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Abandoned Settlements: Discontinuity and Identity - 13-14-15/02/2019, Munich (Germany)

Human settlements are changeable and are being changed. The processes that come into play here are manifold: abandonment, interruption, relocation, shrinking, growth, change of status, re-naming and re-settlement. The focus of the conference is on the fragmentation of settlement continuity in antiquity by natural events, social processes and political intervention; other areas of investigation are the construction of identity of settlements, in particular also the selective use of a settlement's diversity.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13-14-15/02/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: LMU Center for Advanced Studies (Munich, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Prof. Dr. Karen Radner; Dr. Robert Schiestl

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:30–19:45 Heiner Igel (LMU): Tectonic Forces That Threaten Societies; chaired by Eileen Eckmeier (LMU). Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:00–10:30 Karen Radner & Robert Schiestl (LMU): Welcome Address and Introduction. Panel I, chaired by Andrea Squitieri (LMU): 10:30–11:30 Mark Altaweel (University College London): Settlement Hierarchy, Movement and Environmental Process in the Abandonment of Mesopotamian Sites. 11:30–12:30 Simone Mühl (LMU): Modes of Settlement Continuity: Tells and Clustered Sites in the Middle East. 12:30–14:00 Lunch at CAS. Panel II, chaired by Alexander Free (LMU): 14:00–15:00 Jennifer Pournelle (University of South Carolina): Abandoned, or Lost? The Challenge of Establishing Site Histories in Deltaic Environments. 15:00–16:00 Katherine Blouin (University of Toronto): "The Villages Were All Destroyed": Shifting Landscapes and (Un)Wavering Identities in the Late Antique Lake Menzaleh in Egypt. 16:00–16:30 Coffee Break. 16:30–17:30 Robert Schiestl (LMU): An Unsettling Environment? Abandonment and Other Issues Concerning Ancient Settlements in the Northwestern Delta, Egypt. 19:00 Conference Dinner. Friday, 15 February 2019 Panel III, chaired by Martin Zimmermann (LMU): 9:00–10:00 Richard Engl (LMU): Abandonment by Deportation? An Historical Perspective. 10:00–11:00 Nicole Mölk (University of Innsbruck): The Archaeological Evidence in Abandoned Hill-Top Settlements in Western Sicily: the Cases of Giato, Entella and Segesta in the 13th CE. 11:00-11:30 Coffee Break Panel IV, chaired by Mirjam Zadoff (NS Documentation Center Munich): 11:30–12:30 Michael Miller (Central European University Budapest): the Fate of "Orphaned" Synagogues in Central Europe. 12:30-13:30 Lilli Zabrana (Austrian Archaeological Institute Vienna): Last Witnesses of a lost Culture: the Abandoned Old Nubian Villages Bab und Al-Guwani. 13:30–14:00 Conclusion and Final Discussion, chaired by Karen Radner (LMU).

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