Dr. Irene Sibbing-Plantholt

Research Associate

E-mail: sibbing-plantholt@chronoi.org

Phone: +49 (0)30 838-65553

Website: https://fu-berlin.academia.edu/IreneSibbingPlantholt

Address: Otto-von-Simson-Straße 7, 14195 Berlin

Research Interests: Social and cultural history of ancient Mesopotamia, social time and time consciousness in the ancient world, Mesopotamian religion, social history of medicine, social and medical anthropology.

Irene Sibbing-Plantholt studied Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Classical Antiquity and Near Eastern Archeology at Leiden University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Free University of Berlin and the University of Pennsylvania.


In 2017, she completed her doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation entitled “The Image of Divine Healers: Healing Goddesses and the Legitimization of the asû in the Mesopotamian Medical Marketplace", which is currently being prepared for publication, investigates the relationship between Mesopotamian healing goddesses and mundane healers operating in the Mesopotamian medical marketplace.


From 2017 to 2018 she was a lecturer in Akkadian at the University of Pennsylvania. Since July 2018 she has been a research associate at the Berlin Antike Kolleg / Einstein Center Chronoi.


Her research project at the Einstein Center Chronoi concerns the different concepts and perceptions of human life time presented in ancient Mesopotamian textual and iconographical sources. Her most recent work focuses on illness and death as confrontations with time and the (emotional) responses to human mortality found in daily-life sources.