Updated Programme (February 25 2019)


Third Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East

Ghent University, 8-10 April 2019

KANTL, Koningstraat 18, 9000 Gent


Monday April 8 2019

09:00-09:30 registration
Welcoming Session
09:30-09:40 welcome by Gita Deneckere, Dean of the Faculty of Arts
09:40-10:00 welcome by Katrien De Graef on behalf of organizing committee
First Keynote Lecture
10:00-10:30 Brigitte Lion (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Grandmother’s Tablets. Some Reflections on Female Landowners in Nuzi

10:30-11:00 coffee break
Session 1: Gendered Spaces & Spheres

Chair: Agnès Garcia-Ventura

11:00-11:30 Lorenzo Verderame (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma)

Engendered Cosmic Spaces in Ancient Mesopotamian Myths

11:30-12:00 Laura Cousin (CNRS & Université de Nanterre)

Looking for Gendered Spaces: The Case of Babylon in the First Millennium BC

12:00-12:30 Karolien Vermeulen (University of Antwerp)

Of Cities, Mothers, and Homes. A Cognitive-Stylistic Approach to Gendered Space in the Hebrew Bible

12:30-14:00 lunch break
Session 2: Gender in the Neo-Assyrian World

Chair: Megan Cifarelli

14:00-14:30 Amy R. Gansell (St John’s University)

Images Divinely Sanctioned Neo-Assyrian Queenship at Nimrud’s Northwest Palace

14:30-15:00 Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki)

Arabian Queens: Constructs of Gender and Ethnicity in the Neo-Assyrian Empire

15:00-15:30 Omar N’Shea (University of Malta) & Sophus Helle (Aarhus University)

Soldier of Scholar? Competing Masculinities in the Representation of Ashurbanipal

15:30-16:00 coffee break
Session 3: Sex and Gender

Chair: Saana Svärd

16:00-16:30 Ann K. Guinan (University of Pennsylvania)

Probing the Boundaries of Mesopotamian Heteronormativity: The Case of Tablet 103

16:30-17:00 Natalie N. May (University of Leiden)

Women in Cult in Mesopotamia




Tuesday April 9 2019

Second Keynote Lecture
09:00-09:30 Megan Cifarelli (Manhattanville College)

“Perhaps it Was Always Already Gender:” Dressed Bodies in the Archaeological Record

Session 4: Archaeology & Iconography Part I (Then)

Chair: Katrien De Graef

09:30-10:00 Frances Pinnock (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma)

The Late Bronze Age in Syria: Was It a Dark Age for Women?

10:00-10:30 Sera Yelözer & Mihriban Özbașaran (Istanbul University)

Entangled at Death: Beads, Gender, and the Dead at Early Neolithic Așıkh Höyük

10:30-11:00 Raffaele Frascarelli & Letteria Grazia Fassari (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma)

Queering the Past. The Case of the Goddess on Lion at Hasanlu

11:00-11:30 coffee break
Session 5: Archaeology & Iconography Part II (Now)

Chair: Anne Goddeeris

11:30-12:00 Beth Alpert Nakhai (University of Arizona)

Ecce Feminae: Excavating at the Convent of Notre Dame of Sion and the Arch of Ecce Homo on Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa

12:00-12:30 Agnès Garcia-Ventura (IPOA-Universitat de Barcelona / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Women Talking about Women: Digging the Memory of Women in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

12:30-14:00 lunch break
Session 6: Biblical World

Chair: Beth Alpert-Nakhai

14:00-14:30 Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme (University of Copenhagen)

The Aroma of Majesty: Gender and the Hebrew Bible’s Olfactory Cultic Theology

14:30-15:00 Cathleen Chopra-McGowan (University of Chicago)

Lamentations as Indictments of Masculinity: The Complexity of Gender Performance

15:00-15:30 Elizabeth B. Tracy (Ph.D. St Andrews University)

Vanishing Point: Perspectivity on Women in the Book of Exodus

15:30-16:00 coffee break
                                               Session 7: Phoenician and Punic Worlds

Chair: Brigitte Lion

16:00-16:30 Ana Delgado Hervás & Aurora Rivera (Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona)

Rituals of Mothering and Fathering in Phoenician Sacred Places

16:30-17:00 Mireia López-Bertran (Universitat de València) & Meritxell Ferrer (Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona)

Performing Beauty in Phoenician in Punic Cultures: A Gender Perspective

19:00 conference dinner




Wednesday April 10 2019

Session 8: Female Social Networks

Chair: Ann K. Guinan

09:00-09:30 Allison Thomason (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

Women’s Property and Social Networks in Mesopotamia

09:30-10:00 Anne Goddeeris (Ghent University)

Women and their Weight. Incorporating Weighted Nodes in a Network Analysis of the Central Redistributive Household of Old Babylonian Nippur

10:00-10:30 James D. Moore (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin & Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung Berlin)

Socio-Historical Insights into Women at Elephantine according to the Aramaic Documentary Sources

10:30-11:00 coffee break
Session 9: Women in Economy Part I

Chair: Frances Pinnock

11:00-11:30 Baptiste Fiette (CNRS & Collège de France)

Zinû, Wife and Manager in Old Babylonian Larsa

11:30-12:00 Katrien De Graef (Ghent University)

Seals on Heels. The Sealing Practice of Female Economic Actors in Old Babylonian Sippar

12:00-12:30 Ilan Peled (University of Amsterdam)

Was It Law? Gender Relations and Legal Practice in the Ancient Near East

12:30-14:00 lunch break
Session 10: Women in Economy Part II

Chair: Natalie N. May

14:00-14:30 Yoko Watai (University of Tsukuba)

Women Involved in Daily Management in Achaemenid Babylonia: The Cases of Rē’indu and Andiya

14:30-15:00 Sarah Jarmer Scott (Wagner College)

The Scorpion and the Spider: Gendered Identities in Early Literate Seals and Sealings

15:00-15:40 Fumi Karahashi (Chuo University) & Agnès Garcia-Ventura (IPOA-Universitat de Barcelona / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Women’s Participation in Socio-Economic Activities in Pre-Sargonic Lagash

15:40-16:10 coffee break
                                           Session 11: Ongoing Projects & Future Plans
16:10-16:50 Project Panel

Presentation and Discussion of Ongoing Projects on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East

16:50-17:20 GeMANE Study Group Panel

Presentation of “Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East vol II” (proceedings of Barcelona meeting) & Planning of 4th Workshop in Helsinki (2021)