Whitman College

Canceled: Kershaw Lecture: “Ruined Gardens of Babylon: Dark Ecology and Heritage Politics in the Middle East

Ömür Harmanşah is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His current research focuses on the history of landscapes in the Middle East and the politics of ecology, place, and heritage. As an archaeologist and an architectural historian of the ancient Near East, Harmansah specializes in the art, architecture, and material culture of Anatolia, Syria, and Mesopotamia during the Bronze and Iron Ages. His earlier research focused on cities, the production of architectural and urban space, critical studies of place and landscape, and image-making practices in the urban and rural environments. Since 2010, Harmansah has been directing Yalburt Yaylasi Archaeological Landscape Research Project, a diachronic regional survey project addressing questions of place and landscape in west-central Turkey. He is also the Principal Investigator for a three-year multi-institutional collaborative project entitled “Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene,” supported with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 pm

Olin Hall, 129
920 E Isaacs, Walla Walla, WA

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