Oriental Institute Symposium Program
- The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago 7th Symposium
Iconoclasm and Text Destruction in the Ancient Near East and Beyond
Organizer: Natalie N. May
Friday, April 8
9:00-9:15 am: Opening by the Director of the Oriental Institute (Gil Stein)
9:15-9:30 am: Introduction (Natalie Naomi May the Oriental Institute)
Session 1. `Iconoclasm Begins at Sumer' and Akkad
Chair: Miguel Civil
9:30-10:00 am: Christopher Woods, The Oriental Institute "Mutilation of Text and Image in Early Sumerian Sources"
10:00-10:30 am: Claudia E. Suter, University of Basel, Switzerland, "Why Gudea of Lagash?"
10:30-11:00 am: Joan Goodnick Westenholz, New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, "Damnatio Memoriae: Destruction of Name and Destruction of Person in Third-Millennium Mesopotamia"
11:00-11:30 am: Coffee break
Session 2. Iconoclasm as an Instrument of Politics
Chair: Marian Feldman
11:30 am-12:00 noon: Hanspeter Schaudig, University of Heidelberg, "Death of Statues and Rebirth of Gods"
12:00 noon-12:30 pm: Angelika Berlejung, University of Leipzig and University of Stellenbosch, "Shared Fates: The Assyrian Religious Policy in the West"
12:30-1:00 pm: JoAnn Scurlock, Elmhurst College, "Getting Smashed at the Victory Celebration, or What Happened to Esarhaddon's so-called Vassal Treaties and Why"
1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch break
Session 3. How the Images Die and Why?
Chair: Robert Biggs
2:00-2:30 pm: Natalie N. May, The Oriental Institute "mAli-talīmu, or What Can Be Learned from the Destruction of Figurative Complexes"
2:30-3:00 pm: Seth Richardson, The Oriental Institute "The Hypercoherent Icon: Knowledge, Rationalization, and Disenchantment in Mesopotamia"
Saturday, April 9
Session 4. The Ancient Near East beyond Mesopotamia
Chair: Janet Johnson
9:00-9:30 am: Nathaniel Levtow, University of Montana, "The Life and Death of Images and Texts: Correlations and Social Relations in the Ancient Near East"
9:30-10:00 am: Betsy M. Bryan, Johns Hopkins University "Episodes of Iconoclasm in the Egyptian New Kingdom"
10:00-10:30 am: Petra Goedegebuure, The Oriental Institute "Iconoclasm in Hittite Society: Certainly not Present, and Perhaps Impossible"
10:30-10:45 am: Coffee break
Session 5. Classical Antiquity and Byzantium
Chair: Richard Neer
10:45-11:15 am: Silke Knippschild, University of Bristol, "Performing the Frontier: The Abduction and Destruction of Religious and Political Signifiers in Greco-Persian Conflicts"
11:15-11:45 am: Robin Cormack. University of Cambridge, Great Britain, "Looking for Iconophobia and Iconoclasm in Late Antiquity and Byzantium"
11:45-12:45 am Lunch break
Session 6. Reformation and Modernity
Chair: Walter Kaegi
12:451:15 pm: Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Idolatry and Iconoclasm: Alien Religions and Reformation"
1:15-1:45 pm: W.J.T. Mitchell, The University of Chicago, "Idolatry: Nietzsche, Blake, Poussin"
1:45-2:15 pm: Irene Winter, Harvard University - Respondent
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