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CALL. 31.12.2016: Broadening Horizon 5: Civilizations in Contact - 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.



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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The 5th edition will have as main general theme “Civilizations in Contact”. Six sessions have been selected to address papers to the investigation of this topic; for each session a keynote speaker will give an introductory paper on the subject. 1.The Neolithic – Chalcolithic transition in Upper Mesopotamia. Subsistence strategies, economy, society and identity (keynote speaker: Marcella Frangipane: title TBA) 2.The Levant in the Bronze Age: crossroad or frontier between different cultures? (Keynote speaker: Aren Maeir; title: TBA) 3.Imperial frontiers: the Assyrian periphery and interactions between Assyria and neighbouring kingdoms during the 1st millennium BC. (Keynote speaker: Daniele Morandi Bonacossi; title: TBA). 4.The East Mediterranean during the Iron Age: the formation of the western artistic tradition as a result of contacts with the Near East (Keynote speaker: Ludovico Rebaudo; title: TBA) 5.West vs East: from Hellenism to the Roman expansion in the Near East (keynote speaker: Matteo Cadario; title: TBA). 6.Marine connections: the Gulf and interactions between the Arabian peninsula, Mesopotamia, the Iranian world and beyond (Keynote speaker: TBA; title: TBA) Presentations offering wide-ranging and diverse perspectives on the proposed topics are particularly encouraged (i.e. landscape archaeology, material culture studies, theoretical frameworks, interdisciplinary research etc.). Proposals for both papers and posters should be submitted via the website of the congress. The call for papers opens on October 31 and closes on December 31, 2016. The Organizing Committee will assess the texts received with regard to their quality and pertinence to the conference themes. Accepted speakers will be notified shortly afterwards (usually within two weeks after the submission deadline) Participation in the conference costs €50; subscriptions may be made from February 1 until April 15, 2017. After this date the conference fee increases to €80. No payment will be accepted after May 15, 2017.

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