17-22 June 2018, Conference Center Monte Verità
Ancient Anatolia held a unique role as a bridge between Ancient Near Eastern and Classical Tradition and is therefore singularly well-suited to interdisciplinary approaches. Even so, accounts of her cultures, languages, history and archaeology in the 1st millennium BC remain separated by disciplinary boundaries between the respective academic fields. Further, many areas under consideration do not even belong to currently established fields of research. Differing methodologies in the disciplines involved, and a focus on minutiae rather than the larger picture mean that the potential of integrating the results of widely different modern research areas to form a coherent picture has been far from fully explored. This situation is mirrored by the available publications: outside of focus areas such as publications pertaining to a specific archaeological site, these are widely scattered and, moreover, often seriously out of date.
Aim of the conference
The aim of the proposed five-day conference is two-fold:
1) to bring together, for the first time, a large number of scholars currently active in the relevant fields, with a special focus on scholars in the early stages of their career, and
2) to publish the proceeds as a companion volume to Anatolia in the 1st millennium BC, thus filling a large gap in the scholarly record and providing a much needed appraisal of the current state of research.