CFP: XIV Nordic TAG in Stockholm, 22-26 April 2014

Closing date for proposals: 15th December 2013
XIV Nordic TAG in Stockholm,
22-26 April 2014.
Good fences make good neighbours:Informing notions of colony, nation and empire in anorthern context.
Session organized by Tessa de Roo, Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
Session Abstract:
Migration and diaspora during the final centuries of the first millennium AD changed the boundaries of cultural groups and forged new connections across Northern Europe and the North Atlantic world. The movement of material culture shows evidence of settlers arriving in new places. However, culturally composite objects also suggest cultural borrowing and the mixing of ideas among different groups of people. Evidence of contact and interaction between neighbouring peoples in the north, and the nature of these interactions, has often been interpreted in the light of colonialism or nation establishment, and, less commonly, as empire building. Post-colonial concepts such as cultural hybridity and creolization are some of the theoretical cornerstones by which movement and mixing of people are understood,but can these concepts be applied to the study of the archaeological record, and,conversely, can archaeological discoveries and material remains expand these concepts in meaningful ways?This session aims at focussing on how we interpret past social and political structures and boundaries, and the role played by archaeological evidence in informing our interpretations of past identities. We invite contributions from scholars from any discipline who have interest in theorizing past social structures, and especially those who wish to discuss ways in which materials remains may alter notions of past social and political structures as well asour methods for establishing them. Suggested topics include:
  • Are archaeological remains of eighth to eleventh century connections between Scandinavia and the North Atlantic islands evidence of colonial relations,establishment of states or empire?
  • Does hybridity in objects inform us reliably about the potential for ethnic, cultural, o rpolitical hybridity among the people who made and used them?
  • How have ideas of shared cultural heritage between Northern European, particularly Scandinavian countries been used to create, redraw or even erase borders, ancientor modern?
  • Can the study of past material culture contribute meaningfully to the growing body of postcolonial theory?
Paper abstract submission:
Send abstracts by e-mail to Tessa de Roo: before 15 December 2013
 Abstracts may be up to 150 words.

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