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March 2017

The Anatomy of Loyalty and Patterns of Patronage in the Religio-political Culture of Sixteenth Century Iran

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

Dr. Khafipour discusses the spiritual dimensions of political loyalty that was instrumental in the formation of strong ties between the Safavid rulers and their chiefs at the epicenter of the order, where power was continually contested. Drawing on a wide variety of historical and literary sources, Islamic theology, and theories of power, he discusses the anatomy of political loyalty among the early Safavids within the context of early modern state formation and posits that hierarchies of spiritual power inherent in…

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Iran-China Relations in a Changing World

March 5 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian As two great civilizations with an illustrious imperial past, Iran and China have a long history of trade, political and cultural ties that go back to the ancient Silk Road more than 2100 years ago.  Islam was introduced to China by Persian speaking Muslims.  Currently, China has more than 30 million Muslims living primarily in the Western part of the country. Against this historical backdrop, Iran and China have witnessed an impressive expansion of their bilateral…

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The unusual New Kingdom Tomb-Chapel of Isisnofret on a rocky outcropping at Northwest Saqqara

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Dr. Nozomu Kawai specializes in history, art and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, with a particular emphasis on the period from the late Eighteenth Dynasty to the Nineteenth Dynasty. She has been directing Japanese archaeological excavation at Northwest Saqqara / South Abusir since 2001. Her Ph.D. thesis was on the reign of Tutankhamun (Studies in the Reign of Tutankhamun, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2005). She is currently working for the revision of her…

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February 2017

Speed Dating (Artifacts) In Ancient Egypt

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Workshop Ever wanted to know how to date an Egyptian statue? What makes an Amenhotep III face recognizable? How can you tell if a piece was recarved? What about the dating of Egyptian non-royal objects? This workshop will teach some of the tricks of the trade – using the shape of an eye, or a drooping lotus, or a distinctive belly button – as well as introducing the standards of portraiture. Come and learn to date Egyptian artifacts like…

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Egyptian Coffins and Sarcophagi in the San Diego Museum of Man: Some Technical Studies

February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    The San Diego museum of man has a collection of Saite and Ptolemaic coffins and mummies which were the subject of a technical study from 2007-2009.  Pigments, binding media, grounds, wood and degradation products were characterized by x ray diffraction analyses, x ray fluorescence spectroscopy, polarized light microscopy, wood anatomy, gas chromatography mass spectrometry and Elisa, a synopsis of the results of the study will be presented with examples of specific coffins illustrated. Light lunch provided. David Scott…

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Annual Colloquia in Armenian Studies

February 23 - February 24

The Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies is a forum for graduate students from various disciplines whose research bears on Armenian Studies to present scholarly papers in the humanities and social sciences, within disciplines as wide-ranging as Anthropology, Archaeology, Art history, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, History, and Political Science.

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Opening at the Close: History and Politics in Late-10th- Century Armenia

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This paper explores the spectrum of Armenian historical writing from the second half of the 10th century, arguing for a remarkable diversity of approach and experience. Dr. Timothy W. Greenwood received his D.Phil from the University of Oxford, and is a Senior Lecturer in the School of History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His teaching interests extend across mediaeval Byzantium and the Near East (6th–11th centuries) with particular interest in the Caucasus and Sasanian Persia. His research is…

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The Archaeological Adventure of Museo Egizio (1903-1920)

February 16 @ 3:30 pm

Ernesto Schiaparelli, director of Museo Egizio between 1894 and 1928 responded to the need for an enlarged Egyptian collection at Turin. In 1903 the Missione Archeologica Italiana (M.A.I.) was founded, promoting 12 archaeological expeditions at 11 sites in Egypt. With the important assistance of collaborators, Schiaparelli undertook this fieldwork to better document the history of Ancient Egypt. Significantly, the anthropological interest in human remains of these expeditions was at that time innovative, and gave the Museo Egizio an original multidisciplinary…

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Excavations at Pasargadae: The First Imperial City of the Achaemenids

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The World Heritage site of Pasargadae was the first dynastic site of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, in Fars, in the sixth century BCE. Its palaces, gardens, and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and testament to the grandeur of the Achaemenid civilization. In 2016, a new comprehensive excavation project was launched at the site. The first season of work concentrated on the ruined, solitary tower…

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Metaphysical Subversions in Contemporary Iranian Art

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A lecture in English The directional force of contemporary Iranian art, especially photography, the genius of its expression, is principally the subversion of metaphysical concepts, be they theological, philosophical and/or ontological. Contemporary Iranian art makes transparent the arbitrariness of Truth centers, thus resulting in the erasure of such cherished absolutes as the concept of author as God (artist as the creator of original concepts and forms), Art (as a privileged expression) and the a priori of an essence from which…

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