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GHCC Annual Conference: Archaeology, Antiquity, and the Making of the Modern Middle East: Global Histories 1800-1939

OC0.04, Oculus Building

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Registration is required for attendance at the conference (in-person or remote via MS Teams). There is a small conference fee of £5 for in-person attendance. A Teams link will be provided to registered online attendees on 24 May. Deadline for registration: Tuesday 23 May at 23.59 BST.

The final panel discussion, 'Whose Heritage?' is open to all and does not require registration.

Thursday 25 May


Introduction from Guillemette Crouzet (Research Fellow, European University Institute in Florence)

and Eva Miller (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, History, UCL)

Welcome by Guido van Meersbergen, Director of GHCC

10.30-12.00 Panel 1, Monuments of the Nation, chair: Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford

Walls and Wonder: Finding and Taking the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum

Debbie Challis, The Portico Library, Manchester

Antique Nationalism: Archaeology and the Construction of the Nation in Egypt, Lebanon and Israel

Erin O’Halloran, University of Cambridge

The Iran Bastan Museum between Archaeology and Nationalism

Solmaz Kive, University of Oregon

12.00-13.00 LUNCH

13.00-14.30 Panel 2, Texts and Publics, chair: Guillemette Crouzet, Research Fellow, European University Institute in Florence

Austen Henry Layard and the Cadi’s letter: The Multiple Pasts and Futures of 19th-century Mosul

Daniel Foliard, University Paris Cité

Glorious Past, Complicated Present? A German Traveller and His Travelogues

Nora Derbal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Representing Iraqi Antiquities in the Interwar Arabic Press

Laith Shakir, New York University

14.30-15.00 BREAK

15.00-16.30 Panel 3, Authority, chair: Rebecca Earle, University of Warwick

Who is an Archaeologist? Deconstructing Archaeology in Palestine

Nicole Khayat, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Whose Egypt? Centring Egyptian Multivocality in the Making of Egypt’s Heritage

Heba Abd el Gawad, UCL

16.30-17.00 BREAK

17.00-18.15 KEYNOTE

Oxford Intelligence: Archaeological Adventurism in the Middle East

Lynn Meskell, University of Pennsylvania

Chair: Eleanor Robson, UCL

Friday 26 May

09.00 COFFEE

09.30-11.00 Panel 4, Identity and the Past, chair: Eva Miller, UCL

Near Eastern Studies in Germany and the Complex Involvement of German Jews with ‘the Orient’

Thomas Gertzen, Freie Universität Berlin

'We are Phoenician, not Arabs': Lebanon Between Past and Present

Marwan Kilani, University of Basle

Antiquities for a Mandate: Internationalism, the Emergence of a 'Regime of Archaeology' and the Reorganization of the Middle East, c. 1914-1939

Billie Melman, Tel Aviv University

11.00-11.30 BREAK

11.30-13.00 Panel 5, Local and International Knowledge, chair: James Poskett, University of Warwick

Subjects of Destruction: Imperial Economism and Archaeological Site Looting in Upper Egypt (1882-1919)

Amany abd el Hameed, Helwan University, and Robert Vigar, University of Pennsylvania

The Traders: Sending and Selling 'Antiquités Orientales' to Paris, 1900–1939

Sarah Griswold, Oklahoma State University

Dismantling Nablus: the Samaritans, Orientalism and the Mandate Department of Antiquities

Sarah Irving, Staffordshire University

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-15.15 KEYNOTE

Museums, Politics, Empires

Zeynep Çelik, Columbia University

chair: Daniel Branch, University of Warwick

15.15-15.45 BREAK

15.45-17.00 ROUNDTABLE: ‘Whose Heritage? Living with the Legacies of Imperialism, Colonialism, and Nationalism in the Middle East’

Chair: Anne Gerritsen, University of Warwick

Moderators: Guillemette Crouzet and Eva Miller

Ammar Azzouz, University of Essex and University of Oxford
Rozhen Mohammed-Amin, Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research
Heba Abd el Gawad, UCL
Mirjam Brusius, German Historical Institute, London
Lynn Meskell, University of Pennsylvania