TAG 2014, May 23-25, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We received the folowing from the TAG2014 Organizing Committee and thought some of you might be interested:
Don’t miss the annual meeting of the

North American Theoretical Archaeology Group
TAG USA, May 23-25, 2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Since 2008, the TAG-USA conference has provided a vibrant link between American and European archaeologists. This year, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting TAG. Converge on Urbana for a lively 2014 meeting in the true tradition of TAG. There will be a plenary on Friday evening featuring Benjamin Alberti, Mary Weismantel, Kim Tallbear, and Rosemary Joyce, two days of break-out sessions on Saturday andSunday, a special art exhibition (see below), and a Saturday night dance—not-to-be missed. In addition, attendees can take part in two new TAG events: the first is a Friday-evening Theoretical Bar Crawl featuring a series of prominent archaeologists in their natural state (with a prize to the winning crawler); the second will be a TAG Post-Mortem session! Finally, optional tours of the archaeological complexes of Cahokia and Emerald, 30 minutes from St. Louis, will be offered on Sunday the 25th or Monday the 26th, for anyone flying through St. Louis or wishing to make the 3-hour trip south of Urbana-Champaign.
Call for Regular Sessions and Papers
At this time, we invite session proposals from organizers on any topic that falls within the purview of TAG. Go to the 
TAG2014 website to begin.Regular session proposals (max 400 words) are due by January 17, 2014. By February 2014, a list of sessions will be announced on this website, along with the session organizers’ email addresses. At that time, potential participants should send individual paper abstracts (max 300 words) directly to the session organizers by email (deadline March 7, 2014). Session organizers are responsible for selecting papers, and for sending the complete session roster along with all paper abstracts and titles to the TAG-UIUC committee by March 21, 2014. Session organizers, please note that break-out rooms will be equipped with PCs and LCD projectors. Requests for any AV equipment other than in-room computers should be made by March 21, 2014.
Special Call for Artist’s Proposals
Artists are encouraged to participate, as art and its myriad forms, representations, and styles are well suited to convey and expound on this theme. Artists are asked to present their original work in order to generate new ideas, stimulate discussion, and, ultimately, initiate convergences in alternative media. All sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, in the Colonial Room of Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus (see http://illinois.edu/map/view). Space is limited and no projection equipment will be provided! Each artist will have a 2 x 2-meter display space, and easels or tables may be provided upon request. The room will be overseen by TAG conference volunteers during the day, but artists are encouraged to remain near their work when possible to answer questions and facilitate discussion. Security is not available for the space overnight, though it will be under lock and key during this time. Applicants must submit an abstract (max 300 words) of the proposed project/display to coordinators Jacob Skousen (bskousen@illinois.edu) and Robert Rohe (robert.rohe@gmail.comby March 7, 2014. Please explain your project, how it fits with the TAG theme, and how you will install and present your project in the space constraints outlined above. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the coordinators.


We look forward to seeing you in Urbana-Champaign!                                                                                                           
The TAG 2014 Organizing Committee
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“The World in a Box: Modeling the Cosmos in Antiquity”

Lecture by Daryn Lehoux, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario)

Columbia University, Classics Department’

Hamilton 616 at 4:10 Tues Oct. 29

Abstract: The Antikythera mechanism—the amazingly complex first-century-bc astronomical computer—may be remarkable, but it is also very likely not alone. Beginning with Cicero, references to mechanized astronomical /sphaerae/ crop up repeatedly in ancient sources, pointing to a tradition of manufacture and use that may have continued throughout antiquity and possibly into the early Middle Ages. These /sphaerae /were taken by the ancients to be marvels of human ingenuity (sometimes verging on hubris) and were seen as copies in miniature of the heavens themselves. But this very fact, that even the divine heavens could be modeled in a small device made by human hands, struck ancient writers as highly significant. This paper explores the cosmological, philosophical, and theological importance of these complex and wonderful heavenly models, and the ways in which they affected and were in turn affected by ancient worldviews.

Submit to Sapient Journal

Sapient, The Undergraduate Journal of Biological Anthropology is looking for new submissions.

If you are proud of your academic work and would like to have it published, don’t hesitate to send it to the following address: sapientjournal@gmail.com

They are currently accepting any undergraduate papers, illustrations, and photographs that meet the following requirements:

  • Max 15 pages/4000 words
  • About one of these categories:
    • Human Genetics and Variation
    • Evolutionary History and Theory
    • Primate Behavior and Ecology
    • Paleoarchaeology and morphology

Submissions are due no later than November 10th

For more information visit: http://www.sapientjournal.com/

A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne: The Zuni World

Go check out this new special exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, with paintings depicting ancestral Zuni sites throughout the Colorado Plateau. This exhibit is part of an indigenous mapping project that has developed over the past 20 years. The paintings are created by 14 Zuni artist in collaboration with Zuni cultural advisors and produced in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

Open 12:30pm-5:30pm everyday