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CALL. 21.10.2016: [SESSION] BANEA Annual Conference 2017: Session "Bridges in the Landscape. Re




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Glasgow

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Francesca Chelazzi (Archaeology, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow); Simone Bonzano (Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie, Freie Universität Berlin)



From the introduction of Geographic Information System (GIS) into the archaeological toolbox, over 20 years ago, GIS practices have acquired a widespread disciplinary acceptance. Despite its extensive diffusion (and the parallel strong rejection by nonpositivist and phenomenological epistemologies), we are collectively far from the critical awareness of the challenges of a spatial GIS-based analysis to get at the socio-cultural dynamics of past societies. The reflexive approach to GIS practices has a long story of critique in geography ('Critique GIS') while the archaeological discourse apparently still remains trapped in the outmoded positivist/nonpositivist dichotomy. This session seeks to provide an occasion for a critical engagement and a theory-laden approach to GIS applications in archaeology, exploring how quantitative methodologies can operate in parallel and in synergy with qualitative ones. We invite papers that address a broad range of topics and case studies (i.e. data collection, spatial and landscape analysis, use of database) at different spatial and temporal scales of analysis in the Ancient Near East. A particular regard will be given to integrative, cross-disciplinary and hybrid practices exploring the numerous qualities and narratives of the past through a reflexive use of quantitative methodologies of data-collection and analysis. Final purpose is to renew the debate between quantitative and qualitative approaches in archaeology in a new and engaging perspective

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