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Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology

 

 

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
Fax: (401) 863-9423
Joukowsky_Institute@brown.edu

A private forum for students of this class has been established. To access course readings, visit http://proteus.brown.edu/urbanism2 , and log in with shared class password.


Week 1. September 6: Introduction.


Thursday ~ Approaching the city; ancient and modern.
Why do we get attached to cities? Ömür’s personal notes on living in Ankara.


Week 2. September 11-13: Cities: a world perspective.


Tuesday ~ What is a city?

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Thursday ~ Poetics of urban space, poetry of the city, imaginaton of the city-dweller.

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Week 3. September 18-20. Ancient cities, modern cities: a troubled dialogue


Tuesday ~ Modernism, modernity and the city: world divided (The West and the Rest!).

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Thursday ~ Modernist biases and imaginations on ancient urbanism

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Week 4. September 25-27. "The city does not tell its past": Mapping the material worlds of the city


Tuesday ~ Mapping the city: archaeological investigations of urban space. The case of Teotihuacán.

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Thursday ~ Mapping the city II: case studies.

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Week 5. October 2-4. City as a ceremonial center: first cities of the ancient world (the formation of the public realm)


Tuesday ~ City as a ceremonial center: The question of the first cities.

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Thursday ~ Urbanization in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt: Evolutionary models of social complexity: Egypt and Mesopotamia

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Week 6. October 9-11. City and its territory: hinterlands and landscapes


Tuesday ~ Mesopotamian cities and their hinterland

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Thursday ~ The Polis and the chora: ritual landscapes.

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Week 7. October 16-18. Anthropology of urban form: meaning and urban space.


Tuesday ~ The meaning of urban form and landscape among the Maya

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If you would need a geographical and historical background to Maya, you can take a look at this:

Optional:

Thursday ~ Foundation of the city: myth and ritual

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Week 8. October 23-25. Urban fabric


Tuesday ~ Discussion on heterotopias of urban space

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Thursday ~ Urban fabric: archaeology of the household, spaces of the body. Old Babylonian Mesopotamia: private realms in the public world. City and the household in the Mediterranean

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Further bibliography


Week 9. October 30-November 1. Streets, public rituals and social space: performance and bodily participation in the city.


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Tuesday ~ Urban drama and body-politics I: streets and public life

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Thursday ~ Urban drama and body-politics II: Akitu festival at Babylon and Panathaneia/Dionysia at Athens.

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Further bibliography


Week 10 November 6-8. Evergetism vs. imperial projects: the social construction of ancient cities


Tuesday ~ Urban building as public spirit: Greco-Roman Euergetism/ Ottoman waqf

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Thursday ~ Building the city: Euergetism in classical Oenoanda/Palmyra and 18th c. Aleppo

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Further bibliography


Week 11. November 13-15. Teotihuacan and questions of cultural heritage in the urban context: Timothy Webmoor (Stanford University) visiting...


Monday ~ Talk by Tim Webmoor.

"...And Heritage for All! But What Is 'Heritage'? - at a World Heritage Site for Example"
5:30 pm, Nightingale-Brown House, 357 Benefit Street

I hope that everyone will be attending this lecture.

Tuesday ~ Discussion with Tim Webmoor.

Thursday ~ No class. (Omur is away for ASOR Meetings in San Diego)


November 21-25 Thanksgiving Recess


Week 12. November 27-29 At the edge of the city: Heterotopias and other marginal spaces in the ancient city


Tuesday ~ Marginality and politics of space in the city: the case of Providence Seakonk river front.
Assignment 4. Crook Point essays due.

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Thursday ~ The corrupting city: disease, pollution, and sex in the ancient urban landscapes

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Presentation (Witt):

Document IconPompeian Brothels and Social History.ppt


Week 13. December 4-6. Presentations and wrap up.


Tuesday ~ Student presentations of individual projects (Final Paper Drafts due)

Thursday ~ Wrap up and final discussion.

Final Papers Due: December 20, 5 pm.