Lecture Program

2022-23 Milwaukee AIA Lectures

International Archaeology Day, Special Program

Saturday, Oct. 15, 1:00pm CT
“Diving For the Clotilda: The Archaeology, History, And Legacy of The Last Known Slave Ship”

Join AIA for a special virtual event where we’ll explore the wreck of the infamous slave ship discovered in 2019 in the Mobile River in Alabama. You’ll hear from the archaeologists exploring the shipwreck, the historians researching its history, and the descendants of the people who were brought over on the ship, as they work to preserve the Clotilda and ensure that its legacy and its stories are not forgotten.

This is a FREE event but you must register: Event Registration

In-Person Lecture

Sunday, October 16th, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
“City Making in Byzantine Athens”
Dr. Fotini Kondyli, NEH Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology, McIntyre Department of Art, University of Virginia
Sabin Hall, 3413 N. Downer Ave., UW-Milwaukee Campus

Dr. Fontini’s work seeks to reconstruct the topography and spatial layout of Byzantine Athens (4th-15th centuries CE), and to better understand contemporary living conditions and socio-economic activities in the city. Her lecture will focus on city-making processes and particularly on the role of non-elite, ordinary people in them. Fontini sees Byzantine cities as highly political environments and explores city-making activities as political actions. She will also examine changes in the urban environment that point to ordinary people’s involvement and consider the impact of such activities in enhancing their social capital and political influence.

Fotini KondyliProfessor Kondyli is a Byzantine archaeologist who works on the Late Antique, Byzantine and Frankish periods (5th-15th c). Her research interests include spatial practices, community building processes and the material culture of Byzantine non-elites. She also works on cultural, economic, and political networks in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Byzantine period (13th- 15th c.). She is also the co-editor of The Byzantine Neighbourhood. Urban Space and Political Action (2022). As an active field archaeologist, Kondyli has worked in numerous archaeological sites in Greece, Albania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Zoom Lectures – Fall 2022

September 2022

Krish SeetahDr. Krish Seetah, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Stanford University

Prof. Krish Seetah is a zooarchaeologist whose focus is primarily on colonization and colonialism. He is also the Director of the “Mauritian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage” project, which studies European Imperialism and colonial activity in the Indian Ocean.

Archaeology Hour Talks
“New Approaches to the Archaeology of Disease: Climate, Imperialism and Malaria in the Indian Ocean”
Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, 9:00pm CT, Event Registration
Wednesday, September 21st, 2022, 6:00pm CT, Event Registration

Archaeology Abridged Talk
“Healing the Body: How Scientific Archaeology is Revealing the Medicinal Practices of Enslaved Peoples”
Thursday, 29th, 2022, 1:00pm CT, Event Registration

October 2033 Talks

Alaka WaliDr. Alaka Wali, Curator Emerita, North American Anthropology, Field Museum, Chicago

Alaka Wali was the founding director of the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change from 1995-2010 at the Field Museum. During that time, she pioneered the development of participatory social science research and community engagement processes based in museum science.

Archaeology Hour Talks
“Inclusive Museum Narratives: Contextualizing Collections through Collaboration”
Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, 9:00pm CT, Event Registration
Wednesday, October 19th, 2022, 6:00pm CT, Event Registration

Archaeology Abridged Talk
“Representing Native American Perspectives on Time: Examples from the Field Museum”
Thursday, October 27th, 2022, 1:00pm CT, Event Registration

November 2022 Talks

Tess Davis, Executive Director, Antiquities Coalition

Tess Davis, a lawyer and archaeologist by training, is Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition. Davis oversees the organization’s work to fight cultural racketeering worldwide, as well as its award-winning think tank in Washington. She has been a legal consultant for the U.S. and foreign governments and works with both the art world and law enforcement to keep looted antiquities off the market.

Archaeology Hour Talks
“Blood Antiquities: Tomb Raiders, Art Smugglers and the Black Market in Cultural Treasures”
Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, 9:00pm CT, Event Registration
Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, 6:00pm CT, Event Registration

Archaeology Abridged Talk
“The Wild, Wild East: Combating the Black Market in Ancient Asian Art”
Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 1:00pm CT, Event Registration