Making and Breaking Collective Memory

5:00pm - 7:00pm / Friday 11th May 2018 / Venue: Seminar Room 10 Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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Archeology, Classics and Eygyptology (ACE) FLAGSHIP SEMINAR

Making and Breaking Collective Memory - An archaeological dialogue on memorials past and present

Counter-monumentality and the Vulnerability of Memory in the Past and Present
James Osborne
The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

The creation of monuments provides a venue for both materializing and challenging collective memories. Despite their appearance of strength and permanence, monuments render the memory of their creators vulnerable and open to contestation through alteration, defacement or removal. Examples from the present and the past demonstrate these points: a statue of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas ‘‘Stonewall’’ Jackson in Baltimore, Maryland, and a corpus of monumental statues from southeastern Anatolia and northern Syria during the Iron Age.

Performing gender in the Viking Age?
The burial of a female warrior in central Sweden
Neil Price
University of Uppsala, Sweden

The warrior woman or 'shield maiden' has long been part of the Viking image. However, until recently the actual Viking-Age evidence for female fighters, real or mythical, has been sparse. This lecture presents the results of a recent research project in central Sweden, showing that the body in an 'archetypal' high-status warrior grave - always assumed to be male since its excavation in 1878 - was in fact biologically female. The publication of these findings received widespread media attention and also attracted controversy, which will be addressed in detail here together with the implications of the burial as a gendered performance.