Upcoming talks at the Joukowsky Institute

Monday, November 26th, 2007, 5:30pm
Nightingale-Brown House, 357 Benefit Street
Cultural? Heritage? Tourism? Series
Yannis Hamilakis (University of Southampton)
National Imagination, Archaeo-Tourism, and the Politics of Cultural Heritage in Greece

Since the emergence of archaeology, museums, and tourism 19th century, heritage and archaeo-tourism has been a channel for valorizing national and regional identities. The logic of national community created by these closely associated collateral devices often clashes with the logic of capital, inherent both in the nationalist project, and in the phenomenon of archaeo-tourism. This clash produces some interesting and often irreconcilable tensions.
Co-sponsored with the John Nicholas Brown Center Public Humanities Program
Talks in this series will explore the problems and practice of cultural, or heritage, tourism, from many disciplinary angles and in a cross-cultural context.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2007, 12:00pm
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, 70 Waterman Street
Yannis Hamilakis (University of Southampton)
Dreaming Ruins: Materiality, Archaeology, and National Imagination

Ideas of the Greek past and the archaeological record not only influence the present but play an active role in the production of national history. Looking at case-studies from Vergina in Greek Macedonia, and the Parthenon (or Elgin) marbles, this talk will explore how the sensuous and experiential properties of ancient ‘things’ give concreteness and physicality to national memory and the Greek national dream. Based on the recently published book by the author, entitled, “The Nation and its Ruins: Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece” (OUP, 2007).
Co-sponsored with the John Nicholas Brown Center Public Humanities Program

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Thursday, November 29th, 2007
12:00 pm, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, 70 Waterman Street
Brown Bag Series in Archaeology
Jason Urbanus (Ph.D. Candidate, Joukowsky Institute)

A View from Afar: Aspects of the Roman Conquest of NW Iberia