The workshop will consider the material culture and linguistic situation of “Neo-Hittite” and
neighbouring states – with a dominant Luwian or Aramaean identity – with a clear focus on
the exchange across different scholarly disciplines.
To be questioned are ways and dynamics that determine local and chronological
differences, to approach the bigger question of how and why these aspects contribute to
forging an identity. What is the significance of differences / similarities for any given local
identity, and can we detect a programme behind it, i.e. is there a purpose to be fulfilled, and
if we can detect such a driving force, to whose benefit is it employed? Another topic to be
addressed concerns the methodology used and the question of whether it can be borrowed
from other fields of study or needs to be newly minted.