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Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies

Publication date: Jun 19, 2014 5:09:31 PM

Start: Oct 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Oct 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Location: UCL Petrie Museum & UCL Institute of Archaeology

Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies

A conference entitled 'Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies' will be held at UCL's Petrie Museum and the Institute of Archaeology on 24 & 25 October.

Prehistoric and protohistoric disciplines all over the world contribute to create cutting-edge theoretical and scientific approaches to the study of archaeological evidence. The richness and diversity of Egyptian, Nubian and Sudanese pre- and protohistoric landscapes have indeed stimulated similar debate in these fields, but on what themes and to what extent? How has the Egypto-Nubian contribution to on-going theoretical and scientific debates been welcomed by other prehistoric disciplines?

In order to answer these questions the participation of both prehistorians of Egypt/Nubia/Sudan and researchers from different backgrounds (e.g. archaeological sciences, Mediterranean, World and Comparative Archaeologies, Anthropology) who share an interest in prehistory and wish to provide theoretical and/or scientific-laden perspectives on research themes common to their disciplines and Egypto/Nubian archaeology is greatly encouraged.

In particular, alongside papers addressing the state of the discipline, the conference organisers would like to invite speakers to focus on how the on-going dialogue between science and theory can inform research on cultural interaction and exchange; violence, inequality and social marginality; the rise of social complexity; landscape and body theory in pre- and protohistoric archaeology.

Deadline for abstracts extended

Abstracts of 200 words for both poster and oral presentations should be sent to exbo14@gmail.com by Monday 14 July. 

Further details about the event will be posted here nearer the time.

Conference Organisers
  • Dr Elisa Perego (British School at Rome)
  • Veronica Tamorri (Durham University)