Cultures of Stone: interdisciplinary research on the materiality of stone
Sponsored by University College Dublin
Thursday, September 18, 2014 to Saturday, September 20, 2014

University College Dublin
Dublin Dublin 4

CFP Deadline: 
Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Cultures of Stone 2014 Conference will take place at University College Dublin (UCD) on September 18th-20th 2014, jointly organised by UCD School of Archaeology and UCD School of Classics with the support of the National Museum of Ireland

We welcome researchers from all disciplines focusing on the significance of stone amongst past societies to take part and join us for the event. Keynote speakers include Dr Chantal Conneller (University of Manchester) with two further speakers to be confirmed shortly. The opening lecture will take place at the National Museum of Ireland on18th September, 2014.

Cultures of Stone aims at bringing together an array of diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives to understand as much the physical transformations of a raw material as the materialization of knowledge, values and memories.

We encourage presentations from any period and geographical context around the following themes:

  • The moving, trade, and exchange of stone
  • Sensory perception and engagement with stone
  • The reinterpretation of stone through experimental approaches
  • The ritualistic and symbolic meaning of stone
  • The transformation of stone from its sourcing to its final deposition
  • Stone and monumentality

The conference represents an opportunity for graduates, current postgraduates and new researchers, in particular, to exchange views on how societies engaged with stone through time by communicating their work to peers and established researchers of diverse backgrounds. 

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