HomeBetween variability and singularity: crossing theoretical, qualitative and computer-based approaches to types and typologies in archaeology

HomeBetween variability and singularity: crossing theoretical, qualitative and computer-based approaches to types and typologies in archaeology

*  *  *

Published on Friday, January 22, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

This session is based on the ambition to revisit the "type" as an analytical and theoretical concept inorder to re-activate type-sensitive archaeological research or to develop genuine alternatives. We invite scholars from varying backgrounds to interrogate our apprehension of types, and to re-consider the basic explanatory value of types andtypologies, especially so vis-à-vis computer-based methods, emerging theoretical frameworks and, more generally, the consequences of such approaches and research frameworks for our understanding of types and typological thinking as core concepts ofarchaeological practice.

Announcement

Call for paper for the 2021 conference of the European Association of Archaeologists, in Kiel and virtual.

Session 269: Between variability and singularity:crossing theoretical, qualitative and computer-basedapproaches to types and typologies in archaeology

Convenors

Shumon Hussain1, Sébastien Plutniak2, Felix Riede1

  • 1Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2 TRACES Laboratory, University of Toulouse, France.

Argument

While the notion of the "type" and the integration of such types into typological systems played a vital role in the development of archaeology as a discipline, there has been a recent loss of innocence. Either deemed boring or practically fetishized, types and typologies continue to form important corner stones of many culture-historical schemes and practices; they are used vicariously for inference-based dating, are often attributed cultural, historical or even quasi-ethnic meaning and typological change is read to implysocietal transformation. Promoting the type concept and mobilising typologies is undoubedtly value-laden as well as theory-laden, even if only implicitly so. For many, thevery term "typology" has thus become a battleground of seemingly incompatible archaeological research epistemologies, for instance reflected in a persistent rhetoric pitching so-called "typologists" against "technologists" in lithic studies and beyond.

There is good reason to believe, however, that such inflammations have clouded ourview of the utility and diversity of types in archaeology. A similar rhetoric also undermines any true community effort of developing and refining type concepts and type-based approaches to the past. Yet, recent developments both in computational archaeology and archaeological theory have begun to challenge some of these premises,opening up promising avenues of reflection, inquiry and interdisciplinary research.

This session seeks to identify, review and discuss these emerging perspectives. It is based on the ambition to revisit the "type" as an analytical and theoretical concept inorder to re-activate type-sensitive archaeological research or to develop genuine alternatives. We invite scholars from varying backgrounds to interrogate our apprehension of types, and to re-consider the basic explanatory value of types andtypologies, especially so vis-à-vis computer-based methods, emerging theoretical frameworks and, more generally, the consequences of such approaches and research frameworks for our understanding of types and typological thinking as core concepts ofarchaeological practice.

Submission guidelines

Submission: https://submissions.e-a-a.org/eaa2021

Deadline: 11 February 2021

Places

  • Kiel, Federal Republic of Germany

Date(s)

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021

Attached files

Keywords

  • type, typology, classification, quantification, formalisation, epistemology

Contact(s)

  • Plutniak Sébastien
    courriel : sebastien [dot] plutniak [at] posteo [dot] net

Information source

  • Plutniak Sébastien
    courriel : sebastien [dot] plutniak [at] posteo [dot] net

To cite this announcement

« Between variability and singularity: crossing theoretical, qualitative and computer-based approaches to types and typologies in archaeology », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, January 22, 2021, https://calenda.org/835211

Archive this announcement

  • Google Agenda
  • iCal
Search OpenEdition Search

You will be redirected to OpenEdition Search