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Mysteries of the Mind

Start: May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM
End: Apr 20, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Exhibition Launch - Mysteries of the Mind
The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Mysteries of the Mind, opens to the public from 13 May 2016. 

Fortresses, shrines, and shifting towns: archaeology of the Upper Casamance,Senegal (7th-19th C AD)

Start: Feb 23, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Fortresses, shrines, and shifting towns: archaeology of the Upper Casamance,Senegal (7th-19th C AD)
Sirio Canos Donnay will give the next seminar in the African Peoples and Pasts series at the Institute on 23 February.

Roman and Post-Roman Frontiers and Mobility: then, now, and in-between

Start: Feb 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Hadrian's Wall (Image courtesy of Andrew Gardner)
Chiara Bonacchi (Durham/UCL) & Darrell Rohl (Canterbury Christ Church) will give the seventh seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 27 February.

Book reading with Montréal author Anita Anand - readings from her acclaimed collection 'Swing in the House and Other Stories' (2015)

Start: Feb 27, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Anita Anand's 'Swing in the House and Other Stories' (2015)
Anita Anand will be reading three excerpts from her collection, Swing in the House and Other Stories -- from the title story, about a suffocating marriage in a cold city in 1989; from ‘The Dare’ -- in which a woman suffering from alienation in suburbia decides to stand outside her door stark naked; and from ‘Elephant Heart’ -- the author's favourite, in which she just wanted to write about a feeling that she couldn't name.

Institute of Archaeology Graduate Open Evening

Start: Feb 28, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Feb 28, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Institute of Archaeology logo
The Institute will hold its next Graduate Open Evening on 28 February for those interested in masters courses or research degrees, as well as for those students already accepted onto a programme.

Social conflict and political crisis in Brazil: the new social protest cycle

Start: Feb 28, 2017 6:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero (Bath) - This talk will present a reflection on the relationship between the new social protest cycle opened in 2011 and the crisis of the left in Brazil. The new protest cycle instituted new actors and discourses that, in turn, elicited the incapacity of the left in power to rearticulate their demands. The presentation will argue that this crisis of political representation remains open after the impeachment.

Making Foreign: Legal Identity, Social Policy and the Contours of Belonging in the Contemporary Dominican Republic

Start: Mar 1, 2017 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Eve Hayes de Kalaf (Aberdeen) - This paper analyses the case of the Dominican Republic (DR) where disputes over the right of native born persons of Haitian ancestry to a Dominican legal identity have become highly contested and deeply politicised in recent years. Refusing to issue birth certificates and/or confiscating documents from migrant-descended populations, the state argued it was rectifying an administrative oversight that had led to the erroneous inclusion of persons born to 'undocumented' migrants as Dominicans within the civil registry. Read the full abstract here.

The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt

Start: Mar 2, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 2, 2017 6:00:00 PM

The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt
Kathryn Bard (Boston University) will give a lecture sponsored by the World Archaeology Section at the Institute on 2 March.

IHR North American History Seminar: Through the Looking Glass: Hawai‘i and the Problem of Race in Postwar American Culture

Start: Mar 2, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Institute of Historical Studies
With Dr Sarah Miller-Davenport (University of Sheffield) -  UCL Americas is pleased to collaborate in the organisation and delivery of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Seminar Series.

Afterlives: Cabinets of Consequence: Octagon Salon #3

Start: Mar 2, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 2, 2017 8:30:00 PM

Afterlives: Cabinets of Conaequence: Octagon Salon #3
A special public event, a 'salon', to accompany Cabinets of Consequence, the current Octagon exhibition, will take place at UCL on 2 March.

Capturing Changes: Using the Oxford System to further understand the movement of metal in Shang China (16th Century BC-1046 BC)

Start: Mar 2, 2017 6:15:00 PM

Image: By Gary Lee Todd, PhD, Professor of History, Sias International University, Xinzheng, Henan, China. [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Ruiliang Liu (University of Oxford) will give the next International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Seminar of 2016-17 at the Institute on 2 March.

The last great early medieval migration? Assessing genetic and archaeological evidence for the Vikings in England

Start: Mar 6, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Hadrian's Wall (Image courtesy of Andrew Gardner)
Jane Kershaw (UCL) & Ellen C. Røyrvik (Warwick) will give the eighth seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 6 March.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: Histories of a Plague Year: Population, Health and Colonial Government

Start: Mar 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Institute of Historical Studies
Gabriela Ramos (University of Cambridge) - Studies in Andean population history concur in considering 1720 a watershed for determining periods of decline and growth (Dobyns 1963, Whightman 1990).  After 1720, the Spanish colonial government launched a series of reforms aimed at improving revenue collection and governmental efficacy, especially by conducting new, accurate population counts. More information here.

