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No (e)scape? Towards a Relational Archaeology of Man, Nature, and Thing in the Aegean Bronze Age - 2

Imagine Minoan culture without seals, Cycladic people without ships, or Mycenaeans without megara. Human culture is the product of a continuous interaction of man and his relational surroundings. Progress and innovation arise from handling conflicts posed by human necessities and environmental preconditions. It is not only the human manipulation of the natural surroundings, but also nature itself that affects man and, ultimately, societies. Environmental factors such as different “scapes” (landscapes, seascapes, mountainscapes etc.), resources, flora and fauna as well as the built environment (such as townscapes), inevitably influence human actions and form conditions, from which man cannot easily “escape”. Novel theoretical models in archaeology and the social sciences such as human-animal studies, affordance theory, and materiality will contribute to the understanding that man is not necessarily the only factor in forming his inhabited “scape”, but only a piece of the puzzle. In the light of these perspectives, this conference aims to shed more light on the mutual interference of human actors, nature, and things – all the while considering the property of the former to trigger capacities of agency in the latter.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 23-24-25/03/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Institut für Klassische Archäologie (Heidelberg, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dionyssis Antypas ; Nasser Ayash ; Giouli Chatzina ; Franziska Fritzsche ; Diana Wolf

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