CFP: TiGA – Theory in (Ancient) Greek Archaeology

From Dan Diffendale:

Theory in (Ancient) Greek Archaeology (TiGA): The University of

Michigan, Ann Arbor, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May 2012

http://sitemaker.umich.edu/tiga

The organizing committee at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is
pleased to announce a conference on Theory in (Ancient) Greek
Archaeology (TiGA). This event is intended to offer an opportunity to
explore approaches to the archaeology of the ancient Greek world which
are informed by explicitly theoretical frameworks. We invite
expressions of interest in participating from both established
scholars and graduate students.

Our goal is to highlight certain changes which have been taking place,
often unacknowledged, in the study of ancient Greek archaeology. In
recent years, colleagues in Aegean prehistory and Roman archaeology
have placed increasing emphasis on overtly theoretical approaches,
informed by discourse primarily in the social sciences and in
historical archaeology. A variety of conferences have facilitated this
development, providing fora for exchange of ideas. While
archaeologists of ancient Greece have not ignored these developments,
there is a widely-held perception that, as a field, we have been slow
to put comparable ideas into practice. This is partly because we have
lacked a venue for discussion of theoretical issues in relation to our
data. TiGA is intended to fill that gap: while not in any way wishing
to devalue empirical approaches, our specific aim is to offer
archaeologists studying the ancient Greek world an opportunity to
discuss the potential benefits of overtly theoretical frameworks for
enhancing our understanding of ancient Greek society and culture.

Call for Papers:

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers or for posters which explore
the potential benefits of well-articulated theoretical concepts in the
context of data-sets from the ancient Greek world. (We define ‘ancient
Greek world’ to encompass material which might be viewed as
culturally-Greek, from anywhere in the Mediterranean, dating from the
period ca. 1000 BCE to mid second century BCE – while also allowing
that such boundaries are often imprecise and permeable).

Abstracts should be 500-600 words in length and should show clearly
how the authors propose to address the goals of the conference. To
facilitate the refereeing process, please include a separate cover
page giving your name, affiliation and poster or paper title. Your
abstract should include only your title and no other identifying
information.

Submissions may be emailed as PDF attachments to: tiga-conf AT umich.edu

Alternatively, they may be sent to:
TiGA Conference,
Department of Classical Studies,
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
1260 Angell Hall,
436 S. State St.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (USA)

Review of proposed contributions by the organizing committee will
begin on 1st October 2011 and will continue until all slots are filled
(please refer to the conference website for up-to-date announcements):
http://sitemaker.umich.edu/tiga

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