Category Archives: Brown Bags

Our weekly lunchtime lectures on archaeology across the globe. All talks are free and open to the public.

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
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November 11, 2021:
Alex Marko, Miriam Rothenberg, and Anna Soifer (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
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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
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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

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2020

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Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
and will be held via Zoom

Note that the Joukowsky Institute will not be holding Brown Bag talks during the month of October so that our community members can participate in the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s “Women Do Archaeology” series. Inspired by 2020’s centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment, the Haffenreffer is highlighting the work of women archaeologists and anthropologists affiliated with the Museum – Annalisa Heppner, Pinar Durgun, Michèle Hayeur Smith, Jen Thum, and Leah Hopkins.

November 12, 2020:
Juliane Schlag (Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University)
Turning Bird Wheels and Mixing Potions – the Ancient, Greco-Roman Art to Magically Falling in Love
To attend this event, please register here.

November 19, 2020:
Julia Hurley (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
(The) Consuming Empire? Foodways and Sociocultural Identities in Iron Age and Roman-Period Britain
To attend this event, please register here.

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2020

Brown Bag

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

January 30, 2020:
Ashish Avikunthak (University of Rhode Island)
Rummaging for Pasts: Excavating Sicily, Digging Bombay a film by Ashish (Chadha) Avikunthak

February 6, 2020:
Holly Shaffer (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
Goods Gained from Graft: An Archaeology of an 18th-Century Indian Art Market

February 13, 2020:
Dan Plekhov ( Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Terraced Landscapes: The Historical Ecology of Long-Term Agricultural Practice

February 20, 2020:
Débora Leonel Soares (University of São Paulo)
Working With Huacos: Archaeological Ceramics and Relationships Among Worlds in the Peruvian North Coast

March 5, 2020:
Alex Marko, Dan Plekhov, and Miriam Rothenberg (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Mapping God’s Little Acre: Documenting Newport’s Colonial African Cemetery

March 12, 2020:
Catherine Scott (Brandeis University)
Around the Hearth: Reconstructing and Recontextualizing Burning Features at the 2nd Millennium BCE Citadel of Kaymakçı, Western Turkey

March 19, 2020:
CANCELED: Kathleen Forste (Boston University)
Farming the Hills: An Archaeobotanical Analysis of an Early Islamic Town in Palestine

April 9, 2020:
CANCELED: Sanja Horvatinčić (Institute of Art History, Zagreb) and Rui Gomes Coelho (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Heritage from Below – Drežnica: Traces and Memories 1941-1945

April 16, 2020:
CANCELED: Amélie Allard (Rhode Island College)

April 23, 2020:
CANCELED: Julia Hurley (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2019

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Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

September 26, 2019:
Rui Gomes Coelho (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Sensorial Regime of ‘Second Slavery’: Landscape of Enslavement in the Paraíba Valley (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

October 3, 2019:
Tyler Franconi (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Looking in from the Edge: On the Marginality of Roman Frontier Economies

October 10, 2019:
Kathryn A. Catlin (Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University)
Erosion, Infrastructure, and Sustainability in Medieval Iceland

October 17, 2019:
Raphael Greenberg (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Decolonizing the Levantine Bronze Age

October 24, 2019:
Zachary Dunseth (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Dung and Desert Copper: Bronze Age Subsistence Strategies in the Negev Highlands, Israel

October 31, 2019:
Laurel Bestock and Lutz Klein (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
iPads in the Sahara: Digital Field Recording at Uronarti and the Quest for a Universal System

November 7, 2019:
Kaijun Chen (East Asian Studies, Brown University)
Trading Zone: Imperial Porcelain Manufacture and Export in Early Modern China

December 5, 2019:
Aviva Cormier (Anthropology, Brown University)
Maternal/Fetal Health and Skeletal Dysplasia Inheritance in the Middle Woodland Period

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2018

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

 

October 4, 2018:
Gretel Rodríguez (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
The Arch of Constantine and the Use of Colored Marbles in Late Antique Architecture

October 11, 2018:
Robert Preucel (Anthropology, Brown University)
The Predicament of Ontology

October 18, 2018:
Lauren Yapp (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Reclaimed or Reified? When Colonial Modernity becomes Cultural Heritage

October 25, 2018:
Georgia Andreou (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
The Cyprus Ancient Shoreline Project: How does coastal erosion fit the archaeological narrative?

November 1, 2018:
Jennifer Bates (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Life in Indus Households: an exploration of SPatial ACtivity Environments

November 8, 2018:
Nicholas Emlen (National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University)
Hearing the Voice of an Indigenous Translator in a 17th Century Aymara Text from Peru

November 15 , 2018:
Surekha Davies (InterAmericas Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University)
The Global, the Local, and the Ancient: Displaying Antiquities in Early Modern Europe

November 29, 2018:
Praveena Gullapalli (Rhode Island College)
Chronology, Craft, Conundrum: What to Make of the South Indian Iron Age?

December 6, 2018:
Karen Carr (Portland State University)
Swimming While White: When Did the Greeks Learn to Swim?

