Congrès Mondial des Études sur le Moyen-Orient et l'Afrique du Nord

Barcelone du 19 au 24 Juillet 2010

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EMPIRE IN THE MIDDLE EAST: ANTIQUITY TO THE BRITISH/FRENCH MANDATES - 1/4: Akkadian to Seleukid (024) - Panel
 

· Institution: University of Connecticut (USA)

· Organisateur: Robin Adele Greeley

· Langue: English

· Description: Concepts of empire and imperialism have long provoked serious reflection and intense controversy. Yet while studies continue to proliferate, troubling elisions remain. While serious investigations of modern empires in the Middle East abound, almost none have been contextualized within the longer history of empire available through the extended archaeological record. Alternatively, few archaeologists have attempted to theorize Ancient Near Eastern empires; even fewer undertake comparative analyses across time and space. Many ANE studies continue to rely on a straightforward model of territorial expansion through military conquest, patterned after standard interpretations of the Roman empire, thus neglecting evidence of other methods of maintaining political control over diverse polities and multiple states. Studies of the modern period, while often more nuanced, frequently maintain a sharp divide between capitalist and pre-capitalist imperial forms, and tend to view the latter, having been ?superseded? by capitalism, as irrelevant. A similar division is often constructed between the Islamic and pre-Islamic periods. This interdisciplinary symposium aims to redress these deficiencies by expanding theoretical and historical investigations of empire and its implications for studies of Middle Eastern civilizations. Fourteen scholars from the disciplines of history, art history and archaeology explore disparate models of the constitution, expansion, structure and destruction of Middle East empires from antiquity to the modern era. This panel, the first of four on empire/imperialism in the Middle East, will treat the Akkadian, the Assyrian, the Achaemenid and the Seleukid empires.

Chair: Robin Adele Greeley,
University of Connecticut
Discussant: Fred Donner, University of Chicago
Paper presenter: Harvey Weiss, Yale University "Was the Akkadian Empire Imperial?"
Paper presenter: Karen Radner, University College London. "The Assyrian imperial project"
Paper presenter: Pierre Briant, College de France. "The Achaemenid Empire (c.550-330)"
Paper presenter: G.G. Aperghis, University College London. "The Seleukid empire"