We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for our session on “Evolution of Cultural Complexity” at the annual “Conference on Complex System”. The Conference on Complex System will takes place this year in Cancun, Mexico, from the 17th to the 22nd of September. Our session will take pace on the 21st of September.Human sociocultural evolution has been documented throughout the history of humans and earlier hominins. This evolution manifests itself through development from tools as simple as a rock used to break nuts, to something as complex as a spaceship able to land man on other planets. Equally, we have witnessed evolution of human population towards complex multilevel social organisation.Although cases of decrease and loss of this type of complexity have been reported, in global terms it tends to increase with time. Despite its significance, the conditions and the factors driving this increase are still poorly understood and subject to debate. Different hypothesis trying to explain the rise of sociocultural complexity in human societies have been proposed (demographic factor, cognitive component, historical contingency…) but so far no consensus has been reached.Here we raise a number of questions:
- Can we better define sociocultural complexity and confirm its general tendency to increase over the course of human history?
- What are the main factors enabling an increase of cultural complexity?
- Are there reliable way to measure the complexity in material culture and social organisation constructs, that is?
- How can we quantify and compare the impact of different factors?
- What causes a loss of cultural complexity in a society? And how often these losses occurred in the past?In this satellite meeting we want to bring together a community of researchers coming from different scientific domains and interested in different aspect of the evolution of social and cultural complexity. From archaeologists, to linguists, social scientists, historians and artificial intelligence specialists – the topic of sociocultural complexity transgresses traditional discipline boundaries. We want to establish and promote a constructive dialogue incorporating different perspectives: theoretical as well as empirical approaches, research based on historical and archaeological sources, as well as actual evidences and contemporary theories.Submissions will be made by sending an abstract in PDF (maximum 250 words) via Easychair here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eec2017 . The deadline for abstract submission is on the 26th of May 2017. The contributions to this satellite will be evaluated by the scientific committee through a peer review process that will evaluate the scientific quality and the relevance to the goal of this session. Notification of accepted abstracts will be communicated by the 4th of June 2017.Please find more details on the following website: https://ccs17.bsc.es/We strongly encourage you to participatePlease help us to spread the word!on behalf of the organisers,Iza Romanowska
The Connected Past 2017: The Future of Past Networks?
August 24-25th 2017
Bournemouth University (UK)
August 22-23rd 2017 Practical Networks Workshop
The Connected Past 2017 is a multi-disciplinary, international two-day conference that aims to provide a friendly and informal platform for exploring the use of network research in the study of the human past.
It will be preceded by a two-day practical workshop offering hands-on experience with a range of network science methods.
Deadline call for papers: May 21, 2017
Notification of acceptance: May 29, 2017
Conference registration (includes coffee breaks and lunch): £35
Workshop registration (includes coffee breaks): £20
Keynotes: Eleftheria Paliou and discussant Chris Tilley (tbc)
Organisers: Fiona Coward, Anna Collar & Tom Brughmans
Call for Papers
Five years have passed since the first Connected Past conference (Southampton 2012) brought together scholars working in archaeology, history, physics, mathematics and computer science to discuss how network methods, models and thinking might be used to enhance our understanding of the human past. Much has happened in these intervening years: applications of network analysis have expanded rapidly; a number of collected volumes dealing explicitly with network analysis of the past have been published (e.g. The Connected Past, OUP 2016; Special Issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 2015; Network Analysis in Archaeology, OUP 2013); and several dedicated groups of scholars are thriving, including the Connected Past itself which hosted conferences in Paris and London, but also the Historical Network Research group, Res-Hist and others. The Connected Past 2017 will provide an opportunity to take stock of the developments of the past five years and to discuss the future of network research in archaeology and history. How will new network models, methods and thinking shape the ways we study the past?
We welcome submissions of abstracts that address the challenges posed by the use of or apply network approaches in historical/archaeological research contexts, welcoming case studies drawn from all periods and places. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
● Missing and incomplete data in archaeological and historical networks
● Networks, space and place
● Network change over time
● What kinds of data can archaeologists and historians use to reconstruct past networks and what kinds of issues ensue?
● Categories in the past vs categories in our analysis: etic or emic, pre-determined or emergent?
