Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Gretel Rodríguez (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University) and Willis Monroe (University of British Columbia) - Thinking about Religion Digitally: Archaeology and the Database of Religious History

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Gretel Rodríguez, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, and Willis Monroe, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia will present their work on The Database of Religious History 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/2018/12/06/brown-bag-talks-for-spring-2019/

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Robert Tykot (University of South Florida) - Bone Chemistry and Ancient Diet: Research in the Americas and the Mediterranean

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Isotopic and elemental analysis of skeletal remains informs us about diet of individuals, at different points in their lives, and allows group comparisons based on sex, age, status as well as site locations and time periods. Examples will be presented on the importance of maize for different cultures in the Americas, and for aquatic resources and millet in the Mediterranean.

Robert Tykot is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. His research interests include archaeological science, Mediterranean prehistory, Old World archaeology, ancient diets around the world, bone chemistry, exchange studies, obsidian, marble, Sardinia, and Sicily. His most recent work looks at prehistoric obsidian trade in the Central Mediterranean, bone chemistry and ancient diets, and the use of portable XRF on archaeological materials.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Susan Pollock (Freie Universität Berlin) - Which Bones Matter? Investigations on the Former Property of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics in Berlin

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Susan Pollock, a Professor at the Institute for Near Eastern Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin, will be discussing 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/2018/12/06/brown-bag-talks-for-spring-2019/

Reinhard Bernbeck (Freie Universität Berlin) - Jihad Made in Germany

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Reinhard Bernbeck is professor at the Institute for Near Eastern Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests include the Late Neolithic of the Middle East, Iranian archaeology, New Assyrians and Urartu, imperialism, and social inequality in early complex societies. He is also interested in the ideological and political dimensions of archaeology as well as narrative constructions in his field. He has co-directed fieldwork in many different contexts, ranging from Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to Turkey, Iran, and Turkmenistan.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Karl Krusell (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

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Karl Krusell, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, will be discussing his 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/2018/12/06/brown-bag-talks-for-spring-2019

Gabriella Soto (Trinity College)

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Dr. Gabriella Soto is the Postdoctoral Fellow for the Graduate Program in American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Her research to date concerns migration and border security at the U.S.-Mexico border. Rejecting disciplinary divisions between practice of border security and experiences of undocumented migrants crossing borders, Gabriella explores the dynamic material assemblages of evidence where the two intersect and entwine, where agency, victimization, power, and control are contingent and in active negotiation. This involves a mixed methods approach that also responds to the complexities of mobility and rugged terrain. Among her research questions include: What are the everyday banal consequences of “securing the border”? How do security efforts produce insecurity? Gabriella also invokes questions of historical formation in practice, how evidence is produced and erased, and how materials mediate conflict. This leads to the questions: What is heritage before it is heritage? How is personal heritage challenged by heritage regimes, especially for counter-political movements and conflict?

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Parker VanValkenburgh (Anthropology, Brown University)

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Parker VanValkenburgh, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, will present his work 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/2018/12/06/brown-bag-talks-for-spring-2019/

Renaud Gagné (University of Cambridge) - Hyperborea: Fragments of Greek Cosmography

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Renaud Gagné a reader in Classics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College. His research interests include early Greek poetry, Greek religion, Greek drama, ancient cultural history, and the history of classical scholarship. Dr. Gagné recently co-edited (with Simon Goldhill and Geoffrey Lloyd) Regimes of Comparatism: Frameworks of Comparison in History, Religion and Anthropology (Brill 2018) which looks at how different theories and practices of writing and interpretation have developed at different times in different cultures and reconsiders the specificities of modern comparative approaches within a variety of comparative moments.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Martin Uildriks (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

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Martin Uildriks, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, will be discussing his 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/2018/12/06/brown-bag-talks-for-spring-2019/