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THE NEAR AND MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILIZATIONS GRADUATE STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (NMCGSA) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESENTS

18th ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Power, Patronage, and Politics: Taking Stock of Empires

Wednesday, Feb 26 – Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

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Symposium schedule:

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26th AFTERNOON – “EMPIRES”

2:00 pm         Opening Remarks

Session A: Material Culture from Frontier to Metropole

Chair: Robert Martin (University of Toronto) Presiding

2:05 pm         Ayse Bike Baykara (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign), Politics of the Arena and How did Roman Pergamon Utilize Architecture to reflect a particular identity and ideology?

2:25 pm         Candis Haak (University of Toronto), Royal Patrons of Pilgrimage: Space, Ritual, and Reference as Subject Makers of the Vijayanagara Empire

2:45 pm         Aimee Miles (Koç University), Roman civic infrastructure as pacification and propaganda: Case studies in Lycia and Pamphylia from the 1st century B.C. to the 1st century A.D.

3:05 pm         Radovan Kabatiar (University of Toronto), Life on the Periphery, Life at the Crossroads. Subsistence Strategies at Kinet Höyük (Turkey) in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages

3:25-3:40 pm   coffee break

Session B: The Neo-Assyrian Empire

Chair: Odette Boivin (University of Toronto) Presiding

3:40 pm        Jennifer Finn (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität), Rethinking The Sin of Sargon within Assyro-Babylonian Imperial Discourse

4:00 pm         Yan Jia (Harvard University), Opening the Imperial Doors of Assyria: A Spatial Reading of the Neo-Assyrian Monumental Doors from Balawat

4:20 pm         Amanda Lanham (Harvard University), The Art of Emulation: “Assyrianization” at Tell Fekheriye and Carchemish

4:40 pm         Tracy L. Spurrier (University of Toronto), “Alme, Akšud, Ašlula šallassunu!” Searching for evidence of Neo Assyrian Kings sharing their glory

5:00-5:30 pm    Defining Empire Discussion

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27th MORNING – “THOUGHT”

9:30 am        Welcome coffee hour

Session C: Medieval Islamic thought

Chair: Mustafa Banister (University of Toronto) Presiding

10:00 am        Yehia Amin (University of Toronto), Between Peripatetic and Mystic: Studying Suhrawardi’s Early Thought

10:25 am        Khalil Andani (Harvard Divinity School), The Metaphysics of Tawhīd: Ismā‘īlī and Akbarī Perspectives

10:50-11:05 am          coffee break

Session D: Reflections on Modern Intellectual Thought

Chair: Usman Hamid (University of Toronto) Presiding

11:05 am       Dina Fergani (University of Toronto), Abdallah al-Nadim and the 19th century Egyptian intellectual milieu: Modern, all too modern?

11:30 am        Sabrina M. Guerrieri (University of Toronto), Shari’ati’s Third World Existentialism: reconciling “anti-materialism” and “Islamic Marxism”

11:55 am        Netanel Silverman (University of Toronto), What Grows from New York Concrete: Haim Nahman Bialik’s Romantic Tidhar (Elm Tree) and Mahmoud Darwish’s Ironic Zanbak (Lily)

12:20-2:00 pm       lunch break

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27th AFTERNOON – “EGYPT”

Session E: Ancient Egypt

Chair: Janet Khuu (University of Toronto) Presiding

2:00 pm         Thomas H. Greiner (University of Toronto), Byblos and its Egyptian Connections in the late 2nd Millennium BC

2:25 pm         Renata Schiavo (Pisa University), Royal and non-royal ancestor worship in Ancient Egypt: a diachronic perspective

2:50-3:05 pm    coffee break

Session F: Egypt in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Chair Noha Abou-Khatwa (University of Toronto) Presiding

3:05 pm         Fadia Bahgat (McGill University), The Case of the Maltese Women Evaders

3:30 pm         Meira Gold (University of Toronto), Victorian Egyptology in Context: The Egypt Exploration Fund’s search for the biblical exodus route

3:55 pm         Eric Schewe (University of Michigan), No Photography in Military Areas: The Imperial Origins of Egyptian Spacial Security Techniques in World War II

Session G: Inside Syria Today

Chair: Tracy L. Spurrier (University of Toronto) Presiding

4:20 pm         Rasha Elendari (University of Toronto), and Joanna Kader (Gordon Kirke Q. C.), Assad and Isis: Syrians on the horns of a dilemma

5:30 pm       Symposium Reception – NMC Department (4 Bancroft Ave)    Conference Room 200B

Download or Print Schedule here: 2014 NMCGSA Symposium Program