Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop Call for Proposals 2020-2021

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is now accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 academic year!

Fall quarter deadline: September 15, 2020. 
Proposals accepted on a rolling basis for the Winter and Spring.

 

Looking for feedback on a conference paper, MA thesis, or dissertation chapter you’ve been working on? Have you been catching up on field reports and archival research over the past few months? The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is now accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This year, our theme is the archaeology of sovereignty. This includes state formation and citizenship, as well as broader questions of boundaries, borders, world-building, and the politics of archaeological knowledge production. Archaeologists draw on a variety of methodological approaches from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities—in doing so, what kinds of sovereignty do archaeologists create, enforce, and obscure in the discipline and in the world? We’re calling for presentations that touch upon these themes, and we’re trying out a new optional format.

Students workshopping papers and presentations can choose to participate in the “Talking Behind Your Back” exercise created at the University of Minnesota. This involves a discussion of the author’s work in which the presenter must listen without contributing, allowing them to understand the impact of their ideas on an interdisciplinary group of scholars (email for more details).

If you are interested in presenting a paper or an ongoing analysis to IAW, please contact Luiza Osorio G. da Silva (losilva@uchicago.edu) and Nikki Grigg (ngrigg@uchicago.edu) with the following information:

Name
Department
Year in program
Paper title
Type of paper (e.g., dissertation chapter, MA paper, conference paper)
A short abstract or summary
The quarter(s) in which you are able to present (if more than one, please list your preferences in ranked order, and we will do our best to accommodate)

 

Additionally, please email us if you have suggestions for guest speakers for next year or would like to be added to the IAW listserv. Since next year’s workshop is likely to be virtual for much of the year, we’re working to invite guests who would normally not be able to travel to campus.

–        Nikki and Luiza

Spring 2020 Schedule – online!

Good afternoon, archaeologists and enthusiasts, 

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop will be following University protocol, and will be conducting meetings online. Due to this, we decided to postpone our guest speakers until the next academic year. 

But don’t fret! We still have ways to connect with each other, even from our own desks. We still have three workshops scheduled, all of which promise to be interesting conversations. These will be held online, and information on how to join will be sent in advance of each workshop. 7

As always, should you have any other questions or have concerns about accessibility, please email either me (karooney@uchicago.edu) or Suay Erkusoz (serkusoz@uchicago.edu). 

See you all through our laptop cameras!

 

Wednesday, April 15: 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Alice Diaz Chauvigné and Daniel Hansen

(PhD Students, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

‘Living in a Material World: How to deal with “intangibles” in archaeology.’

 

Wednesday, May 13: 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Harrison Morin (MAPSS Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

‘The Kingdom of 1000 Cities: Trade, Transportation, and Territoriality in Ancient Bactria from 330 BCE to 75 CE.’

 

Tuesday, May 26: 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Co-hosted by the African Studies Workshop

Matthew Knisley (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Title TBD

Winter 2020 Schedule

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is excited to share our winter schedule with you. Please notice that the IAW is now meeting on Wednesdays, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM.

Meetings will be held in Haskell 315 unless otherwise noted below. Refreshments will be served. For copies of the papers, or should you need accomodations, please email the coordinators Kelsey Rooney (karooney@uchicago.edu) or Suay Erkusoz (serkusoz@uchicago.edu).

 

IAW Winter Quarter Schedule:

Tuesday, January 14, 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Co-hosted by the Ancient Societies Workshop

Kathryn Morgan (Postdoctoral Fellow, Oriental Institute) 

Title: TBA

Room: Classics 21

 

Wednesday, February 12

Dominik Hagmann, (University Assistant/Lecturer, University of Vienna)

“Studying the Roman Rural Landscape at Northern Noricum: Materials, Methods, and Challenges.”

 

Wednesday February 26

 Kirsten Neumann (Curator and Research Associate, Oriental Institute Museum)

“From Raw to Ritualized: Following the Trail of Incense of the Assyrian Temple.”

 

Wednesday, March 4

Teagan Wolter (PhD Student, Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, University of Chicago) 

“Preliminary Thoughts on Khanates, Qalas, and Urban Forms in Central Asia and their Possible Application to the BMAC.”

 

Wednesday, March 11

Guest Lecture: Mark Hauser (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University)

“Mapping Water: Archaeology, Colonial Landscapes and Water Insecurity.”

Fall 2019 Schedule

Please note that the IAW is now meeting on Wednesdays, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM.

Meetings will be held in Haskell 315 unless otherwise noted below. Refreshments will be served.

For copies of the papers, to request accommodations, or any other questions, please email the coordinators Kelsey Rooney (karooney@uchicago.edu) or Suay Erkusoz (serkusoz@uchicago.edu).

 

IAW Fall Quarter Schedule:

Wednesday, October 9

Notes from the Field (Pub Night). Meeting at The Pub, in the Basement of Ida Noyes.

 

Wednesday, October 23

Emma Gilheany  (PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

‘Circumpolar Settler Colonialism: Climates, Infrastructures, Archives.’

 

Wednesday, November 6

Estefania Vidal Montero (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

‘Notes on Tactility: Making place with mud.’

 

Wednesday, November 13

Sarah Newman (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

‘Geo-logics: Mesoamerican Soil Taxonomies and Pedological Pluralism.’

 

Tuesday, December 3, 5:30 – 7 PM

Co-hosted by the African Studies Workshop

Johanna Pacyga (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

‘African Habits: Vocation and Daily Life at the Convent of Saint Joseph.’

