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International Summer School of Peripheral Akkadian (Charles University Prague, August 2020)

International Summer School “Writing on the Fringe. Cuneiform Traditions in the Peripheries”, Charles University (Prague), August 17-21, 2020

The spread of the use of cuneiform writing from its original Mesopotamian centers to neighboring regions represents a significant socio-historical and cultural phenomenon. During the 2nd millennium BC, along with its role in preserving and perpetuating literary and scholastic traditions, cuneiform became an instrument of administration and diplomacy through which records of economic transactions and legal disputes were kept. The study of these documents helps us to shed light on the course of dynamic political and cultural-social development on the fringes of the cuneiform world. The International Summer School "Writing on the Fringe" reflects current trends in the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, making a direct link between research and teaching. Through the study of primary sources presented in a series of lecture blocks and seminars, students will learn about the unique phenomenon of this so-called Peripheral Akkadian, with special attention given to the material from Alalah (Jacob Lauinger), Tikunani (Regine Pruzsinszky), Amarna (Jana Mynářová), Ugarit (Kevin McGeough), and Emar (Matthew Rutz).

Participating students will be enrolled as visiting students at the Faculty of Arts and at the end of the course they will receive an official transcript of records to demonstrate its successful completion. Please contact your own department/university for recognition of e-credits.

Dates: August 17-21, 2020
Venue: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Celetná 20, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Organizers: Czech Institute of Egyptology in co-operation with the Institute of Comparative Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
Tuition: no tuition
E-Credits: 8 e-credits
Level: Intermediate Akkadian (MA/PhD level)

Prof. Jacob Lauinger, Johns Hopkins University
Prof. Kevin McGeough, University of Lethbridge
Prof. Jana Mynářová, Charles University
Prof. Regine Pruzsinszky, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Prof. Matthew Rutz, Brown University

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