[R6303] Assyrian Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches and Navigating from Orientalism to Indigenous and Decolonizing Methodologies
Created by Sargon Donabed
Tuesday, 11/30/21 2:00 pm
SUMMARY:Assyrian Studies is a field that was pioneered in the early years of the creation of the Assyrian Academic Society and the similarly named journal in 1986, (later the Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies, 1997). Much of the reason for this stemmed from the problematic nature of separate fields that scrutinized the Assyrian heritage from an orientalist perspective. Assyriology, Aramaic/Syriac Studies, Mesopotamian Archeology etc. each one steeped in colonialist and Eurocentric viewpoints on the Assyrian heritage with few if any native voices. The institutional racism and continued marginalization felt by Assyrians in their native homeland in the Middle East reverberates in academia.
Thanks to the foresight and inclusionary principles of the Middle East Studies Association, there has been greater space allotted to Assyrian Studies in recent years. Unfortunately Assyrian Studies and scholars of Assyrian heritage continue to be both direct victims and collateral damage of institutional racism and ethnocentrism.
This roundtable will discuss the various ways in which Assyrian Studies have been marginalized due to orientalizing and colonizing discourse as well as ways in which native agency has been used to offer distinct views to challenge problematic research. Scholars will discuss specific projects and their theoretical and methodological work that has created space for the truly robust and largely untapped field of Assyrian Studies.
SPONSOR:Assyrian Studies Association (ASA)
DISCIPLINES:Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown