early Bronze Age city-states of Mesopotamia” together with Professor Adelheid Otto at the university’s Centre for Advanced Studies. This interdisciplinary initiative aims to  bring together experts from both archaeology and assyriology in order to produce rich, complex interpretations of the written, visual, and archaeological data.

For this talk, Professor Sallaberger will share with us some aspects of his on-going research on festivals, touching upon methodological issues in the interdisciplinary approach to the subject, as well as discussing the written sources and what they can tell us about the daily reality of festivals. As a subject matter, festivals present an ideal source to understand the identity and social order, religion and values of the people of the third millennium B.C. in Mesopotamia.

Together with other efforts to build and sustain an international as well as interdisciplinary environment for the conference, we are delighted that Professor Sallaberger accepted our invitation, and we look forward to welcoming him in Oxford.