May 6, 2019
"Landscape Studies in the Near East: The Next 100 Years"
Sponsors: Oriental Institute, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation
May 10-11, 2018, Fri-Sat, 8:30am-5:30pm
Held at the Franke Institute for the Humanities, Regenstein Library
This workshop, organized by the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (CAMEL), both celebrates the strides we have made in understanding ancient Near Eastern landscapes over the past century, and looks forward to the directions the field is going in future — or where it ought to go — geographically, methodologically, and theoretically. Concerned with Near Eastern landscape studies' disciplinary status and future, participants will be presenting ideas that are creative and forward-looking, even if not yet fully demonstrated "on the ground." Topics include the environment and social change; integrating and analyzing large-scale datasets; new remote sensing and other technologies; cultural heritage and political ecology; landscape archaeology theory; modeling ancient settlement systems; and synthesizing historical and archaeological data. Speakers inlcude Simone Mühl, Catherine Kearns, Alan Farahani, Pedro Lourenço Gonçalves, Jennie Bradbury, Melissa Rosenzweig, Ömür Harmanşah, Peri Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Emily Hammer, Wael Abu-Azizeh, Jean-Christophe Antoine, Hervé Reculeau, Mehrnoush Soroush, Michael Harrower, Jason Ur, and Philip Graham.