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Jonathan Mark Kenoyer | The Indus Civilization - Changing Perspectives on Regional Origins, Diverse Character and Complex Legacy: The 4th Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | November 6 | 3-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Madison

Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies; Faculty Lead, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture


ISAS and Pakistan@Berkeley, a campaign to broaden and deepen Pakistan related research, teaching and programming at UC Berkeley, are proud to announce the fourth "Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan" by Prof. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, famed archaeologist and one of the world's leading authorities on the ancient Indus civilization.

This lecture will discuss the rapidly changing perspectives on the Indus Civilization that emerged in what is now Pakistan and Western India between around 2600-1900 BC. The origins of this culture can be traced to much earlier periods along the Indus and adjacent regions. Recent discoveries will be presented to emphasize the ways in which different regions of northwestern South Asia contributed to the emergence of early urban society. The regional variations of these cities will be highlighted in order to illustrate how the people who made up this culture adjusted to different local environments and socio-economic and political developments. The character of the Indus cities will be illustrated through remains of their distinctive technology, ornaments, textiles, ceramics, architecture, art and ideology. Between 1900-1000 BC the cities and settlements of this civilization began to change. Major issues that contributed to these changes will be discussed along with the important legacy of the Indus Civilization that has impacted later cultures and continues up to the present.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Kenoyer's research interests include the archaeology of early urbanism and state level society, ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, ancient technology and quantitative methods. His geographic areas of interest include South Asia (particularly India and Pakistan), West Asia, East and Southeast Asia. His main focus is on the Indus Civilization and he has worked in both Pakistan and India since 1975. Dr. Kenoyer has been excavating with the Harappa Archaeological Research Project (HARP) at the ancient Indus city of Harappa, Pakistan since 1986. He is currently co-director of the project. He has a special interest in ancient technologies and crafts, socio-economic and political organization as well as religion.

Dr. Kenoyer's most well-known book is Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley (Oxford, 1998). He also co-authored with Kimberly Heuston The Ancient South Asian World (Oxford 2005) a book written for children. Dr. Kenoyer was also curator with the Asia Society of the Great Cities, Small Treasures: The Ancient World of the Indus Valley exhibit which toured the U.S. in 1998-1999. He was a special consultant for the Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2002.

Dr. Kenoyer was born and raised in India. He attended Woodstock School in northern India were he developed a keen interest in the ancient history, archaeology and cultures of South Asia. He did his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D (1983) from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a student of the late George F. Dales with whom he co-authored a definitive study of Excavations at Mohenjo-daro, Pakistan: The Pottery.

The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan is named in honor of one of the leading figures in the history of the Habib family. In addition to successfully guiding the Habib family’s transition from India to Pakistan following independence in 1947, Mahomedali Habib laid the foundations for the House of Habib, a group of powerful business and financial companies. The group has a long-standing history of philanthropy and social service and is currently leading the establishment of Habib University, a liberal arts and sciences university, in Pakistan which aims to bridge the gap between global academia and Pakistan. Toward honoring the legacy of Mahomedali Habib – who was distinguished by his love for Pakistan and his deep commitment to education and philanthropy – the Habib family has decided to endow an annual lecture series in his name. Through this lecture series the Habib family aims to improve and diversify conversations about Pakistan in the United States as well as create opportunities for US and Pakistan-based scholars to dialogue.

This event is presented under the aegis of the Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

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