Collecting, Ordering, Governing: Anthropology, Museums and Liberal Government Book Launch

Start: Mar 7, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 7, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Collecting, Ordering, Governing: Anthropology, Museums and Liberal Government Panel Discussion and Book Cover
A special event to mark the publication of Collecting, Ordering, Governing: Anthropology, Museums and Liberal Government (Duke University Press, 2017) will be held at the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology on 7 March.

Postcards as Archives: "Excavating" Popular Archaeology at the Turn of the Century

Start: Mar 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 8, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Postcards as archives
Katy Soar (Royal Holloway) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network at the Institute on 8 March.

Book Launch: 'The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left' by Jeffery Webber

Start: Mar 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Book Launch: 'The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left' by Jeffery Webber
This talk will explain the political dynamics and conflicts underpinning the contradictory evolution of left-wing governments and social movements in Latin America in the last two decades. Throughout the 2000s, Latin America transformed itself into the leading edge of anti-neoliberal resistance in the world. What is left of the Pink Tide today? What are the governments’ relationships to the explosive social movements that propelled them to power? As China’s demand slackens for Latin American commodities, will they continue to rely on natural resource extraction? This talk is grounded in an analysis of trends in capitalist accumulation from 1990 to 2015, in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Rating the American Presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump: A UK Perspective

Start: Mar 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Michael Patrick Cullinane (Roehampton), Iwan Morgan (UCL), Simon Rofe (SOAS) - This event unveils the results of a poll of 71 UK scholars specializing in American history and US politics. The survey rated the performance of American presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama in five categories: vision/agenda setting; domestic leadership; foreign policy leadership; moral authority; and the positive historical significance of their legacy.

3rd UCL Lecture on Climate and Human History: Ancient DNA and the rewriting of our human history

Start: Mar 9, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 9, 2017 7:30:00 PM

3rd UCL Lecture on Climate and Human History: Ancient DNA and the rewriting of our human history
Eske Willerslev (University of Cambridge/University of Copenhagen) will give the 3rd UCL Lecture on Climate and Human History at the Institute on 9 March.

Building the Modern State in Developing Countries: Understanding the Relationship between Security and Taxes with Evidence from Mexico

Start: Mar 9, 2017 6:15:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Gustavo Flores-Macias (Cornell) - This article provides novel micro-level evidence of the relationship between two central aspects of state capacity, taxation and the provision of law and order. Drawing on an original nationally-representative survey conducted in the context of Mexico’s war on drugs, we estimate through a novel technique the size of the fiscal sacrifice citizens are willing to make to improve public safety, and investigate the determinants of attitudes towards heavier taxation for this end.

The Archaeology of Impermanence: current work on the material culture of the refugee crisis

Start: Mar 13, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Hadrian's Wall (Image courtesy of Andrew Gardner)
Dan Hicks (Oxford) will give the penultimate seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 13 March.

Politics, Gender and Health: Insight from Argentina's Provinces

Start: Mar 13, 2017 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Professor James McGuire (Wesleyan University) - Is greater political representation for women associated with better health outcomes? Previous research has linked women's legislative representation to greater public health care spending, more widespread use of basic health care services, and better health status. Most such research has been carried out, however, either at the cross-national level or across subnational units (states, districts) in the United States or India. This study explores the association between women's legislative representation and health outcomes in the provinces of Argentina.

Accordia Lecture: Toward a social landscape of the house: a comparison between southern Etruria and coastal Campania in the Early Iron Age

Start: Mar 14, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Accordia
Beatriz Marin-Aguilera (University of Cambridge) will give the sixth Accordia Lecture of the 2016-17 series at Senate House on 14 March.

Sagas & Socialism: William Morris in Iceland

Start: Mar 14, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Sagas & Socialism: William Morris in Iceland
Tina Paphitis (UCL) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network at the Institute on 14 March.

