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Lehre: Wissensgeschichte des Altertums

Sommersemester 2022

Medicine in the Ancient World (Seminar, 2 SWS per week)

13991 Seminar: J. Cale Johnson
Wednesday, 12:00-14:00 h. c.t.
First session: Wednesday, 20. April 2022
Venue: -1.2057, Holzlaube
Please register via email: wissensgeschichte@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

The course will survey the development of medicine in Mesopotamia, draw important parallels with contemporary Egyptian medical practice, and also look at the spread of originally Mesopotamian traditions into several Aramaic dialects. These materials and traditions represent the most important examples of disciplinary medicine prior to the advent of Greco-Roman medicine and we will also look at any possible links between these traditions and the Greco-Roman world. We will focus in particular on the emergence of technical literature in Mesopotamia, how technical compendia anchored specific disciplines and indoctrinated its would-be practitioners, and the specific pathways through which these materials were transmitted to other medical traditions. There is a companion reading seminar for those interested in reading some texts in the original cuneiform. This course will be taught in English, 2 hours per week.

Additional information for students:

For this course it is not possible to enrol via Campus Management. Please enrol via the form "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung" when you decided to take the course. You can find the form on the website of the Studienbüro Geschkult. Please submit this document to the Studienbüro within the same time frame you would have to enrol in your courses via Campus Management.

The workload of the course equals 150 hours: attendance 30 hours, preparation and wrap-up 60 hours, Hausarbeit (3500 words) 60 hours. By attending also the companion course “Reading Babylonian Medicine" - instead of giving a presentation or writing an exam for the completion of the course “Reading Babylonian Medicine, it is possible to write a Hausarbeit with 8000 words which would cover both courses.

For questions regarding credits you will have to approach your BA- or MA advisor of your study program." Please register also via email: wissensgeschichte@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

BA "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung"

MA "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung"

Reading Babylonian Medicine (Lektürekurs, 2 SWS per week)

13992 Seminar: J. Cale Johnson
Thursday, 12:00-14:00 h. c.t.
First session: Thursday, 21. April 2022
Venue: -1.2057, Holzlaube
Please reegister via email: wissensgeschichte@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

This is a companion course for Babylonian Medicine (Lecture), in which we will read Babylonian medical texts from the cuneiform. Participants are expected to have at least one year of Akkadian or instructor permission before beginning the course. This course will be taught in English.

Additional information for students:

For this course it is not possible to enrol via Campus Management. Please enrol via the form "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung" when you decided to take the course. You can find the form on the website of the Studienbüro Geschkult. Please submit this document to the Studienbüro within the same time frame you would have to enrol in your courses via Campus Management.

The workload of the course equals 150 hours: attendance 30 hours, preparation and wrap-up 60 hours, Hausarbeit (3500 words) 60 hours. By attending also the companion course “Medicine in the Ancient World" - instead of giving a presentation or writing an exam for the completion of the course “Reading Babylonian Medicine, it is possible to write a Hausarbeit with 8000 words which would cover both courses.

For questions regarding credits you will have to approach your BA- or MA advisor of your study program." Please register also via email: wissensgeschichte@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

BA "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung"

MA "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung"


Wintersemester 2021/22

Divination in the Ancient World (Seminar, 2 SWS per week)

13993 Seminar: J. Cale Johnson
Wednesday, 12:00-14:00 h. c.t.
First session: Wednesday, 27.10.2021
Venue: -1.2057 Holzlaube
Please register via email: wissensgeschichte@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

Divination played an especially important role in the history of Mesopotamia and the bulk of the course focuses on the different forms of divination in ancient Mesopotamia and neighboring societies in the Eastern Mediterranean. We will look specifically at the ways in which divinatory practice was valued, as a form of knowledge, whether or not it represents a scientific practice, its role in statecraft and religion, and, in particular, how different forms of divination moved from Mesopotamia into neighboring regions and vice versa. There is a companion reading seminar for those interested in reading some texts in the original cuneiform. This course will be taught in English, 2 hours per week.

