Conferences + Workshops

Conference: "State of the Art in Urban History"

Oct 28, 2021 03:00 PM to Oct 29, 2021 12:30 PM

For more information and if you are interested in attending this conference, please send a message to Max Grund by  26 October 2021.

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Einsteinsaal, Wissenschaftspark, Fraunhoferstraße 13, Kiel

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Conference: "The Dynamics of Neighbourhoods and Urban Quarters"

Nov 10, 2021 to Nov 13, 2021

Organised by Annette Haug and Christian Beck.



9.30 Welcome and Introduction / Annette Haug and Christian Beck

Section 1:
City Quarters (Chair: Stefan Feuser)

10.00 Regiones, Vici, and Grassroots Organization at Roman Ostia / Christer Bruun (Toronto)
10.45 Urban Infrastructure and the Perception of Neighbourhood / Eric Poehler (Amherst Massachusetts)
11.30-12.00 coffee break
12.00-12.45 Materializing inequality: Houses, Neighbourhoods and the Imperialization of Italy Miko Flohr (Leiden)
12.45– 14.15 lunch break
14.15 Neighbourhood on Water: Life at Two Harbours in Rome / Simon Malmberg (Bergen)
15.00 The Green Neighbourhood of the Amphitheatre at Pompeii / Pia Kastenmeier (Rome)
16.00 Guided tour through the collecion of the ‘Antikensammlung’ by the curator Manuel Flecker
17.00 Reception, ‘Antikensammlung’


Section 2:
Neighbourhoods: Shared Infrastructures and Resources (Chair: Annette Haug/Christian Beck)

09.30 Reconfiguring Roman Space: Urban Investment and the Sharing of Resources in the Porta Stabia Neighbourhood at Pompeii / Steven Ellis (Cincinnati)
10.15 Neighbourhood Dynamics, Neighbourhood Character, and the Persistence of Shared Infrastructure: Impressions from an Urban Quarter in Athens, 5th cent. BC to 3rd cent AD / Patric-Alexander Kreuz (Kiel)
11.00 – 11.30 coffee break
11.30 The Development of a Water-rich Neighbourhood in Late Antique Ostia (IV, III-IV) / Ginny Wheeler (Bern)
12.15– 14.00 lunch break

Section 3
Neighbourhoods and Shared Aesthetics (Chair: Patric-Alexander Kreuz)

14.00 Rebuilding Houses in the Insula IX 5: Neighbourhood Relations in the Transition of Time / Christian Beck (Kiel)
14.45 The Crossroads of Mercury: Decoration and Development in Regio VI at Pompeii / Taylor Lauritsen (Kiel)
15.30 – 16.00 coffee break
16.00 Final discussion / Ulrich Müller (Kiel)
19.00 Conference dinner

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Colloquium: "Boas Talks"

Nov 18, 2021 to Nov 21, 2021

Hybrid: Room 209 and Klaus-Murmann-Lecture Hall, Leibnizstraße 1, Kiel University, Germany + Zoom conference + live streaming

Scientific colloquium commemorating the 140th anniversary of Franz Boas‘ doctorate at Kiel University

140 years after Franz Boas‘ doctorate, we renew Kiel‘s early connection to this outstanding scholar with a scientific colloquium. Drawing on his later seminal works, we will discuss developing trends, recent advancements, and enrich points of contact between the archaeological and anthropological frameworks. In keeping with Boas‘ advocacy of close collaboration between archaeology, cultural, and social anthropology, the colloquium will bridge viewpoints from fields such as prehistory and early history, historical and contemporary archaeology, ethnography, social and cultural anthropology, and philosophical reflection.

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18 NOVEMBER 2021
15:00 “The Boas Walks – Tracking Franz Boas through Kiel” (student initiative)

19 NOVEMBER 2021
9:00 Introduction

Boas and Germany
9:30 Susan Pollock (Berlin, Germany) and Reinhard Bernbeck (Berlin, Germany) 
Franz Boas: Between Anti-Racism and Reification
10:00 Hans Peter Hahn (Frankfurt, Germany)
The Mixed Fate of Franz Boas’ Cultural Relativism. Notes on the Itinerary of a German-American Concept

10:30 Coffee Break

At the Crossroads of Anthropology and Archaeology
11:00 Charlotte Damm (Tromsö, Norway)
Between the Unique and the General: The Contribution of Historical and Anthropological Archaeology to the Wider Field of Anthropology
11:30 Andrei Golovnev (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Anthropology of Movement on the Crossroads of Ethnography and Archaeology
12:00 Alexander Gramsch (Frankfurt, Germany)
Death and the Human Body: Finding a Common Ground for Archaeology and Anthropology

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Stefanie Samida (Heidelberg, Germany / Zürich, Switzerland)
Teaching Anthropology: Remarks from a German Perspective
14:30 Martin Furholt (Oslo, Norway / Kiel, Germany)
Narratives, Concepts and Data: The Relevance of Franz Boas for European Archaeology

15:00 Coffee Break

“Boas for the 21st Century“: Case Studies
15:30 Christian Jeunesse (Strasbourg, France)
The Cohabitation of Rich Villages and Poor Villages in Egalitarian and Acephalous Agrarian Societies. How to Understand This Paradox? The Case of Faunal Assemblages in the Lbk
16:00 Colin Grier (Pullman, USA)
Boas for the 21st Century: In Pursuit of Context and History in Northwest Coast Archaeology

20 NOVEMBER 2021
09:30 Engdawok Assefa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Johannes Müller (Kiel, Germany)
Forging Networks and Identities in Non-literature Societies: Southwest Ethiopian Konso Smiths
10:00 Francesca Lugli (Rome, Italy)
Steppe Nomads Strategies Facing Climate Changes and Variability – Ethnoarchaeological Observation

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Vasa Ditamulü (Kohima, India)
Understanding Naga Pottery Use & Meaning: A Case Study of the Phoms of Nagaland
11:30 Tiatoshi Jamir (Kohima, India)
Decolonizing Archaeological Practice in Northeast India: Views from Community Archaeology Initiatives in Nagaland

12:00 Lunch

From Cultural Relativism to Post-Colonial Imperative
13:30 Bill Angelbeck (New Westminster, Canada)
Boas Refracted through His Local Collaborators (James Teit, George Hunt, and William Beynon): Implications for Contemporary Interpretation, Collaboration, and Decolonization
14:00 Peter Jordan (Groningen, Netherlands)
From Cultural Traits to Inherited Social Traditions: “Re-activating” the Anthropological Legacy of Franz Boas
14:30 Martin Porr (Perth, Australia)
Nature, Culture, Human Nature. Reflections on Franz Boas’ “Anthropology and Modern Life”

15:00 Discussion and Resume

15:30 Coffee Break

18:00 Tracy Teslow (Cincinnati, USA) 
Keynote lecture: A Historian Contends with Hagiography: Perceptions of Franz Boas and His Relevance Today

21 NOVEMBER 2021
Departure of participants


For more information please visit the Colloquium’s webpage

Organizers (all members of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS)

/ Henny Piezonka
Division of Anthropological Archaeology /
Ethnoarchaeology Kiel University
Johanna-Mestorf-Strasse 2-6, 24118 Kiel

/ Vesa Arponen
/ Nils Müller-Scheeßel
/ Jens Schneeweiß
/ Maria Wunderlich

Coordination and contact

/ Anastasia Khramtsova
Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University
Leibnizstrasse 3, 24118 Kiel

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Conference: “Medical Knowledge and its 'Sitz im Leben': Body and Horror in Antiquity”

Nov 18, 2021 to Nov 20, 2021

Hybrid: Kiel University, Room 105, Leibnizstr. 1, 24118 Kiel + Zoom Videoconference

Conference: “Medical Knowledge and its 'Sitz im Leben': Body and Horror in Antiquity”

This conference explores ancient and modern concepts of horror with reference to the human body. The aim is to examine how the body is processing, affectively as well as cognitively, horrifying experiences as well as how it can turn itself into a source of horror, e.g. in contexts of sickness and death.
 While we are firmly aware of the fact that ‘horror’ as a largely post-Romantic concept is not unproblematic when applied to Greek and Latin texts, we will try to show that its classical antecedents and roots must be considered as they might shed light on the ways in which the horrific, as a category that shapes our encounter with various forms of art but also with life itself, is understood today.


