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The Connected Past

Networks in archaeology and history

Réseaux en archéologie et en histoire

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Published on Thursday, December 26, 2013 by Julie Abbou

Summary

The Connected Past is a community led by a multi-disciplinary international steering committee. It aims to provide discussion platforms for the development of original and critical applications of network and complexity approaches to archaeology and history. To this purpose The Connected Past organises international conferences, focused seminars and practical didactic workshops. The papers in this conference will be organized around four main topics: networks and mobility; the dynamics of networks and cross-period comparisons; cross-cultural networks; political interactions.

Announcement

A satellite conference at CAA 2014.

With the Support of Sciences Po, the DYREM research program, Médialab, the CAA committee, and the French network of historical network analysis.

Presentation

Organisers: Claire Lemercier (CNRS, Sciences Po, Paris), Tom Brughmans (University of Southampton), The Connected Past steering committee.

The Connected Past is a community led by a multi-disciplinary international steering committee. It aims to provide discussion platforms for the development of original and critical applications of network and complexity approaches to archaeology and history. To this purpose The Connected Past organises international conferences, focused seminars and practical didactic workshops.

The conference aims to:

  • Provide a forum for the presentation of network-based research applied to archaeological or historical questions
  • Discuss the practicalities and implications of applying network perspectives and methodologies to archaeological and historical data in particular
  • Strengthen the group of researchers interested in the potential of network approaches for archaeology and history
  • Foster cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaborative work towards integrated analytical frameworks for understanding complex networks
  • Stimulate debate about the application of network theory and analysis within archaeology and history in particular, but also more widely, and highlight the relevance of this work for the continued development of network theory in other disciplines

The conference will be held immediately after the CAA conference (Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology), also happening in Paris, allowing participants to easily attend both – but participants from other disciplines, especially history, are also most welcome. A “The Connected Past” practical workshop, “Introduction to network analysis for archaeologists” will also be organized during CAA2014 in Paris (see the CAA programme).

Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes so as to leave room for discussion. Most talk will be given in English, but some might be given in French and accompanied by English abstracts and presentations. French questions or answers will be welcome and translated during the debates. Posters will also be displayed and, in addition to specific conversations taking place during the pauses, their authors will be given 2 minutes each for a very short oral presentation.

There are no attendance fees. Although this event is free of charge, registration is required and the number of places is limited (click here to register). Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Programme

All the presentations and posters have been confirmed, but the exact programme is still subject to minor changes

9-9.45 Welcome coffee and introduction

9.45-11 First session: Mobility through networks

  • Eivind Heldaas Seland: Tracing trade routes as networks: From Palmyra to the Persian Gulf in the first three centuries CE
  • Henrik Gerding and Per Östborn: Network analyses of the diffusion of Hellenistic fired bricks
  • Marie Lezowski: Cohesion through mobility : the networks of relics in 17th-century Lombardy

11-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.30 Second session: Dynamics and cross-period comparisons

  • Habiba, Jan C. Athenstädt and Ulrik Brandes: Inferring Social Dynamics from Spatio-Temporal Network Data in the US Southwest
  • Ana Sofia Ribeiro: Resilience in times of Early Modern financial crises: the case study of Simon Ruiz network, 1553-1606
  • Marion Beetschen: Social Network Analysis as a Complementary Methodological Tool in History

12.30-13.45 Lunch break

13.45-15 Third session: Cross-cultural networks

  • Angus A. A. Mol and Floris W. M. Keehnen: Tying up Columbus: A historical and material culture study of the networks that resulted from the first European voyages into the Caribbean (AD 1492-1504)
  • Francisco Apellaniz: Cooperating in Complex Environments: Cross-cultural Trade, Commercial Networks and Notarial Culture in Alexandria (Egypt) : 1350-1500
  • Florencia Del Castillo and Joan Anton Barceló: Inferring the intensity of Social Network from radiocarbon dated Bronze Age archaeological contexts

15-15.15 Coffee break

15-15.50 Fourth session: Political interactions

  • Stanley Théry: Social network analysis between Tours notables and Louis XI (1461-1483)
  • Laurent Beauguitte: Models of historical networks: A methodological proposal

15.50-16.45 Final session, including a very short (2 minutes) oral presentation for each poster, discussion of the posters and final general discussion

Posters by:

  • Zeynep Aktüre: The Ancient Theatre Network in the Mediterranean: A Structuralist Interpretation Inspired from Fernand Braudel’s Three Planes of Historical Time
  • Thibault Clérice and Anthony Glaise: Network analysis and distant reading: The Cicero’s Network
  • Damian Koniarek, Renata Madziara and Piotr Szymański: Towards a study of the structure of the business & science social network of the 2nd Polish Republic
  • Susana Marcos: Familial alliances, social links et geographical network. The example of the province of Lusitania in the Roman Empire (to be confirmed)
  • Stefania Merlo Perring: The ChartEx Project. Reconstructing spatial relationships from medieval charters: a collaboration between Data Mining and Historical Topography
  • Sébastien Putniak: Archaeology as practical mereology: an attempt to analyze a set of ceramic refits using network analysis tools
  • Grégoire van Havre: Interactions and network analysis of a rock art site in Morro do Chapéu, Bahia, Brazil
  • Beatrice Zucca Micheletto: Network analysis and gender's studies: some issues from the Italian case (Turin, 17th-18th centuries)

16.45 Drinks and informal discussion

Places

  • Sciences Po, amphithéâtres Albert Sorel et Anatole Leroy-Beaulieu - 27 rue Saint-Guillaume
    Paris, France (75007)

Date(s)

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014

Keywords

  • réseaux, mobilités, archéologie

Contact(s)

  • claire lemercier
    courriel : claire [dot] lemercier [at] sciencespo [dot] fr
  • Tom Brughmans
    courriel : connectedpast [at] soton [dot] ac [dot] uk

Information source

  • claire lemercier
    courriel : claire [dot] lemercier [at] sciencespo [dot] fr

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