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ARF Coordination Meeting, Sep 2

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
The inaugural Wednesday meeting of the semester is a coordination meeting for ARF Faculty, Grad Students and Staff. There is no public lecture. The first lecture occurs on the second Wednesday (Sept 9).

A Conference in Honor of Thomas Laqueur, Sep 5-6

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
A pioneer of the new cultural history, Tom Laqueur is a historian of immense range and creativity who has set intellectual landmarks across a number of fields. His work on the body and gender, on sex, and on death has mapped out a provocative, often counter-intuitive set of arguments that have opened up new subjects for historical study. His books include The Work of the Dead (Princeton, 2015), Solitary Sex (Zone, 2003), Making Sex (Harvard, 1990), and Religion and Respectability (Yale, 1976). The force of some scholars is neatly contained in their books, but Tom’s influence exceeds those bounds. As a founding editor of Representations, at the helm of the Townshend Center for the Humanities, in his astute essays in the London Review of Books, and in mentoring generations of Berkeley graduate students from across the university, Tom’s role as an intellectual provocateur has also set him apart. He’s the impresario of dinners and the ringleader of perpetual reading groups, unfailingly generous in dispersing gems from his own personal storehouse. On his 70th birthday and in his 43rd year as a faculty member at Berkeley, Tom’s students, friends and colleagues gather to celebrate him and his contributions to the university and his fields of study.

Labor under the Sun and the Son, Sep 9

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
How did the materiality of social relations inform strategies of resistance by coerced laborers in the Andean village of Pomacocha? Pomacocha was intensely affected by both Inka and Spanish colonialism. It began as a transplanted colony of agriculturalists to supply food for the nearby Inka palace and the Inka provincial capital of Vilcashuaman. After the Spanish conquest, the agricultural settlement at Pomacocha was abandoned. Later, a hacienda-obraje was established and a new native community sprang up around it. The area became a politically and economically important zone for the Spaniards. The main focus of this talk is the late colonial period (18th to early 19th centuries), a time of general upheaval in the Andes. However, in order to understand and contextualize the impact of Spanish colonialism in Pomacocha, I analyze the long-term evolution of strategies of control and resistance, starting with the Inka period. Pomacocha is an ideal case study to compare Inka and Spanish colonialism, because imperial political and economic policies penetrated deeply into Pomacocha under both regimes. Pomacocha provides rare insight into the lives of the people whose labor sustained the colonial regimes.

Assyrian Heritage Fund Event, Sep 10

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
Tire Neo-Assyria11 E111pire in the
First Millennium BC

AIA Lecture - After the Collapse: Crete in the Early Iron Age, Sep 15

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
The twelfth century BCE saw the final collapse of many of the high civilizations of the Bronze Age in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Palestine, and Syria, and the near destruction of Egypt by the Sea Peoples. After the fall of these interconnected kingdoms new people moved into some of the areas (for example, the Philistines in Palestine), while other places experienced a shift in the location of settlements and a decline in population and high culture. On the island of Crete, which had been controlled by palatial centers for over 700 years, the palace sites were mostly abandoned, and people moved up into defensible mountain locations. Who were these people, and why did they move into new areas? An examination of excavated twelfth-century sites, particularly Karphi, Kavousi, and the Isthmus area in eastern Crete, provides information about the dynamics of this population shift and reveals much about the political, social, and economic life of the period, as well as the religious beliefs of the inhabitants. Some features of the Bronze Age civilizations survived, while new elements crept in that eventually led to the rise of the Greek city-state.

Brown Bag Lecture, Sep 16

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
This is part of the brown bag series of lectures.

Brown Bag Lecture, Sep 23

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
This is part of a brown bag series of lectures.

Archaeology of Knowledge: New Archival and Material Discoveries in Mongolia, Sep 26

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
Mongol spaces have always been heavily trafficked intersections, sites of mediation, and global circuits of people and exchange in the heart of Asia. Recent archaeological work is shedding new light on Mongolia's complex history. Experts from Mongolia who have been working with excavation sites join Berkeley and other scholars in analyzing their discoveries and the implications for our understanding of Mongolia's past.

Free and open to the public.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: To register, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/archaeology-of-knowledge-new-archival-and-material-discoveries-in-mongolia-a-uc-berkeley-event-tickets-17468149706?aff=es2

This conference celebrates the revival of Mongolian studies and language instruction at UC Berkeley. The generous support of the Mongolia Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. For information on additional Mongolia-related events, including art exhibitions and a dinner and performance following the conference, please visit the Mongolia Foundation website at http://www.mongoliafoundation.org/events/.

Brown Bag Lecture, Sep 30

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
This is part of the brown bag series of lectures.

Decolonizing Foodways, Oct 1

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
The Food, Identity and Representation Working Group at UC Berkeley and University of the Pacific Food Studies program invite you to participate in an evening of critical thinking and tasting at the Decolonizing Foodways Symposium. Understanding food as a site for de/colonial struggles and strategies in the ways it is produced, consumed, circulated, prepared, and represented within a transnational advanced capitalist economy, this interactive workshop grapples with what it means to liberate our diets from colonial relationships of production and consumption both in theory and in practice. Building off the work of scholar/activists Luz Calvo and Catriona Esquibel, authors of “Decolonize Your Diet: A Manifesto,” we explore and continue to question what the process of decolonizing foodways means. We ask, for example: How do we increase the vitality of oppressed and indigenous peoples, maintain the integrity of our ancestral traditions, and embrace food and ways of cooking/eating that resist subjugation and instead nourish our palates, bodies, and lives? How do we make sense of the different realities of lived food experiences across time and space, taking into account the influences of power and privilege? How might we think through the intersections of diaspora, colonialism, assimilation, generational differences, and food gentrification/cultural appropriation? Utilizing an intersectional, audience-participatory, and multi-sensory approach, this symposium will include a panel of activists and scholars and a freshly-prepared meal by local chefs that cooks up decolonizing possibilities.

The Decolonizing Foodways Symposium is a project of the “Food, Identity, and Representation Working Group” at UC Berkeley, a consortium of cross-disciplinary scholars joined together to learn, share, and create public events around the intersection of culture, race, gender, class, sexuality, and colonialism in food systems studies.

Cosponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute; Department of Sociology; Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Department of Geography; Department of Ethnic Studies; Department of Gender and Women’s Studies; Townsend Center for the Humanities; Center for Research on Social Change; Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues; Student Environmental Resource Center; Berkeley Student Food Collective; Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence; and University of the Pacific Food Studies Program.

This event is free and open to the public, however registration is required. Register here.


4:10pm – Introduction
Food, Identity and Representation Working Group members

4:15pm – Decolonizing Foodways Panel
Moderator: Catriona Rueda Esquibel,
Associate Professor, Race and Resistance Studies, San Francisco State University
Gail Myers, Founder, Farms to Grow, Inc. and Freedom Farmers Market
Ron Reed, Co-Founder, Karuk-UC Berkeley Collaborative; Cultural Biologist, Karuk Tribe
Lok Siu, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Dawn Weleski, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh

5:15pm – A Sensory Experience in Three Courses
Each chef will introduce their course and its relation to the topic of decolonizing foodways, and participants will discuss a set framing questions with each course.

Saqib Keval,
Founder, People’s Kitchen, Oakland
Aileen Suzara, Chef and Food and Agriculture Editor, Hyphen Magazine
Bryant Terry, Chef, Educator, and Author

6:15pm – Closing
Report back from actionables/take away experiences

7 – 7:30pm – Holding space for lingering discussion, networking, and booksigning

Auspicious Images to Feminist Critiques, Oct 5

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
Since at least the 14th century women from the Mithila region of Bihar have painted images of the Hindu gods and goddesses on the walls of their homes to create auspicious spaces for domestic rituals – especially elaborated for marriage rituals. In the late 1960s they began painting these images on paper for sale. Since 2000 their repertoire has expanded to include contemporary social and political issues and events, and powerful feminist critiques of patriarchy, purdah, gender inequalities, dowry, arranged marriages, bride burning, female infanticide, even marriage itself. This presentation will make passing reference to the other political issues, but focus on the gender dynamics and gender politics increasingly central to this ancient painting tradition.

Image title: "Has this ever happened? No, but it should!" by Supriya Jha, 2012 (Acrylic on hand made acid free paper)

Brown Bag Lecture, Oct 7

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
This is part of a series of brown bag lectures.

