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December 02, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Alice Yao

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Sarmatian Mirrors and "Han" Ingots (100 BC - AD 100): How the Foreign became Local and Vice Versa

Part of Alumni Lecture Series: The coming academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies. Many events are being planned to mark this historic milestone, including inviting our alumni to give some of the presentations in the CCS Noon Lecture Series. We hope you will be able to join us for all of the many interesting noon lectures planned for this coming year and next.

December 7, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Lead ingots from China and bronze mirrors from the Caucasus present two distinctive kinds of hybrid objects borrowing from mixed cultural traditions. Because the material origins of these objects cannot be easily identified, they present oddities that defy classification and are sometimes referred to as imitations. To what extent are these objects tokens of cultural identity emerging along ancient trade routes? This presentation examines the ways cultural tradition, authenticity, and differences are understood in material terms.

Professor Yao received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2008 and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her current project is a collaborative archaeological survey investigating the dimensions of Han imperial incorporation of Bronze Age societies in Yunnan during the first millennium B.C.

Posted by zzhu at December 2, 2010 08:38 PM