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Online Lecture: The sea at the dawn of Jōmon culture: IRIAE’s archaeological excavations on Tsushima Island

The Student Association Gesshin, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is hosting an online lecture titled "The sea at the dawn of Jōmon culture: IRIAE's archaeological excavations on Tsushima Island"  at 15:45 (CET, Italy) on 06 February 2023 (Monday).

The speaker is Daniele Petrella, PhD and President of IRIAE (International Research Institute for Archaeology and Ethnology). It is the first lecture of the series "Unearthing Japanese Archaeology: Re-discovering ancient Japan through contemporary studies".

New Book: The Social Lives of Chinese Objects

The Social Lives of Chinese Objects is the first anthology of texts to apply Arjun Appadurai’s well-known argument on the social life of things to the discussion of artefacts made in China. The essays in this book look at objects as “things-in-motion,” a status that brings attention to the history of transmissions ensuing after the time and conditions of their production. How does the identity of an object change as a consequence of geographical relocation and/ or temporal transference?

Online Workshop: Publishing your first academic work

Publishing is one of the most important goals for researchers and graduate students in the field of East Asian archaeology. After gathering data, everyone needs to face the questions of how to write a clear argument that attracts editors’ attention and how to find the right journal or publisher to submit their works. For scholars and students working in East Asia, many also need to publish in a language different than their mother tongues.

New Book: Tectonic Archaeology

The effects of tectonic processes on archaeological sites are evidenced by earthquake damage, volcanic eruptions, and tsunami destruction. However, these processes affect a far broader sphere of landform structures, environment, and even climate that envelops an archaeological site and triggers human behavioural activities.

New Book: The Origin of White Porcelain

The sixth century saw a major transformation of ceramic technology. It initiated an era characterised by porcelain and polychrome decoration that overturned the earlier pattern of earthenware and stoneware production that had been used for thousands of years. However, the process of this dramatic transformation has been unclear. The Origin of White Porcelain focuses on the typo-chronology of three major categories of glazed ceramics recognised with in-situ pXRF analysis of items discovered from sixth-century burials in north China.

SEAA Newsletter– Call for contributions

We hope everyone is off to a good start for the New Year! We at the Executive Board of SEAA are happy to announce that from now on we will be publishing a quarterly newsletter (Jan / April / July / October) that highlights some of the amazing work that our membership is doing around the world.

SEAA Book Talk Video: Wengcheong Lam (CUHK) and Qin Cao (Durham University)

The Society for east Asian Archaeology held its first online book talk via Zoom on Thursday 8 December 2022. The talk featured Dr. Wengcheong Lam (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Dr. Qin Cao (Oriental Museum, Durham University) on the launch of their new books, “Connectivity, Imperialism, and the Han Iron Industry” and “Weapons in Late Shang (c. 1250-1050 BCE) China: Beyond Typology and Ritual”. Also in attendance is Dr. Rowan Flad (Harvard University), the series editor for the Routledge Series in Chinese Archaeology, who served as discussant.

2023 Summer Institute: “Archipelagic Asias” Call for Applications

The Pennsylvania State University invites applicants for its annual Global Asias Summer Institute, to be held June 19–23, 2023.

Institute participants spend a week reading and thinking about the annual theme, as well as significant time workshopping their work in progress. Particularly strong work will be considered for publication in an upcoming special issue of the award-winning journal, Verge: Studies in Global Asias.


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