Public Lecture Events

Due to circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to present our annual public lecture series online. Though we miss gathering for intellectual exchange in-person at our facility in Amman, we are pleased to offer this unprecedented opportunity for international virtual connection regarding research in Jordan.

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“Preserving the Cultural Heritage of the Madaba Region… Together: The Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum Project (MRAMP) and Recent Community Archaeology”

by Dr. Douglas R. Clark (La Sierra University)
Tues. January 19, 2021 at 7 p.m. Amman local time

The Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum Project (MRAMP) has always been about “community archaeology” which views archaeology as a public asset to be embraced by a wide spectrum of local and international stakeholders. Supported by generous grants from several US and Italian development agencies and others, and in collaboration with long-standing and recently acquired partners, the MRAMP team has witnessed considerable progress toward its goal of establishing a new, state-of-the-art regional archaeological museum in historic downtown Madaba. And, while COVID has slowed progress considerably in some respects, it has also forced us to explore a broad range of virtual options for the study, storage, storytelling, and display of the region’s extensive material culture. This presentation will encompass recent progress toward the accomplishment of the project’s objectives and the outcomes of collaboration with vibrant partners in an internationally shared endeavor to preserve the region’s cultural heritage.

This topic will be presented by Dr. Douglas R. Clark in collaboration with MRAMP co-directors Dr. Suzanne Richard (Gannon University), Dr. Andrea Polcaro (Perugia University), Dr. Marta D’Andrea (Sapienza University of Rome), and Dr. Basem Mahamid (Department of Antiquities of Jordan).

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“An Invocation to Jesus in a Safaitic Inscription?”

by Dr. Ahmad Al-Jallad (Ohio State University)
Tues. February 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. Amman local time

The Safaitic inscriptions constitute the largest epigraphic corpus in Jordan. The term refers to the northern most branch of the South Semitic alphabet, a sister of the Ancient  South Arabian script (musnad). The inscriptions, concentrated in the Syro-Jodanian Basalt Desert (the Ḥarrah), record the lifeways of the regions inhabitants some 2000 years ago. While the exact chronological limits of Safaitic are not known, scholars have assumed that the documentation ends around the 4th c. CE as there are no mentions of Christianity. This lecture will present a new inscription, discovered during the 2019 summer campaign of the Badia Surveys. It records an invocation to a new divinity, attested for the first time in Safaitic, that should likely be identified as Jesus. After the discussion of its reading and interpretation, I will explain the ramifications of this discovery on the history of Christianity in the region and the background of Quranic ʿysy.

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“Well-being and Living Well: Ethnographic Approaches to Health and Disability in Contemporary Jordan “

A panel with Dr. Christine Sargent (University of Colorado Denver), Morgen Chalmiers (University of California San Diego), and Timothy Loh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Tues. March 16, 2021 at 7 p.m. Amman local time

Jordan has undergone dramatic demographic and educational shifts over a few short generations, accompanied by transformations in healthcare, health-related industries, and disability legislation and advocacy. At the same time, it continues to grapple with serious economic constraints and absorb the shocks of regional instability. These macro-processes offer ethnographers opportunities to examine how categories of health, normality, and difference—as well as structures of access, power, and inequality—shape everyday life and inform understandings of what it means to live well.  In this panel, three early career scholars will reflect on the fields of medical anthropology and disability anthropology in Jordan and the broader region.

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by Dr. Maysoon Al-Nahar (University of Jordan)
Tues. April 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. Amman local time

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Online lectures on demand

Did you know ACOR has over 40 recordings of past academic presentations, available for free on our YouTube channel? Click here to see our video list, including short presentations from virtual academic conferences (e.g., ASOR and MESA) as well as feature lecture events previously held at ACOR in recent years.

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