Human Senses in Akkadian Texts

- Jeudi 28 septembre 2017 de 16h à 18h
Conference et video conference d’Anne-Caroline Rendu Loisel, Université de Strasbourg
Sur place au CNRS d’Ivry sur Seine, 27 rue Paul Bert, métro Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry, salle C en sous-sol
ou à distance par vidéo-conférence

Through the prism of bodily perception, a society gives sense to, translates, and interprets its surrounding environment. For more than twenty years, Anthropology of the senses has incited scholars to consider a society through the human body and its sensory dynamic : perception and related concepts may vary from one culture to another, for it is deeply rooted in each system of customs, values and representations. For instance, our western and contemporary societies have been deeply marked by Aristotle’s theoretical model, which is based on five major senses : to see, to hear, to touch, to smell, and to taste. However, this pentasensory model is not equally relevant for the societies of the Ancient Near East, especially according to the Akkadian texts. How many senses can be identified ? Are there aesthetic values associated to specific sensory experiences ? What consequences may have a sensory loss for the individual and his relationships to his social and natural environment ? Trying to answer these questions, I will investigate Akkadian texts of various nature, focusing on ritual, divination and literary contexts.

Cette conférence est la 11 ème séance mensuelle du séminaire interdisciplinaire :
“The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organisé par Alice Mouton.

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