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    Lehrstuhl für Altorientalistik

    Laufende Promotionsvorhaben

    Avigail Wagschal
    Aggressive Magic in Mesopotamia: Between Legitimate and Illegitimate Magic (Arbeitstitel)
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    This project aims to complete a comprehensive study of aggressive magic in Mesopotamia from the third to the first millennium BCE. Aggressive magic can be defined as the use of rituals and incantations for the purpose of gaining advantage or control over an opponent or another person. The research will take an inductive approach and will be based on the study of primary sources written in Sumerian and Akkadian. It will combine both synchronic and diachronic perspectives and will examine the changes and the development throughout the millennia of rituals and incantations intended to influence humans. It will also evaluate the place of aggressive magic in the Mesopotamian magic system – between legitimate magic, carried out by the incantation priest, and illegitimate/illegal magic performed by the witch.

    Eileen Xing
    Studies on Hittite Springs and Spring Deities (Arbeitstitel)
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    The polytheistic civilization of the Hittites, who ruled from what is now modern-day central Turkey, prided themselves on being a "land of a thousand gods". Like many other mythologies, these gods and goddesses were by and large grounded in natural phenomena, from the celestial (the sun and stars), to the meteorological (the weather), to the geographical. As the third group of deities are modelled after physical landmarks such as springs and mountains, many of which are still present in some form in modern-day Turkey today, this project therefore aims to compile a corpus of texts related to the natural environment as deified in the Hittite texts before examining the relationship of the deities to the physical world as well as the surrounding state cult of the Hittites.

    Timothy Leonard
    Ištar in Hatti: The Disambiguation of Šawuška and Associated Deities in Hittite Scribal Practice (Arbeitstitel)
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Gary Beckman; Mitglied des supervisory committee: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer
    2021–22: DAAD doctoral fellow at the University of Würzburg.

    Evelyne Koubková
    The Ritual Means of Empowerment of the Mesopotamian Exorcist
    Yale University
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Eckart Frahm; Mitglied des dissertation committee: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    The goal of this project is to examine the ways in which the Mesopotamian ritual specialist known as the āšipu (a term often translated as “exorcist”) constructed his identity and authority in and through ritual performance. The project focuses on the āšipu’s self-purification and self-protection, his special attire and attributes, and the forms of his ritual speech. The project draws mainly on ritual texts related to the āšipu from the first millennium BCE. Analyzing the construction of the image of the ideal āšipu will lead to a better understanding of his position as a religious professional within the context of other Mesopotamian experts, and facilitate comparison with religious practitioners in other cultures.

    Ege Dağbaşı
    tbc (Arbeitstitel)
    Doktorand der Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe The Hittite Annals: Origins, Purpose, and Afterlife.
    Erstbetreuer: Dr. James Burgin; Mitglied des Mentorats: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    Henry Lewis
    tbc (Arbeitstitel)
    Doktorand der Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe The Hittite Annals: Origins, Purpose, and Afterlife.
    Erstbetreuer: Dr. James Burgin; Mitglied des Mentorats: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    Beril Özbaş
    Hittite Festivals and Society: Festivals as Manifestations and Expressions of Society (Arbeitstitel)
    Doktorandin des Akademie-Vorhabens Das Corpus der hethitischen Festrituale: staatliche Verwaltung des Kultwesens im spätbronzezeitlichen Anatolien.
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer; Mitglied des Mentorats: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Rieken

    Maya Rinderer
    Universität Wien
    Analogism, Poeticity, and Performativity in Ancient Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals
    Doktorandin des ERC-Vorhabens Repetition, Parallelism and Creativity: An Inquiry into the Construction of Meaning in Ancient Mesopotamian Literature and Erudition (Universität Wien).
    Erstbetreuerin: Prof. Dr. Nicla De Zorzi (Universität Wien); externe Mitbetreuung: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer