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Climate and Society in Ancient Worlds. Diversity in Collapse and Resilience (SDEP Conference) -22-23

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 22-23-24/05/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: 22-23/05/2019: Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Bruxelles, Belgium) ; 24/05/2019: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Bruxelles, Belgium)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Paul Erdkamp; Joseph G. Manning; Koenraad Verboven

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Wednesday 22 May

Morning session: 9:15-13:00 h.

  • Erdkamp, Paul & Koenraad Verboven (Vrije Universiteit Brussel / Universiteit Gent), Welcome

  • Heinrich, Frits & Annette Hansen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel / Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), A hard row to hoe. Climate change from the crop perspective

  • Malanima, Paolo, Population and climate in Italy 1650-1913

  • Lee, Harry F. (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Making sense of the climate-war nexus in history

  • Hafner, Albert, and Caroline Heitz (Universität Bern), Concepts of collapse, resilience and mobility in prehistoric archaeology

Afternoon session: 14:00-18:00 h.

  • Maher, Lisa A. (University of California, Berkeley), [The Near East in the epipaleolithic and early Neolithic]

  • Ertsen, Maurits (Delft University of Technology), Gone water does mill again. Comparing How Two Irrigation-Based Societies Dealt with Climate

  • Moreno García, Juan Carlos (Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV), Climate, state building and political change in Egypt during the Early Bronze Age

  • De Graef, Katrien (Universiteit Gent), Chronicle of a Collapse Foretold. The End of the First Dynasty of Babylon.

  • Weiss, Harvey (Yale University), Global megadrought, societal collapse and resilience at 4.2-3.9 ka BP

Thursday 23 May

Morning session: 9:30-13:00 h.

  • Weiberg, Erika & Martin Finné (Uppsala University), Contextualizing climate variability in Late Bronze Age Peloponnese (Greece)

  • Brysbaert, Ann & Riia Timonen (Universiteit Leiden), Saving up for a rainy day? Climate events, human-induced processes, and their potential effects on people’s coping strategies in the Late Bronze Age Mycenaean Argive Plain, Greece

  • Bonnier, Anton & Martin Finné (Uppsala University), Peloponnesian land-use patterns, settlement dynamics and climate variability in the first millennium BC

  • Manning, Joe (Yale University), Volcanoes, Nile variability and the course of Egyptian history. The historical and human dimension of climate change

Afternoon session: 14:00-17:30 h.

  • Franconi, Tyler V. (University of Alberta), The Environmental Imperialism of the Roman Empire in northwestern Europe

  • Bannon, Cynthia (Indiana University, Bloomington), Seasonal Drought on Roman Rivers: Transport v. Irrigation

  • McDonald, Brandon (University of Oxford), The Antonine Crisis: Climate change as a trigger for epidemiological and economic turmoil

Friday 24 May

Morning: 9:30-13:00 h.

  • Erdkamp, Paul (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Climate change and the productive landscape in the Mediterranean in the Roman period

  • Kelly, Paul (King’s College London), Risks for farming families in the Roman Empire

  • Marzano, Annalisa (University of Reading), [Climate change and wine cultivation in Italy]

  • Van Limbergen, Dimitri & Wim De Clercq (Universiteit Gent), Viticulture as a climate proxy for the Roman world: evidence and problems

Afternoon: 14:00-17:30 h.

  • Daems, Dries et al. (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), The social metabolism of past societies. A new approach to environmental changes and societal responses in the territory of Sagalassos (Turkey)

  • Maranzana, Paolo (University of Michigan), Resilience and adaptation at the end of Antiquity: an evaluation of the impact of climate change in Late Roman Central Anatolia

  • Xoplaki, Elena et al. (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen), Late Antiquity hydrological changes: spatio-temporal characteristics and socio-economic impacts in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean

  • Horden, Peregrine (Royal Holloway, University of London), Climate, resilience and disease in the post-Roman north west

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