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CALL. 14.01.2019: [POSTERS] Fortifications and Societies in the western Mediterranean - Catania (Ita




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Catania (Catania, Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Rodolfo Brancato, Luigi Maria Caliò, Marco Camera (Università degli Studi di Catania); Antonello Fino (Politecnico di Bari); Gian Michele Gerogiannis (Università degli Studi di Messina); Maria Kopsacheili (University of Manchester).



In the western Mediterranean fortifications were built in a unique landscape of confrontation, where different peoples occupied the same territory. This generated the development of siege warfare that was deeply perceptive of the notions of defence and territorial control. Romans, Italics, Greeks, and Illyrians created a theory of war that expressed itself in militarized societies and heavily controlled territories. As a result, the emerging complex fortification systems - increasingly monumentalised from the 4th century BC onward - reflected military and social behaviours, promoted political causes and transformed both the landscape and society. Despite its significance, evidence from the west part of the Mediterranean is usually relegated to a supporting role in specialist publications on ancient fortification systems. When it is considered, it is only in isolation and remains out of the context of the globalisation processes observed in the late Classical and Hellenistic period. Although many of the most important siege warfare novelties come from western experiences, the relevant material is rarely examined in conjunction with mainstream research carried out in the eastern Mediterranean.Fortifications and Societies features specialists from a broad range of research and cultural heritage institutions and thus brings together latest results to assess the state of research and determine new prospects in the field.

Call for posters

The posters are an opportunity for researchers to publish latest results, technical accounts, smaller research contributions, work in-progress and student projects in a concise and visual format. Presenters are encouraged to develop their poster on the topic of the conference from different perspectives (architecture, landscape, material culture). Accepted posters will be displayed in the conference venue (ex Monastero dei Benedettini, Catania University), including a designated poster session, providing presenters with an opportunity to engage in discussion on their research with other attendees and indexing in the conference proceedings.

Authors are kindly invited to submit their poster/ draft proposals with

1) the proposed title of the poster;

2) name, affiliation and email of the proposer(s)

3) an abstract of no longer than 300 words detailing the proposed topic, content, and aims.

Poster Submission deadline: 14 January 2019 (please send your proposals to

Acceptance Notification: 21 January 2019

The maximum dimensions of the poster must be A0 (841 x 1189 mm) in portrait format. The posters must be put up on Tuesday-afternoon or on Wednesday-morning. We will provide pushpins and assistance if needed.

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