Upcoming Events

Friday, January 5, 2018

Andean Studies Conference, Day 1: Institute for Andean Studies

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | January 5 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 John Rick, President, Institute for Andean Studies

 Institute of Andean Studies

The Institute of Andean Studies was the vision of John H. Rowe (1918–2004), who founded it in 1960.

 $40 Early registration, $10 Student early registration, $60 Registration after Jan 1 and at the door, $20 Student registration after Jan 1 and at the door

  Register online or by calling 5106847930, or by emailing instituteofandeanstudies@gmail.com

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Andean Studies Conference, Day 2: Institute for Andean Studies

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | January 6 | 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 John Rick, President, Institute for Andean Studies

 Institute of Andean Studies

The Institute of Andean Studies was the vision of John H. Rowe (1918–2004), who founded it in 1960.

 $40 Early registration, $10 Student early registration, $60 Registration after Jan 1 and at the door, $20 Student registration after Jan 1 and at the door

  Register online or or by emailing instituteofandeanstudies@gmail.com

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Talking to Gods: Ainu Artifacts in the Hearst Museum

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | January 18 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Christopher Lowman, UC Berkeley, Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The Ainu, the Indigenous people of northern Japan, traditionally use uniquely carved prayer sticks and highly-prized lacquer bowls to send prayers and offerings to their many gods. These sacred objects have made their way into museum collections, but their stories are seldom straightforward: they are entwined with ongoing Ainu cultural change, the desires of collectors, and the ways in which...   More >

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Memory and the Ear: Sather Lecture #1

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 8 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maud Fife Room | Note change in time and location

 Maurizio Bettini, Università degli Studi di Siena

 Department of Classics

Sunday, February 11, 2018

AIA Joukowsky Lecture - The Late Bronze Age Eruption of Thera (Santorini)

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 11 | 2 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Floyd McCoy, University of Hawaii

 AIA, San Francisco Society

The largest volcanic eruption of the past 10,000 years occurred in the southern Aegean Sea on an island known in antiquity as Thera (Santorini). A landscape was forever altered – as was a culture that thrived on that island, the Cycladic culture. Here was the core of a thriving maritime trade network, in close communication with the Minoan culture on Crete, vaporized in a four/five-day volcanic...   More >

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

From Turks to Mongols: David Ayalon’s Vision of the Eurasian Steppe in Islamic History

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This lecture seeks to survey and critically engage some of the ideas of David Ayalon (1914-98), and then to see where they might further be developed and applied. Although Ayalon is primarily known as a Mamlukist, and in fact can be called the father of Mamluk studies, he also turned his attention to other weighty matters in the study of Middle Eastern and Islamic history. Among these was the...   More >

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects

Workshop: Other Cal Archaeology | February 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Stacy Reardon, Library

 Library

Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Choose it to develop born digital projects and books, or as a companion site for traditional scholarship. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create a Scalar project, create pages and media, add metadata and annotations, and define paths.

Reconfiguration of Ceramic Production and Trade in China at the Threshold of Global Trade: An Archaeological Perspective

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Li Min, UCLA

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Taking archaeological ceramics from production, transportation, and consumption sites during the 13th to 17th century, this paper examines the changing configuration of ceramic production and trade on Chinese coast during the critical transition from the Asiatic Trade Network to the beginning of early global trade. I will explore how potter communities in China linked to emerging maritime...   More >

The Gallery and the Archive: Contemporary Artists Work with The Magnes Collection

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 21 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Join David Wilson, Greg Niemeyer and Nicki Green, three contemporary artists who, in recent years, have interacted with The Magnes Collection and contributed to exhibitions that intersect new works with art and artifacts from the collection itself, in a conversation about art, creativity, archives, and memory, moderated by Francesco Spagnolo.

David Wilson, an artist based in Oakland, worked...   More >

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Column Monument in Bīsāpūr - a Roman Design for Sāpūr I?

