Fall Quarter Schedule

October 8 (week 2)

Dr. César W. Astuhuamán Gonzáles (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima)

Title: “The Inca Takeover of the Ancient Centers in the Highlands of Piura”

October 22 (week 4)

Sarah Adcock (University of Chicago, Anthropology)

Title: “The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall? Exploring the Late Bronze Age Collapse at the Hittite Capital and a Rural Town”

October 29 (week 5)

Dr. James Osborne (University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)

Title: “Forced Migration in the Iron Age: A Multi-Scalar Approach”

November 5 (week 6)

***Special joint workshop with African Studies***

Dr. Susan Kus (Rhodes College, Anthropology and Sociology)

Title: TBA

Research Foci: Madagascar, Malagasy, Indian Ocean networks, statecraft, gender, ritual, knowledge, oral history, cosmology

December 3 (week 10)

Josh Cannon (University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)

Title: “Performing Politics in Hittite Anatolia”

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Call for Papers!

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is looking for presenters for the 2015-2016 school year!

The IAW seeks to bring together archaeologists from various departments across the university to share in a common conversation about archaeological practice, theory, and the nature of archaeological knowledge. As always, we strive to create a constructive and creative conversation between archaeologists of different disciplinary persuasions, one that encourages new questions, new interpretive frameworks, and invigorates both our common concerns as archaeologists as well as our ties to our various ally disciplines, including socio-cultural anthropology, history, art history, geography, and area studies.

Do you have an article, conference paper, dissertation chapter, or other work that you would like to present at the IAW during the 2015-2016 year? Do you know of friends or colleagues who will be in the Chicago area during the year who may be interested in presenting at the IAW? Are there any distinguished faculty members from other universities whom you might like to see invited as special guest speakers to the IAW? Please contact Jamie Countryman (jcountryman@uchicago.edu) and Emilie Sarrazin (esarrazin@uchicago.edu) with your interest, suggestions, and ideas! If you are interested in presenting a paper, please indicate which quarter you would prefer, and send us a working title if you have one.

As usual, we will meet every other Thursday at 4:30pm in Haskell 315, unless otherwise indicated. This year, we are especially interested in expanding the IAW beyond our traditional constituency of anthropology and NELC. We would like to extent a special invitation to our archaeologically-minded colleagues in Classics, East Asian Studies, Art History, History, and the like, to join us in the workshop and, if you would like, present!

Please write to the email addresses mentioned above if you want to be added to the listserv!

Émilie and Jamie

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Winter Schedule

Week 2. Jan 15th:
Gokce Bike Yazicioglu, Doctoral Candidate in Department of Near Eastern Language and Culture
Title: “People of Kanesh: Residential Mobility, Community Life, and Cultural Pluralism in a Bronze Age City in Anatolia, Turkey”

Week 4. Jan 29th:
Jamie Countryman, PhD Student in Department of Anthropology
Title: “Trees, terraces, and tratturi: Palimpsest historical landscapes and ‘re-wilding’ in the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo”

Week 6. Feb 11th (Wednesday):
Bryce Lowry PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology
and
Jeremy Beach PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology,
Purdue University
Title: “Musings on the Intangibles of Culture: Sex on the Mongolian Steppe in the Bronze and Iron Age”

Week 8. Feb 26:
Sandy Hunter, Doctoral Student in the Department of Anthropology
Title: “Depictions of the Urban and Spanish Colonialism: the case of Early Colonial Cusco, Peru”

Week 10. March 12:
Smriti Haricharan, Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology
Title: “TBA”

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Thursday Nov 6th, **Special Presentation**

Mary Weismantel, Professor of Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. 

This Thursday Nov 6th, Haskell 315 at 430pm. 


The talk is titled:


                 “‘Becoming-Animal’ at Chavín and Catalhoyuk”

– Haeden

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Genevieve Godbout – Oct 16th, 4:30pm, H315

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is pleased to announce its first workshop of the year.

Thursday, October 16th
Haskell 315

In which there will be a presentation by-
Geneviève Godbout- PhD Candidate

Department of Anthropology

University of Chicago

 

Luxury: a view from British Colonial Antigua, 1783-1904

Tropical products, including sugar, turtles and pineapples from the Caribbean island of Antigua, were instrumental to the definition of “taste” in imperial Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.  In historical scholarship, “taste” is usually understood either in terms of metaphysical aesthetic judgement (following Kant) or in terms of consumer practice (e.g. Stahl 2002, Wilkie 2000) .  The rise of taste as a coordinate of social differentiation and as a particular mode of expertise in assemblage-making, was indeed rooted in the practices of material acquisition which characterized the period, including the profound transformations in food consumption and dining experienced in Metropolitain Britain at the time.  Nevertheless, archaeologists of British colonial contexts all too often fall back on price indexes and etiquette manuals printed in Britain (e.g. Soyer, Beeton 1861) to understand social distinction in domestic assemblages associated with settler households, glossing over the complex processes of cultural negotiation and innovation that were at work in the West Atlantic.   Using data from the kitchen yard of the Betty’s Hope Plantation site in Antigua and from the documentary archive relating to the management of the Estate between 1783 and 1904, this paper examines how the conceptual models that archaeologists deploy to make sense of white planter sociality in the Caribbean tend to rely uncritically on British metropolitan criteria of taste and on the ill-defined archaeological tope of “luxury good”. Implications for the study of British colonial societies in the West Atlantic more broadly are considered.

 

 

*******The Workshop Will be Followed by a Pubnight*******

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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

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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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

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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