2008. október 24., péntek


2008. december 17. és 19. között egy roppant izgalmasnak ígérkező konferenciát tartanak Leidenben. Minthogy egyelőre nincs honlapja, bemásolom ide az egész ismertetőt, ill. programot.

Comparative Studies around Cuneiform Writing Schools

Over the past decades the role of writing in the development of human civilizations has been the subject of much discussion. The adoption and development of literate skills has been linked to many developments in human history, be they cultural, social or even cognitive. However, there still is a lively debate on the nature of the relationship between those developments. Broad-sweeping theories on the effects and consequences of the introduction and spread of writing, and especially alphabetic writing, are now seen by many as too deterministic and culture centrist. Such critics prefer to study the role of writing within the context of specific societies, relating it to issues such as power relations and the distribution and control of cultural assets. Inspired by these discussions the Leiden based NWO-project The Transfer of Knowledge in a Cuneiform Culture is studying school material from the Late Bronze Age (1500-1200 bce) found in the areas to the west of Mesopotamia, stretching from the Hittite realm in Anatolia to pharaonic Egypt. It seeks to reconstruct the mechanisms involved in this transfer of written culture as well as the impact the use of this script had on local cultures. In these western regions learning to read and write the cuneiform script, which was originally developed for the Sumerian language and was adapted with in Mesopotamia to the Akkadian languages, implied not just the technical mastery of the script itself but also learning at least two foreign languages. Scribes were taught their skills within so-called schools attached tothe scribal workshops which also included archives of texts produced there or in other workshops. Such workshops are found within royal palaces or connected to temples but more commonly in private houses. However, the texts found suggest that whatever the location a workshop usually had some kind of link with the palace. Hoping to stimulate discussion on the topic of literacy between Assyriologists and specialists of other disciplines dealing with related problems, a conference will be organised in Leiden from 17 until 19 December 2008. Issues such as educational traditions indifferent eras and cultures, the transfer of knowledge from one place to another and the interplay between oral and written traditions ineducational contexts will be dealt with, while members of the Leiden project will present some of their preliminary findings.

All those who are interested are kindly invited to participate in the discussions. However, in view of the limited size of the conference venue, listeners are requested to register beforehand. A registration fee of € 10,- can be paid at the start of the conference. This feedoes not cover meals or lodging.

Conference venue:
LUF-zaal (room 1.48)
12311 BD Leiden

For registration and information, please contact: prof.dr. Wilfred van Soldt (w.h.van.soldt kukac let.leidenuniv.nl), dr. Wolfert van Egmond (w.s.van.egmond kukac let.leidenuniv.nl)

Comparative Studies around Cuneiform Writing Schools
Leiden, 17-19 December 2008

Provisional programme
Wednesday 17 December
9.30 – 10.30 Reception
10.30 – 10.40 Prof.Dr. Wilfred H. van Soldt (Leiden), Welcome and official opening.
10.40 – 11.20 Key-note Prof.Dr. Niek C. Veldhuis (Berkeley), Babylonian Scribal Culture in Assyria – Transformation by Preservation
11.20 – 12.00 Key-note Dr. Marco Mostert (Utrecht), Latin Learning and Learning Latin: Knowledge Transfer and Literacy in the European Middle Ages

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 Educational Practices across Cultures 1
Prof.Dr. Yoram Cohen (Tel Aviv), The Social and Historical Background of the Scribal School at Emar
Dr. Annemarieke Willemsen (Leiden), "The Daily Dungeon": The Practice of Education at Grammar Schools through the Eyes of Schoolboys

14.30 – 15.30 Interfaces between the Oral and the Written 1
Prof.Dr. Karel van der Toorn (Amsterdam), The Transmission of Knowledge Between the Oral and the Written
Dr. Ben J.J. Haring (Leiden), Literacy and Orality on a Local Level in Pharaonic Egypt

15.30 – 16.00 Tea

16.00 – 17.00 Reasons for Writing
Prof.Dr. Rosamond McKitterick (Cambridge), Why Write Historical Narrative in the Carolingian Empire?
Prof.Dr. Wilfred H. van Soldt (Leiden), Why Did They Write? On Empires and Vassals in Syria during the Late Bronze Age

Thursday 18 December
10.00 – 11.00 Literacy in the Ancient Near East 1
Prof.Dr. Piotr Michalowski (Ann Arbor), Some Considerations of Oral and Written Transmission of Early Mesopotamian Literary and School Traditions
Dr. Carole Roche (Paris), Professions Lists in the Late Bronze Periphery

11.00 – 11.30 Tea

11.30 – 12.30 Interfaces between the Oral and the Written 2
Tobias Scheucher (Leiden/Berlin), Orality and Literacy: The Evidence of Errors and Mistakes. A Case Study on Hittite Lexical Texts
Prof.Dr. H.F.J. Horstmanshoff (Leiden), Oral Transmission and Written Information in Ancient Greek Medical Education

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Educational Practices across Cultures 2
Dr. Maaike L.M. van Berkel (Amsterdam), The Transfer of Bureaucratic Knowledge and Skills in Iraq under the Abbasid Caliphs (8th-10th Century)
Jan Jansen (Leiden), The Educated Body – Observations on Educational Trajectories in Rural Mali (West Africa)
Dr. Jeanette C. Fincke (Leiden), The School Curricula from Hattusa, Ugarit, and Emar: a Comparison

15.30 – 16.00 Tea

16.00 – 17.00 Cross-Cultural Transmission in the Ancient Near East
Prof.Dr. Jörg Klinger (Berlin), Translation and Cross-Cultural Knowledge Transfer
Prof.Dr. Gary Beckman (Ann Arbor), Shamash among the Hittites

17.00 – 18.00 Borrel

Friday 19 December
10.00 – 11.00 Writing in a Professional Mode
Willemijn Waal (Leiden), Reading between the Lines: Hittite Scribal Conventions
Prof.Dr. Petra Sijpesteijn (Leiden), Professionalizing an Administrative Elite in Early Islamic Egypt

11.00 – 11.30 Tea

11.30 – 12.30 Educational Practices across Cultures 3
Prof.Dr. Joan Booth (Leiden), Quintilian's Description of the Ideal Teacher: Theory and Practice in Roman Education
Dr. Wolfert S. van Egmond (Leiden), Informal Education in the Middle Ages: A Young Area of Research

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Literacy in the Ancient Near East 2
Prof.Dr. Herman L.J. Vanstiphout (Groningen), The Beginning Was the Sign
Dr. Robert Hawley (Paris), The Transmission of Knowledge and Lore in the Alphabetic Tradition of Ugarit

15.00 – 16.00 Closing session and discussion

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elnézve a sokféle korszakot, kultúrkört, stb., amelyeknek szakértői felszólalnak, kíváncsi vagyok, lesz-e legalább egy olyan ember, aki a saját előadásán túl még egy előadás témájával nagyjából képben van:)
komolyra fordítva: tényleg izgalmasan hangzik