Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Conversation about Iraq's Cultural Heritage

A Conversation about Iraq's Cultural Heritage
TARII invites you to a conversation about Iraq’s cultural heritage, to be moderated by Dr. Katharyn Hanson. We look forward to welcoming Maysoon Al-Damluji, Dr. Abdulameer Al-Hamdani, Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, and Dr. Nada Shabout for this webinar discussion.
Among the topics to be discussed by the scholars will be:
Photograph by Olivia Kuzio, Imaging Intern, MCI (Smithsonian Institution, 2019)
  • Key issues for Iraq’s cultural heritage today
  • The progression of cultural heritage research
  • The role of the international community
  • The trafficking of cultural heritage objects and artifacts
  • The preservation of modern art and historic architecture
  • Effects of the global pandemi

Dr. Katharyn Hanson (Moderator)

Dr. Katharyn Hanson is a Smithsonian Secretary's Scholar and a Cultural Heritage Preservation Scholar at the Museum Conservation Institute. She works as an archaeologist specializing in the protection of cultural heritage. Dr. Hanson received her doctorate from the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled: Considerations of Cultural Heritage: Threats to Mesopotamian Archaeological Sites. Previously she held a visiting research position with the Geospatial Technologies Team at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and MCI. She directs archaeological site preservation training at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq and serves on the Board of The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII). She has been involved in various archaeological fieldwork projects for over 25 years and has curated museum exhibits and published on damage to ancient sites in Iraq and Syria. Her research combines field archaeology, remote sensing, and cultural heritage protection methodology and policy with on-the-ground action to protect culture

Maysoon Al-Damluji

Maysoon Al-Damluji is a liberal politician who studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and practised as an architect until 2003. She served as Deputy Minister of Culture (2003- 2006) in Iraq, was a Member of the Iraqi Parliament for 3 terms (2006- 2018), and chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Culture and Media. Her main focus is cultural issues and women's rights in Iraq. Currently, she is Adviser of Culture and Reconstruction Affairs for President Barham Saleh.

Dr. Abdulameer Al-Hamdani

Dr. Abdulameer Al-Hamdani is an Anthropological Archaeologist specializing in the Near Eastern and Mesopotamian archaeology. He has a Bachelor degree in Ancient Archaeology, Baghdad University 1987, an MA in Archaeology from the Department of Anthropology of State University of New York at Stony Brook, May 2013, entitled Town, Village and Marsh Settlement in the Eridu Basin: Economic, Spatial, Political and Ritual Relationships between Settlements in the Sumerian Heartland in the Early Second Millennium BCE. He has a PhD from the Department of Anthropology-the State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2015 entitled The Shadow States: The Archaeology of Power in the Marshes of Southern Mesopotamia. He has specialized in using remote sensing, GIS, and geospatial techniques in archaeology; regional archaeological survey, internal systematic survey, and landscape archaeology. Dr. Al-Hamdani has served as the Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Antiquities in Iraq, Chairman of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, Director of the Antiquities office of the Dhiqar province, Director of the Nasiriya Museum, and has led numerous excavations in Iraq.

Dr. Patty Gerstenblith

Dr. Patty Gerstenblith is a Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University and Director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law. She is founding president of the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (2005-2011), an officer of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, a member of the steering committee for ABA's Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee, and a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. From 2011 to 2017, she served as an appointee of President Obama as the chair of the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. Department of State, on which she had previously served as a public representative in the Clinton administration. From 1995 to 2002, she was editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property. Gerstenblith received her AB from Bryn Mawr College, PhD in art history and anthropology from Harvard University, and JD from Northwestern University. Before joining the DePaul law faculty, Gerstenblith clerked for the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Dr. Nada Shabout

Nada Shabout is a Professor of Art History and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas. She is the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA). She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, University of Florida Press, 2007; co-editor of New Vision: Arab Art in the 21st Century, Thames & Hudson, 2009; and co-editor of Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018. She is also founding director of Modern Art Iraq Archive. Notable among exhibitions she has curated: Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art, 2010; traveling exhibition, Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, 2005-2009; and co-curator, Modernism and Iraq, 2009. Major awards of her research include: Getty Foundation 2019; Writers Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation 2018; The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) fellow 2006, 2007, Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, 2008. She is currently working on a new book project, Demarcating Modernism in Iraqi Art: The Dialectics of the Decorative, 1951-1979, under contract with the American University in Cairo Press. Dr. Shabout is also on the Board of TARII.

Registration is now open!

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This webinar will be held over Zoom but space will be limited. For those who cannot join us, the discussion will be recorded and shared on the TARII Conferences page after the event.

Open Access Journal: Ursus

Washington University in St. Louis

Ursus, the Classics department (Washington Ubiversity at Saint Louis) newsletter, is published annually. The newsletter includes updates on our faculty and students, recognition for those who have achieved honors in our department, news on our alumni, and so much more. For more frequent updates, visit our news page.

