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CFP: Knowledge-scapes – Archaeological Review from Cambridge

Call for Papers
Knowledge-scapes
Volume 35.2, November 2020

How knowledge was developed and shared in ancient societies is a key research question for historians and archaeologists. The dynamics and mechanisms by which knowledge and its associated skills and practices evolve, change, and dissolve can be observed across multiple analytical scales. Studies engaged with these questions are frequently undertaken within distinct scholarly sub-fields. Only when the academic compartmentalisation is overcome, is it possible to fully explore the strengths, challenges and limitations of the study of knowledge to contribute to the understanding of past societies.

Knowledge-scapes offer a flexible framework to explore the potential of the study of knowledge at different scales and from various theoretical, practical and methodological perspectives. For this volume we invite papers that discuss the origin(s), development, maintenance, evolution, transfer, expansion, transmission, transplantation, contraction and/or dissolution of socially constructed knowledge-scapes. We understand knowledge-scapes as dynamic bodies of knowledge over time, space and social entities, linked to shared practices (e.g. manufacturing practices, travelling practices, exchange practices, subsistence practices). The diverse nature and scope of knowledge-scapes demands that we adjust our research methods, case studies and data collection strategies accordingly.

Knowledge-scapes ultimately feed into bigger archaeological and anthropological narratives concerned with social and economic boundaries, identities, cultural integration and resilience among others. Some key questions may be:
❖How do knowledge-scapes inform our understanding of past societies?
❖Where are the social limits of knowledge-scapes? What aspects of a society shape them?
❖How does the definition of social entities (e.g. households, social units, cultural groups, etc.)affect the exploration of knowledge-scapes ?
❖How are knowledge-scapes reflected in materiality and archaeological evidence?
❖How can different analytical scales (e.g. from satellite imagery to compositional data)contribute to the reconstruction of knowledge-scapes?
❖What are the limitations of our materials and methods when defining knowledge-scapes?

Volume 35.2 of the Archaeological Review from Cambridge encourages contributions that explore these and related topics from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Papers of no more than 4000 words should be submitted to the editors (arc.knowledgescapes@gmail.com) before 31 March 2020, for publication in November 2020. We will accept expressions of interest by Friday 28 February in the form of an abstract of up to 250 words.

More information about the Archaeological Review from Cambridge may be found online at http://arc.soc.srcf.net/contribute.html. More information about submission guidelines, Notes for Contributors and Style Guide, may be found online at https://arc.soc.srcf.net/ARC_notesForContributors.pdf.

Friederike Jürcke
Julia Montes-Landa
Alessandro Ceccarelli

(Editors)

CFP: Brown University History Department’s Graduate Conference

New Worlds: Histories of Crisis and Encounter

History Graduate Student Association Conference, Brown University
Keynote Speaker: Tatiana Linkhoeva, New York University
April 3-4, 2020

Visions of new worlds and the stakes of abandoning the old are topics that have been taken up from many positionalities within a number of geographic and temporal subfields. New world history has traditionally referred to colonial encounters, especially on the American continents. Yet the questions that scholars in these fields have been asking can also be used to illuminate new and provocative approaches to histories of apocalyptic dreaming, environmental studies, and questions of new and changing lifestyles. These scholars continue to broaden existing theoretical models to probe the relationships between centers and margins, question received hierarchies, examine encounters between people, the exchange of ideas and resources, and reveal the ways in which different worlds collide. The concept of a new world calls attention to networks of knowledge production and circulation, as well as the visual and material representations of paradigm shifts and ruptures. It is not only valuable for considering dramatic revolutions, but allows us to interrogate our perspectives on continuities and the meaning of change. Running through all of these “new worlds” are issues of power, control, economy, environment, identity, and technology.

This conference intends to provoke discussion among academics from all geographical and temporal fields concerning how we envision new worlds, how they are created in politics and space, how
conceptions of newness change over time, and how these questions are approached by various methodologies. This could involve exploring ancient and medieval visions of the future, challenging the Eurocentric point of view in writing histories of encounter, examining the interactions between non-human and human worlds. It also reveals the extent to which the understanding of rupture and revolution has shifted and how the use of scientific knowledge and technology has reconfigured the modern world.

Possible paper topics and themes include, but are not limited to:
● Visions of the future and modernity
● Revolutions and ruptures
● Conceptualizing and representing the ‘foreign’
● Changing environments and questioning the Anthropocene
● Colonial expansions and indigenous responses
● New ways of knowing
● Disrupting binaries and re-inventing the gendered ‘self’
● Innovative approaches to the archive and writing new histories
● Encounters and contact zones
● ‘Building’ new worlds in art and architecture
● The politics of lifestyles
● Urban histories and metropolitan futures
● The end of history/the end of the world

We welcome both individual papers and full panel proposals. We also welcome volunteers for chairing panels. Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length, and may be from any geographic or temporal specialization. Please apply here by midnight on February 2nd, 2020.

Note: The costs of attending the conference, including travel, accommodation, and other expenses, will be the responsibility of the presenter(s) or their institutions.

Please contact brownhgsaconference2020@gmail.com for further questions.

