Talks and Conferences

PAPERS DELIVERED:

Invited Talks:

“Beyond Iconography:  Resonance, Value, and Making Meaning – the Case of Cylinder Seals in the Late Bronze Age Aegean,” History of Art Department, Faculty Lecture series, University of California, Berkeley, November 1, 2010.

“Beyond Iconography:  Resonance, Value, and Making Meaning – the Case of Cylinder Seals in the Late Bronze Age Aegean,” History of Art Department and Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania, October 7, 2010.

“The Materiality of Style: The Case of Ivories from early 1st Millennium BCE Syria,” The Bard Graduate Center, New York City, October 6, 2010.

“Arts and Imperialism in the Ancient Near East,” University of California at Berkeley Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) Summer Teacher’s World History Institute, UC Berkeley, July 26, 2010.

“Beyond Iconography:  Resonance, Value, and Making Meaning – the Case of Cylinder Seals in the Late Bronze Age Aegean,” University of Heidelberg, June 23, 2010.

“The Materiality of Style: A Late Bronze-Iron Age Case,” presented at the international conference, Materiality and Practice: Transformative Capacities of Intercultural Encounters, Heidelberg, Germany, March 25-27, 2010.

“Deported Goods: The Representation of Booty in Neo-Assyrian Art,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, New Orleans, November 21, 2009.

“Expanding the Iconographies of Interconnections at 2nd Millennium Qatna,” presented at the international conference, Qatna and the Networks of Bronze Age Globalism, Stuttgart, Germany, October 17-20, 2009

“Style as Material Memory in Early Iron Age Syria,” Memory and Identity Working Group, Near Eastern Studies Department, UC Berkeley, September 16, 2009.

“The Art of Ivory Carving in the Second Millennium B.C.,” The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Symposium: Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 18 and 19, 2008.

“The Looting of Memory: Assyria’s Conquest of the West and the Nimrud Ivories,” Department of Art History, University of Chicago, September 30, 2008.

“Luxury Arts and Interconnections in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Eastern Mediterranean and Near East,” The C. Densmore Curtis Lecture, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, April 18, 2008.

“Art as a Mediator of International Relations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, 1400-1200 BCE,” Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, November 30, 2007.

“The Visual Language of Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, c. 1400-1200 BCE,” University of Venice, Venice, Italy, November 6, 2007

“Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an “International Style” in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE,” Chicago Art Institute, talk and book signing, April 19, 2007

“Art in Action: Luxury Arts and Interconnections in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages,” Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University, April 17, 2007

“Palaces, Paintings, and Power: Frescoes between the Aegean and the Near East, 2000-1600 BCE,” San Francisco chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Spring Banquet, 6 May 2005.

“The Lives (and Deaths) of Mesopotamian Monuments,” invited talk at the symposium, “Dialogues in Art History: Celebrating 25 Years,” Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 21-22 April 2005.

“Hoarded Treasures: The Megiddo Ivories and the End of the Bronze Age,” invited talk at symposium, “Kingdoms of Ivory, Kingdoms of Iron,” Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, 5 March 2005.

“Meaning and Contexts for 2nd and 1st Millennium Syrian and Phoenician Ivories,” the Second International Workshop: Syrian and Phoenician Ivories of the Early First Millennium BCE: Chronology, Regional Styles and Iconographic Repertories, Patterns of inter-regional distribution, Pisa, December 9th-11th, 2004.

“The Shared Culture of Wall Painting in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Second Millennium BCE,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 12 November 2004.

“Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Goods and International Relations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, 1400-1200 BCE,” Archaeological Institute of America - Vancouver Chapter and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 10 November 2004.

“Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an ‘International Style’ in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1400-1200 B.C.E.,” Ancient Hellenic Arts Council, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 20 March 2004.

“Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an ‘International Style’ in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 B.C.E.,” Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 23 October 2003.

“The Diplomacy of Art: Luxury Goods and an ‘International Style’ in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, 1400-1200 BCE,” The Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University and The Inner Asia/ Silkroad Study Group, Stanford University, Palo Alto, 6 May 2003.

“The Art of Diplomacy in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE,” Department of Near Eastern Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 19 March 2003.

“International Style or Visual Hybridity? A Question of Terminology,” presented in the forum Conversations with Colleagues, sponsored by the Archaeology Research Facility, UC Berkeley, 3 March 2003.

“What Do We Mean by an ‘International Style’ in the Late Bronze Age?” Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1 November 2002.

“The Art of Egyptian Diplomacy,” invited lecture at Ancient Egypt: Treasures of the New Kingdom, organized by Humanities West, San Francisco, 1 June 2002.

“Visual Hybridity and International Kingship in the Late Bronze Age,” Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Noon Colloquium, University of California, Berkeley, 29 April 2002.

“The Art of Diplomacy,” Cosmos Club of Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, 1 April 2002.

“Tutankhamen: International Man of Mystery,” Archaeological Institute of America, Portland, Oregon Chapter, 28 November 2001

“A Tale of Two Civilizations: Interrelations between Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia,” Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, California, 4 October 2001.

“Tutankhamen: International Man of Mystery,” American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, 28 January 2001.

“Women as Gifts/Women as Bestower of Gifts in the Royal Courts of the Fourteenth and Thirteenth Centuries BCE,” presented at the symposium, “Courtly Ambiguities: Harems and Gender in the Eastern Mediterranean,” University of California, Berkeley, 4 March 2000.

“An Introduction to the Luristan Bronzes,” presented in panel on Archaeology and Ethnography of Luristan, the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 11 March, 1999.

