Performing Death: Social Analyses Of Funerary Traditions In The Ancient Mediterranean

Organized by Nicola Laneri
The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
February 17–18, 2006
1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL

Final program
Friday 17th February 2006

9:00–9:15 Opening by the Director of the Oriental Institute (Gil Stein)

9:15–9:30 Introduction (Nicola Laneri—University of Chicago)

Session 1—A Powerful Death: Exercising Authority Through the Enactment of Funerary Rituals
Chair: Jonathan Hall (University of Chicago)

Ellen Morris—Columbia University
Human Sacrifice, Pageantry, and Power in at the Dawn of the Egyptian State

Glenn Schwartz—Johns Hopkins University
Ideology and Memory in a Third Millennium BC Royal Cemetery at Umm el-Marra, Syria

10:10–10:30 Bob Chapman—University of Reading, UK
Mortuary rituals, authority and identity in Early Bronze Age Southeast Spain

10:30–11:00 Coffee break

Massimo Cultraro—Ist. per i Beni Archeologici–CNR, Catania, Italy
Combined Efforts till Death. Funerary Ritual and Social Statements in the Aegean Early Bronze Age

Meredith Chesson—Notre Dame University
Early Bronze Age Mortuary Practices, Identity and Social Complexity on the southeastern Dead Sea Plain, Jordan

Alessandro Naso—University of Molise, Italy
Etruscan Style of Dying. Funerary Architecture, Tomb Groups and Social Range at Caere (Cerveteri) and His Territory in the 7th–6th Centuries BC.

Michael Dietler—University of Chicago
A Relational Approach to Funerary Ritual and Colonial Encounters in Mediterranean Gaul: Performance, Persona, Politics, and Space-Time Comparison

12:20–12:40 Respondent Adam Smith (University of Chicago)

12:40–1:00 Discussion

1:00–2:00 Lunch break

Session 2: Memoralizing the ancestors: Death as form of cultural and social transmission
Chair: Theo van den Hout (University of Chicago)

Stephen Harvey—University of Chicago
Visiting The House on Earth: The Ancient Egyptian Domestic Nexus Between This World and the Next

Dina Katz—NINO, Leiden University, Holland
Funerary Ritual in Context

Seth Richardson—University of Chicago
Death and Dismemberment in Mesopotamia: Social Discorporation between the Body and Body Politic

3:00–3:20 Coffee Break

Susan Pollock—Binghamton University
Death of a Household

Ian Rutherford—Florida State University
Achilles and the Sallis Wastais-Ritual: Performing Death in Greece and Anatolia

Anthony Tuck—Tufts University
Burial Practices of Emerging Communities in Early Central Italy

John Pollini—University of Southern California – Ritualizing Death in Republican Rome: Religion, Portraiture, Class Struggle, and the Origin of the Aristocratic Wax Funerary Mask Tradition

4:40–5:00 Respondent Emily Teeter (University of Chicago)

5:00–5:20 Discussion

Saturday Feb 18th February 2006

Session 3: Archaeology of Funerary Rituals: A Theoretical Approach Chair: David Schloen (University of Chicago)

John Robb—University of Cambridge, UK
Burial Practices in Mediterranean Prehistory: Processualism, Post-processualism, and Post-post-processualism

10:20–10:40 James Brown—Northwestern University
1966–2006: Approaches to the Social Dimensions of Mortuary Practices in the Third Millennium AD

Maurice Bloch—The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Conclusive Remarks: A Socio-anthropological Perspective

11:00–12:00 Discussion