On September 17-18 2015, a colloquium on Ancient Near Eastern Figurines took place in the old city of Tallinn (see programme). It was focused on the figurines of Iron Age Palestine and Transjordan, aiming to bring together scholars who study clay figurines from different periods and parts of the southern Levant. Continue reading Faces From The Past: Ancient Near Eastern Figurines
On September 17-18, the CSTT organizes in Tallinn, under the Auspices of the Association of Coroplastic Studies (ACoSt), the research colloquium “Faces from the Past: Ancient Near Eastern Figurines”. Continue reading Faces From the Past: Ancient Near Eastern Figurines (Tallinn, Sept 17-18)
The CSTT gathers bi-weekly on Thursday afternoons for a coffee meeting. Two of the CSTT members are responsible for an informal presentation, as well as serving some snacks. Yesterday Tero and I organized the meeting. Continue reading CSTT’s Thursday coffee meetings: What’s happening there?
Migration is an age-old phenomenon. Also the Fertile Crescent got its demography and cultures shaped by migration, whether by so-called ‘forced migration’ (deportation) or so-called ‘barbarian invasions’ (mass migration of nations) or by other migration phenomena. Such diversifications, especially when seen over several generations, lead to questions about belonging and calls for reflection on the definition of terminology, in particular ‘ethnicity’ and ‘minority’. These issues are addressed with a focus on the first millennium BCE in a conference, entitled: “What Is ‘Ethnicity’ and Who Belongs to a ‘Minority’ in the Fertile Crescent?” Continue reading Mini-conference: “What Is ‘Ethnicity’ and Who Belongs to a ‘Minority’ in the Fertile Crescent?” (Helsinki, April 21)
In the most recent issue of the open-access journal Approaching Religion, the CSTT is well represented with two articles published by Raz Kletter and Izaak de Hulster (both members of Team 1). Continue reading Recent CSTT publications: Approaching Religion, Vol. 4/2
by Juha Pakkala
Five members of the CSTT (Katri Saarelainen, Emilia Tapiola, Izaak de Hulster, Martti Nissinen and Juha Pakkala) participated in a colloquium on Aram and Israel in Heidelberg in September 1–4, 2014. The focus of the colloquium was on cultural interaction, political borders and identity-building concerning the relationship between the Aramean realm and Israel in the 12th to 8th centuries bce. Continue reading Heidelberg Colloquium – Aram and Israel