Scalar Inquiries in Archaeology: Third Annual UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Conference
Sponsored by UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Conference
Friday, April 26, 2013 to Saturday, April 27, 2013

UCLA Campus
308 Charles E. Young Drive North
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

CFP Deadline: 
Friday, January 4, 2013


Third Annual UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Conference 
April 26-27, 2013 
In Conjunction with The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology 40th
 Anniversary Celebration 
Keynote Speaker – Prof. Michael Dietler (University of Chicago) 
The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology invites proposals for papers for its annual conference, to be held on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California, on April 26-27, 2013. Two formats are available: 20 minute presentations or poster presentations. 
Archaeologists frequently invoke the term “scale” to conjure issues ranging from the spatial and temporal to the methodological and theoretical. Though diverse, these considerations of scale share a critical approach of defining analytical universes and theorized processes under study. Scholars have considered scale as nested, hierarchal, or overlapping units of time and space, figurative social products, empirical divisions of space-time units, and abstract theoretical perspectives. 
Archaeologists increasingly rely on integration of multiple lines of evidence in order to reconstruct past cultures and human activities. Scalar issues become more complex when multiple analytical, spatial, and temporal scales are combined or integrated to develop broad regional  syntheses or comparative narratives of processes and changes in the human past. Scalar Inquiries in Archaeology will provide a venue for exploring the implications of scale in archaeological research. 
We welcome proposals from scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students of all nationalities to examine any aspect of scale in archaeology, from direct explorations of scalar problems to case studies incorporating scalar issues. We encourage interdisciplinary contributions, particularly those that integrate research and techniques from the social sciences, material sciences, ecological studies, and historical and classical fields. 
Potential topics for presentations include: 
  • Scalar geographies: the unit, site, landscape, region, and continent 
  • Temporal and demographic scale as an analytical problem 
  • Social reproduction as a multi-scalar process 
  • Scalar biases in method and theory, scale as a heuristic device 
  • Innovative scalar approaches in data collection methods and artifact analysis 
  • The modifiable areal unit problem, integration of multi-scalar data, catchment basins, fractals and scale, classical hierarchy theory, and activity theory 
  • World-systems approaches, historical ecologies, archaeology of the longue durée 
Abstracts for individual papers should clearly demonstrate the presentation’s relation to scale and should not exceed 250 words. Submissions may be sent to no later than January 4th, 2013. 
Please indicate whether you wish to give a paper or a poster. Accommodations with UCLA archaeology graduate students are available upon request. Further details will be available on the conference website
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