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CFP: Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

The Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes submissions for its first annual graduate student conference, “Ancient Cultures in Contact: Catalysts for Change”, scheduled for 20-21 March 2009. When interactions between ancient cultures are characterized as confrontations with inevitable ‘winners’ and ‘losers’, one group emerges to dominate political, cultural, and historical discourse. However, such a view tends to overlook or oversimplify the extent to which cultures and ethnic groups influence one another. This interaction often mutually influenced each culture in areas as broad as economy, material culture, literature and the arts, and government.
This conference aims to discuss the appearance and results of cultural contact broadly, as found throughout the ancient world. While the term ‘ancient’ has different connotations in every discipline and can imply different chronological parameters, nevertheless, its fundamental connotations are relatively stable: e.g., a period of considerable remoteness of time and radical changes in cultural paradigms in such basic areas of human activity and experience as technology, economics, and epistemology. These common principles that underlie conceptions of ‘ancient’ are the focus of the Center for Ancient Studies. To this end, submissions are encouraged from graduate students working in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Assyriology, Ancient History, Classical Studies, East Asian Studies, Egyptology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and pre-Columbian studies. Submissions are welcome from, though not limited to, the following focuses:
• Trade (influence on material culture and religion, exchange of information and ideas, etc)
• Warfare
• Language influence and language change
• Religious syncretism
• Law
• Colonization (both internal and external)
• Travel and exploration
• Diaspora
• Development of identity (from disparate groups, vis-a-vis The Other, etc)
• Memory
• Authority and Kingship
• Empire-building
• Technological acquisition
• Literary borrowing and influences
• Theoretical and methodological perspectives
Keynote speaker TBA.
March 20-21, 2009
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Philadelphia, PA
Interested speakers should submit a 300-word, double-spaced title and abstract by January 16, 2009 to . Any inquiries regarding the conference may be sent to the same address.

CFP: ASA09 Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations

Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: past, present and
University of Bristol, 6th-9th April 2009.
The Association of Social Anthropologists 09 conference will take place
at the University of Bristol, 6th-9th April. The aim of this conference
is to stimulate a major reconsideration of the complex links which
obtain between social anthropology and archaeology. Though social
anthropology has had an uneasy relationship with archaeology we believe
that the transformations that both disciplines have experienced in
recent decades mean that it is time to overcome this reticence, indeed
that there are many reasons; intellectual, epistemological,
methodological and practical, to do so. All submissions are welcome,
whether from the theoretical or ethnographic point of view.
Considerations which take into account the experience of four-field
anthropology from an international perspective are also very welcome.
We would expect panel proposals to be submitted by 1st December,
please. Amongst the special events already decided is the key-note
address (Monday 6th April), which will be delivered by Prof. Michael
Herzfeld. Invited speakers with regard to the first plenary that follows
include Prof. Chris Hann, Prof. Tim Ingold, and Prof. Rosemary Joyce. On
Day 2, Prof. Ian Hodder will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the
University, preceded by a special lecture: ‘Archaeology and
Anthropology: the state of the field’. Further events include the ASA
Raymond Firth Lecture (Prof. Guha-Thakurta), and the RAI Presidential
Address (Prof. Roy Ellen).
The call for panels may be accessed here We do not wish to be
prescriptive, but the sort of thing that may be of interest would be the
exploration of the contrasts and complementarities between the two
disciplines historically and today; the study of ruins or the
ethnographic exploration of multiple interactions with the past;
diffusion and the transformation of culture; contrasting uses and ways
of interpreting material culture within the two disciplines, and so on.
More details on these themes may be found here Queries may be
addressed to conference(a)

CFP: Greenscapes-Sense and Meaning: Fields of Dreams (Landscapes of Myth and Imagination)

Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning:
Fields of Dreams (Landscapes of Myth and Imagination)
October 1-3, 2009, Brock University, Ontario, CANADA
Our landscapes have long been the unconscious repository of cultural hopes, fears and desires. From the Garden of Eden to aboriginal Dreamtime, societies have perceived their surrounding natural environment to express cultural values reflected in their myths, legends, sacred texts and belief systems. The occupation, transition, or representation of landscape constitutes an imaginative exercise for both subject and object. Yet imagination is not a consciously controllable process, and dreams can be unsettling portents as well as expressions of wish-fulfilment. We welcome papers that explore landscapes of myth and imagination in real and virtual sites, literary texts, images, and installations and invite proposals on the following topics:
Landscapes of allusion (texts, myths, folktales, legends)
Sacred and Secular Utopias
Profane imagination: ruin, decay and social transgression
Gardens of the ‘first time’: origin myths and social legends
Dream landscapes: fear, desire, and exploring the unconscious
Please send abstracts (up to 250 words) and a brief biography to by January 5, 2008.
The conference will take place at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. Giles Blunt, author of Forty Words for Sorrow, The Delicate Storm, and Black Fly Season, will deliver the opening keynote on the subject of landscape and fiction.
Conference organizers: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts, Brock University), David Galbraith (Royal Botanical Gardens), Sharilyn J. Ingram (School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University), Leah Knight (English Language and Literature, Brock University), Katharine T. von Stackelberg (Classics, Brock University).
For more information see: