Scholarship as Literature: Internal Mechanisms of Text Generation and Rhetorics in Scholarly Texts and Series from Ancient Mesopotamia and Neighbouring Cultures

An international symposium at the Institute of Near Eastern Studies, University of Vienna

Convened by Nicla De Zorzi

December 18th-19th, 2017


Monday 18th

9:30-10:00 Official Welcome and Introduction

10:00-10:45 C.J. Crisostomo (University of Michigan) The Listing Scholarship of Sumerian

Proverbs Collections

10:45-11:30 J. Pfitzner (Universität Wien) The use of ellum, ebbum, and namrum in the series


11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-12:45 U.S. Koch (University of Copenhagen) Principles of Astrological Omen

Composition – the Challenges of Reverse Engineering

12:45-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:00 N.P. Heeßel (Universität Marburg) Left and right, up and down, top, middle or

bottom: How Mesopotamian scholars structured information in extispicy omen texts

15:00-15:45 A. Winitzer (University of Notre Dame) Prescription to Description: Extispicy as a

Source of History and Literature in the Old Babylonian Period

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:00 U. Gabbay (Hebrew University) Transmitting and creating liturgy for two millennia:

The case of Sumerian Emesal prayers

17:00-17:45 R.S. Salo (Universität Münster) The Form and Formation of the Royal Psalm 21: An

Introduction in the Historical-Critical Exegesis

19:30 Official Dinner

Tuesday 19th

9:30-10:15 J. Cale Johnson (Leiden University) How Secular Etiologies Reorder the Babylonian

Medical Corpus

10:15-11:00 T. Pommerening (Universität Mainz) The interrelations between text type and

content, arrangement and expansion of technical and scientific scholarly texts: A survey from

Ancient Egypt

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:15 E. Wakelnig (Universität Wien) Benefits from Animal Parts: Arabic Texts on How

to Use Different Parts of Animals

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:30 C. Debourse (Universität Wien) Cultic Ritual Texts in the Scholarly Tradition: the

New Year’s Festival Texts

14:30-15:15 D. Schwemer (Universität Wurzburg) Of Gods and Goats, Witches and Kings: The

Scholarly Construction of Ritual Complexity and Effective Communication in Bīt rimki

15:15-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:15 N. De Zorzi (Universität Wien) Repetition with Variation: an Inquiry into the

Construction of Meaning in Ancient Mesopotamia

16:15-17:00 Final Discussion



Date: 18.–19.12.2017
Time: 09:30–17:00