Monday, February 20, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: 1810 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students
Group: Anthropology Department
Category: Lectures & Meetings
In this presentation I pose a question that runs through all of my research, “How did politics in the past use the environment for political advantage?” For this talk in particular, I examine how Assyrian imperialists (ca. 900 – 600 BCE) used the perception of ‘empty lands’ to legitimate their expansion into foreign territories of northern Iraq, southeastern Anatolia, and northwestern Syria (i.e. Upper Mesopotamia). This is a study that combines textual, archaeological, and environmental data in order to address an ancient issue of contemporary concern – the politics of environmental discourse and practice.