Call for abstracts: Method development to reveal past plant-people interactions. 24-27/3/15

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Call for abstracts
Method development to reveal past plant-people interactions.

INTERNATIONAL OPEN WORKSHOP: Socio-Environmental Dynamics
over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes IV

24-27 March 2015, Kiel (Germany)

Session convenors Welmoed Out, Marta Dal Corso, Daniela Moser, Marco Zanon and Wiebke Kirleis (Kiel University)

Abstract Archaeobotany, related to both ecology and archaeology, is an important tool to reconstruct the relationship between people and plants in the past and to reveal ecological and socio-economic aspects of former societies in their environmental setting. It also has the potential to contribute to the solution of modern-day issues of human societies and their environments. The field is constantly developing, with interdisciplinary research being increasingly more common, based on both established and relatively new methods and proxies, combined with further ecological, archaeological and environmental data. For all approaches, fine-tuning of the existing theoretical frameworks and research methods remains a challenge. This session aims to focus on testing and developing of models and methods, also based on experimental work, modern-day ecology and agriculture, and on their application to archaeological and palaeo-ecological case studies. These approaches allow pushing forward the state of the art and finding new ways to investigate past human activities and social and
environmental developments in the past.

Keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Anderson (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and CEPAM, CNRS, France)

Confirmed speaker Caroline Vermeeren (BIAX Consult, the Netherlands)

Deadline for abstract submission
15th of January 2015

Possible questions for discussion:
• How can we push forward the current state of the art in research on
interactions between people and plants?
• Which innovative methods can contribute to the understanding of the
development of the cultural landscape through time?
• What are the new developments related to the understanding of the interaction between people and plants coming from ethnographic studies?
• What are the new developments in fields based on relatively established
• Data processing at a continental scale: which new perspectives arise from largescale datasets?
We welcome participants to share their knowledge on methodological topics, potentially with the help of case studies and interdisciplinary research. Also ecological and non-archaeobotanical methods related to the session theme are very welcome. We look forward to hear about your research!

Travel grants for PhD students: Two travel grants are available for master/ PhD
students presenting outstanding talks/ posters. Grant applications should be sent to Marco Zanon ( before January 15th, mentioning the title of the submitted talk/ poster. The grant can cover the conference fee, travelling and accommodation connected with the workshop (but not the conference dinner) up to 200€.

Conference fees: Full conference fee 80€, reduced conference fee for students/GSHDL members 40€.

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