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2018

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

 

February 1, 2018:
Marleen Termeer (Leiden University)
Coining Roman Rule? The Emergence of Coinage as Money in the Roman World

February 8, 2018:
Cristiano Nicosia (University of Padua)
Soil Micromorphology in Archaeology

February 15, 2018:
Emmanuel Botte (French National Centre for Scientific Research)
Fish & Ships: The Salted-Fish Industry in the Mediterranean During Antiquity

February 22, 2018:
Lynnette Arnold (Anthropology, Brown University)
Imagining Family across Borders: Epistolary and Digital Communication in Migrant Families

March 1, 2018:
Jamie Forde (Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow, John Carter Brown Library)
Broken Flowers: Sacralizing Domestic Space in a Colonial Mixtec Household

March 8, 2018:
Anita Casarotto (Leiden University)
A GIS Procedure to Study Settlement Patterns in Early Roman Colonial Landscapes

March 15, 2018:
Miriam Rothenberg (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Montserrat’s Volcanic Landscapes: Rupture, Memory, and the Temporality of Disaster

March 22, 2018:
Linda Reynard (Harvard University)
Inferring Diet and Migration from Isotopes in Bones

April 12, 2018:
Darcy Hackley (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Social Landscapes in the Egyptian Deserts, 3000-1000BCE

April 19, 2018:
Kate Brunson (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Oracle Bone Divination and the Oracle Bone Database Project

April 26, 2018:
Stephen Houston (Anthropology, Brown University) and Sarah Newman (James Madison University)
Arrival, Return: Movement and Founding Among the Maya

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2017

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

 

September 21, 2017:
Carl Walsh (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
A Cup for Any Occasion? The Materiality of Elite Drinking Practices and Experiences in the Kerma State

September 28, 2017:
Itohan Osayimwese (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
Translating 19th-Century German Ethnoarchaeology: Hermann Frobenius’ African Building Types and Other Essays

October 5, 2017:
Shiyanthi Thavapalan (Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University)
Counterfeiting Nature: Developments in Glass-Making and Glass-Working in the Late Bronze Age Near East

October 19, 2017:
Eva Mol (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Making Myth Real: Objects in Herodotus’ Histories and Material Epistemology

October 26, 2017:
Nicholas Laluk (Anthropology, Brown University)
Ndee (Apache) Archaeology: Cultural Tenets as Best Practice

November 2, 2017:
Katia Schörle (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Economic Integration Principles and Competitive Markets in the Roman World: An Example from the Edge (Palmyra)

November 16, 2017:
Kaitlin McCormick (Anthropology, Brown University)
Contexts of Collection: Comparing Emma Shaw’s Northwest Coast and Subarctic Collections, 1884-1897

November 30, 2017:
Brian Lander (History, Brown University)
Living with Wetlands in the Yangzi Valley

December 7, 2017:
Graham Oliver (Classics, Brown University)
Re-Thinking Things: Archaeological Theory, Words on Objects, and Mediation. Reflections from the Greek Inscriptions in the RISD Museum

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2017

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Please note that we are still adding to our schedule, and these dates are not yet finalized.

February 2, 2017:
Brendan Weaver (Berea College)
The Archaeology of the Aesthetic: Slavery and the Jesuit Vineyards of Nasca, Peru

February 9, 2017:
Eduardo Neves (Harvard University)
Was There Ever a Neolithic in the Neotropics?

February 23, 2017:
Lia Dykstra (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
An Authentic Fake:  Appropriating Romanesque Architecture for Barcelona’s 1929 International Exposition

March 2, 2017:
Axel Posluschny (Keltenwelt am Glauberg)
What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?

March 9, 2017:
Nancy Jacobs (History, Brown University)
The African Grey Parrot: A Global History

March 16, 2017:
Catalina Mas Florit (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
From Roman to Byzantine: Shaping the Rural Landscape in Late Antique Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)

March 23, 2017:
Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol)
Manipulating Luxury? Understanding the Production and Distribution of Decorated Ancient Ostrich Eggs

April 13, 2017:
Samantha Lash (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
From Soil to Society: Framing Land Use and Climate Change in the West Mediterranean during the 1st Millennium BCE

April 20, 2017:
Jana Anvari (Flinders University)
New Stories on Old Buildings: Recent Work on the Architecture of the Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük West Mound

April 27, 2017:
Sergio Escribano Ruiz (University of the Basque Country and JCB Research Fellow)
Basque Fishing along the North Atlantic: Capitalism, Mobility, Colonialism and Sensoriality

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2016

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Please note that we are still adding to our schedule, and these dates are not yet finalized.

September 29, 2016
Katherine Brunson (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Zooarchaeological and Genetic Evidence for Cattle Domestication in Ancient China

October 13, 2016
Sophie Moore (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Archives Are Archaeological Objects

October 20, 2016
Bathsheba Demuth (History, Brown University)
Agency Sits in Places: Arctic Ecology and Modern Ideology in the Bering Strait, 1840-1980

October 27, 2016
Jeff Moser (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
Excavating China’s First Archaeologist

November 3, 2016
Laura Hawkins (Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University)
Uncovering Meaning in Undeciphered Writing Systems: The Role of “Postscripts” in Proto-Elamite Texts

November 10, 2016
Benjamin Alberti (Framingham College)
Body/Image: Towards an Ontology of Anthropomorphism in First Millennium CE Northwest Argentina

November 17, 2016
Meltem Toksoz (Middle East Studies, Brown University)
Archaeology as History: 19th century Ottoman Conceptualizations

December 1, 2016
Emily Booker (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Material Girls in a Material World: Anthropomorphic Clay Figurines on Cyprus from 1750-750 BCE

December 8, 2016
JIAAW Fall 2016 Proctor Presentations