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CFP: Archaeologies of the Mediterranean (Brown University) – Deadline January 31, 2023

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State of the Field 2023:
Archaeologies of the Mediterranean

Friday, 14 April – Saturday, 15 April 2023

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Abstract deadline: 31 January 2023

Mediterranean Archaeology sits at an often complex intersection of the fields of Archaeology, Classics, Anthropology, History, and Art History. While several of these fields, in particular Classics and Anthropology have begun periods of significant critical self-reflection that explicitly question their present and future, Mediterranean Archaeology is doing so in a more fragmented manner. This lack of coherence may perhaps be ascribed to institutional fragmentation, in particular in US academia, but it can also be traced to its intricate location at the intersection of multiple academic traditions. As a result, Mediterranean archaeology has struggled to identify its own priorities and find its own voice for challenging traditional narratives and approaches and, as a result, risks being subsumed by adjacent disciplines with louder voices, despite many possible valuable contributions.

In light of these challenges, and especially considering the rapid pace of developments in archaeological methods and theory, the time is ripe to consider both the state of our field at this moment in time and to discuss where it can and should go in the future. Nearly every facet of Mediterranean Archaeology may be questioned and, indeed, we must do so in order to guarantee the continued relevance of our subject in both the ancient and modern worlds.

Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World will host a conference titled State of the Field 2023: Archaeologies of the Mediterraneanon April 14-15, 2023. This meeting builds on a tradition of ‘State of the Field’ workshops hosted by the Joukowsky Institute since 2011 that reflect upon current trends in archaeological practice. This year’s conference discusses the place of Mediterranean Archaeology in the modern world in North America, Europe and the Mediterranean. We intend to examine academic traditions and assumptions as well as contemporary institutional and political structures that frame our theoretical and methodological engagement with the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean and adjacent regions in order to ensure that the field maintains relevance into the future.

We invite submissions for papers of approximately 20 minutes by sending an abstract of no more than 350 words to  [email protected] by 31 January 2023. We will cover travel expenses and accommodation for speakers, and especially encourage submissions from early-career researchers.

Suggested themes can include, but are not limited to:

●     Diversity – How has the field fared in diversifying its participants at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels? This can include topics of gender, class, race and any other background. Have we succeeded in teaching and researching more diverse subjects that better account for ancient realities? What remains to be done?

●     Definitions – How do we define our field of study? What is its geography, chronology, and cultural scope? What subjects should we include, and what theories and methods should be used? How do we fit into current academic and university structures? Why does US academia not have Archaeology departments anymore? What are the consequences of this departmental division and what can we do about it? What do we have in common with other fields, and what is unique about our own?

●     Relationships – How do we relate to non-academic structures, especially State-run or commercial (i.e., rescue or preventative) archaeology? What role do foreign schools and institutions serve in forming these relationships? How do we engage responsibly with local communities in the places where we conduct fieldwork?

●     Historiography – How have the last two centuries (or more) of archaeological practice shaped the modern field, and should they be maintained or discarded? Have we done enough to examine and change the colonial foundations of the discipline? What can we do better?

●     Responsibilities – How do we communicate the significance of our field to the public, both at home and abroad? What role does public archaeology play in our field? How has pedagogy changed, and how might it change further? What role do museums and archaeological parks play in our public relationships? How should items and exhibits be displayed?

●     Narratives – How has our field shaped knowledge of the past? Are current practices changing narratives? What existing narratives remain to be challenged?

For questions about this Call for Papers, or about the conference, please see our conference website, or email [email protected].

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Updated date: Lecture by Katina Lillios 11/16

Please join us Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 pm EST for a lecture by Katina Lillios (The University of Iowa) titled “The Islamic Lives of Iberian Megaliths: Some Initial Explorations” in Rhode Island Hall, Room 108. Reception to follow.

Katina Lillios is an anthropological archaeologist interested in the ways people used material culture, the remains of the dead, and monuments to create, enhance, and challenge sociopolitical difference and inequality. She is intrigued by the ways that social phenomena and cultural values come to be materialized, and how their materiality triggers social action.

Lillios is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa, and holds her degrees from Yale University (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Boston University (B.A.). Her areas of specialty are prehistoric Iberia, and mnemonics in the archaeological record. She has published widely, and is the principal investigator at the Bolores rockshelter in Portugal, and for a study of Portuguese Copper Age tools.

Lecture by Philipp Stockhammer 11/15

Please join us on Tuesday, November 15 at 4 PM for a lecture by Philipp Stockhammer (Ludwig-Maximilians University) titled “Bioarchaeology in the Bronze Age Levant: Novel Insights into Mobility, Food, and Philistines.” The lecture will take place in Rhode Island Hall Room 108 with reception to follow.

Philipp W. Stockhammer is professor for prehistoric archaeology with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich and co-director of Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, Jena. His research focuses on the transformative power of intercultural encounters, human-thing-entanglements, social practices and the integration of archaeological and scientific interpretation.

