AMME program: Fall 2022

It is our pleasure to announce that five Ancient and Medieval Middle East (AMME) seminars will be organized as hybrid events at the University of Helsinki this fall. Each themed session will consist of two talks followed by a shared discussion, and everyone are welcome!

Thursday 22.09.22 (16:15-18:00 EEST): Approaches to Social Life in the Middle East

- Prof. Dr. Mohammed Shunnaq: “Anthropology of the Middle East: Tribe, Village, and the State: Shaping the Socio-political System of Jordan”

- Dr. Tero Alstola & Dr. Adrianne Spunaugle: “Networking R: The Promise and Pitfalls of Using R to Analyze Ancient Social Networks”

Thursday 20.10.22 (16:15-18:00 EEST): Rosetta Stone Bicentennial! Decipherment of Ancient Scripts

- Dr. Thomas Christiansen: “The Twisted Roads Leading to the Decipherment of the Hieroglyphs: From Horapollo to Champollion”

- Dr. Irving Finkel: “Mr Rawlinson and Mr Hincks”

Monday 31.10. (16:15-18:00 EET): Forays into Ancient Warfare 

- Dr. Fabrice de Backer: “The Defence of the Acqueducts during the Neo-Assyrian Period”

- Prof. Dr. Hugh Kennedy: “Infantry and Cavalry in Early Islamic Warfare”

Thursday 17.11.22 (16:15-18:00 EET): Gendered Violence in the Ancient World

- Dr. Alhena Gadotti: “Gendered Violence in the Ancient Near East: A view from Mesopotamian Literary Documents”

- Prof. Dr. Serena Witzke: tba

Thursday 15.12.22 (16:15-18:00 EET): Ancient Near East in Cinema

- Dr. Jason Silverman: “The Filmmakers’ Ancient Near East”

- Dr. Martin Worthington: “Planning a Film of Dumuzi’s Dream

All sessions are hybrid and can be attended in person (Faculty hall, Fabianinkatu 24, 5th floor) or virtually via Zoom ( / Meeting ID: 678 8979 2118).

We hope to see you there!