Bard College Berlin Presents
Friday, September 18, 2020

Hittite Intervention - Part I of the Workshop Series Foreign Intervention in (Ancient) Syria

Online Workshop
10:00 am CET

Are you curious about ancient Syria? Does imperialism interest you? This workshop will get you thinking about both ancient Syria and the politics of foreign intervention. Over the course of four consecutive Friday seminars, experts on ancient Syria (c. 1400-600 BC) will guide us through a wide range of ancient sources and the politics of their discovery in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Together, we will consider how the Hittite and Assyrian empires operated in Syria in order to reflect on the nature of imperial politics—in antiquity and today.
This workshop with Elena Devecchi will discuss:

How did the Hittites conquer Syria?
What was Syria's political landscape during the Late Bronze Age?
What did it mean to be a Hittite vassal?

All are welcome; no prior knowledge necessary.

Elena Devecchi is Professor of History of the Ancient Near East at the Department of Historical Studies of the University of Turin. After receiving her PhD at the University of Venice, she worked in Germany (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München and Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg), Belgium (KU Leuven) and Austria (University of Innsbruck), where she carried out postdoctoral projects and taught classes on Akkadian and Hittite.
Her scientific interests focus on the international relations during the Late Bronze Age, in particular in historical and diplomatic texts from Anatolia and Syria (see e.g. Trattati internazionali ittiti, Brescia 2015), and on the economic and administrative institutions of Babylonia during the Kassite period (see Middle Babylonian Texts in the Cornell Collections, Part 2 The Earlier Kings, University Park 2020).
Devecchi is epigraphist of the archaeological mission conducted at the site of Tulūl al-Baqarat (Iraq) by the University of Turin and by the “Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi” of Turin.
A list of her publications can be found here.

More upcoming events in the series:
September 25: Assyrian Intervention with Nathan Morello (LMU Munich)
October 2: Architectures of Intervention with Alessandra Gilibert (University of Venice)
October 9: Archaeology of Intervention with Cinzia Pappi (University of Innsbruck)
All workshops meet on Zoom from 10am to 12pm, noon CET. Contact the organizer, Aaron Tugendhaft, with any questions. (a.tugendhaft@berlin.bard.edu)

Co-sponsored by Baynatna: The Arabic Library in Berlin, and made possible by the generous support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung.

Contact information:  communications@berlin.bard.edu

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