The Archaia qualification provides intellectual opportunities to graduate students with wide-ranging interests in the ancient and premodern worlds, extending their studies beyond departmental lines and incorporating methods from the social sciences and the humanities. Students fulfill the requirements of their home department, with a course of study individually tailored to allow for rigorous interdisciplinary work via seminars and independent study. The qualification is open to graduate students at Yale. For details, see the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Programs and Policies.
The Core Seminar
The workshop theme fo 2016-17 is “Slavery, Dependency and Genocide in the Ancient and Premodern World.” The associated Core Seminar meets in Spring 2018 and is co-taught by Ben Kiernan (History) and Noel Lenski (Classics and History), contact Noel.Lenski@yale.edu.
The course covers the subject of class and ethnic repression from the third millennium B.C.E. to the mid-second millennium C.E. It analyzes textual, epigraphic, and iconographic sources for slavery, dependency, and genocide in Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Han, Germanic, Angkorian, Vietnamese, Burmese, Malay, Mayan, and Aztec cultures. Questions discussed will include the terminology of slavery and genocide across cultures, the extent and intensity of these strategies over time and place, their role in shaping and even constituting social and economic relations, and the similarities and differences between societies in the uses to which they put mass repression.
The workshop theme for 2016-17 was “Fakes and Forgeries.” The associated Core Seminar met in Spring 2017 and was co-taught by Irene Peirano Garrison (Classics) and Eckart Frahm (NELC).
A comparative exploration of notions of forgery and authenticity in the ancient and premodern worlds, in a variety of civilizations (ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, China, India, etc.) and different political, religious, literary, and artistic contexts. Emphasis is also placed on the pivotal role played by the “authentic” in the modern era in disciplines such as philology and aesthetics, the manipulative uses of ancient history for purposes of modern nation building and identity formation, copies and reconstructions of ancient artifacts, and the role of forgeries in today’s antiquities trade.
The Ancient Judaism Workshop
An Ancient Judaism research workshop, intended to offer a setting for graduate students to share their current research with their fellow graduate students. This workshop allows a sense of academic sharing within the program and offers a suitable setting for students to present their work for evaluation and feedback before presenting their work to the larger academic community. The workshop also invites faculty members to share with the workshop’s participants some of their most recent research projects, in order to allow a vibrant atmosphere for academic discussions among faculty and graduate students. The workshop occasionally invites participants from other universities to share their recent academic findings, especially if the person in mind has recently completed a research project of interest to the participants of the workshop.
The Pre-modern Gender & Sexuality Working Group (PGSWG)
offers a forum for students and academic fellows to meet and tackle questions and problems with like-minded colleagues who have a shared interest in gender and sexuality as well as the pre-modern. Thus the group also addresses issues of sources, methods, and frameworks for the study of pre-modern societies. Read More
The Archaia Forum (formerly YIWSA).
The Yale Interdisciplinary Working Group for the Study of Antiquity (the Ancient Societies Working Group) is a forum for graduate students who take the distant past as their object of study. Once a month participants gather to hear two students from different departments give papers that serve as the basis for a broader discussion across conventional disciplinary boundaries. Our scope for the term “antiquity” (or “antiquities”) is broad: we welcome students of cultures across the globe and periods across the ages to share their approaches to the past. At the end of each semester we host a panel with faculty from Yale and elsewhere to provide comparative perspectives on a selected topic.
YIWSA is soliciting presentations for the academic year 2017–2018. Read more here: http://classics.yale.edu/workshops/archaia-forum.
The Yale Arabic Philosophy Group
The Arabic Philosophy Group addresses itself equally to philosophers, Arabists, and Islamicists as well as to students and scholars of Classics, and Medieval, Renaissance, and Judaic studies. The speakers are asked to present original texts in English translation, so that knowledge of Arabic is not required to follow the presentation and participate in the discussion. Read More