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Heritage Museums and the Classical Past in the 21st Century
Nikolas Papadimitriou (Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 5:30pm

Modern museums owe a great debt to Classical Antiquity. Not only are they named after the Muses; their very character has been forged upon the logocentric view of the universe introduced by ancient Greek philosophers, and revived by the thinkers of the Renaissance and the European Enlightenment. Of crucial importance for the success of 19th century museums was their open, public character and their adherence to the (by then) revolutionary principles of critical thought, empirical knowledge, scientific research and the questioning of axiomatic ‘truths’.

Almost two centuries later, museums continue to thrive around the world, often promoting pioneering ways of perceiving the past. This is in contrast to Classical studies, which suffer a bleak recession, with academic positions diminishing rapidly and the number of students in Classics Departments falling abruptly. Why is it so? Why does academia fail where museums succeed? How do they differ in “treating the past”? And how can this divide be bridged?

In this lecture, Dr. Nikolas Papadimitriou, Curator of Antiquities at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, will review the history of museums, discuss the social and political conditions that allowed them to become broadly relevant to modern societies, and address the role of institutionalized education in the modern world.

Co-sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Program in Modern Greek Studies.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
An Authentic Fake: Appropriating Romanesque Architecture for Barcelona's 1929 International Exposition
Lia Dykstra (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 12:00pm

Lia Dykstra, doctoral candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, 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 https://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Spring Archaeological Fieldwork Information Session

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 4:00pm

Is it too late to apply to do fieldwork this summer? How can you tell if a field project is well run and will be a positive experience? How can you pay for it?

Don't worry! There are still many, many opportunities for fieldwork this summer. Brown Archaeology professors Peter van Dommelen and Laurel Bestock will help guide you through the process of how to find a great field project in Europe, the Near East, South America, the United States, or wherever you may be interested in going.

Visit our "Fieldwork Opportunities" page, and download the Fieldwork Information Session 2016 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

Is the Mediterranean's Seabed a Grave? Underwater Relics and the Reach of Relatedness
Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Columbia University)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 5:30pm

Naor Ben-Yehoyada is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. His work examines unauthorized migration, criminal justice, the aftermath of development, transnational political imaginaries in the central and eastern Mediterranean, and he is specifically interested in the processes through which transnational regions form and dissipate. His forthcoming monograph, The Mediterranean Incarnate: Transnational Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II, offers a historical anthropology of the recent re-emergence of the Mediterranean.

This lecture is part of the "Materiality of Migration" series and is co-sponsored by Brown University's Modern Greek Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?
Axel Posluschny (Keltenwelt am Glauberg)

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 12:00pm

Axel Posluschny, Head of the Research Centre of the Keltenwelt am Glauberg (World of the Celts at the Glauberg) in Germany will present 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 https://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

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 https://aianarragansett.org.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Geoarchaeology: Sediments in Context
Cristiano Nicosia (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 5:30pm

Cristiano Nicosia received his Ph.D. in Natural and Environmental Sciences from the University of Milano (Italy) in 2012. He is currently a Researcher at ULB – Brussels and a freelance consultant in Geoarchaeology, soil micromorphology and archaeo-pedology.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
The African Grey Parrot: A Global History
Nancy Jacobs (History, Brown University)

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 12:00pm

Nancy Jacobs, Professor of History at Brown University, 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 https://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Iiyama Tomoyasu (Waseda University)

Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 12:00PM

Dr. Iiyama is an Adjunct Researcher at Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Tokyo, Japan. He is an expert on medieval Chinese tomb epitaphs, genealogical steles, and other inscriptive practices. He has worked on northern Chinese social history during the Jin-Yuan-Ming and published Northern Local Literati: Civil Service Examination and Its Social Influence in North China, 1127-1368 (in Japanese) in 2011.

Sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Chen Family Fund, and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
Catalina Mas Florit (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 12:00pm

Catalina Mas Florit, Visiting Scholar 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 https://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 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 colonization, and the construction and expression of social identities. She is currently collaborating with the British Museum on a project that explores the role of luxury objects as expressions of status, power and authority in the first millennium BCE wider Mediterranean. The project seeks to understand the creation, circulation, use and purpose of luxury objects within a cross-cultural framework that examines how luxuries transcend cultural differences in Iron Age societies; an early example of globalization.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 12:00pm

Tamar Hodos, Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Bristol, 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 https://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Neil Brodie (Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa, University of Oxford)

