Various upcoming events

Introduction to working with the 3D Scanner

Nov 01, 2021 to Nov 02, 2021


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"


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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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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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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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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