Seeing the past in High Definition at urban sites in the Middle East.

The case of ancient Gerasa (Jerash) in Jordan.

26 April 2018

Byens Lys

Rubina Raja

Rubina Raja is professor of Classical Archaeology and centre leader of The Danish National Research Foundation's Center of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions. Raja's fields of interest include urban development and networks, ancient iconography, roman period portrait studies, field archaeology and the intersection between cultural history and natural science methods. Rubina Raja received the Elite Research Prize awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in 2015. Homepage

M. Rexen

"Over​ ​the​ ​last​ ​few​ ​years​ ​I​ ​have​ ​dedicated​ ​my​ ​time​ ​to​ ​visiting​ ​neolithic​ ​sites​ ​around the​ ​world.​ ​Through​ ​these​ ​adventures​ ​I​ ​have​ ​begun​ ​to​ ​regard​ ​these​ ​sites​ ​as​ ​healing centers​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​tombs​ ​or​ ​religious​ ​sites;​ ​places​ ​where​ ​the​ ​lethargy​ ​imbedded​ ​in our​ ​modern​ ​bodies​ ​evaporates​ ​effortlessly.​ ​Pyramids​ ​especially​ ​rock​ ​my​ ​world.​ ​Our world,​ ​I​ ​should​ ​say." - M.Rexen Homepage

In an event integrated in the festival Forskningens Døgn, Science & Cocktails brings you exciting new research on archeology from Rubina Raja together with the neolithic sound of M. Rexen.

Why does it matter to study the past? What can archaeology teach us? What can we learn from an integration between archaeology and natural science methods? How might we change views of the world by exchanging the grand narratives with High Definition Narratives? How did urban societies in the past work and how can we study these?

Rubina Raja will be giving insight into how we, through archaeology (the study of old things), can come to better understandings of how urban societies worked in the past. Studying dead societies presents a certain challenge, since there is no one who actually lived in these societies, who we can speak to. We have to reconstruct everything through excavation, which in itself is destructive and invasive.

Rubina Raja takes her point of departure in the work done by the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter project in the Decapolis city Gerasa located in modern northwestern Jordan. The fieldwork done there since 2011 has been closely integrated with the work done within the framework of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions. Through this close collaboration it has been possible to integrate completely new methods through which we can study objects, people and developments of over time and this has given new perspectives on how we can understand the development of this city, along with a string of others, over a long period of time.

Afterwards, while chilled cocktails are begin served, M.Rexen and his 12 musicians - the house band for this season - will be taking the stage and playing their second performance out of 3.

M. Rexen's​ musical styles seem to pour out of a gigantic kaleidoscopic vortex. These years you can see live performances with his 12 piece band which are effortlessly surprising, feeding off the endlessly vibrant Rexen. Sure to entertain an audience looking to get lost in a multi-denominational play of melody, orchestral instruments and fairy tale voices matched by a true rock and roll spirit. This season M. Rexen will mainly communicate through Mr. Rexen's Musical Memoir Quest, a web series showcasing the bands live performances and studio activity alongside shots from Rexen's personal lakeside home.

Entrance to the event is free. Event held in English. No registration is necessary. Doors open at 19:00. CASH ONLY.