Additional information for students:

For this course it is not possible to enrol via Campus Management. Please enrol via the form "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung" when you decided to take the course. You can find the form on the website of the Studienbüro Geschkult. Please submit this document to the Studienbüro within the same time frame you would have to enrol in your courses in Campus Management, namely within the first two or three weeks of the course. The workload of the course equals 150 hours: attendance 30 hours, preparation and wrap-up 60 hours, presentation and Hausarbeit 60 hours. For questions regarding credits you will have to approach your BA- or MA advisor of your study program." Please register also via email: wissensgeschichte@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

BA "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung"

MA "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung"

 

Reading Mesopotamian Divinatory Texts (Lecture, 2 SWS per week)

13994 Lektürekurs: J. Cale Johnson
Thursday, 14:00-16:00 h. c.t.
First session: Thursday, 28.10.2021
Venue: Arnimallee 10, room 010
Please register via email. wissensgeschichte@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

This is a companion course for Divination in the Ancient World, in which we will read texts concerned with divination in the original cuneiform. Participants are expected to have at least one year of Akkadian or instructor permission before beginning the course. This course will be taught in English, 2 hours per week.

Additional information for students:

"For this course it is not possible to enrol via Campus Management. Please enrol via the form "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung" when you decided to take the course. You can find the form on the website of the Studienbüro Geschkult. Please submit this document to the Studienbüro within the same time frame you would have to enrol in your courses in Campus Management, namely within the first two or three weeks of the course. The workload of the course equals 150 hours: attendance 30 hours, preparation and wrap-up 60 hours, exam 60 hours. For questions regarding credits you will have to approach your BA- or MA advisor of your study program." Please register also via email: wissensgeschichte@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

BA "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung"

MA "Modul-, Lehrveranstaltungs- und Prüfungsanmeldung"


Sommersemester 2021

For further course offers see also Kommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis Berlin, issued by Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte, MPIWG (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science).


Medicine in the Ancient World (Lecture, 2 SWS per week)

13991 Seminar: J. Cale Johnson
Wednesday, 12:00-14:00 h. c.t.
First session: Wednesday, 14. April 2021
Venue: online (WebEx)
Please register via email cale.johnson@fu-berlin.de

The course will survey the development of medicine in Mesopotamia, draw important parallels with contemporary Egyptian medical practice, and also look at the spread of originally Mesopotamian traditions into several Aramaic dialects. These materials and traditions represent the most important examples of disciplinary medicine prior to the advent of Greco-Roman medicine and we will also look at any possible links between these traditions and the Greco-Roman world. We will focus in particular on the emergence of technical literature in Mesopotamia, how technical compendia anchored specific disciplines and indoctrinated its would-be practitioners, and the specific pathways through which these materials were transmitted to other medical traditions. There is a companion reading seminar for those interested in reading some texts in the original cuneiform. This course will be taught in English, 2 hours per week.

Reading Babylonian Medicine (Seminar, 2 SWS per week)

13992 Seminar: J. Cale Johnson
Thursday, 12:00-14:00 h. c.t.
First session: Thursday, 15. April 2021
Venue: online (WebEx)
Please reegister via email: cale.johnson@fu-berlin.de

This is a companion course for Babylonian Medicine (Lecture), in which we will read Babylonian medical texts from the cuneiform. Participants are expected to have at least one year of Akkadian or instructor permission before beginning the course. This course will be taught in English.

 

Wintersemester 2020/21

Perspectives on the Inner Body in the Ancient Near East

(joint seminar with Marburg and Leiden, 2 SWS per week between February 3rd and May 19th, 2021)

Seminar: J. Russell (Leiden), T. Pommerening (Marburg), and J. C. Johnson (Berlin)
Wednesday, 11:00-13:00 h. c.t.
First session: Wednesday, 3. Februar 2021
please register via email: cale.johnson@fu-berlin.de

How did the societies of the ancient Near East conceptualise the internal structures of the human body, the illnesses understood to arise therein, and the various media selected to remedy such problems? This seminar will focus on exploring cultural perspectives of such phenomena recorded in ancient source material from the region. The objective is to introduce students to methodologies for researching technical literature such as those documents classified as ‘medical’ or ‘magical’ from their chosen culture, and how to identify concepts therein which could be considered ‘specific’ to a given culture, ‘borrowed’ from another, or ‘universal’ to human cognition through intercultural comparative analysis. To further discussion of ‘universals’, students will be introduced to similar material from beyond the ancient Near East (namely from the Classical Mediterranean and ancient China) through the course of the seminar. They will explore both ‘explicit’ and ‘implicit’ paradigms of knowledge coded within such literature. Assigned readings encourage interdisciplinary research. The course is a joint collaboration between the University of Leiden, the Philipps-Universität Marburg, and the Freie Universität Berlin. The module will be led by J. Russell (Leiden), Prof. T. Pommerening (Marburg), and Prof. J. C. Johnson (Berlin), as well as a selected program of academically active specialists invited from European institutions. Because of the different semester schedule in Leiden, Berlin students can register the course as 1 SWS per week over two semesters. (Wednesdays, 11-13 Uhr, c.t., February 3rd through May 19th, this course will be taught in English)

