Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Komission
On 24 June 2021 the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Komission der Philosophisch-Historischen Klasse) established the Commission “Transformationsprozesse und Imperium in den Alten Welten Afro-Eurasiens” (https://www.oeaw.ac.at/mitglieder/kommissionen) - the idea proposed by Professor Robert Rollinger.
The Academy appointed the following members of the Commission:
From among members of the Academy:
Walter Pohl Sitta von Reden
From outside of the Academy:
The inaugural meeting of the new Commission took place in Vienna in the seat of the Academy on 28 November the Commission, charred by Professor Oliver Jens Schmitt, President of the Philosophisch-Historischen Klasse. It elected Professor Robert Rollinger its Chair, Professor Bernhard Palme the Vice Chair and listened to a lecture of Professor Gianni Lanfranchi "The Sack of Nineveh in 612 BC: Fall of an Empire?".
The Commission plans to organize one major international conference per year:
June 2022: "Contextualizing Imperial Borderlands (9th c. BC – 9th c. AD)" in Bregenz
Spring 2023: "The Achaemenid Persian Empire and imperial Transformations in the Ancient Near East (7th c. BC – 3rd c. BC)" in Obergurgl
Spring 2024: "Between and beyond empires: from the Seleucids to the Sasanians (3rd c. BC – 7th c. AD)" in Wrocław
Spring 2025: "The Achaemenid Persian empire and its non-western borderlands: a change of paradigm" in Vienna
The current horizon of the Commission culminates in Autumn 2025 with a discussion panel summarizing its work.