OPCA 2017 Programme

The organizers of the 6th OPCA are happy to announce the following preliminary programme:


Friday, 21st of April

9.00am – 9.30am       Registration / Coffee, Tea & Biscuits available

9.30am – 9.45am      Welcome – Professor Jacob Dahl

  Introductory Remarks by OPCA Organisers

 9.45am – 11.30am      Approaches to the Study of Religion and Ritual

Julia Giessler – To Mark a Living Creature for a Deity – Babylonian Practices and their Traditions

Krzysztof Kalek – Answers from the Sungod

Adam Howe – Life-cycle Rituals of the Assyrian Court

Michael Moore – Festivals and Social Hierarchies in the Hittite Court

11.30am – 11.50pm    COFFEE BREAK

11.50am – 1.30pm      Approaches to Medicine in Ancient Mesopotamia

Francesca Minen – Dermatological Notions in Mesopotamian Medicine

Gioele Zisa – Medical Anthropology and Babylonian Medicine: The Case Study of ŠÀ-ZI.GA Therapy

Communication Strategies in Letter-Writing

Izabela Nowak – Greetings formulas in the Old Babylonian letters ana šapirīya and ana bēlīya

Jane Gordon – Communicating Emotion in Old Assyrian Letters from Kanesh               

1.30pm – 2.30pm      LUNCH BREAK

2.30pm – 3.45pm        Dealing with the Vicissitudes of Life

Sara Manasterska – The Poetics of Complaining: A Cross-Genre Investigation of Akkadian in Use

Sophus Helle – Babylonian Perspectives on the Uncertainty of Death?

Christoph Schmidhuber – Children in Old Babylonian Law Codes

3.45pm – 4.15pm        COFFEE BREAK

4.15pm – 5.30pm        Of Animals and Children

Alexandra Llado – The Management of Wild Animals in the Drehem Archive: The Bear as a Case Study

Andréa Vilela – Our Best Friend, Their Best Problem: Descriptions of Dog Behaviour in Mesopotamian Omens and Proverbs

Jill Marcum – Exploring the Symbolic Value of Animals in Sumerian Fables vis-à-vis Sumerograms

5.30pm – 7.00pm        Keynote Address

Professor Walther Sallaberger – Participants at Bau’s Festival: Practising Religion in an Early Bronze Age City State

7.00pm – 9.00pm        Informal drinks in Wolfson Bar


Saturday 22nd of April

9.30am – 10.00am       Tea, Coffee & Biscuits available

10.00am – 11.45am      Questions of Identity and Function in the Cuneiform Text Corpus

Szilvia Jáka-Sövegjártó – Layout and Intertwining: Qualitative Differences of Glossed Manuscripts and Bilinguals

Brandon Simonson – The Role of Non-Linguistic Criteria in Identifying Aramaic Names in the Cuneiform Text Corpus: A Re-evaluation

 Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Scribal Tradition

Véronique Patai – Identification of Training Processes within the Nuzi Scribes Families

Soheil Delshad – The Matter of Medium in the Achaemenid Inscriptions: The Connection between Materiality and the Scribes

 11.45am – 12.15pm    COFFEE BREAK

 12.15pm – 1.15pm      Contextual and Intertextual Approaches to Text Analysis

Johannes Bach – A Transtextual Approach to Assyrian Royal Narratives

Ludovica Bertolini – Dumuzi and Inanna, Considering and Re-considering some Literary Parallels. A Case Study

1.15pm – 2.15pm        LUNCH BREAK

 2.15pm – 4.00pm        Approaches to Ideology and State Administration

Sophia Witzig – Provincial administration in Ur III times: The governors of Girsu/Lagash

Alexander Johannes Edmonds – To Ḫabḫu and back. Fashioning a new historical geography of the western Zagros

Sophie Walker – The ideological function of Liballi-Sharrat in the ‘Banquet Scene’ of Ashurbanipal

Melissa Benson – Darius’ Delegation Strategy and Achaemenid Persian Mutilation Practice

 4.00pm – 4.30pm        COFFEE BREAK

 4.30pm – 6.00pm        Keynote Address

Dr Anne Goddeeris – Everything in its Right Place. Tips and Tricks from the Old Babylonian Accountant

Closure of the 6th OPCA

6.00pm – 7.30pm        Wine Reception

 8.00pm – 10.00pm      Conference Dinner – Victoria Arms