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CALL. 17.02.2020: [PANEL 1] Networks, networking, communication: archaeology of interactions (EAA2020) - Budapest (Hungary)









LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: ELTE Faculty of Humanities Campus - Hungarian National Museum (Budapest, Hungary)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE:Raffaella Da Vela (Universität Tübingen, SFB1070 Resource Cultures, Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Germany); Mariachiara Franceschini (Universität Zürich, Institut für Archäologie, Fachbereich Klassische Archäologie, Switzerland); Francesca Mazzilli (Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom).


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Several network approaches in archaeology focus on the interaction between settlements and territories, using natural driven resources (water, stone, clay, etc.) as data and underlining their role in linking places. This session proposes an inverse perspective on the relationship between networks and resources, discussing how natural and social networks constitute itself a form of immaterial resources. Both kinds of networks are strictly entangled, thus their reciprocal and lively interaction creates new socio-natural structures. We invite contributions analyzing the following networks jointly or separately, based on archaeological, environmental, topographic and/or epigraphic data across the Mediterranean and beyond. They focus on the narrative of the past shaped by multiple interlinked factors,such as socio-economic, political, religious, and environmental ones. 

1. Dynamic and longitudinal networks:Topography plays an active role in the formation and organization of social structures, and vice versa humans mould natural networks in their favour: How does this interaction work as a resource?Adaptation or development of economic networks is linked to political changes: Did the integration of settlements in apolitical system affect the production and the circulation of goods? What was the impact of networks of patronage and political affiliation on local economies?The network of exchange of goods became a resource while causing changes and improvements in material culture:Did cultural contacts and personal mobility affect local communities? 

2. Multi-layered and interlocked networks:Sacred landscapes and religious networks as resources for the construction of cultural identities: Can the sharing of cult practices be assumed as a proxy for the construction of local identities?Social networks and kinship as political and economic resources: Did local actors apply network strategies to maintain or to improve their power?Network of knowledge as resource of innovation: Did the transmission of know-how and the mobility of craftsmen build communities of practice? 

Keywords: Cultural Contacts, Dynamic, Environment, Landscape, Resources, Sacred Landscapes 

Abstracts must be submitted through the EAA 2020 website 

Deadline: 17 February 2020


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