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Broadening Horizon 5: Civilizations in Contact - 05-06-07-08/06/2017, Udine (Italy)


Broadening Horizons 5 is an international congress dedicated to early-stage researchers and postgraduate students who work in a number of disciplines concerning the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean, organized for the purpose of stimulating the presentation and discussion of new research and debate of common problems in the field, within a multidisciplinary and international framework.

The purpose of the conference is to encourage discussions on new topics and to promote the exchange of scientific information between students and scholars of many different specialities – archaeology, prehistory, history, anthropology, archaeobiology – of the Ancient Near East.

The 5th edition of the congress will be held in Udine (Italy) from June 5 to 8, 2017, at the Università degli Studi di Udine.

The Udine edition follows the scientific approach of the previous editions (Ghent 2006, Lyon 2007, Barcelona 2010 and Turin 2011), which were distinguished and inspired by an interdisciplinary approach uniting colleagues conducting research in the Near East.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 05-06-07-08/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Università Degli Studi di Udine (Udine, Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Marco Iamoni (University of Udine); Costanza Coppini (Freie Universität Berlin); Katia Gavagnin (University of Udine); Rocco Palermo (University of Groningen); Francesca Simi (University of Venice / University of Tübingen)

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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: 50€ Aquí/here/qui Deadline: 15/05/2017


Session 1 - The Neolithic – Chalcolithic transition in Upper Mesopotamia. Subsistence strategies, economy, society and identity. Prof. Marcella Frangipane (Sapienza Università di Roma), Social and economic changes in Upper Mesopotamia from Halaf to Late Chalcolithic societies. Session 2 - ​The Levant in the Bronze Age: crossroad or frontier between different cultures? Prof. Aren Maeir (Bar Ilan University – Tel Aviv), ​Group identities and interactions during the Bronze to Iron Age transformation: Complexity, entanglement and underlying mechanisms as seen in the Southern Levant. ​ Session 3 - ​Imperial frontiers: The Assyrian periphery and interactions between Assyria and neighbouring kingdoms during the 1st millennium BC. Prof. Daniele Morandi Bonacossi (Università di Udine), Assyrian Rule and the Making of an Assyrian Landscape in the Core and Periphery of the Empire. Session 4 - The East Mediterranean during the Iron Age: the formation of the western artistic tradition as a result of contacts with the Near East. Prof. Ludovico Rebaudo (Università di Udine), The Orientalising period in Greece. Past and present issues. Session 5 - West vs East: from Hellenism to the Roman expansion in the Near East. Prof. Matteo Cadario (Università di Udine), Image-making and the Rulers in the Near East from the Hellenistic to the Roman Age. ​ ​Session 6 - ​Marine connections: the Gulf and the interaction between Arabian peninsula, Mesopotamia, the Iranian world, and beyond. Prof. Maurizio Cattani (Università di Bologna), Adaptation and Transformation of Human Setting from Middle Holocene to the Iron Age in South-Eastern Arabian Peninsula​. Session 7 - Civilisations in Contact: Current Research and New Approaches in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology. Prof. Elena Rova (Ca' Foscari Università di Venezia), How wide is the “Near East”? Some reflections on the limits of our discipline.

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