Fri, Aug 11|
Stanford Humanities Center
2023 ASA Symposium
The 2023 Assyrian Studies Symposium will focus on the various ways the field of Assyrian Studies has emerged across different disciplines in academia. This event is open to the public.
Time & Location
Aug 11, 2023, 9:00 AM – Aug 13, 2023, 5:30 PM
Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
About the event
The 2023 Assyrian Studies Symposium will focus on the various ways the field of
Assyrian Studies has emerged across different disciplines in academia.
Traditionally an understanding of Assyrian peoples, cultures, and histories has
been limited to the ancient past and detached from the existing people of
Mesopotamia, the region that constitutes today’s northern Iraq, northwest Syria,
southeast Turkey, and northwestern Iran. This symposium reinserts the
community and its heritage as a living entity and the study thereof, as one of
ethical concern. In this symposium, scholars from diverse disciplines will examine
the formative history of how the field has developed to how research is
broadening its scope to capture the rich and diverse Assyrian heritage.
Additionally, it will confront how challenges have plagued researchers and
how research has affected the Assyrian community.
Removed from its context and alienated from the living Assyrian communities,
the formative history of Assyrian Studies at best remains a colonial one,
dominated by Western academic approaches resulting in a distorted
understanding of the culture and its people. In recent years, and much thanks to
Assyrian community cultural production and propagation, there has been an
exponential increase in the wealth of information on the Assyrian heritage
begging for study. Although faced with profound challenges as a result of
imperialism and colonialism among others, the field of Assyrian Studies is
experiencing unpredicted opportunities with a growing body of published
scientific and sociological research and courses taught across universities.
Looming trends indicate an emergent and diverse demographic of scholars
interested in studying the Assyrian peoples’ culture and heritage. In keeping with
the Assyrian Studies Association's goals of ethically/compassionately? promoting
the academic study of Assyrian culture and heritage, we encourage scholars to
reimagine how engaging in the field of Assyrian studies has encouraged them to
pursue their research in Assyrian cultural preservation, continuity, and inclusivity,
while also challenging their ability to push boundaries.
Early Bird ASA-Member$115.00+$2.88 service feeSale ended
Early Bird Non-ASA Members$125.00+$3.13 service feeSale ended
Early Bird Students
Undergraduate and Graduate students (e.g., Master's students, Ph.D Students)$65.00+$1.63 service feeSale ended