25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (Bern, 4-7 September 2019) || Session 307 | Unveiling invisibility: Exploring knowledge, interdisciplinarity and identity through the histories of archaeological collections

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
September 4, 2019 to September 7, 2019
Location: 
Switzerland
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Intellectual History, Nationalism History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

25TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF ARCHAEOLOGISTS (EAA)

BERN, 4-7 SEPTEMBER 2019


SESSION 307

Unveiling invisibility: Exploring knowledge, interdisciplinarity and identity through the histories of archaeological collections

 

ORGANISERS AND CONTACT DETAILS

DR. ANA CRISTINA MARTINS 
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia | Instituto de História Contemporânea-CEHFCi-UÉ-FCSH-Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal | e-mail: ana.c.martins@zonmail.pt

DR. LAURA COLTOFEAN 
Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail: laura.coltofean@gmail.com; laura.coltofean@ub.edu

DR. AGNÈS GARCIA-VENTURA 
IPOA – Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail: agnes.ventura@gmail.com

DR. MARGARITA DÍAZ-ANDREU 
ICREA and Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail: m.diaz-andreu@ub.edu

ABSTRACT

Archaeological collections are invaluable sources for reconstructing different aspects of the histories of archaeology. The study of archival documents, publications and newspaper articles related to the constitution and later evolution of such collections brings us insights into the development of archaeological theory and practice, the emergence of interdisciplinarity, as well as into the production and circulation of scientific knowledge across time. It also reveals the potential and role of archaeological collections in identity construction, and in shaping various types of networks and power relationships within the discipline of archaeology. This session aims to unveil the invisible stories behind both private and public archaeological collections in Europe and beyond, from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. We welcome papers that explore topics such as the agendas and ideologies behind collecting, researching and exhibiting archaeological objects and collections; the scientific narratives built around collections; the contribution of collections to the evolution of archaeological interpretations and to fostering pluri- and interdisciplinary collaborations and investigations; the role(s) of collections in the production, transfer and exchange of knowledge, as well as in building local, regional and national identities. We would also like to encourage discussions about the hierarchies and networks (e.g., social, academic) that were formed around collections between locals, collectors, amateurs, and professionals, in addition to their involvement in the birth and development of archaeological societies and museums. Following the EAA 2018 session “Archaeology and interdisciplinarity & interdisciplinarity in archaeology: stories of a long and diversified journey (19th-21st centuries)”, this proposal also aims to get a broader and more detailed picture of some aspects of the research project ‘InterArq – Archaeology and Interdisciplinarity’.

Keywords: Archaeological collections; Invisible stories; Interdisciplinarity; Identities; History of archaeology

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Paper and poster proposals must be submitted by 14 February 2019, through the online submission form of the 25th Annual Meeting of the EAA. Accepted and rejected abstracts will be announced by 26 March 2019. Please note that all delegates participating in the Annual Meeting must be current EAA members (paid-up for 2019) and registered for the Annual Meeting. Information about registration, membership fees, deadlines, provisional programme and other details can be found on the webpage of EAA 2019.