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Anahita Mittertrainer, Ph.D Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

 Near Eastern Studies

One of the most curious findings of the early Sasanian cities in Fars (modern southwest Iran) is the Roman style column monument of Bīsāpūr, which was discovered by Roman Ghirshman, the excavator of Bīsāpūr, in winter 1935/36. The monument was set up in the center of the city at the crossroads of the two main axes and consisted originally probably of two columns...   More >

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Natural History Museum and the Future of Nature

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Beka Economopoulos, Co-founder and Director, The Natural History Museum; Dan Kammen, Professor, Energy & Chair Energy and Resources Group

 Arts + Design

In a post-truth era, the role of trusted institutions of science is more important than ever. Drawing on recent initiatives organized by The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum founded by the activist art collective Not An Alternative, this talk will explore how The Natural History Museum leverages the symbolic and infrastructural power of science museums to transform them into...   More >

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Kevin Rowe: Conserve the Collector: Natural history collections and historical change

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Kevin Rowe (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Thursday, March 1, 2018

California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History

Colloquium: Other Cal Archaeology | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, 220 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 William J. Bauer, Jr., Professor, Department of History,, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development, Department of Ethnic Studies

In 1935, Concow Austin McLaine, of northern California’s Round Valley Reservation, told an oral tradition about Lizard, who saw smoke wafting up from West Mountain, now known as Lassen Peak. The people in Lizard’s town planned to steal fire from Eagle, who selfishly kept the fire under his wings. The people teamed up, stole the fire, and raced with it back to town. Before they reached their...   More >

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Opening Reception - Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You

Reception: Other Cal Archaeology | March 7 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Please join us for a reception on Wednesday, March 7 to celebrate the Phoebe Hearst Museum's new Spring exhibit entitled, "Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You." Opening to the public on Saturday, March 10, this timely exhibit-co-curated by Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley undergraduate students-invites visitors to examine how and why faces are depicted in global crafting...   More >

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

AHMA Colloquium - The Theatrical Guild and Rome

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 20 | 4 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Kent Rigsby, Duke University

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented in the afternoon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall. It is hosted and organized by graduate students from the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Group.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Past is Present:: Virtuality, Archaeology, and the Future of History

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 4 – 6, 2018 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Center for New Media

Presented in partnership with swissnex San Francisco.
The Past is Present is an interdisciplinary event bringing together scholars, students, technology innovators, and cultural heritage workers in conversation about new methods and tools which are shaping their work.
From April 4-6, the BCNM will provide a venue for an international group to explore critical issues of new technologies.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Past is Present:: Virtuality, Archaeology, and the Future of History

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 4 – 6, 2018 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Center for New Media

Presented in partnership with swissnex San Francisco.
The Past is Present is an interdisciplinary event bringing together scholars, students, technology innovators, and cultural heritage workers in conversation about new methods and tools which are shaping their work.
From April 4-6, the BCNM will provide a venue for an international group to explore critical issues of new technologies.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Past is Present:: Virtuality, Archaeology, and the Future of History

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 4 – 6, 2018 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Center for New Media

Presented in partnership with swissnex San Francisco.
The Past is Present is an interdisciplinary event bringing together scholars, students, technology innovators, and cultural heritage workers in conversation about new methods and tools which are shaping their work.
From April 4-6, the BCNM will provide a venue for an international group to explore critical issues of new technologies.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Reimagining Morocco's Cultural Heritage for the 21st Century

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ashley Miller, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In July of 2011, King Mohammed VI of Morocco (r.1999-present) endorsed a constitutional referendum that acknowledged his country’s plural identities and histories in an unprecedented way, describing a Moroccan national identity “forged through the convergence of its Arab-Islamic, Amazigh, and Saharan-Hassanic components, nourished and enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic, and...   More >

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul featuring Marilyn Strathern: Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 17 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Marilyn Strathern, Former William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

 Graduate Division

Marilyn Strathern will present the Foerster lecture on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 titled "Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body." The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Marilyn Strathern

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order

Colloquium: Other Cal Archaeology | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, Tackett proposes that the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) witnessed both the maturation of an East Asian inter-state system and the emergence of a new worldview and sense of Chinese identity among educated elites. These developments together had sweeping repercussions for the course of Chinese history, while also demonstrating that there has existed in world history a viable...   More >

Exhibits at UCB

People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

Exhibit - Multimedia: Other Cal Archaeology | April 12 – December 17, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think...   More >

 Free UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, Hearst Museum Members, and Youth under 18, $6 General Admisison, $3 Non-UC Berkeley Students and seniors over 65

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Artifacts: Other Cal Archaeology | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts: Other Cal Archaeology | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >