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Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2016

Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Visibility, Place, and Movement: Ancient Egyptian Images and Their Contexts
John Baines (Oxford University)

Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 5:30pm

John Baines is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology and Fellow of The Queen's College at the University of Oxford, where he taught from 1976 to 2013. His principal areas of interest are Egyptian art, literature, religion, self-presentation, the position of writing in Egyptian society, and modelling social forms. He is currently working on elite uses of the wider environment, particularly in forms and practices, such as hunting, that must be approached indirectly because they leave little physical trace.

Co-sponsored by Brown University's Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Gods of Egypt: See the Movie... Then Think About It

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 7:00 pm

A free screening of the movie Gods of Egypt, on a giant screen, with surround sound! Followed by commentaries by Brown professors, examining the themes and historical basis of the movie.

And free popcorn! Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Archaeology Department Undergraduate Group

Salomon Hall, Room 001

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
Zooarchaeological and Genetic Evidence for Cattle Domestication in Ancient China
Katherine Brunson (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm

Katherine Brunson, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and the Ancient World, will present her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

The Other Side of the Border: Documenting Morocco's Migrant & Refugee Crisis
Isabella Alexander (Emory University)

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 12:00pm

Co-sponsored by Brown University's Department of Anthropology, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Department of Anthropology, Giddings House, Room 212

The Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean (8th-7th centuries BCE): A View from Tartessos
Carolina López-Ruiz (Ohio State University)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 5:30pm

Carolina López-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on understanding Greek culture in its broader ancient Mediterranean context, particularly looking at cultural exchanges and processes of integration and adaptation in Near Eastern and Greek interaction. She edited Gods, Heroes, and Monsters: A Sourcebook of Greek, Roman, and the Near Eastern Myths in Translation (2014) and is the author of When the Gods Were Born: Greek Cosmogonies and the Near East (2012), as well as many other publications.

Co-sponsored by Brown University's Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Next Steps: Information Session on Applying to Graduate School and Searching for Jobs in Archaeology

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 4:00pm

A discussion, led by faculty and graduate students, for current undergraduates planning for life after Brown. We will discuss applying to graduate schools in Archaeology and Classics, as well as types of jobs students with Archaeology concentrations might consider.

View additional information on Life After Graduating from Brown with an Archaeology Degree here: http://brown.edu/Departments/Joukowsky_Institute/undergrad/grad.html

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
Sophie Moore (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm

Sophie Moore, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and the Ancient World, will present her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Megalomania at Sea: The Recovery of Hellenistic Naval Architecture during the Renaissance
Lilia Campana (Texas A&M University)

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 6:30pm

During the Renaissance, Italian humanists attempted to recover the maritime golden age of ancient Greece and Rome. In resurrecting ancient warships, humanists looked at the most magnificent period in maritime history, the Hellenistic Age (323-31 B.C.), which produced a burst of unprecedented proportions resulting in warships of increasingly large size that eventually came to replace the trireme. Since no archaeological remains of ancient warships were available and have yet to be found, the study of ancient texts was crucial to the recovery of ancient naval architecture. Based on the study of several Renaissance naval treatises and unpublished archival sources, two shipbuilding projects are known: the quinqueremis built in 1529 by the Venetian humanist Vettor Fausto (1490-1546), and the grandiose and yet completely unknown attempt in 1570 by the erudite Filippo Pigafetta (1533-1604) to recover the design of the tessarakonteres of Ptolemy IV Philopator (r. 221-204 B.C.), the biggest ship ever built in the ancient Mediterranean. Both Fausto and Pigafetta believed that the knowledge of ancient texts was centrally relevant to the design of their ships and to the solution of practical problems of naval architecture in the material world.

