Dear colleagues,

the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz are delighted to invite you to the 66th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale — the annual conference of the International Association for Assyriology (IAA).
The meeting will take place from July 25 to July 29, 2022 in the adjacent cities of Frankfurt am Main and Mainz, Germany.
The conference’s main theme is “Cultural Contact – Cultures of Contact“
You will find all the necessary information on this website and in the forthcoming circulars.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Frankfurt and Mainz!

April 17:

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the present global emergency situation and the impossibility of serious planning we have to inform you with great regret that the RAI 66 at Frankfurt and Mainz has to be postponed to 2022. In accordance with the board of the International Association for Assyriology (IAA), the cancelled Rencontre of this year on the topic “Cultural Contact – Cultures of Contact” will be held in two years time, at July 25–29, 2022, at Frankfurt and Mainz.

We will contact those who have already registered for the RAI and paid the congress fee within the next weeks to inform them about the modalities for refunding the transferred fees. You will receive back the full amount of the fees. We kindly ask for your understanding that this process might take some time.

We deeply regret the postponement of the RAI 66 and would be glad to welcome all of you as participants and guests in July 2022 at Frankfurt and Mainz.


The organizing committee of the RAI 66

T. Helms, E. Huber, D. Prechel, A. Pruß, Th. Richter, D. Wicke, M. Würz


March 31: Dear Colleagues, Due to the present global emergency situation we, the organizers of the RAI 66 at Frankfurt and Mainz, are presently unable to predict if the Rencontre can be held at the planned date and with the planned programme. We hope that we will be able to carry out the RAI as planned. A final decision will be made on April, 20. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us (


Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we decided to prolong the timeframe for abstract submission (April 30, 2020). Registration with early-bird rate will now be extended until June 30, 2020.

For further information on the new deadlines see the circular 2.1.

We still hope that it will be possible to welcome you for the RAI in July 2020 and will keep you updated on current developments via our newsletters and website. 


Organizing committee:

Tobias Helms (Mainz) 
Eva-Maria Huber (Mainz) 
Doris Prechel (Mainz) 
Alexander Pruß (Mainz) 
Thomas Richter (Frankfurt am Main) 
Dirk Wicke (Frankfurt am Main) 



Gefördert durch Mittel der DFG im Rahmen der Exzellenzstrategie von Bund und Ländern (Gutenberg International Conference Center - GICC)