Conferences + Workshops Archive

ROOTS Project workshop „The Forest Finns as a Model for the Early Slavic Migration“ in Svabensverk, Dalarna, Sweden.

Sep 19, 2022 to Sep 23, 2022

Ethnohistorical-geoarchaeological studies on the subrecent Forest Finns in Sweden and Norway serve as a model for method development of analytical approaches on the archaeological visibility of mobile groups, their subsistence and materiality, as well as on their socio-cultural dynamics and crisis management in the context of climatic changes. The early Slavic migration in the southern Baltic region in the middle of the 1st millennium AD provides an example to verify this model approach. At an international project workshop with experts from various disciplines in the natural sciences and humanities, the work done so far in the project will be discussed and evaluated, and the next steps will be discussed. The workshop will take place in the traditional environment of the Forest Finns in the Swedish province of Dalarna.


  • Jens Schneeweiß
  • Eileen Eckmeier
  • Wiebke Kirleis
  • Henny Piezonka
  • Vesa Arponen

Jens Schneeweiß

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Internationales Kolloquium zur Gräzistik und Wissensforschung der Antike und ihrer Rezeption

Jul 01, 2022 09:15 AM to Jul 02, 2022 12:00 PM

IBZ, Kiellinie 5 (Eingang nur von der Kiellinie)

Für weitere Informationen und zur Anmeldung (bis zum 26. Juni) kontaktieren Sie bitte Dr. Wong-Tsz:
Veranstalter: Prof. Dr. Andreas Schwab
Professur für Klassische Philologie, Gräzistik, DFG Heisenberg-Professur und Subcluster Knowledge ROOTS

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Internationale Tagung: Stadterweiterungen

Jun 09, 2022 to Jun 11, 2022

Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ), Kiellinie 5, 24105 Kiel

Die Vielzahl und Dimensionierungen der Stadterweiterungen im späteren Mittelalter lassen Aufbruchstimmung und Zukunftsoptimismus erkennen. Trotz geringer Ressourcen wurden Vergrößerungen und Erweiterungen großflächig und auf erheblichen Zuwachs angelegt. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen wurden nahezu alle hochmittelalterlichen Stadtringe erweitert. Der materielle „Fußabdruck“ dieser komplexen Vorgänge sind neue Mauern, Straßen und Gebäude, mitunter sogar Gebäudetypen. Politisch und rechtlich erforderten Stadterweiterungen vor allem die Integration des „Neuen“ und die jeweilige Aushandlung von Rechtspositionen. Altstädte, Altstadterweiterungen oder auch „Neustädte“ mussten politisch, sozial und ökonomisch funktional interagieren können. Ziel der Tagung ist es, Perspektiven auf Topographie, Architektur, Verfassung, Wirtschaft und Alltagskultur auf die Stadterweiterungen interdisziplinär zusammenzuführen, sowie in größere Konjunkturen und Aufschwungsphasen einzuordnen.

Teilnahme kostenlos. Anmeldungen bis zum 25.05.2022 an Frau Göldner

Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ)
Kiellinie 5, 24105 Kiel

Anfahrt mit dem Bus zum IBZ, Kiellinie 5:
Vom Hauptbahnhof ab B3; Linie 41/42 bis „Kunsthalle“
und Fußweg etwa 300 Meter bis zum IBZ folgen.

Organisation: Ulrich Müller, Gerald Schwedler

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Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Urban Design

Mar 21, 2022 to Mar 23, 2022

Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel (Siemens-Saal)

Organized by: Prof. Dr. Annette Haug und Dr. des. Adrian Hielscher.

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Kiel Conference 2023 – Scales of Social, Environmental and Cultural Change in Past Societies

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

Dec 02, 2021 to Dec 04, 2021

Hybrid: Audimax CAP2 – Hörsaal C at Kiel University and on ZOOM

Exchange networks structure and development are essential for explaining social and economic inequalities. The conference aims to detect those inequalities within the distribution of sourced raw materials over time and space. It centres on large-scale exchange networks from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.

For access to the zoom conference please contact: Linda Seifert
For all other questions: Johanna Hilpert or Tim Kerig

The event will be held in a hybrid form at Audimax CAP2 – Hörsaal C at Kiel University and virtually on ZOOM* (Due to the pandemic, access to the conference venue is currently restricted to the speakers. External audiences are welcome to attend the meeting via ZOOM and to participate in the discussion.)

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Colloquium: "Boas Talks"

Nov 18, 2021 to Nov 21, 2021

For the speakers: Room 209 and Klaus-Murmann-Lecture Hall, Leibnizstraße 1, Kiel University, Germany.

For the audience: All the sessions will be opened for the public to join virtually via zoom (see zoom-link below the programme), only the keynote lecture will be held with personal attendance of the audience on the basis of the 3G rule.


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.



