The scope of the conference is the discussion of the presence and reception of the Aramaic language or/and of the Arameans in the frame of regional and over-regional networks of the Eastern Mediterranean, which developed during the period of the Iron-Age until the Hellenistic periods.
- Postponed to 2021. New date will be anounced shortly.
Day 1, 8 June 2020: Bibliotheca Albertina, Leipzig
Welcome by the rector / dean Leipzig, greetings from BIU and Aren Maeir
1st Session: Archaeological Aspects (Chair: Angelika Berlejung)
Shuichi Hasegawa: Geshur Revisited
Omer Sergi, Tel Aviv: Damascus, Tyre and Israel in the 9th century BCE: A View from the Jezreel Valley
Shlomit Bechar: Changes in stable isotopes analysis in sheep from 9th and 8th centuries BCE
Assaf Kleiman, Leipzig: Decoration Techniques of Iron Age Vessels at the Eastern Shore of the Sea of Galilee and their Social Significance
Stefan Münger (Bern)
Tracing “Aramean” Iconography in the Glyptic Assemblages of Jordan and (Northern) Israel
Lunch in the Albertina (Cafe Alibi)
2nd Session Syria and Egypt (Chair: Michael Streck)
Gunnar Lehmann Beersheva: Al Mina, An Aramean Harbor as an interface between Arameans and the Mediterranean'?
Nibal Muhesen, Damaskus: Cultural interaction in Syria during the Aramaic period through the study of material culture and textual evidences
Giulia Grassi. Göttingen, Arameans in Achaemenid Egypt
Katrin Sonnevelt, Leiden, The Social Contexts of Aramaic within Cuneiform Archives.
Sarka Velharticka, Prag/Ankara, “The Excavations and Finds from Sheikh Sa´ad and Tell Rifaat in the 1920s based on the Excavation Documentation.”
Dinner Max Enk
Day 2, 9 June 2020, Bibliotheca Albertina, Leipzig
3rd Session: Biblical Aspects (Chair: Omer Sergi)
Anne de Hemmer Gudme, Oslo, Memory and Materiality: Yahwistic god concepts in the Hellenistic Period in the context of religion in the Southern Levant
Louis Jonker, Stellenbosch, “The Aramaeans in the Context of Post-exilic Literary Formations of the Hebrew Bible: An Overview of Their Attributed Images”
Raik Heckl, Leipzig, "Herodotus' view of the Aramaeans and Israel's place in the Levant according to the concept of the Pentateuch"
Emanuel Pfoh, National University of La Plata, Shifting Alliances, Shifting Identities: Political Networks and Ethnicity in the Iron Age II Southern Levant
Hannes Bezzel, Jena, Aram in the Prophetic Literature
Lunch in the Albertina (Cafe Alibi)
4th Session: Later Periods (chair: Harald Samuel)
Stefan Schorch, Halle, The poetical form of early Samaritan Aramaic prayers"
Viktor Golinets (Heidelberg), Greek Transcriptions of Aramaic in Comparison with Greek Transcriptions of Hebrew."
Leeor Gottlieb (Bar Ilan University): Targum Software Presentation
Wido van Peursen: “Navigating through the Aramaic Bible translations with the Targums WordMap”.
Eleonora Cussini (Bologna), Palmyrene Aramaic
Willem Smelik, London, Targum and Zohar
Public Lecture: Claudia E. Suter: Luxurious Ivory Objects in the Iron Age Levant: Stylistic Variation and Sociocultural Identities. (chair: Aren Maeir)
Dinner Max Enk
Day 3, 10 June 2020, Freie Universität, Berlin
„Style Complexity and Style Diversity in the Aramaean Kingdoms of the Northern Levant“
Departure to Berlin
Arrival at the FU Berlin coffee and gathering
5th Session (Chair: N. N. )
Dominik Bonatz (FU Berlin): “The Relevance of Cognitive Styles in Aramaean, Luwian and Neo-Assyrian Societies”
Alessandra Gilibert (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia): “Bending, breaking and blending images: visual creativity in the Aramaean kingdoms of the Northern Levant”
Federico Manuelli (FU Berlin): “Arslantepe and the Upper Euphrates in the Context of the Luwian-Aramaean Interaction. A North-South Network of Extra-Regional Contacts?"
Stefania Mazzoni (Università degli Studi die Firence): "Discussing ivories in the light of the Aramaean kingdoms"
Lunch and Check in Hotels
6th session (Chair: N. N.)
Lorenzo Nigro (Roma La Sapienza): “The Phoenicians in the West and their interaction with Arameans: the case of Motya in Sicily”
Mirko Novàk (Univ. Bern): “Diffusion or Common Roots? Hilani and Temple-in-antis as architectural features of Luwians and Aramaeans in the Iron Age"
Marina Pucci (Universität Florenz): “Public Space and Sense of Community: architectural styles in the Aramean kingdoms of Northern Levant”
Helene Sader (AUB Beirut): “In Search of an Aramaean Identity”
Erhan Tamur (Columbia University New York): “Style, Materiality, and Collective Identities: The Case of Northern Levantine Orthostat Reliefs"
Rana Zaher (AUB Beirut): “Investigating Patterns of Differentiation in Syro-Anatolian Sculptural Design and Technology: The Case of Portal Lions”
11 June 2020, Archäologisches Zentrum, Berlin
VAM and Storage Facilities
Meeting in the Archäologisches Zentrum
Pergamon Museum Collection
Departure to Friedrichshagen
Lunch at the Lake
Final Greeting Words and Informations about Publication (Aren Maeir)
Return to Berlin (Arrival ca. 8.30pm)
Transfer to the Airport or to Leipzig