● Formal network analysis vs qualitative network approaches: pros, cons, potential, limitations
NB. If there is sufficient demand, we will endeavour to organise a crêche for delegates’ children (under 3). An extra fee may be payable for this, although fee-waivers may be available in certain circumstances. Further details would be provided in due course. In order to allow us to assess demand, please let us know in advance if this would be useful for you.
Archaeology is plagued by a phenomenon us experts call ‘shit data’. We can rarely be certain that the collection of materials available to us is a representative sample. This has enormous implications when creating archaeological networks from these datasets. Can we trust the network results we calculate? How much would the centrality of nodes change if we assume 10,20, or 90% of our data is unreliable?
Matt Peeples prepared a fantastic tutorial that introduces statistical and network science techniques for performing such sensitivity analyses. You can access it on the resources tab of this blog or on Matt’s website.
Is network science useful for Roman studies? What’s so great about it, and what’s not? In January I gave a keynote talk on the topic at ‘Finding the limits of the Limes’. The talk was caught on film, so you can judge my arguments for yourself. It starts a bit negative but ends on a hopeful note (spoiler alert: I LOVE networks). Talk abstract below the video.
The centre for urban network evolutions at Aarhus in Denmark is recruiting two assistant professors and a number of PhDs. They very much welcome applications from people with network science experience or interests. Urbnet is a big and multi-disciplinary team with some very impressive excavations and research projects. They are very keen on scholars who wish to collaborate with others in the context of their centre. I can definitely recommend applying for one of the posts!
Deadlines in March and April.
More details on their website or below: http://urbnet.au.dk/calls/
UrbNet is recruiting a number of employees over the coming years for a variety of positions. Whenever we have open calls, they will be displayed here.
PhD scholarship: The comparative archaeology and history of early urban networks
PhD project focusing on the economic and social development of urban networks in Antiquity and the Middle Ages in a comparative perspective. The work should involve “High Definition” comparative analyses of materials, assemblages and/or textual sources, aiming to characterise the evolution and dynamics of urban sites and networks.
Read more and apply: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/open-calls/phd-call-4/
Deadline: 15 March 2017
PhD scholarship: The flow of archaeological materials
PhD project focusing on the flow of archaeological materials, and how these may contribute to chart the evolution and dynamics of urban networks in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Materials may include glass, metals, ceramics or organic materials.
Read more and apply: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/open-calls/phd-call-5/
Deadline: 15 March 2017
PhD scholarship: Contextual analysis of urban archaeological contexts
PhD project focusing on contextual analysis of archaeological contexts from relevant urban sites of Antiquity and/or the Middle Ages and how these may contribute to map out the evolution, dynamics and connectivity of urban sites and networks. The work should involve “High Definition” analyses of assemblages in contexts such as workshops, housing, markets, streets etc., aiming to characterise the nature and scale of activities and the pace of events and processes. Themes could include: the impact of catastrophic events, slow changing urban environments (including the impact of climatic change), changing urban structure over time.
Read more and apply: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/open-calls/phd-call-6/
Deadline: 15 March 2017
Studentermedhjælpere til forskningsprojekt Keramik i Kontekst 893388
Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Klassisk Arkæologi søger tre studentermedhjælpere med tiltrædelse hurtigst muligt.
Studentermedhjælperne skal hjælpe Professor Rubina Raja i de kollektive forskningsprojekter Keramik i Kontekst med:
– Indsamling af litteratur
– Let redigering af manuskripter
– Hjælp til udgravningsmaterialer, herunder tegning
– Ad hoc administrative opgaver
– Praktisk hjælp af forskellig art.
Læs mere og ansøg:
Studentermedhjælpere til forskningsprojekt Palmyra Portræt 893393
Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Klassisk Arkæologi søger to studentermedhjælpere med tiltrædelse hurtigst muligt.
Studentermedhjælperne skal hjælpe Professor Rubina Raja i de kollektive forskningsprojekter Palmyra Portræt Projektet med:
– Indsamling af litteratur
– Let redigering af manuskripter
– Organisering af workshops og konferencer samt udgravningsrelaterede aktiviteter
– Arbejde med Palmyra Portræt Projektets database
– Ad hoc administrative opgaver
– Praktisk hjælp af forskellig art.
