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Synoikismos Seminar 2: “Complexity theory” and socio-ecological systems - 02/2016 (Belgium)

The concept of social-ecological systems (SES) has long been integrated in such disciplines as biology, ecology, spatial planning, geography, and governance studies, and has consequently contributed greatly towards our understanding of the organization of human communities, and the reciprocal relationship between these communities and the ecological systems in whichthey are embedded. SES consist of coupled human-environment systems and are generally studied through an internally coherent bio- and geo-physical unit and associated social actors and institutions. SES are complex and adaptive systems (CAS) characterized by an increased internal connectivity and interactivity. Recently, the acknowledgment of the immense potential of CAS-research for historical case-studies has led to the application of the conceptof SES on archaeological data of past communities as well. Early adopters have clearly demonstrated the enormous possibilities of such a framework for improving our understanding of the dynamics of community organization and development in the past. It is believed further integration of 'complexity approaches' within archaeological and historical research can provide a strong impetus to continue and improve the already strong existing current of interdisciplinary research in the field of archaeology. Given the many still unexplored potential applications of these types of research perspectives, contributions froman as wide as possible variety of approaches within the complexity theory framework are encouraged.



ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Aline Distexhe ; Marijn Vandenberghe ; Sofie Waebens ; Jonas Danckers ; Emerance Delacenserie ; Marie-Astrid Buelens ; Nicolas Amoroso ; Nicolas Meunier ; Aurian Delli Pizzi ; Marc Vandersmissen ; Grégory Ioannidopoulos ; Zoé Pitz.

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