 

Notation und Bewusstsein

13766 Seminar: J. Cale Johnson
Zeit: Donnerstag, 8:00-10:00 h. c.t.
Erster Termin: 05.11.2020
Ort: online (WebEx)

Diese Vorlesung verbindet eine Einführung in die Geschichte des Schreibens de-novo in der Alten Welt (Mesopotamien, Ägypten und China) mit Elementen der Diskursanalyse und Semiotik. Es soll ein Überblick darüber gegeben werden, wie die Notation das menschliche Bewusstsein und Denken im Lauf der Zeit binnen-strukturiert bzw. zu einer solchen Strukturierung überhaupt erst beiträgt.

Eines der Hauptziele wird sein, Brücken zu schlagen zwischen Student*innen, deren Interessenschwerpunkt auf alten Schriftsystemen liegt, und anderen mit einem Interesse für Semiotik und anthropologische Theorien. Der erste Teil des Kurses konzentriert sich auf den Ursprung von Schriftsystemen, während der zweite Teil sich mit Modellen zu Textualität und Poetik befasst und der Fragestellung nachgeht, wie großformatige Textstrukturen (etwa Ring-Epen, Kompendien oder Enzyklopädien) organisiert sind.

Unterrichtssprache: Deutsch, English

Mythos von den Sumerern bis zu den Vorsokratikern

13767a Vorlesung: J. Cale Johnson
Zeit: Dienstag 10:00-12:00 h. c.t.
Erster Termin: 03.11.2020
13767b Seminar/Übung: J. Cale Johnson
Zeit: Freitag 10:15-11:45
Erster Termin: 06.11.2020
Ort: online (WebEx)

Dieses Seminar nimmt die breite Geschichte des schriftlichen Mythos in den Blick, die vom südlichen Mesopotamien im dritten Jahrtausend v. Chr. über die hurro-hethitischen und ugaritischen Mythen bis zu ihrer Manifestation im griechischen Mythos reicht. Dies zielt insbesondere darauf ab, wie Mythen transformiert und neu interpretiert werden, wenn sie von einer Kultur oder schriftlichen Tradition zur nächsten übergehen, auf den Ursprung der Kommentartraditionen in Text und Bild und darauf, ob bzw. inwieweit moderne Theorien der Mythologie zu unserem Verständnis beitragen können. Dieses Seminar ist ebenfalls als erste Einführung in eine Vielzahl philologischer Traditionen geeignet und wird Studierende des Fachgebietes ermutigen, ähnliche Materialien auch in benachbarten Fachgebieten zu erkunden.

Unterrichtssprache: Deutsch, English

Verwaltungs- und Rechtsgattungen im 1. Jt. der Sklaverei

13768 Seminar: J. Cale Johnson
Zeit: Dienstag, 16:00-18:00 h. c.t.
Erster Termin: 03.11.2020
Ort: online (WebEx)

Die Verwaltung der menschlichen Arbeit war einer der wichtigsten „technischen“ Bereiche in der frühen mesopotamischen Schriftkultur und Konzeptualisierung. In diesem Bereich, der heute als „abhängige Arbeit“ und „Sklaverei“ beschrieben werden kann, fanden die wichtigsten Fortschritte in der Verwaltungs- und Rechtsgeschichte im ersten Jahrtausend der Keilschrift statt. Obwohl wir mit den Verwaltungsunterlagen beginnen, konzentriert sich die zweite Hälfte des Kurses zunehmend auf Rechtsquellen bis zur Ur III-Zeit ca. 2000 BCE. Da das Zeichenrepertoire sehr klein ist und in den früheren Phasen dieses Materials kaum sprachliche Formen verwendet werden, ist der Kurs ideal als Einführung in die frühe Keilschrift für Studierende der Archäologie oder Ethnologie sowie den Studiengängen Vergleichende, Globale oder Rechts-Geschichte.


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