Upcoming Events

Please also check the calenders of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS  and of the Collaborative Research Centre Scales of Transformation


Conference: "State of the Art in Urban History"

Oct 28, 2021 to Oct 29, 2021

Einsteinsaal, Wissenschaftspark, Fraunhoferstraße 13, Kiel

For more information and if you are interested in attending this conference, please send a message to Max Grund (email) by October 26.

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Nuna Nalluyuituq (The Land Remembers): Combining ethnographic inquiry and remote sensing to study traditional Yup’ik subsistence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta” (Prof. Dr. Sean Gleason)

Nov 08, 2021 from 04:15 AM to 05:45 AM

Hybrid Meeting (Leibnizstraße 1, R. 204/Online)

Prof. Dr. Sean Gleason  •  Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia

Nuna Nalluyuituq (The Land Remembers): Combining ethnographic inquiry and remote sensing to study traditional Yup’ik subsistence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta
This lecture outlines a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to the study of Yup’ik subsistence in Southwest Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta. Because distinctive vegetation patterns appear on ancestral cultural sites during the summer months, the analysis of multispectral imagery in combination with local Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is useful for classifying, documenting, and studying the cyclical, year-long practice of Yup’ik subsistence known collectively as Yuuyaraq (trans. “The way we genuinely live”).  In sum, this lecture highlights the role of Yuuyaraq in past Yup’ik societies before considering how these practices have changed and what ethnographic inquiry and remote sensing can tell us today about these changes.



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Conference: "The Dynamics of Neighbourhoods and Urban Quarters"

Nov 10, 2021 12:00 AM to Nov 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Conference: "The Dynamics of Neighbourhoods and Urban Quarters"

Organised by Annette Haug and Christian Beck.

To download the programme, please click here

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Archaeological Colloquium: „Making connections with Mesolithic Ireland“ (Prof. Dr. Graeme Warren)

Nov 15, 2021 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Virtual Meeting

Prof. Dr. Graeme Warren • School of Archaeology, University College Dublin

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18-20 November / Conference: "Medical Knowledge and its 'Sitz im Leben': Body and Horror in Antiquity"

Nov 18, 2021 to Nov 20, 2021

This conference explores ancient and modern concepts of horror with reference to the human body. The aim is to examine how the body processes, affectively as well as cognitively, horrifying experiences and how it can turn itself into a source of horror, e.g. in contexts of sickness and death. While we are firmly aware of the fact that 'horror' as a largely post-Romantic concept is not unproblematic when applied to Greek and Latin texts, we will try to show that its classical antecedents and roots must be considered as they might shed light on the ways in which the horrific, as a category that shapes our encounter with various forms of art but also with life itself, is understood today.


18 November 2021

10:40 - 11:00 Coffee/Registration
11:00 - 11:20  Welcome/Introductory Remarks / Chiara Thumiger and Georgios Kazantzidis

Thinking about beginnings

11:20-12:00 A Terrible History of Classical Horror / Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)


12:00-12:40 Hot and Cold Blood in Lucan’s Civil War / Dunstan Lowe (University of Kent, UK)
13:00-15:00 Lunch


15:00-15:40 The Horrific Body in Sophocles / Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy / Committee on Social Thought, Chicago,USA)
15:40-16:20 Heracles’ Automatic Body: Madness, Horror and Laughter in Euripides’ Hercules Furens / Maria Gerolemou (University of Exeter, UK)
16:20-17:00 The Visceral Thrills of Tragedy: Flesh, Blood and Guts Off and On the Tragic Stage / Evina Sistakou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

18:00 Dinner

19 November 2021 

10:20-10:40 Coffee

Horror between disgust and the sublime

10:40-11:20 Enargeia, Disgust and Visceral Abhorrence / Dimos Spatharas (University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece)
11:20-12:00 Fearful Laughter: Bodily Horror in Roman Sexual Humor / Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College, Clinton, USA)
12:00-12:40 Apocalypse: Horror and Divine Pleasure / Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester, UK)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

