Institute of Archaeology


Dialogues: Archaeology and Localisms

17 May 2018

A series of dialogues, aimed at considering archaeology as an original perspective from which we can look at the social, economic and cultural complexities of our society, continue next week.

Dialogues: Archaeology and Politics

The series, organised by Corinna Riva and Andrew Gardner, and hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in London, will include distinguished Italian and British archaeologists who will talk about the traces of our past and its heritage and how we can approach them today, thus offering a deep-time view of our era and, vice-versa, a contemporary view on the mechanisms that shaped our history.

All events are sponsored by Accordia, the Institute of Classical Studies, London and the British School at Rome.

The second of these talks will be on 21 May when Andrea Pessina, Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio of the city of Florence and the provinces of Pistoia and Prato will be in conversation with Mark Pearce, Professor of Mediterranean Prehistory at the University of Nottingham exploring the issues of "localisms". With rising trends in populism and nationalism across Europe, how does the pre-Roman archaeological heritage feature in local claims to autonomy and regionalism, in Italy and beyond?


1. Roman Imperialism and Europe

  • Massimo Osanna + Greg Woolf
  • Moderated by Andrew Gardner
  • Thursday 26 April, 7pm

2. Archaeology and Localisms

  • Andrea Pessina + Mark Pearce
  • Moderated by Corinna Riva
  • Monday 21 May, 7pm

3. Medieval Archaeology and Islam

  • Sauro Gelichi + Martin Carver
  • Moderated by Corisande Fenwick
  • Tuesday 30 October, 7pm