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Conference: Nomads, Tribes, And The State In The Ancient Near East

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    Nomads, Tribes, And The State In The Ancient Near East: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives March 7-8, 2008 Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute, University of
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      Nomads, Tribes, And The State In The Ancient Near East:
      Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

      March 7-8, 2008 Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute, University of
      Chicago,1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

      For decades, scholars have struggled to understand the complex
      relationship between pastoral nomadic tribes and sedentary peoples of
      the Near East. This conference brings together archaeologists,
      historians, and anthropologists to discuss new approaches to enduring
      questions in the study of nomadic peoples, tribes, and states of the
      past: What social or political bonds link tribes and states? Could
      nomadic tribes exhibit elements of urbanism or social hierarchies?
      How can the tools of historical, archaeological, and ethnographic
      research be integrated to build a dynamic picture of the social
      landscape of the Near East? A range of data and theoretical
      perspectives will be presented from a variety of regions and periods,
      including prehistoric Iran, ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, 7th century
      Syria, and 19th century Jordan.
      Detailed information, including paper abstracts, schedule, directions,
      and lodging options, is available at
      <http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/symposia/2008.html> or contact
      Jeffrey Szuchman at szuchman@...
      Friday, March 7, 2008


      9:00-9:15am Opening Remarks by Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental

      9:15-9:30 Jeffrey Szuchman (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)
      Pastoral Nomads, Tribes, and the State: Questions and Problems

      Session 1: Identifying Nomads: Texts, Artifacts, and Ethnoarchaeology

      9:30-10:00 Hans Barnard (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA)
      The Archaeology of the Pastoral Nomads between the Nile and the Red Sea

      10:00-10:30 Robert Ritner (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)
      Egypt and the Vanishing Libyan: Institutional Responses to a Nomadic

      10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

      10:45-11:15 Benjamin Saidel (East Carolina University)
      Pitching Tent: Variations in the Layout of Tentcamps in the Southern
      Levant from the mid 1940s to the Present

      11:15-11:45 Bertille Lyonnet (Centre National de Rechereches
      Scientifiques, Paris-)
      Who Lived in the 3rd Millennium "Round Cities" of Northern Syria?

      11:45-12:15pm Discussion

      12:15-1:45 Lunch

      Session 2: Mobility, Economy, and Social Transformation

      1:45-2:15 Anatoly Khazanov (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
      Specific Characteristics of Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Pastoralism in
      the Near East

      2:15-2:45 Anne Porter (University of Southern California)
      Beyond Dimorphism: How Mobility Shapes, and has Shaped, the Ancient
      Near East

      2:45-3:15 Abbas Alizadeh (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)
      Prehistoric Mobile Pastoralism in Southwestern Iran: "Enclosed" or
      Enclosing Nomadism

      3:15-3:45 Coffee Break

      3:45-4:15 Thomas E. Levy (University of California, San Diego)
      Pastoral Nomads and Iron Age Metal Production in Ancient Edom

      4:15-4:30 Respondent: Frank Hole (Yale University)

      4:30-5:30 Discussion

      5:30-6:00 Break (Guests are welcome to explore the museum galleries.)

      6:00-7:00 Reception: Oriental Institute, Yelda Court

      Saturday, March 8, 2008

      Session 3: Varieties of Tribe-State Interaction

      9:00-9:30am Steven A. Rosen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
      History Does Not Repeat Itself: Cyclicity and Particularism in
      Nomad-Sedentary Relations
      in the Negev in the Long Term

      9:30-10:00 Donald Whitcomb (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)
      From Pastoral Peasantry to Tribal Urbanites: Arab Tribes and the
      Foundation of the Islamic State in Syria

      10:00-10:30 Daniel Fleming (New York University)
      Kingship of City and Tribe Conjoined: Zimri-Lim at Mari

      10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

      10:45-11:15 Eveline van der Steen (University of Liverpool)
      Tribal Societies in the 19th Century: A Model

      11:15-11:30 Respondent: Thomas Barfield (Boston University)

      11:30-12:00 Discussion

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