Artists of ancient coastal Peru have long been lauded for their skill in recreating living forms in fired clay. Among the earliest South American objects to be admitted to the
Artists of ancient coastal Peru have long been lauded for their skill in recreating living forms in fired clay. Among the earliest South American objects to be admitted to the modern realm of art as such were the virtuosic portrait vessels and other lively depictions of flora and fauna that Moche artists created between about 400 and 800 CE. The likenesses of these ceramic works are so compelling that early modern collectors inventoried them according to the species depicted; physicians at the turn of the last century regarded them as diagnostic images equivalent to photography; and archaeologists have argued for the identifications of particular historical individuals among them. When this ancient Indigenous corpus is more broadly considered, however, and when the taxonomies of foreign epistemologies are suspended, it defies expectations of modern objective order.
In this lecture Professor Lisa Trever explores how images of living and not-living beings were formally and symbolically entangled in Moche art, sometimes to “surreal” effect. These object entanglements reveal Indigenous perspectives on substance, being, and the expressive power of plastic imagination.
(Thursday) 6:30 pm
Eleonora Paizani-Semelidou, Greek Archaeological Service An Online Museum for Human Remains Abstract The relationship of the communities to their museums has been altered and modified drastically during
Eleonora Paizani-Semelidou, Greek Archaeological Service
An Online Museum for Human Remains
The relationship of the communities to their museums has been altered and modified drastically during the recent years in Greece, mainly, as a result of the financial crisis and its consequences upon the Greek society. All the aforementioned have been depicted on the leisure and amusement preferences of the communities at the expense of a visit to a museum. Additionally, decades of unlucky administration on behalf of the Ministry of Culture has resulted in building too many museums of which the bulk majority is crudely designed, organized, and functioned; unfortunately, these attributes cannot guarantee their survival. This unpleasant situation can be minimized by the use of new technologies that can assist us in producing an online museum, where a neglected and underrepresented exhibit, human remains, will be its thematic and will highlight the evolution of the funeral customs and practices in time and space, while at the same time applications employed there can contribute in improving the visitors’ experience, especially during this period of lockdowns. The final product will be a formal academic proposal for future use that can be applied elsewhere as well.
(Friday) 1:00 pm EST
AMPRAW is an annual conference that is designed to bring together early-career researchers in the field of classical reception studies, and will be held for the tenth year. It aims to
AMPRAW is an annual conference that is designed to bring together early-career researchers in the field of classical reception studies, and will be held for the tenth year. It aims to contribute to the growth of an international network of PhDs working on classical reception(s), as well as to strengthen relationships between early career researchers and established academics.
AMPRAW 2021 will be held at Columbia University in the City of New York (USA) from Thursday, November 11 to Saturday, November 13, 2021, in collaboration with the Department of Classics at Columbia University, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Columbia University Libraries Journals.
Due to the unpredictability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers are not yet able to confirm that the conference will take place in person. They are also making plans to accommodate a hybrid or online-only event. As noted in the Call for Papers announcement, if the conference will be in person, they are unable to guarantee travel reimbursements to speakers, but might be able to offer support on a need basis.
Confirmed keynote speaker:
Dr. Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond, Virginia)
Ellen McLaughlin (Playwright and Actress)
This year’s theme will be Center & Periphery in the Classics: Theory, Practice and Turning Points. The liminal features of the US (and of New York City in particular) inspired us to focus on this topic. Reception Studies in Classics are still treated as “peripheral” in many places, including this country, in spite of their increasing importance. In particular, they have been sidelined both by those who advocate the study of Classics as an unquestionable discipline, and those who wish to do away with the classical heritage completely. Framing the discussion in terms of center and periphery has the effect of illuminating the ways in which this dichotomy has historically inhabited – and haunted – academia.
Conversations about how the Classics contributed to create the myth of a pure and privileged Western culture against which all attempts at intervention have been delegitimized are becoming more and more frequent within North American universities. Hosting AMPRAW at Columbia will facilitate a most important and timely dialogue around how we define what gets treated as a center and why, and who is left out. Moreover, the concepts of center and periphery need not be understood strictly as geographical or sociopolitical ideas; central to the discussion about the discipline of Classics and its future is the question of its methodologies. Peripheral receptions would also encompass works realized through innovative methodological approaches, both at the research and at the pedagogical level. The theme we propose will open up some areas within the discipline as it is traditionally conceived of: in particular, it could call into question the primacy attributed to the Classical canon, allowing for voices generally disregarded to regain a central place within the scholarly world. Not least, Columbia is stimulated and inspired by its own location – New York City being a historical crossroad of cultures, it makes such a renegotiation even more compelling than elsewhere. The city would provide a perfect setting for this meeting, insofar as it showcases the attractiveness of the center, while also revealing how the periphery exists within and is in tension with it.
