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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 Mgrund@histosem.uni-kiel.de by  26 October 2021.

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Einsteinsaal, Wissenschaftspark, Fraunhoferstraße 13, Kiel

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Introduction to working with the 3D Scanner

Nov 01, 2021 to Nov 02, 2021

tba

Jutta Kneisel and Hendrik Raese will give an introduction to work with our new 3D scanner.

The course is aimed at graduates of the SFB and ROOTS as well as Master's students who are about to write their thesis with findings. The function and mode of operation of the 3D scanner will be taught and can be tried out on your own material.

Maximum number of participants: 10
 

The people can apply in Olat.

 

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ROOTS Public Lecture: Tim Kohler

Nov 01, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 06:00 PM

Klaus-Murmann-Hörsaal, Leibnizstr. 1, 24118 Kiel

ROOTS Public Lecture.

Tim Kohler, professor at Washington State University (WSU) and current JMA chair of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, will give a public lecture on 

"Can We Identify Early Warning Signs of Collapse or Transformation in Social Systems? Some Affirmative Evidence from Pueblo Societies"

Abstract:

For some three decades ecologists and systems thinkers such as Stephen Carpenter, Carl Folke and Marten Scheffer have been arguing that ecosystems may suddenly “flip” from one behavior to another, such as when temperate lakes switch from a clear-water to a turbid-water regime rather than undergoing slow, incremental change. More recently there have also been suggestions that some of these ecosystems may exhibit early warning signals of impending regime shifts. For a decade or more there have also been attempts (including by some archaeologists) to broaden this logic to include social systems. In my opinion these attempts have not been very convincing. Here I report what is possibly (though I’m an interested party) the best evidence to data from the archaeological record in favor of the ideas that (1) these social regime shifts exist; (2) they exhibit early signals of the expected sorts; and from these two findings we can infer that (3) slow internal developments apparently sometimes made theses societies less resilient over time, setting them up for collapse or transformation. These ideas are illustrated by reference to the Pueblo history of southwestern North America from 500 – 1300 CE.

 

 

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Subcluster Inequalities Meeting

Nov 02, 2021 from 08:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Virtual

Subcluster Inequalities Meeting.

For more information and the link for the videoconference please contact Tim Kerig (Email)

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ROOTS Executive Board Meeting*

Nov 02, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Virtual

ROOTS Executive Board Meeting*

 

*not open to the public

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Interlinkage Group "Ideology and Identity" Retreat

Nov 08, 2021 from 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Seminar Room, Olshausenstrasse 80a, 24118 Kiel

ROOTS Interlinkage Group "Ideology and Identity" Retreat.

For more information please contact Dr Paweł Cembrzyński (Email)

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Nuna Nalluyuituq (The Land Remembers): Combining ethnographic inquiry and remote sensing to study traditional Yup’ik subsistence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta”

Nov 08, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

rid Meeting (Leibnizstraße 1, R. 204/Online)

Prof. Dr. Sean Gleason  •  Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia

Nuna Nalluyuituq (The Land Remembers): Combining ethnographic inquiry and remote sensing to study traditional Yup’ik subsistence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

This lecture outlines a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to the study of Yup’ik subsistence in Southwest Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta. Because distinctive vegetation patterns appear on ancestral cultural sites during the summer months, the analysis of multispectral imagery in combination with local Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is useful for classifying, documenting, and studying the cyclical, year-long practice of Yup’ik subsistence known collectively as Yuuyaraq (trans. “The way we genuinely live”).  In sum, this lecture highlights the role of Yuuyaraq in past Yup’ik societies before considering how these practices have changed and what ethnographic inquiry and remote sensing can tell us today about these changes.

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Conference: "The Dynamics of Neighbourhoods and Urban Quarters"

Nov 10, 2021 to Nov 13, 2021

Conference: "The Dynamics of Neighbourhoods and Urban Quarters"

Organised by Annette Haug and Christian Beck.

Programme:

Thursday, 11 November 2021

9.30 Welcome and Introduction / Annette Haug/Christian Beck
Section 1:
Neighbourhoods: Shared Infrastructures and Resources (Chair: Stefan Feuser)

10.00 Urban Infrastructure and the Perception of Neighbourhood / Eric Poehler (Amherst Massachusetts)
10.45 Reconfiguring Roman Space: Urban Investment and the Sharing of Resources in the Porta Stabia Neighbourhood at Pompeii / Steven Ellis (Cincinnati)
11.30– 12.00 coffee break
12.00 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)
12.45 The Development of a Water-rich Neighbourhood in Late Antique Ostia (IV, III-IV) / Ginny Wheeler (Bern)
13.30– 16.00 lunch break
17.00 Reception, ‘Antikensammlung’

Friday, 12 November 2021

Section 2:
Neighbourhoods and Shared Aesthetics (Chair: Patric-Alexander Kreuz)

09.00 Rebuilding Houses in the Insula IX 5: Neighbourhood Relations in the Transition of Time / Christian Beck (Kiel)
09.45 The Crossroads of Mercury: Decoration and Development in Regio VI at Pompeii / Taylor Lauritsen (Kiel)
10.30 – 11.00 coffee break
Section 3:
Clustering of homogenous and heterogenous functional entities (Chair: Annette Haug/Christian Beck)

11.00 Materializing Inequality: Houses and Neighbourhoods in Pompeii and Paestum / Miko Flohr (Leiden)
11.45 Subura and the Tiber: Edges and Nodes in the Neighbourhood Landscape / Simon Malmberg (Bergen)
12.30 – 14.00 lunch break
14.00 The Green Neighbourhood of the Amphitheatre at Pompeii / Pia Kastenmeier (Rome)
14.45 Regiones, Vici, and Grassroots Organization at Roman Ostia / Christer Bruun (Toronto)
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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Programme

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

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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
 akhramtsova@roots.uni-kiel.de

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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.