– Praktisk sans
– Evnen til at arbejde selvstændigt, struktureret og effektivt
– Pålidelighed i forhold til arbejdstider og dage
Læs mere og ansøg:
Assistant Professorships in the Archaeology of Urban Networks and Exchange 889217
The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for one or two assistant professorships, focusing on core themes within the centre’s agenda for research on urban societies in the past.
The call is for full-time, three-year positions, starting on 1 June 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Place of employment: Moesgaard, Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark.
The positions represent an opportunity for eminent young researchers to set the agenda for research into the historical archaeology and/or archaeoscience of urban societies and networks from the Hellenistic Period to the Middle Ages, and to participate in one of Europe’s most groundbreaking archaeological research initiatives of this decade.
We are looking to include researchers and their projects in the centre’s work, which integrates questions and problems relating to the humanities and concerning urban development and networks.
The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) explores the archaeology and history of urban societies and their networks from the Ancient Mediterranean to medieval Northern Europe and to the Indian Ocean World. We are an interdisciplinary research initiative which integrates new methods from the natural sciences with context-cultural studies rooted in the humanities. Approaching urbanism as a network dynamic, we aim to develop a high-definition archaeology to determine how urban networks catalysed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past.
The centre’s work ranges from Northern Europe over the Levant to the East Coast of Africa. It involves empirical material from a number of existing excavation projects as well as material which has already been excavated, and concerns both theoretical and methodological issues. UrbNet strives to embrace and connect the archaeological research clusters at Aarhus University with new and advanced analytical techniques in geoscience and physics for dating and characterising archaeological sites; and creates a research environment for cross-fertilising approaches from the humanities and sciences. The centre is based at Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, and is funded as a Centre of Excellence by the Danish National Research Foundation.
Please consult the following link: http://urbnet.au.dk/.
Read more and apply (deadline: 18 April 2017)
Looks like a lot is happening in our young community recently. A few months ago the Historical Network Research journal was announced and now there is the journal for network analysis in the humanities and social sciences. They very much welcome humanities contributions, and there are a number of archaeologists and historians on the board. Do consider exploring this journal for your own work. Papers can be submitted in French and English.
The European social networks conference will host its third edition in Mainz. Historical and archaeological networks have been represented every time, and it’s a good venue to get technical feedback on your work. This year a session on historical and archaeological networks will be chaired by Aline Deicke, Martin Stark, and Marten Düring. I can definitely recommend presenting your work there.
Deadline CFP: 31 March 2017
CfP: EUSN 2017 in Mainz with session on historical and archaeological networks, deadline: March 31stOrganized session at the 3rd European Conference on Social Networks at JohannesGutenberg-University Mainz, 26.-29. September 2017Call for Presentations“Networks in Archaeology and History”Over the last decades, network analysis has made its way from a fringetheory to an established methodology in archaeological and historicalresearch that goes beyond a purely metaphorical use of the network term. Asubstantial number of studies on different topics and periods have shownthat network theories and methods derived from other disciplines (e.g.sociology, economics, physics) can be fruitfully applied to selected bodiesof historical and archaeological sources. Yet in many of these initialstudies, important methodological concerns regarding the underlying sources,missing data, data standardization and representation of networks in spaceand time have not been adequately acknowledged and sometimes even completelyneglected.In recent years, archeologists and historians – often in collaboration andin exchange with scholars from other disciplines – have taken on thechallenge to address these methodological concerns and to adapt and refinenetwork methods and network theory for archaeological and historicalresearch. The aim of this session is to further develop suchtransdisciplinary collaboration between historians, archaeologists and theEUSN research community.The session invites contributions from researchers applying methods offormal network analysis in archaeological or historical research. A specialemphasis of the session will be on the unique challenges that arise in thedomain- specific application of these research methods. We welcomesubmissions on any period, geographical area or topic. The authors may behistorians or archaeologists as well as scholars from other disciplinesworking with historical or archeological data.Abstract submission:Please hand in your abstract via the conference website (http://www.eusn2017.uni-mainz.de/) and indicate the name of the session: “Networksin Archaeology and History”.Abstract submission deadline is March 31st.Session organizers:Aline Deicke (Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz)Martin Stark (ILS Research Institute, Aachen)Marten Düring (University of Luxembourg)
Delighted this amazing series of conferences will have its fourth edition already. It’s a cornerstone of those of us archaeologists and historians mad about networks. The call for papers is out now and I strongly recommend presenting and attending the event. It is an inspiring conference series with a friendly and constructive atmosphere.