Horror and the natural world

14:30-15:10 Roots of Horror: Environment, Bodies, Societies / Lutz Käppel (Kiel University, Germany)
15:10-15:50 Horror and the Body in Early Greek Paradoxography / George Kazantzidis (University of Patras, Greece)

Horror, demons, and (real) monsters

15:50-16:30 Naming the Monster: A Practice of Forensic Horror in Cicero’s Pro Sexto Roscio Amerino / Sophia Luise Häberle (Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany)
16:30-17:10 Demon Hordes and the Coming Apocalypse: The Limits of the Human in Chinese Late Antiquity / Michael Puett (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA)    

20 November 2021

10:40-11:00 Coffee

Horror and modern medical science

11:00-11:40 The Thrilling Forces Behind Horrific Experiences: A Neuroscientific Approach / Rodrigo Sigala (independent researcher, Germany)
11:40-12:20 Overcoming Horror: Faintness and Medical Agents. Some Tentative Thoughts on Antiquity and Today / Lutz Alexander Graumann (University Hospital, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany)

Horror, ancient medicine, magic

12:20-13:00  Recipes for Horrors / Sean Coughlin (Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic)
13:00-13:40 At the Borders of Horror and Science: The Social Contexts of Roman Dissection / Claire Bubb (New York University, USA)    
13:40-14:00 Concluding Remarks / Chiara Thumiger (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University, Germany)

14:00 Lunch

Date: 18-20 November 2021

Venue: The conference will take place as a hybrid meeting in Kiel (venue tba) and on zoom.

Link to webpage

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If interested, a link to the videoconference can be requested at cthumiger@roots.uni-kiel.de

Georgios Kazantzidis und Chiara Thumiger

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18 November / Conference: "Boas Talks"

Nov 18, 2021 to Nov 21, 2021

Hybrid: Room 209 and Klaus-Murmann-Lecture Hall, Leibnizstraße 1, Kiel University, Germany + zoom conference + live streaming

Colloquium: "Boas Talks".

Scientific colloquium commemorating the 140th anniversary of Franz Boas‘ doctorate at Kiel University

140 years after Franz Boas‘ doctorate, we renew Kiel‘s early connection to this outstanding scholar with a scientific colloquium. Drawing on his later seminal works, we will discuss developing trends, recent advancements, and enrich points of contact between the archaeological and anthropological frameworks. In keeping with Boas‘ advocacy of close collaboration between archaeology, cultural, and social anthropology, the colloquium will bridge viewpoints from fields such as prehistory and early history, historical and contemporary archaeology, ethnography, social and cultural anthropology, and philosophical reflection.

Preliminary programme:

18 NOVEMBER 2021
15:00 “The Boas Walk – Tracking Franz Boas through Kiel” (student initiative)

19 NOVEMBER 2021
9:00 Introduction

Boas and Germany

9:30 Susan Pollock (Berlin, Germany) and Reinhard Bernbeck (Berlin, Germany) 
Franz Boas: Between Anti-Racism and Reification
10:00 Hans Peter Hahn (Frankfurt, Germany)
The Mixed Fate of Franz Boas’ Cultural Relativism. Notes on the Itinerary of a German-American Concept

10:30 Coffee Break

At the Crossroads of Anthropology and Archaeology
11:00 Charlotte Damm (Tromsö, Norway)
Between the Unique and the General: The Contribution of Historical and Anthropological Archaeology to the Wider Field of Anthropology
11:30 Andrei Golovnev (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Anthropology of Movement on the Crossroads of Ethnography and Archaeology
12:00 Alexander Gramsch (Frankfurt, Germany)
Death and the Human Body: Finding a Common Ground for Archaeology and Anthropology

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Stefanie Samida (Heidelberg, Germany / Zürich, Switzerland)
Teaching Anthropology: Remarks from a German Perspective
14:30 Martin Furholt (Oslo, Norway / Kiel, Germany)
Narratives, Concepts and Data: The Relevance of Franz Boas for European Archaeology

