Breaking boundaries: negotiating change in the Aegean Bronze Age


We are sorry to inform you that due to the outbreak of Covid-19 Scapecon2020 will be postponed. Although the city of Groningen currently remains virus-free, the uncertainty about the developments in the near future within and outside of the Netherlands forces us to take this decision. Currently other events in Groningens are being cancelled throughout March and early April, we choose not to divert from this precautious stance both to avoid risks, and to give you more certainty in regards to your own travel plans.

As we prepared a very interesting program, and received many positive reactions, we plan to move the conference to the fall of 2020. We hope to see you all in Groningen at a later date – so stay tuned!

Best wishes and stay healthy!

The Scapecon 2020 organizing committee

Registration: via the website of SCAPECON 2020

To be human means to interact. By interacting and establishing relationships with fellow humans and other living beings, the environment, architecture and objects, humans constantly influence and are influenced in what they think, do and create. The socially constructed, physically delineated environments in which these interactions occur are often referred to by scholars with the suffix ‘-scape’. The influence of these different ‘scapes’ (e.g. landscapes, cityscapes, taskscapes, deathscapes, etc.) on human lives is strong: they have the power to shape and structure culture and society.

The relationships of people with their material and immaterial worlds are not static. They are subject to continuous adaptation, renegotiation and manipulation as a result of agents responding to changes in the ‘scape’ or agents themselves bringing about change depending on their needs and motivations. As a result, culture and society are constantly being restructured, forever escaping the status quo.

This third installment of the no(e)scape-conference series returns to discuss relational archaeology in the Aegean Bronze Age. While on the one hand we aim to address the structuring structures of culture (e.g. the habitus as formulated by Bourdieu),on the other hand we will also be exploring its rejection, manipulation and change. This conference series, with previous successful editions held in Heidelberg in 2018 and Poznán in 2019, provides a platform specifically for early career scholars to discuss their research. Therefore, we invite Master and PhD-students who work on the Aegean Bronze Age to send in proposals covering a wide range of topics, but nevertheless touching on these relational aspects of societies.

Preliminary Programme
Wednesday 25th MarchLocation: Marie Loke Room, Oude Kijk in’t Jat 26.

12.00 – 12:30 Arrival and registration
12:30 – 12:40 Welcome by organizers
12:40 – 13:40 Keynote lecture by Prof. Ann Brysbaert, Leiden University
13:40 – 14:10 Tea Break

Session I Building a Home: human relations with their lived space Session moderator: Prof. Ann Brysbaert
14:10 – 14:30 Stephanie Emra (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna), Sabina Cveček (University of Vienna) Negotiation and interaction in EBA Çukuriçi Höyük: differing solutions to competing ‘scapes’ with the beginning of rising inequality
14:30 – 14:50 Başak Ongar (University of Ege) Household Archaeology in West Anatolia during the Late Bronze Age
14.50 – 15:10 Piotr Zeman (Adam Mickiewicz University) Entangled Mycenae: Case Study of a Late Bronze Age palatial town
15:10 – 15:30 Sarah Hilker (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Beyond the Palace: Case Studies in Mycenaean Townscapes
15:30 – 15.50 Discussion
16:00 – 17:30 City tour
17:30 – 18:30 Welcome drinks (Location to be announced)

Thursday 26th March
Location: Marie Loke Room, Oude Kijk in’t Jat 26
09:30 – 09:40 Opening day two
09:40 – 10:40 Keynote lecture by Prof. Sofia Voutsaki, University of Groningen
10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break
Session II Gods and Graves: human relations with sacred and mortuary space Session moderator: Prof. Sofia Voutsaki
11:10 – 11:30 Tatiana Andreovits¹, Angeliki Kita¹, Danai Theodoraki¹ (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki¹) Prehistoric and modern deathscapes: an ethnoarchaeological approach
11:30 – 11:50 Alexandra Katevaini (University of Groningen) Contextualizing Late Minoan Tombs
11:50 – 12:10 Iris Rom (University of Groningen) Negotiating death in the Bronze Age: a view from western Greece
12:10 – 12:30 Dimitra Rousioti (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) Investigating the sacred landscape in the Late Bronze Age Greek Mainland
12:30 – 12:50 Discussion
12:50 – 13:50 Lunch break

Session III The power of symbols: human relations through material culture and art Session moderator: Dr. Voula Tritsaroli
13:50 – 14:10 Paz Ramirez-Valiente (University of Nottingham) Bodyscapes of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Crete: Changes in sex and gender of anthropomorphic figurines
14:10 – 14:30 Ece Sezgin (Mugla Sitki Kocman University) An Assessment of Gender Roles in the Early Bronze Age Aegean
14:30 – 14:50 Thomas Mumelter (University College London) Affective Fields in Akrotiri’s Miniature Frieze, Thera
14:50 – 15:10 Diana Wolf (Université Catholique de Louvain) Symbols as Social Strategy? Late Palatial Hard-Stone Glyptic as Identity Markers
15:10 – 15:30 Discussion
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

Session IV Produce and Profit: human relations with the economic landscape Session moderator: t.b.a.
16:00 – 16:20 Giulia Paglione (Sapienza University Rome) Reconstructing the landscape through the Linear B texts: The case of coriander cultivation in Phaistos
16:20 – 16:40 Anastasia Vergaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) Lonesome are the eyes: The depiction of the animals on the Ayia Triadha Sarcophagus
16:40 – 17:00 Abby Durick (Fulbright Student Researcher, Bulgaria) Origin to Deposition: The socio-cultural significance of gold provenance studies in the North Aegean and Ancient Thrace
17:00 – 17:20 Discussion
18:30 Conference dinner (location to be announced)

Friday 27th March
Location: Norman Building, Lutkenieuwstraat 5
10:00 – 10:10 Opening day three
10.10 – 11.10 Keynote Prof. Jan Driessen, Université Catholique de Louvain
11.10 – 12.00 Poster session Youp van den Beld, Anna Filipek, Kilian Regnier, Francesca Slim, Todor Valchev, Alex Vouza, Jakub Witowski.
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch Break + Museum visit
Session V Tradition and Change: human relations viewed from ceramic evidence Session moderator: t.b.a.
13:30 – 13:50 Evgenia Tsafou (Université Catholique de Louvain) Identifying the changing function and use of cooking vessels in Minoan societies
13:50 – 14:10 Assunta Mercogliano (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) Breaking ceramic boundaries: formation and change in pottery assemblages during the Middle Helladic period with a special look at the Trapeza settlement (Eastern Achaea)
14:10 – 14:30 Daniel Frank (Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg) Tracing Early Mycenaean Ceramic Traditions in the North-East Peloponnese
14:30 – 14:50 Discussion 14.50 – 15.20 Tea Break
Session VI The Clashing of Cultures: human relations with “other” humans. Session moderator: Prof Jan Driessen
15:20 – 15:50 Katarzyna Dudlik (Adam Mickiewicz University) Mortuary Practices in Context. Local Idiosyncrasies in Search of the Koan Identity
15:50 – 16:10 Christianne Lucie Fernee², Konstantinos Trimmis² (University of Bristol²) (E)scaping Colonisations: Understanding spatio-temporal pottery variations and settlements patterns in Middle Bronze Age Southern Aegean. The case of Kythera
16:10– 16:30 Francesca Nani (University of Pisa), Salvatore Vitale (University of Pisa), Calla McNamee (Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences) Building Identities: Breaks and Continuity in Construction Practices at the Prehistoric Settlement of the “Serraglio” on Kos
16:30 – 16.50 Discussion
16.50 – 17.10 Concluding remarks