Christie Carr


Wolfson College


DPhil Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (Assyriology)

Thesis Title:

Conceptualising the erotic: Metaphor and the Sumerian "Love Songs"

Educational Background:

University of Oxford | DPhil Oriental Studies (Assyriology)| Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP AHRC| Wolfson College Marriot Scholarship| Oct 2020-present | Supervisor: Professor Jacob Dahl

University of Oxford | MPhil Cuneiform Studies| Distinction | AHRC Full Scholarship| 2018-2020

University of Exeter| MA Classics & Ancient History | Distinction | Department and Dean Commendations | 2016-2017

University of Exeter | BA English | First Class (Hons) | 2011-2014

Research Interests:

Sumerian language, Old Babylonian literature

Gender, senses, emotions, the body in the ancient world

Metaphor & metaphor theory

Receptions of the ancient world

Eco-criticism, environmental humanities

Sumerian, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Hittite, biblical Hebrew, ancient Greek, Hurrian

Research Assistant in Assyriology| Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI)


'Liminal Lives: Tolstoy's Esarhaddon, King of Assyria' [Aula Orientalis 2023, 41.1]

'Desire and Hunger; Women and Food: The Earliest Example of a Universal Conceptual Metaphor in the Sumerian “Love Songs”?', Proceedings of the 67th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale [forthcoming; Zaphon]


Sumerian; Akkadian; Old Babylonian literature; Women & Gender in Mesopotamia

Outreach researcher for Oxplore - teaching KS3 introductory sessions on Cuneiform/Sumerian

Course Leader- Introduction to Sumerian, The Classical Association of Scotland Online Seminar Series (Oct 2021),

Tutor; Beginner's Sumerian, UCL Summer School of Classics (July 2023)


Co-organiser of the Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology (OPCA)

Co-organiser of the TORCH Critical-thinking Communities (Doctoral Network) Teaching and Translating Taboo

'Lying to sleep without eating...' The Danger of Love in Early Akkadian Literature'-OPCA 2023 (Mar 2023)

'The Sumerian Sacred Marriage Ritual'- Anthropology and Religion-Early Text Cultures (Feb 2023)

'Constructions of Desire and Pleasure in Sumerian erotic poetry'- AWRC ECR Festival (Feb 2023)

'Liminal Lives: Tolstoy's Esarhaddon, King of Assyria'- Conference Paper- OPCA 2022-(April 2022) [publication forthcoming]

Metaphor in the Sumerian "Love Songs"- Seminar Paper- Oxford Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Seminar- (Feb 2022)

'Sexuality and Gendered Hierarchy: Old Babylonian Sumerian poetry; Ming-Qing literature'- Seminar paper- Gender Identities in early and premodern text cultures-University of Oxford (Feb 2022)

Course Leader- Introduction to Sumerian, The Classical Association of Scotland Online Seminar Series (Oct 2021),

'Desire and Hunger; Women and Food: The Earliest Example of a Universal Conceptual Metaphor in the Sumerian “Love Songs”?'- Conference Paper- 67th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale: Eating and Drinking in the Ancient Near East- University of Torino (July 2021) [publication forthcoming]

'Seeing Straight: Considering "Heterosexuality" in the Sumerian "Love Songs"'- Conference Paper- Fourth Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East- University of Helsinki- (June 2021)

'The Sumerian "Love Songs": Unearthing the earliest expressions of female sexuality'- Conference Paper- Modern Women of the Past? Unearthing Gender and Antiquity Conference- University of Sydney- (March 2021)

'The Sumerian Debate Poems'- Reading group convenor- 'Mesopotamian and Egyptian Cosmogonies'-

'Conceptualising Fertility in Mesopotamian Literature'- Conference Paper- OPCA (April 2019)

'Transcending and Transforming Sex: The Powers of the Sumerian Goddess Inanna/Ishtar'- Conference Paper- Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (July 2017)


Christie Carr