Minutes of the General Meeting in Philadelphia, USA (2016)

Minutes of the General Meeting of the International Association for Assyriology
held during the 62nd RAI in Philadelphia PA, U.S.A., on Thursday 14 July 2016, 16:30h, in Cohen G17.

  1. Opening by the President

         At 15:40h the President C. Michel welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues in attendance. Those present are ca. 100 members and others, as well as 11 board members. Anyone may participate in the discussions, but only members of the IAA can vote. The invitation for this General Meeting was sent in April, there are 7 proxies.
    Since the general meeting last year, the IAA board met three times by skype on October 20, 2015, January 5 and May 17, 2016 and a fourth time Tuesday evening here in Philadelphia.

    2. Report on the previous meeting (http://iaassyriology.org/category/minutes/). The President asked if there are comments on the report of the previous general meeting). There were none, the report was accepted. For new business, see #11 (W. Sommerfeld).

3. Report of the secretary

Membership:
The current number of members is 390. Until now members who did not pay for more than 2 years were struck off the members list, but they could become a member again. Members paying their dues every year pay more than those who are struck off and become a member again. Since this is not fair to the members who pay every year the board decided that those who did not pay since more than three years, will pay three years to become a member again. An automatic reminder will be installed on the website.
IAA Office:
Since February 1 we have a new administrator, Erwin Dijkstra, Assyriology student in Leiden. He will do the members administration and he will put data on the website (jobs, etc.).
The website of the IAA/RAI:
After the workshop “Mesopotamian madness” (Thursday and Friday), teachers will create lecture material to add to the website. Jon Taylor will send material for a new page with links to nice lectures on videos.
Since last year we added the following pages: The Vienna Statement and the Palmyra motion. These files may be found under: Interviews and Resources on the situation in Iraq and Syria.
The Newsletter:
Until the board meeting no news on the newsletter had been received. The salary was paid for the first two quarters of 2016 (last payment in June). It is only after the board meeting that a newsletter was put on the website by Karin Beumer. By that time another would-be editor had come forward. A decision will be made.

  1. Financial report over 2015:

         Report of the Treasurer C. Waerzeggers (read by W. van Soldt):
    The total of the revenues is €6,815.73, the total of the costs is €7,322.28. The saldo per 31-12-2015 is €1,773.92. The savings account has €30,000.
    Several members prefer to have a list of specified amounts. The treasurer will put this request into effect.
         Recommendations by the controlling committee
         The controlling committee consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg, and M. Stol, declared that they have inspected the financial records of the IAA over the fiscal year 2015 and that they are satisfied that the financial statements are accurate and in good order.
    Vote of acceptance and discharge of board and controlling committee:
    The meeting accepted the report of the controlling committee. Since M. Stol has now stepped down as a committee member a new member has to be appointed. Dr. Geert De Breuker will take over his task.
         Payments of annual dues by IAA members.
    The list of members on the IAA website has been updated under IAA membership > member list, and columns have been added to indicate if the members are up to date with their membership fee. If you have not paid in 2015 and 2016, you become inactive. After two years being “inactive” we might delete names from the list. You are now all able to check if you are still an active member of the association or not. Thanks to this new system, we decided to give up membership cards which are not necessary anymore.

The association survives with the membership fees, if members do not pay their membership fees we will soon be unable to pay for the prizes for example.

  1. Composition of the Board:

    a) Present composition (see the By-Laws and From the Board)
    There are 7 elected members (including 1 representative for the Near East), 4 representatives of RAI organizing committees, and 4 of related scholarly associations.
    b) Resigning members and candidates
         Four members rotate off, elected members: F. Abdallah, W.H. van Soldt; RAI organizers: M. Sandowicz; and associations: J. Taylor.
    Abdallah and van Soldt do not stand for re-election, J. Taylor does,
    c) Election of new Board members
         There are two candidates for the elected members, A. Kamil, and J. Tavernier. For the RAI organizers (Innsbruck) C. Pappi will join the board. J. Taylor will stand for re-election (BISI). The board has accepted these candidates.
    Franke suggests that an open vote will be held, without ballots. The meeting accepted this suggestion and all four candidates were chosen by acclamation.

The President told the meeting that the board members will divide the tasks at hand. S. Garfinkle will be the vice-president. C. Waerzeggers will remain the treasurer (Leiden), she will probably get more tasks, such as the financial settlement of the prizes. H. Baker will be the vice-treasurer. C. Pappi will be the secretary, and A. Schmitt will be the vice-secretary. As for the prizes, there will be one board member in charge of each prize. J. Taylor will be head of the website team. M. Novak is responsible for the relationships between the IAA and the other international associations (shirin, rashid, etc.). This scheme will be tried for one year.

  1. Prizes and subsidies:

    a) IAA prize for the best article after the PhD
    Winner: G. Benati, runner-up: A. Knapp. Committee: H. Baker, P. Delnero, D. Katz, C. Suter.b) IAA Subsidies
    Winner: E. Zomer. Committee: S. Garfinkle, D. Katz, M. Tanret. A new committee had to be chosen. A. Schmitt will be the head of the new committee which will include N. Veldhuis and N. Brisch.c) IAA Fund for PhDs
    Winners: G. Benati, G. Gabriel, M. Piccin, L. Pryke, S. Wisnom. Committee: J. Jeffers, J. Crisostomo, J. Taylor, J. Mynařova.d) A new proposal
    Last year was the third and last year of the De Gruyter prize and nobody in the committee or in the board was really content with this prize. We contacted De Gruyter several times and received no answer. The President proposed to create a new prize: the IAA dissertation prize. The IAA will award an annual prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field of Assyriology (understood in the wider sense, including all cuneiform studies) and Mesopotamian Archaeology.

The rules are the following:

  1. Starting in 2017, the IAA will award €1,500 to the best recent (last two calendar years) Ph.D. dissertation in Assyriology and Mesopotamian archaeology. This funding is intended to provide help for the publication of the dissertation. If within three years after the prize has been awarded the dissertation has not been submitted to a publisher, the winner will lose the subsidies. To be eligible, the dissertation must have been completed and officially approved within two years before the coming deadline.
  2. An annual award ceremony will be organized at the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI).
    3. The dissertation award program is open to IAA and non-IAA members from any country. There is no age limit.
    4. Submissions are accepted in all three official IAA/RAI languages (English, German, and French). Dissertations should be delivered in PDF format with embedded fonts to the IAA Office in Leiden no later than March 1.
  3. The office shall then forward them to the board member in charge of the organization of the prize before March 10. The submitted dissertations will be evaluated by a committee consisting of all the board members. In case a candidate’s Ph.D. supervisor is a member of the board, this member will not participate in the selection of the best Ph.D. dissertation. Every Ph.D. dissertation will be evaluated by three board members before May 1.
  4. Every board member will, with the help of all the reports, select the three best Ph.D. dissertations and establish a well-argued ranking of these before May 20.
  5. The board member in charge of the organization of this prize will name two other board members to form a small committee of three members. The selection of the best Ph.D. dissertation will be done by the committee of the three board members, based on the well-argued rankings of the board members before June 10 and submitted at the Board meeting of the following Rencontre. The prize will be publicly awarded during the general meeting.

A discussion took place about these regulations (number of years before publication, calendar, etc.). The vice-president asked IAA members attending the general meeting to accept the principle of this price which regulations will be revised. It was accepted.

Finally, there will be a board member responsible for each prize. IAA prize: Heather Baker; IAA subsidies: up to now the head of the committee was Michel Tanret with Steven Garfinkle as representative of the board, next Aaron Schmitt. IAA post-doc fund: Jon Taylor.

The details of the various prizes can be found on the website.

  1. Changing the name of the IAA.

     The President read a declaration concerning the change of the name. The board prefers a discussion at the general meeting and an explanation concerning article 14 of the constitution (see the website). According to this article the change had to be announced three months before the general meeting (which was done), but a proposal was not formulated and sent to the members 30 days before the meeting.

Moreover, at least half of the members must be present to vote, and a decision can only be made by a two thirds majority. Since there is no quorum a new meeting can be held at least 30 days after the general meeting. Then a decision can be made by two thirds of the voters. According to the By-Laws such a meeting can be held by email.

In view of these regulations it was decided to vote for a new name next year, after a discussion on a forum during the year.

  1. Honorary council

The names of the new members of the Honorary Council are: Dr. Dominique Collon, Prof. Dr. Jerrold S. Cooper, and Prof. Dr. Erle Leichty. The board has approved the choice of these new HC members. The meeting approved the proposal by acclamation.

  1. Proceedings of past Rencontres

The proceedings of RAI 57 (Rome 2011), 55 (Paris 2009), 56 (Barcelona 2010) have been published (in that order).

In preparation are RAI 58 (Leiden 2012), 59 (Gent 2013), 60 (Warsaw 2014), and 61 (Berne-Geneva 2015).

  1. Future Rencontres

RAI 63: Marburg 2017 (Germany), 64: Innsbruck 2018 (Austria), 65: Paris 2019 (France), 66: Mainz/Frankfurt 2020 (Germany), 67: Turin 2021 (Italy).

The dates of the Paris Rencontre are: 8-12 July, 2019. The theme is: “Mari and the Near East … bilan et perspective”.

For more details, see the IAA website.

  1. New business

Walter Sommerfeld proposed that N. Veldhuis takes Borger’s place and supervises the organization of standards in Assyriological conventions, and especially to regulate the syllable values. This is possible via ORACC: Oracc Global Sign List. Reporting New Values for OGSL http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/ogsl/.

  1. Closing the Meeting

The President thanks warmly the leaving secretary W. van Soldt for his tremendous work since the creation of the IAA. She closes the meeting at 18 pm.

Wilfred van Soldt
Former IAA Secretary
July 27, 2016

 

Minutes of the General Meeting in Bern, Switzerland, 2015

held during the 61st RAI in Bern, Switzerland, June 2015 on Wednesday 24 July 2015 15:30 – 17:30h, UniS A003

1. Opening by the president
            At 15:40h the President C. Michel welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues in attendance. She thanked the secretary for his work. Those present were members of the IAA Board and ca. 60 Rencontre participants, most of whom were IAA members. There is one new proxy. The agenda and a ballot for voting have been distributed.
            Since the Rencontre in Warsaw the board has convened three times via Skype (in October, January, and May), on Monday there was a meeting in Geneva.
            The president asks if there is any new business. Katz wants to discuss the poor quality of some lectures; Franke would like to change the traditional dates of the Rencontre for the archaeologists. Both topics will be discussed at point 10. The president adds a point about the situation at the British Museum study room. Suter asks how the organizing team can make sure that members have paid. This has already been discussed in the board meeting, see under 3a.

2. Report on the previous meeting
            There are no comments. The report is accepted.

3. Report on IAA activities
Membership (presented by the secretary)
            Over the year 2014 a rise in the number of members can be observed: there are 438 IAA members. It is expected that the number of members will stabilize around this figure. Unfortunately, members are often very slow in paying their dues and this is only partly compensated by new members. It is possible to pay through automatic payments. An appeal to the members to pay their dues was printed in the Newsletter. The Board suggested that an extra column be added to the members list in which the last year of payment will be shown. If a member does not pay (s)he becomes ‘inactive’. After 2 years of inactivity his/her name will be taken off the list. Such a system will allow RAI organizers to check, during the registration process, if a colleague is still a member of the IAA or not.
Clevenstine asks if (would-be) members can pay at the desk during the Rencontre without causing confusion. Confusion is unlikely, because all payments are registered carefully.

IAA Office (presented by the secretary)
            In November 2014 the technician Bart Volgers left the office and Karin Beumer took over his tasks. See also the next item.

The website (presented by the secretary and the president)
            In November 2014 we had to let our technician B. Volgers go. The high bills he submitted for his work and his complete control of the website put a serious strain on our cooperation. Thanks to Karin Beumer we were able to transfer the website to another provider, but we had to pay Volgers €500 for all data that would make the transfer possible.
The IAA has decided to open its website to a wider public. The website is still under construction for some pages. The website now has three buttons on the main page:
– “What is Assyriology” includes several resources and tools that can be used to better understand Assyriology, its role in today’s world, and how it all fits within the mission statement of the IAA. This section should as well present data on Near Eastern archaeology and art history and IAA members are invited to collaborate to these pages.
– “IAA and the Rencontre” gathers information concerning the association and the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale.
– “News and Current Events” contains a link to the IAA Newsletter, the IAA statement concerning the Cultural Heritage of Syria and Iraq, an article on looting and destructions in Iraq and Syria written by an archaeologist, Aline Tenu, press notifications as well as links and resources that pertain to the current issues in the Middle East, a list prepared by Jon Taylor.
The president asks the audience to send news items for the website and restriction-free, copyright free panorama photo (ideally from a private collection) for the website’s front page (to be sent to k.beumer@iaassyriology.org).
Fincke says that there should be pop-up menus on the front page for the three directories. Also, the logo of the IAA (i.e. IAA written in cuneiform) should be visible when one opens the site, and not the red stamp. Finally, there are three references to Leiden University at the bottom, which according to her plays no longer a role in the association. The president says that these points will be addressed.

The newsletter
          Finally, the Newsletter appears three times per year. Because of the transfer of the website, only one issue has been published up to now in 2015. It publishes the IAA initiatives, there is a section entitled “in the Field” which is dedicated to archaeological projects and missions, another section “In the Spotlight” describes an Institute or University department and their actors in the field of Near Eastern archaeology, history and philology. And it gives a list of recent publications linked to the Ancient Near East.
The President thanks Karin Beumer for all her work. 

  1. Financial report over 2014
    Report of the treasurer
    The Financial report for the year 2014 was submitted and read by the Treasurer C. Waerzeggers. It shows a positive balance of €2,280.47 with as main revenues membership dues amounting to €5,915.41 (including payments made through Paypal). The balance of the savings account is €30,000. The Treasurer remarked that during last year we spent more than we received, the deficit is €3,393.61. Part of the spending has to do with the situation created by technician Volgers.
    Franke expresses her concern about the high expenses. On the other hand, the savings should not become too high.
    Garfinkle points out that theoretically we should receive more than €6,000 per year, so the revenue should actually be more.
    Eisenbraun says that situations as with Volgers can be avoided if one draws up a contract.
    The President thanks the treasurer for her work.

Recommendations by the controlling committee
            The Treasurer read the testimony of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and M. Stol, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances.

Vote of acceptance and discharge of Board and controlling committee
            
The meeting approved the report unanimously and discharged the Treasurer and the other members of the Board. The controlling committee was also discharged and its members will be asked to perform the same job next year.

Payments of annual dues by IAA members
            
See above, 3a.

  1. The Board
    Composition of the Board
                
    According to the By-laws the Board can comprise a maximum number of 15 members divided over three categories: 4 members representing affiliated scholarly associations, 4 representing the organizing committees of the RAI (the preceding, the current, and the succeeding two), and 7 officers and elected members.
    At present, the Board consists of the following members:
    — Three officers and four elected members: C. Michel (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), C. Waerzeggers (Treasurer), F. Abdallah, H. Baker, S. Garfinkle, and V. Matoïan (elected members).
    — Four chairs of RAI organizing committees: K. de Graef (2013), M. Sandowicz (2014), A. Cavigneaux (2015), and G. Frame (2016).
    — Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES), H. Neumann (DOG), J. Taylor (BISI).

