Knowledge in Mesopotamia and Beyond: A Tribute to Prof. Francesca Rochberg

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  Monday, April 11, 2022
  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  340 Stephens Hall & Zoom
  Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures


10:00 Opening

10:15 Niek Veldhuis (UC Berkeley): Paradigm Shifts in Mesopotamian Lexicography

11:00 Jay Crisotomo (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): The Heavenly Writing: Considering the Languages of Babylonian Astronomy

11:45 Gil Breger (UC Berkeley): About Time: Reconsidering the Role of the ziqpu-starts in MUL.APIN

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Gina Konstantopoulos (UCLA): Emotion and the Uncanny in Mesopotamia

2:45 Asad Ahmed (UC Berkeley): The Classification of Knowledge in Late Postclassical Muslim South Asia

3:00 Eduardo Escobar (University of Bologna): Embracing Uncertainty: From a Ballerina in Bloomsbury to the Babylonian Mode of Thought

3:45 Maria Mavroudi (UC Berkeley): Nineteenth- and twentieth-century attitudes toward the ancient world expressed in Arabic: North Africa, Egypt, the Levant, and Iraq

4:30 Francesca Rochberg (UC Berkeley)

5:00 Reception


Prof. Veldhuis teaches Sumerian at UC Berkeley. His specialties include ancient Babylonian education and Computational Text Analysis.

Prof. Crisostomo teaches Sumerian at the University of Michigan. He specializes in social aspects of language use and intellectual history.

Gil Breger is a Ph.D. candidate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures Department. He specializes in Babylonian astronomy.

Prof. Konstantopoulos teaches Sumerian and Akkadian at UCLA. She specializes in religion, magic, and literature in Mesopotamia.

Prof. Ahmed teaches Islamic Studies at UC Berkeley and is Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He specializes in early Islamic social history and pre-modern Islamic intellectual history.

Prof. Escobar teaches Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Bologna. He specializes in the history of instruction manuals

Prof. Mavroudi teaches Byzantine history at UC Berkeley. She specializes in Byzantine intellectual history and its connections to the contemporary Muslim world.

Prof. Rochberg teaches Akkadian and History of Science at UC Berkeley. She specializes in the history of Mesopotamian Astronomy, straddling the disciplines of Assyriology and the History and Philosophy of Sciences. She is the recipient of many awards, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the John Frederick Lewis Award of the American Philosophical Society. She was elected Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2008. Two of her more recent works include: The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Before Nature: Cuneiform Knowledge and the History of Science. (University of Chicago Press 2016).

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