1st Circular

Dear Colleague,

The Département des sciences de l’Antiquité, Faculté des Lettres, of the Univer­sity of Geneva and the Abteilung für Vorderasiatische Archäologie, Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften, of the University of Bern have the honor and pleasure of inviting you to convene for the 61st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, which will be held in Geneva and Bern on 22–26 June 2015. We are excited to host the second Recontre in Switzerland!

Our theme will be Text and Image. The traditional gap between those of us who study the written legacy and those who study the material legacy has broadened over the past decades. This is unfortunate since “both the archaeo­logist and philologist have access to only half of the total object of historical research: the complete human of the past” (Jean Bottéro). The 61st Rencontre endeavors to stimulate a renewed dialogue, calling for contributions of individuals or teams who integrate the two disciplines with the goal of achieving comprehen­sive interpretations. Text and Image is to be understood in a wide sense: we welcome not only papers on relationships of the two media, but, in a more general way, all efforts that aim at a holistic understanding of the complete ancient Near Eastern human being.

In addition to contributions on the main theme, we welcome papers and posters on current research in both philology and archaeology. These, how­ever, will not be included in the proceedings of the congress, which will be solely dedicated to Text and Image.

There will also be time for workshops, where people sharing a common interest can meet in parallel sessions. Workshops are intended for existing workgroups, special fields or new initiatives. A workshop must include a minimum of four related lectures. Proposals for topics, including a provisional list of contributions or participants, must be submitted to the organizing committee by no later than 30 November 2014. Eisenbrauns may publish work­shop proceedings as distinct volumes; the responsibility for publication will lie with the organizers of the workshop.

The papers of all sessions will last no more than 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for discussion. We kindly ask the participants to deliver their papers in English, French or German. There will be no more than three to four parallel sessions. If too many papers are offered we will make a selection. In order to make such decisions, we ask for informative abstracts of 200 words by no later than 1 April 2015. Since the abstracts will be distributed in printed form, we recommend that non-native speakers have their text proofread. Participants of a workshop will submit their abstract directly to the organizers of their workshop, who will pass on the information to the organizing committee once the program of their workshop is final and no later than 1 April 2015.

The registration fees will remain the same as those for the past two Rencontres. You can register for the Rencontre in Switzerland by submitting the registration form on our website (www.rai.unibe.ch). A form for the submission of abstracts is also found under the rubric “Registration,” while information on the venues, travel and accommodation are provided for under the rubric “Practical Information.”

The second circular is planned for February 2015. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to receiving you in Switzerland,

Your Organizing Committee

A. Ahrens, P. Attinger, A. Cavigneaux, M. Jaques, S. Kulemann-Ossen, P. M. Michel, C. Mittermayer, G. O. Nicolet, M. Novák, S. Rutishauser, A. Sollee, C. E. Suter, and J. Tudeau