begins tomorrow and we kick off with a cracking account from Sam Hardy about his research and how he became involved in the discussion of unpaid work in archaeology and detailing the looting and destruction of ancient sites. As he wryly points out, he is now the go-to guy for information about whether a site is still standing. If you don’t regularly visit his blogs then you won’t know about his passion, integrity and superb turn-of-phrase. Even if you do, you’re in for a fantastic read, come back tomorrow!
We’ve had a lot of responses to Ulf’s email about holding a HARN conference/workshop in Glasgow. The majority of responses have been very positive and many of you are enthusiastic about the idea and keen to be involved. However, we have heard from some members who have misunderstood what we’re trying to achieve, and feel we should be running a session at the EAA rather than trying to compete with them. I’ll try to clarify our intentions here, but if anyone has any more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch – that’s what we’re here for.
The idea is to hold this workshop either immediately before or after the EAA rather than at the same time.
While we obviously support the EAA, indeed several HARN members are intending to give papers at the EAA, we felt it would be better to organise a separate workshop under the HARN banner rather than within the organised sessions because:
1. Given that this is intended to be a HARN workshop for the benefit of our members it would be inappropriate to ask the EAA to sponsor a separate and independent event within their conference.
Michael McCluskey (UCL English)
Thursday 20 November 2014
Room G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 6-8pm
All welcome, please reserve a free ticket at Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/filming-antiquity-excavating-egypt-in-the-1930s-tickets-13609615727
The excavation team at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt shot over three hours of film footage from 1930-1933. These images of Egypt help us think about amateur film as social practice and cultural artefact. They include leisure activities, street scenes of Cairo, and a crucial moment in the excavation season rarely captured in motion: the division of antiquities.
See more footage from the Egypt Exploration Society’s Lucy Gura Archive that has never been seen before in public… at least, not since the 1930s.
This event will launch a new collaborative project: Filming Antiquity.
Filming Antiquity is funded by a UCL CHIRP Small Grants Award.
For more information and details, visit http://www.filmingantiquity.com
Follow us on Twitter @FilmAntiquity
was going to be a review of Time’s Anvil but due to unforseen circumstances (I haven’t finished reading it) and forseen ones – I’m on my way to London to see this – there’s going to be a delay. Hopefully I’ll be back after the weekend with an erudite and comprehensive review.
Have a great weekend, even if yours is free of lego
We (as in ‘we the HARN administrators’ not ‘we, as in me but I feel ‘we’ sounds better’) have been planning some changes ever since we had the results of our survey back in January, they’re not major changes but hopefully they’ll lively up the place somewhat.
First and foremost, the inestimable Jonathan Trigg has offered to compile a HARN bibliography. All our publications in one place! Sounds like an excellent scheme to me. I have no idea how he intends to do this but I’m sure you’ll be assisting by sending him an email detailing past and forthcoming publications. Address it to HARNgroup@googlemail.com and put bibliography in the subject line, or use the form on the contact page.
Allied to that we’re intending to compile, and publish on the blog, an index of people’s research interests and list the relevant HARN members under each heading. Hopefully this will make it much easier for everyone to find their interest group and contact each other about relevant matters. I’ll be doing that over the coming months and do get in touch if you’d like to add more detail than is present in the brief biography we each have.
We have been intending to update the HARN Conferences and Workshops page like, for evah! Ulf, who, like Jonathan, obviously needs less sleep than the rest of us, is going to be working on adding past HARN events adding programmes, abstracts, lists of participants and the like. If you’ve taken part in any HARN event then do email him with your information. Oh golly! I guess we should do the AGMs too – any volunteers for that?
I still like the idea of having regular book and article reviews and reviews of conferences and workshops, if you’re interested in writing a review, or if you’d like to get more involved with running HARN you’d be more than welcome. If you’re unsure what’s needed then do have a look at this post and this one, or email us with your own suggestions for how we can improve HARN.
And, finally – one of the main points raised by the survey and individual members is that they would like a specific HARN conference. One idea we’ve had is to organise something in Glasgow either immediately before or after the 2015 EAA meeting – on the grounds that many international HARN members will be attending the EAA. Does the timing and location sound like a good idea to you? Would you be interested in participating in such a conference – either giving a paper or as an audience – and if so what themes would you like to see covered? Obviously this will take a tremendous amount of planning, fundraising, organising etc so again we’re asking for volunteers to help with this.
Get in touch! We really do want to hear from you with suggestions, criticisms, ideas to improve HARN, offers of help – we would love offers of help!
Have a great weekend
*It was inevitable my brain would get to Bowie eventually
Originally posted on The word muses:
This week, after a lot of planning and persuading people to get involved, I ran a Wikipedia editathon to create and improve the pages of women who have been important to classics disciplines. (And I mean disciplines – philology, archaeology, history, ancient theatre, epigraphy, numismatics – the list goes on.)
The idea came about after I went to a conference about over a dozen women in modern history who have made astounding contributions to classics – but who I’d never heard of! Even though I unknowingly am influenced by their work pretty much every day I study.
Astonishingly, I realised that it is not a last-century development that women have been grappling with the thorniest problems of translation, publishing, teaching, engaging in classics scholarship at the highest levels – even gaining public recognition for this – but that women have been doing this throughout the modern period. So…
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