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Conference: Archaeology of Imperial Encounters in the Southern Levant during the Second and First Millennia BCE

Conference: Archaeology of Imperial Encounters in the Southern Levant during the Second and First Millennia BCE

The Religionswissenschaftliches Seminar of the University of Zurich is pleased to announce an international symposium:

Archaeology of Imperial Encounters in the Southern Levant during the Second and First Millennia BCE

Zurich, 23-25 May 2016

Symposium location: Asien-Orient-Institut, Rämistrasse 59, Aula G-01

For free registration and additional information please contact idokoch@post.tau.ac.il

The southern Levant, which was exposed to external political and economic hegemony from the time of Thutmose III’s campaigns in the 15th century BCE and throughout most of its documented history, is a prominent candidate for a discussion focusing on imperial encounters. As the most intensely archaeologically explored region of the Near East it also provides numerous possibilities for discussion and comparison of case studies. A glimpse at previous scholarship attests to discussions dealing mainly with literary echoes of cultural identity in the making, religious developments and other issues; in contrast, archaeological reflections of social transformations due to imperial encounter have been addressed only occasionally. This stands in marked contrast to the plethora of scholarship dealing with the archaeology of imperial-indigenous discourses in other regions across the globe, ancient and modern alike. Accordingly, we wish to bring together in this symposium recent developments in the theoretical discussion on the archaeology of empires and colonial encounters on the one hand, with the abundance of information on the archaeology of the southern Levant during the second and first millennium BCE on the other.

MONDAY, 23 MAY

16:00-16:30
CHRISTOPH UEHLINGER (University of Zurich) and IDO KOCH (University of Zurich) – Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: Theories and Modern Perspectives
16:30-17:15
NEIL A. SILBERMAN (University of Massachusetts Amherst) – The Archaeology of Imperial Encounters: A Rhetoric of Contemporary Anxieties?
17:15-18:00
CHRISTOPH UEHLINGER (University of Zurich) – Should Ancient History Go Post-Colonial? From Colonial Rule through Elite Emulation to Domestication of Empire
18:00-18:15
Coffee Break
18:15-19:00
BRADLEY J. PARKER (University of Utah) – Re-Modeling Empire
19:00-19:30
Concluding remarks

TUESDAY, 24 MAY

Session 2: First Imperial Phase
9:00-9:45
ALEXANDER AHRENS (German Archaeological Institute, Orient Department, Damascus Branch) – Establishing Egypt´s Empire in the East: The 18th Dynasty in the Northern Levant
9:45-10:30
ANGELA MASSAFRA (University of Glasgow) – Egyptian Imperialism in Southern Palestine: Investigating a Cultural Encounter through Pottery and Material Connections
10:30-10:45
Coffee break
10:45-11:30
JULIA LINKE (University of Freiburg; Historical Museum, Speyer) – Local Rulers, Global Players? Kamid el-Loz in the Late Bronze Age
11:30-12:15
IDO KOCH (University of Zurich) – Twilight: Southwest Canaan in the 12th Century BCE
12:15-12:45
Concluding remarks

12:45-14:15
Lunch break

Session 3: Indigenous interlude
14:15-15:00
SHIRLY BEN-DOR EVIAN (Tel Aviv University) – The Empire Strikes Back: Sheshonq and the Levant
15:00-15:45
STEFAN MÜNGER (University of Bern) – “Imperial Leftovers”: Continuing ‘Egyptian’ Traditions after the Late Bronze Age in the Material Culture of the Southern Levant
15:45-16:15
Coffee break
16:15-17:00
ISRAEL FINKELSTEIN (Tel Aviv University) – Jerusalem and Empires: Long Term Observations
17:00-17:45
CLAUDIA E. SUTER (University of Bern) – The Samaria Ivories: Cultural Identity in the Iron Age Levant between Egypt and Assyria
17:45-18:15
Concluding remarks

WEDNESDAY, 25 MAY

Session 4: Second imperial phase-part 1
9:00-9:45
ODED LIPSCHITS (Tel Aviv University) – One Picture in Three Different Dimensions: The Age of Empires through Archaeological, Historical and Biblical Perspectives
9:45-10:30
GUNNAR LEHMANN (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) – Assyrian Imperial Presence in Southern Israel
10:30-10:45
Coffee break
10:45-11:30
MIROSLAV NOVÁK (University of Bern) – Assyrianization of the Levant as Reflected by Material Culture
11:30-12:15
RÜDIGER SCHMITT (University of Münster) – The so-called “Assyrian Crisis” of Israelite Religion and the Impact of Assyrian Religious Iconography on Iron IIC Judah
12:15-12:45
Concluding remarks

12:45-14:15
Lunch break

Session 5: Second imperial phase-part 2
14:15-15:00
YIFTAH SHALEV (Israel Antiquities Authority) – “I Could Drink Much Wine and Yet Bear It Well”: Wine Trade in the Levant during the Achaemenid Regime
15:00-15:45
SILVIA SCHROER (University of Bern) and PATRICK WYSSMANN (University of Bern) – Feared, Adored and Idolized: Horses, Horsemen and Chariotry in the Iconography of the Southern Levant from the Late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period
15:45-16:00
Coffee break
16:00-16:45
ANDREA BERLIN (Boston University) – The Circle Game: Egypt, the Levant, and the Consequences of Empire
16:45-17:30
GUY STIEBEL (Tel Aviv University) – “War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness” (1QM): A Reflection of the Rise of Rome in the East
17:30-17:45
Coffee break

17:45-18:45
Concluding remarks and a final discussion

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