In the attachment, please find an invitation to the ReSoc conference Resources and Transformation in pre-modern Societies, which takes place in Bochum from 14th to 16th of May 2020.
The conference is organised by the Leibniz Post-Doc School “Resources in Society” (ReSoc) hosted by the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) and the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM). The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for a transdisciplinary discourse on transformation of knowledge, culture and landscapes in relation to resources. In three sessions, with two distinguished keynote speakers each, we will cover aspects with a multitude of different methodological and theoretical perspectives.
In this mailing-list, we wish to highlight especially the third session on “Resources and Complex Systems”. Here, we will focus especially on agent-based modelling (or similar) approaches to gain a deeper understanding of transformation processes in a given geographical area over a long time span (typically several hundred years).
In order stimulate a lively and fruitful debate, we highly welcome proposals in the form of an abstract (until February 29th) that:
· formally cope with issues of complexity and resources by means of simulation models,
· theoretically derive the practical relevance of a resource-based viewpoint to issues of complexity in an archaeological context,
· review critically and/or comprehensively the existing literature on complexity and archaeology with the aim to understand the relevance of resources in the different approaches,
· empirically (based on, e.g., ethnographic studies) determine and analyse such drivers of spatiotemporal human dynamics that are directly connected to concepts of resources,
· or fit in any other way well within the context of the session.
All information is also available at the conference page: https://conference.resoc.de.
Please forward this email to interested colleagues.
Please excuse any cross-positings.
We hope to see many of you in Bochum.
Best wishes, on behalf of the organising committee,Frederik Schaff
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