7th International Postgraduate Conference Perspectives on Classical Archaeology (PeClA), 6–7th December 2018

Centrum pro studium člověka a společnosti
Publikováno: 22. 11. 2018

Dates: 06–07th December 2018
Celetná 20, Prague (room no. C 141)

Organizing Institution: Institute of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University

Preliminary Program

PeClA 2018 is a two‐day conference in Classical Archaeology and Classics aimed at postgraduate / doctoral students traditionally offering a space for presenting research results, discussion, and an exchange of ideas, in a friendly and supportive environment. This year’s theme of the conference is: Pólemos – Bellum: Archaeology of Conflict in the Antiquity

Conflict and its violent manifestation – the war – were one of the biggest preoccupations not only of historians in antiquity, but also of modern academic interest. The classical research dealt primarily either with the socio‐historical background or the archaeological remains of this phenomenon. However, the narrowly focused studies of the 20th century have been gradually superseded in the last decade. The research focus has shifted towards a much broader understanding of the conflict and its role within the development of ancient societies, partly as a result of the post‐colonial perspective, and partly through richer textual and iconographical analysis as well as a flood of new archaeological discoveries. It encompassed not only the investigation of individual historical events and adjusted archaeological finds, such as the siege‐traces in Smyrna, but also the analysis of social preconditions, economic environment or cultural and psychological implications of conflicts as well as its technological and tactical patterns.

Therefore, the primary aim of the conference will be to discuss all the possible facets of the (non)violent Conflict, from Prehistory to Late Antiquity. While the commonly used means of ancient warfare history, battlefield archaeology, iconology of violence, archaeometry, bioarchaeology or ancient PTSD‐studies are welcomed, the discussion framework of the conference is constituted by the terms “conflict” and “society” and the question of their “reciprocity” in a diachronic point of view. This brings us also to the old question: Did the conflict within and between ancient societies represent different crystallisation momentums in the antiquity? Conceived broadly, this theme gives young scholars from different European countries and the USA the full opportunity to present and discuss their opinions and thoughts applicable to the theme.

The keynote lectures will be held by the main chairs Dr. Raimon Graells i Fabregat (RGZM Mainz) and Prof. Dr. Anthony Harding (Charles University). Moreover, an open evening presentation with the title Heroes, Princes and Armies – how warriors became soldiers in the Early Bronze Age of Central Germany will be held by Prof. Dr. Harald Meller, the director of State Museum and Insitute for the Preservation and Archaeology of Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle (Saale), Germany, will be held on the 6th December 2018.