Etruscan sessions at the AIA meetings in Chicago starting Jan 5

CHICAGO, DECEMBER 3 – The 2024 American Institute of Archaeology (AIA), which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from January 5-7, will feature sessions on Etruscan contents, many of which sponsored by the Etruscan Interest Group.
“Confronting and Debunking Tropes in Ancient Mediterranean Art” will be the subject of a workshop on January 5 co-organized by Alexandra A. Carpino, Northern Arizona University and Lisa Pieraccini, The University of California, Berkeley. The panelist will be Steven Tuck, Miami University, Heather Bowyer, Arizona State University, Darcy Tuttle, The University of California, Berkeley, Valeria Riedemann, University of Washington, and Cristina Hernandez, Mt. San Antonio College.
On the same day a colloquium will be held on Religious Communication in the Terracotta Temple Decoration of Central Italy, organized by Alexander Ekserdjian, Yale University, and Allia Benner, University of Oxford.
“Sacro-Creative Action and the Making of Gods in and beyond Rome” will feature inputs by John Hopkins, New York University and Emily Frank, New York University. Gregory Warden of Southern Methodist University will talk of Space, Place, and Performance: the Cultural Poetics of Italic Temple Decoration”, while Disposing of Sacred Images: The End of the Life of Architectural Terracottas” will be the subject of a talk by Fabio Colivicchi, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
“Fantastic (and real) beasts and where to find them in Etruria” is the theme of a colloquium sponsored by AIA Etruscan Interest Group and organized by Daniele Federico Maras, Ministry of Culture (Rome, Italy), Fabio Colivicchi and Cristiana Zaccagnino, Queen’s University, Kingston. Nancy T. de Grummond, Florida State University will be the moderator. On the same theme, “The Fantastic and the Real Deer of Etruria” is the theme of a conference by Lora Holland Goldthwaite, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Among other talks, Colivicchi will discuss “Creatures of the Sea on Architectural Terracottas of Caere”, while Meryl Shriver-Rice, University of Miami will focus on Extirpations in Etruria: Missing Lynxes and the Missing Link between Material Cultural and Ecological Knowledge, and Cristiana Zaccagnino will be back to discuss non-native and Migrant Birds in Etruria: the Rooster, the Swallow, and Others. Same as Maras, on the Neo-Orientalizing Beasts of Late Archaic Caere.
Maurizio Forte, Duke University, and Felipe I. De Castro, FollowFox.AI will discuss Artificial Intelligence and Classical Archaeology: Research and Educational Perspectives, while Antonio LoPiano will present on the Doganella Survey Project: The Multimodal Remote Sensing Survey of a Pre-Roman Etruscan Urban Center. Both during a session on Artificial Intelligence and Classical Archaeology.
The Etruscan Interest Group (EIG) consists of AIA members who are committed to the study and understanding of the archaeology and culture of the Etruscans. The EIG is dedicated to increasing awareness of Etruscan studies among US and international scholars and to promoting the study of the material and cultural history of the Etruscans to members of the AIA through various programs, such as Etruscan themed panels and colloquia at the AIA annual meetings. The EIG is supported by the Etruscan Foundation, the leading Etruscan organization in North America and the producer of the journal, Etruscan Studies.
The AIA is North America’s largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world.  (@EtruscanTimes)


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