Kathryn E. Piquette was a Senior Fellow in 2011 within the research group Space & Collective Identities (E-CSG-V), working with Dr Cornelia Kleinitz on this theme from the perspective of scribal/artistic space. The title of her Topoi project is: Graphical Space and the Construction of Past Identities. This project explores script and image from the perspective of the material object — the physical space which precedes yet also informs textual expression and meaning. Focussing on early Egyptian evidence (3200–2700 BCE), study is directed to the material and technical features of compositional spaces in order to address questions of individual and collective scribal identity.
Currently she pursues “A Comparative Study of Scribal and Artistic Spaces in Early Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Integrating micro- and macro-scale analyses” as a COFOUND Fellow at the Dahlem Research School. A description of her project can be found here.
Kay Kohlmeyer is a Near Eastern Archaeologist, and since 1994 has taught as professor of Field Archaeology at the HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin. His current excavations are on the Citadel of Aleppo (Syria) and in Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka), and he is participating in the Conana survey project (Turkey). He specialises in Syrian and Anatolian art and archaeology, and is co-editor of the final publications of the excavations in Habuba Kabira and Tall Bi’a / Tuttul in Syria. As principal investigator in the research area Central Places (A-I) he is responsible for the project “Archaeological and geoarchaeological investigation of the Aleppo hinterland”.
Glenn Schwartz is a Near Eastern archaeologist whose research focuses on the emergence and early history of urban societies in Syria and Mesopotamia. His current field project at Tell Umm el-Marra, western Syria, concentrates on the problems of origins, collapse and regeneration of an early urban center. The results from the site, inhabited ca. 2700-1200 BC with some later reoccupation, include a remarkable intact “royal” cemetery from the Early Bronze Age, ca. 2300 BC as well as diverse data from many other periods.
See more information on his personal homepage.