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Change and Resilience. The Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in Late Antiquity - 01-02-03/12/2017,

During the last three decades, growing interest in the human occupation of islands has incited the development of numerous surveys and excavations throughout the entire Mediterranean and beyond. Island archaeology has grown exponentially as islands are now considered ideal laboratories for the study of sociocultural transformations and cross-cultural interaction. The focus has been traditionally centered on prehistory and in the colonization of islands. The study of island systems, however, can address many different processes across historical periods. In fact, the study of islands can make momentous contributions to the understanding of the Mediterranean Sea during the transition from the Roman to the Medieval periods. This conference will explore the Mediterranean islands with a primary focus on the transformation of settlement patterns, landscapes, and mindscapes. The idea is to explore how the models of island occupation evolved. The focus will be on change and resilience, innovation and tradition, the creation of new settlements, and the reoccupation of prehistoric sites.

FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 01-02-03/12/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University (Providence, RI, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros; Catalina Mas Florit

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Friday, December 1st 2017 Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

4:30- 4:45 pm – Welcome – Peter van Dommelen (Brown University)

4:45- 5:00 pm – Opening Remarks – Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros (ICREA, Universitat de Barcelona, Brown University)

5:00- 6:00 pm – Keynote – David Abulafia (Cambridge University)

Saturday, December 2nd 2017 Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

**Posters Displayed All Day (Joukowsky Institute Atrium)

Session I: The Western and Central Mediterranean

9:00-9:10 am – Introduction – Matthew Pihokker (Brown University)

9:10- 9:30 am – Change and Resilience in Late Antique Mallorca (Balearic Islands) – Catalina Mas Florit (Brown University) and Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros (ICREA, Universitat de Barcelona, Brown University)

9:30-9:50 am – Urban and Rural Settlements Patterns in Late Antique Corsica – Gabriele Castiglia(Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana) and Philippe Pergola (Université d’Aix-Marseille, LA3M – Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana)

9:50-10:10 am – Procopius’ Barbarikinoi and Gregorius Magnus’ Barbaricini: Mauri and Sardinians Between the 6th and 7th Century AD? – Pier Giorgio Spanu (Università degli Studi di Sassari)

10:10-10:30 am – Coffee Break

10:30- 10:40 am – Introduction – Julia Hurley (Brown University)

10:40-11:00 am – Sicily from Late Antiquity to Early Middle Ages – Alessandra Molinari (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata)

11:00-11:20 am – The Transformation of Adriatic islands from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages – Miljenko Jurkovich (University of Zagreb)

11:20-11:40 am – Response – Peter Van Dommelen (Brown University)

11:40 am- 12:00 pm – Group Discussion

12:00-2:00 pm – Lunch break

Session II: The Eastern Mediterranean

2:00- 2:10 pm – Introduction – Evan Levine (Brown University)

2:10- 2:30 pm – Macro-economy, Micro-ecology and the Fate of Urbanized Landscape in Late Antique and Early Byzantine Crete – Enrico Zanini (Università degli Studi di Siena)

2:30- 2:50 pm – The Islands of the Southern Aegean from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages: The Archaeological Evidence – Natalia Poulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

2:50- 3:10 pm – Economic Landscapes and Transformed Mindscapes in Cyprus from Roman Times to the Early Middle Ages – Athanasios Vionis (University of Cyprus) and Giorgos Papantoniou(University of Bonn)

3:10- 3:30 pm – Response – John F. Cherry (Brown University) Discussant

3:30- 3:50 pm – Group Discussion

Sunday, December 3rd 2017 Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

**Posters Displayed All Day (Joukowsky Institute Atrium)

Session III: Islands Mindscapes

9:00- 9:10 am – Introduction – Martin Uildriks (Brown University)

9:10- 9:30 am – The Christianization of Island Landscapes in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages– Sam Turner (Newcastle University)

9:30- 9:50 am – Island Routes and Wayfinding: Christianization Processes in Crete and the Cyclades – Rebecca Sweetman (University of St. Andrews)

9:50- 10:10 am – Crete, a Border at the Sea: Defensive Works and Landscape – Mindscape Changes (7th-8th Centuries) – Christina Tsigonaki (University of Crete)

10:10- 10:30 am – Response – Sheila Bonde (Brown University)

10:30- 10:50 am – Group Discussion

10:50-11:10 am – Coffee Break

11:10 am- 12:10 pm – Closing Remarks – Michael McCormick (Harvard University)

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