OHWB e.V. would like to cordially invite you to attend its Ninth seminar of the “Heritage Seminar Series | Orient in Context”, on Thursday January 30th, 2014 as part of its “Think & Talk” scientific events. The seminar would take place at ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL gGmbH, Pangea-Haus, Trautenaustraße 5., 10717 Berlin, between 18:00-20:00, with a presentation entitled “Archaeology & Heritage: An Uneasy Relationship” by Prof. Dr. Susan Pollock with discussions following afterwards.
It is commonplace these days to associate archaeology and cultural heritage. On the one hand this relationship draws attention to the interests of multiple groups in the past, where “the past” includes various materialized forms such as objects, monuments, and sites. It brings with it a welcome attempt to move the engagement with the archaeological past beyond the ivory tower. On the other hand there is an array of problematic elements that accompany the close connections between heritage and archaeology. Prof. Pollock will highlight some of these issues in her talk using examples from western Asia as well as from other parts of the world.
Susan Pollock is a professor in the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University (USA). She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Palestine and Germany. Her interests range from commensality and food-related practices in the ancient world to studies of political economy and the politics of archaeological practice.