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Power, Patronage, and Politics: Taking Stock of Empires

Power, Patronage, and Politics: Taking Stock of Empires
41 Wilcocks Street, Upper Dining Room, Faculty Club
Time: Feb 26th, 2:00 pm End: Feb 27th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Classics (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, Archaeology, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS)
18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium of the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Studies

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations is pleased to present the 18th Annual NMCGSA Symposium:

Power, Patronage, and Politics: Taking Stock of Empires

Poster [pdf]

Conference website: click HERE


2:00pm  Opening Remarks

Session A: Material Culture from Frontier to Metropol

2:05 pm  Ayse Bike Baykara (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign), Politics of the Arena and How did Roman Pergamon Utilize Architecture to reflect a particular identity and ideology?

2:25 pm Candis Haak (University of Toronto), Royal Patrons of Pilgrimage: Space, Ritual, and Reference as Subject Makers of the Vijayanagara Empire

2:45pm  Aimee Miles (Koç University), Roman civic infrastructure as pacification and propaganda: Case studies in Lycia and Pamphylia from the 1st century B.C. to the 1st century A.D.

3:05pm  Radovan Kabatiar (University of Toronto), Life on the Periphery, Life at the Crossroads. Subsistence  strategies at Kinet Höyük (Turkey) in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages

3:25-3:40pm break

Session B: The Neo-Assyrian Empire

3:40pm Jennifer Finn (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität), Rethinking The Sin of Sargon within Assyro-Babylonian Imperial Discourse

4:00pm  Yan Jia (Harvard University), Opening the Imperial Doors of Assyria: A Spatial Reading of the Neo-Assyrian Monumental Doors from Balawat

4:20pm Amanda Lanham (Harvard University), The Art of Emulation: "Assyrianization" at Tell Fekheriye and Carchemish

4:40pm  Tracy L. Spurrier (University of Toronto), 'Alme, Ak'ud, A'lula 'allassunu!' Searching for evidence of  Neo-Assyrian Kings sharing their glory

5:00-5:30pm Defining Empire Discussion


9:30am Welcome coffee hour

Session C: Medieval Islamic thought

10:00am Yehia Amin (University of Toronto), Between Peripatetic and Mystic: Studying Suhrawardi's Early Thought

10:25am Khalil Andani (Harvard Divinity School), The Metaphysics of Tawh'd: Ism and Akbar' Perspectives

10:50-11:05am break

Session D: Reflections on Modern Intellectual Thought

11:05am Dina Fergani (University of Toronto), Abdallah al-Nadim and the 19th century Egyptian intellectual milieu: Modern, all too modern?

11:30am Sabrina M. Guerrieri (University of Toronto), Shari'ati's Third World Existentialism: reconciling 'anti- materialism' and 'Islamic Marxism'

11:55am Netanel Silverman (University of Toronto), What Grows from New York Concrete: Haim Nahman Bialik's Romantic Tidhar (Elm Tree) and Mahmoud Darwish's Ironic Zanbak (Lily)

12:20-2:00pm   lunch break


Session E: Ancient Egypt

2:00pm Thomas H. Greiner (University of Toronto), Byblos and its Egyptian Connections in the late 2nd Millennium BC

2:25pm  Renata Schiavo (Pisa University), Royal and non-royal ancestor worship in Ancient Egypt: a diachronic perspective

2:50-3:05pm break

Session F: Egypt in the 19th and 20th Centuries

3:05pm Fadia Bahgat (McGill University), The Case of the Maltese Women Evaders

3:30pm Meira Gold (University of Toronto), Victorian Egyptology in Context: The Egypt Exploration Fund's search for the biblical exodus route

3:55pm Eric Schewe (University of Michigan), No Photography in Military Areas: The Imperial Origins of Egyptian Spacial Security Techniques in World War II

Session G: Inside Syria Today (special presentation and discussion)

4:20pm Rasha Elendari (University of Toronto), and Joanna Kader (Gordon Kirke Q. C.), Assad and Isis: Syrians on the horns of a dilemma

5:30pm Symposium Reception NMC Department (4 Bancroft Ave) Conference Room 200B

This year's NMCGSA Symposium is being organized by Meredith Brand, Usman Hamid, Janet Khuu, and Tracy Spurrier

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