15:00 Coffee Break

“Boas for the 21st Century“: Case Studies
15:30 Christian Jeunesse (Strasbourg, France)
The Cohabitation of Rich Villages and Poor Villages in Egalitarian and Acephalous Agrarian Societies. How to Understand This Paradox? The Case of Faunal Assemblages in the Lbk
16:00 Colin Grier (Pullman, USA)
Boas for the 21st Century: In Pursuit of Context and History in Northwest Coast Archaeology
16:30 Jerimy Cunningham (Lethbridge, Canada)
Boas and the Archaeology of the American Southwest

20 NOVEMBER 2021
09:30 Engdawok Assefa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Johannes Müller (Kiel, Germany)
Forging Networks and Identities in Non-literature Societies: Southwest Ethiopian Konso Smiths
10:00 Francesca Lugli (Rome, Italy)
Steppe Nomads Strategies Facing Climate Changes and Variability – Ethnoarchaeological Observation

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Vasa Ditamulü (Kohima, India)
Understanding Naga Pottery Use & Meaning: A Case Study of the Phoms of Nagaland
11:30 Tiatoshi Jamir (Kohima, India)
Decolonizing Archaeological Practice in Northeast India: Views from Community Archaeology Initiatives in Nagaland

12:00 Lunch

From Cultural Relativism to Post-Colonial Imperative
13:30 Bill Angelbeck (New Westminster, Canada)
Boas Refracted through His Local Collaborators (James Teit, George Hunt, and William Beynon): Implications for Contemporary Interpretation, Collaboration, and Decolonization
14:00 Peter Jordan (Groningen, Netherlands)
From Cultural Traits to Inherited Social Traditions: “Re-activating” the Anthropological Legacy of Franz Boas
14:30 Martin Porr (Perth, Australia)
Nature, Culture, Human Nature. Reflections on Franz Boas’ “Anthropology and Modern Life”

15:00 Discussion and Resume

15:30 Coffee Break

18:00 Tracy Teslow (Cincinnati, USA) 
Keynote lecture, t.b.a.

21 NOVEMBER 2021
Departure of participants

For more information please visit the Colloquium’s webpage: https://www.cluster-roots.uni-kiel.de/en/research-projects/interdisciplinary-research-projects/boas-talks201d

Organizers (all members of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS)
/ Henny Piezonka
Division of Anthropological Archaeology /
Ethnoarchaeology Kiel University
Johanna-Mestorf-Strasse 2-6, 24118 Kiel
/ Vesa Arponen
/ Nils Müller-Scheeßel
/ Jens Schneeweiß
/ Maria Wunderlich
Coordination and contact
/ Anastasia Khramtsova
Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University
Leibnizstrasse 3, 24118 Kiel
Email: Email

Henny Piezonka, +49 431 880-1621

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Persistence, Land Use and Sustainability: Exploring Long-term Trends in Urban Duration in the Fertile Crescent” (Prof. Dr. Dan Lawrence)

Nov 22, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual Meeting

Prof. Dr. Dan Lawrence  •  Department of Archaeology, Durham University

Persistence, Land Use and Sustainability: Exploring Long-term Trends in Urban Duration in the Fertile Crescent

The Fertile Crescent, encompassing present-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and southeast Turkey, saw the emergence of the world’s first indigenous urban communities ca. 6,000 years ago, with cities a feature of the region ever since. These developed in diverse environmental settings, including the dry-farming plains of Northern Mesopotamia, the irrigated alluvium of Southern Mesopotamia and the more variegated landscapes of the Levant. The emergence of cities also coincides with a decoupling of settlement and climate trends, suggesting urbanism may have enhanced the adaptive capacity of societies to withstand changing climatic conditions. Urban forms followed a variety of different trajectories, with a much more sporadic and episodic history in the dry farming plains of the North and West of the study region compared to the stable build up in the irrigated South. In this paper we use a dataset of several thousand urban sites spanning the entire region and dating from the earliest urban forms to later territorial empires, to examine trends in urban sustainability through time. We use duration of occupation as a proxy for sustainability and compare urban trajectories at a variety of scales. Such an approach allows us to examine the relationships between city size, environmental conditions, infrastructural investment and urban sustainability. Our results show that the millennial timescales available through archaeology can allow us to identify the sorts of political, social, and ecological conditions required for urban sites to persist through time.

