From the
15th until the 19th of July, the international community of Assyriologists has landed
in Ghent for its yearly “Rencontre” (RAI 59). The theme of this edition, “Law and
(dis)order” could be approached from different angles, which resulted in a
variety of contributions on law, linguistics, gender, economy and chronology,
to name just some of the topics.

Hendrik Hameeuw (RMAH-KU Leuven) presented a poster “Interactive Cuneiform Imaging for Research and Publishing”, Anne Goddeeris (KU Leuven) gave a talk on a disordered calendric
system, “A Tangled Framework. A Calendric Innovation by Rim-Sîn”, and Jan
Tavernier (UCLouvain) on drunkenness and hangovers, “Disorder in the Head! Alcohol Abuse
and Hangovers in the Ancient Near East
”. Young IAP members Elynn Gorris and Etienne Van
Quickelberghe participated in the congress as well. Jan Tavernier and Anne
Goddeeris have each chaired a session closely related to their research interests.

The coffee,
lunch and evening breaks were well spent making and renewing acquaintances and
discussing future plans (besides trying out the advices given in Jan
Tavernier’s paper).

a bunch of Assyriologists