Report on the “Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East”

The “Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East”1 took place in Barcelona February 1-3, 2017. The workshop was hosted by IPOA, the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies of the University of Barcelona (Spain), and organized in cooperation with the Centre of Excellence in “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions” (University of Helsinki, Finland). Organizers were Agnès Garcia-Ventura (IPOA, University of Barcelona) and Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki). The workshop was a continuation of the “First Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East.” The first workshop was organized by the same two scholars at the University of Helsinki in October 2014 and hosted by the Centre of Excellence in “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions.”

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The aim of both meetings was to discuss different methodological and theoretical approaches to gender within the framework of ancient Near Eastern studies (including archaeology, art history and text studies) and to enable fruitful dialogue between these approaches. Moreover, for this second workshop, colleagues from neighboring disciplines were also encouraged to submit proposals, in order to enrich these conversations further. As a result, the second workshop included colleagues from the disciplines of Assyriology, Archaeology, Egyptology, Phoenician and Punic studies, and Biblical studies (See the full program: http://www.ub.edu/ipoa/Gender_bcn.pdf). Continue reading Report on the “Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East”

A Virtual Reality Project: Introducing a Queen to Nimrud’s Northwest Palace

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I am pleased to announce the commencement of a Virtual Reality that will add a queen character to the long-established virtual model of Nimrud’s Northwest Palace1.

http://www.learningsites.com/NWPalace/queen_home.php

The Virtual Northwest Palace was established in the late 1990s, and has been expanded and developed since. It has been featured in classrooms, museums, and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. For a peak, check out this fly-through video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VCldg1TdHc

Missing from the virtual palace, in its present state, however, are any female characters. It is time to update our perceptions of history! Scholarship on Neo-Assyrian queens debunks old-fashioned visions of harems and establishes that royal women engaged in economic, diplomatic, and ritual activities. Within the palace, queens had their own scribes, managed their own households, and were vital counterparts to the king’s identity and authority. Continue reading A Virtual Reality Project: Introducing a Queen to Nimrud’s Northwest Palace