Book Talk: The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy, Oct 9

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
The complete disappearance by the tenth century of the medieval Chinese aristocracy, the “great clans” that had dominated China for centuries, has long perplexed historians. In his book, Nicolas Tackett resolves the enigma of their disappearance by using new, digital methodologies to analyze a dazzling array of sources. He systematically exploits the thousands of funerary biographies excavated in recent decades—most of them never before examined by scholars—while taking full advantage of the explanatory power of Geographic Information System (GIS) and social network analysis. Tackett supplements these analyses with an extensive use of anecdotes culled from epitaphs, prose literature, and poetry, bringing to life the women and men of a millennium ago.

The Immortality of the Soul - An Ancient Egyptian Invention?, Oct 9

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
Jan Assmann will present the Foerster lecture on October 9, 2015 titled "The Immortality of the Soul - An Ancient Egyptian Invention?" The lecture will be held at Anna Head Alumnae Hall and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About Jan Assmann:

Jan Assmann is best known for his research of ancient Egyptian literature and religion, Egyptian funerary beliefs and practices, and modern uses of Egyptian culture (“Egyptomania”). His work reflects on the history of religion, especially the rise of monotheism in the ancient world. Assmann is also recognized for making notable contributions toward the development of the concept of “cultural memory,” shaping it into an exploratory tool capable of illuminating varied aspects of human culture. Assmann served as Professor of Egyptology at Heidelberg University from 1976 until 2003. In 2005, he was named Honorary Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies at the University of Constance where he continues today.

About the Lecture:

The Egyptians believed Pharaoh to be a god on earth who after his death would fly up to heaven and unite with the sun, his father. After the collapse of the Old Kingdom, this idea of royal immortality became accessible for non-royal persons but dependent on justification before a divine tribunal, the judgment of the dead. Immortality became a question, not of royalty but of morals. The lecture will investigate the origins and the evolution of these concepts.

Brown Bag Lecture, Oct 14

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
This is part of a series of brown bag lectures.

AIA Lecture - Reports fron the Field, Oct 15

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
Young scholars from UCB archaeology programs present their research conducted during the past season.

Brown Bag Lecture, Oct 21

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
This is part of a series of brown bag lectures.

PopUp Exhibition | Jon Voss on the Power of Digital History, Oct 28

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
Jon is the Strategic Partnerships Director at Shift (formerly We Are What We Do) , a non-profit that allows a global community of individuals to share historical documents that matter to them. HistoryPin was created with initial funding support from Google (2011) and consists of a “web platform and a series of local volunteer ­led community projects that together increase local social capital and reduce social isolation”. In this presentation Jon will explore the uses of HistoryPin and other Digital Humanities platforms for cultural institutions such as The Magnes, by capitalizing on HistoryPin’s partnerships with cultural institutions the world over.

Brown Bag Lecture, Oct 28

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
This is part of a series of brown bag lectures.

Berkeley Book Launch: What the Rest Think of the West, Oct 29

Other Archaeology Events at Cal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11
A new series highlights recent publications by CMES faculty with a book talk and reception.

What the Rest Think of the West, edited by Prof. Laura Nader
Over the past few centuries, as Western civilization has enjoyed an expansive and flexible geographic domain, Westerners have observed other cultures with little interest in a return gaze. In turn, these other civilizations have been similarly disinclined when they have held sway. Clearly, though, an external frame of reference outstrips introspection—we cannot see ourselves as others see us. Unprecedented in its scope, What the Rest Think of the West provides a rich historical look through the eyes of outsiders as they survey and scrutinize the politics, science, technology, religion, family practices, and gender roles of civilizations not their own. The book emphasizes the broader figurative meaning of looking west in the scope of history.

Focusing on four civilizations—Islamic, Japanese, Chinese, and South Asian—Nader has collected observations made over centuries by scholars, diplomats, missionaries, travelers, merchants, and students reflecting upon their own “Wests.” These writings derive from a range of purposes and perspectives, such as the seventh-century Chinese Buddhist who goes west to India, the missionary from Baghdad who travels up the Volga in the tenth century and meets the Vikings, and the Egyptian imam who in 1826 is sent to Paris to study the French. The accounts variously express critique, adoration, admiration, and fear, and are sometimes humorous, occasionally disturbing, at times controversial, and always enlightening. With informative introductions to each of the selections, Laura Nader initiates conversations about the power of representational practices.
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