Archaeologies of Text: Symposium Program



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Friday, December 3, Rhode Island Hall, room 108

5:15 p.m.

– Welcome to Brown University and Rhode Island Hall
•    Susan E. Alcock, Director, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
•    John Steele, Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies

5:30 p.m.

– Keynote Lecture
•    Matthew W. Stolper (University of Chicago), “Broken Window on the Persian Past: Crises of the Persepolis Fortification Archive”

6:30 p.m.
– Reception in Rhode Island Hall

8:00 p.m.

– Dinner for invited guests:
Rue De L’Espoir, 99 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906, 401-751-8890,

Saturday, December 4, Rhode Island Hall, room 108

8:45 a.m.

– Introduction

9:00-10:00 a.m.

– TEXT AND ARCHAEOLOGY 1. EXCAVATING TEXTS, Kathryn Howley (Brown University), chair

•    Timothy Harrison (University of Toronto), “Temples and Tablets: Articulating Neo-Assyrian Imperialism at Tell Tayinat” (20 minutes)
•    Nicholas Carter (Brown University), “Space, Time, and Text: What Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Can Tell Us about Ancient Maya Landscapes” (20 minutes)
•    Discussion (20 minutes)

10:00-10:15 a.m.    Coffee break

10:15-11:15 a.m.

– TEXT AND ARCHAEOLOGY 2. INTERPRETING TEXTS, Jessica Nowlin (Brown University), chair
•    Matthew Rutz (Brown University), “Using the Best Models: Situating Mesopotamian Divination in the Archaeological Record” (20 minutes)
•    Scott Bucking (DePaul University), “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Dynamics of Archaeological and Epigraphic Landscapes from Coptic Egypt” (20 minutes)
•    Discussion (20 minutes)

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

– TEXT AND TECHNOLOGY 1. DOCUMENTING TEXTS, Bryan Brinkman (Brown University), chair
•    Bruce Zuckerman (University of Southern California), “Texts Unbound: The Impact of Digital and Other Technologies on the Study and Presentation of Ancient Texts” (20 minutes)
•    Adam Smith (Columbia University), “Distinguishing Scribes and Quantifying Productivity: Results from an Electronic Transcription and Analysis of a Corpus of Late Shang Divination Records” (20 minutes)
•    Discussion (20 minutes)
12:15-1:45 p.m.

– Lunch for invited guests
President’s Room, Sharpe Refectory, southwest corner of George and Thayer Streets    (enter through Hughes Court)
1:45-2:45 p.m.

– TEXT AND TECHNOLOGY 2. DISSEMINATING TEXTS, Zackary Wainer (Brown University), chair

•    Eleanor Robson (University of Cambridge), “Tracing Networks of Cuneiform Scholarship with Oracc and Google Earth” (20 minutes)
•    Lisa Anderson (U.S. Epigraphy Project) and Heidi Wendt (Brown University), “Ancient Relationships, Modern Intellectual Horizons: The Practical Challenges and Possibilities of Encoding Greek and Latin Inscriptions” (20 minutes)
•    Discussion (20 minutes)

2:45-3:00 p.m.        Coffee break

3:00-4:00 p.m.

– TEXT AND ETHICS 1. UNPROVENANCED TEXTS, Timothy Sandiford (Brown University), chair
•    Morag Kersel (DePaul University), “WikiLeaks, Text and Archaeology: The Case of the Schøyen Incantation Bowls” (20 minutes)
•    Christopher Rollston (Emmanuel School of Religion), “Forging History: Means and Motives from Antiquity to Modernity” (20 minutes)
•    Discussion (20 minutes)

4:00-5:00 p.m.

– TEXT AND ETHICS 2. PUBLISHING TEXTS, Julia Troche (Brown University), chair
•    Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University College of Law), “Do Codes of Ethics on Publication of Undocumented Texts Promote Legitimacy?” (20 minutes)
•    John Cherry (Brown University), “Publishing Undocumented Texts: Editorial Perspectives” (20 minutes)
•    Discussion (20 minutes)

5:00-5:15 p.m.

– Concluding remarks and acknowledgements

7:00 p.m.

– Dinner for invited guests
Brown Faculty Club, 1 Magee Street, Providence, RI 02912, 401-863-3023

Sunday, December 5, Rhode Island Hall, common room

9:00-11:00 a.m.

– Light breakfast
•    Roundtable discussion focused on publication plans


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