CFP: Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) 2020

TAG 2020 logo

Open Call for Sessions and Papers: Theoretical Archaeology Group 2020 US Conference at Stanford University (MAY 1-3, 2020)

We are pleased to invite you to submit proposals for the annual North American Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) at Stanford!

TAG 2020 Stanford aims to facilitate archaeological conversation across a range of topics, formats, and media. The conference will include a variety of events: a full-day plenary debate on the “Potentials and Limits of Big Data” in archaeology; two days of thematically open, concurrent breakout sessions; and a range of art exhibitions to stimulate conversations about the intersections of ethics, politics, and archaeological practice. In the spirit of the Stanford Archaeology Center, a space that fosters collaboration and discussion among archaeologists in different disciplines, we welcome sessions and papers on all current archaeological topics. 

Open Call for Sessions and Papers
Two days of the conference will be dedicated to concurrent breakout sessions that will be organized by conference participants. We welcome session proposals and papers that engage with any dimension of archaeological theory and practice. Sessions may critically engage with the plenary theme or invite discussion on other epistemological, political, and ethical aspects of archaeological practice and data analysis. We encourage participants to consider a broad range of topics and formats—ranging from a series of 20-minute papers, lightning talks, and roundtable discussions. Scholars wishing to submit individual papers that are not attached to formally proposed sessions are also encouraged to do so. All sessions should be planned to be either two hours or three hours in length. Because discussion is an essential part of TAG, two-hour sessions should not include more than five 20-minute papers and three-hour sessions should not include more than six 20-minute papers.  

Session proposals should be made by February 14th, 2020. The deadline for individual paper contributions to an accepted session or a general session will be March 15, 2020.

All submissions should be made through our website: tag2020.stanford.edu.

If you have questions, please consult our website tag2020.stanford.edu or email tag2020us@stanford.edu.

For more updates, please follow us on Twitter (@StanfordTAG2020) or Facebook (@TAG.NorthAmerica).

CFP: ARCE 2020 Annual Meeting

Apply to Present at ARCE’s 2020 Annual Meeting!   ARCE members can apply now to present a paper or poster at our Annual Meeting, which will take place from April 3-5, 2020, in Toronto, Canada. Send us your submission today!

ARCE’s Annual Meeting brings together hundreds of scholars who present on Egyptian history and heritage, recent fieldwork, technological advances, and much more.    Submissions must be received through ARCE’s All Academic site by January 7, 2020. Review our submission guidelines and complete your entryhere. Submissions can only be accepted from ARCE members in good standing. Please join or renew online or contact us by email.   More information on the 2020 Annual Meeting will be posted on the ARCE website as it becomes available.  

We look forward to receiving your abstract!

CFP: Natura Graduate Conference in Science & Epistemology, “Virtual Ecologies”

Virtual Ecologies
Natura’s 9th Annual Graduate Conference in Science and Epistemology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
March 6, 2020

Keynote Address:
Lisa Swanstrom (Associate Professor of English, University of Utah)

Call for Papers
Hosted by Natura, a Rutgers University Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Working Group focused on critical perspectives of Science and Epistemology, the 2020 Natura Graduate Conference seeks papers on the topic of virtual ecologies: dreamed, immaterial, digital, imagined, or potential networks of relationships and ruptures between humans, nonhumans, and their environments. 

Digital ecosystems, imagined worlds, abstractions of thought — the virtual pervades the contemporary moment but also possesses a long history, the shadow of the actual or real. The conference seeks to examine the entwined relationships and surprising fractures that develop in the realm of the virtual, broadly construed. How does the virtual interact with the material, the embodied, and the immediate? How does the oikos of ecology — the home, the household, the place to live — transform when it becomes virtual? How do virtualities of the past impinge upon the present, and the present cast a virtual shadow onto the past? Are our ways of knowing intrinsically tied to virtuality, or does knowledge find its home in the material or real? How do power structures, abstractions, forms, and concepts intersect with lived experience and material conditions of existence?

Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Material and mediality
  • Games as lived experience
  • Environmental advocacy in a digital space
  • Virtual literary world
  • “Nature” as problem space
  • Algorithmic embodiment
  • Histories of virtuality and virtuality in history
  • Distributed agency
  • Mapping, surveillance, and practices of seeing
  • Immaterial spatiotemporal architecture and design
  • Impossible soundscapes
  • Digital pollution
  • Virtual repercussions of real-world behavior and real-world consequences to virtual speech

The conference will take place on Friday, March 6th, 2020. Natura invites 250-word abstracts for 20-minute talks on any topic examining the role of virtual ecologies in the sciences and humanities. This event is open to graduate students and scholars working in any area of the arts, humanities, or sciences. Interested faculty or post-doctoral researchers are welcome to contact us about potential roles as panel moderators or discussants. Send proposals or requests for more information to rutgersnatura@gmail.com; proposals should be sent by December 15. Please visit our website at https://virtualecologies.wordpress.com/.

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Natura: The Science and Epistemology Working Group is a graduate student working group within Rutgers University that serves as a forum to foster critical interdisciplinary conversations about the history, cultures, places, and theories of science, epistemology, and knowledge production. We are generously sponsored by the Rutgers British Studies Center, the School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, and the Graduate Student Association.