Resigning members and new candidates
            
Shifts in Membership. V. Matoïan rotates off as elected member. She does not want to stand for re-election. In the category of presidents of RAI organizing committees K. De Graef (2013) rotates off and she is succeeded by W. Sommerfeld (RAI 2017). In the category Affiliated Associations D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES), and H. Neumann (DOG) rotate off. J. Klein and H. Neumann do not stand for re-election. Only D. Charpin does.
This means that 4 seats on the Board are open and the candidates for these positions are the following. For the elected members A. Schmitt is candidate. He is an archeologist from Mainz and shortly presents himself to the assembly. For the three seats for the affiliated associations there are four candidates: D. Charpin (SEPOA), P.-A. Beaulieu (AOS), M. Hilgert (DOG), and M. Novak (SGOA). An election by ballot has to be held.
Then the election for the new Board members was held and the results are as follows:
Elected members: A. Schmitt.
Affiliated Associations: P.-A. Beaulieu (AOS) (51), D. Charpin (SEPOA) (43), and M. Novak (SGOA) (47).
The president congratulates the new board members just elected. They will be invited to attend the IAA board skype meetings three or four times a year.

  1. Honorary Council
    Two applications for new HC members have been received, one for Hermann Hunger and one for Stefan Zawadzki. The necessary documents (cover letter, CV, three supporters) were also received. The Board discussed the applications during its meeting on Monday and concluded unanimously that both scholars will become members of the Honorary Council. The president announced the decision during the general meeting and she invited IAA members to nominate colleagues for the Honorary Council and to prepare the necessary dossier; the rules can be found on the IAA website.
  1. Awards
    IAA prize for the best article after the PhD
                
    The third edition of the IAA Prize was not as successful as the first and second ones. Only four young scholars submitted an article that they had handed in for publication within the last two years and no more than five years after completing their PhD dissertation. The committee consisted of A. Archi, M. Roaf, J. Tavernier, and N. Veldhuis. Since no one of the committee was present the president read the conclusions written by N. Veldhuis. The winner for this year is Enrique Jiménez, “New Fragments of Gilgamesh and other Literary Texts from Kuyunjik” (Iraq 76, 2014, 99-121). The runner-up is Michele Cammarosano, “The Cuneiform Stylus”, (Mesopotamia 2014, 1-38). The Secretary will inform all applicants of the results of the competition.
                This was the third time that the committee evaluated the applications. According to the regulations a new committee should be formed. The new committee members are H. Baker, P. Delnero, D. Katz, and C. Suter.

De Gruyter prize
            The third edition of the De Gruyter Prize was also less successful than the previous years. This time there were only five applicants. The committee consisted of E. von Dassow (chair), M. Jursa, C. Michel, and D. Schwemer. Von Dassow informed the meeting of the conclusions of the committee. The winner of this year’s competition is C. Jay Crisostomo for his dissertation “Bilingual Education in Scholarship: The Old Babylonian Word List Izi”.
            This was the third year of the De Gruyter prize. According to the contract between De Gruyter and the IAA the program will be evaluated after three editions. Therefore there will be no new edition of the De Gruyter prize until it becomes clear how we want to continue. It seems reasonable that De Gruyter should in some form compensate the committee members for the amount of time they have to invest in reading and evaluating the dissertations.

IAA Subsidies
            
This year was the second edition of the IAA Subsidies. Also here there were fewer candidates than the previous year. This time only two young scholars sent in an application to receive a subsidy for the research that they envisage. The committee consisted of S. Garfinkle, D. Katz, and M. Tanret (chair). S. Garfinkle informed the members of the results of this edition: the winner is Geert De Breucker. His application concerns the publication of his doctoral dissertation on “Berossos of Babylon” in OUP.
            Last year the IAA subsidy was given to a scholar who was going to study unprovenanced material and several members objected to this outcome. In its meeting on January 15 the Board decided that in the future no subsidies should be given for the study of recently acquired (after 1970) unprovenanced material. This decision only affects the IAA Subsidies contest. The president explains that the IAA is an inclusive umbrella organization for all Assyriologists and archaeologists of the Near East. The IAA also wishes to adopt a position of advocacy relating to the looting of antiquities.
            Fincke points to the fact that all items in our museums cannot only be provenanced material. Taylor says that the arguments for and against publication of unprovenanced tablets are well known. They cannot be resolved here: members hold a variety of views. The way forward for the association in practical terms, if it is to reflect the views of its membership, is to adopt a neutral position where on the one hand there is no code of conduct prohibiting members from working on unprovenanced tablets, but on the other hand the organization does jot support such work with funding. Fincke agrees in principle, but suggests that the committee members should apply the same criterion to the other IAA competitions.
            Owen says that this is censureship, which will become a slippery road that can lead to more and more censureship.
            Porter says that there are proper protections for humans in medical research and experiments. Katz points out that this analogy does not apply, because researchers can get permission for experiments.
            Owen asks who is going to determine when material was acquired. Katz points to the large amounts of unprovenanced material in our museums.
            Postgate says that a statement could go two paths; is ours a policy statement? The president says that there is no policy statement. Postgate adds that a general statement may be possible and the president refers to the statement that is already on the website.
            Katz says that the date for the unprovenanced material should be shifted and that the amount of trade in unprovenanced objects is not influenced by this date. Taylor refers to the internationally agreed 1970 UNESCO date. Postgate says that in the nineties a statement on this material had a clear impact on this trade.
            Machinist says out that because of the UNESCO date material that has been taken from its context will die a second death. We should try to keep it alive. Taylor says that our discussion relates only the subsidies award. Von Dassow notes that there appears to be diminishing interest in the awards. Bodi remarks that Finkel (BM) has just published a book on an unprovenanced text.
            Franke says that the association should not support applications that make use of unprovenanced material. Katz says that this is a statement. Taylor points out that there are two contradictory statements: from IAA: this one is balanced by the absence of a code prohibiting work on the material.  Garfinkle reiterates that the policy only affects the IAA Subsidies.
            Porter suggests to have a clarification, perhaps: “We would not encourage the use of unprovenanced material through the Subsidies contest.” Fincke says that on the one hand there is the initial research of unprovenanced material and on the other hand there is the publication of the results. The IAA Subsidies should not be given to projects that are going to use unprovenanced material after 1970. Simons asks about the use of articles that use unprovenanced material.
            Then there is a vote on Porter’s proposal, 28 are in favor, 17 are against, and there are 15 abstentions.

            As for the minimum number of applicants for the awards, the board considers five applications for the IAA prize sufficient, for the Subsidies two are enough. If there are fewer than five for the IAA prize the applications will be moved to the next edition. In that case the applications will not be subject to the regulations again. Fincke finds this unfair to those who handed in an application. Machinist suggests more publicity, but the secretary points out that we already announce the awards three times. The supervisors should draw the attention of potential applicants.

IAA Postdoc Fund
            
The board proposes a new annual contest, this time subsidies for postdocs. This is primarily meant to make a visit to the Rencontre possible. The secretary reads the rules and regulations from the powerpoint.
            Fincke points out that the deadline for acceptance of the organizing committee should be later than that of the subsidy fund. Katz suggests that the supervisors should evaluate the papers of the applicants.
            Porter says that €200 is a very small amount. von Dassow adds that the postdoc has to indicate if he has a job, she also regards €200 as too small. For such a sum a budget is unnecessary. Reading by colleagues is too time-consuming. Is there a simpler solution?
             Franke says that there is enough money, why not raise it to €500? Garfinkle would prefer €400 per person so that the total amount given by the IAA for the postdoc fund will be €2000. The proposal needs reshaping. The program in itself is accepted through a vote by the members. Garfinkle will adjust the program and take into account the remarks that have been made.
             Simons asked why they should be limited to postdocs alone.  The point of them is to assist those who can’t afford to get to the Rencontre – this group includes students as well as postdocs.
            Franke asks about the €30,000 in the savings account. The president says that we should be sure that we get the expected ca. €8,000 per year. If so, we will come up with more proposals for spending it.

8. Current situation in the Near East
            Due to time constraints it is not possible to give an overview of this item. In August, the International Association for Assyriology made a statement, published in ten different languages on its website in order to alert governments and the wide public about the situation in Iraq and Syria. The members are invited to read the text on the website. There are possible joined actions with SHIRIN and RASHID, both of which are active in the Near East.
            Fincke warns that a selection is necessary. von Dassow prefers to state that we would like to be involved in principle. Fincke says that we are part of the board of SHIRIN and we will see where it leads.

9. Proceedings of past Rencontres
Eisenbraun provided the members with the latest information:

Paris 2009
The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns (2014).

Barcelona 2010
The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns (2013).

Rome 2011
The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns (2015).

Leiden 2012
The manuscripts will be submitted in the second half of 2015.

Ghent 2013
No news since 2014.

Warsaw 2014
The organisers are working on the manuscripts and will likely have them delivered in the second half of 2015.

Future Rencontres
Philadelphia 2016
            
The Rencontre 2016 will be held in Philadelphia, USA. The theme will be “Ur”. The dates are July 11-15. G. Frame and S. Tinney give more information. Penn Univ will be our host. In 2016 the hospital will be torn down (Sept. + 4 years), the Rencontre will take place on the other side of the street. Registration and sessions are at the Penn campus. On Wednesday there is an outing to Bryn Mawr. There will be a reception on Monday, LIP on Tuesday, museum on Wednesday + BBQ dinner. There are special sessions, such as on the Kassites (Paulus), on color, Ur 3, and others. Since there is the Democratic Narional Convention hotel rooms will not be in great supply.

Marburg 2017
The Rencontre 2017 will take place in Marburg, Germany. The theme will be “Dealing with Antiquity – Past, Present, and Future”. The dates are July 24-28.

Innsbruck 2018
            
The Rencontre 2017 will take place in Innsbruck, Austria. The theme will be “The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East”. Martin Lang gave the meeting information about the Rencontre in Innsbruck. Due to lack of time he could not present his powerpoint presentation. The meeting voted by acclamation in favor of the Rencontre 2018 in Innsbruck.

Paris 2019
            
For 2019 there is an invitation from Paris, the theme and the dates are still to be announced.

Mainz & Frankfurt
            
For 2020 there is an invitation from Mainz and Frankfurt. Theme and dates are to be announced.

10. New business
Themes of Rencontres are not always attractive for archaeologists. A. Otto suggested that a theme widely open to that is interesting for both Assyriologists and Archaeologists be chosen in the year that there is no ICAANE (every two years).
            Porter says that ICAANE can also suggest topics, but Postgate points out that the themes of ICAANE tend to be much wider than those of Assyriology. von Dassow says that we could have an open theme every year. The proposal of A. Otto is voted by the IAA assembly. Franke warns that our traditional dates are difficult for Archaeologists. They prefer to start digging in the last week of June or in the first week of July.
            Taylor informs the members about the new opening schedule for the student rooms in the British Museum. The president asks the IAA members to send letters to the management via the email address provided by Taylor: feedback@britishmuseum.org (email subject: “Changes to Study Room services”).
            Katz points out that the quality of a number of papers is too poor. Since the evaluation by the organising teams is not efficient enough, the teachers of the speakers in question should check their students’ papers before their students read them at the Rencontre.

11. Closing the Meeting
The President closed the meeting at 17.45h.

Minutes of the General Meeting in Warsaw, Poland (2014)

Minutes of the General Meeting of the International Association for Assyriology
held during the 60th RAI in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday 24 July 2014 16:00 – 18:00h
(Old Library aula)

 1. Opening by the president
    At 16:05h the President P. Michalowski welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues in attendance. He informed the meeting that anyone may participate in the discussion, but only members can vote.
The invitation for this General Meeting together with the agenda and relevant documentation were sent to the members on March 25, 2014.
Those present were the members of the IAA Board and ca. 150 Rencontre participants, most of whom were IAA members.

2. Report on the previous meeting
    There are no comments.

 3. Report of the Secretary
a. Membership
     After the drop in 2011 the number of members has slowly risen from 400 to ca. 410 in 2013. It is expected that the number of members will stabilize around this figure.

b. IAA Office
     Our treasurer Theo Krispijn leaves the Board after a 4-year term. Since the treasurer is chosen from the members of the Board a proposal for a new treasurer will be made after the election. The President thanks Theo Krispijn for all his work for the IAA.

c. The website
     Last year we discussed the introduction of a new combined website for the IAA and the Rencontre by using the content management system of the application WordPress. Mr. Bart Volgers, who provides technical support, built the new website and finished it in January of this year. In the same month it was up and running and we received positive reactions from the members, some also suggested corrections. The costs for building this website are in accordance with what we agreed during the Board meeting in Ghent.
R. Beal asked if the link for the coming Rencontre could be made more prominent. J. Fincke would prefer to have full lists of data immediately at her disposal instead of having to choose this option every time. The Secretary will convey these remarks to Mr. B. Volgers.

d. The newsletter
    Three editions were published during the year 2013, in January, April, and August. The 4th edition was delayed to January of this year due to unforeseen circumstances. The President thanks Karin Beumer for all her work.

 4. Financial report over 2013
a. Report of the treasurer
    The Financial report for the year 2013 was submitted by the Treasurer Th.J.H. Krispijn and in his absence it was explained by our administrator K. Beumer. It shows a positive balance of €5,674.27 with as main revenues membership dues amounting to €4,410 (including payments made through Paypal). A donation of € 9080 ($10,000) to the IAA was made by one of our members, see 6d. The balance of the savings account is €30,000.

b. Recommendations by the controlling committee
    K. Beumer read the testimony of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and M. Stol, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances.

c. Vote of acceptance and discharge of Board and controlling committee
    The meeting approved the report unanimously and discharged the Treasurer. The controlling committee was also discharged and its members will be asked to perform the same job next year.

 5. The Board
a. Composition of the Board
    According to the By-laws the Board can comprise a maximum number of 15 members divided over three categories: 4 members representing affiliated scholarly associations, 4 representing the organizing committees of the RAI (the preceding, the current, and the succeeding two), and 7 officers and elected members.
At present, the Board consists of the following members:
– Three officers and four elected members: P. Michalowski (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), J.C. Fincke, F. Abdallah, G. Frame, V. Matoïan and C. Wunsch (elected members).
– Four chairs of RAI organizing committees: Th.J.H. Krispijn (2012, Treasurer), K. de Graef (2013), M. Sandowicz (2014), and A. Cavigneaux (2015).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES), H. Neumann (DOG), J. Taylor (BISI).

b. Resigning members and new candidates
    Shifts in Membership. P. Michalowski stepped down as the president of the IAA. In the category of officers and elected members J. Fincke, G. Frame, and C. Wunsch, rotated off. In the category of presidents of RAI organizing committees Th. Krispijn rotated off. Since the latter was also our treasurer the Board will have to appoint one of the Board members as the new treasurer.
This means that 5 seats on the Board are open end the candidates for these positions are the following. For the presidency C. Michel and M. Tanret, for the Board H. Baker, J. Fincke, S. Garfinkle, C. Waerzeggers, and C. Wunsch. As the president of a RAI organizing committee G. Frame is the candidate for Philadelphia 2016.
At this point M. Roaf remarked that the procedure of the election was not clear enough. Three new Board candidates were mentioned in an email sent to the membership, but the Board members who stood for re-election were not mentioned. The Secretary pointed out that they were mentioned in an earlier letter sent to the members (which he read), but that it might have been better to repeat their names in the later email. D. Katz pointed out that all candidates should be treated in the same manner, including the support of 15 members and a CV. Some of the members wanted to postpone the election by a year (Sasson), others said that the General Meeting was now fully informed and that the election could go ahead as planned (Frahm, e.a.). An exception was made for the members who had sent in a vote by proxy. They should have the chance to vote again and the Secretary will see to that. Finally, E. von Dassow pointed out that the constitution should be changed if it is not in accordance with what the General Meeting would consider necessary.
Then the election for the president and the new Board members was held and the results were as follows:

President: C. Michel (93), M. Tanret (48)

Board members: H. Baker (110), J. Fincke (43), S. Garfinkle (111), C. Waerzeggers (90), and C. Wunsch (49).