This lecture is co-sponsored with the Narragansett Society, the Rhode Island chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. For more information, visit http://aianarragansett.org.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Çaltılar Archaeological Project: Discovering Ancient Lycia
Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol)

Monday, October 17th, 2016 at 5:30pm

Tamar Hodos is a Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Bristol. She is a specialist in the archaeology of the Mediterranean's Iron Age, a period that extends between c.1200-c.600 BCE, with particular interest in the impact of colonisation, and the construction and expression of social identities. Until 2012, she co-directed the Çaltılar Archaeological Project, a collaboration between Bristol, Liverpool and Uludağ (Turkey) Universities. This project, based in the south-western Turkish region of Lycia, examined the role this area played with the Aegean, Greek and wider Mediterranean worlds during the Bronze and Iron Ages. She is the author of the book, Local Responses to Colonization in the Iron Age Mediterranean, and co-editor of Material Culture and Social Identities in the Ancient World.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
Bathsheba Demuth (History, Brown University)

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm

Bathsheba Demuth, Assistant Professor of History and Fellow at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, will present her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

The Chariot of the Sun-God: Technological Innovation and Near Eastern Cult Practice
Mary Bachvarova (Willamette University)

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at 6:30pm

Mary Bachvarova is Professor of Classics and Department Chair of Classical Studies at Willamette University. She co-edited The Fall of Cities in the Mediterranean: Commemoration in Literature, Folk-Song, and Liturgy, and is the author of From Hittite to Homer: The Anatolian Background of Greek Epic.

Co-sponsored by Brown University's Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

International Archaeology Day and Brown University Family Weekend, I
Joukowsky Institute Open House: Archaeology in Action

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, 11:00 AM-3:00 pm

Come visit the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World in Rhode Island Hall. Faculty and students will be on hand to tour you through the building, as well as to show you artifacts and images, both from some of our current fieldwork (in the Caribbean, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Turkey, and Rhode Island) and from the Institute's collections.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall, 60 George Street

International Archaeology Day and Brown University Family Weekend, II
Archaeology of College Hill Community Archaeology Day

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, 11:00 AM-3:00 pm

Watch Brown undergraduates digging (yes, really digging!). This year, as part of ongoing work on Brown's campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods of College Hill, students will be excavating at the nearby Moses Brown school. Stop by (with your family or on your own) any time between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to see what we're up to or try your hand at digging. All are welcome!

Moses Brown School, 250 Lloyd Avenue (Excavation at the corner of Hope Street and Lloyd Avenue)

If Venice Dies
Salvatore Settis (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 at 7:00pm

What is Venice worth? To whom does this urban treasure belong? Internationally renowned art historian Salvatore Settis urgently poses these questions, igniting a new debate about the Pearl of the Adriatic and cultural patrimony at large. Venetians are increasingly abandoning their hometown—there’s now only one resident for every 140 visitors—and Venice’s fragile fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. In If Venice Dies, a fiery blend of history and cultural analysis, Settis argues that “hit-and-run” visitors are turning landmark urban settings into shopping malls and theme parks. He warns that Western civilization’s prime achievements face impending ruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenization. This is a passionate plea to secure the soul of Venice, written with consummate authority, wide-ranging erudition and élan.

Salvatore Settis is chairman of the Louvre Museum’s Scientific Council and former director of the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.

Co-sponsored by Brown University's Departments of Italian Studies and History of Art and Architecture, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, and Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall, 60 George Street

Archaeological Fieldwork Information Session

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 4:00pm

Where can you do fieldwork this summer? How can you pay for it? How do you apply? What's an UTRA grant? Should you enroll in a field school or volunteer? What courses should you take to prepare? Do you have to be an archaeology concentrator? What is fieldwork, anyway? And what about study abroad?

Download the Fieldwork Information Session 2015 Handout (Note: an updated handout will also be available at the meeting)

Sponsored by the Archaeology Department Undergraduate Group

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Archaeology DUG Meet and Greet

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 5:00pm

The Archaeology & the Ancient World Department Undergraduate Group will be hosting a social at 5pm, following the Fieldwork Info Session, in RI Hall. All Archaeology concentrators, as well as all those interested in archaeology and the ancient world, are welcome to attend. It's a wonderful chance to engage with others who share a love of archaeology! Refreshments will be served!

Sponsored by the Archaeology Departmental Undergraduate Group

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall

Naoise Mac Sweeney (University of Leicester)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 5:30pm

Naoise Mac Sweeney is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Leicester, specialising in the study of ethnicity, identity and migration. She has published widely in the fields of ancient history, archaeology, race relations, international development and peacebuilding studies, and she is the author of Community Identity and Archaeology (2011). She has also pursued her research interests through archaeological fieldwork in Turkey, in particular as part of the Kilise Tepe Archaeological Project.

