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Life Waves - call for papers

Life Waves

16th - 17th April 2009

The call for papers has been issued and the deadline for submission of abstracts is January 19th 2009.

Call for Papers

The forthcoming conference has been designed to invigorate the study of different aspects relating to prehistoric saltwater societies. Archaeological research has tended to ignore the specific practices and qualities associated with saltwater societies. Discourse has tended to focus on a past of fairly uniform land based societies, and notions of maritime navigation and contact have been explained in terms of population diffusion and cultural correlates. Despite recent critiques of culture historical models little has been done to readdress this imbalance when considering the sea. Direct archaeological evidence is extremely variable for such societies and alternative methods by which consider their existence in specific contexts have not yet been fully explored by archaeologists who are themselves both land based and land orientated. Yet despite this, the concept of maritime travel and contact is often implicit within many dialogues concerning prehistoric societies.
However, recent archaeological debate has opened up new ways of thinking about the nature of material culture and the ways in which identities are created and mediated through being in the world. We would like to apply these theories to studies that deal directly with the sea and the activities that take place upon it. In particular we would like to explore notions of social identity that accompany such practice. By doing this, we hope to open up a forum for debate in which the sea and saltwater peoples can be better integrated into the wider discourse on prehistoric life. We would also encourage contributions from those outside of the discipline to provide contributions which allow us to deepen our understanding of saltwater communities. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and those wishing to present should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the convenors. Abstracts should be submitted by email to by 19th January 2009 - sucessful applicants will be notified soon after this date.

School of Arts, Histories and Cultures , The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
The School of Arts, Histories and Cultures is part of Faculty of Humanities

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