Thus the new president is C. Michel, the new Board members are H. Baker, S. Garfinkle, and C. Waerzeggers. The president thanked the members and congratulated the new president and the new Board members.

 6. Other issues
a. IAA prize
    The second edition of the IAA Prize has been as successful as the first one. In total 12 young scholars submitted an article that they had handed in for publication within the last two years and no more than five years after completing their PhD dissertation. The committee consisted of A. Archi, M. Roaf, J. Tavernier, and N. Veldhuis. Tavernier gave a summary of the conclusions reached by the committee and he announced that the winner is K. Stevens with the article “Secrets in the Library: Protected Knowledge and Professional Identity in Late Babylonian” (Iraq 75, 2013: 211-253),the runner-up is Y.S Chen with “The Flood Motif as a Stylistic and Temporal Device in Sumerian Literary Traditions (JANER 12, 2012, 158-189). The Secretary will inform all applicants of the results of the competition.

b. De Gruyter prize
    The second edition of the De Gruyter Prize has also been successful. Ten doctoral dissertations were submitted, the committee consisted of E. von Dassow (chair), M. Jursa, P. Michalowski, and D. Schwemer. Von Dassow informed the meeting of the conclusions of the committee and she pointed out that the general level was lower than the previous year. The winner of this year’s competition is Julien Monerie for his dissertation “Aspects de l’économie de la Babylonie aux époques hellénistique et parthe”.

c. Maureen Kovacs Subsidies
    This year was the first edition of the Maureen Kovacs Subsidies. Five young scholars sent in an application to receive a subsidy for the research that they envisage. The committee consisted of S. Garfinkle, D. Katz, M. Tanret (chair). M. Tanret informed the members of the results of this edition: the winner is Alexandra Kleinerman. Her application concerns the funding of travel costs to Oslo in order to collate and publish a large collection of cuneiform tablets preserving excerpts from the Old Babylonian Sumerian and Akkadian personal name lists.

d. Mesopotamian database
    Walter Sommerfeld gave a powerpoint presentation that contained examples of all the parts of the database project which he has set up with the help of some colleagues in Germany. The aim of the project is to help assyriologists to find their way in the many publications that appear each year. It is now possible to search for words, names, lemmata and many other things. The meeting welcomed this initiative with enthusiasm.

f. Miscellaneous announcements
None.

7. Honorary council
    Two applications for new HC members have been received, one for Jack Sasson and one for David Owen. The necessary documents (cover letter, CV, three supporters) were also received. The Board discussed the applications during its meeting on Tuesday and concluded unanimously that both scholars will become members of the Honorary Council. The decision was announced during the meeting.

 8. Proceedings of past Rencontres
    J. Eisenbraun provided the members with the latest information:

a. Münster 2006
    The volume has appeared in the AOAT series (2014).

b. Moscow and St. Petersburg 2007
    The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns (2010).

c. Würzburg 2008
    The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns (2012).

d. Paris 2009
    The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns (2014).

e. Barcelona 2010
    The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns (2013).

f. Rome 2011
    The proofs of the volume went out in July, the book will probably be published in November 2014.

g. Leiden 2012
    The manuscripts are still being collected.

9. Future Rencontres:
a. Geneva-Bern 2015
    C. Suter and P.M. Michel (Geneva) informed the meeting about the Rencontre in Switzerland. The dates will be June 22-26, the theme will be “Text and Image”. A presentation showed the venues and provided many other details concerning this Rencontre.

b. Philadelphia 2016
    The Rencontre 2016 will be held in Philadelphia. The theme will be “Ur”. The dates are July 11-15. Detailed information will be given during next year’s Rencontre.

c. Marburg 2017
    For 2017 there is an invitation from Marburg. Since this is three years ahead the meeting took a vote and accepted this venue unanimously. W. Sommerfeld told the meeting that more details will be given during the next Rencontre.

d. Other Rencontres
    For 2018 there is an invitation from Innsbruck. The theme will be “The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East”.
For 2019 there is an invitation from Paris (theme? dates?)

10. New business

– M. Roaf asked if the posters could be put on the IAA website. The Secretary said that this is possible.
– M. Geller and L. Vacin told the meeting about the current state of Assyriology in the Czech Republic which according to them is deplorable. As a result the President has been in contact with one of the colleagues there. He informed the meeting that the Board had decided not to interfere in this matter.
– Finally, the Secretary addressed the President and thanked him on behalf of all the members for everything he has done for the IAA.

11. Closing the Meeting
     The President closed the meeting at 18.05h.

General Meeting Ghent 2013

Minutes of the General Meeting in Ghent, Belgium (2013)

General Meeting of Members of the IAA
on Thursday 18 July 2013 16:00 – 17:30h
(Auditorium NB1)

1. Opening by the president
At 16:09h the President Piotr Michalowski welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues in attendance. He informed the meeting that anyone may participate in the discussion, but only members can vote.
The invitation for this General Meeting together with the agenda and relevant documentation were sent to the members on March 25, 2013.
Those present were the members of the IAA Board and ca. 100 Rencontre participants, most of whom were IAA members.

2. Report on the previous meeting
There are no comments.

3. Report of the secretary
a. Membership:
After a considerable drop in the number of members over 2011 a rise can be reported. At the end of 2011 there were about 400 members; during 2012, 40 members signed up and if we deduct the members that cancelled their subscription the number at the end of 2012 was 421. At the moment that the meeting took place it stood at 444.
b. IAA Office
Over the last year two new co-workers have joined the IAA Office. One of them is Ms. Karin Beumer, who did the registration of new members in 2012 in Leiden. She is now our new administrator, which means that she takes care of the membership administration. She is also in charge of preparing the Newsletter of the IAA, for which see below (6c).
c. The websites.
The Secretary informed the members that the two IAA websites needed to be updated. They were designed using frames and we need to replace them with a content management system (CMS) by using the application WordPress. This will make updating our websites much easier. Our technical consultant is willing to do this work and he has submitted a work plan that was discussed and approved by the Board. The costs for the IAA are specified and they will amount to €1200, that is, €600 for each of the websites. The sites will be merged into a single website under a new domain name. From 2013 the annual cost will be €510.
The meeting votes and accepts the report of the Secretary.

4. Financial report over 2011
a. Report of the treasurer
The Financial report for the year 2012 was submitted by the Treasurer Th.J.H. Krispijn. It shows a positive balance of €5,974.27 with as main revenues membership dues amounting to € 6,042.57. The balance of the savings account is €20,500.
b. Recommendations by the controlling committee
The Treasurer read the testimony of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and M. Stol, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances.
c. Vote of acceptance and discharge of Board and controlling committee
The meeting approved the report unanimously and discharged the Treasurer. The controlling committee was also discharged and its members will be asked to perform the same job next year.

5. The Board
a. Composition of the Board
According to the By-laws the Board can comprise a maximum number of 15 members divided over three categories: 4 members representing affiliated scholarly associations, 4 representing the organizing committees of RAI (the preceding, the current, and the succeeding two), and 7 officers and elected members.
At present, the board consists of the following members:
– Three officers and four elected members: P. Michalowski (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), J.C. Fincke, F. Abdallah, G. Frame, V. Matoïan and C. Wunsch (elected members).
– Four chairs of RAI organizing committees: A. Archi (2011), Th.J.H. Krispijn (2012, Treasurer), K. de Graef (2013) and M. Sandowicz (2014).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES), H. Neumann (DOG), J. Taylor (BISI).
b. Resigning members and new candidates
Shifts in Membership. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding no election was prepared for the office of President. Since our current President was elected in 2009 an election should have been held in Ghent. The Board apologized for this oversight. Several members (Fincke, Franke) said that we cannot hold an election now, because a procedure needs to be followed that will take much time. Archi pointed out that we have a problematic situation that will have to be solved quickly and he suggested that we postpone the election to 2014. A vote was taken and the motion was accepted with two opposed.
Thus, there was only one slot open for membership on the Board. One seat needed to be filled by a president of an RAI organizing committee. In accordance with the rotation schedule, A. Archi, president of the RAI organizing committee for Rome (2011), stepped down this year. He was succeeded by the A. Cavigneaux, president of the committee for the Rencontre in Geneva and Bern (2015).
c. New and re-elected Board members
The meeting welcomed A. Cavigneaux and thanked A. Archi for his contribution to the Board.
d. A limited number of terms?
During its meeting on Tuesday, July 16, the Board discussed the possibility of limiting the number of terms (one term is 4 years) to two per person. The idea behind it was that it would be easier for other colleagues to become a Board member and that we would avoid exceedingly long Board tenures. The Board took a vote and the motion was passed with one opposing vote. During the General Meeting the proposal was discussed and several members voiced criticism. Some were against limiting the number of terms (Asher-Greve), others pointed out that any change that might go against the wording of the constitution (Fincke, Franke, Neumann) needs to be checked by a lawyer. The Board will make sure that this will be done. Next year the meeting will take a vote on a proposal of the Board.

6. Other issues
a. IAA prize
The first edition of the IAA Prize has been successful. In total 12 young scholars submitted an article that they had handed in for publication within the last two years and no more than five years after completing their PhD dissertation. The committee consisted of A. Archi, M. Roaf, D.R. Frayne, and J. Tavernier. Roaf gave a summary of the conclusions reached by the committee and he announced that the winner is Dr. G. Spada with the article “A Handbook from the Eduba’a: An Old Babylonian Collection of Model Contracts” (ZA 101, 2011: 204-245), the runner-up is Erik van Dongen with “The Hittite Song of Going Forth (CTH 344): A Reconsideration of the Narrative” (WdO 42, 2012: 23–84). Unfortunately, Frayne did not respond to the questions of the committee and he had to be replaced by another IAA member. N. Veldhuis was appointed as the fourth committee member. The Secretary will inform all applicants of the results of the competition.
b. De Gruyter prize
The first edition of the De Gruyter Prize has also been successful. Nine doctoral dissertations were submitted and the committee consisted of E. von Dassow, M. Jursa, P. Michalowski, and D. Schwemer. Von Dassow informed the meeting of the conclusions of the committee and she announced that all members agreed to award the prize to Tobias Scheucher for his dissertation “The Transmissional and Functional Context of the Lexical Lists from Hattusha and from the Contemporaneous Traditions in Late-Bronze-Age Syria.” She added that evaluating the dissertations was strenuous work; the committee members would like to receive a copy of the book to be published by De Gruyter.
c. The Newsletter
After several months of preparation the IAA Newsletter was launched in January and the reactions were positive. A new website was started and a number of people were approached for articles and interviews. The organizational work is done by Mrs. Karin Beumer, who is responsible for the contents of the Newsletter and its regular publication. Technical assistance is provided by our technical consultant. The Newsletter is sent to all IAA members, but it can also be viewed on the website (http://mar-shiprim.org/). Members and other readers are encouraged to give feedback so that the editors can learn from their comments. Von Dassow said that she was positive about the newsletter and that its information is useful. There were no other comments.
d. Donation Maureen Kovacs
A donation of €10,000 has been made by Dr. Maureen Kovacs. The Board proposed that for ten years a yearly sum of €1,000 will be given for the best project. Applicants are young colleagues who will fill out a form in which they explain what their project is about. A budget and a letter of support by the supervisor are required. If the budget is lower than €1,000, the lower sum will be given and the rest will be given to another applicant. After completing his/her project, the winner will hand in a report. Only IAA members can apply. The time schedule will be the same as that for the IAA prize. Katz suggested to divide the prize over two winners, who would each get €500. The President said that nowadays more money for one project is needed. Von Dassow suggested alternative use of the prize, such as a subsidy for publications. The President said that research is preferable. Asher asked about financing the use of photos and the copyrights. Podany answered that the student can decide by him/herself on the basis of the available budget. The members voted in favor of this proposal. The committee for this subsidy will consist of D. Katz, M. Tanret, and S. Garfinkle. M. Tanret will be committee chair.
e. Mesopotamian database
Walter Sommerfeld has notified the Board that everything takes longer than expected. In the last four years large amounts of data have been collected. The design of the website is presently developed and in a few months the first version of the database will be put online.
f. Miscellaneous announcements
None.

7. Honorary council
No candidates have been put forward this year for the membership of the honorary council, but during the Board meeting the name of Burkhard Kienast was mentioned and the Board agreed with this proposal. Franke is in favor of this proposal, Fincke objects because the procedure has not been followed. The President asks the meeting not to be too legalistic. Archi points out that we should choose a person only for his/her achievements, not because of special conditions. The meeting votes in favor of the proposal, with none opposed.

8. Proceedings of past Rencontres
J. Eisenbraun provided the members with the latest information:
a. Münster 2006
The volume will appear in the AOAT series in the coming months.
b. Moscow and St. Petersburg 2007
The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns.
c. Würzburg 2008
The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns.
d. Paris 2009
The manuscript has been sent to Eisenbrauns, the book will soon be published.
e. Barcelona 2010
The volume was presented during this Rencontre.
f. Rome 2011
The volume is being prepared by Eisenbrauns.
g. Leiden 2012
The manuscripts are still being collected.

9. Future Rencontres:
Warsaw 2014
M. Sandowicz gave an informative presentation about the Rencontre in Warsaw. The theme will be “Fortune and Misfortune”; the dates are July 21-25, 2014. It is the first time that the Rencontre is held in Poland. The venue will be the so-called Old Library where also ICAANE and the Hittitology Congress took place. The venue is located on the university campus.
b. Geneva-Bern 2015
A. Cavigneaux (Geneva) informs the meeting about the Rencontre in Switzerland. The dates will be June 22-26, the theme will be “Text and Image”.
c. Other Rencontres
For 2016 there is an invitation from Philadelphia. The theme will be “Ur”. The dates are July 11-15. G. Frame provided information about this Rencontre.
For 2017 there is an invitation from Marburg.
For 2018 there is an invitation from Innsbruck. The theme will be “The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East”.

10. New business
S. Franke asked if the final session could be held in auditorium NB1 rather than in C. The updated list of participants will soon appear on the website.

11. Closing the Meeting
The President closed the meeting at 17.30h.

General Meeting Leiden 2012

Minutes of the General Meeting in Leiden, The Netherlands (2012)

General Meeting of Members of the IAA
Thursday, July 19, 2012
58th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI)
Leiden University, Lipsius Building, Hall 011, Leiden, Netherlands.
Those present were the members of the IAA Board and ca. 65 Rencontre participants, most of whom were IAA members.

