The Assyrian Studies Association's book talks focus on promoting the Assyrian heritage and culture. These book talks provide opportunities for authors to present their publications and for participants to engage with authors by joining in the conversation. Please note that registration is limited and required.

The book talk in partnership with the Assyrian Policy Institute.


To join our book talk, please complete the registration form down below. Please note that spots are limited to 50 guests per book talk. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Dr. Sargon Donabed

Roger Williams University

Sargon Donabed is an associate professor of history at Roger Williams University. He is one of the foremost experts on the perennial history of Assyria-Mesopotamia and its culture. His recent focus consists of indigenous and marginalized communities but also cultural continuity. Currently, his studies center on cultures in contact and re-enchantment of reality through myth and panentheism. Sargon is also at present working on two major fantasy epics.

In addition, he is a TAARII (the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq) recipient, serves on the advisory board of the journal Chronos, published by the University of Balamand and is also the editor for the book series Alternative Histories: Narratives from the Middle East and Mediterranean with Edinburgh University Press. Donabed is also published in a variety of journals from Folklore to National Identities and is the author of Reforging a Forgotten History: Iraq and the Assyrians in the 20th Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) and co-editor and contributor to numerous works including The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence (Uppsala University, 2012) among others. Currently, he is under contract to write a comprehensive history entitled The Assyrians: A Cultural History from Empire to Endangered Existence (Cambridge University Press). He is also a visiting scholar at Brown University for the academic year 2018-2019.


The Assyrian Studies Association promotes interest in and scholarly study of Assyrians and Assyria. It provides means for the publication of scholarly research and other materials designed to promote Assyrian studies. It promotes cooperative activities and exchange of information within the field and facilitates contact between scholars and scholarly organizations. 


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