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Down by the water. Interdisciplinary symposium on the role of water transit points in past societies


Waterways have been key factors in the development of societies from prehistoric times to nowadays, particularly due to their role as vectors for cultural interactions, material exchange, and transmission of knowledge. The fluidity of these highways of transport and communications is tightly linked to the presence of transit points: spaces with unique geographical characteristics that acted as nodal points between different communities. Taking all this into account, an interdisciplinary perspective with a focus on human-environment interactions is necessary. This sort of approach can help set forth more nuanced theories regarding the relation between social systems and their environment, using data obtained through different disciplines such as iconography, law, computer modelling, ethnography, geography, history, linguistics, environmental sciences, and so on. This conference seeks to challenge the interaction between models and particular case studies. To this aim, we would like to invite proposals from scholars conducting research in different fields whose focus is human activities in rivers, sea-river, and coastal transit points with a broad geographic and chronological perspective. With this interdisciplinary approach, we expect to demonstrate what can be achieved by changing the research paradigm to one that fully embraces the nuances of the aquatic world, and specially the intricate connection between water spaces and humans.


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Helsinki, Finland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä (HCAS) ; Olesya Khanina (HCAS/ Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences) ; Emilia Mataix Ferrandiz (HCAS) ; Veronica Walker Vadillo (HCAS)

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