Sunday, April 2nd-Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Brodie's visit is part of the year-long series, "Combating Crisis: New Responses to Cultural Heritage Preservation in the Middle East," sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, in collaboration with the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, the Cogut Center for Humanities, and the Program in Middle East Studies.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Axel Posluschny (Keltenwelt am Glauberg)

Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 5:30pm

Axel Posluschny is the Head of the Research Centre of the Keltenwelt am Glauberg (World of the Celts at the Glauberg) in Germany and a Visiting Scholar in Archaeology and the Ancient World at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology. His work focuses on landscape archaeology, settlement archaeology, remote sensing, and other surveying techniques. He has been involved in the Fürstensitze & Umland project using geophysics and LiDAR scans to understand Iron Age landscapes in Europe, and more recently has played a leading role in the ArchaeoLandscapes Europe project which aims for better use and appreciation of landscape archaeology tools like geophysics, aerial archaeology, satellite imagery, and LiDAR.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
Samantha Lash (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 12:00pm

Samantha Lash, doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, 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 https://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Leave No Trace? Materiality, Temporality, and Visual Culture at the Gateway to Europe
Isabella Alexander (Emory University)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 5:30pm

Opening with a clip from her latest documentary film, The Burning: An Untold Story from the Other Side of the Migrant Crisis, Dr. Isabella Alexander (Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Emory University) will draw on multiple years of ethnographic research at one of the world’s most trafficked borders to discuss the current migrant and refugee “crisis” from the marginalized perspective of those who remain trapped on the periphery to the E.U. in Morocco’s sprawling forest camps. Incorporating images from the illicit makeshift encampments that house hundreds of thousands of men, women, and unaccompanied minors who have journeyed from western and central Africa to reach the final border to Europe, this talk will center on the study of materiality in relation to modern migrations. As both a researcher and a documentary filmmaker, Dr. Alexander will raise critical questions about participation, representation, and the possibilities and limitations of community-filmmaking techniques. How must we adapt the foundational concepts of liminality and belonging in the face of new migrations, and what role can anthropology play in doing so?

This lecture is part of the "Materiality of Migration" series and is co-sponsored by Brown University's Modern Greek Studies Program and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
Understanding Shades of Grey: Recent Work on the Architecture of the Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük West Mound
Jana Anvari (Flinders University)

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 12:00pm

Jana Anvari recently finished her PhD at Flinders University and will present her in-progress work on house use lives and building materials of the latest levels at Neolithic site Çatalhöyük in Turkey. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

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

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Morag Kersel (DePaul University)

Friday, April 21st, 2017

A lecture by Dr. Morag Kersel (DePaul University) on new approaches and reactions to cultural heritage preservation in the Middle East.

This is the final event in the series, "Combating Crisis: New Responses to Cultural Heritage Preservation in the Middle East," sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, in collaboration with the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, the Cogut Center for Humanities, and the Program in Middle East Studies.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Materiality and the Missing Migrant: The Work of the Colibri Center for Human Rights
Chelsea Halstead (Colibrí Center for Human Rights)

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 5:30pm

Chelsea Halstead is the Program Manager for the Colibrí Center for Human Rights and heads Colibrí’s Family Advocacy program, speaking with families to collect information on missing persons and making case matches by comparing reports to forensic data. Chelsea also works to build relationships between Colibrí and various partners across the region.

This lecture is part of the "Materiality of Migration" series and is co-sponsored by Brown University's Modern Greek Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

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

Change and Resilience: The Occupation of Mediterranean Island Systems in Late Antiquity

Friday, December 1, 2017-Sunday, December 3, 2017

The conference will explore the transformation of Mediterranean islands with a primary focus on settlement patterns and the transformation of landscapes and mindscapes. The idea is to explore how the models of occupation of the islands changed from the Roman to the Medieval Period focusing in change and resilience, in innovation and tradition, in the creation of new settlements and the reoccupation of prehistoric sites. Synthesis on particular large islands or archipelagos will be prioritized as oral presentations by invitation only. Our overarching goal for these workshop is to foster the exchange of ideas between a small number of scholars. Papers delivered are short (20 minutes), and are intended to open up discussion of the state of the field concerning the occupation of Mediterranean islands between the Roman and the Medieval period. We also wish to emphasize the need for discussion of potential cooperative ventures, and of how things might progress in the coming years in the study of Mediterranean island systems in Late Antiquity.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall

State of the Field 2017:
The Archaeology of Diversity

Fall 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

 

 

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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