Autumn 2014 Schedule

We at IAW are proud to introduce an exciting new lineup for Fall 2014. Please come and join us at 4:30 Thursdays at Room 315 Haskell Hall.

 

Autumn Schedule:

 

October 16th “Luxury: a view from British Colonial Antigua, 1783-1904”

(Pubnight Following)

 

Genevieve Godbout

PhD Candidate

Department of Anthropology

University of Chicago

 

*Special Event*

co/sponsored with Semiotics Workshop

 

October 23rd “The Speaking Corpse: Evidential Regimes of Forensic                                                 Anthropology”

 

Zoe Crossland

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Columbia University

 

*Special Event*

 

November 6th “’Becoming-Animal’ at Chavín and Catalhoyuk”

 

Mary Weismantel

Professor of Anthropology/Gender and Sexuality Studies

Northwestern University

 

November 13th “’I Built a Port… and I Made them Trade with One Another':  Empire and Monetization on the Neo-Assyrian Periphery, c.900-  600 BCE”

 

Rob Jennings

PhD Candidate

Department of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

University of Chicago

 

December 4th“Rebels” and “Idolators” in the Valley of Volcanoes, 1000AD-1800AD An Archaeological and Historical Inquiry of Andagua, Peru.”

 

Alex Menaker

PhD Candidate

Department of Anthropology

University of Texas at Austin

 

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Elise MacArthur, May 22

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is pleased to present:

Social Identity Studies and Their Applicability to the Teti Pyramid Cemetery in Middle Kingdom Egypt

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Elise MacArthur
PhD Candidate, NELC

Thursday, May 22, 2014
4:30 p.m., Haskell Hall 315

Persons with a disability who believe they may be in need of assistance, please contact Sarah Adcock (adcock@uchicago.edu) in advance.

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Kathryn Bandy, May 8th

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is pleased to present:

“Institutions and Workers: Bridging the Gap Between Text and Archaeology at Tell Edfu”

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Kathryn Bandy
PhD Candidate, NELC

Thursday, May 8, 2014
4:30 p.m., Haskell Hall 315

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Dr. John Robb, Tues. April 29th, 4:30pm, H315

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The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is pleased to present:

“Ways of Seeing” in Deep-Time Archaeology: New Theoretical Concepts in the Social History of “Art”  

Dr. John Robb
University of Cambridge

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
4:30 p.m., Haskell Hall 315

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Elliot Blair, April 3

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is pleased to present:

“Glass Beads, Global Itineraries, and Colonial Networks: An Archaeometric Approach to Social Networks in 17th Century La Florida”

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Elliot Blair
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley

Thursday, April 3, 2014
5:00 p.m., Haskell Hall 315

Persons with a disability who believe they may be in need of assistance, please contact Sarah Adcock (adcock@uchicago.edu) in advance.

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Brian Wilson (and Pub Night!), March 6th

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is pleased to present:

“Velha Goa as Object and Image: Cartography, Spatial Ontologies, and the Production and Use of Urban Landscapes in the Capital of the Estado da Índia

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PhD Candidate, Anthropology

Thursday, March 6, 2014
4:30 p.m., Haskell Hall 315
PUB NIGHT TO FOLLOW!

Persons with a disability who believe they may be in need of assistance, please contact Sarah Adcock (adcock@uchicago.edu) in advance.

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Hannah Chazin, February 20th

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is pleased to present:

“The Life Assemblage?: Preliminary Thoughts on the Politics of Pastoralism”

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Hannah Chazin

PhD Candidate, Anthropology

Thursday, February 20, 2014
4:30 p.m., Haskell Hall 315

Persons with a disability who believe they may be in need of assistance, please contact Sarah Adcock (adcock@uchicago.edu) in advance.

Abstract: For many years, the idea of assemblages has been integral to zooarchaeological analysis, providing a way of tracing the impacts of human behavior and taphonomic processes through time. However, I suggest that the integration of domesticated animals – in particular herd animals – into human societies creates the possibility of, and the need for, particular acts of assembling of people, animals, and landscapes. The mixing of species, sexes, and ages in herds; practices of sharing and/or loaning animals; the distribution of labor around the herds; and the coordination of movements of groups of animals and humans all suggest ways in which herds themselves represent processes or loci for acts of assembling. Similarly, the foods derived from animals also play a role in acts of assembling involved in commensality. Feasts (as well as other less marked forms of consumption) are sites or moments of assembly – of people, food, and other materials.

This discussion starts by exploring taphonomy as a historically contingent (and not merely uniformitarian) process. In doing so, the logics of incompleteness and contingency fundamental to taphonomic analyses in zooarchaeology can be extended into the “life assemblage” itself. I argue that the political stakes of assemblings are two-fold. First, they produce the background of everyday, unremarkable practices of production, consumption and exchange. Second, assembling is also key to producing material, semiotic narratives of how things (and people) should be, that is, the production of discourses of power. I draw on zooarchaeological analysis of faunal remains from pastoralists societies in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus as a case study. I suggest how analyzing pastoralism as acts of assembling – acts that produce both structures of practices and forms of meaning – can productively address the simultaneously economic and political stakes of the organization of pastoralist life.

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Haeden Stewart, Feburary 13th

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is pleased to present:

“Traces in the Desert: Mobility and Violence in the Borderlands”

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Haeden Stewart
PhD Student, Anthropology

Thursday, February 13, 2014
4:30 p.m., Haskell Hall 315

Persons with a disability who believe they may be in need of assistance, please contact Sarah Adcock (adcock@uchicago.edu) in advance.

Abstract: Over the past twenty-five years millions of undocumented migrants have entered the United States on foot through the Sonoran Desert.  Due to the extreme harshness of the desert, and an extensive border security apparatus, thousands of migrants have died.  During this period the security buildup has expanded and increasingly incorporated the desert as a significant aspect of border security.  This project draws on archaeological survey data collected over the past three years to trace migrant mobility in the face of this security apparatus and understand how the nature of this mobility has changed in the past two decades. In this study I attempt to provide an example of how archaeological theory and method can be productively employed to study mobility and temporality, aspects that traditional ethnographic methodology is less suited towards, in a current migration.

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