8th Annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar
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The 8th Annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar
HEAVEN ON EARTH: TEMPLES, RITUAL, & COSMIC SYMBOLISM IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
Organizer: Deena Ragavan
The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
March 2-3, 2012
The cult centers of the ancient world were the prime location and focus of ritual activity. Temples and shrines were not constructed in isolation, but existed as part of what may be termed a ritual landscape, where ritualized movement within individual buildings, temple complexes, and the city as a whole shaped their function and meaning. Ritual practice and temple topography provide evidence for the conception of the temple as a reflection, or embodiment, of the cosmos.
This seminar addresses interconnections between temple topography and architecture, ritual practice, and cosmic symbolism. The participants are archaeologists, art historians, and philologists working all across the ancient world (Mesoamerica, Greece, Egypt, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Iran, South Asia, and China). The main goal of the meeting is to facilitate communication between scholars of different fields in order to share questions and methods to provide new avenues of research or enable the use of comparative data.
The meeting is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Friday, March 2, 2012
9:009:15 Welcome and Introduction, Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute
9:159:30 Introduction, Deena Ragavan (The Oriental Institute)
Session 1: Architecture & Cosmology
Chair: Theo van den Hout
9:309:50 Julia A. B. Hegewald (University of Bonn)
"Images of the Cosmos: Sacred and Ritual Space in Jaina Temple Architecture in India"
9:5010:10 Tracy Miller (Vanderbilt University)
"Naturalizing Buddhist Cosmology in the Temple Architecture of China"
10:1010:30 Susanne Görke (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz)
"Hints at Temple Topography and Cosmic Geography from Hittite Sources"
Session 2: Built space & Natural forms
Chair: Andrea Seri
11:1011:30 Karl Taube (University of California, Riverside)
"The Classic Maya Temple: Centrality, Cosmology, and Sacred Geography in Ancient
11:3011:50 Michael W. Meister (University of Pennsylvania)
"Seeds and Mountains: The Cosmogony of Temples in South Asia"
11:5012:10 Gary Beckman (University of Michigan)
"Intrinsic and Constructed Sacred Space in Hittite Anatolia"
Session 3: Myth & Movement
Chair: Christopher Faraone
1:301:50 Deena Ragavan (The Oriental Institute)
"Entering other Worlds: Gates, Rituals, and Cosmic Journeys in Sumerian Sources"
1:502:10 Betsey A. Robinson (Vanderbilt University)
"Airs, Waters, Places: Mountain Sanctuaries and Mythic Itineraries in Ancient Greece"
2:202:40 Response | Davíd Carrasco
Session 4: Sacred Space & Ritual Practice
Chair: Walter Farber
3:404:00 Uri Gabbay (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
"`We are Going to the House in Prayer': The Cultic Topographical Context of the
Emesal Prayers in Ancient Mesopotamia"
4:004:20 Yorke M. Rowan (The Oriental Institute)
"Sacred Space and Ritual Practice at the End of Prehistory in the Southern Levant"
4:204:40 Claus Ambos (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
"Temporary Ritual Structures and their Cosmological Symbolism in Ancient
5:006:00 Reception in the Khorsabad Court, Oriental Institute Museum
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Session 5: Architecture, Power, & the State
Chair: Bruce Lincoln
9:009:20 Ömür Harmansah (Brown University)
"The Cattle Pen and the Sheepfold: Cities, Temples, and Pastoral Power in Ancient
9:209:40 Matthew Canepa (University of Minnesota)
"The Transformation of Sacred Space, Topography, and Royal Ritual in Persia and the
Ancient Iranian World"
9:4010:00 Elizabeth Frood (University of Oxford)
"Egyptian Temple Graffiti and the Limits of State Religion and Personal Piety"
Session 6: Images of Ritual
Chair: Janet Johnson
10:4011:00 Clemente Marconi (New York University)
"Mirror and Memory: Images of Ritual Actions in Greek Temple Decoration"
11:0011:20 John Baines (University of Oxford)
"Sources of Egyptian Temple Cosmology: Divine Image, Ritual Performer, King"
11:4012:00 Response | Richard Neer
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