Mittwoch, 18. Dezember 2013

EAA Istanbul 2014: Outlands and outland use – in the past, the present and the future

EAA just started their call for papers for the 20th Annual Meeting in September at Istanbul. Together with colleagues from Ruralia we will organise a session on otlands and outland use within the overall topic T05 Times of change: collapse and transformative impulses .

T05S004 Outlands and outland use – in the past, the present and the future

Names : Eva Svensson, Rainer Schreg, Margarita Fernandez Mier Titles : Professor (Svensson), Dr Phil (Schreg), Dr (Fernandez Mier)
Addresses of their affiliations : Environmental Science, Karlstad University, SE-65188 Karlstad (SWEDEN) (Svensson); Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2, D-55116 Mainz (GERMANY) (Schreg);  Departament of History, University of Leon, 24071 Leon, SPAIN  Contact Email addresses :
Contact Person: Eva Svensson Session Type : Regular

Increased urban growth and depletion of rural areas, especially outlying or so called marginal areas, are major processes in European societies today. These processes have shaped our conception of outlying areas in the past. Outlying areas have therefore been of marginal importance in the archaeology of the past. But, when investigated, outlying areas have often turned out to be arenas for a variety of human strategies, and of great importance as harbors of resources and ecosystem services. Outlands were vital both for the subsistence of local communities and for mercantile networks on different levels in Europe as commodity producers. Today, people in outlying areas are fighting for a sustainable future, using the past as a major resource. In this session we focus on the dynamics of past outland use, the problems of today and the possibilities of the future. We would like to combine strategic papers dealing with applied archaeology as well as comparative case studies characterizing past outland ecosystems. Useful inspiration for papers in this session can be found in some of the challenges emphasized in the coming Horizon 2020 call; health and well-being, food-security, environment and resource efficiency and Europe in a changing world.

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