The Harpur College Dean’s Workshop
Annabel Jane Wharton
William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History
The Violence of Heights: Jerusalem’s Zions
Monday, September 24
3:00 LN 1106
Social elites exert their authority by monumentalizing prominent urban positions with institutions that represent their power—religious, economic, governmental. Heights or centers of cities generate monumental totems. Because of their close association with authority, such heights are dangerous places. No city exemplifies the totemic violence of heights better than Jerusalem—one of the world’s oldest continuously occupied, politically contested and religiously contentious sites.