CFP: Movement in Ancient Economies: Archaeological Approaches to Distribution

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Movement in Ancient Economies: Archaeological Approaches to Distribution
With Keynote Speaker Gil Stein

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Sponsored by the University of Michigan Collaborative Archaeology Workgroup

Date: February 15-16, 2013
Where: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

Studies of the economy are often divided into three segments:
production, consumption, and
distribution. Of these, distribution is of vital importance for
understanding the social interactions,
economic organization, and political strategies which condition how
and why materials move.
Distribution has at times been discussed monolithically, with
political systems or cultural zones
classified as redistributive or market societies. New models for
detecting and interpreting
distribution in the past have stressed economic diversity and the
coexistence of different
distribution systems for different materials. This conference will
bring together graduate students
and faculty to present some of these new perspectives on distribution
and its role in
understanding economic, political, and social dynamics in the past.

We are calling for papers of 20 minutes in length that deal with the
importance of
distribution to material studies of the past. We hope to receive
papers that address the
following questions with specific case studies: How do we detect
distribution in the material
record? How do distribution systems articulate with existing/emerging
social and political
systems? How do distribution systems change? How variable are
different kinds of economies
(such as market or redistributive)? What is the impact of regional
identity on distribution
networks that cross multiple regions? How can we track intra-site
movement of materials, and
what can these movements tell us about economic, political, and social

Participants are asked to submit a paper copy (10-12 double-spaced
pages) of their presentation
ten days before the conference to allow panel discussants to prepare
comments (February 5).

Abstracts of no longer than 200 words should be submitted by January 5, 2013.

Please submit abstracts and direct questions to CAW-2012 AT

Although travel stipends will not be available for this conference,
accommodations (with
Michigan archaeology graduate students) for Friday and/or Saturday
night(s) will be arranged
upon request. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on the day
of the conference.

The Collaborative Archaeology Workgroup (CAW) is a group of graduate
students from several
departments at the University of Michigan (including Anthropology and
Classical Art and
Archaeology) who share an interest in archaeological research, theory,
and methods. We are
dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research and facilitating the
exchange of information
among all students interested in studying the past through
archaeological techniques.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School,
International Institute,
Museum of Anthropology, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and
Interdepartmental Program in
Classical Art and Archaeology.

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