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Workshop/Conference

Sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and the Cogut Center for the Humanities

March 6th-8th (Friday-Sunday)


Description: The aim of this workshop is to stage an interdisciplinary discussion of the many ambivalent linkages between violence and order through human history. It will bring together scholars presenting on a variety topics relating to violence and civilization from ancient China to the modern US.


Format: Each presenter will give a 30 minute paper followed by a 15 minute presentation by a discussant, followed by 15 minutes of discussion time


Friday, March 6th


Keynote

Sanctified Violence in Ancient Mediterranean Religions: a Typological Overview(abstract)(Document Iconpaper)
Bruce Lincoln Caroline E. Haskell Professor of the History of Religions, Divinity School, University of Chicago

Time: 5:30, Place: MacMillan Hall, Room 115

Reception to follow at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, 70 Waterman Street.


Saturday, March 7th


Workshop

MacMillan Hall, Room 115

8:30-8:45 Coffee and muffins

8:45-9:00 Welcome remarks and Introduction: "'Violence' and 'Civilization', Framing the Issues"
Rod Campbell Post-doctoral Research Associate, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University

9:00-9:30 "The Military Normal: Feeling at Home with Counterinsurgency in the United States"(abstract)
Catherine Lutz Professor, Anthropology Department, Brown University

9:30-9:45 Response Philippe Bonditti Visiting Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University

9:45-10:00 General Discussion

10:00-10:30 "Punishing Violence: State-Sanctioned Killing and the Destruction of Tokyo, 1923"(abstract)
Kerry Smith Associate Professor, Department of History, Brown University

10:30-10:45 Response Susan Alcock Joukowsky Family Professor in Archaeology

10:45-11:00 General Discussion

11:00-11:30 "On Torture in Societies Against the State"(abstract)
Severin Fowles Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia Unversity

11:30-11:45 Response Ian Straughn Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Archaeology, Brown University

11:45-12:00 General Discussion


Lunch Break

12:00-1:30


1:30-2:00 "Violence and Leisure in Roman North Africa"(abstract)
Rebecca Molholt Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University

2:00-2:15 Response Ari Byren Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

2:15-2:30 General Discussion

2:30-3:00 "Dramas of the Dialectic: Sacrifice and Power in Ancient Polities"(abstract)
Edward Swensen Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

3:00-3:15 Response Omur Harmansah Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asia Studies, Brown University

3:15-3:30 General Discussion

3:30-4:00 "Transformations of Violence: On Humanity and Inhumanity in Early China"(abstract)
Rod Campbell Post-doctoral Research Associate, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University

4:00-4:15 Response Laurel Bestock Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asia Studies, Brown University

4:15-4:30 General Discussion

4:30-4:45 Closing Remarks
Catherine Lutz Professor, Anthropology Department, Brown University


Dinner for workshop participants

6:30


Sunday, March 8th'''


Round table discussion

9:00-11:30 (coffee and light breakfast) Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, 70 Waterman Street.



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