Seminar Dr Kate Franklin-Birkbeck, University of London
11 Mar 2021, 04:00 pm to 11 Mar 2021
11/3/2021 4PM ZOOM Seminar for link email email@example.com
UCD Archaeology Society is excited to host a lecture presented by Kate Franklin
Living the Silk Road everyday: Archaeological research in medieval Armenia (13th-14th c)
Abstract: As a metaphor for adventure, encounter and exchange, The Silk Road has shaped research and writing on the past, present and future of Eurasia for well over a century. Archaeologists working at global scales increasingly use the figure of the Silk Road to think about large-scale processes, about mobility, and about technological agency. Over the course of research into medieval life in the mountain valleys of Armenia, Kate Franklin has asked the question of how medieval global culture was rooted in local practice-- but more acutely, of how medieval people lived the large-scale in the everyday. In this talk, Kate explores the process of thinking through world-making in the Kasakh Valley, Armenia, sharing results and arguments from her forthcoming book Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia, as well as reflections on the doing of global archaeology in the time of COVID-19.