Intervenção inicial de Lucas Freire
Research Associate - Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics
Tyndale House, Cambridge
Investigador Integrado – OBSERVARE
Interdisciplinary Research in Ancient Near
Eastern Studies and International Relations
Theory, Method and Sources
Dr Lucas G. Freire (OBSERVARE – UAL / North-West University)
Over the last two centuries, archaeologists have excavated thousands of clay tablets in the Near East and Anatolia containing texts that describe relations between polities in parts of the third, second and first millennia BC. The use of these texts as primary sources involves theoretical and methodological challenges for social scientists interested in how polities relate and how order is maintained in world politics. This presentation will focus on the initial phase of the research project on Inter-polity Relations in the Ancient Near East, supported by OBSERVARE / UAL. Some of the preliminary findings, including the proposal of a new theoretical framework to interpret inter-polity relations in the second millennium BC, will be presented, and a few of the primary sources will be commented in order to illustrate the potential of the approach.
* The presentation may be held in Portuguese upon request by the audience.
About the speaker:
Lucas G. Freire did his PhD in Politics under Colin Wight at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). He has been affiliated to OBSERVARE / UAL since 2013. He is also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Arts of North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where he runs a Cuneiform Languages Reading Club. In 2015 and 2016 he obtained qualifications in Sumerian and Akkadian from the University of Murcia (Spain). He is currently translating Babylonian and Peripheral Akkadian texts into Portuguese and editing a special forum for the journal Estudos Internacionais on the Amarna Letters and International Relations theory.
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