1. Opening.
At 16:07 hours the President Piotr Michalowski welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues in attendance. He informed the meeting that anyone may participate in the discussion, but only members can vote.
The invitation for this General Meeting together with the agenda and relevant documentation were sent to the members on April 3, 2012.

2. Report on the previous meeting.
There are no comments.

3. Report of the Secretary.
a. Membership
The number of IAA members decreased over the last year to under 400. This has to do with the stricter policy concerning members who have not paid for more than two years. Proposals to attract more members will be discussed under 6.
b. IAA Office
The IAA will hire a person for € 600,- per year to perform administrative work in the secretariate.

4. Financial over 2011
a. Report of the treasurer
The treasurer T.J.H. Krispij npresented the general financial report over 2011 and a report on the saving accounts over the same year.
b. Recommendation by the controlling committee
The Treasurer read the confirmation of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and M. Stol, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances.
c. Vote of acceptance and discharge of Board and controlling committee
The members present at the general meeting voted in favor of acceptance and discharge of the Board and the controlling committee. The controlling committee members will be asked to perform the same job next year..
d. What to do with the accumulating funds of the IAA
This point on the agenda was shifted to 5, see below.

5. The Board
a. Composition of the Board
According to the by-laws the Board comprises a maximum number of 15 members divided over three categories: 4 members representing affiliated scholarly associations, 4 representing the organizing committees of RAI (the preceding, the current, and the succeeding two), and 7 officers and elected members.
At present, the Board consists of the following members:
– Three officers and four elected members: P. Michalowski (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), J.C. Fincke, F. Abdallah, G. Frame, V. Matoïan and C. Wunsch (elected members).
– Four chairs of RAI organizing committees: J. Sanmartín (2010), A. Archi (2011), Th.J.H. Krispijn (2012), and K. de Graef (2013).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES), H. Neumann (DOG), and J. Taylor (BISI).
b. Resigning members and new candidates
Shifts in Membership. In the category of officers and elected members W.H. van Soldt and F. Abdalla rotated off. Both stood for re-election. On April 3, the Secretary sent an invitation to the members to present candidates before July 1, but no applications were received.
Representatives of Organizing Committees.J. Sanmartín (2010) rotated off. The new representative is M. Sandowicz for the RAI in Warsaw (2014).
Representatives of Scholarly Associations. J. Taylor rotated off this year, but he stood for re-election, there were no other candidates.
c. New and re-elected Board members
The two Board members of the first category and the member of the third category were re-elected by acclamation. The General Meeting welcomed M. Sandowicz as the representative of the RAI in Warsaw.

6. Other issues
a. Declining membership.
There are two proposals to make the IAA membership more attractive. The first one is a larger discount of the RAI entrance fee for IAA members. Till this year the discount for IAA members was €20, as of 2013 it will be €30. The second proposal is to create a newsletter that can be read online by members with the help of a log-in code. There will also be an IAA weblog to stimulate contact among members. The Secretary has a possible candidate who is willing to edit the newsletter and he will discuss the matter with her. A possible membership connection with NABU as advocated by Veenhof was rejected by Charpin.
b. IAA prize: committee and regulations
The proposal for the IAA prize for first articles after the PhD was presented to the meeting and it was accepted unanimously. Candidates for this prize must be members of the IAA. The committee that will evaluate the applications will consist of M. Roaf, A. Archi, J. Tavernier, and D.R. Frayne. The regulations of the IAA Prize were slightly amended (for the final version, see the IAA website under Prizes).
c. De Gruyter prize
The De Gruyter Prize was discussed by the Board and in May a majority voted in favor of the prize. The result is shown to the meeting. The prize will be awarded for the best Assyriological dissertation. The winner will receive €1000 from De Gruyter Publishers and the dissertation will be published by them. The committee that will evaluate the applications and choose the best dissertation consists of P. Michalowski, S. Maul, and E. von Dassow. M. Roaf inquired what to do if the author refuses to publish with de Gruyter. The president answered that the prize and the publisher are linked. It might stimulate other publishers to follow the example of de Gruyter.
d. Cooperation with ICAANE
The President has had contact with members of the ICAANE Board, but there are no further initiatives.
e. Mesopotamian database
W. Sommerfeld informs the meeting that much work has been done on the database, but that a first report will be given during the next Rencontre.
D. Charpin reports that NABU is available on the SÉPOA website (http://sepoa.fr/). Reprints will also be announced there.
E. Stone announces the AMA-website with archeological reports (http://www.artmediaagency.com/en/tag/archaeology/).

7. Honorary Council
A proposal to appoint Prof. Claus Wilcke as a member of the honorary council was sent to the Board by A. Archi. The Board voted in favor of this proposal and the new member was announced during the meeting. After the meeting Prof. Wilcke will be invited to join the council.

8. Proceedings of past Rencontres
a. Münster 2006
The volume will appear in 2013. It will be published in the AOAT series.
b. Moscow and St. Petersburg 2007
The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns.
c. Würzburg 2008
The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns.
d. Paris 2009
The volume is scheduled for the spring of 2013.
e. Barcelona 2010
The volume is scheduled for December 2012.
f. Rome 2011
The volume is scheduled for the summer of 2013.

9. Future Rencontres
a. Ghent 2013
K. de Graef informed the meeting of the plans for the coming Rencontre in Ghent. The topic will be ‘Law and (Dis)Order in the Ancient Near East’ and the dates are July 19-23, 2013
b. Warsaw 2014
M. Sandowicz gave information about the Rencontre in Warsaw. The theme will be ‘Fortune and Misfortune’, the dates are July 21-25, 2014. The venue will be the so-called Old Library where also the Hittitology Congress took place.
c. Geneva & Bern 2015
R. Rollinger has notified the Board that he would like to postpone the Innsbruck Rencontre scheduled for 2015. A. Cavigneaux announces his plans for a Rencontre in 2015 in Geneva and Bern. A possible theme is ‘Text and Image’, the dates are to be announced. The meeting votes in favor of this venue for 2015.
d. Philadelphia 2016
G. Frame gave information about the Rencontre planned in Philadelphia. The theme will be ‘Ur’, the dates are to be announced.
e. 2017
There are two offers, one from Innsbruck and one from Marburg. A solution will be worked out in the coming months.

9. New business
K. Nemet-Nejat reminded the meeting that it is important to bring Assyriology closer to younger people. The initiative of B. Porter, presented in the workshop Taking it to the People, should be continued. A committee should work out new initiatives and teaching materials and report next year. R. Beal suggested that PR-departments of our universities could assist.

10. Closing the meeting
The President closed the meeting at 17.30h.

General Meeting Rome 2011

Minutes of the General Meeting in Rome, Italy

General Meeting of Members of the IAA
Thursday, July 7, 2011
57th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI)
Gregorian University, Loyola Hall, Rome, Italy.
Those present were the members of the IAA Board and ca. 50 Rencontre participants, most of whom were IAA members.

1. Opening.
At 14.40 hours the President Piotr Michalowski welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues in attendance. He informed the meeting that anyone may participate in the discussion, but only members can vote.
The invitation for this General Meeting together with the agenda and relevant documentation were sent to the members on April 2, 2011.
Since the Rencontre in Barcelona (2010) the following colleagues had passed away, listed in chronologial order: Maurice Sznycer (July 2010); Selma Al-Radi (October 2010); Jürgen Schmidt (December 2010); Rykle Borger (December 2010); Anson Rainey (February 2011); Donny George Youkhanna (March 2011); Paolo Fiorina (March 2011); Giovanni Pettinato (May 2011); Johannes Koch (June 2011); Elena Cassin (June 2011).

2. Report of the Secretary.
The Secretary by W.H. van Soldt submitted his report.
The number of members of the IAA had risen from 410 at the end of 2009 to 467 at the end of 2010, an increase of 57. However, this number is certainly too high. Several persons on our database have not paid for years and, in accordance with the rule set during the General Meeting in Barcelona (2010), members who have not paid their dues for more than two years are given the choice either to pay in arrears or to give up their membership. As will be shown during the next Rencontre, the membership number has to be corrected to ca. 400.
New membership numbers have been introduced that are based on the year that membership begins. The old rigid system of assigning numbers to members starting at one proved impractical.
During this Rencontre a special desk is available to apply for membership and/or to pay one’s dues. Membership identity cards were readied for distribution at the IAA desk. These cards are meant for new members only; the other members received a digital card by email. The membership cards, the digital cards, ballots and name boards were made by V. Klinkenberg.
C. Randau has left Leiden and his work on the websites will be continued by V. Klinkenberg. The latter is responsible for technical questions and the Secretary will make all the necessary corrections on the websites (both RAI and IAA).
There were no questions and the report was approved by acclamation.

3. Financial matters
a. Financial Report
The Financial report for the year 2010 was submitted by the Treasurer Th.J.H. Krispijn. It shows a positive balance of €4,758.28. The main revenues came from membership dues, which amounted to €7,688.83. The balance of the savings account was €9,500.
b. Recommendation by the controlling committee
The Treasurer read the confirmation of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and M. Stol, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances.
c. Vote of acceptance and discharge of Board and controlling committee
The Board approved the report and thanked the Treasurer. The controlling committee was also thanked and its members will be asked to perform the same job next year.
d. What to do with the accumulating funds of the IAA
This point on the agenda was shifted to 5, see below.

4. The Board
a. Composition of the Board
According to the by-laws the Board comprises a maximum number of 15 members divided over three categories: 4 members representing affiliated scholarly associations, 4 representing the organizing committees of RAI (the preceding, the current, and the succeeding two), and 7 officers and elected members.
At present, the Board consists of the following members:
– Three officers and four elected members: P. Michalowski (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), J.C. Fincke, F. Abdallah, G. Frame, N. Marchetti and C. Wunsch (elected members).
– Four chairs of RAI organizing committees: J.-M. Durand (2009), J. Sanmartín (2010), A. Archi (2011) and Th.J.H. Krispijn (2012).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES), H. Neumann (DOG), J. Taylor (BISI).
b. Resigning members and new candidates
Shifts in Membership. The Secretary presented a list of dates when the terms of office of the Board members will expire. In the category of officers and elected members N. Marchetti rotated off. On April 2 the Secretary sent an invitation to the members to present candidates before July 1, but no application was received. N. Marchetti suggested two candidates, of whom V. Matoïan responded positively.
Representatives of Organizing Committees. J.-M. Durand (2008) rotated off. The new representative is M. Tanret for the RAI in Ghent (2013).
Representatives of Scholarly Associations. Three members rotated off this year, J. Klein (ISAANES), D. Charpin (SEPOA) and H. Neumann (DOG). All three stood for re-election, there were no other candidates.
c. New and re-elected Board members
The General Meeting welcomed V. Matoïan by acclamation. She is a well-known archaeologist with much experience in the field. The meeting also welcomed M. Tanret as the representative of the RAI in Ghent. The three Board members of the third category were also re-elected by acclamation. The Board will actively search for other associations that could join the IAA.

5. Initiatives
a. ICAANE.
This matter will be followed up by the Board.
b. Initiative W. de Gruyter
Publisher W. de Gruyter has offered a prize (€1000) and to publish selected dissertations (see the report of 2010). J.C. Fincke asked how much time after the completion of the dissertation an application for the prize can be made. This will be two years. The book must be handed in as an edited version. In reply to a question of J.M. Sasson the President said that de Gruyter will pay for publishing the book. D.I. Owen asked if there would be a special series. This would a possibility, but the matter has not yet been decided. S.M. Maul asked who would decide the prize winners. There is to be a committee consisting of H. Neumann (Board IAA) and two other IAA members that will serve for three years. Its members should be impartial. S. Franke suggested asking retired colleagues. J. Cooper asked who would nominate the committee members. The President pointed out that the members will not necessarily be professors. In the coming year rules will be formulated and discussed. B. Porter proposed a motion for acceptance of this prize and whatever is necessary to review the applications. During the meeting S.M. Maul was appointed as one of the committee members.
c. LIP Party
The IAA will provide matching funds for the “Less Important People” party to a maximum of €1000. The party will be held annually during the Rencontre. The large majority of the meeting voted in favor, there were two votes against the proposal and six abstentions.
d. IAA Prize
The Board suggested awarding a prize for the best first article. It would be for young people who had finished their PhD. The prize would include a one-year membership of the IAA. The article should be written in one of the congress languages, English, French or German. There would be a special committee of three IAA members.
D. Katz asked if it is for IAA members only and why PhD students cannot apply. J. Taylor asked if there is an age limit. There is not. J.C. Fincke suggested not to exclude pre-PhD students. S.J. Garfinkle would prefer to have a choice of articles written during a five-year period rather that just one article. The President said that the number of articles would become too large. A. Goddeeris said that it is important to have an article already when students apply for a PhD. J. Cooper remarked that the application should concern a recently published article.
J.M. Sasson pointed out that a discussion about this topic is not very effective as long as there are no clear rules followed by a proposal. We have to look at other models. It was decided that the Board would present a proposal at the next Rencontre.
e. Selection of Rencontre Papers
A proposal for the admission of speakers at a Rencontre has been drafted by a committee chaired by M. Roaf. The responsibilty for the quality of the papers lies with the organizing teams. Special attention must be paid to the abstracts provided by would-be speakers. A. Archi emphasized that the abstract should be detailed. For the Rencontre in Rome four papers were rejected.
D.I. Owen suggested that the RAI introduce the reading of papers “by title” as is done at many other congresses.

6. Honorary Council
Prof. W.W. David Hawkins was nominated in Paris (2009) by a Board member (Ottervanger) for his outstanding scientific record and his support of the annual RAI. The Board accepted this proposal during its meeting and the General Meeting was duly informed. The meeting welcomed the proposal by acclamation. Prof. Hawkins accepted the membership of the Honorary Council and he expressed his thanks to the General Meeting.

7. Proceedings of past Rencontres
a. Münster 2006
H. Neumann said that there had been some problems that have now been overcome. The volume will appear in the AOAT series. He hopes that the proceedings can go to the publisher in the last quarter of 2011.
b. Moscow and St. Petersburg 2007
The volume has been published by Eisenbrauns.
Progress reports for the following volumes were supplied by J. Eisenbraun:
c. Würzburg 2008
G. Wilhelm had delivered the files for the volume in February 2011. At Eisenbrauns’ request some contributors supplied new materials. Work on the volume has been in progress since mid-March and it could possibly be ready by the end of 2011.
d. Paris 2009
L. Marti recently told Eisenbrauns that he was about to send the copy for publication. If that happened, the book would probably appear in the first half of 2012.
e. Barcelona 2010
There was no detailed information about this volume, but a deadline for handing in contributions had been set for this summer.

8. Future Rencontres
a. Leiden 2012
Th.J.H. Krispijn gave a powerpoint about the Rencontre to be held in Leiden in 2012 from 16-20 July. The topic will be &dlquo;Private and State&drquo;. A number of workshops and several receptions will be organized, one of the receptions will be hosted by the National Museum of Antiquities. The partners are the Museum and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East. In his powerpoint he highlighted the history of the Leiden department, the sites of the city of Leiden and the available facilities, museums, etc. A website will be up and running in October.
b. Other Rencontres
M. Tanret informed the General Meeting about the Rencontre to be held in Ghent next year. The congress will be held mid-July, a topic has not yet been chosen. There will be an excursion to Bruges or Antwerp.
M. Kapelus presented a short announcement for the Rencontre to be held in Warsaw in 2014.

