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

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.