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    Memory and Identity Working Group Monuments of resistance: Gurgum and the Assyrian conquest Dr. Lynn Swartz Dodd, University of Southern California September
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      Memory and Identity Working Group

      "Monuments of resistance: Gurgum and the Assyrian conquest"

      Dr. Lynn Swartz Dodd, University of Southern California

      September 2, 4:00-6:00 PM, Barrows Hall Room 254

      Sponsored by the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities and the
      Near Eastern Studies Department


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      The Memory and Identity Working Group

      The 2009-2010 Memory and Identity working group will examine how
      memory and identity mediate the production of social imaginaries in
      past and contemporary societies. Disciplines across the academy
      recognize how individual and collective imaginations are sources of
      new cultural forms and modes of being. Much research has concentrated
      on the social imaginaries of contemporary societies, that is, how they
      envision their social milieu and the relationships that structure
      them. Upon becoming broadly shared, these imaginaries have motivated
      new collective practices such as democracy, immigration, and
      religion. The works of Benedict Anderson, and more recently, Charles
      Taylor, have charted how new modes of cultural distribution, print
      media, and television, for example, disseminate imaginaries to groups
      not engaged in face-to-face relationships. While the modes and
      intensity through which these visions circulate are new, their
      production is not. Rather, social imaginaries appeared long before
      the advent of modernity.
      Despite the antiquity of this practice, our knowledge of the
      production of modern iterations cannot merely be applied to past
      societies, a point from which working group participants disembark.
      The social imaginaries of past societies were disseminated through
      different modes and varied in intensity and homogeneity. Oral
      communication and face-to-face relationships dominated while the
      circulation of texts was often limited to literate elites.
      Participants will therefore investigate discrete iterations of past
      social imaginaries in the Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds,
      paying particular attention to the ways that such visions were
      prescribed overtly and covertly in the material record – text-
      artifacts, architecture, and objects. In these regions, the most
      salient social imaginaries (e.g., Hellenism, Christianity, Islam)
      prescribed social orders and dictated ideologies that often co-
      occurred with political and economic expansion. The working group will
      focus its attention on less studied instances in these and other
      regions. Additionally, social imaginaries in other past as well as
      contemporary societies will be examined for comparative purposes.

      If you have any questions, are interested in being placed on our
      mailing list, or finding out ways to become more involved in the
      group, please contact Dr. Benjamin Porter at bwporter@....


      Jean Li, C.Phil.
      Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies
      University of California, Berkeley
      jeanjzli@...




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