Getting Around Ithaca – EAC 2017

We are excitedly preparing for the 2017 Eurasian Archaeology Conference and looking forward to hosting you at Cornell. Although most of Ithaca is accessible by foot, below are some links to help you with transportation around Ithaca and Cornell. For conference attendees staying at Hotel Ithaca please note that there is a free shuttle to the airport and campus.

TCAT Bus Schedule:
https://www.tcatbus.com/ride/schedules-fall-2017
Cornell Map:
https://www.cornell.edu/about/maps/
Taxi Services:
http://collegetowncab.com/
Conference Venue:
http://statlerhotel.cornell.edu/
Ithaca Airport:
https://flyithaca.com/

EAC 2017 Final Program Posted

The Final Program for the 2017 Eurasian Archaeology Conference has now been posted at the link. We look forward to welcoming all of our participants and registered attendees to Ithaca next month. Please keep in mind that Cornell Parents weekend is the same weekend and so there may be considerable demand for hotel rooms.  Please make your travel arrangements as soon as possible.  If you need assistance, feel free to write to the organizing committee at eurasia2017@cornell.edu.

Caucasus Panorama

Amongst the Eurasia-related events this semester at Cornell is a speakers series dedicated to the Caucasus.  Final details are still being arranged but our interdisciplinary roster of speakers includes:

February 20. Bruce Grant (NYU Anthropology)

March 7. Gerard Libaridian (UMich, History)

April 4. Harsha Ram (Berkeley, Slavic)

TBA. Ronald Suny

EAC Trends: Further Thoughts

In my opening remarks for the 4th Eurasian Archaeology Conference, I noted some geographic trends in the papers over the course of the last 11 years.  Here is the graph:

The increase in the representation of research in Mongolia explains the growth in the “non-USSR” category.  But it was hard to miss the expansion in international collaborative archaeological research in the former Soviet Republics represented at the Conference versus the decline in the representation of work in Russia.  It will be interesting to see if we can help reverse that trend in the next conference.

Conversations during the conference however suggest this is not just an idiosyncratic sample.  Various discussions suggested that incentives for collaborative work in the Republics and Mongolia versus considerable hurdles in Russia may be pushing international projects onto the edges of the Eurasian landmass.  This move will undoubtedly have a significant theoretical impact.  Compare how the exile of foreign archaeologists from Iraq and Iran in the late 20th century drove not only new projects in the periphery but new models of world systems and (post)colonial identity formation in antiquity.  One possible leading consequence of the reduced presence of Russian archaeology may be a tendency to focus on alternative geographic interlocutors.  For the Caucasus, this would be the Near East, for Mongolia and Central Asia, China.  This shift in the imagination of the geographic centers of gravity shaping the edges of Eurasia in the past was already visible in many of the excellent papers at the 4th EAC.

Thank You!

Thanks to all of the participants and attendees of the 4th Eurasian Archaeology conference.  With 50 papers, 3 invited lectures, and 80 registered attendees, this was our largest conference to date.  Kudos to the Graduate Student Organizing committee on putting together an informative and collegial gathering.  We look forward to seeing you all back in Ithaca for our next meeting.

Welcome to the 4th EAC!

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Ithaca this week for our largest EAC yet. Our first session on Thursday October 11 will be in the Carrier Ballroom of the Statler Hotel on the campus of Cornell University.  We wil be available for on-site registration starting at 12:30pm in the foyer outside the ballroom.  Registered attendees should check in with our registration desk to get their name tags and information packets.

On Friday, October 12, we will be in the Amphitheater at the Statler Hotel.  Late arriving attendees can pick up their registration materials starting at 8:30am in the foyer outside the Amphitheater.

The conference keynote address by Dr. Christopher Gosden, entitled “Flows and Stoppages: Towards a Dynamic Model of Identities” is free and open to the public.  It will begin at 8pm in Physical Sciences Room 120.

The final program is available at the link above both online and in pdf format.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Cornell.

Final Program Now Available

The final program for the 4th Eurasian Archaeology Conference is now available.  Click on “Final Program” above to see session and paper details.  The conference includes 3 invited lectures, 51 papers, and, at the moment, 65 registered attendees.  We look forward to welcoming you to Cornell.