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Multilingualism in Central Asia, Near and Middle East from Antiquity to Early Modern Times

Interdisciplinary Conference, jointly organised by the Institute of Iranian Studies and the International Relations Department of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institut für Iranistik
Seminarraum 1. Stock, Prinz-Eugen-Straße 8-10, 1040 Wien


  • Jens Braarvig (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Florentina Badalanova Geller (Royal Anthropological Institute, United Kingdom/Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany)
  • Peter Damerow (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany)
  • Ela Filippone (University of Viterbo, Italy)
  • Bert Fragner (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)
  • Mark Geller (University College of London, UK/Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany)
  • Olav Hackstein (University of Munich, Germany)
  • Johannes Hackl (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Hermann Hunger (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)
  • Michael Jursa (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Ralph Kauz (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)
  • Peter-Arnold Mumm (University of Munich, Germany)
  • Jürgen Renn (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany)
  • Adriano Rossi (L’Orientale University of Naples, Italy)
  • Velizar Sadovski (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)
  • Matthias Schemmel (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany)
  • Rüdiger Schmitt (Laboe, Germany)
  • Florian Schwarz (Austrian Academy of Sciences; Director, Institute of Iranian Studies)
  • Gebhard Selz (University of Vienna)
  • Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS, United Kingdom)
  • Klaus Wagensonner (University of Vienna, Austria)
(Preliminary Programme Framework)
March 1, 2010
1st Session
Chair: Jens Braarvig.
Welcome adresses:
10:00–10:10 Schwarz (for the Institute of Iranian Studies)
10:10–10:20 Braarvig (for the project group)
General Introduction – Impulse papers on the Project:
10:20–10:40 Braarvig, Introduction I: Multilingualism and linguae francae:  typological and methodological reflections.
10:40–11:10 Renn, Introduction II (to be asked).
11:10–11:30 Coffee break
2nd Session: Multilingualism in Mesopotamia
Chair: Mark Geller
11:30–12:00 Selz: Body parts in Sumerian Compound Verbs, a Universal or Multilingual Perspective?
12:30–13:00 Hackl, Jursa, Wagensonner (presented by Wagensonner): Akkadian and Aramaic in Babylonia in the late first millennium BC: new light on an old problem.
13:00–14:30 Lunch break
3rd Session: Multilingualism in the Achaemenid Empire and Ancient Central Asia, I
Chair: Jürgen Renn
14:30–15:30 Schmitt, Urartean Influences in Achaemenid Epigraphy
15:30–16:00 Geller, Aramaic and Old Persian
16:00–16:30 Coffee break
4th Session: Multilingualism in the Achaemenid Empire and Ancient Central Asia, II
Chair: Rüdiger Schmitt
16:30–17:00 Sadovski, Language Interference between Iranians and Non-Iranians in Pre-Islamic Times
17:00–18:00 Rossi & Filippone, Multilingual inscriptions from Persepolis and the linguistic situation in Achaemenid Iran
March 2, 2010
5th Session: Multilingualism in the Mediaeval and Early Modern Iran and Central Asia
Chair: Adriano Rossi
10:00–10:30 Hackstein, Multilingualism in Central Asia: the Case of Tocharian
10:30–11:00 Mumm, Language Contact and Light Verb Constructions in (Early) New Persian
11:00–11:30 Schwarz, Language contact and language change in 16th-19th cc. Central Asia
11:30–12:00 Coffee break
6th Session: Projects of the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, concerning Topics on Globalization of Knowledge and Multilingualism
Chair: Badalanova Geller
12:00–12:30 Sadovski, A New Multi-Lingual Dictionary Project
12:30–13:00 Kauz, On the History of the Oldest (?) New Persian Grammar
13:00–14:30 Lunch break
7th Session: Multilingualism between Byzantium and Mediaeval Middle East
Chair: Hermann Hunger
14:30–15:00 Badalanova Geller, Cultural Transfer and Text Transmission: the Case of the Enoch Apocryph Tradition (working title)
15:00–15:30 Stoyanov, Multilingualism as a Textual Weapon: the Byzantine anti-Persian Propaganda during the Last Great War of Antiquity (603-628)
15:30–16:00 Coffee break
8th Session: Round Table and Discussion of Project-Relevant Results
Chair: Florian Schwarz
16:00–18:00 Braarvig, Badalanova-Geller, Filippone, Geller, Hackstein, Mumm, Rossi, Sadovski, Schmitt, Schwarz, Selz, Stoyanov, Wagensonner and participants engaged in the project, who wish to join the discussion.
19:30– Dinner for all participants in the Conference
March 3, 2010
Workshop: Multilingual Lists, Cataloges, and Classification Systems
10:00–13:30 This workshop is organised in continuation of four previous meetings on "Classification as a Hermeneutic Tool", a part of which was held at the University Vienna in 2008 and 2009. Participants are requested to prepare a short statement (ca. 10 minutes) of how they view the relevance of the workshop’s topic to their fields of specialisation. A discussion (ca. 5-10 minutes) will follow after each statement. Participants with statements: Braarvig, Badalanova Geller, Geller, Rossi, Sadovski, Selz.
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