Temple Topography, Ritual Practice, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World, organized by Deena Ragavan,
to be held March 2-3, 2012, in the Institute's Breasted Hall
Past symposia include
- 2011 Symposium—Iconoclasm and Text Destruction in the Ancient Near East and Beyond
- 2010 Symposium—Slaves and Households in the Near East
- 2009 Symposium—Science and Superstition: Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World
- 2008 Symposium—Nomads, Tribes, and the State in the Ancient Near East: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
- 2007 Symposium—Religion and Power: Divine Kingship in the Ancient World and Beyond
- 2006 Symposium—Performing Death: Social Analyses of Funerary Traditions In The Ancient Mediterranean
- 2005 Symposium—Margins of writing, origins of cultures: Unofficial writing in the ancient Near East and beyond
After the conference, the Fellow assembles and edits the proceedings for publication in the series Oriental Institute Seminars (OIS), each volume of which is available for sale or for download:
- OIS 7. Slaves and Households in the Near East. Edited by Laura Culbertson. 2011.
- OIS 6. Divination and Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World. Edited by Amar Annus. 2010.
- OIS 5. Nomads, Tribes, and the State in the Ancient Near East: Cross-disciplinary Perspective. Jeffrey Szuchman, ed. 2009.
- OIS 4. Religion and Power: Divine Kingship in the Ancient World and Beyond Nicole Brisch, ed. 2008.
- OIS 3. Performing Death: Social Analyses of Funerary Traditions in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean Nicola Laneri, ed. 2007.
- OIS 2. Margins of Writing, Origins of Cultures. (second printing) Seth L. Sanders, ed. 2007.
- OIS 1. Changing Social Identity with the Spread of Islam: Archaeological Perspectives. Donald Whitcomb, ed. 2004.