Dr. C.M. (Carolyn) Nakamura

  • Post-doctoral researcher
  • Material Culture

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2655
E-Mail: c.m.nakamura@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Economische en Sociale geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.24b

Fields of interest

  • Social archaeology

  • Material and visual culture

  • Urban heritage and informal communities

  • Anthropology of magic and ritual

  • Spatial analysis and social mapping

  • Socio-material assemblages

  • Mesopotamian cultures

  • Anatolian Neolithic (Çatalhöyük)

  • Mumbai, India


  • Mumbai, India: Heritage Fault-lines - Informal Communities and Urban Heritage (preliminary)
  • Konya, Turkey: Çatalhöyük Research Project, (Figurines, placed deposits, and burial goods, 2004-present)
  • Dissertation: The Matter of Magic: Figuring Memory and Protection in Neo-Assyrian Apotropaic Figurine Rituals, First Millennium BC (PhD, 2008)

Curriculum vitae

Previous position

  • Stanford University, Stanford, California
    -Lecturer, Department of Anthropology (2008-2010)

  • Columbia University, New York, New York
    -Ph.D. Anthropology (2008)
    -M.Phil. Anthropology (2002)
    -M.A. Anthropology (2000)
  • Reed College, Portland, Oregon
    -B.A. Chemistry (1995)

Grants, Fellowships and Honors
  • Postdoctoral Research, part of Templeton Foundation Grant for “Religion as the basis for power and property in the first civilizations. The analysis and publication of Çatalhöyük, Turkey.” Granted to: Prof. Ian Hodder (2009-2011)
  • ASOR Platt Excavation Fellowship (2008)
  • Columbia University, Stigler Summer Research Grant (2006)
  • 44th Annual International Achievement Summit, Student Delegate, June 1-4, New York (2005)
  • Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California, Pre-doctoral Fellow in residence (2004-2005)  
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation, Individual Research Grant for research project: ‘The Matter of Magic: Figuring Memory and Protection in Neo-Assyrian Apotropaic Figurine Rituals, First Millennium BC’ (2003-2004)
  • Columbia University, CAM Summer Fellowship for Travel Abroad (2002)            
  • Columbia University, President’s Fellow (2001-2002)         
  • Columbia University, Stigler Summer Research Grant (2000)          
  • Columbia University, Anthropology Scholarship, (1999-2000)                           

Other activities

Key publications

  • 2010: Finding Magic: A Matter of Time and Place? In Spirituality and religious ritual in the emergence of civilization. Çatalhöyük as a case study. ed. Ian Hodder. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  • 2010: Articulate Bodies: Forms and Figures at Çatalhöyük (with L. Meskell). Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 16(3): 205-230.

  • 2008: Figured Lifeworlds and Depositional Practices at Çatalhöyük (with L. Meskell, R. King and S. Farid). Cambridge Archaeological Journal. 18(2): 139-161.

  • 2005: Mastering Matters: Magical Sense and The Figurine Worlds of Neo-Assyria. In Archaeologies of Materiality, Oxford: Blackwell, ed. Lynn Meskell, pp. 18-45.

  • 2004: Dedicating Magic:  Neo-Assyrian Apotropaic Figurines and the Protection of Assur. World Archaeology: 36(1): 11-25.



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