Eleni Hasaki

Professor of Anthropology and Classics

Co-director, Laboratory for Traditional Technology

Eleni Hasaki

About Eleni Hasaki

Research: Eleni Hasaki is  Professor of Anthropology and Classics at the University of Arizona and the co-director of the Laboratory for Traditional Technology . She received her B.A. from the University of Athens, Greece and her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of Potters at Work in Ancient Corinth: Industry, Religion, and the Penteskouphia Pinakes (Hesperia Supplement American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Princeton, 2021) on the largest group of scenes with potters at work from classical antiquity. Recently she co-edited  Reconstructing Scales of Production in the Ancient Greek World (Heidelberg 2020). She has published on craft technologies, ceramic production, craft, apprenticeship, the spatial organization of workshops, and social network analysis of communities of practice in the Classical world.

Hasaki’s research agenda  in the lab, excavations, experimental and ethnoarchaeological projects, as well as Digital Humanities, aims to enrich our understanding of industrial quarters and their connectivity. She directs the WebAtlas of Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece and co-directs the NEH-funded SNAP: Social Networks of Athenian Potters. She has excavated and publsihed a Roman pottery workshops in Greece (Paros) and collaborated on the publication of local and imported pottery from the Sanctuary of Apollo on Despotiko, Paros. She  directs the ethnoarchaeological project Communities of Practice in Transition  on the relocation of a potters’ quarter in Moknine (Tunisia).

Her current manuscript with sculptor Alan LeQuire details the construction of the colossal statue of Athena Parthenos in the Nashville Parthenon, a 1:1 scale replica of the statue originally standing in the Athenian Parthenon.

In summer 2022, she will continue her long standing experimental and ethnoarchaeological work with Greek traditional potters and painters in a UA-funded project entitled TimeTables of Ancient Greek Potters and Painters.

Her research has been funded by the Harvard Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Kress Foundation, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the American Philosophical Society. More recently, Hasaki was selected a Harvard Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies and a Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.  She is a National Lecturer with the Archaeological Institute of America and has lectured widely at home and abroad.

Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Supervision: Professor Hasaki is the Graduate Advisor for the Classical Archaeology Emphasis in the Classics MA program at the University of Arizona. She welcomes inquiries by prospective graduate students with similar interests (pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology at the School of Anthropology or an M.A. degree at the Classics Department) at hasakie@email.arizona.edu.  In terms of postdoctoral supervision, for 2022-2023 she is the hostirng supervisor of Dr. M. Serino, holder of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship on the Agathocles project.

Teaching and Service: Hasaki teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Classical art and archaeology, ancient technology, and ceramics. Her course on Health and Medicine in Classical Antiquity is part of the Health and Human Values minor in the Honors College. In the wake of COVID-19, Hasaki and her students reflected on the impact of pandemics across the centuries and she was a Panelist on a COVID-19 colloquium organized by IGlobes, CNRS and ENS in France (UA News; Ancient and Modern Pandemics; Parthenon and the Pandemic). She has been deeply invested in student engagement both on campus and abroad as Faculty Fellow, Honors Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Anthropology, and the founding Director of the Arizona in the Aegean Summer Study Program in Greece. She has served as the President of the Tucson Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and as the Vice-President of the Hellenic Cultural Foundation.

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Selected Publications

 

For a full list of publications, see Eleni Hasaki's Academia Profile

Web. The WebAtlas of the Ancient Greek Kilns

2021. Hasaki, E. Potters at Work at Ancient CorinthIndustry, Religion, and the Penteskouphia Pinakes, Hesperia Supplement 51: American School of Classical Studies at Athens: Princeton, N.J.

