Events from 8 March, 2014
12th March, 2014 to 14th March, 2014
Speakers include: Manfred Frank, Kate Rigby, Richard Eldridge, Stephen Gaukroger, Paul Redding, Brady Bowman, Heikki Ikäheimo, Anik Waldow, Dalia Nassar, Jennifer Milam
Sponsored by the Arts Faculty at the University of New South Wales and the Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney.
12th March, 20146.30-8.30pm
Pirates and Romans: Cities of Ancient Rough Cilicia - Dr Michael Hoff, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
During the last century of the Hellenistic era, the south-central coast of Asia Minor was the base of operations for pirates who preyed upon merchant vessels operating in the waters between Italy and the Levant. After the Romans rid the area of the pirate threat cities began to spread at a rapid pace up and down the coast of Rough Cilicia. Although these cities are still visible
today, few of these urban areas have been studied or even explored by archaeologists. Unfortunately some of these sites are rapidly deteriorating because of land development and modern-day ‘pirates’ who are looting the sites of their antiquities. Among the goals of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project is the documentation of these communities by studying their
urban planning and architecture, such as temples, baths, tombs, to gain an understanding of land use and urban needs in Cilicia during the Roman Empire. Currently the project is excavating the site of Antiochia ad Cragum.These excavations, under operation for less than a decade, are beginning to clarify the balance a provincial Roman city strikes between adherence to native traditions and the desire to participate in the Roman mainstream.
13th March, 20145:30
This lecture explores the nature of Kingship in ancient Chorasmia as expressed in the tension between imperial Persian and tribal Saka influences and the role of religion as propaganda in balancing these opposing forces.
Alison Betts, Professor of Silk Road Studies.
Cost: $10:00 (including refreshments served in the Nicholson Museum prior to the lecture)
17th March, 20146.30-8.30pm
Speakers Professors Eric and Carol Meyers Duke University Several major universities, including Duke University, have been excavating at the Galilean site of Sepphoris since the mid- 1980s. Discoveries have included stunning mosaics, grand buildings, a large number of underground cavities (ritual baths, cisterns), and a variety of artifacts. This impressive array of materials is important for understanding various aspects of life in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
25th March, 20146pm
27th March, 20146:00pm
The J M Ward Memorial Lecture
Sheila Fitzpatrick - Writing Memoirs, Writing History
Reflections of a historian-cum-autobiographer whose recent memoir, A Spy in the Archives, takes her back to Cold War Moscow in the 1960s – territory she would usually enter in her capacity as Soviet historian. What is the difference between the two genres? If (as the Soviets thought) historians are something like spies, ferreting out hidden secrets, does the same apply to autobiographers?
The lecture will be followed by a reception.
28th March, 20149:30
Venue: St Paul’s College, University of Sydney
Access via 9 City Rd (Princes Hwy), Camperdown
Scholarship on the First World War and on its legacies is a well developed field of historical inquiry. But the relationship between universities and the first global conflict of the twentieth century has been surprisingly neglected. How was knowledge, both inside the university and outside it, refashioned by total war and its demands? What role did academic expertise play in the conflict and after it, and how was it mobilised? What were the consequences of the mass mobilisation of men and mind power, not just into uniform, but also across space and social distance? What could the state ask of the university in the years after the war, and what could the university demand of the state? How was the war remembered and commemorated, both inside the university and outside it?
The aim of this symposium is to bring historians of the First World War and its legacies, together with historians of higher education to examine the relationship between the university, the conflict and society in Australia and beyond. In doing so we wish to extend our frame of analysis from 1914-18 to include the 1920s – drawing attention to the longer-term ramifications of these entanglements and their influence on the peace.
Keynote speakers: Professor Glenda Sluga and Dr Tamson Pietsch.
Symposium speakers include Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson, Dr Peter Hobbins, and Professor Stephen Garton.
This symposium is run in conjunction with the At War! University of Sydney and the First World War project, organised by the University Historian and University Archives, and the History of University Life Seminar Series Group convened since 2008 by Alan Atkinson with Julia Horne and Geoffrey Sherington.
14th April, 20146.30-8.30pm
If you fly low over the steppes and deserts of the Middle East or Central Asia, you will see, in certain places, strange lines of walls
running in distinct patterns across what appears to be barren land. For more than a century, people have been wondering about who built these and for what purpose. They represent a great deal of effort in a land where few people live and natural resources are scarce. From early fantastic speculations about alien landings and more prosaic ideas of fortifications, it is now recognized that these walls were designed and built to herd animals, wild, or possibly domesticated, into an enclosure. In this lecture I will talk about these extraordinary ancient systems and how modern technology is helping us to understand much more about them.
3rd May, 201410.00am to 2.00pm
The Foundations of Western Civilization: The Eastern Mediterranean in the 4th & 3rd Millennia BCE Lecture 1 Introduction - Ben Churcher
In 2011 NEAF launched a series of Saturday lectures that were aimed at giving an overview of the development of Western Civilization from the 4th millennium BCE through to the 2nd millennium ACE. These series proved extremely popular and there were many requests for them to be repeated. We have decided to re-run these lectures for both members and for the wider public.
The first of this series will consist of four lectures concentrating on the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE in the eastern Mediterranean.
8th May, 2014 to 9th May, 2014
Historical science is sometimes carried out under poor epistemic conditions: there is a dearth of direct evidence for theories about the deep past, as the downstream effects of many past events are scattered and degraded. Some philosophers and scientists are sceptical about our ability to uncover facts about the deep past, and yet, in the face of epistemic deprivation, historical scientists produce (at least sometimes) well-supported theories and hypotheses. This suggests that philosophers have underestimated the ingenuity of historical scientists. By incorporating approaches and evidence from a wide variety of disciplines, taking surrogative approaches such as analogous reasoning and modelling, and by weaving complex, interdependent explanations, they extend our reach into the past. The aim of this workshop is to extend our models of historical confirmation by considering two broad questions: (1) How should we understand evidence in the historical sciences? (2) How should this affect our optimism or otherwise about scientists’ abilities to uncover historical facts?