CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

A1: Theories of Transformation in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies

Theories of Transformation
Fig. 1. The graphs shows four constituent categories (societies, ideologies/concepts, material cultures and environments) in their mutual interrelationship. On the right hand side of the graph, three major theoretical horizons around which A1 is structured are related to the constituent categories. Some theoretical options are indicated along the arrows. 

Theories of transformation in prehistoric and archaic societies will engage in methodological elaboration, development as well as critique of theories and theoretical concepts used within this CRC. The key task of theory project A1 lies in a theoretical conceptualization of the complex archaeological and palaeo-environmental factors influencing transformation processes of prehistoric and archaic societies. Environmental, cultural and social theories will be used to develop middle range theories together with the other projects and disciplines of the CRC.

Research activities 2016-2019


Publications:

Arponen, V.P.J. 2017. The Capability Approach and Inequality in Archaeology, in: Hansen, S., Müller., J. (eds.). Rebellion and Inequality in Archaeology, Proceedings of the Kiel Workshops "Archaeology of Rebellion"(2014) and "Social Inequality as aTopic in Archaeology" (2015), Universitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 308. Bonn: Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, 35-46.

Arponen, V.P.J. 2017. The Capability Approach and Rebellion in Modern and Premodern Contexts, in: Hansen, S., Müller., J.(eds.). Rebellion and Inequality in Archaeology, Proceedings of the Kiel Workshops "Archaeology of Rebellion"(2014) and "Social Inequality as aTopic in Archaeology" (2015), Universitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 308. Bonn: Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, 79-86.

Arponen, V.P.J. 2018. The Roots of a Crisis: Marx, Sen, and the Capability Deprivation of the Left Behind. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43/3, 267-289. SageJournals 

Arponen, V.P.J. 2019. Habitus as a Theoretical Concept, in: Kadrow, S., Müller, J. (eds.). Habitus? The Social Dimension of Technology and Transformation, Scales of Transformation in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies 03. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 15-18. Sidestone Press

Arponen, V.P.J., Dörfler, W., Feeser, I., Grimm, S., Groß, D., Hinz, M., Knitter, D., Müller-Scheesel, N., Ott, K., Ribeiro, A. 2019Environmental determinism and archaeology: Understanding and evaluating determinism in research design. Archaeological Dialogues 26 (1), 1-9. DOI 

Arponen, V.P.J., Dörfler, W., Feeser, I., Grimm, S., Groß, D., Hinz, M., Knitter, D., Müller-Scheesel, N., Ott, K., Ribeiro, A. 2019Two cultures in the times of interdisciplinary archaeology. A response to commentators. Archaeological Dialogues 26 (1), 19-24. DOI

Arponen, V.P.J., Grimm, S., Käppel, L., Ott, K., Thalheim, B., Kropp, Y., Kittig, K.Brinkmann, J., Ribeiro, A. 2019. Between natural and human sciences: On the role and character of theory in socio-environmental archeology. The Holocene 29 (10). Fuchs, K., Kirleis, W., Müller, J. (Guest eds.) Special Issue: Scales of Transformation – Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies, 1671-1676. DOI

Arponen, V.P.J., Ribeiro, A. 2018. Ritual and Landscape: Theoretical Considerations, in: Haug, A., Käppel, L., Müller, J. (eds.). Past Landscapes – The Dynamics of Interaction between Society, Landscape, and Culture. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 73-84. Sidestone Press

Brinkmann, J. 2019. Copper Output, Demand for Wood and Energy Expenditure – Evaluating Economic Aspects of Bronze Age Metallurgy, in: Dal Corso, M., Kirleis, W., Kneisel, J., Taylor, N., Wieckowska-Lüth, M., Zanon, M. (eds.). How's Life? Living Conditions in the 2nd and 1st Millennia BCE, Scales of Transformation in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies 04. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 11-34. Sidestone Press

Haug, A. 2018. Visual Concepts of Human Surroundings: The Case of the Early Greek Polis (10th–7th century BC), in: Haug, A., Käppel, L., Müller, J. (eds.). Past Landscapes – The Dynamics of Interaction between Society, Landscape, and Culture. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 145-168. Sidestone Press

Haug, A., Käppel, L., Müller, J. (eds.) 2018Past Landscapes – The Dynamics of Interaction between Society, Landscape, and Culture. Leiden: Sidestone Press. Sidestone Press

Haug, A.Müller, J. 2018. From Theories, Concepts and Practices on Human Development in Landscapes, in: Haug, A., Käppel, L., Müller, J. (eds.). Past Landscapes – The Dynamics of Interaction between Society, Landscape, and Culture. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 13-16. Sidestone Press

Kneisel, J., Brinkmann, J., Corradini, E., Erkul, E., Feeser, I., Panning, D., Pickartz, N., Rabbel, W., Schaefer, S., Stümpels, H. 2018. Mang de Bargen bei Bornhöved - Kleine Region, große Fragen. Archäologische Nachrichten aus Schleswig Holstein 2018 (24), 48-56.

Müller, J. 2017. Archäologie in Krisengebieten: die soziale Praxis archäologischer Ausgrabungen, in: Auge, O., Göllnitz, M. (eds.). Mit Forscherdrang und Abenteuerlust. Expeditionen und Forschungsreisen Kieler Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, Kieler Werkstücke. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang Verlag, 247-256. 

Müller, J. 2018. The Disentanglement of Landscapes: Remarks on Concepts of Socio-Environmental Research and Landscape Archaeology, in: Haug, A., Käppel, L., Müller, J. (eds.). Past Landscapes. The Dynamics of Interaction between Society, Landscape and Culture. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 39-52. Sidestone Press

Müller, J. 2018. Social memories and site biographies: construction and perception in non-literate societies, in: Bakels, C.C., Bourgeois, Q.P.J., Fontijn, D.R., Jansen, R. (eds.). Local communities in the Big World of prehistoric Northwest Europe, Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 49. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 9-17. Sidestone Press

Müller, J., Arponen V.J.P., Hofmann, R., Ohlrau, R. 2017. The Appearance of Social Inequalities: Cases of Neolithic and Chalcolithic Societies. Origini 38 (2015-2), 65-86.

Müller, J., Diachenko, A. 2019. Tracing long-term demographic changes: The issue of spatial scales. PLoS ONE 14 (1): e0208739. PlosOne 

Müller, J., Hofmann, R., Ohlrau, R., Shatilo, M. 2018. The social constitution and political organisation of Triolye mega-sites: hierarchy and balance, in: Meller, H., Gronenborn, D., Risch, R. (eds.). Überschuss ohne Staat - Politische Formen in der Vorgeschichte, 10. Mitteldeutscher Archäologentag, 19-21 Oktober 2017 Halle (Saale) / Surplus without the state - political forms in Prehistory, 10th Archaeological Conference of Central Germany,19-21 October 2017 Halle (Saale), Tagungen des Landesmuseums für Vorgeschichte Halle 18. Halle: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, 247-262. 

Müller, J.Kirleis, W. 2019. The concept of socio-environmental transformations in prehistoric and archaic societies in the Holocene: An introduction to the special issue. The Holocene 29 (10). Fuchs, K., Kirleis, W.Müller, J. (Guest eds.) Special Issue: Scales of Transformation – Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies, 1517-1530. DOI

Ott, K. 2017. Philosophical Problems of How to Think Revolutions, in: Hansen, S., Müller., J. (eds.). Rebellion and Inequality in Archaeology, Proceedings of the Kiel Workshops "Archaeology of Rebellion"(2014) and "Social Inequality as aTopic in Archaeology" (2015), Universitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 308. Bonn: Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, 59-87. 

Wunderlich, M., Jami, T., Müller, J. 2019. Hierarchy and Balance: The Role of Monumentality in European and Indian Landscapes - An Archaeological and Anthropological Perspective, in: Wunderlich, M., Jami, T., Müller, J. (eds). Hierarchy and Balance: The Role of Monumentality in European and Indian Landscapes. Bonn: Dr. Rudolf Habellt GmbH, 13-26.

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