Ancient Near Eastern Languages in Contact—eLecture Series


 We are pleased to announce that University College London and King’s College London are co-hosting an eLecture series, entitled Ancient Near Eastern Languages in Contact (ANELC). With this initiative we aim to bring together scholars from around the world with an interest in Ancient Near Eastern languages, and we hope it stimulates an exchange of ideas and collaboration in a time of academic isolation. The eLectures take place each Wednesday from 1 July until 26 August 2020 from 16:00 until 17:00 BST (London). We are delighted to invite you to this free online event and we look forward to seeing you in one of the meetings!  For a pdf of this advert including abstracts of the lectures, please see here.

Co-Organizers: Dr Alinda Damsma — Dr Lily Kahn — Dr Jonathan Stökl 

On the next pages you will find the schedule for the eLectures – which will take place via Microsoft Teams – followed by the abstract of each lecture. Pre-registration is required for the eLectures, and please register your attendance by contacting Alinda Damsma: Participants are under no obligation to attend each eLecture; they can pre-register for the eLecture(s) that is/are of interest to them. 

Schedule ANELC eLecture series 

Wednesdays 1 July – 26 August 2020 from 16:00 until 17:00 BST (London) 

18:00-19:00 IDT (Jerusalem) 
17:00-18:00 CET (Paris) 
11:00-12:00 EST (New York) 
08:00-09:00 PST (Los Angeles) 

eLecture 1 


 Dr Mark Weeden (SOAS, London) 

Language Contact between Hittite and Sumerian 



eLecture 2 


 Prof. Mark Geller (University College London) 

Mind the Gap: A Lecture on Comparative Ancient Magic from Mesopotamia 



eLecture 3 


 Prof. Aaron Rubin (Pennsylvania State University) 

The Relationship of Egyptian and Semitic 



eLecture 4 


 Prof. Gary A. Rendsburg (Rutgers University New Brunswick) 

Ancient Hebrew and Hieroglyphic Egyptian: Contact through the Ages 



eLecture 5 


 Prof. Dr. Stefan Schorch (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) 

Through Aramaic Lenses: Reconstructing Late Antique Samaritan Hebrew 



eLecture 6 


 Dr Marieke Dhont (University of Cambridge) 

Jewish Multilingualism in the Second Temple Period: Greek as a Jewish Language 



eLecture 7 


 Benjamin Whittle (University College London) 

The Translation of Biblical Hebrew Verbal Stems in the Septuagint of the Pentateuch and Former Prophets 



eLecture 8 


 Dr Na’ama Pat-El (University of Texas Austin) & Dr Phillip Stokes (University of Tennessee Knoxville) 

Reevaluating Contact between Aramaic and Arabic in the Levant 



eLecture 9 


 Dr Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee (University of Chicago) 

Language Contact in the Third Millennium BCE: The Case of “Eblaite”