ARCHON CONFERENCE: ‘PATHWAYS TO THE PRESENT’
Date: 3 June 2022
Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, HG 12A00
Credits: 1 ECTs
On June 3, ARCHON will organize a one-day conference dedicated to developing a research agenda for Dutch archaeology on the deep history of social and environmental resilience. The aim of the conference is to exchange viewpoints on how archaeology contributes to understanding the roots and historical backgrounds of current environmental and societal problems, dilemmas and challenges, and how Dutch archaeology can develop a common research programme to tackle these questions within the context of the NWO Zwaartekracht (Gravity) programme.
The day will consist of two parts. In the morning, position papers will be presented on three main topics relevant to developing the research programme:
– Human impact: how did the human niche develop, and how environmentally sustainable has it been, for example when looking at land use, water management and urbanism?
– Societal resilience: how have human forms of social, political and spatial organization evolved over the long-term, and how did this influence interaction with the natural environment?
– Identity: what has been the importance of identities and identity formation for the stability and sustainability of societies, and how does this relate to current questions of identity and belonging?
Furthermore, we will pay attention to the overarching topic of the necessary research infrastructure for Dutch archaeology: what shared methods, techniques, datasets and resources are needed to fruitfully investigate these questions?
In the afternoon, participants will then discuss these topics in more detail in workshops in order to identify the most promising lines of research and to define a strategy for achieving the research agenda. The results of these discussion will be summarized at the end of the day to arrive at concrete action points for further collaboration.
9:30 – 10:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 – 10:20 Welcome and introduction (prof. Jan Kolen, LU)
10:20 – 10:40 dr. Gert Jan van Wijngaarden and dr. Heleen van Londen, UvA
10:40 – 11:00 prof. David Fontijn, LU
11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break
11:20 – 11:40 dr. Canan Çakırlar, RUG
11:40 – 12:00 dr. Sjoerd Kluiving, VU
Identity and Belonging
12:00 – 12:20 prof. Leonard Rutgers, UU
12:20 – 12:40 dr. Jason Laffoon, LU
12:40 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 13:50 dr. Lisette Kootker, VU
13:50 – 14:10 dr. Philip Verhagen, VU
14:15 – 15:45 Focus group discussions
15:45 – 16:15 Tea break
16:15 – 17:00 Plenary discussion (moderator: prof. Jan-Paul Crielaard, VU)
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks