Category Archives: Women’s studies

Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near

Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East Universitat de Barcelona, February 1-3, 20171

Hosts: IPOA, Universitat de Barcelona and Centre of Excellence “Sacred Texts in Change” in the University of Helsinki

Conference venue: Universitat de Barcelona – Edifici Josep Carner (pl. Universitat, access through Aribau street, number 2), room 0.1 (ground floor). Nearest metro station: Universitat (lines 1 and 2) — Plaça de la Universitat – Google Maps

Organizers: Agnès Garcia-Ventura (IPOA, Universitat de Barcelona) / Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki)

Wednesday February 1st 2017

8.45-9.00: registration
9.00-9.45: welcome and introduction

9.00-9.15: Welcome: Adelina Millet Albà, director of the IPOA
9.15-9.45: Presentation and introduction to the workshop: Agnès Garcia-Ventura & Saana Svärd, “Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East: An Introduction”

9.45-11.15: panel 1

9.45-10.15: Ann Guinan, “Dressing the Whore of Babylon for the 21st Century: Sex, Gender and Theory in Mesopotamian Studies”
10.15-10.45: Gioele Zisa, “Queering šà Therapy. Considerations on the Relations between Masculinity, Sickness and Anatomy” Continue reading Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near

NEA latest issue: Gender Archaeology

Near Eastern Archaeology

Near Eastern Archaeology, special issue, Volume 79, Issue 3, september 20161

  • Jane Peterson: Woman’s Share in Neolithic Society: A View from the Southern Levant

    Early farming groups set into motion substantial, even revolutionary, socioeconomic changes dur- ing the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (ca. 10,500– 6,000 cal. b.c.e.) in the southern Levant of South- west Asia. Social organizational structures capable of addressing new opportunities and challenges would have been integral… ☛

  • Maria Mina: Was It a Man’s World? Gender Relationships at the Transition to the Bronze Age in Cyprus

    This article examines whether the apparently equitable gender relationships of the Chalcolithic period in Cyprus were replaced by gender in- equality in the Bronze Age. The discussion critiques the axioms … ☛

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Marten Stol (ed.): Women in the Ancient Near East (Open Access)

Women in the Ancient Near East
Richardson-Hewitt, Helen, Mervyn Richardson and Marten Stol. 2016. Women in the Ancient Near East. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter (Open access)

Women in the Ancient Near East offers a lucid account of the daily life of women in Mesopotamia from the third millennium BCE until the beginning of the Hellenistic period. The book systematically presents the lives of women emerging from the available cuneiform material and discusses modern scholarly opinion. Stol’s book is the first full-scale treatment of the history of women in the Ancient Near East.

Let your penis consume my crotch: thoughts on female sexual desire in ancient Mesopotamia

womenPenetrated_©BritishMuseum2015In a time1 and place where sexual matters figure in the agenda of both public institutions and private individuals, it may be interesting to turn our attention to ancient societies and ask ourselves: what can we know about sexual practices, attraction and desire in antiquity? How did gender relations manifest in sexual terrains? Or more specifically, how was women’s sexual desire perceived and understood in the various societies of the ancient world?

Ancient Mesopotamia has provided us with a disparity of sources dealing mainly or tangentially with sexual matters, from mythical-religious compositions depicting carnal congress between deities to legal provisions regulating rape and unfaithfulness. But it is a particular kind of source, the so-called ŠÀ.ZI.GA or “potency texts” – especially when read side by side with other cuneiform texts- that offer revealing glimpses on the techniques and mechanisms women could employ to accomplish their personal wishes and sexual appetites. Continue reading Let your penis consume my crotch: thoughts on female sexual desire in ancient Mesopotamia