“Mesopotamia and its World,” continuing education lecture for docent training, The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 17 November 1997.

“Continuity and Change in Cultural Traditions in Late Bronze--Early Iron Age Syria-Palestine: The Evidence from Ancient Art,” presented in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition “Cyprus at the Semitic Museum,” The Semitic Museum of Harvard University, Cambridge, 8 April 1997.


Conference Talks:

“Discussion: Reflections on the Subject/Object Divide.” Respondent for the session, Bridging Subjects and Objects in the Near Eastern and Mediterranean Worlds, Theoretical Archaeology Conference, Stanford University, May 3, 2009.

“Representations of Chariots in LBA Eastern Mediterranean and Near East: A Case for Exchange or Not?” presented at the workshop: Luxury Goods: Production, Exchange, and Heritage in the Near East during the Bronze and Iron Ages, held at the University of California, Berkeley, January 17 and 18, 2008.

“Trading Nostalgia: Phoenician and North Syrian Luxury Arts in the Eastern Mediterranean,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Washington, D.C., 15-18 November, 2006.

“Frescoes and Exotica in the Middle Bronze Age Levant,” presented at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Montreal, January 5-8, 2006.

“Knowing the Foreign: Power, Exotica, and Frescoes in the Middle Bronze Age,” presented at the 51e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Chicago, July 18-22, 2005.

“Context as Content: Two Case Studies of Contextual Art Analysis in the Eastern Mediterranean,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, San Antonio, Texas, 17-20 November 2004.

“Images Across a ‘Dark Age’: Internationalizing Motifs in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages,” presented at the 4th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Berlin, 29 March - 3 April 2004.

“Assur Tomb 45 and the Emergence of the Assyrian Empire at the End of the Second Millennium BCE,” presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco, 2-5 January 2004.

“Assur Tomb 45 and the Birth of the Assyrian Empire,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Atlanta, 19-22 November 2003.

“Nineveh to Thebes and Back: Art and Politics between Assyria and Egypt in the Seventh Century BCE,” presented at the 49th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, London, 7-11 July 2003.

“Gift Exchange and Visual Hybridity in the Expression of International Kingship, 1400-1200 BCE,” presented at the annual conference of the College Art Association, New York City, February 2003.

“Visual Hybridity and International Kingship in the Late Bronze Age,” presented at the Third International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Paris, 15-19 April 2002.

“Ugarit and the Kaleidoscope of Late Bronze Age Exchanges,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Boulder, 14-17 November 2001.

“Ties that Bind: Prestige Goods in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1400-1200 BCE,” invited lecture for the Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco Chapter, 28 October 2001.

“Who Wants to Marry an Egyptian Princess? Status and Identity in Late Bronze Age Diplomatic Marriages,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Nashville, 15-18 November 2000.

“Who Wants to Marry an Egyptian Princess? Status and Identity in Late Bronze Age Diplomatic Marriages,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Berkeley, 28-30 April 2000.

“Why Does the Minet el-Beida Pyxis Lid Look the Way it Does?” presented at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 17-20 November, 1999.

“The Borrowed Past: The Adaptation of Egyptian Royal Iconography in a Pair of Ivory Furniture Panels from Ugarit,” presented at the annual conference of the American Research Center in Egypt, Chicago, 23-25 April 1999.

“Transcending Regionalism: The Iconography of Kingship in Egypt and the Near East during the Late Bronze Age,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Oriental Society, Baltimore, 21-24 March 1999.

“Interwoven Relations: Internationalism and an Embroidered Tunic from the Tomb of Tutankhamun,” presented at the annual conference of the College Art Association, Los Angeles, 10-13 February 1999.

“Ties that Bind: Luxury Goods and Royal Gifting in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East,” shoptalk, Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, 20 November 1997.

“A Reevaluation of a Pair of Late Bronze Age Ivory Panels from Ras Shamra-Ugarit,” the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, New Orleans, 23 November 1996.

“Tales from a Middle Assyrian Tomb: Assyria’s Entrance onto the International Stage of the Late Bronze Age,” Mediterranean Interactions II: 1996 Yale Graduate Symposium, New Haven, 13 April 1996.

“The Animate Object: Luxury Goods and International Relations at the End of the Late Bronze Age,” Annual Graduate Symposium, Department of the History of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, 10 February 1996.

“Regional v. International Style in the Late Bronze Age:  Luxury Goods from Ras Shamra-Ugarit,” Mediterranean Interactions I: Yale Graduate Symposium on Art and Archaeology, New Haven, 9 April 1994.


CHAIRED EVENTS:

“Art and Artifacts of the Ancient Near East: Celebrating the Career of Irene J. Winter,” at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, November 20, 2008.

“Luxury Goods: Production, Exchange, and Heritage in the Near East during the Bronze and Iron Ages,” workshop held on January 17 and 18, 2008, at UC Berkeley and March 27 and 28, 2008, at the CNRS, Nanterre, France.

“Contexts, Contents, Contacts: Ancient Near Eastern Art and Artifacts,” general session chair at the Annual Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research beginning in 2005.

“Lives of the Objects: New Approaches to Ancient Art,” co-chaired at the annual conference of the College Art Association, Seattle, 18-21 February 2004.

“Courtly Ambiguities: Harems and Gender in the Eastern Mediterranean,” co-chaired symposium at the University of California, Berkeley, 4 March 2000.

“Mapping Art and the Construction of Political Identity,” co-chaired at the annual conference of the College Art Association, New York, 15 February 1997.