Whose Classics? Whose heritage? Classical archaeology and the ‘loss of innocence’
Classicists have recently reconsidered the ways constructs such as the idea of a ‘Western civilization’ advance Eurocentric approaches to world history, overstating what are deemed to be ‘universal values’ and at the same time concealing the use of power and oppression in the ‘West’s’ relationship with the rest of the world.
Classical archaeology has supported an idealized and glorified version of the past through art historical, material-focused and context-free approaches and has chosen to ignore the negative aspects of the past. This presentation will demonstrate the effects of these approaches on people’s perceptions about antiquity and its contemporary role, specifically in the framework of nation states and the use of national narratives in the nation-building process. The focus will be on Greece.
Co-sponsored with the Department of Classics and the Classics Students Association at SF State.
Reception to follow.
Location: Humanities Building, Room 587