Conférence du Professeur Shuichi HASEGAWA (Université Rikkyo à Tokyo)


Professeur à l’Université Rikkyo, Tokyo, Japon

invité par l’Assemblée des professeurs, sur la proposition du professeur Thomas Römer, titulaire de la chaire «Milieux bibliques», donnera une conférence sur le sujet suivant :


Cette conférence aura lieu au Collège de France (11, place Marcelin-Berthelot, Paris 5e), le mercredi 8 mars 2017, à 14h30, salle 2.

Conférence du Professeur Christian FREVEL (Université de la Ruhr à Bochum)

M. Christian FREVEL

Professeur à la Faculté catholique de Théologie de l’Université de la Ruhr à Bochum (Allemagne)

invité par l’Assemblée des professeurs du Collège de France, sur la proposition du professeur Thomas Römer, titulaire de la chaire «Milieux bibliques», donnera une conférence sur le sujet suivant :

BROKEN FAITH AND THE DISCOVERY OF THEOLOGY – SOME INSIGHTS IN REASONING WITHIN THE BOOK OF LAMENTATIONS (Foi brisée et la découverte de la théologie – quelques aperçus sur le raisonnement dans le livre des Lamentations de Jérémie)

Cette conférence aura lieu au Collège de France (11, place Marcelin-Berthelot, Paris 5e), le mercredi 22 février 2017, à 17 heures, amphithéâtre Guillaume Budé.

Workshop « The Assyrian–Levant Experience: Postcolonial perspectives »

Interdisciplinary Workshop, Collège de France, 24–25 February

In recent years, scholars of ancient empires have turned their attention to the application of postcolonial theories, which insist on local agency, the multi-vocality of evidence, and power distribution. Not restricted to an actual post-colonial (“liberated”) situation, the field of postcolonialism investigates colonialism’s discourses, power structures, and social hierarchies; emphasizes liminalities and views cultural borders and their constant reorganization as fundamental in colonial interactions. Through these colonial interactions, social structures and identities are formed and altered. Scholars have proposed various models in their attempts to address the complex nature of the colonial experience and its transcultural character. Time and again, the common denominator among these models has shown itself to be the search for dialogues among the various groups—dialogues that primarily occurred through individual “agents.”

Accordingly, this workshop aims to draw together studies of the colonial interactions in given geographical niches, within a given time frame, and by employing a range of scholarly methods. The chosen case study is the interaction between the indigenous population of the Levant and the Assyrian state and its agents during the 9th—7th centuries BCE. The intrusive Assyrian activity in the Levant and its consequent hegemony was a transformative force that intensified and eventually terminated processes of social differentiation, state formation, and the creation of regional identities that had begun to form in the late second millennium BCE. Implemented across several phases, a superregional network enabled Assyrian control over extensive territories and restricted the sovereign rights of subservient local peoples. The Assyrian domination expanded, through force, incorporating smaller entities and transforming them into a single, hegemonic “Land of Assyria.” This imperial core crafted a dense network of topographical corridors, secured by hubs throughout the Levant, hosted by imperial agents alongside settlers from the imperial core, and displaced groups. These intrusive groups interacted with surrounding social groups through a range of political considerations, economic goals, and the cultural setting of the local population.

We anticipate that an interdisciplinary meeting of archaeologists, biblical scholars, and Assyriologists, using a varied range of theories, methods and sources, will burst forth into a dynamic fruitful discussion of the complexity of the “Assyrian experience” in the Levant.

We would direct our discussion at investigating the possibilities of such an approach while addressing the following topics related to the imperialindigenous interaction:

  • The image of the colonial forces in the mind of the indigenous individuals and groups;
  • Power distribution: patrimonial relations, networks of interactions, institutions, administrative system;
  • The location of interactions: Assyrian capitals, local centers, scribe schools, trade networks, Assyrian centers along the coast, the imagination of the scribe, etc.;
  • Character of interactions: contact, encounters, continuous exposure;
  • Agency: who interacts with whom? Elite, administrators, soldiers, subalterns vs. dominators, exiled groups, craftsmen, priests, etc.;
  • Transfer of knowledge and appropriation of « foreign » ideas and practices;
  • Actual post-colonial situation: what is remembered, why, and how?;
  • Imperial preconceptions in modern scholarship: the connection between scholarly interpretation and the evolving preconception of empires in the modern mind.

Workshop location: Fondation Hugot du Collège de France, 11 Rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris

For further information please contact li.ca1508462704.uat.1508462704tsop@1508462704hcoko1508462704di1508462704


Friday, February 24th

  • 11:00 Introduction: Postcolonizing Assyria and the Levant, Ido Koch (Tel Aviv University) and Thomas Römer (Collège de France)
  • 12:00 The Levant and Assyria: The Assyrian Royal Inscription Perspective, Lionel Marti (CNRS)
  • 13:00 Lunch break
  • 15:15 The Aramaeans and the Assyrians: Some Aspects of Differentiation, Comparison and Interaction, Christian Frevel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • 16:15 Double Assimilation in Sam’al? Local Elites between Home and Empire, Virginia Herrmann (University of Tübingen)

Saturday, February 25th

  • 10:00 Revenge of the Conquered: Paths of Resistance in the Assyrian City of Dan, Yifat Thareani (Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem)
  • 11:00 Jerusalem and Assyria in the 7th Century BCE: Imperial Concepts and Landscape Planning, Yuval Gadot (Tel Aviv University)
  • 12:00 Lunch break
  • 13:30 The Colonial Experience—Food and Animal Economy under Assyrian Domination, Lidar Sapir-Hen (Tel Aviv University)
  • 14:30 “Woe to the Bloody City” (Nah 3:1). The Image of Assyria in the Book of Nahum and Its Early Reception History, Jakob Wöhrle (Universität Oldenburg)
  • 15:30 Coffee break
  • 15:45 Concluding remarks and final discussion