Foster Hall, room TBD.

 

Wednesday, December 4 Guest Lecture:

Eréndira M. Quintana Morales  (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University)

Title TBD.

2019 – 2020 Call for Papers: Senses in Archaeology

**Please note that our time has changed. We will now meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:00 PM.**

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is now accepting submissions for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Fall quarter deadline: October 7, 2019.

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis for the year.

Looking to gather feedback on a conference paper or a chapter you’ve been working on? Found something interesting during fieldwork this year? The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is now accepting submissions for the 2019-2020 academic year. With an engaged group of participants from departments across the University, IAW provides a space for discussion of archaeological works and material culture.

This year, our theme, Senses in Archaeology, aims to bring attention to the physical artifacts that we study, and how we study them. By focusing on senses and sensory experiences relating to objects, spaces and practices, we aim to explore ancient and modern perceptions, representations and interactions in both landscapes and built environments. We’re calling for presentations that touch upon that theme, and we’re flexible on format, whether you’d like to submit a paper beforehand, give a presentation, or show analyses in process.

If you are interested in presenting a paper or an ongoing analysis to IAW, please contact Kelsey Rooney (karooney@uchicago.edu) or Suay Erkusoz (serkusoz@uchicago.edu) with the following information:

Name

Department

Year in program

Paper title

Type of paper (e.g., dissertation chapter, MA paper, conference paper)

A short abstract or summary

The quarter(s) in which you are able to present (if more than one, please list your preferences in ranked order, and we will do our best to accommodate)

Spring 2019 Schedule

Schedule for Spring 2019

April 4: Sandy Hunter (PhD Candidate, Anthropology), “Periodizing Andean Colonialism: Working Across Epistemologies in the Sacred Valley”

 

April 18: Mike Johnson (PhD Candidate, NELC), “The Arts and Crafts of Not Being Governed: Can Technological Style Inform on Population Relations? A case study from Tell Atchana, Ancient Alalakh”

 

May 2: Günther Schörner (Faculty Member, Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Wien), Title TBA

co-sponsored with the Ancient Societies Workshop

 

May 16: Margaret Andrews (Assistant Professor, History), Title TBA

 

 

 

 

Please note that all meetings will be held at 4:30pm in Haskell 315 unless otherwise specified.

Winter 2019 Schedule

January 10: Rebecca Graff (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Lake Forest College), “The Vanishing City and the Enduring Home: Archaeology of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the Charnley House”

January 17: Haeden Stewart (PhD Candidate, Anthropology), “In the Shadow of Industry: Toxic Legacies of Mill Creek Ravine”

February 12: Scott MacEachern (Professor of Social Science, Duke Kunshan University), “Hamaji’ and Terrorism: Boko Haram and Deep Histories of Frontier Violence in Central Africa”  Co-sponsored with African Studies Workshop

February 28: Sam Harris (PhD Candidate, NELC), “Domestic Economy at Tell Surezha, Iraq”

March 5: Oren Siegel (PhD Candidate, NELC), “Borders in the Ancient Egyptian World”

 

 

Please note that all meetings will be held at 4:30pm in Haskell 315 unless otherwise specified.

FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

18th October: Phil Watson (PhD Student, Anthropology) “Human-Object Identification and the Landscape of Greekness”
8th November: Monica Phillips (PhD Student, NELC)
29th November: Seth Richardson (Oriental Institute)
6th December: Johanna A. Pacyga (PhD Candidate, Anthropology) “Building the Spaces and Structures of Mission”

Winter 2018 Schedule

11th January Mannat Johal (PhD Student, Anthropology) “Ceramics in the archive, ceramics as archive: Thinking with pots and their fragments in ‘medieval’ India” Discussant: Emma Gilheany
 
18th January Jim Johnson (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Copenhagen) “The Political Lives of Inorganic Bodies? Biopolitics, Pottery and Social Change in the Bronze Age Eurasian Steppe, 2100 – 900 BC”
 
8th February Joana Konova (PhD Student, Art History) “Reuse of Ancient Sculpture in Late Renaissance Rome”
 
15th February Meredith Chesson (Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame) “The Materiality of Homemaking in EBA III Numayra, Jordan”
 
22nd February Emily Boak (Heritage Analyst, Oriental Institute) “Imperial Eyes Over Afghanistan”
 
8th March Sandy Hunter (PhD Student, Anthropology) “Investigating Labor and Consumption in Colonial Cusco: An NSF Proposal”

Fall 2017 Schedule

All events take place at 5 pm in Haskell 315 unless otherwise noted.  Please email Emma or Akiva for papers.
12th October Notes from the Field Pub Night at “The Pub” (Basement of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street) at 5pm
 
19th October Francois Richard (Associate Professor, Anthropology) Leading a discussion on this year’s workshop theme of “Materiality”
 
26th October Kirsten Forsberg (PhD student, Anthropology) Presenting “Rendering the Visible Child: Examining Childhood through a Subadult Burial Context at Tombouze, Mali”
 
2nd November Ilona Zsolnay (2016-2018 Oriental Institute Postdoctoral Fellow and Penn Museum Consulting Scholar, Babylonian Section) Presenting in the LaSalle Banks Room, Oriental Institute“Judging a Cuneiform Tablet by its Proverbial Cover”
 
16th November Joe Bonni (PhD student, Anthropology) Presenting a chapter from his dissertation “Everything is Full of Gods: Representing Religion at the Edges of Empires”
 
30th November Omur Harmanşah presenting on “The Materiality of Isis”