9. New business
Those present at he meeting were asked to contribute to Orientalia. The journal needs more articles. The president added Journal of Cuneiform Studies is in need of more subscribers.

10. Closing the meeting
The President thanked the organizers of the Rencontre, A. Archi, G. Biga, L. Verderame and all their helpers, for a wonderful and well-organized Rencontre. There were many interesting papers, in particular by young scholars, and the receptions were excellent. Needless to say, all participants had greatly enjoyed being in the city of Rome.

The President declared this meeting closed at 16.00 hours.

W.H. van Soldt
IAA secretary
February 2, 2012

General Meeting Barcelona 2010

Minutes of the General Meeting in Barcelona, Spain

General Meeting of Members of the IAA
Thursday, July 29, 2009
56th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI)
Caixa Fórum, Barcelona, Spain
Those present are the members of the IAA Board and ca. 70 Rencontre participants, al all of whom are IAA members.

1. Opening.
At 17:08 hours the President Piotr Michalowski welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues who attended this meeting. A special welcome was given to W.G. Lambert, one of the members of the Honorary Council. Anyone may participate in the discussion, but only members can vote.
The invitation for this General Meeting together with the agenda and relevant documentation have been sent to the members in April 2010.
Since the Rencontre in Paris (2009) the following colleagues have passed away (in chronologial order): Barthel Hrouda (21 July 2009)); Raymond Westbrook (23 July 2009); Ninel Jankowska (12 September 2009); Péter Vargyas (22 October 2009); Yochanan Muffs (6 December 2009); Subhi Anwar Rashid (January 2010); Abraham Malamat (21 January 2010); Donald Wiseman (2 February 2010); Samuel M. Paley (31 March 2010); Michael Heltzer (8 June 2010.); John Britton (8 June 2010).

2. Report of the Secretary.
The report of the Secretary was submitted by W.H. van Soldt.
The number of members of the IAA rose from 344 at the end of 2008 to 410 at the end of 2009, an increase of 66. Especially during the Rencontre in Paris many new members signed up.
During the Rencontre a special desk is available to apply for new membership. Membership identity cards were readied for distribution at the IAA desk. These cards are meant for new members only; the other members received a digital card by email. The memberships cards, the digital cards and name boards were made by Christiano Randau, who is also responsible for the updating of the IAA and RAI websites.
The announcement for this meeting was sent by email to the membertship on April 15. A second anouncement was sent on June 26.
There have been regular contacts with the RAI organizing committee. Questions have been answered and potential problems have been dealt with.
Since the IAA is now using the services of Paypal (see under 3.) some hurdles put up by this organization had to be taken before the system could be used without restrictions. There are now Paypal buttons on the pertinent webpages.
Minutes from the General Meeting of the 55th Rencontre in Paris on July 9, 2009 had been communicated electronically to the members and no emendations have been proposed.
There are no questions and the report is approved by acclamation.

3. Financial matters
Financial Report. The Financial report over the year 2009 was read by the Treasurer J.C. Fincke. It shows a positive balance of EUR 1,058.35, with as main revenues membership dues amounting to € 4,169. The balance of the savings account is € 6,000. The Treasurer read the testimony of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and Th.J.H. Krispijn, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances. The meeting approved the report by acclamation and discharged the Treasurer. The controlling committee was also discharged, but two of its members (Katz and Kouwenberg) will be asked to perform the same job next year (see under 4.). Grant Frame agreed to be the third member.
The Treasurer told the meeting that she dispatched 532 payment reminders over the past months. This she could only do after she had put together a new database of all the IAA members. Since sending reminders will henceforth have to be done by someone who will be paid the costs will be high. She urged those members who had not yet paid to do so as soon as possible. Members who have not paid for 2011 are requested to do so before February 15. The members who have not paid for over two years will be given the choice to pay their dues or to cancel their membership.
Collecting the dues from the members has been greatly facilitated by the introduction of our new Paypal account. Many of our members have already made use of this possibility. At the same time the use of credit cards has been discontinued.
J.C. Fincke will not continue to serve as the Treasurer. The President thanked her for all her work and the meeting thanked her by acclamation. Theo Krispijn has been asked to become the new Treasurer and he has agreed to do so provided he is accepted as the new Board member for Leiden 2012. The membership approves this decision by acclamation.

4. The Board
a. Composition of the Board
According to the By-laws the Board can comprise a maximum number of 15 members divided over three categories: 4 members representing affiliated scholarly associations, 4 representing the organizing committees of RAI (the preceding, the current, and the succeeding two), and 7 officers and elected members.
At present, the board consists of the following members:
– Three officers and four elected members: P. Michalowski (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), J.C. Fincke (Treasurer), F. Abdallah, G. Frame, N. Marchetti and C. Wunsch (elected members).
– Four chairs of RAI organizing committees: G. Wilhelm (2008), M. Durand (2009), J. Sanmartín (2010), and A. Archi (2011).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES), H. Neumann (DOG), J. Taylor (BISI).
b. Resigning members and new candidates
Shifts in Membership. The Secretary presented a list of the Board members and the dates that they will rotate off. This year three Board members in the category of officers and elected members rotate off, these are J.C. Fincke, G. Frame and C. Wunsch. On April 15 the Secretary sent an invitation to the members to present candidates before July 1, but no application was received. A second invitation was sent on June 26 and the deadline was postponed to July 10. Again no application was received.
Representatives of Organizing Committees. G. Wilhelm (2008) rotates off. Since W. van Soldt is already the Secretary Th.J.H. Krispijn is suggested as the representative of the organizing committee for the Leiden Rencontre in 2012.
Representatives of Scholarly Associations. There are no new members.
c. New and re-elected board members
The three Board members that rotate off are re-elected by acclamation.
d. New Treasurer
J.C. Fincke informs the members of her decision to resign as treasurer. The membership accepts by acclamation the suggestion to welcome Th.J.H. Krispijn as her successor.

5. IAA initiatives
Progress reports
Unfortunately, the various initiatives taken by the board of the IAA have so far not proved very successful. These initiatives are the following:
a. IAA sponsorship of web-based Akkadian literature in translation (eTACT)
The purpose of this project is to create a powerful yet easy to use tool with which to post online accurate translations of Akkadian texts of any genre and any length. The eTACT site can be reached at http://www.etana.org/etact/. At the beginning of the projects sufficient contributions were received, at present the number is much lower. Nevertheless, it is decided that the project will continue. Submitted translations can be already published, with a link to the original publication. If it comes from a book, a link will take the reader to where to purchase that book. Cornelia Wunsch will help to properly format translations before they are made available on the web.
b. Coopération Assyriologique
M. Tanret gave a short overview of the progress of this project over the past year. Only few contributions have been received and Tanret suggested to the meeting to transfer the data of the coopération to the website of the IAA.
c. Biography of Assyriologists and ANE Archaeologists
The response to the launch of this initiative has been weak. Material can be obtained from Wikipedia. D. Owen suggested to take over obituaries in AfO. The President suggests that we try to collect not obituaries but reminiscencies of the deceased as it is done by the American Philosophical Society. A simple link to their webpage will do.
d. Book Exchange.
The Book Exchange. Our technical assistant Christiano Randau was asked to put the data on the website but due to other pressing matters he has not yet been able to do this.
e. ICAANE.
There have been negociations with the archaeologists, but it is too early to present a report.

7. Honorary Council
Prof. W.W. Hallo was nominated in Paris (2009) by a board member (Ottervanger) for his outstanding scientific record and his support of the annual RAI. The Board has now accepted this proposal and the General Meeting is duly informed. The meeting welcomes the proposal by acclamation. Since Prof. Hallo cannot be present at the meeting a certificate of his membership of the Honorary Council will be sent to him. The President will inform him of the decision.

8. Proceedings of past Rencontres
a. Münster 2006
No news has been received from H. Neumann about the publication of the proceedings. Last year it was said that the volume is ready and contains ca. 850 pages. It will be published in the Harrassowitz series SANTAG.
b. Moscow and St. Petersburg 2007
L. Kogan informs the meeting that the volume has been published by Eisenbrauns and that it can be purchased at a discount during the Rencontre.
c. Würzburg 2008
G. Wilhelm sent an email in which he said that the volume will contain 60 or 61 articles. He hopes to be able to finish it before mid-August or a bit later and to start with compiling the indexes by the end of this year. The manuscript can then be handed in at Eisenbrauns during the spring of 2011 and it should appear in the same year.
d. Paris 2009
D. Charpin said that their staff is collecting the contributions and preparing them for publication.
e. Barcelona 2010
J. Sanmartín told the Board that the proceedings of the current Rencontre will be published as a volume in the series Aula Orientalis – Supplementa.

9. Future Rencontres
a. Rome 2011
A. Archi gave a powerpoint presentation about the Rencontre to be held in Rome which will take place Monday 4th – Friday 8th July at the University of Rome. The topic will be “Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East”. In his presentation he showed the location of the university buildings, the hotel situation, etc.
c. Leiden 2012
W. van Soldt spoke about the Rencontre to be held in Leiden in 2012 which will take place on 16-20 July. The topic will be “Private and State” (“Privat und Staat”). Several receptions will be organized, one of which by the National Museum of Antiquities. The organization of an excursion will depend on financial constraints.
d. Other Rencontres
For 2013 there was an offer from Innsbruck. The Secretary inquired with Profs. Rollinger and Lang if the offer still stands. The answer was that Rollinger is at present working somewhere else and that he will only return to Innsbruck in 2014. Therefore the Rencontre can be organized in 2015 or later. Ghent had volunteered to organize this Rencontre if the offer from Innsbruck was withdrawn M. Tanret announced that the offer still stands. The President has made inquiries with the colleagues from Warsaw with the result that he RAI for the year 2014 will be held there.

10. New business
a. Evaluation and acceptance of papers
M. Roaf draws attention to the fact that a number of papers were if insufficient quality and that some sort of evaluation procedure will be necessary. Owen says that this will be difficult to realize fron archaeologists, because many have their excavation season in the spring. Zimansky objects that such evaluations could cause ‘hard feelings’, with which he has some experience. How does one evaluate papers that cocern matters outside the field. Machinist says that such a procedure will signal an important change for the RAI, because people will be excluded. Since the field is small it is often clear who is behind a certain paper. Perhaps it is better to wait for a proposal at next year’s RAI. Lambert remarks that nutcases hardly occur anymore. An option would be ‘reading by title’, by which a paper is considered to have been read if the title has been read in public. Archi warns that the IAA should not be too dominant in this process. The President says that there should be more coaching of young people, the IAA cannot do this for the teachers. Stone suggests that no paper without abstract should be accepted. Meskhi adds that an abstract and the feedback of the audience are both important. Finally it is suggested that room should be made for more posters.
The President asks M. Roaf to look into the matter together with two other IAA members. These members are G. Frame and C. Wunsch.
Then the meeting accepts unanimously a motion that no paper will be accepted unless an abstract has been provided at a set date.
b. Workshops
It is decided that workshops will be open to all participants at the RAI, which means that everyone can contribute.
c. Papers of colleagues who did not show up
A question concerning the reading of papers of colleagues who have not come to the RAI will be discussed by the Board during the next RAI.
d. Audiovisual documentation
There is a letter from Martin Worthington who suggests audiovisual registration and documentation of the lectures held at the Rencontre. They can then be put on a website for those who were unable to participate. The problem is the quality of the recordings, only few reach an acceptable level. Machinist suggest that we find ourselves a donor. Klein points to the problem of unpublished material quoted in the papers.
e. Impounded books
Owen points out that the impounding of books by custom officials causes serious problems for publishers. The President answers that this will be a matter of acquiring the right customs forms. Some have managed to get all thei books into the country.
f. Book presented to chairman RAI Barcelona
Finally Leonid Kogan presents a copy of the recently published volume of the RAI 2007 in Moscow and St.Petersburg to the chairman of the Barcelona Rencontre organizing team, J. Sanmartín, who expresses his gratitude.

11. Closing the meeting
The President then read the following resolutions:

“WHEREAS we have completed our work for 2010 at the University of Barcelona, where we heard exceptional papers, attended fine panels at nicely organized sessions, listened to stirring oratory, schmoozed at splendid receptions, imbibed excellent refreshments, and enjoyed a private visit of fabled architecture; and

“WHEREAS members of the organizing committee, that included, in alphabetical order: Pedro Azara, Cristina Bentué, Gregorio del Olmo, Lluís Feliu, Joan Filigrano, Agnès Garcia, Rodrigo Hernáiz, Sara Kuli, Sandra Lladó, Jaume Llop, Erika Marsal, Adelina Millet, Elisa Mostazo, Ivana Panzeca, Joaquín Sanmartín, Noemi Selfin, Susana Soler, Ferrán Torra, Eulàlia Vernet, Mariona Vernet, Constantino Vidal and Jordi Vidal pooled their talents to make our fifteenth Rencontre in Paris among the most rewarding; and

“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that in behalf of all those attending the 56th RENCONTRE ASSYRIOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE, this INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ASSYRIOLOGY, tender sincerest expression of gratitude to our host institution, its officers, its professors, and its administrators;

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, inshallah, we will all strive to meet just over a year from now in Rome where “Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East” will be the theme to yield to our inspection.”

The President declared this meeting closed at 19.00 hours.

W.H. van Soldt, IAA secretary,
2 September 2010

General Meeting Paris 2009

Minutes of the General Meeting in Paris (2009)

General Meeting of Members of the IAA
Thursday, July 9, 2009
55th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI)
Lecture Hall, Collège de France, Paris, France
Those present are the members of the IAA Board and ca. 120 Rencontre participants, most of whom are IAA members.

1. Opening
At 16.13 hours the President Jack M. Sasson welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues who attended this meeting. Anyone may participate in the discussion, but only members can vote.
The invitation for this General Meeting together with the agenda and relevant documentation have been sent to the members in April 2009.
Since the Rencontre in Würzburg (2008) the following colleagues have passed away (in chronologial order): Gudrun DOSCH (in 2007), Adnan BOUNNI (82), Jean-Robert KUPPER (89), Henri CAZELLES (97), Ezzatollah NEGAHBAN (87), Khaled NASHEF (67), and Moshe WEINFELD (84).

2. Report of the Secretary
Minutes from the General Meeting of the 54th Rencontre in Würzburg on July 26, 2008 had been communicated electronically to the members and no emendations have been proposed.
The members administration has been digitalized, Paysquare used to be paid by fax, but now the bills are paid online.
For the Würzburg Rencontre only participants outside the euro-zone were able to use the IAA credit card service. For both Rencontres a special mailform was created.
As in previous years, membership identity cards have been readied for distribution at the IAA desk. These cards are meant for new members only; the other members have received a membership code. On presentation, publishers offer special discounts to IAA members in good standing. The membership cards, lists of codes and name boards were made by Christiano Randau, who is also responsible for the updating of the IAA and RAI websites. Mrs. R. Kalvelagen is responsible for the membership administration.
Much time was invested in the preparation of the election of a new president, see below, 5b.
There is a question by A. Horowitz concerning the IAA website. The weblink to the Rencontre in Russia does not work anymore. It will be disconnected.