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Archaeological Colloquium: „Over generations. Changes in archaeological thought and history of one site excavations“ (Dr. Petr Květina)

Nov 29, 2021 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Virtual Meeting

Dr. Petr Květina  Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

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1 December / Conference: Inequalities in Supra-Regional Eurasian Exchange Networks (8000 - 2000 BP)

Dec 01, 2021 to Dec 05, 2021

Conference: Inequalities in Supra-Regional Eurasian Exchange Networks (8000 – 2000 BP)

More details will follow in due time.

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Archaeological Colloquium: „Tell Yunatsite, Southern Bulgaria: recent excavations and new insights on the Chalcolithic in Thrace“ (Dr. Kamen Boyadzhiev and Prof. Dr. Yavor Boyadzhiev)

Dec 13, 2021 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Hybrid Meeting (Johanna-Mestorf-Straße 2-6, Johanna-Mestorf-Hörsaal/Online)

Dr. Kamen Boyadzhiev and Prof. Dr. Yavor Boyadzhiev • National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia

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Archaeological Colloquium: „Der Lübecker Kaufmann auf Mikroebene – neue Forschungen zu aDNA aus dem Gründungsviertel“ (Dr. Dirk Rieger)

Jan 10, 2022 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Hybrid Meeting (Johanna-Mestorf-Straße 2-6, Johanna-Mestorf-Hörsaal/Online)

Dr. Dirk Rieger • Hansestadt Lübeck, Fachbereich Kultur und Bildung, 4.491 - Archäologie und Denkmalpflege, Abteilung Archäologie

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Conjunctions and Disjunctions in Interpretations of European Iron Age Socio-temporal Meshworks” (Prof. Dr. Bettina Arnold)

Jan 17, 2022 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Prof. Dr. Bettina Arnold  •  Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Conjunctions and Disjunctions in Interpretations of European Iron Age Socio-temporal Meshworks

The archaeological record presents us with a conflated material record of interactions that are the product of horizontal meshworks at several geographic scales simultaneously. In addition to temporalities that reflect potentially different meshworks depending on the archaeological context in question (settlement vs. mortuary deposits, for example), these interactions were engaged in by actors belonging to different social categories based on age, gender, role and status. While some individuals may have moved vertically between these layers of relational systems most did not and yet we analyze the material traces of the interactions that occurred in Iron Age contexts as though they occurred within a single relational plane. Based on the extensive data sets and new methodologies now available to us it has become clear that interaction and mobility patterns were differentiated along several different axes geographically, temporally and socially. We must find ways of distinguishing between these conjunctive and disjunctive planes to develop a more complete picture of the various modes of early Iron Age communication and interaction. It should be possible to develop a more nuanced approach to this interpretive challenge with specific reference to the still emerging and by now quite extensive mortuary evidence from the West Hallstatt area, which will serve as the case study for this presentation.

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Archaeological Colloquium: „Montanarchäologische Forschungen zum Berg- und Hüttenwesen zwischen Ruhr und Lahn“ (Dr. Manuel Zeiler )

Jan 24, 2022 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Hybrid Meeting (Johanna-Mestorf-Straße 2-6, Johanna-Mestorf-Hörsaal/Online)

Dr. Manuel Zeiler • LWL-Archäologie für Westfalen, Außenstelle Olpe

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Things and Monuments as Resources of Sociality. On Social Transformations in Etruria and the Magna Graecia in the First Millennium BC” (Dr. Beat Schweizer)

Jan 31, 2022 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual Meeting

Dr. Beat Schweizer  •  Institute of Classical Archaeology, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Things and Monuments as Resources of Sociality. On Social Transformations in Etruria and the Magna Graecia in the First Millennium BC

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Archaeological Colloquium: „Land cover and land use changes during the Holocene in SE Europe: a palaeoecological perspective“ (Dr. Angelica Feurdean)

Feb 07, 2022 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Virtual Meeting

Dr. Angelica Feurdean • Institute of Physical Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

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