First International BANANA Conference
Name and Name-Giving: What names tell us about social realities
On the 8th and 9th February 2016 the first international conference about Babylonian Name and Name-Giving has been held at the Leuven University (KU) Leuven. This meeting, which is envisaged to be the first one in a row, has been organised by prof. dr. Kathleen Abraham and dr. Melanie Groß (KU Leuven) with the intention to bring together an international group of Babylonian scholars and discuss in a diachronic view current research about linguistic and especially socio-cultural aspects of names which survived by the thousands on cuneiform tablets from southern Iraq.
The conference hosted well-established scholars and promising young researchers in the field of Babylonian studies alike. While the majority came from all different parts of Europe, it has also been possible to welcome colleagues from Israel. Moreover, lectures have been given by members of the Greater Mesopotamia Research Project (Anne Goddeeris, Melanie Groß, Jan Tavernier). In the context of this international meeting about 15 well-prepared and inspiring papers have been presented. While the majority dealt with names and name-giving in Babylonia of the 1st millennium BCE, the participants could also learn about this matter from the perspective of the Old Babylonian material as well as of Babylonia’s neighbours Assyria and Persia.
While plans for future meetings are soon to be developed, we are currently organising the Proceedings of this conference.