3. Membership
The number of members of the IAA rose from 310 at the end of 2007 to 344 at the end of 2008, an increase of 34. Most of these new members signed up during the Rencontre in Würzburg.
During the Rencontre a special desk is available to apply for new membership. Members are asked to pay their dues at the beginning of the new year, the deadline is February 15.

4. Financial matters
Financial Report. The Financial report over the year 2008 was submitted by the Treasurer J.C. Fincke. It shows a positive balance of EUR 887.41, with as main revenues membership dues amounting to € 1,513.73. The balance of the savings account is € 5,000. The Treasurer read the testimony of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and Th.J.H. Krispijn, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances. The membership approved the report and discharged the Treasurer. The controlling committee was also discharged, but its members will be asked to perform the same job next year.
The salary of the administrator Mrs. R. Kalvelagen will be raised to from €1,000 to €1,200 per annum. The growing number of members causes her to do more work for the IAA. The IAA office facilitated paying by credit card for the Würzburg Rencontre. This service was only for members from outside the EU. The IAA still owes the Würzburg organization committee part of the fees.
The savings account shows the same balance as last year. Money will be transferred to this account as soon as the IAA budget permits it.
M. Roth inquired about the possibility of life membership. The President answered that the Board decided in 2007 that it is still too early to grant life memberships. The Treasurer added that the IAA is a young association and that the membership fees are not stable enough for such a membership.
The fee for students has been lowered to € 10 per year for a trial period of three years. The President suggested that prizes be awarded to the best presentation at the RAI by a doctoral student, each in Assyriology and in Archaeology.

5. The Board
a. Composition of the Board
According to the By-laws the Board can comprise a maximum number of 15 members divided over three categories: 4 members representing affiliated scholarly associations, 4 representing the organizing committees of RAI (the preceding, the current, and the succeeding two), and 7 officers and elected members.
At present, the board consists of the following members:
– Three officers and four elected members: J.M. Sasson (president), W.H. van Soldt (secretary), J.C. Fincke (treasurer), F. Abdallah, G. Frame, N. Marchetti and C. Wunsch (elected members).
– Four chairs of RAI organizing committees: N. Koslova (2007), G. Wilhelm (2008), J.-M. Durand (2009) and J. Sanmartín (2010).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES), H. Neumann (DOG), J. Taylor (BISI).

b. Resigning members and new candidates
Shifts in Membership. This year the president J.M. Sasson will step down. He has announced that he will not be available for a new term. A committee consisting of three Board members (G. Wilhelm, C. Wunsch and W. van Soldt) and three other IAA members (S. Mazzoni, C. Michel and G. Rubio) was formed and from the available candidates five names were selected. Three of these were prepared to stand for election and they are present at the meeting: M.G. Biga, P. Michalowski and D. Owen.
Representatives of Organizing Committees. N. Koslova (2007) rotated off (the announcement in the minutes of 2008 was incorrect). A. Archi became Board member on behalf of the RAI in Rome in 2011. W. van Soldt will become the representative of the organizing committee of the Leiden Rencontre in 2012.
Representatives of Scholarly Associations. There are no new members.

c. New board members
Election of a new president. Ballots were handed out at the meeting to all members in good standing. When the 105 ballots had been collected and counted by the treasurer and three volunteers from the membership they revealed that P. Michalowski was elected as President of the IAA for the next four years. Michalowski gratefully accepted this charge.
A new member in category 2 (organizing teams) is Prof. A. Archi; he is the head of the organizing team for the Rencontre in Rome (2011).
For the coming year the Board will have the following composition:
– Three officers and four appointed members: P. Michalowski (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), J.C. Fincke (Treasurer), C. Wunsch, G. Frame, N. Marchetti and F. Abdallah (elected members).
– Four presidents of RAI organizing committees: G. Wilhelm (Würzburg 2008), J.-M. Durand (Paris 2009), J. Sanmartín (Barcelona 2010), and A. Archi (Rome 2011).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: H. Neumann (DOG), D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES) and J. Taylor (BISI).

d. New business
Ottervanger resigned as legal advisor. The president thanked him for all the work he has done for the IAA, especially in the initial stage, and for his considerable financial contribution to the founding of our association. The meeting thanked him by acclamation.

6. IAA initiatives
Progress reports Unfortunately, the various initiatives taken by the board of the IAA have so far not proved very successful. These initiatives are the following:

a. IAA sponsorship of web-based Akkadian literature in translation (eTACT)
The purpose of this project is to create a powerful yet easy to use tool with which to post online accurate translations of Akkadian texts of any genre and any length. The eTACT site can be reached at http://www.etana.org/etact/. Not many contributions have been received, but it was decided that the project will continue.
The President called on members to contribute from their translated material. Submitted translations can be already published, with a link to the original publication. If it comes from a book, a link will take the reader to where to purchase that book. Cornelia Wunsch will help to properly format translations before they are made available on the web.

b. Coopération Assyriologique
M. Tanret gave a short overview of the progress of this project over the past year. Only few contributions have been received and Tanret called upon the members to communicate their projects and other information to him.

c. Biography of Assyriologists and ANE Archaeologists
The response to the launch of this initiative has been weak. Nevertheless, it is the IAA’s intention that material will be obtained from obituaries from journals and elsewhere and will be made available.

d. Book Exchange.
If colleagues wish to sell or exchange books they will be invited to advertise their sales or exchanges on the RAI/IAA websites. The IAA office will strive to create such a page for easy usage. No reactions have been received so far. However, an offer has been received from Helsinki University Press that IAA members will be able to buy remaining copies of SAA volumes for only €10 each. Members can order by sending an email to Mrs. Ritta Korpipää: Riitta.Korpipaa@gaudeamus.fi.

7. Honorary Council
Prof. Wilfred G. Lambert has been nominated by two board members (Frame and Charpin) for his outstanding scientific record and his support of the annual RAI. The Board had already accepted this proposal which was now submitted to the membership and approved by acclamation. A certificate of his membership of the Honorary Council was handed to Prof. Lambert, who accepted it and expressed his gratitude for it.

8. Proceedings of past Rencontres
a. South Africa 2004
The proceedings have been published in the Journal for Semitics / Tydskrif vir Semitistiek 16, 2007, 605-845.

b. Chicago 2005
The volume has appeared as Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilizations, No. 62.

c. Münster 2006
H. Neumann said that the volume is ready and will be published in the Harrassowitz series SANTAG by the end of the year.

d. Moscow and St. Petersburg 2007
L. Kogan reported that the Rencontre volume will be published in the series Babel und Bibel to be published by Eisenbrauns.

e. Würzburg 2008
G. Wilhelm said that the manuscript will be handed in at Eisenbrauns during the spring of 2010. The volume will appear in 2011.

f. Paris 2009
D. Charpin and J.-M. Durand announced that the volume will also be published in the Eisenbrauns series.

9. Future Rencontres
a. Barcelona 2010
J. Sanmartín informed the meeting about the plans for the Barcelona Rencontre. Contrary to earlier annoucements the RAI will take place on 25-30 July, one week later than was originally planned. It will be held on the campus of the university in the center of the city. The financial crisis has made the acquisition of funds problematic, but steps to get such funds have been taken. Nevertheless, the fees will be kept as low as possible. The organizing team consists of J. Sanmartín, G. Del Olmo Lete and two other colleaguess. The topic will be Time and History in the Ancient Near East. There will be sessions for both assyriologists and archaeologists. An excursion is planned for Wednesday. Sanmartín urges the members not to delay their reservations till the last week.

b. Rome 2011
A. Archi informed the Board about the Rencontre to be held in Rome. It will take place during the second week of July at the University of Rome. The topic will be Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East. The proceedings will be organized according to subject and archaeological reports will be included.

c. Leiden 2012
W. van Soldt announced the Rencontre to be held in Leiden in 2012. It will take place on 16-20 July. The topic will be “Private and State” (“Privat und Staat”). Several receptions will be organized, one of which in the National Museum of Antiquities. The organization of an excursion will depend on financial constraints.

The General Meeting accepted the Rencontre in Leiden in 2012 by acclamation.
d. Other Rencontres
For 2013 there is an offer from Innsbruck. Ghent has volunteered to organize this Rencontre in case the offer from Innsbruck is withdrawn.

e. Other issues
Sasson invited institutions who are willing to organize a Rencontre in 2014 to send in proposals.

10. New business
M. Geller has written the Board concerning the difficulties that colleagues experience when they want to work in Turkey, in particular in the Istanbul Museum. During the meeting Geller suggested that a letter be written by the IAA to the Turkish representative at UNESCO. Veenhof pointed at the problems that colleagues face when they want to collate already published texts.
L. Gailani Werr suggested that the IAA protests the erection of buildings close to archeological sites in Iraq. She also pointed out that the plundering of sites is still continuing.
M. Cohen spoke about assyriologists who are no longer able to visit the annual RAI. He suggested that letters be written on behalf of the membership to express that they are missed by their colleagues.
A.Y. Aljuboory thanked the organization of the RAI for the warm reception during the Rencontre.
van Ess drew the membership’s attention to a report concerning the damage caused by the American and Polish armies at the site of Babylon.
The Secretary thanked Sasson for all the work he has done and the initiatives he has taken as President of the IAA. The membership thanked him by acclamation.

11. Closing the meeting
The President then read the following resolutions:

“WHEREAS we have completed our work for 2009 at the Collège de France, where we heard exceptional papers, attended fine panels at nicely organized sessions, listened to stirring oratory, schmoozed at splendid receptions, imbibed excellent refreshments, and enjoyed a private visit of fabled galleries at the Louvres; and
“WHEREAS members of the organizing committee, that included, in alphabetical order: Béatrice André-Salvini, Pierre Briant, Dominique Charpin, Jean-Marie Durand, Francis Joannès, Bertille Lyonnet, Valérie Matoïan, and Thomas Römer pooled their talents to make our fifteenth Rencontre in Paris among the most rewarding; and
“WHEREAS Secretaire Lionel Marti and Webmaster Michael Langlois bore the brunt of organizing a meeting and set up smooth paths for our arrival to Paris; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that in behalf of all those attending the 55th RENCONTRE ASSYRIOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE, this INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ASSYRIOLOGY, tender sincerest expression of gratitude to our host institution, its officers, its professors, and its administrators;
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, inshallah, we will all strive to meet just over a year from now in Barcelona where “Time and History in the Ancient Near East” will be the theme to yield to our inspection.”
The President declared this meeting closed at 17.40 hours.
W.H. van Soldt, IAA secretary,
8 September 2009

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General Meeting Würzburg 2008

Minutes of the General Meeting in Würzburg (2008)

General Meeting of Members of the IAA
Thursday, July 24, 2008
54th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI)
Lecture Hall, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany
Those present are the members of the IAA Board and ca. 75 Rencontre participants, most of whom are IAA members.

1. Opening.
At 16.05 hours the President Jack M. Sasson welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues who attended this meeting. Anyone may participate in the discussion, but only members can vote.
The invitation for this General Meeting together with the agenda and relevant documentation having been sent to the members on the April 8, 2008 in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution of the IAA, decisions taken at this meeting are binding. Since the Rencontre in Russia (2007) the following colleagues have passed away: Carol F. Justus (67), Lin Zhichun (97), Jeanny Vorys Canby (78), Jean Bottéro (93), Marie-Joseph Seux (about 90), Blahoslav Hruska (63). Commemoration took place at the opening session of the Rencontre, Monday, July 21, 2008.

2. Report of the Secretary.
Minutes from the General Meeting of the 53rd Rencontre in Moscow on July 25, 2007 had been communicated electronically to the members and they had no emendations to propose. None was offered from the floor at this time. The acceptance of the Minutes was reaffirmed.
The Secretary reported that the IAA has a new technical assistant. Mr. G. Suurmeijer resigned on February 1 and he was succeeded by Mr. C.P. Randau who is now responsible for the websites and the membership cards and codes. New homepages were created for both the IAA and the RAI websites by Mr. Suurmeijer. Also, the new logo that had been chosen in 2007 was introduced on the website and the IAA stationary.
The number of members of the IAA rose from 227 at the end of 2006, to 310 at the end of 2007, an increase of 83. Especially during the Rencontre in Moscow and St. Petersburg many new members signed up.
During the Rencontre a special desk is available to apply for new membership. Members are asked to pay their dues at the beginning of the new year, the deadline is February 15. Since for the Russian Rencontre only payments by credit card were admitted the credit card service of the IAA office was used for the fees, the accommodation and other costs. For the Würzburg Rencontre only participants outside the euro-zone were able to use this service. For both Rencontres a special mailform was created.
As in previous years, membership identity cards were readied for distribution at the IAA desk. These cards are meant for new members only; the other members received a membership code. On presentation, publishers offer special discounts to IAA members in good standing.
Finally, the IAA organised an appeal to the British Academy on behalf of the British School for Archaeology in Iraq. Jon Taylor reported that the letter written by the office to the British Academy has had a positive effect; BISI has been granted better facilities.

3. Affiliated members
The American Oriental Society (AOS) has been unofficially represented at the Board by D.I. Owen since 2003. An official request by the President for an extension of this affiliation by the President was accepted by the Board of the AOS.
A new candidate for affiliation is the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI). The Board has voted in favor of accepting BISI as an affiliated member. Dr. J. Taylor has been nominated by BISI as a candidate for the IAA Board (see below).
The general meeting accepts the affiliations by acclamation.

4. Financial matters
The Financial report over the year 2007 is submitted by the Treasurer J.C. Fincke. It shows a positive balance of EUR 508.87, with membership dues as the main revenue amounting to € 1,461.63. A sum of € 5,000 has been transferred to a savings account; the interest will only be added in 2008. The Treasurer reads the testimony of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and Th.J.H. Krispijn, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances. The general meeting unanimously approved the report and discharged the Treasurer. The controlling committee was also discharged, but its members will be asked to perform the same job next year.
For the annual fee, see under 10.