Co-sponsored by Brown University's Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

(News) Stories from the Middle East: Removed Artefacts, Recycling, and the Ethical Agenda against Illicit Trade
Mirjam Brusius (Oxford University)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 5:30pm

Mirjam Brusius is a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in the History of Photography, a post she holds in conjunction with the Bodleian Library, at Oxford University. She previously held Postdoctoral Fellowships at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. Her research addresses the intersection of modern history of science and the history of European and Islamic art. It centres on the history of photography, museums, collecting, and scientific voyages in and between Europe and the Middle East.

Co-sponsored by Brown University's Center for Middle East Studies, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Archaeology Concentrators Welcome Back Lunch

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 from 12:00-1:00pm

All concentrators -- and prospective concentrators -- in Archaeology and the Ancient World are invited to enjoy some pizza and share stories of what they did over the winter break!

Sponsored by the Archaeology Department Undergraduate Group

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 109

Carvings in and out of Time:
Afterlives of Rock-Cut Monuments in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

From the moment rock-cut monuments were carved people have asked themselves who made them, when, and why? They are part of the natural landscape, yet are conspicuously anthropogenic. Many of them became part of the regional and cultural memory of their environs. They traverse cultural and chronological boundaries.

Our purpose is to study the monuments' successive re-interpretations and manipulations, their cultural recycling. The history of their re-interpretations exemplifies the intricate interaction of ancient cultures with their own, even more ancient, past. The result is a layered landscape of cultural meaning and natural transformations that can furnish precious evidence about the pre-modern archaeological imagination.

We aim to bring diverse specialists on the ancient world to Brown University to tackle the following questions: who in the pre-modern period was interested in rock-cut monuments? How did ancient interpreters make sense of their images and texts? And, how can we as contemporary scholars, begin to address such questions?

Co-sponsored by Brown University's Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/workshops/rockcutmonuments

Location TBA

The ‘Kingdom of Idols': Recent Investigations at Tell Tayinat (Ancient Kunulua, Biblical Calno) in Southeastern Turkey
Stephen D. Batiuk (University of Toronto)

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm

The interplay between the Hebrew Bible and the archaeological record has all too often been a contentious affair, greatly dependent on how one understands its compositional history, as well as the cultural and geopolitical context in which it was written. This talk presents the latest results of the University of Toronto’s excavations at Tell Tayinat, ancient Kunulua (Biblical Calno), located in the North Orontes Valley in the southeastern province of Hatay in modern day Turkey. The lecture will focus on the Iron II-III levels (9th to 7th Century) at the site, which record the changing fortunes of a Neo-Hittite Kingdom perched on the edge of the Assyrian Empire, and will explore how archaeological evidence from the Northern Levantine Royal city can shed light on the local history of a region, while also providing insight into the cultural environment in which the Biblical texts were written.

This lecture is co-sponsored with the Narragansett Society, the Rhode Island chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. For more information, visit http://aianarragansett.org.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

State of the Field 2017:
The Archaeology of Diversity

Spring 2017

The Joukowsky Institute will convene a two-day workshop to examine and discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in archaeology. We plan to announce a Call for Papers prior to the workshop, and will share further details as they are finalized.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Archaeology DUG's End of the Year Social

April 2017 (preceding the thesis presentations)

The Archaeology & the Ancient World DUG will be hosting a social at 3:30 pm in Rhode Island Hall. All Archaeology concentrators, as well as all those interested in archaeology and the ancient world, are welcome to attend. It's a wonderful chance to engage with others who share a love of archaeology! Refreshments will be served!

Sponsored by the Archaeology Departmental Undergraduate Group

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall

Presentations of Senior Thesis Research in Archaeology and the Ancient World

April 2017 (following the DUG social)

Senior concentrators in Archaeology and the Ancient World will share their thesis research in a series of 10-minute presentations.

This event is open to the public, and all are welcome!

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Archaeology and the Ancient World Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Following the ceremony on Brown's Main Green.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall

 

 

Additional Links and Resources:

The Program in Early Cultures is now maintaining a calendar of events and exhibits in and around Providence, pertaining to the ancient world.

The Joukowsky Institute is affiliated with the Narragansett Society (The Rhode Island chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America).

For talks in the discipline of Classics, see the Boston Area Classics Calendar.

 

Past Events:

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