Dialogues in Archaeology

On 7 April titles and abstracts (up to 300 words) are due for participation in the 5η Αρχαιολογικοί Διάλογοι. 5th meeting of Dialogues in Archaeology, to be held on 31 May-2 June 2019 in Volos; submissions should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at The central theme of the conference will be ThalassoGeographies: Sea Routes, Flows, Networks; themes will include:
• Population movements by sea, creation and development of migrant settlements through time, migrants’ professional activities and their relations with the rest of the population diachronically.
• Commercial activities, sea routes and communications, diasporas, port areas and the related human communities.
• Craft production and sea-related activities, the relationship of the sea with the residential environment and the forms of human interaction with craft/industrial space.
• Underwater antiquities (shipwrecks, harbors, sunken antiquities, prehistoric continental shelf). Management and promotion of underwater cultural resources (the conditions for the development of the sea front, alternative underwater tours, museums of underwater antiquities etc). ‘Internal’ aquatic landscapes (rivers and lakes) may be included in this section.
• Ports as cosmopolitan centres of coexistence and tolerance in diversity and hybridity.
• Migrants and indigenous: the historical background of their relations from prehistory until today.
• ‘Insularity’: islands as intermediate and transitional zones, not only literally but also metaphorically (stability of terrestrial ground versus the instability of the sea horizon’s infinity).
• Issues of shipbuilding and navigation.
• Urbanization and demographic changes throughout the centuries.

5th Symposium of Greek Gastronomy

On 30 April 2019 submissions are due for the 5th Symposium of Greek Gastronomy: Sensing the Food. 5o Συμπόσιο Ελληνικής Γαστρονομίας, to be held on 27-28 July 2019 in Chania, Crete. Abstracts (150-300 words) for 15-minute oral presentations with a biographical statement (100 words) should be submitted, with “Symposium 2019” in the email subject line. The 2019 symposium will take be held outdoors, so participants should plan to present without the use of microphones or PowerPoint. Further information is available at Proposals are invited from the fields of archaeology, history, anthropology, sociology, ethnography, cross-cultural sciences, gastronomy, geography, neurobiology, art, design and literature, particularly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research; possible topics may include but are not limited to:
• Sensory aspects of food and gender
• Food’s sensory qualities and social class
• Food’s sensory qualities and ethnicity
• Τaste as a social sense
• Food, senses and identity
• Food - sensory memory
• Food and sensory ethnography
• Food, place and the taste of home
• Taste, smell: pleasure/disgust, pure/impure
• Food and sensory storytelling
• Senses and the interactions between humans, food and environment.
• Emotions surrounding food
• Neurogastronomy
• Food as performance art
• Making sense of multisensory food
• Culinary heritage, produits de terroir, senses and emotions
• Taste as experience
• Sensory marketing and tourist culinary experience
• Gastronomic tourism and visitors’ senses and emotions.
• Gastronomical virtual reality
• Sensory science and the food industry
• Multi-sensory food design

European Islands

On 15 May 2019 abstracts (250 words in English) are due for a conference and edited book entitled European Islands Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds: Interdisciplinary Long-Term Perspectives, to be held at the University of Tübingen on 15-16 November 2019. Further information is available at Thematic questions include:
• Are island residents more attuned to climate change because of their dependence on its control?
• How are islands different from other isolated locations (e.g. desert communities)?
• Which social and societal practices are unique to small islands (<10,000 km2) vs. larger islands?
• What is the role of islands in processes of globalization?
• How do islands cope with adversity through their religious beliefs, technological outlays, regulations, and social norms? Can these practices be seen as a (cultural) resource for the islanders?
• How do we distinguish different types of identities between archipelagos and islands?
• Does the distance to the mainland play a role in island historical development? Can differences be traced between geographical regions?

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