The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

26 Jan 10:00

4th NINO Annual Meeting: Othering & Identity

Rolf Strootman, Ortal-Paz Saar

Universiteit Utrecht

Practical details



Morning venue:
Utrecht University, Drift 13, room 0.04
09:30 Coffee and registration
10:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
Willemijn Waal, Ortal-Paz Saar, Rolf Strootman
10:20-11:20 Session 1: Assyriology
Chair: Rolf Strootman
  Céline Debourse (Hebrew University of Jerusalem/University of Vienna),
Othering and Identity in the Babylonian New Year Festival Texts
  Ilan Peled (Leiden University),
The Heroic King and His Villainous Rivals: Identity and Othering in Mesopotamian Royal Propaganda
11:30-12:10 Session 2: Cultural Interactions
Chair: Ortal-Paz Saar
  Milinda Hoo (University of Freiburg),
Between Hellas and Asia: Locating Self and Other in the Research Imagination of Central Eurasia
  Lecture cancelled due to illness
Marike van Aerde (Leiden University),
The Dynamics of Indian Ocean Exchange
12:10-14:00 Lunch break (cafés and restaurants available in the vicinity)
Afternoon venue:
Utrecht University, Drift 21, room 0.32
14:00-15:00 Session 3: Rome and Late Antiquity
Chair: Leonard Rutgers
  Lucinda Dirven (Radboud University),
Religious Identity and Othering in Roman Dura-Europos
  Korshi Dosoo (Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg),
The Representations of Magicians in Christian Literary Texts from Egypt
15:00-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-16:45 Session 4: Next Steps
Chair: Willemijn Waal
  Bert van der Spek (VU Amsterdam, em.),
A new edition of the Babylonian Chronicles and Astronomical Diaries from the Hellenistic Period
  Lightning sessions:
  1. Ludovica Cecilia (VU Amsterdam),
    The private archive of a Babylonian priestly family (Ilia A)
  2. Daan Nijssen (independent scholar),
    Medes in the Late Iron Age Zagros
  3. John Turco (University of Groningen),
    Rituals in Space: Reconstructing Funerary Rituals through Gifts and Bones
  4. Nicholas Aherne (Groningen),
    Encoffined Bodies: on the role of decorated sarcophagi in funerary customs of Coastal Lebanon during the Roman period
  NINO BA Thesis Prize award ceremony
  Final remarks, closure


General information

NINO’s Annual Meeting (in Dutch: de jaarlijkse NINO-dag) is held every year at the end of January. It offers an opportunity for advanced students and researchers of the ancient Near East in the Netherlands to meet and exchange ideas about ongoing and envisioned research projects. The Meeting is co-organised by NINO and an alternating host institution.