Babylonian Medicine

Freie Universität Berlin

The Body as a Symbol of Social Belonging in Hittite Anatolia: The Example of Clothing

Betreff: [agade] LECTURES & eLECTURES: The Body as a Symbol of Social Belonging in Hittite Anatolia first posted May 3, 2017

A Lecture and Video-Conference by Alice Mouton, CNRS Ivry sur Seine and Catholic University of Paris

Thursday, May 18, 2017 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Paris time) at the Ivry sur Seine CNRS building, 27 rue Paul Bert, Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry subway station, room C in the basement or by distance through video-conference

Through an analysis of various Hittite cuneiform texts, it will be shown that clothing very often – if not always – symbolizes identity in Hittite Anatolia. In other words, the way individuals dress expresses their belonging to one or, rather, several particular social groups: not only socio-professional categories (king/queen, priest/priestess, etc.), but also gender. The ritualized change of clothes is one of the strategies that is used to symbolize the change in someone’s social or/and symbolic state.

This presentation constitutes the ninth monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton and supported by the Labex RESMED and the UMR 8167 Orient et Mediterranée.

http://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article2958&lang=en

http://www.labex-resmed.fr/l-individu-et-son-corps-dans-le

All persons interested in attending the session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome for free but should register by e-mail beforehand.

contact: mailto:alice.mouton@cnrs.fr

Petition: Save the Yale Babylonian Collection

Online petition:
  https://www.change.org/p/save-the-yale-babylonian-collection
Dear President Salovey:

As you wrote in July 2015, the Yale Babylonian Collection (YBC) is “a jewel among Yale’s extraordinary cultural-heritage holdings.”

 

The April 2017 report of the ten-member Advisory Committee for the YBC, which was initiated by Provost Ben Polak, chaired by Deputy Provost Susan Gibbons, and included only two Assyriologists, will destroy this jewel forever.

 

The report’s main recommendations are as follows:

  • Take away the independent status of the YBC, established at its founding in 1909.
  • Dispense with the services of the tenured faculty Assyriologist Curator, as of 1 July 2017.
  • Move the YBC (at a date left open-ended) from Sterling Library, where it has benefited since the 1930s from the unique synergy created by the purpose-built proximity of artifacts, classroom, workrooms, and its own research library.
  • Replace direct and unimpeded scholarly access with digitization, effectively spelling the end of the YBC’s distinguished publication series.
  • Hire a 1-year “conservation fellow” to make an “assessment,” based perforce on no input from faculty Assyriologists or other curators of cuneiform tablets.

We, the undersigned, urge you to save the YBC from these recommendations.  If they are implemented, it will cease to exist as one of the world’s pre-eminent centers for the study of cuneiform tablets and other Mesopotamian materials, and the only place among its peer collections where teaching, learning, and scholarly dissemination are fully integrated into all its activities (http://babylonian-collection.yale.edu).

 

Ignoring the threats to the Mesopotamian past in New Haven is inconsistent with your previously stated concern for global cultural heritage.  You have an opportunity to make rescuing the YBC a defining moment of your presidency.

 

Save the Babylonian Collection, Yale’s extraordinary jewel!

Deutschlandfunk-Beitrag zu “Religion versus Medizin?”

Die Sendereihe des Deutschlandfunks “Aus Kultur-und Sozialwissenschaften”  brachte zum Eröffnungstermin am 20. April 2017 einen Beitrag über die Ringvorlesung “Religion versus Medizin?”, die gemeinsam von Markham J. Geller (BabMed – Babylonian Medicine) und Almut-Barbara Renger (Inst. für Religionswissenschaften der FU Berlin, Arbeitsbereich Antike Religion und Kultur sowie deren Rezeptionsgeschichte) veranstaltet wird.

Der Beitrag ist online in der Mediathek des Deutschlandfunks nachzuhören, die gesamte Sendung mit An- und Abmoderation finden Sie hier.

Lennart Lehmhaus, Harvard, presents his research on Talmudic Medicine.

Starr Seminar Thursday, April 20, from 12:15-2:00PM in Boylston Hall (Classics Department), room 203 at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University,

Lennart Lehmhaus, Freie Universität Berlin – SFB 980 “Episteme in Motion”, and Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies will be presenting

“Bodies of Knowledge: Talmudic Medical Expertise and Knowledge Culture(s) in Late Antiquity.”

Lennart Lehmhaus is visiting scholar at the Harvard Center of Jewish Studies for the spring term of 2017.

 

Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University
6 Divinity Ave, Suite 210
Cambridge, MA 02138

J. Cale Johnson at Leiden University starting July 2017

Betreff: [agade] NOTICES: Appointments at Leiden University
first posted April 7, 2017

The department of Assyriology at Leiden University, Institute of Area Studies, announces the following new appointments:

  1. From 1 July, Cale Johnson will join us as a University Lecturer. He specializes in the intellectual history of the ancient Near East, including Classical Sumerian literature and its Early Dynastic antecedents, the history of Babylonian medicine and the socio-economic history of feasting and patronage in centralized institutions. He will be teaching courses in Akkadian literature as well as historical surveys of Babylonian medicine and the economics of institutional life in Mesopotamia, in our BA program in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures and in our MA program in Classics and Ancient Civilizations.
  1. Caroline Waerzeggers has been appointed full professor and chair of Assyriology. She is a specialist in the history of the ancient Near East in the first millennium BCE. Currently she manages an ERC Consolidator Grant project on the Persian Empire. Her teaching will include modules on the Akkadian language and cuneiform script in the BA program in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures, as well as research seminars in the MA program in Classics and Ancient Civilizations.

 

They join Jan Gerrit Dercksen (University Lecturer in Assyriology), Bram Jagersma (University Lecturer in Sumerian), Willemijn Waal (University Lecturer in Hittitology), and Alwin Kloekhorst (University Lecturer in Anatolian Linguistics, at LUCL).

 

The Body in the Hittite Medical Texts – Lecture and Video-Conference

“The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton

Session VIII

The Body in the Hittite Medical Texts, Lecture and Video-Conference

by Valeria Zubieta Lupo, Mainz University, Thursday, April 27, 2017 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Paris time) at the Ivry sur Seine CNRS building, 27 rue Paul Bert, Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry subway station, room C in the basement or by distance through video-conference.

The purpose of this contribution is to offer an insight into the notion of human body within the so-called Hittite medical Texts. The diseased body or body part is described as “being seized by the illness”, and this concept will be used as a starting point for the talk. Moreover, the physical symptoms that go along and that are shortly described in the (medical) indication of the recipes will be analysed and discussed. Finally, the healing treatment applied by the physician to the affected body parts will be examined to get an insight into the dichotomy diseased body vs. healing body within the Hittite recipes.

This presentation constitutes the eighth monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton and supported by the Labex RESMED and the UMR 8167 Orient et Mediterranee.

http://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article2958&lang=en

http://www.labex-resmed.fr/l-individu-et-son-corps-dans-le

 

All the persons who are interested in attending the session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome for free but should register by e-mail beforehand.

contact: alice.mouton@cnrs.fr

 

First posted on AGADE, April 2017

U.S. National Library of Medicine publishes Incunabula online

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has started to publish their Incabula collection online. Those fascinating documents provide a glimpse into the medical knowledge in Europe towards the end of the 15th century. The NLM collection includes more than 580 items, 42 of which are publicly available so far in high resolution scans.

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/incunabula_ww2_gov.html

Stellenausschreibung für eine Promotionsstelle “Konzepte vom menschlichen Körper, von Krankheit, Heilung und Tod”

Das Graduiertenkolleg 1876 „Frühe Konzepte von Mensch und Natur: Universalität, Spezifität, Tradierung“ der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz hat insgesamt

5 Promotionsstellen (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L 65%)

zum 1. Oktober 2017 für zunächst zwei Jahre zu besetzen. Das Graduiertenkolleg wurde von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) eingericht. Vorbehaltlich der Finanzierung durch die DFG besteht die Möglichkeit, die Stellen um ein weiteres Jahr zu verlängern.

 

Das Forschungsprogramm des Graduiertenkollegs verfolgt das Ziel, Konzepte von Mensch und Natur und deren Ursprünge im nordostafrikanischen, vorderasiatischen und europäischen Raum in der Zeit ab 100.000 Jahren v. Chr. bis zum Mittelalter – ausgehend von textuellen, bildlichen und materiellen Quellen – exemplarisch zu erfassen und kulturimmanent wie auch transkulturell zu untersuchen. Dazu werden vier Forschungsschwerpunkte betrachtet:

(1) Konzepte von Urzuständen und Urelementen, von Weltentstehung und Weltuntergang;

(2) Konzepte von Naturphänomenen, Naturgewalten und Naturkatastrophen;

(3) Konzepte von Flora, Fauna und Naturraum;

(4) Konzepte vom menschlichen Körper, von Krankheit, Heilung und Tod.

Die Dissertationsthemen sind jeweils einem dieser Bereiche und einer Fachdisziplin zuzuordnen.

 

Für weitere Informationen bitte hier klicken.

The Body in Hittite Witchcraft – Lecture/Video-Conference

“The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin”, organized by Alice Mouton.
Session VII

The Body in Hittite Witchcraft, Lecture and Video-Conference
by Laura Puértolas Rubio, Sorbonne University Thursday, March 23, 2017 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Paris time) at the Ivry sur Seine CNRS building, 27 rue Paul Bert, Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry subway station, room C in the basement or by distance through video-conference

 

Two types of human bodies are present in the Hittite texts dealing with witchcraft: that of the bewitched and that of the bewitcher. The body of the bewitched person is described several times as “tied” or/and “nailed down”.

During this talk, I will study these examples, analyzing each expression in its context, with the objective of better understanding their meaning and the conception(s) of the bewitched body. The body of the bewitcher will also be alluded to, as a complementary approach.

This presentation constitutes the seventh monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton.

http://www.labex-resmed.fr/l-individu-et-son-corps-dans-le

http://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article2958&lang=en

 

All persons interested in attending the free session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome, but should register by e-mail beforehand.

contact: alice.mouton@cnrs.fr

[agade] eVOLUMES: “Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts” (KAL 1-4)

The first four volumes of the Series «Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts» edited by Stefan M. Maul are now online (as searchable pdf-files).

Go to the homepage of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities at:

http://www.haw.uni-heidelberg.de/forschung/haw-forschung-online.de.html

 

Vol.1: N. Heeßel, Divinatorische Texte I. Terrestrische, teratologische, physiognomische und oneiromantische Omina, KAL 1, Wiesbaden 2007

Vol. 2: D. Schwemer, Rituale und Beschwörungen gegen Schadenzauber, KAL 2, Wiesbaden 2007

Vol. 3: E. Frahm, Historische und historisch-literarische Texte I, KAL 3, Wiesbaden 2009

Vol. 4: Stefan M. Maul, Rita Strauß, Ritualbeschreibungen und Gebete I. Mit Beiträgen von Daniel Schwemer, KAL 4, Wiesbaden 2011