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April 24 – 28, 2022 New Date

The Matter of Imperial Politics: Archaeological Contributions to Understanding the Role of Things in Productions of Power

Chaired by Tamara Bray, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wayne State University, and Lori Khatchadourian, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

In line with the material turn across a wide swath of the social sciences and humanities, this seminar aims to bring objects in from out of the cold–in this case, with the specific goal of deepening our understanding of power by relating it to materiality. The goal is to focus, from a globally comparative perspective, on the political work of things in the context of early imperial states by developing a broad comparative understanding of how such assemblages work to make and unmake political power.

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