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A Cotsen Advanced Seminar

What Cotsen Advanced Seminar
When November 13, 2009 08:30 AM to
November 15, 2009 01:00 PM
Where Royce Hall 314 and Kerckhoff Grand Salon
Contact Name Sara Tobin
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The Construction of Value in the Ancient World


Cotsen Advanced Seminar

Organized by John Papadopoulos (UCLA) and Gary Urton (Harvard)

November 13-15, 2009 at UCLA


The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology is proud to sponsor the Advanced Seminar on The
Construction of Value in the Ancient World. This symposium seeks to bring together an
interdisciplinary and cross-cultural group of scholars in the Humanities and Social
Sciences (anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, economic historians, historians,
linguists, philologists, sociologists) to investigate the meaning and construction of value
in the ancient world. The concept of value lies at the intersection of individual and
collective tastes, desires, sentiments, and attitudes that inform the ways people select, or
give priority to, one thing over another. How did past societies, and how do we in the
present, place value on anything? What, for example, is it that we value in particular
places or monuments, objects, materials, human bodies, or in art? To what extent are
taste, trade, and desire regulated by social and political mechanisms, however complex or

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