5. The Board.
a. Composition of the Board
According to the By-laws the Board can comprise 15 members divided over three categories: 4 members representing affiliated scholarly associations, 4 representing the organizing committees of the RAI (the preceding, the current, and the succeeding two), and 7 officers and elected members. At present, the board consists of the following members:
– Three officers and four elected members: J.M. Sasson (president), W.H. van Soldt (secretary), J.C. Fincke (treasurer), G. Frame, N. Marchetti and C. Wunsch (appointed members). One seat is vacant.
– Four chairs of RAI organizing committees: N. Koslova (2007), G. Wilhelm (2008), M. Durand (2009) and J. Sanmartín (2010).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: D.I. Owen (AOS), H. Neumann (DOG), D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES).

b. Resigning members and new candidates
Shifts in Membership. In the category of officers and elected members W.H. van Soldt steps down, but he is willing to serve another four years. There is one new candidate who has acquired the support of 15 members of the IAA before the deadline of 1 July: Prof. Dr. F. Abdallah of Damascus University.
Representatives of Organizing Committees. N. Koslova cycles out as chair of the 53rd RAI. A. Archi joins the Board as the representative for 2011.
Representatives of Scholarly Associations. Both the AOS and BISI have already been welcomed as members of the IAA (see above, 3). The representative for the AOS, D.I. Owen, steps down this year, but he will stand for re-election. For BISI J. Taylor will be the candidate for the Board.
c. New board members
K.R. Veenhof pointed out that more information about the new candidate F. Abdallah would be welcome. Sasson regretted that the CV that he had drafted was not passed on to the membership due to a misunderstanding. He, D. Charpin and A. Archi provided more information on this candidate. The meeting voted unanimously to accept F. Abdallah as a new Board member. He will serve as elected member in category 1. The meeting also voted in favor of a new term for the present Secretary. A new member in category 2 (organizing teams) is Prof. A. Archi; he will be the head of the organizing team for the Rencontre in Rome (2011).
The Board membership of the candidates Owen and Taylor is decided by a formal vote by ballot. The number of cast ballots was 81, of which 48 were in favor of Taylor and 25 in favor of Owen; 8 were invalid. The Secretary thanked David Owen for his help in founding the IAA (2003) and for his work as a Board member. The meeting thanked him by acclamation. The meeting then welcomed Jon Taylor as a new Board member, also by acclamation.
For the coming year the Board will have the following composition:
– Three officers and four appointed members: J.M. Sasson (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), J.C. Fincke (Treasurer), C. Wunsch, G. Frame, N. Marchetti and F. Abdallah (elected members).
– Four presidents of RAI organizing committees: G. Wilhelm (Würzburg 2008), J.-M. Durand (Paris 2009), J. Sanmartín (Barcelona 2010), and A. Archi (Rome 2011).
– Four members of affiliated scholarly associations: H. Neumann (DOG), D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES) and J. Taylor (BISI).
d. New business
J.M. Sasson announced that he will not be available for a new term as President. A new President needs to be elected at the coming Rencontre (Paris). Sasson will shape a draft proposal for creating a nominating committee that will solicit nominations from the membership and will present a slate of candidates to the members for election. This draft proposal will be posted to the members for approval in the coming months. G. Beckman asked why a committee is necessary; Sasson answered that it is necessary to evaluate the candidates who might apply for the Presidency.
6. IAA initiatives
Progress reports
a. IAA sponsorship of web-based Akkadian literature in translation (eTACT)
Cornelia Wunsch gave a PowerPoint presentation to show what has been achieved over the last year in creating a powerful yet easy to use tool with which to post online accurate translations of Akkadian texts of any genre and any length. The eTACT site can be reached at http://www.etana.org/etact/.
She calls on members to contribute from their translated material. Submitted translations can be already published, with a link to the original publication. If it comes from a book, a link will take the reader to where to purchase that book. Sasson and Wunsch will help to properly format translations before they are made avaialable on the web.
b. Coopératiom Assyriologique
M. Tanret gave a powerpoint presentation. The new website for the Coopération is www.cooperation.ugent.be. All projects (personal, Ph.D., etc.) newa, calls for papers, etc. can be submitted. The site will be searchable and its organization principle will be chronological.
There are questions about the relation to Wikipedia (eTACT will produce full and reliable translations) and about the dating of updates. The Secretary reminds the meeting of the special page for Ph.D. research on the RAI website.
Proposed initiatives
a. A new initiative concerns the project Biography of Assyriologists and ANE Archaeologists. Obituaries from journals and elsewhere will be collected and made available. Two or three volunteers should be able to carry out this project.
b. Another initiative is the Book Exchange. If colleagues wish to sell or exchange books they will be invited to advertise their sales or exchanges on the RAI/IAA websites. The IAA office will strive to create such a page for easy usage.
7. Honorary Council
There are no proposals.
8. Proceedings of past Rencontres
a. South Africa 2004
The proceedings have still not been published. The Secretary will inquire with F. Vermaak about the scheduled date of publication, reconsidering a venue for its publication if stalled.
b. Chicago 2005
The volume has appeared.
c. Münster 2006
H. Neumann reported that the proceedings (65 contributions and ca. 920 pages) will be published in the Harrassowitz series SANTAG. The volume will be sent to the publisher in January 2009.
d. Moscow and St. Petersburg 2007
L. Kogan reported that the Rencontre volume is in progress and that it will be published in the series Babel und Bibel (Eisenbrauns).
e. Würzburg 2008
G. Wilhelm will communicate presently to the membership a call for the papers presented there. The proceedings will likely be published in the Rencontre series (Eisenbrauns).
9. Future Rencontres
a. Paris 2009
D. Charpin informed the meeting about the plans for the Paris Rencontre. The congress will take place during the first week of July (6-9 July) and the location will be the Collège de France. The duration will be four days. The theme for this Rencontre will be The Family. Accommodations can be arranged by participants themselves, as it has been done during previous Rencontres in Paris.
b. Barcelona 2010
J. Sanmartín spoke about the forthcoming Barcelona Rencontre. The RAI will take place on 19-23 July. The topic will be Time and History in the Ancient Near East. A number of workshops have already been planned; the halls have been reserved. The accommodation situation is more or less like in Paris. There will be an excursion to the Montserrat monastery. The proceedings will be published in Aula Orientalis, Supplementa or in the new Rencontre series to be published by Eisenbrauns.
c. Rome 2011
A. Archi gave a sketch of the Rencontre to be held in Rome. The organizers prefer the second week of July, but a definitive choice has not yet been made. The topic will be Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East. The General Meeting voted by acclamation in favor of the Rencontre in Rome in 2011. J. Asher-Greve reminded the meeting that Rome is a highly attractive city for tourism.
d. Other Rencontres
For 2012 Leiden has been nominated, for 2013 there is an offer from Innsbruck. Ghent has volunteered to organize this Rencontre in case the offer from Innsbruck is withdrawn.
e. Other issues
Sasson invited institutions who are willing to organize a Rencontre to send in proposals. The calendar is more or less filled till 2013.
10. New business
J. Eidem regretted the splitting of assyriological and archeological congresses and expressed the hope that still some sort of cooperation can be achieved. For example, in the year that no ICAANE takes place the Rencontre could pay more attention to archeology. R. van der Spek advocated to have a Rencontre every other year, so that assyriologists and archeologists could visit each other’s congress. However, this proposal was submitted to the assyriologists several years ago and the large majority preferred to have a Rencontre every year. J. Taylor suggested that a delegation of assyriologists could go to ICAANE and vice versa. B. Porter thanked all those who are responsible for running the IAA.
Finally, J. C. Fincke urged organizers of an RAI to explicitly instruct, in both their first and second circulars, that members who need a visa to attend should write the host committee for a letter of invitation. Such a letter may be essential for securing the required visa and a host committee may not always know who needs one.
Business that had not been inadvertendly left out was reinstated after the offering of the Resolution (below). Sasson pointed out that the RAI membership fee, now set at € 10, is inadequate to carry out and expand on the IAA’s business, including maintaining an office, developing an internet link, panning for active support of student participations at the RAI, etc. He proposed that the membership approve a new fee of € 20. After a brief discussion, the motion carried.

11. Closing the meeting
The President then read the following resolutions:

“WHEREAS we will soon have just completed our work for 2008 at the great Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, having listened to fine papers, excellent panels, and stirring oratory;
“WHEREAS the following officers of this worthy intuition–President Axel Haase, colleagues Gernot Wilhelm, Rainer Czichon, Gerfrid Müller, Astrid Nunn, Karin Schmidt, as well as Lena van Aaken, the department’s secretary–pulled no stop to make us feel welcome, hosted us to gracious receptions in impressive surrounding, treated us to restorative refreshments, and hovered solicitously over us;
“WHEREAS the High-priest of Würzburg and all his associates pressed the Storm gods of Hatti, Hurri, Aššur, Babylon, and Eshkenaz to favor us with fine weather for a spectacular excursion to Rothenburg;
“WHEREAS the same colleagues coaxed, cajoled, and persuaded the local purse-keepers to fund a superb meal, with succulent dishes and unlimited libations;
“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that, in behalf of all those attending the 54th RENCONTRE ASSYRIOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE, this INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ASSYRIOLOGY, about to bid adieu to Würzburg on Thursday, July 24, 2008, offers its sincerest expression of gratitude to our host institution, its officers, its professors, and its administrators;
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that as many of us as possible, as well as others not with us today, shall look forward to gather in Paris, inshallah come the July forthcoming.”
The President declared this meeting closed at 17.45 hours.
W.H. van Soldt, IAA secretary,
6 September 2008

General Meeting Russia 2007

Minutes of the General Meeting in Moscow and St. Petersburg (2007)

General Meeting of Members of the IAA
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
53rd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI)
Auditorium, Russian State University of the Humanities, Moscow
Those present are the members of the IAA Board and ca. 100 Rencontre participants, most of whom are IAA members.

1. Opening.
At 15.20 hours the President Jack M. Sasson welcomed the members of the IAA as well as other colleagues who attended this meeting. Anyone may participate in the discussion, but only members can vote.
The invitation for this General Meeting together with the agenda and relevant documentation having been sent to the members on the April 14, 2007 in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution of the IAA, decisions taken at this meeting are binding.
Since the Rencontre in Münster (2006) the following colleagues have passed away: A. Shapur Shahbazi, Ruth Mayer-Opificius, Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Guillaume Cardascia, Sedat Alp, Maurits van Loon, Leon De Meyer, Asger Aaboe, Donald P. Hansen, Pinhas Artzi, André Finet. Commemoration took place at the opening session of the Rencontre, Monday, July 23, 2007.

2. Report of the Secretary.
The last meeting took place at the 52nd Rencontre in Münster on July 19, 2006 and the minutes of this meeting have been communicated electronically to the members, with no objections posted back.
The Secretary reported that the IAA now has two office assistants: 1) the administrator Mrs. Renée Kalvelagen (paid by IAA), who is responsible for the membership payments, the financial administration and the credit card service to the organizing committees; 2) the technical assistant Mr. Guido Suurmeijer (paid by Leiden University), who is responsible for the websites and the membership cards and codes.
The number of members of the IAA has risen from 141 at the end of 2005, to 227 at the end of 2006, an increase of 86. Just before this RAI (July 2007) the number stood at 252. Especially during the Rencontre in Münster many new members signed up.
During the Rencontre a special desk is available to apply for new membership. Members are now asked to pay their dues at the beginning of the new year, the deadline is February 15.
Last year the office started with a credit card service for organizers who are unable to collect payments from credit cards. Since for the Russia Rencontre payments were only by credit card, this service was tested to the full. Moreover, the sums that were transferred were rather substantial and covered the fees, the accommodation and other costs. So far there have been no major problems.
For this Rencontre, membership identity cards were readied for distribution at the IAA desk. These cards are meant for new members only; the other members received a membership code. On presentation, publishers offer special discounts to IAA members in good standing.

3. Financial matters.
Financial report. The Financial report over the year 2006 is submitted by the Treasurer Jeanette C. Fincke. The report shows a balance of EUR 5,271.08, with as main revenues membership dues amounting to EUR 2,909.98. The Treasurer read the testimony of the controlling committee, consisting of D. Katz, N.J.C. Kouwenberg and Th.J.H. Krispijn, that the report accurately reflects the current state of the IAA finances. There were no questions and the general meeting unanimously approved the report and discharged the treasurer. The controlling committee was also discharged, but its members will be asked to perform the same job next year.

4. Membership
a. Affiliated members. The President briefly explained this new category of IAA members. During the past year a procedure was formulated for accepting related scholarly associations as members of the IAA. This procedure was discussed within the Board and approved. A new page was made on the website and one association applied to join the IAA membership: the Israel Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ISAANES). The application was discussed during the meeting and the membership voted unanimously to accept ISAANES as a new affiliated member (see also under 5).

b. Life Membership. The Board decided that it is still too early to grant life memberships, the General Meeting was informed about this decision.

4. The Board.
a. Composition of the Board
According to the By-laws the Board can comprise 15 members divided over three categories: 5 members representing related scholarly associations, 5 representing the organizing committees of RAI (the preceding two, the succeeding two, and the current), and 5 administrators (President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 2 elected members).
At present, the Board consists of the following members:
– Three officers and two appointed members: J.M. Sasson (president), W.H. van Soldt (secretary), J.C. Fincke (treasurer), C. Wunsch and G. Frame (appointed members).
– Five chairs of RAI organizing committees: M.T. Roth (2005), H. Neumann (2006), N. Koslova [+ L. Kogan] (2007)], G. Wilhelm (2008), and one TBA.
– Five members of related scholarly associations: D.I. Owen (AOS), H. Neumann (DOG), D. Charpin (SEPOA), two vacancies.
The present structure restricts the movement in and out of Board membership. Therefore a proposal for a new structure has been formulated according to which the number of seats for organizing committees and scholarly associations will be reduced to four each, whereas the number of appointed members will rise from two to four. All Board members will serve a term of four years instead of the present five years. The Board members had already approved this proposal and during the General Meeting the membership voted unanimously for its acceptance.

b. Resigning members and new candidates
Shifts in Membership . One Board member (Martha T. Roth) cycles out as chair of the 51st RAI. Since only four organizing committees will now be represented also Hans Neumann cycles out as chair of the 52nd RAI. He will stay on the Board as the representative for the DOG. There is one new candidate who has acquired the support of 15 members of the IAA before the deadline of 1 July: Prof. Dr. Nicolò Marchetti. The Board already expressed its appreciation for the candidacy of this colleague. A CV of the candidate was sent to the membership three weeks before the RAI.
Representatives of Scholarly Associations.. As mentioned above, the scholarly association ISAANES joined the IAA as a member. According to the new procedure this association can apply for a seat on the Board and ISAANES has requested that Prof. J. Klein (who is also an IAA member) will take this seat.

c. New Board members
The membership voted unanimously to accept Prof. N. Marchetti as its new member. He will serve in category 1 (officers). New members in category 2 (organizing teams) will be Prof. J.-M. Durand and Prof. J. Sanmartín. The members also voted unanimously to accept Prof. J. Klein as representative of ISAANES. He will serve in category 3 (related scholarly associations). [Subsequently, Professor Klein submitted a note of appreciation and it is appended below.]
For the coming year the Board will have the following composition:
– Three officers and three appointed members: J.M. Sasson (President), W.H. van Soldt (Secretary), J.C. Fincke (Treasurer), C. Wunsch, G. Frame and N. Marchetti (elected members). There is one vacancy.
– Four presidents of RAI organizing committees: N. Koslova (Moscow & St. Petersburg 2007), G. Wilhelm (Würzburg 2008), J.-M. Durand (Paris 2009), J. Sanmartín (Barcelona 2010).
– Four members of related scholarly associations: D.I. Owen (AOS), H. Neumann (DOG), D. Charpin (SEPOA), J. Klein (ISAANES).