Ursus 2020 (pdf)
Ursus 2019 (pdf)
Ursus 2018 (pdf)
Ursus 2017 (pdf)
Ursus 2016 (pdf)
Ursus 2015 (pdf)
Ursus 2014 (pdf)
Ursus 2013 (pdf)

See AWOL's full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies 

Monday, September 21, 2020

'Black Pharaohs? Egyptological bias, racism, and Egypt and Nubia as African Civilizations'

'Black Pharaohs? Egyptological bias, racism, and Egypt and Nubia as African Civilizations'
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 4:00pm
Location: Virtual Lecture
Stuart Smith
Stuart T. Smith, University of California, Santa Barbara
Black Pharaohs? Egyptological bias, racism, and Egypt and Nubia as African Civilizations
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Stuart Tyson Smith is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Smith’s research centers on the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Nubia with a theoretical focus on the social and ethnic dynamics of colonial encounters and the origins of the Napatan Kushite state, whose rulers became Pharaohs of Egypt’s 25th Dynasty. He has published on the dynamics of Egyptian imperialism and royal ideology, the use of sealings in administration, death and burial in ancient Egypt and Nubia, and the ethnic, social and economic dynamics of intercultural interaction between ancient Egypt and Nubia.  He has also participated in and led archeological expeditions to Egypt and since 1997 to Sudanese Nubia, where he co-directs the UCSB-Purdue University Tombos expedition to the third cataract of the Nile. This research has been funded by multiple grants from the National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation. In addition to fieldwork, he is also engaged in a long-term study and write-up of the UCLA excavations conducted by the late Alexander Badawy at the fortress of Askut in Sudanese Nubia. In a new line of research, Smith applies a postcolonial approach to modern scholarly and popular views of ancient Egypt as not truly African and Nubia as its subordinate, confronting the intersection between racism and longstanding academic and political bias. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Dr. Smith has published three books, Askut in Nubia: The Economics and Ideology of Egyptian Imperialism in the Second Millennium BC, Valley of the Kings (for children), and Wretched Kush: Ethnic Identities and Boundaries in Egypt’s Nubian Empire. In 1993, he took a break from academia as Egyptological Consultant for the hit MGM movie ‘Stargate,’ commenting on the script and recreating spoken ancient Egyptian for the film. He returned to Hollywood consulting in 1998 and 2000 for the Universal remake of ‘The Mummy’ and its sequel, ‘The Mummy Returns,’ and most recently for 2018’s web production ‘Stargate Origins: Catherine.’ Prof. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Open Access Journal: Forum Classicum: Zeitschrift für die Fächer Latein und Griechisch an Schulen und Universitäten

[First posted in AWOL 3 November 2009. Updated 21 Septeember 2020 (recent volumes added)]

Forum Classicum: Zeitschrift für die Fächer Latein und Griechisch an Schulen und Universitäten
ISSN-Print: 1432-7511
ISSN-Internet: 2510-4705
Forum Classicum ist die Zeitschrift für die Fächer Latein und Griechisch an Schulen und Universitäten. Die Zeitschrift wird von Deutschen Altphilologenverband herausgegeben und erscheint jährlich mit vier Heften.

Die Zeitschrift Forum Classicum setzt das von 1958 bis 1996 in 39 Jahrgängen erschienene „Mitteilungsblatt des Deutschen Altphilologenverbandes“ fort.
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Teaching the Middle East: A Resource for Educators

Teaching the Middle East: A Resource for Educators

Discover the great currents of continuity and change throughout Middle Eastern history…

This resource was written by many of the best scholars in the field of Middle Eastern studies and created in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and three University of Chicago units, the Oriental Institute, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the eCUIP Digital Library Project.

The goal of Teaching the Middle East: A Resource for Educators is to provide teachers of Middle Eastern history and culture with a rich, reliable, and easily accessible resource that draws upon sound humanities scholarship to help build student understanding of Middle Eastern history and culture. Drawing upon the unparalleled expertise of renowned scholars from the University of Chicago, the archaeological resources of a world-famous research facility and museum, and the inherent flexibility and strengths of the Internet, it is our hope that this resource will enhance teaching and learning about the Middle East in the nation’s classrooms.

Academically rigorous, thoughtful, and stimulating, Teaching the Middle East seeks to offer new ways of seeing and understanding by crossing cultural divides and illuminating how our shared human concerns cross oceans, time, and cultures.

