24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (Barcelona, 5-8 September 2018) | Session 671 || There is more than meets the eye: Unveiling the histories of archaeological collections

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
February 18, 2018
Location: 
Spain
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities, Archival Science

24TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF ARCHAEOLOGISTS

BARCELONA, 5-8 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

SESSION

|671| THERE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: UNVEILING THE HISTORIES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS

 

ORGANISERS

dr. Laura Coltofean – Brukenthal National Museum (Sibiu, Romania)

dr. Vladimir V. Mihajlović – Institute for Balkan Studies SASA (Belgrade, Serbia)

PhD Candidate Anna Gustavsson – University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

 

ABSTRACT

The objects exhibited in archaeological and history museums today are often part of impressive and meticulously created collections whose origins can be traced back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, sometimes even before. In many cases, archival sources, old scientific publications and newspapers offer the opportunity to reconstruct the complex and fascinating histories of these collections, as well as the early curatorial practices related to them. What are the stories behind archaeological collections? How and in what cultural, political and social context were they formed? How did they evolve in time?

 
This session aims to explore the histories and lives of various archaeological collections in Europe and beyond. We welcome papers that explore themes such as the birth of archaeological collections and the reasons and ideologies behind them; the trajectories of the objects that constitute these collections, from discovery to their inclusion in collections (whether private or public); and the criteria employed in organising, storing, preserving and displaying collections in the past and now. We would like to encourage discussion on the exhibitions in which archaeological objects were presented, their display and the concepts behind it. Discussions might include correspondence concerning archaeological collections and the networks of scholars, amateurs and common people that formed around them; the role of collections in knowledge production, transfer and exchange; and the scientific interest raised by a specific collection in time (who researched it, why and how).

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Paper and poster proposals have to be submitted until 15 February 2018, through the online submission form of the 24th Annual Meeting of the EAA: https://eaa.klinkhamergroup.com/eaa2018/.

Accepted and rejected abstracts will be announced on 25 March 2018.

Please note that all the delegates who will participate in the Annual Meeting must be current EAA members (paid-up for 2018). Information about registration, membership fees, deadlines, provisional programme and other details can be found on the webpage of the event: https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2018/.

Guidelines for speakers and poster presentations: https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2018/Guidelines.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Laura Coltofean: laura.coltofean@gmail.com

Vladimir V. Mihajlović: v.mihajlovic@gmail.com

Anna Gustavsson: anna.gustavsson@gu.se