18 November 2021

10:40 - 11:00 Coffee/Registration
11:00 - 11:20  Welcome/Introductory Remarks / Chiara Thumiger and Georgios Kazantzidis

Thinking about beginnings
11:20-12:00 A Terrible History of Classical Horror / Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)

12:00-12:40 Hot and Cold Blood in Lucan’s Civil War / Dunstan Lowe (University of Kent, UK)

13:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00-15:40 The Horrific Body in Sophocles / Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy / Committee on Social Thought, Chicago,USA)
15:40-16:20 Heracles’ Automatic Body: Madness, Horror and Laughter in Euripides’ Hercules Furens / Maria Gerolemou (University of Exeter, UK)
16:20-17:00 The Visceral Thrills of Tragedy: Flesh, Blood and Guts Off and On the Tragic Stage / Evina Sistakou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

18:00 Dinner

19 November 2021 

10:20-10:40 Coffee

Horror between disgust and the sublime
10:40-11:20 Enargeia, Disgust and Visceral Abhorrence / Dimos Spatharas (University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece)
11:20-12:00 Fearful Laughter: Bodily Horror in Roman Sexual Humor / Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College, Clinton, USA)
12:00-12:40 Apocalypse: Horror and Divine Pleasure / Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester, UK)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

Horror and the natural world
14:30-15:10 Roots of Horror: Environment, Bodies, Societies / Lutz Käppel (Kiel University, Germany)
15:10-15:50 Horror and the Body in Early Greek Paradoxography / George Kazantzidis (University of Patras, Greece)

Horror, demons, and (real) monsters
15:50-16:30 Naming the Monster: A Practice of Forensic Horror in Cicero’s Pro Sexto Roscio Amerino / Sophia Luise Häberle (Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany)
16:30-17:10 Demon Hordes and the Coming Apocalypse: The Limits of the Human in Chinese Late Antiquity / Michael Puett (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA)    

20 November 2021

10:40-11:00 Coffee

Horror and modern medical science
11:00-11:40 The Thrilling Forces Behind Horrific Experiences: A Neuroscientific Approach / Rodrigo Sigala (independent researcher, Germany)
11:40-12:20 Overcoming Horror: Faintness and Medical Agents. Some Tentative Thoughts on Antiquity and Today / Lutz Alexander Graumann (University Hospital, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany)

Horror, ancient medicine, magic
12:20-13:00  Recipes for Horrors / Sean Coughlin (Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic)
13:00-13:40 At the Borders of Horror and Science: The Social Contexts of Roman Dissection / Claire Bubb (New York University, USA)    
13:40-14:00 Concluding Remarks / Chiara Thumiger (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University, Germany)

14:00 Lunch

Date: 18-20 November 2021
Venue: The conference will take place as a hybrid meeting in Kiel (venue tba) and on zoom.

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Georgios Kazantzidis (University of Patras, Greece)
Chiara Thumiger (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University)

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Conference: Inequalities in Supra-Regional Eurasian Exchange Networks (8000 – 2000 BP)

Dec 01, 2021 to Dec 05, 2021

Conference: Inequalities in Supra-Regional Eurasian Exchange Networks (8000 – 2000 BP)

More details will follow in due time.

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Conference "3 Dark Depth project"

Oct 04, 2022


Conference "3 Dark Depth project".

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Conference "3 Dark Depth project"

Oct 04, 2022 to Oct 10, 2022


Conference "3 Dark Depth project".

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