For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:
The Oriental Institute Open Access Publications

Alin Suciu's Coptic Resources

Cairo (Coptic Museum)
Cairo (Institut français d’archéologie orientale)
Coquin, R.-G., “Le fonds copte de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale du Caire,” in Écritures et traditions dans la literature copte. Journée d’études coptes, Strasbourg 28 mai 1982 (Cahiers de la bibliothèque copte, 1; Louvain 1983) 9-18
Louis, C., Catalogue raisonné des manuscrits littéraires coptes conservés à l’IFAO du Caire. Contribution à la reconstitution de la bibliothèque du Monastère Blanc (unpublished Ph.D. thesis, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section des Sciences Religieuses: Paris)
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Paris (Bibliothèque Nationale)
Porcher, E., “Analyse des manuscrits coptes 131.1-8 de la Bibliothèque Nationale,” Revue d’Égyptologie 1 (1933) 105-160, 231-278, 2 (1936) 65-123
Lucchesi, E., Répertoire des manuscrits coptes (sahidiques) publiés de la Bibliothèque nationale de Paris (Cahiers d’Orientalisme, 1; Geneva: Patrick Cramer, 1981)
Bouvarel-Boud’hors, A., Catalogue des fragments coptes vol. 1: Fragments bibliques nouvellement identifiés (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, 1987)
Berlin (Papyrussammlung)
London (British Library)
Layton, B., Catalogue of Coptic Literary Manuscripts in the British Library Acquired Since the Year 1906 (London: British Museum, 1987)
Zanetti, U., “Un catalogue des additions coptes des Londres,” Analecta Bollandiana 106 (1988) 171-181
Manchester (John Rylands Library)
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Buzi, P., Catalogo dei manoscritti copti borgiani conservati presso la Biblioteca Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele III” di Napoli (Accademia dei Lincei – Memorie, Ser. IX, 25/1; Rome: Scienze e lettere, 2009)
Leiden (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
Pleyte, W. & Boeser, P.A.A., Manuscrits coptes du Musée des Pays-Bas à Leide (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1897)
Elanskaya, A.I., The Literary Coptic Manuscripts in the A.S. Pushkin State Fine Arts Museum in Moscow (Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae, 18; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994)
Lambdin, T.O, Introduction to Sahidic Coptic (Macon GA: Mercer University Press, 1983)
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Isaiah of Scetis
The monk Augustinos, Tou hosiou patros hemon abba Esaiaou logoi 29 (Jerusalem, 1911; 2nd ed. S. Schoinas, Volos, 1962)
Hardy, E. R., “A Fragment of the Works of the Abbott Isaias,” Annuaire de l’Institut de Philologie et d’Histoire Orientales et Slaves 7 (1944) 127-140
Mercati, G., “Sul papiro greco dell’Archivio di Stato di Firenze,” Aegyptus 32 (1952) 464-473
Guillaumont, A., L’Asceticon copte de l’abbé Isaïe. Fragments sahidiques édités et traduits (Bibliothèque d’études coptes, 5; Cairo 1956) part 1; part 2
Draguet, R., Les cinq recensions de l’Ascéticon syriaque d’abba Isaïe 4 vols. (CSCO, 289-290, 293-294. Scriptores Syri, 120-123; Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1968)
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Chitty, D.J., “Abba Isaiah,” Journal of Theological Studies n.s., 22 (1971) 47-72
Lucchesi, E., “Le dossier d’Apa Zénobe. Addenda et corrigenda. Appendice II: Un Logos inconnu d’Isaïe de Scété. Chenouté, Isaïe et Moïse,” Analecta Bollandiana 117 (1999) 67-80
Nessim Youssef, Y., “Un complément de l’Asceticon copte de l’Abbé Isaïe,” Vigiliae Christianae 55 (2001) 187-190

Hittite Epigraphic Findings In The Ancient Near East

[First posted in AWOL 30 December 2012, updated 21 September 2020]

Hittite Epigraphic Findings In The Ancient Near East

The present web-site has been developed with the purpose of creating a general geographic map of the epigraphic findings belonging to the Hittite Kingdom (1600 – 1150 BC). The findings listed here concern texts, seals, and inscribed objects written either in Akkadian or Hittite.

Data come from more than 70 archaeological sites spread over a territory extending from the Western Anatolian coast to the Tigris valley and from the Northern Anatolian coast to the Syro-Lebanese border.

The web-site and its contents have been created and are updated by Dr. Dario Fossati.
The page was realized as part of the project "Creazione di una mappa interattiva dei ritrovamenti epigrafici nei siti anatolici e siriani sotto controllo ittita" and has been supervised by Professor Franca Pecchioli Daddi of the University of Florence.

It has been part of the research project PRIN 2009 "Modelli di costruzione fisica ed ideologica del territorio e identità culturali: città sacre, santuari, complessi funerari in Siria, Anatolia e Transcaucasia nelle Età del Bronzo e del Ferro", supervised by Professor Stefania Mazzoni.
Updating of the site is currently supported by the University of Florence (Dept. SAGAS) under the supervision of Giulia Torri.