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The Connected Past 2017: The Future of Past Networks?August 24-25th 2017Bournemouth University (UK)August 22-23rd 2017 Practical Networks WorkshopThe Connected Past 2017 is a multi-disciplinary, international two-day conference that aims to provide a friendly and informal platform for exploring the use of network research in the study of the human past.It will be preceded by a two-day practical workshop offering hands-on experience with a range of network science methods.Deadline call for papers: May 21, 2017Notification of acceptance: May 29, 2017Conference registration (includes coffee breaks and lunch): £35Workshop registration (includes coffee breaks): £20Keynotes: Eleftheria Paliou and discussant Chris Tilley (tbc)Organisers: Fiona Coward, Anna Collar & Tom BrughmansCall for PapersFive years have passed since the first Connected Past conference (Southampton 2012) brought together scholars working in archaeology, history, physics, mathematics and computer science to discuss how network methods, models and thinking might be used to enhance our understanding of the human past. Much has happened in these intervening years: applications of network analysis have expanded rapidly; a number of collected volumes dealing explicitly with network analysis of the past have been published (e.g. The Connected Past, OUP 2016; Special Issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 2015; Network Analysis in Archaeology, OUP 2013); and several dedicated groups of scholars are thriving, including the Connected Past itself which hosted conferences in Paris and London, but also the Historical Network Research group, Res-Hist and others. The Connected Past 2017 will provide an opportunity to take stock of the developments of the past five years and to discuss the future of network research in archaeology and history. How will new network models, methods and thinking shape the ways we study the past?We welcome submissions of abstracts that address the challenges posed by the use of or apply network approaches in historical/archaeological research contexts, welcoming case studies drawn from all periods and places. Topics might include, but are not limited to:● Missing and incomplete data in archaeological and historical networks● Networks, space and place● Network change over time● What kinds of data can archaeologists and historians use to reconstruct past networks and what kinds of issues ensue?● Categories in the past vs categories in our analysis: etic or emic, pre-determined or emergent?● Formal network analysis vs qualitative network approaches: pros, cons, potential, limitationsPlease submit your abstract limited to 250 words before midnight (GMT) of May 21st 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.orgNB. If there is sufficient demand, we will endeavour to organise a crêche for delegates’ children (under 3). An extra fee may be payable for this, although fee-waivers may be available in certain circumstances. Further details would be provided in due course. In order to allow us to assess demand, please let us know in advance if this would be useful for you.__._,_.___
Proposed “Colloquium Session” for AIA Annual Meeting
Boston, January 4-7, 2018
Archaeology from a distance: Dura-Europos in the new millennium
Dr. Jen Baird, Birkbeck College, University of London and Dr. Lisa Brody, Yale University Art Gallery
We invite proposals for papers (15-20 minutes each) presenting research on the site of Dura-Europos and its multicultural heritage. Identified almost a century ago, Dura on the Syrian Euphrates is one of the most extensively excavated urban sites of the Arsacid and Roman Near East. While the site has been heavily looted during the current conflict in Syria, there is tremendous potential for new research and analysis of the site and its archaeology, including that which builds on the archives and objects from Dura held in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery.
This session aims to bring together international scholars working on Dura-Europos and we invite papers that investigate the site and address questions including:
What is the status of Dura in the 21st century? How might Dura inform our understanding of the Roman Empire and its interaction with eastern cultures? How can the Dura archives and collection at Yale facilitate reinterpretation of existing theories and assumptions regarding culture in the Roman East? What are the potentials and pitfalls of working with ‘legacy’ data, especially when the site is no longer accessible to Western scholars?
In order to participate, please submit an abstract (up to 400 words) to Jen Baird (email@example.com) and Lisa Brody (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 24, 2017. The abstracts are reviewed anonymously so attach a PDF or WORD document without your name and affiliation to your e-mail message.
Pasts, Presents, and Futures of the Historia Augusta
Call for papers
A panel proposed for the 2014 APA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL
Co-Organizers: Mary T. Boatwright (Duke University) and Kathryn Langenfeld (Duke University)
As interest in the later Roman Principate and early Dominate grows and results in ever more historical, literary, cultural, and art historical studies, scholars increasingly turn to the Historia Augusta. Although notorious for its puzzles and self-contradictions, this is our most extensive historical source reporting information about the second and third centuries CE. Furthermore, its purported Diocletianic/Constantinian date, and the authoritative (though not universally accepted) claim that this collection of imperial biographies was actually written at the end of the fourth century CE, encourages use of the Historia Augusta by those examining the later Roman empire and late antique Rome. But the complexity of this source means it cannot simply be mined for data convenient for any particular argument, albeit presented with caveats. More importantly, our deepening understanding of the rich culture and history of the second through fourth centuries CE enables new and beneficial inquiry into all aspects of the Historia Augusta.
We solicit papers examining historiographical and historical issues in the HA. Continue reading