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Materialities of Exchange in Afro-Eurasian Antiquity: Workshop on May 13 by New York University

28 April 2021

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York University) will host its first session in a series of workshops exploring the theme “Materialities of Exchange in Afro-Eurasian Antiquity.” These focused discussions hope to generate productive conversations concerning the material aspects of connectivity, interaction, and mobility.

Leading questions will include: What is materiality? What aspects of mobility are manifest and/or embedded in material culture (i.e., objects, infrastructure, and loci of exchange)? What are the limitations and advantages of a material approach to ancient connectivity? The proposed geographical and chronological scope hopes to ground the discussion on a familiar set of archaeological case studies, while also attracting a diverse range of participants. After an introduction to the topics, attendees will have the opportunity to contribute with their own insights and questions.

At our first remote workshop, we have the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Peter Van Dommelen (Brown) and Dr. Miguel John Versluys (Leiden), who will open the discussion with some brief introductory comments. The meeting will take place on May 13, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. The tone of the workshop will be conversational and all participants are invited to ask questions and intervene in the discussion. 
Please follow this link to register. The workshop is open to advanced students and academics; however, please note that this event is not intended for the general public. Advanced registration is required, and the number of participants will be limited in order to facilitate discussion. A short number of readings to help stimulate discussion will be distributed to participants upon registration. There will be an opportunity to extend the meeting for those interested in socializing immediately after the session.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Workshop Organizers, Mariana Castro (mariana.castro@nyu.edu) and Dr. Jeremy Simmons (jeremy.simmons@nyu.edu).
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