Open International Workshop: Families, Social Networks, and Religion in the Old Assyrian Period c. 1900 BC

The Old Assyrian Text Project (OATP) is an international research network of assyriologists focusing on the Old Assyrian period (c. 1900-1700 BCE, Mesopotamian history). OATP has met annually since year 2000 and this year we have decided to make a workshop in Copenhagen where we invite you to participate.

The workshop is open to all and registration is not mandatory, but for practical reasons we encourage you to register if you wish to participate.

Contact: Thomas Hertel ( )

Programme Monday 23 June

8.45-9.00 Coffee and tea
9.00-9.10 Welcome
9.10-10.05 Klaas Veenhof (Leiden University)
On Old Assyrian families: social, commercial and religious aspects
10.05-11.00 Thomas Hertel (University of Copenhagen)
Houses, households and paternal estates
11.00-12.00 Adam Anderson (Harvard University)
The Old Assyrian social network
13.00-14.00 Edward Stratford (Brigham Young University)
Pūšu-kēn and Šalim-aḫum: Their friends and family
14.00-15.00 Jan Gerrit Dercksen (Leiden University)
Who will pay when the debtor is dead?
15.00-15.30 Coffee and tea
15.30-16.30 Mogens Trolle Larsen (University of Copenhagen)
Between slavery and freedom

Programme Tuesday 24 June

8.45-9.00 Coffee and tea
9.00-10.00 Wiebke Meyer (Leiden University)
Old Assyrian correspondence: official, business, and private letters
10.00-11.00 Cécile Michel (CNRS (The French National Centre for Scientific Research))
The economic role of Assyrian women according to Kaneš archives
11.00-12.00 Cinzia Pappi (Leipzig University)
Sons of a lesser god: Reflections of Old Assyrian religion in personal names
13.00-14.00 Guido Kryszat (Mainz University)
Aššur, Enlil, Bēl and Šarra-mātēn and their role in family religion
14.00-15.00 Gojko Barjamovic (Harvard University)
Magic, education and tradition in a cultural diaspora
15.00-15.30 Coffee and tea
15.30-16.30 Agnete Lassen (Yale University)
Material culture and social interaction at Kaneš in the Early Second Mill. BCE.
16.30-17.00 Closing discussion