Theory in (Ancient) Greek Archaeology Conference (TiGA)
Sponsored by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Friday, May 4, 2012 to Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Michigan Union
530 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

The organising committee at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is pleased to announce a conference on Theory in (Ancient) Greek Archaeology (TiGA).  This event is intended to offer an opportunity to explore approaches to the archaeology of the ancient Greek world which are informed by explicitly theoretical frameworks.  We invite expressions of interest in participating from both established scholars and graduate students. 

Our goal is to highlight certain changes which have been taking place, often unacknowledged, in the study of ancient Greek archaeology.  In recent years, colleagues in Aegean prehistory and Roman archaeology have placed increasing emphasis on overtly theoretical approaches, informed by discourse primarily in the social sciences and in historical archaeology.  A variety of conferences have facilitated this development, providing fora for exchange of ideas.  While archaeologists of ancient Greece have not ignored these developments, there is a widely-held perception that, as a field, we have been slow to put comparable ideas into practice.  This is partly because we have lacked a venue for discussion of theoretical issues in relation to our data.  TiGA is intended to fill that gap: while not in any way wishing to devalue empirical approaches, our specific aim is to offer archaeologists studying the ancient Greek world an opportunity to discuss the potential benefits of overtly theoretical frameworks for enhancing our understanding of ancient Greek society and culture. 

Call for Papers

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers or for posters which explore the potential benefits of well-articulated theoretical concepts in the context of data-sets from the ancient Greek world.  (We define ‘ancient Greek world’ to encompass material which might be viewed as culturally-Greek, from anywhere in the Mediterranean, dating from the period ca. 1000 BCE to mid second century BCE. – while also allowing that such boundaries are often imprecise and permeable).

Abstracts should be 500-600 words in length and should show clearly how the authors propose to address the goals of the conference.  To facilitate the refereeing process, please include a separate cover page giving your name, affiliation and poster or paper title.  Your abstract should include only your title and no other identifying information.

Submissions may be emailed as PDF attachments to:

Alternatively, they may be sent to:

TiGA Conference,

Department of Classical Studies,

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,

1260 Angell Hall,

436 S. State St.,

Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Review of proposed contributions by the organising committee will begin on 1stOctober 2011 and will continue until all slots are filled (please refer to the conference website for up-to-date announcements):

Contact Information
TiGA Conference Organising Committee


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