Keynote Speakers

All keynote lectures are planned for Monday, July 8th 2024

Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of Münster

Kristin Kleber is an Assyriologist specialising in Babylonia of the first millennium B.C. She works on economic and social history of the Ancient Near East, but also on cuneiform legal history and material culture in texts. She studied Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Archaeology and Semitics at the FU Berlin, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and at the University of Münster, where she received her PhD in 2008 with a thesis on the relationship between the Neo-Babylonian king and the temples. She has been Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Münster since 2020. She and her team are currently editing the Neo-Babylonian texts from the German Excavations in Babylon within the framework of the ERC Consolidator Grant "Governance in Babylon - Negotiating the Rule of Three Empires".

Lecturer, The University of Chicago

Seth Richardson has been at the University of Chicago since 2003 as Managing Editor of JNES and Associate at ISAC. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2002. He is a historian working on Mesopotamia’s Old Babylonian period and political-economic questions about infrastructural power, violence, subjectivity, and the nature of state sovereignty. He is committed to generalist-comparativist work on topics as diverse as liver divination, animal personhood, ancestor cult, icons, emblems, slavery, food security, labor value, taxation, and ancient historiography. He has written on disappearing princesses, bawdy jokes, long-lost words for wine jars, angry mobs, and hallucinations. 

Professor of Archaeology, University of Glasgow

Claudia Glatz is an anthropological archaeologist researching the material production of early states and empires and their underlying social relationships at both the landscape scale and through material culture. She is the author of numerous journal articles on the subject as well as the monograph The Making of Empire in Bronze Age Anatolia: Hittite Sovereign Practice, Resistance, and Negotiation (CUP, 2020). She currently directs the Sirwan Regional Project in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which combines regional survey, excavations, and cultural heritage initiatives. 

Tentative additional keynote speakers
  • Dr. Laith Majeed, University of Baghdad
  • Luma Aldoury, The Iraq Museum