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Gender and Women in Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Bibliography 2002-2016

Author Name: agnes-garcia-ventura
Author Name: gioele-zisa
Akkadica 138In 2002 Julia M. Asher-Greve, in collaboration with Mary Frances Wogec, published Women and Gender in Ancient Near Eastern Cultures: Bibliography 1885-2001 in the journal NIN: Journal of Gender Studies in Antiquity. As shown by the broad time span covered by the bibliography, this list was the first devoted to women and gender in ancient Near Eastern studies. In the short time since the publication of that bibliography, both women’s studies and gender studies in a broad sense have undergone notable expansion. For this reason, Agnès Garcia-Ventura and Gioele Zisa have created a new bibliography list, which covers the studies published from 2002 to 2016. This list has been recently published (2017) in the number 138 of the journal Akkadica.[1]

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About history and organization of the blog

Helsinki_27oct14_group photoIn 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. Continue reading About history and organization of the blog