Where? Turku, Finland
Deadline CFP: March 31 2017
We are very happy to announce the 4th international HNR conference, this year in Turku, Finland together with the annual conference of Finnish historians.
We are particularly grateful to Kimmo Elo for the conceptualisation and organisation of the conference.
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
4th Historical Network Research Conference
University of Turku, Finland
17-18 October 2017 (pre-conference workshops)
19-20 October 2017 (conference)
The Historical Network Research group is pleased to announce its 4th annual conference. Following conferences in Hamburg in 2013, Ghent in 2014, and in Lisbon in 2015, the 4th conference will be held at the University of Turku in Turku, Finland, on 17-20 October 2017 (see http://historicalnetworkresearch.org/hnr-conferences/).
The 4th Historical Network Research Conference seeks to further strengthen and foster the awareness of historians for the possibilities of network research and create possibilities for cross- and multidisciplinary approaches to the networked past by bringing together historians, social scientists and computer scientists.
The organisers welcome proposals for individual contributions discussing any historical period and geographical area. Topics might include, but are not limited to: historical social netwoks, policy networks, kinship and community, geospatial networks, cultural and intellectual networks, and methodological innovations.
The deadline for submissions of proposals is March 31, 2017.
For more information, please visit www.utu.fi/hnr2017
An archaeological networks session at the European Archaeology Association conference has become an annual thing. That makes me happy! This year, a discussion session is organised focusing on archaeological networks and social interaction. Carl Knappett will be the keynote presenter, and there are still a few slots available to present, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the organisers.
Where? Maastricht, Netherlands
Deadline CFP: March 1st 2017
For our upcoming session at the annual conference of the European Association of Archaeologists, August 30th- September, 3rd 2017 in Maastricht (NL) (see the conference website: http://www.eaa2017maastricht.nl), we have a few slots available in our session:
Archaeological networks and social interaction. Towards an application of network analysis and network concepts in social archaeology
The key note lecture for the session will be given by CARL KNAPPETT.
The session’s format is “discussion session”, which means that the participants read the key note paper, that will be made available ca. one month before the conference takes place, and the participants next engage in their own presentation with the issues outlined in the key note paper.
We are seeking contributions that present a case study which applies formal network analysis to study social interaction in the past (see the session’s full abstract below). We are especially interested in studies on the margins of the Classical World/late Antique/Medieval or early modern contexts in or outside Europe.
If you are interested in participating please send an abstract of ca. 500 words plus a short cv listing your most important recent publications to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com BEFORE MARCH 1st 2017 (late submissions will not be considered).
Please note that the session will be published afterwards and that we are seeking original and unpublished work.
Archaeological networks and social interaction. Towards an application of network analysis and network concepts in social archaeology.
Formal network analysis has been increasingly applied during the last decade in archaeology, and made important contributions to understanding a variety of regional phenomena and inter-site interaction. Archaeological sites or contexts form natural nodes and allow 1 for a relatively easy conceptualisation of a research question in network terms. However, as acknowledged in one of the latest major contributions to network analysis in archaeology,2 network studies that focus on interaction between individuals or groups of people, rather than sites or settlements are much more scarce. Most current archaeological network analysis is either spatial in nature, or has a major spatial component in its analysis. Archaeology is, of course, as much a social science as it is a discipline that studies past uses of space and landscape. We claim that, with regards the former , the potential of network analysis to contribute to the study of past societies, past social interaction and social change has not yet been fully explored. We aim to fill the gap by discussing how network analysis can contribute to understanding past human societies. The use of formal network approaches to study larger datasets, e.g necropoleis, settlements, or cultic contexts, allows a move away from the typochronological focus that has dominated archaeology.
However, interaction between humans and of humans with their material world is more complex and cannot be plotted as easily on a map as is normally done for artefact distributions. Assumptions about the meaning of material culture and its role in society need to be made, in order to study the meaning of changes behind their particular configurations.
This session explores the theoretical and practical aspects of using network analysis for studying past human societies, social interaction, power, and social change. Contributors discuss what social questions they are trying to address, what datasets they use, how they translate them into a network, and what conclusions they draw from the analysis of the network. The goal of the session is to pre-discuss contributions that, after revision based on the feedback during the session, will constitute a book – to be published with an international publishing house.