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2022

Brown Bag talks are held Thursdays from 12:00-12:50pm in RI Hall 108.
These talks are free and open to the public. Information about each talk will be provided below.

Brown paper bag with the JIAAW logo

October 13, 2022:
Daniel Everton (Public Humanities, Brown University)
Re-imagining the Predynastic Man Exhibit at Museo Egizio

October 20, 2022:
Amanda Gaggioli (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Decolonialism and Mediterranean Archaeology: the case for the Aegean prehistory/history divide

November 3, 2022:
John F. Cherry & Liza Davis (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Archaeology in the Potter’s Field at Providence’s North Burial Ground

November 17, 2022:
Christina Hodge (Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University)
Desanitizing Provenance: Critical Documentation in Museum Collections

December 1, 2022
Breton Langendorfer (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
Achaemenid Syntax: Architecture, Metalware, and Modularity

Brown Bag talks for Spring 2022

Brown Bag talks are held Thursdays from 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
These hybrid talks are free and open to the public via Zoom. Links and information about attending each talk will be provided below.

February 24:
Nour Munawar | Competing Narratives: Destruction, Reconstruction and Representation of Heritage in Syria (JIAAW, Brown University)
Join via Zoom: | Meeting ID: 99396452825

March 3:
Christopher Ball | Diverse Strategies: Human-Environmental Relationships and Agricultural Origins in Southern Ontario’s Grand River Valley.
Join via Zoom: | Meeting ID: 94764295590

March 24:
Sarah Bell | Chosen Glories vs. Chosen Traumas: Interpreting Post-Abandonment Visitation to LM IIIC Refuge Settlements on Crete through the lens of Social Trauma Theory (JIAAW, Brown University)
Join via Zoom: | Meeting ID: 91372686702

April 7:
Max Peers | Architecture and the Formation of Urban Communities in the Roman Central Mediterranean (JIAAW, Brown University)
Join via Zoom: | Meeting ID: 95801008050

April 28:
Rebecca Marisseau | New Bedford’s Whaling Waterfront: Recovering Historic Places and Viewsheds through a Mobile Walking Tour (JIAAW Interdisciplinary Opportunity)
Join via Zoom: | Meeting ID: 94426289496

May 5:
Nadhira Hill | Kraters in Context: Expanding Our Understanding of Group Drinking in Classical Greece. (University of Michigan)
Join via Zoom: | Meeting ID: 92451878473

May 12:
Kristen Marchetti & Erynn Bentley | Out of the Vault: Lessons and Experiences from the View the Vault Project.
Join via Zoom: | Meeting ID: 92999513911

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2021

Brown Bag talks are held Thursdays from 12:00-12:50pm.
These hybrid talks are free and open to the public via Zoom. Links and information about attending each talk will be provided below.

Brown paper bag with the JIAAW logo

October 7, 2021:
Peter van Dommelen (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Monuments of Change: Indigenous Resilience and Colonial Connections in Iron Age Sardinia

October 14, 2021:
Cicek Beeby (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Women’s Agency in the Iconography of Burial in Ancient Greece

October 21, 2021:
Yannis Hamilakis ( Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University ) and Raphael Greenberg (Tel Aviv University)
Archaeology, Nation, and Race: Confronting the Past, Decolonizing the Future in Greece and Israel
Join the Zoom Meeting (passcode: BrownBag)

November 11, 2021:
Alex Marko, Miriam Rothenberg, and Anna Soifer (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Join the Zoom Meeting (passcode: BrownBag)

November 18, 2021:
Tyler Franconi (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
The English Landscapes and Identities Project and the Changing Face of the English Landscape From 1500 BC to AD 1086
Join the Zoom Meeting (passcode: BrownBag)

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2021

Brown Bag talks are held Thursdays from 12:00-12:50pm via Zoom.
Talks are free and open to the public. Links and information about attending each talk will be provided below.

February 18, 2021:
Anna Soifer (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
The Lived Productive Landscapes of Ancient Etruria

February 25, 2021:
Panos Tzovaras (University of Southampton)
The Boatbuilding Tradition of the LN-EBA Aegean: Typological Classification, Digital Reconstruction and Seakeeping Assessment of the Period’s Watercraft

March 4, 2021:
Elizabeth Clay (University of Pennsylvania and Virginia and Jean R. Perrette Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University)
A Marginal Colony?: Recovering the Nineteenth-Century Clove Industry in French Guiana

March 11, 2021:
Amy Russell (Classics, Brown University)
Political Performance and Political Spectatorship in the Forum Romanum

March 18, 2021:
Kathleen Forste (Boston University)
Cultivating the Hills and the Sands: An Archaeobotanical Investigation of Early Islamic Agriculture in the Southern Levant

March 25, 2021:
Amélie Allard (Rhode Island College)
Communities on the Move: Fur Traders and the Making of Place

April 1, 2021:
Sandra Blakely (Emory University)
GIS, Games and Gephi: Modeling Maritime Mobility as a Complex Adaptive System in the Hellenistic Mediterranean