The Hague, RMMW, 10 A 11, detail of f. 85r (Battle of the evil spirits on black horses). Augustine, La Cité de Dieu (Vol. I). Translation from the Latin by Raoul de Presles. Paris, Maïtre François (illuminator); c. 1475; 1478-1480.
Explore 3 artworks in 30 minutes this Wednesday at 6 or 7 p.m. Join us for “Namaste: Three Images of Mercy" and discover how the Buddhist god of mercy is depicted in three different cultures.
”Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion,” c. Third quarter of 5th century, Artist/maker unknown
Penn Researchers Examine History, Beliefs and Rituals Tied to Ghosts: “…Justin McDaniel, professor and chair of the religious studies department at Penn, is director of the Penn Ghost Project, a Faculty Working Group of the School of Arts and Sciences. Formed last spring, the group is comprised of faculty from literature, art history, nursing, archaeology, religious studies, the history and sociology of science and medicine. ‘Either we’re all crazy,’ McDaniel says, ‘or ghosts are a part of human phenomena and have been a mass phenomenon for a long, long time.’”
New from HMML blog - “Ethiopian Prayer Scrolls (2): A Close-up of SJU Ms. Or. E 12” [Image: Ms. Or. E 12, Description: Parchment; 222.5 x 11 cm; 13-18 characters to a line; 355 lines; 19th century; Copied for (Wayzaro) Walatta Giyorgis Gubelē.]
Indian art is an intricate mix of the fantastical and the real, the earthly and the divine. This Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., explore the hidden stories, meanings, and functions behind some of the masterpieces in the Museum’s collection. #PayWhatYouWish
”The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Mahishasuramardini),” c. Late 8th century,Artist/maker unknown
U.Penn Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Symposium, March 7-8, 2014 / Deadline for Submission: January 10, 2014
“I hate all that is common,” wrote Callimachus, and scholarship on antiquity has often been obliged to agree: from palace archaeology and studies of luxury objects, to studies in political history and canonical literature, the preponderance of evidence, and so of interest, has traditionally focused on the highest echelons of society. We know that most people in the ancient world spent their lives outside of elite spheres of influence, and many were deliberately excluded from them. These non-elite cultures may be hard to find, having little opportunity to leave traces in the literary and archaeological records.
The goal of this symposium, therefore, is to bring together graduate students from all disciplines related to the ancient world, broadly construed, to discuss the non-elite, the popular, the marginalized, and the commonplace. What people did the elites of the ancient world consider outsiders? Who considered themselves outsiders? How do we study the history of people deliberately left out of history? Is it possible to discover the ‘ordinary’ experience in antiquity? Can we define ‘popular culture’ or ‘popular politics’ for ancient societies? What can ‘low’ genres or ‘mediocre’ literature tell us about culture? In order to effectively deal with these complex issues, submissions are welcome from graduate students working in such fields as: Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Linguistics, Archaeology, the Ancient Near East, Ancient History, Pre-Columbian studies, East Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
– Slavery and the labor class
– Aesthetics of mediocrity and the middlebrow
– Archeology of small sites
– Mass culture, popular movements and uprisings
– Constructions and perceptions of non-elites
– Outsiders in representation, literature and mythology
– Nomads and ethnic minorities and their relations to territorial states
– Subsistence in marginal environments
– Popular and unpopular experiences of the divine
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent, along with your name, email, and institutional affiliation to email@example.com no later than January 10, 2014.
The conference will begin on Friday evening, March 7th, with a keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Tenney of Cornell University, followed by a reception. Sessions for papers of 20 minutes each will follow on Saturday, March 8th. All events will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia.