Welcome Back Reception

Let’s start the semester off right with some traditional pizza and sushi! (Plus cheese, fruit, and various libations.) Come celebrate with CIAMS faculty and graduate students.

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CIAMS Spring Semester Welcome Back Reception
Friday, February 5th 2016
5:00 p.m.
History of Art Gallery
Goldwin Smith Hall, G08


Congratulations to Bill Mastandrea!

MastandreaCongratulations to Bill Mastandrea on completing his MA degree from CIAMS!  Bill’s Masters’ Thesis is entitled “Cupellation at Kea: Investigating Potential Applications of the Minoan Conical Cup.” This fall, Bill plans to begin pursuing a Ph.D. in Archaeology. The CIAMS crew wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors!


Applying to the MA Program in Archaeology: A Brief Guide

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CIAMS is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year for our Masters Program in Archaeology (MAPA).

The deadline for applications is: JANUARY 15, 2016

To apply for the Masters Program in Archaeology, submit your online application to the Cornell Graduate School Admissions Website. A description of the field of Archaeology may be found at the Graduate School, and more in-depth information about the requirements and expected course of study for the MA degree is located on the CIAMS website.

Questions about the MA Program in Archaeology should be sent to the CIAMS Director of Graduate Studies.

Students considering to applying to graduate school in the field of Archaeology are encouraged to read this informative blog post by Cornell professor Adam T. Smith.

RadioCIAMS: Sonya Atalay

Cartoon courtesy of Dr. Atalay.

Cartoon courtesy of Dr. Atalay.

On November 5, 2015, Dr. Sonya Atalay (UMass Amherst) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Kurt Jordan, Ben Anderson) and students (Taylor Hummel, Jessica Plant, Perri Gerard-Little, Jess Pfundstein) to discuss activist research – scholarship that matters in the face of university corporatization.

The cartoon pictured left is the one Dr. Atalay references during the discussion.

The entire discussion of about one hour opens below:





RadioCIAMS: John Cherry on Aegean state formation

Phaistos disk (2nd mil. BCE). Image source: ArtSTOR.

Phaistos disk (2nd mil. BCE). Image source: ArtSTOR.

On October 16, 2015, Dr. John Cherry (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Sturt Manning) and students (Jenna Bittenbender, Gabrielle Borenstein, Chelsea Cole, Ned Fisher, Amanda Gaggioli, William Mastandrea) to discuss early state formation in the Aegean. The recorded discussion of about an hour opens below.

Special thanks to Jennifer Carrington for aiding in the recording of this podcast.


CIAMS Workshop – Uthara Suvrathan

The CIAMS Workshop series resumes on Friday, November 13, 2015, where Uthara Suvrathan (Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate) will be discussing a chapter of her monograph in progress, Persistent Peripheries: Archaeological and historical landscapes of an ancient city in South India, 3rd c. BCE – 18th c. CE.

The workshop will take place from 12-1 p.m. in the LOL (McGraw 125). Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.

To obtain a copy of the chapter draft for review, please contact Katie Jarriel (kmj72@cornell.edu).

Gods and Scholars: Studying Religion at a Secular University

Zapotec Funerary Urn, Mexico, 750-1200 CE.Gods and Scholars
Studying Religion at a Secular University

October 22, 2015 – March 7, 2016
Hirshland Exhibition Gallery
Carl A. Kroch Library

CIAMS M.A. student Fredrika Loew has curated a new exhibit entitled “Gods and Scholars: Studying Religion at a Secular University,” currently on display at Kroch Library.



On November 17, 2015, Fredrika will present an introductory lecture on the exhibit (4:30 p.m., Olin library 106) followed by an exhibition visit and reception (5:00-6:30 p.m., Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Kroch library).

Exhibit Description

From its founding in 1865, Cornell University has been firmly nonsectarian, welcoming students and faculty of any religion, or no religion at all. This approach was controversial in the mid to late 19th century, when the majority of American universities were religiously affiliated; Cornell was called the “Godless” university by many. However, religion was in no way absent from campus life. On the contrary, with the rapid growth of its library collections, the new university began seeking out religious works of all types and eras. By the time the first incoming class arrived in 1868, instructors and students could interact with a vast array of sacred works. These materials supported courses on topics such as architecture, art history, philology, social reform and injustice, and literature. They were also used to complement sermons in the University chapel. This exhibition highlights the collecting of religious texts at Cornell and introduces many of the figures who have built the collection over the past 150 years.

This exhibition contains materials from the Rare and Manuscript Collections, as well as several artifacts from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

CIAMS Lecture Series – Sonya Atalay

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A commitment to decolonization requires fundamental shifts in the way we make, teach, and share new knowledge. Transforming research from an extractive, often exploitative endeavor toward a practice that contributes to healing and community-well being is one of the key challenges of our time for those in the academy today.  Drawing on five recent archaeology and heritage-related projects carried out in partnership with Native American and Turkish communities, I share the exciting possibilities of community-based research practices along with the complexities, contradictions, and impediments involved in doing engaged and activist scholarship. From complex ethical dilemmas and our need for revised IRB processes, to enhancing our skill sets in collaborative, participatory planning and knowledge mobilization strategies – I’ll discuss both the promise and perils involved in transforming research through a community-based approach.


CIAMS Lecture Series – John Cherry

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On Thursday, October 15, Dr. John Cherry (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World) will present “Archaeology Under the Volcano: Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat, 2010-2015.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall, G22. A reception will follow the talk.