Department of Classics

Antiquities Action Symposium

Sat, April 8, 2017 | DFA 2.204

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Antiquities Action Symposium


I wanted to share information about the Antiquities Action Symposium this weekend, a unique interdisciplinary event that convenes scholars from Art History, Classics, Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. We have a dazzling array of speakers this year. Come on out and get involved!




9:00 Coffee and opening remarks


9:30 Dr. Alex Walthall (University of Texas at Austin) & Dr. Jared Benton (Old Dominion University) “Looting, Looters, and Stakeholders in Aidone, Sicily: the Economic and Cultural Valuation of Repatriated Art in Rural Communities”


10:00 Dr. May al-Ibrashy (American University in Cairo, founder of Megawra) “Heritage Conservation as a Driver for Development: Athar Lina Initiative in Historic Cairo”


10:30 Break


11:00 Dr. Astrid Runggaldier (University of Texas at Austin) “Where do ‘Orphans’ Belong? Local Engagement with Global Concerns Through the Art and Art History Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.”


11:30 Dr. Robert B. Pickering (University of Tulsa) “Antiquities, Museums & Research: A West Mexico Example”


12:00 Lunch


1:00 Dr. Eric Tang (University of Texas at Austin) “Those Who Stayed: The Impact of Gentrification on Longstanding Residents of Austin's Eastside”


1:30 Dr. Stephennie Mulder (University of Texas at Austin) “Local or Universal: Imagining Antiquity and its Localities in Islamic Societies"


2:00 Keynote: Dr. Erin Thompson (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) “Using (and Losing) Our Heads: Case Studies of Conflicts between Global and Local Heritage”


3:00 Adjourn


UT Antiquities Action is grateful for the generous sponsorship of the Department of Art & Art History, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Classics Department at UT Austin.

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