Working in the field of archaeology, architectural history and material culture of the ancient Near East, Ömür Harmanşah's academic interests are increasingly focused on the intersections of architectural space, bodily performance and collective memory. He is particularly influenced by the developing fields of material culture studies, anthropological theories of art, technology and agency, ethnographies of space, place and landscape, and phenomenological approaches to spatiality.
Cities and the Shaping of Memory in the Ancient Near East
Cambridge University Press
51 b/w illus. 9 maps
Published on 18 March 2013
This book investigates the founding and building of cities in the ancient Near East. The creation of new cities was imagined as an ideological project or a divine intervention in the political narratives and mythologies of Near Eastern cultures, often masking the complex processes behind the social production of urban space. During the Early Iron Age (ca. 1200–850 BCE), Assyrian and Syro-Hittite rulers developed a highly performative official discourse that revolved around constructing cities, cultivating landscapes, building watercourses, erecting monuments, and initiating public festivals. This volume combs through archaeological, epigraphic, visual, architectural, and environmental evidence to tell the story of a region from the perspective of its spatial practices, landscape history, and architectural technologies. It argues that the cultural processes of the making of urban spaces shape collective memory and identity as well as sites of political performance and state spectacle.Google Books Preview
- Under review (2014). “Apparition on the Living Rock: Rock Reliefs and Landscape Monuments in the Near East” in A Companion to the Art of the Ancient Near East. Ann Gunter (ed). Malden MA: Blackwell.
- In press (2013). " Stone worlds: technologies of rock-carving and place-making in Anatolian landscapes " in Cambridge Handbook of the Bronze Age - Iron Age Mediterranean World. A. Bernard Knapp and Peter van Dommelen (eds.). Cambridge University Press.
- 2013. “Pınarlar, Mağaralar, ve Hitit Anadolu’sunda Kırsal Peyzaj: Yalburt Yaylası Arkeolojik Yüzey Araştırma Projesi (Ilgın, Konya), 2011 Sezonu Sonuçları.” 30. Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı. Ankara: T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı Kültür Varlıkları ve Müzeler Genel Müdürlüğü, 2. Cilt: 73-84. (with Peri Johnson).
- 2013. “The Cattlepen and the Sheepfold: Cities, Temples, and Pastoral Power in Ancient Mesopotamia.” In Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World. Deena Ragavan (ed.). Oriental Institute Seminars 9. Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 371-392.
- 2012. " The Location of Theory: A Discussion with Homi Bhabha," Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress 8: 1 ( 2012) (with Nick Shepherd).
- 2012. " Yalburt Yaylası (Ilgın, Konya) Arkeolojik Yüzey Araştırma Projesi, 2010 Sezonu Sonuçları " in 29. Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı. Adil Özme (ed). Ankara: T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı Kültür Varlıkları ve Müzeler Genel Müdürlüğü Yayın No: 153/2. Volume 2: 335-360. (with Peri A. Johnson)
- 2012. " Critical archaeologies for political engagements with place (Kritische Archaeologie: der Ort als Thema politischer Auseinandersetzung). " Forum Kritische Archäologie1: 134-140.
- 2012. " Beyond Aššur: New Cities and the Assyrian Politics of Landscape," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research365: 53-77.
- 2011. "Monuments and memory: Architecture and visual culture in ancient Anatolian history," in Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia (10,000–323 BCE). Edited by Sharon R. Steadman and Gregory McMahon. Oxford University Press, 623-651. Oxford Handbooks Online
- 2011. "Moving Landscapes, Making Place: Cities, Monuments and Commemoration at Malizi/Melid " Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology24.1: 55-83.
- 2009. “Stones of Ayanis: New Urban Foundations and the Architectonic Culture in Urartu during the 7th C. BC,” in Bautechnik im Antiken und Vorantiken Kleinasien. Internationale Konferenz 13-16. Juni 2007 in Istanbul. (Byzas9). Martin Bachmann (ed.). Ege Yayınları: Istanbul, 177-197.
- 2007. “ Source of the Tigris: event, place and performance in the Assyrian landscapes of the Early Iron Age,” Archaeological Dialogues14.2 (December): 179-204.
- 2007. “Upright stones and building narratives: formation of a shared architectural practice in the ancient Near East” in Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context: Studies in Honor of Irene J. Winter by Her Students. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East. Jack Cheng and Marian H. Feldman (eds.). Leiden: Brill Publishers, pp. 69-99.
- Timothy Simonds,"The Architecture of the Burrow: Reforming the 'Anti-Architectural' Prejudice of the Threshold" Second Reader. Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University, 2012.
- Lyra Monteiro,“Racializing the Ancient World: Ancestry and Identity in the Early United States." Dissertation Committee Member and Reader. Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, 2012.
- Bradley Sekedat,“Rethinking resources: The material and social networks of Eastern Mediterranean quarries in the Roman period.” Dissertation Committee Member and Reader. Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, 2012.
- Cecelia Feldman Weiss, “Living Fluidly: The uses and meanings of water in Asia Minor (Second Century BCE – Second Century CE)” Dissertation Co-chair of Committee with Susan E. Alcock. Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, 2011.
- Christopher A. Tuttle, “The Nabataean coroplastic arts: a new approach for studying terracotta figurines, plaques, vessels, and other clay objects”. Dissertation Committtee Member and Reader. Joukowsky institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, 2008.
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