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April 2018

In the Workshop of an Ancient Egyptian Sculptor

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In 1912, the excavation team of the Deutsch Orient-Gesellschaft under the direction of Ludwig Borchardt revealed the exceptional remains of the estate and workshop of an ancient Egyptian sculptor of the middle of the 15th century BCE, who worked for Pharaoh Akhenaten in the latter’s new royal residence of Akhet-Aten (modern Amarna), in Middle Egypt. Next to the world-famous bust of Nefertiti, the German excavators unearthed a collection of plaster portrait studies that allow reconstructing the creation procedure of ancient…

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The Frankfurt School, Authoritarianism, Fundamentalism and Cosmetics: From 1920s Germany to Contemporary Middle East

April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Janet Afary (UC Santa Barbara) There is very little information on the romantic and sexual behaviors of young Muslim contemporaries in the Middle East, or among immigrant communities in the West. However, Facebook has provided us with a new tool, which permits a better understanding of young Muslim practices from Algeria and Egypt to Iran and Pakistan. In this lecture, two questions will be addressed: is there’s a link between authoritarianism and the desire to control women’s bodies? Furthermore, is there a connection between authoritarianism and Islamic religious…

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Persian and Greek Participation in the Making of China’s First Empire

April 22 @ 2:00 pm

Terra-cotta warriors, bronze chariots and horses are among the iconic artifacts associated with China’s first imperial dynasty, the Qin (221 206 BCE). Chinese archaeologist Duan Qinbo shares new evidence that suggests the material culture and social governance of the Qin may not be solely indigenous Chinese, but may also have come to China along Central Asian trade routes.

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Royal Succession in Ancient Egypt and Early Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Royal Succession in Ancient Egypt Nowhere are the legal terms of royal succession in ancient Egypt set out in explicit terms. The concept of hereditary monarchy manifests a wide range of modes of succession across time and place, and today we will review these, together with such evidence as survives from Egypt to discuss the way in which Egyptian pharaonic succession may have functioned, in both theory and practice. We also consider the evidence for and existence of, the institution…

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ARCE Practice Talks Round 2

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     

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Panel on Environment and Sustainability (in Persian)

April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Following the lectures of the speakers, there will be a period for Q & A. Amir AghaKouchak (UC Irvine) Anthropogenic Drought and the Notion of Water-Bankruptcy خشکسالی انسانی و مقوله ورشکستگی آبی The presentation focuses on Iran currently experiencing serious water and environmental problems. Droughts coupled with increasing water demands and over-abstraction of surface and groundwater resources have escalated the nation’s water situation to a critical level. We argue that while climate change has played a role, the primary drivers…

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ARCE Practice Talks Round 1

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 

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March 2018

Egyptology in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Scholarship, Careers

March 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The history of Egyptology in the Third Reich has long been tabooed and never been the subject of academic analysis. Based on extensive archival research in Germany, this lecture will provide an overview of the discipline under National Socialism. It will look at the careers of individual scholars, from the emigrants and those persecuted to scholars who served in the SA, SS and Waffen-SS, and who themselves as “political leaders” for the new regime. Attempts to align Egyptology, a discipline…

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Songs of Nowruz and Spring in Persian Poetry

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (UCLA) The celebration known as Nowruz not only marks the start of the Iranian New Year at the vernal equinox, but it has also been widely celebrated over several millennia across a vast expanse from Anatolia, the Iranian plateau, to West and Central Asia. As a theme too, Nowruz and the spring have been a staple of Persian poetry in pre-Islamic and Islamic Iran up to modern times. The theme of Nowruz has been ceremoniously recited at royal courts, as well as in cities…

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Unscripted: The Visuality of Monumental Script in Ptolemaic Egypt

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Egyptian language is visually associated with its iconic Hieroglyphs. However, by the Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE), the later form of Egyptian known as Demotic, which employed a different script, was commonly used in daily life. Hieroglyphs retained a prominent position and could imbue an inscription with prestige, but the multicultural shift of the Egyptian population by this period led to modifications in the vocabulary of social presentation. At this time, individuals creating inscribed funerary objects began experimenting with the…

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