The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (CAM)

The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (CAM)

The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (CAM)

The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (CAM)

The Center, otherwise known as CAM, is an interdepartmental initiative at Columbia University in the City of New York which seeks to link together all the faculty, students and numerous departments that have an interest in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and adjoining areas. It is simultaneously a mechanism for coordinating courses, an information source, and a means of organizing conferences and other scholarly encounters.

Statement of Solidarity

Those of us associated with Columbia’s Center for the Ancient Mediterranean are deeply disturbed by the recent events in the USA and the senseless acts of violence against African Americans, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, and Rayshard Brooks, as well as many others.

We stand in solidarity with the demonstrators who condemn this behavior and demand change; we deplore the treatment they received by many police departments and other government agencies. We know that the field of ancient studies has often been misused as a justification for many forms of racism in the USA and worldwide and that it has been dominated by hegemonic voices. We regret that this continues to be the case and encourage scholarship and other means to combat this abuse of the rich diversity of ancient Mediterranean cultures we love to explore.

Center for the Ancient Mediterranean
Columbia University
Department of Art History and Archaeology
  1200 Amsterdam Avenue
653-A Ext. Schermerhorn Hall, MC 5517
New York, NY 10027
 212-854-0200