Invited are papers of 20-25 minutes dealing with any aspect of Classical Reception(s). Possible topics might be related, but are not limited to, the following areas:
-Classics Inside and Outside the Canon; Classics Inside and Outside Academia
-Decolonizing the Classics
-Classics & Activism
-New Pedagogical Strategies in Classics
-Classics and Gender, Sexuality and Queer Studies
-Classics as Public Humanities
The organising committee encourages proposals in the fields of, but not limited to, archaeology, literary studies, linguistics, (art) history, media studies, religious studies, cultural studies, history of law and political science, dealing with all time periods. The conference will be held in English, for the sake of convenience and accessibility. The organisers acknowledge that this choice is in itself political and problematic, as it betrays a certain history of cultural hegemony and power. They will also encourage their speakers to think explicitly about their own relationship with this issue.
Moreover, they are working with the Columbia University Libraries to create a digital publication containing the proceedings of the conference, hoping that this will make participating to AMPRAW an even more productive and exciting opportunity for graduate students and early researchers in the field.
november 11 (Thursday) - 13 (Saturday)
A virtual event with Dr. Bongumenzi Nxumalo, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Pretoria Friday, November 12, 1:00-2:00pm on Zoom This presentation will focus on
A virtual event with Dr. Bongumenzi Nxumalo, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
and Archaeology, University of Pretoria
Friday, November 12, 1:00-2:00pm on Zoom
This presentation will focus on the role of hydrological changes and the demise of southern Africa’s earliest state-society: Mapungubwe (1200–1300 AD) in the Shashe-Limpopo basin, South Africa. The rise and demise of Mapungubwe has long been linked to significant climate changes: increased rainfall would have supported intensive agro-pastoral activities and demographic growth, later declining due to the onset of drier conditions. Accordingly, during the Little Ice Age (1300-1850 AD), drier and cooler climate resulted in environmental deterioration, ultimately leading to the abandonment of the archaeological site of Mapungubwe. This model is based on archaeological survey records and oral histories, with very limited regional climatic/environmental data. A number of studies combining historical data, climatic sequences, geoarchaeological investigation and Geographic Information Systems modelling showed that, within major climatic trends worldwide, landscapes often experience different conditions at the local scale. Thus, hydrological changes in the Shashe-Limpopo basin are highly influenced by seasonal variability (e.g. excessive flooding) and distribution of rainfall (Nxumalo 2016). While this study produced the first local datasets on hydrological changes in the region, how these affected past communities remains unclear. Building on these results, the author’s doctoral research examined hydrological changes at Mapungubwe using advanced morphometric analysis, hydrological modelling of past rainfall regimes to understand how prehistoric societies in sub-Saharan Africa could have interacted with the changing landscapes.
Co-Chairs: Rhiannon Stephens and Jason E. Smerdon
Student Rapporteur: Jessie Cohen
Register using the URL below
History and Climate Change: Africa, Indigenous and Latin America, and South Asia is co-sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Center for Science and Society, and the Center for Archaeology, Columbia University
(Friday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Center for the Ancient Mediterranean Christopher Hölzel (VA Berlin) “Nebuchadnezzar and Socialism" Friday, November 19th 11:00 ET - Location: TBA Co-organized with the Art History and Museum Professions Program (AHMP)
(Friday) 11:00 am EDT
Location to be announced
On Altars of Soil: Unearthing New Narratives in Early Chinese History Virtual Lecture Series at Indiana University December 3rd 2021 Glenda Chao, Ursinus College "Exploring Regionally Based History
On Altars of Soil: Unearthing New Narratives in Early Chinese History
Virtual Lecture Series at Indiana University
December 3rd 2021
Glenda Chao, Ursinus College
“Exploring Regionally Based History in Early China: The Xiang-Yi Plain as Case Study”
All lectures will occur at 12:00 noon EST over Zoom.
(Friday) 12:00 pm EST
Center for Archaeology Online Salon Kate Franklin in conversation with Michelle Lelièvre about Dr. Franklin's book Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval
Center for Archaeology Online Salon
Kate Franklin in conversation with Michelle Lelièvre about Dr. Franklin’s book
Friday December 10th 2021 ( 12.00-1.30pm EST)
More details to follow
(Friday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST