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In the Dig House: Behind the Scenes in Archaeology

Freer, Meyer Auditorium
Saturday, April 25, 10 am–1:30 pm

Archaeologists reveal what work and life are like on a dig site during this half-day event. Four guest speakers—Zaydoon Zaid, Emily Hammer, Christopher Tuttle, and Marya Fisher—address such topics as life on early expeditions in the Middle East, the ways that archaeologists have recorded excavations since the 1950s, the impact of scientific techniques on the field, the evolving role of students, and relationships between local teams and foreign archaeologists. A round table discussion follows the presentations. Open to the public; no registration required.

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Chinese Object Study Workshops


Sophisticated visual analysis is a hallmark of art history and depends on skills acquired through the direct study of objects. These skills must be taught and practiced. Yet as graduate art history curricula have expanded to include training in methodology, historiography, and theory, training in object study has all but disappeared. The problem is exacerbated for students of Chinese art history, whose graduate curricula must also include language courses and related subjects such as religion, literature, and history.

Chinese Object Study Workshopsis a program that provides graduate students in Chinese art history an immersive experience in the study of objects. The week-long workshops will help students develop the skills necessary for working with objects, introduce them to conservation issues not readily encountered in typical graduate art history curricula, and familiarize them with important American museum collections.

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Past Events

Whistler and Kiyochika: Modernity, Melancholy, and the Nocturne
Wednesday, May 14, 8–9:30 pm

Whistler Object Study Workshop
June 9–12, 2014

Medical and Modern Yoga
January 11, 2014

Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
November 21–23, 2013

The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Crossroads of Culture: The Archaeology of Saudi Arabia
Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Art of Itō Jakuchū
Friday, March 30, 2012

Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits across Asia
December 5–6, 2011

Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism
October 27–28, 2011

Art and Material Culture of the Northern Qi Period
June 3–5, 2011

Piety, Poetry, and Politics: Sufi Muslims in South Asia
April 28–30, 2011

Historians Of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Second Biennial Symposium: "Objects, Collections, And Cultures"
Thursday, October 21–Saturday, October 23, 2010

Forbes Symposium
October 28–29, 2010

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