About the chair
The University of Salamanca, which was founded in 1218, has been creating over the years Extraordinary Cathedras (Domingo de Soto, Venezuela, Martín Granizo, Larramendi, Sicilia, Chile, etc.) that assume a relevant role in the transmission of a specific knowledge concerning an important figure or a culture.
On the other hand, it has also been an important objective of the University of and the city of Salamanca – with its local and provincial institutions – to offer their spaces to welcome other cultures and spread knowledge of them among the university community and the environment. Social.
Why at the University of Salamanca?
The claim to create the Nineveh Academic Chair within the institutional framework of the University of Salamanca is justified for several reasons.
Salamanca has been one of the first Spanish-speaking universities that since 1311 has been cultivating Semitic knowledge and promoting the spirit of openness towards other cultures and languages. And since the fourteenth century, it has been one of the institutions that has cultivated the trilingual spirit that has endured to this day.
The Hebrew and Aramaic studies, atthe University of Salamanca have been expanding their field of action and today it has become a reference at European level due to the solid base offered by its degree. The Nineveh Academic Chair is another step in this commitment to Hebrew and Aramaic studies that aims to expand the field of learning. Assyrian culture is the great unknown in the Western world despite the enormous contribution it has made to humanity in the past.
The title that has been given to it is not accidental: the cradle of civilization, since the Assyrians have contributed to science, art, humanities more than anyone else. Its language, its laws (Hammurabi code), its ancient academies, of Babylon, Pumbedita, Nuhadra, Edessa, Nisibis have served as inspiration for many training centers that today are the oldest universities in Europe (Bologna, Paris, Oxford and Salamanca). Cassiodorus himself reports that the statutes of the Nisibis served as inspiration for the creation of the University of Bologna and, incidentally, for the Studii Salamantini. The literary production of these academic centers had an enormous impact on the vision and formation of the ancient Western world.
Through research, congresses, seminars, debates and meetings with scholars, magistrates, journalists, artists, the aim will be to promote the knowledge of Assyria in its various socio-cultural and linguistic aspects. These activities will respond to a planning that will involve the various cultural, social and political institutions and associations present in the territory and will focus on current or historical issues.
Regarding the historical theme, it will work on key moments in Assyrian history in its various eras, starting from ancient times to the present day. Particular attention will be paid to the late and modern periods to provide a coherent historical outline as the history of the Assyrians has not always been transmitted as it deserves.