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ASOR

Last week I had the pleasure of (finally) attending the ASOR Annual Meeting in Boston. I was invited by the lovely Ludovico Portuese to present a paper in his session called “Manners and Etiquette in the Ancient Near East”. The session was on the last day, so I attended sessions on pastoral nomadism, the transition …

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Digital Applications in Assyriology Summer School, Uppsala, 2022

This week I had the pleasure of participating as a teacher in the Digital Applications in Assyriology Summer School, hosted by Uppsala University, in collaboration with ANEE at the University of Helsinki. I was one of six teachers: Rune Rattenborg, Seraina Nett, Aleksi Sahala, Stefan Smith, and Lena Tambs. We had 12 students attend from …

I’m a Dr!

Yesterday I passed my thesis defence at the University of Helsinki. As part of the proceedings, I had to present a lectio praecursoria. This was a 20 minute presentation about my dissertation, titled ‘The “Queens of the Arabs” During the Neo-Assyrian Period’ (and is available to download). The opponent was Professor Lorenzo Verderame, and after …

Paper Presentation: Using Networks to Investigate Semantics of Masculinities During the Neo-Assyrian Period

On the 8th of October I presented my most recent research regarding masculinities during the Neo-Assyrian period. I have been using the techniques developed by the Semantic Domains team in ANEE to investigate the wider meanings behind masculinities. This has meant using probability measurements to measure how likely two words would occur together in a …

Seminar Talk: Being Online As A Researcher

Last week on the 16th of September I was invited to speak at the Cultural Heritage, European Ethnology and Museum Studies (CHEEMS) seminar for PhD students at the University of Helsinki. The Seminar was about how to have an online presence as a researcher, which can be daunting – particularly to PhD students, who are …

End of my first working week!

I might have neglected explicitly saying this, but I got the position of Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki! So the past few weeks have been very hectic, and this week I’ve spent settling in to academic life. I’m part of a wider research group called the Centre of Excellence: Ancient Near Eastern Empires …

Finland, Finland, Finland!

I GOT THE JOB, PEOPLE!!!!! You are now reading the blog of the new Postdoctoral Research at the University of Helsinki’s Centre of Excellence: Ancient Near Eastern Empires! My research is going to involve using computer code to work out the cultural associations of words relating to ‘masculinities’. So I am essentially finding out what …

Week 2: One Helluva Pizza Order!

I have had a doozey of a week. So on Saturday, as part of my new ‘Ellie will do ALL THE WALKING’ I walked up a hill with Erik. It was lovely, but we accidentally walked 11km when we should have done, like, 4. Woops…. So to celebrate (and soothe my aching hip) we ordered …

Week 1: It begins…

Good Friday, everyone! By which I don’t mean the religious holiday, but my weekly update of what I’ve been up to academically. It’s been dominates by applications, VIVA prep, working on my masculinities paper, and a lot of confusion. Postdoctoral positions require a very long CV and a research proposal that would fit with the …