2020. Hasaki, E. and M. Bentz (eds.), Reconstructing Scales of Production in the Ancient Greek World: Producers,    Processes, Products, People. Panel Proceedings in the XIX Conference of Classical Archaeology, Bonn Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World, Heidelberg

2020. Hasaki, E. and D. H. Cline, Social Network Analysis and Connoisseurship in the Study of Athenian Potters' Communities.   In E. Hasaki and M. Bentz (eds), Reconstructing Scales of Production in the Ancient Greek World: Producers, Processes, Products, People. Proceedings of the XIX Conference of Classical Archaeology, Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World, Bonn 2226 May 2018, Heidelberg, 59-80

2020. Hasaki, E. The WebAtlas of Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece: A Research Gateway to the Study of Hellenistic Ceramic Workshops. In S. Drougou (ed.), Pottery Workshops, Craftsmen and Workshops, Athens, 280–312 (with parallel Greek translation as “Ο διαδικτυακός άτλας των κεραμικών κλιβάνων της αρχαίας Ελλάδας. Ενα εργαλείο έρευνας για τα ελληνιστικά κεραμικά εργαστήρια”

2019. Cline, D.H. and E. Hasaki. The Connected World of Athenian Potters: Connoisseurship, Collaborations, and Social Networks, Harvard Research Bulletin 7

2019. Hasaki, E. Potters and their Wheels in Ancient Greece: Skills and Secrets in Communities of Practice. M Denti and M. Villette (eds.) Archéologie des espaces artisanaux. Fouiller et comprendre les gestes des potiers, Rennes, 297–314

2018. Hasaki, E. Craft Apprenticeship, Social Networks, and Communities of Practice in Ancient Greece, Center 38, 116–119

2018. Hasaki, E. and R. Delozier. Terracotta Statues from Ayia Irini Kea: An Experimental Replication. E. Angliker and J. Tully (eds.) Cycladic  Archaeology: New Approaches and Discoveries, Oxford, 3–26

2017. Hasaki E. and Y. Nakas. Ship Iconography on the Penteskouphia Pinakes from Archaic Corinth (Greece). Pottery Industry and Maritime Trade. J. Gawronski, A. van Holk, J. Schokkenbroek (eds.), Proceedings of the13th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 13)Amsterdam, 66–72

2017. Hasaki, E. and Y. Kourayos. The Early Roman Pottery Workshop, the Classical House, and Geometric Burials at Skiadas Plot, Paroikia, Paros. Archaeologikon Deltion – Meletes 67–68 (2012–2013): 459–482

2016. Hasaki, E. and C. Raptis. Roman and Byzantine Ceramic Kilns in Greece (1st-15th c.) Continuities and Changes in Kiln Typology and Spatial Organization of Production. In. N. Cucuzza, B.M. Giannattasio and S. Pallecchi (eds), Archeologia delle produzioni ceramiche nel mondo antico: spazi, prodotti, strumenti e tecniche,  Ariccia,  209–229

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Courses Taught

Courses are cross-listed with Anthropology, Classics, and Art History; additional crosslistings are noted

Graduate: Experimental Archaeology; Ceramic Studies in the Classical World; Labor and Society in Ancient Greece; Proseminar to Classical Methods

Undergraduate/Graduate: Ancient Greek Technology; Critical Debates from the Classical World; Greek Pottery: Craft and Society in Ancient Greece

Undergraduate:  Health and Medicine in Classical Antiquity (crosslisted with ANTH/CLAS/RELI/HIST/CHS/HSP); Classical Art and Archaeology (Greece)

 

Areas of Study

Greece (mainland, Cyclades) and Eastern Mediterranean

North Africa (Tunisia)

 

Projects

DIrector, WebAtlas of Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece

Director, Experimental Replica of an Ancient Greek Kiln, Tucson, AZ

Director, Moknine Ethnoarchaeological Project (Tunisia)

Co-Director,  SNAP: Social Networks of Athenian Potters

Co-Director, Laboratory for Traditional Technology

 

Research Interests

Craft Apprenticeship and Communities of Practice

Ceramic Technology

Experimental Archaeology and  Ethnoarchaeology

Spatial Economics of Ceramic Workshops in Ancient and Modern Mediterranean

Archaeology of the Greek and Roman Worlds