This is a *CALL FOR PAPERS* for a session at this year's *Nordic TAG, Iceland*. Its topic may be of interest to researchers from a range of different disciplines (archaeology, anthropology, history, folklore, heritage, linguistics, art, sociology, psychology etc.).
Session title: **Is everybody doing it? The Role and Value of Analogical Reasoning in Archaeology Reconsidered**
Session organisers: Kathrin Felder, University of Cambridge, and Lisa Brundle, Durham University
We invite abstracts for 20 min presentations.
Analogical inferences from sources and disciplines outside of archaeological research as an access to interpretive pathways to the past are central within archaeological knowledge-building. Over the recent decades researchers have periodically reappraised analogical comparison as an analytical tool, our uses of it, its potential to enrich our approaches to the past, and its innate problems (Wylie 1985, Gramsch 2000, Ickerodt 2010). Despite this scholarship, today analogical reasoning appears to be either avoided in archaeological interpretation out of an anxiety to distort the ‘truth’ through false projection; or to be used indiscriminately, often without awareness of underlying conceptual premises and methodologies. There is thus a need for re-entering a critical dialogue to explore the potential for approaches which acknowledge both the inherent problems and value of analogical reasoning for archaeological research at equal measures.
We also want to reflexively evaluate what drives us to seek and clarify analogical reasoning. With the increasing necessity to include impact assessments in public funding applications, the question how research on the past contributes to contemporary societal issues is becoming a pressing concern for archaeology as an academic discipline. How has this pressure from the margins influenced analogical thinking and interpretation in archaeology, especially in different European countries? Which directions will future archaeological research take in this respect? The current situation provides an opportune moment to critically debate this methodological approach.
We therefore invite contributors both from archaeology and other disciplines like history, folklore, anthropology, art, sociology, psychology and others who have an interest in, but need not be restricted to, the following topics:
- Uses of analogies in archaeology: individual case interpretations; socio-cultural themes in longue durée perspective; explorations of universal themes of human experience
- Analogy as an explanatory model: underlying concepts, premises and ordering principles
- Developing current, integrated methodologies and multivariate approaches
- The researcher as a time- and context-bound variable
This session hopes to promote a fruitful interdisciplinary debate of analogies as avenues to cognitive and psychological thought processes in the past and present, and increase conceptual and methodological awareness among researchers concerned with interpretation by analogy.
Please send your abstract (max. 250 words, English) including your name and affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
**The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1st 2013**.
More information on the conference can be found on the website http://www.nordictag2013.hi.is/#!. You can also find the session abstract attached to this email. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the session organisers (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please forward this to anyone who may be interested.
Kathrin Felder and Lisa Brundle
Division of Archaeology
University of Cambridge
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