18 NOVEMBER 2021
15:00 “Boas Walks – Tracking Franz Boas through Kiel” (student initiative) / meeting point is bus stop "Hospitalstraße" at 15:00 h

19 NOVEMBER 2021
9:00 Introduction

Boas and Germany
Session Chair: Jens Schneeweiß (Kiel, 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
Session Chair: Maria Wunderlich (Kiel, Germany)

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
Session Chair: Nils Müller-Scheeßel (Kiel, Germany)

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)
Decolonising Archaeological Practice in Northeast India: Views from Community Archaeology Initiatives in Nagaland

12:00 Lunch

From Cultural Relativism to Post-Colonial Imperative
Session Chair: Vesa Arponen (Kiel, Germany)

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 Decolonisation
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

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

21 NOVEMBER 2021
Departure of participants


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Find more information on "Boas Walks" (18 November)

For more information please visit the colloquium’s webpage

You can join a ZOOM webinar by clicking the following link
Kenncode: 106724

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: "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 collection 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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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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International Colloquium: Built Ritual Space

Oct 21, 2021 to Oct 23, 2021


The Use and Perception of Religious Cult Buildings in Ancient (City/Polis) Sanctuaries

This interdisciplinary colloquium explores the utilisation of enclosed roofed cult buildings (temples, churches) in ancient societies and their significance in the context of ritual and social practices in urban contexts.

The main focus will be on the Mediterranean area and the neighbouring regions and chronologically ranging from Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The geographical and chronological framework is intentionally wide to grasp the specific problem of dealing with enclosed cult buildings, usually called temples, in all their diversity.

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Organizers/Contact: Philipp Kobusch and Jan-Henrik Hartung

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Conference: "Mentale Konzepte der Stadt in Bild- und Textmedien der Vormoderne"

Jun 10, 2021 to Jun 12, 2021


Conference: "Mentale Konzepte der Stadt in Bild- und Textmedien der Vormoderne"


For more Information and the Program of the Conference here

If you are interested in attending the conference, please send a message to Frau Wiebke Witt (

We ask for registration until 1 June 2021.

The Conference will be held in German.

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ROOTS Communication Platform Workshop “Public participation in archaeological research: Opportunities and Limitations”

Jun 07, 2021 to Jun 08, 2021


ROOTS Communication Platform Workshop “Public participation in archaeological research: Opportunities and Limitations”
More information will follow.

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Workshop Soothing Gardens

May 12, 2021 from 01:30 PM to 06:15 PM

virtual meeting

This is a workshop within the collaborative project ‘Gardens and Eudaimonia’ link (Reflective Turn Forum and the Subcluster Knowledge ROOTS)
It is organised by Chiara Thumiger and Dana Zentgraf.

The workshop will take place on Zoom.

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!! Cancelled !! Conference "Religion and archive" organised by the subcluster Knowledge ROOTS

Sep 09, 2020 to Sep 11, 2020

IBZ - Kiellinie 5, 24105 Kiel

The Conference "Religion and archive" organised by the subcluster Knowledge ROOTS has been cancelled.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Hilmar Klinkott -

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

May 22, 2020 to May 23, 2020

IBZ, Kiellinie 5, 24105 Kiel

Conference postponed due to the further spreading of the Corona-Virus.
We will inform you about the rescheduled date as soon as possible.

Organised by George Kazantzidis and Chiara Thumiger

Confirmed speakers:
Noel Carroll (Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA)
Giulia Maria Chesi (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany)  
Greg Eghigian (Penn State University)      
Debbie Felton (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)             
Maria Gerolemou (University of Exeter, UK)
Lutz Alexander Graumann (University Hospital, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany)
Lutz Käppel (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University, Germany)
George Kazantzidis (University of Patras, Greece)
Dunstan Lowe (Kent University, UK)
Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)  
Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy / Chicago, USA)
Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester, UK)
Rodrigo Sigala (independent, Germany)
Evina Sistakou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Dimos Spatharas (University of Crete, Greece)
Chiara Thumiger (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University, Germany)

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Material Analysis Workshop of Subcluster ROOTS of Conflicts and Conciliation

Feb 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 02:15 PM

Kiel University / Technical Faculty / Kaiserstraße 2 / Room A-239 / 24143 Kiel

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ROOTS Reflective Turn Symposium: "Philosophy of Archaeology"

Feb 20, 2020 09:00 AM to Feb 21, 2020 06:00 PM

Leibnizstr. 1, rooms 105-a & 105-b

Confirmed speakers:
Jerimy Cunningham (University of Lethbridge, Canada)
Caroline Heitz (University of Bern, Switzerland)
Thomas Meier  (Heidelberg University, Germany)
Julian Thomas (University of Manchester, UK)
Rachel Crellin (University of Leicester, UK)
Constance von Rüden (RUB, Bochum, Germany)

VPJ Arponen (Kiel University, Germany)
Artur Ribeiro (Kiel University, Germany)
Tim Kerig (Kiel University, Germany)
Konrad Ott (Kiel University, Germany)

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ROOTS Workshop – Quantifying Social Inequalities - New proxies, new methods. Possibilities and limitations to determine social inequalities in archaeological contexts

Oct 07, 2019 02:00 PM to Oct 08, 2019 01:00 PM

Room 105, Leibnizstr. 1, Kiel

The workshop brings together young researchers from different disciplines to discuss diverse socio-cultural processes involved in the creation of social inequality as well as multiple methods in quantifying social inequality in past societies.

Confirmed Speakers:


Vesa P. J. Arponen Kiel University, Germany
Penny Bickle University of York, UK
Marta Cintas Peña Seville University, Spain
Adrian Chase Arizona State University, USA
Timothy J. Dennehy Arizona State University, USA
Katharina Fuchs Kiel University, Germany
Ralph Großmann Kiel University, Germany
Julian Laabs University of Bern, Switzerland
Nils Müller-Scheeßel Kiel University, Germany
Arne Windler Deutschen Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Germany

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