‘Cuba is already ours’: Annexationists, filibusterers, and the United States’ struggle to buy Cuba, c. 1820-1898

Start: Mar 15, 2017 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Dr Carrie Gibson – This paper discusses the many attempts of the United States to buy Cuba from Spain throughout the nineteenth century. Although all the bids ended in failure, each one came at a particular moment of change or crisis, and was set in a much wider global context. The bids in 1853 and 1898 were particularly crucial, coming before and after the abolition of slavery in both places, and this paper will focus on those two in discussing how this period was critical in the development of the relationship between Cuba and the United States.

IHR North American History Seminar: The Fundamentalist Rejection of Christian Rock in the 1970s and 1980s

Start: Mar 16, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Institute of Historical Studies
With Dr Randall Stephens (Northumbria University) - UCL Americas is pleased to collaborate in the organisation and delivery of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Seminar Series.

Migrations, Frontiers and Borderlands: where next?

Start: Mar 20, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Hadrian's Wall (Image courtesy of Andrew Gardner)
Sophy Charlton, Andrew Gardner, Hazel Reade, Andrew Reynolds & Rhiannon Stevens will give the final seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 20 March.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: The Ideas Behind the First Estimates of the Argentine Cost of Living Index, 1918-1933

Start: Mar 21, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Institute of Historical Studies
Cecilia Lanata (University of Sussex) - In line with international trends, the cost of living index released in 1918 by Alejandro E. Bunge and published in the Revista de Economía Argentina (Review of the Argentine Economy, REA) was the first Argentine indicator of this kind. The one developed between 1933 and 1935 by the Departamento Nacional de Trabajo (National Labour Department, DNT) headed at the time by José Figuerola was the first one based on a household budget survey. More information here.

The Image of the Past: Reassembling Identities through Roman Objects in Early Anglo-Saxon Society, 5th to 7th Century AD

Start: Mar 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM

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The penultimate seminar in the 2016-17 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Indra Werthmann (Durham) on 21 March.

Urban Protest and Informal Democracy in Venezuela

Start: Mar 22, 2017 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Alejandro Velasco (NYU) - Venezuela today is a country mired in turmoil. But thirty years ago the story was different. Back then Venezuela stood for many as an inclusive democracy in a region where dictatorship and civil war reigned. Enlightened leaders, strong parties, powerful unions – all spoke of a stable political system that for decades managed to ensure social peace. Or so it seemed. As historian Alejandro Velasco argues, the conflicts that grip Venezuela today aren’t a departure from but a continuation of decades-long struggles over what kind of democracy would emerge after the country’s last military dictatorship fell in 1958. Read the full abstract here.

UKAS 2017

Start: Apr 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Apr 8, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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The UK Archaeological Science (UKAS) conference will be hosted in London by the UCL Institute of Archaeology from 5-8 April, 2017.

Accordia Lecture: The Etruscan necropolises of Caere (Cerveteri, Rome), 7th to 1st centuries BC: new perspectives

Start: May 2, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Accordia
Maria Raffaella Ciuccarelli (Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio delle Marche) will give the seventh Accordia Lecture of the 2016-17 series at the Institute on 2 May.

Brexit, Archaeology and Heritage: Reflections and Agendas

Start: May 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM
End: May 5, 2017 6:00:00 PM

The EU
A one-day workshop on 'Brexit, Archaeology and Heritage: Reflections and Agendas' will be held at the Institute on 5 May.

Sex and Symbolism

Start: May 8, 2017 9:30:00 AM
End: Apr 27, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Image courtesy of the UCL Institute of Archaeology
The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Sex and Symbolism, will open to the public in May 2017.

Stressed Out! Debunking the stress myth in the study of archaeological human remains

Start: May 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: May 20, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Stressed Out! Debunking the stress myth in the study of archaeological human remains
The Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference 2017 entitled 'Stressed Out! Debunking the stress myth in the study of archaeological human remains' will take place at the Institute on 19 & 20 May.

Tel Dor and Cross-Mediterranean Interactions 1400-400 BC: A Non-Braudelian Story

Start: May 31, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Tel Dor and Cross-Mediterranean Interactions 1400-400 BC: A Non-Braudelian Story
Ayelet Gilboa (University of Haifa) will give a special lecture, sponsored by the World Archaeology Section, at the Institute on 31 May. 

World Archaeology Festival 2017

Start: Jun 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM
End: Jun 10, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Institute of Archaeology 80th Anniversary logo
The Institute's contribution to the Council of British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology will take place on Saturday 10 June from 12pm-5pm