Summer School of Peripheral Akkadian

Summer Program: “Writing on the Fringe. Cuneiform Traditions in the Peripheries”, Prague, August 1-5, 2022. 


We would like to invite all students interested in Peripheral Akkadian to participate in an International Summer School “Writing on the Fringe. Cuneiform Traditions in the Peripheries” that will be held at Charles University (Prague), August 1-5, 2022. 


The spread of the use of cuneiform writing from its original Mesopotamian centers to neighboring regions represents a significant socio-historical and cultural phenomenon. During the second millennium BC, along with its role in preserving and perpetuating literary and scholastic traditions, cuneiform became an instrument of administration and diplomacy through which records of economic transactions and legal disputes were kept. The study of these documents helps us to shed light on the course of dynamic political and cultural-social development on the fringes of the cuneiform world. 


The International Summer School “Writing on the Fringe. Cuneiform Traditions in the Peripheries” reflects current trends in the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, making a direct link between research and teaching. Through the study of primary sources presented in a series of lecture blocks and seminars, students will learn about the unique phenomenon of this so-called Peripheral Akkadian, with special attention given to the material from Alalakh (Jacob Lauinger), Tikunani (Regine Pruzsinszky), Amarna (Jana Mynářová), Ugarit (Kevin McGeough), and Emar (Matthew Rutz). 


Participating students will be enrolled as visiting students at the Faculty of Arts and at the end of the course they will receive an official transcript of records to demonstrate its successful completion. 


**The course is free; there is no tuition to participate. Please contact your own department/university for recognition of e-credits.** 


Dates: August 1-5, 2022 

Venue: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Celetná 20, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic 

Organizers: Institute of Comparative Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Charles University 

Tuition: NO tuition 

E-Credits: 8 e-credits 

Level: Intermediate Akkadian (undergraduate/graduate level) 



Prof. Jacob Lauinger, Johns Hopkins University 

Prof. Kevin McGeough, University of Lethbridge 

Prof. Jana Mynářová, Charles University 

Prof. Regine Pruzsinszky, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg 

Prof. Matthew Rutz, Brown University 


For registration, please send us a letter of interest to by May 1, 2022. Successful candidates will be informed by May 15, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the maximum number of students is reached. 


This summer school is supported by the project POINT/Bi/2021-2-006 (Charles University). 


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