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AIA Matson Lecture: Maria Liston (University of Waterloo)

Dr. Maria Liston will give a talk entitled “A Tale of Two Wells: Birth, Death, and Midwives in ancient Greece” on Thursday, April 7th, 2022 at 6:30 pm EDT.

The death of one or more infants would have been a nearly universal part of the lives of women in Ancient Greece. Yet until recently, other than a very few burials of women and infants together, there has been almost no evidence for this. Infant remains are rare in cemeteries of nearly all periods. However, the analyses of two wells in the Athenian Agora and Eretria, Euboia provide some of the first evidence for perinatal death and the decisions that were made regarding infant remains. They offer insight into the role of midwives, the interventions that could take place in difficult births, and the causes of infant death. The informal disposal of infant remains in wells also provides some evidence for the process of acquiring a social identity in Greek society. We cannot know how much agency the mothers of these infants had in the decisions made about them, but these infant remains provide unusually detailed evidence for the practice and outcomes of childbirth, a central event in the lives of ancient Greek women. This online even is free and open to the public.

This event is online: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mKQZyb9vRLybAV6Y4kPHzQ?fbclid=IwAR2IVrRLtyv3QDxMAQTOwvGexp9nk65YbU09tSFM2oc4J_RBZiOtkKUQDFg

Brandeis University Graduate Conference

From the Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University:

Graduate Conference: Ancient Worlds, Embodied: Identity, Society, and the Human Body in Antiquity

Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University
Annual Graduate Conference
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Debby Sneed, Lecturer at California State University, Long Beach
Conference Date: April 8th – 9th, 2022

To register, fill out our Google form prior to the event.

If you would like to attend our conference virtually, join us via Zoom.

This year’s conference will be held over two days, FridayApril 8th (10:00 AM – 2:40 PM EST) and Saturday, April 9th (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST). Friday will be hosted in Mandel 303 with the option to join virtually, and Saturday will be virtual with an in-person viewing option again in Mandel 303. The hybrid format of this year’s conference has allowed for wide participation from graduate students across the U.S. and abroad and includes papers spanning many cultures and time periods. We believe this will be an excellent opportunity to meet young researchers, hear about their work, and learn from each other.

Day 1:
Group 1: “Our” Bodies, “Their” Bodies 
Group 2: Genitalia and (Dis)empowerment

Day 2:
Group 3: Negotiation of Bodies, Negotiation of Identities
Group 4: Human Bodies and Personal Identities
Group 5: Vulnerable Bodies

The Brandeis University Graduate Department of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies is excited to introduce our annual graduate conference, entitled “Ancient Worlds, Embodied: Identity, Society and the Human Body in Antiquity.” In this year’s conference, we hope to provide a platform for the exploration of ideas related to the human body through the examination of textual, visual, and material evidence from the ancient world. The intention of this conference is to engage with the human body through a range of disciplines as it impacted societies in antiquity. We are fortunate to offer numerous papers that explore the human body as it appears in ancient literature, artistic presentations, and archaeological excavations, delivered by graduate students from a variety of universities.

Boston University Symposia in Memory of Dr. Mary Beaudry

​From the Archaeology Program at Boston University:

Symposia in Memory of Dr. Mary Beaudry

Both events require registration for in-person and remote attendance.

 1.) “Findings: Material Culture And The Immaterial” 

April 22, 2022

​-2:30 – 5:00 pm, followed by a reception

-Location: Ladd Room, HAW202, 23 Hawes Street (Fenway Campus)

Register Here for both remote and in-person

-Guest Speakers:

The Temporary, the Short-Lived, and the Fleeting: Making Sense of the Materiality of the Ephemeral

Carolyn White, University of Nevada, Reno

Witch Bottles: Constituting Self and Other in the Practical Magic of the Early Modern Household

Zoë Crossland, Columbia University

Time and the Materiality of Duration

Ann Stahl, University of Victoria

The Subversive Poetics of Mary C. Beaudry

D0 an Hicks, University of Oxford

 2.) “Pots And Pans, Bodkins And Trowels: Reflections On Mary Beaudry”

-April 30, 2022

-1:00 – 5:00 pm, followed by a reception

 -Location:  Eichenbaum Colloquium Room, RKC101, CILSE

Register Here for both remote and in-person

-Guest Speakers:

The Interdisciplinary Life of Mary Beaudry 

Rebecca Alssid, BU​Gastronomy

Pots, Pans, and Stills: Millet’s Ancient Journey from Nile, Veneto, and Whole Foods 

James McCann, BU History

Bodkins, Beads, and Buttons: Dressing the Part in 17th-Century Massachusetts 

Diana Loren, Harvard

Pots, Pans, and Labor: A Birds-Eye View of the History of the Kitchen in America 

Nancy Carlisle, Historic New England

Finding Feminist Meaning in Cooking and Its History  

Barbara Haber, Writer, Food Historian

Panelists: David Carballo, Jacques Pépin, Ed Bell, others to be announced
Sponsors: BU Center for the Humanities
Archaeology Program​
Department of Anthropolog​y
College of Arts and Sciences
Metropolitan College
Gastronomy Program
Program in Food & Wine

Alicia Odewale: “Developing an Antiracist Archaeology for the Next Generation” (April 15th, 2022, 3-4:15 PM)

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Dr. Alicia Odewale is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa. She specializes in African Diaspora archaeology in the Caribbean and Southeastern United States. Since 2014 she has been researching archaeological sites related to Afro-Caribbean heritage on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands but continues to research sites of African heritage in Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi. While she continues to research both urban and rural sites of enslavement in St. Croix, her latest research project based in Tulsa, OK seeks to reanalyze historical evidence from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, launch new archaeological investigations in the historic Greenwood district, and use radical mapping techniques to visualize the impact of the massacre through time on the landscape of Greenwood, utilizing a slow community-based approach. Her research interests include the archaeology of enslavement and freedom in urban contexts, Caribbean archaeology, rural and urban comparative analyses, community-based archaeology, ceramic analysis, transferware studies, mapping historical trauma from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and investigations into different forms of cultural resistance. Her research has received awards and support from the American Anthropological Association, the National Science Foundation, the Society of Historical Archaeology, the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). In addition to her role as faculty, she also serves as the director of the Historical Archaeology and Heritage Studies Laboratory at TU and serves as the co-creator of the Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School in St. Croix that trains local students in archaeological methods and other STEM related skills for free.

This webinar is part of the series New Directions in Caribbean Archaeology.