In October 2014 Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki) and Agnès Garcia-Ventura (Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”) organized the workshop “Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East”, hosted by the Centre of Excellence in “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions”, University of Helsinki. Emails from that time reveal that the aim was: “to discuss different methodological approaches to gender within the framework of ancient Near Eastern studies (including archaeology, art history and text studies) and enable a fruitful dialogue between these approaches”.
Luckily, the expected “fruitful dialogue” did take place! As a result, during the final panel, devoted to discussion and concluding remarks, many of the participants expressed their wish to keep in touch. Some proposed using social networks to achieve this goal. Eventually, one of the participants, Vanessa Juloux, was brave enough to propose a collaborative plattform developed by her. As the leader of the project, V. Juloux is now working to make the wish of the participants of the workshop to come true. Furthermore, she is adding the possibility to enlarge the community, to form a larger research and study community around this collaborative platform.
Thus, the aim of the blog we present here is to have a virtual meeting place, open to all interested. We aim to have regular and diverse blog entries, covering all kinds of events, new books, etc. S. Svärd and A. Garcia-Ventura will collaborate with V. Juloux to develop the platform and the communication between members. For this reason, we will be happy to welcome your proposals, feedback and content posts for the sections. If you are interested in joining us, please do not hesitate to contact us: