• The Steppe Connection:

    Rome and the Iranian Polities in North Mesopotamia

     

    Rocco Palermo, Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, examines human-environment interactions in global empires, with a focus on South-West Asia from the Iron Age to the Roman period. Since 2022 he has served as the Director of the Girdi Matrab Archaeological Project (GMAP) in the plain of Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. He is the author of On the Edge of Empires: North Mesopotamia during the Roman Period.

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  • Feb
    22
    12:00pm - 12:50pm

    Brown Bag Series in Archaeology | Kirie Stromberg

    Rhode Island Hall, Rm 108

    Kirie Stromberg, a Postdoctoral Associate in Yale University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, will discuss her research in an informal talk titled, “From Musicking to Governance: Dōtaku Bronze Bells of Japan’s Yayoi Period (ca. 800 BC-250 AD)”.

    For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit our blog: sites.brown.edu/archaeology/

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  • Feb
    21
    5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Benjamin Alberti: “When You Blow It, It’s a Whistle!”

    Rhode Island Hall, Rm 108

    “When You Blow It, It’s a Whistle!”

    Unconventional Approaches to the Analysis of Ancient Ceramics

    (from Argentina, for Example)

     

    Using ceramics from first millennium northwest Argentina that feature humanoid, zoomorphic, and phytomorphic forms, Dr. Benjamin Alberti, Professor of Anthropology at Framingham State University, will explore some theoretical and methodological starting points to the many questions about these unusual objects, drawing upon theories from both Western and non-Western traditions. 

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  • Feb
    15
    12:00pm - 12:50pm

    Brown Bag Series in Archaeology | Francesco Giuliano

    Rhode Island Hall, Rm 108

    Francesco Giuliano – a Visiting Research Fellow at Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and doctoral student at the Scuola Superiore Meridionale in Naples, Italy – will discuss his research in an informal talk titled, “The Aeolian Archipelago During the Greek and Roman Ages (6th c. BC - 5th c. AD): Written Sources, Landscapes, and Field Survey Archaeology”.

    For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit our blog: sites.brown.edu/archaeology/

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  • Feb
    8
    4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Ethics, Exploitation, and Epistemic Reparations around the Classical Archive (Nandini Pandey, JHU)

    Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Rm McKinney Conference Room, 353

    Ethics, Exploitation, and Epistemic Reparations around the Classical Archive

    A workshop sponsored by the Program in Early Cultures led by Prof. Nandini Pandey, Johns Hopkins University

    All are welcome to join this workshop on the ethics of what (and how) we read and cite. The main case study centers on Foucault’s heterotopia as applied to Roman antiquity, but the questions the workshop raises will be of interest to many disciplines.

    Do the lives, biographies, and behaviors of the scholars we use within our own work matter? How do we deal with sources who have abused others to create products we find valuable, and does it matter if they lived in the ancient past or recent memory? How far do the norms of their times excuse behaviors we might now find repugnant? How can we engage with our disciplines’ archives and theories in order to investigate and redress their co-formation with race, imperialism, white supremacy, and colonialism, without recentering the abusers? What reparations or atonement might we owe in using such scholars’ work, or should we cast it out altogether – in which case, what sources and methods do we have left?

    This workshop begins with a chapter-in-progress (to be pre-circulated to preregistered participants, but with no advance reading required) for a volume on Roman spatial theory edited by Amy Russell and Maxine Lewis, in which Nandini Pandey (of Johns Hopkins University) applies Foucault’s theory of heterotopic space to the city of Rome. In researching her article, Pandey became interested in ways that Foucault’s theory centers an elite white man’s experience of space, and how recent allegations that Foucault sexually abused Tunisian children might have informed his spatial fetishization of the other. How should this context affect our applications of Foucault’s theory to Roman spaces that themselves facilitated elites’ (ab)use of ‘diverse’ subaltern peoples and objects? This workshop promises no answers, but will generate conversations of interest to many. All are welcome to join discussion, and no prior familiarity with theory or content is expected.

    Please register by Tuesday 6 February.

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  • Feb
    7
    12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Archaeological Drawing Club

    Rhode Island Hall, Rm 109

    Learn to produce technical illustrations! Handle ancient objects close up!
    Casual atmosphere, no experience or artistic confidence necessary! Drop in any time. Bring your lunch, if you’d like!

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  • The Brown Department of Classics cordially invites you to attend a lecture by Silvia Orlandi, Professor of Latin Epigraphy, Sapienza University of Rome, President, Association Internationale d’Epigraphie Grecque et Latine.

    This lecture is free and open to the public, reception to follow.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Joukowsky Institute faculty member Professor Tyler Franconi – accompanied by current students – will provide tips and advice on projects, funding, and what to think about when choosing a project. Open to all interested students - you don’t have to be an archaeology concentrator, or even have taken an archaeology class!

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  • Feb
    2
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Archaeology Watch Party: The Language of Kalašma

    Rhode Island Hall, Rm 109

    You’re invited to a watch party of a livestream of an Oxford lecture on Elizabeth Rieken and Ilya Yakubovich’s work with a Hittite tablet preserving a new Anatolian language, kalašmaili, and their ideas about its structure and place in the wider family.

    Meet in RI Hall 109 (the Common Room) to watch the lecture beginning promptly at 12 noon on Friday, February 2. There may be snacks (and/or bring your own)!

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  • Jan
    24
    All Day

    Classes of the second semester begin.

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    Classes of the second semester begin.

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