Session: #265

Theme & Session Format

1. Networks, networking, communication: archaeology of interactions
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Connecting People and Ideas: Networks and Networking in the History of Archaeology
Before internet and electronic communication, letters served the same function as emails and telegrams were the equivalent of social media today. Conferences and other formal and informal in-person meetings were the main occasions for scientific networking. This is where researchers met, discussed ideas and made contacts that were added to their social and academic networks. These networks were used for multiple purposes, from personal to professional and from scientific to non-scientific. They connected the East with the West and the North with the South and were maintained through correspondence in which people not only shared thoughts, but also sent each other artefacts, replicas, photographs, drafts of publications, journals and books. Studying these networks and their configurations is an important means of reconstructing the history of archaeology.
This session aims to explore networks and the various networking modes throughout the history of archaeology in Europe and beyond, from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. We welcome papers that examine any of the following topics: archaeological actors (e.g., scholars, collectors, amateurs, illustrators and others without formal training); the structures, patterns and dynamics of networks in archaeology and the strategies used for building them; the advantages and disadvantages of being part of networks formed around archaeological collections, museums, departments and other societies and institutions; and the role of networks and networking in the inclusion of women in the discipline, especially in the establishment of hierarchies and power relationships in the field. We would also like to encourage discussions on the importance of networks and networking in the production, transfer and exchange of knowledge, as well as in the dissemination of archaeological theories and ideas, excavations, finds and research results; the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations that resulted from these interactions; and the exchange of objects, both archaeological and non-archaeological, that often accompanied correspondence.
history of archaeology, networks, networking, communication, correspondence, information transfer
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Main organiser:
Bettina Arnold (United States) 1
Laura Coltofean-Arizancu (Spain) 2
László Bartosiewicz (Hungary) 3
1. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
2. University of Barcelona, Spain
3. Stockholm University, Sweden