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Melissa Rosenzweig - The 'Empty Lands' of the Assyrian Empire: An Archaeology of Terra Nullius

When: 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

Contact: Nancy Hickey   847.467.1507

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.

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