The program of "Living under Empires: A View from Below" workshop

Tuesday 1.12.2020

10.00 - 10.20 Opening of the workshop by Saana Svärd, director of CoE ANEE and a word by Marta Lorenzon

Session 1

10.20 - 10.50 Caroline Wallis: Investigating the agricultural and pastoral basis of New Year festivities: when life at the bottom explains the life on the top

10.50 - 11 Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30 Sebastian Fink: The advantages and disadvantages of an Empire

11.30 - 12.00 Johannes Bach: Folktales, popular sayings, riddles and humour: Lower strata of Assyrian and Babylonian society in literary testimony

12.00 - 14.00 Lunch break

Session 2

14.00 - 15.00 Claudia Glatz: Time to let the subalterns speak: complicated stories, presencing, and the future of Empire studies

15.00 - 15.10 Coffee break

15.10 -15.40 Bernhard Schneider: On the archaeological evidence of the impact of an empire change on some inhabitants at Nippur after 539 BC

15.40 - 16.10 Heather D. Baker: Investigating the urban poor in first millenium BC Babylonia

16.10 - 16.40 Melanie M. Gross: Trading communities in Sippar and their social circumstances during Achaemenid rule

Wednesday 2.12.2020

Session 3

11.30 - 12.00 Maria Gabriella Micale: Living "on top" of an Empire: the Persian building on the Acropolis of Tell Mardikh, ancient Ebla - architecture and function

12.00 - 12.30 Rocío Da Riva: Mesopotamian Empires in southern Transjordan: a bottom-up approach

12.30 - 12.40 Coffee break

12.40 - 13.10 Kateryna Baulina: King's court, conquered and locals in the interpretation of the proskynesis ceremony in Assyrian and Achaemenid Empires

13.10 - 14.30 Lunch break

Session 4

14.30 - 15.30 Marc Van de Mieroop: Voicing dissent in Mesopotamian Empires

15.30 - 15.40 Coffee break

15.40 - 16.10 Caroline Waerzeggers: Managing populations from the Babylonian to the Persian Empire

16.10 - 16.40 Jessie De Grado: Habitus of Empire: the tribute scene in Assyrian art

16.40-17.10 Concluding talk by Petri Ylikoski, a philosopher of social sciences

17.10 - 18.00 General discussion and concluding remarks

Program of the Melammu workshop Living under Empires