Near Eastern Archaeology, special issue, Volume 79, Issue 3, september 2016
- 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 … ☛
Continue reading NEA latest issue: Gender Archaeology
“The Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale held in Paris in 2009 enabled Agnès Garcia-Ventura and Saana Svärd to realize they both had a common interest: gender studies. This common interest materialized in a joint project we launched in 2012. The aims of their project were, first, to discuss some possible methodological approaches to gender within the framework of ancient Near Eastern studies; and second, to create spaces where people interested in such discussions could interact with each other. With their contribution to this special issue of the Near Eastern Archaeology, Agnès Garcia-Ventura and Saana Svärd aim to offer a brief presentation of the genesis of their project, the initiatives carried on until now, the current state of research, and future prospects.”
Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East: First Steps and Future Prospects
Agnès Garcia-Ventura and Saana Svärd
Near Eastern Archaeology
Vol. 79, No. 3, Special Issue: Gender Archaeology (September 2016), pp. 222-223.
Organisers: Agnès Garcia-Ventura (“Sapienza”, Università degli Studi di Roma / IPOA, Universitat de Barcelona) & Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki)
When and where: IPOA, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), February 1-3 2017.
After the workshop held in Helsinki in October 2014, the organisers are now pleased to announce the “Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology, and the Ancient Near East”. The aim of the meeting is 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 dialogues between these approaches.
If you are interested in delivering a paper relating to the aims of the workshop, please send us the title and the abstract (150-300 words) by September 30th: Agnès Garcia-Ventura (agnes.ventura[AT]gmail.com) and Saana Svärd (saana.svard[AT]helsinki.fi). Decisions about acceptance will be made before October 15th.
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. Continue reading About history and organization of the blog
The volume has two main aims. First, it presents the available textual evidence relating to women in the palaces of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (c. 930-610 BCE). Second, it evaluates the power relationships that these women were engaged in.
Power in general and women’s power in particular has been understood mostly in a hierarchical way in earlier research on Mesopotamian women. Hierarchical power structures were important in Mesopotamia, but other kinds of power structures existed as well. In addition to discussing hierarchical power relationships, this study draws attention to heterarchical power relations in which women were engaged in Neo-Assyrian palace milieu.
Heterarchical power relations include power relations such as reciprocal power, resistance and persuasion. Although earlier research has certainly been aware of women’s influence in the palaces, this study makes explicit the power concepts employed in previous research and further develops them using the concept of heterarchy. Continue reading Svärd: Women and Power in Neo-Assyrian Palaces