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Traces of Race: Notions of the Other in Early Mesopotamian Thought

Traces of Race: Notions of the Other in Early Mesopotamian Thought
5 Bancroft Avenue, Earth Sciences Auditorium B142
Time: Feb 11th, 8:00 pm End: Feb 11th, 9:30 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Jewish Studies, Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Classics (FAS), before 400 BCE, Archaeology
Lecture by Piotr Michalowski, University of Michigan

The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies is pleased to present:

Piotr Michalowski, George C. Cameron Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Michigan

Traces of Race: Notions of the Other in Early Mesopotamian Thought

Many historians have elucidated various aspects of the history of modern Western racist attitudes and thought and some have even traced some of the strands of this horror as far back as Classical antiquity. But we now have access to thousands of years of earlier written history from Western Asia and Egypt, compelling us to inquire whether it is possible to trace this kind of classificatory thinking further back in time. This lecture will present evidence from an early second millennium BCE heroic poem, written in the Sumerian language in the area that is now Iraq, that may shed some light on ancient Mesopotamian attitudes toward what we today label as race.

This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the CSMS at (416) 978-4531 or csms@chass.utoronto.ca.

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