SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Jana Matuszak

MA (Tuebingen), PhD (Tuebingen)
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Jana Matuszak
Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


The Palaeography of Cuneiform Transmission


Dr Jana Matuszak
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Jana Matuszak studied Assyriology, Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Comparative Religious Studies at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on Sumerian literature and religion as well as (Old) Babylonian intellectual history, with a special interest in Sumerian literary disputations as well as gender and law in the Ancient Near East.

Her doctoral dissertation entitled "Und du, du bist eine Frau?!" Untersuchungen zu sumerischen literarischen Frauenstreitgesprächen nebst einer editio princeps von Zwei Frauen B (“And you, you are a woman?!” Studies in Sumerian literary debates between women with an editio princeps of Two Women B; Tuebingen 2017) won two dissertation awards:

-The Dissertation Prize of the International Association for Assyriology 2018

- The Johannes Zilkens Dissertation Prize in Humanities and Social Sciences of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutsche Volkes) 2019

She is currently preparing her dissertation for publication with De Gruyter.

A short text about her work can be found here:
Her work is also introduced in this video portrait commissioned by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation:



Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
  • Introductory Hittite (155900109)
  • Akkadian Texts 1 (155900937)
  • Literatures of the Near and Middle East (155900991)
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature A: the third millennium (15PNMC021)
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature C: the first millennium bc (15PNMC023)


Sumerian literature, literary disputations and dialogues, gender in the Ancient Near East



Matuszak, Jana (2019) 'Es streite, wer kann! Ein neuer Rekonstruktions- und Interpretationversuch für das sumerische Schulstreitgespräch ‚Dialog 1’'. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und Vorderasiatische Archäologie, (109) 1, pp 1-47.

Matuszak, Jana (2012) 'A new version of the Babylonian ritual against the evil portended by a lightning strike (BM 42273)'. Welt des Orients, (42) 2, pp 135-152.

Book Chapters

Matuszak, Jana (2019) 'Assessing Misogyny in Sumerian Disputations and Diatribes'. In: Garcia-Ventura, Agnès and Svärd, Saana, (eds.), Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology, and the Ancient Near East. Barcelona: Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, pp 259-272.

Matuszak, Jana (2018) '"She was dumbstruck and took it to heart." Form and Function of Insults in Sumerian Literary Disputations between Women'. In: Jiménez, Enrique and Mittermayer, Catherine, (eds.), Disputation Literature in the Near East and Beyond. De Gruyter. [Forthcoming]

Matuszak, Jana (2018) 'La imagen de la esposa ideal según la literatura didáctica sumeria'. In: Justel, Josué J. and Garcia-Ventura, Agnès, (eds.), Las mujeres en el Oriente cuneiforme. Universidad de Alcalá Servicio de Publicaciones, pp 141-158.

Matuszak, Jana (2017) 'Don't Insult Inana! Divine Retribution for Offense against Common Decency in the Light of New Textual Sources'. In: Drewnoska, Olga and Sandowicz, Malgorzata, (eds.), Fortune and Misfortune in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Warsaw 21-25 July 2014. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, pp 359-370.

Matuszak, Jana (2016) '"She is not fit for womanhood" The Ideal Housewife According to Sumerian Literary Texts'. In: Lion, Brigitte and Michel, Cécile, (eds.), The Role of Women in Work and Society in the Ancient Near East. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 228-254.

Book Reviews

Matuszak, Jana (2016) 'Review of Lämmerhirt, Kai: Die sumerische Königshymne Šulgi F. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2012.'. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, (111) 1, pp 16-28.


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