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Willemijn Waal

University Lecturer Assyriology / Hittite Studies

Dr. W.J.I. Waal
+31 71 527 2019

Willemijn Waal is university lecturer in Hittite at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies and director of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO).

More information about Willemijn Waal

Website The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO)

Fields of interest

  • Hittitology
  • Late Bronze Age Anatolia
  • Ancient writing systems and early alphabetic writing
  • Ancient record management, diplomatics and archival studies
  • Orality and Literacy in the ancient World
  • Links between ancient Near Eastern and classical epic and literature
  • International relations in the ancient Near East and Aegean

Teaching activities and supervision

  • Advanced Hittite
  • Cultural History of Anatolia
  • Epic Tales from the Ancient World
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Cuneiform Epigraphy
  • The Mycenaean World
  • The present and future of our past: critical approaches to heritage studies

Curriculum Vitae

2010 Ph.D., Leiden University
2003 MA Classical Philology (Latin and Greek), University of Amsterdam (UvA)
2003 MA Anatolian Languages, University of Amsterdam (UvA)

2012 – present
Lecturer (UD) at Leiden University
2019- present
Policy officer internationalization & research funding
Director of Studies LIAS
2015 – 2016
Post-doctoral research fellow at INSTAP (Institute for Aegean Prehistory)
2013 – 2014
Parttime lecturer (UD) at the VU University Amsterdam
2013 – 2015
Post-doctoral researcher in the project Rekonstruktion der Archive des Großen Tempels von Hattusa/Boğazköy at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich
2010 – 2012
Post-doctoral researcher in the NWO-funded project Impact of Migration, Leiden University
2010 – 2011
Part-time lecturer (UD) at the VU University Amsterdam

University Lecturer Assyriology / Hittite Studies

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES Assyriologie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.20



  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Griekse T&C

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden



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