6. IAA initiatives
a. Logo
The Secretary displays the two logos that the Board has cleared. One was made by Georg Neumann and Susanne Paulus (Münster), the other one was by Guido Suurmeijer, technical assistant for the IAA. The Secretary reminded the membership that according to our By-laws the “Assyriology” in the IAA’s title, is conceived in its broadest sense as including the study of languages, history, and cultures of the Ancient Near East, wherever the cuneiform script was used, as well as the art and archaeology of these cultures.
The logo made by G. Suurmeijer received a clear majority and was officially adopted. The membership thanked all three designers for their contribution.

b. Memorandum of Understanding between the IAA and Eisenbrauns on the publication of RAI volumes
Over the past months, this undertaking was presented to the membership via email. The President used PowerPoint to discuss the most important points concerning this cooperation, taking into account improvements suggested by the Board and by the membership. After a brief discussion the membership voted in favor of its implementation.

c. IAA sponsorship of web-based Akkadian literature in translation (eTACT)
Cornelia Wunsch reported on the initiative and gave a presentation. There is now a site which accepts translations from each and every Assyriologist, in any modern language. The site is at http://www.etana.org/etact/, making it easy for anyone to contribute.
In answer to a question from the audience Sasson reported agreement to cooperate with CDLI Wiki, an internet site from UCLA (Bob Englund and Cale Johnson) that aims to construct comprehensive resources for the study of cuneiform cultures. Among its components is one that gives Akkadian texts in transliterations and translations. (see http://cdli.ucla.edu/wiki/). eTACT will be able to use its translations, with links to their pages for a more scholarly treatment of the same.
On an expressed fear that eTACT will become the normative translation, the President answered that most of these texts are also published in print and other interpretations are likely to be published. Furthermore, there will be no selection in favor of certain texts, in principle eTACT welcomes translations from any genre of Akkadian texts; we aim at the widest possible variety. After this discussion the membership unanimously voted in favor of this initiative.

d. Miscellaneous announcements
The Coopération Assyriologique has been revived by Ghent University. Michel Tanret gave a brief explanation and invited everyone to submit his announcements by sending an email to Ghent University. The formatting of the texts should be kept as simple as possible. The internet site will serve the same purpose as the earlier printed versions.

7. Honorary Council
In the past year a new procedure for the nomination of future members of the Honorary Council was formulated. The Board approved this new procedure and a webpage with an outline of the procedure was published on the IAA website. In accordance with this new procedure the Secretary nominated Prof. Dr. Klaas R. Veenhof to become a new member of the Honorary Council. Veenhof has achieved an outstanding record as a scholar in the field of Assyriology. He has had a long involvement with the Rencontre organization as head of the Steering Committee and played an instrumental role in founding the IAA, serving as its first treasurer. The General Meeting approved Prof. Veenhof’s nomination by acclamation.

8. Proceedings of past Rencontres
a. South Africa 2004
The publication of the proceedings has been delayed because of health problems of its editor, F. Vermaak. Vermaak informed the membership that the volume will appear soon.

b. Chicago 2005
W. Farber reports that the volume should be out this year.

c. Münster 2006
H. Neumann reports that good progress has been made with the collecting and the editing of the manuscripts.

9. Future Rencontres
a. Würzburg 2008
G. Wilhelm rehearsed plans for the Würzburg RAI. The topic will be “Organization, Representation and Symbols of power”. The RAI will take place in the 3rd week of July, 21-25 VII 2008. The hall for the opening ceremony has been reserved and there will be air-conditioned lecture rooms. As for accomodation, 150 double and 100 single rooms have been reserved. Participants will have to make their own reservations through the Tourist Office in Würzburg. Since Würzburg welcomes many tourists each year, Wilhelm advises prospective participants to book as early as possible. The website for this Rencontre will be online in August.

b. Paris 2009
J.-M. Durand tells about the plans for the Paris Rencontre. The congress will take place during the first week of July and the location will be the Collège de France. A topic has not yet been chosen. Accommodations can be arranged by participants themselves, as it has been done during previous Rencontres in Paris.

c. Barcelona 2010
J. Sanmartín presents the plans for the Barcelona Rencontre. The RAI will take place in the 2nd or 3rd week of July, that is, July 12-17 or 19-24. The topic will be “Time and History in the Ancient Near East”. The accommodation situation is more or less like in Paris. The General Meeting voted unanimously in favor of the Rencontre in Barcelona in 2010.

d. Other Rencontres
For 2011 Rome has been nominated, for 2012 Leiden. For 2013 there is an offer from Innsbruck.

10. New business
There is no new business.

11. Closing the meeting
The President declared this meeting closed at 16.50 hours.

W.H. van Soldt, IAA secretary,
30 August 2007
APPENDIX: Letter from Jacob Klein, regarding the ISAANES affiliation with the IAA

At the occasion of my election as a representative of the Israel Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ISAANES) on the IAA Board I would like to provide a few words of information about the society which I represent, and thank the members of the IAA for the approval of my candidacy.

The ISAANES was founded on June 18, 1996 for, among others, the following goals: to advance teaching and research in the fields of Assyriology and related Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Israel; to encourage cooperation between scholars in Israel and abroad engaged in Assyriological research and related fields; to organize national and international meetings in the area of Assyriology in Israel; and to cooperate with related scholarly associations throughout the world.

The Society is directed by a Steering Committee, consisting of representatives of the five major Israeli Universities (Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Haifa University, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and University of Tel-Aviv). The activities of the Society center around an annual meeting, focusing on a certain central topic, which is held in one of the above Universities by rotation, serving as chairman of the board each year is the representative of that University where the yearly meeting is to be held. The tenth meeting of the Society on the theme of “Boundaries and Border Disputes in the Ancient Near East” was held on January 29, 2007 at Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva.

I see it as a symbolical gesture of recognition toward the ISAANES that after a decade of its existence, a representative of it was accepted for the IAA board, and I am grateful to the members of the IAA for the approval of my candidacy. I will try to be an active member of the board and represent the ISAANES faithfully and properly.

I would also like to take this opportunity and express my personal feelings on this occasion. For me it was a particularly significant event to attend the 53d RAI in Moscow and St. Petersburg, for two reasons: First, I am one of those few lucky Assyriologists, who had the privilege of attending the first Russian Rencontre, which was held in 1984, in Leningrad; and second, during the present meeting Israel was recognized as a noted center of Assyriological research and received a representative the IAA board. So I feel as if I closed a circle.

Finally, I would like express here, in my name and in the name of my Israeli colleagues, my deep thanks to the distinguished Russian team of Assyriologists, and especially Natalia Koslova and Leonid Kogan, who organized this successful meeting, notwithstanding the grave logistical and financial difficulties which they faced. As one who attended both meetings, the one in 1984 and the present one, I can confidently observe the following: Each one of the two meetings faced its own special difficulties, conditioned by the respective political and financial problems of their time. But in one respect, I felt no difference whatsoever between then and now: In respect to the measure of hospitality of our Russian colleagues, which had not changed with time, but continued to be exceedingly warm and wholly perfect. For all this they deserve our deepest gratitude and heartiest congratulations.

Speeches held in Russia 2007

Muhammad Dandamayev

(The Institute for Oriental Studies, Saint-Petersburg)

Greetings
Monday, July 23

Dear colleagues,

As you know, this is the second international Assyriological conference in Russia. The first one was held in 1984 in St.-Petersburg that at that time was called Leningrad. Since those days many distinguished scholars have passed away, among them Igor Diakonoff, Samuel Kramer, Hayim Tadmor, Paul Garelli, Dietz Edzard, and many, many other Assyriologists. But their spirit is here, with us, in our hearts. Since those times also great historical changes have occurred all over the world. But nevertheless one thing remains constant: I mean good relations and friendship among Assyriologists of various countries. All over the world we are one fraternal family of colleagues from Japan to Canada. Even in old times of political differences and hostilities in two political camps of the world, we remained friends to each other. An essential part of this family is presented here as a new generation of young Assyriologists.

In contrast to Germany, France or England, Assyriology in this country is a comparatively young branch of science which previously was taught mainly in St. Petersburg. Later new centers of Assyriology were established in the former Soviet republics of the Caucasus. Then during difficult and at the same time creative period of the Perestroika a new centre of Assyriological studies was established in Moscow, the Russian State University for the Humanities where we are now. We are grateful to our colleagues from all the countries presented here for accepting our invitation to participate in this Rencontre, and we will try to do everything possible to make it successful, as well as to make your stay here pleasant.

Jack M. Sasson (President)

Greetings
Monday, July 23

Rector Pivovar, Director Smirnov, Professor Dandamayev, colleagues, guests, and friends.

1984 was the previous time in which we gathered in Russia. We met at what some Assyriologists call a mental space, because Leningrad has since morphed into the great city we will all visit soon. Still, I am very pleased that those who brought us to that particular Eldorado are with us here today: Professors Muhammad Dandamayev and Nadia Czechowicz.

This is my first time in Russia, as I am sure also for some of you, and so far, with the weather cooperating as it has and the splendid reception we had at the RSUH last night, it has been just peachy. We are about to begin; but let me at the outset thank our host institutions for giving us the opportunity to be here: In Moscow, the Russian State University for the Humanities and its Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies; in St Petersburg, the State Hermitage and the Institute for Oriental Studies branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

This is not the first time the RAI has split its work between cities. In ’98 we shuttled between Cambridge and New Haven and in 2001 we were in Helsinki and Tartu. But I think this is the first time we move lock, stock, and barrel between two places. Naturally this complicated arrangement has required managerial talent of the first order and, with your leave, I should take time to thank those involved. There will be opportunity to rectify any amiss in the coming days, but let me include among them the following.

For St Petersburg. I want to recognize Dr Irina Popova, Director of the Institute for Oriental Studies, and Dr. Inna Medvedskaya, the Head of its Ancient Near East Department. We have just received the greetings of Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, and hope to see him when in St Petersburg. But especially for their hard work, at this occasion let me mention our colleagues Mariam Dandamaeva, Natalia Koslova and Andrei Nikolaev.

In Moscow, Rektor Efim Pivovar made available a number of dorm rooms that were distributed among younger specialists. A sinologist, Professor Ilya Smirnov is nevertheless connected to us by marriage to two orientalists, Mikhail and Igor Diakonov. From what I hear, we might never have made it into these elegant surroundings without his expert interference in all manners practical, shall I say also bureaucratic. I also have two Katyas to thank: Katya Markina, who handled all matters electronic, shaping a most attractive website, and Katya Vizirova, who took care of all earthly arrangements. And then there was also Leonid Kogan. Aside from playing a large role in organizing this particular RAI, for many of us who have had to negotiate the intricacies of crafting our trip here and obtaining visas, Leonid has been as his name: leonine and epically heroic.

Preparing for this RAI was particularly challenging; so you will permit me if I recognize two members of the IAA front office in Leiden: Renée Kalvelagen and Guido Suurmeijer without whose help our valiant Secretary, Wilfred van Soldt might have defected to Disneyworld.

To all these colleagues: Gratitudes galore. Let me ask all those I have mentioned to stand up and let us all thank them with hearty applause.

It is my sad duty now to ask all of us now to recall the colleagues we have lost during the preceding academic year. I will soon ask you to stand for a minute of silence in their memory. But as I read the names, please recall also the fine contributions each of them has made and will continue to make as scholars and as fine humanists:

In 2006
A. Shapur Shahbazi (1942-2006) July 15, aged 64
Ruth Mayer-Opificius (1928-2006) August 3, at age 78
Tikva Frymer-Kensky (1943-2006) August 31, at 63
Guillaume Cardascia (1914-2006) September 27, at 92
Sedat Alp (1913-20060 October 9, at 93
Maurits van Loon (1923-206) October 12, at 83
Leon De Meyer (1928-2006) November 4, at 78

In 2007
Asger Aaboe (1922-2007) Jan. 19, at 84
Donald P. Hansen (1931-2007) February 15, 76
Pinhas Artzi (1924-2007) April 8, at 83
André Finet (1922-2007) May 2, at 85

A year ago, I appealed to you to join the International Association for Assyriology, not because it makes you a better scholar but because your membership strengthens the cause of Assyriology and of archaeology, giving voice and unity when we need to resist or even reverse any administrative attempts to weaken our science. You responded well, for our numbers now stand almost double last year’s; but there is still room for any of you who has not joined yet. So whether you have been in this business since before Alulim of Eridu or are just now honing your skills in it, please consider joining: 10 Euros per year, and if Leonid and Natalie allow me to say it, the best deal in Russia this week.

A year ago too, the IAA was still in its infancy and had few laurels to its credit. In the past year, however, your administration has been very active. We have organized appeals in behalf of colleagues threatened with prosecution and gave support to kindred institutions that were imperiled by funding cut-offs. With Michel Tanret’s help, we have revived the Cooperation International with the sort of information that will allow all of us to resume gossiping about each other. We have streamlined and posted applications for affiliating with the IAA, for nominating colleagues to Honorary Council, and for hosting a future RAI. The last was particularly successful endeavor, as we are now booked to meet, inshallah, through the summer of 2013. We have also shaped many new initiatives. These will need to be discussed: emended if needed, or ratified. So please come to the membership meeting this Tuesday and help us: your vote, but above all your wisdom, is very much needed.

However, let me take a minute to draw your attention to one of these initiatives, the electronic Translations of Akkadian Cuneiform Texts because, more than any of the other endeavors, this one aims to give a public face to our work. The idea is to have Assyriologists post on the web *translations* (not full editions) of documents of any genre and into any modern language. These postings can be picked up by search engines such as Yahoo and Google and will bring the fruits of our labors to the attention of a wider public.

We have created a website that makes it easy for contributors to post their translations and, when relevant, to mention where fuller studies of the work can be found. If any translation has already appeared in a book, the site allows for a link to the publisher where this book can be purchased. We ask you to help fill this site with your documents and if you come on Wednesday, you will hear more about it from Cornelia Wunsch who is the facilitator and manager of the site.

I have taken too long. Still I want to end on the best note of all, and it is to give the podium back to Professor Dandamayev who will introduce our plenary speakers: Professors Claus Wilcke and Walter Sommerfeld.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS we have just completed our work for 2007 at two great Russian centers— in Moscow, the Russian State University for the Humanities and the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies and in Saint-Petersburg, the State Hermitage museum and the Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Arts and Sciences;

WHEREAS these worthy institutions and their officers, Efim PIVOVAR, Ilya SMIRNOV and Mikhayil PIOTROVSKY, have generously hosted gracious receptions, among them wonderful feasts at the courtyards of the RSUH and the HERMITAGE, a boat tour on the Neva River, and visits to fine museums;

WHEREAS aside from numerous officials and a dedicated staff, our hosts, in alphabetic order, Mariam DANDAMAEVA, Leonid KOGAN, Natalia KOSLOVA and Inna MEDVEDSKAYA, as well as the chair of our opening session, professor Muhammad DANDAMAYEV, were simply just wonderful in preparing for these complicated meetings and gave us unstinting support as participants and all the attention we needed as visitors;

WHEREAS we were attended by a host of efficient, helpful, and spirited students and colleagues, among them Katya MARKINA, Andrei NIKOLAEV, and Katya VIZIROVA;

WHEREAS under their direct order the weather behaved nicely and due largely to their expert guidance no one got lost in the many shuffles in and out of planes, trains, busses, cars, and hotels;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that in behalf of all those attending the 53rd RENCONTRE ASSYRIOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE, the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ASSYRIOLOGY, assembled in Moscow on Wednesday, July 25, 2007, and yet again in Saint-Petersburg on Saturday, July 28, 2007, herewith offers its most heartfelt expressions of gratitude.

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