From the 21st Century BC to the 21st Century AD:
The Present and Future of Neo-Sumerian Studies

Madrid, CCHS-CSIC, July 22-24, 2010

Thursday, July 22

Registration: CCHS, Salón de Actos (9:00am – 10:00am)

Opening Session (10:00am – 10:30am)

Coffee break: 10:30am - 11:00am

The Sources

Panel A (11:00am – 12.45am): Textual Corpora and New Archives
Steven Garfinkle (Western Washington University)

Robert K. Englund (University of California, Los Angeles)

Accessing Textual Corpora Online

David I. Owen (Cornell University, New York)
The Archive of Iri-Saĝrig / Āl- Šarr

Manuel Molina (CSIC, Madrid)
On the Location of Iri-Saĝrig

Lunch: 12:45pm – 2:15pm

Panel B (2:15pm – 4:15pm): Lexicon and Literature

Steve Tinney (University of Pennsylvania)

Gonzalo Rubio (Pennsylvania State University)

Literary and Lexical Texts from Ur III

Luděk Vacín (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)
Šulgi Meets Stalin: Comparative Propaganda as a Tool of Mining the Šulgi Hymns for Historical Data

Fabienne Huber Vulliet (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
‘Father at the dangerous place’. Family ties in Ur III proper nouns

Walther Sallaberger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
The Sumerian Glossary Project

Break: 4:15pm - 4:30pm

Panel C
(4:30pm – 6:30pm): Sumerian Language in Ur III Times
Marcel Sigrist (École Biblique et Archéologique Française, Jerusalem)

Miguel Civil (Oriental Institute, Chicago)

Ur III as a Linguistic Watershed

J. Cale Johnson (

Institut für Altorientalistik, Freie Universität Berlin)
Revisiting topicalization à la Yoshikawa: The role of the *im- prefix in topic-comment structures in Sumerian

Fumi Karahashi (Chuo University)
Hypotactic and Paratactic Complementation in Sumerian
ditilla Texts

Friday, July 23

Economic Activity

Panel D (9:30am - 11:15am): Agriculture and Animal Husbandry


Bertrand Lafont (CNRS, Paris)

Jean-Pierre Grégoire
 (CNRS, Paris)
Le Système Après-Récolte dans l'Hydro-Agriculture Mésopotamienne à la fin du IIIe millénaire avant notre ère

Jacob Dahl (University of Oxford)
Umma Sheep and Goat Herding

Lorenzo Verderame and Gabriella Spada (Università La Sapienza, Rome)
Ikalla, the scribe of (wool) textiles and linen

Coffee break: 11:15am - 11:45


Panel E (11:45am – 1:45pm): Crafts and Material Culture

Franco D’Agostino (Università La Sapienza, Rome)

Hans Neumann (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

Crafts and Material Culture in Ur III Times: Craftsmen between state-controlled production and private handicraft

Franco D’Agostino and Francesca Gorello (Università La Sapienza, Rome)
The control of copper and bronze objects in Umma in Ur III

Paola Paoletti (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
The manufacture of a statue of Nanaja and the crafting of jewellery in Mesopotamia at the End of the Third Millennium B.C.

Alessandro di Ludovico (Università La Sapienza, Rome)
Symbols and Bureaucratic Performances in Ur III Administrative Sphere. An interpretation through data mining

Lunch: 1:45pm – 3:15pm

Panel F (3:15pm – 5:00pm): Administrative Organization

Pietro Mander (Istituto Orientale di Napoli)

Franco Pomponio (Università di Messina)

The Ur III Administration: Officials, Workers, Messengers, and Sons

Yuhong Wu (

Northeast Normal University, Changchun)
The Fixed Offerings to Deities of Nippur

Sergio Alivernini (Università La Sapienza, Rome)
The Management of an Administrative Structure in Ur III Mesopotamia: the Case of mar-sa

Saturday, July 24

Institutions and Society

Panel G (9:30am – 11:15am): The Organization of Work

Natalia Koslova (State Hermitage Museum)

Piotr Steinkeller (Harvard University)

The Use of Corvée Labor in Ur III Times

Natalia Koslova (State Hermitage Museum)
Absence at Work in Ur III Umma: Reasons and Terminology

Alexandra Kleinerman (Cornell University)

The Barbers of Iri-saĝrig

Coffee break: 11:15am - 11:45


Panel H (11:45am – 1:45pm): Military and Political Organization

Walther Sallaberger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Piotr Michalowski (University of Michigan)

Networks of Authority and Power

Steven Garfinkle (Western Washington University)
The Third Dynasty of Ur and the Limits of State Power

Palmiro Notizia (Istituto Orientale di Napoli)
Etel-pû-Dagan, son of Šulgi

Lance Allred (University of California, Los Angeles)
The Tenure of Provincial Governors: An Overview

Closing session: 1:45 – 2:00pm