In this week’s blog post, we interview Dr. Gino Canlas, a postdoctoral researcher with the Database of Religious History at the University of British Columbia. This project is an open access resource that offers a large-scale study of historical evidence and trends in religious experience from the Neolithic period to the present day. Dr. Canlas will be sharing his work on this project at our upcoming colloquium, “Presenting the Past: Responsible Engagement and Mediterranean History”.
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Blog Post #76: Interview with Heba Abd el Gawad of Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage Project
In this week’s blog post, we interview Dr. Heba Abd el Gawad, Egyptologist and project researcher for the AHRC funded project: “Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt”. Her research aims to amplify the voice, visibility, and validity of modern Egyptian communities in UK museums. Dr. Heba Abd el Gawad will be presenting this work at our upcoming colloquium, “Presenting the Past: Responsible Engagement and Ancient Mediterranean History”.
Blog Post #75: Interview with Christine Johnston of the Ancient World in 3D Project
In this week’s blog post, we interview Dr. Christine Johnston, the coordinator of the Ancient World in 3D Project (and video editor for Peopling the Past), who takes us through a collaborative project with several graduate students at Western Washington University which examines the use of 3D printed and replica materials in teaching about ancient cultures and societies. Christine and project member Alan Wheeler will be presenting this project at our upcoming colloquium, “Presenting the Past: Responsible Engagement and Ancient Mediterranean History”.
Blog Post #74: Interview with Flora Kirk of Flaroh Art
In February and March we are featuring public scholars who work across a number of media to represent the ancient world in creative and responsible ways. Our first interview features Flora Kirk, freelance artist who boldly brings the ancient Mediterranean world to life through her vivid and inspiring art.
Blog Post #73: Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean: An Interview with Dr. Carolina López-Ruiz
Today for our last blog entry about modern constructions of east and west, Dr. Carolina López-Ruiz talks to us about the marginalisation of the Phoenicians, and the struggle to focus on the under-represented peoples of the ancient Mediterranean.
Blog Post #72: Solving the Riddle of the Sphinx with Thierry Petit
Today we continue to explore modern constructions of east and west with Thierry Petit, who discusses the origins and significance of the Sphinx in the ancient Mediterranean.
Blog Post #71: Connecting Humans, Animals, and Things: Work Animal Objects in the Greek World with Adam DiBattista
This week as we continue to explore modern constructions of east and west, we take a look at the work of Adam DiBattista who studies the creation and use of objects made from durable animal remains in ancient Greece.
Blog Post #70: Deconstructing Orientalization with Jessica Nowlin
For the first blog post in our month-long exploration of “east” and “west,” Jessica Nowlin explores the history of the term “orientalization” in Italy, and how abandoning the term could change how we conceive of the ancient Mediterranean as a whole.
Blog Post #69: Beyond East and West: Conceptions of Naukratis
In November we reflect on our conceptions of “east” and “west” through a series of blog posts investigating cross-cultural interaction in the ancient world and modern interpretations of it. We start with a post by our blog editor, Megan Daniels, on the ancient city of Naukratis and its role in 19th-century western European imaginations.
Blog Post #68: Controlling the Restless Dead in Mesopotamia with JoAnn Scurlock
Today for our undead in the classical world blog series, Assyriologist JoAnn Scurlock discusses attitudes surrounding death, burial and funerals, the afterlife, and ghosts in ancient Mesopotamia.