The Fifth IEMA Visiting Scholar Conference. Approaching Monumentality in the Archaeological Record,12th-13th May 2012, North Campus University at Buffalo, SUNY

12th-13th May 2012
380 Millard Fillmore Academic Center Ellicott Complex
North Campus University at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, NY 14261

Conference Organizer: Dr. James Osborne

The building of sculpted monuments and monumental architecture seems to be a universal human trait at all levels of social complexity and in all parts of the world, from the grand pyramids of ancient Egypt to the modest inuksuit cairns of the Inuit. Unfortunately, the words “monumental” and “monumentality” as used by scholars have different meaning and intent in nearly every work in which they appear. This symposium seeks to clarify just what we mean by “monumentality,” but more than that, to understand the social and political significance of monumentality as it was manifested in various ways around the world. The primary purpose of the symposium is to study the role of sculpted monuments and public buildings in the creation and maintenance of political and social discourses, and to evaluate how monuments were received and understood by human actors. Approaching Monumentality brings together archaeologists, art historians, epigraphers, historians, and architects whose areas of expertise span from the Neolithic to the Classical era, and from Europe and the Mediterranean basin to the New World. In this way we will be able to explore monumentality both as a general human phenomenon as well as in its rich and varied particular social contexts.


Please register by Sunday 6 May

Please complete the Registration Form. Please return the Registration Form by:

Registration fees can be collected on arrival or sent with the registration form.

Students $20

University at Buffalo Faculty and Students: Free. There is no charge for University at Buffalo students. (Please bring Student ID)

Waged    $35


Invited speakers: accommodation is provided. Attendees: please make your own hotel reservation. Several hotels are in the vicinity of Greiner Hall, North Campus, including the Ramada Amherst (2402 North Forest Rd, Amherst, NY 14226) and the Buffalo Marriott Niagara (1340 Millersport Highway · Amherst, NY 14221).

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