Programme:

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)

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

13:00-15:00 Lunch

Tragedy
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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Contact:
Georgios Kazantzidis (University of Patras, Greece) kazanbile@gmail.com
Chiara Thumiger (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University) c.thumiger@roots.uni-kiel.de

If interested, a link to the videoconference can be requested at cthumiger@roots.uni-kiel.de

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Persistence, Land Use and Sustainability: Exploring Long-term Trends in Urban Duration in the Fertile Crescent”

Nov 22, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual Meeting

Prof. Dr. Dan Lawrence  •  Department of Archaeology, Durham University

Persistence, Land Use and Sustainability: Exploring Long-term Trends in Urban Duration in the Fertile Crescent

The Fertile Crescent, encompassing present-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and southeast Turkey, saw the emergence of the world’s first indigenous urban communities ca. 6,000 years ago, with cities a feature of the region ever since. These developed in diverse environmental settings, including the dry-farming plains of Northern Mesopotamia, the irrigated alluvium of Southern Mesopotamia and the more variegated landscapes of the Levant. The emergence of cities also coincides with a decoupling of settlement and climate trends, suggesting urbanism may have enhanced the adaptive capacity of societies to withstand changing climatic conditions. Urban forms followed a variety of different trajectories, with a much more sporadic and episodic history in the dry farming plains of the North and West of the study region compared to the stable build up in the irrigated South. In this paper we use a dataset of several thousand urban sites spanning the entire region and dating from the earliest urban forms to later territorial empires, to examine trends in urban sustainability through time. We use duration of occupation as a proxy for sustainability and compare urban trajectories at a variety of scales. Such an approach allows us to examine the relationships between city size, environmental conditions, infrastructural investment and urban sustainability. Our results show that the millennial timescales available through archaeology can allow us to identify the sorts of political, social, and ecological conditions required for urban sites to persist through time.

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2021 Plenary Meeting + Christmas Party

Nov 26, 2021 from 04:00 PM

2021 ROOTS Plenary and Christmas Party.

 

More information will follow.

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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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Biweekly Colloquium: “Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: The Bioarchaeology of an ‘Agricultural Revolution’ ”

Dec 06, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual Meeting

Prof. Dr. Helena Hamerow  •  School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: The Bioarchaeology of an ‘Agricultural Revolution’

The early medieval ‘agricultural revolution’ saw the advent of extensive forms of cereal farming that supported the exceptionally rapid growth of towns, markets and populations. The spread of open-field farming in particular is regarded as one of the transformative changes of the Middle Ages, one that has left a clear mark on the landscape today.  Historians and archaeologists studying these developments in England have had to rely on a few pre-Conquest texts, post-medieval maps and scatters of potsherds associated with manuring when investigating the ‘cerealisation’ of the early medieval countryside. The project ‘Feeding Anglo-Saxon England’ (FeedSax) addresses an ongoing debate regarding the origins and spread of new forms of cereal farming in England between c AD 700-1300 from the perspective of bioarchaeology (plant macrofossils, animal bones, and pollen). This talk presents an overview of some of FeedSax’s results, which constitute direct evidence for the conditions in which medieval crops were grown.

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ROOTS Executive Board Meeting*

Dec 07, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Virtual

ROOTS Executive Board Meeting*

 

*not open to the public

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Conjunctions and Disjunctions in Interpretations of European Iron Age Socio-temporal Meshworks”

Jan 17, 2022 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Format to be confirmed

Prof. Dr. Bettina Arnold  •  Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Conjunctions and Disjunctions in Interpretations of European Iron Age Socio-temporal Meshworks

The archaeological record presents us with a conflated material record of interactions that are the product of horizontal meshworks at several geographic scales simultaneously. In addition to temporalities that reflect potentially different meshworks depending on the archaeological context in question (settlement vs. mortuary deposits, for example), these interactions were engaged in by actors belonging to different social categories based on age, gender, role and status. While some individuals may have moved vertically between these layers of relational systems most did not and yet we analyze the material traces of the interactions that occurred in Iron Age contexts as though they occurred within a single relational plane. Based on the extensive data sets and new methodologies now available to us it has become clear that interaction and mobility patterns were differentiated along several different axes geographically, temporally and socially. We must find ways of distinguishing between these conjunctive and disjunctive planes to develop a more complete picture of the various modes of early Iron Age communication and interaction. It should be possible to develop a more nuanced approach to this interpretive challenge with specific reference to the still emerging and by now quite extensive mortuary evidence from the West Hallstatt area, which will serve as the case study for this presentation.

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Inequality Forum

Jan 25, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Inequality Forum with a talk by Tim Kerig.

More information will follow.

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Things and Monuments as Resources of Sociality. On Social Transformations in Etruria and the Magna Graecia in the First Millennium BC”

Jan 31, 2022 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual Meeting

Dr. Beat Schweizer  •  Institute of Classical Archaeology, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Things and Monuments as Resources of Sociality. On Social Transformations in Etruria and the Magna Graecia in the First Millennium BC

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2022 ROOTS Retreat with Advisory Board

May 12, 2022 to May 13, 2022

2022 ROOTS Retreat with Advisory Board.

More information will follow.

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