Estefanía Vidal Montero – February 9th

“Desert travels: Exploring movement in the Atacama Desert” 

with

Estefanía Vidal Montero (PhD student, Anthropology)

Thursday, 9th February, 4:30-6 pm

Haskell 315

If you have questions about the workshop or need assistance in order to attend, please contact Mannat Johal (mannatjohal@uchicago.edu) or Sasha Rohret (srohret@uchicago.edu).

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Matthew Knisley – January 26th

“Making Time in the Anthropocene”

with
Matthew Knisley (PhD candidate, Anthropology)

and comments by
Dr. Kathryn Franklin
Thursday, 26th January, 4:30-6 pm
Haskell 315

For a copy of the paper, please e-mail Mannat (mannatjohal@uchicago.edu) or Sasha (srohret@uchicago.edu).
If you have questions about the workshop or need assistance in order to attend, please contact Mannat Johal (mannatjohal@uchicago.edu) or Sasha Rohret (srohret@uchicago.edu).

Additionally, Professor Dietler will be talking about the UCAN website, which brings together archaeologists and their news from across departments and divisions, and soliciting suggestions prior to the workshop at 4:00 pm. You can check out the site at https://www.uchicagoarchaeology.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jamie Countryman – January 12th @ 5pm

“Making the Mediterranean Resilient”

with

Jamie Countryman (PhD student, Anthropology)

and comments by
Catherine Kearns (Assistant Professor, Classics)
Thursday, 12th January, 5-6:30 pm

Haskell 101

 To be followed by a pub night!

For a copy of the paper, please e-mail Mannat (mannatjohal@uchicago.edu) or Sasha (srohret@uchicago.edu).

If you have questions about the workshop or need assistance in order to attend, please contact Mannat Johal (mannatjohal@uchicago.edu) or Sasha Rohret (srohret@uchicago.edu).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Aydogdy Kurbanov – November 17th

“Excavations in Dashly-depe (Turkmenistan) as source for new data on Prehistoric Central Asia”

with
Dr. Aydogdy Kurbanov (Visiting Fulbright Fellow, Oriental Institute)

Thursday, 17th November, 4:30-6 pm
Haskell 315

If you have questions about the workshop or need assistance in order to attend, please contact Mannat Johal (mannatjohal@uchicago.edu) or Sasha Rohret (srohret@uchicago.edu).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Catherine Kearns – November 3rd

“Messy Countrysides: Discerning the Landscape Practices of Emerging Iron Age Communities”
Catherine Kearns (Assistant Professor, Department of Classics)

with comments from Matthew Knisley (PhD candidate, Anthropology)

Thursday, 3rd November, 4:30-6 pm
Haskell 315

If you have questions about the workshop or need assistance in order to attend, please contact Mannat Johal (mannatjohal@uchicago.edu) or Sasha Rohret (srohret@uchicago.edu).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Fall Quarter Schedule & “Back from the Field” Pub Night!

Hello and welcome back fellow IAW fans!

We have four wonderful individuals giving presentations at the workshop this fall, so we hope to see you all there! Additionally, we’re having an informal pub night where you can come and meet other archaeologically minded people and chat over a drink or two – more info to come!

Here’s the line-up for this quarter:

Week 2 (October 6th): ‘Back from the field’ pub night (Details to follow!)

Week 4 (October 20th): R. Sandy Hunter (PhD student, Anthropology). Title: “Plants, Agency and Technology: Perspectives on Colonialism from the Andes”

Week 6 (November 3rd): Catherine Kearns (Assistant Professor, Classics). Title: “Messy Countrysides: Discerning the Landscape Practices of Emerging Iron Age Communities”

Week 8 (November 17th): Aydogdy Kurbanov (Visiting Fulbright Fellow, Oriental Institute). Title: “Excavations in Dashly-depe (Turkmenistan) as source for new data on the Prehistoric Central Asia”

Week 10 (December 1st): Anahita Mittertrainer (Visiting Fulbright Fellow, Oriental Institute). Title: TBA

See you next week and happy fall!

Spring Quarter Schedule and Pub Night!

Welcome back, passionate archaeologists and all of their friends!

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is back for the spring quarter! Open your agenda, and take good note of our new schedule!

April 21— Dr. Erkan Dundar (Sutcu Imam University in Turkey)”Caput Gentis Lyciae” Patara: Capital of the Lycian League

May 5 — Jim Johnson (Anthropology)

May 19— Stephanie Rost (NELC) “Water management in South Iraq: The case of Umma of the Ur III Period (2112-2004) B.C.”

June 2— Dave Pacifico (Anthropology) “Late Prehispanic Andean Urbanism from a Hinterland Perspective.”

Also, because our out-of-town guest of the quarter had to cancel last minute, we have an unexpected sum of unused money! Please, help us spend it during a Pub Night on April 5th at 6pm to celebrate the arrival of warmer days and the blooming of flowers!

 

Thursday 2/25/2016 Dr. Neville McFerrin, University of Michigan, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology

Dynamic Encounters: Personal Adornment, Semiotic Slippage, and the Cognition of Space in the Villa of the Mysteries 

This paper constructs a theoretical framework informed by modern fashion theory and by cognition theory to propose a new approach to the interpretation of both the megalographic paintings of Room 5 in the Villa of the Mysteries and of wall paintings in Pompeii more generally. Through a focus on the representation of jewelry, it emphasizes social function rather than intrinsic value as key to the interpretation process. It thus argues that jewelry forms a material boundary between the self and the other—analogous to the space marking capacity of architectural forms—suggesting that boundaries are at the heart of both the viewing process and of self-presentation. To test these assertions, I undertake a close visual reading of Room 5 of the Villa of the Mysteries, proposing that the realistic depiction of jewelry in this space invites the viewer to conflate reality and depiction, thus creating an opportunity for the viewer to reassess the relationship between her body, her self-presentation, and her social milieu.

 

Haskell Hall 315, 4:30 PM

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”

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