Expanding Boundaries

15 April 2014

Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies

A call for papers for a conference entitled 'Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies' is announced.

This open discussion between Prehistoric Egyptian/Nubian Studies and World Archaeology will be held at the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Institute of Archaeology on 24 & 25 October 2014.

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.


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

Any enquiries about the event should be directed to conference organisers Elisa Perego (elisaperego78@yahoo.it) or Veronica Tamorri (veronica.tamorri@durham.ac.uk).