Ancient Societies Workshop

Spring Quarter 2020:

NB: Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the ASW will be held online via Zoom for the Spring Quarter 2020. Please contact Larry Carillo ( for access information.


Thursday (4/9) *Please Note the Day*
Philip Watson
Graduate – Anthropology
"A Preliminary Approach to Informal Economies in the Eastern Roman Empire,
4th-7th c. CE."

Tuesday (4/21) *Possible*
Anne Austin
Professor – St. Louis
"Revealing the Practive of Tattooing in Ancient Egypt"

Tuesday (5/12)
Alice Casalini
Graduate – Art History

Tuesday (5/19)
Eduardo García-Molina
Graduate – Classics
“King and Χώρα: The Seleukid State and a Rural Shrine in Northern Syria”

Tuesday (Tuesday (6/2) *Date and Time Subject to Change*
Yanxiao He
Graduate – NELC
“The Prisoners of Shangri-La in Antiquity?: Greco-Roman and Chinese
Perspectives on the Tibetan Plateau”

The workshop meets at 3:30pm.

Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop

Autumn Quarter 2020:


Workshop meetings will be held on Zoom from 4:00 - 5:30 pm CST on Thursdays. A Zoom link will be shared on our listserv prior to each session. 


To be added to our mailing list, and for copies of papers, please email us at and IAW continues to accept proposals on a rolling basis for Winter and Spring quarters. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

8th October

Notes from the Field -- Archives/Remote Fieldwork Edition 

Shannon Lee Dawdy (Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, University of Chicago) 

Student panel with Mannat Johal (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago), Hilary Leathem (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago), and Theresa Tiliakos (PhD Student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)


22nd October

Laurel Bestock (Associate Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World and Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University), co-sponsored by the Ancient Societies Workshop

“A Line in the Sand: blurring boundaries at Uronarti, Sudan”


29th October

Seth Richardson (Associate, Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and Managing Editor of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies) 

“Domain Change: Reterritorializing Hammurabi's Babylon”


12th November

Nikki Grigg (PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

“Not to Be Sold: Beer, Branding, and Citizenship in late 19th Century D.C.” 


19th November

 Kelsey Rooney (PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

“Explanation, Prediction, and Archives: Modeling in Nautical Archaeology”

Other UChicago Workshops of Interest

The University of Chicago sponsors over 70 interdisciplinary workshops on a wide range of themes. These venues bring together graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars from multiple disciplines to discuss cutting edge work in progress (book or dissertation chapters, journal articles, etc.).