The 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
Istanbul, Turkey on September 10-14, 2014
"Concepts and methods for exploring sustainability and resilience in the archaeological record"
T04 Environment and Subsistence: Geosphere, Ecosphere and Human Interactions - panel T04S023
Human-environment relationships remain a critical research focus in archaeology and offer rich opportunities to explore and understand how communities react, adapt and respond to environmental, social and resource changes. Concepts of sustainability and resilience are terms that are frequently used in the context of ecology and geography; are these useful to archaeologists? How might we define archaeological sustainability and resilience? Definitions of ecological resilience, for instance, include an ability to ‘bounce back’ to a previous state or are defined by systems that are adaptable, with good coping mechanisms. Are any of these concepts useful within an archaeological context? What examples of sustainability and resilience may be found in the archaeological record? Recently, the use of technologies such as GIS and new approaches such as predictive modeling based on deductive analysis and agent based modeling offer exciting ways by which multiple lines of evidence may be brought together to test ideas of ecological, social and resource resilience and sustainability.
In this session we invite papers that (i) focus on some of the theoretical debates and questions associated with the concepts of sustainability and resilience in the archaeological record; how might resilience be registered within the archaeological record, might this differ between different societies and socio-economic systems and are these useful concepts for archaeology to explore? What do we mean by ‘cultural resilience’? (ii) explore novel methods and different approaches to the study of these themes and especially the use of new technologies. Do these methodological approaches provide new insights and reliable results into how humans managed resources, created sustainable systems and reacted to environmental and social changes? (iii) focus on specific case studies of sustainability and resilience in the archaeological record and explore the types of data that might be useful within the context of this debate. How do archaeologists best engage with these debates to ensure that the archaeological record is interpreted with the necessary expertise?
Proposed papers (title and abstract of 250-300 words approx.) should be sent to the organizers or submitted through the conference website (https://www.eaa2014istanbul.org/submission_form) before 27 January, 2014.
Accepted papers will be selected by the scientific committee. Authors will be informed in February 2014.
Unfortunately, this panel is organised without any funding. The participants will have to pay a registration fee and also their own travel and accommodation costs.
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